Crystal Springs Family Newsletter


Principal Points- February

I wanted to remind all of you that our Mid-Winter break will be from February 17th- 21st.

In March, we are excited that we will host our Festival of Cultures. Flyers will be coming home in February! Please take some time to see if your family can participate either by setting up a table/ booth or to perform a traditional dance (or both)! This is a very special night that celebrates our diverse cultures at Crystal Springs- I look forward to seeing you all on March 24th at 6:30 PM.

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:

SEL at Crystal Springs

For the month of February we are focusing on Empathy. Empathy means identifying and understanding your own and others' feelings in order to get along better. Families are an important part of helping children remember and improve their empathy skills. To help students practice empathy skills they will be: Identifying their own and others' feelings through looking at faces, recognizing body clues, listening to voices, and watching what is happening.

It is important to simply listen and talk about feelings to help children become more understanding of others.

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

Spelling Bee

The school Spelling Bee will be on February 4th at 9:45 am. There is one student from each classroom that will be represented at the school Bee. Letters went home to the parents of these students inviting them to the competition. The winner from our school Bee will advance to the Regional Bee at the end of February!

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!


4th- All School Spelling Bee- 9:45 AM

5th- Community Partnerships at Griffis - SEL focus- 9:45 AM

5th- Early Release- 2:30 PM

5th- Report Cards go home

7th- Humanitarian Breakfast- 9:35

7th- Conferences- Early Release- 12:40 PM

8th- NSD Job Fair- 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

11th- Earthquake drill- 2:45 pm

11th- Title 1 Parent Night- 6:00- 7:30 pm

12th- Early Release- 2:30 PM

17th- 21st- MId-Winter Break- No School

24th- Welcome Back Assembly for students- 2:45 pm

26th- Early Release- 2:30 PM

Daily Schedule-

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

Collaboration Wednesdays- 9:30- 2:30