News Around The Creek

March 9, 2015


March 11: Grade Night Out, Red Robin,Walnut St. Cary, 11am-8pm

March 12: Durham Bulls Bully Busters Program assembly, tracks 2,3

March 16: Durham Bulls Bully Busters Program assembly, track 4

March 21: Garden prep for Spring, 8-noon

March 24: PTA Meeting, 7pm, Media Center

March 27: Teacher Luncheon

March 28 : Science Olympiad Tournament

April 13-24: Boosterthon

May 9: Carnival, 4-8pm

President's Message:

Welcome back Track 2!

The Mother-Son Extreme Night of Fun was fantastic. Thank you to everyone involved in organizing this event. It was so much fun that my 5th grade son wants to come back next year.

Thank You to Gaye Esser, Christine Parrish, Britney Whitmire, Vivine Hill, Jennifer Keane and Wendy Bernard for helping with the Wake Up and Read Book Drive. MCES collected 1038 books. Anyone who may have extra books sent aside but was not able to bring them in to donate is more than welcome to donate them to the book swap at the Carnival.

he March General PTA Meeting will be Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. Please join us in the Media Center. Ms. Holland will walk us through the new Learning Commons experience.

The Teacher Luncheon scheduled for March 6th has been moved to March 27th due to the change to a full day of school on March 6th.

Mrs. Fillard need a parent from Tracks 2, 3, and 4 to volunteers to pack the snack bags for needy children. This volunteer opportunity would be for about an hour every two weeks. Please contact Mrs. Fillard for details

Mother Son Event:

Friday night the halls of Middle Creek were bustling as Moms and their sons competed in dodgeball, noodle mania, Minute to Win It games, a fitness challenge and even a cake walk! Fantastic prizes were raffled off, photo booth pictures were taken, and delicious food was served.

Thank you to our amazing co-chairs, Taylor Goodnough and Glenn Covington, for their hard work as well as their committee members and volunteers: Erika Williams, Beth Lewis, Caroline Bird, Joshua Haddon, Kevin Kohl, Tonya Breslin, Mike Godwin, Angela Haddon, Sports HQ, and the Middle Creek High School Key Club. A big shout out goes to Mr. Trey Robinson, our PE teacher, for helping with set up, game organization, and cleanup! And finally, thanks to all of the vendors and restaurants who donated the food and prizes!

We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Grade Night Out: Red Robin, Walnut St. Cary

Hello Wonderful Middle Creek Families!

We would like to thank you for your past and continued support of our Grade Night Out Events!

Please join us at our next Grade Night Out:

Date/Time: Wednesday March 11 anytime that day from 11am-8pm

Restaurant: Red Robin

Location: 2260 Walnut St. Cary, NC 27511

Hosted by: 2nd and 3rd Grade

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 Amy Eury

MCES Grade Night Out Coordinators

Don't forget to bring the copy of the flyer!

Cultural Arts Clay Workshop Needs Parent Volunteers:

The Cultural Arts Committee has arranged for Cindy Biles to be an Artist in Residence and provide a clay workshop for the students in K-2 grades. Mrs. MacDonald, MCES Art Teacher, has requested parent volunteers to assist with this workshop. Please sign up for one of the time slots below if you are able to volunteer your time. Thank You for helping to make this a successful experience for MCES students.

Durham Bulls Bullying Prevention Assembly

The first of two Durham Bulls "Bully Busters" Programs was cancelled two weeks ago due to school being out. This assembly has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 12th for Tracks 2 and 3.. The assembly for Monday March 16th is still scheduled and will be attended by Track 4. Unfortunately, the Durham Bulls need to end the program by March 31st, so a make up day for when Track 1 is in school is not possible. Therefore, Track 1 students are welcome to come in on the the March 16th date with a parent to see the assembly. Assembly times are 9:00 and 9:45. Details regarding the program can be found at

The Giving Garden:

The Giving Garden is looking for small and medium sized rocks for MCES students to decorate as part of a Carnival activity. If anyone knows where a donation of these can be obtained, please email A letter can be provided for a tax exempt donation.

