• Friday Folder Materials for Families to Review: 

    FWES Family/Student Handbook 2022-23 

    FWES Handbook Highlights            FWES Handbook Highlights– Spanish 

    2022-23 Supply List

    2022-23 Traditional School Calendar 

    2022-23 Free/Reduced Lunch Application       New application required THIS year 

    FWES PTA Membership

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

    FWES PTA Twitter- @fwespta

     

    Friday, January 27

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    Next week at FWES….

    IB Learner Profile - Open Minded

    P2- Leadership

     

    Saturday, January 28

    Monday, January 30 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am Pre K and Kinder

      • 10:45am 1st Grade

    Tuesday, January 31

    Wednesday, February 1 

    • Black History Month Begins
    • World Read Aloud Day

    • FWES PTA Events 6:00-7:45pm

      • Pizza Slice/Water Bottle Snack (no charge and first come first served until supply is out) Starts 6:00pm

      • 6:30-7:45pm Movie for FWES Students* in Cafe 

      • 6:30pm PTA General Membership Meeting in Inquiry Center (with Spanish Interpreter)

      • 6:45pm Parent Presentation- “Big Feelings”- Helping my child…..; Presented by Dr. Megan Trapasso, FWES School Psychologist and Brandon Clowers, FWES School Social Worker*

        • *Content may not be appropriate for students and therefore supervision with a movie will be provided in the cafeteria

        • Spanish Interpreter available

    Thursday, February 2 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am  2nd Grade

      • 10:45am 5th Grade

    Friday, February 3

    • 8:30am FWES Walk to School Day 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am 3rd Grade

      • 10:45am 4th Grade and Mitchell

     

    The following week at FWES….

    IB Learner Profile - Communicator

    P2- Cheering on Others’ Success

    National School Counselor Appreciation Week! Thank you Mrs. Naftel and Mrs. Sinclair! 

     

    Monday, February 6 

    Tuesday, February 7

    • 5th Grade Trip to Morehead Planetarium

    Wednesday, February 8

    • 1st Grade Trip to NCSU for Performance

    Thursday, February 9

    Friday, February 10 

    • 2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home

     

    FWES Updates: 

    • NCSU Education Students at FWES- We are a partner school for the NCSU Department of Education for observations, internships and student teaching. For the spring semester, FWES is hosting Sophomore education students in several K-2 classrooms for primarily observation and helping and Junior education students in several 3-5 classroom for extensive observation and small group support. We are excited to help support future educators with experiences in classrooms with the amazing educators at FWES! 

      • So if your child mentions another adult in their classroom, it is likely related to this partnership:) 

    • Share your work/career/job with our 5th graders! 5th Grade Career Fair April 14th 9:30-10:30am

      • Calling Parents & Guardians - The Counseling Staff would love to partner with you in order to provide a showcase of possible careers for our 5th grade students.  Please click on this link for more details about volunteering for this event! All volunteers will need to sign a Guest Speaker form in order to participate. Thank you for your help in making this a wonderful event!

     

    WAKE UP AND READ: 

    Farmington Woods is going to participate in Wake County's WAKE Up and Read Program again this year. 

    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.  They believe that literacy is a right and all children need access to high quality books.  Building inclusive home libraries is one of their biggest initiatives and they need your support! 

    • Farmington Woods will collect books from JAN 17th - FEB 24th . Please have your child bring any donated books to the Inquiry Center or you can drop them in the carpool lane or inside the lobby. 

    • We’ll be collecting new and gently-read books for babies and children up to 12 years old.   

    • Last year we collected 476 books. Let’s see if we can collect 1,000 books to donate this year!!

    • Any questions, please contact Christine Zaccardi email: czaccardi@wcpss.net.



    Cary Chamber of Commerce Honor A Teacher Nominations- “Teaching Excellence”

    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. 

    We would like to recognize one such teacher 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, February 17 at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

     Use the link below to nominate a deserving FWES Teacher:) 

    Cary Chamber Honor a Teacher Nomination 2023

    Nominations are accepted until 5:00pm on February 17, 2023. 



    FWES PTA Updates:

    Get Involved!

    Save the date for PTA GENERAL BODY MEETING And Session with School Psychologist and Social Worker:

    When: February 1st. 6:30-8:00 PM

    Childcare for students provided  in cafeteria by PTA volunteers and Cary Teen Council for parents attending sessions. (Pizza snack available, first come first served)

    Yearbook (Order Here):

    World Dance is coming up!

    MLK Day of Service feedback survey:

    Thank you to all who made it to the MLK Day of Service! Please fill out this survey to tell us how you liked the event or what would you like to see in future!

     

     

    Friday, January 20, 2023

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    Next week at FWES….

    IB Learner Profile - Open Minded

    P2- Perspective

     

    Monday, January 23

    • 10:00am Last Magnet Info Session and Tour

    • 6:00pm District 9 Board Advisory Council Meeting with Tyler Swanson- Green Hope High School

    Tuesday, January 24

    Wednesday, January 25

    • Last Day for WCPSS Magnet Applications for the 2023-24 school year! 

    Thursday, January 26

    • Last Day of Quarter 2 (report cards will go home in February)

    • Multicultural Children’s Book Day Event- In Inquiry Center and Classrooms with Guest Readers

    Friday, January 27 

    • Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    Saturday, January 28th

     

    The following week at FWES….

    Monday, January 30 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am Pre K and Kinder

      • 10:45am 1st Grade

    Tuesday, January 31

    Wednesday, February 1 

    • FWES PTA Events 6:00-7:45pm

      • Pizza Slice/Water Bottle Snack (no charge and first come first served until supply is out) Starts 6:00pm

      • 6:30-7:45pm Movie for FWES Students* in Cafe 

      • 6:30pm PTA General Membership Meeting in Inquiry Center (with Spanish Interpreter)

      • 6:45pm Parent Presentation- “Big Feelings”- Helping my child…..; Presented by Dr. Megan Trapasso, FWES School Psychologist and Brandon Clowers, FWES School Social Worker*

        • *Content may not be appropriate for students and therefore supervision with a movie will be provided in the cafeteria

    Thursday, February 2 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am  2nd Grade

      • 10:45am 5th Grade

    Friday, February 3

    • 8:30am FWES Walk to School Day 

    • GOLD Bowling Trip 

      • 9:45am 3rd Grade

      • 10:45am 4th Grade and Mitchell

     

    FWES Updates: 

    • Sick students will go to the office health room. Parents will be contacted and the symptoms presented shared. 

      • Students with a fever, vomiting or sick to the point they are unable to participate in the typical school day will need to be picked up immediately.

      • Families will make a decision about picking up students if they do not present with the symptoms above- the office will call to let a family know and you may come get them or they will go back to class

    • Returning to School

      • Students with fever must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning

      • Students must be feeling better and symptoms improving before returning

      • No negative covid test is required for returning to school after illness

    • Positive Covid Test (with symptoms or without)

      • 5 day quarantine is no longer required (recommended but not required); however students must be fever free for 24 hours, have improving symptoms and have the energy to participate in the school day

    • Masking

      • Masking is not required in any circumstance related to illness

      • Masks are always optional for students, family visitors and staff

     

    Share your work/career/job with our 5th graders! 5th Grade Career Fair April 14th 9:30-10:30am

      • Calling Parents & Guardians- The Counseling Staff would love to partner with you in order to provide a showcase of possible careers for our 5th grade students.  Please click on this link for more details about volunteering for this event! All volunteers will need to sign a Guest Speaker form in order to participate. Thank you for your help in making this a wonderful event!

     

    January Student Services Newsletter

     

    WAKE UP AND READ: 

    Farmington Woods is going to participate in Wake County's WAKE Up and Read Program again this year. 

    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.  They believe that literacy is a right and all children need access to high quality books.  Building inclusive home libraries is one of their biggest initiatives and they need your support! 

    • Farmington Woods will collect books from JAN 17th - FEB 24th . Please have your child bring any donated books to the Inquiry Center or you can drop them in the carpool lane or inside the lobby. 

    • We’ll be collecting new and gently-read books for babies and children up to 12 years old.   

    • Last year we collected 476 books. Let’s see if we can collect 1,000 books to donate this year!!

    • Any questions, please contact Christine Zaccardi email: czaccardi@wcpss.net.

     

    Cary Chamber of Commerce Honor A Teacher Nominations- “Teaching Excellence”

    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. 

    We would like to recognize one such teacher 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, February 17 at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

     Use the link below to nominate a deserving FWES Teacher:) 

    Cary Chamber Honor a Teacher Nomination 2023

    Nominations are accepted until 5:00pm on February 17, 2023. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Get Involved!

    Order your yearbooks (here):

    Fifth grade families: Create a recognition ad for Your Student and celebrate the memorable moments from throughout their year. The deadline to order is February 09, 2023

    2022-2023 Wake County PTA Reflections Contest Winners:

    Congratulations to the five following FWES students (400 students participated in the contest)! They will be moving on to the state level. Well done all!!

    • Faith Thomason, 2nd Place, Visual Arts, Primary :  Arctic Fox

    • Nayeli Percy, 1st Place, Visual Arts, Intermediate : Different is Beautiful

    • Niamh Romero, 2nd Place, Music, Primary : Invisible Voice

    • Henry Garbade, 1st Place, Music, Intermediate :  Sonatina in B Minor

    • Ayoub Abaraouz, Special Artist : Me

     

    Spirit Rock:

    Parents painting the rock are requested to plan to have enough time for the paint to dry. Climbers: climb at your own risk!

     

    Please take the MLK Day of Service feedback survey here!

     

     

    Friday, January 6, 2023- Happy New Year to ALL!

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    The Next Week’s Calendar

    IB Learner Profile - Open Minded

    P2- Open Mindedness

    Monday, January 9 

    Tuesday, January 10 

    Wednesday, January 11

    Thursday, January 12

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Hands on Science Club

    • WCPSS Magnet Mini-Fair- at FWES Cafe 9:30-11:30am- Elementary Schools Only

    Friday, January 13 

    • 10:00am Magnet Info Session and Tour

    • 1:30pm Magnet Info Session and Tour

     

    The Next Week…

    IB Learner Profile - Open Minded

    P2- Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others

    Monday, January 16

    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday- No School

    • FWES Day of Service (See PTA section for options) 

    Tuesday, January 17

    • FWES PTA Sponsored Cultural Arts- Didgeridoo Down Under Performances K-2 9:30; 3-5 10:30

    Wednesday, January 18

    Thursday, January 19

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal 

    • 8:00am Cross Country Cubs Run Club

    • 8:00am Kids Yoga Club

    • 10:00am Magnet Info Session and Tour

    • 1:30pm Magnet Info Session and Tour

    Friday, January 20 

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting

    • 1:30pm Magnet Info Session and Tour 

     

    FWES Updates:

    Welcome New FWES Families! 

    In the last month we have welcomed almost 20 new students and families to our school community. We are happy to have you with us and please reach out to your teacher and/or the front office if you have questions or need support. 

    Some important documents that may assist you in your transition to FWES include: 

    School Communication for Families (electronic unless hard copies are requested): 

    Friday Folders

    School Messenger Messages- email and text information reminders and updates

     

    Traditional School Calendar 2022-23

    FWES School Supply List 2022-23 by grade level

    WCPSS Parent/Student Handbook 2022-23

     

    FWES Family/Student Handbook 2022-23- version 10-20-2022

    WCPSS Lunch Menus 2022-23

    WCPSS Student Accident Insurance Information 2022-23

    Before and After School Programs

    Healthy Active Students at Farmington Woods 2022-23

    FWES Birthday Celebration Options- January Reminder (please read as no food is allowed)

     

    FWES Family Resources for 2022-23

    FWES Transportation Procedures and Information

     

    FWES Dismissal Reminders:

    Changing Dismissal Transportation: 

    **Any and ALL transportation changes must be communicated in writing with your child’s teacher. While email, Dojo and Talking Points work very well for most communications- please note that if your child’s teacher is out at a training or out sick, no one will see or read your message. 

    The best option is to write a hand written note and send it to school with your child if their transportation will change in the afternoon- that allows any adult in the classroom to get the message and plan for the need. 

    **Regular and consistent dismissal processes for students is the best way for students and teachers to manage daily dismissal and ensure the safe and correct dismissal of all students. Please avoid changing dismissal patterns on a daily basis for the well being of your student and the student’s safety at dismissal

    Dismissal Reminders:

    • Buses and other District Vehicles- Thank you for your patience and understanding when there are route changes that result in a late arrival home for your student. The district is working to fill vacancies and monitor arrival times, but we know it has been very late for some students and families. 

      • Please follow our Twitter Bus Feed FWES Family Student Handbook 2022-23 (10-20-2022).pdf

        • There is usually only one person in the office to answer the door, phone calls and communicate with staff waiting with students on buses. There will be times when no one can answer and your patience continues to be appreciated. 

      • Please download Here Comes the Bus to see your child’s bus GPS in live time to know when to expect the bus to arrive with your child at home. 

        • Reminder- Kindergartners and 1st Graders MUST have an adult at the bus stop or the drive will not let them exit the bus and will then bring them back to the school. 

    • Walkers- Walkers need to be met at the front of the school no later than 3:45pm in the afternoon. Students who have not connected with an adult by 3:45pm will be sent back to class and adults arriving will be required to show photo ID and sign out the student in the office. 

      • The lower parking lot is for bus traffic only- if spaces are not available, cars may not block the flow of traffic for buses to dismiss. Please do not park unless there is an available space. 

      • *Regular late arrival to walkers may result in families being required to use carpool

    • Carpool- 

      • Cars MUST display the FWES Carpool Tag until your child is loaded! Please do not take the tag down after Mr. Eller radio’s your number. Our safety patrol and staff on duty will not allow a student into a car without a carpool #. 

        • If you do not have a tag, you will be required to go to the office WITH a photo ID 

      • Carpool Ends at 4:10pm- As with walkers, if you are going to use carpool, please arrive at FWES no later than 4:09PM to pick up your student. 

      • No Left Turn at FWES Entrance during Arrival and Dismissal

        • Please review the Carpool Procedures Video to be reminded about the procedures and Cary Police recommendation to prohibit left turns into the FWES campus during arrival and dismissal. Thank you! 

    WCPSS Notice: 

    Annual WCPSS Asbestos Notification to Parents and Staff

    Annual WCPSS Asbestos Notification to Parents and Staff- en Espanol

     

    Finishing the 1st Semester in 3 weeks! 

    We will hit the middle of the school year on January 26, 2023. Now that we are back to school consistently in January, our amazing teachers will begin completing end of quarter assessments along with Middle of Year (MOY) benchmarks in Reading and Math for all students. Every piece of data that is collected is used by teachers and teams to plan lessons to meet the needs of the students. 

    Thank you for returning to a routine that involves school and school practice/homework activities: 

    • Arriving on time to school and staying until dismissal

    • Coming to school prepared with materials needed for learning

    • Completing at least 1 Dreambox lesson a day on the Chromebook (more is better, but at least 1 a day will support positive growth for students)

    • Reading nightly for at least 20 minutes

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Get Involved!

    We need your input!

    Where should the PTA spend our energy and money? Please take this quick survey! Survey link

    Order your yearbooks here:

    January 16th Day of Service:

    MLK Day

     

     

     

     

    Friday, December 16, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    Closing out 2022…..

