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  • May 21st, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 5/21/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,
     

    • Kindergarten Orientation – Thursday, May 25th, 6:00 PM We look forward to meeting our new Kindergarten students and families this Thursday. If you know of a student who has not yet registered for Kindergarten, please remind them to register ASAP.
    • 5th Grade Human Growth & Development Curriculum Parent Info Session – Attention 5th grade parents, join us this Thursday, May 25th to learn about the Human Growth & Development Curriculum. There are two sessions you can choose to attend; 8:00 AM or 4:30 PM, both will be held in RM 408.
    • K/1 Play Performance – Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 PM
    • Last day of Domains – Thursday, May 25th

    • Memorial Day Holiday, No School for Students – Monday, May 29th Enjoy your three day weekend before we begin the last three weeks of school.

    • Yearbook Sales: The yearbooks arrived on Friday and I had a sneak peak. Kudos to Sherri Pinkham… They look awesome!  You don’t want to miss this keepsake opportunity.  Get your 48 page full color yearbook, for only $17, while supplies last. Payments are accepted every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:30 in the lobby. Checks should be made out to Powell PTA and cash is accepted. If you prefer, you can buy your yearbook online at com. Yearbooks are limited and will remain on sale until they are sold out so don’t delay! Email Sherri Pinkham at powellptayearbook@gmail.com with questions. 
    • PTA is seeking candidates for PTA officers for next year’s board:Serving on the PTA is a great way to give back to the students and teachers in our school community.  The vote will most likely take place on May 25th. It would be wonderful if candidates can attend the meeting, but it is not required to run.  If you are interested in running for the following positions, please email Traci Veenstra - Veenstra@gmail.com,
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
    • EOG Proctors STILL Needed – We need you…even if your child is not in 3-5 grade. As a proctor, you simply assist the teacher in creating a secure testing environment.  A short testing proctor training will be required.  If you are available and willing to proctor for the Reading or Math EOGs on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May 31st, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net  Thank you in advance for your support!

    • Student Transportation Information – We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office and speak to our data manager, Mrs. Carolyn Bost, to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at wcpss.net/student-information.  Once you have a Powerschool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information is also provided.

    Have a great week!

    Curtis Brower, Principal

     

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  • May 14th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 5/14/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,

    • Happy Mother’s Day – We hope that all of our Powell mothers, grandmothers, aunts and special women in our student’s lives have a nice and relaxing Mother’s Day! Thanks for all that you do each and every day!
    • Magnet Track Meet – Best of luck to our Powell Track team as they compete in the WCPSS Magnet Track Meet this Tuesday, May 16th at Meredith College.
    • Powell Volunteer Breakfast – We couldn’t do what we do at Powell without the many volunteers who contribute their time. We would like to celebrate you this Friday, May 19th, at 8:45 AM in the Multi-Purpose room.  Please RSVP to your classroom teacher.
    • Yearbook Sales: The yearbooks are officially on sale. Payments are accepted every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:30 in the lobby. For only $17, you will receive a 48 page full color yearbook. Checks should be made out to Powell PTA and cash is accepted. If you prefer, you can buy your yearbook online atcom. Yearbooks are limited and will remain on sale until they are sold out so don’t delay! Email Sherri Pinkham at powellptayearbook@gmail.com with questions. 
    • PTA is seeking candidates for PTA officers for next year’s board:Serving on the PTA is a great way to give back to the students and teachers in our school community.  The vote will most likely take place on May 25th. It would be wonderful if candidates can attend the meeting, but it is not required to run.  If you are interested in running for the following positions, please email Traci Veenstra - Veenstra@gmail.com,
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
    • EOG Proctors STILL Needed – We need you…even if your child is not in 3-5 grade. As a proctor, you simply assist the teacher in creating a secure testing environment.  A short testing proctor training will be required.  If you are available and willing to proctor for the Reading or Math EOGs on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May 31st, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net  Thank you in advance for your support! 
    • Student Transportation Information – We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office and speak to our data manager, Mrs. Carolyn Bost, to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at wcpss.net/student-information.  Once you have a Powerschool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information is also provided.

