• October 2nd, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 10/2/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    National Custodian Appreciation Week: This week, we recognize our awesome Head Custodian, Mr. James Evans. Mr. Evans is one of our super heroes at Powell. He works behind the scenes ensuring that Powell is clean and ready for learning. Mr. Evans always goes above and beyond his job duties.  We are fortunate to have him on our team. We also celebrate our contracted night crew, Alfredo & Manuela. Thank you, Mr. Evans, Alfredo and Manuela, for all your hard work and dedication to our school. Take a moment this week to send in a note of appreciation or card of thanks for their hard work. 

     

    NC State Fair Tools For Schools Program - $$ For Your School: For every Adult FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code (536), the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every Child FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $1 to the school. Online Advance Sale Only through October 13. Purchase your tickets here. Enter Membership ID 536 for Powell.

     

    Race for Education: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser is underway. Race day is Monday, October 31st, 2022. Are you posting on your Social Media and reaching out to friends and family? Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. Please share and donate online by using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/powellrace. More information such as examples of social media post, email templates, and a copy of the donation letter can be found here. QUESTIONS??? Contact our Race Coordinator at PowellPTARaceForEd@gmail.com

     

    Quarter 1 Interim Reports Sent Home: The weather delayed our Quarter 1 interim reports. They will be sent home on Monday, 10/03/22.

     

    Bagels with Brower: Did you miss Bagels with Brower on 09/30/22? Watch the replay to hear about Title 1 Funding and the AIG Identification Process. 

     

    School Improvement Team Meeting: Our next SIT meeting is on 10/05/22 at 7:40 AM in the Media Center. 

     

    College Colors Day: Wear your favorite college T-Shirts and colors this Friday, 10/07/22.

     

    Teacher Workday - No School for Students:  Monday 10/10/22

     

    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 form typically helps Student Services provide any necessary resources and support for students. We encourage every family to complete this survey.

     

    Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to https://www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  



    Have a great week!

     

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • September 18th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 9/18/2022

    Domains and Electives Begin on Tuesday 09/20/22. Your child’s domain and elective schedule was sent home last Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact our Magnet Program Coordinator, Cristen Laurens - claurens@wcpss.net. This school year, Mondays will be magnet down days. Students will not go to their domain in the morning, rather they will participate in the district Social Emotional Learning program, Second Step, as a class.  They will attend their classroom specials on Monday afternoons. 

     

    4th & 5th Grade AIG Testing Nomination Window: Families and teachers can nominate 4th and 5th grade students for fall AIG testing during the nomination window from September 19 to September 30, 2022.  A nomination does not guarantee that a student will go through the AIG evaluation process. The School Based Committee for Gifted Education (SBCGE) examines data to determine if a student is referred for evaluation. All students must be nominated through an online form, which will open for responses on September 19.  Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 30 on this form.  Please contact Ann Poisson at apoisson@wcpss.net with any questions.

     

    PTA Spirit Night - Two Roosters Ice Cream - Stop by 215 E Franklin St. Raleigh, for some ice cream and support our PTA on Tuesday, 9/20/22 from 3:00 - 9:00 PM.  Don't forget to mention you're there in support of Powell and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA.

     

    Powell School Events Calendar: Do you subscribe to our School Website calendar for all events? If not, you can subscribe to the Website Calendar and have it sync with your Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc. Find the Calendar URL & learn how to sync your calendars here!

     

    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 form typically helps Student Services provide any necessary resources and support for students. We encourage every family to complete this survey.

     

    Race for Education Kickoff: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser has officially kicked off. Race day is Monday, October 31st, 2022. Race packets came home last week..  Be sure to ask your child about it. Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. 

     

    Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to https://www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  

     

    MemberHUB: The PTA uses a site called MemberHub to organize all PTA events, communications, sign-ups, and parent directory. ​Join MemberHub here.



    Have a great week!


    Dr. Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • September 11th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 9/11/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    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 form typically helps Student Services provide any necessary resources and support for students. We encourage every family to complete this survey.

     

    Race for Education Kickoff: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, October 31st, 2022. Information is coming home on Monday, September 12th.  Be sure to ask your child about it. Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. 

     

    Family Picnic, PTA General Meeting, & Curriculum Night: Save the date! Join us on Thursday, September 15th, at 5:00 PM for our Family Picnic, first General PTA Meeting, and Curriculum Night. Come meet the PTA Executive Board and approve the PTA annual budget.  The PTA sponsors many academic programs at Powell and supports our teachers in many ways.  Please consider joining our PTA for just $8.00.  Click here to join online. You will receive many discounts with your PTA card.  There will be 2 Curriculum night sessions to learn about grade level instructional practices.

