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Principal Message: Week 5 Open House is Here!

School Messenger 

East Garner Elementary

August 23,. 2023

Good afternoon Explorers!

We are in mid-week 5 🙂 and moving along!  We have now built relationships with our students and are really focused on supporting students to meet end-of-quarter expectations. Every minute of the instructional day counts, so come on time and stay all day--we need you here!

Carpool: We are still having parents not waiting in carpool, parking, and trying to check out students after the 3:15 cut-off.  We will be strictly reinforcing the carpool procedures. If you come after 3:15 you will be requested to wait in the carpool line. During the last 30 minutes of the day, students are transitioning from specials, completing their afternoon instructional activities, packing up, completing homework agendas, etc.  Sign-outs cause confusion, students become uncertain of their tasks, and the office is inundated with requests to call classrooms disrupting the last few minutes of instructional time with their teachers.

Buses:  We are once again facing a bus driver shortage.  As traditional schools begin expect that buses will run late or not at all.  We will post on Talking Points when buses are late and we will request that parents pick them up.  Please be sure you are getting school messages. 

Now the good stuff!  

Open House is TOMORROW! I love Open House time.  Come learn about the curriculum, classroom routines, school expectations, and meet the specialists, your Admin Team, PTA, and more! Open House is from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Coffee and Conversation originally scheduled for 8:15 tomorrow 8/24 will be rescheduled to a later date in September.  Stay tuned for more information.

School Improvement Committee Needs Parent Representatives:  If you are interested in serving on one of our school improvement committees, please let me know by emailing and putting SIP in the subject line.  You would give input into events at school, review school data, learn about our efforts to support higher rates of student success and plan collaboratively with the Administration. 

Here are some important dates for you to mark your calendars:

8/24:  Open House  5:00-700 p.m. Come learn about curriculum expectations, the EGES Book of the Year, and school-wide processes, hear from our PTA, and have the opportunity to join, and more!

8/25:  Interims Sent Home

8/30: First Tee Begins

Looking Ahead:

9/4:  Holiday:  School Closed

9/6:  SIP Meeting (Parents Welcome RSVP to

9/21:  Fall Pictures (Individual)

9/22:  End of Quarter 1- Report Cards Sent Home

That’s it, Explorers!  Thank you for all that you do to support your child and our school.  If any time you need to speak with the Administration, please call the school office at 919-773-7411 and ask for me, Dr. Graf, or one of the assistant principals, Mr. Allain (K-1), Ms. LaPlace (Grades 2-3) and Ms. Anderson (Grades 4-5). 

Your Proud Principal,

Dr. Graf