    Monday, December 19

    • Gift of Reading- Mixed Up Monday (dress all mixed up!)

    Tuesday, December 20

    • Gift of Reading- Reading Logs Due and Tacky Sweater Tuesday

    Wednesday, December 21 

    • Gift of Reading- Reading Log drawings to choose books to take home for Winter Break

    • Specialist Collaboration Rotation- 1st Grade

    • 1:45pm Early Release

     

    Winter Break December 22-January 2, 2023- Students and Staff return on Tuesday, January 3, 2023! 

     

    Have a Wonderful Winter Break! We look forward to seeing you all in 2023! 

     

    The Next Year’s First Week Calendar

    IB Learner Profile- Open-Minded

    Second Step Unit Focus- Problem Solving

    Monday, January 2

    • New Year Holiday- No School

    Tuesday, January 3 

    Wednesday, January 4

    • Kindergarten to Marbles Museum

    Thursday, January 5

    • 7:35am School Improvement Team Meeting

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Kids on the Run Club

    • 4th Grade to NC Symphony

    • 1st Grade Walking Field Trip to Kildaire

    Friday, January 6 

    • 8:30am FWES Walk to School Day- Meet Mr. Eller at Kildaire Plaza

    Saturday, January 7

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    ​​​​​​​Interim Reports for Quarter 2 are coming  home with students today. 

    FWES Gift of Reading 2022

    • Reading Logs due Monday- send paper copies to teachers

    • Either document must be received by 4:00pm on Monday, December 19th for a student’s name to be entered into the drawing on Tuesday morning during the FWES News

    • Last Theme Days….

      • Monday- Mix Up Monday- mix/match your clothes, socks, etc. 

      • Tuesday- Tacky Sweater Tuesday- find tacky crazy sweater to wear! 

    Bowling Field Trip Permission Slips….

    Permission Slips were due today- if you have not yet returned your child’s permission slip- please make sure you turn it in on Monday. There are several steps we have to take in order for a child to participate on a field trip; including the requirement we have permission slips 30 days ahead of the trip. Thank you! 

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

     

    Get Involved!

     

    We need your input!

    Where should the PTA spend our energy and money? Please take this quick survey! Survey link

     

    Shopping holiday season:

    As you shop this holiday season, please remember to link your accounts at Harris Teeter, Publix, Lowes and Amazon Smile to Farmington Woods Elementary. The school receives a portion of your sales!

     

     

     

     

    Friday, December 9, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    The Next Week’s Calendar

    IB Learner Profile- Caring

    P2- Gratitude

     

    Monday, December 12

    • Gift of Reading- Exercise your brain and read- Jersey’s/Sport Gear

    • 1:30pm Magnet Information Session and Tour

    Tuesday, December 13

    • Gift of Reading- Twin Tuesday- find a person to dress like twins today

    Wednesday, December 14 

    • Gift of Reading- Wild Animal Wednesday- bring an stuffed animal to read with today

    • Bedtime Stories tonight at 7pm. Click on https://bit.ly/FWESbedtime to join. (See below for info)

    Thursday, December 15 

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Kids Run Club and Kids Yoga Club

    • Gift of Reading- Relax and Read in your PJs- Guest Reader day (see below to sign up)

    Friday, December 16

    • Gift of Reading- Flashlight Friday- bring a flashlight to read with today

    • Q2 Interim Reports go home

     

    Closing out 2022…..

    Monday, December 19

    • Gift of Reading- Mixed Up Monday (dress all mixed up!) and Reading Logs Due 

    Tuesday, December 20

    • Gift of Reading- Tacky Sweater Tuesday and Drawings for Book Winners for Winter Break

    Wednesday, December 21 

    • Specialist Collaboration Rotation- 1st Grade

    • 1:45pm Early Release

     

    Winter Break December 22-January 2, 2023- Students and Staff return on Tuesday, January 3, 2023! 

     

    FWES Friday Folder: 

    FWES Gift of Reading 2022

    Annually, FWES celebrates the gift that lasts a lifetime in December- the Gift of Reading! Beginning December 12th- each classroom will designate 30 minutes of time for students to read self-selected books and teachers will read, too. For younger grades, this time might include read alouds and listening to stories, too. The only homework during the gift of reading is to read at least 20 minutes each night and record that time on a reading log (a gift to families, too:) Each day will have a theme experience to add an element of fun, too! 

    A hard copy of the theme days will be sent home, along with a reading log, on Friday, December 9th. Returned completed reading logs/online verification form will enter student names into a drawing to win books to take home to enjoy over winter break. 

    Gift of Reading; Reading Log 2022

     

    Registered volunteers will be invited to join classrooms on Thursday, December 15th during a designated hour block to read to the class or small group of students. Please use this form to express your interest in coming in to read as part of the Gift of Reading. 

    Gift of Reading Guest Reader- Thursday, December 15, 2022   Must sign up by December 12th!!!!



    Bedtime Stories:

    Wednesday, December 14

    Join Ms. Zaccardi tonight at 7 pm for a Bedtime Story! Bring your stuffed animal and snuggle up in a cozy spot to hear a read aloud. Click on https://bit.ly/FWESbedtime to join. You’ll be able to view it anytime from 7 pm until Monday morning (12/19). See you at bedtime!



    NO LEFT TURN INTO FARMINGTON WOODS DURING ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

    Please be reminded that there should be no left turn into or out of the FWES driveway during arrival and dismissal. Unfortunately the tree company who removed the large tree that fell during the hurricane ran over our sign… but we are working to replace.

    For the safety of ALL, especially pedestrians, the Cary Police Department indicates there should be no left turns. The crossing guard is not a traffic policemen and cannot direct traffic, so we really need our FWES families to follow the procedures. Cary Police has been notified of the concerns shared by many drivers and pedestrian families and may be patrolling the area in the next several school weeks. 

    Thank you for contributing to the safe arrival and dismissal of our students and families! 

     

    Permission Forms for Semester GOLD Celebration were sent home today

    Farmington Woods IB/PYP Students will participate in Field Trip to Buffaloe Bowling Lanes in Cary for our Semester 1 Gold Celebration.  Each student will travel and bowl for 90 minutes on either January 30th, February 2nd or February 3rd depending on grade level.  For students to be eligible to participate, they will have 120 DOJO Ticket points by the end of Quarter 2 and submit the required parental permission form to classroom teacher for the field trip by Friday, December 16th. We are looking forward to taking a few minutes to celebrate and reinforce our GOLD program.

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Get Involved!

     

    We need your input!

    Where should the PTA spend our energy and money? Please take this quick survey! Survey link

     

    Shopping holiday season:

    As you shop this holiday season please remember to link your accounts at Harris Teeter, Publix, Lowes and Amazon Smile to Farmington Woods Elementary. The school receives a portion of your sales!

     

     

     

     

     

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    Next Week’s Calendar:

    IB Learner Profile: Caring

    P2- Kindness

     

    Saturday December 3

    • Campus Cleanup: 10AM - 1:00PM:  Please bring wheelbarrows, gloves, cardboard, and yard tools.

    Monday, December 5

    • Early Release at 1:45pm 

    Tuesday, December 6

    Wednesday, December 7

    Thursday, December 8

    Friday, December 9 

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting

     

    The Next Week’s Calendar

    IB Learner Profile- Caring

    P2- Gratitude

     

    Monday, December 12

    • Gift of Reading- Exercise your brain and read- Jersey’s/Sport Gear

    • 1:30pm Magnet Information Session and Tour

    Tuesday, December 13

    • Gift of Reading- Twin Tuesday- find a person to dress like twins today

    Wednesday, December 14 

    • Gift of Reading- Wild Animal Wednesday- bring an stuffed animal to read with today

    Thursday, December 15 

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Kids Run Club and Kids Yoga Club

    • Gift of Reading- Relax and Read in your PJs- Guest Reader day (see below to sign up)

    Friday, December 16

    • Gift of Reading- Flashlight Friday- bring a flashlight to read with today

    • Q2 Interim Reports go home

     

    Closing out 2022…..

    Monday, December 19

    • Gift of Reading- Mixed Up Monday (dress all mixed up!)

    Tuesday, December 20

    • Gift of Reading- Reading Logs Due and Tacky Sweater Tuesday

    Wednesday, December 21 

    • Gift of Reading- Reading Log drawings to choose books to take home for Winter Break

    • Specialist Collaboration Rotation- 1st Grade

    • 1:45pm Early Release

     

    Winter Break December 22-January 2, 2023- Students and Staff return on Tuesday, January 3, 2023! 



    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    FWES Gift of Reading 2022

    Annually, FWES celebrates the gift that lasts a lifetime in December- the Gift of Reading! Beginning December 12th- each classroom will designate 30 minutes of time for students to read self-selected books and teachers will read, too. For younger grades, this time might include read alouds and listening to stories, too. The only homework during the gift of reading is to read at least 20 minutes each night and record that time on a reading log (a gift to families, too:) Each day will have a theme experience to add an element of fun, too! 

     

    A hard copy of the theme days will be sent home, along with a reading log, on Friday, December 9th. Returned completed reading logs/online verification form will enter student names into a drawing to win books to take home to enjoy over winter break. 

     

    Registered volunteers will be invited to join classrooms on Thursday, December 15th during a designated hour block to read to the class or small group of students. Please use this form to express your interest in coming in to read as part of the Gift of Reading. 

    Gift of Reading Guest Reader- Thursday, December 15, 2022



    Permission Forms for Semester GOLD Celebration were sent home today

    Farmington Woods IB/PYP Students will participate in Field Trip to Buffaloe Bowling Lanes in Cary for our Semester 1 Gold Celebration.  Each student will travel and bowl for 90 minutes on either January 30th, February 2nd or February 3rd depending on grade level.  For students to be eligible to participate, they will have 120 DOJO Ticket points by the end of Quarter 2 and submit the required parental permission form to classroom teacher for the field trip by Friday, December 16th. We are looking forward to taking a few minutes to celebrate and reinforce our GOLD program.



    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

     

    FWES PTA December Newsletter

     

    Campus Cleanup:

    When: Dec 3, 10am and 1pm

    What: We will be spreading mulch, planting pansies, and weeding. Please bring wheelbarrows, gloves, cardboard, and yard tools. 

     

    Spirit Rock:

    Spirit rock reservations are now open for the rest of the school year! Reservation link: https://www.fwespta.org/spiritrock 

     

    We need your input!

    Where should the PTA spend our energy and money? Please take this quick survey! Survey link

    FWES Ornaments: Lew Wilson creates custom FWES ornaments and wall hangings! Place orders on www.lewwilsonart.com with code FWES by Dec 5 to receive by Christmas. 20% of sales go to school!

     

    Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

     

    Next Week’s Calendar: 

    November 28-December 2, 2022

    IB Learner Profile: Caring

    P2- Gratitude

     

    Monday, November 28

    Tuesday, November 29 

    Wednesday, November 30 

    • 4th Grade Field Trip to NC Legislature

    • 5th Grade Field Trip to Marbles/IMAX

    Thursday, December 1 

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Run Club

    Friday, December 2 

    • 8:30am Walk to School Day- Meet Mr. Eller at Kildaire Plaza

    Saturday, December 3

    • 10:00am FWES Grounds Clean Up Day! 



    The following week at FWES- December 5-9, 2022

    IB Learner Profile: Caring

    P2- Kindness

    Monday, December 5

    • Early Release at 1:45pm 

    Tuesday, December 6

    Wednesday, December 7

    Thursday, December 8

    Friday, December 9 

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting

     

    FWES Gift of Reading Starts December 12th- look info on December 9th! 

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

     

    Reflections arts contest: Thank you for supporting our students! We got 18 entries, out of which 15 will make it to county level selections! We will be in touch with next steps.

     

    PTA Wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

     

    Friday, November 18, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    Next week at FWES- November 21-25, 2022

    IB- Risk Taker

    P2- Leadership

     

    Saturday, November 19

    Monday, November 21

    • PTA Pizzas for FWES Staff:) Thank you for the support! 

    Tuesday, November 22

    • 7:35am SIT Meeting

     

    November 23-25- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

     

    The following week at FWES- November 28-December 2, 2022

    Monday, November 28

    Tuesday, November 29 

    • Conferences for those signed up with the teacher- 4:30-7:00pm

    Wednesday, November 30 

    • 4th Grade Field Trip to NC Legislature

    • 5th Grade Field Trip to Marbles/IMAX

    Thursday, December 1 

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Run Club

    Friday, December 2 

    • 8:30am Walk to School Day- Meet Mr. Eller at Kildaire Plaza

    Saturday, December 3

    • 10:00am FWES Grounds Clean Up Day! 



    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    Native American Indian Heritage Celebration Month: November is Native American Indian Heritage Celebration Month. North Carolina has 8 recognized trips: the Coharie, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Haliwa-Saponi, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Meherrin, the Sappony, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and the Waccamaw Siouan. To learn more, attend the Native American Indian Celebration Day at the NC Museum of History on Saturday, November 19th. 

    Learn about the many events planned for the day tomorrow here: Native American Indian Heritage Celebration- Saturday, November 19th 

     

    News from Mr. Eller- PE will be OUTSIDE- Weather permitting, PE classes will start in the gym for instruction and exercise and move outside for motor skills (kicking) until winter break so please remind students to wear layers including hats and gloves.

     

    Congratulations to these amazing staff members for being chosen by their peers to represent Farmington Woods Elementary!

    Brittany Packer is the Farmington Woods Teacher of the Year representative for 2023!

     

     

     

     

    Precious Perrin is the Farmington Woods Instructional Assistant of the Year for 2023!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Congratulations to these team members for being recognized for their outstanding work each day! 

     

    Counseling and Student Services November Newsletter

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

    November Staff Appreciation:

    Papa Murphy's Pizza is offering a family sized pizza and chocolate chip cookie take and bake bundle for $12.00. Please sponsor a meal for one of our hard working, amazing FWES staff!! Food will be delivered to the school for staff to take home on November 21.

     

    FWES PTA Diversity Equity Inclusion:

    Nov. 7-11th was National School Psychology Week: Please fill out this 1-minute survey for our psychologist Dr. Trapasso

    Native American Heritage Month continues. 

    Learn more about the Haliwa-Saponi here and watch this 2-min video on their public arts project to share and celebrate their cultural identity.

     

    Shopping Reminders!

    Remember to link your accounts at Amazon (smile.amazon.com and sign up for PTA North Carolina Congress Farmington Woods PTA) , Harris Teeter, Publix, and LowesFoods to FWES school! They donate a portion of your transaction to the school!

