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February 2020 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
February 2020
Volume 9, 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 2020

  •  4 PTA Dine Out – Arby’s Hope Mills – 4:00-8:00 p.m.

  • 6 PTA Board Meeting – 2:55 p.m.

  • 7 Progress Reports Go Home

  • 10 RFES SIT Meeting – 2:45 p.m.

  • 11 AR Family Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Grades 2-5

  • 12 PTA Fundraiser Kickoff – Runs Feb. 13 – Feb. 28

  • 14 Happy Valentine’s Day

  • 17 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

  • 18 Student Holiday/Required Teacher Workday

  • 18 PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills –   Mention Rockfish!!

  • 24 Spring Pictures – K-2

  • 25 Spring Pictures – 3-5

From the Principal’s Pen…

FEBRUARY 2020! – It’s February, and we are well into the third reporting period of this school year! Because of the strong home-school bond we traditionally enjoy within our RFES community, we have accomplished much, and yet, there remains much more to be accomplished before this school year comes to a close.

Parents, please maintain attentiveness to the concepts and skills your children are currently learning and be prepared to assist them as they build and grow to the next level. If you are not sure how best to help your child, please contact the classroom teacher for direction. Our greatest strength is in our partnership as we prepare students to learn and succeed within our ever-changing world.

Progress reports go home on Friday, February 7. Review the report with your child and contact his/her teacher if you have any questions regarding progress made up to this point in our third reporting period.

I can’t say it often enough: homework is an important part of the academic process! In addition to reinforcing skills and concepts taught in the classroom, students are developing exceptional skills that include responsibility, self-motivation, and task management. Thank you to those parents who diligently work with your children at home. It does make a    difference in their success.

Our RFES Parent-Student Handbook provides a calendar, which lists special activities that are sponsored by the PTA or the school. I encourage you and your family to participate in the activities planned for you and your children.

Reminder: Students do not attend school on Monday and Tuesday, February 17-18, 2020. These days are designated as student holidays/teacher workdays. 

From the Media Center

Parents, please make sure your children are reading every day and AR testing on their Media books at school. Also, I encourage you to participate in our AR Family Night on Tuesday, February 11, for students in grades 2-5. Reading is one of the most valuable skills children learn in life, so encourage your children to read, read, read, and then read some more!

To honor and promote reading, we will celebrate Read Across America during the week of March 2–6. This is an annual event that encourages 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, Mar. 2: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – wear red and blue.

Tuesday, Mar. 3: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – wear a shirt with the name of a place to visit.

Wednesday, Mar. 4: Fox in Socks – wear funky socks.

Thursday, Mar. 5: Hooray for Diffendoofer Day – wear a mismatched outfit.

Friday, Mar. 6: Sneetches – wear a star or no star.

Friday, March 6, is a partial read-in day.

Counselor’s Corner

Trustworthiness is our character trait for February. People who are trustworthy are truthful and dependable. Speak to your children about the importance of being trustworthy.

A fun fact that can strengthen a child’s reading ability: turn on closed captions for television and videos. Reading captions while watching TV or videos can help develop vocabulary, improve spelling skills, and increase reading comprehension.

February is Kindness Month. RFES students will participate in activities that teach about and promote kindness. Encourage your children to complete random acts of kindness this month. For example: hold the door for others, return shopping carts, pick up litter, bring flowers to your teacher, compliment a friend, smile at others, and share your toys. Acts of kindness and good deeds have a large impact on the world. When we act kindly toward one person, that person is more likely to be kind to others. Kindness creates a ripple effect.

Miss Rockfish Pageant

Friday, March 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

South View High School


Happy February! Pre-K progress reports will go home on Thursday, February 13. Our students are eager to show how much they have grown! February 17-18 are student holidays, and RFES students will not attend school on those days. Spring pictures will be taken on Monday, February 24. We will send more information home closer to picture day.


Kindergarten students continue to learn and grow in writing and letter recognition. We are reviewing letters Mm, Ss, Tt, Cc, Pp, Ff, Bb, Nn, Aa, and learning short vowel Ii. Students are working hard to identify beginning, middle and ending sounds to read words! Informational writing is being taught as we are learning to explain how to do an activity. Great writing is taking place in kindergarten!

Throughout February, we will work on Black History Month/President’s Day projects in social studies. More information is coming. Reminders:

  • Continue to read with your child each day.
  • Send in your Box Tops.
  • Please have your child work on Istation and SuccessMaker.

Thank you for your support at home!

First Grade

* February 7 – Progress Reports go home.
* 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.

We appreciate your support!

Second Grade

Hello from second grade! During the month of February, we will have an in-school science field trip focused on solids and liquids. It will be FUN and interactive while reinforcing science standards previously taught this year. Please make sure your child’s field trip form and money are turned in by February 18. You can send in the exact amount to your child’s teacher or pay online at School Cash Online

In math, we are measuring using standard and nonstandard measurement. In literacy, we will focus on comparing and contrasting and identifying main idea and details. Please encourage your child to read AR books nightly in order to meet his/her third nine weeks AR goal and earn doughnuts and coloring! Students are expected to test on all three of their AR books weekly. Thank you for all your support!

Terrific Third Grade

Our students are doing a great job in the third quarter. Third grade continues to focus on multiplication fact fluency and strategies for solving word problems. We had a great time at Southview learning all about different cultural traditions. The IB Academy does a great job and really goes out of their way to make it a wonderful experience for our students.

Please continue to encourage your child to read and participate in AR at school daily.  When your child reads at home, ask him/her to summarize what was read.  What was the most enjoyable part? Did you learn something new? Being able to talk about what was read is a great way to support comprehension. We are working to assure our students are reading carefully and taking the time to think about what is being read. Thank you for your support at home. It makes a world of difference!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Fourth grade had a great start to 2020, and we are working diligently to finish the year strong.

  • Please continue to check your child’s planner for homework and notes.
  • Students complete a weekly multiplication fact fluency test and those who score below 75% are required to practice their facts as “Weekend Math Warriors.” Kindly check planners to know your child’s grade.
  • Ensure your child is reading at least thirty minutes each day and working towards earning his/her weekly Accelerated Reading goal.
  • We are working on fractions in math.

Parents, thank you for your continued support!

Fifth Grade

√ Please make sure your child is reading daily and keeping up with his/her AR goal. When students read consistently, they will make significant gains. Feel free to read to your child at night with your child looking on at the printed text while you read. This will help to develop a stronger vocabulary, build connections between the spoken and written word, increase attention span, and strengthen cognition. It is also a great way to spend time with your child.

√ Please remember to check your child’s planner for homework and notes. Homework reinforces skills your child is learning in the classroom. Set aside a place for your child to do homework where you can monitor and answer questions. 

√ Fifth grade will attend the Marksman hockey game on Thursday, February 20. Cost of the trip is $6.00. 

√ The Civic Oration school-wide competition is Thursday, February 6. Good luck to the competitors!

RFES PTA Fundraiser

PTA Fundraiser Feb. 13–Feb. 28

Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies!

We appreciate your support!

School Cash Online

Please join the thousands of parents who have already registered and are enjoying the convenience of paying school-related events and activities ONLINE!

When you register, you will begin to receive email notifications regarding upcoming events involving your child. It takes less than 5 minutes to register at

Published by Krista Wirley on February 6, 2020