A newsletter from Washington Elementary and Washington PTA
October 16th, 2017
Dear Washington Families,
At Washington GT, we have one of the most diverse student/family populations in Wake County. Our diversity is one of our greatest assets. Learning from, understanding, and appreciating people from different backgrounds, races, family structures, and religions, among others, serves to build a community where all families and students feel valued and can thrive.
Our Fall Picnic is this Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm and is a great opportunity to come together as a Washington GT Family. I invite you to engage in a get to know you activity that I will be leading during our Fall Picnic. Families will be given a slip of colored paper during the Fall Picnic. When announced, you will find another person/family you may not know well, or at all, with a slip of paper the same color as yours. You will take 6 minutes to discuss any of the questions below you choose. When the signal is given, you will find another family with the same colored slip of paper and repeat.
I hope you will actively join me in taking the opportunity to learn from, engage, laugh, and talk with each other. Building deeper connections makes for a stronger and caring school family.
Thursday, October 19th - Reflections entries drop-off 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 19th - Fall Picnic 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 20th - Early Release 1:20 p.m.
Friday, October 27th - PTA Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. in WES Conference Room (All are welcome!)
SHINING STAR UPDATE!
Thank you so much for giving! The grand total so far is $10,890. But this is our LAST WEEK to reach our $20,000 goal! Help us fund the programs we have planned for this year!
Keep giving by sending in check, cash, or paying online at this link: https://washingtongt.memberhub.com/payment_requests/161 Send the link to extended family and anyone else who may want to support our wonderful school!
Have you seen Mr. Grant's video about THE SLIME!?! Donate to our Shining Star Fundraiser by Friday, Oct. 20th and your child will have a chance to SLIME Mr. Grant!
Watch his video here: https://twitter.com/wizardpta/status/920108824186490881
You may know Leigh Hines as a fellow Washington parent, but she is also our PTA Past-President! Leigh was our fearless leader last school year and she put her public relations skills to work helping expand the Staff Appreciation and Magnet Relations committees. She is one of our social media masters and has also served on the Wizard Wear committee for two years. Even though Leigh is no longer PTA President, she continues to be an active volunteer on various committees this year.
Leigh, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with Washington!
Click here to volunteer!
We have put many upcoming volunteer needs in one easy place! Please check out this Sign-Up on MemberHub for committee openings and easy at-school volunteer needs (just sign up and show up - no other commitment needed). https://memberhub.
**Parents, if you were a volunteer last year, you MUST reactivate your account before 10/31 at school if you want to volunteer again.**
We can't wait to see you at Fall Picnic THIS THURSDAY! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. We will have food trucks or bring your own picnic dinner if you prefer! Fall Picnic is a wonderful way to get to know other WES families. This year we will have Reflections entries on display in the Cafeteria.
Come and enjoy!
Reflections entries are due by THIS THURSDAY morning at 8:00 a.m.
If you haven't already, please join the PTA today! An individual membership is only $5. When you join here at school, you also become a member of the NCPTA and the National PTA, enabling those groups to add your voice to the thousands, and millions, of other parents, teachers, and community members across the country who are ONE VOICE, speaking for EVERY CHILD.
Join by sending in this form with cash or check, or by clicking HERE to pay with a credit card. And, as always, thank you for your support of Washington PTA!
The Wild West Book Fair is Coming!
The Scholastic Book Fair depends on the support of many parent volunteers! From set-up, staffing class preview and shopping times, to fair break-down, we need YOUR help! Go to http://signup.com/go/LntWFML to sign up. Your student will love to see you there!
All volunteers receive a 5% discount on Book Fair purchases!
Box Tops are due to the front office by THIS Friday October 20th.
Thank you for supporting our school!
If you haven't taken the time to set up a MemberHub account yet, please take a few moments to do so! The PTA uses MemberHub to send out emails (like this newsletter) but it also works as our School Directory! By setting up an account with all of your family members listed and joining your child's classroom hub, you can easily connect with other families at Washington. Take a minute to request to join MemberHub here: https://washingtongt.memberhub.com/join/pe8h0b
Did you know that there is a Magnet Relations Hub in MemberHub? Do you want to show off how great Washington GT is to new families interested in our school? If you are interested in helping out at magnet recruitment events this year please email our magnet coordinator Amy Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NC STATE FAIR!
Enjoy the State Fair and earn money for Washington! WCPSS schools earn up to $2 per ticket sold online. Those purchasing the tickets must enter your school code. Our school code is
596 Washington Elementary School
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