     

     

    Thursday, November 10, 2022

    No School Tomorrow- Friday, November 11, 2022

    Don't forget to order some cooler weather spiritwear- sweatshirts and pajama pants are on sale through Sunday: Spirit Wear Sale Going on Now!: http://fwes.spiralstores.com/  

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    IB- Risk Taker

    P2- Supporting others when they struggle

    November 14-18, 2022

    **Book Fair Week!, Signup to help! https://signup.com/go/tynREhW

     

    Monday, November 14

    • 3rd Grade Field Trip- Quinn, Thompson and Williams

    • 10:00am Magnet Info Session and Tour

    Tuesday, November 15

    Wednesday, November 16

    Thursday, November 17

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Clubs: Run Club and Yoga

    • 1st Grade In House Morehead Planetarium “Trip”

    • 4:30-8:00pm Family Night- Book Fair

      • 6:00pm Storyteller Donna Washington in Cafe

    • Spirit Night @VPizza, 5PM onwards

    Friday, November 18 

    • Report Cards go home for Q1 with Students

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting- Room 204

     

    The next week at FWES- November 21-25, 2022

    IB- Risk Taker

    P2- Leadership

     

    Monday, November 21

    • PTA Pizzas for FWES Staff:) 

    Tuesday, November 22

    • 7:35am SIT Meeting

     

    November 23-25- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    Veterans Day: There is no school tomorrow in honor of the Veterans Day holiday. We are honored to recognize veterans in our FWES school community through the slide deck linked below. Take a look at how many FWES families are connected to Veterans- and our own Mr. Eller:) Thank you all for taking time to honor your veteran and thank you for the service! 

    FWES Honors Veterans in our Community 2022

    A great read aloud story about Veterans for families to watch and read together: 

    Storytime Channel for Kids: Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

     

    Thank you for your support at Fun Run!

     

    Book Fair:

    Our Bedford Fall Book Fair is coming up! Please sign up here to help! Our young readers (K-1) especially need help with choosing books!

     

    Spirit Night @VPizza on 17th November:

    • 10% of all sales go to Farmington Woods Elementary School

     

    November Staff Appreciation:

    Papa Murphy's Pizza is offering a family sized pizza and chocolate chip cookie take and bake bundle for $12.00. Please sponsor a meal for one of our hard working, amazing FWES staff!! Food will be delivered to the school for staff to take home on November 21.

    Spirit Wear Sale Going on Now!: http://fwes.spiralstores.com/

     

     

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Friday, November 4, 2022

     

    This week at FWES: 

    IB- Risk-Taker

    P2- Bravery

     

    School Psychologist Appreciation Week! Thank you Dr. Trapasso!

     

    November 5-11, 2022

    Saturday, November 5 (10AM - 1PM)

    • Campus Cleanup: Please bring lots of cardboard for smothering weeds, wheelbarrows and pitchforks for mulch, and clippers/primers for weeds.

    Monday, November 7

    Tuesday, November 8

    • Election Day- FWES is Polling Site

    • WCPSS Schools- Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    • Conference Window Opens for FWES families- closes December 9th

    Wednesday, November 9

    Thursday, November 10

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Clubs: Hands on Science

    • Early Release Day- Students dismissed at 1:45pm 

    Friday, November 11

    • Veterans Day Holiday- No School 

     

    The next week at FWES: 

    November 14-18, 2022

    **Book Fair Week! 

    Monday, November 14

    • 3rd Grade Field Trip- Quin, Thompson and Williams

    • 10:00am Magnet Info Session and Tour

    Tuesday, November 15

    Wednesday, November 16

    Thursday, November 17

    • 7:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 8:00am Clubs: Run Club and Yoga

    • 1st Grade In House Morehead Planetarium “Trip”

    • 4:30-8:00pm Family Night- Book Fair

      • 6:00pm Storyteller Donna Washington in Cafe

    Friday, November 18 

    • Report Cards go home for Q1 with Students

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting- Inquiry Center

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    Fall Picture Retakes- Monday, November 7th: For newly enrolled students, those who were absent on picture day or those who received photos but would like a retake. If you received photos- please return them to school with your student on Monday or write a note to the teacher to make sure the school is aware that you want your child’s photo retaken Monday morning. 

     

    Honoring FWES Community Veterans: FWES would like to honor Veterans in our FWES Community in recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. All families are invited to add a slide to our slide deck to recognized a veteran in your family. The slide deck will be shared in the November 10th Friday folder and on the FWES News as our school’s recognition of the Veterans and how they demonstrate the IB Learner profile attribute of being a Risk Taker; along with Positivity Character Strengths of bravery, supporting others and leadership. Please open the slide deck here- click the plus sign on the tool bar and create your slide to share (if you are not sure how our 2nd-5th graders can easily help!). Please completed your slide by November 7th.  FWES Veterans Day Slide Deck  click here to access the slide deck and create your slide to add.

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

     

    Thank you for your support during Fun Run!!

     

    FWES PTA Fall Book Fair- November 14-21, 2022: Sign Up here to help!

    • November 17th, 4:30 - 7:00PM Family Night with a special storytelling event at 6:00pm with storyteller extraordinaire Donna Washington

     

    Staff Appreciation: Buy a Papa Murphy's Meal for our staff families to take home on Nov 21!

     

    #Vote: Election Day Nov. 8th. Find information here on early voting sites and public transportation. Same day registration IS available during early voting.  Election Day voting information.  The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 8th. 

     

    Friday, October 28. 2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    This week at FWES: 

    IB- Risk-Taker

     

    Monday, October 31 

    • Reminder that costumes, masks, etc. are NOT to be worn or brought to FWES today. 

    Tuesday, November 1

    Wednesday, November 2

    • PTA FUN RUN EVENT!!!  (Parents interested in watching the event- not serving as a PTA volunteer-are invited to attend- but see additional information below)

      • 9:40- Pre K, K, 1

      • 10:30- 2nd/3rd (Quinn, Thompson, Williams)

      • 11:20- 4th/5th

      • 12:30- 3rd (Crow, Dula, Flanigan)

    • 6-7pm Academia Familiar- “Las matematicas de hoy: Yo no aprendi las matematics asi! (K-5to)”    Esta presentacion sera en espanol 

    Thursday, November 3

    • Rain date for PTA FUN RUN

    Friday, November 4

    • Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    Saturday, November 5

    • Campus Cleanup

     

    The next week at FWES: 

    Monday, November 7

    Tuesday, November 8

    • Election Day- FWES is a Polling Site

    • WCPSS Schools- Teacher Workday- No School for Students

    • Conference Day

    Wednesday, November 9

    Thursday, November 10

    • Early Release Day- Students dismissed at 1:45pm 

    Friday, November 11

    • Veterans Day Holiday- No School 



    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    November Birthday Reminder: Please make a note that birthday treats such as cupcakes, cookies and other goodies are NOT aligned with the WCPSS Board Policy 6140 during the school day. Thank you for saving those treats for your family at home. Check out the Birthday Reminder link for some other ideas for birthdays in November. 

    Fun Run Family Viewing- Wednesday, November 2nd: Families are invited to come to FWES on November 2nd to watch and cheer students on during their assigned Fun Run times (see above). If you are interested in coming to watch- you may park and walk directly to the back field where the tracks will be set up and Fun Run Staff and PTA will direct you to the viewing areas. You may watch and cheer from these areas and may not enter the building prior or with the class after the run.

    *Those interested in volunteering to help the PTA with some of the volunteer spots on Wednesday should sign up with the link below AND MUST be eligible to volunteer. Eligibility will be verified and shared with PTA and many apologies (from FWES and WCPSS) for the long delays for volunteer registrations to be processed and schools to be notified. 

    Honoring FWES Community Veterans: FWES would like to honor Veterans in our FWES Community in recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. All families are invited to add a slide to our slide deck to recognized a veteran in your family. The slide deck will be shared in the November 10th Friday folder and on the FWES News as our school’s recognition of the Veterans and how they demonstrate the IB Learner profile attribute of being a Risk Taker; along with Positivity Character Strengths of bravery, supporting others and leadership. Please open the slide deck here- click the plus sign on the tool bar and create your slide to share (if you are not sure how our 2nd-5th graders can easily help!). Please completed your slide by November 7th; *If you completed a slide last year and want it included again- please email Mrs. Pierce at awpierce@wcpss.net and she can add it to the slide deck for 2022.  FWES Veterans Day Slide Deck  click here to access the slide deck and create your slide to add. 

     

    FWES IB/PYP Academic Integrity Policy- As an IB/PYP school, we are required to develop an Academic Integrity Policy and share it with all stakeholders annually. This policy will be reviewed in all classrooms as it relates to the appropriate grade/classroom in the next two weeks. You will also hear from your child’s teacher and be asked to sign off on your understanding of the policy and how it will be taught and implemented at FWES for your student. If you have any questions about the policy, reach out to Anna Goodrum, IB/PYP Coordinator at agoodrum@wcpss.net

     

    Updated Farmington Woods Homework and Grading Plan 22-23- Small updates have been made for the 2022-23 school year to eliminate references to virtual learning and to support changes with Chromebooks in kindergarten. 

     

    NC Read to Achieve Policy- K-3 Families with a focus on 3rd grade families

     

    FWES PTA Updates:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for all of our updates and calendar of events

     

    FWES PTA FUN RUN EVENT- Wednesday, November 2nd!!!

    • 9:40- Pre K, K, 1

    • 10:30- 2nd/3rd (Quinn, Thompson, Williams)

    • 11:20- 4th/5th

    • 12:30- 3rd (Crow, Dula, Flanigan)

     

    Sign up here to volunteer at Fun Run! :  We are even more excited that parents and families can volunteer and cheer on our students this year!! All volunteers must be pre-approved.

     

    Reflection entries are now due on November 7th! https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections

     

    FWES PTA Fall Book Fair- November 14-21, 2022

    • November 17th, 4:30-7:00PM Family Night with a special story telling event at 6:00pm with storyteller extraordinaire Donna Washington

    • We need volunteers! Sign up here!

     

    Action needed by Oct 28: Take the WCPSS Bell Schedule Survey

    WCPSS’s family survey is about the school bell schedules based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement from September 1, 2014 which recommends school start times no earlier than 8:30 AM for high school students.

     

    #Vote: Election Day Nov. 8th. Find information here on early voting sites and public transportation. Same day registration IS available during early voting.


    FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. Please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information!

     

     

    Friday, October 21, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message 

    We loved seeing so many families last night- our building was so busy and it was a great evening to feel our FWES community working together! Please provide feedback on the evening- even if you could not attend- using the link below. 

    New flat panel interactive screens are arriving next week to FWES and will be installed in classrooms:) This WCPSS provided technology is a welcome upgrade as our projectors, Promethean Boards and other tools currently in place are not working consistently for teachers. Thank you to the FWES PTA who helped with some "stop gap" panels the last two years, too!

    FWES PTA Global Fun Run Fund Raiser begins Monday! One of the reasons our PTA was able to support the school's need for projection devices the last two years- when we did not have funding or resources to replace devices is due to their fund raising efforts. The Global Fun Run event is the primary fund raiser for the FWES PTA and funds raised support projects and needs throughout the school community and to support the IB mission and School vision. Thank you for your support of our PTA as a partner in supporting our school's success! 

    This Week at FWES: 

    IB- Principled

    P2- Fairness

    FWES Fun Run Begins with Apex Fun Run! 

    New Flat Panels delivered to FWES and Installation begins this week:) 

     

    Monday, October 24 

    • Apex Fun Run Kick Off Day! Look for information to come home with your student(s).

    • 6:00pm BAC District 9 Meeting- Apex High School

     

    Tuesday, October 25 

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

     

    Wednesday, October 26 

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

    • 6:00-7:00pm Trunk or Treat FWES PTA Event- front parking lot FWES

      • Treats: We need treat donations.  There will be a drop-off location by the school’s front office from October 5-14.  Treats can include commercially-packaged candy or non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, small toys, glow sticks, etc.

     

    Thursday, October 27

    • 7:45-8:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 7:35am School Improvement Team Meeting

    • Read for the Record Day

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

     

    Friday, October 28 

    • College Shirt Day! 



    The next week at FWES: 

    IB- Risk-Taker

    Monday, October 31 

    • PTA Fall Spiritwear Sale begins- grab your sweatshirts for cooler weather! 

    Tuesday, November 1

    Wednesday, November 2

    • PTA FUN RUN EVENT!!!

      • 9:40- Pre K, K, 1

      • 10:30- 2nd/3rd (Quinn, Thompson, Williams)

      • 11:20- 4th/5th

      • 12:30- 3rd (Crow, Dula, Flanigan)

    • 6-7pm Academia Familiar- “Las matematicas de hoy: Yo no aprendi las matematics asi! (K-5to)”    Esta presentacion sera en espanol 

    Thursday, November 3

    • Rain date for PTA FUN RUN

    Friday, November 4

    • Teacher Workday- No School for Students

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

    Family Partnership Night Feedback (Thursday, October 20th)- please use this link to a VERY short survey to provide us with feedback on our family event last night. Your feedback- whether or not you attended- will assist us in planning future events that will meet the needs of our families- so please attend even if you were unable to attend. 

    Counseling and Student Services October Newsletter: FWES CASS Newsletter October 2022

    Read for the Record will be on Thursday October 27th 

    Thursday is Read for The Record Day, led by Jumpstart, where millions of adults and children all over the world read the same book, building community through reading. We’ve ordered books for K-3 classrooms that will be delivered soon! For more information, including resources to sound effects, activity guides, and access to the digital book, click here! 

    Honoring FWES Community Veterans: FWES would like to honor Veterans in our FWES Community in recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. All families are invited to add a slide to our slide deck to recognized a veteran in your family. The slide deck will be shared in the November 4th Friday folder and on the FWES News as our school’s recognition of the Veterans and how they demonstrate the IB Learner profile attribute of being a Risk Taker; along with Positivity Character Strengths of bravery, supporting others and leadership. Please open the slide deck here- click the plus sign on the tool bar and create your slide to share (if you are not sure how our 2nd-5th graders can easily help!). Please completed your slide by November 3rd.  FWES Veterans Day Slide Deck

    Action needed by Oct 28: Take the WCPSS Bell Schedule Survey

    As part of the school bell times study, we are seeking input from students, parents, and staff regarding start and end times for elementary, middle, and high schools. Please provide your input by Oct 28.

    Kindergarten registration begins Oct. 14

    Kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year opens on Friday, Oct. 14. All families with children who will turn five on or before Aug. 31, 2023 should register your child online. Use the address lookup tool to find your base school and view your year-round and magnet application school choices. Learn more about the registration process at wcpss.net/kindergarten.

    Magnet, year-round and early college schools applications open Oct. 14

    Apply for a magnet, year-round or early college school for the 2023-24 school year beginning Friday, Oct. 14. Early college applications are due Dec. 14. Magnet and year-round school applications are due Jan. 25. Learn about magnet themes and schools, the application process, and upcoming information sessions and events at wcpss.net/magnet. Review the timeline for all applications and events for the 2023-24 school year.

    WCPSS Magnet Fair is Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Enloe High School to explore Magnet Middle School options for our 5th graders! 

    *Many other magnet events are also shared at the link above for families. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information:

    Volunteering: Please click here for ways to get involved!

    Events/News: Please click here for our updates and calendar of events

     

    Trunk or Treat is on October 26th! Click here for more event details.


    Diwali, also known as the Hindu festival of lights is October 22 to October 26 this year. Wishing you all a Happy Diwali from the PTA!

    Action needed by Oct 28: Take the WCPSS Bell Schedule Survey

    WCPSS’s family survey is about the school bell schedules based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement from September 1, 2014 which recommends school start times no earlier than 8:30 AM for high school students.

    #Vote: Election Day Nov. 8th.

