September Reminders – Mid Month Update

Happy Hot September!

A couple reminders and updates:


GRANDPARENTS DAY –  This Thursday for T-Th Classes and Blue, This Friday for MWF and Orange

We will be starting the chapel portion at 11:15 in the sanctuary.  We encourage the grandparents or special friends to come a bit earlier (about 11am) to come and gather up their students to go to the chapel so they can sit together. After the chapel we will return to the classrooms for a treat together too!

KIDS NIGHT OUT HAS STARTED! Last Friday’s kids had a blast eating pizza, playing games, and enjoying a movie…. While their parents got a break! From 5pm-9pm you can get a night out while Coach Joel watches your kids. Just $5/hour per child (but you never pay more than $10/hour). Sign up on the clipboard with the office or let him know you’re coming so he can plan!

FUNDRAISER NIGHT AT BOUNCE U! We’re kicking off our fundraising with some FUN on Wed. Sept. 24 from 3:30-5:30pm at Bounce U in Orange.  We have a private Creek bounce reserved, and our school receives half the proceeds from admission! Make sure all your bouncers have socks, and feel free to bring friends too!  Our fundraisers this year are marked for the following: fixing our plumbing, installing the last two security gates, and fixing up the playground shade canopy area.  Your support is appreciated!

Extracurricular Programs Update:

Sports is running Mondays with Andrews Athletics

Tuesdays starting Sept. 30 will be Little Ninjas karate with OC Martial Arts

Wednesdays is Dance with StarDreams

Thursdays is Culinary Creations with Mrs. Jennifer

All programs start at 1pm and are still taking new students!

BAKE SALE: The first bake sale of the year is coming up next week! Sept. 25 & 26 before and after school where you can pick up delicious treats and support Mrs. Cathy and Mrs. Elizabeth’s Red Room classes!

Annie Play: Sunday Sept. 28 at 6pm – Mrs. Kacie and River 47’s Michael Micco are putting on a children’s theater production of “Annie” here in the church sanctuary featuring a child cast of Creek alumni, current Creek students, and River47 kids. They’ve spent their summer preparing for this fun and engaging musical to present to the community, so come see their amazing hard work for yourself!


September 2014 News

School’s started and there’s a lot going on!

If you ever need the school calendar or the parent handbook they’re always online  Also make sure to ‘like’ us on our Facebook page, where we posts news, updates, and reminders!

Download the Parent Handbook 

Office Hours are 8:30-1pm – if you need to reach us when we’re closed, either email to or call our after hours voicemail at 714 497-0581


After School Enrichment Programs start in September! 
Dance: Sept 3  | Cooking Sept. 4 | Little Ninjas Sept. 5 | Sports – Soccer and Basketball Sept. 8
Classes start at 1pm. Forms for all are available in the office. Payment is made to the providers.

Free Vision Screening - Sept 8 and 9 during school hours. If you want your child to participate, please fill out the permission form. Forms are available in the office. 

Music Classes Start: Mrs. Karen of Kids Love Music starts classes with us! Each class visits her for 20 minutes once every other week for songs, finger plays, and time with instruments. 

KINDERGARTEN students only have Back to School Night Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm. This is an adult only meeting. 

Teacher Commisioning Service at River 47: September 21 10am – Our home church will be taking time during the service to pray for our staff and school year on this date. You’re invited to join us for the worship service. 

Grandparents Day Chapel and Treat: Thurs & Fri  Sept 18 & 19
We’re celebrating our grandparents with a special chapel and treat just for them on these days. Starts at 11:00am at the chapel.  On Thursday the Blue room will lead our worship time, on Friday the Orange Room leads worship. 

Bake Sale: September 25 & 26 – The Red Room (Mrs. Elizabeth and Mrs. Cathy) are hosting our first bake sale! Stop by the table before and after school to purchase goodies. All proceeds go directly to the classroom for the purchase of special new materials and manipulatives.

