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Each fall, San Ramon Valley Unified parents are asked to complete an online “Annual Update” to verify household and emergency contact information and complete the annual release acknowledgement and permission requirements.

 

Don’t have a portal account yet?  Contact your student’s school office after July 30 to receive your unique user key to set up an account.  It’s fast and easy.

 

For the 2018-2019 school year, to assist the online program in running smoothly, the parent portal will open on a different day in July for each high school and its feeder middle and elementary schools. Please note: parents do not need to fill out the annual update on the day that the portal opens. Parents will have until August 31, 2018, to fill out the information.

 

Parents will access the annual update through the SRVUSD Parent Portal. Once you log-in, you will see a button that says “Online Enrollment Annual Update.” The Annual Update will open on the following schedule:

 

Tuesday, July 10: Dougherty Valley High School, Del Amigo High School, Venture School, Windemere Ranch Middle School, Gale Ranch Middle School, Hidden Hills Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Quail Run Elementary, Coyote Creek Elementary, Bella Vista Elementary

 

Wednesday, July 11: California High School, Iron Horse Middle School, Pine Valley Middle School, Golden View Elementary, Twin Creeks Elementary, Bollinger Canyon Elementary, Montevideo Elementary, Walt Disney Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary and Country Club Elementary

 

Thursday, July 12: Monte Vista High School, Los Cerros Middle School, Diablo Vista Middle School, Alamo Elementary, Vista Grande Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Tassajara Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary

 

Friday, July 13: San Ramon Valley High School,  Stone Valley Middle School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, Rancho Romero Elementary, Montair Elementary, John Baldwin Elementary and Greenbrook Elementary, Sycamore Elementary

 

For more information, please check out our FAQ webpage.

 

 

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 6/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

We want your input! The Creekside Site Council is sending out our yearly survey to get input about our programs at Creekside and to help us make decisions about future work/goals. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Also know that the survey is anonymous. This is a chance to provide us with valuable input! 

We love working with your children and want to continue to learn and grow to make Creekside Elementary School even more exceptional than it already is. Please take a moment to complete this for us.

 

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CreeksideSurvey2018

 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/18/18




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June 1 Bell Schedule
TK 8:15-11:20
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:14
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:20

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

My favorite night of the year is finally here! I think there is nothing more special than an excited child leading his/her mom, dad, or grandparents around school to show off all that they have learned and accomplished throughout the year. Mark your calendars for Open House occurring this Thursday, May 17th. We are staggering the event to help families be sure to have time to visit multiple classrooms. TK-2 classrooms will be open from 6:30pm-7:30pm and grade 3-5 classrooms 7:00pm-8:00pm. The students have been hard at work in their classrooms putting the finishing touches on many projects and learning activities. We know you will be impressed with how much your Comet has learned and accomplished this year! It is a special night; you don’t want to miss it!  Click here to view a map of our school. 

 

The Comet Education Fund is hosting our first ever volunteer thank you ice cream social to thank all of our Comet Fund volunteers and donors. The ice cream social runs from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

 

Also, don’t forget to stop by the Computer Lab at some point during the evening. Students will have an opportunity to pull up some of their tech projects this year and show you what they have created and learned using technology.

 

And if you love learning about history and being impressed by how much our 4th graders have learned about biographies, please visit the courtyard from 6:30pm to 7:00pm for the 4th Grade Wax Museum! This event is not just for 4th grade families; all students and families are welcome! 

 

At the conclusion of Open House on Thursday evening, I will be sending out a survey that our staff and parent leaders use to make decisions about next steps for our school. Your input is highly valuable, so please take a moment to complete the survey. 

 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal

Please remember that parking will be limited. If you live in the local neighborhood, please walk to save parking spaces. 

  • DO NOT PARK on the north side of Charbray (that side of the street is marked with "no parking" signs)
  • PARK in "staff only" spaces okay from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • PARK in the drop off drive-thru lane okay from 5:30pm-8:30pm next to sidewalk curb only
  • PARK on Lusitano St. east of Charbray then walk to Creekside
  • PARK in Creekside parking lot (do not park in reserved "auction winner" spaces)
  • DO NOT PARK in any red curbed area or fire lane
  • DO NOT PARK anywhere where signs mark NO PARKING
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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/10/18




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Would you like to come and learn about dogs? What about meeting some animals? If so, sign up for the Canine Care Event hosted by Girl Scout Troop 30067! In this event you will learn about animals and how to maintain them. There will also be a chance to create a video on what you have learned and will be emailed to the adult (and possibly on the website of East County Animal Shelter). At the end, there will also be a chance to meet and play with some dogs! The entrance fee is just two new and unused dog toys or used/new towels! 
All children must come with a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian is not required to stay but must be there to drop/pick up their child. The event will be hosted at San Ramon Community Center at Central Park on **Sunday, May 20** from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. 

There will be a limit on the number of children allowed, so the first 15 will be able to participate in the event. Be sure to sign up quickly to ensure you have a spot! Each child must have their own form submitted. If you have any questions, please email us at girl.scout.troop30067@gmail.com

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/9/18




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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is accepting applications from interested community members to provisionally fill one unexpired term of office on the Board of Education. The term expires December 2018. The candidate who is appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy can run for re-election in November 2018.

 

The vacancy was created when Denise Jennison who, after serving nearly 8 years on the Board of Education, resigned effective May 23, 2018.

 

Applicants must be registered voters residing in the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the State of California, and not disqualified by the constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.

To obtain an application, visit www.srvusd.net/boeapplication or pick up an application packet from the Superintendent’s Office at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Applications are to be returned to the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. No applications will be accepted past the deadline.

 

For further information contact Cindy Fischer, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at (925) 552-2933 or cfischer@srvusd.net.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 5/9/18




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Strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s Bike to School Day on May 9, 2018.

Participants kicked off last year’s ride in record breaking numbers! Thousands of students pedaled their way to school during the 2017 Bike to School Day celebration! Over 3,000 schools across the country, from D.C. to Hawaii participated.”

Let’s celebrate Bike to School Day by riding your bike or walking to school next Wednesday, May 9

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families, 

The Comet Fund wishes to pay tribute to the families, teachers, paraeducators, professionals, and staff that have helped to bring the margin of excellence to Creekside Elementary.  Thanks to the generous donations of numerous families this year, the Comet Fund was able to provide Creekside with additional staffing and programs to support our Comets.  

 

Please join us at Creekside's Open House on Thursday, May 17th between 6 and 8:30 PM in the MPR to celebrate a year filled with success! The Comet Fund will be hosting an ice cream social and displaying the art, music, and projects created by our Comets through programs funded through your donations.  

 

All Creekside families are welcome.  Ice cream will be free for all families that donated to any Comet Fund activity in the 2017-2018 school year or those families interested in learning more about how to help next year. 

 

We can't wait to share with you the successes we've had -- all thanks to you!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T & The Comet Fund Board

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation cordially invites you to attend The Night with The Stars on Monday, May 7th, 2018, at 5 pm, at the Blackhawk Museums to honor a Shining Star from each school. During the evening they will also honor the SRVUSD 2017-18 Teachers of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year. It is an evening to recognize exceptional people, talk about the important role of the Foundations at each school, and share the new and exciting things that are happening at SRVEF.
 
At Creekside, we are excited to honor Kim Lo Porto who has been chosen as our 2017/2018 Shining Star. Please join us in celebrating Kim Lo Port and her contributions to our school.

 

Click here to purchase tickets or learn more.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/26/18




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Dear 4th Grade Camp Chaperones,

 

We are trying something new and hopefully this is more convenient for you! We are holding our chaperone meeting online via Zoom. However, if you would prefer, you can attend in person at the Creekside library. 

 

If you cannot make this meeting (either online or in person), we are requiring that you view the recorded Zoom webinar online before chaperoning for camp (we will post it online shortly after the meeting concludes). This is an interactive webinar, so live participants will be able to ask questions etc… The easiest way to join the meeting is from a PC or Mac. However there are both iPad and Android apps available to download. Please mute your phone or computer mic so we cannot hear you unless you are asking a question. 

 

Meeting Time: 3:00pm
Meeting Date: Wednesday, May 2
Link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/777688162 
Meeting ID: 777-688-162

 

-4th Grade Team

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/25/18




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Dear Creekside Volunteers:

Please mark your calendars for the Volunteer Tea occurring this Wednesday, May 2nd from 1:15-2:15. Childcare will be provided in the MPR. The Creekside staff has planned this event to show our appreciation for all of the time and support you provide our school throughout the year. Are you a weekly volunteer, a field trip driver, the library helper, a weekly classroom volunteer, the "Tuesday Folder stuffer," or someone that supports our school by volunteering from home? We want all of you to show up so our teachers and staff can thank you for all that you do for us! Please join us for this fun social and allow us to thank you for your time. 

 

Fondly,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/25/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families,

As you know, the Comet Fund provides critical supports to our school. Creekside activities, programs, and academics will suffer if our Comet Fund is not able to provide the same level of support to our Comets this next year and in future years. You may not know, our Comet Fund has been deficit spending for the past two years. We are NOT able to maintain all of the programs that Comet Fund supports with the current donations we are receiving and the fundraisers we have planned. This means that our Comet Fund needs to begin reducing our budget. In fact, we have already eliminated the bolded items and reduced our staffing budget by $15,000 for next year. If things don't change, we will need to reduce further. However, we are hoping to bring everything back and turn this trend around! In order to accomplish this goal, we need increase our participation both in donations and in volunteerism!!

 

What does Comet Fund provide Creekside?

-Classroom paraeducators reducing the student to teacher ratio at Creekside on average from 26:1 to 20:1 

-Librarian for all grades

-Technology teachers/support for all grades

-Art Instructor for Grades TK-3

-Vocal Music for all students

-Rainbow for all grades (social emotional support)

-Reading Specialist for students needing reading support

-Art w/Miss Tess for 4th/5th grades

-Soul Shoppe for all grades (social emotional program)

-Dreambox for all grades (online math)

-Raz-Kids for all grades (online reading)

-Technology replacement budget for all grades

 

How can you help?

1. Support Comet Fund by talking it up with your friends and kid's classmates so our whole community ALWAYS knows why they should support Comet Fund. 

 

2. Volunteer for one of these open positions...

  • 3 OPEN Board Positions for the 2018-19 year (1 meeting per month in the evening)
  • Comet Chase Chair(s) (we are not having Comet Chase without a chair)
  • Registration Chair
  • Auction Chair(s)
  • Academic-A-Thon Chair
  • Committee Positions: Registration, Auction, Comet Chase

Comet Fund cannot operate without volunteers! Click here to volunteer! 

 

3. Help maintain academic excellence by donating.

 

Want to learn more?

Click here to sign up to help

Click here to email any questions you have

Click here to learn more by viewing the Feb 21 Comet Parent Meeting slides

 

Let's team together to make our Comet Fund strong again so we can MAINTAIN the same level of activities, programs, and academics that our students have benefited from for many years at Creekside! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

I would like to invite you to join me at two Spring Forums for an end-of-the-year parent check-in and listening opportunity. During these forums I will briefly comment on 4 "big idea" topics and then spend approximately an hour plus of questions and comments. The topics I will be discussing include:

  1. Safety and customer service
  2. Budget and staffing
  3. Personalized Learning Ideas update
  4. Elementary feedback, suggested ideas

I look forward to seeing you there!

More information may be found at www.srvusd.net/springforums.

 

Rick Schmitt

Superintendent

 


 

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/17/18




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5th Grade Promotion Info 
Friday, June 1 @ 10am in MPR & reception to follow
Students should dress nicely for the occasion
 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/12/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is seeking members for its Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

 

The committee provides oversight for the Board of Education to ensure that the funds are spent as intended by the voters of the parcel tax.  The committee meets at least twice per year and reports on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.  All meetings are open to the public.

 

Four positions will be appointed by the school board. Parcel Tax committee members serve two-year terms.  They will not be compensated and will serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Members shall reside within the boundaries of the SRVUSD and shall be registered voters.

 

Applications are due no later than 4pm on May 16, 2018. Recommendations/appointments will be made at the June 12, 2018 Board Meeting.

 

For additional information and to download the application visit:  http://srvusd.ca.schoolloop.com/PTOC_members, or contact Sandra Corsetti in the Business Office, at scorsetti@srvusd.net, or (925) 552-2905.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/11/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Please select a time to have your 2018-19 Kindergarten student participate in our Kindergarten Meet & Greet on April 25, 2018. At the Meet & Greet, students get to meet the teachers and learn a little bit about what kindergarten is all about. This helps our future students feel more comfortable and better prepared for their first day of school! Parents wait in the kindergarten courtyard while students participate in the classroom activities. Sign up now!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/11/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Future TK 2018-19 students and parents are welcome to drop in to our TK Open House. This event takes place on Wednesday, April 25 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. You can meet the teacher and see your new classroom! If you cannot make this time, the only other time you can see the classroom before school starts is during Creekside's school-wide Open House on May 17th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Don't miss the opportunity to visit your child's new classroom and our school before the new school year starts! Welcome to Creekside!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/10/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

I hope you have all had a relaxing Spring Break and got to spend some quality time with your kids over the last few days. I cannot believe how quickly our school year is wrapping up. During a break from school, it always provides me some time to reflect. I have to share with you that I am extremely proud of our students and staff for all of the hard work and learning that they have accomplished this year! And even though we do have some budgetary challenges we face in the upcoming year as a Comet Fund, I continue to be proud of our community for the support that they give our school both in donations and in volunteerism. We have a small consistent group of dedicated volunteer parent leaders that support this school tirelessly. We all owe them thanks and gratitude because much of what we do as a school could not happen without their support! 