The Giving Garden work day is Saturday, March 21st at 9:30am.

Here is an update on what is going on in The Giving Garden:
Hello! Here is what is going on in our Giving Garden here at MCES!!!

  • We are having a Garden work day on March 21st at 9:30, come and have fun in your school's garden- getting soil ready, planting bulbs
  • We are beginning to seed at home and then will transplant into garden
  • The PTA, thanks to Jill Schwadron, is going to have a guest speaker give a presentation about Gardening and his work at the Cary Community Garden -Rich Woynicz- meeting TBA
  • Scout troop 202 is building an informational board for outside the garden
  • PTA is having a bench made for the garden.
  • We will have a Garden booth set up at MCE Carnival, where the kids can participate in an art craft to be placed in the Giving Garden
  • A survey was sent out to the staff asking classes to participate in maintaining a bed, and having a school wide contest- looking forward to reviewing the results of the survey!
  • Deanna Zolfo and Courtney McDonald have been brainstorming ideas about having the 5th graders participate in a 5th grade Legacy Garden Project

Boosterthon Fun Run:

Parents! We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run again as this year’s major fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on Monday April 13th for Track 1,2,3 and Monday April 20thfor Track 4. Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s character theme Rock’n Town Live, a music festival theme all about community. Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on Friday April 17th for Track 3 and Friday April 24th for Track 1,2,4. Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! Please help our school by connecting your student with sponsors to help us in raising funds to match WCPSS grant money in order to renovate the K-2 playground. Be on the lookout for more information coming home with your student about this fun program and volunteers opportunities. Thank you for your support! We are a stronger community because of YOU!"

PTA Needs Volunteers for the 2015-2016 School Year

Please click the following link for ways you can become involved.

Square One Art:

Middle Creek is once again participating in the school sponsored fundraiser called Square 1 Art.
This fundraiser takes your child’s artwork and makes it into great products for you to purchase. These products are wonderful keepsakes and gifts for family and friends. Your child has been busy making beautiful artwork that can be made into many fun products such as magnets, t-shirts, mouse pads, ornaments and much more!

Be on the lookout for a custom catalog which will be coming home next week! Orders can be submitted using the paper order forms included in the packets or online.

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Lewis at


The MCES Spring Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 4pm-8pm. Like our Facebook page and receive updated information on the fun filled activities planned for the day. As part of the Carnival, MCES PTA holds a Silent Auction to help raise money for our next Big Project-renovation of the K-2 playground. If you have a business or connections with a local business and would like to donate an item to the Silent Auction, please contact AnnMarie Marchese at The PTA can provide you with a letter of our tax exempt status.

PTA next Big Project

Now that the PTA has completed its work with Mrs. Parrish, Ms. Holland, and Ms. Fountain to help create the Learning Commons Area and equalize the distribution of computers in the classrooms, the PTA is ready to move forward with its next "Big Project." A few years back, the PTA matched WCPSS grant money to build a new playground for the 3-5 graders. The intention was always to address the K-2 playground needs, but technology needs took priority for the past few years. The PTA is now in a position to raise funds to again match WCPSS grant money to renovate the K-2 playground. Wake County has already be contacted regarding approved vendors. A playground committee needs to be formed to listen to the proposals of the various vendors, narrow down options, and decide on a company to use. Kendra Kelley, Beth Lewis, Jill Schwadron and Leigh Canulli have taken the lead on this so far, but need more parents to listen to the vendor presentations and provide input to help decide who to use. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Kendra Kelley at

NEW After School Golf and Tennis!! :

There is a great program coming to Middle Creek this spring, for all ages, and all genders...TGA premier afterschool golf and tennis!!

It's a great opportunity for all kids, and equipment will be provided by the coaches.