Howler Hoorays:

August 2019 - June 2020

Canyon Creek PTA is 100% volunteer run and we depend heavily on our school community, including parents, older siblings, etc to help make programs & events successful. These notes are our THANK YOUS to all those who make what we do possible! We couldn't do it without you!

(most recent at the top...)

October 2019


10/20/2019 Howler

MANY THANKS from Nurse Susan for making the vision & hearing screening day such a success! She thanked Barby Taheri for providing lunch for the volunteers - and Stephanie Dunning & Starbucks for the coffee! She also thanked all the individual volunteers. See the complete message from Nurse Susan - along with an update about screening next steps.

MUCH APPRECIATION to our PTA Popcorn Team: Megan Madsen, Courtney Carr and Nancy Tangen, for popping nearly 800 bags of popcorn for our students and staff on Friday. The Popcorn Team will take a break until March, when Popcorn Fridays will resume!

10/13/2019 Howler

HUGE HOORAYS to our PTA Skate Night Chair, Megan King for coordinating a super fun skate night! The kids always love to see their friends outside of the classroom!

THANK YOUS (again) to our PTA Art Docent Team: Courtney Carr, Karen DeMercer and Elesha Ostrander, for hosting another Art Docent Training Session to make sure our Art Docents are comfortable getting in classrooms and giving art lessons! Also, MANY THANKS to those to have volunteered to be art docents and attended this training meeting!

APPRECIATION to our VP: Communications, Nicole Trimble & President, Melanie McKenzie for securing our PTA Business Sponsors again this year! We have 9 confirmed sponsors (and one or two pending payment)!  We will be creating our 2019-20 Sponsor page soon - as well as working on our new 2019-20 Sponsor & Welcome banners!

WOOHOOS to our PTA Box Tops Chair, Jenny Herbison, for coordinating our Fall Box Tops Drive...but it's not really done, she will be working to trim and count the Box Tops - and we will report the total amount for this drive when she submits it!

10/6/2019 Howler

MANY THANKS to volunteers who answered our call for help with the school's APEX Fun Run! We appreciate all those who helped hand out water and mark laps on t-shirts! You were an essential part of making the fun run work!

APPRECIATION for our PTA Social Media Chair, Megan King, for her continuing commitment to posting timely and pertinent information on our social media! If you haven't already, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

YIPPEES to our PTA Special Education Representative, Bethany Jager, for her work with the CCC box. We hope this becomes a helpful resource for families! 

September 2019


9/29/2019 Howler

MUCH APPRECIATION to everyone who attended our first Pastries & Principals event - we had a great turnout! HUGE GRATITUDE to our Principal, Mr. Denton, and Assistant Principal, Ms. Airhart, for attending and answering lots of questions! And finally, CHEERS to our PTA President: Melanie McKenziefor planning the event! We have another Pastries & Principals event scheduled for December 6th at 9:10am - mark your calendars!

SHOUT OUTS to Art Docent volunteerswho took the Art Docent Training last Thursday! We so appreciate you! And HUGE HOORAYS to our PTA Art Docent Chairs: Courtney Carr, Karen DeMercer and Elesha Ostrander for their art docent training, which yielded close to 50 parent volunteers trained and ready to tackle elementary art! Thanks to everyone involved in this AMAZING program!!

MANY THANKS to our PTA Math Challenge Chair: Daisy Tanfor working to get the Math Challenge program up and running! We kicked it off last Friday with the first Math Challenge! It's not too late to participate...learn more


9/22/2019 Howler

MUCH APPRECIATION to Mr. Graff and Michael Richardsfor coodinating the Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff for the new school year! HUGE HOORAYS for the potential Watch D.O.G.S. (and their kids) who came to learn about the program and sign up - we welcomed over 80 guests to the kickoff and went through 24 pizzas! We anticipate a GREAT year with Watch D.O.G.S.! MANY THANKS to our middle school volunteers (Sadie, Kelsey, Jordan & Jocelyn), who helped setup, serve, assist the kids at the art tables, and cleanup! An additional WOOHOO toDerrick Snyder for setting up the PTA membership table!

