Crystal Springs Family Newsletter


Principal Points- December

Happy December! We have many exciting things happening around Crystal Springs. Please take some time to read through all of the activities that are coming up!

Parents + Students + Teachers= Success

Anne Nielsen (Principal)

Every Moment Matters- Family Stories

Every moment matters at Crystal Springs.

Please read through the flier. We would love to have a family a week share their family story on our video announcements. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Nielsen at:

Holiday Assembly and all school Pajama Day!- December 20th

9:40-10:10 Holiday Assembly

attending: K, 1, Herholdt, and Potter

(Performing: Manabat, Li-Green, Penski, Shoucair and Hogue/Sharp students)

10:25-10:55 Holiday Assembly

attending: 2. 4, 5. Hansen and Moll

(Performing: Nash, Hottowe, Robinson, Hansen and Moll students)

Please wear your pajamas!

Social Emotional Learning at Crystal Springs

How SEL Is Taught in the Classroom

  • The teacher explains a concept with words, pictures, video, and/or audio
  • Students practice the concept through skill practice, group discussion, individual writing, or partner work
  • The teacher continues reinforcing the concept throughout the week
  • The teacher sends information home for students to work on with parents
  • The teacher checks for understanding
  • The teacher re-teaches where necessary

Community Partnership Day- December 11th

Our Community Partnership Day will focus on ways that you can help your students with math talk. We look forward to seeing you all at Griffis Apartment Complex at 9:45 on December 11th.

20225 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA

Hi-Cap testing

An email/ letter was sent to families from the District Hi-Cap Department stating how your child did on the screener. For the students that are moving on to the next round for Hi-Cap testing, this is when the students will take the IOWA test.

December 9th- 1st grade- 9:30-11:00

December 10th- 2nd grade- 9:45- 11:00

December 11th- 3rd grade- 9:45- 11:00

December 12th- 4th grade- 9:45- 11:00

December 13th- 5th grade- 9:45- 11:00

Spelling Bee

We are excited that we are going to have each classroom do a spelling bee. The winner from each classroom will then go on to the school spelling bee that will take place on February 4th during the school day. Letters will be coming home to let you know when your child will participate in the class spelling bee in January.

Sound FC at lunch recesses

We are so fortunate to parter with Sound FC to engage in soccer activities during recess periods.

The coaches / staff members are attending recess on Wednesdays equipped with soccer balls, cones, pinnies etc. and set up an area within our play space where students can play in a fun soccer scrimmage overseen by their coaches / staff members. Ask your child about how it is going!

Closures and Delays

Emergency and weather-related problems can alter school schedules and affect bus transportation for students.

The district uses an automated message system to quickly send alerts to families. In the event of a school or district emergency, the district will contact families and staff using one or more of the following options: phone call, text message, email and/or push notification. In addition, the district will provide emergency information via web postings, recorded information lines and social media postings. Early morning notifications will be sent as early as 6 a.m., if possible.

If no schedule changes are posted, schools and buses are operating on normal schedules.

Notifications will only work if your contact information is current in the student records system. Please update your contact information annually with your student's school. You may also download our mobile app. Instructions are available on our mobile app page.

Here are ways to find out if schools will be delayed or closed:

  • local radio and television stations provide district/school information on a continuing basis beginning around 5 a.m. Since conditions vary from one district to another, it is very important to listen for mention of Northshore School District #417.
  • - a self subscription to the Puget Sound Emergency Message System
  • Our District Home Page
  • Northshore School District Information Line (425) 408-6001 (a recorded message line)
  • Your school's main phone number, when the voicemail service answers, press option "9"
  • Our mobile app

If emergency/inclement weather school closures occur, make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

Picking up your child from school?

If you are picking up your child from school, please send a note or email to our office.

Parents- do you have a minute to thank a staff member?

Expressing gratitude can fill your cup and our staff member's cup. Positive connections between home and school foster mutual respect; in turn creating a rich learning environment. If you're interested in sharing a quick "thank you" with someone who is having a positive impact on your student, please email me at: with subject line: Gratitude for Staff

Bus Lane- please do not use

When dropping students off or picking students up, please do not use the bus lane. Our bus lane is used early in the morning until late into the evening for middle school runs. Please only use the parking lot or the parent-pick-up lot in the north end of our parking lot. We truly appreciate your cooperation with this.

Amazon donates

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Upcoming Important Dates!


3rd- Salmon of Puget Sound- 5th grade

4th- Sound FC at recess- 11:40- 1:10

6th- Assembly for K-2- 12:40- 1:25 (King County Library)

11th- Community Partnerships at Griffis- 9:45- math focus

11th- Sound FC at recess- 11:40-1:10

18th- Sound FC at recess- 11:40- 1:10

20th- all school Pajama Day

December 20:

9:40-10:10 Holiday Assembly

attending: K, 1, Herholdt, and Potter

(Performing: Manabat, Li-Green, Penski, Shoucair and Hogue/Sharp students)

10:25-10:55 Holiday Assembly

attending: 2. 4, 5. Hansen and Moll

(Performing: Nash, Hottowe, Robinson, Hansen and Moll students)

Daily Schedule-

Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri- 9:30-4:00

Collaboration Wednesdays- 9:30- 2:30