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Dear 5th Grade Families/Students:

 

We are happy to say SRVUSD’s Science Alliance is continuing for the 2018-2019 school year! Science Alliance is a student-run club that works with the other high schools and all the elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley School District. It allows fifth grade “buddies” to be guided through their own science experiment over the duration of the school year by a high school “mentor.” Their efforts will culminate into a big science fair held at one of the high schools in April. Our goal is to successfully pair a high school mentor with a 5th grade buddy and give them a forum to create a Science Fair Project and forge new relationships with fellow science enthusiasts.

 

Monte Vista’s chapter will be accepting fifth grade buddies from Green Valley, Vista Grande, Tassajara Hills, Creekside, and Coyote Creek. We have attached a flyer with all the information about the club and how to sign up on it.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at admin@mvsciencealliance.org

 

Regards,

 

Monte Vista Science Alliance

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1siAokaJNhbupI2eth8qxPbeuoQjVTC2FKO0TOaZ5_J0/edit?usp=sharing

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 6/29/19




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Creekside is in need of a crossing guard substitute when our crossing guard is not available and we are not able to get a staff member to substitute from the school. If you are interested in being a crossing guard sub for Creekside only, please email ashade@srvusd.net and we will get you in touch with the correct person at the school district office. You would only be asked to sub when you are available for Creekside; not other schools. 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/16/18




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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has adopted a new, anonymous online reporting tool through a company called CatapultEMS. This site-based reporting system is now available on our school website and can be used by any member of the school community to report incidents related to bullying, threats, or other situations that may pose a danger or bring harm to members of our school community. 

 

To report an incident (anonymously or not), please visit the school’s website and look for the ”anonymous tip line” button. When you click the button, you will be directed to fill out an online form that will be sent directly to our school’s response team for investigation and resolution. As always, if it is a life threatening emergency, please contact 911.

 

Students must feel safe in order to learn. The anonymous tip line is another tool that we are providing as part of our ongoing commitment to create a safe, secure, and healthy campus that  allows all students to maximize their learning potential. We believe that by partnering with students, staff and parents to take immediate action when incidents impact our school, we can more readily identify and resolve barriers to student success. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our school. 
 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/16/18




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Dear Creekside Families,
An email message (pasted below) from the school district was sent out in the last hour notifying all of us that school is canceled for tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16).  We are resending this email to our Creekside community from our school email address to make sure no Creekside family misses this information. I want to thank everyone for your support during this very challenging week for our students and staff. I especially want to thank the Creekside staff for their support in opening up their classrooms all week so that students could remain inside for recess, lunch, and PE. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation full of family, fun, and great food. We also hope that the communities in Butte County and across California begin to heal from these terrible fires.

See you back at school on Monday, November 26th. Go Comets! 

Sincerely,
Mr. T, Principal 

 

https://www.srvusd.net/pf4/cms2/view_all_news?group_id=1500178971690 

All SRVUSD Schools CLOSED Friday November 16, 2018

Dear SRVUSD Parents,

As we continue to struggle with poor air quality, we want to inform you that the San Ramon Valley Unified School District has made the difficult decision to close our schools for tomorrow, Friday, November 16, 2018. ALL school districts in Contra Costa County and Alameda County are closed tomorrow.

We do not take this decision lightly and recognize that closing schools presents a unique set of challenges. The air quality forecast for tomorrow is expected to deteriorate, and we believe that closing schools and all district central support offices and facilities is in the best interest of our students and staff.

Please note that all 36 SRVUSD schools will be closed to all school activities, both indoors and outdoors, including athletic home and away competitions, practices, and scrimmages tomorrow and Saturday. The only exception would be for out of the area CIF high school playoff games, which will be determined and announced by the CIF office. For high school athletic teams in season during Thanksgiving Break, we will notify you by the evening of Sunday, November 18 regarding practices and games.

We want everyone to know how grateful we are for your patience during this very trying week. We especially want to acknowledge our staff for their commitment to the students.

As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend and reflect upon the conditions and losses in Butte County and across our State, we have much to be grateful for, including a wonderful community and beautiful place to call home. We wish all of our families a safe, enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving break. We look forward to a renewed outlook and many good times ahead when we return.

