Spring Pictures!

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Thursday April 19 for Red, Purple and 5 day students in Orange and Green.

Friday April 20 for Red, Purple, and Yellow as well as MWF only Orange & Green students.

Actual picture day background is shown.

Green Room students will be photographed with cap and gown as well as the main spring set.

After picture day information for online proofing and ordering will be sent home.

Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser!

 

Bike-a-Thon!

April 26 for T/Th Classes

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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!

Bike-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which the children ride around our track as many laps as they can in a fifteen minute time limit. They can either be sponsored per lap or a flat donation.

After their ride time has ended, and their laps have been counted, the riders are invited to pick up their participation trophies and a popsicle.

This is a fun event, as our children love bringing their very own bikes/scooters/trikes (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.

Click here for our fundraising page with a video showcasing a previous year’s Bike-a-Thon event!

Ride Times

Thursday, April 26
11:10am –Red
11:30am – Purple

Friday, April 27
10:50am – Green
11:10am –Red, Orange
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

A Bike-a-Thon packet is going home this week in buckets. Missed it or need a fresh copy?
Download the info packet | Download the permission slipDownload the sponsor sheet |

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 our playground!

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

Second, decide who will be in 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!

Prizes

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Princess & the SuperHero” party! (An incredibly awesome character event full of games and laughter – details on which characters will be revealed next week!)

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 helmet 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 into 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!

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 they 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 15 in order to count towards the party!

February Special Events

Valentine’s Day Card Exchange

Feb 14th—for MWF Classes + Orange & Green
Feb 15th – for T/Th Classes

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.

While there is no ‘party’ we  are doing a special treat – we’re decorating heart shaped cookies!

 School Holidays

We are closed Feb. 16 & 19  for the President’s Day holidays.

 Pre-K Conferences

Week of Feb. 20 – Before/After School

With registration for next year happening, our Pre-K classes are having their formal conference check ins with an eye for TK/K readiness for fall. See your child’s teacher to sign up for a time to discuss this year’s growth and continued progress plans for the rest of the year.

TK & K Classes Conference in April at the close of the second trimester.
Preschool classes conference in May.

OCMA Self Defense Class for Ladies & Teens

We’re hosting a ladies group self defense class with OC Martial Arts  on Friday February 23 from 7-9pm – At the OC Martial studio  at 3126 E. Chapman Avenue (Off Chapman & Prospect).

Just $5/person.  Maxes at 20 participants

Sign up in the Creek office or email info@thecreekpreschool.org

Can’t make this one but interested in a future workshop? Let us know!

Registration for Fall 2018 is Open!

If you’re returning with us next year make sure to register your student for the fall academic year before we open to the public March 1. Discounted registration fee is valid through March 31.  For more information about classes and schedules for Fall 2018 click here.

Ladies Self Defense Class

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Come join us for a self defense class hosted by Master Kris of OC Martial Arts (who runs our “Little Ninjas” after school enrichment class) for a two hour practical class on self defense.

Friday February 23 from 7-9pm

At 3126 E. Chapman Avenue (Off Chapman & Prospect)

Just $5/person. Maxes at 20 participants

Sign up in the Creek office or email info@thecreekpreschool.org

Can’t make this one but interested in a future workshop? Let us know!

Registration & Classes for Fall 2018

Registration for Fall 2018 School Year
Opens Feb. 1 to Currently Enrolled Families & March 1 to the public!

Download a Registration Form with pricing and schedules here.

Contact us to schedule a tour and get signed up!


Classes for the 2018-2019 School Year

 Kindergarten
5 by Sept. 1, 2018 | M-F 8:30am-12pm

This small ratio-k class, 15:1, is a complete Kindergarten experience at The Creek! Our class uses the Zoo Phonics  Curriculum  for active learning & meets all the state standards of academic achievement with the ABEKA curriculum.  Students in this 5 day class are eligible to promote to 1st grade.

