Welcome to Westerly Creek Elementary


Events Calendar | Specials Calendar

  • April 22 – 24: CMAS Testing | 5th Grade | Science
  • Tue Apr 22: International Variety Show | ECE-2nd Grade | 6-8pm
  • Thu Apr 24: International Variety Show | 3rd-5th Grade | 6-8pm
  • Sat Apr 26: WCE’s Baby & Kids Stuff Sale
  • May 5 – 8: Teacher Appreciation Week | Details to Come
  • Fri 5/9: NO SCHOOL
  • Fri 5/16: Spelling Bee
  • Fri 5/23: Field Day! Volunteers Needed! Online Signup to Come
  • Mon 5/26: NO SCHOOL | Memorial Day
  • Fri 6/6: Half-Day | Last Day of School

CMAS Testing | 5th Grade | April 22-24: Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) is the new Colorado Science and Social Studies Assessment test.

  • CMAS Science exams are required for all 5th and 8th grade students.
  • CMAS Social Studies exams are required for all 4th and 7th grade students.

Please add these 5th grade testing dates to your calendars and do not plan vacations or make appointments during these testing days. Like TCAP testing, promptness and attendance is important! Testing will begin promptly at 9:15am each day. To ensure kids are settled in and prepared, please make sure your kids arrive before the 8:55am bell. Look for a letter with more information in Thursday folders. Students will not be allowed to enter or exit the classroom once testing has begun. For questions, please contact Yaisa Banek at yaisa_banek@dpsk12.org or 720-424-3211. Thank you for your cooperation!


DPS Transportation Update for 2014-2015: Dear Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community: DPS Transportation Services strives to ensure Every Child Succeeds by providing high-quality services to DPS students and schools each school year. As the variety of schools available to parents expands and the enrollment processes evolve, Transportation Services also strives to accommodate this growth and best connect students with schools and opportunities.

Additional details are now available to clarify how families with elementary and middle school students enrolled within the Stapleton shared boundary and Greater Park Hill/Stapleton (GPHS) shared boundary and can access transportation for the 2014-2015 school year. Specific information on this process is available in English and Spanish at: http://transportation.dpsk12.org/announcements/updates/.

Details on specific bus stop locations and route information are made available to parents of all transportation-eligible students in July 2014 through New School Year letters sent home, your student(s)’ school office, as well as on the DPS Parent Portal. Parents, please make sure your information is up-to-date with your school before the end of the school year to ensure you receive this information in advance of next school year. Thank you for your continued interest and support of your child’s education.


Yarn Bombing at WCE! It’s an Art! Our 4th and 5th grade artists have been learning about street art and specifically yarn bombing. Yarn bombing is a non-permanent style of street art (visual art in public spaces) that uses yarn or other fibers to transform sterile or otherwise over looked spaces. Our art teacher, Erin Lea-Dougherty, is working with 5th graders to use Rainbow Loom bands to weave long ropes that will be installed in the stairwell by the cafeteria. Our 4th graders are using yarn to transform the stairwell by music and the railing by gym. To the right you’ll see a picture of Ms. Grant’s homeroom starting their work. As students continue to work on these projects, these areas are going to grow in visual interest and people will want to have a closer look. Please ensure that students are not pulling on the strings as it will destroy the artists’ hard work. On behalf of Miss Erin and the 4th and 5th grade artists, thank you for your support of our creative endeavors! Take a look at these videos which provided inspiration: HoTTeaYarn Bombing


Translated DPS Information for Parents Available Online: A variety of information is available online in seven languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic, Amharic and Nepali. To access this translated information visit  http://communications.dpsk12.org/languages/index.html, then choose your preferred language in the right-hand navigation. We hope this resource is useful to our WCE families!


Parents & Guardians in the Classroom: While parents and guardians are welcome to visit and volunteer in our classrooms, prior arrangements are required. Please arrange these times in advance with the front office administration and/or your child’s teacher. If you have any questions about this policy you may call the front office at 720-424-3160.


All Guests Must Sign In: During school hours, ALL visitors and volunteers must enter through the main entrance on 28th Ave & Akron St to check in with the front office staff, AND wear the appropriate visitors badge visible at all times, then check out and exit through the main entrance doors. Please do not enter or exit the building through any other door. Thanks for your continued cooperation.


Safety and Parking Matters! Drop off and pick up times are very congested and busy at Westerly Creek.  To reduce problems and increase safety, please consider the following:

  • If you drive your children to and from school, consider parking 1-2 blocks away. The walk will be good for you!
  • NO CELL PHONE USE IN SCHOOL ZONES
  • REMEMBER the speed limit is 20 MPH in school zones. Slower would be better!
  • Please keep the drop off lanes moving on either end of the school in front of the entrance doors. Those lanes are for dropping children off only and are not parking spots.
  • Don’t park too closely to stop signs, crosswalks, or fire hydrants, and pay close attention to NO PARKING signs.
  • No parking in the WEST parking lot. This lot is for staff only. DO NOT PULL INTO THE LOT FOR ANY REASON.
  • Be considerate of the Auction Winner reserved spaces in the West and East parking lots. They are reserved 15 minutes before and after the morning and afternoon bells for the three families who won them at the auction. Feeling jealous? Don’t worry, they will be up for bid again in the spring for the 2014-2015 school year!
  • See also this important letter from Mrs. Corcoran sent home regarding a car/pedestrian accident that occurred on October 9, 2013.

Help Us Help You | Important Requests from WCE Administration

  • Minimizing Classroom Interruptions is Essential
  • Please Wait for the 3:45pm Dismissal Bell
  • DPS Intercom Door Policies and Procedures

…read on for details


Child Safety at WCE – Reminder: As outlined in the WCE parent handbook, every adult that enters the school grounds and building must first sign in and wear a visitor’s badge at all times. This applies to volunteers, visitors, parents dropping off school work, etc.

In addition, adults picking up a student early must be authorized in our system and show a valid picture ID. No exceptions. Enter only at the east entrance on Akron Street. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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