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  • Principal Update - Nov. 14

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 11/14/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

    With conferences this week, I wanted to share a few thoughts I have gathered over the years when it comes to communication between teachers and parents.

    1. Conferences are important!  With everyone having busy schedules, conference week is an  opportunity to ask your child's teacher questions and establish a relationship that will foster cooperation the rest of the year!  Take time from your busy schedule to attend your child's conference.

    2.  Show up on time and don't stay past your allotted time slot.  Teachers are trying to meet with each of their students' parents, which could be up to 30 sets of parents!  Be respectful of other parents and the teacher!

    3.  Come prepared.  Before the conference, think about questions you have about school, classwork, schedules, progress, etc.  Make a list of your questions with the most pressing items first.

    4.  Be ready to listen.  Your child's teacher will have positive things to say, but also may have areas by which your child is being challenged.  Plan to work with your child's teacher on ways to support your child at home.

    5.  Lastly, thank you for letting us work with your child! It is our privilege to be part of their lives and to help them become the best they can be! 

    Check out our high school diploma display in our front entryway this week!  As part of our striving for 100% graduation, our staff has dug up their diplomas to share with the students! 

    Have a great week!

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

    Education Support Professionals' Week

    This week we are pleased to honor staff members for Education Support Professionals' Week.  Thank you for all you do!

    Suzanne Britanyak - Physical Therapist

    Tammy Billings - Occupational Therapist

    Connie Scharping - Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

    Jill Mallich - Learning Specialist

    Melissa Thaanum - Learning Assistance Program Specialist

    Rene Johnson - Behavior Family Support Specialist

    Jill Thornton and Samantha Jung- Speech 

    Summer Holmes- Psychologist 

    Glenda Johnson - Special Ed. Support (Pre-K)

     


    Thank You!

    A special Thank You to our PTA, Crestwood families and all the volunteers for the fantastic fundraiser with APEX again this year!  The kids love the interaction with the APEX representatives and the positive message and energy they bring to the classrooms!  Lots of funds raised that will support all of our students throughout the school year!  Thank you!

     


    Veteran's Day Assembly Success!

    Thank you to our Music Teacher, Keira Carmichael,and our 4th and 5th grade choir for a wonderful Veteran's Day Assembly last week!  Big thanks also go to our student spirit committee and staff members Lisa Brozovich, Rene Johnson, Kristin Herrick, Renee Patterson, Adrienne Perera and Megan Najmolhoda for their dedication to producing an assembly to honor veterans.  Thank you to our teachers for helping students make the posters. 

    We had many veterans, invited by Crestwood students, attend the assembly, and it was a moving experience for all.  Thank you, Veterans, for your service and allowing us to show our appreciation!

     


     

    PTA Reflections

    The Reflections Program is an annual PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works of art. A student may submit an entry in any of the six art areas, but only original works of art are accepted. The six areas are literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, film production, and dance choreography.

    Students’ works of art are judged against others in their same age divisions to allow for fair competition among comparable age and skill levels. The grade divisions for elementary students are Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and then grades 3 through 5. There is also a Special Artists division. 

    Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of this year’s theme, which is “Within Reach.” Entries will be judged first at Crestwood and then selected works will represent our school at the state and possibly national levels.

    Packets and applications are available now!

    Please contact Natalie Pruitt at Reflections@CrestwoodPTA.com with any questions.


     

    New PTA Event Coming December 8th

    We are excited to be hosting a Craft & Vendor Show on Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. There are so many talented parents and kids at our school that we would like to give you the opportunity to apply for a booth FIRST before we go public!

    Please send an email to Alisa at VendorNight@CrestwoodPTA.com for an application.

     


    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .

     


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Principal Update - Nov. 6

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 11/6/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

    With Conference Week coming up soon, I wanted to share a few thoughts I have gathered over the years when it comes to communication between teachers and parents.

    1. Conferences are important!  With everyone having busy schedules, conference week is an  opportunity to ask your child's teacher questions and establish a relationship that will foster cooperation the rest of the year!  Take time from your busy schedule to attend your child's conference.

    2.  Show up on time and don't stay past your allotted time slot.  Teachers are trying to meet with each of their students' parents, which could be up to 30 sets of parents!  Be respectful of other parents and the teacher!

    3.  Come prepared.  Before the conference, think about questions you have about school, classwork, schedules, progress, etc.  Make a list of your questions with the most pressing items first.

