A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

It’s mid-year already??!

Didn’t it just seem like yesterday that you were purchasing back to school supplies and clothes? Yet the calendar says it’s the middle of January and the end of the 2nd quarter – we are officially halfway through the school year. Now is the perfect time to take stock as to how your child is performing academically and if adjustments need to be made to ensure their success. During the months of January two state and district assessments will be given that provide your child’s teacher with important information (data) as to your child’s progress.

DIBELS/Reading 3D 

DIBELS/Reading 3D assessments are administered to all children in grades kindergarten – 3rd grade in the fall, winter and spring. These tests are designed to specifically track students’ progress in reading and test all of the major components in reading including phonemic awareness, fluency and comprehension. Your child’s reading levels for their “just right” books are determined by this assessment. You should always be knowledgeable in all grades (including 4th and 5th) of your child’s reading level and whether or not they are growing as readers. Please make sure that your child is reading at least 30 minutes each night at their appropriate reading level and that they log their nightly reading. It is absolutely essential that you, the parent, sign the log each and every night. A quick glance at your child’s reading log can reveal a lot of information as to your child’s progress. If you are unsure of your child’s reading level please contact your child’s teacher.


The MAP assessment (Measures of Academic Progress) is given to all students in grades K-5 also in the fall, winter and spring. MAP is a nationally normed assessment and provides information as to how your child is progressing in reading and math as compared to students in the school, district and to the nation as a whole. Today your child came home with a MAP Student Progress Report that needs to be signed and returned to school. On the report you can see if your child made growth in reading and math between the September and December administrations of the test and if they are progressing towards their goals for the year. If your child is making minimal progress and/or is losing ground please contact your child’s teacher to discuss with them ways you can help your child and to hear specifically what will be done to address your child’s area(s) of weakness.

While it may look as though we are always testing, these assessments collectively take up a small amount of instructional time. The loss of time is certainly outweighed by the valuable information they provide to teachers to better help our students.



Tutors Needed

Interested in a Paid Tutoring Position?

We are looking for a reading tutor to work with small groups of 4th and 5th grade students. The position would run roughly from February to May for 2 hours each morning, four days a week. Please contact Mr. Ruppenthal at Jeffrey.ruppenthal@cms.k12.nc.us if you are interested.

Digital Citizenship Night

Digital Citizenship Night

Many parents today share an interest – and even sometimes a bit of concern – about their kids’ digital lives. As part of Common Sesnse’s Connecting Families program, we are hosting a Digital Citizenship Discussion Night Wednesday, January 17 at HES so we can start a conversation in our community about the issues, topics, and concerns that matter most to YOU, our students’ caregivers.

We will have Detective Lynch and a Home Land Security Agent coming to help guide this discussion. We will be touching on sensitive, yet vital, topics such as online predators, cyber-bullying, privacy, and digital footprints.

*Please note that this is an adult only night due to some of the sensitive subjects covered.*

We hope to see you there

Father/Daughter Dance


Attention Dads and Daughters!  Join us for an evening in “Hollywood”. We are rolling out the red carpet for our annual father/daughter dance which will be held on Friday, January 26th at 6:00 PM in the HES gymnasium. Refreshments and cookies will be served. We will also have a photographer on site for a small fee.

HES Boosterthon


Parents! The 2018 HES Boosterthon Campaign is almost here! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 23rd. Families will then gather pledges for every lap their student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on Thursday, February 1st. With our big goal of raising $25,000 for SAMSUNG INTERACTIVE MONITORS, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.
Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST!  An English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.
You can help our school by reaching out to sponsors, and collecting donations online. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on their student at the Fun Run!  More information to come in the upcoming weeks including registration and fundraising ideas.

Multicultural Fair at HES

Our 4th Annual Multicultural Fair is February 22!

Our 4th annual Multicultural Fair is coming soon!  This is an opportunity for HES families to share a culture they love with others, as we all celebrate the diversity of our school. We are in the sign-up stage of the event and are looking for families who would sponsor a booth and represent a country or culture that they know well, or would like to learn more about.

Things you can enjoy during the evening:


  • Check out the Scholastic Book Fair in the media center.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner in the cafeteria.
  • Visit the different countries & cultures represented in the atrium.
  • Check out the wonderful Reader’s Theatre near the atrium.
  • Pick up some delicious treats at the bake sale to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer.
  • Watch the multicultural performances in the cafeteria.


All HES families are invited to attend. 

So far we have several cultures/countries being represented.  If your family would like to participate and share about a culture, please come to the interest meeting on Thursday, January 18th at 3:15 pm in the media center. We will be giving out free tri-fold boards at the meeting. If you cannot make it, please contact Ellen Teyssier (ellen.teyssier@gmail.com) if you are interested.

Questions?  Contact any one of us!

