Ribbit Report

Turner Creek Elementary School

August 16, 2019

Need more information about what's going on at TCE?

Please visit our school website often. We post information such as; what's going on, year round calendar, staff contact information, busing information, etc. It's a great resource! Please familiarize yourself with it.

Parking Lot Reminders

Please remember we are a school and teaching our students how to do things properly. When crossing the parking lot, Stop, Look Right and when Clear you may cross. We see all too often, adults just cross the carpool line WITHOUT looking! That is not setting a good example for our students or keeping them safe.

Everyone’s safety is our concern. Thank you!

Receiving text messages from TCE/WCPSS

If you would like to receive text messages with important information from TCE and/or WCPSS, please text the word YES to 67587.

TCE will only send text messages for school and PTA announcements/information. WCPSS may send text messages in the case of an emergency, school closures, or other district wide announcements.

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Chess Club is starting Soon!

Chess club is starting again soon and will again be available to students in 1st through 5th grade. Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and critical thinking. We will build confidence and have the option to compete against other local schools. Novice students and experienced players are encouraged to sign up as we will have two levels.

Chess club, taught by Triangle Chess, will last 12 weeks. 1st-2nd will be every Tuesday morning at 8:10 am starting August 20th and 3rd-5th will be every Thursday morning at 8:10 am starting August 22nd. A fee of $110 can be paid to Triangle Chess. Checks should be made out to Triangle Chess Club. To sign-up online:

1) go to www.TriangleChess.com

2) Click In School on upper right

3) Click Join A-Team on right side

For more information see the website or the flyer attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run registration is NOW OPEN! Register now at www.gotrtriangle.org! Registration is no longer a lottery, but first come, first served and tends to fill up quickly!

Girls on the Run is an after school program like no other! Twice a week for 10 weeks, girls will make friends, have fun, increase their physical activity levels and learn about important life skills. We learn about healthy living, communication, friendship, serving the community, standing up for ourselves and others, and much more! The program ends with the noncompetitive Reindeer Romp 5k.

Turner Creek will have teams on Tues/Thurs and Mon/Wed from 4-5: 15 pm. Practices start the week of Sept. 23rd and the end of season 5k is Dec. 14th. Please contact Jennifer Burdette (jburdette@wcpss.net) with any questions.

GoPlaySave Coupon Book Fundraiser

Tracks 1, 2, and 3: Our GoPlaySave fundraiser is over for this year. Thank you so much to the families that have already purchased or returned their books. Please make sure you have either sent in payment for you GoPlaySave book or purchased your book on-line at

http://www.GoPlaySaveTriangle.com/store/TCES2020 .

Track 4: We have kicked our first big fundraiser of the year that will earn money for Turner Creek! This will also help your family save tons of money while having fun dining out and creating memories in the Triangle! GoPlaySave has over $12,000 in local savings to amazing restaurants and fun places in the area.

This week, please make sure to check your child’s book bag for the GoPlaySave fundraising packet with a copy of the new book! Go to


to create your personal link and email or text it to friends, co-workers, and family to help raise money for our school! You will receive an email every time you have an online order. Mobile book purchases can be used right away and paper book orders will be sent home with your child to fill orders weekly during the fundraiser. If you do not want to purchase a book, please return your book and envelope to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

New this year is a paper/mobile bundle for only $45. The class that sells the most books/mobile books will get a Hungry Howie's pizza party! Please email Lisa Langley langleylm@yahoo.com or Amy Brooks along1000@hotmail.com with any questions.

A Note from the Music Room

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you and your family into the music community here at Turner Creek Elementary School. We are very excited to have you here, and want to take this time to celebrate not only the hard work your child will put into the next year in music class, but also the skills that they will develop through their musical experiences.

The lifelong benefits your child will obtain through music expand beyond the classroom and are transferable to every other academic subject.

On our Music Class Webpage, I will include helpful information and opportunities for your student and the various ways you can get involved in your child’s musical journey this year. This website will include information for our Music Sharing Day, Homemade Musical Instrument Band, 3-5 Grade Ribbit Recorders Woodwind Ensemble, Frogapoolza Performances, Fourth Grade Symphony Field Trip and much more. The Music Class Webpage can be found under the heading of “Academics and Programs” on our Turner Creek Elementary Website.

