April News

Flooring Work Day:  Don’t forget, this Saturday is our flooring prep day!

We will be stripping the old floors and preparing them for the contractor on Sat. April 1 from 8am-noon.  There will be childcare available on the playground with Mrs. Stefanie!

No special skills needed just a desire to do some physical labor!    Please let us know what hour we can have you and if you will need child care to help us plan. THANK YOU for all you do to help us here at The Creek!

Spring Break:

There will be no school April 3-6.  See you back the week after!

 Palm Sunday:

River47 church will be having their Palm Sunday service out on the lawn on April 9 at 10am if you’d like to join us!

Easter Chapel and Parties:

Wed & Thurs. April 12 & 13 at 11:15 am. (Blue and Orange on Wed.)

We will be having a special chapel celebrating the miracle of Easter, followed by parties in the classrooms. We hope you can join us for the chapel too! Sign ups for the parties will be posted in the classrooms.

We are Closed on Good Friday, April 14.  River47 will have service at 7pm.

Easter Sunday!

Come celebrate with River47 church at 10am April 16!

Preschool Class Conferences:

Purple and Yellow Room classes have their conference week April 17 through 21.  Please check with your child’s teacher for their conference availability and to sign up.

Tk & K Class to Tanaka Farm!

April 24 – they’re heading off campus to visit the strawberry farm!

 

Bike-a-Thon!

Our Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser Event returns!  April 27 & 28

Bike-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which the children ride around our track as many laps as they can in a fifteen minute time limit. They can either be sponsored per lap or a flat donation.

After their ride time has ended, and their laps have been counted, the riders are invited to pick up their participation trophies and a popsicle. Please turn in all pledge money into the school office at the end of the event.

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

A separate email with more details about the Bike-a-Thon has also gone out today.

 

Bike-a-Thon is coming!

April 27 & 28

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 as many laps as they can in a fifteen minute time limit. They can either be sponsored per lap or a flat donation.

After their ride time has ended, and their laps have been counted, the riders are invited to pick up their participation trophies and a popsicle. Please turn in all pledge money into the school office at the end of the event.

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

Get Ready!

First, please take the attached 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 our classroom floors!

Sponsors can pledge an amount per lap, or they can donate a set amount.

Our Tax ID # is 95-4712403 and donations are tax deductible!

Students who raise $100 or more win admission to the “Batman and Belle” party!

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

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

Second, decide who will be in 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!

The Day of the Bike-a-Thon

Bring the bike/scooter and helmet 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 into 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!

The Ride Schedule

Thursday, April 27
11:10am –Red
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Friday, April 28
10:50am – Blue
11:10am –Red, Orange
11:30am – Purple, Yellow

Collecting the Money

If the sponsor is pledging money per lap completed, you’ll need to check in with them after the event, so they 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 15 in order to count towards the party!

Flooring Workday

We raised enough money to replace another classroom floor… but WE NEED HELP tearing out the old floor!

Can you help for just ONE HOUR on  Sat. April 1 from 8am-noon?    

Mrs. Stefanie will be on the playground if you need childcare and there will be snacks courtesy of River 47!

Please let us know which hour you will be coming and if you need childcare so we can best plan our resources!

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School Pictures!

Spring Pictures are next week!

Monday March 27 for MWF, Orange & Blue
Tuesday March 28 for T/Th

This is the background! We will have online proofing, and you will get to see your complete image gallery online about two weeks after picture day.

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Open House – March 24!

 March 24 from 5:30-7pm

Don’t Forget to set aside this evening to come to our Open House!

All the classrooms will be decked out with student work on display (so don’t be surprised if March’s projects and activities are a little more secretive than usual so as to really wow you!) and we’ll have our music teacher Mrs. Karen with Kids Love Music on campus holding mini classes too!

FOOD at OPEN HOUSE: PIZZA PROJECT is doing a fundraiser for us all day March 24 AT THEIR STORE at 3436 E Chapman Ave (just up the street from us in the strip mall by the Carl’s Jr.) – Place your order and then bring it here to the Creek to eat – We’ll have tables set up on the basketball court so that everyone can hang out together here!

Vendor Faire: We’re currently booking some awesome vendors to have here so you can go shopping during Open House! If you sell a product or service, please let us know if you’d like to have a booth! We love supporting our Creek family businesses!

Popcorn Fundraiser Starts TODAY!

“Double Good” Popcorn is back!double good

We are raising money for the flooring fund! We get 50% of the sales!

Please ask friends/neighbors/family/co-workers if they’d like to help our school replace out the old floors by purchasing delicious popcorn! Orders will be in for Easter – it’s a great hostess thank you gift or alternative Easter basket treat.

Order forms went home today with MWF/5 Day students. Tues/Thurs students will get their order forms tomorrow.

They sent us samples last month of their new flavor mixes and the teachers LOVED them! “Caramel-Diem,” “In Queso Fire” and “In a Caramel Nutshell” were staff favorites!

Orders are due March 28. We will receive our shipment after we return from Spring Break (April 10)

Ash Wednesday at The Creek

March 1 is the start of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter.  This day, Ash Wednesday, is the day in which you may see crosses upon the foreheads of many, marked out in ashes.

At the Creek we will mark this with a short time of age-appropriate learning about our church traditions of Ash Wednesday. Your child will have an opportunity to see and touch the palm branches, observe their burning and be offered the placement of ashes upon the forehead by Pastor Bryan of River47 Church.  Pastor Bryan will be available at the 8:30 and 9:00 drop off times for any parents or siblings that might also wish to receive ashes.

