As many of you are aware, North Ridge is scheduled for a remodel. We are very excited about this much needed facelift. During the 2018-19 school year, our student body will relocate to the modular campus at 3851 Spring Forest Rd. While we are away, the entire NRE building will be demolished and replaced. We are scheduled to move back to our new facility at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The new building is going to be amazing. It will be state-of-the-art and was designed specifically for us. For the first time ever, we will all be under one roof.
We will finish this school year in the current North Ridge building. Next year, when we return in the fall, we will be at the Spring Forest campus. We will still be the North Ridge Unicorns. We will retain our staff and students. We will still do most of the things we currently do... Boosterthon, Unicornucopia, field trips, etc. The only substantial change will be our location.
Please see below for further information regarding our upcoming move.
Transportation for 2018-2019
ALL students will either be picked up in carpool, ride the bus home, or go to after-school care. There will not be any walkers at the modular campus next year, nor will students be picked up at the door.
Due to the nature of the modular campus, we are encouraging all families to try the bus. We know that not everyone will be able to use the bus, but want to minimize carpool traffic as much as possible.
Parents can request bus transportation for the coming school year by going to the WCPSS website. Requests should be made between May 11, 2018 and July 30, 2018. Remember that bus service will be provided to those students who currently live in the walk zone
New Bell Schedule for 2018-2019
At their meeting on April 10th, the school board approved the bell schedule change for the 2018-2019 school year. The academic day will run from 9:15am - 3:45pm. Morning drop off will run from 8:45am - 9:15am.
Where Exactly is the Spring Forest Campus?
Spring Forest Modular Campus 3851 Spring Forest Road
NRE will be moving offsite to a modular campus for one year for the opportunity to receive a state-of-the-art school with a multitude of benefits:
School blueprint was draw specifically for NRE based on the available campus space, staff/faculty input, facility needs, professional architect and transportation/DOT recommendations.
The school be significantly larger to accommodate a greater number of students as needed.
All students/staff/faculty will be in the same building.
New safety features and measures will be implemented.
When Are We Moving?
The current NRE school will be demolished following the end of the school year on June 11, 2018. All staff/faculty will move out immediately following school closure.
NRE will be located in the temporary modular campus for the 2018-2019 school year. NRE will move into its new school on the existing campus location in August 2019.
What is the Modular Campus Like?
The temporary campus is located at the Spring Forest Modular Campus at 3851 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh. The campus is near the Michaels on Capital Boulevard next to East Millbrook Middle School. There is a small blue campus sign at the entrance on Spring Forest Road.
Several schools have been housed in the modular campus throughout the years; most recently Brooks and Green Elementary Schools.
The Spring Forest Modular Campus has eight buildings that are significantly bigger than the existing trailers on the current NRE campus.
The front building will house the administrative office and media center, five buildings have classrooms, and there is a cafeteria and gym. The classroom buildings all have a hallway down the middle with classrooms on either side and a set of bathrooms. The gym is small with lower ceiling and Coach Keller plans to utilize the outdoor space as much as possible. There are two playgrounds ideal for younger students; the PTA will be purchasing additional outdoor play equipment including balls, Skip-Its, etc. for older students to enjoy at recess.
Both Brooks and Green Elementary administration verified that there is no interface between East Millbrook Middle School students and the modular students.
How will I get my student to and from the modular school?
Due to lack of space on campus—both buses and carpool will enter through the same entrance and run along the same two-land road around the campus—and traffic congestion on Capital Boulevard, Principal Soutter and Vice Principal Palmer suggest parents consider sending students to school by bus and back home from school by bus.
Numerous volunteers will be needed to support carpool and bus unloading areas, especially at the start of school.
What changes, if any, will my child see?
The administrative team, faculty and staff will be the same. All school events and activities including Fifth Grade celebrations, Boosterthon, Unicorpopia, etc. will continue.
The change in the physical campus space will be the biggest difference. Students will need to acclimate to the new campus and layout. The modular campus/school is more compact allowing for easier, less time-consuming transitions between classes. There will be more bathrooms for students and teachers. There are no covered walkways between the buildings and the PTA is considering purchasing ponchos for all students to utilize.
How will the move impact parents?
Parents will be impacted at school drop-off and pick-up due to the limited driveway space and traffic on Capital Boulevard.
Due to the campus setup, parents will no longer be able to deliver/pick-up their children at classroom doors. There will also be no door pickup in the new NRE school as all classrooms will be inside the building. The PTA is reviewing its meeting schedule to ensure parents are able to attend committee/social meetings as planned. Considerations include moving to quarterly committee meetings at more convenient locations (e.g. West Millbrook Middle School).
Who is Building The School?
Clancy & Theys will build the new school; the same construction company that built Brooks Elementary last year.
Will Specials be affected by the move?
No, Specials classes will not be affected; we will continue on the five class rotation.
Will before- and after-school be impacted?
Due to limited space at the modular campus, before- and after-school will need to cap numbers. Current before- and after-school families have received letters requesting their plans for the 2018-2019 school year to ensure space.
Will daycares continue to pick up NRE students from the modular campus?
NRE has begun contacting daycares that currently pick up from the school to determine if they will continue following the move. School admin are also looking into the daycares surrounding the modular campus to determine availability.
Is the modular campus safe?
Yes, the modular campus is a safe campus. In fact, it may be safer than the current NRE campus as it is more compact, all classrooms open to the interior of the buildings, and all buildings have bathrooms eliminating students walking outside during class.
The campus is also equipped with swipe-card access to unlock doors at the administrative building---visitors must be buzzed into the campus.
Will the new NRE school offer special education classes?
The new NRE campus will have two classrooms designated for regional special education program (though the programs are not currently assigned). There will also be two classrooms designated for development Pre-K students.
What will this move mean for fifth-graders, e.g. assemblies, graduation, etc.?
Fifth graders will still a full school experience. They will have assemblies, celebrations and graduation. Other schools have housed such events in the cafeteria, gym and East Millbrook’s auditorium.
Will the Safety Patrol program continue?
Principal Soutter and Vice Principal Palmer have not yet discussed Safety Patrol, but do anticipate they will be needed in some capacity, especially at the start/end of school.
Can parents eat lunch with their children at the modular campus?
Yes, parents will be able to each lunch with their child at the modular campus; however, there are a limited number of visitor parking spaces. We may have access to extra parking near East Millbrook Middle School (see map above) but this is a short walk away.
How will parents be notified about the upcoming move and news for the new year?
Communications will be sent out via Pathways newsletter, posted online and included on the NRE Facebook page. The PTA will also print relevant Pathways newsletters to be included in students’ Monday folders.