• Friday Folder Materials for Families to Review 

    WCPSS Coronavirus Site

    Food Resources for Students and Families

    FWES Twitter- @fwesibpyp   (if you are not on Twitter- you can follow FWES Twitter messaging at FWES Website

    FWES PTA Twitter- @fwespta

    FWES Handbook Highlights and Updates for 2021-22

    Spanish Version              Arabic Version 

     

    2021-22 COVID Reminders about Protocols and Procedures

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message-

    Mrs. Pierce walks families through the COVID information and procedures that are outlined by WCPSS and followed at FWES- all found at the link below.  

    WCPSS COVID information and protocols to follow

    Highlighted Reminders:

    • If there is a positive case, only students who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more WITHOUT a mask will be contacted as part of the contact tracing procedure. Whole classrooms will not be contacted if there is a positive case. Only information on YOUR student can be shared with families, per HIPPA law. 
    • Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine if exposed. You may send your child's vaccination record at any time- or can wait until contacted. Copies of Vaccination cards may be emailed to Kim Fish-  kbfish@wcpss.net. 
    • Students who are exposed to a positive case at school, but are not vaccinated are required to go home. School staff will reach out and your cooperation and kindness are appreciated when you receive this call. Students must be picked up immediately from our Care Center. 
    • Students who have any symptom from the list are also required to go home and be picked up immediately. Mrs. Pierce reviews the process for when a student with a symptom can return and it is outlined at the link above. 

     

    1-20-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Happy Thursday! 

    Due to the predicted inclement weather, all WCPSS campuses will close at 6pm today and will be closed all day on Friday, January 21st. I am "Team Snow" so stay tuned for weather and any lingering impact it might have on our schedules next week, too- as it is expected to remain very cold. 

    Report cards that were scheduled to go home tomorrow will go home with students next week. 

    Have a warm, safe and hopefully snow-fun weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

    Next Week at FWES

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for January: Open Minded

    P2 Character Strength this Week: Social Intelligence

     

    Monday, January 24 

    Report Cards Home with Students

    Mako COVID Testing 1:30-2:30pm 

    1:15pm FWES Magnet Info Session and Tour

    Tuesday, January 25 

     

    Wednesday, January 26  

     

    Thursday, January 27 

    7:45am Handbells Rehearsal 

    PTA Spirit Night- City BBQ- See info below! 

    Note: Magnet Application Window has been extended until February 6th. 

    Friday, January 28 

    5th Grade Specialist Collaboration Day! 

    Virtual Cultural Arts Indian Dance- Thank you FWES PTA and United Arts of Wake County! 



    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    WCPSS Inclement Weather Site- With the possibility of winter weather for the next couple of months, please use this link to see WCPSS communications regarding weather related delays and closings. 

    Weekly COVID Testing at FWES- begins January 24, 2022- read here to learn more and register your child to participate  **If we were to miss school on Monday, we would not test at FWES until Monday, January 31st. 

    Magnet Application Window Extension: Deadline for applications to attend a WCPSS Magnet School in 2022-23 has been extended until February 6th. 

     

    FWES PTA News: 

    PTA Fundraiser at City Barbeque- The Farmington Woods PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque in Cary on January 27th! Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ.  We'll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order or in the City BBQ app!

    CITY BBQ FLYER- open to see how to support FWES and get the scan code to show or share! 

     

    1-14-2022  (sent 1-17-2022)

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message 6 minutes

    Good Morning FWES Families!
    I hope this message finds you warm and with power this morning after our winter storm yesterday. 

    We are now finished with the first semester of school and our teachers are preparing to send report cards home on Friday of this week. There is no school again tomorrow as it is a teacher workday designated for the completion of report cards. The FWES Front Office will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Wednesday at 8:00am. 

    As you may have seen, WCPSS is expanding COVID testing availability in schools to all schools in 2022. FWES will begin on January 24th offering weekly COVID testing for families who register their student(s). There is a link to information below about the process and how to register your student. Our testing day will be Mondays and only those students registered by Thursday, the week prior will be included in the weekly testing (so if you want your child to test on January 24th- you must register your student by Thursday, January 20th of this week). It is important to understand that this testing is not a "Test to Stay" based on exposure or symptoms but a weekly scheduled pool testing opportunity. 

    We continue to appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our families as we continue to follow the most updated WCPSS and DHHS guidelines for COVID symptoms, positive cases and exposures. Thank you! 

    Respectfully, 

    Winston Pierce

     

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for January: Open Minded

    P2 Character Strength this Week: Perspective

    Monday, January 17 

    Holiday- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day; No School

    Tuesday, January 18 

    Teacher Workday- FWES Office Closed

    Wednesday, January 19  

     

    Thursday, January 20 

    7:45am Handbells Rehearsal 

    Friday, January 21 

    Report Cards Go Home



    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    WCPSS Inclement Weather Site- With the possibility of winter weather for the next couple of months, please use this link to see WCPSS communications regarding weather related delays and closings. 

     

    MLK Day 2022

    Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  WCPSS central office and schools will be closed.  Triangle MLK Day Events 

    FWES and FWES PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has shared information throughout this week on ways that students and families might use the days off Monday and Tuesday to participate in the National Day of Service. The slide deck from the week with ideas and additional information is linked below. Please report out your action to the FWES PTA DEI and through the FWES Website (information for both options is included on the last slide of the slide deck below, too). 

    MLK Day and National Day of Service- slide deck of information and ideas

    Send your National Day of Service pictures to inclusion@fwespta.org

    FWES Action Speaks Louder than Words- share here for Action Wednesday on News

     

    Weekly COVID Testing at FWES- begins January 24, 2022- read here to learn more and register your child to participate- MUST register by January 20th to be included in first day of testing on January 24th. 

     

    Here Comes the Bus- The Here Comes the Bus app is having some issues currently with reporting bus times and locations. Until that is corrected, FWES will be Tweeting the time the bus leaves FWES campus @FWESbusfeed (or check the website in the bottom right corner if you are not on Twitter)

     

    WAKE Up and Read is a community coalition committed to ensuring each and every child - regardless of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status -  is reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  We believe that literacy is a right and all children need access to high quality books.  Building inclusive home libraries is one of our biggest initiatives and we need your support! 

    Farmington Woods will collect books from JAN 30th - FEB 25th . Please have your child bring any donated books to the Inquiry Center or drop them in the carpool lane. 

    Collection of  new and gently-read books for babies and children up to 12 years old.   

    Our school goal this year is to collect 5,000 books to donate. Start cleaning off those book shelves of the books that no one reads and let's fill the boxes!!

    Any questions, please contact Mrs. Grice   egrice@wcpss.net

     

    1-7-2022  

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Next Week at FWES

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for January: Open Minded

    P2 Character Strength this Week: Open Mindedness

    Monday, January 10  

     

    Tuesday, January 11 

    WCPSS Mini Magnet Fair Virtual 9:30-11:00am (Middle Schools)

    Wednesday, January 12  

    VA Pick Up Day 9:30am-3:15pm

    Thursday, January 13 

    VA Pick Up Day 9:30am-3:15pm

    Friday, January 14 

    VA Pick Up Day 9:30am-3:15pm

    **Note, Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday and Tuesday, January 18 is a Teacher Workday where FWES Staff will be teleworking and the office will be closed. 

    FWES Friday Folder and News: 

    Cafeteria for Lunch at FWES: 

    Beginning, Monday, January 10th- FWES will transition to an indoor winter lunch plan that will adjust schedules and have students eating in our cafeteria. The components of this plan will include: 

    • Assigned seats (aligned with classroom proximity seating charts) on one side of each cafeteria table- all facing the same direction. 
    • Masks are worn at all times except when seated and actively eating- students will be instructed to replace masks when they finish eating
    • Students will wash hands and hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria- and hand sanitize on the way out
    • Tables will be cleaned with antiviral cleaner between each group of students

    In considering this shift, the following information was reviewed and evaluated: 

    • Eating lunch outside in the winter months is not feasible due to weather
    • Classrooms are not large enough to create the appropriate social distancing required when eating lunch. As we have already seen this week when eating in classrooms- the number of students who are being sent home due to contact tracing because of lunch time exposures is more this week than we have the entire fall semester. It is not possible to provide a safer eating environment if students eat in classrooms. 
    • The space in the cafeteria will significantly reduce the number of students to whom each student is within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more when eating and we hope, based on what we’ve seen in classrooms this week, that it will provide less need to send students home for positive exposure situations and contact tracing. We will monitor this data closely. 
      • Mrs. Pierce contacted each Elementary Principal in the western area before winter break as all other schools have been using cafeterias regularly for lunch (some with similar seating plans to ours and others pre-covid use of space- with students at all seats). They all reported no excess need to contact trace due to lunch at that time. 
    • In addition to not being able to safely create space for eating in classrooms for students, we do not have enough staff to provide classroom supervision of students to allow classroom teachers to have a lunch break daily, as required by state statute. When we eat outside, adults assigned for lunch duty supervise two classrooms at a time, because all students are visible to the adult- 1 adult cannot supervise 2 classrooms of students at lunch as all students cannot be seen at all times by that one adult if they are in classrooms. Our classroom teachers have not had a lunch break this week due to the weather and need to eat in the classrooms. 

     

    We will continue to monitor how this change impacts student and staff safety and make adjustments as needed and appreciate your understanding as we seek to navigate these challenging times for the school and in our community. 

    Magnet Application and Information for rising Kinder and 5th Graders: 

    If you have a student currently in 5th or 8th grade at a magnet school, you MUST APPLY if you wish to continue at a magnet school at the next grade level. Apply now at magnet.wcpss.net/apply. The deadline to apply is January 27. Visit wcpss.net/magnet for information about upcoming recruitment events. 

     

    Rising kindergarten siblings of magnet students in grades K-4 MUST enroll and apply to attend the same school as the older sibling. 5th and 8th-grade siblings of magnet students at the next grade level have already been assigned to the same magnet as the older sibling. Parents may email me the name of the sibling for confirmation (tanderson-powell@wcpss.net)

     

    Applicants may apply to any magnet school that is an option for their address although applying to the pathway school for the current school provides the highest priority to be selected (wcpss.net/priorities).  Students with magnet status who apply to the pathway middle or high school for the current school/program (wcpss.net/pathways), will be selected for that school. Students with magnet status may also apply to other magnet schools and list them as higher choices than the pathway school. If you are not selected for the other magnets, you will be put in the applicant pool for your first choice school and you will still be selected for the pathway magnet school. 

     

    Families with questions can join  2 upcoming info sessions - January 5 and January 12 at 10 am. RSVP here or email me at magnetcenter@wcpss.net. 

    Please complete Meal Benefits Form- ASAP! 

    Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits as soon as possible . By submitting a qualifying application, families will also support the district in qualifying for additional funds to support students and learning! Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services is collecting student free and reduced lunch and attendance data from WCPSS to determine any  additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months! By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the potential opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!

     

    Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2022 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra education funding next school year. Also, this ensures your student is covered for the first few weeks of school next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits can be found at www.wcpss.net/meals. Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.  

    Mensaje importante relacionado con temas de educación y financiación: Favor de completar la Solicitud para Beneficios de Comidas  

    Padres, por favor consideren solicitar los beneficios de comidas tan pronto como sea posible. Por cada estudiante que entregue la solicitud de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido y califique, la escuela recibe fondos federales que benefician al estudiante y los maestros de la escuela. Estos fondos proporcionan maestros y personal adicional para la escuela, lo que significa más servicios para los estudiantes, especialmente para los estudiantes que tienen dificultades en lectura o matemáticas. Estos fondos también se utilizan para materiales y suministros para estudiantes y maestros. Estos son recursos valiosos que los maestros pueden usar para mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.

    Además, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte está recopilando información sobre almuerzos gratuitos o a precio reducido y de la asistencia escolar de los estudiantes de WCPSS para determinar cualquier beneficio electrónico adicional (P-EBT) por motivos de la pandemia que se emitirán en los próximos meses. Si usted no solicita y no califica para los beneficios de comidas, ¡perderá la oportunidad de recibir fondos P-EBT directos para su familia!

    Sí, las comidas seguirán siendo gratuitas para todos los estudiantes hasta junio de 2022, pero aún necesitamos que usted complete una solicitud de beneficios de comidas para que nuestra escuela pueda ser elegible para estos fondos adicionales para la educación del próximo año. Además, esto asegura que su estudiante cuente con estos beneficios durante las primeras semanas de clase del próximo año escolar. Usted puede encontrar información sobre cómo solicitar beneficios de comidas en www.wcpss.net/meals. Ayude a nuestra escuela a seguir recibiendo estos fondos completando una solicitud en línea en MySchoolApps.com. Las solicitudes en papel se pueden solicitar llamando al 919-588-3535.

     

     

    12-17-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Next Week at FWES- January 3rd:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for January: Open Minded

    Monday, January 3  

    Happy 2022! 

    Welcome Back to FWES! 

    Tuesday, January 4 

     

    Wednesday, January 5  

     

    Thursday, January 6 

    7:45am 5th Grade Handbells Rehearsal 

    Friday, January 7 

    FWES Magnet Virtual Tours 9:45am and 1:15pm 

    Saturday, January 8  

    WCPSS Elementary Magnet Mini Fair 9:00-11:00am 

    More info here about Middle and High School Fairs

     

    Assignment Strips- All students should have a letter about next year’s school assignment in their folder or bookbag from this week. Please note that letter only indicates the student’s school assignment for 2022-23, NOT their grade placement. Decisions about promotion to the next grade for students occur in late spring. 

    FWES Lunch Changes in January for Winter- While our school has been fortunate to enjoy the NC weather since August and eat lunch outside daily, the winter weather changes that are expected, along with appropriate outdoor clothing, seating towels/mats and wind chills are going to make it challenging to continue to eat outside daily in the winter. 

    We will begin transitioning to a return to the cafeteria for daily lunch for all students in January, 2022- likely to begin (after time to practice the week of January 3rd) the week of January 10th. 

    Cafeteria Student Lunch Highlights for Winter 2022

    • Students will sit on only one side of the table and face forward for eating time
    • Students will have assigned seats to minimize any risk of exposure and/or contact tracing
    • Students will only remove masks while eating and will put masks back on as soon as they finish eating
    • Students may socialize during lunch. 
    • The school/classroom schedule for most grade levels will be adjusted to accommodate this change, as it will limit the # of students who can be served in the cafe- we will start lunch earlier and end later. Teachers will communicate any changes to families as we move forward. 

    This change provides a regular lunch schedule each day during the winter months and also makes sure our teachers still get a lunch break daily, too.

     

    The Gift of Reading- WOW! What a great way to end 2021 with the Gift of Reading:) Watching students and staff slow down to enjoy reading each day (without comprehension questions:) is a joy! Thank you to all families for your support and participation in our themed days and with submitting videos or joining classrooms virtually to read, too! 

    Don’t forget to continue to give your child the gift of reading moving forward. Use the link below to see several options and ideas for Winter Break Reading for students and families to enjoy from Mrs. Grice. Be an IB Lifelong Learner!!

    Winter Break Reading 

     

    FWES PTA Notes:

    Thank you so much to everyone that helped the PTA reach our goal of providing the entire FWES Staff with a pizza bundle to take home over the break! It is so special that we are able to show our staff this level of appreciation and the PTA would like to express our sincere thanks.

    The first half of the school year has been an amazing time for the FWES PTA! With your support and membership we have been able to make these awesome things a reality.

    • Welcome Back School Picnic
    • Welcome Back Meal for Staff
    • Classroom Start Up Funds for Staff
    • New Spirit Wear Designs
    • Go Play Save
    • Stock the Staff Room Events 
    • School Wide Trunk or Treat
    • School Wide Cultural Arts Programming
    • Fall Book Fair
    • Fun Run
    • Papa Murphy's Pizza and Cookie Dough Bundles

    We have many more things to look forward to during the second half of the school year and more details will be forthcoming. 


    Lastly, remember that it is never too late to join the PTA. Your voice matters! Just joining helps the FWES PTA to advocate for our students. Join now! See you next year!!!

     

    12-10-2021

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message

    Happy Friday! 

    While there is energy in the air at FWES, we continue to focus our days on learning and growing our IB Learners! 

    Three big events are scheduled for next week that are an exciting way to end 2021- PTA and United Arts Sponsored Cultural Arts Storyteller- live virtually in classrooms, our annual Gift of Reading event for the entire week and on Friday, our amazing specialists will have their Collaboration Rotation with our 4th graders for the entire day! These events help us to maintain our focus on authentic learning experiences while channeling some of spirit of the season. 

    Friday, December 17th is the last day of school before Winter Break- so we will see our students back at FWES on Monday, January 3, 2022. 

    Have a great week! 

    Winston Pierce  

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for December: Caring

    P2 Character Strength this week: Love

     

    Gift of Reading this week!!!

     

    Monday, December 13

    Gift of Reading Theme- “Exercise your Brain and Read!”- exercise, sports jerseys, etc. 


    Read 20 minute and add to reading log

    Tuesday, December 14

    **Before School Change TODAY- Drop off will still be at the front of the school, but students will go into one of the classrooms on the front of the building for the program. Please DO NOT go to the cafeteria, but wait on a member of the YMCA staff to come out to meet you. 

    The FWES Staff is having a holiday breakfast in the cafeteria on Tuesday and we appreciate your flexibility! 


    Gift of Reading Theme- Tacky Sweater Tuesday

    Read 20 minutes and add to reading log


    FWES PTA Cultural Arts Performance- Live Virtual Storytelling- Rona Leventhal Storytelling

    9:35am K-2 Students

    10:25am 3-5 Students


    Neighborhood Visit to Lake Wheeler Neighborhood 5:00-5:30am

    Wednesday, December 15  

    Gift of Reading Theme- Wild Animal Wednesday- bring a stuffed animal, that will fit in your backpack, to read with today

    Read 20 minutes and add to reading log

    Thursday, December 16 

    7:45am Handbells Rehearsal


    Gift of Reading Theme- Turn off the Lights and Read- bring a flashlight to read with in the classroom today


    Reading Log Due today- in paper or log it here by 4:00pm


    PTA Holiday Dinner Pick up for Staff- THANK YOU! 


    Neighborhood Visit to Blue Bird Court 5:00-5:30pm  

    Friday, December 17 

    Gift of Reading Theme- Relax and Read- Pajama Day! 

    Read Together Day- guest WCPSS readers and virtual FWES Family Readers! 


    4th Grade Collaboration Rotation with Specialists

     

    Winter Break- December 20-January 2nd! 

    We look forward to seeing our students return for 2022 on January 3rd, 2022! 

     

    Friday Folder Notes: 

    Gift of Reading-  We are starting one of our favorite events at FWES TODAY! The annual Gift of Reading. There is a reading log coming home- or make an electronic version below- to use to record your daily reading time. There are theme days each day next week and reading logs with 180  minutes with parent signature (or parent may use google form linked below as a signature) will be entered for book giveaways! It is a great way to celebrate the gift of reading, which is a gift that lasts a lifetime and supports lifelong learning! More info is in the flyer linked above. 

    • Reading Log- electronic Google Doc make a copy version 
    • Guest Virtual/recorded Family Readers- Teachers will be reaching out to families. Guest live virtual readers must complete the WCPSS Guest Speaker form ahead of time; but any family may create a recording of a favorite book to send the teacher that can be shared, too. 

     

    Family Engagement Survey- We tried to get feedback after conferences but only got 3 responses- so trying again. Please provide us with feedback so we can continue to work within the COVID requirements to create opportunities to partner with the families of our students! 

    FWES PTA Notes:

    Staff Wish Lists - Link

    Tis the season for gift giving. Many of our staff have updated this spreadsheet with some of their favorite things. This will be a good place to start if you are planning to give a gift this year. 

     

    Pizzas and Cookie Dough for Staff

    Please sponsor a meal from Papa Murphy’s Pizza for a FWES staff member on December 16th!  We have partnered with Papa Murphy’s Pizza to offer a take and bake family size cheese pizza and chocolate chip cookie dough for $12.00.  Let’s show our amazing staff how much we appreciate them as they leave for winter break!

    Please donate here:    https://fwespta.memberhub.com/store/items/155742 

     

    12-3-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Wow- Welcome December with great weather! 

    Hoping all had a great Thanksgiving break! 

    Today, all students should be bringing home an Interim Report for Quarter 2. Please review this report as it shares important information on your child’s progress with the academic standards being taught at this mid-point. If you have concerns, please reach out to the teacher to learn more about how you can support at home, too. 

    We have started our magnet information sessions and virtual tours with families interested in FWES for the 2022-23 school year. In almost every one, a family or more share that they have friends who attend FWES and they are visiting on your recommendation. Thanks for sharing the good work of our incredIBle staff with others- we love hearing about it! Fifth grade families might also begin to explore middle school magnet options. There is much information on the Magnet Home Page but also information shared below about the new Global Magnet program at Dillard Drive Middle school, too. There are school tours and virtual tours available for middle school, too- so see all of the amazing options out there for our students to continue their growing as learners! 

    Reminder- we are going to try to eat lunch outside every day that it is possible for student safety. Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing and a towel or yoga mat (many families cut them into a smaller rectangle or square to sit on and fit in the classroom cubby) to sit out when eating outside when the weather is chillier. Thanks! 

    Looking forward to our upcoming Gift of Reading annual event! Next Friday- Dec. 10th, you will receive the reading log and we will begin recording minutes read to be entered into a drawing for books! In addition, the link below shares the them days the week of December 13-17 so you can prepare:) We cannot welcome families into the building but there are recorded and virtual options to read to your child’s class- look for info from the teacher! 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for December: Caring

    P2 Character Strength this week: Kindness

     

    Monday, December 6

    New FWES Head Custodian starts- Welcome Anita Stewart! 

    1:15pm FWES Magnet Virtual Tour

    Tuesday, December 7

     

    Wednesday, December 8  

     

    Thursday, December 9 

    7:45am 5th Grade Handbells Rehearsal

    9:30-10:30am IOWA Testing for select 3rd/4th Graders

    Friday, December 10 

    9:30-10:30am IOWA Testing for select 3rd/4th Graders

    **Gift of Reading Begins this weekend! 

     

    FWES Friday Folder:

    Gift of Reading 2021: We are excited to once again give the best gift of the holiday season at FWES…. Time to read and celebrate reading- one size fits all, too!!! 

    December 10-17, 2021 will be our Gift of Reading Celebration. We will have a reading log for each student to complete for book giveaways and daily themes for the week. 

    Friday, December 17, 2021 is Read Together Day (along with Pajama Day) where WCPSS Central Office staff will join us in the building to read to classrooms and families will be invited to record a read aloud or join a class virtually** to read a book to the class. Please be on the lookout from your child’s teacher for more information. 

    **Any individual reading virtually must be an approved WCPSS volunteer or complete the Guest Speaker agreement form. Teachers will be sharing that information with you, too. 

    Scripp’s Spelling Bee 2022 (Wake Spelling Bee 2022): There is no information at this time about Spelling Bee structures for 2022. If there are update will let you know.

    5th Grade Families- Consider a Global Theme Continuation Magnet Program: Please look at one of WCPSS's newest magnet schools. Located in the center of Wake County, Dillard Drive Magnet Middle's theme is focused on global studies and world languages. Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School is now offering French and Spanish—with the option of earning up to 2 high school language credits—and integrating global themes within all classes. Teachers at Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School create dynamic opportunities that connect students to current events, global topics, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Please reach out to Principal, Margaret Feldman, at mfeldman@wcpss.net or the school's magnet coordinator, Jessica Nelson, at jnelson1@wcpss.net.

    Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=stmi_tUQg0I&feature=youtu.be

    Article - https://bit.ly/31mjk4f

     

    A world of opportunities await your child at Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School - Carolina Parent

    In Partnership with Wake County Public School System and Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School There is a new magnet middle school in the Wake County Public School System, with a theme focused on global studies and world languages. Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School (DDMMS) is now offering French and Spanish—with the option of earning up to 2 high school language credits—and integrating...

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    11-19-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Friday, November 19, 2021

    Happy Friday to our families! 

    We have had a great week with the book fair and our first week of the pencil box for our students! There was shopping everywhere:) 

    Thank you to our PTA for support with the book fair and the few volunteers that were allowed to participate to help students each day with shopping decisions- not as easy as it may seem:) 

    Looking ahead to next week, a reminder that WCPSS DOES HAVE SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY! There are several surrounding school districts who do not, but we look forward to seeing our students on Monday and Tuesday... and then enjoy the rest of the week with your family and friends! 

    As we approach Thanksgiving, please know how thankful we are to have your family as part of our school family and our partner in making sure our school is the best it can be for our students and staff! I hope that you have time to enjoy your time at Thanksgiving thinking about and sharing with others. 

    With love and thanks, 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for November: Risk Taker

    P2 Character Strength this week: Leadership

    Parent-Teacher Conferences….. Thru November 23rd

    Monday, November 22

     

    Tuesday, November 23

     

    Wednesday, November 24  

    No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 25 

    No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

    Friday, November 26 

    No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

     

    The Next Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for December: Caring

    P2 Character Strength this week: Gratitude

    Monday, November 29

    Kindergarten Dental Screening Day

    K/1st  Pencil Box Open 8:45-9:05am

    Tuesday, November 30

    9:45am FWES Virtual Magnet Tour

    Wednesday, December 1  

    2nd/3rd Pencil Box Open 8:45-9:05am

    Thursday, December 2 

     

    Friday, December 3 

    Q2 Interim Reports Home with Students

    4th/5th Pencil Box Open 8:45-9:05am

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Spotlighting Family Partnerships at FWES- Please provide feedback to help us plan for future opportunities to meet your needs as our partners. 

    Native American Heritage Month: 

    November is Native American Heritage Month, and the N.C. Museum of History's 26th Annual Celebration of American Indian Heritage will be an online experience this Saturday, 11-20-21, from 11am to 4pm. All presentations and performances are free to attend, but registration is limited for all sessions. Check out the schedule of events -- including pine needle basketry, Cherokee language lessons, beadwork, ribbon work, storytelling, and more -- and find registration links here: https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/aihc-2021/schedule

     

    Hope Community Church- Toy Store Project December 11th (registration begins 11/18/2021)

    As a community partner with Farmington Woods, Hope Church is inviting our families who need support this year to participate in their annual Toy Store event. Please see the information below about how to register to participate in this drive thru event. 

    Registration Begins November 18th! 

    hope christmas toy


    Traffic and Pedestrian Concerns on Hampton Valley Road:

    Traffic patterns entering FWES have become difficult and dangerous. The Cary Police Department Traffic division designed our traffic flow pattern to insure safety for drivers and pedestrians. The traffic pattern DOES NOT include making U-turns on Hampton Valley Road. 

    Cars should go around the block and use entrance and exit patterns as outlined on the map below. 

    Thank you for making sure safety of our school family is your first priority by following these procedures and patterns! 

    traffic

     

    Kildaire Farm Home Owner Association Message about Park Across the Street: 

    The Kildaire Farms Parks and Greenway committee has contracted a new bridge in the field across from the school. I'm going to give my final inspection tomorrow. It is really impressive and we're excited to make the much needed improvement. As a part of the construction, there was a considerable amount of work done in the creek to control erosion and prevent future damage due to water.

    It's also more open now and I am sure, very enticing to young kids wanting to play in the creek. Unlike before when there were dangerous conditions, it's now more of an issue of protecting our investment and keeping the integrity of the rip-rap basin and water control components in place.

    Please send a gentle reminder letting the FWES community know that the construction is completed, however the area around the bridge should still be off limits, like the rest of the creek that goes through the field.

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Thank you all for your support of our FWES Fun Run! The final calculations are still being made and will be shared soon… but it was truly a FUN day and experience for all. Enjoy the pictures linked in the emailed Friday Folder message to protect privacy of students. 


    PTA Hospitality Chair needed….If you (or you and friends) are interested in helping organize hospitality events to take care of the FWES staff throughout the year, please reach out to Sarah Barrett at president@fwespta.org

     

    11-5-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Grab the jackets.... Fall is here (at least until the 70s return next week)! 

    Thank you on behalf of the FWES PTA and our school for your support of the FWES Fun Run this year. All that the FWES PTA does to support our school is funded through fund raisers, and the Fun Run is their primary source of revenue. Kids have had a great time the last week learning about AS ONE and particpating in the fun recess games with our Apex Fun Run Team Members. 

    Today you should receive your child's report card. Please keep the report card for your records and return the brown envelope to school on Monday. The return to school for the 2021-22 school year has been challenging but we are very pleased with our students' progress and learning. Take time to celebrate your child's successes and if you have questions- be sure to sign up for your Fall Parent Teacher conference with your teacher to get more information. 

    Thank you for coming to our Virtual Parent Event last night. We had great participation and hope you had time to connect with your child's teacher (and other FWES teachers) to learn more about the classrooms. We appreciate your partnership in all that we do to make FWES such a strong community! 

    We are beginning the WCPSS Magnet Recruiting Season! Tomorrow is the WCPSS Magnet Fair Virtual Event from 9am-12pm. Fifth grade families might explore middle school options during that time tomorrow as there are many middle school magnet options for our students! Please also share with families you know who would be interested in joining the FWES Family to join us at the magnet fair and/for a tour. Registration for virtual tours is linked on our website homepage at the top! 

    There is no school next Thursday and Friday- so there will be no Friday Folder on November 12th- I have included some information for the week of November 15th below, but at this time there are no special events scheduled:) Enjoy the extra long weekend... your FWES staff look forward to the extra day to reflect and plan for moving forward! 

    Have a great weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for November: Risk Taker

    P2 Character Strength this week: Purpose

    Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin….. Thru November 23rd

    School Psychologist Appreciation Week- Thank you Dr. Trapasso! 

    Monday, November 8 

    Picture Re-Takes 


    3rd/4th Grade CogAt Testing Day 3/3 9:30--10:45am


    FWES Virtual Magnet Tour 1:15pm (invite friends to register and learn about our IB/PYP Magnet Program!)

    Tuesday, November 9

     

    Wednesday, November 10  

    Family Academy- Arabic- 6:00-7:00pm 

    Thursday, November 11 

    Veterans Day Holiday- No School 

    Friday, November 12 

    WCPSS Day of Reflection- No School for Students

    No Friday Folder This Week

    Saturday, November 13

    FWES PTA Book Fair Family Shopping 10am-2pm

    • Enter through courtyard in small numbers to shop
    • Guest readers in the outdoor classroom while you wait:) 

     

    Looking Ahead….. No Friday Folder on November 12th

    Week of November 15-19, 2021: 

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for November: Risk Taker

    P2 Character Strength this week: Bravery

    Book Fair Continues in Inquiry Center at FWES

    Parent-Teacher Conferences Continue….. Thru November 23rd

    Nothing else is on our school calendar for the week of November 15th to share at this time:) Please check teacher email and the website calendar for any updates. 

    Note- Mrs. Pierce will be out Monday-Wednesday- November 15-17 participating in the PYP Evaluation Virtual Visit of another PYP school in Virginia. 

     

    FWES Friday Folder:

    Eating Outside Continues at FWES: Please make sure your child is dressed for daily eating of lunch and snack outside unless the temperature is below 32 degrees or it is raining. 

    The safest place to eat lunch with masks removed is outside. FWES will continue our current eating outside structure, even as the weather gets cooler. We may have to make adjustments as we move into later December and the other winter months, but for now, student safety is a priority. 

    Please make sure your child has a towel to sit on and the appropriate outer wear for a 30 minute lunch time each day and a 10-15 minute snack time each day, too. 

     

    Specialists Updates for November/December

     

    Family Academy Virtual Elementary School Event- in Arabic- Wednesday, November 10th 6-7pm- 

    arabic academy

     

    FWES Spotlights Veterans in the FWES Family- Please use the link here to spotlight a member of your family who is a Veteran by adding a slide to the slidedeck. The slidedeck will be shared with the FWES community on Thursday, November 11th. 

     

    FWES Book Fair Begins November 10th! Flyers have been sent home today for your review. Students will be given a chance to shop at school as the teacher schedules, and your Family can shop on Saturday, November 13th between 10:00am-2;00pm- entering from the courtyard to limit the number of people in the Inquiry Center. 

     

    Pencil Box Returns- November 15th

    We are excited to announce that we will be reopening the Pencil Box at FWES- a PTA supported school store with school related items for sale- most are $1 or less. 

    Starting November 15th (in ONE WEEK)- 

    Mondays- K-1 grade students

    Wednesdays- 2nd-3rd grade students

    Fridays- 4th-5th grade students

    Pencil Box hours are 8:45am-9:05am- students may not line up to shop after 9:05am as the instructional day begins at 9:15am and Pencil Box support staff and student helpers must be ready to begin their day at 9:15am. 

     

    AIG - Spotlighting Parents as Classroom Partners- Presentation from November 4th/5th sessions shared for review. 

    Resource: Figure This! Math Challenges for Families

    “Family members—as children's first teachers—are crucial to student success. And the more adults become engaged in their children's education, the greater the chances that children will succeed.

    What does math mean to your child’s future? Everything! And family involvement in mathematics education is an important part of student success. You can make a difference! Studies show that when there is a high level of parent involvement in education, children are more successful in school—and in everyday life. 

    Figure This! challenges are an easy and enjoyable way to get involved with your child’s mathematics education. Each challenge was written by mathematics teachers, then tried out with middle school families to ensure that the mathematics is sound and the interest is high.”

    I hope you and your children enjoy these optional enrichment math challenges!

     

    Hope Community Church- Toy Store Project December 11th (registration 11/18/2021)

    As a community partner with Farmington Woods, Hope Church is inviting our families who need support this year to participate in their annual Toy Store event. Please see the information below about how to register to participate in this drive thru event. 

    Registration Begins November 18th! 

    hope toy


     

     

    10-29-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    What a great week we had this week.... although this afternoon's ending with the bus situations added a little "extra"! Please note if your child is a bus rider, that there are some indications that these issues may continue on Monday. WCPSS and FWES will communcate with you as soon as there is information to share, but all families of bus riders should be prepared to bring and pick up students from school on Monday, November 1st. Information can be found here on Monday: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/1897.

    We had a bit of back to normal with our 3rd graders on Thursday as they started their next IB Unit with a collaboration rotation event about the human body! Check out the pictures on Twitter- what a great time they had while learning! The impact of our IB inquiry based approach is that learning is interactive and engaging in order to not only spark natural curiosity but to generate critical thinking through questions and wonders. Our 3rd graders already have many wonderings to get started! Many thanks to our specialists and 3rd grade teachers for their work to collaborate on the integration activities! 

    Next week we have another Teacher Workday on Tuesday, November 2nd- as it is election day and schools (such as FWES) are polling sites. 

    Please plan to join your teacher virtually on Thursday night next week to learn more about the classroom! Each teacher will offer two of the same session: 6:00-6:30pm and 6:45-7:15pm. Look for more information from your teacher(s). 

    The next two weeks will be quite busy with events- so please check out the calendar information below so you don't miss out on anything! 

    Have a wonderful weekend- if you participate in Halloween events, be safe and have fun! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for November: Risk Taker

    Monday, November 1 

    American Indian Heritage Month Begins

    3rd/4th Grade Cog At Testing- Day 1/3  9:30-10:45am

    Tuesday, November 2

    Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    Election Day- FWES is a polling site

    Wednesday, November 3  

     

    Thursday, November 4 

    3rd/4th Grade Cog At Testing- Day 2/3 9:30-10:45am


    5:30-6:00pm AIG Parent Information Session


    Spotlighting Parent Classroom Partnerships Virtual Event

    6:00-6:30pm and 6:45-7:15pm   Teacher Sessions 

    **Information for the teacher sessions will be shared by your child’s teacher. 


    6:30-7:30pm Specialists, Special Ed and Special Areas staff will be available 

    **Information for other staff will be sent via school messenger on Thursday afternoon for meet access codes

    Friday, November 5 

    FWES PTA FUN RUN EVENT!!

    • All classrooms are scheduled to run during the day- only with their class on their designated track
      • Students should bring their water bottles with them for their run time
      • “Run” will be about 20 minutes with a combination of running, walking, silly dancing, slow walking, etc. 
    • Observers will not be allowed at the event this year
    • PTA will have 3 volunteers at the event to take photos and assist as Apex Fun Run needs

    12:00pm AIG Program Meeting for Parents

    Saturday, November 6

    WCPSS Virtual Magnet Fair 9am-12pm

       5th Grade Families Encouraged to Explore Middle School Magnet Options! 

     

    Special Events The NEXT WEEK…November 8-13

    Monday, November 8th         3rd/4th Grade Cog At Testing- Day 3/3 9:30-10:45am

                                                  Picture Retakes 

    Wednesday, November 10th  Bedford Falls, Fall Book Fair Begins

    Thursday, November 11th      Veterans Day Holiday- No School

    Friday, November 12th           WCPSS Reflection Day- No School for Students

    Sat. November 13th                Family Shopping Day at Book Fair 10:00am 2:00pm 

                                         

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    FWES Spotlights Parents as Classroom Partners Event- 

    Thursday, November 4th- 6:00-7:30pm

    The success of our students and our entire school community is based on a partnership with families. While we cannot host you inside of the school at this time, we want you to have the opportunity to meet and learn more about your child’s homeroom teacher/classroom, along with the other FWES Teaching Staff. 

    Please mark your calendar and get your computer or phone ready- student Chromebooks will work for logging in, too- to join us on Thursday Night! 

    Meet and Interact with Homeroom Teachers

    Join your child’s teacher for one of the two 30 minute virtual sessions offered: 

    6:00-6:30pm or 6:45-7:15pm  

    Teachers will send link codes to families to join

    *Note- Most teachers will provide families with a link to sign up for Parent-Teacher Fall Conferences as part of their sessions- so join them to get a spot that works best with your schedule! 

    Meet and Interact with other FWES Teachers and Staff

    Join other teachers at FWES during an open hour window to learn more about their work:

    Specialists, Special Education, Special Areas (AIG, ESL), Intervention/Literacy and Counseling and Student Support

    6:30-7:30pm

    FWES School Messenger on November 4th will share links to each of the meetings available to meet and interact with these FWES Staff

    Apex Fun Run- We enter week two next week and your support is so very much appreciated to allow our FWES PTA to meet the needs of the school programming and serve all students. 

    The goal is for all students to get 10 pledges and at $1 a lap pledge the average donation from those who pledge would be $30. This level of support would allow our FWES PTA to provide so much to our school community. 

    **Each day there are challenges and classes win the opportunity to do fun games with our Apex Team. The weekend challenge is the that the class at each grade level with the highest increase in pledges over the weekend will get to have a shirt decorating party on Monday with our Apex Team. (For those new to the event, all students will be given a T-shirt to wear on November 5th- so these classes will be decorating their shirts to stand out on November 5th!) 

    To donate, please check out your student’s Apex Lanyard. Go to www.myapexevent.com and use the access code printed on the lanyard to log in and enter the pledges. If you need assistance, please email info@apexleadershipco.com

    Our Apex team has been wonderful this week interacting with students during arrival and dismissal and the best times have been during recess outside for learning about the AS ONE theme and of course, lots and lots of games and activities- they are always full of energy!!!

    Friday, November 5th is the actual FUN RUN- so all pledges need to be entered by Thursday. While we cannot open this event to all families, PTA will have a photographer present and pictures will be shared. Students are so very excited about the event and as of this message the weather looks perfect for an outdoor run! 

     

    AIG - Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program

    You are invited to attend an informational session about the Wake County Public School System Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program at Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary. Please mark your calendar for this half hour informational meeting. 

    WHO: All Parents of Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet ES students

    WHAT: Informational session about the WCPSS AIG Program

    WHERE: Virtual Meeting through Google Meet (links below)

    WHEN: Thursday November 4 at 5:30 pm LINK

    or

    Friday November 5 at 12:00 noon LINK

     

    Pencil Box Returns- November 15th! 

    We are excited to announce that we will be reopening the Pencil Box at FWES- a PTA supported school store with school related items for sale- most are $1 or less. 

    Starting November 15th (in TWO WEEKS)- 

    Mondays- K-1 grade students

    Wednesdays- 2nd-3rd grade students

    Fridays- 4th-5th grade students

    Pencil Box hours are 8:45am-9:05am- students may not line up to shop after 9:05am as the instructional day begins at 9:15am and Pencil Box support staff and student helpers must be ready to begin their day at 9:15am. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Apex Fun Run: Thank you so much for your participation thus far in pledging and getting additional pledges to support the FWES PTA programming. We are hoping to meet our goal this year with your support so we can continue to provide for all students at FWES! One more week to go!!!!

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made our Trunk or Treat a great success! It was so nice to everyone having a wonderfully spooky fun time!

    Congratulations to all our PTA Membership Drive Winners! You can still join the PTA! Go to this link for more info and to join. It’s never too late. We will raffle off our “First Carpool Spot” prize again for the 3rd Quarter!

    Christina Scagnelli

    Brandy Smith

    David Morrow

    Heather Leonard

    Jameelah Hayes

    Erin Rabbitt

    Our Fall Book Fair is returning! More details will be coming home with students next week regarding how they will be viewing and buying books. Mark your calendars for Saturday Nov. 13th from 10am - 2pm for our Book Fair Family Day! Arriving through the interior courtyard, students and families will be able to enter the Inquiry Center in limited numbers to purchase books! Masks are required while inside. Listen to books read by guest readers in the courtyard while you wait your turn to enter. 

     

     

    10-22-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Happy Friday FWES Families! 

    We will finish up the first quarter of the school year with our students on Monday. While there have been some challenges as our school community returned to in person instruction due to the last 19 months, we have had a great start. 

    We appreciate the support of our famiies, our amazing staff and our wonderful students in following all required protocols and doing all they can each day to keep our school community safe! How fortunate are we as a school to have this level of commitment and cooperation so that our true purpose of creating a strong and engaging learning environment for students can happen each day. Our IB Learners are growing each day and all of our staff are working diligently to close any gaps that may have occurred during virtual learning and approach all students where they are to see growth! Report cards will go home on November 5th and provide families with more detailed information on progress- and will be followed by Parent-Teacher conferences in November- so be on the look out for more information. 

    Our students are getting excited about the return of a "normal" event at FWES, as the PTA Fun Run experience begins next week with the run scheduled for Friday, November 5th. Please monitor your email and messaging for more information and deadlines next week! Thank you to the PTA for all they do to support our school through a variety of projects and events, the marjority of which are funded based on the support of the Fun Run from families and our community! 

    Quick Note- Halloween costumes are not allowed to be worn at school. Thank you for saving them to wear at our Trunk or Treat event and on October 31st. 

    Thanks for coming out in the morning to help with our Campus Clean Up!

    Have a wonderful fall weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for October: Principled

    P2 Character Strength this week: Fairness

    Monday, October 25 

    Apex Fun Run Video Pep Rally- Outside during Recess! 

    End of Quarter 1

    Tuesday, October 26  

     

    Wednesday, October 27  

    Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    Thursday, October 28 

    *After School Pick Up will be adjusted due to set up of Trunk or Treat in Front Parking Lot- look for communication. 

    PTA Trunk or Treat 6:00-7:15pm

    Friday, October 29 

     

     

    Note: Tuesday, November 2nd is Election Day and another Teacher Workday due to many schools across the county being used as polling sites. No School for Students on November 2nd. 

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Spotlighting Parents as Classroom Partners Event: Thursday, November 4th- Mark your Calendar!- Our teachers look forward to engaging with the parents of their students to virtually connect you to the classroom community on Thursday, November 4th. Please plan to join your students' teacher(s) to learn more about the classroom and connect virtually with learning engagements for your student. 

    • Each homeroom teacher will have two identical sessions: 6:00-6:30pm and 6:45-7:15pm for families to join. 
    • Specialists and Special Areas teachers will also be available that evening (times TBD) to meet families. 

     

    Early Sign Out from School: There are often times when students need to be signed out from school prior to the end of the day for appointments. Please be mindful of the information below if you have that need for your student: 

    • All students are engaged in instruction from 9:15am-3:40pm daily. Any time a child leaves school early, they are missing part of their grade level curriculum and instruction. 
    • Please write a note to the teacher to give them notice that a student will be checked out early and an approximate time for the check out. 
      • Note: between 11:20am-1:30pm Classes are at lunch and recess- always outside and in areas all over our campus without access to overhead announcements and often no access to the classroom to gather materials. 
        • If you are picking up your child within this time range- the note to the teacher is CRITICAL in making sure wherever your student might be, they are prepared to leave campus
        • For safety protocols, All classes eat and have recess in different spaces and are sometimes supervised by other staff, not their teacher- so accessing students and adults can be a lengthy process- and if the child needs their belongings- this is often not possible due to appropriate supervision and room access keys, etc. If the teacher knows ahead, they can make sure the student has their materials with them at lunch and recess. 
    • Students may not be signed out from the office between 3:15-3:45pm. Families who arrive after 3:15pm may ask to have the child dismissed as a walker and wait on the porch for walkers to be dismissed at 3:40pm

    Towels to Sit on at Lunch:

    We are very fortunate to have a beautiful campus that allows us to eat safely outside as long as weather allows- however, as the weather is changing and the days are getting shorter, sometimes the sidewalks and grass are still damp at lunch.towel lunch

    We will continue to eat outside as the weather changes, so please make sure you send a towel with your student to sit on at lunch each day so they do not end up with a damp bottom. 

    If you have extra towels you do not need, please send with your student or drop at the office and we will share with students who need a towel at lunch. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Reflections Contest 2021- Entries due TODAY

    FWES PTA Fall Campus Workday

    Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 to help beautify our school! We need help with mulching, weeding, general grounds clean-up, and planting fall flowers. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. If you are able, please bring a wheelbarrow. Donations of fall annuals are appreciated! Contact services@fwespta.org with any questions. See you on the 23rd!

    campus work

    Trunk or Treat - Sign up to donate and participate here! 

    The FWES PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 28th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Click on the link above to learn more and sign up to help! Treats will be collected at school the week of October 18th. Students can drop off candy into one of two boxes (one at the entrance for bus riders and one at the front of the school for walkers and carpoolers). 

    Trunk or Treat promotes a fun, safe environment for children and families to trick or treat. Kids can dress up in costume and walk from trunk to trunk in the FWES upper parking lot. Parents, you provide the trunks and the treats for our trick or treaters by parking in the lot and handing out treats from your car trunk! Treats can include commercially packaged candy or other non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, small toys, or glow sticks.

    The DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee will host a trunk in celebration of Día de Los Muertos, and provide a small craft to take home. Whereas Halloween is about fun costumes and candy, Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere on Nov 1st and 2nd to remember friends and family who have died.

     

    Apex Fun Run is Coming to FWES! We are so very excited to be inviting Apex Leadership back to FWES for the 2021-22 school year to support our Fun Run! 

    The event will run October 25th-November 4th with the FUN RUN event on Friday, November 5th! The Fun Run team will be on campus during the event. They will be visiting and playing with classes during their recess times, helping at arrival and dismissal and supporting other activities on campus while they are here. 

    Students will watch the Pep Rally on Monday, October 25th and will be bringing home information to share with families on October 25th. 

    Apex Fun Run is Coming to FWES- read more here

     

    Year Book Photos

    Help us add candids from FWES life and students to the yearbook and upload your pictures here: 

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    FWES PTA and R City Rocks

    The Farmington Woods PTA has reached over $4000 in total donations on R City Rocks. When you shop or dine at the following participating businesses, 5% of your total comes back to the FWES PTA. Businesses who are currently participating include: Learning Express Gifts, Alpaca Peruvian Chicken, Phillips Farms, Totopos, The Butchers Market, Ruckus Pizza, The Produce Box, Vom Fass, Great Harvest Bread Co., Georgina’s, Penn Station Subs, Mellow Mushroom, NY Pizza, Spa Retreat, Go 2 Girls Home Cleaning, Papa John’s, Melting Pot, The Car Wash Lodge, Your Pie Cary, Green Acorn, and Papa Murphy’s.

    Simply text “JOIN” to fwespta@rcityrocks.com and then all you have to do is snap a photo of your receipt after each purchase and text it to fwespta@rcityrocks.com.

     

    R City

     

     

    10-15-2021 

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Friday, October 15


    This Week at FWES:  

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for October: Principled

    P2 Character Strength this week: Integrity


    Monday, October 18 

    6:30pm PTA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, October 19  

     

    Wednesday, October 20  

    6:00pm Talleres Virtuales para Padres

    Thursday, October 21  

    Read to Achieve Test for select 4th graders

    Friday, October 22 

     

    Saturday, October 23

    FWES Campus Clean Up Family Fun 9:30-11:30am! 



    Dear FWES Families-

    Happy Friday and Happy Fall and Fair! 


    Yesterday, our school participated in Code Red Drill event. These drills happen at least 2 times a year and yesterday’s event was announced to students and staff, while others will not be announced. The drill is part of our Emergency Operations Planning and provides the most safety possible if there were to be a danger in the school building. We appreciate having WCPSS Security and Cary Police in attendance to provide feedback to help us improve. They were very impressed with our students’ response- as it has been 2 years since we had a real drill. While we are so very focused on COVID safety measures, it is critical that we do not let our other safety procedures take a back seat, so that our campus is consistently safe. If you had to wait outside for us to finish, thank you for your patience! 


    Our counselors supported  a great spirit week where we focused on Anti-Bullying and how to be an Upstander! If you have any questions, please reach out to Hanna Normandeau or Liz Sinclair for more information about bullying .


    Please plan to join us and our PTA at several upcoming family fun events at FWES: Campus Clean Up Workday on October 23rd- Trunk or Treat on October 28th and Family Shopping at Book Fair on November 13th as we work to find ways to safely participate in activities as a school community.


    I was very excited to learn that Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School was included as one of the Best Elementary Schools in the latest report from US News and World Report. Of schools in NC we were ranked #18 of all K-12 NC Magnet Schools; #31 of WCPSS Elementary Schools (there are 117 elementary schools) and #171 of all NC elementary schools (there are 2614 elementary schools in NC). We are so fortunate to have amazing teachers, inquiring students and supportive families to make up our school community dedicated to making the world a better place! 

    Read more here: US News and World Report Best Schools 2022- FWES


    FWES Friday Folder Information: 


    Homework Club Opportunity! Homework Club- en Espanol! Hope Community Church is an FWES partner and reaches out throughout the year to provide support to our school community through donations, teacher supplies and more. They are offering a FREE Homework Club to students from Farmington Woods to provide additional academic help after school. Please open the link above to learn more and reach out if you are interested for your student. 



    WCPSS Family Academy- Facebook Page- sessions are live here virtually


    Multi-Lingual Sessions to Support Families

    Talleres Para Padres En Espanol 2021-22

    Sessions Coming Up: 

    Ways to Help Your Child Develop Organizational Skills

    Monday, October 25, 2021  

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language/Time: Hindi/English 5:30-6:30pm; French 6:30-7:30pm 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    How to Communicate with your Child’s Teacher Virtually

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    Como comunicarse virtualmente con el maestro de su hijo

    Día/Hora: Martes, 26 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Thursday, October 28, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Aprenda a abogar y a involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos

    Día/Hora: Jueves, 28 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Construyendo relaciones positivas con su hijo de la escuela primaria

    Día/Hora: Martes, 9 de noviembre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964


    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Year Book Photos: Help us add candids from FWES life and students to the yearbook and upload your pictures here: 

     yearbook code

     

    Please plan to join us and our PTA at several upcoming family fun events at FWES: Campus Clean Up Workday on October 23rd- Trunk or Treat on October 28th and Family Shopping at Book Fair on November 13th as we work to find ways to safely participate in activities as a school community.

    FWES PTA Fall Campus Workday

    Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 to help beautify our school! We need help with mulching, weeding, general grounds clean-up, and planting fall flowers. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. If you are able, please bring a wheelbarrow. Donations of fall annuals are appreciated! Contact services@fwespta.org with any questions. See you on the 23rd!

    Trunk or Treat - Sign up to donate and participate here! 

    The FWES PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 28th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Click on the link above to learn more and sign up to help! Treats will be collected at school the week of October 18th. Students can drop off candy into one of two boxes (one at the entrance for bus riders and one at the front of the school for walkers and carpoolers). 

    Trunk or Treat promotes a fun, safe environment for children and families to trick or treat. Kids can dress up in costume and walk from trunk to trunk in the FWES upper parking lot. Parents, you provide the trunks and the treats for our trick or treaters by parking in the lot and handing out treats from your car trunk! Treats can include commercially packaged candy or other non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, small toys, or glow sticks.

    The DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee will host a trunk in celebration of Día de Los Muertos, and provide a small craft to take home. Whereas Halloween is about fun costumes and candy, Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere on Nov 1st and 2nd to remember friends and family who have died.

    Reflections Contest 2021DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd!!!

    The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. Get started on your entry over the long weekend!

    The contest begins at the school level. Students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS).  Winning art will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. 

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all submissions will be made digitally this year. 

    Entries are due by Oct 22, 2021. 

    For full rules and entry form visit fwespta.org/reflections. 

    For more information email finearts@fwespta.org. 

    You can view last year's winners at www.wakepta.org/reflections and https://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/


    Apex Fun Run is Coming to FWES! We are so very excited to be inviting Apex Leadership back to FWES for the 2021-22 school year to support our Fun Run! 

    The event will run October 25th-November 4th with the FUN RUN event on Friday, November 5th! The Fun Run team will be on campus during the event. They will be visiting and playing with classes during their recess times, helping at arrival and dismissal and supporting other activities on campus while they are here. 

    Students will watch the Pep Rally on Monday, October 25th and will be bringing home information to share with families on October 25th. 

    Apex Fun Run is Coming to FWES- read more here

     

    FWES PTA and R City Rocks

    The Farmington Woods PTA has reached over $4000 in total donations on R City Rocks. When you shop or dine at the following participating businesses, 5% of your total comes back to the FWES PTA. Businesses who are currently participating include: Learning Express Gifts, Alpaca Peruvian Chicken, Phillips Farms, Totopos, The Butchers Market, Ruckus Pizza, The Produce Box, Vom Fass, Great Harvest Bread Co., Georgina’s, Penn Station Subs, Mellow Mushroom, NY Pizza, Spa Retreat, Go 2 Girls Home Cleaning, Papa John’s, Melting Pot, The Car Wash Lodge, Your Pie Cary, Green Acorn, and Papa Murphy’s.

    Simply text “JOIN” to fwespta@rcityrocks.com and then all you have to do is snap a photo of your receipt after each purchase and text it to fwespta@rcityrocks.com.

    Thank you for your support and good luck!!

    FWES PTA

    R City

     

    10-8-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    I hope you have had a great week! As you know I had to be away from the building this week... I want you to know what a blessing it is for me to work at Farmington Woods and getting back to the students and amazing staff after being gone makes me so happy! 

    There is a lot in the folder today- several items with due dates of next Friday, October 15th- so check out the calendar for those due items. 

    A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY. It is a teacher workday and our staff will be particpating in professional learning offered by WCPSS and by our expert staff in the building. Not only do we want our students to be IB Learners, but our staff are committed to being life-long learners themselves and love the opportunity to learn and grow, too! 

    Have a wonderful long weekend- see you on Tuesday for our Anti-Bullying Spirit Week- begining with Team Up against bullying day- get your team shirts ready! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES: 

    Anti- Bullying Spirit Week! Read more in FWES Student Services Team October Newsletter

    PTA and United Arts Council Virtual Cultural Arts Event #1- Hobey Ford- “Sea Song”

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for October: Principled

    P2 Character Strength this week: 

     

    Monday, October 11 

    Indigenous Peoples Day

    Teacher Workday- No School for Students! 

    Tuesday, October 12  

    Team Up against Bullying- Wear a team shirt! 

    Wednesday, October 13  

    Orange you glad you are not a bully?- Wear Orange

    Thursday, October 14  

    Anti-Bullying Pledge Signing Day

    Friday, October 15

    FWES is United Against Bullying- Wear your FWES shirts or blue and yellow today to show our united school spirit! 


    PTA Membership Deadline to be eligible for the prize drawings- Join the FWES PTA!


    Bus Leaders Application Due for 4th/5th Graders

    School Counseling Needs Assessment Survey Due

    Participation on Advisory Council for School Counseling Sign up Due

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    Homework Club- Free afterschool Homework/Schoolwork Practice Support! en Espanol- El Club de Tareas

    Hope Community Church is one of our faith based partners. They offer a free homework club for our students after school. If you would like more information on how to sign up your student for this support, please use the link above to access the flyer with contact information. 

     

    Read Around the World begins NOW! RAW is an optional incentive program designed to motivate and reward students for reading a variety of books. We began this year in South America and will end in Africa, traveling clockwise around the globe. Can you complete the tour and read around the world? 

    DIRECTIONS to RAW : (rb.gy/qvyvfe)

    Choose the folder for your child’s grade from the links below:

    Kindergarten   (rb.gy/h6xxcq)

    First Grade      (rb.gy/elui8j)

    Second Grade   (rb.gy/jfz9s4)

    Third Grade    (rb.gy/rpfuez)

    Fourth Grade  (rb.gy/pkzhv3)

    Fifth Grade    (rb.gy/y5huky)

    Questions?? Please contact Mrs. Grice : egrice@wcpss.net

    Bus Leaders Program

    This program is a leadership opportunity being offered to 4th and 5th grade students at FWES beginning fall semester of the 2021-2022 school year.  Students must demonstrate strong leadership, communication, and social skills.  An effective bus leader sets an example, is caring, enjoys helping others, and understands that how you say something is just as important as what you say.  Bus leaders will have several training sessions throughout the school year (9:15 am) and multiple check-ins each week to ensure their success in this important role.  

    Applications are being sent home today in student Friday Folders and are due by Friday, October, 15th.  Attached is a link to the digital version of the application as well.

    Bus Leaders Program Application

    School Counseling Program: Needs Assessment

    The FWES school counseling program needs your help!! 

    We are developing a data-driven and evidenced-based school counseling program for the 2021-2022 school year.  We have created a comprehensive needs assessment survey in a digital google form that we are asking parents/guardians, community members, stakeholders, students, teachers, staff, and admin to complete.  Gathering input and feedback from those who are affected by our services and interventions is very important to us.  We want you to feel involved in the process and ensure that we are targeting the most pressing needs of our school community.  Your feedback will directly impact and enhance our Farmington Woods Counseling program, and further align our program with the MTSS Intervention model. It will help us to establish baseline data, prioritize time and resources to high-needs areas, and can be given over time to evaluate change and effectiveness of our program.  We hope you can take a few minutes to help guide our program and interventions, thank you in advance for your assistance with this!

    Please complete this survey by Friday, October, 15th.

    Needs Assessment Google Form

    School Counseling Program: Advisory Council

    The school counseling program would like to invite parents/guardians, community members, and stakeholders to join our Advisory Council for the 2021-2022 school year!  There will be two required meetings for the year, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester.  The school counseling advisory council will be a way for relevant stakeholders to have an active role in the school counseling program at FWES and to have more insight into the development process.  During the two meetings, Liz Sinclair and I (school counselors) will explain and discuss school data, the school counseling program assessment and annual student outcome goals with the advisory council.  Additionally, we will analyze and incorporate feedback from the advisory council related to annual student outcome goals as appropriate.  As a member of the school counseling advisory council you will be given an opportunity to provide direct feedback to the school counselors about their comprehensive program.

    If this is something you are interested in joining or have more questions about, please call Hanna Normandeau, School Counselor at (919) 460-3469 ext. 26516 or email at hnormandeau@wcpss.net.Thank you so much for considering participating in this opportunity!

    Please confirm your interest for participation by Friday, October 15th.  

    Advisory Council Interest Form

     

    WCPSS Family Academy- Facebook Page- sessions are live here virtually

    Multi-Lingual Sessions to Support Families

    Talleres Para Padres En Espanol 2021-22

    Sessions Coming Up: 

    Getting to Know the USA Educational System

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Conociendo el Sistema Educativo de EE.UU.

    Día/Hora: Miércoles, 13 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Ways to Help Your Child Develop Organizational Skills

    Monday, October 25, 2021  

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language/Time: Hindi/English 5:30-6:30pm; French 6:30-7:30pm 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    How to Communicate with your Child’s Teacher Virtually

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    Como comunicarse virtualmente con el maestro de su hijo

    Día/Hora: Martes, 26 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Thursday, October 28, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Aprenda a abogar y a involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos

    Día/Hora: Jueves, 28 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Construyendo relaciones positivas con su hijo de la escuela primaria

    Día/Hora: Martes, 9 de noviembre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    PTA Membership Drive

    PTA Membership Drive! Join by October 15th and be entered for a chance to win several prizes like the first spot in the carpool line, or a $25 gift card courtesy of R City Rocks!!! The FWES PTA raises money to support the specific needs of our school. The FWES PTA links families to important school and community information. The FWES PTA hosts fun programs and events for our families. The FWES PTA offers kids the opportunity to explore the arts through cultural arts performances and inspires a love of reading through book fairs! Need more information about what we do? Check out our website!

    Trunk or Treat

    The FWES PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 28th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Click on the link above to learn more and/or sign up to help! Treats will be collected at school the week of October 18th. Students can drop off candy into one of two boxes (one at the entrance for bus riders and one at the front of the school for walkers and carpoolers). 

    Trunk or Treat promotes a fun, safe environment for children and families to trick or treat. Kids can dress up in costume and walk from trunk to trunk in the FWES upper parking lot. Parents, you provide the trunks and the treats for our trick or treaters by parking in the lot and handing out treats from your car trunk! Treats can include commercially packaged candy or other non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, small toys, or glow sticks.

    The DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee will host a trunk in celebration of Día de Los Muertos, and provide a small craft to take home. Whereas Halloween is about fun costumes and candy, Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere on Nov 1st and 2nd to remember friends and family who have died.

    FWES PTA Fall Campus Workday

    Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 to help beautify our school! We need help with mulching, weeding, general grounds clean-up, and planting fall flowers. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. If you are able, please bring a wheelbarrow. Donations of fall annuals are appreciated! Contact services@fwespta.org with any questions. See you on the 23rd!

    FWES PTA and R City Rocks

    The Farmington Woods PTA has reached over $4000 in total donations on R City Rocks. When you shop or dine at the following participating businesses, 5% of your total comes back to the FWES PTA. Businesses who are currently participating include: Learning Express Gifts, Alpaca Peruvian Chicken, Phillips Farms, Totopos, The Butchers Market, Ruckus Pizza, The Produce Box, Vom Fass, Great Harvest Bread Co., Georgina’s, Penn Station Subs, Mellow Mushroom, NY Pizza, Spa Retreat, Go 2 Girls Home Cleaning, Papa John’s, Melting Pot, The Car Wash Lodge, Your Pie Cary, Green Acorn, and Papa Murphy’s.

    Simply text “JOIN” to fwespta@rcityrocks.com and then all you have to do is snap a photo of your receipt after each purchase and text it to fwespta@rcityrocks.com.

    Thank you for your support and good luck!!

    FWES PTA

    Reflections Contest 2021

    The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. Get started on your entry over the long weekend!

    The contest begins at the school level. Students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS).  Winning art will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. 

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all submissions will be made digitally this year. 

    Entries are due by Oct 22, 2021. 

    For full rules and entry form visit fwespta.org/reflections. 

    For more information email finearts@fwespta.org. 


    You can view last year's winners at www.wakepta.org/reflections and https://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/

     

     

    10-1-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Happy Friday FWES! 

    Wow- Happy October to all of you as we continue to enjoy the tastes of fall weather we have been having- especially pleasant when eating outside:) 

    Our school schedule is fairly routine for the next several weeks. Teachers are using our student data and classroom performance to create lessons that continue to support growth for all students. Your support at home with reading nightly and completing at least one FULL Dreambox lesson on line are what we need to reinforce learning at home. 

    We are very excited to begin adding back some annual events at FWES as we begin our participation in the Global Read Aloud project and as Mrs. Grice begins the Read Around the World reading incentive program, too! Read more information below, but both events are favorites for our students and great ways to support and encourage reading! 

    Please take a look below at ways our school counseling team wants your input and involvement in our school community. Thank you for taking time to complete the survey and sharing your interest in being involved in an advisory council. Our school is always stronger when we engage in work as a community and when many voices are included. 

    As a note, I will be out of the building Monday-Wednesday next week to participate in an IB/PYP Evaluation Visit at a school in Texas. Many of you may remember we had our 5 year virtual evaluation visit last spring by a team of IB Educators. I serve as an IB Educator to support IB/PYP and will be conducting a virtual evaluation visit to support another school next week. Please note that it may be the end of next week before I am able to respond to emails or messages. 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    This Week at FWES: 

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for October: Principled

    Monday, October 4 

    National Custodian Appreciation Day! 

    Global Read Aloud Begins (see more info below)

    Tuesday, October 5  

     World Teacher Day! 

    Wednesday, October 6  

    Math BOY Benchmarking Assessments Begin K-5

    Thursday, October 7  

     

    Friday, October 8

     

    Monday, October 11  

    Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    "Destacando las vinculos familiares" (Spotlighting Family Partnerships) 

    Presentation Slides- en Espanol

     

    Global Read Aloud begins on Oct 4th - One Book to Connect The World.The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Kindergarten and First grade will be doing a book study of the author/ illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. Second and third will read Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, and fourth and fifth will read The Jumblies by Tracey Baptiste.

    Read Around the World begins NOW! RAW is an optional incentive program designed to motivate and reward students for reading a variety of books. We began this year in South America and will end in Africa, traveling clockwise around the globe. Can you complete the tour and read around the world? 

    DIRECTIONS to RAW : (rb.gy/qvyvfe)

    Choose the folder for your child’s grade from the links below:

    Kindergarten   (rb.gy/h6xxcq)

    First Grade      (rb.gy/elui8j)

    Second Grade   (rb.gy/jfz9s4)

    Third Grade    (rb.gy/rpfuez)

    Fourth Grade  (rb.gy/pkzhv3)

    Fifth Grade    (rb.gy/y5huky)

    Questions?? Please contact Mrs. Grice : egrice@wcpss.net

     

    FWES Student Services Team October Newsletter-

    Read about resources and upcoming events at FWES supported by our Student Services Team, including contact information if you need support from anyone on the team. 

    Bus Leaders Program

    This program is a leadership opportunity being offered to 4th and 5th grade students at FWES beginning fall semester of the 2021-2022 school year.  Students must demonstrate strong leadership, communication, and social skills.  An effective bus leader sets an example, is caring, enjoys helping others, and understands that how you say something is just as important as what you say.  Bus leaders will have several training sessions throughout the school year (9:15 am) and multiple check-ins each week to ensure their success in this important role.  

    Applications are being sent home today in student Friday Folders and are due by Friday, October, 15th.  Attached is a link to the digital version of the application as well.

    Bus Leaders Program Application

     

    School Counseling Program: Needs Assessment

    The FWES school counseling program needs your help!! 

    We are developing a data-driven and evidenced-based school counseling program for the 2021-2022 school year.  We have created a comprehensive needs assessment survey in a digital google form that we are asking parents/guardians, community members, stakeholders, students, teachers, staff, and admin to complete.  Gathering input and feedback from those who are affected by our services and interventions is very important to us.  We want you to feel involved in the process and ensure that we are targeting the most pressing needs of our school community.  Your feedback will directly impact and enhance our Farmington Woods Counseling program, and further align our program with the MTSS Intervention model. It will help us to establish baseline data, prioritize time and resources to high-needs areas, and can be given over time to evaluate change and effectiveness of our program.  We hope you can take a few minutes to help guide our program and interventions, thank you in advance for your assistance with this!

    Please complete this survey by Friday, October, 15th.

    Needs Assessment Google Form

     

    School Counseling Program: Advisory Council

    The school counseling program would like to invite parents/guardians, community members, and stakeholders to join our Advisory Council for the 2021-2022 school year!  There will be two required meetings for the year, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester.  The school counseling advisory council will be a way for relevant stakeholders to have an active role in the school counseling program at FWES and to have more insight into the development process.  During the two meetings, Liz Sinclair and I (school counselors) will explain and discuss school data, the school counseling program assessment and annual student outcome goals with the advisory council.  Additionally, we will analyze and incorporate feedback from the advisory council related to annual student outcome goals as appropriate.  As a member of the school counseling advisory council you will be given an opportunity to provide direct feedback to the school counselors about their comprehensive program.

    If this is something you are interested in joining or have more questions about, please call Hanna Normandeau, School Counselor at (919) 460-3469 ext. 26516 or email at hnormandeau@wcpss.net.Thank you so much for considering participating in this opportunity!

    Please confirm your interest for participation by Friday, October 15th.  

    Advisory Council Interest Form

     

    WCPSS Family Academy- Facebook Page- sessions are live here virtually

    Multi-Lingual Sessions to Support Families

    Talleres Para Padres En Espanol 2021-22

     

    Sessions Coming Up October/November: 

    Getting to Know the USA Educational System

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Conociendo el Sistema Educativo de EE.UU.

    Día/Hora: Miércoles, 13 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Ways to Help Your Child Develop Organizational Skills

    Monday, October 25, 2021  

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language/Time: Hindi/English 5:30-6:30pm; French 6:30-7:30pm 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    How to Communicate with your Child’s Teacher Virtually

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964 

    Como comunicarse virtualmente con el maestro de su hijo

    Día/Hora: Martes, 26 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Thursday, October 28, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Aprenda a abogar y a involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos

    Día/Hora: Jueves, 28 de octubre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: English

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Construyendo relaciones positivas con su hijo de la escuela primaria

    Día/Hora: Martes, 9 de noviembre de 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Plataforma: Facebook Live

    Idioma: Español

    Enlace: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Parent Advocacy and Engagement in Your Child’s Education

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021  5:30-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    Building a Positive Relationship with your Elementary School Child

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021  5:30-6:30pm

    Platform: Facebook Live

    Language: Chinese

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    How will YOU change the world? Explore the Arts and Express Yourself through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    Reflections Contest 2021

    The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme.  

    The contest begins at the school level. Students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS).  Winning art will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. 

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all submissions will be made digitally this year. 

    Entries are due by Oct 22, 2021. 

    For full rules and entry form visit fwespta.org/reflections. 

    For more information email finearts@fwespta.org. 


    You can view last year's winners at www.wakepta.org/reflections and https://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/

     

    9-24-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Wow- what a beautiful end to the week- enjoy the weather this weekend! 

    We have had a great week and were so happy to have had many of you join us on Thursday night to learn more and become our partner to support learning at FWES! If you missed the meeting, the slide deck is linked below for your review, including our talking points to share more details. Please read through and if you have additional questions, reach out as we are happy to answer. In addition, the presentation will be repeated in Spanish next week at 6:00pm on Thursday night! 

    Please take a look in our folder this week for updates from each of our specialists. We are fortunate at FWES to be able to provide our students with Art, Music, PE, Spanish and Mandarin instruction in our specials rotation. Our specialists are going to be sharing regularly this year with families about learning in their classrooms, community opportunities to explore their specific areas and more! As always, feel free to reach out to our specialists for more details and information. 

    Thank you, as always for your support and cooperation as we began a complicated year and are beginning to see our routines and procedures becoming much more smooth for everyone! 

    With appreciation,

    Winston Pierce 

     

    Friday, September 24, 2021

    This Week at FWES: 

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for September: Inquirer

    P2 Character Strength this week: Love of Learning

    Monday, September 27

     

    Tuesday, September 28

    Fall Picture Day

    Wednesday, September 29 

     

    Thursday, September 30

    "Destacando las vinculos familiares" 6-7pm en Espanol


    Last day for PTA Spiritwear Orders

    Friday, October 1  

    FWES Spirit Day! Wear your blue/gold or FWES Shirts!



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Friday Folder Items: 

    FWES Specialists Updates Quarter 1Learn more from Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Mandarin, Technology and our Inquiry Center! 

    Fall Picture Day- Tuesday, September 28th. Order forms were sent home on Friday, September 17th- but orders can also be placed on line: mylifetouch.com and enter the FWES Code: EVTW849Z9 

    • All students will have their portraits made for the FWES 2021-22 Yearbook

    El evento "Destacando las vinculos familiares" (Spotlighting Family Partnerships) se repetira el dia jueves 30 de Septiembre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm en Español para nuestras familias de habla hispana. La señora Holste y la señora Kidd comunicaran detalles adicionales a medida que se acerque la fecha. ¡Esperamos contar con usted!

     

    Spotlighting Family Partnerships- Resources from September 23rd Session

    Spotlighting Family Partnerships Slide Deck and Talking Points- if you were not able to join us, please take a look at the slide deck and the embedded links to learn more about what we shared and discussed on Thursday evening! 

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Spirit wear Fall Orders due by Thursday, September 30th

     

    How will YOU change the world? Explore the Arts and Express Yourself through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    Reflections Contest 2021

    The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme.  

    The contest begins at the school level. Students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS).  Winning art will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

    The 2021–2022 Reflections Contest theme is I Will Change the World By…   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

    Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. 

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all submissions will be made digitally this year. 

    Entries are due by Oct 22, 2021. 

    For full rules and entry form visit fwespta.org/reflections. 

    For more information email finearts@fwespta.org. 

    You can view last year's winners at www.wakepta.org/reflections and https://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/

     

     

    9-17-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Happy Weekend FWES Families! 

    Sorry for the delayed delivery, Mrs. Pierce was out Thursday and Friday due to an awful case of Poison Sumac… and it just slowed things down the end of the week! Getting better each day! 

    Last week was our 4th week of the year- most grade levels have completed initial assessments and many had tests, quizzes and projects to check on student learning thus far. Teams are discussing results and planning for instruction that will continue to move all students forward from where they are now. The best part is that these plans also continue to be embedded in our classroom work to build a community of support for learning and for each other each day. Cooperation and collaboration continue to be essential learning skills that are integrated into lessons and learning at FWES. Information on your child’s progress at this mid-point of the quarter will be sent home on the Interim Report on Friday, September 24th. 

    Having the majority of our students back for in-person instruction, we are thrilled to have begun or IB Programme of Inquiry with the introduction of the Learner Profile and starting the first Unit of Inquiry. Units of Inquiry support students as inquirers through the central idea and the lines of inquiry and time included for students to ask their own questions to be added to the learning board in each classroom. Be sure to pay particular attention to the Unit of Inquiry in your child’s classroom communications and work samples to see the amazing depth of their learning! 

    We also celebrated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, September 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month in an annual event to celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Throughout the month, Mrs. Gravino and Ms. Radichi will lead students and our school in celebrating this year's theme: "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope"  FWES Student Introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month

    We hope you’ll join us on Thursday as we Spotlight our Family Partnerships and highlight the Top 10 Need to Know Points about FWES to start the year and support our FWES PTA Meeting and Budget Vote. 

    Respectfully, Winston Pierce  

     

    This Week at FWES: 

    IB Learner Profile Attribute for September: Inquirer

    P2 Character Strength this week: Open Minded

     

    Monday, September 20 

    6:30pm FWES PTA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, September 21

    Mid-Autumn Festival Day- Chinese Holiday

    Wednesday, September 22

    6 pm District 9 Board Advisory Council Meeting

    Thursday, September 23


    5:00-7:15pm Spotlighting Family Partnership Event (see flyer and below)  

    6:30-6:45pm FWES PTA General Body Meeting

    Friday, September 24


    Quarter 1 Interim Reports Go Home- check Friday Folder; Last day for Go Play Save Fundraiser items to be prize eligible! 

    12:00pm 3rd Grade Family Session- Explorers Program Information

    **School Fall Pictures Next Week- Tuesday, September 28th

    FWES Friday Folder Items: 

    Spotlighting Family Partnerships- Thursday, September 23, 2021

    El evento "Destacando las vinculos familiares" (Spotlighting Family Partnerships) se repetira el dia jueves 30 de Septiembre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm en Español para nuestras familias de habla hispana. La señora Holste y la señora Kidd comunicaran detalles adicionales a medida que se acerque la fecha. ¡Esperamos contar con usted!

    Virtual Event- (link to all events will go out through School Messenger to FWES Families on Thursday afternoon)

    5:00-5:30pm 3rd Grade Families- Information about Explorers AIG 3rd Grade Program- Mrs. Diane Rowe- AIG Teacher

    5:30-5:55pm 3rd Grade Families- Read to Achieve NC Law Information Session

    6:00-6:30pm Spotlighting Top 10 Information Items at FWES for 2021-22

    • Volunteering
    • Health and Safety
    • Home “work” plan
    • WCPSS Portal Info
    • Chromebook Care
    • Going for the Gold
    • Systems of Support in the School
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Community

    6:30-6:45pm FWES General PTA Meeting- Budget and SIP Representatives Vote

    6:45-7:15pm Top 10 continues….

    • Communication and how to stay informed
    • IB Learners

          Questions and Answers

     

    WCPSS Family Academy- Facebook Page- sessions are live here-virtually

    Multi-Lingual Sessions to Support Families 2021-22

    Talleres Para Padres En Espanol 2021-22

    Upcoming Family Academy Sessions:

    • Tuesday, September 21 Navigating Platforms That teachers and students use virtually
    • Monday, September 27 How to Access Power School’s Parent Portal- Home Base
    • Tuesday, September 28  Reading is Fundamental! (K-5th)/La Lectura es fundamental!
    • Wednesday, September 29 How to Access Power School’s Parent Portal- Home Base
    • Thursday, September 30  Developing Good Homework Habits/Desarrollando buenos habitos para hacer las tareas
    • Tuesday, October 5 Developing Good Homework Habits

     

    No Food Items at FWES during Day: Please make a note that food items may not be sent to school during the school day. This restriction applies to lunch, snacks and items for any celebrations. 

    • Lunch- With outside lunch- it takes all adults to provide supervision and students are located all over campus- there is no way to contact a classroom supervisor directly if a food item is delivered and the front office staff are not able to leave to make a delivery. If a student were to forget a lunch box- please bring to FWES prior to 11:00am to have it picked up before lunch. Remember that school lunch is free for all students, so any student who may not have their lunch from home will be able to make selections and get a lunch from our cafeteria. 
    • Snack-Teachers will not be keeping extra snacks in the classroom for students due to COVID protocols and for maintaining appropriate allergy accommodations and family wishes for a snack during the day. Our counselors have extra snacks available if a student were to need an occasional snack due to forgetting one. 
    • Celebrations- As has been shared in the document below, celebrations at FWES may NOT include food items. Please save those items for family celebrations outside the school day. If you want to send items to school to share with the classroom to celebrate your student’s birthday, please reach out to the teacher for ideas such as erasers, pencils, a book to add to the classroom library, etc. 

     

    chineseMid-Autumn Festival- Chinese Celebration, September 21, 2021

    Students have been learning about the Mid-Autumn Festival aligned with the lunar calendar and the Full Moon. Chinese people gather for dinners, celebrating the moon, lighting lanterns and eating mooncakes. Talk to your student to learn more. 

     

    School Portraits- Fall Pictures for Yearbook- Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Lifetouch studios will be on campus next Tuesday. Information was sent home in the Friday Folder about purchasing packages. All students will have portraits taken to be included in the FWES Yearbook for 2021-22. Use the code found on the flyer to place orders on line or send in the envelope with your student on September 28th! 

     

    Volunteer Registration Reminder- most volunteers from the past are having to re-register as a new volunteer- if you think you will want to help PTA or be involved during the year when volunteers are needed- PLEASE come in and register as soon as possible. 

    *Note- The school can no longer check a volunteer status and has to contact Human Resources for each name. We will not send in names to check, until you know you are scheduled to be a volunteer- so advanced planning is critical. 

     

    FWES PTA News...

    PTA Membership Drive! Join by October 15th and be entered for a chance to win several prizes!!! Check out this flyer for details. Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming General Body Meeting on Thursday September 23rd.  The FWES PTA raises money to support the specific needs of our school. The FWES PTA links families to important school and community information. The FWES PTA hosts fun programs and events for our families. The FWES PTA offers kids the opportunity to explore the arts through cultural arts performances and inspires a love of reading through book fairs! Need more information about what we do? Check out our website!

    New Spirit Wear! We have all new designs for 2021-22! Place orders at http://fwes.spiralgraphics.com/ by September 30th. This year’s selections include FWES pajama pants, zip up hoodies, and performance tees in addition to sweatshirts and tees. Get a sneak peek at the New Designs Here!

    Go Play Save Fundraiser ENDS FRIDAY, September 24th!!!- Our GoPlaySave fundraiser is happening now!  50% of all sales go directly to our PTA to help fund programs and support teachers & students throughout the year!  GO Support Local Businesses, PLAY all year long, and SAVE money at the same time! You will make your money back many times over by using the great buy one get one free coupons and dollar off your purchase coupons. Return orders/money to school as well as books you do not intend to purchase. Learn more on the FWES PTA Website.

    Our storefront link is available now to create a student link to share with friends, family, co-works, and neighbors to sell more books! www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave.

    There are new videos that have been added to the page for students to watch with their parents for selling tips and the chance to earn great free prizes.From our storefront page, click the green button to create your student link to share and receive an email when someone purchases through your student link. Purchased books will be sent home with your student to fill orders. Customers will receive an email confirmation with a mobile book activation code to use the mobile book immediately after they place their order.  If every family purchases or sells 2 books we will achieve our goal! Thank you in advance for supporting Farmington Woods Elementary PTA!  

    Go Play Save Information for Families Video

     

     

    9-10-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    Happy Friday!

    Sending wishes for a wonderful weekend in the beautiful weather that is here for several days! 

    We began our IB Learner Profile focus this week and for September we are learning about what it means to be an Inquirer. You can support your child in becoming an inquirer by not only encouraging questioning but by also NOT answering the questions and empowering your child to learn how and where to find answers to their questions independently.... that's what all IB Learners do! We will also begin next week adding our Positivity Project character strengths that support inquiry with the strength of Curiosity. 

    Dismissal processes are improving daily and we truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Carpool today finished at 4:16pm!!!! For over 330 carpool tags, that is amazing! WCPSS Transportation is also working hard to fill bus driver vacancies and get students home as soon as they can- and we have seen some positive improvements to most bus routes this week, too! 

    Please mark your calendar for next week- 

    Thursday, September 16th is a Teacher Workday as many families will be celebrating Yom Kippur. There is NO SCHOOL for students on Thursday. (I'll send a reminder next week, too:)

    We have had a great start thanks to your partnership! Many thanks!

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES Weekly Calendar:

    Monday, Sept. 13- IB Learner Profile Attribute: Inquirer; P2 Character Strength- Curiosity

    Tuesday, Sept. 14- Don't forget PTA Go Play Save Fund Raiser

    Wednesday, Sept. 15- First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month

    Thursday, Sept. 16- "Yom Tov"- Yom Kippur Holiday; No School for Students- Teacher Workday

    Friday, Sept. 17- FWES Spirit Day- where your FWES Shirts or blue and yellow! Constitution Day

     

    Friday Folder Items: 

    FWES Homework and Grading Plan for 2021-22- While FWES always follows WCPSS overall guidance on Homework and Grading, we have also have added information that is unique to our school and to this school year for your review. 

    FWES Student Services September Newsletter- Learn more from our Student Services and Counseling team, including resources for families and contact information for all members of our team! 

    Power Packs at FWES: Our counseling and student services team collaborates with our faith based community partners to provide supplemental food to students in need through our Power Pack program. If your student has a need- please review the documents below to participate in the program. Students receive a bag of food items to take home each Friday and two bags during longer breaks from school. 

    Forms to sign up are available below and paper copies being sent home today in Friday Folders. 

    Power Pack Sign Up                       Power Pack Sign Up in Spanish

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    Review COVID and illness symptoms and procedures for 2021-22:

    Please remember that any student who is not feeling well should stay home from school. At FWES we are working hard to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible. As many families have found this first 13 days of the year, students who exhibit any of the symptoms listed below or complain of those that are not visible  (such as headache or fatique) are required to leave school immediately. We understand it is challenging to families, but due to the pandemic, it is a required process. Thank you for treating our school staff who have to contact you with respect and understanding that they are following the Health and Human Services directives to keep everyone healthy and safe. 

    Much more detailed information about returning to school can be found at the link below- but generally-

    • If a student goes home due to any symptom of COVID (the list below)- they may NOT return to school without a Negative COVID PCR Test (not a rapid test) or a doctor's alternate diagnosis of the symptoms. 
    • If a student goes home due to a symptom of illness not on the list below, the student must remain out of school for at least 24 hours (so most students will not be allowed to return the following day) and may return after they have felt well for 24 hours with no fever. 

    View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms.

    Stay home when sick- 

    All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school.

    You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:

    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
    • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
    • Instructed to quarantine
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

    When students can return to school

    Students who are not feeling well but do not have one of the COVID-19 symptoms (such as an earache) listed above may return to school 24 hours after they have a fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND they have felt well for 24 hours. The health care provider is not required to detail the specifics of an alternate diagnosis.

    View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms.

     

    From Your AIG (Academically Intellectually Gifted) Teacher, Diane Rowe

    Dear Parents,

    I am your Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet ES AIG (Academically/Intellectually Gifted) Teacher, and am always available to answer any questions you may have. 

    All Parents:

    • A general AIG information meeting will be held during the second quarter. Date/Times to be announced.
    • FWES AIG Information Flyer

    Third Grade Parents:

    Fourth Grade Parents:

    • WCPSS Universal Screening (CogAT - Cognitive Abilities Test) will be held in November for all fourth grade students as they were unable to be tested during the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be shared soon.

    I look forward to being able to share information about our program with you.

    Mrs. Rowe

    FWES PTA News...

    • New Spirit Wear! We have all new designs for 2021-22! Place orders at http://fwes.spiralgraphics.com/ by September 30th. This year’s selections include FWES pajama pants, zip up hoodies, and performance tees in addition to sweatshirts and tees. Get a sneak peek at the New Designs Here!
    • Join the PTA now! The FWES PTA raises money to support the specific needs of our school. The FWES PTA links families to important school and community information. The FWES PTA hosts fun programs and events for our families. The FWES PTA offers kids the opportunity to explore the arts through cultural arts performances and inspires a love of reading through book fairs! Need more information about what we do? Check out our website!
    • Go Play Save Fundraiser- Our GoPlaySave fundraiser is happening now!  50% of all sales go directly to our PTA to help fund programs and support teachers & students throughout the year!  GO Support Local Businesses, PLAY all year long, and SAVE money at the same time! You will make your money back many times over by using the great buy one get one free coupons and dollar off your purchase coupons. Return orders/money to school as well as books you do not intend to purchase. Learn more on the FWES PTA Website.


    Our storefront link is available now to create a student link to share with friends, family, co-works, and neighbors to sell more books! www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave.

    There are new videos that have been added to the page for students to watch with their parents for selling tips and the chance to earn great free prizes.From our storefront page, click the green button to create your student link to share and receive an email when someone purchases through your student link. Purchased books will be sent home with your student to fill orders. Customers will receive an email confirmation with a mobile book activation code to use the mobile book immediately after they place their order.  If every family purchases or sells 2 books we will achieve our goal! Thank you in advance for supporting Farmington Woods Elementary PTA!  

    Go Play Save Information for Families Video

     

     

    9-3-2021 

    Mrs. Pierce's Message

    No School Monday (Labor Day Holiday) or Tuesday (Teacher Workday)- Students return to FWES on Wednesday, September 8th.

    Outside lunch- and our tested “rain plan” on Wednesday this week worked well! 

    Please remember to send a towel for your student to sit on and use during lunch as there is not seating except on sidewalks and the grass and towels will make things much more comfortable (and help to identify clear spaces) for your student. 

     

    Dismissal Updates and Reminders: 

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience with our dismissal procedures.To increase our effectiveness, your cooperation with the established procedures is needed each day: 

    • PHOTO ID is always required when requesting a student for dismissal during the day and at the dismissal time. WCPSS Board Policy 4210
      • Siblings under the age of 18 cannot sign out students from the front office. Only adults who are listed on the student’s pink locator card will be allowed to pick up a student. 
      • ALWAYS come to the front door with your photo ID. A carpool tag in a vehicle that students recognize is a safety strategy. Outside of the carpool process, a carpool tag cannot be used as identification to check a student out from school. 
    • Written notification to the teacher for transportation changes is REQUIRED. 
      • Please note that it is disruptive to our processes when families approach the front door to sign out students/make changes to transportation while we are engaged in the dismissal process 
    • Walker Updates: Students who are dismissed at Walkers MUST have an adult waiting on them at 3:40pm when they are dismissed. If there is not an adult, students will have to return to the classroom. 
      • Families arriving after walkers have been dismissed and carpool has begun will need to show photo ID at the front door and the student will be called again from the classroom to come to the front for dismissal. Thank you for being on time for walker dismissal. 
    • Carpool Updates: 
      • Arrival- while you are waiting for your arrival in the drop off zone, please help your child begin to prepare to exit the vehicle. If your student needs additional assistance, we ask that you do not hold up the lane, but that you wait your turn and then pull over in the pull over area beyond our cone with the STOP sign to assist your student
      • Dismissal- please follow the same procedure as arrival- if your student needs help with seatbelts, please pull to the pull over area to complete that assistance so the carpool lane can continue to move as fluidly as possible. 
      • We have had several days this week when carpool was finished within 30-35 minutes!!! And that will only get shorter and shorter as students learn procedures and their car and carpool numbers. 
      • NO LEFT TURN FROM HAMPTON VALLEY ROAD into FWES- Cary Police Traffic Division assisted FWES in developing a plan that would be safest for all pedestrians and drivers. Thank you for following the pathways outlined in our Carpool Video only- and thank you for not allowing space for vehicles to turn left into FWES! 
      • Continue to help carpool students know and recognize their carpool number and the family car that will pick them up- to assist in avoiding the crowding in our pull over area and traffic jams
      • Carpool when students need help getting out of or into cars

     

    Healthy Snacks and Celebrations at FWES

    • WCPSS Wellness Policy includes language to support students having access to healthy foods during the school day. Thank you for reviewing our Healthy, Active Students information as you consider snacks you might send with your student to school.  
    • Please be reminded that we cannot have food items to be shared with students at school during our instructional day. Treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc.) and other snack type food items for birthdays or other special events cannot be brought to school to be shared with our current COVID guidance. More information on how we incorporate celebrations in our classrooms is also included in the document linked above. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! 

     

    Absences due to Quarantine: As outlined in the WCPSS Attendance Policy 4400, If your student is required to quarantine, please notify your child’s teacher. Beginning September 13th, FWES teachers will have a Google Classroom site that will allow students absent for an extended period of time due to quarantine to access work and learning from home. There will not be live instruction delivered, but access to the learning tools and classroom assignments. Each teacher at FWES will also have 30 minutes a week when they will be “live” for quarantined students or parents to get support. When the teacher is notified about the quarantine, Google Classroom and office hour information will be shared with the family. 

     

    Social Emotional Learning at FWES: Driven by the work of our School Improvement Plan and the leadership of our school’s Healthy Schools Leadership Team, effort continues to be intentionally placed on being attentive to students’ emotional states, guiding students in managing their emotions, and arranging for supports and interventions when necessary.  To support behavioral health of students, staff at FWES dedicate time toward developing student’s social and emotional learning as well as supporting student’s mental well-being and behavior.  These areas are strengthened by universal systems which are consistent throughout the school, like our GOLD behavior management structures which place effort on teaching and reinforcing positive behavior with all students.  Social emotional learning occurs in all settings routinely in context of other learning and is a foundation of the work of the school.  Beyond, 15-20 minutes daily is dedicated to fostering community within the classrooms and school to nurture student belonging and building SEL skills: self-awareness and self-management; social awareness and relationship skills and responsible decision making.  Further, overarching methods within the IB framework are centered on developing within each IB learner attributes of the Learner Profile (communicator, inquirer, open-minded, principled, risk-takers, caring, reflective, thinkers, knowledgeable and balanced) which are key to developing International mindedness.   Farmington Woods IB PYP uses many resources to support this work, and has found strong alignment to the Positivity Project which focuses on teaching students 24 positive character strengths and concepts.  We believe that the conversations shared in the community sessions are beneficial for all students and our school and help prepare students for success. 

     

    September IB Learner Profile Attribute- Inquirer

     

    September P2 Character Strengths- Curiosity, Open Mindedness and Love of Learning 



    FWES Student Services September Newsletter- Learn more from our Student Services and Counseling team, including resources for families and contact information for all members of our team! 

     

    Power Packs at FWES: Our counseling and student services team collaborates with our faith based community partners to provide supplemental food to students in need through our Power Pack program. If your student has a need- please review the documents below to participate in the program. Students receive a bag of food items to take home each Friday and two bags during longer breaks from school. 

     

    Power Pack Sign Up                       Power Pack Sign Up in Spanish



    FWES PTA News...

    • New Spirit Wear! We have all new designs for 2021-22! Place orders at http://fwes.spiralgraphics.com/ by September 30th. This year’s selections include FWES pajama pants, zip up hoodies, and performance tees in addition to sweatshirts and tees. Get a sneak peek at the New Designs Here!
    • Join the PTA now! The FWES PTA raises money to support the specific needs of our school. The FWES PTA links families to important school and community information. The FWES PTA hosts fun programs and events for our families. The FWES PTA offers kids the opportunity to explore the arts through cultural arts performances and inspires a love of reading through book fairs! Need more information about what we do? Check out our website!
    • Go Play Save Fundraiser- Our GoPlaySave fundraiser is happening now!  50% of all sales go directly to our PTA to help fund programs and support teachers & students throughout the year!  GO Support Local Businesses, PLAY all year long, and SAVE money at the same time! You will make your money back many times over by using the great buy one get one free coupons and dollar off your purchase coupons. Return orders/money to school as well as books you do not intend to purchase. 


    Our storefront link is available now to create a student link to share with friends, family, co-works, and neighbors to sell more books! www.GoPlaySaveTriangle.com/store/FWES2022 From our storefront page, click the green button to create your student link to share and receive an email when someone purchases through your student link. Purchased books will be sent home with your student to fill orders. Customers will receive an email confirmation with a mobile book activation code to use the mobile book immediately after they place their order.  If every family purchases or sells 2 books we will achieve our goal! Thank you in advance for supporting Farmington Woods Elementary PTA!  

     

    Go Play Save Information for Families Video

     

    • Community Garden Grant Won! The PTA recently received a $2,000 grant from NCPTA to help our garden grow! This will aid in increasing our yield for more donations to Dorcas as well as providing more opportunities for students and families to learn!

    FWES School Improvement Team Member Interest: If you are interested in joining the Farmington Woods School Improvement Team as a parent representative, we would love to hear from you! The school improvement team (SIT) meets monthly to monitor school wide data and make decisions to positively impact the growth of all students. The team is comprised of members from all teaching teams in the building, our administrators and parents.  The parent representatives are appointed by a vote of the PTA general body at the first general body meeting of each school year. If you are interested in joining the SIT or have any questions, please email Elizabeth Plotkin (eplotkin@wcpss.net). We look forward to hearing from you!

     

     

    8-27-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Friday Message 

    First Fire Drill this morning! Great job! 

    Kindergarten Meet the Teacher and 1st Day Monday- Loved seeing families today and students meeting their official teacher and their seat in the classrooms! 

    All kindergartners will report on Monday!!! Yeah!

     

    Carpool Extra Tags- If you need an extra carpool tag- thank you for indicating on our form, but to get the extras, please come to the front door to pay for those extra tags and we will be happy to get those for you! 

     

    Lunch Outside- 1st-5th- towels requested and extra if you have them to share:) 

    • Kinder- alternate Cafe (facing same direction with 6ft distance)/Outside- to make sure they learn the procedures in cafeteria

     

    Dismissal Cooperation!! 

    Rock star families at FWES are appreciated for your cooperation! 

    • All 100 kinders will be at school Monday- so it may slow down a bit until they get the hang of it (remember we had only 25 a day M-Th and none on Friday- and we had K teachers with them in the line)
    • Reminder that any changes for your student in the way they will go home requires a written note to the teacher
        • DO NOT EMAIL THE TEACHER THE DAY OF THE CHANGE- reminder that sometimes teachers are out or have a day when they are only able to check email before or after school- Old fashioned notes will work best:) 
        • Changes cannot be taken over the phone due to maintaining the safety of students- as we cannot always identify the person on the phone as a guardian
    • Bus Riders- WCPSS is working diligently to fill vacant driver positions and to shorten ride times for students the best they can. Our best advice is to download Here Comes the Bus to monitor your child’s dismissal. 
      • It can be problematic for families to choose to come to school to pick up a student- because if the bus arrives before the family, the student will be put on the bus. Thank you for your cooperation! 

     

    Need Extra time in AM or PM carpool lane? We have over 320 cars coming through in the morning and afternoon- if you need extra time to unbuckle or buckle your student we ask that you use the pull over area to complete those steps so that the line can keep flowing. Thank you!  

     

    Health and COVID Symptom Reminders

    • Students not feeling well should not come to school
    • If not feeling well during day they will be sent home
      • If COVID symptoms present- follow these WCPSS Guidelines
      • If other symptoms not related to COVID- like earache- then home for at least 24 hours and back ONLY after no fever for 24 hours and feeling well
    • Families will be called and required to come to school as soon as possible- we appreciate the inconvenience it can cause to your day and schedule, but we must follow the guidelines that are designed to keep students and staff safe and healthy. 
    • Students will be in our Care Center for pick up- NOT AT THE FRONT OFFICE
      • Park in the lower parking lot near the big playground
      • Walk up the sidewalk and follow the pink signs that say “CARE Center” to the top of the hill
      • At the top- turn left on the side walk- and walk to the end of the sidewalk- a staff member will meet you there to sign out your student

     

    FWES PTA News: 

    Join the FWES PTA!      Spanish Membership Info

    Go Play Save Fund Raiser- Get ready for our GoPlaySave fundraiser!  50% of all sales go directly to our PTA to help fund programs and support teachers & students throughout the year!  GO Support Local Businesses, PLAY all year long, and SAVE money at the same time! You will make your money bace many times over by using the great buy one get one free coupons and dollar off your purchase coupons.  Be on the lookout for a fundraising packet to come home with your child next Monday, August 30th.  Our storefront link is available now to create a student link to share with friends, family, co-works, and neighbors to sell more books! 

    Farmington Woods Storefront: From our storefront page, click the green button to create your student link to share and receive an email when someone purchases through your student link. Purchased books will be sent home with your student to fill orders.  Customers will receive an email confirmation with a mobile book activation code to use the mobile book immediately after they place their order.  If every family purchases or sells 2 books we will achieve our goal! Thank you in advance for supporting Farmington Woods Elementary PTA! 

    Community Garden Grant Won for FWES! The PTA recently received a $2,000 grant from NCPTA to help our garden grow! This will aid in increasing our yield for more donations to Dorcas as well as providing more opportunities for students and families to learn!

    New Spirit Wear! We have an all new design for 2021-22! Be sure to check out http://fwes.spiralgraphics.com/ to place your orders by September 30th. This year’s selections include FWES pjs and zip up hoodies, in addition to our newly designed t-shirt options.

     

    8-13-2021

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    No more Admission or Transfers into WCPSS Virtual Academy for 2021-22- There will be no more admissions or transfers into the WCPSS Virtual Academy for 2021-22. All classes are filled to capacity and no additional teachers are available to serve students virtually across the district. Read the link for more WCPSS information. 

    FWES In Person Welcome Back Family Letter 2021- check out additional back to school information and “Got Questions” times for families the first week of school!

    Western Area Virtual Academy Welcome Letter 2021- for the 25 FWES students and their families enrolled in the Western Area Virtual Academy for 2021-22 school year.  

    Bus Transportation Information for 2021-22

    WCPSS will release bus transportation information for access between August 12-17, 2021. Please review the information and if you have questions, please know that at Open House we will have support to answer questions and find bus routes. 

     

    FWES Student/Family Handbook Highlights 21-22- as of 8-13-21

    At the CURRENT TIME, the information on these few pages will help you understand and be prepared for this year’s protocols and procedures. We expect WCPSS to make some additional updates and when that occurs, this information- along with the full Student/Family Handbook will be updated and shared. Thank you for your patience and understanding that things may continue to be adjusted during the year! 

     

    Kick-off to Kindergarten 2021 (esp)! All rising kindergarten students and families are invited to an annual free event at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, August 21st to practice and learn more about what it will be like to be a kindergartner in “big school”. If you would like to participate, registration is required to receive a time for entry, in order to limit numbers in the museum throughout the day. Use the link below to register and HAVE FUN! 

    Register for Kick of to Kindergarten for a Time for Entry

    Kindergarten Staggered Entry Information and Supplies

     

    FWES Open House 2021

    • Important details about the required safety and health structures that will minimize large groups of people in the school building
    • Masks will be required by all who enter the school over age 2
    • Families are asked to limit the number of “extra/Non-FWES” family members who attend 
    • Entrance will be monitored by last name without exception
    • All visitors must exit at the time designated for that group- please do not wait until the last minute to arrive. 
    • Families are asked to please complete the form linked below BEFORE open house (by Tuesday, August 17th if possible) to help save you time while you are on our campus. It will provide important information to your child’s teacher, the school and the FWES PTA that you will NOT have to fill out while you are on campus:) 

    Student Medication may be brought to school during your Open House time to be signed in for the school year. Please review information below to insure you have all needed items to drop off medication: 

    • Student Medication on Campus: Please review the information regarding student medication processes. 
      • Any student who needs an over the counter medication on campus must have the 1702 on file and the medication is signed in and kept in the main office. 
      • 1702/1702 esp is required before the school can accept a medication for a student
      • Medication must be in the Rx container and have full prescription information on the label (and it must match what is written by the doctor on the 1702 form)
      • NO OVER THE COUNTER items may be carried by students during the school day in elementary school: this includes sunscreen, bug spray, anti- itch cream, tylenol, cough drops, etc. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS LIP BALM. 

     

    Pre- Open House Important Information Form  (Spanish below)

    In order to create a more expedited process for all families and staff during our 2021-22 Open House events on August 19th and 20th- FWES is asking ALL families to complete this form

    Much of this information is typically completed during the Open House visit, but if we can gather the information ahead of time, your student and your family can spend your visit time mostly meeting the teacher:) Some documents will require completion during Open House, but it will be minimal:) 

    Email will be collected and used for FWES and PTA communications during the school year. 

    Information to be collected includes:

    • Student Information
    • Parent Contact Information- mobile phone collection for WCPSS/FWES Text messages, Talking Points and Dojo Messaging
    • Family Heritage Information (for classroom flags)
    • School and PTA Volunteer Interest for 21-22
    • 4th/5th Grader Safety Patrol Interest
    • Dismissal Information for Student- along with some additional information as needed for dismissal

    One form will need to be completed for EACH FWES student. 

     

    Recopilación de Información Antes del Evento de Puertas Abiertas de 2021 de la Escuela Primaria Farmington Woods (FWES)

    Con el fin de crear un proceso más rápido para todas las familias y el personal durante nuestros eventos de Puertas Abiertas de 2021-2022 los días 19 y 20 de agosto, FWES solicita a TODAS las familias que completen este formulario.

    Gran parte de esta información generalmente se completa durante la visita del evento de puertas abiertas, pero si podemos recopilar la información por adelantado, su estudiante y su familia pueden dedicar el tiempo de su visita principalmente conociendo al maestro :) Algunos documentos deberán completarse durante el evento de puertas abiertas, pero será mínimo :)

    Su dirección de correo electrónico se recopilará y utilizará para las comunicaciones de FWES y la PTA durante el año escolar. 

    La información que se recopilará incluye:

    • Información del estudiante
    • Información de contacto de los Padres – teléfono celular para los mensajes de texto de WCPSS/FWES,
    • Talking Points y Mensajería de Dojo
    • Información sobre el patrimonio familiar (para las banderas de las aulas)
    • Interés para ser voluntario en la escuela y la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) para 2021-2022
    • Interés en la Patrulla Escolar de los estudiantes de 4º y 5º grado

     

    Se debe completar un formulario para CADA estudiante de FWES.

     

    FWES PTA Updates… ready to get started! 

    PTA Membership Flyer   PTA Membership Flyer- Spanish

    Learn more about membership and use the QR code to go ahead and process your membership before the school year starts to show your commitment and support to the FWES school community! 

    PTA Picnic Flyer- Thursday, August 19th 5:30-7:00pm 

    Join the FWES PTA and Kona Ice on the FWES playground- August 19th from 5:30-7:00pm to see old friends and make new ones. Bring your own water bottles and picnic dinner! 

    WCPSS Volunteer Registration Procedures for 2021-22: Although at THIS TIME, only essential visitors are allowed in the school building when students are in attendance; we are hopeful that as the year progresses we may be able to further engage our families through volunteer opportunities to support our students. To plan for the future, we encourage all family members who are interested in potentially becoming a volunteer at Farmington Woods (or any WCPSS school) to be sure to register for Volunteer Approval. The process can take up to two weeks to be completed, so thank you for planning ahead. 

     

    8-6-2021

    FWES Friday Folder 8-6-2021

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message

    Happy Friday! Slowly but surely we are getting details to share about this school year. Many details will be decided and communicated by WCPSS and we are all still waiting on that information, but for now, what we do have to share is below for your review! 

    Have a great weekend! Winston Pierce 

    FWES Open House 2021

    • Important details about the required safety and health structures that will minimize large groups of people in the school building
    • Masks will be required by all who enter the school over age 2
    • Families are asked to limit the number of “extra/Non-FWES” family members who attend 
    • Entrance will be monitored by last name without exception
    • All visitors must exit at the time designated for that group- please do not wait until the last minute to arrive. 
    • Families are asked to please complete the form linked below BEFORE open house (by Tuesday, August 17th if possible) to help save you time while you are on our campus. It will provide important information to your child’s teacher, the school and the FWES PTA that you will NOT have to fill out while you are on campus:) 

    Pre- Open House Important Information Form  (Spanish below) IMPORTANT- PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP but by AUGUST 17th at the lastest!!!!

    In order to create a more expedited process for all families and staff during our 2021-22 Open House events on August 19th and 20th- FWES is asking ALL families to complete this form

    Much of this information is typically completed during the Open House visit, but if we can gather the information ahead of time, your student and your family can spend your visit time mostly meeting the teacher:) Some documents will require completion during Open House, but it will be minimal:) 

    Email will be collected and used for FWES and PTA communications during the school year. 

    Information to be collected includes:

    Student Information

    Parent Contact Information- mobile phone collection for WCPSS/FWES Text messages, Talking Points and Dojo Messaging

    Family Heritage Information (for classroom flags)

    School and PTA Volunteer Interest for 21-22

    4th/5th Grader Safety Patrol Interest

    Dismissal Information for Student- along with some additional information as needed for dismissal

    One form will need to be completed for EACH FWES student. 

     

    Recopilación de Información Antes del Evento de Puertas Abiertas de 2021 de la Escuela Primaria Farmington Woods (FWES)

    Con el fin de crear un proceso más rápido para todas las familias y el personal durante nuestros eventos de Puertas Abiertas de 2021-2022 los días 19 y 20 de agosto, FWES solicita a TODAS las familias que completen este formulario.

    Gran parte de esta información generalmente se completa durante la visita del evento de puertas abiertas, pero si podemos recopilar la información por adelantado, su estudiante y su familia pueden dedicar el tiempo de su visita principalmente conociendo al maestro :) Algunos documentos deberán completarse durante el evento de puertas abiertas, pero será mínimo :)

    Su dirección de correo electrónico se recopilará y utilizará para las comunicaciones de FWES y la PTA durante el año escolar. 

    La información que se recopilará incluye:

    Información del estudiante

    Información de contacto de los Padres – teléfono celular para los mensajes de texto de WCPSS/FWES,

    Talking Points y Mensajería de Dojo

    Información sobre el patrimonio familiar (para las banderas de las aulas)

    Interés para ser voluntario en la escuela y la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) para 2021-2022

    Interés en la Patrulla Escolar de los estudiantes de 4º y 5º grado

     

    Se debe completar un formulario para CADA estudiante de FWES.

    FWES Student/Family Handbook Highlights 21-22- as of 8-5-21

    At the CURRENT TIME, the information on these few pages will help you understand and be prepared for this year’s protocols and procedures. We expect WCPSS to make some additional updates and when that occurs, this information- along with the full Student/Family Handbook will be updated and shared. Thank you for your patience and understanding that things may continue to be adjusted during the year! 

    Bus Transportation Information for 2021-22

    WCPSS will release bus transportation information for access between August 12-17, 2021. Please review the information and if you have questions, please know that at Open House we will have support to answer questions and find bus routes. 

    Kick-off to Kindergarten 2021 (esp)! All rising kindergarten students and families are invited to an annual free event at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, August 21st to practice and learn more about what it will be like to be a kindergartner in “big school”. If you would like to participate, registration is required to receive a time for entry, in order to limit numbers in the museum throughout the day. Use the link below to register and HAVE FUN! 

    Register for Kick of to Kindergarten for a Time for Entry

    FWES Garden Volunteers

    Join Mrs. Long in our Courtyard to support our Community Garden on Monday, August 9th and/or Thursday, August 12th from 10:00-11:00am. We are excited about our weekly harvests and to share them with the Dorcas Crisis center to help others in our community! FWES takes Action! 

    WCPSS Volunteer Registration Procedures for 2021-22: Although at THIS TIME, only essential visitors are allowed in the school building when students are in attendance; we are hopeful that as the year progresses we may be able to further engage our families through volunteer opportunities to support our students. To plan for the future, we encourage all family members who are interested in potentially becoming a volunteer at Farmington Woods (or any WCPSS school) to be sure to register for Volunteer Approval. The process can take up to two weeks to be completed, so thank you for planning ahead. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates… ready to get started! 

    PTA Membership Flyer  PTA Membership Flyer- Spanish

    Learn more about membership and use the QR code to go ahead and process your membership before the school year starts to show your commitment and support to the FWES school community! 

    PTA Picnic Flyer (English/Spanish)-  Thursday, August 19th 5:30-7:00pm 

    Join the FWES PTA and Kona Ice on the FWES playground- August 19th from 5:30-7:00pm to see old friends and make new ones. Bring your own water bottles and picnic dinner!

     

    7-30-2021

    FWES First Friday Folder of 2021-22

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Wow- August is right around the corner!!! We are so very busy getting things ready for the start of a new school year and can’t wait to get started! 

    While I had hoped to have all documents updated for the 2021-22 school year by the beginning of August, updates cannot be completed until the WCPSS Board of Education meets on August 3rd to make final decisions based on the latest DHHS recommendations. Updates will be posted and shared as soon as they can be updated based on the Board of Education decisions. Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

    Continue to enjoy the summer and we can't wait to see you all soon! 

    Scheduling Note- FWES Main Office may be closed on Monday, August 2nd and Monday, August 9th due to the summer floor and carpet cleaning that will happen each weekend. Please call before coming to the school the next two Mondays! 

    Winston Pierce, principal 

    For your review- StrongSchools Toolkit- Updated 7-21-2021 (effective 7-30-2021)

    Watch WCPSS Board of Education Meeting: August 3rd Work Session 3:00pm Meeting 5:30pm


    Friday Folder Items: 

    Virtual Academy Families Welcome- for all FWES Families registered for Western Area Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 School Year

    • Included in the letter is a welcome video and presentation from Western Area Elementary Principals 
    • Information about Meeting your Virtual Academy Teacher
    • Links for schedules, attendance policy, and student, family and teacher agreement
    • Information for Kindergartner Virtual Staggered Entry

     

    FWES After School Registration Process and Information

    • Virtual “Line Up” starts 9:00am Tuesday, August 3rd
    • Copy of form is pasted in document above for review
    • Families will be notified if there is a seat for the student or if the student is on a waitlist for the program on Thursday, August 5th. 
    • Face to Face Registration will be August 10th and 11th- families with a seat will sign up for a specific time to register in person

     

    FWES Open House 2021   Spanish   Arabic

    • Important details about the required safety and health structures that will minimize large groups of people in the school building
    • Masks will be required by all who enter the school
    • Families are asked to limit the number of “extra/Non-FWES” family members who attend 
    • Entrance will be monitored by last name without exception
    • All visitors must exit at the time designated for that group- please do not wait until the last minute to arrive. 

    Kindergarten Staggered Entry August 23-26, 2021

     

    Calling community Garden Volunteers! Mrs. Long is looking forward to hosting families in our Courtyard to help with the Community Garden the next two weeks. It is a great way for VA students to be reminded of our campus and for rising kindergartners and families to get involved early.... and have fun on the playground after!!


    Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:00am- no experience or tools needed!!!

    August 2nd, 5th, 9th and 12th

    Drive and park around the back of the school (near the villa classrooms- mobile units) and enter the courtyard from there. *Reminder that visitors are not allowed inside the building at this time. 

     

    FWES PTA- Spiritwear SALE and Membership Info for 2021-22

    Clearance Sale!!

    FWES PTA is clearing out the closet and offering big discounts on all items listed below.  Everything is $5 or less!  

    • Short sleeve shirts for adults and kids in solid colors
    • Short sleeve bear logo shirts for adults
    • Long sleeve bear logo shirts for adults and kids
    • Hoodie sweatshirt with bear logo for adults
    • Metal water bottles, car magnets, ponytail holders and barrettes

    Quantities are limited!!  Last chance to purchase these items as the PTA has exciting plans for spirit wear in the coming school year - stay tuned!

    Items can only be purchased online at :  https://fwespta.memberhub.com/store  Orders must be placed before midnight on August 13.

    Spirit wear orders should be picked up during open house on August 19 and August 20.  Stop by the PTA table and we’ll have your purchase ready for you.

    While you’re there - please join the PTA!!  Individual membership is $7 and families for $12.

     

    FWES Staffing Updates for 2020-21:

    • Jennifer Thakur is leaving her position as school counselor to move into counseling in private practice to support students and families. We will miss her talents at FWES but know she will continue to make a difference! 
    • Melinda Lowe is leaving her position as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education. While we will miss Mrs. Lowe and the expertise of being a former teacher she brought to FWES, we will enjoy continuing to see her as a current (and former) FWES parent in 2021-22! 
    • Welcome Elizabeth Matthews-Wilbanks to FWES from Dillard Drive Elementary! Ms. Wilbanks will serve as a 2nd grade Virtual Academy teacher for the Western Area Virtual Academy. She will serve 2nd grade VA students from FWES and other elementary schools in the Western Area. She has many digital and virtual skills that will support the learning and growth of VA 2nd graders! We are excited to have her, and her child, joining our FWES family! 
    • Welcome Stephanie Weiser to FWES as a 2nd grade teacher! Ms. Weiser has returned to the Wake County area after living in Florida. In Florida she served as a 1st grade teacher, Lead Teacher and Assistant Principal for a group of charter schools. She is passionate about relationships and differentiating instruction and is a great addition to our instructional team! 
    • Welcome Laura Scanlon (formerly an FWES Instructional Assistant) to the Kindergarten team as a kindergarten teacher! Ms. Scanlon has many years of experience teaching kindergarten and 1st grade and while she used those talents to serve in an IA position, she’s ready to return to classroom and we are happy to have her! 
    • Welcome Alison Clinkscales (formerly and FWES Instructional Assistant) to the 1st Grade Team as a teacher! Mrs. Clinkscales has been a longtime parent and staff member at FWES but also has many years experience as a K-2 teacher. She served in the 20-21 school year as classroom teacher substitute for one of our FWES classrooms for a little more than a quarter of the year and is ready to return to the role of teacher. We are very excited to have her continue to share her talents with our school community! 
    • New Counselor has been recommended. FWES will have two full time counselors for the 2021-22 school year. 

    Returning Staff Updates: 

    With the move of Ms. Scanlon and Mrs. Clinkscales to teacher positions, we are very excited that we can welcome back Hilda Jones and Brian Walsh to our Instructional Assistant Team! Both had been assigned to positions at other schools in the early summer, as we did not have enough positions allotted for them to remain- but we were able to bring them back to FWES! Both are excited to continue to be part of our school family and to work with our students! 

    Returning Staff in New Roles for 2021-22: 

    • Allison Mooneham- Kindergarten Teacher
    • Shannon Morrissette- 1st Grade Teacher
    • Allison Williams- 3rd Grade Teacher
    • Elizabeth Mitchell- ECS K-5 Virtual Academy Teacher (based at FWES but serving ECS VA students from across the county)
    • Rebecca Waznak- ECK K-5 Teacher at FWES- all FWES Face to Face ECS students
    • Cara Little- Literacy Coach/Intervention teacher
    • Mariam Lafi- Pre K Instructional Assistant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6-4-2021

    FWES LAST Friday Folder of 2020-21

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 9 minutes)

    Happy Last Friday Folder of the Year! It is hard to believe we have made it through almost the entire school year. My heart is full of love and appreciation for our families, our students and our incredIBle staff and what we have managed to accomplish this year. We were very much #FWESStrong because we did it all together! 

    Please review the information below so you don't miss out on some of the events next week as we complete the year. 

    I hope you have a great 

     

    The Last Week at FWES for 2020-21

    5th Grade Talent Show Video Shared This Week (see below)

    Mon, June 7- August 1-22nd Birthdays on FWES News- VA Drive Thru and Materials Drop Off 4:30-5:30pm 

    Tues, June 8- 5th Grade VA Celebrations (12:30-1:00pm Burke; 1:30-2:00pm Ramos; 2:30-3:00pm Tew); June 11th-30th Birthdays on FWES News

    Wed, June 9- 5th Grade F2F Celebrations (9:45-10:15am Dellinger, 10:45-11:15am Herrema; 11:45-12:00pm Waznak)

    Thurs, June 10- Last Day of School; Report Cards can go Home after 12:30pm 

    Happy Summer!!! 

    See you in August, 2021 

    (or at Summer Learning Camp earlier)! 

     

    Virtual Academy Celebration and Instructional Materials Drop Off- Monday, June 7th 4:30-5:30pm

    We had to reschedule our event due to the weather- and our event Monday will be RAIN or SHINE!!!

    • Carpool Loop (Front of School)- 2nd, 3rd and 5th Grade Students to see teacher and drop off materials
    • Bus Loop (lower by playground)- Kinder, 1st and 4th Grade Students to see teacher and drop off materials
    • Instructional Materials to bring to drop off- please put in a bag for easy handing to a staff member upon arrival. Don’t forget to add library books to that bag, too, if you have not yet returned them!!
    • We have structured this event like previous materials pick up events- you will check in with a staff member and be given a Station # of where to report. At that station you will drop off your material and say Happy Summer to your teacher- if your teacher has things for you, she will give them to you. 
    • We are asking that students remain in the vehicle and we will pass items through the window or door as needed for drop off and pick up. 
    • We also ask that families and students are mindful of the traffic and monitor staff conversations so that all students and families have equitable access to teachers during their visit, too. 

    If the weather allows, please feel free to decorate your car to celebrate your FWES School spirit and for having a great VA year!!! 

    Reminder that school and instruction will continue through Thursday, June 10th:)

     

    Virtual 5th Grade Talent Show- All students and families are invited to begin viewing our 5th Grade Virtual Talent show on Monday, June 7th. Use the link provided here and students must use their flipgrid log in to view the talent show. 

     

    Medication Pick Up- A parent must come to the school to pick up any medications for students that are in our FWES Health Room (inhalers, epi pens, etc.). Please plan to come to the school on Thursday, June 10th or Friday, June 11th between 9:30am-3:00pm to sign out your child's medication. Feel free to call Mrs. Fish at the front desk if you need any additional information or another time not within that window. Any medication not picked up by June 24th will be disposed of by our school nurse. 

     

    Kindergarten Classroom Tours- We had been hopeful that at some point this year our face to face kindergarten students’ families would be able to come to the classrooms where students have been learning; however, the policy on visitors has not yet changed. 

    But….never fear- our creative kindergarten team is going to have our Kindergarten face to face students create videos and classroom tours for families- to connect you and help you learn more about their learning environment this year. Stay tuned! 

     

    TECHNOLOGY UPDATES : If your student is returning to ANY Wake County Public School, students are to keep their chromebook over the summer. ALL HOTSPOTS must be returned as they will be disabled at the end of school this year. 

    Chromebooks that are damaged (cracked screen, missing keys, etc) need to be returned to the Inquiry Center by the last day of school, so that a replacement can be given at the start of next school year.

    We are currently preparing devices to distribute for the upcoming school year. All students who do not have a district device will be assigned one at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

     

    We’re going to miss you…

    Each year there are a variety of professional and family circumstances that impact our staff and their ability to return to FWES for the next school year. We are so thankful for their hard work and commitment to our students and wish them all the best!

    • Susan Combs- Congratulations on 30 years of serving students and Retirement! 
    • Charlotte Marasco
    • Ashley Byrd
    • Ashley Holland
    • Patricia Dos Santos
    • Annie Burke
    • Hilda Jones
    • Brian Walsh

     

    Teacher Characteristics for 2021-22  Due to Mrs. Pierce by Friday, June 18, 2021 (awpierce@wcpss.net)

    Families are invited to share characteristics in a teacher that would best serve their students in the coming year. It is important to only include information about the characteristics that will support your child as a growing learner. Please note that specific teacher requests will NOT be reviewed- as teachers often change grade levels from year to year. Requests for “friend” placements are also not reviewed. 

     

    Thank you for emailing your thoughts to Mrs. Pierce by Friday, June 18th. Please include the student first and last name and next year’s grade level in the subject line of the email to make sure it is not missed:) 

     

    Planning for 2021-22

    2021-22 School Calendar- check for Teacher Workdays and Holidays

    2021-22 School Supply Lists- FWES PTA will be scheduling Yubbler School Supply buying options again this year- a one stop shopping for supplies that will be mailed directly to your house- so keep checking the website for more details:) Many families find it a wonderful option! 

    Open House Event at Farmington Woods- Current guidelines do not allow visitors in the school building, however, if those restrictions were to be lifted and we can host a traditional Open House- our proposed events are listed below. We cannot confirm the events until we know more about the expectations and requirements for schools in the 2021-22 school year. Thank you for understanding! 

    Proposed Open House Events: 

    Thursday, August 19th 3:30-5:00pm- Rising Kinder and 1st Grade ONLY Open House Event- Because none of our kinder or 1st grade families have had the opportunity to enter our physical building space we are proposing this special event this year. Classrooms for 2nd-5th graders will NOT be open as we want to completely target activities for families who have not been in our school building. 

    Friday, August 20th 8:30-11:00am- 2nd-5th Grader Open House Event

    Kindergarten Staggered Entry- Kindergarten students will only attend school for one full day between August 23-26. Information on your child’s assigned day will be shared by the end of June, 2021. Students will spend the day on campus in a classroom experience with much adult support- about 25 students and 5 teachers- to allow for getting to know students and students to get to know all teachers and the school. No teacher assignments will be made until after all students have completed their full day at school. The experience makes the first day so much more exciting as students have been to the cafeteria, played on the playground and met friends!  Students will get a teacher assignment on Friday, August 27th and are invited to come with their family to a Meet the Teacher Event on Friday afternoon. 

    Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event: Friday, August 27th at 1:30-2:30pm- Families and kindergartners are invited to come to meet their teacher and visit their assigned classroom. 

    Monday, August 30th- First Day of School for ALL Kindergartners!

     

     

    5-28-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (6 minutes)

    Wow- only 8 days left in the 2020-21 school year! But we are still working hard at FWES to support learning that lasts a lifetime... and need your support! 

    We have EOG and Read to Achieve Testing scheduled next week. If you have a student in 3rd-5th grade, please make a note and use the links in the calendar list below to review additional information. 

    We are excited on Thursday, June 3rd to Celebrate our Virtual Academy Students and Families with a Celebration Drive Thru.... combined with a Materials Pick Up. Come see the WHOLE FWES STAFF, decorate your car and bring your dance moves to celebrate an incredIBle year of Virtual Academy! Reminder- school is not over for VA after Thursday- students must continue to log on and attend Google Meets and complete assignments through June 10th. 

    Thanks for looking over the additional information below to stay informed as we quickly approach the summer! 

    Many thanks, too, for your support for my son and my family this week! He is safely quarantined in England and his dog has adjusted well to living with us and our other two dogs for the next few years! 

    Respectfully,

    Winston Pierce 

     

    Next Week at FWES

    Mon, May 31- Memorial Day Holiday- No School

    Tues, June 1- All Library Books Due to FWES! 

    Wed, June 2- F2F Math EOG 3rd-5th

    Thurs, June 3- F2F and VA 3rd Graders Read to Achieve Test- for those who do not have a Good Cause Exemption

    4:30-5:30pm VA Celebration Drive Thru and Materials Drop Off- All Virtual Academy families are encouraged to drive thru to see school staff and celebrate the 2020-21 school year while dropping off school supplies: Math Kits, White Boards, EL Texts/Novels, etc. More specific lists will be shared with families by your teacher

    Fri, June 4- Make up EOG Testing; July Birthdays on FWES News

     

    The Last Week at FWES for 2020-21

    5th Grade Talent Show Videos Shared This Week 

    Mon, June 7- August Birthdays through 8/22/21 on FWES News

    Tues, June 8- 5th Grade VA Celebrations (12:30-1:00pm Burke; 1:30-2:00pm Ramos; 2:30-3:00pm Tew); June 11-30th Birthdays on FWES News

    Wed, June 9- 5th Grade F2F Celebrations (9:45-10:15am Dellinger, 10:45-11:15am Herrema; 11:45-12:00pm Waznak)

    Thurs, June 10- Last Day of School; Report Cards can go Home after 12:30pm 

     

    Happy Summer!!! 

    See you in August, 2021 

    (or at Summer Learning Camp earlier)! 

     

    FWES Year End Events and Details, 2021- updates 5-28-2021 in pink- please review for updates

     

    School Materials to be Returned by Virtual Academy Students- on June 3rd or drop at school before June 3rd! 

    Materials will be collected from all Virtual Academy students on Thursday, June 3rd between 4:30-5:30pm in the FWES Bus Loop- following the carpool loop celebration event. Please use the link above to view the materials by grade level to be returned to the school on June 3rd. 

    If not going to WCPSS school in 2021-22- Return Chromebook with charging cord

     

    LET’S FIND those library books …Please start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be placed in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !! 

     

    Teacher Characteristics for 2021-22  Due to Mrs. Pierce by Friday, June 18, 2021 (awpierce@wcpss.net)

    Families are invited to share characteristics in a teacher that would best serve their students in the coming year. It is important to only include information about the characteristics that will support your child as a growing learner. Please note that specific teacher requests will NOT be reviewed- as teachers often change grade levels from year to year. Requests for “friend” placements are also not reviewed. 

    Thank you for emailing your thoughts to Mrs. Pierce by Friday, June 18th. Please include the student first and last name and next year’s grade level in the subject line of the email to make sure it is not missed:) 

     

    Important: All Students Will Receive Free School Meals For the 2021-22 School Year

    Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to students for the 2021-22 school year.   While the district may be able to offer free meals to all students, it is very important for eligible parents to complete a meal benefits application because this data enables schools to obtain funding to provide other important educational resources to benefit students.  Other benefits that are issued directly to families that have applied and are eligible for meal benefits may also be available (such as the P-EBT cash benefit).  Parents can complete a meal benefits application online at myschoolapps.com. Paper applications also are available at all schools. More: www.wcpss.net/free-reduced-meals.

     

    From WCPSS Transportation about 2021-22 School Year:

    Dear Parents,

    WCPSS Transportation is preparing for the next school year. Please read all of the important information below.

    Check Your Transportation Status

    View your student’s 2021-22 Transportation status via your student’s Homebase/Powerschool account. Sign up for an account at your student’s school. More information on Home Base is available at www.wcpss.net/student-information

    Your student’s AM and/or PM transportation codes will display “Y” (yes) or “N” (no) for the 2021-22 school year until routes are posted. Routes usually are posted about 10 days before the start of the school year.

    • If your student’s code is “Y” and your student will be using transportation next school year, no action is required. 
    • If your student’s code is “N” and you would like for your student to use transportation next school year, please submit a transportation request. 
    • If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit the decline bus form at www.wcpss.net/declinebus so that we have the most up-to-date information.

    If you need further assistance with bus service, contact your student’s school.

    Transportation Request Deadlines

    If you are not currently registered for transportation but would like service next school year, you must request transportation by the deadline listed below for your student's school calendar to ensure service on the first day. To do so, go to wcpss.net/busrider. (NOTE: This link will go to 2021-22 Transportation Request page starting on May 21.)

    • Year-round calendar schools (regardless of track assignment): June 1
    • Modified calendar schools: June 21
    • Traditional calendar schools: July 19

    Thank you for your support of the Wake County Public School System.

     

    5-21-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 6 minutes)

    We are truly in the home stretch, but the next 12 school days will be filled with incredIBle learning and we are excited to continue the learning from this year through to the last minute! 

    We began our End of Grade Testing this week with our VA students and will continue with some 5th grade VA students and our Face to Face students next week and into the next. Please check the calendar for more information on EOG schedules and links to sample tests, too. 

    Wednesday, May 26th is an Asynchronous Learning Day designated as our Virtual Family Field Day and Go for the GOLD celebration activities. Please enjoy the day as a family with your students to celebrate the successes of this extraordinary year! 

    On a personal note, I will be away from school on Monday and Tuesday "playing mom". My youngest son is a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force and will be leaving on Tuesday for a new 2-3 year permanent change in station in England. As all of you understand, I am excited for the adventures and opportunities this move will provide him, but it also tugs at my heartstrings, too. Thank you for your understanding! 

    Have a wonderful week! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES This Week: 

    May 24

    May 25- VA and F2F 5th Grade Science  EOG Regular arrival time

    for all VA students- in front carpool loop or on bus

    May 26   Asynchronous Learning Day-Virtual Field Day and GOLD Choice Board Activities

                         WCPSS Job Fair-Support Positions 4:30-6:30pm 

    May 27- F2F Reading EOG 3rd-5th 

    May 28- 

     

    FWES Next Week: 

    Mon, May 31- Memorial Day Holiday- No School

    Tues, June 1- Library Books Due to FWES Inquiry Center! 

    Wed, June 2- F2F Math EOG 3rd-5th

    Thurs, June 3- F2F and VA 3rd Graders Read to Achieve Test- for those who do not have a Good Cause Exemption

    4:30-5:30pm VA Celebration Drive Thru and Materials Drop Off- All Virtual Academy families are encouraged to drive thru to see school staff and celebrate the 2020-21 school year while dropping off school supplies: Math Kits, White Boards, EL Texts/Novels, etc. More specific lists will be shared with families by your teacher

    Fri, June 4- Make up EOG Testing 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Items:

    FWES Year End Events and Details, 2021- updates 5-21-2021 in pink- please review for updates

    School Materials to be Returned by Virtual Academy Students

    Materials will be collected from all Virtual Academy students on Thursday, June 3rd between 4:30-5:30pm in the FWES Bus Loop. Teachers will provide specifics to your grade level but families and students should begin looking for all items that belong to the school to return, such as: 

    • White Boards
    • Math Kits- please place all pieces in the bag
    • EL Texts and Novels
    • Other items to be determined by grade level

    If not going to WCPSS school in 2021-22- Return Chromebook with charging cord

     

    LET’S start looking for those library books …Please start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be placed in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !! 

     

    WCPSS Job Fair-Support Positions May 26th:

    The district will hold this virtual event on May 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to recruit for the following positions:

    • School Counselor
    • School Social Worker
    • School Psychologist
    • School Bus Driver
    • Child Nutrition Services Cashier and Manager
    • Custodian
    • Instructional assistant
    • Bookkeeper
    • Lead Secretary
    • Receptionist
    • Data Manager

    Important: All Students Will Receive Free School Meals For the 2021-22 School Year

    Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to students for the 2021-22 school year.   While the district may be able to offer free meals to all students, it is very important for eligible parents to complete a meal benefits application because this data enables schools to obtain funding to provide other important educational resources to benefit students.  Other benefits that are issued directly to families that have applied and are eligible for meal benefits may also be available (such as the P-EBT cash benefit).  Parents can complete a meal benefits application online at myschoolapps.com. Paper applications also are available at all schools. More: www.wcpss.net/free-reduced-meals.

     

    From WCPSS Transportation about 2021-22 School Year:

    Dear Parents,

    WCPSS Transportation is preparing for the next school year. Please read all of the important information below.

    Check Your Transportation Status

    View your student’s 2021-22 Transportation status via your student’s Homebase/Powerschool account. Sign up for an account at your student’s school. More information on Home Base is available at www.wcpss.net/student-information

    Your student’s AM and/or PM transportation codes will display “Y” (yes) or “N” (no) for the 2021-22 school year until routes are posted. Routes usually are posted about 10 days before the start of the school year.

    • If your student’s code is “Y” and your student will be using transportation next school year, no action is required. 
    • If your student’s code is “N” and you would like for your student to use transportation next school year, please submit a transportation request. 
    • If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit the decline bus form at www.wcpss.net/declinebus so that we have the most up-to-date information.

    If you need further assistance with bus service, contact your student’s school.

    Transportation Request Deadlines

    If you are not currently registered for transportation but would like service next school year, you must request transportation by the deadline listed below for your student's school calendar to ensure service on the first day. To do so, go to wcpss.net/busrider. (NOTE: This link will go to 2021-22 Transportation Request page starting on May 21.)

    • Year-round calendar schools (regardless of track assignment): June 1
    • Modified calendar schools: June 21
    • Traditional calendar schools: July 19

    Thank you for your support of the Wake County Public School System.

     

     

     

     

    5-20-2021- To rising Kindergarten Families Only

    We were so happy to meet so many of you on Tuesday afternoon at our Welcome Wave Parade! 

    Starting kindergarten is such an exciting time for students and families and for us at Farmington Woods, too! 

    Throughout the summer, schools will receive additional information to help us plan specifics for next year and as we are able to process that information it will be shared with all of our families. You can expect that most items will be updated by August 1st, but as it is updated, you will receive messaging (like this one) and you are welcome to continue to check our website for updates and information. 

    As I know you are working to plan for next year, there are just too many unknowns to begin to share details, yet... so your patience is appreciated! 

    One thing we know....

    Kindergartners will have Staggered Entry to the 2021-22 school year. Kindergarten students will attend school ONLY ONE full day the first week of the year (August 23-26, 2021)- to provide them and our kindergarten team the time to provide an orientation and get to know all students well before they all attend together. Think about this event like a high school or college orientation day to help students experience a day at FWES, meet all of our staff, get to know some new friends but in a ratio of 25 students to the 8-10 kindergarten team staff- providing strong support for the transition. Students will not yet be assigned to a teacher for Staggered Entry so we can insure the best fit and classroom dynamics for all students. Student assignments to a teacher will be available on Friday, August 27th as part of the Open House Event (see below).  

    We will share "your day" to attend by mid- June for your planning purposes. It will be one day Monday-Thursday, August 23-26, 2021. On Friday, August 27, student teacher assignments will be completed and there will be an official Kindergarten Open House from 1:30-2:30pm for students to meet their assigned kindergarten teachers and see their classroom. We are hopeful that this event will be in person with families and students in our building, but will have to wait for guidance before we can determine more details- but at least add this information to your calendar! 

    Please review the folder with all of our beautiful photos of our new kindergarten students at the link below. Your understanding that although all students photos are accessible, families should only download photos of YOUR student to maintain and protect other students. 

    Photos only accessible from the original email to protect the privacy of our students. 

    Yours,

    Winston Pierce, Principal

     

    5-14-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 4 minutes)

     

    FWES Next Week: 

    IB- Balanced

    May 17

    May 18- VA Math EOG 3rd-5th- Arrival 8:20-8:30am BUS LOT!!!

                  Kinder Welcome Wave Parade 4:30-5:15pm

    May 19

    May 20- VA ELA EOG 3rd-5th- Arrival 8:20-8:30am BUS LOT!!!

    May 21 

     

    Last Call for Exhibition Food Drive Action Project Support- Please send in items by Tuesday, May 18th to help! 

     

    FWES End of Year Calendar of Events 2021 Mark your calendars- its a busy 6 weeks coming up! 

     

    FROM WAKE COUNTY TECHNOLOGY 

    Broken Chromebooks Can No Longer Be Replaced This School Year

    As we near the end of the school year, Technology Services is unable to continue supplying refurbished devices as replacements for broken Chromebooks. We are currently preparing devices to distribute for the upcoming school year. All students who do not have a district device will be assigned one at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

    LET’S start looking for those library books …Please start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be placed in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !!

     

    WCPSS Job Fair-Support Positions May 26th:

    The district will hold this virtual event on May 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to recruit for the following positions:

    • School Counselor
    • School Social Worker
    • School Psychologist
    • School Bus Driver
    • Child Nutrition Services Cashier and Manager
    • Custodian
    • Instructional assistant
    • Bookkeeper
    • Lead Secretary
    • Receptionist
    • Data Manager

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    General Body Meeting 

    May 17th at 6PM  Meeting Link

    We will elect the PTA Leaders for 2021/22, pass the interim budget, discuss technology needs, celebrate successes, and look forward to next year. 

    May 17th Family Presentation 7pm after General Meeting

    Information for Dr. Rangel’s presentation: How to Talk To Our Kids About Race

    English:

    For some families, talking to our kids about race in America is a necessity. For others, it's a difficult conversation we might not know how to start. Join us Monday, May 17th to learn strategies for navigating these conversations at home. Wake County's Director of Equity Affairs, Dr. María Rosa Rangel, will lead an interactive workshop for FWES parents on talking about race and racism with children of all ages. Dr. Rangel's talk will start at approx. 7pm on May 17th, promptly after the PTA Board meeting. Because of the challenging and open discussion she has planned, this workshop may not be appropriate for young children to hear. The workshop will be offered in Spanish and English at the same time.

    Meeting Link Presentation Link

    Spanish

    Para algunas familias, hablar con nuestros hijos sobre el tema de raza en los Estados Unidos es una necesidad. Para otras familias, esta es una conversación difícil que tal vez no sabemos cómo iniciar. Acompáñenos el lunes 17 de mayo para aprender estrategias sobre cómo abordar estas conversaciones en el hogar. Glendy Rodriguez, Maestra y Representante de la Academia Familiar de WCPSS, dirigirá un taller interactivo para las familias de FWES sobre cómo hablar sobre la raza y el racismo con niños de todas las edades. La charla de la Sra. Rodriguez comenzará aproximadamente a las 7:00 pm el 17 de mayo, inmediatamente después de la reunión de la junta directiva de la asociación de padres y maestros. Este taller tal vez no sea apropiado para los niños pequeños, porque será una discusión abierta sobre un tema difícil. El taller se ofrecerá en español e inglés al mismo tiempo.

    Para unirse a la reunión, haga clic en el siguiente enlace: (https://meet.google.com/wvq-wgsj-wxt). Necesitará una cuenta de Google para conectarse a la reunión. Si no tiene una cuenta personal de Google, puede conectarse con la cuenta de su hijo o hija.

    Este evento está organizado por el Comité de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión de la asociación de padres y maestros de FWES. La charla de la Sra. Rodriguez comenzará aproximadamente a las 7:00 pm.

     

    Looking to celebrate your 5th grader?  Or our amazing school?  Or thank a wonderful staff member?

    The PTA has partnered with Lew Wilson Arts in Apex for an on-going fundraiser. They have painted the school and will print it on wooden ornaments that can be personalized. As well as two different sized prints that come already matted and shipping is free! This is a great option for end of the year teacher gifts or 5th grade families leaving FWES. The bonus is that for all FWES related sales, our PTA and school get 20% back.

    To purchase, visit: Lew Wilson Art


    RCITY ROCKS Anniversary celebration! May 10-15th, 25% of your receipt will be donated back to FWES PTA.  And, there will also be gift card giveaways all week! Please text your receipt from any participating business to FWESPTA@rcityrocks.com.  Haven’t joined yet, no problem, first text JOIN to FWESPTA@rcityrocks.com, once you receive your confirmation, than text any and all receipts from these wonderful businesses!

     

     

    5-7-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (longer today- lots of info- 16 minutes)

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your appreciation with the incredIBle FWES staff this week! As you know they are amazing and have worked so hard to create successful learning experiences for students this year and your efforts to show them how they made a difference warms my heart. I am so blessed to work with such a fantastic team of educators- so you and I are very lucky!!!

    We are getting really busy at school with End of Year Events. The list of events linked below is being updated weekly- so be sure to always check it for additional events or details added each week. Thank you for making note of the events that involve your students or your family! 

    Next week is our last FWES Spirit Week of the year with a huge thank you to our students who submitted their ideas for spirit days they'd like to have! Take a look at the link below and begin to get ready this weekend for the days next week. 

    We've got only 5 weeks to go, but our teachers have a lot of instruction prepared for students- so your partnership in making sure learning stays a focus for your student at school and in VA is critical to their success! Thank you! 

    With much appreciation and love, 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES Next Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Balanced

    P2- Other People Mindset

    Spring Spirit Week May 10-14

    Monday, May 10- Favorite Color Day

    Tuesday, May 11- Book Character/Stuffed Animal Day

    Wednesday, May 12- Beach Day

    Thursday, May 13- Asynchronous Learning Day; Pajama Day! District 9 BAC Meeting 5:30pm with Karen Carter

    Friday, May 14- Twin Day; Q4 Interim Reports Home

     

    FWES Friday Folder Items: 

    5th Grade Talent Show Proposals Due TODAY! 

    5th Grade Exhibition Presentations 2021: Due to COVID our exhibition presentations this year were all recorded for viewing by our school community. We invite you all to enjoy seeing how amazing our 5th graders exhibit the IB Learner Profile components they have learned in their time at FWES- along with their passions for following the IB Mission to “build a better and more peaceful world”. 

    End of Year Events Calendar 2021: All year end activities are listed here so families can mark your calendars. 

    Summer Learning Camp: The NC Legislature has set requirements for schools to offer Summer Learning to students who meet a certain set of academic criteria and may need support due to COVID learning situations the last year. If your child meets that criteria- invitations were sent home this week and are due back no later than May 12th

    Note: While the program is 6 weeks, students are welcome to attend any and all weeks they are available to attend- if your student can only attend 4 of the 6 weeks- please go ahead and sign up!!! Even if your student can only attend 3 weeks- please sign up! We want to provide any learning support we can for your student to help them have success next year! 

    Traffic Pattern Reminders: Cary Police Department will be monitoring our arrival and dismissal traffic patterns for the safety of everyone. Please remember to follow the safety guidelines shared earlier this week: 

    • Right Turn In/Out ONLY! Traffic in/out of Farmington Woods is right turn only on arrival and dismissal!!!
      • Please review the video in our Carpool Procedures document if you are new to FWES or this process
      • This procedure was developed in partnership with the Cary PD for the safety of pedestrians and drivers- cooperation is a must! 
    • Stay in the Middle of Hampton Valley Road- Don't Pull Over to the Curb- Cars arriving from Cary Parkway onto Hampton Valley Road (which is all cars due to right turn in only)- should NOT pull over to the curb- Hampton Valley Road is a single lane road with a double yellow line- cars MAY NOT pass other cars, so our vehicles waiting should be in the middle of the lane while waiting
      • Two lanes of traffic presents even more danger for our pedestrian traffic- of which we have a lot during arrival and dismissal and the safety of everyone it our priority.  
      • Cary PD pulled over two vehicles today for passing our carpool line and issued tickets. We can assist in making sure it does not appear that passing is OK
    • Cell Phones Not Allowed in Carpool Loop- Please remember that the safety of our students, pedestrians and staff on duty each morning and afternoon are our top priority. Drivers need to refrain from being distracted by using cell phones when driving through the carpool loop. 

     

    Virtual Academy FWES Update for 2021-22: The window for Virtual Academy registration for 2021-22 has closed. At Farmington Woods, we have 33 students registered for Virtual Academy next year: 

    Kinder- 3 students; 

    1st- 6 students 

    2nd- 4 students 

    3rd-4 students

    4th-7 students

    5th- 7 students

    As you can see there will not be enough students at any grade level to create a full VA classroom at each grade level at FWES. While FWES will have one teacher assigned to one of the grade levels for VA (based on the total number of students we need to give a “position” to serve VA students- we do not know which grade level yet)- all grade levels of VA classrooms in 2021-22 will have students from other Western Area Elementary Schools and all but one will have homeroom teachers from other Western Area Elementary Schools, too. 

    As was described throughout the WCPSS VA registration process, it also means that students in the VA may not be able to receive our IB/PYP components to the extend they did this year, such as Spanish, Mandarin, Units of Inquiry and Exhibition (5th grade). Nothing is off the table at this point, but based on our enrollment, adjustments will need to be made. 

    More information on how schools will be paired will begin with Central Office next week. As additional information is available, I will, of course, share with our VA families. 

     

    Masks outside update: At this time, based on the Governor’s order and DHHS guidelines, students, staff and visitors no longer are required to wear masks outside for recess, lunch, etc. when in small gatherings- like classrooms eating snack or having recess. 

    Masks are still required of all individuals when inside the school building. 

    In the WCPSS messaging yesterday to families, it indicated that schools and staff may not require students to wear masks outside. Teams are developing a process for the storing of masks when outside and putting them on before returning inside. It is probably a good idea to make sure your child has one extra mask in his/her bookbag daily- just incase there is a lost mask during the day. The school has the state issued masks to share but many students prefer their “own” masks. 

    If you prefer your child wear his/her mask when outside- you will need to communicate that with your child as school staff cannot make that request of your student. Thank you! 

     

    Mrs. Smith, art teacher update: I would like to share with families that Mrs. Smith will be out for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year beginning Monday, May 10th. She asks for your thoughts and well wishes as she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery and treatments to follow. She wanted to emphasize to the FWES community the importance of early detection as her condition was found during a routine annual mammogram. She is strong and incredIBle and is ready to “fight like a girl”! Thank you for your support and flexibility as we work to cover our Art special these last few weeks and for understanding when a substitute may not be available, as it is a busy time of year for our substitutes, too! 

     

    Picture Book Winner 2021- Thank you to those students who voted for the 2021 NCCBA Picture Book.  Despite the COVID the State of North Carolina collected almost 50,000 votes. And the winner is : Be Quiet ! written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. Be Quiet ! won with 12.348 votes.

    book winner

    LET’S start looking for those library booksPlease start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be placed in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !!

     

    FWES PTA: 

    PTA General Membership Meeting- Year End Updates; Voting for new Officers; Voting for Interim/Summer Budget and other year end items- Monday, May 17th 6-7pm 

    How to talk to your Kids about Race- Monday, May 17th 7-8pm

    For some families, talking to our kids about race in America is a necessity. For others, it's a difficult conversation we might not know how to start. Join us Monday, May 17th to learn strategies for navigating these conversations at home. Wake County's Director of Equity Affairs, Dr. María Rosa Rangel, will lead an interactive workshop for FWES parents on talking about race and racism with children of all ages. Dr. Rangel's talk will start at approx. 7pm on May 17th, promptly after the PTA Board meeting. Because of the challenging and open discussion she has planned, this workshop may not be appropriate for young children to hear. The workshop will be offered in Spanish and English at the same time.

    Como hablar con nuestros hijos sobre la raza- Lunes 17 de Mayo 7-8pm

    Para algunas familias, hablar con nuestros hijos sobre el tema de raza en los Estados Unidos es una necesidad. Para otras familias, esta es una conversación difícil que tal vez no sabemos cómo iniciar. Acompáñenos el lunes 17 de mayo para aprender estrategias sobre cómo abordar estas conversaciones en el hogar. Glendy Rodriguez, Maestra y Representante de la Academia Familiar de WCPSS, dirigirá un taller interactivo para las familias de FWES sobre cómo hablar sobre la raza y el racismo con niños de todas las edades. La charla de la Sra. Rodriguez comenzará aproximadamente a las 7:00 pm el 17 de mayo, inmediatamente después de la reunión de la junta directiva de la asociación de padres y maestros. Este taller tal vez no sea apropiado para los niños pequeños, porque será una discusión abierta sobre un tema difícil. El taller se ofrecerá en español e inglés al mismo tiempo.

    Para unirse a la reunión, haga clic en el siguiente enlace: (https://meet.google.com/wvq-wgsj-wxt). Necesitará una cuenta de Google para conectarse a la reunión. Si no tiene una cuenta personal de Google, puede conectarse con la cuenta de su hijo o hija.

    Este evento está organizado por el Comité de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión de la asociación de padres y maestros de FWES. La charla de la Sra. Rodriguez comenzará aproximadamente a las 7:00 pm.

     

    RCITY ROCKS Anniversary celebration! May 10-15th, 25% of your receipt will be donated back to FWES PTA.  And, there will also be gift card giveaways all week! Please text your receipt from any participating business to FWESPTA@rcityrocks.com.  Haven’t joined yet, no problem, first text JOIN to FWESPTA@rcityrocks.com, once you receive your confirmation, than text any and all receipts from these wonderful businesses!

    r city

     

    4-30-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (8 minutes)

    Happy Beautiful Friday! 

    We've had a great week and ended it with a surprise celebration for Mrs. Clinkscales who is a top 10 Finalist for WCPSS Instructional Assistant of the Year. Take a look at Twitter for the fun we had celebrating her! 

    Cary Chamber of Commerce shared the FWES Top 5 Finalists for the Honor A Teacher Teaching Excellence Award this week. Thank you for your time in nominating 14 of our incredIBle teachers! Our finalists are Jocelyn Bulla, Paige Ingalls, Shannon Morrissette, Brandy Smith and Kathryn Thompson. 

    It was perfect timing as we move into Teacher Appreciation Week next week! Take a look at each day on the calendar below for ideas on how you can show your appreciation- in the building or from home! We have wonderful staff here at FWES and all of them deserve appreciation and recognition. 

    In the next week there may be changes to the mask wearing requirements for schools.... but for now, it remains the same and masks are required by students and visitors in all areas of our campus- including outside during arrival and dismissal. Your patience until we get official guidelines is appreciated!!! We only want to continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff! 

    Have a great weekend! With a sunny smile, Winston Pierce

    FWES Next Week: 

    IB- Balanced

    P2- Leadership

    Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!!!

    May 3- Mail Monday- send email or note to teacher

    May 4- Talent Tuesday- create portrait of your teacher

    May 5- Regular School day; **Note Tech Migration overnight on 4th- may be some tech delays this morning- thank you for your patience! Wonderful Words Wednesday- add your words to the FWES Appreciation Cloud

    May 6- Tacky Thursday- We are “crazy” for you! Dress Crazy!; 6:00-7:00pm "Consejos de aprendizaje de verano" 

    May 7- 5th Grade Talent Show Proposals Due; Flip Grid Friday- Show your love for FWES Staff via Flip Grid

     

    FWES Friday Folders: 

    Magnet Schools Of America Magnet School of Distinction Award Celebration- Watch our celebration video that was shared at the National Virtual Celebration this week! 

    FWES End of Year Calendar of Events 2021 Mark your calendars- its a busy 6 weeks coming up! 

    Exhibition Food Drive Flyer- May 3-10; Please send in donations next week for this Exhibition Action Project

    Spirit Week- May 10-14- What do you want to do? 

    May 2021 Spirit Week Ideas: Students are invited to share thoughts about days we might schedule May 10-14 as our last Spirit Week of the Year. Send your thoughts here by Tuesday, May 4th! 

    5th Grade Talent Show InformationPlease review the information linked about the Virtual Talent Show and the deadline of May 7th to submit a proposal to participate. 

    LET’S start looking for those library books …Please start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be placed in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !!

     

    4-23-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (10 minutes)

    Happy Friday to all! 

    What a great week as we had our 8th first day of school on Monday, welcoming back many more IB Learners to our building! The work that is continuing in our building and VA classrooms is incredIBle and a true example of the amazing talents of our staff. The spring is the time when our 5th Grade IB Learners complete Exhibition and they are well on their way, as their draft presentations were reviewed this week by a panel and they received feedback for reflection and will continue to make revisions before recording the final presentation. So many of our 5th graders have been part of our school family since kindergarten and watching their confidence, knowledge and critical thinking as they prepare is a beautful example of how the PYP supports our students growth as learners. 

    We are excited next week to finally find out the Instructional Assistant of the Year for WCPSS with a special event on Thursday. Farmington Wood's own Alison Clinkscales is one of the 10 Finalists for the recognition and we know, no matter the outcome, that is is clearly THE BEST! Stay tuned....

    There is important information in my video message and below about family consideration of Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year. The registration window is open through 5pm on May 2, 2021. If this is an option you are considering, please review the information carefully. 

    Have a wonderful weekend and next week we'll finish out April together! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    IB Learner Profile- Communicator and Reflective

    P2- Purpose: You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself. 

    This Week at FWES- Non-Complicated Week ahead…. 

    Mon, April 26

    Tues, April 27

    Wed, April 28- Asynchronous Learning Day

    Thurs, April 29- WCPSS Instructional Assistant of the Year Celebration! Congratulations Alison Clinkscales a Top 10 Finalist!!!

    Fri, April 30

     

    FWES Friday Folder Items: 

    Calendar Change: As most you know by now, the district has moved our Remote Learning Asynchronous Day on May 5th to Thursday, May 13th (which had originally been a Teacher Workday that was moved when additional students were returning K-12 in Plan A in April). To understand the adjustment, May 13th is an important day for Muslim families in our school community as it is the last day and celebration day for Ramadan- Eid al-Fitr. While more advance notice would have been helpful for all, we are happy that families have the opportunity to celebrate an important cultural tradition as a family!

    Virtual Academy for 2021-22 Registration: The registration window will be open through 5:00pm on May 2nd.  

    Community Open House Video for more information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

    For the 2021-22 school year, WCPSS is offering full Face to Face instruction for all students and looks forward to the return of students to campus. As the pandemic still has a presence in our community, the Virtual Academy is available for families with risks and health concerns. It is important to note that after the 2021-22 school year, Virtual Academy is likely no longer going to be connected to a current WCPSS school but a separate school program (like a magnet school). 

    It is also important to read the Virtual Academy information carefully about participation in our magnet program if you choose Virtual Academy for 2021-22- which will be MUCH different from the experience this year. As I shared with an incoming kindergarten parent with questions, it is important to note that students in VA next year may not receive all the magnet options we have available at FWES such as Chinese and Spanish or the full IB Programme of Inquiry as we were able to do this year. If there are not enough students to create a full classroom of VA students at Farmington Woods at a grade level, students may be combined with students from other elementary schools for their VA experience, eliminating the elements of our magnet program. It is not yet clear how this will manifest until we have final enrollment numbers. 

    Note: FWES will not be able to provide information about how much of our IB/PYP program can be implemented in Virtual Academy next year until registration is completed and decisions about teachers and the possibility of pairing with other schools has been determined at the district level. We will not be hosting a Q&A until all of the decisions have been finalized.

     

    5th Grade Talent Show InformationPlease review the information linked about the Virtual Talent Show and the deadline of May 7th to submit a proposal to participate. 

     

    LET’S start looking for those library books …

    Please start looking for any library books that you have finished reading and need to return to school. They can be places in the boxes outside the library doors. If you can’t remember what you have checked out - send an email to Mrs. Grice (egrice@wcpss.net) and she will let you know. All books need to be returned by June 1st … Thank you !!

    Writing Contest form Wake County Public Libraries:

    Attention, aspiring authors of all ages—it’s time to fire up your keyboards or sharpen your pencils for WCPL's writing contest.

    Who can enter?

    • School aged children (Kindergarteners - 5th graders)

    What are the contest dates?

    April 1-30, 2021

    When will winners be notified?

    June 1, 2021. Our librarians read and evaluate each story. Last year we received over 400 submissions! 

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child,

     

    4-16-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (10 minutes)

    We did it! Completed our IB Evaluation Visit today and what exciting informal feedback we got about the implementation of PYP on our campus! The team has also been so impressed by your students, as they watched them learn and even asked them a few questions, the level of understanding and joy as learners was apparent. 

    Our next big event is the welcoming back of 43 students on Monday to Face to Face instruction at school for the last quarter! We have made adjustments and will be ready! If you are one of those families, please be on the lookout for a separate email with reminders to help you prepare for the return to campus. 

    Next week there is also NO Asynchronous day- so a full 5 days with students that we look forward to as well! 

    We appreciate the support from our FWES PTA and United Arts Council of Wake County for the ability to continue our rich Cultural Arts programming throughout the year. Next week is our last event with Carolina Opera- we look forward to our students learning and enjoying this performance. 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    April 19-23, 2021 at FWES

    IB Learner- Communicator and Reflective

    P2- Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

    Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week! - Thank yous to Peggy Farr, Marcia Tracy-Dale and Kim Fish in our FWES Office for all they do to support the smooth and efficient running our our school. Please be sure to show them your thanks this week! 

     

    April 19- 4th Quarter New Face to Face students return

    April 20

    April 21- Administrative Assistant's Day; Regular School Day! PTA Spirit Day at Papa Murphy's 1-8pm- register here and tell them Farmington Woods sent you (tell your friends, too!)

    April 22- 5th Grade Exhibition panel reviews; Earth Day- celebrate and share with FWES PTA for FWES Celebration! 

    April 23- 5th Grade Exhibition panel reviews

     

    FWES News and Information: 

    VA Families in 3rd-5th Grades- EOG participation form due! If you have not yet notified the school about your child's intent to participate in the EOG testing- please complete immediately so we can finalize our planning for May, 2021. 

    Writing Contest form Wake County Public Libraries: Attention, aspiring authors of all ages—it’s time to fire up your keyboards or sharpen your pencils for WCPL's writing contest.

    Who can enter?

    • School aged children (Kindergarteners - 5th graders)

    What are the contest dates?

    April 1-30, 2021

    When will winners be notified?

    June 1, 2021. Our librarians read and evaluate each story. Last year we received over 400 submissions! 

     

    Child Nutrition Services is proud to introduce our WCPSS families to a new interactive menu website called MealViewer. On this website, families can: 

    • Set up multiple profiles at the schools of their choice 
    • View 5 weeks of menus for breakfast and lunch 
    • See any menu changes posted by the manager at each site 
    • Choose menu items based on allergens 
    • View nutrients for each menu item 
    • Add nutrients for meals eaten, even partial meals 
    • Submit ratings on your favorite items 

     

    Reminder about WCPSS Attendance Policy Changes: 

    Updated Plan A Attendance Policy: With the return of students to WCPSS campuses under Plan A, changes have been made to the attendance policy for students enrolled in Plan A. 

    • ONLY Plan A students with excused absences (see Policy 4400 for excused absence codes) or COVID illness/quarantine will be provided remote/virtual learning experiences when not present at school. 
      • Families who have an excused absence should communicate with teachers ASAP (email the teacher in the AM; call the front office, etc.) to ensure the student is assigned to remote/virtual learning access
    • Students who do not attend school in person under Plan A with an excused absence- will not be provided with remote/virtual learning during the absence and will be coded with an unexcused absence. 
      • Students who miss the bus, do not have family to bring them to school, oversleep, travel or other unexcused events will no longer be able to access live instruction when not in attendance at school. 
      • Students who miss school due to an unexcused absence can still access class assignments in the teacher’s Google Classroom, to make up missed work, but without live instruction to support learning. 
    • The intent of the updated WCPSS policy is to ensure that students access the in person learning they have selected to maximize their learning success during this last quarter of the year- along with making sure teachers have consistent classrooms of students to focus their instruction. 

    Política de asistencia actualizada para el Plan A: Con el regreso de los estudiantes a los campus de WCPSS bajo el Plan A, se han realizado cambios en la política de asistencia para los estudiantes inscriptos en el Plan A.

    • SOLAMENTE los estudiantes del Plan A con ausencias justificadas (consulte la Política 4400 para conocer los códigos de ausencias justificadas) o enfermedades COVID / cuarentena recibirán experiencias de aprendizaje remoto / virtual cuando no estén presentes en la escuela.
      • Las familias que tienen una ausencia justificada deben comunicarse con los maestros lo antes posible (envíe un correo electrónico al maestro en la mañana; llame a la oficina principal, etc.) para asegurarse de que el estudiante esté asignado al acceso de aprendizaje remoto / virtual.
    • Los estudiantes que no asistan a la escuela en persona bajo el Plan A con una ausencia justificada, no recibirán aprendizaje remoto / virtual durante la ausencia y tendrán una ausencia injustificada.
      • Los estudiantes que pierdan el autobús, no tengan familiares que los traigan a la escuela, se queden dormidos, viajen u otros eventos injustificados ya no podrán acceder a la instrucción en vivo cuando no asistan a la escuela.
      • Los estudiantes que faltan a la escuela debido a una ausencia injustificada aún pueden acceder a las tareas de la clase en Google Classroom del maestro, para recuperar el trabajo perdido, pero sin instrucción en vivo para apoyar el aprendizaje.
    • La intención de la política actualizada de WCPSS es garantizar que los estudiantes accedan al aprendizaje en persona que han seleccionado para maximizar su éxito en el aprendizaje durante este último trimestre del año, además de asegurarse de que los maestros tengan aulas consistentes de estudiantes para enfocar su instrucción.

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child,

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Virtual Dance Party Tonight- 5:00-5:30pm ECS I, Pre K and Kinder and 1st; 5:30-6:00pm 2nd-3rd; 6:00-6:30pm 4th and 5th

    April 21st 1-8pm Papa Murphys- phone or walk in only- mention you are from FWES   https://www.groupraise.com/events/186020 

    CELEBRATE EARTH DAYEarth Day is April 22nd! FWES PTA wants you to show us how you and your family celebrate. Either take a picture of yourself doing something nice for Mother Earth (examples are doing a neighborhood or greenway trail litter sweep, planting a garden or flowers, begin a compost pile or compost scraps if you already have one, or anything else you can think of). You can also draw a picture of doing something nice for our planet.

    We would like to make a Google slide of all the pictures, so please email them to advocacy@fwespta.org by April 26th.

    BOOK FAIR

    Our spring book fair is in full swing! Please visit the following link to check out the selections at Scholastic: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/farmingtonwoodselemschool

    Don’t forget – if we sell 375 books our students can watch our favorite librarian, Ms. Grice, get silly stringed!

    OPEN PTA BOARD POSITIONS FOR 2021-‘22

    Looking ahead, the there are a number of spots open on our PTA Board of Directors for next year. Please visit Open PTA Positions  for the complete list. There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved, both in person and at home!

    And finally, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. Every little bit helps strengthen our school community and we have somehow managed to find a way to come together even through these unprecedented times. On behalf of the entire PTA, THANK YOU FWES! #FWESSTRONG

     

     

    4-9-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (8 minutes)

    Happy Friday to All! 

    We got our feet wet this week with a two day week but from here on out, we are pretty much learning as usual! Spring Break was wonderful but there is still much to learn and complete to end the school year strong. Thank you for supporting your child as a F2F or Virtual Academy student to stay focused on learning as a priority! 

    There is quite a bit in the folder below for your review. Thank you to our 3rd-5th Grade VA families for letting us know about EOG participation by Wednesday, April 14th, Spring Virtual Book Fair links and PTA Virtual World Dance is on Friday, April 16th with more details soon! 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    April 12-16, 2021 at FWES

    IB Learner- Communicator and Reflective

    P2- Fairness

    School Library Media Coordinator Appreciation Week! 

    April 12- FWES Spring Book Fair Begins- see links and info below; 6:30 FWES PTA Board Meeting

    For our families who celebrate, today is the 1st day of Ramadan! Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem! 

    April 13- Teacher Assignment notifications sent for students returning April 19th. 

    April 14- VA Families in 3rd-5th Grades- EOG participation form due! Asynchronous Learning Day- complete assignments in Google Classroom to be marked in attendance; IB Evaluation Visit Begins at FWES

    April 15- IB Evaluation Visit Day 2

    April 16- IB Evaluation Visit Day 3; PTA Virtual World Dance 5:00-6:30pm  (more info and log in information to come)

    FWES News and Information: 

    School Library Media Coordinator Appreciation Week! Please share with Mrs. Grice how much we appreciate all she does to support our schools, our PYP implementation and the passion for reading she shares with everyone! 

    Updated Plan A Attendance Policy: With the return of students to WCPSS campuses under Plan A, changes have been made to the attendance policy for students enrolled in Plan A. 

    • ONLY Plan A students with excused absences (see Policy 4400 for excused absence codes) or COVID illness/quarantine will be provided remote/virtual learning experiences when not present at school. 
      • Families who have an excused absence should communicate with teachers ASAP (email the teacher in the AM; call the front office, etc.) to ensure the student is assigned to remote/virtual learning access
    • Students who do not attend school in person under Plan A with an excused absence- will not be provided with remote/virtual learning during the absence and will be coded with an unexcused absence. 
      • Students who miss the bus, do not have family to bring them to school, oversleep, travel or other unexcused events will no longer be able to access live instruction when not in attendance at school. 
      • Students who miss school due to an unexcused absence can still access class assignments in the teacher’s Google Classroom, to make up missed work, but without live instruction to support learning. 
    • The intent of the updated WCPSS policy is to ensure that students access the in person learning they have selected to maximize their learning success during this last quarter of the year- along with making sure teachers have consistent classrooms of students to focus their instruction. 

    Política de asistencia actualizada para el Plan A: Con el regreso de los estudiantes a los campus de WCPSS bajo el Plan A, se han realizado cambios en la política de asistencia para los estudiantes inscriptos en el Plan A.

    • SOLAMENTE los estudiantes del Plan A con ausencias justificadas (consulte la Política 4400 para conocer los códigos de ausencias justificadas) o enfermedades COVID / cuarentena recibirán experiencias de aprendizaje remoto / virtual cuando no estén presentes en la escuela.
      • Las familias que tienen una ausencia justificada deben comunicarse con los maestros lo antes posible (envíe un correo electrónico al maestro en la mañana; llame a la oficina principal, etc.) para asegurarse de que el estudiante esté asignado al acceso de aprendizaje remoto / virtual.
    • Los estudiantes que no asistan a la escuela en persona bajo el Plan A con una ausencia justificada, no recibirán aprendizaje remoto / virtual durante la ausencia y tendrán una ausencia injustificada.
      • Los estudiantes que pierdan el autobús, no tengan familiares que los traigan a la escuela, se queden dormidos, viajen u otros eventos injustificados ya no podrán acceder a la instrucción en vivo cuando no asistan a la escuela.
      • Los estudiantes que faltan a la escuela debido a una ausencia injustificada aún pueden acceder a las tareas de la clase en Google Classroom del maestro, para recuperar el trabajo perdido, pero sin instrucción en vivo para apoyar el aprendizaje.
    • La intención de la política actualizada de WCPSS es garantizar que los estudiantes accedan al aprendizaje en persona que han seleccionado para maximizar su éxito en el aprendizaje durante este último trimestre del año, además de asegurarse de que los maestros tengan aulas consistentes de estudiantes para enfocar su instrucción.

    IB Evaluation Visit- April 14-16, 2021

    All IBO World Schools are evaluated by the IBO to review and ensure that the IB Programme is being implemented as designed. PYP schools are evaluated every 5 years. This week from Wednesday-Friday, we will welcome a virtual team of IB Educators (Principals/Assistant Principals and PYP Coordinators from other schools in the Americas Region are typically members of the visiting team) to our school for our school’s PYP Evaluation. Typically the evaluation team is on campus for the evaluation but due to current safety concerns, they will be completing all the necessary steps virtually. We are so proud of the work of our amazing staff and students that we look forward to sharing it with the team! We also look forward to their reflection and feedback to help us grow! 

    During these three days our evaluation team members will discuss the important Standards and Practices for PYP schools to demonstrate and ask questions to assess our understanding and implementation of the following groups: 

    • Meet with WCPSS Leadership (Chiefs, Area Superintendent, etc.)
    • Meet with all teams at the school
    • Meet with a group of students
    • Meet with a group of parents
    • Visit (via iPad cart) all F2F classrooms
    • Visit all VA Virtual Classrooms
    • Meet with the Instructional Leadership Team 
    • Review all PYP documents (Units of Inquiry, Programme of Inquiry, Policies, Teacher Credentials, etc.)

    Following their visit, they will send in a report to the IBO that will be shared with our school within 4--6 months of their visit. The report will share commendations and recommendations to provide us with feedback on our successes and where we can also grow. 

    We thank our families for your continued support of our IB program and for sending our always hard working staff your best wishes during this important three day event! 

     

    WCPSS Special Education Sessions for Parents- April, 2021

    • April 13 - Understanding Transitions
    • April 21 - All About Related Services
    • April 27 - Parent Advocacy

    Sessions will be from 6:30-7:30pm. Use the link above to register to attend. 

     

    Family Technology Support Help Phone Line Update: The Staff Help Desk and Remote Learning Help Desk are merging into one Technology Help Desk. The telephone number will remain the same for staff, 919-664-5700. 

    NCCBA … North Carolina Children’s Book Award - we voted and as a school we chose The Good Egg by Jory John as our favorite. It is about a very good egg who learns to relax and not try to be perfect ALL the time. Our votes for each of the books will be sent in and we learn the winner for the state soon. Will The Good Egg win for the entire state? Thank you to those students who voted!

     

    SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING …. Are you ready for some new books to read? Well look at the Virtual Book Fair, I bet there are some good ones there!  If we sell 375 books, Mrs. Grice has agreed to get Silly Stringed. Go to this link to see the Virtual Book Fair (https://bit.ly/2Q31z44) . Need help navigating the Book fair site? Watch this video  (https://bit.ly/3rVCAN9), it will show you how to place your order. Can we make the 375 book goal ??

    Here is a link to the Scholastic Flyer

     

    NC Museum of Art- Family Outing- Golden Mummies of Egypt

    • Read about how to get a family pack to visit this extraordinary learning opportunity! 

     

    FWES Yearbook- Don’t miss out- order now, only pre-orders are guaranteed! 

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child,

     

    3-26-2021

    Due by 5pm today! 

    Cary Chamber Honor A Teacher Nomination 2021- due 3/26/2021 by 5pm

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (5 minutes)

    Happy Spring Break Friday to our FWES Families! 

    We have had a very busy, complicated, ever changing year, but always working to maintain our FWES identity and celebrate our students as IB Learners. I cannot be more proud of the learning that is happening in Virtual Academy and in Face to Face classrooms. Students, Teachers and Families have worked sooooo hard this year, that getting the chance to catch our breath next week, get away from a screen and to refresh for the home stretch is a much needed reality. I send you all best wishes for a great week- whether filled with adventures, filled with time outside, filled with no school work.... but mostly filled with what makes you and your brain happy! 

    When we return on April 8th (note new date for return and new calendar linked below) we will be in the final leg to maximize learning this year and we all want to be ready to put in our best energy and effort! 

    Sending sunshine wishes (and a few showers to wash away the pollen) to all! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES Next Week-

    Spring Break- Enjoy!

    Thursday, April 1st- Deadline for submitting changes to instructional placement for remainder of school year- see info on School Messenger Page

     

    FWES After Spring Break-

    IB Learner Profile- Communicator

    P2- Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others

    National Assistant Principal’s Appreciation Week- Thank you Mr. Beamish!!!

    Monday, April 5- No School- Calendar Out Day

    Tuesday, April 6- Teacher Workday- No School for Students; Information to families requesting an instructional placement change 

    **Wednesday, April 7- Teacher Workday- No School for Students- **newly added Teacher Workday

    Thursday, April 8- Students return from Spring Break! 12:00pm PYP Parent Lunch and Learn (see below for details); Board Advisory District 9 Meeting 5:30pm 

    Friday, April 9- Report Cards go home with Students for Q3

     

    FWES Friday Folder Items: 

    Updated WCPSS Second Semester Calendar 2021

     

    PYP Parent Lunch and Learn- April 8th at noon: 

    Join us for the first Engaging in PYP - Parent Lunch and Learn on April 8th @12:00pm. WCPSS PYP coordinators will guide you through ways you can support your child in becoming the learner profile. MEET LINK HERE

    PYP Lunch and Learn Flyer

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child.

     

     

    3-19-2021

    Great week with all of our F2F students back! 

     

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner: Knowledgeable      Never Stop Learning (FWES theme)

    P2-: Humor: You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people 

    FWES This Week (a quiet 1st week of Spring)

    March 22- Last day to submit SSA Test Request by 3:45pm 

    March 23

    March 24- Asynchronous Learning Day

    March 25

    March 26-Last Day to nominate an FWES Teacher for the Cary Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award! 

    Happy Spring Break! 

    March 29-April - 5; April 6th (Teacher Workday)- Spring Break! Enjoy the break to refresh and prepare for the last quarter of the year. 

    *Note: The WCPSS Board of Education has a specially called meeting on Monday, March 22nd and there is a potential calendar change to make Wednesday, April 7th another teacher workday. Families will be updated if there is a change. 

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Power Packs/Programa de Comida

    Please use the link above to sign up for the Power Pack supplemental food program for your student. Power Packs go home with students on Fridays. 

    WCPSS Single Subject Acceleration Test Request Window for 2021-2022 The window for parents to make a test request students for SSA is Feb 22- March 22, 2021. Requests and/or questions should be sent to Diane Rowe, FWES SSA contact. 

    Cary Chamber Honor A Teacher Nomination 2021- due 3/26/2021 by 5pm

    Excellence in teaching – we know it when we see it. It can be the teacher who spends extra time with the students who need it most, or the teacher who is creative enough to inspire a real love of learning in a student. Perhaps it’s a teacher who cares enough to be involved with their students beyond the classroom. Whatever their methods, certain teachers make a real impact on students and their learning abilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the great importance of the role that teacher's play in our society.

    We would like to recognize one such teacher at Farmington Woods Elementary and we need your help. The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge.

    Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area.

    We are asking our community to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 26th at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

    If you have any questions, please email Perry Price, Director of Education & Government Relations, at pprice@carychamber.com.

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child,

    North Carolina Children’s Book Award ...This year there are 10 books hoping to win this award. Go to your Media/ Technology google classroom to see the books - listen to them - and vote for your favorite. All voting must be completed by the end of March.  (Available to K - 3 grades only)

     

    3-12-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 12 minutes for all- 12:45 mark starts 5 minutes of info for F2F families)

    Clocks Spring Forward- make sure you have them all adjusted so you are on time tomorrow for the bus and carpool! Welcome Daylight Savings Time and more daylight!! 

    Welcome Back 4th/5th Graders! 

    We are excited to be able to have all of our students who chose Face to Face instruction for the spring semester back in our building this week! Farmington Woods just feels better to everyone when our students are in the building. We continue to be so proud of the IB Learners who are enrolled in Virtual Academy this year and are learning with their VA teachers. It has been a challenging year but the best part is no matter where you are as a learner, you are still part of the FWES Family! 

    I cannot believe we are almost to the 4th Quarter (it begins 3/26/21)- students have learned so much but there is still much to accomplish. It is also time when we begin planning for the end of the school year, however, at this time there are so many unknowns that we cannot do too much specific planning. The biggest factor is the EOG testing, as of today, it is still required to be completed for all face to face students and to be available to all virtual academy students who want to participate. EOG testing is typically during the last 10 days of the year (May 27-June 10), but in order to accommodate VA students, it is likely the EOG testing window may need to be extended to the last 20 days of the school year (May 13-June10)… all of which is not yet confirmed by DPI- so we will wait due to the impact this schedule may have on scheduling…. But do know we are ready to plan some fun for our students when we know a little more! 

    I am thrilled with the decisions that have allowed educators and all school personnel to seek and receive vaccines if they desire! Please note, however, that as our staff will begin to rotate back through for their 2nd dose, we worry there may be some scheduling challenges as staff may not feel well or have temporary symptoms as a short term side effect. I ask for your flexibility and understanding if we have to be creative in our delivery of instruction due to these circumstances in the next several weeks. We want our staff to feel safe and to be well, so we will all work together to make sure we continue to provide for our students, too. 

    Respectfully, Winston Pierce

     

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner: Knowledgeable      Never Stop Learning (to 4:11 mark) - our "song" this month but a song that all students will learn when we can "sing" at school- it speaks to our FWES purpose! 

    P2-: Love of Learning-You master new skills or learn new topics on your own or in school. 

    FWES This Week (a calm one to adjust to more students in the building:) 

     

    March 15- Welcome Back all 4th/5th Graders! FWES welcomes District 9 Board Member Karen Carter to our campus for a visit. 

    March 16

    March 17- St. Patrick’s Day!

    March 18

    March 19-

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Power Packs/Programa de Comida

    Please use the link above to sign up for the Power Pack supplemental food program for your student. Power Packs go home with students on Fridays. 

    Last week!  WCPSS Single Subject Acceleration Test Request Window for 2021-2022 The window for parents to make a test request students for SSA is Feb 22- March 22, 2021. Requests and/or questions should be sent to Diane Rowe, FWES SSA contact. 

    North Carolina Children’s Book Award ...This year there are 10 books hoping to win this award. Go to your Media/ Technology google classroom to see the books - listen to them - and vote for your favorite. All voting must be completed by the end of March.  (Available to K - 3 grades only) 

    Cary Chamber Honor A Teacher Nomination 2021- due 3/26/2021 by 5pm

    Excellence in teaching – we know it when we see it. It can be the teacher who spends extra time with the students who need it most, or the teacher who is creative enough to inspire a real love of learning in a student. Perhaps it’s a teacher who cares enough to be involved with their students beyond the classroom. Whatever their methods, certain teachers make a real impact on students and their learning abilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the great importance of the role that teacher's play in our society.

    We would like to recognize one such teacher at Farmington Woods Elementary and we need your help. The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge.

    Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area.

    We are asking our community to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 26th at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

    If you have any questions, please email Perry Price, Director of Education & Government Relations, at pprice@carychamber.com.

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child,

     

     

    For All Face to Face Families: 

    WCPSS made the decision several weeks ago to explore moving all elementary schools to Plan A for the remainder of the year. Although a law was passed last week by the NC Legislature, at this point, it does not impact WCPSS or our school. Families who chose face to face instruction are back for daily instruction and families who chose VA will continue to access learning virtually for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 

    Note: Many VA families have made the request in the last several weeks to have students move from VA back to the face to face instructional program. Unfortunately, because we have to staff classrooms (and maintain class size law) based on the family choices for the 2nd semester, we have had to start a waitlist for these requests. At this time there just is not space in our F2F classrooms at this time for more students. 

    All of our K-5 Face to Face students are on campus under Plan A- which requires social distancing to the extent possible during instructional times. 

    While we wish this return meant business as usual from March, 2020- it cannot due to the safety regulations all public schools must still follow under Plan A: 

    Strong Schools NC- Public Health Toolkit- updated 3-3-2021- the information shared below can be found in this document as it outlines all of the requirements schools must follow in Plan A; while we also must comply with all WCPSS guidance, too. 

    Safety procedures that remain in place under Plan A: 

      • Students will continue to need to complete a daily health screening before entering the building each day
      • Bus riders must have a completed attestation statement on file in order to ride the bus (and a bus tag on their bookbag- please transfer it to a new bag if they switch:) 
      • Students will continue to be required to wear masks at all times during the school day (except when eating and drinking) 
      • Students will need to use their own supplies in the classrooms (no sharing)
      • Students will need to remain in their assigned seat during the instructional time of the day (getting teacher permission to move about the classroom)
        • Assigned seating is the best way to provide for contact tracing should a student in our community test positive. If seating is not assigned in all spaces, we will not know who has been within 6ft for more than 15 minutes to know about potential exposures. We would not want to have to quarantine an entire classroom- yikes! 
      • Partner and small group discussion work can happen but with distancing (so not under tables, in a classroom corner, on the floor by a bookcase, as it may have looked in the past- but with those seated near you- and everyone staying in their seats to chat)
      • Daily schedules will include required hand washing times- before eating,after using the playground, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing and other times as the teacher determines
      • Playground and other campus play areas can be used
        • Classes must play in their assigned recess area and not intermingle with other classrooms due to contact tracing requirements
        • Playground structures may be used
        • Sports equipment cannot be used at this time (4th and 5th graders on rotation had been allowed to bring a ball and ONLY the student would use the ball- that worked when we had only 8 students the teacher was supervising- it will be impossible with 25 students to make sure only individual students handle their own equipment so we must start at this point) Your cooperation as a family is appreciated! 
    • Students must maintain 6 ft social distancing during eating and drinking and may not move around or talk while eating. 
      • Students have been doing a wonderful job with this new requirement as of February. It is not fun, but it is safe. 
      • K-3 students with 6ft distancing in their classrooms eat in the classroom or outside. Those who need more space spread between two rooms inside or use an outside area. 
      • Due to the size of 4th/5th grade classes, they will always eat outside or in the cafeteria (spread out in marked seats, quiet and facing the same direction) in order to get the 6ft of distance required for eating and drinking. 
    • Movement in and through the building will require social distancing in the class lines. 

    Other protocols that will remain in place for families:

    • Families may not send students to school who are not feeling well- than you for keeping our school safe for everyone.
    • Symptom presence during the school day continues to mean that students will go to our Care Center and will have to be picked up immediately. 
    • Visitors and volunteers are not allowed in the building at this time. 
    • Transportation changes may not be made for students over the phone for security reasons. Changes should be sent to the teacher in writing the morning of the change- the old fashioned NOTE:)  (email is NOT always guaranteed if a teacher cannot check it during the day). Talking points texts can also be used the day prior or before the start of the school day to share a transportation change. 
    • Families needing to sign out students from school will need to be prepared to show photo ID at the front door for verification- students will also be signed out at the front door. 
    • Library books can be picked up daily from 10am-2pm in at the front of the school
    • Students will not be allowed to re-enter the school after leaving for dismissal to retrieve left items as we are one way “out” at dismissal. 

    Some changes we can prepare for include: 

    • Longer lines waiting for health screens at buses, walkers and carpool each morning
    • All items brought to school to be shared (school supplies, art supplies, craft supplies, individually packaged snack items, etc.) are required to sit for 72 hours before being distributed. 
      • Snacks may not be sent for celebrations due to this required waiting period
    • Adjustments to procedures as are needed the next two weeks to make sure safety is a priority. With an additional 70+ students in the building there may be some adjusting needed. 

     

    Reminder Documents for 4th/5th Grade Families Returning

    Before and After School Care Registration: The Taylor YMCA is taking care of the Before and After School programming at FWES for the 2020-21 school year. They provide for our students on the FWES campus. Please use the link above if you need to register your child to be part of the program. Students on cohort rotations (4th/5th graders) may register for only the weeks they attend in person instruction. 

    Please take time to review all the information included at the link below to best prepare for your student's return to FWES. 

    F2F Families- Updated Information for return- Spring, 2021

     

    3-5-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message  ( 5 minutes)

    Welcome to March! 

    We've had that taste of spring and it is on its way.... and thank goodness for the sunshine!!! 

    Read Across America Week was so much fun and we saw such a variety of "characters" at school and on screen for our daily themes! Please continue to make reading joyful each day as it truly is a what gives IB Learners the opportunity to explore the world! 

    I got ahead of myself last week- THIS week is Social Worker Appreciation Week- so if you did not get a chance to thank Leah Frahm for all she does to support students and families at FWES- there is still time! 

    As we move toward the end of the 3rd quarter, we continue to need students to participate and complete assignments- whether they are F2F at school, enrolled in Virtual Academy and everyone on Asynchronous Days! Our staff are working hard to insure students learn as much as possible to be ready for next year, but your support and partnership is essential. In reviewing your child's interim report, you can identify the areas where your child may be struggline. Please note that students can access Dreambox (for math practice and filling in any math understanding gaps) in their Wake ID portal from home and effectiveness is maximized when students COMPLETE 5 or more lessons per week. In addition, iStation is also accessible with reading support lessons. If you have questions about your child's learning needs and what you can do to support them at home- please reach out to the teacher. Thank you for making sure your child is participating and engaging in all learning opportunities provided for these last 12 weeks of the year! 

    Just to keep you informed, I will be away from school this week, returning on Thursday, March 11th. I am a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network and support the IB/PYP by serving on school evaluation teams across the country. I will be working to complete the 3 day evaluation process of a school in Georgia this week. I look forward to the experience, in particular as FWES is preparing for our own evaluation in April of this year. If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to Mr. Beamish (mbeamish@wcpss.net). I will review any email received when I return on Thursday and respond as quickly as I can. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! 

    Have a great week! Winston Pierce

    This week at FWES: 

    IB Learner: Knowledgeable      Never Stop Learning (to 4:11 mark) - our "song" this month but a song that all students will learn when we can "sing" at school- it speaks to our FWES purpose! 

    P2-: Social Intelligence-You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things. 

    4th/5th Graders Cohort 2 attend March 8-12! 4th/5th Cohorts 1 and 3 learn remotely from home

    Monday, March 8- 6:30pm FWES PTA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, March 9-

    Wednesday, March 10- 9:30am NC Severe Weather Drill (no practice just discussion in all classrooms about procedures); 5:30pm District 9 Board Advisory Council Meeting

    Thursday, March 11- 

    Friday, March 12- Teacher Workday- no school for students

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Power Packs/Programa de Comida

    Please use the link above to sign up for the Power Pack supplemental food program for your student. Power Packs go home with students on Fridays. 

     

    Cary Chamber Honor A Teacher Nomination 2021- due 3/26/2021 by 5pm

    Excellence in teaching – we know it when we see it. It can be the teacher who spends extra time with the students who need it most, or the teacher who is creative enough to inspire a real love of learning in a student. Perhaps it’s a teacher who cares enough to be involved with their students beyond the classroom. Whatever their methods, certain teachers make a real impact on students and their learning abilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the great importance of the role that teacher's play in our society.

    We would like to recognize one such teacher at Farmington Woods Elementary and we need your help. The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge.

    Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area.

    We are asking our community to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 26th at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

    If you have any questions, please email Perry Price, Director of Education & Government Relations, at pprice@carychamber.com.

     

    PreK Registration for 21-22  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/38130

    For children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021- Applications Due by April 30th!!! 

    WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children. They will experience a full day with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal of our preschool program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

    Our preschool classrooms are located in WCPSS elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child.

     

    WCPSS Single Subject Acceleration Test Request Window for 2021-2022 The window for parents to make a test request students for SSA is Feb 22- March 22, 2021. Requests and/or questions should be sent to Diane Rowe, FWES SSA contact. 

     

    North Carolina Children’s Book Award ...This year there are 10 books hoping to win this award. Go to your Media/ Technology google classroom to see the books - listen to them - and vote for your favorite. All voting must be completed by the end of March.  (Available to K - 3 grades only)

     

    2-26-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 6 minutes)

    Happy Friday Families! 

    We had a great full week with our students this week and look forward to the first return of our Cohort 1 students in 4th and 5th grades next week, too! 

    I am so proud of our students and teachers who are face to face each day. Remembering and following all the safety protocols is hard and can be a challenge, but students understand the "why" and are cooperating every step of the way. We want to keep our FWES Family healthy and safe and together we can continue to be #FWESstrong! 

    Next week is Social Worker Appreciation Week and we are thankful for the dedication and hard work of Leah Frahm as she serves to support families and students' needs at FWES. Please take a minute to thank her for all she does to make sure our school family is well taken care of each day to be ready for learning! 

    We look forward to Read Across America Week next week with some fun book and spirit wearing days- check out the flyer below for more details- what a great way to combine the fun of reading with having fun dressing up! 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    IB Learner Attribute for March: Knowledgeable

    P2 Character Strength March 1-5: Enthusiasm 

     

    School Social Worker Appreciation Week!

    Read Across America Week! 

     

    Monday, March 1- Silly Book and Outfit

    Tuesday, March 2- Famous Person Book and Dress Like Them; SSA Info Session with Mrs. Rowe 6:00pm- https://meet.google.com/fpm-khqy-yks 

    Wednesday, March 3- Asynchronous Learning Day; 3rd Grade Materials Pick Up 10-11am; Influential Athlete Book and wear your favorite sport gear/team

    Thursday, March 4- Culture Book and dress to represent your culture; SSA Info Session with Mrs. Rowe 12:00pm- https://meet.google.com/cux-noqg-etx

    Friday, March 5- 9:45-10:45am New Magnet Student Welcome Event (only for new magnet students and families); Favorite Book and Wear Favorite Color

     

    Cohort 1 4th/5th graders attend F2F This Week! 

    F2F Family Information about Return to Campus at FWES



    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

     

    WCPSS Single Subject Acceleration Test Request Window for 2021-2022 The window for parents to make a test request students for SSA is Feb 22- March 22, 2021. Requests and/or questions should be sent to Diane Rowe, FWES SSA contact. 

    Parent SSA Virtual Information Sessions- Tuesday, March 2 at 6:00pm or Thursday, March 4 at 12:00pm- links above and on the FWES Website to join. 

    Power Packs/Programa de Comida

    Please use the link above to sign up for the Power Pack supplemental food program for your student. Power Packs go home with students on Fridays. 

    Read Across America flyer    (bitly.ws/bUmy)

    Read Across America promotes reading for children and young adults.  Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the week by bringing people together to take part in reading books. This year we have created a week-long suggested book list. Please feel free to read as many each day as you wish . There is a youtube read- aloud linked behind each book cover.   Dress up if you want to … but be sure to READ !!!

    WAKE Up and READ … We completed our book collection this week. Thank you to everyone who donated books to this project. Farmington Woods will be delivering 728 books to the Wake County WAKE Up and READ program.

     

    2-19-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 7 minutes)

    Well- what a roller coaster return week.... but we ended it without rain and a building and computer screens with IB Learners in them!!!

    Our F2F students and families did wonderful with the return to campus this week, including those new to the protocols for safety and those who had been here 2nd quarter but had to learn NEW Updated protocols. I am so proud of our students and their understanding of the need to keep each other and our staff safe while on campus. I am also so thankful for the dedicated staff at FWES and their work to assist with the extra amount of duties and supervision we need to insure safety and success! We look forward to welcoming Cohort 3 of our 4th and 5th graders next week with the same success. 

    Please make sure you have an updated version of the Spring, 2021 calendar in your home, as there are changes to the Asynchronous Days and cohort rotations! 

    Traditional- Semester 2 Calendar 2020-21  updated 2-16-2021 at the WCPSS Board of Education Meeting

    Have a wonderful weekend- bundle up but enjoy the sunshine!!!

     

    IB Learner Attribute for February: Caring

    P2 Character Strength Feb 22-26: Celebrating Others Success

    February- Black History Month


    FWES This Week: 

    • FWES PTA and United Arts Sponsored Cultural Arts- GEMS: The World’s Wisdom Stories with Doug Berky
    • FWES Celebrates Bus Driver Appreciation Week

    Monday, Feb 22- Cohort 3 4th/5th Graders Return to Campus! (Cohort 1 and 2 4th/5th graders participate in virtual learning)

    Tuesday, Feb 23- WCPSS Magnet Notification Day! 2nd Grade Weather Guest Speaker Event

    Wednesday, Feb 24- Asynchronous Learning Day-Assignments in Google Classroom; Select VA 3rd Graders to FWES to take BOG Reading Test; 1-2pm 1st Grade Materials Pick Up Event; FWES PTA Spirit Dinner at Mod Pizza, Waverly Place 5-9pm (see link for info and online order code below) 

    Thursday, Feb 25- BOG Reading Test for NEW face to face 3rd graders given 9:30am-12:30pm, WCPSS Family Academy for ESL Families 6:00pm

    Friday, Feb 26- FWES Spirit Day- Wear FWES Shirts!
     
     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    FWES PTA Spirit Night- February 24th at Mod Pizza Flyer

    Family Academy en Espanol- Thursday night at 6:00pm join the WCPSS Family Academy for a Coffee Chat with ESL families to provide information, support and answer questions about Spring Semester learning. Family Academy Coffee Chat

    Raleigh Parks and Rec Black History Month ActivitiesSeveral activities and events for families to learn about the impact of African Americans and Black History here in Wake County. There are independent activities, trolley tours and other ways to explore with your family. 

    WCPSS Single Subject Acceleration Test Request Window for 2021-2022 The window for parents to make a test request students for SSA is Feb 22- March 22, 2021. Requests should be sent to Diane Rowe, FWES SSA contact. 

    Mrs. Rowe will be having some virtual parent information sessions during the window to share more info and answer questions, too! 

    WAKEUp and READ …. We will continue to collect books this week.  So far we have collected 443 books !!!    Can we make 700? Books can be placed in boxes outside the Inquiry Center doors or in the box labeled for WAKEUp and READ during library book pick up times  

    RETURN TO “NORMAL” Library Book Pick-up beginning WEDNESDAY, FEB 17th !!!

    • Monday - Friday  10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool loop
    • REMEMBER to wait until you get the email from Mrs. Grice to come get your books
    • Student who are in school will have books delivered to their classrooms

     

     

    2-12-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 7 minutes)

    Happy Long Weekend FWES Families! 

    Reminder that today there was no school due to President's Day and there is no school again tomorrow, as it is a Teacher Workday for our incredIBle hard working teachers. We return to our instructional schedules on Wednesday of this week. 

    We have been busy planning for the return of our students to campus and continuing our work with 3rd Quarter learning, too. We continue to monitor all of our students for their participation in learning through attendance during live lessons and completion of assignments. Thank you for carefully reviewing your teacher's schedule and make sure that your student completes assignments and when appropriate attends live instructional times to maximize their learning. 

    Our campus continues to have construction work completed on the new FWES roof that is being installed. Unfortunately, all of this awful rain in 2021 has the project a little behind- so the materials and construction will be continuing after the return of students to the building. We are working closely with the WCPSS Site Manager and the contractors to limit the impact to student learning. If the weather allows, work will continue over the cafeteria and front office area this week. 

    Have a great short week! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    IB Learner Attribute for February: Caring

    P2 Character Strength Feb 15-19: Humility- You do not seek the Spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves

    February is Black History Month

     

    FWES This Week: 

    Monday, Feb 15- No School- calendar out day; President’s Day

    Tuesday, Feb 16- No School- Teacher Workday; Medication Drop Off 9:00am-3:00pm

    Wednesday, Feb 17- Return of F2F students to FWES! PreK, ECS and K-3- ALL students return; 4th/5th Cohort 2 returns

    F2F Family Info (additional messaging coming)

    Thursday, Feb 18

    Friday, Feb 19- Interim Reports for Q3 Home; Retention Risk Notification Letters Mailed Home (below grade level in ELA and/or Math)

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information Items: 

    Raleigh Parks and Rec Black History Month ActivitiesSeveral activities and events for families to learn about the impact of African Americans and Black History here in Wake County. There are independent activities, trolley tours and other ways to explore with your family. 

    Family Behavioral Health ResourcesThis school year has been challenging to everyone. Please check out these resources that can support your students and your family as challenges arise related to your emotional well-being. 

      There is a series- Keeping your Kids Emotionally and Physically Safe- with several sessions coming up soon! 

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Night- February 24th at Mod Pizza FlyerMark your calendar for NEXT Wednesday to support the FWES PTA at Mod Pizza- Waverly Place. If you order online, use the code on the flyer to support FWES! 

     

    RETURN TO “NORMAL” Library Book Pick-up beginning WEDNESDAY, FEB 17th !!!

    • Monday - Friday  10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool loop
    • REMEMBER to wait until you get the email from Mrs. Grice to come get your books
    • Student who are in school will have books delivered to their classrooms

    WAKE Up and READ …. We will continue to collect books daily through Feb 26th. Books can be placed in boxes outside the Inquiry Center doors or in the box labeled for WAKEUp and READ during library book pick up times 

    Inquiry into a Bald Eaglet: Want to watch a bald eaglet?  … try the NorthEast Florida Eagle Cam https://nefleaglecam.org/ .NE24 has hatched and is being cared for by parents Gabby and Samson … there is one more egg (we are hoping it will hatch also)... they are usually feeding NE24 in the morning 

    Meal Benefits Applications: Important: Complete a Meal Benefits Application by Feb. 26, 2021 

    Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement. 

    Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services will soon begin collecting free and reduced lunch data from WCPSS to determine families that will receive additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months!  By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!

    Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at www.wcpss.net/meals. Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.

     

    2-5-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (9 minutes)

    Hello FWES Families! 

    We hope you have had a great week. Mr. Beamish and I have been enjoying joining many classrooms in the last two weeks and continue to be amazed at the incredIBle teachers and students we see accessing learning virtually each day! We are so very thankful for your support in engaging your students during these challenging times. 

    While the WCPSS Board of Education voted to return students to campuses beginning for FWES on Wednesday, February 17th- there are still several additional details that will be developed and shared in the coming week and weeks ahead as it relates to having students on campus and schedules. There may be the need to adjust cohort rotations for 4th quarter to insure equitable access to face to face instruction by all rotating cohorts and the possibility of changes to the asynchronous learning days. Families will be informed by the district as that information is available and I will, of course, also try to share information as it may impact our students and families at FWES. 

    Have a great weekend and keep an eye on some possible winter weather toward the end of next week! 

    Take Care, Winston Pierce

     

    FWES This Week- February 8-12, 2021

    IB Learner Attribute for February: Caring

    P2 Character Strength Feb 8-12: Love- You value close relationships with others and being close to people. 

    February- Black History Month- Read Aloud Book List to Celebrate Black Culture (check some of them out from FWES!!!)- oops- link is no longer available on PBS Kids- sorry! 


    February 8th-12th

    Monday, Feb 8      FWES PTA Board Meeting 6:30pm 

    Tuesday, Feb 9     

    Wednesday, Feb 10   10:00am-2:00pm Library Book Pick Up

                                       Wake Up and Read Book Drop Off

    Thursday, Feb 11   3:00pm WCPSS Teacher of the Year Virtual Celebration- FWES Celebrates Susan Combs!  

    Friday, Feb 12       Chinese New Year Begins!!!  

                                  Possible Snow:)  Inclement Weather Information for Families

                                 10:00am-2:00pm Library Book Pick Up

                                 Wake Up and Read Book Drop Off

     

    Face to Face (F2F) Return of Students Information

    PreK, ECS and K-3 F2F Students return to Daily In Person Instruction, beginning Wednesday, February 17, 2021. 

    4th and 5th Grade F2F Students return to Cohort Rotation* In Person Instruction beginning with Cohort 2/B on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

      *Cohort assignments will be sent to families by Monday, February 8th. 

    • February 22-26, 2021- Cohort 3/C
    • March 1-5, 2021- Cohort 1/A
    • March 8-9, 2021- Cohort 2/B    Asynchronous Learning Days March 10-11 and Teacher Workday, March 12th
    • March 15-19, 2021- Cohort 3/C
    • March 22-26, 2021 Cohort 1/A

    Medication Drop Off: Medication for new F2F students to have at school may be dropped off on Friday, February 12th or Tuesday, February 16th from 9:00am-3:00pm. Please find more information and required forms in the F2F Family Resources document below. 

    Before and After School Care RegistrationThe Taylor YMCA is taking care of the Before and After School programming at FWES for the 2020-21 school year. They provide for our students on the FWES campus. Please use the link above if you need to register your child to be part of the program. Students on cohort rotations (4th/5th graders) may register for only the weeks they attend in person instruction. 

    F2F Family Resources (for new F2F Families and to review for returning F2F Families): Please find information to assist you and your student in the transition back to the campus for learning during the 2nd semester. 

    WCPSS will be sharing additional information and updates throughout the week next week. Any new resources will be added to this document for FWES families, too. 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    February is Black History Month: Read Aloud BooksFamilies may want to check out some great read aloud resources that celebrate Black Culture during Black History Month. The FWES Media Center has many of these titles available, too, for check out and pick up at FWES! Enjoy reading and celebrating together! 

    Lack of Participation Letters: WCPSS and FWES are concerned about our students who are not actively participating in learning regularly (missing live instruction, not completing assignments or a combination of the two). Families have or will receive letters regarding a student's lack of participation within the next week. Please use the informatino provided in the letter to monitor your child's schedule and help them regularly link to live learning/assignments and please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions. 

    If you have family challenges and need support of our School Social Worker or Counselor, please reach out to Mrs. Pierce (awpierce@wcpss.net) and she will be happy to connect you and work with you to get the support needed so your student can maximize their learning time this year! 

    Wake Up and Read Book DonationsFWES will be collecting during library book distribution. Clean off that bookcase now and get them ready for next Friday's pick up! Take Action! Check out the website as volunteers will be needed at the end of the drive to sort and prepare books for students- another great way to take action! 

    Family Behavioral Health Resources- As shared in this week's note, the district and community partners have put together many options to support behavioral health of families during the pandemic- adults and children. This resource has several sections and many options for parents and families to explore- all at no cost! If you, too, have now realized we are in our 4th season of the year since the pandemic started and could use some new strategies for getting through it all- please take a look! 

    Dreambox Math! All students at FWES have access to Dreambox Math in their Wake ID Portal- it looks like a blue and green lower case "d". This adaptive program allows students to practice math calculation and problem solving skills based on their current understandings. One of the challenges with the pandemic is the the possibility of learning gaps for students. In math, these gaps can create additional gap later- so to mitigate any gaps or learning loss- Dreambox will monitor your child's responses to questions and problems and if there are errors- will adapt to your child and give them practice and some reteaching of skills or concepts they struggled with when problem solving. Teachers get diagnostic information on students who use Dreambox regularly of where students may have these gaps and they can support them within the math lessons and small group work, too. 

    • Please help monitor and have your student complete at least 5 lessons each week (they are engaging and fun- we have one student who has averaged almost 30 lessons a week, so 5 is very doable). There is a parent portal where you can see what your child has "completed"- need to complete the lesson, not just start it. 
    • Don't help your child (or let older siblings or grandparents help)- or the adaptive part of the program cannot work and your child will not fil in learning gaps but be moved forward to skills that are too challenging and frustrating
    • Ask your teacher if you are not sure how to log on or have questions about your child's access or parent reports

    IB Family Survey 20-21 - Last call for survey responses! This was sent out in December, but we would LOVE to have a few more families respond with information and feedback.  Please respond by February 12th. Questions? Contact: Anna Goodrum - Magnet Coordinator

    As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, it is a requirement that each school undertakes a formal evaluation process every five years- addressing all aspects of the Primary Years Program. During this year of evaluation, it is required that all stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, administrators) reflect on the standards and practices of our IB PYP. Farmington Woods IB/PYP is being evaluated by the IB Organization in the 2020-21 school year. The formal process will take place over several days in the Spring of 2021, but we are currently in the process of organizing data and documents to share with the visiting team. Your input is important as we work to create an effective PYP school community. 

    Important: Complete a Meal Benefits Application by Feb. 26, 2021 

    Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement.  

    Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at www.wcpss.net/Page/1849 . Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535. 

     

    1-29-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message  ( 8  minutes)

    Happy Friday and happy end of January! 

    The snow was beautiful and a reminder of how many seasons have passed since we last saw each other at FWES- wow! Hard to believe and hard on everyone. Please be sure to review the information below about Family Wellness training and workshop opportunities (virtual of course) that can support you and support you support your students, too. We just received this information this week, so sign up as some sessions have limited registrations. We want to see you all again when it is safe, but in the meantime want you to take care of yourselves and our incredIBle IB learners, too! 

    The WCPSS Board of Education will be having a work session on Tuesday at 3:00pm and then a Board Meeting at 5:30pm with the expected primary point of discussion will be related to the return of students to school campuses. These meetings are broadcast live on YouTube- WCPSS Channel.

    We are excited to transition into February and move to our next IB Learner Profile attribute of Caring, because our FWES community of students, families and staff are the MOST caring groups around! You can start next week by recognizing National School Counselor Week and showing caring to Jennifer Thakur and Hanna Normandeau our wonderful, caring counselors. We appreciate all they do to support our entire school community with a clear focus on supporting our students so they can learn. 

    Have a wonderful weekend- watch for a possible taste of winter again on Sunday night, too! 

    Winston Pierce 

     

    FWES This Week- February 1-5, 2021

    IB Learner Attribute for February: Caring

    P2 Character Strength Feb 1-5: Integrity

    February- Black History Month


    February 1st-5th- School Counselor Week

    Monday, Feb 1

    Tuesday, Feb 2     Groundhog Day!   Sir Walter Wally live event on You Tube 12:00-12:30pm  

                                 3:00pm WCPSS Board of Ed Work Session

                                 5:30pm WCPSS Board of Ed Meeting 

                                 6:30pm PTA General Body Membership Meeting

                                 7:00pm Q&A with Jennifer Thakur, School counselor- Emotional Wellbeing during pandemic

    Wednesday, Feb 3- Asynchronous Day- no live meets

                             10:00-11:00am Materials Pick Up

                                        2nd and 5th Grades

                     **No Library Book Pick up due to supplies today

    Thursday, Feb 4   8:00am FWES SIP Quarterly Review

    Friday, Feb 5       10:00am-2:00pm Library Book Pick Up

                                 Wake Up and Read Book Drop Off

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    FWES PTA General Membership Meeting- Tuesday, February 2nd 6:30pm- followed by Counselor Q&A at 7:00pm

    The PTA will be having our next General Body Meeting on 2/2/2021 at 6:30 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to check in and find out how you can stay connected to and continue supporting FWES during these unprecedented times. 
     
    The slate will include: 
    What has your PTA been up to?
    President's Check-In
    Electing our new Vice President of Services Lynn O'Brien
    Open Positions for next year
     
    The meeting will be followed by a Q&A session with Jennifer Thakur to start around 7:00pm.  She is joining us to answer questions around socialization during Covid, navigating virtual learning, and more. Please use the following link to submit any questions you may have for her:
     
    All questions must be submitted by Friday, January 29th. 
     
    Hope to see many of you there!
     

    Family Behavioral Health Resources- As shared in this week's note, the district and community partners have put together many options to support behavioral health of families during the pandemic- adults and children. This resource has several sections and many options for parents and families to explore- all at no cost! If you, too, have now realized we are in our 4th season of the year since the pandemic started and could use some new strategies for getting through it all- please take a look! 

    Dreambox Math! All students at FWES have access to Dreambox Math in their Wake ID Portal- it looks like a blue and green lower case "d". This adaptive program allows students to practice math calculation and problem solving skills based on their current understandings. One of the challenges with the pandemic is the the possibility of learning gaps for students. In math, these gaps can create additional gap later- so to mitigate any gaps or learning loss- Dreambox will monitor your child's responses to questions and problems and if there are errors- will adapt to your child and give them practice and some reteaching of skills or concepts they struggled with when problem solving. Teachers get diagnostic information on students who use Dreambox regularly of where students may have these gaps and they can support them within the math lessons and small group work, too. 

    • Please help monitor and have your student complete at least 5 lessons each week (they are engaging and fun- we have one student who has averaged almost 30 lessons a week, so 5 is very doable). There is a parent portal where you can see what your child has "completed"- need to complete the lesson, not just start it. 
    • Don't help your child (or let older siblings or grandparents help)- or the adaptive part of the program cannot work and your child will not fil in learning gaps but be moved forward to skills that are too challenging and frustrating
    • Ask your teacher if you are not sure how to log on or have questions about your child's access or parent reports

    IB Family Survey 20-21 - Last call for survey responses! This was sent out in December, but we would LOVE to have a few more families respond with information and feedback.  Please respond by February 12th. Questions? Contact: Anna Goodrum - Magnet Coordinator

    As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, it is a requirement that each school undertakes a formal evaluation process every five years- addressing all aspects of the Primary Years Program. During this year of evaluation, it is required that all stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, administrators) reflect on the standards and practices of our IB PYP. Farmington Woods IB/PYP is being evaluated by the IB Organization in the 2020-21 school year. The formal process will take place over several days in the Spring of 2021, but we are currently in the process of organizing data and documents to share with the visiting team. Your input is important as we work to create an effective PYP school community. 

     

    Important: Complete a Meal Benefits Application by Feb. 26, 2021 

    Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement.  

    Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at www.wcpss.net/Page/1849 . Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535. 

     

    FWES Book Pickup TIMES THERE WILL BE NO BOOK PICKUP  ON WEDNESDAY, FEB 3rd due to supply pick up for 2nd and 5th grades. Book pickup will resume on  Friday from 10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool. PLEASE return any finished books when you come to get new ones and do not come until you receive an email from Mrs. Grice

     

    Wake Up and Read Book Donations- FWES will be collecting during library book distribution. Clean off that bookcase now and get them ready for next Friday's pick up! Take Action! Check out the website as volunteers will be needed at the end of the drive to sort and prepare books for students- another great way to take action! 

     

    1-22-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 5 minutes)

    Happy Short Week Friday! 

    Thank you all for your cooperation and work through the shift to our 2nd semester configuration of classrooms and grade level changes that were needed. Our team is ready to support all students with incredIBle teachers no matter their classroom assignment! Your cooperation with the delay of report cards is also appreciated. Expect to receive your report card no later than Tuesday, but some classes may begin to receive them as early as Monday. 

    It's been fairly quiet at FWES without staff and students and with our schedules and events....and that will continue into next week, too. 

    Take care, stay well and use those WWW so those who are ready for Face to Face instruction can get back to school safely! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES This Week

    IB Learner Profile- Risk Taker

    P2 Character Strength- Supporting Others When They Struggle

    Monday 1/25- 9:30-10:30 iStation Family Support- con interprete de espanol para obener ayuda (Google Meet Code: https://meet.google.com/pyp-ofgw-ajm

    Tuesday 1/26- Report Cards for Q2 go home via email; 8:00am SIP Quarterly Review Meeting; 10:45am Virtual Magnet Tour and Info Session about FWES

    Wednesday 1/27

    Thursday 1/28- Last Day for Magnet Applications to be accepted for 2021-2022! Inclement Weather Info for Families 2020-21- just in case that snowflake on my phone happens to happen:) 

    Friday 1/29

     

    FWES Friday Folder Items: 

    FWES Yearbook Updates

    NEW FWES Book Pickup TIMES - Book Pickup will be Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool. PLEASE return any finished books when you come to get new ones and do not come until you receive an email from Mrs. Grice

    WAKE Up and Read … Collection begins next week !!

    Farmington Woods will be joining WCPSS again this year in the  collection of books. The county is hoping to get 200,000 books. We need books for babies, toddlers, and elementary school children up to 12 years old. These books need to be new or gently used. Your support will help ensure that ALL children have access to the books necessary to foster a love for reading and literacy skills.   We will be collecting books on Wednesdays and Fridays in the front of the school. Our 2021 drive runs January 23 - February 28.  To learn more about WAKE Up and Read, please visit www.wakeupandread.org, and follow WAKE Up and Read on Facebook and Twitter.

    TSI Notification to FWES Families: Notification per state mandate (an annual announcement from a designation in 2019) - As a parent/guardian of a student at Farmington Woods Elementary, I must inform you that FWES has been designated as a Targeted Support & Improvement Additional Targeted Support (TSI-AT) school by the North Carolina State Board of Education. As stated in ESSA Section 1111(d)(2), North Carolina had to identify schools for targeted support and improvement. TSI-AT schools in North Carolina are those that have a subgroup that is under-performing. FWES was identified based on the EOG test scores of students in our Students with Disabilities (SWD) category that were not comparable to the other subgroups of students at FWES. 

    As a TSI-AT school, FWES is required to develop a comprehensive plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve student achievement. The plan will also include how our district will support us and monitor the progress of our school. Please find our current School Improvement Plan and supporting documents on our FWES Website under “Our School”---”School Improvement” to review our plan. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: We are currently registering kindergartners for NEXT year. If you have a student who will be 5 by August 31, 2021 or know of one, please make sure that student starts the registration process. Early registration allows our school (and others) to best plan for staffing and space needs prior to summer and best prepare for student arrival in August! 

    FWES PTA General Membership Meeting- Mark Your Calendars! 

    We are having our General Body Meeting on 2/2/2021 at 6:30 pm.

    * Mtg link will go out later with budget, minutes, and agenda

    Meeting starts at 6:30 pm

    Topics include:

    • Electing VP of Services Lynn O'Brien
    • What has your PTA been up to
    • Open Positions for next year
    • President's check-in

    Followed by a Q&A session with Jennifer Thakur, school counselor, to start around 7:00pm.  She is joining us to answer questions around socialization during Covid, navigating the emotions of virtual learning, and more.  Please submit questions by 1/29.   Question Form

     

    1-15-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (10 minutes)

    Happy Friday!

    I hope you have had a great week. It was my hope that we would be ending the week preparing for our face to face student to return but due to many data points and current conditions in schools and beyond, for the safety of students and staff, the WCPSS Board of Education voted last night to continue remote learning for ALL K-12 students through the middle of February. Currently the board is scheduled to vote on February 9th with a then expected return of Wednesday, February 17th (Monday and Tuesday that week there is no school scheduled). 

    This decision means that our Materials Pick Ups planned for VA students in K, 3rd and 4th have now been expanded to include ALL students at each of those grade levels for Tuesday, January 19th- see below for more details. The remaining three grade levels will be scheduling another date for their students in the near future. 

    At this time we are continuing to move ahead with our newly reorganized 2nd semester rosters, so students who had been reassigned to a new teacher will begin in that classroom on Wednesdsay. If the district were to provide additional guideance between now and Wednesday that would cause us to make a shift back, I will let you know. I appreciate the support of families with the many changes that were necessary to create structures at each grade level where students and staff working with Face to Face students will be safe. It is always challenging when we approach changes, but I have found in my many years as an educator, with family and school adult support, students are resilient and often help us as adults find and see the silver lining! With the clear intent of the WCPSS Board of Education to work hard for the safe return of students to the building as soon as possible, it makes the most sense to begin those configurations at this time. 

    Please help me welcome two new teachers to our FWES Team. Mrs. Kayla Belote-Perry is joining our 4th grade team. She joins us after teaching 5 years in Durham and is already in love with the IB/PYP program and how engaged her students are as learners! Ms. Syreeta Sutton is joining our team as our Pre K Teacher. Ms. Sutton was serving in that same classroom space as an Instructional Assistant and has been enrolled in a teacher licensure program to taking over the teacher position this week. We are so fortunate to have her knowledge of the classroom, students and families as she makes this transition. 

    I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend- remember no school on Monday and no school, but materials pick up on Tuesday for half of our school! We will see you online on Wednesday, January 20th to start the 2nd semester of the year! We are at the halfway point of the 2020-21 year! 

    Take care and love to all- Winston Pierce 

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Risk Taker

    P2- Perseverance

    Monday 1/18- Holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday

    Tuesday 1/19- No School- Teacher Workday

         Medication Drop Off 9:00am-3:00pm in Front Office for Face to Face students 2nd Semester

         All Kinder, 3rd and 4th are picking up supplies- Virtual Academy and Face to Face Learners 

                       (February 3rd- 5th and 2nd grade; 1st Grade TBD)

         10:00-11:00am- 4th Grade

         1:00-2:00pm- Kindergarten AND 3rd Grade

    Wednesday 1/20- Start of 2nd Semester! New Classrooms placements begin; New Specials Rotations- Day 1; FWES PTA Spirit Night Chipotle 4-8pm! Spanish Chipotle

    Thursday  1/21

    Friday 1/22- Report cards for Q2 emailed home; 12:00-1:00pm iStation Questions Session (again from 9:30-10:30am on Monday- Intérprete de español disponible)

     

    FWES Friday Folder Notes: 

    Inclement Weather Info for Families 2020-21- new procedures this year if schools cannot operate due to inclement weather, please review

    Medication Drop Off- Tues 9:00-3:00pm- will accept and reschedule additional times when students are officially returning to campus

    Annual WCPSS Asbestos Notification Statement- required family notification letter from WCPSS Maintenance

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: We are currently registering kindergartners for NEXT year. If you have a student who will be 5 by August 31, 2021 or know of one, please make sure that student starts the registration process. Early registration allows our school (and others) to best plan for staffing and space needs prior to summer and best prepare for student arrival in August! 

    NEW FWES Book Pickup Remote Learning TIMES - Book Pickup will be Wednesday (except 2/3 due to materials pick ups scheduled) and Friday from 10:00 am - 2:00pm in the front carpool. PLEASE return any finished books when you come to get new ones and do not come until you receive an email from Mrs. Grice 

    Assessment Update: All students K-5 will participate in the middle of year benchmark reading assessment using IStation. Assessments will occur Wednesday, January 20th- Friday,January 29th. Specific details will be shared with families from their individual teacher.

    If you have questions about accessing the Istation platform remotely please email Elizabeth Plotkin, eplotkin@wcpss.net.

    You may also come to a Q&A session on Friday, Jan 22nd 12:00-1:00pm OR Monday, Jan 25th 9:30-10:30am (Intérprete de español disponible para ayudar) Use THIS LINK for the Q&A sessions. The link is also on the FWES Public Calendar.

    FWES Yearbook Updates

     

    20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration- NC Museum of History- Registration Information

    An online experience: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
    Join us virtually for our 20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration, the statewide kickoff to Black History Month in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society since 2015, this year’s annual celebration will bring together community organizations, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and scholars to showcase the contributions that African Americans, past and present, have made to North Carolina’s history and culture. This year’s digital format will allow the Museum of History to share those contributions in a safe environment to a statewide audience.

     

     

    1-8-2021

    Mrs. Pierce's Message  ( 8 minutes)

    Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a great week- we have been so happy to see the wonderful student attendance and participation this remote learning week- remember one more week to go! 

    The week presented many challenges due to things happening outside of our school community, but a great time to revisit our Positivity Project motto- #otherpeoplematter- and our IB Mission- "....create a better and more peaceful world" as we support our students as learners and those who will make a difference in our world. I continue to carry the P2 strength of the week, optimism, moving into 2021 and seeing our students, families and staff and the strength of our school community fuels that sense of optimism! 

    We are currently preparing for the return of all K-5 Face to Face students on Wednesday, January 20th. Based on the selections made by families in December, I have worked to reorganize our grade levels and classrooms to serve students in Virtual Academy and Face to Face. Teachers will receive their updated classroom rosters on Monday and will begin reaching out to families about your teacher assignment for the Second Semester, Spring 2021, on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The WCPSS Board of Education will be meeting again on Tuesday, January 12th with a particular focus on 4th and 5th grade class sizes and of course if there are any changes made at that point, it will be shared with our families. 

    I am so appreciative of our families and miss you all so very much! In doing virtual magnet information sessions for families, we share an FWES video and I am always almost in tears by the end because I miss our FWES family and all of us being together in our building. We will get through and we will continue to work as hard as we can to serve our students and families the best we can, but I just like it when we are AT school the best:) 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

    FWES This Week- January 11-15, 2021- Remote Learning for ALL Students continues

    IB Learner Profile Trait- Risk Taker

    P2 Character Strength- Prudence- You plan for the future and your future goals by making careful choices every day. 

    ***Grade Level 1st Semester GOLD Celebrations This Week (see teacher communication for details to celebrate Going for the GOLD!)

    Monday, January 11- 6:30pm PTA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, January 12

    Wednesday, January 13- Asynchronous Learning Day- complete assignments in Google Classroom for attendance

    Thursday, January 14

    Friday, January 15- FWES Virtual Magnet Info and Tours 10:00am and 1:45pm

    Note: No School Monday, January 18th- Holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr B-Day; No School Tuesday, January 19th- Teacher Workday (however see below about materials pick up times scheduled)

     

    Friday Folder Information and Notes: 

    • Materials for 2nd Semester Pick Ups for Virtual Academy Students: Please make a note of the grade levels and times below when materials students in Virtual Academy will need for 3rd Quarter and 2nd Semester will be availble for pick up at FWES. If your grade level is not listed, no additional materials are needed at this time. Additional dates and times will be scheduled in the future. 
      • Tuesday, January 19th
        • 10:00-11:00am- 4th Grade
        • 1:00-2:00pm- Kindergarten and 3rd Grade
    • 3rd Grade Families- Read to Achieve Information from NC Department of Public Instruction: Please review the information below regarding the Read to Achieve legislation that requires all 3rd graders to read on grade level by the end of the school year. A session will be set up in the next few weeks to answer any questions you may have- stay tuned. 
    • 3rd Grade Virtual Academy Students- BOG Invitation: Please review the email sent by your child's teacher and respond to the link below no later than noon on Monday, January 11th so we can plan appropriately for providing Virtual Academy students the opportunity to take the BOG on campus at FWES. Thank you!
    • Go for the GOLD Celebrations: Our FWES Healthy Schools Leadership Team has planned our annual GOLD celebration events to be virtual this year. Grade levels will communicate with families the day and time(s) that students will be participating. Enjoy the activities and the celebration of our students Giving and Earning Respect, Owning their actions, Leading by Example and Demonstrating Cooperation.... all things that maximize learning! 
    • Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: We are currently registering kindergartners for NEXT year. If you have a student who will be 5 by August 31, 2021 or know of one, please make sure that student starts the registration process. Early registration allows our school (and others) to best plan for staffing and space needs prior to summer and best prepare for student arrival in August! 

    FWES PTA News:   FWES Board Meeting for January, Monday, January 11th at 6:30pm

    • FWES Yearbook Updates
    • Wake County PTA Reflections Contest
      • Congratulations to Gwyneth Overton 5th Grader for her 1st Place recognition in the 3D Visual Arts Category, Intermmediate for a piece entitled: The Heart That Matters. Her work will now move on to the state level competition. FWES PTA sponsors our school based Reflections contest annually to allow students the opportunity to share their creativity. 
      • working on art heart

     

    12-18-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 7 minutes)

    Happy, happy Friday to our Farmington Woods Families! We have had a great Gift of Reading week and many thanks to our volunteers and supportive families throughout the week. As we head in to Winter Break, I encourage our students to continue to give themselves the gift of reading each day! I also encourage them to take some time to continue to practice math on Dream Box- I look forward to sharing information about our top 5 classrooms for lessons completed when we return on January 4th! 

    Thank you for the emails and phone calls related to the Spring Semester Confirmation Letters. The systems that generate lists for the school messenger system don't always "play nicely" with the systems used for Virtual Academy registration. We realize there may have been mixed messages sent and we will continue to work with families to insure you are in the placement you expected. 

    As a reminder, the Board of Education determined that January 4-15, 2021 will be Remote Learning for ALL students. This effort is related to the health protocols that are followed for safety that require extensive quarantining for symptoms and/or exposures. These protocols have created some challenges in schools to provide appropriate adult supervision. There is hope that this time will allow for development of plans by the district to assist with filling of the gaps and provide all students and staff time away from each other so that upon the start of 2nd Semester on January 20th- we are good to go!!!

    During this time, staff have been asked to telework, so there will not be someone in the office each day to take your phone calls, however, the messages will be checked regularly throughout the day and returned as soon as possible. Beginning January 4th- email may be the fastest tool for communication with FWES Staff members:) 

    After a very complex 2020- I wish you all a joy and peace filled break and all the happiness possible for 2021! 

    With love, Mrs. Pierce

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    Remote Learning for ALL students- January 4-15, 2021. Teachers will communicate schedule information and students should log on Monday, January 4, 2021. FWES News begins at 9:05am! 

    No library book pick up 1st two weeks in January- reserve books and they will ready when return to campus! More information to come. 

    Supply Pick up for Second Semester: We are working on details for supply pick up for Virtual Academy students on either January 13th or 19th. More information will be available when we return on January 4th. 

    Second Semester: Please make sure your calendar indicates- Second Semester begins January 20, 2021. 

    Face to Face Families- New to Second Semester: More information will go home as the start of the semester gets closer but if you will need care for your student before and/or after school. Please use this link to the Taylor YMCA to get more information and register for the program. The program takes place on the FWES campus but is run by the YMCA. 

    IB Family Survey: LINK HERE

    • As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, it is a requirement that each school undertakes a formal evaluation process every five years- addressing all aspects of the Primary Years Program. During this year of evaluation, it is required that all stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, administrators) reflect on the standards and practices of our IB PYP. Farmington Woods IB/PYP is being evaluated by the IB Organization in the 2020-21 school year. The formal process will take place over several days in the Spring of 2021, but we are currently in the process of organizing data and documents to share with the visiting team. Your input is important as we work to create an effective PYP school community. 
    • Attached is a series of questions that relate to important components of the IB Primary Years Program. There may be questions you don't understand or are not applicable to you individually. If you are not sure about a question, it is acceptable to mark N/A. 
    • Thank you for helping us reflect on and improve our practices in the implementation of the PYP.
    • If you have any questions, please contact Anna Goodrum, Magnet Coordinator - agoodrum@wcpss.net

     

    12-11-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message ( 6 minutes)

    Happy Friday to our FWES Families! 

    I hope you have all had a great week. I continue to be amazed by the talents of our teachers and the commitment of our students and our families as each day I see students growing and learning- in classrooms and on line. I am also thankful that although some things are different, the foundational principles or our IB/PYP approach are still the core of our planning and our students' engagement in their learning. I had the pleasure of serving on a panel at a Global IB Conference this week (at 2:30am because the conference was in Singapore:) to discuss student voice, choice and ownership in the classroom. And as with all things, we all have things we must do- but I watch our classrooms each day find ways for students to have a voice, choice and ownership as learners and when conference participants asked me questions- I had real world examples from FWES to share with them because of our school's vision and the IB mission. 

    We are beginning our Magnet Recruiting window and will have our 2nd Virtual Tour on Monday. If you are a magnet family, you got the "feel" of being in our building.... our prospective families can't get that, but we are working hard to provide them with as much as we can in the virtual format. Your word of mouth about the work we do with the IB/PYP structures is a great recruiting tool for us.... so please feel free to send friends and neighbors interested in our school to one of our upcoming sessions. The Magnet application window closes on January 28, 2021. 

    My heart is full each day because of the FWES extended family I get to be a part of and I wish you all a break that is restful, joyful and peaceful.... hoping that in all that you do, in these difficult times, that your heart is FULL, too. 

    Sending global wishes for peace on earth and a Happy New Year- 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Principled

    P2 Focus- Self-Control

    Monday, December 14- Exercise your Brain and Read! 10:00 Virtual Magnet Tour

    Tuesday, December 15- Tacky Sweater Tuesday- Read Together Day! *Last Day to request books for check out for Winter Break

    Wednesday, December 16- Asynchronous Day- assignments on line; Wild Animal Wednesday- read to a stuffed animal today; Spring Semester confirmation letters emailed to families (in the PM)

    Thursday, December 17- Lights out and Read (F2F students may bring flashlights to use at school to read- of course VA students do the same at home)

    Friday, December 18- Relax and Read- PJs! 

     

    Winter Break- December 21, 2020-Jan 3, 2021- FWES Office will be closed. FWES Office will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Happy New Year! 

    *Note- 1st Semester continues through Jan 15th- if you made a change and received a confirmation letter for 2nd semester- your student begins in their NEW learning environment on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 

    Jan 4-8:  Cohort 2 4th/5th Grade Return; All current K-3 F2F return! 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Notes: 

    Mrs. Moore at the Front Desk is Retiring- send her your well wishes! Well Wishes for Mrs. Moore at FWES

    Spring Semester Updates:Spring Semester Starts on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 

    • Confirmation of VA and F2F placement for spring will come in a letter on Wednesday, December 16th. No additional changes can be made at this time.
    • Face to Face- if you are moving to Face to Face from Virtual Academy and will want to ride the bus- fill out the Bus Registration Form for the 2020-21 school year. 
    • All bus riders are also required to have completed the Bus Attestation form before riding a school bus. Please go ahead and complete the form now:) 

    We are beginning to work on the configuration of grade levels and classrooms for the Spring Semester. Information about teacher and classroom placement for the Spring Semester will go home no later than January 16, 2021 but as soon as we can have it ready and we are hopeful it will be before that date. There are many interconnected parts that must be taken into consideration and those take time to process and arrange. There are several grade levels that will require some reconfiguration so it will take some additional time to create classrooms. 

    Gift of ReadingTheme reading days all next week and families invited to read virtually in classrooms- contact your child's teacher to share your interest in being a virtual reader on Tuesday! 

    Reading Log- complete on paper or electronic and give/send to teacher- by 12/17 to be included in the drawing for books! 

    (note you will have to make a copy and save it by your name to access again and make sure your reading is collected on one page) 

    PTA Cultural Arts Performance this week: We are so thankful for our FWES PTA and their support (along with the United Arts Council of Wake County) in continuing the cultural arts experiences for our students in a virtual format. This week students will enjoy The Beast-Sankofa, a history of African American music from spirituals to hip hop. Grade levels have chosen a time this week to watch the performance and teachers will be sharing that information in their family communications. 

    Library Book Pick-up 

    •  Monday - Friday  10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool loop
    • BE sure to request books for the Winter break by TUESDAY, Dec 15th, to allow time for them to be processed for pick up!! 
    • REMEMBER to wait until you get the email from Mrs. Grice to come get your books

    Virtual Academy Students- Pictures for the Yearbook- VA students- Take your yearbook picture at home to be included in the FWES Yearbook. Read the guidelines and submit your photo by January 15, 2021 so you are included in your classroom section. This yearbook will be one for the history books! Guidelines here- due January 15, 2021

     

    12-4-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (8 minutes)

    TODAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR HOLIDAY FOOD BUNDLES FOR CHILDREN 18 and YOUNGER: 

    Holiday Food Bundle Registration Link

    IB Learner Profile: Principled

    P2 Focus: Knowing my words and actions affect others

    FWES This Week: 

    Monday, December 7- Welcome Back Cohort 3 4th/5th Graders! Returning to Campus Family Checklist

    Tuesday, December 8- Cohort 3 Pictures

    Wednesday, December 9- Last Day for Spring Registration for Elem Families

    Thursday, December 10-

    Friday, December 11- 8:30am PTA Virtual Coffee Chat- Asynchronous Learning Day- Remote Learning for ALL

     

    FWES the Next Week (Dec 14-18): Gift of Reading!!!

    Monday- Exercise your Brain- exercise or fan/team/jersey attire

    Tuesday- Tacky Sweater Tuesday

    Wednesday- Wild Animal Wednesday (asynchronous day at home)

    Thursday- Turn off the Lights and Read (flashlight reading)

    Friday- Relax and Read- Pajama Day! 

     

    Hi FWES Families! 

    It was great to see so many of you at the Thursday Q&A session- I truly miss seeing and talking with our families each day! Now is the time for ALL families to consider the Spring Semester and the learning environment that will be best for your student. Information is linked below that will allow you to make a change from your current setting as it relates to Virtual Academy or Face to Face Instruction. Please make a note that the deadline is December 9th for your input. 

    We are excited to begin preparation for the Gift of Reading at FWES and hope you will consider being a virtual reader to your student's classroom on Tuesday, December 15th. Please review the information link below and reach out to your child's teacher if you are available during the grade level's guest reader time. We cannot have readers IN the building this year, but we've all gotten pretty good at Google Meets and can welcome readers through the virtual format to celebrate reading! 

    Interim Reports are being emailed to families today as we have reached the mid-point of the 2nd Quarter of the year. Please review your child's information and contact the teacher if you have any questions. 

    Next week note- The Asynchronous Day is on FRIDAY- not Wednesday. 

    We are so appreciative of your partnership with FWES to provide support for your child's academic success! Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Winston Pierce

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    Register for 2nd Semester   Lighting Our Way Forward- Guide for Reopening

                                                      *students in K-3 are currently in Plan A

                                                      *students in 4-5 are currently in Plan B

                                                      *Beginning Jan 20th- K-5 will be Plan A

    It is time for families to consider Spring Semester, 2020 (begins January 20, 2021). Information about registration is linked along with the guide to protocols and policies related to the return of students to school. Please note that beginning January 20, 2021, K-5 students will be Plan A and social distancing requirements will be met- to the extent possible- as we will have full classrooms of students (like we do now with our K-3 students in the building). The Lighting our Way Forward guide is also linked for families to review the practices that will be in place in Plan A if your student were to return to campus. Please reach out if you have any additional questions. 

    Happy Retirement to Susan Moore, FWES receptionist extraordinaire! We want to wish Mrs. Moore well as she prepares to retire from WCPSS after giving 25 years of service to schools, with the last 8 years at Farmington Woods as our amazing receptionist! She knows all of our students and families and will miss helping everyone! She is looking forward to spending much more time with her family and her 4 grandchildren! December 18th will be her last day at Farmington Woods. Please feel free to drop of a card/note, mail it to the school (1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary, NC 27511) or enter your thoughts here (by December 11th) and we will make sure they get shared with her! Mrs. Moore Retirement Well Wishes, December 2020

    Gift of Reading Preview- Read here about our Annual Gift of Reading event scheduled for December 14-18. Note the time that your student's grade level will be welcoming guest readers on Tuesday, November 15th and let your teacher know if you are interested in being a virtual guest reader that day! 

    Social Emotional Learning for WCPSS Families: Please review the flyers below for how parents and families might participate in upcoming trainings related to social emotional well-being. A great opportunity to learn! 

    5th Grade Families- As you begin to explore middle school options for your student- Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School would like to invite you to check out their new magnet theme: Center for World Languages and Spanish Immersion. Read more here and sign up to attend a virtual session: Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School Flyer

    Pictures for Cohort 3 on Tuesday, December 8th: Face to face students in Cohort 3 K-5 will have photos taken at school on Tuesday, December 8th. Virtual Academy students are also invited to sign up for times to have your formal picture taken. Review the information linked to get all the details. 

    Virtual Academy Students- Pictures for the Yearbook- VA students- Take your yearbook picture at home to be included in the FWES Yearbook. Read the guidelines and submit your photo by January 15, 2021 so you are included in your classroom section. This yearbook will be one for the history books! Guidelines here- due January 15, 2021

    Library Book Pick-up 

    • Monday - Friday  10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool loop
    • REMEMBER to wait until you get the email from Mrs. Grice to come get your books

     

    11-20-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (6 minutes:)

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Thinker

    P2- Gratitude- FWES Shows Gratitude

    • Monday, November 23  State required Remote Learning Day- No students at FWES- asynchronous learning and attendance taken based on completion of assignments
    • Tuesday, November 24  State required Remote Learning Day- No students at FWES- asynchronous learning and attendance taken based on completion of assignments
    • November 25-27- Thanksgiving Holiday Break

    Looking ahead to the next week: 

    • Monday, November 30- Welcome Cohort 2 of 4th/5th Graders! PreK, ECS and K-3 attend daily! 
    • Tuesday, December 1- Picture Day for Cohort 2 students K-5; VA Students Sign up for picture times (see links below)
    • Wednesday, December 2- Asynchronous Learning Day- no students at FWES- attendance taken on completion of assignments; Portal to Choose Learning Setting for 2nd Semester Opens for Elementary Families (open through December 9th) 
    • Thursday, December 3- PTA Q&A with Mrs. Pierce 6pm- see below for entering questions
    • Friday, December 4- Interim Reports for Q2 home with all students

    FWES Friday Folder Messages: 

    Happy Retirement to Susan Moore, FWES receptionist extraordinaire! We want to wish Mrs. Moore well as she prepares to retire from WCPSS after giving 25 years of service to schools, with the last 8 years at Farmington Woods as our amazing receptionist! She knows all of our students and families and will miss helping everyone! She is looking forward to spending much more time with her family and her 4 grandchildren! December 18th will be her last day at Farmington Woods. Please feel free to drop of a card/note, mail it to the school (1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary, NC 27511) or enter your thoughts here (by December 11th) and we will make sure they get shared with her! Mrs. Moore Retirement Well Wishes, December 2020

    Food Distribution During Thanksgiving Week

    Curbside pick up locations and Big Bus Food Truck sites will distribute two lunches and two breakfasts on Fri., Nov. 20 to also cover meals for Mon. Nov. 23 as all curbside pick up locations and Big Bus Food Truck locations will be closed on this date. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, our CNS team will distribute a four-day holiday pack at our curbside pick-up locations and Big Bus Food Truck sites as long as supplies last. Food distribution services will not be occurring Nov. 25-27.

    Reminder- ID Required for Student check out or pick up at FWES! As we have more students attending school in person, there are times when students need to be checked out or picked up by families. Since families are not allowed to enter the building and we have a variety of staff (some of them new) responsible for check out of students- adults presenting at FWES to sign students out will be asked to show Photo ID so it can be compared with the student's record and we can continue to insure the safety of our students before releasing them from school, even if school staff know you:) Thank you for photo ID your cooperation to keep all students safe! 

    This process is in place during the school day, when students have to go home sick and when a family does not arrive on time for the dismissal process*. 

    *Please note: Due to not being able to congregate students in a central location, if you are not on time to pick up your student as a carpooler (arrival after 4:00pm) or walker (arrival after 3:40pm); your child will be sent back to their classroom to be supervised by their homeroom teacher. Thank you for your cooperation! 

    Families unable to arrive during our required dismissal windows may choose to enroll students in the YMCA after school program on site at FWES

    Classroom Setting for Spring Semester, 2021- (January 20-June 11)- Elementary Families Choose December 2-9: Please make a note of the WCPSS communication about choosing a classroom setting for your student for the Spring Semester. ALL families are able to make a choice during this time frame. Please note that at FWES, there are likely to be some teacher and classroom changes based on the choices made for the Spring semester. 

    FWES Shows Gratitude in November! Although there are many challenges that we are all facing each day, it is important to continue to focus on those things that are positive, as we all have many people and things that we can recognize with gratitude. Students, families and staff will be invited to share their thoughts. Please help us fill our Gratitude Tree with your thoughts and wishes of Gratitude throughout the month of November. Enter your thoughts on the link and we will add your gratitude to a leaf to add to our tree- help us fill the tree by November 24th! Students participating in Face to Face instruction are also invited to add their own statements while at school to put on our tree. 

    Fall Pictures are Coming!!  FWES will offer Fall pictures through Lifetouch Photography.  Students enrolled in face to face instruction will have individual photos on  12/1 for Cohort 2/B, and 12/8 for Cohort 3/C with some exceptions shared by classroom teacher.  Fall Picture Details

    We still need volunteers for picture day! Use the following link to signup:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449A9A62CA57-picture

     

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Room Parent and Virtual Volunteers

    We are finalizing the details and will be reaching out soon, if you have not already signed up and are interested, please reach out to Ushma Shukla, our volunteer coordinator at ushukla.pta@gmail.com 

    Q&A with Mrs.Pierce

    Mark your calendars for December 3rd at 6pm for another Q&A with Mrs. Pierce

    Please return Question Forms (Link) by November 27th

    11-13-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (12 minutes)

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Thinker

    P2- Gratitude- FWES Shows Gratitude

    Next Week Notes: 

    • Monday, November 23  State required Remote Learning Day- No students at FWES- asynchronous learning and attendance taken based on completion of assignments
    • Tuesday, November 24  State required Remote Learning Day- No students at FWES- asynchronous learning and attendance taken based on completion of assignments
    • November 25-27- Thanksgiving Holiday Break

     

    FWES Friday Folder Messages: 

    FWES Shows Gratitude in November! Although there are many challenges that we are all facing each day, it is important to continue to focus on those things that are positive, as we all have many people and things that we can recognize with gratitude. Students, families and staff will be invited to share their thoughts. Please help us fill our Gratitude Tree with your thoughts and wishes of Gratitude throughout the month of November. Enter your thoughts on the link and we will add your gratitude to a leaf to add to our tree- help us fill the tree by November 24th! Students participating in Face to Face instruction are also invited to add their own statements while at school to put on our tree. 

    FWES Honors Veterans in our School Community 2020- Thank you to our families and staff members for helping us honor our FWES Community veterans last week and thank you for your service! 

    Library Book Pick-up - Updates Beginning November 16th

    • Monday - Friday  10:00am - 2:00pm in the front carpool loop
    • Beginning Monday, Nov 16th  - Books will be delivered to classrooms for students who are in the building
    • REMEMBER to wait until you get the email from Mrs. Grice to come get your books

    All Bus Riders- Important Information: Bus Attestation Forms stating that parents and children will abide by health and safety protocols for bus ridership.  These forms are required for students to be transported by school bus. Families, if you plan on riding school bus, please reference this link and complete the on-line attestation form- Students are not permitted to ride the bus until this form has been submitted. You will need to submit a form for all of your children who plan to ride the bus during the 2020-21 school year.
    Submit form online | Español

    Fall Pictures are Coming!!  FWES will offer Fall pictures through Lifetouch Photography.  Students enrolled in face to face instruction will have individual photos on Tuesdays 11/17 for Cohort 1/A, 12/1 for Cohort 2/B, and 12/8 for Cohort 3/C with some exceptions shared by classroom teacher.  Fall Picture Details

    We still need volunteers for picture day! Use the following link to signup:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449A9A62CA57-picture

    Sick Students (important updated information): A reminder that students with ANY symptom of COVID-19 will be sent home immediately and is unable to return to campus for 10 days or until a medical professional provides information that the symptoms are NOT related to COVID-19 through a negative COVID test. This policy has been updated to indicate that if a student shows symptoms at school, the student's siblings must also go home at the same time and follow the procedure of remaining home for 10 days unless a medical professional has additional information for the school. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a safe environment for ALL members of our FWES community! 

    •  Update your contact phone numbers! Please make sure if you update your phone number that you email your child's teacher the new contact # AND email Mrs. Tracy-Dale, data manager (mtracy-dale@wcpss.net) so your child's records can be updated, too, and we are able to contact you in the event of an emergency. 

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Virtual Book Fair continues ….be sure to join our google meets on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a special staff “guest“ reader 

    Have you started buying for the holidays yet? Books might be the perfect option and you will be helping our school in the process! Visit our virtual book fair, hosted by the FWES PTA, to get started!

    www.bedfordfallsusa.com    School Code: FWES1

    Don't forget to join us on Thursday nights at 6pm during the book fair to hear guest readers!

    https://meet.google.com/dam-xxvg-tes     11/19 Ms. Binns

    Email bookfair@fwespta.org if you have any questions.

    PTA Reflections Contest: The National PTA organization sponors a contest each year to showcase student creativity and talent in the arts through Reflections. Entries are in various arts categories and around the theme: "I matter because...." Entries are due by November 16th- information on how to submit virtual entries is included on the flyer linked above. 

                         PTA Reflections Contest- Espanol

     

    FWES Face to Face (F2F) Families:  Mrs. Pierce's Message to F2F Families (13 minutes)

    Returning to FWES Slide Show with Photos

    WCPSS Return to Campus Guide for Families    WCPSS Health Safety Videos- English and Spanish to watch with your student! 

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21

    FWES Handbook Highlights and Updates for F2F Families

    Spanish Version              Arabic Version 

     

    Cohort Assignments and Calendar for Returning Students

    ALL PreK, ECS and K-3 students return on Monday, November 16th! Whole classrooms will be attending daily instruction beginning next week. 

    Cohorts 1 of 4th and 5th grade students will return on Monday, November 16th! Cohorts 2 and 3 of 4th and 5th grade students will remain in virtual learning the week of November 16-20th. 

     

    Getting Ready to Return to FWES!  Returning to FWES Family Checklist

    Review the checklist provided to make sure you are ready to return to the classroom. 

    There will be many things that are the same, but many that will be different as our students return, especially as it relates to the Safety Protocols in place. Please take time to watch the videos provided by WCPSS WITH your student and help them understand the expectations when they are in any school building this year. We will also be highlighting these videos on our FWES News this week, so tune in to see them again:) 

    WCPSS Health Safety Protocol Videos- In English and Spanish!!!!

    Medication Drop Off: Thank you the families who dropped of medication on Thursday and Friday. If you have medication to drop off at school- it can only be accepted between 9:30am-3:00pm due to the requirements of staff to support health screenings, arrival and dismissal processes. If you arrive during the arrival process, you will need to wait outside, social distancing in a mask until 9:30am. Thank you!

    Reminder that all medication requires the signed doctor's order (Rx medications and any required over the counter medications). 

    WCPSS Medication Information and required 1702 Form

    Student Dismissal Transportation Information Thank you for filling out this form or for responding to phone calls and messages last week. We want to make sure we know how your student will be going home on their first day. If you are Cohort 2 or 3 and have not yet filled out this form- please fill it out ASAP.

    Please take time to review the information linked above and watch the video to review the bus arrival and dismissal process with your child. 

    All riders must present to the driver or complete on line- the Parent Attestation Form that provides your assurance that your child's temperature will be taken at home each morning and that he/she will not get on a bus if they are not feeling well. 

    Bus attestation form

    More WCPSS Bus Info and paper Bus Attestation Form

    Bus Routes for FWES- Routes for 2020-21 

    Here Comes the Bus App- Use this link to download and connect to the Here Comes the Bus app to track your child's bus daily

    Carpool and Walker Information:

    Expect delays due to increased number of students and health screening process. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Walkers must be picked up by 3:40pm Daily

    Carpool ends at 4:05pm Daily

    Please take time to review the documents linked and watch the videos about the procedures for both processes. 

    No adults will be allowed to move beyond the screening stations set up- only students allowed on the front porch to enter the school. Please make sure your child is aware that you cannot walk with them. If your child may struggle to separate from you if you are standing beside them as a "walker", it is recommended that you consider using carpool drop off, as staff may not have contact with students to hold a hand or give a hug to help them walk to their classroom. 

    All individuals on campus must wear masks (including adults with students) and maintain 6 ft social distancing. Please be mindful of younger siblings and keep them with your family at all times. 

    Supply Lists for F2F Families: It will be important that due to Remote/Asynchronous learning days, that F2F students have supplies at school AND at home for learning. If you are able, updated supply lists are linked here for getting your child the things they need at school. Due to safety, supplies cannot be shared in the classroom so if you want to send extra supplies for teachers to have on hand for students who may forget to bring supplies or run out during the day, that's great, too. 

    **The one addition for all students K-5th is a pool/beach towel for school. We are going to try to eat outside on as many days as possible and to help students maintain social distancing and provide them a nice spot for eating, we are asking each to bring a large towel to use during the week. It will be sent home with students each Friday for washing and returning the following week. If you have an extra for students who may not bring them, thank you for sharing! 

    Technology Guidance for Families: All students returning to the FWES campus are expected to bring their WCPSS Chromebook- CHARGED- each day. It will return home with the student daily for access to homework and on remote learning days. 

    *At FWES, students without a WCPSS Chromebook checked out to them at home- will be assigned a FWES Chromebook that will be used only by that student while on campus. While the WCPSS document references, bring your own device, we have found that WCPSS systems and other resources sometimes do now work well on non-WCPSS devices- so we are not going to sponsor BYOD when students return. 

    Kindergartner Arrival and Pom Pom Pathway to your Classroom: Our kindergartners did a great job the last three weeks, but not to worry, we will maintain our Pom Pom Pathway for a few more days as a reminder to Cohort 1 and 2 students! Watch the video linked here and your child will just follow the Pom Pom pathway to get to the purple kindergarten hall to find their teacher and their classroom! We can't wait to see them! 

    Sick or Symptomatic Student Information for F2F Families: The information below can be found in the FWES Handbook but is important information for families to review and understand- as the process this year will be VERY different. 

    Students showing ANY signs or symptoms listed- MUST go home IMMEDIATELY. Please make sure you have a plan for how to pick up your child quickly if he/she is ill during the school day. School staff are not trained medical personnel and their first responsibility is to insure the safety of our school community. Students who complain of illness will be treated as if there were an illness present to keep our school safe. Your understanding and cooperation is paramount to maintaining a safe school for students and staff. 

    Update: Siblings of any student showing or complaining of symptoms are also required to go home when the student leaves campus and to follow the same 10 day guidance for remaining at home. This WCPSS updated information was shared with families in an email the week of November 6th. 

    We are experiencing a Global Pandemic and there are no exceptions, except for those listed in the information below that require medical professional documentation. Families are asked to closely monitor students each morning and keep them home if they show ANY signs of illness or not feeling well. The best news is that if a child is at home, but able to learn- we are able to connect them to a Virtual Academy classroom so they do not miss learning or assignments, until they can return to campus! 

    Classrooms of students who have been sent to the Care Center with symptoms will be quickly relocated so the room can be cleaned and sanitized- as soon as all required sanitation procedures are completed, students will return to the classroom. The Care Center will also be sanitized after each student has been picked up. 

    New for 2020-21

    All WCPSS schools will have a Care Center set up in a classroom for sick students to be supervised and socially distanced

    • Students exhibiting illness during the school day will be immediately escorted to the FWES Care Center (not the health room)
      • FWES Care Center is on the Green Hall in a room facing the Green Top
      • Family members pick up students will park in the bus lot and bring Photo ID to the back door of this classroom to sign out and pick up a sick student. Signs will indicate the location of the Care Center as you walk up the ramp from the bus log.  
    • Students exhibiting ANY contagious illness symptom or symptoms of COVID according to the DHHS guide (see below) MUST be immediately picked up from school. 
    • Students who leave school sick must remain home for 10 calendar days unless confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19-like symptom(s) is provided. 

    Students who are not feeling well in the morning should not report to school. Students who do not pass health screenings will not be allowed to enter the school building. With the many safeguards in place, it is still possible that students may get sick during the school day. Students exhibiting any illness symptoms connected to COVID or other communicable illness will be immediately escorted from the classroom to the school’s Care Center. 

    Sample illness symptoms from the CDC in children under 19 years of age may include: 

    headache, 

    fever, 

    chills, 

    shortness of breath (not related to asthma), 

    sore,  throat, 

    cough, 

    runny nose, 

    gastrointestinal issues (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea), 

    discharge from eyes,

    ear aches, 

    loss of taste or smell, etc.

    Students in the Care Center will be socially distanced and monitored by trained school staff members and/or our School Nurse. The family and/or emergency contacts will be contacted by office for immediate pick up of the student from school. 

    Families must immediately pick up sick students from the school’s Care Center. FWES Care Center is located on the Playground side of the school. Parents picking up students from our Care Center will park in the bus parking lot and follow signs to the outside door of the care center for signing out of the student. 


    11-6-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Message (9 Minutes)

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Thinker          P2 Character Strength- Bravery

    Library Book Pick up Monday-Friday 10:00am-2:00pm in the front carpool loop; Beginning November 16th- Books for Face to Face students will be delivered to their classrooms and Virtual Academy students can continue to pick up in the carpool loop.

    FWES Virtual Book Fair Continues

    Saturday, November 7th- 5th Grade Families- Note- WCPSS Virtual Magnet Fair 9:00-12:00- explore Magnet Middle School options! 

    Monday, November 9th-  First Day for Cohort 3 students in ECS, Pre K and K-3 classroom; Cohorts 2 and 3; along with ALL 4th and 5th graders remain at home this week for Virtual Learning

    Tuesday, November 10th- 10:45am FWES Virtual Magnet Tour Event 

    Wednesday, November 11th- Veteran's Day Holiday- No School for Students or Staff

    Thursday, November 12th- 9:30am BOG- Reading for 3rd Graders; FWES Book Fair Guest Reader Ms. Madden- 6:00pm 

    Friday, November 13th- 8:30am PTA Coffee Chat- check PTA website or email/member hub for access link

     

    FWES Calendar Notes for Next Week (11/16-20): 

    Monday, November 16th- ALL PreK, ECS and K-3 students return to FWES for daily instruction; Students in COHORTS 1 in 4th and 5th Grades arrivat at FWES; 4th/5th Cohorts 2 and 3 Stay Home for Remote Learning

    Wednesday, November 18th- Asynchronous Learning Day- no regular live meets; student complete assignments in Google Classroom to be marked present; Library Book Pick Up and 2nd/3rd Materials Pick Up 3-4pm

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    FWES Honors Bravery and Gratitude for Veterans Day: Please help our school family honor the Veterans in our school community. Add a slide about an FWES Community Veteran to our slide deck. The slide deck will be posted for all families to view the week of November 9th.

    FWES Shows Gratitude in November! Although there are many challenges that we are all facing each day, it is important to continue to focus on those things that are positive, as we all have many people and things that we can recognize with gratitude. Students, families and staff will be invited to share their thoughts. Please help us fill our Gratitude Tree with your thoughts and wishes of Gratitude throughout the month of November. Enter your thoughts on the link and we will add your gratitude to a leaf to add to our tree- help us fill the tree by November 24th! Students participating in Face to Face instruction are also invited to add their own statements while at school to put on our tree. 

    Fall Pictures are Coming!!  FWES will offer Fall pictures through Lifetouch Photography.  Students enrolled in face to face instruction will have individual photos on Tuesdays 11/17 for Cohort 1/A, 12/1 for Cohort 2/B, and 12/8 for Cohort 3/C with some exceptions shared by classroom teacher.  Fall Picture Details

    WCPSS Elementary Health Screening QuestionsIf you have any questions about whether or not your student should attend school, please review the current WCPSS Elementary Health Screening Questions- as long as you can answer no to all of them AND your child does not have a fever above 100.4, your child may attend school. 

    Sick Students (see returning to school section): A reminder that students with ANY symptom of COVID-19 will be sent home immediately and is unable to return to campus for 10 days or until a medical professional provides information that the symptoms are NOT related to COVID-19 through a negative COVID test. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a safe environment for ALL members of our FWES community! 

    Taylor YMCA Before and After School ProgramFamilies may access program information at this link. Students registered by Sunday nights may attend for the week. Note- YMCA program is housed at FWES but is not endorsed or staffed by FWES staff and the YMCA maintains it's own liability for the program, program participants and program employees. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: What? Yes? You read that correctly- it it time to begin registration of students for the 2021-22 school year. If you have a rising kindergartner or know someone who does, let them know it is not too early to register:) The Virtual Magnet Fair on November 7th will kick off the Magnet Application process with final applications due by January 28, 2021. A reminder that magnet siblings entering kindergarten need to register at your assigned base school AND complete a magnet application to secure a seat for 2021-22. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22- Spanish 

    Learning at FWES with Cohorts, Tracked Out and Virtual Academy Enviornments: All students will maintain the same pace of instructional content and curriculum each week, no matter which learning environment. For F2F students who track out- learning will continue, as it has in the virtual setting, when they are tracked out- so participation in live sessions and completing all daily lessons are essential even when your student is not F2F at school.

    Virtual Academy Lessons with F2F Tracked out Students: As was shared with families since the beginning of planning for this school year, teachers on teams are partnering to best support each other and our students. As our F2F students begin to return to school, teams will begin utilizing this partnership in various ways to maintain the same level of instruction for ALL students. 

    F2F teachers cannot obviously serve the students in front of them all day and still provide 2.5 hours of instruction and support to the students who are tracked out- but as a school we want to maintain learning at the highest level for all students. This structure is new to all of us and as all teams have designed an initial plan, it is possible that plans will need to be tweaked and adjusted as we move along. I thank you for your patience and understanding as these changes may occur, remembering that our focus is on student learning for ALL students. 

    What you might see:

    • F2F Students and Families
      • Face to Face Student learning in cohorts
        • Due to the low classroom sizes of 3-7 students, some classrooms may combine during the day to provide teachers with time to reach out to tracked out students for lessons, follow up learning and/or small group work
      • Tracked Out Students
        • Your teacher will be responsible for grading and reviewing your work while tracked out and providing you support you may need with learning
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students may be joining a VA classroom on the grade level to access the live lessons during the day
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students will be taught some lessons by VA classroom teachers or IAs and some lessons by their homeroom teacher
        • Tracked out students will also have times where their teacher will reach out to engage them in follow up small group lessons while tracked out
    • Virtual Academy Students and Families
      • You may notice extra students in your student's live lessons so that students tracked out continue to get the full level of instruction possible
      • We hope you might see a friend you've not seen since last year, too:) 

      

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Virtual Book Fair continues ….be sure to join our google meets on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a special staff “guest“ reader 

    Link for book fair : befordfallsusa.com

    *This Thursday, November 12th guest reader is Ms. Madden   6:00pm Link for guest reader meet: Meet

    PTA Reflections Contest: The National PTA organization sponors a contest each year to showcase student creativity and talent in the arts through Reflections. Entries are in various arts categories and around the theme: "I matter because...." Entries are due by November 13th- information on how to submit virtual entries is included on the flyer linked above. 

                         PTA Reflections Contest- Espanol

    Yubbler is back with updated school lists!      https://www.yubbler.com/Yub/Details/20659

    FWES Pet Photos! Share your pictures of your favorite family pet!  Email to yearbook@fwespta.org or upload directly to https://images.jostens.com/415464928?fbclid=IwAR3RjtRCNI1-XFwHIIAAbhykh0zwv1AlLW6207XxGpCP7Yatvlllrja9hC4

     

    FWES Face to Face (F2F) Families: 

    Returning to FWES Family Checklist    

    Returning to FWES Slide Show with Photos

    WCPSS Return to Campus Guide for Families    WCPSS Health Safety Videos- English and Spanish to watch with your student! 

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21

    FWES Handbook Highlights and Updates for F2F Families

    Spanish Version              Arabic Version 

     

    Cohort Assignments and Calendar for Returning Students

    All 4th and 5th Graders will continue to remain at home and access virtual learning. 

    Cohorts 1 and 2 students PreK, ECS, K-3 will remain at home and access virtual learning November 9-13. 

     

    Welcome Cohort 3 PreK, ECS and K-3 Students to FWES for November 9-13! 

    Getting Ready to Return to FWES! There will be many things that are the same, but many that will be different as our students return, especially as it relates to the Safety Protocols in place. Please take time to watch the videos provided by WCPSS WITH your student and help them understand the expectations when they are in any school building this year. We will also be highlighting these videos on our FWES News this week, so tune in to see them again:) 

    WCPSS Health Safety Protocol Videos- In English and Spanish!!!!

    Medication Drop Off: Thank you the families who dropped of medication on Thursday and Friday. If you have medication to drop off at school- it can only be accepted between 9:30am-3:00pm due to the requirements of staff to support health screenings, arrival and dismissal processes. If you arrive during the arrival process, you will need to wait outside, social distancing in a mask until 9:30am. Thank you!

    Reminder that all medication requires the signed doctor's order (Rx medications and any required over the counter medications). 

    WCPSS Medication Information and required 1702 Form

    Student Dismissal Transportation Information Thank you for filling out this form or for responding to phone calls and messages last week. We want to make sure we know how your student will be going home on their first day. If you are Cohort 2 or 3 and have not yet filled out this form- please fill it out ASAP.

    Please take time to review the information linked above and watch the video to review the bus arrival and dismissal process with your child. 

    All riders must present to the driver or complete on line- the Parent Attestation Form that provides your assurance that your child's temperature will be taken at home each morning and that he/she will not get on a bus if they are not feeling well. 

    Bus attestation form

     More WCPSS Bus Info and paper Bus Attestation Form

    Bus Routes for FWES- Routes for 2020-21 

    Here Comes the Bus App- Use this link to download and connect to the Here Comes the Bus app to track your child's bus daily

    Please take time to review the documents linked and watch the videos about the procedures for both processes. 

    No adults will be allowed to move beyond the screening stations set up- only students allowed on the front porch to enter the school. Please make sure your child is aware that you cannot walk with them. If your child may struggle to separate from you if you are standing beside them as a "walker", it is recommended that you consider using carpool drop off, as staff may not have contact with students to hold a hand or give a hug to help them walk to their classroom. 

    All individuals on campus must wear masks and maintain 6 ft social distancing. Please be mindful of younger siblings and keep them with your family at all times. 

    Supply Lists for F2F Families: It will be important that due to Remote/Asynchronous learning days, that F2F students have supplies at school AND at home for learning. If you are able, updated supply lists are linked here for getting your child the things they need at school. Due to safety, supplies cannot be shared in the classroom so if you want to send extra supplies for teachers to have on hand for students who may forget to bring supplies or run out during the day, that's great, too. 

    **The one addition for all students K-5th is a pool/beach towel for school. We are going to try to eat outside on as many days as possible and to help students maintain social distancing and provide them a nice spot for eating, we are asking each to bring a large towel to use during the week. It will be sent home with students each Friday for washing and returning the following week. If you have an extra for students who may not bring them, thank you for sharing! 

    Technology Guidance for Families: All students returning to the FWES campus are expected to bring their WCPSS Chromebook- CHARGED- each day. It will return home with the student daily for access to homework and on remote learning days. 

    *At FWES, students without a WCPSS Chromebook checked out to them at home- will be assigned a FWES Chromebook that will be used only by that student while on campus. While the WCPSS document references, bring your own device, we have found that WCPSS systems and other resources sometimes do now work well on non-WCPSS devices- so we are not going to sponsor BYOD when students return. 

    Kindergartner Arrival and Pom Pom Pathway to your Classroom: Kindergartners are new to the FWES campus and we know families may be worried about how they will find their classroom and teacher- no worries! Watch the video linked here and your child will just follow the Pom Pom pathway to get to the purple kindergarten hall to find their teacher and their classroom! We can't wait to see them! 

    Sick or Symptomatic Student Information for F2F Families: The information below can be found in the FWES Handbook but is important information for families to review and understand- as the process this year will be VERY different. 

    Students showing ANY signs or symptoms listed- MUST go home IMMEDIATELY. Please make sure you have a plan for how to pick up your child quickly if he/she is ill during the school day. School staff are not trained medical personnel and their first responsibility is to insure the safety of our school community. Students who complain of illness will be treated as if there were an illness present to keep our school safe. Your understanding and cooperation is paramount to maintaining a safe school for students and staff. 

    We are experiencing a Global Pandemic and there are no exceptions, except for those listed in the information below that require medical professional documentation. Families are asked to closely monitor students each morning and keep them home if they show ANY signs of illness or not feeling well. The best news is that if a child is at home, but able to learn- we are able to connect them to a Virtual Academy classroom so they do not miss learning or assignments, until they can return to campus! 

    Classrooms of students who have been sent to the Care Center with symptoms will be quickly relocated so the room can be cleaned and sanitized- as soon as all required sanitation procedures are completed, students will return to the classroom. The Care Center will also be sanitized after each student has been picked up. 

    New for 2020-21

    All WCPSS schools will have a Care Center set up in a classroom for sick students to be supervised and socially distanced

    • Students exhibiting illness during the school day will be immediately escorted to the FWES Care Center (not the health room)
      • FWES Care Center is on the Green Hall in a room facing the Green Top
      • Family members pick up students will park in the bus lot and bring Photo ID to the back door of this classroom to sign out and pick up a sick student. Signs will indicate the location of the Care Center as you walk up the ramp from the bus log.  
    • Students exhibiting ANY contagious illness symptom or symptoms of COVID according to the DHHS guide (see below) MUST be immediately picked up from school. 
    • Students who leave school sick must remain home for 10 calendar days unless confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19-like symptom(s) is provided. 

    Students who are not feeling well in the morning should not report to school. Students who do not pass health screenings will not be allowed to enter the school building. With the many safeguards in place, it is still possible that students may get sick during the school day. Students exhibiting any illness symptoms connected to COVID or other communicable illness will be immediately escorted from the classroom to the school’s Care Center. 

    Sample illness symptoms from the CDC in children under 19 years of age may include: 

    headache, 

    fever, 

    chills, 

    shortness of breath (not related to asthma), 

    sore,  throat, 

    cough, 

    runny nose, 

    gastrointestinal issues (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea), 

    discharge from eyes,

    ear aches, 

    loss of taste or smell, etc.

    Students in the Care Center will be socially distanced and monitored by trained school staff members and/or our School Nurse. The family and/or emergency contacts will be contacted by office for immediate pick up of the student from school. 

    Families must immediately pick up sick students from the school’s Care Center. FWES Care Center is located on the Playground side of the school. Parents picking up students from our Care Center will park in the bus parking lot and follow signs to the outside door of the care center for signing out of the student. 

     

    10-30-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message ( 7 minutes)

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Thinker          P2 Character Strength- Perspective

    Library Book Pick up Monday-Friday 10:00am-2:00pm in the front carpool loop; Beginning November 16th- Books for Face to Face students will be delivered to their classrooms and Virtual Academy students can continue to pick up in the carpool loop.

    FWES Virtual Book Fair Begins

    Monday, November 2nd-  First Day for Cohort 2 students in ECS, Pre K and K-3 classroom; Cohorts 1 and 3; along with 4th and 5th graders remain at home this week for Virtual Learning

    Tuesday, November 3rd- Teacher Workday- No School (no live or Google Classroom) for students; Election Day; FWES is polling site- Office will be closed. 

    Wednesday, November 4th- FWES PTA Spirit Day at City BBQ- order online with Fund A code or show the Flyer at the store to support FWES PTA

    Thursday, November 5th- 7:35am School Improvement Team Quarterly Review Meeting;  ESL Family Academy Event- en Espanol- 6-7pm ; FWES Book Fair Guest Reader Ms. Radichi- 6:00pm 

    Friday, November 6th

    Saturday, November 7th- 5th Grade Families- Note- WCPSS Virtual Magnet Fair 9:00-12:00- explore Magnet Middle School options! 

     

    FWES Notes for Next Week: 

    Monday, November 9th- PreK, ECS and K-3 students in COHORT 3 ONLY- return to FWES; Students in COHORTS 1, 2 and 4th and 5th Grades Stay Home for Remote Learning

    Wednesday, November 11th- Veteran's Day Holiday- No School; School Closed

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    Taylor YMCA Before and After School ProgramFamilies may access program information at this link. Students registered by Sunday nights may attend for the week. Note- YMCA program is housed at FWES but is not endorsed or staffed by FWES staff and the YMCA maintains it's own liability for the program, program participants and program employees. 

    FWES Honors Bravery and Gratitude for Veterans Day: Please help our school family honor the Veterans in our school community. Add a slide about an FWES Community Veteran to our slide deck. The slide deck will be posted for all families to view the week of November 9th. 

    FWES Shows Gratitude in November! Although there are many challenges that we are all facing each day, it is important to continue to focus on those things that are positive, as we all have many people and things that we can recognize with gratitude. Students, families and staff will be invited to share their thoughts. Please help us fill our Gratitude Tree with your thoughts and wishes of Gratitude throughout the month of November. Enter your thoughts on the link and we will add your gratitude to a leaf to add to our tree- help us fill the tree by November 24th! Students participating in Face to Face instruction are also invited to add their own statements while at school to put on our tree. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: What? Yes? You read that correctly- it it time to begin registration of students for the 2021-22 school year. If you have a rising kindergartner or know someone who does, let them know it is not too early to register:) The Virtual Magnet Fair on November 7th will kick off the Magnet Application process with final applications due by January 28, 2021. A reminder that magnet siblings entering kindergarten need to register at your assigned base school AND complete a magnet application to secure a seat for 2021-22. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22- Spanish 

    Learning at FWES with Cohorts, Tracked Out and Virtual Academy Enviornments: All students will maintain the same pace of instructional content and curriculum each week, no matter which learning environment. For F2F students who track out- learning will continue, as it has in the virtual setting, when they are tracked out- so participation in live sessions and completing all daily lessons are essential even when your student is not F2F at school.

    Virtual Academy Lessons with F2F Tracked out Students: As was shared with families since the beginning of planning for this school year, teachers on teams are partnering to best support each other and our students. As our F2F students begin to return to school, teams will begin utilizing this partnership in various ways to maintain the same level of instruction for ALL students. 

    F2F teachers cannot obviously serve the students in front of them all day and still provide 2.5 hours of instruction and support to the students who are tracked out- but as a school we want to maintain learning at the highest level for all students. This structure is new to all of us and as all teams have designed an initial plan, it is possible that plans will need to be tweaked and adjusted as we move along. I thank you for your patience and understanding as these changes may occur, remembering that our focus is on student learning for ALL students. 

    What you might see:

    • F2F Students and Families
      • Face to Face Student learning in cohorts
        • Due to the low classroom sizes of 3-7 students, some classrooms may combine during the day to provide teachers with time to reach out to tracked out students for lessons, follow up learning and/or small group work
      • Tracked Out Students
        • Your teacher will be responsible for grading and reviewing your work while tracked out and providing you support you may need with learning
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students may be joining a VA classroom on the grade level to access the live lessons during the day
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students will be taught some lessons by VA classroom teachers or IAs and some lessons by their homeroom teacher
        • Tracked out students will also have times where their teacher will reach out to engage them in follow up small group lessons while tracked out
    • Virtual Academy Students and Families
      • You may notice extra students in your student's live lessons so that students tracked out continue to get the full level of instruction possible
      • We hope you might see a friend you've not seen since last year, too:) 

      

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    Virtual Book Fair begins on November 2nd ….be sure to join our google meets on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a special staff “guest“ reader 

    Link for book fair : befordfallsusa.com

    *This Thursday, November 5th guest reader is Ms. Radichi   6:00pm Link for guest reader meet: Meet

    FWES Spirit Day at City BBQ- Wednesday, November 4th: FWES PTA Spirit Day at City BBQ- order online with Fund A code or show the Flyer at the store to support FWES PTA

    PTA Reflections Contest: The National PTA organization sponors a contest each year to showcase student creativity and talent in the arts through Reflections. Entries are in various arts categories and around the theme: "I matter because...." Entries are due by November 13th- information on how to submit virtual entries is included on the flyer linked above. 

                         PTA Reflections Contest- Espanol

    Yubbler is back with updated school lists!      https://www.yubbler.com/Yub/Details/20659

    Virtual Volunteers Needed: Please complete the Family Communication form to share with us your interest in being a Virtual Room Parent, Virtual Hook a Book Parent or other interests you might have as a virtual support for FWES and our programming. 

    FWES Pet Photos! Share your pictures of your favorite family pet!  Email to yearbook@fwespta.org or upload directly to https://images.jostens.com/415464928?fbclid=IwAR3RjtRCNI1-XFwHIIAAbhykh0zwv1AlLW6207XxGpCP7Yatvlllrja9hC4

    FWES News- What does FWES PTA do for our school? 

    School Supply Drive: Thank you for all of your support, each F2F teacher at FWES now has a box of supplies that can be shared with students as needed to keep everyone safe!!! 

    FWES PTA has distributed teacher start up funds to FWES Staff who are PTA members- teachers submit receipts for the start up materials they have personally purchased for reimbursement up to $100 each. It is a great way to help all of our teachers get the items for their classroom (virtual and F2F) that they need without having to spend their own funds. 

    FWES PTA is excited to have been able to continue our work in providing Cultural Arts experiences for ALL students through PTA and some grant funding from the United Arts Council of Wake County. Black Box Dance Theater will be shared with all students the week of November 9th! Stay Tuned

    Check out our Twitter feed for Ice Cream Truck Fun on Thursday 10/22 with the FWES Staff! 

     

     

     

    10-23-2020

    Mrs. Pierce's Friday Message (10 minutes)

    Happy Long Weekend to everyone! We hope you have found time away from screens and enjoying the chance to be outside with an extra day on Friday! We had a very busy week at FWES last week as we continued and finished the preparations for the return of our Face to Face students to campus on Monday! 

    Below you will find information for ALL FWES families and a separate section for Face to Face families. While all of our students are part of our FWES school community, as you can imagine there are many details to be shared with Face to Face families in this period of transition- so your support and understanding with the somewhat lopsided information is appreciated! 

    I send heartfelt thank yous to our families for the support you have shown to your child's learning and to our incredIBle staff through this journey. The next phase begins on Monday and your continued support will be needed, too. 

    With love to all- Winston Pierce

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Open Minded          P2 Character Strength- Creativity

    Library Book Pick up Monday-Friday 10:00am-2:00pm in the front carpool loop; Beginning November 16th- Books for Face to Face students will be delivered to their classrooms and Virtual Academy students can continue to pick up in the carpool loop.

    Monday, October 26- First Day for Cohort 1 students in ECS, Pre K and K-3 classroom; Cohorts 2 and 3; along with 4th and 5th graders remain at home this week for Virtual Learning

    Tuesday, October 27

    Wednesday, October 28- ASYNCHRONOUS DAY- ALL students remain at home and access learning virtually- attendance taken

    Thursday, October 29- 3rd Graders Take Beginning of Grade State Reading Test (BOG) 9:30am-12:30pm

    Friday, October 30- Report Cards for Quarter 1 emailed to all families

     

    FWES Notes for Next Week: 

    Monday, November 2nd- PreK, ECS and K-3 students in COHORT 2 ONLY- return to FWES; Students in COHORTS 1, 3 and 4th and 5th Grades Stay Home for Remote Learning

     

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    Schedule Changes for All Students: To best align our Virtual Academy and F2F schedules and provide all teachers on a grade level with a common planning time each day, there are some slight changes to the instructional schedules. Please review any information shared with you by your child's teacher for the updates. 

    School wide, the specials start times have been adjusted for all grade levels:

    9:35-10:15- 5th Grade

    10:25-11:10 - 4th Grade

    11:20-12:00- 2nd Grade

    1:05-1:45- 3rd Grade

    1:55-2:35- Kindergarten

    2:45-3:25- 1st Grade

     

    Learning at FWES with Cohorts, Tracked Out and Virtual Academy Enviornments: All students will maintain the same pace of instructional content and curriculum each week, no matter which learning environment. For F2F students who track out- learning will continue, as it has in the virtual setting, when they are tracked out- so participation in live sessions and completing all daily lessons are essential even when your student is not F2F at school.

    Virtual Academy Lessons with F2F Tracked out Students: As was shared with families since the beginning of planning for this school year, teachers on teams are partnering to best support each other and our students. As our F2F students begin to return to school, teams will begin utilizing this partnership in various ways to maintain the same level of instruction for ALL students. 

    F2F teachers cannot obviously serve the students in front of them all day and still provide 2.5 hours of instruction and support to the students who are tracked out- but as a school we want to maintain learning at the highest level for all students. This structure is new to all of us and as all teams have designed an initial plan, it is possible that plans will need to be tweaked and adjusted as we move along. I thank you for your patience and understanding as these changes may occur, remembering that our focus is on student learning for ALL students. 

    What you might see:

    • F2F Students and Families
      • Face to Face Student learning in cohorts
        • Due to the low classroom sizes of 3-7 students, some classrooms may combine during the day to provide teachers with time to reach out to tracked out students for lessons, follow up learning and/or small group work
      • Tracked Out Students
        • Your teacher will be responsible for grading and reviewing your work while tracked out and providing you support you may need with learning
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students may be joining a VA classroom on the grade level to access the live lessons during the day
        • In some grade levels, tracked out students will be taught some lessons by VA classroom teachers or IAs and some lessons by their homeroom teacher
        • Tracked out students will also have times where their teacher will reach out to engage them in follow up small group lessons while tracked out
    • Virtual Academy Students and Families
      • You may notice extra students in your student's live lessons so that students tracked out continue to get the full level of instruction possible
      • We hope you might see a friend you've not seen since last year, too:) 

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21The handbook has been updated to reflect items related to the return of students to campus. As information is updated or changed, it will also be updated in the handbook for families. Update dates will be noted on the first page of the Handbook. 

    FWES Handbook Highlights and Updates for F2F Families

    Spanish Version              Arabic Version 

    Free and Reduced Lunch Applications- Families who received free/reduced lunch last year or who believe they are eligible this year are asked to complete this form. If the form is on file for F2F or Virtual Acacemy students if the student returns to school, it is not needed. 

    Asynchronous Day Added- October 28th- WCPSS had added an additional asychronous day on Wednesday, October 28th. Please add this date to your calendar. 

    Reminder that Asynchronous Days are days that there are regularly scheduled live instruction for BOTH Face to Face Students (they do not come to school on Asynchronous Day) and Virtual Academy Students (no live sessions)- however, assignments will be posted for both in Google Classroom and completion of those assignments will be used to take attendance on Asynchronous Days. 

    Student and Family Information, Volunteer and Cultural Heritage Info NeededWe are making sure that all lines of communication are open with all of our families.  Please complete this form for EACH of your FWES students to let us know your current communication  information, your interest in volunteering and your family's cultural heritage. Thank you to the 220 families who have completed the form- 450 more to go! 

    Holiday Gifts Needed for your Family? We are so appreciative of our community partners and thank St. Michael's Church for their partnership to assist families in need with Holiday Gifts. Requests must be made at the link on they flyer no later than October 30th

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: What? Yes? You read that correctly- it it time to begin registration of students for the 2021-22 school year. If you have a rising kindergartner or know someone who does, let them know it is not too early to register:) The Virtual Magnet Fair on November 7th will kick off the Magnet Application process with final applications due by January 28, 2021. A reminder that magnet siblings entering kindergarten need to register at your assigned base school AND complete a magnet application to secure a seat for 2021-22. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22- Spanish 

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    PTA Reflections Contest: The National PTA organization sponors a contest each year to showcase student creativity and talent in the arts through Reflections. Entries are in various arts categories and around the theme: "I matter because...." Entries are due by November 13th- information on how to submit virtual entries is included on the flyer linked above. 

                         PTA Reflections Contest- Espanol

    Virtual Volunteers Needed: Please complete the Family Communication form to share with us your interest in being a Virtual Room Parent, Virtual Hook a Book Parent or other interests you might have as a virtual support for FWES and our programming. 

    FWES Pet Photos! Share your pictures of your favorite family pet!  Email to yearbook@fwespta.org or upload directly to https://images.jostens.com/415464928?fbclid=IwAR3RjtRCNI1-XFwHIIAAbhykh0zwv1AlLW6207XxGpCP7Yatvlllrja9hC4

    Virtual Book Fair  November 2-24th! Order and have books delivered to your home! 

    FWES News- What does FWES PTA do for our school? 

    School Supply Drive: Thank you for all of your support, each F2F teacher at FWES now has a box of supplies that can be shared with students as needed to keep everyone safe!!! 

    FWES PTA has distributed teacher start up funds to FWES Staff who are PTA members- teachers submit receipts for the start up materials they have personally purchased for reimbursement up to $100 each. It is a great way to help all of our teachers get the items for their classroom (virtual and F2F) that they need without having to spend their own funds. 

    FWES PTA is excited to have been able to continue our work in providing Cultural Arts experiences for ALL students through PTA and some grant funding from the United Arts Council of Wake County. Black Box Dance Theater will be shared with all students the week of November 9th! Stay Tuned

    Check out our Twitter feed for Ice Cream Truck Fun on Thursday 10/22 with the FWES Staff! 

     

    FWES Face to Face (F2F) Families: 

    Mrs. Pierce's Message for F2F Families ( 19 minutes) 

    Returning to FWES Family Checklist    Returning to FWES Slide Show with Photos

    WCPSS Return to Campus Guide for Families    WCPSS Health Safety Videos- English and Spanish to watch with your student! 

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21

    FWES Handbook Highlights and Updates for F2F Families

    Spanish Version              Arabic Version 

    FWES PTA Q&A with Mrs. Pierce from 10-14-2020

    Cohort Assignments and Calendar for Returning Students

    Getting Ready to Return to FWES! There will be many things that are the same, but many that will be different as our students return, especially as it relates to the Safety Protocols in place. Please take time to watch the videos provided by WCPSS WITH your student and help them understand the expectations when they are in any school building this year. We will also be highlighting these videos on our FWES News this week, so tune in to see them again:) 

    WCPSS Health Safety Protocol Videos- In English and Spanish!!!!

    Medication Drop Off: Thank you the families who dropped of medication on Thursday and Friday. If you have medication to drop off at school- it can only be accepted between 9:30am-3:00pm due to the requirements of staff to support health screenings, arrival and dismissal processes. If you arrive during the arrival process, you will need to wait outside, social distancing in a mask until 9:30am. Thank you!

    Reminder that all medication requires the signed doctor's order (Rx medications and any required over the counter medications). 

    WCPSS Medication Information and required 1702 Form

    Student Dismissal Transportation Information Thank you for filling out this form or for responding to phone calls and messages last week. We want to make sure we know how your student will be going home on their first day. If you are Cohort 2 or 3 and have not yet filled out this form- please fill it out ASAP.

    Please take time to review the information linked above and watch the video to review the bus arrival and dismissal process with your child. 

    All riders must present to the driver or complete on line- the Parent Attestation Form that provides your assurance that your child's temperature will be taken at home each morning and that he/she will not get on a bus if they are not feeling well. 

    Bus attestation form

     More WCPSS Bus Info and paper Bus Attestation Form

    Bus Routes for FWES- Routes for 2020-21 

    Here Comes the Bus App- Use this link to download and connect to the Here Comes the Bus app to track your child's bus daily

    Please take time to review the documents linked and watch the videos about the procedures for both processes. 

    No adults will be allowed to move beyond the screening stations set up- only students allowed on the front porch to enter the school. Please make sure your child is aware that you cannot walk with them. If your child may struggle to separate from you if you are standing beside them as a "walker", it is recommended that you consider using carpool drop off, as staff may not have contact with students to hold a hand or give a hug to help them walk to their classroom. 

    All individuals on campus must wear masks and maintain 6 ft social distancing. Please be mindful of younger siblings and keep them with your family at all times. 

    Supply Lists for F2F Families: It will be important that due to Remote/Asynchronous learning days, that F2F students have supplies at school AND at home for learning. If you are able, updated supply lists are linked here for getting your child the things they need at school. Due to safety, supplies cannot be shared in the classroom so if you want to send extra supplies for teachers to have on hand for students who may forget to bring supplies or run out during the day, that's great, too. 

    **The one addition for all students K-5th is a pool/beach towel for school. We are going to try to eat outside on as many days as possible and to help students maintain social distancing and provide them a nice spot for eating, we are asking each to bring a large towel to use during the week. It will be sent home with students each Friday for washing and returning the following week. If you have an extra for students who may not bring them, thank you for sharing! 

    Technology Guidance for Families: All students returning to the FWES campus are expected to bring their WCPSS Chromebook- CHARGED- each day. It will return home with the student daily for access to homework and on remote learning days. 

    *At FWES, students without a WCPSS Chromebook checked out to them at home- will be assigned a FWES Chromebook that will be used only by that student while on campus. While the WCPSS document references, bring your own device, we have found that WCPSS systems and other resources sometimes do now work well on non-WCPSS devices- so we are not going to sponsor BYOD when students return. 

    Kindergartner Arrival and Pom Pom Pathway to your Classroom: Kindergartners are new to the FWES campus and we know families may be worried about how they will find their classroom and teacher- no worries! Watch the video linked here and your child will just follow the Pom Pom pathway to get to the purple kindergarten hall to find their teacher and their classroom! We can't wait to see them! 

    Sick or Symptomatic Student Information for F2F Families: The information below can be found in the FWES Handbook but is important information for families to review and understand- as the process this year will be VERY different. 

    Students showing ANY signs or symptoms listed- MUST go home IMMEDIATELY. Please make sure you have a plan for how to pick up your child quickly if he/she is ill during the school day. School staff are not trained medical personnel and their first responsibility is to insure the safety of our school community. Students who complain of illness will be treated as if there were an illness present to keep our school safe. Your understanding and cooperation is paramount to maintaining a safe school for students and staff. 

    We are experiencing a Global Pandemic and there are no exceptions, except for those listed in the information below that require medical professional documentation. Families are asked to closely monitor students each morning and keep them home if they show ANY signs of illness or not feeling well. The best news is that if a child is at home, but able to learn- we are able to connect them to a Virtual Academy classroom so they do not miss learning or assignments, until they can return to campus! 

    Classrooms of students who have been sent to the Care Center with symptoms will be quickly relocated so the room can be cleaned and sanitized- as soon as all required sanitation procedures are completed, students will return to the classroom. The Care Center will also be sanitized after each student has been picked up. 

    New for 2020-21

    All WCPSS schools will have a Care Center set up in a classroom for sick students to be supervised and socially distanced

    • Students exhibiting illness during the school day will be immediately escorted to the FWES Care Center (not the health room)
      • FWES Care Center is on the Green Hall in a room facing the Green Top
      • Family members pick up students will park in the bus lot and bring Photo ID to the back door of this classroom to sign out and pick up a sick student. Signs will indicate the location of the Care Center as you walk up the ramp from the bus log.  
    • Students exhibiting ANY contagious illness symptom or symptoms of COVID according to the DHHS guide (see below) MUST be immediately picked up from school. 
    • Students who leave school sick must remain home for 10 calendar days unless confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19-like symptom(s) is provided. 

    Students who are not feeling well in the morning should not report to school. Students who do not pass health screenings will not be allowed to enter the school building. With the many safeguards in place, it is still possible that students may get sick during the school day. Students exhibiting any illness symptoms connected to COVID or other communicable illness will be immediately escorted from the classroom to the school’s Care Center. 

    Sample illness symptoms from the CDC in children under 19 years of age may include: 

    headache, 

    fever, 

    chills, 

    shortness of breath (not related to asthma), 

    sore,  throat, 

    cough, 

    runny nose, 

    gastrointestinal issues (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea), 

    discharge from eyes,

    ear aches, 

    loss of taste or smell, etc.

    Students in the Care Center will be socially distanced and monitored by trained school staff members and/or our School Nurse. The family and/or emergency contacts will be contacted by office for immediate pick up of the student from school. 

    Families must immediately pick up sick students from the school’s Care Center. FWES Care Center is located on the Playground side of the school. Parents picking up students from our Care Center will park in the bus parking lot and follow signs to the outside door of the care center for signing out of the student. 

     

     

     

    10-16-2020 

    Mrs. Pierce's Friday Message (11 minutes)

    Happy Fall to our FWES Families! It has been an extremely busy week at FWES as we in the home stretch of preparations for the return of our Face to Face students. Thank you to those families who joined me on Wednesday night for Q & A with the FWES PTA. The questions and summary answers are included below for your reference. As complicated as the prep for F2F students has been, we are all still focused on learning and student growth as IB Learners at FWES... and with that comes special events and projects to share with our families. There is a lot of information below for all families and a separate section for our Face to Face (F2F) families. Grab your hoodies with this weekend's fall temps and read through it all to stay informed. 

    Note to F2F families- there will be more updates sent throughout the week as some of the WCPSS additional information is made available for sharing with families. 

    FWES would like to welcome our two new specialists to the FWES Specialists Team! Daniel Jones, Music, began with students last week and has been enjoying all of them! Haili Crenshaw (pronounced "Highly" as in highly likely) started on Friday and will begin seeing students on Wednesday, October 21st with the new specials rotation. We are happy to have both of them in our FWES family! Thanks for helping to welcome them to our team! 

    Take Care, Winston Pierce, principal 

     

    FWES This Week: 

    IB Learner Profile- Open Minded          P2 Character Strength- Forgiveness

    Library Book Pick up 8am-4pm M, T, W on Front Porch

    Monday, October 19

    Tuesday, October 20

    Wednesday, October 21

    Thursday, October 22- Last official day of Quarter 1- Asynchronous Day- learning assignments in Google Classroom and attendance taken; PTA Sponsored Bruster’s Ice Cream Truck for Teachers! 

          *Medication Drop off for F2F Families 9:00am-3:00pm

    Friday, October 23- Teacher Workday- no learning assigned

            *Medication Drop of for F2F Families 9:00am-3:00pm 

    FWES Notes for Next Week: 

    Monday, October 26th- PreK, ECS and K-3 students in COHORT 1 ONLY- return to FWES; Students in COHORTS 2, 3 and 4th and 5th Grades Stay Home for Remote Learning

    Wednesday, October 28th- Asynchronous Remote Learning Day- No students at school or live on line- but assignments posted and attendance taken based on assignments submitted

    Friday, October 30th- Report Cards for Q1 emailed to all families 

    FWES Friday Folder Information: 

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21The handbook has been updated to reflect items related to the return of students to campus. As information is updated or changed, it will also be updated in the handbook for families. Update dates will be noted on the first page of the Handbook. 

    Free and Reduced Lunch Applications- Families who received free/reduced lunch last year or who believe they are eligible this year are asked to complete this form. If the form is on file for F2F or Virtual Acacemy students if the student returns to school, it is not needed. 

    Asynchronous Day Added- October 28th- WCPSS had added an additional asychronous day on Wednesday, October 28th. Please add this date to your calendar. 

    Reminder that Asynchronous Days are days that there are regularly scheduled live instruction for BOTH Face to Face Students (they do not come to school on Asynchronous Day) and Virtual Academy Students (no live sessions)- however, assignments will be posted for both in Google Classroom and completion of those assignments will be used to take attendance on Asynchronous Days. 

    Student and Family Information, Volunteer and Cultural Heritage Info NeededWe are making sure that all lines of communication are open with all of our families.  Please complete this form for EACH of your FWES students to let us know your current communication  information, your interest in volunteering and your family's cultural heritage. Please complete by Tuesday, October 20th. Thank you if you are one of 157 student families who have already completed the form- only 510 more to go! 

    Holiday Gifts Needed for your Family? We are so appreciative of our community partners and thank St. Michael's Church for their partnership to assist families in need with Holiday Gifts. Requests must be made at the link on they flyer no later than October 30th. 

    PTA Reflections Contest: The National PTA organization sponors a contest each year to showcase student creativity and talent in the arts through Reflections. Entries are in various arts categories and around the theme: "I matter because...." Entries are due by November 13th- information on how to submit virtual entries is included on the flyer linked above. 

                         PTA Reflections Contest- Espanol

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22: What? Yes? You read that correctly- it it time to begin registration of students for the 2021-22 school year. If you have a rising kindergartner or know someone who does, let them know it is not too early to register:) The Virtual Magnet Fair on November 7th will kick off the Magnet Application process with final applications due by January 28, 2021. A reminder that magnet siblings entering kindergarten need to register at your assigned base school AND complete a magnet application to secure a seat for 2021-22. 

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22- Spanish 

    FWES PTA Updates: 

    School Supply Drive: The FWES PTA is supporting ALL FWES students returning to campus by making sure there are plenty of extra supplies that can be given to students as they might need them for learning. Supplies can be ordered from the FWES PTA Amazon Wish list and shipped directly to the school or dropped off on the front porch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  

    Virtual Volunteers Needed: Please complete the Family Communication form to share with us your interest in being a Virtual Room Parent, Virtual Hook a Book Parent or other interests you might have as a virtual support for FWES and our programming. 

    Virtual Book Fair is Coming: More information later, but there will be a Virtual Book Fair throughout the month of November, sponsored by the FWES PTA

    FWES News- What does FWES PTA do for our school? 

    FWES PTA has distributed teacher start up funds to FWES Staff who are PTA members- teachers submit receipts for the start up materials they have personally purchased for reimbursement up to $100 each. It is a great way to help all of our teachers get the items for their classroom (virtual and F2F) that they need without having to spend their own funds. 

    FWES PTA is excited to have been able to continue our work in providing Cultural Arts experiences for ALL students through PTA and some grant funding from the United Arts Council of Wake County. We are planning our first Cultural Arts experience in early November- stay tuned! 

    FWES PTA will also be celebrating our fantastic staff by bringing Bruster's Ice Cream Truck to FWES Campus at lunch on Thursday's asynchronous day for a special treat! 

     

    FWES Face to Face (F2F) Families: 

    Mrs. Pierce's Message for F2F Families (10 minutes) 

    WCPSS Return to Campus Guide for Families

    FWES Student and Family Handbook for 2020-21

    FWES Handbook Highlights and School Procedures for Face to Face Families

    FWES PTA Q&A with Mrs. Pierce from 10-14-2020

    Cohort Assignments and Calendar for Returning Students

    Information on Cohort assignments for all students was sent to families on Tuesday, October 6th. Please review the calendar to plan for your student’s rotation dates.

    Getting Ready to Return to FWES! There will be many things that are the same, but many that will be different as our students return, especially as it relates to the Safety Protocols in place. Please take time to watch the videos provided by WCPSS WITH your student and help them understand the expectations when they are in any school building this year. We will also be highlighting these videos on our FWES News this week, so tune in to see them again:) 

    WCPSS Health Safety Protocol Videos

    Medication Drop Off: The FWES Office staff will be available from 9:00am-3:00pm on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd for families to complete the medication drop off process for your child returning to the FWES Campus. All visitors must complete a full health screen, wear masks and social distance when on campus. Only one family at a time may complete the process, so if you have to wait, your patience is appreciated. 

    Reminder that all medication requires the signed doctor's order (Rx medications and any required over the counter medications). 

    WCPSS Medication Information and required 1702 Form

    Student Dismissal Transportation Information needed ASAP!!! We are so very excited to welcome students back to the FWES Campus, but we also need to collect information on how they will go home each day, so we can insure their safe return home after school. Please complete the form no later than Tuesday, October 20th- we will begin calling families this week to insure we have dismissal information on all students who will be returning to campus. 

    Bus Routes for FWES- Routes for 2020-21 will be posted at this link by Monday afternoon, October 19th. 

    Supply Lists for F2F Families: It will be important that due to Remote/Asynchronous learning days, that F2F students have supplies at school AND at home for learning. If you are able, updated supply lists are linked here for getting your child the things they need at school. Due to safety, supplies cannot be shared in the classroom so if you want to send extra supplies for teachers to have on hand for students who may forget to bring supplies or run out during the day, that's great, too. 

    **The one addition for all students K-5th is a pool/beach towel for school. We are going to try to eat outside on as many days as possible and to help students maintain social distancing and provide them a nice spot for eating, we are asking each to bring a large towel to use during the week. It will be sent home with students each Friday for washing and returning the following week. If you have an extra for students who may not bring them, thank you for sharing! 

    Technology Guidance for Families: All students returning to the FWES campus are expected to bring their WCPSS Chromebook- CHARGED- each day. It will return home with the student daily for access to homework and on remote learning days. 

    *At FWES, students without a WCPSS Chromebook checked out to them at home- will be assigned a FWES Chromebook that will be used only by that student while on campus. While the WCPSS document references, bring your own device, we have found that WCPSS systems and other resources sometimes do now work well on non-WCPSS devices- so we are not going to sponsor BYOD when students return. 

     

     

     

     

     

    10-9-2020 (delivered 10-11-2020)

    Mrs. Pierce’s Friday Message (7 minutes)

    Hi Families! We have been continuing to plan for the return of students to our campus while also working diligently to align learning for all students. When our students return we want to insure that all students- F2F, Tracked Out and Virtual Academy have the same standards alignment and are making appropriate progress toward understanding and mastery. We are also working hard to insure that all of the important safety protocols and procedures are clearly spelled out for FWES when students return. Our staff will spend the morning on Thursday's asynchronous learning day role playing and practicing our procedures to take them from paper and drawings to how it works with live people and work out any changes that may need to be made. I am so blessed to get to work with these amazing educators who demonstrate a commitment to students and creating a safe environment for EVERYONE by spending extra time problem solving and insuring we make the best decisions possible. As we all understand with the current pandemic, situations can change from one day to the next and we will continue to make adjustments as they are needed. 

    Thank you for all of your support for your student and for our wonderful staff!  

    IB Learner Profile- Open Minded

    P2 Character Strength- Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

     

    Library Book Pick up 8am-4pm M, T, W and F on Front Porch

    Monday, October 12- Indigious Peoples Day; 6:30 PTA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, October 13

    Wednesday, October 14- FWES PTA Q&A with Mrs. Pierce 6:30pm

    Thursday, October 15- Asynchronous Remote Learning Day- no regular live sessions; Bullying Prevention Mask Designs Due

    Friday, October 16

     

    For All FWES Families: 

    FWES Family Communication, Virtual Volunteers and Cultural Heritage Info Needed- Thank you for helping us gather information that we typically collect during our Meet the Teacher event, to help us make sure you are informed and able to engage in our school community this year. ALL families should complete this form. We would appreciate it if you complete it by October 16th. Thanks! 

    Specials Schedule Change- Due to the addition of Remote Learning days to all WCPSS calendars, we have made the change to our specials schedule from a M-F schedule to a rotation Day 1-5 so that students do not ever have to miss a special class. Please see your Google Classroom for updated information on the impact of the rotation on your student. 

    Note- Additional changes may be needed once students return on October 26th, too- and that information will also be shared with families. 

     

    Decorate Mask Contest- for October Anti Bullying Month- Due by Thursday this week

     

    FWES PTA- don't forget to become a member! 

    FWES PTA Board Meeting- Monday, October 12th 6:30-7:30pm 

    Question and Answers with Mrs. Pierce- Wednesday, October 14th 6:30-7:30pm

     

    For Face to Face (F2F) returning Families: 

    Important Information for F2F Families: Please review this document for important information for F2F families. Mrs. Pierce’s Video about this document is linked in the document. 

    Cohort Assignments and Calendar for Returning Students

    Information on Cohort assignments for all students was sent to families on Tuesday, October 6th. Please review the calendar to plan for your student’s rotation dates. 

    Face Covering Information for Families of Face to Face Students- WCPSS has sent guidance on Face Covering requirements for ALL students, along with videos to support students who may struggle to wear a face covering all day. 

    Families of F2F students are encouraged to begin working with your child to wear a mask for incremental periods of time the next two weeks- until they are up to 6.5-7 consecutive hours- so they are used to wearing a mask the whole school day. We will be talking about it on the news the next few weeks, too. 

    Before and After School Information

    • Taylor YMCA at FWES for Before and After School
      • Before School- all year- Taylor YMCA
      • After School- Taylor YMCA-will offer for 2nd Quarter- FWES may take over for 2nd semester if staffing available
      • YMCA registration information will be available on the website soon- as soon as it is available F2F families will be notified
      • Programs will be staffed by Taylor YMCA and not considered part of FWES- so processes and procedures may vary from prior program participation. 
      • All WCPSS requirements for health screen, face coverings and social distancing will be followed by YMCA programs
    • Several local childcare centers offer before and/or after school care to students at FWES for families who need care when students return to school. Note, families are responsible for contacting and arranging child care and verifying transportation when needed for students.

    Note- This week F2F Families will receive another survey to collect information on how your student will be going home in the afternoons when they are attending school. Thank you for being on the look out for this information and filling in the form as soon as possible. 

    10-2-2020