Creekside PTSA E-news

September 10, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • September 13 – Otterwear Order Deadline

  • September 16 – General PTSA Meeting, 7pm
  • September 19 – Student Individual Picture Day
  • October 1 – Issaquah Schools Foundation Honk + Wave
  • October 4 – 11 – Hawk-a-Thon Fundraiser
  • October 25 – Halloween Bash, 5:30-7:30pm

PTSA Open Volunteer Positions 2019-2020

We need more parent volunteers to help fill open positions for this school year!

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Colleen Mahon ( for more information.

Cultural Fair Chair

We need a chair for our cultural community event where families get together to learn about our school diversity scheduled for February 6, 2020.

Talent Show Chair

Enjoy planning events and working with students on showing off their talents on stage? We are looking for a chair or co-chairs to coordinate our annual Talent Show scheduled for April 26, 2020.

End of Year Party

We are looking for a chair who would be interested in planning our year end party for students and their families scheduled for June 5, 2020.

Club Chair Open Positions

Chess Club Chair

Chess Club provides the opportunity for students to play chess with other students. Chess Club meets once a week after school.

Geography Club Chair

Geography is a fundamental discipline at all levels of education. Elementary students are naturally curious about the world around them. Our Geography Club seeks to build on this natural curiosity and excitement for learning new things. One or two parent volunteers are needed to run this club.

Math Club Chair

Current 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to form teams for the Creekside Math Club. The Creekside Math Club will help prepare kids for the “Online Math Olympiad” and at least one off-site competition.

Volunteers Needed for the Creekside Library

If you enjoy working with students and have time during the school day to come in and help, we would be excited to have you join us as a library volunteer this school year! You will sign up for an hour long, weekly time slot and come every week for the entire 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer in the library and/or would like to know more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Nova Featherstone, at The students always enjoy having parent volunteers during their library time each week!

Library Volunteer Trainings in the Creekside Library. Required for all NEW library volunteers.

1st & 2nd grade parents Wednesday, September 11 5:45 – 6:30pm

3rd, 4th & 5th grade parents Wednesday, September 11 7:00 – 7:45pm

**Background clearance needs to be completed online. Required for all volunteers.**

Art Docents Needed!

If you are interested in helping with art in your child’s classroom, please sign up through the link below. Be sure to place your name with the correct teacher.

There will be a training on Tuesday, September 17 from 9:30-10:30 A.M. at Creekside for those that would like to participate.

Popcorn Friday Volunteers Needed!

First Popcorn Day is THIS Friday, September 13th so remember your quarters! We will also be providing a free popcorn ticket for our new Kindergarteners if they want to enjoy a popcorn and learn how this Friday activity works.

Here is your opportunity to see the kids and bring some sunshine to their day! Sign up to help with Popcorn Friday and include ‘new’ next to your name in the sign-up if this is your first time.

Hawk-a-Thon Fundraiser

We have an exciting event just around the corner! We are getting ready for Creekside’s ONLY fundraising event of the year, the 3rd Annual Hawk-a-thon! We are busy planning and can’t wait for the kickoff on Friday, October 4th. We can do this Creekside and meet our school goal of $100,000 that will go 100% to our kids, school programs and activities! No paper envelopes this year. We are asking parents, friends and family to contribute online and go green (checks can be turned in if needed to your teacher or PTSA basket). Stay tuned for more details! Hawk-a-thon will be October 4th-11th with special guests, prizes and activities for all of our Otters.

Are you a business owner and looking for a way to show some Otter support? We have sponsorship options for you to get involved. Also, if you would like to volunteer and help with the Hawk-a-thon or have any questions, please contact Hailey Chamberlain at or Jennifer Nakamura at

Reflections Program

Reflections is a National PTA/PTSA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning. The primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition.

Creekside students are invited to create original works of art in response to this year’s theme, Look Within. Entries from all grades and all abilities are welcome!

Students may submit their completed works in the following 6 categories: Visual Art, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Compositions and Literature. Whether you like to write poems, compose your own songs, make up dance routines, take cool photos, draw and paint or make your own short films, there is something for all students!

Entry forms and category information sheets will be available starting this Thursday, September 12th on the Reflections board, located outside the office. Entries are to be submitted by Friday, October 25th to the entry box.

Have questions, need some guidance or want to volunteer? Contact Laura Hassel at

Playground Additions

We have some new additions to our playground activities thanks to our PTSA and all of YOUR contributions. This year, you will see some new picnic tables arrive at our playground for students to sit and hang out together. Recess staff will have some game wagons filled with classic and favorite board and card games that students can play together. You may have already noticed our new chess board painted by the basketball court. Thank you to a local Eagle Scout Troop for painting this for Creekside. We also have a rolling cart with 24" chess pieces that students can play during recess and some new Fun Hoop Basketball Buckets arriving soon! These will be added to two stations on our playground for younger students to reach and for older kids to play as well! For questions, please contact Hailey Chamberlain at

New Creekside Mascot – Ollie the Otter

Did you meet our new Creekside mascot? We had a new furry friend welcoming students and families at the Meet the Teacher Day! Ollie the Otter has arrived and found a home here at Creekside. Thank you for welcoming him and we hope you enjoy seeing Ollie around school and at events. If you have questions or want to "help" with Ollie for an event, please contact Hailey Chamberlain at


Pre-order your Creekside Otterwear now!


Visit the PTSA website to order:

Sizing and color samples are available near the office. Your items will be distributed to students in class early Fall. Contact Michelle Tiplin with any questions at

Box Tops

School is back in session and so are Box Tops for Education! Did you know our school has earned over $6,000 since it started clipping labels? Box Tops for Education is changing the way it is tracking clips so look for an upcoming letter in your child’s folder with details. (or visit for more information)

If you have any unexpired Box Tops, you are welcome to turn them in at any time. We have a collection box in the main office. Thanks for your support and remember “every little bit counts."


NEW THIS YEAR! Yearbooks can be purchased directly through the Entourage website (the company we use to compile and print the yearbooks). When purchasing your yearbook(s), please create an account (do not check out as a guest) so that you can track your order. To purchase, go to the Entourage Link site: OR the PTSA Website and follow the link under “Items to Purchase”.

Lost and Found

Label, label, label! Please make sure your student’s items (clothing, water bottles and lunch totes) are clearly marked with your child’s name. Lunch totes and water bottles are already piling up after the first week of school.

Issaquah Schools Foundation Step Up for Kids Honk + Wave

Mark your calendar for the annual ISF Honk + Wave at Creekside on Tuesday, October 1 to raise awareness for their annual Step Up for Kids campaign that benefits all students in the district. Please sign up on the link below if you would like to participate.

Dining for Kids

Wednesday, October 2nd at Agave Cocina in the Issaquah Highlands

Enjoy a great meal for a great cause! The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids to raise funds for the Feeding Student Success program, which provides food aid in schools.

Nourish Every Mind 2020 Dates (please note new location for the luncheon)

Luncheon – May 8th at Eastridge Church

Breakfast – May 19th at Eastridge Church

Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Creekside Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.