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January 8, 2023


Dear White Oak Families, 


We hope everyone had a great weekend. Thank you for taking the time to read over our weekly school newsletter.



Stories from the Specialists



Media Center with Ms. Schaefer


Thank you to all who volunteered for our 2022-2023 Scholastic Book Fair! And, thank you to all who participated, whether in the morning with your children or during Family Night! We had an incredibly successful book fair, both in terms of funds raised and delighted children! Students are already looking forward to next year. 


Our 5th Grade Library Helpers have learned their duties well and can independently check in and shelve books, answer student questions, and organize the library! I have greatly appreciated their help in maintaining such a loved and busy space.


With the addition of our new special, Arts in Motion, students will not be attending Media for specials. Instead, classes will visit once per week to check out books and enjoy the library space. 5th Graders will visit the library in small groups each day during their ALL Block. 


In early February, I will be going on maternity leave. We have a lovely substitute, who has extensive library experience. She will take great care of our students and books! I have enjoyed the love and enthusiasm of our students as they received the news of my growing family. I’ve had no shortage of wonderful name suggestions!



Spirit Night


Our first Spirit Night of 2023 is at Chipotle (1516 Village Market Place, Morrisville) on January 10, 5:00-9:00 pm. Please see the attached flyer

Please use the following online ordering code when placing your order: NZT9BAW



PTA News & Updates


WOES PTA Website

Stay in the know: Visit the WOES PTA website to learn more about Spirit Wear, PTA events, and more!



Spirit Wear

Purchase your Spirit Wear and show your WOES spirit! 





Afterschool Clubs Start Soon


We are pleased to be able to offer these afterschool opportunities through the clubs listed below. If you have questions about registration, payment or attendance, please contact the club organizer. In the event of an early release due to inclement weather, the club will be canceled for the day.


If your child is participating in a club, they will be dismissed from the classroom to the meeting location at the school on that day. Please note that families are expected to communicate with their child's teacher about going to the club afterschool. This is considered a change in transportation, as if you are changing from bus to carpool. 



Triangle Chess

Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28


The competitive chess team returns to White Oak on Tuesdays after school. Please check the flyer for registration details. 




TGA - Golf & Tennis

January - March - Mondays (Golf) & Thursdays (Tennis) - Both classes are completely full




Snapology of Raleigh is back for a winter session - Mini-Figure Mania - from January 25 - February 22. The club will take place on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:00. Classes are limited to 25 spaces. Click here to Register.







Positivity Project - Character Strength of the Week


The Positivity Project (P2) is a character education program (funded by our PTA) and dedicated to empowering America's youth to build positive relationships by seeing the good in themselves and others. We hope you enjoy using the character strengths vocabulary and have meaningful conversations at home that support your child's learning here at school.


This Week's Character Strength: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE



Classroom Updates


Please make sure you check your child's class newsletter sent each week on Friday: 


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade




Upcoming Dates


WCPSS Calendar


Wednesday, 1/11

School Tour - 10am

Monday, 1/16


Thursday, 1/26

End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, 1/27

NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Tuesday, 1/31

WOES Spirit Day 

Backwards Day

2/6 - 2/10

National School Counselor Week

Friday, 2/10

Report Cards Go Home





THANK YOU for all of your support! 


Robin Swaim, Principal

Kevin Boynton, Assistant Principal 

& all of the Explorer Staff 


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