Beep! Beep! Blast! - May 2023

Beep! Beep! Blast! - May 2023



Beep! Beep! Blast

May 2023 Parent Newsletter       


Principal's Message


Dear Crystal Springs Roadrunner Families,  

Soon “May the Fourth Be With You Day” will be here. While my memory can be a bit foggy the older I get, I do remember Star Wars being released in the movie theaters in May of 1977. Although a young kindergartner at the time, the memory of leaving school early to see this intergalactic movie is as crystal clear as the bright lights along the movie marque. I remember my whole-body bursting with energy and excitement. So much so it landed me a one-way trip to the principal’s office. As the car approached the Seattle Cinerama Theater my eyes grew as wide as the galaxy. The Cinerama was mesmerizing with its huge carnival-colored letters and its big spotlights dancing and shimmering in the sunlight. The line of Star Wars enthusiasts snaked around the building for what seemed like miles. The anticipation was overwhelming, but the wait was worth it!  

Until recently, there had not been an event that mimicked such experience and emotion for me. Our recent welcoming of students back to campus for the 2022-23 school year, brought back the same exhilarating feelings like that day as a kindergartner. Words simply cannot describe the immense excitement, happiness, and pure joy I felt and continue to feel to see students each and every day. It is incredibly energizing for me to be able to walk thru classrooms or press my nose against the glass, wave and smile at students and staff. To have campus classrooms have character, personality and filled with children’s laughter is an energizing feeling each day. As we get closer to the end of this school year, we are planning for next. Once July rolls around, I know I will once again eagerly await to see students in our halls again. While the time between July and September will feel like forever, much like standing in line at the theater, the wait will definitely be worth it!  

Thank you to all of our Crystal Springs families for continuing to walk alongside us.  

In closing, this next week is Staff Appreciation Week. As you are aware, Crystal Springs is full of incredible staff members who make Crystal Springs an inclusive and welcoming place for all. I have been impressed by all the creative and amazing ways staff have continued to provide a quality learning experience for our students. I hope you take time to send a message to your teacher or another staff member and let them know you appreciate what they do. May the Fourth Be With You!  

Warm regards,

Ali Airhart


 In This Issue

  • Dates to Remember
  • In the Know!
    • Kindergarten and New Student 2023-2024 Registration
    • Waivers
    • Are You Moving?
    • Student Showcase
    • Kindergarten Connection Night
    • 5th Grade Camp Cedar Springs
    • SBA Testing Schedule
    • Technology Information
    • Technology Update
    • Calling All Parents!!
    • Help Your Child Succeed in School
    • Roadrunner Pantry
  • In Appreciation
  • PTA News
  • District News


Dates to Remember

Important Events in May

  • Early Release Wednesdays - 2:25pm
    • May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st
  • Girls on the Run - 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • May 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th 
  • Student Showcase
    • Submit your performance to Flipgrip by Friday, May 5th
  • Kindergarten Connection for the 2023-2024 School Year
    • Tuesday, May 9th - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Track Practice - 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • May 8th, 15th, and 22nd
  • Track Meets 
    • Tuesday, May 2nd - 5:00pm at Northshore Middle School
    • Tuesday, May 9th - 5:00pm at Kenmore Elementary
    • Tuesday, May 16th - 5:00pm at Skyview Middle School
    • Tuesday, May 23rd - 5:30pm Junior Olympics at North Creek High School
  • Smarter Balance Testing (SBA)
    • 3rd Grade
      • Math - May 23rd, 24th, and 25th
    • 4th Grade
      • ELA - May 15th, 16th, and 17th
      • Math - May 30th, 31st and June 1st
    • 5th Grade 
      • ELA - May 9th, 10th, and 11th
      • Math - May 31st and June 1st
      • WCAS - May 24th and 25th
    • Make-up Days
      • Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 9th
  • Student Showcase - 6:00-7:30pm
    • Tuesday, May 30th - in the gym

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming June Events

  • Early Release Wednesdays - 2:25pm
    • June 7th
  • Girls on the Run - 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • June 1st, 6th
  • Band and Orchestra Performance 6:00pm-7:30pm
    • June 6th, Canyon Park Middle School Gym
  • REJ Team Outreach - 5:00pm-6:00pm
    • Thunderbird Mobile Home Park
  • Full School Day - 9:25am-3:55pm
    • Wednesday, June 14th
  • Field Day - 1:30pm-3:30pm
    • Wednesday, June 14th
  • No School - Juneteenth
    • Monday, June 19th
  • Last Day of School - 9:25am-12:05pm
    • June 20th
  • Report Cards Mailed Home
    • Friday, June 23rd
  • Office Closed for the Summer
    • June 30th


In the Know

Kindergarten and New Student 2023-2024 Registration

Kindergarten and NEW students registration for the 2023-2024 is open. Please go to the district website to register your student at



Waiver acceptance dates for the 2023-2024 school year are now posted on the Northshore School District site.


