• April 23rd, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 4/23/2019

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Powell Pawlooza & Spring Book Fair Kickoff: It’s almost time for our biggest event of the year...POWELL PAWLOOZA & our Spring Book Fair.  Our PTA is very excited to host an evening of fun this Friday, April 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Come join the fun!  Bounce houses, food, crafts, dunk tank, games, DJ, raffles, silent auction, and the book fair.  We will also have Raleigh Police, Raleigh Fire Department and Wake EMS here.To make this event a success, we need YOU!  Please sign up to volunteer for a short time slot on the Pawlooza Sign Up.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday evening.

    Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week: This week, April 22nd - 26th, we honor our Administrative Assistants for their commitment to Powell staff, students, and families each and every day.  THANK YOU, Yolanda Guidi - Lead Secretary & Bookkeeper, Carolyn Bost - Data Manager, and Jermessa Strum - Receptionist for all that you do each and every day!  We appreciate you!

    Panorama Survey: Powell Elementary and WCPSS values input from our families.  It’s that time again were parents are provided an opportunity to provide feedback to schools via the Panorama Survey.  The survey opened on Monday, March 25th and will close on May 3rd, 2019.  Thank you to the 45 families who have already completed the survey.  All parents who have a current email in the powerschool system should have received a link for the survey on March 25th.  The survey will also be translated into 14 different languages online.  In addition, Powell families are receiving a paper copy of the survey in this week’s Tuesday folder.  Parents only need to respond once per family per school, regardless of the number of children at each school.  For example, a family may have two children at Powell, one at a middle school, and one at a high school.  Parents would complete the survey once for each school, not per child.  Thanks for participating in this important survey to help our School Improvement Team Family Engagement committee.  Any questions, please reach out to our Family Engagement Coordinator  Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  Thank you in advance for taking this 15 minute survey.  

     

    Career Day: Our next Career Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.  We are so excited for our students to meet many different professional careers and trades.  A special thank you to the the many parents and family members who have volunteered to present and to our School Social Worker, Cathy Mullins for organizing Career Day.

    2nd Grade Fire Station Field Trip: Friday, April 26th

    College Colors Day: Show your school pride and wear a college T-Shirt this Friday, April 26th.

    SAY Rally Day at NCSU: Friday, April 26th

    Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) - Do you think your child is in need of completely skipping grade level content in either math or reading next year?  In order for that to happen, students must be nominated for SSA this school year.  Nomination forms will be accepted from April 23-May 6, 2019, with no exceptions being made outside of this window.  More information can be found on the WCPSS Academically or Intellectually Gifted Webpage.  

    Birthday Celebrations: Birthday snacks can be shared in the cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Snacks must be from commercial suppliers and not homemade. Due to students with food allergies, it is mandatory that classroom teachers are notified prior to bringing in any snacks for birthday celebrations. Please be respectful of staff members on duty i n the cafeteria and be mindful of their responsibilities.  Additionally, if bringing in a birthday snack, please bring in only one type of snack. Please refrain from bringing food such as pizza, distributing party favors, decorations, hats, goody bags, etc. Balloons are not allowed at Powell Elementary. These items are potential safety hazards to students.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • April 7th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 4/7/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     Powell Pawlooza: It’s almost time for our biggest event of the year...POWELL PAWLOOZA.  Our PTA is very excited to host an evening of fun on Friday, April 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  To make this event a success, we need YOU!  Please sign up to volunteer for a short time slot on the Pawlooza Sign Up.

     National Volunteer Service Week: National Volunteer Service Week is happening this week, April 7-13. The goal of this year’s WCPSS effort is to engage every school and every student in the district in some form of service during this week (school week April 8-12) in support of the district’s goal of preparing students for productive citizenship.  Check out this video to learn more about the WCPSS Volunteer Service week.  Powell students will be participating in several ways.  Students and families are encouraged to donate items listed below.  Classrooms will also be participating in no cost options.

