Coyote Crier - December 2020

Dear Canyon Creek Families,

The year seems like the longest ever, and at the same time it is also surprising that it is already December. Our staff, students and parents have had such a busy fall and so much learning and growth has already taken place, despite the crazy circumstances. Every time I join a class Zoom, I am impressed with all of the work and learning taking place, even though most of us would much rather be gathered at school if it were safe to do so. After all of this hard work, the approaching winter break is much needed and well-deserved!

On behalf of the Canyon Creek staff, thank you for all you continue to do to support your child’s learning, the teachers and the entire school. We extend our heartfelt wishes to each of you for a most enjoyable winter break and spending time with family and friends.


Bruce Denton

   Warm Wishes,

   Bruce Denton


In This Issue...

  • Dates to Remember
  • In the Know
    • Pajama Day!!
    • Student Material Pick-up
    • Parent2Parent Network Liaisons
    • Care Team
    • Winter Break
    • Office Staff Offline
    • Attendance Line and Email
    • Moving or Home Schooling
    • Keep Checking Out Those Library Books!
    • COVID, Immunizations, Flu and You
  • In Appreciation
  • PTA News
  • District News

Dates to Remember

No School Days

  • Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Break

Important Events

  • Student Material Pick-Up
    • Thursday Dec 3
  • Early Release Wednesday
    • Dec 2, Dec 9, and Dec 16

In the Know!



This distribution is for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 (no 4th grade for this distribution) and our Social Emotional Learning program

  • If you have COVID, been recently exposed to COVID, have COVID like symptoms or feel sick, please do not come on campus.
  • Create a large SIGN for your car and place on passenger side window.
  • Student Last Name and First Name, Grade and Teacher Name. Make letters as large as possible so the sign can be read from a distance.
  • For safety purposes, this event is designed for students to come by car. If at all possible, please come by car. If you must walk, please enter campus from 35th (sidewalk by the old driveway entrance) and wait in the paved area in front of the bottle cap mural.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone on campus.
  • Please make sure you come at your designated time and day to keep the amount of people on campus to a minimum.
    • 9:00am-10:00am - 3rd grade
    • 10:00am-11:00am - 1st grade
    • 11:00am-12:00pm - 2nd grade
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm - 5th grade
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm - Kindergarten
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm - Social/Emotional
    • (4th grade is not distributing materials on Dec. 3)
  • If you are unable to pick up materials at your designated time, you may come between 3:00pm-3:30pm.
  • If you are not able to come on Thursday, Dec. 3, bags will be available outside the main office door on Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8 between 8:00am-12:00pm.
  • If you have students in more than one grade level and you do not want to come to campus multiple times, your pick-up time for all material bags will be at your youngest student’s time. Please communicate your plan to both/all of your students’ teachers by 4:00 on Tuesday, December 1. Teachers will not have access to bags for students in other grades on the day of the distribution, unless you make arrangements by the deadline.
  • We are collecting used paper grocery bags in good condition to be used for future distributions. If you have extra, please bring them with you to drop off. 


  • Please follow Canyon Creek parking lot regulations.
  • Show or display to the Canyon Creek Staff member the piece of paper your student(s) name is on.
  • Canyon Creek Staff will retrieve your student(s) school material bag and bring it to your car.
  • Due to COVID social distancing protocols, we are sad that Canyon Creek Staff will not be able to hug, high five or fist bump students and parents. It will be a quick wave and go.
  • If you have paper grocery bags to donate for future distributions, please leave them with a staff member.
  • If you have technology that needs to be returned to Canyon Creek please contact Andrea Fleming:


  Parent2Parent Network Liaisons:

The Northshore School District has created a group of parent volunteers to help promote collaboration and two-way communication in assisting parents and guardians with general technology needs. As parents supporting their children with distance learning, Jenn and Andrea understand your needs and are happy to help! Jenn and Andrea can relay information about services and resources to support you with your use of Clever, Schoology and Zoom, as well as making the Tech Department aware of issues and/or problems families are having. They can also work to find resources to answer your questions or connect you with someone who can help - engaging our Canyon Creek Technology Specialist, Andrea Fleming, or help with escalations to the district Tech Department. 

Andrea Wojcik (K-2nd grade liaison):

Jenn Snyder (3-5th grade liaison):

You can also call the District’s Technology Support line 425-408-7669 for immediate concerns. Also, check out NSD's Technology Support webpage for answers to FAQ's and more.



Canyon Creek Mural

 Care Team

Hello Canyon Creek Families,

We now have a Canyon Creek Care Team that is partnering with the Northshore Schools Foundation to help identify and address needs of our families and direct you to community resources and supports.

