Creekside Elementary PTSA E-NEWS

October 15, 2019

Upcoming PTSA & School Events

  • October 15-18 - School Safety Week
  • October 16 - Destination Imagination Parent Info Meeting
  • October 18 - Math Club Registration Deadline
  • October 22 - Vision & Hearing Screening Day
  • October 22 - ParentWiser Event, Skyline High School
  • October 25 – Halloween Bash, 5:30-7:30PM
  • November 5 - Picture Retakes and Makeups
  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No School for Staff and Students

Hawk-A-Thon - More than $111,000

Thank you, Creekside families, for helping us make our goal for this year’s Hawk-a-thon! We raised more than $111,000 so far and have the funds needed to continue our student enrichment programs.

What a week it has been with spirit days, school pride, games, prizes, special Seahawks guests like Blue Thunder, Blitz and players, pep rally assemblies and more! Mr. Pollock's 5th grade class took first place, Mrs. Skone’s Kindergarten class took second place and Ms. Merrick’s 2nd grade class took third place. Let's give a shout to the rest of our Top 15 Teachers: Stephens, Gelbrich, Foos, Dodd, Hannley, Carlson, Biller, Yea, Shade, Emsky, Bulmer, and Cromwell. All of these teachers got to compete in the Teacher Showdown as they raced to put together the word Creekside out of cut-up pool noodles on a toilet plunger and then race to pick a class prize!

The school and staff had the best time celebrating with Blitz, Sean Locklear and Ollie the Otter at our Cotton Candy Rockin’ Recess! We also gave away 2 sets of Seahawks tickets to the October 20th game (thank you to Garrick and Lisa Lo) to 2 lucky students! Congratulations to Katherine Tarp and Stella Jones. Way to go everyone! What an exciting week it has been! Over the next several weeks, we will be finalizing our numbers as matching comes in and we reach a net dollar amount for funds raised! We will be looking at ways to improve the school with any excess funds and then the core of the money raised provides our operating budget for the year for curriculum and academic support! Don't forget that parents can apply for our PTSA grants too if you have ideas that you want to see happen. Stay tuned for the application and deadline information. Thank you to all of our parents, students, families, and staff for the amazing support for our PTSA. We could not have had this success without you!

A special shout out to our volunteers:

Jennifer Nakamura, Marissa Corona, Karen Rajtar, Krista Wood, Aimee Cermak, Eleanor Robinson, Colleen Mahoney, Taimay Jones, Jared Wood, Ben Chamberlain, Katie Heady, Stefanie Hill, Laurie Friedl, Staci Gould, Laura Hassal, Nova Featherstone, Kari Feistner, Wendy Caamano, Rachel Singh, Nirupama Surampudi, Becky Brooks, Kerstin Aarestad, Luci De Andrade, Kim Magill, Jalel Powell, Janis Kotowski, Melisa Heitzman, Jennifer Kim, Bita Khatibi, Jennifer Grusz, Miranda Ellis, Becky Richert, Lea Lucchesi, Michelle Tiplin

A super website thank you to:

Karen Rajtar for helping us to use our own PTSA website saving us thousands of dollars in costs and for all of the hours helping to update and manage data and results!

A special shout out to our spectacular staff:

All teachers and our amazing support staff and office team! Thank you to Ms. Coyle, Ms. Smith, Andrea Garvey, Dolores D'Alo, and Paige Wagner for accommodating all of our special guests and for your full-on Hawk support!

A HUGE thank you to:

Dave Holbrook for all of the sign changing, assembly set-up, clean-up, tear-down, big messes, popcorn and cotton candy handling and special request help and all of the wonderful support you give to our school every day!

A big thanks to our honk and wave helpers:

Skyline Youth Cheer and POMS Cheer!

Thank you to our Teacher Showdown staff that stepped in for absent teachers:

Dave Holbrook, Dolores D'Alo, and Ms. Mature

Recess thank yous:

A big thanks to all of our Para-Professionals and Recess Staff that helped on Rockin' Recess to be sure we were safe while celebrating and managing our beach ball action!

Ollie the Otter attire designed by Michelle Tiplin…thank you!

Halloween bash 2019

We’re 10 days out from our annual Halloween Bash scheduled for Friday, October 25th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. We are asking families to donate a bag of candy to use at the event. The candy can be dropped off in the office by Monday, October 21st but no later than Thursday, October 24th.

We also have parent volunteer and high school/middle school volunteer opportunities to help with concessions, games, arts and crafts and more. Please click on the link below to see what shifts are available. We are looking forward to a great event!

Halloween Bash Volunteer Sign-Ups

Vision & Hearing Screening Day - Volunteers Needed

Creekside tests all students for both hearing and vision. We still need two volunteers for the afternoon shift (12pm – 3pm) on Tuesday, October 22. Have questions? Contact Kari Feistner at

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteer Sign-Ups

destination imagination parent info meeting

Join us on Wednesday, October 16th at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room for a DI Parent Information and Sign-up Meeting. You will learn all about the exciting and enriching DI program being offered by the Creekside PTSA!

Destination Imagination (DI) is an international problem solving competition for students. DI is an extracurricular program that fosters creativity and team-based problem solving incorporating STEM, the Arts, and Service Learning. It is led and run by parent volunteers. The goal of DI is to cultivate the creative problem solving process and make it a part of each student's everyday life.

Check out the PTSA website under "Programs and Events" to read more about DI at Creekside Elementary. We hope to see you on October 16th!

math club - registration now open

Creekside’s Math Club is for 4th and 5th graders looking to have some fun with math and hone their math skills through preparing for and participating in various competitions. Students will practice math as individuals as well as teams, and have math games and other activities. The Math Club will meet once per week after school on Mondays, starting on Monday, October 21. Sign-up deadline is Friday, October 18. Space available on a first come first basis. Register here.

Popcorn Fridays 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. We need one more volunteer to help with popcorn at the Halloween Bash!

Popcorn Friday Volunteer Opportunities

Reflections Program

Creekside PTSA’s Reflections program is a National PTA­­ 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 2019/2020 theme, Look Within. Entries from all grades and all abilities are welcome!

Students may submit their original 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!

Creekside will have 12 finalists, who will have a chance to go on to the Issaquah School District round, and a chance to go to State or all the way to the National Finals!

Entering is easy! Follow the packet for the category you wish to enter. Each packet includes the official rules, guidelines for each category and the entry form. Printed packets are available on the Reflections board, located outside the Creekside office OR you can view and print online. Entry forms and the completed works are to be submitted between as early as Tuesday, October 15 and no later than Friday, October 25. An entry box will be available on the Reflections table, located outside the Creekside office.

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


We need YOUR photos for this year’s yearbook! If you have taken any photos in the classroom, the playground or any school events, 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! It's easy and your kids will think you're awesome and we will too!

And 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".

Need help submitting photos or ordering yearbooks? Email Jill Lantz at

Lost & Found

Please check out our lost and found. Jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and more are piling up! Please have your child label all clothing and lunchboxes. The first charity donation of items will be collected and donated on Monday, October 21st. (New earlier date).

ParentWiser Event – Normal Sucks!

Is your child normal? Meet and hear Jonathan Mooney on a speaking tour for his new book, Normal Sucks! With humor, knowledge and hope, Mooney speaks on neuro-diversity, how we should stop fixing people and start empowering them. He gives hope for anyone who learns differently, emphasizing the impact of supportive teaching and parenting. Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm at Skyline High School. Register here.


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!


ISD Transportation Department Weather Emergency Notification Bulletin - Be Ready for Winter Weather

Watch your mailbox starting October 2 for the ISD 2019-2020 school year Emergency Transportation Bulletin. This mailer includes information on snow routes and stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also includes information on how to find out about school delays or closure. For more information, including a link to the electronic version of the bulletin, please click here.

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.

Notifications Testing

On Thursday, October 24 we will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text.

- If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

- If you do not receive the text, please follow the instructions in the email.

What every parent wants to know about the ISD

Are you new to the ISD? Would you like to learn more about the school system and programs in the Issaquah School District?

All families are invited to attend the ISD event “What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD” on Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Clark Elementary School.

This event will have separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information on topics such as school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communication with school and teachers, how to get involved, and course selection at the secondary level. District staff and parent volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking interpreters will be available at the event. Contact by Oct. 17th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Snacks and Childcare are available.

Are You registered to Vote?

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election
Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

From the city of sammamish

City of Sammamish Seeks Community Input on Transportation Master Plan

Do you have transportation issues you care about? Traffic got you down? Let’s talk traffic! Please register to share your voice and learn more about the Transportation Master Plan on Connect Sammamish! Connect Sammamish allows citizens to participate in polls, surveys, and ask questions directly to City staff. The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a 20-year strategic framework to help improve how you get around town. Please register to share your thoughts on the TMP! You can ask a question or participate in our mapping feature. You will also find more information about the TMP and learn more about other projects the City is working on.

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

More information available here:

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.