Creekside Elementary

LEADS: Learning-Engaged-Accountable-Determined-Successful

Parents, Teachers, Students, Community


I am thrilled to be the principal of Creekside Elementary School!

2020 will be my 29th year of being an Alabama educator and my 4th year as principal at Creekside. New school years are just as exciting now as they were at the beginning of my career.

Please contact us anytime you have a question, a need, or just want to say hello.

CES Remind- Join by texting the message @danarh to the number 81010.

Instagram @creeksidechiefs3_5

Library Book Round Up- We NEED over 300 library books returned. Please help locate lost books.

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Boxtops for Education

Download the app, scan receipts, and Creekside will profit.

Information for September 8-11, 2020


Hey! This is Dana Rhinehart, principal at Creekside Elementary. I hope you've all had a great Labor Day weekend. Here's some information for the upcoming week at Creekside.

This is homecoming week at East Limestone and to join the fun, students and staff are invited to join in the dress-up days. Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is USA Day, Thursday is Jersey Day, and Friday is Decade Day.

September 9th- Flu shots will be available for students at Creekside. Please send forms in for flu shots if you have not already done so. For virtual students, information on when and where you may get flu shots will be posted on the website and we’ll get the information to the virtual teachers.

Progress reports will go home Friday.

October 7th is make-up day for pictures.

Yearbooks have been delivered. We have a very limited supply of yearbooks to sell. They are $40 and will be sold on a first come basis.

Please keep looking for Creekside library books and return them to the school.

For lunch Tuesday we will have corn dogs and tater tots. Wednesday we'll have cheeseburgers and chips, Thursday we'll have steak nuggets, creamed potatoes, and biscuits, and on Friday we'll have pizza.

Check out the school newsletter of Facebook, Twitter, or Remind for more details.

Have a GREAT week!

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Information for August 17-21, 2020

Picture Day and Menu Info

Back to School 2020

Please click on the red button below for up to date information on the opening of school for the 2020-2021 school year.


Click on the red buttons below for more information.
2020-2021 Enrollment forms for new students

Registration Checklist ⃞ Proof of Residence- (Utility bill, Water bill Mortgage) ▢ Birth Certificate ⃞ Alabama Immunization (Blue card) ▢ Social security number (voluntary) ▢ Parent Identification ▢ Custody Documents (if applicable)

PAYPAMS for Lunch Accounts

Put money on your child's lunch account or apply for free or reduced lunch with this link. Click on PayPams in the top left corner to add money to your child's account.

New Staff- Welcome to Creekside Elementary!

Art, Music, Library, Physical Ed, Science, Social St.

LCS teachers have compiled websites, videos, activities, and many more educational resources to support students during this time away from school. Most resources are for all grade levels and are for enrichment purposes and not required assignments.

Information, Activities, and Resources

March 23, 2020 Updated SMORE with lots of information for families

May 12, 2020

Hello Creekside Families!

It's hard to believe that we are ending our school year. Please understand that decisions that are made are in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. This is not how any of us would like to end the year.

Important information for closing out the school year:

  • May 19-22: Each teacher will come to school on one of these days.

    • Teachers will bag up and label all of your child’s personal belongings.

    • Items will be placed on tables in front of the school.

    • Teachers will notify you when items are ready for pick up.


    • Place books in tubs and close lids.

Limestone County Schools will not be holding awards/graduation ceremonies for 5th grade or kindergarten. We know this will be a big disappointment to some. Again, please understand that decisions were made in consideration of the health and safety of everyone and we had to consider the difficulty that groups of elementary students would have in maintaining social distancing.

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Beck Martin as Creekside Elementary's new assistant principal. We are beyond excited to add Mrs. Martin to our Creekside Family!

Take care and enjoy the sunshine.

We'll talk to you soon.

May 3, 2020

Hello Creekside Families!

I hope this finds you all doing well. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please show our exceptional Creekside teachers some extra love this week. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate each of them and all they have done over the past few weeks to make sure that students are still learning and know that we love them.

Here are a few important reminders for this week:

  • May 8th- Last day of instruction for this school year
  • May 8- 12- Return paper packets IF you have not been sending pics of work to teachers

  • Paper Packets-

    • IF you have been emailing or texting pictures of student work to teachers, you DO NOT need to return the work packet.






  • Gather any textbooks and library books and keep them in a safe place for now so they won’t be lost or damaged.

