• 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. 
     
     

    8-11-2020 (Kindergarten families only)

    Hi Kindergarten Families!

    Kindergarten students will not yet be able to set up a Wake ID Portal. Please do not try to set that up now. The information was noted to be for 1st-5th graders only.

    More information will be coming this week from Kindergarten Teachers to give you access to Orientation Next week. 

    For those interested- the log in will take students to a Google Classroom platform- and until our kindergarten teachers teach students what to do and how to access, it would not be helpful:) They have plans during our Orientation time to help kindergartners get set up with Wake ID and Google Classroom. 

    Thank you for being on top of things, but hang tight for now with Wake ID. 

    8-10-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message (14 minutes)

    Hey FWES Families! 

    Virtual Academy registration is closed and cohort information is due to schools this week. We will follow WCPSS directives on when and how families are to be notified of cohort assignments. 

    As a reminder- we will have class assignments made the end of Orientation Week 1 and teachers will begin reaching out to families on Thursday afternoon and Friday to share the information. Based on our preliminary data we are able to keep all students at FWES with an FWES teacher for 2020-21. To best provide for instructional flexibility, most students will be assigned to a primary teacher but also have a co-teacher assignment in the grade level, too. This arrangement allows for coverage during teacher absences and for teachers to work together to differentiate for students, much like is common when we are in the building and teachers may share small groups of students to best meet common learning needs. 

    Pep Rally- We can’t wait to see you Friday!!! 3:00pm our staff will be ready to greet you in our two parking lots- please enter- right turn only- from Hampton Valley road and then exit right turn only to go through the 2nd parking lot- exiting with a right turn only to help with the flow of traffic! 

    PTA Information- join the FWES PTA, volunteer to help support the school virtually and find how your shopping can also support our wonderful PTA!!!

    FYI: Special Education webinar for parents on Tuesday 

    We are inviting all parents of students who receive Special Education Services to watch a webinar regarding the upcoming school year on the WCPSS YouTube channel at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Topics covered will include: the opening of school in an online environment, implementation of IEPs and special education services. The video will be closed captioned in English and Spanish. During the webinar, parents will be invited to share questions and feedback through an online form. Answers will be provided later in an FAQ.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for 2020-21- Needs to be done annually- status from 2019-20 remains through August 31, 2020 but don’t delay to complete the application for 2020-21 school year! 

    What you can do now:

    • Pick out that 1st day of school outfit to be ready for Monday!!!
    • Find your FWES Spirit Wear to wear when you come to the Pep Rally, We’ll be wearing ours! 
    • Check School Supply lists and make sure your child has them so they can get started on Monday with activities for Orientation! 
    • FWES Parent Guide to Getting Started  Practice logging in and get help if you need it before Monday. Use this guide for step by step directions and a link to request assistance:) FWES Parent Guide to Getting Started- Spanish 
    • Orientation Schedules on your calendars- 
      • FWES News Live Streamed Daily 9:05am (must have Wake ID to log in to view- may have to wait until device pick up to view- working on how to make that happen for everyone with WCPSS Tech Services this week:)
      • Morning Meetings Daily 9:15-9:45/10:00am- all grade levels, all students
        • Use Wake ID to join the meeting
        • Meeting links will also be emailed to parents for access (cannot be posted for privacy of students) for those without Wake ID Portals, yet
        • Activities to complete during the day 10:00am-3:00pm with breaks for physical activity and lunch
        • Closing Meeting each day 3:00/3:15 to 3:45pm- All students, all grades
      • Beginning August 31… full school day schedule. Live times (2-3 hours a day) by grade level will vary be shared with families on August 17th to allow for planning daily schedules while all students are learning virtually. Schedules may be adjusted when students return to the building and those updates will be shared at that time. 
    • Think about how you’ve been an IB Learner and how you might share what you’ve been doing to show the Learner Profile while you’ve been away from FWES
    • Get excited to see your friends and our amazing FWES teachers! 

    I’ll be back on Thursday or Friday with any additional updates and a reminder this weekend about getting started on Monday! 

    Stay cool and have a great last week of Summer!

     

    8-6-2020  Technology Survey Responses Needed from FWES Families

    As I shared in the latest update, schools are required to have responses to the WCPSS Technology Survey from ALL families- even if you don't need technology for the 2020-21 school year to access virtual learning. 

    This morning FWES received a list of over 250 students from whom we do not have a response on the WCPSS Technology Survey. 

    We are going to begin calling all of these students' families today- to ask you each of the Tech Survey Questions:) And we will have to keep calling....

    If you miss our call or you KNOW you did not fill out a survey about your technology devices in your home- or you just want to be safe and fill it out again- we have added our own survey below to capture the four responses needed and we can then complete the task of filling in all the blanks on our FWES student list. 

    Tech Survey- only 4 questions!!!! Please complete if you did not already or cannot remember if you did:) 

    FWES Follow Up on WCPSS Tech Survey   Need responses from EVERY family, even if you do not need technology support. 

    We will check our survey results regularly throughout the day and if we get your responses we will try to avoid calling, but there may be some overlap in timing and appreciate your understanding. 

    Please call 919-460-3469 if you have any questions or need assistance, or just wait for the phone call from one of our school staff members today:) 

    Thank you so much for your prompt responses and for answering the phone! 

    Yours,

    Winston Pierce, Principal

     

    8-3-2020 

    August 3, 2020 FWES Family Updates

    “Coming Soon” for lots of info…. But some info is HERE NOW!!  

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message  (19 Minutes:)

    Getting There!!

    FWES Virtual Academy enrollment is 407 students or 58% of our FWES students. We are working very hard to look at “class” configurations and as I have said, we may have to have co-teachers to insure that all FWES students remain with FWES teachers. 

    ALL WCPSS Schools are still waiting on the information from transportation and student assignment where students are assigned to cohorts for the 3 week rotation based on bus needs and making sure siblings K-12 are also in the same cohort. Once that information is received, we will be able to assign any remaining FWES Plan B students to cohorts. 

    AFTER all students in Plan B are assigned to cohorts, we will begin to configure classrooms and teachers. Considering today’s date, the many other tasks required to get school ready for staff to return and the painstaking process to assign students one by one to cohorts and then one by one to classrooms- we are planning to spend the first week of Orientation with students working with the entire grade level team to get re-acclimated to our school community and to each other:) We plan to have classroom assignments (with the one, two or possibly three teachers) and teachers ready by Friday, August 21st. 

    Families will be contacted about classroom assignments:) We will spend Week 2 of orientation building classroom community and getting supplies ready for distribution. 

    Welcome Back Drive Thru Pep Rally!!!! August 14th 3-4pm- Come See US!!!!!

    Device Pick up August 17th week- not at FWES but handled at designated WCPSS High Schools. Watch email for details from WCPSS

    Orientation activities week 1 will be with whole team- teacher assignments will be made by Friday, the 21st- teachers will reach out- we may have co-teachers in order to keep students with FWES students and teachers- but it looks like we can be created and keep you here! We will spend week one building school community and doing school wide types of orientation.

    Orientation activities week 2 will be focused on classroom orientation and building classroom community with students and teachers. Expectations and curriculum content will be shared, along with the chance for students to get materials they need for learning. Mark your calendar for Instructional Materials Pick Up Dates below!!!

    Instructional Materials Pick up- August 26-27

    August 26  10:15-11:15 5th Grade; 1:00-2:00 4th Grade and ECS; 2:00-3;00 3rd Grade

    August 27  10:15-11:15 Kinder and Pre-K; 1:00-2:00 1st Grade; 2:00-3:00 2nd Grade

     

    FWES Parent Opening the School Year Updates:) Document is updated as of today, but will continue to be updated as additional information is available. Please continue to check back in School Messenger and on the website for updates. Hoping it will help get you started in planning for the return to school! 

    Thanks to FWES PTA who is working to support the IncredIBle staff as they return to FWES and to find ways to support our entire community virtually! Please check out their website and join the FWES PTA to show your support for our school community! They will send more info soon, too….. 

    A few new staff at FWES for 2020-21- watch Twitter for updates:) 

    More updates as more information is available! It is going to be an IncredIBle Year at FWES! 

    See you soon! 

     

    7-28-2020

    A few FWES Updates- Deadlines Approaching:) 

    WCPSS Technology Survey and NeedsPlease make sure EVERY family completes the survey- even if you have a device for learning. The district is trying to account for every student to make sure they can access learning this year so even if you have a home device or a device you borrowed in the spring, please fill out the survey. 

    Considerations for requesting a device:

    • All students in a home need their own device for learning- not shared with a parent or a sibling
    • iOS devices such as tablets or phones are not appropriate for on line instruction

    Survey deadline is tomorrow, July 29th- please complete for K-5 students at Farmington Woods! 

    Recordatorio: Favor de completar la encuesta sobre las necesidades de tecnología antes del 29 de julio.
    Estamos solicitando a todas las familias con un estudiante en los grados del Kínder al 12vo grado que completen esta encuesta para cada estudiante, independientemente de su escuela, ya sea que haya aplicado a la Academia Virtual, para indicar si tiene un dispositivo o si necesita un dispositivo. (La Oficina de Aprendizaje Temprano abordará por separado la tecnología de los estudiantes de Pre-Kínder.) Esta breve encuesta nos ayudará a comprender mejor las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y asegurarnos de que podamos satisfacer dichas necesidades.

     

    Virtual Academy Registration- Window closes at 5pm on Wednesday, July 29th

    • Last opportunity to register for Virtual Academy for 2020-21 school year
    • Families who have already registered and need to make a change in their registration must contact Mark Beamish, Virtual Academy contact at FWES at mbeamish@wcpss.net before 5pm on Wednesday, July 29th.
      • Requests for changes received after 5pm on July 29th will be handled individually in the order they are received and based on the availability of the change requested- particularly those requesting to return to the Plan B- as class size limits must be managed according to the state requirement. 

    Todos los estudiantes tendrán una segunda oportunidad para inscribirse en la Academia Virtual de WCPSS del 27 al 29 de julio. El período para inscribirse cerrará el 29 de julio a las 5 pm. Las familias que solicitaron la Academia Virtual de WCPSS y desean retirar o cambiar su solicitud deben ponerse en contacto directamente con sus escuelas durante este período.

     

    FWES PTA is sponsoring a parent Q&A event tonight with Mrs. Pierce- 7-8pm. Questions have been submitted in advance but tune in to hear answers:) 

                             Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/gff-wexu-ggg (limited to 250 participants, please share a screen in your home)

     

    YMCA Childcare Support for Families: The YMCA of the Triangle is currently developing programming to support school day care needs- Scholastic Support Centers- for families given the return to school under Plan B Transition. Log in here to get registration information and details. *Note, FWES does not endorse the YMCA but is sharing to only provide information to families.  Learn more here: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs/school-programs/scholastic-support-centers

     

     

    7-24-2020

    FWES Updates

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message about updates below (30 minutes- another long one- lots of info!)

    July 24, 2020 FWES Family Updates

    Hi Families! Week of new and updated info on starting 2020-21! 


    Hope you are staying cool! Our team has been working hard to create the start of our FWES IncredIBle Learning year in 2020-21- and can’t wait to see you all soon! 


    Please know all of our work first addresses all required safety guidelines, but more closely to our hearts- aligns with the our focus on the FWES Vision Statement (Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School community will inspire action, promote inquiry and cultivate learning by creating experiences that prepare students to be successful global citizens.) and the IB Mission Statement (The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.) We will do what we need to do to make sure our school community is as safe as possible, but will also work to insure the development of our students as IB Learners continues, no matter the format for the learning! 

    Device Needs- ALL and every WCPSS student needs their own device- please complete the survey if your students need a device so you will be able to have what you need to get started for the 2020-21 school year! Requests due by 7/29 but please do not delay and forget!!! 

    We found in Spring 2020 that tablets and phones WILL NOT WORK for learning- so please do not plan to use those devices for virtual learning for students- if that’s what your student uses- please request an additional device from WCPSS through the survey sent to families. 

    Updated WCPSS- Plan B Transition and Virtual Academy

    Plan B Transition- beginning on line with transition back to school building when ready- procedures, safety materials, local metrics, etc. 

    Students will transition back as directed by district… not sure if still in 3 cohorts… may depend on #s in Virtual Academy and transportation routes

    Building guidelines have been shared based on social distancing guidelines for every space inside FWES- most of our classrooms can hold 16 individuals (teachers and students) safely according to the guidelines and some classrooms and spaces can hold more. While we expect our ” in the building” class sizes to be less than 16- it is important for families in Plan B to understand that when a child is in the building, while the majority of the time they will be with their teacher in their classroom- there are times when students may need to be in spaces with other students and other teachers. We cannot have school in classroom bubbles and I want to make sure that is clear- however, in all situations(other than the given exceptions), students and staff will wear masks and social distancing will be used as our guidelines require. 

        For example: 

    • Support services- Spec ed, Speech, ESL, Intervention, etc.- the purpose that is written in these plans is that a student needs a setting with a special education teacher- serving speech needs of a student in a classroom with other students would not allow them to carefully hear sound production and be able to develop strategies for correct sound production; same for academic support through Spec Ed CCR or Intervention- these providers will provide support to ALL students no matter the setting, so they will not be able to provide on on one instruction and small groups of students may be together for this support- again with masks and guidelines
    • Specials- combining classes in the building so the specialists have time in their schedule to also serve our VA and remote students- as they have to serve all students in all and our grade level teachers need time for planning together each day, too. 
    • Physical Activity- we have not yet gotten guidance on recess but we do know there will be physical activity- for an organized activity- two classes may combine on the field to play- not sure yet
    • Lunch- while our plan is to have cafe lunch classes may be combined for lunch to provide teachers the opportunity to have some break 
    • Teacher absences- there will be times when teachers will have to be away from the school building- as all of us can understand for appointments, taking care of sick children, and other obligations outside of their classroom- as you might imagine- substitutes in the normal circumstances are challenging- finding substitutes who can do both live and remote learning in Plan B is next to impossible:) Our teachers have created a plan to cover for absences with the use of IAs in our building and if needed sharing students from the absent teacher’s classroom among the other classrooms to insure learning continues- as teams will be planning together, it will allow learning to be seamless for students

    Virtual Academy-

    Based on the updated Plan B Transition- registration for Virtual Academy will open again July 27-29- closes at 5pm on July 29th!!! For families who now may want to select Virtual Academy based on Plan B Transition. 

    If you have already selected VA and want to change your preferences- such as go to Plan B Transition or change from semester to year long or the reverse- please contact Mark Beamish at mbeamish@wcpss.net or leave a message at 919-460-3469 to share those changes- you do not need to fill out the form again. 

    • Virtual Academy is intended to be like the regular school day- just without being in the building for content. 
    • We want to work hard to insure all VA students have an FWES teacher but due to K-3 class size law, we may have to work within the Western Area and it is possible that students K-5 could be assigned to a teacher from another elementary school
    • Virtual Academy students will have about 5 hours of learning and learning activities to complete daily
    • Virtual Academy students will follow the regular curriculum as Plan B will, too- therefore daily assignments must be completed daily for the student to be ready for the next assignment the following day
    • Virtual Academy students will have 2-3 hours a day of “live” instruction from a teacher where they will need to be present somewhere between 9:15am and 3:45pm- the regular school day. These times will be scheduled in time frames appropriate for the age of the student. They may include group learning live with the teacher along with small group work to support the individual learning needs of the student based on the teacher assessment of completed work. In addition students with other services such as CCR, ESL, Intervention, etc. will have additional live times with those service providers put into their weekly schedules. 
    • Daily attendance will be taken for Virtual Academy and recorded as if students were in school. 
    • Virtual Academy students will be able to request books from the FWES Inquiry Center for check out through a drive thru process- more information will be coming. 
    • On going throughout the year, Virtual Academy families will be asked to come through a drive by pick up process at the school to get materials a student will need for learning at home. At this time we might expect this need monthly or quarterly but are not yet sure. 

    Updated Scheduling Plans

    August 13th- Hope to have classroom teacher assignments to send families- but there are MANY pieces of info needed to get to that point:) 

    August 14th- Virtual Welcome by Homeroom teachers for students and families- Hope to host an FWES Pep Rally Welcome Back drive by parade for parents and students- more info TBD and TBA.

    1st Day of School for all students is August 17th and will be on line learning

    August 17-28 (1st two weeks) will require daily attendance checking but will also consist of many orientation activities for students and families- to insure we get to know each other and that all students are ready to learn at home

    Note: We are working to see if we can get a live stream each day of the FWES Morning News…. We’ll keep you updated! 

    • Things we hope to do that first two weeks at FWES:
      • Connect with students to get to know them and help them get to know their classmates
      • Guide students and families in creating a school learning space at home with the supplies needed- help provide for those who do not have supplies
      • Complete some initial informal assessments to understand where students are with ELA and Math, knowing all content in Spring 2020 was not taught based on the structure
      • Guide students in how to use technology resources and tools for learning- make sure that they know how to use the tools and provide support as needed if not; and make sure all students have a device they need to access learning
      • Gather learning materials that students might need the first month/quarter of the year (like math manipulatives, white boards and markers, EL workbooks, etc.) and create times for families to drive through to pick up the items needed for learning to have at home
      • Provide information on how students may “browse” the Inquiry Center on line for selecting books that can be checked out and picked up through a drive by process
      • Connect with parents to provide guidance on how to monitor your child’s assignments in Google Classroom (it is updated since Spring 2020)
      • Provide families with resources for accessing lunch and other food pick up sites during on line learning
      • Finalize schedules for all students and share with families

    August 31- Full instructional day with “regular” schedule will begin for all students

    May change but as of today, this outline is our tentative plan!  

    School Supplies- 

    School Supply lists are posted on the website and available for parents to review. The supplies were designed by our teacher teams to include things students would need to engage in learning this year- whether at home or at school. 

