WESTERLY CREEK PTA

Westerly Creek Elementary
8800 East 28th Avenue | Denver, CO 80238
Front Office:  720-424-3160    
Attendance Line:  720-424-3168
Fax: 720-424-3185


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 8800 E. 28th Avenue Denver, CO 80238
 
Phone: 303-322-5877    Fax: 720-424-3163  Attendance: 720-424-3168
 
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  • ** UPCOMING EVENTS **
    • BUY Auction Tickets NOW | April 11 | Grand Hyatt Denver
    • NOW AVAILABLE: The HOWL Newsletter - Spring 2015 edition
    • SIGN UP NOW: Coach Ken's Young N Active Summer Camps
    • Mar 16-20: CMAS PARCC State Testing Part 1 | Literacy & Make Ups | 4th & 5th Grades 
    • Mar 20: "Pints for Half-Pints" Fundraiser | 6-9 pm | MU Brewery
    • Mar 21: Baby & Kid Items Sale | 8 AM – 12 pm | Cafetorium (DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED -- See PTA News)
    • Mar 22-27: CMAS PARCC State Testing Part 1 Math & Make Ups | 4th & 5th Grades
    • Mar 30 – Apr 3: NO SCHOOL | Spring Break
    • April 11: WCE AUCTION | 6-10:30 pm | Grand Hyatt Denver
    • Apr 14- May 1: CMAS Science and Social Studies Testing | 4th and 5th Grades
    • Apr 17: NO ECE CLASSES| ECE teacher professional development days
    • Apr 27-May 22: CMAS PARCC Literacy and Math End of Year Testing | 3rd-5th Grades
    • May 4: June 5:  Assessments Beyond the Common Core | 2nd, 4th, and 5th Grades
    • May 6: DPS Honor Choir Performance
    • May 13: Envision Expo | 5th Grade GT students | 5-6 pm
    • May 14: Envision Expo | 3rd Grade GT students | 5-6 pm
    • May 20: 2nd Grade Field Trip | 9:30 am–1:30 pm | Denver Botanic Gardens
    • May 21: 3rd Grade "Night of the Notables" Performance | 6 pm | Throughout School
    WESTERLY CREEK USES GOOGLE CALENDAR. DO YOU? If so, you can stay up to date on all school activities. Just
    add the Westerly Creek Calendar to your personal calendar. You should also Like Us on Facebook to stay up to date on school events.

  • WHAT IS DIRECT GIVING?
    Direct Giving is one of the most important ways the PTA makes a difference at our school. The money raised during this fundraising campaign is a large part of the PTA's grant to the school each year, helping "fund the gap" between the funds received from DPS and the money the school receives from the school district and the amount of money we need to operate our budget. This money keeps paraprofessionals in the classrooms, interventionists in the school, provides the school with updated technology in all of the classrooms, and much more!

    IT'S EASY:  Attend an upcoming direct giving event OR donate online here via a one-time donation or arrange for monthly payments (auto-pay).  

    AUCTION | APRIL 11, 2015 | GRAND HYATT DENVER

    ACQUISITIONS NEEDED!  Deadline has been extended because we need your help!  Our auction is always FABULOUS based on the creative and fun things/activities that folks can bid on at the event, so PLEASE consider donating items or services to the auction. Please return the forms by Feb 28. Check out our SlyReply to sign up for items.

    DETAILS:  This year’s auction -- “Black & White, But Bring Your Green" -- is our biggest FUNdraiser of the year because ALL the money raised comes back to WCE in the form of the annual grant that funds our Specials Program. So leave the kids at home, don your best black & white attire and support our amazing school with your generous giving spirit on Saturday, April 11th from 6:00--10:30 pm at the Grand Hyatt Denver downtown. Go to our auction page for more details.

    Purchase your tickets!  $40/person now | $50/person at the door

    MAKE A NIGHT OF IT!! We've reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate in the Grand Hyatt Denver. Click here to reserve a room.


