Coyote Crier - February 2021

Dear Canyon Creek Families,

Staff and students have been plugging along and now we have the first semester under our belts. While I know that “normal” is still off in the distance, I am encouraged as I watch positive COVID-19 cases decrease in Snohomish and King Counties, and as vaccines are rolled out. Talk of returning some groups to school is also exciting.

While we look ahead to more opportunities for in-person learning, we are taking advantage of the learning opportunities we have right now. February is Black History Month. Since the abolishment of slavery, Black Americans have been fighting to have their stories told year-round. Teaching about their history, in February, is the least we can do to honor them. Did you know that National African American History Month had its origins in 1926 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week? By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. He called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

While Black History Month is a great time to examine critical moments of the African American experience, it is really something that we should be doing all year. While we have a long way to go in this department, this year or librarians and teaching staff have been working to examine the books and other media that we purchase and use with students. We are working to make sure that the resources we use reflect the diversity of our school, giving students the opportunity to see people like themselves represented, while also getting to learn about others through diverse characters and subjects. One of the ways we can bring our mission statement alive is by ensuring that kids see themselves reflected in the books and materials we use.

We are so thankful for the Canyon Creek PTA’s amazing support in collecting books for the school through their Windows and Mirrors Book Drive

In addition to February being Black History Month, this week is the Black Lives Matter Week of Action at School. When you hear “Black Lives Matter” a number of things may come to mind. At Canyon Creek, when we say Black Lives Matter, we want our Black and biracial students to know that we see them, care about them, and want to support them. Of course, we care about and want to support all of our students. We also want to take the time to put a spotlight on the lives that are most consistently impacted by racism and bias. We are excited to carry on the racial and social justice education that is built into Northshore Learns 3.0. Many teachers are engaging in age-appropriate read aloud and discussions that will help students understand race, prejudice and racism. They may be learning about how to be an up-stander as they listen to the book One. Many will spend time looking at themselves, exploring race and self-identity and writing “I Am” or “I Am From” poems. Some classes will look at picture books and see what the books tell the reader about race, whether explicitly or in more subtle ways. If you have questions about what your child specifically will be doing this week, your child’s teacher is a good place to start.  

I hope that this week, this month, and through the coming year, you and your family can engage in discussions about race, racism and social justice. Start by listening to A Kids Book About Racism together (read by the author, Jelani Memory on YouTube) or simply ask your children what they have been learning about. Ongoing, brief conversations are such a great way to support our children!

I hope that February and a week off of school for midwinter break bring many great moments for your family!


Bruce Denton

   Warm regards,

   Bruce Denton


In This Issue...

  • Dates to Remember
  • In the Know
    • 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration
    • School Report Cards
    • Attendance Line and Email
    • Help Create the 2020-2021 Yearbook
    • Fifth Grade Families - Music
    • Canyon Creek Care Team
    • Valentine Color Day
    • Student Material Pick-Up
    • Keep Ordering Those Library Books
  • In Appreciation
    • January Caring Coyote Winners
    • Canyon Creek students, families, and staff
  • PTA News
  • District News

Dates to Remember

No School Days

  • Feb 15 - President's Day
  • Feb 16-10 - Mid-Winter Break

Important Events

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • Feb 3, Feb 10, and Feb 24
  • Feb 25 - Material Pick-up

In the Know!

  2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

Registration is coming soon. To be notified by email or text message from the District when enrollment begins click here.


  School Report Cards

  First semester report cards were mailed via USPS on Monday, February    1st. 

Specialist Grading FAQ's: Please use the following link to view the CC Music and PE Grading Policy, following NSD's grading guidelines for remote learning.


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.

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.


Help Create the 2020-2021 Yearbook 

    It’s time to fill the pages with our favorite moments and experiences from
    this one-of-a-kind school year. 

