You can help the PTO; all it takes is a small donation.


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R


October 2017 Newsletter

A Message From the Principal

I never dreamed we would be talking about wrapping up our fall athletic season when temperatures are still reaching the upper 80’s with high humidity.  I am ready for the true fall weather.  As we leave the summer season, our football, cross country, and volleyball teams are preparing for their end of the season County Tournaments as well.  It has been great for me to get out and see each of our athletic teams in action.  Whether we have won or lost, I have observed our student athletes showing great sportsmanship and having fun with teammates.

Our performing arts department is getting ready to kick off their season as our bands, orchestras, and choirs will have their first concerts of the year.  I look forward to taking in some concerts and encourage you to do the same.  In addition to our performing arts, our spell bowl team will be competing at the annual Hamilton County Spell Bowl towards the end of October. There is much to look forward to as we venture into the fall season.

I want to thank everyone who has participated in our PTO fundraiser.  I appreciate the efforts of our students and families to raise money, which directly helps Creekside in many different areas.   I will be reviewing our current fundraising practices with our PTO Board to see what new ideas might be generated.  Also, it’s never too late to join our PTO as a member.  You can join on the Creekside website under the PTO tab.   Again, I thank you for your support towards our PTO.  

Our first quarter will conclude on October 12th and fall break will take place on October 13th and 16th.  I hope the next time I am writing we will have some great fall weather.  Crisp mornings and cool evenings are hopefully just around the corner.  See you at The Creek!

Dr. Tim Phares


Leaves changing colors, pumpkins, apple picking and fading daylight.  Fall is upon us! With that comes our first quarter coming to a close, fall break, and the wrapping up of the Red Apple fundraiser.  Two other important events that occur in fall are the Hamilton County Coat Drive and Carmel Education Foundation's Ghost and Goblins 5K/2K.

Hamilton County Coat Drive
We need new or gently used clean coats, mittens, gloves, hats and boots for kids.  All sizes- Infants to high school. Please, p
lace your donated items in boxes in the cafeteria of Creekside Middle School. Donations will be accepted October 2nd – 6th

According to the Good Samaritan Network, Hamilton County has at least 18,000 persons who are living below the poverty level. Please help us keep our kids warm and cozy by donating new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, hats, or boots.  Each item collected will find a home in Hamilton County.  All donations will be distributed at the Nov 4th and 11th Coat Give-a-Ways. 

Thank you for your contribution.  Visit kidscoats.org for more info & volunteer opportunities

CEF Ghosts & Goblins 5K/2K
The 9th Annual Ghosts & Goblins 5K/2K is a fundraising event that benefits the Carmel Clay Schools through education grants. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 9:00am. This is a family fun event. Don't forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween costume! For more information or to register go to http://carmelghostrun.com.

As always, thank you for your support and all that you do as parents, teachers and community!
Trisha Mulligan
PTO President

Carpool Procedures Are Creating a Safer Environment 

Safety is a top priority at Creekside, and with fewer daylight hours in the day and more students coming to school via carpool, we want to review our carpool procedures to ensure we keep our students and staff safe. When dropping off or picking up your child, parents must use the carpool drop off/pick up line and not meet your children in the parking lot. This is a safety concern as we have staff and visitors leaving the parking lot area at the end of the day, and parents picking up children in the parking lot during dismissal creates a safety hazard.  Signs are posted at the entrances of the parking lot prohibiting drop off or pick up in the parking lot during the hours of 7:00-8:00 AM and 3:00-3:30 PM on school days. The Carmel Police Dept. will be monitoring the lot for violators. Please help keep our children safe! Below are some reminders to help keep your student safe during these carpool times.

Carpool Reminders:
Morning Dropping Off Procedures:

  • Cars must pull all the way forward towards Mr. Faas.  This allows more cars to drop off and quickens the drop off procedure.

  • When merging to one lane, please be courteous and alternate lanes.

  • When dropping children off, please use the outer circle drive.  We cannot have parents dropping their children off in the north parking lot as kids sometimes dart between cars and across the road, making them hard to be seen.

Afternoon Picking Up Procedures:

  • Please do NOT park and wait for your student by the soccer fields.  For the safety of your children, we don’t want students walking past all of the traffic in the carpool area.

  • The left lane is for cars to drive away after they pick up their student.  Cars should NEVER be stopped in this lane for any reason.

  • You may park your car in the north parking lot and walk across traffic to get your student from school.

  • And don’t forget: all CCS students are afforded the opportunity to ride the bus to and from school.

John Faas & John Stangel, our awesome supervisors, are there to help with this process.  Thanks so much in helping to keep our students safe.

Jessica Tubbs and Dave Jennings
Assistant Principals

Off to Another Great Start!

Creekside athletics and activities are off to a phenomenal start this school year in big part to our wonderful students and amazing community!  The Cat Race was another huge success!  A big thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and participants who made this year’s Cat Race the best yet, but a special acknowledgment goes out to our Platinum sponsors Indiana Air National Guard and Fanfare Tickets!

The fall athletics season is coming to an end and now our winter athletes are looking forward to tryouts.  See below for upcoming important dates:

Event Date and Time Location
Boys’ Basketball tryouts Week of October 23rd Creekside Middle School
Winter Cheer tryouts Week of October 23rd  Creekside Middle School
Boys’ Basketball and Winter Cheer Parent Meeting Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30PM Creekside Auditorium
Girls’ Basketball Tryouts Week of December 4th Creekside Middle School
Wrestling Begins Week of December 4th Creekside Middle School
Girls’ Basketball and Wrestling Parent Meeting Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 Creekside Auditorium

For more general information on winter sports such as required paperwork needed to participate, please visit the Creekside athletic webpage at
http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/crm/athletics/general-information.  For more sport-specific information, please visit that specific team’s page on the Creekside athletic webpage here: http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/crm/athletics/team-pages.
Thank you so much for your continued support!

Randy Hartog
Athletics and Activities Director

Counselors Corner

Is your child feeling anxious?  All children experience some anxiety; it is normal and expected, especially during the middle school years.  The pressure to do well in school, keep up with ever-changing social relationships, balance extra-curricular activities and academics and the ups and downs of everyday life are enough to cause anyone stress.  When you add the changing hormones that come with adolescence, you can end up with some overly stressed-out preteens.  If you feel that your child is having a difficult time handling their worry, please contact one of the counselors or encourage your child to do so.  We can talk with them about the pressures of middle school and teach them techniques to minimize their anxiety.  Some common symptoms of anxiety include: excessive worry, worry that is difficult to control, irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, frequent headaches or stomach aches and avoidance of tasks.  If the symptoms are more severe or interfere with everyday functioning, we can provide you with a referral for outside counseling.

5 Ways to Deal with Anxiety from Kidshealth.org
1. Become a relaxation expert. We all think we know how to relax.  Chilling out in front of the TV or computer isn't true relaxation (depending on what you're watching or doing, it could even make you more tense).  What the body really needs is daily practice of a relaxation technique — like deep breathing, tai chi, or yoga — that has a physical effect on the mind. For example, deep breathing helps to relax a major nerve that runs from the diaphragm to the brain, sending a message to the entire body to let go and loosen up.

2. Get enough sleep, nourishment, and exercise. Want your mind and body to feel peaceful and strong enough to handle life's ups and downs? Get the right amount of sleep for your needs — not too much or too little. Eat well: Choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long-term energy (instead of the short bursts that come from too much sugar or caffeine). Add exercise to send oxygen to every cell in the body so your brain and body can operate at their best.

3. Connect with others. Spend time with friends or family. Organized activities are great, but just hanging out works too. Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure. And the fun and sharing that go with it allow us to feel happier and less upset about things. If you feel worried or nervous about something, talking about it with someone who listens and cares can help you feel more understood and better able to cope. You'll be reminded that everyone has these feelings sometimes. You're not alone.

4. Connect with nature. Heading out for a walk in the park or a hike in the woods can help anyone feel peaceful and grounded (choose somewhere you feel safe so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings).  Walking, hiking, trail biking, or snowshoeing offer the additional benefit of exercise. Invite a friend or two — or a family member — along and enjoy feeling connected to people as well.

5. Pay attention to the good things. A great way to keep our minds off the worry track is to focus our thoughts on things that are good, beautiful, and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Allow yourself to dream, wish, and imagine the best that could happen.

Copyright © *2016* *Creekside PTO*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
*3525 126th Street, Carmel, IN 46032*

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list