Thursday, September 18, 2014

Principal Update

We have had a great start to the school year!
I couldn’t be more proud of the great things I see going on here each and every day.  This was confirmed yesterday when we had a visitor on our campus.  Our visitor popped into each classroom for a quick visit.  She shared her observations with our staff.  Here are a few of the things she had to say about her visit:
  • I have never, ever, seen so many amazing instructional practices packed into a short amount of time!
  • Students were actively engaged in every classroom.
  • Instructional time was utilized.  The routines and expectations were both understood and followed by students.
  • Laughter--kids were having fun while they were learning!
  • Objectives were clear.  Students knew what they were learning and why it was important.
Our teachers and students are working hard and it is showing.  Thank you for sharing your students with us.
What has been going on these past 4 week?
We have had Open House for all grade levels, we have held our first PTA meeting, students have reviewed safety drills, cafeteria expectations, classroom routines, and students have learned about each other and learned to problem solve during classroom meetings.  Lunch Recess for grades 3-5 is in full swing and Spanish Enrichment began on Tuesday, thanks to our great PTA! CCE has been a busy place. 
Other News
Parent Conferences
Parent conferences begin next week.  Our teachers have spent these past four weeks learning about your child and are excited to work with you to set goals and discuss strategies to ensure a successful year of learning. 

Early Release
We will have our first Early Release day next Wednesday, September 24th.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45p.m.  Please make arrangements to pick your child up early this day. 
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is here!  One of our campus initiatives is to train all of our teachers and implement this program for the 2014-2015 school year.  The mission is simple: To win our students’ hearts and to lead them to their personal best.  Beginning this year, all classroom teachers will greet their students at the door with a handshake (or hug or high five) to let them know they are a valued member of their classroom community.  In addition, classrooms are creating social contracts which outline how students want to be treated by one another at school.  Weekly class meetings are a great opportunity to problem solve as needed AND to celebrate successes as a classroom community.  We currently have 17 teachers trained! 
Education, Go Get It Week
One of our Superintendent’s goals is to promote college readiness and planning from an early age.  Each year, our district celebrates “Education, Go Get It” week to promote higher education.  Instilling the belief that all students can be college bound begins in elementary school.  We will celebrate “Education, Go Get It” week, next week (Sept. 22nd – 26th).  We begin each day by learning about some of the colleges or universities our CCE teachers attended, on the morning broadcast.  Students participate in a different activity each day of the week.  Our 5th grade students will receive a visit from Academy Ambassadors from Westwood High School.  On Friday, we invite all students and staff to wear a t-shirt from a college or university of their choice.  This is a great way to conclude the week. 
Watch D.O.G.S. Kick off Night

Tonight is our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Kick off Night, here in the CCE cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This is a great night for our dads to learn about the Watch D.O.G.S. program and sign up to volunteer.  Children are welcome to attend with their dad and pizza will be served!  The link will go “live” tonight after the meeting, so those who are not able to attend will be able to sign up to volunteer.  Watch D.O.G.S. is one of our favorite PTA programs.  We enjoy having our dads here on campus with us.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day Reminders

Parents,

We are looking forward to having our Comets here with us tomorrow for the first day of school!  We just wanted to send you a few reminders to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible.
Arrival 
The front doors will open at 7:20 a.m.  The classroom doors will be open at this time as well, so students can go into their classrooms right away.  Beginning on Wednesday, students will wait outside their classrooms until 7:30 a.m. We prefer to have students settled in their rooms by 7:40 a.m. so they will be ready for the school announcements at 7:45 a.m.  
You are welcome to drop students off using either of our two pick-up/drop-off lines, or you are welcome to walk your child into the building.  If you plan to park and walk your child into the building, please make sure to use the side parking lot that is labeled “Staff and Visitor Parking”.  We try to minimize traffic in front of the school as parking is limited and we have many students who walk to school and use the crosswalk in the front parking lot.  
Dismissal
The dismissal bell will ring at 2:45 p.m. You are welcome to pick your child up using either of our two pick-up/drop-off lines.  Students who are using the pick-up/drop-off lines will exit the building through the side doors closest to the line they will be using.  Make sure your child knows which line you will be using.  We will have all walking students and bike riding students exit the building through the front door of the school.  Please plan a meeting place with your child so that you can be easily located.  
Please plan a meeting spot outside of the school building as our hallways get crowded during dismissal time.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Important Back to School Events

Canyon Creek Families,

The 2014-2015 school year is right around the corner!  We are excited to welcome our Comets back to CCE and meet our new Comets, as well.  We are busy preparing for a fun and exciting school year.  During these next few weeks we have many events planned.  Please mark your calendars for the events below. 
Thursday, August 21st           8:00- 10:00 a.m.     WELCOME WALK
Your child’s teacher will visit your home between 8 and 10 a.m. for a quick visit to meet your child.  This is one of my favorite traditions here at CCE.  The neighborhood will be busy with excited teachers and students.  If you are not able to be home during this time, please call 512-428-2800 and let us know.  We will make sure your child's teacher gets the message.  The teacher will leave the welcome packet by your front door. 
Thursday, August 21st          4:00 – 6:00 p.m.     SUPPLY PICK UP
If you pre-ordered your school supplies through PTA, please stop by the school to pick them up. This year the PTA has a new process.  Pull into the driveway, stop in front of the portable buildings, a volunteer will greet you at your car, retrieve your supplies for you, without you ever leaving your car!  Now that is service!  
Friday, August 22nd          7:30-10a.m.     PTA FALL FLING
The PTA will be hosting its FALL FLING in the Canyon Creek cafeteria.  During this time you can purchase school t-shirts, yearbooks, PTA memberships, sign up to volunteer, add money to lunch accounts, drop off medications to the school nurse, and much more!
Friday, August 22nd              8:00-9:00 a.m.     SUPPLY DROP OFF               
Your child will be able to visit his/her classroom, drop off supplies, and get organized for the first day of school. 
Monday, August 25th          7:30-8:15 a.m.     KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
Calling all Kindergarten parents!  Come to the Canyon Creek Library to visit with the Kindergarten teachers.  They will answer any questions you have and make sure you and your child are prepared for the first day of school. 
Tuesday, August 26th     FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The doors open at 7:20 a.m.  Students and families are welcome to arrive any time between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m.  We prefer for students and teachers to be settled in by 7:45 a.m.  Beginning at 7:45 a.m. Kindergarten parents are welcome to meet in the Library for COFFEE AND KLEENEX.  We know the first day of Kindergarten is a big day for you and your child.  Join other Kindergarten parents for coffee, and kleenex for tears of sorrow or joy.  Everyone handles it differently!  :-) 
I am looking forward to a great school year.  Be sure to visit our website for school information and calendar events.  The staff will work hard to keep our website current with up-to-date information throughout the year.

See you soon,
Jenny Kasson, Principal