Ways to get involved

There are ways to obtain photos for the 2020-2021 yearbook. Firefly needs parents and students to be involved to put some creativity in this yearbook. Here are some suggestions how to get involved:

  • Participate in the Front Cover Contest. The two runner ups will fill the back cover.
    • Student can draw and color in a picture (leaving a 1/2-inch border all around the picture)
    • Scan and submit drawing to Terri Jaenson at
    • Due by Friday, March 5
    • If your student's artwork is selected the original artwork would need to be handed into the office
  • Start capturing your students "school from home life"
    • selfies
    • experiences that are school related
    • images of their workstation
    • lunch time 
    • home PE/Recess
    • Start sending pictures to Lynnea Webb at

Information on how to order a yearbook will be sent out by email when available.

    Fifth Grade Families - Music

      Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Northshore Sings is an annual event for fifth grade students across the district. In “normal” times, fifth graders from each region learn songs with their school music teacher, then come together with fifth graders from other schools to form a large district choir. The middle school choir teachers lead a rehearsal one afternoon, everyone plays games, meet new friends, sing together, have pizza, and then put on a performance.

This year, Northshore Sings will look a little different. Fifth graders who wish to participate will learn songs with their school music teachers, have two virtual rehearsals with the middle school choir teachers via Zoom, and create a virtual “performance.”

We strongly encourage all fifth graders to participate in this wonderful event.

To participate, follow these steps:

  • View this Google Slides presentation for full details 
  • Complete this Google Form to register your child
    • registration is due February 12, 2021
  • Save the dates
    • Tuesday, March 2 from 7:00–8:00pm
    • Thursday, March 4 from 7:00–8:00pm

Questions? Please contact your child’s Canyon Creek music teacher (Betsy Baeskens, or Elliot Gray


Canyon Creek exterior archway

  Canyon Creek Care Team

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 (English) Canyon Creek Care Team Request Form at or (Spanish) Formulario de solicitud del equipo de atención de Canyon Creek en

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




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Student Material Pick-Up on Thursday February 25, 20201

This distribution is for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 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 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 - 4th grade & Social/Emotional
  • 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, February 25, bags will be available outside the main office door on Tuesday, March 2nd 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 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 16. 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:


Keep Ordering Those Library Books

Orders for library books may be placed weekly, at any location you choose. Here are some additional reminders:

  1. The Book Delivery Form must be completed EACH TIME you are requesting books. For each Friday delivery, requests will be accepted until 3:30pm 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 January
    • Stops near Canyon Creek and Curbside:  Friday, February 5, and Friday, February 26. 
    • Stops around the district (may be more convenient for EAP families but not restricted to EAP families!): Friday, February 12. 

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 8:30am-11:00am 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.
  • eBooks, Audiobooks, and Research Databases: Our district provides two different methods for students to check out eBooks and Audiobooks. We have our own large collection of digital titles, and the KCLS has a collection as well through our KCLS/NSD partnership (students use their student numbers for digital check outs instead of a library card). We also have wonderful subscription databases we provide to students for research. Usernames and passwords for these may not be shared outside of our Canyon Creek community. For directions on how to access all of these great resources, click here! Canyon Creek Digital Resources

Mrs. Beavo 1st, 2nd 5th (

Mrs. Fiser K, 3rd, 4th (


In Appreciation

Congratulation Caring Coyote Winners in December

January 8 Winners:

Kindergarten - Claire N. - Mrs. Hart
First Grade - Addison S. - Ms. Head
Second Grade - Ava L. - Ms. Valint
Third Grade - Micah C. - Ms. Holley
Fourth Grade - Student in Ms. Hart classroom
Fifth Grade - Student in Mrs. Larson classroom

January 15 Winners:

Kindergarten - Bode A. - Mrs. Roland
First Grade - Alex B. - Mrs. Axtell
Second Grade - Shine S. - Ms. Hodgson
Third Grade - Faizaan M. - Mrs. Mahoney
Fourth Grade - Mikayla W. - Ms. Hall
Fifth Grade - Winner M. - Mrs. Chidambaram

January 22 Winners:

Kindergarten - Student in Mrs. Vasatka classroom
First Grade - Student in Mrs. Burns classroom
Second Grade - Stella S. - Ms. Liedle
Third Grade - Samantha L. - Ms. Woo
Fourth Grade - Maxi P. - Mr. D'Entremont
Fifth Grade - Aarav S. - Mrs. Chidambaram

