Welcome to Creekside

Creekside is a community of lifelong learners filled with diverse cultures from around the world.  We welcome and thrive from the ongoing support from our Creekside community.  You are now a valuable part of this community and we encourage you to get involved and experience all that it has to offer.  Here is some information to help you become familiar with the great culture of Creekside!

Due to COVID-19, much of this information is no longer accurate.  Information specific to Virtual Learning is in green.  
School Schedule
Virtual Learning will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.  Daily schedules will be provided by your child's teacher.
The Creekside playground opens at 8:40 a.m. each morning.  Parents are welcome to join their children on the playground until the morning bell rings.  There is no supervision before 8:40 a.m.

The first bell rings at 8:55 a.m. when students line up on their classroom numbers on the playground.  Teachers walk students to class from the playground.

The late bell rings at 9:00 a.m.  If students arrive after this bell rings, the gate is closed and they must come through the office for a “tardy slip.”

All students have time for a snack and play during morning recess.  This is scheduled each day for 15-30 minutes, depending on grade.  Students in Kindergarten will also have an afternoon recess once they begin the full day schedule.
Lunchtime is scheduled every school day with time to eat and play. Students may bring lunch from home or buy lunch from our cafeteria.
Lunch provided by the PUSD Food and Nutrition Dept. will be available to students during Virtual Learning.
 Check our website at www.powayusd.com/schools/es/cses and click on the “Schedule” button located just below the photo at the top of the screen to see the complete schedule. 
  • Kindergarten Introduction Days (KID Days): Kinder students begin the year with shorter days.  “Full days” begin on Sept. 28.
  • Every Wednesday is a “time-banking day” with early dismissal for K-5th.  For Kindergarten, this begins after KID Days around 6 weeks from the start of school.
  • Transitional Kindergarten is a “half-day program” all year long.
It is our goal to keep our families well informed of school and class events.  Please be sure to update any changes to email, phone numbers, and/or addresses so we can contact you in the event of an illness or emergency and we can keep you up to date about what’s going on at school.
Gecko Weekly - This is a weekly e-newsletter sent each Friday afternoon.  Take the time to read this each week to see what’s coming up around the school and community.    We also keep the past few editions on our website (click the "Bulletin" button on the homepage).
PUSD App - Download the free official Poway Unified School District app to get a personalized window into what is happening at the district and schools.  You can choose to receive notifications about  the latest news from the district. This app has links to lunch menus, attendance hotline, MyPlan and much more. 
Phone Messages - At times, we will send phone messages to all our families highlighting important information.  We try to limit these phone calls to the most important issues. These are often linked to an email message for your convenience.
Classroom Communications - Our teachers will share information with you in various ways.  All of our teachers use email as the primary communication tool, so be sure we have your current email address.  Teachers’ email addresses can be found on our school webpage and will be shared with you at Back-to-School Night in the fall.  In addition to email, some teachers will print weekly or monthly newsletters highlighting important classroom happenings. 
Facebook - www.Facebook.com/CreeksideElementarySchool  Use the hashtag #CreeksideGeckos when posting your photos of school events, or feel free to share at CreeksideGeckos@gmail.com and we may include them in our posts.
School Website/Calendar - We do our very best to keep our school’s website up to date and informative.  Please visit our website at www.powayusd.com/schools/es/cses to access information about our school.  If you find incorrect or out of date information, please notify the school office so we can correct it quickly.  Click on the “Calendar” tab to access our Google Calendar for school holidays and non-student days.

Friday Flag Assembly - The entire school meets in the quad every Friday at 9:00 a.m. to hear announcements of upcoming events and share student accomplishments.  Parents are encouraged to join in the fun for this short and informative time.

Friday Flag will be conducted via video conference or social media platform during Virtual Learning.
PeachJar - www.peachjar.com is our online flyer distribution center.  Community groups such as Little League, Scouts, and Parks and Recreation post flyers of their events, try-outs, and camps here.  We also use this page to post flyers for school activities and after-school enrichment programs.  Create an account at www.peachjar.com to have flyers sent directly to your email address.  You choose how often you receive these emails; weekly, daily, or every time a new flyer is posted.  You can also access this page by navigating: Creekside website > Campus Info > Communications > Flyers.  

