Eagle Blast Feb. 11th

Here’s what’s happening this week!


Early Release on Wed, Feb 11th. School dismisses at 1:30pm.

Jump Rope for Heart Update
So far, we have raised about $3,000 for the American Heart Association.  We need to raise about $5,500 more to pie Mrs. Daniels.  Let’s make it happen!  Please be on the lookout for the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart duck table by the cafeteria – donations and envelopes can be turned in during your class’ lunchtime.  We hope everyone in the school can become a true Heart Hero by earning their own red duck!  Thank you for your participation and support in this fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  The deadline for all donations is Feb. 26.
Please visit the sign up to help out during lunch!

The DPS school board is considering changing the bell schedule for DPS schools starting in the 2016-2017 school year. The change being considered is a later start to middle and high schools.
Parents are encouraged to fill out a survey online about the change:

Select members of the Creekside Chorus as well as other Durham Public Elementary, Middle and High Schools will participate in the annual DPS Evening of Entertainment at the DPAC THIS Friday, Feb 13th at 7pm. For more information about the event and tickets visit http://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/eoe2015. This event benefits the DPS Scholarship Foundation. The kids do an amazing job and it is worth seeing!

Congratulations to Azalea Flores-Bayne and Ti’Erra Smith from third grade classes, who won first and second place in the Durham Conservation Poster contest.  They entered in December and competed against the entire Durham county schools. They had to show why Wetlands are Wonderful!

Creekside’s Tile Wall: Leave your mark at school by creating a tile for our wall during Creekside’s 10th anniversary year.  The PTA is partnering with Square 1 Art on this project to offer tiles for $25 each.  Look for order forms and art paper in your Friday folder this week!  Questions? Contact Carrie Williams at carrieww2@gmail.com.

DPS is offering their second annual summer SPARK camp for academically gifted students grades 4th-8th. It will be held at Lakewood Montessori School on June 22-25. You may fill out an application online at: http://cia.dpsnc.net/advanced-academics.

Upcoming events at Creekside in 2015:
General PTA Meeting in February and will feature information about bridging to middle school as well as visits from feeder school principals.
International Night will take place on Thurs, March 19th.
Science Week will be held April 4th-10th. More information to come home soon about science projects for the fair.
Carnival will be held on Friday evening, May 1st
Teacher Appreciation May 4th-8th
Students: Start thinking about a science project you can enter for the 2015 Creekside Science Fair! It’s not too early to start. Students will display their projects on trifold boards that will be collected in the media center starting on Monday, April 6th. Science week will culminate at the Science Festival which will be held on Thurs, April 9th. For ideas for projects you can look here:
We would love to see as much participation as possible from the students at Creekside!

Planning starts early for our Spring Carnival. If you have a business that you would like to advertise for free to the Creekside community, consider donating an item or service to the Creekside Carnival as a Raffle prize. We take certificates for free items, donated goods and/or free services (lawn service, oil change, hair cut, etc). In exchange, your business will be listed on flyers that go home with every student, and on our PTA website and Facebook page. Please contact Creeksideraffle@gmail.com to get started. Also, the Raffle Committee need YOU to help solicit items for the raffle from the community. You can get a free all-play wristband for your child (equals free activities at the Carnival!) for helping. Even working parents can help! You just need to visit local businesses on your schedule to secure raffle prizes. Contact Brooke Dever(lbdever@gmail.com) or Andrea Huffman (abjhuff@bellsouth.net) if interested.

The PTA is looking for bilingual translators to help translate the email blast each week. If you are interested in helping provide this service to our Spanish speaking parents, please contact Shay Charles shaycharles@nc.rr.com.

Do you know someone who needs assistance with reading? Durham Country Library is offering FREE reading tutors, Mon-Fri 2-5pm and Sat 12:30-3:30pm at the Main Library at 300 North Roxboro St.
If you have any questions contact Karlene at 919-560-0172 or email kfphillips@dconc.gov.


Teacher supply closet needs thin dry erase markers, and hand sanitizer. Please send supply donations to the office. Thank you!

New or used(clean) socks to be used as erasers for mini white boards.

Clean plastic grocery bags are needed for library books. Please send your donations to the media center.

We will continue to collect coats for students at Creekside. The PTA closet has coats, hats and gloves.  If your child is in need please contact Erin Leonard at erinfleonard@gmail.com.
We are in need of small sizes for the coat closet. You may leave donations in the office. Thank you!


The media center is looking for volunteers to help shelve books. Please see Ms. Maldonado if you are interested.

PE Volunteers Needed for Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart!  During the months of January and February, the Creekside PE department will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart fundraisers for the American Heart Association. Last school year, Creekside’s Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart events raised $7,932 for the American Heart Association.  This year, Creekside’s goal is to raise over $8,500! In late January and early February, volunteers will be needed to help process donations and distribute prizes to Creekside classrooms.  Please email Ms. Andrews at elizabeth.andrews@dpsnc.net if you’re interested in getting involved and want more details!

Duke Concessions: We have a few games left that may need staffing for the rest of the basketball season.
Here is the link if you can help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a4a72faa8-duke3


Link your Target Visa to Creekside Elementary. Target will give 5% back to Creekside on what you spend annually. Log on at http://www.target.com/tcoe and use code 121367 for Creekside.
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.


Visit the Creekside PTA website at http://www.creeksidepta.com
Like our PTA Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/creeksideelementarypta
New Creekside Elementary School Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creekside-Elementary-School/1502656103337509