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May 2018 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
May 15, 2018
Volume 7, Issue 9

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.

May 2018

  • 14-18 ~ PTA Penny Wars
  • 15 ~ PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudinos Hope Mills (mention Rockfish)
  • 18 ~ Volunteer Recognition 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • 18 ~ Penny Wars End
  • 24 ~ EOG Science Assessment (5th grade)
  • 25 ~ Last Day for AR – Turn in all library books
  • 28 ~ Memorial Day – Student-Staff Holiday
  • 30 ~ ELA – EOG Assessment (3rd-5th)
  • 31 ~ Math – EOG Assessment (3rd-5th)

June 2018

  • 4 ~ Awards: K – 8:15 a.m.  •  First – 9:30 a.m.
  • 5 ~ Awards: Fourth – 8:15 a.m.  •  Second – 9:30 a.m.
  • 5 ~ PTA Dine Out – Arby’s – 4-8 pm Hope Mills
  • 6 ~ Awards: Third – 8:15 a.m.
  • 6 ~ PTA Dine Out – Fire House Subs – 4-8 pm Hope Mills
  • 7 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 pm
  • 7 ~ 5th Grade Exiting Ceremony HMRC – 8:30-10:30 am
  • 7 ~ EOG Retest – Gr. 3
  • 8 ~ Last Day for Students – 2 Hour Early Release – 12:15 pm
  • 8 ~ Report Cards go Home
  • 11 ~ SIT Meeting 2:30 pm – Required Teacher Workday
  • 12-13 ~ Teacher Workdays

From the Principal’s Pen

MAY 2018!!  I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of you ― our wonderful RFES students, staff, PTA, and parents ― for making my first year as your principal a very special year.  It is truly an honor and a blessing to serve such a great school community.  I also want to urge all who are champions of education to join PTA next year and work with this amazing group!  They support our staff and actively work to make Rockfish a great place for children to learn and grow.

Reminder: EOG Assessment Dates

Thursday, May 24 – Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 30 – ELA (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, May 31 – Math – (Grades 3-5)

Prior to the assessments, we will remind students of the dates, and we will post them on our website:  It is important that your children get plenty of sleep and rest during this time.  Attendance is also very important.  Parents, I ask that you will assure your children arrive to school on time each day and that you plan ahead so it will not be necessary to take them out of school while the EOGs are being administered.  Encourage your children to do their best but do not make them overly anxious.  When students enter the testing phase, it is extremely important for them to have confidence in their abilities.

IMPORTANT:  If you know your child will not be returning to Rockfish next year, please send a note to the teacher or contact our data manager, Ms. McNeill.  This will help us determine class sizes and assign teachers for 2018-19.  It will also be beneficial to register your child early in the summer at his/her new school.

Summer break for our students will officially begin with a two-hour early release on Friday, June 8.  Students, as you participate in exciting activities with family and friends, you should schedule some time each day for reading.  It will make an enormous difference in your reading skills when you return to school in August.  Enjoy your summer and be safe!!

From the Media Center

We are quickly approaching the end of this school year, so all Rockfish media center materials must be turned in by Friday, May 25.  Please help your child find all media books by the week of May 21, so he/she will be able to clear the Media Center.  Overdue notices will be delivered to students by June 1 for any outstanding books or fines.  If your child owes for a damaged or lost book, please send in payment as soon as possible.  Please feel free to contact the media center if you have questions.

We will host our Book Swap for all RFES students on June 4-5.  Parents, please allow your child to bring in any gently used children’s books (no toddler’s board books) during the week of May 14 – May 18.  When the Book Swap opens for business on Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, students may select one book for every book donated, up to a maximum of 5 books.  Students may donate more than 5 books, and the extra books will benefit students who are unable to donate books.  With additional books donated, the Book Swap will permit all Rockfish students to have “new to you” books to read, read, read, and then read some more over the summer!  Thank you!


Monday, June 4

  • Kindergarten – 8:15 a.m. – Classrooms
  • First Grade – 9:30 a.m. – Classrooms

Tuesday, June 5

  • Fourth Grade – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
  • Second Grade – 9:30 a.m. – Classrooms

Wednesday, June 6

  • Third Grade – 8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria

Thursday, June 7

  • Fifth Grade – 8:30 a.m. – HMRC


Time passed very quickly this year while kindergarten students were learning and having lots of fun!  We have enjoyed our field trips and have one more scheduled at the end of May.

