News Around The Creek

March 16, 2015


March 16: Durham Bulls Bully Busters Program assembly, track 4

March 21: Garden prep for Spring, 8-noon

March 24: PTA Meeting, 7pm, Media Center

March 27: Teacher Luncheon

March 28 : Science Olympiad Tournament

April 13-24: Boosterthon

May 9: Carnival, 4-8pm

Changes to the Newsletter Distro List:

I recently integrated all PTA membership email addresses into the News Around The Creek flyer. If you do not wish to continue receiving this newsletter, please unsubscribe or email with the word , remove, in the subject line. Thanks.

President's Message:

Congratulations Ava Jessup for winning 3rd place at the State Level Reflections Art Contest! We are so proud of you!

The March General PTA Meeting will be Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. Please join us in the Media Center. Ms. Holland will walk us through the new Learning Commons experience.

The Teacher Luncheon scheduled for March 6th has been moved to March 27th due to the change to a full day of school on March 6th.

PTA needs volunteers for 2015-16 school year!

We can't run our fabulous PTA programs without parent help. There is a lot you can do with even a little bit of time. Not everything on the PTA is a huge time commitment! We need help taking pictures for the year book, calling back interested companies who want to donate money or chairing Mother Son Event.
Below are listed a few open positions for the 2015-16 school year.
Corporate Sponsorship~ job can be done from home. We have companies who want to donate, we just need someone to call them back and explain the next steps
Co-Chair Bookfair ~ our September Bookfair needs a Co-Chair. This is a four week commitment. Ideal candidate would be track 2,3,4 (during track 1 track-out) Our Bookfair raises lots of needed funds for our library!
Science Olympiad ~ two openings for a chair and co chair. Run the established Science Olympiad at the school. Lots of help from PTA, NCSO, past chairs and parents! Would be great for parent who's children participate in the science Olympiad.
Spelling Bee Chair (2) run our schools spelling bee in the fall. Fun event at the school every fall. All children have a chance to participate. Program is run through PAGE of Wake County.

Please click link for ways to get involved!

The Giving Garden:

MCE GIVING Garden workday! Come on out on March 21st, at 9:30 AM and have some fun playing in the dirt. Students will get a FREE HOMEWORK PASS!!! Hope to see you then! We will be:

· Clearing out beds- getting the soil ready for April planting
· Weeding
· Planting bulbs, and flowers
· Mulching

If you cannot make the workday.....
If you have any old or unused pots, containers, garden flags, bird houses, etc... consider donating them to The Giving Garden.

Attention Room Parents:-Feel free to organizing making of a mosaic stepping stone to place in the garden!
Any Donations would be AWESOME!!!! AND SO APPRECIATED! Thanks! Just place donations in the garden by March 21st, as that is the scheduled Giving Garden workday at 9:30. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Cultural Arts :Artist in Residence-Volunteers Needed for Clay Project

The Cultural Arts Committee has arranged for Cindy Biles to be an Artist in Residence and provide a clay workshop for the students in K-2 grades. Mrs. MacDonald, MCES Art Teacher, has requested parent volunteers to assist with this workshop. Please sign up for one of the time slots below if you are able to volunteer your time. Thank You for helping to make this a successful experience for MCES students.

Square One Art Fundraiser: THIS WEEK

Middle Creek is once again participating in the school sponsored fundraiser called Square 1 Art.
This fundraiser takes your child’s artwork and makes it into great products for you to purchase. These products are wonderful keepsakes and gifts for family and friends. Your child has been busy making beautiful artwork that can be made into many fun products such as magnets, t-shirts, mouse pads, ornaments and much more!

Be on the lookout for a custom catalog which will be coming home THIS week! Orders can be submitted using the paper order forms included in the packets or online.

TRACK 4 families - The order deadline will be over track out so please submit your orders before you track out next Friday, March 27!

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Lewis at


Look for flyers in this week's Tuesday folder. Use them to purchase bracelets at the pre-sale price. This year waivers are required for participation in two of the activities. This is required by the vendor. Waiver forms will accompany the bracelet sales forms. There is a place to sign on the sale form for the waiver. If you have any questions, direct them to AnnMarie Marchese at Like the Carnival Facebook page at

As part of the Carnival, MCES PTA holds a Silent Auction to help raise money for our next Big Project-renovation of the K-2 playground. If you have a business or connections with a local business and would like to donate an item to the Silent Auction, please contact AnnMarie Marchese at The PTA can provide you with a letter of our tax exempt status.

The Giving Garden is looking for small and medium sized rocks for MCES students to decorate as part of a Carnival activity. If anyone knows where a donation of these can be obtained, please email

Kids Raffle:

PTA next Big Project

Now that the PTA has completed its work with Mrs. Parrish, Ms. Holland, and Ms. Fountain to help create the Learning Commons Area and equalize the distribution of computers in the classrooms, the PTA is ready to move forward with its next "Big Project." A few years back, the PTA matched WCPSS grant money to build a new playground for the 3-5 graders. The intention was always to address the K-2 playground needs, but technology needs took priority for the past few years. The PTA is now in a position to raise funds to again match WCPSS grant money to renovate the K-2 playground. Wake County has already be contacted regarding approved vendors. A playground committee needs to be formed to listen to the proposals of the various vendors, narrow down options, and decide on a company to use. Kendra Kelley, Beth Lewis, Jill Schwadron and Leigh Canulli have taken the lead on this so far, but need more parents to listen to the vendor presentations and provide input to help decide who to use. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Kendra Kelley at

Boosterthon Fun Run:

Parents! We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run again as this year’s major fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on Monday April 13th for Track 1,2,3 and Monday April 20thfor Track 4. Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s character theme Rock’n Town Live, a music festival theme all about community. Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on Friday April 17th for Track 3 and Friday April 24th for Track 1,2,4. Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! Please help our school by connecting your student with sponsors to help us in raising funds to match WCPSS grant money in order to renovate the K-2 playground. Be on the lookout for more information coming home with your student about this fun program and volunteers opportunities. Thank you for your support! We are a stronger community because of YOU!"

NEW After School Golf and Tennis!! :

There is a great program coming to Middle Creek this spring, for all ages, and all genders...TGA premier afterschool golf and tennis!!

It's a great opportunity for all kids, and equipment will be provided by the coaches.