Eagle Blast 1/31/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 January 31, 2017

Science Night was a great success! Thanks to all the families and community members who contributed science fair projects, demonstrations, and attended tonight to support science learning at Creekside.
Thanks also to PTA member Stephanie Wilson and Science Teacher Mr. Slavin who coordinated this fun event.


Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart is Underway!!
(more info below)

The Great Kindness Challenge at Creekside
is THIS week!!

(more info below)

The remaining make up dates for snow days
are as follows:

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 Dates to Remember:
January 25 – Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Kicks Off
January 30 – February 3 – The Great Kindness Challenge (more info below)
February 6 – Report Cards Distributed


Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart
Is Underway!!!
Jump Rope for Heart Update: Creekside has already raised over $2,000 for the American Heart Association.  Students and families who want to make donations are encouraged to do so online at www.heart.org/jump — online donations automatically get more “Thank You Gifts” (prizes) than cash or check donations.  So, we encourage you to donate online!  Parents DO NOT need to send in the “coupon” for students to get their $5 lion — as long as we receive the donation, students will get the lion! Students who are only interested in the $5 donation/lion prize can give their cash/collection envelopes to their classroom teacher OR they can bring these items to the gym when their class has PE.  Students may also bring in their donations on Tuesdays/Thursdays and turn them in at lunch time (table will be set up outside the cafeteria).  Any cash/check donations need to be labeled with the child’s full name, grade level, and classroom teacher name. Due to the size of our school and the lag in the Jump Rope for Heart online system, the turnaround time for students getting their lanyards and instant prizes (lion, elephant, or zebra) is typically one to three days.  Please encourage your child to be patient — we work as quickly as we can to get students their prizes! Any other prizes earned (t-shirts, basketballs, jump ropes, etc.) will be ordered from the AHA after Jump Rope for Heart is over — the final date for collections will be sometime in early March. So, we’re accepting donations for the next month or so and there is plenty of time to participate.  Please join us in being Heart Heroes and thank you for supporting the American Heart Association!  Let’s surpass our goal of $10,000!
Register online at: heart.org/jump
Our goal is to raise $10,000 and every little bit helps.
Creekside Elementary is participating in
“The Great Kindness Challenge” this week!! 

During the week of January 30th to February 3rd , our Little Eagles (and Big Eagles too!) will express acts of kindness to one another.
Each student will be given a checklist of 50 kind deeds to do for the week (and beyond).  Kindergarten students will receive a Junior edition with 12 kind deeds to do.

Monday – “Crazy for Kindness” – Crazy Hair or Sock Day
Tuesday – “Team up for Kindness” – Favorite Sports Team Day
Wednesday – “Peace, Love and Kindness” – Wear a RED Shirt
Thursday – “Hats off to Kindness” – Hat Day
Friday – “Kindness is the Creekside Way” – School Spirit Wear Day

Our Eagles have very caring hearts so let’s encourage them to be kind to everyone they see!

More details are included in the parent letters and calendar that have been sent in your student’s Monday Folder.
If you have any questions please contact
Tonya Jackson Graham or Wanda Matthews.
Thank you for helping our Eagles SOAR!!

Save the Date – International Night is March 16th from 6-8 p.m.


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:

The Auction and Raffle Committee still needs your help!!!
Our Auction and Raffle will be held in April prior to the Spring Carnival (Friday, April 28th). Funds raised help offset the cost of the Carnival, a 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.
Also, if you or someone you know
 has a business or service and would like to donate to our PTA’s Spring Carnival Raffle and Auction, please contact us at creeksideraffle@gmail.com.  The business will be advertised to the families of over 850 students at Creekside. This is a great way to market your business AND support our school!

Volunteers are needed to collect donations at the Jump Rope for Heart Table outside the Cafeteria every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February. Please click on the sign-up genius link below and select a time-slot that works with your schedule.
(If you are available on a day other than a Tuesday or Thursday, please contact Ms Andrews to coordinate)

*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!
You May be Interested to Know…   
The Conservation Caper and Energy Agents, in-school programs from Duke Energy, have a goal to save 10 million kilowatt-hours of energy during the 2016-17 school year. To reach this goal, families at participating schools can request a FREE Energy Kit to save energy in their homes. Every unique request for the FREE Energy Kit helps your school win cash rewards ranging from $250-$2,500, and gives each family a chance to win $1,000.

Creekside Families and Staff can request FREE Energy Kits and credit for Creekside Elementary through the “My Energy Kit Challenge” by going online toMyEnergyKit.org or by calling the hotline at (855) 386 – 9548

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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