Westerly Creek Elementary School PTA
Westerly Creek Elementary PTA

Westerly Creek Lingo

At Westerly Creek Elementary, we have a language all our own!

BOOK IT to the CREEK – Our biggest fall fundraiser! It launches in May and encourages summer reading to prevent “the summer slide” so our students are prepared when they return to school. We hope it establishes reading as a fun habit since kids choose what they read. It also allows family and friends to sponsor our young readers and support WCE.

BOOK IT or BITTC – Abbreviation for Book it to the Creek: “Book It” is heard in the halls of WCE in the late spring through fall months; BITTC is often shorthand used in email or teach communications.

Bridging the Gap – Term we use to “bridge the gap” between DPS funding and the extras we want for our students at the school. “Bridging the Gap” is what we call our Annual Fund campaign since it is direct giving that helps to provide that extra funding.

Creek Kids – Creek Kids are one student from each class that is recognized for demonstrating the Creek Kid Character Values and/or Personal Success Factors that the school is focusing on that month. Creek Kids are chosen weekly and announced on Friday mornings.

Creek Kid Assembly - A monthly school-wide ceremony that recognizes all the students in each class that were named Creek Kids for that month. Family are invited to attend!

Creek Kid Character Values – Compassion. Respect. Empathy. Engage. Kind. [CREEK]

CSC – The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is the decision-making body for Westerly Creek Elementary. It is comprised of the Principal, three teachers, three parents, and one community representative.

Discovery Link – Provided by DPS, Discovery Link offers quality programming before and after school, during school breaks, and on school dismissal days at over 40 sites across the district, including Westerly Creek Elementary.

DPS – Abbreviation for Denver Public Schools, which is WCE’s school district.

Enrichments – After school activities that community members provide at the school. There are three sessions throughout the year with different enrichment activities. Families can sign their student up for an additional fee.

GAP Parties – Small gatherings of WCE parents that come together socially and raise funds to “fill the gap” between DPS funding and the grant that the PTA commits to Westerly Creek.

i-Ready – Online computer tool that offers programs that helps educators teach, assess and assign work to address the diverse needs of our students in subjects like reading, mathematics, intervention, test prep and more. Many WCE teachers use i-Ready in the classroom and for at- home assignments.

Mindful Minute – Students are asked to take a silent minute of being still in either meditation or just with their thoughts to calm their bodies and mind before such specials.

Paras – Short for paraprofessionals, they assist our full-time teaching staff in the classroom. Much of our PTA fundraising initiatives go towards providing paraprofessionals at WCE. These paras help keep our student-to-teacher ratio lower and provide help in the classroom.

Personal Success Factors - As a school community we are learning how to embed character into routines by naming, modeling, teaching, and building an understanding of the Personal Success Factors: Grit, Gratitude, Curiosity, Zest, Optimism, Self-Control, and Social Intelligence.

Pool-to-School – This annual tradition of walking together as WCE families kicks the school year off right! On the first day of school families are invited to meet at the Aviator Pool on E. 28th place and walk together to Westerly Creek Elementary.

PTA – Parent Teacher Association. All parents and teachers are invited to join the PTA and membership meetings occur every other month on the second Tuesday of the month.

Quiet Wolf – Named for our mascot, the quiet wolf is a hand signal that teachers and students hold up to symbolize that we need quiet and listening ears for the speaker.

Specials – The WCE term for Extracurricular Classes that our students rotate through every 14 days. These include Art, Physical Education, Drama, Technology or STEM, and Music.

Spirit Fridays – Every Friday! WCE administration and students are encouraged to wear their spirit wear gear and show their school spirit.

Spring Auction – The Spring Auction is one of WCE’s largest fundraisers. Parents, teachers, friends and family are invited to attend and participate in our silent and live auction. It is a super fun evening of raising funds to support WCE.

Turkey Trot – A WCE tradition celebrating Thanksgiving. Parents are invited to join their kids at the school and watch them chase the Turkey around the school grounds and enjoy fall festivities.

Vegas Casino Night – New in 2018, Vegas Casino Night is a new fall fundraiser for WCE that will happen in November at Stanley Marketplace. We’ll have casino games with professional dealers and equipment, prizes, drinks, dancing, and whole lot of fun!

WCE – Abbreviation for Westerly Creek Elementary. Go Wolves!

WCEats – Held throughout the school year, these “restaurant nights” are fun community events where you can dine-in, take-out or get delivery from participating restaurants who then return a portion of the sales to WCE. We try to host one a month during the school year.

Wolf Den Welcome – Our annual “Welcome back!” event that usually happens the Thursday afternoon before the first day of school. The school administration and PTA will share important information about WCE. Students learn their classroom assignments and can meet their teachers and see their classroom before the start of school. We also have LOTS of treats and fun for kids out on the blacktop, weather permitting.