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December Principal Message

School Messenger

December 2019


Explorer Parents,

December is quickly approaching and before you know it we will be in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  This is a time when we strive for consistency in routines and schedules at school, knowing that our students love the predictability of school routines. You can help us keep routines by sending your children to school on time and not having early sign-outs.


New System in Place:  For ALL Guests and Parents at EGES

Our new check-in/out system has been installed!  Beginning today, December 1, 2019, all parents must bring their ID when signing out a student.  The system will allow for more accurate reports of tardies and early sign-outs helping us pinpoint areas of concern by grade level, time of day, and specific students.  As you know from previous school messages, tardies and early check-outs are a problem at this school and contribute to lower academic performance and limit opportunities for learning during the instructional day.  As a reminder, students are tardy after 9:15 a.m. and signs after 12:30 impact learning opportunities. Remember, signing out students should be reserved for dr. appoints, etc. The convenience of carpool should not be a reason for early checkouts.  


Security Issues:

Side Lot:  We have seen an increase in traffic in the side lot next to our school and on the playgrounds before school.  Remember that the campus is not open for use, including playgrounds until after 6 p.m. The Before and After Care programs have full use of the playgrounds from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  This specifically means that the playgrounds are closed for use by others unless you are part of the Before and After Care Program. 


Carpool:  Please remain in your vehicle when you are on campus for carpool.  This means students should not be left to climb on planter structures, hang on the fence, run around unsupervised at the front of the school.  Students should remain in vehicles with their parents/guardians until a staff member opens up the door for the carpool process.  


Drop Off:  Students should not be dropped early at the school and left unattended for any reason.  This is a potential safety issue. Teachers are not on duty to supervise in the morning and with the colder weather here, waiting outside puts students at risk. The school social worker will contact parents to return back to the school to get their children if they are dropped off early.  If we cannot reach a parent, we will move forward with contacting additional agencies to support you with early drop off issues or care. 


Smoking/Tobacco Use on Campus (In Cars):  A reminder that smoking is not permitted on campus, even in cars in the carpool lane.  


Other Information:  Holiday Treats:  At EGES we strive to adhere to the healthy foods policies and to promote health and nutrition guidelines there are special occasions when treats will be a list for an event.  Please remember that all treats must be store-bought (no handmade items) due to health allergies and restrictions. All treats must have the store-bought ingredient list on it.


Birthdays:  To keep in the alignment with CNS and WCPSS policies no outside food is to be brought into the cafe for lunch.  We are seeing an influx of Bojangles, McDonald’s, etc. dropped off. Students will not be permitted to have these items in the cafe.  If you bring this you will be asked to eat with your child on the benches outside or in the hall.   


Finally, some great things going on at EGES.   Our students auditioned for the Pieces of Gold program.  I am excited to see if they will make it into the official program for the district!  Additionally, our Holiday Program is scheduled for December 12, 2019, in the MPR. K-2 will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the MPR.  The evening performance will include all 3-5th grade students.  Students should come dressed in their Sunday best wearing dark black pants or tan pants with white, red, or green shirts. Girls are permitted to wear dresses in the same colors:  red, white, or green. Students should arrive on campus at 6:15 and report to the Media Center.  Doors to the MPR will open at 6:15 p.m.  The show is scheduled to last no more than one hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Questions? Please email Ms. Williams at


The Positivity Project is coming to East Garner Elementary!  Thank you for the feedback parents at our last Pancakes with the Principal and Poe Health Center session.  Your feedback indicated that you were interested in additional resources to teach and reinforce character and social-emotional skills with your children.  We have enrolled in the Positivity Project and you will receive updates via email with links to additional resources and supports for use at home.  


Kindergarten Registration is Open! 

Welcome Class of 2033! All kindergarten students and rising kindergartners can now register online!


A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. Visit this site to learn more about early admission for gifted children at


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A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. Visit this site to learn more about early admission for gifted children at


Look for more information on the Kindergarten enrollment process by following this link,   If you have additional questions, please call the Student Information Manager at 919-773-7411 and ask for Ms. Rodger. 


Lost & Found is overflowing!  We encourage you to write your child’s name on each item of clothing (hat, gloves, and jackets!)  Having your name on items can ensure we get it back to your child if left in the cafe or outside on the playground.  All items at the school on December 20 will be donated to a local charity.  


School Tour

Know someone interested in attending EGES or moving into our base?  Have them attend our school tour on Wednesday, January 8th at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  A tour will be given followed by a brief Q&A session in the Media Center. 


Upcoming Important Dates:

12/12:  1:30-2:15 p.m.  K-2 Performance in the MPR &  6:30 p.m. 3-5 Holiday Performance in the MPR 

12/16:  School Spirit Week Begins:  Don’t Be a Grinch-Dress up like the Grinch or a Who!

12/17:  Santa’s Helper Day:  Dress Up as Ms. Claus, a reindeer, or an elf on this day!

12/18:  Candy Cane Day:  Wear Red and White

12/19: Ugly Sweater Day:   Wear your tackiest ugly sweater!

12/20:  Class Christmas Theme:  Each grade level will have a Christmas Story theme!

12/20:  Last Day of School before Winter Break

01/03:  Makeup Day 


Your EGES School Family wishes you a peaceful winter break and a happy holiday!  See you back in January! 


My Best, Mrs. Graf