Monday Morning Reminder

September 9, 2013


September 3 - 13 : Boosterthon!!

September 10 : Track 1 Boosterthon Fun Run

September 13 : Tracks 2,3,4 Boosterthon Fun Run

September 25 : Picture Day tracks 3 & 4

September 25: Grade Night Out, McDonald's, Millpond Village 5-8pm


Our last elected officer is Kerri DeLair. Kerri’s children are on track 4. She is in charge of minutes for both the BOD meetings and the General PTA meetings. She keeps the roster and the web page current, and organizes the PTA records. If you have a question for Kerri please email her at


Boosterthon is well underway with the Pep Rallies and Team Huddles that happened last week. The kids and teachers are very excited for the upcoming Boosterthon Fun Runs taking place on Tuesday, September 10 for Track 1 and Friday, September 13 for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. Track 2 will be tracking back in this week and will have their Pep Rally on Wednesday, September 11. Keep collecting those pledges from family, friends and neighbors so we can help make this year's Boosterthon event a success!

Track 1 Families: We are still looking for some more volunteers to hand out water at the Track 1 Boosterthon Fun Run taking place on Tuesday, September 10. Please consider signing up to help us out!


*Boosterthon kick off for tracks 1, 3 and 4 Sept. 3.

*Boosterthon kick off for track 2 Sept. 11.

*Boosterthon Fun Run for track 1 Sept. 10.

*Boosterthon Fun Run for tracks 2, 3 and 4 Sept 13.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BOOSTERTHON: If you can help hand out water or mark shirts, please sign up below.

Track 2,3,4 :

Track 1 :

Link to Pledge Collection Mornings:

We are asking for additional volunteers to help collect pledges each morning for the two weeks following this week's Fun Runs. Please take a look at the link below and sign up to help out.

?'s contact Denise Salisbury (

or Amy Hallacher (


Middle Creek has already won over $150! Let's keep it going!


Simply select a K–12 school from our list of eligible schools and vote for it weekly until September 21 or until $5 million has been awarded, whichever occurs first. It takes just 25 votes to start. After that, Target will donate $25 to your selected school. Upon receiving 25 votes, each additional vote equals $1 more for up to $10,000 per school. If your favorite school is not on our list, please choose another school.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Voting ends on 9/21/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT or when $5 million has been awarded, whichever comes first. Max of $10,000 awarded per school. Voting is limited to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, 13 years of age and older. Limit one vote per person per week. See Terms and Conditions and eligible schools in the Give With Target app on for details


Here's an excellent way for you to get your advance gate tickets to the NC State Fair (Oct. 17-27) and help Middle Creek Elementary raise money.

For every $7.00 adult advance ticket sold, two dollars will be returned to the school. For every children's advance ticket ($3.00), one dollar will be returned to the school. Please feel free to forward this email to relatives, neighbors, and friends. The more tickets sold from MCES supporters, the more money is returned to the school. To be sure the money goes back to us, you will need to enter our school code number, which is 494 and is also available from the advance ticket online site:

Don't wait too late: Once the fair starts, the ticket price increases, and no money comes back to us.

Middle Creek Garden Finalist!! : Please vote for Middle Creek to win $ to start a garden

Middle Creek has been selected as a finalist in the Moe’s & Poe Garden Contest! We will begin finalist voting Tuesday, September 10. You will be featured on Moe’s Triangle Facebook page for voting from September 10-24.!/MoesTriangle

The school with the highest votes in each category (new garden and existing garden) will win $500 for their garden and a nutrition program from the Poe Center! (This grant opportunity has been approved by the Board of Education)

Please share this exciting news with your teachers, students, parents, and school community and encourage them to visit Moe’s Facebook to vote for you. The winning schools will be announced on October 1. Good luck!

For more information about the Moe’s & Poe Garden Project, visit Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Please also share with your school community the Moe’s & Poe On-The-Go programs at a different Moe’s location each Tuesday from 5-7pm. Poe Center Health Educators visit Moe’s locations with information about healthy, fresh ingredients and fun prizes!

· September 10—Moe’s at Crabtree Valley Mall

· September 17—Moe’s at Cary Arboretum

· September 24—Moe’s at Patterson Place in Durham

· October 1—Moe’s at North Hills

Thank you and good luck!


The Hurricanes are proud to announce the schedule for the 2013-2014 Carolina Hurricanes / Harris Teeter Together in Education Ticket Program.

This year’s program will include three exciting opponents:

· Florida Panthers on Saturday, January 18, 2014

· Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, February 8, 2014

· Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, March 29, 2014

As you will note above, in addition to great opponents, this season’s fundraiser games all take place on the weekend! The Hurricanes will also donate $10 of every lower level and $5 of every upper level ticket sold to your school’s PTA.

In order to accommodate various school schedules, you will be given the opportunity to begin your sales campaign in early October.


Marion McHugh


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: September 25, 2013 5-8pm

Restaurant: McDonald's

Location: Millpond Village

Hosted by: 1st 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!

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!


Essay Contest:

Carrie Ward and Amanda Tisdale

MCES Grade Night Out Coordinators

August GNO results:

Thank you all so much for helping support Kindergarten Night Out at Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all the time and effort that our wonderful kindergarten teachers put into this event. It was a great success! The PTA was able to make $407.04 in sales and money from the prize wheel. That is a great way to start off the school year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Stiehl's class for having the most students come to Chick-fil-A.

Thank you all again for helping make this a fun night for Middle Creek families!


It's time to begin a new season of Science Olympiad at Middle Creek! Any students in grades 2-5 can join the after-school meetings to try out some fun science activities like bottle rockets, science charades, fossil frenzy, and many more! (Check out this year's events at Registration forms have been sent home with students. If you don't have a copy and would like to register, you can print one here:, or email The first meeting for 4th and 5th graders will be held on Wed., Sept. 18 from 3:15-4:15 in the Media Center. The first meeting for 2nd and 3rd graders will be held on Wed., Sept. 25 from 3:15-4:15 in the Media Center. Students must be registered to attend meetings. If you have questions, contact Karen Robins at

New 2013-2014 MCES Spiritwear Sale Coming Soon!!!
New MCES Spiritwear will be going on sale in October!!! Order forms will come home in Tuesday folders on October 2 for tracks 1, 2, 3 and on October 22 for track 4. Ordering will take place until a deadline of November 6 with merchandise coming in around Thanksgiving (merchandise will be in before track 1 goes out on Dec. 5). This is a great time to start your Holiday shopping early!! Three t-shirts will be offered in Sapphire Blue, Hot Pink, and a multicolored tye-dye all with a new MCES logo. A gray zip-hoodie sweatshirt will also be offered. Watch for samples of the shirts to be displayed in the office in October. If you have any questions, contact Leanne Hiel at


All Orders are past due! If you have not returned yours already, please bring in ASAP.

For questions contact Neha Vashi:


We're still growing-- our count is now 342! We only need about 1 more family from each class to make our goal of 412. We can do it MCES parents!!

Staff member Patty Grimes and parents Christine and Kevin Hutchens and Melissa & Roger Ernest--thank you for joining this week!

You can't miss the MEMBERSHIP BANNER across the school lobby. In a fun way, it shows how much support we have. Staff names and children's names are represented on fish for each PTA member. As our membership grows, it's a great visual for our school's visitors too!

Here is the link to see our complete membership list and our membership form. Click, print and turn in to your teacher anytime. Questions? Contact Karen Lopez at


Book Fair Co-Chair
Healthy Kids Committee Co-Chair
Carnival Committee (2 Co-Chairs)
*Please contact AnnMarie Marchese if you are interested in any of the above positions,


If you are interested in volunteering for one or more PTA functions like Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books, Carnival, Field Day, etc..please fill out the form

The Scholastic BookFair is looking for a second co-chair to assist Beth Lewis with the event this year. The dates of the Book Fair are November 4 - November 18. There is a training luncheon on September 10 to attend. Duties shared with Beth include: finding volunteers to help with setup/cleanup/purchasing/wishlists, overseeing daily activities 8:00am-3:00pm and planning/executing the two family nights, currently scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-8:00pm. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out with the book fair this year at



A few parents have been inquiring about this year's Reflections theme, so they can have their children begin to work on their art projects during the upcoming track outs in Aug & Sept....this year's theme is: 'DREAM, BELIEVE, INSPIRE'. We will have an official kickoff of the program at our school in a few more weeks. Students pre-K thru 5th grade (including our AU kids!) are awarded prizes/ribbons for their participation by submitting original works of art in any of the following 6 art categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Video Production, Music Composition. More details will come home in student folders in September about this national arts education program sponsored by the NC PTA. There is information currently available online at the NC PTA website re: this year's Reflections program, for those of you that would like to get a jump start: . ?'s contact Deanna Zolfo, or Becky Lewis,


Ink Cartridge Program needs your help!
How can you help? We need people that could drop 10 cartridges every month under your own name and address at STAPLES, when you get your $20.00 voucher pls send it to school in your child's folder with a note to "PTA" (Cartridges will be provided to you)The more volunteers we have the more voucher we can get to help buy supplies for teachers during the year. If you have any questions please contact Blanca Petrillo at

Grocery card sign-up sheets have been sent home. When you purchase store brands at the following stores, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to our school. Harris Teeter TIE 4019, Food Lion #213693 and Kroger #90698. You must relink your store cards each August. You may do this yourself at the register or store website or simply fill out the sign-up sheet and we will take care of it for you! Thank you for supporting our school! Harris Teeter is offering a $200 gift card drawing for customers who link their VIC cards to a school!



The Scripps spelling words are coming! They will be distributed Sept. 9-13 to grades 1-5, along with an informational flyer.
The 3rd Annual School Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Check this link for the latest bee news

Co-Chairs: Karen Lopez and Mojdeh Sartip


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.


Parent Volunteers Needed for Bullying Prevention Program!

The following teachers still need volunteers for this very important and rewarding program (remember, if your child's class is already taken, you may volunteer for another class):

Kindergarten: Mrs. Poirier, Mrs. LaBranche, Mrs. Harward, Mrs. Stiehl, Ms. Cyrus
First Grade: Ms. Nicely, Mrs. DePolo, Mrs. Martinez, Mr. Ebner, Mrs. Ebner, Mrs. Taylor
Second Grade: Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Duhamel, Ms. Slozak
Third Grade: Mrs. Tetterton, Mrs. Digiacomo, Ms. Shropshire, Mrs. Walsh
Fourth Grade: Ms. Edmond, Ms. Bowser, Ms. Sedler, Mrs. Coyne, Mrs. McNeil
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Young, Ms. Stein, Mrs. Craghead, Mrs. Gabbard

For the past three years, Mrs. Fillard has coordinated a parent volunteer program through which parents teach monthly character education lessons to their child's class, or other classes. These lessons are prepared by Mrs. Fillard and only last about 30 minutes. Parents and teachers arrange a mutually convenient time for the lessons. One important change this year will be that the focus of the program will be on bullying prevention. WCPSS has developed a Bullying Prevention program that is very similar to the late Character Ed program with many of the same "traits."
Again this year, we are looking for one parent volunteer for each class (or two if you would like to share the responsibility with someone and teach bi-monthly). Please consider participating in this FUN and IMPORTANT volunteer opportunity!!!
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact your child's classroom teacher, and make sure that you have gone through the WCPSS volunteer clearance process. A brief, at home online training will be offered for your convenience. You will receive an email with more information after we have gathered our list of volunteers.

Thank you!
Mrs. Fillard, Mrs. Chapman & Lisa Sgoupis

Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program

"Dine out for Angels” event planned for September 17-20. Restaurants will donate a percentage of purchases during the times listed below to the Annual REALTOR’s® Project Angel Tree that benefits abused and neglected children who are part of the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program. It’s pretty simple, go out to eat ice cream at Dairy Queen or have dinner at Moe’s at the times listed below and tell them you are “Dining out for Angels.” There are 613 foster children in Wake County. This program also helps another 1,200 who are a part of the Wake County Human Services Family Support program.

Dairy Queen® on Tuesday and Thursday ONLY

September 17 & 19, 4 to 8 p.m.
Participating Locations:
631 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511
1250 Brier Creek Parkway, Ste. 101, Raleigh, NC 27617
1008 Morrisville-Carpenter Road, Morrisville, NC 27560
5260 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610(near Knightdale)

Moe’s® Southwest Wednesday and Friday ONLY

September 18 & 20, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
All Triangle-Area Moe’s Locations:
Arboretum – 127 Weston Pkwy, Cary NC 27513
Crossroads – 280 Meeting St, Cary NC 27511
Patterson Place – 5332 McFarland Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Southpoint – 6807-112 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Fuquay-Varina – 1410 East Broad St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
White Oak Crossing – 168 Shenstone Blvd, Garner, NC 27529
Knightdale – 1016 A. Shoppes At Midway Plantation – Knightdale, NC 27545
Brier Creek – 2850 Promenade Place, Raleigh, NC 27617
Cameron Village – 506 Daniels St, Raleigh NC 27605
Crabtree Valley Mall – 4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
Falls Village – 6679 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
North Hills – 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Raleigh, NC 27609
Triangle Town Center – 3721 Sumner Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616
Wakefield Commons – 10760-101 Wakefield Commons Dr., Raleigh NC 27614
Wilson – 3401 Raleigh Rd Pkwy West, Wilson, NC 27896

Apex – 770 West Williams St, Apex, NC 27502

“Dine Out For Angels” Contact: Vicki Buckholtz 919-654-5400 or email Link for more information:

Wake County Schools:

WCPSS will be hosting their annual Back to School Parent Information Fair. This event will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Leesville H.S. from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event is provided for WCPSS K-12 parents to learn about the WCPSS academic programs, as well as having key community agencies provide information about resources, after-school and enrichment programs with parents. There will also be a special parent workshop on "Being Social" where parents can learn about keeping up with their kids Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. This presentation will be given by Marlo Gaddis.


Box Tops and Labels for Education:

Bonus Box Tops at Harris Teeter: 40 Bonus Box Tops 9/11 - 9/17

August Prize Winners:

Track 1: Ethan C, Ms. Bowser 4th grade

Track 2: TBA

Track 3: Ella Coleman, Ms. Slozak 2nd grade

Track 4: Jack Cerr, Ms. Taylor 1st grade


Shoparoo supporters, have you been looking for the surveys that were on the main page of the app? They are now under the "offers" tab. Surveys are an easy way to earn points.

Here is the latest promotion from Shoparoo:

*Can Middle Creek Elementary get 25 NEW participants to upload a receipt in September? If so, you will be automatically entered into the September Sweepstakes! We will randomly select 3 schools to receive $2,000, $1,000 and $500.

If you would like to start helping, please click on my invite for you to join Shoparoo and start earning money for Middle Creek Elementary :
?'s contact Sharon Brown

The school has made a MCES Twitter account to get word out about events, etc. Parents can follow us @MiddleCreekES . For parents who DO NOT have a Twitter account, they can still follow us by doing the following:
to follow us text 'followMiddleCreekES' to 40404
to unfollow us text 'leaveMiddleCreekES' to 40404

EVERY FRIDAY IS SPIRIT DAY: Wear MCES spiritwear or blue and gold (our school colors)!