Creekside Elementary PTSA E-NEWS

November 5, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • November 6 – Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for Kids at Chinoise Asian Grill

  • November 7 – ParentWiser Event: How to Keep Your Teen Safe

  • November 8 - Veterans Day Assembly 9:30 - 10:30

  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No School for Staff and Students
  • 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 - Yearbook Cover Design Contest Deadline

Hawk-a-Thon – Matching Reminder + Grant Opportunities

Thank you again to all of our Creekside family and friends for your support throughout our school’s Hawk-a-thon event! Thanks to each of you, we successfully made our goal and have funds to cover all of our operating expenses for the year and we'll have extra that can be allocated to things like an increase in grants for parents, teachers and staff, additional educational resources and events, and new additions to benefit the school as a whole. Please remember to follow up on your matching contribution if you have one. We are currently tracking and waiting for all of our matching funds to be turned in. If you have any questions or looking for assistance with matching, please contact our Treasurer at

Are you wondering how you can make a difference with some of the funds raised? We would love to see more parents apply for our grants. Applications are due by December 2nd. If you have ideas on how we can support curriculum-based programs in the school, we would love to have you apply and make a difference!

2019-2020 Curriculum Grants

Teachers and/or teaching teams, specialists, staff, parents, and students (with adult sponsor) can apply for a grant. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Complete the application by late November. Applications can be found in the PTSA box in the office or on our website at Click on PTSA and then FORMS.

2. Return the application to the PTSA mailbox (in the office) or email directly to the current PTSA President, Marissa Corona at, by Monday December 2, 2019.

3. Wait to be contacted with results. You will know if your project has been funded and approved by the PTSA mid-December. Instructions on how to use your grant money, if awarded, will be given to you then.

Each proposal will be rated in the following areas:

Supporting the school goals of raising the standard of learning.

Contribution to academic achievement/program excellence for significant number of students. Grade level/multi-level proposals are encouraged.

An on-going component, where funds will be used for materials or suppliers that can affect both current and future students.

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!

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,

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

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

We are inviting all Creekside students to submit a drawing in our Yearbook Cover Design Contest! The winning selection will be displayed on the front cover of the 2019-2020 yearbook. Finalists will be displayed in a collage on the back cover. Entries are due by December 6. For more info, click here.

Otter Wear – Deadline Extended!

Otter Wear on sale now! Creekside Spirit Wear is available to purchase for one more week. Last day to order items is 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! Bank Day will begin on Friday, December 6th. Stay tuned for more information next week on how to get your child signed up to participate as well as some new guidelines for those of you with accounts that are already set up.

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

Lost & Found - Policy Changes

The clothing racks at school are already filling up and cluttering our hallway after last week's 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 Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday Cards, as well as fun, personalized frames, cinch bags, calendars and more. They would make holiday shopping easy! Happy Shopping!

News from the Issaquah School District

ParentWiser Event – How to Keep Your Teen Safe

Can you recognize the signs of depression? Join the Issaquah School District community forum November 7 at Issaquah HS for How to Keep Your Teen Safe. Forefront’s LEARN Saves Lives Training offers skills and confidence to empower you to guide caring conversations with peers, friends and family, to move toward hope, recovery and survival. Find out more at

Communicating with Teachers At ISD Elementary School Conferences

November 6, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Sunset Elementary School

4229 West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, Bellevue, WA 98008

Parent Teacher Conference is an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at school, discuss plans for the student’s future and find solutions to academic or behavioral concerns if needed. This event will provide some suggestions on how to make the most of the conference and provide you with some resources as you prepare for the conference. You will also have an opportunity to sign up or learn how to sign up for the conferences on December 4 and 5 on Family Access. All Issaquah School District elementary school families are invited to attend. Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese interpreters will be available. Contact Lorna Gilmour by Nov. 4th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse: Warning SIgns and Resources

The City of Sammamish is hosting a community forum on teen drug abuse on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Washington University at 120 228th Ave NE. Sammamish. Speakers include Sammamish Police Department, King County Public Health, Influence the Choice (featuring Hidden in Plain Sight), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The event is free and childcare will be provided.

Step Up for Kids

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities for academic enrichment as well as support for students who need help with basics like food and school supplies. Step Up for Kids and donate to the Fall campaign at

Fall Dining for Kids Locations

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day's proceeds as a donation to the Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

November 6: Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill

December 4: Ohana Eastside

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.