     

    Instructional Assistants Appreciation Day - This Friday, 09/16/22, is Instructional Assistants Appreciation Day. We are so thankful for our 9 IAs at Powell. Has one of our Instructional Assistants gone above and beyond to help your child? Do you have a great memory of something special they have done? Please use this Instructional Assistants Words of Appreciation form to write a short message sharing your words of appreciation to our incredible Instructional Assistants. 

    Report COVID Cases to Powell: It is important for families to report positive COVID-19 cases to Powell. All positive cases should be emailed to Dr. Brower - cbrower2@wcpss.net. Daily reporting allows the district to detect early trends on a campus or across campuses. In keeping with the timeline used by county health officials for public reporting, our Covid-19 dashboard will be updated each Monday with the previous week's cases. If your child is not feeling well, please have them stay home and get tested for COVID-19. If your student tests positive, report this to our school. The CDC recommends that after 5 days of isolation, you can remove the mask if you have 2 negative tests at least 48 hours apart. Consult wcpss.net/whentoreturn to learn when to return after a positive diagnosis. 

    If your student has been exposed, they can stay in school as long as they are not experiencing symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. NCDHHS recommends wearing a mask following a COVID-19 exposure.

     

    Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to https://www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  

     

    MemberHUB: The PTA uses a site called MemberHub to organize all PTA events, communications, sign-ups, and parent directory. ​Join MemberHub here.



    Have a great week!

     

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • September 5th, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 9/5/2022

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    Magnet (Registration) Materials: The Magnet Implementation Guide for 2022-23 and Grade level specific Magnet Choice Survey Postcards were emailed to families on Friday. Please complete one survey per child by 5:00 PM tomorrow Tuesday, 09/06/22.  Refer to the Magnet tab on our website for descriptions/more information OR email our Magnet Program Coordinator Cristen Laurens, claurens@wcpss.net with any questions. For your convenience, below are the links to the Magnet Choice Surveys:

    K/1st Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

    2nd Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

    3rd Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

    4th/5th Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

     

    Welcome Kindergarten Students: Our Kindergarten students begin tomorrow. We are excited for all of our students to be on campus together. Please be patient in carpool this week, as our K students learn the carpool routine. 

     

    Carpool Reminder: When sitting/moving through Carpool on King Charles Road and Valiant Street, please be cautious to keep our neighbors driveways open. Thank you for your cooperation. 

     

    Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week - 09/05/22: We appreciate our substitute teachers who support Powell on a regular basis. 

     

    Tea & Tissues for Kindergarten Parents: Tuesday, September 6th, Kindergarten families, after your little one heads off to their first day of school, stop by the tables by the breezeway for Tea & Tissues with other families and an opportunity to meet our PTA Executive Board.

     

    3rd Grade Beginning of Grade (BOG) Test: All 3rd grade students will participate in the BOG on Wednesday, 09/07/22.  It is important for all students to arrive on time.

     

    School Improvement Team Meeting: Our first School Improvement Team meeting is on Wednesday,  09/07/22 at 7:40 AM in the Media Center. SIT meetings are open meetings to the Powell community. 

     

    Family Picnic, PTA General Meeting, & Curriculum Night: Save the date! Join us on Thursday, September 15th, at 5:00 PM for our Family Picnic, first General PTA Meeting, and Curriculum Night. Come meet the PTA Executive Board and approve the PTA annual budget.  The PTA sponsors many academic programs at Powell and supports our teachers in many ways.  Please consider joining our PTA for just $8.00.  Click here to join online. You will receive many discounts with your PTA card.  There will be 2 Curriculum night sessions to learn about grade level instructional practices.  More information coming soon!

     

    Here Comes the Bus APP: WCPSS Transportation provides bus rider families with a FREE bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus, which translates GPS data into an easy to use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The app allows you to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop. For more information and to sign up, click here.

     

    School Meals: To receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year, families must submit a meal benefits application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper copies are available in the Powell office. For families who completed the 2021-22 meal benefits application, the benefit continues for their student's first 30 school days of the 2022-23 school year. At elementary schools, full-paid breakfast will be $1.50 and lunch will be $3.00.

