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April 2018 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
April 13, 2018
Volume 7, Issue 8

Mission Statement 

Rockfish Elementary School is committed to providing a quality education for all students within a safe and supportive atmosphere where all feel secure, loved, and challenged.

April 2018

  • 14 ~ Elementary Science Olympiad
  • 16-20 ~ Parent-Teacher conferences
  • 17 ~ PTA Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills All Day (Mention Rockfish)
  • 18 ~ Awards: Grade 5 8:15 • Grade 4 9:20
  • 19 ~ Awards: Grade 3 8:15 • Grade 1 9:30
  • 19 ~ K Evening Registration 5-6:30 pm
  • 20 ~ Kindergarten Beginner’s Day 8:00 a.m. NO School for current K students
  • 23 ~ Awards: Grade K 8:15 • Grade 2 9:30
  • 26 ~ Law Day – 5th Grade
  • 27 ~ Spring Tiger-Trek 8:30-10:00 a.m.

May 2018

  • 1 ~ PTA Dine Out – Arby’s – 4-8 p.m. – Hope Mills
  • 2 ~ PTA Dine Out – Firehouse Subs 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
  • 3 ~ PTA Board Meeting – 2:45 p.m.
  • 7-11 ~ School Staff Appreciation Week!
  • 8 ~ Progress Reports Go Home
  • 10 ~ Spring Programs/PTA 6-7:00 p.m.
  • 11 ~ Mad Scientist Day – 5th Grade
  • 13 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!!
  • 14 ~ SIT Meeting 2:30
  • 14-18 ~ PTA Penny Wars
  • 15 ~ PTA Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills All Day (Mention Rockfish)


From the Principal’s Pen

APRIL 2018!! – After a very relaxing and rejuvenating spring break, we returned with great anticipation for an amazing completion to our 2017-18 school year.  Staff and students promptly resumed routines of instruction and learning.  We also paused for a brief period of time to enjoy the competition and fun of field days, which is always an exciting event for our students.

The final nine weeks will be extremely busy.  While fulfilling their many responsibilities, our awesome staff will teach new concepts, encourage reading-testing to reach AR goals,  and prepare RFES students for EOG assessments in May.  We are very fortunate to have an amazing, caring instructional team who truly loves teaching your children.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts, especially during School Staff Appreciation Week – May 7-11.

Report cards, reflecting your child’s grades from the third nine weeks, will go home today.  Look over the report with your child and encourage diligence to continued growth in every area.  If you have concerns regarding your child’s progress, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss them during Parent-Teacher Conference Week – April 16-20.

Our Awards Assemblies are scheduled for April 18, 19, 23.  You will receive notification if your child will be receiving a certificate or award for the third nine weeks grading period.  Earning an award is a very significant honor for children; thus, I encourage you to recognize your child’s efforts by attending the assembly for his/her grade level.

Kindergarten Beginner’s Day is Friday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m.  Current kindergarten students will not attend school on Beginner’s Day.  Our evening registration will be held at   5:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

Thank you Rockfish family for your continued support as together we make this year the most meaningful and successful year ever for all our students.

From the Media Center

National Library Week is April 8-14. Rockfish celebrates reading everyday by encouraging students to read, check out books, and read eBooks.  You can access over 500 eBooks through our online catalog at  You can either click on the links on the catalog homepage or search the catalog by choosing Electronic Book under Material Type.  For all of our books, the username is Rockfish and the password is tigers.

Parents, I urge you to take your children to our local public library on a regular basis and enjoy the many things they have to offer: check out some books or DVDs, attend one of their programs, or take advantage of the computers available for adult or student use.  Sign your children up for a library card of their own and let them explore the world available to them through books.  There is no charge for the card; however, you will need to show a picture ID and proof of your address.  Most importantly, don’t forget to encourage your children to read, read, read, and then read some more!

Beginner’s Day Reminder!!

  • Kindergarten Evening Registration: Thursday, April 19, 5:00-6:30.
  • Beginner’s Day: Friday, April 20, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Current kindergarten students do not attend school on Beginner’s Day.
  • Important!! To register for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before August 31.

Please bring the following items to enroll your child:

Birth Certificate, Shot Record, Child’s Social Security Card, a copy of Child’s Physical Exam, and current Proof of Child’s   Parent/Custodian Address (i.e. utility bill, lease agreement, tax bill, residency affidavit).

