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June 17, 2022


Dear Turner Creek Families, 


Students were able to enjoy the 101 Dalmations performance by our Singing Tree Frogs today.  The performers put on another amazing show and the audience was engaged and kind!  Be sure to ask your child about the show.  


We have started our second round of EOG testing and End of Year Celebrations at Turner Creek.  Our 3-5th grade students will be taking EOGs on Monday and Tuesday.  Please make sure students get lots of rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.  We appreciate all of the families who supported our recent special events.  It amazes me how many parents show up for Field Day, End of Year Celebrations, and school performances.  Our amazing community is one of the things that makes Turner Creek such a special place.  


Please note that the Goodberry’s Spirit Night has been moved to the last day of regular instruction, June 27.  We hope to celebrate with you there!


Thinking back on the year, I am amazed at all we have been through and all we have accomplished together.  Thank you for your continued support of our school.  


Please remember that if you need anything at all, you can reply to this email or email me directly at 


**New Announcements**


This will be the final Principal’s Message of the 21-22 school year.  The information below will help you have a successful start to the 22-23 school year.  


2022-2023 Caregiver/Student Handbook (Linked)


Please bookmark our handbook for the upcoming school year.  It will be a “first stop” as you have questions about the everyday operations at Turner Creek.  This handbook will always be in “draft” form as we are in a current world where change is the new norm.  I hope it will be a good resource for you and your family.  I have included highlights from the Handbook in this message that will help your family have a positive start to the school year.


Meet the Teacher


Meet the Teacher (Linked)


Families will receive an email from their child’s new teacher on July 5 welcoming you to their classroom.  We look forward to seeing Track 1, 2, and 3 families at Meet the Teacher on July 6.  See the schedule below.  This will be a “drop in” style event. 


Track 1

July 6 11am - 12:30pm


Track 2

July 6 2:30pm - 4pm


Track 3

July 6 2:30pm - 4pm


Track 4

July 28 5pm - 6:30pm


School Supplies (Linked)


It is a good idea to bring supplies to Meet the Teacher so students will not have to carry supplies to their classroom on the first day of school.  




It is important that your child’s teacher knows how your child is getting home each school day.  Please communicate this before the first day of school.  


Carpool tags will be given out at Meet the Teacher.  If your family already has a tag, you will continue to use that number for the 22-23 school year.  

Bus Registration Information (linked)


Please make sure you sign up for bus transportation for the 22-23 school year.  All students must register for the bus each school year.  


Before and After School Care


The Taylor Family YMCA is pleased to offer Before School and After School Care onsite at Turner Creek Elementary School. 


-Before School 

This is an entertaining and structured morning program. They provide a fun, loving staff to play and encourage your children. Activities are held for the most part in the cafe'. They have a variety of games and challenges  such as cards, board games, puzzles, and crafts. The Program runs from 7am-8:45 am (bell) each morning.


-After School 

This is a safe, fun alternative to hanging out at home each afternoon! They fill the afternoons with gym and field games, arts & crafts, STEM activities, homework incentives, assemblies, and much more! The Program runs from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. each school day; this includes scheduled early release days, which are covered in the program cost.


Teacher Workdays and Holiday Care is provided on-site at the Y. These days are sold separately.


For more information, check us out on the website


Patrick Duffin

Associate Executive Director of Youth Development


101 YMCA Drive, Cary, NC 27513



*Please note: 


AM drop-off must end by 8:30 AM (not to disrupt Turner Creek/WCPSS bus arrival)


PM pick-up begins AFTER 4:15 PM (not to disrupt Turner Creek/WCPSS bus dismissal)



Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, full-paid breakfast will be $1.50 and lunch will be $3.00 at elementary schools.  School lunch continues to be a great value. Meals are nutrient rich and include low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean meats, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables with a variety of offerings for students to choose from daily.


It is very important for eligible parents to complete a meal benefits application because this data enables schools to obtain funding to provide other important educational resources to benefit students.  Other benefits that are issued directly to families that have applied and are eligible for meal benefits may also be available (such as the P-EBT cash benefit). Meal benefits applications for the 2022-23 school year will be available online at starting July 1, 2022. Paper applications will also be available at all schools. More:


For families who completed the 2021-22 meal benefits application, the eligibility benefit will be effective for their student's first 30 school days of the 2022-2023 school year.


Caregivers who want to visit during lunch will be able to eat lunch with their own child at the picnic tables outside the cafeteria.  We ask that families do not visit during lunch for the first 3 weeks of school.  This will allow students and staff time to adjust to new routines and procedures.  




