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Apex Friendship Elementary School, opening August 2022


July 15, 2022


Open House for all grades except Kindergarten


Friday, August 26, 2022

8:30-10:30 am - Last Names A-L

4:00-6:00 pm - Last Names M-Z


This event is informal.  You may arrive at any time during the window.  You will receive an email from your child’s teacher on the morning of August 26 by 7am.  When you arrive on campus, you can report to your child’s classroom.  We will have many staff members and signage to support with directions.  PTA will be present on site as well.  You will pick up carpool tags from your child’s classroom.


While we would like for families to attend during their assigned time to support traffic patterns and crowding, we understand that some families may need to attend at the other time to fit their individual needs.  


Open House for Kindergarten


Friday, September 2, 2022



Similar to the event on August 26, teachers will send an email to families on the morning of September 2, 2022.  Families can report to their child’s Kindergarten Class.  Parents can come anytime during the window.  There is no formal presentation.


Traffic during Open Houses


We have approximately 90 parking spaces for staff behind the tower.  We have about the same number of staff members, so parking is going to be limited.


There are no events happening at the other schools on our campus on August 26.  You will be able to park in the student lot at the high school and walk to the school.  We will have a few spaces in front of the school for those who need a space close to the building.


Kindergarten Parents- September 2 is a school day.  Please walk to the school or plan to park on the side of the drive around the back of the school.  Parking may be difficult so plan accordingly.


Building Status


Administration and Office staff will be moving into the building soon.  Furniture and Instructional materials will be moved in as well.  Staff will be able to report to the building a few days prior to the first official workday.  With only a few exceptions for PTA preparations, members of the community are not permitted on campus until Open House on August 26, 2022.


Save the Date


On Thursday, August 11, 2022, you are invited to come to the Apex Nature Park from 5:00-7:00pm_.  This is an informal time for our families to get to know each other.  Students are more than welcome to use the facilities to play, but parents/guardians must remain on site.  The PTA is providing popsicles and some members of the school staff will also be present.  Mayor Jacques Gilbert will be present to welcome WCPSS and Apex’s newest school community.  We will be sending out a simple sign-up soon so that we know how many people to expect.  Thanks to our PTA for organizing this special event for our community.


Traffic Flow and Logistics of Arriving/Departing School


Traffic will enter by AFHS.  The road around the campus will be complete so that traffic will flow one way, from the high school all the way to the traffic signal by the middle school.


Be aware that the high school afternoon dismissal will make accessing our campus challenging between 1:45-2:45 each day.  Please plan accordingly for any early pickups.  In addition, high school students leave campus for lunch between the hours of 10:30-12:45 each school day so that will create some traffic as well.  Parking for events during the school day will be a consideration as it will be limited.  


Be aware that the crosswalk will remain in its current location.  We have been told by the Town that a traffic and pedestrian study will begin once our school opens.  A traffic light near the high school would only be approved with the needed data to support it by the NC Department of Transportation.




Deadline for First Day Bus Service is July 18, 2022.


Bus Transportation


Everyone in need of bus service for the coming school year should navigate to the websites below and request bus transportation.  You must complete this before July 18 so that your child can ride the bus on the first day of school.  You will need your child’s Student ID number to register.  If you don’t have it or have a rising Kindergartener and don’t have the number, call the school during the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm and we can provide it over the phone.  You can also email

Angie Middleton, Data Manager


* Please direct all questions about enrollment and paperwork to Mrs. Middleton.

* Have you enrolled in AFES, but your plans have changed?  If you are not coming to AFES for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Mrs. Middleton at or call 919-694-8454 and ask to speak with Mrs. Middleton.  We need you to fill out withdrawal forms.  Thank you!


Student Attendance and Enrollment


Students who do not attend school in the first 20 days will be withdrawn per state policy on Day 21.  This could have significant consequences.  If you are traveling and not planning to be present on the first day of school, your child must attend school by the 20th day on September 27, 2022.  Students who are withdrawn must be re-enrolled upon your return to school.   Please note that schools are funded based on student enrollment on Day 20, so every single student counts!  If 30 students didn’t show up, we could lose teaching positions!


Free/Reduced Price Meal Information


WCPSS needs you to complete a 2022-2023 meal benefits application for next year. If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application and think your child may be eligible, pick up an application at your child’s school or apply online. Paper applications can also be requested by calling 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920 or emailing


Before/After School


The Kraft Family YMCA is excited to offer Before and After School programs on-site at Apex Friendship Elementary school. The school programs include a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, active games, plenty of outside time, character development, and positive role models. Registration for Before and After School can be completed at beginning soon. Parents will have the option to register for the whole year or by individual weeks (dependent on availability). Applications for financial assistance are available HERE. Question? Contact Katherine Vance, Kraft Associate of Youth Programs, at