    Early Voting begins Oct. 20th. Find information here on early voting sites and public transportation. Same day registration IS available during early voting.

    Watch Candidate Forums for each of Wake County’s 9 School Board districts.


    FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. Please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

     

     

    Friday, October 14, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    IB- Principled

    P2- Integrity

    Bullying Prevention Spirit Week! 

    Monday, October 17

    • Put Bullying to Rest- Wear PJs to School

    Tuesday, October 18

    Wednesday, October 19 

    • World Unity Day- Wear Orange

    Thursday, October 20

    Friday, October 21

    • Be the “I” in Kind at FWES- Wear FWES Spiritwear or colors blue and gold



    IB- Principled

    P2- Fairness

    FWES Fun Run Begins with Apex Fun Run! 

    New Flat Panels delivered to FWES and installation begins this week:) 

     

    Monday, October 24 

    • 6:00pm BAC District 9 Meeting- Apex High School

     

    Tuesday, October 25 

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

     

    Wednesday, October 26 

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

    • 6:00-7:00pm Trunk or Treat FWES PTA Event- front parking lot FWES

      • Treats: We need treat donations.  There will be a drop-off location by the school’s front office from October 5-21.  Treats can include commercially-packaged candy or non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, small toys, glow sticks, etc.

     

    Thursday, October 27

    • 7:45-8:45am Handbell Rehearsal

    • 7:35am School Improvement Team Meeting

    • Read for the Record Day

    • 3rd Grade CogAt Testing 9:45-10:45am

     

    Friday, October 28 

    • PTA Reflections Entries Due (see more info below)



    FWES Updates and Information: 

    Reminder- Photo ID is ALWAYS required for entry into the building

    As we send our thoughts to those families who lost loved ones last night in our community due to violence, it is important to revisit and remember that our school will do all we can to maintain safety of our campus for students and staff. 

    Beginning late last year after another horrific event, it was recommended that schools require ID before entry is allowed to maintain safety. At FWES there is nothing more important than the safety of our wonderful school family and we took that recommendation seriously- and continue to do so each day.

    Thank you for your cooperation with office staff who may recognize you but are checking ID for EACH and EVERY person before allowing entry as a process for the safety of your student and all others. 

    Hug your family close this weekend! 

     

    Family Partnership Night is THURSDAY, October 20th! 

    Based on feedback from families, we have made adjustments to create an evening of opportunities to engage families- and students- as our partners at FWES. Please check the Friday Folder to find a hard copy of the many participatory events available for families on Thursday evening. ALL FWES staff are going to be involved and look forward to seeing all of our families. 

    • A pair of teachers at each grade level will be sharing grade level information and content 

    • Other teachers on the grade level will be providing some “make and take” experiences for students and families to have support materials for reading and math at home

    • Specialists will have their classrooms open for families to experience the specials content

    • Special areas staff will also have open spaces to visit

    • Counselors will be doing a make and take calm down bottle

    • And more….. 

    We have tried to find something to fit everyone’s needs and hope you’ll join us! 

     

    Counseling and Student Services OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

    Many resources for staff and students through our Counseling and Student Services (CASS) Team at FWES. To access the links you see below- click on the newsletter link above. Thanks! 

     

    Bullying Prevention Spirit Week! Check out the spirit days planned for next week and start planning for your participation! 

     

    Club Information for 2022-23

    Club Application for Club Lottery 2022-23

    Hard copies are included in the Friday Folder and the application must be completed and returned by 3:45pm on Thursday, October 20th to be included in the lottery drawing process. 

     

    From Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher Diane Rowe: 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Would you like to learn more about the WCPSS K-5 AIG (Academically/Intellectually Gifted) program or the Third Grade Explorers program? There will be multiple sessions available for you to select as one of your choices on Thursday, October 20 during our FWES Family Partnership Evening, plus a virtual google meet the morning od Friday, October 21. If you will be unable to attend on either Oct. 20 or 21, you can review the slide decks (linked in the invitation below) that will be presented during the live and virtual meetings.

    3 Explorers Parent Meeting Invitation FWES 2022-23

    AIG Informational Parent Meeting Invitation 2022-23 FWES

    I look forward to sharing this information with you!

    Mrs. Diane Rowe, AIG Teacher

     

    Family Academy- en Espanol



    FWES PTA Updates and Information: 

    Trunk or Treat: The candy monsters for our Trunk or Treat event will be standing outside the school every morning through next Friday. Please feed them! We will need all the candy/goodies that we can get More information on Trunk or Treat here and sign up to decorate your trunk here!

    PTA Reflections Contest:

    Explore the Arts and Express Your Voice through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    This year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

    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. FWES 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! All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

     

    REPLAY IT- Share your FWES photos to be shared throughout the FWES Yearbook 2022-23. Read the flier here to see how to easily upload pictures. 

     

    National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15th - Oct. 15, this week:

     

    Volunteering opportunities

     

    Open PTA positions:

    Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    10-7-2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Many thanks offered to all of you who have reached out about my status as a Finalist for WCPSS Principal of the Year. While I was not the chosen winner at the event Thursday evening, I can tell you I believe I won 12 years ago when I was appointed the principal of Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary. Our school is such a special place and each day it is a joy to come to work! The staff welcomed me this morning and then there was a pom pom parade after the news where I got to see all students- and was able to hold back my tears of joy until the end- as they held signs and cheered for me. There is no luckier principal than me! Thank you all so much for your support- it is truly a community effort! 

    With love and appreciation, Winston Pierce

    Well before I was selected for this honor and the event date was known, I scheduled a brief vacation- so while it truly is a joy to come to FWES each day- I will be away from the building M-W of next week and return on October 13th. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! 

    This Week:

    IB- Principled

    P2- Self Control

    National School Lunch Week! 

    Saturday, October 8

    • Campus Cleanup 10:00am-12:00pm 

    Monday, October 10

    • Indigenous Peoples Day- No School for Students- Teacher Workday

    Tuesday, October 11

    Wednesday, October 12

    Thursday, October 13

    Friday, October 14

    • PTA Board meeting (7:45AM at Inquiry Center - all are welcome!)

     

    The Next Week….

    IB- Principled

    P2- Integrity

    Bullying Prevention Spirit Week! 

    Monday, October 17

    • Put Bullying to Rest- Wear PJs to School 

    Tuesday, October 18

    • Team Up Against Bullying- Wear Team Jersey or Shirt

    • Global Maker Day

    Wednesday, October 19 

    • World Unity Day- Wear Orange

    Thursday, October 20

    • Stamp Out Bullying- Wear Crazy Socks

    • FWES Family Partnership Night- 6:00-8:00pm- Parents and students!!! Come join us and read more below! 

    Friday, October 21

    • Be the “I” in Kind at FWES- Wear FWES Spiritwear or colors blue and gold

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information:

    No School for Students Monday, October 10th- WCPSS Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day! 

     

    October is Bullying Prevention Month- Our counselors are sharing district lessons regarding bullying prevention in classrooms throughout the month. 

    They are also sponsoring a Bullying Prevention Spirit Week October 17-21- see the calendar of events below and the flier linked above- we look forward to showing how our IB Learners are Principled and Caring and take care of each other through preventing bullying. 

     

    FWES Family Partnership Evening! Mark your calendar for October 20th and come to FWES to partner with all of our staff in a variety of activities designed for families AND students. 

    Be sure to read page 2 of the flier linked above for ALL of the amazing learning partnership events that will be available throughout the evening. Some will be on a schedule and others will be floating and drop in- each designed to connect school learning and the home to support the success of all students! 

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information: 

    Spirit Wear deliveries are delayed: The spirit wear deliveries were delayed due to the Hurricane. They will be delivered next week.

     

    Outdoor Movie Night is today! Enjoy some Storytelling followed by the screening of the movie Coco  at the Greentop this Friday (Oct 7) with your friends! Starts at 6:30PM.

    Trunk or Treat: The candy monsters for our Trunk or Treat event will be standing outside the school every morning through next Friday. Please feed them! We will need all the candy/goodies that we can get More information on Trunk or Treat here!

    Campus Cleanup this Saturday 10/8 at 10am: We will be planting and spreading mulch. Please bring wheelbarrows and rakes/shovels for moving mulch, and tools for digging into harder ground for planting. Gloves and water bottles are always helpful too. Any questions please contact Anna Watkins at sproutamc@gmail.com

    Volunteering opportunities

    • FWES Clothes Closet restocking (We are especially looking for Boys L, XL sizes):

     

    From Lost and Found committee:

    With the hustle and bustle of the school day students tend to misplace some of their belongings. Items that have been left behind get placed in our Lost and Found.  Our Lost and Found is getting quite full with items that have been misplaced, including many items from last year!

    We would like to ask you all to have your student visit the lost and found area this week and next to see if their belongings are there.

    The deadline to pick up items remaining in the lost and found is 10/7.  After this date remaining items will be donated to make room for new items.

     

    DEI (Diversity, equity, & inclusion, PTA Equity team)

    Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. It’s a high holiday that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This year, it was observed from sundown Tuesday to sundown Wednesday.

    What to say? Even if you’re not Jewish, it is respectful to share well wishes to your friends and colleagues who do observe. It’s a time of fasting, thinking, and self-examination, so it’s not exactly a “happy holiday.” A simple Yom Kippur greeting:  "Have an easy fast" 

     

    National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15th - Oct. 15.

    This month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Latino/a/x-Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This week:

    Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Old Mill Farm with food trucks, music, and more. Ticket sales benefiting nonprofit El Futuro to help support mental health services for the Latino community.

    • Oct. 11-19 | NC Latin American Film Festival | Free
      Various locations on Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill campuses

    • Oct. 15, 1pm | Day of the Dead ofrenda workshop | $35 for 1 adult +1 child (flier) | Diamante Arts & Cultural Center, Raleigh
      Learn how to make your own offering for the traditional Mexican 3-day celebration. Children and adults are welcome 

    • Staying home? Watch: “Our America: Todos Unidos”  – a celebration of Latino and Hispanic culture from ABC News

     

    Local Diwali Celebrations Sat., Oct. 8th

    Diwali, also known as the Hindu festival of lights, will begin on October 22 and end on October 26 this year. But you can join local celebrations happening this weekend:

    • Oct. 8, 10am - 10pm | Hum Sub Diwali | Free | Koka Booth Amphitheatre

    • Oct 8, 3pm | Cary Diwali Celebration 2022 | Free | Downtown Cary, 316 N. Academy St.

     

    PTA Reflections Contest:

    Explore the Arts and Express Your Voice through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    This year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

    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. FWES 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! All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

     

     

    Advocacy:

    #Vote

    Do you know if you’re registered to #vote yet? Not sure? Check your voter registration status by clicking here! Checking Your Registration | NCSBE. November 8, 2022 is election day.  Need to update your voter registration? That’s easy too! Forms can be found online and submitted by mail. They are available in both English and Spanish- be sure to click here for more detailed instructions! The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 election is October 14, 2022 at 5pm.

     

    This November all nine Wake County School Board seats are on the ballot. WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County PTA Council and the Raleigh Chamber have joined together to present a series of nonpartisan virtual forums so the candidates can discuss important issues in public education. Forums will be recorded and posted to a special YouTube channel for viewing on-demand.  Please take a moment to submit your questions for our School Board candidates at https://forms.gle/46wvG7u3UkyVN3hr6. More details to come!

     

    Open PTA positions:

    Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    10-2-2022

    Due to power outages, there is no video message this week:)

    We hope you all have been safe and have power to meet your needs to start the 1st week in October! 

     

    FWES lost a large tree at the front of the school but otherwise our campus had no other damage- other than debris- like everywhere else in our community:) 

     

     

    IB Learner Profile: Principled

    Custodian Appreciation Week- Thank you Ms. Anita! 

     

    Monday, October 3

    Tuesday, October 4

    Wednesday, October 5

    • World Teacher Day! Show your teacher how much you appreciate them today- don’t forget our Specialists, other Special Teachers, and IAs too! 

    Thursday, October 6

    Friday, October 7 

    IB- Principled

    P2- Self Control

    National School Lunch Week! 

    Monday, October 10

    Indigenous Peoples Day- No School for Students- Teacher Workday

    Tuesday, October 11

    Wednesday, October 12

    Cultural Arts Performance- Joe Troop Bluegrass

    Thursday, October 13

    Friday, October 14

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information: 

     

    Mark your Calendar- October 20th 6:00-7:55pm- Family Partnership Night at FWES..... families AND students are invited to attend and participate in a variety of activities you can enjoy together! More information will be available soon! 

     

    Global Read Aloud

    Each year FWES takes part in the Global Read Aloud. The idea is to have one book to connect the world. Readers from all over make global connections over amazing books. While each teacher chooses how connected they will be, the books remain the same. Beginning on October 3, and ending November 11, these are the books our students will read, along with millions of other students across the globe:

     

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Picture Book Study

    2nd & 3rd Grade: Stuntboy, in the Meantime

    4th & 5th Grade: Thirst

     

    CASS SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

    Many resources for staff and students through our Counseling and Student Services (CASS) Team at FWES. To access the links you see below- click on the newsletter link above. Thanks! 

     

    October Birthday Reminder- Please review as a reminder that food items are not permitted for birthdays, but there are several other options outlined in this reminder flier. 

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information: 

    FWES PTA Events Calendar:

     

    October 7 (Friday)

    Walk to School (8:30 AM at Kildaire Plaza)

    Outdoor Movie Night

    movie

    October 8 (Saturday)

    Campus Cleanup

    October 26

    Trunk or Treat

    trunk

     

    ReplayIT- Share your pictures with the FWES Yearbook team to help add a variety of candids to our final yearbook. The ReplayIt link provides directions on how to upload your pictures to share. Deadline for pictures is March 1, 2023. 

    pictues

     

    Campus Cleanup:

    Next Campus Clean Up date is 10/8 at 10am! We will be planting and spreading mulch. Please bring wheelbarrows and rakes/shovels for moving mulch, and tools for digging into harder ground for planting. Gloves and water bottles are always helpful too. Any questions please contact Anna Watkins at sproutamc@gmail.com

     

    Volunteering opportunities

    • FWES Clothes Closet restocking (We are especially looking for Boys L, XL sizes):

     

    National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th - Oct. 15):

    This month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Latino/a/x-Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Upcoming events:

    hispanic

     

    Oct. 1 | 5-7pm | free register here | 101 Soccer Park Dr., Cary

    Noche Latina – North Carolina Football Club Hispanic Heritage Celebration with live performances from Colombian and Brazilian groups before a 7 p.m. NCFC game

     

    Oct. 1 | 5-7pm | $5 for 10 and under, $15 for adults | 5104 Western Blvd. Ste B, Raleigh

    Learn salsa! Family-friendly salsa dance class hosted by Diamante Arts & Cultural Center 

     

    Oct. 6 | 4-8pm | $1 or pay what you can | Old Mill Farm 8913 NC 751, Durham

    Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Old Mill Farm with food trucks, music, and more. Ticket sales benefiting nonprofit El Futuro to help support mental health services for the Latino community.

