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Friday, September 21st
Grades K-2: 3:30-4:30 pm
Grades 3-5: 6-8 pm
Tickets are $5 for Grades K-5

Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Sept. 17th. See a PTSO member on the stage in our gym from 7:45 to 8:00 am only. You can send the money in with your child to purchase the tickets.

Sorry in advance, but there are NO REFUNDS.

No Phones are allowed inside the dance.

Donations are needed and appreciated of small chip bags and juice pouches. Drop them off in the front office.
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

Good evening Terrapin Families for the weekly news from Tar River.

Monday is our Independence day. Students will be dropped off at the front door.

This includes all students in our building. Thank you for helping us keep our student’s safe.

Monday morning in the gym the dance tickets will be on sale. Tickets are just $5, cash only, and students may purchase these from 7:45 to 8 am. They will be for sale each morning this week. Tickets will not be available in the office.

Friday we will be celebrating Grandparents Day. All grandparents are invited to come eat lunch with their grandchild. We look forward to welcoming them to our school .

Friday evening the Back to School dance will be held. The K-2 dance will be from 3:30-4:30 pm, the 3-5 dance will be from 6–8 pm. Concessions will be available for purchase at the 3-5 dance. Donations of bagged chips and juice pouches are needed for the K-2 dance. These may be dropped off at the front office.

Thank you to our families that attended our Title 1 Family night this past Thursday night. We had some valuable input to help us as we plan our vision for the future.

Thank you to our bus rider families as you have been patient with bus routes continuing to be fine-tuned. We hope they will be finalized this week.

Reminder parents that the cut-off time for early check-out is 2:40 pm.

Don’t forget that if your child is out, you will need to send in a note upon their return in order for their absence to be excused. To see what absences are excused you may visit our student handbook.

Get your Terrapin Spirit wear! Spirit wear order forms will be available during the dance Friday night. Also be looking for spirit wear order forms to be coming home with your child soon!

Box Top collection will start September 17th and run through September 28th. Start saving those box tops!

Our BIG Fall Fundraiser will be kicking off soon as well on September 21st and run through October 5th.

Remember PTSO’s next meeting is September 20 at 6:30 pm in the media center. We need your help! Please make plans to attend and join our winning team!

Thank you for a great 2nd week of school! Have a wonderful evening!
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.
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.

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.

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!
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!!