 

And for those of you that don't already know, my wife Amy and I have some exciting news of our own to share with the Creekside Community! We are expecting our first child to arrive in mid May! Since I will likely be out on paternity leave near the end of May, I wanted to make sure you all are aware that we will be securing an interim principal to take my place while I am out. Robert Alpert, SRVUSD retired district administrator and principal, will be working alongside Sheri Bennett to help close out the school year. He will be spending some time at school the week of April 15th to meet our staff and check out the campus. Robert was my coach when I first became a principal, so I am thrilled to have him taking my place while I am supporting my wife and new son!  

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/8/18




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Dear Families,

Don't miss the One World Celebration this upcoming Wednesday, 3/28 starting at 6pm in the MPR. There will be country booths to learn about our world, a potluck to enjoy some food, and entertainment! This week we are hoping Creekside students will participate in the following activities to celebrate multicultural diversity at our school and to ensure love, peace, and community amongst our students. We see diversity as our strength, not only acceptance and tolerance of different cultures. We are stronger together! 

  • Monday: Look around and enjoy our diverse community. Think and appreciate all the new things you can learn from your friend from a different culture. 
  • Tuesday: Dress up in your traditional costume or from a country you have traveled to. Share your favorite tradition or ceremony with your classmates or in the class. Stop at the office and ask for a prize. Think about something you like about another culture and find a friend from that culture. Ask that friend to teach you more facts, or google it. 
  • Wednesday: Learn how to say “Hello” in different languages. Stop by the MPR One World event 6-8pm, explore and celebrate different cultures. 

Happy Spring Break! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/22/18




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Please remember we are on minimum day conference schedule this MONDAY, March 19th as follows:

Minimum Day Bell Schedule
TK 8:15-11:35
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:31
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:32

 

Spring conferences can be scheduled by parent/guardian request or by teacher invitation. Our school district has high regard for consistent parent/student/teacher communication. We know that teachers contact families throughout the school year, and spring conferences are one other way to collaborate around support of your student. Thank you for your continued efforts to maximize positive home/school partnerships.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families,

At our PTA association meeting this next week, we are going to spend some time learning about Creekside's emergency protocol/plan. There will also be time for discussion and Q&A. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about our safety protocol at Creekside, please join us at our PTA Association Meeting on Friday, March 23 at 8:15am in the MPR. 

 

Also, you may have already noticed that we have updated our volunteer check in kiosk in the office. Unfortunately, Lobbyguard key tags will NOT work with our new system. However, so far the new software is working much more quickly making it easier for groups of people to check in quickly. 

 

To volunteer or visit our campus, you must be cleared as a level 1 volunteer with our volunteer management system (Be A Mentor). Our new sign-in kiosk system syncs with Be A Mentor so you must be sure that you have signed up to be a level 1 volunteer if you are planning to come on campus during school hours. This will ensure that your name will be in the sign-in kiosk. If you haven't done so yet, please click here to start the process of becoming level 1 cleared. It is very simple and takes only a day or two for the background check to be completed. 

 

Thank you for helping keep our kids safe by following these procedures. Also, please note that we will deny access to campus for those individuals that have not completed this process or do not have a Driver's License/State Identification. 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

State law gives families the option to transfer to a different school when there is space available. When schools have space, families can choose to transfer to another school within a district (intradistrict transfers) or to transfer to a school in another district (interdistrict transfers).

 

SRVUSD has moved up its intradistrict open enrollment window for elementary families. The open enrollment window for elementary schools is now open and closes on April 6, 2018. Families can find the link to the online intradistrict transfer request form and information about SRVUSD’s open enrollment/intradistrict transfer process at www.srvusd.net/transfers.

 

SRVUSD students will continue to have placement priority in our schools. However, after we place our resident students at their school of choice, because we now have space available, California law requires that we allow students from outside the district to apply to attend our schools (interdistrict transfers). Interdistrict transfers will only be accepted if there is space available. Students from outside the district must maintain acceptable academic performance, attendance and behavior. SRVUSD anticipates openings for interdistrict transfers students at nearly all SRVUSD schools.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Community:

I am happy to report that it looks like our live auction brought in an estimated $50,000 for our Comet Fund! Thank you to all of the families that attended the live auction and supported our school! Thank you to Colleen Cooley and her team for organizing this awesome event to support our school! 

 

If you weren't able to attend and would like to make a donation to our school, please participate in the Online Auction which ends on Thursday, March 15 at 9pm. This is our last major fundraiser that hopefully will take us to our fundraising goal. Remember, making our goal means that we will maintain our current programs.  Otherwise, we will need to begin the process of making cuts to our budget. 

 

Want to donate, log on and bid now!


Mr. T, Principal


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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/8/18




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Hurray! The February issue of “What’s up Creekside!” is out.

To view it, go to https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/452730/schools/58426

Please have your submissions ( stories, news, jokes, comic strips) for the upcoming newsletters by March 20'th. Instructions to submit are located on the newsletter site https://ces-srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/studentnews
 
For Questions- Please contact Sonia Sharma – 4th Grade ( Mr. Harter’s class).

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/1/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,
I am writing to inform you that we conducted a lockdown DRILL today in case students discuss it today when they get home. This was just a drill--just for practice. This drill was planned for this date earlier this year and is not a result of recent unfortunate events in Florida. 

Everything went very well with the drill. Our students and staff followed their training perfectly! I am very proud of our Comets! The safety of our students is of utmost importance and practicing is the only way to ensure that students and staff know what to do in the unlikely case of an emergency. 

If you would like to learn more about our emergency protocol/plan, we are planning to discuss it and have Q & A at our PTA Association Meeting on Friday, March 23 at 8:15am in the MPR. Hope to see you there!  

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 
atarzian@srvusd.net   

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/1/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Grade 3-5 Families:

This spring, our students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which is the state’s academic testing program that replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Here are the testing dates for our students: 

3rd Grade: Wednesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 10
4th Grade: Tuesday, April 24 - Tuesday, May 1
5th Grade: Monday, April 16 - Monday, April 23 (Science Thur, April 26)

As a reminder, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-5 as well as science in grade 5. During the test, students will use earphones to listen to videos and audio items. They will also be allowed to bring their own earbuds or earphones as they may be most comfortable using their own.

Following the Spring 2018 testing, individual student results may be available electronically within four weeks. The delivery of results takes into account machine scoring and hand-scoring. Students will receive individual score reports that include an overall scale score, performance level and claim level for English language arts and mathematics. The science test is a pilot this year so there will be no scores issued.

 

It is very important that you encourage students do their best when taking these tests. The test results can provide valuable information about student academic progress.  It will help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes they have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. These scores can allow parents and teachers to monitor student progress each year and help students reach and achieve their highest academic potential.  

To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can view and take the practice tests online at the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Practice Test Site linked to our CA State Standards webpage included below. This webpage has helpful information for parents to help you understand state testing as well as how you can help students be prepared for the assessments. As always, the most important thing we can do is encourage students to do their best. 

 

Creekside CA Standards/State Testing info webpage: http://ces.srvusd.net/CAStateStandards

Parents' guide to the new assessments put out by the National PTA: goo.gl/Wy6ABD

 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/1/18




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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/22/18




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As our school year gets closer to our spring conference dates of Feb 28, Mar 1,2,19, we would like to remind families that spring conferences can be scheduled by parent/guardian request or by teacher invitation. Our school district has high regard for consistent parent/student/teacher communication. We know that teachers contact families throughout the school year, and spring conferences are one other way to collaborate around support of your student. Thank you for your continued efforts to maximize positive home/school partnerships.

 

Please remember we are on minimum day schedule this week as follows:

Wednesday, Feb 28 through Friday, March 2

Minimum Day Bell Schedule
TK 8:15-11:35
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:31
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:32

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/22/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

Recently I have noticed that the word "bullying" is being used more frequently by parents and kids to describe general conflicts that they have with others. What is concerning about this is that many times when working with kids around their conflicts, we find that the behavior students are calling "bullying" ends up being a conflict between two peers and not true bullying. Of course, children need support and guidance from trusted people in their life to learn how to address and solve these conflicts and they absolutely need support and help if they find themselves in a situation where they are being bullied. However, the overuse of the word "bullying" and even the word "bully" causes bullying to be misunderstood and potentially missed by parents, teacher, and even kids since the overuse of the word takes away focus from potential true cases of bullying. 

 

Over the next few months, we will be working with our Comets to help them understand the important difference between conflict and bullying. We hope that by doing this, we can reserve the word "bully" and "bullying" for the times when something rises to that level. You can help too by being careful about how and when those words are used. With this additional information, we are hoping that our students are more prepared to prevent and/or recognize bullying if it ever were to occur so that it can be stopped immediately. 

 

Signe Whitson, a published school counselor, has helped define what bullying is and what it isn't with these student/parent friendly definitions...

RUDE=Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else. 

MEAN=Purposefully saying something or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).

BULLYING=intentional aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. 

 

Please read Signe Whtison's article published in Psychology Today entitled Is it Rude, Is it Mean, or is it Bullying? 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/22/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Click here to join the online meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, Feb 21: https://zoom.us/j/683861650

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/21/18




Audience: Homepage, Comet Education Fund and Homepage

The Creekside Comet Education Fund has run deficit spending for the past 2 years: over $5,000 loss for 2015-2016 and almost a $35,000 loss for 2016-2017. We are faced with declining enrollment but increasing costs for the same level of staffing commitments. At the same time, our volunteers to help run our fundraising events have run slim and the per student donations from our largest fundraisers, August Registration & Spring Auction, have declined over the past few years.

It has become clear that we need to make changes to the programs and staff positions funded.

The Board of Directors needs your input to make these decisions before we make our staffing commitments for the 2018-2019 school year.

Please plan on attending.  We appreciate an active and informed parent community about what is happening at Creekside. 

Children may attend if you do not have child care for the meeting. Refreshments served. 

 

RSVP/Submit Questions

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Posted by: Creekside Comet Fund
Published: 2/17/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

In light of the unfortunate recent school shootings and because I am sure it has been on your mind the last few days, I thought I would take a moment to share a little bit about emergency preparedness at Creekside to hopefully put your mind somewhat at ease...

  • Our safety plan addresses all types of possible disasters including earthquake, active shooter, fire, hazmat (shelter), bomb threat, unsafe activity in nearby community (like bank robbery), and more.
  • We don't publish the specifics of the plan publicly to prevent our plan getting into the hands of the wrong person.
  • We practice different emergency drills multiple times throughout the school year.
  • Our School Site Council (which is comprised of five staff and five parents) update and review the emergency plan at least once per year.
  • We make updates to our plan after almost every drill because we learn from every drill!
  • We have emergency supplies in our supply container located outside of the school building including first aide kits, water, and food. This would be utilized if we had a sustained emergency such as a large earthquake that prevented parents from picking up kids for some time.
  • We have classroom emergency kits too! 
  • Each classroom has an emergency radio so that we can communicate in case of loss of power or other unforeseen event. Each school has five emergency radios that allow us to communicate across our whole school district without using cell towers/power in case of loss of both.
  • We have an emergency hard-wired phone in the building so we can make phone calls in case power/internet/cell phone lines are down.
  • All staff participate in drills and training (classroom subs are provided emergency instructions too). 
  • We have a Watch DOGS (Dad of a Great Student) helper at school almost every day keeping an eye out for safety concerns.

You still may have questions about our emergency preparedness at Creekside. Because of that, we are planning to have this be a topic of discussion at our PTA Association Meeting on Friday, March 23 at 8:15am. Please join us if you would like to learn more.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Parents, 

We need your help, ideas, and input! Our Comet Fund has been deficit spending for the past few years. Costs have gone up, Creekside enrollment has decreased, and volunteerism has dwindled. The programs and staffing that Comet Fund supports is critical to the success of our students and helps make Creekside the exceptional school that it is. We need to work together to build our Comet Fund up so that we can continue to support the Creekside Comets through this foundation. To do this, we need your support and involvement! 

 

Please attend the parent meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm. To make it easier for parents to attend, we are inviting parents to attend in person OR online. If you would like to participate online, please register now at the link below. This will be an interactive meeting for online participants as well. 

 

Sincerely, 

Mr. T, Principal 

 

Comet Fund Parent Meeting
Wednesday, Feb 21 7pm in library or online 

Click here to RSVP to attend in person & submit questions

Click here to register for online attendance 

In order to participate, use a PC, Mac, or download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from either Andriod or Apple App stores. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/8/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families,

There are a lot of activities and learning going on at Creekside right now! I hope you didn't miss our PTA STEM Club's Family Science Night last month. The event was packed with kids learning about science concepts with impressed parents in tow. Thank you to Kathy Dimalanta, Lalitha Vasudeva, and the STEM Club for organizing and then hosting this event for our school! 

 

Last week, PTA Volunteers, Terranessa Lewis, Kathy Smith, Cindy Kelley, and Joyce Tong put on the most amazing dance the kids at Creekside have ever seen! They called it the "PTA Glow Dance!" Black lights, balloons, and glow tape/decorations turned our MPR into something out of this world! All of the parents I talked with that evening said that their high school dances were never that cool. Great job to our PTA volunteers for putting on such an awesome community event for our school! Check out the pictures on the front page of our website!

 

And finally, our music teacher, the amazing Mrs. Smith, and the Creekside Choir, performed at the first ever Choir Area Concert (we hope there are more in the future) with a small group of Creekside student volunteers representing the learning that is going on at Creekside. They performed in front of other schools including middle and high schools. And they sounded amazing! Check out the video posted below. 

