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Dear Canyon Creek Families,

Wow! What a year! Despite the challenges of starting the year remote and later transitioning to hybrid, I know that our Coyotes have grown physically, academically and socially. I am thankful for all of the learning and growth that has taken place. Thank you for hanging in with us through the year and making it work, despite the challenges.

In addition to planning so we can end the year strong, this is the time of year when we look forward to next year. We think about what has just passed and consider what we have learned in order to do more or do better next year. We have begun working on our Strategic Action Plan for next year, hiring is underway, and classes are being formed. Teachers are starting to work on curriculum maps and considering how they want to grow as professionals in the coming year.

The Canyon Creek staff has been working to make our mission statement a reality:

At Canyon Creek Elementary, we are a supportive, inclusive community that values and inspires social-emotional, intellectual, and physical growth at school and beyond. We provide the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute positively in our diverse, evolving society.

We are fortunate to partner with our fabulous PTA in our efforts. I would like to highlight a few projects that are contributing to making our school supportive and inclusive. One of these projects is the Column Art Project. Your family can help make our school a more welcoming, inclusive space for our students and families. The Canyon Creek PTA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is partnering with Canyon Creek Elementary to start a "Welcome" Column Art Project! Families are invited to create art including the word welcome in another language. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 18th. Learn more about this project.

Our PTA has also organized the Windows & Mirrors Book Drive, which is providing books to our library and classrooms. Each month has focused on a different theme with intersectionality at the core. June is focused on finding and purchasing books that celebrate how LGBTQ+ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.

Why is this important? In short, representation matters. All of our students deserve to see people like themselves and their families in the books and resources they access at school. Whether we are aware of it or not, we serve students who are part of LGBTQ+ community, or who have family members who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. If we are really going to say that all students are included here, we need to show that we see all students. “When students don’t see themselves reflected in their class- room curriculum, it gives them the impression that they are not valued, that something must be wrong with them,” says Sandra Osorio, assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. It is Northshore’s commitment that all of our students are seen and heard. This commitment aligns with Goal 2 of the District’s Strategic Plan, which aims to shape responsible, resilient, empathetic learners who value diverse cultures and perspectives. All donated books will go to benefit Canyon Creek Elementary library and classrooms. Learn more.

As we wrap up the year and summer vacation approaches, I wish the best for the students, families, and teachers who won’t be back at Canyon Creek in the fall. I hope that you look back on your time at Canyon Creek fondly and that your next school experiences are great ones. For all those who will be returning next year, have a wonderful summer. I hope your days are filled with books, family, laughter and fun!


 Best Wishes,  

 Bruce Denton




In This Issue...

  • Dates to Remember
  • In the Know:
    • Preparing for the End-Of-Year

    • Early Pick-up and Late Arrivals

    • Yearbook Distribution

    • Student Report Card

    • 2021-2022 Kindergarten/New Student Registration is Open Now

    • Are You Moving Out of Canyon Creek Area?

    • Summer Office Hours

    • News from the School Nurse

    • Information of Next School Year 2021-2022

    • News from the Library

  • In Appreciation:
    • Thank You
    • Congratulations Caring Coyotes for May
  • PTA News
  • District News

Important Events 

  • Wednesday, June 9
    • Device and Supply Return 9:30am-1:00pm
    • Summer Device Exchange (by appointment only)
  • Tuesday, June 15
    • Rainbow Spirit Day (wear as many colors as possible)
    • In-class Device Return for 4th and 5th Grade (cohort A)
    • Device and Supply Return 3:30pm-9:00pm

    • Hybrid 'A' Yearbook Distribution
  • Wednesday, June 16
    • Device and Supply Return 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Medication Pick-Up w/ Nurse Susan 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Remote Distribution
    • Remote Yearbook Pick-up
  • Thursday, June 17
    • Rainbow Day (wear as many colors as possible)
    • 5th grade Car Parade 4:00pm-4:30pm
  • Friday, June 18
    • In-class Device Return for 4th and 5th Grade (cohort B)
    • Hybrid 'B' Yearbook Distribution
    • Last Day of School
  • Monday, June 21
    • Device and Supply Return Date 9:00am-12:00pm

In the Know!

