Hawks Happenings

October 2022

Happy October!

It's hard to believe that it is already October! We have been in school for 24 days!

Parents of third and fourth graders are reminded to connect to the Parent Portal so you can stay up to date on your child's grades. K-2 teachers typically do not use this system for grades. Midterms will come home on Wednesday, October 5th so please review these with your child.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!

Mrs. Allison

Fall Festival Information!

Raffle Ticket Weekend Challenge!!

Students who sell 30 Raffle Tickets (3 sheets) this weekend and turn them in to their teacher on Monday morning, October 3rd, will receive a bonus sticky hand on Tuesday, October 4th! Remember, for every full sheet (10 tickets) of tickets sold, that student will also be earning a prize ticket to be redeemed at the carnival prize tent. There is no limit to the amount of tickets that can be earned through selling raffle tickets! If you are in need of additional raffle tickets, please indicate how many more sheets you would like on the top of a raffle sheet you turn in, or email NBESPTO@gmail.com with the quantity, your child’s name and teacher’s name and we will send them home with your student.

If our school hits our goal of 5000 raffle tickets sold by Monday, then Tuesday, October 4th will be Crazy Sock Day! Stay tuned for more challenges coming next week!

Be sure to check out North Buncombe Elementary School and NBES PTO’s Facebook pages for photos of our awesome baskets this year as well as a list of what is included in each. This is a great and easy way to share with your friends and family who may want to purchase tickets!


Drawings for each raffle will take place at the Fall Festival on Friday, October 7, 2022. Ticket buyers DO NOT need to be present to win, we will call you if you win! Please email nbespto@gmail.com with questions. $1 = 1 raffle ticket

Raffle # 1 - TAILGATE SPECIAL Sponsored by HARRY’S ON THE HILL (Over $2000 Value)

Includes: 30’ Blackstone Culinary 2 burner liquid propane flat top grill, Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler, Blackstone Culinary stainless steel griddle scoop, Blackstone Culinary black & gray flat top grill cover, Yeti bottle opener, 2 - Yeti Rambler 36 oz bottles, 2 - 30 oz Yeti Rambler Tumblers & Mag Slider lids, 2 - 20 oz Yeti Rambler Tumblers & Lids for/with straws, Celtic Sea Salt Spices/Salt/Peppers/Electrolyte Drink Mix & Isotonic Sea Water Mix, 5 - Chick-fil-A meal coupons, $20 gift certificate to Asheville Pizza & Brewing, $100 Gift Cards to Twisted Laurel, 1 pound cake gift card from Cakes by Jane, $25 Gift card Reems Creek Nursery, Lindsay Mackey Photography choice of: 15 minute photo session + online photo gallery 20-25 images -or- $100 credit towards a full 1 hour photo session, 11x14 hand made picture frame Dry Run Woodworks.

Raffle # 2 - TRIP TO WILDERNESS OF THE SMOKIES Travel Basket (Over $2000 Value)

Includes: 2 night stay for up to 6 guests to Wilderness of the Smokies Stone Hill Lodge & passes to waterpark each day of stay, $500 gift certificate from Reflections Auto Detail for exterior detail & 2 year ceramic coating, 36 can gray Igloo backpack cooler, 2 - child sleeping bags, outdoor blanket, solar powered portable phone charger, $100 Visa gift card, 2 - TS Orthodontics tumblers, 2 - 40 oz Hydroflow stainless steel tumblers, 5 - Chick-fil-A meal coupons, $100 Twisted Laurel gift card, $20 Starbucks gift card sponsored by Ingles Weaverville, $100 Merle Norman gift certificates for make up, 2 - waterproof phone pouch, X-Large Bogg Bag.

Raffle # 3 - SPORTS FAN Basket (Over $2000 Value)

Includes: 1 - round of golf at Reem’s Creek Golf Course for 4 guests, Ozark Trail All Terrain wagon, Horizon 10’ x 10’ Instant Canopy, Crossnet Ultimate Bundle - 4 square volleyball set, 2 - 1 hour jump passes to Launch Trampoline Park, 4 games of mini golf at Tropical Gardens, 4 - Member’s Mark Stadium Chairs, Pickleball Paddle Ball Set, 2 sets of 2 microfiber cooling towels, Asheville Tourists backpack/hat/adult L jersey/youth L jersey/youth M jersey/sweatbands, 32” cruiser skateboard, D-Bat baseball glove/5 - 75 swing pass cards/athletic tape/socks/youth small batting gloves/wristband/bag, 2 - TS Orthodontics 16 oz Tumblers, Riveter 5 time use climb or ride pass, Carmen & Carmen at Belk - 60 Minute Massage, 5 - Chic-fil-A meal coupons, $100 Twisted Laurel gift card, $40 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, $20 Starbucks gift card sponsored by Ingles Weaverville, 2 - Mountain Top Adventure passes to Navitat, Curtis Wright Falconry Experience - one handler.

Raffle # 4 - FAMILY FUN Basket (Over $2000 Value)

Includes: 4 foldable chairs, 1080P projector and tripod stand, 150 inch Projector Screen, Badminton set, 2 player pickleball paddle and ball set, 4 TS Orthodontics 16 oz tumblers, 20” Huffy blue bicycle, 20” Huffy pink bicycle, $200 in Twisted Laurel Gift cards, $20 Starbucks Gift Card sponsored by Ingles Weaverville, $100 make-up gift card sponsored by Merle Norman, 1 pound cake gift card from Cakes by Jane, (10) Free bowling games at Skylanes, $50 off any photo session Brooke Parker Photography, 5 - Chick-fil-A meal coupons, Jewelry & 2 8x10 hand made Picture Frames from Dry Run Woodworks, 2 1-month Flynn Fitness gym membership passes, Hempz products from LeTan Weaverville, $30 gift cards to Firehouse Subs, Certificate to Wildstylez valued at $150 for shampoo/hair cut, hair neck and scalp massage, deep conditioning treatment and blow dry/style.