You are also invited to join our River47 family for an all ages service at 7pm. (Nursery care for children up to age three will be available for the service).

Within the Evangelical Covenant Church, we believe that as Christians we should walk with Christ not just in the happy times – such as Christmas, Palm Sunday, and Easter – but also remember his times of trial – such as when he went into the wilderness to fast and pray and be tempted, Maundy Thursday in the garden, and Good Friday at the Cross.  Ash Wednesday is where we remember one of those times of trial – and as Christians we take this day to reflect upon what He has done for us and to repent for our sins.

During Ash Wednesday services churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. The use of ashes, typically made by burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday, is extremely symbolic. “God our Father, you create us from the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be for us a sign of our penitence, and a symbol of our mortality.”

While adults are given the mark of the cross with a phrase similar to “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return” we in the Evangelical Covenant Church use the phrase “Remember what Jesus did for you and believe in Him” with the children.

 

 

March News

Registration for Fall:

We are currently accepting registration for next fall school year starts. The discounted early registration fee ends March 31. Click here to learn more about class offerings for next year, pricing and scheduling. We are offering classes starting at age 2.0 through TK & Kindergarten!

We open registration to the public March 1. Make sure when your friends register that they put you down as their referral so that you can earn your $50 Target gift card!

Ash Wednesday – March 1

Pastor Bryan (our River47 Pastor) will be here for a special object lesson on Ash Wednesday and will be giving the children’s blessing with the receiving of ashes to any student that would like to receive them. He will also be available to parents or siblings who may wish to receive the ashes and blessings at the 8:30 and 9:00 drop offs. River47 Church will celebrate Ash Wednesday with an all ages service at 7pm– your family is invited to join us!

New Enrichment class!

Thursdays the NEW “Lil’ Masters Art Class” starts its first 4 week program with Mrs. Joni from 1-2pm! Each week students will be introduced to a new artist and artistic style of painting through age-appropriate stories and then will have an opportunity to explore those styles and mediums to create works in that style.

Dance Returns on Fridays! A new 4-week dance program starts Fridays from 1-1:45pm with Ms. Crystal. This session features ballet, jazz, African/Caribbean and contemporary styles to traditional dance music as well as Kidz Bop hits and Disney Favorites!

Sports with Coach Joel Continues Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-2pm. There is still a few spots available on Tuesday if anyone would like to add in for T-Ball, soccer and basketball.

Cooking Class on Wednesdays from 1-2pm will feature the much anticipated “how to make French Fries” lesson this round (due to student request).

TO SIGN UP – stop by the office and pick up a form!

NEW FLOORING IS COMING!

We have raised enough money to replace some more floors in our classrooms but WE NEED SOME HELP tearing out the old floor and preparing it for the new! Can you give us an hour of time Sat. April 1 between 8am and noon? Please let us know what time you can come help so that we can get the floor prepared for the contractor to come in during the Spring Break.

TK & K Conferences

– The Week of March 6 is the close of the second trimester of the school year. TK/K parent conferences are available by appointment after school during this time – check with your teacher for the schedule.

TK/K Class to the Library – March 8

Our preschool and pre-K classes were visited by an Orange Public Library Librarian last month and now our Tk/K class will get to visit the Main Library for a behind the scenes tour!

Chapel – March 9 & 10 – 11:40 am

– The Red Room will be teaching us about “David and the Biggest Man” – we’ll learn how we can do big things with God if we trust him. HE makes us strong and courageous.

THE POPCORN FUNDRAISER is BACK!

“Double Good” Popcorn sale starts March 13 – proceeds go towards our building flooring fund! They sent us samples last month of their new flavor mixes and the teachers LOVED them! “Caramel-Diem,” “In Queso Fire” and “In a Caramel Nutshell” were staff favorites! Orders are due March 28. We will receive our shipment after we return from Spring Break.

Open House – March 24 from 5:30-7pm

Don’t Forget to set aside this evening to come to our Open House! All the classrooms will be decked out with student work on display (so don’t be surprised if March’s projects and activities are a little more secretive than usual so as to really wow you!) and we’ll have our music teacher Mrs. Karen with Kids Love Music on campus holding mini classes too!

FOOD at OPEN HOUSE: PIZZA PROJECT is doing a fundraiser for us all day March 24 AT THEIR STORE at 3436 E Chapman Ave (just up the street from us in the strip mall by the Carl’s Jr.) – Place your order and then bring it here to the Creek to eat – We’ll have tables set up on the basketball court so that everyone can hang out together here!

Vendor Faire: We’re currently booking some awesome vendors to have here so you can go shopping during Open House! If you sell a product or service, please let us know if you’d like to have a booth! We love supporting our Creek family businesses!

School Pictures!

Playful Portraits will be on site March 27 & 28 for spring pictures! Blue and Orange room will be photographed on the 27th. More details and a picture of the (really cute) background to follow!

Petting Zoo –

“All God’s Creatures” Zoo is coming to visit us here at the Creek March 30 & 31 – Classes will go visit the zoo and get a hands-on learning experience with farm creatures including chickens, goats, sheep, bunnies, and more!

Bake Sale –

March 30 & 31 – Supporting Miss Courtney’s Purple Room!

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.

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