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Icard Speech Contest

posted Nov 13, 2018, 4:40 PM by Icard Elementary School

Icard Elementary had its speech contest on Tuesday, November 13.  Congratulations to our winners: Zane, Lanie, Samuel and Dakota!

Happy Veterans' Day

posted Nov 11, 2018, 3:16 PM by Icard Elementary School

Letters from Kindergarten.

United Way Fundraiser

posted Nov 11, 2018, 3:15 PM by Icard Elementary School

Congratulations to Icard families for raising donations to go to United Way!

Updated Post from Mrs. Burris:

posted Nov 11, 2018, 3:13 PM by Icard Elementary School

Good afternoon Icard Elementary,

There are a few reminders for this week.  First, there will be no school Monday, November 12.  Monday will serve as a holiday to observe Veterans Day. Second, the school speech contest will be held Tuesday, November 13, beginning at 8:15 in the gym. Parents of participants are invited to attend.  Thursday, November 15, our fourth graders will be traveling to Biltmore House.  They will be returning to school at approximately 5:00 P.M.  Parents of fourth graders, please make arrangements to pick up your child at this time.  

Looking forward, next week on Tuesday, November 20, beginning at 1:00 P.M. in the gym, Icard Elementary will be holding its first 2018-19 academic excellence ceremony for third through fifth graders. Parents of third through fifth graders are encouraged to attend.  Wednesday, 11/21; Thursday, 11/22; and Friday, 11/23, schools will not be operating because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Finally, several of you have asked about make-up pictures for the fall.  Make-up pictures for students who were absent October 11 will be conducted on Monday, December 3. 

As always, have a safe and productive week!

Jeanene Burris, Principal

Post From Mrs. Burris 11-4-18

posted Nov 4, 2018, 6:34 PM by Icard Elementary School

Good afternoon Icard Elementary,

I hope that you remembered to set your clocks back and have enjoyed your extra hour of sleep this weekend!  Hopefully, those early morning bus stops will not be nearly as dark. 

A few reminders for this week include the following:

Students will not attend school Tuesday because of parent/teacher conferences.  Many of you may have scheduled alternate times, but the bulk of the conferences will be held Tuesday, November 6.  Unless otherwise scheduled, teachers and staff will be at Icard beginning at 11:30 A.M. and remaining until 7:00 P.M. Teachers have until November 15 to complete conferences.  100% participation is required.  Thank you for your cooperation and support of your child.  

Thursday, November 8, our first graders will be taking a field trip to Johnny Wilson Farm in Granite Falls.  

Mark your calendars for Monday, November 12.  Students will not have school because of the observance of Veterans Day.

Thank you, and have a great week!

Jeanene Burris, Principal

Mrs. Burris' Post 10-27-18

posted Oct 28, 2018, 5:16 PM by Icard Elementary School

Good afternoon Icard Elementary!

I hope that you have had a great weekend! We certainly had a busy week with benchmarks, field trips, and community helpers.  I am always so excited for community members to come in and see the high caliber of students we have at Icard!

As we enter cold and flu season, make sure that your child gets plenty of sleep, washes hands regularly, and consumes plenty of fluids.  

Because I firmly believe that education is a socio-economic equalizer, I am including two links in this communication on how important reading to and with your student is. (You can access these articles through the Icard Elementary FB page or the school webpage).I am also highlighting two statements I found to be especially important. 

"Students who read the most will read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don't read much, cannot get better at it." 
Jim Trelease

“One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them.”
Amy Joyce

You will need to schedule a time with your child’s teacher for a conference between October 31 and November 15.  If you fail to conference with your child’s teacher, a home visit may occur.  

Our kindergartners and first graders will be attending a play on Thursday.  Our Pre-K will be visiting an apple orchard on Friday.  

Thank you for entrusting your children to us!

Jeanene Burris, Principal

Mrs. Burris' Post 10-21-18

posted Oct 21, 2018, 6:34 AM by Icard Elementary School

Greetings Icard Elementary,


What a wonderfully exciting and productive week we had last week!  I personally and thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the students in a fun but service-oriented way as we all engaged in Spirit Week!  We collectively raised close to one thousand dollars for United Way.


I especially thank all of you who participated in Math-O-Ween.  Over 33% of our students were represented at this event. Parents and guardians, participation in these types of activities is so important in promoting the success of your students!


