January News

Happy 2019! We hope you enjoyed your time off, and are ready for all the fun the new year brings. If your kids are bouncing off the walls this week, we do still have room for camp Thurs and Fri – let us know you’re coming so we can put you on the list!

January has several fun activities happening, including music classes and chapels, a visit from the Tooth Fairy, and a Chuck E Cheese playdate fundraiser! We are closed Mon. Jan 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser: Jan 25– 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! Money raised is going to our playground 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! If you’re buying ‘cuties’ in the net bags, we need those for sure. Please bring them to the office so we can start building our STEAM night supply bins.

Extracurricular Classes: grab a form linked below to learn more!
Monday & Tuesdays: Sports with T-Ball and Basketball – jump in for a short session of just January!
Wednesdays: Cooking restarts Jan. 7 with 4 classes in January with a fun winter theme!
Thursdays: OC Martial Arts with Ms. Daphne continues training in January!
Fridays: Dance – they did a great job at our Christmas program! Join our dancers for a January start.

Kids Night Out – January 18th from 5-9pm – We’re going to have “Snow Much Fun” in this winter themed STEAM night with science, art, sensory play, and dinner included in this fun event for kids ages 3-10! The program cost is $20 per child (3rd child is free!) payable in advance to save your spots. Download your KNO sign up form here.

Jan. 17 & 18 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!
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 at 11:40am – the Orange Room is teaching us about “The Boys and Girls and Jesus” where we’ll learn that Jesus loves the little children!

Bake Sale: Jan 25 & 26 – The Purple Room Class is hosting the bake sales this month! All donations from purchasing yummy treats go to Ms. Erika’s class.

Tooth Fairy Visits Us! –- Jan. 24 & 25 – Orange County Children’s Dentistry is coming to teach us about how to take care of our teeth and what dentists do!

Year End Statements: We emailed out Year End statements for the 2018 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.

December News


47396789_2149192155125071_7367823174299287552_oIts official – Christmas is coming! This past Sunday was the start of Advent, the four Sundays preceding Christmas.

It was also the City of Orange Tree Lighting, and it was so much fun playing slime with all the kids who visited the Creek and River47 booth!

Slime play is not just fun; it’s a great sensory motor development activity for building muscle strength, and its great science too!

You can grab our recipe here.

We’re only in session for two more weeks before the break, but they’re a busy two weeks, so make sure your calendar is up to date on these special events:


Don’t forget to sign up for Christmas Break Camps!47225165_2144286322282321_4284513727853625344_o

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. 17-21 is “Christmas Countdown” and Jan. 2-4 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! Download registration form and get more camp info here

46963406_313426952579504_6401640233472884736_nKids Night Out – Dec. 8 from 5-9pm – if you haven’t signed up for our Christmas KNO, you don’t want to miss out! They’ll be decorating cookies, learning about the legend of the candy cane, doing a fun Christmas craft, and a STEAM challenge!

KNO is for kids ages 3-10. It’s just $20 per child (3rd + sibling is free) Includes dinner & all activities!

To sign up, stop in at the office to pre-pay cash or Venmo “Jennifer-Harvey-16” by Thursday morning this week to give Mrs. Jennifer time to do the special supply buy.


Chapel – Dec. 13 & 14 – the Yellow 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. 13 & 14 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. 14– 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! Invite friends and family to join us too!

Doors will 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.

Tree Lighting Slime Play Fun!

47300739_2149192165125070_7268346491863826432_o The Creek and River47 church had a fun slime play booth at The City of Orange Tree Lighting!

It was great to see some of our current students and their families, reconnect with alumni, and meet new friends!

Slime is not only fun to play with but it’s a great sensory motor activity for building muscle strength in the hands for writing and cutting skill development!

We whipped up a glitter batch in our preschool kitchen (you can view our live Facebook video of it here) and it was a hit!

We also had slime to give out to play with at home – you’re never too old for slime! Several adults who tried it said it was a good stress reliever and were fascinated by the texture!

It was fun getting to talk with some of the slime expert kids about how they make their slime – from fun add ins to different chemical activators, slime continues to fascinate and engage children.

47396789_2149192155125071_7367823174299287552_oHere’s our simple, 3 ingredient recipe (4 if you choose to do glitter)

You Need:
• 1 bottle of Glue
• The same amount of water
• 1/2 teaspoon of Borax Soap
• 1/2 cup hot water
• A few sprinkles of silver or white glitter

Pour your glue into a bowl. Fill the same bottle with water and add to the glue. Stir until well combined. Add a few sprinkles of the glitter & stir some more

In a separate container, add 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 a teaspoon of the Borax. Stir until dissolved. Add hot water and Borax to the main glue and water mixture.

Pour this solution into your original bowl with the glue and water. Stir to combine. You just made slime!

Storage: we recommend a solid zip bag or a plastic storage container such as Tupperware – whatever you use, make sure it seals to help your slime stay fresh (and not ooze out and make a mess).



November News


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 very busy 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. 14 for our all-class Christmas program starting at 6:00pm!

New Sports Classes & a Holiday round of cooking start this month; martial arts and dance are continuing as well! Download sign up forms for all programs here.

School Holidays: No School on Tues. Nov. 6 (Staff Development Day) and Mon. Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. We are also closed Thanksgiving Week Nov. 19-23.

Tk/K Conferences Week: Nov. 5-9 – Green Room can sign up with Mrs. Jennifer for close of first trimester conferences that will take place before/after school.

Library Field Trips!
Tk/K Visits the Library Nov. 9 – Our Green Room is going off campus to see what it’s like to be a librarian and to get a behind the scenes tour of the Main Library!

On Campus Library Visit: A children’s librarian from the Orange Public Library will come and bring storytime to us, talk about authors, illustrators, librarians and what you can find at the library! You’re welcome to join us for this short program.

T/th Classes receive a visit from the library on Nov. 27 at 10am
MWF+Orange receive a visit from the library on Nov. 30 at 10am

Come Join Us for Thanksgiving Chapel and parties!
Thurs. Nov. 15 & 16 is our Thanksgiving Chapel at 11:15am and Mrs. Stefanie & our Purple Room will be leading chapel! We will be learning about The Man Who Said Thank You and how we can show gratitude.

This chapel will be followed by our class parties. 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!

Bake Sale – Thursday and Friday Nov. 29 & 30 supporting Mrs. Jennifer’s Green Room! Come prepared to pick up some delicious goodies with your donations going directly to materials and supplies for her class room!

October News

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 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!

JUST ADDED: Big John The Fire Truck: Oct. 4 & 5
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.

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Costume Exchange– Got dress up clothes or old costumes sizes – baby through teen- that are still in good shape but not getting any love? Bring them to the Creek! We’ll be collecting the costumes and then on Oct. 15 putting them out in the office patio to go to new homes for Halloween!

Music Classes: Oct. 1 & 2 & 15 & 16!

Popcorn Fundraiser – it’s going on now! Double Good Popcorn sale with 50% of profit going to our playground fund! Brochures went home last week but we have more if you need one. Orders are due Oct. 8!


Bounce U playdate fundraiser – Oct. 11 from 3:30-5:30pm at Bounce U of Orange! Bring the siblings, invite friends and make sure you have your socks to bounce at this fun social fundraiser event!

Chapels: Join us at 11:40 in the sanctuary.
Oct. 11 & 12: 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!

Adjustment Conferences: Preschool & Pre-K students : Oct. 15-19
Adjustment conferences can be scheduled before or after school with your child’s teacher. Sign-up in your classroom. (TK/K conferences in November) – if you drop off for early birds or pick up extended day, some teachers are putting their sign ups with those stations for your convenience or you can always check in with Mrs. Stefanie for access outside of the 9-12 sign up times.

Tk/K to Fire Station: Mon. Oct. 15 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!

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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! (exact date depends on when we can get the pumpkins)

Bake Sale: Oct. 25 & 26: Support Mrs. Erin’s by purchasing goodies from the bake sale! YUM!

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

Costume Parade starts at 11:15am in Fellowship Hall followed by class parties.

Your child can wear their costume to school (it’s a full day of playground and play before the party) or you can come change them at about 10:45 prior to the parade…

Costume Rules: No witches, ghosts, goblins, devils, undead/zombies or other evils allowed.

Please sign up for the party pot luck in your child’s classroom!

Extracurricular Classes

Sports (Mondays & Tuesdays), Martial Arts (Thursdays),Dance (Fridays) continue all month and we have a new round of Cooking class on Wednesdays that starts Oct. 3. It’s not too late to join our extracurricular programs – stop by the office for more information.

Picture Day!

2018-09-18 09.57.19First Look at the background for school pictures is here! This rustic style set is the look for this year’s fall portraits!

Picture Day is Tues Sept. 25 for T/Th students and Wed. Sept. 26 for MWF students as well as Orange and Green.

Don’t forget your smiles!

September News

I’m so excited for the new school year!   September is a very busy month, so make sure to mark your calendars for everything that’s happening!

If you didn’t get your paperwork packet on Orientation Day, please stop at the school office for copies.


Sports, Cooking, Martial Arts and Dance start next week!  Forms went out in buckets today (Wednesday) and will go out tomorrow (Thursday) or download them here.


Our Tk/K Class has Back to School Night with Mrs. Jennifer in the Green Room!

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – SEPT 8 from 5-9pm (Pirate Party!)  & SEPT 28 from 5-9pm (Fall Fun!)

Designed for ages 3-10, each event has a theme and the evening features art, games, and play activities with a hands-on STEAM focus the kids love.   The cost is $20 per child (3rd child is free) and also includes dinner for the kids!  To sign up: Turn in your sign-up sheet in to the office.  Each session maxes at 20 kids.

 VISION SCREENINGSEPT. 10 & 11 – the Elks Club is providing a free vision screening for our students.  To sign your child up, turn in the permission form to the office by Sept. 7.

GRANDPARENTS DAY: Sept. 13/14  at 11:15am

We will have a special chapel and treat to celebrate with our grandparents!
Please sign up in the classrooms with an RSVP list so the teachers can prepare for our special guests! (Aunts/uncles/special friends are welcome to substitute if grandparents are unavailable).  (Green & Orange on the 14th)


Come to the school library during your drop off and pick up time to shop our selection of books for preschoolers and kindergarteners! Books make great gifts for the holidays too, so stock up on great reading material while supporting our school.

We receive ‘Scholastic Dollars’ which we are planning to redeem for more audio book kits: kits come with the book and the audio book on CD! The kids love being able to listen and follow along independently in the classroom listening centers, and our teachers love using the books for circle time activities as well.


Green Room is walking to the OC Martial Arts studio for a lesson in self-defense and stranger danger skills.

MUSIC CLASS STARTS! Set. 17 & 18 – It’s our first music class of the school year!  We will be rocking out with Mr. Michael from Jule’s Music


Order forms will go home starting Sept. 24 and are due back Oct. 8. It’s delicious and makes a great gift. We also receive 50% of the sales and all proceeds go to our school improvements fund.

PICTURE DAY!   T/Th Classes: Tues. Sept. 25   MWF, Orange, Green: Wed. Sept. 26

Children will be photographed individually & for a class composite! There will be several pose variations to pick from after you see your photos.  (If your child has a ‘no pro photos’ opt out on file your child will not be photographed as per your wishes)

 BAKE SALE! SEPT 27 & 28

Come get some treats before/after school and support Mrs. Alissa’s Orange Room!



Baby Shark-ke Challenge

You may have seen the Kiki Challenge sweeping the internet… but did you know there’s a preschool version? Yep, combining the hottest preschool song of the summer with the Kiki Challenge results in… the Baby Shark-ke Challenge! And we took it!

If you’re on Facebook, please click through and give us a like and a share… or just enjoy our director being a bit silly.
PS – our whole staff is taking the challenge in just a few weeks, so your support for this teaser will boost their confidence to jump in!

