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Wednesday the battle of the books meets after school

Good evening for the Terrapin Weekly News!

Tuesday afternoon the Spelling Bee team will be meeting after school until 4:30 pm.

Wednesday the Battle of the Books Team will meet

Thursday the Chess club will meet after school.

Looking ahead:

The Book fair will be here the week of February 26th. We need volunteers to help, sign up outside of the office.

Our Tar River School Showcase is being held on Feb. 27th. We invite you to come out and bring your friends to see what our school is all about.

March 1st is an early release day at 11:30. Parents be reminded that the after school program will not operate on this day.

The Spelling Bee will be held here on March 6th at 6:30 pm.

A message from our PTSO:

PTSO still has spiritwear for sale. Gray short sleeve tshirts are $10 and Tar River tumblers are $20.

The Box top Winner was our 5th grade! Thank you to everyone who sent in box tops for this competition.

-PTSO is gearing up for our Boosterthon fun run in May and looking for businesses to sponsor tshirts so every child can receive one. See a PTSO member if interested.

-PTSO is also looking for sponsors for our Quarter Auction in June. If you or someone you know is interested in donating new items like coolers, grills, services, or gift cards to be "auctioned" off PTSO would love to talk with them.
  • 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.

Jump Rope For Heart
Jump Rope for Heart will Kick-off on Jan. 31st with an assembly for students. The packets will be sent home on January 24th.
Students will jump during the week of Feb. 5th-9th.
Thank you for supporting Jump Rope for Heart!
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.

Welcome for the '17-'18 Year!
Welcome to Tar River for the New Year!

Our doors unlock at 7:35 each morning for students to enter the building.
Students who eat breakfast can go to our cafeteria. All other students will report to our gym until the bell rings at 7:55.

Parents are not allowed past the front hallway until our first bell rings. You are welcome to wait in the hall with your student until then.

Our Bell rings to start our day at 8 am. If students are not in their classroom at that time they are tardy. Parents make sure that you allow enough time for your student to walk to their classroom when they are dropped off. If they are tardy we ask that you walk in your child to check them in at the the front office and receive their tardy pass.

Reminder, parents are not allowed to walk their
child to class if they are tardy.

At 8 am our outside doors are locked and the building can be accessed by ringing our front bell. Someone will come let you in as soon as possible.

Each grade level has a different lunch time. Please ask your student what their time is. We welcome you to eat lunch with your child when convenient. Please stop by the front office to check in and then meet your child at the cafeteria.

The school day ends at 3:10 when our Bus Bell rings. Bus students report to their bus at this time.

3:15 our Car Rider bell rings and students report to our main hallway to wait for their rides. Parents of Car Riders are reminded that they will need their green window sign displayed when picking up their child. The front office has extra if you need one during the school year.

Carpool line usually is done by 3:30. If you are later to pick up your child you must come into the school to retrieve them from the office.

When checking your child out early for an appointment or other reason please do so before 2:45.

If there are any other questions or concerns feel free to contact our school at our main number 919-528-2767.

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic year together!
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.
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.
The Granville County Teacher of the Year award was given to our wonderful music teacher, Angela Mangum!! We are very, very proud of her and this great honor!
  • 2016-2017 Spelling Bees
    2016-2017 Spelling Bees
    After the Qualifying Tests we have determined who our Spelling Bee Contestants are for our Spring Spelling Bee!

    Congratulations to all 96 students who tried out for the competition! We are proud of you all for giving it a try!

    33 students were chosen because they scored the highest on the tests. They are:

    2nd Grade
    Laila Oakley
    Gregory Raub
    Sofia Delgado-Ogaz
    Kiernan Kruger
    Morgan Congleton
    Grant McMillan
    Charlotte Raynor
    Makena Shedd

    3rd Grade
    Madeline Jastrow
    Jaimie Grimes
    Valerie Puca
    Colton Feimster
    Abygail Gerovac
    Gabriela Gomez
    Asa Swain
    Tyler Wrenn

    4th Grade
    Tyeesha Faulcon
    Elizabeth Baker
    Caylee Bertolette
    Allie Currin
    Kyndall McMillan
    Naomi Charles
    Chloe Henderson
    Abigail Shaeffer
    Jana Tackema

    5th Grade
    Destiny Wilkerson
    Megan Clay
    Kylyn Dean
    Jonathan Grimes
    Vashti Pearson
    Georgia Preddy
    Samiya Staton

    Spelling Bees are scheduled for
    2nd/3rd Grade Bee
    March 7th
    4th/5th Grade Bee
    March 8th

    6:45 pm

    Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

  • Colton Feimster - the 2nd/3rd Grade Winner
  • Tar River's Elementary Honor Society Induction Held Feb. 28th
    Tar River's Elementary Honor Society Induction Held Feb. 28th
    Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade students that were chosen for our inaugural Elementary Honor Society induction.

    Jaden Bragg
    Allie Currin
    Grayson Gaul
    Samantha Kusan
    Abigail Shaeffer
    Hallie Stephenson
    Ashlyn Touchette
    Connor Thompson
    Harley Harrison
    Emma Haynes
    Olivia Kruger
    Caitlin Macialek
    Vashti Pearson
    Georgia Preddy
    Destiny Wilkerson

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 2016-2017 year.
Our Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Angela Mangum, our Music Teacher.
Our Teacher Assistant of the Year is Mrs. Jamie More from our Media Center.

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!

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