Multicultural Fair Organizers:

Ms. Teyssier – ellen.teyssier@gmail.com

Ms. Seidman – naldaf.seidman@cms.k12.nc.us

Ms. Peters – joanm.peters@cms.k12.nc.us

Ms. Cassidy – debra.susan@icloud.com

PTA Advocacy Alert

PTA Advocacy Alert

WHAT: House Bill Law 13 (HB-13) –  Legislators should provide funding for reduced K-3 class sizes and phase in mandate during special session January 10. 
WHY is this important? Starting in July, the average class size in K-3rd grades will drop from 20 students this school year to roughly 17. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school leaders told legislators that it could cost $23 million to hire 353 more K-3 teachers to meet the new class sizes.
Smaller classrooms would be ideal, right? Who doesn’t want smaller classrooms for their children? Unfortunately this is an UNFUNDED initiative. Without the money to support these changes, it will fall on the district and school’s shoulders to “figure it out” in order to be in accordance of the law. If lawmakers pass this bill unfunded there could be MAJOR consequences for HES and NC schools:
–       the need for more teachers and classroom space (there are already 7 K classrooms)
–       reassignment of current teachers to other classes
–       overcrowding in 4th and 5th grade classes since there would not be a cap on those grades
–       loss of space for specials to make room for classrooms.  Specials could move to “carts”
–       loss of other spaces (stage, media center, other areas) to make classrooms
–       shifting of remediation specialists to teaching classrooms
  • The most effective would be to contact our representatives in the NC General Assembly. Since the legislators meet tomorrow, calling today is critical! A script is below that you can either call or email. Make sure to include your city.
    Representative Craig Horn: Craig.Horn@ncleg.net, 919-733-2406
    Representative Linda Johnson: linda.johnson2@ncleg.net, 919-733-5861
My name is _____. I live in Huntersville in Mecklenburg County. I am calling to express my concern regarding HB-13. I support reduced classroom sizes, however not without appropriate funding. I cannot support the destruction of supporting classes and services that would be necessary to meet the HB-13 requirements. The General Assembly must increase funds to schools to comply with HB-13. Additionally, the deadline of 2018 needs to be extended as it is impossible to create space in schools and hire qualified teachers in 6 months.
Thank you for voting to increase school funding and provide additional time for our schools to comply.
  • Join the conversation with the #classsizechaos hashtag 
Twitter handles to follow:
Jeff Tarte: @JeffTarteNC
NC Legislators: @NCLeg
NC Association of Educators: @ncae
North Carolina PTA: @PTA4AllKids
 More information:
 Article from the Charlotte Observer
 Please help spread the word about this very important cause!

THANK YOU for taking the time to advocate for our students!

Thank You Corporate Sponsors!

Huntersville Elementary School would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors!


LOAN DEPOT- Vin Marcello

REMAX PROS- Michael McNulty & Carolyn Brown




A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

And in the blink of an eye the holiday season is upon us! Elementary schools are fun places to be during this time of year. As the winter break approaches the excitement and anticipation felt by the children becomes more and more palpable.  All of the holiday related “happenings” in our school adds to the joy of the season. I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. The expectations are tempered and the focus is on being together with family and friends and expressing gratitude. We are indeed thankful for your children. They are why we are here! It is our honor and pleasure to help them learn and grow. In keeping with this expression of gratitude for our kids I’ve attached a list of 22 Positive Things to Say to Your Kids This Week. This list can be a great thing to glance at when you are feeling frustrated with your children which is bound to happen during this hectic time of year!

HES Tours


Welcome to Huntersville Elementary School!  Tours begin in the lobby of our school and usually last about 45 minutes – 1 hour.  Future students are welcome on the tour.  All prospective parents are required to sign in at our welcome desk and will be issued a pass for the tour.  We have multiple dates available.  If you need a tour outside of the set dates, please contact Natalie Baldwin at baldwinnatalie@hotmail.com . The tour sign up is HERE.

Yearbook Pictures



If you have any pictures of your children during school functions and would like them to be included in the yearbook, please send them to yearbook committee at HESYearbookBulldogs4Life@gmail.com.

Feel free to send any you have to that email address throughout the year! Keep in mind, shots that are not zoomed in have better quality. And yes, you can send pictures from your phone!

Tutoring Opportunities


Calling all parents, grandparents, high school friends, middle school students or anyone looking to help make a difference! Please consider tutoring our students on a weekly basis!   We have several opportunities:

Amigos de Buddy after school program

Amigos de Buddy began on Monday, September 25.  We meet with the children every Monday and Tuesday and tutor from 3:15-4:30. We are looking for volunteers interested in committing to tutoring a student on a regular weekly basis. If you are interested in helping please email Rosemary Klein at klein924@earthlink.net or Mrs. Hayes at Jenniferp.hayes@cms.k12.nc.us

Northstar Learning

Work one on one with the same student every week for 30-45 minutes, during school hours. Materials will be provided. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Staton at Shannon.staton@cms.k12.nc.us

Student Volunteers

Middle school students can earn volunteer hours by volunteering in the classrooms in the mornings from 7:30-8:30am before heading to middle school. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Ennis at stephanie.ennis@cms.k12.nc.us

Car Rider Line

Car Rider Line

For the safety of our students, staff, and fellow parents, please remember to follow the rules of our car rider line, particularly in the afternoon. Here are some important reminders about our car rider policy:

1. Find where the back of the line ends, which is typically weaved into the lower parking lot to help alleviate traffic back up on Sherwood Road.

2. Do not try to cut into the line in any way.  This includes trying to take a left into the line and blocking Sherwood Rd, creating dangerous situations.

3. You may not park your car and “pull” your child from the car rider area.

4. Finally, please remember that your child(ren) can always ride the bus as an alternative.

It’s ok to be idle…just don’t idle your engine.

It is CMS policy to turn off one’s engine while waiting in the carline. Official signs have been posted to indicate this. The reason?

Studies conducted during arrival and dismissal times at carpool areas, where cars idle, showed high levels of air pollutants. These pollutants are particularly hazardous to children since their lungs are still developing. Exposure is associated with an increased frequency of childhood illness and the reduction of lung function.

The 3 main pollutants of concern in our carline are Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM). Without getting into a chemistry lesson, it is important to know that these pollutants are found where vehicles idle. The emissions can be dangerous to everyone in the vicinity, including your children and the staff who assist in the car line.

Turning off your car’s engine while you wait prior to 7:30 am and 3:00 pmis an easy, low-cost way to drastically reduce air pollution and prevent exposure to harmful pollutants. It will conserve gas, save you money and protect our health.

Please Turn Off Your Engine

Spirit Store

Bulldog Spirit Store

The Spirit store is in the cafeteria and is open from 7:30-8:00am every Wed., Thurs. and Fri. The grade level schedule is:

WEDNESDAYS – kindergarten and 1st grade

THURSDAYS – 2nd and 3rd grade

FRIDAYS – 4th and 5th grade

 Please report to class first for a Spirit Store pass before coming! Volunteer interest? Please contact: Kelly Revels  (kelly.revels@yahoo.com) or Laura Mahoney (ldk0524@gmail.com)

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017-18 PTA Executive Board


 The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2017-2018 HES Executive Board slate:

 President-Courtney Fossett

Treasurer-Cheryl Davy

Secretary-Barrie Rojahn

VP School Support-Cheryl Wade

VP Communications-Lisa Price

VP Advocacy-Bemnet FantuDownes

VP Fundraising-Heather Smallwood

These lovely ladies will be voted on before the kindergarten musical on Tuesday, April 25th.  

We thank everyone for participating in the creation of next year’s PTA leadership!

Nominating committee,

Christine Casey, Debra cassidy, & Jamie Snellenberg

New CMS Volunteers Please Register

If you are new to CMS or have not registered to volunteer, please visit https://www.cmsvolunteers.com  All volunteers must be registered to help in CMS schools.  Thank you!

ONE Access

Discover e-books & more with ONE Access!

What does ONE Access offer?
ONE Access has two components this year-something for CMS students and something for CMS staff.

For CMS students:
ONE Access, or “One Number Equals Access,” uses students’ school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. With their ONE Access account, students can:
*Access Library research databases
*Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
*Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)
There are no overdue fines for ONE Access accounts, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.

For CMS staff:
If you’re a member of staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, this year your NC EdCloud login number will be a ONE Access E-account, giving you instant access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s online resources. You’ll be automatically enrolled on September 1, 2016.
Here’s how to get started using your ONE Access E-account:
*Go to http://www.cmlibrary.org
*Access resources using your User Name and Pin: ◦Username: CMS+ your 10 digit NC EdCloud login number. For example CMS1234567890
◦Pin number: Last four digits of your login number. For example 7890
Your 10 digit login number is found on your pay stub under Employee ID
These efforts are part of an ongoing commitment by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to benefit the community by increasing literacy and educational success.

Amazon Smile

Shopping on Amazon?
Shop Amazon Smile and donate money to HES at the same time!
When customers shop at Amazon Smile the AmazonSmile Foundation donates .5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer. Each quarter, the Amazon Smile Foundation will make a donation to HES PTA. Please help spread the word to our families and friends! Next time you shop on Amazon please log into smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. Then type in PTA North Carolina Congress Huntersville Elementary School PTA as your charity and start shopping!

Be There Dad


HES HEROES – Be There Dad Committee

Huntersville Elementary is excited to have a “Be There Dad” chapter back this year. http://betheredad.org We are called the H.E.R.O.E.S. of HES. If you are a dad interested in being a HERO or for more information on our HEROES program, please contact Willie Hester at wehester@gmail.com

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