     

    Online Learning Lab (ages 9+)

    Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United State. This guide allows learners of all ages to engage with inspirational and informative stories that explore the American Latino experience. Its activities will challenge readers to think about the causes of immigration, design a mural that tells a story about community, and explore profiles of Latinas and Latinos who have made the country what it is today. #AmericanLatinoMuseum

    PTA Reflections Contest:

    Explore the Arts and Express Your Voice through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    This year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

    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. FWES 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! All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

     

    Advocacy:

    #Vote

    Do you know if you’re registered to #vote yet? Not sure? Check your voter registration status by clicking here! Checking Your Registration | NCSBE. November 8, 2022 is election day.  Need to update your voter registration? That’s easy too! Forms can be found online and submitted by mail. They are available in both English and Spanish- be sure to click here for more detailed instructions! The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 election is October 14, 2022 at 5pm.

     

    This November all nine Wake County School Board seats are on the ballot. WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County PTA Council and the Raleigh Chamber have joined together to present a series of nonpartisan virtual forums so the candidates can discuss important issues in public education. Forums will be recorded and posted to a special YouTube channel for viewing on-demand.  Please take a moment to submit your questions for our School Board candidates at https://forms.gle/46wvG7u3UkyVN3hr6. More details to come!

     

    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

     

    9-23-2022

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Week of September 26-30

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Other People Matter

     

    Note: Mrs. Pierce is out doing an IB/PYP Evaluation Visit of another PYP school September 26th-28th. Thank you! 

     

    Monday, September 26 

    • Teacher Workday- No School for Students! 

    Tuesday, September 27 

    Wednesday, September 28

    • Fall School Picture Day! 

    Thursday, September 29

    Friday, September 30  

    • Q1 Interim Reports Home with Students (mid-quarter progress on 1st Quarter Standards)

    • College Shirt Day!

    • Thank you Mrs. Grice! Happy Retirement! 

     

    Next Week: 

    IB Learner Profile: Principled

    Custodian Appreciation Week- Thank you Ms. Anita! 

    Monday, October 3

    Tuesday, October 4

    Wednesday, October 5

    • World Teacher Day! Show your teacher how much you appreciate them today- don’t forget our Specialists, other Special Teachers, and IAs too! 

    Thursday, October 6

    Friday, October 7 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information:


    Thank you Mrs. Grice! We are so thankful that Mrs. Grice has been part of the Farmington Woods community for almost 40 years. She started as a dedicated volunteer and then became the Media Specialist. She has helped countless children find books that became their favorites and encouraged others to dive into content to do research on their inquiries. In addition, she has been a mentor, sounding board and resource to staff in so many ways. 

    Mrs. Grice is retiring on Friday, September 30th and while she will miss this place that is like a 2nd home; she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and grandchildren. 

    We appreciate her work and are excited for her to begin a new book series with this next chapter! 

     

    *Mrs. Grice respectfully does not want a large celebration or send off and as a school we will respect her wishes. If your family would like to wish her well and thank her for the difference she has made, please consider donating a book in her honor to the Inquiry Center or send cards, notes and/or pictures that she can add to her home library to remind her of the difference she has made for so many!  


    College Shirt Day! IB learners never stop learning and many of our IB learners will continue learning after high school graduation in college. To begin those conversations and learn about the many college options, FWES will sponsor College Shirt Day the last Friday of every month. We encourage our staff and students to share college shirts and to talk about them with others. 

    Of course FWES spirit wear is also welcomed on any Friday, too!

     

    Hispanic Heritage Month continues this weekend.  

    In the Raleigh area there are some events you might be interested to learn about:  

    Do you like to read, dance, and be creative?   The  Duraleigh Rd. Library in Raleigh is having an event to celebrate HHM this Saturday afternoon.  Check it out!  

    Do you like international foods and music?  Check out this festival! St. Eugene's International Food and Music Festival in Wendell, NC 

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information:

     

    Spirit Night (29th September):

    Have some Mediterranean Food from Sassool on 29th September for dinner while supporting the school!

    sassool

     

    Movie Night (7th October):

    We will have an outdoor Movie Night on 7th October at school, showing Coco!

     

    movie

     

    Volunteering opportunities

    Go Play Save 

    Families, please return any unsold books to the front office, and order envelopes to the blue PTA mailbox if you haven’t done so already!

     

    PTA Reflections Contest:

    Explore the Arts and Express Your Voice through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    This year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

    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. FWES 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! All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

    reflections

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock

    Reservations now open for everyone! Reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). 

     

    DEI:

    National Hispanic Heritage Month started on Sept. 15th and continues through Oct. 15. This month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Latino/a/x-Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

    Event this weekend:

    Sep. 24 | 4-5pm | free | Cultural Crafternoon at Oberlin Regional Library

    For kids of all ages:

    Cultural Crafternoon | Wake County Government

     

    Or start with the Smithsonian’s virtual Learning Lab

    Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States | Smithsonian Learning Lab

    hispanic heritage

    Advocacy:

    This November all nine Wake County School Board seats are on the ballot. WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County PTA Council and the Raleigh Chamber have joined together to present a series of nonpartisan virtual forums so the candidates can discuss important issues in public education. Forums will be recorded and posted to a special YouTube channel for viewing on-demand.

    Please take a moment to submit your questions for our School Board candidates at https://forms.gle/46wvG7u3UkyVN3hr6. More details to come!

     

    Open PTA positions:

    Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. Please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

     

    9-19-2022

    Friday, September 16, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    Week of September 19-23

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Love of Learning

     

    Monday, September 19 

    • Lunch Visitors may begin for Kindergarten students*

    Tuesday, September 20

    • 7:35am SIT Meeting- Inquiry Center

    Wednesday, September 21

    Thursday, September 22

    • PTA General body meeting and Family Picnic 6:00pm Green Top and Playground

    Friday, September 23

     

    Week of September 26-30

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Other People Matter

    *Mrs. Pierce out for IB- Sept 26-28

     

    Monday, September 26 

    • Teacher Workday- No School for Students! 

    Tuesday, September 27 

    Wednesday, September 28

    • Fall School Picture Day! 

    Thursday, September 29

    Friday, September 30  

    • Q1 Interim Reports Home with Students (progress so far on 1st Quarter Standards)

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information:

     

    PTA Reflections Content Information (en espanol): The national PTA Reflections contest honors creativity and expression of students. Use the links above to learn more about the program and how your child might consider submitting an entry for review. Entries are due October 28 ,2022

     

     

    Hispanic Heritage Month- As FWES celebrates the wonderful diversity of our school community, we will be recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month on the FWES News with information and student sharings. Classroom will also incorporate learning experiences, too. The link above provides families with some information and activities that can be done at home to learn together about the Hispanic Culture- have fun with it the next month! 

     

    Pencil Box open Tues and Thurs beginning September 20th! Our school has a pencil box that is open between 8:45-9:05am each Tuesday and Thursday. The Pencil Box has school supplies like pencils, erasers, notepads and other items that are school appropriate. Prices run from $.25 to $3.00 (for larger items like pencil pouches). It is exciting for students to shop for their preferred items to add to their classroom school supplies:) 

    Notes for the Pencil Box: 

    • Cash only is accepted for purchase

    • Students must be in the line for shopping by 9:05am- those after 9:05am will be sent to their classroom and need to try to arrive earlier another day

      • The initial several weeks typically create long lines and there can be many students who don’t get a chance to shop due to the length of the line but rest assured that the lines get shorter and the novelty wears off and there are still 33 more weeks of shopping left in our school year at the Pencil Box! 

    • If items become a distraction in the classroom- teachers may as students to put them in the bookbag and keep them at home- such as a mobile phone shaped eraser that a student might pretend talk on during the math lesson:) 

     

    Welcome Kindergarten Lunch Visitors! We have now had our two weeks to establish procedures and routines with our kindergartners and would welcome visitors to join them for lunch at the class assigned lunch time:) 

    Lunch Visitor Reminders:

    • For Kindergarten visitors- if your child is struggling with separation and/or the length of the school day…. We find that having a visitor at lunch DOES NOT HELP and we ask that you wait until your child is more prepared for your visit. It may be important for all kindergartners that you explain the rules from Mrs. Pierce- that you can meet them in the cafeteria and will have to leave the cafeteria when they line up to go with their teacher back to the classroom- to help any misunderstanding by our students. Tell them is it Mrs. Pierce’s rule to put it on me:) 

    • ID will be required to enter the building

    • All visitors must sign in at the office and wear the visitor badge visible while in the building

    • Lunch visitors may only go to the office and cafeteria- lunch visitors may not go to the classroom before or after lunch

    • Lunch visitors can join their student at the lunch tables or take THEIR student outside to a picnic table or eat at a tall table in the lobby. No other students may go with a family to eat lunch outside of the cafeteria. 

    • The cafeteria is not equipped due to supply shortages to feed visitors for lunch. Please plan to bring your own lunch from home. 



    FWES PTA Updates and Information

    cards

     

    Save the date for PTA General body meeting

    Please join us on September 22nd, 6-7:30PM for a PTA general body meeting and FAll picnic. Please review  PTA 2022 - 2023 Budget for General Body Approval for the day. 

     

    picnic

     

    Spirit Wear:

    Please visit: https://www.fwespta.org/spirit-wear to get your spirit wear. Sale ends on Sunday September 18!

     

    Go Play Save 

    (Please visit https://www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave for all details)

    Families, our GoPlaySave fundraiser deadline is approaching! We have reached almost 75% of our goal and would love your support to make that 100%!  Please consider these reasons to participate:

    • The GoPlaySave coupon book is filled with tons of great buy one get one free coupons to help your friends and family save money and support local businesses throughout the year. Enjoy BOGO to places like:

      • Restaurants, putt putt golf, bowling, trampoline parks, ropes courses and more.  

    • Great dollar off your purchase coupons to Lidl Grocery.

    • There are also great savings to get your haircut, oil changed, golf, clothing boutiques and much more!  

     

    Please turn in all orders or any unsold books to the school by next Tuesday, September 20th.

    You can also go directly to our school storefront (https://www.goplaysavetriangle.com/fundraisers/farmington-woods-elementary) where you can pay for the paper book with a credit card, purchase the mobile book, or purchase the paper/mobile book bundle to get double the amount of coupons!

     

    PTA Reflections Contest:

    Explore the Arts and Express Your Voice through the Reflections Arts Contest!

    This year’s theme: Show Your Voice? 

    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. FWES 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! All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock

    Reservations now open for everyone! Reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). 

     

    Advocacy:

    This November all nine Wake County School Board seats are on the ballot. WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County PTA Council and the Raleigh Chamber have joined together to present a series of nonpartisan virtual forums so the candidates can discuss important issues in public education. Forums will be recorded and posted to a special YouTube channel for viewing on-demand.

     

    Please take a moment to submit your questions for our School Board candidates at https://forms.gle/46wvG7u3UkyVN3hr6. More details to come!

     

    Volunteering opportunities

    Restock the FWES Clothes Closet

     

    FWES Community Garden needs help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45ada723a1fec34-fwes

     

    Stock the staffroom: Let’s show our amazing teachers and staff how much we appreciate their tireless work day in and day out with some delicious snacks and goodies for the staffroom! We have created an Amazon Wishlist - purchases will be shipped directly to the school :-) 

    https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/2WLtEIN?ref_=wl_share

     

    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    • Community Garden Chair: The main role of the Community Garden Chair is to support, maintain, and enhance learning opportunities utilizing the Community Garden at FWES. Specific responsibilities include: Managing Sign Up Genius for Volunteer Watering Schedule and Harvesting Source Supplies for Planting and Caretaking, Seasonal Upkeep and Planning Facilitating Garden Volunteer Opportunities for Staff and Students/ Does This Sound Like You? For more information contact: services@fwespta.org

     

    9-9-2022 FWES Friday Folder

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Chinese Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival begins- Saturday, September 10th!

    9/11 Day of Rembrance and Service is Sunday, September 11th! 

    Week of September 12-16

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Curiosity

     

    Monday, September 12

    • Lunch Visitors for 1st-5th Grades may join for lunch*

    Tuesday, September 13

    • 6:00pm Board Advisory Council Meeting- District 9- Cary High School

    Wednesday, September 14

    Thursday, September 15

    Friday, September 16

    • Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day! 

     

    Week of September 19-23

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Love of Learning

     

    Monday, September 19 

    • Lunch Visitors may begin for Kindergarten students*

    Tuesday, September 20

    • 7:35am SIT Meeting- Inquiry Center

    Wednesday, September 21

    Thursday, September 22

    • PTA General body meeting and Family Picnic 6:00pm Green Top and Playground

    Friday, September 23



    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information

    Lunch Visitors (1st-5th September 12th and Kinder, September 19th)- We have been working for the last two weeks with our 1st-5th graders to establish routines and procedures in the cafeteria. We are ready to invite families to join us for lunch as your schedule might allow for 1st-5th graders only. Kindergarten families can begin the week of September 19th. 

    Some lunch visitor reminders:

    • You must sign in at the office and you are only allowed to walk to the cafeteria. Volunteer clearance is not required for a lunch visit- so all are welcome- just know you must only go to the cafeteria to meet the class and leave from there- you may not go to the classroom before or after lunch. 

    • There is no option for adults to purchase lunch in the cafeteria at this time- so please bring your own lunch for your visit. You may bring a lunch for your child, too. 

      • No food may be brought to be shared with other students. 

    • Families may sit at the class assigned table in the cafeteria or may choose to take YOUR student out to the picnic tables outside the cafeteria to have lunch. 

      • No other students may accompany you outside. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you can join us soon! 



    Out of This World Educator Awards- First Bank

    We encourage you to consider nominating someone in your school for First Bank's “Out of This World Educator” Awards. This is a chance to honor and celebrate the best, brightest, most amazing educators who inspire learning every day.

    Winners will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony in October and will be awarded $5,000. Nomination deadline is Sunday, Sept. 18. Visit https://localfirstbank.com/projectlaunch/awards/to begin the nomination process.

    To qualify for a nomination, the nominee can live anywhere in the Carolinas and serve students of any age in traditional or non-traditional learning environments. This includes current or former teachers, professors, instructional assistants, coaches, counselors, mentors, tutors, administrators, facilitators, directors and more.

     

    Action Wednesdays at FWES! As an IB school, we encourage our students to learn and to take action with their learning or based on their learning. Action can be to make themselves a better learner, make our school a better place, make the community a better place or make the world a better place. We take time each Wednesday on the FWES News to highlight action our IB Learners are taking.

    Use this link embedded in the action image on the website to share action your IB Learner has taken and please share a photo that can be used in the slide deck, if you can. As soon as we begin to receive action items they will be added to the FWES News broadcast and to the slide deck. Click on the “Action Wednesdays” link above to view previous actions shared at FWES. 

     

    The PTA Reflections Art Contest- “Show Your Voice”- Due by October 28th

    • 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 2022–2023 Reflections Contest theme is Show Your Voice…   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 contest begins at the school level. FWES 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! 

    • 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. The artist's statement carries a lot of weight in the judging process, so write carefully!

    All submissions will be made digitally and entries are due by Oct 28, 2022. For full rules and entry form visit https://www.fwespta.org/programsevents/reflections. For more information email reflections@fwespta.org. 

    You can view last year's winners at https://ncpta.org/programs-events/reflections-arts-program/2021-2022-state-reflections-winners/

    FWES PTA Updates and Information

    PTA

     

    Save the Date!!!!

    Outdoor Movie Night on the Greentop Oct. 7th! More details coming soon!

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock

    PTA Members: ability to make priority reservations ends on September 9th!

    Reservations for the Spirit Rock will be open for PTA members ONLY from August 29th through September 9th. PTA members: you can reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). Starting September 10th, reservations will be open to everyone! Join the FWES PTA here if you want to take advantage of the early reservation window for PTA members.

     

    Go Play Save 

    (Please visit https://www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave for all details)

    Our GoPlaySave Fundraiser is in full swing and will continue until September 20th. By now, you should have received a GoPlaySave fundraising packet from your child. Please take a minute to read the fundraising letter and scan the QR code to set up your child’s student link and share it with friends and family!  You can also find more information on our PTA website.. 

    Please keep these tips for participating and selling in mind:

    • 50% from every sale goes directly back to my school's PTA.

    • The GoPlaySave coupon book is filled with tons of great buy one get one free coupons to help your friends and family save money and support local businesses.

    • It only takes using 2-3 coupons to save enough money to make back the purchase price of the book, but there are over 1,000 coupons available and they aren't all restaurants (hardware stores, office supply stores, bowling, ballet, trampoline parks, escape rooms, planetarium, rock climbing, water parks and so much more)!

    • The mobile edition has a "Near Me" feature that lets you view which coupons are available for businesses in your immediate vicinity. 

    • If you buy a paper book, keep it in your car so you will always have it handy for all of the savings!

    Thank you for your support!

     

    Volunteering opportunities

    Let's work together to restock the FWES Clothes Closet! The Clothes Closet is used throughout the school year for emergency clothing changes as needed. Please review the Sign Up Genius for current needs. Please only donate VERY GENTLY USED OR NEW clothing and socks, and only BRAND NEW IN PACKAGE underwear. Please contact Anna Watkins at sproutamc@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E45ADA723A1FEC34-fwes1

    The FWES Community Garden is going strong but we NEED YOUR HELP to keep it growing and thriving. We are piloting a new sign up idea in which families/volunteers sign up for a week at a time. You can also pair up with another family to share a week! When your week comes up, keep an eye on the weather and check in with either Meredith Wilson or Amy Long to see about what needs watering and when (if you are unsure). And - if something comes up and you can't make your weekly watering commitment, no problem! Just let us know as soon as you know and we will arrange for coverage - or arrange for a swap. IF YOU ARE NEW TO WATERING AND NEED A DEMO, LET US KNOW AND WE'LL MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45ada723a1fec34-fwes

     

    Spirit Wear

    Please visit: https://www.fwespta.org/spirit-wear to get your spirit wear. Sale ends on Sunday September 18!

    spiritwear

    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    • Community Garden Chair: The main role of the Community Garden Chair is to support, maintain, and enhance learning opportunities utilizing the Community Garden at FWES. Specific responsibilities include: Managing Sign Up Genius for Volunteer Watering Schedule and Harvesting Source Supplies for Planting and Caretaking, Seasonal Upkeep and Planning Facilitating Garden Volunteer Opportunities for Staff and Students/ Does This Sound Like You? For more information contact: services@fwespta.org

    9-2-2022   FWES Friday Folder

    Mrs. Pierce's Video Message

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Week of September 5-9

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week

     

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    Wednesday, September 7

    Thursday, September 8

    Friday, September 9

    • 3rd Grade Beginning of Grade Reading Test 9:30-11:30am

     

    Week of September 12-16

    IB Learner Profile: Inquirer

    Positivity Project Character Strength: Curiosity

     

    Monday, September 12

    • Lunch Visitors for 1st-5th Grades may join for lunch

    Tuesday, September 13

    • 6:00pm Board Advisory Council Meeting- District 9- Cary High School

    Wednesday, September 14

    Thursday, September 15

    Friday, September 16

    • Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day! 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information

     

    Low Balance/Charged Lunches Letters: Students who have charged lunches this week or who have a low lunch account balance will receive notices in the Friday Folder each week. If you have a low balance, please add money to your child’s account. If you have charged lunches (you are allowed to charge only up to 3 meals)- you will need to repay that balance and then add additional funds to your child’s account. 

    More info here: Meal charges policy | Cuentas de Alimentos

     

    Free Meal Application for 2022-23: If your family is in need of food assistance at school, you must complete a new Free Meal Application for the 2022-23 school year. If you do not submit and become eligible, students will need to pay for lunch each day: Breakfast $1.50 and Lunch $3.00 each day.  

     

    Power Pack Food Program/Programa de Comida- If your student is in need of additional food at home, please use this form to let our Student Services team know so the student can be enrolled in our Power Pack program to receive food items each week to supplement. 

     

    Additional Walker Permission- complete by 5pm on Monday for implementation on Tuesday, September 6th. 

     

    Kindergarten Kick Off for Parents! Tuesday, September 6th from 9:00-9:45am in the FWES Inquiry Center. Join other kindergarten parents and our school counselors for coffee, donuts and bagels for: meet and greet, strategies for a successful transition to kindergarten and some Q & A. Please plan to stay after walking your kindergartner to the classroom on Tuesday! 

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information

    Join the PTA!: https://www.fwespta.org

     

    Go Play Save 

    (Please visit https://www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave for all details)

    Our GoPlaySave Fundraiser has started with a bang and will continue until September 20th.  Kindergarten families who were not able to pick up their packets at their Meet the Teacher today should get an envelope sent home with their student on Tuesday. Please go to https://www.fwespta.org/fundraising/goplaysave for more information and keep these tips for selling in mind.

    • 50% from every sale goes directly back to my school's PTA

    • It only takes using 2-3 coupons to save enough money to make back the purchase price of the book, but there are over 1,000 coupons available and they aren't all restaurants (hardware stores, office supply stores, bowling, ballet, trampoline parks, escape rooms, planetarium, rock climbing, water parks and so much more)!

    • The mobile edition has a "Near Me" feature that lets you view which coupons are available for businesses in your immediate vicinity. This is great for when you are in a new area and don't know where to go eat.

    • If you buy a paper book, keep it in your car so you will always have it handy for all of the savings!

    Thank you for your support!

     

    Spirit Wear

    Please visit: https://www.fwespta.org/spirit-wear to get your spirit wear! The sale runs through September 11th!

     

    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    • Community Garden Chair: The main role of the Community Garden Chair is to support, maintain, and enhance learning opportunities utilizing the Community Garden at FWES. Specific responsibilities include: Managing Sign Up Genius for Volunteer Watering Schedule and Harvesting Source Supplies for Planting and Caretaking, Seasonal Upkeep and Planning Facilitating Garden Volunteer Opportunities for Staff and Students/ Does This Sound Like You? For more information contact: services@fwespta.org

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock

    Reservations for the Spirit Rock will be open for PTA members ONLY from August 29th through September 9th. PTA members: you can reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). Starting September 10th, reservations will be open to everyone! Join the FWES PTA here if you want to take advantage of the early reservation window for PTA members.

     

    8-26-2022

    Friday Folder- August 26th

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Monday, August 29 

    • 1st-5th Grade 1st Day of 2022-23 School Year! 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last Names A-C

    Tuesday, August 30 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names D-L

    • FWES PTA Go Play Save Coupon Book Fundraiser Begins

    Wednesday, August 31 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names M-R

    Thursday, September 1

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names S-Z

    Friday, September 2 

    • 7:45am FWES PTA Board Meeting- FWES Inquiry Center
    •  
    • 8:30am Walk to School Day #1- Meet at Kildaire Plaza and walk with Mr. Eller- Parents must walk with students. Enjoy!
    • 11:45am Kindergarten Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event (for parents and students)

    • Walk to School day

    • 1:45pm- Early Release for 1st-5th Graders

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    • All Kindergartners Report for their 1st Day of Kindergarten! 

    • Kindergarten Kick Off- for PARENTS of Kindergartners- 9:15am- Inquiry Center! 

     

    FWES Friday Folder Updates and Information

    FWES School Day Security Update: 

    It is our responsibility to keep our campus secure and safe each day. As we approach the 1st day of school, it is important to review and consider how we can work together to keep our campus safe each day. 

     

    Procedures at FWES for 2022-23:

    • FWES has had an additional 40 security cameras installed during the summer to allow maximum surveillance of indoor and outdoor campus areas. 

    • Photo ID will be required for ALL visitors before being allowed access to the building. Please make sure you bring a photo ID when you visit FWES this year! 

      • Photo ID will be required at the door before entry is allowed for signing students in/out from school at the front office. 

      •  
      • During dismissal, families without carpool tags or who are late to pick up students from walkers and/or carpool must show photo ID to have a student signed out. Please bring ID when coming to FWES for dismissal. 

    • Entry to the building while waiting on dismissal walkers will not be allowed. Please make sure bathroom needs for young children are taken care of before coming for dismissal. 

    Thank you for your cooperation with school staff each day as we maintain a secure campus for students and staff! 

     

    Updated Technology Security, too: 

    • Email firewalls have been blocking email delivery to many school staff, particularly emails generated from yahoo.com accounts and organizations to who send large batches of email through a program. If you send an email and do not hear from a staff member in 48 hours, please try to send again and call the school to check on it:) There are several steps needed to allow emails that get blocked to be able to go through- so your patience is appreciated. 

    • No streaming outside of building :( In the 2022-23 school year, the FWES Morning News can no longer be streamed outside of our in school network. If you want to watch the news it will be broadcast in the Lobby each morning!



    Transportation Information- procedures with video links to show process! 

     

    FWES Walker Permission for 2022-23 (2nd-5th grade only)- complete if your child is a walker after school and has permission to leave campus without being with an adult to walk home. Complete no later than Sunday, August 28th at 12:00noon! 

     

    Got Questions Sessions- If you have questions or inquiries about FWES to start the year, please join us at one of our Got Questions Sessions this week to get a live school team member to assist you. These sessions are not intended to be conferences, but a way to get answers to your quick questions.

    Tienes preguntas?

    Habrá intérpretes disponibles en cada sesión.

     

    Birthdays at School Reminder: A quick reminder that birthdays are not celebrated during the school day. Please do not send cupcakes or cookies or other items to school for your child’s birthday. 

     

    FWES is a Nationally Certified Magnet School! 

    Excited to share that FWES has once again is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a nationally certified magnet school. Nationally certified magnet schools provide high-quality, innovative educational options to families and students that promote choice, diversity and academic excellence. #CertifiedMagnetSchool

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information: 































    Go Play Save

    Get ready for our first big fundraiser of the year! We are very excited and appreciate your participation to make this super successful.

    • The GoPlaySave coupon book fundraiser begins Tuesday, August 30th for families in Grades 1-5 and on Friday, September 2nd for Kindergarten families.

    • Money raised from the GoPlaySave fundraiser will help fund Cultural Arts Programs, Classroom Start Up Funds and Mini Grants, Family Engagement Events, Staff Appreciation, our Community Garden, and much more.

     

    The Fundraising Packet your child will bring home includes:

    • A GoPlaySave Paper Coupon Book filled with over $10,000 in local savings to amazing local businesses that include Lidl Grocery, Ruckus, V Pizza, Learning Express, and Game On Escapes.

    • An information sheet that includes a QR code that you can scan to personally make a purchase, as well as set up a custom link to share with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. 

     

    Please note that you will receive an email every time someone purchases through your child’s link and additional books will be sent home with your child to fill these orders (mobile activation code will be sent to people that purchase the mobile book).

     

    Thank you in advance for your support!

     

    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information

    • Board Advisory Council representative: FWES is in Wake County School Board District 9. Each district has an advisory council who works with the School Board Member throughout the year. FWES needs a new representative to participate with Mrs. Pierce and report back to the PTA and families from the 4 scheduled meetings in 2022-23 (Sept. 13, Oct. 24, Jan. 23 and March 20). If you are interested, please read the guidelines from WCPSS School Board policy linked below AND email Sarah Barrett, PTA President at president@fwespta.org by September 1st to share your interest and confirm your understanding of the attendance requirements and responsibilities. If more than one parent is interested in serving in this role, the PTA Board of Directors and Mrs. Pierce will work to identify a representative for FWES. Representatives must then complete a nomination form and it must be approved by District 9 School Board representative- Karen Carter. Board Advisory Council WCPSS Board Policy and Guidelines

     

    • Community Garden Chair: The main role of the Community Garden Chair is to support, maintain, and enhance learning opportunities utilizing the Community Garden at FWES. Specific responsibilities include: Managing Sign Up Genius for Volunteer Watering Schedule and Harvesting Source Supplies for Planting and Caretaking, Seasonal Upkeep and Planning Facilitating Garden Volunteer Opportunities for Staff and Students/ Does This Sound Like You? For more information contact: services@fwespta.org

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock

    Reservations for the Spirit Rock will be open for PTA members ONLY from August 29th through September 9th. PTA members: you can reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). Starting September 10th, reservations will be open to everyone! Join the FWES PTA here if you want to take advantage of the early reservation window for PTA members.

     

    Yubbler for FWES School Supplies:

    https://www.yubbler.com/school/farmington-woods-elementary

    Make back to school shopping easy! Shop with Yubbler and give back to the FWES PTA at the same time. All the supplies from the FWES school supply list can be purchased at one time and shipped to you. Save 5% if you purchase before July 30th. 

     

    Join us for our first Walk to School Day on September 2nd!

    Meet us by 8:30am at the back left corner of the Farmington Woods Drive/Kildaire Farm Road plaza at the Torero's Mexican restaurant (the plaza where Starbucks is). Email Cheryl Schoen at bmdcarter2000@hotmail.com for more info!

     

    8-20-2022

    Summer Update- August 19th 

    Mrs. Pierce’s Video Message

     

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Sunday, August 21

    • 6:00pm FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Workday #3 (of 3) 

    Monday, August 22

    • 8:30am-3:30pm Medication Sign In

    Tuesday, August 23

    • 8:30am-12:30pm Medication Sign In

    • FWES Office Closed 12:45pm for Required Trainings

    Wednesday, August 24 

    • 8:30am-3:30pm Medication Sign In

    Thursday, August 25

    • 2:15pm 1st Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 2:30-4:00pm Kinder Open House and Pre-K, ECS, 1st Grade Meet the Teacher- Parents and Students should attend these events)- Medication Sign In

    • 4:30pm 2nd-5th Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 4:00-6:00pm PTA Welcome Back Family Picnic on Playground/Green Top

    Friday, August 26

    • 8:30-10:30am 2nd-5th Grade Meet the Teacher; Medication Sign In

    Monday, August 29 

    • 1st-5th Grade 1st Day of 2022-23 School Year! 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last Names A-C

    Tuesday, August 30 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names D-L

    • FWES PTA Go Play Save Coupon Book Fundraiser Begins

    Wednesday, August 31 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names M-R

    Thursday, September 1

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names S-Z

    Friday, September 2 

    • 11:45am Kindergarten Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event (for parents AND students)

    • 1:45pm- Early Release for 1st-5th Graders

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    • All Kindergartners Report for their 1st Day of Kindergarten! 