MyPlan - www.myplan.powayusd.com Is a portal to important information for both parents and students including resources such as: learning platforms, Google Apps, educational resources, and standardized test scores.  Parents are able to access the Synergy Parent Portal to update personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses.  Each parent will be given his/her own username and password.  If you need assistance with your MyPlan account, contact the help desk at myplanhelpdesk@powayusd.com or (858) 521-2790.

PUSD Website - On the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) website at www.powayusd.com you’ll find information about a variety of district programs.  This is a great site for information about Preschool, ESS, GATE and other programs as well as PUSD School Board Meeting minutes and information. 
Volunteers and Visitors
Volunteers and Visitors will be restricted during Virtual Learning. 
We welcome Volunteers at Creekside to help in a variety of ways.  Our Workroom Crew meets twice a week to support teachers by copying worksheets, binding books, laminating projects, and more.  Teachers use volunteers in the classroom to work with students, correct tests, help with projects and more.  There are also a number of school-wide events planned throughout the year which can only happen with the support of our volunteers.  We ask all Volunteers and Visitors to sign-in at the office when on campus during the school day.  This allows us to know who is on campus at all times.
To become a Creekside Volunteer, please complete the following (forms can be found by navigating: Creekside website > Parent Resources > Volunteer):
  1. Megan’s Law background check - Complete the Megan’s Law form and bring to the school office along with your ID.  Allow 2-4 weeks for the background check to be completed.  Do this only one time for all PUSD schools.
  2. Code of Conduct - Review this form and sign at the bottom.  This is done separately for each PUSD school for which you volunteer.
  3. Negative TB Results - Present results of a negative TB test (tuberculosis) from a Health Care Professional dated within the past 4 years.  You will be asked to update your TB Test every 4 years at each school for which you volunteer.
Once you have completed the three steps to become a volunteer, you may:
  • Contact the school office to become part of the Workroom Crew.
  • Contact your child’s teacher to schedule a time to volunteer in the classroom.
  • Contact the PTA Volunteer Coordinator, at CreeksideVolunteers@gmail.com, to help with our school-wide events.
Visitors - Once your child has become accustomed to the routine of the school day, we welcome you for an occasional visit at recess or lunchtime for some playground games.  If you would like to visit the classroom, we ask that you make arrangements with your child’s teacher prior to visiting.  All visitors must sign-in at the office during the school day.  If you will be visiting more than a couple times during the school year, we ask you to complete the volunteer clearance listed on the previous page.
Creekside has a number of organizations working together to create a safe, happy and productive school.  See below for more information about each organization.
Creekside PTA (Parent Teacher Association) - Navigate: Creekside website > click PTA button or in the top menu Parent Resources > PTA. The Creekside PTA is a non-profit group of parents and staff who provide programs and activities that enhance the school experience for students and help build community at our school.  We all know that children learn more and are more successful when parents, school staff, students, and the community work together. PTA programs include Arts Attack, Character Counts, Red Ribbon Week, Parent/child Dances, After-school Enrichment programs and so much more.
Parents and other family members are encouraged to become PTA members by visiting the website above or completing the membership form sent home with students at the beginning of the school year.  The membership dues of $11.75 per person offer these advantages:
  • Great resources from parenting tips, homework help to educational legislation & more.
  • Have a voice in legislation that may affect education at the district, state and national level.
  • Discounts given by participating companies with use of your membership card.
PTA Running Club - Students receive a Running Club ID card on a lanyard to use at school daily. For each lap completed, the barcode on the ID card will be scanned by an adult and awards are given for mileage milestones. One lap around the track = .31 miles. To track laps, set up a parent account and print an ID card replacement navigate: Creekside website > Student Life > Activities > PTA Running Club. 
CEF (Creekside Educational Foundation) - Navigate: Creekside website > click CEF button or in the top menu Parent Resources > Creekside Educational Foundation.
The Creekside Educational Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources to students and teachers at Creekside.  CEF is made up of a group of parents and staff at Creekside who work together with the principal to identify school and staff needs that are not met by other means (i.e. school budget, PTA, etc.).  CEF was established to raise additional funds to explore and expand the quality of education for all Creekside students.  Funds can be used for short-term or long-term projects that benefit the school and education. CEF has a number of fundraisers throughout the year, many of which are fun for our students.
        Creepside Haunted Trails (October)
        Gecko Fun Run (January)
        Fundraising Dinner & Auction (Springtime)
Send an email to CreeksideVolunteers@gmail.com to get involved with any of these programs.
International Friends - contact Lisa Charbonneau at lcharbonneau@powayusd.com
An organization of parents from diverse cultures and the English Language Learner's Creekside Staff meet to share their traditions from around the world and the Creekside ELL program. An annual Multi-cultural Event is planned each year, usually in the spring.  Watch for an invitation to this event as all students and parents are welcome to attend.  This group is supported by Creekside PTA.
Student Council - contact Karmyn Beireis at kbeireis@powayusd.com or Andi Bilecz at abilecz@powayusd.com
Student Council is a group of students in grades 3-5 who meet to discuss school issues and serve our school and community.  Student Council representatives for each class are selected in the fall.  The meetings are held before school once each month.  Student Council organizes programs/events such as food drives and theme dress-up days.  The older students share information with the K-2nd grade classes to be sure all students are informed and represented.
Cub Scouts - contact Jeniffer Matthews at reddoggunner@cox.net
For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he's in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it's time for him to have some fun…with the Cub Scouts.
Girl Scouts - contact Victoria Vazquez at vvazquez@sdgirlscouts.org
Girl Scouts inspire girls to achieve their dreams, encourages them to be active members of society and gives them tools to become tomorrow's leaders. Girl Scouts just can’t wait for what they’ll do next!

