September 5th, 2022

Posted by Curtis Brower on 9/5/2022

Greetings Powell Families,


Magnet (Registration) Materials: The Magnet Implementation Guide for 2022-23 and Grade level specific Magnet Choice Survey Postcards were emailed to families on Friday. Please complete one survey per child by 5:00 PM tomorrow Tuesday, 09/06/22.  Refer to the Magnet tab on our website for descriptions/more information OR email our Magnet Program Coordinator Cristen Laurens, with any questions. For your convenience, below are the links to the Magnet Choice Surveys:

K/1st Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

2nd Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

3rd Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester

4th/5th Grade Magnet Choice Survey - 1st Semester


Welcome Kindergarten Students: Our Kindergarten students begin tomorrow. We are excited for all of our students to be on campus together. Please be patient in carpool this week, as our K students learn the carpool routine. 


Carpool Reminder: When sitting/moving through Carpool on King Charles Road and Valiant Street, please be cautious to keep our neighbors driveways open. Thank you for your cooperation. 


Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week - 09/05/22: We appreciate our substitute teachers who support Powell on a regular basis. 


Tea & Tissues for Kindergarten Parents: Tuesday, September 6th, Kindergarten families, after your little one heads off to their first day of school, stop by the tables by the breezeway for Tea & Tissues with other families and an opportunity to meet our PTA Executive Board.


3rd Grade Beginning of Grade (BOG) Test: All 3rd grade students will participate in the BOG on Wednesday, 09/07/22.  It is important for all students to arrive on time.


School Improvement Team Meeting: Our first School Improvement Team meeting is on Wednesday,  09/07/22 at 7:40 AM in the Media Center. SIT meetings are open meetings to the Powell community. 


Family Picnic, PTA General Meeting, & Curriculum Night: Save the date! Join us on Thursday, September 15th, at 5:00 PM for our Family Picnic, first General PTA Meeting, and Curriculum Night. Come meet the PTA Executive Board and approve the PTA annual budget.  The PTA sponsors many academic programs at Powell and supports our teachers in many ways.  Please consider joining our PTA for just $8.00.  Click here to join online. You will receive many discounts with your PTA card.  There will be 2 Curriculum night sessions to learn about grade level instructional practices.  More information coming soon!


Here Comes the Bus APP: WCPSS Transportation provides bus rider families with a FREE bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus, which translates GPS data into an easy to use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The app allows you to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop. For more information and to sign up, click here.


School Meals: To receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year, families must submit a meal benefits application online at Paper copies are available in the Powell office. For families who completed the 2021-22 meal benefits application, the benefit continues for their student's first 30 school days of the 2022-23 school year. At elementary schools, full-paid breakfast will be $1.50 and lunch will be $3.00.


MySchool Bucks: With a MySchool Bucks account paying for a la carte items is easy. Go to or call (855) 832-5226 to enroll. You'll need your child's Student ID number, available in your registration materials or at our school. Once your account is established you may:

  • Securely deposit funds to your child's account

  • Check balances

  • Set spending limits

  • Review purchases made


Report COVID Cases to Powell: It is important for families to report positive COVID-19 cases to Powell. All positive cases should be emailed to Dr. Brower - Daily reporting allows the district to detect early trends on a campus or across campuses. In keeping with the timeline used by county health officials for public reporting, our Covid-19 dashboard will be updated each Monday with the previous week's cases. If your child is not feeling well, please have them stay home and get tested for COVID-19. If your student tests positive, report this to our school. The CDC recommends that after 5 days of isolation, you can remove the mask if you have 2 negative tests at least 48 hours apart. Consult to learn when to return after a positive diagnosis. 

If your student has been exposed, they can stay in school as long as they are not experiencing symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. NCDHHS recommends wearing a mask following a COVID-19 exposure.


Title 1 Funding: WCPSS uses WCPSS Child Nutrition Services free and reduced school meal applications to determine Title 1 eligibility and funding.  Go online to to determine if you qualify and complete the online application. To help you, they've shared application information, frequently asked questions and the online application.  Families may also visit our school where paper applications will be available.  


Race for Education Kickoff: Our 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, October 31st, 2022. Information is coming home on Monday, September 12th.  Be sure to ask your child about it. Please consider volunteering and/or contributing financially to the fundraising effort.  Our goal this year is $20,000. 


MemberHUB: The PTA uses a site called MemberHub to organize all PTA events, communications, sign-ups, and parent directory. ​Join MemberHub here.


Emails & Text Message Communication:  Lots of updates and information is shared by text messaging.  If you are not receiving Text Messages from the school, you need to Opt In for School Messenger.  To Opt In, simply text YES to the number 67587. If you are reading this on the website and did not receive it by email, please contact our Data Manager, Carolyn Bost, to update your email address.  Please make certain that we always have your most up to date phone number, which will be used in case of emergencies.  For more information, click here.


Facebook & Twitter: Please follow us on Twitter @PowellesPlay and on Facebook Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School


Parent/Student Handbook: This guide helps students and families understand the rules and expectations for behavior in school, on the way to and from school and during school-sponsored activities. Every student receives a hard copy at the beginning of the school year.


Have a great week!


Dr. Curtis M. Brower