• School Messengers are text and email alerts sent to families to keep them informed about school events and activities. Information about the system and how to ensure your family stays informed is available at the link below. Phone messages to families will be reserved for urgent situations. 

    June 5, 2024

    All FWES Library Books are due back to FWES tomorrow, June 6th. Please return all books. Remember to look under beds and sofas and car seats to find any books you may need to return. 

    5th grade EOG score letters should also go home tomorrow with all students who have completed all three 5th grade tests. With the letter will be information on retesting for those students who are eligible to retest. ***ALL students who are eligible to retest will get information- even if you indicated your child would NOT retest.... we want to make sure you have an opportunity to change your mind if choose. Please reach out to your child's teacher after receiving the information if you have any questions. 

    Last Walk to School Day and Porch Coffee Chat- Friday, June 7th is the last Walk to School Day for 23-24- meet Mr. Eller at Kildaire Plaza at 8:30am. Join PTA members on the front porch at 9:15am for coffee and to chat about summer and ask any questions you have about the PTA and share any interest you have in supporting their work next year. 

    Last Day of School- Wednesday, June 12th! 

    Retesting for select eligible students in 3rd-5th on Thursday, June 13th and Friday June 14th- information has been shared with families with EOG Score letters. 


    Wednesday, May 29, 2024; Monday, June 3, 2024; Tuesday, June 4, 2024

    End of Grade Testing continues TODAY with EOG Math at FWES! Wednesday, June 5, 2024 for 5th Grade Science EOG and Select 3rd Graders Read to Achieve

    K-2 Families

    • No visitors for lunch


    3-5 Families (3rd/4th Score letters to go home Tuesday or Wednesday; 5th Grade Score Letters home Thursday)

    • Thank you for encouraging your student to take their time and do their best to show what they know. While it is one test, one day, one score... these scores will be used in their future for class placement decisions in middle and high school, so taking their time to show their IB Learner knowledge is important for this year and many years to come! 
    • Charge chromebooks tonight and bring tomorrow for testing! 
    • Please arrive on TIME. Students who arrive after testing has begun will have to remain in the office and make up testing on Friday or another day. 
    • Phones and watches should be left at home, but if needed at school MUST be powered OFF during EOG testing. Thank you for preparing your child to complete this requirement! A watch or phone going off during testing could result in the entire class having to re-take the test the next day- yikes! 
    • There is NO FREE breakfast, but students wishing to purchase breakfast are welcome to do so tomorrow morning. 
    • Bookbags are needed for dismissal tags... please send your child with their bookbag. 
    • Students may have one fiction book for reading after the test is completed. The chromebook cannot be used after the student completes the test. 
    • All students should bring a water bottle to put on the floor and access during testing breaks. 
    • Students must remain in the classroom until the classroom finishes the allotted testing time. We expect classrooms to be finished between 1:00-1:30pm- however, students who need more time may continue working after a break for lunch. 
    • 3-5 familias
      Gracias por alentar a su estudiante a tomarse su tiempo y hacer lo mejor que pueda para demostrar lo que sabe. Si bien es una prueba, un día, un puntaje... estos puntajes se utilizarán en el futuro para tomar decisiones sobre la ubicación de las clases en la escuela intermedia y secundaria, por lo que tomarse el tiempo para demostrar sus conocimientos como estudiante del IB es importante para este año y muchos años. ¡venir! 
      ¡Cargue Chromebooks esta noche y tráigalos mañana para probarlos! 
      Por favor llegue a TIEMPO. Los estudiantes que lleguen después de que hayan comenzado los exámenes deberán permanecer en la oficina y recuperar el examen el viernes u otro día. 
      Los teléfonos y relojes deben dejarse en casa, pero si son necesarios en la escuela DEBEN estar APAGADOS durante el examen EOG. ¡Gracias por preparar a su hijo para completar este requisito! Un reloj o un teléfono que suena durante el examen podría provocar que toda la clase tenga que volver a realizar el examen al día siguiente. ¡Ay! 
      NO hay desayuno GRATIS, pero los estudiantes que deseen comprar el desayuno pueden hacerlo mañana por la mañana. 
      Se necesitan mochilas para las etiquetas de salida... por favor envíe a su hijo con su mochila. 
      Los estudiantes pueden tener un libro de ficción para leer después de completar el examen. El Chromebook no se puede utilizar después de que el estudiante complete el examen. 
      Todos los estudiantes deben traer una botella de agua para colocarla en el piso y tener acceso a ella durante los recesos de los exámenes. 
      Los estudiantes deben permanecer en el salón de clases hasta que el salón de clases termine el tiempo de prueba asignado. Esperamos que las aulas estén terminadas entre la 1:00 y la 1:30 p. m.; sin embargo, los estudiantes que necesiten más tiempo pueden continuar trabajando después de un descanso para el almuerzo.


    EOG Information for 3rd-5th Grade Families

    End of Grade (EOG) Testing begins the last 10 days of the school year. Please review guidance and information around testing on the documents below to prepare yourself and your student. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions. 

    English version

    Espanol version



    Thursday May 9, 2024

    We are moving ahead with our planned Field Day for students at FWES tomorrow.

    There is a possibility that weather may cause FWES to make some adjustments during the day tomorrow. If the weather does not cooperate, we will make adjustments to the times and activities provided.

    We ask that you cross your fingers and wish the rain away until after 3:30pm!  