Raffle # 5 - 50/50 Cash Basket (Value determined by how many tickets are sold)

Take home half of the cash! The last Fall Festival winner took home over $3300.

Fall Festival Reminders!

Our fall festival preparations are in full swing and PTO, the staff and students are working hard to make this a successful event! Parents - if you would like to help by volunteering for a one hour shift, providing cakewalk items or in any other way, please return the volunteer form sent home last week or email PTO at nbespto@gmail.com.

Raffle tickets went home last week, please send those in with money as they are sold and request more sheets as needed. If you will not be selling raffle tickets, please return the blank tickets to your child's teacher asap. Please turn in raffle tickets sold and money by October, 6th.

Pre-order forms for unlimited game wristbands and meals went home this week. Those are due back by Wednesday, October 5th.

We are in need of more items for the cakewalk! Please contact PTO if you are able to help!

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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…

10/11, 11/15, 12/13, 1/10, 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.

Parent Information from Title 1

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School Reminders and News

Morning Arrival:
  • Drop off begins at 7:15 AM
  • Helpers to open car doors report at 7:30 AM
  • Please pull around to the first marked spot on the sidewalk closest to the parking lot for drop off. (Where Mrs. Allison typically stands). This allows more cars to drop off at once.
  • If you have to get out of your car to unbuckle children or open the door for them, please park in the parking lot and walk your child to the sidewalk.
  • Parents who pull into the parking lot must make sure that their child is walked safely to the sidewalk. Students should not walk through the parking lot by themselves.
  • Notes: We have added more spots for drop off in the morning to help speed up the line.
  • Students who are not in their classroom by 8 AM must get a tardy slip so we can accurately account for the students on our campus. This is part of our safety procedures.

Afternoon Dismissal:

  • Cars should not form a car line anywhere on campus prior to 2:20 PM. Do not block the road leading up to the main office. If you arrive on campus earlier, please park in a parking space in the parking lot and form the car rider line beginning at 2:20 PM. It is unlawful for cars to pass the car line on the wrong side of the road.
  • We are now calling car rider names at 2:30 PM.
  • We have added number signs to the spots to help students quickly find their assigned pick up spot.
  • Please remind your child to look for their car when they come outside. It is helpful if they know what their car looks like.
  • Loaded cars will be stopped at the corner to allow buses to exit the campus safely. We have added this staff member duty so we can start loading car riders earlier otherwise we have to wait until buses leave the campus to start calling names.
  • The car line is typically finished by 3 PM so please arrive no later than 3 PM to pick up your child.

We understand that patience in key when using the car rider line. Please note that if the car rider line does not work for your family and you live within the NBES boundary lines, then you may contact the school for bus rider times and information.

Parent/Guardian Guests for Lunch:

  • Parents may start joining your child's class for lunch. Please note that you must let your child's teacher know in advance when you are coming. This is important as some days schedules are different or there may be other activities that make having visitors more challenging on a particular.
  • Parents should plan to sit with your child's class in the cafeteria. If there is not space at the assigned tables, a lunch duty supervisor will help you find a location in the cafeteria to sit with your child.
  • Adult lunch prices are $4.75 and we do not accept Debit/Credit.

Here are some notes from our Student Handbook:

  • No soft drinks are allowed at school.
  • We encourage parents not to bring food from outside vendors during lunch due to student allergies.

As always all visitors must sign in at the office and wear the visitor tag while inside the building. Please keep in mind that any change in COVID precautions might modify these protocols for eating lunch with your child at school.
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Please remember to bring your ID if you are checking your child in tardy or checking your child out of school early.

Eblen Pumpkin Spirit Week

Eblen Pumpkin Spirit Week will be October 17 - October 21 - More information coming home soon!

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!

2022-2023 Student Handbook

Click here to view our Student Handbook. Translated copies are coming soon!

COVID Updated 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

October 4 - K01, K02 and K03 rescheduled Field Trip

October 5 - Midterm reports go home!

October 7 - Fall Festival! 5:30 - 8:30 PM

October 10 - Evacuation Safety Drill (we will move all students to the swings area)

October 11 - PTO Meeting at 12:45 in Media Center

October 13 - 14 - Fire Prevention Lessons for grades K, 1 and Intensive Intervention

October 13 - School Improvement Team Meeting

October 14 - Fall Festival Rain Date

October 17 - Red Cross Blood Drive 2-6 PM

October 17 - 21 Eblen Pumpkin Spirit Week - more information to come from your child's teacher

October 19 - RTA Test for some fourth grade students

October 20 and 21 - Second Grade Field Trip

October 26 - Third Grade Field Trip

October 27 - Fourth Grade Musical Program - 6 PM

October 31 - Early Dismissal Day - School dismisses at 12:25 PM/ End of the Grading Period

November 8 - No School - Election Day

November 10 - Fourth Grade Field Trip

November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day

November 15 - PTO Meeting at 12:45 in Room 403

November 18 - Career Day - more information coming soon

November 23 - 25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - 30 - First Grade Field Trip

December 8 - Staff Holiday Meal

December 13 - PTO Meeting at 12:45 in Room 403

December 19 - December 30 - Winter Break

January 2 - Welcome back to school!