Welcome to Westerly Creek Elementary


Events Calendar | Specials Calendars

  • Sept 26: NEW Date Book It to the Creek Celebration | 10 am Rally in WCE Gymnasium | Events throughout the day
  • Sept 29:  Interim Assessments begin | All grades |  Literacy and Math | Assessment window closes Oct 17
  • Oct 1: CREEK Kid Assembly ECE – 2nd Grades | 9:50 – 10:15 am | WCE Gym
  • Oct 1:  CREEK Kid Assembly 3rd – 5th Grades | 10:20 – 10:45 am | WCE Gym
  • Oct 1-3:  Balarat | Fajohn, McLaughlin, & Janson’s Homerooms
  • Oct 4: Direct Giving Party | 6-9 pm | Ross Family Home
  • Oct 7:  SUN Education Expo | 6:30-8:30 pm | 8499 E. Stoll Place (Hi Tech Elementary and DSST Middle School building)
  • Oct 8:  Parent Engagement Night | 5:30-6:30 pm | WCE Library
  • Oct 8-10:  Balarat | Dickson’s Homeroom
  • Oct 9:  Aug/Sept CREEK Kids Video Filming | 8:00 am | Music Room – second floor
  • Oct 16:  Monster Bash Student/Parent Dance | 6-8 pm | WCE Gym
  • Oct 24:  NEW Date for Picture Day
  • Nov 21:  Picture Day Re-takes
  • Dec 1, Apr 17:  ECE classes not in session | ECE teacher professional development days

Book It To The Creek Celebration on Friday, September 26, marks the second annual celebration of our summer readers’ accomplishments! Join us in the Gym at 10 a.m. for a fun time honoring all the hard work our students accomplished this summer.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Ezrine.


CREEK Kids Assemblies | Families of our current CREEK Kids are invited to attend our first assembly to honor all the CREEK Kids for the months of August and September!  Join us in the Gym on Oct 1 for the 9:50 and 10:20 assemblies.


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!


Direct Giving Parties | On Oct 4, 6-9 pm, the Ross family will be hosting a Direct Giving party at their home for any WCE family who wishes to attend.  These are parents only events so be sure to secure a sitter if you want to join us!  Meet other families, mingle, enjoy food and beverages, and hear from WCE Adminstrators and parents about why direct giving is needed at WCE.  The funds raised through Direct Giving help to close the financial gap between what DPS provides per student and what WCE needs in order to provide the best education for our students – the difference is approximately $225/per student.  This is a fundraising event so bring your giving spirit and your checkbook or credit card!  We look forward to seeing you there and stay tuned 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 are about to begin for all grades on Sept 29th.  Your child’s teacher(s) will be administering these assessments, which take place again 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 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.


SUN Education Expo | The Stapleton United Neighbors will be hosting their 4th annual Education Expo on Oct. 7.  Starting at 6:30 pm, DPS officials will update the community on managing capacity concerns at all levels and progress with the high school. Then at 7:00 pm, all interested parents and students are invited to visit with over 20 neighborhood schools, ranging from pre-schools to high schools, in a trade show-style event.  The Expo will take place at 8499 E. Stoll Place, Denver, CO  80238 (the Hi Tech Elementary and DSST Middle School building in Conservatory Green).


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!


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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