Eagle Blast 2/21/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 February 21, 2017

We have several exciting announcements to share… please scroll down!!

Math and Bingo Night!!!
THIS Thursday, February 23 @ 6pm
(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)


5th Grade Student/Staff Basketball Game
and Fundraiser

Thursday, March 2 at 6pm, Creekside Gym
(more info below)

An Evening of Entertainment
Friday, March 3 at 7pm – DPAC
(more info below)

Creekside Talent Show!!!
March 31 – Githens Middle School
(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:

February 23 – Math and Bingo Night
February 24 – College Spirit Day – wear your favorite college t-shirt

March 2 – 5th Grade Student/Staff Basketball Fundraiser
March 3 – Evening of Entertainment at DPAC
March 16 – International Night
March 18 – Grounds Beautification Day
March 20-24 – Literacy Week
March 27 – Makeup Snow Day
March 31 – Talent Show!!


Join us for a night of FREE family activities!  
Grade Level Appropriate Math Games and Activities
Math Scavenger Hunt
Estimation Jar

marcosMarco’s Pizza will be available for purchase while you play Bingo.  
$2/slice or $12/whole pizza ; $1.50/drinks
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

Here is a preview of the Evening’s Schedule
The evening will be divided into 2 sessions.
We ask that your family visit our activities according to the first letter of your last name.

Session 1 6:00 – 6:40                         Session 2 6:50 – 7:30
Last Name A – M                                 Last Name A – M
Bingo in the cafeteria                              Math activities

Last Name N – Z                                    Last Name N – Z
Math activities                                Bingo in the cafeteria

Grade Level Math Games and Activities – developed and coordinated by the Creekside Math Committee

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.

An Evening of Entertainment
March 3 at 7pm

An Evening of Entertainment will be held on March 3 at 7pm at the DPAC. EOE is a benefit concert to showcase DPS’s talented students while raising funds for the DPS Scholarship Foundation. This musical gala features auditioned choral students from all our middle and high schools, plus participating elementary schools. Ms. Haas has been teaching and chaperoning our group of 4th and 5th graders that were selected to participate. The group spends a few hours a week practicing for this performance.

We would love to see you there!
Tickets are available at the DPAC box office or online at www.dpacnc.com 

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)

Creekside has raised over $7,000 (so far) for the American Heart Association.  We have two more weeks to raise money and meet our goal of $10,000.  Students will be participating in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart events in PE classes this week (Feb. 20-23) and the final day to make donations, turn in collection envelopes, and earn prizes will be Friday, March 3.  Online donations earn more prizes, so please visit heart.org/jump to donate online.  Students who raise $10 or more, online, will get to visit a special “Treasure Box” during their PE class.

We still need lunch time volunteers for Tuesdays and Thursdays, to help pass out lions/lanyards, so please help outwww.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D44AFA92DA3F49-volunteers

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed time and money to this important cause!
You’re truly “Heart Heroes!!”
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!
Classroom Libraries Have Been Purchased!!!
We are excited to announce that thanks to the Boosterthon fundraising efforts by all of our Creekside families, the PTA was able to provide $12,000 worth of new books for our classrooms!!!
odyssey-of-the-minds odyssey
Congratulations to our Primary (K-2) Odyssey Team on their outstanding performance at the NC Odyssey of the Mind Eastern Region (NCOME) Primary Tournament at Wake Technical Community College last weekend.  Our seven team members excelled with their “Spontaneous Problem” in which they had to verbally respond to a prompt given by the judges after one minute of thinking time. They also put on a creative performance featuring “Star Wars Animals Who Are Rich.” Coach Christie Masinick is especially proud of the teamwork and good sportsmanship that the kids exhibited on Saturday.  They were great representatives of Creekside Elementary School!
We look forward to hearing about the experience of our 3 Division I (Grades 3-5) Odyssey teams when they compete on March 4!
Creekside Tile Wall/Square 1 Art Update: 
Special thanks to Creekside grandparent, Warren Wehmann, for adding 45 new Square 1 Art tiles to our school’s tile wall this week. If you ordered tiles for your children, feel free to check out their fine work on display down the 1st grade hallway (where there are two tile walls, one on each end of the hall).
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.

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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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