Ribbit Report

Turner Creek Elementary School

July 12, 2019

Need more information about what's going on at TCE?

Please visit our school website often. We post information such as; what's going on, year round calendar, staff contact information, busing information, etc. It's a great resource! Please familiarize yourself with it.

A message from Ms. Spalding, Principal

What a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year. Everyone has been so helpful especially to our new students and families. Everything went very smooth this first week for Tracks 1, 2 & 3.

We are looking forward to having all our Track 1, 2 & 3 Kindergartners on Tuesday, July 16!

As most of you know, Turner Creek practices “Conscious Discipline”. Make sure you ask your children about the morning news, classroom jobs, breathing techniques and other positive forms of social-emotional learning.


Hello, returning Tree Frog Families! Hard to believe that our tree frogs have started the next school year in a few already! Here are a few reminders as you gear up for the 2019-2020 School Year -


Thursday, July 25th - Meet the Teacher 4.30 pm-5.30 pm

Monday, July 29th - First Day of School

Kindergarten lunch volunteers

Hello Tree Frog Families! It’s that time of year again. Little tree frogs are joining our amazing school. Kindergarten is a whole new exciting world for kids.

To help make their transition easier, we are asking for volunteers to help out in the lunchroom. They will need help typing their 10 digit numbers to purchase lunch, as well as opening food containers etc. We do ask that you keep in mind the children need to learn independence, so rather then just opening containers for them, you guide them in how to do it on their own for the future.

We also ask that you don’t volunteer if you have a rising kindergartner so that it is not tough on your little one when they have to return to class.

Please use the link below to sign up:



Each student is required to have the following items for the upcoming school year –

· Kindergarten - Scholastic Magazine Subscription

· 1st Grade - Scholastic Magazine subscription and Word Dictionary

· 2nd Grade - Scholastic Magazine subscription

· 3rd Grade - Scholastic Magazine subscription, Agenda and Recorder

· 4th Grade - Scholastic Magazine subscription, Agenda and Recorder

· 5th Grade - Agenda and Recorder

These items can ONLY be purchased online via the PTA website - https://turnercreek.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/4784

The PTA doesn’t have enough volunteer help to be able to accept cash during the school day. If you send cash in, it will be sent back home with instructions on how to purchase online.

GoPlaySave Coupon Book Fundraiser Volunteers Needed

As soon as we start the 2019-2020 school year, it will be time again for the Turner Creek GoPlaySave Coupon book fundraiser.

We need your help on Tuesday, July 16, to stuff envelopes with books to distribute to classes.

The more volunteers we have, the quicker we will be finished. It typically takes about 1.5 hours -- maybe even quicker if we have enough volunteers. Any amount of time you could help would be appreciated. We will get started at 9:45. Coffee and bagels will be served. Thank you for your time! Please sign up if you are able to help.

Go Play Save Volunteers - Envelope Stuffing

PTA Membership 2019-2020

The Turner Creek Elementary (TCE) PTA brings parents, teachers, and administrators together to enhance our children's success. When you join the TCE PTA, you become an important part of a partnership that encourages student achievement, enriches the learning environment, and works to improve our school and community. Together, we are a powerful voice for our children.

Last year, the PTA was able to support various student enrichment programs offered at the school such as United Arts Chorus, Talent Show, Chess Club awards, and Robotics as well as fund teacher grants and school improvement projects.

Your PTA Membership dues go directly towards funding these programs. For additional benefits of Membership, please visit the Membership Page on our website.

Join the PTA today! Don't forget to provide the Name(s), Grade(s) and Track(s) of your students at Turner Creek when you join.

Art News for K and 1st Grade Families

Want to help your little one now for expectations in Art? Have them wash a table with a rag and use that same rag to wash their own hands. Independent skills in both these areas is fundamental when a whole class cleans up at once!

PTA Advocacy Committee

PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Founded in 1897, PTA has a long, successful history of influencing policy to promote the education, health and wellbeing of all children—resulting in kindergarten classes, child labor laws, school lunch programs, a juvenile justice system, and strengthened parent-teacher relationships. National PTA continues that legacy today by fighting for change under its federal public policy priorities: • Family Engagement in Education • Quality Education for All Children • Adequate Funding for Education • Child Health and Nutrition • Safe Schools and Communities • Fair Juvenile Justice Laws.

Each PTA is required per the bylaws to have an advocacy chair.

At Turner Creek, the contact is Lisa Mead, who is also the Advocacy Chair for the WakePTA Board of Directors. If you are interested in helping out in a low stress, mostly remote way, email Lisa at advocacy@wakepta.org

Reading help

If your child needs help with reading, we have added a helpful link to the Turner Creek website. Follow the following link to explore Mclass Homeconnect:


TCE PTA Face Book

Don't miss an event or a deadline! Follow TCE PTA on Facebook (@turnercreekpta) for the latest updates, reminders and fun stories about your TCE community. Have an interesting story? Email us at communication@tce-pta.org and we'll feature it.

Box Tops and Tyson A+ Labels

Help Us Raise Money for TCE!

Breaking news! No more clipping!! Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip these and send them to school. Just download the new Box Tops mobile app. Buy Box Tops products…..Scan your receipt….Earn cash for Turner Creek! A picture of the new label is pictures to the left.

Questions? Heather Holt, hnaholt@gmail.com

We earned $784 during the 2018-2019 school year!! The next Box Tops submission date is November 1, 2019. Please make sure they have valid dates (dated 11/1/2019 and beyond). If the Box Top is labeled between 3/1/2019-10/30/2019, we have to throw them away! The Box Tops collection bin is in the TCE lobby across from the main office. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. Here is a link showing participating Box Tops products.

Clip Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson® product packages and send them to school with your child. We’ll collect the labels and send them to Tyson Foods, and Tyson Foods will send our school a check. Each label is worth 24¢!

Please drop your Tyson Project A+ labels in the Box Tops collection bin in the TCE lobby. Here is a link for a list of participating products.

Questions? Heather Holt, hnaholt@gmail.com

Earning Money for TCE While You Shop

Even if you have linked your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school in the past, you must re-link it each summer for the school to earn money when you shop at Harris Teeter. Last year, we raised nearly $600 simply by our families linking their VIC cards to TCE. Simply follow the directions here (see the attached image).

For option #3, please email Maggie Demicco at fundraising@tce-pta.org and include your last name plus either your VIC card # OR the phone number associated with your account.

For more information on how you can support TCE when you shop, go to:


Get Connected and Stay Informed!

1. PTA Website:​​www.tce-pta.org

2. Turner Creek:​​www.wcpss.net/turnercreekes

3. Facebook Page:​​www.facebook.com/turnercreekpta

4. Twitter:​@Turner CreekES

Upcoming Events

July 16: Tissue Tea for K parents Tks 1, 2 & 3 @ 9:15

July 25: Meet the Teacher Tk 4 4:30-5:30

July 29: First Day of school Tk 4

Aug 5: Tissue Tea for K parents Tk 4 @ 9:15

Aug 8: Open House for Parents on Tks 1 & 2 @ 6

Sept 5: Open House for Parents on Tks 3 & 4 @ 6