Take care,
Elizabeth Graswich

Director of Communications & Community Relations

Posted 11/15/18

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/15/18




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Dear Creekside Comet Families,

Happy Fall!  Having settled in to another busy school year, I hope you’ve noticed that your Comet Fund Board has been hard at work, preparing for another productive and rewarding year of fundraising for our school.  You’ve seen us at Registration, Back-to-School Night, and the Comet Chase.  In fact, you’re probably sick of hearing from us at this point… But, we want to provide you with an update about our recent successes as well as the challenges that remain.  

 

Let me start by thanking all of our Comet Families who took the time to participate in our Spring Parent Meeting.  Your participation, coupled with principal and teacher input, guided our budget process for the 2018-2019 school year.  The Comet Fund goal for 2018-2019 is $363,400.  This means that we need to raise at least $363,400 in order to maintain our existing staffing and program levels at Creekside.  Here are just a few programs we support:

 

Paraeducators – One reason we’re able to recruit and maintain great teachers is because of the additional staff support they receive from the Comet Fund. Your donations fully fund each of the paraeducators in our grade-level classrooms.

Classroom Supplies – This year your Comet Fund registration donation has allocated funds to each and every classroom for supplies so that each teacher would be able to fully fund classroom needs.  

Technology – Thanks to last year’s grant writing efforts that resulted in a very generous $2,500 grant from Safeway, and this year’s donations, the Comet Fund will be replacing our computers and other in-classroom devices, bringing us closer than ever to 1:1 ratio for all grades.

Library and Literacy Enrichment – Donations allow each classroom to borrow books from our library once a week and have our library open the whole school day every day of the week. Without donations, our library would only be open 2 days a week.  Note that we received a grant from Ross for $2,000 for classroom and library books.  

Vocal Music – You most likely hear your children singing songs and letting you know how much fun they are having preparing for the Winter Concert. Without the Comet Fund donations, this special vocal music program could not happen. The vocal music program at Creekside is an important element in a well-rounded education and your child’s life.  

Art Program – Without the Comet Fund and the PTA, there would be no art in school, it’s just that simple. Your donations FULLY fund Art in the classroom with the wonderfully artistic staff who runs this program through Comet Fund donations and supplies through the PTA.

Reading and Math Specialists – without donations, these teachers would not be able to help supplement your students understanding in the areas they may need  a little more time and attention in developing. We allocate 3 dedicated staff members each year to these specialties. 

 

We have the privilege of working with the most talented teachers and staff, as well as a tremendous volunteer force, loaded with passion and talent.  We’ve been putting that passion and talent to work to raise enough money to support these programs and our existing staffing, because we know that with your help and donations, every Creekside Comet benefits!  

 

Thanks to your generous support, corporate matching funds, grants, and the generous support of our year-long sponsors (Danville Pediatric Dentistry and Livermore Auto Mall), we have raised $292,605 to date.  When those donations are coupled with generous donations the Comet Fund received at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, we only need to raise $70,795 between now and February in order to fully fund our existing staffing and programming for the year.  

 

We need your help to make this a reality.  I’d like to encourage you to make a difference by helping us in any way you can. Here are a few easy ways to help:

  • Corporate Matching Funds
  • On-Line Auction Donations and Purchases
  • Comet Fund Dining Days  
  • Join the Comet Fund Board
  • Donate – it’s not too late!

From sending feedback, providing suggestions, sharing your talent or even taking on a volunteer role for a large event, your support is necessary to our mission and it is why Creekside is such a stand-out school.  Please bookmark http://www.thecometfund.org.  Here you will find pertinent information regarding upcoming Comet Fund events, opportunities, news, an online donation link, and much more.  Let’s go above and beyond last years' success!

 

Thank you,
Aaron Tarzian                                                                      Dana Tsubota
Principal, Creekside Elementary School                    President, Creekside Comet Fund

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/15/18




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We are using the California Healthy Kids Survey this year to update our Comprehensive School Safety Plan. 5th Graders are taking the student survey at school. This year there is a parent survey component. Please take a moment to complete the survey for Creekside. This data will be used by our school site council and leadership teams to make decisions about how to improve our school. Go here to complete the survey: https://surveys.wested.org/csps/HY937XN (due by Nov. 29th).