    4.  Be ready to listen.  Your child's teacher will have positive things to say, but also may have areas by which your child is being challenged.  Plan to work with your child's teacher on ways to support your child at home.

    5.  Lastly, thank you for letting us work with your child! It is our privilege to be part of their lives and to help them become the best they can be! 

    Have a great week!

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

     


    PTA Reflections

    The Reflections Program is an annual PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works of art. A student may submit an entry in any of the six art areas, but only original works of art are accepted. The six areas are literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, film production, and dance choreography.

    Students’ works of art are judged against others in their same age divisions to allow for fair competition among comparable age and skill levels. The grade divisions for elementary students are Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and then grades 3 through 5. There is also a Special Artists division. 

    Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of this year’s theme, which is “Within Reach.” Entries will be judged first at Crestwood and then selected works will represent our school at the state and possibly national levels.

    Packets and applications are available now!

    Please contact Natalie Pruitt at Reflections@CrestwoodPTA.com with any questions.


     

    New PTA Event Coming December 8th

    We are excited to be hosting a Craft & Vendor Show on Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. There are so many talented parents and kids at our school that we would like to give you the opportunity to apply for a booth FIRST before we go public!

    Please send an email to Alisa at VendorNight@CrestwoodPTA.com for an application.

     


    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .

     


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 30

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 10/30/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

    We continue to struggle a bit with our parking lot.  What many may not realize is that by adding four portable classrooms this year, we lost our gravel lot as an option for staff parking.  In addition, we have grown!  Our numbers are the highest they have been in a few years. Our preschool also lost their parking due to the portables, so they are using a different drop off spot with slightly different hours (they start and dismiss before we do).  You may see these families pulling up to the curb, but this is for preschool families ONLY.

    There are a few things you can do to help the parking lot situation:

    1.  SLOW DOWN!   We still see drivers choosing to drive too fast as they come and go.  We have over 475 children arriving and departing school at the same time.  For their safety it is vital that cars move with caution!

    2.  DON"T JUMP THE LINE!  Even if you are not using the pick up line, youmust wait until you reach the stop sign to leave the line.  By jumping the line, and moving into the left lane to go pass the cars waiting, you could cause a head-on collision.  Please exercise patience, and plan to arrive earlier, allowing yourself plenty of time.

    3.  TRY THE BUS!  While some families who are here on waivers are not provided transportation and are required to drive or carpool, most families have the option of taking the bus to school.  Utilizing the buses would greatly relieve the stress on our parking lot!  

    You will notice we have added staff in our parking lot during drop off and pick up times.  Our goal is to keep everyone safe while they enter and exit our campus.

    Thank you for your cooperation and support!

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

     


      APEX Fun Run  

    We are so excited to join our PTA again in this semester’s only major fundraiser, the Apex Fun Run! The Apex Fun Run will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Oct. 23rd at 1pm.  The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving.  All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards.  We invite all parents to come to the Apex Fun Run and share in this great event!  The times for the Apex Fun Run, on November 2nd, are as follows:

    Fun Run #1 - 8:45-9:30  Grades 3, 4 & 5

    Fun Run #2 - 10:00-10:45  Grades K, 1 & 2

    Families can volunteer to cheer the kids on, mark laps on t-shirts or hand out water.  Plus they will get a free t-shirt!

    To volunteer, click here 

    For more information, and all of PTA's information, click here


    PTA Reflections

    The Reflections Program is an annual PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works of art. A student may submit an entry in any of the six art areas, but only original works of art are accepted. The six areas are literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, film production, and dance choreography.

    Students’ works of art are judged against others in their same age divisions to allow for fair competition among comparable age and skill levels. The grade divisions for elementary students are Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and then grades 3 through 5. There is also a Special Artists division. 

    Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of this year’s theme, which is “Within Reach.” Entries will be judged first at Crestwood and then selected works will represent our school at the state and possibly national levels.

    Packets and applications are available now!

    Please contact Natalie Pruitt at Reflections@CrestwoodPTA.com with any questions.


     

    New PTA Event Coming December 8th

    We are excited to be hosting a Craft & Vendor Show on Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. There are so many talented parents and kids at our school that we would like to give you the opportunity to apply for a booth FIRST before we go public!

    Please send an email to Alisa at VendorNight@CrestwoodPTA.com for an application.


