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DDE Principal's Message for Week of December 2

Hello Davis Drive Elementary School families.  This is the Weekly Principal’s Message for the week of December 2


Plans are underway for an evening Parent Academy where staff will present information about topics related to success at school and at home.  Session topics will include math and reading instruction, science, homework help, independence and responsibility, community resources, social / emotional support for students, and many more.  Save the Date of January 24 for our Parent Academy.  Once details are finalized, we will send home additional information. 


In just a few weeks, we will have our second Early Release Day on December 21.  Staff members are involved in Professional Development during the afternoons of Early Release Days.  Prior to dismissal, we hold Community Assemblies for our students where students learn about our community.  For the December 21 Community Assembly, the Cary Police Department will visit our school with their search dog.  Students will watch a demonstration and be able to ask questions for the police officer.  Students will not be allowed to pet the police dog and the officer will be in control of the dog at all times. This dog has visited our school for assemblies in previous years and the dog is not aggressive, is well trained, and responsive to the officer. 


Our Fifth Grade Chorus will present a musical in the evening on December 12.  Prior to the performance, our PTA will hold a brief meeting to discuss a budget request. 


As the seasons change, our students may suffer minor colds and allergies -- we remind parents medications cannot be given at school without a doctor’s note.  Medications include cough drops and sun screen.   The required medication form is available at Form 1702 .  This form requires a physician’s signature.  We must follow the procedures required by the school system: 

School staff may administer medication to students only when the Parent and Physician Order for Medication form (Form 1702) is completed by the parent and physician and present at the school. Form 1702 is also available from the school. No medication will be given by a school official unless it is in a container dispensed by a pharmacy with the student’s name, name of medication, date prescription was filled, and directions clearly marked. A new medication form must be completed if there are changes in medication directions. Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring medication expiration dates and replacing medication when expired.

If there is no medication on hand in the event of an emergency, the school will call 911.

At the beginning of each school year, an adult will need to bring the medicine along with the completed form 1702 to the school. The school cannot give medicine to your child without this form.

  • Elementary school
    • Only emergency medications may be self-carried and administered at the elementary level.
    • Sunscreen products and insect repellent products are considered medication and must be accompanied by a completed medication form. These products should be in the original container and labeled with the student’s name. Lip balm does not require a medication form and is for self-use and self-carry.
    • An adult is responsible for transporting all medicines at the elementary school level unless the medication is an emergency medication that the child has permission to keep with them. 

Flu, Colds and Viruses

  • Help protect your children -- and their classmates -- when they're under the weather, so that they can return to the classroom healthy and ready to learn.

When your child is sick

The best thing you can do is to keep your children home when sick. This will help stop the spread of illness to other children and teachers. Keep them home when they show any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100 degrees F or higher
  • nausea or vomiting
  • severe headache
  • diarrhea
  • red, watery eyes with yellow drainage
  • undiagnosed rash

Children should stay home until they have been naturally without fever for at least 24 hours.

Please do not give children fever-reducing medication and then send them to school.

If you are called to pick up a sick child at school, please come quickly. If you know your child has been exposed to someone diagnosed with the flu virus, call your doctor immediately to find out what to do.


Spotlight on Paige Everson, School Counselor:

Hello! I am one of the two counselors at Davis Drive Elementary. This year, I work with students in grades 1, 3, and 5. The counselors change grade levels each year, so we can stay with the same groups of students and get to know them and their families better each year. 

My father was a helicopter pilot in the Army, so I have lived in many places including the Congo, Africa and Wiesbaden, Germany. I changed schools nine times before graduating from high school, so I had to learn how to make friends quickly! I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University (Gig 'em Aggies!) and taught elementary and middle school for ten years in College Station, TX and Robbinsville, NJ before moving to Cary. My career as a counselor began in Chatham County, NC.  Davis Drive Elementary became my home in 2003. I really like to work with the families and students at DDE and feel very lucky to work at such a great school.

I am married with two sons that both attended Davis Drive Elementary and are now at NC State University. Both of them are in the NC State marching band. I love having them close by! I enjoy traveling to new places, gardening, attending the theatre, reading, going to museums, and attending NC State games! (Go Wolfpack!)



  • Third Grade students will be involved in IOWA testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
  • The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays after school.