 

More info about the survey:

The California School Parent Survey (CSPS) is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with information directly from parents that can be used to foster positive learning and teaching environments, parent involvement, and student achievement, health, and well-being. The act of asking parents to provide their perceptions of the school is in itself an empowering parent-involvement activity. The survey is an effective tool to assess parent involvement in the Local Control and Accountability Plan and is great to be used along with the CHKS and CSSS to compare parent, student, and staff perceptions.

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/12/18




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Dear Families,

Did you know Creekside works with the CCC Public Works Dept., the CHP, the CCC Sheriff's Dept., Alamo Creek HOA, and our students to help keep our kids safe on their trip to and from school each day! In addition to all of this, we are continuing our student education component around pedestrian and bicycle safety by inviting Street Smarts to work with students during assemblies and a bike rodeo this year (thank you Creekside PTA for organizing this). You can help too by making sure you 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 (please do not jay walk across the streets). 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. 
  • Specifically in the TK/Kindergarten parking area, please don't park in the bus zone and drive slowly and carefully as this is an area many students/parents are walking through the parking lot.

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

 

More information and a parking map can be found on this page of our school website.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 11/7/18




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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: 11/7/18




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Our school’s website is in the process of being converted to a new, easier to navigate, more accessible format. The date of the conversion is set for the week of December 3rd and may take up to 5 days to be completed. During the transition time, the website may be slightly out of date until the new site is published. 

 

Please forgive the temporary inconvenience. We think you will be pleased with the final product. If you have questions about the accuracy of something you are seeing on the site, please check with your teacher(s) or the school office. 

 

Thank you for your patience. 
 

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




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Dear Families,

The California Department of Education has released our overall State Test Scores for the 2017-2018 school year. Congratulations to the staff and students at Creekside for scoring in the top 3% of all public elementary schools in California (last year we were only in the top 4%)! 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. In addition to reviewing individual student assessment results, we work as a staff and site council to review subgroups of data to determine next steps for improvement at our school. In fact, many of the goals we set as a site council and staff this past year based on our past year's results, were areas where we showed much growth in 2017-18. Go Creekside! 

 

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: 10/24/18




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Dear Families,

 

Have you noticed the No Place for HATE promise posted around Creekside's campus? This year Creekside is working with the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in 1913 to secure justice and fair treatment for all. The No Place for Hate program is geared toward giving students an opportunity to understanding the damaging impact that bullying and prejudice have on individuals as well as the social fabric of schools. The initiative is designed to rally our school community around the goal of stopping all forms of bias and bullying as well as fostering a culture of respect and learning. 

 

Creekside Comets will be learning about the No Place for Hate Promise this year and will participate in “No Place for Hate” school-wide activities that promote respect for differences, deepen understanding about bias and identity-based bullying and develop ally skills across our community.  Our first activity is bringing back Peacemakers to our playground to help students solve conflict and problems on our playground. Thirty Peacemakers are in the process of being trained to help guide all of our students in this important work. 

 

We encourage you to discuss this exciting initiative with your child. As part of No Place for Hate, and the commitment to being respectful and supportive of others, students will be encouraged to adopt the No Place for Hate Promise, as follows:

  • I PROMISE to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
  • I PROMISE to do my best to be kind to everyone – even if they are not like me.
  • IF I SEE someone being hurt or bullied I will tell a teacher.
  • EVERYONE should be able to feel safe and happy in school.
  • I WANT OUR SCHOOL to be No Place for Hate. 

To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate at Creekside, please contact Aaron Tarzian, Shirin Dodson, or Lauren Fitzsimons.  Together we can make our community a safe and welcoming space for all. 

 

Fondly,

Mr. T, Principal

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/22/18




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Published: 10/21/18




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Dear Families,

Please join us on October 29, 2018 @ 7am for an important interactive conversation about the programs provided for students in the SRVUSD. 

 

Each year, as a provision of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Districts must look at the programs they are offering and how they are currently spending their money. They capture this information in a document called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is developed with the input of stakeholders from the District. The information contained in the LCAP is used to develop the District budget.
 
The voices of all stakeholders are welcomed and important in the yearly LCAP revision process. Parents, staff, students and community members all have a role to play in the planning and decision-making about the education of our students. 

