Bus Riders

Dear parents of bus riding students:

Safety of our students is our number one priority.  In order to keep our students safe, we are asking for your cooperation.  If your student(s) will not be riding the bus, please contact the school.  If we do not hear directly from you with a phone call or note, students will be required to ride the bus home.  A growing number of students are reporting alternate transportation without parent notification to the school. We have had several incidents were students have reported that their parents said they could go to the library or other locations and parents thought their child was on the bus. So, to be proactive for the safety and welfare of all students, please contact the school with any changes to your transportation plans.  Thank you for your help in this matter.


Curt Rheingans


September 12, 2019


Dear Parents:


A quick note to thank everyone for making this year start off on such a positive note. We at school are very appreciative of all the efforts the parents are doing to make sure that their child comes to school ready to learn each day. Here are some upcoming events at the school. Please remember the calendar of events is also online at https://www.crestonschool.org/about-creston-school/calendar/.


September 27th                 Picture Day. Order forms will be coming home soon.

October 4th                         Breakfast with a buddy

October 11th                       No School

October 14th                       No School

October 16th                       End of 1st quarter

October 17th                       2:00 release

October 24th                       Parent-Teacher Conferences




Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

September 12, 2019


Welcome Back

August 5, 2019
Welcome, Creston Families to the 2019-2020 school year. We are very excited for the start of another strong year and we are sure your child is as well. The first day of school is August 15th and it will be here before we know it! While the end of the school year seems so far away, we all know how quickly the school year will go. Every day is extremely valuable, and we are committed to making each day full of important learning experiences. Again this year, we ask parents to make attendance a priority. If your child is not at school, they do not have the opportunity to learn and grow. We want them here! Thank you for your efforts in this capacity.
The area of focus for our staff in their professional development will be to make sure that each child shows one year of growth in reading. As a staff, we will continue to study what research based strategies are best practices in reading and literacy. As we put forth our focused efforts to increase reading growth, we need your support at home. Studies show reading at night is the single most important factor to increase reading comprehension. Please find time each night to listen to your child read or to sit down and read with your child. We know your schedules are busy but please partner with us to work on literacy. We are confident that with your support from home, we will reach our goal to see that every student shows one year of growth in reading comprehension. It takes a village!
As you know, we like to be involved with our students and families. Please know that we are always available to meet with you, to listen to your concerns and to work with you to meet the needs of all our students. It’s an honor to work in our amazing Creston Community School District. Here’s to another great school year! Remember, you are always welcome in our school!
Important Dates:
August 14, 2019
4:30-6:00 Unpack your Backpack
5:45 Parent and student meeting in the gym
August 15, 2019
First day of school. 2:00 Dismissal
August 16, 2019
2:00 dismissal
Yours in Education,
Nicole and Curt

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Dear Families,

Over the next 2 weeks, your child will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test. This assessment will help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state and Creston School use this information to determine what areas need more support and resources. Again all students in grades 3-8 will be taking the IAR.  Let’s work together and make your child’s experience a positive and successful one! We’ve been preparing at school. Here are some suggestions you can do to help everyday:

*Ensure your child arrives at school on time.

*Have your child eat a healthy breakfast.

*Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.

*Gently encourage them to do their best.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing.

Curt Rheingans

Reading Survey

Dear Parents,

Later today you will receive a text message with a survey attached. With new ESSA reporting requirements, each district is required to get parent feedback regarding the curriculum. Please take time to fill out this quick survey as we do  listen to and value all input from all stakeholders as we make curriculum decisions.


Thank You,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

Family Reading Night

Please join us for

Family Reading Night

Thursday, February 21, 2019

From 6:00-7:30PM

At Creston School


**Raffles begin at 7PM.  Must be present to win.

Prizes include: $25 Walmart gift card, Family Night themed basket, posters and Colts Ca$h to be used at the Book Fair.


Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite reading buddy for an evening of family fun!


  • Listen to stories
  • Play bingo
  • Play Dr. Suess trivia
  • Create retell puppets and bookmarks for your favorite stories
  • Create a directed drawing
  • Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate provided by CPTO
  • Take your picture with special guests
  • Shop for books at the Scholastic Book Fair!!!!

Importance of School Attendance

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a month dedicated to showing how attendance is essential to school success. Absences, excused and unexcused, can quickly add up and cause academic trouble.

It’s a proven fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful than students who do not. Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout their school career, as well as into their chosen career. Regular attendance is critically important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned instruction by a highly qualified teacher. They miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on the opportunity to ask questions. As a result, they are more likely to fall behind.

* Absenteeism hurts the student. Students who are frequently absent fall
behind in academics and miss important socialization concepts that
enhance their ability to understand, follow directions, and/or
ultimately, plan for the future.

* Absenteeism hurts other students. Students who are frequently absent
require more individual attention from the teacher to get caught up.

* Absenteeism hurts the district financially. State money supporting the
school is directly linked to student attendance. When students are
absent the school loses money.

Things you can do to help….

* Schedule doctor and dental appointments as early in the day or as late
in the day as possible. When the appointment is over bring your child
to school immediately. If the appointment is in middle of the day,
bring your child to school until the appointment and then pick your
child up for the appointment. Once again when the appointment is over
please bring your child back to school immediately.

* Communicate the importance of regular school attendance to your child
so they are hearing the same message in the home and at school.

* Make sure your child is regularly eating nutritious meals, drinking
plenty of fluids, and getting the proper amount of rest each night.

* Remind your child of proper hand washing/sanitizing techniques.

* If your child is running a fever of 100 degrees or more, vomiting, or
having diarrhea they need to be kept home.

Remember, we want to work together as a team to improve our school’s regular attendance and provide students with the opportunity to learn.


Curt Rheingans, Superintendent