    • Food Drive - St. Mark’s UMC Pantry will be the recipient of our Food Drive.  St. Mark’s UMC BackPack Buddy program provides over 40 Powell students with where students receive food each Friday.  Students will be competing with the other classes in their grade level.  The class collecting the most items will earn extra recess time.  Students should place on donations in the collection box in their classroom.  The following items are always needed to fill backpacks:
      • Cans of fruit and vegetables
      • Individual snack and breakfast items - granola bars, instant oatmeal, instant grits, fruit cups, raisins
      • 7+ grams of protein - canned tuna, canned chicken, beans
      • 100% fruit juice boxes
      • Individual noodle items - ramen noodles, mac & cheese
    • New Socks & Underwear - Note in the Pocket will be the recipient of NEW socks and underwear.  Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless schoolchildren in Wake County, including Powell students and families with dignity and love. Note in the Pocket believes that it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school.  Note in the Pocket regularly collects new and gently used clothing.  Students and families can drop off NEW socks and underwear in the collection box in our school lobby.
    • Meals on Wheels Placemats - Students will have the opportunity to participate in this no cost volunteer opportunity by creating placemats that will be delivered to community members who receive Meals on Wheels.  Families are welcome to create additional placemats at home and return them to school to be delivered.
    • Cards of Thanks to Active Military & Veterans - Students will have the opportunity to participate in this no cost volunteer opportunity by creating cards of thanks that will be sent to our active military personnel and veterans.  Families are welcome to create additional cards at home and return them to school to be delivered.

    McTeacher Night - Our next PTA Spirit Night is this Tuesday, April 9th from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at the McDonalds 1700 Trawick Rd, (corner of Trawick Rd and Capital Blvd.)  Stop by and see our school staff in action serving up your McDonalds. 

    Report Cards go home - 3rd Quarter Report Cards will be coming home in folders this Tuesday, April 9th

    5th Grade Charlotte Motor Speedway Field Trip - 5th Grade students will be traveling to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a field trip this Wednesday, April 10th.  Please review your itinerary for important information. 

    All Pro Dad’s Day - Our next All Pro Dad’s Day is Thursday, April 11th at 8:00 AM.  We hope that you can join us for breakfast and a time of connection before we begin our school day.  To help us prepare for breakfast, please RSVP.

    3rd Grade Morehead Planetarium Field Trip - 3rd Grade students will be traveling to Morehead Planetarium for a field trip this Friday, April 12th.  Please review your itinerary for important information.  A special shout out and THANK YOU to the United Arts Council who is sponsoring this field trip with the Wheels on the Bus grant.  Admission to the planetarium and transportation costs have been covered by the UAC.

    Spring Break - April 15th - 19th

    Teacher Workday - Monday, April 22nd

    Panorama Survey: Powell Elementary and WCPSS values input from our families.  It’s that time again were parents are provided an opportunity to provide feedback to schools via the Panorama Survey.  The survey opened on Monday, March 25th and will close on May 3rd, 2019.  Thank you to the 77 families who have already completed the survey.  All parents who have a current email in the powerschool system should have received a link for the survey on March 25th.  The survey will also be translated into 14 different languages online.  In addition, Powell families are receiving a paper copy of the survey in this week’s Tuesday folder.  Parents only need to respond once per family per school, regardless of the number of children at each school.  For example, a family may have two children at Powell, one at a middle school, and one at a high school.  Parents would complete the survey once for each school, not per child.  Thanks for participating in this important survey to help our School Improvement Team Family Engagement committee.  Any questions, please reach out to our Family Engagement Coordinator  Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  Thank you in advance for taking this 15 minute survey.  

    Career Day: Our next Career Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.  We are still in need of presenters.  We are looking for professionals and trade careers.  If you or a family member are available the morning on April 24th, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  

    Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) - It is almost time again for SSA testing.  Do you think your child is in need of completely skipping grade level content in either math or reading next year?  In order for that to happen, students must be nominated for SSA this school year.  Nomination forms will be accepted from April 23-May 6, 2019, with no exceptions being made outside of this window.  More information can be found on the WCPSS Academically or Intellectually Gifted Webpage.  

    Birthday Celebrations: Birthday snacks can be shared in the cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Snacks must be from commercial suppliers and not homemade. Due to students with food allergies, it is mandatory that classroom teachers are notified prior to bringing in any snacks for birthday celebrations. Please be respectful of staff members on duty i n the cafeteria and be mindful of their responsibilities.  Additionally, if bringing in a birthday snack, please bring in only one type of snack. Please refrain from bringing food such as pizza, distributing party favors, decorations, hats, goody bags, etc. Balloons are not allowed at Powell Elementary. These items are potential safety hazards to students.

