A newsletter from Washington Elementary and Washington PTA
April 24th, 2017
What an amazingly diverse and rich culture we have at Washington! Last year, our Latino families put on the Latino Cultural Festival. Two years ago, our Indian families hosted the Holi Celebration. I look forward to celebrating with you this Tuesday our first annual African American Cultural Celebration from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. We look forward to having all families at this great event where you can learn about African American history, dance, music, art, and food. There will be free food to sample and fun and learning for all.
Tuesday, April 25th: African American Cultural Celebration (5:30-8:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, May 9th - Thursday, May 11th: Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, May 10th: PTA Board Meeting (9:30 a.m.)
Thursday, May 11th: Spring Fling (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Friday May 12th: TEACHER WORKDAY- No School
CULTURAL NIGHT AT WASHINGTON!
Message from PTA President Leigh Hines
Dear Washington Families:
Thursday, May 11, 2017, will be my last General PTA meeting as your elected President. It has been my pleasure to serve our PTA board this year. Thank you for your trust and support this year. I may have been the person in public leading the meetings, but the glue that holds our outstanding PTA together year after year is our fantastic executive board, committee chairs, and parent volunteers. We are one phenomenal PTA together.
I want to thank our 5th-grade parents who may be leaving us this year. Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and ensuring that WES PTA and our school thrives. We are all bonded by the common goal of wanting the best for our children, and through your commitment and dedication to our school, I firmly believe we have one of the best schools in the nation. Your presence will be missed. My best to all of you as you begin a new school chapter in your lives.
On July 1, a new fiscal school year begins for our PTA, and your new elected leadership will take over. The General Election for our four officers will take place on May 11.
This year’s nominating committee are presenting the following slate of officers for election for the 2017-2018 School Year.
Emily King as President of WES PTA
Amy Thomas as Vice-President of WES PTA
Jessica Dixon as WES PTA Treasurer
Kim Olds as WES PTA Secretary
Per our by-laws, the floor is now open for any other nominations for these four elected officer positions. Any other nomination may be presented before our vote on May 11, 2017.
The next six weeks at WES will move at a lightning pace. Continue reading our newsletter for more information on some things that we will be doing in May to thank our teachers at WES for the wonderful job they do on a daily basis. We will definitely be in need of volunteers for our Spring book fair, EOG proctors for our upper grades and Field Day volunteers, which is always a highlight for our children.
I look forward to seeing many of you in the hallways during these last few weeks of school.
We are still on the look-out for parents interested in helping out with our wonderful Shining Star Fundraiser!
Shining Star Fundraiser is our one and only fall fundraiser! We spend monies raised in the fall during the current school year to fund teacher grants, professional development for teachers and staff, staff appreciation, PTA Events, and much more! In you are excited about raising even more money next school year, let us know!
You can email current PTA Vice President and member of the Nominating Committee, Emily King, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
End-of-Grade Testing Information
EOGs will take place May 26th - June 2nd for all students in grades 3-5. EOGs are state mandated tests that are required for all 3-5 students. Students will take English language arts and math tests.
Here are EOG dates:
May 26th: 5th grade science
May 30th: 3rd and 5th grade ELA
May 31st: 3rd and 5th grade math
June 1st: 4th grade ELA
June 2nd: 4th grade math
Not only can you support your child at home in the days leading up to EOGs, but we will need your help as testing proctors. A proctor is an adult who helps ensure the teacher follows proper testing procedures for EOGs. Proctors will be needed each of the days above from 9:15-12:45. You will need to attend a 30-minute training with Liz Harder, the testing coordinator.
Sign up HERE to be a proctor: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aca82ca2fa7-eogproctor
Please contact Liz Harder at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you for your support of WES students!
Teacher Appreciation Week: WES #ThankATeacher Campaign
Day after day, our WES teachers deliver the best education for our children. Nationally, May 8th - 12th is National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week.
