Other Committees

PTSA Recognition Awards
PTSA Recognition Awards

Chair:

This committee is charged with soliciting from the school community the names of individuals who are extraordinary volunteers at school and in the community at large. They will score all nominees on a rubric and present the winners with a gift of appreciation and an invitation to the District PTA Council’s Golden Acorn reception. This committee will also be charged with soliciting from the school community the names of educators for consideration for the Outstanding Educator Awards held in May.

Advocacy
Advocacy

Chair:
(none)

The Advocacy Representative will work to keep the Executive Committee and membership appraised of key state and local legislative issues and seek the committee’s input if necessary. If appropriate, this may also require enlisting other members to help advocate for issues or building relationships outside of the PTSA in the community to work collaboratively on issues.
Financial Review Committee
Financial Review Committee

Chair:
(none)

At least one financial review and audit will be performed at the end of the school year to encompass the fiscal year of July 1 to June 30. The Executive Committee may also decide that an audit is necessary mid-year or in the case of a change of Treasurer. The same audit team can perform both audits.
General Volunteer Pool
General Volunteer Pool

Chair:

Volunteering is NOT a requirement of PTSA, but if you're interested and would like to help out or get more information on a particular program or event please visit the Volunteers Opportunities page and indicate your interests. Our VPs of Volunteers will be in touch with you! Thank you for supporting your PTSA!!

Legislative Representative
Legislative Representative

Chair:

If you are interested in what is going on in Olympia and how it affects our children become our legislative representative. Help Creekside families learn and understand political education issues by passing on information from our state legislation rep via the PTSA Newsletter or eNews.

Picture Days
Picture Days

Chair:

3 picture days are scheduled during the school year; Individual picture day, Make-up/retake Individual picture day, and Class picture day. The chair and committee are responsible for assisting the photographer in taking pictures during the year. The chair is responsible for coordinating parent volunteers and working with the front office staff regarding picture day details.

After School Enrichment

Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
October - December

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

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination

Chair:
When:
October-March

This extra-curricular activity gives students an opportunity to creatively express themselves while using a hands on approach to
solve problems involving math and science. Destination Imagination is open to all Creekside students. One or two parent volunteers are needed to run this program.

Geography Club
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
Math Club

Chair:

Open to 4th and 5th graders, the Creekside Math Club will help prepare kids for the “Online Math Olympiad” and other math competitions like the WA state Math Olympiad.

Toastmasters Club
Toastmasters Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
October-November

The Toastmasters Club provides students the opportunity to practice and improve their public speaking skills.

Communications

Creekside ENews
Creekside ENews

Chair:

This is an electronic weekly newsletter which highlights important activities in the coming weeks. It is a partnership between the PTSA and the school, and it published every Wednesday. The committee chair will gather the articles on a weekly basis and arrange the electronic bulletin in a reader friendly fashion. Creekside News is emailed to the Creekside ENews distribution list and posted on the web.

Otter Tales Newsletter
Otter Tales Newsletter

Chair:

This is a monthly electronic newsletter that includes news about the school, PTSA, district and community. It is published at the beginning of each month. The committee chair will gather the articles on a monthly basis and arrange the newsletter in a reader friendly format. The committee chair is responsible for establishing deadlines, editing content, and converting the finished newsletter into an Adobe PDF file format for electronic distribution and web posting.

PTSA Website
PTSA Website

Chair:

This chair maintains and updates the PTSA website to make sure information is current. The PTSA website includes information about what the PTSA is, how it fundraises, the programs it supports, contact information, forms, legislative updates, the PTSA calendar of events, and links to our newsletters.

Facebook
Facebook

Chair:

We are excited to announce that the PTSA at Creekside has created yet another way for you to get, and stay, connected with your school. For all of you who use Facebook as a communication tool, please ‘Like’ our Creekside Elementary PTSA page and invite your friends to ‘Like’ us too! The PTSA will use Facebook to keep you informed of upcoming school and PTSA events, Spirit Days, late-breaking news and anything else relevant to our school community.