 

Thank you to all that make Creekside such a great place to go to school! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

https://youtu.be/gjMmXrK-HUo 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/31/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families, 

I hope your Comet told you about the assembly that we had this past week. Thanks to our PTA, our Comets got to watch their very own writing come to life in skits performed by the Imagination Machine actors. In December, students submitted creative stories to the Imagination Machine actors AND eight were selected to be performed at the assembly on Wednesday - Congratulations authors Avinash G., Chelsea G., Ryan K., Trevor C., Ainsley E., Aarav R., Lauren B., and Stella M. 

 

Because of this program, our Comets are encouraged to explore their imagination through creative writing as well as help set a purpose for learning to write for all of our students. We helped make these connections for the kids during the assembly by teaching that many things we watch for entertainment (like cartoons and movies) have writers that create the story for the actors to perform, just like what was done for the Imagination Machine Assembly. 

 

Congratulations to the students who had writing selected by the Imagination Machine! Click here to read their pieces of writing performed at the assembly. 

 

And thank you to our volunteer, Amy Gratteau, and Creekside PTA for bringing the Imagination Machine Assembly to our school! The students LOVED it and LEARNED a lot!  

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

 

Which student doesn't love flipping through their class candids,
trying to figure out who's who in the baby photos, or scanning to find friends in the various event pages?

 

The sale for the 2017-18 yearbook is underway!

 

Your student will treasure this memento and reminisce about the favorite Creekside experiences for years to come!
 

You can order your student's yearbook by visiting http://ybpay.lifetouch.com and using our unique school yearbook ID code: 10358518.
 

It is IMPORTANT to know that yearbook orders were NOT taken during school registration, so this is your opportunity to get it while it's hot!
 

Any questions can be directed to Tina Wilkins: creeksidecomets.yearbook@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/21/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Please click here to read this important flyer from the San Ramon Valley USD. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/18/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Attention GATE Families: Please come and learn from our esteemed guest speaker, Dr. Lisa White of Summit Center in Walnut Creek, CA.  She has been working with gifted children and families since 2003. Dr. White has worked at the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics department at Oakland Children’s Hospital and The Berkeley Therapy Institute. Her clinical interests include psycho-diagnostic assessment of gifted and twice-exceptional children, particularly gifted girls, and children with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Lisa White earned her Ph.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology, where her doctoral dissertation research explored parent-child interactions in families with gifted children.

 

Parent Meeting:
February 1st 6:30-7:30 plus Q and A
Boardrooms A and B
 
All parents of gifted students are invited to attend this meeting. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/18/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

We can all agree, that safety when heading to and from school is incredibly important. This past week, your child attended a Street Smarts Assembly to remind them of safety rules when walking or riding to/from school. As an opportunity to reinforce what students learned, kids and parents can work together to submit the Traffic Safety Questionnaire. By completing the survey, you have a chance to win a prize, help their class win a larger prize, help Creekside be eligible to win the Grand Prize, and reinforce your child's learning.
 
The survey is located on the Street Smarts website street-smarts.com. Click “Resources” for your school assembly questionnaire. Or, click on the following link: Creekside Questionnaire
 
All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 8:00 P.M. (the online questionnaire may have the wrong date--please ignore the typo).
 
Thank you for participating and supporting street safety around our school and in our community! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

Note: Information collected will be only used for this Street Smarts Traffic Safety Questionnaire. Please email Dolores Pita at dpita@sanramon.ca.gov or Mark Ballock at mballock@sanramon.ca.gov if you have any questions about the survey.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/18/18




Audience: Homepage, PTA, Our School and Homepage

 

Creekside Annual Winter Dance

 

It's a Neon Night so get ready to get your GLOW ON! 

 

When: Friday, January 26, 6:30-8:30 P.M. 

Where: Creekside MPR 

 

Wear white or bright neon colors ... feel free to wear your neon bracelets, necklaces, and socks AND receive an extra raffle ticket.

 

GLOW STICKS - FUN - DESSERT TABLE - GAMES - PRIZES

 

$7 for kids; adults free and must attend (not a drop off event).  $5 for PTA members with pre-purchased tickets only.  Tickets will be $10 at the door.

 

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

*PRE-SALE TICKETS end Wednesday (Jan. 24) at 11:59pm.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families,

Each year our site council, along with our school leadership team, works to update our Single Plan for Student Achievement. Our plan identifies goals for the school that fit within the district goals and initiatives as well as meet local school needs identified by analysis of multiple school data points. Input from all of our stakeholder groups, school leadership team, Site Council, Comet Fund, and our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), help form our updated plan each year.

 

The Single Plan also outlines how we spend our school budget, Comet Fund budget, registration donation budget, grants, and the part of the PTA budget that fits the activities outlined in the plan goal areas. In each goal and expenditure area, you can see where the money comes from and what it funds in our school.  

 

You may not realize what a collaborative process we go through to develop our goals and school budget each year. If you are interested in learning more about our Single Plan for Student Achievement and our school budget, please visit the Site Council webpage and take a look. Site Council meetings are generally held monthly and are open to the public. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings.

 

2017-18 Single Plan for Student Achievement (PDF)

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Creekside is participating in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee program.  Teachers will facilitating spelling bees in their classrooms during January.  Each teacher will be selecting 25 words from the 2018 Great American Spell Check Study Words for Grades 1-8 to use in their classroom bees. The top 2 spellers from each class will participate in the school’s spelling bee.  Check with your child’s teacher for the date of his / her classroom spelling bee.  

 

Creekside will hold the school's spelling bee on Thursday, February 1st.  Representatives from the different classes will meet during lunch in a designated classroom and be given a 25 word written spelling test. Words will be selected from the 2018 Great American Spell Check Study Words for Grades 1-8. The student receiving the highest score on the written test will be Creekside’s representative at the local spelling bee. No visitors will be allowed in the room during this round.

 

If two or more students have the highest score, these students will meet at lunch on February 2nd for a spell off. Each student will be given words to spell aloud.If a student incorrectly spells a word, he / she is no longer in the competition.  We will continue to give words to the students until we have a school winner.  Words for the spell off will be selected from a resource provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee. The listing of these words will not be available to any family. No visitors will be allowed in the room during this round.

 

Creekside’s top speller will participate in the East Bay Times Spelling Bee. The spelling bee will be held on March 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Tice Valley Gym in Walnut Creek.  The winner of this bee will compete in the national spelling bee in Washington DC later in 2018.

 

A copy of  2018 Great American Spell Check Study Words was emailed to each family on 1/7/18 for your student to use to prepare for the school’s spelling bee. This list is not allowed to be posted on the web. Please direct any questions about the school's bee to Craig Harter (charter@srvusd.net).

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

Believe it or not, we are already starting to prepare for next school year! If you would like to provide input regarding your child's needs OR if you would like to learn more about how we build classes at our school, please read the following. 

 

We are starting to prepare for next school year! Part of that process includes building classes. We get quite a few questions about this process, so I thought it would be best to share with you the protocol that we follow. As always, parent input is welcome as a part of this process, however, it is not required. If you you would like to provide input, be sure to read the following and complete the input form available here and on our website. 

 

From Learning Environment Makeup Webpage:

All classrooms at our school are fantastic places for students to work together and learn with the support of excellent teachers. You may not know that a lot of work and consideration goes into the process of building well-balanced classrooms at our school. The school team considers the following to make balanced classrooms:

  • academic achievement
  • group dynamics
  • parent input
  • class size
  • age
  • parent volunteers
  • social and emotional factors
  • and gender

Our goal is to build classes that ensure the best learning environment possible for all students. To achieve this goal, class placements are made by considering both group and individual needs. For this reason, parent requests for specific teachers are not solicited nor used as criteria for class placement. Please also note that the school cannot take recommendations from parents to place specific students together in classes or separate certain students. Both of those decisions are made by school staff only.

By completing the input form (embedded/linked below), I understand that completion does not guarantee a specific classroom placement. I understand that this information will be used to help the school make decisions regarding the best learning environment for my child. 

Click here to complete optional input form (please complete before Friday, Feb 2, 2018)

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/5/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Families, 

Thanks to the work of 4th grader, Sonia S., and 5th grader, Dylan R., we have published the first edition of our student newsletter: What's up Creekside! 

 

I cannot think of a better way for our students to have a purpose for writing and a place to share their thoughts with our school community. We are seeking more writers (only grades 3-5 for now) for our newsletter and I know from experience visiting classrooms at our school that we have many talented writers all over our campus!!

 

The next article entry deadline has not been determined yet by our editors, but should be soon. All of the information about the student newsletter is posted here on our website: http://ces.srvusd.net/studentnews. This is also where our students go to submit their writing. Please encourage your grade 3-5 Comet to participate! 

 

Thank you again Sonia and Dylan for getting this going at Creekside! We are proud of you! 

 

Happy Holidays! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Thanks to your library donations our school has a subscription to TumblePremium, and your family can access it any time from home!

 

TumblePremium is an online collection of nearly 1000 titles, with content most appropriate for those in grades TK-6. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, select books in French and Spanish, graphic novels, and math stories.

 

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads, books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

 

We hope that you will take some time to check out the collections with your child! Visit the homepage of our library catalog for instant access to our Creekside Library-TumblePremium subscription.

 

Or by logging on to:

http://www.TumbleBookLibrary.com

Username: creeksidees

Password: books

 

Happy Tumbling!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Creekside Band & Strings Families,


Due to a calendaring mistake that will likely prevent families and students from attending our Winter Band & Strings Concert, we are moving the concert from Tuesday, December 12th to Thursday, January 11th. We always want ALL of our students to be able to participate and apologize for this unintentional calendaring mistake.

Below are the updated schedules for the various concerts. Please note that the School Assembly Performance will remain as scheduled on Friday, December 15. You are welcome to attend this assembly performance if it is more convenient for you.

We hope that this schedule change allows for you to have more time with your family during this busy time of the year. 

Beginning and Advanced Band Performance in MPR:
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time:  6:45 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.

6:30 Band Students report
6:45 Performance begins
7:20 Performance ends

Beginning and Advanced Strings Performance in MPR:
Date: Thursday, January 11

Time:  7:45 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
 
7:25 Violin and Cello Students report
7:45 Performance begins
8:20 Performance ends

There will be an assembly for grades 3-5 on December 15th.
School Assembly in MPR
Date:  Friday, December 15


Time:  8:40 a.m.
Report time for strings to tune:  8:10 a.m.
Report time for band members:  8:25 a.m.

Attire for both evening events:
White shirt and black pants/skirt


Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 12/8/17




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

Our PTA is partnering with our Comets and the Imagination Machine to encourage our young authors to imagine, create, and write! Our Comets are being asked to WRITE WRITE WRITE and submit their creative idea to your teacher by Thursday, December 14th to have a chance to have their writing published in a professional production with real actors for all to see at our school assembly on January 24th (see school calendar for grade level specific assembly times if you would like to attend). Has your Comet submitted writing yet? Don't miss this awesome opportunity to set a purpose to practice writing. Please click here to learn more and learn how to submit an entry. 

 

More about Imagination Machine: The Imagination Machine's most popular assembly will literally bring your students' own stories to life! Nothing inspires your students to write like watching their own words spring onto the stage, fully-fleshed out in a complete production with professional actors, music, props and costumes! The selected authors also receive a Certificate of Writing Achievement at the end of the show. This is the show that will have your students begging to write stories!

 

Thank you to the Creekside PTA for providing this program for our school that supports the academic work we are doing with our students. Connecting writing and the arts is important and not easily done. Also, setting a purpose and creating a "reader" for our students' writing is engaging and rewarding for the students.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 12/6/17




Audience: Homepage, PTA and Homepage

Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com code 10358518

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 12/2/17




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

Creekside's 2017 Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 21st.  The performance times are slightly different than in years past, so please double check the time your students are performing.  Our groups will be performing at the following times:

 

8:10 2nd and 3rd Grade
9:00 1st Grade
9:30 Kindergarten/TK
10:10 4th and 5th Grade

 

We hope you are able to come hear your students sing some wonderful songs about the winter season and demonstrate their learning so far this year.  We will also be premiering our brand new Creekside school song written by some of our very own 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!  

 

We are very proud of the learning our Comets have done this year and are very thankful to have Mrs. Smith supporting our students' learning. Also know, this program would not be possible without our Comet Fund. Thank you to all of you that support Comet Fund so we can have arts education for our Comets!

 

Hope to see you on the 21st if not before then.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/29/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Creekside Families,

It is even easier now to designate Creekside as your charity when shopping on Amazon. Just click this link (smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4724913) or the button below (also posted on the front page of our website) to designate Creekside Comet Fund as the charity you want to support. Every time you make a purchase on smile.amazon.com, our school gets a donation! Smile.amazon.com is exactly the same as Amazon.com. However, if you use the app on your phone, make sure you use your web browser at smile.amazon.com to checkout so that the donation is made (it doesn't work with the Amazon app).

