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Apex Friendship Elementary School


November 11, 2022



Thank you for your donations.


No additional donations are needed for STEM and Art.


Bus Update


WCPSS Transportation recognizes that the bus arrival times to stops in the afternoon can vary widely.  Please watch our live twitter feed or navigate to our home page to be aware of the departure times.  An adult must be present at the stop for all K and 1 students.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.  


Parents Having Lunch with their child


Beginning November 14, you may eat lunch with your child.  Please arrive at school before your child’s scheduled lunch time.  After signing in at the main office, please wait for your child in the vestibule area.  Your child can come join you and then you can eat outside on the blue picnic tables.  Students are not able to invite a friend to eat lunch for safety reasons.  Students will need to reenter the school using the main door.  


Sick Children and Return to School


The best thing you can do is to keep your children home when they are sick. This will help stop the spread of illness to other children and teachers. Keep them home when they show any symptoms of illness.  We have seen cases of both Covid-19 and the flu in recent weeks.  It is recommended that students and staff stay home if they are sick, not feeling well, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  Students should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without medication), and they are feeling well enough to learn and participate in class.


Possible Symptoms of Illness include fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, headache, undiagnosed rash, inability to attend to learning activities, change in medial status, and red, watery eyes with yellow discharge.  


For more information:


2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration and School Tours


All families with children who will turn five on or before Aug. 31, 2023 should register online. The address lookup tool allows families to find their base school and view year-round and magnet school application choices. Learn more about the registration process at


Registering your child early for Kindergarten supports the planning and programming in schools.  Though registration is open throughout 2023, please register before the end of February if possible!   


School tours will be provided to families of incoming kindergarten students on November 15, January 10, and April 18 from 9:30-10:15am.  Families will be able to see some of our Special Area locations and the kindergarten hall.  Tours will not enter the classrooms. No sign-up is needed prior to the event.  A Kindergarten Orientation session for incoming families will be held later in the school year.


Angie Middleton is our school data manager and supports registration and school tours.  Please contact her at if needed.


Please help spread the word to friends and neighbors!


Fun Friday


November 18th- Be YOU Friday (Wear something from your culture that makes you or your family unique)


December 2nd- “Frozen” Friday


December 9th- Candy Cane Friday (Wear red and white)


December 16th- Holiday Shirt Friday (Ugly or not…)


Positivity Project Parent Connection


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.


Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”


Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.


To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.



Kidz in Lids


The Apex Friendship Elementary PTA is honored to participate in a fundraiser called Kidz in Lids on Wednesday, November 16 benefiting Children's Cancer Partners and their mission to assist Carolina children on their cancer journey. In order to participate and wear a hat on the 16th, students will be asked to bring in $1. Staff is invited to wear jeans and contribute $5 as well that day. You should see a flyer about this in your child's take home folder this week as well.  Any questions can be directed to Amy Skorich:


Canceled - November PTA Meeting


The PTA meeting scheduled for November 15 has been canceled.  The PTA board will use this time to discuss recommendations and conduct research for possible ways to use excess funds generated from the Fun Run.  Any recommendations will be presented to the PTA membership for a vote at a later date.


Spirit Night at Panera


The PTA will host a Spirit Night at Panera on Tuesday, November 15.  You must present the flyer sent home in your child's folder this week when ordering or use the special code from the flyer when ordering online.  The PTA appreciates the support you provide to our Spirit Nights.


Teacher Hospitality Donations


The Teacher Hospitality Committee is planning gifts of thanks for our staff the week of Thanksgiving.  Please see the signup if you are able to help with donations.


Book Fair Volunteers Needed


The PTA will need numerous volunteers over the next 4 weeks to assist with decorating, set-up, shopping, and clean up of the Fall Book Fair.  Please see the signup if you are able to volunteer.


Reflections Arts Program


Judging has ended for the 2022-23 AFES PTA Reflections Program.  Over the next few weeks, the Reflections Committee will notify the parents of all student finalists whose artwork will move on to the county.  Please note, all remaining artwork will be temporarily showcased in the main hallway of the school for everyone to enjoy, so will not be returned immediately.  Thank you for encouraging your student's participation in this year's program! An event celebrating the winners will be held in the spring. Further details will be provided at a later date.