Rutherfordton Elementary

Rocket Family Update - Week of October 4-8

Weekly Note from Mrs. Clement

October 3, 2021

Dear Rocket Families,

This week your child will receive their report card for the 1st 6 weeks. I ask that you review it carefully, especially comments provided by your child's teacher and reach out with any questions and/or concerns.

While we are all trying to operate and function as normally as possible we simply can't dismiss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had and frankly continues to have on each of us, especially our students and their learning. The last "normal" year our 5th graders experienced was in Grade 2. The last "normal" year for our 4th graders was in Grade 1. The last "normal" year our 3rd graders experienced was in Kindergarten. Our students in 1st grade and Kindergarten have not yet had a "normal" year.

I share all of this to give you frame of reference but to also share with you that I feel we must be as transparent as possible when it comes to your child's academic performance. As you might expect, many of our students are not on grade level due to the countless interruptions to their learning over the last two years. I assure you that our teachers are working non-stop to identify lagging skills and to get them where they need to be. Your children are ALSO working hard and that is why I want you to be in constant communication with your child's teacher so you can be clear if your child's progress is due to skills they have not yet acquired OR their lack of effort in the classroom.

Our students will get back to where they need to be but it will not happen over night. It will take a team effort. Thank you for being a part of the Rutherfordton Elementary Team!

As always, please feel free to reach out to me anytime should you have any questions, concerns and/or suggestions. I may be reached at, by way of Class Dojo or by calling the school at (828) 287-3778.


Michelle Clement


Upcoming Events & Important Information

Report Cards - 1st 6 Weeks

  • Thursday, October 7

Fall Make-up Pictures

  • Tuesday, November 2

Veterans Day Holiday

  • Thursday, November 11
  • No School for Students and Staff

Thanksgiving Holiday/Fall Break

  • Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26
  • No School for Students or Staff