• May 15th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 5/15/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Bren Bataclan Mural: We had an excellent week with our visiting artist, Bren Bataclan. Our mural theme was points of interest from the three NC Regions, including the Mountains, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plains. Thank you to our 5th grade students for helping to create this beautiful legacy project. 

     

    Spring Book Fair: Our Spring Book Fair is this week, 5/15/22 - 5/20/22. Scholastic book fair proceeds support our Powell Media Center. All students will visit the Book Fair on Monday, 5/16, to browse the books for sale.  Visit our Online Scholastic Book Fair where you can view the electronic book fair flier and shop at our book fair from the comfort of your home beginning TODAY through 5/26/22. We will have open shopping for parents and students at the following times:

    • May 17th-May 20th from 8:45am - 12:00pm.
    • Thursday, May 19th from 4:00-6:30pm
    • Friday, May 20th 5:00-7:30pm (During Pawlooza)

    This will only be possible with enough volunteers. The PTA is in need of people to run the cash registers, help with getting items from behind the counter, and general supervision of kids and crowd control. Please click here to sign up to volunteer. Anyone is welcome to volunteer, but you must be a PTA member to run the cash registers. Thank you in advance for your help!

     

    Weekly myON Update: Be sure to listen to Mrs. Hart’s weekly myON Update. There is a big celebration shared in this update. 

     

    Election Day: This Tuesday, 5/17/22, is the state primary election day. Powell is a polling site. Please be patient and expect more traffic on campus on Tuesday. Your Voice, Your Vote! Remember to vote on Tuesday.

     

    School Improvement Team Meeting: Our next SIT meeting is on 5/18/22 at 7:40 AM. 

     

    Kindergarten Orientation: We are excited to meet our incoming Kindergarten families this Thursday, 5/19/22 at 5:30 PM. 

     

    Band/Orchestra Concert: Our Band and Orchestra students will perform this Thursday, 5/19/22 at 6:30 PM.

     

    Powell Pawlooza: Our Pawlooza has been rescheduled to this Friday, 5/20/22, from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. We will have food, games, crafts, and more but it can not be possible without volunteers. Please consider signing up to volunteer by clicking here. Thank you in advance!!

     

    Not returning to WCPSS Next Year?: If you know your child will not be attending a Wake County Public School for 2022-2023, Student Assignment requests that you let us know in writing along with what district and school they will be attending.  Mrs. Bost will contact you before submitting to OoSA to verify that they are sure since they are taken out of the system.  Please email Mrs. Bost at csbost@wcpss.net with this information.

     

    Early Checkouts: Early Checkouts are now part of a student's attendance record, just like tardies.  We are seeing an increase in early checkouts. Please keep students in school through the duration of the school day. Early checkouts are now entered into PowerSchool.

     

    Covid-19 Communication Reminder: If your child has tested positive for Covid, if you have a positive Covid Case in your household, or your child is considered a Covid exposure, please email powelles@wcpss.net and cbrower2@wcpss.net as soon as possible. All Covid test results should be emailed to powelles@wcpss.net

     

    Covid-19 Voluntary Testing: Our Mako Medical Covid-19 Pool testing is off to a great start. Testing takes place Thursday. Parents, if you wish for your child to participate, sign up here. If your child has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, they will not participate in the pool testing.

     

    Substitutes:  We are frequently short of substitutes which requires Instructional Assistants to be pulled from their classes and other certified staff being pulled from their assigned tasks.  Have you ever thought about substituting?  Here’s the information if you’d like to help us in this area:  Substitutes Needed 



    Have a great week!

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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  • May 8th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 5/8/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Happy Mother’s Day to our Powell mothers and mother figures. We hope you have a great day!

     

    Jump Rope for Heart: Thank you for supporting Jump Rope for Heart. Powell raised $3,200.  Way to go! 

