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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Message


As we enjoy the holiday today with our families the WES Staff would like to honor and celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His dedication towards equality and value of all is a quality that we value within our school.  Please take some time to read and/or talk with your children about his messages and the reason we celebrate him today.  


PTA Meeting on 1/21 at 6:30 PM


Tomorrow, January 21st at 6:30 PM the WES PTA is hosting a general membership meeting and recognizing the students who participated in the Reflections competition this year. More information provided below from the PTA!


WES Parent Outreach Event: Raleigh Conferences on 1/29


Families who attend WES that live in Raleigh have been provided information about parent conferences on this day.  There will be staff available to care for students and translators will be provided as needed. We are currently looking for WES Staff and Families to support this event through donations for snack items for the families and children.  


Please sign up here if you would like to help out:


Positivity Project Character Strength: Persistence


The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles.


Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere are able to set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals.


Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. Perseverance is also connected with bravery. Persisting in a task and failing, can result in depleted self- esteem. Therefore, it takes bravery to persist in a task despite the fear of failure.


On a group level, perseverance can be contagious. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can have a substantial impact on those working with him/her and the team. Persistent groups are likely to: enjoy the victory; persist in the future when facing challenges; improve their skills and abilities; and have a greater belief in their capacity to overcome obstacles and achieve goals. 




Thank you to all the parents that have been helping out in the media center first thing in the morning. Ms. Whalen greatly appreciates your time and help getting books checked in and back to the shelves for future readers. Please use the following link to sign up for time in the media center after break. Sign up for as many times as you are available.


News from the WES PTA


PTA General Meeting


Please join the PTA this coming Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 pm in the Media Center for an awards and recognition reception for our WES Arts Reflections participants followed by a brief PTA meeting with updates on what's happening at WES - Stem Carnival, Parent Event with a speaker on Internet safety, 4th and 5th grade events/projects and Cultural Arts at WES. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! 


WES Yearbook


Yearbooks are on sale for $25.00. Click here to purchase a yearbook

You can also purchase a personalized "shout out" for your son or daughter in the yearbook. Postcards with this information went home. This is a school fundraiser with a large portion of the cost going back to Weatherstone. Prices are as follows: $20 for 1/8 of a page and $35 for 1/4 of a page. 


STEM Carnival (EXPO)

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 your child. Hope to see everyone there!


Each week leading up to our STEM Carnival we’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors. If you are in need of any of their services please consider using their company. Make sure to tell them you’re from Weatherstone and thank them!


This weeks sponsors are:


Atlantic Tire & Service - Our team at Atlantic Tire & Service has proudly supported the Triangle community for more than 16 years. We like to treat all of our customers like family, and will always provide you with the most honest evaluations and service. We look forward to seeing you at one of our four Triangle locations.


Wal-Mart - Innovative thinking. Leadership through service. And above all, an unwavering commitment to saving people money. It’s what makes us the business we are today, and shapes the company we will be tomorrow. As the largest retailer in the world, our 2.3 million associates meet the needs of more than 260 million customers every week. And we do it wherever they shop – in our stores, online, or through their mobile devices.


Volunteers for STEM Carnival

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!


Backpack Buddies at WES 


Did you know there are students at WES that go hungry on the weekends? Did you also know that our school community helps these students through The Backpack Buddies Program? Food is sent home with those students in the program each Friday. In order to keep this program running we are requesting more food or monetary donations. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated right now! Items can be dropped off in the front office in the bin next to the sign in computer. Please donate if you are able. Thank you so much for supporting our Weatherstone students in need!


Please donate if you are able by signing up here:


Upcoming Dates



  • 20th- Martin Luther King Jr Day, NO SCHOOL
  • 21st- WES PTA General Membership Meeting 6PM
  • 27th- End of 2nd Quarter
  • 29th- Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL
  • 31st- School Improvement Plan Meeting 8:00 AM Media Center


  • 7th- Second Quarter Report Cards
  • 8th- STEM Carnival EXPO 10AM-2PM
  • 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