Ms. Dawn Cunningham

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Ms. Dawn Cunningham

Hello!  I am Dawn Cunningham, and I teach 4th Grade ELA.  I have taught for 20 years.  I have taught 6th and 5th grades as well.  I have a Masters of Education degree from NC State.  I believe all children can learn and become life long readers. My goal for each student is to develop the love of reading in my classroom.  Reading should be a hobby and not just a school subject.  

"You can find magic whereever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."  Dr. Seuss

JCPS Announcements

  • Graduation Ceremony Information

    At this time, all traditional high school graduations are still planned for May 29. Graduation ceremonies for Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy will now take place on May 16th, rather than the original date of May 15th.

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  • COVID-19 District Updates

    JCPS has created a COVID-19 COmmunication website. This site features all of the latest information surrounding COVID-19, including meal sites and delivery information, support opportunities, learning at home, and more.

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  • Board of Education Meeting set for April 7

    The April Johnston County Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7. The virtual meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m and will be conducted via Zoom To Comply With Social Distancing Orders. Members of the public make access the meeting via livestream.

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School Announcements

  • Pick Up of Student Materials

    Any of our parents who were not able to pick up your child's materials earlier this week, can come and pick up those items between 8am and 10am or between 1:00pm and 3:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1st) or Thursday, April 2nd. We ask that when you come, please park in our front parking lot and come to the front door and knock. Someone inside will get the name of your student and the teacher's name and we will bring your child's items to you.

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  • Books/Materials Pick Up Information

    Procedures for picking up books/materials is below: 1st Grade- Tuesday, March 31st from 8am to 9am 2nd Grade- Tuesday, March 31st from 9am to 10am 3rd Grade- Tuesday, March 31st from 10am to 11am 4th Grade- Tuesday, March 31st from 11am to noon 5th Grade- Tuesday, March 31st from noon to 1pm -If there are any left over Kindergarten packets or if Pre-K has any materials for pick up, parents can come between 8am and 9am on Tuesday, March 31st (with 1st grade). -We will have siblings materials with the youngest sibling so parents don't have to come multiple times. -Parents will drive through carpool line and will not exit the vehicle;parents will give us their child's name and their teacher's name and someone will bring the items to their car.

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  • River Dell Drive Thru Parade

    In order for our teachers and staff to see as many of our students as possible, we are inviting all RDE students and families to come to RDE for a "Drive Thru Parade." This replaces the previously planned neighborhood parade. Our parade will take place Friday, March 27th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Please enter the carpool line and wave to your teachers and staff as you drive through. They will be positioned all along the carpool line with signs waiting to wave and shout, "Hello!"

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  • River Dell on Twitter

    Mr. Jewett will begin to record morning announcements on our Twitter page. He will do the pledge, call out birthdays, and share any other information each morning. If this is a way you would like your child to start their day, please visit our River Dell Elementary Twitter page to view that video.

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  • Learning Resources

    There are resources for students at the following website- bit.ly/jcpshome. You can also access that page via a link on the Johnston County Schools website. Starting on Monday, March 30th, through that website you can select our school, River Dell Elementary, and access learning activities by grade level. Our county has planned the first 10 days of activities, and our teachers are planning activities starting with day 11 and going through May 15th. Our teachers are also reaching out to you and your students about office hours for your questions time to have virtual contact and help our students.

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