 

The SRVUSD has a committee that meets regularly throughout the LCAP season to evaluate data and input from stakeholders. In order to inform the work of this committee, the school sites are each holding an interactive LCAP review session to gather input. The conversation will focus on the 8 State Mandated Priorities and how the District is currently meeting those priorities. Then you will have a chance to list your priorities and ideas. We will pass our findings on to the District committee.

 

Click to view the District’s current LCAP. 

 

Click for more information on the LCFF and the LCAP.

 

I hope that you will make time in your busy schedules to join us for a short, interactive LCAP session so that your voice can be heard. 

 

Date: Oct 29
Time: 7am-8am
Place: Creekside Library

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 
 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/19/18




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32nd District PTA is proud to join the Contra Costa County Office of Education to offer this

unique opportunity for all school parents in our county…

 

Parent Coffee:

 

An intimate conversation with Nicole Hockley,

Founding Member of Sandy Hook Promise

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

 

Pleasant Hill Community Center

320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill CA

 

The morning will include:

 

• Brief presentation by Nicole Hockley followed by Q & A

• Progress of the “Safe Schools for All” Initiative and Sandy Hook Promise Partnership in schools/school districts throughout Contra Costa County

• Continental breakfast

 

No cost, but please RSVP at: pta-safe-schools-parent-coffee.eventbrite.com

 

Background: The Contra Costa County Office of Education is excited and proud to announce its partnership with Sandy Hook Promise. CCCOE’s 2018-19 “Safe Schools for ALL!” initiative will feature the Sandy Hook Promise ‘Know the Signs’ programs as we introduce these no-cost programs to middle and high schools throughout Contra Costa County. Like Sandy Hook Promise, CCCOE and the 32nd District PTA are committed to preventing violence on school campuses by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities!

 

For more information, go to:

https://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/news/spotlight/parent_coffee

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/12/18




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You may have seen “Everyone is Welcome Here” signs popping up around the San Ramon Valley. These signs are the result of the work of a community-based committee that worked along with
students and teachers from the SRVUSD to develop the Inclusive Sign Project. 
 
Students from Dougherty Valley and California High School art programs worked with the committee to develop a welcoming sign that can be displayed in businesses, schools, homes, places of worship and organizations throughout the San Ramon Valley.  The signs signify that the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and its partners strive for a diverse and truly inclusive community by welcoming all individuals, regardless of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, gender, gender identity or gender expression. 
 
Residents, businesses and community members interested in joining SRVUSD in its endeavor to create a more inclusive San Ramon Valley, should contact communications@srvusd.net. The District is also interested in finding a partner to help with the cost of printing so that the signs can be distributed more widely. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2RizUYS.

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 10/12/18




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

Wednesday, October 31 is a minimum day and students will be released early: 

  • Gr. TK/K 8:10-10:40 (no early/late friends)   
  • Gr 1-5 8:00-11:50

 

Friday, Nov. 2 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: 10/12/18




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Dear Families,

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. This year Creekside Comets are being asked to participate in World Day of Bullying Prevention on October 1st. We ask students, parents, and businesses to #BlueUp on Monday, Oct. 1 by wearing blue to promise they will never bully or they will report it if they ever see it. The collective efforts of EVERYONE is so important to raise awareness to make Monday 10-1-18 the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world.

 

Do you know what bullying is? Many people overuse the word and call every conflict between two individuals bullying. Be smart about bullying and review this information with your Comet or ask them to check out one of the Is it Rude, Mean, or Bullying? posters around our school. Want to learn more about identifying bullying in schools, I highly recommend you read this article by anti-bullying leader Signe Whitson, a published school counselor,

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/28/18




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The Run for Education is coming up...  have you registered yet?
www.srvef.org/the-run

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/28/18




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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 the news.

 

Everything went very well with the drill. Our students and staff followed their training perfectly! Our Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Student) helper even helped us simulate reporting the intruder to the office, so it would be more realistic. Thank you to all Watch DOGS helpers for having an extra pair of eyes on our campus each day! 

 

I am very proud of our Comets and staff! 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. 

 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 
atarzian@srvusd.net  

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/27/18




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Our school site council is looking for parents interested in serving on the school site council for this year. The site council meets once a month on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. and sometimes we meet remotely in the evening utilizing online meeting rooms. We have two parent openings for this 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. The election will be held as soon as we have candidates! 

 

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.