PTSA Bulletin Board
PTSA Bulletin Board

Chair:

The chairperson refreshes and maintains the PTSA bulletin board located on the main level (just beyond the double doors). This person will be in charge of putting up and taking down fliers and displays in a timely fashion, and making sure that all committees get equal access to the board. In addition, they will assist the front office with the portions of the board devoted to school and community news.
Family Access
Family Access

Chair:
(none)

The district's Family Access system provides parents with information on their child's teacher assignments, attendance, and standardized test scores.
School Directory
School Directory

Chair:
(none)

Each year the PTSA gathers student, teacher and staff contact information and compiles it into the student directory. PTSA Members receive a free online directory with the option to buy printed directories.
Creekside Yearbook
Creekside Yearbook

Chair:

Help your kids remember all the fun they had this year with a yearbook. It’s a special, 80-page, full color keepsake of photos and remembrances. Families will be able to order them online at the beginning of the school year during the student enrollment verification process. If you bring your camera or phone to school, take some photos and upload them directly to the Entourage Yearbook site using the Entourage app found on Google Play Store or the Apple Store. You can also email photos directly to submit+569348@edophotos.com. Thanks for your participation!

General Enrichment

Pioneer School Of Toy for 3rd Grade
Pioneer School Of Toy for 3rd Grade

Chair:
(none)

To supplement the third grade Pioneer Unit and “Apple Valley School” simulation, PTSA funds a two-part program with Rick Hartman's “School of Toy.” Third graders will attend a morning Pioneer Assembly Program, "Incredibook: A Humongous History of Pioneer America," a mesmerizing 45-minute show that goes significantly deeper into the history and lore of the Pioneer era.
In the afternoon, third graders will participate in a hands-on 90-minute workshop building toys from the period 1840-1890. Students will build FOUR simple but captivating playthings indicative of that era.
Science Workshop for Kindergarten and 2nd Grade
Science Workshop for Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Chair:
(none)

Kindergarten and 2nd grade students have the opportunity to go on an "in-school field trip" and participate in a hands-on science workshop with Rick Hartman's School of Toy. This program is sponsored by Creekside PTSA.
Art Docent Program
Art Docent Program

Chair:
When:
School Year

Art Docents are parent volunteers who are given training and resources by the Art Docent Program. This year the Creekside PTSA funds this program with a budget of approximately $10 per student for the length of the school year. The program goal is to have Art Docents coordinate with teachers to provide lessons that expose students to a combination of art history, elements of art and a variety of art media. Our hope is that the art lessons, when possible, will also reinforce the grade level curriculum. "NO" experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Cartooniversity for 5th Grade
Cartooniversity for 5th Grade

Chair:
(none)

Cartooning with Jeff Johnson is a highly motivating activity that engages students in writing. Students learn basic cartooning skills, the concepts of theme and mood in storytelling and apply those techniques to their own stories. The theme "Everyday Heroes" teaches kids how they are all heroes in everyday life. This has also been particularly engaging for those students who are hesitant artists. All students produce a quality product they are proud to have in the class book. This program is fully funded by the PTSA
Creekside Garden
Creekside Garden

Chair:
(none)

All grade levels are able to use the Creekside garden beds. Gardening is an authentic connection not only to life science units, but also mathematics. Planning the space requires students to figure out area and perimeter. Measuring growth is a favorite with younger students. Gardening can also offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in language arts, through garden journaling, and visual arts, through garden design and decoration, and health, through learning about the nutritional significance of fresh vegetables. This program is funded by the Creekside PTSA.
Drama for 1st and 4th Grades
Drama for 1st and 4th Grades

Chair:
(none)

During the school day, literature-based early acting/performing classes encourage confidence by building theater and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Students will participate in developmentally appropriate exercises and activities to learn beginning theater skills including stage direction, staying in character, expression, body language, blocking, projection and diction. Students will also learn valuable life skills such as listening, self-confidence, collaboration and creative thinking. This program is fully funded by the Creekside PTSA.
Eager Reader
Eager Reader

Chair:
When:
Summer

The Eager Reader Program is getting an overhaul. The program will kick off in June with each student (grades k-4) receiving a book to get them excited about continuing their reading and learning over the summer months, they will bring home a sheet to record their reading efforts and upon returning it in the fall will receive a prize. Volunteers will coordinate the distribution of books, forms and kick off and prize distribution the fall.