    Our FWES PTA offers a program through Yubbler where families don’t even have to go to the store but can order your grade level supplies on line and have them delivered to your home at competitive prices. Please see the flyer below for more information. 5% discount if ordered by July 31st! Quick delivery but orders recommended by August 5th for delivery before 1st Day of School August 17th. 

    Yubbler School Supplies FWES- English

    Yubbler School Supplies FWES- Spanish

    Final Thoughts- 

    Mrs. Nagy, our amazing data manager will be retiring from FWES after 24 years on Friday, July 31st. We all will miss her greatly and since we were unable to hold and event to celebrate this awesome milestone- encourage you to send an email or card to the school to send her your best wishes! (Rosanne Nagy- rnagy@wcpss.net)

    I am so very excited to get to start school again and see our students!! 

    Spend the next three weeks helping to get your child excited about the start of another year where they get to learn and grow! 

    Begin practicing some school type routines- I know I need to back up my alarm clock a little each day, too! 

    If you’ve taken a school break- take time the next three weeks to read and talk about what you’ve read- practice math facts during car rides- write a letter to a school staff member or school friend to tell them about your summer (we’d love to see some come in the mail at school: 1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary, NC 27511) and thing about your goals for learning this year! 

    I am so thankful for the support of our families and school community in the journey to move forward together- no matter where the learning happens for students! 

    I also appreciate your cooperation in knowing that it may take several days for an email or voicemail response from the school based on the schedules and required district events that are happening. We will get back to you as soon as we can! 

    Please keep our school staff in your thoughts as there is almost more to do in the next three weeks than is humanly possible (and teachers don’t start back until August 13th!), but I can assure you that we will do all we can to make sure we create IncredIBle Learning for our students in the 2020-21 school year! 

     

    7-20-2020 (rising Kinder families only)

    Reminder- Kindergarten Virtual Open House Tuesday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm

    Questions and Answers from Virtual Open House Session #1 in June, 2020

    7-16-2020

    FWES and WCPSS Updated Information for Families

    Mrs. Pierce Video Update Message (18 minutes) 

    All info in the video is included below, too. 

     

    IB Learner Profile- review- you want your children to show the attributes- but we want all in our community to grow in developing them. With the additional information today- please remember to be Open Minded, Knowledgeable, Caring and Reflective throughout the process. 

     

    Spanish Video for Support with all items: 

    1.    Plan B de Instrucción Combinada para el Año Escolar 2020-2021.

    Los padres recibirán información sobre el Plan B de Instrucción Combinada para el Año Escolar 2020-2021. https://youtu.be/PWnOgBUmlFY

     

    2.    Información sobre la Academia Virtual de WCPSS

    Los padres de WCPSS se informarán sobre la Academia Virtual de WCPSS y cuál es el proceso para aplicar. https://youtu.be/Vpg65ZuV1hQ

     

    3.    Requisito de Revisión de Salud para Entrar la Escuela

    Los padres recibirán información sobre el proceso de la revisión de salud para que los estudiantes puedan entrar al escuela todos los días. https://youtu.be/Ze387GwqVVg

     

    4.    Requisitos de Revisión de Salud para Abordar el Autobús

    Los padres recibirán información sobre el proceso que los estudiantes tienen que seguir para poder abordar el autobús escolar todos los días. https://youtu.be/TfezbihTRIA

     

    5.    Requisitos sobre el Protector Facial, Distanciamiento Social y Lavado de Manos

    Los padres recibirán información sobre los requisitos que los estudiantes tienen que seguir con el protector facial, distanciamiento social y levado de manos.  https://youtu.be/GAbEVXldeag

     

    6.    Resume del Guía de Regreso Escolar 2020-21

    Resume del Guía de Regreso Escolar 2020-21 https://youtu.be/xvKlohNnog8

       
     

    Before School Program

    The Taylor Family YMCA is pleased to offer Before School Care onsite at Farmington Woods Elementary School.

    Before School is an entertaining and structured morning program. We provide a fun, loving staff to play and encourage your children. Before School activities are held in the cafe'. We have a cart filled with a variety of games and challenges for your children such as cards, board games, puzzles, and crafts.  We will be following the same safety protocols as the school (daily screenings, social distancing and cleaning practices). The Program runs from 7am-8:45am each morning.

    We are finalizing the details to align our program with the Plan B start of the school year. The link below will provide the most up-to-date program information.

    YMCA Before School Care

    If you have a specific question related to your child, please contact Dana Kennedy at dana.kennedy@ymcatriangle.org .

     

    After School Program

    The After School Program operates from the end of the regular school day until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Only children attending Farmington Woods IB/PYP Elementary on the 2020-21 Plan B may enroll in the program- and only for the week they are in face to face attendance at school.  

    A daily snack is provided for the students. Parents must come into the cafeteria with a photo ID to sign out their child each day. In addition to late pick up fees, students may be removed from the program for excessive late pick ups. 

    At this time, we are awaiting details about the program based on health and social distancing guidelines to know how many students can be served each week. We are also waiting on updated costs and forms from WCPSS in order to enroll students. Students will be enrolled in the program by Cohort and Cohort assignments are not expected until the beginning of August.

    We will notify families when the information is available about registration and program specifics. 

     

    Schedule Information

    Listen and view all the information presented at the Board of Education Work Session on 7-14-2020(2:45 minutes)

    Reminder both Plan B (all three weeks) and Virtual Academy are intended to be full time school. Students will be learning the same material each week no matter the format. There will be no “practice” weeks- the curriculum will move through as if we were in full time school. 

    Attendance must be taken daily due to state law for enrollment.

    Assignments will be graded.

    Work will be assigned to be completed M-F

    Most work will need to be completed each day- there may be some longer projects that are spread out over time, but Reading, Writing, Math and other critical content will need to be completed daily when not at school- Remote or Virtual Academy


    Plan B- Regular School Day in School Week; 

    Replicated during track out weeks- 5-6 hours of instruction/assignments daily 

    5 hours of live work with a teacher each of the Remote Weeks

     

    Virtual Academy

    5-6 hours of instruction/assignments daily

    2.5 hours of live time with a teacher each day (whole group, small group and individual supports for differentiation) - Live time will be during regular school instructional hours 9:15am-3:45pm

    Once we get Virtual Academy information next week we will begin to work on enrollment and developing schedules. 

    Virtual Academy Registration Ends Monday, July 20th- late registrations will only be accepted if there is space in a classroom

    Virtual Academy Open House Tonight with WCPSS Leaders 5:30pm For Questions: Log on to the live meeting: www.youtube.com/user/WakeCountySchools

     

    Remote Learning Track Out Childcare: WCPSS is working with community agencies to create “track out” child care opportunities for families who participate in Plan B and need child care during the two weeks of Remote Learning. It is the hope that agencies will be able to provide a program that includes structured time for students to complete Remote Learning tasks while in attendance. 

    I know when information is available, it will be shared with families. 

     

    Teacher Assignment

    Due to the many moving parts, teacher assignments will be made at the very end of the process in preparing for the start of the year. While I always intend to utilized your input- as many of you have provided- there may be limitations this year based on students within a cohort and students in Virtual Academy. 

    As you know, we are so fortunate to have the most amazing teachers in WCPSS at FWES and all students will be engaged and cared for no matter the teacher. 

     

    Cohort Assignment

    WCPSS will be creating cohorts of students to insure that siblings are in the same cohort K-12 and that there is room on bus routes for the maximum students on a bus. There will be no ability to change or switch cohorts once assigned. Due to having to wait on Virtual Academy Registrations to be completed and beginning with modified calendar schools- we expect to have that information for families by August 7- before if at all possible:) 

     

    More Updates next week as they become available

    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 28th for a Q and A session with me, sponsored by FWES PTA from 7:00-8:00pm Look for more information and an opportunity to submit questions through Memberhub and PTA Facebook page! 

    7-14-2020

    Important Virtual Academy Open House Session with WCPSS

    Families interested or registered for Virtual Academy are encouraged to review the information about instructional structures for Virtual Academy presented during the WCPSS Board of Education Work Session today (at the 2:07mark to review the instructional time requirements for Virtual Academy and at the 2:24 mark for an overview of the whole Virtual Academy structure, including schedules and instructional alignment). In much of the information shared thus far, some of this specific information was not captured, so families are encouraged to review this information to insure that Virtual Academy structures and daily expectations will meet your family's needs.

    The Virtual Academy is intended to mimic the regular school day- so families can expect 5-6 hours of instructional lessons daily, Monday-Friday, with about 2.5 hours of "live" instruction with and from the teacher daily- during regular school hours. Virtual Academy teachers will be working a regular school day. It is critical that families are aware that the structure of Virtual Academy will not look like Remote Learning from the Spring 2020.  

    FYI: WCPSS Virtual Academy Open House

    There will be a virtual open house featuring information about the new WCPSS Virtual Academy on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. WCPSS officials who are designing the Virtual Academy will be on hand to address questions that we have collected from families and teachers over the last several weeks. You may submit your questions via this Google form. We will address those questions that have been the most common among our community. Attend the Open House on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m.: www.youtube.com/user/WakeCountySchools. It will also be archived on our YouTube channel.

     

    7-13-2020 (Rising Kindergarten Families Only Message)

    FWES Rising Kindergarten Virtual Open House Reminder

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:30-7:30pm

     

    7-13-2020

    FWES Updates and Principal Message (30 minutes video of information listed below- sorry, it was a lot to cover:)

    FWES Updates and Information: 

    July 13 FWES Updates: 

    Happy Summer FWES Families! I hope you are staying cool! 

    Updates

    Courtyard outdoor classroom and amphitheater area is completed- beautiful space for outdoor learning! Thanks to the support of a WCPSS grant and PTA funds to close the gap in funding this project for our community

    new panels  from back

    Empty building but open on Tues and Thurs for school business- Only those with essential business will be allowed into the building- so best to call ahead- as much can be completed on line. Enrollment paperwork can also be dropped off in bin outside the building- So sorry to keep you at a distance but new procedures are in place to limit building access this summer:) We love you but want the extensive cleaning done this summer to be maintained for the start of the year. 

    Speaking of Start of the Year….

    Planning for Plan B- 

    One week with us and two weeks out

    Q&A-**Based on the information I have as of today- but it changes sometimes daily- so please understand if something here looks different next week:)

    Limited information on what a day might look like but some important points we know or expect on the “come to school weeks”

    • The Taylor YMCA will be running our before school program on our FWES campus this year and FWES will continue to operate our on campus after school program. No details about the max number of students for each program or costs have been determined- as we are waiting on guidance based on square footage in the cafeteria. These programs will be available for students when they are scheduled to attend school- not during the remote learning track out times or for Virtual Academy students. 
    • Temps taken before entering- in carpool, walkers will have a station and bus riders will have a stop, too. Parents of carpoolers and walkers will need to prepare to answer health screening questions about their child each day, too. Please plan to drive your child or walk with your child to the screening station each morning. 
    • Bus riders will require a daily signed form from a parent to board the bus and will be required to wear masks, unless they have one of the exceptions listed. 
    • Students attending school during plan B are encouraged to wear masks but as the state does not require masks for students under age 11, we cannot require a student to wear a mask when at school. All adults, unless due to one of the exceptions listed, will be wearing masks in the building when working with students or when they are in a space with other adults. 
    • Only essential visitors will be allowed in the building- so our normal practice of parents walking to classrooms will not be allowed when we start the year on Plan B. We are however, working on how we can have our kindergarten parents have an opportunity to walk students to the classroom on their first day… stay tuned for details. 
    • Halls will be one way in at arrival and one way out at dismissal so there is no crossing of paths for students (that means things left in the classroom at the end of the day must stay there until the next day)
    • We will be working to limit movement during the day where students will have to cross paths with other students. 
    • Water fountains will only be available for filling water bottles- so all students need to have a water bottle to use daily
    • School lunch will likely be prepackaged and students will likely eat in the classroom- again, no visitors for lunch at this time:( Details about how to order and get lunch to students are still being worked out
    • As our specialists will be serving students in the building, students on the rotation out of the building and our Virtual Academy students- the schedule for access to all of our specials may be different next year (for all groups of learners)
    • Students in the building will have 30 minutes of physical activity each day- but it is likely not to be the recess we have known in the past and I am awaiting direction on the use of playground equipment during the day. 
    • There will be no field trips scheduled at this time. 
    • The assignment to cohort group 1, 2 or 3 will primarily be done by WCPSS based on transportation patterns and siblings, so it is likely to be August before we have that cohort assignment available for families- yes, that’s late for me too to create classes and assign to teachers and get things ready:) 
    • 1st Two weeks of school- students in Plan B will only come two days as an orientation
      • Cohort 1 will come on both Mondays the first two weeks
      • Cohort 2 will come on both Wednesdays the first two weeks
      • Cohort 3 will come on both Fridays the first two weeks
      • The full rotation will begin the week of August 31st with Cohort 1 in school and Cohorts 2 and 3 at home. 

    Virtual Academy: 

    Q&A-**Based on the information I have as of today- but it changes sometimes daily- so please understand if something here looks different next week:)

    Limited information on what a day might look like but some important points we know or expect at Virtual Academy: 

    • Virtual Academy is part of FWES and families who choose VA for the 2020-21 school year (or semester) will maintain their school placement at FWES for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Virtual Academy will be staffed by FWES staff to the extent possible. Teachers to FWES are based on the # of students enrolled so we will need to have a “full” classroom of students to have a classroom in Virtual Academy have an FWES teacher at that grade level. It is possible that two schools in the Western Area may have to combine to serve grade levels where not enough students have enrolled in Virtual Academy to pull a full teacher position to serve them. Class size law for K-3 is presumed to remain in effect for all plans of reopening of school. We will not know until the registration process is completed what our configurations will be at FWES. 
    • To the extent possible, students will receive the FWES specials- however they may have to be adjusted due to the need for one art teacher to serve kids in person, who track out for remote and virtual academy- while I wish I could clone Mrs. Smith- she cannot be 3 places at once. 
    • Virtual Academy is intended to mimic a full school day for students. It is likely there will be daily times scheduled to be live with a teacher(s) and other activities that are video lessons where there may be some flexibility for completion- but daily tasks will need to be completed each day in order for the student to be ready for the instruction the next day. FWES virtual academy teachers will be part of the FWES grade level team and pacing and planning will be similar for all students next year. 
    • FWES instructional support staff will also be working on schedules to serve Virtual Academy students- such as Intervention, AIG, ESL, Spec Ed, etc. 

    Giant puzzle and right now we have the corner pieces and are trying to complete the edges and we’ll get to the middle when we have all the information. Thank you so much for hanging with us through the process!!!

    Updates:

    • As only essential visitors are allowed, there has not been information shared about Volunteer Registration for 2020-21- I will share when it is available. 
    • Families who nominated a student for SSA- work is being done to complete the testing process for those students during the first 10 days of school, including for those in Virtual Academy. More information will be shared when it is available. 
    • Reserve Friday, August 14 for FWES Open House/Meet the Teacher Day! We are likely to have virtual meet the teacher experiences (video tours of classrooms and teacher intro along with a live time to pop in and “see” your teacher to say hello) and a drive through station event on campus for the in person things that need to happen such as carpool tags, device pick up, checks for lunch accounts, PTA spirit wear, PTA membership, bus info, etc. Until we have more details on all of those things, we are not sure times or effective processes to complete them- but this is our “draft” version:) 

    Wow- sending my love to each of you! As I said last week- although there are more answers this week, there are many unknowns but what I do know about FWES is: 

      • FWES will do all we can to support students and families through the complicated school structures in place:) 
      • FWES will love and take care of all students
      • FWES will do all we can to maintain the integrity of our IB/PYP program for all students


    Even in two school schedules with rotations, we are still a school community family and we are so glad you are with us for this next step in our journey to fulfill the IB mission-

    To create inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people to help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect! 

    Stay cool and have a great week- I will plan another update next week from FWES but stay tuned to your email for WCPSS updates, too! 

    7-6-2020

    FWES Updates and Principal Message  (9 minute video of information listed below)

    FWES Updates:

    Happy July! 

    WCPSS District Updates

    • We are getting more information and will begin our planning processes
    • Yes, many unanswered questions, but I look forward to sharing answers when we have them:) 
    • What we do know
    • Waiting on Governor to announce plan for Public Schools- A, B or C
    • WCPSS is offering Virtual Academy as an option to all families and more information for sign up will be available July 13th- a week from today
    • WCPSS planning for B to make sure we are ready- requires more planning
    • With Plan B- there are many unknowns and need for our school families and school staff to be flexible to serve all the needs of all students
    • All teachers on a grade level will work together for consistency and curriculum alignment
    • Some teachers may be in the building and others teaching virtual academy
    • Some teachers may rotate between building and remote
    • Some grade level changes in classroom configuration may be needed to accommodate family requests for Virtual Academy
    • FWES will still love and take care of all students
    • FWES will do all we can to maintain the integrity of our IB/PYP program for all students
    • FWES will still be a community, working together toward our IB Mission- Make the world a better and more peaceful place through intercultural understanding and respect

    Thank you for being part of our school family! We hope to see you all soon on our beautiful campus! 

    Summer Office Hours- T and Th 9:00-3:30pm

    • Visitors should call the main office upon arrival (signage gives #)
    • The staff person responding to the call will find out the nature of your visit
    • Should you need to enter the building- the staff member will ask you several health screening questions before allowing entry
    • All who enter the building must:
    • Wear face coverings
    • Maintain 6ft social distancing
    • Comply with all directions and signage
    • Required documents for registration may be placed in the bin outside the front door during office hours on T and Th
    • Documents needing to be copied will be collected by staff in the front lobby
    • Only one family at a time may be in the lobby- there are also indicators on the front porch to maintain 6 ft distancing if you arrive at the same time as other families while you wait
    • Thank you for your cooperation! 

    Monitor Email and Text messaging for WCPSS updates related to the starting of the school year process and procedures and I will update you with more information as we have it determined for FWES. 

