Week of September 11-15

Updates from our week at Diamond Creek 
This week I enjoyed walking through classrooms and diving deep with students into their reading.  It's exciting to see our students engaged in their books, sharing with their peers, and posting their favorite books on Padlet pages.  The collaborative conversations that happen on a daily basis are inspiring to listen to as students share what they are learning, question each other, and make connections.

Several of our classrooms have taken time to teach students about having a growth mindset.  Instead of phrases like, "This is too hard" a growth mindset would think, "This may take some time and effort".  Make sure to ask your child about having a growth mindset and what that looks like at home too!

Growth Mindset Thinking


Our PTC met this week and we had a great crowd at the general meeting. Thank you to all of you who joined us for this meeting.  Based on the feedback received from our parent survey which is sent in the spring, our Walk-a-Thon fundraiser will help us fund technology in our classrooms this year instead of field trips.   Last year we added 8 Apple TV packages into all of our Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. This year we are hoping to continue adding these into our 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.  We also received two Chromebook carts from the district which is allowing our students in 1st through 5th grade to have access to Chromebooks throughout the day as well.  One of our Diamond Creek parents also brought an incredible idea to our meeting last night of a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Please read below for more details.

Apple TVs in our Kindergarten & 1st Grade Classrooms


Upcoming Dates:
9/13 Site Council Meeting 3:30 - DC Library
9/15 - No School - Teacher Professional Development
9/15-9/17 - 8:00-12:00 each day - Hurricane Harvey supply drop off available at DC
9/20 - Dine & Donate - California Pizza Kitchen
9/22 - Walk-a-Thon 
9/26 - W.A.T.C.H. Dogs Pizza Night Kick Off!! 6:00-7:00 PM
9/26 - Skate Night 6:00-8:00 PM

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Coming up on September 15th-17th from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm you will be able to drop off supplies that we will be sending to the Central Texas Food Bank which is the closest food bank that has not been effected by Hurricane Harvey.  UPS and Thrivent have teamed with us to provide a set amount of shipping supplies and money to ship the packages.  If you are interested in donating supplies to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is a list of items we are collecting:

POP TOP food (they do not have homes or stoves to cook on right now)
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Apple Sauce
Baby Formula
Canned Soups
Hygiene Supplies - toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, diapers (adult & baby).

Thank you for your support and help, I am honored to work in such an amazing community.

Attendance

Attendance is very important to us at Diamond Creek. Students miss valuable instructional time when they are absent from school.   Did you know?

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.


In the state of California an absence is considered excused if the student is absent due to illness, medical appointment or a religious holiday.  Leaving to go out of town is not considered an excused absence.

Morning Safety Patrol
To help keep our students safe in the morning we are asking for any volunteers who are interested in being crossing guards.  Each morning we would love to have one crossing guard to help with the area right by our drop off loop.  If you are able or interested in volunteering during this time, please fill out the form linked below and Mrs. Garcia will contact you with dates and times.  Thank you

Safety Patrol Sign Up

W.A.T.C.H. Dogs
We are excited to bring W.A.T.C.H. Dogs to Diamond Creek this school year! W.A.T.C.H. Dogs is a school based program that works to get fathers involved in our schools to help support education and school safety.  We are looking for any fathers who are interested in helping lead this group by being one of our "Top Dogs".  We would love to have a group of five to six dads help kick this program off for us by helping with our Pizza Night kick of on Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 PM.  Please email Mrs. Garcia if you are interested in hearing more about being a Top Dog!

Girls on the Run
Not a runner? No problem! Girls on the Run is about so much more than running. Each season, coaches teach girls about friendships, standing up for themselves and others, giving back to their communities, and more! Learn how you can coach for Girls on the Run at Diamond Creek Elementary: www.gotrsac.org/coach or email Mrs. Garcia. We are looking for one more coach for our 2017-18 Girls on the Run season. 

Girls on the Run 2016-17 Team



Active 4 Me Scan & Notify Program
Once again Diamond Creek will be using the Scan & Notify program for the Walking/Biking club on Mondays and Fridays. Students in grades 1-5 who can walk or Bike to school, can participate.  Please see the link below for more information.
Active 4 Me Flyer


Remind APP
If you would like to receive reminders to your phone, we will be sending reminders through our Remind APP.  Send a text to: 81010 and in the message put: @diamondcr

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see daily happenings at Diamond Creek! @rcsdDC

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