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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Cedar Creek Elementary School Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the school?

Main Line: 763-213-8780
Absentee Line: 763-213-8831

Shelly Gilmore, Principal: 763-213-8781
Jaralyn Carda, Principal's Secretary: 763-213-8783
Linda Stelmacher, Attendance Secretary: 763-213-8782

View the directory to find specific staff members.

How can I find out what is going on at Cedar Creek?

Check out the calendar to see our events.

What are the school day hours for K-5 at CCES?

9:10 am -3:40 pm

What is the winter recess policy?

We go outside every day for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero. Students need to make sure they are dressed appropriately. Winter coats, hats, mittens, snow pants and boots are a must if they want to play in the snow.

What should I do if my child is going to be absent?

Call our absentee line at 763-213-8831 and leave a message as soon as you know your child is going to be absent from school. The absentee line is available 24 hours a day. Messages can be left for future absences as well as same day absences. A message should be left on the absentee line even if you are planning to bring your child in later in the day due to an appointment.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off at school?

You may drop your child off at 8:55 am. If you need to drop your child off earlier, you will need to make arrangements with Kids Connection to watch your child until 8:55 am or the start of the school day. Students are not allowed to wait in the foyer of the school unsupervised.

What are my responsibilities if I come to school?

When you come to school, you will need to show your identification into the camera and then the office will buzz you in. All doors to the school will be locked during the school day. Once you are buzzed in, you will need to report directly to the main office or the health office (keep your ID handy, as you will be asked to show it again to the secretary/health office). If you were called by the health office to come and pick up a child that needs to leave, report directly to the health office. If you are coming to visit or volunteer, report directly to the main office. At that point, you will sign in and get a visitor or volunteer badge depending on the nature of your visit. All classroom visits and volunteering need to be pre-arranged with your child's classroom teacher.

What is the procedure for dropping off my child at school?

If you are bringing your child to school in the morning, you may drop them off at the front door at 8:55 am when staff is on duty. The student may go to their classroom or the lunchroom for breakfast. If you are arriving late (after 9:10 am), you (parent/guardian) need to sign the student in at the main office. Once the student has been signed in, he/she will walk to their classroom; parents do not need to walk their child to class. If your child needs assistance to find his/her classroom, office staff will make sure the student gets to their classroom.

What is the procedure for picking up my child at school (during the school day)?

Make sure you send a note to school stating the name of who will be picking up your child. When your child is picked up, that person will need to show a valid ID. Once you arrive at school, you will be buzzed in. Report directly to the main office. The office will call the classroom and have your child report to the office. Make sure you allow extra time as we do not allow students to report to the office until we call for them. Please wait in the main office or in the front entrance area for your student once you have signed them out.

What is the procedure for picking my child up at the end of the day?

If you plan to pick your child up at the end of the day, you will need to send a note to the teacher or call the main office before 3:00 pm. The student will receive a pass to leave the room and report to the Gym at the end of the school day. Parents/guardians or person assigned to pick up will need to park their vehicle in the parking lot. At 3:37 pm the doors of the school will be unlocked for end of the day pick up. You will need to report to the Gym to find your child. Staff members will be present to assist.

May I walk my child to their classroom in the morning or pick them up from their classroom at the end of the day?

Please do not walk your child to his/her classroom or go to the classroom at the end of the day to pick up your child. This causes an unnecessary interruption at these very busy times of the day when teachers and students are trying to get ready for the day or trying to get ready to go home.

How do I leave a message for my child?

If plans have changed and you need to leave a message for your child during the day, this can be done by calling the main office at 763-213-8780. Office staff will take a message that will be delivered to the classroom. We ask that you call before 3:00 pm so we have time to get the message delivered before the end of the day. Do not call the classroom directly, as this causes an unnecessary interruption to the education process for the entire class.

My student lost an item. How do I find it?

If your child is missing an item of clothing, the lost and found box is located in the student lunchroom. If the item you are looking for is small, such as a piece of jewelry, you will want to stop by the office. All items left in the lost and found area will be donated three times a year (end of November, end of February and the end of the school year). Please remind your children or stop in yourself to go through the lost and found if you are missing something. Conference time is a good time to check out the lost and found.

How do I view my child's report card?

Report Cards are available to view/print by visiting your parent portal in Infinite Campus. If you want a printed copy:

From the main screen, select "Student", and then check "Reports", then select the grade level report card box and print.
If you have questions on how to access your parent portal, contact Marika Hendricks at 763.753.7158 or email at

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