Sumner Elementary

"Learning takes your places!"

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Message from the Principal

It has been a great first full month of school! Students are working hard on engaging lessons that our teachers are providing. It is hard to believe that summer is over and fall has arrived. Students received their interim reports on September 25th. This milestone marks that the end of the first quarter is near and that is is almost time for the students' first report card. Please use this opportunity to discuss the educational progress of your students with their teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to share concerns they may have. I encourage all parents to schedule an appointment for a conference with your child's teacher. We want to build a positive home-school connection here at Sumner!

If you want to meet with your child's teacher, please call the front office or email your child's teacher directly to schedule an appointment. Teachers cannot be interrupted during the instructional day as this disrupts teaching and learning. Please do not walk students to class in the morning to speak with teachers unless you have an appointment. If your child is arriving to school late, please come inside the main office and sign them in. Students are unable to sign themselves in.

Parents, a big thank you for supporting our drop off and pick up procedures in the morning and afternoon. This has been a real team effort! Please do not drop students off in the parking lot. If you are not using the car rider line, please park your car and walk your student inside. Dropping students off in the parking lot is a safety issue.

As a reminder, for safety reasons, we cannot a change in last minute changes to bus or car rider transportation. Once students have boarded the bus or entered the car rider pick up location, we cannot make changes to their transportation.

Thank you.

Dr. Kimberly Jones-Goods,


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Please Read: Important Change!

Parents, dismissal is one of the most important moments of our day. We work hard to ensure that our students get to where they need to be. Beginning on Monday, November 4th, no transportation changes will be accepted via phone, fax, email, Remind, Class DOJO, etc. This is a security measure that we must enforce to protect your child. If you need to make change, please write a note and send it with your child that morning. You must provide a note for us to change your child's afternoon transportation. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support as we focus on student safety,

As a reminder, the office requires seeing identification with early checkouts so we can confirm that your child is going home only with people you've identified. Please be prepared to present your identification to the front office when checking students our early or visiting classrooms. Thank you for your help in making this happen!

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We had another great month of teaching and learning her are Sumner but we need all students to "be here to get there" because learning takes you places! Good school attendance often starts with smaller steps, such as arriving and leaving on time. The school day begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m. One of the most valuable life skills a student can learn is taking the responsibility of arriving and eding at school every day on time. This skill can easily be accomplished and will transfer as an asset for the future. Please help support your children in learning habits that will help them be successful at school and throughout life. At Sumner, important learning opportunities for our students occur all throughout the instructional day.

Chronic absence is issing 10% or 18 days of the school year. These 18 days also include when students are late to school or leave early and can have dramatic results on the future education of a student. These students are missing valuable instructional time. This not affects teaching and learning for your child but the entire class. We hope to see everyone at school all day, every day!

Positive Behavior Support

We review our positive behavior expectations and character attributes everyday with students. Please review our SOAR acronym with your child at home to help support our program. Our character education word of the month is respect. Respect means:

Caring for ourselves, community, family and school

Sumner Seahawks SOAR! They:

Show a positive attitude.

Own it and take responsibility.

Always do their best.

Respect themselves and others.

School Closed

School is closed for students on October 21st. It is a teacher workday. For students enrolled in the ACES program, there will be all day ACES. Please see Ms. Crowe, the ACES site coordinator, for more information.

School will also be closed for students on October 28th.


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

UNITY DAY is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. It is a day that YOU can acknowledge your commitment to stand against bullying. It is also a day for you to wear and share ORANGE and for us to unite in kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

For more information regarding Unity Day on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, please visit

We would love to catch you wearing and sharing your commitment to standing against bullying!!!

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Please click the file below to download the image. The calendar contains additional important dates and information.

Character Counts!

As a national school of character, we work to implement and embed into our school culture an intentional focus on teaching students the importance of having and maintaining a positive character. Teaching character traits are important to teaching the "whole" child at Sumner. Every adult on campus regularly reinforces and models our character motto of “by SOARING together we can be the best we can be!”

One way we teach character traits is through our “character attribute of the month” morning announcements. During morning announcements, the school principal, staff and students in all grades K-5, engage in what each character “trait looks like, sounds like, acts like and feels like” for the month, every day. Students are taught what it means to have respect, responsibility, kindness, courage, gratitude, integrity, self-discipline, and perseverance.

Throughout the day students are provided with opportunities to engage in meaningful reflective actions, challenging academic curriculum, establishing a respect for all diversity and developing their character. This creates a caring community, grows student character and ensures for a healthy transition into our global world.

Each month this year, we will recognize two students per class at our monthly awards breakfast for demonstrating these traits at school. Help us to congratulate our Character Award recipients! We invite and encourage our families and the community to participate in these celebrations as we are all partners in this initiative. Help us encourage our students to have great character today and every day! By SOARING together, we can be the best we can be!

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Curriculum Corner

Kindergarteners are learning about different types of stories from different places.

First Graders are learning about different lands and the stories that come from them.

Second Graders are learning about ancient Greece and the different things that happened in the Olympics long ago.

Third Graders are learning about fables and folktales from diverse cultures.

Fourth Graders are learning about themes and main ideas as well as summarizing.

Fifth Graders are learning about central ideas and themes with a focus on explicitly using their text.

Teachers in Action

Information for Parents

North Carolina has a useful reading resource for parents. Visit here to find resources to help your child with reading:

GPA Partners with Reading Connections to Boost Literacy

Sept. 25, 2019 – Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) is partnering with Reading Connections and Guilford County Partnership for Children to offer free reading classes across the district.

The Family Literacy Program will include classes for adults and children, a new book each week and a free dinner at each class. Additionally, families that attend 70 percent of the class will receive $50.

“Strong readers make strong learners, so we are excited to offer parents and caregivers an opportunity to support their child’s education while also improving their own literacy skills,” said Kimberly Funderburk, director of GPA. “We hope families will take advantage of these free classes.”


All programs take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Falkener Elementary School


Sept. 4 – Nov. 20

Alderman Elementary School


March 9 – May 20

Rankin Elementary School


Sept. 10 – Nov. 14

Oak Hill Elementary School


March 10 – May 21

Hunter Elementary School


Dec. 3 – Feb. 25

Children do not need to attend these schools to participate in this program. To learn more and to sign up, contact Alison at Reading Connections at 336-279-7261 or

To learn more about GPA, sign up for monthly updates or register for free classes, click here, email or call 336-279-4924.

Dr. Kimberly Jones Goods


Sumner Elementary

By SOARING together we can be the best we can be!