    FWES Summer Updates for Families: 

    Welcome Back Newsletter for FWES Families

    FWES Open House Flyer (pasted below but also linked here)

    open house

    picnic

     

    FWES Family Information for 2022-23- en espanol (for ALL families to complete- email, volunteer interests, safety patrol for 4th/5th sign up, etc.)- To help us protect your time at Open House and Meet the Teacher events, please use this link to provide information to the school and PTA that will allow us to best communicate with you and know your interests. 

    Note: Families who have not completed the survey prior to Open House will have a paper copy to complete during the Open House/Meet the Teacher event:) 

     

    Complete 2022-23 Free/Reduced Lunch Application       New application required THIS year!!

     

    Medication Drop Off: Medication will be administered to students with the proper form (1702) on file signed by the parent and physician, as is required by Wake County Policy.  These forms are available online and at the Front Office. All over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, cough drops, and rash creams) must also be accompanied by a physician’s form. All medications must be sent in the original container with the pharmacist’s label attached. All medication should be brought to school by the parent. Medications without the proper medical documentation will be held in the office and not administered to the child.

    Prior to the first day of school:

    Have your child’s physician sign and complete his/her section of the Form 1702.

    Return the Form 1702 along with medications (if needed) on or before August 29, 2022 or your child’s first day.

     

    Families may sign in medication to be kept at school for students at the times below. 

    Monday, August 22nd: 8:30am-3:00pm

    Tuesday, August 23rd: 8:30am-12:30pm (Office closed in PM for required trainings)

    Wednesday, August 24th: 8:30am-3:30pm 

    Thursday, August 25th: 2:30-4:00pm for Pre-K, ECS, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students during Open House

    Friday, August 26th: 8:30-10:30am for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students during Open House

     

    Bus Routes for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on Friday, August 19, 2022. There will be support available related to bus routes at both Open House Events on August 25 and 26 at FWES for questions. 

    Bus Cautions and Reminders: There is a shortage of bus drivers, so many routes have been adjusted to try to accommodate all riders- your bus route and stop may be different this year. In addition, due to many buses across the district making two runs (pick up students- drop them off- then back to FWES to get a 2nd route)- the TIMES for AM and PM may be adjusted significantly for your bus. There is also the chance that on some days, there may not be a driver for a route. Consider your back-up plan if you are notified that your students’ route will not run so we can still see them at school! 

    *Changes may be made before August 29th- so please check regularly! 

    View Board of Education Work Session from 8-16-2022 to learn more about the Transportation challenges at this time. 

     

    Meet the New Staff at FWES for 2022-23

    Thank you for helping to welcome all of the talented new staff who are joining our FWES Team for the 2022-23 school year. 

    *Returning FWES Staff in new roles for 2022-23

    • Kivany Finney- Kindergarten Teacher (formerly K-5 IA)

    • Becca Waznak- 1st Grade Teacher (formerly ECS Teacher)

    • Brian Walsh- K-5 IA (formerly CCR IA)

    • Mariam Lafi- CCR IA (formerly Pre K IA)

    • Teresa Clark- Pre K IA (formerly Covid Support)

     

    COVID Health Guidance 2022-23

    Please review the updated COVID guidance linked above for the 2022-23 school year. Some highlights to note: 

    • Masks are recommended but not required

    • Hand washing will continue to be emphasized throughout the day

    • Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces will continue

    • Students with any illness or COVID symptom should stay home

    • Students who present at school with any of the COVID symptoms will be required to be picked up from school immediately and will need to follow the When to Return guidelines before returning to school: When to Return

      • COVID symptoms include: fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea

      • General next steps if showing symptoms: Quarantine for 5 days unless alternate diagnosis or negative COVID test result

        • Families may request a COVID home test kit from the school if needed

    Thank you for continuing to work with us at FWES to keep all students and staff well and in school by carefully monitoring your child for symptoms each morning and for your cooperation if symptoms appear during the school day.

     

    FWES PTA Updates and Information: 

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    Open PTA positions:

    • Vice President:  FWES PTA is in need of a First Vice President. The main function of this role is to simply support the President. This person will attend monthly board meetings and executive committee meetings. They will have a voting voice on the board. They will learn the ins and outs of the PTA and be closely involved with decision making. If this sounds right for you, please reach out to president@fwespta.org for more information. 

    • Board Advisory Council representative: FWES is in Wake County School Board District 9. Each district has an advisory council who works with the School Board Member throughout the year. FWES needs a new representative to participate with Mrs. Pierce and report back to the PTA and families from the 4 scheduled meetings in 2022-23 (Sept. 13, Oct. 24, Jan. 23 and March 20). If you are interested, please read the guidelines from WCPSS School Board policy linked below AND email Sarah Barrett, PTA President at president@fwespta.org by September 1st to share your interest and confirm your understanding of the attendance requirements and responsibilities. If more than one parent is interested in serving in this role, the PTA Board of Directors and Mrs. Pierce will work to identify a representative for FWES. Representatives must then complete a nomination form and it must be approved by District 9 School Board representative - Karen Carter. Board Advisory Council WCPSS Board Policy and Guidelines

    • Community Garden Chair: The main role of the Community Garden Chair is to support, maintain, and enhance learning opportunities utilizing the Community Garden at FWES. Specific responsibilities include: managing volunteer watering schedule and harvesting, source supplies for planting and caretaking, seasonal upkeep, and facilitating garden volunteer opportunities for staff and students.  Does this sound like you? For more information contact: services@fwespta.org

     

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock: The ability to make reservations for the Spirit Rock will be open for PTA members ONLY from August 29th through September 9th. You can reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). Starting September 10th, reservations will be open to everyone! Join the FWES PTA here if you want to take advantage of the early reservation window for PTA members.

     

    Yubbler for FWES School Supplies- 

    https://www.yubbler.com/school/farmington-woods-elementary

    Make back to school shopping easy! Shop with Yubbler and give back to the FWES PTA at the same time. All the supplies from the FWES school supply list can be purchased at one time and shipped to you. 

     

    FWES Campus Clean Up: 

    The final Campus Clean Up work day before the students return will be THIS SUNDAY August 21 at 6pm. The focus is going to be on beautification, planting flowers in pots and overall making the school appear tidy and welcoming to all. There will be lots of great things for little hands to do and we really need all hands on deck to make it happen!

    • Bring a water bottle, gloves and your favorite yard tools. 

    • No building access or bathroom will be available on Sunday so plan accordingly!

    Text Anna Watkins, PTA Campus Clean-Up Chair, at 919-593-4681 with any questions or to say you can help.

     

    8-12-2022

    FWES Summer Updates- August 12th 

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message (video message and summary of information below from Mrs. Pierce- 11 minutes)

     

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Saturday, August 13

    • 6:00pm FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Workday #2 (of 3) 

    Wednesday, August 17

    • All FWES staff return to Work! (State required LETRS training all day)

    Thursday, August 18 

    • FWES Staff Kick Off Day - Front Office Closed at 11:30am

    • Thank you PTA for providing lunch for staff! 

    Sunday, August 21

    • 6:00pm FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Workday #3 (of 3) 

    Thursday, August 25

    • 2:15pm 1st Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 2:30-4:00pm Kinder Open House and Pre-K, ECS, 1st Grade Meet the Teacher- Parents and Students should attend these events)

    • 4:30pm 2nd-5th Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 4:00-6:00pm PTA Welcome Back Family Picnic on Playground/Green Top

    Friday, August 26

    • 8:30-10:30am 2nd-5th Grade Meet the Teacher 

    Monday, August 29 

    • 1st-5th Grade 1st Day of 2022-23 School Year! 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last Names A-C

    Tuesday, August 30 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names D-L

    • FWES PTA Go Play Save Coupon Book Fund Raiser Begins

    Wednesday, August 31 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names M-R

    Thursday, September 1

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names S-Z

    Friday, September 2 

    • 11:45am Kindergarten Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors

    • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event (for parents and students)

    • 1:45pm- Early Release for 1st-5th Graders

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    • All Kindergartners Report for their 1st Day of Kindergarten! 



    FWES Summer Updates for Families: 

    Welcome Back Newsletter for FWES Families

    2022-23 Traditional School Calendar (updated 8-2-2022)

    FWES Open House and Meet Your Teacher

     

    Family Input Survey- To help us protect your time at Open House and Meet the Teacher events, please use this link to provide information to the school and PTA that will allow us to best communicate with you and know your interests. 

    Families who have not completed the survey prior to Open House will have a paper copy to complete during the Open House/Meet the Teacher event:) 



    Apply for free and reduced-price school meals for 2022-23 (clink this link for the online application- paper applications are also available at the Farmington Woods office for completion)

    • All students previously received free school meals supported by federal funding due to the pandemic. This funding ended on June 30, 2022. In order to receive free or reduced-price meals for next school year, families must submit a meal benefits application. 

      • Note that families will need to pay for lunch unless an application has been submitted and approved- please DO NOT wait if your student needs this support! 

    • All families must complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year starting July 1 in order to receive benefits. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

    • K-5 Breakfast $1.50 and lunch $3.00

     

    Bus Routes for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on Monday, August 19, 2022. There will be support available related to bus routes at both Open House Events on August 25 and 26 at FWES for questions. 

     

    COVID Health Guidance 2022-23

    Please review the updated COVID guidance linked above for the 2022-23 school year. Some highlights to note: 

    • Masks are recommended but not required

    • Hand washing will continue to be emphasized throughout the day

    • Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces will continue

    • Students with any illness or COVID symptom should stay home

    • Students who present at school with any of the COVID symptoms will be required to be picked up from school immediately and will need to follow the When to Return guidelines before returning to school: When to Return

      • COVID symptoms include: fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea

      • General next steps if showing symptoms: Quarantine for 5 days unless alternate diagnosis or negative COVID test result

        • Families may request a COVID home test kit from the school if needed

    Thank you for continuing to work with us at FWES to keep all students and staff well and in school by carefully monitoring your child for symptoms each morning and for your cooperation if symptoms appear during the school day.

    FWES PTA Updates and Information for Families:

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    Board Advisory Council representative: FWES is in Wake County School Board District 9. Each district has an advisory council who works with the School Board Member throughout the year. FWES needs a new representative to participate with Mrs. Pierce and report back to the PTA and families from the 4 scheduled meetings in 2022-23 (Sept. 13, Oct. 24, Jan. 23 and March 20). 

    If you are interested, please read the guidelines from WCPSS School Board policy linked below AND email Sarah Barrett, PTA President at president@fwespta.org by September 1st to share your interest and confirm your understanding of the attendance requirements and responsibilities. If more than one parent is interested in serving in this role, the PTA Board of Directors and Mrs. Pierce will work to identify a representative for FWES. Representatives must then complete a nomination form and it must be approved by District 9 School Board representative- Karen Carter. 

    Board Advisory Council WCPSS Board Policy and Guidelines

    FWES PTA Spirit Rock: The ability to make reservations for the Spirit Rock will be open for PTA members ONLY from August 29th through September 9th. You can reserve your date through the end of the calendar year (excluding dates already reserved by the PTA). Starting September 10th, reservations will be open to everyone! Join the FWES PTA here if you want to take advantage of the early reservation window for PTA members.

     

     

    8-1-2022

    Note: FWES Office will be closed on Monday, August 1st at 12:00noon and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:30am. Thank you! 

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Tuesday, August 2

    • 9:00am After School Registration Online Sign Up Opens

    Friday, August 5th

    • Participate International Teachers Arrive!!!

    Tuesday,  August 9 

    • After School Registration completion in person for those with confirmed seats
    • 5:00-5:30pm FWES Staff visit Portree Place
    • 5:45-6:15pm FWES Staff visit Blue Bird Court

    Wednesday, August 10 

    • 5:00-5:30pm FWES Staff visit Grissom St/Curfman St.

    Saturday, August 13

    • 6:00pm FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Workday #2 (of 3) 

    Wednesday, August 17

    • All FWES return to Work! (State required training all day)

    Thursday, August 18 

    • FWES Staff Kick Off Day - Front Office Closed at 11:30am
    • Thank you PTA for providing lunch for staff! 

    Sunday, August 21

    • 6:00pm FWES PTA Campus Clean Up Workday #3 (of 3) 

    Thursday, August 25

    • 2:15pm 1st Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
    • 2:30-4:00pm Kinder Open House and Pre-K, ECS, 1st Grade Meet the Teacher- Parents and Students should attend these events)
    • 4:30pm 2nd-5th Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
    • PTA Welcome Back Family Picnic on Playground/Green Top

    Friday, August 26

    • 8:30-10:30am 2nd-5th Grade Meet the Teacher 

    Monday, August 29 

    • 1st-5th Grade 1st Day of 2022-23 School Year! 
    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last Names A-C

    Tuesday, August 30 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names D-L
    • FWES PTA Go Play Save Coupon Book Fund Raiser Begins

    Wednesday, August 31 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names M-R

    Thursday, September 1

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names S-Z

    Friday, September 2 

      • 11:45am Kindergarten Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
      • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event (for parents and students)
    • 1:45pm- Early Release for 1st-5th Graders

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    • All Kindergartners Report for their 1st Day of Kindergarten! 



    FWES Summer Updates for Families: 

    FWES Family/Student Handbook Highlights 2022-23 

    FWES Family/Student Handbook Highlights 2022-23- Spanish

     

    FWES Family/Student Handbook 2022-2023 - Updates to the Family/Student Handbook for 2022-23 have been made and are current as of 7-25-2022. Please note that some additional information will be updated and/or added over the next few weeks but the majority of information included has been updated. 

    The handbook will provide families with school specific procedures and practices to support your partnership with our school community this year. 

     

    FWES Transition to Kindergarten 4 Weeks to Go!- To support our kindergartners and their families in the transition to Kindergarten, we have created a page on our website where all documents related to kindergarten will be linked. Please visit this page over the next few weeks to be informed and ready for this exciting transition for your student and your family! 

     

    FWES After School Program Registration Reminder:

    A quick reminder that the FWES After School Program Registration Portal will open TOMORROW- Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00am. 

    Access to the link will be on the FWES Website in the Top Message Ribbon section and the link to Register will be active at 9:00am tomorrow. 

    Review the process outline linked above and especially the information required on the registration form so you are prepared. Our program typically fills all available seats (100 seats for 2022-23) within 5-7 minutes of the opening of the link. 

     

    FWES is coming to your Neighborhood August 9th or 10th! We are excited to have scheduled additional neighborhood visits in early August to get students and families ready to start the 2022-23 school year. Check out the information below and we look forward to seeing you there! 

    August Neighborhood Visits  espanol 




    FWES PTA Updates and Information for Families: 

    Yubbler for FWES School Supplies- 

    https://www.yubbler.com/school/farmington-woods-elementary

    Make back to school shopping easy! Shop with Yubbler and give back to the FWES PTA at the same time. All the supplies from the FWES school supply list can be purchased at one time and shipped to you. Save 5% if you purchase before July 30th. 

     

    FWES Campus Clean Up: 

    We’ve added an additional Campus Clean Up work day on August 13 at 6pm and again on August 21 at 6pm

    • Bring a water bottle, gloves and your favorite yard tools. 
    • No building access or bathroom will be available during these workdays.

    Text Anna Watkins, PTA Campus Clean-Up Chair, at 919-593-4681 with any questions or to say you can help.

     

    7-25-2022 FWES Family Summer Updates

    Mark your Calendars: 

    Tuesday, August 2 

    • 9:00am After School Registration Opens On Line

    Friday, August 5

    • Participate Teachers (International) arrive to WCPSS (please have any donations to the school by Thursday, August 4th

    Wednesday, August 17

    • All FWES return to Work! (State required training all day)

    Thursday, August 18 

    • FWES Staff Kick Off Day - Front Office Closed at 11:30am
    • Thank you PTA for providing lunch for staff! 

    Sunday, August 21

    • 6:00pm PTA Sponsored Campus Clean Up Event

    Thursday, August 25

    • 2:15pm 1st Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
    • 2:30-4:00pm Kinder Open House and 1st Grade Meet the Teacher- Parents and Students should attend these events)
    • 4:30pm 2nd-5th Grade Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
    • PTA Welcome Back Family Picnic on Playground/Green Top

    Friday, August 26

    • 8:30-10:30am 2nd-5th Grade Meet the Teacher 

    Monday, August 29 

    • 1st-5th Grade 1st Day of 2022-23 School Year! 
    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last Names A-C

    Tuesday, August 30 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names D-L
    • FWES PTA Go Play Save Coupon Book Fund Raiser Begins

    Wednesday, August 31 

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names M-R

    Thursday, September 1

    • Kindergarten Staggered Entry Last names S-Z

    Friday, September 2 

    • 11:45am Kindergarten Class Rosters Posted at Front Doors
    • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Event (for parents and students)
    • 1:45pm- Early Release for 1st-5th Graders

    Monday, September 5

    • No School- Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 6 

    • All Kindergartners Report for their 1st Day of Kindergarten! 



    FWES Friday Folder Information for Families: 

    FWES After School Program: ONLINE registration for the After School Program at FWES will open at 9:00am on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Please review all of the dates and processes outlined on our website (linked above). DO NOT come to FWES on August 2nd- register your interest using the ONLINE form that will be active at 9:00am. 

    WCPSS Parent/Student Handbook 2022-23- WCPSS policies and procedures outlined

    FWES Family/Student Handbook 2022-2023 - Updates to the Family/Student Handbook for 2022-23 have been made and are current as of 7-25-2022. Please note that some additional information will be updated and/or added over the next few weeks but the majority of information included has been updated. 

    The handbook will provide families with school specific procedures and practices to support your partnership with our school community this year. 

     

    FWES Transition to Kindergarten Materials- To support our kindergartners and their families in the transition to Kindergarten, we have created a page on our website where all documents related to kindergarten will be linked. Please visit this page over the next few weeks to be informed and ready for this exciting transition for your student and your family! 

     

    FWES is coming to your Neighborhood August 9th or 10th! We are excited to have scheduled additional neighborhood visits in early August to get students and families ready to start the 2022-23 school year. Check out the information below and we look forward to seeing you there! 

    August Neighborhood Visits  espanol 

     

    Bus Riders and Routes: All students planning to ride the bus must be registered to be included on the bus routing. WCPSS Bus Registration 

    Bus Routes for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on Monday, August 19, 2022. There will be support available related to bus routes at both Open House Events on August 25 and 26 at FWES for questions. 

     

    Club Sponsor Interest for 2022-23- We are hoping that we can return to the ability of our school to offer clubs that may align with inquiry interests to our students. Clubs (prior to COVID) were sponsored by staff and parent volunteers. If you would be interested in sponsoring a club (or just want to learn more)- please complete this form. We will begin work in September to organize and determine appropriate details and would hope that clubs could begin in mid-late October. 

     

    Yubbler for FWES School Supplies- 

    https://www.yubbler.com/school/farmington-woods-elementary

    Make back to school shopping easy! Shop with Yubbler and give back to the FWES PTA at the same time. All the supplies from the FWES school supply list can be purchased at one time and shipped to you. Save 5% if you purchase before July 30th. 

     

     

    Friday, July 15th Reminders from Farmington Woods Elementary: 

    MOVED? Please let us know if you have moved or if your student will not be attending Farmington Woods Elementary for the 2022-23 school year so we are best able to plan for classroom assignments and hiring staff. 

    **Please also make sure you have registered your kindergartner for the 2022-23 school year if they will be 5 years old by August 31, 2022. Registration Process and Information    Tell your friends, too! 

     

    Register for Bus Transportation by MONDAY, July 18th to be assigned for the 1st day of School! 

    https://www.wcpss.net/busrider

    Please make sure you register your student as a bus rider by July 18th so they can be assigned to a bus. Routing over 160,000 students is a challenging task, so transportation will only create routes for the 1st day of school for families who register that they want to use the bus. If you miss the deadline, it may be a week or two after the start of the year before your child can ride the bus to and from school. 

     

    FWES Helpers Needed......

    👉 We need a crew of families to start preparing the school grounds for back to school. 

    THIS Sunday, July 17, 6:30pm - until dark

    and Sunday, August 21, 6:30 pm - until dark

    • Bring a water bottle, gloves and your favorite yard tools. 
    • Someone with a truck to haul away debris would be helpful, as well as a weed eater, pruners and clippers, garden knives/spades/shovels for weeding.
    • July's work day will focus on the amphitheater and courtyard area, so meet us there. No building access or bathroom will be available during these workdays.

    Text Anna Watkins, PTA Campus Clean-Up Chair, at 919-593-4681 with any questions or to say you can help.

     

    Yubbler for FWES School Supplies- 

    https://www.yubbler.com/school/farmington-woods-elementary

    Make back to school shopping easy! Shop with Yubbler and give back to the FWES PTA at the same time. All the supplies from the FWES school supply list can be purchased at one time and shipped to you. Save 5% if you purchase before July 30th. 

     

    FWES PTA Needs YOU- help by serving as the Cultural Arts Chair for 2022-23 and help bring great cultural arts events to our students! 

     PTA Cultural Arts

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    Mrs. Pierce’s Message (click for video message summarizing Friday Folder Information)

    *Note that Google Meet had a glitch and it cut off right at the end of the PTA info. I added my concluding comments below:) 

    Please be aware that we are currently updating all information and documents for the 22-23 school year. There are MANY updates due to the lifting of COVID procedures and restrictions and these updates take time. Our goal is to have as much updated as possible and loaded to the FWES Website by August 1st; however, we will load them as they are ready so you can check the website throughout July. 

    Before School Registration is with the Taylor YMCA and the program and registration information is in the Parent section of the FWES Website and available now. 

    After School Registration materials are being updated for 2022-23 and dates for registration at FWES are being determined. We will have all of that information available by August 1st. There will be an online "line up" to register process and then in person days prior to the start of the school year (likely the week of August 8th) for bringing payment and registration documents. The program does require paper completion of documents and a check/money order, so registration must be in person. 

    Be sure to follow us on Twitter @fwesibpyp to meet the new staff joining our team this year. We will start sharing their photos and information next week! 

     

    Summer Office Hours FWES

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    FWES Office is open from 8:30-3:30pm daily. There are sometimes when the office is not open for a short time at lunch if the office is short staffed- signs will be posted about return time if this happens. 

    Office staff often have vacations, trainings and other appointments in the summer weeks. Please call the office or email the individuals below before coming to make sure you can get the assistance you need upon your arrival. 

    • Lead Secretary- Peggy Farr- General School Information/Materials Pick Up- pfarr@wcpss.net 
    • Data Manager- Marcia Tracy-Dale- Registration Process and Student Required forms/registration materials; Change of address/phone number; Custody Documents- mtracy-dale@wcpss.net
    • Principal- Winston Pierce- School Information- awpierce@wcpss.net 
    • Assistant Principal- Mark Beamish- General School Information/Bus Transportation- mbeamish@wcpss.net *Note Mr. Beamish is currently out of the office and will return July 18th. 

     

    FWES School Supply List for 2022-23 Please use this updated list for 2022-23 when putting your student’s school supplies together this summer for the next school year. 

    Note: 1st-5th Graders will need to transport their Chromebook to and from school daily, please look for a backpack with a padded computer sleeve area if possible. Kindergartners will each have a Chromebook assigned to them but they will not transport them to and from school. 

     

    Register for Bus Transportation by July 18th to be assigned for the 1st day of School! 

    https://www.wcpss.net/busrider

    Please make sure you register your student as a bus rider by July 18th so they can be assigned to a bus. Routing over 160,000 students is a challenging task, so transportation will only create routes for the 1st day of school for families who register that they want to use the bus. If you miss the deadline, it may be a week or two after the start of the year before your child can ride the bus to and from school. 

     

    Starting School Dates and Events: 

    Thursday, August 25th   

    • 2:15pm 1st Grade Teacher Assignments posted at the front of the school
    • 2:30-4:00pm Kinder Open House and 1st Grade Meet Your Teacher 
    • 4:30pm 2nd-5th Grade Teacher Assignments posted at the front of the school 

    Friday, August 26th

    • 8:30-10:30am 2nd-5th Grade Meet Your Teacher 

    Monday, August 29th

    • First Day of School for 1st-5th Graders! Welcome Back! 

     

    Kindergarten Staggered Entry- Kindergarten Students come to school on only one day the first week of school as part of a transition/orientation process. They will participate in a “regular” full school day the day they come to FWES, but will not come back and start school until Tuesday, September 6th. 

    • Monday, August 29th- Kindergartners with last names A-C
    • Tuesday, August 30th- Kindergartners with last names D-L
    • Wednesday, August 31st- Kindergartners with last names M-R
    • Thursday, September 1st- Kindergartners with last names S-Z

     

    Kindergarten Meet Your Teacher

    • Friday, September 2nd 
    • 11:45am Kindergarten Teacher Assignments posted at the front of the school
    • 12:00-1:00pm Kindergarten Meet Your Teacher 
        • Parents and kindergartners should come to FWES, bring school supplies for drop off and meet your teacher, see your cubby and find your seat at a table. 



    Summer Meals Document

    Please review this document about where families can access free summer meals for those students who are experiencing challenges and may be food insecure at home. 

     

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    Apply for free and reduced-price school meals for 2022-23

      • All students currently receive free school meals supported by federal funding due to the pandemic. This funding is set to end on June 30, 2022. In order to receive free or reduced-price meals for next school year, families need to submit a meal benefits application. 
      • All families must complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year starting July 1 in order to receive benefits. Please allow 10 business days for processing.
    • K-5 Breakfast $1.50 and lunch $3.00
    • 6-12 Breakfast $1.75 and lunch $3.25

     

    Volunteers in 2022-23- 

    All approved volunteers in the 2021-22 school year do NOT need to reactivate to volunteer in 22-23. If you are an approved volunteer- you received an email from Mrs. Pierce on Thursday, July 7, 2022 sharing your status with you. 

    If you DID NOT get an email from Mrs. Pierce- you are not yet an approved registered volunteer and will need to complete the process to be a volunteer. 

    The new system takes longer than in prior years, so those family members interested in getting involved early- like PTA help with Open House, PTA projects, classroom extra hands, library helpers, etc… should register during the summer months if at all possible. 

    Registration must be completed at a WCPSS Work Location, like FWES or another school or central office if it is closer to your home or work. Please review FWES Office Hours before planning a trip to the school to register. 

    *Note that WCPSS Employees are also required to register if they plan to volunteer in a school with their personal children. 

    WCPSS Volunteer Information for 2022-23

     

    Club Sponsor Interest for 2022-23- We are hoping to get some clubs up and running again in the 2022-23 school year. We have been fortunate in the past to have parent and grandparent volunteers give their time to provide an inquiry experience to our students before or after school. Please review the information in the link and let us know if you would be interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity. Filling out the form is not a commitment but we will reach back out in September with all the details to begin to confirm with all those who are interested. We will aim to begin clubs mid to late October, 2022. 

    *If you are not an approved volunteer and want to help with clubs- please see info above about Volunteer Registration. 

     

    Summer Neighborhood Visits- STEM and Water Fun! July 25th and 26th 6:00-7:00pm

    Neighborhood Visits- English Flyer   en Espanol

    Let us know below if you plan to join in the fun so we have enough materials for everyone! 

            Summer STEM Neighborhood Visit (Visita vecindario de Verano)

     

    Farmer Families needed for Community Garden through the Summer! The FWES Community Garden is up and running thanks to so many students this spring coming out to the garden to help.   We are very excited to have a working garden full of promise and look forward to donating the produce to Dorcas Ministries as we have done in the past.

    We are looking for help in keeping the garden watered as well has help with the weekly harvesting and are looking for families interested in volunteering their time.  Here is an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the FWES garden with your family and take action to help our community food pantry! 

    **Great opportunity for new kindergartners and kindergarten families to be on campus and help!!!!

    Watering the FWES Community Garden SignUpGenius 

    Summer Harvest Helpers for the FWES Community Garden SignUpGenius

     

    Participate International Teachers- Furniture or Household Goods Donations 

    I am very excited to share that we will be welcoming 3 new Participate (formerly VIF) teachers to our staff for the 2022-23 school year. These teachers are international teachers who obtain NC Teaching Licensure and a specialized work visa to travel, live and teach in the United States. We are welcoming teachers from Scotland, The Bahamas and Honduras next year! 

    These teachers will arrive on August 5th to NC with two suitcases…. And then have to begin the process of finding a place to live, getting a drivers license/bank account/social security number AND figuring out how to set up a household (furniture, kitchen supplies, towels, etc.) from scratch. All of this and be ready to start work at FWES on August 17th. 

    We have had luck in the past in letting our school community know that we will be taking gently used household items in good condition to share with our new teachers to help them get on their feet. Feel free to share the need with your neighbors and friends if they are cleaning out, too- but a reminder we are not a thrift store and only need good condition and clean items. We invite you (or your friends) to bring it to FWES and let us store it in the cafeteria this summer until our teachers arrive. Please call the office (919-460-3469) before coming or to schedule a drop off time so we have someone present. If you cannot come between 8:30am-3:30pm- we can set up an evening or weekend drop off time, too. 

    • Used Items in good condition to consider donating: 
      • Furniture (living room, dining room, office/desk/chair, dresser/chest, side tables- no mattresses please) 
      • Lamps, Mirrors, Wall Art
      • Clean Dishes, Glassware and Silverware
      • Clean Pots, Baking Pans and Utensils
      • Good CLEAN Condition counter appliances (Coffee Maker, Electric Kettle, Toaster, etc.)

     

    FWES Looking for a full time K-5 Instructional Assistant- Use the WCPSS Applitrack system to let us know if you might be interested or if you know someone great- send them our way! Thanks! 



    FWES PTA Volunteer Opportunities to serve this summer (volunteer clearance is not required as school is not in session): 

    👉 We need a crew of families to start preparing the school grounds for back to school. 

    Sunday, July 17, 6:30pm - dark

    and Sunday, August 21, 6:30 pm - dark

    • Bring a water bottle, gloves and your favorite yard tools. 
    • Someone with a truck to haul away debris would be helpful, as well as a weed eater, pruners and clippers, garden knives/spades/shovels for weeding.
    • July's work day will focus on the amphitheater and courtyard area, so meet us there. No building access or bathroom will be available during these workdays.

    Text Anna Watkins, PTA Campus Clean-Up Chair, at 919-593-4681 with any questions or to say you can help. 

    👉 Parents are also needed for touch-up painting inside the school during summer office hours. Text Anna Watkins at 919-593-4681 to get connected with this project.