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2255 Herbert Akins Road
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Office 919-567-4100
Fax 919-567-4109

Bell Schedule

8:45 am Arrival Bell
9:15 am Instructional Bell
3:45 pm Dismissal Bell

2014 NC State Fair Is Coming!

Buy your advance gate tickets to the NC State Fair and earn money for Herbert Akins Elementary! We get $2.00 back for every adult advance ticket sale, and $1.00 for every child advance ticket sale. You will need to enter our school code, which is 306. Let your neighbors, relatives, and friends know about this great opportunity!  Once the fair starts, the price goes up and no money comes back to us.
Please click on this link to the advance ticket purchase site.

A Note from the Guidance Office

October is Bullying Prevention Month and the week of October 23rd-31st is Red Ribbon Week, which promotes drug abuse prevention. There are some activities going on at Herbert Akins Road Elementary this month to support these programs. Monday October 6th is World Bullying Prevention Day and people are asked to wear blue shirts. October 22nd is Unity Day for Bullying Prevention and people are asked to wear an orange shirt. The PTA is sponsoring a cultural arts program on Wednesday, October 8th, The Pirate of Bully Bay, an anti-bullying adventure.   There also may be activities going on in the classrooms. Please help HARES promote a bully free and drug free school by talking with your children about this month’s topics. One way to do that would be to tie your discussions in with respect which is the character trait this month. In addition, three great resources are: www.drugfree.org, www.stopbullying.gov, and the school system’s website www.wcpss.net (click on parents then look under student life).

2014–2015 Student Insurance Plan Available

Effective July 1, 2014 parents can enroll their child online. Student Accident Insurance options available for the 2014–15 school year include:

  • School Time Only (includes all sports except football)
  • 24 hour Only (includes all sports except football)
  • Football
  • Dental
  • Life

If you have questions about the coverage or need assistance completing the application, please contact: Doug Young, President, The Young Group at 919-846-9798.

Principal’s Newsletter

Click on the link below to read the Principal’s Newsletter:

July 2014

Schedule for the RTA Reading Camp (Revised 6/20/14)

 

Schedule Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Track 1   Sept. 9–11
Tues.–Thurs.
Sept. 15–18
Mon.–Thurs.
Track 2   Aug. 18–21
Mon.–Thurs.
Aug. 25–28
Mon.–Thur.
Track 3 July 28–31
Mon.–Thurs.
Aug. 4–7
Mon.–Thurs.
Oct. 20–23
Mon.–Thurs.
Oct. 27–30
Mon.–Thurs.
Track 4 July 14–17
Mon.–Thurs.
July 21–22
Mon.–Tues.
Sept. 30–
Oct. 2
Tues.–Thurs.
Oct 6–9
Mon.–Thurs.

Click here to access a list of questions from the WCPSS Literacy Department that parents can use as they read with their children to help prepare them to meet the standards set by the Read to Achieve legislation.

Registering to Volunteer for the 2014–2015 School Year

The computers in the media center will be available for parents to register Monday-Friday from 8:45–3:00. They will also be available during our Open House dates. Open House dates for tracks 1, 2, 3 will be Thursday, July 17th, from 6:00–7:15. Open House for track 4 will be Thursday, August 7th, from 6:00-7:15.

The following information describes the procedures for reactivation for continuing volunteers and the process for new volunteers to obtain CRC clearance.

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers

• All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013–2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet. Access to the volunteer system is: WCPSS Intranet > Business Applications > Volunteer Registration.
• After October 31, 2014, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.
• The volunteer system will be open daily for reactivation/registration from July 1, 2014, through October 31, 2014 for 24 hours a day.
• From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays: December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.

New Volunteers for 2014-2015

• Any new volunteer applicants for the 2014-2015 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work. Applicants may register at any WCPSS site through the intranet. Access to the volunteer system is: WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration.
• The volunteer system will be open daily for registration from July 1, 2014, through October 31, 2014 for 24 hours a day.
• From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays: December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.

Kick-off to Kindergarten

We would like to invite all of our rising year-round kindergartners to learn what school is like at Kick-Off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum on Thursday, June 26 from 5pm to 8pm.  You and your child will learn valuable information at this session. You’ll be able to practice a lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and explore typical Kindergarten activities. This event is free and open to all rising year-round kindergartners and their families. For more information, visit their website at www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.

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2014-2015 School Transportation Changes

WCPSS will put new practices into place for the 2014-15 school year with the goal of improving yellow bus service for families.  The changes are aligned with the opening of the new school year, and include community outreach to drive the number of last minute student enrollees in the district down, and setting a cutoff date for requesting and receiving transportation on the first day of school.

Families new to using WCPSS yellow school bus service can request transportation service as they enroll in school. For families to receive first day service on their school calendar, they must be enrolled and sign up for bus service approximately one month before the start of school.

What families need to do
Families who have students enrolled in the current 2013-14 school year and have been using bus service will be presumed to use bus service in 2014-15, will be automatically included in the plan, and need take no action.

Families with a kindergarten student who will begin in 2014-15 and already have an older sibling using bus service during the current 2013-14 school year must enroll the rising Kindergartner in school by the cutoff date to receive transportation services.

