Creekside Elementary E-NEWS

November 1, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • November 4 - Otter Wear Order Deadline
  • November 5 - Picture Retakes and Makeups - For retakes, please return complete package on picture day and let your child's teacher know that you would like a retake.
  • November 8 - Veterans Day Assembly 9:30 - 10:30
  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No School for Staff and Students
  • November 14 - Reflections Reception 7:00 - 8:00PM
  • November 28, 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School for Staff and Students
  • December 4, 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Details from your child's teacher

Message FRom Tera & Denise - Student Safety AT Drop off & pick up

Student safety is very important to all of us at Creekside Elementary! Please read the safety rules and review the Student Drop-Off map. The Safety Rules can be found on the Creekside website (Click on “Our School” then under “Forms and Regulations” click on “Parking and Traffic Safety”). Please notice: For your student’s safety only drop-off and pick-up at the curb directly in front of Creekside, as labeled on the Student Drop-Off Plan map. Please do not drop your student off in the parking lot, this can create a dangerous situation for students to find their way to the front of the school through the line of cars. Please also do NOT drive into oncoming traffic when arriving to pick up your child(ren). If police are present when you do this, they will give you a ticket as it is illegal and unsafe for the rest of our traffic entering and exiting the school property.

Student safety begins with you! While in the pick-up and drop-off lane, please follow the rules below to ensure that all students are safe at all times.

  • Adults stay in car at all times. If you need to assist your child getting in or out of the car, you will need to park rather than use the drop off/pick up lane.
  • Students are ready to exit. Have coats on and backpacks/lunches nearby when you leave your house rather than waiting until it is time to exit.
Say your "Good byes", "I love yous" and reminder of the pick up plans as soon as you enter the parking lot.
  • Drive slowly. Plan your drop off time so that it allows for traffic. If you are on a tight schedule, taking the bus, walking or carpooling is a better option than arriving to school late or speeding through the neighborhood and/or parking lot.
  • Engage civilly. Moments of frustration are bound to occur, especially when safety is a concern. Remembering our Culture of Kindness and our District's Civility Regulation are important.

Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences are December 4 and 5. We will use Family Access Conference Scheduler to sign up for conferences. Conference Scheduler is now open and will close on November 18th at 8:00 AM.

Log onto your Family Access Account and you will find Teacher Conferences listed on the left. Click here for complete directions on how to log in and sign up. Once you are to this page, directions for elementary conferences are on the right.

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Fall Classroom Fees are Past Due!

Classroom fees assessed August through October are now past due. There are 94 families with outstanding fees/fines at this time. Please log onto Pay Online to review and pay all outstanding fees/fines. The purchase of these items is required. Contact the office should you be in need of a scholarship. Questions regarding the specific items should be directed to the teacher. Follow the instructions on the Pay Online landing page for login and/or password reset information. Thank you.

Counselor's Corner

Dear Creekside Families,

It is hard to believe that it’s November already! This month I will be continuing with bullying prevention lessons in all classrooms.

Students will learn how to:

• Recognize the difference between bullying behavior and mean behavior

• Report bullying to a caring adult

• Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others

• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

For bullying prevention to work, everyone at school needs to be involved. Our staff are trained how to: recognize and respond to bullying, support students who have been bullied, correct behaviors of students who are bullying, and use strategies that support a positive school and classroom climate.

We need your help, too! Let us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if they are being bullied. Give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.

Bullying Prevention Resources for Families:

Is it Rude, Mean or Bullying?

Upcoming Events:

Nov 1- Taproot Theater Bullying Prevention Assembly

· 1:30-2:15- 3rd-5th grades

· 2:30-3:15- K-2nd grades


Ms. Hopp

School Counselor


PBSES Message

Upcoming Community Events for Families to support students’ Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Save the Kids

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sammamish Presbyterian Church

7:00 – 8:00pm

Families are invited to attend a special event where youth advocate, Collin Kartchner, speaks about the emotional and social impact that social media has on youth More information here:

Mindfulness for Families: Social Media and Homework

Monday, November 4, 2019


Sammamish Library

Link for more information.

Ages 6 to 12 with adult.
Presented by KidsFocusNow LLC.

Mindfulness for Families: Connection to Self and Others

Monday, December 2, 2019


Sammamish Library
Link for more information.

Ages 6-12 with adult.

The Creekside Way

At Creekside, teachers and staff have been working hard to teach students “The Creekside Way.”

· Be Respectful

· Be Responsible

· Be Safe

· Be Kind

Students have been taught and are being re-taught what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind in different areas of the school. You may have noticed the cuing/reminder posters all over the school. Teachers and staff recognize and reinforce students who are showing The Creekside Way by giving them a Creekside Coin. Classes pool their coins and work toward increasingly larger benchmarks to have their class announced on the Friday Announcements and have a class celebration.

Research shows that when a school is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have higher test results, and make better behavior choices. This is part of the motivation for the work described above.

