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Principal Message October 12, 2021

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Week of September 12, 2021


Dear Explorer Families,

Week 10 is going to be #EPIC!  Welcome back from Track Out!  We had a great break here at EGES.  We hosted a volunteer day and made many school improvements with the help of Truist Bank volunteers.  Our school garden is now growing fall vegetables, our school sign on Jones Sausage has been power washed and new bushes have been planted to flank the school sign.  Additionally, a new mural was painted in the main hallway along with new bulletin boards, including a bulletin board to help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!


Important Dates This Week:

10/13: Quarterly Review Click here to access our QR Videos and get an update on our school improvement progress.  Click on the 10/13 links! 

10/12:   Quarter 1 Report Cards Coming HOME today!!!

10/13-15:  NC Check In Testing for Grades 3-5


Upcoming Dates:

10/18-20:  Grade 3-4 CogAt Testing

10/21:  4th Grade Read to Achieve Test


Bus Transportation & Notification:  Change is coming!

Yellow Transportation is getting better.  It’s not perfect but most buses are departing campus by 4:30.  We received many requests to NOT post bus departures in TalkingPoints, as not all students use yellow school bus transportation.  This will be our last week using TalkingPoints for bus departures.  We will continue to post buses on Twitter.  This allows for instant updates for bus arrivals on campus and departures.  The Twitter handles are @eastgarnerES and @eastgarnerESbus. 


Questions about Returning to School after an Covid-19 Exposure or Confirmed Diagnosis?  Click here to be taken to a district webpage full of resources, questions and answers, and processes to support your child in returning to school when safe. As of 8/16/2021 students are required to wear face coverings except when actively eating and drinking during lunch while on campus.  Students can remove face coverings while at recess.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns.  My email is  


#YourProudPrincipal, Dr. Graf