Eagle Blast 2/28/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 February 28, 2017

Thank you to everyone that came out to join us at Math and BINGO night last week!  We hope you had fun

The Creekside Auction and Raffle is approaching… if you or someone you know has an auction item, an experience or service that they would like to donate, please contact our Auction/Raffle Committee at creeksideraffle@gmail.com
We are excited to help you help us… with over 850 students and their families, this is a great promotional opportunity!!!

This week and next we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Read Across America Week at Creekside! Please see the flyer below for fun ways to participate in this week of activities!

5th Grade Student/Staff Basketball Game
and Fundraiser

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

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart is wrapping up this week – It’s not too late to submit those final donations!!!
(more info below)

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

Creekside Talent Show!!!
*Date Change*
Friday, May 19 from 6-8pm
(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:

March 2-9 – Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
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


Read Across America Week at Creekside!!
March 2-9

Please join us in celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!  Students are invited to dress according to each day’s theme that corresponds with a Dr. Seuss book. We will read excerpts from the book of the day over the intercom each morning. Be creative and have fun!

Thursday, March 2 Fox in SocksWear Wacky Socks!
Friday, March 3Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!Hooray Creekside! Wear school colors!
Monday, March 6The LoraxWear Orange, yellow or even a mustache!
Tuesday, March 7 Cat and the HatFind a friend and dress up as twins! 
Wednesday, March 8The Sleep BookWear your pajamas!
Thursday, March 9Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dress for success or wear a college shirt!

Our Student/Staff Basketball Game is
6pm-7:30pm in the Creekside Gym

This is a huge fundraiser for 5th grade.  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.
The whole school is invited 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 May 19**
Rogers-Herr Middle School
Keep a look out for a Flyer with more details as well as a permission slip in your student’s folder!

Since Creekside has so many talented students, this will only be open to grades 3rd through 5th and there will be try outs.
Try outs will be April 25th and April 26th after school so get your creativity flowing and talents ready!
We will be looking for a variety of talent and group acts are welcomed.

The talent show committee will meet after the next PTA meeting.

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 Update: Creekside Families– The last day to turn in donations for Jump Rope for Heart is Friday, March 3.  Please make contributions online at heart.org/jump or turn in your collection envelopes when you come to PE class this week.
Again, last day for Jump Rope for Heart donations is Friday, March 3.   The lions/lanyards will be available (for any $5 donation made) at lunch time on Thursday, March 2.

We’ve raised over $7,500 and really hope to make it to our $10,000 goal — please help us get there!

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed time and money to this important cause!
You’re truly “Heart Heroes!!”
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! 
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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