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Principal's Corner

September 18, 2022

SRE Family & Friends,

I hope you have had an outstanding weekend!

PTA Support

I would like to say thank you to all of our families who joined our virtual PTA meeting last week.  I’m very grateful to all of our families who showed interest in volunteering to support our PTA, students, and staff.  Your support in greatly appreciated!


We are excited to announce that our Ident-a-kid computer system is up and running.  This system will be utilized for late check-in, early dismissal, and visitor management.  This is a friendly reminder that if your child is late, we kindly ask that you exit your car and sign your child in.  Thank you for supporting us with this. 

Meeting with the STARS

You are cordially invited to attend our Title 1 event, “Meeting with the STARS.”  This event will be held next Thursday, September 29, at 5:30pm.  This will be an opportunity to meet with administration to learn more about how we utilize Title I to support student achievement.  You will also meet with your child’s teacher to discuss curriculum, data protocols, and classroom updates.  Please see the schedule included:

5:30-6:00- Meet with Administration (Location: Gym)

6:00-6:30- Meet with the Teacher (Location: Classroom)

*Light refreshments will be served

Car Rider Late Pickup

Our dismissal is at 2:15, at which time our car rider pickup begins.  If you arrive after 2:35, you must come in to sign a late pickup form.  Once you accrue 5 late pickups we will ask that you schedule a meeting with the school social worker to determine if there is a solution.  If for any reason, you are planning to be late please contact the main office and your child’s teacher on dojo.  I appreciate your understanding with this matter.  


Thanks Kindly,

Mrs. Hinton & Mr. Cooper

September 15, 2022

Save the Date!

We are excitedly preparing for a year full of STAR performances and other fun events. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out! If your student needs to wear anything specific for a performance they are participating in, you will be notified as soon as we have that information. Please note, these dates are subject to change. Check our school website calendar for the most up-to-date information regarding events and happenings.

Calendar of Events

September 4, 2022

Dear Sandy Ridge Families,

I am pleased to announce that, based on newly released data, Sandy Ridge ranked in North Carolina’s top 20 percent for academic growth during the 2021-2022 school year.  We are very proud of our hardworking staff and students, who strived to make this happen! 

Labor Day Holiday

Please be reminded that there is no school tomorrow, Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. 


I would like to say thank you to all of the families for doing such a wonderful job following carpool expectations. This is a friendly reminder that no students can be picked up from the main entrance following dismissal. We are working to keep our students safe and to reduce outgoing afternoon traffic from the staff parking lot. 

Early Dismissal

We have noticed a peak in students being signed out of school early.  As you know, we value and strive to protect daily instructional time.  Instruction begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:15.  Please be mindful of picking students up early on a consistent basis.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your evening and we will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Beginning of Grade Testing- 3rd Grade

The BOG3 reading test establishes a baseline measure of beginning third-grade students' reading skills. Students who score an achievement level 3 or higher on the BOG3 reading test demonstrate reading proficiency appropriate for third-grade students, which satisfies the requirements of the Read to Achieve legislation.  3rd grade students will take the BOG3 on Thursday, September 7.  Please make your best effort to ensure that students get plenty of rest, are present, and on time for school. 

mCLASS Testing

mCLASS is a universal screener that measures the development of reading skills of all students in grades K-3 and select 4th grade students through two main assessments: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and the Text Reading Comprehension (TRC) assessments.  The mCLASS testing window will open this week.  All K-3 students will complete their beginning of year assessment between Tuesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 22. 

Thanks Kindly,

Mrs. Hinton


August 28, 2022

Dear Sandy Ridge Families,

We are so excited about beginning the 2022-23 school year!  It was so great to see so many families during Open House.  We are looking forward to this being a great school year!  During Open House, we distributed over 200 carpool tags. 

We are planning to make special accommodations for kindergarten families and students this year.  All kindergarten families are welcome to walk their students to their classrooms on the first day of school.  There will be staggered entry for kindergarten, so this will apply to families who have students beginning on Tuesday as well.  Pre-pandemic, we allowed all families to walk their students into the building for the first week of school.  However, in order to adhere to safety protocols, we are no longer permitting families to walk students into the building.  I would like to request that all families remain in the car during the am/pm carpool.  This will also improve traffic flow.  Old Oxford Rd is usually a very busy highway in the morning, so you are encouraged to consider making a right turn out of the school parking lot in the morning to reduce your wait time. Traffic flow is important and we would like to encourage you to pull up to the curb and line your cars up accordingly.  Once your car comes to a complete stop, students will unload from the passenger side of the vehicle.  We would like to discourage students from exiting the driver’s side of the car because this presents safety issues.  In the event that this does occur, your child will be escorted around the car by an SRE staff member.  

Special accommodation has been made for Pre-K parent drop off and pick-up. So all Pre-K families are welcome to park in the staff parking lot and walk your children up to the media center each morning.  Student pick-up will be located in the same location.  We are working diligently to ensure that every aspect of Sandy Ridge is exceptional, so I would like to request your assistance with this matter.  All students will be grouped outside according to grade level in the front of the school in a designated area.  Please hang your carpool tags and have them visible during pm carpool.    

The morning carpool drop-off time is 7:15-7:40.  This will give students time to get breakfast and report to class on time.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7:45.  Students who arrive after 7:45 will be considered tardy.  If you arrive after 7:45, you will need to park your car and walk your child to the front entrance and sign them in.   

Lastly, in the afternoon, we will also have a designated staff member call student names to make students aware that their parents have arrived.  Again, it is important to have your carpool tag visible to staff daily.  Once the name has been called, the student will stand in the color-coded loading zones. 


Please see ways you can assist:

  1. Ensure that your car tag is hanging and visible to staff.  
  2. Please remain in your car during carpool and retrieve your child from the loading zone.
  3. Please refrain from parking in the front of the school at the end of the school day.
  4. If you arrive early (before 7:15), please stop and wait behind the stop sign.
  5. Once your child’s name has been called, we would like to request that you pull up to the color coded loading zone to retrieve your child. 
  6. Please remain in the carpool line and follow traffic.  (There will be someone directing traffic)
  7. Please take an active role in assisting us with protecting instructional time in the afternoons by allowing students to complete a full school day.  Students who are checked out early in the afternoons miss imperative instruction and are at risk of truancy related matters. Transportation changes should not be made after 11:00 (9:00 on Early Release days) and students may not be signed out after 1:45 (11:45 on Early Release Days).
  8. If your child walks home from school, please contact your child’s teacher and they will be given a walker tag.  All walkers will be dismissed with bus riders and walk home from the back parking lot.  No cars are permitted in the bus lot during afternoon dismissal.
  9. Please be prepared to experience longer wait times in the event of inclement weather and early release days.

Ultimately, our goal is to conduct a safe dismissal plan that will be time-efficient and effective.  We appreciate your assistance with the implementation of this plan.  Thank you for the shared commitment to the safety of Sandy Ridge students. 


Mrs. Hinton


Lanisha Hinton