Hawks Happenings

August 2022

A Note from Mrs. Allison

Greetings Blackhawk Families,

I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve as the principal of such a wonderful school and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been established in this school community. I know that NBES is a wonderful school and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to return to my roots for the next phase of my career.

I began my career in education as a classroom teacher at North Buncombe Elementary before moving to Haw Creek and Hominy Valley Elementary schools as Assistant Principal. Years later I returned to the North Buncombe District for my first principalship at Barnardsville Elementary. I spent five years as principal at Barnardsville Elementary and seven years as principal at Weaverville Elementary before circling back home to North Buncombe Elementary School! I consider myself a lifelong learner and I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Mars Hill University and a Masters Degree in School Administration (MSA) from Western Carolina University.

On a personal note, I've been married to my husband, Shane, for 23 years. He worked for 12 years at NBMS as PE teacher, Athletic Director and Boys Basketball coach. Now he is the Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Madison High. We have two sons, who will be entering ninth grade and sixth grade.

At NBES, we have an outstanding staff, wonderful students and supportive parents! Our staff is committed to the success of our students and they work diligently to provide quality and engaging instruction. Our mission is, 'Growing, Learning, Succeeding' and each day we practice our Blackhawk Basics of 'Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible'.

Communication is a vital component to ensuring that all NBES stakeholders are on the same page. Please look for a Hawks Happenings Newsletter to come out at least once a month. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NBuncombeES and follow us on Instagram @NorthBuncombeES. Please note that all Buncombe County Schools are using a new website format and phone system platform this year.

I look forward to partnering with you and your family for a successful and fun school year!

Please feel free to contact me at 828-645-6054 or heidi.allison@bcsemail.org.

Working Together,

Mrs. Heidi Allison

Big picture

Meet Your Teacher

  • Class Lists will be posted outside.
  • Feel free to bring in school supplies with you to drop off.
  • Bus Drivers will be on hand in the gym to answer questions.

School Supply Lists

We are excited about our upcoming school year! Please review the list for your child's grade level to see what is needed. Click on the link to see each supply list.

2022-2023 School Supply Lists!


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

Ms. Duke's Class

Ms. Schreck's Class

Link to NBES website: https://nbes.buncombeschools.org/o/nbe/article/781199

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

This important program ensures all of our students have access to healthy lunches during the school day without accruing large cafeteria balances. This program is confidential and registration is easy! This year, children who qualify for this program will not be responsible for any of the cost of the lunch.

This year, universal free lunch is no longer available as we continue with COVID recovery.

Paper applications will be given out on the first day of school.

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!

Welcome to New Staff Members for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Sign up for the Parent Portal!


From attendance and grades to assignments and announcements, our parent portals allow you to more fully participate in your child's education. We welcome parent involvement and strive to keep you informed.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal
Looking for grades, attendance, custom notification options, and the ability to update your student's contact information? This is all part of our PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Parents also love the BCS district mobile app for staying connected to their child's education. Using your iOS or Android device, you'll have instant access to menus, school news stories, district weather and safety notifications, and more!

Want to know your child's class placement? Check this out!

For Kindergarten Students:

Kindergarten teachers will mail postcards on August 19th with your child's class assignment and which day your child is scheduled to attend (August 29 or August 30). Remember that Kindergarten has a staggered start - half of our Kindergarten students come on August 29 and half come on August 30.

For Students in Grades 1-4:

Parents of students in grades 1-4 will be able to check the Parent Portal the week of August 22nd to see class teacher assignment. The portal will open on Monday, August 22nd (See directions above regarding how to sign up). We will also have tables set up outside the school at Meet Your Teacher with class lists.

At this time, no class lists have been shared with parents.

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!


More information about first week of school logistics coming soon!

Upcoming Dates

August 26 - Meet Your Teacher

August 29 - First Day of School for all students in grades 1-4 and half of Kindergarten!

August 30 - First Day of School for other half of Kindergarten students

Kindergarten has a staggered school start to give more time for the adjustment to school. All students attend school on August 31st.

September 5 - No School - Labor Day

September 9 - School Improvement Team Meeting

September 12 and 13 - Proposed Campus Beautification Days (more info to come!)

September 13 - PTO Meeting at 12:45 in Media Center

September 22 - Title 1 Open House and Curriculum Night

  • Session 1 - 5:45 - 6:15 PM
  • Session 2 - 6:30 - 7:00 PM

September 27 - Fall Picture Day

September 29 - Early Dismissal Day - School dismisses at 12:25

October 7 - Fall Festival!

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

October 13 - School Improvement Team Meeting