• February 10th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 2/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families, 

    School Counselor Week: Last week, February 4 - 8 was school counselor week.  We are very thankful to have such a dedicated School Counselor, Mrs. Robin Edwards.  She and our Social Worker, Cathy Mullins and School Psychologist, Stacey Massengill make a tremendous Student Support team.  We are thankful for each of them.  To learn more about what they do and how they help our staff and our students, attend Bagels with Brower on March 1.

     

    Farewell Mrs. Johnson: It is with mixed emotions that we share that Mrs. JesSanne Johnson is moving on to the next chapter in her career.  This past Friday was her last day at Powell.  She is returning to her area of expertise, the criminal justice world.  We are sad to see her go, but very happy for her with this career move.  I know our school community will miss her welcoming voice on the phone and smile at the door.  We are moving quickly to fill the receptionist position.  We wish you well, Mrs. Johnson!

     

    Bus Driver Appreciation Week:  North Carolina LOVES the BUS!  This week, February 11 - 15, 2019, Powell students will be showing appreciation to our bus drivers and contracted transportation.  The following are suggested ways that you can show your appreciation.

    Monday - Bring a note to your driver

    Tuesday - Bring a flower to your driver

    Wednesday - Bring a candy gift to your driver

    Thursday - Bring some other sweet treat

    Friday - Student choice

     

    Early Release Day: Our next Early Release Day is this Friday, February 15.  All students should be picked up from carpool by 1:30 PM.  Thank you to our awesome PTA for serving another Teacher Luncheon.  The PTA needs your help with this luncheon.  Willing to donate supplies or food for the teacher luncheon, click here.  Thanks again for these great luncheons, our staff appreciates you!

     

    Teacher Workday: Next Monday, February 18 is a teacher workday.  No School for students.

     

    Inclement Weather Make Up Day: Tuesday, February 19 was originally scheduled as a Teacher Workday, however, it is now an Inclement Weather Make Up Day.  We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday, February 19.

     

    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.

     

    WAKE Up and Read Campaign: The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community coalition includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Powell is a drop off site for WAKE Up and Read.  Bring your gently used or new books and place them in the box in the lobby.   Even if you don’t have children’s books, you can purchase items to support the drive, including through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, or Quail Ridge Books wish lists.  Donations are also welcome and may be made online through the Wake Ed Partnership.  Thanks for your support!

     

    Powell Yearbooks: Powell Yearbooks are on sale now!  To reserver yours, purchase online for $17 before February 22nd.  You may order online or in person. In person order dates are limited. The first date for in person orders is on January 29th, from 8:45 - 9:15 AM in the school Lobby.  You may always send cash or check made out to Powell PTA in a sealed envelope to your students teacher. A receipt will be sent back home in your child's folder.  If you want to feature your child in the yearbook, email in any photos of him/her in school related activities to powellptayearbook@gmail.com.  

     

    Yearbook Recognition and Business Ads:  Recognition ads allow you to have a personal message and photos of your child printed in the yearbook. The cost is $25 for a single ad and $50 for a double ad.  Business Ads are also available for purchase! Business Ads help get your business name out to the school community AND help offset the cost of the yearbook for the students. Your business name, phone number and address (physical or website) will be printed in the yearbook. Ads cost $25.  Please reach out to Rachel Angelcyk, our Yearbook coordinator, with any questions or samples of ads!.

     

    Inclement Weather Reminders: As we begin the wintery portion of our school year, I want to share a few reminders regarding inclement weather days.  When WCPSS operates on a 2 or 3 Hour Delay, Powell does not serve breakfast.  In addition, the Early Care program opens 2 or 3 hours late.  School lunch is served everyday, regardless of a delay or Early Dismissal.  In the event of an Early Dismissal because of inclement weather, all afternoon and evening activities, including After School Care are cancelled for that day.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • January 28th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 1/28/2019

    Distinction Award

     

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School has been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.  We are very proud of this accomplishment.  To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. Thanks to the efforts of our teachers, staff, administration, students, parents, and community, we are achieving great success!  To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu

     

    Kindergarten Registration: It’s that time!  Do you know a child who is turning 5 and will be attending Kindergarten next school year?  Now is the time to enroll online for your base school.