     

    New Way to help Families Monitor Attendance
     
    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.  

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.
     

    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .

     


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 23

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 10/23/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

    You will notice we have added staff in our parking lot during drop off and pick up times.  Our goal is to keep everyone safe while they enter and exit our campus.  Please be mindful of your speed in the lot.  On occasion we still see drivers choosing to move too fast as they come and go.  We have over 475 children arriving and departing school at the same time.  For their safety it is vital that cars move with caution!

    Even if you are not using the pick up line, you MUST WAIT until you reach the stop sign to leave the line.  By jumping the line, and moving into the left lane to go pass the cars waiting, you could cause a head-on collision.  Please exercise patience, or plan to arrive earlier, allowing yourself plenty of time.

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

     


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    We are so excited to join our PTA again in this semester’s only major fundraiser, the Apex Fun Run! The Apex Fun Run will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Oct. 23rd at 1pm.  

    The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving.  All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards.  We invite all parents to come to the Apex Fun Run and share in this great event!  The times for the Apex Fun Run, on November 2nd, are as follows:

    Fun Run #1 - 8:45-9:30  Grades 3, 4 & 5

    Fun Run #2 - 10:00-10:45  Grades K, 1 & 2

    For more information, and all of PTA's information, click here


    New PTA Event Coming December 8th

    We are excited to be hosting a Craft & Vendor Show on Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. There are so many talented parents and kids at our school that we would like to give you the opportunity to apply for a booth FIRST before we go public!

    Please send an email to Alisa at VendorNight@CrestwoodPTA.com for an application.


     

    New Way to help Families Monitor Attendance
     
    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.  

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.
     

    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .

     


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     
     
     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 16

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 10/16/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

    Our staff is excited to highlight one of the Eight Essential Traits of Servant Leadership each month.  We will be working with students to help them discover how each of these traits makes a positive difference in their school and home lives.

    Here are the traits we will be focusing on each month: 
    September - Commitment
    October - Respect
    November - Honesty
    January - Selflessness
    February - Kindness
    March - Patience
    April - Forgiveness
    May - Humility

    in order to honor more students  we will be replacing our Orca Awards Assemblies.  Instead, each month we will honor 3 students from each class that have demonstrated exceptional examples of that month's trait. Here is the schedule of the upcoming monthly assemblies:

    November 15 - Honoring students for Respect
    December 13 - Honoring students for Honesty
    February 7 - Honoring students for Selflessness
    March 7 -  Honoring students for Kindness
    April 4 - Honoring students for Patience
    May 9 - Honoring students for Forgiveness
    June 13 - Honoring students for Humility
     
    Parents of the month's recipients will receive an invitation to attend the assembly from their child's teacher.  Our students are helping lead the assemblies and we look forward to celebrating our students success!
     
    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

    Statewide Earthquake Drill: Oct. 19

    The District works in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions in our schools. Each school has developed and implemented a comprehensive plan for responding to a variety of natural disasters and hazardous situations including earthquake, lahar, fire, bomb threat and hazardous materials incidents. Staff and students practice appropriate responses including evacuation and shelter-in-place routinely which help prepare them for emergency situations in our schools.

     

    Read more about our emergency preparedness.

     


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    We are so excited to join our PTA again in this semester’s only major fundraiser, the Apex Fun Run! The Apex Fun Run will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Oct. 23rd at 1pm.  

    The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving.  All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards.  We invite all parents to come to the Apex Fun Run and share in this great event!  The times for the Apex Fun Run, on November 2nd, are as follows:

    Fun Run #1 - 8:45-9:30  Grades 3, 4 & 5

    Fun Run #2 - 10:00-10:45  Grades K, 1 & 2

    For more information, and all of PTA's information, click here

     


     

    New Way to help Families Monitor Attendance
     
    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.  

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.
     

    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .

     


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     
     
     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 9

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 10/9/2017

    Hello Crestwood Families,

     

    We had a busy, wonderful week and much of that was due to the hard work of our PTA!  A big Thank You to our PTA volunteers for the Book Fair, Donuts with Dad, and the launch of Popcorn Fridays.

     

    Our PTA also delivered new Emergency Backpacks for each of our classrooms, replacing old and outdated emergency kits.  The backpacks provide supplies needed in case of an emergency in a convenient, portable backpack.  In addition, each teacher has been provided a bucket of supplies to be kept in the classroom.  Thank you, PTA, for the much-needed updated supplies!

