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March 2018 Tiger Tales

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

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.

March 2018

  • 15 ~ Making Science Fun Family Night – Grades K-5
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Book Fair OPEN
  • 15-23 ~ Spring Book Fair – Media Center
  • 20 ~ PTA Dine Out Hope Mills Rudinos All Day  (mention Rockfish)
  • 23 ~ Last Day for Spring Book Fair
  • 29 ~ End of Third Nine Weeks
  • 30 ~ Student/Teacher Holiday – NO SCHOOL!

April 2018

  • 2-6 ~ Spring Break – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 3 ~   PTA Dine Out Hope Mills Arby’s 4-8 pm
  • 4 ~ PTA Dine Out Firehouse Subs Hope Mills 4-8 pm
  • 9 ~ Students return to school. SIT Mtg. 2:30 pm
  • 10 ~ Field Day: Grade 5 – 8:30 n Grade K – 12:00 noon
  • 11 ~ Field Day: Grade 4 – 8:30 n Grade 1 – 12:00 noon
  • 12 ~ Field Day: Grade 3 – 8:30 n Grade 2 – 12:00 noon
  • 12 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 pm
  • 12 ~ PTA Dine Out – Zaxby’s Hope Mills – 5:00-8:00 pm
  • 13 ~ Report cards go home.
  • 14 ~ Elementary Science Olympiad

From the Principal’s Pen

MARCH 2018!!  Don’t you just love the splendor of spring!!  Once again, our world is arrayed in the grandeur of new life, and the beautiful buds and blossoms that greet us all around town remind us of the cyclical nature of our environment.  Of course, we live in North Carolina and are subject to unexpected weather spikes; so, until warm weather officially arrives, keep a sweater or jacket handy for those chilly mornings and evenings.

Our third nine weeks will come to a close on Thursday, March 29, and report cards will go home on Friday, April 13.  When you go over the report card with your children, please commend them for their hard work and encourage them to always do their best.

Spring Break for students and staff is Friday, March 30, through Friday, April 6.  We will return to school on Monday, April 9, to begin our fourth and final nine weeks of this school year.  While we will continue to maintain our customary level of instruction and learning, we will set aside April 10-12 for a little friendly competition and fun during our field days.  If you would like to volunteer for field days, you will need to submit to a background check through Cumberland County Schools: Go to, click on the link to Volunteers, and complete the process.  You and the school will be notified when you have been cleared to volunteer.

Thank you for your continued support as we Expect the Best and work together to ensure student success.

From the Media Center

Our Spring Book Fair – “Paws for Books: Come, Stay, Read a Great Tale!” – will kick off on Thursday, March 15, and go through Friday, March 23.  A flyer will be sent home with the day and time your child’s class will come to the Book Fair.  Please feel free to join your child at that time to shop.  We will also be open on March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during our “Making Science Fun Family Night.”  So, stop by the  Media Center and get some new books for your child!

Counselor’s Corner

RFES Students in grades 3-5 had a great time on March 14 listening to Career Day presentations.  A big thanks to all the community members who helped make it a success. 

Ms. Hall and I are VERY proud of the huge success the K-Kid’s Food Drive was for the Alms House.  Thank you to everyone who donated and helped make it so successful!!   Congrats to the following classrooms for being the winners with the most donations: Ms. Deal – 2nd, Mrs. Seals – 3rd, Mrs. Davidson – K, Mrs. Pringle – 3-5, and Mrs. Lee – K-2.

April’s character trait is Citizenship.  Good citizens are people who are responsible and respectful to people, animals, and the environment.  They care about their community and their world.  They are informed about the needs within their school and community.  They do their best to make their home, school, community, and the world a better place.  Encourage your children to always be good citizens. 

We look forward to taking part in “Month of the Military Child in April.”  On Wednesday, April 11, we will wear red, white, and blue to celebrate our military children, and on Friday, April 13, we will wear purple to celebrate Cumberland County’s military-connected children.  We will also participate in “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” and on Thursday, April 12, we will wear blue for child abuse prevention. 

