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Ship Notes 07/09/2024

Mrs. Weber Recognized with Peak S.T.A.R. Award

Congratulations to our outstanding music teacher, Mrs. Weber! She will be recognized by the Apex Public School Foundation with a Peak S.T.A.R. Award at the town council meeting on August 13th for her service to Scotts Ridge Elementary and the Apex community. In addition to her dedication as a music teacher, Mrs. Weber leads our chorus and supports our major school events with sound and music, including our fifth-grade promotion ceremony. 

Mrs. Weber


New Bus Notification System

The WCPSS Technology Services and Transportation departments have developed a new notification system to let families know when there are disruptions to bus service. The system will be used at all schools across the district starting with the 2024-25 school year. In addition to directly messaging families about disruptions to bus service, transportation pages on school websites have been updated with links to each school’s new bus delay notification page. Bus delays for all schools can be found here.


IMPORTANT: This new system uses SchoolMessenger. You will need to make sure you have permissions turned on to receive these notifications. See information and instructions below.


About the notification system. . .

The new system will send email and text notifications when buses are delayed, or when a bus is unavailable to pick up students.


These messages will be sent as soon as transportation staff learn of a disruption. The system is designed to more quickly notify parents, so they can make alternate arrangements when necessary.


You can still track your child’s bus using the Here Comes the Bus app. There will also be a link on our school website that will display bus delays. We will share that link in a future message. 


What this means for you. . . 

Starting with the 2024-25 school year, families of bus riders will be sent notifications in the event of bus delays or cancellations.


To receive these messages, you will need to make sure you have given permission to receive text and/or email notifications via SchoolMessenger. This is the same system used for district-wide messaging, separate from TalkingPoints or other communications services.


How can you make sure you're signed up to receive these messages?


If you receive the weekly district-wide message sent on Wednesdays, you should be able to receive bus notifications without taking any further action. If you do not receive those weekly messages, go to to learn how you can sign up to receive notifications. 


The simplest option may be to simply text YES to the number 67587. That should automatically allow you to begin receiving text notifications.


Contact the school data manager if you need support.



Share any feedback you have about the system using this Google Form.


Volunteer Registration

The volunteer registration and renewal process opened July 1st. If you think you might volunteer at some point this year (e.g., chaperoning a field trip, helping at field day, or volunteering in a class), you are strongly encouraged to register now. The process takes time, and every year we have disappointed parents because they were not able to get approved in time to volunteer when they wanted to. Families and individuals who were approved to volunteer in the 2023-24 school year received an email on June 11 outlining the simple volunteer renewal process for the 2024-25 school year. Families are encouraged to renew their volunteer status during the renewal window, July 1-Oct. 1. Review details here. If you are registering as a volunteer for the first time, click here, and click "Create New Account."


Wish You Would Have Ordered a 2023-2024 School Yearbook?

For a limited time, you can still order one and have it sent to your house. Click here.


Recently Enrolled Rising Kindergarten Family?

You can catch up on rising kindergarten information here.


Upcoming Dates

08/24, 9:30-10:30: Popsicles with the Principal (kindergarten playdate) on the K-2 playground. Please leave older siblings at home if at all possible. Find more information here.

08/26, 4:00-6:00 PM: Meet the Teacher for first grade and up

08/27: First day of school for students in first grade and up

08/27-08/30: Kindergarten staggered entry days. Find more information here.

09/02: Labor Day (no school)

09/03: No kindergarten students attend.

09/03, 4:30-5:30 PM: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher

09/04: All kindergarten students begin attending daily. 

09/04, 9:30-10:15: Optional Welcome Aboard Q & A for Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

09/20: Teacher Workday (no school for students)

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