     

    6-30-2020

    Hello FWES Families! 

    Tomorrow, Governor Cooper will make an announcement about which plan should be use to begin the 2020-21 school year for all schools and students across the state (Plan A, Plan B or Plan C). In the next weeks following Governor Cooper's announcement, WCPSS will provide schools with guidance and directives and from those, the FWES will begin to make the school based decisions needed moving forward. 

    As information is available, it will be shared with families by WCPSS through the school messenger network (the way you received this information today:) and from FWES. Please stay tuned to gather the most updated information as we move forward. 

    Beginning at 5:00pm today through July 2nd- the student enrollment system will move students to their next school assignment. The School Messenger process by which our messages like this one are received is based on the Power School enrollment data- so I'd like to wish our 5th grade families well- as this will be your last FWES message for your 5th grader and let our rising kinder families know that you will begin receiving messages sent to our entire school community when the roll up is completed. 

    Note: To also receive text message alerts about messages- you must opt in here: School Messenger Registration and Opt In

    FWES End of June Updates:

    • FWES Summer Office Hours: Beginning July 7th, the FWES Office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-3:30pm. Messages may also be left at 919-460-3469. 
      • Note that face coverings are required to enter the school building
      • Due to Social Distancing and Safety needs only one family at a time may be in the front office, families will need to wait outside until the front office staff can let you in to the building. 
    • Summer Food Resources for Children Under 18 and for FamiliesThere are many places offering free meals to ALL children ages 18 and younger throughout the summer. In addition, there are many locations offering food support for families. Please review the information so that your family's needs are met through the summer! 
      • Our FWES Partner- Hope Community Church- also offers a Food Pantry to our families on Mondays from 10am-1pm and Wednesdays from 4-7pm to provide food resources to FWES families near by on Buck Jones Road. Hope Food Pantry Information

     

    6-24-2020

    Hi FWES Families!

    While we are closing out the 2019-20 school year with some in building required tasks, it is made even more clear how much we missed having you all with us for the last quarter of the school year! I hope your summer has been full of opportunities to inquire, explore and to continue being a life long learner. Take Care, Mrs. Pierce 

    FWES Updates

    FWES Student Belongings:

    At this time we have 80-90 bags of student belongings that were not picked up during our drive by times at the end of the school year. If you are interested in gathering your students' belongings, please plan to come by FWES before July 1st to pick them up. There are many bags that have yearbooks and other personal belongings that you may want to have returned to your child and your family- including several art work pieces that Mrs. Smith had had displayed in the school. 

    In addition, there are still several medications left in our health room that must be signed out by a parent. Medications not picked up by June 30th will be properly disposed of by a WCPSS School Nurse. 

    Mrs. Moore will be at the school from 9:00am-3:00pm through 3:00pm on June 30th to assist you. If you call ahead- she can put the bag on a table in the lobby and the pick up can be contact free! Please note that all individuals who enter the school must wear a face covering (even if just popping in to pick a bag up off the table). 

    Beginning July 1st- an appointment will need to be made for pick up as there will not be consistent school staff in the building for the month of July due to the district teleworking guidelines. Please call 919-460-3469 and leave a message with a phone number and your call will be returned and a time set up for you to pick up the bag when a school staff member is available. 

    Reopening Plans for 2020-21

    The WCPSS Board of Education has been working the last several weeks during work sessions to explore all options for the re-opening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. By state requirement, each district must develop a plan for each of the possible school scenarios- Plans A, B and C. To watch and learn more about the options on the table and the family and staff input used to guide thinking- you may watch the recordings of the meetings at: https://www.youtube.com/user/WakeCountySchools- grab a snack because each work session was about 3 hours long:) This link can also be used to watch WCPSS School Board meetings live when they are scheduled. 

    The WCPSS Board of Education is scheduled to approve WCPSS Plans A, B and C at the next board meeting scheduled for June 30th. 

    The Governor is scheduled to announce on July 1st which plan schools in NC should use to plan for reopening- A, B or C. As soon as that decision is made, WCPSS will begin working to communicate with schools and families and we will begin the immediate work needed at FWES to prepare for a great school year in 2020-21! 

     

     

    6-22-2020

    Kindergarten Virtual Open House Follow Up (Rising Kindergarten Families Only)

    Thank you to those who could join us on Thursday, June 18th for our 1st Virtual Open House. We were especially excited to see so many of our future students, too! Below are copies of the documents and information that was shared at the meeting, along with the questions and responses. There is another FAQ Document linked below as well- this document are common procedural questions that kindergarten families ask with the answers. Please note that these answers apply during regular school scheduling and may be much different based on the guidelines that we will be given for opening in 2020-21. 

    Remember we have another Virtual Open House scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm and all are welcome to join us again! 

    Kindergarten Virtual Open House Slide Deck

    Kindergarten Readiness Bingo Card

    Health and Immunization Requirements Note- Must be completed PRIOR to starting school! 

    FWES Specialists Summer Fun Board

    YMCA Kindergarten Readiness Camp Information

    Q & A from Virtual Open House 6-18-2020

    FWES Kindergarten FAQ Document (Scroll to the bottom of the webpage for Kindergarten Specific Information; please note- this document is for starting 2019-20, will be updated when information about 2020-21 is available)

     

    Kindergarten Waving Welcome Parade Photos- In order to keep kindergarten photos off of our public website, in the email document received with this message is the link to the photo folder from June 2, 2020. If you accessed this information through text message link, please go into your email to review the photo link. 

     

    6-16-2020  Participate in Board Advisory Council Meeting about WCPSS Re-Opening 

    Although WCPSS provided a survey and thought tool for families to provide input on the re-opening of schools, each School Board member is using their Board Advisory Council structure to get additional information, feedback and clarification to guide their decisions moving forward. 

    Our school is in District 9 and Mr. Bill Fletcher is our School Board Representative.

    His Board Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 18th from 5:30-7:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually. 

    All Board Advisory Council meetings are open to the public and if you are interested in attending and sharing your thoughts- or just listening- please use this link below to RSVP to attend this virtual meeting. 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhVtq0UuvdJ8aiH_ZD68jUG5b_y2b08J4L4hV0CB46eFVajg/viewform

     

    6-16-2020 (Incoming Kindergarten Families Only) 

    FWES Kindergarten Virtual Open House #1

    Thursday, June 18th from 6:30-7:30pm- join the Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/xag-fujy-eau 

    We look forward to meeting you all on Thursday evening! 

     

    6-12-2020

    FWES Last Morning News of 2019-2020

    Happy Last Day of school to all of our wonderful students and families! 

    Yesterday was a wonderful day to celebrate our 5th Grade IB Learners- be sure to check out the Twitter photos! 

    If you were not able to pick up your belongings, please call 919-460-3469 to set up an appointment with Mrs. Moore to come by to get them. We also will have medications for pick up until June 24, 2020. After June 24, 2020; medications not picked up will be disposed of by Ms. Fernandez our school nurse. Thanks!

    Please make sure you read each day and access the fantastic on line resources to continue to practice your skills this summer! 

    It's been a wonderful year and although we have not been able to end it the way we would have expected, we loved getting to see our students for a last visit! 

    We wish you all a wonderful, safe summer and can't wait to see you all again!!!

    With Love, Mrs. Pierce and the entire FWES Staff

     

    6-11-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Today is the day we celebrate our 5th Graders! We can’t wait to see you and to celebrate all you have accomplished. While it is not what we would normally do- make it a great celebration from your vehicle!

    We are so proud of all of you and all you have accomplished- we know the world is going to be in good hands as you leave FWES to continue to make the world a better place!

    Looking forward to seeing you between 10-11am and/or 2-3pm!

    Tomorrow is our last day of school!

     

    6-10-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Pick Up of Belongings and Medications is Completed: If you were unable to attend to pick up your child’s belonging or if your child still has medication in our main office, please call 919-460-3469 to set up a time to come by the school to pick up your items. Please note that only a few school staff work in the building in the summer and we have been asked to work from home when we can- so you will not be able to just stop by the school, you will need to call to make sure someone will be on campus to assist you. Thanks!

    5th Grade Celebration is TOMORROW!!! Two drive thru celebration parades are available for our 5th graders and families 10-11am and 2-3pm. Please come to at least one but feel free to come to both!

    5th Grade Celebration Information and Details- please read😊

     

    6-9-2020 (5th Grade Families Only)

    5th Grade Celebration Parade Information and Details! 

    We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday- either 10-11am or 2-3pm or BOTH!

    Please take time to review the document linked above for the details and important information- rain or shine! 

     

    6-9-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Wow- 5th Grade Talent Show- be sure to take a look at the amazing talent of our 5th graders! 

    Today's Pick Ups

    • 3rd Grade- 9-11am
    • 1st Grade- 1-3pm

    Next Year's School Year- The Governor shared information yesterday about structures for re-opening of schools in the fall but at this time there are no WCPSS specifics to share. Please be sure to use the link below to provide your input. We expect to get more specific information by the end of June- so for now, just enjoy this last week of the year! 

    Re-Opening of School Parent Input- All families should have received a link on Friday, June 5 to the Thought Exchange platform where your thoughts can be shared about the re-opening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. If you did not receive it, you can access it here: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#970539684  Your input is valuable and appreciated! 

    Teacher Characteristics Input for 2020-21- Please review this note in the June Newsletter (below). The information on characteristics, no names, should be emailed to Mrs. Pierce (awpierce@wcpss.net) by June 20, 2020. 

     

     

    6-5-2020 (Incoming Kindergarten Families Only)

    I will be using this School Messenger system throughout the summer to communicate with our incoming kindergarten families. Today is your first update:) 

    Please use this the link (School Messenger Registration and Opt In ) for information how to make sure you receive email AND text alerts of school information being shared- it would be great to have everyone "Opt In"

    Incoming Kindergarten Family Updates 6-5-2020

    Have a great weekend! 

     

    6-5-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    • Student Pick Up Time Changes for Monday and Tuesday!! After completing two rounds of student drive by pick up, we have determined that the three hours we estimated we would need is more time than is needed for the process. In addition, with 2 grades on both Monday and Tuesday- it would mean some staff would be outside for 6 hours each day, which is not safe. Way to go to our 5th and 2nd/ECS/Pre K teams for sticking it out this week but they helped us know that we needed to make a change moving forward. 
    • Closing of School Information for Families- updated 6-5-2020
      • Monday
        • Kindergarten AM
          • 9:00-10:00am Last Names A-L
          • 10:00-11:00am Last Names M-Z
        • 4th Grade PM
          • 1:00-2:00pm Last Names A-L
          • 2:00-3:00pm Last Names M-Z
      • Tuesday
        • 3rd Grade AM
          • 9:00-10:00am Last Names A-L
          • 10:00-11:00am Last Names M-Z
        • 1st Grade PM
          • 1:00-2:00pm Last Names A-L
          • 2:00-3:00pm Last Names M-Z 

     

    • End of Year Report Cards- Report cards will be emailed home to parents today. Please note that there are no grades recorded for Quarters 3 or 4 due to the closure of school for COVID-19 as all K-5 schools were directed by NC Department of Public Instruction. There will be no comments for Quarter 3 and rather than Quarter 4 it is Year End Comments where your child's teacher has summarized your child's learning throughout the year in all academic areas. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher and schedule a time to meet or talk next week. 

     

    • Equity and Racism Resource for Families: CNN and Sesame Street have worked together to create an hour long special tomorrow/Saturday morning at 10am for parents and children to watch together called Stand Up to Racism. Read the information at the link to learn more. 

     

    6-4-2020 (to K, 1st, 3rd and 4th Grades only)

    Hello FWES Families, 

    After completing two rounds of student drive by pick up, we have determined that the three hours we estimated we would need is much more time than is needed for the process. In addition, with 2 grades on both Monday and Tuesday- it would mean some staff assisting with the process would be outside for 6 hours each day, which is not safe in this warm weather. Way to go to our 5th and 2nd/ECS/Pre K teams for sticking it out this week but they helped us know that we needed to make a change moving forward. Please find the updated times schedules below- along with another link to the document outlining the process. 

    Thank you for your flexibility and understanding! 

    Have a great weekend! 

    • Closing of School Information for Families- updated 6-5-2020
      • Monday, June 8
        • Kindergarten AM
          • 9:00-10:00am Last Names A-L
          • 10:00-11:00am Last Names M-Z
        • 4th Grade PM
          • 1:00-2:00pm Last Names A-L
          • 2:00-3:00pm Last Names M-Z
      • Tuesday, June 9
        • 3rd Grade AM
          • 9:00-10:00am Last Names A-L
          • 10:00-11:00am Last Names M-Z
        • 1st Grade PM
          • 1:00-2:00pm Last Names A-L
          • 2:00-3:00pm Last Names M-Z 

    Note- This information will go out again tomorrow as part of the Updates that comes with the morning news, too:) Just trying to make sure we reach everyone! 

    6-4-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Tomorrow is FWES Spiritwear Day!!!

    Drive Thru Pick Up of Student Materials: 

    Today: 2nd Grade ECS and Pre K- PM 1-4pm by last name

    • 1:00-1:45 Last Names A-F
    • 1:45-2:30 Last Names G-L
    • 2:30-3:15 Last Names M-R
    • 3:15-4:00 Last Names S-Z

    No Pick up on Friday, June 5

    Report Cards: Families should receive the final report card of the year tomorrow via email. 

     

    6-3-2020 (5th Grade Only)

    Drive Thru Student Pick Up Begins today. 

    Thank you for helping us limit the number of people on campus by coming during your assigned time slot. It will also allow teachers to talk to each student and limit your wait:) 

    Process Reminder:

    • Vehicles will be asked to park beside a student desk at the front of the school upon arrival. Please remain in the vehicle at this time. 
    • Your teacher will put the student's bag of belongings on the desk and then step back to at least 6 feet away. 
    • The teacher will indicate to the student that they can then get out to get their belongings. The student will come to the desk to get their bag and leave library books to be returned on the desk. While at the desk, many teachers have indicated they will be taking pictures or selfies with students- so bring your smile, too! 
    • If you have a note or card for your teacher to thank them for a great year, you may leave it on the desk for them. 

    Notes-

    • Between each student visit, all desks will be wiped with clorox wipes
    • If several students from the same class were to arrive at the same time, your patience is appreciated as the teacher will want to see each student and cannot be at three desks at one time! 
    • If you have medication to pick up- after going through the Drive Thru- please drive around and park in the lower parking lot by the playground and go up the ramp to enter the building to pick up medication. Face coverings are required to enter the building. 
    • The playground is closed. Please do not let students or siblings play on the playground. 

    5th Grade Student Belongings Drive Thru Pick Up 1:00-4:00 by last name- We can't wait to see you!!

    • 1:00-1:45 Last Names A-F
    • 1:45-2:30 Last Names G-L
    • 2:30-3:15 Last Names M-R
    • 3:15-4:00 Last Names S-Z

    Don't forget that we want to see our 5th Graders again next week on June 11th for our Celebration Drive Thru! Thursday, June 11th from 10-11am or 2-3pm- come to one or both, just come see us to celebrate your success! 

     

    6-3-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Spirit Week Continues- Thursday is Tropical Thursday and Friday is FWES Spirit Day! 

    Drive Thru Student Pick Up Begins today: 

    5th Grade Student Belongings Drive Thru Pick Up 1:00-4:00 by last name- We can't wait to see you!!

    • 1:00-1:45 Last Names A-F
    • 1:45-2:30 Last Names G-L
    • 2:30-3:15 Last Names M-R
    • 3:15-4:00 Last Names S-Z

    Bring Library Books

    If you have a card or note for your teacher, you can leave it for them during the pick up:) 

    After Drive Thru- drive and park in bus lot and enter at the bus lot doors (up the ramp) to come in to pick up medication in the front office- face covering required to enter building. 

    Upcoming Drive Thru Pick Ups: 

    Thursday, June 4- 2nd Grade, ECS and Pre K from 1:00-4:00pm 

    Monday, June 8- Kindergarten 8:30-11:30am; 4th Grade 1:00-4:00pm

    Tuesday, June 9-3rd Grade 8:30-11:30am; 1st Grade 1:00-4:00pm

     

     

    6-2-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    Last Virtual Picnic Lunch with Mrs. Pierce for 4th/5th graders is today! Must use your Wake ID Portal to join the Google Meet

    Tuesday, June 2nd 11:30am 4th and 5th Graders

    Last Day to Claim your Lost and Found! 

    • Claim Your Lost and FoundWatch the short (less than 2 minute) video linked here and if you see something that belongs to you- please call the FWES Office and let us know the # of the item or description if not a jacket, your student's name and their teacher. If we have all three pieces of information, we will put the item into their belongings bag for pick up. Please claim items by June 2nd for pick up. Items remaining in lost and found after the June 9th pick up will be donated to Dorcas Crisis center, one of our community partners. Thank you! 

    WCPSS Message about Racial Equity- Read WCPSS message here and consider how it aligns with our school's IB Mission that includes "creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect". Sending love and peace to all of our FWES Family! 

    Last Day to Buy a Yearbookhttp://www.tinyurl.com/2020fwesyearbook

    Wednesday FWES Events

    • Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day- Wacky Hair or Hats
    • 5th Grade Drive By Pick Up- See your Teacher and get your "stuff" including your IB Portfolio! 
      • Bring Library Books to Return, please 
      • 1:00-1:45 Last Names A-F
      • 1:45-2:30 Last Names G-L
      • 2:30-3:15 Last Names M-R
      • 3:15-4:00 Last Names S-Z

     

    6-1-2020

    FWES Waving Welcome Parade for Rising Kindergartners! Tuesday, June 2nd 4-5pm

    Additional Information for Families: 

    FWES Waving Welcome Parade Invitation

    Driving Directions for Kinder Waving Welcome Parade

    Mrs. Pierce, principal, Welcome Video and explanation of driving directions

    We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! 

     

    5-29-2020  FWES Closing Out of 2019-20 Information for Families

    Hi FWES Families!

    While this is not the way we had hoped to experience the last quarter of the school year together, we are approaching the end of the 2019-20 school year together. Our school has worked to create opportunities for closure and some real- in person- seeing of teachers and staff while also creating a safe social distancing environment for all involved. 

    You will find information below related to:

    • Picking Up Student Belongings- pick up begins June 3rd by grade level- so please review and mark on your calendar 
    • Picking Up Student Medications stored at the school 
    • Returning Library books you have at your home
    • Returning technology (only IF YOU ARE NOT going to a WCPSS school next year)
    • Identifying and Claiming Lost and Found Items on the FWES Campus
    • Celebrating our 5th Graders as they move on to middle school next year! 
    • Report Cards for Year End

    Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you all from at least 6 feet away as we celebrate our FWES Family and the hard work we did TOGETHER to make the most unusual school year in the books- another great one at FWES! 

    With Love, Mrs. Pierce

    Student Pick up and Return Procedures; Report Cards, Tech, Library Books and 5th Grade Celebration (all info is in the presentation document) 

    Claim Your Lost and FoundWatch the short (less than 2 minute) video linked here and if you see something that belongs to you- please call the FWES Office and let us know the # of the item or description if not a jacket, your student's name and their teacher. If we have all three pieces of information, we will put the item into their belongings bag for pick up. Please claim items by June 2nd for pick up. Items remaining in lost and found after the June 9th pick up will be donated to Dorcas Crisis center, one of our community partners. Thank you! 

     

    5-29-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Student Pick up Procedures 

    Thank you for your cooperation with the schedule and procedures that are outlined in these documents to maintain the safety of all students, families and staff involved! 

    Mrs. Pierce's Virtual Picnic Lunches- Last of the year! 

    • Important Student Safety Note- Students MUST log in through their Wake ID Portal to attend- no one outside of WCPSS will be allowed to join the lunches (including parent Google accounts). Thank you for your cooperation!  
    • FWES Rescue Dog Slide Deck 2020
    • Claim Your Lost and FoundWatch the short (less than 2 minute) video linked here and if you see something that belongs to you- please call the FWES Office and let us know the # of the item or description if not a jacket, your student's name and their teacher. If we have all three pieces of information, we will put the item into their belongings bag for pick up. Please claim items by June 2nd for pick up. Items remaining in lost and found after the June 9th pick up will be donated to Dorcas Crisis center, one of our community partners. Thank you! 

    • WCPSS Bus Rider RegistrationPlease visit the WCPSS link to register your child to receive bus service in the 2020-21 school year. 
    • Pre K enrollment until June 5th

      FYI: Pre-K Title I Application deadline extended to June 5

      Due to school closures and stay-at-home orders, we’ve extended the deadline for families to apply for Title I Pre-Kindergarten to June 5. Our free preschool program prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. In order to qualify, children must be four years old on or before August 31, submit a completed application, and attend a pre-scheduled screening event to determine need. For more information and to apply, visit wcpss.net/prekenrollment.

     

    5-28-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    • Mrs. Pierce's Virtual Picnic Lunches- Last of the year! 
    • Claim Your Lost and FoundWatch the short (less than 2 minute) video linked here and if you see something that belongs to you- please call the FWES Office and let us know the # of the item or description if not a jacket, your student's name and their teacher. If we have all three pieces of information, we will put the item into their belongings bag for pick up. Please claim items by June 2nd for pick up. Items remaining in lost and found after the June 9th pick up will be donated to Dorcas Crisis center, one of our community partners. Thank you! 

    • WCPSS Bus Rider RegistrationPlease visit the WCPSS link to register your child to receive bus service in the 2020-21 school year. 
    • Pre K enrollment until June 5th

      FYI: Pre-K Title I Application deadline extended to June 5

      Due to school closures and stay-at-home orders, we’ve extended the deadline for families to apply for Title I Pre-Kindergarten to June 5. Our free preschool program prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. In order to qualify, children must be four years old on or before August 31, submit a completed application, and attend a pre-scheduled screening event to determine need. For more information and to apply, visit wcpss.net/prekenrollment.

     

     

    5-27-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    • Claim Your Lost and FoundWatch the short (less than 2 minute) video linked here and if you see something that belongs to you- please call the FWES Office and let us know the # of the item or description if not a jacket, your student's name and their teacher. If we have all three pieces of information, we will put the item into their belongings bag for pick up. Please claim items by June 2nd for pick up. Items remaining in lost and found after the June 9th pick up will be donated to Dorcas Crisis center, one of our community partners. Thank you! 

    • WCPSS Bus Rider RegistrationPlease visit the WCPSS link to register your child to receive bus service in the 2020-21 school year. 
    • Pre K enrollment until June 5th

      FYI: Pre-K Title I Application deadline extended to June 5

      Due to school closures and stay-at-home orders, we’ve extended the deadline for families to apply for Title I Pre-Kindergarten to June 5. Our free preschool program prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. In order to qualify, children must be four years old on or before August 31, submit a completed application, and attend a pre-scheduled screening event to determine need. For more information and to apply, visit wcpss.net/prekenrollment.

     

    • Live Q & A with FWES PTA and Mrs. Pierce Tonight at 7pm

     

    5-22-2020 (Rising Kindergarten Family Message)

    Please find an invitation to our Rising Kindergartner welcome event linked below. While we are sad that cannot welcome you all in person on our campus- we are excited that you will be part of the Farmington Woods Community for the 2020-21 school year! 

    This email/text format, known as School Messenger, will be used throughout the summer to communicate with you about our school. Information from School Messenger is also posted on our school's website in the Parent Section- Parent Communication- School Messenger. 

    Look for more information to come on June 1st that will include a map of entering and exiting our carpool loop and additional dates for our planned Virtual Open Houses to provide your family with information about entering kindergarten next year. At this time, there are still many unanswered questions and as we progress through the summer, we will hopefully have more answers. 

    Please feel to reach out to our team if you have questions- however, we are currently closing out our current school year and may not be able to respond until after June 15th. Thank you for your cooperation!

    We hope we'll see you drive thru on June 2nd! 

    Kindergarten Waving Welcome Parade Invitation 

    Yours,

    Winston Pierce, Principal- awpierce@wcpss.net

    Mark Beamish, Assistant Principal- mbeamish@wcpss.net

    Rosanne Nagy, Student Data Manager (Enrollment and records for entering K)- rnagy@wcpss.net

    Anna Goodrum, Magnet Coordinator- agoodrum@wcpss.net

    Elizabeth Plotkin, Instructional Facilitator (Curriculum)- eplotkin@wcpss.net

     

    5-22-2020

    Happy Friday! 

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    • Today is: Virtual Field Day
      • Virtual Field Day Supply List- things to start to get ready
      • Mr. Eller Intro Video- Mr. Eller explains where you will find the details on Friday morning to the fun and a way to keep track of the activities your family members do! 
      • #FWESVirtualFieldDay- Please share photos with your teachers, Mr. Eller, Mr. Beamish and Mrs. Pierce so we can tweet out the fun all through the day! 
    • Rescue Dog Slide Deck- add a slide and share your rescue dog with us in Honor of Rescue Dog Day on May 20th
    • Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend! Monday is a holiday to honor those veterans who lost their lives helping to protect our freedoms. 
    • Yearbooks (if you did not already order one) orders are due by MONDAY, May 25thhttp://www.tinyurl.com/2020fwesyearbook

     

    5-21-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates and Reminders: 

    • Virtual Field Day, Friday, May 22nd
      • Virtual Field Day Supply List- things to start to get ready
      • Mr. Eller Intro Video- Mr. Eller explains where you will find the details on Friday morning to the fun and a way to keep track of the activities your family members do! 
      • #FWESVirtualFieldDay- Please share photos with your teachers, Mr. Eller, Mr. Beamish and Mrs. Pierce so we can tweet out the fun all through the day! 
    • 5th Grade Virtual Talent Show- start practicing for those videos
    • Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day Holiday- No School
    • Yearbooks (if you did not already order one) orders are due by May 25th: http://www.tinyurl.com/2020fwesyearbook

    5-20-2020

    FWES Morning News

    • Yearbooks (if you did not already order one) orders are due by May 25th: http://www.tinyurl.com/2020fwesyearbook
    • 5th Graders can start practicing for the Talent Show
    • Virtual Field Day Friday- start gathering the supplies you'll need so you are ready! 

    5-19-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Thank you for your cooperation with the schedule and procedures that are outlined in these documents to maintain the safety of all students, families and staff involved! 

    Yearbooks Available for purchase here: http://www.tinyurl.com/2020fwesyearbook  thru May 28th or until sold out- whichever comes first! Will be included when student belongings are picked up at FWES. 

    5-15-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    • Today is the last day for Before/After School Refund responses! 
    • Information will go out Monday about school access to close out the school year. 
    • Have a great weekend! 

    5-14-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    • Please respond for Before/After School Refunds by Friday, May 15th to be processed this year! 
    • Information is coming out on Monday about when students can access their classroom to get items remaining in the building. WCPSS issued guidelines to principals yesterday and we are working on a plan to share with families that incorporates appropriate safety measures. 
    • Mark Calendar for May 22nd for Virtual Field Day! 

    5-13-2020

    FWES Morning News

    Don't forget to respond to the email about Before/After School Refunds if it applies to your family. Responses are due no later than Friday, May 15th in order to be processed this fiscal year! 

    5-12-2020

    FWES Morning News

    No Updates to report today- Have a great Tuesday! 

     

    5-8-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Last day for Teacher Appreciation- Feel Good Friday!!! Make our awesome staff feel good today!

    Remote Learning Updates:

    Additional information will be shared with families on Monday from WCPSS and from FWES about Remote Learning and several updates. While there are not answers to many of your questions, we are continuing to move forward with the school year and beginning to plan for the start of next year. Tune back in on Monday and check email for the updates! 

    Happy Mother's Day to the moms and all adults who take care of our wonderful FWES students! 

    mothers day

    5-7-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    • Send a Card/Note- Today
    • Feel Good Friday- Tomorrow- make your FWES Staff supporters feel good- your choice! 

    From NC General Assembly Bills and WCPSS

    • General Assembly added 5 days to school calendar next year- Students will start school on August 17th instead of August 24th- mark your calendars! 
      • There may be some new structures to return to at school in order to create a safe space for everyone- we just don't know what that might be yet. 
    • WCPSS is creating a plan for end of year report cards noting they will go home before the last day of school so families can ask questions if they have them- more info soon.
    • WCPSS is working on a plan, when the state allows, for how students and staff may return to campus to turn in items or retrieve items from the classrooms- of course, as soon as it is available, it will be shared:) 

    Thank you so much for your flexibility! It is very challenging to all of us to still have so many unknowns and have no answers to our questions, but what we do know is that our FWES Community is awesome and will continue to support learning for students and connections between the school and the PTA and our families the best we can! #WeLoveFWES 

    5-6-2020

    On behalf of a PTA 5th Grade Parent Volunteer- please see below: 

    Hello  5th grade parents,

    I know that many of our children are disappointed that they will not be returning to the classroom at FWES, to finish up their 5th grade year, before moving on to exciting middle school!! I thought it would be nice to celebrate their final year at Farmington Woods, and a great way to remember their classmates, with a t-shirt, with all student names on the back.

    The site is up and running, and will be taking orders until May 11th.   https://www.customink.com/g/ukr0-00c6-uqfg    

    Once the site closes on May 11th, all orders will be sent directly to your home.  The cost of the shirt, with shipping to your home and tax is $17.32.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, lvomsw@nc.rr.com

    Also, there are a few yearbooks left, if you have not ordered.  They are being printed as we speak, and will be delivered on time.  Once delivered, Mrs. Pierce and I will figure out a safe distribution plan!

    Thank you so much to everyone, definitely not how I thought we would end our time at FWES,  please stay safe!

    Thank you!

    Lauri


    5-6-2020

    FWES Morning News

    Updates: 

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    • Wonderful Wednesday- Today
    • Send a Card/Note- Tomorrow

     

    5-5-2020

    FWES Morning News

    Updates:

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    • Thoughtful Tuesday- Today
    • Wonderful Wednesday- Tomorrow

    Action Wednesday is tomorrow- if your student has taken action- please submit information here before 6pm today so we can recognize them on the FWES Morning News

     

    5-3-2020

    In my career, I have never worked with a more dedicated group of education professionals, than the staff at Farmington Woods Elementary. I am blessed each day to get to work with our staff as we collaborate and continue to learn and grow in order to support our students best! 

    Please know that being away from our school and from OUR STUDENTS has been very hard on everyone, as no educator planned to be a Virtual Teacher:) As much as our staff are balancing at home with their own families that include many K-12 students, there has never been a day when they were not committed to creating meaningful Remote Learning for their students. I work hard to thank them every chance I get, but I would love your help to show them just how much they are truly appreciated by our students and families. 

    Some ideas are outlined at the link below- but please feel free to take your own creative journey in reaching out to our FWES Staff. 

    Thank you so much! Winston Pierce, principal

    Virtual FWES Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020

    Please take time to show your appreciation to the amazing staff at FWES during this week of Virtual Appreciation! Ideas are included at the link above, but please use your own creativity throughout the week, to show your appreciation. Please don't forget our wonderful IAs, Specialists and Special Area staff, too! 

    Please use #WCPSSThankATeacher and #WeLoveFWES to highlight your appreciation for FWES staff on Social Media. 

    4-30-2020

    FWES Staff want all students ready for next year, and to be ready, they must continue to learn and we need families as our partners to make it happen! As our FWES Community continues working together to create an effective Remote Learning environment for students and families, your feedback is very important to us. 

    Teams reviewed all of the 162 responses to our 1st survey (that is a great response rate- thanks!) and have been working to make changes as they can based on our family feedback. We cannot know if the adjustments are supporting more effective learning for your student without continuing to gather feedback. 

    Please take a few minutes (this survey is shorter than the last one:) to give us some updated feedback on your Remote Learning experience, for your student and for your family. Your input and voice is important to us and within the requirements defined by the NC Department of Instruction and WCPSS, we want to partner with you to create the best learning environment possible in these circumstances. 

    Remote Learning Family Feedback Survey April 30th   The survey will remain open through Monday, May 4th. 

    Stay dry today and have a great weekend! 

     

    4-30-2020

    FWES Morning News (long one but note the last 16 minutes is also linked separately below if you don't have time to watch:) 

    FWES, We miss you! - Watch the FWES Staff share their feelings for our wonderful students! 

    FWES Updates: 

    • Today is the last day of the On-Line Book Fair
    • Next Week is Teacher Appreciation Week- please show the amazing staff at FWES some Love!
    • Field Trip Refund Checks have been processed and are being mailed- watch your mailbox!
    • School Calendar has Remote Learning continuuing through June 12th. Please partner with us to make sure your child does not miss out on 12 weeks of learning plus the additional 11 weeks of the summer- that's almost HALF A YEAR! FWES wants all students to be ready for the next grade and with parents as partners for the 2 hours of learning a day- our students will be ready. 
      • If you need help- please reach out any day from 10-11am to our Counselors to help with: 
        • Creating a schedule at home
        • Helping with strategies to keep your child focused for learning
        • Support for anxiety
        • Finding balance in your home/family 
        • Creating more independence in your child
        • And any other support you may need!!!! 
    • Friday, May 1st is a Teacher Workday- no Google Meets for students

    Have a great long weekend! 

     

    4-30-2020 (5th Grade Families Only)

    Our school and the 5th Grade Team is working to create opportunities in these last 6 weeks for our 5th Graders to feel special and have special events in our Remote Learning World. We will share more details when they are available through the Google Classrooms and 5th Grade Teachers. 

    Thank you to 5th Grade Parent Lauri Van Oostrum Reed for designing and coordinating the sale of a 5th Grade T-Shirt for the 2019-20 school year. Something students may want to have to wear during the special events being planned:) 

    See her letter below. All questions about T-Shirts should be directed to Lauri. Thank you! 

    Yours,

    Winston Pierce, Principal

    Dear 5th grade parents,

    I know that many of our children are disappointed that they will not be returning to the classroom at FWES, to finish up their 5th grade year, before moving on to exciting middle school!! I thought it would be nice to celebrate their final year at Farmington Woods, and a great way to remember their classmates, with a t-shirt, with all student names on the back. 

    The cost of the shirt, with shipping is $17.32, a little more than I was hoping, but in order for me to be able to have them shipped to everyone’s house individually, and not being able to pre-order and know how many people would order, this is what the cost came was from Custom Ink.  If you know that you want to order, and want to send me an email, by May 1stlvomsw@nc.rr.com,  if I can guarantee them an order of 50-60 shirts, the price will come down a little bit.

    Again, I know that this will not replace the time with their friends, and the fun that they were looking forward to at the end of their time at FWES, but hopefully, it is something that will put a smile on their face during these crazy times!!

    https://www.customink.com/g/ukr0-00c6-uqfg

    Stay safe and be well!!

    Lauri Van Oostrum-Reed

    4-29-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Be sure to share when you take Action so we can share it on Action Wednesdays!

    OnLine Book Fair closes tomorrow- April 30th

    Information about School Pictures has been emailed to families

     

    4-28-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    Thinkers see a problem and work to think of a solution- video shows how a ball was created out of trash so children could play ball in the Republic of the Congo:) How can you think about taking action? 

    Kindergarten Picnic today has a few more spots- sign up here

    Outdoor Classroom Area Project Progress

     

     

    4-27-2020

    FWES Morning News and Monday Folder

     

    4-24-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    • Family Marathon: Finish out your 26.2 miles and create your Flip Grid Celebration Video to share! 
    • Book Voting- in specialists Google Classroom
      • Championship Round- 3rd-5th vote today by 5pm
      • NC Book Award- K-2 vote today! 
    • Thanks to our awesome families! Remote Learning Rates from Week 1: 
      • About 90% of students at FWES participated in at least one Google Meet Session with their teacher
      • About 55% of students completed 100% of their assignments in Week 1
      • About 79% of students completed between half and 100% of their assignments in Week 1

    Have a great Weekend! 

