About Spring Creek Elementary

Here are a few things that make Spring Creek Eagles fly:

  1. Accelerated Reader is a program to encourage and enhance readers at all levels.  90% of the books in our library are AR, which means there is a computer test that can be taken at the end of the book.  AR is for Grades 1-6.  Tests can be taken before and after school in the library and during school when time permits.  Every child will have personal reading goals that are integrated into our accelerated reading program. You can get more information about this program at www.arbookfind.com.  You can also visit our school library!  All the books eligible for AR are easily recognizable as they are marked with a yellow sticker on the binding.  Your kids can come in to the library and take the tests on those computers for points. Students will receive points for meeting their personal goals for reading and AR; they will be able to turn their points in for prizes at reading store each nine weeks.
  2. Austin Trip – Each year our 4th graders get to go explore Austin, they tour the Texas State Capital & visit the Bob Bullock Museum.
  3. Back to school open house - The Friday before school starts, students are welcome to come and pick up their supplies, purchase spirit wear and meet their Teachers. 
  4. Book Fair – Our Librarian normally holds 2 book fairs each year. You will receive information in our Thursday envelopes and through elink about the book fairs.
  5. Buddy Fun Day – Our PE teacher runs a fun filled Field day.  The date for this is May 19th.  Please contact Garrett Layton if you are interested in volunteering for this fun filled day.
  6. Clubs – Each year we offer a variety of different clubs.  Keep an eye out in Thursday folders for club information (theatre club & running club are two returning from last year).
  7. Career & College Day – December 2nd this year.  We hope to integrate great colleges and universities as well as exciting careers.  If you would like to assist with this day, please contact Jessica Bradshaw, our school Counselor.
  8. Choir – Is open to 5th & 6th graders.  For more information contact Erica Rocha.
  9. Classroom Buddies – Kindergarten buddies are paired up with 6th grade students as well as 1st grade students are buddies with 5th grade students.  They meet 2 times per nine weeks and do a variety of things such as read, complete projects together, etc.
  10. Clothes Closet – Is open to any student who is in need of clothing.  All referrals must come through Jessica Bradshaw, our school Counselor.
  11. Computer Lab – The lab is used for projects & ongoing curriculum enhancement. The computer lab has an open door policy for all grade levels.
  12. Counseling and Guidance Program- Jessica Bradshaw, our school Counselor, has implemented a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program.  Every student receives bi-weekly guidance lessons covering a variety of topics throughout the year.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in individual and group counseling sessions.  Character education is also a part of the program and each student is challenged with a monthly character trait during the school year.
  13. Differential Instruction – Spring Creek differentiates instruction for all students in all grade levels. Students will be provided a variety of opportunities through tiered activities to extend and enrich the core subjects.
  14. EdLine –This is a wonderful communication tool that is used for calendars, assignments, upcoming events and highlights in each classroom.  Please contact Betty Churchwell if you have questions about your Edline account.
  15. Enrichment Clusters – We have 2 rounds of enrichment clusters each year.  Students will have the opportunity to choose what they learn about and help guide the learning in their cluster.   We welcome parent assistance to teach and help with the clusters. Please contact Sharon Erickson if you are interested. 
  16. Focus - Focus a website for parents to view their students’ grades and report cards.  Access can be gained through www.risd.org at the bottom of the page. 
  17. Grandparents Day – November 11th.  An invitation goes out for any Grandparents to come have lunch with their grandchild.
  18. Invention Convention – We welcome inventors in all grades to create a brilliant invention and enter in the school wide competition.  Due date is in January and flyers will be sent home in November.  Please contact Ivy Burnom with questions.
  19. iStation- Students in grades K-6 take an online reading test that measures phonics, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. 
  20. Kindergarten Round-up – Held each March for all incoming kinder students and their parents.
  21. Library – All students have a set library time each week. They are welcome to come any day before school or after school to check out books.
  22. Little Eagles – Upcoming Kindergartners come and visit the school a few times throughout the school year and visit different teachers and classes.
  23. Local School Council – This is a group of Teachers, Community members and Parents at Spring Creek that meet with the Principal to improve and enhance Spring Creek Elementary.  Please contact Sharon Erickson if you are interested in becoming a part of this team.
  24. Lunchtime- Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child any given day.  We have 2 tables set up at in the cafeteria for parents and their child.  Checks or cash may be brought to the cafeteria any day for lunches or you may log on to www.paypams.com Lunch Accounts – Parents can set up an online account at www.PayPams.com to pay for and keep track of their child’s lunches.  Just follow their prompts to register your account.  It is very easy – you can set it up to auto-deduct from your account when it is running low.  You can also check their site to see exactly what is being purchased by your child in the Cafeteria.  If you are not comfortable with this method you may also bring cash or checks up to the school directly to pay for your child’s lunch.  You are also allowed to bring outside food in to the Cafeteria for your child for lunch.