Math: Students are learning the names and attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes and positional words.  ELA: We will learn our last two letters and their sounds then use them to write complete sentences.  Writing: Students are working on explanatory pieces and can write to explain how to tie shoes, put on a jacket, draw a smiley face, and brush teeth.

It has been a privilege to teach your children, and it has been amazing to see all the growth they have shown from the beginning of the year.  Students, we wish you success in first grade!  Have a great summer!

First Grade

End of year testing is in process.  Please encourage your child to get sufficient sleep each night, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious foods.  Research shows this helps students be more successful in school.        

Math: You may help your child by doing fun drills with addition and subtraction facts, both orally and in writing, and by writing numbers to 100 and number words through 20.  Have him/her count in a range beginning with 0-120 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 100’s — starting and ending with a random number each time.  If possible, make the drills competitive between siblings, cousins, friends, etc.  Try to make creative learning experiences for your child throughout the day.  Literacy: Please assist your child with keeping a reading log.  First graders should be reading to or with you for about  15-20 minutes daily.  Thank you for your continued support! 

Second Grade

End-of-year progress monitoring began on April 30 and will continue through May 17.  Teachers will administer TRC assessments for all second-grade students.

Math: Time to the 5-minute interval; Science: Seeds of Science; Social Studies: Changing our physical environment; Literacy: Completing our Journeys lessons and beginning our chapter book lessons.  Please continue to work on this with your child at home by reading books and answering questions about characters, setting, plot, author’s purpose, etc.

The last day for AR testing will be May 25.  Please encourage your child to read and test on a daily basis in order to meet his/her AR goal.  We will do a popcorn and movie celebration on Friday, June 1 for all second-grade students who have met their AR goals.

Terrific Third Grade

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of this school year!  Our third graders are working away at fraction concepts and line plots as we head into June.  AR goals are still in progress so please keep supporting by encouraging reading at home.  We have been really focused on our EOG review and showing how to use all our amazing strategies so we can blow the test away!  Our students have worked very hard this year and it has been such a wonderful experience to see them thrive and be successful.  Thank you for all your support as we transition to the end of the school year.  Please spend some time this summer reviewing multiplication facts!  Fourth grade will hit the ground running in August, and your child will be even more successful with these skills in place.

Fabulous Fourth Grade

In fourth grade, we are working diligently to reach our academic goals and continuing to learn as we review.  Your children are working towards making their AR goals and should be reading thirty minutes every night.  We are very impressed with the awesome job our students did with their Animal Habitat assignment; their completed projects were great.  In Social Studies, students are learning about the economy and its impact on North Carolina.  We have taught all Math standards and continue to review standards in preparation for the EOG.  Please remind your child that we still have a lot of learning to do, and it is important for them to give their best each day.  Thank you for supporting our staff and students.

Fifth Grade

Our Mad Scientists enjoyed their special day to investigate!

Fifth Grade Exiting Ceremony is June 7, 2018.  Ticket and t-shirt information has gone home and is due May 8.

Strategic Expectations Celebration for all students who use ALL required strategies on ALL THREE of their End of Grade Tests: Science – May 24; Reading – May 30; Math – May 31.

Fifth Grade Celebration scheduled for June 4:

  • Year Book Signing
  • Music and Dancing
  • We need donations of Capri Sun or boxed drinks and individual bags of chips and/or cookies.  Please send all donations before June 1 to ensure we will have enough for each of our fifth-grade students.

√ We would like 100% of our fifth graders to make their AR goal!  They should read every day for thirty minutes.

Counselor’s Corner

It has been a wonderful year at RFES!  Over the summer, try to limit your child’s screen time to 1-2 hours a day (less if you notice it is negatively impacting your child).  Plan screen-free times/activities for your family (meal time, games, journaling, etc.).  Preview media that your children are interested in before you allow them to view/play it.  Your children are counting on you to set their limits!  With all the amazing advances in technology, we cannot forget to make advances in how we protect our children from media that is not appropriate. 

Summer reading ideas from Guidance: Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; The Way I Act by Steve Metzger; Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson.

Remember, school stops for summer but learning should not!  Have a happy, healthy, and safe summer.  See you in the fall! 


We have the best PTA ever!  Thank you for all your support and hard work on behalf of our students and staff this year.  You have truly made a positive impact at RFES!

Published by Carla Brooks on May 15, 2018
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