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Principal's Message, 9-23-22

Greetings Stough Families,

I hope you've had a great week.  Here are your weekly updates:


1.  Monday is a Teacher Workday.  Students attend school Tuesday-Friday next week.


2.  Thursday, October 29 is School Picture Day.  Forms from Lifetouch were sent home this week.


3.  This past week in P2, our community studied the trait, curiosity.  Next week, we will introduce teamwork.  Here is the intro letter with resources for teamwork.


4.  Many of you may have been shocked to see unwanted messages on Class Dojo last weekend.  Please note that this is a hack and not a real teacher at our school.  We have since issued multiple reports to Class Dojo and hope that no further hacking incidents occur.  


5.  I referenced two afterschool clubs in last week's message: KidzArt and Mad Science.  Registrations are open for both:


  • KidzArt - KidzArt after school will offer drawing lessons, starting Oct 13. Class meets on Thursdays 4-5 pm in the Art Room (K-5th grades). Your child will bring home a finished artwork that he/she will be proud of each week! For more info contact Chen the owner at To register please visit
  • Mad Science - Mad Science Monster Mania explores the most amazing parts of science using our favorite villains! From illusions to creepy creatures, and earthquakes to underwater, you won't be fooled by their tricks after this hands-on program. Join us Wed 10/12 - 12/7 skip 11/23 from 4-5:30pm. Grades 1-5. $145


6. Coach Hooker is also ready to bring back Running Club!  Here's his invitation message:


Join Mr. Hooker on the “track” (playground) each week for the Stough Running Club and an opportunity to develop your running skill and improve your cardiovascular fitness.  Students will engage in fun games and activities which will teach the following skills and concepts for running: Warm Up and Cool Down, Form, Stride, Pacing and more.  The goal will be to complete a 5K around Stough’s campus sometime in December.


WHEN? 8:00am-8:45am.  October 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, 30, & December 5, 7. 

WHO? Grades 2-5 (space is limited)

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:  Sneakers, comfortable running clothes, & a water bottle

Please complete this Google Form if you are interested in signing your child up for Running Club.



7. Here's a quick construction update.  The Glenlake project will still have most of the right turn lane and sidewalk closed from Edwards Mill Road as families approach carpool each day.  This should be about one more week.  Please be careful in the afternoons as the end of the carpool line may have less room to queue.  And thank you for continuing to give space at the construction entrances along our carpool line.



8.  Here are your PTA Updates:

Join PTA today!

Please consider joining Stough PTA by next Friday, September 30. Memberships start at $10. If you join at the Car Magnet or Super Stallion level by next Friday, we'll deliver your magnet and/or t-shirt by the end of October, at the latest. More details can be found here:  

Thank you!

Fun Run Prizes Needed

PTA is looking for student Fun Run prizes. If you are willing to donate small, kid-friendly prizes please email 

Examples include gift cards for ice cream, passes for fun activities, new books, etc. . 

Fundraising Co-Chair?

If you are interested in a way to get involved with the PTA, we are looking for a Fundraising Co-Chair. Please email if you are interested.

Stough Fun Run Sponsors 

The annual Stough Fun Run is our largest fundraiser of the year! This event takes place during the school day and is full of fun activities for students. Each student receives a complimentary Fun Run shirt thanks to the support of local businesses. If you own a business or know one that might be interested in sponsoring, please email us at

Bronco Tacos and Playdate- September 28

Visit Bronco Tacos on Edwards Mill road any time after 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! Below 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:

Walk and Roll to School- October 12

Save the date! This is a national event encouraging communities to come together on their morning route to school. Walk & Bike to School ( Stough information coming soon!

Stough Campus Clean Up Day- November 6

Save the date! Sunday, November 6 for Campus Clean Up Day. Join fellow PTA members to weed, spread mulch and beautify our campus. Time: 2:30 to 4:30 PM. More details to come.

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.


Have a great weekend,
Chris Cox, Principal