Penny Creek Frog News

December 2022 - Volume 6 Issue 4

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Message from Ms. Marti Shefveland

The month of December welcomes a variety of holidays. Many of you may look forward to the upcoming Winter Break to celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, or New Years. You may be looking forward to time for travel or rest. No matter your plans, I hope Winter Break brings rest and joy to your families.

This month, I want to highlight our work on Learning Improvement Fridays at Penny Creek. The early release time is consistently used for what we call Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) focused on our School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Grade level teacher teams work collaboratively with our instructional coaches and administrative team to develop instruction aligned to state learning standards, review performance data, and plan interventions and best methods to support students’ academic growth. At these meetings, teachers analyze student performance data, noticing strengths and areas for growth, and share strategies to help improve their instructional practice. These are engaging, and rigorous sessions important to maintaining focus on supporting every student.

Additionally, we use monthly staff meetings to provide professional development for teachers that aligns with our SIP. At our last three staff meetings, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, who previously was a Multi-Lingual Coach, and Mrs. Hudson, Penny Creek’s current Multi-Lingual Learner coach, taught us how to teach vocabulary more effectively, how to use visuals and signal words effectively to reinforce understanding of key concepts, and provided insight on how our districts’ Imagine Language and Learning program provides language learners effective instruction of the English language. Teachers found these sessions immediately relevant. It is encouraging to see these strategies applied in classrooms.

Beyond our SIP focus, you should know we continue our focus on Penny Creek PRIDE. Recall that PRIDE at Penny Creek stands for Problem Solving, Respect, In Control and Safe, Do our Best, and Show Everyone we Care. At our next PRIDE assembly, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, we will recognize students for showing Respect. We will also award more Pencil of Power awards, which go to students showing strong growth and/or performance in their academics.

As always, if I can answer any questions, please reach out.


Marti Shefveland

Arrival & Dismissal Student Safety Information

We need your help to keep our students safe during arrival and dismissal from school.

Specifically, there are two things needed.

  1. Drive slowly within a block of Penny Creek at these times. Especially when turning in and out of the parking lot, and within the parking lot. This can cause other drivers on 132nd Street Southeast and 39th Avenue Southeast to also drive slowly, which supports safe conditions.
  2. Have your students ride the bus to school as much as possible, rather than walk to school. Especially if walking requires crossing 132nd Street, as well as the cross streets of 39th Avenue Southeast and 44th Avenue Southeast. Even the crosswalks can be unsafe as there is heavy traffic in this area. Also, if your child will be walking to school and home from school, notify the office in writing via email at This enables us to support our students’ safety.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Student Birthday Treat Policy

At this time, we ask that no food items be brought to school to share with students. This includes individually packaged birthday treats. Families can send non-food items in celebration of student birthdays, some ideas include pencils, book marks, or fun erasers.

Items may be brought to school by your student or dropped off at the office. These items will be sent home with students at the end of the day.

Also, we request that parents do not arrange for delivery or bring in flowers or balloons to students, as they create a major disruption to the classroom. Balloons and glass (flower vases) are also prohibited on school buses. Thank you in advance for your attention to this.

Support Penny Creek's Food Drive: Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9

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Penny Creek's Lost and Found

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Thursday, December 1

  • Individual Picture RE-TAKE Day

Friday, December 2

  • Learning Improvement Friday. Student Dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 9

  • JHS Holiday Food Drive – bring nonperishables to your classroom

Thursday, December 8

  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Winter Concert - Henry M. Jackson HS Commons at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 9

  • PTA Popcorn Friday during Lunches.
  • Learning Improvement Friday. Student Dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 15

  • PRIDE Assemblies during the school day
  • Natural Leaders Meeting – PCE Library at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 16

  • PCE Spirit Day - Ugly Sweater Day
  • Early Release. Student Dismissed at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2

  • Winter Break (No School)

and... a look ahead:

  • Tuesday, January 3 - Welcome back - classes resume
  • Friday, January 6 - Learning Improvement Friday. Student Dismissed at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13 - Learning Improvement Friday. Student Dismissed at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13 - PCE Spirit Day - Inspirational/Kindness T-Shirt Day
  • Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King's Day (No School)
  • Friday, January 20 - Learning Improvement Friday. Student Dismissed at 2:15 p.m.
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Picture Retake Day - Thursday, December 1

If you did not get your picture taken on picture day, the order forms are available in the main office. Orders may also be placed online by searching for Penny Creek Elementary at and selecting the green Order button next to the school's retake day event. Check out the flyer HERE.

