News Around The Creek

February 10, 2014


February 14 : Bring a Book Day

February 14 : Box Tops/Labels for Education contest ends

February 18 : PTA meeting 7-8pm, media center

February 27 : Grade Night Out, Chipotle 5-8PM , hosted by 4th grade

March 7 : Mother Son Event, 6-8PM

April 26 : Carnival , 4-8pm

President's Message:

Bring a Book Day 2/14

Show your teacher some love on Valentine's Day! Please bring a gently used (or new) grade-level book for your classroom on February 14. Teachers are in need of fiction and non-fiction chapter books. If you would like to donate an elementary school level book that is for a younger or older audience, please drop it off in the lobby on Valentine's Day and the PTA will disburse the books to the corresponding grade. If you are interested in volunteering to collect, sort and distrubute books, please contact Dawn Matta (

Grade Night Out:

Results from Red Robin Grade Night Out:

Thank you to all of you that helped support 3rd Grade Night Out at Red Robin. We had a very successful night! We made a total of $654.19 with sales from Red Robin and donations at the Plinko board. That is our biggest total yet this year at Grade Night Out. We also wanted to congratulate Mrs. Huml and Anna from Ms. Shropshire class. They both won our drawing and got a gift card from Red Robin.


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, February 27, 2014
Restaurant: Chipotle
Location: Kildaire Farm Rd & Wrenn Drive
Hosted by: 4th 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!

1) Save the date for the next Grade Night Out Event!
Join us on March 27, 2014 at Panera

Most restaurants require us to bring a voucher to receive credit. If you do not bring the voucher, we do not receive credit. You can print a copy of the voucher from 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 and Amanda Tisdale
MCES Grade Night Out Coordinators



What a great turnout we had last Friday morning from both students and parents for the Reflections Award Ceremony. The final numbers are in and we had 87 students who participated, and the total # of entries was 115!!1 What a great year MCES students had creating original works of visual art, photography and literature works around this year's theme: BELIEVE, DREAM, INSPIRE. If you or your child were not able to make it, no worries! You can come to visit the show through the end of February which is set up in the library. Students who were not present, will receive their ribbons when we return their art work at the end of the month.

A special thank you to the following PTA volunteers & MCES staff who provided support, encouragement, communication, time, ideas, and their talents: Mrs. Parrish, Mr. Denny, Ms. Holland, Ms. Howell, Ms. Cancro, Ms. Lopes, Mr. Mims, LeAnne Hiel, Sharon Brown, Dawn Matta, Becky Lewis, April Marlier, Lisa Sgoupis, and Lynnette Zarrett. Ms. Cancro's 2nd grade class will be receiving an ice-cream party for the class having the most participation this year!

Congratulations to all 87 of our budding artists! In addition to ALL participants receiving a ribbon from Mrs. Parrish, here is the list of students who received honorary awards:

K - 2nd gr Literature category:

1st place - Kendall DeLair, 2nd gr, Ms. Cancro

2nd place - Patrick Queen, 2nd gr, Ms. Cancro

3rd Place - Emma Brush, 1st gr, Ms. Taylor

Honorable Mentions: Arianna Karbassian & Jackson Streger

K - 2nd gr Photography category:

1st place - Kati Craghead, Kindergarten, Ms. Harward

K - 2nd gr Visual Arts category:

1st place - Maeve Jaeger-Sandruck, 1st gr, Ms. Nicely

2nd place - Kyra Lewis, Kindergarten, Ms. Ebner

3rd place - Brenden Petrillo, 1st gr, Ms. DePolo

Honorable Mentions: Reegan Carr, Seth Conklin & Rylie Cornelius

3rd - 5th gr Literature category:

1st place - Makayla Stamer, 4th gr, Ms. Edmund

2nd place - Emily Cancro, 4th gr, Ms. McNeill

3rd - 5th gr Photography category:

1st place - Julia Coley, 3rd gr, Ms. Shropshire

2nd place - Charlie Riesett, 5th gr, Ms. Diecke

3rd place - Camdyn Carr, 3rd gr, Ms. Dreyer

Honorable Mention: Ana Krstanovic

3rd - 5th gr Visual Arts category:

1st place - Regan DeLair, 5th gr, Ms. Diecke

2nd place - Hannah Jury, 5th gr, Ms. Bryant

3rd place - Grace Jaeger-Sandruck, 4th gr, Ms. Bowser

Honorable Mentions: Kate Kozak, Georgia Murphy, Lindsay Lopez

MCES Judge's Merit Award:

Jacob Crawford, Ryan Guzman-Perez, Walter Hare, Mohammad Irfan Ismail Kulsam,

Roman Knier, Dario Mesa, Marcus O’Loughlin, Miles Velazquez & Braden Weber

Wake County Judge's Merit Award:

Hannah Jury, 5th gr, for her impressionistic painting "A Night in Paris"

Have a great day!

Deanna Zolfo

Mother Son Event:

Mother Son Event March 7th 6-8

"Friday Night Lights" is back!

We have a fun night planned for mothers and their little men! Don't miss out on the action!

Please RSVP to

The committee is disparately in need of DAD volunteers the night of the event to help the activities run smooth so the moms can enjoy some time with their guys! If you think know a dad that would give 2 hours of his time that night, please contact Kara at

PTA Positions for 2014-2015

The PTA needs you! This will be a year of change in leadership of the PTA, as many of our veteran Board Members are moving on. As sad as we will be to see them go, we have others who will remain to pave the way for the next generation. It is an exciting time and a great opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas and outlook to the PTA. Please consider getting involved and contact AnnMarie or Kerri on the Nominating Committee at


Our first Carnival planning meeting was held this past week. The big day (Saturday, April 26th from 4pm-8pm) is fast approaching. We have our entertainment booked, food vendors standing by and donations for the Silent Auction are already coming in. But.....there is still lots more that needs to be done. If you can volunteer some of your time leading up to Carnival or on the day of Carnival please contact AnnMarie Marchese at

Consumer Products:

Box Tops Contest #2 ends February 14th. The winning class from each track will have a pizza party.

