Week of September 18-22

Updates from our week at Diamond Creek 
A huge thank you to all of our parents who have volunteered to help with our Hurricane Harvey drop off this weekend. Please read below for details about the drop off as well as supplies that will be sent to the areas effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Students helping pack our boxes headed to the Houston area


This week we had our Student Council elections! Hats off to all of our students who showed courage by running for one of the elected positions on our Student Council.  I was so proud of our students for the time they spent advertising, making their election videos and posters.  I look forward to the leadership that our Student Council will bring our student body this year.

Our School Site Council also met this last week.  Our School Site Council is a team comprised of elected parents, teachers and staff members. This is a mandated State funded program where parents are elected to represent fellow parents in making decisions with the school staff on school wide topics.  Issues such as school safety, parking, use of instructional aides, curricular programs being considered for adoption, and determining how some school improvement activities occur are important topics usually discussed by a Site Council.  In a sense, the Council is like a rudder of a ship helping to point out the ship’s direction.  All Site Council minutes and agendas are posted on our school website.  

Our Walk-a-Thon is coming up this Friday, September 22nd!! Sami Circuit will be joining us again this year while the students walk around our black top area.  This is a fun morning for our students. Thank you to all who have volunteered already to help with this event.  The money raised from our Walk-a-Thon has been designated to technology within our building.  Our goal is to continue to add Apple TV packages into our classrooms.  

Upcoming Dates:
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
10/4 - WALK TO SCHOOL DAY!!! We are encouraging our students to walk to school on this day!
10/13 - Fall Festival

Hurricane Harvey Relief - THIS WEEKEND!!!
Coming up this weekend 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

WATCH D.O.G.S.
We are excited to bring WATCH D.O.G.S.  to Diamond Creek this school year! WATCH D.O.G.S. 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! You should have received a WATCH D.O.G.S flyer in your child's backpack this week with details of our Pizza Night on September 26th. 

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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