Welcome to Westerly Creek Elementary


Events Calendar | Specials Calendars

  • Now – Nov 1:  Red Apple Donation Drive
  • Now – Nov 7:  Registration for Young N’ Active Sports and Fitness Enrichment
  • Now – Nov 14:  Thanksgiving Lunch tickets on sale | Main Office | $4/Adults & $3/Non-Student Child | First come-first served
  • Oct 27:  Safety First, Safety Always Campaign begins
  • Oct 31:  Lost and Found Items Donated if not Claimed
  • Oct 31:  Halloween Parade & Parties | Parade at 2:30 pm | Parties in classrooms following parade
  • Nov 1:  Westerly Creek 2nd Graders Sing for the Mayor | 9:00 am | Bill Roberts K-8
  • Nov 1:  Red Apple Donation Drive ends
  • Nov 3-7:  Scholastic Book Fair | Northwest Lobby
  • Nov 4:  Collaborative School Committee Meeting | 5 – 6 pm | WCE Room 115 | Topic:  Unified Improvement Plan
  • Nov 5:  CREEK Kid Assembly | 9:50-10:15 am Primary Grades & 10:20-10:45 am Intermediate Grades | WCE Gym
  • Nov 8:  Direct Giving Tailgate | 11:30 am | Pocket Park 33rd & 35th Ave; Yosemite and Akron Streets
  • Nov 14:  Deadline to purchase tickets for Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Nov 15:  Math Matters Competition | 10 am |Lotus School for Excellence
  • Nov 17:  Chipotle Restaurant Night | 4 – 8 pm | Stapleton Town Center
  • Nov 18:  PTA Meeting | 7 pm | WCE Library
  • Nov 20:  Thanksgiving Lunch
  • 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
  • Dec 3:  Parent Engagement Night | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | WCE Library| The Common Core Standards and How They Affect Your Child
  • April 11:  Save the Date | WCE Auction

Security Badges Must be Returned!  Parents, volunteers, and visitors please check for school security badges that you may have inadvertently worn home.  These badges must be returned to the Westerly Creek Elementary office immediately.  Thank you.


Lost and Found:  The Lost and Found area on the West end of the building is overrun with items.  Please claim what is yours by October 31 otherwise all items will be donated.


Safety First, Safety Always Campaign!  Beginning October 27th, the school Safety Committee will be engaging in a new campaign called Safety First, Safety Always. It will tie in many safety initiatives for students and families including safety around the Kiss and Go, Halloween, Internet Safety, home safety awareness, and more!  The campaign has been embraced by DPS senior leadership, the Facilities Safety Department, and local municipality services.  On November 5th, at the CREEK Kid Assembly, students will be shown a safety video, produced in-house, to generate excitement about engaging in personal safety.   Please join us in our efforts so we can all enjoy a safe educational environment and community.


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.


Young N’ Active Sport and Fitness registration for boys and girls K-5th grade is open for the next session.  Led by WCE’s Coach Ken, this multi-sport program offers instruction and skill development in Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dodge Ball, Baseball, Kick ball, and much more.  Camp takes place on Fridays beginning November 7  from 3:45 – 5:10 pm.  Cost for the 8 week session is $140.  The sign up sheet is located outside the gym.  Check or money order payments can be made to Young N’ Active, YNA, or Kenneth Barber and left with Ms. Katie, Ms. Allison, or Coach Ken at the gym. Payments can also be left with Coach Marissa, who will be inside the building at the K-1st grade classrooms during school hours.  For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Kenneth Barber at youngnactivesports@gmail.com, Kenneth_ Barber@dpsk12.org, or 720.353.0554.


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.


Thanksgiving Lunch, an annual tradition at WCE, will take place on November 20 and the deadline to purchase tickets is November 14.  Students at WCE do not need to purchase tickets but do need to bring $1.60 cash or have that amount in their mylunchmoney accounts to pay for hot lunch.  Adult family members and siblings must have tickets in order to eat that day.  Adult tickets are $4.00 (only 300 available) and Non-student child tickets are $3.00 (only 100 available).  Tickets may be purchased through the front office and will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.  Cash and checks are accepted.  There are no refunds or replacements for lost tickets.  Look for information coming home in the Thursday folders.

Lunch times have also been extended:

1:00pm-1:30pm ECE
11:00am- 11:30am Kinder
11:30am- 12:00pm 1st grade
12:00pm- 12:30pm 2nd grade
12:30pm- 1:00pm 5th grade
1:00pm -1:30pm 3rd grade
1:30pm -2:00pm 4th grade


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 8th 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 have begun!  Our next PEN will take place on December 3rd, 5:30-6:30 pm in the WCE Library.  Coordinated by two fabulous WCE teachers, America Bateman and Alicia Fajohn, these educational sessions are dedicated to providing parents with tips and tools to enhance their child’s success in school and at home.  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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