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Week of October 17-21, 2022

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Updates for the Week

Hello Wilkesboro families! We hope that you’ve enjoyed this fine fall weekend. We are calling tonight with updates for the week of October 17-21. You can find full details below.

On Wednesday morning, we will conduct our first lockdown safety drill. This is a safety procedure that requires all students to be in a secure location within the school. We will practice with students this week to be ready for Wednesday’s drill . Please check your child's green folder tomorrow for full details about this safety protocol.

Also on Wednesday, we will participate in Unity Day as part of bullying awareness month. We invite everyone to wear orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.

Our PTO wants to thank you for the great start to the annual capital campaign fundraiser. We’ve raised 10% of our goal, and our top classes are Bentley, Hendren, A.Stone, Dancy, Watkins, and McManus. The class who raises the most will win a trip to Sweet Frog. Students who raise funds can earn a WES silicone bracelet, pop it toys, ticket to a pizza party trip to Pizza Hut, and chances to win gift cards. The next collection date is Friday, October 21, so please send in donation envelopes on Friday.

We want to remind you that PTO will host our annual Fall Festival on Thursday, October 20 from 5:00 - 7:30. The event is free for students who are invited to wear costumes and includes door to door visits, carnival games in the gym, a costume contest for students at 6:30, popcorn, cotton candy, and a visit to the spooky library. Our PTO will host BINGO in the cafeteria beginning at 6, where guests can buy cards to play to win a variety of awesome prizes, including a 65” TV and a $500 gift card. There will be a silent auction of homemade cakes and baked goods, and PTO will also have hot dogs, pizza, snacks, and drinks for sale for $1 each. Students can also pay $1 for a chance to win goodies at the cake walk on our stage and to win prizes from the spinning wheel. We hope your family will join us for this fun event.

We need your help to make it a success. You can help by donating wrapped candy for the classroom visits, by donating store-bought cookies, cupcakes, and sweets for the cake walk, or by volunteering. We invite parents, grandparents, and even older siblings to volunteer to help with stations. It will be an easy job, and all directions and materials will be provided for you. You can sign up to volunteer on the PTO Fall Festival Sign Up Genius which can be found here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0d4daea62faafac34-fallhttps://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0d4daea62faafac34-fall It’s a great way to help our school and enjoy time with your child.

Our kindergarten and first graders also have their first big field trip of the year on Friday. Please make sure to return signed permission forms by then. We’d also like to remind you that with colder weather back this week, it is a good time to write your child’s name in their jackets or hoodies.

We’ve got some exciting things going on this week, and we appreciate your ongoing support and enthusiasm as we build a year of memorable learning experiences. Have a great evening!

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We Love Field Trips

Field trips are a special part of school, and we are excited for students to enjoy these learning experiences again. Field trips allow students to experience new environments, learn in unique places, apply skills learned in the classroom, and connect with the real world around us. Our teachers have planned 4 to 5 field trips for each grade level.

All students are included in field trips. We calculate the cost of field trips to include gas and driver pay for bus transportation and admission tickets. Costs are calculated based on every student participating. All students will ride on our bus transportation to field trips, and we will also provide regular free lunch (or snack) for students through our cafeteria. We invite parent chaperones to attend many field trips (separate cost for parents) but not all. Some trips, like those to the JAWCC, are required by Wilkes County Schools. Click here for full details about field trips for the 2022-2023 school year!

You can pay online through the K-12 Payment Center. Click here for a link to our website about how to pay for field trips online. You can also donate to help a student here.

If you'd like to donate to help make field trips affordable for all, please contact our office at 336-838-4261.

We Need Volunteers!

We welcome volunteers to help with school events. WCS uses Volunteer Tracker to help organize this process, and we use Sign Up Genius (shared via email and ClassDojo) to make signing up easy and convenient. To get signed up, follow steps below.

1. Go to www.wilkescountyschools.org

2. Go to the PARENTS tab at the top (or VOLUNTEER at the bottom).

3. Click on VOLUNTEERS.


5. Go to the green NEW REGISTRATION and follow instructions from there.

Level 1 volunteers can help in many ways. Level 1 volunteers can sign up to help with book fairs, school events, class parties and projects, Field Day, Fall Festival, and proctoring for tests.

Level 2 volunteers can do all level 1 tasks but can also help chaperone field trips and work more closely with students in small groups. Level 2 volunteers can also sign up for classroom tutoring and assistance, reading buddy program, tutoring, leading after school activities, and chaperoning school events field trips.

We ask that all parents/guardians who plan to attend field trips sign up to be Level 2 volunteers at the start of the year. It takes a few weeks to verify volunteers, and signing up early will make sure that you are approved in time for this year’s events and field trips.

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Car Line Helpers Needed!

We are looking for friend, positive people to help on morning carline. If you're interested, please complete this form and we will be in touch. Thanks for considering this volunteer opportunity!

Fill out the form below to sign up.

Need help with student services?

Our talented team of school nurse, school social worker, and school counselor are here to help your family.

School counselor Rachel Minick (minickr@wilkes.k12.nc.us AND link to counseling newsletter), school social worker Brandy Walsh (walshb@wilkes.k12.nc.us AND link to SSW Page), and school nurse Kim Sluder (sluderk@wilkes.k12.nc.us) can help your family access information and resources for your child's health and overall well being.

You can contact them all on ClassDojo, by email, or by calling the office at 336-838-4261.

Have questions for the school nurse?

Do you have questions about your child's health or a family member's possible exposure to Covid-19? Our school nurse Kimberly Sluder is here to help you. You can find her at school at 336-838-4261 or on ClassDojo. You can also reach her by email -- Nurse Sluder at sluderk@wilkes.k12.nc.us

Need help from the school office?

Do you need to make a transportation change or have questions about your child's records? Our office manager Vanessa Simmons is here to help. Please CALL or DOJO by 2:00 with any transportation changes. Also, as Ms. Simmons is new to our school and doesn't yet know all your faces, please make sure to show her your WES car tag or photo ID when you come to the office to pick up your child. You can find her at school at 336-838-4261 or on ClassDojo. You can also reach her by email -- Vanessa Simmons at simmonsv@wilkes.k12.nc.us

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About Attendance

School starts at 7:50 each day. Students who are participating will be marked PRESENT or ABSENT. If your child is not in school, you will need to send in absence notes the next day and it will be coded as excused or unexcused. Written notes are required and can come directly from the parent/guardian or a medical office. Also note that ClassDojo messages are great for communicating an absence, but they do NOT serve as legal documentation of absences. Please send a written note. Thanks in advance for your help!