We're Off to a Great Start, Cougars!

Posted by Chell Smith on 9/2/2023 5:00:00 PM

Hello WFiSMES Families,


I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and long weekend. We had a great first week of school thanks to your engagement and support. We’re off to a great start, Cougars!


When we return to school on Tuesday, we will welcome all Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Bus and carpool times may vary, as buses make additional stops and more cars in carpool make line longer. Being patient will help us all as we continue to work out the kinks and teach our four- and five-year-old students to safely arrive and leave campus. Also, carpool parents, please remember to avoid Sycamore Avenue and not use cell phones or other devices while driving on campus. Thank you.


To further increase safety, we will continue to learn and use the new Visitor Management System (VMS). Upon arrival on campus, all visitors are asked to report to the main office. Please do not attempt to enter through another door or enter the Forrest Building until you have presented your government-issued I.D. and been cleared through the VMS. The VMS is designed to require identification before visitors may enter the building or check out students- even if we know you. It creates an uncomfortable situation for everyone if we cannot accommodate your request to visit the school or check out your child, so please make sure you have your I.D. when you come to campus. Also, when checking students in or out of school, we will ask that you remain at the main entrance. We are finding the office is becoming congested which compromises confidentiality for families and students. Thank you for your flexibility. We really want you to feel welcome and hope these measures increase your trust in our efforts to increase safety and security. Contact me directly if you have questions or ideas; I welcome your input.


WFiSMES is in the fortunate position to have community support in many forms. One of the most important groups supporting our school is the PTA. If you haven’t already, please consider joining- they want to partner with you. To learn more, click here: https://www.wfepta.com/ and to join the PTA, click here: https://wfe.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true&category=Memberships .


WFiSMES is also fortunate to have Dr. LaSaundra Booth offer free orchestra classes for fourth and fifth grade students. Dr Booth is a classically trained musician and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, who started the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra. For more information, please review this flyer: Orchestra Flyer 2023-2024.pdf. And to register, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejZyT3pPlqAxb-l2SIo-lAJdat9MJxK2CXOZdCV1QDOH_dJA/viewform 


The Wake Forest Forest Elementary School Foundation is another community partner doing amazing things for our school. The foundation funds experiences for students that are not financed through the school system. To learn more about the foundation, click here: https://www.wakeforestesfoundation.org/contact-us .


Okay, families, that brings me to you! Would you also like to support our amazing school? If so, it is easier than ever to become a volunteer! One of our most important volunteer opportunities is our Heroes Read program. As a Heroes Read volunteer, you get to read with our incredible students. To learn more about the program, click here: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/21470 . And, to volunteer in other ways, register here: https://www.wcpss.net/volunteer.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this lengthy email. I look forward to a year of learning and fun with all WFiSMES families! Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.


Warm regards,

Principal Smith​​​​​​​