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Explorer Express for 1/5/20

Welcome Back from Mr. Chadwick


Happy New Year!  I hope that all of our families had a safe break and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends.  The students will be eager to get back to routines and see their friends and teachers. Our staff is eager to get back to working hard to provide amazing learning experiences for our students!  As we are in the winter months please make sure to label all of your children's jackets with names as collect many lost and found items each day.  


As we begin 2020 and finish up the 2nd quarter we have a few announcements and upcoming events.  


Positivity Project Character Strength: Hope and Optimism 

Starting Monday, we'll begin learning about optimism, which, like the following week's strength of prudence, is future oriented. Optimistic people find meaning in hardship and can create a vision for the future. They look at potential obstacles as opportunities, rather than threats. 

Optimism is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about staying focused on the good in any situation – allowing you to be aware of opportunities and accountable for your emotions. Due to their future oriented mindset, Optimists are often hard working, conscientious, and able to overcome obstacles. On a group level, optimism is crucial to group success. Optimists are strong leaders. They find meaning in hardship and can create a vision for the future. They look at potential obstacles as opportunities, rather than threats.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a before school program like no other! Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 8-9:15am for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches (Shannon Almand, Michelle Finnamore, and Hillary Strengholt) lead 3rd-5th grade girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a non-competitive 5K run on Saturday, April 25th.


-Program Dates: February 5-April 25th

-Days: Wednesday - Fridays @ 8-9:15am

-Program Fee: $205 - Payment Plans & Scholarships Available (Contact Site Coordinator for more details)

-Site Coordinator: Shannon Almand

News from the WES PTA

WES Yearbook


Yearbooks are on sale for $25.00. 


Order forms went home in your child’s Friday Folder so be sure to look for them. If you prefer paperless, you can click the link below and order online right now!




We are looking for sponsors and silent auction donors for our upcoming STEM Carnival in February. If you own a business or would just like to make a tax deductible gift to the PTA please contact for more information.


Upcoming Dates



  • 6th- Return to School from Winter Break
  • 10th- School Tour for 2020-21 10:00-10:45 AM
  • 14th- School Tour for 2020-21 4:45-5:30 PM
  • 20th- Martin Luther King Jr Day, NO SCHOOL
  • 21st- WES PTA General Membership Meeting Time TBA
  • 27th- End of 2nd Quarter
  • 29th- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL
  • 31st- School Improvement Plan Meeting 8:00 AM Media Center