MCES Family Updates

News from Principal Miller

November 4, 2021

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Important Dates

November 2 - Teacher Workday

November 8-19 - MCES PTA Food Drive

November 10 - Track-Out day for Track 2 students

November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - No school for students

November 12 - No School for Students

November 15 - No school for Track 3 students

November 16 - Track-In day for Track 3 students

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday; No school for students

November 29-December 10 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - Tracks 1 and 4 Book Fair Family Night from 5 to 7 p.m. (Masks required indoors)

December 7 - Tracks 2 and 3 Book Fair Family Night from 5 to 7 p.m. (Masks required indoors)

School Calendar Changes


We wanted to share this information again, as it affects all of our families. The Board of Education made November 12 a non-instructional day for students and a reflection day for staff. (Tracks 1-2-4), There is NO SCHOOL for students on this day. The non-instructional day for track 3 is November 15. There is NO school for track 3 students on this day.

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MCES Food (Fund) Drive

From November 8-November 19, the PTA will be collecting funds to give directly to the NC Food Bank. Last year, we raised just over $2,000 (10,000 meals). We will only be collecting funds to ensure the food bank can purchase what they most need and their buying power is much stronger than a consumer. For every $1 raised, the NC Food Bank can purchase 5 meals! Let's work together to support our neighbors in need to meet our goal of providing 10,000 meals.


Link to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/middle-creek-elementary

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Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

We are excited to host an in-person book fair this year. The book fair will run from November 29-December 10. All classes will have the opportunity to visit the book fair in person during these days. We will host two family nights. They are December 2 for tracks 1 and 4 and December 7 for tracks 2 and 3. Both events will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.


Volunteers will be needed to help with the book fair! Please come to the school to complete your volunteer registration as soon as possible.

Kindergarten Registration is Open for the 22-23 school year!


Kindergarten registration is open for the 22-23 school year! Please go online to the WCPSS website to register any rising kindergarteners in your family.

Volunteer Registration for 21-22

NEW Volunteers for 2021-2022

  • All new volunteer applicants must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.

  • New volunteer applicants may go to any WCPSS work site and register through wcpss.net by selecting the Community tab, and then selecting Volunteer.

  • Applicants will be notified by email once their application has been approved.

  • Applicants who are not approved will receive notice from Employee Relations.


New Registration Process for WCPSS Employees who Want to Volunteer

Although WCPSS employees do not have to go through a criminal record check to volunteer, they will now need to register.

News from our Specialists

Music News:

  • In Music, students on tracks 4, 3, and 2 have learned how to access their QuaverEd student account from their WakeID Portal. I will work to help students on Track 1 access their QuaverEd student account when I return from my track out. The QuaverEd code for October is MonsterGroove21. I received the entire order of ukuleles this week! Thank you again for supporting our fundraiser last school year through Donors Choose. I look forward to teaching students how to play the ukulele during Quarters 3 and 4.


Art News:

  • We will be doing a lot of amazing projects this year and donations would be GREATLY appreciated. I am currently accepting donations of magazines, markers, acrylic paint, play-doh, and glue sticks.


Media News:

  • This year I am looking forward to serving your students as the Media Specialist at Middle Creek. Each week you can look forward to your child bringing home a book or two. Talk with your child about properly caring for their library book. In addition, the book is given as a loan. If they are not finished reading, they may return it to renew their book, but every book must be returned each week. Thank you for helping us keep our books safe.

PE:

  • We are wrapping up our Spikeball striking/catching unit. We will begin to focus on Cardio as 3-5 graders will participate in the mile walk/run (6 laps around the front track) and 1-2 grades will participate in the 1/2-mile walk/run. Also, during PE, each class will start the quest for the "golden shoe". This trophy will be awarded to the class with the highest average laps during our warmup centers.

Stem:


  • It has been so wonderful working with the classes who have signed up to use our new Makerspace! Our Makerspace provides an opportunity for students to build their critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they work collaboratively on innovative projects that align with the classroom curriculum. As it gains popularity we will need more donations of supplies to keep it going. Here is a list of Common Makerspace Supplies that we will gladly accept at any time. Please consider donating these and any other supplies you might have. Not sure if what you have will work? Please reach out to me at mknox-ingle@wcpss.net. Thank you for all your generous support! ~ Ms. Knox-Ingle, Tech/STEM teacher

Resources from the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a community organization that can help families this winter season. Information regarding their Christmas gift program and Coat Giveaway can be found here.

