McAllister Minutes

May 2023

Dates to Remember

5/1-5/19 - K-3 Reading Diagnostic Assessment Window

5/1 - 5/5 - Staff Appreciation Week

5/1 - STEM Visit from Moore Elementary

5/1 - PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Meeting 2pm in the Cafeteria

5/1 SLT (School Leadership Team) Meeting 3:15pm in the Media Center (Review of SEL and STEM Goals)

5/2 - 1st Grade Field Trip

5/3 - 4th Quarter Progress Reports

5/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip

5/5 - 2nd Grade Field Trip

5/6 - School Lunch Super Hero Day

5/8 - Teacher Workday

5/10 - School Nurse Appreciation Day

5/17 - Bike to School Day 7:30am (Depart to School 7:45am)

5/18 - Fire Drill

5/18 - Speech Pathologist Day

5/22-5/26 - STEM Focus Week

5/25 - 3-5th Grade Reading EOG

5/26 - PTO Spirit Day (Wear Blue, Gold, or Spirit Wear)

5/29 - Memorial Holiday

5/31 - Read to Achieve Testing

5/31 - 5th Grade Science EOG

6/2 - 3rd-5th Grade Math EOG

6/2 - RBM STEM Chromebook Return Date

6/2 - Media Center Materials Due

6/5 - 4th Quarter PBIS Celebration

6/5 - PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Meeting 2-3pm in the Cafeteria

6/5- SIT (School Improvement Team) Meeting 3:15-4:30pm in the Media Center

6/6-6/8 -3rd-5th Grade EOG Make-Up Testing

6/6 - Fire Drill

6/7 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

6/8 - Report Cards

6/8 - Last Day of School/Grade Period Ends

6/ 8 - Early Release 12pm

6/8 - PTO End of Year Staff Luncheon

6/9 - Teacher Workday

Enroll for 2023-2024 NOW!!!

Registration for 2023-2024 is now open!

New Student Enrollment (Grades K-12) can be completed at

Kindergarten Enrollment Checklist (for Required Documents) *For students turning five years old by August 31, 2023) This is a Kindergarten Enrollment Checklist (for Required Documents)

Tutorial on How to Create Online Registration

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School Improvement Plan and Team

  • Review our SIP (School Improvement Plan) and list of SIT (School Improvement Team) members on our school website or a summary of our SIP goals here.
  • Attend any SIT meeting held the the first Monday of each month at 3:15pm. All parents/staff are welcomed to attend but team members only vote on decisions.
Contact an administrator (Ms. Blanchard or Ms. Nickel), SIT chairperson (Ms. Rogers), or a representative (parent or staff) with any questions, concerns, or items for discussion.


Upcoming Events:

  • VEX Summer Camps June 19-29 and July 10-20 (see below)

STEM Learning Opportunities:

Digital Citizendship

In April/May our Bobcats will be learning about Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech online during their monthly Digital Citizenship lessons. Click here for additional information on this topic and ways to support at home.

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Lunch Visitors

We are excited to welcome Bobcat families to join our scholars for lunch. Due to limited space please use the below link to sign up for a lunch slot.
Lunch Visitor Signup

Lunch Menus
*Menu items are subject to change based on availability of our manufacturers and suppliers. Like many other companies across the nation, our manufacturers and distributors are currently having supply chain and staffing challenges. We will do our best to provide all menu choices listed daily. We appreciate your understanding as we continue through these unprecedented times.

Give the Gift of Time

Help us help our RBM STEM teachers and staff!

Please sign-up to volunteer:

  • We need clerical support at the link below for either AM or PM slots on Tuesday and Thursdays throughout the year.

Clerical Sign-Up:

  • We need lunch coverage support from 10:45am-1pm daily throughout the year. (We will have a staff member there to help as well.)
Lunch Coverage Sign-Up:
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We are thrilled to have volunteers supporting our students and staff!

  • Parent Participation

    If you are a parent who wants to participate with your child in school activities that are open to all parents for participation, you are not required to have a background check.


    If you are a parent, a family member, or a community person desiring to serve as a school volunteer then you are required to have a background check.

    Examples of how school volunteers may be used include field trip chaperones, classroom volunteers, assisting with enrichment opportunities, etc.

    Continue reading below to complete the background check process:

    • Volunteers play an important role in the success of our schools by providing an extra set of hands, helping increase community support for schools, and giving teachers more time to concentrate on instruction.
    • To understand more about the Volunteer process and to read the CCS Code of Conduct, click on this document link: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and CODE OF CONDUCT

    • If you have any questions about the Volunteer process, including background check or email responses from the BIB company, please call Human Resources at 704-260-5741.


  • Pay School Fees

    Click this button to access the K12 PaymentCenter site.

    Community Support and Resources

    Social Work Support: A list of outside resources and agencies to support families has been compiled by the Cabarrus County Schools School Social Workers. The list includes resources for food, internet, medical, housing, mental health, childcare, unemployment information and more. You can access all of this information here. Additionally, the Cabarrus County School Social Work Department has created a Facebook (and Facebook for Spanish-speaking families and Instagram page. They will be posting community events, resources, and more! Their hope for these accounts is to provide useful information for parents, staff, and the community.

