Eagle Blast 2/14/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 February 14, 2017

REMINDER: Tomorrow (2/15) is an early release day!
Car Riders will be dismissed at 12pm
Bus Riders will depart at 12:15pm

Spirit Night at Jersey Mike’s Subs 
Wednesday, February 15
(more info below)

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart is Underway!!
Volunteers are Needed to Help Collect Donations – Please consider spending an hour at Creekside to help the
American Heart Association.
(more info below)

PTA Meeting – Thursday, February 16
6pm Media Center

Math and Bingo Night
Thursday, February 23 @ 6pm

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:

February 15 – Spirit Night at Jersey Mike’s
February 15 – Early Release (12pm – Car Riders, 12:15 – Bus Riders)
February 16 – PTA Meeting @ 6pm

February 23 – Math and Bingo Night
March 2 – 5th Grade Student/Staff Basketball Fundraiser
March 16 – International Night
March 31 – Talent Show!!

Our Teachers and Staff were treated to a delicious and healthy lunch today from the PTA Staff Appreciation Committee and Happy + Hale!!!  Check them out at  http://www.happyandhale.com/

Thank you to all the parents who sent in desserts and drinks!



Math and Bingo Night!
Thursday, February 23 at 6 pm

Bring the family and enjoy a night out at Creekside. You will have the opportunity to play Bingo in the cafeteria, try out your estimation skills, complete a math scavenger hunt, and visit your grade level for math games and activities!

If you would like to help out on math night, please contact Christie Masinick at christie@masinick.com
or sign up via Sign Up Geniushttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4da4ac2ba75-math

Our Student/Staff basketball game is quickly approaching! This is a huge fundraiser for 5th grade, and the big event is set for Thursday, March 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Tickets are $2, and will include admission to the game where Creekside teachers and students will battle it out on the ball court!  We will also be selling pizza and other concessions during the game, as well as some souvenirs.
This is a whole school invite to attend the game and support our students.

Friday March 31st
Githens Middle School Auditorium

We are in need of a committee to help with the planning and execution of the 1st Annual Creekside Elementary Talent Show!!!  If you are interested in being involved in this fun event, please contact Kristi Laan by phone or email (kristi.laan2@gmail.com  or 919-632-1889)

Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart
Is Underway!!!
Jump Rope for Heart Update:
We’re so proud of the Creekside Family’s efforts to collect donations for the American Heart Association!  So far, our school has raised over $5,000 for Jump Rope for Heart — way to go!  We are already halfway to our goal of $10,000 —  Terrific!  Please remember that we will collect donations until the beginning of March, so… there is still plenty of time to donate and get involved!  In addition, note that online donations earn more prizes than cash or check donations.
Families may donate online at http://www.heart.org/jump.  Students raising $10 or more, online, will get to visit a special “Treasure Box” during PE class whereupon they can choose a special, extra prize to add to their lanyard.  If students don’t already have their lion and lanyard, they may donate $5 to get their lion and lanyard on Tuesdays or Thursdays, during their lunch time, at the table outside of the cafeteria.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help with the lunch time lion distribution table and can sign-up here:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D44AFA92DA3F49-volunteers.

Thanks so much for contributing to this important cause!
Let’s keep up the good work in supporting the American Heart Association!
Register online at: heart.org/jump
Our goal is to raise $10,000 and every little bit helps.

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 shoe wear 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!
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.

You May be Interested in….
Need Help Finding a Summer Camp?
I know it hardly seems possible but it’s already time to start thinking about Summer Camps.  Camp Rooster is a resource for Durham parents that’s free and helps browse camps by location, theme, date and format (Overnight vs. day camp)

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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