1st Day of School Info
Good morning Creeker families!
As our staff wrap up our final official day of preparation for the students’
return to school on Tuesday, September 6th, I thought I would share
some important information on all things related to the first day/week of
school for Grade 1 to 5. Kindergarten families have received separate
instructions for their staggered start-up. Keep
in mind that while mask-wearing is no longer required, families and students
are welcome to wear these if they so choose. I also encourage
all new families (and perhaps returning ones as well), to check out the Garden
Creek School Tour video which can be found on the front page of our school
website on the left-hand side.
- Families can expect an email
(or phone call if needed) from their child’s new Garden Creek teacher at
2:30pm later today, Friday September 2nd. I
encourage families to review this email at length and respond to their
child’s new teacher with information requested (Arrival and dismissal
plans – bussing, pick-up, drop-off, etc.)
- Times to arrive – Families are welcome to bring their
children by drop-off or send them on the bus. Arrival times are between 7:40am and 8:10am.
Our staff will be wearing vests while on the playground at this time. If
dropping off and escorting your child to the playground, families may either
park in the staff parking lot or on Golf Club Road. Please drive slowly
near our crosswalks at this time. If dropping off and not escorting your
child to the playground, families are to pull up in vehicle while in a
single-file on the ‘left side of the cement barricade’ near the front of
the school. PLEASE REMAIN PATIENT AND AVOID PASSING VEHICLES IN LINE AT
THIS TIME. Students on bicycles, scooters, or skateboards are to walk with
their equipment once on our school grounds to avoid high speeds.
- Process for teachers – Around
8:00am, all teachers will begin standing in a line with some signage on
the soccer field. At that time, students will be given the
signal to begin lining up with their new teacher. Additional staff will be
present to help direct students/families if they require assistance. After
attendance is taken at 8:10, teachers will begin making their way into the
building. At this time, we ask that parents/guardians remain outside of
the school to avoid additional congestion in the school.
- Dismissal time for
Gr. 1-2 classes will be at 1:50 on Tuesday, September 6th.
Dismissal time for Gr. 3-5 classes will be at 3:05. On Wednesday,
September 7th, all Gr. 1-5 classes will be dismissed at
If picking your child up at dismissal, park in the staff parking lot or on
Golf Club Road and wait for your child near the side doors of the school
(near soccer field) as they exit the school with their teacher.
- Students will be going home on Tuesday, September 6th
with a packet of documents to be
completed, signed, and returned to school. An accompanying
checklist will be provided to help guide families with this.
- No hot lunch program yet – We are aiming to begin our 1st round of Hot
Lunch in the month of October. Stay tuned for more
information. In the meantime, families will be responsible for sending a
full lunch with snacks with their children. We also ask that a water
bottle be sent to remain at school as well as an additional water bottle
for travel to and from school if need be.
- Student fee payments can begin to be submitted via SchoolCash beginning on
Tuesday, September 6th. Families new to
SchoolCash can register via this link.http://https://anglophonewest.schoolcashonline.com/.
School fees for K-2 are $55.
School fees for Gr. 3-5 are $60 due to an extra
student agenda fee.
- The 2022-2023 Family Handbook also contains plenty of
information which can be found on our school website.
If you have questions or concerns and require clarification, please contact
the school at 453-5409 and our office staff will be happy to assist.
We are so excited to have our Creekers back in the building! Have a
Welcome Back, 2022-2023 Creekers!
2022-Family Handbook-Rev. August 2022.pdf
My name is Alex Yaychuk and I will once again be your
Acting Principal for the 2022-2023 School year. Having experienced a wonderful
year of learning, growth, and collaboration last year, I am looking forward to
continuing to work with staff, students, and families in the Garden Creek
community. I encourage all to check out the Family Handbook link above for information on our School.
Your Teachers, Educational
Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Custodians, and all support staff are
committed to working together to foster an ideal learning environment that
provides structure and stability to your children’s daily lives. Following an
eventful school year (2021-2022), I have seen firsthand the level of dedication
and awareness that the staff at GC has for their students’ social emotional
wellbeing. When a child feels safe, their ability to take-in, interpret, and
utilize information increases greatly!
We have a number of important
events and dates which will be communicated to you throughout the school year
either by weekly emails or by occasional voicemails. If you are not receiving
these messages, please inform our front office (453-5409). Students will be
bringing home Data Collection Forms along with other pertinent info to be
signed and returned. Our incredible administrative assistants are happy to
assist all families if they have questions on how to complete these.
Lastly, I would like to add that our upcoming ‘Meet the
Teacher Night’ will be conducted in-person at Garden Creek School on Wednesday,
September 21st. This evening will give you a sneak peek into your
child’s new classroom and give you a chance to learn more about the various
learning opportunities that will be taking place. We will begin with a
fundraising BBQ at followed by an opportunity to meet your child’s
teacher in-person. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be
going directly to our Lilypad Legacy Project. I encourage you to check out our
school website for more information, including a video, on this great endeavor.
Stay tuned for more information on specific times as we near the 21st.
Creek is a school that prides itself on providing meaningful experiences that
both inspire and challenge students to discover and appreciate the many joys of
learning. We are excited to showcase this during the course of the 2022-2023