     

    MySchool Bucks: With a MySchool Bucks account paying for a la carte items is easy. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or call (855) 832-5226 to enroll. You'll need your child's Student ID number, available in your registration materials or at our school. Once your account is established you may:

    • Securely deposit funds to your child's account

    • Check balances

    • Set spending limits

    • Review purchases made

     

    Report COVID Cases to Powell: It is important for families to report positive COVID-19 cases to Powell. All positive cases should be emailed to Dr. Brower - cbrower2@wcpss.net. Daily reporting allows the district to detect early trends on a campus or across campuses. In keeping with the timeline used by county health officials for public reporting, our Covid-19 dashboard will be updated each Monday with the previous week's cases. If your child is not feeling well, please have them stay home and get tested for COVID-19. If your student tests positive, report this to our school. The CDC recommends that after 5 days of isolation, you can remove the mask if you have 2 negative tests at least 48 hours apart. Consult wcpss.net/whentoreturn to learn when to return after a positive diagnosis. 

    If your student has been exposed, they can stay in school as long as they are not experiencing symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. NCDHHS recommends wearing a mask following a COVID-19 exposure.

     

    Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to https://www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  

     

    Race for Education Kickoff: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, October 31st, 2022. Information is coming home on Monday, September 12th.  Be sure to ask your child about it. Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. 

     

    MemberHUB: The PTA uses a site called MemberHub to organize all PTA events, communications, sign-ups, and parent directory. ​Join MemberHub here.

     

    Emails & Text Message Communication:  Lots of updates and information is shared by text messaging.  If you are not receiving Text Messages from the school, you need to Opt In for School Messenger.  To Opt In, simply text YES to the number 67587. If you are reading this on the website and did not receive it by email, please contact our Data Manager, Carolyn Bost, csbost@wcpss.net to update your email address.  Please make certain that we always have your most up to date phone number, which will be used in case of emergencies.  For more information, click here.

     

    Facebook & Twitter: Please follow us on Twitter @PowellesPlay and on Facebook Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School

     

    Parent/Student Handbook: This guide helps students and families understand the rules and expectations for behavior in school, on the way to and from school and during school-sponsored activities. Every student receives a hard copy at the beginning of the school year.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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  • August 28, 2022

    Posted by Curtis Brower on 8/28/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Powell Families,

     

    I hope that each of you have had a fun and restful summer.  It was great seeing everyone who attended our Meet the Teacher event on Thursday evening.  Each week on Sunday afternoon, you will receive a weekly email with lots of reminders.  Please refer to this email to keep in the know of the many events happening at Powell.  You will also receive a text message with a link to the Principal Message on our school website.

     

    Visiting Campus & Checking your student out early: When visiting campus or picking your student up early, please be prepared to show your government issued ID. The office staff will request to see your ID every time you enter the building.  Thank you for your cooperation ensuring school safety. 

     

    Arrival & Dismissal: For the safety of our students and staff, it is important for all families to follow our arrival and dismissal procedures.  We open our school doors and welcome our students at 8:45 AM.  Students should not arrive on campus before that time.  Walkers should leave their home to arrive at school no earlier than 8:45 AM.  All students should be picked up from campus by 4:05 PM.

     

    Transportation: Every student at Powell will be issued a transportation tag for their backpack, which should be used for the entire year.  Please do not remove the tags from the backpack.  Should the tag get removed or lost, please contact our assistant principal, Melissa Hart, mhart@wpcss.net

     

    Carpool: Parents using carpool should follow the one way carpool route, which begins on N King Charles Rd, turns Right on Valiant Street, then turns Right into the school parking lot.  In the AM, students should exit the vehicle onto the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps.  Students arriving in carpool should remain in the vehicle until the bell rings at 8:45 AM.  In the PM, every car must display the child’s carpool number.  If you do not have your carpool tag, you will be asked to report to the office to sign out your student.  Students will load the vehicle by the cafeteria sidewalk.  Six students are loaded at one time, using our carpool number and color system.  Cars should remain in the line until all six students are loaded.  Under no circumstances should a car pull around the other remaining vehicles.  All students riding to and from school in a car are considered a carpool student.  Students should never be dropped off or picked up on Marlborough Road.  To assist with congestion and safety, Raleigh City Council has mandated No Parking on School Days from 8:45-9:30 AM and 3:30-4:15 PM on Marlborough Road.  During this time, Raleigh PD may enforce this No Parking Zone by issuing citations as needed.  

     

    Here Comes the Bus APP: WCPSS Transportation provides bus rider families with a FREE bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus, which translates GPS data into an easy to use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The app allows you to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop. For more information and to sign up, click here.

