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Creekside Stinger Buzz, April 26 - 30, 2021

Dear Creekside Stinger Families, 

Last week I shared Mead School District’s Board Policy around creating a welcoming environment. Our district is committed to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and Creekside is committed to this work as well.

Again, I ask you to reach out to me if you share a passion for this work and would like to help us explore how we approach diversity and equity with intention and thought at Creekside.

Please take a look at these great resources from the Seattle Children’s Museum for thoughtful ways to talk to your kids about these important concepts. At the end of this email is a list of kids’ books from the SCM website about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with your Stinger about what it means to create a welcoming school for ALL people regardless of race, gender, religion, or any other factors that make us wonderfully diverse.

Thank you for reading AND forwarding this email to any Stinger family who may not receive our emails.


Mrs. Duchow

Creekside Mission:

Growth, Love, and Learning,

Every Stinger,

Every Day.


Drop-Off Times

Please remember these drop off times. They are important for your Stinger’s safety because we do not have supervision before these times.

8:50 for K-5 students who eat breakfast at school

9:00 for K-5 students who do not eat breakfast at school

Please check out the instructions for how to get your Stinger to school. Even if you’ve read them before, please take a minute for a refresher.

Clothing Donations Needed!

Please consider donating your gently used clothing items to Creekside. We are especially in need of girls’ sizes 6 and 7 pants. New underwear of all kids’ sizes is always a welcome donation as well.

RSVP for Next Year!

We are already beginning to plan for next year! Please help us by completing this “2021-22 School Year RSVP” if you have not already done so. Nearly 100 families have already responded. Do you know a Creekside family who does not check their email frequently? Please alert them to look!  

Growth, Love, and Learning…Every Stinger, Every Day!

We have just nine weeks left of school. There is SO much learning to take place between now and then!

Please make sure your child is at school every day that she or he is not sick.

Call us at 867-2284 every day that she or he will be gone.

Our goal for math and reading at Creekside is for our students to make one year’s growth if they come to us at grade level, and more than one year’s growth if they come to us below grade level. The only way we can achieve this is when kids are at school and learning every single day…at all grades…preschool through grade 5!

Thank you for partnering with us to build lifelong attendance habits. They transfer well beyond the school years!

From Mrs. Duchow’s note above: Books about equity 

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness, Anastasia Higginbotham

A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara

Something Happened in Our Town, Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Don’t Touch My Hair!, Sharee Miller

The Youngest Marcher, Cynthia Levinson

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, Read Aloud with Andrea Davis Pinkney: Here

Ghost Boys, Jewel Parker Rhodes

We Troubled the Waters, Ntozake Shange

Undefeated, Kwame Alexander

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, Edwidge Danticat and Leslie Staub

The Wedding Portrait , Innosanto Nagara

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom on the Menu Read Aloud with Carole Boston Weatherford: Here

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Carole Boston Weatherford

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Kadir Nelson

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jean Marzollo

I am Rosa Parks, Brad Meltzer

The Story of Ruby Bridges, Robert Coles, Read Aloud: Here

Barbed Wire Baseball, Marissa Moss


Upcoming Dates


PTSO meeting: Tuesday, May 11; 6 – 7 pm via this Zoom link

Remote Learning Day, May 28 and June 11

There will be no in-person learning on Friday, May 28 or Friday, June 11. Instead, students will receive remote learning instructions and assignments while teachers collaborate to focus on improving student learning.

Ongoing, remainder of school year

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22 begins! Please tell your neighbors and friends in the Mead School District. Regardless of whether you want to have your kids in remote learning or face-to-face learning next year, please get them registered as soon as possible so we can plan for Stinger Staff! If your child is a preschooler starting Kindergarten next year, you must re-register at your home school.  Here is the link to go right to the online registration page.

If your child is a preschooler who will be moving into a Developmental Learning Center for Kindergarten, you will register him or her at your neighborhood school. The determination about which DLCs all children will attend has not been made yet, but you can go ahead and register.