Calling all 2021-22 INCOMING kindergarteners (& families)!!

Canyon Creek PTA would like to welcome your family to our school community! Our mission (displayed at the top of the website) is to serve our school and community by supporting a positive and inclusive learning environment. We do this by providing after school enrichment programs, bringing art to every classroom through are Art Docent program, hosting fun evening events and more!

One specific program that is aimed directly at incoming kindergarteners and their families is our Kindergarten Playdates! We arrange a number of play dates over the summer intended to get kindergarteners to meet each other, play together and hopefully make friends before school starts - making those first weeks of school easier!! Also, for parents to meet other incoming kindergarten parents and maybe exchange info and have their own playdates - and get to know other families that will be at Canyon Creek!! We will have a few "expert" parents at the events to help answer questions about the basics of how things work, etc. 

Planning & Information


Schedule (CONFIRMED!)

Here is our schedule for the Summer Fun Playdates:

  • Tuesday, July 13th, 3:30-5pm (hosts: Lauren & Han)
  • Saturday, July 24th, 10:30-noon (host: Lauren)
  • Monday, August 2nd, 10:30-noon (hosts: Lauren & Han)
  • Wednesday, August 18th, 4-5:30pm (host: Han)

Please know that cancellations may occur due to inclement weather (heavy rain or extreme heat) OR poor air quality due to smoke. Check back here or on our Facebook Events for updates.

 

Location (CONFIRMED!)

We are hosting these playdates at the Canyon Creek Elementary playground. It will be summer, so we recommend entering at the playgroup entrance at 212th & 33rd (west of the bus loop). Look for our "Canyon Creek PTA Welcomes You" sandwich board on the street outside the playground gate. Once through the gate, head to the playground. We will be setup just past the portables on the left.

We will not have access to restrooms on the school campus, so please plan accordingly.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Per district policy, everyone should plan to wear masks and distance as much as possible. Parents will be expected to monitor their children to ensure they are following the rules. If you don't have a mask for everyone who attends, you will need to leave the event.

Facebook Event
Find our Facebook Event for these playdates. This will help with reminders, etc! 

Meet Our Hosts!

Our Kindergarten Playdate hosts: Lauren Nichols & Han Wexler, will be there with their kids to welcome you and your kindergartener. They both have incoming kindergarteners, so they are excited to meet you!!
  • Meet Lauren Nichols:
    "My name is Lauren Nichols, I have two children, and I am so excited to Co-Chair this program. My daughter will be entering kindergarten in the Fall and my son will be in preschool. I am a SAHM and looking forward to meeting other families at the play dates. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about the play dates. I look forward to meeting everyone."

 

 

  • Meet Han Wexler: 
    "Hello Kindergarten families. 👋 My name is Han Wexler and I'm excited to be a Co-Chair for the Kindergarten Playdates. Our family has been at Canyon Creek since our daughter started Kindergarten in 2017. She is turning 9 years old soon and will be a 4th grader this fall. Our son is 5 years old and entering Kindergarten this September. Our youngest is 2 years old and will join Canyon Creek in 2025! 😊 I look forward to meeting Kindergarten parents and for my kindergartener to meet some buddies this summer! 😎"

We hope to have a couple additional experienced Canyon Creek parents in attendance to help answer questions and chat!
 

More Details

  • Look for our table to the left past the portables! We will have a sign-in sheet, along with other information you might find useful. 
  • Please fill out and wear name stickers (provided at our table) to identify yourselves (adults & kids) as part of our group. We are hoping to encourage the kindergarteners to get to know names of others - and ideally make friends so when school starts, they know some kiddos! And it's always nice to meet fellow Canyon Creek parents too!
  • Bring questions - any you have - about PTA, school, logistics, etc. We may not have all the answers, but we will try our best - or direct you to the place to get the answers!

Stay Informed

To stay informed about the summer activities (changes due to weather, air quality, etc), we encourage you to get signed up for our Kindergarten Playdates Facebook group and the Summer Playdate reminders. They both will provide updates, but have their own advantages.

  • Join our Kindergarten Playdates Facebook Group -- BEST METHOD for info about kindergarten playdates
    • This is a place for kindergarten families to ask questions, "meet" other kindergarten families, learn if there are cancellations of the play dates due to weather (heavy rain, air quality, etc).
    • This is a private group that includes prior new families as well as several experienced PTA leaders who can share information, answer questions, etc - to help you get familiar with our school, PTA and how things work! It's all about welcoming new families and helping answer questions!!!
    • This is intended for 2021-22 KINDERGARTEN families only.
  • Sign up for our Summer Playdate reminders -- GREAT for day before and day of event reminders!!
    • Simply text @ccptasumr to the number 81010.

    • These can be EMAIL or TEXT reminders (depends if you provide an email and/or phone - and you can always edit your account to update).
    • You can update your account settings on www.remind.com! Set it up to get texts and/or emails -- or you can download the app to your phone and get push notifications (just search for REMIND in your app store). 

Another idea for information is to sign up for our weekly PTA newsletter, the Coyote Howler. (Weekly all school year...just occasionally in the summer.)

  • Sign up for our PTA newsletter
    • This will give you a glimpse of what kinds of things might be going on next year for your family, as part of our school community! Sent out weekly on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. Make sure you check "Weekly Howler Newsletter".

And of course, you can always check out our website!!

  • Canyon Creek PTA Website - www.canyoncreekpta.org
    • This just has so much information -- including the calendar (which you can subscribe to, so it'll display on your online calendar!), opportunities to get involved and help with events, articles about happenings in our PTA and community.

 

Questions?

We are here for you-- to answer questions, share information, and hopefully make the new adventure of kindergarten a little easier! Come to the playdates, ask questions. Join the FB group, ask questions. We hope to talk to you soon!

Questions about the playdates? Contact our Kindergarten Playdates co-chairs, Lauren & Han.

 

Know Any Kindergarten Families?

If you know of families with incoming kindergarteners, please share this article with them! We are hoping reach as many of our kindergarten families as possible. We appreciate everyones help in spreading the word!

 

Note that this page will be available through the summer with updated information!

Please find it on the LEFT menu bar, under PROGRAMS, "Kindergarten Playdates".