Volume 14, Issue 2 | RJR PTSA NEWSLETTER | November 1, 2020
R.J. Reynolds High School
School News




All 11th graders will be added to a FREE ACT Prep Canvas course this month. In this course, they will get access to ACT Prep materials that will be personalized based on a pre-assessment.  Students should use this course for their College and Career Prep benefit.

On October 21st our students celebrated Unity Day to encourage kindness and denounce bullying. Bravo to all who participated. 

Reflections 2020-2021 Theme:"I Matter Because...."
Calling all students! Unleash your artistic talents in Reflections, a
PTA sponsored art contest that encourages creativity and lifelong
learning while offering recognition for artistic endeavors of
students to enhance the quality of arts education.
(click here for application/entry form) must be submitted
to RJRreflections@gmail.com.
Deadline in NOVEMBER 17!!!

Deadline to register is November 5! 
Please follow this link for information and registration

Civic Engagement Institute
Last Spring, RJR earned $5000 from the "When We All Vote" corporation and a virtual prom from MTV for the Get Out the Vote efforts of the students. With this funding, RJR's Civic Engagement Institute is beginning. The first event is in cooperation with the Piedmont Environmental Alliance and is an early voting experience at the Winston Lake YMCA. Thank you to Sunshine Energy Drinks and Village Juice as sponsors for this event.
Thanks to Civics teacher, Cris Wiley, for coordinating the institute and events.

Senior Pictures will be November 18 and 19. More information will be emailed to students AND put out via social media. 
From PTSA President, Betsy Keller....
The first quarter has come to an end and we are all still in a constant state of adjustment as our community continues to react the challenges upon us.  I am so thankful that our family is part of the RJR community.   As I spied on my student in virtual class earlier this week, proudly wearing an RJR t-shirt, I was reminded that we are all in this together - teachers, coaches, staff, students, and families. I feel it important that we don’t loose site of what we have accomplished as a school during this time and if we continue to work together, we will be OK. The challenge is different for each member of our RJR community, and I ask this audience to take take time to consider how you can help an RJR family that might be struggling.  A word of encouragement to another parent,  a note to a teacher, an email to a staff member, a “like" on social media, a smile for a student - all of these things can go a long way.  Volunteering is not only a great way to help, but can also be a wonderful way to reset and take a break from the stresses that are our current reality.  Donations of time, food, and funds are always greatly appreciated and warm the heart of the giver.

Thank you for being a part of the RJR Family.  As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.

Have a wonderful November and GO DEMONS!
Betsy Keller
RJR PTSA President 2020-21

Almost 100 people have joined the PTSA - have you?
Prizes for our drawing include:
- a RJR Student Parking Pass!
- a Black & Gold Yearbook!
- and item from the Demon Shop!
Joining the PTSA is easy! Just follow this memberhub link to join! 
If you have questions, please contact Betsy Keller at ReynoldsPTSAPres@gmail.com

Our annual fundraiser is underway. This year the Legacy Campaign hopes to raise $100k.  This money is distributed between academic, art and athletic needs please follow the link and give your support today. https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/9679

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities available
Ask your employer about donor match
Questions? email RJRLegacy@gmail.com


Another way to support the RJR PTSA, link your Publix, Harris Teeter and/or Lowes Food card to support our school!!

All RJR Parent Volunteers need to have clearance to volunteer in the
school and/or with students! Please check your current volunteer status
at www.wsfcsvolunteers.com and update if necessary!

New to RJR or interested in getting more involved with the PTSA?? 
Fill out the 2020-21 Volunteer Opportunities Form here

Congratulations to Lily Carpenter (top right) 
for winning the RJR pumpkin art contest. 
Here are the pieces from our semifinalists. 

RJ Reynolds High School and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting are excited to announce the first in a series of talks surrounding the Reynolds magnet theme, Resilience. Over the course of the school year, RJR will host five featured journalists, exploring resilience in our community, in our state, in our country, and around the world. We will use the works of our featured journalists to make connections within the RJR family and our community at large. 

At the end of the series, we will bring resilience home by coordinating a school and community service project to lend our hands when and where they are most needed. 

We welcomed our first journalist, Melba Newsome, on Friday, October 23rd. Melba discussed in depth her work with local communities facing challenges that have unfortunately been exacerbated by the pandemic. You can find her work with the Pulitzer Center here: https://pulitzercenter.org/projects/lasting-impact-covid-19-charlottes-black-residents
Athletic News

Volleyball and Cross Country will have tryouts starting on Nov 4.  Swimming will start later in November.  Basketball will start tryouts on Dec 7.  

Women's Volleyball Schedule
Tuesday November 17        Davie County
      Thursday November 19          at Reagan
              Monday November 23            at West Forsyth
Tuesday November 24          Glenn
            Tuesday December 1              at East Forsyth
             Thursday December 3            at Davie County
Tuesday December 8             Reagan
      Thursday December 10          West Forsyth
Tuesday December 15           at Glenn
      Thursday December 17          East Forsyth
January 4 and 5                      Conference Tournament  at Davie County- Top 4 Only

RJR Demon Football fundraiser!!!!
Help our football team raise funds for winter sports gear due to the shift of season.
Follow this link to purchase citrus. 
Demon Football Fundraiser
Perfect for holiday giving or filling the Demon Pantry.
 Booster Club News

Thanks to all who stopped by Friday to purchase Demon Wear
Be sure to follow @rjrboosterclub on instagram
Be on the lookout for pre - Christmas sale information.
Be on the lookout for the Booster Club Senior Spotlight on all RJR social media platforms. Make sure to like and share your favorite senior athletes!  If you are interested in bring a sponsor please contact Rjrboosters@gmail.com
@RJRAthletics @RJRAthletics
RJR Athletics Page RJR Athletics Page


Arts Event Schedule Arts Event Schedule
@Rjrarts @Rjrarts
RJR Arts RJR Arts
We are truly grateful to our Legacy Corporate Sponsors!


Flow Lexus
Piedmont Federal Savings Bank
RJR Publix Partners
Village Tavern
Chick-fil-A Thruway
Icon Builders
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