If you already ordered and want a new picture taken, please be sure to return your original picture packet to the photographer on retake day.

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If your student is absent or tardy from school, please email the attendance office at to let us know the reason for the absence or tardy. There is also a direct link on our webpage at:

  • Absences must be reported (by email or note) within 30 days after a student returns back to school, not including Holidays or weekends, in order to have the absence excused. Emails or notes turned in past the 30-day timeframe will be accepted; however, the absence is not excused and will be coded as such.
  • Automated attendance calls will be sent out daily at 10 a.m. If your student will be absent or tardy you must notify the office before 9:15 a.m. If it is reported after this time you may receive the automated call.
  • Please view the Everett School District Attendance Procedure 3122P for more information (including definitions of absences).
  • Did you have a medical appointment for your child, or they were sick, and you brought them to the doctor? If so, make sure to ask for a medical note from the provider. Email the note to the attendance office so those absences can be coded as a medical note excused absence.
  • Please fill out a Prearranged Absence Form if your student will be going on vacation/traveling or will miss school for an extended period of time. As per district policy, the principal or designee may excuse up to five (5) school days for a prearranged absence per student each school year.

The Gift of Attendance

Absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. Just a few missed days here and there, even excused absences, can add up and lost learning time can put your child behind in school.

This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation. This holiday season give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as to connect with their peers and teachers. As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session.

If your child is absent, please email the school at, which you can find on the school website. If email is not possible, and even if you leave a message with the school attendance line, please send a written note to the school office within 30 days after your student returns to school.

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The 4th grade students are finishing up their Bully Prevention unit. Ask your child about the IMPORTANT role of a Bystander (to recognize, report (not snitch) and refuse the bullying. They are also aware of the definition of Bullying (Keeps happening, you’ve tried asking them to stop and it’s not working, it’s directed mostly at you (unfair) and you did nothing back to the bully (one-sided)).

In January, we will start our focus on Mindfulness.

During the Holidays, some days can be stressful. Ask your child if they know another way to stay calm. Parents, please show your child a way that you stay calm.

How can I contact Ms. Roberts?


School phone: (425) 385-7210

Please click to my web page HERE to learn more about the counseling department and the available resources for families.

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The Penny Creek PTA Board would like to wish all our PCE families a joyful holiday season! We are thankful for your support this year and look forward to 2023!

For those of you who ordered Spirit Wear last month, our shipment should arrive before winter break. Once the shipment is here, we will notify parents using the email provided at time of order & the item(s) will be sent home with your student.

If you have any questions, contact the PTA via Email.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook for communication updates from the PTA.

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If the plan how your student is going home at the end of the school day, we ask that a guardian sends an email to the school office at and the classroom teacher by 2:45 pm.

Please include in your email message:

  • name of your student
  • name of their teacher
  • details of the the change of plan

Our office will deliver this information to your student. This method of communication helps to support our staff with accurate dismissal information.

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If your student needs to leave before the end of the school day, email the school office at in advance. Please include in your email message:

  • The specific DATE

  • The TIME you will pick up your student. Please know, we will call your student to the office once you have arrived to the school.

  • WHO will be picking up your student. If an adult designee is coming to pick up your student, an email from the guardian needs to be sent to confirm the information.

For the safety and security of students, we will ask for photo identification.

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Our Everett Public Schools December newsletter is attached below. These monthly articles connect all of our families with information pertaining to all of our schools/programs. To view, please select the "Download" link.

Transitional Kindergarten Program

Everett Public Schools offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for children who are not currently in an early learning program and are scheduled to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023. The program focuses on basic academic, social and self-help skills to jumpstart qualifying students toward success in school. Students will be screened and may qualify based on need.

To be eligible for screening, children must:

  • be five years old by August 31, 2023
  • live within the boundaries of Everett Public Schools
  • not be currently enrolled in an early learning program
  • demonstrate academic and/or social-emotional needs

Requests for screening opened in November. If you are interested in Transitional Kindergarten and believe your child may qualify, please visit our website at and submit an interest form by Friday, December 16, 2022.

Transitional Kindergarten begins in late January 2023 and will run through the last day of school in June 2023. School locations will be determined in January and will be communicated directly to eligible families. For preschool options, please visit our Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) webpage at

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