• November 22nd, 2020

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 11/22/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Remote Learning Days: This Monday & Tuesday, 11/23/20 & 11/24/20 are Remote Learning Days for ALL students.  Students will be engaged in asynchronous online learning.  There will be no live instruction for students on Monday or Tuesday.  In-person students will not report to school on Remote Learning Days. 

     

    Thanksgiving Holiday Vacation, No School for Staff or Students:  This Wednesday - Friday, 11/25 - 11/27/20, school will be closed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  We are THANKFUL for our Powell staff, students and families.  We wish you well and hope you find time to enjoy a few days away from school.  Be safe and protect yourself and others during this holiday season.  Please be sure to continue to follow the 3 W’s - Wear, Wait, & Wash!

     

    Changes in social distancing expectations for elementary school: On Monday, November 16, the first cohort of grades 4 and 5 returned to campus, along with ALL K-3 and regional program students. On this date, the number of students in K-3 classrooms increased. All schools will continue to social distance whenever possible, but K-3 classrooms are not expected to maintain six feet of space between desks or students if space does not allow. All students should continue to stay apart from other students, employees, and visitors, to maintain as much social distancing as possible.

     

    Did a student go home sick?: Please remember, all household members must also go home. Effective immediately, if a WCPSS student or employee does not pass the health screening or if they stay home or are sent home because they are experiencing a symptom of illness, their household members must also stay home. This means that any WCPSS student or employee living in the same house must quarantine for 14 days. The household members may return sooner than 14 days if the person experiencing a symptom of illness receives confirmation of an alternate diagnosis or a negative PCR/Molecular test.

     

    PTA Race for Education Fundraiser: We are excited to announce the kickoff of our 9th Annual Race for Education PTA no fuss fundraiser. (No Fuss means our PTA never asks families to sell things.) Now through December 18th, our PTA aims to raise $12,000 through donations. Donations are accepted and appreciated throughout the entire school year.  Check out this video to learn more!  Check out these links for more information and sample letters and templates:

     

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols: WCPSS requires that all Plan B families review and sign the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols documentation provided here:  Review and Sign.  Plan B students should bring the signed copy to school with them to submit to the homeroom teacher.

     

    Health/Safety:  We continue to prepare the building for students’ reentry.  Signage has been placed reminding everyone to follow the three Ws:  Wear Your Mask, Wait 6 Feet or More Apart, and Wash Your Hands Frequently.  All classrooms have been outfitted with hand sanitizer stations.  Hallways have been marked with 6 Feet Apart sticker reminders.  Room capacity signage has been posted with the maximum number permitted per social distancing guidelines in common areas.

     

    Hearts for the Holidays: Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 Powell will not be having our annual Hearts for the Holiday program this year. We are providing families with community organizations that are having holiday programs and you can choose to either donate or receive gifts. Please visit the websites listed below for more information. Please note that the programs have deadlines or limits to the number of families served so explore opportunities early. 

     

    Wake County Community Food Hubs:  Our partners at Wake County Cooperative Extension have set up community food hubs to continue our work in providing students and families with access to food on Saturdays at these sites


    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • November 15th, 2020

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 11/15/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    We had an excellent three weeks back for in-person learning with our Pre-K - 3rd Grade Cohorts.   Starting tomorrow, our Pre-K - 3rd Grade in-person students begin full in-person instruction and will not rotate in cohorts.   

     

    Changes in social distancing expectations for elementary school: On Monday, November 16, the first cohort of grades 4 and 5 will return to campus, along with ALL K-3 and regional program students. On this date, the number of students in K-3 classrooms will increase. All schools will continue to social distance whenever possible, but K-3 classrooms are not expected to maintain six feet of space between desks or students if space does not allow. All students should continue to stay apart from other students, employees, and visitors, to maintain as much social distancing as possible.

     

    Cohort 1 4th & 5th Grade Students attend in-person: Tomorrow, 11/15/20, 4th and 5th Grade Cohort 1 will be in attendance.  All Plan B students will be required to have a health screening.  Please do not drop off students without being approved by the health screener.  Screeners will be available beginning at 8:45 AM to ask health screening questions and to take temperatures.  Students will be screened before exiting the bus, as well as before exiting the vehicle in the carpool.  We kindly ask that all adults wear a face covering when driving through the carpool as our staff will be approaching your vehicle to complete the health screenings.