     

    4-23-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates: 

    • Earth Day- Please take action to make the earth a better place and tell us about it here so we can share your action on Action Wednesdays on the FWES Morning News! 
    • Family Marathon ends tomorrow- finish up your 26.2 miles and make your Celebration Flip Grid video! 
    • Spring Picture info coming in an email- be on the look out! 

    Last week about 78% of our FWES students were able to complete at least 1/2 of the assignments from teachers. We are hoping to see that number grow this week! Thank you for working to complete as many assignments as you can before Monday, when new assignments are posted! 

    Note for Families: Governor Cooper has a press conference at 3pm today to discuss many items related to the COVID-19 Crisis- including schools. We will all stay tuned to learn more about our next steps. 

    4-22-2020

    FWES Morning News

    • Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week- Please reach out to show appreciation to Mrs. Farr, Mrs. Nagy and Mrs. Moore for all they do in our front office to support everyone in our school community! 
    • On Line Book Fair is open through April 30th
    • Family Marathon is Friday! Keep logging those miles. Where did the name Marathon come from?
    • Mrs. Pierce's Virtual Picnics- Sign Up Here
    • Remote Learning Support for Parents- Ms. Thakur is offering office hours this week for parents for help with creating a schedule, setting up a learning environment and other things that you may need to effectively engage your child in remote learning.
      • Email Ms. Thakur to set up an appointment- Wednesday from 11-12 or Thursday from 2-3

    4-21-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates:

    • Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week- Please reach out to show appreciation to Mrs. Farr, Mrs. Nagy and Mrs. Moore for all they do in our front office to support everyone in our school community! 
    • On Line Book Fair is open through April 30th
    • Family Marathon is Friday! Keep logging those miles
    • Remote Learning Support for Parents- Ms. Thakur is offering office hours this week for parents for help with creating a schedule, setting up a learning environment and other things that you may need to effectively engage your child in remote learning.
      • Email Ms. Thakur to set up an appointment- Wednesday from 11-12 or Thursday from 2-3
    • Mrs. Pierce's Virtual Picnics- Sign Up Here
    • Spring Pictures- Contact will be made with each family to share an individual code to log in to view your proofs and order pictures. It will take about a week to contact each family individually, but if you need the information before you are contacted, please call 919-460-3469 and leave a message. Mrs. Moore will assist in getting you the number you need. 
      • Proofs and Order information can be found at: Strawbridge.net
      • 1)     Go to Strawbridge.net

        2)     Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks

        3)     Enter in your unique code where it says (your unique code will be emailed to you from an FWES Staff Member in the next week)

        4)     Complete the step by step instructions to complete your order.

     

    4-20-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates from today's news can be found in our Monday Folder 4-20-2020

     

    4-17-2020- Happy Friday!

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates

    Congratulations- you made it to the end week 1 of Remote Learning!!!! Time to celebrate this weekend! Thank you to all of our families and our students for getting involved and helping insure that learning continues at the level we expect from our IB Learners:) If this week was a challenge, just keep working at it- we'll try again next week! 

    Please give us some feedback so we can work with you to best meet the needs of our students: 

    FWES Remote Learning Family Feedback -please complete no later than Monday, April 20th. Thank you!

     

    FWES Spirit Day and Remote Learning photos- don't forget to send them to Mrs. Pierce (awpierce@wcpss.net) or tweet them and tag us @fwesibpyp

     

    Vote for March Book Madness by 5pm today! 

     

    Online FWES Book Fair is now open!!!

    Online FWES Book Fair! Great way to add some new reading material to your home library collection and maintain social distancing- books ordered will be shipped to your house!!

    Check out the options here: Online FWES Book Fair  (note- link on this flyer does not work- use link below)

    Link for ordering will be live tomorrow, April 17th thru April 30th   https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/farmingtonwoods   

     
     
    4-16-2020
     

    FWES Morning News 

    FWES Updates

    Thanks to families for your support and work with students on Remote Learning activities at home. We are all new at this process, so please be flexible with yourself and your student- as our teachers are new at this too- and we know everyone is doing their best each day!:)

    Mr. Beamish Go for the GOLD Remote Learning Video

    FWES Spiritwear Tomorrow- put on those FWES shirts and send Mrs. Pierce (awpierce@wcpss.net) some pictures of our students engaging in Remote Learning and celebrating our FWES community! She would love to Tweet out all of the amazing work our students are doing! 

    Online FWES Book Fair! Great way to add some new reading material to your home library collection and maintain social distancing- books ordered will be shipped to your house!!

    Check out the options here: Online FWES Book Fair  (note- link on this flyer does not work- use link below)

    Link for ordering will be live tomorrow, April 17th thru April 30th   https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/farmingtonwoods   

     
     
    4-15-2020

    FWES Morning News

    FWES Updates

    P2- Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others- take action today to think about how you can show appreciation for the good work of our healthcare workers!

    Confucius Classroom Essay Contest- In the North Carolina contest for 3rd-5th graders- Farmington Woods has 2 winners!!

                  Congratulations to 1st Place Winner Catherine I.

                  Congratulations to 2nd Place Winner Buvan P.

    Way to go to these Global Citizens!

    *If you have been contacted by the school to pick up a Device this week to access on line learning- check your email for details on when to come pick up that Device.

    *If you do not yet have internet- Hot Spots are coming in the next week or two- thank you for your patience! Once Hot Spots are available, devices will be distributed to those families, too!

     
    4-14-2020
     
    FWES Updates:
     
    Family Support for Remote Learning:
    • If you borrowed a Chromebook- the yellow sheet inside has a lot of the information you will need with how to get tech assistance, but if you need more help- use this link to request assistance and someone from WCPSS will be in touch to help: WCPSS Technology Support for Remote Learning
    • If your family wants additional resources- check our UNC-TV programming. Many programs designed for K-5 students with direct connections to curriculum content: UNC-TV Educational Programming

    Remote Learning Expectations Presentation-

    Remote Learning Presentation with Mrs. Pierce's Video (9 min) 

     
     
    4-13-2020
     
    FWES Updates:
    • Day 1 of Remote Learning- Check out schedule information sent on Saturday in the Monday Folder 
      • Students have about 2 hours of work to complete on their own each day- in Google Classroom or See Saw
    • Media Specialist Appreciation Week! Thank you Mrs. Grice for all you do to support IB/PYP and all of our students' learning! 
    • Reminder if you need lunch and breakfast- food sites are open 11am-1pm daily! Meal and Food Resources for FWES Families  Comida y recursos alimenticios-- See below.....

    IMPORTANT UPDATE- Due to Severe Weather- No Lunch Pick Up will be available on Monday, April 13th!!!

     

    4-3-2020
    Device Distribution Information- IMPORTANT

    This message is Only for families who indicated to your teacher that you need a device at home for your student to access remote learning. *Spring Break is next week so any additional needs for devices after receiving this message may have to be delayed until the week of April 13th. Please contact your child's teacher. 

    If you shared with your child's teacher that your child needs a device to access Remote Learning, you should have received an email/Dojo message or phone call today. It is CRITICAL that you respond to that message AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

    Note- Students who need a device AND internet are not being contacted at this time. That contact will occur at a later date once provisions for internet service are established. This 1st distribution is ONLY for students who already have internet at home but just need a device to complete remote learning assignments. 

    If you have not had a conversation with your child's teacher- please reach out to them as soon as possible, and we will be following up the week of April 13th. 

     
     
    FWES Morning News Broadcast and Updates
     
     
    FWES Updates
    • Oops! Mrs. Pierce had received information about paper packets being available at the lunch distribution sites yesterday, but apparently they were not ready and not available. I apologize and as soon as I get the updated information, will let you know. 
    • If your family told your teacher that you needed a device to be able to access remote learning that is being planned, we are HOPING to have a pick up day some time next week- April 6-9. As soon as we can confirm the date and process, we will be reaching out to those families. 
      • Although it is Spring Break, please continue to check email and phone messages so you do not miss this important event. 
    • Food Needs Updates:
      • Reminder- Hope Church on Buck Jones Road will be open from 12-3pm today to distribute food for weekend needs. 
      • School lunch pick up sites will remain open next week April 6-10th for lunch pick up! 
    • Check Google Classroom or See Saw for some practice learning from your teacher. Thanks for logging in today or tomorrow so your teacher can make sure you know how to access the assignments and you are ready for after spring break. 
      • Parents- Make sure your student is logged in through Wake ID Portal to access all learning resources. 
    • March Book Madness Voting ends today at 5pm. 

    Have a wonderful Spring Break next week, while we'd rather have you at school we are excited to start this new adventure and learning for everyone when we begin Remote Learning on April 13th. Make a note that due to the Remote Learning Schedule- the FWES News will be delivered and active each morning at 8:15am starting April 13th! 

    Stay safe and have fun! 

     
     
    FWES Updates
    • Check Google Classroom or See Saw for some practice learning from your teacher. Thanks for logging in today or tomorrow so your teacher can make sure you know how to access the assignments and you are ready for after spring break. 
      • Parents- Make sure your student is logged in through Wake ID Portal to access all learning resources. 
    • March Book Madness Voting ends tomorrow at 5pm. 
     
      
    Happy April 1st! 
    FWES Updates
    • Medication Pick Up- Mrs. Pierce will be at school today on April 1st from 12:00-3:00pm for Medication Pick Up Only. Please note that due to social distancing only one family (one person is the district guidance) will be allowed building access at a time and your patience will be needed. Due to the lack of personnel available, no other items will be able to be retrieved from the building at this time. Thank you for understanding. 
    • Call the School if you have not heard from your teacher!! While we are not there, we are regularly checking messages- so please call the school if you have not heard from your teacher to get check in information and to know if you need a device and/or internet access to learning. FWES 919-460-3469
    • Get Text Messages- If you get email messaged from WCPSS and FWES but would like to also get that information via text message- please text- YES to 67587 to allow your phone to receive text messages from WCPSS and FWES. Sometimes it is easier to get to a text message to get info than checking email:) During this time when schools are closed, we want to make sure families are able to get the information they need! 
    • Student Practice Assignments- Please note that ALL teachers are putting some practice work out in Google Classroom or See Saw (K only) for students. We are using these to make sure students know how and are accessing tools that will be available to them after Spring Break. Thank you for making sure your student checks in on that today or tomorrow so the teacher knows your child is going to be ready for Remote Learning:) 
      • Students access all assignments by logging in to their Wake ID Portal
    • Art to Remember- If you did not order Art to Remember on paper, you may visit the website to order items made of your students' artwork: https://arttoremember.com/school/x9hyya
    • Friday Food Distribution- Our community partner Hope Church will be offering a Friday Food Distribution Pick up for families from 12:00-3:00pm for those families who need to have food to cover weekend needs. They are located at 821 Buck Jones Road, Cary, NC. 
     
    3-31-2020   Updates in Monday Folder 
     
     
    3-30-2020 Videos Only WITH Sound:) 
     
    Updates will be in the Monday Folder that will go out later today. 
     
     
    Happy Friday!
    March 27 Updates
    • Last Day for Single Subject Acceleration Nomination forms- Due by 3:45pm!!! Check for more info here: AIG
    • Get Text Messages- If you get email messaged from WCPSS and FWES but would like to also get that information via text message- please text- YES to 67587 to allow your phone to receive text messages from WCPSS and FWES. Sometimes it is easier to get to a text message to get info than checking email:) During this time when schools are closed, we want to make sure families are able to get the information they need! 
    • Spring Break Visit Ideas- Use the form below to share a location that you think would be a good place to visit for Spring Break. Five entries will be selected to become the background for the FWES Morning News next week to help us all get ready for Spring Break- April 6-10! 

      Spring Break Location Ideas

    • Website Updated Info- Links to the FWES Morning News and the FWES Instructional Resources have been moved to the FWES Homepage so they are easier to find for families and students!

      • Updates yesterday include ESL and Student Support Services Resources for students and families- check them out! 
    • Teacher Contact with Families- Teachers are working to contact each student/family to check on you and find out any device and internet needs you may have to access Remote Learning resources. Please answer or return calls so we can support our students' access to learning as we are away from school! 
    • Immediate Needs? If your family has immediate needs such as food, clothing or other needs- please contact Leah Frahm, school social worker, Jennifer Thakur and/or Sam Woodrum, school counselors so they can assist your family. 

      • Leah Fram, lcfrahm@wcpss.net or call/text 919-443-5763
      • Jennifer Thakur, jthakur@wcpss.net or call/text 919-257-7175
      • Sam Woodrum, swoodrum2@wcpss.net

       

    • We Miss You All! FWES Staff are working hard and getting things ready for the shift to Remote Learning the week of April 13th, however, it is just not the same without you and being together in our building. Thank you for choosing to participate in the Classroom Google Meets and other events that will help our students and teachers stay connected while we practice social distancing! We look forward to seeing you all soon! 

     

    3-26-2020

    March 26 Updates

    • Immediate Needs? If your family has immediate needs such as food, clothing or other needs- please contact Leah Frahm, school social worker, Jennifer Thakur and/or Sam Woodrum, school counselors so they can assist your family. 
      • Leah Fram, lcfrahm@wcpss.net or call/text 919-443-5763
      • Jennifer Thakur, jthakur@wcpss.net or call/text 919-257-7175
      • Sam Woodrum, swoodrum2@wcpss.net
    • Single Subject Acceleration Nominations: Nominations are TOMORROW Friday, March 27th at 3:45pm and can be emailed. See AIG link in Monday Folder March 23, 2020. 
    • Teacher Phone Calls: Checking in on families, please take time to chat.
    • Tomorrow PTA Spirit Day- FWES Spiritwear Dance Party!  

     

    3-25-2020 

    March 25 Updates

    • Single Subject Acceleration Nominations: Nominations are due by Friday, March 27th at 3:45pm and can be emailed. See AIG link in Monday Folder March 23, 2020. 
    • Teacher Phone Calls: Teachers will be contacting families to check in on you. They will also be gathering additional information related to your family's access to internet and a device- so that help can be provided to insure students can access learning resources
    • Remote Learning and Assignments: Starting the week of April 13th, students will begin getting assignments from teachers that will include new learning. Students will need to complete assignments and will be having contact and feedback from teachers. More information was emailed to families last night and more info will be coming, too. 
    • Spring Break is still intact- April 6-10! 
    • Tomorrow is PTA Spirit Day- share your favorite food! 
     
     
     
    March 16 Updates
     
    Good Afternoon FWES Families! 
     
    WCPSS and FWES continue to work through this current global crisis with a focus on maintaining the health and well-being of the global community of which we are all a part. It is not easy and flexibility will be essential along the way. 
     
    On Tuesday, March 17th- The FWES campus will be available from 12:00-5:00pm to families in order to retrieve any personal items that are essential.
     
    If you have an essential item you need to retrieve from our campus- please review the information below about the procedures that will be taken: 
    • All individuals who need to access the campus must sign in and out at the front entrance of the school. For the safety of all, please limit the number of individuals who come to the school. 
    • Visitors will be escorted to the needed location after signing in to retrieve essential items. Due to the limited number of staff available on Tuesday, families may have to wait outside until a staff member is available for sign in and escort to the classroom. 
      • There will be no access to the Inquiry Center, Maker Space or other common areas of the building. 
    • From WCPSS: Schools will continue to safely store student medications.
      • If you have an essential medication you need to pick up- please email Mrs. Pierce at awpierce@wcpss.net before 12:00pm on Tuesday, March 17th with information on the time you plan to arrive to pick up the medication. 
      • Medication sign out requires an extensive process and staff with required training. Mrs. Pierce will respond to your email about the availability of staff to assist you at the time you are planning to arrive. If staff will not be available at the time you need to arrive, additional arrangements can be made with WCPSS Health Services for assistance in retrieving your child's medication and Mrs. Pierce will assist in making those arrangements. 

    Resources for supporting practice of your child's learning are available on their Wake ID Portal. WCPSS is working on additional resources to be shared at the end of this week. We hope that your family will use this time to enjoy each other, continue to use the important practices of hand washing regularly (especially before eating each meal and snack) and maintaining social distancing and avoiding large gatherings of people. We encourage all students to read each day and enjoy the outdoors! 

    Staff may not be available in this next two weeks to respond to phone calls or emails. Thank you for monitoring FWES WebsiteWCPSS Coronavirus Site and your own texts and emails for updated information from WCPSS and FWES as they become available. 

    It is our hope that our FWES Community stays well and that we will see you all again very soon!
    With love,
    Winston Pierce
     
    Information on Meal and Food Access for Families has been updated below.
     
    At the bottom pf the information there is also information on how to provide support and assistance if you want to be an IB Learner and "Take Action!"

    Food Distribution Sites Open March 17

    With the announcement of school closures from March 16 through at least March 27, we want to inform you of food access options throughout Wake County during these unprecedented times.

    A number of schools and community centers will serve as food distribution sites for Wake County families beginning Tuesday, March 17.  

    • Families may pick up food at the locations and times indicated below. 
    • Food will be distributed by volunteers at curbside to minimize safety concerns.  
    • The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers.
    • ID is not required to pick up food.

    Currently, the following sites will be offering lunch and breakfast for pickup for students aged 18 and under - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, beginning March 17:

    • Poe Magnet Elementary School, 400 Peyton St., Raleigh
    • Rogers Lane Elementary School, 201 N. Rogers Lane, Raleigh
    • Creech Road Elementary School, 450 Creech Road, Garner
    • Wendell Middle School, 3409 NC Hwy. 97, Wendell
    • Zebulon Magnet Elementary School, 700 Proctor St., Zebulon
    • Millbrook Magnet Elementary School, 1520 E. Millbrook Dr., Raleigh
    • Briarcliff Elementary School, 1220 Pond St., Cary
    • Pine Acres Community Center, 402 McLean St., Fuquay-Varina
    • PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School, 3420 Idlewood Village Dr., Raleigh
    • Wake County Human Services Northern Regional Center, 350 Holding Ave., Wake Forest
    • Washington Terrace Apartments, 1951 Booker Dr., Raleigh
    • Raleigh Millbank Apartments, 1500 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh
    • The Oaks Apartments, 3911 Water Oak Dr., Raleigh
    • New Hope Village Apartments, 4321 Grandiflora Lane, Raleigh
    • Casa De Luna Apartments, 3918 Bonneville Court, Raleigh
    • Juniper Level Baptist Church, 9104 Sauls Road, Raleigh

    Confirmed Community Sites provided by Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church will have lunch for pickup available to any students aged 18 and under:

    • First United Methodist, 117 S. Academy St., Cary, Mon.-Fri., 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    • Chatham Forest Apartments, 880 Glendale Dr., Cary,  Tues. and Thurs.,  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p .m.
    • Apex First Baptist, 419 S. Salem St., Apex, Mon. and Wed., 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Arbors at Cary Apartments, 200 Wrenn Dr., Cary, Mon.- Thurs., 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Crosstimber Apartments 900 Golden Horseshoe Cir, Morrisville, NC 27560 - Mon.-Fri. 12:00pm – 1:00pm

    Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Mobile Market Locations and Times is available to all community members:

    • Abundant Life Cathedral, 4400 Old Poole Road, Raleigh, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20)., 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Bread for Life Mobile Market at Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon, Third Saturdays (beginning 3/21/20) 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • Community Helpers Service Center, 111 N. First Ave., Knightdale, Drive-thru, Thursdays (beginning 3/19/20), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh, Second Saturdays (beginning 4/11/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • Praise Temple Mobile Market, 1329, U.S. Hwy 70, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 S. Ave., Wake Forest, Third Tuesdays (beginning 3/17/20), 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP

    We are grateful for the outreach from many of our parents and community members asking how they can help. We ask that you take any food donations to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle  or Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

    If you would like to volunteer to support our work with food access and food security, please fill out this form and we will contact you soon.

     
     
    March 15
     
    Good Morning FWES Families, 
    As you know by now, all public schools in NC will be closed for the next two weeks. At this point, that is all we know and can share. Of course there are many additional questions that WCPSS are continuing to work on the next steps for students, staff and families. Please be patient as I am confident that as more information is available it will be shared as soon as possible. 
     
    Staff may not be available in this next two weeks to respond to phone calls or emails. Thank you for monitoring FWES Website, WCPSS Coronavirus Site and your own texts and emails for updated information from WCPSS and FWES as they become available. 
     
    The next two weeks will count as WCPSS Spring Break and cover all of the remaining workdays and banked instructional hours (all days when students would not normally be in attendance at school). We hope that your families will use this time to enjoy each other and continue to use the important practices of hand washing regularly (especially before eating each meal and snack) and maintaining social distancing and avoiding large gatherings of people. We encourage all students to read each day and to use other resources on their Wake ID Portal to enjoy practicing skills they have been learning in reading and math. 
     
    It is our hope that our FWES Community stays well and that we will see you all again very soon!
    With love, Winston Pierce
     
     
    March 13
     
     

    March 12

    FWES PTA World Dance Canceled- Read More Here: Dance Cancelation Letter

    March 3

    FWES Tuesday, March 3rd Reminders: 

    Today is Spring Picture Day at FWES! 

    • All students will have portraits and class group photos. Those students involved in clubs or other school groups will also have their pictures taken as a group. 
    • Identi-Kid photos will be taken in the afternoon for those students who have ordered Identi-Kid photos. 

    Today is Election Day at FWES in the Cafeteria! 

    • Before and After School Care programs will be relocated
    • Expect increased traffic and parking issues due to voters accessing the FWES Campus- thank you for cooperating! 
    • Breakfast and Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms, therefore, no visitors may join us for lunch today

    Friday is Walk to School Day- Meet Mr. Eller and many other families at Kildaire Plaza for a great way to start your day! 

    Then... pop in the FWES Lobby for a cup of coffee with members of our PTA- during PTA Coffee Chat! 

     

    February 26

    FWES PYP Exhibition Night

    Thursday, February 27th 6:45-8:00pm

    All FWES families are invited to attend and learn from our amazing 5th grade IB Learners! 

    Families and 4th Graders are especially encouraged to attend to learn more and begin to consider your participation in Exhibition next year! 

    Schedule for the evening: 

    6:40pm- Doors open to visit Exhibition classrooms (Orange, Green and Red Halls)

    6:45-8:00pm- Presentations are delivered 4-5 times in each space. Visitors are invited to review presentation topics and move to attend selected topics throughout the evening. 

    (5th Grade Families Only)

    We are excited about Exhibition tomorrow night and seeing the amazing growth of our 5th graders as IB Learners! 

    Evening Schedule Reminders: 

    6:00-6:10pm Students should arrive at school and go to directly to their presentation classroom site

                           Parents and family members may not go beyond the lobby until 6:40pm

    6:15-6:40pm Middle School Registration Presentation for 5th Grade Families in Cafeteria

    6:40-6:45pm Family transition to Exhibition Spaces

    6:45-8:00pm Exhibition Presentations

    February 9

    FWES PBIS GOLD Semester 1 Celebrations- Semester 1 Celebrations will have a “Movie and PJs” theme.  K, 1st and 4th will be making up for missed school last week and celebrating GOLD on Monday, February 10th. See the schedule in the calendar list below. Due to the Sounds of Culture Residency in 3rd grade this week, 3rd grade will reschedule the GOLD celebration for the following week. 

    K, 1st and 4th graders may wear PJs and bring stuffed animals for the Celebration on Monday, February 10th. 

    K- 9:30-11:00am

    1st and 4th- 2:00-3:30pm

    February 6

    WCPSS Alert: All schools operating on a two-hour delay on Friday, February 7. / AVISO: Todas las escuelas operarán con un retraso de dos horas el viernes 7 de febrero.

    Thank you all for your cooperation with our early dismissal today! We hope that you all will have a safe evening and that tomorrow morning brings no damage to FWES or the FWES Community! 

    Delayed Schedule Information: 

    • 2 Hour Delayed Opening- School Hours 11:15am-3:45pm:
      • Before School Program opens at 9:00am for students enrolled in the program
      • Before School activities such as Ringers and Singers and Clubs begin on a 2 hour delay- unless teacher notifies you of cancellation
      • Students may enter at 10:45am and should be in class before 11:15am.
      • FWES News begins at 11:05am.
      • No breakfast will be served.
      • Lunch on regular schedule beginning at 11:20am
      • Specials adjusted and will begin at 11:25am for 1st Grade

    Special Schedule Notes for Friday, February 7th

    No Walk to School Day

    No PTA Coffee Chat

    No News Crew Meeting

    Exhibition Panel Review am schedule will be adjusted but all 5th grade groups scheduled for 2/7 will present on 2/7 and receive feedback from the panel

    GOLD Celebrations- Movie and PJs: 

    K (12:30-2:00 due to delayed start)* and 3rd (2:00-3:30)*

    Make up 1st (1:45-3:15)* and 4th (2:00-3:30)*  due to early dismissal today

    *Note that there may be a few movie title adjustments as there may not be enough copies for all 4 grade levels to use them at the same time. 

     

    January 14th

    At the Mid-Year point, we have reviewed our current Before and After School Enrollment and determined that there are additional openings in both programs available to FWES families. 

    Before School Care- 12 spaces available  ($15 registration fee per student; $94.65 per month M-F) Coordinators Diane Rowe and Ruth Riddick

    After School Care- 6 spaces available   ($15 registration fee per student; $108.17 per month M-F) Coordinators Amanda Nunn and Erin Keener

    Openings will be filled based on the order in which all required completed forms and fees are submitted (registration fee per student; 1 month registration fee per student) to the FWES front office. Office staff will record date and time for all submitted materials. Materials must be handed to a staff member between 8:00am-4:15pm. 

    Students registered may begin after the family is contacted by a program coordinator (from email address BANDA414@wcpss.net) as information must be entered into the on line registration system before the student can begin. Typically participation can start within 2 school days of submitting documents if not sooner. 

    More information and the required forms and fees can be found on the FWES Website under Parents/Before and After School Care

    If you have additional questions, please email BANDA414@wcpss.net (email goes to both program coordinators).

     

    December 18th

    We are coming to your Neighborhood Today! 

    Neighborhood Visit- TODAY!

    Neighborhood Visit TODAY! Spanish

    December 17th

    Reminder- All Gift of Reading Reading Logs are due on Wednesday- tomorrow- to be eligible for the drawing for our book give aways! 

    Wednesday is Wild Animal Wednesday- bring a stuffed animal to read to during your Gift of Reading time tomorrow

    Thursday is Turn off the Lights Thursday- bring a flashlight to use to read by on Thursday

    Friday is Relax and Read- Wear Pajamas to school- but make sure you can still participate in regular school activities (including wearing appropriate shoes:)! 

     

    December 17th (early evening to select families)

    FWES is Coming to Your Neighborhood!!!
    New Date- Wednesday, December 18th
    4:40-5:00pm Portree Place
    4:40-5:00pm Blue Bird Court
    4:40-5:00pm Corner of Grissom St/Curfman St.
    A team will visit each neighborhood!
    Getting FWES Ready for Winter!
    Students and families are invited to come out and chat with FWES Staff who will bring:
    ● Winter weather Accessories for FWES Students!
    (Hats, Gloves/Mittens, Scarves, Socks, etc.)
    ● Gift of Reading Surprises!
    ● Holiday Spirit and Joy!
    **Spanish Interpreter will be available during all
    Neighborhood Visits! **

    ¡La Escuela Primaria Farmington Woods viene a su vecindario!
    Nueva Fecha- Miercoles, 18 de diciembre
    4:40 a 5:00 pm Portree Place
    4:40 a 5:00 pm Blue Bird Court
    4:40 a 5:00 pm Esquina de Grissom St/Curfman St.
    ¡Un equipo visitará a cada vecindario!
    ¡Preparando a la Primaria Farmington Woods para el invierno!
    Se les invita a los estudiantes y las familias a salir y conversar con el personal de la Escuela Primaria Farmington Woods que traerá:
    ● ¡Accesorios para el clima de invierno para los estudiantes de la Primaria Farmington Woods!
    (Gorras, guantes/manoplas, bufandas, calcetines, etc.)
    ● ¡Sorpresas de Regalos de la Lectura!
    ● ¡Espíritu y Alegría de la Temporada!
    **¡Habrá intérpretes de español durante todas las visitas a los vecindarios! **

     

    December 17th (to select families)

    Due to the storms forecasted to arrive in the area between 4-6pm, we are going to have to cancel our neighborhood visits for today to keep everyone safe. We will be back in touch when we are able to reschedule. Thank you! 

    Lamentamos informarles que debido al mal tiempo esta tarde, tendremos que posponer nuestra visita a su comunidad. Esperamos poder ir lo más pronto posible. Le avisaremos la fecha exacta por correo electrónico y texto una vez que sepamos cuándo.  Gracias!

    December 15th

    Gift of Reading Starts tomorrow Reminders: 

    FWES Reminder! We are excited to begin our annual Gift of Reading this week to celebrate the gift of learning that will always last a life time! 

    We look forward to welcoming many from the Cary Community and WCPSS Central Office as guest readers in classrooms tomorrow- along with many of our families! Please make sure if you are planning to come be a reader for your student's classroom tomorrow that you let the teacher know- you must be an approved volunteer to come to classrooms to read. 

    *Readers who registered through the school sign up will find your sign in and nametag in the lobby tomorrow at your assigned time. Readers who signed up with classroom teachers will need to sign in at the front office to have volunteer status verified before proceeding to the classroom. Please bring your 2019-20 volunteer registration card if you have one to expedite the process. 

    Remember reading logs are due by Wednesday, December 18th at 4:00pm to be eligible for book giveaway drawings on Thursday. 

    Join us in celebrating with our reading theme days this week:

    • Monday- Exercise your Brain and Read! Jerseys, Sports Teams or Exercise Wear! 
    • Tuesday- Tacky Sweater Tuesday- Tacky sweater fun (make your own themed tacky sweater if you don't have one:) 
    • Wednesday- Wild Animal Wednesday- bring a stuffed animal (that will fit in your bookbag) to read with 
    • Thursday- Turn off the Lights and Read- bring a flashlight for flashlight reading
    • Friday- Relax and Read- Pajama Day with a full hour of classroom reading to relax before the break! 

    Winter Break is December 21-Jan 5- Students return to FWES on Monday, January 6th! 

     

     

    December 12th (to select neighborhoods only)

    FWES is coming to select Neighborhoods on Tuesday, December 17th 4:40-5:00pm

    FWES Coming to YOUR Neighborhood

    FWES coming to YOUR Neighborhood- Spanish

    We hope you will come out to see us! 

    December 6th (3rd Grade Only)

    In addition to your child's Q2 Interim Report that is coming home today- all 3rd grade students are receiving a report of their CogAt test results. Please look for these results in your child's bookbag. Students who are eligible for an additional assessment (IOWA Test), based on their CogAt results and other classroom information, will also have a permission sheet for the parent to sign and return. The IOWA Test will be given on December 12 and 13 next week so if you have this letter- please sign and return as soon as possible. 

    December 6th

    Interims for Q2 are coming home with students today. Student current performance on the interim is based on the standards students have been learning in the 2nd Quarter of the year. Please use the Parent Homework page on our website to learn more about the standards and find resources for parents, too.

    Today is the last day to log minutes for the Carolina Hurricanes Readvolution! If you have met the 800 minute mark- please use the documents below to claim your two free tickets! Way to go to all of our students who have met the goal by giving themselves the gift of reading! 

    Readvolution Ticket Redemption

    Readvolution Ticket Redemption- Spanish

    November 11th (1st and 3rd Grade Families Only)

    Due to the expected weather conditions, the 1st grade field trip on Tuesday, November 12th has been canceled and the 3rd grade field trips on Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 13th have been canceled. All trips will be rescheduled for another date and information will be shared with families when those dates have been determined. 

    Thank you! 

    November 10th

    FWES Reminders:

    • There is no school tomorrow, Monday, November 11th for the Veteran's Day Holiday. Thank you to all in our FWES Family who have served to protect our freedoms! 
    • Tuesday, November 12th is Picture ReTake Day (until 11:15am)- Students who were absent on picture day or those families who would like to return pictures ordered to get a new one taken can also have photo re-taken on Tuesday morning. If you got pictures and would like to re-take your child's photo- please return your pictures with your child on Tuesday morning. 
      • You can still order at mylifetouch.com     Enter Picture ID Code: BW819029Q1 
      • Students scheduled to attend field trips on Tuesday will have retakes prior to leaving on the trip. 
    • Weather Notes: Tuesday weather looks pretty rainy- so there may be an impact on the 1st (Edwards/Williams/Byrd) and 3rd (Burke, Crow, Dula, Dos Santos) classes scheduled to go on outdoor field trips. If your child is scheduled to go on a field trip- please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for being outside if it were to start raining. If there are any changes needed for the trips- we will not be able to make the call until we return to school on Tuesday. 

    The regular Monday Folder will go out on Tuesday morning. Enjoy the long weekend! 

    November 6th

    Global Fun Run Prep Information

    Our Global Fun Run is tomorrow, Thursday, November 7th! We are so excited about the energy the Apex Fun Run team has shared with our school through GAME ON! learning for the last two weeks. The weather tomorrow looks beautiful for our students to get their GAME ON! at the Fun Run! 

    Preparation for FWES Global Fun Run- please read information to be ready for tomorrow's event! 

    Preparation for FWES Global Fun Run- Spanish

    Last day to add pledges!!!!!! Help our school reach our goals to support an Outdoor Classroom, Playground Equipment Upgrades, Cultural Arts and More! 

    All pledges are due by the day of the Fun Run (tomorrow) to get credit for the student and the classroom in the many exciting events and prizes that the Fun Run Team has designed for our students! A reminder that all offline pledges (Cash & Checks) are due the day of the Fun Run, too.  

    November 4 (5th Grade Families Only)

    NEW PARENT SIGNATURE NEEDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE VAN RIDE AROUND THE TRACK!!!!!! PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THE PINK WAIVER FORM GOING HOME TODAY. IF THE FORM IS NOT SIGNED BY A PARENT, STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN AN ALTERNATE ACTIVITY DURING THAT SEGMENT OF THE TRIP. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS LAST MINUTE REQUIREMENT:) 

    Our 5th Graders have their 1st Field Trip of the year tomorrow. They are heading to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to learn about Force and Motion- a 5th grade Science curriculum focus in NC. 

    The 5th Grade Team sends 5th Grade Families these reminders about the trip: 

    Students should arrive to FWES at 6:30am and meet their teachers in the lower parking lot (bus loading area). The buses will leave the campus at 6:45am and will not wait on students who are late- so please set at least two alarm clocks:) 

    Students should each bring a lunch with them to eat at the Speedway. 

    Dress for the weather (and comfortable shoes for standing/walking)- most activities are inside but lunch is outside. Forecast for Charlotte indicates a high of 71 on Tuesday and partly cloudy. 

    Students should not bring any extra items with them and need no additional $ on the trip. 

    The buses will return to FWES at 4:30pm. Families will need to pick up students in the lower lot at 4:30pm. If there is any change to this arrival time, families will be notified via school messenger. 

    If you have additional questions- please contact your child's 5th grade teacher. 

     

    October 25

    Our FWES PTA is excited to get started with their major Fund Raiser for the year- GLOBAL FUN RUN!!!

    Today at 2:30pm we will have a school wide Pep Rally to kick off this exciting event! The Pep Rally will be outside on the Green Top and give students information about the Fun Run and introduce them to our Fun Run Team. The Fun Run Team will be on our campus for the next two weeks teaching lessons related to the theme this year: Game On! 

    Students will be coming home today with more information to share with families about the Global Fun Run. The FWES PTA thanks you for your support! 

    Early Pick Up today will be challenging AFTER 2:20pm

    Please note that with all students and all teachers outside at 2:30pm any family who may have needed to check a student out early- there will be many challenges and delays if you arrive after 2:20pm today. Please take that into consideration if you were to need to get your student early today. 

     

     

    October 21

    FWES Monday Folder -10-21-19

    October 20 (2nd Grade Only)-

    What a wonderful week our 2nd graders have had with Beverly Botsford!

    IB Learners take action with their learning and are excited to share with you tomorrow, all that they have learned. 

    Please plan to join us in the FWES Cafe to learn from our 2nd graders! 

    9:40- Gillfillan and Pusateri's Classrooms

    10:40- Bulla and Madden's Classrooms

    2:45- Quinn and Ingalls' Classrooms

    Thank you to the FWES PTA and the United Arts Council of Wake County for their support in funding this project. 

    October 17

    Keeping Children Emotionally and Physically Safe in Today's World Presented by Kelly Lister, MSW, LCSW
    from Wake County Public Schools

    October 17, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM, FWES Inquiry Center

    Navigating the pressures on our children can be challenging. Ms. Lister will
    be helping us learn to identify the warning signs at risk behavior, and will be
    providing resources and parenting tips to help us support our students.
    Because of the content, this presentation and discussion are for adults
    only.

    Childcare for school age children will be provided in the FWES
    Cafeteria by Cary Teen Council.

    Please sign up here https://fwespta.memberhub.com/HSR12177I19583
    so that we can have an accurate headcount. Hope to see you there!

    ¡Hola a Todos! Me gustaría invitarlos a este programa: “Manteniendo a los Niños Emocional y Físicamente Seguros en el Mundo de Hoy” (“Keeping Children Emotionally and Physically safe in Today’s World.”) Este programa se realizará en la biblioteca de la escuela Primaria Farmington Woods el 17 de octubre a las 6:30 pm. Esta presentación puede ser de particular interés para los padres de nuestros estudiantes del 3er al 5º grado y le damos la bienvenida a todos nuestros padres (actuales o anteriores) para poder asistir.
    Es un desafío navegar las presiones sobre nuestros niños en el mundo moderno. Entre las redes sociales y los simulacros del cierre del plantel escolar, nuestros niños son expuestos a mucho más de lo que lo fuimos nosotros cuando éramos niños, y puede ser difícil darnos cuenta cuando un niño realmente necesita de nuestra ayuda. ¡Después de todo, los niños son volubles! A veces los mismos niños no saben cómo decirnos si algo les molesta.
    Las cuestiones en casa como un divorcio, la muerte de un padre o ser querido, las relaciones con sus hermanos, un traslado reciente, etc., también pueden afectar el humor o la conducta de un niño en mayor medida de lo que los padres pueden darse cuenta. ¿Cómo podemos diferenciar entre las preocupaciones normales de la infancia y la ansiedad o la depresión? Como parte de su presentación Kelly Lister, MSW, LCSW, del Sistema de Escuelas Públicas del Condado Wake (WCPSS) nos enseñará cómo reconocer las señales de alerta en la conducta de nuestros estudiantes y les proporcionará a los padres con recursos y consejos sobre la crianza de los hijos. Nuestro personal de apoyo escolar (consejeros, trabajadores sociales) también estará presentes para proporcionarles con apoyo e información.
    Por favor extienda esta invitación a sus amigos, familiares y otros adultos a quienes les pueda interesar asistir o que estén involucrados en el cuidado de su estudiante.
    Debido al contenido, esta presentación es solo para adultos, pero la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) estará proporcionando el cuidado de los niños de edad escolar a través del Cary Teen Council.
    Por favor confirme su asistencia usando el enlace a continuación para inscribirse (por favor no lo confirme de nuevo si ya lo ha hecho en Facebook).
    Este mensaje es sobre la inscripción al programa: Keeping Children Emotionally and Physically Safe in Today's World a las 6:30 pm el jueves, 17 de octubre, 2019.
    Cree o vea su respuesta.

    October 11

    Happy Friday FWES Families!

    Today, as part of our emergency/security procedures, our school held a Code Red Drill. WCPSS Security and Cary Police Department were on campus to assist us during the drill. 

    Our students and staff did an excellent job following the guidelines and procedures during the drill. The only issue that was shared by Cary Police is that some students in classrooms with a substitute today did not follow procedures appropriately and were not responding to substitute directions during the drill. I would appreciate it if you would remind your child that in such an event- drill or otherwise- it is for their safety that students must follow procedures and directions from any school/volunteer adult. 

    It is important that, as with fire drills, that we practice emergency procedures to be prepared in the event that we were to need to use them to stay safe. 

    Please plan to join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th for our Fall FWES Campus Clean Up from 8:30-10:30am- Dynamite Darius from the Apex Global Fun Run team will be on campus to help, too! We'd love to have the whole family join us! 

    Have a wonderful fall weather weekend! 

     

    September 30

    Link to Monday Folder 9-30-19 (due to error in the text message sent)

     

    September 19

    Due to a glitch in getting a reminder out to families on Wednesday, September 18th- the deadline for club applications has been extended to Friday, September 20th at 3:45pm.

    If you are interested in participating in the FWES Club lottery to grow your inquiry skills through our club options- please return the application form with parent signature no later than Friday, September 20th. 

    Club forms are located here: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/13152  in the Monday Folder for 9-16-19. 

    Notification about clubs will be sent home by Tuesday, October 1st. 

    September 12

     

    Your child and your child's teacher and specialists have worked to prepare things to share with you tonight so that your family can be a partner in learning for the 19-20 school year. Please bring your student(s) and join us for a great night of learning! 

    *In addition to the events listed below, families who have not already registered for access to the Parent Portal may complete the form and with a photo ID be verified to complete that process tonight in the lobby. Forms were sent home the 1st day and copies will be available tonight. Verification is required in person with photo ID. 

    Students are Encouraged to attend with Families- The Evening Events will include learning related to:

    • Reviewing resources for supporting students at home with academics and curriculum standards
    • Discussing your student's goals for the year and how to support the student in achieving their goal(s)
    • Learning more about the curriculum learning that will take place in the classroom
    • Exploring opportunities for families in the classroom

    Classroom Sessions with your Teacher- 5:30-6:00pm or 6:40-7:10pm attend one for each student's teacher

    PTA Meeting (Learn about PTA Budget and Updates for 19-20) 6:10-6:40pm in Cafeteria

    Specialists and Special Areas Teachers will be in the Inquiry Center for families to visit in between classroom sessions and PTA Meeting

    Reminder- Friday is Walk to School Day! Meet Mr. Eller and guest walkers Mrs. Williams and Ms. Morrissette at Kildaire Plaza at 8:30am! 

     

    September 11

    Family Partnership Curriculum Night- Unlocking Learning at FWES- Thursday, September 12th- mark your calendar! 

    Students are Encouraged to attend with Families- The Evening Events will include:

    • Time to review resources for supporting students at home with academics and curriculum standards
    • Discussions about student goals for the year and how to support the student in achieving their goal(s)
    • Opportunities to learn more about the learning that will take place in the classroom
    • Engagement opportunities for families in the classroom

    Classroom Sessions with your Teacher- 5:30-6:00pm or 6:40-7:10pm attend one for each student's teacher

    PTA Meeting (Budget Vote and Updates for 19-20) 6:10-6:40pm in Cafeteria

    Specialists and Special Areas Teachers will be in the Inquiry Center for families to visit in between classroom sessions and PTA Meeting

    PTA General Membership Meeting 6:10-6:30pm FWES Cafeteria

    Return Beginning of the Year Paperwork- Thursday night is a great time to bring the forms from the 1st day Packet to your child's teacher:) Thanks for returning them as soon as possible! 

    Go Play Save Coupon Books: Please continue to send in $ for books purchased or sold and to return books not purchased. Thanks for supporting the PTA fund raising efforts to support FWES! 

    Walk to School Day- Rescheduled for Friday, September 13th- Meet Mr. Eller and Guest Walkers Mrs. Williams and Ms. Morrissette (mistake- Mrs. Edwards is walking in October) at Kildaire Plaza at 8:30am to walk to school with your student and a group of great, heathly active families and friends! ​​​​​​​

     

    September 4

    Thank you to all families for your cooperation with our arrival and dismissal procedures- even with the addition of our 127 kinders yesterday- things continued to go smoothly! FWES families are the BEST!!!

    Kindergarten students are bringing home the Go Play Save books today- the PTA 1st fund raiser of the year. Information was included in the Monday Folder yesterday and with the book. Families wishing to purchase the book should return the money in the envelope provided. Families not wishing to purchase the book should return it to the school as soon as possible. 

    Family Partnership Curriculum Night- Unlocking Learning at FWES- Thursday, September 12th- mark your calendar! 

    Students are Encouraged to attend with Families- The Evening Events will include:

    • Time to review resources for supporting students at home with academics and curriculum standards
    • Discussions about student goals for the year and how to support the student in achieving their goal(s)
    • Opportunities to learn more about the learning that will take place in the classroom
    • Engagement opportunities for families in the classroom

    Classroom Sessions with your Teacher- 5:30-6:00pm or 6:40-7:10pm attend one for each student's teacher

    PTA Meeting (Budget Vote and Updates for 19-20) 6:10-6:40pm in Cafeteria

    Specialists and Special Areas Teachers will be in the Inquiry Center for families to visit in between classroom sessions and PTA Meeting

    Updates at FWES Due to Weather Forecast for Thursday, September 5th

    Based on the updated forecast for tomorrow, all students and classes normally held in our villas will be relocated inside the building. 2nd Graders will be moving materials into their new location before leaving today so they know where to report tomorrow morning.Specials will be traveling to classrooms to deliver Spanish and Chinese instruction. Due to the relocation of 2 classrooms to the cafeteria- all classrooms will eat lunch in classrooms, therefore no visitors for lunch tomorrow. 

    If you have a 2nd grader- updated locations tomorrow will be: 

    Cafeteria Classrooms: Bulla and Ingalls
     
    Inquiry Classroom: Gilfillan
     
    Combs (Room 202): Madden
     
    McMichael (Room 506): Pusateri
     
    Maker Space (Room 610): Quinn 
     
    No announcements regarding school schedules tomorrow have been made at the time of this announcement. Please stay tuned to local media for the most updated information.
     
    In the event there are any delays announced to our school schedule- please review the schedule information below: 
    • ∙ 2 Hour Delayed Opening:

    Before School Care runs on 2 hour delay- opening at 9:00am. Students enter school at 10:45am and should be in class before 11:15am. News at 11:05am. No breakfast will be served. Lunch on regular schedule; Specials will run on an abbreviated schedule: 11:25-11:55 1st Grade, 12:00-12:30 5th Grade- Lunch for Specialists; 1:15-1:45 4th Grade; 1:50-2:20 3rd Grade; 2:30-3:00 K, 3:05-3:35 2nd. Instructional time will be adjusted to maximize learning during a delayed opening to insure proper ELA and Math instruction daily for students. Recess will not be held on a delayed start, however, a few minutes of indoor physical activity/brain breaks or a brisk walk around the campus is appropriate.

    • 3 Hour Delayed Opening:

    Before School Care runs on 3 hour delay- opening at 10:00am. Students enter at 11:45am and should be in class before 12:15pm. News at 12:05pm. No breakfast will be served; Lunch will run on a 1 hour delay; Specials will be cancelled. Instructional time will be adjusted to maximize learning during a delayed opening to insure proper ELA and Math instruction daily for students. Recess will not be held on a delayed start, however, a few minutes of indoor physical activity/brain breaks or a brisk walk around the campus is appropriate.

     

    September 2 (1st-5th Grade Families Only)

    Just a quick reminder for 1st-5th grade families....

    All last week, we had about 30 kindergartners on campus each day for the staggered entry process, giving them all a chance to learn more about the school with lots of adult support. 

    Starting tomorrow- all 127 of our kindergartners will return for their official start to the school year! Remember the excitement? It is a wonderful day to launch their life-long learning:) 

    However, with 127 kindergartners also comes their families and all of them together learning procedures and expectations for arrival, dismissal and events during the school days. 

    It is important to know that arrival and dismissal tomorrow (and this week) will be impacted with the addition of 127 more students- your patience is appreciated. 

    As a P2 school- we teach our students #OtherPeopleMatter- please be caring and patient as there will be fewer parking spots, families who are not exactly sure what to do in the carpool lane, students who don't yet know their carpool number and will need to be pulled over and many adults who will take extra time to insure that all K students arrive and go home safely (of course, along with all students, too). 

     

     

    Kindergarten Starts Tomorrow!!!

    We are so excited to have all 127 of our kindergarten students with us at FWES tomorrow. I hope your students are as excited as we are:) 

    Preparing for tomorrow, here are a few reminders:

    • Triumphs and Transitions- 9:15-9:45am for Kindergarten Parents after drop off: Join our school counselors to learn about supporting your child's transition to kindergarten and how to celebrate all the successes (triumphs) they will experience throughout the year. The event will be in the cafeteria. 
    • PTA Coffee Chat- 9:45am FWES Lobby; All of our PTA leaders were once kindergarten parents, too. They want to welcome you to FWES and offer you an extra cup of coffee tomorrow. They will be located in the lobby as you enter the Counselor event and then be available afterwards to answer any parent questions you might have as you transition, too:) 
    • Carpool and Walkers- Each day last week, we had only about 30 kindergartners for staggered entry. Tomorrow we will have 4 times as many kindergartners as walkers and carpoolers. Patience will be essential during the dismissal process. 
      • Walkers-
        • Arrival- parents are invited to park and walk with your child to their classroom tomorrow- and any day of the school year at FWES. Parents are asked not to try to talk to the teacher or give important information during the arrival time- as the teacher's primary responsibility is getting all 18-19 students settled to begin their day. All parents must have exited the school each by no later than 9:15am. Beginning the week of September 9th, parents will not be allowed to go past the front lobby after 9:05am- so please arrive early if you want to walk to the classroom on a regular basis:) 
          • Reminder that cars should never pass the cars lined up for carpool on Hampton Valley Road- it is a double yellow line and the Cary Police monitor traffic in the area regularly
        • Dismissal- please arrive in plenty of time to be on the front porch of the school no later than 3:45pm. Remember that there will be much more traffic than there was last week- so please plan accordingly. 
      • Carpoolers- Please watch the Carpool Video to be reminded of the process and traffic pattern. Right turn in and Right turn out ONLY during arrival and dismissal. Please plan for your arrival to enter Hampton Valley Rd from Cary Parkway. 
        • Arrival- Safety Patrol and additional staff are on duty to walk with any kindergartner dropped off in the carpool loop as needed until they are comfortable finding their own way to their classroom. 
        • Dismissal- 
          • Make sure you have your FWES carpool tag displayed and that your student has the carpool number tags hooked on his/her backpack to assist with dismissal- helping your child learn the carpool number is also a great help
          • Remember that if you need to assist your child with a seatbelt or booster seat after they are loaded- please pull up and over into the pull over area past the stop sign to provide assistance, so that the carpool lane can continue to move and load students. 
      • Review Bus Procedures- Thank you for making sure that once a bus tag is placed on your child's back pack that it remains there for the entire year. It is required for a student to board the bus as it contains emergency information for each student that is important for student safety.  Bus Procedures- Spanish   Bus Procedures- Arabic
        • Please review Bus Routes for 19-20 ! 
        • Monitor your student's ride home to see where the bus is by registering for Here Comes the Bus! App The school cannot see bus travels so each family must register individually to see their student's assigned bus. 
        • Expect bus routes to be delayed the first week or two of school as drivers learn students and stops.  Here Comes the Bus is the best way to track your child's bus on its way to your child's stop.
    • Lunch Visitors: Please wait to plan to have lunch with them until the week of September 23rd- to provide your child the opportunity to learn procedures for the cafeteria and to practice these procedures with new friends:) 
    • Volunteers: We hope you all will choose to support our school through the many volunteer opportunities available. All adults who are volunteers must register through the volunteer registration system. The system can take 2-3 weeks for your background check to be processed, so please register as soon as possible. You can register in the front office at the volunteer computer. 

    Be ready when your child gets home to hear about their amazing first day! 

    Some questions you may want to ask to get students talking about their day (it often helps if you engage them in an activity while asking the questions such as completing a puzzle, building with legos, playing with figurines, drawing, etc.): 

    • What made you smile today? 
    • Tell me an example of kindness you showed/saw. 
    • What did you do that was creative/fun?
    • What made your teacher smile?
    • Who did you sit with at lunch?
    • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
    • Tell me what you look forward to tomorrow. 

     

    August 29

    Hello Kindergarten Families!

    We have had a great week meeting our new students and are working this afternoon on classroom rosters and teacher assignments. Teacher assignments for our kindergartners will be posted at the front of the school tomorrow- Friday, August 30th at 1:15pm. We will look forward to seeing and hosting you and your child from 1:30-2:30pm at our Kindergarten Open House to Meet your Teacher! If you have them, please bring your school supplies to the open house, too. We will have carpool tags, bus information and PTA representation at our K Open House, too, if you need them! 

    The first full day for ALL kindergartners will be Tuesday, September 3rd and it will be an exciting day! If you choose to walk your student to the classroom, please note that our School Counselors will be hosting a Transitions and Triumphs event for Kindergarten Parents on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:20am in our Cafeteria. It is a time to meet other kindergarten parents and to learn about how to support your child in the transition to kindergarten triumphantly! 

