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

November News and Events

Thank you everyone for coming and celebrating Halloween with us! We hope you enjoyed our fashion show parade and first class parties! Our Halloween celebration kicks off the holiday season, as we will have Thanksgiving Celebrations in November and of course Christmas is coming… so make sure you’ve set aside Friday Dec. 15 for our all-class Christmas program starting at 6:00pm!

Flooring Demolition Day: Sat. Nov. 18 – Can you help for just an hour (8am-noon)? We need help tearing up the old flooring in two classrooms so that our contractor can install the beautiful new floors on the Monday following!  Please contact the school office (phone, email, in person) to let us know when you can come so that we can plan to have enough supplies on hand.

Come Join Us for Chapels!

Thurs Nov. 2 & 3 at 11:40 the Purple Room will be teaching us about “Jonah and the Big Fish” and how even when we don’t listen to God He loves us anyway!

Thurs. Nov. 16 & 17 is our Thanksgiving Chapel at 11:15am and our Yellow Room will be teaching us about The Man Who Said Thank You and how we can show gratitude. This chapel will be followed by our class parties.

School Holidays: No School on Thurs. Nov. 7 (Staff Development Day) and Fri. Nov. 10 for Veterans Day.
We are also closed Thanksgiving Week Nov. 20-24.  Based on our survey responses, we will not be offering Pirate Camp during the break.  {Look for a separate email later this week about Christmas Break STEAM Camp offerings}

Thanksgiving Parties: Nov. 16 & 17 at 11:15 – we will start in chapel and then go back to the classroom to celebrate the many things we have to be grateful for.  Look for a party sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom.  If you’re doing the extended day program and need help signing up let us know!

Tk/K Conferences Week: Nov. 13-17 – Green Room can sign up with Mrs. Jennifer for close of first trimester conferences.

Tk/K Field Trip: Wed. Nov. 29 –  Our Green Room is heading to the library to see what it’s like to be a librarian and to get a behind the scenes tour of the Main Library!

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Halloween Parade & Parties

You’re Invited to our Halloween Parade & Parties!

Mon. Oct. 30 for MWF & Orange Tues. Oct. 31 for T/Th & Green

The event starts at 11:15am in Fellowship Hall with our Costume Fashion Show & Photo Op Background… followed by potluck parties in the classrooms!

Sign-ups for food are on the parent boards in the classrooms.

Costume Rules: Children can come to school in their costume if they can safely play and have fun in it. However, if it needs to be pristine, or is difficult for them to move, see, or handle their bathroom needs in, you might want to consider coming early (11:00) to dress them so they’re ready to go at parade time.

We also do not allow costumes that celebrate evils: there are no ghosts, goblins, witches, devils, vampires, undead, mummies, etc. allowed.

October News & Events

October is a busy month with lots of fall fun happening!

We will have Preschool & Pre-K adjustment conferences, a visit from Big John the Firetruck, our Pumpkin Patch on-site field trip, and our Halloween Parade & Parties in addition to chapels, music class, a bake sale and the continuation of all our special afternoon classes!

Adjustment Conferences: Preschool & Pre-K students : Oct. 2-6
Adjustment conferences can be scheduled before or after school with your child’s teacher. Sign-up in your classroom. (TK/K conferences in November)

Tk/K to Fire Station: Fri. Oct. 6 our Green room is heading off campus to the fire station to learn about the life of a Fire Fighter and how they live and work!

Chapels: Join us at 11:40 in the sanctuary.
Oct. 5 & 6: The Orange Room will be teaching us about “The Man who was Too Little” and how even though we may be small we’re still important to God!
Oct. 25 & 26: The Red Room will be teaching us about “Joshua and the Big Wall” and how if we trust in God’s power, we can do impossible, mighty things!

Vision Screening: Oct. 9 & 10: The Elks Club will be on site for free vision screenings on these days. You must sign up in advance for your child to be screened. Download a screening form.

Music Classes: Oct. 11 & 12 & 25 & 26 with Mrs. Karen!

Big John The Fire Truck: Oct. 16 & 17
We’re getting a visit from a real firefighter and a special talking fire truck! Parents are welcomed for this special program on fire safety.

Pumpkin Patch: Final Date TBD – watch for an update
We’re bringing in small pumpkins for our own on-site pumpkin patch and pumpkin story time with “Farmer Stefanie” where we will learn how we can let our light shine for God!

Bake Sale: Oct. 27: Support Ms. Cherry’s yellow room by purchasing goodies from the bake sale! YUM!

Halloween Parade & Parties
Oct. 30 for MWF classes
Oct. 31 for T/Th, Green, Orange

Costume Parade starts at 11:15am in Fellowship Hall followed by class parties.
No witches, ghosts, goblins, devils, undead/zombies or other evils allowed.

Martial Arts (Thursdays), Dance (Fridays) and Sports (Mondays & Tuesdays) continue all month and we have a new round of Cooking class on Wednesdays that starts Oct. 4. It’s not too late to join our extracurricular programs – stop by the office for more information or visit the extracurricular classes page for details and sign up forms.