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January 22, 2023


Dear White Oak Families, 


We reach the midpoint of the school year with the end of the 2nd Quarter on Thursday. Teachers are completing mid-year assessments and will be sharing information about your child's progress by the next report card on Friday, February 10.


There is No School on Friday, January 27 due to the Teacher Workday.


Quick Notes/Reminders:

  • Congratulations to Sach Akella from Ms. Eriksson's class! He won the School Spelling Bee on Thursday. It was an excellent competition and we want to praise all of the participants that were part of this challenging event.


Honor a Teacher Award


We are excited to share information about the Cary Chamber of Commerce annual award to recognize teachers at schools in the Cary area.  Please read below for more information and a link to submit a nominee:


Excellence in teaching – we know it when we see it. It can be the teacher who spends extra time with the students who need it most, or the teacher who is creative enough to inspire a real love of learning in a student. Perhaps it’s a teacher who cares enough to be involved with their students beyond the classroom. Whatever their methods, certain teachers make a real impact on students and their learning abilities. 


We would like to recognize one such teacher and we need your help. The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program, we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge.


Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area.


We are asking our community to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, February 17 at 5:00pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee.

If you have any questions, please email Kelcey Ashworth, Vice President of Education & Member Business Services at


Submit your nominee




Stories from the Specialists



Intervention with Ms. Molinaro & Ms. Collins


Our Intervention staff would like to remind families about the homework resources that are available from WCPSS. 

  • To find these resources: Go to our school website -> Click on Parents in the top blue bar -> Click on Homework Resources from the dropdown menu. 
  • You can find some helpful information there for math and language arts.  


more hw



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! 






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.





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


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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