Bryn Boyer – November 2017 Spotlight Volunteer

Spotlight Volunteer for November 2017—Bryn Boyer
by Shelley Shalhoub

Bryn is a super-mom that does it all!  While working as a Registered Dietician practicing nutrition therapy, she also volunteers at our school in multiple capacities.  She has 2 kids at WES– her son, Owen and daughter Riley are both in 4th grade.  Over the three years her children have attended our school, she’s enjoyed being a room parent, chaperoning field trips, assisting teachers with lesson plans, contributing to Backpack Buddies, helping out with our GOPLAYSAVE fundraiser, and volunteering for one of her favorite school days—Field Day!  “There’s lots of energy, enthusiasm and WES spirit at field day,” Bryn says.  “You get to meet and work with parents and enjoy the kids at the same time.“  She loves that we all come together on this day to make it fun for the kids!

When asked why Bryn thinks it’s so important to volunteer she says, “Volunteering is a crucial part of our school community’s success. It’s a great way to meet other parents and WES staff, and to form friendships which bond us together as the WES community.  There is always a need for help to make things happen and to get things done.  I especially like that volunteering at school impacts the students and helps to enrich their elementary years.  Whether it’s the students who see me in class, or that I’ve helped their teacher cut out mini booklet pages, so that he or she can give their attention to the student– it positively influences their lives.”  She is very supportive of our PTA and WES staff—” it’s amazing to see how when people come together for a cause, they can make things happen and get results that benefit our entire school community.”

Thank you Bryn for all you do at WES!

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Odyssey of the Mind

Weatherstone Elementary School is excited to now offer a fantastic STEM club called Odyssey of the Mind.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential.  OotM proves that student can have fund while they learn.

Each Team is allowed up to seven members.  There is no minimum team size.  Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and present them in organized competitions in the spring.

Being part of Odyssey of the Mind makes are lasting impact – whether it is success in the classroom, fulfilling careers, or simply the improved confidence that comes with participation.  It’s also rewarding for volunteers and teachers adminstering the program.

(source: odysseyofthemind.com)

WES Contact:  Nina Gervase

OM Parent handout

Odyssey of the Mind Application

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2017 Wild West Book Fair – Saddle Up and Read

2017 Wild West Book Fair – Saddle Up and Read

The Weatherstone (WES) Media Center, in partnership with Scholastic Books, is excited to host the 2017 WES Book Fair.  All proceeds will be used to support the Media Center.  Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the book fair, processing book sales, and tear down/pack up of the book fair once it is over. We also need volunteers at the Dads and Donuts and Family Night events that will be held as well.  We would greatly appreciate your help!

If you are interested, sign up below!  If you are available for more than an hour, please consider signing up for more than one slot.  You can also arrive early or stay late as your schedule allows. We need as many volunteers as possible to pull off this very special event that the children really look forward to each year.

Thank you so much in advance for all of your support!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cacad2da0ff2-weatherstone

 

Book Fair dates: November 13th-17th

 

Book Fair is open9:30 – 4:00pm Monday

8:45 – 4:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday

8:45 – 4:00pm and 5:30-8:00pm Thursday

8:45 – 1:00pm Friday

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Book Fair will be open during the following events as well:

         Dads and Donuts Special Event

Thursday, November 9th 8:30am-9:30am

Special Family Event Night

Thursday, November 16th 5:30-8:00pm

 

Book Fair Schedule:  BOOK FAIR SCHEDULE 2017-2018 with names

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2017-18 Reflections Art Program

Students get ready to Dance, Sing, Write, Photograph, Make a film or Paint!  It’s time for the 2017-18 Reflections Art Program. The Reflections program begins on Oct 3 and all submissions must be in by Oct 26 to the main office.  Students may submit a piece for art, which conveys this year’s theme, WITHIN REACH, in the form of dance, film, poetry, story, song, photo or a  visual art piece.  All rules and guidelines can be found at http://www.wakepta.org/reflections.   Winners will go onto the county-wide competition and have the opportunity to compete at the State and National level.  A celebration will occur later in the year for ALL participants!

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National Walk to School Day – Wednesday, October 4th

NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY -Wednesday, October 4th

Join people across the country by walking to school.  Children and parents who want to participate are encourage to walk to school and then join other walkers at the school track from 8:40 – 9am.   Children will be required to go straight to class at 9am.  WALKING STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT!!!!!

