•  ART SHOW
    The school’s walls are literally covered with art! Each student has their own matted piece displayed in a showcase of our students artistic talents. Tour the show and then try your luck in the PTA’s annual Basket Raffle.
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    BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC
    This event is definitely one to mark on your calendars! It is an exciting time for our Combs families and staff as we kick off the new school year. This event offers families the ability to come in and meet the teacher and drop off any school supplies. Once families have visited the classroom they will have the opportunity to visit information booths set up for Early Arrival, Prepaid Lunch, Carpool Tags, Transportation Information, and YMCA's After School program.
    PTA will also have a booth where you can sign up to be a PTA member, fill out a volunteer interest survey, and purchase Combs Spirit Wear. 
    Food trucks are set up outside the school so we can all visit with one another and celebrate the start of the new school year!
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    BOOK FAIR
    The library overflows with the best of children’s literature for sale in this week long celebration of reading. Highlights include Family Night with pizza and extended hours, and Dress as your Favorite Literary Character Day on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. 
     
    BRACKET BREAKFAST
    To honor our dads, we celebrate in February with Bracket Breakfast. During this special breakfast events, dads and significant others are invited to purchase a breakfast from our school dining room, complete an NCAA basketball tournament bracket, enjoy it with their child.
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    CELEBRATE SUCCESS
    Celebrate Success Assemblies are special assemblies held at the end of every quarter after report cards go home and are designed to spotlight the achievements of our students. Children at all grade levels are recognized for academic achievement, meeting their personal and academic goals, and outstanding performance in special classes (Art, Music, PE, etc.). Character Education awards are also given to deserving students. Parents and guardians are invited to attend this very special event which begins with a short grade level assembly and ends with classroom time. 
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    CHILDREN'S CHAT
    Children’s Chat is a time when student representatives from all grade levels can meet with school administration to discuss student issues and concerns. This forum is designed to allow students the opportunity to provide the administration with feedback and ideas, as well as provide students with the power of defining the school’s core values. This is one of the ways students are empowered to become leaders at A.B. Combs!
     
     
    COMBS' SUMMIT
    This yearly event, mediated by the Combs staff, gives parents a chance to share their vision of what A.B. Combs can become. Parents share hopes on classroom technology, management, extracurricular activities, and much more.
     
     
    CULTURAL ARTS ASSEMBLIES
    A report from the George Lucas Foundation notes that “Years of research demonstrate that arts education is closely linked to almost everything we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and opportunity.” AB Combs students are fortunate not only to have fabulous arts educators on staff and teachers who infuse the arts into other content areas, but a PTA that generously funds arts programming as well. In addition, Combs receives grant funding from the United Arts Council of Wake County to supplement PTA monies. 

    Each year, all students have the opportunity to experience 4-5 arts performances from a range of professional artists, including actors, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Combs students also participate in arts residencies and workshops each year that give them the opportunity to spend extended time in participatory arts exploration. In 2011, the student body collaborated with textile artist Victoria Sowers to weave a tapestry with artifacts representing each individual’s leadership gifts. In 2012, opera performer and composer Yvette Lewis worked with students to explore opera repertoire that exemplifies themes of leadership and to jointly compose an original school song. 

    All of these programs and performances not only increase students’ interest, knowledge, and appreciation of the arts, they are also aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study in other content areas and further that content knowledge as well. 

    These programs would not be possible without the financial support of the PTA. Thanks for playing your part in bringing this crucial programming to our school. 

    Want to learn more about the importance of the arts in education? Take a look: http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development  
     
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    CURRICULUM NIGHT
    An evening in September when parents are invited to see their child’s classroom and hear more about the program offered for his/her child. Grade levels typically synergize to create an informational session for all parents before breaking into smaller classroom groups. 
     
     
    DERBY BREAKFAST
    To honor our moms, we celebrate in May with Derby Breakfast. During this special breakfast events, moms and significant others are invited to purchase a breakfast from our school dining room, make lovely Derby hats, and enjoy it with their child.
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    FIELD DAY
    An evening in September when parents are invited to see their child’s classroom and hear more about the program offered for his/her child. Grade levels typically synergize to create an informational session for all parents before breaking into smaller classroom groups.
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    FIRST IN FITNESS
    At the start of the school year, students in grades 2-5 are given the Presidential Physical Fitness Test to determine students’ flexibility, strength, endurance, and agility. The scores are recorded and evaluated for research purposes and students have the opportunity to earn awards for their overall fitness scores. Based on their performance, a select number of students from each grade are chosen to represent A.B. Combs in the county-wide First in Fitness track meet in the spring. 
     