We are trying to leverage as many of our fundraising sources as we can so we don't have to ask our community for as many donations. If we all remember to use this, we can support our school and meet our fundraising goal this year!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 Start Shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4724913

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/17/17




Audience: Comet Education Fund and Homepage


 Start Shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4724913

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Posted by: Creekside Comet Fund
Published: 11/15/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Please work with your child to make sure they follow the school procedures at dismissal and know what they are supposed to do at the end of each school day. We reinforce these procedures at school:
- Students being picked up by families walking (or families that have parked): Meet at the fire gate (see dismissal map below)
- Car Pickup/Carpool: Students wait by the flagpole and are picked up through the car lane (see dismissal map below)
- Students being asked by parents to walk home: Immediately walk home at the end of the school day as it is safer to walk in groups
- After-school enrichment: Students proceed immediately to after-school enrichment at end of school day
- Kids’ Country: Walk to the back of the Kids' Country building using the back entrance to the B building to meet Kids' Country staff

 

Note: There are staff located at the meeting spots listed above. If you inform your child to go to a different area of the school where there is not supervision, the school won't know if they aren't picked up at the end of the day. Please use the meeting spots identified by the school. Please review the dismissal map/more information by clicking here


 

Please click here for a narrative description of dismissal/arrival procedures (from student handbook) (PDF)

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/10/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

One easy and FREE way for you to support your favorite elementary school this holiday season (and all year long) is to make all of your online purchases using a company that gives a portion of your purchase to our school. Instead of using the Amazon app on your phone or by going to Amazon.com we are hoping you might start using smile.amazon.com. It is exactly the same shopping experience as Amazon.com, but you can designate Creekside Comet Education Fund as your charity the first time you visit the site. That way, every time you purchase something from Amazon, a donation is made to our school. It's as easy as that! The hardest thing to remember is to always navigate to smile.amazon.com for every purchase instead of Amazon.com or using the app. 

 

Here are the steps to sign up for the first time:

  1. Navigate to smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. You will be presented a page that asks which charity you would like to support. Type in the search box: "Creekside Comet Education Fund" and select it. 
  4. Always shop using smile.amazon.com and we will receive a donation!

If you forget where to go, we have posted a link at the top left-hand side of our school website so you can find it easily. This can help our Comet Fund make its budget this year and catch up to our fundraising goal. Please spread the word. Go Comets!”
 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/8/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Creekside Families,

Recently a survey was emailed to you asking you to share your thoughts on our new instructional calendar first introduced in the 16-17 school year. Changes to the instructional calendar have included an earlier start in the summer (mid August), an earlier finish in the Spring (early June), and Spring Conference Minimum Days being spread throughout the Winter/Spring months rather than occurring over a one week period (like the Fall conferences do). Please take 5-10 min to provide your feedback regarding our instructional calendar. The school district would like to hear from all Grade TK through Grade 12 parents. Some questions do not apply to elementary students; please just indicate "n/a" for those questions. 

 

Here is the link to the parent survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGB2HW9 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

_________

Below is the email sent on Oct. 25th from the school district:

10/25/2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

 

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) would like you to share your thoughts on the changes to the instructional calendar introduced during the 2016-2017 school year. The changes involved ending the first semester before Winter Break, beginning the school year earlier in August, and ending the school year earlier in June. We are interested in learning how these changes affected: students’ academic performance, ability to participate in extracurricular activities, and stress levels; families’ child care needs and vacation time; and employees’ holiday plans and summer professional development.

The survey is being administered to 7th through 12th grade students, SRVUSD staff and parents. All responses to this survey are anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. Your feedback is essential to SRVUSD. This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. The links to the survey are as follows:

 

Parent Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGB2HW9

 

Employee Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG8PJ96

 

The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The results will help inform the District’s process in building instructional calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. 

 

Please also know that the Personalized Learning survey will be administered following this survey in November. A separate email will be sent to parents and staff with that the link to that survey after November 7, 2017.

 

Thank you,

Elizabeth Graswich

Director, Communications & Community Relations

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/2/17




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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School
  • January 22, 2018: Online Enrollment opens (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the online enrollment application*).
  • January 23-26, 2018: New TK and kindergarten students with siblings at their resident school site - bring your online enrollment application summary and required documents to your resident school site. Current TK students - bring your required documents* to your resident school site (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the online enrollment application).
  • January 29 - February 16, 2018: All new TK and kindergarten students - bring your online enrollment summary and required documents to your resident school site. Current TK students - bring your required documents* to your resident school site (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the online enrollment application).
  • February 16, 2018Completed enrollment packages must be received and verified by February 16th in order to be included in a lottery should it be necessary at your resident school. Completed enrollment packages are received and verified at your resident school. Enrollment applications received after February 16, 2018 are received on a first come-first serve basis.

Click here to access New TK & Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2017-18 School Year

A link to access the 2018-19 online enrollment application will be posted here beginning January 22, 2018.

 

*Required documents for current TK students:

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage

Please remember...

  • Drivers: Always yield to pedestrians. 
  • Drivers: Please pay close attention to the crossing guard and never drive through the crosswalk when the crossing guard has stopped traffic.
  • Pedestrians: Please always use crosswalks to cross. 
  • Drivers: Parking is not allowed on the North side of Charbray St. where it is marked "no parking." The Sheriff has recently been ticketing vehicles. Do not park there or you might get a ticket! 

Thank you for keeping our school community safe!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

This past week, some of the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotarians stopped by our school for a very special reason. As one of their service projects to support the community, they provided 3rd grade students at Creekside (and all schools in our community) a dictionary to use this year and for the remainder of their education. The Rotarians personally delivered each dictionary to each student as well as took some time to teach them a little bit about "service" and "community" by helping students look those words up in their new dictionaries. Our students were thrilled to receive their dictionaries and will definitely be using them this year and as they continue with their education. 

 

And did you notice our State Map has been repainted? Thanks to the DVHS Interact Club and the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary, we have a freshly painted map! If you have ever visited our playground, you know that playing state tag is a favorite of our students. Thank you Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary Club for doing so much for the Creekside Community! We appreciate you!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 


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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Creekside’s Annual Halloween Parade is on Tuesday, October 31st at 8:30am on the playground (weather permitting). You are invited to join in the fun and view our Halloween parade!
 

Tuesday, October 31 is a minimum day and students will be released early: 
TK 8:15-11:35
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:31
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:32

 

Wednesday, Nov. 1 is a staff professional development day:
NO SCHOOL


Click here for Halloween Parade Info for Parents & Costume Guidelines

 

 
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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Red Ribbon Week 2017

      October 23- 27

 

During Red Ribbon Week, millions of people throughout California and the nation proclaim “no use of illegal drugs and no illegal use of legal drugs” and also encourage a healthy and safe lifestyle! Creekside will recognize the week with planned weekday activities between October 23 – October 27. Below is a listing of the Creekside planned activities: 

 

Monday, October 23 

RED Lunch day: Students bring something RED to eat for lunch .

Red ribbons (bows) will be placed throughout our campus. 

Classrooms will create a Pledge Poster for all students to sign.

All students will be given a RED clapper with no drug sign.

Too bright for drugs. Wear neon.

 

Tuesday, October 24

RED Rally Contest. Kids come to school wearing their RED! Prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the most participation.

 

Wednesday, October 25

Your choices are the key to your dreams. Dress up as your dream career.

RRW tattoos  will be given to students

 

Thursday, October 26 

Our school is drug free. Wear school spirit clothes. The class with the most participation will be awarded.

 

Friday, October 27 

RRW themed lollipop day. All students will be given a RED themed lollipop with a drug free message .

From head to toe, I’m drug free day. Crazy hair and socks day

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/20/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

You might have heard that this past week was digital citizenship week in our school district. What you might not know is that Creekside is working to receive certification from Common Sense Media to designate Creekside as a "Common Sense School." What does this mean for our Comets?

 

What is a Common Sense School?
This is an official stamp of recognition from Common Sense Education for schools that are dedicated to teaching digital citizenship to young people and to taking a whole-community approach. Specifically, this program recognizes schools that provide professional development to their educators, integrate digital citizenship by using the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Digital Passport™, Digital Compass, and/or Digital Bytes, as well as engaging parents and educating them about media and technology issues. 

 

Why become a Common Sense School?
Being a Common Sense School is an official stamp of recognition from Common Sense Education. If your school is integrating more technology in the classroom, receiving Common Sense Recognition demonstrates to your community your school’s commitment to teach students to use their devices in enriching and responsible ways. Further, completing the criteria for Common Sense School provides the first step for educators to earn recognition as Common Sense Educators.1 

 

You should get involved too. We have pulled together some great resources for you to utilize as a digital family. The first one is a device agreement to help you make sure you address potential dangers that can come along with electronic devices use by elementary kids. The second one is a bunch of activities that you can use to teach your kids about digital citizenship, safety online, and other tools/tips to help kids when online. Let's team together to make sure Creekside Comets receive support and education in this important area of their life. 

 

Family Media Agreement (PDF)

Family Student Activity Sheets by grade level suggestion (make sure to scroll down to see all of the different grade activities) (PDF)

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

1. “Common Sense Schools.” Common Sense Education, 17 Oct. 2017, www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/19/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

The California Department of Education has released our State Test Scores for the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to the staff and students at Creekside for continuing to score in the top 4% of all public elementary schools in California! As always, it's important to remember that this is only one measure of our school's performance and there are many measures when looking at a school's overall performance. However, it is also important to recognize the hard work that our staff and students have done to achieve this level of performance on these rigorous assessments of student learning. Go Comets! 

 

While this information highlights our overall performance on CA State Assessments, it's important to note that the Creekside staff/teachers review each individual student's performance as it is our goal for each of our students to have success on these assessments and at school. 

 

For more information about Creekside's test scores (or to interact with the graphs pasted below), go directly to our school on School Digger

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 



 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/12/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Creekside Families, 

The school district is in the process of updating our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is a three-year plan that describes the District’s goals, actions, services, and expenditures that support student growth based on input from staff, parents, and community members. We are seeking input from Creekside Families and our local community! If you are interested, please join us for our LCAP meeting on October 16 @ 7am-8am in the Library (this is a site council meeting that will be focused on this topic for this meeting). 

 

To learn more about the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), take a look at these resources...

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

If you ever have a concern about another child's behavior, please make sure to direct that concern directly to school staff so that it can be handled promptly. It's never okay to approach a student on campus to investigate an incident.  Please know, if visitors to campus are not able to follow the guidelines set by administrative regulation and school board policy, the school and school district reserves the right to ask the visitor to leave campus.

 

Board Policy: 1250 Community Relations

The Board encourages all individuals to assist in maintaining a safe and secure school environment by behaving in an orderly manner while on school grounds and by utilizing the district's complaint processes if they have concerns with any district program or employee. In accordance with Penal Code 626.7, the principal or designee may request that any individual who is causing a disruption, including exhibiting volatile, hostile, aggressive, or offensive behavior, immediately leave school grounds.

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: PTA and Homepage

Creekside’s Book Fair is almost here and now we have two ways to shop!

 

On Campus at Creekside

October 9th – 13th   

7:30AM – 2:00PM daily in the MPR

Family Night - Weds, Oct. 11th from 5:00 – 7:30PM

 

Or

 

Online

October 6th – 16th

Find our fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs

 

 

We accept Cash, Check, Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover.

Books purchased online will be shipped free to Creekside and delivered to your child.

 

Thanks in advance for your support. Proceeds from the book fair go directly toward the purchase of new books to expand Creekside’s library.

 

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Posted by: Creekside PTA
Published: 9/28/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

A couple of weeks ago we had our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) information meeting. If you missed it, you can still sign up to help. We have many days open on our sign up!

 

Here are the steps to sign up:

1. Complete the level 1 volunteer clearance process (unless you have already done so previously)

2. Sign up for at least one date (you must be able to commit to at least one whole school day)

3. Order your uniform shirt (required) & order child's shirt (optional)

4. Read over this important orientation information so you are prepared for your day

Notes about registration for Watch D.O.G.S.:

  • The adult uniform shirt is required in order to participate
  • The student (child's) shirt is optional but students like to wear them on the day their dad/family is the volunteer 

Thank you for supporting our school and this program! If you want to learn more about Watch D.O.G.S., click here. 

Sincerely,

Mr. T

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/28/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

By Sonia Sharma (Editor and head of newsletter)

Have you read a newspaper or newsletter? Probably. They are sold all over the nation for everyday people who just want a status report about what’s going on. If you’ve ever wanted that type of news, articles coming from you, printed and published, and ready for the whole school to read, now’s your chance! The Creekside newsletter encourages all students to turn off the TV, pick up their pencils and start writing! 
Before our first newsletter, we need to decide on a name for it.  Please submit this form with your suggestions for the newsletter name by Monday, October 2.  You can also submit a name by filling up the form placed in your classroom and handing it to your teacher. The student whose suggested name is selected will get a special mention in the first newsletter and an Amazon gift certificate. Good luck!
 

Click here to submit your newsletter name idea (you must be logged on to your SRVUSD student google account in order to access this google form)

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) is proud to offer Imagineering, a beyond school enrichment program for SRVUSD students. The goal of Imagineering is to spark student interest in choosing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes in middle and high school with the ultimate goal of identifying more STEAM majors who will ultimately become highly sought after talent in the US corporate workplace.   

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/srvef-imagineering-6719480397

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School



Fall Parent Meetings w/Rick Schmitt, Superintendent
10/5/2017 9 a.m. MPR
Diablo Vista Ranch Middle School
4100 Camino Tassajara
Danville, CA
Click here for a list of all of the meetings

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

Thank you! Thank you! The Comet Chase was a huge success! We had amazing runners, endless smiles, friendly competition, and a lot of donations made to our Comet Fund. Our fundraising goal for the Comet Chase was $33,000 and we raised $39,934 (plus an additional $5,020 pending all of the corporate matching going through)! Go Creekside! I believe that one of the main reasons why Creekside is such an exceptional school is due to the consistent commitment that is made by this community to support education! 

