November News

We had a very busy October, with a whole lot of fun!

Not only did we have our Halloween Parade and Parties, but our classes got to visit ‘Farmer Kacie’ at the pumpkin patch and learn about how we can let God’s light shine out of us, like a Jack-o-Lantern!   Our Kindergarten class also went off campus to Tanaka Farms where they got to have a wagon ride and learn about where food is grown.

In addition, we had our Costume Party fundraiser event, and raised almost $400 towards our security gates!  We are now $700 towards our $3200 goal.

We are tracking our fundraising progress online at http://www.gofundme.com/dxamrc and on-site on the school bulletin boards in the patio area.

If every family here brought in $30, we’d have enough money to start the project over Thanksgiving break….
For every $10 donated, we will enter your name in a thank you drawing for premium reserved seats at our Christmas program! We have 4 blocks of seats to give out!  We will be drawing names Oct. 21.

Also, School Pictures are online at www.stefaniecarlson.com/ClientProofing – Our school receives a percentage of sales.  Galleries close Nov. 14

A Look at November…

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Veteran’s Day Holiday – No School TUES Nov. 11

Kindergarten Class Conferences
Before/After School Nov. 10-14
End of Kindergarten Trimester Nov. 14

Chapel
“The Man Who Said Thank You” at 11:40am
Nov. 13 – led by Blue
Nov. 14 – led by Orange

Thanksgiving Parties
Nov. 20 & 21 at 11:15am
Sign up in the Classrooms for this fun potluck celebration!

No School Nov. 24-28
Happy Thanksgiving!
“Turkey Camp” with Andrews Athletics available Mon, Tues, Wed
See Coach Joel for Info

Looking ahead to December…
Wed. Dec. 17 is our all-school Christmas Program – it starts at 6pm.  All classes will be performing. And we will have a cookies and milk afterwards for all!  Make sure to mark your calendars!

Costume Party Carnival & Raffle Fundraiser

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 Purchase your tickets, add your name (and phone#) to the back, and place them in the boxes with prizes that you want to win!

The Drawing will take place at the end of the Costume Party. You do not need to be present to win!

All proceeds from the raffles go to our Security Gates Fundraiser!

(MORE Raffle Items are coming! We’ll update as they come in!)

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YELLOW TICKET Items ($5 raffle tickets)

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BLUE TICKET Items ($1 raffle tickets)

  • AJ Angsley’s Alphabet Books Gift Pack –$25 Value
    • AJ writes a sequential series of books focusing on letters of the alphabet through silly critters to evoke our little reader’s development, imagination, and values. This gift set features books A, B, & C!
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  • Avon Kids Pack courtesy of Independent Consultant Monica Pearce – $15 Value
    • www.youravon.com/monicapearce
  • BeautiControl Home Spa Pack courtesy of Brandy Sanford$50  Value
  • Bounce U Adventure Pack – $45 Value
  • Cork Napkin Holder with Christmas Candles - Courtesy of Kathy’s Corks (714 856-8225)
  • Family Fun Pack courtesy of the Deschenes Family – $55 Value
    • 4 Passes to the Santa Ana Zoo, 2 Train rides at Zoo, 3 games of bowling at Concourse
  • Hair Clip from Lila Rose courtesy of Kim Lim –$13 Value
  • Lemon Essentials Oil from dōTERRA courtesy of Kim Lim- $13 value
  • The Rinks Ice Passes courtesy of the Ferry Family –$60 Value
    • Includes Skate Rental and Skate for 4
  • Rodan & Fields – 5 Mini Facials and $25 Credit – Courtesy of Kacie Andrews, Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant – $50 Value
  • Santa Ana Zoo Admission for 4 – Courtesy of the Deschenes Family$40 value

 

 

October News & Updates

 

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Book Fair: This is the last week of the book fair in the school office. Make sure you stop in before or after school to pick out your books before they’re all gone!

You can also shop online at http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3407264 for more books and books for all ages!

Chapel: 

Oct 16 & 17 11:40 am our Purple Room classes will be teaching us about “Jonah and the Big Fish” and how God loves us, even when we make bad choices!

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October 15 (red, yellow, blue, purple)
October 16 (red, yellow, purple)
October 17 (orange)

A portion of sales will come back to the Creek towards our security gate fundraisers.

No pre-sale – all you need to do is come ready for individuals and class pictures. Afterwards, photos will be online for viewing and purchase.

This is the actual background and set for picture day! 

Silent Auction/Raffle Items needed:

Starting Oct. 20 we will have several special ‘baskets’ of goodies up for auction for our security gates fundraiser! Details on these awesome prize packages to come, but we do need some more items/services.

Do you or someone you know have items/services to donate? How about your favorite stores, shops and restaurants? Would  you approach at least one place on our behalf?