     

    This week we are honoring our amazing kitchen staff, Mrs. Susan Nix and Mrs. Karen Crueger.  It is National School Lunch Week and we feel fortunate to have caring, professional Child Nutrition specialists serving healthy and delicious meals each school day.  Thank you for all you do!

     

    Sincerely,

     
    New Way to help Families Monitor Attendance
     
    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.  

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.
     

    READY! For Kindergarten Classes: Fall Session

    Registration is now open for READY! For Kindergarten fall classes.  This FREE program for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five provides parents and caregivers with tools for preparing children for Kindergarten.  Get important information specific to your child’s age on how children learn and grow, and receive essential “tools” and activities that you can do together to make learning easy and fun!

    READY! For Kindergarten is an educational program for parents that was developed by the Kennewick School District and is administered by the National Children’s Reading Foundation.  As parents, you want your children to have a happy and successful learning experience.  Often parents wonder what a typical 5-year old knows, or should know, the first day of school.  There are readiness skills called Kindergarten Targets.  They are not requirements, but learning goals.  Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school.  They start ahead and stay ahead, year after year.

    Fall class dates and locations:

    • November 2 - Maple Lawn Elementary
    • November 14 - Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • November 15 - Bonney Lake Elementary
    • November 29 - Daffodil Valley Elementary

    *Supper Available at LRE and DVE class only, FREE For Children 0-18, $4.25 for adults

    Families new to READY! classes must attend orientation, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Age level classes will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

     

    READY! For Kindergarten is offered FREE to families residing within Sumner School District boundaries.  Out of district families are required to pay a materials fee ($25 one time Orientation fee + $60/per class).  Classes are for adults (parents and/or primary caregivers), childcare is provided for children 12 months and older, pre-registration is required.

     

    Register online at www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner .


    Kindergarten Highly Capable Services Referral Period:  Oct. 2-13

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for Highly Capable services by submitting a referral packet Oct. 2-13.  Learning characteristics could include:

    • Analytical thinker
    • Accelerated learner
    • Advanced language speaker
    • Self-motivated


    Upon referral, testing will be held during the months of October and November.  Test scores will be reviewed in December to determine eligibility and families will be notified.  By January 2018, eligible students will receive services in current classroom. 

    All district referral period:  Jan. 8-26, 2018 | Questions:  Traci Lewis, (253) 891-6061 | Information:  www.sumnersd.org/hicap


    Free Supper Program

    Sumner School District’s Child Nutrition Department provides a free supper program at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for children ages 1 – 18.  Typical menu mirrors what is offered for breakfast and lunch; main course plus three or four choices of fruits or vegetables and milk. 

     

    These schools qualify for the federally-funded program based on the number of students on subsidized lunch.  The federal government reimburses the District for the cost of the supper program.

     

    One free meal per child is allowed.  Supper must be eaten in the cafeteria.  To-go meals are not permitted.  Adult supper is available to purchase at $4 per meal.

     

    For the remainder of the school year, supper is served in the school’s cafeteria at these times:

     

    Daffodil Valley Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:45-6:30 p.m.
    Friday5:15-6 p.m.

     

    Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Monday – Thursday5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Friday4:45-5:15 p.m.

    Times are subject to change

     
     
     

    We Need Volunteers!

    Every other Friday is Popcorn Friday!

    Come join in the fun!  Be a popper!

    Volunteer time is from 8:30-12:00

    Contact the PTA at popcorn@crestwoodpta.com


    Statewide Earthquake Drill: Oct. 19

    The District works in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions in our schools. Each school has developed and implemented a comprehensive plan for responding to a variety of natural disasters and hazardous situations including earthquake, lahar, fire, bomb threat and hazardous materials incidents. Staff and students practice appropriate responses including evacuation and shelter-in-place routinely which help prepare them for emergency situations in our schools.

     

    Read more about our emergency preparedness.

     


    Have you heard about Playworks?

    This school year, Crestwood Elementary is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.
     
    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.
     
    So, what’s different? Crestwood's recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.
     
    Research shows that positive and active play helps:
    • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school
    • Foster more empathetic kids
    • Develop more engaged and productive citizens
     
    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.
     

