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January 2018 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
January 12, 2018
Volume 7, Issue 5


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.


January 2018

  • 15 ~ Student/Staff Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • 16 ~ PTA – Hope Mills Rudinos All Day Dine Out (mention Rockfish)
  • 18 ~ Math Play & Take Family Night-6-7:30 p.m. Fazoli’s Spaghetti & PTA General Meeting
  • 19 ~ End of Second Nine Wks. Grading Period
  • 22 ~ STUDENT HOLIDAY – Teacher Workday
  • 26 ~ Report Cards Go Home
  • 29 ~ Media Magazine Fundraiser thru Feb. 2
  • Jan 29 – Feb 2 – Parent/Teacher Conf. 2:30-5:30

February 2018

  • 1 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 1-28 ~ PTA Fundraiser Begins!! Runs Feb 1-28
  • 5 ~ 3rd – 8:15 a.m. ~ 1st – 9:30 a.m.
  • 6 ~ PTA – Arby’s Dine Out – 4-8:00 pm – Hope Mills
  • 6 ~ Awards: 4th – 8:15 a.m. ~ 2nd – 9:30 a.m.
  • 7 ~ Awards: 5th – 8:15 a.m.
  • 7 ~ PTA – Firehouse Subs – 4-8:00 pm – Hope Mills
  • 8 ~ Awards: K – 8:15 a.m.
  • 12 ~ SIT Meeting 2:30 p.m.
  •  14 ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!!

From the Principal’s Pen

JANUARY 2018!  Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!  After a nice winter break, we returned to RFES in weather that is definitely not the kind of conditions we experience or expect in our little corner of the world.  However, while we may have had a bone-chilling deep freeze on the outside, on the inside our hearts were warm, and after resolving a few minor issues, our classrooms were cozy and comfortable.  Initially, our students were a bit subdued by cold weather and the additional laid-back days of getting to sleep in, but it didn’t take long for them to find and exhibit their natural enthusiasm.  As for the staff, it was exciting to finally welcome our students back to the second half of school year 2017-18.  During this second semester, we ask for your continued support and participation as we join together to make this a successful year for every Rockfish child.  Research has confirmed that student growth is greatly dependent on an effective home-school-community alliance, so let’s unite our efforts to assure it happens.  The school will be closed for students and staff on Monday, January 15, in observance of MLK, Jr. holiday.  Our Awards Assemblies will be held February 5, 6, 7, 8.  You will receive notification if your child will be receiving a certificate or award for the second 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 designated for his/her grade level.  For those parents/grandparents who want to volunteer at RFES, you are required to complete the CCS Volunteer Registration process, which must be submitted online and in its entirety.  The form can be accessed at https://www.ccsvolunteers.com/.  Additionally, you may find information about being a school volunteer at http://cvs.ccs.k12.nc.us/.  After you have been approved, please call our front office or your child’s teacher for an assigned time and area of service.  Parents, if you have any concerns or needs that I can assist you with, please do not hesitate to call me.


From the Media Center

Our Media Center is sponsoring a magazine fundraiser Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 2.  This is a very simple and convenient fundraiser for parents and students!  Forms will be sent home with your child, and the only thing he/she must do to receive a chicken figure is fill out at least 7 forms with names and complete addresses.  Students will also receive a chicken figure for every paid order from your family.  All the money raised from the magazines sold will benefit our Media Center.  Please support this fundraiser and help all of our students become stronger readers.


Counselor’s Corner

January’s Character Trait is Self-discipline, which is defined as the ability to make yourself do what you know you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not!  For example, self-disciplined children do their homework and read for their AR goal even if they don’t want to.  Ms. Hall, the K-Kids, and I look forward to leading a school-wide food drive contest in February to collect items to help feed children in our community. 
February’s Character Trait is Trustworthiness. Trustworthy people are honest, have integrity, keep their promises, and are loyal.


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!  Please make sure your child is properly dressed for the weather.  Being too cold or too hot detracts from a child’s ability to concentrate during instruction.


Kindergarten

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday break and stayed warm during the snowstorm.  Math: Your children are working on recognizing teen numbers, reviewing addition and subtraction problems, counting by tens and to one hundred by ones.  Science: We are working on weather patterns.  English Language Arts: We are learning a new letter and letter sound each week as well as new sight words.  Additionally, students are learning how to write each new letter correctly and how to write complete sentences with the sight words we have been taught.  We will be discussing and working on cause and effect.  Writing: Students are continuing to work on opinion pieces and will be working on sequential writing in the next nine weeks.  It is a privilege to teach your children each day and to watch them as they learn and grow.


First Grade

We have finally arrived at 2018!!  Continue to encourage your child to count from 1 to 120 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s and 2’s; practice addition fact fluency and addition facts with them; and work with them as they solve for the unknown number in addition and subtraction word problems within 20. 
Read with your child at least 15 minutes daily 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.  When possible, practice the reading, writing, and math skills in “real life” situations with your child.  Remember to check your child’s homework folder for homework, notes, and graded assignments.  Thank you for your continued support.


Second Grade

Our second grade Winter Program was very well attended!  Thank you, parents, for coming out in support of your children.  They did a fabulous job, and really enjoyed performing for family and friends.  We will continue our study of geometry throughout the month of January.  You can help your child by identifying shapes within everyday objects and around the neighborhood.  Please encourage your child to make his/her AR goal for the second nine weeks.  Daily reading practice is key to reading success.  Students will receive their second nine weeks report card on Friday, January
26.  This is a great time to share in your child’s success and encourage improvement in those areas that he/she finds more difficult.  Thank you for all your continued support.


Terrific Third Grade

Currently, we are working hard on reading portfolios and completing MOY reading assessments! Our students have shown great progress and continue to develop written response skills.  We are very proud of their hard work!  In math, we are tackling new concepts of complex area using the distributive property, missing sides in area and perimeter, and multi-step word problems.  These are all new skills and will be challenging for our students.  Please keep working on basic multiplication facts at home.  We cannot stress enough the importance of fact mastery!!  Thank you for all your help and support at home.  This year is flying by, and our students are doing an amazing job meeting the challenges of third grade!


Fabulous Fourth Grade

Fourth grade covered many math standards during the second nine weeks. We hope you are observing progress as you work with your child each night on the spiral math homework and review his/her completed work.  While driving around with your child, see if you can find opportunities to include some of our math vocabulary words such as parallel lines, intersecting line, and perpendicular lines.  In order to provide enrichment and
intervention experiences for our students, we meet with them daily in math and reading small groups.  It is exciting to see the growth they are making.  You can help your child by continuing to assure he/she is AR reading and testing and increasing multiplication fluency.


Fifth Grade

√ Let’s Rock 2018! Set bold goals and work hard to achieve them!!
√ Modern Woodmen Civic Oration Contest will start January 16.  Finalists will be determined by January 19. This is a required assignment for all fifth grade students generating several grades in English language arts and social studies.
√ 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.


AWARDS ASSEMBLIES

Monday, February 5
Third Grade
8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
First Grade
9:30 a.m. – Classrooms

Tuesday, February 6
Fourth Grade
8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
Second Grade
9:30 a.m. – Classrooms

Wednesday, February 7
Fifth Grade
8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria

Thursday, February 8
Kindergarten
8:15 a.m. – Classrooms

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Published by Carla Brooks on January 23, 2018
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