Items needed by Oct. 17 – we will gladly provide a letter of donation, and encourage our benefactors to have additional marketing materials available for those interested to take home.

Email info@thecreekpreschool.org for details.

 

 

Halloween Parade and Parties

T-TH Classes: Oct. 30 at 11am
MWF and 5 Day Classes Oct. 31 at 11am

Costume Parade starts at 11am on the basketball court, followed by class parties. *No witches, ghosts, goblins, devils, undead/zombies or other evils allowed.

Children can come to school in costume (but remember, we have a regular preschool day before the party, and will be on the playground too!) or you can come before 11am and help them dress.   Sign up for the party pot luck in your child’s classroom!

 

School Directory:

This week we will have drafts of the school directory in all the classrooms for you to proof your entry. Please initial if correct, or make changes if needed.

Also, if your family has a business and you would like it listed, please email us the information or add it to one of the proof print outs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising Update

Every year the Creek puts together a wish list of projects for campus renewal and repair that we fundraise for.  This year, the following is our Fundraising plan:
  1. Plumbing repair – installation of a regulator to stop the water pressure damage
  2. Security Gates – installation of two final entrance gates with their keypads
  3. Playground Renewal – dig out and cementing of the area under the blue canopy.
We have some amazing news: when two of our Creek families learned that we had a major plumbing job, they contacted us to see if they could help us relieve the burden with their own companies.  We’re excited to announce that because of their generosity, we are going to be able to cross the #1 item off our list, and move immediately onto fundraising for the security gates!

We are incredibly grateful to Don Brandel Plumbing Inc. for donating their time, supplies, and expertise for us!   

Security Gates:  Our fundraising money from here on out will be going directly to security gates.  Each gate is about $1700, and will have a keypad for access like the one by the playground/Red Room.   Installation of these final gates will help us control campus access during the school day.

Bounce U Today!
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Today we’ve our private Creek bounce fundraiser at Bounce U in Orange from 3:30-5:30.

Bounce tickets are $8 per bouncer… and our school receives 50% of proceeds today!  Come join us (and make sure you have socks) for this social time of fun!

Siblings and friends are welcomed too :)
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Scholastic Book Fair 
Come shop for some great preschool – Kindergarten age books in the school office now through October 10!  Books are great gifts, and instilling a love of reading at an early age helps with sucess in school for years to come!

We also have an online ordering option of their entire catalog for all ages available at our Scholastic Web Site.

Teachers have also started creating some wish lists of books they’d love to have. If you’d like to donate a book to one of our teachers, there is a board in the office with their favorites.

Our book fair isn’t part of the regular fundraiser set – we receive book credit from Scholastic to purchase classroom books for the school!

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More Fundraising Oppertunities
Direct Donations – We can accept checks on site (or mailed in) and we’ve also set up a “Go Fund Me” for online donations. (note that the online system takes a small percentage of the donation amount).

The Creek is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible!

As a thank you, for every $10 donated, you receive one ticket for our raffle for premium seats at our Christmas Program!

Raffle Donations – We will be having a fundraiser carnival with River47 on October 25 which will have raffles and silent auction items. Come and play and bid on items to support us.   We need donations of items and services for the baskets, and would love help getting donations from local community businesses too!

School Pictures – October 15 & 16 – a portion of sales will come back to the Creek

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September Reminders – Mid Month Update

Happy Hot September!

A couple reminders and updates:

 

GRANDPARENTS DAY –  This Thursday for T-Th Classes and Blue, This Friday for MWF and Orange

We will be starting the chapel portion at 11:15 in the sanctuary.  We encourage the grandparents or special friends to come a bit earlier (about 11am) to come and gather up their students to go to the chapel so they can sit together. After the chapel we will return to the classrooms for a treat together too!

KIDS NIGHT OUT HAS STARTED! Last Friday’s kids had a blast eating pizza, playing games, and enjoying a movie…. While their parents got a break! From 5pm-9pm you can get a night out while Coach Joel watches your kids. Just $5/hour per child (but you never pay more than $10/hour). Sign up on the clipboard with the office or let him know you’re coming so he can plan!

FUNDRAISER NIGHT AT BOUNCE U! We’re kicking off our fundraising with some FUN on Wed. Sept. 24 from 3:30-5:30pm at Bounce U in Orange.  We have a private Creek bounce reserved, and our school receives half the proceeds from admission! Make sure all your bouncers have socks, and feel free to bring friends too!  Our fundraisers this year are marked for the following: fixing our plumbing, installing the last two security gates, and fixing up the playground shade canopy area.  Your support is appreciated!

Extracurricular Programs Update:

Sports is running Mondays with Andrews Athletics

Tuesdays starting Sept. 30 will be Little Ninjas karate with OC Martial Arts

Wednesdays is Dance with StarDreams

Thursdays is Culinary Creations with Mrs. Jennifer

All programs start at 1pm and are still taking new students!

