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Crystal Springs Elementary School

The Weekly Wrap by Principal Nielsen- January 8th

Dear Crystal Springs Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing winter break with your family. The staff at Crystal Springs is looking forward to an amazing 2021 with your child/ children!

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 pm. I hope that you can all join us!

All the information you need is below!


Anne Nielsen- Principal

APEX Fundraiser is coming in February!

APEX Fundraiser is coming! Crystal Springs Elementary is once again partnering with APEX Leadership for a fundraising activity! This will be our 6th year participating with APEX Fundraising. Our goal is to raise money to add equipment to our playground and to help with the student supplies we are sending home monthly, so all our students have what they need for remote/virtual learning.

In February, we will be sending home participation bracelets and T-shirts to every student from APEX! Every student will receive these items. In the beginning of February, we will have a virtual APEX Pep Rally via Zoom. Each day following, APEX will join your student's classroom with a short lesson. In the past, these have coincided with the Northshore School District’s Second Steps curriculum.

One difference this year is that we will not be having individual student prizes.

We will instead have Team/Classroom and School rewards. You will be receiving more information in the next few weeks, which will detail the actual fundraising activity and what our Culminating event will this time, either a Rockstar Rick Dance Video, or A Fun Run (on your own time). We are so excited to start our Fun Run/ Virtual Dance Party in February!

Parent Nights in January

This is time to connect with other parents of your child's grade level and ask any questions that you might have! See you next week!

January 11th- Kinder- 5:00-

January 11th- 1st Grade- 6:00-

January 12th- 2nd grade- 5:00-

January 12th- 3rd grade- 6:00-

January 13th- 4th grade- 5:00-

January 13th- 5th grade- 6:00-

Community Liaisons meetings next week

Thank you for all you do for Crystal Springs! We would love to have your feedback on how things are going for our families and where support may ne needed. You received an email from Mr. Schoenfeldt this week assigning each if you to a region, please join us during your Region time this upcoming week.

Region 1: Monday January 11, 7 PM

Region 3: Wednesday January 13, 7PM

Region 2: Thursday January 14, 6 PM

Region 4: Thursday January 14, 7PM

PTA meeting on January 12th- 7:00 pm

Please join us for our Winter General PTA Meeting, Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. We will briefly go over general business and will be joined by a special guest speaker, Catherine Stafford, for the remainder of the meeting. Catherine is a local, licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides parent coaching, and individual child and family therapy based in the philosophies of the Nurtured Heart Approach. She will be joining us to speak about some of the challenges she is seeing families face during the COVID-19 crisis, and be available to answer questions and offer some tips for families for support during these especially challenging times.

Here is a link to her website if you would like to learn more about Catherine or Nurtured Heart Approach prior to our meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday night!

Crystal Springs PTA Winter General Meeting

Time: Jan 12, 2021 07:00 PM

Meeting ID: 865 2059 2630

Passcode: 009645

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Highly Capable Testing Update

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is in the middle of our 2020-2021 screening and assessment plan.

Grade 5 Update

We plan to work on device distribution for grade 5 during the month of January in hopes of screening fifth graders using the NNAT3 between February 1st-12th. Following the NNAT3, we will invite students to take the Iowa test if they score above the 85%.

Students in grades K-4

We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-4. Our department will update families when we can safely test.

PACE Application Deadline

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. All applications are due prior to the February 5th PACE lottery drawing deadline, and a virtual tour is required prior to application.

The hallmarks of PACE include an enhanced educational experience due to high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. Families commit to a minimum number of volunteer hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three elementary school sites in the district with feeder patterns from all Northshore elementary schools.

A tour is required prior to applying to the PACE program. To register for a virtual tour hosted by PACE at Lockwood Elementary, please email
For more information about the PACE program, please visit

Important Dates to Remember

*I-Ready Assessment window- January 4- January 29th

*Parent Nights- January 11th, 12th, 13th

*January 31st- report cards sent home

*Feb. 3rd- supply pick-up day- 2:00- 6:00 (APEX kick- off)

*APEX- Feb. 3rd- 12th

*March 11- Dr. Reid visit

*I-Ready Assessment window- May 17- June 11th