    HELP US WITH AUCTION ITEMS:  If you can (1) donate an item for the auction or (2) help solicit businesses for items -- please contact Cathy Kautzman



    *** PTA NEWS ***

    THE HOWL | Spring 2015 Edition | A Fresh Take
    Have you seen it? The Spring edition of The HOWL has arrived and it is amazing! Not only does it have 50 pages of great information for WCE families, it highlights some local businesses that are helping to support our school.  Check it out here.  

    ** A HUGE THANK YOU  to Jen Borre for her creative vision and hard work to make this "fresh approach" the The Howl a reality!!


    NEW PTA BOARD MEMBERS | 2015-16 School Year

    We are excited to announce the new PTA board that was elected at the March 10th General Meeting:
    • President: Maggie Broadrick
    • Vice-President: Carla Salva Lewis
    • Treasurer: Justin Ross
    • Membership: Rita Bachman
    • Staff Support (Co-Chair): Stacy Mejak
    • Staff Support (Co-Chair): Kim Roecker
    • Communications (Co-Chair): Christi Smith
    • Communications (Co-Chair): Wendy Barclay
    • Fundraising (Co-Chairs): Mark & Jen Borre
    • Secretary: Shannon Long
    This new board is EXCITED and has great ideas for Westerly Creek, so stay tuned for more details on their plans for the 2015-2016 school year. And check the Summer Edition of The HOWL for their contact information and available PTA positions.  

    If you are interested in being part of our new PTA community, please reach out here via email. We would be thrilled to include you in our fresh start!

    SPIRIT DAY FRIDAY | STARTING MARCH 6
    Every Friday, starting on March 6th, all students are welcome to participate in Spirit Day Friday! Students who would like to participate need to wear their WCE spirit wear (aka the colored field day shirts or any WCE shirts they own) or a TON of the color of their grade. The class with the most spirit in grades K-2 and 3-5 (based on a percentage of total participation per class) will be announced during the CREEK Kid announcements on Friday afternoon and earn Minnie Winnie (a 16 inch stuffed wolf) for the whole week! At the end of the year the class that shows the most school spirit throughout the year (the class who got to spend the most time with Minnie Winnie) will earn a classroom pizza party! 

    The competition will start on Friday, March 6th. WCE spirit wear shirts will be sold at school for $7.00 on the following days:
    • Before school on February 20th from 8:15-8:55 am
    • At the 4th grade evening music performance on February 26th
    • Before school on February 27th from 8:15 – 8:55 am
    Westerly Creek is the BEST — let’s show some SCHOOL SPIRIT and have fun doing it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
    Mrs. Stromberg (2nd Grade Teacher)

    FUNDRAISER: PINTS FOR HALF-PINTS | MAR 20 | MU BREWERY | 6-9 PM
    Talk about school spirit! An AWESOME classroom parent set up a "donate back" to WCE with a local brewery, MU Brewery, on Friday, March 20th. Enjoy an easy night out AND help our school -- a $1 from each pint is donated to Westerly Creek!  [CLICK HERE for details on MU Brewery.]

    WCE BABY & KID SALE | MAR 21 | CAFETORIUM ENTRANCE
    This is a GREAT way to donate your gently used baby and kid items AND help WCE! All proceeds from the sale go directly to the WCE Community Outreach Committee, which funds our Food Pantry and Weekend “Backpack Program.”

    DONATIONS NEEDED: Books, Puzzles, Clean Clothes, Shoes, Coats, Bouncy Seats, Bath Toys, Strollers, Car Seats, Clean Toys, High Chairs, Cribs, Mattresses, Bedding, Maternity Clothes. (PLEASE NO BROKEN, TORN, STAINED, ETC. ITEMS)

    DONATION DROP OFF: Just inside the south/playground entrance, under the stairs, on March 19th and 20th, during school hours (9 am--3:45 pm)

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: It take a lot of hands to make this event a success, so please volunteer for as little or as long as you can spare.
    • SETUP: Friday, March 20th from 2 pm-?? (as long as it takes!) 
    • WORKING THE SALE: Saturday, March 21 from 7:30-11:30 am
    SHOPPING: Come to the Cafetorium entrance (blue doors facing 28th Ave) on Saturday, March 21.  Doors open at 8 am!