    Spartans Basketball Camp: When: June 17th - 21st (9:00-3:00) Who: Girls and Boys - Rising 3rd grade - 9th grade (all skill levels welcome) Where: Sanderson High School (5500 Dixon Drive Raleigh) Notes: Least expensive 5 day camp in area and limited to only 75 campers Camp Director: Brian Shaffer (Head Men's Coach @ Sanderson High School) Cost: $175  Camp registration: http://bit.ly/spartanbasketballcamp.

     

    Have a great week!

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 3/31/2019

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    2nd & 3rd Grade Drama Production: Kudos to Ms. King and our 2nd & 3rd graders who performed Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters last week.  The performance was excellent. We are very proud of our performers at every grade level.  We are looking forward to the next drama performance in May, highlighting our K & 1st grade students.  

     

    Panorama Survey: Powell Elementary and WCPSS values input from our families.  It’s that time again were parents are provided an opportunity to provide feedback to schools via the Panorama Survey.  The survey opened on Monday, March 25th and will close on May 3rd, 2019. All parents who have a current email in the powerschool system should have received a link for the survey on March 25th.  The survey will also be translated into 14 different languages online. In addition, Powell families are receiving a paper copy of the survey in this week’s Tuesday folder. Parents only need to respond once per family per school, regardless of the number of children at each school.  For example, a family may have two children at Powell, one at a middle school, and one at a high school.  Parents would complete the survey once for each school, not per child. Thanks for participating in this important survey to help our School Improvement Team Family Engagement committee.  Any questions, please reach out to our Family Engagement Coordinator  Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  Thank you in advance for taking this 15 minute survey.  

     

    Career Day: Our next Career Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.  We are still in need of presenters. We are looking for professionals and trade careers.  If you or a family member are available the morning on April 24th, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  

     

    Whole School Marbles Field Trip:  We are excited for our 2nd annual whole school Marbles Field Trip this Tuesday, April 2nd.  Buses will be departing Powell promptly at 9:30 AM. It is important for every child to arrive to school on time on Tuesday.

     

    NC Check in Test/No Domains:  This Wednesday, April 3rd, our 3rd - 5th grade students will be participating in our quarterly benchmark assessments.  These assessments are used as an instructional tool for teachers. Individual student scores are not sent home with students.  

     

    PTA Board Meeting:  Our next PTA Board meeting is this Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 PM in the Powell Media Center.  All are welcome to attend the PTA Board Meeting.

     

    Bagels with Brower:  We are excited to you see you this Friday, April 5th at 8:45 AM for our next Bagels with Brower.  The topic this month is Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) & Special Education Services. Come learned about Tier I, Tier II, & Tier III Instruction and Intervention, as well as our Special Education Services.  Unable to attend? Join us on our Facebook Live!

     

    Birthday Celebrations: Birthday snacks can be shared in the cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Snacks must be from commercial suppliers and not homemade. Due to students with food allergies, it is mandatory that classroom teachers are notified prior to bringing in any snacks for birthday celebrations. Please be respectful of staff members on duty i n the cafeteria and be mindful of their responsibilities.  Additionally, if bringing in a birthday snack, please bring in only one type of snack. Please refrain from bringing food such as pizza, distributing party favors, decorations, hats, goody bags, etc. Balloons are not allowed at Powell Elementary. These items are potential safety hazards to students.

     

    Spartans Basketball Camp: When: June 17th - 21st (9:00-3:00) Who: Girls and Boys - Rising 3rd grade - 9th grade (all skill levels welcome) Where: Sanderson High School (5500 Dixon Drive Raleigh) Notes: Least expensive 5 day camp in area and limited to only 75 campers Camp Director: Brian Shaffer (Head Men's Coach @ Sanderson High School) Cost: $175  Camp registration: http://bit.ly/spartanbasketballcamp.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • March 24th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 3/24/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Yard Mod: We had a successful yard mob this past weekend and re-mulched the beds, planted bulbs, and raked out the straw beds around the school, please be mindful of this and ask students NOT to play in those areas at after school pick up. The grass area only should be used for students meeting at pick up.  Thank you to the families that volunteered this past Saturday for our spring yard mob.  We appreciate you!!  If you were unable to attend this past Saturday, but are willing to help with ongoing projects and weeding, please contact Becky Hobbs, becky.mlh@gmail.com.

     

    Career Day: Our next Career Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.  We are still in need of presenters.  We are looking for professionals and trade careers.  If you or a family member are available the morning on April 24th, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Cathy Mullins ccodispoti-mullins@wcpss.net.  