We will be having NC Check-in benchmarking for our third, fourth, and fifth, graders this week.  This is a benchmark.  These assessments are not for grading; they simply give teachers information as to how students are progressing in their attainment of specific knowledge.  Your job is to simply get your well-rested student to Icard on time each morning.


Kindergartners will be going to Divine Farms on Thursday, and on Friday, community helpers such as firemen, policemen, nurses, and more will be presenting to our kindergarten through second graders. 


Have a great week Icard!


Jeanene Burris, Principal

P.E.A.K. CLUB News

posted Oct 18, 2018, 7:10 PM by Icard Elementary School

We are extremely pleased with the amount of students and parents participating in the P.E.A.K. CLUB (Physical Education for Adults and Kids.)  If you are participating in the activities, please complete the activity papers as you do the activities.  Please wait until all activities are complete, then turn them in on the last few days of the month. Enjoy being active together!

Updated Information from Mrs. Burris:

posted Oct 14, 2018, 4:15 PM by Tonya Smith

Good afternoon Icard Elementary,

I hope you enjoyed your day off on Friday! We have a busy and exciting week ahead of us.

Monday, October 15, will be the last day of our fundraiser. Students will need to turn in ALL orders and demo books. Some students’ demo books have been used to fill orders, but those that have not been used need to be returned. Remember that coupon books are twenty dollars each.

We will be celebrating spirit week. If your child paid four dollars for the entire week or pays one dollar per day, he or she may participate in the day’s activity. Monday will be Crazy Hat Day. Tuesday will be Costume Day. Wednesday will be Crazy Hair Day. Thursday will be Favorite Device or Stuffed Animal Day. Friday will be Pajama Day. Please note that costumes should not be scary, have a mask, or cause a distraction to the educational process. All proceeds will go to support the United Way of Burke County. Be sure to look for Ms. Burris on Tuesday!

Tuesday evening, October 16, Icard Elementary will host its annual Math-O-Ween. We will begin the festivities with pizza in the cafeteria at 5:30. Reservations were due Thursday, October 11. Our math activities will be in the gym beginning at 6:00 and lasting until 7:00. 

Our fourth graders will travel to Morganton on Thursday for the symphony. Please be sure that your student has turned in a permission slip for this event. 

As always, have a great and safe week!

Jeanene Burris, Principal

Message from Mrs. Burris 10/7/18

posted Oct 7, 2018, 2:16 PM by Tonya Smith

Greetings Icard Elementary,


What a great week we have had!  I want to shout out a BIG thank you to all parents and guardians who came out this week to support your child for “Bring a Parent to P.E. Week.” We had more than 60 parents participate! I would also like to thank the Peacock family for the fabulous decorations they have added to the front of our building.


Here are just a few reminders for the upcoming week:

1.     Your student’s instructional day runs from 8:00 A.M. until 2:45 P.M. Please DO NOT CHECK your student out after 2:00 P.M. unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary because of a doctor or dentist appointment or family emergency.  Your child is being instructed until the end of the day.  If you are checking out your child for reasons other than what is ABSOLUTELY necessary, YOU are shortchanging him or her. 

2.     The second fill day for the fundraiser will be Thursday, October 11.  This is a change from what was previously stated.  Please DO NOT send in envelopes until Thursday, October 11.  Holding off until Thursday will help avert confusion as to how orders are filled. THANK ALL OF YOU for the HARD WORK you have put into making this fundraiser a success. Please be mindful that all demo books need to be returned on October 15, the final day of our sale. Several students have already returned the demo books. Some of the demo books have been used to fill orders.  A record has been kept of this.

3.     For safety reasons, ALL afternoon car riders need to be picked up in the appropriate line. We complete the bulk of the car rider line within 15 minutes of the first loading.  If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact the office, and we will make appropriate accommodations.  Again, PLEASE think of the safety of ALL students. 

4.     THANK YOU for your patience as we have transitioned to having two buses.  Make sure that your student knows how he or she needs to get home in the afternoon. 

5.      Fall pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 11.  Please be sure to fill out the pre-order form before then.

6.     Friday, October 12 is a teacher workday.  Students will NOT report to school on Friday.


As always, thank you for the support you continuously give to Icard Elementary!


Jeanene Burris, Principal

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