McAllister Minutes

March 2023

Dates to Remember

2/1-4/28 - Yearbooks on Sale

3/6-3/10 National School Breakfast Week (Remember to complete your meal application!)

3/6-3/17 - STEM Focus Week (Iditarod/Iditaread)

3/6-3/8 - CHA Mobile Dental Clinic at RBM STEM

3/6 - A Child's Choice Parent Meeting 7:30-8:15am (1st & 3rd grades) 8:30-9:15am (5th grade)

3/6 - PTO Meeting 2pm in the Cafeteria

3/6 - SIT (School Improvement Team) Meeting 3:15pm in the Media Center

3/7 - Beginning of the Month Brunch Provided by Kindergarten Families

3/8 - 5th Grade Field Trip

3/8 - Tornado Drill

3/9 - Kindergarten LetterLand Parade 1pm on the Track/Field

3/10 - 3rd-5th Grade Panaroma Student Wellness Survey During Morning Meetings

3/10 - Alternate Transportation for Boys and Girls Club Students Due

3/12 - Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward One Hour)

3/14 - Blackout Drill

3/15-3/17 - Boys and Girls Club Closed

3/15 - Digital Learning Day

3/16 - Boys and Girls Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 6am-7:30pm

3/17 - P2 Go Green Spirit Day! (More information on the spirit day/school-wide clean-up coming from Ms. Davis-Johnson soon!)

3/20-3/31 - March Madness PTO Fundraiser

3/24 - End of Grade Period

3/27 - Teacher Workday

3/27-3/29 Kindergarten Registration 9am-12pm

3/30 - Spring Picture Day

3/31 - RBM STEM Spirit Day (Wear blue, gold, and/or Bobcat spirit wear!)

3/31 - 3rd Quarter PBIS Celebrations

4/1 - CCS Job Fair (See Flyer Below and Spread the Word!!!)

4/3 - Kindergarten Night 4-6pm

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Enroll for 2023-2024 NOW!!!

Registration for 2023-2024 is now open!

New Student Enrollment (Grades K-12) can be completed at

Kindergarten Enrollment Checklist (for Required Documents) *For students turning five years old by August 31, 2023) This is a Kindergarten Enrollment Checklist (for Required Documents)

Tutorial on How to Create Online Registration

PTO March Madness Fundraiser

The Excitement Begins on March 20!!!

The Bobcats will Get the 'Ball' Rolling soon to help you Map Out the Madness to support our school!!!

Calling all Bobcats…The RBM PTO is having a basketball calendar fundraiser to help support our school from March 20 - 31, 2023!

What: Classes will be competing in a challenge to fill up their class calendar with donations. The class in each grade span (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) that has their sign-up genius completed first (with donations turned in) will play in the March Madness basketball game against the Encore and Admin. team on Tuesday, April 4, 2023!!

This year we will be having OVERTIME rounds on top of the calendar sign-ups. The class in each grade span that collects the most money will have an ice cream party and the teacher will receive a gift card!

All classes that fill up their sign-up sheet (with donations collected) will be invited to attend the game to see the winning class compete against the teachers.

How this works: Students will pick a day of the month and donate the corresponding dollar amount. For example, if a student chooses the 10th, they will donate $10, or if they choose the 3rd, they will donate $3.

Each class will have a Sign-up Genius that will be sent out through Class Dojo, with a link to our square site to make donations online (preferred method). Feel free to forward the Sign-Up Genius to your family, friends, and neighbors as well!

Each classroom will have a calendar similar to the one on the back of this handout to keep track of donations as they come in. You may also turn in cash or check donations to your teacher that correspond to the date you chose through the sign-up genius if you prefer. Every little bit helps!

We are excited for our Bobcats to have fun with this fundraiser and cannot wait to see which classes will play in the basketball games! If you have any questions, please feel free to email the PTO at

Thank you so much for your support and let’s go Bobcats!

