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Campus Beautification Day

landscaping-logo-ideas-076q4w-clipartThank you to all the families who came out to Campus Beautification Day Saturday the 24th!

We had a great crowd and were able to plant some new flowers and bushes, clean and paint some signposts, trim up some bushes, clean up some mulch beds, and put in some new pavers. Thanks to Wynne Dunn and Mr. Soutter for coordinating the effort and a HUGE THANK YOU to Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden Center for donating flowers, plants and pavers to help our campus look beautiful!

Volunteers included:
Rob and Jonathan Soutter; Wesley, Kimberly, Natalie, and Eleanor Waller; Amber Hudson; Wynne, Alisa, Lucas, and Lauren Dunn; Patrick McHugh; Stefanie, George, Loralea, Chuck, and Carlea Goblet; Jerry Wilson; Danny Marshall; Adam Rightor; Holly and Jackson Attanasio; Caden and Aaron Herstein; Marlo Van Kula; Pam, John, and Katie Walsh; Tiffani and Cydnyy Garrett; Shawn Jackson; Mabyn Pappas.

If you see these folks pat them on the back for a job well done!

Pathways Newsletter – September 29th

This week’s Pathways Newsletter was sent out by email yesterday. If it got lost in your inbox you can also check it out here: Pathways Newsletters

Or, if you’re not receiving the Pathways Newsletter, be sure to sign up for it here:
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Check out all the ways to be Connected to North Ridge news on our Get Connected webpage.

Newspapers and Volunteers Needed!

papier-inzalmenPlease send in your old newspapers! The 5th grade will be working on a batik art project with artist Leni Newell the week of October 3rd to October 7th. This project requires massive amounts of newspaper. You can send newspapers in with your child to drop off in the main office lobby or to bring to the Art room when they have Mr. Ring for specials. We will collect newspapers throughout the entire month of September so please keep sending them in! Large papers like the New York Times are especially needed.

This project also requires a lot of volunteers as the kids will be working with hot wax and fabric dye. You do not need to be an artist nor a 5th grade parent to help out. These are really cool pieces of art and you can make your own to take home too!

Sign Up Genius Volunteer Form

Early Release This Friday 9/30

Reminder! This Friday September 30th is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.

Our Media Center Needs Volunteers

media centerThe media center is looking for volunteers. We need people to help shelve books, do special projects and help with class check outs for K, 1st grades and possibly 2nd. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Lewis, Media Coordinator at jlewis6@wcpss.net.

Open House Video from Principal Soutter

At this year’s Open House, our principal, Robert Soutter, discussed changes to the curriculum and how parents can help their children with schoolwork. Watch a video of his discussion on the website:

This just in! Mrs. Judson in the lead for Cash Cube Challenge!

This JUST in! Mrs. Judson has taken the lead in the class competition to get your teacher in the Cash Cube! In second and third places are Mrs. Currin and Mrs. Parker! Vote in the breezeway for your favorite teachers! Learn more about this year’s Unicornucopia Coin Challenges – http://northridgees.wcpss.net/unicornucopia2016/#challenges

Next Week is Spirit Week!

We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?

SPIRIT WEEK is October 3 – October 7 for Unicornucopia! Show your school spirit by dressing up!

  • Monday is Wacky Tacky Day – Mismatched socks, crazy hair, backwards clothes – show us your zany side!
  • Tuesday is Favorite Sports Team Day – Wear a t-shirt or jersey supporting your favorite team or one of your own uniforms!
  • Wednesday is Magic & Unicorns Day – Wear a cape and pull a rabbit (or a unicorn!) out of a hat! Be a unicorn and spread some rainbows around campus!
  • Thursday is Western Day – Mamas go ahead and let your little ones come dressed in their cowboy or cowgirl gear!
  • Friday is North Ridge Pride Day – Show your school spirit by wearing a North Ridge spirit wear t-shirt OR our school colors – blue and white!

Mr. Soutter does Wacky Tacky Day the BEST!

This Week is Donation Week! (September 26 – 30)

Sept. 26-30

We need your contributions of prizes and supplies to make our class booths successful! Look for volunteers taking collections in carpool and see collection bins outside the office.

K and 1st grade – bags of individually wrapped candy

2nd grade – colored hair spray for the Hip Hair booth (especially pink, purple, blue, red, silver and gold)

3rd and 4th grade – canned drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta Orange, etc.)

5th grade – colored hair spray for the Hip Hair booth (especially pink, purple, blue, red, silver and gold)

10 Coolers (with wheels)

20 Extension cords

20 White light strands

4 Tents

(Please label with your name. All loaned items will be returned).

We Need Unicornucopia Volunteers!

ballon-unicorn-volunteers-neededOur Fall fundraiser, UNICORNUCOPIA, is coming Friday, October 7, 5:30-8:30pm! And we need YOU!
As returning NRE families know, this is no small carnival – it takes over 200 volunteers to make it happen! Unicornucopia provides a large part of our PTA budget to fund things like teacher grants, student activity scholarships and school-wide projects. And it is entirely volunteer led!
We have made big changes to the way Unicornucopia will be run this year to make it easier for everyone to pitch in, while also enjoying time with their own kids! Instead of one booth per class – there will be 2-3 booths per grade! And the majority of shifts will be in only 30 minute segments – that way there is a larger group of volunteers and a smaller commitment of time. Also, instead of punch cards, booth volunteers will only need to check for bracelets!
So please sign up for a shift – or two! – and be a part of a great tradition for North Ridge!

Unicornucopia Volunteer Sign Up Genius
*Please note that there are 5 tabs to visit across the top of the sign up for the different areas we need help with!*

Clear 2-Liter Bottles for 5th Grade

2 liter bottlesCan you help out the 5th grade? We need clear 2-liter bottles for ECOSYSTEMS. They need to be rinsed out with just WATER…no detergent and have their labels removed. Bottles can be sent to Ms. Peters in room 611.

Family Sponsorships

Did you know donations to the North Ridge PTA are tax deductible? If you’re looking for a charity for your end-of-year donations, make it your child’s school! Family Sponsors submitted by Wednesday 10/5 will be recognized on our Sponsors sign displayed at Unicornucopia, in the Pathways newsletter, and on the school website. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Please fill out our Family Sponsorship Form and send the form and your check, made payable to “NRE PTA”, in to your teacher.


Raise Money for NRE with AmazonSmile

s7-j0saEWant to raise money for North Ridge every time you order something on Amazon.com? You can! Amazon.com has a program called AmazonSmile that donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to North Ridge Elementary PTA. AmazonSmile is the exact same as Amazon. After signing up you just need to use AmazonSmile.com instead of Amazon.com.

To sign up:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and log in with your normal Amazon account.
  2. On your first visit, you’ll be asked to select an organization to receive donations. Enter the following in the Search box: PTA North Carolina Congress North Ridge Elementary School.
  3. Click North Ridge Elementary (Raleigh) in the list of search results.
  4. Check the agreement and click Start Shopping.

On future visits, just go to smile.amazon.com, log in, and begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your choice of NRE. (You can bookmark the page for your convenience!)

PTA Teacher Grants

teacher-grantsDid you know the PTA offers your child’s teacher grants to make purchases for their classroom? The PTA awards a limited number of mini-grants up to $500 for teachers to enrich their classroom. So if your teacher mentions a class need, remind them they can see if it is eligible for a grant – we love supporting our NRE teachers!

Corporate Sponsorships

communityCommunity Businesses! North Ridge Elementary School Needs You!! If your business or a business you know would like to become a tax deductible North Ridge Elementary Corporate Sponsor, this decision will not only be an investment in your neighborhood school, but will also provide visibility for your business ensuring that the busy families in the North Ridge area continue to spend their resources in our community. We would love to work with you to help you become known as a vital link in the ongoing effort to maintain our vibrant community.

Please consider choosing one of the following sponsorships:

Platinum Level Sponsorship: $500
Gold Level Sponsorship: $250
Silver Level Sponsorship: $100

For details about the Sponsorship levels and recognition that comes with each, please contact brooks.walton@movement.com. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!

Volunteer Registration

volunteer-rectangleNorth Ridge Elementary loves and appreciates our volunteers! All new and returning volunteers must register/apply on a Wake County School computer. Returning volunteers have until Friday, October 28th to reactivate your volunteer application, otherwise your application will be removed from the active volunteer list. Reactivation takes minutes, but new volunteer approval might take a few weeks, so go ahead and get yourself registered now even if you don’t have a specific volunteer opportunity in mind. Registration is in the office at North Ridge Elementary from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Also, remember that all school visitors and volunteers must sign in at the front office and receive a yellow sticker. For detailed information about registration, please see our Volunteer Registration page.

Harris Teeter Store Rewards

harristeeterHave you re-linked your Harris Teeter VIC card to North Ridge yet? Harris Teeter VIC card links expire each spring so you have to re-enroll. You can do this online, at the store using our school code 1608, or you can send the name/phone number associated with your VIC card to Jacqueline DeBoe at ddeboe@nc.rr.com and she can link your card for you.


  1. Purchase 11oz – 18oz. Harris Teeter brand cereal between August 17 and September 20 with your VIC card and the Together in Education school in which your card is linked will earn double. Your VIC card must be linked to a Together in Education code at time of purchase for your school to earn.
  2. From September 7th to November 1st, spend $100 shopping with the Harris Teeter Express Lane in a single visit each week for five weeks out of the eight week time period and your linked school will earn $50.

Buy Last Year’s Yearbook – only a few left!

If you missed out on last year’s 2015-2016 yearbook, but would still like to have one, get one for the discounted rate of $16 while supplies last. We have only a handful remaining. If you are interested, please email nreptaprez@gmail.com.

Support NRE with Store Rewards Programs!

It’s time again to re-link your store cards to Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Lowes Foods! Relinking must be done each school year! Also we’re excited about the AmazonSmile donation program that donates money to the school for each of your Amazon purchases and the Office Depot program that offers a 5% donation with eligible purchases.

See our Support NRE page for instructions on linking your store cards and taking advantage of Amazon Smile.

Save Your Box Tops!

BoxTopsLogoClipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to your child’s classroom teacher. Our first collection drive will be October 17th – October 28th. Look for more details in the near future.

See more information about Box Tops

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