2014-2015 School Year

Welcome to the 2014- 2015 school year. Check the Recent Posts section and like our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings at Creekside!

Here is the latest Eagle Blast:

  • Spring Carnival Raffle tickets will be send home this Friday, March 20th! Tickets are only $1 each for a chance to win over 100 prizes. For every 30 tickets you sell, you will receive a “free play” wristband to be used at the carnival. Every child is asked to try to sell at least one book of 10. You may request more tickets at any time from your child’s teacher. Tickets and a list of prizes will go home on March 20th.

    We will also be holding a Spring Auction in April. You will be able to bid online for autographed memorabilia, rounds of golf, gym memberships, children’s birthday parties, summer camps, theater and water park tickets and much more! Stay tuned for more information to be announced soon!

    Congratulations to the Creekside Battle of the Books team! Students competed on Friday and came in 3rd place!  Many thanks to the leadership of Megan Shulse, Michelle Webb and Ivelisse Maldonado.  These students and teachers have been reading and preparing all year long and we are so proud of them! Also a big Thank You for our Battle of the Books parent volunteer Sharlini Sankaran for meeting with 4th grade students to practice.
    Congratulations to Sophie Snell for competing in the Scripps Spelling Bee on Duke’s campus this weekend. We thank her for representing Creekside well!

    Snow make up days will be as follows:
    March 11th and 29th will NO LONGER be early release days. These days will be FULL school days.
    We will have school on March 27th, June 10th and June 11th. To see the full make up schedule description visit the DPS site: http://www.dpsnc.net/pages/Durham_Public_Schools/Our_Schools/Calendars/Makeup_Days_2014-15
    Important Morning Carpool Reminders:
    -Doors open in the morning at 8:35am. Doors are locked at 9:00am.  You must sign-in in the office after 9am.
    -Please wait until a Creekside staff member begins carpool to pull up to the cones. Do not block the cones before 8:35am.
    -Be mindful of the 10 mph speed limit when driving through the carpool lanes and watch for children and adults in the crosswalks.
    -Please utilize all crosswalks as they are there for the safety of everyone. Do not let your child(ren) run through the line of cars to get to the sidewalk.
    -DO NOT drop your child(ren) off on Ephesus Church Rd or Scott King Rd.  This is extremely dangerous.
    -When there is bad weather, the carpool line may be a little longer than usual so please be patient as we get everyone unloaded safely.
    -Do not park in handicapped parking spots without a sticker or tag.  You can be ticketed.
    Thank you for your cooperation!

    We will hold a PTA General Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 6-7pm in the school gym. Our speakers will be Tonya Williams, principal of Githens Middle School and Danyka Davis, Magnet Coordinator for Lowes Grove Middle School. We hope you will come out to learn a little more about transitioning to middle school. All are welcome to attend.

    Creekside Yearbooks are on sale now! Please return the pre-order form that went home by March 30th.

    Students can start their 2015 Creekside Science Fair project now! It’s never too early to get started. Students will display their projects on tri-fold boards that will be collected in the media center starting on Monday, April 6th. Science week will culminate at the Science Festival which will be held on Thurs, April 9th. For ideas for projects you can look here:
    http://www.sciencebuddies.org
    http://www.cool-science-projects.com
    http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com
    http://www.pbskids.org
    http://www.stevespanglerscience.com
    We would love to see as much participation as possible from the students at Creekside. You may decide on a project and fill out the registration form that went home a couple of weeks ago.
    Projects will be on display all of Science Week (Apr 6-10) and during the Science Festival on Apr 9th. More info to come about the Science Festival presenters and activities for the night.

    Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart donation collections have come to a close.  Mr. Sperry and Ms. Andrews will be totaling up Creekside’s donations this week and they will also be ordering students’ remaining “Thank You Gifts” (prizes).  Any students who raised over $15 will be receiving more prizes from the American Heart Association.  These prizes will be ordered in the near future, and will likely take 3-4 weeks to be delivered to Creekside.  Please encourage students who have earned more ducks and other prizes to be patient!  Thank you!    (We’re definitely over the $7,000 mark and will likely be close to achieving our $8,500 goal)

    As you know, North Carolina recently released performance-based grades for all of the schools in our state. North Carolina PTA has scheduled a FREE WEBINAR for Wednesday, March 11th, at noon, to discuss the school report cards and answer questions you may have about the grades. For more information visit this link:
    http://ncpta.org/index.php/2015/02/26/nc-school-report-cards-and-school-grades-webinar-offered-for-nc-parents/

    Creekside qualifies for FREE energy saving kits from Duke Energy. Families can log on to request a kit for free. So far we have 125 families that have requested kits. We would like for as many families as possible to participate. For every 25 kits, we are entered in a drawing for $10,000 for our school and families entered will be in a drawing for $2500 to go to an individual family! You may sign up online:
    https://www.xmarksthekit.org

    The DPS school board is considering changing the bell schedule for DPS schools starting in the 2016-2017 school year. The change being considered is a later start to middle and high schools.
    Parents are encouraged to fill out a survey online about the change:
    http://www.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsRRTXsSVPsPsPsP&lang=0&data=

    Do you know someone who needs assistance with reading? Durham Country Library is offering FREE reading tutors, Mon-Fri 2-5pm and Sat 12:30-3:30pm at the Main Library at 300 North Roxboro St.
    If you have any questions contact Karlene at 919-560-0172 or email kfphillips@dconc.gov.

    DONATIONS NEEDED

    The media center is accepting gently used or new books to add to the Creekside Community Book Bank. There is a bin located in the media center to drop your used or new books.

    Clean plastic grocery bags are needed for library books. Please send your donations to the media center.

    We will continue to collect coats for students at Creekside. The PTA closet has coats, hats and gloves.  If your child is in need please contact Erin Leonard at erinfleonard@gmail.com.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    The media center is looking for volunteers to help shelve books. Please see Ms. Maldonado if you are interested.

    The school is looking for a parent volunteer who can work with third graders on Tuesdays only from 9:20-9:50.  If you are available to work with a small group of students or listen to a child read during these times, please contact Cindy Daniels at 919-560-3919.  We  would love for you to volunteer!

    EARN FREE MONEY FOR CREEKSIDE

    Link your Target Visa to Creekside Elementary. Target will give 5% back to Creekside on what you spend annually. Log on at http://www.target.com/tcoe and use code 121367 for Creekside.
    Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Creekside #5611.
    Link your Kroger card to Creekside by asking at the Customer Service desk. We earn points for every dollar spent at Kroger toward purchases for our school.
    Clip BOX TOPS  and Labels for Education. Students may bring in Box Tops  and labels every Friday to the Box Top store at the front of the school to trade them in for cool prizes.
    STAY CONNECTED

    Like our PTA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/creeksideelementarypta
    New Creekside Elementary School Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Creekside-Elementary-School/1502656103337509

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