R. Brown McAllister PTO

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School Improvement Plan and Team

  • Review our SIP (School Improvement Plan) and list of SIT (School Improvement Team) members on our school website or a summary of our SIP goals here.
  • Attend any SIT meeting held the the first Monday of each month at 3:15pm. All parents/staff are welcomed to attend but team members only vote on decisions.
Contact an administrator (Ms. Blanchard or Ms. Nickel), SIT chairperson (Ms. Rogers), or a representative (parent or staff) with any questions, concerns, or items for discussion.


Upcoming Events:

STEM Learning Opportunities:

Digital Citizendship

In March our Bobcats will be learning about Relationships and Communication online during their monthly Digital Citizenship lessons. Click here for additional information on this topic and ways to support at home.

Lunch Visitors

We are excited to welcome Bobcat families to join our scholars for lunch. Due to limited space please use the below link to sign up for a lunch slot.
Lunch Visitor Signup

Lunch Menus
*Menu items are subject to change based on availability of our manufacturers and suppliers. Like many other companies across the nation, our manufacturers and distributors are currently having supply chain and staffing challenges. We will do our best to provide all menu choices listed daily. We appreciate your understanding as we continue through these unprecedented times.

Give the Gift of Time

Help us help our RBM STEM teachers and staff!

Please sign-up to volunteer:

  • We need clerical support at the link below for either AM or PM slots on Tuesday and Thursdays throughout the year.

Clerical Sign-Up:

  • We need lunch coverage support from 10:45am-1pm daily throughout the year. (We will have a staff member there to help as well.)
Lunch Coverage Sign-Up:


We are thrilled to have volunteers supporting our students and staff!

  • Parent Participation

    If you are a parent who wants to participate with your child in school activities that are open to all parents for participation, you are not required to have a background check.


    If you are a parent, a family member, or a community person desiring to serve as a school volunteer then you are required to have a background check.

    Examples of how school volunteers may be used include field trip chaperones, classroom volunteers, assisting with enrichment opportunities, etc.

    Continue reading below to complete the background check process:

    • Volunteers play an important role in the success of our schools by providing an extra set of hands, helping increase community support for schools, and giving teachers more time to concentrate on instruction.
    • To understand more about the Volunteer process and to read the CCS Code of Conduct, click on this document link: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and CODE OF CONDUCT

    • If you have any questions about the Volunteer process, including background check or email responses from the BIB company, please call Human Resources at 704-260-5741.


  • Pay School Fees

    Click this button to access the K12 PaymentCenter site.

    Community Support and Resources

    Social Work Support: A list of outside resources and agencies to support families has been compiled by the Cabarrus County Schools School Social Workers. The list includes resources for food, internet, medical, housing, mental health, childcare, unemployment information and more. You can access all of this information here. Additionally, the Cabarrus County School Social Work Department has created a Facebook (and Facebook for Spanish-speaking families and Instagram page. They will be posting community events, resources, and more! Their hope for these accounts is to provide useful information for parents, staff, and the community.

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    The PTO is always in the need of your help, from volunteering at events or even helping on the board. Your help would be greatly appreciated. For more information email us at

    Currently, PTO is looking to fill the following areas of need:

    • Clerical Volunteers to help with general workroom support (i.e. copies, lamination, etc.). Look for the sign-up sheet posted on Dojo soon with opportunities to assist on either Tuesday or Thursday weekly!
    • Lunch Room Monitors to provide duty-free lunches for teachers. Please look for the sign-up sheet posted on Dojo soon with opportunities to volunteer the approximate 2 hour slot.

