News Around The Creek

September 22, 2014


September 8-24: The Giving Garden Soil Drive

September 22: Reflections Art Contest Kickoff Week

September 23: Book Fair Family Night, 5-7:30pm

September 25: The Giving Garden Work Day, 6:30pm

October 2: Book Fair Family Night, 5-7:30pm

October 7: Grounds Day, weeding, planting, prepping

October 10: BoxTops Contest #1 ends

October 15: Science Olympiad Introductory session

October 18: Grounds Day, mulching

October 31: Reflections Arts deadline for entries

President's Message:

Thank You to everyone who helped host the BAC breakfast that MCES held on Wednesday September 17th. The event was a success thanks to the hard work of Mrs. MacDonald and her art students who created placemats for the event; Mrs. Fillard and her 5th grade service club who greeted the guests and escorted them to the Media Center; Ms. Cancro for donating the garden harvest; Mrs. Holland for providing the Media Center space on her teacher workday; Deanna Zolfo for coordinating the decorations and creating an inviting atmosphere for the guests; Brenda Gerken for her never ending hospitality on behalf of MCES and Missy Balleydier for helping with clean up, even when tracked out. The event could not have happened without all of you.

The Garden Club is still hosting its soil drive. Please drop off bags of soil, peat moss or KOW at the garden gate off of the 3-5 playground. This area can be easily accessed using the service entrance to the school off of West Lake Road. There will be a Garden Club meeting on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30 in Ms. Cancro's room. A Garden club work night will be held on thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm. Children and their families are welcome to come help out in the garden. The children will receive a homework pass for the night.

MCES Grounds Day will be held on Tuesday, October 7th in the morning for weeding, planting and prepping. Another grounds day will be held Saturday, October 18th, for mulching.


HELP! We need volunteers for Book Fair Family Nights:

Hi Middle Creek Families,

We're so excited to present this year's Book Fair to you next week! There is only one area of concern for us at the moment. We are very short on parent volunteers for our Family Nights.

We mainly need volunteers to help in the Media Center with the cash registers (a training video is available - it is extremely easy to learn), line management and book bagging.

Tracks 3&4: Tuesday, September 23: 5:00-7:30pm

Tracks 1&2: Thursday, October 2: 5:00-7:30pm

If you are able to work a volunteer shift, please sign up via our Sign Up Genius here:

Thanks so much,

Beth Lewis and Emily Gardner

Book Fair: September 22 - October 3

2014 Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Media Center this fall!

Theme: Sir Read-A-Lot's Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books!

Dates: September 22 - 26 for Tracks 3&4

September 29 - October 3 for Tracks 1&2

Family Nights: 5:00-7:30pm on Tuesday, September 23 for Tracks 3&4

5:00-7:30pm on Thursday, October 2 for Tracks 1&2

You will be receiving a packet of information in the Tuesday folder prior to your Book Fair week, so please keep an eye out for it. Track 1 families: your Book Fair information packet will come home in the Tuesday folder prior to your track out in September.

Each class will attend the book fair during the school day between Monday and Wednesday to make out their individual wish lists. The kids will bring their wish lists home for you to preview. If you'd like to make a purchase, you can do so in one of four ways:

1. Come in person to the Media Center between 8:00am-3:00pm. We accept cash, checks (made out to MCE PTA) and credit/debit cards!

2. Send cash or check (made out to MCE PTA) for the total amount** to school with your child along with their wish list. Each class will have an opportunity to attend the book fair again on Thursday or Friday for the children who are planning to make purchases. If you'd like to circle the books on the wishlist that you allow them to purchase, that is extremely helpful to our volunteers.

3. Attend one of the family nights and make your purchase in person. You are welcome to attend either family night - the content will be identical - as your family schedule allows.

4. Purchase books online between September 19 - October 10 via our Book Fair website: All books ordered online will be delivered to the school and distributed to your child's teacher the week after the online sale ends.

**no sales tax (example: if the book price is $4.99, then the sale total is $4.99)

Book Fair App

Scholastic has designed a free Book Fair app that you can download to your smart phone to assist you as you shop the Book Fair. Finding the right books at the Fair is fun and easy with the Book Fair App. Check out the latest features and download today!


