May & June News

We’re in the last full month of the school year, and it’s FULL of special happenings!

Download May Calendar | Download June Calendar

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8
We have a few special activities this week to help encourage our teachers and show them some love…

  • Monday and Tuesday, stop by the office patio to make a handprint for a banner for your teacher.
  • Wednesday is “Favorite Color Day” so wear your teacher’s favorite color from head to toe!
  • Thursday is “Flower Power” for 5 day classes – bring a single flower in for a group bouquet while T-Th Classes have “Snack Day” where you bring in a small snack item for your teacher.
  • Friday is “Snack Day” for all classes – bring in your teacher’s favorite something!

Download the Schedule and the “Favorites” list here!

Mommy & Me TeaMay 14 & 15 at 11am –We will be celebrating our Mommies on this special day. Please come join us for a special chapel service followed by a ‘tea’ treat in the classrooms!  (Thurs. Blue, Fri. Orange)

Bike-a-Thon Update: We had a great time this week riding for our school and we want to thank everyone who came out and supported us in this fundraiser.  To date, we have received $1,500 towards or $3,000 goal.  Money is due by May 15… our special Character Party for those who raise $100 or more is happening with Cinderella and Captain America on Tues May 19.  Prizes and party invites will start going out this coming week!

Summer Camp Sneak Peak:  Thurs. May 21, Fri. May 22   *weather permitting*
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 8.
*Blue on Thurs, Orange on Fri.

Chapel: Thurs and Fri May 28 & 29 11:40am – It’s our last time to gather for chapel together as the Yellow Room leads us in the story of “The Man who was Too Little.”  They’ll be teaching us that even though we’re small, Jesus still sees us and loves us!

Last Days of School, Promotion Ceremony & Promotion Parties: Wed June 3 and Thurs June 4 10:30am
Join us in the sanctuary at 10:30 where each class will showcase a special song, receive their promotion medallions, and then head back to class for our goodbye parties.

There is no school Friday June 5.

Summer Camp Starts June 8 – Ages preschool through 5th grade – check out our summer camp info here on our web site.

Registration for Fall: If you’re not yet registered for fall (or know someone who is planning on coming but hasn’t signed up yet) do it now! Several of our classes are nearly full!  Click here for registration forms and information. 

School Pictures are online!

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You can view, order, and pay for pictures on the web site. Checks and cash can be dropped off with the school office; Stefanie can also take credit cards at the school if needed.  If you don’t have web access or are having technical issues, please call 714 202-6113 for alternate arrangements. Galleries close May 8.

Ordered images will be given final adjustments for composition, color balance, and contrast.  Scratches and little boo-boos removed by request at no additional charge.

Didn’t like your pictures or missed picture day?  We are putting an interest list together for a make-up day. The backdrop will be the same.  Let the office know if you would like your child added to the make-up list.

Any questions call Stefanie Carlson 714 202-6113, email stefanie@stefaniecarlson.com, or check in with Stefanie in the school office.

Kids Guardian Workshop

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Location: The Creek Preschool - 250 S. Prospect St., Orange, CA 92869

Parents will learn how to:

  • Make sure your children never spend even one moment in the care of strangers(or anyone you wouldn’t want) if anything happens to you.
  • Avoid the expenses and delays of a long, drawn-out court process that would make life difficult for your loved ones if you were in an accident.
  • Protect your children’s inheritance from creditors, lawsuits, and failed marriages.
  • Make sure your hard-earned money is immediately and privately available to your chosen guardians.
  • Leave behind more than just your money.

Parents will be shown an easy-three step process for deciding on guardians, and can complete legal documents naming permanent guardians for their kids for free—a $500 value!

Special Guest Speakers:
Joshua and Laura Meier, Meier Law Firm
Trust and Estate Attorneys Focusing on Families With Young Children

REGISTER ONLINE HERE or sign up at the school office

Bike-a-Thon 2015

Don’t forget: our Bike-A-Thon is April 29 & 30!

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 their helmet, bike or scooter, and their adult ‘pit crew’ on site.

We are raising money for for Playground upgrades!

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Avenger and the Princess” party! (An incredibly awesome character event full of games and laughter)
Students who raise $50 or more earn a Creek pennant!
And the class that raises the most money earns an ice cream party!
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March News and Events!

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We’ve been having a lot of fun getting ready for spring!

March is full of many special things, so please make sure to mark your calendars!

Registration for Fall is Open to the Public!  We are getting ready for next year already, so if you know you’re returning, please make sure you fill out and turn in your registration form for next year so that we can guarantee your child a spot. Several classes are already half (or more) full!   Early registration discount ends March 27.

