Panther Press Family Edition

Pollocksville Elementary School October 2016

Bullying Prevention Month

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Dear Families,

The devastation this past week from Hurricane Matthew has touched each of us in different ways and may be hard for some to comprehend. This is a time to come together and support each other. With that in mind, if you have resources and support you wish to give to families affected by the flood, contact one of our community schools or your local Department of Social Services to offer your support to a local family that may have been negatively affected by Hurricane Matthew.

I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you at our recent Progress Report Pick-up and PTO Meeting. I want to thank parents and guardians for supporting your children during Progress Report Pick-up. The feedback we have received after Progress Report Pick-up told us that parents appreciated the opportunity to meet with their child's teacher to set goals for the school year.

The procedures and daily activities of your child's classroom should be familiar and comfortable to them by this time in the school year. If your child is still experiencing anxiety or if there is any type of concerns, please communicate your concern(s) to your child's teacher. I am also more than willing to be a part of those conversations. Please don't ever hesitate to contact us, just as we need your help, we would like to help you.

Parent Involvement is the key to student success. Talking to your child and showing interest in what they learned about school shows them that you think school is important. The more you show your child that you are interested in what they do at school the more successful your child will be.

The Pollocksville Elementary School staff is thankful for parents and guardians who have a strong commitment to their children and their children's education.

At anytime if you have questions or concerns our door is always open.

Kim Bundy

Pollocksville Elementary School Principal



Drop-off/Pick-up: Morning and afternoon traffic can be very busy. Parents are strongly encouraged to focus on the safety of all our children when arriving at school by following our safety procedures. When entering the parking lot, please follow the arrows in the parking lot, and pull your vehicle forward as far as possible. Please be aware of others behind you. No parking is permitted in the drop-off/pick-up lane at any time. It is a fire lane. Doing so makes the movement of traffic impossible. Students should exit and enter your vehicle on the right-hand side so they are not walking between cars or in the passing lane.

Room Temperature: The room temperature can be very unpredictable at times. Your child may want to keep a sweater or sweatshirt in his/her book bag.

School Visitors: To ensure the safety of our students, please remember to stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor’s pass when you are in the building.

Absences: If your child is absent from school, it is necessary that you send a written excuse with your child when he/she returns to school.

Getting in touch with me: The BEST ways to get in contact with me are via e-mail or by sending a note with your child. My e-mail address is I typically check my e-mail in the morning, during lunch, and at the end of the day. I will try to respond to any questions, comments, or concerns within 24 hours. If you need to get an urgent message to me during the school day, please call the school at 252-224-8071 and leave a message with the secretary. I will do my best to return phone calls as soon as possible. Please visit our school website at: for up-to-date information.

Thank you for your cooperation!


The Book Fair will be extended through Wednesday of this week. The times are Tuesday & Wednesday 8-11.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser will be extended one week, ending October 24th.
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Upcoming Dates


20 Family Fun Literacy Night (Make It and Take It) POSTPONED

21 1/2 Day for Students; PD for Staff

24-28 Red Ribbon Week
24 2016 READY Fall Regional Principal's Training
Put A Cap on Drugs
25 Science Benchmark Test #2 (5th grade) - Evolution and Genetics
Be A Drug Free Team
26 Science Benchmark Test #2 (5th grade) - Evolution and Genetics
Fall RTA Administered
Shade Out Drugs
27 Walk Out On Drugs
28 Wear Red Day

Pre-K Parent Workshop - Triple P - The Power of Positive Parenting (October 25 @ Maysville Elementary School; 6-8 PM)

Children of all ages need a safe, secure and loving environment to do well. Positive parenting is an effective approach to raising children that emphasizes the positive. It involves creating a family environment that is loving, supportive and predictable. This is important is raising healthy, well-adjusted children who have the skills and confidence they need to succeed at school and in their relationships with others. Positive parenting reduces the stress of parenting and makes parenting more rewarding and enjoyable. This workshop will give suggestions about how to use positive parenting in raising children.

Pre-K Parent Workshop - Triple P - Begin EveryDay with a Smile: Managing the Stress in Your Life (October 27 @ Maysville Elementary School; 6-8 PM)

Parenting can be very stressful. Whether you are a stay at home parent or a working parent, a single parent or a married parent, mother or father, parent of one child or several children; remaining cool, calm and full of energy can help get you through the day. This workshop will discuss causes of stress and some simple stress management tips and relaxation exercises.

October Birthdays

2 - Jayden Rowell & Mrs. Lisha Ward

6 - Ahlana Jones

7 - Lacie Hardee & Tyler Smith

11- Mrs. Jennifer Ward

12 - Mrs. Andrews

15 - Kayln Huffman

16 - Qu'ron Simmons & Justin Wiggins

17 - Ms. Nye

20 - Tishonna James

20 - Drovon Lambert

22 - Kevin Sanchez

24 - Jasmine Reed

26 - Alisha Aragon

28 - James Wayne

29 - Jaziah Bryant

October is...

National Italian-American Heritage Month

Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as

National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans ofItalian descent as well as Italians in America.

Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.

As Americans, we acknowledge the determination and achievements of Italians

within the United States. It is our understanding that during the month of October, Italian Americans are given recognition because they play a vital role in altering the political, social,

and economic aspect of our country. Current changes can be recognized due to the help of actors like Leonardo Dicaprio, and Robert De Nero. It is a month filled with celebration and festivities. However, we should also understand the obstacles that were faced by many Italians during the 1900s such as being paid low wages. Unfortunately, the devastation of the First World War impacted the American society, thus causing some of us to characterize Italians as criminals. Overall we should be more optimistic and take our time to celebrate this month in unison.

To learn more about the Italian American heritage and culture, visit the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) at

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major rest cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

National Fire Prevention Week - October 9 -15 - Don't Wait Check the date

Pollocksville Volunteer Fire Department taught our students what to do in case of a fire and not to be afraid of firemen in full gear.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.