Field Days 2017-18

APRIL 10:     Fifth Grade @ 8:30 a.m.
                     Kindergarten @ 12:00 noon

APRIL 11:     Fourth Grade @ 8:30 a.m.
                      First Grade @ 12:00 noon

APRIL 12:    Third Grade @ 8:30 a.m.
                     Second Grade @ 12:00


Wow, time is flying by!  We are halfway through the third nine weeks!  Math: At this time, your children have learned how to decompose numbers, count to 100, use Math Mountains, and now we are starting to work on place value beginning with tens and ones.  English Language Arts: Students are learning a new letter and letter sound each week as well as new sight words.  They are learning how to write each new letter correctly and how to write complete sentences with the new sight words.  For comprehension, we have been working on sequence order, details in pictures, and predicting.  Looking at details in pictures adds to our comprehension and helps us to add details when answering questions about the story.  Writing: Students are writing informative pieces and are looking forward to researching more topics when we finish the Statue of Liberty piece.  Kindergarteners are very excited about our upcoming in-school field trip!  Clark Park will visit us, and we will learn a lot about nature!  It is a great privilege to teach your children each day, and it’s amazing to watch them learn and grow!

First Grade

Parents, please make sure your child goes to bed early enough to get much needed sleep (8-10 hours per night for this age group).  A good night’s rest can increase your child’s ability to pay attention, learn, and complete assignments in class.  It can also  increase the body’s defense against cold and flu germs.  Students this age also need to drink plenty of water and make healthy food choices.  Water, juices, and/or milk are preferred for lunch.  Please do not send soda in lunch boxes.

3/26/18 – Deadline for yearbooks.  No extra books will be ordered.
3/23/18 – Send home soil rocks field trip info!

Our students are working very hard and getting ready for second grade!  Thank you for your continued support.

Second Grade

Our second graders are gearing up for third grade!  In order to prepare our students for the upcoming mClass Assessment in April, our grade level will be participating in our first ever mClass Boot Camp.  We will focus in detail on the Reading Information and Reading Literature standards.  We would appreciate your assistance in reviewing all mClass Question Stems with your child.  It will make a difference in his/her success.

Continue to assure that your child reads Accelerated Reader books more than once.  You may view your child’s Home School Accelerated Reading Report online.  Students should score an average of 85% on tests. 

Terrific Third Grade

During the remainder of the year, third-grade math skills will be fast and furious!  Our students have worked very hard to learn multi-step word problems.  Determining the correct operation in a sequence is a very challenging concept!  Our upcoming skills will include calculating elapsed time and fractions.  Both of these are very involved skills with many parts.  Please continue to support your child with homework and being prepared for class each day.  We are pleased with the higher levels of AR reading for this nine weeks.  Thank you for continuing to make reading at home a priority.  It makes such a difference in comprehension skills.

Fabulous Fourth Grade

We are working diligently to ensure our students are ready for fifth grade.  Math: Students are enjoying fractions!  We encourage them to know their multiplication facts as this supports their understanding of fractions.  Science: We are finishing an exciting unit about fossils and creating different types of fossils.  Literacy: The focus is identifying themes and understanding characters (thoughts, actions, and words).  It is important that more fourth grade students achieve their AR goals for the third nine weeks; so, we ask that you would encourage your child to read and test daily.  Thank you for your continued support in completing all homework and ensuring students are ready for school each day!

Fifth Grade

On Tuesday, March 6, our fifth-grade orchestra students performed at the Crown Coliseum with the North Carolina  Symphony.  The entire fifth grade attended this event.

In preparation for sixth grade, fifth graders explored Hope Mills Middle school for orientation on Wednesday, March 7. 

Be on the lookout for information about another field trip to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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 their 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 to 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.

IReady is now available to utilize at home.  Please allow students to utilize this interactive learning program for Reading and Math.


All of our Miss Rockfish contestants were beautiful. We appreciate everyone who participated.

Tiny Miss Rockfish:
Ace-Lyn G.

Little Miss Rockfish:
Savannah P.

Miss Rockfish:
Azya M.

Image of Tiny MIss Rockfish, Miss Rockfish, and Little Miss Rockfish with their crowns, sashes, and trophies.

Published by Carla Brooks on March 16, 2018
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