Plum Creek Elementary School
901 East 43rd Avenue
Principal: Randy Doerksen
Monday - Friday
Doors Open 7:30
Mrs. Vicky Richardson
Library Media Specialist
About Our Library
The mission of the library program is to provide students and staff with the materials and skills needed to be good users of ideas and information.
Use this link to access Plum Creek Library's Catalog and Electronic Resources
The Accelerated Reader Program is available at Plum Creek Elementary. Books in the library that are aligned with this program are marked with a colored dot signifying their approximate reading level. After reading an "AR" book, students are tested for comprehension on a classroom computer. Points are earned for each correct answer. If you need to know a book level check out the following website.
What Should I Read Next?
If you are wondering what to read next, check out this website. You can type in the title of a book you liked, and it will give you suggestions of what you might want to read next! Even if you aren't stuck on the next book, it is fun. Give it a try!
Other Online Resources
Internet Search Engines
Use these search engines to surf the web!
How to Research
How to Cite a Source for a Written Research Paper
This website is a lifesaver! Simply click on the type of source (book, magazine article, etc.), then enter the author's name, title, publisher, etc., and the computer will put the information into the correct citation format. Yippee!
Links from Library Lessons
What We Do
An Exceptional Educational Experience for All
Developing Generations of Positive World Changers
CARES Club "Cru Cares"
CARES Club is an extended learning opportunity for District elementary students, which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment after regular school hours.
Time: 3:15 - 6:00
Days: Monday - Friday Cost: $6.50 daily per child
$5.00 daily per child
$4.50 daily per child (USD 313 Staff members)
CARES Club students will -
• Participate in a variety of enrichment activities
PreK is an educational class designed for 4 year old students. Classes are available at all USD 313 elementary attendance centers.
Time: 8:00-11:00 AM Session
12:15 -3:15 PM Session Days: Monday - Friday
Cost: based upon family qualifications
Level 1 - $50 per week
Level 2 - $35 per week*
Level 3 - $20 per week
Level 4 - Free**
Pre-K students will learn -
• Social and Emotional Development
• Muscle Coordination
• Language Development
• Reading Readiness
• Recognition of Numbers and Shapes
• Self Help Skills
* Level 2 also for USD 313 Staff members
** There are a limited number of scholarships available per year for PreK students based on family qualifications.
Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. Reno County Head Start has two Pre-K classrooms in USD 313 located at Plum Creek Elementary and Union Valley Elementary. Classroom sessions are 9:30 to 1:30, Monday through Thursday. They are child-focused classrooms with the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of our young children in low-income families. The children eat lunch and snack at school each day and busing is provided to children within the 313 area. These services provided are at no cost to the families.
To participate, families must live in Reno County, meet federal income guidelines and be aged 3 or 4 on or before August 31. To find out if you qualify or for more information please contact Reno County Head Start at 620-694-5750.
*USD 313 also offers a few community based spots each year. Children are selected for these slots on a need basis. The family is charged a monthly activity fee. For more information on these slots you may contact the Plum Creek office at 620-662-5535 and they will direct you to the Head Start classroom.
Shining Stars is a childcare program designed for PreK students. It provides a safe, nurturing learning environment.
Time: 7:30-11:30 AM Session
12:15 - 3:15 PM Session Days: Monday - Friday
Cost: $10.50 per session attended
Shining Stars students will -
• Support positive character development
• Belong to a group
• Develop confidence and self-esteem
• Interact with peers
• Participate in group activities
Plum Creek PTO strives to assist teachers and staff in making Plum Creek a great place to be. Our primary mission is to improve the educational experience of our children and increase parent involvement. We achieve this goal through our fundraising efforts, volunteer time and organizational activities for the students.
We have monthly meetings usually on the second Tuesday of the month, but please check dates as they may have changed. We strive for the meetings to be one hour in length.
Please call the officers listed below with any questions you might have or if you want to get involved in assisting with any of the projects listed on the calendar. If you are unable to attend the meetings, the PTO minutes are located on the school’s website or we can email you the monthly minutes. We welcome your thoughts or suggestions, every opinion is valued.
