Coyote Crier - May- 2021

Dear Canyon Creek Families,

Happy May the Fourth Be With You Day! While my memory can be a bit foggy the older I get, I do remember Star Wars being released in the movie theaters in May of 1977. Although a young kindergartner at the time, the memory of leaving school early to see this intergalactic movie is as crystal clear as the bright lights along the movie marque. I remember my whole-body bursting with energy and excitement. So much so it landed me a one-way trip to the principal’s office. As the car approached the Seattle Cinerama Theater my eyes grew as wide as the galaxy. The Cinerama was mesmerizing with its huge carnival colored letters and its big spot lights dancing and shimmering in the sunlight. The line of Star Wars enthusiasts snaked around the building for what seemed like miles. The anticipation was overwhelming, but the wait was worth it!

Until recently, there had not been an event that mimicked such experience and emotion for me. Our recent welcoming of students back to campus brought back the same exhilarating feelings like that day as a kindergartner. Words simply cannot describe the immense excitement, happiness and pure joy I feel to see students in person again. It is incredibly energizing for me to be able to walk by classrooms, press my nose against the glass, wave and smile through my mask at students and staff again. Campus classrooms have character, personality and are filled with children’s laughter once again. Our playground is back to being a vibrant and electrifying place where students can reconnect with one another even from six feet away. While being able to see students in-person seemed to take forever, much like standing in line at the theater, the wait was definitely worth it!

Although, it has been amazing to have students back on campus, I recognize we still have some hurdles to jump over before we are able to get to a “new normal". We may have little control over the next leg of this journey, however we do have control over the example we set with our actions and words. Keeping this in mind, let’s continue to remember everyone is doing the best they can and allow grace for ourselves and each other. This will keep us united and allow everyone in getting to the finish line successfully. What staff and families have had to juggle is nothing that we could have ever imagined. Thank you to all of our Canyon Creek Families for continuing to walk alongside of us.

In closing, this week is Staff Appreciation Week. As you are aware, Canyon Creek is full of incredible staff members who make Canyon Creek an inclusive and welcoming place, whether on campus or learning from home. I have been impressed by all the creative and awesome ways staff have continued to provide a quality learning experience for our students during this interesting year. I hope you take time to send a message to your teacher or another staff member and let them know you appreciate what they do. May the Fourth Be With You!


   Keep Smiling!

   Ali Airhart
   Assistant Principal


In This Issue...

  • Dates to Remember
  • In the Know
    • Parent Input Form for Class Placement
    • Student Health Checks Must be Submitted Each Morning
    • Campus Closed to Visitors and Guests
    • 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration
    • Attendance Line and Email
    • Moving or Home Schooling
    • May Remote Only Students Material Pick-up
    • May Lunch Menu
    • Nurse News
    • Library Plan for May
    • Canyon Creek Care Team Message
  • In Appreciation
    • PTA STEM Fair
    • C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award
    • Congratulation Caring Coyote Winners in April
  • PTA News
  • District News

Dates to Remember

No School Days

  • May 28 - Vacation Day
  • May 31 - Memorial Day 

Important Events

  • May 20 - Remote Distribution Day
  • May 25 - Spirit Day
  • May 27 - Spirit Day

In the Know!

 Parent Input Form for Class Placement

 An online parental input form is available for those parents who would like to provide input regarding classroom placement for the next school year. Our staff carefully considers placement options based on our understanding of your child's needs. Parents may have additional insights that help us ensure a productive year. Please know that we cannot accommodate requests for specific teachers. Completion of this form is optional and parents wishing to share input should complete the form online by Friday, May 7. Click here for form


Student Health Checks Must be Submitted Each Morning

If you haven’t already read the information sent by the Northshore School District, please visit the district website on submitting health checks. A health check must be submitted each day your child comes on campus. The system resets overnight, so they must be completed in the morning. 

Please complete health checks each morning by 8:30am to help us get your student into class quickly!


