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Explorer Express Back to School 2021

Dear Weatherstone Families,

 

Let us officially welcome you to the 2021-22 school year!  We are excited to see our returning families and welcome our new ones to join the Explorer community. The education of your children this year will be a partnership between the school and your family as we continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are certain that our WES community will continue to be strong and work together, and we have chosen the theme Explorer Strong for this year.

 

As we begin this year, we want to make sure that you are informed and up to date with school information.  Please review the information below about the start of the new year.

 

Class Assignments

 

Homeroom teacher assignments will be emailed directly to families on Wednesday, August 18th for all students.

 

Virtual Meet the Teacher for In-person Students

 

Thursday, August 19th

9:30-10:15 OR 11:45-12:30 (Families choose one time to attend)

Teachers will share links to join their Google Meet

 

Back to School Kickoff Celebrations for In-person Students

 

This is an in-person, outdoor only event, on our 3-5 playground.  While masks are not required when outdoors on campus, we do encourage visitors and students to wear them as many families may attend.  Tables will be set up and labeled for each classroom.

 

Families can bring school supplies on this day and meet their teacher.  This is also a chance to pick-up carpool tags, sign up for Before & After School Care, 

 

Grade level

Date & Time

4th Grade

8/19 @ 1:30-2:15

5th Grade

8/19 @ 2:30-3:15

Kindergarten

8/20 @ 11:00-11:45

1st Grade

8/20 @ 12:00-12:45

2nd Grade

8/20 @ 1:00-1:45

3rd Grade

8/20 @ 2:00-2:45

 

Western Area Virtual Academy Meet the Teacher Date

 

Students enrolled in the Western Area Virtual Academy will meet their teachers on Friday, August 20th from 8:30-9:30am.

 

Each teacher will welcome students and families with session options of 8:30-8:55am and 9:00-9:25am. The initial 10 minutes will be introduction and information with the remaining time available to chat and ask questions.



Kindergarten Staggered Entry Dates (Based on Student Last Name)

 

As a reminder, all WCPSS Kindergarten Students will only attend school 1 day, during the first week.  Weatherstone kindergarten students will attend either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  All Kindergarten students will then come together for the first time on Monday, August 30th.

 

  • Monday, August 23rd- Last Names A-G
  • Tuesday, August 24th- Last Names H-P
  • Wednesday, August 25th- Last Names Q-Z

 

Vaccinations, Health Assessments & Medications

 

  • All families are reminded that all new students to WES (both the in-person and Virtual Academy students) are required to have completed and updated immunizations and Health Assessments.  Students whose documentation is not complete will be excluded from school (in person and/or online) after the first 30 days.

 

  • Students with medications  will need to have an adult bring the medication and a signed 1702 Form to the front office before returning to school. (Please call the front office to schedule an appointment to drop off the medication and form.) 
    • Links to the 1702 Form:

English

Spanish

 

School Supply Lists

 

Check out our Weatherstone School Supply List as you start to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. We have created a K-2 list and a 3-5 list. The supply list is also posted on our school website. 

 

 

School Supply Lists

 

Check out our Weatherstone School Supply List as you start to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. We have created a K-2 list and a 3-5 list. The supply list is also posted on our school website. 

 

 

Sign-ups for Before & After School Care for 2021-2022

 

We are excited to open back up our Before & After School Programs for the 2021-2022 School Year.  The registration packet can be found here:

 

WES 2021-2022 Before & After School Care Registration Packet

 

The registration fee(s) can be paid via check or money order only at school ($15 for 1 program/$30 for 2 programs per child).  Monthly payments can then be made online starting in August.

 

We have set up dedicated times to drop off the enrollment forms and registration fees early.

 

  • August 17th, 3:00-4:00
  • August 18th, 10:00-12:00
  • August 19th, 1:30-3:15
  • August 20th, 11:00-2:45

 

Questions about the programs can be directed to:

 

Before School: Rod Mulford rmulforld@wcpss.net

After School: Nancy Navecky nnavecky@wcpss.net

 


Important Website Information and Links

 

Weatherstone Elementary School

 

WCPSS Traditional Calendar

 

WCPSS Tech Support

 

Beginning with the 2021-2022 School year all K-12 students will be assigned a Chromebook from WCPSS.

 

WCPSS COVID-19 Response Site

 

This site provides updates from WCPSS about the new school year.  This includes information on Vaccination sites for North Carolinians age 12 and over, When to stay home, Face Covering Requirements, and general information about how WCPSS is addressing COVID-19.

 

Meal Service Options

 

Weatherstone Elementary School offers Breakfast and Lunch Meals for our students.

For the 2021-2022 school year, meals are free for all children in school. However, we encourage eligible families to apply for Free/Reduced Meals.  (During the the last school year, eligible families who completed the application also received additional benefits from the State of NC.)  

 

WCPSS Transportation Information

 

WCPSS will post the 2021-2022 Bus Routes for our school on August 13th.  They will be found here.

 


Weatherstone PTA Information

 

THE WES PTA NEEDS YOU!

 

Even though we may not physically be in the school this year, the WES PTA is still actively supporting the WES administration, teachers, and students this year!

 

DID YOU KNOW….

  • Anyone can join…Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, etc. can join and support the PTA!
  • WES Teachers and Principals join the WES PTA!
  • PTA membership must be renewed annually!
  • When you join the PTA, you do NOT have to come to meetings or volunteer.
  • You can follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WeatherstonePTA

 

 


Upcoming Dates

 

August

  • 19- Virtual Meet the Teacher for In-Person Students (All grades) 9:30 OR 11:45
  • 19- 4th & 5th Back to School Kickoff Celebration
  • 20- Virtual Meet the Teacher for VA Students (All grades) 8:30-9:30
  • 20- K-3rd Back to School Kickoff Celebration
  • 23- First Day of School
  • 23-25- Kindergarten Staggered Entry (K students attend 1 day ONLY)