 

Transitional Kindergarten
 5 between July 1 & Dec. 1, 2018 | MWF 8:30am-12pm or M-F 8:30am-12pm

This small ratio-Junior Kindergarten  gives older students the opportunity to have a small-ratio, half day transitional kindergarten year and promote to kindergarten in fall 2019 strengthened by this bonus year. This class uses Zoo Phonics and ABEKA curriculum for a strong foundation.

 

4 Year Old Pre-K
 4 by Dec. 1, 2018 | M-F 9am-12pm, MWF 9am-12pm or T/Th 9am-12pm

This class is geared for children who will be entering Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in 2019. 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.

 

2.0-3 Year Old Preschool
2.0 by August 28, 2018 through 4 by Dec. 2, 2018| 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 to start building a foundation for Pre-Kindergarten experiences.  Potty training is not required in this age group.

 Download a Registration Form with pricing and schedules here.


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.

 

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

Chuck E Cheese Playdate Fundraiser!

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Click to download the flyer with coupons!

Jan 26 – from 3pm-9pm

Come visit the Chuck E Cheese in Orange off Tustin and Taft and tell them you’re there for The Creek Fundraiser!

We receive a percentage of sales! Funds raised are going for our facility upgrade fund.

So come plan a play date, invite extra friends… and come play with us!

If you can’t stay and play that day, stopping in and buying tokens to play another day also counts!

January News & Events

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your time off, and are ready for all the fun the new year brings. For us the new year brought us a new teacher! We are excited to welcome Mrs. Erin as our new Yellow Room Teacher and our T/Th playground teacher!

January has several fun activities happening, including music classes and chapels, the return of the bake sale, and a Chuck E Cheese playdate fundraiser! We are closed Mon. Jan 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser: Jan 26 – from 3pm-9pm if you visit the Chuck E Cheese in Orange off Tustin and Taft and tell them you’re there for The Creek Fundraiser, we receive a percentage of sales! So come plan a play date, invite extra friends… and come play with us! Funds raised are going for our facility upgrade fund. If you can’t stay and play that day, stopping in and buying tokens to play another day also counts!

Scrap Items Collection We are collecting “found objects” and “odds and ends” of ‘junk’ for our Daddy N Me Steam Night – any and all random scrap items that could be recycled to make a Gingerbread Man Trap are needed! Please bring them to the office so we can start building our STEAM night supply bins.

New Extracurricular Classes: Stop in at the office if you need a form!
Monday & Tuesdays: Sports with Tennis & Basketball starts Jan 2 & 23.
Wednesdays: Cooking restarts Jan. 17
Thursdays: OC Martial Arts and Fridays: Dance continue and the new year is a great time to start these ongoing classes!

New Extended Day Locations: We have a new teacher schedule for the new year for our extended day program. When picking up after 1pm here’s where to find us having fun:
Mon. & Fri. – Purple Room with Ms. Erika
Tues. & Thurs. – Green Room with Mrs. Jennifer
Wed. – Yellow Room with Mrs. Erin

Chapels: Jan. 25 & 26 at 11:40am – The Green Room is teaching us the story of “The Boy Who Went Away” where we will learn that even when we make mistakes, we’re still loved by God!

Bake Sale: Jan 18 & 19 – The Orange Room Class is hosting the bake sales this month! All donations from purchasing yummy treats go to Mrs. Alisa’s class.

Year End Statements: During the break we emailed out Year End statements for the 2017 year to assist those of you that need the information for your taxes. Please let Mrs. Stefanie know if you did not receive it or need additional documentation.

Looking ahead to February….

Registration for Next School Year Currently enrolled families get to register for next year before we open to the public on March 1. We will be offering preschool for children 2 years and older, (potty training not required), Pre-K, and Tk/Kindergarten so register early and claim your spots! Look for registration information to go out in the coming weeks.

Free Movie Night with River47 Church – our home church is hosting a free movie night Sat. Feb. 3 at 6:30 (there will be snacks!) and they’re showing Madagascar! Come join us for a fun time together for the family.

Daddy N Me STEAM Night – Thurs. Feb. 8 6:00-7:00pm
It’s Daddy’s time for a special night at The Creek! Bring Daddy and come in your Pajamas for this fun science night project. Can you catch a Gingerbread Man? We’re building Gingerbread Men traps with found objects and a lot of imagination! This is an “open house” style drop-in activity night, so come as your crazy schedule permits! (If Daddy is unavailable, a grandpa, uncle or special guy friend is welcome to come substitute)

Valentine’s Day – We will be exchanging cards to show our friends how much we love them! Look for details in your child’s classroom newsletter as the date gets closer.
MWF, Orange & Green –Wed. Feb. 14
T/Th – Thurs. Feb. 15

December News and Events

Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving week!

This week we have our special Library visit on-campus field trip, and our Tk/K class will go visit the Main library! At our on-campus field trip we will be learning about books, authors & illustrators as well as being a librarian and will get a special Christmas themed story time too!

  • Mon. Nov. 27 – MWF Class & Orange
  • Wed. Nov. 29 – Tk/K goes to Library
  • Thurs. Nov. 30 – T/Th Class

Don’t forget to sign up for Christmas Break Camps! – Each week is themed and filled with fun STEAM adventures and hidden academics to help keep your child’s skills sharp when we return to school. Dec. 18-22 is “Advent Adventures” and Jan. 2-5 is “Ice, Ice Baby”. You can sign up for just the days you need care, but due to limited space we recommend signing up early to get your spot! {More camp info here}

Special December Events:

Music Class: Dec. 6 & 7 with Mrs. Karen will feature fun Christmas songs and activities.

Chapel – Dec. 14 & 15 – the Orange Room will be leading worship for our Christmas chapel at 11:15 on these days. The story is called “Baby Jesus and the Good News” and we will be focusing on why we receive presents at Christmas – because Jesus is the best gift!

Class Christmas Parties: Dec. 14 & 15 at 11:15am – sign up for the potluck in the classrooms! After our special Christmas chapel we will head back to the classrooms to have a little birthday party for Jesus!

Christmas Program and Cookie Social: Dec. 15– 6:00pm in the Sanctuary!

We will be using the advent candle lighting ceremony as a frame for our Christmas story this year; each class will be showcasing a special song as part of the program!

Doors open at 5:45 for seating.

River47 church will be providing nursery care for babies and toddlers during the program. Please let us know if you will need nursery care to help them prepare staffing. There will be a cookies and milk social following the program. Please sign up in the classrooms/email us back if you can help bring cookies for the social. We will have chocolate and regular milk as well as lactose free options.

Christmas Break: Dec. 18-Jan 5; school resumes Jan 8 Christmas Break Camp Runs Dec. 18-22 and Jan 2-5

Christmas Giving Service Project

Christmas is coming… and I’m sure you’re busy decorating the house, making plans, shopping for presents and caught up in all the ‘stuff’ that goes into preparing for the holidays.  But as we move into this season of giving (and getting) I want to offer you an opportunity to partner with us to help local homeless children in our community.

Each year around Christmas, The Creek looks for a service opportunity to help give back to our community in need and help our children here understand the blessings that they do have.

This year we are doing a “Pajama Drive” to give new pajamas to children who are homeless in partnership with Family Promise of Orange County.  Our church, River47, participates in this ministry which helps families with children who are trapped in homelessness get out and into housing and get their lives back.

To join the Pajama Drive, simply bring in new pajamas for children ages infant to teen  the Creek by December 12!  Please wrap them up and note on the package if they’re for a boy or a girl and what size they are.

Thank you for partnering with us to bring some Christmas magic to children who are just like us, but could use a little extra help and love this year.

~Mrs. Stefanie