Dear Canyon Creek Families,
I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and safe during these challenging times. I have been thinking about you! What we are all doing now is nothing that we could have ever imagined, not in our lifetime. While the governor’s announcement about schools remaining closed for the remainder of the year evoked a sense of loss for many of us, I know it is in our best interest to continue with Northshore Learns 2.0.
Northshore Learns 2.0 is as much about the social and emotional connections our teachers have with kids as it is about academic learning. Teachers are using their Office Hours to connect with individual students or small groups of students to provide extra help, give feedback, or just check and connect. While class sessions include instruction, many teachers are using time for class meetings and helping students connect with each other. I hope that your child is also having opportunities to interact with other children.
As we have spent more and more time away from school, I have heard from parents expressing many feelings: fear or guilt about your child falling behind, frustration over your child not being willing to do school work at home, sheer exhaustion of working from home yourself while trying to care for and manage learning for your children, and/or worry about providing for the basic needs of your family. Trust me, you are not alone! Please prioritize the relationships in your family and your emotional well-being over following a rigid learning schedule.
Related to that, I want to share with you a quote with you that I saw on the “Teacher Goals” page on Facebook: “If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those four or more weeks is long gone.”
Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and others around you. Check in on those who may be living on their own, write a letter to the grandparents, and embrace this time, while not chosen, as a time to slow down and honor the time with each other. When we do go back to moving around town and back to school, what is it about this time that you would like to hold onto?
Everything we are all doing right now is hard! Do the best you can and give yourself (and those around you) grace. We are all doing what we are doing in a crisis situation and it isn’t normal. We are all experiencing loss and a huge disruption of our routines. It is okay to NOT be amazing. We will continue to do our best, too! We are here, alongside you, just a few clicks away, and know that we care so much about our Canyon Creek children and families.
In This Issue...
- Dates to Remember
- In the Know:
- Parent Input Form for Class Placement.
- Staff Appreciation Week
- Schedule Adjustment
- Yearbook Order
- Reporting an Absence/Correcting Attendance
- Kindergarten and New Student Enrollment
- Are You Moving Out of the Canyon Creek Area?
- Note From the Nurse
- In Appreciation
- PTA News
- District News
Dates to Remember
No School Days
- May 25 - Memorial Day
- May 8 - Parent Input Form Deadline
- May 13 - Last day to order school yearbook
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 8. The form will no longer be available after 4:00pm on Friday. click here for form
Staff Appreciation Week: May 4-8
Did you know that this week is Staff Appreciation week? At Canyon Creek we take this as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all school staff. It takes many people in many different positions to support students and make the school run smoothly. If your circumstances allow it, I hope you and your child take this time as an opportunity to, let teachers and other school staff members know how much you recognize and appreciate their hard work. Everyone enjoys receiving a thoughtful note or a friendly email that reminds them that they are appreciated.
We will shift the instructional day of Monday, May 25 to Tuesday, May 26. Students who are supported in Special Education programs should work with their teacher of Special Education on Tuesday, and not with their general education teacher.
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. Click here for online purchase
Please take a moment to review your students' attendance through ParentVue. To report your absent or if they are unable to participate, email the teacher and attendance at email@example.com. This will allow attendance to reflect the correct status for your student.
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 is in progress for the 2020-2021 school year. Please register your 2020-2021 Kindergartner as soon as possible now.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com as soon as possible, with the following information:
- Name of child
- This year's teacher
- New address
- New school
Note from the Nurse
I trust this newsletter finds our students, families and staff taking care of yourselves, your families and friends by staying home, healthy, and safe. While school is not in session, I am still working from home and am available for questions or concerns via email. Feel free to reach out and contact me during (what used to be) school hours. I have listed resources below that might be helpful.
A district wide procedure is currently being developed for safe pickup of medications. Unless you have an urgent need or shortage of a needed medication at home, please wait for more information regarding this. If you have an emergent need for the medication stored at school, you may contact the nurse. Nurse Susan's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Thank you to the Asha-Jyothi, Seattle Chapter, non-profit organization and Gopi Kancheti, Coordinator for the generous $2000.00 donation of Safeway gift cards to support our Helping Hands families!
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!
Fifth Grade: Navkiran K.
Fifth Grade: Preston M.
Canyon Creek Humanitarian Award
Congratulations to the following students, recipients of the Canyon Creek Humanitarian Award.
- Sarah A.
- Leo F.
- Evelyn N.
- Ethan W.
- Alex B.
- Max M.
- Willow T.
