Principal's Weekly Message

  • September 10th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 9/10/2017

    Good Afternoon Powell Families,

    • Race for Education Labels: DUE this Wednesday, September 13th. Send in address labels for your family near and far.  Our Race for Education is our only PTA fundraiser for the year...nothing to sell all year long.  Mark your calendar, Race Day is Monday, October 30th.

    • Third Grade Beginning of Grade Test (BOG): Third grade students will be taking the BOG this week.  This year, Powell will be administering this test in an online format.  Students should come prepared for testing on both September 12th and 13th, but the test will only take one day for each student.

    • Parent AIG Nominations4th & 5th grade parents interested in having their child tested for AIG.  Please email Ms. Fox sfox@wcpss.net before Monday, September 25th.  More information can be found at http://www.wcpss.net/Page/92

    • School Messenger Text Messenger: Are you receiving text messages from Powell?  If not, please opt in.  To opt in, text the word YES to the number 67587.  We send important announcements and reminders using text.  Opt in today!

    • Twitter: Please follow us on Twitter.  Our school and teachers post many exciting things happening throughout the week.  Our username is @PowellesPLAY.  We currently have 605 followers.  Can you help us reach 700 this week?

    • WCPSS Parent Volunteers: I encourage each of you to register as a WCPSS volunteer.   If you were previously a registered volunteer, please reactivate by October 31st.  You can reactivate or complete the initial registration process within any Wake County Public School.  Thank you for your support.

    • Bagels with Brower: Would you like to know more about our Domains and Electives?  Join me this Friday, September 15th for this year’s first Bagels with Brower.  We will meet in the Media Center from 8:45 until 9:45 AM.  Electives will begin on Tuesday, September 12th and Domains will begin on Wednesday, September 13th.

    • PTA: Please consider joining our Powell PTA for a small amount of $7.00.  You can now join online.  To learn more, visit the Powel PTA webpage. http://www.powellpta.org/

    • Teacher Workday, No School for Students: Next week, Thursday, September 21st

    Have a great week!

    Curtis Brower, Principal

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  • June 4th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 6/4/2017

    Greetings Powell Families,
     
    It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close this week.  This has been a very fun and exciting school year as we have developed and implemented our new Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity magnet program.  It has been rewarding to watch our students and staff grow with this new theme.  Please take advantage of our continued learning opportunities over the summer.  Just to name a few, Raz Kids, Big Universe, & Study Island are all resources that will help students continue to sharpen their skills over the summer.  I will continue to send text reminders over the summer.  If you are not receiving texts from me, please text the word YES to 67587. 

    • Play and Ingenuity Day (formerly known as Field Day) – Tuesday, June 6th We are still in need of volunteers for this event. Time slots are 9:00 – 12:05 PM & 12:30 – 3:30 PM. Please sign up on the signup genius at tinyurl.com/playandingenuity Thanks for your support.
    • 5th Grade Vs. Staff Kickball Game – Wednesday, June 7th @ 10:00 AM
    • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony – Friday, June 9th, 11:00 AM, Due to a scheduling conflict with our pathway Middle Schools, we have adjusted our start time to allow for parents to attend both ceremonies. The new start time is 11:00 AM!
        
    • Ice Cream Social & Yearbook Signing Party – Thursday, June 8th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Join us this Thursday evening as we celebrate the closure of another school year. Students must be accompanied by a parent.  Come enjoy some FREE ice cream and get your yearbook signed. 

    • Yearbook Sales: There are a limited number of yearbooks still available for purchase. Online purchases at Jostens.com is no longer available and books can only be purchased at school. Cash and Checks will be accepted every day in the lobby for the last week of school from 8:45-9:30. If any remain available, you can purchase one during the yearbook distribution event and free ice cream social on Thursday, June 8th from 6pm-7pm. Yearbooks are $17.
    • New Logo – Be on the lookout this week for the unveiling of our new chosen logo.
    • End of Grade Tests (EOGs) – Thank you to the many volunteers who proctored and assisted with our EOG tests. We could not have done it without you.  THANK YOU!!

    LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Friday, June 9, 2017 We will dismiss at regular time on Friday.  Enjoy your summer!!!

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  • May 28th, 2017

    Posted by Curtis Brower at 5/28/2017
    • Memorial Day Holiday, No School for Students – Monday, May 29th Enjoy your three day weekend before we begin the last two weeks of school.
    • End of Grade Tests (EOGs) – EOGs take place this week in grades 3-5. It is very important for students to get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time before 9:15 AM.
      • Reading End of Grade Test – Tuesday, May 30th
      • Math End of Grade Test – Wednesday, May 31st
      • Science End of Grade Test (5th Grade Only) – Thursday, June 1st
    • End of Grade Breakfast – All students in Grades 3 – 5 will receive COMPLIMENTARY breakfast from Child Nutrition Services on Tuesday before the Reading EOG. The menu will include:
      • PANCAKE OR PANCAKE STICK OR PBJ
      • CEREAL W/ CHEESE STICK
      • POPTART W/ YOGURT
      • FRESH FRUIT
      • JUICE
    • United Skates PTA Spirit Night – Thursday, June 1st, 6 – 8 PM. This is the last PTA Spirit Night for this school year.  Come out to United Skates to support our PTA and celebrate end of our EOGs.
    • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony – Friday, June 9th, 11:00 AM, Due to a scheduling conflict with our pathway Middle Schools, we have adjusted our start time to allow for parents to attend both ceremonies. The new start time is 11:00 AM!

    • 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 Jostens.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. 

     

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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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