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Kindergarten Registration Going on Now!
Kindergarten Registration Going on Now!
Tar River is enrolling for Kindergarten now!!!

Please come by and enroll to start your child's educational journey with our school! We look forward to welcoming you to our Terrapin Family!

What you will need:
Current Immunizations
Birth Certificate
Driver License of parent registering child.
Current Proof of Residence which can be:
power bill, gas bill or water bill with parent name on the bill and the current address
Lease or rental agreement with parent name and address listed as renter

All of these items will need to be provided before your child can be enrolled. If you have any questions about this process please contact the school.

If you would like to get a jump on the paperwork the enrollment packet is available on line for you to print out and fill out. The link is on the front page of our website under Quick Links. Just bring your completed paperwork with you and we will provide the pieces that are not included online.

Relay for Life Coin Drive Raised $585!
The Coin Drive Raised $585! Thank you for Supporting Relay for Life!

Relay for Life Coin Drive
Let's Help Cancer Research Grow!
Next week, from April 30th - May 4th, the NEHS (National Elementary Honor Society) is going to be collecting loose change for Relay For Life. There are two opportunities for you to donate to this coin drive. Each morning, NEHS students will go to classrooms to collect change from students who would like to donate. In the afternoon, NEHS students will be collecting change during carpool. (Dollars or checks made to the American Cancer Society will be accepted too.) Anyone who donates to the cause can sign a "raindrop" to be placed on the display in the front of the school. Be sure to watch how your support grows over the week.
Thanks for helping Relay for Life

  • Spelling Bee 2018
    Spelling Bee 2018


    Our Spelling Bee is scheduled for March 6th at 6:30 pm.

    Students who took the qualifying test and were in the top 16 are as follows:

    Morgan Congleton
    Sofia Delgado-Ogaz
    Naima Charles
    Abygail Gerovac
    Colton Feimster
    Jaimie Grimes
    Bella Kiefer
    Valerie Puca
    Tyeesha Faulcon
    Chloe Henderson
    Caylee Bertolette
    Kyndall McMillan
    Abigail Shaeffer
    Jana Tackema
    Ashlyn Touchette
    Naomi Charles
    Congratulations to these students and Good Luck!

    This year our county will be hosting a County Bee. Each Elementary School will be sending their winner to compete. This Bee will be held on March 27th. The winner of our County Bee will then travel on to the National Bee in Washington, DC.

Terrapin Weekly News - Stay up to date
This information is sent out every Sunday night at 7:15 pm by phone and email to help keep our families informed. If you are not receiving these calls or emails please contact the school to insure we have your correct contact number.
Wednesday the battle of the books meets after school

Congratulations to our Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Year!
We are very proud to announce our Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Year for the 2017-2018 year.
Our Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Lori Phillips kIndergarten teacher.

Our Teacher Assistant of the Year is Mrs. Shannon Hunnsinger, EC TA

These two were nominated and voted into these positions by their peers. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to Tar River. They are two of the reasons that our school is a great place to be!

STRIDE - TRES 3rd-5th Grade Boys
STRIDE - TRES 3rd-5th Grade Boys
"Tar River is excited to announce that we will be offering the boys version of Girls on the Run this year called STRIDE. Stride is a program for 3rd-5th grade boys in which valuable life skills are taught to encourage growth socially, psychologically, and physically. While learning these skills, boys will build endurance to complete a Polar Express 5k that will be held on December 9th.

Excellence in character

Season Begins Sept. 25th and meets every Monday and Thursday after school.

Practice for 5K - Oct. 28th
Polar Express 5K - Dec. 9th.
Thank you for our Successful United Way Campaign!
Thank you for our Successful United Way Campaign!
With help from the Students and Staff we raised $1,123.86!
Way to Go!
Thank you to our Chair people, Lisa Slingerland and Pam Lund for doing a wonderful job of organizing our fundraisers!

Our Coin Drive raised over $263!!! For reaching $100 Mrs Robbins has volunteered to wear the Terrapin Costume for a whole day and since you reached $200 she will now also dye her hair Teal and because we passed $225 Ms. Jordan will also dye her hair teal! Thank you for your generosity!!!