- Dylan L.
- Aubrey M.
- Jaisathvik N.
- Clemence C.
- Evan J.
- Gavin J.
- Vihaan M.
- Coen U.
- Mikayla W.
- Shreya B.
- Caeden K.
- Noelle P.
- Piper S.
- Nella S.
- Jack T.
- Josie A.
- Kaiden B.
- Landon C.
- Baxter D.
- Navkiran K.
- Eli L.
- Preston M.
- Sneha N.
- Isabela P.
- Reese P.
- Sai R.
- Zach R.
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.
Canyon Creek PTA needs YOU!
Our organization is entirely volunteer-based. Please consider volunteering and helping us to meet our mission of supporting programs that serve every student, building community, and celebrating the diversity of our school.
For more information and to see what is available, go here.
PTA Membership Meeting
Join us for our last membership meeting of this school year. We will elect the 2020-21 PTA Executive Board, adopt our 2020-21 PTA budget and announce our PTA award winners. This meeting is Tuesday, May 19th starting at 7pm via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom information for the meeting, please email Melanie Mckenzie at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing YOU!!!!
Canyon Creek Teachers and Staff Make a Difference Every Day
Even though we are not at the school campus, during the week of May 4-8th we can still show them our appreciation. To learn more and see our suggestions, go here. We know that any thoughts of thanks shared with staff will mean a lot to them. Have fun and stay safe!
Help Keep Kids Safe
We have worked with Super Sitters LLC to offer an ONLINE class focused on teaching students how to stay safe when home alone.
Sign your student up to take their online class, Safe Kids 101 Home Alone.
- Who: Students ages 9-13 are eligible for the class (open to Canyon Creek and Skyview 6th grade students).
- When: 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday, May 12th & Wednesday, May 13th - ONLINE!!
- Cost: Class fee is $50.00 per student and includes a Safe Kids 101 book (books will be mailed to you so please make sure you have the correct address on file with 6Crickets)
Registration OPEN NOW until May 6th through 6Crickets. For more information, go here.
Food and Nutrition Reimbursements
For students leaving the district who have money remaining on their school meal account, we are providing three options for those funds:
- Receive a refund check: A check will be mailed to the address in your student's record.
Transfer to a sibling: We are only able to transfer funds to one sibling.
- Donate to students in need: Your remaining meal balance will be used to provide meals for Northshore School District students in need.
- Please make your selection by completing this form.
For families of students in grades K-11, no action is needed.
Meal account funds will roll over to the 2020-21 school year. However, if you would like a refund or to donate your current balance to a Northshore student in need, complete this form.
Volunteers and Community Partners
We are so grateful for all of the amazing volunteers who have stepped up to help the Northshore community! While volunteers have limited opportunities during these virtual times, we do have opportunities at the District level for those interested in helping students receive meals and devices. Volunteers who are looking for ways to support our students. click here
Free Meals for Children
We are committed to providing access to the nutrition Northshore students need. While schools are closed, we are offering free meals for all children.
New Order Times
Families need to order meals between noon and midnight the day before meals are needed. For example, if you need a meal on Monday you must order it Sunday afternoon.
Las familias deben ordenar las comidas entre el mediodía y la medianoche del día anterior a las comidas. Por ejemplo, si necesita una comida el lunes, debe pedirla el domingo por la tarde.
- Free meals for children ages 18 and younger
- Free breakfast will be delivered with each meal
- Children do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District
- Meals must be preordered the day before between noon and midnight.
- So we are able to continue serving families, most meals will be served cold and ready to heat at home.
- Please practice social distancing if you are waiting in line to pick up a meal.
Click here to go to the NSD site
Technology is Still Available
Students can still get devices if they need them. All families should contact the Student Technology Support Line at 425-408-7669 (even families that initially requested a device from your campus but never picked it up). Technology staff will support families in scheduling an appointment to pick up a device.
School Supplies for Students Who Need Them
Using our Resources to Meet Unexpected Needs
When students and teachers were called away from schools in March, we didn't think it would be for the rest of the school year.
Now over a month in, some students are struggling to get their school work done because many of the supplies are provided for students at school.
The Northshore Schools Foundation is putting the surplus of school supplies from our annual Backpacks for Kids Drive, into the hands of students who need them.
If your student needs school supplies, request click here
Childcare During COVID-19 School Closure
Northshore School District has partnered with Champions and Northshore YMCA to support families experiencing childcare hardships during the time all district schools are closed due to the coronavirus health crisis.