     

    Walkers: Students walking to school should not arrive on campus before 8:45 AM.  At dismissal, students exit campus through the exterior Multi-Purpose room door.  Parents picking up their child should wait on the sidewalk near this door.  Walking students and families should exit campus promptly.  Students should not be permitted to run or play in the natural areas, around the planted azaleas or near the road and parking lot.  Students considered walkers should be walking to or from school.  If a parent chooses to drive a walker to school, please follow carpool procedures.  Walkers should not be exiting through the walker door and then entering a vehicle.  Please refer to the No Parking information stated above in the carpool section.

     

    School Meals: To receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year, families must submit a meal benefits application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper copies are available in the Powell office. For families who completed the 2021-22 meal benefits application, the benefit continues for their student's first 30 school days of the 2022-23 school year. At elementary schools, full-paid breakfast will be $1.50 and lunch will be $3.00.

     

    MySchool Bucks: With a MySchool Bucks account paying for a la carte items is easy. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or call (855) 832-5226 to enroll. You'll need your child's Student ID number, available in your registration materials or at our school. Once your account is established you may:

    • Securely deposit funds to your child's account

    • Check balances

    • Set spending limits

    • Review purchases made

     

    Report COVID Cases to Powell: It is important for families to report positive COVID-19 cases to Powell. All positive cases should be emailed to Dr. Brower - cbrower2@wcpss.net. Daily reporting allows the district to detect early trends on a campus or across campuses. In keeping with the timeline used by county health officials for public reporting, our Covid-19 dashboard will be updated each Monday with the previous week's cases. If your child is not feeling well, please have them stay home and get tested for COVID-19. If your student tests positive, report this to our school. The CDC recommends that after 5 days of isolation, you can remove the mask if you have 2 negative tests at least 48 hours apart. Consult wcpss.net/whentoreturn to learn when to return after a positive diagnosis. 

    If your student has been exposed, they can stay in school as long as they are not experiencing symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. NCDHHS recommends wearing a mask following a COVID-19 exposure.

     

    Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to https://www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  

     

    Kindergarten Staggered Entry: This week, Kindergarten students will begin school on a staggered entry schedule.  Students will only attend on their scheduled day.  Parents and students are invited to Kindergarten Meet the Teacher on Friday, September 2nd from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  First Full Day for Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 6th, 2022.

     

    Tea & Tissues for Kindergarten Parents: Tuesday, September 6th, Kindergarten families, after your little one heads off to their first day of school, stop by the tables by the breezeway for Tea & Tissues with other families and an opportunity to meet our PTA Executive Board.

     

    Race for Education Kickoff: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, October 31st, 2022. Information is coming home on Monday, September 12th.  Be sure to ask your child about it. Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. 

     

    Family Picnic, PTA General Meeting, & Curriculum Night: Save the date! Join us on Thursday, September 15th, at 5:00 PM for our Family Picnic, first General PTA Meeting, and Curriculum Night. Come meet the PTA Executive Board and approve the PTA annual budget.  The PTA sponsors many academic programs at Powell and supports our teachers in many ways.  Please consider joining our PTA for just $8.00.  Click here to join online. You will receive many discounts with your PTA card.  There will be 2 Curriculum night sessions to learn about grade level instructional practices.  More information coming soon!

     

    MemberHUB: The PTA uses a site called MemberHub to organize all PTA events, communications, sign-ups, and parent directory. ​Join MemberHub here.

     

    Bagels with Brower: Our first Bagels with Brower is scheduled for September 30th at 9:00 AM. 

     

    Magnet Registration Materials: Be on the lookout for Magnet Domain & Elective Registration materials coming home this week.  

     

    Emails & Text Message Communication:  Lots of updates and information is shared by text messaging.  If you are not receiving Text Messages from the school, you need to Opt In for School Messenger.  To Opt In, simply text YES to the number 67587. If you are reading this on the website and did not receive it by email, please contact our Data Manager, Carolyn Bost, csbost@wcpss.net to update your email address.  Please make certain that we always have your most up to date phone number, which will be used in case of emergencies.  For more information, click here.

     

    Parent Communication: This school year, Powell teachers and staff will continue using “Talking Points” to communicate information, as well as share curriculum information with you.  Our goal is to engage 100% of our families on a weekly basis.  

     

    Facebook & Twitter: Please follow us on Twitter @PowellesPlay and on Facebook Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School

     

    Parent/Student Handbook: This guide helps students and families understand the rules and expectations for behavior in school, on the way to and from school and during school-sponsored activities. Every student receives a hard copy at the beginning of the school year.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Dr. Curtis M. Brower

    Principal

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