     

    Magnet Application Period: The magnet application period is open from January 4th – 30th.  All magnet siblings and rising 6th graders MUST apply for a magnet seat.  Students that are not currently attending a WCPSS school in grades K-11 (rising Kindergartners) will need to pre-register at the base school for their address prior to beginning this application.

     

    First Day of 2nd Semester Domains: Monday, January 28th

     

    3rd Quarter Electives Begin: Tuesday, January 29th

     

    Bagels with Brower:  Join us on Friday, February 1st at 8:45 AM. What does it really mean to be a “Center for Play and Ingenuity”? How does Powell incorporate playful learning in the classroom? Let’s revisit the central tenets of play-based and game-like learning with Mr. Kram, our resident specialist, while learning how we might also support meaningful play at home!

     

    PTA Spirit Night - Sky Zone: Join in the fun with your Powell friends while raising money for the Powell PTA on February 1st, 4:00 - 8:00 PM.  We hope to see you there.

     

    WAKE Up and Read Campaign: The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community coalition includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Powell is a drop off site for WAKE Up and Read.  Bring your gently used or new books and place them in the box in the lobby.   Even if you don’t have children’s books, you can purchase items to support the drive, including through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, or Quail Ridge Books wish lists.  Donations are also welcome and may be made online through the Wake Ed Partnership.  Thanks for your support!

     

    Powell Yearbooks: Powell Yearbooks are on sale now!  To reserve yours, purchase online for $17 before February 22nd.  You may order online or in person. In person order dates are limited. The first date for in person orders is on January 29th, from 8:45 - 9:15 AM in the school Lobby.  You may always send cash or check made out to Powell PTA in a sealed envelope to your students’ teacher. A receipt will be sent back home in your child's folder.  If you want to feature your child in the yearbook, email in any photos of him/her in school related activities to powellptayearbook@gmail.com.  

     

    Yearbook Recognition and Business Ads:  Recognition ads allow you to have a personal message and photos of your child printed in the yearbook. The cost is $25 for a single ad and $50 for a double ad.  Business Ads are also available for purchase! Business Ads help get your business name out to the school community AND help offset the cost of the yearbook for the students. Your business name, phone number and address (physical or website) will be printed in the yearbook. Ads cost $25.  Please reach out to Rachel Angelcyk, our Yearbook coordinator, with any questions or samples of ads.

     

    Inclement Weather Reminders: As we begin the wintery portion of our school year, I want to share a few reminders regarding inclement weather days.  When WCPSS operates on a 2 or 3 Hour Delay, Powell does not serve breakfast.  In addition, the Early Care program opens 2 or 3 hours late.  School lunch is served every day, regardless of a delay or Early Dismissal.  In the event of an Early Dismissal because of inclement weather, all afternoon and evening activities, including After School Care are cancelled for that day.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • January 20th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 1/20/2019

     

    MSA - School of Distinction

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School has been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.  We are very proud of this accomplishment.  To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. Thanks to the efforts of our teachers, staff, administration, students, parents, and community, we are achieving great success!  To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School:  Enjoy the day tomorrow, Monday, 1/21/19 to remember all that Martin Luther King, Jr. did for our country..  No school for staff or students

    PBIS Royal Lunch & Winter Dance: Students who have purchased the Royal Lunch or Winter Dance with PBIS panther paws will participate in these events this Friday, January 23rd. We need your help!  Click here, If you would be willing to donate supplies or your time to volunteer for the PBIS 4th & 5th Grade Dance.  Click here, if you would be willing to donate supplies or your time to volunteer for the K - 3 Royal Lunch.

    2nd Quarter Electives End:  2nd Quarter Electives end on Friday, 01/25/19.

