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December PreK Family Workshop
Published by Flora McLain on January 4, 2019
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photo of the class with SantaRecently, Ms. Davis, Westarea Elementary PreK teacher, led the monthly Parent Workshop for her students and their families. Assisted by Ms. Coley, the class and the families engaged in a wreath making activity to celebrate the various winter holidays around the world. The students sang two songs and listened to a multicultural story, Cajun Night Before Christmas. This worksop was the conclusion to a class unit. About 70 students, siblings, parents, and grandparents attended.  Cookies and milk were served. Santa made sure each PreK student received a book of their own.  A good time was had by all.  Read more

        
CCS Choice Fair
Published by Flora McLain on January 4, 2019
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Graphic with information on the CCS Choice Fair

        
Bike Donation
Published by Flora McLain on January 4, 2019
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photo of bike donation 2019Recently, Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Tau Gamma Gamma Chapter at Ft. Bragg, donated 25 bicycles to Westarea Elementary School. The social worker identified students who will benefit from the donations for Christmas. Vice Basileus, Shawn Block and chairperson, Brother Howard Lattimore presented to Westarea’s Assistant Principal Ms. Arvita Callejas And social worker Antony McRae.

        
Mentoring Matters
Published by Flora McLain on January 1, 2019
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Every Minute Counts!
Published by Flora McLain on January 1, 2019
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Photograph of three students heading to school with wording

        
Men of Promise visit
Published by Flora McLain on December 21, 2018
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photo of the Men of Promise Christmas visitRecently, the Men of Promise visited the residents of Whispering Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This group of Westarea Elementary boys in grades 3 -5 sang holiday songs and distributed handmade cards to the residents.  The students and their mentors were also able to chat with residents afterward. Men of Promise Coordinator, Mr. David Hollingsworth, commented “These community service events are very valuable to the boys because these trips around the community exposes them to other people in challenging circumstances.  This field trip and the others we do let the boys know that they can be a positive helpful force in the community.”

        
Artheneus Dew Induction and Service Project
Published by Flora McLain on December 17, 2018
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photo from the Artheneus Dew InductionRecently, the Artheneus Dew Honor Society Induction was held at Westarea Elementary. Fifth-grade students that have demonstrated good character, that have maintained good grades, that have demonstrated mastery of grade level materials, and that have performed service to the Westarea community are eligible for induction into the Artheneus Dew Honor Society.  Deputy Raynor performed a musical selection encouraging the inductees to continue their path to success.  Ms. Sutton, Chair of the Cumberland County School Board, provided words of encouragement and recognition. A brief reception for the inductees and their invited guests followed the ceremony.  The inductees, with help from Ms. Shaw (Westarea guidance counselor), soon began a holiday canned food and toy drive to benefit the community and the families served by A Brighter Future.

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Winter Musical 2018
Published by Flora McLain on December 17, 2018
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Photo of a student performance at the Winter Musical 2018Recently, Westarea Elementary 3 -5 students performed a winter musical program under the direction of Mrs. House, Westarea’s music teacher. This year’s musical was entitled “The Holiday Spirit”.  The children presented a variety of songs representing different holiday traditions to increase our holiday spirit. Parents and staff members praised the musical performances of the students. The students did a phenomenal job representing their teachers, their grade levels, and their parents. 

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Spelling Bee 2018
Published by Flora McLain on December 12, 2018
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photo of the spelling bee participantsRecently, Westarea Elementary held its annual Spelling Bee.  Ms. Knox and Ms. Rucker collaborated to present this event. Sixteen students from the fourth and fifth grade competed.  Ms. Sylvia Caldwell and Ms. Jackie Mardis served as judges. At the end of the fierce competition, Alexis S.  from Ms. Knox’s fifth grade class was the winner.  Jordan S.  from Ms. Carver’s fifth grade class was the first runner up.  Both Alexis S. and Jordan S. will participate in the district level spelling bee.  Good luck to them both!

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Winter Wonderland
Published by Flora McLain on December 10, 2018
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Ms. Stokes Class Recently, Ms. Stokes’ Multiple Disabilities class held a Winter Wonderland program for their parents and invited guests.  Students helped to create all the decorations in the room. Ms. Stokes, Ms. Plummer (the instructional assistant), and Ms. Jenkins (the nurse) worked with the students to learn and perform Jingle Bells. Then the students listened to a holiday story read by Ms. Paylor, a class volunteer. Ms. Stokes encouraged the parents to network with each other.  At the conclusion of the program, a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.

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