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February 19, 2021

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Good afternoon Hortons Creek Elementary Parents/Guardians/Caregivers,


Congratulations to Fifth Grader, Chaitra Yeccherla! She is our Spelling Bee Champion for the 4th year in a row!


Now that we have students in the building, we need EVERYONE to follow the Health Screening and Quarantine Information set forth by Wake County Public Schools. Also, students who are returning or have returned to campus should have completed the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols signature page acknowledging that you have received and understood the expectations outlined in the WCPSS “Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols”. It also includes possible consequences for non-compliance.


Updated WCPSS Traditional School Calendar

Please note the updated WCPSS Traditional School Calendar located HERE.


Please make sure you are keeping up with the WCPSS family email updates. 

WCPSS Family Updates (linked here).


REPEAT: Counseling Corner Updates

Interested in learning more about restorative and community building circles?  See this flyer for more information.  Flyer in Spanish. 


5th Grade Parents-

You will be receiving a letter around February 23rd with information about the middle school registration process.  There is a lot of information available on the WCPSS website about middle school classes and electives, however, I will communicate all deadlines and everything you need to know to prepare your child for the transition to middle school.  Reach out to if you have any questions.  


Virtual Open Houses:

Lufkin Road- 3/4 at 6 p.m.   The google meet link is: LufkinOpenHouse.  


Mills Park Middle School- Based on Last Name

A-M on 4/27   5:30-6:30pm

N-Z on 4/29   5:30-6:30pm 

They will post the google meet code the week before on the MPMS website.  


Alston Ridge Middle School

Virtual Open House on 3/18  6:30pm


If your child is attending a different middle school, feel free to email me ( or check with your child's middle school about upcoming open houses.  


REPEAT: ORDER your child’s 2020-2021 YEARBOOK!

Order your Hortons Creek Yearbook today! The deadline is March 10th. Click here to order today! 


We need your help adding candid's for our yearbook! We would love for you to upload any photos you have of your children from this school year: playing outside with siblings, sports pictures, virtual learning, creations made at home,etc! 


Click here to see the steps you can take to upload the pictures for us to use in our yearbook! 


UPDATE: Positivity Project:

Up Next: Cheering Others’ Success!

The Positivity Project site for family resources is located here: P2 Family Resources password: P2


Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, February 22: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return with Cohort 3/C Grades 4-5


  • Wednesday, February 24: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day


  • Monday, March 1: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 1/A Grades 4-5
  • Wednesday, March 3: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Monday, March 8: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 2/B Grades 4-5
  • Friday, March 12: NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday
  • Monday, March 15: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 3/C Grades 4-5
  • Monday, March 22: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 1/A Grades 4-5
  • Wednesday, March 24: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Monday, March 29-April 6: NO SCHOOL, Student Vacation



Meal Benefits

Please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. By submitting a qualifying application, families will also support the district in qualifying for additional funds to support students and learning! Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services will soon begin collecting free and reduced lunch data from WCPSS to determine families that will receive additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months! By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!


Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.


WCPSS Academically or Intellectually Gifted Updates:

The Office of Advanced Learning Services and the Testing Office have been collaborating to determine how to facilitate CogAT and Iowa testing for the 2020-2021 school year.  At this time, CogAt and Iowa testing for grades 3-8 has been postponed until next school year. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.  


Single Subject Acceleration (SSA):

There is not a date yet for the Spring SSA exams. A sign-up form will be provided when it becomes available if you are interested in your child taking the SSA exam. There are no actions required at this time. 


Club and Recreational Activities

Carolina Wave: Youth Basketball Opportunity

Registration has now opened for an opportunity for students to participate in a local community basketball program. Team selections occur through the months of January and February.  The season begins starting in March. You can find more information at, we have also included a flyer for your reference.


Spanish lessons online for 2nd Semester and taking registrations for the summer. 

HCES students and friends get a 20% discount for the semester! or go to our website at 


WCPSS Devices

WCPSS is not accepting requests for devices at this time.



The Northwest Cary YMCA has you covered before and after the bell rings at Hortons Creek Elementary! Caring, trained counselors lead the program that complies with all state and local safety protocols. Registration opened October 12th. We will be offering registrations by the week, for families flexibility. Learn more about program changes and COVID-19 pre-screenings to ensure the safety of your child. Register today here.

If you have any more questions please contact Dan Werdel at  

HERE COMES THE BUS app is up and running! Click HERE for more information.

Thank you.

Sandy Chambers, Ed. D. Principal