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Explorer Express for 10/20/19

Positivity Project Character Strength: Perspective


You appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner.





Perspective helps an individual make sense of the world. It provides clarity on what matters and what does not. Being able to see things from multiple angles helps individuals remain calm and learn from mistakes; they are typically highly self-aware. Reflecting on their own feelings, thoughts, and motives helps them understand and empathize with other people. These individuals are strong listeners and ask great questions.


Unity Day Information-Wednesday Oct. 23rd


We are asking that all staff and students to wear ORANGE to support National UNITY Day. About Unity Day: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day.


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

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.



News from the WES PTA

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 Thank You 


Thank you to all of you who donated food, drinks, and/or volunteered your time for Community Helper Day. I appreciate all of your support, and the extra run to the store too! With the luck of amazing weather, everyone's help, and the students excitement, the event was a huge success! Last, but not least, thank you to the Kindergarteners, First Graders, and your teachers for your Thank You Cards to the Community Helpers. Each of them enjoyed receiving those cards. Wonderful job everyone!


Malia Lang - Community Helper Day Chair


Campus Clean Up Day - 10/26


Save the date for our campus clean up day Saturday October 26th from 10am-12pm (rain date Sunday October 27th from 12pm-2pm). Bring the whole family and show some school pride! We'll have everything provided for you and everyone that attends gets a free WES car magnet! Please sign up so we know how many people to expect: Campus Clean Up Sign Up


School Spirit Wear 


We still have a few staff members that we are looking for sponsors to buy their spirit wear for them. Please see the sign up for more information and a list of staff member names. Thank you in advance for your help! Staff Spirit Wear
Michelle Ternak


Advocacy Newsletter


Learn about the types of school board meetings and how you can support the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act in this month's Advocacy Newsletter


Alexandra Chappell - Advocacy Chair


WES Backpack Buddies Food Drive


We are looking for donations of specific food items to help support Weatherstone’s Backpack Buddies program. 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.


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



  • 23rd- National Unity Day- Wear Orange to Support Antibullying
  • 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