4/3 No School
4/10 Third Quarter Report Cards go home
4/15 Class Group Pictures
4/15 WES Volunteer Tea (Invitations coming home soon)
4/21 Boosterthon Pep Rally
4/22 Community Helper Day (K and 1st Grades)
4/24 School Spirit Day (Super Hero Day)
4/24 Community Helper Day (K and 1st Grades) (Rain date)
4/25 Campus Cleanup Day (9:00am-12:00pm)
4/30 Boosterthon Fun Run
5/2 Campus Cleanup Day (9:00am-12:00pm) (Rain date)
5/8 Talent Show 6:00pm
5/14 Kindergarten Orientation for 2015-16 4:45-5:45pm
5/20 EOG Reading 3rd-5th grades
5/21 EOG Math 3rd-5th grades
5/25 No School
5/27 EOG Science 5th grade
5/29 Field Day
6/3 Field Day (Rain date)
6/5 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony 9:30am
6/8 Last Day of School/Report Cards Go Home
STEM Professional Development Update
This year WES staff has had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Parry from NC State in developing lesson plans and reviewing the progress that we have made in the implementation of the Weatherstone STEM program. This professional development included a full day workshop during the beginning of the year teacher workdays and individual grade level meetings with Mr. Chadwick and Mrs. Zoller, WES STEM Coordinator, this past month. Some of the projects that our students have worked on this year has been a direct result of these meetings. These two days were funded through a partnership with the WES PTA and WCPSS Curriculum Enhancement Program (part of the WCPSS Magnet Office).
This weekend an article in the News and Observer highlighted the work of Mrs. Parry and the recognition that she just received from the White House. The announcement from the National Science Foundation can be found here. We congratulate Mrs. Parry and find ourselves very fortunate to work with many stakeholders in STEM fields right here in the Triangle.
Excused Absence Requests
Many parents have asked about excused absences for the three make-up days last week. Please note that WCPSS has provided flexibility in allowing the days be marked as excused educational absences. Typically educational absence forms need to be turned in prior to the date of the event, however we will accept them through this Friday. The form can be found on the WCPSS website here.
Middle School Open House Dates
Apex Middle – 5/14 6:30pm
Carnage Middle – 3/17 6:00pm
Centennial Campus – TBA
Davis Drive Middle – 4/28 or 4/29 6:00pm
East Cary Middle – 5/13 5:30pm
East Garner Middle – 3/31 6:00pm
Lufkin Middle – Tours every Tuesday 9am or 1pm
Martin Middle – 5/13 4:00pm and 6:00pm
Mills Park Middle – 4/29 6:00pm (last names A-M), 4/30 6:00pm (last names N-Z)
Moore Square – mid April TBA
Salem Middle – 4/21 6:30pm
West Cary Middle – 4/15 5:30pm
West Lake Middle – 3/19 6:30pm (tracks 3&4), 4/7 6:30pm (tracks 1&2)
WES Summer Camp
Each summer Weatherstone sponsors an 8 week summer camp full of fun! The camp is run by some of the same staff that organize the Before and After School Program at the school. Students take daily field trips including bowling, swimming, playing at local parks, museums, and much more. There are weekly themes such as sports, STEM activities and even a local martial arts studio comes to visit. The cost of the camp is only $145 a week and includes every field trip with the exception of the $1 movie days and lunch. Camp runs daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
Please visit our website for more information. Reserve your spot soon.
News from the WES PTA
We’re excited to bring back the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run as this year’s fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on APRIL 21. Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s character theme Rock’n Town Live, a music festival theme all about community. Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on April 30. Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! Please help our school by connecting your student with sponsors. Thank you for your support!
Check out boosterthon.com for more information!
PTA Officer Elections Coming Soon for 2015-2016 School Year Would you like to make a huge impact for the staff and students of our school? The PTA is seeking dedicated volunteers like you! The following positions will be elected during a general PTA meeting by the end of the year. All of the following positions are on the board of directors and would meet monthly. If you are interested in any of the positions or would like more information, please contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org. A short description follows, as well as current candidates for office:
President: The President presides at board and general meetings, signs all contracts, coordinates the work of the officers, the board, and committees, and performs duties as required in the bylaws or as assigned by the board of directors.
Candidate: Erika Haidar
Vice President: Assists President with duties, and is first in line for presidency if vacated.
Candidate: Michael Welke
Vice President of Academic Programs: Leads academic program opportunities and works closely and is the main point of contact for chairs for Campus Improvements, Garden Team, Reflections, and Cultural Arts.
Candidate: Caroline Bowman
Vice President of Fundraising: Fundraising is a vital to the success of our PTA as it provides us the financing to carry out our work. The Fundraising VP is main point of contact for the committee chairs in the following areas: Book fair, Boosterthon, Box Tops, Family Nights, Coupon books, spirit wear, Silent Auction, School Store, and Grocery store/Target rewards.
Vice President of Membership: The Membership VP leads membership drives throughout the school year, with busiest time being the months surrounding the start of school. The Membership VP is in charge of the PTA’s roster, uploading info to the NCPTA website, and will be the main point of contact for the Student Directory and Welcoming Committee chairs.
Candidate: Alisha Workman
Vice President of Parent Involvement: Many hands make light work! Volunteers do incredible amounts of work and make a huge impact in what we are able to accomplish as a PTA. Our Parent Involvement VP will recruit volunteers throughout the year and is the main point of contact for the following committee chairs: Campus Clean up Day, Community Helper Day, Field Day, Fifth Grade Activities, Hospitality, International Connections, Lost and Found, Media Center, Nominating Committee, and our Yearbook.
Vice President of STEM: Our STEM VP works closely with the school administration on ways to enhance STEM learning opportunities throughout the school year and during STEM Fridays. They are responsible for the complete planning of our STEM Expo which is held in the spring of each year, and will reach out to multiple STEM groups and professionals throughout the year.
Candidate: Sarah Ericksen
Vice President of Communications: Our VP of Communications is the main point of contact for the chairs of the website, newsletter, twitter feed, and the information sign.
Candidate: Jim Farrell
Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for keeping all the important documents of the PTA such as the roster, insurance policies, contracts, minutes, audit reports, and tax returns. The secretary takes minutes of all meetings, gets them to the board promptly afterwards, and is responsible for maintaining the PTA calendar. Secretary records need to be neatly organized and ready to view at all times.
Treasurer: Do you have an accounting background or are great with keeping finances in order? Please consider being our Treasurer! The Treasurer collects, deposits, and maintains all funds. They maintain all our financial records of income, expenditures, assets and liabilities on Quickbooks and makes those records available to the audit committee for a monthly review. They present a financial report of income and expenses at each board and general meeting, remits dues to the NCPTA, prepares a year end financial report, files all tax forms and reports. This is a very important position for our PTA! If you would like more in depth information regarding the duties involved, please contact our current Treasurer, Wendy Czika at email@example.com .
More information about these positions is available through our bylaws on pages 7-8 http://ncpta.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/UNIFORM-BYLAWS-FINAL072410with-letter.pdf . Please contact Erika firstname.lastname@example.org or any current officer from http://www.weatherstonepta.com/about-our-pta/board-members/ if you are interested in being a candidate for election in any of the positions above, or if you would like additional information.