News and Announcements
REMINDER: Tomorrow Friday January 20th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The PTA is pleased to bring the Bright Star Touring Theatre to North Ridge on January 23rd to perform for our students. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will see a performance of “The Black History Hall of Fame” and 3rd grade through 5th grade will see a performance of “North Star” which is a close look at the story of Harriet Tubman. Funding for these performances is provided by the North Ridge Elementary PTA with grant support from the United Arts Council.
Bring in your coins the week of January 30th for the “All for Books” Coin Drive. The money collected will help kids who can’t afford a book be able to choose their very own book. Keep an eye out for competition details and prizes for top coin collectors.
The Book Fair starts Monday, February 6th! Get ready to have “s’more” fun with books at this year’s Happy Camper Book Fair! Book Fair volunteers please mark your calendars – a Sign Up Genius link will be posted soon. For every 2 shifts you work, you will earn $5 in Scholastic Bucks that can be used toward a purchase.
Sales will be open each day during the week of February 6th mornings from 8:00am-8:30am and afternoons from 3:00pm-3:30pm (except Friday). Book Fair Family Night will be Thursday, February 9.
REMINDER: This Friday, January 20th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.
North Ridge vs Lead Mine Collection Drive!!
Our winter Box Tops collection drive continues this week. NRE will be competing against Lead Mine Elementary to collect the most Box Tops! Wouldn’t it be fun to see Lead Mine’s Principal Marcin in North Ridge spirit wear? If we collect more Box Tops than Lead Mine, that is what will happen! You have until Friday, January 27 to turn them in and help us beat Lead Mine again this year and keep Mr. Soutter from wearing Lead Mine’s spirit wear.
Clipping Box Tops and sending them into your child’s classroom Teacher is an easy way to support North Ridge Elementary! Look for your collection bags in your child’s folder and send them back in!
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Want 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:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and log in with your normal Amazon account.
- 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.
- Click North Ridge Elementary (Raleigh) in the list of search results.
- 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!)
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 email@example.com Thank you!
Check out the January 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.
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.
Have you ever wondered what your PTA does with the money raised? We will be highlighting some of our best projects here, so you know just how important it is to support the PTA! Joining the PTA does not mean you have to spend all of your time at school or come to a ton of meetings. Financial support by becoming a member helps make a big impact for your kids. Here are just come of the PTA Mini-Grants awarded in November:
- The 2nd grade and 4th grade teams were both able to get Scholastic News Magazines for the classrooms! The kids love them and the teachers use them from instructional support.
- We helped build the Worldly Wise Workbook collection for a couple of different 4th grade classrooms. The workbooks can be used for classroom support for several years.
- And we helped Ms. Jarrett’s 5th grade class with some new tablets to help with the increasingly important electronic education.
Thank you for your support of NRE PTA so that we can continue to give back directly to the teachers and students!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking 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.
North 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/
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 919-518.0030 or Kim Johnson (K-2 School Counselor) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-518-0134.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for supporting North Ridge Elementary. We look forward to supporting your businesses.
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
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
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
BJ’s – Harris Teeter – Learning Express – Massage Envy – Pepsi of Garner – Texas Roadhouse