Counselor’s Corner

Good Citizenship is the character trait for April.  Good citizens are people who respect others and their property, are helpful,  considerate, willing to put others first, respect the environment and do not damage it in any way, and are well mannered and pleasant.  We need good citizens to make our school and community better for everyone.

We had a very successful Career Day with guest speakers representing pilots, the U.S. Army, hair and makeup stylists, EMS Fire and Rescue, and veterinary techs. 

April is Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month RFES will have activities to emphasize and support both areas.  If you are ever concerned about the safety of a child, you can call Cumberland County DSS at 910-677-2450 or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at  1-800-422-4453.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 


I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!  Math: Our students can decompose numbers, use Math Mountains, and recognize place value using tens and ones. We are also learning 2-D shapes and positional words.  English Language Arts: Each week Kindergarteners learn a new letter, the letter sound, and new sight words.  Students are writing their new letters correctly; using sight words to write complete sentences; working on sequence order, conclusions, summarizing, and reading with expression; using reading passages to help us understand a story and using details from the story to answer questions.  Writing: We will begin writing explanatory pieces.  Examples include how to wash your hands, how to brush your teeth, how we unpack in the morning, etc.  It is a great privilege to teach your children each day, and we are overjoyed to see how much growth they have shown from the beginning of the year!  We are ready to start the fourth nine weeks!  

First Grade

First graders should continue to practice counting from 1 to 120 by 1, 5, 10, and 2, writing to 100, solving for the unknown number in addition and subtraction word problems within 20, and addition fact fluency.  We encourage you to read with your child for 15-20 minutes daily, assist him/her in keeping a reading log, sounding out unfamiliar words while reading, and learning the meaning of unknown words.  Try to practice reading, writing, and math skills in “real life” situations as much as possible.  Third quarter Awards Day will be held in the classrooms at 9:30 a.m. on 4/19/18.  Thank you for your continued support!

Second Grade

Second Grade is hopping right along into the fourth quarter.  Objectives and skills taught during the fourth quarter are listed in the Parent Curriculum guide on the CCS website.  We will review all math skills taught this year and continue to prepare for the upcoming End of Year assessments.

Your child should read his/her Accelerated Reader books more than once and should score an average of 85% on the test.

We have a Field Trip scheduled this month. Second graders love Science!

Terrific Third Grade

We are so proud of all our students who have achieved their AR goal for the third nine weeks!  It is evident that we’ve got some great reading going on in the third grade hallway!  Students are still going strong with their multiplication facts.  Our next science unit will be discovering all about the human skeleton and the many functions our bones provide.  Please help your child at home with completing homework and reading each night.

Fabulous Fourth Grade

We are working assiduously to prepare fourth graders for the next grade level.  Continue to encourage your child/children to read and AR test daily.  Math: Thank you, parents/guardians, for working on multiplication facts with students.  We have completed “March  Madness” competitions where students participated in games to help increase their multiplication fluency.  We will be working on decimal fractions after the Spring Break.  Science: We have begun an interesting unit on the ecosystem.  Literacy: The focus will be on themes along with determining cause and effect.  Thank you for your continued support in completing all homework and ensuring students are ready for school each day!

Fifth Grade

We look forward to our field trip to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

To encourage fact fluency we have an operational fluency test every week.  Students who score 75% or below are required to practice their facts as “Weekend Math Warriors.”  Check the student planner for your child’s status.

Every fifth grade student should be working toward earning his/her individual Accelerated Reading Goal by reading every day for thirty minutes.

Remember to check your child’s planner for homework and notes.

Homework is essential to practice.  When it’s not completed students are unprepared for review lessons the following day.

Encourage your child to ask questions about homework prior to leaving school each day.

Please allow students to utilize IReady, an interactive learning program for Reading and Math, at home.


Wednesday, April 18

  • Fifth Grade – 8:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria
  • Fourth Grade – 9:20 a.m. in the Cafeteria

Thursday, April 19

  • Third Grade – 8:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria
  • First Grade – 9:30 a.m. in the Classrooms

Monday, April 23

  • Kindergarten – 8:15 a.m. in the Classrooms
  • Second Grade – 9:30 a.m. in the Classrooms
Published by Carla Brooks on April 13, 2018
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