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Creekside Stinger Buzz January 3 - 7, 2022

Creekside Stinger Buzz

January 3 - 7, 2022 

Dear Creekside Stinger Families,

Welcome back, Creekside!

It's been a snowy, chilly vacation. We hope you have been able to rest and enjoy this time with your Stingers. We are ready to see their smiling faces on Monday morning!

Our goal at Creekside is that 100% of our students who enter the school year below grade level in math and/or reading will make more than one year's expected growth by June. 100% of our students who enter the school year at or above grade level will make at least one year's expected growth by June.

January is a critical month at Creekside for achieving these goals. January is the month we see our kids make the most growth! Coming to school EVERY DAY in January is so critical. January is also the month we take quick assessments to ensure that our kids are on track to make the expected growth by the end of the year in order to meet our goals for them. We thank you for keeping your children home when they exhibit potential Covid symptoms AND we ALSO thank you for ensuring they come to school when they are healthy! 

Take a peek at this month's issue of Helping Children Learn for some more great ideas to ensure your Stinger is learning and growing. It is linked below.


Mrs. Duchow and Mrs. Piergallini

New News


School resumes

Monday, January 3, 2022


PTSO Meetings

6 - 7 pm, Creekside Foyer

Second Tuesday of the Month

Tuesday, January 11

Tuesday, February 8

Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, April 12

Tuesday, May 10  

Zoom Link Here


No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17, 2022


Creekside Belonging Advisory Team Meeting

New members: January 13, 2022

4 - 5 pm

Creekside Library

The purpose of this meeting will be to catch our newest members up on our Advisory Team


Creekside Belonging Advisory Team Meeting

All members: January 20, 2022

4 - 5 pm

Creekside Library

The purpose of this meeting will be to continue our exploration of inclusive and culturally responsive instruction.


Parent/Teacher Conferences, grades K-5 and ECEAP preschool

February 9 - 11, 2022


February Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Timeline:

Jan 18 - 21: Scheduling for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Erin Jennings will call you to schedule your conference if you have a student with an IEP

Jan 23 - Feb 6: Pick-a-Time, our online conferences scheduler, will be open for conference scheduling.

Feb 7: Conference confirmations sent home; parents who have not scheduled a conference by Feb 6 will be assigned a conference time.

Feb 9: School dismissed at 12:45. Conferences scheduled from 1:00 pm to 5:25 pm.

Feb 10: No school. Conferences scheduled from 12:00 pm  - 7:25 pm.

Feb 11: No school. conferences scheduled from 8 am - 11:50 am.



Ongoing 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.