Principal's Message:

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Welcome to Morning Creek! 
Dear Morning Creek Community,
 
Another great year has almost passed at Morning Creek, and we have been busy!
 
The Super Colts continued their excellent work in gathering donated candy for our military. This year the kids gave up almost 500 pounds of candy and made seventy-seven thank you cards for our service men and women. Also, the Super Colts sponsored seven local families for the holidays and with your generous donations, Morning Creek provided toys, clothes, blankets, school supplies, and gift cards to these families in need.
 
While we know our Safety Patrol is the best, this year the County of San Diego agreed with us, and they took first place in the North County Safety Patrol Competition. The Student Council sponsored fun and crazy dress-up days, helped with all Friday Flag celebrations and kept our recycling program running. This year, Student Council used their funds to hire an artist to create beautiful murals on our ball walls, our 4 square courts, and a sensory path! These additions offer vibrant beauty, fun, and a reminder of our Character Counts Pillars.
 
The PTA sponsored Glow Parties, Book Fairs, a Back to School Tailgate Party, Pizza on parent lunch day and just ensured that students and staff felt valued! Our PTA works tirelessly to make sure that the students have access to valuable programs that enhance their educational experiences. Through the efforts of our PTA, we have Running Club, Science Nights, Geo-Bee, Inventor’s Fair, Math Olympiad, Spanish, classes, Robotics Club, Colt Chorus, and our amazing Family Art Nights.  As always, our Multicultural Night was an experience to remember.  The tastes, smells and visual delights from around the world, help us to learn and respect the culture of others. The past couple of years the Eagle Scouts have been completing backpack hooks for some of our classrooms. These became so popular that most teachers wanted them. Morning Creek dads stepped up to the plate by finishing backpack racks for all of the classrooms that could have them. While we humans enjoy the backpacks being on the hooks, I'm not sure the squirrels agree as it is more difficult for them to steal snacks! Thank you to outgoing PTA Presidents Maureen Garcia and Dora Ramos. Leading this team is a tremendous job, and the team provided many excellent programs for our students.
 
Mrs. Shelley Baker led our Foundation and continued to expand our technology program with the purchase of equipment and software. Also, the MCES Foundation provided learning support to our students with three impact teachers and a physical education/dance teacher, Mrs. Burns. This year's Halloween performance of fun dances was thrilling, to say the least! Mr. Lucas Bader snapped many beautiful pictures and placed all of our favorite memories together to create this year’s annual yearbook! Each year the annual foundation Auction raises funds so that our students can have the best elementary educational experience possible.   Morning Creek enjoys such a strong feeling of community because of all of our selfless volunteers!
 
The end of the school year is a special time, but as we get closer to celebrating another year, we will have to say goodbye to our fifth-grade Colts! We continue to work and make sure you are ready for your future as you leave the Creek. We still have a few months left to give it all we got.
 
Keep working hard Morning Creek Colts. 

Principal Taylor
Every student, every day, no excuses
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Summer Office Hours: The office is open August 6th-8th from 8:30-12:30. August 11th-19th the office hours will be 9:00-1:00 pm. Starting August 20th, the office hours will be 8:15 am - 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays, office hours will be 8:15 am - 2:00 pm.

The following information should answer many of your questions regarding the start of school.
School Begins on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kindergarten Schedule
Transitional Days- August 20, 2014- September 26, 2014 8:45-12:45 pm
Beginning September 29, 2014, the Kindergarten students will begin the same schedule as Grades 1-5 below:

Grades 1-5 Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:45-3:05
Thursday (Time Banking Day) 8:45-1:25

TK Schedule
Daily (Monday-Friday) 8:45-12:05
Classroom Assignments
Classroom assignments will be posted in front of the school on Tuesday, August 19th at 4:00 pm. PTA will also be providing popsicles for students who arrive for the posting. It is possible that these assignments may change due to changes in enrollment.
Before School Supervision
The playground will be open to students in the morning beginning at 8:25 am. No supervision will be provided before 8:25 am so students should not arrive at school before this time unattended. 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.
Visitor/Volunteer
To ensure the safety of our students and to maximize learning, Morning Creek is a closed campus after 8:45 am. We will open the gates at dismissal for parents to pick their child up from school. Anyone who wants to come on campus after the bell rings must come and check in at the office. In order to visit a classroom, you must make prior arrangements with the child's teacher.. All visitors/volunteers must sign in at the computer to receive a visitor's badge. Please wear the appropriate badge while you are on campus. Before you are able to volunteer on our campus, you must have all paperwork completed, including Megan's Law, TB verification, and a signed Volunteer Code of Conduct. Please check out at the computer when leaving school. This will give us an accurate number of who is on campus during our routine drills or in case of an emergency.
School Lunch- Prices
Students have the option of buying lunch at school. Please prepay if possible. Lunch is served daily in the cafeteria for $2.75 and includes milk. Students can purchase milk separately for $.75. If you purchase juice, this is an extra cost of $.50. Free and reduced prices are available for those who qualify. Families need to reapply each year before September 30th. Please go to www.powayusdnutrition.com for more information.
Medication at School
If your child is on medication, a "Physician's Recommendation for Medication" form must be obtained from the school, completed by the physician, and returned to school. No medication may be given at school without this form. An adult must bring the mediation to the school office in the original container medication is dispensed. Children may never have medication in their possession at school. This included aspirin, inhalers, cough drops, etc.
Bicycle Riding
Only students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may ride a bicycle to school. 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.
Parking Lot Drop Off & Pick Up
When dropping off and picking up students in the parking circle please drive all the way around the outer edge of the circle then pull all the way forward to drop off/pick up your child at the curb. Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb. Never leave your car unattended in the loading zone. We have staff to help keep the flow of traffic moving. If you need to enter the school campus for any reason, please park your car in a designated space in the lot or on the street. Please do not park in an unassigned spot or in the red zone as it blocks our incoming busses.
Extended Student Services
Morning Creek provides an ESS program, which is a fee-based before and after school childcare program. ESS is open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. All students planning to participate in ESS must be registered at our ESS building. Please call our coordinator, ESS Supervisor Lynnette Hamilton at (858) 748-1497, for information regarding registration and fees.
Peachjar
Morning Creek has gone paperless. All flyers can be accessed on our Morning Creek Page. All you have to do go to www.peachjar.com to sign up. You will see school supply lists, outside organizations, PTA/Foundation information etc. Please support our school and the environment by supporting Peachjar.
Facebook page
Morning Creek has launched a Facebook page. This is another form of communication that will allow families to stay connected. The principal will be posting these types of status updates (school activities, announcements, events, classroom instruction, emergency information, etc.) throughout the weeks. If you choose not to have your child featured on the Morning Creek Elementary School Facebook page, you will need to print out the flyer on Peachjar and turn it in at the front office.
Remind 101
Remind 101 is a one way texting/email tool to get reminders or change of schedule message out to you immediately. All you have to do is opt in by texting (760) 563-5212 and typing @morningcr in the message box to start receiving messages.
We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school.

Best Regards,
Rhonda Taylor
Principal, Morning Creek Elementary


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