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1/13/20 Family Update

Monday, January 13, 2020

Welcome to Hunter GT/AIG Elementary Virtual Monday Folder (VMF)

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  • “Principal Chat” with Ms Pelton on Fri, (1/17) at 8:30a….Let’s talk about MATH:)
  • Art Club: ALL January Art Clubs are CANCELLED this month. Due to previously unforeseen scheduling conflicts, there will NOT be Art Club on any day during January. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Kernan directly at
  • Girls on the Run (GOTR) only has 5 remaining slots left. See the link below to sign up!
  • Jan. 20th - School is Closed


School & Administration Announcements:

Image result for math clipartMath Curriculum: During the month of January we will utilizing the newly adopted iStation as our Mid-Year benchmark test for reading for students in grades Kindergarten, First, Second and Third.  When benchmark testing closes your students data and parent portal information will be sent home with their second quarter report card. Any questions, please contact Brooke Dillon at


Principal Chat & Coffee: Please join us for a intimate conversation with our wonderful principal Briana Pelton on Fri., Jan. 17th at 8:30am in the Media Center. No RSVP required. All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend to discuss a worthy topic “ MATH”.  The math curriculum for wake county and at Hunter will be the focus.


Girls on the Run: Happy New Year! It's time to start recruiting for our Spring GOTR team at Hunter! Register online now GOTR Spring Registration to sign your 3rd-5th grade girl for our Hunter Girls on the Run team. The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the 10-week fall season, starting February 4th. We’ll celebrate with an end-of-season 5k for the girls, coaches, families and community on Sat., April 25. If you have any questions about the Girls on the Run program, please contact your GOTR Site Coordinator, Jen Tymkin, Girls on the Run is so much FUN!! #GOTR #GOTRisSOmuchFUN 


Image result for gift clipartHunter Holiday Gift Program:  Once again, our annual Hunter Holiday Gift Program was a huge success because of  YOU!   This program could not exist without the generosity of the Hunter community.  This year, 79 Hunter students had a brighter holiday season through this program , and their parents would like to genuinely thank you for your support.   We are grateful to all who participated by donating clothing, toys, gift cards, experiences and holiday trappings!


Image result for after school clipartAfter School Program Opportunity – The Boys & Girls Club on Raleigh Blvd offers after school care each school day.  The cost is just $7.50 for the year!  Until recently, we did not have a bus stop that served the Boys & Girls Club, but one has been added.  If you are interested in having your child attend the Boys & Girls Club After School Program, please call (919) 834-6281 to register, and then contact the Hunter main office staff at 919-856-7676 to request to be added to the bus.  Please note that there is limited space remaining on the bus, and requests to ride are only granted when space is available.


 PTA Updates:

Image result for science clipartSTEM Event for 3rd-5th Graders: We are pleased to host a FREE STEM event sponsored by the SAS Big Community volunteer group on Jan. 29 10-12p at Hunter. The goal is stimulate student interest in STEM Careers. The subject will be about on “Bees”.  Students attending can be dropped off at the front door of the school.  This is a Teacher Workday, so school is officially closed, however, the school has granted us access for this event. Seats are limited, so please sign up for your student to attend asap via this link: STEM Sign-up 


Image result for yearbook clipartYearbook: Photos Needed! Please send all your great photos from recent school concerts, field trips, awards assemblies, etc to for consideration for the Yearbook! We rely on your photos when making the Yearbook and couldn’t do it without you! Thanks!


Image result for reading clipartAuthor Visit: Save the date for our Spring Visiting Authors: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.  They will be visiting Hunter on Wednesday March 18th for daytime school wide assemblies and a special evening  family event.  Check out Steve's website here: Check upcoming VMF's for opportunities to pre-order books and more details about the event!


 Image result for spelling bee clipartSpelling Bee: Due to conflicts with other school events, the school-wide spelling bee is being moved to its alternate date and will now be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 at 9:30am in the Media Center. 


Image result for equity clipartEquity Team: Looking for a way to honor the legacy and message of Dr. MLK Jr. with your family? The PTA Equity team highly recommends the Groundwater presentation on Saturday 1/18, 9 am - 12 pm, sponsored by the Southeast YMCA (just a mile south of Hunter on Rock Quarry Rd.). Kids 6-11 have the opportunity to participate in a service project during the presentation. There is also a Backpack Buddies service project on Monday, 1/20. For more info and to sign-up visit,


 Image result for non profit foundation clipartHunter Foundation: The Lucille Hunter Foundation is gearing up for its 3nd annual fundraiser to raise money to support teachers and staff at Hunter! Tickets are on sale now for the Pasta with a Purpose Dinner & Silent Auction on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh.

We’ll have an Italian meal from Gravy, a DJ and a lively silent auction. Tickets cost $60 each. Find ticket forms here. Please send in the completed form and a check made out to Hunter Foundation by Tuesday, Jan. 28. You can also buy tickets online here. (additional fees apply for online ticket sales).

This year, we have an additional way to get involved. Your company, the business you work for or even your family may want to consider new sponsorship opportunities, starting at $200. Forms will be in Monday folders or click here. Send completed forms in to school or email it to


Image result for spotlight clipartPTA Volunteer Spotlight:  This month, our Volunteer Spotlight is focused on the lovely Deborah Bryant.  "Aunt Deb," as she is known, is one of the best of us.  More than just giving her time, she gives her heart to this school and our children.  She is their friend, ally, and guardian angel.  Please take a moment to get to know what makes this special lady such a treasured member of the Hunter community.

All About Deborah ("Aunt Deb"):

  • Grew up in Raleigh
  • Attended both Hunter and Ligon as a child.  Was bussed to Sanderson during the time of Integration.
  • She worked in Customer Service for the Department of Transportation for thirty years.
  • Her nephew, Jaleel, is a Fourth grader at Hunter.
  • She lives right across the street from the school in a yellow house and walks Jaleel to and from school every day.
  • She is known to most everyone as “Aunt Deb”

Do you know a volunteer who makes a difference in the lives of teachers, students, and staff at Hunter?  Tell us about him!  Each month, we will shine a spotlight on one individual who gives their time and talents to help make Hunter so special.  Each honored volunteer will be featured in the VMF for that month, receive a $25 gift card and get some cool Hunter schwag!  Anyone with ties to Hunter (teachers, staff, parents, caregivers and don't forget students!) may submit a nomination.  You can find a Nomination Form in the permalinks below or in the front office.


Image result for book exchange clipartBook Exchange: The Hunter Book Exchange committee is very excited about this amazing event which is only a month away! The Book Exchange will be Friday February 7th, so start looking through your home libraries and gathering books that your children have outgrown or are no longer interested in.  We hope to allow each student the opportunity to choose 1-2 books to take home and enjoy or share with younger siblings/neighbors/etc.  The books left over from the exchange will be used to provide Hunter students books to read over the summer so send in as many as you can! We will collect books Tuesday, January 21st through Wednesday, February 5th. We will also need help with sorting book after school on Wednesday February 6th and/or during the day Thursday February 6th and during the exchange so be on the lookout for a sign-up genius in the coming weeks to help make this the best Book Exchange yet! Thank you for your support!



Important Dates:

Jan 17: Principal Chat w/ Mrs. Pelton-8:30a


Jan 20: Holiday (No School)


Jan 24: Schoolwide Spelling Bee-9:30a


Jan 29: Teacher Workday & SAS STEM Program (3-5th)


Feb 6: Hunter Foundation Fundraiser Event-6:30-9:30p


Feb 7: Book Exchange


Feb 13: Skate Night Part 2


Feb 17-18: Teacher Work Day (No School)


Feb 25: PTA BOD Meeting-Time :9:30a



Useful Links

Hunter Elementary website


Hunter Elementary Facebook page


Hunter Elementary School PTA Facebook Page


Hunter Elementary School PTA Instagram  (hunterelementaryschoolpta)


Hunter Elementary School PTA Twitter (@hunter_pta)


WCPSS Lunch Menus


My School Bucks (lunch money app)


Here Comes the Bus (bus tracking app)


Hunter Foundation website


Hunter Foundation Facebook page 


Hunter Foundation Twitter (@HunterFound)