Parents who carpool…you are encouraged to spend some additional time with your child(ren) and meet at White Tiger Taekwondo (1605 NW Maynard Rd).  We will park and walk to school as a group.  Parade departs at 8:40am from White Tiger to WES Track.  Walking students must be accompanied by a parent.

We will need a few volunteers to help this event run smoothly.

Please email jenny.andreev@gmail.com or Shannonkwhitson@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to help!

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Kim Hall – October Spotlight Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight for October – Kim Hall

By Jennie Wilson

Kim has volunteered at Weatherstone for the past 3 years.  She has sons in 3rd grade and 1st grade.  Kim’s volunteering accomplishments include: Room Parent for 4 years, Welcome Wagon Chair, general volunteering at Field Day, and other school events as well as in the classroom.  Kim has also been generous with donations to Backpack Buddies and Teacher Appreciation Week.

When asked why she thinks it is important to volunteer, Kim says, “I have six years experience teaching elementary school in both Virginia and Wake County, NC. I know how hard our teachers and staff work to help our children succeed.  I also know of a lot of the challenges our teachers face in the classroom daily because there just never seems to be enough time! Volunteering in the classroom and school helps to support our teachers which in return allows them to better serve our children.  Taking a small task such as cutting out laminate or putting together a center for a teacher can go a long way. It gives them more time to focus on planning quality lessons for our children. Being in the school and seeing my children in action is an added bonus!”

Thank you, Kim, for all your dedication and support to WES!  Our teachers and students greatly appreciate your efforts and time.

 

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Remi Ham – September 2017 Spotlight Volunteer

Remi Ham – September 2017 Spotlight Volunteer 

by Shelley Shalhoub

Remi is the creator extraordinaire of WES’ edible teaching garden! She has been a volunteer at the school for a year and her daughter Taylor is in 2nd grade.   Last year, Remi presented her design plans to the school and PTA for the garden, and everyone was just blown away!  She coordinated everything- from student involvement by having the 4th graders develop garden plans using Lego models, to parent volunteers to assist with planning logistics, and finally a great turnout of teachers, staff, students, and parents to install the garden on our big garden build day.  Throughout the school year, Remi coordinates garden workdays and a watering schedule.  In the summer, she has our campers help water and most of the garden harvest gets donated to Dorcas Food Bank.   She says, “The garden is a learning space. It has a butterfly/pollinator garden, compost bin, and a great variety of fruits and vegetables.  During the academic year teachers are encouraged to use garden produce for class instruction, and a portion will be donated to our Backpack Buddies program.”

When asked why Remi thinks it’s so important to volunteer and she says, “We love WES, and I’m so happy to help enhance the learning experience of our students through the teaching garden.  Volunteering is important in helping build our school community and has encouraged school pride for our daughter.  Beyond myself, the parent and teacher volunteers who help maintain or water the garden are so valuable- it takes a village of helpers to keep our garden beautiful! During the academic year, I hope the teaching garden is frequently used by teachers and a place students make new discoveries, observations and encourages them to plant their own fruits and veggies at home!”

Thank you Remi for all you do at WES!

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GoPlaySave Fundraiser

We are ready to start our first big fundraiser but we need your help!  Please check out our signup –

* The first day is just stuffing the envelopes with the books and distributing the boxes to the classrooms. Any time you can offer will be helpful so don’t worry if you have start late or leave early.
* The remainder of the slots covers the collection process.  Its really great if you can work multiple mornings as its easier once you’ve been trained.
* This year I added a separate slot for counting the money as I need to have a PTA member to help.
*** The last slot is for anyone interested in training to possibly take over this roll next year as this will be my last year at WES.  Hopefully you would be able to be there for most of the mornings through the whole event.  This is a GREAT fundraiser for the school – I really hope that someone will decide to jump in.  While it is a time commitment – its only about 3 weeks total and its not difficult.

If you have questions, please contact me directly at: lemsley1@gmail.com

Thanks,
Laura Emsley

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Happy Summer!

We wish all WES families and staff members a wonderful summer!  Enjoy your vacation!

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Library Books!

Please make sure you turn in all library books as soon as possible.  Your help with this is greatly appreciated!  Thank you!

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  • Click the Box Top above to print a collection sheet.
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  • Would you like to support our teachers? Please check back to this area for special Donors Choose sign-ups where you can fund a Weatherstone Teacher's project. We will post any available sign-ups here. More info soon!