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October 2017 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
October 13, 2017
Volume 7, Issue 2

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.

October 2017

  • 16 ~ RFES Fundraiser Ends
  • 17 ~ All Day Dine-out Rudino’s – Hope Mills Mention Rockfish
  • 23 ~ Red Ribbon Week
  • 26 ~ Fall Book Fair Oct 26 – Nov 3
  • 27 ~ End of First Nine Weeks Grading Period
  • 27 ~ Trunk or Treat 5:30 pm
  • 28 ~ Fall Carnival – Haunted House 6-8 p.m.
  • 30 ~ STUDENT HOLIDAY-Teacher Workday

November 2017

  • 1 ~ PTA Dine-out 4-8 p.m.- Firehouse Subs, Hope Mills
  • 2 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 2 ~ PTA Dine-out 5-8 p.m. Zaxby’s, Hope Mills
  • 3 ~ Report Cards Go Home – Fundraiser Ends!
  • 5 ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends (turn clocks back)
  • 6,7,8 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 7 ~ PTA Dine Out Arby’s 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
  • 8 ~ Fall Pictures K-5 (all students) SMILE! ☺
  • 9 ~ Student Early Release 11:15 a.m. Teacher Workday
  • 10 ~Veteran’s Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL!
  • 13 ~ SIT Meeting 2:30 p.m.
  • 13 ~ Awards Assemblies – K, First, & Third Grades
  • 14 ~ Awards Assemblies – Fourth & Second Grades
  • 14~ All Day Dine-out Rudino’s-Hope Mills – Mention Rockfish
  • 15 ~ Awards Assembly – Fifth Grade

From the Principal’s Pen

OCTOBER 2017 – Once again fall has graced us with splendor in every sprig, sprout, and leafy spray of her spectacular flora, and from the shoreline to the mountains, North Carolina has enchanted us with her autumnal charm and beauty.  At Rockfish, our students adjust easily to seasonal changes and environmental transitions while learning that each season brings with it a cyclical transformation and fascination all its own.  Parents, a lot of science can be taught and caught if you will take time to observe and discuss
with your children the visual and physical aspects of seasonal change.  We truly appreciate your efforts as we work together to assure success for our Little Tigers at RFES.  I want to urge parents to assure your children arrive on time every day and remain in school all day.  When a tardy student comes in late to the classroom, it interrupts the flow of instruction already in progress and disrupts student focus, which in turn impedes student learning.  When a child is checked out before the dismissal bell in the afternoon, he/she misses final instruction in a lesson, review of a lesson, and/or direction for homework completion.  At Rockfish, instruction begins at the ringing of the bell and continues until students are released to go home.  Every minute counts!  It’s hard to believe but we are nearing the end of our first nine weeks grading period and our first awards assemblies of the year.  If your child earns an award, please make every effort to attend in
support of his/her achievement.  Thank you to all who participated in our
Fall Fund Raiser.  Proceeds will be used to help fund much needed technology, supplies, and resource materials for our students.

From the Media Center

Our Fall Book Fair – “Wild West: Saddle Up and Read!” – will
kick off on Thursday, October 26 and go through Friday, November 3.  A flyer will be sent home with the date 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 during the Fall Festival on Friday, October 27 from 6-8pm.  Plan to stop by the Media Center and get some new books for your child!

Counselor’s Corner

October 23-27 is Red Ribbon Week with the theme, “Your Future is Key, So Stay Healthy.”  Student participation during Red Ribbon Spirit Week includes:
Mon., Oct. 23 – Rally In Red to Make Good Choices (Wear red)
Tue., Oct. 24 – From Head to Toe, I’m Healthy (Wear crazy hats and/or crazy socks)
Wed., Oct. 25 – Voting For My Future to Be Healthy (Wear red, white, and blue)
Thu., Oct. 26 – Don’t Get Mixed Up in Bad Choices (Wear mismatched clothing)
Fri., Oct. 27 – Team Up to Be Healthy (Wear your favorite sport shirt, jersey, or school shirt)
November’s character trait is INTEGRITY.  Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.

Parents, in order to best serve your children, we need your feedback.  Please key the following link into the address bar of your web browser and answer the 8 short questions in our Climate and Culture Parent Survey:   The link is also available on our school website:  Thank you!!


Monday, November 13
8:15 a.m. – Classrooms
First Grade
9:30 a.m. – Classrooms
Third Grade
8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria

Tuesday, November 14
Fourth Grade
8:15 a.m. – Cafeteria
Second Grade
9:30 a.m. – Classrooms

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


Kindergarten students are “Rock-ing it” as they learn new rules and procedures.  Math: Your children are currently working on addition and subtraction word problems using the numbers 1-5.  Science: We are learning all about the fall season and Johnny Appleseed and will be making apple sauce.  Social Studies: We are discussing life changes and the past, present, and future.  English Language Arts: Each week, students are learning a new
letter, the letter sound, how to write the new letter, and sorting lower and upper case letters.  Our students are very excited about our upcoming field trip to see “Pete the Cat.”  Please make sure to have your child’s field trip money turned in by October 31.  It is a privilege to teach your children and very exciting to watch them grow and learn!

First Grade

First Grade has amazing students!  Thank you, parents, for allowing us to work with them each day!  In math, we are counting from 1 to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s and writing numbers 1-50 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  We ask you to practice addition facts and addition fact fluency with your child at home.  Please assist your child with learning to key lunch numbers in the cafeteria, his/her student ID number and birthdate (xx/xx/xx) with no spaces for the
computer lab, and how to tie shoelaces.  Make sure your child wears or brings tennis shoes on P.E. day each week.  Thanks so much for all your support!  We look forward to seeing you at Digital Learning Night on November 16!  Paperwork will be going home soon for our Disney On Ice field trip on December 15.  Reminder: If you want to volunteer for school activities (including field trips), you must be registered and approved online through the CCS website.

Second Grade

Second Grade is on the move!  We enjoyed participating in the Fall Tiger-Trek and AR Family Night.  Parents, please continue to have your child read Accelerated Reader books more than once.  Additionally, you may continue to view your child’s Home School Accelerated Reading Report online.  Students should score an average of 85% on AR tests.  The last day of the first nine weeks is October 27, 2017.  Please consult your Parent Curriculum and Parent Pacing Guides on the Cumberland County Schools’ website for objectives and skills taught during the first nine weeks:  The following websites are useful tools to enrich your child’s education: and  Remember the Fall Carnival is Friday, Oct.. 27.

Terrific Third Grade

Students have begun working on their Read to Achieve passages.  This will be an important piece of reading proficiency for the end of the year.  In just a few short weeks, we will begin working on basic multiplication facts.  We will focus on many different strategies students can use to help solve equations in class.  The best advice we can give students and parents is to start memorizing x1 and x2 facts.  The more these facts are committed to memory, the more successful your child will be.  This will be a long-term commitment as we work on developing these skills.  Parents, we look forward to meeting with you during conference time to share your child’s progress and plan for future assessments.

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Science: Fourth Grade students are excited about the various experiments and hands-on learning activities that introduce our Magnetism and Electricity unit in Science.  Reading: We are reading for details in the text, comparing and contrasting, and identifying character traits.  Math: We have covered place value, rounding, and multi-digit addition/ subtraction in math, and in the next few weeks, we will begin multi-digit multiplication.  Please continue to work on multiplication fact fluency with your child nightly.  Students are continuing to AR read and test.  We ask that you monitor your child’s progress to help him/her keep on track.  Our students are expected to turn in homework nightly.  It would greatly benefit your child if you would check his/her planner in support of this expectation.  We are diligently working on responsibility, turning in completed work, and keeping an organized desk, folders and workspace.  Thank you for your support!

Fifth Grade

√ Our Fifth Graders are going to “Meet the Meteorologist” on November 20 at the Regional Library!
√ Twenty-four fifth graders have accepted an invitation to be a member of our Junior BETA Club.  The first meeting will be on October 24.  It will end at 3:30.
√ To encourage Fact Fluency, we have an operational fluency test every week. Students scoring 75% or below are required to practice their facts as “Weekend Math Warriors.”  Check planners weekly for your child’s status.
√ Every fifth grade student should be working toward earning his/her individual Accelerated Reading 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 students to ask questions about homework prior to leaving each day.

From the Social Worker

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Parents/Guardians of children ages from birth to 12 yrs. old who meet income guidelines (as of 12/25/2016) and Seniors age 65+ (as of 12/25/2016) who meet income guidelines may apply.
Where to Apply?: The Salvation Army (Phone 910-483-8119) 220 E. Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28304
When to Apply?: October 23-27
*Monday, Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
*Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
*Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
What to Bring?: Please bring all required documents with you to avoid delays in submitting your application.
· Proof of Address (Lease agreement or utility bill with current address)
· Current (not expired) photo ID for ALL ADULTS in the household.
(Driver’s License, State-issued photo ID, Military ID)
· Proof of birthdates for ALL CHILDREN 0-12
· Proof of ALL HOUSEHOLD INCOME from at least the past month.
(includes ALL of the following: pay stubs, food stamp award letter and/or a print out of all assistance through DSS, Soc Sec, SSI child support and any other income received)
· Proof of EXPENSES (Including Bills, Childcare, Student Loans and any
other payments)
*Plan to spend about one hour to complete your application.  Depending on the time of day, your wait may exceed 1 hour.

Important Reminder: If your children observe Halloween by trick-or-treating from house to house in your neighborhood, they should be accompanied by a responsible adult, and all candy should be carefully examined before it is eaten.  We want all our RFES Tigers to be safe!!

Published by Carla Brooks on February 1, 2018
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