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November 2017 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
November 15, 2017
Volume 7, Issue 3

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.

November 2017
• 16 ~ Digital Learning Night – 6:00-7:30 p.m. Grades K-5
• 21 ~ Rockfish Half-Day Read-in
• 22 ~ Student Holiday/Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL for Students
• 23-24 ~ Student/Teacher Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED

December 2017
• 5 ~ Progress Reports Go Home
• 5 ~ PTA Dine Out Arby’s 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
• 5 ~ Fall Pictures Make-up Day
• 6 ~ PTA Dine Out Firehouse Subs 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
• 7 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
• 7-8 ~ Holiday Shop Preview
• 11-15 ~ PTA Holiday Shop
• 11 ~ RFES SIT Meeting 2:30 p.m.
• 14 ~ Winter Programs 6-7:30 p.m.
• 15 ~ Barnes & Noble Book Fair & PTA Gift Wrap 4-8 p.m.

From the Principal’s Pen

NOVEMBER 2017 – Happy Thanksgiving!!  The season of Thanksgiving tenderly reminds us to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives.  In addition to my precious family and cherished friends, my heart is filled with gratitude for my beautiful Rockfish family.  Every morning, I find joy in greeting the smiling faces of children all over our campus.  Throughout the day, I’m thankful to observe excellent instruction and significant learning going on in our classrooms.  All these things and many others make it easy to count my blessings!  Parents, as we enter the second nine weeks, I ask that you continue to supervise your child’s homework completion and encourage daily reading.  I would also remind you to make every effort to assure your child arrives at school on time each day.  Tardiness is disruptive and takes invaluable instruction time away from the entire class when a student enters the classroom after instruction has begun.  Progress Reports will go home on Tuesday, December 5.  After reviewing the report with your child, please sign and return it to his/her teacher.  I appreciate your support as we work together to make this year the most successful ever for your child.  School is closed for students on November 22-24.  Students, remember to read some good books while spending time with family and friends during your Thanksgiving holiday break.

From the Media Center

The Media Center has over 500 eBooks.  You may access these on our catalog at  Find and click on Rockfish Elementary School.  There are two different ways to access books from our homepage:
1. Sebco eBooks or Britannica eBooks:
• Click on the link Sebco eBooks or Britannica eBooks.
• The username is Rockfish and the password is tigers.  Click on login.
• If it prompts you for your child’s ID number, please key it in.  These numbers are not saved.  They are only used to ensure proper access.  Just key in your child’s ID number and click LOG IN.
• You may access any of the eBooks located there.
2. Catalog:
• Click on the Catalog tab (top left corner).
• Click on the drop-down menu beside Material Type and select Electronic Book (eBook).
• Click on the Keyword icon to bring up all our eBooks.
• When you click on a book, it will prompt you for the username Rockfish and the password tigers.
• When you finish reading a book, you can click RETURN TO LIBRARY to select another book or Log out.
• When you are completely finished, please make sure to Log out so others have access.
Happy Reading!

Counselor’s Corner

Thank you to all who participated in Red Ribbon Week.  We had a blast celebrating and showing our school spirit.  In October, in observance of Kindness Month, we documented 5,364 Acts of Kindness!  This exceeded the
county-wide goal of 5,000.  Way to go Rockfish!  As Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  We should let Kindness Month roll over into every month!  November’s character trait is INTEGRITY: Integrity is one of the most important things a child can learn.  Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.  We are looking forward to a special visit from Ronald McDonald on Wednesday, November 29, for grades K-2.  Ronald will speak about the importance of friendship and being kind.


We have had a very busy and successful nine weeks!  Currently, your children are working on greater than, less than, and equal to in math.  We will also review addition and subtraction word problems.  We are discussing Veterans Day in social studies and jobs within the community.  In English Language Arts, we are learning a new letter and letter sound each week as well as a new sight word.  We are learning how to write each letter correctly and how to write complete sentences with our sight words.  In writing, students are working on opinion pieces.  We are all looking forward to our “Heart of Christmas” field trip, and the students are very excited!  It is a privilege teaching your children each day.  We love watching them grow physically and academically!

First Grade

Math: Continue assisting students to count from 1 to 120 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s; writing numbers 1-50 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s; practicing/learning addition fact fluency; and solving addition and subtraction word problems within 10.  These problem-solving skills are also very helpful in reading and critical thinking.
Reading: Read with your child at least 15 minutes every day 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.
Reminders: Please assure first graders are getting sufficient sleep, which is necessary for paying attention, learning, and completing assignments in class.  Remember to check your child’s homework folder for homework, notes, and graded assignments.  By now, your child should know his/her Student ID # for use in the cafeteria and computer lab.  As the weather changes make sure your child dresses in layers or brings a coat to school.  November 21st – Read In Day – Character Parade (8:45-9:15).  Thank you for allowing us to work with your children and for your continued support.

Second Grade

This year is flying by!  It’s hard to believe we are already into the second nine weeks of school.  Second graders are super busy building their reading skills, so please continue reading with your child at home each night for 15 to 20 minutes to include questions about what he/she has read.  AR goals for the second nine weeks have been given out.  In math, students are working with measurement and continuing to practice math fluency.  Science is always exciting for our students, and they are thoroughly enjoying the study of matter.  Please check your child’s homework folder each night for assignments and notes from school.  Friday, December 1, we will go to the Fayetteville Little Theater to watch “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”  Ask your child about the permission form that was sent home.  Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education.

Terrific Third Grade

The first nine weeks has just flown by!  Students did a fantastic job, and it was very exciting to celebrate all our successes during the awards assembly.  AR goals have started again for this quarter, and we are working hard to ensure strong comprehension averages and point goals.  Please encourage your child to read each night and stay on track with our goal targets.  Multiplication facts have arrived!  We have been learning various strategies to solve basic equations.  The best way to ensure success is with flashcard practice.  Keep a set in the car and practice on the way to the store!  We have shown students a good website,, to assist practice of their facts and improve their time.  This will be an ongoing unit, and our goal is to have everyone fluent with basic facts.  We continue to work on our Read to Achieve portfolio passages.  When working on reading practice at home, please help by reminding your child to use Skim, Scan, and Rap strategies.  Consistently using these strategies helps ensure they become second nature to students.  Thank you for your support!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is excited about all the great learning that took place during the first nine weeks!  Your child should be completing homework nightly and studying weekly spelling words.  These words are used to develop spelling skills and a weekly phonics skill.  Both will help students as readers and writers.  Fourth graders have begun working on multi-digit division.  We are noticing that students who are struggling do not know multiplication facts fluently.  Please help us by studying these facts with your child nightly and making sure he/she can quickly respond with the correct answer.  A student may practice with games, apps, or by someone calling them out in the car or while cooking dinner.  Anytime is a good time to practice fact fluency!  If you are in need other ideas, ask your child’s teacher for assistance.  In science, students have been learning about rocks and minerals and rock classification.  Students can also determine the difference between a rock and a mineral.  In social studies, students are studying North Carolina government and citizenship.  Since local elections were completed just last week, now is a great time to talk about the right to vote, our newly elected officials, and good citizenship in our community.

Fifth Grade

√ Our Fifth Graders are going to “Meet the Meteorologist” on Tuesday, November 21, at the Regional Library!
√ Induction Ceremony for Junior BETA Club members is Tuesday, November 14.
√ 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 the student planner 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.
√ IReady is now available to utilize at home.  Please allow your child to utilize this interactive learning program for Reading and Math.

Published by Carla Brooks on December 8, 2017
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