At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure. Maybe it’s artistic. Maybe it’s an experiment. Maybe it’s getting outside or helping their communities. The sky’s the limit.  You can start your adventure as early as Transitional Kindergarten!
Getting To and From School
Walking to School - Many of our families are located close enough to Creekside to allow children to walk to school.  This is a great way to begin the day with a little exercise and fresh air.  Parents should walk with children or set up a “walking school bus” and cross only in designated crosswalks.  A gate is located at the southwest corner of the field to provide easy access to/from South Creek Park.  This gate is unlocked and supervised at 8:45 a.m. until the school bell rings and again at the end of the day for 15 minutes. 
Bike/Scooter Policy - Students in 3rd through 5th grade may ride their bike or scooter to school with parent permission.  Children must wear a helmet, provide a lock for the bicycle/scooter, and follow safety rules/laws.  A Bike/Scooter Permit must be completed and on file with the office for students who wish to ride their bike/scooter to school.  Bikes and scooters must be walked once on school grounds.  No rollerblades, razors, or skateboards are allowed on campus.
Driving to School - We encourage parents to carpool to reduce the number of cars at school each day.  Please follow these rules (below and continued on the next page) to keep traffic moving and everyone safe.
  •     No cell phones while driving!!
  •     Always watch for children in unexpected places.
  •     Park only in marked spaces or on the street where legally permitted.
  •     Do not park in reserved spaces.
  •     Never leave car unattended at the curb.
  •     Never double park to drop-off or pick-up students.
  •     Always use blue cross walk when walking through the Main Parking Lot.

