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October 2019 Tiger Tales

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

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

  • 1 PTA Dine Out – Hope Mills Arby’s 4-8:00 p.m.
  • 3 PTA Board Meeting 2:55 p.m.
  • 14 SIT Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 15 PTA All Day Dine Out – Rudino’s Hope Mills – Mention Rockfish
  • 18 End of First Grading Period
  • 18 Fall Fundraiser Ends
  • 18 Partial Rockfish Read-in Day
  • 20-25 Red Ribbon Week
  • 24 Fall Book Fair – October 24–November 1
  • 25 Report Cards Go Home!!
  • 25 Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m.
  • 25 Fall Carnival & Haunted House 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 28 PTA RFES Tigers Spirit Gear and T-shirt Drive 10/28/19–11/8/19
  • 28-31 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

From the Principal’s Pen

OCTOBER 2019 – Greetings!  After two days off for Hurricane Dorian, we all settled back in and resumed the high level of rigorous instruction that RFES students are accustomed to receiving.  Currently, we are a little past the midpoint of our first nine weeks and are extremely pleased to observe the social, emotional, and academic growth our students have achieved.

Report cards will go home on Friday, October 25.  Please go over the report with your child and discuss the grades he/she has earned.  Awards assemblies for the first grading period will be held November 4-8 for students in grades 1-5.  If your child earns an award, please make every effort to attend and see him/her receive it.

Hopefully, we’ve said our final farewell to the “summer muggies” and expressed a big hearty welcome to the beautiful fall season that transforms our natural world with splendor.  Soon, our days will get shorter, and the weather will fluctuate from morning to evening.  Remember to keep a check on the weather and dress your children appropriately for the change of seasons.

Parents, I want to urge you to make sure 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!

Thank you to all who participated in our Fall Fund Raiser.  Proceeds will be used to help fund technology, school renewal and beautification, and resource materials for our students.

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!!

Please Note!!  Your child’s recent Progress Report showed a holiday on November 7.  There is NO holiday on Nov. 7.  The transcription error was made when RFES data was being used as an example at a meeting for other data managers.  In addition, due to Hurricane Dorian, Wednesday, October 16,  is not an early release day and Monday, October 21, is not a student holiday.  Students attend school on those days!!

From the Media Center

Our fall Book Fair – “Arctic Adventure: Snow Much to Read!” – will kick off on Thursday, October 24 and run through Friday, November 1.  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 25 from 6-8 p.m. We welcome parent volunteers to help us staff the book fair.  Please email Mrs. Brooks at if you are available to volunteer.  We want all our Little Tigers reading, so plan to stop by the Media Center and get some new books for your child!

Counselor’s Corner

Children who are in school and on time every day will not miss out on learning.  If  your child asks to stay home “just because,” remind him/her of the exciting activities going on that day, such as reading group, cool science activities, music, PE, etc.  Explain that students should only miss school for sickness or family emergencies.  Try to schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours.

A child who misses 1 day per week will lose nearly 1.5 years of instruction over a period of 13 years in public education.  Children who are 10 minutes late daily will lose nearly a half year of instruction over 13 years in public education.  That’s a lot of very important learning time for a child to miss.

October’s character trait is Responsibility.  Remind your children that they are responsible for their actions and the words that come out of their mouths.

Please remember to keep sending in aluminum pop tabs for our Ronald McDonald Tab Collection House. 



Our Pre-K students are adjusting well to school!  Everyone is making friends and learning each day.  Due to Hurricane Dorian, Wednesday, October 16, is now a full day of school and Monday, October 21, is now a make-up day for all students.  We will have parent-teacher conferences the week of October 28.  We will send out more information with your child’s date and time.  Pre-K progress reports will be going home on Friday, November 8!


We have had a great beginning to our school year!  Parents, thank you for your support, supplies, and contributions as we settled in.  Please make sure you are on the volunteer list for Rockfish so you will be able to join us on field trips and volunteer for other events this year.  We loved seeing those of you who came out for our “A Day in the Life of Kindergarten” and Curriculum Night.  Please send us your feedback on the form sent through ClassDojo.  Look for field trip information coming home soon for our field trip on October 18.  We look forward to working with you this year!

First Grade

√ 10/25 Fall Carnival

√ Although it is still warm outside, the mornings are beginning to get a bit chilly.  Your child needs to bring a jacket to school daily to prevent being too cold in the classroom.

√ Check your child’s folder each day. 

√ Please check your child’s folder each day.

√ Encourage your child to do his/her homework each day.

√ Read with your child 15 to 20 minutes each night then ask questions about the story and encourage him/her to answer in complete sentences.

√ Help your child practice reciting, typing and writing his/her Student ID number and birthdate.

√ Help your child practice counting 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.

We thank you so much for your support!

Second Grade

So far, we have had an amazing year.  Second grade teachers are enjoying working with your children each day.  Following are a few informative items and some ways you can help at home:

Literacy – Encourage your child to complete all station/center work each day.  This reinforces skills taught in whole and small group.  Second graders should read at home nightly for 20 minutes and AR test daily in the classroom.

Writing – We will write a personal narrative paper.  To help at home, allow your child to write detailed sentences and remind him/her to start the sentence with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark.

Math – Rockfish is striving for a quicker pace of math fluency.  We will work on basic addition and subtraction fluency to the sum of 20.  We encourage you to buy or create a set of addition and subtraction flashcards to use nightly at home.

Terrific Third Grade

Third grade is off to a fantastic start!  Our students have done a great job adjusting to the new responsibilities of third grade.  Thank you to all our parents for checking planners and helping students be successful.  Your involvement makes a huge difference!  Our first math unit tackled the concept of multiplication, and students learned many strategies to solve multiplication problems.  We are now preparing to move on to division strategies.  Cursive handwriting is off to a great beginning.  Additionally, we have started working on our research probes, and information was sent home explaining how everything works.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Fabulous Fourth Grade

We finished our first month of fourth grade learning about line plots, bar graphs, factors, prime and composite numbers, and area and perimeter in math.  Your child should continue to memorize basic multiplication facts that are required to progress further in math.  In literacy, students are working from Unit 1, which focuses on “Reaching Out.”  We will continue to practice vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, grammar, writing, and fluency daily.  Our small groups ensure that our students are receiving individualized remediation and enrichment.  Students are enjoying our new science and social studies topics.  We learned about magnets in science and completed hands-on activities for additional learning support.  In social studies, we are discussing North Carolina and Roanoke settlers.  It is important that your child is reading at least 30 minutes every night.  Please encourage your children to turn work in on time!  Thank you for your continued support this year!

Fifth Grade

√ Every fifth grade student should be working toward earning his/her individual AR Goal by reading for thirty minutes daily.  Fifth grade parents were sent a notice to get the Renaissance Learning app.  The app is a great way to keep up with your child’s AR test taking and progress.

√ Please remember to check your child’s planner daily for homework and notes.

√ Homework is essential practice.  When it’s not completed, students are unprepared for lessons the following day.  Please establish a location for your child to do homework where a parent or guardian can monitor and answer questions.  The kitchen counter or table usually works well.

√ We will continue testing multiplication facts weekly.  Students scoring below 80% will have Weekend Math Warrior that is due the following Monday.  Check planners weekly for your child’s status.  Talk with your child about how he/she did on the test.

Reminder: Awards Assemblies in November

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 September 30, 2019