     

    Not returning to WCPSS Next Year?: If you know your child will not be attending a Wake County Public School for 2022-2023, Student Assignment requests that you let us know in writing along with what school they will be attending.  Mrs. Bost will contact you before submitting to OoSA to verify that they are sure since they are taken out of the system.  Please email Mrs. Bost at csbost@wcpss.net with this information.


    Early Checkouts: Early Checkouts are now part of a student's attendance record, just like tardies.  We are seeing an increase in early checkouts. Please keep students in school through the duration of the school day. Early checkouts are entered into PowerSchool.

     

    Bren Bataclan Residency: We are excited to welcome Boston-based artist Bren Bataclan back to Powell for his 4th Mural Residency. All students will participate in an assembly to learn how to draw his fun characters. 5th grade students will design a NC themed mural, highlighting points of interest from the Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain regions of NC. Bren’s Smile Project has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The San Francisco Chronicle and most recently, PRI's The World.

     

    Powell Pawlooza Rescheduled: Pawlooza has been rescheduled to Friday, May 20th 5:00 - 7:30 PM.

     

    PTA General Meeting & Board Meeting: Join us this Tuesday, 5/10/22 at 7:00 PM for our last PTA General Meeting followed by the PTA Board Meeting. 

     

    National School Nurse : On Wednesday, 5/11/22, we celebrate our School Nurse, Mitzi Searcy.

    District 4 BAC Meeting:  District 4 BAC Meeting on Thursday, 5/12/22, 6:00 PM at Rogers Road Elementary School.

     

    Covid-19 Communication Reminder: If your child has tested positive for Covid, if you have a positive Covid Case in your household, or your child is considered a Covid exposure, please email powelles@wcpss.net and cbrower2@wcpss.net as soon as possible. All Covid test results should be emailed to powelles@wcpss.net

     

    Covid-19 Voluntary Testing: Our Mako Medical Covid-19 Pool testing is off to a great start. Testing takes place Thursday. Parents, if you wish for your child to participate, sign up here. If your child has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, they will not participate in the pool testing.

     

    Substitutes:  We are frequently short of substitutes which requires Instructional Assistants to be pulled from their classes and other certified staff being pulled from their assigned tasks.  Have you ever thought about substituting?  Here’s the information if you’d like to help us in this area:  Substitutes Needed 



    Have a great week!

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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  • April 24th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 4/24/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Mrs. Hart's myON Challenge Update April 24th

     

    Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week: This week 4/25 - 4/29, we celebrate the hard work of the Powell office staff who keep things running smoothly each and every day. We are very thankful for our Lead Secretary - Terri Frazer, Data Manager - Carolyn Bost, and Receptionist - Alexia Kearney. Be sure to find a way to say “Thank you” to each of them this week. We appreciate you!!

     

    Kindergarten Page Farms Field Trip: Our Kindergarten students will be visiting Page Farms on 4/27/22 where they will be learning about strawberries and will have the opportunity to pick their own strawberries from the field. 

     

    Artist in Residency 3rd Grade - Legocies: Our third grade artist in residency scheduled for this week has been rescheduled due to a death in the family of our artist. We wish the artist, Megan Oteri, well during this difficult time. 

     

    Bagels with Brower:  Schedule for this Friday 4/29/22 has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. The new date is Friday, 5/6/22 at 9:00 AM.

     

    Science Olympiad Competition: Best of luck to our Competitive Minds Domain as they participate in the WCPSS Science Olympiad Competition on 4/30/22

     

    Panorama Survey for All Families:  We want to hear from you! The panorama survey is open to all families until May 6, 2022. 

     

    Family Engagement Regional Meetings: Powell is excited to invite you to join our Spring 2022 Family Engagement Regional Meetings team. Regional meetings are held for small groups of staff & families to gather from each of our Title 1 schools to devote time to building community and content knowledge related to Family Engagement. 

