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Message from Mrs. Graf

November 26, 2018  Week 18

School Messenger


Good afternoon Explorers,

This is Principal Graf with your weekly update.  It’s week 18 of school. Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break.   


PTA Corner:  Have you returned your Attractions fundraising book to the PTA yet?  Please return so the PTA will not be in debt from this fundraiser.


Transportation Concerns:  Parents we understand your frustration with the buses running late.  Every day Ms. Anderson and I monitor the arrival of buses on campus. When a bus does not arrive on time we call Transportation.  They typically provide us with information, i.e. it’s 5 minutes late, broken down, etc. we then communicate the information as soon as we get.  When a bus is late we are with students either outside or in the hall monitoring and supervising. All Transportation concerns about timeliness should be directed to 919-805-3030.  If no one answers, please leave a message to share your concerns and a call back number.

Check In/Out & Volunteer Check In/Out:  The Front Office has updated its system.  We will be using new iPad stations for all student check in and outs and for all volunteer check in and outs.  See a Front Office support staff member for directions on how to use the new system.

Kindergarten registration for 2019-2020 is now open!


Welcome Class of 2032! All kindergarten students and rising kindergartners can now register online!


Locate your base school. | Learn more about the enrollment process.


A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. Visit this site to learn more about early admission for gifted children.


Look for more information on Kindergarten registration on the WCPSS website.


School Expo

It’s time for school selection for the new school year.  We will be giving a tour to new and prospective families on January 7th at 10:00 a.m. and then again on January 9th at 2:00 p.m.  Please pass along this information to any interested parents and families.


This Week:

  • Field Trips:  Ms. Anderson will be providing updates on the field trips in early December to families.  


Looking Ahead:


  • 12/6: Digital Family Night
  • 12/7: Multicultural Night & Winter Performance
  • 12/10-14: Spirit Week (events to be announced soon)
  • 12/12: 3rd Grade Author’s Tea
  • 12/14: End of Quarter 2 & Report Cards Sent Home
  • 12/17-31:  Winter Break for Students
  • 1/1:    Holiday No School
  • 1/2/2019:   No School Teacher Workday
  • 1/3/2019:  Students 1st Day back in 2019!



Congrats & Kudos:


  • Coming Soon:  Spotlight on Student:  Who will it be?



Social Emotional Learning: Parent Corner

Our school is working diligently to teach the whole child.  We are focusing on the emotional and social needs of each student just as much as our academic instruction.  Here is a bit of information for you to support your work and interaction at home:

Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others


Please use these quotes and videos to host a discussion with your children.


"Words have a magical Power. They can either bring the greatest happiness or deepest despair." ~Sigmund Freud


"One kind word can change someone's entire day." ~Unknown


KPLC Commentary "The Power of Words"

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller


Remaining School Year Dates to Mark Your Calendars:

Student Track Out 2/Holiday Break:  December 17, 2018-January 2, 2019

Last Track Out/Spring Break:  March 11-22, 2019

Early Release Dates:  10/19, 11/20, 01/18, 02/15, & 3/8  School will release at 1:15 p.m.

Holidays/No School:  11/12, 11/21-23, 01/21, 04/19, 5/27

Last Day of School:  5/24


All of this information will be posted on the school website under Principal Messages.  Please call the school at 919-773-7411 with any questions.

Always Explorer Proud,  
Mrs. Graf