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Explorer Express for 9/29/19

No School Tomorrow (Teacher Workday)

 

There is no school this Monday, September 30th as it is a Teacher workday. 

 

Picture Day Tuesday 10/1

 

As a reminder Fall School Pictures will be taken on Tuesday.  Information has come home in your child's Friday Folder.  These photos will be use in the Yearbook.

 

WES Family Picnic This Friday 10/4 

 

The 6th Annual Weatherstone Family Picnic will be held Friday, October 4th at 5:30 - 7:00 PM. We hope that you will join us on our main field with your family and a picnic dinner. Your dinner can be a meal you bring from home or something as easy as takeout from your favorite place!  Las Gringas and Jam Ice Cream food Trucks will be on campus and the WES PTA will be selling pizza from Marco’s Pizza.

 

There will be a 5th Grade Student vs Staff Kickball Game and Freeze Dance for everyone. Bring a blanket and join us for an awesome night of food, family and fun. Hope to see you there! 

 

The night will start with a brief PTA General Membership Meeting at 5:30 in the cafeteria.  We hope to see everyone there!

 

Positivity Character Strength of the Week: Open-mindedness

 

Open-minded people like to consider new ideas and try new things. These individuals examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions. Open-minded people are often good listeners and called upon to provide a balanced viewpoint. Both listening and the ability to deliver reasonable and practical advice are marks of good friends and confidantes.

 

This strength helps individuals form meaningful and lasting relationships. On a group level, open-mindedness is crucial in counteracting groupthink. Individuals with this strength help their group identify the correct goals, evidence, possible alternatives, and final decisions to a given problem.

 

News from Your Cafeteria:

 

October is a month of new options for those looking for something different to try. National School Lunch week is October 14th-18th this year and to celebrate Child Nutrition Services (CNS) is offering new-to-us entree options. You may go on line through the WCPSS web site to see what days we will be offering spicy black bean burgers or veggie chow mein, and what would Wednesdays be like if we didn't offer a vegetarian nugget to go with our usual chicken nugget!

 

Health Assessments & Immunization Records

 

Kindergarten families and families new to North Carolina, please make sure that you have given us the NC Health Assessment from and completed Immunization Records before the 30th day of school.  Mrs. Forman, our school's data manager, has sent reminders to all families missing any forms.  The final due date for all records in October 1st.  After that date, students missing any records are required to be excluded from school by North Carolina law.  Thank you for helping us complete this important task and keep our students healthy. 

 

News from the WES PTA

 

WES PTA Room Parent Meeting

 

Calling all WES Room Parents!  There will be an organizational Room Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 1st at 9:15 AM in the Media Center.

 

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - Wednesday, October 2nd

 

Join people across the country by walking to school. Children and parents who want to participate are encouraged to walk to school and then join other walkers at the school track from 8:40am - 9:00am. Children will be required to go straight to class at 9:00am.  

 

Parents who carpool…you are encouraged to spend some additional time with your child(ren) and meet at White Tiger Taekwondo (1605 NW Maynard Rd). We will park and walk to school as a group. Parade departs at 8:35am from White Tiger to WES Track. Walking students must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

We will need a few volunteers to help this event run smoothly. Sign up here to help! 

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D44ABAC2D6-walk2

 

Hosted by WES PTA Walk to School Day Committee

Jenny Andreev

 

Weatherstone Endurance Superstars


We are very excited to announce that registration is open for the Weatherstone Endurance Superstars running program this year! Join us TUESDAY mornings from 8:15-8:45 a.m. on the track as we lace up to try and complete a marathon by the end of the school year. Participation is open to all grades, however Kindergarten through grade 1 parents must accompany their children. Students will walk, jog or run around the track and collect sticks marking the distance completed. In order to ensure the safety of all participants we will require that parents volunteer for at least one morning each semester. If interested, please complete the waiver sent home in your Friday folder and return to your teacher no later than WEDNESDAY, OCT 2.  New this year….register online (preferred method) at: 

https://tinyurl.com/wesrun2019

 

Our first meeting will be on October 8th.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us: Jenny Andreev: jenny.andreev@gmail.com or Caroline Bowman: 

kcbowman4@gmail.com

  

WES Backpack Buddies Food Drive

 

As we enter our 4th year of supporting this amazing program, we are looking for donations of specific food items to help support Weatherstone’s Backpack Buddies program. The Backpack Buddies program collects food donations that go home with students of need over the weekend and during school breaks so they have enough food to eat. This program only takes place during the school year, as there are resources that help them through the summer. The students in our program are identified by our school’s Social Worker and Guidance Counselors whom respect the privacy of the students and their families.