We will need lots of help during the book fair - if you would like to work a shift either during the day or at family night, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius here:

Classroom Wish Lists

At Middle Creek, each classroom has a classroom library. Your teachers are in need of books to fill up their classroom libraries. Please make sure to stop by the Classroom Wish List poster board - located in the Media Center - to purchase a book for your child's classroom library. Please also do not forget to purchase books for our specialists, CCR teachers and AU team to fill up their classroom libraries. This is a great way to show your appreciation for the outstanding staff at Middle Creek Elementary!

All For Books and Penny Wars

Throughout each book fair week, the penny wars begin! Each week, the grade levels are pitted against each other to compete to see which grade level can come up with the most loose pocket change. Pennies count towards your grade level's total and silver coins count against the total. (So bring in lots of quarters, dimes and nickels and fill up your sibling's grade level jar.) :-) The winning grade level gets bragging rights for the year and great community service satisfaction that they have bought a lot of books for kids who would otherwise not be able to purchase a book for themselves. The money remains here at MCE and is used to purchase a book for each child involved in the Holiday Helpers program run by Mrs. Fillard. Any leftover funds are used to purchase an additional book for their Holiday presents.

We appreciate all the support that our Middle Creek families give during the Book Fair!

Any questions? Email Beth Lewis ( or Emily Gardner (

Empty Water Bottles Needed:

The BookFair Coordinators are in need of empty water bottles with the caps still on. A lot of them. They have two crafts that these bottles will be used for: Marshmallow catapult (the bottle tops will be used for this one) and a bracelet or cuff made from the plastic bottle.

A box labeled for the donated bottles will be in the hallway leading to the Kindergarten.

The Giving Garden:

The Giving Garden (Middle Creek Elementary Schools Garden) is having a “SOIL DRIVE” September 8-24. The garden is in need of soil for its boxes. Please drop off 1 bag of garden soil, peat moss or Black Kow near the garden gate. The Giving Garden is located at the BACK of the school and can be accessed by using the SERVICE ENTRANCE to MCES off of West Lake Rd.

On Thursday September 25 at 6:30 pm, we will be having a garden work day. Please come and bring your kids! If MCES kids work IN the garden on that day, they will be given a GIVING GARDEN HOMEWORK PASS !!! Bring a shovel and rake, as well as gardening gloves.

“LIKE” us on Facebook! Search “Middle Creek Elementary School Garden”. New pictures and information on the garden are posted there.

We also have a blog at

2014-15 Reflections Art Contest & Show

Be on the lookout for details about this year's Reflections Art Contest & school Art Show in your child's daily folder in September! If your child likes to paint, draw, dance, sing, play music, take videos or photos, create art on the computer, write stories or them to express themselves and create a unique work of art around this year's theme: "The World Would Be a Better Place If.....". This program is open to all students preK-5th gr, and encourages our AU students to participate as well! This national arts education program is a wonderful enrichment program our school's PTA coordinates for our MCES students. Deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 31st. More details will come in the following weeks and also will be updated on the PTA website. Questions or interested in Helping? Contact Deanna Zolfo at

Science Olympiad:

Any student in grades 3-5 can join Science Olympiad and take advantage of this great

opportunity to learn about science and prepare for upcoming science requirements. Please join us for one or more Introductory Sessions where students can explore different topics.

Introductory Sessions (after school 3:15-4:15):

September : Wed., 9/17

October : Wed., 10/15

November : Wed., 11/12

Tournament : 3/28/2015

Mark your calendar! In order for your child to stay for any of these events (1) Please sign and return the registration form sent home with your student. (2) Email their teacher that they will be staying after school.

In order to hold these sessions we need some parents to be there to assist with monitoring the kids. Please email Tina Gibson at to sign up!

Want To Win A Pizza Party?!!:

Hurry and send in your BoxTops before October 10th for the first contest of the year! The top class in each track will win a PIZZA PARTY!!!

Top classes at this time:

Track 1--Howard, Spina and Huml

Track 2--Poirier, Duhamel and Stein

Track 3--Slozak, Ebner and Harward

Track 4 - TBA

?'s contact Taryn Jessup,

For a list of BoxTop products,