Families moving into Wake County or newly enrolling in Wake County public schools will be able to sign up for Transportation services as part of enrollment in the school system beginning May 30.  A new form for Transportation service will be part of the enrollment packet.  Again, these families must enroll in school and request bus service by the cutoff date to automatically receive first day transportation services.

Some families have already enrolled new students for 2014-15 prior to the new processes that will begin on May 30. We have created an online form for requesting transportation services that will be available on the Transportation website May 30.  We will send a postcard to these families asking them to visit the online form and click to let us know their need for transportation services.  These families must request bus service by the cutoff date to automatically receive first day transportation services.

Families with students in the school system during the current 2013-14 school year who are not currently using transportation services, but plan to ride the bus at the start of the 2014-15 school year should also use the online form to sign up for service.  Again, the request for bus service must be made by the cutoff date to automatically receive first day transportation services.

Cutoff dates

  • Year-round calendar schools regardless of track assignment must enroll and request bus service by June 6 to receive first day service.
  • Modified calendar schools must enroll and request bus service by June 25 to receive first day service.
  • Traditional calendar schools must enroll and request bus service by July 21 to receive first day service.

For families who request Transportation services after the cutoff date, first day bus service is not guaranteed. Requests received after these cut off dates will be processed in the order received. Transportation will make every effort possible to provide service using existing bus stops as quickly as possible.

Bus stops
Transportation will provide service based on the family’s residence of record. Requests for additional service, such as to before or afterschool programs or other alternative stops, will be considered after the first 30 days of the school calendar. Students who do not use transportation services for 10 consecutive days will be removed from routes. Families would need to request Transportation services using the online form to reactivate the student’s bus stop assignment.

Building better bus routes
These new beginning of the year practices will improve the planning assumptions WCPSS Transportation uses to establish bus routes. In the past, WCPSS Transportation started with the assumption that all students may choose to use bus service and school bus routes evolved during the first weeks of school.  This created a situation where routing specialists could not create the most efficient routes for the start of school, where families could not rely on timely bus service in the early weeks of the school year, and where bus drivers had to drive constantly changing routes.

Beginning the planning process with accurate ridership will reduce the start of the school year challenges and provide for superior bus routing. This will provide families better bus service from the start of the school year. Routes for known riders will be set for the first day of school. Bus drivers will no longer have to wait at stops for families who don’t plan to use the service and will practice set routes to be ready for the first day of school. With superior routing, buses will travel less distance saving money on fuel and maintenance.

Tdap Immunizations

All fifth grade students must receive the Tdap immunization in order to begin sixth grade. Please send a copy of your child’s updated shot record reflecting the new immunization to Ms. Wilson in the front office as soon as possible so that it will be in the system in time to prevent any delays or issues with enrolling in middle school.
 
 

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Inclement Weather Closings and Delays

Dear Parents,
     In the event that schools are closed or delayed due to inclent weather, please monitor the Wake County Public School System’s own electronic media and local television, radio, and print news media for the latest information.
     In the event a decision is made to dismiss early after students are already in school, parents will also be notified via the district-wide Emergency School Messenger telephone system. Please see the information below to sign up for this system.
     A message will be put on our main office number (919-567-4100) informing parents of the county’s decision.

Parents should use these resources to stay abreast of school closings, delays, and early dismissals:

Wake County Public School System Electronic Media

Local News Media

Area Radio Stations

Kindergarten Registration Requirements and Student Assignment Dates

Kindergarten Registration

Rising Kindergarteners can pre-enroll beginning January 13, 2014. Registration on January 13th will be from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Media Center. Thereafter, parents may register their children in the Front Office from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In order to attend Kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before August 31st of the current school year.

Required Documents and Other Requirements

  1. Registration must be completed at your child’s base school.
  2. Parent/legal guardian photo ID
  3. Proof of Address
  4. Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, which can be obtained from the health department of the county or state in which the child was born
  5. Immunization records – For a list of all required immunizations, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. If you do not have a certified immunization record, contact your physician or the Wake County Human Services office. All immunizations must be complete by the first day of school.
  6. A completed Kindergarten Health Assessment – required by North Carolina law on or before the child’s first day at school

Student Assignment

January 13th – Rising Kindergartners can pre-register at their base school

March 3rd-16th – Transfer period – Rising 6th graders need to check their middle school assignments.

Web Resources

  • WCPSS Blog Feature:  wcpss.net features a new Kindergarten registration front page banner and blog posts in English and in Spanish.
  • Updated Kindergarten Portal: Don’t forget that parents can visit our online Kindergarten portal in English or Spanish, featuring up-to-date information on kindergarten registration and early entry.
  • Online Student Assignment information: As always, parents can review enrollment information or student assignment information on our website.
Herbert Akins Road Elementary School opened its doors as a year-round school in July, 2009 as a member of the Wake County Public School System. Herbert Akins Elementary will increase achievement for all students and empower our diverse community to develop independent thinkers and life-long learners who will SOAR to excellence in the 21st century. Herbert Akins is a partnership of students, staff, and community working collaboratively and respectfully as a professional learning team to increase student achievement while preparing them for success in the 21st century.

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