     
    GATOR GALLOP 
    This fun-filled event promotes fitness and exercise while also being one of the largest fundraisers to help finance our PTA programs including: Technology, Cultural Arts and Physical Education. Every class participates by running or walking laps around the track. Students collect pledges or flat rate donations to raise money for our school. Students can also earn prizes for collecting the most pledges and classes can earn an ice cream party. 
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    GRAND GATOR DAY
    Grand Gator Day is a special day held annually in September. This day is to honor A.B. Combs’ grandparents and/or any special “Grand” friends in the lives of our students. “Grand Gators” are invited to eat lunch with students in our dining hall on that day. It’s always a special day when we can include our family and friends in our school routines!
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    INAUGURAL BALL
    In the fall, students elect their own President and representatives from fifth grade, forming the A.B. Combs Leadership Cabinet. Following these elections, we host an Inaugural Ball to celebrate our student leaders. This ball models the actual Presidential Inaugural Ball. At the ball, our President is sworn in and students perform dances learned in physical education classes. The parents and students always enjoy this evening of celebration and dancing! 
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    LEADERSHIP DAY
    Twice a year (in the fall and spring) educators from all over the world come to learn about our school. Students greet our guests, present flags from countries that are represented at A.B. Combs, give speeches, showcase their talents, present data notebooks, and share their experiences. The visiting educators learn from our students and staff what makes our leadership model so special.
     
     
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    LEADER OF THE WEEK ASSEMBLIES
    Leader of the Week Assemblies are a time for our students to interview and learn more about a local business or community leader. Students research the leader’s job and then practice their interview skills by asking the leader questions centered around the Covey Habits and Baldrige practices. Students are always eager to participate in a Leader of the Week interview! 
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    LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM
    Special assemblies that focus on leadership development and reviewing the 7Habits with demonstrations, books, movie clips, and discussions. At times, Leadership Symposiums involve hosting community leaders as “Leader of the Week”. These meetings are empowering students to cultivate their own leadership style as they learn from others in our school and community. 
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    MORNING NEWS 
    A wonderful beginning to our school day! Student news anchors and tech crew spotlight special announcements, acknowledge student leaders, and discuss special newsworthy information such as current events, 7 habits focus, manner etiquette, science facts, vocabulary development and lots more! 
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    PIECES OF GOLD
    A county-wide talent showcase held in the evening at Memorial Auditorium in March; arts teams from any Wake County school can audition in November; Combs typically auditions with a choral group under the direction of the music teacher. 
     
     
    PTA BASKET RAFFLE
    In conjunction with the Annual Art Show and Choral Concert, each class (and some individuals, too) create a themed gift basket. The baskets are always elaborate, beautiful, and jam-packed with goodies pertaining to its theme. Tickets are purchased and then placed in a raffle box for any selected basket. The more tickets purchased, the better your chance of winning the basket AND the more money raised for A.B. Combs – a WIN-WIN! 
     
     
    READ ACROSS AMERICA
    The first week of March, we celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students and teachers dress as their favorite story book characters and we have special guest readers visit each classroom for this special event. In conjunction with this celebration, we host a school-wide book fair to raise money for new books for our school library. 
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    STEM FAIR
    Every year in February, our leaders in science are showcased at A.B. Combs! Students submit science fair projects, which are judged based on outlined criteria. While participation is encouraged from students at all grade levels, students in grades 4-5 are required to participate. Historically, two-thirds of all Combs students have submitted projects! Students in grades K-3 receive written praise, suggestions from judges, and a participation ribbon. Fourth and fifth graders compete for 1st -3rd place and “Best of Show.” 
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    SPELLING BEE
    This popular event allows its winner to move on to regional and even national competition!
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    SILVER TRAY LUNCHEON
    Every week, classrooms collect data to support and align their behavior in the dining room. A goal is set and “checks” are collected each day. If a class meets its goal for behavior in the dining room, they participate in a drawing for a special lunch. Silver Tray Luncheon celebrates two classes each quarter who have met their behavior goals for the dining room and consistently show LEAD while entering, eating in, and exiting the school cafeteria. Silver Tray Luncheons are the same cost at regular school lunches, but always a treat as they are served on fine china in a festive atmosphere. This social etiquette practice is a treasured tradition for our students! 
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    WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
    An event that celebrates fitness as the whole school begins the day by walking en masse to the campus for a special assembly. Parents welcome! This event is normally held in the fall. 
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