This year, we want to thank our WES teachers from our heart. We encourage you and your children to send in a card, a special drawing, or handwritten note to any teacher or administrator you would like to thank during this special nationally recognized week. Take the time to thank them for their dedication and hard work this year. Notes and cards can be sent to school with your child anytime between May 8th and May 11th.
Also, during this special week, our PTA social media team will use the hashtag #ThankATeacher on our Facebook page to thank teachers publicly.
We encourage your child to nominate a teacher to thank publicly on this social media platform. Perhaps, your student would like to thank an elective teacher or a specials teacher. Maybe your classroom teacher has done something extraordinary. Email your #ThankATeacher nomination to WizardFundraising@gmail.com by May 3, 2017. Up to ten public shout-outs will be promoted on Facebook.
Your E-mail for Facebook consideration must include:
(If you prefer for your child not to be in photo, please state that as well. We can photograph just the teacher and it will not impact our selection for public thank you shoutouts)
Snack and Beverage Station for WES Staff on Thursday, May 11
The Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting a snack and beverage station in the lounge for teachers and support staff on Thursday, May 11 to celebrate the week. We are filling the lounge with their favorite snacks and beverages. We also hope to give away a few restaurant gift cards to some of the places the staff mentioned in a survey where they like to dine.
Donation of snack, beverages, and restaurant gift cards or certificates can be found at the following link. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0944A9A62FA6F85-donations
Dress Code Reminder
As we enjoy the warmer temperatures, please review the dress code below to ensure students' attire meet the guidelines:
The WCPSS dress code (6410.1) for students does set standards for appearance and dress that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Some examples of prohibited dress include bare midriffs, strapless or spaghetti strap tops, flip flops, short or tight garments, see through clothing, sagging pants and exposed undergarments. Shorts or skirts should approximately reach the child’s longest fingertip when their arm is by their side. Other prohibited items include chains or spikes, messages that are vulgar or advertise items not permitted by law to minors, and may promote violence or intimidation. Head coverings of any kind (except those required by one’s religion or health needs) are also not permitted. The principal or their designee may require students to change their appearance and parents may be notified.
Spring Fling is Coming Soon!
SPRING FLING IS THURSDAY, MAY 11 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
Join us for performances and activities to showcase some of our fabulous electives at Washington! Learn about Aeronautics, Chess, and Science Olympiad… even go on an African Safari. Students in music, drama, dance, and P.E. electives will perform, and student work from art electives will be on display. We will hold our last general PTA meeting of the year and elect new officers for 2017-18, and the BOGO Scholastic Book Fair will be open. D’Burritos and JAM Ice Cream food trucks will be open at 5:30. Mark your calendar and don’t miss it!
Scholastic BOGO Book Fair: May 9-11
Students will visit the book fair once for purchasing during the school day. The book fair will also be open before school and during Spring Celebration on May 11! All books are buy one, get one free! Stock up for summer reading! To volunteer, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944a9a62fa6f85-bogo
Thank you to all the Wizard families who helped clean up and beautify the courtyard on Earth Day!
On Wednesday, a crowd of hundreds rallied at the NC General Assembly to ask the NC Senate to pass HB13, which the House unanimously approved in February. It would restore the flexibility districts use to pay for art, music, PE, and technology teachers. The class sizes mandated by last year's budget eliminated that funding mechanism even though it is the only way districts have to pay for instruction that the state requires. There is no separate funding for these specials teachers. Without the passage of HB13, as many as 4,500 art, music, PE, technology and world languages teachers could lose their jobs statewide. Teacher assistant positions are also at risk, and class sizes in 4-12th grades could greatly increase. The News and Observer outlined the WCPSS plan if HB13 does not pass in this article: Classes of 40 students, no art and music, reassignment among Wake County options
Late on Friday afternoon, HB13 was referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education. It is crucial that the Senate act quickly because districts must budget for the coming year RIGHT now. The Senate needs to pass HB13, and the entire legislature must commit to fully funding our public schools. We encourage you to contact your State Senator, and/or members of the Senate Committee on Education and ask them to commit to passing HB13 immediately. Go to www.ncleg.net to find contact information for these representatives.
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