Message from the Principal
Welcome to Creekside Elementary School and the 2022-23 school year!
As I begin my third year as Principal at Creekside Elementary School, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of you as we begin the 2022-2023 school year. As we start the school year, please have in mind that the unprecedented pandemic is not over yet. Student safety and well-being continues to be our number one priority. August will be the time of year for our students and staff to build strong relationships of trust and support. I appreciate your continuous support as we are doing our best to overcome this unprecedented crisis together. I extend an invitation for you to get involved in the activities of our school through your children’s classrooms and our parent support groups, PTO, SSC, and ELAC.
Every month you will receive a digital newsletter containing important information related to meetings, policies, special events, schedules and so forth. Please take the time to read it thoroughly to find out how you can best support your children by participating in the different school activities. In addition, important news and notes will be posted on our school website: https://www.alisal.org/creekside.
On July 29th, we will formalize student registration and provide you with your students’ placement. We will post the class rosters at 5 pm on the windows of our main office that day. Please start by giving words of encouragement to your child/dren so that they can be emotionally ready to start the school year on August 3rd, 2022. It is important to note that there will be no classroom changes or parent requests for teachers at this point. Let’s give the assigned teacher the opportunity to build trust and positive relationships with your students. Creekside Elementary has an outstanding staff that is highly qualified and ready to serve our students and community.
The First Day of School
The first day of school for all students will be on Wednesday, August 3rd. We will have an OPEN CAMPUS POLICY for the first 3 days of school (August 3rd, 4th & 5th). We will allow all parents, and community members to walk their children to class in the morning and then to pick them up in the afternoon again by their classroom. On August 8th, we will revert back to a CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY. Only students will be allowed to come on campus through the main gate. TK, Kinder and SDC students will be directed to the cafeteria in the morning and will be picked up by teachers at 8:10am. 1st through 6th grade students will line up at their designated lines in the blacktop area. The first bell rings at 8:10 am, and by 8:15 a.m., students should be in their classrooms and instruction should start. The main gate will close at 8:15 am. Students who are tardy will enter through the main office. Breakfast will be served daily from 7:30 am to 8:05 am if students choose to eat a hot breakfast in the mornings.
Secure Campus Policy
For the safety and security of all students and staff, all gates will remain locked during school hours. School campus will be closed for all visitors. The only entry point to our school campus will be the main office. Once students are dropped off in the mornings, they will be required to be inside the school campus. Our school uniform and district dress code policy will be followed at all times. Face masks are optional until further notice.
Attendance and Punctuality
In order to promote continuous academic growth, students need to attend school every day possible. Please try to schedule non-emergency medical and other appointments after school or on the weekends. Students who are ill should stay home. All student absences must be excused with the Attendance Clerk immediately by specifying the reason, date, and a doctor’s note may be required after the 3rd consecutive day absent. Students arriving after 8:15 am to school/class will be marked tardy. Late-arriving students disrupt the classroom routines; in the State of California, three tardies constitute truancy. Please bring your child/dren to school on time every day.
Each child must have an emergency contact on file with current information. Having current phone numbers of where you or another responsible relative can be reached is essential. If a number changes, please let us know immediately.
Parents and guardians are also requested to arrange with their children a designated meeting place away from the heavy traffic if possible. If you plan to pick your child up more than a few minutes after dismissal, you might consider picking your children in front of the school office. This is the only supervised area. Dismissal time will be at 2:40 P.M. On Wednesdays, the dismissal time is at 1:40 P.M. Please plan accordingly.
Students will be dismissed through different gates: Gate by the portables: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades; Main gate: SDC, 1st, 2nd, and 6th grades; and for Transitional Kinder and Kinder: A group will be dismissed by the gate next to the TK/Kinder classrooms, and for Group B all parents or guardians will go directly to their students’ classrooms going through the gate next to the TK/K classrooms. TK/Kinder Pick-Up passes must be shown at all times and students must be signed out.
Traffic congestion at entry and dismissal is a perennial problem. Please keep safety utmost in your thoughts at this time and remember the following: (1) double parking is illegal and unsafe, (2) dropping off or picking up students in the teacher designated parking lot is unsafe (3) the intersection of Beacon Hill Drive and Kittery Street is especially busy and not the best place to pick up children (please come to a complete stop there, and obey the crossing guard). (4) remind your children to cross only at designated crosswalks after looking in all directions. If someone other than yourself picks up your children, please remind them of these safety rules, especially if the driver is an older sibling. Please avoid speeding at all times.
Medicines and Health
School/district personnel may administer Prescription medications, but only under the following conditions: (1) the medicine is brought to the office by an adult; (2) it must be accompanied by a physician’s written instructions and be contained in a properly identified and dated pharmaceutical container with dosage and frequency clearly labeled. Forms to obtain a Physician’s signature are available in the front office. Non-prescription medicines, such as aspirin, throat lozenges, cough syrup, etc. are not permitted. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
Students returning to school following serious or prolonged illnesses, injuries, broken bones, surgery, or with crutches or stitches must present a written statement from their doctor indicating permission to return to school and any recommendations regarding physical activity. All students with crutches, casts, stitches, etc. will spend their break time and lunch period in a safe zone or in the office. Again, THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
We all love birthdays, but given our focus on a quality education and remembering that school is where that focus begins, this year there are no birthday parties allowed at school. The District’s Wellness Policy states that schools should encourage parents to pack healthy snacks and lunches and to refrain from including foods that do not meet the district nutrition standards. Donuts, cupcakes, chips, and sodas certainly do not meet that standard. In addition, too much instructional time is missed when parents bring birthday treats. We appreciate your understanding, and please do not bring any type of birthday treats to school, whether through the office or directly carried and brought by your students.
All policies will be fully enforced. Please be mindful and we seek your support on the following:
Dress code policy will be followed at all times.
Red and blue clothing is not permitted. No exceptions.
Uniform policy will resume this school year. Our colors are: beige (khaki), white, purple, green, black, and gray.
Cell phone use is prohibited on campus.
Unhealthy food shall not be brought to school. Chips and sugary drinks will be confiscated.
We have a ZERO tolerance policy against Bullying/Ciberbullying.
Please take the time to review all the guidelines in the AUSD Student Handbook. The handbook can be found in the following link: https://www.alisal.org/Page/3169. A hard copy will be provided within the school year.
I am looking forward to an exciting year at Creekside Elementary. I appreciate your understanding and support as we work together to move our school forward. Feel free to reach out should you need my assistance.
Ulises Gonzalez Reyes