If your family needs help finding community resources, please fill out the Canyon Creek Care Team Request Form at  Care Team requests are confidential.

Our Care Team Liaison, Laurie Powers will contact you to provide support.

Questions?  Contact Laurie Powers at 425-408-5759 or


   Winter Break

The last day of school before Winter Break is Friday, December 18. School will resume on Monday, January 4.  



Office Staff Offline Break

The office staff will be unavailable during Winter break starting Friday December 18 at 3:00pm through January 4. 


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  9:45 am. You have three days to excuse your student absence.

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 one week before the first planned day of absence. For additional attendance information is available on the school website.


Canyon Creek Elementary

 Moving or Homeschooling?

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

Keep Checking Out Those Library Books!

We hope your students are enjoying their library books.  We want to encourage families who have not participated yet to place their first order! For a complete introduction to the program, please see the Book Circulation Letter that went out to families in September. Here are some important reminders about our program.

  • The Book Delivery Form must be completed EACH TIME you are requesting books. For each Friday delivery, requests will be accepted until 3:30 pm on Tuesday of the same week (3 days before delivery day). If a form is not submitted, there will not be books on the bus or at the curbside for your student. Here is the schedule from now until the end of December:
    • Stops around the district (may be more convenient for EAP families but not restricted to EAP families!): 12/4, 12/18
    • Stops near Canyon Creek and Curbside:  12/11

The Book Delivery Form will include specific locations and times. Don’t forget to hit “SUBMIT”!!!

  • Returning Books: Please return library books to the bus stop or the curbside in the original bag labeled with your student’s name. In some cases, students may want to keep one book they already have, but the driver has 3 new books for them. We will make exceptions to go slightly over the 3-book limit in these situations. Please let your librarian know you would like to renew your book(s). If you decide you do NOT want new books one round, but still wish to return your books from last time, you may come to the bus stop or curbside without filling out the Book Delivery Form to return your books. Additionally, there will be a book return bin in front of the school office from 8:30 -11:00 am on Monday and Tuesdays if students cannot meet the bus driver to return their books.
  • Holds: Here are written instructions for How to Place a Hold. Students are allowed 3 holds at a time. They can check the status of their hold at any time by logging back into the library catalog and clicking on “My Info.” Families still need to submit the Book Delivery Form to pick up their holds, so we will know when/where you will be to pick up the books. Any holds that are ready 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), or we will just choose "surprise" books if there is no survey on file. One final note about Holds: Due to wanting to ensure we are sharing popular titles with our entire school population, we are limiting the number of holds for popular series to one hold at a time per student: Here are some examples but not a complete list: Dog Man, Harry Potter, Wings of Fire, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Baby Sitters Club Graphic Novels, Rick Riordan books, and Amulet Graphic Novels. This limitation is for each series only (in other words, it’s fine to place one hold on Dog Man and one hold on Harry Potter). We will delete holds that go over the "one at a time" limit. Thank you!  

For all other information, please refer to the Book Circulation Letter. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times when meeting at a bus stop or curbside. We hope to see you in this next round to loan you some new books!


COVID, Immunizations, Flu, and You

Winter Health News and Resources from Nurse Susan

Let’s All Stay Healthy!
Help keep yourself and your community healthy this year by:

  • Staying home if you are ill
  • Limiting your interaction with people outside your household
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and using hand sanitizer when soap and water isn't available
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth mask in shared spaces
  • Getting a flu shot to protect again influenza

Is it a Cold, Flu, or COVID?  Cold, Flu, or COVID?

During our COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to stay up to date on all scheduled vaccinations for children, so we don’t lose important community protections against other serious infections. Stay-at-home orders resulted in fewer visits to pediatricians and fewer vaccine doses being administered on schedule, leaving children at risk.

King County Public Health announced a new case of measles on November 11th. It’s a reminder that it is important to get your children caught up if your health visits have been delayed this year.

If you do not have a doctor, insurance, or know where to find an immunization clinic, see the attached clinic information or feel free to contact me.

 Immunization Resources 

Recursos para inmunización/vacunación

Flu & You
Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever. Reducing the spread of flu and the number of severe flu-related complications can help preserve capacity in our healthcare system to address the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Getting vaccinated has been shown to reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalization and death in children.