 

Items that go home in the backpacks include canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats/soups, juice boxes, shelf-stable milk, healthy snacks and breakfast foods. We also add fresh apples and oranges, along with vegetables from the WES edible garden. The food items collected are consistent with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies program.

 

Included in our collection are extra snack donations for students that have been identified by teachers as consistently not having snacks. This is to ensure that all our students have a healthy snack to keep them going through the long school day.

 

Every parent, teacher and family can contribute to this growing and wonderful program at our school! Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AA9AD28AB9-weatherstone

 

Any and all contributions make a difference! Donations can be left in the bin marked “PTA” in the front office, by the check in desk.

 

We thank you so much for your support!

 

Shelley Shalhoub and Megan Boughton

WES PTA Backpack Buddies Committee Co-Chairs

 

Shelley Shalhoub: shelleyahern@hotmail.com

 

WES Edible Garden Committee

 

Edible Garden - Watering Volunteers Needed

 

Fall baby veggies have been planted in our garden, but they need ongoing care. If you'd like to help with watering in our edible garden, please sign up using the following link.

 

October Garden Watering

 

Watering is a great opportunity for students to engage with the plants and learn how vegetables grow. For questions, email at weatherstonegarden@gmail.com or visit Weatherstone School Garden on Facebook for ongoing updates.  

 

WES Edible Garden Committee Chair
Remi Ham

 

PTA Reflections Art Program - “Look Within”

 
This program recognizes outstanding student works in six art areas: Literature, Music, Photography, Film, Dance, Visual Arts 2D/3D . All art must be turned in by October 18, and placed in the Main Office.  Remember to follow all rules and presentation guidelines and submit a separate entry form for each piece of art. 

 

Students may enter as many pieces as they would like in one or all art categories.  Students will need a student entry form for EVERY piece they submit for judging.  Make sure to read the General Participation Rules, the Art Specific Rules and fill out the Student Entry Form completely including signatures, title, artist statement, and art questions.  Go to: http://www.wakepta.org/reflections-2019-20.html to download the student packets forms.  

 

Our school’s winning pieces will advance to the county level, county winners will advance to state, and state winners will advance to nationals!  Our school will host a Reflections Celebration later in the school year.  ALL participating students will be invited to attend and be recognized.  Our PTA and school staff is excited to see the wonderful creations our super talented students submit this year!

 

If you have any questions, email Angie Powell or Kelly Moore, Reflections Chairs, angelahodges@gmail.com or mooreks619@gmail.com.  Copies of rules and entry forms can be found in the Main Office.   

 

PTA Reflections Committee Co Chairs

Angela Powell and Kelly Moore

 

WES PTA School of Excellence Survey

 

We need a few minutes of your time! As part of the process of becoming a School of Excellence, the National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help us improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence.

 

Please take 3-5 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the attached survey. This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete this by October 15th.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

September

  • 30th- Teacher Workday-No School

October

  • 1st PTA Room Parent Meeting 9:15 AM
  • 1st- School Picture Day
  • 2nd- National Walk to School Day
  • 2nd- Endurance Superstars Registration Deadline
  • 4th- 1st Quarter Interim Reports
  • 4th- School Improvement Plan Meeting 8:00 AM Media Center
  • 4th- WES Family Picnic 5:30-7:00 PM 
  • 8th- Endurance Superstars Starts
  • 9th- Teacher Workday No School
  • 10th- WES PTA Spirit Night 5:00-8:00 PM Chick-fil-A
  • 14th-18th- National School Lunch Week
  • 15th- Community Helper Day K-1st Grades
  • 15th- WES PTA School of Excellence Survey Closes
  • 18th- PTA Reflections Entries Due
  • 25th School Improvement Plan Meeting 8:00 AM
  • 25th- School Spirit Day: Pajama Day
  • 26th- Campus Cleanup Day 2:00-4:00 PM (Saturday)
  • 31st- End of the 1st Quarter
  • 31st Weather Make-up FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

November

  • 1st- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL