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November 2019 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
November 2019
Volume 9, 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 2019

Native American Heritage Month

  • 1 Fall Book Fair Ends
  • 3 Daylight Savings Time Ends – Turn clocks back!
  • 4 PTA T-shirt Drive  through November 8
  • 4 First Grade Awards 9:30 a.m. – classrooms
  • 5 Fourth Grade Awards 8:15 a.m. – cafeteria
  • 5 PTA Dine Out – Hope Mills Arby’s 4-8:00 p.m.
  • 6 Fifth Grade Awards 8:15 a.m. – cafeteria
  • 6 PTA Dine Out – Hope Mills Zaxby’s 5-8:00 p.m.
  • 7 Second Grade Awards 8:15 a.m. – cafeteria
  • 7 PTA Board Meeting 2:55 p.m.
  • 8 Third Grade Awards 8:15 a.m. – cafeteria
  • 8 Fall Pictures Make-Up Day – T-shirt Drive ends
  • 11 Veteran’s Day HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
  • 12 RFES SIT Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 12 STEM Night/PTA – K-5 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – with Meal
  • 19 PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills
  • 19 Progress Reports go home!!
  • 27 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
  • 28 Happy Thanksgiving!!
  • 28-29 Student/Staff HOLIDAYS – School Closed

November!!  We generally think of November as a month set aside to express thanks for all the blessings in our lives.  Within our culture, gratitude is a language of the heart and we who have learned the immense value of thank you are truly blessed.  At Rockfish, we want our Little Tigers to know the meaning of our Thanksgiving holiday; however, we also want them to understand what it means to be thankful—not just for the big things in our lives, but for those little everyday things that often go unnoticed by even the most observant among us.  This is important because learning to be thankful will help us appreciate others and the roles they play in our greater community.  When that happens, we will value and respect one another.  When we value and respect one another, we will make our world a greater and more peaceful place to live.  Let’s work together to weave a culture of gratitude into the fabric of our community.

November also has a special day designated to honor our veterans.  I want to say thank you to all of our RFES parents and staff who are veterans.  Because of your service to our nation, we remain free to educate all the children in our neighborhood, just as numerous other educators do all across the USA “from sea to shining sea.”

Awards Assemblies for grades 1-5 will be held November 4-8.  Earning an award is a significant honor for a child.  If you received notification that your child earned an award, I encourage you to recognize your child’s efforts by attending the assembly designated for his/her grade level.

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 to 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, November 19.  After reviewing the report with your child, please sign and return it to his/her teacher.

School is closed for students on November 27-29.  Students, I urge you to enjoy reading some good books while spending time with family and friends during your Thanksgiving holiday break.

From the Media Center

Our Media Center has over 500 eBooks online.  You may access them from our catalog at

Find and click on Rockfish Elementary School. You may retrieve books in two different ways: 

  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 log in.
  • If prompted for your child’s ID number, key it in and click log in. The numbers are not saved. They are used only to assure proper access.
  • You may access any of the eBooks there.
  1. Catalog:
  • Click on the Catalog tab.
  • Click on the drop-down menu Material Type and select Electronic Book (eBook).
  • Click on the Keyword icon to bring up all of our eBooks.
  • When you click on a book, you will be prompted for the username Rockfish and the password tigers.
  • When you finish reading a book, you may 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!


Happy Fall!  Our students continue to learn and work hard daily!  Pre-K progress reports will go home on Friday, November 8.  Please sign the top copy and return all copies to your child’s teacher.  We will send you a copy to keep once they are signed.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, there will be no school on Monday, November 11!  Also, November 27-29 are student holidays.  Students do not attend school on those days. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Greetings!  We enjoyed our first field trip this year to Gillis Hill Farm!  We have several more trips planned this year, so please fill out the CCS Volunteer form now so you’ll be ready to chaperone our next field trip.  We have completed our first reporting period and look forward to meeting with all parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss kindergarten expectations for the year and the best ways you can help your child be successful.  We thank our veterans and their families for their service and hope everyone enjoys our school holiday on Monday, November 11.  We send well wishes for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday as well.  Look for our special family project that can be incorporated into your holiday festivities.  Thank you for your continued support and communication in making this a great year for all.

First Grade

* Remember to check your child’s folder each day. 

* Encourage your child to do his/her homework daily.

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

* Continue to help your child practice counting to 1-150 and writing numbers 1-100.

* Help your child practice tying his/her shoelaces.

* Please contact your child’s teacher with questions and/or concerns and share any important information about your child with the teacher, especially any changes.

Thank you for your support!

Second Grade

Second graders have been working hard on their addition and subtraction facts.  They should continue to practice them nightly.  We have a fact fluency test every Friday.  Our students loved their AR slushy party incentive.  It was a huge success.  We will have popcorn and a movie for our next AR celebration on January 10.  AR goals are reset each nine weeks.  Please encourage nightly reading so your child will make his/her goal and get to participate in the next celebration.  We look forward to the Botanical Gardens’ Wacky Weather presentation in late November.  Thank you for all your support!

Terrific Third Grade

Third graders are hard at work as we move into the second reporting period!  They did a fantastic job working their way through the cursive alphabet.  You should soon begin seeing spelling words practiced in cursive.

Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts with your child.  This makes a huge difference as we move forward in math concepts throughout the year.  We have been working on multi-digit addition and subtraction.  Thank you for your support at home in making sure homework and probes are being completed on time!

We will attend the Fayetteville Symphony on Friday, November 1, for a performance of Peter and the Wolf.  Students have been learning about all the different instrument “characters” in preparation for our trip.

Fabulous Fourth Grade

In fourth grade, we are moving ahead with force and motion.  At this point, our students have completed Math Clusters 1 & 2 and Reading Lessons 1 through 5, along with introductory NC Social Studies and Science.  Our students recently demonstrated their skills during NC Check-ins for Math and Reading.  This month, we will transition to Math Clusters 3 & 4 and continue our daily focus on reading comprehension, spelling, and understanding current vocabulary words.  Our recent field trip helped students gain further insight into force and motion, ecosystems, and rocks and minerals. 

We continue to encourage students to read for success in meeting their Accelerated Reader goals.  Your child should be reading at least 30 minutes every night.  Reading is key to success in school and life.  Parents, thank you for all you do to support your children and their teachers during this fast-paced time of year.

Fifth Grade

√ Congratulations to fifth graders who made their AR goals for the first reporting period.  New AR goals for the second reporting period started October 21. 

√ Please remember to check your child’s planners each day 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.

√ Weekly math fluency will continue.  We will add the 10s, 11s, and 12s times tables the first week in November.  Your child should be working on them daily!

Counselor’s Corner

Parents, we have enjoyed getting to know your children these first 9 weeks of school.  Feel free to contact Ms. Zahm at or 910-424-5313 if you think your child would benefit from my assistance in any way.

Please remember to put your child’s name in his/her coats and jackets.  We have already accumulated many in our Lost and Found.  When we find a name, we can return a coat or jacket to the owner.  Continue to send in aluminum pop tabs for our Ronald McDonald Tab Collection House.

Integrity is the character trait for November.  People with integrity tell the truth and act with sincerity.  They treat people equally and take responsibility for their own feelings and actions.  They do not blame others for their choices.   Integrity is often summed up as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.  It’s normal for children to have setbacks as they build their character strengths, so always remind them to do what is right.

Reminder: Awards Assemblies for First Reporting Period

Monday, November 4 – First Grade – 9:30 a.m. (Classrooms)

Tuesday, November 5 – Fourth Grade – 8:15 a.m. (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, November 6 – Fifth Grade – 8:15 a.m. (Cafeteria)

Thursday, November 7 – Second Grade – 8:15 a.m. (Cafeteria)

Friday, November 8 – Third Grade – 8:15 a.m. (Cafeteria)

Published by Carla Brooks on November 1, 2019