Are You Moving?

If you are moving information needed:

  • Staying within the Crystal Springs service area, please notify our Registrar, Lynnea Webb at and complete the 'Change of Address' form.
  • Moving outside of the Crystal Springs service area please notify our Registrar, Lynnea Webb at as soon as possible.
Please keep your students information current (new address, phone number, email, and/or emergency contact) by contacting the office or update your information in ParentVue.

Student Showcase

Do you know martial arts, dance, sing, play an instrument, perform gymnastics, act, or have some other amazing skill?
Then we want you to be part of the Crystal Springs Student Showcase! Submit your performance to Flipgrid by Friday, May 5, 2023. All students will be showcased on Flipgrid from Wednesday, May 31th - Tuesday, June 20th. A limited number of performances will be randomly selected to perform in front of a live audience on the evening of Tuesday, May 30th! We will notify you with details by Friday, May 12th if you are in the live show. 

  • The Roadrunner Way - Performers should follow the roadrunner way in performance, clothing, and music selection. Be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE.
  • Each performance should be 2.5 minutes or less.
  • Record and submit your performance to Flipgrid by Friday, May 5th.
  • Link to Flipgrid:
    • Sign into Flipgrid using your student's Google account. (If you need help using Flipgrid, contact one of the teachers below.)
    • Include only the student's first name and last initial with the recording.
    • Your performance will only be seen by the Showcase coordinators once it has been submitted.
    • The Showcase will be available to all Crystal Springs families on Wednesday, May 31st.
For questions please contact:
Leinani -
Mrs. Weber -

Kindergarten Connection Night

Incoming Kindergarteners for the 2023-2024 school year!

When: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
What Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Crystal Springs Elementary

We are excited to welcome all our new Kindergarten Families to Crystal Springs!  You’ll meet our kindergarten teachers, explore classrooms, and participate in fun activities. 


5th Grade Camp Cedar Springs

Luggage Drop-off

  • Thursday, May 11th 4:05pm-7:00pm in Portable 3 (Mr. Rhoades) 
  • Friday, May 12th 7:00am-9:00 in the Gym
Leave for Camp Cedar Springs
  • Monday, May 15th students to arrive at school by bus or parent drop-off by 9:20am
Pick-up Student from Crystal Springs
  • Wednesday, May 17th student will be by the gym at 1:15p 


SBA Testing Schedule

Smarter Balance testing begins in the end of April and ends the beginning of June. Below is the schedule for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.


Technology Information

If you are moving or advancing to middle school within the Northshore School District:

  • .Keep all of your technology with you
    • Computer, charger and laptop bag.
If you are moving outside of the Northshore School District:
  • Return all of your technology to Ms. Aarthi before the last day of school (school technology specialist)
    • Computer, charger and laptop bag.

Technology Update

District Provided Hotspots
Crystal Springs records indicate that some of families have a district hotspot checked out.

The District has informed us that NDS's Mobile Hotspot Program is ending Friday, June 30th. All checked-out hotspots will need to be returned to Crystal Springs (Ms. Aarthi at on or before Tuesday, June 20th. Plan to return your hotspot and charger to the office or have your student hand it to their teacher. All NSD hotspots will be deactivated on Friday, June 30th.

NSD is giving families lead time to make other internet service arrangements. Alternate internets plans are available through the Affordable Connectivity Program; this service will give you more robust service than a hotspot can offer. Additional information is provided under District News below


Calling All Parents!!

Let Us Do the Back-To-School Shopping for You!

We are excited to offer you the option of purchasing school supply kits for the 2023-2024 school year.  As in years past, we might offer you a less expensive option for purchasing school supplies. Let us do the shopping for you, and the supplies will be waiting on your student’s desk when they arrive to school!

Each kit contains the supplies requested by your teachers in the next year’s grade.   If you order now, school supplies will be ready for your child on the first day of school!  School supply lists will be on our school website, if you would like to see what would be included in the supply kit, or to purchase the supplies yourself go to:  

Let us do the shopping, and you enjoy your summer!

Please order online through Intouch Receipting:
Also payable by cash (*exact amounts only) or check payable to Crystal Springs Elementary.
Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2023.
Crystal Springs Elementary

Please check the Crystal Springs website for the cost and supply list. Order forms will be sent in ParentSquare at a later date.
Please contact our office if you have any questions: with the subject line '2023-2024 School Supplies'.


Help Your Child Succeed in School:

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

  • Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10% or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absence and tardies can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.


  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to their teachers and classmates before school starts.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up.
    • Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
  • Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • If your child must stay home due to illness, ask the teacher for resources and ideas to continue learning at home.
Visit Attendance Works at for free downloadable resources and tools! 

