Almost all of these activities do not start until after Labor Day, and the selection may change slightly based upon student interest. Check back during September to see any updates.
Accelerated Reader™ is a user-friendly computer-based program that encourages many children to read. All Willow Creek students in grades two through five may participate in the program. It is a popular program with many of our students and can assist with reading comprehension. Students read books and take tests on any of the networked computers throughout the building. The library will be available to students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, and only from 2:45 to 3:15, to take AR tests. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS WHEN TAKING AR TESTS AFTER SCHOOL ON THESE TWO AFTERNOONS.
Multiple studies show that students who study music get better grades and have a higher graduation rate than those who do not. The Cherry Creek Elementary Instrumental Music Program provides a band class at Willow Creek in the Music Room from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is open to all interested fourth- and fifth-grade students. There is a fee.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a fun extracurricular activity offered for
fourth and fifth graders. It is a reading incentive program where
students read books and work together during competitions to demonstrate their
knowledge of the books they have read. Team members read at least 7 out of 15 books selected for this year's competition. Teams will be formed and compete against each
other by answering questions related to the 15 books. Teams score points
for correctly identifying the book and author. The winner of the Willow
Creek battle will move on to compete against other elementary schools at the
district competition. For more information about Battle of the Books for 2017-2018, click here.
Chess Club is an after-school activity run by parent volunteers. Students learn the fundamentals of the game and compete with each other. All students — even those without any experience with chess — are welcome to attend. Starting on September 11, the Chess Club meets Monday afternoons at 2:45 pm in the third-grade classrooms. There will be competitions during the school year and at least one off-site tournament. If your child would like to participate, please email Chase Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced - feel free to guess) along with the parent's name and email.
Destination ImagiNation is an international problem-solving competition for students that promotes three lifelong values: creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. It encourages students to cooperatively devise solutions to challenges and then present them in unique and creative ways. Willow Creek has participated in Destination ImagiNation for many years and has an excellent record of success. For more information about Destination Imagination, click here. To find out how to get involved at Willow Creek, keep an eye out for the parents' meeting flyer that will be sent out later this fall.
The Foreign Language Program is an extracurricular activity. A fee is charged for the classes. Classes in French, Spanish and Chinese are offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. These classes meet once a week after school from 2:50–3:35 p.m. Register online at www.bikepathlearning.com. For more information, email Charnie Bledsoe at email@example.com.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a running club for girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade. It meets this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m., in the fall. The club will resume in the spring. For more information about Girls on the Run, click here.
Intramurals is an after-school activity that is open to grades 2-5, Monday through Friday. There are no intramural activities on Wednesday due to staff meetings.
Intramurals are held from 2:50 – 3:30 p.m. in the Gym and begin in September. Students participate in many fun games and activities. Intramurals is a great place to be active. No signup is required.
Jump Rope Club
Jump Rope Club is open to all Willow Creek students, K-5. The club meets after school on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:50 – 3:30 p.m. and will start practice on September 13. For more information about Jump Rope Club, please contact our P.E. teacher, Doug Heacox, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karate for Kidz
This martial arts program teaches traditional Tae-Kwon-Do and Oki-Ryu Kenpo. This class teaches self-discipline and focus, encourages school and family values, and teaches goal setting and respect for everyone. The class meets after school on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 2:50 – 3:20 p.m. in the gym. This activity starts September 6. There is a fee. If you have any questions, please see the flyer in our front lobby or e-mail Tyler at TylerWeaverSr@aol.com.
Kids, Ink. is a newspaper written by children for children. Members of Kids, Ink. work throughout the year to write articles about Willow Creek happenings. They also create game pages, comic strips, interesting fact bulletins, and develop surveys that are important to Willow Creek students. Throughout the year, members will research topics of interest, cover school events, set-up interviews, and edit and electronically publish newspapers.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students meet every other week, as they gain newspaper background knowledge, learn how to interview, write articles, edit, and publish their very own newspaper. In addition to the meetings, Kids, Ink. members have to make the time commitment to work on their individual articles outside of school. This unscheduled time may include setting up and completing interviews, writing drafts, meeting with other newspaper members, and gathering information and research for future articles. While Kids, Ink. members work very hard, they also have a great time.
For 2017-18, Kids Ink will meet on Monday afternoons, starting at 2:45 pm, in Ms. Tokarchik's room.
KidStage Theater Group
An activity for third through fifth graders. This group meets on Wednesdays from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. in the Music Room. For more information visit the KidStage website at https://kidstage.net/colorado/.
This is a unique, confidence-building, creative arts program run by KidzArt. Examples of titles of some of the classes held are "Southwest is Best", "Expedition Africa" and "Animals on the Move". There is a fee for the class. For more information please check out their website at www.highlandsranch.kidzart.com or contact Amy Klein at 720-519-0901. Beginning September 25th, this class is held on Mondays in the Art Room from 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Our Lego Robotics teams are being finalized and will be meeting from the first week of September until mid-December. Teams meet on various days of the week. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Mad Science Club
This is an interactive, one hour after-school program for all grades with themes around particular areas of science, including such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers, and even the science of toys. In each class, students are encouraged to give science a try and build their very own model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty and more. Children even get to take home their science experiment to show Mom and Dad! Classes meet on Thursdays from 2:50 – 3:50 p.m. in Ms. Roe's second-grade classroom. Fee based. If you have questions or wish to register, please see the flyer in our front lobby or visit the website: colorado.madscience.org.
Under the guidance of our PTO, parent volunteers provide our students with a variety of multicultural experiences. Many of these take place during Red Ribbon Week.
Student Council meetings are established in the beginning of the school year. It is open to any student, grades 3-5, interested in working together for Willow Creek. In the past, these students have participated in several community service projects, raised funds to purchase items for the school, shown appreciation for staff and teachers, communicated important information to their peers, and helped develop and encourage school pride and spirit. For more information, check out Student Council's webpage here.
Tiny Techs Club
Robots and gamebots, oh my! This activity offers a curriculum with an emphasis on technology, engineering, and programming. It is a fee-based program that meets Wednesday afternoons at 2:50–3:50 p.m. For more information, please see the flyer in the front lobby or visit the website: http://tinytechsclub.com.