News Around The Creek

January 20, 2015


January 20 : PTA Meeting, 7-8pm Media Center

January 30 : Father Daughter Dance

February 6: Box Tops Contest Ends

February 9: Run Club sign up deadline

March 6 : Mother/Son Event 6-8pm

President's Message:

The next general PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm in the Media Center. The meeting will last ten or fifteen minute, then the PTA will host a guest speaker, Dr. Margot Holloman, who will offer information on how to keep your child organized.

The Nominating Committee is currently looking for volunteers to help with next year's programs. We have many dedicated volunteers leaving for middle school and are in need of new parents to take over and keep out programs moving forward. Contact Diane Hayes at to volunteer.

Does your child need help with organization?
On Tuesday, January 20th, the PTA will host a guest speaker at the general PTA meeting at 7pm in the Media Center. Margot Holloman, PhD will provide information on "How to get your child organized." She will discuss the most critical times of the day that your child needs to be organized; how to decide if your child needs help with organization and deciding which problem to tackle first; and how to use prompts and rewards effectively. Dr. Holloman is a Clinical Psychologist located in Apex, North Carolina.

Hurricane Ticket Sales

The Carolina Hurricanes/Harris Teeter Together In Education Nights have been announced. This program allows our MCES students, teachers, family and friends to enjoy great Hurricanes hockey action at special pricing while raising money for our school. The information sheet with order form will be sent home in Tuesday folders. This year we are excited to also have the opportunity to order tickets online with a credit card that will print at home. Please visit and use the password Bluegills to place those orders. Order forms with payment by check attached are due by January 9,2015. Online sales will continue through January 23, 2015.
Any questions can be addressed to


The Carnival committee is looking for parent volunteers in the following areas:

Cake Walk- Help with sign up for cake walk donations; collection of cake walk donations, set up of cake walk display at Carnival, help with running cake walk at Carnival. We already have one volunteer returning form last year to lead the cake walk team.

Silent Auction- Help will emailing/calling from list of donors. Since the job primarily involves emailing, it can be done at any time form the comfort of your own home. This is about a two hour commitment for 2-3 three weeks in February/March.

If you would like to help out, please contact AnnMarie Marchese at

Run Club:

Hi Middle Creek families! We will be beginning our 2nd session of run club for 3rd-5th graders again on Monday, February 16th. The first 10 weeks were great, and we are expecting the same for this spring! We will be running around campus and nearby neighborhoods as in the past from 3-4:00 on Mondays for the 10 week session. Kids will be placed in groups based on their pace. Groups are usually between 8-15 students per 2 adults, but depending on our volunteers that may not always happen. If a group is too large we typically run around the “track” area and soccer field at Middle Creek park. We encourage runners of all paces. We have had 7 min milers all the way up to 14 min milers, so all are welcome! The slower groups generally do more of a run/walk method to improve their endurance. The faster groups also work on hills and sprints to increase pace as well.

Due to having issues with the Google sign up last time I have decided to use the Sign Up Genius for registration. Even if you participated during the 1st session I will still need for you to register via this method. (This will assist me with rosters, updating email lists, etc.) If you have already filled out a permission slip for this year you will not need to fill out another. If this is your child’s 1st time in run club, I will be sending home a permission form. If I do not receive this prior to Feb 16th, your child will not be able to participate and you will be contacted to pick them up from school. The deadline to sign up is: Monday, February 9th. Link:

At this time we do not have a local 5K to participate in at the end of run club. Last session we ran in the Turkey Trot in Apex and that was a lot of fun with a great turnout! I’ve been looking at various options and I do know the NCSU chapter of Habitat for Humanity typically has a spring 5K, this is what I’m leaning towards. A charity that we can all feel good about giving to! If you have any information on a local race on April 25th or 26th please let me know. In the meantime I will be searching. As soon as we firm up that information I will get the link to register out to you!

Dates: Feb 16th, 23rd March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th April 6th, 13th, 20th

Thanks! Lisa Woodard

Box Tops:

Box Tops Contest #2

New Year, new Box Tops contest!!

Want to help win your child's class new playground equipment and EXTRA recess time??!! (Extra time, determined by winning teacher, of course)

Just clip and send in those Box Tops! Please be sure to check and make sure your Box Tops have not expired then send in a marked Ziplock with your child's name, grade, track and teacher's name. It's that easy!!!

Box Tops Contest #2 ends 2/6/15 and the winning class will be announced shortly after.

Class Leaders as 1/20/15:

Track 1 Friend, Fortune, Huml

Track 2 Sedler, Gutierrez, Stein

Track 3 Ebner, Slozak, Raub

Track 4 TBA

Mother/Son Event:

Mother/Son Event

Friday March 6, 2015

6pm - 8pm

We are going to have dodge ball, tug of war, games, cake walk, and several items to raffle. We need additional volunteers. Please email Glenn Covington at or Taylor Goodnough at

Middle School Open Houses:

West Lake Middle School Tours

West Lake Middle School counselors will offer tours of our school for prospective students and parents on the following dates and times. We look forward to providing information about our school and to give prospective families a glimpse of the wonderful learning opportunities we offer. Also, the two new student orientation/registration nights will be held in March or April on dates to be determined. We are unable to provide private tours at other times so we encourage interested families to plan to attend one of these scheduled tours or orientation nights. All tours will begin at 9:00 am in the front lobby of the school and will last approximately one hour. No registration is required.

  • Tuesday, January 20
  • Thursday, January 29
  • Friday, March 6
  • Thursday, June 4