    Procedures for Drop Off and Pick Up

    When entering the Crestwood campus, you have two options to follow once you get to the parking lot entrance :
     
    1.You may turn right to go to the drop off/pick up zone.
     
    OR
     
    2. You may turn left to go park. There are 3 rows designated for parking and we have asked staff not to park there. If you park, we ask that you continue to use the main entrance and crosswalk to come into the building.
     
    AM DROP OFF
    Proceed in a line to the student drop off area which we call the “Drop Off Zone”.  There are staff members there to assist students getting out of cars safely.   
     
    Students walk to their classrooms and use their outside doors. If students eat breakfast in the morning, they may enter the gym doors.
     
    After dropping off your child, EXIT by turning left through an “Exit Only” row of our parking lot.
     
    PM PICK UP
    Proceed in line to the student pick up area which we call the “Pick Up Zone”.  Students who are regularly picked up and those students who have a note for special pick up situations will be waiting there.  Students will be lined up according to grade.  If families have more than one student in more than one grade level, the older student(s) will stand with the youngest student in the family.  There are staff members there to assist students getting into cars safely.
     
    Our goal is to quickly and efficiently get students loaded into their vehicles. Families will receive a bright colored placard with their students’ names on it to display in the vehicle window (placards should be coming home this week).  
     
    When a staff member sees the placard and identifies the vehicle and adult, students will be instructed to go and stand at one of four “stations” designated by a solid color flag.  Please be assured that staff will be vigilant in dismissing students to the appropriate adult.
     
    In most cases, when a car comes to the front of the line, we are able to find and place the student in the car quickly. If a car comes to the front of the line and a student is not there, we may ask you to park in the first few parking spots by the pickup area while we locate your child.
     
    If you have chosen to park and walk up to get your child, please be aware that you will need to come into the building, wait in the front entry until the bell rings for dismissal, and then proceed to the library where a staff member will release your student to you. Please DO NOT attempt to walk up to the Pick Up Zone to retrieve your child.
     
    ALSO, it is important that parents NEVER attempt to retrieve a child from the bus line/area.  This is a very unsafe situation!  If your child has already lined up to get on a bus and you wish to take them with you, you will need to come into the office and we will walkie-talkie to the staff members on bus duty to retrieve your child.
     
    Please be aware that our Preschool has a different pick up and drop off loop.  You will see those families driving through a different area.  This area is for PRESCHOOL ONLY.  Preschool begins and ends a few minutes earlier than our classes.
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  • Principal Update - Sept. 25

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 9/25/2017
    Hello Crestwood Families,

    This year, Sumner School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.  
    • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers. 
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.  
    • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
    • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 
    • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff. 
    • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
    • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

     

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

    We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school.  If your student is going to be absent, please contact Mrs. Goetz in Attendance at 253-891-4550.  I closely monitor attendance at Crestwood and if you need my assistance, please feel free to contact me. 

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     

    Crestwood Used Book Donation Drive 

    Dates:    09/25 – 09/29

    Here is a perfect way to make room for new books at the upcoming book fair.  Please send in gently used books ranging from learn to read through youth chapter books for families in need in our community.  The books you donate will be distributed in an ongoing campaign to foster literacy.  Please send in books with your child or drop off at our school.

     

    Have you heard about Playworks?

    This school year, Crestwood Elementary is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.
     
    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.
     
    So, what’s different? Crestwood's recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.
     
    Research shows that positive and active play helps:
    • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school
    • Foster more empathetic kids
    • Develop more engaged and productive citizens
     
    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.
     

    Procedures for Drop Off and Pick Up

    When entering the Crestwood campus, you have two options to follow once you get to the parking lot entrance :
     
    1.You may turn right to go to the drop off/pick up zone.
     
    OR
     
    2. You may turn left to go park. There are 3 rows designated for parking and we have asked staff not to park there. If you park, we ask that you continue to use the main entrance and crosswalk to come into the building.
     
    AM DROP OFF
    Proceed in a line to the student drop off area which we call the “Drop Off Zone”.  There are staff members there to assist students getting out of cars safely.   
     
    Students walk to their classrooms and use their outside doors. If students eat breakfast in the morning, they may enter the gym doors.
     
    After dropping off your child, EXIT by turning left through an “Exit Only” row of our parking lot.
     