The “Bus Loop” is the circular lot closest to Poway Road.  Enter from the north (turn right into driveway) and load and unload along the curb behind the bus area.  You will need to turn left when leaving the bus loop.
The “Main Parking Lot” is the larger lot closest to the playground.  Enter from the south (left turn in) and exit south (right turn out) towards Scripps Poway Pkwy. You may also enter this lot from the North if you are parking.  You may load and unload passengers along the red curb or park in a designated parking space.
Prepare for Departure!
Morning Drop-off Hints:
  • Be prepared for drop-off; have backpacks and other items within reach of the student.
  • Quickly drop students off anywhere along the curb in front of Office/MPR building.
  • Students always get out on the curb side.
  • Don’t wait for a parking spot (it really jams traffic).  Continue through the lot to find street parking.
 Afternoon Pick-up Hints:
  • In the Main Parking lot, pull forward along curb. Students will enter the vehicle ONLY once you drive past the blue crosswalk.  (This really helps with traffic flow and safety.)
  • In the Bus Loop, pull forward along curb to furthest opening.  Your student will come to your car.
The system works if everyone follows the rules!
Before and After School Supervision
Before School Supervision - The playground opens to students in the morning beginning at 8:40 a.m.  No supervision will be provided before 8:40 a.m. so students should not arrive at school before this time.  Once students arrive, they may not leave unless a parent or other authorized person comes to the office to sign them out.  To ensure the safety of our children, you will be required to show identification when you pick up your child.
After School Supervision - After school, we ask parents/guardians to
wait outside the school gates until the bell rings and the gates open. Kindergarten students will remain in their classrooms until a parent/guardian arrives*.  Students in 1st - 5th Grade will be released from their classroom.  Parents/guardians should designate a specific place to meet their child (i.e.: classroom, bus loop, main parking lot, etc.).  Staff will supervise students waiting to be picked up for 20 minutes after the bell rings.  Please arrange with carpools, babysitters, etc. to have students picked up within that time as supervision is not available beyond 20 minutes.
* During the first 6 weeks of the school year (Kindergarten Introduction Days), Kindergarten students will be led by their teachers to the front of the school.  Parents may wait in the main parking lot for their children. 

Extended Student Services (ESS) - Creekside provides an ESS program which is a fee-based before and after school childcare program.  ESS is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  All students in ESS must be registered with our ESS staff.  Registration forms and detailed information are available by navigating: Creekside website > Parent Resources > ESS  or contact our coordinator, Gracie Degnan, at adegnan@powayusd.com.
School Policies
Absences - Please call our “Absence Hot line” available 24 hours a day at (858) 679-9343 each day your child is absent from school.  Also, please call if your child will be late to school more than 30 minutes.
Attendance will be taken during Virtual Learning.  If you child is unable to attend a virtual class session, please report their absence at the phone number above.
Illnesses - PUSD Guidelines state that your child must be free from fever, diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with Upper Respiratory Infections, persistent nasal discharge that is purulent or discolored, excessive coughing or appears to be too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in classroom setting should stay home until there are no symptoms for 24 hours or a written doctor's medical release is obtained.
Medication at School - Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home.  Parents have the option of coming to school to give medication to their child during the school day.  If your student needs daily or “as needed” medication administered at school, please review our policy and required form(s) by navigating: Creekside website > Contacts > Administrative Dept > Medication Procedures or email Health Technician, Debbie Lambert, at dlambert@powayusd.com.
School Lunch - Students have time for a snack during their morning recess.  It is suggested that the snack be packed separately from the lunch.  School lunch may be brought from home or purchased in the school Nutrition Center (cafeteria).  Menus, nutrition information and meal accommodations can be found at powayusdnutrition.com. Please prepay for lunches by bringing cash or check to the school office or by credit card online at www.myschoolbucks.com.  Lunch, which includes milk, is served daily in our cafeteria.  The price for lunch is $3.25.  Juice and water bottles are available for an additional fee.  Free and reduced prices are available for those who qualify.  Applications are available at www.applyforlunch.com or from the school office.
School Lunch will be provided during Virtual Learning.
If your child has food related allergies/disabilities please visit the following website to review cafeteria policies and options: powayusdnutrition.com  and go to Special Meal Accommodation.
School/Playground Rules - Review with your child the school and playground rules found in the Student Handbook by navigating: Creekside website > Student Life > Student Handbook.

Limiting Classroom Interruptions and Forgotten Items - To ensure that the focus is on the academic lessons, we ask your support in limiting the number of interruptions to the classroom. You can help by discussing alternate pick-up plans with your child for days you run late or when the weather is rainy. If you do need to leave a message for your child, he/she will be called to the office after the school bell rings at the end of the day to pick up the message. Forgotten items (musical instruments, homework, lunches, etc.) may be left in the office and an e-mail will be sent to the teacher. In addition to avoiding phone calls during the school day, we ask that classroom visits be limited to times pre-arranged with the teacher. While our teachers love chatting with parents, it can be an interruption to teaching and a distraction to students. Our teachers will need lots of extra help throughout the school year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to schedule volunteer time in the classroom.
Celebrations - We love to celebrate holidays and birthdays at school, but we are sensitive to allergies and dietary needs of many of our students.  We ask teachers and parents to find ways of celebrating which do not include food. Class parties may include a special story, art project or game.  If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday at school, contact your child's teacher to schedule a time.  Rather than bringing edible treats, perhaps a gift to the classroom of a new book or game would be a nice way to celebrate. 

