News Around The Creek

November 4, 2013


November 4-8 : Book Fair Tracks 1 & 2

November 6 : Book Fair Family Night , 5:30 to 8pm

November 6 : Deadline for Spirit Wear Orders

November 8 : Early Release 12:30pm

November 12-18 : Book Fair Tracks 3 & 4

November 14 : Book Fair Family Night , 5:30 to 8pm

November 22 : Hurricanes Tickets Order Form due

President's Message:

Book Fair starts today! Please consider signing up for a shift to help us out:

Wait until you see our students' faces light up with joy when they see all the new books on display. Enjoy this fun event as our students get excited about reading!

Book Fair:

A big shout out of thanks to the following volunteers who helped set up the Book Fair in record time on Friday: Jennifer Jury, April Marlier, Karen Robins, Caroline Bird, Dawn Matta, Lindsay Harston, Angela Haddon, Angela Murphy, Missy Balleydier, Denise Salisbury. A note of appreciation to Allison Arp and Angela Murphy, who provided special treats for the teacher preview party on Friday afternoon. A special thanks to Deanna Zolfo and Annie Streger for help designing and making the incredible hallway mural outside the media center.

This week, Tracks 1&2 will be previewing and purchasing books from the Scholastic Book Fair set up in the Media Center. Next week, the Book Fair will repeat for Tracks 3&4. Your child will bring home a "wish list" of books they have selected from the fair. If you wish to purchase these books, you may do so by attending one of our Family Nights or you may send in checks (made out to MCE PTA) or cash (change will be provided from any cash sales).

We will be running a Penny War competition between grade levels, so please allow your child to bring in any loose change from around the house. Pennies count as a point toward that grade level's total and silver coins count as a negative values toward the grade level's total. The money from the Penny Wars will go toward purchasing a book for the kids-in-need here at Middle Creek Elementary and, if there are leftover funds, toward purchasing books on the Battle of the Books lists for our Media Center.

Family Night will occur on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-8:00pm. Both nights will be identical events. You may purchase books in the Media Center and send your child(ren) on an Adventure through Egypt in the gym. They will decode hieroglyphics and visit various Egyptian cities, ending at the Oasis with a snack provided by our Healthy Kids Committee. We still need a lot of help at the Family Night - if you can volunteer for a shift, please sign up here:

Thanks so much for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair!

Beth Lewis and Angela Murphy

New 2013-2014 MCES Spiritwear Sale !!!

This is a great time to start your Holiday shopping early!! Three t-shirts will be offered: Sapphire Blue, Hot Pink, Multicolored tie-dye, all with a new MCES logo. A gray zip-hoodie sweatshirt and a pull-over sweatshirt will also be offered. Look for samples of the shirts to be displayed in the hallway.

Items cannot be exchanged or returned for incorrect sizes ordered, so please choose your size wisely!!

Ordering will take place until a deadline of November 6, no later, with merchandise coming in around Thanksgiving (merchandise will be in before track 1 goes out on Dec. 5).

If you have any questions, contact Leanne Hiel at

Spelling Bee:

The class spelling bees are complete! Congratulations to this year's winners and runners-up. (See names below) You have accomplished the first step toward the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The winners are invited to compete on Saturday, December 7 in the 3rd Annual School Spelling Bee. Check-in time is 12:00-12:15 p.m. and the bee begins at 1:00. Your families, friends and the public are invited to watch.

PARENTS OF CLASS WINNERS/RUNNERS-UP: We will send home school spelling bee info with your child this week or next week(T3). Parents, please return the Participation Form ASAP. Your child may continue studying from the same word list. The school bee will start easy using the 1st grade words but get increasingly difficult. When those words are exhausted, there will be additional words given which the spellers have not seen. One speller will be crowned champion and advance to the regional bee.

Final instructions will be emailed to winners a few days before the bee. All winners and runners-up will be listed in the program, however, only one speller can represent the class as a contestant in the bee. This year there will be 32 spellers participating.

The school champion will win a special trophy, prizes and the chance to compete against 75+ spellers in the PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee on March 15, 2014.

Thanks to all the Middle Creek students who participated in their class bees. We have some talented spellers at our school! And thank you to the parents who helped with studying. You are all winners!



