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Lymphoma Cancer Awareness
Published by Flora McLain on September 18, 2017
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Photo of staff wearing lime green for Lymphoma Awareness MonthRecently, Westarea Elementary promoted Lymphoma Cancer Awareness. September is Lymphoma Awareness Month and September 15 is Lymphoma Awareness Day. Staff and students wore lime green to support those who have passed, those who are currently fighting, and those who have survived Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Read more

        
College Apparel Day
Published by Flora McLain on September 18, 2017
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graphic of happy students with shield icon. educational symbolOn Friday, September 22, 2017, Westarea Elementary will have its first College Apparel Day.  Students are encouraged to wear shirts with college logos instead of their uniform shirts.  Staff members will also wear college apparel in order to encourage students to work toward attending  the college or university of their choice.  Westarea Elementary will hold a monthly College Apparel Day on the fourth Friday of the month for the rest of the school year.

        
Movie Night
Published by Flora McLain on September 15, 2017
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illustration of a group of people looking at a blank screenWestarea Elementary will host a Movie Night on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 5:00 PM.  Mustang parents are invited to bring their children to watch a family friendly movie.

        
Stop Wasting Food
Published by Flora McLain on September 15, 2017
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Yellow sticky note hanging on bulletin board that reads Stop Wasting Food!Does the disaster in Texas by Hurricane Harvey make you feel a little more grateful for the things you have? Let’s always be mindful not to be wasteful. Reduce your food waste by planning a weekly menu, making a grocery list, or freezing extra food. This could save you big money each year! Post Let’s Talk Trash to inform students and staff about food loss and waste. Learn tips on how to Plan Your Weekly Meals and check out the USDA’s FoodKeeper App to alert you to use food items before they are likely to spoil. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Tip of the Week from MyPlate.gov

 

        
It’s Book Time Assembly
Published by Flora McLain on September 13, 2017
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photo of Ronald McDonald urging students to readRecently, Westarea Elementary kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students attended an assembly to encourage them to read.  Ronald McDonald urged students to read with magic tricks, juggling, audience participation, and a sock puppet.  The assembly was sponsored by a Westarea Elementary community partner and arranged by Ms. Waters, Westarea Elementary parent facilitator. Ronald McDonald held the students’ attention.  He used magic tricks, juggling, audience participation, and a sock puppet to remind students that “books are our friends”.  The students really enjoyed the assembly and promised to “catch the reading bug”.  Dr. Backman, Westarea Elemenatary principal, and Dr. Kemp-Murray, Westarea Elementary instructional coach, student discussed reading goals and student reading logs.  A great time was had by all. Read more

        
Grandparents’ Day 2017
Published by Flora McLain on September 7, 2017
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photo of Councilman McDougald addressing parentsWestarea Elementary celebrated Grandparent’s Day. Research shows how important family involvement is in helping students to learn and to develop into healthy young people.  Both of the student performances entertained and inspired all the grandparents who came.  Councilman Chalmers McDougald encouraged the audience to share their wisdom with their grandchildren.  He also cited the importance of getting students to school on time.  His humorous references to his own efforts to assist his grandchildren with their homework resonated with the audience.  In her closing remarks, Dr. Backman, Westarea Elementary principal, said that the Westarea staff can’t be as effective in preparing students for the future without family support.  Following the program, grandparents visited the classrooms.

 

        
Mentoring Matters
Published by Flora McLain on August 17, 2017
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Be a Mentor!

        
Every Minute Counts!
Published by Flora McLain on August 17, 2017
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