Eagle Blast 1/17/2017

January 17, 2017

January PTA Meeting is 1/19 at 6pm in the Media Center – If you are a committee chair, please make every effort to attend this meeting as we will be determining who will comprise our Board.

Science Week 1/24 – 1/27
Please encourage your student(s) to submit a Science Project!!
(more info below)

Early Release on Wednesday, January 25
Car Riders and Walkers dismissed at 12pm
Bus Riders dismissed at 12:15pm

Spirit Night at Brixx Woodfired Pizza on
Wednesday, January 25
(more info below)

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart kicks off 1/25
(more info below)

The make up dates for snow days are as follows:
January 9 – January 23
January 10 – March 27
January 11 – April 17

Be sure to read this Blast all the way through… the format is the same but the information changes weekly. 

Please feel free to pass this newsletter along to any Creekside Families you think might like to “be in the know” and encourage them to sign up using the following link: http://eepurl.com/cdKE-b

Dates to Remember:

January 17-19 – Case 21 Testing (Mid-year Reading, Math & Science Assessment for grades 3-5)
January 19 – PTA Meeting 

January 23 – Make up Snow Day
January 24 – End of grading period
January 24-27 – Science Week
January 25 – Early Release
January 25 – Brixx Spirit Night
January 25 – Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Kicks Off
January 26 – Science Night
February 6 – Report Cards Distributed


Science Night at Creekside is Thursday,
January 26th from 6-8pm!

Bring your friends and family to explore robots, biology, fossils, exercise, chemistry, mechanics, physics, forestry, genetics, astronomy and much more.  Admission is FREE and food will be available for purchase.  Hope to see you there!

It’s not too late to create a student science project!  Projects are due in the Media Center starting Tuesday morning, January 24th.  Every project will be entered in a gift card prize drawing at the end of Science Week.  Project registration forms can be turned in to your child’s teacher or to the school office.  Additional forms are available in the school office, from teachers, or through the links below.

Student project registration forms:
English – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9FNmUVlVC1FbWdDdHE3X2x4ekE/view?usp=sharing
Spanish – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9FNmUVlVC1FSkN5b1B3WEtlOG8/view?usp=sharing

Science Week Events:

  • Student Science Projects displayed in the Media Center all week (see links for registration forms)
  • Daytime science presentations to students during specials
  • American Heart Association Heart Health assembly
  • Science Night on Thursday, 1/26 from 6-8p at Creekside
Spirit Night at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – January 25, 2017 from 11am – 9pm

. Flyers will be coming home with your student(s). Brixx will donate $3 per 10″ pizza and $1 per kids’ pizza to Creekside PTA. Please hold on to your flyer and bring it with you to the Meadowmont Brixx location in Chapel Hill!  Hope to see you there!

4th Grade Music Performance CANCELLED for 1/19 – New date TBD

Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart – Creekside’s annual Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events are quickly approaching!  As part of Science Week, all students will hear presentations from the American Heart Association on January 25;  these special assemblies will serve as a Kickoff/Pep Rally to signify the start of our annual fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association.  Paperwork for Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart will be sent home on Jan. 25 or shortly thereafter, so please be on the lookout for this information!  Families can get a head start on registering and raising funds online by visiting heart.org/jump – If you register online, please be sure to choose the Creekside Elementary in Durham, NC (there are other “Creekside Elementary” schools in other states, so pay attention to which one you choose!).  Students who raise funds online before Jan. 25 will be recognized at the Kickoff event and will also be eligible for special prizes (not available otherwise).  Students in grades K-2 can only register for Jump Rope for Heart while students in grades 3-5 have the option of Jump Rope or Hoops.  More information will be given to students in upcoming PE classes but the main message is this:  Register and get donations early and you’ll be rewarded!  Again, register online at: heart.org/jump  We hope to raise over $10,000 and every little bit helps.  Thanks!

Crayola Color Cycle Program at Creekside Continues – We are excited to report that we are going to continue the marker recycling program started last year in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called CrayolaColorCycle – an amazing program devised to turn used markers into energy!  Last year Creekside recycled 2,148 markers.  Let’s see if we can beat that number this year!!
All around Creekside Elementary students and teachers will be collecting used markers (all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers, that includes dry erase markers and highlighters),  that are ready to be discarded. The markers will then be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!
Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house. Drop-off boxes will be located in each classroom for your child to deposit the markers.  These boxes will remain in the classrooms throughout the year for continued marker recycling.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

  Volunteer Opportunities:


Do you like to sell? Are you results driven? Do you have
connections in the community? If so we want you!
The Auction and Raffle is held in May in conjunction with the Spring Carnival.  Funds raised help offset the cost of this fun family and community event.
We need volunteers to visit stores, meet people, email and mail letters to vendors, pick up raffle and auction items.
You’ll have the freedom to do this on your own schedule!!
Interested? Email us at Creeksideraffle@gmail.com

The Creekside Odyssey of the Mind teams are looking for volunteers to become trained judges.  If you are interested in learning about Odyssey of the Mind, this is a wonderful opportunity to see how it works and to see if it would be a good fit for your child in the coming years!
There is a judges training on February 18 and the competition is March 4.
Please contact Jess Hammond (jessica.hammond@dpsnc.net) for more information.

Girls on the Run is in need of Spring Session Coaches!!!  The Creekside Girls on the Run team needs coaches for the spring session. We have had several wonderful teachers coach in the past 2 years but they are no longer able to volunteer. We need at least 2 coaches to sign up. GOTR meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 pm, and is open to 3rd-5th graders. Coaches can be parents or siblings of students as well as volunteers unrelated to Creekside. All coaches will have a background check and training. For more information, please contact ahobeik@gmail.com. **Without coaches Creekside will no longer have a GOTR team! GOTR has served a large number of students in the past and we would love for it to continue at Creekside.**

*Creekside is partnering with World Wear Project, whose mission is to provide wearable and affordable shoes to third world countries while benefiting United States’ landfills by reducing refuse by millions of pounds.
To benefit this project, we are collecting clean and wearable shoes (no stains, holes, or overly worn). World Wear Project will accept the following types of shoewear for women, men and children:

  • Athletic shoes (NO cleats)
  • Leather shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Casual shoes
  • Canvas shoes will NOT be accepted
Be on the lookout for the cardboard bins inside Creekside so you can donate those old shoes you have hanging around that you have been waiting for an opportunity to give away!

It’s NEVER too late to join the Creekside PTA!
Joining is easy… click here: bit.ly/JoinCESPTA
$10 each ($5 for staff)

Please continue to support the businesses that support our school!

Jersey Mike’s Subs  – i9Sports  – The Mad Popper

*** If your business would like to be a Creekside Sponsor, please email
Erica Libertore at
ericalibertore@gmail.com ***
Earn FREE Money for Creekside PTA
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.
Amazon Smile Account  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1644408

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