Campus Closed to Visitors and Guests

We are working hard to keep our campus healthy and safe. That includes reducing the number of people on campus. Our office is closed, so before coming to campus, please call the office at (425) 408-5700. If you are bringing a student late or picking up a student for an early dismissal, please wait in your car and call the office. We are happy to help your child get to class, or get your child to you. 



  Kindergarten Registration 

Enrolling your student early in the year helps schools plan for incoming students and ensure we meet our staffing needs.

Kindergarten online registration is now open. Please go to the District website at: If you have any questions, please email our Registrar: Terri Jaenson at



May Lunch Menu 

Click here for our school menu. 


May Remote Only Students Material Pick-up

Please see the schedule below for material pick-up for out remote learners.

School Attendance

  Attendance Line and Email

When your child will be absent from school, please call our 24-hour phone line at 425-408-5710 or email: and CC your students' teacher. Please leave a message or send in an email by 9:45am.

If your student is experiencing a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or loss of smell or taste, please identify which of these symptoms in your message. Again, if your student is experiencing any of these 3 symptoms, they need to be identified in your message: fever of 100.4 or greater, cough or loss of smell or taste.

Prearranged/Extended Absences:

In the event that your child will miss more than two consecutive school days for a reason other than health or medical issues, complete and email the Pre-Approved Absence Request Form to Lynnea Webb Please submit the form at least two weeks before the first planned day of absence. For additional attendance information is available on the school website.


  Moving or Home Schooling

If your child(ren) are moving out of the Canyon Creek area or you have  made the decision to home school your child, please notify our Registrar, Terri Jaenson at as soon as possible.  The following information will be needed:

  • Name of child
  • Grade
  • Teacher
  • New Address
  • New School


Nurse News

Students with underlying health conditions may have symptoms that overlap with COVID19.  You may provide the school nurse with a letter from your health care provider to prevent exclusion from school if your student presents symptoms of the health condition at school. If the symptoms are not the typical symptoms or more severe than usual, do not send your student to school. Seasonal allergies may be one of the health conditions you may wish to discuss with your health provider.




Library Plan for May

We will continue to circulate library books to Hybrid and Remote students in May. Here is the plan:     

Hybrid Model Plan: For ALL hybrid students, books will be delivered to classrooms every other week unless your family chooses to opt out of library checkout (for Hybrid families, please email your librarian to OPT OUT). For each rotation, students will receive a bag of 3 books that will be chosen based on any holds students have placed, along with selections by a librarian based on student interest. During their checkout weeks (specified below), they should bring their previous books in the original bag to return on Mondays or Thursdays, and they will receive their new book bag on Tuesdays or Fridays. Here are the weeks by grade level:

  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Book Return/Check out weeks will be the weeks of May 3 and May 17.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades: Book Return/Check out weeks will be the weeks of May 10 and May 24.

Remote Model Plan: For students who are fully remote, we will still offer Curbside Pickup every other week, and families will have the option to sign up for all events at once to make it easier to participate.  We will continue to keep Fridays from 11:15am-12:15pm as our Curbside time, and here are the remaining dates: Friday, May 7 and May 21. To participate in Curbside Pickup, please fill out the Book Delivery Form. As mentioned, you will be able to sign up for all options at once, but each individual option will expire at 3:30pm on Tuesday before the Curbside event that week (to give us enough time to have the orders filled by Friday morning). Please bring any books from home in the original bag to return when you come to pick up your new books.

For ALL Canyon Creek Students: Please Place Holds! Placing holds on specific books guarantees students get the exact books they want! Here are written instructions for How to Place a Hold. Students are allowed 3 holds at a time, and at this point in the school year they should only place holds on books that are currently available in the library, and not checked out by other students (there won’t be enough time for return and quarantine of books to guarantee pending holds).  Holds that are ready for students (all the way up until Friday morning of the delivery) will be included in the bag. Placing holds is NOT required to check out books. If there are no holds, a librarian will use the one-time interest card we have on file to select books (see Sept 23rd library lesson on Schoology if your child has not done this and would like to), or we will just choose "surprise" books if there is no survey on file.

