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Good evening for the Terrapin Weekly News!

Battle of the Books and the Running Clubs meet after school on Monday
Journalism Club meets after school on Tuesday
Wednesday progress reports will come home with students
And the Running Clubs meet after school.
This week is Read Across America Week as we celebrate Dr. Seuss. Monday is wear your silly socks, Tuesday is wear green, Wednesday is wacky, crazy hair and clothes day, Thursday is wear a hat day, Friday is wear a college shirt. For detailed information visit our website.
The American Heart Challenge fundraiser is going on now. The activities will be completed in PE class the week of February 25th. Students will complete different activities and compare their heart rates before and after doing each activity. Donations can be made online only. Information was sent home last week. Students can earn Thank-you gifts. All donations must be completed by March 31st.
Field Day t-shirts and shorts go on sale Monday February 25th and sales run through March 11th. Order forms went home Friday the 22nd.
PTSO will be collecting for their Hassle Free fundraiser Monday morning. Tickets are $10 and can be bought each morning before school on the stage in the gym.
Thank you for sending in all your box tops to help the PTSO raise funds!! The 1st grade won with a total of 971 box tops!!
There are still car magnets for sale in the front office for $5.00. Show your Terrapin Pride!

Looking ahead Tar River’s Talent Show is March 7th. Make plans to attend to support our students and enjoy the show.

Here Comes the Bus APP is now Up and Working with a new Code
The bus ap, Here Comes the Bus, has not been working correctly this new school year. It is now up and running. To use the ap it will ask you for a code. That code is 82346. Please use this code and sign back in. If there are still problems please contact our Assistant Principal, in charge of buses, Mary Warehime, 919-482-2767.

We appreciate everyone's patience with the bus routes as the routes are updated for this new school year. We still anticipate times to vary for the first 2 weeks. Thank you for working with us.

Honesty Award Given for November
Honesty Award Given for November
Our School Counselor, Brandi Jacobs, is educating our students about having good Character this year. Each month there will be a different trait that students learn about. November's character trait was Honesty. Classroom teacher's observed their students and chose one or more students who showed Honesty and were deserving of the Honesty Award. Those student's are pictured above.

We are proud of them showing their Good Character!

Flag Honor Guard for 2018-2019
Flag Honor Guard for 2018-2019
4th Graders Kaylee Lund and Madison Blevins have been chosen to be our Flag Honor Guard for this school year. Congratulations to these students!

Thank you to Mrs. Parrot for making our new Honor Guard vests.
Safety Patrol for 2018-2019
Safety Patrol for 2018-2019
Tar River Elementary School would like to announce their 5th grade Safety Patrol for this school year. These students are chosen through an application process. To apply they must complete an application, have recommendations from staff members and have parent approval. These students are instrumental with arrival and departure processes in helping keep our students safe each day. Congratulations to them being chosen.

Pictured left to right:
First row: Josie Day, Maddy Jastrow, Christina Bowen, Penelope Hidalgo-Gato, Addison Preddy, Dalton Pollock, Elys Edgecombe, Sara Roberson, Lauren Ethridge, Mikayla Pollay, Bella Kiefer, Abby Gerovac, Second row: Maddie Clement, Mackenzie Edmondson, Sebastian Cronin, Madison Walker, Naima Charles, Wyatt Besaw, Alexa Watson and Nicholas Dietrich. Not pictured are, Dasyni McCray and Gavin Lawrence.
  • Team Up Against Drugs and Bullying
Honor Society Officers Elected for 2018-2019
Honor Society Officers Elected for 2018-2019
Our Honor Society has elected the new officers for this school year. They are Peyton Currin - Vice President, Bristol Biegenzahn - President, Abygail Gerovac - Secretary
Our Terrapin Mascot Has a Name
Our Terrapin Mascot Has a Name
Our student body suggested names and the top names were chosen and presented to the school. The staff and students had a chance to vote and when the results were tallied our Tar River Terrapin Mascot has a new name! Please let us introduce you to "Shelly the Terrapin".
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.
Congratulations to our Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Year! 2017-2018
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!

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
Hurricane Florence Relief
We here were spared the devastating effects of the hurricane last week but others in our State lost everything. To help those that have been affected by the hurricane we are sponsoring a drive to collect items that are needed immediately.
Collection dates are Friday, Sept. 21st – Friday Sept. 28th.
Below you will see the list of items we are asking for. We are asking for these specific things to make sure that items donated are the items that are needed. You can send them to school with your child or drop them off in the boxes provided in front of the school during morning arrival.
Canned goods only – vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, Chef Boyardee like foods, canned meats, manual can openers.
Hygiene items – Shampoo, Conditioner, soap, baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes, tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, and hand sanitizer.
Cleaning Supplies – spray cleaners, rubber gloves, cleaning cloths, paper towels, Clorox Wipes and heavy duty trash bags.
Thank you for helping!
Our School Day Schedule
First Bell Rings each morning at 7:55.
The Tardy Bell Rings at 8 am. Students are to be in their class when this bell rings or they are tardy.

Bus Riders are released at 3:15 pm
Car Riders are released at 3:20 pm.

If your child must be checked out early our cut-off time for check-outs is 2:40 pm.

Thank you for having your student here each day in their class before 8 am ready to learn!

Daily Dismissal Time and Early Release Time Changing
To make up for the time missed due to the Hurricane our daily dismissal time is being increased by 5 minutes. We will now dismiss our bus riders at 3:15 and car riders at 3:20 beginning on October 15th.

This year our Early Release time will be changed TO 12 pm FROM 11:30 am. This will be our Early Release time from here on out for our school beginning on the October 18th Early Release day.
  • Family Storytelling Night
Welcome to our New Tech Lab Manager Mr. Page
Welcome to our New Tech Lab Manager Mr. Page
Welcome to Tar River Elementary!
Thank you for Giving to Wills Way and The Giving Tree!
Thank you for Giving to Wills Way and The Giving Tree!
Its all packed up and ready to be delivered! We appreciate everyone's generosity!
School Spirit Magnets $5
School Spirit Magnets $5
For Sale in the Front Office!
  • Mrs. Floyd's 4th Grade Complete Their Character Trait Project
    To learn about character and make connections in their reading and writing they completed an educational project in October.

    Students learned about different character traits. They developed a character with that trait and then wrote stories showing that trait and a character change. After completing their story they painted a pumpkin demonstrating the facial expression that their character would display.

Peyton Currin is our Student Ambassador
Peyton Currin is our Student Ambassador
The Student Ambassadors for the county had their meeting in November with Superintendent Dr. McLean. Our representative is 5th Grader Peyton Currin. Thank you for representing our school.