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/26/18




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Movie Night Fundraiser in partnership with Pizza Guys!  Get your pre-orders in TODAY!  925-837-3500

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Don't Forget!  Come join us for Outdoor Movie Night! FREE family event!  We will be showing Coco on the school lawn on Friday, September 28th.  We will have pizza and a food truck!

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Published: 9/24/18




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Dear Families,

Thank you to all of our families that supported our school this last week by donating to our Comet Chase and for all of our Comets for running their little hearts out! This was such a joyful event full of great exercise with the goal to continue the excellent programs funded by the Creekside Comet Fund. We are excited to announce that the Comet Chase raised $33,694 for our school which is $1,700 over our goal! Thank you to all of you that pledged our students and for helping make our school such a great place for our kids! A special thank you to our volunteers Julie Gase, Jenny Quinto, Nancy DiOrio, and Amy Hsu for making the Comet Chase happen for our Comets! 

 

If you enjoyed the Comet Chase, you might also be interested in getting your family out of the house for the SRVEF Run for Education. The Run for Education is a community event that supports our school as well as the larger San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. This year it is occurs on Sunday, Oct. 14th. Not a runner, there are many other opportunities to volunteer or participate in this event and support our schools. Please register now or check it out by visiting the SRVEF Run for Education website. If you lose this email, you can register by going to the front page of our website anytime (on the left-hand side)! 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

 

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Published: 9/22/18




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8:25 AM - 8:55 AM 1st Grade
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM 5th Grade
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM TK,Kindergarten
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM 3rd Grade
12:35 PM - 1:05 PM 2nd Grade
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 4th Grade
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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/20/18




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Dear Creekside Families,

I wanted to let you know that I am taking daddy baby bonding leave from Oct. 3-Oct. 16 because we need childcare for my son. Like in May when my son was born, there will be a substitute helping support Creekside during this time. Please join me in welcoming Lynn Medici to the Creekside team! Mrs. Medici is a retired elementary school educator. She most recently served as the Director of Elementary Curriculum for Dublin Unified School District. However, she spent most of her career as an elementary school principal and elementary teacher. I met with her last week and she shared with me that her favorite job she did in her career was elementary principal! So, she is very excited for the opportunity to work at Creekside for this short assignment and to learn all about what makes this school such a special place. Welcome Mrs. Medici! 

 

I will have limited access to email while I am on leave and will work to respond to emails as soon as I return. If you have pressing communication, please contact Mrs. BennettMrs. Ramsey, or Mrs. Shade (925-314-2000) in the Creekside office so they can find the staff member best to address your need.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for grades 3-7 will be administered on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The online registration window is August 13 - September 23, 2018. Any student in grades 3-4 may sign up to take the CogAT. For grades 5-7, only students new to our district may sign up to take the CogAT. The district GATE webpage contains more information and the registration link for the CogAT testing on November 3, 2018

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Wednesday, September 26
7:15am in the MPR

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/14/18




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Classified Job Fair - Sept. 26th | 11-4 | Boardroom

 

SRVUSD wants YOU to come work for us!

 

Do you want a job? Something part-time? Something full-time? SRVUSD has all different kinds of jobs just waiting for the right person to fill them. Whatever your skill set and availability, we have a job for you.

 

Our greatest, most immediate need is for:

Noon Duty Superviosrs

Child Nutrition Workers

Special Education Paras

 

For a complete list of available positions, please see the flyer.

 

Bring your resume and letter of interest and join classified personnel for a Q & A at the second annual SRVUSD Classified Job Fair. Details about the event can be found here.

 

Date: Sept. 26, 2018

Time: 11am - 4pm

Location: SRVUSD Boardroom

699 Old Orchard Dr

Danville, CA 94526

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Posted by: Denise Jennison, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 9/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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! Not a dad, you are welcome too! 

 

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: 9/13/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Attention Grade 3-5 GATE Families:

We have our annual information meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30AM in the Library. 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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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/6/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

Ready! Set! GO!!! 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. 21st so you can see firsthand our proud, smiling, healthy Comets making laps around our makeshift track. Click here to learn more about the Comet Chase and support our school! We are hoping that with your unwavering support, we will meet our fundraising goal this year earlier than ever! Go Comets! And thank you Comet Fund team (especially theFATEfactory videography) for putting together this awesome promotional video for the event this year! Check it out below! 

