TCE Staff Appreciation Week on May 5th-9th

Dear Parents,

We will be celebrating TCE Staff Appreciation Week on May 5th-9th.  We need your help to show them our gratitude for all they do.  Please look over the week’s schedule and sign up for as many items as you can!
Monday 5/5- Individual treat for staff 
Please sign up to send in a treat at  We need two parents to sign up- one for your child’s teacher and one for a support staff member.  Our school is a community and we want everyone to be recognized.  Everyone’s favorites can be found at, under the TCE library tab.
(Send in vases- see Wed.)
Tuesday 5/6- Staff Breakfast
Please sign up to send in a breakfast item at  We are hosting a breakfast for our staff in the morning.  Dishes can be delivered (hot dishes will need to be in a half foil pan, for heating, or crock pot) anytime Monday, 5/5 or BY 7:00am on Tuesday morning.
Wednesday 5/7- Flowers for Staff
We will be making bouquets for our staff.  We are requesting that all parents send in two (or more) flowers: one for your teacher, and one for our support staff.
We need 2 parents to donate a vase (send it in on Monday, 5/5, please).  Please sign up at

(Send your donations- see Friday)
Thursday 5/8- Catered Staff Luncheon
PTA will be providing a catered lunch for our staff.
Friday 5/9- Cards and Gift cards
Please have your child make a card for their teacher and any support staff that they work with.  We encourage parents to write a note of gratitude, as well!  Additional staff that you may want to thank, via a card or note, are:
Mrs. Davis- Principal          Mrs. Morris- Asst Principal           Mrs. Mrs. Salley- Secretary

Mrs. Buckley-Secretary      Mr. Toulouse- Janitor
Ms. Mary- Janitor               Mr. Mike-Janitor
Ms. Toulouse- Cafeteria     Ms. Baker- Cafeteria         Ms. Tilihan- Cafeteria
Ms. Edwards- Cafeteria      Ms. Anderson- Cafeteria    Mrs. Rickard- Cafe monitor
We are also requesting that each family send in a gift card for their teacher (PTA suggests $5; favorite stores and restaurants can be found on as “teacher favorites” under the TCE library tab).  We are also collecting $1 -2 from each family for our special area teachers as well as support staff members

**Please send in Gift cards and monetary donations on Wednesday, 5/5.**

Thank you for your help in celebrating our staff!

PTA Nominations 2014-2015

Have you ever considered getting more involved at Torrence Creek?  Well, here is your chance.  It is time for the 2014-2015 PTA Nominations, and we want you!  We need dedicated volunteers willing to serve as PTA officers and PTA committee chairs.  Please check your child’s Thursday Folder this week for detailed information and Nomination Forms or check out our link on the TCE PTA website (  All forms are to be returned to your child’s teacher by March 17.

Nominating Committee Letter 2014-2015

Committee Descriptions 2014-2015

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following members of the PTA Nominating Committee.

Rae Kaliszewski –
Lisa Dixon –
Tanya Feehan –
Carrie Rickard –
Denise Grugle –

Mother-Son Event – April 25th

This year’s Mother-Son night will be an evening with the Charlotte Knights’ at the new BB&T Ball Park on April 25, 2014. Game time is 7:00 pm and the cost is $32 for 1 adult ticket and 1 TCE student ticket (includes a baseball bracelet for all TCE sons attending). Additional tickets are $16. All tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY! Purchase tickets at Each ticket includes $2 which can be spent anywhere in the ballpark on food, drinks, or souvenirs. Parking in uptown Charlotte is not included in the ticket price. Please plan accordingly. In honor of this event, the PTA has purchased a commemorative brick which will be installed prior to the season’s opening game.The brick is inscribed “Torrence Creek Elementary 2014 Mother Son Nite.” Look for it when you come to the game. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 23rd - No exceptions! Knights


Show Your Unity Race Spirit






Show your Unity Race Spirit Day – Tuesday, February 18 The EC Team is having a Unity Run spirit day on Tuesday, February, 18. They’d like students and staff to wear their race shirts and medals from last year.
DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR UNITY 5K RACE PERFORMANCE T-SHIRT…REGISTER TODAY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Registration is open for the Second Annual Torrence Creek Elementary and Grand Oak Elementary Unity 5K & Kids Fun Run being held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Francis Bradley Middle School.  All proceeds will be split evenly between the two schools expressly for the exceptional children’s departments.  An exceptional child is any child with a disability; disorder; delay; behavior, sensory, or attention problem; or any other issue hindering his/her learning. This event will directly impact the children and families at our two schools.
The start time for the 5K starts is 8:00 am and 9:15 am for the Kids Fun Run. The cost for the 5K is $25 each, the Kids Fun Run is $15 each and the cost for TCE & GOE staff members is $20 each. Each participating child will receive a medal after crossing the finishing line for the 5K or Kids Fun Run and a homework pass. The top two classes at each school will be invited to a dance party at their respective school! Race shirts are only guaranteed to participants who register before March 1st!
Register online only at Queen City Timing under the Events Tab – Under Unity 5K OR the Registration Link is: Packet pick up is Thursday, March 27at Grand Oak Elementary from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and at Torrence Creek Elementary from noon till 4:00 pm.
Please share the information about the race with friends and family.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your PTA Race Chair: Torrence Creek Elementary – Lynny Waddell  ( and Grand Oak Elementary – Becky Venegoni (


NO BACKPACKS (2/25 – 2/28)

Each day, in the African country of Cameroon, children struggle to make it on the long walk to and from school. There are no buses and many of them have MILES to walk with their books, homework and lunches in hand. Something as common to us as a backpack and new crayons are a luxury that many of the students cannot afford.
To gain perspective of a day in the life of a Cameroon student, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, students of TCE are encouraged to leave their backpacks at home and carry their books and lunches in plastic bags or in hand.
For the remainder of the week (through Friday Feb. 28), a wonderful organization called A Place Of Hope, will be collecting backpacks and school supplies to be donated to students in Cameroon. A Place Of Hope not only brings school supplies to the children, but also ensures they are enrolled in and attending school.
Please consider bringing in an item listed below (Feb. 24 – 28) to be donated to A Place of Hope to help make learning a bit easier for the children of Cameroon. New or GENTLY used backpacks, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks and handheld pencil sharpeners.No-Backpacks-Pic