Preparing for the End-Of-Year 

Student device and supply return dates:

Collection dates and times: 

  • Wednesday, June 9 - 9:30am-1:00pm
    • Device return for all students who have access to a personal device at home, or are checking out a device for summer, allowing them to participate in instruction for the remainder of the school year.

    • **Summer Device Exchange** You must fill out the summer device request before June 9th. Summer device(s) will only be given out if the summer Device Request Form has been completed before June 9th.

  • Tuesday, June 15 - 3:30pm-6:00pm
    • Cohort A Plan: 4th/5th graders will turn in devices on Tuesday during class. (Cohort B will have asynchronous work offline.)
      • Monday, June 14: Teachers will send home printed device return form for parents to sign and a plastic bag for students to return devices in. 

      • Tuesday, June 15: Teachers send lesson Packets for Thursday/Friday.

    • Cohort A, B, and Remote: K-3rd grade will turn in devices and materials between 3:30pm-6:00pm. All families are welcome to drop off if this time works best.
  • Wednesday, June 16 - 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Cohort A, B, and Remote: Device/*Material Turn-In for ALL students! 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Medication Pick-up w/ Nurse Susan
    • Remote Only Teacher Distribution/Collection:  9:00am-12:00pm
      • 3rd grade - 9:00am-10:00am
        • Clithero and Munoz 
      • Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade - 10:00am-11:00am
        • McDonnell, Masterson, Forsman, McGrew, and C. Hart
      • 3rd grade, 4th grade - 11:00am-12:00pm
        • Wheeler/Burkett, S. Hart, Wong, and Vancour 
  • Friday, June 18
    • Cohort B Plan: 4th/5th grade will turn in devices on Friday during class. (Cohort A will have asynchronous work offline.)
    • Thursday, June 17: Teachers will send home printed device return form for parents to sign and a plastic bag for students to return devices in.
  • Monday, June 21
    • Cohort A, B, and Remote: Device/*Material Turn-In for ALL students! 9:00am-12:00pm.
    • Medication Pick-up with Nurse Susan

*Material/Items that will collected:

  • Library Books
  • Classroom Books
  • Book Room Books
  • Textbooks (Science & 4th/5th EAP Math)
  • Scissors, Rulers, Protractors
  • Math White Boards
  • Recorders (grades 4th and 5th)
  • Sensory Tools/Sets
  • Headphones

Medication Pick-up Information:

When you should pick up your students medication:

  • Wednesday, June 16  
  • Monday, June 21
  • Additional Information:
      • Photo identification will be required for anyone picking up medication.
      • Contact the nurse if you anticipate problems picking up medication or if you have an urgent need for the medication stored at school.
      • Medications cannot be stored over the summer.
      • Leftover medications will be disposed of at 5:00pm on Monday, June 21st.
      • Any additional questions, email nurse Susan:

Drop-Off Protocols for Families:

  • Before you arrive at your drop-off date:
    • Prepare a sign with your child’s last/first name and teacher’s name. Display this sign so that it is clearly visible at the front of your vehicle (attached to windshield visor or propped up on the dash).
    • Sort your materials in this way:
      • First stop
        • Classroom book(s), book room book(s), textbooks (Science & 4th/5th EAP Math, scissors, rulers, protractors, math white boards, recorders (4th and 5th grade), sensory tools/sets and headphones - put items together in a plastic bag(s).
      • Second stop
        • Library books - put items together in a plastic bag(s).
      • Third stop
        • Technology - put items together in a plastic bag(s).
      • Fourth stop
        • Medication (if applicable)


    • You must be ready to hand materials to staff through your passenger-side window.
    • Face masks are to be worn for the safety of everyone.
  • Drop off directions:
    • Please be respectful of our Canyon Creek neighbors and do not line up early.
    • Cars will enter the line from the front main entrance off of 35th Ave.
    • Display your pre-made sign indicating the student’s last name in the front windshield.
    • Remain in a single file line along the curb. Continue pulling forward as you are able. There will be staff directing you.
    • Drop off will occur in the front of the school, along the curb. No parking is allowed.
    • Pull as far forward as possible along the curb.
    • Once you are stopped along the curb at the front of the school, a staff member will take materials you are dropping off (Staff will hold a box, and you will put your child’s bag of materials in. Library books will be collected also.) Then, staff will hand you your child’s pick up items.
    • Staff may not touch your car. You may not exit your vehicle to get things out of the trunk or the back seat.


