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Congratulations to the 4th and 5th graders for all the amazing Science Fair projects they worked so hard on!
 
The top 3 winners, who will be advancing to represent MPE at Central Regional Science Fair are:
 
1st place
Sahana Lal (5th grade - Ms. Williams) & Shyam Lal (4th grade - Ms. Hilliard)
Can plants survive acid rain?
 
2nd place
Calvin Pak (4th grade - Mrs. Reichel)
Can you take the Heat? Best remedies for cooling the mouth after eating spicy food
 
3rd place
Soren Cornwell (5th grade - Ms. Joseph)
Which skyscraper design can best withstand an earthquake?
 
And thanks to Ms. Williams and Ms. Murawa for coordinating this event!
 

Classroom Spelling Bees (Grades 1-5): January 21-24, 2020

 

School Spelling Bee (Grades 3-5): February 14, 2020, MPE Media Center, 9:30 am

 
Classroom spelling bees will be held for 1st - 5th grade classes only.
 
Classroom winners from Grades 3-5 will advance to the School Spelling Bee. Participation in the classroom spelling bee is optional.  If your child would like to participate in the classroom bee, please complete the Classroom Participation Form and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, January 17, 2020.
 
The winner of our Spelling Bee will represent MPE at the Wake County Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by P.A.G. E. of Wake County.  The winner of the regional bee will represent the area at the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C!
 

1st/2nd grade students should begin with the "Lower elementary-One Bee" list. 

 

3rd/4th/5th grade students should begin with the "Upper elementary-Two Bee" list. 

 

Also attached is the "Middle school-Three Bee" list. 

 

Students who master their study list should study the other two lists.  

 
 

 
Do you want to see MPE students’ amazing talents in Art, Writing, Music, Dance, Photography, and  Film?
 
Stop by our Reflections Exhibition Wednesday January 22nd in the Media Center from 5-6pm!
 

 MPE has 2 honorable mentions at the County Level Exhibition! 

 

Jayanee Balasubramanian (2D Visual Arts)
 
and 
 
Alisha Singh  (Film)
 
Jayanee and Alisha's contributions will be included in the County Level Exhibition!
 
All students can take their submissions home after the exhibition except for the 2 honorable mentions moving on to the County Level Exhibition.

 

 

 
 
 Pre-order your Yearbook by January 24th for $25!
 
Ordering is easy:
Log into the PTA webpage, and click on My Account --> 2019-2020 Yearbook PreOrder
 
Accounts need to be updated with your student's current grade and teacher before orders can be placed.
Click on My Account --> Update My Account --> My Forms/Paperwork --> Family Information
 
Legacy ads: Attention Fifth Grade parents!
 
5th grade parents may want to consider buying a Yearbook legacy ad for your child. Legacy ads are the dedications to the graduating 5th graders at the end of the Yearbook!  Order now, and you will be instructed on how to design the ad next month.
 
To order a Legacy Ad, click on My Account --> Yearbook 5th Grade Legacy Ad
 
The yearbooks are sold at cost and the only way to make sure your child has a yearbook is to pre-order their book now!

 

It’s time for WAKE Up and Read’s Annual Book Drive!

 

Through February 15, 2020, WAKE Up and Read is collecting new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12. The goal is to collect 130,000 books – enough to share at thirteen schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County. The books collected enable children and families in Wake County to have access to self-selected books in the home.

 

Mills Park Elementary has chosen to be a drop off site for the annual book drive.  Our goal is to collect 1,000 books!  We will have a collection area in the lobby of the school starting Monday, Jan. 13th. 

 

Take a look at the books your children have outgrown and donate!

 
 

We are excited to announce the return of the Mills Park Maniac Family Marathon! All MPE Students and families are invited to participate!  

 

The marathon is structured to allow families and children – KG through 5th grade – to complete a full 26.2 mile marathon at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies… “one mile at a time!” Family members are encouraged to participate with or cheer on their students! 

 

We will have four Monday’s where students can participate in a RUN CLUB! Students can arrive at school to walk/run before school from 8:15-8:30 on the following Mondays: 2/03, 2/17, 3/2, & 3/16 (we will not run if it is raining). Please make sure to sign your child up for this if they will be participating on the entry form.

 

Thanks to Ms. Harland and Ms. Williams for taking the lead on this!

 

Jacky Broersma, an amazing MPE parent and ultra-marathoner, will kick off the
Maniacs Marathon with grade-level pep rallies next week!!
 

Important Dates:

January 13th Registration opens, Start logging miles on Running Log

January 27th: Registration closes

March 27thLast day to turn in Running Logs to teachers

April 3rd @ 2:15 pm: Students run final 1.2 miles around MPE - Families are welcome to participate!

