This week, film crews were at Cherry Creek to shoot scenes for a new TV series, Yellowstone. The series is written and executive produced by Oscar-nominated Taylor Sheridan, and will star Kevin Costner. Costner wasn't involved in the scenes being filmed at our school, but it was exciting to see the North gym and one of our empty classrooms get set up as a film set. The show follows the experiences of John Dutton (Costner) who owns the largest ranch in the United States, and the legal, political, and cultural struggles that come along with living on America's frontier. We understandably weren't permitted to take any pictures of the film set or the actors, but we're excited to play a small part in this TV series! Check out this article by the Salt Lake Tribune for more details about the show:
Last year, Noah Jones came to school with some marbles. I proceeded to tell him all of my memories of playing marbles as a kid. His grandpa had given him some cool marbles, so I told him I'd bring some marbles and play him a game or two. It all snowballed from there. More kids brought marbles to play with. Now there are quite a few of my students who play marbles every day at recess. I love playing marbles with my students. It gets them excited about having fun and playing with students they might not normally play with. It's a timeless game spanning the ages. We love recess and the time it gives us to build friendships and sharpen the saw!
Fifth graders have been learning about Native Americans in class and got to enjoy a special presentation from Mrs. Beyal last week. We learned that there is a lot of Native American influence in Utah and our American History. A lot of our food, vocabulary, herbs, and games have Native American roots. The students also learned about diversity and race, and how one color of skin is no better than another.
Can you guess which of the following things were influenced by Native Americans?
A. The Constitution of the United States
B. Lacrosse and Hockey
C. Tomatoes and Avacados
D. Success in WWII
E. All of the above
If you guessed "E. All of the above", you are correct!
Thanks Mrs. Beyal for teaching us so much about our history!
The first graders kicked off the first week of school by earning "Magic Beads" for making good choices, following rules, being kind, etc. Each bead they earned was threaded onto a pipe cleaner that was taped to their desk. On Friday we turned those pipe cleaners with beads into bracelets and talked about what it was that we thought made them so magical! Some of their ideas were: they glow in the dark, they change color with hot/cold water, and they can do things you tell them to do! We tried all of their suggestions, but nothing worked....until we walked outside! Their reactions were priceless when those beads instantly turned colors in the sun! Making good choices and being kind always pays off!
Congratulations to Mrs. Finch, who received the district's PEAK award last night at the school board meeting! This award is given to those who have made a significant difference in their school by showing kindness and a positive attitude. She was nominated by Mrs. Sumsion and Mrs. Peck. Here's what they had to say about Mrs. Finch:
“Katelyn is amazing with her students and their parents/guardians. She is very patient and helps everyone feel at peace with the services that are being offered. She has exceptional lessons that help students improve a lot. She helped one student raise his SAGE writing score by 139 points!! Katelyn works diligently with teachers on student IEPs. She works with the Dance Festival and other events for our Events Action Team. She is always positive and willing to go the extra mile to make it above and beyond awesome.”
“I am impressed with Katelyn. She has a heavy load as a resource teacher. Katelyn consistently communicates with me on how we can both meet my five self-contained students’ needs and be a team to help them academically and socially. She is happy to accommodate or try different and new approaches so our students succeed. Katelyn has been wonderful to work with and is a huge asset to our special education program at our school. She is kind and friendly to everyone. She has welcomed new students to her class with a loving attitude and is always positive.”
Cherry Creek PTA is so excited to announce our School Carnival and Fundraiser! This is our biggest carnival yet and believe me you do not want to miss it!!!
Friday, September 22nd from 5:00-8:00 PM
Please come, have dinner, treats and enjoy a fun evening out with your family.
We have an amazing Magic Show that starts @ 5:30 PM. We also have over 25 activities for kids including: bounce house/slides, obstacle course, balloon animals, prizes, drawings and tons of carnival games as well. Prices and details are on the attached flier.
We will also be debuting our Student Art Show that evening so be sure to come by and check out all the the talent we have at our school. We are still accepting entries so please encourage your children to participate and turn in their piece by September 19th.
Money from this fundraiser is used by the PTA to provide activities for the students throughout the school year. They truly depend on your support. We will also be needing some volunteers. If you are able to help that evening please sign up here.
Guided math is in full swing in Mrs. Braithwaite's first grade! They have been working on this goal since day one and they finally reached their goal of doing all 4 rotations. These first graders in her class are pros at subitizing, tally marks, math apps on the ipads, and recognizing numbers and counting to 20. First grade rocks and so do these smart firsties!
Ms. David's third grade students have been learning about addition and regrouping this week. They learned a song and came up with their own hand gestures to help them remember the steps of completing a regrouping problem. Later, they will learn other parts of the song to help with other regrouping problems. Check out the video of the song on our facebook page Cherry Creek Elementary. Way to make learning fun, Ms. David!
We are so excited to announce Cherry Creek's 1st Annual Student Art Show! This event is sponsored by the Cherry Creek Elementary PTA and will be taking place of Reflections. The theme for this year is "Under the BIG Top". Art pieces can be turned in from the following categories: Photography, Poetry, 2-D/3-D Visual Art (items no bigger than a shoe box please), Drawing, Painting, and Collage. Art needs to be turned in to the office by Tuesday, September 19th. All of the artwork will be displayed at this year's school carnival which will be taking place on September 22, from 5:00-8:00 PM. More details on the carnival will come but mark your calendars now! We can not wait to see all of the talent and imagination that will be showcased this year!
Yesterday's WIG assembly featured several teachers strutting down the red carpet wearing hilarious wigs. But this assembly was really about introducing this year's wildly important goals for the whole school. The first WIG is for the entire school to collectively move up 1,800 reading levels. The second WIG is for all students to be in their classroom by 9:00 90% of the time. This will take extra help from parents to make sure that kids get out the door on time. The rewards for reaching the reading WIG is that the kids will have a water party at the end of the year. If a class also reaches their attendance WIG, then the teachers have to get wet too!
We can't wait to see the kids' progress!