    CCS Student & Family Mental Wellness Forum: The RBM STEM SISP team is pleased to share that the CCS Student & Family Mental Wellness Forum will be held from 5pm-7pm at Jay M. Robinson High School on May 3rd. The evening will begin with our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sonia Richardson, who is a subject matter expert on youth mental health. We will also have a facilitated panel discussion consisting of CCS mental health professionals across the district. After the discussion, all attendees are invited to visit with our 30+ registered community mental wellness and resource providers on site to learn about and connect with supportive services right here in Cabarrus County. There will also be food trucks on site and activities for school-aged children while parents connect and engage in the conversation.

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    The PTO is always in the need of your help, from volunteering at events or even helping on the board. Your help would be greatly appreciated. For more information email us at

    Currently, PTO is looking to fill the following areas of need:

    • Clerical Volunteers to help with general workroom support (i.e. copies, lamination, etc.). Look for the sign-up sheet posted on Dojo soon with opportunities to assist on either Tuesday or Thursday weekly!
    • Lunch Room Monitors to provide duty-free lunches for teachers. Please look for the sign-up sheet posted on Dojo soon with opportunities to volunteer the approximate 2 hour slot.

    Ongoing fundraisers:

    Box Tops ID# 129791

    Harris Teeter ID#1832

    Lowe’s Food ID#60373

    Amazon Smile

    Online Spirit Store

    Monthly PTO Minutes:

    PTO Leadership Team Agenda (March)

    PTO Leadership Team Minutes (March)


    PTO Meeting-Monday, May 1, at 2pm

    PTO Spirit-Wear Sale

    Click the link below for the PTO Spirit Wear Site:

    Purchase your Bobcat spirit wear today to be ready for Spirit Day on May 26!
    Please send an email to to purchase your Bobcat spirit wear today.
    In the email include the following:

    • Spirit Wear Item
    • Size
    • Child's Name
    • Teacher's Name
    • Payment Type (Venmo, cash, or square)
    Visit the PTO Website for additional information!
    How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:  How to 1 Get the app -Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.  How to 2 Join AmazonSmile -If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, simply sign up at and select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.  How to 3 Turn on AmazonSmile -Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
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    Thank You to Our Sponsors

    Character Education (Social Emotional Learning)

    Fourth Quarter Weekly Character Strengths/Virtues

    Humor MAR 27–31

    Fairness APR 3–7

    Wildcard/Make-Up APR 10–14

    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence APR 17–21

    Purpose APR 24–28

    Enthusiasm MAY 1–5

    Leadership MAY 8–12

    Outro Week – Other People Mindset MAY 15–19

    PE Spotlights!

    • P2 is spotlighting great things happening with The Positivity Project
    • Anyone can use it to nominate anyone they feel is deserving of a spotlight!

    Nomination form linked here

    Bobcat Celebrations!!!

    Spirit Shovel

    Lifting the Spirit of Others with Positivity and Character
    • October: Hayden Anderson (Lamont's 4th Grade)
    • November: Bain Floyd (Fain's 1st Grade)
    • December: Xander James (Greco's 1st/2nd Grade)
    • January: Erin Lassiter (Tucker's 4th Grade)
    • February: Luke Slimer (Trott's 1st Grade)
    • March: Ruby Renegar (Bloom's 5th Grade)
    • April: Jose Daniel Diaz Zeleya (Edward's 2nd Grade)
    CCS 2022-2023 School Calendar

    Click here for the district calendar.

    Academic Calendars for 2023-24

    The Cabarrus County Board of Education has revised the previously approved 2023-24 traditional academic calendar and amended the start date to Aug. 10, 2023during their business meeting on Dec. 12th. The calendar was originally approved at the Sept. 19th meeting of the Board of Education with an Aug. 9 start.The 2023-24 academic calendar includes:

    • The first day of school for students will be Aug. 10, 2023. The first workday for staff will be Aug. 2.
    • The 2023-24 traditional academic calendar and 2023-24 Early College calendar fall, winter and spring breaks will align.
    • High school exams will occur prior to the start of winter break on Dec. 18, 2023.
    • The last day of school will be May 22, 2024.
    • Traditional high school graduations will be conducted on May 23-24, 2024 prior to Memorial Day. Early College graduations will be determined at a later date.
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    Community Engagement Meetings

    Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki has announced the schedule for his Spring, 2023, community engagement meetings.

    These meetings will feature a presentation on the district’s strategic plan, Destination 2025, as well as an opportunity for the community to offer insight and engage with the superintendent.

    Eight meetings will be held at high schools across the district during the months of April and May. Parents, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend at the location of the feeder high school for their attendance zone. Parents of Early College students should attend at the most convenient location.

    All community engagement events will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the high school’s media center.


    Tuesday, April 18th @ Central Cabarrus High

    Tuesday, April 25th @ Concord High

    Thursday, April 27th @ Cox Mill High

    Thursday, May 11th @ Hickory Ridge High

    Tuesday, May 16th @ JM Robinson High

    Wednesday, May 17th @ Mt. Pleasant High

    Tuesday, May 30th @ Northwest Cabarrus High

    Wednesday, May 31st @ West Cabarrus High

    April 23 Scout Sightings SD 480p

    R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School

    School Hours: 7:45am-3pm

    Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm