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Sunday Night Announcements - Week of December 9th



     Hello Wonderful Wendell Families,


     Here are the Sunday Night Announcements for the week of December 9th:



     New Stuff



     Snuggle Up and Read - Remix

     Thanks to the 234 of you who joined us last Thursday night to help make our Snuggle Up and Read event such a success... Special appreciation goes out to Ms. Armstrong and her committee for making the changes to revitalize and improve this yearly tradition here at WES!  Also, thanks to Lori Little for taking so many great pictures... You can view her album at this link.


     Z Chat

     Our next Z Chat will be this Friday, December 13th from 8:00-10:00 at 41 North Coffee... I hope to see you there!  


     Clothing Drive Extended

     We have decided to extend our clothing drive until this Wednesday, December 11th.  Note in the Pocket has received an abundance of clothing requests this winter and in order to fill the request they really need your help.  Please bring any donations to the school and drop them in the Note in the Pocket Box by the front entrance.  Thanks for considering making a donation!


     School Lunch Update

     Just a heads up that due to shipping/trucking challenges, our lunch menu for these last few weeks before Winter Break may not exactly correspond with what is actually served each day.  Ms. Lisa and her staff are available in the cafeteria to address any questions/concerns you may have.   



     Friendly Reminders


     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.



     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!


     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

     Friday, December 13th - Z Chat (41 North Coffee) 8:00-10:00am

     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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