The Week of October 16th students can donate $1 and that donation will allow them to attend a dance during their club time the week of October 24th - 30th. They can give their $1 donation to their classroom teacher.

Got Parent Portal??
If you have a child that is 3rd - 5th grade then you can sign-up for Parent Portal and keep up with their grades throughout the school year. All you need to do is come visit Mrs. Lue, Data Manager, in the front office to receive your student's information to create this account. An ID will be needed to prove you are the parent/guardian.
Our PTSO Won $500 in Box Tops Contest!!!
Congrats to our PTSO for entering the BJs Box Tops Education Sweepstakes sponsored by General Mills Sales, Inc. They were informed that they won $500 in the contest to be used toward our school. Thank you to Amanda Hild our PTSO Box Tops coordinator!
Coach Meyer Receives Bowling Grant!!!
Coach Meyer Receives Bowling Grant!!!

ARLINGTON, Texas – Fourteen schools and organizations have been selected to receive a Bowler’s Ed grant, which features mobile bowling equipment and curriculum kit. International Bowling Campus Youth Development awards the grants for the in-school bowling program kits designed to teach children the sport of bowling.

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District in Carrollton, Texas, will receive four kits for their district, so a total of 17 kits will be distributed.

By providing schools and organizations with the Bowler’s Ed equipment kits, educators can teach the lifelong sport of bowling to their students in a bowling-center atmosphere inside a school or gymnasium. Besides providing a true bowling experience, the kits feature activities to enhance cardiovascular health, coordination and endurance while showing the children how much fun they can have bowling.

“With the Bowler’s Ed kits, IBC Youth Development gives teachers a ready-made fun and educational program,” IBC Youth Committee chair Melissa McDaniel said. “It’s a great way for us to bring the sport to the next generation and teach children about teamwork, math and so much more.”

The schools and organizations were selected to receive the Bowler’s Ed kit, valued at $2,200, after submitting an application. The list of schools and organizations receiving grants:

Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, Carrollton, Texas
Champaign Area USBC, Rantoul, Illinois
Foothill Elementary, Pittsburg, California
Fremont Elementary School BASE, Fremont, Indiana
Greenwood Elementary, Plymouth, Minnesota
Hamilton BASE Camp, Hamilton, Indiana
Hidden Valley Elementary School, Savage, Minnesota
Hill City Elementary PTO, Jasper, Georgia
Indian Land High School, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Lawton Middle School PTO, Lawton, Michigan
Manitoba Tenpin Federation, Winnipeg, Canada
Tar River Elementary School PTSO, Franklinton, North Carolina
The Novus Academy, Grapevine, Texas
Virgil I. Grissom Elementary, Old Bridge, New Jersey

The Bowler’s Ed grant program was developed to provide opportunities to teach students the sport of bowling with instructional curriculum and equipment available to use in school or other facilities. In 2016, 65 grants were awarded to public/charter schools and organizations in 29 states.

Bowler’s Ed is a curriculum- and equipment-based physical education program designed to introduce students in grades K-8 to the lifetime sport of bowling through an easy-to-follow, fun- and fitness-oriented lesson plan. Children acquire skills that build strong bones, burns calories, promotes balance and coordination and develops sportsmanship.

Go to to learn how schools and organizations can benefit by partnering with Bowler’s Ed.

About International Bowling Campus
The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; IBC Youth Development; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.
Pest Management Notification
Notification of Pesticide Use: Our school system may find it necessary to use pesticides to control pests at your school or other school system site. North Carolina state law gives you the right to be notified annually of our school system’s pesticide application schedule, and 72 hours in advance of pesticide applications made outside that schedule, but the latter only if you request notification ahead of time using the form provided on this site.