Sincerely,
Mr. T 

 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/6/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage



DO YOU LIKE TO RUN? DO YOU LIKE TO BE WITH YOUR FRIENDS? DO YOU LIKE WINNING PRIZES?
THEN YOU WILL LOVE THE COMET CHASE!


WHAT IS THE COMET CHASE?
• A FUNdraiser FUN RUN that empowers our children to raise money for the school while incorporating
health & physical fitness.
• ALL students may participate with their grade level in the run/walk event by jogging or walking laps on our
makeshift track for 20 min. (TK, Kinder, and 1st Grade) to 30 min. (2nd – 5th Grade).
• Students can collect donations from family, friends, and neighbors (please only approach familiar faces, no door to door asks).
• The whole school comes together to run, listen to music, cheer and snack!

 

8:25 - 8:55 1st Grade   9:15 - 9:45 5th Grade
10:20 - 10:50 TK/Kindergarten   11:15 - 11:45 3rd Grade
12:35 - 1:05 2nd Grade   1:30 - 2:00 4th Grade
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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 9/5/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Are you a 4th/5th grader wanting to run for student council? If so, please complete/review the Student Council Application for the 2018-19 school year on the Student Council webpage by September 7, 2018. 

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

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/31/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are gathering for the first timelogo-WatchDogs.jpg this week on Thursday, 9/6 at 7:00pm in the Creekside MPR. Pizza and hot dogs 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, 9/6 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 hot dogs and need you to RSVP so we can order enough food. Click here to RSVP. Have questions, email creeksidewatchdogs@gmail.com.


Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/31/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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 7:55am.
  • Our Creekside Student Handbook and Comprehensive Safety Plan both have a wealth of information about school rules, procedures, and safety for our school. 
  • 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: 8/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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: 8/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

2018-19 Minimum Days
August 13, 31
October 4, 8-12, 31
December 20
March 12-15, 29
May 31

 

Minimum Day Bell Schedule
Gr. TK/K 8:10-10:40 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-5 8:00-11:50

 

Click here for SRVUSD Minimum Day/Bell Schedule Info

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Three ways to stay connected with what is going on at Creekside. Click before you forget...

 

 


 

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/23/18




Audience: Homepage, PTA, Our School and Homepage

Welcome back Creekside Comets!

 

I am very excited for the new school year!  I hope everyone enjoyed back to school night and you were able to meet all of your wonderful teachers!  

 

If you are new at Creekside, welcome!  You and your students will not only love our teachers and staff, but the great community feel we have at Creekside. Being the PTA president, I have the opportunity to be a part of what brings us together, inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  This is a great way to stay connected and to understand all of the wonderful events that are happening at the school.  

 

I look forward to meeting everyone throughout the school year.  My hope for this year is to continue to grow our volunteer base, it is so critical and rewarding to be involved and to ensure that all the wonderful events and programs continue to enrich our community.  

 

We are always looking for volunteers!  Whether you have a small amount of time or are interested in leading an event.  If you want to know more information about how you can get involved, please feel free to email me at creeksidecomets.pta@gmail.com

 

Let’s have a fantastic 2018/2019 school year!  

 

Go Comets!

Lydia Facteau

PTA President

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/23/18




Audience: Homepage, PTA, Our School and Homepage

We hope that you will consider joining the 2018-2019 Creekside PTA!  If you have any questions, please email our VP of Membership, Jeni McCracken mccrakenjeni@gmail.com

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Homepage, PTA, Our School and Homepage

For those of you that grabbed an order form for Spirit Wear at the On-Site Registration, please use this new attached form and write checks for the total to "Creekside PTA".

 

All orders must be submitted and in the office by August 30th in order to be ready by the Comet Chase.

 


 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Families,

We are one full week into another great school year at this wonderful school! I want to start the year by thanking all of you that donated to our Comet Fund during online or walk-through registration this year.  Our Comets thank you for making our educational program complete by providing additional academic, social-emotional, art, and music resources to every Creekside student! The overwhelming support of our Comet Fund shows exactly how much this community values their child's education. Your donations make Creekside even stronger and each child benefits from this! 

 

Don't know what I'm referring to...

