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March 19, 2023


Dear White Oak Families, 


We certainly had fun at school last week on our spirit days and we appreciate all of your contributions to our Food Drive! The donations will go to the Food Pantry at the White Oak Foundation.


Quick Notes/Reminders:

  • Our next Spirit Night is at Panera Bread on Tuesday. Details in the PTA section below.
  • Friday is an Early Release day. Dismissal begins at 1:45.
  • There have been some lunch menu changes for this week.
    • Thursday, 3/23 will be Mozzarella cheese sticks or Buffalo chicken Sandwich.
    • On Friday, 3/24, Pizza will NOT be available. The lunch menu choices will be Fish Nuggets basket or Beef Nachos with tortilla wrap.



Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Testing


The link for SSA test requests will be available on Mrs. Joyce's website beginning Monday, March 20, 2023    Test requests must be submitted by 3:45 pm on Friday, March 24.


Your request for testing must be documented and provided on the Testing Request Form. The request must clearly indicate which one subject you wish for your student to be tested for.  Please note that if your child is already in SSA for one subject, the child cannot test for SSA in the other subject.


Testing Window


Students will be tested for SSA placement for the 2023-24 school year during the testing windows indicated below. No requests for testing outside these windows will be accepted.

  • Traditional Calendar:  April 18 - May 3, 2023


Science Fair - Thursday, March 23


We hope everyone can join us for our annual Science Fair this coming Thursday from 5:30-7pm at White Oak Elementary. We will have projects from Kindergarten through 5th grade set up in the cafeteria, hallways, music room, art room, STEAM room, and library. We look forward to seeing all of our Explorer Scientists. 


For Those Participating in the Science Fair:

Check in begins at 5:15pm. You should have received an email from Mrs. Overton on Thursday letting you know where you should check in. If you didn't receive an email, please check your spam folder first. With emails going out to over 200 parents, it seems that the emails are being caught by spam filters. 

Still have questions? Please email Mrs. Overton directly:


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: CURIOSITY




PTA News & Updates


Spirit Night  

Join us for Spirit Night at Panera Bread (Cary - Parkside Main Street) on March 21, 2023 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. 

Use code FUND4U at online checkout or if using the Panera app.

20% of sales will be donated back to WOES PTA! 


WOES PTA Spring Carnival

Spring Carnival is just around the corner! 

Mark your calendars for this fun event that will take place on April 20, 2023! 

Visit the WOES PTA Website linked below for more information. 


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! 






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


Tuesday, March 21

Spirit Night - Panera Bread

Thursday, March 23

Science Fair 

5th Grade Unity Raps

Friday, March 24

Early Release @1:45

Thursday, March 30

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 31


Teacher Workday

April 3-7


Spring Break!





THANK YOU for all of your support! 


Robin Swaim, Principal

Kevin Boynton, Assistant Principal 

& all of the Explorer Staff 


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