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Sunday Night Announcements - Week of January 20th


     Hello Wonderful Wendell Families,


     Where is the school year going?  It's already the last week of the 2nd Quarter!  Here are the Sunday Night Announcements for the week of January 20th:



     New Stuff


     No School on Monday

     There is no school tomorrow, Monday, January 20th, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.  Students and staff return to school on Tuesday.


     Family Academy

     Thanks to all who attended last Thursday's Family Engagement night... Please click here to see pictures from the event.


     Check-in/check-out system

     Our computer in the front office is back up and running... Thanks for your patience as we had to go back to paper last week!



     Friendly Reminders   


     3rd Annual Valentine's Sweetheart Dance

     Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 7th... The date of our 3rd annual WES Valentine's Sweetheart Dance!  In order to guarantee that your family is able to attend, please RSVP with your payment no later than this Friday, January 24th.  Due to space limitations, fire code restrictions and headcount deadlines, any RSVPs/payments received after Friday, January 24th may not be honored. 


     Spring AIG Nomination Window

     The next AIG nomination window will be open from January 27th through February 10th... Please contact our AIG teacher, Keith Green ( with any questions/concerns.


     Annual Asbestos Notification

     Please see this letter (English and Spanish) from Stephen McLoughlin, WCPSS Director of Environmental and Grounds, regarding our annual asbestos management plan.


     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

     Monday, January 20th - No School (MLK, Jr. Holiday)

     Monday, January 27th - End of the 2nd Quarter

     Wednesday, January 29th - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

     Monday, February 3rd through Friday, February 7th - National School Counselor Week

     Friday, February 7th - Report Cards Go Home

     Friday, February 7th - Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner/Dance, 4:45-8:00pm

     Monday, February 10th through Friday, February 14th - Family/Teacher Conference Week

     Monday, February 10th through Friday, February 14th - Bus Driver Appreciation Week

     Monday, February 17th - No School (President's Day)

     Tuesday, February 18th - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

     Thursday, February 20th - 2nd Quarter Awards Assemblies

          1st Grade - 10:15

          Kindergarten - 11:45

          2nd Grade - 1:15

     Friday, February 21st - 2nd Quarter Awards Assemblies

          3rd Grade - 10:30

          5th Grade - 12:00

          4th Grade - 1:30

     Friday, February 28th - 3rd Quarter Interims Go Home





     Jack Zellmer

     Principal, Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School



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