“Annie” September 28 6:00pm – Creek Alumni are producing a small community theater presentation of “Annie” here in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to attend this fun, free event.
Book Fair: Starts September 29.  We’ll be having before and after school books for sale from Scholastic – come shop, and help us staff this fundraiser event!

School Start 2014

I can’t believe that we are only a few weeks away from returning to school! I hope you all had a great summer, and are looking forward to an exciting year of preschool adventures here at The Creek!

I’ve been very busy here at The Creek getting ready for the new school year, and the teachers will return on August 18th to begin prepping their rooms for your children. There are a few reminders and dates I wanted to get to you right away as time seems to be absolutely FLYING these last few days of summer.

Reminder: Paperwork packets are due August 15. This includes your physician’s report for new students, which must be filled out by the doctor’s office.   In this packet is your EFT paperwork, which is required for this year’s tuition payments.  Due to parent request, we are continuing the Electronic Funds Transfer set-up for tuition payments, which take place August 15 through May 15 (10 equal payments for the year’s tuition).

We will continue to accept checks and cash for lunch bunch and other purchases.   And if you’re planning to pay the full year tuition in full (with a 5% discount), you can send in a check for that as well.

START DATES: *Class lists will be posted Thursday August 21st by 10am.

Meet Your Teacher Days: Thurs. and Fri. August 21 & 22 from 10am-noon is your chance to stop in and meet your child’s teacher! The teachers will be working in their classrooms getting ready for the start of the year, and would love to meet your child before the first day of school. You can stop by either day, regardless of your class schedule.

Orientation Days: Our first days of school are special, as the children go to their class while you go to ‘your class’ – the parent orientation meeting. This abbreviated first start day is a great way to ease back into the school year, and makes the drop off process less intimidating for first year students (and their parents!)

  • MWF & 5 Day Class Orientation is 10am-11:30am Mon. Aug. 25
  • T-Th Orientation is 10am-11:30am Tues. Aug. 26 (You will not need to pack a snack for Orientation Day)

Extended Day starts on Wednesday August 27 for all classes.
5 Day Class Students: Tue. Aug. 26 is an Academic Day only. 8:30/9am start with noon pick up. Don’t forget your nutritious snacks with two food groups!

If you’re not signed up for regular extended day (billed with your tuition) your child can always join us for Early Birds (8am-9am), Lunch Bunch (12pm-1pm) or Extended Day (1pm-3pm) at the rate of $5/hour. If your child is staying for the afternoon, please make sure to pack a separate lunch. Tickets for the Extended Program are available through the school office.


~ Kacie Andrews

Bike-a-Thon Celebration 2014

Bike-a-Thon Frozen PartyWe had a great time yesterday at our FROZEN themed Bike-a-Thon celebration party!  Our Super-Star Fundraisers who raised $100+ got to spend time playing games, watching a magic show, and participating in a sing-a-long with Elsa and Olaf!

Our Bike-a-Thon fundraiser was for school improvements, with a specific eye towards the playground. We raised $4900!  That’s some great riding and fundraising!

Also, the class that raised the most (per student) money was Green Room with over $88/student for a total of $970!  They will receive an ice cream party for all their teamwork!

Thanks to everyone that made the Bike-a-Thon such a success and we’re so glad that everyone was able to come and celebrate with us.  We appreciate all the support!

May 2014 News

Bike-a-Thon – May 6 & 7

Keep getting sponsors in preparation for our Bike a Thon … we’re looking forward to awarding trophies, eating popsicles, and enjoying the day raising money for the school.  We’re raising money for playground upgrades with our fundraiser this year.
Children who raise $100+ win admission to “FROZEN” Party May 28th from 10:30am-12pm: Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen will be coming for games and fun for our Bike-a-Thon Winners.

Children who raise $50+ will receive a Creek pennant; and the class that raises the most money (calculated as highest per-student average) wins an ice cream party!


