Summer Events

We’re down to the last few weeks of school and wanted to let you know about some fun happenings this summer to help you plan your vacation time!

Summer School

Don’t forget to sign up for Summer School! Our fun program for kids ages 2-6 starts June 12 – limited spots available…

Summer School runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-1pm – we are looking at the possibility of extended hours so if you are planning on coming to summer school please let us know if you need additional care hours – either email us or complete the short survey here.

Movie Nights

Come join us for a free movie and snacks with River47 church this summer!

June 10th 7pm: “Up”
July 29 7pm: “Monsters Inc”
August 12 7pm: “Despicable Me”

Vacation Bible School

45f4992b3113164593324265daece588River47 Church is hosting VBS the week of August 7th for children ages 3 (and potty trained) through entering 5th grade.

The theme is “Fun Maker Factory” and we’ll be exploring the themes of “God Made Us”, “God Loves Us” and “God Made us for a Purpose”! This quirky fun science style VBS also features Mrs. Stefanie’s new ‘famous’ worship band “The Donettes” who are stopping by on their summer tour!

VBS is a 3 day event from 9:30am-noon August 7, 9 & 11.
Learn more and sign up here.

PS – Don’t forget!

Last Days of School, Promotion Ceremony & Promotion Parties: June 7 & 8 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.

ORANGE and BLUE have their Promotion on THURSDAY June 8!
There is no school Friday June 9.

May News & Reminders

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 1-5 We have a few special activities this week to help encourage our teachers and show them some love…   check your teacher appreciation email that went out earlier today or click here.

Mommy & Me TeaMay 11 & 12  at 11:15am –We will be celebrating our Mommies on this special day. Please come join us for a special celebration in the classroom and art activity together.

Bike-a-Thon Update: We had a great time last 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 $1,400 towards or $3,000 goal.

It’s not too late to donate! Money is due by May 15… our special Character Party for those who raise $100 or more is happening with Batman & Belle on Wed May 24.  Prizes and party invites will start going out next week!

Tk/K Class to the Fire Station: May 25 our TK/K students are going off-site to the Fire Station to tour where fire fighters live and work!

Chapel: May 25 & 26 at  11:40am – It’s our last time to gather for chapel together as the Blue Room leads us in learning about “The Great Commission” – that because we have Jesus’ love, we are tasked with sharing His love with others!

Last Days of School, Promotion Ceremony & Promotion Parties: June  7 & 8 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.

ORANGE and BLUE have their Promotion on THURSDAY June 8!
There is no school Friday June 9.

Summer School: Don’t forget to sign up for the summer program at The Creek! We do not guarantee space for walk-ins, so reserve your days early.  Summer Classes start June 12. For more information about Summer School, click here.

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!

Teacher Appreciation Week

We Love Our Teachers & Staff!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we wanted to give you some easy ways to celebrate with us. There’s a couple of fun themed days that you can participate in to show school spirit and how much we love our teachers!

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Monday

We’re having a special lunch for our teachers, provided by River47 church! We also gave our teachers an ‘extra payday’ today :)

Students put handprints on banners today and we’ll be making a handprint walkway to enjoy all week!

Tuesday

We’ll be doing handprints for the handprint walk with Tues/Thurs students.
And we’ll be making a staff Starbucks run to help them kick start their week!

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Wednesday & Thursday

FLOWER POWER! We’ve got empty vases in each classroom, can you bring in a flower or two to create a bouquet? Weeds are welcomed!

chips and dip

Wednesday we’ll be having chips & dip for our teachers to get a snack during the day!

And on Thursday we’ll have delicious fruits out to snack on.

Friday

“Donut Worry, Be Happy” – delicious donuts will be waiting for our staff Friday morning.

Friday is also SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY! Wear your classroom color to show who’s class you’re in!

April News

Flooring Work Day:  Don’t forget, this Saturday is our flooring prep day!

We will be stripping the old floors and preparing them for the contractor on Sat. April 1 from 8am-noon.  There will be childcare available on the playground with Mrs. Stefanie!

No special skills needed just a desire to do some physical labor!    Please let us know what hour we can have you and if you will need child care to help us plan. THANK YOU for all you do to help us here at The Creek!

Spring Break:

There will be no school April 3-6.  See you back the week after!

 Palm Sunday:

River47 church will be having their Palm Sunday service out on the lawn on April 9 at 10am if you’d like to join us!

Easter Chapel and Parties:

Wed & Thurs. April 12 & 13 at 11:15 am. (Blue and Orange on Wed.)

We will be having a special chapel celebrating the miracle of Easter, followed by parties in the classrooms. We hope you can join us for the chapel too! Sign ups for the parties will be posted in the classrooms.