Library Instruction: Library instruction will continue asynchronously on Wednesdays. The focus will be on read aloud lessons and literacy instruction. These lessons will continue to be posted on the Schoology course pages for each grade level every Wednesday. Please let the librarian for your grade level know if you have any questions! 

Mrs. Beavo 1st, 2nd, 5th  (

Mrs. Fiser K, 3rd, 4th (


Canyon Creek Care Team Message

The Canyon Creek Care Team will work with Northshore Schools Foundation (NSF) to address family needs and learn about the available community resources to refer families to the appropriate agencies for support. 

The Care Team goal is to:

Identify needs and empower families to take action to seek supports

Maintain a shared central document to record supports given and family follow up

Act as a referral resource for families with non-academic barriers to learning and well-being and other needs/ concerns

Attend training opportunities offered by NSF to learn about local resources

English Care Team Flyer and English Care Team request form

Spanish Care Team Flyer and Spanish Care Team request form

From time to time, we have information about resources that are available to families in need. While some resources are communicated with the whole school community, sometimes timing, availability, etc. don't make this feasible. Would you like to be notified by email when we have information about resources to share?

Please complete this Canyon Creek Resources & Support Email Signup Form and we will add you to our mailing list. Parents/guardians must have current email address in our student information system. Check ParentVue to see what address is on file and/or make updates.

In Appreciation

  PTA Stem Fair

Thank you PTA for supporting our students in science. Our Coyotes were able to explored science and had fun learning! Click here for the Stem Fair 2020-2021 experiments. 

  • Kindergarten - Shrvya S. - Mrs. McGrew
  • First Grade - Neel B. - Mrs. McDonnell
  • Second Grade - Kala B. - Mrs. Rodgers
  • Third Grade - Rian R. - Mrs. Wheeler (Burkett)
  • Fourth Grade - Anshi S. - Mr. Inks
  • Fifth Grade - Aayush G. - Mrs. Larson



C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award

Each school nominated two students to receive the award for displaying the characteristics of a humanitarian in their school and community. 

Congratulations to our recipients!

Fourth Grade: Lyrik M. 

Second Grade: Esagha J. 

Canyon Creek Humanitarian Award:

Congratulations to the following students, recipients of the Canyon Creek Humanitarian Award.


First Grade:

  • Arjun K. 

Second Grade:

  • Ava L. 
  • Esagha J. 
  • Kala B. 
  • Willow T. 

Third Grade:

  • Emi R. 
  • Hannah K. 
  • Kaylee L. 
  • Sneha S. 
  • Rose J. 
  • Hadley K. 

Fourth Grade:

  • Aarav P. 
  • Lauren E. 
  • Lyrik M. 
  • Muskaan M. 

Fifth Grade:

  • Aarav S.
  • Arham K. 
  • Emily T. 
  • Jack T.
  •  Julia E. 
  • Kendall K. 
  • Lucas C. 
  • Max T. 
  • Samar M. 
  • Steven G. 
  • Videep M. 
  • Zaya H. 
  • Zephyr W. 
  • Zia S. 