Taylor: Chase Ristimaki ; Delanie Blatchford

A. Ebner: Kyra Lewis ; Cassidy Register

DePolo: Zariyah McCord ; Cameron Hall

K. Ebner: James Knorr ; Lauren Robertson

Martinez: Charlie Kohl ; Aaminah Ali

Nicely: Ayush Tripathi ; Andrew Stamer

Boylan: James Sgoupis ; Brandon Ihle

Cancro: Arianna Karbassian ; Kendall DeLair

Slozak: Aiden Mobley ; Lila Shere

Duhamel: Nathaniel Davis ; Izzy Martinez

Clark: Lucas Cave ; Shivani Handa

Howard: Frank Gallo ; Porter Alleman

Shropshire: Julia Coley ; Efrain Navarro-Garcia

Walsh: Tatiana Medina ; Noah Kabele

Friend: Madeline Zarrett ; Georgia Murphy

Huml: Nate Czekalski ; Kailey Cornelison

Tetterton: Carter Kohl ; Sydney Alamein

Dreier: Cooper Monihan ; Cameron Alamein

DiGiacomo: Lauren Timberlake ; Tehya Shere

McNeill: Kevin Assante ; Emily Cancro

Mills: Arman Karbassian ; Lexi Sonnendecker

Sedler: Keira Morrissey ; Kasie Strickland

Coyne: Brinley Lydon ; Emma Walsh

Bowser: Molly Cassidy ; Jonas Goodwin

Edmond: Makayla Stamer ; Joey Diamond

Thomas: Hannah Beth Davis ; Penny Rhodes

Diecke: Nicholas Lucovsky ; Ryan Matta

Gabbard: Marisa Boretti ; Tanner Hunley

Bryant: Ashley Brady ; Saniya Chitale

Young: Ana Kwabia ; McKenna Dahm

Craghead: Abby Wolf ; Samuel Clifford

Stein: Jennie Conant ; Josh Poindexter

Winter Chorus:

Winter Chorus Practice Kicks-Off This Week!

A friendly reminder for parents that signed their students up for MCES Winter Chorus; rehearsals begin this Wednesday, November 6th from 3pm-4pm. If you have not already sent a note to your child's teacher to allow your child to stay after school, please do so. Parents, please plan to pick your child up in the 2nd grade hallway at 4pm and sign them out before leaving. Students that are signed up to participate in chorus that attend the YMCA after school, will be brought to the multipurpose room to rejoin their regular YMCA program following rehearsal.

We look forward to seeing your students on Wednesday! Please email any questions to

Reflections Art Contest:

A big THANK YOU to all the parents and teachers who encouraged, supported and cheered on our MCES students to participate in this year's Reflections Art Program. We have collected over 100 entries of Visual Art, Photography and Literature original works. We had a wonderful turnout this year for submissions in the Special Needs category! Hooray! Over the next 3 weeks, all of the entries will be judged by outside judges, scores will be totaled, and the 24 finalists will be announced by the end of November. Those 24 finalists will have their artwork delivered to the Wake County Reflections team, who will do their judging in December. Hopefully we will have some results back before our December break, to see if any MCES students will be moving on to the NC State level of competition. Just as a reminder, a Reflections Art Show will be on display from mid-January to mid-February, and the Family & Friends Awards Ceremony will be Fri, Feb. 7th in the evening. More details will come soon...Questions? Contact PTA member, Becky Lewis at

Hurricanes Fundraiser:

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.

Order forms have gone home with your child. They are due back Nov. 22.


Marion McHugh

Math Club:

Math Club has come to MCES!

We are so excited to bring The Continental Math League to the 4th and 5th graders.

Beginning this week, 4th graders (led by Mrs. Coyne and Ms. Thomas) will meet Tuesdays and 5th graders (led by Mrs. Craghead and Mrs. Young) will meet Thursdays during lunchtime. The students will be participating with other students on the same grade level from schools all over the United States. For more information on the program visit If your child would like to join, please fill out the form and return it to their teacher.

Parents of 4th graders in the club are greatly needed. Please sign up to help run a few of the meetings during your child's lunch time. The signup genius can me found at


Consumer Products:

We have collected 13,603 Box Tops so far this year!!! Thank you for all of your support. Please continue to send in your Box Tops and Labels for Education for our next contest ending in February.

Support Our Teachers:

On Nov. 4, educators and supporters in BOE District 5 will, “Walk-in, Speak Out, Be Heard.” The event will begin at 3:30PM with a march from Middle Creek High School to West Lake Middle School. A Town Hall meeting will follow at 4PM in the auditorium at West Lake Middle School. The town hall will allow constructive conversation with educators and school supporters about the needs and challenges currently facing public educators. Jim Martin, School Board District 5 representative, will moderate the discussion, and listen carefully to concerns and suggestions.

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)!