Early Pick-up and Late Arrival

If you are going to pick-up or have a late arrival, please send your student(s) teacher and CC: the attendance office ( an email.


Information in the email:

  • Students full name
  • Teacher name
  • What date and time you will pick up or drop off your student

When you arrive on campus park your car. Call the main office at 425-408-5700 from your car.

  • Picking Up Early:  We will ask you to stand in the breeze way between the office and gym and wait for your student. We have directed our student(s) to meet their parents at that location. The office must see you and your child together.
  • Dropping Off Late: We will ask you to stand in the breeze way between the office and gym and wait with your student. The staff member will need to verify the Health Check Form has been completed as well as take your student(s) temperature. The staff member will then let you know when you are free to go.

Campus remains CLOSED to all parents and visitors.



Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be given to the teacher of students who are attending class on campus.

  • Hybrid A
    • Tuesday, June 15
  • Hybrid B
    • Friday, June 18

Remote Students will be able to pick-up their yearbook:

  • Wednesday, June 16 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Reminder: Yearbooks were made to order. The office DOES NOT have any extra to purchase.



  Student Report Cards

  Report cards will be mailed Friday, June 25, 2021, including school supply list   and 2021-2022 school calendar.




2021-2022 Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Open Now

Do you have a child who will be 5 by the end of August? It's time to register for kindergarten! Enrolling your student now helps schools plan for incoming students and ensure we meet our staffing needs.

Northshore School District uses an online enrollment process. Please click here to go to the District enrollment page. Families who are new to the District and are enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year can also utilize this process. If you have any questions, please email our Registrar: Terri Jaenson at Registrations should be submitted ASAP.

Please help spread the word and tell friends and neighbors.

Image Moving Away From Canyon Creek?


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



Summer Office Hours

The Canyon Creek office will remain closed through the end of June 2021. The office will reopen again Monday, August 9th hours are 8:00am-3:00pm. Check the school website for upcoming events and news for the fall school year.  Enjoy the summer!


News from the School Nurse

What to do now and planning for next school year.

Medications for 2021-2022 School Year:

New Medication Forms must be completed by the parent/guardian and health care provider for the 2021-22 school year. Medication authorization forms expire at the end of each school year and medication cannot be stored over the summer. Make sure you make your request to the health care provider before August. Clinics get very busy and may not be able to complete your request if submitted after mid- August.

Medication Authorization Forms can be found on the NSD website. click here

Students with Life Threatening Conditions:

Per state law, medication/treatment forms signed by health care provider and parent/guardian, all supplies, and a health care plan must be in place before the first day of school attendance. You must contact the nurse to prepare or update the health care plan the week before school starts to prepare for your student’s safe attendance. A telephone or in-person appointment may be scheduled by contacting the nurse by email or phone. Let me know if you need an earlier meeting time.

Nurse Susan Contact Info: 425-408-5706 or

Immunization Reminder:

Immunization requirements must be up to date before the first day of school attendance in the 2021-22 school year. Immunization Requirements: click here

School Nurse Substitutes are Needed:

Are you a Registered Nurse who might be interested in exploring the rewards of school based nursing, supplementing work hours or simply maintaining nursing licensure credentials? We would love to discuss available opportunities as a substitute school nurse with the Northshore School District -- this is a great way to transition into community nursing with K-12 school age children.


Cindy Mato

Health and Nursing Supervisor
425-408-7728 /


Information for Next School Year 2021-2022:

First Day of School:

  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021 for 1st through 5th grade.
  • For Kindergarten start dates, check the Northshore School District website. click here

School Times:

TBD - please monitor our school website. click here

Welcome Back to School:

Our 'Welcome Back to School' festivities (New Family Tours, Classroom Open House and PTA Ice Cream Social) are currently on hold. An update will be sent out to parents when we have more information.

You should expect to receive class placement information by email before the end of August.


News from the Library

We hope your students have enjoyed the book delivery program this year, and we are looking forward to welcoming our students back into the library (hopefully!) next school year! All student library books were due June 4thIf your child still has books at home, please return them to school as soon as possible. Hybrid students can bring them to the classrooms, and remote students can drop them off in a box outside the main office daily between 9:30am-2:30pm. If that time does not work for remote families, please contact Mrs. Beavo at to make other arrangements. All books not returned by the end of the school year will result in a library fine for any lost books. Fees will follow 5th graders to middle school and students will not be able to get an ASB card or participate in school sports if there are any outstanding elementary school fines. You should have received an itemized list of books on your child's account through an automated email from the NSD Library System. If you did not receive this, please let us know.

