News Around The Creek

March 17, 2014


March 20 : Talent Show, 6:30pm

March 22 : Garden & Grounds Day , 9-noon

March 25 : PTA Meeting 7-8pm, media *rescheduled date from 3/18

March 26 : Cultural Arts Performace, Mozartana String Quartet

March 27 : Grade Night Out, Panera Bread - Cary, 4-8pm

March 29 : Science Olympiad Tournament : 8-3 , MCES

April 26 : Carnival , 4-8pm

President's Message:

What a way to celebrate Spring! Join us for Garden & Grounds Day this Saturday, March 22 from 9-noon. Bring some garden tools and help us tidy up the school grounds and build our new garden!

6th Grade Orientation: West Lake Middle School

Tuesday, March 18 for tracks 3 & 4. Tuesday, April 8 for tracks 1 & 2. 6:30-8:00pm.

Holly Ridge Middle: Orientation will be in August

Wake County Spelling Bee:

Sarah (Ama) Kwabia, a 5th grader in Ms. Young's class, competed in Saturday's PAGE of Wake County Regional Spelling Bee with 94 other spellers. Ama was runner-up to champion Ashley Brady in our school spelling bee in December. Unfortunately, Ashley soon realized she had a conflicting event the day of the regional bee, so she relinquished her spot to Ama. This gave her ample time to prepare. And prepare she did! Ama made the best of her good fortune and studied for many hours, even using a coach to keep her focused.

At Saturday's bee at McKimmon Center, these 95 spellers competed from 8:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To start, they were tested on a 25-word written spelling test, a 25- word vocabulary test, and a 1-word oral spelling round. The 24 highest scoring spellers came back after lunch for the final round, and Ama qualified! With Ms. Parrish and many family members and friends in attendance for support, Ama began the grueling oral competition. She correctly spelled words like 'fettucine', 'apprentice', and 'combative', until 'proficiency' tripped her up. She was the 14th speller left in the round. The bee culminated in a win by 6th grader Suzanna Murawski from Ligon Magnet MS. (see link)

Ama's performance in the regional bee was the best to date by a Middle Creek student! We all should congratulate her on her talent and representing Middle Creek Elementary so well! Congratulations again Ama!


Presales flyers go out this week for Track 4. Please place presales orders prior to track out. Flyers will go home for Tracks 1, 2 and 3 April 1st. All presale bracelets will be distributed to students the week of the Carnival. Cake Walk donation flyers will also go out this week. We needs kits of baked goods to make this event a success. Please consider a homemade or store bought donation.

Carnival Kids Raffle:

Attention MCES Parents!

The Spring Carnival 2014 planning is well underway! The Kid’s raffle will be at the Carnival again. In order for this to be successful, the PTA would greatly appreciate your help in providing a small donation item. Each grade is assigned a specific-themed item. Donation items need to be small in size and inexpensive ($1-$3). (Examples of items are given, but you can purchase anything within the theme.) Great places to find things are in the dollar bins at Target, Michaels, and AC Moore, or at Walmart and 5 Below. Cash donations are also accepted.

Kindergarten Collection- Sweet Treats (any candy, pack of gum, lifesavers, lollipops, NERDS, taffy, etc. or will accept bags of the small candy items.)Note- 3rd grade has chocolate!

1st Grade Collection- Girlie Things (nail polish, hair ties, socks, Squinkies, bracelets, silly bands, or other jewelry, key chains, etc.)

2nd Grade Collection – Boy Things (matchbox cars, baseball cards, keychains, mini –lego sets, silly bands, etc.)

3rd Grade Collection – Chocolate Lovers (anything chocolate, kisses, mini Hersheys, M & M’s, regular size candy bars, etc. or will except bags of the small chocolate bars.)

4th Grade Collection – School/Arts and Crafts ( pencils, pens, fun erasers, box of crayons, mini markers, sticky notes, scissors, stickers, stencils, beads, etc.)

5th Grade Collection – Sport Team Craze – (favorite college or pro team items – pencils, key chains, stickers, magnets, or anything small that you can find with a sport-team logo on it.)

Donation items will be accepted until April 18th and can be dropped in the PTA Spring Carnival collection box located in the front office. Thank you for your continued support in making the MCES events possible!

Grade Night Out : Panera Bread , Walnut St. Cary, NC 4-8pm

Hello Wonderful Middle Creek Families!

We would like to thank you for your past and continued support of our Grade Night Out Events. Because of you, the events have become more and more successful each year. The proceeds earned from your support of this year's six events is used for special programs for our children.

Our next Grade Night Out:

Date/Time: Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4-8 pm
Restaurant: Panera Bread
Location: 2234 Walnut St. Cary, NC 27511
Hosted by: 5th Grade

As always, we will have a game board for the children to enjoy. 100% of the proceeds from this activity come right back to the school!

Most restaurants require us to bring a voucher to receive credit. If you do not bring the voucher, we do not receive credit. Most often we cannot provide vouchers at the location; however, you may ask at the game board before placing your order.


So, tell your family, tell your friends, and bring your appetite to the participating restaurant on the designated date. We look forward to seeing you there!
Carrie Ward
MCES Grade Night Out Coordinator

PTA Positions for 2014-2015:

The PTA needs to fill many chair and co chair positions for the 2014-2015 school year. Our educational and family programs cannot be held without a group of dedicated volunteers to run them. If you have some time to help coordinate the Spelling Bee, Grade Night Out, Reflections Contest, or Box Top/Label Redemption contact AnnMarie Marchese or Kerri DeLair at or

Smart EOG Camp:

For the second year, we have assembled a team of certified educators from Wake
County whose students have routinely scored well on their end of grade (EOG)
tests-- placing them in the top percentages of their grade level!

We also have renewed our partnership with one of the nation's leading providers
of digital and printed resources that enables us to offer EOG preparation,
practice, assessment and real-time progress reports all aligned with Common Core
Standards during this year's SMART EOG Camp.

The results of last year's camp are starting to come in. A sample size of 172
students showed that our students scored 20% to 30% higher on their EOG tests
than their peers from across the state of North Carolina. We believe that the
key to our success can be found in our three-pronged approach:

1. Project-Based Learning: Students practically apply the Math and Language Arts
principles that they have learned during a fun and interesting

2. Interactive Instruction: Our on-line Common Core aligned and interactive
curriculum helps us to monitor the growth of our students in Math and ELA.
Individual student lesson plans are developed and loaded in each student's
on-line file for work in our computer labs and at home; and,

3. Small Group Instruction: With a teacher-student ratio of 1-4, our instructors
(certified Wake County Public School System teachers) can help students really
develop an understanding of reading and math concepts at their own pace. Here,
students also learn test taking strategies and work on study skills development.

In order to handle the increased demand (last year we had over 200 students on a
waiting list) we have scheduled two sessions of the SMART EOG Camp this year:

Session 1: April 25 -- May 18, 2014 (Cost: $50.00 per session/student and 20%
off for siblings)

Session Days/Times (choose one session per weekend):

Fridays, 6 pm -- 9 pm

Saturdays, 9 am -- 12 pm

Saturdays, 1 pm -- 4 pm

Sundays, 3 pm -- 6 pm.

Session 2: June 6 -- June 15, 2014 (Cost: $50.00 per session/student and 20% off
for siblings)

Session Days/Times (choose one session per weekend):

Fridays, 6 pm -- 9 pm

Saturdays, 9 am -- 12 pm

Saturdays, 1 pm -- 4 pm

Sundays, 3 pm -- 6 pm

Student assessments must be completed before each session. Session 1
assessments will be conducted the week of April 21 -- April 24 from 6 pm -- 8
pm. Session 2 assessments will be conducted the week of June 2 -- June 5, 2014
from 6 pm -- 8 pm. All SMART Academy programs and assessments are held at the
Duke Energy Learning Center at Chavis Heights (across from Ligon Middle School).
However, we are strongly encouraging parents to get the assessment done even
earlier by coming to our SMART Weekend School also at Chavis between 8:30 am on
Saturdays and 2:30 pm on Sundays until the weekend ending April 13.

In addition to the SMART EOG Camp, we are now enrolling Track 4 students in our
SMART Track-Out Camp (beginning March 31) and SMART Summer Camp beginning (June

Space is limited and seats are filling quickly. If you are a parent please
register today. If you want to receive more information, please contact Azizi
Culpepper, Parent Relations Specialist at 919.834.5663, ext 108 or email her at

Thank you in advance for your support!


Travis E. Mitchell

President, Communities In Schools of Wake County

Rising 6th Graders:

The counselor for Holly Ridge Middle will be coming on April 8 at 12:00 to talk with the students about middle school. Track 4 students will be tracked out during this visit, and this will be the only visit. Tracked out students are welcome to come, but the visit is for STUDENTS ONLY. You may drop your children off, and Mrs. Fillard will supervise any track 4 students from 12-12:45.

* This is for Holly Ridge transfers only. West Lake Middle session TBA.

School Store Volunteers Needed, Track 2:

The school store is looking for volunteers to help sell items to the kids on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:25am for the 2013-2014 school year. You would only be signing up for a couple mornings per month - not all of them! They are specifically short on volunteers from Tracks 2.This is a great way to volunteer if you're a working parent, and available in the mornings. If you can help out or would like more clarification of the exact hours she needs, please email Stephanie Petty at

Tuesdays: K-2 kids welcome from 8:00-8:25am
Thursdays: 3-5 kids welcome from 8:00-8:25am
The school store sells little pencils, erasers, fun little school items for kids to purchase - prices range from $0.10 - $2.00, so kids can easily afford to buy something even with a little bit of pocket change. It is located at the end of the main hallway, adjacent to the 2nd grade hallway.

Science Specialist:

As you know, I am the new science specialist teacher here at MCES. I come with 6 years of teaching experience; four years in fifth grade and two years in sixth grade science. I have my BS in elementary education from ECU and my MEd in science education from UNC-CH. I am so incredibly excited to be a part of such an amazing community here at Middle Creek! I have enjoyed meeting many of the students and look forward to getting hands on with them while we dig deeper into the curriculum and explore new things!

I was hoping to have the MCES family keep their eyes open for some items that I could really use in my classroom. I definitely DO NOT want anyone to go out and buy these things but I know sometimes people are trying to get rid of stuff!

aquariums/fish tanks/pet homes (for live lab materials- crickets, isopods, guppies, pond snails- and possibly for class pets in the future) A bonus would be things that go with them- lids, filters, lamps, gravel, etc.
old towels
containers/organizer caddies to hold supplies for each lab group
screw on soda bottle caps

Those are the only things I can think of now, but I may email you with additions to that list. I am also working on a webpage and I will pass that info on when it's complete. Thanks so much!

Jessica Peterson

Science Specialist

Educational Cultural Conference:

The English as a Second Language (ESL) office and the Family Community Engagement office of Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) are sponsoring the Annual Educational Culture Conference on April 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for all Wake County Public School families. The conference will be held at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC.

We will be offering a Community/Organization/Colleges and WCPSS Fair, a variety of parents and students workshops and students cultural performances. The objective is to celebrate cultural diversity, provide parents and students with the educational tools to reach academic success.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Vietnamese. Since our Latino families are the largest group, we will offer separate Spanish workshops.