     

    Students should plan to bring their devices to school since we will continue to utilize some digital assignments. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring a personal water bottle as water fountains can not be used as normal.  If students do not have a water bottle, a paper cup will be provided for them.   

     

    Papa Murphy’s PTA Spirit Night: Tomorrow, 11/16/20, is our next PTA Spirit Night.  Head on over to Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza - 6106 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609 for dinner.  Enjoy a night free from cooking dinner while supporting our PTA.   Be sure to tell them you are supporting Powell PTA.

     

    Remote Learning Day: This Wednesday, 11/18/20, is a Remote Learning Day for ALL students.  Students will be engaged in asynchronous online learning.  There will be no live instruction for students on Wednesday.  In-person students will not report to school on Remote Learning Days.  

     

    Did a student go home sick?: Please remember, all household members must also go home. 

    Effective immediately, if a WCPSS student or employee does not pass the health screening or if they stay home or are sent home because they are experiencing a symptom of illness, their household members must also stay home. This means that any WCPSS student or employee living in the same house must quarantine for 14 days. The household members may return sooner than 14 days if the person experiencing a symptom of illness receives confirmation of an alternate diagnosis or a negative PCR/Molecular test.

     

    PTA Race for Education Fundraiser: We are excited to announce the kickoff of our 9th Annual Race for Education PTA no fuss fundraiser. (No Fuss means our PTA never asks families to sell things.) Now through December 18th, our PTA aims to raise $12,000 through donations. Donations are accepted and appreciated throughout the entire school year.  Check out this video to learn more!  Check out these links for more information and sample letters and templates:

     

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols: WCPSS requires that all Plan B families review and sign the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols documentation provided here:  Review and Sign.  Plan B students should bring the signed copy to school with them to submit to the homeroom teacher.

     

    Health/Safety:  We continue to prepare the building for students’ reentry.  Signage has been placed reminding everyone to follow the three Ws:  Wear Your Mask, Wait 6 Feet or More Apart, and Wash Your Hands Frequently.  All classrooms have been outfitted with hand sanitizer stations.  Hallways have been marked with 6 Feet Apart sticker reminders.  Room capacity signage has been posted with the maximum number permitted per social distancing guidelines in common areas.

     

    Hearts for the Holidays: Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 Powell will not be having our annual Hearts for the Holiday program this year. We are providing families with community organizations that are having holiday programs and you can choose to either donate or receive gifts. Please visit the websites listed below for more information. Please note that the programs have deadlines or limits to the number of families served so explore opportunities early. 

     

    Wake County Community Food Hubs:  Our partners at Wake County Cooperative Extension have set up community food hubs to continue our work in providing students and families with access to food on Saturdays at these sites


    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • November 8th, 2020

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 11/8/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    We had an excellent second week back for in-person learning with our Cohort 2 Pre-K - 3rd Grade Students.   Our students did a remarkable job following the 3 W’s, especially keeping 6 feet distance from one another.  Way to go, Powell Family!

     

    Cohort 3 Pre-K - 3rd Grade Students attend in-person: Tomorrow, 11/09/20, Cohort 3 will be in attendance.  All Plan B students will be required to have a health screening.  Please do not drop off students without being approved by the health screener.  Screeners will be available beginning at 8:45 AM to ask health screening questions and to take temperatures.  Students will be screened before exiting the bus, as well as before exiting the vehicle in the carpool.  We kindly ask that all adults wear a face covering when driving through the carpool as our staff will be approaching your vehicle to complete the health screenings.

     

    Students should plan to bring their devices to school since we will continue to utilize some digital assignments. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring a personal water bottle as water fountains can not be used as normal.  If students do not have a water bottle, a paper cup will be provided for them.   

     

    Magnet Registration Materials: It's time to register for our 2nd quarter electives.  Did you check out the Magnet Implementation Guide?  Magnet elective surveys were shared with students on Friday, November 6, 2020.  If you haven’t already, be sure to complete the Elective Survey by tomorrow, November 9th. 

     

    Veteran’s Day, No School for Staff or Students: This Wednesday, 11/11/20, we take time to pause and honor our incredible Veterans in America.  We are so grateful and thankful for your military service to our country.   A special Thank You to members of our Powell Family, including Powell staff and student family members, who have served in the United States Armed Forces!  We appreciate you!!