 

What you may not know is that the Comet Chase is an entirely volunteer run event. Without the leadership, creativity, and support of Dana Patterson and Nancy DiOrio we wouldn't be celebrating another successful Comet Chase. These two super volunteers did a wonderful job! We cannot thank you enough! We also need to thank our sponsors who all made generous donations. Safeway, Sports Basement, Jamba Juice, and All in One Dental offset cost for food, prizes, and giveaways. Moreover, Audi of Livermore and Tiffany Stock, Keller Williams both agreed to be Comet Fund Year Long Sponsors making large contributions to our Comet Chase! What really resonated with the Comet Fund is the kids’ diligence in collecting donations. There were numerous students that gave one or two or five dollars of their own. That piece makes the Comet Chase special because the kids are empowered to help the cause! 

 

Thank you again for supporting Comet Chase and Comet Fund this year. Don't miss the Comet Chase awards assembly scheduled for Friday, 9/29 at 10:05am.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

The Annual San Ramon Rotary Auction for Education is the largest funder of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s educator grants.

Bid on exceptional items and get a chance to win prizes. All bidders will be automatically entered into a drawing for the following prizes.

1st Prize – 55 inch LG TV courtesy of Magnolia Audio Visual
2nd Prize – $500 Magnolia Gift Card
3rd Prize – $300 Target gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics
4th Prize – $200 Amazon gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics

The auction opens on September 20 and closes on September 29. 
Bids opened Wednesday, September 20 at https://www.srvef.org/The-Run-For-Edu…/Auction-For-Education.

Thanks to an amazing partnership with the Rotary Club of San Ramon, the Online Auction for Education is possible. Bid on amazing items donated by Rotarians, Community Members and Businesses throughout Northern California but especially The San Ramon Valley who care about quality Public Education in our community. Jump on board and place your bids!

The drawing will be held on race day. Visit www.sanramonrotary.org for more information.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/19/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

You may have heard this last week about the accident at the corner of Charbray and Casablanca. I have been standing at that corner to work with our middle and elementary school students to cross safely. We have already contacted Contra Costa County Public Works Dept. to work with us to improve traffic flow/safety at this intersection. In addition, our students are going to be working with Street Smarts again this year to review pedestrian and bicycle safety. You can help too. Please remember to drive slowly and carefully while picking13379763001393999531DriveSlow.svg.hi.png up and dropping off your children at school.  If you are not able to walk/ride to and from school with your child, have them join a group of children and adults that are also walking or riding. More people together is safer!

 

Please remember to:

  • Use the designated drop-off and pick-up area along the front of the school (double-parking while dropping off students on Charbray street is not permitted). 
  • Be mindful of the crosswalks. Do not enter a crosswalk or intersection when children are inside crosswalk. When you think it is safe to proceed, do so very slowly. Teach children to make eye contact with the driver. Drivers/pedestrians/cyclists should follow the instructions of the crossing guard.
  • Cross using the Charbray/Massara crosswalk so that a crossing guard is present. For safety reasons, students walking home from school alone are instructed to use this crosswalk even if it is not the most direct route (the extra exercise to retrace some steps is good for all).
  • Have your son/daughter riding bikes/scooters/skates wear a helmet and stop to walk across all intersections after making eye contact with drivers. 
  • Be aware of "no parking" signs, fire hydrants, and other fire areas (like the fire lane that connects to Charbray Street). Fines for blocking these are significant. 
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs. The streets in our neighborhood are all posted at 25 MPH, but the slower the better! Please drive very slowly and carefully when children are present. 

If we all promise to proceed carefully, we will ensure the safety all of all of our children.  It's that easy!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/15/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Please click here to vote in our site council parent election. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/8/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

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Friday, Sept 22
(click to order pictures online)

Picture order ID: BY417619Q0

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/7/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

The Comet Chase is a very important school fundraiser we hold each year. What makes it one of my favorites is that the students 
get so excited and involved while also showing a lot of pride in their school! If you have never attended the event, I encourage you to make time Friday, Sept. 15th so you can see firsthand our proud, smiling, healthy Comets making laps around our makeshift track. Times are posted on the front page of www.creeksidecomets.org. With your unwavering support, we are able to provide so much for our students! 

Sincerely,
Mr. T 

Click here to sponsor a Comet (maybe you can send this link out on Facebook to get support from Creekside Comet fans out in the social media world!)

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/6/17




Audience: Comet Education Fund and Homepage

If you have time before to help your class or just on that day, here are all our needs across all the grades:

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/1357edf07a7ce5-cometvolunteers

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Posted by: Creekside Comet Fund
Published: 9/1/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

As part of our ongoing efforts to support diversity and equity in our District, we are proud to present our Culturally Responsive Speaker Series featuring several renowned experts. Education and communication are essential to help foster dialogue around the challenges that divide. Our goal is to create a community that values diversity, embraces our differences and builds partnerships based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. Please join us!

 

All presentations are from 4-5:30 p.m. and are free to attend.


9/7/17  

Zaretta Hammond

Helping Students Become Engaged and Confident Learners

San Ramon Valley High School PAC


9/28/17 

Dr. Lori Watson

Setting the stage for Equity & Opportunity: An Introduction to Courageous Conversation

Dougherty Valley High School Theater


10/26/17 

Olivia Higgins 

LGBTQ Inclusion in School Culture, on Campus & in the Classroom

California High School Theater


11/15/17

Ameena Jandali

Understanding Muslim students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment

California High School Theater


 

Additional Sessions may be added. Please check www.srvusd.net website for updates. 

All presentations are from 4-5:30 p.m. and are free to attend.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Families,

The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are gathering for the first timelogo-WatchDogs.jpg this week on Thursday, 9/7 at 7:00pm in the Creekside MPR. Pizza will be served! We are hoping to continue the Watch D.O.G.S program at our school to encourage dads and other male role models to volunteer in our school for the purpose of...

  • getting some additional eyes/hands available to help our students each day
  • making our campus even more secure and safe
  • proving students with fathers that work full time a way for them to feel like their parent is also involved/connected to the school
  • sending a powerful message to the students that it’s "cool" for dads/grandpas/uncles/guys to be supporting young elementary students with their learning at school

Please join us on Thursday, 9/7 if you are interested in volunteering in Watch DOGS. Please help get the word out by talking this up with other dads/uncles/grandpas. This is an easy way to get involved at Creekside. The minimum commitment is just one school day, so it's easy to make this work with your busy dad schedule!

 

We are purchasing pizza and need you to RSVP so we can order enough pizza. Click here to RSVP. Have questions, email creeksidewatchdogs@gmail.com.


Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/31/17







Audience: Homepage and Our School

CogAT testing for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) eligibility is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2017. Any student in grades 3 and 4 may take the CogAT. Additionally, students in grades 5-7 who are new to SRVUSD district may take the CogAT. The test will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Parents must register their child to take the test using our online registration system on our district webpage: https://srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/gatetesting. The registration window first opened on Monday, August 14, 2017 and will close on September 24, 2017 or earlier if registration is full.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/25/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Dear Creekside Families,

We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school and are hard at work here at Creekside. There are a few miscellaneous items/reminders that can help our families and our Comets have an organized, happy, safe, and healthy school year full of learning!

  • Food-based birthday treats are not allowed at Creekside - click here to read more about why/what treats are allowed.
  • Please drive safely and park legally in our neighborhood. Please review our arrival/dismissal procedures and parking map by clicking here
  • Please remember that we don't have supervision on the main grade 1-5 playground until 7:45am. Many students have arrived before then and are unsupervised. Kinder/TK supervision starts at 8am.
  • Our Creekside Student Handbook and Comprehensive Safety Plan both have a wealth of information about school rules, procedures, and safety for our school. 
  • As you know, school supplies are supplied by the school. For information about the optional $125 supply donation and to learn more about school supplies, please click here
  • District required minimum days always seem to sneak up on us. For this reason, we have identified all of them for you in one place. They are also posted on our calendar and on the front page of our website for future reference. Click here to see which days are minimum days this year. 
  • Please write names on jackets, lunch boxes, etc... so they can be returned if lost.

Thanks for reviewing this information. Here's to another great year at Creekside!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

School district "minimum days" always seem to catch us by surprise, so we are trying to help by identifying them for you at the beginning of this school year to help you plan your schedules this year.

 

Minimum Days for 2017-18 School Year

September 14

October 9-13

October 31

January 22

February 28

March 1-2

March 19

April 24

 

Minimum Day Bell Schedule
TK 8:15-11:35
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:31
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:32

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Creekside does not allow food-based birthday treats to be shared at school. Instead, we are asking for families that would like to celebrate birthdays at school to provide a "treat" from one of the possible ideas listed below. By not allowing food-based birthday treats, we help all of our Comets be happier, safer, and healthier.

 

Food-based birthday treats add up! In a classroom of 30 students, over the course of 9 months of school, students will consume an average of 3 treats per month - that's almost one every week! Eating a donut or cupcake once a week for someone's birthday becomes less than a "once-in-awhile" treat and more of a routine snack. And that is a lot of sugar! 

 

Many of our students have life-threatening allergies. Birthday treats are the most dangerous for students with allergies because teachers generally don't know if they are coming and what will be served. And if a treat arrives, there is not enough time to make sure the treat is safe for all students.

 

Our staff have been instructed to turn away food-based birthday treats; so please don't bring them. Instead, if you or your child wants to bring something in for his/her birthday, pick one of these ideas or think of something else creative:

  • special pencils (pre-sharpened is always appreciated)
  • special erasers
  • notepads
  • crayons
  • water-based markers
  • bouncy balls
  • washable tatoos
  • pencil toppers
  • goofy straws
  • mini-games (like travel size checkers)
  • a game for the classroom
  • a puzzle for the classroom
  • stickers
  • books for each student
  • books for the classroom library
  • hi-lighters
  • colored glue sticks
  • yo-yos
  • Sudoku
  • word searches
  • crossword puzzles
  • mad libs workbooks
  • glow sticks/bracelets
  • silly putty
  • smencils
  • jump ropes
  • playdough
  • sidewalk chalk
  • slap bracelets
  • anything you can think that kids would love!

As always, if you don't want your child to receive gifts at school for birthdays or other holidays, please contact your teacher to let him/her know. 

Please help our students be healthy, safe, and happy by complying with this policy!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Many of you made optional supply donations during online registration. Thank you! We get many questions regarding the cost of supplies and how it amounts to $125 per student. We have worked to develop this supply cost example list to clarify the average cost of supplies per student per year so you can understand how supply donations are spent.
Please click here to see the optional supply donation cost explanation.
Thank you for supporting our school by submitting the voluntary $125 per student supply donation. Optional donations were made during registration or can be made now by visiting https://ces.futurefundapp.com/ 

Please note: This website is not sponsored by the school.  Information provided on this website may be available to Parent Teacher Associations and other educational benefit foundations as well as school personnel as required.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Are you a 4th/5th grader wanting to run for student council? If so, please complete/review the Student Council Application for the 2017-18 school year on the Student Council webpage by September 7, 2017. 

If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Spatcher or Mrs. Dodson.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/23/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

With the upcoming solar eclipse just around the corner on August 21, there are many exciting learning opportunities for Creekside students. All of our teachers will build the eclipse into their curriculum and classroom conversations.

 

Activities will vary by grade and age level of students. Students wanting to view the eclipse (with glasses brought from home or by using a solar eclipse viewer) will be able to do so during their recess, as all of our recesses occur at some point during the solar eclipse. Most importantly, we will emphasize to students the safety message of not looking directly into the sun or the eclipse. The only safe way to view the eclipse is through special eclipse viewing glasses that filter enough harmful rays to make viewing the sun safe. Please reinforce this message before Monday with your Comet, so they don't forget (we will remind them too of course). 

 

Below is important information about the solar eclipse:

 

What is a solar eclipse?

 

A solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular celestial event. The last time it occurred in the contiguous United States was in 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  

 

Will we be able to see the TOTAL solar eclipse from the San Ramon Valley?

 

No. The Bay Area will experience a partial eclipse but not the full eclipse. But even a partial eclipse of this magnitude will darken the sky as about 76% of the sun is blocked in our area.

 

What time will the partial eclipse take place in the San Ramon Valley?

 

The partial eclipse will last 2 hours and 36 minutes in the Bay Area, from 9:01 a.m. to 11:37 a.m. The peak of the eclipse in our region will occur at 10:15 a.m.

 

Is it possible to view the solar eclipse safely?

 

While you never want to look directly into the sun without appropriate protection (sunglasses aren’t enough), there are ways to view the eclipse safely. These methods include special safety glasses and pinhole projection. More information about safe methods of viewing the eclipse can be found here. Or click here for instructions on how to make a solar eclipse viewer.

 

We want to use this unique opportunity as a learning experience. SRVUSD has compiled information for staff and parents on a SRVUSD solar eclipse website. You can also find great information at NASA’s special website.

