Crystal Springs Family Newsletter


Principal Points- January

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of year/ decade. 2020 is bittersweet for me. My daughter, Savanna, will be graduating from high school in June and then headed off to Gonzaga University in the fall. I remember her as an elementary school student thinking that 2020 as her graduating year was so far away. Time goes by too fast. Enjoy every moment with your child/ children this holiday season. Happy New Year- see you on January 6th!

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:

PBIS at Crystal Springs

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. This means that we are working together as a whole school to better support your children by teaching and encouraging respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors. One way that we do this is by teaching “The Roadrunner Way”. Roadrunners are safe, respectful, and responsible. These are the three pillars of our PBIS program. When we catch students "doing the right thing" they are given a Roadrunner Reward. Each student collects 50 Roadrunner Rewards to earn a "beep beep". Talk with your child about the last time their class has received a "beep beep".

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bees will be taking place in each classroom during the month of January. The winner from each class will participate in the school Spelling Bee on February 4th at 9:45 am . Please remember that for the comfort of all students involved, we ask that no families come to the classroom spelling bee. All are welcome on February 4th at 9:45 am.

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

Purchase with purpose!! Amazon donates to Crystal Springs Elementary Parents and Teachers Association when you shop for supplies at

Search: Crystal Springs Elementary Parents and Teachers Association .

Upcoming Important Dates!


6th- Welcome back assembly- Crystal Springs spirit wear day- 2:45 PM

7th- Science Adventure Lab for 4th grade

8th- Early Release at 2:30

10th- fire drill- 10:30 am

15th- Early Release at 2:30

17th- MLK Assembly-

9:40- K, 3, 4, (Wright and Romano perform)

10:25- 1, 2, 5 (Smith/ Rance and Yoder perform)

20th- No School

21st- Assembly- green schools- 9:40- Primary and Romano, 10:40- Intermediate

22nd- Early Release at 2:30

24th- Humanitarian Breakfast- 9:35 am

27th- non-student day

29th- Early Release at 2:30

30th- Tears of Joy assembly for the students- 1:00 and 2:30

Daily Schedule-

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

Collaboration Wednesdays- 9:30- 2:30