Roadrunner Pantry

The Roadrunner Pantry is located on the Crystal Springs campus. The pantry is open and available for any family in need of extra support and offers, non-perishable foods, paper products, personal hygiene products, laundry soap and other useful items. Please contact Nurse Jamey at 425-408-4306 or to arrange a time for you to come check out our pantry and shop



In Appreciation

C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award

Each school nominated two students to receive the award for displaying the characteristics of a humanitarian in their school and community.

Congratulations to our recipients!

Fourth Grade:

  • Chaitralalith Vennapusa - Mrs. Throsheim
Fifth Grade:
  • Sara Chavarin-Jimenez - Mr. Rhoades

Crystal Springs Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to the following students, recipients of the Crystal Springs Humanitarian Award.

Nominees from Fourth Grade:

  • Bethany Stockert - Mrs. Ames
Nominees from Fifth Grade:
  • Isaac Robinson - Mr. Wright
  • Nene Fuqua - Mrs. Chargualaf
  • Sylvia Packer - Mr. Rhoades
  • Elena Rueda Lopez - Mrs. Chargualaf

Retake and Group Picture Day

Thank you Esther! You kept everyone group, classroom and new students on time for their pictures. 


PTA News!

PTA activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The District assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or the safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court of administrative tribunal arising out of distribution of these materials including attorney's fees and judgement or awards.


Staff Appreciation Week!

Staff appreciation week is the week of May 8th! We would love to provide out amazing staff with a delicious soup and salad potluck lunch on Monday. Please sigh up if you're able!


Important Message PTA Needs You!

We have a small PTA at Crystal Springs and have struggled to keep it going the past few years. We strive to support our students and teachers through offering enrichment programs, free family events, staff appreciation and more. Events like the Back to School social, BINGO Night and Mariners Night Out are so much fun, but take time and effort to plan. We need volunteers to step up so we can keep these fun family events and programs going next year. All PTA Board positions are open for 2023-2024 - President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions so we can continue to support our kids, families, and school staff. Email for more information.


Dessert Night Out 

Join us Thursday, May 18th at Menchis from 3:00pm-8:00pm and enjoy some FroYo. 15% of proceeds will go towards supporting our PTA!


Save the Date - Spring Magic Show

Our PTA is so excited to have Magician Nate Jester come to our school for a fun, FREE performance on Thursday, June 8th at 6:00pm. Nate Jester is an award winning Seattle based magician that has performed all over the world and at events for companies as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and even the Seattle Sounders FC! Please save the date for a night of family fun. More information to come!


District News

Affordable Connectivity Program

The ACP Provides eligible households a discount of up to $30 per month off their internet bills (or up to $75 per month for households living on Tribal lands), as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 off an eligible connected device like a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. In many cases, households can get high-speed internet without any cost by choosing a fully covered internet plan.
Households are eligible to participate in the ACP if any of the following applies:

  • A child participates in the Free and Reduced-Priced School Lunch or Breakfast program, including at Community Eligibility Provision schools
  • The household's income is 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or less (currently $60,000 for a family of four)
  • A member of the household participates in certain other federal programs, like Medicaid or SNAP; OR
  • The household meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income plan.
Resources with information about the ACP: All hotspots will be deactivated in late June.

Free Early Childhood Education


Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Ready Start are early learning programs that provide many free services to eligible 3-5 year old children and their families.

Call one of our Family Support Specialist to see if you are eligible:

Woodmoor Elementary

Sheriece Simon: 425-408-6072

Kendra Rodriguez (Spanish): 425-408-5678

Kenmore Elementary

Stephanie Gonwa: 425-408-4829

Emily Birchman (Spanish): 425-408-4862

Sorenson Early Childhood Center

Erinn Zavaglia (Spanish): 425-408-5566


Threads & Treads

Threads & Treads is a clothing bank providing Northshore School District families with free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing and fashions for school, special events, career, sports/recreation, and shoes & accessories. Northshore families are welcome to select clothing, and accessories, and special event items as available. Canyon Park Middle School PTSA oversees this resource in partnership with Northshore organizations, community volunteers, and the Northshore School District.
This resource is open every Wednesday 3:00-6:00pm. We will be closed when the district is closed on holidays and breaks. We will be open the first Saturday of the month from 9:00-12:00pm.

Clothing Donations - Donations can ALWAYS be dropped off at Threads & Treads on Wednesdays from 2:30-6:00pm during shopping hours when Threads & Treads is open. You can also drop donations in the CPMS office during school hours any day of the week. There are donation bins just inside the first door.

For more information go to:


Every Heart, Every Mind, Every Day in Every Way

Crystal Springs Elementary
21615 9th AVE SE
Bothell, WA 98021

May 2023


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