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 a tidbit of information to help you become familiar with the great culture of Creekside!

First day of school is Wednesday, August 22
  • New Family Orientation Monday, August 20, 4:00 p.m.
  • Classroom assignments will be posted in the lunch area near the playground at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20.  It is possible that these assignments may change due to last-minute changes in enrollment. 
  • Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten students and parents are invited to “Meet the Teacher” on Tuesday, August 21, 2:00-2:40 p.m. in their child’s assigned classroom. Afterwards, parents can take their child home and return for “Back-to-School Night” at 4:00-4:45 p.m.   Please arrange for child care as Back-to-School Night is for parents/guardians only.
  • A list of classroom supplies can be found by navigating:  Creekside Website > Parent Resources > Suggested Student Supplies.  All supply donations are voluntary.
School Schedule
Transitional Kindergarten *9:00 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. – Mon-Fri
Kindergarten  August 22 – September 28 (Kinder Introduction Days)
                             *9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Mon-Fri
 Beginning October 1st, Kindergarten students follow the 1st-5th grade schedule below.
Grades 1 – 5     *9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
                            *9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Wednesday (Time Banking)
* The first morning bell rings at 8:55 a.m.  At this time students should line up on the playground to meet their teachers.  If a student arrives to school after the 9:00 a.m. bell rings, he/she must come to the office for a “late pass.” 
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 this free app from iTunes or the Google Play store.  This app has links to our school calendar, lunch menus, attendance hotline, and much more. 
Phone Messages - At times, Mrs. Donnelly 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, many 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 webpage up to date and informative.  Please visit our webpage at www.powayusd.com/schools/es/cses/home  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.
Monday Meeting - The entire school meets in the quad each Monday morning 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.

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.

My Planmyplan.powayusd.com Is a portal to important information and resources such as: daily student attendance, standardized test scores, Google Apps, and educational resources.  This also allows parents to reach 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 within a few weeks of the beginning of the school year.  If you need assistance with your MyPlan account, contact the help desk at https://pusdithelp@powayusd.com.

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
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 > Get Involved > 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/questionnaire from a Health Care Professional dated within the past 4 years. 
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 above.

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 > Get Involved > 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 $11.00 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.
CEF (Creekside Educational Foundation) - Navigate:  Creekside website > click CEF button or in top menu Parent Resources > Get Involved > 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)
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 awang@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 Gerg Duesterhaus at gduester@gmail.com 
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 Vivien Bray at vbray@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 Policy - Students in 3rd through 5th grade may ride their bikes to school with parent permission.  Children must wear a helmet, provide a lock for the bicycle, and follow safety rules/laws.  A permission form, obtained from the office, must be completed and on file with the office for students who wish to ride their bikes to school.  Bikes must be walked once on school grounds.  No rollerblades, razors, scooters, 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 release time of 1:40 p.m.), 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.  On Wednesdays (including the first day of school), when all students in the school are released at 1:40 p.m., Kindergarten students will wait in their classroom for their parent/guardian. 
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 > Student Life > ESS or call our coordinator, Gracie Degnan, at (858) 679-9601.
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.
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 or 858-391-1514.
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 cafeteria.  Menus 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 from the school office.
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 > Parent Resources > Parent 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.
Lost and 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 7 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 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.
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 Creekside e-newsletter sent to all our families each Friday afternoon.
August 20 - 4:00 p.m. New Family Orientation: take a tour of the school and have questions answered.
August 20 - 5:00 p.m. Posting Party: come see who your child’s teacher will be, meet new friends and play games!
August 22 - 2:00-2:40 p.m. K & TK “Meet the Teacher” in their assigned classroom.  Afterwards, parents can take their child home and return for “Back-to-School Night” at 4:00-4:45 p.m.
August 22 - First day of school!  9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
August 30 - Back-To-School Night Grades 1 - 5
August 30 - September 7 - PTA Membership & Fund Drive
September 3 - Labor Day: No School
September 11 - Picture Day
September 28 - Professional Growth Day: No School for students (teachers will be in meetings)
September TBD - PTA Reflections Arts Program
October 1 - Kindergarteners begin going to school all day
October 18 - Minimum Day, school ends at 12:45 p.m.
October 22-26 - Red Ribbon Week
October 26 & 27 - CEF’s Creepside Haunted Trails
November 6-9 - PTA Book Fair
November 12 - Veteran's Day Observed, No School
November 13-16 - Conference Week - No school on Nov. 13, minimum days on Nov. 14, 15 & 16 out at 12:45 p.m.
November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break: No School
December 24-January 4 - Winter Break: No School
January 21 - Martin Luther King Day: No School
January 24 - Science Fair
February 1 - Professional Growth Day: No School for students (teachers will be in meetings)
February 18-22 - Mid-Winter Break: No School
March 6 & 7 - Daughter's Dance and Son's Dance (separate nights)
March 19 - Minimum Day, school ends at 12:45 p.m.
Springtime - CEF Fundraising Event
April 15-19 - Spring Break: No School
May 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 27 - Memorial Day: No School
June 12 - Fifth Grade Promotion
June 13 - Last Day of School: School is out at 12:45 p.m.
Please read the Gecko Weekly e-newsletter sent to all our families every Friday for the latest information. Navigate to the Creekside website > 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.

Caring - Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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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 ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

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