Welcome back to school

School Office Hours

  • Summer Office Hours
    June 6th - 9th
    Mon-Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    August 1st - 17th
    Mon-Friday 9:00-11:30 am & 1:00-3:00 pm

Dates to Remember

  • Back to School Night 
    August 16th from 5:30 - 6:30
    First Day of School (1st through 6th)
    August 18th
    First Day of School (Kindergarten) 
    August 24th

    Picture Day 
    September 14th

Letter from Principal Wilson

  • August 1, 2022

     

    Birch Creek Elementary Parents and Students,    
    Welcome Back! Every fall I look forward to the students coming back to school. It is a very lonely (and quiet) place without them. As we prepare for the upcoming school year I wanted to share some information with you so that you have time to be prepared for the first day of school, which is Thursday, August 18th.

     

    Pancakes with the Principal:
    First through Sixth graders KEEP ON READING!  Once again, I will be hosting a “Pancakes with the Principal” breakfast after Labor Day.  Your bookmark filled out equals 400 Reading Minutes during the summer!  Be sure to give your completed bookmark to your teacher at Back to School Night or the first couple days of school!  The deadline to turn these in is Monday, August 29th.  I will need to get a count of how many students will be participating to make sure we have enough pancakes for everyone.

     

    Back to School Night:
    Our Back to School Night will be open house style.  It will be held Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30-6:30 PM.  I know teachers are all excited to meet parents and students before the start of school.  During the school year, the school sends out general information and reminders via emails, phone calls, and text messages. You are the only one who can update your information and settings in PowerSchool. Without changing your preferences you will not receive text messages.  Please go into your account to make sure all numbers, addresses, etc. are accurate. Also please make sure emergency contacts are up to date.

     

    Parent-Teacher Organization:
    Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will have tables set up at Back to School Night for T-shirt sales, interest in fluoride at school, and also a sign up for volunteering.  We are in desperate need of parents willing to help this year.  If you could commit to help with ONE activity this year we would greatly appreciate it!

     

    Kindergarten Info:
    Kindergarten will start on Wednesday, August 24th. Morning Kindergarten will run from 9:05-12:10 Monday-Thursday.  Friday’s schedule will be from 9:05-11:35 AM. Afternoon Kindergarten will run from 12:30-3:35 Monday-Thursday. Friday’s schedule will be 11:50-2:20 PM.  Currently we have the west side of Highway 91 attending A.M. kindergarten and the east side attending P.M.  There could be some adjustments depending on the number of students that register by August. 

    Kindergarten parents, Mrs. Wilson sent a letter regarding the KEEP Assessment.  All kindergarten students are required to take this assessment before school starts.  This email has information regarding the online scheduler so you can select a time that works best for your schedule.  Currently we have set aside August 3rd through August 9th for you to bring your child into the school for them to complete this assessment.  Kindergarten Class lists will be created once KEEP testing has been completed.  You will be notified who their teacher is before Back to School Night.

     

    School Community Council:
    Birch Creek Elementary has a very supportive School Community Council.  This year we are in need of several parent members to join our council. Please contact me (trudy.wilson@ccsdut.org or 792-7692) if you are interested in serving on the School Community Council.  This is a 2-year commitment, with meetings being held at 4:00 P.M. one afternoon each month.  The council's main focus is to help develop the School Land Trust Plan. If more parents, than we have openings for, are interested in being a part of this committee we will hold an election for these positions the first week in September.

     

    Free and Reduced Lunch:
    We encourage all families to apply for the free or reduced school lunch program.  Free meals for everyone was discontinued this summer. Please fill out an application online. (Free and Reduced-price Lunch Information and Applications). These approved applications help us maintain our Title I status which brings federal monies to the school.  Our school receives nearly $200,000 in monies to pay for small group instruction to meet the needs of all students.  (All school-aged children in income-eligible households can receive meal benefits regardless of immigration status of household members.  Information provided by the household will not be used for immigration-related purposes.)

     

    School and District Policies:
    Please review the following district policies with your children:  Attendance, Cell Phone Usage, Dress Code, FERPA, Safe Schools, School Fees, Sexual Harassment, Student Discipline. The Dress Code Policy should also be helpful when shopping for Back-to-School clothes.

     

    Paraeducator Positions Available:
    If you are interested in working at Birch Creek we have several paraeducator positions available this year.  The starting wage is $13.15 an hour.   Please contact our Literacy Facilitator, Tamara Kidman (tamara.kidman@ccsdut.org) or apply online Job Openings.

     

    I look forward to another great year at Birch Creek Elementary. My door is always open.  Welcome Back to School!

     

    Trudy J. Wilson
    Principal