Noah’s Ark Chapel: March 5 & 6 – 11:40am – The Purple Room leads chapel and will be telling us the story of “Noah and the Big Boat” so come learn about how much God loves us (and the animals)!
March 12 & 13 – The Petting Zoo visits!  All God’s Creatures will be on campus to give us a hands-on experience with some of the farm animals that God made. You’re invited to join us!

Thursday March 12
10:30 – Yellow
10:50 – Purple
11:10 – Red
11:30 – Blue
Friday March 13
10:30 – Yellow
10:50 – Purple
11:10 – Red
11:30 – Orange

Kindergarten to the Tide pools! Our Kindergarten class will be going on an off-site field trip on March 16 to Newport Beach to learn about the tide pools and how we can care for our beaches.

Chancy  & Bruce Kindergarten Readiness Screening
For our Pre-K and Kindergarten students, Chancy Bruce Educational Resources will be on campus March 19 & 20 for Kindergarten/First Grade assessment testing.  This is a non-academic screening for school readiness – you can learn more about their testing program here: http://www.chancyandbruce.com/  Sign ups are due by March March 16. If you need a sign-up form, please stop in at the office. The cost for this screening is $50.

The parent meeting to talk about the results and process will be held April 8 at 6:30pm here on campus. Those with younger preschool age children who are eligible for screening next year are invited to attend the meeting as well, as it is full of information from these experts about the kindergarten readiness developmental process and skill sets.

Please note that the parent meeting is adults only and child care will not be provided. The meeting runs about an hour.

Easter Chapels:  11:40am on March 19 & 20 – on Thursday the Blue Room will be leading chapel and on Friday the Orange Room will lead!  We will be learning about  “The Sad Day and the Happy Day” and what Jesus did for each one of us.  No bunnies, just God’s love!

Open House: March 25 from 6-7:30pm
The classrooms will be open for visiting and seeing all your child’s hard work and we will have dinner available for purchase as part of our security gate fundraiser!

You may not see as much artwork going home this month, and it may seem like your child is keeping some secrets from you about what’s going on in the classroom… but that’s because Open House is such a BIG DEAL that we like to have some surprises for you!

On this night we will also be having a raffle for some great prizes – each classroom is putting together a prize basket that goes with their Open House theme. That night, at closing ceremonies, we will draw the winners!  All proceeds go to the security gates fundraiser.   See your child’s teacher for details on how you can help make the raffle baskets awesome!

March 26 & 27 – Easter Parties 11:15am  – Come join us as we celebrate that “He is Risen Indeed” with a potluck party in the classrooms. See your child’s teacher to sign up.

Spring Break and Spring Fever Camp:  March 30 through April 3 the Creek will be closed, but Coach Joel will have camp! See the Spring Break flyer for details and to sign up.

Easter and Holy Week Events:

Seder Dinner – Wednesday April 1
What is a Seder?  It is a ceremonial meal that commemorates the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt and includes readings of the Haggadah and eating of symbolic foods, observed in Jewish homes on the first nights of Passover.  We are invited to Join River47 and Orange County Christian Fellowship for a Seder dinner.  The cost is $5 for adults (pay at the door) and children are free.

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday April 2 at 7pm
Maundy Thursday is the Christian Holy Day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

Easter Sunday – April 5 at 10am
River47 will be having a special Easter Service and the children’s program (with Egg Hunt!) will be led by the Creek’s very own Kacie Andrews!

Mid February Updates

We had a wonderful Daddy N Me evening here at the Creek! It was wonderful to see all the fun and creativity as our teams created special projects for Mommy!

We also thank River 47 church for hosting our Daddy N Me Dinner that evening! It was a great time for the dads to meet one another as well as have some additional one on one time with their children.

River47 regularly meets for Wednesday dinner starting at 6pm followed by Adults, Teen, and Children’s study groups from 7-8pm. Your family is invited to drop in and join our church family as often as you like for “Deeper”!

Ash Wednesday Service – River47 church will be holding an Ash Wednesday service on the 18th at 7pm. Nursery care will be available.  (“Deeper” will not meet for dinner on this night).

Chapel – Feb 19 & 20 – Led by the Red Room – 11:40am
We’ll be learning about how if we trust in God to help us, we can do BIG things! Come learn about David and the Biggest Man with us!

Preschool & PreK Conferences – Feb 23-27 by Appointment
Sign up with your child’s teacher for a progress report in preparation for registration for fall for Kindergarten/First grade opening up at your local schools.

Bake Sale – Purple Room – Mrs. Christine’s and Ms. Rebecca’s classes will host our bake sale on the 26 and 27 so stop on by for some delicious treats!

 

Looking ahead to March…

Download updated Year Calendar & March At-a-Glance Calendar

March 12 & 13 – The Petting Zoo visits!  All God’s Creatures will be on campus to give us a hands-on experience with some of the farm animals that God made. You’re invited to join us!

Thursday March 12

10:30 – Yellow

10:50 – Purple

11:10 – Red

11:30 – Blue

Friday March 13

10:30 – Yellow

10:50 – Purple

11:10 – Red

11:30 – Orange

 

Chancy  & Bruce Kindergarten Readiness Screening
For our Pre-K and Kindergarten students, Chancy Bruce Educational Resources will be on campus March 19 & 20 for Kindergarten/First Grade assessment testing.  This is a non-academic screening for school readiness – you can learn more about their testing program here: http://www.chancyandbruce.com/

The parent meeting to talk about the results and process will be held April 8 at 6:30pm here on campus. Those with younger preschool age children who are eligible for screening next year are invited to attend the meeting as well, as it is full of information from these experts about the kindergarten readiness developmental process and skill sets.

Please note that the parent meeting is adults only and child care will not be provided. The meeting runs about an hour.

Easter Chapel – March 19 (led by Blue) and 20 (led by Orange) at 11:40 am

Come join us as we learn about the sad day (Good Friday) and the Happy Day (Easter Sunday) and why we need the sad day to have the happy day.

Open House – March 25 from 6-7:30pm

Our Annual Showcase Night is coming up! Classrooms will be open so you can see what the children have been working on with such great secrecy for you.  We’ll also have dinner available for purchase as part of our security gates fundraiser, a raffle, and a lot of fun! We hope you can make it!

Easter Parties – We’re Celebrating that “He is Risen indeed!” March 26 & 27 at 11:15 am before closing for Spring Break the next week.  Sign up for the party potluck in the classrooms.

Spring Fever Camp – Coach Joel is running camp the week we’re off from 8am-3pm. Download a camp info and sign up form here.

Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out!

While the school is closed Feb 13 and 16th for the President’s Day Holiday weekend, there will be Kids Night out on Friday Feb 13!!

 

A Special Valentine’s Kids Night Out!

 At The Creek

Friday February 13 from 5pm-9pm

For Kids Ages 6 months through 6th grade
Games, Pizza Dinner, and Lots of Fun…They won’t even realize its babysitting night for you!

It’s just $5/hour per child

(but you never pay more than $10/hour)
Sign up at the clipboard by the school office

Or call/text Coach Joel 714 728-3237

Registration for 2015-16 School Year

In-House Registration – for currently enrolled families – Opens Feb 1
Open Registration begins March 1
Our early registration discount ends March 25

|Download a Registration Form

 Classes for the 2015-2016 School Year

 

Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten:
 5 by Dec. 1, 2015 | 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, 2015 | M-F 9am-12pm, MWF 9am-12pm or T-Th 9am-12pm

This class is geared for children who will be entering Kindergarten in 2016. 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, 2015 | 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 next year, but please be patient as we juggle registration needs and staff schedules for next year.

 

 Extended Day and Extra Curricular Options

We will continue to offer enrichment programs 1-2pm after lunch.
School hours remain 8am-3pm.

 

January 2015 News

Welcome back from your Christmas holidays! We  hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family and enjoyed the time off. It was great seeing everyone come back this week – everyone’s grown up so much while we were gone!

Here’s a few highlights of what’s going on this month;

Jan 19 – No School – Holiday

BIG JOHN THE FIRE TRUCK – Jan 20 & 21st

We’re having the talking fire truck come visit us to learn about fire safety! Parents are invited to join us for this on-campus field trip.

Tues. Jan 20th   Wed. Jan 21st
9:30-10:15 Red, Blue 9:30-10:15 Red, Orange
10:15-11:00 Purple, Yellow 10:15-11:00 Purple, Yellow

 

Chapel: Jan 22 & 23 11:40am – Come learn about how God loves us even when we’re naughty in “The Boy Who Went Away” led by the Blue Room on Thursday and the Orange Room on Friday.

Jan 29 & 30 – Bake Sale benefiting the Blue Room!
Our bake sales return – stop by the office patio to pick up a sweet treat before or after school and support Ms. Diane’s kindergarten class!

Looking ahead…

Don’t forget Daddy N Me Night from 6-7 pm on Wed. Feb 11 – We’re having a “drop in” project evening to work on a top secret Valentine’s Day project for Mommy!  Pajamas welcomed! (Daddy unavailable? A grandpa, uncle, or special friend is welcome to substitute!)

 Download January Calendar | Download February Calendar

Big John the Fire Truck is Coming!

Big John The Fire Truck  Is Coming to teach us about fire safety!

Tuesday, January 20th (T-Th Classes & Blue)
Wednesday January 21st  (MWF & Orange)

Parents welcome

Schedule

Tues. Jan 20th   Wed. Jan 21st
9:30-10:15 Red, Blue 9:30-10:15 Red, Orange
10:15-11:00 Purple, Yellow 10:15-11:00 Purple, Yellow