Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring 2010 Book Fair is Coming!

Book Fair is coming once again! We will be open during school hours Monday April 12 - Friday April 16th. Family Night will be Thursday, April 15th from 5-7 pm. Preorder pizza with the letter coming home in the Wednesday folder or just come and shop! Students will be completing wish lists as will teachers, so look for those and help build your classroom libraries. See the details here - and come shop with us and support our school library at the same time!

Friday, March 19, 2010

North Carolina Children's Book Awards

Every year, students across North Carolina vote from a set of nominees for the best Picture Book and/or the best Junior Book. The votes are counted from our students here at CCES! They have been submitted to the state and I will let you know when we know the final winner from the state. The top vote earner here at CCES was Two Bobbies which received 75 votes out of the total 197 picture book votes. The winner from CCES for junior books was The Willoughbys. All votes for all titles were submitted and will be counted in the final totals. Stay tuned to hear the final winner for the 2010 North Carolina Children's Book Award!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Skyping with the Olympics!

"This was the best thing we have done all year!" is what one student said as they were leaving the media center today. I wish I could take credit for it, but what they had just done was have the opportunity to Skype with the Chief Umpire from the Olympics for Curling!

Rae Kells was kind enough to spend a little over a half hour telling our 3 fifth grade classes about her experiences with curling and with the 2010 Winter Olympics. They had the chance to ask questions, and did they ever! They had so many great questions and we all learned a lot more about curling than we already knew from our research about the different winter Olympic sports and Canada. Questions included what is the weather like in Canada, what kind of shoes do you wear to curl, why is it called curling, is there overtime in curling, and many more. A big thank you to Rae Kells and to Marlo Gaddis in the WSFCS Technology Department for helping set up this great opportunity. The students are still so excited!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Read Across America Day 2010

We had a great day today for our first annual Literacy Day. You can see some pictures and more information on the media center blog here. Thanks to all who participated!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

African Library Project Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated gently used books for our African Library Project. We were able to not only meet, but EXCEED our goal of 1,000 books for our sister school in Botswana. They will use these books to start a school library. Thank you all!

Mrs. DuBois
Media Coordinator

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Volleyball Game

On February 8. 2010  parents at Caleb’s Creek took on the staff in a fun for all volleyball game.  The best two out of three matches determined the winner.  Although the teachers were tough and played well, the parents won two of the matches therefore becoming the winners.  Staff took it well but of course wants a rematch.  Stay tuned for more to come…..hit

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mrs. Kidds' class Skyped with author Mike Artell to ask:(Why authors write books?) He told us that he writes books to entertain and teach us things. He shared some of his books with us and read one called: Petite Rouge ( A Cajun Red Riding Hood)to the children in a Louisiana accent. He also showed us how he draws and illustrates stories how he colors and shades them in. The children were excited to get the chance to ask questions to a real author. We had a great experience and the children enjoyed the opportunity.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WS/FCS Elementary Art Exhibit

Come visit a wonderful art exhibit by students in the WS/FCS entitled


This exhibit is at the Salem College Fine Arts Gallery now through February 3. 2010

A reception for this exhibit will take place on Sunday January 31, 2010 at 3:00 with special

guest speaker, artist Jan Detter and special music. Our student artists will be recognized at

this time. Please come and join us!

Caleb's Creek has 6 artists' work on display:


Friday, January 22, 2010

Cream of the CROCS!

Our team of specialists (Art, Computers, Guidance, Media, Music, and P.E.) wanted to do our share to positively impact student behavior and performance here at Caleb's Creek. The result was the birth of the Cream of the CROCS! awards. In choosing our 'CROC' each quarter, we consider:

Outstanding academics

Cream of the CROCS is a positive recognition program created and implemented by all of our specialists. Every quarter, each specialist will choose a student, from each grade level, who excels or shows progress in one of the following areas: character, respect, academics and collaboration. Each student will receive a certificate, have his/her picture taken and placed on the bulletin board across from the cafeteria and his/her name presented on the morning announcements! Eventually, we would like to have the pictures of them holding their certificates to scroll across the TVs in the hallway, too!
First quarter CROCS are now on display on the bulleting board just outside the cafeteria and 2nd quarter students will be recognized soon. Keep your eyes open and be sure to congratulate these students on their hard work!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

African Library Project

Each elementary school in WSFCS has been paired with a school in Africa to collect donated books for them to be able to start a library at the schools. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books for Tobane Primary School in Botswana. These schools often do not even have textbooks to teach from. We will be collecting now through Feb. 19 and members of the Symphony (who are sponsoring the drive) will pick them up weekly. I will place a purple box outside the library for donations. The types of books needed are also below.