Allison Lehr -, and

Stephanie Wright -

PBSES Coaches

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Greetings from the Creekside Library

Enjoy these simple ways to integrate reading with your children each day. With the busy holiday season quickly approaching, here are a few suggestions to build reading into even the busiest of days.


Cooking is always a delight for children, especially when they can eat the results! Show your child a recipe and go over it together. Ask your child to read the recipe to you as you work, and tell your child that each step must be done in a special order. Let your child help mix the ingredients. Enjoy!

Greeting Cards

Everyone loves to get mail, especially when the card is hand made. Think of upcoming holidays, celebrations, and birthdays of family members, relatives & friends. Your child can then create his or her own birthday card by using a folded piece of paper, making a personalized cover, and writing a short message inside. Then your child can deliver and read or mail the cards to friends and relatives.


Reading a book can be more fun when you have a homemade bookmark to mark your spot. Use a piece of paper about 6" long and 2" wide. On one side of the bookmark, have your child write the name of their teacher, friend or relative. On the other side, ask your child to write the name of the book, its author and even a few sentences about the book. After making several of these bookmarks, you might ask the child to send them to friends and relatives as gifts accompanied by a short note.

Happy Reading!

Meagan Rhodes & Julie Siefkes

Creekside Teacher Librarians

The Lost & Found - three days after donating

We donated the first two months of lost coats and sweaters on Tuesday. It was a huge bundle of items and here's what it looks like already. Please remind your children to leave the school with the same amount of clothes they came in with! We will be donating these items November 27. Items with names will be returned to the student.
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News from the Issaquah School District


District Wide Suicide Prevention Events at Liberty and Issaquah High Schools October 28 and November 7

How to Keep Your Teen Safe

Thursday, November 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Issaquah High School, located at 700 2nd Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Please join us for an a community and information forum presented by the University of Washington's Forefront Suicide Prevention group, a leading voice in student mental health and suicide prevention.

Learn more about how we can all work together to support our teens, and what signs and signals parents, staff, and friends can watch for with students who are struggling. Come for guidance, information, and resources to help to support youth in need and respond to the struggles that they are facing. Presenters will provide skills and work to build confidence to help in having conversations and providing assistance for our youth.

This event is presented by the Issaquah School District, Swedish Medical Center, along with ParentWiser and the Issaquah PTSA Council.

An additional event is planned for Skyline High School in the spring 2020.

Communicating with Teachers At ISD Elementary School Conferences

November 6, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Sunset Elementary School

4229 West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, Bellevue, WA 98008

Parent Teacher Conference is an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at school, discuss plans for the student’s future and find solutions to academic or behavioral concerns if needed. This event will provide some suggestions on how to make the most of the conference and provide you with some resources as you prepare for the conference. You will also have an opportunity to sign up or learn how to sign up for the conferences on December 4 and 5 on Family Access. All Issaquah School District elementary school families are invited to attend. Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese interpreters will be available. Contact Lorna Gilmour by Nov. 4th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Otter Wear

Missed out on Otter Wear? Creekside Spirit Wear is available to purchase for a limited time. Hurry and get yours, on sale only until Monday, November 4.

Looking for embroidered jackets or vests? Now offering faculty, staff, and adult embroidered items here:

Questions? Contact


Our school photo provider, Lifetouch, has partnered with Shutterfly to offer our Creekside community some sweet discounts and deals, all the while raising money for Creekside! Please visit: to check out all the cool Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday Cards, as well as fun, personalized frames, cinch bags, calendars and more. They would make holiday shopping easy! Happy Shopping!

Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse: Warning SIgns and Resources

The City of Sammamish is hosting a community forum on teen drug abuse on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Washington University at 120 228th Ave NE. Sammamish. Speakers include Sammamish Police Department, King County Public Health, Influence the Choice (featuring Hidden in Plain Sight), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The event is free and childcare will be provided.

Are You registered to Vote?

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election
Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

From the city of sammamish

City of Sammamish Seeks Community Input on Transportation Master Plan

Do you have transportation issues you care about? Traffic got you down? Let’s talk traffic! Please register to share your voice and learn more about the Transportation Master Plan on Connect Sammamish! Connect Sammamish allows citizens to participate in polls, surveys, and ask questions directly to City staff. The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a 20-year strategic framework to help improve how you get around town. Please register to share your thoughts on the TMP! You can ask a question or participate in our mapping feature. You will also find more information about the TMP and learn more about other projects the City is working on.

Cultural Bridges Magazine

The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here:

Dining for Kids

Join us on November 6th at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands and Dine for Kids! Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. More information about Dining for Kids dates & locations can be found here:

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle November 14th and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students.

Nourish Every Mind 2020 Dates (please note new location for the luncheon)

Luncheon – May 8th at Eastridge Church

Breakfast – May 19th at Eastridge Church

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.