Thank you for being part of our FWES Family! We wish your child all the best in the future and know they will continue to strive to be a life-long learner who works to make the world a better place!
With love to all of our students and families! Winston PierceJune 7
· Bring water bottle, hat, sunglasses and wear sunscreen- apply at home- may not have bottle at school.
· Wear tennis shoes- no flip flops!
· If you are VIP- bring a plain t-shirt to tie dye if you wish
Yearbooks have arrived and are being delivered to students who pre-ordered. Any extra yearbooks for 17-18 will be available for $25 -first come, first served- beginning Friday, June 2nd- checks should be made out to FWES PTA.
3rd Grade EOG scores are going home today. Students who did not score a 3, 4 or 5 on the Reading will be taking a retest on Monday, June 5th. Scores from the retest will go home June 7t
Don't forget our last Walk to School Day is tomorrow- 8:30am at Kildaire Plaza!
Don’t forget to return your permission slip to the Bowling Field Trip for Go for the Gold celebration for the 1st semester. While the trips are in February- remember that WCPSS requires that all permission slips must be returned at least 30 days prior to the trip- so we need your permission slip by next Wednesday, January 18th.
Early Release is Friday, January 20th at 1:15pm.January 6
Teachers are currently scheduling conferences to review current student progress with families. Please make sure you respond to your child’s teacher’s request so you can partner with us for your child’s growth and success.
We are proud to be recognizing the Veteran’s in our FWES families in honor of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th. If you have a Veteran in your family- please review the information in our Monday Folder page on the website for how to send in photos and information about your Veteran.
The PTA sponsored Book Fair is in the Inquiry center this week. Students will have a chance to get a preview of the books and if you choose to let your child purchase books, they will be able to shop later in the week during the school day. Family night at the Book fair will be on Thursday night when the Book Fair will be open from 5pm until 8:00pm for family shopping.
November 14 (1st grade only)
1st Graders are learning about the community through a walking field trip tomorrow and Wednesday. Tuesday Ms. Byrd, Mrs. Williams and Ms. Pinder’s classes will be taking the walking trip. Wednesday will be Mrs. Long, Mrs. Edwards and Ms. White’s classes. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for a walking field trip.
5th grade families- Tomorrow is the WCPSS Magnet Fair from 9-12 at Southeast Raleigh High School. You can explore your middle school magnet options and stop by to see us at the Farmington Woods booth in the Elementary section.
Monday, November 7th is Make Up Picture Day- if your child missed our fall pictures or you would like a retake- we will take care of that on Monday. Information about ordering pictures is available on the school website and in the main office. Say Cheese!Please make sure you have noted on your calendar that Tuesday, November 8th is a 2 hour delay due to the General Election. Students may enter the school at 10:45am and instruction will begin at 11:15am. There will be no breakfast served. Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms, so no visitors will be allowed for lunch. Before and after school programs will check in and out from Room 609- families who participate in those programs should park in the bus loop and use the back sidewalk to get to room 609 on Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 2nd
Tomorrow is our Global Fun Run!!! Thanks so much to our PTA for their hard work organizing this event- we look forward to a great day! Students should all wear running shoes tomorrow and be dressed to walk or run for the full 25-30 minutes of the run. Parents are invited to watch the run on the field, but are asked not to visit classroom prior to the run or after the run- as classroom schedules will remain the same. K and 4th will run at 9:50am; 2nd and 3rd will run at 10:40 and 1st and 5th will run at 11:30.
Thank you for your support of this primary fun raising event for the PTA and our school!
If the weather is not cooperating, the rain date is Friday, November 4th.Friday is also our November Walk to School Day- meet Mr. Eller and Friends at Kildaire Plaza at 8:30am to continue staying active!
Happy Monday! The PTA is very excited about the responses and sponsorships that have been turned in to support our students and our school. Keep up the great work- only a few more days until the Fun Run on Thursday!
Be sure to check your teacher’s newsletter information about what your class will be wearing in the run- but definitely plan for wearing your running shoes on Thursday!
Thursday, October 27th
PTA will help you with dinner tonight- visit them at the Chick Fil A at Crossroads between 5-8pm for a Farmington Woods Spirit Night!
Don’t forget to continue to find sponsors for your Fun Run participation next week- the raffle drawings are continuing with some great prizes! Remember the top earner for the event will get to be the Principal for most of the day!
Monday, October 31st was supposed to be a Teacher Workday but is the make up day for October 10th and there is a regular school day planned for Monday.
Monday, October 24th
We got excited today about the FWES Fun Run with an exciting Pep Rally! Please check folders for important information from the PTA about the Fun Run and how your child and your family can participate in a fund raiser where all funds go directly to the FWES PTA! .
There will be daily drawings for prizes from local sponsors for those students who have gotten sponsors for their run- the drawings start tomorrow! The money for the sponsorship must accompany paper sponsor forms to be entered into the raffle. Remember this year it is not based on lap count but a flat sponsorship to support the student in running/walking for the whole 25 minute event.
2nd Graders will be taking a trip to the IMAX on Wednesday
5th graders will go to the IMAX on Thursday and the rest of our 1st grades will be visiting the Rock Quarry (White, Pinder, Edwards)
We hope you will join us on Thursday for FWES Spirit Night at Chick Fil A at Crossroads from 5-8pm!
Tuesday, October 18th
Two more field trips are planned this week for both Kindergarten and 1st grade on Thursday. Kindergartens go to Ganyard Farm and 1st graders will be visiting Wake Stone Quarry. Due to these two field trips, all classes will be eating lunch in their classrooms- so we will not be allowed to have visitors for lunch on Thursday.
Please make sure your calendar is marked that Friday, October 21st is an Early Release for students who will be dismissed at 1:15pm. Our specialists will be collaborating with our 5th graders throughout the day on Friday.
Looking forward to our 1st Cultural Arts Performance tomorrow thanks to the PTA welcoming Doug Berky tomorrow morning to our cafeteria- he will share his mask and theater creativity with our students. K-2 at 9:25 and 3-5 at 10:30. Due to the performance- all lunch times will be 25 minutes later than usual.
Our PTA Board of Directors will be meeting on Friday morning at 7:45 in the Inquiry Center if you are interested in getting involved.
4th graders are looking forward to a special field trip on Friday to the Raleigh International Festival as they have been invited to witness a naturalization ceremony where over 300 people will be sworn in as American Citizens- and explore the festival. 4th graders learn all about how people have immigrated to North Carolina and how many cultures are represented in our state, so the ability to participate is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students’ learning. 4th graders must dress appropriately for this ceremony so no gym wear or FWES t-shirts on this trip so you can dress respectful for the ceremony and represent FWES well.
Also a few back to school reminders for all families:
· Thank you for your cooperation with our dismissal procedures. They are designed to maintain the safety of all of our students at the end of the day. Please remember that last minute walk in changes of transportation should be only in emergency situations and not re-occurring and any other changes must be given to the teacher with a written note. We cannot take a child or parent verbal notice but it must be in writing. Note- Email is not a timely tool for sharing that information as there are days when teachers cannot check email until after dismissal- a note to the teacher in the morning with arrival is what is needed.
· If you have a carpooler- we are very pleased with how students are following our procedures and processes. If your child has been struggling at carpool, please help you child learn his/her carpool number as it will help speed up the process as we move forward. In the meantime, we are dismissing over 300 students each afternoon through carpool in about 30 minutes- that’s about 6 seconds per student- a pretty good rate for the first month of school!
· If you are a walker family- please remember that the streets and neighbor’s yards surrounding the school should not be used for parking. Cars should NEVER park on Hampton Valley Road during dismissal as the regular and carpool traffic cannot flow appropriately. Please don’t forget that the church at the corner of Seabrook and Cary Parkway will allow its parking lot to be used during arrival and dismissal for easy and safe in and out parking.
