Crystal Springs Family Newsletter


Principal Points- October

Crystal Springs is on its way to becoming a King County Green School. Last year a few staff members began working on the Level 1 Green School certification for Crystal Springs. Exciting accomplishments over the year included replacing plastic silverware with real silverware, creating a native rock garden, constructing water cisterns to collect rain water for our vegetable garden and improving our recycling program. Stay tuned for the exciting possibilities to come!

Parents + Students + Teachers= Success

Anne Nielsen (Principal)

Every Moment Matters

At Crystal Springs, every moment matters. When talking to your students about their day, here are some suggestions:
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Social Emotional Learning

What is SEL? In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can better understand, manage, and express emotions and empathy, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL curricula teach children techniques that help them gain confidence, set and achieve positive goals, collaborate well, and navigate the world more effectively—adding a highly valuable dimension to education in the classroom. (CASEL, “What is SEL?”)

Picking up your child from school?

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

Highly Capable Information

The Highly Capable Eligibility Process is underway for services beginning in the 2020-21 school year. You can learn more about highly capable services at the Northshore School District website under the “In Our Schools” tab. If you are interested in having your student considered for highly capable services, your first step is to provide parent permission. The parent permission form is available online at

This year, the Northshore School District will screen every student in kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade, as well as new students enrolling prior to October 16th, 2019. The turnaround time between screening and assessment is much shorter this year. Parents must complete the permission form by 4 p.m. Friday, October 25th. Screening results for first and fifth graders will be mailed in November. Final assessment results will be available in January.

If you have multiple students in your family, you should complete one permission form per student. If your child currently has a single HiCap designation, we still need your permission to assess for the other content area. If your student is already dually qualified, no assessment is required. If you have questions, please contact

Community Partnerships

Mrs. Baisch and Mrs. Nielsen are excited to partner with the parents throughout the year for "Community Partnerships". We will be meeting at the Griffis Apartment complex at 20225 Bothell Everett Hwy. on the following dates:

October 16th- reading focus- 9:45 am

December 11th- math focus- 9:45 am

February 5th- social emotional learning focus- 9:45 am

April 15th- SBA focus- 9:45 am

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.

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Upcoming Important Dates!


1st- Cross Country meet- Maywood- 4:45 pm

2nd- Early Release- 2:30 pm

2nd- Watch Dog Night- 6:00-7:00

8th- APEX Pep Rally

8th- PTA Red Robin Night

8th- Cross Country meet- Fernwood- 4:45 pm

9th- Early Release- 2:30 pm

15th- Cross Country meet at Woodin- 4:45

16th- Early Release- 2:30 pm

17th- APEX Fun Run

22nd- Cross Country meet at Canyon Creek- 4:45 pm

23rd- Early Release- 2:30 pm

25th- PTA Harvest Bingo

30th- Early Release- 2:30 pm

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

Collaboration Wednesdays- 9:30- 2:30

Certificated Contract Day- 8:55- 4:30