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Sunday Night Announcements - Week of November 18th


     Hello Wonderful Wendell Families,


     Only seven school days until Thanksgiving Break!  Here are the Sunday Night Annoucements for the week of November 18th:



     New Stuff


     Identification Required

     Please remember that if you want to check your child out of school early, you must bring your photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) with you.  Failure to bring your ID may result in our front office staff denying your request for an early student checkout.  This policy is in place for the safety of our students.  Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns.


     Snuggle Up and Read - Remix

     Please mark the evening of Thursday, December 5th on your calendars!  From 5:30-7:30 that night, WES will host our Snuggle Up and Read - Remix.  We're revamping this year's event to make it more inclusive and more fun!  Stay tuned for details...


     1st Quarter Awards Assemblies

     If your child will be receiving an award this week, you've already received an invitiation from his/her homeroom teacher.  Awards assemblies are this Tuesday and Wednesday:


     Tuesday, November 19th - K-2 Awards Assemblies

          Kindergarten - 11:15

          2nd Grade - 12:30

          1st Grade - 1:45


     Wednesday, November 20th - 3-5 Awards Assemblies

          4th Grade - 10:30

          5th Grade - 12:00

          3rd Grade - 1:45


     As in past years, all of our awards assemblies will once again be live-streamed via YouTube so that anyone who is unable to attend in person can still watch!  A link will be posted on the homepage of our website ( so that you can simply click and view.



     Friendly Reminders



     This year, WES is using Readvolution (a district-wide reading initiative partnering WCPSS and the Carolina Hurricanes) in conjunction with some school-based programs.  Please see the program overview and book logging instructions (click here and here for the Spanish versions).  Thanks for encouraging your child(ren) to read, read, read!


     Cell Phone and Smart Watches

     We have recently had a few situations involving students using cell phones and smart watches during the school day.  This is a reminder that because WES is not designated as a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school, our policy is that students may not access personal technology devices during school hours.  Please remind your child(ren) to keep their devices in their backpacks if they bring them to school.   


     Student Check-out and Transportation Reminder

     Just a friendly reminder that 2:30pm is the cutoff time for students being checked out by families each afternoon; if you arrive after that time, you will be directed to pick up your child(ren) through the carpool line. 

     Additionally, transportation changes must be communicated to the front office before 2:30pm as well.  Students will be sent home via their regular means of transportation if change requests are received after 2:30pm.

     Thank you for following these procedures, which are in place for the safety of our students.


     2019-2020 Yearbook

     As you visit campus this year and take pictures, please consider emailing your candid and group photos to for inclusion in our 2019-2020 yearbook.


     Digital Books

     Please consider utilizing our new digital book collection, which is now available to every student here at WES!  Our kids can now checkout digital titles and have access to them from any device, 24/7/365!  The link and login information can be found on the front page of our website in the Daily School Announcements section (just below the big red toolbar).  You can also simply click the MackinVIA logo below and use the following login info:


     Username:  First part of student's email address (before  For example, "jdzellmer"

     Password:  Student's lunch number




     The books can be sorted by reading level, genre and category, amongst others.  Please contact our Media Specialist, Nikohl Scheuerlein at with any questions you have.  Happy reading!


     WES Spirit Fridays

     Fridays at WES are Spirit Fridays!  Please have your child(ren) join staff in wearing WES shirts or school colors (red, white and blue) every Friday.  Who's got it better than WES?  NOBODY!


     PTA Membership

     Please consider following this link and joining the PTA for the 2019-2020 school year.  WES is a National PTA School of Excellence in part due to the involvement of our families... And joining the PTA is the first step!


     Mr. Zellmer's Google Voice Number

     I have a Google Voice account that is exclusively for family communication.  You are welcome to text or call me anytime at 919.374.0503.


     2019-2020 WES Family Handbook

     The 2019-2020 WES Family Handbook is now available... Please click right here to access it!


     Arrival/Dismissal Expectations

     Please click on this link to view our updated procedures for student arrival and dismissal.


     Bus Transportation

     If you want your child(ren) to ride the bus to and/or from school, please visit for information on how to request a stop. 


     Weekly Message Sign-Up

     If you know any families that are new to WES, please encourage them to sign up for my weekly messages.  They can text "YES" to 67587, and visit for more information. 


     Field Trip Donations

     If you would like to donate to our general field trip fund, please follow this link:


     Thanks for your generosity!


     Golf Carts

     If you pick up your child(ren) from afternoon carpool in a golf cart, please pull into the bus loop at the back of the building.  Someone on duty will call for your child(ren) to leave the cafeteria/auditorium and meet you out back.  Please contact me with any questions/concerns.



     Upcoming Dates

     Tuesday, November 19th - 1st Quarter Awards Assemblies

          Kindergarten - 11:15

          2nd Grade - 12:30

          1st Grade - 1:45

     Wednesday, November 20th - 1st Quarter Awards Assemblies

          4th Grade - 10:30

          5th Grade - 12:00

          3rd Grade - 1:45

     Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th - No School for Students (Thanksgiving Holiday)

     Thursday, December 5th - Fall Picture Make-up Day

     Thursday, December 5th - Snuggle Up and Read - Remix, 5:30-7:30pm

     Friday, December 6th - 2nd Quarter Interims Go Home

     Friday, December 20th - Weather Make-up Day for Students

     Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd - No School for Students (Winter Holiday)

     Monday, January 6th - Students return to school





     Jack Zellmer

     Principal, Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School




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