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Principal Weekly Message October 18, 2021

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Week of October 18, 2021


Dear Explorer Families,

Week 11 is going to be #EPIC!  We are back in our routines and learning is happening across the building. 


In case you missed it, here are the videos from our school improvement quarterly reviews: Click here to access our QR Videos and get an update on our school improvement progress.  Click on the 10/13 links! 


This Week:

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

10/27 Virtual Academy Materials Pick Up Day 8:30-3:30  Students who participate in the VA program can come anytime on this day to pick up 2nd quarter supplies!  


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