SHOUT OUTS to the kindergarten, social/emotional & 4th grade teachers for hosting the curriculum nights on Tuesday! Hearing more from teachers about how things will work over the school year is wonderful. 

CHEERS to Melanie McKenzie for setting up our After School Enrichment class registration for the fall! We have a new After School Enrichment Coordinator, Han Wexler, who will be taking over the program for the winter & spring classes!

9/15/2019 Howler

GRATITUDE to our PTA Popcorn Committee - Megan Madsen, Nancy Tangen and Courtney Carr, for popping 800 bags on Friday for our students and staff. That’s a lot of popcorn!!

MUCH APPRECIATION to PTA volunteers (Megan King, Tanantha Couilliard, Nicole Trimble, Melanie McKenzie, Casey Dwyer, Robin Zaback, Christine Hansen, Loan Mosescu) - along with all the awesome Canyon Creek & NSD staff who helped the kindergarteners get their bearings on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday this week - as they started the school year!

THANKS to all of the kindergarten parents, grandparents & guardians who joined us after drop off on Monday and Tuesday for our new Kindergarten Boohoo Woohoo events. CHEERS to all our PTA leaders and our school leaders for welcoming our new Kindergarten families, specifically Emily Cross, Casey Dwyer, Megan King, Nicole Trimble, Jennifer Snyder, Melanie McKenzie, Mr. Denton and Ms. Airhart. Much appreciation for helping to make their first day a little sweeter. More photos and comments.

SHOUT OUTS to the 1st & 3rd grade teachers for hosting the curriculum nights on Tuesday! Its always so great to hear about what will be happening in classrooms and what students will be working on this year.

9/8/2019 Howler

THANK YOU to the NSD staff and PTA volunteers who were on site for drop-off on the first day of school for 1st-5th graders at Canyon Creek! Your presence made such a difference for students (and parents) - helping students find their classes, learn how to navigate the new parking lot, etc.

CHEERS for Yard Announcements for providing the fun "Welcome Back" sign last Wednesday to welcome back our 1st-5th graders! 

9/1/2019 Howler

HUGE HOORAYS to all of the Community Serve Day volunteers who gave their time to help our school prepare for the new school year! We had many community volunteers in addition to student families and staff! Volunteers assisted teachers with so much in their classrooms and really made our school grounds look beautiful. You are SO appreciated. Special thanks to Ms. McLain for coordinating the specific event at our school. Canyon Creek was just one of 31 different schools that were part of the larger Community Serve Day, supported by many churches and groups.

THANK YOUS to our Staff Appreciation Team, Stephanie Dunning & Alyssa Koske, for the "Walk of Fame" breakfast for the Canyon Creek staff on their first official day back for the new school year. Special woohoo to Jonathon Dunning too! BIG CHEERS to Starbucks @ Canyon Creek Place and Starbucks @ Bothell Everett Hwy & 220th for their donations! Find more details

MUCH APPRECIATION to the amazing Canyon Creek Teachers & Staff and PTA volunteers who made the Back-to-School Ice Cream Social a wonderful kick-off for the new school year! HOORAYS to all of the Canyon Creek families who attended!! SPECIAL APPRECIATION to Melanie McKenzie for coordinating the event this year. Check out more thank you thoughts


August 2019


8/25/2019 Howler

MANY THANKS to Patty Buchanan, our PTA Summer Fun Playdate Chair, for hosting the four playdates for our incoming kindergarteners this summer!! We had a wonderful turnout at Stipek Park! We hope those who attended, found it fun and helpful. APPRECIATION to our PTA Board Members (Jennifer Snyder, Bethany Jager, Melanie McKenzie & Nicole Trimble) who attended the playdates to help answer questions for our new families. 

8/18/2019 Howler

WOOHOOS to everyone who donated crayons and markers to the drive at the end of last year! Our PTA Sustainability Team (Alyssa Koske, Courtney Pansini, and Gentle Chikani) sent 35 lbs of markers to Crayola to be re-purposed into clean burning fuel -- and 40 lbs of crayons to Crazy Crayons to be melted down and reused. We were also able to donate the very best 15 lbs of crayons to the Northshore Headstart program!! Read the recap article.