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Apex Friendship Elementary School


May 19, 2023


If you aren’t going to be here next year, please let us know!


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 withdrawal 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.)


Bus Transportation


Transportation Request Deadlines 


If you are not currently registered for transportation but would like service next school year, you must request transportation by the deadline listed below for your student's school calendar to ensure service on the first day. Please only request service if you plan for your student to be a regular rider. Students who don’t ride consistently will be removed from bus rosters. To register, go to 


Deadline: Traditional calendar schools: July 17 

Reading Opportunity this Summer


The Durham Bulls have launched Wool E.'s Reading Club, in partnership with Amica Insurance. Available to kids throughout the Triangle, the mission of the program is not only to reward students for making time to read, but also to improve overall literacy in the Triangle. While sports promote health and physical activity through exercise, reading develops the brain, a muscle that also needs exercise. Reading stimulates the mind and allows students to grow in their language skills. This helps them to better listen and engage with peers, educators and the school curriculum. For more information please visit the website: 


Students who submit a completed bookmark will receive a complimentary ticket to a 2023 Durham Bulls game thanks to Amica Insurance. Click Here to Enroll.


Glow Dance Celebration


The school will be celebrating our year with a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) celebration on Wednesday, June 7.  Students are encouraged to wear neon or white shirts so they will SHINE and GLOW during the dance celebration which takes place during Specials.  The event is for students only!




Health Reminders


Students should inform a teacher if they are not feeling well.  Students are not permitted to have devices that can text or call parents during the school day.  We have had some instances of students contacting parents directly when they don’t feel well when a school staff member was not notified.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Fun Friday


May 26 - Wear Red, White, and Blue


June 2 - Polka Dot Day


June 9 - AFES Spirit Day


AFES Inaugural Yearbook


The Yearbooks will be distributed on May 26.   If you have not ordered one, it’s not too late.  You will be charged shipping as all yearbooks are now shipped to your home.  Orders are only accepted online directly with the vendor.  Thanks to our Yearbook Committee of staff and to Mrs. Yunker for their amazing work in assembling our yearbook!