Eagle Blast 3/21/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 March 21, 2017

It’s time for the 2017 Spring Carnival Raffle!!! 
Raffle Tickets went home this week!
The goal is for EVERY student to sell at least 10 tickets
$1 per Ticket – $10 for a book of 10
*If you sell 30 tickets you get a free play wristband for the carnival games and rides!*
(more info below)

6:30pm – Media Center

Spring Beautification Day
Saturday, April 1st from 10am-12pm
Bring the whole family!!!
(more info below)

Creekside Talent Show!!!
*Date Change*
Friday, May 19 from 6-8pm
(more info below)

** If you are interested in learning more about House Bill 13, the impacts it has on our school and what you can do to help motivate the NC Senate to save our Art, PE and Music classes… please scroll down! **An Evening of Entertainment

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!!!

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 20-24 – Literacy Week
March 22 – PTA Meeting

March 27 – Make up Snow Day
March 30 – Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day
April 1 – Spring Beautification
April 3-7 – Spring Book Fair
April 10-14 – Spring Break
April 17 – Make up Snow Day
April 17 – Online Auction Bidding Begins
April 28 – Spring Carnival

International Night was a SOARING Success!!!
We enjoyed live performances from Creekside students, a fun and engaging West African drumming session, an amazing Tae Kwon Do demonstration, and wonderful music from our favorite Mariachi band.  We also made Skype calls to Australia, Cameroon, and China, and toured incredibly interesting cultural exhibits hosted by our international families in the media center.  While enjoying the classroom projects, including the greeting video from our international Eagles, we feasted on delicious international foods brought in by our families, Chirba Chirba, Makus Empanadas, Knish-a-licious, Marcos pizza and our very own Chef Bridgette Harper-Reid.

A special thanks to Nathalie O’Malley, Mary Huaman, Genna Stinson-Miller, Elina Urli Hodges, Amy King, Amy Rublein, Ms. Judd, Ms. Jackson, the After School and Custodial Staff and the many Parent Volunteers for their support in making this event a success and one of Creekside’s best traditions. 

We would like to post pictures on our PTA website.  Please share your pictures of the evening, and send them via email to Nathalie at tissaire2@gmail.com.

It’s Time for the 2017 Spring Carnival Raffle!!!
$1 per Ticket – $10 for a book of 10

***Our goal is for EVERY Student to sell at least 10 Tickets***
(more tickets are available from your students teacher – just ask!)

  • Top Raffle Ticket Seller (entire school) wins a $100 Target gift card
  • 2nd Place Top Seller (entire school) wins a $50 Target gift card
  • Top Class per Grade with the most students selling 10 or more tickets wins and ICE CREAM PARTY
  • Top Overall Class (most tickets sold) for the school wins a PIZZA PARTY!

Selling 30 Tickets = Free Play Wristband for Carnival
Games and Rides!!!

*Raffle ticket stubs and money due no later than Tuesday, April 25th at 10:00am*

Spring Beautification Day

Please come out and help us clean up the Creekside grounds onSaturday, April 1 from 10-12.  We will spread some new mulch, kill weeds, plant some spring flowers and pick up lots of trash. Bring your own garden tools and gloves. Wheel barrels, pitch forks and shovels would be helpful. Bring the whole family!


**Friday May 19**
Rogers-Herr Middle School

Keep a look out for a Flyer with more details in your student’s folder!  Have your student as their teacher for a talent show application and permission slip!

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


Help Save Art, PE and Music Specials at Creekside!!
(the following is paraphrased from a letter written by a DPS Teacher)

What you need to know… 
In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation which would limit the number of students in K-3 classrooms beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Unfortunately, to lower K-3 class sizes, someone has to hire more K-3 teachers, and the General Assembly is offering NO funding for that. The class size caps are an unfunded mandate, which means the cost of additional K-3 teachers must be paid by local school districts. As many of you are aware, North Carolina’s public schools are already existing on a starvation budget. In 2016, our state ranked 43rd in per pupil expenditure (PPE) nationally. Many counties (including Durham County) have been subsidizing the state’s inadequate PPE by using rainy day funds and discretionary budgets. Now that money is gone. Local districts have no money to spend. The state is offering no money to help. So, to lower K-3 class sizes, many districts will have no choice but to cut some current positions in order to fund the new classroom positions.
What positions will the schools cut? The Specials teachers: the folks who teach Art, Music, PE and Languages.
What you can do…
(1) Email the Education Committee members and tell them you want arts education for your children and that you want them to pass HB 13. The contact information for these members is:
Chad.Barefoot@ncleg.net , David.Curtis@ncleg.net , Michael.Lee@ncleg.net
Deanna.Ballard@ncleg.net , Erica.Smith-Ingram@ncleg.net , Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.netJoyce.Waddell@ncleg.netBill.Cook@ncleg.net, Louis.Pate@ncleg.netNorman.Sanderson@ncleg.net, Gladys.Robinson@ncleg.net

(2) Sign the online petition put out by the NCAE asking the General Assembly to pass HB 13 AND raise our per pupil expenditure to the national average.

(3) Stay informed about HB 13 and make sure your friends, neighbors and co-workers do, too! Share the link above to the online petition. Tell everyone what your child’s school and what the arts mean to you.

The Full text for HB 13 can be found HERE 

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!
Creekside is now using the Remind app as an important way of communicating with our families. Join today!
(Please note this is an image, and not actual links)

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.

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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