    As you may know, we LOVE to have families come join us for lunch in the cafeteria at Farmington Woods- however, we do ask that you not come have lunch until the week of September 16th. Our kindergartners need to learn cafeteria routines and procedures before we have visitors with them. We have also found that as they are transitioning to a full day of school and may be tired- the separation from a visiting family member mid-day is also a challenge- so waiting at least two weeks gives them a chance to be much more well adjusted to the school schedule:) 

    See you tomorrow!

    August 25

    To prepare for Day 1- lots of reminders are below! See you soon!!!

    First Day of School for 1st-5th Graders is Tomorrow! Monday, August 26, 2019

    Kindergartners with the last name A-E will also attend FWES tomorrow:) 

    We were so excited to have seen so many of you on Friday at Open House! The smiles and energy in our building has us ready to Unlock Learning on Monday for everyone! If you were not able to come to Open House- class teacher assignments are posted at the front of the school (feel free to swing by today to know where to go in the morning). Staff on hall duties tomorrow will also have a list to assist students as needed. 

    1st Day of School Photo Spot! There will be a sign on the front porch that can be used for your 1st Day of School Photos tomorrow and again on Tuesday, September 3rd for our Kindergartners:) Get those smiles ready! 

    Arrival and Dismissal Reminders for Day 1: Getting our 750+ students home safely each day requires many processes and procedures. Your cooperation with all of the procedures is required each day of the school year. If you have any questions about the procedures, please email Mrs. Pierce and Mr. Beamish. 

    • Students will be dismissed the method identified by the family at Open House. Changes must be made in writing- not email or phone call to the school. Thank you! 
    • Arrival: Doors will open for students or family access to the building when the bell rings at 8:45am. Please remain outside until the bell rings. 
    • Dismissal: Families arriving for afternoon pick up also need to remain outside until students are dismissed. Students will begin moving for dismissal when the 3:45pm bell rings. The front office is the most busy from 3:15-4:00pm making sure students are dismissed safety and may not be able to assist families during that time. 
    • Expect lots of traffic and limited parking-Many families choose to walk students in to the school on Day 1. It will be a challenge:) 
      • Follow Cary Parking Laws: Cary PD will be monitoring. Please do not block our neighborhood driveways/mailboxes and park only on one side of the neighborhood streets so there is room for emergency vehicles to pass if needed. 
        • The Church of Latter Day Saints- Corner of Seabrook/Cary Parkway for Overflow Parking: We have permission to use the church parking lot during arrival and dismissal. To avoid the traffic issues on Hampton Valley road during arrival and dismissal- please use their lot and walk to and from the FWES Campus. 
    • Review Carpool Video if you plan to use AM or PM Carpool- Thank you for reviewing the video and following our carpool procedures to maintain safe drop off and pick up each day for students and staff. Carpool Procedures    Carpool Procedures- Spanish   
      • RIGHT TURN IN AND OUT ONLY! During arrival and dismissal, cars are only allowed to take a right turn into our campus from Hampton Valley Road and a Right Turn out upon exiting. Thank you for cooperating with this traffic pattern designed by our Cary PD for safety. 
      • Students may NOT be dropped off prior to the start of the carpool lane at 8:45am- Note that you may see our Safety Patrol Students dropped off prior to 8:45am but other students may not be dropped off. 
      • Cars are NOT allowed to pass stopped or lined up cars on Hampton Valley Road during arrival and dismissal as the road has a double yellow line. Cary PD issues tickets for passing cars. If you are not a carpool vehicle, please wait patiently in line for access to the campus parking lots if needed (or use the Church lot referenced above)
      • Please make sure your child's carpool # is on his/her book bag (in the envelope was a tag and zip tie to be used for attaching)
      • If you do not yet have a carpool # for 19-20- you MUST have a school issued tag to use PM Carpool. Tags will be available each morning from 8:45-9:10am in the lobby if you need one. They will also be available again to K families during K Open House on Friday afternoon. 
      • Expect Carpool to be pretty slow the first 2-3 weeks of school as students learn their carpool #s and as our new families learn the procedures. The process will speed up dramatically as students learn their numbers and we typically are finished by 4:10pm daily at that point. 
    • Review Walkers Procedures for AM and PM- Thank you for reviewing the procedures for walkers so that we remain safe for all! 
      • Walkers may only enter the school from the front doors in the AM. Walkers must not arrive to the front porch before 8:45am as there is no supervision.   Walker Procedures- Spanish   
      • PM Walkers-
        • If you are meeting a walker- you must meet them on the front porch of the school or across the street- students will not be allowed to walk to cars parked in parking lots. 
        • Leave PLENTY OF TIME for parking and meeting your student as it is crowded and there is a back up of vehicles on Hampton Valley Road at dismissal that you cannot pass. 
        • Students who cannot be met by a family member or picked up by 3:50pm daily will need to use the carpool process at dismissal. Students not picked up by 3:50pm will be waiting in the office for parent sign out- ID will be needed. 
        • Please remember no pets are allowed on campus- if you have a dog with you- you must remain off campus to meet your student
    • Review Bus Procedures- Thank you for making sure that once a bus tag is placed on your child's back pack that it remains there for the entire year. It is required for a student to board the bus as it contains emergency information for each student that is important for student safety.  Bus Procedures- Spanish   Bus Procedures- Arabic
      • Please review Bus Routes for 19-20 as many routes and stops have changed! 
      • Monitor your student's ride home to see where the bus is by registering for Here Comes the Bus! App The school cannot see bus travels so each family must register individually to see their student's assigned bus. 
      • Expect bus routes to be delayed the first week or two of school as drivers learn students and stops.  Here Comes the Bus is the best way to track your child's bus on its way to your child's stop.

     

    Be ready when your child gets home to hear about their amazing first day! 

    Some questions you may want to ask to get students talking about their day (it often helps if you engage them in an activity while asking the questions such as completing a puzzle, building with legos, playing with figurines, drawing, etc.): 

    What made you smile today?  Tell me an example of kindness you showed/saw.  What did you do that was creative? What made your teacher smile? Who did you sit with at lunch? What was the hardest rule to follow today? Tell me what you look forward to tomorrow. 

    August 22

    Class Lists for 19-20: Lists with teacher assignments will be posted today at 4:30pm on the front windows of the school. The PTA invites families to to have a Family Picnic from 4:30pm-6:30pm after viewing the class lists. Brewsters Ice Cream Truck will also be there! Please watch the weather and be safe!

    Open House- Friday, August 23 from 8:30-10:30am for 1st-5th Grade Students

    • Kindergarten Parent Orientation Sessions at 8:45am and 10:00am in the Gym

    Be Prepared for ALL THE THINGS AT OPEN HOUSE: Parent Prep for Open House Activities to complete! 

    Parent Prep for Open House- Spanish              Parent Prep for Open House- Arabic

    Kona Ice Truck on campus when families finish the Open House activities!

     

    Can't wait to see our students and families! 

     

    August 14

    Tomorrow is Last Gardening Day! Come join us 9:30-10:30am! 

    All families are invited to join our school staff and "farmer families" in the Farmington Woods Courtyard on Thursday mornings throughout the summer from 9:30-10:30am to help with our Community Garden. 

    The Garden is our on-going school action project. All produce harvested is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center to serve families in need. To maximize our weekly harvest, helpers are needed to water, weed and harvest our produce. We hope your family will pick at least one Thursday morning to come out and help us! Family members of all ages are invited! 

    Friday, August 16th 9:00-11:00am- Pre-K, ECS I and ECS II Classrooms Meet and Greet

    Families with students enrolled in our Pre-K classroom and our ECS Classrooms (formerly known as ID MOD) are invited to come for a meet and greet with your teachers and your friends to get ready for the school year. 

    Welcome back FWES staff! 

    FWES staff return the week of August 19th to prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year. Thank you for understanding that staff and administration are busy preparing for Open House and Students and may be delayed in responding to emails or phone calls. Email for new staff can take 2-4 days to be activated after their first day (8/20), so thank you for your patience. 

    *Note that due to the requirements- THE FWES OFFICE WILL BE CLOSING AT 11:30AM ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH AND WILL REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST AT 8:30AM. Our office staff need to participate in our starting this year trainings, too. 

    Class Rosters Posted Thursday, August 22nd at 4:30pm

    Class rosters and teacher assignments will be posted at 4:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd in the windows at the front of the school. Families may come to view them on Thursday afternoon/evening or wait until arrival at Open House on Friday. 

    Welcome Back PTA sponsored Family Picnic- Thursday, August 22nd from 4:30-6:30pm- FWES Playground! 

    The FWES PTA is excited to have families back at school. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and after viewing the class rosters, walk around to the large playground area with your picnic and connect with friends! Brewsters Ice Cream truck will also be available for purchase. 

    Open House to meet your teacher- Friday, August 23rd 8:30-10:30am

    Please plan to join us to meet your teacher on Friday, August 23rd. Kindergarten parents (it is recommended that K students do not attend) should plan to attend one of the K Parent Orientation Sessions at 8:45am or 10:00am- leaving time on either side to complete the back to school activities. 

    All families are encouraged to review the information below to plan for what to experience and what $ might be needed at Open House. 

    Parent Preparation for Open House 2019

    Parent Preparation for Open House 2019- Spanish

    Parent Preparation for Open House 2019- Arabic

    August 4

    The link to "Line Up" for Before/After School Care for the 19-20 school year will be live at precisely 9:00am at www.fwes.wcpss.net in the headline bar. That bar currently says: Before/After School Registration on line "Line Up" opens 9:00am, Monday, August 5th here! Note that if you log in prior to 9:00am, you will have to refresh to see the link become live. 

    Forms required for registration are available at www.fwes.wcpss.net under Parents- Before/After School Program

    FWES Before/After School Registration Process

    In order to avoid long lines and waits at school for registration, please use this form to declare your interest in registering your student(s) for our Before/After School Programs for the 2019-20 school year. 

    1) Complete the Program Interest Form. Your submitted Program Interest Form will be time-stamped and places you “in line” for available openings based on the time it was completed and received. Completing this form does not guarantee a spot in a program as we must limit enrollment based on required adult/student ratios. Current Capacity: Before School- 100 students; After School- 100 students- if we are able to add additional staff to the program in the next several weeks to accommodate more students we will add students from the waitlist.

    2) Tuesday, August 6, 2019- Families will be notified via email about the programs for which they have registered. 

    Families with a confirmed seat will also receive information to Sign up for an In Person Registration Time at the school on Thursday, August 8th and/or Friday, August 9th. The $15 registration fee must be paid at this time to reserve the spot and can only be paid with Check or Money Order- no cards or on line payments can be accepted for the Registration fee. Families who cannot register in person may mail required documents and registration payment with a post mark of no later than Friday, August 9th and received no later than August 13th.
    Mailing Address: 
        Farmington Woods Elementary School
        Attn: Before/After School Program Registration
        1413 Hampton Valley Road
        Cary, NC 27511
    Registration Materials Required (see website- Parents- Before/After School Program) should be completed prior to arrival at Farmington Woods for your selected time slot. The required forms can be printed from the website or picked up from the school office for completion. 
    Timeslots are only for processing of forms and registration fee- if you will need to fill out forms upon arriving- plan to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time

    Families who do not have a confirmed seat will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if available spots become available. Waitlist will be shared- using the Family Code entered on the registration form

    3) Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Waitlist families notified beginning after mail delivery August 13th- Any spots identified for families “in line” that have not completed the registration process will be made available to waitlisted families based on waitlist order and availability of spots. 

    Read more here and see the form that will need to be completed to "line up" on August 5th so you are prepared to complete the process. 

    FWES Before/After School Registration Process 2019-20

    Thank you for your cooperation with this process as there are many families who are interested in our programs and not always enough seats to go around! 

    August 4 (Select neighborhood only)

    Please plan to meet us in your neighborhood tomorrow! 

    Monday, August 5th

    5:30-6:15pm Portree Place

    6:30-7:15pm Blue Bird Court

    Look for FWES shirts and our FWES Logo on the Van! 

    Students and families are invited to come out and chat with the “Key” Staff who will help you unlock learning:
    ● Popsicles with the Principals
    (Mrs. Pierce and Mr. Beamish)
    ● Backpacks with School Supplies
    ● Open House and Student Registration Information
    ● Student Surprise Giveaways
    ● Parent registration for Back to School Giveaways
    **Spanish Interpreter will be available during all
    Neighborhood Visits! **

    Se invita a los estudiantes y a las familias para llegar y charlar con el Personal “Clave” que les ayudará a abrir la puerta del aprendizaje:
    ● Paletas con los directores
    (Sra. Pierce y Sr. Beamish)
    ● Mochilas con útiles escolares
    ● Información sobre la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas y sobre la Inscripción Estudiantil
    ● Regalos de sorpresa para los estudiantes
    ● Inscripción de los Padres para regalos de Regreso a la Escuela
    *¡Habrá un intérprete de español durante todas las visitas a los vecindarios! *

    FWES Is Coming to Your Neighborhood! 

    FWES Is Coming to Your Neighborhood! en Espanol

    We hope to see our students and families tomorrow/mañana

     

    August 2 (Select neighborhoods Only)

    Please plan to meet us in your neighborhood next week on either Monday or Wednesday afternoons! 

    Monday, August 5th

    5:30-6:15pm Portree Place

    6:30-7:15pm Blue Bird Court

    Wednesday, August 7th

    5:30-6:15pm Corner of Grissom St/ Curfman St. 

    Look for FWES shirts and our FWES Logo on the Van! 

    Students and families are invited to come out and chat with the “Key” Staff who will help you unlock learning:
    ● Popsicles with the Principals
    (Mrs. Pierce and Mr. Beamish)
    ● Backpacks with School Supplies
    ● Open House and Student Registration Information
    ● Student Surprise Giveaways
    ● Parent registration for Back to School Giveaways
    **Spanish Interpreter will be available during all
    Neighborhood Visits! **

    Se invita a los estudiantes y a las familias para llegar y charlar con el Personal “Clave” que les ayudará a abrir la puerta del aprendizaje:
    ● Paletas con los directores
    (Sra. Pierce y Sr. Beamish)
    ● Mochilas con útiles escolares
    ● Información sobre la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas y sobre la Inscripción Estudiantil
    ● Regalos de sorpresa para los estudiantes
    ● Inscripción de los Padres para regalos de Regreso a la Escuela
    *¡Habrá un intérprete de español durante todas las visitas a los vecindarios! *

    FWES Is Coming to Your Neighborhood! 

    FWES Is Coming to Your Neighborhood! en Espanol

    We hope to see our students and families next week,

    July 31

    All families are invited to join our school staff and "farmer families" in the Farmington Woods Courtyard on Thursday mornings throughout the summer from 9:30-10:30am to help with our Community Garden. 

    The Garden is our on-going school action project. All produce harvested is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center to serve families in need. To maximize our weekly harvest, helpers are needed to water, weed and harvest our produce. We hope your family will pick at least one Thursday morning to come out and help us! Family members of all ages are invited! 

    FWES Summer Updates: 

    Before/After School Registration Process for 2019-20- Please review the linked document to make a note of the process that will be used for Before/After School registration for 2019-20. The "line up" occurs on line beginning at 9:00am on Monday, August 5th. Note that in the 18-19 school year there were more than 300 families "lined up" by 9:05am. 

    Note: Updated Before/After School forms, fees and other information will be uploaded to the FWES Website no later than the end of the day on August 1st. 

    Website Updates- Most documents for the 2019-20 school year have been updated on the FWES Website. Please go to the About our School section and scroll down to review the updated information. A few additions will be made the week of August 5th and information about any new documents or links will be included in next week's School Messenger announcement:) 

    Google Calendar- School events and calendar information is available on the FWES Website through the scrolling Google Calendar section on the homepage. Please use that resource to stay updated and access any future event information. Once events for school and/or PTA are confirmed, they are added to the calendar for public viewing. 

    Volunteer Registration- The WCPSS Volunteer registration process has begun for the 2019-20 school year. Families who are new to FWES and need to register may do so in the Main Office during Summer Office hours. Registration required Social Security # and Driver's License # and addresses for the last 10 years. Current registered volunteers are required to re-activate annually before October 31st. Current volunteers may also come in during summer office hours to reactivate your volunteer status for the 2019-20 school year. 

     

    July 30 (to select neighborhoods only)

    FWES is coming to your neighborhood! 

    Plan to meet us on August 5th or 7th- check the flyer for your location! We look forward to seeing students and families for Popsicles, School Supplies and Surprises! 

    Monday, August 5
    5:30-6:15pm Portree Place
    6:30-7:15pm Blue Bird Court

    Wednesday, August 7
    5:30-6:15pm Corner of Grissom St./Curfman St.

    Look for us with the FWES Magnet on the car- and come see us! 

    FWES is Coming to Your Neighborhood! 

    FWES is Coming to Your Neighborhood! en Espanol

    July 17

    All families are invited to join our school staff and "farmer families" in the Farmington Woods Courtyard on Thursday mornings throughout the summer from 9:30-10:30am to help with our Community Garden. 

    The Garden is our on-going school action project. All produce harvested is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center to serve families in need. To maximize our weekly harvest, helpers are needed to water, weed and harvest our produce. We hope your family will pick at least one Thursday morning to come out and help us! Family members of all ages are invited! 

    FWES Summer Updates: 

    Before/After School Registration Process for 2019-20- Please review the linked document to make a note of the process that will be used for Before/After School registration for 2019-20. The "line up" occurs on line beginning at 9:00am on Monday, August 5th. 

    Note: Updated Before/After School forms, fees and other information will be uploaded to the FWES Website no later than August 1st. 

    Volunteer Registration- The WCPSS Volunteer registration process has begun for the 2019-20 school year. Families who are new to FWES and need to register may do so in the Main Office during Summer Office hours. Registration required Social Security # and Driver's License # and addresses for the last 10 years. Current registered volunteers are required to re-activate annually before October 31st. Current volunteers may also come in during summer office hours to reactivate your volunteer status for the 2019-20 school year.