A newsletter from Washington Elementary and Washington PTA
November 21, 2016
As part of a recent county inspection, the Wake County Health Department found evidence of lead paint in several areas of our school. It is one of the things inspectors look for in buildings constructed before 1978 that serve young children.
The Health Department notified the WCPSS Maintenance and Operations Department about the issue. WCPSS Maintenance and Operations is working to address the issue in the coming weeks by painting areas that have lead paint. Parents of children younger than six will receive a letter from the Health Department in October with additional information.
We are glad the Health Department identified this issue that WCPSS Maintenance can fix for us as we continue to keep our school a safe place for our students and staff.
Painting will take place in impacted areas, which are primarily the school stairwells, sections of window frames in classrooms, and some painted surfaces in the media center.
If you have questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks for your continued support of our school!
Wednesday, November 23: TEACHER WORKDAY
Thursday-Friday, November 24-25: THANKSGIVING BREAK
Friday, December 2: Early Release at 1:20 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, December 6-7: Holiday Magic gift turn-in at carpool and walk-up
Message from the PTA President
November is a time when we reflect our gratitude for the many things we are thankful for in our lives. As I meet new families who are contemplating applying to our magnet school, I tell them that I am so grateful that my children have the privilege to be a part of the Washington GT family. Our school's leadership, educators, parents, and students make me believe that we have the best school in the nation. We have so much love in our school and every single one of is a shining star who wants the absolute best for our children.
I want to thank you for your time and commitment to our PTA. On October 31, we wrapped up our 2016 Shining Star Fundraiser with 100 percent of our fundraising goal met. We raised $21,100! Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to continue to support our students and educators successfully this year.
I also want to thank our many PTA volunteers who have given so much of their time to make sure grants are funded, events take place seamlessly, and for all the work these volunteers do behind the scenes to make it all look so flawless and easy. Thank you!
If you have not yet joined the Washington GT Magnet Elementary PTA, we invite you to do so online at our website: wizardpta.org or print a form and submit it to your child's teacher. Be a part of the one voice that always speaks on behalf of all students. I am pleased to announce that we received the coveted Blue Key Award for our successful PTA Membership drive this year. However, I know we can do even better than that! We are only 25 members away from the highest honor: The Gold Key Award. Let's hit that goal in January!
We have much to be proud of here at WES. As your elected President, I thank you for your support!
Washington GT Magnet PTA President, 2016-2017
SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE
Thank you for the great response to our upcoming Science Fair on the December 13th!
There will be fabulous interaction at this fair! We are excited to announce that we have some awesome professors & scientists who will assist us in the judging process. Our esteemed judges will use a variety of criteria for judging and may include student interviews as part of the process. Get to work on your entries, kids!
Parents, if you would like to volunteer at our fair this year, we have many opportunities. Each judge will need one parent volunteer to assist him/her with the process.
If you haven't turned in your form, DO IT BY TOMORROW!!!
Earn Money for Washington PTA While You Shop!
Got lots of holiday gifts to buy?
Shop online at SchoolStore.com and a percentage of your purchases will be donated back to Washington GT Magnet Elementary PTA. Be sure to use our school code: 168646 when shopping online.
Packets will be sent home via your child’s teacher and your child can receive a cute Emoji Puffer Ball by sharing our code and school store link with friends and relatives who may also have some holiday shopping to do. The schoolstore.com shopping link will be active throughout the school year. The online store was founded by The Family Book Store. This business has partnered with other well-known merchants such as the Disney Store, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Best, Sears, Groupon, Barnes and Nobles, and many more merchants that will also give back to the school. Money back ranges from 2 to 50 percent.
Also, remember WES PTA is part of the Amazon Smile program! Funds from Amazon purchases are donated back to the school. Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1383300 to shop today! With passive fundraising, every little bit counts. It’s also a good time of year to remember your Box Tops. Box Tops are placed on many holiday baking items as well as Pillsbury products.
CLASS DOJO STORE FOR STUDENTS
Hello WES Families!
The PBIS team and staff are in the process of designing a ClassDojo store for students. This will allow them the opportunity to earn incentives for displaying positive behaviors and growth. At the Dojo store, students will not need real money to buy items. The store will be connected to their Dojo information instead. Since the store will not be making a profit, we will need help from you with making it sustainable. If you are able, please donate new or gently used novelty items, toys, snacks, school supplies, etc. We are excited about this opportunity because students will be recognized for making positive choices and no one will be excluded. This aligns with our school improvement focus on creating a safe and inclusive environment. Thank you!