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Principal's Message, 9-9-22

Greetings Stough Families,

I hope you and your students have had a great week!  Here are your weekly updates:


1.  Next week is a regular five-day week of school.



2.  Thursday night starting at 6:30pm in the gym will be our Open House for Stough parents and caregivers.  Parking will be a challenge.  Overflow parking is available off of Lakerim Avenue (carpool entrance) in the parking deck.  Here's the schedule for the evening:


  • General Welcome and PTA Meeting, 6:30-7pm in the gym
  • Classroom Session 1, 7:10-7:30
  • Classroom Session 2, 7:40-8:00 
  • AIG and SSA Interest Session, 7:40-8:00 in the Media Center


3.  In case you missed the news release, the State of North Carolina released school performance information for all of its schools this past week.  Additionally, Wake County has created individual School Progress Reports.  In the spirit of transparency, here is the two-page report for Stough.  If I could summarize my thoughts, I'd say that I'm pleased with our results and progress through the years, but I am not satisfied.  Our work to improve the growth for all students continues each and every day.  If you have questions about this data, please connect with me directly.



4.  Our Positivity Project lessons begin next week.  For this first week, our focus in morning meetings will be the introduction of the Other People Mindset.  Here's an introductory letter from P2 for families on this mindset.



5.  This is a reminder that school meals are no longer paid for by federal dollars this year.  Many students already have a negative balance in their accounts.  Here are your options:



Our student services team will begin contacting families soon if your students are amassing negative balances in meal accounts.



6.  Thanks for your adherence to the traffic reminders that we included in last week's message.  Please also be careful while exiting campus.  The carpool exit on to Edwards Mill Road is a right-turn-only.  The carpool exit through the circle on Lakerim Avenue must yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk, which includes most of our walkers each day.  Thanks for supporting these safety guidelines during arrival and dismissal.



7.  Here are your PTA updates:


Stock the Staff Lounge

PTA stocked the lounges with drinks and snacks to start the year, but our shelves are a bit bare from the summer! Please visit our registry and consider donating. Items ship straight to school and the Stough staff truly appreciates this gesture.

Substitute Teacher and IA Appreciation Days

September 5-9 was WCPSS Substitute Appreciation week. Next week, we celebrate Instructional Assistant Day on September 16. These roles are so important to the Stough community!    

First PTA Meeting- September 15

Our first meeting is on September 15 at 6:30 in the gym. We will review the budget and introduce the 22-23 board members.

Two Roosters Ice Cream Fundraiser- September 15

Two Roosters at Lake Boone is hosting a fundraiser on September 15. Grab ice cream after school or on your way to Open House to support the PTA.  

Bronco Tacos and Playdate- September 28

Visit Bronco Tacos on Edwards Mill road starting at 2:00pm on September 28 to support Stough PTA. Then, bring your dinner or just stop by to see friends at the Laurel Hills playground from 5:00-7:00. 

Mandarin Immersion Parent Meeting

Hello new Mandarin Immersion parents and welcome back to returning Mandarin Immersion Parents! We are looking forward to another great school year. We will be hosting our first Mandarin Immersion Parent Meeting via Google Meet on Thursday, September 29th at 7 pm. The meeting will consist of PTA and staff introductions, presentation on the WCPSS Immersion pathway, Judy Ouyang presenting the Participate Learning Curriculum, and ways parents can support their students at home. We look forward to seeing you there! Here is the link for the upcoming meeting. 

Topic: Stough Introduction to Mandarin Immersion

Time: Sep 29, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

PTA Membership

Joining the PTA is a great way to support the Stough community. PTA memberships start at $10 and require no time commitment! You will receive information on volunteer and fundraising opportunities, but there is no obligation to participate as a member. Joining allows you to vote on the budget and in board member elections. Options to join are linked here: 


Fundraisers- Time to link your VIC card! 

Please visit our website for directions on how to link your Harris Teeter VIC card (has to be done every year!) You’ll also find instructions on how to support the PTA when shopping from Amazon Smile. Fundraising - STOUGH MAGNET ELEMENTARY PTA ( 



Have a great weekend,
Chris Cox, Principal