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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 10/07/22


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families,     


Book Character Day Parade: Mark your calendars for Friday, October 28 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for Conn’s first Book Character Day Parade! All PreK through 5th grade students will be allowed to come dressed as their favorite storybook character. The book may be fictional or non-fictional and must be brought to school the day of the parade. Students will parade around the outside track dressed as their character. Parents/Guardians will enter campus through the side gate by the field. To ensure the safety of our staff and students, no access to the building will be allowed during that time. Additional information and details will be shared from classroom teachers. We are so excited for this event! 




Bullying Prevention Month: October is Bullying Prevention Month. At Conn, we will be celebrating by participating in Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19. Unity Day is an event created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support. On October 19, all staff and students are encouraged to wear ORANGE to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. 


Donations Needed: Our students participate in many hands-on learning experiences each day. As we continue to embed our Entrepreneurial Design IDEAS Cycle theme across all content areas, we need support with gathering the following supplies so our IDEAS can come to life! If you are interested in donating some of these items, please send them in with your child. Thank you for your support! 

  • toy cars (small like Matchbox cars for force and motion activities) 
  • paper towel rolls 
  • toilet paper rolls 
  • Kleenex boxes 
  • small plastic tubs with tops (pint/quart size) 
  • shoe boxes
  • plastic grocery bags 
  • paper grocery bags 


Community Partners: We are continuing to expand our community connections with individuals, families, and businesses to support our learning partnerships. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting learning across our Conn Magnet community, please take a few minutes to complete this form. If you have any questions, please email our Magnet Coordinator, Mr. Gridley, at   


Classroom Volunteer Training Dates: We are excited to welcome back volunteers into our classrooms this year. If you are interested in volunteering in our classrooms, we invite you to join us for training on Tuesday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. Additional training dates are listed below for those who can't attend October 11. During training, we will review security procedures, designated times for classroom volunteers, and potential opportunities for assistance. The trainings will be held in the media center. Don't forget, we currently offer volunteer opportunities for lunch duty or media center assistance. Call the main office if you are interested.  


Additional Training Dates: 

  • November 30- 9:00 a.m. 
  • December 12- 4:00 p.m.


Military-Connected Families: Are you a military-connected family? In an effort to ensure that the unique needs of military-connected students are met, state law requires that schools collect information on military-connected students. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parents are deployed, when they are transitioning between schools, and at other pivotal times during their academic career.     

If you are a military-connected family, please:   

  • Download this fillable form.   
  • Complete one form for each of your children.   
  • Return it to our Data Manager, Ms. Jones, at   

The deadline is November 11. You may also print and return a hard copy of the form to your child’s school if you prefer.    


PTA Updates:    

This month we kicked off the PTA’s largest fundraiser, All For Conn! We are asking families to make their best donation during the month to help us reach our $25,000 goal! Please consider making a donation and supporting our school! The class with the most participation, not donation totals, will get to pie Ms. Chidester and Mr. Kimbro! Click here for more information.  


Families, please plan to join the Conn PTA on Wednesday, October 19 to “Walk, Roll, & Crunch!” our way to school! Please note this is a date change. We’ll meet in the Temple Baptist Church parking lot- corner of Wake Forest Road and Watauga Street at 8:15 a.m. PTA will have NC apples and other giveaways to celebrate Crunch Day and NC’s apple growers. We’ll walk and roll together to school at 8:30 a.m. It's a great way to get moving and meet fellow Conn families. Contact with questions, suggestions, or to help out.   




Gabriel Chidester, Principal    



Important Dates to Remember     

  • Monday, October 10- Teacher Workday    
  • Tuesday, October 11- Classroom Volunteer Training at 4:00 p.m.   
  • Wednesday, October 12- Fall Picture Day    
  • Wednesday, October 19- PTA Sponsored Walk, Roll, & Crunch to School Day    
  • Thursday, October 20- PTA Community Night at Two Roosters    
  • Friday, October 28- Book Character Day Parade 
  • Friday, November 4- Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, November 8- Calendar Out/Teacher Workday
  • Thursday, November 10- Early Release
  • Friday, November 11- Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 23- Vacation Day
  • Thursday, November 24- Holiday 
  • Friday, November 25- Holiday