Resources For Families

The Student Services Team (SST) is looking to support our students and families in removing barriers to student learning and academic success. Some of these needs may include mental health and/or emotional, medical, social, or other basic life needs. Our goal is to connect you with appropriate community resources for assistance. Please contact the school at (919) 773-9555 if you have any questions or need more information. Please ask to speak with Lis Fillard or Thelma Cherry.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH MENU WITH MEAL-VIEWER


Monthly breakfast and lunch menu PDFs will no longer be posted on our district website.


Menus will now be available on our interactive website, MealViewer.


On the MealViewer website, families can:

  • Set up multiple profiles at the schools of your choice
  • See any menu changes posted by the manager at each site
  • Choose menu items based on allergens
  • View nutrients for each menu item
  • Add nutrients for meals eaten, even partial meals
  • Submit ratings on your favorite items
  • Print menus

Covid-19 Updates/Protocols

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, our school follows all COVID-19 health measures required by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Review our Safe Return To School Plan before the first day of school. Remember, all students must stay home when sick, wear a face covering in school and should maintain as much physical distance as possible on campus. Please notify your student’s teacher or me as soon as possible if your student is diagnosed with COVID-19, so we can work with health officials for confidential contact tracing. Together, we can keep our students, staff, and community healthy in a safe and welcoming environment at school.


You can access the WCPSS site for the return to school guidelines that include the information above and more by clicking here: COVID-19 / COVID-19 That webpage also includes a link to a spreadsheet where you can view COVID cases reported on WCPSS campuses. That website can be accessed here: WCPSS COVID metrics. WCPSS is no longer sending out emails about positive cases unless a cluster is reported, however you can find reports on the spreadsheet for all schools in the district.


  • Face Coverings: All students and staff are required to wear a face-covering when inside the school, unless a face covering exemption has been approved. Face coverings are optional when outside.
  • Handwashing: Students will use hand sanitizer/wash their hands numerous times a days. Required times include: upon entering the classroom, before/after eating, before/after recess, and before/after sharing community materials.
  • Eating/Drinking Guidelines: The NC Department of Health and Human Services does not provide health guidance about students eating in schools. To best meet their nutritional and social-emotional needs, students may talk during meal times. *Updated 8/16/21 - Students will now sit facing the same direction to minimize the opportunity for exposure to Covid-19 when in the cafeteria.
  • Recess: Students are not required to wear a face-covering at recess. Currently, classes do not mix for recess.
  • Stay home when sick.

    All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:

    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
    • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
    • Instructed to quarantine
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
      • 100.4° fever or higher
      • Sore throat
      • New cough
      • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • New severe headache

    In addition, students must be free of any symptoms of illness unless the student has a confirmed diagnosis from a healthcare professional attributing the symptoms to something other than COVID-19.

Has Your Phone Number/Email Changed?

Please email Roxanne Carter, Data Manager, rcarter@wcpss.net if your email address(es) or phone number(s) have changed. We rely on the information in PowerSchool to contact you for emergency situations and to send you school messages.

Visitors on Campus

Only essential visitors will be allowed on school campuses in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students.


We will have staff on hand to ensure all students get to their classroom on the 1st day of school!


For our Kindergarten families - Parents will be permitted to walk their kindergarten students to their classroom on their staggered entry day.

!Technology Updates!

  • Any problems with Chromebooks that are currently checked out must be reported to your school or the WCPSS Technology Help Desk as soon as possible. Please send reports to mknox-ingle@wcpss.net. Student devices that are not functioning because of a defect in the device will be repaired or replaced as needed. Devices that are damaged or lost will be replaced once during the device loan period. Students who experience a second incident of damage or loss will be limited to in-school use of a device only. All families will be expected to sign an agreement at the beginning of the school year acknowledging this and other student expectations. Find the agreement and additional information. Schools will provide a copy to students at the beginning of the school year.