Finding a Flu Vaccine:
There are over 100 locations within 10 miles of our school that offer flu vaccines.  For location information, contact your health provider or go to

The Washington State Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost flu vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The pharmacies will not charge an administration fee, and no proof of residency or immigration status will be required. The list of nearby participating pharmacies is below

  • Safeway Pharmacy - 1715 Broadway Everett, WA 98201 (425) 339-9448
  • Safeway Pharmacy - 4128 Rucker Ave Everett, WA 98203 (425) 258-3552
  • Safeway Pharmacy - 15332 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133 (206) 539-5500

Flu & Young Children
Flu vaccination is especially important for children. Children younger than 5 years old–especially those younger than 2– are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.

Flu-A Guide for Parents

La influenza: una guía para los padres

COVID-19 and the Holidays

Safer Gatherings



Snohomish Health District Drive-Through Testing, available by appointment,

(Testing is free and available regardless of citizenship or immigration status at this location.)  or 425-339-5278

Pruebas de auto-servicio disponible por cita 

You can also visit the Department of Health's webpage to find COVID-19 testing locations throughout Washington State.

Mental and Emotional Well-being-community support and resources
Mental and Emotional Support Resources

WISHING you WELLNESS and HOPE, PERSEVERENCE and PATIENCE in these challenging times. Remember you are cared for in your Canyon Creek Community, so reach out to us if there is a challenge we may be able to help with. English is the only language I speak but I can always find a translator to help us communicate.

In Appreciation

Congratulation Caring Coyote Winners in November

November 6 Winners:

Kindergarten - Maaya A - Mrs. Vasatka
First - Khoi N. - Ms. Head
Second - Stella M. - Mrs. Goodspeed
Third - Marlo W. - Mrs. Mahoney
Fourth - Skyler H. - Mr. Inks
Fifth - Zaya H. - Mrs. Johnson

November 13 Winners:

Kindergarten a student in Mrs. Fleming class
First - John B. - Mrs. Lindley
Second - Derrick E. - Ms. Hodgson
Third - Mason L. - Ms. Munoz
Fourth - Kennedy C. - Ms. Hall
Fifth - Hana K. - Mrs. Brown

November 20 Winners:

Kindergarten - Maris J. - Mrs. Roland
First - Isaac A. - Mrs. Burns
Second - Lucas C. - Ms. Liedle
Third - Faith A. - Ms. Woo
Fourth - Kiara S. - Mr. Inks
Fifth a student in Mrs. Chidambaram class

Thank you to PTA for the staff's treat bag.


       Helping Hands

Thank you families and staff that donated to our Helping Hands Thanksgiving Drive.


SHOUT OUT to Melanie McKenzie, Nicole Trimble and Jennifer Snyder for helping organize the donations into full meal kits for 20 families in our school community.

PTA News

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 After School Enrichment — Starting  Soon!

We are excited to announce four (4) after school classes offered this winter! We are offering Hip Hop Dance Fitness, Chess, Art, and STEM with Legos. Registration opens on December 14th. Visit our website for more information and how to register.

 Anchored Families Online Course—     Free 6-month subscription 

Canyon Creek PTA is proud to be able to offer an amazing online course Anchored Families: 5 Must Have Tools in Your Parenting Toolbox including online live parent coaching sessions with Cher Anderton, MSW, LSWAIC (our Pandemic Parenting presenter). This program helps to support parents during this difficult time. Learn more and register with Canyon Creek PTA to receive free enrollment code.


   Helping Hands —Help us fulfill Holiday
   Wish Lists

We are gearing up for Holiday Wishlists!! The Canyon Creek Office Manager is collecting Wishlist information from our families who need a little help with holiday gift giving. If you want to help fulfill those lists, donate to our Helping Hands Fund!


  Spelling Bee

Canyon Creek PTA is thrilled to offer the Scripps Spelling Bee that will be administered online February 1st, 2021. Students, grades 3rd-5th, will be able to take the School Spelling Bee online on any device. Registration deadline is Tuesday, December 15th. Find more information here.


  How do I use QR Codes?

We wanted to share instructions about how to use a "QR code". It's basically a shortcut to a webpage! You CAN use a QR Reader app on your phone, but you don't have to. Now, your phone's built in camera will read it. You may have seen QR codes used on our banners and flyers. Visit our website for step by step instructions.




District News

Accelerated Models and Programs Department Message

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is working on the 2020-2021 testing plan for students with highly capable needs.

  • Students in grades 6 & 7 - We plan to begin by remotely administering the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing or are new to Northshore in grades 6 and 7. Our department will contact families of these students when we are ready to begin screening their student(s). Questions may be directed to
  • Students in grades K-5 - We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-5. Our department will update families when we can test.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department



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