• 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. 
     
    December 7

    Happy Thursday FWES Families! 

    With the possibility of a wintry mix tomorrow afternoon, I wanted to share important winter weather information and reminders: 

    • Major news services will share any information about schools- FWES cannot contact families- if there is winter weather, please check major news services for detailed information about any school impact. 
      • WCPSS will use School Messenger to also send notifications directly to parents in text and email form (like this one)
    • Students will be sent home from school using their regular dismissal process if school is dismissed early. Parents wishing to change that transportation method should either come to the school office to write a note or pick up their child directly-- or let the teacher know in a written note. 
      • Typically with weather events, there is not time for school staff in the office or classrooms to check email- so an in person check out or note to the teacher that morning are the best ways to communicate those changes. 
      • If someone will be signing your child out from school or picking them up in carpool without a carpool tag, they will need to show ID at the school office and they also must be listed on your child's card as having authorization to pick up your child. The school cannot release a child to anyone, other than the parent, who is not listed on the card and has ID to verify their identity. 
    • If WCPSS cancels all after school and evening activities- The FWES After School Program WILL NOT operate. Students will be dismissed at 3:45pm based on the dismissal information provided by the parent to the After School Program. 
      • If your child uses another after school program such as YMCA, KinderCare, etc. , families should check with the agency for their weather policies. If WCPSS cancels after school activities, we have found that many other child care centers do the same. It will be important to provide information on how your child should be dismissed at 3:45pm. 
    • If WCPSS were to cancel after school and evening activities on Friday, December 8th- the Family Evening Concert will be cancelled and the PTA will work with the Number Drummer to secure a date in the future for his performance and this special event. 

    Typically, I don't send this information until January but all of a sudden winter weather is here! 

    If we have our normal schedule on Friday, December 8th- please remember that we will have a 30 minute delayed lunch due to the performances in the morning.

    Hoping we don't have to make any adjustments on Friday, but wanted to be prepared just in case. Thank you! 

    November 20
     
    Happy Thanksgiving! 
     
    November 13 

    Lots of Information for FWES Families in the Monday Folders 11-13-17

    Tuesday morning is the last opportunity to donate items for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief! 

    Book Fair Information for Families- Book Fair Begins today- Family Night is Thursday 11/16 from 4:30-8:00pm! 

    Cultural Arts Performances for 17-18- We welcome Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble on Friday for two performances- K-2 at 9:30 and 3-5 at 10:30- There will be a 30 minute delayed lunch schedule due to the performances, please plan lunch visits accordingly. 

    Mark your Calendars-Family Evening Concert- Friday, December 8th- 6:00pm PTA General Membership Meeting; 6:30pm Ringers and Singers Perform; 7:00pm Number Drummer Performance for Families- Ticket and Basket Raffle information will be coming home soon! Stay Tuned! 

    Congratulations to the following Classrooms for raising the most PTA Global Fun Run funds: K- Puryear; 1st- Viola; 2nd- Burke, 3rd- Dula; 4th- Hansen and 5th- Ramos! Pizzas will be delivered on Thursday afternoon to the classrooms by PTA. 

    Family Academy Sessions 2017-18- Many informative sessions for parents of WCPSS students throughout the year! Note that there is one location where all sessions are offered in Spanish and one where all sessions are offered in Arabic. 

    What Every Tech Savvy Family Needs to Know- Awesome opportunity to hear a speaker as part of the WCPSS Media and Technology Convergence, sponsored by the Wake PTA- Monday Night 11/20/17- session is free but must register to attend using link on flyer. 

    Tuesday, November 14th is Picture Retake Day- for students absent in October for pictures and others who need pictures retaken- write note to the teacher or return picture packet to have your child’s picture retaken

    Friday, November 17 has many events planned at FWES:

    • Cultural Arts Performance with African American Dance Ensemble- K-2 9:30; 3-5 10:30
    • 12:30pm ID Mod Class Family Event
    • 2:15pm 3rd Grade Parent Showcase in Cafeteria

    Note that Tuesday, November 21st is an Early Release at 1:15pm

    Yearbook presales begin- price will increase after November 30th. Links to order available in Monday Folders

     
    November 6 

    FWES Updates

    4th Graders are on a field trip to the NC Legislative Building and downtown Raleigh on Tuesday- please make sure your child is dressed for being outside much of their day

    FWES Global Fun Run pledges and donations are being accepted throughout the week. The last day for donations to count toward prizes is Thursday, November 9th.

    Friday is the Veterans Day Holiday- there is no school for students or staff.

    Book Fair begins next week November 13-17 with Family Shopping Night Thursday, November 16th from 4:30-8:00pm

    November 6
     
    Monday Folders
     
    November 5 (1st Grade Families Only)

    1st Grades are taking Walking Field Trips this week- please make sure your child is dressed for a walking field trip on their appropriate day

    Monday: Long, Morrissette, Viola

    Tuesday: Brown, Edwards

    Wednesday: Williams, Byrd

    November 1
    FWES Staff email will be migrated to a new email program November 1-6. Staff email addresses will remain the same, however, during the migration there may be delays and glitches impacting email communication. Please do not send time sensitive information in an email this week to any FWES staff member. 

    Your patience as we learn a new program and adjust to any issues that may arise is appreciated. 
     
    Updated Schedule (sorry that wrong info was sent earlier) Don't forget Global Fun Run Tomorrow: K/4th 9:45am; 2nd/3rd 10:35am; 1st/5th11:25am
     
    October 30 
    No School on Tuesday, October 31st- Teacher Workday
     
    Last Day to Re-Activate as an FWES Volunteer is Tuesday, October 31 (Office will be open from 8:30am-4:00pm to renew)
     
    Wednesday, November 1st is Work Out Wednesday for spirit week
    Thursday, November 2nd is Fun Run- wear shoes and clothes appropriate for running! 
     
    October 26

    Thank you all for showing such awesome School Spirit so far this week. The PTA sponsored event ends next week so keep up the good spirit! 

    Friday- Kindergarten- Letterland Character Spirit Day; 1st-5th Grade- FWES Spirit Day

    Monday- Twin Day- find a friend and dress alike on Monday

    Tuesday- No School- Teacher Workday and Parent Conferences

    Wednesday- Work Out Day- dress to warm up for our Global Fun Run on Thursday

    The PTA is excited about the pledges and donations that have been received. Remember that there is a grade level raffle each day until the fun run- one student from each grade level is randomly selected from those who have submitted pledges or donations. The Global Fun Run is an FWES sponsored event so all pledges and donations go directly to FWES PTA to sponsor the many projects they support for our school community throughout the year. Thank you for your support and participation. 

    The Fun Run is Thursday, November 2nd- Global Fun Run Event!!! 9:45 K/4th; 10:35 2nd/3rd; 11:25 1st/5th Parents are invited to come out and cheer on their runners during the grade level time. The students will run on tracks on the back field of the school. 

    PTA Reflections Contest Entries are due to the school by Monday, October 30th. If your child is sharing creativity through this project, please make sure the completed work is in the front office on Monday. 

    Make sure your calendar has marked that Tuesday, October 31st is a Teacher Workday as the end of the 1st Quarter is on Monday. There is no school for students. Many teachers will be holding parent conferences during the day on Tuesday at school. Additional conferences will also be held on Thursday, November 2nd from 4:30-7:00pm as well as before and after school. Please make sure you sign up to discuss your child's achievements and progress with your child's teacher.

     
    October 19

    Happy Thursday from Farmington Woods! 

    Reminders for FWES Families: 

    Early Release is Friday, October 20th at 1:15pm. Please make appropriate arrangements for your child. Carpoolers should be picked up no later than 1:45pm as Staff have required trainings scheduled on Early Release days. Thank you for your cooperation! 

    Box Tops are still being collected for our competition- at this point 4th grade is in the lead with 3rd grade very close behind them! 

    Readvolution (WCPSS and Carolina Hurricanes reading partnership) is well underway at FWES. Students who log in and record at least 20 minutes per night of reading between October 2 and January 12 will get a free ticket to a Hurricane's Hockey game. When our school reaches 2020 books read and all the hockey pucks are on our banner- our school's name will go into a drawing to possibly get to attend a Hurricane's Team practice and have lots of fun. Keep logging your minutes and sharing your books! 

    FWES Global Fun Run Pep Rally will be Monday, October 23rd and then each day following is a Spirit Day event until the Fun Run... Look through the info in Monday Folders for more details so you can begin planning for the fun! 

    Make a calendar note that TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31st is a TEACHER WORKDAY as it is the day after the end of the First Quarter. There will be no school for students but many teachers will be holding parent conferences throughout the day. 

    Be on the lookout for conference sign up information from your child's teacher. Many conferences will be held on October 31st and during our conference night on November 2nd but also at other times when the teacher and

    October 16 (3rd grade only)
    Read to Achieve parent session will be Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00pm in the FWES Inquiry Center
    Interpreters will be available in Spanish and Arabic. 
     
    Disponible un intérprete de español
    مترجم فوري متوفر mutarjim fawriun mutawafir
     
    October 9

    Tomorrow is Election Day and the FWES Cafeteria is used for Voting whenever there is an election. Due to the Election, students will be eating lunch in their classrooms and therefore we cannot host any visitors for lunch on Tuesday, October 10th.

    For families enrolled in our Before and After School Programs- please be reminded to park in the lower lot and access the program (morning and afternoon) through the side classroom doors near the “green top”- as you are instructed by Mrs. Rowe, Mrs. Nunn and Ms. Burbank.

    October 8

    Be sure to pick out your Picture Day outfit and pack your awesome smile in your bookbag because tomorrow- Monday, October 9th is Picture Day at FWES! Orders for pictures should be sent to school with your child, too, to order.

    October 5

    Reminder that tomorrow is FWES International Walk to School Day Celebration- Meet at Kildaire Plaza at 8:25am and start your day with some exercise and fun with FWES community members!

    Information went home in Monday Folders about Fall pictures- please note that all orders are pre-paid and if you are interested in pictures, please return your order by picture day- Monday, October 9th!

    October 3

    Welcome to October!

    Tomorrow at FWES we will be learning about the Mid-Autumn Festival Chinese celebration from Ms. Huang and the symbols important to the celebration.

    4th and 5th Graders are getting to meet author Rob Buyea, author of the Mr. Terupt series, on Thursday.  It is always exciting to meet an author in person and we appreciate Mrs. Grice for working to bring him to FWES.

    Friday, October 6th is the FWES International Walk to School Day! We are looking for the largest crowd of the year- clear your calendar and plan to get some exercise and oxygen to start your day on Friday. Meet Mr. Eller and other staff from our Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies team at Kildaire Plaza (near Starbucks on Kildaire Farm Road) by 8:25am and enjoy a fun walk to school on the Greenway!

    September 28

    Quick Reminder that tomorrow is an Early Release Day- Students will be dismissed at 1:15pm!

    Tomorrow is also the last day to turn in PTA Spirit Wear Orders.

    Fridays are always Spirit Day at FWES- wear your FWES shirts or blue/yellow tomorrow to show school spirit!

    September 26

    We continue to inspire learning as we pass the midpoint of the 1st quarter. All students should have brought Interim Reports home with them yesterday. K-3 and some 4th/5th graders will also have a copy of the Beginning of the Year literacy screening report. Both documents will provide you information on your child’s progress with the required standards of Quarter 1 (find them in the Monday Folders this week).

    Please make sure you have a note on your calendar that Friday this week- September 29th- is an Early Release Day and students will be dismissed at 1:15pm. On Early Release Days, WCPSS dismisses schools 2.5 hours early to provide teachers time for professional development. Please make sure you are at the bus stop, waiting on your walker and in the carpool line 2.5 hours earlier than you normally are to make sure your child is picked up on time. If there are any changes in transportation- they must be shared with  your child’s teacher in writing.

    Our inspiring staff work tirelessly to create engaging learning environments for your students each day. They are the most amazing group of professionals I have ever worked with and we feel fortunate to have our families as our partners. Please use the link “Inspiring Learning” to share with us any information you can about how anyone on our staff has inspired your child so far this year. The information you contribute is shared (without student/family names) in front of the whole staff to honor our staff for their work.

    We are looking forward to a special visit Wed-Fri this week from the IB Global Center staff and a video crew on Thursday. We are one of only 3 schools world-wide getting this visit to capture PYP in action (1 school in Thailand, 1 in Qatar and 1 in Cary, NC, USA). What amazing recognition for the work of our school community each day to develop life-long learners! Please note that if you are visiting for lunch or walking with your child to class on Thursday, you may be asked to be part of the video. The finished products will be used with the roll out of the enhanced PYP curriculum components in the Fall of 2018. 

     
    September 23
     
    September 20
    Reminder- Tomorrow- Thursday, September 21st is a Teacher Workday- there is no school for students in honor of Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year. 
     
    We'll see you back on Friday! 
     
    September 19

    We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our Curriculum Night event last week and hope you got a better idea of what exciting learning is in store for your child this year!

    Please make an important calendar note that Thursday, September 21st is a Teacher Workday- there is no school for students THIS Thursday.

    Dismissal Cooperation Appreciated! Thank you to our “walker” and carpool families for your cooperation with school staff about dismissal procedures. The procedures are in place to maintain the safety of all students. A few reminders:

    ·        Transportation Changes should be made in writing through a note to the teacher (do not use email to communicate changes during the day as teachers may not get to read until after dismissal)

    ·        Walk in Transportation Changes at the end of the day are reserved for only emergencies

    ·        Students may not be signed out in the office after 3:15pm. Thank you for allowing Mrs. Moore and our other office staff to focus on end of the day procedures and dismissal.

    ·        Please remember that although as a “walker” your child has been dismissed at 3:45pm- the classroom teachers and other school staff are continuing to supervise the dismissal of the remaining carpool students, bus riders, day care vans and after school students until about 4:25 each afternoon. We ask that you not request to return into the building to retrieve lost items (unless it is a critical item like glasses, retainers or winter coats in cold weather)- as the teachers are still responsible for student safety during dismissal. Please wait until the next day for left items.

    From the PTA:

    Go Play Save Orders are due by Friday, September 22nd- if you are not purchasing your book- the book should also be returned to school by Friday.

    Family Skate at Jelly Beans for ONLY FWES families will be Saturday, September 23rd from 5:15-7:00pm- The $6 cost will also allow your family to stay and keep skating when Jelly Beans opens at 7:00pm.

    Spiritwear Orders are currently being collected with Friday, September 29th as the due date for the Fall Order.  

    September 11

    We continue to appreciate your cooperation with our many school procedures! Each are in place to help support the safe and effective operation of our school community.

