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Creekside Stinger Buzz, November 15 - 19, 2021

Creekside Stinger Buzz

November 15 – 19, 2021 

Dear Creekside Stinger Families,

Thank you for taking a quick look at the announcements below! You'll find...

  • Dan's Turkey Trot information
  • Free preschool information
  • Thanksgiving break reminders
  • Picture retake information

Mrs. Duchow and Mrs. Piergallini



New News

Safety Drills at Creekside

Creekside regularly practices a variety of safety drills, including building evacuation, campus evacuation, lockdowns, modified lockdowns, and recess safety drills. This week on Wednesday we will practice a recess safety drill.

We teach our Stingers that in the event of an emergency on the playground, students should turn immediately to a supervisor for instructions. The instructions in a real emergency would depend upon the circumstances. Because of this, the most important thing is not the procedure. The most important thing is listening to the grownups in charge. Please review this critical item with your Stinger prior to our drill on Wednesday. 

Free Preschool at Creekside

The Mead Early Learning Center, located at Creekside Elementary, offers Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) for families who qualify. Program options: Part-day A.M., Part-day P.M. or School-day depending on eligibility and best placement for child. 

ECEAP provides a no-cost high-quality preschool curriculum, healthy meals & snacks, parent activities, and family support services.

Children are accepted into ECEAP based on their age (3 or 4 by August 31, 2021), family income (i.e. family of 4 making less than $29,150 per year); and/or qualify for a school district special education services; and/or have developmental or environmental prioritization factors that could affect school success. ECEAP gives priority to a child who: will be in kindergarten the following year; are in the foster care, kinship care, or involved with the child welfare system; are homeless; and/or are from families with lowest incomes.

For more information and to request an application, go to the website: or contact Linda Lucas, ECEAP Enrollment Assistant at NEWESD 101 at (509) 323-2720.

ECEAP is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in collaboration with NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 (NEWESD 101) and partnering with the Mead School District.


Dan's Turkey Trot
Looking to get out for a little fresh air and exercise before Thanksgiving dinner?  Or wanting to show off your crazy fast running skills?  Dan's Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. at Midway Elementary School.   Join us for a fun walk, jog or for serious racing to help support the Mead Education Foundation.  Sign up by November 15th for the best pricing!
Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 25th
5k Run/Walk
9:00 a.m.
Midway Elementary School - 821 E. Midway Rd., Colbert, WA 99005


No School

November 24, 25, 26: Thanksgiving Holiday


Picture Retakes

Tue. 11/23/21


Old News


Contacting Transportation when your Stinger is out sick

If your child rides a bus to or from school, please give the Transportation Department a call when he or she will be gone for a long period of time. 509-465-6107.


Covid Reminders and Clarifications

It seems Covid keeps hanging on. Please take a minute to review Mead's Covid mitigation practices:

Main Safety Protocols Page (to choose your own adventure!)

Symptoms, Illness, and Quarantine Guidelines (including important information about siblings of kids with symptoms)

Mask, PPE, and Hand Hygiene Guidelines (including specifics on mask requirements)


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's Vision

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.