CFIE Family Newsletter

Friday, March 3, 2023

CFIE Mission:

The Carolina Forest International Elementary (CFIE) community is accountable for educating and empowering our students to make a difference in the world.



  • Please keep your child's lunch account up to date so they have enough money on their account to purchase their breakfast/lunch and, if you allow, snacks can be purchased too- OCS Nutrition makes it easy by having a way to make payments online! Did you know that meal charges left unpaid follow your child each year? When they get to middle and high school, students who owe money for meal charges may not be able to try out for extracurricular activities like sports and may not be permitted to walk the stage at graduation unless these charges are paid! If you think you may qualify for free or reduced meals, please complete the online application ( Be sure to also send money for meals while you wait for the decision on approval!
  • LOST & FOUND OVERFLOWING WITH JACKETS! If your child is missing a jacket, chances are it can be found in our lost and found located in the cafeteria! Please have your child visit to find any lost items/jackets!
  • 3/8 - Tornado Drill
  • 3/8 - International Women’s Day - Students/Staff may wear clothes/create a poster/PPT slide to represent a woman who they admire/made the world a better place. Some grade levels may have other activities to honor women who have impacted the world!
  • 3/8 - 1st Grade Field Trip
  • 3/9 - OCS Spanish Spelling Bee @6 pm - CFIE
  • 3/10 - Staff Workday - no school for students
  • 3/12- Daylight Saving begins- Spring Forward one hour!


Please take a moment to complete our Spring Parent Survey - your input is essential to moving our school forward! Click button below!

MFLC Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

April is Month of the Military Child, a time when we get to celebrate the 1.6 million military children who face challenges due to their loved one’s service. This year you can order a t-shirt to wear on Purple Up Day (April 21, 2023) to show your support. T-shirts can be purchased at Home | Purple Up! Onslow ( Please be sure to put your child’s first and last name in the order details and select the school your child attends in the delivery section. You will also need to keep a copy of your receipt. The t-shirt shop closes on March 15th and will NOT reopen for late orders. T-shirts will be delivered to your child’s school on April 17th. Please contact Danielle Merrell at if you have any questions regarding the t-shirt orders.

Summer Camp Just for Military Kids because
Military Kids Serve Too®

Hosted by the National Military Family Association

A Special Week for Building Community, Connections, and Resilience

Operation Purple® Camp offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids, just like them.

Children from all uniformed services, including National Guard, Reserve, Space Force, and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Public Health Service may apply. Scan the QR code.

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Congratulations to CFIE’s 2023 Teacher and IA of the Year!

Last Week, Ms. Diana Feijoo, Kindergarten DLI Teacher, was named CFIE’s Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Angel Allen-Gibson, EC IA, was named CFIE Instructional Assistant of the Year!


Thank you staff, students, parents, guest readers and community partners for making Read Across America Week a huge success!

Fifth-Graders Explore African-American Contributions!

The fifth-graders in Mrs. Ross’s class presented their projects last week on African-Americans who made great contributions in our society/world! In addition to making a presentation, students created a representation of the person they researched with a soda/water bottle doll. Check out these below- the details are amazing and purposeful!

Congratulations to CFIE Spanish Spelling Bee Winners & Odyssey of the Mind Teams!

On Saturday, February 25th, CFIE’s two Odyssey of the Mind teams performed their answer to the OM Problems they chose to solve! Both not only performed well, but were praised by many for their manners and respectfulness! Way to SOAR Eagles!! One of our teams will be advancing to the State Competition on March 25th in Raleigh!

On Monday, February 27th, CFIE held its Spanish Spelling Bee! Congrats to four students who are advancing to the District Spanish Spelling Bee happening this week:

Edwin (1st Place); Julianna (2nd Place); Ryland (3rd); Kaedyn (4th)

“March” Madness @CFIE

Beginning March 1st, CFIE students have been voting for their favorite marches performed by the United States Marine Corp Band! Here are the “marches” that have won and moved forward- more updates next Friday! Thank you Mrs. Ludwig for this great opportunity!

3/1- “Esprie De Corps” and “Sabre and Spurs”

3/2- “King Cotten” and “Review”

Volunteer Opportunities at CFIE/ Be a Field Trip Chaperone!

There are opportunities to volunteer if you are not currently fingerprinted like proctoring the EOGs; helping in the library shelving books; cutting out manipulatives and bulletin board items; helping with our garden upkeep, helping with celebrations; cultural/career presentations….- if you wish to help in these kind of activities, reach out to our PTO at! When volunteering in this capacity, you will still need to report to the office first and bring an ID card to be checked into the school’s security system in order to account for everyone in the building in case of an emergency.

In order to be a volunteer at CFIE to work directly with students, including being a parent chaperone for field trips, the following process must be followed and approval obtained from District Office after a background check.

First, you must complete the the following form and seek Mrs. Hill's approval and signature-

Onslow County Schools Criminal Background Checks for School Volunteers form

Second, bring the completed and signed Background Checks form and a picture id to one of the fingerprinting sessions below:

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Lastly, as long as everything checks out, begin your volunteering experience with CFIE!

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars!

3/8- 1st Grade Field Trip

3/8- Tornado Drill

3/8- International Women’s Day

3/9- OCS Spanish Spelling Bee @6 pm

3/10- Staff Workday- no school for students

3/12- Daylights Savings Time Begins - Spring Forward 1 hour

3/15- Geography Bee

3/17 - Fifth Grade Field Trip

3/21- OCS Elementary Spelling Bee

3/22- Early Release Day- students dismiss at 12:00 pm

3/28- OCS Multiplication Bee

3/29- End of Grading Period

3/29- 1st Grade Guest Speaker, Mary Downing, Onslow County Museum

3/30- NEHS Induction (9 am)

3/31 - Third Grade Field Trip

4/3-4/7- Spring Break - no school for staff & students

4/10- Staff Workday - no school for students

4/11- 5th Grade NC Check-ins (window open until 4/14)

4/13- Report Cards go home

4/14- Grades 3-5 Awards Ceremony

4/14- 2nd Grade Field Trip

4/17- 3rd & 4th Grade NC Check-ins (window open until 4/21)

4/18- Lockdown Drill for staff & students

4/18 - Title I Parent Workshop

4/21- Chess Tournament

4/25 - Guest Speaker - 3rd Grade- “Historical People & Events” - OC Museum

4/26 - Truelove/Dwyer classes field trip

4/27- Math Counts Competition

5/1- Staff Workday - no school for students

5/1-5/5- Staff Appreciation Week

5/4- K-2 Field Day

5/5- 3-5 Field Day

5/8- EOY iReady Math Diagnostic & DIBELS

5/9- Interim Reports go home

5/11 - Guest Speaker- 3rd Grade-“Plant Survival”- OC Museum

5/15- Guest Speaker- 1st Grade “Plants & Animals” -OC Museum

5/19- Future Forward Fair (5-7 pm)

5/26-6/9 NC EXTEND I Testing

5/29- Holiday- no school for staff & students

5/31- Reading EOG (3rd) & Science (5th)

6/6- Reading EOG (4th & 5th); RTA (eligible 3rd)

6/8- Math EOG (3rd-5th)

6/9- Students Last Day of School/Report Cards go home

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