Lost & Found - Lost items can be found on the Lost and Found rack in the lunch area.  Items labeled with students names are returned to their classrooms.  Unmarked and unclaimed items are donated before each school break and at the end of the year.  Small items can be found in the office.
Extended Absences - We hope you will schedule family trips around school vacations, but should there be a planned absence of five days or more you may arrange for an Off Campus Independent Study (OCIS) contract for your child.  Please come to the school office as early as possible (at least 10 business days in advance) to prepare an OCIS contract.  Your child’s teacher will provide the class work your child will miss while away from school.  The teacher will make every effort to make the work a relevant and valuable educational experience.  Covering a full day’s work while away from school is difficult, but covering a full week’s work, or more, is quite a challenge.  If your child completes all of the assignments, he/she will not be counted as absent and the school will receive ADA (Average Daily Attendance) funding.
OCIS Contracts have been suspended during Virtual Learning.
Calendar of Events
Here are a few of the important dates you will need to know for the coming school year.  There will certainly be plenty of additions as the year goes along, so be sure to read the Gecko Weekly
e-newsletter sent to all our families each Friday afternoon.
  • August 17 - 4:00 p.m. New Family Orientation: take a tour of the school and have questions answered.
  • August 17 - 5:00 p.m. Posting Party: come see who your child’s teacher will be, meet new friends and play games!
  • August 18 - 2:00 – 2:40 p.m. K & TK “Meet the Teachers” in their assigned classroom. Afterwards, parents can take their child home and return for “Back-to-School Meeting” at 4:00-4:45 p.m.
  • August 18 - 4:00-4:45 p.m. Back to School Meeting for parents of Kindergarten and TK students
  • September 1 - First day of school - Virtual Learning
  • September TBD - Back-To-School Night 
  • September TBD - PTA Membership 
  • September 7 - Labor Day: No School
  • September  8 - Picture Day
  •  September 10 & 11 - Picture Day
  • September 21 - Professional Growth Day: No School for students (teachers will be in meetings)
  • September TBD - PTA Reflections Arts Program
  • September 28 - Kindergarteners begin going to school full day
  • October 23 & 24 - CEF’s Creepside Haunted Trails
  • October TBD - Red Ribbon Week
  • November TBD - PTA Book Fair
  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day Observed: No School
  • November 16-20 - Conference Week  (altered schedule this week)
            Nov. 16-no students all day
             Nov. 17-minimum day-12:45 dismissal
             Nov. 18-regular Wednesday schedule: K-5th at 1:40, TK at 1:10
             Nov. 19-minimum day-12:45 dismissal
             Nov. 20-minimum day-12:45 dismissal
  • November 23 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break: No School
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break: No School
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Day: No School
  • January TBD - Science Fair
  • January TBD - CEF Gecko Run Fundraiser
  • January 29 - Professional Growth Day: No School for students (teachers will be in meetings)
  • February 15 - Washington's Birthday Observed
  • February 19 - Lincoln's Birthday Observed
  • March TBD - Family Dance
  • March TBD - CEF Fundraising Event
  • April 12 - 16 - Spring Break: No School
  • May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 31 - Memorial Day: No School
  • June 9 - Fifth Grade Promotion
  • June 18 - Last Day of School
Please read the Gecko Weekly e-newsletter sent to all of our families each Friday afternoon for the latest information, or check our website and click Bulletin or top menu Campus Info > Communications > Gecko Weekly.
The Gecko is our Creekside Mascot

Character Counts
The Six Pillars of Character has become part of the language among students and staff at Creekside.  Help us teach these character traits by talking to your children about these Pillars of Good Character.

Trustworthiness - Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.

Responsibility - Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices.
Caring - Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.
Fairness - Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded • Listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly.
Respect - Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
Citizenship - Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  For more information, please contact the Associate Superintendent, Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406.
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406