Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Posted on 08/06/2018

Elephant’s Fork Elementary School

2316 William Reid Drive Suffolk, Virginia 23434

______________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

August 20, 2018

Dear Families,

I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 School Year! For those of you that are new families to our school, we would like you to know we are a collaborative and driven group of people who take learning seriously.

I continue to feel honored as the principal of Elephant’s Fork; this school is where my heart lies. At Elephant’s Fork you will find all of our staff members work hand in hand with your child.

We are excited about the opportunity to get to know all of you this year and engage in the educational process together. We are big believers in collaboration. True success takes all of us; the school, the parent/guardian, the student, and the community. Positive communication among all stakeholders is the essential key in fostering student success. We also believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement. As the building administrators, we strongly encourage parental involvement and we welcome your collaboration and input.

We would like to welcome the following new staff to our building:

Assistant Principal-Mr. Hamlin

Dean of Students-Mr. Tysinger (began March 2018)

Early Start Sped.-Ms. Bryan

Kindergarten-Ms. Eberhardt

2nd Grade-Ms. Peet

2nd Grade-Ms. Johnson

2nd Grade-Ms. Gibbs

3rd Grade-Ms. Knight

3rd Grade-Mr. Dafoe

You will have a chance to meet your child’s teacher at our Open House on Thursday, August 30th. Class assignments will go out in the mail with specific orientation times. You will also have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at Elephant’s Fork on the 30th.

School Hours: 9:00am-3:50pm

In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 9:00 AM, as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please be sure to pick your children up by 3:50 in the afternoon.



Breakfast takes place from 9:00-9:20. During this time students will complete their morning work. Our instructional school day begins at 9:25 AM. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time by 9:20 AM to ensure they receive breakfast. All students who arrive after 9:25 AM must sign in at the office with a parent.

Free and Reduced Lunch:

All students again this year will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily. Please make sure your child is at school by 9:20 to eat breakfast. Snacks are not free but are available for purchase.

School Supply List:

School supply lists for each grade level are available in the office and also posted on our school’s website, efes.spsk12.net/. This is a reminder that students should not bring toys, fidget spinners, electronics, and any other items that distract from learning.

Traveling to and from School:

Student drop off still begins at 9:00 AM. You will again be greeted by our staff as you pull into the circle. Parent pick-up will take place the same way this year. Please be sure to fill out the “Authorized to Pick-up” form to give specific adults permission to pick your child up from school. Please ensure you or your designated person responsible for picking up your child has an ID when arriving to pick up your child.


Each quarter we will send home a newsletter telling you what’s happening at Elephant’s Fork. It will also be available on our school website efes.spsk12.net.


Elephant’s Fork Orientation –Thursday, August 30th

First Day of School- Tuesday, September 4th

Progress reports go home-October 4th

Other important dates can be found at spsk12.net under calendars.

I look forward to working with you and your child. We can’t wait to meet you!





Jessica Avery, Principal

Elephant’s Fork Elementary School


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