Get the full details on the bike-a-thon here
Download the permission slip Download the sponsor tracking sheet

Here’s the Ride Schedule – remember every rider needs a ‘pit crew’ adult with them!

Thursday, May 6
11:10am –Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Friday, May 7
10:30am – Blue

10:50am – Orange
11:10am – Green, Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Mommy & Me Tea – May 8 & 9 at 11am – Come join us for a special chapel service followed by a ‘tea’ treat in the classrooms as we celebrate our Mommies!  (K on Thurs, Orange on Fri).

pond-logo – May 13 from 9:10-10am – Our little ‘tadpoles’ toddler class will be having fun with flowers in this month’s program, called “Growing Up!” where we’ll have story, song, paint and play in this parent and me class.

Summer Camp Sneak Peak:  May 14 & 15  (Orange and Blue on Thurs)
Send your child to school in a bathing suit, wearing sunscreen, and with a towel… ‘cause we’re going to play like it’s a summer camp day!  Coach Joel will be setting up his water slides, pools, and more for us to get way and have fun in the sun. It’s a chance for kids to experience a taste of summer camp, which starts June 9. LEARN MORE ABOUT SUMMER CAMP HERE

May 22 & 23 – 11:40am – Chapel led by the Yellow Room. It’s our last chapel of the year, and we’re learning about “The Man Who Was Too Little” and how even though we’re small, God still sees us, and He loves us!

May 26: No School – It’s Memorial Day


Promotion Ceremony & Last Day of School: MWF Classes
Wed. June 4 at 10:30am – The ceremony takes place in the sanctuary and then we’ll head back to the classrooms for our goodbye parties!

Promotion Ceremony & Last Day of School: T-Th & Five Day Classes
Thurs. June 5 at 10:30am – The ceremony takes place in the sanctuary and then we’ll head back to the classrooms for our goodbye parties!

Bike-a-Thon 2014

The Creek Preschool Annual Bike-A-Thon: May 6 & 7


It’s time to ride for the school as we turn the parking lot into a race track!
Get sponsors, and come prepared to ride, ride, ride for this school fundraiser! 


What is a Bike-A-Thon?

Bike-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which the children ride around our track, making as many laps as they can in their fifteen minute time limit.  They are sponsored by the lap or a flat donation.

After they have ridden and had their laps counted by their pit crew, the riders pick up their participation trophies and their popsicles.  Pledged money is turned in to the school office after their sponsors are notified of their lap count.

This is a fun event, as our children love bringing their very own bikes/scooters (and safety gear!) from home to ride.   In order to participate, your child’s permission slip must be turned in the morning before their ride and they must have a “pit crew” adult with them.

Children who do not have a pit crew adult will participate in other activities during the event.

How Can We Prepare?

First, please take the sponsor sheet to friends, neighbors and relatives and ask them to support our school by sponsoring your child in the Bike-A-Thon.  We are raising money for building upgrades and repairs.

They can pledge an amount per lap, or they can donate a set amount just for participation.  Our Tax ID # is 95-4712403 and donations are tax deductible!

OlafElsaSecond, decide who will be your child’s “Pit Crew” – an adult is required to be on site supervising the ride.  Additional pit crew members and cheering fans are always welcome too!

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Frozen” party! (An incredibly awesome character event full of games and laughter – this year Elsa and Olaf will be joining us!)

Students who raise $50 or more earn a Creek pennant!

And the class that raises the most money earns an ice cream party!

   The Day of the Bike-a-Thon

Bring the bike/scooter and safety gear to school either at morning drop off (we’ll have bike parking in the basketball court) or right before your child’s ride time. Make sure you have turned your permission slip in to the school office.

When it is time for your child to ride, make sure you sign your child out of the class, and then head out to have some fun!

Out on the track (we’ve blocked off part of the parking lot) we’ll have the kids line up at the start zone and get ready for their endurance race.  We give the children 15 minutes to ride at their own pace before announcing the end of the ride time.

