Irene Reither Primary/ Ten Mile Creek School Events



National Award Winners
Congratulations to 

HealthierUS School Challenge Winners!

Meridian School District

Irene Reither Primary (Bronze)

Ten Mile Creek Elementary School (Bronze)


Ten Mile and Irene ReitherPrimary Schools are making national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community. As part of their effort, healthy items are featured on their menus and physical education and activity emphasized. Their efforts are part of the HealthierUS School Challenge.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.  Schools, such as Ten Mile and Irene ReitherPrimary, that champion the HUSSC work hard to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to (1) improve the quality of the foods served, (2) provide students with nutrition education, and (3) provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.  The Ten Mile and Irene ReitherPrimary School qualified for the Bronze. Schools awarded receive a monetary incentive (Bronze $500 an award plaque signed by a USDA official, a banner to display in their school, and their name listed on the Team Nutrition Web site.

 To qualify for an award, a school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria set forth by the FNS.  The HUSSC criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published recommendations (April 2007) for foods that should be served in schools, outside of the organized school lunch meals.  HealthierUS Schools must also have a local school wellness policy, as mandated by Congress.  Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four year certification period. 


Groundbreaking Ceremony Sept.5 @ 10:30  
Students and staff  from TMCE & IRPS were joined by School Board Members (past and present) as well community members to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony on the site of the new elementary school.  


Open House is September 20th from 6:30 - 7:45 this year IRPS teachers will host classroom and curriculum introductions from 6:30 - 7:00 and TMCE teachers will host classroom and curriculum introductions from 7:15-7:45.  New this year - IRPS/TMCE will host an Information Fair in the TMCE gym from 6:30 - 7:45 with information tables that will include our Music and PE program, Skyward Family Access help, community resources, PTA,  and more.  The  IRPS/TMCE Book Fair/Sale is also open in the TMCE gym from 6:30 - 7:45.

Click the icon to Shop the BOOK FAIR online! 



ICE CREAM Social Saturday, September 22nd 1-4PM at the Laurel Grange Hall 6172 Guide Meridian (just north of Hemmi.  Donations go to the Meridian libraries.

Soup with with Superiendent Community Members and Parents are invited to the first monthly "Soup with the Superintendent" meetings on Monday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m.This month it will be held at Irene Reither Primary School. 




EARLY RELEASE   September 26.  Students are released at 1:15.

OCTOBER 17 SNUGGLE UP & READ Join us for the annual pajamas and book night hosted at IRPS for our whole elementary community.  Supply List




The supply list for the 2012-13 school year attached here.

Parents/Guardians of Fall 6th GradersStudents entering 6th grade this Fall need a DTaP booster before September 2012. See the Whatcom County Fact Sheet for more information.



We are happy to report that 95% of all 2nd and 3rd grade students met their reading goal in the Accelerated Reader program for March. Together with the first graders (who have an entirely different goal system) took 2,701 tests and  collectively read 1,928,336 words just in March!  Happy Reading Everyone!



 Irene Reither Primary School Library
Mission Statement

The goal of the library is to ensure that staff and students are effective users of ideas and information. We emphasize literature so that students become lifelong readers. Our goal is to help all children see themselves as effective readers who can become independent readers. Literacy enrichment in the library supports the Open Court Reading program. Integrated in this program is 6-Traits Writing Model.

All students visit the school library weekly for library instruction, story and book selection. We encourage students to choose one book at their reading level. Non-fiction materials are encouraged to broaden learning styles and interests.


Highly Capable:

Math Club: Students in our Math Club have been working hard to learn challenging math. We are fortunate to have parents, John Bosche and Damon Vandentop, leading and teaching our students. The club will resume in January and students will have the opportuntiy to compete this spring. Students newly qualified for Highly Capable will be invited to join.

After School Classes: Please check back for information on our winter trimester offereings. Our fall after school class has been a hit! Thanks to Mr., DePeralta and our highly capable students for participating and working hard beyond the school day.  GO TO THE LIBRARY

The Monthly Menu and School Calendar

The school calendar and meal menu is always available under Important Links to the right of the page. Here is the December Menu and the December School Calendar for an early preview!

A Message from Robin Youngquist,

IRPS Volunteer Coordinator

This year is already proving to be a great year with awesome volunteers! So many of you have stepped up for several projects in the short time since the beginning September. The high level of your dedication and reliability is clear to us here at IRPS. Thanks so much for all you do.

In the coming months we will have staff who require volunteer help with listening to students read, making copies for class work and other projects, book fair and tasks that you can help with at home. We have some needs that are one time events and some that are needed weekly. If you feel like can spare some time to help please know that the staff and students would love to have your presence in our school.
Just contact me anytime at 398-2111, or send me an email at I look forward to getting to help you feel comfortable spending time here.



Check out the November  MERIDIAN PTA Newsletter!  Coming soon - IRPS Jogathon awards assembly.  With all of your help and enthusiasm, a few hiccups and forces of nature (rain!) did not stop the races from being an amazing event and we were able to raise over $7,300.00!

Thank-you to all of our Sponsors this year, making it possible to purchase every student a Jog-a-thon t-shirt!

Resources for Parents

Check out our links to Web Based activities that you can enjoy with your children.

Irene Reither & Ten Mile Creek PTA

Check out the November  MERIDIAN PTA Newsletter!  Coming soon - IRPS Jogathon awards assembly.  With all of your help and enthusiasm, a few hiccups and forces of nature (rain!) did not stop the races from being an amazing event and we were able to raise over $7,300.00!

Thank-you to all of our Sponsors this year, making it possible to purchase every student a Jog-a-thon t-shirt!
Did you know that 100% of IRPS & TMCE teachers have joined the PTA?  Members of our parent community are invited to join us and be part of making a positive difference in our schools.  We have a PTA Meeting November 14th @ 7:00pm.  Join us at IRPS in Room 18 and find out what kind of difference you can make!

Holiday Gift Baskets

With the holidays fast approaching, we will be starting our annual Holiday Gift Basket Fundraiser.  Our food drive begins November 14th and donations may be brought into any of our school buildings. Some of the items we are collecting are: canned fruits and vegetables, stuffing mixes, gravy mixes, instant mashed potatoes, soups and peanut butter. Any non-perishable items are welcomed. You can also help by making monetary donations for the purchase of gift cards that will be used for purchasing groceries, clothing and shoes. Checks may be made payable to Meridian PTA. Envelopes will soon be sent home with your student or are available in the school offices.In addition we will have holiday trees up by November 16th that give you the opportunity to provide toys/clothing for selected families.
In past years all of these donations have allowed us to help support twenty Meridian families have a merrier holiday season.Thank you for all your help and support in making this annual program keep going strong after more than thirty years, Happy Holidays.

 Breakfast!  Don't leave home without it. 

 Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day for all of us, but especially for our children. Since the 1950s - studies have verified that children who eat a healthy breakfast - learn faster, retain more, perform better, and have fewer mood swings and behavior problems. What our children eat is as important as that they eat. A healthy breakfast should include some protein and some fiber, and be low in fat and sugar.


IRPS serves breakfast every morning! ALL children who qualify for free or reduced lunch also qualify for free or reduced breakfast!