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Apex Friendship Elementary School


March 10, 2023


Carpool Numbers


It is helpful if all families have a carpool number, even if they may only use it once or twice.  You can call the main office or stop by and pick up a number!


Lost and Found


Our lost and found is located near the office.  Please stop by and claim coats, jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles, and more.


Unexcused Absences


Due to the enrollment cap effective 2/21/23, students who are absent for 10 or more consecutive unexcused days, may be unenrolled from AFES.  This is the policy for capped schools.  If your child is unenrolled, you will be required to re-register.  If a seat is not available, you may be sent to Baucom at Wood’s Creek.  Please plan extended trips accordingly for the remainder of this year and for the 2023-2024 school year.  More information about attendance can be found here:


Have you registered your Kindergartener for the 2023-2024 school year?  Because we are now a capped school and based on School Board Policy 4150:  Rising Kindergarten students who have proof of residency within the attendance area for the capped school on our before the capping date (2/21/23) and who register in the capped school on or before March 1 are eligible to attend the capped school.


The March 1 deadline has passed so rising Kindergarten students are not guaranteed a seat if parents have not registered online and in person!  If you have questions, contact Angie Middleton at or call the school and ask to speak with her.


Additional Information for Families who have Kindergarten Students


A school tour 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.


Fun Friday


March 17th - Stuffy Friday (Bring your favorite stuffed animal)


March 24th - Disney Day


April 14th - Pajama Day


AFES Inaugural Yearbook


The 2022-2023 Yearbook is on sale!  Navigate to the site below for more information.  The yearbook is 10% off through March 15.  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.


Positivity Project


This week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others. It’s important to deliberately work to identify and appreciate others’ character strengths.


Identifying and appreciating the good in others is a core tenet of the Other People Mindset. This isn’t always what comes naturally. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems -- for ourselves, for the other person, and for our relationships. 


Identifying and appreciating the good in other people helps you see the world through a more positive -- and less threatening -- lens. If you’re constantly seeing the negative traits of people, you’re going to think the world is comprised of bad people -- and you’re going to operate from a defensive posture. This isn’t to say that we should be naive or see the world, and its people, through “rose-colored glasses.” It’s just that we should strive to understand people’s intent. If you see the good in another, they are likely to see the good in you.


To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective 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.




Reflections Arts Program Announces State Winners


The North Carolina PTA (NCPTA) has announced state winners! We are so excited to share that one of our AFES shooting stars, Vishwanatha S Mahavadi, has WON 2nd place for Film Production in the Intermediate (3rd to 5th grade) category!


We couldn't be more proud of Vishwanatha and are looking forward to celebrating and honoring all 2022-2023 reflections participants at the All Arts Night on May 4th from 5-7PM. 


Spirit Night at Chipotle


Mark your calendars for our next AFES Spirit Night at Chipotle in Apex on Wednesday, March 22.  Look for more information in your student's Friday folder.


PTA General Meeting


The PTA will hold its General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.


Box Tops For Education


You can now support AFES through Box Tops For Education!  Download the app or visit the website to sign up and select Apex Friendship Elementary School as your school of choice.  Box Tops will donate money for each participating item you buy and scan. For more information or to sign up, go to


March At-Home Wellness Challenge


The March Challenge focuses on Positive Mental Health Habits.  Have your student complete at least 15 squares on their Choice Board and turn in by March 30 to be entered in a drawing for prizes.  


Silent Auction Donations and Volunteers


Our silent auction committee is collecting donations from local businesses for the event to be held on May 19.  The silent auction will raise money for continued PTA student enrichment programs, teacher resources, and outdoor enhancements.  If you know a business who would like to donate or you would like to help collect donations, please email