Congratulation Caring Coyote Winners in April

April 2, 2021

Kindergarten - Tarunya A. - Mrs. Vasatka

First Grade - Leah M. - Mrs. Axtell

Second Grade - Eduardo L. - Mrs. Goodspeed

Third Grade - Parker K. - Ms. Wheeler

Fourth Grade - Elliott R. - Mrs. Weinstein

Fifth Grade - Braeden A. - Mr. Henderson


April 9, 2021

Kindergarten - Zaiden A. - Mrs. Roland

First Grade - Theodore T. - Ms. Head

Second Grade - Theodore B. - Ms. Valint

Third Grade - George E. - Ms. Hollingsworth

Fourth Grade - Hayden W. - Ms. Hart

Fifth Grade - Nikola P. - Mrs. Ducotey


April 23, 2021

Kindergarten - Jiovanny H. - Mrs. Vasatka

First Grade - Juliet M. - Mrs. Lindley

Second Grade - Chloe A. - Mrs. Goodspeed

Third Grade - Nanditha G. - Mrs. Mahoney

Fourth Grade - Alana T. - Ms. Wong

Fifth Grade - Tomas F.G. - Mr. Henderson


April 30, 2021

Kindergarten - Mackenzie B. - Mrs. Roland

First Grade - Moaaz D. - Mrs. Burns

Second Grade - Addison B. - Mrs. Vagt

Third Grade - Alex K. - Mrs. Deer

Fourth Grade - Ainsley A. - Ms. Hall

Fifth Grade - Alan J. - Ms. Vaughan


Thank you PTA 

Thank you to the PTA and families that stocked the refrigerators in the staff room. You made ALL of us feel so special.

Thank you!

Thank you Bruce, Ali, Brandi, and PTA for the staff Jimmy John's lunch this Thursday.

PTA News

PTA activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The District assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or the safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court of administrative tribunal arising out of distribution of these materials including attorney's fees and judgement or awards.

PTA Many Hands

 Volunteers Needed -  Ways to Get Involved!

Canyon Creek PTA needs YOU to make next year awesome! Whether you have a little time or a lot of time to volunteer; there is something for everyone. Working parents, stay-at-home parents, young adults, grandparents–basically anyone can be an invaluable PTA volunteer. Visit our website to learn how you can get involved.




  Canyon Creek Spirit Wear Design Contest

We are challenging our Canyon Creek students, families, and staff to create a NEW design for Canyon Creek spirit wear. Deadline to submit a design is Monday, May 17th at 5pm. Find out the rules and how to submit your artwork.




"Spring is in the Air" Scavenger Hunt

Canyon Creek PTA is delighted to offer a fun, engaging virtual scavenger hunt game that challenges you to get outside and complete missions. Scavenger hunt ends on Sunday, May 23rd.  Learn how to join and start playing today.



  May Windows & Mirrors Book Drive

May brings a new focus for our DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Windows & Mirrors Book Drive. This month our focus will be on Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month! All donated books will go to benefit our Canyon Creek library and classrooms. Learn more about the program and please consider donating.


  May General Membership Meeting

Join us for our last General Membership Meeting for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30PM. We will be presenting our Canyon Creek PTA Recognition Awards, reviewing and voting on next year’s budget, and more! Register to receive Zoom link.




District News

Students In Grade 1

Students in grade 1 will be universally screened for highly capable services after Spring Break. Every school will have a designated a two week time between Spring Break and the end of the school year. The Accelerated Models and Programs Department will email families with first grade students to let them know the two week period of time their school will participate in screening and assessments. The schedule will also be posted online along with more information about the screening and assessment process. Please note that we will NOT have time to accommodate vacations or absences this year until after school is out. If you wish to participate in highly capable screening and assessment, please plan to be at school during the weeks your student’s school participates in testing. Please direct any questions to  

Thank you,  

Accelerated Models and Programs Department 

Students In Grades 2 and 3

Referred students in grades 2 and 3 should receive an email from the Accelerated Models and Programs Department before the end of spring break. We will also invite students who are new to Northshore as of October of 2019 to be part of our screening and assessment process. Second and third grade students need to complete the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) by Friday, May 7. We will invite those who qualify to take the Iowa Assessments in reading and math. We will offer testing until Wednesday, May 26. Please direct any questions to

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department


FREE Income-Eligible Early Learning programs at NSD are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year! 

The Northshore School District is proud to offer multiple early learning programs that are free of charge for income-eligible families. The three Early Childhood Education Programs include Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Ready Start.

  • Eligibility for our programs is determined by child’s age and family income. 
  • Children must turn 3 years of age by August 31st, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Please contact one of our Family Support Specialists with any questions and to start the application process.
  • For more information about our programs and to download a copy of our application (in English and Spanish)

Sheriece Simon (English)
ECEAP Family Support Specialist


Kendra Rodriguez (Spanish/English)
ECEAP Family Support Specialist




I am kind, I am safe and I am a learner.