We hope your child will take advantage of the KCLS and/or Sno-Isle Summer Reading Programs! Mrs. Fiser presented information about the KCLS program in the June 2nd library lesson on Schoology, so please refer to the lesson for more information. Here are direct links to the two programs:

KCLS Summer Reading Program (starts June 1st):

Sno-Isle Summer Reading Program (starts June 21st):

Have a wonderful summer and KEEP READING!

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



... to the PTA Staff Appreciation Committee for providing staff with treats throughout the year. It’s always nice to feel so special. Thank you.

... to the PTA Art Docent Volunteers for making videos of the art lessons and sharing it with our teachers. Also for the clay watercolors and pastels.

... PTA for your 'thinking' outside the box to include and support our students with popcorn.

... PTA for the $75.00 staff grants.

... to our community for supporting Helping Hands and making life easier for families.

And thank you to our PTA for the incredible support throughout the school year. We’ve enjoyed wonderful Staff Appreciation and other events.  THANK YOU!

A Fond Farewell…

We say goodbye to the following staff:

Jodi Ehlers

Krista Frederickson  

Sara Hart 

Sonja Head - Woodin Elementary

Karen Rogers - Retiring

Lynnea Webb - Crystal Springs


Thank you to our log term substitutes:

Lindsay Forsman

Gerald Mackenzie

Danielle Wheeler


Congratulation Caring Coyote Winners in May

May 7th, 2021

Kindergarten - Vivaan K. - Mrs. Vasatka

First Grade - Camryn A. - Mrs. Barton

Second Grade - Logan B. - Ms. Valint

Third Grade - Ben T. - Ms. Holley

Fourth Grade - Denali O. - Mr. Inks

Fifth Grade - Wesley W. - Mrs. Ducotey


May 14th, 2021

Kindergarten - Fatima J. - Mrs. Roland

First Grade - Hudson L. - Mrs. Axtell

Second Grade - Cynthia E. - Mrs. Vagt

Third Grade - Cody B. - Mrs. Mahoney

Fourth Grade - Isaiah D. - Mrs. Weinstein

Fifth Grade - Saniru E. - Mrs Chidambaram


May 21st, 2021

Kindergarten - Izzy S. - Mr. Rettig

First Grade - Alec N. - Mrs. Lindley

Second Grade - Axton B. - Mrs. Hilgers

Third Grade - Zoe L. - Ms. Nuss

Fourth Grade - Cali LM. - Ms. Hart

Fifth Grade - Chloe B. - Mrs. Johnson


May 27th, 2021

Kindergarten - Chase Y. - Mrs. Vasatka

First Grade - Drew S. - Mrs. Barton

Second Grade - Jett C. - Mrs. Vagt

Third Grade - Ava F. - Ms. Woo

Fourth Grade - Ivana P. - Ms. Wong

Fifth Grade - Vanshi P. - Ms. Johnson



PTA News

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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. We are still looking for a Library Brigade Chair, Website Assistant Editor, Special Ed Representative, Reflections Chair and more!  Visit our website to learn how you can get involved. 



Canyon Creek Spirit Wear “Inspiration” Design Contest   

Help INSPIRE our Spirit Wear Design! We are looking for designs to be used for printing OR as inspiration for the spirit wear design. Our deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, June 30th! Learn how to participate.



“Signs of Summer” 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. Start playing now! Scavenger hunt ends on Sunday, June 13th.  Learn how to join and start playing today.



June Windows & Mirrors Book Drive!

June brings a new focus for our DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Windows & Mirrors Book Drive. Donate to our Windows & Mirrors Book Drive, providing books focused on LGBTQ+ Pride. All donated books will go to benefit our Canyon Creek library and classrooms. Learn more about the program and please consider donating.



Column Art Project – Need Your Help!

We want our school to be a welcoming, inclusive space for our students and families. Canyon Creek PTA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is partnering with Canyon Creek Elementary to start a Column Art Project!  Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 18thLearn more about this project and how your family can get involved.


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




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