    Mañana seguiremos adelante con nuestro día de campo planeado para los estudiantes de FWES.
    Existe la posibilidad de que el clima haga que FWES haga algunos ajustes durante el día de mañana. Si el clima no coopera, haremos ajustes en los horarios y actividades previstas.
    ¡Le pedimos que cruce los dedos y desee que no llueva hasta después de las 3:30 p. m.!


    Monday April 29, 2024

    Autism Day at FWES- Wear Blue April 30th!

    For Autism Awareness Month, our Pre K class at FWES will have a "Light it Up Blue Day" to raise awareness of the exceptional children in our amazing school family. This is not to single out any student but to show acceptance and promote awareness of our beautiful differences.  

    On April 30, 2024, we would like to invite our school to wear a blue shirt. This does not have to be a special purchase; it can be any blue shirt you already have. If you have anything autism-related, please wear it!  

    It only takes one act of kindness, one person’s acceptance, or one person’s love to create a wave of change. We are SO excited to spark a wave of acceptance and awareness with our “Light It Up Blue” day! 

    We must always see the “able” and not the “label”.  

    -Mrs. Canteen, Pre K Teacher FWES 


    Monday, April 1, 2024

    On Monday, April 8th there will be partial solar eclipse visible in North Carolina from about 2:00pm-4:30pm- weather permitting. 

    WCPSS has provided schools with the guidance and the required safety procedures for allowing students to view the eclipse directly on campus, including specifications of any viewing glasses used and a required parent permission slip. There are risks to having 650 students outside during the eclipse and there are challenges with the monitoring of students during the event to ensure their safety at all times. 


    The eclipse will also be viewable from start to finish on Nasa.com and will require no protective equipment and present no risks to students at any grade level. All classrooms have access to this live stream through the smart board displays and laptops. 

    Based on review of the requirements, curriculum standard connections, the time away from classroom instruction and in consultation with our School Improvement Team leaders; at FWES, only our 5th grade students will be participating in a live viewing of the eclipse with the appropriate vision protection and parental permission on Monday, April 8, 2024.  


    Families have the option to request (in advance) an excused education absence for Monday, April 8th or sign students out of school at 2:00pm to view the eclipse at home as a family. Signing students out early for the eclipse would also be considered excused. 


    Please reach out to Mr. Beamish, Mrs. Sweeney or myself if you have any questions. 



    Winston Pierce, Principal



    Thursday, March 14, 2024

    Información de inscripción al curso de escuela secundaria para familias de quinto grado 
    Presentado en español.
    Jueves 14 de marzo de 2024 6-7pm (español-virtual)
    Información para unirse a Google Meet



    Tuesday, March 12, 2024

    Just a reminder to all 5th grade families-

    Tonight there is a virtual session to learn more about the middle school course registration information for your student for next year. Mrs. Naftel and Ms. Cochrane will be presenting and sharing the process with all families tonight. 

    5th Grade Families Middle School Registration Information Nights:

    • Tuesday Mar 12, 2024 6pm-7pm (English-virtual)

      • Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jcg-dwoo-zcu

    Tonight's session is in English. There will be a session in Spanish on Thursday, March 14th at 6:00pm.

    La sesión de esta noche es en inglés. Habrá una sesión en español el jueves 14 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m



    Friday, March 8, 2024

    Join us tonight to celebrate the diversity of FWES at our PTA sponsored annual World Dance! 

    Food Trucks will be in the lower parking lot by 5:30pm

    Doors to the cafe open at 6:00pm for the Dance and cultural activities in the building. 

    The event is a family event. **Students MUST be accompanied by a parent.... DO NOT DROP STUDENTS OFF at SCHOOL! 

    ¡Únase a nosotros esta noche para celebrar la diversidad de FWES en nuestro Baile Mundial anual patrocinado por la PTA!
    Los camiones de comida estarán en el estacionamiento inferior a las 5:30 p.m.
    Las puertas de la cafetería se abren a las 6:00 p.m. para las actividades culturales y de baile en el edificio.
    El evento es un evento familiar. **Los estudiantes DEBEN estar acompañados por uno de sus padres... ¡NO DEJE A LOS ESTUDIANTES EN LA ESCUELA!



    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    ALL WCPSS Schools are on a 2 Hour Delay tomorrow- Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Special notes for January 17th:

    • The Kindergarten Culture Fair at 9:45am WILL NOT BE HELD but will be rescheduled. Please look for communication from your child’s teacher when a new date and time has been determined.
    • IEP Meetings will be held as originally scheduled.


    FWES Schedule for Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    2 Hour Delayed Opening- School Hours 11:15am-3:45pm:

    • YMCA before School Program opens at 9:00am for students enrolled in the program
    • Before School activities such as clubs, handbells, meetings, etc. begin on a 2 hour delay- unless a notification of cancellation is sent from club/meeting sponsor
    • Students may enter at 10:45am and should be in class before 11:15am. No breakfast will be served.
      • The cold is dangerous! Students should not arrive prior to 10:45am
    • FWES News begins at 11:05am.
    • Instructional Priorities for time in school are ELA and Math- recess will not be scheduled 
    • Lunch on Regular Schedule- to begin at 11:30am
    • Abbreviated specials schedule (35 minutes per special) 
      • 5th- 11:30-12:05
      • 4th- 12:10-12:45
      • 3rd- 12:50-1:25
      • Kinder- 1:35-2:10
      • 1st- 2:20-2:55
      • 2nd- 3:00-3:35


    Martes, 16 de enero de 2024

    TODAS las escuelas de WCPSS tendrán un retraso de 2 horas mañana, miércoles 17 de enero de 2024

    Notas especiales para el 17 de enero:

    • La Feria Cultural de Kindergarten a las 9:45 am NO SE REALIZARÁ pero será reprogramada. Espere la comunicación del maestro de su hijo cuando se haya determinado una nueva fecha y hora.

    • Las reuniones del IEP se llevarán a cabo según lo programado.


    Agenda para el miércoles 17 de enero de 2024

    Apertura retrasada de 2 horas: horario escolar de 11:15 a. m. a 3:45 p. m.:

    • El programa antes de clases de YMCA abre a las 9:00 a. m. para los estudiantes inscritos en el programa

    • Las actividades antes de la escuela, como clubes, campanas, reuniones, etc., comienzan con un retraso de 2 horas, a menos que el club/patrocinador de la reunión envíe una notificación de cancelación.

    • Los estudiantes podrán ingresar a las 10:45 am y deberán estar en clase antes de las 11:15 am. No se servirá desayuno.

    • FWES News comienza a las 11:05 am.

    • Las prioridades de instrucción para el tiempo en la escuela son ELA y Matemáticas; no se programará el recreo.

    • Almuerzo en horario habitual: comenzará a las 11:30 a. m.

    • Horario de especiales abreviado (35 minutos por especial)

    o 5to- 11:30-12:05

    o 4to- 12:10-12:45

    o 3º- 12:50-1:25

    o Kínder- 1:35-2:10

    o 1º- 2:20-2:55

    o 2do- 3:00-3:35


    Tuesday, January 9, 2024

    Early Dismissal Today at 12:45pm. 


    • Walkers will be dismissed at 12:40pm
    • Carpool will begin at 12:45pm- Vehicles without carpool tags will be required to park and come to the front office with photo ID to sign out students
      • Anyone signing out a student must have a photo ID and must be indicated on the student's yellow card as being authorized to sign out the student. 
    • Buses will begin loading at 12:45pm- families should be at the bus stop 3 hours earlier than normal (if the bus usually comes after school at 4:40pm- be at the bus stop on Tuesday at 1:40pm to meet your student)
    • There is NO FWES After School Program. 
    • The YMCA after school program is closed and the bus will not pick up at FWES.
    • Schedules will be adjusted so no visitors should come for lunch. 


    Salida temprana hoy a las 12:45 p.m. 
    Esté preparado para recoger o reunirse con su estudiante temprano.
    Los caminantes saldrán a las 12:40 p.m.
    El viaje compartido comenzará a las 12:45 p. m. Los vehículos sin etiquetas de viaje compartido deberán estacionarse y presentarse en la oficina principal con una identificación con fotografía para registrar la salida de los estudiantes.
    Cualquier persona que registre la salida de un estudiante debe tener una identificación con fotografía y debe estar indicado en la tarjeta amarilla del estudiante como autorizado para firmar la salida del estudiante.
    Los autobuses comenzarán a cargar a las 12:45 p. m.; las familias deben estar en la parada del autobús 3 horas antes de lo normal (si el autobús suele llegar después de la escuela a las 4:40 p. m., esté en la parada del autobús el martes a la 1:40 p. m. para recibir a su estudiante).
    NO hay programa extracurricular FWES.
    El programa extracurricular de YMCA está cerrado y el autobús no recogerá a los estudiantes en FWES.
    Los horarios se ajustarán para que ningún visitante venga a almorzar.


    Monday, January 8, 2024

    FWES will dismiss early on Tuesday, January 9th at 12:45pm.

    Please make sure you

    1) meet your bus rider 3 hours earlier at the bus stop;

    2) arrive by 12:40pm for your walker;

    3) line up for carpool by 12:45pm and

    4) there is NO After School- review your choice for how your child will be dismissed from school.

    There will be many adjustments to school schedules so no visitors for lunch. 


    FWES saldrá temprano el martes 9 de enero a las 12:45 p.m. 
    Asegúrese de
    1) encontrarse con el pasajero del autobús 3 horas antes en la parada del autobús;
    2) llegue antes de las 12:40 p. m. para recoger su andador;
    3) haga fila para compartir el viaje antes de las 12:45 p. m. y
    4) NO hay después de clases: revise su elección sobre cómo saldrá su hijo de la escuela.

    Habrá ajustes en los horarios escolares para que no haya visitantes durante el almuerzo.


    Wednesday, November 1st

    November 1st 

    The FWES PTA Global Fun Run is tomorrow!!!!

    Tonight is your last chance to get pledges and help the FWES PTA support activiites at our school this year. We are so grateful for your support and the amazing support that the FWES PTA provides the whole school community.

    The team with the biggest jump will Color Powder Mr. Beamish on Friday! 

    The team with the top pledges per lap will Color Powder Mrs. Pierce on Friday! 

    Pledging for the contests ends at 7am tomorrow!!!! 



    • Shirts will be distributed in classrooms tomorrow

    • Wear shoes for running- with laces tied! 

    • Dress for running (it will be chilly so layers might be needed)

    • Bring a water bottle:) 

    Family Participation:

    • Fun Run Volunteers- Day of the Run- Thursday, November 2nd

      • Volunteers must sign up using the volunteer link and must be an approved WCPSS to be a volunteer at the event. FWES PTA will check with the school to verify approval before allowing a volunteer to assist. 

      • Volunteers will sign it at the run and wear appropriate volunteer badges at all times when on campus. 

    • Fun Run Cheerleaders

      • Any family is invited to come to the run time for your student and stand outside the track to cheer them on during their grade level run time. 

      • Cheerleaders should park in front and walk to the back of the school (no parking in the back) by the track and villas to observe and cheer on the students. No sign in at office required, go directly to the field and follow directions about where your student's grade level will be running. 

        • Cheerleaders may not enter the school or go back to the classroom wit the class following the run event. 

        • Cheerleaders who need to sign out a student will need to go to the front of the school after the run and follow the building entry and sign out procedures- Photo ID is required. 

      • 9:35am-10:25am- Pre K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Run

      • 10:30am-11:20am- 2nd and 3rd Grade Run

      • 11:25am-12:20pm- 4th and 5th Grade Run

    Friday, November 3rd is the last day to add a slide to honor a Veteran in your family to our school's recognition slide deck. Honoring Veterans in the FWES School Community 2023



    Thursday, October 12th

    I hope you are planning to join us tonight for our exciting evening of family activities connected to learning, inquiry and fun! 

    There is something for everyone- the WHOLE FAMILY!!! Including spaces where students can wait and have fun if parents attend an adult style session for 20 minutes:) 

    Most of all- it is the chance for our students and their families to have fun learning together at Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary! 

    Review the MANY opportunities linked below and we will see you soon! 

    Family Partnership Night Packet 2023

    Noche de pareja familiar 2023  * Las sesiones para padres con intérprete tendrán un "*"


    Winston Pierce, Principal


    3rd Grade Families can learn more about the NC Read to Achieve Law in Room 201 at 6:45* and 7:15pm. (Students can be in 204)



    Tuesday, September 26th

    School Fall Picture Day- Wednesday, September 27th! 

    Bring your smile tomorrow as all students and staff will have photos taken for the yearbook! 

    To order pictures- fill out and return the flyer that went home in last week’s folder or go to my.lifetouch.com and enter code: EVTPP8KTW to order pictures online.


    Día de fotografías de otoño escolar: ¡miércoles 27 de septiembre!

    ¡Traiga su sonrisa mañana ya que a todos los estudiantes y al personal se les tomarán fotografías para el anuario!

    Para pedir fotografías, complete y devuelva el folleto que se envió a casa en la carpeta de la semana pasada o visite my.lifetouch.com e ingrese el código: EVTPP8KTW para ordenar fotografías en línea.


    Thursday, September 21st

    Join the FWES PTA  in the FWES Cafeteria at 6:00pm for the PTA meeting to approve the budget and other business items; Followed by Super Mario Bros Movie in the cafe. 

    City BBQ is doing FWES Spirit Day - so pick up dinner to bring and eat during the movie with your family! 

    Blankets for the floor and movie are welcome! 


    Monday, September 11th

    WCPSS has implemented a Visitor Management System at all schools in the district. The system will be used for visitors, signing in late students, signing students out early, volunteer sign in and more. 

    When coming to FWES....BRING A PHOTO ID ALWAYS

    1. Photo ID will always be required at the front entrance to enter the building for any of the needs listed above- late arrival, visitors, sign out students, volunteer, etc. 

    Once inside the office....

    1. Photo ID will be required to sign in as a visitor for lunch or conference. ALL adult visitors are required to sign in using a photo ID to receive a visitor badge to wear while on campus. 
    2. Photo ID will be required to sign out a student from school and must match an authorized individual who can pick up the student.

    Late Arrival to School:

    Please make sure your child arrives on time each day. We will be using the one kiosk in our office to sign in late students and it can take time if there is a line of people. We want all students to begin their day learning at our 9:15am start time and need your assistance! 


    Winston Pierce, Principal


    WCPSS ha implementado un Sistema de Gestión de Visitantes en todas las escuelas del distrito. El sistema se utilizará para visitantes, registro de entrada de estudiantes tarde, registro de salida temprano de estudiantes, registro de voluntarios y más.
    Siempre se requerirá una identificación con foto en la entrada principal para ingresar al edificio para cualquiera de las necesidades enumeradas anteriormente: llegada tardía, visitantes, salida de estudiantes, voluntariado, etc.
    Una vez dentro de la oficina....
    Se requerirá una identificación con foto para registrarse como visitante para el almuerzo o la conferencia. TODOS los visitantes adultos deben registrarse con una identificación con fotografía para recibir una credencial de visitante que podrán usar mientras estén en el campus.
    Se requerirá una identificación con foto para registrar la salida de un estudiante de la escuela y debe coincidir con una persona autorizada que pueda recoger al estudiante.
    Llegada Tarde a la Escuela: Asegúrese de que su hijo llegue a tiempo todos los días. Usaremos el único quiosco en nuestra oficina para registrar a los estudiantes que llegan tarde y puede llevar tiempo si hay una fila de personas. ¡Queremos que todos los estudiantes comiencen su día aprendiendo a las 9:15 am y necesitamos su ayuda! Tuyo, Winston Pierce, directora


    Wednesday, August 30th

    To keep students and staff safe tomorrow- WCPSS has closed all schools and cancelled all school activities. 

    If your last name begins with S-Z- it means your child will not be able to participate in their Kindergarten Staggered Entry Day. Kindergarten Staggered Entry Day for students with last names S-Z on Thursday, August 31st is cancelled and will not be rescheduled. We are very disappointed as a school and know your child and your family are also disappointed. 

    Our school's schedule for Friday should remain the same for ALL kindergarten students- unless there are any additional district schedule changes. 

    All of our kindergarten students will be assigned to classrooms on Friday morning and the class rosters with teacher names assigned will be posted at the front doors of the school at 12:45pm on Friday, September 1st. 

    ALL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS AND FAMILIES should plan to attend the Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event on Friday, September 1st from 1:00-2:00pm AT Farmington Woods. Families are encouraged to bring students' school supplies when you come to school to avoid so much to carry on the 1st day- Tuesday, September 5th. 

    We hope you all stay safe and dry tomorrow and will look forward to seeing you ALL on Friday at 1:00pm! 

    The first full day of school for ALL students will be Tuesday, September 5th. Please note that on September 5th there is a Kick Off event for families after you drop off your child in the Inquiry Center and a PTA Coffee chat following the Kick Off event on the school’s front porch! 

    With Love, 

    FWES Kindergarten Team

    Mrs. Pierce, Mr. Beamish and Mrs. Sweeney



    Para mantener seguros a los estudiantes y al personal mañana, WCPSS cerró todas las escuelas y canceló todas las actividades escolares.
    Si su apellido comienza con S-Z- significa que su hijo no podrá participar en su día de entrada escalonada al jardín de infantes. El día de entrada escalonada al jardín de infantes para estudiantes con apellidos S-Z el jueves 31 de agosto está cancelado y no será reprogramado. Estamos muy decepcionados como escuela y sabemos que su hijo y su familia también están decepcionados.
    El horario de nuestra escuela para el viernes debe seguir siendo el mismo para TODOS los estudiantes de jardín de infantes, a menos que haya cambios adicionales en el horario del distrito.
    Todos nuestros estudiantes de jardín de infantes serán asignados a las aulas el viernes por la mañana y las listas de clases con los nombres de los maestros asignados se publicarán en las puertas principales de la escuela a las 12:45 p.m. del viernes 1 de septiembre.
    TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES Y FAMILIAS DE KINDERGARTEN deben planear asistir al evento Meet the Teacher de Kindergarten el viernes 1 de septiembre de 1:00 a 2:00 p. m. en Farmington Woods. Se recomienda a las familias que traigan los útiles escolares de los estudiantes cuando vengan a la escuela para evitar tener que cargar con tanto el primer día, martes 5 de septiembre.
    Esperamos que todos os mantengáis seguros y secos mañana y esperamos verlos a TODOS el viernes a la 1:00 p.m.
    El primer día completo de clases para TODOS los estudiantes será el martes 5 de septiembre. Tenga en cuenta que el 5 de septiembre habrá un evento de inicio para las familias después de dejar a su hijo en el Centro de consultas y una charla de café de la PTA después del evento de inicio en el porche delantero de la escuela.


    Monday, August 28th

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Happy 1st Day!

    We had a great day at FWES today. I saw students, returning and new, smiling and having fun with friends in every classroom. What a great community of IB learners we have:) 

    These first two weeks will continue to have a focus on building relationships throughout the building and will help put our theme “FWES Learning by Heart” into action for our students and our staff. 

    Moving forward, here are some reminders to our families and adults in our school community that will help us smooth out some of the bumps today. Please know we have procedures in place to keep students and staff safe and to ensure effective operations across our school community. I ask that you be patient as we settle into a new school year. 


    • Photo ID REQUIRED to enter FWES! Please do not come to our school without your photo ID. It is required for the office staff to unlock the door for you to enter and at the front desk to sign out a student or to move elsewhere in the building. It is a long walk back to your car if you forget. 

    • Dismissal Changes: There were many glitches today with families who changed their minds about how students were to be dismissed and came to school to pick up students. With 650+ students even 10-15 changes can dramatically slow down how our dismissal procedures run each day. 

      • If you have a change- please send it to the teacher in writing in the morning (note that teachers have days they cannot check email until after school- so changes should not be sent via email)- changes will not be taken over the phone for the safety of your student. 

        • Students will not be signed out in the front office after 3:15pm but if you arrive to sign them out- they can be changed to a walker and you can meet them on the porch at 3:40pm when walkers are dismissed. 

      • Please be consistent in the dismissal routines for your child. It is more comforting to the student to know each day and provides the safest method to ensure student dismissal is smooth. 

      • Because of the manpower it takes to complete the dismissal process each afternoon- no students will be checked out in the office after 3:15pm. 

    • Buses: Buses will not always run on schedule this year due to the district driver shortage. Twitter is not always allowing us to post a feed on our website so the best way to track your child’s bus is to download the Here Comes the Bus App. 

      • Buses 10 and 11 are expected to run later on a regular basis for the first several weeks of the year. Please notify your child’s teacher if you would like for your child to go home a different way. 

    • Walkers: Annual permission is needed for a student in 2nd-5th grade to walk away from the front porch without a parent with them. If you missed the messaging this summer and during Open House communications, but want your student to walk away from the porch to meet you- please fill out the form linked above. 

      • The form closes at noon daily so we have time to process the information and get the correct stickers and information to teachers and students. 

      • Any student not given permission to walk away will be required to stay on the porch until a grown up comes to meet them- for their safety. Please come up to the porch to pick up your student- they will not be allowed to walk down the sidewalk to meet you. 

      • K-1 students may only have permission to walk away from the porch if they are walking with an older sibling identified on the form above. 

    • Carpoolers: All things considered, we finished carpool pick up in about 30 minutes- that’s 330+ carpool #s and pretty impressive for day 1! Your patience is required each day. If you don’t like waiting in the line- you can wait until 4:00pm to arrive and the wait is typically much less. As our students learn their new numbers and our kindergartners and other new students learn the procedures, everything will speed up. 

      • Please do not leave the carpool line to come to the front office to pick up your child. I can assure you that the sign out process and calling them from the classroom will take just as long as being patient and waiting in the carpool line. 

    With your cooperation and understanding, our daily dismissal will become faster and smoother each day! 

    Thank you for your help and we look forward to a fantastic Day 2 tomorrow!

    FWES School Improvement Team Member Interest: If you are interested in joining the Farmington Woods School Improvement Team as a parent representative, we would love to hear from you! 

    • The school improvement team (SIT) meets monthly to monitor school wide data and make decisions to positively impact the growth of all students. See a brief overview of our School Improvement Plan (SIP) here.

    • The team is comprised of members from all teaching teams in the building, our administrators, and parents.

    • The parent representatives are appointed by a vote of the PTA general body at the first general body meeting of each school year

    • Meeting Dates (7:35am): September 26, October 9, November 21, December 12, January 30, February 20, March 7, April 18, May 2

    If you are interested in joining the SIT or have any questions, please email Allison Williams (awilliams19@wcpss.net). We look forward to hearing from you!


    Sunday, August 27, 2023

    To stay up to date with school events- add our FWES Public Calendar to your Google Calendar using this link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=ZmFybWluZ3Rvbndvb2RzZXNAd2Nwc3MubmV0 

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    FWES 1st Day of School Reminders

    We are so very excited to start the 2023-24 school year with your students and your family! 

    Tomorrow is our 1st day of school for all 1st-5th Graders and Kindergarten staggered entry for those with last names A-C. 

    The front doors will open for building access at 8:45am. Please wait on the front porch if you arrive prior to 8:45am.


    • Bus riders will also be dropped off so they can enter our school through the front doors of the school in 23-24. Should buses arrive prior to 8:45am, those students will enter the building early to be supervised by school staff- so the bus can return and run a 2nd bus route for FWES. 

    • Safety Patrol team members should arrive between 8:35am-8:40am at the LOWER LOT by the playground and enter through the cafeteria side doors. 

    • Walkers may not enter until the 8:45am bell rings and should not arrive early unless a parent will remain to provide safety and supervision. 


    There will be a 1st Day of School Photo Spot available for families on the front porch while you wait- so bring your camera if you are coming! 


    Expect traffic and waits to get into the parking areas and into the school- as the first day of school is the busiest day of the year! 


    Reminder we are RIGHT TURN ONLY- during arrival and dismissal- you may not enter the carpool loop or front parking lot by turning left into the school from Hampton Valley Road and you may NOT take a left turn OUT of the parking lot, carpool loop. 


    At FWES, family members have permission to walk to the classroom with your student each morning between 8:45am-9:15am. We welcome you into our school but ask that you respect our expectations: 

    • Families who wish to walk with students must enter at the front doors only. 

    • Families who walk to classrooms must exit the building (not the classroom) by 9:15am as our instructional day begins at that bell. 

      • After the first 2 weeks- families will NOT be allowed to walk to classrooms if you arrive after 9:05am as it is next to impossible to get out by 9:15am if you arrive after 9:05am. 

    • When you arrive at the classroom, please do not interrupt or distract the teacher. The primary responsibility of the teacher during this time is the students. If you have information to share with the teacher it should be in a written note that can be handed to the teacher with your email and phone number if follow up is needed. The arrival time is NOT a conference opportunity. 

      • Important information for your child’s teacher should be given to them in writing- not in a verbal sharing during your drop off. The office has paper you can use and take to the classroom if you have forgotten to write it down at home.

    • Please allow your child to have independence by allowing them to carry their own belongings to the classroom and following the teacher directions about what to do with the belongings upon arrival.

    • Please quickly wish your child a great day and then leave the classroom so your child can start their day and you can start yours:) 

    • After the 2nd week of school, families will not be allowed to walk to classrooms if you arrive after 9:05am to ensure that all visitors have exited by 9:15am each day. 

    We enjoy the opportunity to interact with families during arrival and appreciate your cooperation with our expectations! 


    Bus Riders: With the vacancies in bus driver positions, there will be adjustments in route times that may mean riders: 

    • Are assigned to routes and stops different from last year (check below)

    • May be picked up earlier in the morning than last year

    • May be picked up at FWES in the afternoon significantly AFTER the typical dismissal time- up to 1 hour and possibly more

    Please be patient as all routes are assigned a driver, it just means these adjustments are required to make sure all students get to school and home each day! 


    Get Bus Information at the links below: 


    Bus Routes- https://webarchive.wcpss.net/school-directory/bus-routes/414.html


    Bus Updates (daily updates for route changes)- https://www.wcpss.net/Page/1897  


    Here Comes the Bus (GPS App to track your bus- download to monitor your child’s bus route while moving en route) https://www.wcpss.net/Page/35380


    Afternoon Dismissal Reminders:

    After School Families- 

    After school students will not be dismissed to go to the after school program until most other students in the school have completed dismissal. This means the first two weeks they are likely not to go to the cafeteria for After School until 4:30pm. Please do not come to pick up your student before 4:30pm as they will not be ready and it will require you sign them out in the office (with photo ID), while we are still dismissing many other students. Thank you for your cooperation- once we get into our routines, your child will be ready for pick up in the cafeteria by 4:15pm each afternoon. 

    Transportation Information- procedures with video links to show process! 

    • FWES Carpool Procedures (with video link)

      • Make sure you put your child’s carpool tag on the bookbag! And practice learning the new # and recognizing your car

      • DO NOT leave the line and walk to the front with your carpool tag- students will not be dismissed to a carpool tag that is NOT in a car. Thank you for being patient the first few weeks! 

      • NEVER pass other vehicles

        • No passing on Hampton Valley Road

        • No passing in the carpool line

        • DO NOT pass in the loading zone once your child is loaded if the cars in front of you are not moving

      • Carpool requires patience the first few weeks- be sure to put that in the car with you when you come to pick up your student! 

