January 2014 edition

Panther Pause

Principal's Pause

Greetings and welcome to 2014! I would like to take a moment to personally invite you to a wonderful event in the life of Courtney Elementary School. Monday, January 13th will be a very special day for our school and community. Since coming to Courtney, I have not been able to meet as many of the parents as I would like to, therefore we will host "Meet the Principal Night." This event will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room, beginning at 7 pm.

A special guest will join us during school Monday, in addition to attending "Meet the Principal Night." Miss North Carolina, Johna Edmonds, will be on campus to visit classrooms and to speak with our students about the importance of literacy. If you have not had the opportunity to meet this amazing young lady, you are in for a special treat. Please checkout the following link to learn more about her: http://www.missnc.org/about/miss-north-carolina-2013


As many of you know, Courtney School and our community suffered a tragic loss before Christmas break, when one of our students passed away due to a mobile home fire. The community and surrounding churches have offered amazing help and support, not just to me, but to our whole school. Working in conjunction with the churches, we will have a very brief memorial time for this student during the event.


In conclusion, there will be a question and answer time for people to ask me, the principal, questions. I would ask for your support in this huge event in the life of our school and community. I look forward to this event, what it will bring to the community and school and the bright future for Courtney Elementary School.


-- Mr. Karriker

Important 3rd Grade Parent Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6:30pm

Courtney Media Center

On January 23, at 6:30 pm in the media center, Mr. Karriker and the 3rd grade teachers will meet with parents to discuss the new 3rd Grade Reading Portfolio and how the portfolio will impact student promotion or retention.


Yearbooks on Sale!

The Courtney yearbook will be on sale through January 24. Hardcover yearbooks are $25; soft cover yearbooks are $20. Cash or checks (payable to CES) can be turned in to your student's homeroom teacher.


Box Tops for Education - grade level competition

The PTA is sponsoring a competition between grade levels for Box Tops for Education. The competition will kickoff Monday, Jan. 13 and run all week. Please send in cut out labels with your student. Labels will be collected in homeroom. The top grade level will win a popcorn party. To see what products are eligible, please visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/products/participating-products.


Softball & Baseball Registration

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 10am-2pm

Big Gym @ Courtney

CAB is accepting registrations for the 2014 baseball and softball season. Sign-ups will be Jan. 11 (10 am - 2 pm) and Jan. 25 (12:30 pm - 4 pm) in the Big Gym at Courtney. The registration fee is $60. The cut-off date for accepting registrations is Jan. 31. For questions about baseball, contact Brad Pettit @ 469.2194. For questions about softball, contact either Scott Tyree @ 463.5985 or Jody Smith @ 463.5506.


Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for AHA

Our Jump Rope for Heart campaign, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be conducted in February. Students will get the collection packets in their PE classes throughout the week of Feb. 3. The jump rope activities will take place the last week in February. All donations are due by Feb. 28. For more information, contact Mrs. Prater (lora.prater@yadkin.k12.nc.us).

Parent Calendar

To keep up with events and activities at Courtney (tutoring, meetings, CAB registrations, etc.), click on the link above to access out Parent Calendar. Check back often, as we will update it periodically.