  • Check out the infographic below. It explains the differences between the different fundraising groups and goals at Creekside
  • Haven't donated yet and want to make one, click here 
  • Want to learn more about the Comet Fund and/or get involved, go here on our webpage

Sincerely,

Mr. T, Principal

 


 

 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Back-to-School Night
Gr. 1-3 Monday, 8/20 6pm
Gr. 4-5 Wednesday, 8/22 6pm
Welcome back gathering in MPR: 6:00pm
Classroom presentations: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/15/18




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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 8/10/18




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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 7/31/18




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

Dear Gr. 1-2 Creekside Families,
Our grade 1-2 students will be participating in “Assessment Day Schedule" for the first and second week of school. This has been standard practice at most elementary schools across the district for many years, but is new to Creekside this school year. 

 

What does this mean for your first/second grader? He/she will be released from school at 1:20pm (following the 2018-19 bell schedule) on August 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 24th.  August 15 and 22 are already 1:20 dismissal days for all students since they are Wednesdays. 

 

Why was this schedule created? Each of these days some students will be asked to stay at school after dismissal to work with the teacher so that the teacher can complete the one on one assessments required in primary grades at the beginning of the school year. Teachers use these assessments to make individualized instructional decisions and classroom groupings for students, so it is helpful to add this schedule for Creekside grade 1-2 students. 

 

Creekside will be working with Kids Country to provide care during these hours for students not completing assessments. Assessments are pre-assessments for instructional purposes and are not those that should be “studied for.” 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Sincerely,
Aaron Tarzian, Principal 

atarzian@srvusd.net
Creekside Elementary School 


Gr. 1-2 Schedule for first two weeks of school:

--Monday, Aug 13

   8am-11:50am

 

--Tuesday, Aug 14 through Friday Aug 24 

  8am-1:20pm

 

Click here for the 2018-19 Bell Schedules 

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Posted by: Aaron Tarzian
Published: 7/12/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

Parents who live outside the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District now have the opportunity to seek interdistrict transfers to enroll their children at SRVUSD schools. SRVUSD has streamlined the enrollment request process for eligible families who reside in other Bay Area communities, reducing the stress of finding a high-performing new school. 

 

First, a family must obtain an interdistrict transfer approval document from its home school district. Second, if the student is in middle school or high school, SRVUSD will need to review transcripts, discipline records and attendance records from the previous school.

 

Transfer requests are approved based on space availability and a review of transcripts, discipline and attendance records.

 

In some cases, a family’s home school district will send the documentation to SRVUSD when a parent makes the transfer request. In a few other cases, the family will have to handle the paperwork.

 

Families interested in transferring their children to SRVUSD should check with their home school districts to begin the process.

 

SRVUSD is one of California’s top performing school districts. More than 98 percent of its students graduate from high school, and 95 percent of those grads plan to attend college, with 71 percent attending a four-year university. Student attendance rate is 97 percent at SRVUSD.

 

Academic success is a tradition at SRVUSD schools – a tradition well known to university admissions officers. In college placement exams, SRVUSD students rank exceptionally high, with 88 percent scoring 21 or higher on the ACT and 83 percent scoring 1,500 or better on the SAT.  Almost 40 percent of SRVUSD students enroll in Advanced Placement classes, and 88 percent earn at least a Grade 3 on AP exams.

 

The SRVUSD experience doesn’t stop at college preparedness. The district offers more than 450 sections of performing arts classes. And younger children are exposed to fun ways to learn, with a science lab and science classroom specialist available at SRVUSD elementary schools.

 

SRVUSD is built for success in the 21st century, with 100 percent of its classrooms and other learning spaces updated with wireless connectivity. The district has more than 6,400 Apple laptops for students, along with more than 3,000 PCs and over 2,000 Chromebooks. SRVUSD students also have access to more than 5,600 iPads and Android tablets.

 

SRVUSD has approximately 32,000 students in 36 schools, taught and cared for by 3,500 dedicated employees.

 

For questions about how families can apply for interdistrict transfers to enroll their children with SRVUSD, please visit http://www.srvusd.net/interdistricttransfers

or contact Student Services at (925) 552-5076.

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 6/28/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




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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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Our School and Homepage

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. 

 

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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 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




Audience: Homepage and Our School
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 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

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: 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




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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




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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




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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




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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







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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




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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




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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




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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




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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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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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Published: 6/26/17


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