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Explorer Express for 2/3/20

Positivity Project Character Strength: Forgiveness


Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured and accept that people make mistakes. This does not mean rolling over and allowing yourself to be harmed. It does not mean that you forget the transgression.Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them.
By forgiving someone, you don’t have to say that what he/she did was okay. And, forgiveness is not contingent on the other person apologizing. For individuals, forgiveness has benefits that range from increased health to developing positive relationships to coming to an understanding that no one is without fault.
The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. 

WES STEM Carnival Expo This Saturday 2/8/20 10AM-2PM

Join the WES Staff and WES PTA as we present the the WES Annual STEM Expo Experience.  More details are below in the WES PTA section of the Explorer Express. 

WES and the WES PTA Present Internet Safety Night with Susan Wind 2/10/20 6:30 PM

Do you know what your children are doing online today? How well do you understand the ever-changing social media platforms that our children are using today – Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr? Do you really know what your kids are viewing on these apps/sites? What steps can you take to ensure your child is safe, personal material/content is kept private and protective measures are established?

Join us on 2/10/20 at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Childcare will be provided by WES Staff and the Apex Leadership Fun Run Staff.

Counselor Appreciation Week

This week we honor our amazing school counselors, Mrs. O'Connor and Mrs. Wiener.  Their dedication to our students', staff, and families members' well-being is greatly appreciated.  Every day they meet with with students individually, in small groups, and teach whole classes supporting our school community's needs.  Please take a moment to thank them or send them an email in appreciation for their focus on educating the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of all of our students!

News from the WES PTA


Get Excited for the STEM Carnival!


Save the date for our STEM Carnival happening SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th from 10am-2pm. There will be grade level activities, STEM related vendors, Silent Auction, Raffle Baskets, Cake Walk, Prizes, Face Painting, Food Trucks and more! This is a family friendly event and parents must accompany their child/children. Hope to see everyone there!

Volunteers Needed:


We need your help to make our STEM Carnival a success. We have several volunteers slots for an hour at a time during our carnival or we are in need of baked goods for our Cake Walk. Please sign up to help!


Raffle Baskets

Raffle Basket ticket sales start 2/3 during morning drop off times (Monday morning). Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 25 for $20.00. Raffle Baskets include: Nintendo Switch Lite, Amazon Fire Tablet 8, Chromebook, Pair of Reserved 5th Grade Graduation Seats, Reserved front of the line afternoon carpool parking spot, Carolina Panthers swag, Family Day Out Gift Card Basket and more.  


Silent Auction:


Our silent auction is gearing up again this year with lots of great items! Disney tickets, orthodontist packages, restaurants, summer camps and more! Bidding started Friday, January 31st! Check out all the great items we have this year at: 2020 Silent Auction. Set up your account so you can be ready to bid. 


Weatherstone Elementary Penny War! January 30th – February 8th


Put your spare change toward a great cause. All proceeds from our Penny War fundraiser will go towards supporting Weatherstone Elementary.


The students are so excited about our penny war. We've already raised over $600 for our school! Current grade level standings are 1st place- 5th grade, 2nd place- 2nd grade, 3rd place-4th grade, 4th place-K, 5th place-3rd grade, 6th place-1st grade. 1st place wins a pizza party for their grade. Follow the WES PTA on Facebook or Twitter (@WeatherstonePTA) for updates during the week.


Pennies are “positive.” Here’s how it works: 

  • Containers will be located in the school lobby during arrival
  • Each penny counts as one positive point for YOUR grade level
  • Each silver coin counts as negative points for OTHER grade levels. In other words, dropping any money other than a penny (including dollars) in another grade level’s bucket takes points from their total
  • For example, dropping a quarter in another grade levels bucket will deduct 25 points from their total
  • At the end of the STEM Carnival on February 8th, all change/points will be tallied and the grade with the most points will win a pizza party


Upcoming Dates



  • 3rd-7th Counselor Appreciation Week
  • 7th- Second Quarter Report Cards
  • 8th- STEM Carnival EXPO 10AM-2PM
  • 10th- Internet Safety Night for Parents 6:30PM
  • 17th- Presidents' Day NO SCHOOL
  • 18th- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL
  • 24th-28th WES Staff Appreciation Week Sponsored by the WES PTA
  • 28th- WES PTA Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club 6-8PM