Creekside Elementary PTSA E-NEWS

November 12, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • November 12 - Otter Wear Order Deadline
  • November 14 - Reflections Reception Night 7:00 - 8:00PM
  • November 18-22 - Caring Through Sharing Gift Drive
  • November 28, 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School for Staff and Students
  • December 2 - PTSA Grants Submission Deadline
  • December 3-6 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 4, 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Details from your child's teacher
  • December 6 - Bank Day
  • December 6 - Yearbook Cover Design Contest Deadline

Hawk-a-Thon – Updates

Congratulations again to our Top 15 Teachers in classrooms! Some of the classes have already used their exciting prize choice and the others are looking forward to scheduling their prize throughout the year. We hope that your students are still talking about the Seahawk fun and prizes that took place throughout our event! This year, we were able to increase our prize drawings by giving away prizes to more than half of our school through a random daily drawing and giving away an all-school prize and treat on the final day to celebrate for everyone to enjoy.

We have lowered our costs over the last 4 years from almost $30,000 to put on a fundraiser to under $3000 and lowering to ensure that your financial donations are going back to our kids and school 100%. If you have ideas that you would like to see happen during our school fundraiser or ways that you would like to increase the fun and excitement, we encourage you to volunteer! The best way to see your ideas in action are to volunteer and be a part of the fundraising process. Any questions you can reach out to Hailey or Jen any time! We plan to keep you posted over the next month as we get a final number after all matching is turned in and then look at ideas to put into action for our school. Thank you again and go Creekside Otters!

Creekside Spelling Bee - Coming in January!

The Creekside PTSA will be hosting a spelling bee! The purpose of our spelling bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabulary and learn public speaking skills in a supportive environment. This is an optional event for students in grades 2nd - 5th. We are also seeking volunteers to help administer the bee. Study lists will be provided in advance.

Our spelling bee will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2pm - Written qualification class bee

Fri, January 17th, 6pm - School bee in the MPR

Sign your student up (and/or sign up to volunteer) using the link below:

Book Fair

Mark your calendar! The Creekside Scholastic Arctic Adventure Book Fair is scheduled for December 3-6. We need volunteers to make this event a success! Please sign up on the link below if you can help.

Book Fair Volunteer Opportunities

2019-2020 Digital Student Directory

The 2019-20 Digital Student Directory is now available to all PTSA members on our PTSA website. Just click on “Directory” in the menu of the left. If you aren’t yet a member, we invite you to…become a PTSA member! It's not too late to join the PTSA. Your membership supports our school and all of our students. You will also receive access to the directory. Join today!

Otter Wear – Deadline Extended!

Otter Wear on sale now! Creekside Spirit Wear is available to purchase for one more day. Last day to order items is today - Tuesday, November 12.

T-shirts and sweatshirts with screen printed graphics:

Embroidered jackets and vests for faculty, staff, and adults:

Questions? Contact

BANK DAY - Coming Soon!

A penny saved is a penny earned! The first Bank Day will be on Friday, December 6th at the 2nd floor library overlook any time from 9:00am-10:00am for kids to make a deposit.

Get your children in the habit of saving money by participating in Creekside’s Bank Day. We have paired up with Washington Federal to create a Save at School program. As an incentive, the bank will give your kids $5.00 once their account is setup. For those of you with accounts already, please send your kiddos in with their deposits (limited to a max of $20 cash, no limit on checks) for a trip to the prize box! For more information or to get your child signed up to participate visit and get your child saving!!

Caring Through Sharing

From November 18th - 22nd, our school, through the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, will be collecting toys/gifts to help local families in need. There will be a collection box by the school’s main office where donations can be dropped off. All gifts should be new and unwrapped. Gifts/toys for children 0-18 years old are suggested and boys/girls 9-18 years old can always use extra attention.

Amazon wish list (in case you prefer to shop online)

This is a great opportunity to reach out to those in need. Please consider donating!

Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Did you take photos at the Halloween Bash or the Hawk-a-Thon? We'd love to have them for the yearbook! Submit them online here: You can also download the Entourage Link app in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Log in, search for Creekside, and upload those photos!

Also, we are inviting all Creekside students to submit a drawing in our first (hopefully annual) Yearbook Cover Design Contest!!!! The winning selection will be displayed on the front cover of our 2019-20 Yearbook. Finalists will be displayed in a collage on the back cover. Entries are due by December 6.

Please note: Hand done drawings on tablets are allowed, provided no clip art or other computer images are used. Entries must be printed on 8.5x11 paper as described in the rules.

And last but not least…don't forget to order your yearbook! To purchase books, please go to the following link: or follow the link on the PTSA Website under "Items for Sale". For questions, email Jill Lantz at

Popcorn Friday Volunteers Needed

Popcorn Fridays need parent volunteers to keep it going! Sign up to help with Popcorn Friday and include ‘new’ next to your name in the sign-up if this is your first time.

Popcorn Friday Volunteer Opportunities

Reflections Program

THANK YOU to all Creekside artists who submitted entries for the themed “Look Within” Reflections competition! The entries are on display this week as we welcome our judges and local art professionals. All students who entered Reflections are invited to our Reflections Reception Night on November 14th, where our 12 Creekside finalists will be announced. Questions? Contact Laura Hassel,

Lost & Found - Policy Changes

The clothing racks at school are already filling up and cluttering our hallway after the recent charity donation. To make things easier for our volunteers, please LABEL the inside tag of sweatshirts, t-shirts and jackets with the students last name. Please LABEL all water bottles and lunchboxes with a sharpie on the outside with the students last name. Please note that due to bacteria and mold reasons, these items are thrown away before charity donations.

Students will be notified via email (to their teacher) that they have an item in the lost and found and the students will be required to pick up those items on their own. No more classroom deliveries! Next charity donation will be Friday, December 6, following Parent-Teacher Conference. From then on, charity donations will be done on a monthly basis, last Friday of the month.


Our school photo provider, Lifetouch, has partnered with Shutterfly to offer our Creekside community some sweet discounts and deals, all the while raising money for Creekside! Please visit: to check out all the cool Thanksgiving and Holiday Cards, as well as fun, personalized frames, cinch bags, calendars and more. They would make holiday shopping easy! Happy Shopping!

Dining for Kids

Join us on December 4th at Ohana in Issaquah. Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid.

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle on Thursday, November 14th and get a jump on your holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students. Enjoy an evening on the Terrace (indoor) of the Calcutta Grill with friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and rally together to shop for a cause!

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.