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July 8, 2022


Dear Turner Creek Families, 


We have had a wonderful start to the 22-23 school year.  Thank you to everyone who came to Meet the Teacher this week.  It was wonderful to see students and their families.  This year, the principal's messages will come to your inbox every other Friday.  I hope these messages will help you keep up with the great things happening at Turner Creek.  Another way to keep up with us is by following us on Twitter.  Each staff member has a Twitter handle.  You can follow our school’s account at @TurnerCreekES.  


The summer months are hot in North Carolina.  In order to keep students safe outdoors, we follow guidelines from the Wake County Health Department.  Our staff checks the “feels like” temperatures to determine when they can go outside for recess.  If the temperature is 90 to 94 degrees, classes can go outside for 20- minutes.  If the temperature is 95 degrees or higher, classes can go out for 20 minutes before 11:30 am and cannot go outside at all after 11:30 am.


Remember, our school is 250 students smaller this year.  This means carpool dismissal will end much earlier. The latest time you should be in line to pick students up is 4:00 pm.  


If you need anything at all, you can reply to this email or email me directly at 


22-23 Year-Round Calendar


Early release days are returning this year.  Please mark your calendars!  


**New Announcements**


The “Care Plan” at Turner Creek

At Turner Creek we:

Take care of ourselves.

Take care of each other.

Take care of our place.  


This week, students been learning what it means to “take care.”  We will be sending “care plan” magnets to each family next week. You can support us by talking about “taking care” at home.  


Positivity Project


This week and next week our school community is focusing on the Other People Mindset. This means anything that builds relationships is going to make you happy.


The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships by understanding, appreciating, and exemplifying the character strengths in us all. People who have strong positive relationships do five things consistently - these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset. 1. Recognize the good in other people, 2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people, 3. Support others when they struggle, 4. Cheer people on when they succeed, 5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.


While mental health is incredibly complex, we do know that positive relationships can help people become happier, healthier, and more resilient. And, the Positivity Project believes that educators have a huge opportunity and vital role to play in this endeavor. Our nation’s youth spends a large percentage of their time in school. By deliberately and consistently teaching students that relationships are important -- and that positive relationships are cultivated through character and the Other People Mindset -- educators can roll back these trends and create strong citizens and leaders for our communities and countries. 


School Communication


Turner Creek Elementary and the district use the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, email, and text messages. View FAQ.


  • General school news and updates are shared by email and text message.

  • Urgent information is shared by a phone call.


I am not receiving messages. How do I sign up?


Parent/Guardian contact information is uploaded from the WCPSS student information system, PowerSchool, each morning. If you are not receiving messages, contact Martha Long at to verify and/or update your contact information.


According to the school, my contact information is correct, but I am not receiving messages.



  • If you are not receiving emails and your contact information is correct, you may have accidentally unsubscribed. Email to re-subscribe to messages.


Text Messages

  • You must opt-in to receive text messages. To opt-in, text YES to 67587.

  • You will not receive any text messages from WCPSS if you do not opt-in.


Here Comes the Bus App Information


Please be on the lookout for a county update regarding the Here Comes the Bus application.  We expect the application to be up and running by Monday morning.  To access the 2022-23 Here Comes the Bus application, please click this link.  Our school's number is: 67500


Breakfast and Lunch are no longer free


Breakfast: $1.50

Lunch: $3.00 


Sign up for Free and Reduced Lunch


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 are available online at


Visitors and Volunteers


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.  Teachers will begin reaching out for volunteers as needed after the first 3 weeks of school.  


Staff’s Favorite Things (Linked)


I ask staff to share their favorite things so we can show them we care throughout the year.  


2022-2023 Caregiver/Student Handbook (Linked)


Please bookmark our handbook.  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 world where change is the new norm.  I hope it will be a good resource for you and your family. 


Upcoming Events


Monday July 11: Staggered Entry for Kindergarten Tracks 1, 2, 3

Tuesday July 12: Staggered Entry for Kindergarten Tracks 1, 2, 3

Wednesday July 13: No School for Kindergarteners

Thursday July 14: First Full Day of Kindergarten for Tracks 1, 2, 3, Tree Frog Tea at the Pavilion after morning arrival (9:30) for Kindergarten Families

Thursday July 28: Track out day for Track 3, Early Release Day - Students Dismiss at 1:45 pm on Early Release Days this year

Friday July 29: First Day of School for Track 4 students, Staggered Entry for Track 4 Kindergarten students


Take Care,

Kristin Small, Principal