Class Leaders:

Class Leaders:

Track 1 : Huml, Clark, Nicely

Track 2 : Duhamel, Giannone-Poirier, Stein

Track 3 : Harward, Slozak, Digiacomo

Track 4 : Taylor, McNeill, Diecke

School Store Prize Winner:

Track 1 : Mackenna Riley (Howard)

Track 3 : Aiden Mobley (Slozak)

Track 4 : Greyson Land (Taylor)

Please send in Labels for Education for points for the Books for Bonanza.


For those that are participating in the smartphone app to raise money, there is a new feature. Some receipts may show a green barcode next to the total. Click on the receipt and any item with a green bar code next to it can earn extra points. Scan the items barcode and earn 5 additional points.

Any questions, please contact Sharon Brown

Hospitality: Teacher Luncheon 2/14: Desserts!

If anyone is interested in helping with the luncheon on this coming Friday (2/14), please send in their best dessert - homemade or store bought. Please send in with your child in the morning, Teachers will eat when their class has lunchtime.

To be added to the hospitality signup genius, please email Brenda Gerken.

thanks a bunch,

Brenda Gerken


SIP would like to find a Spanish speaking Liaison that would be willing to be a contact for our Spanish speaking families. This individual would be available by phone or email to answer any questions or help translate for the families. Ideally, there would be one person for each track, but for now 1 would be great!

SIP would like to find an individual that would be willing to translate the newsletter into Spanish. If not all the newsletter, at least the most important dates and announcements.

School Store:

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 & 4 - but also need volunteers from tracks 1. 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.

Win $30,000 for a new playground:

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes:

Enter daily for a chance to win,

The makeover would go to our K-2 playground.

Ink Cartridge Recycling:

If you have taken ink cartridges from our collection box and turned them in to Staples for our school, please send your rebate forms to the PTA. We will buy supplies for teachers with them. Thank you!

WCPSS Community Input Sessions:

Community input sought

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent James Merrill is inviting WCPSS employees, parents, and the public to share their thoughts, concerns, and priorities for WCPSS in a series of community input events entitled Superintendent's Direct Line. The first session is slated for Thursday, January 23, at East Wake High.

"This is an especially important at this time of year," said Dr. Merrill, "as we work on the budget and plans of action for the 2014-2015 school year."

Dr. Merrill has reserved the first hour-and-a-half of each event specifically for teachers and other WCPSS employees. The last hour-and-a-half is open to parents and the public. Interested speakers may begin signing up on-site at 4:00 p.m. each day in the lobby of the school auditorium. Each speaker is allotted three minutes and one appearance at the Superintendent's Direct Line events.

Speakers are reminded that the Superintendent's Direct Line is a public event; therefore, personnel issues should not be voiced during this time. Caution should be exercised before sharing private student matters.

Dr. Merrill welcomes the opportunity to hear what's on the minds of Wake's citizens. "I encourage everyone who cares about Wake schools to join us. This is a time to listen and let our community do the talking."

Superintendent's Direct Line Schedule

All events will be held in the school auditorium.

• January 27 - Broughton High

• January 29 - Panther Creek High

• February 3 - Southeast Raleigh High

• February 17 - Wakefield High

Afternoon and evening schedule at each site:

4:00 p.m. Speakers for Employee and Parents & Public events may begin signing up in the lobby of the auditorium

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Superintendent's Direct Line for Employees

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Break) Speaker signup continues until all slots are full or 6:45 p.m.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Superintendent's Direct Line for Parents and the Public

West Lake Middle Needs Our help:

West Lake Middle School needs your help! Middle Creek Elementary, West Lake Elementary and Oak Grove Elementary votes are needed. Many of your students will benefit from the $35K Technology Grant / Win at WLM in the near future. West Lake Middle is the only public school in the county who has made it into Round 2; see below.

The Top 10 Finalist

15 or Less Category:

NCCAA (NC Community Action Association)

Philharmonic Association

PineCone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music



16 or More Category:

CASA (Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes)

Haven House Inc.

Ronald McDonald House of Durham

TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers)

West Lake Middle School PTSA

If you can, please support your students future school by getting the word out about voting within your school community. Please read below and let your staff, PTSA , etc. know that this is going on. The link to the Milner page:

Thank you for any support that you can provide.

Best Regards ~

Barbara Koch

(PTSA: Student Recognitions)

From: WLMS PTSA []

Thanks to all of you, we have moved on to Round 2 of the Milner Jumpstart technology grant competition. Now is the time that we REALLY need you all!

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 3rd, Round 2 voting begins. If each one of you votes every day and can get someone else somewhere else to vote we will be able to get 1000 votes a day easy. You can only vote once per IP address every 24 hours.
So, be sure to vote every day at the same time. And, if you vote from your mobile device once, turn off your wifi feature and vote again using your 3G or 4gLTE network.

Spread the word via email, facebook, twitter, text message..any way you can. Anyone can vote from anywhere as long as they have internet access. There are no forms to fill out, no spam, no solicitations at just vote.

This is truly an opportunity that we CANNOT LET PASS US BY! West Lake MS needs the technology that this grant can provide. It is so crucial to our children's education that we are able to get our school's computers replaced and updated. So, please, vote every day and please get at least one friend or family member to vote every day too.

Thank you all for your continued support.


Jen Smith