News Around The Creek

November 18, 2013


November 20 : Winter Chorus Practice 3-4

November 20 : Science Olympiad; 4th & 5th graders, media center 3:-4:15pm

November 22 : Hurricanes Tickets Order Form due

December 6 : Winter Chorus Concert 6:30pm

December 11 : Science Olympiad; 2nd & 3rd graders, media center 3-4:15pm

President's Message:

There will not be a PTA General Membership meeting this month. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 21 at 7pm.

Mrs. Fillard named Counselor of the Year!!!

Mrs. Fillard was announced North Carolina Elementary Counselor of the Year at her annual counselor's conference last Thursday.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU for all of your hard work at MCES!!

Book Fair:

Today is our final buying day for the Book Fair - the final few classes will be coming in to purchase their wish list items. We received an enormous shipment on Friday afternoon, after the Family Night, so please stop back by to see if your favorites have arrived. We are up to an incredible $17,500 in sales so far - thank you so much for your generous support of the school with your purchases!

A big shout out of thanks to our volunteers who helped out during our Family Nights: Karen Robins, Ann Marie Marchese, Cheryl Ragland, Christine Hutchins, Tina Gibson, Missy Balleydier, Dawn Matta, Kelly Boylan (and son, Matthew), Asst. Principal Wendland, Mrs. Holland (Middle Creek's own Media Specialist) Dawn Navarro and crew, Diane Hayes, Lindsey Harston (and son, Hunter, who swept the entire gym at the end of the evening all by himself!) and Amanda and Michelle Kovasala and all the Middle Creek High School Key Club and West Lake Middle National Junior Honor Society kids who helped out in the gym! A special thanks to Mr. Denny who provided the great Egyptian music and tables in the gym. Another shout of appreciation to Deanna Zolfo and Annie Streger for the awesome hallway decorations and archway entrance to the Book Fair on Family Night - also the city signs in Egypt were made by them. A big smile of appreciation for the Healthy Kids Committee members who helped provide relief at the Oasis - Heather Klein, Ben Zenick and Anne Robertson. Both nights were very successful - thanks to all of your hard work!

We will be cleaning up the book fair on Tuesday morning (yes...we will still be open for business on Tuesday from 8:00-9:00am!) from 9:00-11:00am. If you can stop by to help out, we could use it - the Sign Up Genius is here:

Our Penny Wars competition will be closing out Tuesday morning. We'll count the totals and announce as soon as possible. Each penny brings the grade level's total up and each silver coin brings the total down, so put your pennies in your grade level jar and put your silver coins in a different grade level's jar. The money raised through our Penny Wars competition goes toward purchasing a $5 book for each child who is participating in the Holiday Helpers program at Middle Creek. If we have leftover funds, we try to purchase another book for these kids to put into their holiday gift collection. Any remaining $$ will go toward purchasing more Battle of the Books titles (that we can not purchase through Scholastic) for the Media Center collection.

If you still can not locate your favorite book at the Book Fair, please try to order it online here: Any sales made online will still benefit our school through Friday, November 22.

Thanks for your support for such a successful Book Fair!

Beth Lewis and Angela Murphy

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

Winter Chorus Practice Wednesday 3-4:

Our singers have a hand in creating decorations for the show. Please remind your singer to draw, color or sketch a picture for the Winter Chorus. We will start collecting the artwork at Wednesday's rehearsal. The theme is, "What the holidays mean to me." The artwork should be on an 8.5" x 11" white sheet of paper with the child's name written on the back. One picture will be selected to be the cover art of our program! All the artwork we collect will be displayed at the Winter Chorus program as part of our festive decorations.

Thanks! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Laura and Melissa

Reflections Art Show and Awards Ceremony:

This year's annual Reflections Art Show will be held after the holidays from mid-January through mid-February, and the Awards Ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday, FEBRUARY 7th (more details to follow). The Reflections Committee is now seeking out volunteers early, to plan for these 2 fun events. If you have some time and would like to help in the hanging of the show in the Media Ctr and/or helping with the special ribbon ceremony for the kids, kindly contact Becky Lewis at

Science Olympiad:

There will be a Science Olympiad meeting for 4th/5th graders on Wednesday, Nov 20 from 3-4:15 in the Media Center. The meeting for 2nd/3rd graders will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3-4:15. Contact Karen at with questions.

Square 1 Art:

We are bringing back Square 1 Art fundraiser this year. It will start next Spring but here is some information on what to expect:

K - Based on the book, "Hooray for Fish," we will be painting fish using shapes while learning about patterns.

1st - Students will discuss how artists practice painting by looking at numerous Vincent VanGogh sunflower paintings. Students will learn how to use a line to create foreground and background, then paint their own vase and flowers with patterns.

2nd - After learning about the life cycle of butterflies in science, students will use their knowledge to draw a butterfly. Students will draw borders to frame their picture using pattern.

3rd - Students will learn about bird observation and the drawings of John James Audubon. After discussing birds' shapes and patterns, students will paint their own birds.

4th - Recalling their knowledge of NC landscapes, mountains, piedmont, and coastal plains, students will learn how to use lines to create foreground, middle ground, and background in artwork. Students will choose their favorite NC landscape and use a new technique of oil pastel and ink to create their scenes.

5th - Studying the art and culture of North America, students will discuss the function of Mexican folk art and learn about the tree of life. Students will paint their own tree of life using bright colors.

**It is not too late to order artwork(from last school year's project) for the holidays. MCES will receive 15% profit. Order online at or call 888-332-3294

** Please send in any clean egg cartons to help with the new square 1 art projects.

Consumer Products:

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

Happy Holiday Shopping.