October 22

Dear Families,

Below are a few updates and timely topics!

PICTURE RE-TAKES

Wednesday, October 23rd is picture retakes in the library. Please let your child’s teacher know if you want your child to re-take their picture. If they were absent when pictures were originally taken they can take them Wednesday.

HALLOWEEN
It has been the tradition for Creslane Elementary School students to wear appropriate costumes to school for Halloween. This year, it is our intention to maintain the positive and fun spirit of this event. While students are not required to wear costumes on Halloween, those students who do wish to participate are reminded of the following guidelines:

  1. Costumes must not be too scary or inappropriate for the school environment. Please no blood, gory or grotesque costumes. Costume accessories that are deemed dangerous or similar to weaponry are not permitted.
  2. Face painting should be applied at home and should be minimally applied (like whiskers, freckles, eye make up, etc.) so that students’ faces are recognizable. Face paint can also get very uncomfortable and messy for children to wear the entire day so in some cases less face paint can be a better idea.
  3. Students can wear masks during the harvest party. For the rest of the day faces need to be recognizable. To keep kids safe costumes should not impede their vision or ability to participate in school activities.
  4. Finally, all costumes should maintain the integrity of our school dress code. One example is: students must wear shoes that are appropriate for school. Please understand that these guidelines are put in place to ensure the safety of all our students. Wearing a costume is considered a school privilege. Students who come to school wearing something inappropriate will be asked to change into something available, or have to call home for clothing.

Students are allowed to wear their costumes during the course of the day, but the costume must not interfere with the student’s duties and responsibilities, both in and out of class. Plan to wear costumes that are comfortable.

VOLUNTEERING

We appreciate all our volunteers; our school wouldn’t be the same without all the extra helping hands! People who are interested in volunteering at Creslane need to fill out a background check and be approved prior to being in classrooms or going on field trips. This can take up to two weeks so please plan ahead. Once approved, volunteers are cleared for five years. Our office will do their best to contact parents who are coming close to expiring to avoid a lapse in volunteering.

PARKING LOT: Morning Drop Off

After the buses finish the morning routes the bus lane is open as a second student drop off lane for other motorists. Please pull forward to the cone so more than one student can unload while not blocking the cross walk.
Please say your goodbyes quickly so we can get all of our students into school on time.

PARKING LOT: After-school pick up

Remember to stay in your vehicle when waiting in the parent pick-up line along the curb. When you get out and the traffic begins to move you will hold up the line.

We are seeing families who are not using the crosswalks. This is not only a safety concern it also impacts the flow of traffic when drivers have to stop for pedestrians in multiple spots. Students are not to be crossing through traffic to enter a vehicle unless they are using the crosswalks. Please help model this behavior. Ultimately we want to promote safe habits by using the crosswalks even if it adds a few extra steps.

CONFERENCES

Fall conferences are an opportunity to sit with your child’s teacher to discuss student’s strengths and opportunities for growth this coming year. Teachers want to meet with every parent and will do what they can to accommodate your schedule. We know that many parents need to meet in an evening time slot. Because of this, teams have worked together to identify evening slots where they can meet with parents. If you are unable to make your fall conference please let teachers know as soon as it is known that you wont be available to meet as planned. Teachers will re-schedule you for the next available opportunity. We look forward to partnering with you!

Upcoming Dates:
October 31st Harvest Parties

November 1st No school: Teacher grading day

November 8th No School: Conference Day

November 11th No School: Veterans Day

November 12th: PTO meeting 6 pm

 

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October 7, 2019

 

Tomorrow, October 8, will be the first of four “Coffee with the Principal” events. Parents can drop in anytime from 8:00-9:00am in the school library and stay for as little or long as you’d like. This is an opportunity to come share ideas, hear about what is happening at school, and connect with other families in an informal get together. If you can’t make it tomorrow there will be three other opportunities; December 10, February 11, and April 14 if you are interested.

Another opportunity to connect is to attend the monthly PTO meetings. Tomorrow night is the PTO meeting starting at 6pm.

As a reminder, there is NO school on Friday October 11th for State Teacher In-service Day.

Have a great week!

Amy Halley, Principal

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October 3, 2019

Mustang Families,

Jog-A-Thon is tomorrow, October 4th! Rain or shine we will hit the track to raise as much money as we can for playground structures. Please consider sending a change of clothing including shoes and socks with your children.

5th grade 9-9:30

1st Grade 9:35-10:05

2nd Grade 10:10-10:40

3rd Grade 10:45-11:15

4th Grade 11:20-11:50

Kindergarten 11:55-12:25

3-5th grade Parents: This week Ms. Lee in the Library spoke to classes about joining Oregon Battle of the Books (OBoB). If you are interested in your child participating ask them to bring home a permission slip. Coaches are needed to guide the teams if you are interested and available. Support will be provided to those interested adults. We are hoping to have many kids join this academic competition. This is a good opportunity to build teamwork, motivate reading and challenge those who are driven by academic tasks. Any 3rd-5th grade student can participate. We need forms turned in my October 10th so teams can begin reading right away. If you have questions please check with homeroom teachers or contact the Library Assistant, Steffanni, by email at slee@creswell.k12.or.us.

September “Mustangs of the Month” was announced last Monday. We are so thrilled to brag about our students. This year every teacher will be recognizing one student every month. These students are kids who follow the rules, make safe choices, and show kindness. Students of the month are kids who will go above and beyond to build on the positive school culture. Look for their picture in The Chronicle.

K: Olivia S., Addy H., Preston S., Jessica R.

1: Racquel L., Adalynn M., Jessalyn C., Aliyah A.

2: Lyric P., Violet K., Paislee G., Olivya H.

3: Sophia N., Kristen G., Conner C., Leah M.

4: Clarity J., Mason K., Hunter L., Terrin K.

5: Jack W., Abigail A., Avery D., Addyson L.

 

~Mrs. Halley

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Early Release Friday

Friday September 27th students are released at 11:30 for early release.

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September 20th

Happy Friday Mustang Families,

The last two weeks have been full of learning about our students, reviewing rules, participating in fall benchmark assessments, and getting settled in what we hope is a fantastic year at Creslane Elementary School. Things are falling into place and instruction is up and running!

I have had the privilege of being a guest reader in all of the classrooms. During my visits I had the opportunity to read them a book called, “All Are Welcome” and shared with them my new favorite quote.

Some kids are SMARTER than you,

Some kids have COOLER CLOTHES than you,

Some kids are BETTER AT SPORTS than you,

IT DOESN’T MATTER!

You have your thing too.

Be the kid who can GET ALONG

Be the kid who is GENEROUS

Be the kid who is HAPPY FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

Be the kid who DOES THE RIGHT THING.

Be The Nice Kid

~Bryan Skavanak

 

I’ve challenged our students to #BeTheNiceKid even when someone is making it hard to like them. I’ve already heard teachers use the term #BeTheNiceKid when problem solving social situations. I hung this quote in my office and even in my kitchen as a reminder to my own kids. You just can’t argue with kindness!

4 in 1 safety drills:

Friday we will be practicing our first monthly safety drill series. This year Superintendent Johnson has asked that we implement a system to practice safety drills called “4 in 1” each month at all three buildings. The sequence of drills is intended to prepare students and staff for any emergency situation we could be presented with. Although, we hope we never have to use any of these safety procedures it is our goal to be as prepared as we can. Safety is our first priority for students and adults in any Creswell School District facility.

Each months safety drill series will include lockdowns, earthquake and evacuation/fire drills. Each teacher has been supplied with resources so they can teach their students about safety in an age appropriate manner. Should your child come home with questions or concerns about being safe please reach out to your child’s teacher. We want to partner with families to ensure students are prepared to help themselves stay safe in any environment while also being sensitive to emotions this could bring.

During the safety drill series we will not allow anyone to enter or exit the building. We anticipate the first few drills of the year to take around 15 minutes. Visitors will be asked to participate in the drills along with the students and teachers. Thank you for your cooperation.

Visitors:

All visitors must check into the main office. Parents are welcome to visit classes, with prior administration and/or teacher approval. We ask you to make arrangements with teachers at least 24 hours in advance. Parents who observe classrooms should not interfere with instruction in any way. Volunteers must fill out a background check in the front office prior to volunteering and spending time in classrooms at Creslane. Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this safety measure.

 Toys at school:

There has been an increasing amount of toys coming to school with students. As you will see in the student handbook toys are not permitted at school unless for incentives or teacher awarded activities. These are rare and usually earned privileges classes’ work for.

Please keep all toys and unnecessary electronics at home. Not only is it a distraction but also items can become lost and unfortunately stolen. Creslane Elementary cannot be responsible for any personal belongings that students bring to school, which is why it is best to leave those at home.

Parking Lot:

Parents, we work hard to teach your child admirable traits like kindness and patience. We are trusting that you want those traits modeled for your kiddos as well.

In that spirit, please remember that we are all navigating the Parent Drop-off & Pick-Up at the same time, all with various appointments to make, dinners to cook, etc., etc. Everyone who enters our parking lot is a valuable member of our community, deserving of respect and safety.

Please slow down and be patient with others in the parking lot….. We’re all doing the best we can to clear the area safely! We know that changes need to happen and those conversations are already happening.

One way we can all help to make the parking lot less stressful is by following some parking lot etiquette.

  • Drive slowly and watch out for pedestrians. Pedestrians are asked to use the marked crosswalks or sidewalks. Bolting into traffic sets an unsafe example for children and poses a risk to their, and your, safety.
  • Stay in your car while in the parent pick up line. Leaving your car keeps others from quickly pulling through to get their children. If your kiddo is not getting to you soon enough make sure they know where to meet you each day.
  • Cars are not to be parked up on the grass or in any unmarked space. Double parking is a safety risk and creates barriers for people who need to leave.
  • If you want to walk your child inside you need to park in a designated parking space or on the street. The curb is intended for parent pick up and drop off at the curb only.

Help clear road congestion and take advantage of school busses or consider car-pooling with other parents. Allowing children to walk or ride bikes home can help you avoid the stress of the traffic altogether.

 

Have a good weekend!

Amy Halley,

Principal

 

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