    Have a great week!
    Curtis Brower, Principal

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  • May 7th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 5/7/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,

    • Teacher Appreciation Week – Thank you to our Powell families for showing such great appreciation last week. We would also like to thank the many PTA volunteers who provided us with lunch and breakfast.  We are thankful for all of your donations and time to make these special events happen.  You certainly know how to make our staff feel extra special.  THANK YOU!!
    • Interim Reports – Tuesday, May 9th It’s hard to believe, but we are half way through the last quarter of this school year. Be on the lookout for your child’s Interim Report in this Tuesday folder.

    • Bike to School Day – Wednesday, May 10th Grab your bike and your helmet and join us on Wednesday for our annual Bike to School day. We will meet in the Food Lion parking lot on Raleigh Blvd and begin our ride at 8:30 AM.
    • 5th Grade Moving Up Celebration Planning Meeting – Wednesday, May 10th, 4:00 PM 4th/5th Grade parents are invited to attend the planning meeting for the 5th grade Moving Up Ceremony. 4th grade parents "pay it forward" and host this event so that 5h grade families can all attend the celebration. Please contact Mrs. Medlin if you'd like to help, but cannot attend. jamedlin1@wcpss.net

    • Teacher Workday, No School for Students – Friday, May 12th

    • Spring Book Fair – Thank you for the tremendous support with the PTA spring book fair. We are excited to announce that we sold $4,868.00.  Didn’t have a chance to visit the book?  No worries, you can shop at our Online Book Fair until this Tuesday, 05/09/17 for Powell PTA to receive credit.  Share the link with your family and friends.  Can you help us bump over $5,000?
       
    • Yearbook Sales: The yearbooks are officially on sale. Payments are accepted every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:30 in the lobby. For only $17, you will receive a 48 page full color yearbook. Checks should be made out to Powell PTA and cash is accepted. If you prefer, you can buy your yearbook online atcom. Yearbooks are limited and will remain on sale until they are sold out so don’t delay! Email Sherri Pinkham at powellptayearbook@gmail.com with questions. 
    • PTA is seeking candidates for PTA officers for next year’s board:Serving on the PTA is a great way to give back to the students and teachers in our school community.  The vote will most likely take place on May 25th. It would be wonderful if candidates can attend the meeting, but it is not required to run.  If you are interested in running for the following positions, please email Traci Veenstra - Veenstra@gmail.com,
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
    • EOG STILL Proctors Needed – We need you…even if your child is not in 3-5 grade. As a proctor, you simply assist the teacher in creating a secure testing environment.  A short testing proctor training will be required.  If you are available and willing to proctor for the Reading or Math EOGs on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May 31st, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net  Thank you in advance for your support!

    • Student Transportation Information – We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office and speak to our data manager, Mrs. Carolyn Bost, to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at wcpss.net/student-information.  Once you have a Powerschool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information is also provided.

     Have a great week!

    Curtis Brower, Principal

     

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  • April 30th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 4/30/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,

    • Teacher Appreciation Week – Take time to thank our amazing teachers and staff this week May 1st – 5th.  They make our school the special place that it is! Here are some great ideas to show your appreciation. 
    • Monday, 5/1:Write your teacher a thank you note or draw a picture!
    • Tuesday, 5/2:Write your Specialist/Elective Teacher a note or draw a picture!
    • Wednesday, 5/3:Consider buying a book from your teacher’s wish list at the Spring Book Fair!
    • Thursday, 5/4:Bring your teacher and/or specialists classroom supplies!
    • Friday, 5/5:Bring your teacher a sweet or salty treat!
    • Tuesday, May 2 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – PTA needs parent volunteers to help monitor the cafeteria so our teachers & staff can enjoy lunch. Sign up here: gl/wqOmQc

    • Thursday, May 4 - Breakfast "Room Service" for Teachers – PTA needs breakfast items donated! Sign up to contribute here: gl/rsKJ38

    • Next Year Assignment Flyers – Be on the lookout in your Tuesday folder for your next year school assignment flyer.

    • Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: In continuation of our Every Kid Healthy Week, this week we will be supporting Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. No matter your age, when our minds and bodies are healthy we feel better and make better choices! On Thursday, May 4th, please wear something GREEN to show support for mental health awareness!
    • Spring Book Fair – May 1st – 5th Our Book Fair theme for spring 2017 is Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more fun with books! This season’s Book Fair will be a fun wilderness adventure full of exciting activities and s’more books. Our goal for this school is $6,000 in sales! Monday is preview day and all children will visit the book fair to preview books only. No purchases will be made on Monday. The book fair will be open on Tuesday-Thursday from 8:45-3:45 and Friday from 8:45-Noon. We will also be open BEFORE the concert and dance performance on Thursday from 6-6:45pm. Please feel free to come shop during any of these hours.
       
    • Book Fair Volunteers Needed: The book fair is a great volunteer opportunity; it takes a lot of help and it’s an easy job. The most help is on Mondays and Tuesday - Friday from 8:45-10:00 AM. Please consider volunteering to help out the school library!
      Have questions, email Sherri Pinkham - powellptayearbook@gmail.com.
      Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eaaac23a0ff2-book2
    • Yearbook Sales: The yearbooks are officially on sale. Payments are accepted every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:30 in the lobby. For only $17, you will receive a 48 page full color yearbook. Checks should be made out to Powell PTA and cash is accepted. If you prefer, you can buy your yearbook online atcom. Yearbooks are limited and will remain on sale until they are sold out so don’t delay! Email Sherri Pinkham at powellptayearbook@gmail.com with questions. 
    • Every Kid Healthy Week: A huge thank you to the Raleigh Chamber Leadership Raleigh #34 Team 7 for organizing and helping put together our first "Every Kid Healthy Week" at Powell this week. Our students loved the Zumba, Just Dance, Sugar Shockers, & Germ Busters activities.  Ask your children what they learned last week!
    • Panther Pawlooza School Carnival: Thank you to the many parents and staff members who volunteered their time for our Pawlooza this weekend. It was a great day and everyone enjoyed playing together.  We look forward to continuing this annual event.
    • PTA is seeking candidates for PTA officers for next year’s board:Serving on the PTA is a great way to give back to the students and teachers in our school community.  The vote will most likely take place on May 25th. It would be wonderful if candidates can attend the meeting, but it is not required to run.  If you are interested in running for the following positions, please email Traci Veenstra - Veenstra@gmail.com,
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
    • Junk Art Contest Winners – Thank you to the many students who created amazing works of art for our annual Junk Art Contest. Congratulations to the following students who were the winners for their grade levels:
      • Pre-K – “Red Robot” – Kaliyah Barfield
      • K – “Art Holder” – Regan Stringfield”
      • 1st – “The Pika Pika” – Jacob Gardner
      • 2nd – “Robot” – Yelitza Florez Reyes
      • 3rd – “The Dog Celebration” – Taylor Lewis-Waleed
      • 4th – “Run Over Road” – Chuck Powell
      • 5th – “Play with Your Ingenuity” – Wyatt Bruner
      • Overall School Winner – “Papergirl” – Kyra Lewis
    • Spring Orchestra/Band/Tap Performance – Join us this Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 PM for our spring performance. Be sure to stop by the Book Fair before the performance.

