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February 2018 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
February 15, 2018
Volume 7, Issue 6


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.


February 2018

  • 19 ~ STUDENT HOLIDAY – Teacher Workday
  • 20 ~ PTA-Rudinos-Hope Mills – All Day Dine Out (mention Rockfish)
  • 23 ~ Progress Report Cards Go Home
  • 26 ~ Spring Pictures for Grades K-2
  • PTA Fundraiser continues thru Feb. 28
  • Feb 26 – Mar 2 – Read Across America Week!!
  • 27 ~ Spring Pictures for Grades 3-5
  • 28 ~ Miss RFES Rehearsal – South View HS
    • K-1 – 5:00-5:45
    • 2-3 – 5:45-6:30
    • 4-5 – 6:30-7:15

March 2018

  • 1 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 2 ~ Dr. Seuss Day – Partial Read-in Day
  • 2 ~ Miss Rockfish Pageant – 7:00 p.m. South View HS
  • 6 ~ PTA – Arby’s Dine Out – 4-8:00 pm – Hope Mills
  • 7 ~ PTA – Firehouse Subs – 4-8:00 pm – Hope Mills
  • 11 ~ Daylight Savings Time Begins – Set Clocks Forward
  • 12 ~ SIT Meeting 2:30 p.m.
  • 13 ~ Class Pictures
  • 15 ~ Making Science Fun Family Night – 5:30-7:30 pm
  • 15 ~ BOOK FAIR OPEN!!
  • 15-23 ~ Spring Book Fair!!

From the Principal’s Pen

FEBRUARY 2018!!  An Important Message!!  The flu season is in full force, and health care professionals have announced that it is more severe and widespread than what we normally experience.  Due to this significant threat to public health, I want to urge our entire RFES community to take every possible precaution to avoid contact with the flu virus.  Some steps all of us can take include:

  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Stay home for 24 hours after fever is gone, unless needing to seek medical care.
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  Throw used tissues in the trash or flush down the commode.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water.  An alcohol-based hand rub is an option when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

I want to express my appreciation to those parents who assure their children are in attendance and arrive on time to school each day.  When students are late entering the classroom, the teacher must stop instruction to welcome them and restate her objectives and directives for the day.  This takes invaluable instruction time away from the entire class.  Please expend your best for your child’s success.

Progress reports go home on Friday, February 23.  Review the report with your child and contact his/her teacher if you have any questions regarding progress for this mid-point period in our third nine weeks.

Reminder: Students do not attend school on Monday, February 19, 2018.  It is a designated student holiday/ teacher workday.

Thank you to those parents who diligently work with your children at home. It does make a difference in their success.


From the Media Center

Reading is one of the most valuable skills a child will learn in life.  At Rockfish, we will honor and promote reading during the week of February 26 – March 2 by observing a week-long event for Read Across America, an annual event encouraging children to read in recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.  Each day we will celebrate reading in a special way to go along with one of Dr. Seuss’ books:

Monday, Feb. 26: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – wear red & blue.

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – wear a shirt with the name of a place to visit.

Wednesday, Feb. 28: My Many Colored Days – wear your favorite color.

Thursday, Mar.1: On Beyond Zebra – wear black & white.

Friday, Mar. 2: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket – wear something with pockets.

Parents, please make sure that all clothing for the celebration is appropriate and adequate for the weather each day.

We will have a large US Map in the Media Center, and each day we will post how many AR tests our students passed.  Let’s see if we can pass 2,520 tests (the distance between Hope Mills, NC and La Jolla, CA where Dr. Seuss lived).  Friday, March 2, is a partial read-in day at Rockfish, so encourage your children to read, read, read, and then read some more!


Counselor’s Corner

February’s Terrific Kids will be chosen from students who display the character trait of Trustworthiness.  Trustworthy people are honest, loyal, and keep their promises.

Ms. Hall and I are pleased with how well the K-Kids Food Drive is going.  Donations may be sent to your child’s classroom teacher up until March 2. 

During the month of February, the school system is focusing on “Reasons to Love Life” and “Its Ok 2 Ask” initiatives.  Take a few minutes to discuss reasons to love life with your children and let them know it is okay to ask for help with ANYTHING in life.  Mrs. Zahm and Ms. Hall are always willing to help.


School is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Kindergarten

We have made it to the third nine weeks!  Math: Your children are working on counting to one hundred, skip counting, and decomposing numbers.  We will also be reviewing addition and subtraction word problems.  English Language Arts: In addition to learning new sight words each week, kindergarteners learn a new letter and letter sound and how to write the new letter correctly.  They write complete sentences with the new sight words.  We are also working on sequence order, details in pictures, and predicting for comprehension.  Writing: Our students began working on informative pieces with different types of bears as their topic.  Science: We are very excited about the Science is Fun field trip planned for Wednesday, February 21!  Students will have a blast!

It is a privilege to teach your children each day and to watch them as they learn and grow.


First Grade

Our first graders have shown much growth, and we are very proud of their accomplishments!  Math: First graders are counting from 1 to 120 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s and 2’s; practicing addition fact fluency; solving for the unknown number in addition; and subtraction word problems within 20.  Literacy: Continue to read nightly with your child and ask questions about the story.  We are sounding out words as we read and write; learning to write neatly and legibly; and writing complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation.  Try to practice these reading, writing, and math skills in “real life” situations as much as possible.  Thank you for your continued support!


Second Grade

Spring is almost here, and we have already begun the third nine weeks of this school year!  Second graders are still working diligently to build their reading skills, so please continue reading with your child at home each night for 15 to 20 minutes.  Please remember to question your child about his/her reading using Mclass questions that were sent home at the beginning of the year.  Our students have also received a new AR goal for the third nine weeks.  In math, we are working with place value and continuing to practice math fluency.  Science is very exciting this nine weeks—we are studying life cycles!  Please check your child’s homework folder each night for assignments and notes from school.  Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education.


Terrific Third Grade

We have been very busy in third grade!  We just celebrated our successes at our awards assembly and were very excited to see more students achieve their AR goals and earn Honor Roll awards.  Our students are certainly getting ready for fourth grade!  We recently started our unit on the Solar System, and students have been eagerly searching for facts about the inner and outer planets.  We may have some future astronauts among us!  The students have an interest in the Solar System and have questions that make it great fun for them to explore and find answers.  As always, keep practicing those multiplication facts!  They are so important to the math we will be learning through the remainder of the year.  Thank you for your continued support at home!


Fabulous Fourth Grade

Math: We are finishing up our geometry unit in math and will be moving on to fractions!  Social Studies: Currently, fourth graders are learning about how and why North Carolina was established.  This unit also covers Roanoke Island.  Literacy: Our students are continuing to learn about text features and main idea.  In addition, they have been diligently practicing their writing skills!  On Groundhog’s Day, we wrote opinion papers, which included taking a stance and deciding whether or not we agreed that groundhogs deserve their own holiday.  Our fourth graders produced magnificent writing pieces! 


Fifth Grade

  Fifth grade is ROCKing 2018!!  We are setting bold goals and working hard to achieve them!!
  We will celebrate our Accelerated Reader achievement with a Kids v. Teachers Kickball Game!!
  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 planners 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.
  i-Ready is now available to utilize at home.  Please permit your child to utilize this interactive learning program for reading and math.

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Published by Carla Brooks on February 16, 2018
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