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November 18, 2022


Dear Turner Creek Families, 


In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for our school community. Thank you for all you do to take care of our students, staff, and our school.  I hope you know that your children bring us so much joy.  We are honored that you share them with us each day.  


Thursday was a special night at Turner Creek.  Mary Michael and the Singing Tree Frogs put on a beautiful performance that put us all in the holiday spirit.  On top of the singing and choreography, students showed off their expansive knowledge of multiple cultures around the world.  It was impressive.  Thank you to the 78 students and their families for their hark work and support of this program.  The huge turn out for the performance is a result of Ms. Michael’s tireless efforts and the love she shows for all of our children each and every day.  Thank you, Ms. Michael, for sharing your gift with our school in such a special way.  We are lucky to have you.  


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



Updated 2022-2023 Year-Round Calendar



**New Announcements*


Targeted Support and Improvement Notification (linked)

Please read the linked letter for more information.  



Board approves making Election Day, Juneteenth teacher workdays in 2023-24


On Wednesday, the school board approved changes to the 2023-24 instructional calendars that will make Election Day (Nov. 7, 2023) a teacher workday for all calendars and Juneteenth (June 19, 2024) a teacher workday for year-round calendars. Please print and save the new calendars for your records



BackPack Buddies Update


Thank you to everyone who has given to our food pantry! We were able to provide 50 students with Thanksgiving boxes, to help support families with food over the 5 day holiday weekend. We were able to give out over 200 cans of food, 100 granola bars, 100 snacks and 50 boxes of rice and pasta. We have had donations and support from our student council students, Green Level High School, Apex High School, Panther Creek High School and Apex High School students to keep the pantry stocked, organized and donations delivered.


We are getting ready to create boxes to support families with the holiday break, and Track 1 & 4 families with the 5 week break that is coming up without school food assistance. If you are interested in supporting this program, here is a link for our current needs:


You can drop food off at the office at any time, or use the links to have donations directly shipped. 


If your family is in need of food support please send an email to saying that you are interested, your child's name, and the number of children under the age of 18 in your household. We will send home a permission form with your student and food home on Fridays.



Make-Up Picture Day (Nov. 30)


November 30th is make-up picture day for tracks 3&4. If your child is a new student on track 1, please also plan on having your child take their picture that morning. If your child is a new student on track 2, you can email Ms. Hawkins to set up an appointment for your child to come take their picture. 


These pictures will be used in the yearbook for the 22-23 school year!  



Spirit Week 


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Purchase a 2022-2023 Turner Creek Yearbook


Information has been sent home with students about buying this year's Turner Creek Yearbook! 

We are re-doing the format to make sure all clubs, events and special classroom memories are documented. It will have a student designed cover and we included extra autograph space this year! The year book will be 70 pages and all in color.

The cost of the yearbook is $20 until January 31st. The price will then be $25.



Thank you for supporting the school bond


Thank you, Wake County voters, for your overwhelming support of the $530.7M school bond. The bond will help fund:

  • The rebuilding of seven existing schools

  • Significant repairs to schools, such as roofs, heating, air conditioning and plumbing

  • Replacements for equipment that has aged out, such as classroom furniture, student and staff devices and security upgrades

  • The construction of five new schools on new sites

Learn more about how the new funding will improve learning environments for our students for decades to come, thanks to you!



Board approves new equity policy


The Board of Education approved a new equity policy during its Nov. 16 meeting. The policy defines equity as an action and an outcome for students across our district. The policy also challenges us to ensure equity across all levels of the organization.



Middle School Magnet Application


The time is coming up for middle school magnet school applications to be completed for rising sixth graders. 


If you are interested in learning more about the magnet school options for middle school in Wake County Schools, please visit the site here:


There are parent information sessions in person at WCPSS Crossroads I, 15625 Dillard Drive, Cary on the following dates and times: 

  • December 1, 10 - 11 a.m.

  • January 5, 10 - 11 a.m.

There are virtual information sessions available on the following dates and times: 

Information on applying for magnet school middle school options is available here:


If you have any questions about the magnet school process, please contact Ms. Bryce, our school counselor, at 

Positivity Project


This month our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.


Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”


Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.


To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.



Repeat Announcements


Register for Kindergarten for 2023-24


Kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year is now open. All families with children who will turn five on or before Aug. 31, 2023 should register your child online. Use the address lookup tool to find your base school and view your year-round and magnet application school choices. Learn more about the registration process at



22-23 School Choice Tours (more information linked)


These tours are intended for families who are considering applying for the year-round calendar option. Tours for rising Kindergarteners will be scheduled in the Spring.  



Celebration Books Flyer Linked


Donating a book is a very special way to honor your child while promoting a love of reading and supporting the Turner Creek Media Center. If you would like to participate in this program, you can fill out this online form.



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


November 23 - 25: Holiday, No School

Wednesday November 30: Picture Retakes for Tracks 3&4

Friday December 2: Quarter 2 Interim Reports for Tracks 3&4

Monday December 5: Early Release Day - Students dismiss at 1:45pm, Track out day for Track 1

Tuesday December 6: Track In Day for Track 2

Wednesday December 21: Early Release Day, Students dismiss at 1:45pm

Thursday December 22 - Monday January 2: Winter Holiday Break - No School

Tuesday January 3: Track in day for Tracks 1, 2, 3


Take Care,

Kristin Small, Principal