  • 4th-grade recorders that are home should be washed/sanitized and put in a safe place so they can be used again next year.


Continue to monitor social media and calls for school information.

Have a GREAT week!


April 13, 2020

Hello! I know last week was a little chaotic for most of us as we tried to juggle all the different things going on at home and adding schoolwork into the mix. I hope this week finds us all settling into a new groove so we can successfully finish this school year. Please let us know how we can help you.

Meals are available at Athens Elementary again this week on Monday and Thursday from 10:00-12:00.

Teachers throughout our system are busy creating resources for you to use at home. Each red bar below is a link to a different SMORE newsletter with ideas, activities, and resources to help keep students learning and keep minds sharp. Check them out.

Have a GREAT week! I love and miss you more than you know!

Dana Rhinehart

April 5, 2020

Hello Friends! This is Dana Rhinehart from Creekside Elementary. I hope this finds you all doing well.

With the release of the public health order on April 3rd, there will be no meal service at Limestone County Schools. A drive-thru service is available to anyone 18 and under at Athens Elementary School on Monday and Thursday from 10:00-12:00. A child must be present. Two breakfast and two lunch meals will be given to the student each Monday and Thursday to cover two days of meals. Thank you to our local churches for helping provide these meals. Parents, please let your child's teacher know if you have needs and we will try our best to help you.

Teachers were allowed to return to their classrooms this week for a quick visit to pick up materials. It is still completely overwhelming to have to close our campus. But, Creekside teachers are ROCK STARS! They have been busy preparing packets and finding ways to connect with all of you. On Tuesday, instruction begins. I can't wait to hear how everything goes on this new adventure.

Stay safe and stay healthy! We miss you all!!

March 29, 2020

Hello! This is Dana Rhinehart, principal at Creekside Elementary. It’s been 2 weeks now since we’ve been in school and I sure do miss seeing everyone. This coming week is Spring Break. I hope there will be some sunshine to enjoy while we continue to practice social distancing.

Limestone County Schools district staff and teachers have been working hard on a plan for the remainder of the school year. The details will be ironed out this week. You will receive an important message from your child’s teacher in the next day or two and we would appreciate your quick response.

Please check the school website, FB, or Twitter for up to date information. Check out Creekside Reads on Instagram for some fun stories. If you have not signed up for the school Remind, Text the message @danarh to the number 81010. I think it might be fun to set up a zoom meeting with students and/or parents and I’d send the link on Remind. So again, if you haven’t signed up for the Creekside Elementary parent Remind, text the message @danarh to the number 81010.

Have a GREAT SPRING BREAK! Stay safe and stay healthy!

Dana Rhinehart
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Apple and other Smart watches

Apple and other smart watches may only be used for telling time during school hours. They must be placed in backpacks or given to the teacher during testing.

The 1st time a student is caught playing games or texting the student will be asked to take the watch off and put it in their backpack.

A 2nd offense will result in the teacher taking the watch until the end of the day.

A 3rd offense will result in the watch being taken to the principal and the parent will be called to pick it up at a convenient time for both parties.

We understand that these are expensive devices and great communication tools, but they can also be a distraction. These devices may not be connected to our WiFi using BYOD or guest. With all the devices on our campus, our network will not support extra smart devices. Remember that you may always call the school office if you need to get a message to your child during the day.


PLEASE refer to the Limestone County Schools Calendar when planning trips and vacations. We need students at school every day. It is impossible for teachers to replicate the activities that students are engaged in throughout the school day with make-up work. These make-up assignments require extra planning and grading for teachers which increases their already overwhelming workload.

Plus, we want all our students here. It makes us very happy when classes get their tent on the wall for perfect attendance and teachers know everyone is present for instruction.


As of 8/1/20, we are not offering an extended day at this time

March 1, 2020

It's READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK! This is a fun week to focus on having fun reading. Monday is "Wear Green Day". It's also our SPRING BOOK FAIR! Family night is Tuesday night from 5:00-7:00.

Speaking of the Book Fair, check out the link on the PTO Facebook page to volunteer at the book fair.

Tuesday is Spring Picture Day. We will be taking individual pics, class pics, and club pics. Wear your best SMILE. Tuesday is also "Wear Sunglasses Day", but not for pictures.

Wednesday is "Wear Wacky Clothes Day".

