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Creekside Stinger Buzz, June 1 - 4, 2021

Dear Creekside Stinger Families, 

We are nearing the end of a history-making year. We opened a new school in Mead. We did it during a pandemic! We started a little late due to smoke, but we have thus far stayed open the WHOLE year! Thank you for your partnership as we have navigated this incredible year.

Please remember to Click here to complete the survey and indicate your student(s) interest in learning options for 2021-22. Important: This is a Mead School District Survey and is different than the one you did for Creekside recently. The interest survey closes Monday, May 31 at 5 pm.

On May 18 we will have a ceremony to bury our time capsule that we filled last fall, just before winter hit. Students will tune in via Zoom as a smaller group of 5th grade students assists in burying the capsule out front of our school. Watch for photos of this momentous event.

Our 5th graders will celebrate commencement to Middle School on June 24 here at school. Parents will be invited to see this event remotely, via Zoom. Stay tuned for details from your child’s teacher!

Read on for some important updates!


Mrs. Duchow

Creekside Mission:

Growth, Love, and Learning,

Every Stinger,

Every Day.

Reminder…pre-order your yearbook

Please take a minute to pre-order using this link. We must meet a minimum number or we will not be able to order them. If you purchase one, your yearbook will be mailed to your home this summer. Cost will $15 - $20 per yearbook depending upon the size of our school’s order.


Reminder…Fun for Kids! 

Please send a white T-shirt for tie-dying to school with your Stinger by June 14. This t-shirt does not have to be new, just white. It can even have a graphic or text on it. If you decide to send a new t-shirt, please consider donating an extra for a classmate who may not be able to bring one.


LAP and Title Reading Intervention Information

You may remember from communication in the fall from Mrs. Duchow that these groups are referred to as What I Need (WIN) groups. The groups are scheduled so every student in a class attends a group at the same time. That way, students don’t miss classroom instruction. Some groups are taught by your child’s classroom teacher, other groups are taught by the resource room teacher, Title 1, or Learning Assistance Program (LAP) teacher. We also have para educators who facilitate groups under the direction of a certified teacher. We frequently check student progress and make adjustments as needed to each group. Your child’s reading group may have changed recently in response to his or her assessment data. If you have questions about your child’s placement or reading instruction, please reach out to his or her classroom teacher.


Dogs at School

Please remind your friends and neighbors that dogs may visit Creekside only during non-school hours, only on a leash, and only with a responsible pet owner (and plastic pick-up bags) in tow. Please leave your dog home during kid pick-up and drop-off. Even the friendliest dogs can become aggressive in crowds of unpredictable kids.

Important message to those who pick up their kids by car: please keep your dogs in your car and off of our neighbors’ lawns.


New Address? New Phone?

Please make sure to let us know if you have a new address or phone number right away. This is an important safety consideration.


Generation Alive

During the week of May 24th, fourth and fifth graders will begin lessons with Generation Alive. Students will learn about homelessness and compassion in the Defend Free program. They will also complete a community service project in class. Each student will be encouraged to raise $5 to be used to pay for supplies used in packing bags for the homeless. More to come on this. Stay tuned! 


Summer Library Fun

The library is helping kids avoid summer slide!

Spokane County Library District has free summer programs and an online reading challenge for kids, tweens, teens, and families filled with adventure, comedy, extreme science, magic, and mythological tales. Our programs for kids are tons of fun with learning built in!

Our summer programs start in June with an on-demand performance by Traveling Lantern Theatre. Learn more about all of our summer programs, including how to sign up or access them, at

The Online Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Colors Your World” begins June 1 and gives students the ability to track their reading minutes, earn badges, complete challenges, and get exclusive online content from Page Turner Adventures. Parents and students can sign up with Beanstack at


Upcoming Dates

Remote Learning Day, June 11

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

Parent Engagement, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Advisory, and Creekside Vision Input and PTSO Meeting

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, link to Zoom meeting

Field Day, June 23.

Make sure your Stinger wears sneakers, shorts, t-shirt, sunscreen, and brings a water bottle. White t-shirts are needed.

Last Day of School, June 25.

12 pm dismissal. Lunch is not served on June 25.

Ongoing, remainder of school year

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22! 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.