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!

November Calendar | December Calendar

 

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.

Book Fair!

Book Fair Opens Sept. 14!

Grand Opening days are Thurs and Fri Sept. 14 & 15 with Grandparents Day!
The Book Fair runs through Sept. 22 before/after school in our library.

You’ll find great books for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even a few for adults too! There’s a Christian book section and some chapter books for the big kids… as well as lots of great preschool age books!

And remember, books make great gifts too… so stock up for the holidays and birthday parties!

A peek inside the book fair…

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You can also shop online!

Online purchases ship to the school for easy pick up… and they count towards our fundraiser credits too! There’s more titles for older kids as well as adults online too!  Shop Online Here.

Thank you for supporting our school and our goal of brining more audio book kits to our classrooms through our book fair credits!

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September Events

Extracurricular Classes

Sports, Cooking, Martial Arts and Dance started this week! If you child would like to jump in, you can still sign up!

Class Schedules and Sign Up Forms Here

Grandparents Day

Sept. 14/15 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).

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Book Fair

Sept. 14-22 Before/After School

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.

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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.

Last year we raised enough money to buy the headphone sets we needed for the listening centers as well as two big audio book kits. Our goal this year is enough money raised for two more BIG book kits which will double our audio book library!

River47 “Staycation” Movie Night

Saturday Sept. 16 at 6pm

Come celebrate the end of summer with us for a free movie night with firepits and marshmallow roasting! We’re showing Pete’s Dragon, and there will also be a dinner cookout with main dish and drinks provided.

Bring some outdoor chairs or blankets, and a side dish or desert to share!

Popcorn Fundraiser

Our popcorn fundraiser starts Sept. 18 – order forms will go home starting Sept. 18 and are due back Oct. 3. It’s delicious and makes a great gift.
We also receive 50% of the sales and all proceeds go to our building fund for the new floors.

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Picture Day!

T/Th Classes: Thurs. Sept. 21

MWF, Orange, Green: Fri. Sept. 22

Children will be photographed individually and with their class! The background for the solo photos is the fall set shown and will feature 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)

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Bounce U Playdate Fundraiser

Our fun bounce house event is Sept. 26 from 3-5pm at the Orange location.
Feel free to invite friends and bring siblings… it’s a great opportunity to meet the other kids and parents in your child’s class as we raise some funds for our school.

Make sure you bring your socks to bounce!

Bake Sale!

Come get some treats before/after school on Sept. 28 & 29 and support our Tk/Kindergarten class! Mrs. Jennifer has some special goodies that she wants to purchase and your donations will go directly to her classroom.

Extracurricular Classes

Classes Start at 1pm

Payment for these special classes is made directly to the providers. Download their forms and bring them to the office with payment to sign up!

 

Monday & Tuesday: Sports with Andrews Athletics

Join Coach Joel for Soccer and Basketball where the emphasis is on teamwork and fun!

 Download a Sports Form

 

Wednesday: Cooking with Mrs. Jennifer

Apple Muffins, Ham & Cheese Roll Ups, Applesauce &  Breakfast “Sushi” are on the menu!

 Download a Cooking Form

 

Thursday: OC Martial Arts

Self-control, fitness, confidence and more through martial arts with Mr. Kris!

Download a OCMA form 

 

Friday: Storybook Dance

Discover a love of dance with this music and movement class that builds dance foundations!

Download a dance form

School Starts Soon!

Summer is almost over, and The Creek is starting back soon! Please mark your calendars with all the upcoming important dates. We look forward to a great school year with you!

Enrollment Packets Due August 14

In order for your child to start school with us, all forms must be filled out and returned to the school office. This includes the physician’s report (new students) and an up to date copy of immunizations (TK/K class!). Returning Students have forms due too!
Download a returning student packet | Download a new student packet

First Tuition EFT Withdrawal: August 15

Your child’s yearly tuition is broken down into 10 equal payments. The first payment will be withdrawn from your EFT account on August 15. The last payment will be taken on May 15. As a reminder the monthly tuition payment is not directly related to days in class; it is the year’s tuition in ten equal payments. If you are planning to pay the year in full for a 5% discount it is due by Sept. 1.

Meet your Teacher: Fri. August 25 from 10am-12pm

Class lists will be posted by 10am on Friday. Come drop by the school and check out the classroom and meet your child’s teacher. Teachers are working in their classrooms getting ready for the start of the new school year and would love to get a chance to meet you and your child!

Orientation Day:

MWF & Five Day Classes: Mon. August 28 from 10:00-11:30am
T-Th Classes: Tues. August 29 from 10:00-11:30am

A shortened first day of school, this is a great way to ease into the new school year! While your child goes to their class, you go to yours: parents have their start of year meeting in the sanctuary during this time. We will be going over school policies, curriculum (including a crash course in Zoo Phonics!) and getting us adults oriented for the new school year.

For this day you will not need to pack snack. If your child is not potty trained please bring diapers/wipes to stock their at school kit.

First Regular Day of School:

Five Day Classes: Tues. Aug 29, Academic Day Schedule 8:30/9am-noon only (bring snack!)
MWF Classes: Wed. August 30
T-Th Classes: Thurs. August 31

Extended Day 8am-3pm Starts Wed. August 30

We’re on regular school schedule, with Early Birds, Lunch Bunch, and Extended Day available!

Summer Hours

We are on summer schedule through August 18th.  Find out more about summer school here.

Summer Office Hours:

Monday 8:30-1:30pm

Wednesday 8:30-1:30pm

Friday 8:30-1:30pm

 

The best way to reach us in the summer are by email at info@thecreekpreschool.org or  our after hours voicemail (714) 497-0581 – please leave a message in order to receive a reply as your voicemail is emailed to us. These accounts are monitored during the off-hours.