November 8 - Veterans Day Assembly 9:30 - 10:30
Hello Creekside Families ~
Our Sammamish police officers have been a huge support this year in assisting us with keeping all Creekside students, staff and families safe. We TRULY appreciate their efforts. In our October 7th, Creekside Newsletter, we included the following regarding passenger safety:
Everyone is safer in the back seat, especially kids! Kids under the age of 13 riding in the front seat are 50% more likely to be killed than kids riding in the back seat when involved in a vehicle crash
It's the law! (RCW 46.61.687) Washington requires children under 13 to ride in the back seat whenever practical. Boosters are required until age 8 unless the child is 4'9", or taller. The safety belt must fit the child properly before discontinuing use of a car or booster seat.
Our officers did a first check earlier in the year and did find our students sitting in the front seat of many cars. They came back to do a second check today and found even MORE students sitting in the front seats. Subsequent visits will result in citations, the tickets are $139.00 each.
Many schools in our district had a decrease in their numbers of students sitting in the front seats following the officers’ first visit and communication in school newsletters. However, at Creekside we went in the wrong direction, with an increase in numbers of students sitting up front.
Our officers learned in their police academy courses that children that sit in the front seat of cars can be victims of decapitation due to the force when the air bags are deployed. This is awful to think about, but this is the reason they are being extra vigilant about this safety law.
Thank you for taking their warnings and suggestions to heart.
As one of the PBSES Coaches at Creekside and a parent of elementary aged students in the district, I am reaching out Creekside families to share about how students’ technology use at home is often impacting their learning at school. The goal of communicating with you is to bring awareness and partner with parents in order to support all students academically, socially and emotionally. Some students are using the messaging systems on iPads, iPhones, apps, online games and gaming systems that have resulted in unkind behavior spilling over to school by causing conflict with peers at recess and in the classroom. As a result, this is taking away valuable class time with conflict mediation and time away from age-appropriate activities like playing at recess. In addition, some of the behavior, if continued, would be considered a form of bullying that the school district takes seriously.
It is a family’s decision to provide their child access to a personal device. However, we hope that careful monitoring, time limits and conversations can occur at home to discuss the impact that these powerful tools can have on children’s developing brains and peer relationships. If interested in learning more about how social media, including TikTok, SnapChat, Instagram, etc. impacts youth, please consider attending this event mentioned below. In addition, please consider reviewing the “Parents Need to Know” section on https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.
Here is an brief article about the link between Smartphones and Tablet usage and mental health challenges.
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: https://savethekids.us/
(425.837.5206 | *firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE for PBSES District Website
Can you recognize the signs of depression? Join the Issaquah School District community forum November 7 at Issaquah HS for How to Keep Your Teen Safe. Forefront’s LEARN Saves Lives Training offers skills and confidence to empower you to guide caring conversations with peers, friends and family, to move toward hope, recovery and survival. Find out more at http://ParentWiser.org/events.
SE 8th St–218th Ave SE Corridor Study.
The City will be developing designs to improve safety for people walking, cycling, and driving on the roadway corridor that runs from SE 8th St to NE Inglewood Hill Rd, along 218th Ave SE (see the project map, below). We’re gathering public input to help identify existing issues and envision a better corridor for the future.
We know many families and students at Creekside Elementary travel through the corridor, and we would like to hear about your experiences. Please visit the online participation site at https://connect.sammamish.us/se8thst-218thave to voice your ideas on the interactive map and take the community survey by November 15th.
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.