    There are many items in the Monday Folders this week. Two items that I’d like to draw your attention to include 1) Curriculum Night information for this Thursday, September 14th that is aligned with our 1st General PTA Membership Meeting to review and vote on the PTA budget and projects for the year- your participation in both events is important in order to create a strong partnership and 2) PTA Membership on-line registration- not only PTA Membership that is required for voting rights at meetings but also paying for your child’s agenda. We have over 300 students in 2nd-5th grades who have not yet paid for their agendas, thank you for your attention!

    Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School has been nationally certified by the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Standards of Excellence Certification Program.  There are only 55 schools in 12 states that received this recognition in this first year of the new program. We are proud of the work of our amazing staff and the collaborative culture of our school community that supported our ability to achieve this status. We are glad to have you as part of our FWES family! Read more here: WCPSS Magnet Certification Recognition 2017

    The PTA Go Play Save fundraiser is in full swing. Please send back any book you do not wish to purchase. If you wish to purchase it, send in $30 in the envelope provided. If you have other family and friends who are interested in purchasing a book- please submit orders and payment for additional books. All orders are due by Friday, September 22nd. See Monday folders 8-28 for more information.

    FWES will not be offering clubs to students in the Fall 2017 semester. Our teachers have some additional focus areas in the classroom due to State and Local policy implementation and time to provide effective instruction is at a premium. We will revisit the before school club concept in the Spring Semester. 5th graders may sign up for Ringers and Singers, 4th/5th Graders may apply for FWES NewsCrew, 5th graders may sign up for Dismissal Crew and 4th/5th graders may apply for Safety Patrol. Mrs. Long and Mrs. Williams will be working to share information with families about supporting the Green Thumb needs on our campus and securing interested students and families.

    Healthy Brains/Healthy Bodies Reminder- Students’ birthdays are recognized school wide and in the front office each day. We are working to eliminate the celebration of birthdays with large sweet items at school. Please consider other options such as the Birthday Book in the Inquiry Center or healthy treats for a classroom on your child’s birthday. More information and ideas can be found here: Healthy Active Students at FWES

    Please mark your calendar that Thursday, September 21st is a Teacher Workday- No School for Students and Friday, September 29th is an Early Release Day- Students are dismissed at 1:15pm.

    We look forward to seeing you all at Curriculum Night on Thursday night- time with your teacher, time to visit specialists/special areas teachers and time to be involved with PTA! 

    September 4 (Kindergarten Only)

     

    We are very excited to have all of our kindergartners with us at FWES tomorrow!

    Walking students to the classroom: Please be reminded that at FWES we allow families to walk to classrooms with students between 8:45-9:15am. Parents must leave the building before the 9:15am bell. Instruction at FWES starts promptly at 9:15am and parents may not linger in the classroom or outside the classroom door. If you choose to walk with your child, please note that you should not use that time to talk to the teacher for a mini-conference, share changes in transportation, etc. Teachers are working to get all students settled and ready for learning. Parents are also reminded that we will be working to build your kindergartner’s independence, so please work to assist them the first few days but then transition to a goodbye in the hallway and let your child put his/her things away independently. Thank you for your cooperation so that we can maintain this family friendly time of our day!

    Helpers for drop off carpool: For those students ready for carpool drop off in the morning already- we will have 5th grade students ready in the main lobby to assist kindergartners in walking to their classrooms these first two weeks of the school year. Between the 5th graders and the adults stationed at every intersection, there is plenty of support to get them to the classroom.

    Parent Session on 9/5 at 9:20am: Kindergarten families are reminded of a special event just for adults supporting kindergartners and the transition to a large school environment- Triumphs and Transitions- at 9:20am on Tuesday, September 5thin the FWES Cafeteria. Join our School Counselors and other kindergarten parents to work together to celebrate your child’s transition to kindergarten!

    No Lunch Visitors Until September 18th: To help your child and our teachers with the transitions, we ask that families wait until the week of September 18th before coming to have lunch with your child. There are many new procedures and processes that students need to learn throughout the day and the transition to the cafeteria and back is one of the biggest. We need to have time to establish those routines with all students before having visitors. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Dismissal- Procedures will work the same way they did for your staggered entry day. Thank you for following the Walker and CarpoolCarpool Video procedures if you participate in those types of dismissal. Carpoolers should have the blue carpool tag attached to their backpacks to assist as they work to learn their carpool number. After the child is loaded, cars who need to assist the child with booster seats or seat belts are asked to then move up and over in the pull over area to complete those procedures- to allow the line to continue moving. 

    *Important dismissal reminder- ANY and ALL dismissal changes must be submitted to the teacher in writing. If your child is a carpooler but you want them to be a walker, you must write a note to the teacher the morning of that day. DO NOT send the teacher an email to change transportation, as there are days when teachers only get to check email before the school day and after the end of the day. We DO NOT accept transportation changes over the phone at the main office, so please plan ahead.

    Snack Reminders: As part of our Healthy Brains, Health Bodies work at FWES- students may have a water bottle with them at school during the school day for hydration. Water is also the only beverage allowed in the classroom. If you want your child to have a snack- send one food item, no juice or beverage other than water.

    Expect your child to be pretty tired this week- they will have a busy, fun filled day each day at FWES!

     

     
    September 4

     

    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful long weekend. After the first full week of school we all needed a little extra time to catch up this weekend.

    From the PTA- Thank you for your support with the Go Play Save fundraiser. If your family is not going to purchase your book- or sell it to a family/friend- please return it to school.

    A few reminders going into this week for all families:

    Forms to register for the Parent Portal will begin being accepted on Tuesday in the front office. Photo ID verification at the school is required for this registration- so please bring your completed forms and your photo ID.

    2nd-5th Graders who have not paid $3 for agendas should send it to school by Tuesday, September 5th.

    Our Lost and Found is getting full already. Please make sure all items- including lunch boxes and water bottles are labeled with your child’s name so they can be returned.

    Kindergarten staggered entry was last week- with only 30 kindergartners at school each day. Tomorrow, all 120 students will be coming to school- we can’t wait for them to have their official 1st day of kindergarten and be with us each day! Expect parking to be challenging on Tuesday morning and we encourage all non-kindergarten parents to use the carpool lane for drop off😊.  As they return it is important to ask that all families following parking laws if you need to come to the school.

    It is also important to remember that it will take longer to help more kindergartners in our carpool line and we expect it may slow the line down a bit for a week or two- as they learn their number and learn to recognize their car from the front porch.

    We appreciate your empathy and patience for the kindergarten students and their families as they learn procedures and routines at school- as you all were kindergarten families when you started, too.

    August 31

    What a great week we are having with your children back in our building! Thank you for your patience and cooperation with carpool and buses- each day we have been improving, so hang tight with us.

    Please be reminded that we cannot change your child’s transportation in the afternoon without a written note from you. For the safety and security of our students, we do not take transportation changes over the phone- so if your child will not be going home their normal method, you must send a written note to the teacher. It is important to note that teachers may not have time to check email during the school day- so email is not an effective way to communicate time sensitive information and should not be used for timely information about transportation changes.

    As part of our Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies focus at FWES, tomorrow morning is our monthly Walk to School Day event. Please meet Mr. Eller at Kildaire Plaza (Starbucks) at 8:30am to walk with your child to school. Students cannot walk without an adult, but it is a great way to get the heart pumping and oxygen flowing to start your day- oh, and our students, tooJ.

    2nd-5th Graders who have not yet paid $3 for their agenda, should do so by tomorrow. Teachers will begin using agendas next week and need all students to have one. $3 may be sent in an envelope to your child’s teacher- child’s name on the outside; or payment may be made through the PTA MemberHub site: https://fwespta.memberhub.com/login

    1st-5th Graders are bringing home a Go Play Save coupon book today with information on how the book can be purchased as part of a PTA fund raiser. If your family chooses to participate, you may purchase the book and take orders for additional friends and family through September 22nd. If your family is not going to participate, you will need to return the coupon book to school as soon as possible. More information was in the electronic Monday folder and is included with your copy of the book today.

    August 31 (Kindergarten Only)

    We invite our kindergartners and their families to return to Farmington Woods tomorrow for our Kindergarten Open House event. Teacher assignments will be posted at the front windows of the school at 1:15pm and Open House will be from 1:30-2:30pm. We will open the doors at 1:30pm and ask families to wait outside until the doors are opened.

    Students are encouraged to go ahead and bring their school supplies with them tomorrow so they are not loaded down on Tuesday and teachers can get them organized prior to the start, too.

    PTA will be available at the Open House for membership, volunteering and spiritwear. We will also have carpool tags if you need to sign up to participate in our carpool lane. Review Carpool Procedures.

    For families interested in meeting students as “walkers” (out the front doors onto the porch), please also review the Walker Procedures

     
    August 28
    Monday Folders are available for your electronic review. This week, all families will receive many paper documents due to the need to have them completed and returned to the school. Beginning September 5th- only those families for whom we do not have an email address will receive paper copies of most folder items. Please make sure you have shared your email and cell phone # with our school so you can stay informed.
     
     
    August 27

    We were so happy to see many of you at Open House on Friday and can't wait to start another amazing school year on Monday! 

    If you were not able to join us for Open House, please note that there are several pieces of information that were collected that your child's teacher will ask you to complete on Monday evening and return. Most importantly is the Yellow Card as it is used for emergency contacts and illness. There is also additional information teachers may need from you and we ask that you assist them in gathering starting the year information. If you are able to join your child with a quick visit to the classroom on Monday morning between 8:45-9:15am, you can access much of this information and briefly meet your child's teacher. 

    Parking on Monday morning will be a challenge and families are once again reminded that the church at the corner of Seabrook and Cary Parkway has offered their parking lot for easy parking. Families are always welcome to walk students to the classroom in the mornings, but are reminded that teachers are responsible for students from 8:45-9:15am and cannot stop to conference with parents. Parents must have exited the building by the 9:15am bell. Thank you for your cooperation! 

    The dismissal process the first few weeks of school can take longer, as we consistently work to insure the safety of our students. We carefully check bus tags, carpool #s and other dismissal information on each of our almost 800 students. We know that your time is valuable, but your child's safety is more valuable and we appreciate your patience as we insure all students are safe each day. 

    As this process is critical- we will not sign students out early in the main office between 3:15-3:45pm as we are finalizing many items for dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation!
     
    An additional safety reminder is that any changes in transportation for your student must be submitted in writing and may not be taken over the phone. Please make sure you write a note to the teacher if your child's normal transportation will change on a day or permanently.  

    Parents choosing to meet students as "walkers" should wait on the front porch of the school until walkers are dismissed. Walkers who park and walk to meet students are asked to arrive EXTRA EARLY to be sure you have time to park and that your child is picked up between 3:45-3:50pm. We cannot start the carpool line until the walkers have left campus. Once with your child, please use sidewalks and appropriate pathways to exit the campus. A reminder that no dogs are allowed on our campus during arrival or dismissal. 

    Bus riders should expect routes to take longer as drivers learn students and stops and verify that students are exiting at the correct stop. Please note that no K or 1st grade student will be dropped at a bus stop unless a parent is present- so please wait at the bus stop for your child. Families with your child's ID # may also downloade the Here Comes the Bus app to track the bus progress. 

    Carpool families are asked to work with your child to learn the new carpool # for 2017-18 and to be patient in the line as it will seem to move extremely slowly the first few weeks. We will not allow parents to walk up and ask that students be dismissed from the cafeteria (carpool staging area) during the process, so please stay in your car and be patient. To be reminded of what the carpool process looks like from the car and procedures that need to be followed, you may access the FWES Carpool Dismissal Process video for additional information and reminders 

    With your cooperation and our students enthusiasm for starting the year, we are all set for a fantastic day tomorrow! See you soon! 

     
    August 26 (Kindergarten Families Only)

    Hello Kindergarten Families! 

    We hope you are ready for a great week of Staggered Entry for our entering kindergarten students. This process allows us to bring in smaller groups of students for one full day of school. Parents should plan to bring kindergartners to school on their staggered entry day and walk with them to the check in table to share information about lunch and transportation home. The child will then stay at school the entire day and get to experience kindergarten fun! 

    The schedule for Staggered Entry attendance day is based on the students' last name. Please see below:

    Monday, Aug. 28th : A-F
    Tuesday, Aug. 29th: G-L
    Wednesday, Aug. 30th : M-R
    Thursday, Aug 31st: S-Z
    Friday, September 1st 1:30-2:30pm Kindergarten Open House/Meet the Teacher- Please plan to bring your child with you to this event to meet their teacher, see their cubby and to see classroom friends. School supplies may also be brought to this event to avoid overloaded backpacks on Tuesday, September 5th. 

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

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

    We tend to have a large number of kindergarten families participate in the carpool pick up process at dismissal in the afternoon. To help you prepare for that process and understand how it works, we have created a demonstration video that we hope will support your understanding of the process. 

    Please note- the carpool line and process takes MUCH longer the first few weeks of the school year as students get new carpool #s and have to learn to listen for new #s. While it can take longer, we will not allow parents to walk up to take students from the carpool area during the carpool process. If you wish to change the method they go home from carpooler to walker, you can do that in the front office, but we ask your patience as the more practice students get the faster the process will move for everyone. 

    Carpool Dismissal Video

     
    August 24
    Parking Reminder for Open House tomorrow: WCPSS Security will be available to assist with directing you to parking on the back field and the church parking lot at Seabrook and Cary Parkway has also been gracious to allow us to use their lot for school events. The Kildaire Home Owners Association has shared many complaints about our school families parking on grass, blocking driveways and parking on both sides of streets so that other vehicles cannot pass. In the spring, Cary PD was called to issue tickets. We don't want anyone to leave Open House and find a ticket, so please park as if it were your house and your street. Thank you for being good neighbors! See you in the morning! 
     
    August 24

    It’s almost that time! See you tomorrow for Open House 8:30-11:00am! It will be very helpful if you use the link below to access the preview document for Open House so your family is prepared for the many activities you can complete while on our campus.

    Reminders:

    Thursday, August 24th at 4:30pm- Class Rosters will be posted at the front doors of the school for 1st-5th Grade families to see homeroom teacher assignments. Kindergartners will not be assigned at teacher until after staggered entry is completed for all students.

    Friday, August 25th- OPEN HOUSE from 8:30-11:00am- Kindergarten Parent Orientation Sessions at 8:45am and 10:00am- Families and 1st-5th grade students are invited to come meet your teacher and see your FWES family!

    Tips and more information on FWES Open House 2017   (http://bit.ly/2vT16TT) can be found on that link and on the school website to help families with planning for the event. Note that 2nd-5th grade families will need to bring $3 to purchase an agenda from our PTA for your student during the Open House event. There are other events where you will also want to have $ with you and that is all shared on the flyer.

    Kona Ice Truck (http://bit.ly/2wdsFdb)  will also be on campus to celebrate thanks to the PTA! Kona Ice will not be allowed inside FWES and families should plan to purchase after finishing with Open House activities on their way out of the building. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school clean and ready for the 1st day of school!

    Bus Riders: Please check out information on the new app that will allow you to see the location of your child’s bus from your phone. What a great way to get information- we encourage all families to download- “Here Comes the Bus

    Important Update! Lunch prices have been raised by $.10 for the 2017-18 school year. Lunch price is $2.35 for students. Unfortunately, our back to school documents and handbook were completed prior to this information becoming available. Please make a note as you put $ on your child’s account. 

     
    August 21
    Safety is a priority today with the Eclipse. Inquirers can find out more about the Eclipse and learn how to participate in viewing it safely here: 2017 WCPSS Solar Eclipse Info. What an exciting Science experience to be a part of this summer! 

    The countdown is on.... We can’t wait to see our families and students!

    Reminders:

     

    • The FWES Front Office will be closed until 1:00pm on Monday, August 21st and all day on Tuesday, August 22nd for required staff trainings and Opening School Staff Meetings.
    • Volunteer Registration and Re-activation must be completed before October 30th- only those volunteers who are approved may assist in the school building during the instructional day and the approval process can take 2-3 weeks, so new families register/reactivate early and returning families reactivate as soon as you can.
    • Medications may be signed in to the office for your child, with the required completed forms on August 23rd-24th to avoid the line at Open House or may be brought to Open House on August 25th from 8:30-11:00am.
    • Bus Routes are posted for review and planning. Please note that any stop or bus change requests submitted at this point will not be reviewed for 30 days- so you must make plans for your child through the end of September. More information about the process is available on the WCPSS Transportation Home Page.

     

    Thursday, August 24th at 4:30pm- Class Rosters will be posted at the front doors of the school for 1st-5th Grade families to see homeroom teacher assignments. Kindergartners will not be assigned at teacher until after staggered entry is completed for all students.

    Friday, August 25th- OPEN HOUSE from 8:30-11:00am- Kindergarten Parent Orientation Sessions at 8:45am and 10:00am- Families and 1st-5th grade students are invited to come meet your teacher and see your FWES family!

    Tips and more information on FWES Open House 2017  (http://bit.ly/2vT16TT) can be found on that link and on the school website to help families with planning for the event. Note that 2nd-5th grade families will need to bring $3 to purchase an agenda from our PTA for your student during the Open House event. There are other events where you will also want to have $ with you and that is all shared on the flyer.

    Kona Ice Truck (http://bit.ly/2wdsFdb)  will also be on campus to celebrate thanks to the PTA! Kona Ice will not be allowed inside FWES and families should plan to purchase after finishing with Open House activities on their way out of the building. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school clean and ready for the 1st day of school! 

    August 18

    Bus routes for the 17-18 school year will be posted today for families at WCPSS Bus Routes. Families should review the route number and stops carefully as they may not be the same as last year.

    Kindergarten families are reminded that tomorrow is the Marbles Museum Kick Off to Kindergarten 9am-4pm. It is a free event for all rising kindergartners and their families and a great way to prepare your child for the transition to kindergarten and have lots of fun, too!

    Due to required staff training events and Back to School Staff Meetings, the front office will be closed on the following dates and times:

    ·         The FWES Front Office will be closed the morning of Monday, August 21st and will open at 1:00pm. Registrations will be accepted on August 21st from 1:30-3:30pm.

    ·        The FWES Front Office will also be closed all day on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8:30am.

     

     
    August 15 
    We are a week away from the 2017 Eclipse. Inquirers can find out more about the Eclipse and learn how to participate in viewing it safely here: 2017 WCPSS Solar Eclipse Info. What an exciting Science experience to be a part of this summer!

    We are continuing to schedule medication drop off/sign in appointments for families to avoid the rush at Open House- please call 919-460-3469 to come by early to drop off your child’s medications needed at school.

    Volunteer registration is also currently available on the computer in the front office. If you want to get your registration processed for the beginning of the year- or get your approval transferred from another school- you will want to come this week. The office is open 8:30-11:45am and 1:00-4:00pm all week. Read more about the process- Volunteer Registration for 2017-18

    Bus Routes and stops will be posted at WCPSS Bus Routes on Friday, August 18th. Please check as stops and or routes may have changed and will not be the same as last year!

    Teacher Assignments and Class Rosters will be posted at 4:30pm on Thursday, August 24th at the front of the school. Families may come by after 4:30pm to find out your child’s teacher for the 2017-18 school year. Open House to meet the teacher and complete MANY important beginning of school activities will be Friday, August 25th from 8:30-11:00am. More information about Open House is included in the Back to School Newsletter 2017.

    New FWES Fax #: 919-704-2196  for doctor’s to fax 1702 forms for medication or other information needing to be sent to the school via fax.

    Schedule Changes for FWES Front Office: 

    Due to required staff training events and Back to School Staff Meetings, the front office will be closed on the following dates and times:

    The FWES Front Office will be closed the morning of Monday, August 21st and will open at 1:00pm. Registrations will be accepted on August 21st from 1:30-3:30pm.

    The FWES Front Office will also be closed all day on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8:30am. 

     
    August 11

    School Messenger will get busier as we get closer to the start of the year to keep our families informed- Thank you for reading through the messages so you are aware of important school information.

    Back to School packets should have arrived to your home address this week with lots of back to school information to read through. All of the information in the packet will also be posted to the website in the Back to School 17-18 section by this weekend.

    Don’t forget you can schedule a time to bring and sign in your child’s medication prior to Open House- please call 919-460-3469 to set up a time. Appointments are necessary because only particular staff are allowed by law to sign in medications. All forms and the original bottle/box with the Rx on it are required for medication to be accepted by the school.

    The PTA Hospitality Committee is looking for committee members to help throughout the year with showing amazing hospitality to our fantastic staff. Please contact Ushma Shukla, ushukla.pta@gmail.com if you are interested in helping. The first event is the Welcome Back lunch on Monday, August 21st from 11:45am-1:00pm and the PTA would love to have a large, enthusiastic group to welcome back the FWES Teaching Staff that day!

    New FWES Fax #: 919-704-2196  for doctor’s to fax 1702 forms for medication or other information needing to be sent to the school via fax.

    Schedule Changes for FWES Front Office:  

    Due to required staff training events and Back to School Staff Meetings, the front office will be closed on the following dates and times:

    The FWES Front Office will be closed the morning of Monday, August 21st and will open at 1:00pm. Registrations will be accepted on August 21st from 1:30-3:30pm.

    The FWES Front Office will also be closed all day on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8:30am.

    Keep reading- FWES is #82 nationally with 248,190 minutes read- can we cross a quarter million minutes?! Log minutes here: Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2017

    Stay tuned- next week information about the Eclipse on August 21st will be included with the reminders!

     
    August 4

    Be on the look-out for EOG score reports for 2016-17. They were mailed to families this week. Use this link to learn more about the information included in the report: http://www.wcpss.net/Page/18071.

    Thanks to all of our families who completed the new process for the before/after school program registration. At this time, both of our programs are filled and both have significant waitlists.

    Almost all documents for this school year have been updated and posted to the school website for review by our families. Back to School 2017-18  Additional documents will be posted as needed. 

    Today we are excited to welcome three new International Teachers to Cary as they become part of our FWES team for the 2017-18 school year. Laura is from England, Mark is from Ireland and Shannon is from Jamaica and they can’t wait to meet all of you!

    Have a wonderful weekend- more reminders and updates will be on the way next week! 

    July 31

    Wow! It's almost August and that means a new school year is just around the corner- we can't wait! 

    Here are some reminders for our families as we begin to get closer....

    • Gardening Helpers are needed in our FWES Community Garden on the next two Wednesdays: August 2nd and 9th at 9am in the FWES Courtyard- all FWES families and friends are invited! We provide our harvest to the Dorcas Crisis center to share with families in crisis. 
    • Before and After School digital "line up" link will be active on the school website at 9am on Tuesday, August 1st- if you would like to get in line for a spot in either program, please use that link to timestamp your place in line. More information about the process can be found at the top of the FWES Home Page
    • Back to School documents for 2017-18 have been updated on the website and can be found at the Back to School link on the right side of the home page. Documents include the FWES Parent Handbook, Carpool Procedures, How to Volunteer, etc. 
    • Volunteer Registration! We want YOU to be our volunteer:) Returning approved volunteers must renew their registration at any WCPSS school before October 31st- this also applies to families new to FWES who were approved volunteers at other schools (you will reactivate and indicate FWES as one of your schools for 17-18). The school office is open most days from 8:30-11:45am and 1:00-4:00pm for anyone interested in registering early. There are days from August 17-24 that the office will have limited office hours due to the return of the teachers and back to school staff events, so please monitor the calendar on the website for changes in the office schedule. 
    • Email and text notifications- The School Messenger system allows schools to share important information with families through email and text messages. If you are not getting one or the other, it is likely that we do not have you correct contact information or for text messages, you did not choose to "opt in" to receive them. Please contact the main office at 919-460-3469 and we will work to assist you so that you can stay informed throughout the year. 
    • Kindergarten families should have received information on Kindergarten specific items for Back to School in the mail- if not- please contact the office so we can verify your mailing address. 
    • ALL FWES families will receive the full Back to School mailing the week of August 7th with LOTS of information to help you prepare to come back and know what to look for during Open House on August 25th. 
    • Keep Reading! We are at 214,000+ minutes and are 88th in the nation for reading this summer with the Scholastic Summer Book Challenge. Be sure to log your minutes and those students reaching 1500 and/or 2000 minutes will receive a special recognition at the start of the school year!