  25. Meet the Teacher Night – August 25th - A time for Parents to meet the Teachers and learn about curriculum and expectations of each classroom.
  26. Open House – March 9th this year. An exciting event for students to show off and share all that they have learned.
  27. Orchestra & Band – Our 6th graders are encouraged to join Band or Orchestra, the teachers from Westwood Junior High come over each day to teach.
  28. New Student Orientation – Friday before schools starts our Counselor Jessica Bradshaw has a New Student Orientation for all new students in grades 1-6.
  29. PACE Program – After school program for all grades that is open till 6:00 pm. Please contact the front office for more information.
  30. Peer Mediation - Students in grades 4-6 have the opportunity to participate in peer mediation.  Peer mediators are elected in 4th grade and continue to participate through 6th grade.  Peer mediators are taught conflict resolution skills and work in pairs to help students who are disagreeing or having difficulty getting along. 
  31. Pride Rallys – Each nine weeks we have a Pride Rally to recognize outstanding students in each class.  Parents are invited to attend this exciting event.
  32. QUEST – Is for 2nd graders who have been tested into the REACH program for 3rd grade. 
  33. REACH – Primary REACH classes meet once a week on Wednesday here on our campus.   Intermediate REACH is also on Wednesday and the students take a bus over to Bowie Elementary.  Testing for REACH takes place once a year during the spring.  If you would like more information please contact Jessica Bradshaw.
  34. Science Fair - Grades 4-6 participate in the Science Fair.  All grades are welcome but mandatory for the upper grades. Please contact Gretchen Allen or Sophie Kranz for more information.
  35. Sky Ranch – Each Fall our 5th graders go to Sky Ranch out in east Texas for 3 days.  They learn about Science and Nature all in one.
  36. Specials – All grade levels attend PE & Music twice a week, Art once a week.   Our specials teachers are:  Garrett Layton – PE; Sharon Willard - Art; Erica Rocha – Music.
  37. Spelling Bee – Each year we have a school wide spelling bee.  The winner and their alternate will go on to represent Spring Creek at the district meet. Betty Tomasovic is the Spelling Bee Chair.
  38. Storybook Character Dress-up Day – October 31st 
  39. Spring Creek Boot Camp – Our school wide behavior incentive this year is Spring Creek Boot Camp.  Each child is given the letters Boot Camp.  Letters are lost for poor behavior and work habits.  Each child starts over with all the letters each nine weeks. Each classroom discipline system has this in their plan.  You will receive this at Meet the Teacher.
  40. Student Council – Each class from K-6 has 2 representatives.   Students in 5th & 6th grade are officers.
  41. Sugar Plum Fairies – Our fabulous Teachers, Shaleen Margolese & Karen Fields take this on each year.  Basically some of our more fortunate families adopt some of our families who are less fortunate for the holidays.  Each family gets canned goods, along with a turkey for their family dinner. It is handled with the upmost discretion. 
  42. Testing – Students are given a variety of tests throughout the year.  We have classroom, district and state testing.  In addition to district benchmarks, students are given the following tests.
    STAAR – state assessment for grades 3-6.
  43. Thanksgiving Feast – An invitation goes out for this event.  This year the event will take place on November 17th.
  44. Thursday Folders – This is a communication folder that is sent home with your child each Thursday.  In this folder you will find graded work, information from PTA and surrounding services.
  45. Tutoring - Is provided for grades K-6.  We offer a variety of times for tutoring that include before, during and after school. Classroom teachers will notify you if we are requesting your child stay for tutoring.
  46. Veteran’s Day – November 11th (more info to come)
  47. Volunteer Breakfast – Last by not least, we could not accomplish any of this without our fabulous volunteers.  Each spring we show our heartfelt appreciation.

PTA--Our PTA sponsors many events and programs throughout the year.  For more information on the award-winning SCE PTA, go to Programs. 

Super Dads – This is always a wonderful group of Spring Creek Dads who Volunteer every year to support the school in ways like building the float we enter in the Richardson High School Homecoming Parade every year.  This is a group all dads will want to be a part of!

Volunteering – This is always welcome and encouraged.  What a great way to get first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of Spring Creek Elementary.  Not only that, you also get to know the faculty, staff and other members of the Spring Creek PTA!  Our PTA website is a great resource:  www.springcreekpta.org.  For more about volunteering at SCE, go to Volunteer.

*** Keep in mind all Volunteers must complete a background check each year before being able to volunteer in any capacity.

Click the link below to access the RISD volunteer background check:

RISD Background Check

Communication – Again our greatest resource to you will be our PTA website:  www.springcreekpta.org.   We are now a paperless school, so register on the website to receive eLink, our weekly e-newsletter with helpful information about the school.