    PM PICK UP
    Proceed in line to the student pick up area which we call the “Pick Up Zone”.  Students who are regularly picked up and those students who have a note for special pick up situations will be waiting there.  Students will be lined up according to grade.  If families have more than one student in more than one grade level, the older student(s) will stand with the youngest student in the family.  There are staff members there to assist students getting into cars safely.
     
    Our goal is to quickly and efficiently get students loaded into their vehicles. Families will receive a bright colored placard with their students’ names on it to display in the vehicle window (placards should be coming home this week).  
     
    When a staff member sees the placard and identifies the vehicle and adult, students will be instructed to go and stand at one of four “stations” designated by a solid color flag.  Please be assured that staff will be vigilant in dismissing students to the appropriate adult.
     
    In most cases, when a car comes to the front of the line, we are able to find and place the student in the car quickly. If a car comes to the front of the line and a student is not there, we may ask you to park in the first few parking spots by the pickup area while we locate your child.
     
    If you have chosen to park and walk up to get your child, please be aware that you will need to come into the building, wait in the front entry until the bell rings for dismissal, and then proceed to the library where a staff member will release your student to you. Please DO NOT attempt to walk up to the Pick Up Zone to retrieve your child.
     
    ALSO, it is important that parents NEVER attempt to retrieve a child from the bus line/area.  This is a very unsafe situation!  If your child has already lined up to get on a bus and you wish to take them with you, you will need to come into the office and we will walkie-talkie to the staff members on bus duty to retrieve your child.
     
    Please be aware that our Preschool has a different pick up and drop off loop.  You will see those families driving through a different area.  This area is for PRESCHOOL ONLY.  Preschool begins and ends a few minutes earlier than our classes.
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  • Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 18

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 9/18/2017
    Hello Crestwood Families,

    This year, Sumner School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.  
    • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers. 
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.  
    • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
    • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 
    • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff. 
    • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
    • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

     

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

    We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school.  If your student is going to be absent, please contact Mrs. Goetz in Attendance at 253-891-4550.  I closely monitor attendance at Crestwood and if you need my assistance, please feel free to contact me. 

    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     
    Date Change
    Please note that the PTA General Membership Meeting originally scheduled for this Thursday has been re-scheduled for Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will take place in the Crestwood Library.
     

    Have you heard about Playworks?

    This school year, Crestwood Elementary is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.
     
    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.
     
    So, what’s different? Crestwood's recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.
     
    Research shows that positive and active play helps:
    • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school
    • Foster more empathetic kids
    • Develop more engaged and productive citizens
     
    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.
     

    Have You Purchased Your Popcorn Card Yet?

    Beginning this year, the PTA will no longer sell individual bags of popcorn on Popcorn Fridays.  You MUST purchase a popcorn card in order to receive popcorn. 

    The first Popcorn Friday will be on September 29th.  Popcorn is scheduled for every other Friday.

    Popcorn Cards will be for sale through September 27th.  You can purchase your child’s Popcorn Card for $5.00 by completing a popcorn form, found in the office at school, and returning it with your payment no later than September 27th

    We accept cash, (exact amount only please; we cannot make change), or check made payable to Crestwood PTA.

    If you are unsure if you have already purchased your Popcorn Card, please email popcorn@crestwoodpta.com and we will be able to assist you.

     

    Procedures for Drop Off and Pick Up

    When entering the Crestwood campus, you have two options to follow once you get to the parking lot entrance :
     
    1.You may turn right to go to the drop off/pick up zone.
     
    OR
     
    2. You may turn left to go park. There are 3 rows designated for parking and we have asked staff not to park there. If you park, we ask that you continue to use the main entrance and crosswalk to come into the building.
     
    AM DROP OFF
    Proceed in a line to the student drop off area which we call the “Drop Off Zone”.  There are staff members there to assist students getting out of cars safely.   
     
    Students walk to their classrooms and use their outside doors. If students eat breakfast in the morning, they may enter the gym doors.
     
    After dropping off your child, EXIT by turning left through an “Exit Only” row of our parking lot.
     
    PM PICK UP
    Proceed in line to the student pick up area which we call the “Pick Up Zone”.  Students who are regularly picked up and those students who have a note for special pick up situations will be waiting there.  Students will be lined up according to grade.  If families have more than one student in more than one grade level, the older student(s) will stand with the youngest student in the family.  There are staff members there to assist students getting into cars safely.
     
