Creekside Elementary E-NEWS

October 23, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • October 25 – Halloween Bash, 5:30-7:30PM
  • November 5 - Picture Retakes and Makeups - details coming from Lifetouch
  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No School for Staff and Students

Halloween Bash 2019

Please join us for a Spooktacular night of fun and treats on Friday, Oct 25th, from 5:30 to 6:30PM, sponsored by our fabulous PTSA!

We also have parent volunteer and high school/middle school volunteer opportunities to help with concessions, games, arts and crafts and more. Please click on the link below to see what shifts are available. We are looking forward to a great event!

Halloween Bash Volunteer Sign-Ups

Veterans Day Assembly

We will be having our annual Veterans Day Assembly on

Friday, November 8th at 9:30.

We are excited to honor those who have served faithfully for our country. Please see our agenda below:

· Assembly will begin at 9:30 and end by 10:30

· All Veterans are invited to attend and will sit together in reserved seating, please sign in at the table outside of the office

· Veterans will stand to introduce themselves from their seats so that they can remain seated while other Veterans are introducing themselves

· Slideshow will honor Veterans of Creekside families

o Send in a digital picture of a family member who is currently serving or who has previously served in the United States Armed Forces

o Email picture to Molly Shade or Kelsey Carlson by Friday, November 4th

o Please include the student(s) name, name of person in picture, branch of military served in, relationship to student, and student’s teacher in the body of your email

Thank you for your support with this amazing assembly. If you have any questions, feel free to email our Assistant Principal, Denise Smith,

Popcorn Fridays volunteers needed

Popcorn Fridays need parent volunteers to keep it going! Sign up to help with Popcorn Friday and include ‘new’ next to your name in the sign-up if this is your first time. We need one more volunteer to help with popcorn at the Halloween Bash!

Popcorn Friday Volunteer Opportunities


It is 'Nosebleed Season'

Fortunately, while nosebleeds in children can seem dramatic, they’re not usually serious. Here are the most common causes of nosebleeds in kids, the best ways to treat them, and what you can do to help prevent them from happening again.

What causes nosebleeds in children?

There are a few common culprits behind a child’s bloody nose.

  • Dry air: Whether it’s heated indoor air or a dry climate, the most common cause of nosebleeds in children is dry air that both irritates and dehydrates nasal membranes.
  • Scratching or picking: This is the second most common cause of nosebleeds. Irritating the nose by scratching or picking can expose blood vessels that are prone to bleeding.
  • Trauma: When a child gets an injury to the nose, it can start a nosebleed. Most aren’t a problem, but you should seek medical care if you’re unable to stop the bleeding after 10 minutes or you’re worried about the injury as a whole.
  • Cold, allergies, or sinus infection: Any illness that includes symptoms of nasal congestion and irritation can cause nosebleeds.
  • Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections can cause sore, red, and crusted areas on the skin just inside the nose and in the front of the nostrils. These infections can lead to bleeding.

How to treat your child’s nosebleeds:

  • You can help slow down your child’s nosebleed by seating them in a chair.
  • Keep them upright and gently tilt their head forward slightly. Leaning their head back could cause blood to run down their throat. It will taste bad, and it can make your child cough, gag, or even vomit.
  • Pinch the soft part of the nose below the nasal bridge. Have your child breathe through their mouth while you (or your child, if they are old enough) do this.
  • Try to maintain pressure for about 10 minutes. Stopping too early may make your child’s nose begin bleeding again. You can also apply ice to the bridge of the nose, which may reduce blood flow.

When nosebleeds become more frequent:

If your child has frequent nosebleeds, make a point to moisturize the lining of the nose. You can try:

  • using a nasal saline mist, sprayed into the nostrils a few times a day
  • rubbing an emollient like Vaseline or lanolin just inside the nostrils on a cotton swab or finger
  • using a vaporizer in your child’s bedroom to add moisture to the air
  • keeping your child’s nails trimmed to reduce scratches and irritations from nose picking

*****Call your doctor if:

  • your child’s nosebleed is the result of something they inserted into their nose
  • they recently started taking new medicine
  • they’re bleeding from another place, like their gums
  • they have severe bruising all over their body

Please remember, when calling school to report your child absent for an illness, to leave a reason for the absence such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting. And remember to keep your child home if they have ...

