Welcome to Westerly Creek Elementary


Events Calendar | Specials Calendars

  • Now-Nov 1:  Red Apple Donation Drive
  • Oct 20-21:  No School for Students
  • Oct 22 | First Grade Nature Art Walk | WCE and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Oct 24:  Picture Day | All Grades
  • Oct 29:  Kool-Aid & Canvases | 5:30-7;30 pm | Family Painting Night | WCE Cafeteria
  • Nov 1:  Red Apple Donation Drive ends
  • Nov 3-7:  Scholastic Book Fair | Northwest Lobby
  • Nov 8:  Direct Giving Tailgate | 11:30 am | Pocket Park 33rd & 35th Ave; Yosemite and Akron Streets
  • Nov 12:  Parent Engagement Night | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | WCE Library
  • Nov 15:  Math Matters Competition | 10 am |Lotus School for Excellence
  • Nov 17:  Chipotle Restaurant Night | 4 – 8 pm | Stapleton Town Center
  • Nov 21:  Picture Day Re-takes
  • Nov 21:  Original Works Online Orders Due
  • Dec 1, Apr 17:  ECE classes not in session | ECE teacher professional development days
  • Dec 1 – 19:  Mid-year Interim Assessments | Literacy and Math | All Grades
  • April 11:  Save the Date | WCE Auction

Red Apple Donation Drive is happening now through November 1!  Information has gone home in Thursday folders and all donations of gently used clothing/shoes, stuffed animals, purses/belts/bags, and toys can be bagged and put in the little red shed located in the East Parking Lot.   Schools are in competition and the winning school with the most pounds donated gets $750 toward sustainability and wellness programming!  So, help us win money for our school and drop off your donations today!  Learn more about Red Apple Recycling here.


Kool-Aid and Canvases!  Every WCE Family is welcome to join us for a night of fun and creativity on October 29 from 5:30-7:30 in the school cafeteria.  Events will include painting sessions, a Kool-Aid Klinic, a Kool-Aid Kreation Kontest & Relay Race, Parents vs. Children Dodgeball game, Art Gallery, and refreshments.  This event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Center at Westerly Creek, Department of Extended Learning within DPS.  For more information contact Jackie Richardson.


Math Matters Competition takes place Nov 15 and is open to any 4th or 5th grade students who excel in math. More information can be found on the Math Matters website and the registration deadline is Oct 14. Email Katie Yeager for more details and to register.  In the past Westerly Creek has had one of the largest teams, so let’s keep the tradition going!


Restaurant Nights are here! Each year the PTA partners with local restaurants to raise money for our school. When you dine at the designated restaurant during the scheduled hours and date and a percentage of what you spend will come back to WCE.  So, take a night off from cooking, meet up with other families, and help WCE raise funds for our school!


Love Football?  Join us for our DIRECT GIVING TAILGATE! 
Join us 11:30 am – 3:30 pm on November 8 for a day of Tailgating and raising money for WCE!  We’ll be hosting another Direct Giving Party at the Pocket Park between 33rd-35th Ave – Yosemite/Akron.  We’ll have all you’ll need for a great tailgate, just bring your check to donate to our direct giving campaign.  Hope to see you there!

Direct Giving Parties |  What is direct giving?  The budget DPS provides our school is short about $250 per student in meeting the educational needs of our children.  So, each fall Direct Giving is how we close the funding gap.  In order to do so, each family at WCE would need to make an annual donation of $250 for each of their children that attends WCE. Since we know every family cannot make that kind of contribution, the Direct Giving drive is how the school and PTA raises those funds.  So join us at direct giving parties or make your donation on-line (you can make a one-time gift, or set an amount to be drawn monthly from your account)!  Stay tuned for details and for additional dates of Direct Giving parties hosted by our wonderful WCE families.


Prepare for Picture Day | Student and class pictures will be taken on October 24.  Order forms and information will be coming home in student Thursday folders in the near future.  Please make sure you return the completed forms by the deadline so your child can have her/his picture taken.  Pictures should return on Nov. 14, and re-takes will occur on Nov. 21.


Interim Assessments |  District interim assessments in literacy and math take place three times a year.  Your child’s teacher(s) will be administering these assessments, which take place in October, in December, and at the end of the year in late April/May (separate from CMAS, formerly called TCAP). During this time each class will administer two literacy (one reading and one writing) and/or one to two math assessments, depending on the grade.   The information gathered helps inform instruction in the classrooms and is an additional data point that provides information to teachers about student progress. Please help us by ensuring your child doesn’t have appointments scheduled, gets adequate sleep, has a good breakfast, and is on time and ready to go on assessment days.


Parent Engagement Nights will begin on October 8, 5:30-6:30 pm in the WCE Library.  Coordinated by two fabulous WCE teachers, America Bateman and Alicia Fajohn, these monthly educational sessions are dedicated to providing parents with tips and tools to enhance their child’s success in school and at home.  The first session will focus on Westerly Creek Systems and Structures.  Our school is a large community and parents don’t always know how to navigate our system.  Come to Parent Engagement Night to find out!  Food and childcare will be provided.

If you would like to recommend topics most important to parents, please submit your ideas via the Parent Engagement Night Survey.


Restaurant Nights are here! Thanks to our families that attended the Mici’s Restaurant Night in September!  Your dining dollars enabled WCE to earn $564 from the total WCE sales that night!  Each year the PTA partners with local restaurants to raise money for our school. When you dine at the designated restaurant during the scheduled hours and date, a percentage of what you spend will come back to WCE.  So, take a night off from cooking, meet up with other families, and help WCE raise funds for our school!


WCE Lost and Found has moved …to the West end of the school on the first floor under the stairwell.  Please check the Lost and Found often if your child loses/misplaces any personal items.  Each month, unclaimed items will be donated.  For easy identification, please make sure all clothing and personal items are marked with your child’s name.


3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Gifted & Talented Expos! Courtesy of Mrs. Hertzfeldt and Mrs. Cirkus, enjoy this Westerly Creek Production in association with iMovie: 5th Grade GT Expo | 3rd & 4th GT Expos | GT Blog | GT Info | We are so proud! Enjoy!!


Sign up to Receive FACE Monthly Newsletter: The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) sends out a monthly newsletter to teachers, parents, families and community members with information about community meetings, events and other resources. We encourage you to sign up to receive these newsletters.


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 Kiss and Go lanes on the north, east and west sides moving. 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.
  • Do not attempt to make three point or U-turns in the streets surrounding the schools.  The streets are too congested and students could get hurt.
  • 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 four families who won them at the auction. Feeling jealous? Don’t worry, they will be up for bid again in the spring for the 2015-2016 school year!

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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