    • Marble’s Bike Rodeo – On the Roll with RPD Bike Patrol, Saturday May 6th, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, on Hargett Street between Blount St & Person St. Bring your bike, trike and helmet and get rolling! Obstacle courses, bike safety & helmet fittings. Bike Bling MakeShop, Tinker Time, Art on the Move, bike engravings by RPD & more. FREE event for all ages and skill levels https://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/marblesbikerodeo-1
    • Letterland Day – WCPSS annual Letterland at Pullen Parkevent is coming up on Saturday, May 6th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMFREE event into park / Rides $1.  Students can meet Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben, and Clever Cat in person!  They can join the parade in costume and take part in various activities including Munching Mike's Bean Bag Toss, Noisy Nick's Playground, Tea with Quarrelsome Queen, meet Fire Fighter Fred in his firetruck, and make their very own Kicking King and Quarrelsome Queen's crown.
    • Ligon Applause Group – Thank you, to the 7th grade drama Applause Group for two excellent performances on Friday. Our students greatly enjoyed watching the show Eureka! about inventors and inventions. It was exciting watching two Powell alumni perform, as well.
    • EOG Proctors Needed – We need you…even if your child is not in 3-5 grade. As a proctor, you simply assist the teacher in creating a secure testing environment.  A short testing proctor training will be required.  If you are available and willing to proctor for the Reading or Math EOGs on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May 31st, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net  Thank you in advance for your support!

    • Student Transportation Information – We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office and speak to our data manager, Mrs. Carolyn Bost, to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at wcpss.net/student-information.  Once you have a Powerschool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information is also provided.
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  • April 23rd, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 4/23/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,

    • Every Kid Healthy Week: A huge thank you to the Raleigh Chamber Leadership Raleigh #34 Team 7 for organizing and helping put together our first "Every Kid Healthy Week" at Powell this week.
    • Saturday – Garden Mob
    • Monday – Zumba
    • Wednesday – Sugar Shockers Presentation
    • Thursday – Germ Busters Presentation
    • Saturday – Panther Pawlooza
    • Panther Pawlooza School Carnival, HELP NEEDED– Saturday, April 29th 12:00 – 3:00 PM PTA needs your help for Pawlooza! Unfortunately, if we don't fill all the volunteer spots filled by Tuesday, they will have to cancel the event. Please consider giving 30 minutes of your time that day while you enjoy fun with your family! HURRY, Sign Up Here 
    • Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) FORMS DUE THIS WEEK –If you would like to nominate your child for consideration of SSA for the 2017-2018 school year, please complete this formAll Nomination Forms must be submitted to Ms. Sidney Fox by the end of the school day of the nomination window 04/26/17. For more information, contact our AIG Coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net
    • PTA is seeking candidates for PTA officers for next year’s board:Serving on the PTA is a great way to give back to the students and teachers in our school community.  The vote will most likely take place on May 25th. It would be wonderful if candidates can attend the meeting, but it is not required to run.  If you are interested in running for the following positionsPlease email Traci Veenstra - Veenstra@gmail.com,
    • President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
    • EOG Proctors Needed – We need you…even if your child is not in 3-5 grade.  As a proctor, you simply assist the teacher in creating a secure testing environment.  A short testing proctor training will be required.  If you are available and willing to proctor for the Reading or Math EOGs on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May 31st, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Sidney Fox – sfox@wcpss.net  Thank you in advance for your support!
    • Teacher Appreciation Week – May 1st – 5th
    • Monday, 5/1:Write your teacher a thank you note or draw a picture!
    • Tuesday, 5/2:Write your Specialist/Elective Teacher a note or draw a picture!
    • Wednesday, 5/3:Consider buying a book from your teacher’s wish list at the Spring Book Fair!
    • Thursday, 5/4:Bring your teacher and/or specialists classroom supplies!
    • Friday, 5/5:Bring your teacher a sweet or salty treat!
    • Tuesday, May 2 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – PTA needs parent volunteers to help monitor the cafeteria so our teachers & staff can enjoy lunch. Sign up here: gl/wqOmQc
    • Thursday, May 4 - Breakfast "Room Service" for Teachers – PTA needs breakfast items donated! Sign up to contribute here: gl/rsKJ38
    • Earth Week Junk Art Projects – We had great participation in our Junk Art Projects.  Be on the lookout for a winner from each grade level and an overall winner announced later this week.
    • Spring Garden Mob & Powell Clean Up Day – Thanks to Leadership Raleigh, many Powell families, and Powell staff who celebrated Earth Day by sprucing up our courtyard & building a fence for our chickens, Rae & LouiseThe courtyard and new fence looks amazing.

     

    Have a great week!

    Curtis Brower, Principal

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