     

    School Psychology Awareness Week: During the week of November 9-13, 2020 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "The Power of Possibility." The word "possibility" implies hope, growth, resilience and renewal. Possibility suggests that even something as small as a seed can grow into something magnificent. The word "power" implies that things can and will happen. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow, thrive and bloom.  We are thankful for our Powell school psychologist, Mrs. Stacey Rose.  Here are just a few of the things Mrs. Rose does to support teaching and learning at Powell:

    • Supports the MTSS process to identify and create interventions for struggling students
    • Conducts observations and consults with teachers to brainstorm classroom strategies 
    • Provides evaluations to assist with the identification of students in need of special education services when interventions do not produce growth
    • Supports the development of IEPs for students in need of special education services
    • Consults with parents to link them with community resources that can help their child
    • Supports the mental health and social-emotional growth of students
    • Supports students, staff and families in crisis situations

     

    PTA Race for Education Fundraiser: We are excited to announce the kickoff of our 9th Annual Race for Education PTA no fuss fundraiser. (No Fuss means our PTA never asks families to sell things.) Now through December 18th, our PTA aims to raise $12,000 through donations. Donations are accepted and appreciated throughout the entire school year.  Check out this video to learn more!  Check out these links for more information and sample letters and templates:

     

    School Meals are FREE for ALL students:  School meals, including daily breakfast and lunch are FREE for all children ages 0-18 through June  2021! ALL students, whether learning remotely or on school campus may receives meals at NO COST!  Curbside service is available at Powell and many other locations across the district from 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM.

     

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols: WCPSS requires that all Plan B families review and sign the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols documentation provided here:  Review and Sign.  Plan B students should bring the signed copy to school with them to submit to the homeroom teacher.

     

    Health/Safety:  We continue to prepare the building for students’ reentry.  Signage has been placed reminding everyone to follow the three Ws:  Wear Your Mask, Wait 6 Feet or More Apart, and Wash Your Hands Frequently.  All classrooms have been outfitted with hand sanitizer stations.  Hallways have been marked with 6 Feet Apart sticker reminders.  Room capacity signage has been posted with the maximum number permitted per social distancing guidelines in common areas.

     

    Hearts for the Holidays: Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 Powell will not be having our annual Hearts for the Holiday program this year. We are providing families with community organizations that are having holiday programs and you can choose to either donate or receive gifts. Please visit the websites listed below for more information. Please note that the programs have deadlines or limits to the number of families served so explore opportunities early. 

     

    Wake County Community Food Hubs:  Our partners at Wake County Cooperative Extension have set up community food hubs to continue our work in providing students and families with access to food on Saturdays at these sites

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • November 1st, 2020

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 11/1/2020

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    We had an excellent first week back for in-person learning with our Cohort 1 Pre-K - 3rd Grade Students.  Our staff was very excited and prepared to greet our students.  Our students did a remarkable job following the 3 W’s, especially keeping 6 feet distance from one another.  Way to go, Powell Family!

     

    Cohort 2 Pre-K - 3rd Grade Students attend in-person: Tomorrow, 11/02/20, Cohort 2 will be in attendance.  All Plan B students will be required to have a health screening.  Please do not drop off students without being approved by the health screener.  Screeners will be available beginning at 8:45 AM to ask health screening questions and to take temperatures.  Students will be screened before exiting the bus, as well as before exiting the vehicle in the carpool.  We kindly ask that all adults wear a face covering when driving through the carpool as our staff will be approaching your vehicle to complete the health screenings.

     

    Students should plan to bring their devices to school since we will continue to utilize some digital assignments. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring a personal water bottle as water fountains can not be used as normal.  If students do not have a water bottle, a paper cup will be provided for them.   

     

    Elevation Day - Teacher Workday, No School for Students: This Tuesday, 11/03/20, is Election Day.  Be sure to get out and vote.  There is No School for students in-person, remote learning or Virtual Academy.

     

    WCPSS Virtual Magnet Fair: This Saturday, 11/07/20 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, explore all WCPSS Schools of Choice in one location! Hear from school staff, students and parents about our award-winning magnet themes. All WCPSS magnet and early college schools will be attending. Live presentations by each school every 30 minutes beginning at 9am. You may join a presentation at any time.  Click here to Register

     

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols: WCPSS requires that all Plan B families review and sign the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols documentation provided here:  Review and Sign.  Plan B students should bring the signed copy to school with them to submit to the homeroom teacher.