     

    Magnet Track Meet: Powell track team had a great day at the magnet track meet on Friday with 3 great chaperones and a professional photographer.  Our students represented Powell very well.  Congratulations to the team for earning 16 1st place blue ribbons, 17 2nd place red ribbons, and 18 3rd place white ribbons.  Shout out to two of the first place ribbons that were won in the inaugural javelin throw.  Thank you Coach Rhodes for your leadership with our magnet track team.

     

    4th Quarter Electives Begin - New electives begin this Tuesday, March 26th

     

    1st Grade Marbles Field Trip - Wednesday, March 27th

     

    Teacher Workday - No school for students this Friday, March 29th

     

    Birthday Celebrations: Birthday snacks can be shared in the cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Snacks must be from commercial suppliers and not homemade. Due to students with food allergies, it is mandatory that classroom teachers are notified prior to bringing in any snacks for birthday celebrations. Please be respectful of staff members on duty in the cafeteria and be mindful of their responsibilities.  Additionally, if bringing in a birthday snack, please bring in only one type of snack. Please refrain from bringing food such as pizza, distributing party favors, decorations, hats, goody bags, etc. Balloons are not allowed at Powell Elementary. These items are potential safety hazards to students.

     

    Spartans Basketball Camp: When: June 17th - 21st (9:00-3:00) Who: Girls and Boys - Rising 3rd grade - 9th grade (all skill levels welcome) Where: Sanderson High School (5500 Dixon Drive Raleigh) Notes: Least expensive 5 day camp in area and limited to only 75 campers Camp Director: Brian Shaffer (Head Men's Coach @ Sanderson High School) Cost: $175  Camp registration: http://bit.ly/spartanbasketballcamp.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • March 17th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 3/17/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Welcome Ms. Jermessa Strum: We are excited to welcome our new receptionist, Ms. Jermessa Strum to Powell.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to her the next time you stop by.

     

    WCPSS Spelling Bee: Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Powell Spelling Bee Winner, 5th grader Serena Zhang, who represented Powell in the WCPSS Spelling Bee.  Serena rocked it!!!  She was a top 25 finalist in the district spelling bee.  To our knowledge, this is the first time a Powell student has ever finished as a finalist.  Way to go, Serena!  We are very proud of you!

     

    4th Grade Carolina Ocean Studies Field Trip: Wednesday, March 20th.  See itenary for important information.

     

    Scholastic Pursuit: Wednesday, March 20th.  We wish our students well who will be competing against other Magnet School in Scholastic Pursuit this week.

     

    All Pro Dad’s Day: Our next All Pro Dad’s Day is this Thursday, 03/21/19.  We would love to have you join us for breakfast and an hour of fun times with your children.  To help us plan for breakfast, please RSVP.

     

    District 4 BAC: The next District 4 Board Advisory Council meeting is this Thursday, March 21st, 5:30 PM at Walnut Creek Elementary School.

     

    3rd Quarter Electives End: Friday, March 22nd

     

    Magnet Track Meet: We wish our Powell Track Team well as they compete in the WCPSS Magnet Track Meet this Friday at Southeast Magnet High School.  

     

    College Colors Day: Wear your favorite College Team shirts and apparel this Friday, March 22nd for College Colors Day.

     

    Spring Yard Mob: It’s that time of year to prepare for the beauty of spring. Our natural areas and courtyard need lots of attention.  Everyone is welcome!  Kids, parents, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors, bring your power tools, wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes and pruners! We will be pulling weeds, spreading mulch, If you have questions please email Becky Hobbs,  becky.mlh@gmail.com.  Can’t make it but still want to help? We need people to help pull weeds periodically thru the summer as well as paint some benches. Please email Becky if you can help!

     

    Birthday Celebrations: Birthday snacks can be shared in the cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Snacks must be from commercial suppliers and not homemade. Due to students with food allergies, it is mandatory that classroom teachers are notified prior to bringing in any snacks for birthday celebrations. Please be respectful of staff members on duty in the cafeteria and be mindful of their responsibilities.  Additionally, if bringing in a birthday snack, please bring in only one type of snack. Please refrain from bringing food such as pizza, distributing party favors, decorations, hats, goody bags, etc. Balloons are not allowed at Powell Elementary. These items are potential safety hazards to students.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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