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 ***
  • Oct 20-21: NO SCHOOL | Planning & Assessment Days
  • Oct 22: 1st Grade Nature Walk | 10:45 am | Ms. Hernandez's class
  • Oct 24: Picture Day | All Grades | VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Nov 1: Red Apple Donation Drive | ENDS
  • Nov 3-7: Scholastic Book Fair | Northwest Lobby
  • Nov 8: Direct Giving College Tailgate Party | 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Nov 10-11:  NO SCHOOL | Conferences & Holiday
  • Nov 15: Math Matters Competition | 10 am | 4th or 5th Graders
  • Nov 17: Restaurant Night Fundraiser | Chipotle
  • Nov 18: Safety Committee Meeting | 6 pm | Library
  • Nov 18: PTA General Meeting | 7 pm | Library
  • Nov 21: Picture Day Re-takes
  • Nov 24-28:  NO SCHOOL | Fall Break
  • Dec 1 & Apr 17: ECE classes not in session | ECE teacher professional development days
  • April 11, 2015: WCE AUCTION | Grand Hyatt Denver
  • WANTED: Volunteers for Picture Day; Chess Club Coach; Volunteers for Kiss-and-Go (See PTA News)

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.


*** PTA NEWS ***

DIRECT GIVING TAILGATE | NOV 8 | 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL?  Join us for a day of tailgating and raise money for WCE!  We'll be hosting another Direct Giving Party on November 8 from 11:30am - 3:30pm at the pocket park between 33rd-35th Ave and Yosemite/Akron Streets. We'll have all you'll need for a great tailgate, just bring your check to donate to our direct giving campaign.

CAN'T MAKE IT?  Then donate online here via a one-time donation or arrange for monthly payments.  

AUCTION DETAILS | APRIL 11, 2015 | GRAND HYATT DENVER
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  This fun event ~ the pinnacle of WCE's fundraising efforts ~ will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. (Many thanks to our WCE family for securing us this great venue!!)  Lots of volunteers are needed to ensure an amazing event, so please contact Cathy Kautzman if you can help.  And remember to check future updates for additional details.

RED APPLE DONATION DRIVE | OCT 10 - NOV 1

Happening NOW through November 1st!  All donations of gently used clothing/shoes, stuffed animals, purses/belts/bags and toys can be bagged and put in the little red shed located in the east (ECE) parking lot. Schools are competing! The winning school with the most pounds donated gets $750 toward sustainability and wellness programming, so your need to "declutter" can be a win-win for you and WCE.  Drop off your donations today!  Learn more about Red Apple Recycling here.

MONSTER BASH UPDATE | OVER $1,100 RAISED!!!
A BIG THANKS to all the little 3rd-5th grade ghouls and goblins that made last week's Monster Bash Dance a HUGE success. Over $1,100 was raised to benefit WCE!!  Kudos to Carla Salva Lewis, Meg Farina, Jennifer Randolph and the entire dance committee who worked so hard on this spooktacular event. And a special thanks to our fantastic DJ, Ed Villacres.

RESTAURANT NIGHTS | Chipotle | NOV 17

In addition to a night off from cooking, your participation in Restaurant Nights earns money for Westerly Creek because a percentage of what you spend comes back to our school. A total win-win for everyone!! So mark your calendars for the upcoming restaurant nights:

**  Chipotle - November 17
**  TAG - January 21


FYI: Thanks to Mici's generosity and your participation, our restaurant night raised $564 for Westerly Creek!

SAFETY COMMITTEE MTG | NOV 18 | 6 PM 
The next Safety Committee meeting is Tuesday, November 18 at 6 pm. The Safety Committee, along with the WCE Administration, will soon launch a NEW incentive program! Stay tuned to the Weekly Update or contact Maggie Broadrick to learn how you can help.

PTA GENERAL MEETING | NOV 18 | 7 PM | LIBRARY
All parents, teachers and staff are welcome to join us for our 2nd PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm in the WCE library.  We'll give all our parents a little "PTA 101" and answer questions like:  What is the PTA? What's our mission? What are the resources available to all members? Who is on the WCE PTA Board? What are our plans for the year? What's direct giving and why does it matter? What are some areas other parents can get involved? And more!

 ** Want to attend but worried about dinner? No worries! Once the meeting concludes, the PTA will provide pizza for all the adults and children in attendance.
 ** Want to attend but need childcare? The PTA is happy to help! A SlyReply will be setup to coordinate childcare, so stay tuned!
  ** MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The PTA General Membership Meetings will take place on September 9, November 18, January 13 and March 10. So whether you're new or old to Westerly Creek, please make plans to join us to see what the new board has in store for the new year!


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.

PTA MEETING RECAP | SEPT 9
We sent a detailed update on our Tuesday night PTA meeting. We had an amazing turnout and discussed the PTA budget for the year, direct giving and PTA fundraising, and other ways the PTA benefits the school. Please read the recap and provide any feedback to our PTA President, Heather Roesink, our PTA Vice President, Liz Kegg, or our principal, Jill Corcoran. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 18. We encourage all of you that attended to return and bring 10 of your friends.  

MYLUNCHMONEY = HOT LUNCHES FOR KIDS
Purchasing a school lunch is easy with an on-line account through www.mylunchmoney.com!  Once you’ve set up an account for your child you can then load money into the declining balance account at any time. Each time your child purchases a lunch, s/he just punches in their school ID at the cashier table in the cafeteria.  
  • First – Fifth graders will need to memorize their ID to use their lunch account.  
  • Kindergarten paras can assist little ones until they learn their ID.
Visit www.mylunchmoney.com to set up and load your account starting August 4th.  Current account holders can begin adding funds to their accounts on August 4th as well.  If you had an account at another school, you can simply update the school your child is attending within your myunchmoney account (see the FAQs at the mylunchmoney.com site for details).  Any remaining balance from last year should also roll over to this year.

WANTED: Volunteers for Picture Day | OCT 24
We need a few parent volunteers for picture day on Friday, October 24. If you are able to help, please contact Kim Lewis by October 17.

WANTED: Chess Club Coach
Westerly Creek is looking for a parent to run a chess club. The club would meet once per week -- days and times are flexible. If you want to share your love of chess with bright, ambitious children, please contact Katie Yeager.

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 **

QUICK SURVEY:  PARENT ENGAGEMENT NIGHTS
We want Parent Engagement nights to be meaningful so we're asking for feedback on ways we can reach parents of school-aged children -- take our quick 3 question survey.  And please note: our first Parent Engagement night will be on Wednesday, October 8 and will focus on Westerly Creek's systems and structures. Food and childcare will be provided, so please plan to join us! 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK (SPF) RESULTS
As you may know, the School Performance Framework (SPF) for Westerly Creek is now available to families.  You may view our SPF 2014 rating online HERE.

The SPF is a comprehensive body of evidence that highlights our school’s strengths and directs our focus towards areas of improvement; it measures the academic performance of our students against students in similar schools.  The SPF is also used to determine our accreditation rating for reporting purposes to the Colorado Department of Education, and inform teacher and principal compensation systems.  While Westerly Creek Elementary meets expectations according to our 2014 SPF rating, we recognize that in order to exceed expectations we need your support.  Please attend our Collaborative School Committee Meeting on October 7th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. to discuss at length how we performed during the 2013-2014 academic year and brainstorm strategies for exceling in our areas of improvement.

The goal of the School Performance Framework is to provide the most accurate picture of how Westerly Creek Elementary students perform in relation to like students in like schools, and to improve student learning and achievement.  We know that the school to home partnership is essential for meeting this goal.  We look forward to exceeding expectations with your support.  ALL families are encouraged to attend, so we looking forward to seeing you on October 7th!


MATH OLYMPIAD
Attention Mathletes! It’s time for Math Olympiad, a nationwide math contest for 4th and 5th graders.  Any student who loves mathematics is welcome to attend the practices and competitions, which will be held at school on Friday mornings starting in mid-October and running through May. If your child is interested, please email Katie Yeager to sign up. See you there!

MATH MATTERS COMPETITION | NOV 15 (Sat morning)
The Annual Math Matters Competition is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, November 15th.  ANY 4th or 5th grader who excels at math is invited to participate.  More information can be found on the Math Matters website.  The deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 14th. Please email Katherine Yeager to register your child.  In the past Westerly Creek has had one of the largest teams, so let’s keep this tradition going!

COACH KEN'S YOUNG N'ACTIVE: Multi Sports/Games Program
Coach Ken's Young N'Active: Multi Sports/Games Program is here! WCE's own Coach Ken is offering his popular Young N'Active after-school program again this fall! This activity is separate from My Enrichment but takes place at WCE in the gym. The current session features skill development in Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dodge Ball, Baseball, Kick Ball, and much more! Classes begin immediately after school in the gym and end at 5:10 pm on Thursdays. Sessions began on 9/11 and end on 10/30, but it's not too late to sign up. Cost is $140 for the full 8-weeks and will be adjusted based on your start date. Contact Coach Ken for details!

PARENT HANDBOOK
The updated 2014-15 WCE Parent Handbook is available and should be read thoroughly by all parents and families of WCE students. This handbook highlights and details important information about school policies and procedures, school communications, and parent expectations. Should you have any questions about the parent handbook or to request a printed copy, please contact the main office at 720-424-3160. 

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.