· Healthy Students- please make a note that we are working to comply with healthy guidelines for all students and reduce students sugar intake during the school day. All cafeteria items comply with federal guidelines and families are encouraged to review and send healthy snacks if students need a snack during the school day. As we enjoy celebrating students’ birthdays- please try to select a low sugar alternative if you would like your child to celebrate at school- such as the birthday book in the inquiry center option, pencils for classmates, PE equipment for the classroom supply or just a small bite-sized sweet. Large cupcakes, cakes or cookies are not aligned with the work of our parents, students and teaching staff on our healthy students leadership team. Thank you for helping us to support our students’ healthy brains and healthy bodies!
Wednesday, September 21
Tomorrow, all 2nd-5th grade club applications are due by 3:30pm to your child’s teacher. The club lottery will take place prior to the school day on Friday, September 23rd so no late applications will be accepted. Notification will be sent home with students on Monday, September 26th.
Reminder that PTA spirit wear and Go Play Save orders are all due to the PTA mailbox by Wednesday, September 21st. Please return all items to the blue PTA mailbox in the school lobby. Information about Club opportunities for the current school year is going home with students today. Applications for the club lottery are due by 3:30pm on Thursday.
Reminder to all families that we want to see you on Thursday night at our Curriculum Night Event. K-2 will be from 5:30-6:30pm and 3-5 will be from 6:30-7:30pm. This event will give you information on the curriculum expectations for your child’s grade level and a chance to visit the classroom and learn more directly from your child’s teacher. Specialists and special areas teachers will also be available throughout the evening in room on the Green and Red Hallways. Signs will be posted to direct you.
Hello 3rd grade families- All 3rd graders in the state of NC participate in the Beginning of Grade test of reading standards at the start of the school year. This test aligns with the Read to Achieve state law that requires all 3rd graders to be reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade as an initial assessment of students who may be at risk of not passing the End of Grade Reading test in the Spring, 2017.
3rd graders at Farmington Woods will take the Beginning of Grade Test on Wednesday, September 14th. The test is from 9:30am-1:00pm- so students should make sure they arrive on time and they will not be allowed to leave a testing setting until the conclusion of the 180 minute test. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast to best prepare them for this lengthy test. Students who arrive after 9:20am will not be allowed to enter the testing settings and will have to make up the test on another school day. Thank you for making sure your 3rd grader is on time to school and ready for this assessment.
A reminder that tomorrow is an Early Release for all students. School will be dismissed at 1:15pm. Please make sure that you have made the appropriate dismissal plans for your child based on this dismissal time.
Make a note on your calendar that next Thursday, September 15th is Curriculum Night at Farmington Woods. K-2 grade levels will offer information to parents from 5:30-6:30pm and 3-5 will offer information to parents from 6:30-7:30. Our specialists and special areas teachers will also be available to share information throughout the evening. Please plan to join us so you will know how to best partner with your child’s teacher throughout the year!
Happy Labor Day! What a great 1st week of school we had with our students! We were pleased with our daily dismissal and as the bus routes become more familiar to drivers and students; and students learn their new carpool numbers we expect both dismissal processes to continue to improve. We will welcome all of our new kindergarten students tomorrow and can’t wait to have them- however, it will be that we can expect a few more delays at dismissal as they learn the procedures, bus stops, carpool #s, etc. We thank you for your patience and support as we help our youngest IB learners settle in-
A few reminders moving through the week-
Friday, September 9th is an Early Release- Students will be dismissed at 1:15pm- please make sure you have made arrangements for your student based on this time change. Remember that any changes to their usual transportation must be made in writing to the classroom teacher on Friday morning.
2nd-5th graders who have not yet paid $3 for their agenda should send in $3 for the PTA no later than Friday of this week. The $3 can be put in an envelope with the child’s name and teacher on the outside and placed in the PTA mailbox.
This week is also the last week to join the PTA and get a free ticket to the World Dance in March. All families are encouraged to have a voice in our school through membership in the PTA. There will be a membership link in the electronic folders that go out tomorrow.
