Eagle Blast 4/4/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 April 4, 2017

Sell those Raffle Tickets!!! 
(more can be obtained from your child’s teacher)
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)

BOGO Book Fair – THIS Week!!!
April 4-7
(more info below)

Spring Break is Next Week!!!
We hope you have a fun week away from school and that you come back rested and ready to learn!

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


Our Art Specialist, Ms. Hansen is in need of Clorox Wipes
for her classroom
Please send some in with your student if you are able

The final make up date for snow day:
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:

April 3-7 – Spring Book Fair
April 7 – School Spirit Day – Wear your Green and Yellow!

April 10-14 – Spring Break
April 17 – Make up Snow Day
April 19 – Spirit Night at Chipotle
April 17 – Online Auction Bidding Begins
April 26 – Administrative Professionals Day
April 28 – Spring Carnival

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*

Stay tuned for our Online Auction!!  Bidding Starts April 17!

April 4-7 in the Media Center

Join us for these special Book Fair Events:
Pastries for Parents- Tuesday, April 4th from 7-7:45am

B.L.T. Books and Lunch Together- Thursday, April 6th during your child’s lunch time

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Book Fair, please visit

Wednesday, April 19 from 5pm – 9pm
3219 Watkins Rd. Suite 100 – Durham
Bring the flyer that came home this week, show them the flyer on your smart phone or tell the cashier you’re supporting Creekside Elementary PTA and we will receive 50% of the proceeds!!!!

**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
Volunteer Opportunities:
Spring BOGO Book Fair
Volunteers are needed to staff the Spring Book Fair!!  Please visit this signup genius link and help out where you can!
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!

Survey: Homework and Internet Availability 
Nationally, 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that requires internet access. But an estimated five million households with school-age children do not have internet access at home. Students that fall into this “homework gap”—households where internet access is limited or unavailable—lag behind in education and are less competitive in the workforce.

But if you’re a parent with children in North Carolina’s K-12 schools you already know what happens when your children and/or their classmates can’t meaningfully access the internet.

Many of you spend hours each week driving your children to a nearby McDonalds or Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi because internet is not available to your house or it’s too expensive. Or trek to the local library multiple times a week so your kids can use the computers because your digital device is broken, being used by one of your other children, or you don’t have one at home because buying one doesn’t fit in your budget.

The State of North Carolina wants to help ensure no child in the K-12 schools falls into the homework gap. But to do so, the State needs to know how widespread the homework gap is and potential challenges students face in accessing digital resources.

To identify this data, our partners, the Broadband Infrastructure Office and the Friday Institute, are conducting a survey of North Carolina households with K-12 students. We would like to encourage you to take the survey so policy makers and education stakeholders can design solutions to this issue.

The anonymous, short survey is available in English and Spanish and can be found here K-12 Internet Access at Home Survey (Encuesta de Accesso a Internet K-12 en el Hogar) (or at below link).
It remains open until April 30, 2017.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, you can reach out to the Broadband Infrastructure Office directly at: broadband@nc.gov or (919) 754-6695.

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/k12hwgap

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.

So far, Creekside Elementary School has requested 66 Energy Kits
and has saved 13,200 kWh of energy!!!

If we request 100 Kits, our school earns $$$$$  

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 to www.MyEnergyKit.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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