Creekside December Newsletter

December 6, 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • December 16 – PTSA General Meeting 7:00 PM in the Creekside Library
  • December 17 – Terra Musica & Marimba Concert, 7:00 PM
  • December 20 – Last day before break, 3:40 PM dismissal
  • December 23 – January 3 - Winter Holiday Break
  • January 10 – Bank Day
  • January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No school for students and staff
  • January 27 – Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for students

A word from Denise Smith, A.P.

Hello Creekside Community,

I am so fortunate to be Creekside’s new Assistant Principal this year. What a great place to be! I am originally from the Spokane area where I grew up, and spent my teaching career. I taught Special Education, 1st , and 2nd grade for 22 years. The last two years I was Principal at a rural K-5 school in Dayton, Washington near Walla Walla. Educating our children is my passion.

I have two children of my own. My daughter is now 23 and finishing up at WSU and will be applying to Medical School this spring. My son is 18 and attending Fullerton College in the LA area studying linguistics. I don’t get to see them as often as I like, but make the most of it when I do!

December 4 and 5 were parent teacher conferences. Teachers and students work hard to prepare. Conferences are an important time to share progress, questions, and team up to support student growth, both academically and socially. If you have not had a chance to view your student’s report card, you can log on to your Family Access, and click on the portfolio tab.

Becoming a part of the Creekside Family has been an amazing adventure; what a truly talented staff, and fabulous students and families. Have a wonderful December, stay warm! I look forward to getting to meet and knowing you better as the year goes on.

Thank you! Denise Smith

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Author Visit - January 15

You are invited to our Author Night Event on Wednesday, January 15th, 6:00-7:00pm at Creekside! Children's author, Simon Calcavecchia, will share his experience becoming a quadriplegic after a rugby accident, and his commitment as a way to motivate others, reduce stigma about disabled individuals and promote ideals of inclusion, which mirrors a key focus of the Issaquah School District. Join us for this inspirational night as we continue to build a school environment where all feel welcome and celebrated. RSVP at: by Monday, January 13th.

PBSES Corner

Dear Families,

Over the past couple months, our Second Step curriculum has focused on “skills for learning.” As part of that learning, students have been explored topics like, empathy, respect, listening to others, and taking different perspectives. These skills build the foundation for learning, being a member of a community and problem solving. Often, we are asked how families can support this learning at home. One idea is through the strategy of chores.


Did you know that kids who do chores are more likely to:

· have good relationships

· achieve academic and early career success

· become self-sufficient

Chores also teach kids:

· how to be empathetic

· how to be responsive to others’ needs

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Why Children Need Chores” This article summarizes the research around the use of chores and includes helpful hints for working with children to establish great habits.

Stephanie Wright & Allison Lehr

PBSES Coaches


Musical 'Notes'

Grade Level Music Performances - upcoming dates

All performances begin at 7:00 PM and occur in the MPR, unless otherwise noted. Stay 'tuned' for dates for grades K-3.

  • December 17 - Terra Musica and Marimba
  • April 7 - 4th Grade Recorder Concert
  • June 11 - 5th Grade Rock Concert

James Abernethy & David Johnson

Creekside Musical Team

What is a Family Partnership Liaison?

The Issaquah School District supports students' success by supporting families. Learn more about our Family Partnership Liaisons by following this link to the district's web page, or watch the video below to hear from Creekside's Family Partnership Liaison, Wenli Mithal. Mandarin and Spanish videos are also available.

Family Partnership Liaisons: Wenli Mithal

Counselor's Corner

Be on the lookout in the next week or so for a message from Ms. Hopp.

Greetings from the Library

Many thanks to the PTSA for hosting and staffing the Scholastic Book Fair! We hope you took care of most of your holiday shopping during the recent Parent Teacher conferences.

During conferences you may have heard about your child’s updated Fountas and Pinnell reading level. Did you know that you may search our catalog for books at this level? Second graders and above love to search the catalog! Use the drop down menu for “Reading Programs” and select Fountas and Pinnell. You may also search a range of levels…and remember, a book doesn’t need to be the ‘exact’ F & P level to be enjoyed together!

Happy Holidays to you and yours. We are grateful to be part of such a wonderful Creekside community!
Julie Siefkes and Meagan Rhodes
Creekside Librarians


Please visit: to check out all the cool Holiday Cards, as well as fun, personalized frames, cinch bags, calendars and more. They would make holiday shopping easy, while raising funds for Creekside. Happy Shopping!

News from the Issaquah School District

Preparing for winter weather

Please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For further information on school delays and closures, please click here

2nd grade highly capable testing

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.


The upcoming presentations for the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) Curriculum for the parents of Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Creekside, Discovery, and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools will be held on:

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 PM


Saturday, December 14, 9:00 AM

Each year we offer to parents/guardians of fifth grade students a district presentation of the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum prior to teaching the unit.

The presentation includes information about:

· Laws and district procedures

· How curriculum is presented in our classrooms

· Options for exempting students

The upcoming dates for these presentations are:

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 AM

All presentations are held at the Issaquah Administration Center:

5150 220th Ave. SE

Issaquah, WA 98029

Please know that the presentation begins on time and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

It is only mandatory to attend a presentation if a parent/guardian wants to exempt their student from the HIV/AIDS lessons.

Additional information about F.L.A.S.H. is available on our ISD website or by contacting Kris Coleman (425-837-7123)

Curriculum Adoption - Reading skills Parent survey

The ISD Teaching and Learning Department will review instructional reading materials for teaching foundational reading skills beginning in December 2019. During this literacy adoption, a district committee will review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations. As partners in your child’s education, we invite you to follow this link to complete a survey
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Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Creekside Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.