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December 2019 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
December 2019
Volume 9, 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 2019

  • 3 PTA Dine Out – Hope Mills Arby’s – 4-8:00 p.m.
  • 5 Spelling Bee – 8:20-10:00 a.m.
  • 5 PTA Board Meeting – 2:55 p.m.
  • 5-6 Holiday Shop Preview
  • 9 RFES SIT Meeting – 2:45 p.m.
  • 9-13 PTA Holiday Shop
  • 10 AR Family Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Grades 2-5
  • 10 RTA Information Meeting – 3rd grade Parents 5:30 p.m.
  • 13 Rockfish Partial Read-in Day
  • 13 Barnes & Noble RFES Book Fair – 4-8:00 p.m.
  • 13 PTA Gift Wrap at Barnes & Noble – 4-8:00 p.m.           
  • 17 PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills –   Mention Rockfish!!
  • 17 Winter Holiday Programs!! 6-7:00 p.m.
  • 20 End of Second Grading Period
  • 20 Early Release @ 12:25 p.m. – For ALL Students
  • 23-Jan 7 Student/Staff HOLIDAYS – NO School Students return to school January 8, 2020!
  • 31 New Year’s Eve!!

DECEMBER 2019!!  The season we are entering offers a great opportunity to teach children the value of giving and reaching out to those who have little to celebrate.  Equally important is the reality that our future society will be defined and led by children who are currently learning to express kindness, compassion, and generosity; let’s teach them well.

There are also traditional celebrations that both children and adults observe and enjoy during this time of year.  One customary expression of the season is gift-giving.  If your family is accustomed to giving gifts, consider the priceless gift of time for one another: enjoy a movie, create seasonal decorations, play games or read a book together, decorate cookies, prepare snacks and make extra to share with others, etc.  Your gift of time will be remembered long after all the other gifts are broken, outgrown, or discarded in the trash bin.

While colorful holiday decorations and excitement are all around us, RFES teachers are busy teaching and our students are still about the business of learning!!  The lessons of NC and federally designated holidays are aptly integrated into instruction and learning.

Our second grading period will end Friday,  December 20, 2019.  When we return in 2020, our third grading period will begin.  I can’t say it often enough: please assure your children are in attendance and on time each day—promptness and regular attendance are essential to learning.

Rockfish Elementary will be closed for all students during our Winter Break: Monday, December 23, 2019, through Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Students return to school on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Be safe as you enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  Students,  be sure to read lots of books during your break.

From the Media Center

The Media Center is sponsoring a book fair at Barnes & Noble on Friday, December 13, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Please join us for some holiday songs sung by our fabulous Rockfish students and some holiday stories read by our Rockfish staff.  A percentage of all Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our Media Center;  so, remember to tell them Book Fair ID #12558623 when checking out.  We appreciate all support from our Rockfish family.

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!

Counselor’s Corner

December’s character trait is Caring.  People who are caring display kindness and concern for people, for their environment, and animals.  December is often called the season of giving, which is a way to be caring. 

The RFES Wall of Glory has room for more pictures of heroes.  Send pictures of heroes in your family (military past or present, law enforcement, nurses, teachers, etc.) to Mrs. Zahm.  You can also email them to her at

Keep sending in aluminum pop tabs for our Ronald McDonald Tab Collection House.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you to all who donated to our RFES Food Train—it was a HUGE success. 

We will be hosting a Career Day on March 14.  Please call or email Sarah Zahm if you would like to participate.  It will take about one hour of your time.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


This school year is flying by!  It is hard to believe how quickly our winter holidays are approaching! Rockfish will have a Winter Holiday program on Tuesday, December 17, at 6 p.m., and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the festive presentation.  Friday, December 20, is an early release day, and all students will be dismissed at 12:25 p.m.  Winter holidays for students are December 23, 2019, through January 7, 2020.  We hope you have a great winter break.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year. 


Thank you for your support at home as we continue our year of learning with sight words, reading logs, and homework.  Please help your child by practicing sight words and reading to and with him/her nightly.

Once again, the cold season is upon us.  We appreciate you keeping your child home when he/she is sick. 

At Rockfish, breakfast is offered every day to all students at no cost.  Please assure your children are at school in time to finish eating and be ready to begin their day by the 7:45 tardy bell.

Learning is affected when students miss extended time from class.  Missing just 10 minutes per day is 50 minutes per week, which equals 1.5 weeks per year.  If your child misses a day of school, please remember to send a note when he/she returns.  Every minute counts!

First Grade

* Remember to check your child’s folder each day. 

* Encourage your child to complete his/her homework.

* Read with your child 15 to 20 minutes each night.

* Continue to help your child practice counting to 1-150 and writing numbers 1-100.

* Help your child practice tying his/her shoelaces.

* Please contact your child’s teacher with questions and/or concerns and share any important information about your child with the teacher, especially any changes.

* Field Trip to Disney on Ice – 12/19/19

* 2-hour early release at 12:25 p.m. – 12/20/19

Thank you for your support!

Second Grade

During weeks 16 and 17, second graders will be reading a nonfiction story about Helen Keller and a fiction story called Officer Buckle and Gloria.  Literacy: We are focusing on cause and effect and main idea.  Math: We will begin our second week of skip counting within 1000, and we are continuing on with greater, less than, and equal to.  Science: We are exploring weather.  Social studies: Our focus will be on creating communities.  We appreciate your support.

Terrific Third Grade

Math Clusters in the 2nd quarter have been important ones!  We have been hard at work with multistep word problems.  Our focus will shift back to multiplication and division strategies and fact fluency.  Please keep up the great work helping your child at home with multiplication facts!

Thank you to all our parents who juggled schedules to attend a parent-teacher conference in the last few weeks.  Third grade is a very challenging year and it is important to keep parents informed of everything we do.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Our trip to see the Fayetteville Symphony was a great success!  Students really enjoyed Peter and the Wolf as they learned about the various instruments.  A little Star Wars music and Frozen sing-along added to the fun!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Fourth graders enjoyed their field trip to Camp Rockfish and are looking forward to the Nutcracker on Friday, December 6.

Math: Students completed Cluster 3 and have taken the SMA.  Cluster 4 includes multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers; multiplying whole numbers of up to three digits by a one-digit whole number; multiplying two two-digit numbers with place value understanding using area models, partial products, and the properties of operations; and dividing using the area model and partial quotients.  ELA: Students completed lesson 8, Me and Uncle Romie, and are moving on to lessons 9-13. Science Olympiad has begun for those students who are involved.  Each classroom will have an in-class spelling bee to determine a winner and a runner up for the Rockfish schoolwide spelling bee on Thursday, December 5, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  December is filled with many wonderful things!

Fifth Grade

√ Continue to assure your child is reading daily.  Research confirms that reading consistently and independently will increase a child’s reading level.  Use the AR app to monitor your child’s progress.

√ 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 lessons the following day.

√ We have added 10s, 11s, and 12s multiplication tables for weekly fluency.  Please call the facts out to your child every chance you get.  Memorization of math facts is paramount to understanding math concepts.

√ Congratulations to our Beta Club inductees.  The Beta Club will be wrapping gifts at Barnes & Noble on December 8.  We gladly take donations!

√ Rocket Redemption Day is the week before Winter Break.  We will celebrate positive behavior and students will cash in their Rocket tickets and Dojo points.  More info to come.

Published by Carla Brooks on December 2, 2019