DRES Family Message

September 11, 2022

Message From Mrs. Sanchez

Good Afternoon DRES Family,

In remembrance of September 11, 2001, DRES thanks all of the first responders and military family and friends that risk their lives daily to protect and help us. We are grateful for you.

We will have a moment of silence tomorrow during our Morning Message in remembrance of 9/11.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read over some DRES announcements and upcoming information.

You can view previous 22-23 newsletters here: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/20157

Have a good afternoon,

Mrs. Sanchez, Principal


We are half-way through our biggest and most exciting fundraiser of the year!

Your children have learned about the following leadership habits:

1. Fearless- Being willing to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.

2. Adapt- We are able to adjust to different situations, especially when they are out of our control.

3. Care- We're willing to put in the effort to show everyone we're serious about reaching our goals.

We have 3 APEX Leaders on campus each day to teach the leadership habits to each classroom, play with the students during recess, and pass out prizes earned. They have been a great addition to the school environment and are connecting well with our students!

We are a little less than halfway to our goal of raising $25,000 for our school. The funds we earn will go towards enhancing our school security, technology upkeep, Teacher Appreciation, and other ways to support our DRES School Family.

Keep bringing in those pledges!

APEX REMIX Final Event

Parents are welcome to attend the Remix Event on Friday, September 16 in the gym. You will need to check in at the front office before going to the gym. Please plan to bring your ID and give a few extra minutes to get through the line.

8:45-9:15 AM- 1st Grade

9:30-10:00 AM- PreK- Kindergarten

10:15-10:45 AM- 2nd Grade

11:00-11:30 AM- 4th Grade

12:30-1:00 PM- 5th Grade

1:20-1:50 PM- 3rd Grade

The REMIX event will have music, low light, and glow sticks.

Bus Discipline Changes for WCPSS

In order to keep bus drivers, WCPSS has set district-wide expectations for bus riders, as well as district-wide consequences for bus referrals.

District-provided transportation is offered to eligible riders. For the safety of all, students are required to follow certain rules to maintain the opportunity to use this service.

  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Sit in your assigned seat
  • Use a quiet talking voice
  • Remain seated
  • Follow driver’s instructions
  • Arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the stop time
  • Wait at the bus stop in an orderly manner in a safe location
  • Follow loading, crossing rules, and procedures
  • Do not bring inappropriate items on the bus or cab
  • No hitting and no fighting
  • Be totally silent at railroad crossings
  • Keep the bus or cab clean

Consequences for Bus Referrals:

1st referral- Action by school admin

2nd referral- 0-3 day bus suspension

3rd referral- 1-5 day bus suspension

4th referral- 1-10 day bus suspension

5th referral- Susp remainder of year

If your child tends to get bus referrals, we are needing to work together to make sure they can continue to stay on the school bus, especially if they do not have another way to get to school. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right.

Read more detailed information here: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/53041


We will have the Ident-a-kid Program come and take pictures this Tuesday for those that would like to purchase an ID card for your child. You should have received an envelope for you to fill out and return, along with payment, in order for your child to take a picture and receive an ID card.

1 ID Card- $9

2 ID Cards- $12

4 ID Cards- $15

Each Additional Card After 4- $3

If you are interested and haven't received the envelope yet, please contact your child's teacher.

Campus Clean Up- Saturday, September 17- 9:00am-12:00pm

Looking for some volunteer work or a good family activity to do on Saturday?

Come join us for our School Grounds Clean Up Day this Saturday, September 17 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Some clean up needs:

Scrub cafeteria walls.

Pick up trash around the outside of the school.

Build/fix picnic tables.

Pull weeds.

Pressure Wash Cafe Tables

Trim branches.

Items to Bring:

Pressure Washer

Scrubbing sponges

Garden Gloves

Branch Trimmers

Quarter 1 Dates

9-6 to 9-16- Apex Fundraiser

9-16-22- Apex REMIX Event

9-17-22- School Grounds Clean Up Day 9am-12pm- Come help us clean up our school!!

9-22-22- McTeacher Night 4:30-7:30pm- 9698 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

9-26-22- PTA Meeting 6:30pm- DRES Media Center

9-30-22- Last Day of Quarter 1

10-3 to 10-24-22- Track Out

September 26 PTA Meeting- 6:30pm

Please join us for our PTA Meeting on Monday, September 26. We will need to have at least 20 people in attendance in order to vote in the new budget and new officers. The PTA board has invited the 3 School Board candidate running in our district. Wing Ng and Doug Hammack have confirmed they will attend for an informal forum, not a debate.

Cafeteria Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in the cafeteria, please sign up. If you haven't registered to volunteer for this school year, please stop by the front office to complete the volunteer registration.


Join the PTA

  • Please join here if you have not already joined the DRES PTA! Also, please ask grandparents and family members to join!
  • We are working towards a goal of 275 members - if we hit this, every child will get a DRES water bottle sticker
  • Join by Sept 30th to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card

Title 1 Video

Please take a few minutes to view the DRES Title 1 Parent Video here: https://watch.screencastify.com/v/Q5svK6kztKlASPEi5kf2

School Messenger

Do you have a School Messenger account so you don't miss important texts and emails from Wake County Public Schools and Durant Road Elementary?

Read more at this link: https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger

Did you change your phone number or move?

If so, please call the school at 919-870-4220 to give us your new phone number. You can also email it to Mrs. Antonio at santonio@wcpss.net.

If you've moved, please provide an updated gas, electric, water bill, signed lease agreement, or bill of sale for house purchase. Contact Mrs. Antonio for an appointment.

Early Release Dates

DRES will dismiss at 1:00pm. Starting at 1:30pm, all teachers will begin their professional development work so all carpoolers need to be picked up by 1:30pm.

The rest of the Early Release Days for the year for Track 4 are:

November 10

December 5

December 21

March 24

May 9