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Creekside Stinger Buzz December 6 - 10, 2021

Creekside Stinger Buzz

December 6 – 10, 2021 

Dear Creekside Stinger Families,

We have several new families to Creekside this past month. Welcome, all! We are so glad to have you here. We send communication via

nearly every week. Please make a point to sign up for texts in case you are not a regular email checker. And don't forget to read our Creekside Stinger Handbook!

On Friday, December 10, your Stingers can dress up in their raddest 80s clothes and 80s hair-band hair-dos. We are making a music video! Recently during a Zoom assembly, Mrs. Duchow invited kids to write us a Stinger Fight Song. About 5 minutes after the assembly was over, third grader Stella was down in the office with her lyrics in hand. Mrs. Duchow handed them off to her musician son-in-law, Graeme, who put them to music. Are you curious!? You'll have to wait until the music video makes its debut to hear Stella's work, but 80s dress up day is a hint! 


Mrs. Duchow and Mrs. Piergallini

New News


PTSO Meeting

December 14

6 - 7 pm

Creekside Elementary Foyer

Zoom Link


Winter Vacation

December 20 - 31

School Resumes January 3



Old News


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.


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.