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Explorer Express for 10/13/19

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, Dec. 6, 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.   Detailed directions can be found here in English and Spanish.


* 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 Dec. 6th 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.


2019 Weatherstone Elementary Book Fair VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


The Arctic Adventure


The Weatherstone (WES) Media Center and PTA, in partnership with Scholastic Books, is excited to host the Fall 2019 WES Book Fair themed, The Arctic Adventure. All proceeds will be used to support the Media Center. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the book fair, processing book sales, and tear down/pack up of the book fair once it is over. We also need volunteers at the "Dudes and Donuts" Event and International Night events that will be held as well. We would greatly appreciate your help!


If you are interested, sign up below! If you are available for more than an hour, please consider signing up for more than one slot. You can also arrive early or stay late as your schedule allows. We need as many volunteers as possible to pull off this very special event that the children really look forward to each year.


Book Fair dates November 12th-19th

Book Fair is open:

Monday, November 11th - No School

Tuesday, November 12th 8:45am - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 13th - 8:45am - 4:00pm

Thursday, November 14th 8:45am - 7:30pm

Friday, November 15th 8:45am - 4:00pm

Monday, November 18th 8:45am - 4:00pm

Tuesday, November 19th 8:45am - 12:00pm


Book Fair will be open during the following events as well:"Dudes and Donuts" calling all Dads/Grand Dads/Friends and Special Relatives: A Special Pre-fair Buy Event Friday, November 8th 8:00am-9:30am


International Night - Thursday, November 14th 5:30-7:30pm

Book Fair will be open prior to International Night event from 4:00-5:30pm as well!


Weatherstone Elementary School PTA International Festival November 14, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm

Hello Weatherstone Families!! International Festival is in a few weeks! The International Festival will be held during our Book Fair Family Night.  It will be a fun night of enjoying the Book Fair and celebrating our school’s diversity. We will also have food trucks on campus! 


We are looking for volunteers to represent countries and cultures with a table display and/or group performance. Table displays can have clothing, art, recipes, pictures and media! Anything showcasing the diversity of our globe.  Kids will have passports to stamp as they explore the world and we will have a Parade of Nations at the end of the festival. We need your help to highlight and celebrate the diversity of our students. Please help make this event a success by signing up! 


We need volunteers for the following areas:


Event Participants: Table display to represent a country and its culture 
Event Participants: 3 Minute Cultural Performance (mandatory practice Nov 13th from 8-9AM)
Video Submissions: Video Submissions for Cultural Performances shown on the screen
Parade of Nations Registration: Please let us know if you are coming so that we will have a flag!


Sign up on the google form:

Questions? Email Gaby at

International  Festival Committee: Gabriela Livas Stein & Viranya Filipiak

Positivity Project Character Strength of the Week: Integrity


People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Integrity is closely aligned with the terms of honesty and authenticity. People with integrity tell the truth and have alignment in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


Why is integrity important? It is vital to individual growth and correlated with a multitude of psychological well-being measures. Harmony in your feelings, thoughts, and actions makes you better able to grow and achieve goals. Authenticity, and a lack of pretense, also makes you more likable and trusted by others.On a group level, integrity is a cornerstone of high-functioning and sustainable teams, organizations, and societies. 


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


WES PTA School of Excellence Survey


Last Chance! We would appreciate 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. Thank you!


Box Tops for Education

WES needs your Box Tops! Please turn in any and all clipped Box Tops to the main office by Wednesday, October 23rd. Thank you!
Janelle Scruggs - Box Tops Coordinator

Community Helper Day - (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


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:

To donate items: Items can be dropped off in the carpool loop that morning at the tent we will have set up.

Community Helper Day Committee Chair -Malia Lang


Weatherstone Endurance Superstars


WOW!!  What a great turn out of parents and students for our first meeting last Tuesday.  If you still have not received a welcome email from me PLEASE EMAIL me immediately at to let me know.  It is very important that we have all attendees officially registered so you can begin receiving communication in regards to weather cancellations, etc. 


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


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



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. 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!


WES PTA Backpack Buddies Committee Co-Chairs

Shelley Shalhoub: and Meghan Boughton


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


Upcoming Dates



  • 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