Thursday is "Twin Day". If you don't have a friend to twin with, no worries. Wear your Creekside Fun Run shirt and you'll have lots of twins!

Friday is "Wear your Favorite College Shirt or colors".

Surveys- We need YOU to complete surveys for our Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence visit. Here's the link- Now, all you need to do is dig through that folder or backpack for the letter with the unique code so you can complete the surveys. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Oh, you can warn your kids a little early. During March, my Irish cousins send these little leprechauns to play and cause mischief. I managed to capture 24 of them and got them into the STEM lab where they are now hiding from me. I'm hoping students will help me find them while they're visiting the book fair so I can send them back to their homes.

Tomorrow is the last day to order Autism t-shirts. Please support our special ed department by purchasing one of these shirts. (Details below)

Pre-K registration continues. (Details below)

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February 23, 2020

After another rainy Monday, it looks like we may see SUNSHINE by the end of the week! How exciting! Please join us Monday night at 5:00 for our PTO meeting in the cafeteria.

Another exciting event for us is that Creekside Elementary and Creekside Primary have been chosen to go through the process to become National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Parent surveys will come home tomorrow. We would appreciate your help in completing these surveys. If you have a student in each school, please complete a survey for each school. (More info can be found below.)

Pre-K Registration continues. (More info below)

Autism t-shirts are on sale now. (More info below)

Upcoming Dates:

2-24-2020 - Parent surveys for Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence go home.

2-24-2020 - Creekside PTO Meeting- 5:00 p.m.

2-26-2020 - 1/2 day for Students

2-28-2020 4th grade field trip to Montgomery

3/2 - 3/6/2020 - Read Across America

February 9, 2020

It looks like another rainy week, but we won't let that slow us down at Creekside. We've got lots of learning to do. Rainy days are great days for a little extra reading with your child. What were your favorite childhood books? Have you ever shared any of those stories with your children?

Upcoming Dates:

2-10 & 2-11-2020 - Limestone County will continue superintendent interviews at 6:00 p.m. at the Career Tech Center.

2-13-2020 - Creekside Junior Beta Club Induction- 9:00 a.m. We are excited to have so many

deserving students to be inducted into the Beta Club. Please remember that each student may bring only 2 guests due to our limited space.

2-17-2020 - No School- Presidents' Day

2-18-2020 - Limestone County School Board Meeting at Creekside- 6:00- cafeteria

2-21 & 2-28-2020 4th grade field trip to Montgomery

2-24-2020 - Creekside PTO Meeting- 5:00 p.m.

January 26, 2020

We've had a FANTASTIC start to the second semester! We've been busy looking at report card grades, DIBELS scores, STAR reading and math assessments, and attendance data. WOW! Creekside Elementary students are ROCKING this school year! Thank you to our teachers who work hard preparing engaging lessons and to our parents who make sure kids are prepared each day! Keep encouraging students to do their best. Mrs. Rhinehart plans to meet individually with students, starting with 3rd graders this week. Students will have a paper to share with you from our talk.

We've had a few cases of the flu and strep reported. Please let us know if your child is confirmed with strep or flu. Please remind children to practice good hygiene habits. We hope everyone stays healthy.

This is the last week to register to play softball and baseball through ELAA. Register at Registration closes 1/31/2020.

The lunch menu is attached below.

Have a GREAT week!

January 12,2020

We had a GREAT first week back at Creekside! We love seeing the smiling faces fill our halls.

January 28th and 29th- 4th-grade vision screenings- Consent forms will be sent home.

February 12th- Vaccine Clinic- Info will be sent home.

Chorus Rehearsals- 4th and 5th grades

4th & 5th Grade Chorus rehearsals begin on Wednesday, January 15. If your child wishes to join us, please send in money and permission forms before January 15.

-Ms. Hains

Yearbook Sales

Reserve a copy of the 2020 Creekside Elementary School yearbook today!

Blood, sweat, and tears.
Friends, jokes, and successes.

It’s all preserved in the yearbook.


January 5, 2020


We are excited about welcoming everyone back to school Monday morning. We hope everyone is rested and ready for the second semester.

Our continuous improvement goals this year are to increase student proficiency in reading comprehension, math, and to decrease chronic absenteeism.


December 15, 2019

I cannot believe it's the last week before Christmas break!

Here are a few reminders for the week:

  • Be weather aware Monday. All after school activities have been canceled.
  • Junior Beta Service Project - They are collecting canned goods, toiletries, baby items, and other supplies for the New Futures Family Lodge. More info is posted below.
  • Tuesday, December 17th- Drama Club Performance @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 19th- Polar Express Day
  • Friday, December 20th- Christmas Parties @ 9:00; half day for students

LOST AND FOUND- We have lots of sweatshirts, jackets, coats, and other items that need to be claimed before Christmas break. All items not claimed will be donated at the end of the day on Dec. 19th.

Mark your calendars... It's almost time for Creekside 4th & 5th Grade Chorus! We will begin rehearsals after school on Wednesday, January 15. Keep an eye out for chorus permission forms which will go home on January 6. If you love to sing, work hard and have fun, please join us! --Ms. Hains

Keep scrolling for more info and pics from last week!

Merry Christmas!

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December 8, 2019

It's going to be another busy week at Creekside, but we've got some fun planned too.

Supper with Santa Update: Tuesday will be the last day to purchase Supper with Santa tickets online. Tickets are $10 per person. Everyone must have a ticket to enter. The first seating is full. The second seating begins at 6:45 and has about 100 tickets left. Chick-fil-A will be the dinner with your choice of nuggets or a sandwich. The Chick-fil-A cow and Santa will be there. A photographer will be there and you can have an electronic print sent to you for $2. We'll also have cookie decorating, letter writing to Santa, cookie decorating and vendors, including Rita's. Come have fun with Creekside PTO Thursday night.

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 12th- Alabama author Laura Murray will visit with 4th graders

Dec. 12th- Supper with Santa

Dec. 13th- Spelling Bee Finals

Dec. 17th- Drama Performances (in school for students and 6:30 p.m. for friends and family)

Dec. 20th- 1/2 day for students; Christmas parties at 9:00 a.m.


DIBELS testing- 3rd grade completed testing last week and 4th and 5th grade will continue progress monitoring.

The STAR Reading and Math Assessment window is January 5- February 6. We will not test before Christmas Break.

It's Cool To Be Kind:

Our wall is filling up with snowflakes and snowmen as teachers identify students being kind or doing something nice without being prompted.

December 1, 2019

Can you believe it's December 1st? We have a busy 3 weeks before Christmas break begins.


DIBELS testing begins this week to assess each student's growth in reading fluency.

Students will also take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments again before Dec. 20th. Unlike the Scantron testing program that we've used the past several years, the STAR assessments only take about 20-30 minutes for students to take. We use this data at Creekside to analyze the growth of individual students and the system uses the data to monitor progress at schools toward school and system goals for achievement. This will help us make sure we keep the "A" we received on the state report card. I'm still so proud of our students, faculty, and staff for this accomplishment.


Please encourage children to do their best, stay focused, and continue to be leaders with great behavior. Teachers have lots of engaging lessons to teach and fun activities too. It's such an exciting time of year but we also have some work to finish before the holidays.

Lunch for December 2nd is chicken tenders or chicken wings. The December menus will be posted soon.

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 12th- Alabama author Laura Murray will visit with 4th graders

Dec. 12th- Supper with Santa

Dec. 13th- Spelling Bee Finals

Dec. 17th- Drama Performances (in school for students and 6:30 p.m. for friends and family)

Dec. 20th- 1/2 day for students; Christmas parties at 9:00 a.m.

November 3, 2019

Tuesday is Holiday Picture Day so everyone wear your best smile for holiday pictures.

4th-grade parents listen up: There will be a meeting on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to discuss next year’s Washington D.C. trip. This trip is an awesome experience for 5th grade students and we need more participation in order to continue planning it.

Creekside is applying to become a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. As part of this process, we need your help and input. Students will bring home a letter with survey information tomorrow. Please use the unique code in this letter to complete the survey. It’s important that we have a high percentage of survey completion, so please complete the surveys as soon as possible. We will have evaluators on campus Nov. 12th and 13th to see all the wonderful things happening at Creekside.

On Friday, November 8th we will honor our Veterans with breakfast and a special time together. If you need more information, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Nona Adams.

For lunch this week,

Monday we will have spicy or regular chicken sandwiches, taco soup with corn chips, and fresh veggies with dip.

Tuesday we’ll have crispitos with cheese sauce or hot pocket pizza.

Wednesday we will have chicken stew with crackers or deli turkey and ham sandwich, with a half toasted grilled cheese for the stew.

Thursday we’ll have BBQ pork sliders or hamburgers and onion rings,

and on Friday we’ll have a pizza bar or chef salad with baked apples and cookies.

Schools will be closed next Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

Have a GREAT week!

October 27, 2019 Message

It's GREAT to be a Creekside Chief! We received an A on the state report card! We had fun with a successful Boosterthon and now we're celebrating Fall Festival and Red Ribbon Week. With all that's happening, we need to remember that our focus is on Continuous Improvement for Creekside. We want to continue loving students as we also work on improving reading proficiency, math proficiency, and attendance. We want to improve that 91/A and most of all make sure that all of our students are successful.

Boosterthon 2019 was a BLAST and we exceeded our goal of $25,000 in pledges! PLEASE reach out to those who sponsored your child and ask them to fund those pledges. When pledges are collected, we will start making improvements to our outdoor areas.

Fall Festival and the 4th/5th-grade dance are tomorrow (Monday night).

You may enter through the elementary office or the cafeteria entrance.

Bracelets for all access to the Fall Festival will be $10.

We will have a goldfish game where you can win a live goldfish, cake walk, drink toss, inflatables, and many more games. We also have 16 vendors signed up so please come out and have a great time that night.

4th and 5th Grade Dance- The dance is from 6:00- 7:30 and the cost is $10 per student. The costume contest will be at 6:30. No knives, fake guns, or other weapons. They will be taken at the door if brought in. Please, no scary costumes. Parents may stay for the costume contest. The winner will receive a gift card. All parents must come back inside to pick their students up. Please be there by 7:30. No one will be allowed to walk out to the parking lot without a parent. The dance is for 4th and 5th grade students only.

Concessions will be sold.

This week is Red Ribbon Week. Monday is "We are "red-y" to say no to drugs. Wear red.

Tuesday is I'm a "Jean-ious": I'm drug free. Wear something blue jean.

Wednesday is "Drugs can't find me". Wear camo.

Thursday is "Drugs are Scary. Say Boo to drugs." Wear orange and black.

Friday is "Wake up Drug Free." Wear pajamas.

Holiday pictures will be made November 5th.

Our Veteran's Day breakfast for Veterans will be November 8th.

October 10, 2019 Message

Wow! We had a FANTASTIC FIRST NINE WEEKS OF SCHOOL! We blinked and it was over!

We'll jump back in next week and kick-off our Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser. October is going to be BUSY, so get your calendars ready.

Tuesday, October 15th

  • Picture Day IF your child was absent for school pictures on August 20th.
  • Boosterthon Pep Rallies Pre-K- 2 @ 1:15, 3-5 @ 2:00
  • 4:30- PTO Meeting featuring Boosterthon info and some special storytellers
  • 5:30- 5th Grade D.C. Trip Mandatory Meeting for all participants

Wednesday, October 16th Wear RED to support Dyslexia Awareness.

October 22nd- Spelling Bee Forms are due

October 23rd- Storytelling Festival- 3rd and 4th Grades


October 25th- Spelling Bee Preliminaries

October 28th- November 1st- Red Ribbon Week

November 8th- Veteran's Day Program

September 23, 2019 Message

We've been having a few technical issues lately with our website and all call service. If you have not signed up for the elementary remind, Text the message @danarh to the number 81010. Also, check the Creekside Elementary Facebook and Twitter for info.

This Wednesday, September 25th is a half-day for students. Creekside will dismiss at 11:10. Remember, we will not have Extended Day on Wednesday either. This is a professional development day for teachers and staff.

We are celebrating homecoming with East Limestone this week with dress-up days. Tuesday is Twinning Tuesday (twins/ dynamic duos). Wednesday is Blind the Eagles Day. (wear neon). Thursday is Jersey Day. Friday is Blackout or East Attire.

Lost and Found- We will be donating items left in lost and found at the end of each nine weeks. Students pass the lost and found rack on the way to and from lunch every day. Please message your child's teacher if they need to stop and look for something. We have a ton of jackets, lunch boxes and a great pair of glasses. All unclaimed items will be donated during fall break.

Tuesday's lunch will be pulled pork sandwich or deli ham and cheese sandwich with coleslaw, baked beans, ice cream cup, and peaches. Wednesday will be a grab and go lunch. Thursday will be a cheeseburger or hamburger with potato chips, pudding, and mandarin oranges. Friday will be a pizza bar or fish sandwich.