Part of the mission of the African Library Project is to teach Americans about Africa while doing our book drives. You are joining an amazing group of volunteers throughout the USA and Africa who have already started 375 libraries in eight countries. Our book drive is part of a large effort the African Library Project has undertaken to start libraries in Botswana's primary schools. Recycling our gently used books will open a whole new world of learning and opportunity to the students in your partner library in Botswana.

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to start small libraries in the Selibe Phikwe School District of Botswana. This is a unique and innovative project that offers us the opportunity to raise an unprecedented amount of books from a single location in the USA. Our partner in Botswana is Tobane Primary School. Tobane Primary School serves 594 students and has 20 teachers. Your goal is to collect 1,000 preschool-5th grade books from your school. You can also include a few upper level books (up to 8th grade) for the teachers. They are particularly interested in books on agriculture, social studies, science, technology and fiction. They would appreciate puzzles, flash cards and educational games.

Book Drive Guidelines

Appropriate Books
• Children's Picture Books
• Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction (through middle school would be OK)
• Early Readers
• Juvenile Literature
• Children's Dictionaries
• Encyclopedias less than 15 years old/Children's Encyclopedias
• Accurate atlases
• Thesauruses
• Paperback textbooks in Math, English, Geography and Science
• Books with universal themes (friendship, animals, love, etc.)

Inappropriate Books:
• Books that are filled with small print, no pictures, etc. (too intimidating or boring)
• Books with lots of slang (too difficult to follow)
• Books for young children that have many references to household appliances and technology (including refrigerators, microwaves, etc.)
• Adult paperback romance novels
• Books about American holidays or religious holidays
• Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion

Thanks for any help you can give us!
Mrs. DuBois
Media Coordinator

Musical Endeavors

"Four fifth graders will represent Caleb's Creek Elementary at the Elementary All-County Chorus rehearsal and concert to be held at Southwest Elementary School in Clemmons on Thursday and Friday February 18-19. The concert will be held on Friday night, February 19 at 7:00 PM in the auditiorium at Southwest Elementary.

The young singers chosen to represent Caleb's Creek are:

Katherine D.
Jenna D.
Jerry H.
Karen T.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public."

"The Little Symphony of Forsyth County will present a program entitled, "Dancing With the World Dances" at an assembly for grades 2-6 in the auditorium at Caleb's Creek at 10:15 AM on Wednesday, January 27.

Little Symphony conductor, James Basta, will lead the musicians in a musical program featuring the works of a dozen composers from both the United States and around the world. The music they will play for us is representative of a myriad of styles and periods of music history. During the concert, the children will be asked to sing along with the orchestra on the traditional American folksong, "Skip to My Lou". See you there!"
Fourth Grade Fun Friday-Spanish Style

As teachers we constantly seek out ways to maximize our students learning experiences. To be able to bring diversity and integrate world cultures into the curriculum is an important educational opportunity for our learners at Caleb’s Creek Elementary School. Such an opportunity was realized when the Spanish program and the Fourth Grade classes converged for the October edition of Fourth Grade Fun Friday.
During the event the students were able to listen to some popular Spanish music and were treated to a variety of typical Mexican sodas and food stuffs. The highlight of the celebration occurred when the Fourth Graders were able to see a Spanish language hands-on demonstration in which Mr. Alonso made Pico de Gallo. Not only were students able to witness the making of this traditional Mexican gastronomic delight, they were able to sample it as well!
Of course this entire experience would have been impossible had not been for the help and support of all the wonderfully dedicated parents of our Fourth Grade students here at CCES.


Mr. Alonso
Spanish Teacher
Caleb’s Creek Elementary School