Coyote Crier - April 2020

Dear Canyon Creek Families,

Wow! It can be overwhelming to keep up with all of the messages, news, and public announcements we are all receiving so frequently lately. So, I will keep this fairly short.

Although our focus has been on COVID-19, our school closure, and distance learning, I would still like to take a moment to thank our amazing PTA. Our school is blessed to have the support of an active PTA. It is the strongest PTA I have been fortunate enough to work with during my years working in schools. Our PTA is organized and has a broad volunteer base, with many volunteers sharing the load in serving the school community. Your efforts help make Canyon Creek a great place for students and families. I cannot thank you enough for all of the time, energy, resources and talent you share with our students and staff. Thank you, Canyon Creek PTA; we appreciate all that you do for our school!

This week is Spring Break, so many teachers will unplug from distance learning to spend time with their families. Personally, in addition to spending time with my wife and son, I will be spending some time on household projects, including getting a nursery ready for our daughter who will be joining us at the end of May. Even though we have been away from school, the last month has been pretty crazy and has included a lot of ups and downs. This week will be helpful for staff members to rest and reenergize for the remainder of our school year and whatever that holds.

I am sure that many of you had plans for the break that have now gone out the window. While our current circumstances in the world may not be ideal for vacations, I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy time together, a change in routine, and a slower pace. If your family is in a place where maintaining a routine will be more helpful, remember that there are a variety of resources for learning at home on our Canyon Creek Away-From-School Hub and the Northshore Website. Thank you for helping our community, state and nation stay safe by staying home. Stay healthy!

   Sincerely,

   Bruce Denton
   Principal
   bdenton@nsd.org

 

In This Issue...

  • In the Know
    • Champions has space
    • Yearbook Orders
    • Parent Input Form
    • Kindergarten and New Student Enrollment
    • Are You Moving Out of the Canyon Creek Area?
    • School Nurse News
  • District News

In the Know!

  Champions Has Space

  The Champions crew has continued to provide 
  childcare during our school closure. They have
  been able to provide amazing care to families
  who are experiencing great levels of stress and anxiety in this season. They have partnered with the NSD and King/Snohomish County Health Departments to provide crucial tools and techniques on increased sanitation methods including support from the custodial staff. Their teams have modified group games and materials to be safe for the kids to use. Classroom ratios have decreased from 1:15 to a 1:9 ratio; which has allowed us to safely roll out our educational curriculum with social distancing and social emotional learning at the forefront. They still have plenty of spaces available. If you are in need of childcare during the school closure, please visit Northshore / Bothell Champions Registration. Families do not have to be currently enrolled in Champions nor do they need to attend the Northshore School District to take part in Champions.
 

  Yearbook Orders

  Firefly has made online yearbook purchasing
  available. Pricing will not change.  If you have   
  already placed an order, there is no need 
  to order again online. 

For online purchase:

https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/MemoryBook/index.html

OR

Mail form to:
Bob Riner
Firefly Images
14512 16th Pl. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98087
 

 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 
 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 8.

click here for form


Kindergarten and New Student Enrollment

Northshore School District has moved to an online enrollment process this year.  Click here to access the online enrollment portal.

Kindergarten Registration:
Kindergarten registration is in progress for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please register your 2020-2021 Kindergartner as soon as possible.

If you have internet access use the online enrollment option. However, if you do not have internet access or would prefer paper copies please contact our Registrar, Terri Jaenson, by email: tjaenson@nsd.org.

Please inform any families you know, that may have a 2020-2021 Kindergarten student of our enrollment process. Encourage them to access our online registration system on the Northshore School District website.

New Student Enrollment:
Families who are new to the District and are enrolling students for the 2020-2021 school year can also utilize this process.

Enrolling your student early in the year helps our school plan for incoming students and ensure we meet our staffing needs.  Please share this message with your neighbors.

 

 Are You Moving Out of the Canyon Creek   Area?

 If your child(ren) WILL NOT be returning to Canyon   Creek for the 2020-2021 school year, please notify our   Registrar, Terri Jaenson at tjaenson@nsd.org as soon                                     as possible, with the following information:

  • Name of child 
  • Grade
  • This year's teacher
  • New address
  • New school 


School Nurse News

I trust this newsletter finds our students, families and staff taking care of yourselves, your friends, and your families by staying home, healthy, and safe. While school is not in session, I am still working at home and available for questions or concerns via phone or email (preferred). Feel free to reach out and contact your school nurses during school hours.  

New NSD Community Assistance Web Page:
During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community has come together to provide assistance to families in need. The following organizations are ready to help with food, housing, healthcare and more.  click here

Susan Monette-Czarnecki, RN, BSN
smonetteczarnecki@nsd.org
Canyon Creek School Nurse

Additional Information:
Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding actual risks to yourself and the people you care about can help make an outbreak less stressful.

Health department phone lines and call centers have been difficult to navigate due to call volumes but that number is listed below:

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, you may call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. 

Alternative sources of COVID-19 information and community resource lists are on the NSD website. click here

Northshore Meals for kids: click here
Health Resources: click here
Community Assistance: click here
Northshore Learns: click here
Childcare Support: click here


District News

Device Distribution


All device distribution is now being facilitated out of the Support Services Center. All distribution is appointment-based, allowing the technology team to control the number of people entering the building and ensure safe interactions for families and staff. Distribution will be paused over Spring Break, resuming on Monday, April 13. Please review the processes below:

  • Student/Family Device/Hotspot Requests: Families, please contact the Student Technology Support Line at 425-408-7669. Technology staff will make an appointment for you to pick up a device.
  • Student Device/Hotspot Damage or Lost: Any damage or lost device should be reported to the Student Technology Support line at 425-408-7669. Technology staff will support families in obtaining a replacement device via an appointment at the Support Services Center.

Is your student starting Kindergarten this fall? We are now accepting enrollment applications!  Visit our Kindergarten page to learn about the process and to find special Kindergarten events at your school. Click here for additional information.


2020-2021 School Year Calendar

For our district, this has been quite a year. And with a community like ours, we continue to meet every challenge thoughtfully, creatively, and with an eye toward the future. Such is the case with planning for the 2020-21 school year. We worked collaboratively with NSEA on a calendar that considered the needs of our families and staff. Today, we finalized dates for elementary conferences, and we now have an approved calendar. So, barring any unusual circumstances, this is the calendar for the 2020-21 school year. Of course, if any unusual circumstances do arise, we will be ready because We are Northshore! Together, all things are possible… Click here