Eagle Blast 3/7/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

March 7, 2017

Please see the flyer below for fun ways to participate in celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America!

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!!!

March Madness Party for Teachers and Staff
Wednesday, March 15 (early release day).
Please help out if you can!

Spirit Night at Panera
Wednesday, March 15
(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 8 – Battle of the Books Competition
March 11 – Spelling Bee at Duke (9am-12pm)
March 15 – Early Release Day (12pm for car riders, 12:15 for bus riders)
Marach 15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
March 15 – Spirit Night at Panera
March 16 – International Night
March 18 – Grounds Beautification Day
March 20-24 – Literacy Week
March 22 – PTA Meeting
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!

Spirit Night at Panera Bread
March 15, 2017
4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
3603 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC 27707

International Night
March 16th from 6-8 P.M.

We’re celebrating 10 years of this great annual tradition and we’ve got lots of wonderful things planned! There will be delicious foods from around the world, live entertainment, interactive stations, and passports to get stamped as you travel through the continents.

We’ve also added some exciting NEW things:



We’re incorporating technology which will “take you there” on International Night from the moment you are greeted in multiple languages until you see images in each regional space! At the Skype exhibit, say “Hi!” or ask questions of people in China, Australia, and Cameroon! And don’t forget to stop by the interactive Google Earth screen to zoom from outer space to street level, dive under the ocean, and fly around cities…all with the swipe of your finger!


Are you an international family or have you traveled overseas? Share items from your culture by hosting a country table in the Media Center. See PDF for complete details!

Information on media tables

Media Tables Spanish

Help us make International Night a success. Sign up on line at https://tinyurl.com/zprqt6k or see flyers which were sent home yesterday

Sign up Sheet International Night2017

International Night Spanish 2017 2

See you there!


**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


Volunteer Opportunities:

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
The PTA will be hosting a March Madness Party for our teachers and staff Wednesday, March 15th (early release day).
Please help out if you can!

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!
We want to give a shout out to our talented Creekside Students as well as a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Haas for a wonderful performance last Friday at the Evening of Entertainment at DPAC!!
Look at the bright faces of our dedicated Teachers and Staff!!  Here they are at the NCTIES Conference. NCTIES is an association for educators and educator leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the effective use of technology.  Our PTA fundraisers helped cover the cost of sending them to this conference… Thank You, Parents for your continued support!!


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.

Creekside is now using the Remind app as an important way of communicating with our families. Join today!
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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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