School Office Hours
Summer Office Hours starting August 6- August 20:
Mon-Friday 9:00- 12:00, 1:00-3:00
Regular Office Hours:
Dates to Remember
Back to School Night August 20th, 5-7 pm
First Day of School (1st through 6th) August 21st
First Day of School (Kindergarten) August 27th
Letter from the Principal
Dear Birch Creek Elementary families,
I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-19 School Year! For those of you who are new to our school, please know that you are coming to an incredibly wonderful place. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning new things for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of people who take learning seriously while making personal connections that help kids succeed.
This is my sixth year as principal at Birch Creek Elementary. In addition to teaching and coaching for 9 years at the high school level, I have also been a principal and assistant principal for 9 years in middle and junior high schools. I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know each of you this year and engage in the educational process together. I am a believer in communication and honesty and I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component of student success. Building strong relationships between home and school is vital to increasing student achievement. My door is open and I welcome your input.
I would like to introduce and welcome the following new staff to our building:
Michelle Downs, Secretary
Stephanie Saunders, 3rd Grade Teacher
Shawnie Thurgood, Resource Teacher
Holly Harris, Literacy Facilitator
Terrie Mays- Computer (Lab) Specialist
Madison Mumford, STEM Specialist
Lisa Bunnell, Health Aide
Melissa Jex, School Counselor
Each new employee comes highly recommended from previous positions and we are fortunate to add them to our team. You will have a chance to meet all of our teachers at our Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Class lists will be available and you will have an opportunity to sign up for the PTA or School Community Council. These organizations provide essential support to our school community and we need good people like you to serve on them.
School Hours: M-Th 9:15-3:35, F 9:15-2:20
In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 8:30 AM as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please pick up your children by 3:45 PM in the afternoons and by 2:30 PM on Fridays.
Arrival Times and Attendance:
The school day begins at 9:15 AM every day. Please support your child’s success by having them here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 9:15 AM must sign in at the office. In addition, good attendance is crucial to your child’s educational success. If your child will not be present please notify your student's teacher and contact the office at 435-792-7692.
Meal Prices and Menus:
This year the school lunch will cost $1.95. Breakfast, which is served from 8:50-9:10 AM, will cost $1.30. Lunch menus will be sent home monthly and can also be accessed on our school’s website by clicking on the fork and knife icon under Popular Links. We ask that anyone who may be close to qualifying to please apply for the free or reduced lunch benefits. Even if you choose not to use them, we as a school receive Title I funds that enable us to have small group reading instruction. To determine if your child is eligible please visit our website and select For Parents at the top and then School Lunch under the ‘Find Information Regarding:’ on the left-hand column. If you have questions please contact our office staff.
School Supply List:
School supply lists will be made available to you individually by the class teachers.
Drop off and Pick up:
For drop off/pick up information, please refer to the following map and description found on our web page by selecting the following link: Drop-off/Pick-up Map & Notes
Bus schedules are available online: CCSD Bus Schedules and Boundaries. Please be advised that the schedules change during the summer and are not finalized until the week before school starts.
Each month our PTA prepares and sends home a newsletter telling you what’s happening at Birch Creek Elementary. It is also available on our school website: PTA Monthly Newsletter
Dates to Remember:
Back to School Night-Tuesday, August 21st 5:00-7: 00 PM
1st Day of School- Wednesday, August 22nd
No School (Labor Day) - Monday, September 3rd
No School (Professional Development Day) - Friday, September 28th
The excitement of a new school year is like one of the seasons. With the excited anticipation of students, support of parents, and the optimism of teachers, I fully expect great things to happen! I look forward to working with you and your child!
John Anderson, Principal
Birch Creek Elementary