Howler Hoorays:

August 2021 - June 2022

Canyon Creek PTA is 100% volunteer run and we are working on events & programs even in this unusual year! These notes are our THANK YOUS to all those who make what we do possible! We couldn't do it without you!

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December 2021


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November 2021


11/19/2021 Howler

HUGE THANK YOU to all Veterans, for your service to our country!

SPECIAL THANKS to all of the Veterans who participated in Canyon Creek Elementary's Veterans Day Celebration by joining classes either in person or on Zoom! Your participation made it a very special event.

GRATITUDE to Jenn Snyder for putting together little "thank you" treat packets for the Veterans who visited Canyon Creek Elementary classrooms on Friday, November 12th, to share their military experience and take aways with students.

WOOHOO to Foram Shah, our PTA Reflections Chair, for coordinating our Reflections program this year. Also, to the 29 students who submitted their creations in response to the prompt, "I will change the world by...". And to thefamilies of those students, for their encouragement and support!

YIPPEES to our Reflections Theme Finalist, 1st grader, Aria P. Her theme prompt suggestion: "Spread happiness by..." is moving on to National PTA finals!

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our November General Membership Meeting. It was so great to see some new faces. Also, thank you to Principal Denton for attending and sharing updates. Check out our meeting recap.

APPRECIATION for our Membership Team: Nancy Tangen & Megan Madsen, for their creativity and work to reach our membership goal of 300 PTA members! How much higher can we go?? Join PTA or renew your membership today!


11/5/2021 Howler

WOOHOO!! Thank you to the 30 students (and their families) who submitted their pumpkin creations for our contest! It was so fun to see the creativity and awesome work. Find out who won prizes in each of the 3 categories. Also, HUGE HOORAYS to our Pumpkin Contest Chair, Jenn Snyder.

YIPPEES to our Popcorn Friday team: Nancy Tangen & Megan Madsen, for sending home a popcorn treat for each student last Friday!

THANK YOU to Karen Smith, Jenn Snyder & Jenn Pengelly for attending the WSPTA Legislative Assembly over the weekend of October 23rd & 24th. Check out the recap of the event.

CHEERS to our PTA Membership Chairs: Nancy Tangen & Megan Madsen, for coming up with the prize basket and working so hard to meet our membership goal!


October 2021


10/22/2021 Howler

WOOHOO!! October is National Principals Month! Thank you to Canyon Creek Principal: Bruce Denton, and Canyon Creek's Assistant Principals: Brandi Doyle & Nico Bonder.

MANY THANKS to Canyon Creek Principal, Bruce Denton, for attending our first General Membership Meeting and fielding parent questions. (View recap article.)

APPRECIATION to our Art Docent Chairs: Foram Shah & Jenn Pengelly, for hosting a virtual Art Docent training session last week! Also thanks to all of the Art Docents who attended the live session or watched the recorded training.

SHOUT OUT to everyone who participated in the Red Robin Spirit Night last night! We will share the amount of the resulting donation when we get the number. Hope your meals were delicious!


10/8/2021 Howler

THANK YOU to everyone who signed up to be our Library Volunteers and work each week for 30-45 minutes to assist the Canyon Creek librarians.

APPRECIATION to all the volunteers who came out to help with the APEX Fun Run. We had appoximately 50 volunteers!! That is amazing.

SO MUCH GRATITUDE to the 14 volunteers who helped at the Vision & Hearing Screenings on Thursday. And there are 13 volunteers (many of the same from Thursday) planning to help on Monday. These screenings would be nearly impossible without volunteers to help!


September 2021


9/24/2021 Howler

THANK YOU to our Reflections Chair: Foram Shah for taking the time to attend the WSPTA Autumn Leadership Launch! She took a class to learn about the Reflections program.

WOOHOOs to our Reader Board Chair: Nancy Tangen for consistently updating the reader board outside the school. We hope you notice it when you go through the dropoff/pickup line! Watch for reminders about important PTA & school events.

MUCH APPRECIATION to everyone who has joined PTA (or renewed) for the 2021-22 school year! Membership is like a vote of confidence and a confirmation that PTA is important to our school. Want to show your support? Join PTA.

YIPPEES to everyone who has signed up to help as a Class Art Docent or a Library Volunteer! Both make such an impact on Canyon Creek students. Interested in helping or learning more? Art Docent | Library Volunteer.


9/10/2021 Howler

MUCH APPRECIATION to our first day of school parent helpers: Nancy Tangen, Mumtaz Zimbalist, Megan Madsen, Nicole Trimble, and others who were onsite and just helped. These volunteers helped students figure out where they were supposed to be when they arrived at school.

YIPPEES to our Memberships Chairs: Megan Madsen & Nancy Tangen for working our membership table at the Park Ridge Church Community Market last Wednesday. They welcomed our Canyon Creek families and handed out ice cream tickets to those who were members or signed up at the event!

THANK YOU to Mumtaz Zimbalist & Sign Gypsies Eastside Seattle for donating the first day of school yard sign display. We so appreciate your generosity and support!


August 2021


8/31/2021 Howler

GRATITUDE to our PTA volunteers who helped at the Canyon Creek Meet & Greet on Thursday! Volunteers helped families find classrooms, gave new family tours and worked our PTA tables for membership, spirit wear sales, and our art docent program! Thank you Nancy Tangen, Megan Madsen, Foram Shah, Karen Smith, Laura Haseuleu, Alyssa Koske, Nicole & Jessica Trimble, Jenn Snyder & Melanie McKenzie.

HUGE HOORAYS to our Kindergarten Playdates Chairs, Lauren Nichols & Han Wexler, for hosting the playdates for our kindergarteners and their families. We had a great turn out at all the playdates and really enjoyed meeting so many new families excited about the new school year! Special shout out Canyon Creek staff who visited with the families - Mr. Denton (principal), Ms. Doyle (assistant principal) & Mr. Graff (recess teacher). Also, thanks to Jenn Snyder, Melanie McKenzie for attending as a senior PTA representative to help answer questions! Thanks Nancy Tangen & Megan Madsen for attending the last playdate and sharing membership information with our new families! Finally, thank you to all the kindergarteners and families who showed up to play and make new friends!! We hope it made everyone a little more comfortable.

WOOHOOS to our Membership Chairs: Nancy Tangen & Megan Madsen, for their time & creativity making membership invitations for all Canyon Creek staff members! The note was attached to a "take-out box" containing Peppermint Patties!


APPRECIATION to everyone who helped put together the Rock Star themed grab & go breakfast (provided by Canyon Creek PTA) for Canyon Creek staff when they came back to school on Tuesday, August 24th. Many thanks to Stephanie Dunning and our community partner, Starbucks in Canyon Park for their 2 donated coffee travelers. Kudos to Nancy Tangen and Melanie McKenzie for all the work preparing and setting up. Thanks to Mr. Denton and Mrs. Doyle for working with us to figure out how we could do this for the staff.

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