The Creek Preschool is answering the #kikichallenge .. preschool style!
The Baby Shark-ke Challenge

Want to see our whole staff take the challenge??!! Like, comment and share to let them know they need to “jump in” too!

#doodoodoodoodoodoo #babyshark #inmyfeelingschallenge

PS – Disclaimer: We don’t own the rights to the music…. wish we did though

Posted by The Creek Preschool & Kindergarten on Friday, August 10, 2018

Fall Start 2018

Back to School Prep at The Creek

It’s still summer but with all the back to school sales being advertised you may have started thinking and preparing for fall already… and if you haven’t yet, that’s okay too!

Here’s what you need for school start this fall:

A snack bag (we recommend something insulated if you’re packing perishables)
A lunch bag (if your child is staying past noon. Also, insulated for perishables)
A bucket NOT a backpack. Preschool & Pre-K students need a sturdy car wash style bucket to hold their things. You can get these at Target, Ralphs, and Home Depot too. (Exception: TK/K class students may have a backpack.)
A change of clothes in a ziplock bag
Diaper & Wipes kit if your preschool student is not potty trained

What you DON’T need: paper, pencils, glue, crayons, or other school supplies – we buy it all for you!

Meet Your Teacher Day

Class lists will be posted by 10am Friday August 24 and we will be open for you to drop in and peek at the classroom and meet your child’s teacher from 10am-noon that day as well!

Orientation Day

Mon. August. 27 for MWF/5 Day students from 10:00-11:30am
Tues. August 28 for T/Th students from 10:00-11:30

This is both a parent orientation day (even if you’re returning) and a student orientation day!

* Parents will meet with Mrs. Stefanie in the church sanctuary after dropping off in class to go over school year rules, routines, and get a crash course in the Zoo Phonics program!
* Students will get to ease into the new classroom, teacher, and routines with a short start day. There is no need for snack on Orientation Day.

First Days of School

Tues. August 28 for students in five day classes (Tk/K & 5 Day PreK) will have academic day only on Tuesday. Green Room 8:30-noon, Orange Room 9am-noon. These students will need snack, but there is no lunch bunch, early birds or extended day.

Wed. August 29 for MWF students & Thurs. August. 30 for T/Th studentsRegular Schedule starts today! We’re now open 8am-3pm. Don’t forget snack & lunch (if you’re staying past noon)!

Snack & Lunch Rules

All children must bring a snack to school each day that consists of at least two different food groups. We are required by the state to have two healthy food groups represented per meal: Grains, vegetables, fruits, protein, dairy.

100% juice counts as a food group, anything less is an ‘extra’ that doesn’t count towards the two minimum. Other ‘extras’ include water, chips, cookies, and candy.

We recommend ice packs to help keep perishable foods cool. There is no microwave available for snacks/lunch items.

If your child is also staying for lunch, please pack the lunch in a separate bag. This helps with portion control at snack time :) Lunch must also meet the state mandated 2 food groups rules above.

But Wait… Summer!

We still have 2 more weeks of summer school coming if you want to jump in… it’s a great way to ease back into the school routine! Just sign up for the days you want to come! Learn more here.

Last Days of School


Can you believe the year is almost over? It’s flown by, and these last few weeks will be disappearing fast, so make sure to mark your calendars for these important dates!

Last Days of School, Promotion Ceremony & Promotion Parties: June 6 & 7 at 10:30am – Join us in the sanctuary at 10:30 where every class will showcase a special song, receive their promotion medallions, and then head back to class for our goodbye parties.

ORANGE and GREEN have their Promotion on THURSDAY June 7!
There is no school Friday June 8.


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 11. For more information about Summer School, click here.

Summer Music Classes at The Creek: Mrs. Karen will be having babies/toddlers and Preschool classes this summer and one location is at The Creek! Scroll down to the Orange listing on her summer schedule here.

Summer Tutoring: Mrs. Jennifer is offering one on one skills work in small motor/writing, math and language arts. For preschool, prek and K to first!
More info 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!

Visit our Registration Page for more info and to download forms.