    Ongoing fundraisers:

    Box Tops ID# 129791

    Harris Teeter ID#1832

    Lowe’s Food ID#60373

    Amazon Smile

    Online Spirit Store

    Monthly PTO Minutes:

    PTO Leadership Team Agenda (February)

    PTO Leadership Team Minutes (February)


    PTO Meeting-Monday March. 6 at 2pm

    PTO Spirit-Wear Sale

    Click the link below for the PTO Spirit Wear Site:

    Purchase your Bobcat spirit wear today to be ready for Spirit Day on March 31st.
    Please send an email to to purchase your Bobcat spirit wear today.
    In the email include the following:

    • Spirit Wear Item
    • Size
    • Child's Name
    • Teacher's Name
    • Payment Type (Venmo, cash, or square)
    Visit the PTO Website for additional information!
    How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:  How to 1 Get the app -Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.  How to 2 Join AmazonSmile -If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, simply sign up at and select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.  How to 3 Turn on AmazonSmile -Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
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    Thank You to Our Sponsors

    Character Education (Social Emotional Learning)

    Third Quarter Weekly Character Strengths/Virtues

    Perseverance JAN 16–20

    Social Intelligence JAN 23–27

    Wildcard/Make-Up JAN 30–FEB 3

    Cheering others’ success FEB 6–10

    Love FEB 13–17

    Humility FEB 20–24

    Love of Learning FEB 27–MAR 3

    Spirit Week MAR 6–10

    Identifying & appreciating the good in others MAR 13–17

    Wildcard/Make-Up MAR 20–24

    Humor MAR 27–31

    PE Spotlights!

    • P2 is spotlighting great things happening with The Positivity Project
    • Anyone can use it to nominate anyone they feel is deserving of a spotlight!

    Nomination form linked here

    Bobcat Celebrations!!!

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    Battle of the Books

    THIS JUST IN! Our Battle of the Books team placed 4th out of 18 teams in the County competition and will be going to the finals at the end of the month! More importantly to me, we were told RBM definitely won the "personality" award. We are so proud of the team: Jack C, Isaac J, Emma K, Emma Scott, Erin L, Victory F, Colin L, and Reaghan B!
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    Vex Robotics

    We have so much to be proud of when it comes to our RBM engineers! Our two Vex Robotics teams, all first-timers, competed in the elementary VEX competition showing teamwork, ingenuity, and grit to the very end, even when the challenge got tough, ranking 19th (Code Cats) and 27th (Robo Bobcats) overall. Here's a link to a highlight reel! *audio credits to Baltimore artist Wordsmith for giving us permission to use his music in RBM media productions.

    CCS Power Up with STEM: A Flight Dynamics Challenge

    The students below were awarded the chance to participate at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center in this year's flight competition. Congratulations to:

    Mackenzie L., Bristol C., Kayleigh Y., Charlotte B., Ruby R., Kennedy S., Raymond S., Jack F. Gus G., and Mason H.!

    Feb 23 Scout SD 480p

    Spirit Shovel

    Lifting the Spirit of Others with Positivity and Character
    • October: Hayden Anderson (Lamont's 4th Grade)
    • November: Bain Floyd (Fain's 1st Grade)
    • December: Xander James (Greco's 1st/2nd Grade)
    • January: Erin Lassiter (Tucker's 4th Grade)
    • Feburary: Luke Slimer (Trott's 1st Grade)
    CCS 2022-2023 School Calendar

    Click here for the district calendar.

    Academic Calendars for 2023-24

    The Cabarrus County Board of Education has revised the previously approved 2023-24 traditional academic calendar and amended the start date to Aug. 10, 2023during their business meeting on Dec. 12th. The calendar was originally approved at the Sept. 19th meeting of the Board of Education with an Aug. 9 start.The 2023-24 academic calendar includes:

    • The first day of school for students will be Aug. 10, 2023. The first workday for staff will be Aug. 2.
    • The 2023-24 traditional academic calendar and 2023-24 Early College calendar fall, winter and spring breaks will align.
    • High school exams will occur prior to the start of winter break on Dec. 18, 2023.
    • The last day of school will be May 22, 2024.
    • Traditional high school graduations will be conducted on May 23-24, 2024 prior to Memorial Day. Early College graduations will be determined at a later date.
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    R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School

    School Hours: 7:45am-3pm

    Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm