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October Newsletter

The mission of Atoka Elementary is to provide opportunities for student excellence and to encourage student academic growth, ensuring a strong foundation as lifelong learners.

  The first nine-weeks period is coming to an end, and report cards will be sent home October 25th. Please make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher during conferences if you have questions or concerns.

            We would like to say a big “thank you” to our PTO volunteers who have been involved in planning our Fall Carnival and other fundraising efforts this year. We cannot thank you enough for all you do for ATES. Our goal this year is to equip each classroom with an iPad. The students will be learning how to use these devices, which act as a 4th computer in every classroom. Our goal is to help prepare them for the future and the ever changing world of technology. Thanks to everyone for your support in our improvement efforts.

                        Dr. Rebekah Byrd, Principal


Dates to Remember:

October 2                     Picture money due

October 3                     Special Olympics Torch Run @ MHS

October 5                     End of 1st nine-weeks

                                    TRACK Day

October 8-12                 Fall Break

October 16-19                Carnival tickets presale

October 17                    BANK Day

October 18                    PTO Meeting 6:00;

                                    2nd grade           performance at 6:30       Domino’s Night

October 20                    Fall Carnival (11-3)

October 22-26               Red Ribbon Week

October 22                    Fall makeup pictures;

                                    Grades 3-5 only…            Constructed       Response Math Test

October 23                    JT’s Night

October 24                    Challenge field trip

October 25 & 29            Parent Teacher Conferences from 3:15-6:15 p.m.

                                    Report cards-25th

October 31                    Bank Day; Book Character Dress Up Day-$1.00 to participate

                                    (no face paint, masks, or  scary clothing such as witches, ghosts, vampires, etc.)


Red Ribbon Week Activities

Monday, Oct. 22 “Pledge to be Drug Free”           (wear red)

Tuesday, Oct. 23 “Say ‘Peace Out’ to Drugs”        (wear hippie clothes)

Wednesday, Oct. 24 “Black Out Drugs”   (wear black)

Thursday, Oct. 25 “Drugs Can Mess You Up”        (wear mismatched clothes)

Friday, Oct. 26 “One School, One Goal (wear ATES t-shirt or any purple/green t-shirt)


PTO Corner:

·         Use your REDcard at Target and designate Atoka Elementary as your child’s school to earn 1% of your purchases for a Target donation to ATES.

·         Carnival meeting – Oct. 15th @ 6:00 p.m.

·          If you are interested in helping with this year's carnival, please email


*Reminder: Please send a signed note when your child is absent from school. You should include the date(s) absent and REASON.



Our vision is to equip students with a strong foundation to become responsible and productive citizens with a love for learning and the confidence to strive for excellence.