    Our goal is to quickly and efficiently get students loaded into their vehicles. Families will receive a bright colored placard with their students’ names on it to display in the vehicle window (placards should be coming home this week).  
     
    When a staff member sees the placard and identifies the vehicle and adult, students will be instructed to go and stand at one of four “stations” designated by a solid color flag.  Please be assured that staff will be vigilant in dismissing students to the appropriate adult.
     
    In most cases, when a car comes to the front of the line, we are able to find and place the student in the car quickly. If a car comes to the front of the line and a student is not there, we may ask you to park in the first few parking spots by the pickup area while we locate your child.
     
    If you have chosen to park and walk up to get your child, please be aware that you will need to come into the building, wait in the front entry until the bell rings for dismissal, and then proceed to the library where a staff member will release your student to you. Please DO NOT attempt to walk up to the Pick Up Zone to retrieve your child.
     
    ALSO, it is important that parents NEVER attempt to retrieve a child from the bus line/area.  This is a very unsafe situation!  If your child has already lined up to get on a bus and you wish to take them with you, you will need to come into the office and we will walkie-talkie to the staff members on bus duty to retrieve your child.
     
    Please be aware that our Preschool has a different pick up and drop off loop.  You will see those families driving through a different area.  This area is for PRESCHOOL ONLY.  Preschool begins and ends a few minutes earlier than our classes.
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  • Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 11

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 9/11/2017
    Welcome to a beautiful new school year! My staff has been preparing for your children's arrival and we are so very glad they are here!  Our Kindergarten Class of 2030 has arrived and today was their first day. Our Goal for each one of these students is 100% Graduation, and we are ready for the challenge!
     
    Each year at our annual Sumner School District convocation, staff members are honored for years of service. I have been in this wonderful school district for many years and I look forward to more!  Each year presents new and exciting opportunities and I am looking forward to continuing as Principal of Crestwood Elementary.
     
    These Crestwood staff members were honored on August 29th:
    Kelly Colbert   10 years
    Tina Hoefs       10 years
    Susan Nix        20 years
    Brenda Hanson 25 years
    Shannon Goetz 25 years
    Kay Gallo         30 years
     
    Thanks for a great start, and as always, we appreciate your support of our students and staff at Crestwood Elementary. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     
    Welcome New Staff!
    We would like to welcome the following new staff to Crestwood.
     
    Rachelle Mine, Kindergarten Teacher
    Irina Yakimchuk, 1st grade Teacher
    Jennifer Pooley, 5th grade Teacher
    Hailey Smoot, Student Teacher in Mrs. Crowley's class
    Keira Carmichael, Music Teacher
    Samantha Jung, Speech Language Pathologist
    Glenda Johnson, Preschool Special Education Teacher
    Erin Martin, Self Contained Preschool Special Education Teacher
    Adina Sanderson, Preschool Special Education Paraeducator
    Kira Kaelin, Preschool Special Education Paraeducator
    McKinley Goble, Certificated Permanent SubstituteTeacher
    Shelbie Frounfelter, Pierce College Intern
    Raquel Gonzales, Pierce College Intern
    Morgan Henderson, Pierce College Intern
     

     

    Have you heard about Playworks?

    This school year, Crestwood Elementary is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.
     
    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.
     
    So, what’s different? Crestwood's recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.
     
    Research shows that positive and active play helps:
    • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school
    • Foster more empathetic kids
    • Develop more engaged and productive citizens
     
    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.
     

    Have You Purchased Your Popcorn Card Yet?

    Beginning this year, the PTA will no longer sell individual bags of popcorn on Popcorn Fridays.  You MUST purchase a popcorn card in order to receive popcorn. 

    The first Popcorn Friday will be on September 29th.  Popcorn is scheduled for every other Friday.

    Popcorn Cards will be for sale through September 27th.  You can purchase your child’s Popcorn Card for $5.00 by completing a popcorn form, found in the office at school, and returning it with your payment no later than September 27th

    We accept cash, (exact amount only please; we cannot make change), or check made payable to Crestwood PTA.

    If you are unsure if you have already purchased your Popcorn Card, please email popcorn@crestwoodpta.com and we will be able to assist you.

     

    Procedures for Drop Off and Pick Up

    When entering the Crestwood campus, you have two options to follow once you get to the parking lot entrance :
     
    1.You may turn right to go to the drop off/pick up zone.
     
