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January 2020 Tiger Tales

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

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2020!!
  • 7 PTA Dine Out – Arby’s 4-8:00 p.m.
  • 9 PTA Board Meeting – 2:55 p.m.
  • 10 Report Cards Go Home
  • 13 RFES SIT Meeting – 2:45 p.m.
  • 13-17 PTA Penny Wars
  • 14 Math Play & Take – 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Grades 2-5
  • 17 PTA Penny Wars End
  • 20 MLK Jr. HOLIDAY – No School!!
  • 21 PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills – Mention Rockfish!!
  • 21-23 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 27 Kindergarten AWARDS – 8:15 a.m. – Classrooms
  • 27 First Grade AWARDS – 9:30 a.m. – Classrooms
  • 27-31  Media Center Magazine Fundraiser
  • 28 Fourth Grade AWARDS – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
  • 29 Fifth Grade AWARDS – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
  • 30 Second Grade AWARDS – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
  • 31 Third Grade AWARDS – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
  • 31 Box Tops Collection Day

JANUARY 2020!!  It’s difficult to believe that we have arrived at year 2020, but here we are; and after a long winter break, we are together again with our wonderful Rockfish staff, students, and families.  As a staff, we anticipate many exciting learning opportunities for your children as the 2019-20 school year continues to unfold.  Your support and participation in our home-school-community partnership in the second semester will be greatly appreciated.  Research has shown that parental involvement greatly improves student achievement and behavior.  By working together, we can make this year successful for every child at RFES!

Report cards, reflecting your child’s academic progress and attendance data from the second reporting period, go home on Friday, January 10.  Please review and discuss the report with your child.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are planned for January 21-23.  In order to provide a quality education for RFES students, our parents and teachers must maintain close contact; therefore, we would ask that you attend a scheduled conference with your child’s teacher.  During the conference, you and the teacher can discuss your child’s progress to date as well as develop strategies to support his/her continued progress.

Remember that school is closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Students do not attend school on that day.  Please encourage your children to read over the long weekend and help them stay on track with their AR goals for the third nine weeks.

Student Awards Assemblies will be held January 27-31.  You will be notified 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; therefore, I encourage you to recognize your child’s efforts by attending the assembly designated for your child’s grade level.

From the Media Center

The Media Center is sponsoring a magazine fundraiser Monday, January 27 – Friday, January 31.  This is an easy and convenient fundraiser for parents and students!  Forms will be sent home with your children, and the only thing they have to do to receive a chicken figure is fill out at least 7 of the forms with names and complete addresses.  Students will also receive a chicken figure for every paid order from your family.  All proceeds raised from the magazine sale will benefit our  Media Center.  Please support this fundraiser and help all of our students become stronger readers.

Counselor’s Corner

I hope everyone had a safe and restful holiday season.  I look forward to working with your children in the New Year.  Here’s to 2020 being the best year yet!

Please email if you would be interested in speaking at our RFES Career Day event at    1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  Grades 3-5 will attend this event and many children would love for their parent or guardian to be a speaker. 

January’s character trait is Self-discipline.  Self-discipline is the ability for students to monitor and control their own behaviors.  It is the ability to maintain self-control, motivate one’s self, stay on track, and do what is right.  Students who are highly self-disciplined may be able to better focus on long-term goals and make better choices related to academic engagement.  Please talk to your children about the importance of self-discipline.


Happy New Year and welcome back to all our Rockfish Tigers and parents!  We hope everyone had a fun-filled winter break.  Our students are excited to get 2020 started and eager to get back to learning.  School is closed for students and staff on Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.


Happy New Year!!  All our kindergarten students have access to iStation and Successmaker at home.  We hope you have been successful in accessing both these programs and encouraging your child to work on them.  The programs can be used at any time and are great ways for our students to continue their learning and practice at home.  Please continue to practice sight words and reading with your child.  Kindergarteners will soon begin taking their middle-of-the-year (MOY) assessments.  We look forward to all the new learning opportunities that are ahead for our students in the second half of this school year!  

First Grade

Happy New Year from the First Grade Team!         


   *Check your child’s folder each day. 

   *Encourage your child to complete homework daily and assist as needed.

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

   *Help your child continue to practice counting from 1-150 and writing and representing numbers from 1-100.

  *Help your child practice tying his/her shoelaces.

  *Contact your child’s teacher with questions and/or concerns.

  *Share any important information about your child with their teacher, especially any changes.

Thank you for your support!

Second Grade

Second grade teachers would like to say thank you to all students who attended our December field trip and to our parents for permitting them to go.  Their behavior was amazing the entire trip, and we received several compliments from the staff at CFRT.

We will soon begin middle-of-the-year (MOY) testing in literacy.  This test is to show how much progress students have made thus far in the school year.

Literacy: Please encourage your child to complete all station work on a daily basis.  The purpose of stations is to reinforce skills being taught.  Grade level expectations are that students will read nightly and test three times a week.  Since we are focusing on Story Structure and Story Elements, it would be helpful for you to question your child about what is occurring in the story.  Math: We will continue working on basic addition and subtraction fluency to the sum of 20.  Practicing with flashcards at home would be beneficial.  Science: We will focus on Life Cycles by studying the Monarch Butterflies.  Social Studies: Our focus is natural resources. 

We appreciate your support!

Terrific Third Grade

In third grade, we focused on many different and exciting objectives during the first half of the school year.  In Social  Studies, we studied some of the Native American tribes living in the United States.  Our recent Science unit covered the states of matter, and we explored solids, liquids, and gases.  At the end of the second grading period, we learned about holiday traditions around the world, and this month, we will attend the Multicultural Fair presented by the IB Academy at Southview High School.  Our next math unit will be all about geometry and quadrilaterals.  Students will learn lots of new vocabulary and be able to identify them in examples!

We will keep striving to do our very best. Thank you for all your support!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Greetings from fourth grade!  Our students have successfully completed the second nine-weeks and have gained knowledge they will use as a foundation for more complex lessons ahead in this school year and throughout their educational careers.  They are being equipped to solve real-world math problems involving multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.  Students have also learned to work with larger numbers when multiplying and dividing.  This month, we will dive into fractions and move forward at full-steam from now until the end of the school year.  In literacy, students are reading stories from their Journeys textbook and learning various tools and strategies for succeeding in reading and writing.  Last quarter, fourth graders worked hard to reach their AR goals, and we are hoping for an even higher percentage of students reaching their goals during the third quarter.  We hope you all had a happy holiday time with your friends and family!  

Fifth Grade

√ The new AR goal will begin Wednesday, January 8.  Please make sure your child is reading daily.  Reading consistently and independently WILL improve your child’s reading level.  Parents can keep up with tests taken by downloading the AR app.

√ 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.  Please set a place for your child to do homework where a parent or guardian can monitor and answer questions.  The kitchen counter or table usually works well.

√ We have added division facts 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.  Understanding the fact families demonstrates mastery of math tables.

Published by Carla Brooks on January 6, 2020