DRES Family Message

2022-2023 School Year

Message From Mrs. Sanchez

Hello Durant Road Family,

We are so excited to start the 2022-2023 school year next Friday, July 29! Welcome back to all of our returning families and welcome to all of our new families joining us this year. Please take some time to read over this message to prepare for the school year. We look forward to partnering with you this year to make this an amazing year for everyone. Hope to see you at the Back To School Bash this Saturday!


Tracie Sanchez, Principal

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Meet The Teacher 1st-5th Grade

1st - 5th Grade Meet The Teacher is on Tuesday, July 26.

1st-2nd Grade- 4-5pm

3rd-5th Grade- 5-6pm

If you do not yet know who your child's teacher will be, please call the school between 8:30am-4:00pm and we will give you this information, or you can receive it when you arrive for Meet The Teacher.

We will have the following tables set up at Meet The Teacher:


2. Walker Sign Up

3. Carpool Tags

4. Bus Questions

5. YMCA After School

6. Girl Scouts

7. Lee Brothers

8. Zebra Robotics

1st-5th Graders New To DRES or Coming Back From Virtual Academy

Are you coming into 1st-5th grade and new to DRES or returning from Virtual Academy? Come meet Principal Sanchez, go on a school tour, and learn about our school-wide expectations on Wednesday, July 27 from 2-3pm.

Carpool Tags

Carpool tags will be given out at Meet The Teacher. New families will need to read the carpool directions and sign a form, which will include who is allowed to pick up the child from carpool.

Durant Road Elementary issued carpool tags MUST be used this school year. No handmade tags will be accepted. If you do not have your tag, you will be required to show your ID before your child will be called out for carpool.

All family members will use the same carpool tag number. New families will receive 2 tags to start with. If additional tags are needed, families will need to pay $3 per tag.

If you have lost your tags, please contact the school and we can issue you a new carpool number and tags. Your current number will then need to be discontinued.

If you are a current family and need to change who can pick up the child through carpool, please send an email to Mrs. Sanchez at tsanchez@wcpss.net

Bus Route Changes

WCPSS has changed some bus routes for DRES so please locate your current bus stop and bus route # so you will be prepared to get your student on the correct bus for school on Friday, June 29.


If you are new to DRES and do not know your child's bus stop, please call the school at 919-870-4220 and we can give you this information.


If your family lives within walking distance to the school and would like to walk your child to and from school, you will need to fill out a walker form for this year and receive walker badges. These badges will need to be with the parent that comes on campus to pick up the student. Two walker badges will be given per family. All people coming on campus to pick up a student must have a walker badge on them so they are easily identifiable. Walker directions will be given to parents when they register as a walker. A walker table will be set up at Meet The Teacher.

Kindergarten Staggered Entry & Kindergarten Meet The Teacher

Kindergarteners will only come to school 1 day during 7/29-8/3. If you do not yet know your Kindergarten teacher or staggered entry date, please call the school between 8:30am-4:00pm and we will get this information to you.

Parents are welcome to sign in and walk their Kindergartener down to the classroom on their staggered entry day only. No more than 2 adults per child will be allowed to enter the building and must have ID's on them.

All Kindergarteners will start on Friday, 8/5/22. They will need to come into school from the bus, as registered walkers, or through carpool. If your child needs additional assistance to get out of the vehicle through carpool, please turn on your 4-way blinkers and staff will be alerted to assist your child.

We will have staff available to walk the children down to their classrooms from the bus entrance and carpool entrance.

Kindergarten Meet The Teacher will be Thursday, August 4 at 11:00am. Parents will come in and learn about the classroom, what the children will be learning throughout the year, and ways to stay updated.

Free/Reduced Meals 22-23

Please sign up for Free/Reduced Price Meals for the 22-23 school year here: https://www.myschoolapps.com/, call (855) 832-5226, or come by the school for a paper version. You'll need your child's ID number to apply. You only need to apply 1 time for each household.

The General Assembly of NC just passed approval that any family that qualifies for Free OR Reduced priced meals will receive them all FREE for the 22-23 school year.

Full Price Meals are: Breakfast- $1.50, Lunch- $3.00

YMCA After School Care

The After School program at Durant Road Elementary is run by the YMCA.

Pricing and Registration:

Register for five-day, yearly After School for the entire 2022 - 23 school year by Sept. 9, and receive 50% off Holiday Care at the Y. Plus you'll receive our best price for after school!

The YMCA offers two different ways to register for After School – by the year or by the week.

After School is offered 3, 4 or 5-days a week. After School per Year Cost $2,127 (Member, 5-day) $2,658 (Participant, 5-day) After School per Week Cost $66.70 (Member, 5-day) $83.38 (Participant, 5-day)

Register Here: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/schools/durant-road-elementary-after-school

For more information, please contact Kate Revels at 919-576-6124, or Kate.Revels@YMCATriangle.org.

Open House- Save The Date

We will have an Open House/Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 1 from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Receiving this message and not coming back to DRES?

If you are changing schools haven't reached out to Mrs. Antonio yet, please contact her to let her know at santonio@wcpss.net or call at 919-870-4220.

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.