Kindergarten Welcome: Postponed

Creslane Community,

Kindergarten Orientation will not be occurring Thursday, March 19th as originally planned. Once we are back in full operations  this event will be rescheduled.

Amy Halley, Principal

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Oregon schools closing beginning March 16 • Creswell SD preparing to deliver meals to students in need

Our community, our state and much of the world are now dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis. Since the COVID-19 coronavirus first emerged in the U.S. and then in Oregon, Creswell School District has made preventative changes and kept our schools open and healthy for as long as recommended by state and local public health authorities. That recommendation has now changed.

All Creswell School District schools will close beginning Monday, March 16, starting spring break a week early to protect our students, staff and community, and at the request of Oregon Governor Kate Brown.  Creswell School District schools plan to resume classes on Wednesday, April 1.

This school closure is a preventive measure to help slow the rate of spread of coronavirus and, as public health agencies explain, to flatten the curve of the virus’s impact on our communities and health care systems.

“This is a trying time for our community,” Governor Brown says, “and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling to adapt to and stay healthy during this crisis. However, we are left with little choice in light of school districts’ staff capacity and operational concerns. I want to thank all of the teachers and school employees who have worked hard to keep our schools open until now.”

Schools provide vital support to our communities and this closure will have a major impact on our families. Because of this, we do not take this decision lightly. Extending spring break will be a hardship for many families who rely on their schools for meals and a safe place for children to be during the day, as well as for education.

  • While schools will be closed, we are finalizing plans to provide bagged to-go lunches. Details will be shared as soon as they are confirmed, including locations and times.
  • This is a temporary closure and we will not be providing distance learning at this time.
  • There are many decisions yet to be made, including whether these days will be made up at the end of the school year or by other schedule changes.

Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center. We appreciate our fellow school district leaders and colleagues from around the state for their collaboration and thought-partnership during this critical situation.

During the break, we encourage everyone in our community to follow recommended practices by avoiding large gatherings, washing hands frequently, and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing. Those experiencing fever, flu or cold symptoms should stay at home until well after they are symptom-free without the use of medication. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with your healthcare provider.

We will continue to monitor this very dynamic public health situation and will provide updates during this extended break. We all hope this closure will be successful in helping to combat the coronavirus, and we look forward to being able to return to our normal school routine, with our students and staff healthy and ready for learning.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time for our schools and our community.

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Parents,

Next week, March 2-6th is a big week at Creslane. It is classified appreciation week AND Read Across America Week.

 

To celebrate Read Across America Week we have several fun activities planned.

  • Every morning, a “Mystery Reader” will read a page or two from a selected Dr. Seuss book over the intercom. Each class will try and figure out the name of the reader and the name of the book!
  • On Monday the entire school will participate in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) from 9:45-10am. If you are on campus count on digging into a book with students and staff!
  • Each day is themed! Attached is a flyer that outlines the theme for each day as well as the dress up options. These are optional for all, but a fun way to celebrate the love of literature!
  • All week students can participate in a bookmark design competition. Students can pick up a template from their teacher along with the rules. A winner from every class will be selected. Those 24 winning bookmarks will be printed and available for students to pick up in the library.

If your child would like to pay special recognition to our wonderful support staff here at Creslane they are welcome to do so for Classified Appreciation Week. We have many dedicated adults who teach academic groups, supervise activities across campus, run our office and clean our buildings. This school wouldn’t be able to function without these individuals who are always willing to jump in to help get the job done. Next week is set aside to recognize their role in the lives of the students and teaching staff.

 

Friday March 6th is an early release. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.

 

Thank you,

Amy Halley

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February CATCH Day

Families,

Tomorrow, February 27th, is our February CATCH day here at Creslane. This month’s theme is “Heart Healthy Habits”. In conjunction with National Heart Health Month we plan to teach 12 heart healthy habits to students in addition to our monthly CATCH lessons. https://hvparent.com/12-heart-healthy-habits-to-share-with-your-kids.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep!Instill the habit of bedtime routines and safe sleeping environments.
  2. Get outside & play.Studies show that people who spend time in nature have fewer anxiety disorders, digestive diseases and a healthier mind, body & spirit.
  3. Don’t smoke, or quit now! Talking to kids throughout their childhood about the risks is always a good idea. Don’t forget to set a good example too
  4. Spend time with loved ones.A healthy heart isn’t referring only to the beating organ in your chest. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress is important to making good choices that will keep your heart healthy. Pick up the phone and call someone, take a walk with a friend or seek therapy if you have no loved ones nearby
  5. Eat lots of fruits & vegetables.Cook more meals at home, swap out processed food & ad more color to your plate with fruits & veggies for a healthier heart.
  6. Raise your heart rate. There are easy ways to get your family moving and your heart rate up without needing to hit the gym. Take the dog for a walk, park further from the entrance to a store and take the stairs to step up your heart rate.
  7. Visit all your doctors. Get in the routine of regular health services, screenings and treatments so that you and your family will be on your way to living a long and healthy life.
  8. Eat at home. Healthy eating starts at home. Involve the whole family in learning how to shop, prepare and cook healthy meals that everyone will enjoy.
  9. Enjoy good mood foods. Foods such as fruits and veggies, Omega-3 fats & chocolate have health benefits that are sure to boost your mood.
  10. Be grateful!Practicing gratuity, according to researchers will have a lasting positive impact on overall health including lowered blood pressure & improved immune health.
  11. Surround yourself with healthy relationships!Studies show that social relationships, for better or worse effect mental and physical health and mortality rate. Surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships, your heart will thank you!
  12. Live by example. Setting a good example for exercising, eating and living well will set your kids up for a healthy life.

Friday. February 28th, is Soap Box Derby Day. If you are interested in volunteering please contact your child’s teacher or the PTO at creslanePTO@gmail.com.

 

Mrs. Halley, Principal

 

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Parent Survey

Hello Mustang Families,

We are seeking your feedback! The past few months Creslane Families, teachers and administrators have had wonderful discussions around classroom communication. Technology has allowed parents to be engaged with their child’s classroom, through individual group messages, pictures, and student portfolios.

With that said, technology has also created app overload on our phones! Parents are faced with various apps for each student’s classroom, their sports team and other extracurricular activities.  At Creslane, we hope to streamline the number of apps needed to communicate with us. Good communication and teamwork are important because they are key to student success.

We would appreciate 2-5 minutes of your time. Staff will review the data to make a decision for the 2020-21 school year. The survey will close on Friday, February 28.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPYZGC9

Thank you for your help!

Creslane Advisory Team

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