Go Play Save PTA fund raising books were sent home with 1st-5th last week and will go home with K this week. If you are interested in keeping the book- send your $30 back to school for the PTA. If you do not want the book, it will need to be returned to school.
It is almost that time!!! The start of the 2016-17 school year! We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow- do you have your supplies ready? Lunch money or lunch box? Your back to school outfit chosen? It is such an exciting day and your teacher can’t wait to see you!
Just a few reminders to families about the 1st day of school:
Doors will not open until 8:45am
Those driving to walk in with students on Day 1 should use the church parking lot at Seabrook/Cary Parkway as there is not enough parking on campus for typical 1st day visitors- Parents who walk in should exit the building no later than 9:15am
Afternoon dismissal will be a slow and careful process the first weeks of school to insure the safety of all students- bus riders, walkers, and carpool. If you are planning to meet your child as a “walker” but you drive your vehicle- please once again use the church parking lot and walk down to the school. Your patience and understanding is essential to our work to maintain the safety of ALL students. Please expect delays and plan on waiting and being patient.
Wednesday, August 24
Don’t forget 1st-5th grade classroom assignments will be posted tomorrow on Thursday at 4:30pm at the front of the school. You can find out your teacher’s name and room number from these assignments. Make sure you are planning to join us on Friday morning between 8:30-11:00am for our Open House event to meet the teacher and get lots accomplished to start the year off smoothly for your child. New this year, families of 2nd-5th Graders will need to bring $3 to pay for your child’s agenda- please bring cash, check or a credit/debit card to the Agenda table so that your child will have this important organizational tool to use throughout the year. This agenda also contains your copy of the Farmington Woods Parent Handbook. Tomorrow is an exciting day for our students and families and our school staff look forward to welcoming you!
Hi Kindergarten Parents- just a quick reminder about the Kindergarten Parent Orientation sessions being offered tomorrow at 8:45am and 10:30am in the school gym. To most easily access these sessions, you will want to drive around to the back of the school and park on our field. Don’t forget to review the many other activities you can complete while you are on our campus that will get your child ready to start the year- such as getting a carpool tag, bus information, join the PTA, lunch account, etc. We look forward to seeing you!
Monday, August 22
Make sure you have your calendar marked for our Open House Event on Friday morning from 8:30-11:00am. Class rosters for 1st-5th graders will be posted on Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm for your review and Friday morning is the time to meet your teacher and take care of all the other starting the year items on our campus. It is always an exciting event and we can’t wait to see you there!
Monday, August 22
(Kindergarten Only) Hi Kindergarten Parents- Please make sure you are planning to join us on Friday for at least one of the Kindergarten Parent Orientation sessions provided by our kindergarten team. The sessions are at 8:45am or 10:30am in the school gym on the back side of the campus. After your session or prior to attending, you should plan to visit the other various activities on our campus to get things ready for your child to start school- get a carpool tag, put $ on his/her lunch account, register to be a volunteer, join the PTA, etc. Our Open House event is very exciting and eventful but we highly recommend that our kindergarten students do not attend with their parent. The kindergarten classrooms will not be open- due to the teachers being in the orientation session and the building can be very overwhelming with our 700+ 1st -5th graders and their families moving around. We want to provide a slow, easy transition as they come on their staggered entry day. Following the staggered entry process, we look forward to welcoming you and your child to the campus on Friday, September 2 between 1:00-2:00pm for the Kindergarten Open House to meet your child’s teacher and see the classroom.
Thursday, August 11
Before or After School Applications will begin being accepted on Monday, August 15th at 8:30am. Forms are available on the school website or a packet may be picked up at the school tomorrow so you can fill it out this weekend. To be enrolled in the program, the application must contain all of the required forms along with the $15 registration fee. Payment for the first month of services is due on the 1st day of School August 29th, but we encourage families to consider paying it when registering as the beginning of the school year can be a busy time and it can help avoid any late charges.
If there is information in the Back to School Newsletter that you want more information about- check out the on line version of the newsletter as it is full of hyperlinks to many of the forms, documents and topics referenced in the Newsletter- so you can just click on them and get to the information easily.