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News and Announcements

Cultural Arts Assembly, December 14

storytapplogo_rgb_20101128-300x280Arianna Ross of Story Tapestries will perform her show “Immigrant Quilt” for North Ridge students. The show highlights the history of immigration in the United States told through dance, music and story. Discover how each community adds another square to the quilt of America with their different stories, culture and traditions. Cultural Arts assemblies are paid for by your PTA. A portion of this performance is paid for thanks to a grant from the United Arts Council.

Holiday Greens Spirit Weeks!

Our new fundraiser is ongoing. Buy your holiday greens including wreaths, garlands, poinsettias, and trees at Atlantic Orchid and Garden (5217 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27616) and North Ridge receives a portion of the profits. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for our school while buying something many NRE families will purchase anyway! Just bring the flyer from your child’s Monday folder with you when you make your purchase or print out the flyer from the link below. Feel free to share with your family and friends!

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3rd Grade Musical on Thursday December 15th

The 3rd grade music classes will present the musical “Winter Wishes” on Thursday, December 15. It’s about children who are counting down the days before Winter Break. They are hoping for a snow storm so they can get out of school early. If your child is in the musical, please bring them to the cafeteria at 6:30pm to get their “costume” on. The program will begin at 7:00pm. They should wear blue jeans, sneakers and a short-sleeved t-shirt. We hope you will be able to come see this special performance. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ferri at pferri@wcpss.net.

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What is AIG? Can your child be a 4th or 5th Grade Nominee?

The Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program provides appropriately challenging education for 4th and 5th graders who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment. These students consistently perform above grade level and demonstrate the need for additional rigorous academics. 4th and 5th grade students that fit the criteria, may be nominated by their family or teachers for the AIG Program. Click here for more information.
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Reminder to All Parents! Join us for the PTA Social on December 8th at 6:00pm!

Please join us for the quarterly PTA potluck social!

Bring the family and a dish to share and PTA will provide the drinks. Come hear about all of the great things your PTA is doing to help the school we all love. You do not have to be a member to attend, but all paid PTA members in attendance will be entered into a raffle for some great items! So if you haven’t joined yet, make sure you take advantage of the candy cane party membership drive currently in progress and join the PTA before December 8th!

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December’s “Special Edition” Newsletter

Check out the December issue of the “Special Edition” newsletter! The “Special Edition” is put together by North Ridge’s specialist team and updates parents on everything your child is learning and doing in media center, music class, art class, technology class, and P.E.

Special Edition Newsletter – December 2016

Gift Cards for NRE Families in Need

coupon-883642_960_720The North Ridge Elementary Student Services Department is accepting donations of gift cards this holiday season for North Ridge families in need. The gift cards may be for Target, Walmart or Food Lion. The gift cards may be of any denomination. If you would like to donate a gift card, please give it to Erica Penny, Kim Johnson, or Karen Rabins. Sharon Anderson in the front office can also give the gift cards to us if that is more convenient. Thank you for your generosity. Call Erica Penny if you have any questions 919-518-0030 or epenny@wcpss.net.

Remember to join the NRE PTA by December 8th!

startaPTAThe North Ridge PTA Membership Drive is on now. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the PTA to support our wonderful school! PTA Memberships cost $10. Your support provides opportunities for all North Ridge students with projects that include paving the track, updating the cafeteria, providing equipment for physical education, purchasing books for the media center and classrooms, updating classroom technology, funding teacher grants, and providing scholarships for the 5th grade D.C. field trip. If you are unsure whether you have joined the NRE PTA for the 2016-2017 school year, please send an email to nreptaprez@gmail.com and ask if you are a paid member.

Membership forms have been sent home in Monday communication folders and can also be found online. Each class that has 10 total PTA memberships by Dec. 8 will win a candy cane party!

Chess Time!

Monday morning Chess Time was a great success this week. Thank you PTA Mini-Grants! We had 12 students join us for our first Chess Time. All students in 3rd to 5th grades are welcome to join in the fun each Monday morning from 8:00am to 8:25am in the media center. Parent volunteers are welcome as well (must be a registered volunteer). Please email Mrs. Penny if you are interested in volunteering at epenny@wcpss.net.

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Reminder: PTA Committee Work Session on Friday December 2nd

pta-at-workReminder: Come join our PTA Committee Work Session on Friday December 2nd from 8:15am to 10:00am in Trailer 1 (behind the cafeteria.) Instead of a formal meeting, these sessions will be a chance for PTA Committees to meet and work on organizing events and school projects. All are welcome to attend these meetings to get involved and lend a hand.

It’s Time to Order Yearbooks!

Don’t miss out on a yearbook full of memories, which will be available at the end of the school year! You can order online now at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ (use school code 11156317) OR you can submit the order form in your child’s Monday folder to your homeroom teacher. Yearbooks start at $20. Also available are a variety of upgrades to personalize your yearbook. If you have questions, you can send them to nreptayearbook2017@gmail.com.

Please share your best photos from school activities to make sure we have as many faces as possible in the yearbook! You can upload them to community.lifetouch.com, School code KNXIBJ.