Feb 2, Feb 17, March 2, March 16Run Club 8:15 am

 

Find details in the Mills Park Maniacs Parent Letter

Register your student HERE

Print out your student's Running Log HERE

 

 5K Race for Teachers and Staff

 

Along with the kids marathon, we are kicking off the year as a staff getting healthy and fit!

 

Many of the MPE staff will be training for a CLASSROOM TO 5K!!!!

 

The race will be on Friday March 13th 4:45-5:45 pm and would love for students to come out that afternoon to cheer on their teachers and administration!!!!  

 


Wake County Pre-K Information
 
If you have a rising 4 year old (by August 31st), click on the link below for information about the Pre-k program:
 

 


 

 

It's time to register for Kindergarten 2020-2021! 

 

Please visit https://www.wcpss.net/domain/13656 to begin the online Enrollment Process. 

Once you pre-register online, the school will reach out to you to set up an appointment to bring required documents to school. 

 

We need all families with a child that is already 5 or turning 5 by August 31, 2020, to enroll by April 1, 2020!  Please tell you friends and neighbors! 

 

We are still a capped school, so the April 1st deadline is very important to guarantee sibling priority. 

 


 

 

Please consider helping our community by volunteering for or donating to MPE's Nourishing Noggins program!
 
This program provides MPE students with bags of nutritious food to take home each weekend and boxes of food and hygiene items to take home over the winter and summer breaks.  

 

1. Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers to take on the weekly food bag preparation through the end of the school year. We are also looking for various groups (Girls/Boy Scouts, Y! Guides, sports teams, etc.) or individuals to donate and pack food for one week.  The NN program will cover the cost of remaining food items if your group cannot donate all the items that go into the weekly bags. If you are signing up individually to buy/pack bags, Nourishing Noggins will reimburse you for 100% of the food cost.  The total food cost should be < $150.

Sign up for a week's bag packing HERE!

 

2. Donate: Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. We are a 501(c) charitable organization – all donations are tax deductible.

To donate: go to https://www.nourishingnoggins.org/ > Donate

Or make checks payable to 'Nourishing Noggins' and drop them off at the front desk at MPE with ATTN: Nancy Stavrakakis on the envelope.

 

 

 
 
 

 

The Magnet and Year-Round Application Period Ends Jan. 30th.

 

If you are interested in applying to magnet and/or year-round schools, go to magnet.wcpss.net/apply/ to get started. 

         


Classroom Spelling Bees: January 21-24, 2020

School Spelling Bee: February 14, 2020, MPE Media Center, 9:30 am

 
Classroom spelling bees will be held for 1st - 5th grade classes during the week of Jan. 20th.  
 
Classroom winners from grades 3-5 will advance to the School Spelling Bee. Participation in the classroom spelling bee is optional.  If your child would like to participate in the classroom bee, please complete the Classroom Participation Form and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, January 17, 2020.
 
The MPE Annual  School Spelling Bee will be on Friday, February 14, 2020.
 
The winner of our Spelling Bee will represent MPE at the Wake County Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by P.A.G. E. of Wake County.  The winner of the regional bee will represent the area at the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C!
 

 

1st/2nd grade students should begin with the "lower elementary-One Bee" list. 

 

3rd/4th/5th grade students should begin with the "upper elementary-Two Bee" list. 

 

Also attached is the "middle school-Three Bee" list. 

 

Students who master their study list should study the other two lists.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done MPE!  If your child met their individual reading goal and logged in their 800 minutes, you will find on their dashboard a code redeemable for 2 tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes game!!

 
Instructions on how to redeem that code are here in English and Spanish.

 

Email Mrs. Stavrakakis if you have any difficulties:  nstavrakakis@wcpss.net

 

              


MPE received over $500 from Box Tops last year!

This year, there is a new program phasing in, where you no longer have to clip the Box Tops:

 

1. Download the Box Tops mobile app

2. Create and account and choose Mills Park Elementary 

2. Scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase

3. Box tops $$ is instantly credited to MPE

 

If you have Box Tops clippings, please turn them in since there will be a transition period.

 

 

  

 

 
 
The PTA can't run without our awesome MPE parents! Please consider helping out - whether its just a few hours or chairing a committee , there are lots of ways to help!
 

  


 
 

 

 

 

EASY WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Link your Harris Teeter Vic Card HERE or at checkout in store.  The MPE school code is 7135. Vic Cards need to be re-linked every year.  

 

Click HERE to link or apply for a card, and link it to our school.

 

Provide the MPE school ID at checkout (70218769) and MPE will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies! Details HERE.

Log into or sign up for a Publix.com account, select MPE, then enter your phone number at checkout. 


When you shop at smile.amazon.com (not Amazon.com), on the top black bar, towards the center, click on the orange 'Supporting:'link, and search for/select Mills Park Elementary PTA. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the school. This works at WholeFoods too!

   

 

Donate directly to MPE and support our programs and activities - Log in, Click on My Account, and then Direct Donation Form. Be sure to find out about employee matching!