Rutherfordton Elementary

Rocket Family Weekly Update - Week of February 15-19

Weekly Note from Mrs. Clement

February 14, 2021

Dear Rocket Families,

Happy Valentine's Day! Our face-to-face and remote learners enjoyed several activities last week, along with some sweet treats. This week, we are looking forward to celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week at RES.

In addition to daily activities, we will celebrate the week with KINDNESS SPIRIT DAYS for our face-to-face learners and remote learners!

Details listed below:

Monday, February 15, Group A and REMOTE Learners & Thursday, February 18, Group B

  • TEAM KINDNESS: Let's show that we have TEAM KINDNESS! Wear your favorite team or sports clothing.

Tuesday, February 16, Group A and REMOTE Learners & Friday, February 19, Group B

  • THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR KINDNESS: Let's make it a goal to spread kindness everywhere we go! Wear the brightest and happiest colors you have and add a pair of shades!

There will also be a contest in each homeroom Pre-K-5th Grade. Teachers will be watching students closely for their random acts of kindness this week and will submit nominations to our Kindness Committee. Each homeroom will have a Kindness King and a Kindness Queen. We are excited about this very special week.

Our Kids Heart Challenge Classroom Competition continues. As a reminder, this challenge, formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart, is an opportunity to help raise funds for the American Heart Association and our Physical Education program. If 50% of our students register and sign up to take the health challenge, our school will receive $500 in playground or P.E. equipment. You may use this link to get started if you have not already done so.

We will also launch our Yearbook PRE-SALE this week. If you order your yearbook in advance the cost will be $18. Our pre-sale will run from February 15 - March 5. After that time, yearbooks will be $20. You may order online or submit cash or a check to your child's teacher. Please ensure you submit the exact payment as we will not be able to make change. If you pay by check please ensure your payment is to the attention of Rutherfordton Elementary.

Below are a few reminders for our face-to-face and remote only students:

ALL Students: The end of the grading period is this Friday, February 19.

Face-to-Face Students:

  • Please ensure on days students do not attend face-to-face that contact is made daily with teachers for attendance. The detailed attendance policy is below for your reference.
  • ALL morning bus riders must have a signed attestation form each day. (Use this link for access to attestation forms.) ALL PM bus riders should have someone waiting on them each afternoon.

REMOTE Learners:

  • K-1 packet pick-ups on Monday, February 15, beginning at 8:00 AM
  • Daily Enrichment Opportunities (Art, Library, P.E. & S.T.E.M.) are available for our REMOTE learners on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please click on the links below for appropriate grade levels and new times. This week is a RED Week.

Don't forget that next Monday, February 22, is a Remote Learning Day for ALL students. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available by Dojo, email (, or by phone – (828) 287-3778.


Michelle Clement


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Attendance Reminder

Maintaining attendance during Remote Learning is crucial. As a reminder, below is the attendance policy for remote learning:

  • Attendance will be recorded daily in PowerSchool. A student is considered present if he or she completes the daily assignment, either online or offline or has a daily interaction with the appropriate teacher. A student will not be considered absent solely due to an inability to join an online lesson on a remote learning day. You can contact your child's teacher easily through Dojo. Students can also contact their teachers through Canvas.

  • Students are expected to complete assignments missed due to an absence in a time frame determined by the teacher.

  • Excused absence documentation still needs to be provided via email communication (alternative to parent note) or document scans (doctor’s note, educational trip verification, family death obituary, etc.).

Upcoming Events

Optional Teacher Workday - Remote Learning Day

  • Monday, February 22, 2021

Required Teacher Workday - Professional Development Day - Remote Learning Day

  • Friday, March 19, 2021

Optional Teacher Workday - Remote Learning Day

  • Friday, April 2, 2021

Spring Break

  • Monday, April 5, 2021 - Friday, April 9, 2021
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