Hawks Happenings

February 2023

February is here!

Wow! We are already in the second month of the year 2023! I wonder if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow tomorrow or if we will move on to Spring! Whatever happens, I know we will be working hard here at NBES to help your child grow and learn!

Thanks for continuing to partner with us to help your child be successful!

Mrs. Allison

Safety Reminders - Morning Car Riders

For your convenience, our school allows students to be dropped off at 7:15 AM and supervised in the theater until released to go to classrooms at 7:35 AM. Please be reminded that students should not be dropped off prior to 7:15 AM.

Students who are dropped off prior to 7:15 AM are NOT properly supervised and the school is not responsible for your child's well-being.

We now have a bell set to ring at 7:15 AM to signal cars when it is permissible to drop off your child. Students should stay inside their car until you hear the bell ring.

Safety Reminders - Car Rider Line

Our car rider line is problematic and everyone knows that we need a new entrance to our school. As frustrating as this is, we must work together to ensure the safety of everyone! If we all follow the two items listed below, things would go a lot smoother:

  1. Do NOT line up prior to 2:20 to pick up your child. (Share this with grandparents as well).
  2. Do NOT pass the cars in the car rider line!

Our county leaders are aware of our car rider line concerns and are working to develop solutions but we do not have a timeline for change at this time.

Thank you for your patience. A HUGE thank you to the parents who follow these guidelines and work diligently to keep our entire NBES family safe.

BCS Superintendent, Dr. Rob Jackson, invites you to the NB Community Night!

Mark your calendars for this event!

  • Town Hall Meeting - Dr. Rob Jackson, our new Superintendent, will host a community engagement meeting for our district at North Buncombe Middle School school on Tuesday, February 7th, at 6pm. If you are interested in attending, please let me know. My goal is to have at least 10 parents/guardians from NBES attend this event.

The NBES Literacy Team Read-A-Thon is coming soon!

Our goals for this event are to promote a love of reading and increase student reading stamina!

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Read Across America Dress Up Days!

February 27 - Camo Day!

February 28 - Animal Print & Bring a stuffed animal to school!

March 1 - Crazy Socks Day!

March 2 - Hat Day!

March 3 - Book Character Dress Up Day!

A HUGE thank you to NBES PTO and to Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) for sponsoring this event!

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News from PTO!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our monthly PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meetings.

We will meet at 12:45 p.m. in Room 403 on the following dates…

2/14, 3/14, 4/11, & 5/9.

We discuss fundraisers, ways to improve the school, fun reward activities for the kids, staff support, school projects, and other things.

You’re welcome to come to them all or pop in when you can. Younger siblings are welcome too. If you’re interested in learning more, but unable to attend the meetings, please send us a message, as we often have ways you can help from home. We look forward to working together to make NBES the best!

  • PTO Meetings will be 12:45 PM in room 403. Please sign in at the main office.
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See below for tips to support your child's reading at home (provided by Title 1)

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Sign up for Ingles Tools for Schools and give back to NBES!

Link your Advantage Card to NBES to help support our school each time you shop! Remember to sign up EACH year!


We LOVE volunteers!

NBES welcomes volunteers! There are many ways for individuals to volunteer at our school. All volunteers must fill out an online volunteer application and be on the approved volunteer list before volunteering. Potential volunteers may go ahead and start on this process by following the link below. Thank you in advance for your support!


Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Free/Reduced Meal Applications for the new school year are available now! You may apply online at Buncombe County Schools Free and Reduced Application.>>> https://bit.ly/3QaVJHm

Please take a few minutes to fill out a free and reduced meal application today, even if you aren’t sure if you will qualify. If you have questions or need assistance please call 828-255-5927.

Please note that all schools will still serve breakfast to students at no cost next year!

Reminder of COVID Protocols

  • If a student tests positive for COVID (at home or at a healthcare provider), they would isolate for 5 days from when their symptoms began. We will recognize the guidelines established by the CDC and NCDHHS regarding the use of a face covering to be worn for days 6-10 upon return to school.

  • Our normal exclusionary symptoms of fever, diarrhea, and vomiting are in effect. If a student has a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, they must remain at home until symptoms are resolved for 24 hours.

  • Hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning protocols, and improved ventilation are all still priorities and important mitigating strategies.

  • Face coverings remain optional, to be worn by anyone at anytime.

  • Physical distancing such as 3 ft or 6 ft apart is no longer required.

  • Contact tracing is not required.

  • Following the guidelines established by the CDC and NCDHHS, MAHEC will not be providing rapid antigen testing in our schools. Staff and families may order at home tests for free via this link: https://www.covid.gov/tests.

  • MAHEC will send home further guidance regarding when students need to stay home due to an illness.

  • For students where an absence is Covid related please indicate this in your parent or health provider's note.

  • Students/teachers will follow the same guidelines for makeup work as they would for any other illness or injury.

Upcoming Dates

Jan 30 - February 3 - Kids Heart Challenge in PE

February 1 - Report Cards Go Home

February 2 - 2nd Grade Program - Grandparent Program 12:00 - 12:45

February 2 - 2nd Grade Program - 6-7 PM

February 3 - 4th Grade A & A/B Honor Roll Awards at 1:45 in classrooms

February 6 - 3rd Grade A & A/B Honor Roll Awards at 1:00 in classrooms

February 7 - Superintendent Dr. Jackson hosts Community Night at NBMS - 6 PM

February 10 - NB District Advisory Council Meeting

February 13 - 17 - Love the Bus Week - Show love to your child's bus drivers!

February 14 - PTO Meeting at 12:45 in Room 403

February 15 - Early Dismissal Day - school will dismiss at 12:25

February 15 - Read-A-Thon Kickoff Day

February 27 - March 3 - Read Across America Week

March 3 - Book Character Dress Up Day and Parade

March 3 - Last day for the Read-A-Thon

March 4 - BCS STEM Day at County Office 9-3 PM

March 9 - Read-A-Thon Celebration

March 10 - No School - Teacher workday

March 17 - NBES PTO Dance-A-Thon Kickoff! (Spring Fundraiser!)

March 21 - Spring Pictures and Class Pictures

March 23 - STREAM Night (more information to come!)

March 24 - Early Dismissal Day - school will dismiss at 12:25

March 31 - NBES PTO Dance-A-Thon event!

April 3 - April 7 Spring Break

April 10 - School resumes