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Explorer Express Winter Break 2020 Edition


WES Winter Break


Thank you to all of our families for the support these past few weeks.  The words or encouragement and thank you letters were greatly appreciated by staff.  


WCPSS and WES will be closed from December 22nd-January 3rd for Winter Break.  We hope all Explorer Families have a safe and healthy Holiday Season.  Please remember to follow the 3Ws so that we can have a successful start to the second semester on January 20th.  


Remote Learning Day Information for January 4th-15th


After Winter Break, January 4th-15th will be Remote Learning Days for all WCPSS students. No students will be on campus during these two weeks.

  • Classes will follow the current Virtual Academy
  • 9:00am Get Up and Move with Coach Mulford  (Students must be logged into their WakeID.)  
  • 9:15am Google Meets in Google Classrooms for ALL students


Completing End of 1st Semester Assignments


During these two weeks students will also have the opportunity to catch up on any missing assignments or classwork that needs to be completed/redone.  Specialists and other staff will be visiting homerooms to support classroom teachers and students with assignments from both their homerooms and specials.  The 2nd Quarter will end on 1/18/21 and Report Cards are scheduled to be sent home on 1/22/21.




From January 4th-15th, at the daily Specials times, students should login to their Google Classrooms/ Seesaw Accounts and complete any unfinished projects.  For students whose work is complete we are providing a Specials Choice Board of optional assignments.  


Virtual Academy Enrollment and Meet the Teacher 1/13/21


All families who registered for the WCPSS Spring Virtual Academy received a confirmation email and text on 12/16/20.  Based on the VA registrations for WES, there will be some homeroom changes that will need to be made for students on January 20th, the start of the WCPSS Spring Semester.  We will host a Virtual Meet the Teacher Event on January 13th for students and parents to virtually meet their new teachers.  Information on class assignments will be shared by the school no later than January 11th.


3rd Quarter Materials Distribution on 1/13/21


This event is currently scheduled for 2nd semester VA students only.  Students returning to campus on 1/20/21 will receive their materials in class.


As usual, families will pull up to the bus lane in front of the school. Please have your carpool tag or a piece of paper with your student’s name on it visible in your car to make the process easier and faster. Families with students in more than one grade span can ask for the siblings materials and make just one trip.



12:00-12:45- Kindergarten & 1st Grades

1:00-1:45- 2nd & 3rd Grades

2:00-2:45- 4th & 5th Grades


Asynchronous Days on 1/6/21 and 1/13/21


There will be Asynchronous Days on 1/6/21 and 1/13/21. Students are still expected to log on with Coach Mulford at 9:00am and into their Google Classrooms at 9:15am for directions for the day.


On these dates teachers will be:

  • Finalizing class list changes for students returning to campus on January 20th
  • Moving and creating additional seating in classrooms
  • Preparing for a 3rd Quarter Materials Distribution (Scheduled for 1/13 with a make up day on the Teacher Workday 1/19)
  • Hosting a Virtual Meet the Teacher Event (Only for students with moving homerooms)

Teacher of the Week Nominations


Weatherstone Families:  We have many wonderful teachers at Weatherstone and the News Crew would like to highlight them during our weekly news program Teacher of the Week segment.  If you have someone you'd like to nominate please go to the following link.  


eBooks are HERE in the WES Library


Thanks to the support received from our recent Virtual Book Fair we were able to purchase eBooks for all students at WES. Students can find these books when logged into their WakeID and clicking on the Follett icon.   Watch this short video of how to access eBooks from our school media center.   How to Access an eBook

Counseling and Student Services News (CASS) 


  • CASS NewsletterDecember Vol.7
    • Building the Habit of Good Attendance
    • NEW Information on Holiday Assistance and the Salvation Army Coat Giveaway
    • Growth Mindset Activity for Parents and Their Children
    • NEW Book Nook Selections

News from the WES PTA

WES Spirit Wear


Didn’t get to order spirit wear this year? We have previous years spirit wear for sale at a discounted price. See the form for pictures and prices. They can be sent home with students that are in school or can be given to you at the next materials distribution day.


Yearbook Ordering Information


Thank you for contributing to the yearbook by helping us tell the story of the year. Currently, we are looking for photos demonstrating school pride!

You can click here to submit your photo.


And as a reminder, you can purchase your 2020-2021 yearbook here now.


Upcoming Dates



  • 1-3- No School (Winter Break)
  • 4-15- Remote Learning For All Students
  • 6- Asynchronous Day
  • 13- Asynchronous Day
  • 13- VA Material Distribution Day
  • 13- Virtual Meet the Teacher for Spring Semester (Only for students moving homerooms) 
  • 15- End of First Semester/Quarter 2
  • 18- No School (MLKJ Day)
  • 19- No School (Teacher Work Day)
  • 19- VA Material Distribution Make-up Day
  • 20- 3rd Quarter Begins
  • 22- Report Cards Sent Home