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Explorer Express for 10/6/19

Teacher Workday This Wednesday (10/9)


As a reminder, this Wednesday, October 9th is a teacher workday.  There is no school for students.  


Readvolution is Back Again


For the third consecutive year, we will partner with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring READvolution to all of our elementary schools. This exciting partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school, plus allow students the chance to attend a Hurricanes game.


This year the READvolution time frame will be between Monday, September 30th - Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Your child will be able to be part of this event by reading daily for 20 minutes!  (Students who have not started logging their books yet, can go back and enter them for last week.)


This year’s challenge features both individual and school-wide components, as well as goals for each.


The individual component will include the following:


* Through an online tracking system, students will provide the name of the book that they read and the number of minutes read each day. Students and parents can access their accounts through the Wakeid login system.  Go to and click on the Hurricanes logo to log in.  Most students will know their login information, but if they need help, please contact your child's teacher.


* Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day throughout the allotted time frame (for a total of 800 minutes) will receive two complimentary ticket vouchers to a Hurricanes home game.


The school-wide component of the challenge includes the tracking of books read collectively at the school site. This component will include the following:


* Schools that collectively read 2,020 books between Sept. 30th and Nov. 22nd will be entered into a drawing by region to participate in a culminating event (the Cool School Field Trip) at PNC Arena during the school day in February.


* If your school is selected from the drawing to attend the Cool School Field Trip, students will have the opportunity to see a Hurricanes practice, participate in fun activities, and hear from Hurricanes players.


* Students will record the titles of every book they read along with their names on paper “pucks.” These “pucks” will be added to their school’s Hurricanes hockey goal banner. The goal is to collectively fill the banner with 2,020 pucks.


Thank you for your willingness to participate in the READvolution program! We appreciate this opportunity to build lifelong readers and learners in our community.


Positivity Project: Other People Matter Mindset Week. Be Present


This week students will explore a mindset of being present rather than an individual character strength. This element of the Other People Matter Mindset (OPM2) means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. A deliberate focus on being present is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the formidable capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people.


Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. If we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members or close friends- we can’t build those relationships.


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!


News from the WES PTA


Weatherstone Endurance Superstars


Our first meeting will be Tuesday, Oct 8th!  If you already submitted your registration you should have received a welcome email.  If you turned in your registration but you didn't receive an email, please email Jenny at  


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.


Community Helper Day - (This Event is for K and 1st Grade Only)

Needed: Volunteers to help set up and donate items for Community Helper Day on Tuesday, October 15th beginning at 9:15 am. If your child is in Kindergarten, or First Grade, please consider volunteering!


The Kindergartners and First Graders will be looking forward to learning about all the important people that make our community work! The Community Helpers, (and their awesome vehicles), that will be attending are: Cary Fire Department, Cary Police Department, Cary EMS, Animal Control, Town of Cary Traffic Operations, Town of Cary Waste Management, and Town of Cary Public Works Department. 


To volunteer your time:


Please consider signing up to donate. Items can be dropped off in the carpool loop that morning at the tent we will have set up. Thank you in advance for your support!


Community Helper Day Committee Chair

Malia Lang


News from Cultural Arts


We’re excited to bring our first school wide performance to WES. Hot Horns will treat all our students October 16th.  Featuring musical styles from different ages, including jazz and rock music, students will discover a variety of instruments whose unique features contribute to the sounds and rhythms of popular music over time. Hot Horns uses age-appropriate content and vocabulary for all musical examples and instrument descriptions. Some references to math, science, and cross-cultural connections are incorporated. Students are guaranteed to recognize the music, and will be singing along and dancing in their seats before the show is over.  Ask your child about the show!


Cultural Arts Committee Chairs

Rachel Love and Shannon Whitson


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:


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:


WES Edible Garden Committee


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 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 18th, 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: 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, or  Copies of rules and entry forms can be found in the Main Office.   


PTA Reflections Committee Co Chairs

Angela Powell and Kelly Moore


Upcoming Dates



  • 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
  • 16th- PTA Cultural Arts Performance for Students: Hot Horns
  • 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


  • 1st- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL