Yesterday's Victory Assembly featured Leaders of the Month and Top Crocs from November. Mr. Duncan updated the kids on how our school is doing on our Wildly Important Goals. In November, students increased 400 reading levels, putting us at just over 600 reading levels improved so far this school year! However, our on-time attendance goal slipped in November to 84% of students being on time to school. We hope students can be proactive in helping their families get ready on time in the mornings so that they can have a strong start to their school day. Check back for more posts about the Cherry Creek's Got Talent performances and the kindergarteners' video introducing December's focus habit, Habit #3: Put First Things First!
Last Friday, second through fourth grade students attended BYU's "Christmas Around the World" performance. Students got to see first hand how cultures around the world celebrate Christmas through music and dance. Some groups of dancers were visiting from other countries, including one dance company from China! One part of the performance was a mash-up of dances from different cultures. This was fun and exciting for the students to watch. It was a wonderful event!
The giving tree is up, and starting tomorrow, parents can come pick an ornament off the tree to help provide a merrier Christmas to families in the area. Here's how it works:
1. Starting December 1st, adults can come pick an ornament off the tree right outside the main office. Ornaments will specify what kind of item to buy. Items range from $1 on up.
2. Go purchase the item with your students.
3. Return items in their original packaging, unwrapped, with ornament attached to the main office.
4. Gifts must be returned by Friday, December 15th.
If you'd rather, cash donations can be made online at the following website: www.cherrycreek.ecwid.com
Thank you for your generosity! It will surely warm your heart and those who will receive your thoughtful gifts.
To help Cherry Creek's hallways reflect more of what we're teaching students about the 7 Habits, we've put up some extra bulletin boards around the school. Each grade level is in charge of decorating a board for a specific habit. The fun part is that the decorations are student-made, with only a little help from teachers. We hope this helps remind the kids of what we're all about here at Cherry Creek!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Cherry Creek teachers and staff shared what they are grateful for this season:
Mrs. Truscott: Colored Sharpies
Mr. Cornwall: Dr. Pepper
Miss Glenn: Weekends and chocolate
Miss Barrett: The huge windows in my room
Mrs. Deardeuff: Music, dark chocolate, Red Robin french fries, and Janelle Barrett (she really did say that!)
Mrs. Monney: Having another female in the house - my daughter moved home!
Mrs. Crowley: Good hair days
Mrs. Chang: Flushing toilets and a furnace
Mr. Andersen: Leftovers for easy lunches
Ms. Baldwin: To live in a free country, and the chance to learn and be anything I want to be!
Mrs. Bergera: My new house and getting to know my cute neighbors.
Mrs. Smartt: Drawings and notes from my kiddos that make me feel so loved!
Mrs. Golding: Books! #readingislife
Mrs. Nielson: Hot water
Mrs. Gast: Caffeine
Mr. Sedgwick: The anticipation of holidays and the first snowfall
Miss Brice: Clean, fresh water and delicious food
Mrs. Strong: My little munchkins at home and at school
Mrs. Blackburn: Calling Canada with no extra costs
Mr. Duncan: To be principal of the most amazing school, and my supportive wife and kids
Ms. David: Spectacular sunrises
Mrs. Braithwaite: Time
Mrs. Thayne: Hugs from kids that squeeze the living daylights out of you!
Mrs. Palmer: Diet Pepsi
Mrs. Clark: Sunshine!
Mr. Johnson: Tom Brady
We are all so grateful to work at Cherry Creek where we get to work with wonderful students and parents. Have a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break!
What better way to spend inside recess days than give service! Mrs. Grotegut, one of our Title 1 technicians, kept our 5th and 6th grade students busy during lunch recess by having them decorate cards and place mats to give to the Meals on Wheels program. Today, they made 43 cards and 13 place mats! This will surely bring smiles to those who participate in Meals on Wheels. What an inspirational way to spend free time! Way to go, Crocs!
This week in Kindergarten we are focusing on non-living things. Today during science, the students used their imaginations to make non-living things found in our world. Creations included a house boat, an airplane, a food truck, a tractor, a construction work place, and a train! We love doing hands-on projects in class!!
Miss Brice's class reviews their multiplication facts by playing sports! Students practicing certain fact families (multiples of 2 or 10, for example) get to play tennis. Other fact families play hockey, and some basketball. It's a fun way to keep the kids motivated. They get a lot of opportunities to practice with the support of a classmate. Math is always fun in our class!
Cherry Creek's second year of math instruction training (CMI) is well underway! Every other Monday afternoon, teachers participate in lessons and activities to improve math instruction and learning in their classrooms. Today's lesson involved teachers instructing teachers in other grade levels on how to complete various problems using specific strategies. The goal is to achieve improved conceptualization and understanding of math calculations and real life problems. Our teachers do so much to provide the best possible education for our students. Thank you so much for all your hard work!