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September 2018 Tiger Tales

Rockfish Elementary School
5763 Rockfish Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
September 12, 2018
Volume 8, Issue 1

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.

September 2018

  • 18 ~ PTA All Day Dine Out Rudino’s Hope Mills – Mention Rockfish
  • 20 ~ Fall Fundraiser Kickoff – Thru Oct.5
  • 26 ~ Early Release for Students
  • 28 ~ Progress Reports Go Home!!
  • 30 ~ All required student records must be on file in the office in order for a student to remain in school.

October 2018

  • 2 ~ PTA Dine Out Arby’s 4-8 p.m. Hope Mills
  • 3 ~ PTA Dine Out – 4-8 pm – Firehouse Subs, Hope Mills
  • 4 ~ PTA Board Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 5 ~ RFES Fall Fund Raiser Ends
  • 8 ~ SIT Meeting 2:45 p.m.
  • 9 ~ Grades 2-5 – AR Family Night – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • 16 ~ PTA All Day Dine Out Rudino’s Hope Mills Mention Rockfish

From the Principal’s Pen

SEPTEMBER 2018!!  The beginning of a new school year is always exciting for students, parents, and staff!  At Rockfish, we are energized and excited about the opportunities, possibilities, and challenges that 2018-19 will bring for our school community.  I want extend a personal invitation for all RFES families to share in our excitement and get energized about your children’s education.  It will take all of us working together to accomplish our goals of exceptional student achievement.

We anticipate that our morning and afternoon traffic issues will get better when NCDOT completes work on the road and sidewalk in front of the school.  Until then, I ask that we all continue to make the best of the situation and exercise patience.  Be reminded that parking is available across the street in the Hope Mills Recreation Center parking lot.

Parents, please read the Parent-Student Handbook and go over it with your child.  It includes a calendar of special events as well as important information that explains school policies and regulations.  For those families who are new to the Rockfish community, you will discover that we have many wonderful activities available for parents and students.  When we have a school-wide event that is not noted in our handbook calendar, your child will bring home a note or flyer with specifics, and you will be notified by phone through ConnectEd.

We will appreciate your help with our RFES Fall Fundraiser.  The kickoff is Thursday, September 20, with sales running through Friday, October 5.  Funds raised will help us provide essential student/staff supplies, ancillary resources, school beautification, and necessary renewal/replacement of inoperative items and materials.

It’s going to be a wonderful year of growing and learning at Rockfish Elementary School where we Expect the Best and empower our students for success!  

From the Media Center

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month.  You can apply for you and your child at any public library branch or online at  There is no charge for the card; however, you will need to show a photo ID and proof of a Cumberland County address.  The card will allow your child to check out books and other materials, to use the available computers, and give him/her access to numerous online databases such as Brainfuse that offers assistance with homework and test preparation.  Take your child to the library and check it out!

Another online resource available to all North Carolina students is NCWiseOwl at  

Counselor’s Corner

After a wonderful start to the new school year, I am enjoying visiting each classroom and getting to know your children.

September’s character trait is respect.  Remind your children to use their manners and treat others in a kind and respectful manner. 

October’s character trait is responsibility.  Remind your children they are responsible for their actions, the words that come out of their mouths, doing their homework, etc.  In  October, we look forward to participating in CCS’ Kindness Month.  More details regarding South View district’s participation will be forthcoming.


With news of an imminent hurricane Florence landfall, we want to remind our Rockfish community to take every precaution necessary to keep all our Little Tigers and families safe.

As we receive information regarding school closings etc., CCS will relay the news through ConnectEd and local media outlets.  Again, please practice safety!!


Our youngest Rockfish Tigers got off to an excellent start in the 2018-19 school year!  Everyone is adjusting well to Pre-K and quickly making friends.  They are gaining an understanding of the rules and routines!  Your child’s physical is due on or before Tuesday, September 25!  If we do not have your child’s physical by the deadline he/she will be removed from the classroom.  We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.  Pre-K is looking forward to a great school year!


Our Kindergarteners are on their way to learning the rules and procedures at Rockfish!  Reading: introduction of the alphabet and exposure to sounds.  Math: exploring number counting concepts.

Student information needs to be turned in to your child’s teacher ASAP.  Our first field trip is set for Friday, October 19, to Gallberry Farm; more information will follow. 

Students are reminded to wear closed toe sandals/shoes for safety and to wear sneakers on P.E days.  Our classrooms tend to get a  bit chilly, so your child should bring a light jacket to wear as needed.  Please remember to check folders each evening.  Your support at home is appreciated.

First Grade

Welcome to first grade!


It has been very warm outside; however, your child should bring a jacket to school daily to keep from being chilly in the classroom.           

Check your child’s folder each day. 

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

Please read with your child 15 to 20 minutes each night.

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

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.

Second Grade

We had an amazing beginning in second grade, and our teachers are super excited to be working with your children.  Here are a few things you need to know and a few suggestions for helping  at home:

Literacy – Please encourage your child to complete all station work on a daily basis.  Station work reinforces skills taught in whole and small group and supports academic success.  We highly encourage your child to read at home nightly and to take an AR test daily in the classroom.

Writing – We are beginning to write a personal narrative paper.  To help at home, allow your child to write detailed sentences and remind them to begin the sentence with a capital letter and to end with a punctuation mark.

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

Terrific Third Grade

Third grade is off to a fantastic start!  Our students are working hard to meet the challenges of a new school year.  We are practicing cursive handwriting so please ask your child to show you what we have learned!  In math, third-graders are diligently working on multiplication facts, learning various strategies to solve word problems, and practicing fact fluency.  You can help at home with flashcards!  Every bit of practice helps!  Start small with x1, x2, and x3.  The goal is to answer them without hesitation.  It was great to meet so many parents at Open House.  We look forward to an amazing year!  Thank you so much for your support at home. 

Fabulous Fourth Grade

Fourth-grade teachers want to thank you for a GREAT start to a new school year!  In math, we have learned how to read and create a variety of graphs, which include bar graph, line plot, and frequency table.  All fourth-grade students have STAR tested and are working to meet their AR goals.  Please check with your child weekly to assure he/she is keeping on track to meet his/her AR goal.  In social studies, we will begin working on directions and reading maps.  In science, we have reviewed safety and procedures.  Parents, we request that you please help your child learn all multiplication facts!  We know our students worked extra hard on multiplication fluency in third grade, but it is extremely important as we begin the next few weeks of math that they know all their facts.  Multiplication fluency will release their brains from figuring out facts and allow them to focus on the process of how to solve more complex math problems.  We want to thank you for making sure your child is at school on time and all day! 

Fifth Grade

Important Information:

Parents, please accept your ClassDojo invitations to stay informed on your child’s conduct and academic progress.

Constitution Day will be recognized on September 17.

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 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 school each day.

We are looking forward to a great year!

Reminder: Students are required to get a tardy pass from the office if they are not in the classroom when the 7:45 a.m. bell rings.

Published by Carla Brooks on October 3, 2018
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