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Apex Friendship Elementary School


January 13, 2023


Specials Change Beginning January 30


Beginning in the 2nd semester, students will travel to the same Special for 6 days in a row.  This will allow our Specialists to teach complete units and to get to know the students.  Mrs. Nowak will be sharing procedures for the Media Center as students will still be able to check out books continuously.  Please make note of the days your child has PE so they wear appropriate shoes during that rotation.


AFES Inaugural Yearbook


The 2022-2023 Yearbook is now on sale!  Navigate to the site below for more information.  If you purchase your book prior to April 12, you can create two custom pages that will only be printed in your book.  Orders are only accepted online directly with the vendor.  Do not send in any money to school.  This is a yearbook unlike any other elementary school yearbook that you’ve seen before.  You will need to create an account at the site listed below.


Have you registered your Kindergartener for the 2022-2023 school year?


Registering your child now for Kindergarten supports the planning and funding positions in our school!  Though registration is open throughout 2023, please register before the end of February if possible!   Your registration is not complete until you come to school with the required paperwork!


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


Additional Information for families of rising Kindergarten Students


School tours will be provided to families of incoming kindergarten students again on April 18 from 9:30-10:15 am.  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 on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm.


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


PreK Application Process


The Wake County Pre-Kindergarten application process is now open for the 2023-2024 school year.  The Office of Early Learning coordinates all enrollment based on very specific criteria that includes a screening appointment.  Print an application at

For more information, please call 919-851-9550

Fun Friday

January 20 - Flannel Day

January 26 - Rainbow Day (Wear as many colors as you can)


Positivity Project


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.


The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit of overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance can handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.


Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can substantially impact those working with them and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance can achieve goals they may not have believed possible.


To practice and encourage the character strength of perseverance 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.




Upcoming Spirit Nights


The PTA will hold Spirit Nights with Papa John's on January 24 and DEFY Apex on January 26.  Watch for more details next week.


Girls on the Run/Running Stars Run Club


Watch for information next Friday on how to register for Girls on the Run and/or Running Stars Run Club.