Week of August 19-23

WEEKLY NEWS
Hello Diamond Creek Families! I hope your students did well during their first FULL week of school! They are off and running and working hard.  I hope they are coming home with excitement and good stories to share.

This week we will kick off our Villages for ALL students! Our TK and Kindergarten students will find out which Village they are part of on Wednesday with our TK/K Sorting Day Celebration.  Then on Thursday, we will have our first Village Rally with all students. Students that are new to Diamond Creek will also find out their Villages this week in their classrooms.  All TK, Kindergarten, and students new to Diamond Creek will receive a Village T-shirt. Students who have already received a Village shirt have the opportunity to order one if you prefer a new shirt or new size.  The form is linked below and due August 23rd.

Village T-shirt Order Form


Upcoming Dates:
8/19 - Early Dismissal - EVERY MONDAY students in grades 1-5 are dismissed at 2:05
8/21 - TK & Kindergarten Village Kick Off Rally! (more information from your teachers)
8/21 - Dine & Donate - Chili's
8/22 - First Official Village Rally!
8/28 - PTC General Meeting 7:00 PM - Library - Pizza & Childcare provided for school age children
8/29 - Picture Day
8/29 - Skate Night 6-8 PM
8/30 - Picture Day
9/2 - Labor Day - No School
9/12 - Walk-a-Thon
9/13 - No School - Staff Development


1st Grade Students Working Hard



PARKING LOT SAFETY
When dropping off and picking up students please remember these important safety reminders.  This is to ensure our students at Diamond Creek are safe.

1. Both our small and large loops are drop off loops only. These are not areas to park.  Please stay in your car and drop your child off if you are going through the loop. If you need to park and get out of your car, please park in our parking lot or on the street.

2. Stay off of cell phones while driving through our bus loops.

3. When pulling in to the loop, pull all the way up.  Stopping in the middle of our loops stops the rest of our traffic from being able to move through quickly and safely.

Thank you for your help with these reminders.

CROSSWALK VOLUNTEER
If you are interested in helping us with our crosswalk area in the mornings before drop off, please email Mrs. Garcia.  We do not currently have a volunteer in that area to help families cross safely.



Big Buddies meeting with their Little Buddies for the 1st TIME!

VILLAGES AT DIAMOND CREEK
At Diamond Creek we work hard to build strong relationships with students, families, staff, and our community. Last year we kicked off our Villages system building wide for all of our TK through 5th grade students. Each student was assigned to one of our 7 Villages that represent The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people. We will continue this year spending time learning and reviewing these habits along with some essential skills that fall within each habit. We will use our Village time every other week to learn these habits and work within our Villages to implement these habits at Diamond Creek. Our TK and Kindergarten students will find out their Village at a fun sorting day rally on August 21st. All of our new students to Diamond Creek will learn of their Village as well through their classroom teacher. Our first official kick off rally will be August 22nd.

Our goal with our Village system is to create a school wide collaborative community with all of our students. We want all of our students to feel a strong sense of belonging at Diamond Creek. Our Villages allow our older students to be big buddies for our younger students and help lead the way in many areas. Our big buddies last year took on tremendous leadership picking up our little buddies for meetings and rallies and helping with our 7 Habits. Each Village has a name, color, chant, crest and more!  The Villages are a sense of identity for our students and something we strive to make part of what we do at Diamond Creek. Villages encourage a sense of pride in our students and the habits they are exhibiting at Diamond Creek. Strong relationships with students has always been the core of what we believe when it comes to educating students. Our Villages are a way for us to continue building strong relationships across the entire building and create an environment of shared leadership among our student body.  

2019-20 Village Rally & Meeting Schedule HERE

Birthday Book Cart
One new item we wanted to share with you, as we kicked this off this week, is our "Birthday Book Cart".  Beginning this year, each student will have the opportunity to pick out a book from Mrs. Garcia's "Birthday Book Cart" on his/her birthday.  If the birthday falls on a weekend, she will make sure they receive a book on the Friday or Monday after the weekend.  Same goes for all of our summer birthdays! Mrs. Garcia will be doing all August birthdays this month and then doing our June and July birthdays in May.  We are excited to provide students with books they can add to their libraries at home for more family reading fun! 


5th Grade Slides on "I'm in Charge of Me" and being Proactive


i-Ready Testing Window Grades 2-5
Students in grades 2-5 participate in a diagnostic assessment four times throughout the year called i-Ready.  This diagnostic allows us to measure growth in each of our students, find strength areas and areas of need, so that we can provide the appropriate instruction and intervention for all of our students.  Our first testing window is already open.  Students in grades 2-5 will be participating in the first round of i-Ready testing between August 8th and August 30th.  Each classroom teacher has a schedule set for their individual classroom.

Check out our PTC Newsletter HERE


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