Fever: Temperature should remain normal (below 98.6 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication before returning to school

Sore throat: Is it accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache or swollen glands?

Vomiting: Has your child vomited in a 24 hour period?

Diarrhea: Has there been more than one occurrence in a 24 hour period?

Eyes: Are your child’s eyes crusty, bright red and/or discharging yellow or green fluid?

Nasal discharge (yellow or greenish): Is there colorful nasal mucus that is accompanied by a fever or other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?

Cough: Does your child have a persistent, productive cough?

Appearance/Behavior: Is your child unusually tired, pale, have a lack of appetite, difficult to awaken, or confused?

Rash: Does your child have a body rash not associated with heat, eczema, or an allergic reaction to a medication?

The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is for you and your child to wash your hands often with warm water and soap.

Remember to always keep the school updated with new phone numbers and emergency contacts, in case your student becomes ill at school.

ALSO: Can we keep this below blurb in the e-news for a while?

Head Lice

  • Head lice is a common childhood nuisance. Early identification and treatment are essential to reducing the spread of head lice. Please check your child’s head every 7-10 days for the presence of lice. Things to look for:
  • Observing your child for signs of itching
  • Inspecting your child’s scalp for lice (very small living insects which are often hard to see and range from gray to black in color)
  • Inspecting your child’s hair for nits. Nits are tiny, smooth, oval eggs which can vary in color from white to yellowish-white to dark brown. Nits resemble small flakes of dandruff, however, unlike dandruff; they are glued firmly at an angle to the side of a single hair shaft.
  • Nits are frequently seen at the nape of the neck and behind the ears, but can also be found anywhere on the head.

If you find signs of head lice, (live lice and/or nits/eggs), please notify the School Nurse or the Health Room Specialist.

Eryn Belles, School Nurse 425-837-5204

Susan Westcott, HRS 425-837-5252

Lost & Found

OUr Lost & Found will be on display at the Halloween for one final peek. Jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and more are piling up! Please have your child label all clothing and lunchboxes. The first charity donation of items will be collected and donated on Monday, October 28th.


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!



Letters were recently sent home to the families of all kindergarten students who are enrolled in the Issaquah School District. These letters detail the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” kindergarteners. Student screening will be November 5 through 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) later in the school year. Students living within the Issaquah School District’s boundaries, but attending private or home-based schools may participate in screening. Contact your neighborhood school for more information. To learn more about the Highly Capable Program click on the following link: Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage

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.

TEXT Notifications Testing

On Thursday, October 24 we will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text.

- If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

- If you do not receive the text, please follow the instructions in the email.


Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school, volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students. VOICE mentors work one-on-one with students throughout the school year. Some students may need academic help; others may need emotional support or a friend and role model. All benefit from a positive, supportive relationship with an adult role model.

VOICE currently has 200+ students on the wait list. We need mentors! Can you help?

Here's what’s involved:  Complete a screening process, including a mandatory, in-depth, pre-match training.  Time commitment of once/week (30–60 minutes) throughout the school year. Schedule and choice of school is flexible to accommodate mentor availability.  Optional supplemental trainings, plus support provided by your mentee’s school and the VOICE team.  Most importantly, develop a meaningful relationship with a young person and help them thrive.

“I have come to learn that I only need to be a caring human being who enjoys spending time with kids. These are relationships that enrich my life as much or maybe more than my mentees’ lives” ~ Recent quote from a long-time VOICE Mentor with 3 mentees

If you would like to become a VOICE mentor, please APPLY HERE

To learn more: Email View our VOICE Website Call us @ 425.827.7222.

What every parent wants to know about the ISD

Are you new to the ISD? Would you like to learn more about the school system and programs in the Issaquah School District?

All families are invited to attend the ISD event “What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD” on Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Clark Elementary School.

This event will have separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information on topics such as school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communication with school and teachers, how to get involved, and course selection at the secondary level. District staff and parent volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking interpreters will be available at the event. Contact by Oct. 17th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Snacks and Childcare are available.

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.

Step Up for Kids

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities for academic enrichment as well as support for students who need help with basics like food and school supplies. Step Up for Kids and donate to the Fall campaign at

Fall Dining for Kids Locations

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day's proceeds as a donation to the Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

November 6: Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill

December 4: Ohana Eastside

More information available here:

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.