Exemptions: Certain relatively low-risk pesticides are exempted from these notification requirements, including antimicrobial cleansers, disinfectants, self-contained baits and crack-and-crevice treatments, and any pesticide products classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as belonging to the U.S. EPA’s Toxicity Class IV, “relatively nontoxic.” Your right to be notified extends to all non-exempt pesticide applications at your school or other non-school site (office building, garage, workshop, etc.), both indoor and outdoor pesticide applications, and including applications that take place over summer recess, holidays, weekends, or after school hours.

Emergency Pesticide Use: In the event that a non-exempt pesticide must be used for a pest control emergency at your school or other site and there is not adequate time to notify you more than 72 hours in advance, and you have requested advance notice, you will receive a notice of emergency pesticide application less than 72 hours before, or as soon as possible after the pesticide application.

To request advanced notification of non-exempt pesticide applications at your school or other site, please return the enclosed form to Your School Site Contact where it will be kept on file until June 30, 2017. The contact at your school will be notified in the event advanced notification is necessary. People wishing to receive pesticide use notification for multiple school district sites should submit a form to the IPM manager at each site. You will need to submit a new copy of this form each year, and every time you wish to update or change your preferred contact information. Additional copies of this form are available by contacting your site IPM Manager at your school or by contacting Betty Hicks at 693-4613 or by email at

Click HERE to access the following:

Annual Notification and Schedule of Pest Management for School Year 2016-2017
Request for Notification before Non-Exempt Pesticide Applications
Pest Management Board Policy 9205
Will's Way Project - A Light in the Dark and our Giving Tree
Will's Way Project - A Light in the Dark and our Giving Tree
Will's Way Project - A Light in the Dark

Our Honor Society is sponsoring a community project along with our Angel Tree this year. We would like for you to help with Will's Way Project. We will be collecting items for parents and caregivers of children at the UNC Children's Hospital to be delivered on Christmas Eve.
These families spend many days in the hospital and sometimes do not have the time to leave to retrieve items that they may need. These kits that will be created will be available to these families in their time of need. Thank you for giving to this worthy cause.

Items needed:

Travel Size Handsanitizer
Travel Size Lotion
Travel Size Shower Gel
Chewing gum
small size puzzle books
small size adult coloring books
colored pencils
individually wrapped snacks, Chips, crackers, etc.
individually wrapped bars ( granola or nutrition bars)

Tar River Giving Tree (gift cards or toys)

Donate gift cards of $5 and up. We ask that you purchase gift cards from Walmart, Target, Dollar General or local grocery stores. Please be sure to write the amount on the gift card.

Donate a toy for a student in need. We ask that toys be new and unwrapped.

When: Gift cards or toys can be donated from Monday 11/27 to Monday 12/11.

Where: Front Office

when you donate a gift card or toy, you will be given a turtle ornament to wrtie your name on and place on the giving tree.

Thank you for recognizing the true meaning of the season and giving what you can!
  • 2017 NC Honor's Chorus
    2017 NC Honor's Chorus
    We had 2 students to be chosen for the North Carolina Honors Chorus this year. They are Jana Tackema and Grayson Gaul. They attended the event in Winston Salem, NC the first weekend of November. We are proud of their hard work and them representing Tar River Elementary.
  • Spellebration Jr Contest was Oct. 26th - Butner Stem Middle School
    Spellebration Jr Contest was Oct. 26th - Butner Stem Middle School
    Tar River is ready to be the Defending Champs from last year's Spellebration, Jr. We have three strong teams ready to compete! We invite everyone to come out to support them at the event and cheer them on. Thursday, Oct. 26th, 6 pm, Butner Stem Middle School's gym.

    Our Teams are:

    The Lightning Librarians - Kyndall McMillan, Gabriela Gomez, and Sofia Delgado-Ogaz

    Spelling Bee Terrapins - Chloe Henderson, Valerie Puca, Makena Shedd

    Speedy Spellers - Christa Kilduff, Colton Feimster, Charlotte Raynor

    Good Luck and let's bring home that trophy again!!
  • Chess Club meets after school on Thursdays
    Chess Club meets after school on Thursdays
    Student's who signed up for Chess Club will go to the first Chess Club after school meeting on Thursday, October 19th. The original information stated October 12th, but the 12th is an Early Release day.