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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
phone calls please contact our front office to verify they have your correct contact information.

Monday – for teacher appreciation bring in a flower for your teacher. The running clubs meet after school. Our Winning Battle of the Books Team will be honored at the Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday - write a thank you note to your teacher – Strategic Planning meeting 3:45 pm – Spelling Celebration after school for student that were in the Spelling Bee and Spellebratio until 5 pm.

Wednesday – bring in a snack for your teacher – Progress reports go home - Cool 2 B Kind club meets after school. NEHS meets after school.

Thursday – bring in classroom supplies for your teacher

Friday – bring in a teacher surprise - End of Year Dance after school.

End of School Dance is next Friday, May 10. K-2 is 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. and 3-5 is 6p.m. -8p.m. Tickets will be on sale next week before school in the gym. The price is $5. The theme is Hawaiian Luau.

NEHS will be having a coin drive during the afternoon car pick-up to raise money for Relay for Life Monday through Wednesday of this week. Students will be coming by to collect coins or any donations in the car line. Thank you for your support.

The PTSO will be meeting Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. We will be electing new officers for next year. All Parents are invited to attend. If you are interested in participating in PTSO, please email Bridget Harris. Her email address is on our website on the PTSO information page.

Journalism club members be reminded that May 10th is your rough draft deadline. Please have those completed by that date.

Looking ahead there will be a Spring Fest Concert on May 21st at 6:30 pm in our multi-purpose room. There will be reserved seating available. If interested please contact Mr. Endress, the music teacher.
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.

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.
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!

  • Family Storytelling Night
  • Bracelet and Pledge Card
  • C2BK (Cool to Be Kind) Club Taking Applications Now
    C2BK (Cool to Be Kind) Club Taking Applications Now
    A new club has formed at Tar River for 3rd-5th grade students. It’s called the C2BK (Cool to Be Kind) club. It is made up of individuals who want to inspire classmates to be kind, help each other and support each other. Club members are focussing on promoting kindness at school, home and in the community.
    The first meeting was held on November 7th after school. There were 58 students who attended. Each student signed their pledge card and received their bracelet to show that they are a member of the club.

    Next Tuesday, November 13th, is World Kindness Day. Each student was given the assignment to create a poster that gives a message of love and kindness that will be posted around the school.

    The Meeting Schedule is:
    Nov. 7th
    Dec. 5th
    Jan. 9th
    Jan. 23rd
    Feb 6th
    Feb. 20th
    March 6th
    March 27th
    April 10th
    May 8th
    May 22nd.

    Stay tuned for more information about the great things these students will be doing to inspire others to be kind and caring.

    Thank you to our school Counselor, Brandi Jacobs, who has started this club at the request of our Tar River Students.

    Mrs. Jacobs, TRES School Counselor
  • Creating Cards for the Holiday
    On December 5th the club met to make cards for the Will's Way Project. They created cards with the message of light. They also made cards that will be shared with Tar River Families before the Holiday.
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.
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
Spotlighting TOP Attendance
Spotlighting TOP Attendance
Congratulations to 3rd grade for top attendance for January and to 3rd grade for December.