     

    Please email our family engagement coordinator, Mrs. Cathay Mullins, at ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net if you're able to join us on Monday May 2nd  at Crossroads 3 Room 1 from 6:00 - 7:30. Crossroads Building 3 is located at  111 Corning Road in Cary 27518. Each school is limited to four persons to allow for social distancing.  Refreshments will be provided, and we would love to have you participate as a valued member of our Powell Elementary family.

     

    Foster Care Bags: Girl Scout Troop 4858, which several Powell students are members of, needs your help!  They are working on their Bronze Award project, which helps develop leadership skills while also supporting a community need.  They have elected to create "Foster Care Bags" to support kids in foster care who may leave their home with very little or nothing of their own!  Please consider donating the following items: 

    • PJs
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Bath supplies (toothbrush, hair brush)
    • Coloring books and crayons
    • Notebooks
    • Board games or card games

     

    Donations will be accepted through May 1st, and can be placed in the collection bin in the Powell lobby.  Questions?  Contact Jessica Gill at jgill3@wcpss.net

     

    Lunch Volunteers: Thank you to the parents who have volunteered this year to support lunch supervision. We continue to have a need for volunteers. If your schedule permits, please consider volunteering. You can sign up for individual shifts including specified dates and times. Sign up as a lunch volunteer here. 

     

    Covid-19 Communication Reminder: If your child has tested positive for Covid, if you have a positive Covid Case in your household, or your child is considered a Covid exposure, please email powelles@wcpss.net and cbrower2@wcpss.net as soon as possible. All Covid test results should be emailed to powelles@wcpss.net

     

    Covid-19 Voluntary Testing: Our Mako Medical Covid-19 Pool testing is off to a great start. Testing takes place Thursday. Parents, if you wish for your child to participate, sign up here. If your child has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, they will not participate in the pool testing.

     

    Substitutes:  We are frequently short of substitutes which requires Instructional Assistants to be pulled from their classes and other certified staff being pulled from their assigned tasks.  Have you ever thought about substituting?  Here’s the information if you’d like to help us in this area:  Substitutes Needed 



    Have a great week!

     

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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  • April 3rd, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 4/3/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

    Class Group Photos & Spring Picture Retakes: We have shared concerns with Lifetouch with the lack of attention to our school class group photos. Also, there was a miscommunication within Lifetouch and individual photos were not taken. To address these concerns, Lifetouch will be on campus on Wednesday, 4/20/22 to retake every class group photo and individual photos for those who purchased a package. Thank you for your patience as we worked through this situation with Lifetouch.

    National Assistant Principal Appreciation Week: This week is National Assistant Principal Appreciation Week.  We are so thankful for our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Melissa Hart.  Mrs. Hart is a key stakeholder in our school community. She wears many hats at Powell and is instrumental in the success of our school. Thank you, Mrs. Hart, for all that you do each and every day for our staff, parents, and most importantly - our students. We appreciate you!

     

    School Library Media Coordinator Day: Tomorrow, 4/04/22, we celebrate our School Library Media Coordinator, Mrs. Jessica Gill. Thank you to Mrs. Gill for knowing our students’ interest and keeping our circulation collection up to date and interesting. We appreciate your willingness to assist our teachers with their media needs. Thank you for all that you do!

    Panorama Survey for All Families:  Wake County Public Schools is administering a District Wide Family Survey from Monday, April 4, through Friday, May 6. This survey provides families the opportunity to provide valuable information and a high-quality data source for planning and School Improvement.  The survey has been translated into various languages; Spanish, Arabic, French, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese in an effort to provide accessibility to families in Wake County Public Schools. The survey administration language can be chosen by families before taking the survey.  

    4th Grade NC Symphony Trip: 4/05/22

     

    PTA Board Meeting: This Tuesday, 4/05/22, is our next PTA Board Meeting at 7:00 PM.

     

    1st Grade Field Trip JC Raulston Arboretum: - 4/08/22

     

    Spring Break: Next week, 4/11 - 4/15/22, is our much anticipated Spring Break.  I hope you enjoy a nice break. There will not be a weekly memo next week.

