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December 2017 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
December 15, 2017
Volume 7, Issue 4

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.

December 2017

  • 15 ~ Barnes & Noble Book Fair & PTA Gift Wrap 4-8 p.m.
  • 18 ~ Rockfish Read-in
  • 19 ~ Early Release for all Students – 12:15
  • 19 ~ PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudinos Hope Mills – Mention Rockfish
  • Dec 20 – Jan 1 ~ Winter Holidays SCHOOL CLOSED

January 2018

  • 2 ~ Students/Staff RETURN TO SCHOOL!
  • 2 ~ PTA Dine Out Arby’s 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
  • 3 ~ PTA Dine Out Firehouse Subs 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
  • 4 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 8 ~ RFES SIT Meeting 2:30 p.m.
  • 16 ~ PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudinos – Hope Mills Mention Rockfish

From the Principal’s Pen

DECEMBER 2017!!  Nature’s frigid kisses on frosty morns have successfully transformed our vibrant landscapes of fall for a cool wintry season arranged against an exquisite panorama of bright, colorful lights.  The splendid beauty of this seasonal transformation is best observed through the wide-eyed wonder of children; their eyes of innocence often see things we do not.  Additionally, this season beckons us to the warmth and joy of
celebrations with family and friends where we often exchange gifts with one another as an expression of our love.  Many observe the holidays as a time of mercy and grace by giving to those of our community who have very few reasons to celebrate.  Whatever your family traditions, don’t forget to take
time for one another: playing games with the family, reading a book together, sharing a movie, preparing snacks and making extra to share with others, etc.  There are many other options to choose from that will make your holidays a time to remember and cherish.  We are nearing the midpoint of our school year.  Please be reminded that promptness and regular attendance are essential to learning.  We cannot afford to lose one minute of instructional time with our students. Tuesday, December 19, will be an early release day (12:15 p.m.) for all students, and the school will be closed for the Winter Holidays through January 1, 2018.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Be safe as you enjoy this time together with families and friends.  Students, please take time to read some great books over the holidays.

From the Media Center

The Media Center is sponsoring a magazine fundraiser January 29 – February 2, 2018.  You can renew current subscriptions or purchase new subscriptions.  Forty percent (40%) of the subscription price is returned to Rockfish to purchase books for our Media Center.  Feel free to order now
or you can wait until the packet comes home.  Magazines make a great gift and you can purchase gift subscriptions.  If you want to order early, log onto  Enter the code 1061555.  All orders will count toward a student’s prize whether ordered now or in January.  Thank
you for helping us bring wonderful books and resources to our Media Center for our students to enjoy.  All student books are due back to the Media Center before winter break.  Please help your child find his/her books so they can be returned.  Happy Holidays!  A book or a magazine subscription makes a great gift!!

Counselor’s Corner

Caring is the character trait for December.  People who are caring display kindness and concern for others.  Encourage your children to always think of others and be caring.  As K-Kids advisors, Ms. Hall and I are so proud of our K-Kids.  In November, they made 14 beautiful fruit baskets for a local nursing home and a place that feeds the hungry.  They also did a fantastic job wrapping presents at Barnes and Nobles for donations that will be used to provide gifts for a nursing home and food for local children in need.  Grades K-2 enjoyed a very special visit by Ronald McDonald who talked to them about the importance of friendship and kindness.

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports): PBIS is a positive approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment for instruction and learning.  All of our staff have been trained, and we will soon be entering the second phase of PBIS at RFES.


We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving!  At this time your children are working on addition and subtraction problems, counting by tens, counting to 100, and reviewing greater than, less than, and equal to.  We will be discussing holidays around the world in social studies.  In English Language Arts, we are learning a new letter and letter sound each week as well as a new sight word.  We are learning how to write each letter correctly and how to write complete sentences with our sight words.  In writing, students are continuing to work on opinion pieces.  We have been
discussing similarities and differences with a variety of objects, seasons, etc.  The day before break we will be taking a ride on the “Polar Express”!  It is a privilege to teach your children, and we love watching them learn and grow!

First Grade

Math: Continue assisting students to count from 1 to 120 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s; addition facts/fact fluency; solving for the unknown number in addition; and addition and subtraction word problems within 20.  These problem-solving skills are also very helpful in reading and critical thinking. 
Reading: Read with your child at least 15 minutes every day and listen to your child read to you. Ask questions about the story to be answered orally and in writing.  You may need to assist the writing process of answering questions in complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation.  Encourage sounding out and learning the meaning of unfamiliar words as your child reads and writes.  Reminders: Please assure your children are getting sufficient sleep, which is necessary for paying attention, learning, and completing assignments in class.  Remember to check your child’s
homework folder for homework, notes, and graded assignments.  By now, your child should know his/her Student ID # for use in the cafeteria and computer lab.  Make sure your child dresses appropriately for the colder weather we are beginning to experience.  Tuesday, December 19, is an early release day for all students.  Thank you for allowing us to work with your children and for your continued support.

Second Grade

Second grade students enjoyed shopping at the RFES PTA Holiday shop.  It’s always exciting for them to choose a gift and make their purchase. 
Mid-year progress monitoring will occur January 9 – 30, 2018.  Mrs. Davis and Ms. Deal will be assessing all second grade students on TRC’s. 
We are currently studying geometry in math, weather tools in science, and holidays around the world in social studies.  In literacy, we will continue to review how to answer written comprehension questions correctly.  This will prepare students for MOY assessments.  Please continue to work on this with your child at home by reading books and answering questions about characters, setting, plot, author’s purpose, etc.  We appreciate your support.

Terrific Third Grade

Third graders are an amazing group of students.  We are always impressed by their hard work and dedication.  Multiplication and division continue to be a significant challenge for our students.  These skills will be a part of all the math we do throughout the remainder of the year and the more students have facts committed to memory, the easier new math will be.  Please keep working on facts at home and helping your child be able to recall facts with ease.  Reading 3D assessments will begin after we return from the winter break.  We are working hard on our Read to Achieve portfolio. 
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress.  Our science and social studies units will be examining map skills and the solar system.  There will be many new things to investigate in January.  We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends!!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

This year is flying by!  Fourth grade continues to learn many new and exciting concepts in math.  Students have learned how to multiply multi-digit numbers and solve division facts using partial quotient and other strategies.  Please continue to work with your child on multiplication fluency at home.  We have also learned how to solve patterns and input/output tables.  As you can see, our math moves very quickly so it is important that your child is at school every day.  We are working towards individual AR goals and hope you will support us by assuring your child is reading independently at home and testing when they come to school.  In Science, students have been learning about different forms of energy, circuits and light energy.  This nine weeks, we are continuing to learn about changes in North Carolina, specifically how technology has changed our state.  We appreciate the continued support of all our parents/guardians.  We have a great group of 4th graders!

Fifth Grade

√ Fifth grade class Holiday Celebration – Friday, December 15.
√ The Civic Oration project is a required assignment for all fifth grade students and generates several grades in English Language Arts and Social Studies.  Remember to check the Civic Oration schedule for due dates.
√ Fifth Grade Rockin’-It Rewards Day is Monday, December 18.  Students will have an opportunity to redeem Rock-IT Tickets for activities and/or products.
√ 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 weekly for your child’s status.
√ Every fifth grade student should be working toward earning his/her individual Accelerated Reader goal by reading every day for thirty minutes.
√ Please remember to check your child’s planner for homework and notes.  Homework is essential 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.
√ IReady is available to utilize at home.  Please allow your child to use this interactive learning program for Reading and Math.


Published by Carla Brooks on January 23, 2018
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