    QUESTIONS OR TO VOLUNTEER:  Please contact Marissa Ross (720-280-8416 / marissaross@me.com)


    NEW TO WCE: MILK CAPS FOR MOOOLA 
    Earn FREE MONEY for Westerly Creek!  Our school is now participating in Longmont Dairy's Milk Caps for Mooola program, which helps earn money for our school and students. Longmont Dairy milk caps are worth $0.05 each and are redeemable for cash. Here's how you can help:
    • Drink Longmont Dairy milk.  Eligible cap products include: Milk (regular, chocolate & strawberry), Half & Half, Whipping Cream, Orange Juice, Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, and Classic or Cinnamon Eggnog.
    • Save the bottle caps. Save as many as you can - from your bottles, or collect them from your family and neighbors.
    • Bring your bottle caps to school. Put them in the collection box located near the school office, next to the Box Top collection box.
    Contact Rosemary Jackson with any questions.

    KING SOOPERS GROCERY CARD
    Our King Soopers program is the easiest way to raise money for our school. The WCE King Soopers grocery card remains active as long as you regularly load it. WCE earns money on every reload - 5% in fact, and you can reload up to $500 at a time. To get a King Soopers Grocery Card tagged to WCE just join the PTA and it's included in your membership, or purchase one for face value of $5 from the PTA. You can give them as gifts too! For more information on the King Soopers Grocery Card program visit the PTA website fundraising page or contact Rosemary Jackson.

    WANTED: Volunteers for Kiss-and-Go 
    We are looking for committee members and volunteers to help with the Kiss-and-Go program.  If interested, please contact Maggie Broadrick.


    ** SCHOOL & DISTRICT NEWS **

    IMPORTANT CMAS INFORMATION | 3rd-5th Grade Parents
    CMAS testing has begun! Your child’s teacher will be sharing important information with you about the testing schedule and what’s necessary to prepare your child.  
    • IMPERATIVE that your child is present and on-time for testing  
    • IMPERATIVE that you don't schedule appointments during tests 
    Once a test is underway, a child will not be dismissed until their test is completed.  Test times vary between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the unit being taken.  Children who are late on test days, must remain sequestered in the front office until the test is over and then those children must make up the missed test before they can take the next test with the rest of the class (tests must be taken in order).  Having to make up tests could result in additional lost instruction time for your child.


    WELLNESS COMMITTEE NEWS
    We are lucky to have a team of people working together to come up with ways to make our community of learners healthier, more active, and happier! One of this year's goals is to have healthier celebrations at school (birthday’s, holidays, special events, snack time, etc). We could use your help in making this happen! When your child has a celebration or it’s your turn for snack and your deciding what to bring in, instead of choosing those foods packed with sugar, try picking something different. Here are some alternatives:  Popcorn, baby carrots with a dip, pita chips, salted cucumber slices, kale chips, pretzels, trail mix, sunflower seeds, fruit chips, hummus, sugar snap peas, edamame, oranges, blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, granola bar, dark chocolate, fruit leather, yogurt, parafait, frozen yogurt, graham crackers, fig Newtons, fruit cup, banana bread, sugar free jello, or kashi cookies. Thanks so much for your support in arming our students with the needed energy they require to get through their day. 

    FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
    WCE has an incredible Community Outreach team that provides backpacks full of food to several kids that attend Westerly Creek. We need your help to stock our food pantry so we don't need to go outside the school to help fill these backpacks. In the east lobby you'll find a shopping cart. Please drop non-perishable items in there as often as you can. Favorites include meals in a can (stew, chili, etc), tuna or canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese kits, low-sugar cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, raisins, unsweetened applesauce, pretzels, granola bars, or anything you and your family would enjoy. Make a fun shopping trip of it and have your kids fill a bag! We had a few kids last year who asked for nonperishable groceries in lieu of gifts and their birthday parties and brought in WAGONS of food. Make it fun. Involve the family. Help our students! This committee still needs volunteers. If you're able to help, please contact Jo-Nell Herndon.