News Around The Creek

April 21, 2014


April 23 : Science Olympiad Awards and Ice Cream Party, 3-4pm, families of participants welcome

April 24: Kindergarten Orientation ,1-2pm Media Center

April 26 : Carnival , 4-8pm

May 9: Field Day Tracks 2&4

May 15: Last day for Box Tops/Labels for the year

May 16: Field Day Tracks 1&3


This SATURDAY, April 26th is the MCES Spring Carnival. It is a Family Fun event from 4pm-8pm. Be sure to come. Attraction include: Hamster balls, video game truck, trike races, Lego build, Spin Art, Flow Circus, Paper Hand Puppet Intervention, Transit Band Performance, Face Painting by Zaxby's, Milk Mustache Photo Booth, Hockey shot, tennis, mini golf, Sandy Candy Art, Balloon sculpting, K'nex car build, cake walk and kid raffle. Silent Auction items include Disney tickets, Kate Spade purse, Lilly Pulitzer bag, NC Symphony tickets, Lucky 32 Gift card and much much more. Presale Bracelets will go home in Tuesday folders. If you are on tracks 1, 2, and 3 an you do not get them on Tuesday please let us know. Track 4 will get them by Friday. We still need about 10 parents volunteers to make the event run smoothly. If you have an hour or so to volunteer, please contact AnnMarie Marchese at Hope to see you there!

MCES Family Needs Our Support:

Dear Middle Creek Families,

A parent of one of our students, Jack Costanzo, was injured in an accident. We would like to help the family by bringing them meals, gift cards to grocery stores or restaurants, or anything thing else that would help them during this time. If you would like to help this family, please consider signing up to bring them a meal. The sign-up sheet can be found

There are no food allergies or dietary restrictions. Some of Jack's favorite foods are pop tarts, deli ham and turkey, chicken nuggets, honeycrisp apples, red grapes, and red peppers. The number of people to cook for may vary based on visiting family, but details about this will be added to the sign-up page soon.

Weekends are generally most helpful for the family to receive meals, but any meals during the week are helpful as well. Please consider meals that make good “leftovers” and can easily be reheated. The family should be at home by 6 most evenings, and can receive food at that time.

The family appreciates everyone's kindness and support during this very difficult time.

You can bring your meals to:

Costanzo Family Home

3200 Langston Circle

Apex, NC 27539

It is the Carolina blue house across from the MCES bus loop.

Thank you,

Lisbeth Fillard, counselor

Jennifer Putman, MCES parent

Cultural Arts:

The PTA is pleased to announce its upcoming art programs. During the week of April 21-25th, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students will take part in a clay workshop. Clay artist, Cindy Biles, will be an artist-in-residence at MCES teaching K-2 students, the art of clay sculpture.

Read all about it here.

In May and June, Fifth Grade students will work with environmental artist, Bryant Holsenbeck, to create their own 3-dimensional animal art piece from recycled materials. If you have plastic bags, remnant fabrics, old sheets, curtains or castaway yarns or ribbon, please consider donating them. The materials may be dropped off at any 5th grade classroom.

Get the scoop here:

PTA Positions for 2014-2015:

The PTA needs a team of two parents to oversee the Book Fair, Reflections Art Contest and Spelling Bee next year. The Book Fair is out main fundraiser to support the Media Center at the School. Scholastic provides an easy step by step plan for running the event. Please contact AnnMarie MArchese at is you are able to volunteer to run one of these events.

Kindergarten Orientation Volunteers Needed:

Do you remember how you were feeling when your first child was entering kindergarten? Well now is a chance to lend a hand to those moms that are preparing to be in those same shoes! The MCES Kindergarten team and school Administration will be holding its parent/child orientation on Thursday, April 24th from 1-2pm in the Media Ctr. The team needs 10-20 volunteers to help them in the gym, to welcome the children and assist in organized fun and games, while their parents can focus on the informational meeting in the Media Ctr. Please consider helping us out to make this a special day to remember for these parents and kids, and giving them all a warm welcome from the MCES family! See the SignUp Genius link below to sign up to volunteer or email: THANK YOU!!!

Field Day:

Parent information and volunteer letters should be coming home soon. We encourage parents to volunteer early, but please be reminded that parents must be on the Wake County volunteer list.

Tracks 2 & 4................Friday - 9 May 2014

Tracks 1 & 3................Friday - 16 May 2014

More details have been included on the parent letters. Unfortunately, we were not able to schedule a rain date this year.

EOG Proctors Needed:

Ms. Jacobs is looking for some parent volunteers to help with the EOG's.

Free Film: What's On Your Plate?

You’re Invited!

What’s On Your Plate? Film Screening April 24 in Downtown Cary

The Town of Cary and Advocates for Health In Action present "What's On Your Plate?" witty documentary about kids and food twice in April as part of the Fit Cary Month celebration.

Thurs., April 24, 6:30-9 pm
The Cary Downtown Theater (visit booths at 6:30, film at 7 pm)

The screening is free, although tickets are required as space is limited. The screening will feature a panel of local health and farming/gardening experts for Q&A following the 76-minute film. All attendees will receive a $5 Market Bucks coupon that can be used at any of the three farmers’ markets in Cary. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewers to visit a variety of educational booths about health and fitness, and have an opportunity to enter a prize drawing, with the film starting at 7:00.

About the Film

What’s On Your Plate? is a fun, educational and accessible movie about how kids feel about food, how kids think about food and their health, and how families can change the way their food is accessed, prepared and eaten. Over the course of a year, the film follows two 11-year-old girls as they explore food, talk to farmers, visit school lunchrooms, investigate where the food they eat comes from and more. The film is recommended for children ages 7 and up.

Tickets available :

Many thanks,

Sarah Martin

Wake PTA Council Board of Directors