Family Science And Engineering Night
Family Science And Engineering Night

Chair:

Family Science & Engineering Night is a new take on the traditional science fair. Staff will run the science fair portion of the program during the school day (as it is part of the 5th grade curriculum). The evening event will be a demonstration and hands-on, fun learning opportunity. We will have a variety of science demonstrations and experiences for the students.

Reflections Program
Reflections Program

Chair:
When:
October-November

Reflections is a National PTA and WAPTA cultural arts program that provides students with the opportunity to use their creative talents and express themselves through their own original works.

Science To Go
Science To Go

Chair:
(none)

In addition to the Elementary Science Curriculum, the Creekside PTSA together with the Issaquah School District provides funding for 2 additional Science Enrichment lessons each year for all grades. Science Enrichment lessons are contracted with "Science To Go" (Kate Poaster).
Staff Grants
Staff Grants

Chair:
(none)

During the 2015-2016 school year the PTSA awarded over $10,000 in grants directly to the teachers at our school. These grants funded books for classroom libraries, behavior management systems, writing centers, math enrichment games, Pioneer School of Toy workshop, Junior Achievement BizTown, yoga balls, conflict resolution curriculum, physical education equipment, sensory closet materials, resources for ELL students, and literacy support.

Family Fun Nights

Halloween Bash
Halloween Bash

Chair:
When:
October

Our Halloween Bash is an annual community event where families are invited for a fun-filled evening. In the past we have had games, scavenger hunts, a DJ dance party, photo booths, a haunted house, crafts, and face-painting. Volunteers are needed to help with the planning and during the event. It will be held on Friday, October 27.

Cultural Fair
Cultural Fair

Chair:
When:
February

Cultural Fair is a Cultural Community event where families get together to learn about our School diversity. Creekside Community will have the opportunity to visit different stands where families will teach and show a little bit of their Cultural and Heritage backgrounds and taste some of their typical food or candy. Come and fly with us in great adventure!

End of Year BBQ
End of Year BBQ

Chair:
When:
June

End of the Year party to cap off another wonderful school year. Lots of fun for the entire family!

Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:
When:
April

Creekside Talent Show Sign Ups

Family Movie Night
Family Movie Night

Chair:
When:
January

The whole family is invited to come watch a movie on Friday, January 19. Kids can wear pajamas and bring blankets and pillows. We will sell pizza, popcorn, candy, soda, and water.

Passive Fundraising

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Chair:
(none)

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Creekside every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and search for Creekside PTSA. Now PTSA will automatically get a kick back when you shop at AmazonSmile.

Box Tops
Box Tops

Chair:
(none)

Box tops for education is an easy fundraising opportunity that anyone can participate in, simply clip and save the box tops from items you already purchase and during our drives send the box tops into school with your student.

Labels for Education
Labels for Education

Chair:
(none)

This Program Goes WAY Beyond The Campbell's Soup Label Program We All Grew Up With. By Collecting UPCs From Their List Of Over 2,500 Products You Earn Points For Our School That Can Be Redeemed In Their Catalog For Recess Equipment, Art Supplies & More.

Matching Funds
Matching Funds

Chair:

Many companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, Wells Fargo, Expedia, Costco, Boeing, Starbucks and MANY more will match employee donations (and some will match your volunteer time too) to the Creekside PTSA.

Student Life

After School Movies
After School Movies

Chair:

Movies are offered after school on various Wednesdays throughout the year.

Bank Days
Bank Days

Chair:

First Bank Day of the year is Friday, November 3rd! Let's get your kids to start saving! Creekside has teamed up with WA Federal Bank to bring a “Save at School” program to help teach your children the value of saving money. On the 1st Friday of every month I will be available in the library balcony to collect deposits. If your child does not already have a student account with WA Federal, please return the account application to me on a Bank Deposit Day, or to the WA Federal Bank off of 228th in Sammamish, with an opening deposit (min $5) to get them started. Once the account is open your child can visit me on Bank Days to make deposits into their savings accounts. As an added reward for saving, they will receive a small prize each time they make a deposit with me at school. They can keep track of their deposits with register books and reusable envelopes that the bank will mail to you after the account is open. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Popcorn Fridays
Popcorn Fridays

Chair:

A fun Friday treat! PTSA will be selling popcorn every Friday during recess hours starting late September through May. Kids can bring a quarter for a bag of popcorn. Volunteers are needed to set up, run the machine, clean it and hand out popcorn during recess.

Staff and Curriculum Support

Library Volunteers
Library Volunteers

Chair:

Creekside has a terrific library program. Volunteers are needed to help check out, shelve, and return books. You can coordinate to be there during your child's class.

PTSA Room Parent Coordinator
PTSA Room Parent Coordinator

Chair:

Room Parents act as a PTSA liaison and are chosen by each teacher. Depending on the needs of each teacher, they usually help the teacher schedule classroom volunteers and help coordinate party planning. The Room Parent Coordinator coordinates all the Room Parents. He/she provides information to the Room Parents who in turn distributes (via e-mail) information to their class.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:

Every month the PTSA recognizes the teachers and staff with fun activities and treats.
Welcome Back Staff Luncheon
Welcome Back Staff Luncheon

Chair:

A luncheon for our amazing teachers and staff to begin the school year! Volunteers are always needed to help us put together a fabulous spread. Please sign up by clicking below. Thank you!!

Items Available For Purchase

Otter Wear
Otter Wear

Chair:

Creekside PTSA is very excited to present a new line of Otter Wear featuring our new Creekside logo! And with the added convenience of online ordering!

Great for school events, field trips, and everyday use! Remember to include brothers and sisters, moms and dads.

Order yours today and show your school spirit!

Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:

Help your kids remember all the fun they had this year with a yearbook. It’s a special, 80 page full color keepsake of photos and remembrances. Families will be able to order them online at the beginning of the school year during the student enrollment verification process.

Parent Support

Lost and Found
Lost and Found

Chair:

This chair position would oversee the Lost and Found. Items are collected and kept in a designated area (lower level by the main staircase). Newsletter announcements will be made reminding parents to check lost and found. Periodically, items will be donated to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank or another designated charity. Before this is done, parents will get another newsletter notification announcing the date of donation.
Parentwiser (Parent Education)
Parentwiser (Parent Education)

Chair:
(none)

Throughout the school year PTSA funds terrific and valuable parent education events.

Active Fundraising

Book Fair
Book Fair

Chair:
When:
December and June

The Scholastic Book Fair is a 3-5 day event held at school. New reasonably priced books and other educational items are available for purchase. The chairperson acts as a liaison between the PTSA and the book company, schedules volunteers for the event, arranges deposits with the PTSA Treasurer, orders supplies and arranges publicity for the fair. Approximately 5 – 10 volunteers are needed to help with publicity, setting up and taking down displays, and cashiers.

Hawk-a-thon Fundraiser
Hawk-a-thon Fundraiser

Chair:
When:
Sept-Oct

The Hawk-a-thon Fundraiser is our only major fundraising event that raises money to fund all our PTSA programs. This program will last for approximately two weeks beginning with our kick-off assembly in September. This important program will help us raise needed funds that will be used for student enrichment programs, sponsor family events, and provide teachers and staff with funds for classroom materials.

PTSA Membership

Membership - Family & Individual
Membership - Family & Individual

Chair:

2017-2018 Family & Individual Membership for Parents and Guardians
Membership - Community Supporter
Membership - Community Supporter

Chair:

Community Supporter Membership is for Individuals that would like to Join PTSA and Support the Creekside Community but are NOT the parents/guardians of a Creekside Student and are not Creekside Staff Members.

We welcome anyone who wants to join, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, friends, community members, business owners! Thank you for helping our PTSA grow!

Community Relations

Caring Through Sharing
Caring Through Sharing

Chair:

This program coordinates donations to local families in need over the holidays.

Creekside Staff

Membership - Staff
Membership - Staff

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Health and Safety

Vision & Hearing Screening
Vision & Hearing Screening

Chair:

Creekside tests all students for both hearing and vision. Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts at the beginning of the school year.