    NC Symphony Field Trip: 4th Grade - Wednesday, January 23rd

    NC Math Check In Test:  Students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will participate in the NC Math Check in test this Thursday, January 24th.  This benchmark test will not be graded, but will be used for instructional purposes for our teachers.

    College Colors Day:  Wear your favorite College Team shirts and apparel this Friday, January 25th for College Colors Day.

    AIG Parent Nomination Window:  Attention fourth and fifth grade students, if you are interested in having your child tested for the gifted program, you must contact Ms. Fox (sfox@wcpss.net)  in writing by January 25, 2019.  Testing will be completed during the last week of January and the first week of February.

    PTA Spirit Wear Orders: PTA is having a Winter Spirit Wear order.  Order forms will be sent to your email.  You can order Beanies, Sweatshirts, Polos, Long Sleeved T-Shirts, Hats, Tumblers, etc.  Orders are due on Friday, January 25th, 2019  Payment may be made by PayPal to : paypal.me/Nikkimonkey or a check made out to: Monkey Business.  Questions and orders may be sent to: monkeybusiness@nc.rr.com

    WAKE Up and Read Campaign: The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community coalition includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Powell is a drop off site for WAKE Up and Read.  Bring your gently used or new books and place them in the box in the lobby.   Even if you don’t have children’s books, you can purchase items to support the drive, including through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, or Quail Ridge Books wish lists.  Donations are also welcome and may be made online through the Wake Ed Partnership.  Thanks for your support!

    Inclement Weather Reminders: As we begin the wintery portion of our school year, I want to share a few reminders regarding inclement weather days.  When WCPSS operates on a 2 or 3 Hour Delay, Powell does not serve breakfast.  In addition, the Early Care program opens 2 or 3 hours late.  School lunch is served everyday, regardless of a delay or Early Dismissal.  In the event of an Early Dismissal because of inclement weather, all afternoon and evening activities, including After School Care are cancelled for that day.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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  • January 13th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 1/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    School Spelling Bee: Congratulations to 5th grader Serena Zhang, our 2018-2019 Powell Spelling Bee winner.  It was an awesome competition.  The 12 students competed in a Powell record 35 rounds.  Way to Go!!  We wish Serena well as she moves on to the WCPSS Spelling Bee.  A special thanks to Ms. Fox for once again organizing a very successful Spelling Bee.

     

    PBIS Royal Lunch & Winter Dance: Students who have purchased the Royal Lunch or Winter Dance with PBIS panther paws will participate in these events this Friday, January 23rd.

     

    1st Semester Domains End: 1st Semester Domains will end this Thursday, January 17th.  2nd Semester Domains will begin on Monday, 01/28/19.

     

    Domain Share Day: We invite parents and family members to our 1st Semester Domain Share Day this Thursday.  K - 2nd grade students will be sharing information about their domains from 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM.  3rd - 5th grade students will be sharing information about their domains from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM.  We hope to see you on Thursday.

     

    2nd Quarter Electives End:  2nd Quarter Electives end on Friday, 01/25/19

    “Free to Be You and Me” 4th & 5th Grade Production: Join us this Thursday, 01/17/19 at 6:30 PM for the “Free to Be You and Me’ production.

     

    Inclement Weather Make Up Day: We look forward to seeing our students this Friday, 1/18/19 for our next inclement weather school make up day.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School:  Enjoy the day next Monday, 1/21/19.  No school for staff or students.

     

    PTA Spirit Wear Orders: PTA is having a Winter Spirit Wear order.  Order forms will be sent to your email.  You can order Beanies, Sweatshirts, Polos, Long Sleeved T-Shirts, Hats, Tumblers, etc.  Orders are due on Friday, January 25th, 2019  Payment may be made by PayPal to : paypal.me/Nikkimonkey or a check made out to: Monkey Business.  Questions and orders may be sent to: monkeybusiness@nc.rr.com

     

    WAKE Up and Read Campaign: The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community coalition includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Powell is a drop off site for WAKE Up and Read.  Bring your gently used or new books and place them in the box in the lobby.   Even if you don’t have children’s books, you can purchase items to support the drive, including through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, or Quail Ridge Books wish lists.  Donations are also welcome and may be made online through the Wake Ed Partnership.  Thanks for your support!

     

    Inclement Weather Reminders: As we begin the wintery portion of our school year, I want to share a few reminders regarding inclement weather days.  When WCPSS operates on a 2 or 3 Hour Delay, Powell does not serve breakfast.  In addition, the Early Care program opens 2 or 3 hours late.  School lunch is served every day, regardless of a delay or Early Dismissal.  In the event of an Early Dismissal because of inclement weather, all afternoon and evening activities, including After School Care are cancelled for that day.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • January 6th, 2019

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 1/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

    Happy New Year!!

    I hope that you each had a fun and relaxing holiday and winter break.  We are excited to begin the second half of our school year.  We have lots of fun things coming up this month.

    Kindergarten Registration: It’s that time!  Do you know a child who is turning 5 and will be attending Kindergarten next school year?  Now is the time to enroll online for your base school. 

    Magnet Application Period: The magnet application period is open from January 4th – 30th.  All magnet siblings and rising 6th graders MUST apply for a magnet seatStudents that are not currently attending a WCPSS school in grades K-11 (rising Kindergartners) will need to pre-register at the base school for their address prior to beginning this application.

    School Spelling Bee: Our School Spelling Bee is this Wednesday, January 9th, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM.  Congratulations to the following classroom winners who will be participating to represent Powell in the WCPSS Spelling Bee:

    First Grade: Eli Spencer – Ms. Hudgens, Asani Lloyd-Williams – Mrs. Hunt; Second Grade: Emma Penrose – Ms. Palmer, Derek Zhang – Ms. Thompson, Carmen Brame – Ms. Warzecho; Third Grade: Elijah Sutton – Ms. Carey, Patrick Balhoff – Mrs. Jardine; Fourth Grade: Zoe Alexander – Ms. Brust, Tristan Mickle – Mrs. Cheek, Nina Achas – Ms. Somerville; Fifth Grade: Thomas Demps – Ms. Balthazar, Serena Zhang – Ms. Medlin

    PTA Board Meeting: Our next PTA Board meeting is this Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 PM in the Media Center.  All are welcome to attend.

    PBIS Royal Lunch & Winter Dance: Students who have purchased the Royal Lunch or Winter Dance with PBIS panther paw will participate in these events this Friday, January 11th.

    PTA Spirit Night - Panera Bread: Come out and support our PTA this Friday, January 11th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Panera Bread, 4421 Six Forks Rd Suite 119, Raleigh, NC 27615.  All customers must show the paper or electronic flyer for our PTA to receive credit for your purchase.  We hope to see you there.

    PTA Reflections Winner: Congratulations to 2nd grade student, Reagan Stringfield, who placed in 2nd place in WCPSS PTA Reflections in the Dance Category.  Way to go Reagan!

    WAKE Up and Read Campaign: The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community coalition includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Powell is a drop off site for WAKE Up and Read.  Bring your gently used or new books and place them in the box in the lobby.   Even if you don’t have children’s books, you can purchase items to support the drive, including through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, or Quail Ridge Books wish lists.  Donations are also welcome and may be made online through the Wake Ed Partnership.  Thanks for your support!

    Inclement Weather Reminders: As we begin the wintery portion of our school year, I want to share a few reminders regarding inclement weather days.  When WCPSS operates on a 2 or 3 Hour Delay, Powell does not serve breakfast.  In addition, the Early Care program opens 2 or 3 hours late.  School lunch is served everyday, regardless of a delay or Early Dismissal.  In the event of an Early Dismissal because of inclement weather, all afternoon and evening activities, including After School Care are cancelled for that day.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Curtis M. Brower
    Principal

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