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Apex Friendship Elementary School


March 17, 2023


Dismissal on Friday - March 17, 2023


Apex Friendship HS is having an invitational track meet today which could slow down our carpool line.  Please allow extra time for carpool this afternoon.


Friday, March 24 is an Early Release Day.


Students dismiss at 1:45pm.


Late Arrivals and Early Departures


We recognize there are many circumstances that require a student to arrive or depart late from school.  Please be aware that repeated instances do impact the day. We have had 4,661 late check-ins or early check-outs from school since August 29, 2022.  Thanks for your partnership in minimizing these when possible.


Carpool Procedures


Please avoid pulling around other cars in the carpool lane if your child has already exited the vehicle.  This will help to avoid a potential accident in the carpool lane and will keep everyone safe.  Thank you for your patience.


Are you moving or not planning to return to AFES next year?


We need to know if your child will not be attending AFES next year!  If you are moving or not planning for your child to attend next year, you need to complete a withdrawal form.  Please contact the main office and speak to Mrs. Middleton or email her at  The withdrawl form can be sent electronically and sent back to Mrs. Middleton via email.


(This announcement does not apply to students who are moving to 6th grade.)


Scenario:  A family moves out of state in late June.  They do not tell AFES that their child will not be attending school here anymore.  On the first day of school, their child is marked as a no-show student.  After multiple days, we will have to call them and see where their child is and why they aren’t attending school.  Knowing this information in advance is helpful to our planning and allows us to call back students who may be on a waitlist.


Single Subject Acceleration Program for Math


The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education defines acceleration as allowing a student to move through traditional educational organizations more rapidly, based on readiness and motivation. Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of placing a student in a higher-grade level in one subject area. This type of acceleration is for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. 


Once a student is placed in SSA math, they will remain a grade level ahead through high school. The student will be placed in the higher math class, with a qualifying SSA test score, in the FOLLOWING school year. Students who qualify this year in 2023, will be placed in their higher math class for the 2023-2024 school year at Apex Friendship Elementary School. 


If you have talked to your child's classroom teacher and/or Mrs. Franzen about SSA, please fill out the form to sign your child up to take the SSA test in mid-April. Please note that this form doesn't go "live" until the nomination window opens, which will be on Monday, March 20th at 8 AM. This form MUST be received by 4 PM on March 24th in order to have your child tested for SSA math. Form Link:


This deadline is firm as we must order testing materials from the district.  There are no exceptions.  The window will open again next spring for the following school year.


If you have questions about SSA, please view the video on our website or contact our AIG Teacher, Mrs. Kate Franzen


Picture Day


Picture Day is Tuesday, March 21.  Students will be taking full body pictures (no prepayment required) and classes will be taking a class picture (prepayment required).


Arts Night is May 4


Please mark your calendar for this very special event!  We are excited to share a sign-up sheet for any potential student performers who would like to showcase their talents throughout the evening.  Please contact Mrs. Sonstroem if you have any questions.


Fun Friday


March 24th - Disney Day

April 14th - Pajama Day

April 28th - Dress for your Future Career 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.




PTA Newsletter


Beginning next week, watch for a separate PTA e-newsletter on Thursdays each week.


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.


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