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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Message from csc

You have a stake in our children's future and you have a stake in Westerly Creek
Come learn how the state of Colorado's budget could impact Westerly Creek Elementary next year. 
Help chart the path for our continued success.
Attend the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Community meeting,
Tuesday, Feb.1, 6:30pm, in the Library
 We would like to share with you the key points that will impact schools and gather feedback as we begin to plan. We want to share what our areas of strength were in budgeting for our current school year, what areas of need we see in 2011-2012, and how state and district budget projections may impact our planning.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr.

4th graders will be taking home a copy of the "I have a dream" speech. Part of the homework is to read it over with you this weekend. Please spend the time and read aloud this moving living document with your child.

Next week we are starting the rough drafts of our fiction stories.
Ask them about their story maps!!

Have a great weekend.

Rap in the Classroom

We listened to some rap this week to learn about the elements of fiction.
Ask your child to sing the chorus. It's quite catchy!

Valentine's Day Workshop

Come join Metro Denver Promotion of Letters (MDPL) and create poetry for personalized Valentine’s Day cards, as well as the cards themselves! This workshop is two sessions on two Saturdays. The first Saturday will be in two parts. The first half of the day we will write poetry and brainstorm poems for our loved ones -- and for others. The second half of the day we will create beautiful works of art in the shape of Valentine’s Day cards. The second Saturday we will spend at The Tattered Cover, where we will offer our cards and poetic services to anyone who would like a custom-made Valentine’s Day card -- written and created by us! We will sell these cards for $5 each, and the proceeds will all go to benefit MDPL and its programs (as well as to pay for the art supplies!). Snacks will be provided, but students should bring a lunch.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
10 am - 3 pm
at Colorado High School Charter
1175 Osage Street


Saturday, February 5th, 2011
10 am - 4 pm
in the Tattered Cover Colfax basement
2526 East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street

This workshop is free, but does require a $25 deposit. The deposit will be fully refunded (or you may donate it to us) with completion of the two full days of the workshop.

You may register one of three ways:
1) log in to our website at
and fill out the form.
2) email MDPL at and include student’s name, age, guardian’s name, phone number contact, and email contact.
3) call Amanda at 303-396-4100 to register.

Space is limited, so sign up soon! Your deposit guarantees your spot.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bad Weather


• On inside days, please send students who arrive before 8:55am and are not eating breakfast to the gym. Kaleidoscope is also using the gym and will supervise their students on the right side of the room. Miss Katie will supervise our other students on the left side of the gym.

• At 8:55am, classroom teachers who ordinarily pick their students up from the blacktop will pick these students up from the gym.

• Any students who arrive between 8:55 and 9:00am should report directly to his/her classroom and those that arrive after 9:00am will need to sign in at the main office and then report to his/her classroom.

Dress them warm for the elements!!

Six Minute Solution

We a have started the six minute solution. The Six Minute Solution is a reading fluency program. "The goal of the program is to help teachers provide students with concentrated practice on phonetic elements, sight word vocabulary, and expository passage reading in order to build overall reading fluency and boost achievement."

"Six Minute Solution is based on the research of repeated readings and peer-assisted learning strategies, and partner reading is the primary activity of the program."

addtional information can be found at

or google six minute solution.

Better yet, ask your child about what he or she does during the six minute solution.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Say it ain't snow

Instructional Programming at Westerly Creek, 2011-2012 School Year

5th grade
Westerly Creek will have two classrooms next year. If demand exceeds this for WCE and William Roberts’ projections, an additional classroom will be established at WCE to meet the needs of the community.

2nd , 3rd and 4th Grade
Westerly Creek will have four classrooms for each grade level next year. An ideal class size is 25 students per classroom.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

We will see you all tomorrow. Remember we are flip-flopping schedules. Those that had Ms. Grant in the morning, will now start in my room for literacy. Consequently, those that started the day with me in 2010 will start in Ms. Grant's room.

On Wednesday, students will receive their book club books and notebooks but we will NOT have a formal meeting.

Don't forget your signed reading log for Friday!