BAKE SALE: The first bake sale of the year is coming up next week! Sept. 25 & 26 before and after school where you can pick up delicious treats and support Mrs. Cathy and Mrs. Elizabeth’s Red Room classes!

Annie Play: Sunday Sept. 28 at 6pm – Mrs. Kacie and River 47’s Michael Micco are putting on a children’s theater production of “Annie” here in the church sanctuary featuring a child cast of Creek alumni, current Creek students, and River47 kids. They’ve spent their summer preparing for this fun and engaging musical to present to the community, so come see their amazing hard work for yourself!

 

September 2014 News

School’s started and there’s a lot going on!

If you ever need the school calendar or the parent handbook they’re always online atthecreekpreschool.org.  Also make sure to ‘like’ us on our Facebook page, where we posts news, updates, and reminders!
 

Download the Parent Handbook 

Office Hours are 8:30-1pm – if you need to reach us when we’re closed, either email to info@thecreekpreschool.org or call our after hours voicemail at 714 497-0581

SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

After School Enrichment Programs start in September! 
Dance: Sept 3  | Cooking Sept. 4 | Little Ninjas Sept. 5 | Sports – Soccer and Basketball Sept. 8
Classes start at 1pm. Forms for all are available in the office. Payment is made to the providers.

Free Vision Screening - Sept 8 and 9 during school hours. If you want your child to participate, please fill out the permission form. Forms are available in the office. 

Music Classes Start: Mrs. Karen of Kids Love Music starts classes with us! Each class visits her for 20 minutes once every other week for songs, finger plays, and time with instruments. 

KINDERGARTEN students only have Back to School Night Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm. This is an adult only meeting. 

Teacher Commisioning Service at River 47: September 21 10am – Our home church will be taking time during the service to pray for our staff and school year on this date. You’re invited to join us for the worship service. 

Grandparents Day Chapel and Treat: Thurs & Fri  Sept 18 & 19
We’re celebrating our grandparents with a special chapel and treat just for them on these days. Starts at 11:00am at the chapel.  On Thursday the Blue room will lead our worship time, on Friday the Orange Room leads worship. 

Bake Sale: September 25 & 26 – The Red Room (Mrs. Elizabeth and Mrs. Cathy) are hosting our first bake sale! Stop by the table before and after school to purchase goodies. All proceeds go directly to the classroom for the purchase of special new materials and manipulatives.

“Annie” September 28 6:00pm – Creek Alumni are producing a small community theater presentation of “Annie” here in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to attend this fun, free event.
 
Book Fair: Starts September 29.  We’ll be having before and after school books for sale from Scholastic – come shop, and help us staff this fundraiser event!

School Start 2014

I can’t believe that we are only a few weeks away from returning to school! I hope you all had a great summer, and are looking forward to an exciting year of preschool adventures here at The Creek!

I’ve been very busy here at The Creek getting ready for the new school year, and the teachers will return on August 18th to begin prepping their rooms for your children. There are a few reminders and dates I wanted to get to you right away as time seems to be absolutely FLYING these last few days of summer.

Reminder: Paperwork packets are due August 15. This includes your physician’s report for new students, which must be filled out by the doctor’s office.   In this packet is your EFT paperwork, which is required for this year’s tuition payments.  Due to parent request, we are continuing the Electronic Funds Transfer set-up for tuition payments, which take place August 15 through May 15 (10 equal payments for the year’s tuition).

We will continue to accept checks and cash for lunch bunch and other purchases.   And if you’re planning to pay the full year tuition in full (with a 5% discount), you can send in a check for that as well.

START DATES: *Class lists will be posted Thursday August 21st by 10am.

Meet Your Teacher Days: Thurs. and Fri. August 21 & 22 from 10am-noon is your chance to stop in and meet your child’s teacher! The teachers will be working in their classrooms getting ready for the start of the year, and would love to meet your child before the first day of school. You can stop by either day, regardless of your class schedule.

Orientation Days: Our first days of school are special, as the children go to their class while you go to ‘your class’ – the parent orientation meeting. This abbreviated first start day is a great way to ease back into the school year, and makes the drop off process less intimidating for first year students (and their parents!)

  • MWF & 5 Day Class Orientation is 10am-11:30am Mon. Aug. 25
  • T-Th Orientation is 10am-11:30am Tues. Aug. 26 (You will not need to pack a snack for Orientation Day)

Extended Day starts on Wednesday August 27 for all classes.
5 Day Class Students: Tue. Aug. 26 is an Academic Day only. 8:30/9am start with noon pick up. Don’t forget your nutritious snacks with two food groups!

If you’re not signed up for regular extended day (billed with your tuition) your child can always join us for Early Birds (8am-9am), Lunch Bunch (12pm-1pm) or Extended Day (1pm-3pm) at the rate of $5/hour. If your child is staying for the afternoon, please make sure to pack a separate lunch. Tickets for the Extended Program are available through the school office.

 

~ Kacie Andrews
Director

Bike-a-Thon Celebration 2014

Bike-a-Thon Frozen PartyWe had a great time yesterday at our FROZEN themed Bike-a-Thon celebration party!  Our Super-Star Fundraisers who raised $100+ got to spend time playing games, watching a magic show, and participating in a sing-a-long with Elsa and Olaf!

Our Bike-a-Thon fundraiser was for school improvements, with a specific eye towards the playground. We raised $4900!  That’s some great riding and fundraising!

Also, the class that raised the most (per student) money was Green Room with over $88/student for a total of $970!  They will receive an ice cream party for all their teamwork!

Thanks to everyone that made the Bike-a-Thon such a success and we’re so glad that everyone was able to come and celebrate with us.  We appreciate all the support!

May 2014 News

Bike-a-Thon – May 6 & 7

Keep getting sponsors in preparation for our Bike a Thon … we’re looking forward to awarding trophies, eating popsicles, and enjoying the day raising money for the school.  We’re raising money for playground upgrades with our fundraiser this year.
Children who raise $100+ win admission to “FROZEN” Party May 28th from 10:30am-12pm: Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen will be coming for games and fun for our Bike-a-Thon Winners.

Children who raise $50+ will receive a Creek pennant; and the class that raises the most money (calculated as highest per-student average) wins an ice cream party!

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Get the full details on the bike-a-thon here
Download the permission slip Download the sponsor tracking sheet

Here’s the Ride Schedule – remember every rider needs a ‘pit crew’ adult with them!

Thursday, May 6
11:10am –Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Friday, May 7
10:30am – Blue

10:50am – Orange
11:10am – Green, Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Mommy & Me Tea – May 8 & 9 at 11am – Come join us for a special chapel service followed by a ‘tea’ treat in the classrooms as we celebrate our Mommies!  (K on Thurs, Orange on Fri).

pond-logo – May 13 from 9:10-10am – Our little ‘tadpoles’ toddler class will be having fun with flowers in this month’s program, called “Growing Up!” where we’ll have story, song, paint and play in this parent and me class.

Summer Camp Sneak Peak:  May 14 & 15  (Orange and Blue on Thurs)
Send your child to school in a bathing suit, wearing sunscreen, and with a towel… ‘cause we’re going to play like it’s a summer camp day!  Coach Joel will be setting up his water slides, pools, and more for us to get way and have fun in the sun. It’s a chance for kids to experience a taste of summer camp, which starts June 9. LEARN MORE ABOUT SUMMER CAMP HERE

May 22 & 23 – 11:40am – Chapel led by the Yellow Room. It’s our last chapel of the year, and we’re learning about “The Man Who Was Too Little” and how even though we’re small, God still sees us, and He loves us!

May 26: No School – It’s Memorial Day

LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE….

Promotion Ceremony & Last Day of School: MWF Classes
Wed. June 4 at 10:30am – The ceremony takes place in the sanctuary and then we’ll head back to the classrooms for our goodbye parties!

Promotion Ceremony & Last Day of School: T-Th & Five Day Classes
Thurs. June 5 at 10:30am – The ceremony takes place in the sanctuary and then we’ll head back to the classrooms for our goodbye parties!

Bike-a-Thon 2014

The Creek Preschool Annual Bike-A-Thon: May 6 & 7

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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, making as many laps as they can in their fifteen minute time limit.  They are sponsored by the lap or a flat donation.

After they have ridden and had their laps counted by their pit crew, the riders pick up their participation trophies and their popsicles.  Pledged money is turned in to the school office after their sponsors are notified of their lap count.

This is a fun event, as our children love bringing their very own bikes/scooters (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.

How Can We Prepare?

First, please take the 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 building upgrades and repairs.

They can pledge an amount per lap, or they can donate a set amount just for participation.  Our Tax ID # is 95-4712403 and donations are tax deductible!

OlafElsaSecond, decide who will be 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!

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Frozen” party! (An incredibly awesome character event full of games and laughter – this year Elsa and Olaf will be joining us!)

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

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

   The Day of the Bike-a-Thon

Bring the bike/scooter and safety gear 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 in to 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!

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What is the Bike-A-Thon ride schedule?

Tuesday, May 6

11:10am –Red

11:30am – Purple, Yellow

 

Wednesday, May 7

10:30am – Blue

10:50am – Orange

11:10am – Green, Red

11:30am – Purple, Yellow

 

How do we collect the money?

If the sponsor is pledging money per lap completed, you’ll need to check in with them after the event, so that they can 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 23 in order to be counted towards the FROZEN PARTY!

| Download an Info Page | Download the Sponsor Sheet | Download the Permission Slip |