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Teacher Wishlists

school-suppliesLooking for another way to support your teacher and your child’s classroom? Check with your teacher about what extra materials and supplies are needed for his or her class. Teachers will often make a classroom wishlist throughout the year and any extra support is greatly appreciated!

See the website’s Support NRE page for more ways to support the school.

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.

Remember to Use AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday and Make Money for North Ridge!

s7-j0saEWith Cyber Monday just around the corner, remember that you can raise money for North Ridge every time you order something on Amazon.com!! 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!)

For more information on AmazonSmile and other store rewards programs you can take advantage of, visit our Support NRE webpage!

Volunteer Registration

volunteer-rectangleNorth Ridge Elementary loves and appreciates our volunteers! Each year, all new and returning volunteers must register/apply on a Wake County School computer. 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 visit our website at: http://northridgees.wcpss.net/volunteer-registration- information/

Join the Backpack Buddy Program at NRE!

Have you thought about supporting Backpack Buddies, but it got away from you? It is never too late!

The Backpack Buddies Program serves children in our school who may not have access to healthy meals at all times. The children in this program pick up a bag full of nutritious food on Fridays to have over the weekend. Unfortunately, there are more children at North Ridge who could benefit from Backpack Buddies than we have the funds to sponsor. There are several levels of sponsorship.

A donation of $40 provides 1 month of weekend nutrition, $175 feeds a student for 1 semester and $350 feeds them for the whole year!

You can sponsor a backpack yourself or team up with others to sponsor together! If you are interested in donating or have any questions please contact Jennifer Baucom at jenlb1982@gmail.com Thank you!

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KidzArt and Club Scientific After-School Programs

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A safe, mistake free environment without criticism that encourages students to take risks. Students relax, focus and see art from a different perspective.Twenty-five years of classroom experience combined with input from child experts has created our fail-safe program that enables students of any age to create work beyond their imaginations! If you can dream, you can draw! Join KidzArt on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/KidzArtNorthRaleigh.

Club Scientific
Introducing students to the fun of science through hands-on interactive experiments. Club Scientific’s curriculum allows students to experience how science works in the real world, presenting programs in a nurturing, encouraging environment where students build self-esteem while learning. Join us on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 at NRE. Science was NEVER this much fun! Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/ClubScientificNorthRaleigh.

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Pride Days

This year, we are celebrating students a little differently and we wanted to explain to all of our families how our award presentations will work this year. In order to make the awards we give really special, we have decided to give out FOUR awards per classroom throughout the school year. This is a lot less than in past years, but it will make earning an award that much more special. You might like to share this information with your child so they understand that only four students in their entire class will receive awards this year and what a special honor it is if they get one of them.

On PRIDE Day, each classroom teacher will do a brief presentation in their classrooms about the character strength for the quarter and will present one student with a certificate for exemplifying that character strength. In the afternoon on PRIDE Day, each award recipient and their parents will be invited to attend an award presentation and informal reception in the cafeteria. If your child gets one of these awards, it is truly a BIG DEAL. We hope you will share with them how proud you are of their hard work and accomplishment to have received the award.

First Quarter Award:
GRIT (Firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship)

Second Quarter Award:
SELF CONTROL (Regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve goals)

Third Quarter Award:
SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE (Getting along well with others; cooperating well with others)

Fourth Quarter Award:
GROWTH MINDSET (The belief that abilities can grow through hard work and dedication)

If you have any questions about the new format of our PRIDE Day awards, please contact Erica Penny (3-5 School Counselor) at epenny@wcpss.net or 919-518.0030 or Kim Johnson (K-2 School Counselor) at kjohnson4@wcpss.net or 919-518-0134.

Thank You Corporate Sponsors!

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Allstate – Wynne Dunn – Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden – SPIN – Fight or Flight Comics – Raleigh Pediatric Dentistry – Dr. Dave – Thompson and Thompson Family Dentistry – Vanderwall Orthodontics

Gold
Durham Performing Arts Center – Dr. Kevin Gilchrist – Nan’s School of Dance – North Ridge Country Club – Oak City Landscaping – Andrew Plunkett – Polar Ice House – David Van Kula, Team Tradition

Silver
Bartholomew Paving – Dr. Alisha Davis – FastSigns Raleigh – NanaSteak – North Raleigh Gymnastics – Piper’s Tavern – Carey Rivers, Angela Drum Team – Rodan + Fields, Anne Crawford – Wine Authorities

Corporate Donors
BJ’s – Harris Teeter – Learning Express – Massage Envy – Pepsi of Garner – Texas Roadhouse

Sign up for SMILE Camp – Saturdays and Summer Camps available!

SMILE Camp is an unequaled S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) experience where the emphasis is on hands-on, unforgettable experiences. Campers actively learn and create in a collaborative, highly interactive laboratory environment mentored by college students and classroom teachers.

Saturday and Summer Camp Dates are available for Elementary ages (2nd-5th grade.) The next Saturday class meets October 29. For more details, visit http://smilecamp.org/programs/academic/ or https://www.facebook.com/SMILECampinc

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