Eagle Blast 4/18/2017


Creekside Eagle Blast

 April 18 2017


Sell those Raffle Tickets!!! 
Over 215 Items to Raffle off!!! Don’t miss out!
(more tickets can be obtained from your child’s teacher) 
$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)

Community Building Event 
Wednesday, April 26
(more info below)

Spring Carnival!!!
Friday, April 28
Volunteers Needed!!  More info below

Teacher Appreciation Week!!!
May 1 – May 5

Gift Cards needed for daily drawing… see sign up below

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


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 17 – Online Auction Bidding Begins
April 19 – Spirit Night at Chipotle
April 24 – Online Auction Bidding Ends (9pm)

April 26 – Administrative Professionals Day
April 26 – Community Building Event
April 28 – Spring Carnival
May 1-5 – Teacher Appreciation Week

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!!!!

Keep Selling Tickets 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*

Here are the standings as of Tuesday (4/18/2017) for Raffle Ticket Sales: 
Highest selling student: Elysia Hanson (Hines)
Second Highest Selling Studnet: Acosta Ludin (Bungard)

Highest Selling Class of the School: Ms. Hines

Highest Class with the most participation: Ms. Poston

Right now first grade has the most participation from all classes.
Grade Level Highest Participation classes:
Kindergarten: Hathcock
1st – Poston
2nd – Tie between Scofield and Thompson
3rd – Barnes
4th – Tie between D’Auria and Normann
5th – Shulse

**If you do not plan to sell your tickets, please return them to your teacher so they can be redistributed to students who need more**

Bidding for the online Auction is LIVE!!!  Please check it out as new items have been added!  Bidding ends 4/24 at 9pm


It’s time to get ready for the 2017 Creekside Spring Carnival!

 This year we have new games and activities for the kids…Carolina Hurricanes Slap Shot Booth, New Inflatable rides, New Minute to Win It games, Giant Jenga, Baseball and Frisbee Throw, Giant Wheel of Fortune, Plinko, Balloon Darts and more! Over 25 games and activities.

Sell 30 raffle tickets and earn a “free play” wristband to use at the carnival which covers the rides and most of the games. We do have a few “cash only” booths such as Silly String wars (cans of string $2) and Pie Throw (whip cream pies $5 ea). So far Ms. Dubose, Mr. Chambee and Ms. Williams are signed up as targets. Food booths may also be cash only.

We will have punch cards available at the carnival for those not selling raffle tickets. 20 punches for $15 or 10 punches for $8. Ticket tables will be set up as you enter.

Food trucks include Only Burger, Banditos, Flirting with Fire pizza truck, Locopops and Kona Ice. Chick-fil-A sandwich combo (chips, drink + sandwich) will be available at the Mad Popper Popcorn stand along with delicious popcorn. Come hungry!

In order to make the evening a success, we need your help with volunteering at games booths and rides. Shifts are 1 hr and we cannot do it without your help. Middle and High Schoolers may also volunteer. Please use the sign up genius if you can help out:

Donations: We are looking for donations of soft drinks (cans, 2 liters and 22 oz) to use at the pop drop game. All varieties of sodas are fine. We would also like donation of individual baked good items (can be store bought or homemade) for the Cake Walk.  Lastly, we need un-iced cupcakes (2 dz) for the Cupcake Creations booth. Sign up for these is on the sign up genius.
Donations can be dropped off next week in carpool lane or brought to the carnival. Thanks for your help!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday, April 28th for an evening of great fun!


We want to hear the voice of our
Creekside Hispanic community

Please join us for a Creekside Community Building Event
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Creekside Media center

Free tamales! Free childcare! Translation will be provided.

We will have conversation around the following questions:
●     In what ways do you feel like a part of the school community? What more can be done?
●     How is the current climate impacting my child/my family?
●     What can Creekside and Durham Public Schools do to help me address my child’s needs at home?

Guest speakers will address efforts to make Durham Public Schools a safe and inclusive environment for all students and will respond to questions and comments from the Creekside community. There will also be time for small group discussion.

Please visit the Creekside Online Spirit Wear
Store for new gear!


We’ve added new car magnets ($3.00 or 2 for $5.00) and cinch sack backpacks (only $5.00!) and we have short-sleeved Creekside t-shirts available in all youth and adult sizes, even kids’ x-small!  Spirit wear items purchased through the online store will be delivered to your child’s classroom, and we’ll have the same items available for purchase at several of the upcoming school events.

Stock up and show your Creekside Pride!

May 1-5th

We have some exciting things planned to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.  We will include a finalized schedule of events in next week’s Eagle Blast.  For now, we need your help with supplying Gift Cards (in any amount and to anywhere) for daily drawings.  Please drop them off in the main office or send them in with your student in an envelope labeled,
“Teacher Appreciation Week”.


**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

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 FridayInstitute, 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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