     

    Foster Care Bags: Girl Scout Troop 4858, which several Powell students are members of, needs your help!  They are working on their Bronze Award project, which helps develop leadership skills while also supporting a community need.  They have elected to create "Foster Care Bags" to support kids in foster care who may leave their home with very little or nothing of their own!  Please consider donating the following items: 

    • PJs
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Bath supplies (toothbrush, hair brush)
    • Coloring books and crayons
    • Notebooks
    • Board games or card games

     

    Donations will be accepted through May 1st, and can be placed in the collection bin in the Powell lobby.  Questions?  Contact Jessica Gill at jgill3@wcpss.net

     

    Lunch Volunteers: Thank you to the parents who have volunteered this year to support lunch supervision. We continue to have a need for volunteers. If your schedule permits, please consider volunteering. You can sign up for individual shifts including specified dates and times. Sign up as a lunch volunteer here. 

     

    Covid-19 Communication Reminder: If your child has tested positive for Covid, if you have a positive Covid Case in your household, or your child is considered a Covid exposure, please email powelles@wcpss.net and cbrower2@wcpss.net as soon as possible. All Covid test results should be emailed to powelles@wcpss.net

     

    Covid-19 Voluntary Testing: Our Mako Medical Covid-19 Pool testing is off to a great start. Testing takes place Thursday. Parents, if you wish for your child to participate, sign up here. If your child has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, they will not participate in the pool testing.

     

    Substitutes:  We are frequently short of substitutes which requires Instructional Assistants to be pulled from their classes and other certified staff being pulled from their assigned tasks.  Have you ever thought about substituting?  Here’s the information if you’d like to help us in this area:  Substitutes Needed 



    Have a great week!

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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  • March 27th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 3/27/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

    Bagels with Brower: Did you miss Bagels with Brower and the opportunity to meet our Student Support Services? Watch the replay here.

    Teacher Workday - No School for Students: 3/28/22

     

    Quarter 4 Electives Begin: 3/29/22

     

    Virtual Family Book Clubs: Join us this Wednesday, 3/30/22 for our Virtual Family Book Clubs.

    K -2 Book Clubs are at 6:30 PM & 3 - 5 Book Clubs are at 7:00 PM. A separate email will be coming this week with Google Meet Link Codes. 

     

    Report Cards Go Home: 4/1/22

     

    4th & 5th Grade Ocean Studies Field Trip: We are excited for our 4th and 5th grade students to attend the Ocean Studies and NC Battleship Field Trip on Friday 4/1/22. 

     

    3rd Grade Science is Fun Field Trip: Science is Fun will be on campus on 4/1/22 working with our 3rd grade classes. 

     

    Jump Rope for Heart: Powell will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart the weeks of March 21st - April 1st during Electives, Domains, and Specials. Please be looking for your students' info about how you can help kids with Heart disease. All money needs to be turned in by April 1st.

     

    Lunch Volunteers: Thank you to the parents who have volunteered this year to support lunch supervision. We continue to have a need for volunteers. If your schedule permits, please consider volunteering. You can sign up for individual shifts including specified dates and times. Sign up as a lunch volunteer here. 

     

    Covid-19 Communication Reminder: If your child has tested positive for Covid, if you have a positive Covid Case in your household, or your child is considered a Covid exposure, please email powelles@wcpss.net and cbrower2@wcpss.net as soon as possible. All Covid test results should be emailed to powelles@wcpss.net

     

    Covid-19 Voluntary Testing: Our Mako Medical Covid-19 Pool testing is off to a great start. Testing takes place on Thursday. Parents, if you wish for your child to participate, sign up here. If your child has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, they will not participate in the pool testing.

     

    Substitutes:  We are frequently short of substitutes which requires Instructional Assistants to be pulled from their classes and other certified staff being pulled from their assigned tasks.  Have you ever thought about substituting?  Here’s the information if you’d like to help us in this area:  Substitutes Needed 

    Have a great week!

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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