News Around The Creek

November 12, 2013


November 12-18 : Book Fair Tracks 3 & 4

November 13 : Winter Chorus Practice 3 to 4pm

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

November 22 : Hurricanes Tickets Order Form due

President's Message:

Hope to see you at Family Night on Thursday, 5:30-8pm!

Want to help your students make their wish lists?

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Book Fair:

The sales from the Book Fair are booming this year - we are already up to $9,300! Thanks so much for your generous support of the MCE PTA!

This week, Tracks 3&4 will be previewing and purchasing books from the Scholastic Book Fair set up in the Media Center. 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). Each class may purchase books during their buying time scheduled during the school day Friday and next Monday. Each morning (through Monday, Nov 18) the book fair is open for sales from 8:00-8:30am.

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 Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-8:00pm. 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 and the Book Fair clean up on Tuesday, Nov 19 - if you can volunteer for a shift, please sign up here:

If you have out-of-town family members or friends who would like to support our school by making a purchase from Scholastic, please have them purchase through our online Book Fair here: Our online Book Fair runs through November 22.

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

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

MCES Spirit Wear:

Spiritwear Shirt Orders can no longer be accepted and all orders have been placed. Shirts should be in by the week of Thanksgiving or the Mon./Tues. after and will be delivered to the students classrooms (or office if noted).

Thank you for your orders! Questions?..Please contact Leanne Hiel at

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


Winter Chorus Practice Wednesday 3-4:

Chorus rehearsal will take place in the cafeteria on Wednesday from 3-4pm. Last week, students were given a packet of song lyrics. They may keep these packets at home to practice, and do not need to bring them to rehearsal. We will provide lyrics at each practice.

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


Our membership has hit an impressive milestone this week: all of our full-time teachers have joined our PTA! Not to mention, many of our part-time staff and administrators have also joined. It's obvious how supportive the staff is of our children, but this shows even more commitment to a great partnership with us as parents. We will now be eligible to receive the prestigious Ruby Acorn Award from the NCP'TA in the spring. Thanks to all our 363 parent and teacher members including new members Ms. Cyrus, Ms. Nicely, Ms. Thomas, and parents Marion and Damian McHugh

Consumer Products:

Congratulations to Track 3's winner: Ms. Harward's kindergarten class!

Box Tops Prize Winners for October:

Track 1 : Matthew Iudica - Nicely

Track 3 : Justin - Craghead

Track 4 : Judy L - Diecke

Thanksgiving Collection sheet :


Just announced..Shoparoo will accept receipts from department stores, consumer electronics, home improvement and office supply stores from now until December 31st. For a list see,

Food Drive:

A big thank you to all the MCE families for making our annual Fooddrive a success once again! We gathered just a little bit less than last year, considering that Track 3 was out.
I'm sure the Foodbank will be able to make a lot of families happy with our donations!
This drive was made possible with the help of several volunteers: thank you Amy Eury, Danae Hudson and Kate Coley for helping me pack and stack all the donations in Mrs Parrish's office. Thank you Erin Timberlake for making a wonderful poster, once again. And last but not least a big thank you to Jim Coley who packed up his car and drove all the donations to the Foodbank!

Message from Wake PTA Council:

Calling All PTA Leaders to Join Us for NC READY Report Webinar

NC READY Report: Changes & Future Steps

Tuesday, Nov. 12


What Parents, Teachers & Schools Should Do Next

Dr. Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer, NCDPI

Vanessa Jeter, Director of Communication and Information Services, NCDPI

Register for the Webinar