Mrs. Sumsion's sixth grade class recently joined The Kind Club, which is part of a worldwide organization promoting kindness. Each student received a checklist of kind acts to do for peers, adults, and in the classroom or at recess. It was amazing to see how excited the kids were to start checking off these acts of kindness!
Every year, the teachers at Cherry Creek have the opportunity to nominate one of their fellow faculty members to receive the Crystal Apple Award. This award is given to a teacher who has made a positive difference in the lives of students and to the entire school community. This year, Mr. Cornwall was honored to receive this special award. Some of his colleagues had the opportunity to share their appreciation for Mr. Cornwall's dedication to effective teaching methods and his natural way of inspiring both students and teachers. He has done so much to help shape the direction and culture of Cherry Creek, and he is loved by all! Way to go, Mr. Cornwall!
There's nothing we love to do more at Cherry Creek than to celebrate our students' success! Yesterday, we had another victory lap around the school to cheer on those students who received a Leader of the Month or Principal's Top Croc award. During the victory assembly following, Mr. Duncan talked to the kids about how important it is to read every day. Reading is such a strong indicator of school performance and life-long success. Mr. Duncan told the students about his commitment to read a book for thirty minutes daily this next month. He also reminded them of Cherry Creek's school-wide WIG (wildly important goal) to synergize as a school to move up a total of 1,300 reading levels. Our students are doing such great work, keep it up!
Cherry Creek's annual PTA-sponsored Family Week is next week, January 9th-12th. Each day there is an activity planned at the school, or one you can do at home and share a picture on social media (info below). Here's the line-up:
Monday: Movie Night! Come see The Peanuts Movie at 6:30pm at Cherry Creek. Wear your pajamas and bring blankets and pillows. Snacks will be provided.
Tuesday: Parents & Pastries! Before school from 8:00-8:45, cinnamon rolls and milk will be served. Bring a book to read with your child.
Wednesday: Game Night! Set aside time at home to unplug and play a game together as a family. Share pictures on Facebook or Instagram (see below).
Thursday: Pizza Night! Order carry-out pizza from Papa John's in Springville for 50% off your order, just mention you attend Cherry Creek. Share pictures on Facebook or Instagram (see below).
Please SHARE pictures you have from any of these events on Facebook by tagging @ Cherry Creek Elementary, or on Instagram with the hashtag #cherrycreekfamilyweek. Those who post pictures will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes!
Ms. Baldwin is our next spotlight teacher! Jen Baldwin is an incredible second grade teacher, and we are so lucky to have her at Cherry Creek. Ms. Baldwin has two beautiful daughters, one who is currently serving an LDS mission in WA, and a sophomore at Springville High School. Jen graduated from UVU and loves to teach math! She loves to share her love with her students and help them see their potential. Jen also loves dark chocolate, mountain biking, and hugs. A random fact about Ms. Baldwin is that she has never had a cavity! Ms. Baldwin is such a dedicated and caring teacher who works so hard to reach every single student. We love you, Jen!
Starting this week during lunch, there is a "Sharing Station" where students can put their unopened (school lunch) packaged items in to share with others. Any student (home lunch or school lunch) can then come get more to eat if they are still hungry. Yesterday, not a single full milk carton was thrown away! This is a great way for the kids to see that sharing helps others, and gives us a chance to think win-win!
This week's lucky spotlight teacher is Robert Sedgwick! Mr. Sedgwick has joined the fourth grade team this year, after having taught second grade for many years here at Cherry Creek. He loves to be a positive role model for kids. He loves working at Cherry Creek because, "everyone is so positive and willing to go the extra mile." Mr. Sedgwick certainly goes the extra mile for all of us as he is our technology guru. We would be lost and confused without him! His wife and four kids all love reading and having fun adventures together. Mr. Sedgwick's guilty pleasure is chocolate ice cream and a movie. And in case you're already working on your Christmas shopping, Mr. Sedgwick loves gift cards.
Recently, both the third and fourth grade classes have been able to attend a presentation about Native American history and culture. They specifically learned about Native Americans from Utah and their culture including housing, clothing, and food.
Today's spotlight goes to our amazing speech-language pathologist (SLP), Janelle Barrett! Miss Barrett is in her fourth year at Cherry Creek, and we're so grateful to have her! She grew up all the way in Minnesota with her parents and four siblings. Then she moved here to Utah to go to BYU for both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in communication disorders. When she's not busy being a wonderful SLP, Miss Barrett likes to cook, sew, play the violin, and do yoga. Her favorite part about being a speech pathologist is helping kids do things they've never done before. If she could pick a favorite teacher gift, it would be gift cards. Thanks for all you do, Miss Barrett!