    OR
     
    2. You may turn left to go park. There are 3 rows designated for parking and we have asked staff not to park there. If you park, we ask that you continue to use the main entrance and crosswalk to come into the building.
     
    AM DROP OFF
    Proceed in a line to the student drop off area which we call the “Drop Off Zone”.  There are staff members there to assist students getting out of cars safely.   
     
    Students walk to their classrooms and use their outside doors. If students eat breakfast in the morning, they may enter the gym doors.
     
    After dropping off your child, EXIT by turning left through an “Exit Only” row of our parking lot.
     
    PM PICK UP
    Proceed in line to the student pick up area which we call the “Pick Up Zone”.  Students who are regularly picked up and those students who have a note for special pick up situations will be waiting there.  Students will be lined up according to grade.  If families have more than one student in more than one grade level, the older student(s) will stand with the youngest student in the family.  There are staff members there to assist students getting into cars safely.
     
    Our goal is to quickly and efficiently get students loaded into their vehicles. Families will receive a bright colored placard with their students’ names on it to display in the vehicle window (placards should be coming home this week).  
     
    When a staff member sees the placard and identifies the vehicle and adult, students will be instructed to go and stand at one of four “stations” designated by a solid color flag.  Please be assured that staff will be vigilant in dismissing students to the appropriate adult.
     
    In most cases, when a car comes to the front of the line, we are able to find and place the student in the car quickly. If a car comes to the front of the line and a student is not there, we may ask you to park in the first few parking spots by the pickup area while we locate your child.
     
    If you have chosen to park and walk up to get your child, please be aware that you will need to come into the building, wait in the front entry until the bell rings for dismissal, and then proceed to the library where a staff member will release your student to you.  Please DO NOT attempt to walk up to the Pick Up Zone to retrieve your child.
     
    ALSO, it is important that parents NEVER attempt to retrieve a child from the bus line/area.  This is a very unsafe situation!  If your child has already lined up to get on a bus and you wish to take them with you, you will need to come into the office and we will walkie-talkie to the staff members on bus duty to retrieve your child.
     
    Please be aware that our Preschool has a different pick up and drop off loop.  You will see those families driving through a different area.  This area is for PRESCHOOL ONLY.  Preschool begins and ends a few minutes earlier than our classes.
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  • August Update

    Posted by Kay Gallo on 8/25/2017
    Hello Crestwood!
     
    Welcome Back!  We are so excited to kick off the 2017-2018 school year!  Please join us on Wednesday, August 30th at 5:00 pm for an Ice Cream Social and from 6:00-7:00 pm for an Open House.  Class lists will be posted on the front doors of the school at 5:00 pm.  Crestwood does not require our families to purchase supplies.  Instead, we ask that families contribute $30 per child for supplies for the year.  This fee can be paid during the Social and Open House.  We accept cash or checks made out to Crestwood Elementary.
    We look forward to welcoming our students back to school!
     
    Sincerely,
    Kay Gallo
     
    Kindergarten Families! 

    We would like to extend a special welcome to our Kindergarten families!  We are happy to see our students' younger siblings AND the new families coming through our doors!

    Each Kindergartner has a special "meet & greet" time to come to school with their grown-ups and spend a little time getting to know their teacher and becoming familiar with the classroom.  Appointment times have already been scheduled on either September 6th, 7th or 8th. If you do not have an appointment time, or are unsure of your time, please call the office at 891-4550.

    Kindergarten begins on Monday, September 11th.  Our PTA will be here with "Tissues and Treats" for those dropping of their little ones!

     

    Welcome New Staff!

    We would like to welcome the following new staff to Crestwood.
     
    Rachelle Mine, Kindergarten
    Irina Yakimchuk, 1st grade
    Hailey Smoot, student teacher in Mrs. Crowley's class
    Keira Carmichael, Music
    Samantha Jung, Speech
    Glenda Johnson, Preschool Special Education
    Erin Martin, Self Contained Preschool Special Ed 
    Adina Sanderson, paraeducator, Preschool Special Ed
    Kira Kaelin, paraeducator, Preschool Special Ed
    McKinley Goble, Certificated Permanent Substitute
    Shelbie Frounfelter, Pierce College Intern
    Raquel Gonzales, Pierce College Intern
    Morgan Henderson, Pierce College Intern
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