We are Closed on Good Friday, April 14.  River47 will have service at 7pm.

Easter Sunday!

Come celebrate with River47 church at 10am April 16!

Preschool Class Conferences:

Purple and Yellow Room classes have their conference week April 17 through 21.  Please check with your child’s teacher for their conference availability and to sign up.

Tk & K Class to Tanaka Farm!

April 24 – they’re heading off campus to visit the strawberry farm!

 

Bike-a-Thon!

Our Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser Event returns!  April 27 & 28

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. Please turn in all pledge money into the school office at the end of the event.

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.

A separate email with more details about the Bike-a-Thon has also gone out today.

 

Bike-a-Thon is coming!

April 27 & 28

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 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. Please turn in all pledge money into the school office at the end of the event.

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.

Get Ready!

First, please take the attached 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 classroom floors!

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!

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Batman and Belle” party!

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

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

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!

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!

The Ride Schedule

Thursday, April 27
11:10am –Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Friday, April 28
10:50am – Blue
11:10am –Red, Orange
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Collecting 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!

Flooring Workday

We raised enough money to replace another classroom floor… but WE NEED HELP tearing out the old floor!

Can you help for just ONE HOUR on  Sat. April 1 from 8am-noon?    

Mrs. Stefanie will be on the playground if you need childcare and there will be snacks courtesy of River 47!

Please let us know which hour you will be coming and if you need childcare so we can best plan our resources!

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School Pictures!

Spring Pictures are next week!

Monday March 27 for MWF, Orange & Blue
Tuesday March 28 for T/Th

This is the background! We will have online proofing, and you will get to see your complete image gallery online about two weeks after picture day.

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Open House – March 24!

 March 24 from 5:30-7pm

Don’t Forget to set aside this evening to come to our Open House!

All the classrooms will be decked out with student work on display (so don’t be surprised if March’s projects and activities are a little more secretive than usual so as to really wow you!) and we’ll have our music teacher Mrs. Karen with Kids Love Music on campus holding mini classes too!

FOOD at OPEN HOUSE: PIZZA PROJECT is doing a fundraiser for us all day March 24 AT THEIR STORE at 3436 E Chapman Ave (just up the street from us in the strip mall by the Carl’s Jr.) – Place your order and then bring it here to the Creek to eat – We’ll have tables set up on the basketball court so that everyone can hang out together here!

Vendor Faire: We’re currently booking some awesome vendors to have here so you can go shopping during Open House! If you sell a product or service, please let us know if you’d like to have a booth! We love supporting our Creek family businesses!

Popcorn Fundraiser Starts TODAY!

“Double Good” Popcorn is back!double good

We are raising money for the flooring fund! We get 50% of the sales!

Please ask friends/neighbors/family/co-workers if they’d like to help our school replace out the old floors by purchasing delicious popcorn! Orders will be in for Easter – it’s a great hostess thank you gift or alternative Easter basket treat.

Order forms went home today with MWF/5 Day students. Tues/Thurs students will get their order forms tomorrow.

They sent us samples last month of their new flavor mixes and the teachers LOVED them! “Caramel-Diem,” “In Queso Fire” and “In a Caramel Nutshell” were staff favorites!

Orders are due March 28. We will receive our shipment after we return from Spring Break (April 10)

Ash Wednesday at The Creek

March 1 is the start of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter.  This day, Ash Wednesday, is the day in which you may see crosses upon the foreheads of many, marked out in ashes.

At the Creek we will mark this with a short time of age-appropriate learning about our church traditions of Ash Wednesday. Your child will have an opportunity to see and touch the palm branches, observe their burning and be offered the placement of ashes upon the forehead by Pastor Bryan of River47 Church.  Pastor Bryan will be available at the 8:30 and 9:00 drop off times for any parents or siblings that might also wish to receive ashes.

You are also invited to join our River47 family for an all ages service at 7pm. (Nursery care for children up to age three will be available for the service).

Within the Evangelical Covenant Church, we believe that as Christians we should walk with Christ not just in the happy times – such as Christmas, Palm Sunday, and Easter – but also remember his times of trial – such as when he went into the wilderness to fast and pray and be tempted, Maundy Thursday in the garden, and Good Friday at the Cross.  Ash Wednesday is where we remember one of those times of trial – and as Christians we take this day to reflect upon what He has done for us and to repent for our sins.

During Ash Wednesday services churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. The use of ashes, typically made by burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday, is extremely symbolic. “God our Father, you create us from the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be for us a sign of our penitence, and a symbol of our mortality.”

While adults are given the mark of the cross with a phrase similar to “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return” we in the Evangelical Covenant Church use the phrase “Remember what Jesus did for you and believe in Him” with the children.