A newsletter from Washington Elementary and Washington PTA
November 13, 2017
Dear Washington Families,
This Thursday from approximately 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Governor Roy Cooper will be visiting Washington GT as part of Celebrate American Education week. I am excited that he will have the opportunity to see first-hand why Washington GT is a Magnet School of Excellence and the incredible ways our teachers challenge and engage every child. He will begin his visit in a roundtable discussion with a small group of teachers followed by a tour of the classrooms and a meeting with the press in our media center.
At Washington GT, our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Last year, I formed the Parent Advisory and Support Team for Safe and Inclusive Schools. With this group I have sought to:
- Share our resources we are using and ways we are working with students to create a safe and inclusive community
- Dialogue with families:
- What does a safe and inclusive community look like to you?
- What are conceptions others may have positive or negative about a group that you belong to?
- How do you think we can best learn about each other?
- Provide a safe forum for sharing ideas and concerns.
This year, we will continue to use this advisory team as a way to both share out and inform parents of the steps we are taking as a staff to address issues of equity, race, and inclusion as well as to provide a space for constructive feedback from families about how we are doing with creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning community for both parents and families.
If you are interested in joining this advisory team, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will meet 3 times from 6:00-7:30 pm in Dec, March, and May.
Lastly, our School Improvement Team is in need of a parent representative. The School Improvement Team will meet 3 more times to review our progress on action steps towards meeting our school goal: by June 2018, Washington Elementary will meet or exceed growth as reported by EVAAS and meet or exceed Wake County’s average proficiency on the EOGs. The remaining 3 meeting dates are 1/24, 3/21, and 5/30 4:15-5:30 pm.
Monday - Friday, November 13th-17th - Book Fair
Thursday, November 16th - Arts & Letters Night with General PTA Meeting (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Monday & Tuesday, November 20th-21st - Grade Level Spelling Bee
Tuesday, November 21st - Early Release
Wednesday - Friday, November 22nd-24th - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
THANK YOU to all of the families and friends who gave throughout our Shining Star Fundraiser. A special thanks to those who gave last week to help push us over our goal. WE DID IT!
We raised $21,140.80 and will be able to fund the programs, teacher grants, and staff appreciation events we have planned for this school year.
We are so grateful for your support of our school community!
Amy Jones and Julie von Haefen are veteran PTA volunteers! Amy is a Past-President and our event-planning extraordinaire. We owe all of our appreciation for Arts & Letters Night to Amy! Julie, also a Past-President, gives her time to our school in many different ways, including BOOK FAIR! If you see Amy or Julie this week, give them a big THANK YOU. They both have done and continue to do many, many things that make our wonderful school community what it is today!
We have immediate needs for volunteers THIS WEEK!
Book Fair: http://signup.com/go/LntWFML
(All volunteers receive a 5% discount on Book Fair purchases!)
Arts & Letters Night: https://memberhub.com/
Additional volunteer opportunities can be found here:
Thank you for giving your time to build our community!
ARTS & LETTER NIGHT 2017
WAKE COUNTY PTA COUNCIL EVENT
Wake County PTA Council and WCPSS Instructional Technology and Media Services are proud to welcome author Janell Burley Hofmann to Raleigh for a presentation on digital citizenship for our students and families. The event will be on November 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the NCSU McKimmon Center.
SUPPORT OUR FOOD DRIVE
Please support our school-wide canned food drive! If you're able, please send donations of canned food in to the main office. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 29th and will be donated to the local Food Bank.
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