Creekside Stinger Buzz
October 18 – 22, 2021
Dear Creekside Stinger Families,
Thank you for making your child's conference and/or IEP meeting a priority last week! All of our K-5 students had conferences and many of our preschoolers had either conferences or IEP meetings. This communication is vital to your kids' success in school.
Please remember this week is the Smarter Balanced Assessment for students in grades 4 and 5. Every day is a great day to make sure your kids are in school all day, but this week is especially important.
Many folks are wondering about Halloween costumes at Creekside. At Creekside, we will celebrate the fall season with individual classroom parties in lieu of wearing costumes to school. Please contact Mrs. Duchow or Mrs. Piergallini if you have any questions about this.
Thank you for your efforts to keep up on the Buzz at Creekside!
Mrs. Duchow and Mrs. Piergallini
Creekside's Belonging Advisory Team
The first pillar of Creekside's Vision is Belonging. Please contact Mrs. Duchow or Mrs. Piergallini to find out how you can be a part of the important work of building this pillar up strong at Creekside! You can reach them at 509-867-2200.
Intervention at Creekside
Did you know your K-5 Stinger receives intentional intervention at his or her level for a half an hour a day for reading and for math? These interventions are called "WIN" groups, which stands for "What I Need." All of our teachers study our kids' achievement data together and then create intervention groups for either remediation, reinforcement of grade level standards, or enrichment and extension depending upon the child's level.
Your child may go to any staff member for this work, so if you hear of your child going to see a different teacher for "WIN" groups, it means he or she is seeing that teacher to fill some gaps, continue the grade level learning, or enrich and extend. In some cases, kids get to see teachers they had last year. This does not mean they are "going back to last year's grade level." It just means that during that intervention time, their teacher from last year was able to take a group that may include kids from multiple grade levels. Please contact Mrs. Duchow if you have any questions about this practice.
Don’t forget to activate your reader’s account today! Congratulations to all of our readers who are reading, reading, reading to earn money for things like new recess equipment and resources for classrooms like math games and other materials.
Smarter Balanced Assessment
During the week of October 18, Students in grades 4 and 5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This is an abbreviated version of our state achievement test. The full version will be given in the spring, but this abbreviated version will help us gauge the achievement our kids made last year. Please be sure your 4th and 5th graders do not have appointments scheduled during the school day the week of October 18.
Morning Line Up Reminders
If you are a parent who walks or drives your 1st through 5th grade Stinger to school, we respectfully ask that you drop him or her at the fence entry on Sheridan or Freya. If you are nervous about your child getting to line up independently, please let us know so we can provide some extra support. This is not only due to Covid, but also to support our 1st – 5th graders’ increasing independence, a goal we share.
Kindergarten children line up in a different area. Due to their children’s young age, Kindergarten parents are invited but not required to go to line up until the teachers arrive. Preschool families who drive their children to school are requested to bring them to line up every day.
Monday Folders, Grades K-5
Are you checking your child’s Monday folder EVERY Monday and returning it to school, EMPTY? Thank you for making this a part of your normal routine.
We strive to offer great-tasting food that your students look forward to and enjoy. We are experiencing difficulties with food supply shortages that are impacting our menus. We understand how disappointing it can be for a student to go to school expecting to have their favorite school lunch and then have it change at the last minute, we don't like when that happens either.
We will do everything we can to stick to the menu that is posted online. Please use our online menu at https://mead.healtheliving.net/ to view the most accurate and up-to-date version of our daily offerings. You can also view up-to-date menus using the following QR codes to download the "My School Menus" app! Download the app here.
Academic Intervention at Creekside
At Creekside we are proud of the many ways we support our students. Take a look here to learn about academic supports at Creekside, including Dyslexia Screenings and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports for academics and behavior.
Creekside School Rules
Creekside Stingers are trusted to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible at all times.
No-cost Meals; Free and Reduced Application Reminder
This year, breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to all students (a la carte items, such as milk, must be paid for).
Although meals are provided at no cost, it is important for families to consider completing an application for free and reduced-priced meals anyway. Qualifying families can receive important resources such as Chromebook insurance and field trip fees at no cost.
Creekside achieves its mission by intentionally shaping a culture
in which children belong to their community,
master emotional, social, and academic skills,
solve problems independently, and
give back to their community with generosity.