January 29 Winners:

Kindergarten - Arjun M. - Mrs. Roland
First Grade - Laila Z. - Mrs. Barton
Second Grade - David M. - Ms. Masterson
Third Grade - Kaiden D. - Mr. Clithero
Fourth Grade - Lucas L. - Mr. Inks
Fifth Grade - Noelle P. - Mr. Henderson


Canyon Creek students, families, and staff

On behalf of the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank, and the clients we serve each week, we want to thank you for your generous food donations from your recent food drive.  We are so grateful for your continued support and going the extra mile to make a food drive work this year!  

During this very challenging we greatly appreciate your help as we all work together to meet the needs of our community. 

Thank you again for helping us to help others!


Woodinville Storehouse Board of Directors 


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.

 Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for families, students, educators, and historians to deeply examine pivotal moments of the African American experience. During the month of February (or anytime) we hope you take a moment to look at these resources to gain a better understanding of Black History Month





Window and Mirrors Book Drive

To kick off the month of February, our PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee has organized a new program for Canyon Creek - the Windows & Mirrors Book Drive! All books will go to Canyon Creek classrooms and library. Each month we will focus on a different theme with intersectionality at the core. Learn more about the program and please consider donating.



2021-22 Executive Board Member Nominations

If you are looking to build your leadership skills, support your school, and help guide and shape the goals of Canyon Creek’s PTA or know someone who would be a good leader, the Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! They are currently seeking nominees to serve on 2021-22 Canyon Creek Elementary PTA Board. Learn more and contact the nominating committee.



 Anchored Families Online Course—     Free 6-month subscription 

Canyon Creek PTA is proud to be partnering with Cher Anderton, MSW, LSWAIC to offer an amazing online subscription ($180 value) to her asynchronous video classes and live parent coaching. Live sessions are twice a month. The next sessions are February 3rd and February 17th. Enroll free and learn the 5 must have tools to have in your parenting toolbox.


  Covid, Kids and Mental Health

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00pm! Melody Murray, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Children's Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Evaluator at Seattle Children's ER will be leading an interactive discussion on COVID, Kids and Mental Health. Registration is required. Learn more and register for Zoom link.


Coyote Connections 

Please join us on Monday, February 8th at 7:00pm for a virtual and informal chat with Canyon Creek parents and guardians. This is an opportunity to get acquainted and connect with Canyon Creek families. Our goal is for our Canyon Creek families to still feel connected, engaged, and supported even while our students are learning remotely. Register for Zoom link.




District News

Power & Service Outages

Power outages in the Pacific Northwest are a common occurrence during fall and winter months. Other service outages including internet and web-based instructional resources occur from time to time, even when power is maintained. Teaching and learning during Northshore Learns 3.0, although dependent on power and internet-based services, will continue during power or other service outages. Asynchronous learning during power or other service outages is expected; attendance will be determined based on student or family evidence of participation in asynchronous activities.

To ensure students, have access to online asynchronous learning activities in the event a teacher’s power is out, internet connection is cut, or another web-based service is down, teachers should ensure their course materials include information about how students can access online asynchronous lessons, such as those posted in the curriculum maps found in the Northshore Learns 3.0 Schoology Group. Teachers should also consider creating a folder or space within their Schoology course(s).

Click here for more information on the Northshore School District website.



Reopening Plan & Safety Protocols

The following plan was developed by District staff in preparation for a return to school and District buildings when it is safe to do so. The information in this handbook is intended to help everyone understand required safety protocols and know what to expect for every student and staff member. As the pandemic data and state response continue to evolve, District staff will continue to review, refine, and adjust this plan as needed. We remain grateful for their efforts.

The return to in-person learning will be most successful and have the best chance to be sustainable if we are all prepared and working together. We ask that you familiarize yourself and your students with the following health department protocols and CDC requirements.

Click here for more information on the Northshore School District website.





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