Tea & Tissues for Tracks 1 through 3

Tea and Tissues

Please join the West Lake Elementary PTA and fellow Kindergarten families to celebrate your child’s first day of Kindergarten milestone on Monday, July 17th from 7:30-8:15 in the c-space.  Refreshments and of course tissues will be available! We look forward to building a strong community with our incoming families and hope to see you there!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

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The West Lake Elementary PTA would like to welcome all new and returning students as we look forward to a positive and memorable 2017-2018 school year!  Your PTA board is already hard at work preparing programs and events in keeping with the National PTA mission “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children”.

We are reaching out to you for your membership, involvement, fellowship and commitment this year.  A strong PTA supports our children, our school and our community.  This year, we are excited to roll out a new PTA Liaison program at the track and grade level to foster closer communication between the West Lake Elementary PTA Board and the parent body.   More information will be coming home with your child soon but don’t forget to follow the West Lake Elementary PTA Facebook page for information as well!

Stay tuned for a full calendar of enriching and spirit enhancing events to support your children and our school community!

Sponsors Sought for Boosterthon T-Shirts

The West Lake PTA is excited to announce the return of the Boosterthon Fun Run to help us achieve our fundraising goals for the 2017-2018 school year. The Boosterthon Fun Run is a fun, two-week character, fitness and leadership program that combines world-class and engaging character content with a fundraising event for our school.

West Lake Elementary’s Boosterthon event will kick off August 10th with a pep rally for Track 1, 2, and 4 students; a pep rally for Track 3 students will be held August 21st. The Fun Runs themselves will take place on August 17th (Track 2) and Aug. 25th (Tracks 1, 3 and 4).

To build student pride in this event, we will provide each student with a free t-shirt to wear the day of their Fun Run. This t-shirt will be custom for West Lake Elementary, allowing each student to have a school spirit shirt that they can wear throughout the year. (Don’t worry, you’ll still have the opportunity to order additional spiritwear for your family in the fall.)

Pricing options are as follows:

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If you know of or are part of a business that would like to sponsor our t-shirts, please contact Dawn Earp at dmarieturner@hotmail.com or 919-395-8277 for additional information.  We need a commitment from all sponsors by July 5th in order to have the business logos printed on the shirts. To learn more about the Boosterthon Fun Run, visit Boosterthon.com and watch the overview video. Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraising effort!

Girls on the Run Registration Opens Jan. 9

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Resolve to help your daughter activate her limitless potential this year by registering her for Girls on the Run. Online lottery registration opens at 12 p.m. Jan. 9 at www.gotrtriangle.org.
 
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Girls will train for and run a 5K while exploring concepts of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls do not need to be “runners” or into running to participate since activities are fun and age-appropriate and will build up their running ability over time.
Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. The program starts with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, the girls look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. Finally, they explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Honor Your Fifth-Grader With a Yearbook Dedication

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Fifth-grade parents, the deadline for yearbook dedications is quickly approaching. Cost is $25 for 1/8 page (headshot photo and message), $40 for ¼ page (two photos maximum and message) or $75 for ½ page (4 photos maximum with message). Photos will be in full color.
 
To purchase a dedication, email your message and photo(s) to yearbook co-chair Lorraine Jede at rainejede@gmail.com (be sure to include your child’s name, teacher and track). Then, send in your payment (cash or check made payable to WLE PTA) to your child’s teacher, or drop it off at the main office. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 21st.
 
Questions should be directed to Lorraine Jede by email at the address above, or call her at (484) 432-6408.

Space Still Available for Dec. 2nd Parents’ Night Out

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Space is still available for Parents’ Night Out, which will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd. Participants will enjoy a pizza dinner, followed by open gym, craft projects, bingo and a movie.

This event is open to WLE students only, and space is limited. Cost is $15 for one student and $10 more for a sibling. There is a $30 maximum for families with more than two children.

To register, please complete the consent form at https://goo.gl/forms/tQVP8zykzBsT1olx2, and submit your payment (in cash or check made payable to the WLE PTA) to the front office or your child’s classroom teacher by Nov. 30th. For more information, email Lauren Henzi at westlakepta@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Can & Coat Drive

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Volunteers are needed to collect nonperishable food items and new and gently used coats during our annual Can & Coat Drive November 28th through December 9th. Collection will take place in the school lobby and carpool line before school. Please click here to sign up to volunteer:

Can & Coat Drive Starts November 28th

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The WLE PTA will hold its annual Can & Coat Drive November 28th through December 9th. Donations will be accepted in carpool line and in the school lobby each morning of the collection period.
 
Once again, we’re proud to partner with Grow Our Kids’ Little Bellies program, which provides food for students and their families (including several of our own) over track-out periods. Grow Our Kids hopes that this food not only helps families in need but also positions children to return to school feeling nourished and ready to learn.
 
You can help by donating nonperishable foods. Grow Our Kids particularly needs the following:
  • peanut butter, jelly and spaghetti sauce (plastic jars, please)
  • spaghetti
  • soup and canned stews
  • healthy cereals
  • oatmeal (single-serve and canisters)
  • grits
  • apple sauce and fruit cups (with natural juices)
  • dried rice and beans
  • canned beans
  • macaroni and cheese
  • instant potatoes
  • canned white meat chicken and tuna (packed in water)
  • self-serve snacks (like granola bars, whole grain fruit bars and nutritious crackers)
Additionally, we will be collecting gently used coats for Note in the Pocket, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
 
Thank you in advance for your support of our Can & Coat Drive!

RCityRocks Offers Easy Fundraising for our PTA!

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The West Lake PTA has partnered with RCityRocks and area businesses for easy year-round fundraising. Just submit a photo of your receipt any time you shop with one of our business partners, and they’ll donate 5% to our PTA!

A huge thanks to participating businesses, including:

  • Go 2 Girls
  • Handyman Matters
  • Jump-N-Fun For Kids
  • The Original NY Pizza
  • Peak City Sitters
  • Sweet
  • Today Gourmet Foods of NC, Inc.
  • vomFASS Waverly Place

Click here to sign up for RCityRocks today!

Registration Now Open for Dec. 2nd Parents’ Night Out

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Register now for Parents’ Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd. Work on your holiday shopping, or just enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet, while the WLE PTA takes care of your kids! After a pizza dinner, students will take part in open gym, craft projects, bingo and more.
 
This event is open to WLE students only, and space is limited. Cost is $15 for one student and $10 more for a sibling. There is a $30 maximum for families with more than two children.
To register, please complete the consent form at https://goo.gl/forms/tQVP8zykzBsT1olx2, and submit your payment (in cash or check made payable to the WLE PTA) to the front office or your child’s classroom teacher by Nov. 30th. For more information, email Lauren Henzi at westlakepta@gmail.com.