After the ride, we’ll have a cold popsicle treat on the lawn, and all children who ride can pick up their trophy too!

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What is the Bike-A-Thon ride schedule?

Tuesday, May 6

11:10am –Red

11:30am – Purple, Yellow


Wednesday, May 7

10:30am – Blue

10:50am – Orange

11:10am – Green, Red

11:30am – Purple, Yellow


How do we collect the money?

If the sponsor is pledging money per lap completed, you’ll need to check in with them after the event, so that they can know how many laps your child did and how much they owe.

If the sponsor is pledging a flat donation for participation, you can collect the money before the event.

All checks should be made out to “The Creek Preschool.”  Money and pledge sheets are turned into the school office.

Donations are due by May 23 in order to be counted towards the FROZEN PARTY!

| Download an Info Page | Download the Sponsor Sheet | Download the Permission Slip |

April 2014 News

We hope everyone had a wonderful spring break and are ready for the last 9 weeks of the school year… yes, just 9 weeks are left! Where has the year gone?  These nine weeks are PACKED with a lot of fun events that you don’t want to miss.
But before we jump into April, wasn’t Open House amazing?  Every classroom looked amazing, and we hope you had a chance to visit the different rooms and see everyone’s hard work!

Kicking off April, our very first Pond event is tomorrow Tues April 8 from 9:15-10:15am. There’s still spots open if you haven’t signed up so come join us for this once-a-month toddler event. It’s a Parent & Me hour with songs, stories, art and play time. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other moms (or Dads!) in an age-appropriate play environment. This event is for toddlers up to two and a half years old and you don’t need a child enrolled at The Creek to attend!

Director’s Coffee  Wednesday, April 9 (8:30am-9:30am)
Special Discussion Topic – Transitional Kindergarten: “The Gift of an Extra Year”
Preschool Director Kacie Andrews will be discussing the importance of transitional kindergarten and the long-term benefits of giving your child the gift of an extra year.  Hear from parents who have made the decision to enroll their children in transitional kindergarten and are thrilled with the results. We hope you can join us on the patio for coffee and morning snacks as we talk about how to give our children the best school start possible!

Easter Chapel & Parties – 11am
Come Join us for “A Sad Day and a Happy Day” as we learn about how great God’s love for us is that he sent Jesus to die for our sins.  And about how happy we are that he didn’t stay dead – he loved us so much he rose from the dead!

Afterwards, we’ll be heading to the classrooms for a celebration party.  Sign ups for the pot luck food items will be in the classrooms after we return from break.

Thurs. April 17 for T-Th students – The Blue Room will be leading us!
Fri. April 18 for MWF students – The Orange Room will be leading us!

Easter Services at River47 – River 47 church has Easter services at 10am on Sunday April 20 and would like to invite your family to join them as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There will be a special childen’s program during the service, and nursery care will be provided.

Green Room Bake Sale: Friday April 25 – Mrs. Suzanne’s MWF class will have their bake sale with yummy treats to help their classroom. Stop by the table at the entrance to see what treats there are!

Bike-a-Thon – Mark your calendars for the  Creek’s Annual Bike-a-Thon fundraiser event! May 1 & 2 are the ride days, and your child will need a ‘pit crew’ adult with them to ride (or scooter).  More information and a complete schedule of events, will be coming this week but… we’re very excited that the prize party for children who raise $100 or more will feature characters from Frozen!

March 2014 News

Here comes March! We’re in the last days of February, and its been quite a busy month.  We still have chapel on Thursday and Friday (11:40am) led by the Red Room, and Mrs. Jennifer’s Yellow Room has bake sale too! Don’t let the incoming rain stop you from stopping by the bake sale table – they’ll have lots of yummy treats for sale!

Daddy N Me Night was a great success! We hope that everyone enjoyed this fun time of crafts, and that Mommy was quite surprised and delighted with her present.

We also were visited by the Tooth Fairy, who came to teach us about the importance of taking care of our teeth (when she’s not swapping out teeth for money at night, she works at a dental office).  And our Kindergarten class attended a special off campus field trip to the Planetarium at Santa Ana College to learn about outer space!

Coming Up in March…

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2014 Opens March 1 to the Public – Registration is currently open for you, with a discounted registration fee that’s valid through March 28.  Learn more about classes and schedules for next year here.

1911253_10151927136533314_234118306_o (800x533)Picture Day: It’s time for Spring Pictures!  Children will be photographed individually and with their class (unless you’ve opted out for pro pictures on your paperwork).

  • Thursday March 6  for Red, Yellow, Purple, & Orange
  • Friday March 7  for  Red, Yellow, Purple, Green & Blue
Thursday March 6 is Siblings Day, by appointment in the afternoon. See Mrs. Stefanie in the office to schedule a time for non-Creek older or younger siblings to get their portraits done.

Developmental Readiness Screenings for Kindergarten/1st Grade Readiness are March 10 & 11. All pre-K and K classes received a packet in their bucket; if you have a younger child and are interested in the screenings, please stop by the office to pick up a packet.

The Chancy Bruce testing is a great way to see your child’s developmental age in a variety of situations, and can be a great resource for helping strengthen areas of their development as we prepare them for elementary school. There is a parent meeting to go over results on March 26 at 7pm at The Creek.

Chapel – March 13 & 14, we’re learning about “The Boys and Girls and Jesus” and how much he loves and values children. The Purple Room will be leading us!

Bake Sale – March’s bake sale benefits Purple Room and will be on the 27 & 28.

OPEN HOUSE – March 28 6-7:30pm   The Creek is showcasing all the children’s hard work in this community night!  Visit preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten rooms and see what all the kids have been working on. In addition to the classrooms being open, there is a community information area with vendors and a dinner food booth for a fun and festive night.

Spring Break – March 31 through April 4 – The Creek is closed, but Coach Joel is running camp for kids preschool through 5th grade.  Learn more here or contact him 714 728-3237.

February 2014 News

Yesterday the groundhog saw his shadow, signifying six more weeks of winter… which out here in So Cal seems to mean winter is finally starting after an 80° January!  Here at the Creek we’ve been learning about winter all last month, and now we’re at the point where we need jackets!

Speaking of which, please make sure you are sending your child to school with a jacket – we are outside at recess and it is cold! Don’t forget to label their jackets so if they’re lost we can get them back to you!

We’ve got a lot of fun things happening in February, so make sure you have them down on your calendar:

Registration for the 2014-15 School Year has opened for our currently enrolled families. You get first enrollment for this coming fall before we open to the public March 1 – and a discounted registration fee of $150 (will go up to $200 on April 1).

The Tooth Fairy Visits Us – she’s coming to talk to us about the importance of taking care of our teeth

  • T/T Classes and Orange Room on Tues Feb 4 11am
  • MWF Classes & Blue Room on Fri Feb 21 11am

Daddy N Me Night – Tues Feb 11 from 6:30-7:30pm for all classes – It’s Daddy’s time for a special night at The Creek! Bring Daddy and come in your Pajamas for this fun craft project. We’re making a top secret Valentine’s Day project for mommy, so don’t spoil the surprise!  (Daddy unable to come? Substitutes welcomed).

Valentine’s Day Card Exchange – We’re exchanging cards for Valentine’s Day to show how much we love our friends! If your child is bringing cards for their classmates, please make sure that you bring one for every student so no one is left out. Younger students may want to leave the “to” section blank and just sign them to make distribution easier since they’re still emerging readers.

  • MWF on Feb 12
  • T-Th & 5 Day Classes on Feb 13

Chapels: 11:40am
Join us on February 12 & 13 as the Yellow Room teaches us about how much God loves us and will take care of us, just like he took care of Noah and the animals on his big boat.
On February 27 & 28 the Red Room will be teaching us about how we can trust God to help us do big things, just like David trusted God to help him defeat a giant!

President’s Day Holiday – No School on the 14th or 17th

Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out – Coach Joel is offering Kids Night Out on Valentine’s Day from 5pm-9pm here at the Creek!  It’s just $5 and hour per child (third child free) and he’ll feed them pizza, play games, and they’ll have way too much fun… while you get to enjoy the evening!  Kids Night Out is for kids ages 6 months through 5th grade.  Sign up on the clipboard in the office to claim your night out!

Bake Sale: Ms. Diane’s Blue Room raised over $130 at their bake sale in January and she’s looking forward to getting some more of one of the classes favorite manipulative building sets, and then using it for some Open House surprises! Thanks to everyone who bought goodies!   February’s bake sale benefits Mrs. Jennifer’s Yellow Room and is the 27 & 28th so stop by for some treats!

Pre-K & Kindergarten Classes have official conference week February 24-28 by appointment.  Check with your child’s teacher for their conference schedule.  Conferences are a short 15 minute check in on your child’s progress as they prepare for kindergarten/first grade next fall.  Preschool classes (Yellow and Purple) will officially have their conferences later in the year, but you can always request a conference now if you want to check in!

Download a February at a Glance Calendar | Download a March at a Glance Calendar

Fall 2014 Registration

We’re already planning for the next school year at the Creek!

If you’re  joining us for the Fall 2014 school year, here’s the basics:

The school year starts August 25, 2014

Registration for currently enrolled families opens February 1
Registration for new families opens March 1

The Creek will once again be offering Preschool (starting at 2.5 with potty training optional), Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten.  As always, we’ll maintain our small 12:1 ratio in preschool & pre-k and a 15:1 ratio in Kindergarten!

Preschool and Pre-K schedule options include Tuesday & Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Monday through Friday. Select from the 9am-12pm Academic Day, or the 8am-3pm Extended Day.

Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten‘s Academic Day is 8:30am-12pm, with 8am-3pm care available in Extended Day.

And we will continue our Early Birds, Lunch Bunch, and Extended Day options at the low $5 per hour rate for those that do not need regular 8am-3pm care.

Download a Registration form with rates and schedules

Once registered, you will need to complete your forms packet, which must be received by August 15.

Downloads: New Student Forms Packet |Returning Student Forms Packet


Classes for 2014-15 Information

Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten:
 5 by Dec. 1, 2014 | M-F 8:30am-12pm

This small ratio-kindergarten class, 15:1, is a complete Kindergarten experience at The Creek! Our class meets all the state standards of academic achievement but has a wonderful Bible foundation woven in.  Kindergarten students use the ABEKA curriculum.

5 Day, 3 Day & 2 Day Pre-K:
 4 by Dec. 1, 2014 | M-F 9am-12pm, MWF 9am-12pm or T-Th 9am-12pm

This class is geared for children who will be entering Kindergarten in 2014. This kindergarten prep program utilizes our Zoo Phonics curriculum, and is an excellent introduction to the school experience as well as laying the academic foundation for Kindergarten.

2.5-3 Year Old Preschool:
2.5 by Sept. 1, 2014 | M-F 9am-12pm, MWF 9am-12pm or T-Th 9am-12pm

This class is an excellent introduction to the school experience. Our preschool curriculum is an engaging 5-senses exploration of their world and an introduction to letters, colors, shapes & numbers.  In addition, they are introduced to our Zoo Phonics animal friends and start building a foundation for Pre-Kindergarten experiences.  Potty training is not required in this age group.

A Reminder About Teacher Requests

As we build classes for the coming school year, we do not finalize any staff placements until the current school year comes to a close. We know you’re eager to find out who your child’s teacher will be, but please be patient as we juggle registration needs and staff schedules for next year.