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Sunday Night Announcements - Week of February 17th



     Hello Wonderful Wendell Families,


     Six awards assemblies and the Valentine's dinner/dance in a three-day school week?  Here are the Sunday Night Announcements for the week of February 17th:



     New Stuff


     No School on Monday or Tuesday

     There is no school for students on Monday (President's Day Holiday) and Tuesday (Teacher Workday).  Students will return to campus on Wednesday, February 19th.


     2nd Quarter Awards Assemblies

     If your child is receiving an award at this week's assemblies, his/her clasroom teacher should have contacted you last week... Here's a reminder of the schedule:


     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


     As usual, all awards assemblies will be live-streamed on YouTube... Please check the homepage of our website ( on the day of the event for the link!


     This Week's Spirit Day

     Due to our awards assemblies on Thursday and Friday, this Wednesday, February 17th will be our WES Spirit Day this week.  Please have your child(ren) join staff in wearing WES shirts or school colors (red, white and blue) on Wednesday!  


     Valentine's Dinner/Dance

     Our Valentine's Dinner/Dance is this Friday, February 21st... Looking forward to seeing you all there for what's sure to be a fantastic event.  No new RSVPs will be accepted, as the deadline was last Friday.


     2019-2020 Yearbook Orders

     Flyers went home last week to order the 2019-2020 WES Yearbook.  You can also go to and follow these four easy steps to order online:


     Click on the ‘Order Pictures and Yearbooks’ button.

     Enter your Online Code or find your school. Select ‘Yearbook’ for your program type.

     Enter your email and click on ‘Submit’.

     Select your product and click on ‘Checkout’.


     Your online code is: YB101443


     Orders placed before March 9th will be given a discount ($15 instead of $20)... The final deadline is April 14th. 


     Thank you for supporting our PTA and our school!



     Friendly Reminders   


     National Magnet School of Excellence

     WES has been named a 2020 National Magnet School of Excellence!  This really is a big deal:  In 2019, only 109 of the 3400 magnet schools in the United States received this honor.  Please click right here for the press release, which is also posted on the front page of our website.  Just another reason that nobody's got it better than WES!


     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.


     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.  Who Reads More Than WES?  NOBODY!


     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

     Please click right here to access the 2019-2020 WES Family Handbook.


     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, February 17th - President's Day (No School for Students or Staff)

     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

     Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th - School Social Workers Appreciation Week

     Monday, March 9th - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

     Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th - Book Fair

     Thursday, March 26th - Nighttime Musical Performance - "Seussical", time TBD

     Monday, March 30th - Literacy Lunches (4th and 5th grades)

     Wednesday, April 1st - Literacy Lunches (2nd and 3rd grades)

     Thursday, April 2nd - Literacy Lunches (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

     Monday, April 6th through Friday, April 10th - Spring Break (No School for Students)

     Monday, April 13th - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

     Monday, April 13th through Friday, April 17th - Media Specialist Appreciation Week

     Tuesday, April 14th - Students return to school

     Friday, April 17th - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Go Home





     Jack Zellmer

     Principal, Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School