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Explorer Express for the Week of 9/21/20


Feedback Survey 


Thank you for your feedback on the WES Remote Learning Family Survey for September.  The information that you shared enabled us to give positive feedback to the teachers and allowed us to begin reviewing possible improvements to our schedule and remote learning expectations.  We anticipate sending out a WCPSS family survey as well.  


As we continue to review family and staff feedback and plan for some students to return to campus, we will consider implementing future changes. 


One adjustment we are making starting Monday, is to provide students and families the opportunity to participate in specials classes on a more flexible schedule.  All students are still required to complete the assignments, but will not be required to attend daily live meets with their specialists.  The Specialists remain committed to providing daily live opportunities for students to check in with them during their scheduled time.  More details are listed in the section below.




  • Monday starts a new 3-week rotation of specials. Grade levels will switch to the special listed below from September 21st-October 9th.
  • Special lessons will now be RECORDED. Lessons will be posted by 10:00 AM and can be viewed at any time before doing the specials assignments 
  • To access lessons, families will go to their specialist’s Google Classroom page and click on the post where the recording is shared 
  • Parents and students, If you have questions about specials, reach out to your specialist teacher via email OR during the following live times. Specials teachers will be live during these times for students to check in or ask questions live if needed





Optional Live Time

Teacher Email



Ms. Blazey




Ms. McConnell




Ms. McConnell




Ms. Blazey



Readers Theater

Ms. Zon




Ms. Cornwright



Lunch Bunch


  • Starting Monday, 9/21, we will be offering an Optional Lunch Bunch time for students
  • This is an optional time for students to join a Google Meet during the lunch block to socialize with their class with supervision from a Specialist teacher
  • Specialists will be on during the entire time period but this will be an open time to provide students with social time
  • Each grade level will have a designated Lunch Bunch time once a week with their homeroom/pod
  • Teachers will share Lunch Bunch times and links with homerooms this week


Positivity Project


  • Week 2 of the Positivity Project (P2) at WES will start on Monday, 9/21
  • This week’s character strength is Curiosity
  • The Positivity Project’s new hashtag is #PositivityinAction
  • P2 is a program that empowers students to build positive relationships, develop empathy, and become their best selves
  • Parents can visit the Positivity Project website here and can access resources for families at  (The password for the family resources is P2) 

Counseling and Student Services News (CASS) *New Edition*


  • The CASS Newsletter (September Vol. 2) is linked here CASS Newsletter September Vol. 2
  • The CASS Newsletter will be updated biweekly. We will share each edition for two consecutive weeks and then will update. 
  • In this Week’s Newsletter
    •  includes medical resources
    • WCPSS food distribution information
    • Wake County Human Services and NC DHHS information
    • NC COVID 19 Response and Resources Information
    • The ABCs of Back to School from Sesame Street and CNN
    • Praise and Rewards During Remote Learning
    • Virtual Calming Area
    • Our School Counselor’s Website Information - includes Social Emotional Learning Resources for families
    • Our School Social Worker’s Resource Website
    • CASS Staff Contact Information



Technology Support


Is your student having trouble logging in to Wake ID?  Are you struggling to navigate this digital world of virtual learning?  We are here to help! Check out our slideshow on some common tech issues:  TECH 101 



WCPSS Parent Help Desk

WCPSS Guide to Technology


Contact Us With Technology Concerns

Ms. Whalen, Media Coordinator, at 

Ms. Zoller, Tech Contact, at 


Books To Go


  • Books to Go Library Curbside Service is a success.  It is wonderful to see so many students placing books on hold and picking them up at school.  This video shows how to place a hold on a book from the WES library:  How to place a book on hold. When your child's books are ready for pickup parent(s) will receive a notification via email to come and pick up your books. 


  • Looking for a Good Fit book that fits your child's interest?  Watch this short clip Search for Books K-2 to find books in our picture book section or our nonfiction book section that match your child’s interest.  Want to find books that match your child’s grade level and interest level? Watch this short clip  Search for Books 3-5 to find books that are great fits for our students in grades 3-5.  


FAQs on Books to Go


  • Students are able to place up to 5 books on hold and can have 10 books out at any time
  • Books are due back within a month of the checkout date
  • Pickup location: Side Media Door
  • Please return book(s) to the outdoor library book return bin outside the front office
  • Hours
    • Tuesday from 12-4pm
    • Thursday from 10-3pm
    • Friday from 10-3pm  



IStation Benchmark


  • During the month of September, all WCPSS students will be required to take the Istation ISIP universal screener to determine their individualized instructional needs in Literacy.
  • Istation’s ISIP results will not impact your child’s grades.  This information simply guides teachers' instruction and therefore, it is extremely important that parents refrain from helping during the screening process. 
  • Teachers already have or will soon be sending out information about how to access and take the ISIP at home
  • You can view this video about Istation as well:  Istation ISIP at Home for Parents Remote Guidance
  • Please DO NOT have your child complete the assessment until instructed to do so. 
  • If you are using a non-district device, follow your teacher’s instructions on how to complete the ISIP. 
  • The ISIP benchmark closes on September 30th

News from the WES PTA


Join the WES PTA

Join online: or

Submit the completed form included in your school materials and your check made out to WES PTA to the PTA box located in the front of the school



Spirit Wear


  • Orders will be collected and shipped directly to your house through our supplier. 
  • Shirts are $10 with a $3.95 base shipping fee and $2 for each item. One shirt would be $15.95, two shirts 27.95 and so on. Credit cards will not be charged until after our ordering window closes on September 23rd! Spirit wear will be shipped after September 23rd.
  • Order online here:


Upcoming Dates



  • 23rd- Last Day to Order WES Spirit Wear
  • 28th- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL
  • 30th- Istation ISIP benchmark closes