February News

February is when we open our registration for Fall 2017 school year to our current families- that’s you! We open registration to the public March 1.

Learn more about classes for next year (ages 2 through Kindergarten) and download registration information.

Daddy N Me Night

Thurs. Feb 9 from 6:00-7:00pm

We’re having a “drop in” STEAM project evening at The Creek. Come work on a trap for a Gingerbread Man! Pajamas welcomed!

(Daddy unavailable? A grandpa, uncle, or special friend is welcome to substitute!)

Valentine’s Day Card Exchange

Feb 13th—for MWF Classes + Orange & Blue
Feb 14th – 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.

Some of our classes are also doing a special treat – check with your child’s teacher for your student’s specific room’s plan and needs.

Pre-K Conferences

Week of Feb. 20 – Before/After School

With registration for next year looming, 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 March at the close of the second trimester.
Preschool classes conference in April.

Chapels

Feb. 9 & 10 – 11:40am
The Orange Room will be teaching us about how God will protect us… no matter how scary things can get! In the story of “Daniel and the Lions” we will see Daniel’s faith in God give him courage to stand up for God even in scary times.

Feb. 23 & 24 – 11:40am
The Yellow Room will be teaching us about “The Man Who Helped” (you may know it as “The Good Samaritan”). We will learn that God wants us to help each other and take of one another.

School Holidays

We are closed Feb. 17 & 20 for the President’s Day holidays.

Bake Sale

Mrs. Jennifer thanks everyone for your donations during her Blustery Day Bake Sale! Her classroom will be getting some new math center goodies and paying off their special Thanksgiving Playset with the funds raised.

February’s bake sale supports the Red Room: Mrs. Cathy and Mrs. Elizabeth’s classes will have yummy treats for you… and all donations go towards the purchase of special new goodies for their classroom!

Toddler Music Class

Our Toddler Music class on Thursdays is back!
Thursday mornings on our music days we have a special class for toddlers ages 1-2 who aren’t part of our preschool classes… if you haven’t signed up yet, its not too late to join! Feel free to invite friends too – this class is open to the public.

Click here to download a flyer

Registration for Fall 2017

Registration for Fall 2017 Opens Feb. 1
to our currently enrolled families!

 (Registration opens to the public March 1)

 Kindergarten

5 by Sept. 1, 2017 | 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, 2017 | 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 2018 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, 2017 | 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 2017. 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, 2017 through 4 by Dec. 2, 2017| 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.

 

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.

Download Registration Form

 Download Returning Student Packet  |   Download New Student Packet

January News

Welcome back!

We hope you enjoyed your time off, and are ready for all the fun the new year brings.

Yesterday we emailed out Year End statements for the 2016 year to assist those of you that need the information for your taxes. Please let me know if you did not receive it or need additional documentation.

January has several fun activities happening, including music classes and chapels, as well as the return of the bake sale! We are closed Mon. Jan 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Parent & Me Toddler Music Class:
Our Winter Session returns starting Jan. 19!
Classes meet at 9:05 on 6 music day Thursdays January through March. Pick up a sign up form in the office or download one here.

Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser: Jan 20 – from 2pm-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 towards the flooring and sliding door repairs: the doors between Yellow and Purple Room’s bathrooms were redone over the Christmas Break with money fundraised!

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 drop off your random items to the office – thanks!

New Extracurricular Classes: Stop in at the office if you need a form!
Monday & Tuesdays: Sports with T-Ball, Soccer & Basketball starts Jan 23 & 24.
Wednesdays: Cooking 4 week winter session starts Jan. 11

Chapels: Jan 26 & 27 at 11:40am – The Blue 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 26 & 27 – The Yellow Room Class is hosting the bake sales this month! All donations from purchasing yummy treats go to Mrs. Jennifer’s class. She’s already picked out several fun activities that she wants to purchase for classroom learning centers.

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 a
Kindergarten so register early and claim your spots!

DADDY N ME STEAM NIGHT
Thurs. Feb. 9 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!

December News

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

Our pirate camp during the break was a lot of fun – the kids had some great STEAM experiences around the theme and enjoyed this enrichment break camp.

We will be releasing Christmas Break camp sign ups later today – we will be running camps during all three weeks of break. Each week is themed and filled with fund STEAM adventures and hidden academics to help keep your child’s skills sharp when we return to school.

Special December Events:

Chapel – Dec. 1 & 2 – the Red Room will be leading worship for our Christmas chapel at 11:40 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!

Music Class: Dec. 7 & 8 with Mrs. Karen will feature fun Christmas songs and activities.

Class Christmas Parties: Dec. 15 & 16 at 11:15am – sign up for the potluck in the classrooms!

Christmas Program and Cookie Social: Dec.  16 –  6:00pm in the Sanctuary!

ONE NIGHT ONLY – FOR ALL CLASSES!

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. Our dance class will also be performing!

Doors open at 5:45 for seating.

There will be a cookies and milk social following the program.  Please sign up in the classrooms 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. 19-Jan 6; school resumes Jan 9

November News

photo-nov-01-8-11-56-amStaff Development Day

We had a great Zoo-Phonics training workshop yesterday for Staff Development Day.

It was a great experience for teachers new to Zoo-Phonics as well as those that were there for the refresher. Everyone came out of training with some new ideas for ways to implement our curriculum in the classrooms!

This Month:

Chapel (led by Orange Room) Nov. 3 & 4 at 11:40am
They will be teaching us about how God loves us even when we’re naughty through the story of “Jonah and the Big Fish”

Sports: A new round of sports starts Monday & Tuesday from 1-2pm. Make sure you’re signed up as last round filled up!

Music Classes: Nov. 9 & 10 with Mrs. Karen!

Veterans Day – No School – Nov. 11

School Pictures: Nov. 14 & 15 – Children will be photographed individually and with their classes. (Orange, Blue on Monday!)

Thanksgiving Chapel & Parties: Nov. 17 & 18 11:15am – Come join us for a special chapel as we learn how to count our blessings. Class parties will follow the chapel service. Sign up for the pot-luck in the classrooms!

Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 21-26 – The Creek will be closed but we will have PIRATE ADVENTURE CAMP Mon-Wed.

Silent Auction benefiting River47 Musical

Tickets to special shows, gift certificates for massages, Gift certificates for hair cuts… and all kinds of fun goodies for gifts are up for auction benefiting the River47 Christmas Musical!

We will have the auction room open from 11:30-12:15 this Thursday and Friday so that you can come and bid… but if you can’t make it then, let us know and we’ll open up just for you!

Here’s just a peek at some of the goodies up for auction!


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October Newsletter

Happy October Everyone!

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 Chick-Fil- A fundraiser day, our Pumpkin Patch on-site field trip, and our Halloween Parade & Parties!

Adjustment Conferences: Preschool & Pre-K students : Oct. 10-14

Adjustment conferences can be scheduled before or after school with your child’s teacher. Sign-up in your classroom. (TK/K conferences in November)

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Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser: Tues. Oct. 11 All Day

Eat at Chick-Fil-A Orange (or go through the drive through) and let them know you’re there for the Creek fundraiser!

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Big John The Fire Truck: Oct. 13 & 14

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.

Oct 13 9:15am for T/Th Classes
Oct 14 9:15am for MWF Purple, MWF Yellow, & Blue
Oct 14 10:00am for MWF Red & Orange

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Pumpkin Patch: Oct 17 & 18

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!

Halloween Parade & Parties

Oct. 27 for T/Th classes
Oct. 31 for MWF, Blue, 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.

Dance (Thursdays) and Sports (Mondays & Tuesdays) continue all month and we have a new Cooking class on Wednesdays that starts Oct. 5. It’s not too late to join our extracurricular programs – stop by the office for more information.

PS – School Pictures – we are going to have school pictures in October; just finalizing the date with the photography company. We’ll send over a special update email when we have a date!

|Download October Calendar| Download November Calendar|

Social Emotional Learning: An Apple Experiment

This week the children participated in a special Social Emotional Learning lesson about the importance of using kind words. Mrs. Stefanie brought two apples and conducted an experiment with each class:

photo-sep-27-9-30-02-amOne apple was given a special heart sticker, and we took turns saying nice things to it such as “I like you” and “You can play with me.” But the other apple didn’t get a sticker, and instead we said mean things to it like “You’re not my friend,” “I don’t like you” and “go away”.

The apples still looked the same on the outside. Then we cut them open.

Inside the apple we were kind to was delicious fruit.

Inside the apple we were mean to … was a mess.

photo-sep-27-10-18-43-amWe then talked about how the words we use can make others heart’s strong … or hurt their hearts.  Words can hurt, but we don’t see the hurt on the outside.

Ask your child to tell you about the two apples, and explain to you what it means.