     

    Health/Safety:  We continue to prepare the building for students’ reentry.  Signage has been placed reminding everyone to follow the three Ws:  Wear Your Mask, Wait 6 Feet or More Apart, and Wash Your Hands Frequently.  All classrooms have been outfitted with hand sanitizer stations.  Hallways have been marked with 6 Feet Apart sticker reminders.  Room capacity signage has been posted with the maximum number permitted per social distancing guidelines in common areas.

     

    Hearts for the Holidays: Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 Powell will not be having our annual Hearts for the Holiday program this year. We are providing families with community organizations that are having holiday programs and you can choose to either donate or receive gifts. Please visit the websites listed below for more information. Please note that the programs have deadlines or limits to the number of families served so explore opportunities early. 

     

    Powell Student Support Services Survey: Annually Student Support Services sends out to all Powell families, a survey to gather information and assess student and family needs. This year the survey is being sent out electronically. This form typically helps Student Services provide any necessary resources and support for students.  Complete the Google Survey here.

     

    Wake County Community Food Hubs:  Our partners at Wake County Cooperative Extension have set up community food hubs to continue our work in providing students and families with access to food on Saturdays at these sites

     

    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • October 25th, 2020

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 10/25/2020

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Cohort 1 Pre-K - 3rd Grade Students attend in-person: The day is finally here.  We are excited to begin our three week rotations for our PreK - 3rd Grade Students. Tomorrow, 10/26/20, Cohort 1 will be in attendance.  All Plan B students will be required to have a health screening.  Please do not drop off students without being approved by the health screener.  Screeners will be available beginning at 8:45 AM to ask health screening questions and to take temperatures.  Students will be screened before exiting the bus, as well as before exiting the vehicle in carpool

     

    Students should plan to bring their devices to school since we will continue to utilize some digital assignments. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring a personal water bottle as water fountains can not be used as normal.  If students do not have a water bottle, a paper cup will be provided for them.   

     

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols: WCPSS requires that all Plan B families review and sign the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols documentation provided here:  Review and Sign.  Plan B students should bring the signed copy to school with them to submit to the homeroom teacher.

     

    Health/Safety:  We continue to prepare the building for students’ reentry.  Signage has been placed reminding everyone to follow the three Ws:  Wear Your Mask, Wait 6 Feet or More Apart, and Wash Your Hands Frequently.  All classrooms have been outfitted with hand sanitizer stations.  Hallways have been marked with 6 Feet Apart sticker reminders.  Room capacity signage has been posted with the maximum number permitted per social distancing guidelines in common areas.

    Remote Learning Day: On Wednesday, 10/28/20, ALL Powell in-person, remote learning, & Virtual Academy students will participate in asynchronous learning.  Teachers will not be providing live instruction.

    Report Cards Distributed: On 10/30/20, teachers will be electronically sending home report cards for Quarter 1.

     

    Quarter 2 Instructional Materials: If you were unable to pick up your instructional materials, please contact our Instructional Facilitator, Sidney Fox - sfox@wcpss.net 

     

    PTA Reflections: Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.  Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because… Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

    While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA, then finalists from councils will move on to the state round.

    Powell students who would like to enter the 2020-21 Reflections contest should submit their work to the front office “Reflections Entry Box,” along with the signed entry form below. Or, you can submit your signed entry form and photos of your work electronically by emailing them directly to Ms. Ali at gali@wcpss.net

    DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES is FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2020.

     

    Hearts for the Holidays: Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 Powell will not be having our annual Hearts for the Holiday program this year. We are providing families with community organizations that are having holiday programs and you can choose to either donate or receive gifts. Please visit the websites listed below for more information. Please note that the programs have deadlines or limits to the number of families served so explore opportunities early. 


    Powell Student Support Services Survey: Annually Student Support Services sends out to all Powell families, a survey to gather information and assess student and family needs. This year the survey is being sent out electronically. This form typically helps Student Services provide any necessary resources and support for students.  Complete the Google Survey here.

     

    Wake County Community Food Hubs:  Our partners at Wake County Cooperative Extension have set up community food hubs to continue our work in providing students and families with access to food on Saturdays at these sites


    Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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