The school campus is officially open at 8:45 AM and students will be marked tardy after the 9:15 AM bell. The staff is not "on duty" until this time. Students should not arrive prior to this time because there will be no adult supervision. Dismissal will begin at 3:45 PM daily. No office dismissal after 3:15 PM daily.




The school day begins at 8:45 AM weekdays. Students should be dropped-off quickly (kiss-and-go) once safety patrol and/or adults are ready to receive students. Our doors will open daily at 8:45 AM - no sooner. Students should not be dropped off or walk to school before 8:45 AM unless they are 4th or 5th graders on morning duty.  Students that arrive after 9:15 AM are tardy and must be signed-in at the main office by an adult. Try to schedule all non-emergency doctor and dentist appointments after school hours. Late arrivals disrupt the teacher and classroom. 


Students eating breakfast should go directly to the cafeteria as breakfast hours are 8:45-9:05 AM. All other students are to report to their classrooms upon arrival at school unless involved in safety patrol or Morning News. Students should avoid restrooms or visiting other classrooms before going to the classroom. 


Parents will be allowed to walk students to class up until the fourth day of school. The fourth day of school will be Independence Day which means no parent or adult will be allowed to walk students to class this day and every day moving forward. Again, this is for school safety.


Visitors/parents are not allowed to drop-in to see their child’s teacher (during arrival or during the school day) unless the appointment was previously scheduled and the main office is aware of the appointment. Instruction begins at 8:45 AM and it is our goal to protect instructional time as much as possible.



Classroom teachers should be notified of transportation changes by noon each day.  The best way for caregivers to notify teachers is  by sending an email.  Students can also bring a written note to school stating the change.  Last minute and/or emergency changes must be made to the main office before 2:30 PM. Please refrain from calling after 2:30 PM to make transportation changes as it will disrupt our dismissal procedures for the entire school.  Please do not use Talking Points for dismissal changes.  These messages are sometimes delayed and teachers might not receive them.  


Any time a student’s mode of transportation home changes from his/her regular routine, the teacher must receive a written note/email from the parent. Staff are directed to send students home their regular way unless a note is presented - a verbal request from the child to change transportation home will not be honored.




All walkers/bikers must have a walker/biker tag/number in order to utilize this procedure in the morning and afternoon. In order to be considered a walker/biker, you must live within the walk zone of the campus.  All other families will be asked to use the carpool, after school care, or bus for arrival and dismissal.  Please note that all walkers/bikers must use erected crosswalks/bike paths to access arrival and dismissal points.  Walkers should not arrive at school until 8:45.  We will not have supervision available until then.  


If you would like your child to be able to walk to/from school independently, please sign THIS FORM (linked).  




Trained school officials may administer medications to students only if one of the two following guidelines are met:


The Parent Request and Physician Order for Medication (Form 1702) is completed and in the possession of school officials. The physician and parents must sign this form. The medication must have a current prescription label, including the child's name, medication name, doctor's name, and the directions clearly marked on the container.  For medications, the request must be updated at the beginning of each school year and any time there is a change in the time given or the dosage prescribed. The medication prescribed and the container must match Form 1702.


The same rules apply for non-prescription medication (i.e., cough syrup, Benadryl, Tylenol, etc.). Over-the-Counter meds should be brought in original packaging, and DO need to be written on the 1702 form with dose, time, etc. (staff may not just go by packaging dose).  No prescription label is needed on the over-the-counter meds.  All prescription medicine must be in a bottle with a pharmacy label. 


Please note: No medication will be administered without a prescription label. All medications must be brought to the school by the parent. **If your student has medication that has to be given by injection, please contact the school nurse to develop a plan for the student.  Andrea Bowes    Email: 




Our PTA is the school support as well as home support. We work together to meet the needs of our families. We request that all families, if able, join the PTA and support its advocacy efforts.  Visit their website HERE for more information. 


**Previous Announcements**


Staff Favorite Things (Linked)


Here is an updated slide deck with our staff’s favorite things.  This is just for your information.  


Upcoming Events: 


22-23 Year-Round Calendar


Monday June 27: Last Day of regular instruction for the 21-22 School Year, Spirit Night at Goodberry’s 


EOG Dates for Students in Grades 3-5

Tracks 2, 3, 4

June 20 - Math

June 21 - Reading

June 22 - 5th Grade Science Make Up Day

June 23 - EOG Make up Day

June 24 EOG Make up Day, 3rd Grade Read to Achieve Testing

June 27 - Last day of regular instruction, 3rd Grade Read to Achieve Make-Up, 5th Grade Moving Up Celebration 


June 28 - Math Remediation/Re-administration for select 3-5 Grade Students

June 29 - Reading Remediation/Re-administration for select 3-5 Grade Students


Kind Regards,

Kristin Small, Principal