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/17/17




Audience: Homepage and Our School

Please join me in welcoming our new teachers…

  • Alyssa Steele our new 4th grade teacher, returns to Creekside after long-term subbing in 5th grade for Mrs. Thompson this past Fall. She did such a great job we HAD to hire her for a permanent position at our school.  As a recent graduate from Cal State East Bay, she is thrilled to have her own classroom and start the year at Creekside with our room B206 Comets! 
  • Isabel Formoso (full time) and Kara Solomon (one day a week/part time) will replace our two speech and language teachers that were assigned to our school this past year. They both have really enjoyed this past week at Creekside and are excited to start working with our Comets! 
  • Jennifer Sill, our new 2nd grade teacher, returns to Creekside after doing a fantastic job long-term subbing in kindergarten and 2nd grade for the past two school years.  Jen is very excited to have her own classroom at Creekside and has a smile on her face every day because she got a job at her favorite elementary school-Creekside! As a current Creekside parent and previous volunteer, she is excited to support our school in her new role a classroom teacher.
  • Amanda Szyjka, our new 1st grade teacher, joins us from Tassajara Hills Elementary where she was teaching this past school year. What's great is that Mrs. Szyjka will be working with a partner teacher this year (Mrs. Matthews), which is what she is doing this year at Tassajara. We are lucky to have someone experienced in sharing a classroom joining the Creekside team to do that same assignment! 
  • Jennifer Sullivan, joins us from a private school in the Concord area. This year she will be starting the year for Mrs. Fitzsimons since she is out on maternity leave. Jennifer has experience teaching both 5th grade and middle school grades, so she is the perfect person to teach while Mrs. Fitz is out on maternity leave. Mrs. Sullivan is seeking a full-time position in San Ramon Valley as she wants to work in the public school system! Welcome Jennifer!  
  • Jennifer Koistinen will be the long-term substitute for Catherine Rhoton and Linda Nehse while they are out on maternity leave. Mrs. Koistinen is starting the year in Mrs. Rhoton's classroom and then will transition to Mrs. Nehse's classroom. She has a passion for kindergarten and LOVES this age, so we are excited to have her at Creekside this Fall/Winter. 
  • Rosemarie Banzon, our new grade K-1 teacher, joins us from Florida where she has many years of special education teaching experience. She relocated to the area to be closer to family that lives here in the East Bay. We were excited to have her supporting our K-1 students this year in room B113.
  • Molly Lin, our new grade 1-2 teacher, joins us from the Mt. Diablo School District where she was teaching in a similar assignment. She is excited to be working at Creekside and loves the San Ramon/Danville area since this is where she grew up and lives currently! Welcome Molly!
  • Tayler Foster, our new grade 3-5 teacher, recently graduated from Chico State and is THRILLED to have her own classroom! She is so excited about working at Creekside she volunteered in the classroom at the end of last year so she could get to know her students and staff at Creekside in advance of this year starting. Welcome Tayler!

Welcome new and returning teachers! We are excited to work with you at our school! 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/17/17




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Please remember that some children at Creekside have serious food allergies. Because a child with a serious food allergy can suffer a severe reaction by ingesting trace amounts or simply touching an allergen, we are asking for your help. Please follow all guidelines set by your child’s teacher with regards to allergies for students in your child’s classroom. foodallergies.jpg

Please carefully consider special event treats you choose for class distribution, as you will be amazed which items contain allergens or were processed in a facility that also manufactures food containing common food allergens.

Remember, the safest way to reduce food allergy risks in our classrooms is to take the time to read ingredient labels carefully and follow the teacher’s guidelines.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. If you have questions about allergies in your child’s classroom, please contact the teacher directly. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/17/17




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Dear Families,
You don't want to miss Back-to-School Night this week! Please meet in the MPR at 6pm for the welcome back message to learn about some of the school initiatives we are tackling this year and to hear from our parent leaders. Classroom presentations will follow.

  • Grade 1-3: Aug. 23rd  6:00pm – 7:30pm 
  • Grades 4-5: Aug. 21st  6:00pm – 7:30pm  


Mrs. Brogna/Kirby, Mrs. Matthews/Szyjka, and Kindergarten/TK classes had their presentations last week. If you missed it, please contact your child's teacher so the information can be shared with you. Please note: The information shared at the "welcome back" message in the MPR will be the same each evening. If you have already attended, you can proceed directly to the classroom presentations which begin at 6:30pm each evening. Also note that students do not usually attend Back-to-School Night. However, we would rather have you attend with your son or daughter if you are unable to find child care. 

We are very excited to have our Comets back at school for another year of learning. We hope to see you at Back-to-School Night so we can share our learning goals with you! 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/17/17




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Show your school spirit and help your class win the Spirit Trophy!! We have something for everyone... ordering is easy and your items will be delivered to your student's teacher! 

http://spirit.creeksidecomets.org

 

Go Comets!!

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Posted by: Creekside PTA
Published: 8/13/17




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Click here to view steps to register at Creekside 

(ALL returning and new families MUST register)
Note: Online registration opens for Creekside on July 28th

 

Everyone is invited to our Back-to-School Bash!!!
Thursday, Aug. 10 5:30pm-7:00pm

 

Onsite Registration
(for new families & those needing assistance)
Thursday, Aug. 10 4:30pm-5:30pm

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 7/5/17




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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 6/26/17




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Dear Families,

Can you believe it? We are coming to a close of another school year! I am so proud of our students and staff for accomplishing so much learning this year. Thank you to all of our parents for the wonderful support you have provided our school and your kids this year. This community highly values education, and it shows at our school! For those of you that are continuing at Creekside this next school year, I encourage you to get involved if you haven't done so before. We have numerous volunteer opportunities for you! 

 

Also, I want to mention that we have a lot of online learning tools available to you and your children over the summer. Remind your children to read each and every day over the summer. The Danville Library has some awesome summer programs/activities for kids. Also consider utilizing some of the amazing online educational resources Creekside Comet Fund has made available to us. Dreambox, Book Adventure, Razz Kids (gr. K-2), and Ed1Stop will all be available throughout the summer to keep young minds active! All of these links are also posted in the student links section of our website. Need help with usernames/passwords, please email ADeguzman@srvusd.net. Need help with Ed1Stop access, please email atarzian@srvusd.net. 

 

I hope everyone has a restful summer with a lot of free time to play with and enjoy your children. 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/26/17




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Dear Parent/Caregiver,

The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County is providing the Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS)- Child Abuse and Bullying Prevention Program in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District's 1st - 6th grade classrooms. The goal of the program is to provide children with the information and skills they need to help them deal with potentially abusive and unsafe situations and create a responsive safety network with peers, parents/caregivers, teachers, and other adults the child identifies as safe.

 

This year, your child's class participated in the program. We would love your feedback! Please take the time to respond to the brief survey found at the link below.
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpeakUpBeSafe_ParentCaregiverSurvey_SRVUSD_2016-17
 
Please direct any questions regarding the survey to:  Carol Shenon, Child Safety Program Manager, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County at capccarols@gmail.com .

 

Best Regards,

Suzanne Viani
Child Safety Educator, Grades 3 - 6
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
capcsuzanne@gmail.com
925-798-0546 
www.capc-coco.org 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/22/17




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Creekside Music Program's End of the Year Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 31st in the MPR.  We hope you are able to join us as the Creekside students close out the 2016-2017 school year with a fun celebration of songs.  The grade levels will be performing at the following times:

8:10 2nd and 3rd Grade
9:00 Kindergarten and 1st Grade
10:10 4th and 5th Grade

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/15/17




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Thank you Creekside PTA for the wonderful treats, flowers, and thank you notes for Staff Appreciation Week. We love you too! 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/4/17




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As you may know, the Creekside PTA is tasked with building school community by supporting a strong connection between parents, students, and staff. It does not try to raise funds for the school. However, sometimes this happens unintentionally when events or activities are more successful than expected or we come under budget with some of our planned expenses. Whenever this unintentionally happens, it is important for the PTA to put these funds back into the school community.
 

As a result of a recent budget surplus, we are excited to announce that our PTA is giving back by purchasing $10,000 additional books for our school library to help fill the empty shelves. It has also donated $9,000 to our teachers to supply a stipend that previously the Comet Fund provided teachers but was unable to do so this year due to the budget shortfall. Thank you, Creekside PTA members, for giving back to our school and for all you do to support Creekside Comets! We appreciate the support and all it helps us accomplish.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/4/17




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We have a large quantity of lost and found located in the MPR. PLEASE, PLEASE look through them to see if any of the items are yours before we donate them on June 7.

We encourage everyone to PLEASE put your child’s name on the tags in their sweatshirts, jackets, backpacks, and lunch boxes. It helps get them back to your student.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 5/4/17




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Dear Families,
Due to lack of volunteers and sign ups for the One Word Event (previously Multicultural Night), our PTA Board made the decision at our meeting today to cancel the May 12th event. One thing that we have been struggling with when maintaining all of the wonderful events that we host each year at Creekside is having enough volunteers. Parent involvement is important to our school and critical to our ability to maintain all of the activities that we have provided in the past for our Comets. Please consider getting involved in the future. Thank you to the One World Committee for all you did to try to make this event happen.

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 
Kim Lo Porto, PTA President 
atarzian@srvusd.net
creeksidecomets.pta@gmail.com

 

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Dear Families,

Please mark your calendars. Our PTA's One World Event (previously multicultural night) is next week on Friday, May 12 from 6-8pm. If you haven't attended this event in the past, you should get involved or at least attend the event. It is an awesome display of unique diversity that brings our wonderful students and families together. 

 

The PTA will have food, crafts, a photo booth, parade of nations, and country booths from all around the world.

 

If you can help with a country booth, contribute a dish to the potluck, teach steps to a traditional dance or spend some time decorating and helping, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aa5a723a2f49-oneworld

 

I look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/28/17




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The Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary has partnered with our school since 2009 when we opened. One of the things they do for us each year is allow us to recognize a teacher and student of the year to help honor the exceptional learning and work going on in our school. This year, Jacob, 5th grader at Creekside, was selected as the student of the year and Cristina Brogna, 3rd Grade Teacher, as the teacher of the year! Below, are thew write ups for their nominations so you can learn a little bit more about their accomplishments! Please join me in recognizing them as our teacher and student of the year for rotary! 

 

This year when I asked my staff to start making nominations for candidates for Rotary Student of the Year, Jacob's name was suggested by not one but numerous staff at Creekside!
His current and former teachers describe him as someone with impeccable work ethic. He takes school seriously, works hard, asks for help when he needs it, and always does his best. As a result, he is extremely successful in class and is learning a lot at school. Not only is Jacob a fantastic student, he also is a good leader in all areas of our school. He is very successful when working on a team both in and out of the classroom. His incredible respectfulness transfers to all areas across our campus. At recess, you will see an amazing athlete who is competitive but also very kind. He gets along with everyone and is constantly trying to make others feel welcome, included, and successful. Jacob is constantly going above and beyond as a student at our school. As you can see, he is the perfect candidate for the Rotary Student of the Year recognition!

 

Cristina Brogna is a third grade teacher at Creekside. She is someone that is constantly going above and beyond to meet the needs of the students in her classroom. When one enters her classroom, they will immediately be impressed by the genuine relationship that she has developed with each of her students. She uses this relationship to motivate them to work very hard for her.  She is consistently trying to get her students excited about learning through projects, videos, or inspirational pieces of work. She is very sensitive to her students’ level of engagement and interest in what they are learning. What results from this careful planning and decision making is a classroom full of happy students that want to be at school. And this is not always something easy to accomplish with young elementary students who are more motivated to play than anything else! 
Not only is Cristina an exceptional teacher, she is also a committed learner. Much of what she learns during professional development is immediately implemented in her classroom. She consistently goes out of her way to read and study new curriculum learning and applying as much as possible. Someone committed to learning and improving herself in this way, clearly is committed to student learning at the same level! These are just a few examples of ways that Cristina goes above and beyond as her work as a teacher. She truly deserves to be recognized for her outstanding service in public education. We are lucky to have her working with our students, staff, and families at Creekside.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/20/17




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Dear Families,

Our school site council is looking for parents interested in serving on the school site council for next year. The site council meets once a month on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. We have multiple parent openings for the 2017-18 school year. These openings are for a two-year term. If you are interested in running for a position on the Creekside school site council, please email me at atarzian@srvusd.net. Please make sure to include your child's name in the email. 

 

More info about site council:

The council is a group of teachers, parents and classified employees who work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The member of the site council are elected by their peers. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect the teacher representatives. 

 

Questions school site councils ask:

  • What are the goals and priorities of our school?
  • What data do we have that shows how well we are achieving those goals?
  • Are we progressing toward our goals?
  • Are there particular groups of students who are not doing as well as others?
  • What supports could we put in place to help struggling students?
  • How will we fund those supports?
  • How will we know if our programs are effective?

 

To learn more about site councils and their work, please read this article.

 

 

Sincerely,

"Mr. T"

Aaron Tarzian
Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 4/9/17




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Dear Creekside Community:

Hopefully you heard our Live Auction this past Friday was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thank you to the families that were able to attend and support our Comets with their incredibly generosity!

 

Our next important fundraiser starts on Tuesday, 3/21 -- it's the Comet Fund's Online Auction!  We still need $121,000 to make our fundraising goal this year, so the Online Auction is critical for the Comet Fund's fundraising this year. For those of you that didn't have the opportunity to attend the live auction, we ALL need to work together as a school community to support our school. As you know, one of the reasons why our school is so exceptional is because of the amazing support for education we receive from our community. However, we are not near our fundraising goal and need to make our goal in order to maintain our current programs. If we cannot make our goal, we will need to begin the process of deciding which programs we need to eliminate or reduce. However, it is always optional to make a donation and the Comet Fund/Creekside will be happy with whatever donations are made to our school. This school IS and WILL ALWAYS BE a great place to learn due to our supportive school community, fantastic staff, and exceptional students! 

 

As you know, our Comet Fund supports our school in so many ways. To learn more about the Comet Fund, click here.

 

Log on and bid starting Tuesday, 3/21!

 

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/19/17




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During Celebrating our Differences Week, students learned about "person first" language. We want to support our parents/families in also knowing how to use "person first" language. Show your child this graphic and ask them to explain what they learned so you can learn too. "Person first" language always puts the person first! 

 

Here is a quick cheat sheet to help you reinforce this at home and use it in your life (click to view below)...


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/10/17







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Dear Families,

I am writing you a quick note to make sure you know you are invited to our upcoming live auction! The live auction is a crucial fundraiser for our school and very important if we want to be able to continue to fund all of our amazing programs that support our Comets' learning. Just attending the live auction helps our school meet our goal as some proceeds from ticket sales go directly back to our Comet Fund. Many of our teachers will be there as well as many families since it is such an important event for our school community. It is an excellent way for parents to network and meet people with same-aged children. The auction is not only a fundraiser for our school but a celebration of our school community! If you have never attended before, I highly encourage you to join the fun. And if you have attended in the past, you know you don't want to miss this year's special auction event! 

Click here to purchase your tickets

To learn more about Comet Fund, what it does for our school, and our fundraising progress, please click here. 

Sincerely,
Mr. T


Go to creeksideauction.org to buy tickets

Friday, March 17, 2017

Blackhawk Country Club

6:30-11:30 pm

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 3/2/17




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Hello, 

 

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) is proud to offer Imagineering, a beyond school enrichment program for SRVUSD students. The goal of Imagineering is to spark student interest in choosing STEM classes in middle and high school with the ultimate goal of identifying more STEM majors who will ultimately become highly sought after talent in the US corporate workplace.

 

The program consists of several themes, each of which is taught in four (4) one-hour classes. These courses are designed to provide a serious, but enjoyable, science experience to supplement the science exposure elementary and middle school students receive at school. 

 

We are offering Biotechnology at Los Cerros MS starting Thursday, March 2nd, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.  It is a 4-part course series. 

 

There are only 22 available spots in each class and sign-ups will be on a first come first served basis.  PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE IS ONLY FOR 4TH GRADE to 7TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY. Thank you!  

 

Parents can sign up today:   https://imagineering-biotech-lc-march.eventbrite.com

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/28/17







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Dear Families,

The Creekside Comet Fund Board has exciting news! Safeway recently approved a $2,500 grant for our school to support updating technology here at Creekside! Hopefully you know that one of our priorities is to make sure our Comets have access to current technology to support their learning and better prepare them for the future. One of the challenges that we face is keeping Creekside's technology up to date since we have so many devices in the hands of our students. We are currently working to replace older laptops with newer ones. We also have a goal, based on teacher/staff input, to get more laptop computers into each of our classrooms rather than having computers shared across multiple rooms. With this generous donation from Safeway and our technology replacement budget from Comet Fund, we were able to purchase over 50 new Chromebooks for our students!

 

Thank you again to Safeway for this generous donation. We also owe Jen Jernstedt, Comet Fund Director of Grants, a huge thank you for helping us find and apply for this grant.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/23/17










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Dear Families,

This past week the Creekside Comets recognized Words Matter Week. Students participated in a daily activities that helped draw attention to this important life skill.

 

On Friday, we shared in the morning announcements an inspirational anti-bullying book called Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin. Mark WIlls, country singer, has turned the book into a popular song. On Friday, our student leadership shared the song with our students. You can check out the book and song on youtube.
 

Late this past week, our grade 4 and 5 students participated in an engaging workshop put on by Teen Esteem which supported students learning about how to prevent and recognize cyber bullying, how to be prepared to say no to drugs (including prescription drugs), and how to recognize that your choices about who you are friends with is important and can impact your future. The students and staff LOVED the very engaging workshop.

 

On Thursday this past week, Teen Esteem also hosted a workshop for parents teaching our Creekside families how to keep kids safe while online. Click here to learn more about Teen Esteem and their work in Danville and the Bay Area. 

Our work in social/emotional development is critical at the elementary school level. We are constantly working to support all of our students in their learning. If you would like to learn more about our special programs in this area, please check out our Anti-Bullying Social Development webpage. Most of the funding we get for our social development programs comes directly from our Comet Fund made possible by your generous support! Also, thank you to the Creekside PTA for helping us coordinate this week's activities and supporting the Teen Esteem parent workshop. 

 

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/12/17




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Dear Families,

This past week our Comets participated in Words Matter Awareness week at Creekside. Students completed activities across the week to bring attention to how much po

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/11/17







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Words Matter Awareness Week 
Monday, Feb 6 - Friday, Feb 10
Click here to see the schedule of activities

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/3/17




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Dear Families,

Our FREE parent workshop is this week! Please RSVP and come this Thursday, February 9th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Our PTA will be serving a FREE pizza dinner and parents will be given a homework coupon for each of their students as a gift for attending. Free childcare will also be provided in room 114.

 

Amethyst Thomas, with Teen Esteem, will support our families in a hands-on training to implement safety features on various devices. Learn some of the best ways to keep your child safe at this workshop! All of the different settings and devices can be complicated, so please bring your devices with you! We will also be holding an assembly with 4th and 5th grade students to be sure our students get tips to be safe while online! See you on Thur, Feb 9th at 6:30pm in the MPR! 

 

Thank you Comet Fund and Creekside PTA for partnering with Teen Esteem to support our students and families to help keep our kids safe while using devices online.

 

Please RSVP now! 

 

To learn more about the workshop, click here. 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 2/3/17







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Dear Comet Families,

 

We will be doing the National Spelling Bee this year!  Mr. Harter and Ms. Hunt are running the show to help us find the top speller here at Creekside!

 

The Spelling Bee list went home in the Tuesday folders on Dec. 6th for students to study the words before the classroom Spelling Bee. You can also obtain a copy of the list by clicking here.  The classroom Spelling Bee will occur in January/early February. Talk to your teacher to find out the date of the classroom test.

 

Each teacher will report their top 2 spellers to Mr. Harter and Ms. Hunt by February 7.  February 8th and 9th will be the School Spelling Bees for the lower and upper grade top spellers.  These Spelling Bees will use the words from the list provided.  Once they narrow down the top spellers, they will have a "run off" using words from another list.  This will determine our Creekside top speller who will go to the County Spelling Bee.

 

Feel free to email me with any questions.

 

Have a great day!

 

Thank you!

Danielle Hunt

dhunt@srvusd.net 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/23/17







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Please join “Safety Sam” at the 13th Annual Storybook Awards held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Dougherty Performing Arts Center from 5pm to 6pm. Refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Hall, which opens at 4pm. One highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the Storybook “The Super Summer Scavenger Hunt with Safety Sam” and book signing by the author and winning illustrators after the ceremony. Other highpoints include reading of the storybook by author Dana Mentink, presentations by elected officials, door prize drawing for students and the opportunity to take pictures with “Safety Sam!” It will be an exciting event for the students and the community. For more information and to register, please view the following link: http://conta.cc/2i5gnMu or visit www.street-smarts.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 1/12/17







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Dear Families,

Have you noticed that IXL math accounts have stopped working? This is because we transitioned our student accounts from IXL math to Dreambox Learning over winter vacation. Why? Our staff has been looking for a more robust math online learning tool and has agreed we would like to try Dreambox. IXL was one of the pioneers when we first implemented it. However, there is a lot more software on the market now that does more than IXL can do for the same cost per pupil.

 

Each Creekside student has already been set up with a Dreambox account. Teachers attended training on Tuesday, Jan. 10th and are working to get students their usernames/passwords. Here is how to access Dreambox: 

On the Web: https://play.dreambox.com/login/v9b7/8q2t (this is also available on the student links page of our school website)

On an iPad (download the two Dreambox apps) & enter this code when prompted: v9b7/8q2t

Need your child's username/password, please email your child's teacher. 

 

Why do we want Dreambox? It does A LOT for our kids! Click here to learn more.

 

If you still like IXL Math better, family/individual memberships can be purchased from IXL for a very low fee or you can use the free version.

 

Thank you for supporting our kids with even MORE math learning. Also know, funding for this electronic curriculum is provided thanks to your donations to the Creekside Comet Fund! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Dear Families,

Our Comet Fund recently applied for and was awarded a grant from Ross Stores!  The grant was written to continue to find ways to support the needs of our school while using other community resources to meet those needs. Ross generously awarded us $2,500 to continue to purchase books for our school library. Due to the new CA State Standards that include more focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), we have been working for the past few years to increase our collection of books around these topics. We still have more work to do and Ross is helping us close the gap. Thank you Ross and thank you Jen Jernstedt, Director of Grants for the Comet Fund, for getting these books for our students!

 

If I don't see you before Wednesday, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy playing with your children while they have extra free time away from school! 

 

Sincerely, 

Aaron Tarzian, Principal
Creekside Elementary School

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Published: 12/17/16







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The sale for the 2016-17 Comet Yearbook is under way.  This is such a great memento of your child’s Creekside experience.  Whether perusing the class candids, figuring out who’s who in the baby photos, or scanning to find friends in the school event pages, your child will treasure this yearbook and reminisce for years to come! 

 

ONLINE ORDERS ONLY

Go to http://ybpay.lifetouch.com and input our unique school Yearbook ID code: 10358517.

 

NOTE: Yearbook orders were NOT taken during school registration

 

Any questions can be directed to Tina Wilkins, tinawilkins@yahoo.com

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Published: 12/9/16







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Dear Families,

This Thursday, December 8 at 8:15am, the new San Ramon Valley USD Superintendent, Rick Schmitt, is visiting Creekside and wants to meet you! Please see the announcement below...

 

Coffee with the Superintendent

 

Meet San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s new Superintendent Rick Schmitt at our “Coffee with the Superintendent” Creekside Elementary School on December 8, 2016 at 8:15am in the MPR.  At this coffee, the Superintendent will share a little about his priorities, the District’s “Framework for Excellence” and his philosophy.  What Mr. Schmitt most appreciates is hearing from parents and one of his priorities is two-way communication.  He always walks away from these meetings having learned new, interesting and important information.
The Superintendent will be meeting with every school parent community this fall. If you can’t make this event, check out www.srvusd.net/coffeeswithsupt for details of other meetings. If you have questions, please email his Executive Assistant Cindy Fischer at cfischer@srvusd.net.

 

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Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Published: 12/2/16







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Support our school for free! Make sure to designate Creekside Comet Education Fund as your charity the first time you shop...

 

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Shop at eScrip Online Mall and smile.amazon.com to support Creekside

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/23/16




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San Ramon Valley USD has moved our usual TK/K Enrollment window up one week in order to meet enrollment deadlines in light of the earlier end to the school year. Our 2017-18 TK/Kinder Enrollment window will open on January 23rd and close on February 17th, 2017. Completed enrollment packets must be received and verified at resident school sites by February 17 in order to be included in a lottery should one be necessary at your school site.   

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Published: 11/23/16




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Dear Families,

Our Watch D.O.G.S. program is off to a great start this year with many of our dads, grandpas, uncles, and other male role models getting involved. Our students sure do enjoy having their dad at school for one day getting to see what their school day is like. The kids on the playground especially like it when our dads play wall ball, kickball, tether ball, or basketball. I am sure you can imagine how helpful it is to have another referee out there on our blacktop!

 

It's also been very helpful to have the extra pair of eyes and hands at our school. You might recall, the week before Thanksgiving, the power went out in our neighborhood. Our Watch DOGS helper for that day, Mr. Stratton, was there to help us the whole day! He helped inform families of the situation at drop off, went home to gather some extra lanterns for the bathrooms, and helped with communication across the campus.The day wouldn't have gone as smoothly without his support!

 

Interested?! It's not too late to sign up and we have plenty of dates available later this year. Here are the four steps you need to complete if you want to volunteer! Thank you for considering!

 

1. Complete the level 1 volunteer clearance process (unless you have already done so previously)

2. Sign up for at least one date (you must be able to commit to at least one whole school day)

3. Order your uniform shirt (required) & order child's shirt (optional)

4. Read over this important orientation information so you are prepared for your day

Notes about registration for Watch D.O.G.S.:

  • The adult uniform shirt is required in order to participate
  • The student (child's) shirt is optional but students like to wear them on the day their dad/family is the volunteer
  • Shirts should be ordered about one month in advance of your volunteer day to ensure you receive it in time

Thank you for supporting our school and this program! 

 

Click here to learn more about Watch DOGS.

 

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

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Published: 11/23/16







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Dear Families,

Please take some time to complete a very important online survey on the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s performance. This survey will be used to inform the District’s 2016-2017 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process.

You can take the survey by clicking the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3108113/Parents-English

The District is seeking input from parents, staff and students. All students in grades 5th through 12th will be asked to complete this 20-minute survey during school. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016.

As a reminder, the LCAP is a three-year plan that describes the District’s goals, actions and expenditures that support student growth based on input from staff, parents and community members. To learn more about the LCAP, click here

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. We appreciate all that you do to support our students, staff and schools.

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Tarzian, Principal

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Published: 11/10/16







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Published: 10/30/16




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Don't miss an article on DanvilleSanRamon.com featuring our Comets' work supporting Kids Against Hunger. Check it out:  http://www.danvillesanramon.com/news/2016/10/26/creekside-students-pack-19000-meals-for-families-in-need-abroad

 

Go Comets! 

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Published: 10/27/16




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Published: 10/23/16




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Dear Families,

Thank you! Thank you! The Comet Chase was a huge success. We had amazing runners, endless smiles, friendly competition, and a lot of donations made to our Comet Fund. Our fundraising goal for the Comet Chase was $38,000 and we raised $38,927! Go Creekside! 

 

However, you may not know that our year long fundraising goal is still short of where we should be at this point in the school year. We still need $22,508 to be on target. The reason for the shortfall is due to reduced donations at online registration. 

 

Hopefully you already know how critical the Comet Fund budget is to our school providing programs, services, and supplies that are not funded by the State of California. To learn more about what Comet Fund does for Creekside, please visit our Comet Fund webpage or attend the next parent info meeting on January 12th.

 

As always, we are 100% happy with whatever donations we receive from our school community and our Comet Fund board will make decisions about how to best allocate whatever budget is gifted to our students. Please know that we greatly appreciate your support! I believe that one of the main reasons why Creekside is such an exceptional school is due to the consistent commitment that is made by this community to support education! Go Comets! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

 

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to our Comet Fund, please visit http://ces.srvusd.net/thecometfund or click the button below...

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Published: 10/22/16




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Published: 10/16/16




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Dear Families,
 

The Kids Against Hunger event was a huge success with more meals packed than our school has ever done before! We are proud to announce that our students boxed over 19,440 meals this past Wednesday! Students were encouraged to use their own allowance or money they had earned from completing extra chores to make donations to this cause, with parental permission of course, to teach them how rewarding humanitarianism can be and help them see how just a few US dollars can go a long way in providing meals to kids in need. IMG_7079.JPG

 

Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit organization that helps impoverished children globally. The school event provided a unique opportunity for our elementary students to actually get involved in supporting others rather than just donating money. The Creekside Comet Elementary students in grades 2nd - 5th put on hair nets and took turns at food-packing stations to assemble ready-to-ship meal kits. Kindergarten and first grade students also helped by decorating the sealed bags before being boxed. The boxed meals will be distributed to humanitarian organizations worldwide. 

 

I am humbled by the generosity, concern, and leadership demonstrated by the students at our school this past week! I am so proud of our Comets!

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

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Published: 10/15/16




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Published: 10/9/16




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Please help keep our school safe by driving slowly and carefully while picking13379763001393999531DriveSlow.svg.hi.png up and dropping off your children at school.  If you are not able to walk to and from school with your child, have them join a group of children and adults that are also walking. More people walking together is safer!

We work with three local agencies regarding procedures to address parking violations and moving violations as those are not in the school's purview. Please make sure you follow all State laws when parking/driving near the school because fines will be issued for those people who fail to follow the CA law. Parents/citizens are encouraged to call law enforcement to report violations as this helps keep our neighborhood and school community safe.

Please remember to:

  • Use the designated drop-off and pick-up area along the front of the school (double-parking while dropping off students on Charbray street is not permitted). 
  • Be mindful of the crosswalks. Do not enter a crosswalk or intersection when children are inside crosswalk. When you think it is safe to proceed, do so very slowly. Teach children to make eye contact with the driver. Drivers/pedestrians should follow the instructions of the crossing guard.
  • Cross using the Charbray/Massara crosswalk so that a crossing guard is present. For safety reasons, students walking home from school alone are instructed to use this crosswalk even if it is not the most direct route (the extra exercise to retrace some steps is good for all).
  • Have your son/daughter riding bikes/scooters/skates wear a helmet. This is required under CA law. 
  • Be aware of "no parking" signs, fire hydrants, and other fire areas (like the fire lane that connects to Charbray Street). Fines for blocking these are significant. 
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs. The streets in our neighborhood are all posted at 25 MPH, but the slower the better! Please drive very slowly and carefully when children are present. 

If we all promise to proceed carefully, we will ensure the safety all of all of our children.  It's that easy!

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Published: 10/6/16




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Published: 10/2/16




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Dear Creekside Families:
Do you ever wonder what takes place on the "staff development days" when students across the district are out of classes but the teachers come to work? You probably picture a teacher sitting alone in her classroom preparing for the next week. For that reason, I thought it would be good to share with you how we used this past Friday here at Creekside to continue to grow and learn as a staff - it wasn't "just" a teacher workday. Our staff are learners too and they work hard on these non-student days!!!

 

Our staff spent a majority of the time on Friday learning about growth mindset in math by working in the book Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler. Jo Boaler is a professor at Stanford and a leader in mathematics education right now. If you were at the Back-to-School night presentation in the MPR, you heard a little bit about this work that we are doing this year to transition our classrooms from fixed math mindset to students/teachers/parents who have more of a growth mindset in math. There are many things that we as teachers and parents can do to harm students developing growth mindsets and we need to be educated about how to encourage students to make mistakes and learn that learning is much deeper than finding the "right answer." Please join us in this work! 

 

If you are interested in learning more about her work and what we are learning as a staff, consider reading the article linked below about making mistakes in math. If you are interested in reading her book along with us, I have pasted a link to the book on Amazon.com so you can purchase your own copy.

 

Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler, Stanford Math Prof.

Jo Boaler: ‘We need a revolution in how we think about maths’

 

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

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Published: 10/2/16




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Published: 9/25/16




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Published: 9/18/16




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Dear Families,

You may already know that Joyce Rooks, 2nd Grade Teacher at Creekside, was named Teacher of the Year for San Ramon Valley USD this past Spring. What you may not know is that she is currently a finalist to receive the Teacher of the Year award for all of Contra Costa County with a chance for the State of California! On August 15, Mrs. Rooks presented her speech entitled: "What have I learned from my students" to a panel of 12 judges. On Thursday of this week, she will present her speech to an audience of about 500 at the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Hilton Concord. The winner of the award will be announced that evening. 

 

Friends, family, and staff from our school will be there to support Mrs. Rooks. Congratulations to Mrs. Rooks for her accomplishments and for supporting our school and students. We are honored to have her representing our school in this competition and wish her the best of luck on Thursday! And Mrs. Rooks asked me to mention in everything that I write about her that she wouldn't be in the running for this award without the support from her excellent colleagues here at Creekside as well as others across our school district. 

 

Check out this article in the Martinez Tribune about Mrs. Rooks and this competition: https://martineztribune.com/2016/08/19/teacher-of-the-year-finalists-to-be-honored-at-upcoming-banquet/

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T

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Published: 9/18/16




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If you ever find yourself at the dollar store or in the dollar section of Target, please pick up a few items for our Cool Comet Card treasure chest. Students at Creekside earn Comet Cards for following the Comet Code and have a chance to win small prizes each month from the treasure chest in the office. Our treasure chest is in need of a deposit. So, if you want to donate a few small $1 or less prizes, our Comets would love some more choices!

 

 

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Published: 9/15/16




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Published: 9/11/16




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Attention Grade 3-5 GATE Families! 

We have our annual information meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 pm in the MPR. Please join us to learn about our GATE program at Creekside as well as learn about opportunities to volunteer and support our GATE Extracurricular program. 

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Published: 9/8/16




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Published: 9/4/16




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Dear Families,
As a former elementary school teacher, I can tell you how hard it is to have students miss even just one day of school. A lot happens in a classroom every day and it is almost impossible to catch a student up that misses just one day of school. That's why we are participating in the Contra Costa County's Every School Day Counts: Attend today, achieve for a lifetime! campaign to encourage students/families to send their students to school every day they are not ill. 

This past year, the Creekside site council set a goal to increase the overall attendance rate for our students. Here at Creekside, we have a very high attendance rate of 96.8%, but it could be even higher! In previous school years, our attendance rate has been as high as 97.4%. Even with a high attendance rate, it still means that the average student misses 6 days of school each year. This doesn't sound too bad when you average it across each student. However, this equates to approximately 4,500 lost days of learning when multiplied by 750 students!  Our goal is to have all of our kids at school as much as possible. The more days at school; the more learning occurs. Let's increase our attendance rate to even higher levels by remembering to...

  • Plan vacations during non-school days
  • Schedule your child’s medical and dental appointments at the end of the school
    day
  • Make sure they go to school every day unless they are ill

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

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Published: 9/4/16




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This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Please note that we are giving this test one month earlier this year. The online registration window is August 15 - September 25, 2016. Any student in grades 3-4 may sign up to take the CogAT. For grades 5-7, only students NEW to our district and have not previously taken a test for GATE-identification may sign up to take the CogAT. 
Please go here for more information: https://srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/gatetesting 
Please contact Hanna Ma with any questions. 

 

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Published: 9/2/16




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Published: 8/28/16




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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Soul Shoppe! We’re looking forward to supporting your children in their friendships, school life and social-emotional development this year. Our workshops are fun and interactive, weaving life skills and tools through stories that look like common “real-life” challenges and experiences. In their first workshop, “Check In,” students worked on developing emotional self-awareness and self-management skills.

Here is the language that was used:

  • The Balloon: An imaginary place inside us (we all have one) where feelings build up when we don’t get our needs met or when challenges arise. If you’re upset, acting out or withdrawing, you probably have a “full balloon.”
  • Leaking/Emptying the Balloon: If we don’t let our feelings out in healthy ways (emptying) they build up, and we often end up taking them out on those around us (leaking).
  • Checking In: The practice of stopping and noticing what feelings are in our balloons and what needs we have. If your kids are fighting, whining or acting out, you can ask them, “Can we check in? What’s in your balloon?”  Look for the need underneath and help them articulate it with the “I Message.“
  • I Messages: One of the best ways to communicate our needs and ask for help! “I Messages” have 4 steps (fill in the sentences): “I feel…” “When people…” “I need…” “Will You Please…”  

Please ask your kids what they learned from Soul Shoppe, ask them to explain the balloon to you, and talk to them about how you can use the tools as a family! We all have feelings and needs, and we could all use help sometimes with getting those needs met. Feel free to let us know what your kids think, or any questions you have!

 

We look forward to serving your children and your school this year.

 

Peace,

The Soul Shoppe Workshops Team

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Published: 8/14/16




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Please join me in welcoming our new teachers…

  • Alyssa Steele will be long-term subbing in 5th grade for Mrs. Thompson this Fall.  As a recent graduate from Cal State East Bay, she is thrilled to have her own classroom and start the year at Creekside with our room B212 Comets! 
  • Candace Wheatley (full time) and Emily Haire (one day a week/part time) will replace our two speech and language teachers that were assigned to our school this past year. They both shared with me that they are extremely excited to get to know the students that they will be supporting this year! 
  • Danica Woo, our new science specialist lab teacher, joins us from Coyote Creek where some of her six children have attended for the past few years. Danica has been a frequent substitute teacher at Coyote Creek  for the past year. Danica realized that she LOVES teaching science while doing her student teaching and subbing this past year, so she is thrilled to get this position at Creekside. Welcome Danica!
  • Danielle Hunt, our new 5th grade teacher, returns to Creekside doing a fantastic job long-term subbing in 4th grade and 5th grade for the past two school years.  Danielle is very excited to have her own classroom at Creekside. Welcome back Danielle! 
  • Erika Gorr, our new part-time resource specialist, will be working alongside Stephanie Nazario. Ms. Gorr has 12 years of experience working as a resource specialist in Illinois and is moving to California because her fiancé recently relocated to the Bay Area for work. Welcome Erika! 
  • Lauren Frank, our new 5th grade teacher, returns to the Creekside staff after a one year absence to finish obtaining her teaching credential. Lauren is excited to be back in 5th grade in the same classroom she was in when she took over for Mrs. Torres in January 2015! Welcome back Ms. Frank! 
  • Ryan Burnett, our new school psychologist, joins us from the Lafayette School District. He has many years of experience supporting schools and students in special education. He is very excited to be working in a large school district where he will get to team together with numerous school psychologist across our district. He also shared with me that he is very excited to meet our students! Welcome Ryan!
  • Susan Peterson, our new part-time science specialist lab teacher who was hired in January 2016, has accepted the part-time position again this year. She will be working with Ms. Promes, Ms. Patterson, and our first grade classes. Welcome back Ms. Peterson! 

Welcome new and returning teachers! We are excited to work with you at our school! 

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Published: 8/14/16




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Our teachers are very excited to see your little one tomorrow. If you haven't yet, please make sure you have read over the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) including the last two pages so you are aware of the arrival and dismissal instructions. As to be expected, auto traffic will be heavier the first few days of school. For this reason, please carpool, walk, or park east of Charbray on Lusitano Street and then walk the rest of the way (to avoid the crowded intersection). Please also make sure your tell you children who walk/bike to school to only cross using the crossing guard located at the corner of Massara and Charbray. For more parking/driving safety information, please visit http://ces.srvusd.net/studenthandbook. We are all very excited to see you tomorrow! It's going to be another great year!! 

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Published: 8/14/16




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Dear Families,

The entire staff at Creekside has been working feverishly to prepare for the return of the Comets from their summer vacation. We are so excited to see you all back at school!  Here are some things that you need to do (or review) before school starts:

All families need to register their student(s) for school. It is a two part process done online only. If you haven't done this already, please do so now by clicking here.

 

Do you know how to find out your child's class this year? Do you know how to drop off and pick up your child on the first day of school? Please read our Back-to-School FAQ now to get the answers to all common questions.

 

Do you know when school begins/ends. If not, please check out our updated bell schedule.

 

Parking is limited in our neighborhood and driving restricted to certain streets. If you are new to the neighborhood, please review this page on our website for parking/driving information. The first day of school will be very busy. You are strongly encouraged to walk, carpool, or park away from campus and walk to our school.  

 

All of this information is also posted on the front page of our website for your convenience (www.CreeksideComets.org). We are ready to begin the 2016-2017 school year! The teachers have put a lot of time and energy getting ready for the year. At Creekside, the staff, faculty, and administration are honored that you entrust us with your precious ones. The hours that your children are with us each day are so important. Here's to a great school year! Go Comets!

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Tarzian, Proud Principal

Creekside Elementary School

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Published: 8/11/16


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