Heather Faulkner & Kerri Thetford
|Teacher Liaison/Teacher Appreciation:||
|Conference Meal Chair:||
|Rebate Chair: (Box Tops/ Dillon's & Target Cards/Campbell Labels):||
Julie Rumbaugh & Jennifer Kneisel
|School Supply Kits Chair:||
Buhler Bonanza Representative:
Plum Creek Programs
|Plum Creek Elementary School 2015-2016|
|The email format for Buhler USD 313, with the exception of a few email addresses, is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org (ex. email@example.com).|
|Library Media Center|
|Richardson, Vicky||Librarian and Webmaster||vrichardson|
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|Robin Pfannenstiel||Head Start||rpfannenstiel|
|Zogleman, Kristi||Pre K||kzogleman|
|Bunce, Kara||1st Grade||kbunce|
|Starkweather, Morgan||1st Grade||mstarkweather|
|Wray, Jan||1st Grade||jwray|
|Burkhart, Dana||2nd Grade||dburkhart|
|Papenfuss, Sue||2nd Grade||spapenfuss|
|Wilkinson, Angela||2nd Grade||awilkinson|
|Mears, Diane||3rd Grade||dmears|
|Rolfs, Kiara||3rd Grade||krolfs|
|Yocam, Marsha||3rd Grade||myocam|
|Babcock, Rachel||4th Grade||rbabcock|
|Sazama, Heather||4th Grade||hsazama|
|Wimer, Lynn||4th Grade||lobermite-wimer|
|Ingalls, Denise||5th Grade||dingalls|
|Stucky, Katie||5th Grade||kstucky|
|Todd, Jesse||5th grade||jtodd|
|Bazzelle, Jennifer||Resource Room||jbazzelle|
|Konrade, Bret||Resource Room||bkonrade|
|Miller, Maranda||Resource Room||mmiller|
|Horton, Karen||Expanded Learning||khorton|
|Galloway, Vicki||Expanded Learning||vgalloway|
|Doerksen, Pam||Intensive Reading||pdoerksen|
|Voss, Kara||Physical Education||kvoss|
|Law, Linda||Vocal Music||llaw|
|Biggs, Nathan||Instrumental Music||nbiggs|
|Starnes, Eric||Instrumental Music||estarnes|
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|Lock, Rhonda||Head Start Family Support Worker||rlock|
|Albert, Silvana||Head Start Aide||salbert|
|Schroeder, Chris||Head Start Aide||cschroeder|
|Ahrens, Dallas||Instructional Para||dahrens|
|Dinwiddie, Shelly||Instructional Para||sdinwiddie|
|Matney, Trenda||Instructional Para||tmatney|
|Putnam, Jana||Instructional Para||jputnam|
|Stephens, Shelley||Instructional Para||sstephens|
|Teel, Julie||Instructional Para||jteel|
|Winters, Kristi||Instructional Para||kwinters|
|Phillips, Karen||Pre-K Instructional Para||kphillips|
|Rumbaugh, Julie||Pre-K Instructional Para||jrumbaugh|
|Belt, Brandy||RCEC Instructional Para||bbelt|
|Fure, Nancy||RCEC Instructional Para||nfure|
|Gausman, Katherine||RCEC Instructional Para||kgausman|
|Guthrie, Lance||RCEC Instructional Para||lguthrie|
|Ledbetter, Gillian||RCEC Instructional Para||gledbetter|
|Logue, Jodi||RCEC Instructional Para||jlogue|
|Long, Susan||RCEC Instructional Para||slong|
|Miller, Vickie||RCEC Instructional Para||vmiller|
|Rice, Linda||RCEC Instructional Para||lrice|
|Smith, Brenda||RCEC Instructional Para||bsmith|
|Boeck, Vicki||Cru Cares Director||vboeck|
|Evenson, Cat||Cru Cares Assistant Director||cevenson|
|Dickinson, Peggy||Cru Cares Aide||pdickinson|
|Urban, Tara||Shining Stars Director||turban|
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|Willis, Terri||Head Cook||twillis|
|Cubbage, Renee||Food Service||rcubbage|
|Gilbert, Jackie||Food Service||jgilbert|
|Schmutz, Paul||Food Service||pschmutz|
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|Gilbert, Rod||Head Custodian||rgilbert|
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Plum Creek News
Supply Pantry for Teachers
What is it? The PTO is creating a supply pantry for teachers! This will be centrally located for the teaching staff to come and get needed supplies for their classrooms throughout the year. Reminders and an updated list will be sent out quarterly.
How will it work? Below is a wish list for teachers, you can pick up any of these items and drop them off at school or send them to school with your child. In the main entrance to the school you will see a box that says “teacher supplies” and you just drop your items in there. PTO will collect the items and organize them in the pantry for the teachers.
You can help by providing these supplies:
Buhler USD 313 Education Foundation Selling Victory Lane Pavers
The Buhler USD 313 Education Foundation is selling pavers to become part of Victory Lane at the Buhler High School football stadium. All proceeds from the paver sales will help award teacher grants and provide student assistance and student scholarships. The inscription of your choice will be engraved on the 6-by-9 inch paver, and will be a lasting reminder of the community support that promotes the Foundation. Each paver is $150.
These pavers are a wonderful opportunity to: recognize personal achievement; honor a favorite teacher, coach or staff member; place in memory or in honor of parents, grandparents, children or classmates; commemorate birthdays or anniversaries; celebrate family milestones; create your own unique way to express school spirit; celebrate team accomplishments; give as a graduation present; offer business support.