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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 11/10/23


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families,   


Literacy Night: Please join us on Wednesday, November 15 for Literacy Night. The book fair will be open in the media center throughout the entire evening from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Staff will welcome families and their students for literacy games and activities from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by classrooms for a free takeaway! Literacy Night is a floating event, so families are welcome anytime from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Children must remain with their families for this event. We look forward to seeing our students and their families!   


Book Fair: Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them on their journey to becoming lifelong readers. As always, every purchase at the fair benefits our school.  


We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair hosted by our PTA and Media Specialist, Ms. Brick. Here’s what you need to know about the fair, which will take place from November 13 – 17 in the media center:   


This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to Ewalletyour child’s digital payment account. Before the fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.   


If you can’t make it to the fair, shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.   

  • Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping. Additional information will be sent home and shared on the Media Center's Website.     
  • Contribute to Conn’s Book Fairy Fund today to ensure all students are able to bring home a book- every $15 donation pays for one book.  
  • Sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair! It’s a great way to connect with the school, students, and families! Catch you at the fair!   


PTA Updates:     

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking to volunteer? You must be approved by WCPSS and complete Conn's volunteer training, which is now available virtually! The training takes approximately five minutes and can be done on your own schedule. Please be sure to submit your information at the end of the virtual Conn training to verify completion. All volunteers must be WCPSS approved and trained before signing up for a volunteer shift. Click here to get started!   


Playdate & Food Drive: Join the PTA for a before-school playdate and food drive to benefit The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina! Stop by Oakwood Dog Park (910 Brookside Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604Tuesday, November 21 from 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 

  • Enjoy coffee, hot apple cider, and games! 
  • Drop off one of these most needed non-perishable food items to support Raleigh families in need. 
  • Walk to school with friends! 

Questions, suggestions, or interested in helping out? Contact 


Have a great long weekend! Our next principal's message will be sent on December 1 due to the holiday break. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions and/or concerns. Continue to follow us on Twitter @ConnMagnet and on Facebook. Don't forget to check out our website for our latest updates and information.  




Gabriel Chidester, Principal    



Important Dates to Remember           

  • Monday, November 13 - Friday, November 17- Book Fair    
  • Wednesday, November 15- Fall Pictures Retakes & Literacy Night @ 4:30 p.m.      
  • Monday, November 20- 5th Grade Musical @ 5:30 p.m.        
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24- Holiday/No School   
  • Thursday, November 30- 5th Grade Musical @5:30 p.m. (Change in date)      
  • Friday, December 8- PreK Family Partnership Day      
  • Thursday, December 21 – January 2- Winter Break/No School