    • Walker Procedures (with video link)

      • If you indicated at Open House that your child is a walker- a walker tag will be placed on the bookbag tomorrow at school. 

      • Be ready outside for your student at 3:40pm! Give yourself time- there will be lots of traffic and crowds the first week! 

      • Bring photo ID because if you miss Walker Dismissal, you will have to sign  your child out in the office and that will require photo ID

      • No dogs on campus- remain on the sidewalk on Hampton Valley Road if you have a dog with you. 

    • Bus Rider Procedures (with video link) 

    Kindergarten Families- Check this out just for YOU on September 5th! 

    Kindergarten Kick Off for Families Invitation


    Monday, August 14, 2023

    FWES Reminders for families to get ready for the Beginning of the Year.....

    Family To Do List to prepare for Starting 23-24: 


    Medication Early Drop Off Tomorrow- Tuesday, August 15 through Friday, August 18- Families may bring student medication to FWES for early drop off between 9:00am-3:00pm. This drop off early prevents lines or waiting at Open House/Meet the Teacher. 

    • Drop of medication (don’t forget to get updated 1702 completed by doctor)



    Monday, August 7, 2023

    FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Day- Helpers Needed inside and out! 

    • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 3:00-8:00pm at Farmington Woods

      • Painting touch up in the building

      • Garden tasks

      • General outdoor campus clean up

    • Children are welcome but must stay with their parents. 

    • Come at any time that works with your schedule! 

    Questions? Email Garden@FwesPTA.org


    Tuesday, August 1, 2023

    Happy August Farmington Woods Families!

    Our countdown to the start of another great school year continues and we are just 4 weeks from the 1st day! 

    There is much information below for your review and access to help you prepare to start the school year. Please review it all so you are ready! 

    We will continue to update information and documents on the website and update families as new information is available. 

    Have a great week! 


    FWES Beginning of Year Updates for 23-24

    Tomorrow is the After School Registration Online at 9:00AM!!!!

    • After School Registration Online: Online “line up for” registration for a seat in the After School Program at FWES will open at 9:00am on Wednesday, August 2nd. Please see detailed information on the After School Page (in the Families tab) on our website. 

      • Important Note- the online “line up” process usually results in our program being filled for the year within the 1st 4-5 minutes of it being open. 

      • In person registration with drop off of the required forms and payment will be scheduled with those who have a seat in the program on August 9 and 10. 


    Volunteer Registration for 23-24- NEW registration required of ALL volunteers!!! Even past volunteers are no longer approved! 

    Our FWES community is stronger with the support of volunteers and we encourage all families to consider supporting the school as a volunteer. There are many opportunities that range from working directly in classrooms, with students, helping teachers and serving to support PTA projects. 

    All volunteers must register and complete a background check to be approved before serving in a volunteer capacity on campus and and during the school day. Only approved volunteers may be in the school building and on campus during the school day. 

    • To register for approved volunteer status- use the MyVolunteer registration link on the WCPSS Volunteer site. The site can be accessed from your home or a phone. Processing of applications can take a few weeks- so please register well ahead of the time you want to volunteer. 

    • We highly recommended that all who are interested register at the start of the school year so there is no delay in your participation at Farmington Woods. 


    FWES Meet the Teacher (1st-5th Grades) and Kindergarten Open House 2023/Espanol Jornada de Puertas Abiertas 2023

    Thursday, August 24, 2023

    4:30 pm: Rosters Posted at front doors of school

    1st-5th Grade teacher assignments will be posted at 4:30 pm on the front windows

    4:30-6:30 pm:  FWES PTA Family Playground Picnic for ALL K-5 FWES Families

    Friday, August 25, 2023  2:00-4:00 pm 

    • Kindergarten Open House

    Rising Kindergartners will visit all kinder classrooms and meet teachers but will NOT have a teacher assignment until the end of the Staggered Entry Week

    • 1st-5th Graders Meet Your Teacher

    Activities for FWES Meet the Teacher/Open House Include:

    Meet Teachers and Visit Classrooms

    • Complete required WCPSS and FWES start of year documents in classroom

    • Medication drop off in the front office

    • Pick Up/Sign up for Carpool Tag

    • Get Bus Route Information

    • Put $ on a lunch account

    • Receive important items needed for 1st Day of School

    • Meet FWES PTA Board Members, Order New Spiritwear and Get Involved

    • Safety Patrol Sign up for 4th and 5th Graders

    • and more...


    FWES Family and Student Handbook 23-24

    • Information on all aspects of our school community that may impact families and students has been updated for the 23-24 school year in this document. 

    • Thank you for reviewing procedures and guidelines that will support a successful school year for our entire school community! 


    FWES Club Sponsor Interest for 23-24- Last call for parents (who will register to become approved volunteers) interested in sponsoring a club for students in the 23-24 school year. Please fill out the form linked above to share your interest and get more information. 

    Notes for 23-24

    • Pilot program to offer clubs that are only for 4th and 5th graders 1 or 2 times a month during the school day at lunch/recess(only part of recess time) to provide more equitable access to ALL student participation- so please indicate your time interest to sponsor. 

    • Before school clubs will continue to be those that serve students K-3 and/or those that include 4th and 5th but also lower grades; as well as for clubs where sponsors are not available during the lunch time to assist 1 or 2 days a month. 


    FWES PTA News and Updates

    New to Farmington Woods? Please sign up for our pilot Buddy Family program. Our FWES PTA will match you with an experienced FWES family who can help answer your questions or point you in the right direction to get answers to your needs.

    Current families? Please consider signing up as Host Buddy families to share your perspective and help support and welcome families new to our school community. 

    Campus Clean Up Day- Helpers Needed inside and out! 

    • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 3:00-8:00pm at Farmington Woods

      • Painting touch up in the building

      • Garden tasks

      • General outdoor campus clean up

    • Children are welcome but must stay with their parents. 

    • Questions? Email Garden@FwesPTA.org

    August 21 - Welcome Back Lunch for Staff (Provided by PTA Hospitality Committee) 

    Sept 1 - First Walk to School Day (Meet @ Torero's)



    Monday, July 24, 2023

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Happy Summer FWES Families! 

    We hope you are having a great summer break but are beginning to thing about returning to FWES, because it is just 5 short weeks away. 

    If you receive this message and your student(s) will NOT be attending FWES in August- please notify the office at 919-460-3469 as soon as possible so we can complete planning for teachers and student placements. 

    A few summer pieces of information to put on your radar in planning for the start of 23-24: 

    • After School Registration Online: Online “line up for” registration for a seat in the After School Program at FWES will open at 9:00am on Wednesday, August 2nd. Please see detailed information on the After School Page (in the Families tab) on our website. 

      • Important Note- the online “line up” process usually results in our program being filled for the year within the 1st 4-5 minutes of it being open. 

      • In person registration with drop off of the required forms and payment will be scheduled with those who have a seat in the program on August 9 and 10. 

    • Bus Routes: Friday, August 18th the bus routes for Farmington Woods will be posted on the WCPSS Bus Route link. Check carefully as routes, stops and bus #s may have changed from last year! 

    • Teacher Assignment Rosters: Rosters with teacher assignment for 1st-5th graders will be posted at the front of the school on Thursday, August 24th at 4:30pm. Families can come on Thursday to see who will be your teacher. 

    • PTA Back to School Picnic- Thursday, August 24th 4:30-6:30pm: After checking out the rosters, join your friends old and new on the playground for a back to school picnic. More details to come…..

    • Open House/Meet the Teacher- Friday, August 25th 2:00-4:00pm: 

      • Open House for Kindergarten- Kindergartners and families can come and visit all kindergarten classrooms and take care of back to school tasks during this event. 

      • Meet the Teacher- 1st-5th graders can go to their assigned classrooms to meet their teachers and families can also take care of back to school tasks

      • Back to school tasks will include: PTA Membership, Spirit Wear and Volunteers; Bus Routes, Cafeteria Accounts, Carpool Tags, Safety Patrol Sign up (4th and 5th graders only), Medication Drop Off and more. 

    • First Day of School for 1st-5th Graders- Monday, August 28th!!!

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry (Kinders only come to school ONE day the first week, based on their last name)

      • Monday, August 28th- Last Names A-C

      • Tuesday, August 29th- Last Names D-L

      • Wednesday, August 30th- Last Names M-R

      • Thursday, August 31st- Last Names S-Z

    • Friday, September 1st- Kindergarten Meet the Teacher

      • Rosters posted 12:45pm

      • Meet the Teacher 1:00-2:00pm- Kindergartners visit their assigned classrooms

    • Monday, September 4th- Labor Day Holiday- No School

    • Tuesday, September 5th- 1st Day for ALL Kindergartners

      • 9:20am Kindergarten Family Kick Off with Counselors after drop off

    More updates will be coming as the time gets closer…. We will see you soon! 

    July 19, 2023

    Farmington Woods Families- please review the information below that will be sent to your email address on file from WCPSS Transportation. If you can transport your child to and from school it will help to provide routine for your child and family and avoid long waits at school and home arrivals after 6pm. If you decline transportation- your child can be a walker or you can sign up for a carpool tag to pick them up in carpool between 3:45-4:10pm at the end of the day. Thank you for considering this option to assist if you can! 

    As you are probably aware, our transportation department continues to face a severe shortage of bus drivers.
    This shortage will cause delays in service during the upcoming school year. Sometimes, no bus will be available and students will have to find alternative transportation to and from school.

    Families are encouraged to provide their own transportation this school year if they are able to do so.

    If you would like to provide your own transportation this school year, please visit wcpss.net/declinebus and complete the form to decline bus service as soon as possible, preferably by Friday, July 21.


    Familias de Farmington Woods: revise la información a continuación que se le enviará a su dirección de correo electrónico en el archivo de WCPSS Transportation. 
    Si puede transportar a su hijo hacia y desde la escuela, ayudará a proporcionar una rutina para su hijo y su familia y evitará largas esperas y llegadas a la escuela y al hogar después de las 6:00 p. m.
    Si rechaza el transporte, su hijo puede caminar o puede inscribirse en una etiqueta de viaje compartido para recogerlo en viaje compartido entre las 3:45 y las 4:10 p. m. al final del día.
    ¡Gracias por considerar esta opción para ayudar si puede!

    Información importante para los pasajeros de autobús registrados.
    Como probablemente sepa, nuestro departamento de transporte continúa enfrentando una grave escasez de conductores de autobuses.
    Esta escasez causará retrasos en el servicio durante el próximo año escolar. A veces, no habrá autobús disponible y los estudiantes tendrán que encontrar transporte alternativo hacia y desde la escuela.

    Se alienta a las familias a proporcionar su propio transporte este año escolar si pueden hacerlo.

    Si desea proporcionar su propio transporte este año escolar, visite wcpss.net/declinebus y complete el formulario para rechazar el servicio de autobús lo antes posible, preferiblemente antes del viernes 21 de julio.