Turner Creek also offers the opportunity for your fourth and fifth grade student to join our Turner Creek Concert Chorus. All students in fourth and fifth grade are welcome to join! The information for our TCE Concert Chorus is also located on our TCE Website under the heading of “Students.”

Again, welcome to our musical family and I look forward to meeting you!

Mary Elliott Michael


PTA Membership 2019-2020

The Turner Creek Elementary (TCE) PTA brings parents, teachers, and administrators together to enhance our children's success. When you join the TCE PTA, you become an important part of a partnership that encourages student achievement, enriches the learning environment, and works to improve our school and community. Together, we are a powerful voice for our children.

Last year, the PTA was able to support various student enrichment programs offered at the school such as United Arts Chorus, Talent Show, Chess Club awards, and Robotics as well as fund teacher grants and school improvement projects.

Your PTA Membership dues go directly towards funding these programs. For additional benefits of Membership, please visit the Membership Page on our website.

Join the PTA today! Don't forget to provide the Name(s), Grade(s) and Track(s) of your students at Turner Creek when you join.

PTA Advocacy Committee

The Wake County PTA is hosting the fall kickoff training the evening of August 29, it is free and open to all parents and employees/educators of WCPSS. Topics will include fundraising best practices, advocacy 101, and special education, among others.

Want to know more? Our Turner Creek Advocacy Chair is also on the WakePTA Board, Lisa Mead and you can reach out via email at Advocacy@wakepta.org

Reading help

If your child needs help with reading, we have added a helpful link to the Turner Creek website. Follow the following link to explore Mclass Homeconnect:


TCE PTA Face Book

Don't miss an event or a deadline! Follow TCE PTA on Facebook (@turnercreekpta) for the latest updates, reminders and fun stories about your TCE community. Have an interesting story? Email us at communication@tce-pta.org and we'll feature it.

Box Tops and Tyson A+ Labels

Help Us Raise Money for TCE!

Breaking news! No more clipping!! Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip these and send them to school. Just download the new Box Tops mobile app. Buy Box Tops products…..Scan your receipt….Earn cash for Turner Creek! A picture of the new label is pictures to the left.

Questions? Heather Holt, hnaholt@gmail.com

We earned $784 during the 2018-2019 school year!! The next Box Tops submission date is November 1, 2019. Please make sure they have valid dates (dated 11/1/2019 and beyond). If the Box Top is labeled between 3/1/2019-10/30/2019, we have to throw them away! The Box Tops collection bin is in the TCE lobby across from the main office. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. Here is a link showing participating Box Tops products.

Clip Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson® product packages and send them to school with your child. We’ll collect the labels and send them to Tyson Foods, and Tyson Foods will send our school a check. Each label is worth 24¢!

Please drop your Tyson Project A+ labels in the Box Tops collection bin in the TCE lobby. Here is a link for a list of participating products.

Questions? Heather Holt, hnaholt@gmail.com

Earning Money for TCE While You Shop

Even if you have linked your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school in the past, you must re-link it each summer for the school to earn money when you shop at Harris Teeter. Last year, we raised nearly $600 simply by our families linking their VIC cards to TCE. To link or re-link your card, simply choose one of these options:


1. Login to your Harris Teeter profile at the top of HarrisTeeter.com

2. Click on My Account once logged in

3. In the Together in Education section, type "Turner Creek" in the School Search toolbar

4. Once the school name generates, click on the school name and then click on Add a School


Ask your cashier to link your VIC card to our school.

Let us do it for you:

Please email Maggie Demicco at fundraising@tce-pta.org and include your last na

me plus either your VIC card number OR the phone number associated with your account.

Publix accounts must also be re-linked to our school again each year. For instructions on how to do this, please visit:


For more information on how you can support TCE when you shop, go to:


Get Connected and Stay Informed!

1. PTA Website:​​www.tce-pta.org

2. Turner Creek:​​www.wcpss.net/turnercreekes

3. Facebook Page:​​www.facebook.com/turnercreekpta

4. Twitter:​@Turner CreekES

Upcoming Events

Aug 27: Fall Pictures for tracks Tks 1 & 3

Sept 5: Open House for Parents on Tks 3 & 4 @ 6

Sept 19: Fall Pictures for Tks 2 & 4 retakes for Tk 3

Oct 29: Fall Picture retakes for Tks 1, 2 & 4