New Families

We want to welcome you and your child to McAlpine Elementary! We hope that you find the following links helpful as you prepare for this exciting time.

CMS Enrollment Information :


After School Enrichment Program:

For Rising Kindergarteners, our school hosts a Beginners Day in the spring. Students and their parents will visit kindergarten classes and meet our phenomenal kindergarten team. This will be followed by a parent session (we will entertain your future Eagles during this time). We look forward to meeting your future Eagles!



5th Grade Parents

Fifth Grade is an exciting point in your elementary students' school career. There will be many opportunities throughout the year to create memories and celebrate.


Remember the memories that meant the most in the last year of elementary school with a yearbook dedication for your 5th grade student. Whether you want to include a special message to them (and surprise them with it when they get a yearbook), or involve your student and their favorite memory, it’s up to you! Buy one for $12 or two for $20 (please use separate form for each order).Please return this form completed to Payment can be made online via Pay4Schools or by cash or check payable to McAlpine PTO. DOWNLOAD FORM HERE


McAlpine Houses

All students are selected as a member of one of the four new ‘houses’at the start of their first year at McAlpine. Each house has students from all grades in it. The houses work as teams and families throughout the year, trying to gain points through following rules and showing strong character. The house with the most points at the end of each month will be awarded the ‘House Cup’. The house model increases student accountability as each child’s personal success is transformed into the collective achievement of a shared goal.


House Shirts can be purchased from the school office, or online through your Pay4SchoolStuff account.


The Mighty McAlpine Eagle

​There once lived a great and mighty eagle that soared through the sky and watched over all the animals of the land and the sea. The eagle was the wisest of all the animals, as he saw them and learned from their mistakes as well as their strengths. From the lions he learned leadership, from the ants: teamwork, the dogs: friendship, the sloths: patience, the elephants: loyalty, the penguins: perseverance, and, from the albatrosses, he learned love.

Then, one day, the eagle discovered an abandoned nest upon a cliff. In the nest, lay four golden eggs, unlike any he had seen before. The eagle watched over the eggs, day and night, for weeks until finally, they began to hatch. He stood, astonished, as four strong eaglets emerged. Immediately, an obligation weighed on the wise eagle’s heart. Understanding he wouldn’t live forever, he knew he must pass on all he had learned to the eaglets so that one day they could watch over Earth's creatures.

He named the eaglets and taught them each to be a leader in their own rite. He instilled in each of them one trait of spirit and character that, when united, would make their might infinite.


To Fadhila, he taught virtue. Fadhila led with moral excellence. He showed ethic to all he ruled, persevered until excellence was achieved, and was brave in his ambition to encourage others to strive for greatness.


To Hashiki, he taught passion. Hashiki lived life to the fullest, never holding onto regrets. He encouraged those he met to lead with an intense fire in their hearts, and to put all of themselves into work that they felt was truly important.

He taught Ruya to dream. Ruya led life by the motto "no dream is too big." His creativity was infectious to those he met, and he spent his life encouraging others to makes their dreams a reality, no matter how grand.


To Heshima, he taught honor. Heshima led with respect for all creatures, and the courage to stand up for what he believed in. He spent his life lifting up the spirits of those he met along the way, and encouraging them to reach their fullest potential.


Now, the eagles rule over the four corners of the earth. The strength of each is immense, but together what they achieve is limitless and their hearts know no boundaries.


Fadhila led with moral excellence.  He showed ethic to all he ruled, persevered until excellence was achieved, and was brave in his ambition to encourage others to strive for greatness.

Heshima led with respect for all creatures, and the courage to stand up for what he believed in. He spent his life lifting up the spirits.

Hashiki lived life to the fullest, never holding onto regrets. He encouraged those he met to lead with an intense fire in their hearts, and to put all of themselves into work that they felt was truly important.

Ruya to dream. Ruya led life by the motto "no dream is too big."  His creativity was infectious to those he met, and he spent his life encouraging others to makes their dreams a reality, no matter how grand.

McAlpine Family Fridays

Fridays at McAlpine are Family Fridays. Each Friday, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities. We are truly a family of students, teachers, support staff, and parents working together to bring out the best in every child.


House Reading

Buddy Reading



Students go to their ¨ḧouses" and participate in collaborative and community activities.

Each class is ¨buddied¨ up with another class so that each child has a reading buddy.

Drop Everything And Read!  EVERYONE in McAlpine drops everything and reads!

Each student is in a club of their choosing

Getting Involved

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at McAlpine!


We offer a variety of opportunities to McAlpine. Many positions can be handled from home, while others provide opportunities to connect personally with McAlpine parents, teachers, students and staff.


Whether you like to coordinate events, work behind the scenes, tutor children, help once a week or at one event… there is an opportunity for you! Be on the lookout for sign up information from Room Parents, on the PTO Facebook page, and in PTO emails. If you are interested in learning more now, contact Syndee Lee,


Volunteer Registration

If you would like to volunteer at McAlpine or simply coming for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. If you’ve already registered in a previous year, simple login and confirm your information to continue:


MCALPINE PARENTS, VOLUNTEERS and GUESTS...PLEASE NOTE: McAlpine Elementary School expects all parents, guests, and visitors sign up as a CMS Volunteer. If you would like to volunteer at McAlpine or simply coming for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. For school events, approved CMS Volunteers will sign in on paper instead of using the Lobby Guard system. This will help the process go more smoothly and allow you to enter the event in a timely fashion. The website is


McAlpine Minute

The McAlpine Minute is a weekly email newsletter sent to McAlpine families containing the most up-to-date information on school activities. It is what parents need to start each week. To sign up CLICK HERE.



In an effort to “go green”, facilitate better communication, and increase efficiency we now offer online registration and payment for most forms and activities.


Use Pay4School to:


Complete PTO Fast Forms (All those Back to School forms!)

Make a tax-deductible Everyone Counts Campaign

Order McAlpine House Shirts

Order a Yearbook

Order Special Event Items  (like Fall Family Fun Night Tickets and 5th Grade Fundraiser Items)

Provide your Harris Teeter VIC card information

Pay for PTO Membership

Make End of Year Teacher Gifts

Check payment history of items purchased



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