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!
Students in Mrs. Call's class made synergy bracelets to learn about Habit #6: Synergize. Students picked two colors for their bracelet--one to represent themselves, and one to represent everyone else. They learned to weave the two colors together to remind them that we're "better together."
Mrs. Gast's students entered the Reading Cafe last week. Students enjoyed mood lighting, silver platters filled with snacks and a variety of reading material. Students ate snacks while looking through multiple genres of books and discussed books that they already love! We LOVE reading!!
What does it mean to be "BIG" at Cherry Creek? That's the question Mr. Duncan asked when he came to visit every classroom this week. He read the book "Think BIG" to every class and talked about what this means for the kids.
Being BIG means being your best self, being responsible, being helpful and kind. You don't get an award for being BIG, but you get a good feeling inside. When Mr. Duncan asked the students what it means to be BIG at Cherry Creek, some said:
"Helping friends at recess."
"Eating healthy things."
"Helping someone little reach something up high."
"Listening to your teacher."
Every new day is a gift. It's an opportunity to be your best self--to be BIG!
Thank you for coming to our Back to School Night! The teachers put in so much time preparing to greet the new faces coming into their classrooms. We hope you felt welcome and comfortable. The faculty and staff at Cherry Creek truly feel that this is a wonderful place to be, and we hope you do too. See you tomorrow for day one!
Fifth grade students have worked hard to set up shop at this years "mini society". Some stores were selling time to play video games, face painting, candy, toys, pokemon cards, and so much more! Once the stores close, the fifth graders will have an auction using the money they've earned.
It's always bitter-sweet to experience changes in who will be here at Cherry Creek year after year. We celebrate those who have reached retirement and congratulate those who will be moving on to other jobs or life adventures, but they will all be sorely missed. Some teachers will also be switching grade levels next year. On the bright side, we get to welcome some new faces to the Cherry Creek family! Here's the run-down of what's changing:
Mrs. Mack, Mrs. Ernst, Mrs. Faux, Mrs. Beyal
Teachers leaving to fill another job position in the district:
Mrs. Sumsion (instructional coach), Mr. Ward (heavy equipment operator)
Teachers leaving to stay home with their families:
Mrs. Suguturaga, Mrs. Shaffer
Teachers switching to a new grade level next year:
Mrs. Call (3rd grade), Mrs. Gast (3rd grade), Mrs. Hardman (1st grade), Mr. Cornwall (5th grade), Mrs. Deardeuff (4th grade), and Mrs. Nielson (6th grade).
We welcome these new (and returning!) teachers:
Jill Strong (4th grade), Jen Anderson (1st Grade), and Lyndsee Brice (3rd grade)
Mrs. Gast's class was able to tag-a-long with Mrs. Robbin's class from Sage Creek Elementary. With the support of many parent helpers we took a nice long bus ride to Antelope Island. Students built water sheds, ate pickle weed, learned how to use binoculars, and learned about the surrounding wildlife. Students fought their way through THOUSANDS of bugs to wade in the Great Salt Lake. They caught brine shrimp and identified whether they were male or female. Students had a blast! We are grateful that we had the opportunity to go!