Washington GT Magnet Elementary School 1000 Fayetteville Street Raleigh, NC 27601 919-856-7960
Dear Washington Families,
PTA BREAKING NEWS
Picture Day Coming Soon — Friday, October 8
October 2010 Edition
Please remember that Lifetouch will be at Washington on Friday, October 8 to take
school pictures! If you are interested in purchasing the photos, you must send in money and
order forms on Oct. 8th. You will not be able to purchase the pictures at a later date. Your
children will give money and orders to the photographer when pictures are taken. All students
will be photographed on this day whether you are choosing to purchase a packet or
not. These pictures will be used in the Washington Elementary yearbook that will be sold
at a later date.
School Store Opening Soon!
The WashinGTon News
From Your PTA Leadership
It was terrific to see so many of you at the Open House a couple of weeks ago.
We have many exciting events planned for October and November, so please mark
your calendars now! On Oct 8 we will be celebrating the Fall Family Picnic on the
playground here at Washington. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other
parents and your children’s new friends. Please also join us on Oct 12 for
McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s on South Street in downtown Raleigh. You
will get to order dinner from a Washington teacher, visit with friends, and all the
money from food sales between 4 and 7 pm will be donated to our PTA.
Also this fall, we are thrilled to announce some new events that we think will be
very exciting for our families. In November, the PTA will be hosting our very first
Family Storytelling Night on Wednesday, Nov 17. Our special guest will be Donna
Washington, a nationally recognized children’s storyteller. This great family night
will be held in conjunction with our annual Book Fair. Also, for all of you super
spellers out there, Washington has enrolled in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
The details are inside this issue of the newsletter.
Finally, a mission of our PTA is to provide the best in educational support to our
students and teachers. We have managed to continue this mission successfully
despite the many budget cuts our school system is facing. All of these wonderful
events do not occur without your financial support. Please make a donation to our
Phantom Fundraiser so that we can continue to provide excellent programming for
all our Washington Wizards!
Jennifer Carroll, PTA President Ann Overton, PTA President-elect
The Washington School Store will be opening in October! Watch the morning news to see
some of the cool new items we are selling in the store this year.
Carnage Open House Dates Announced
Open House dates for Carnage Middle School have been announced and are listed on page 8
of the newsletter. Come and learn more about the offerings of Carnage Magnet Middle
Would you like to see your
information printed in the November
1st edition of the newsletter? Just
send your articles/pictures by
October 22nd to Ann Overton
for space/content may occur.
Thanks for contributing!
Inside this issue:
Upcoming Events 2
Phantom Fundraiser 3-4
Passive Fundraising 4
PTA Membership 5
Items Wanted 5
Reading Programs 6
Spelling Bee 6
5K Run/Walk 7
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 1
KUDOS! GREAT JOB! THANKS! WELL DONE!
Kindergarten Meet the Teacher — Thanks to the following parents for helping out with welcoming our new
(and some returning) families to Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Day: Julie Zimmerman, Tonya Finney, Becky Wiles,
Jane Godwin, Christy Martschenko.
Open House — A special thank you to the volunteers who helped sell Wizard Wear and get families registered for
PTA membership!. Thanks to Julie Zimmerman, Tonya Finney, and Simran Chivrani.
Math & Science Courtyard — A super thank you to Daniel Chavis, parent of 4th grader Brandon Chavis, of
G&B Landscaping and Lawn Service in Garner for the excellent clean-up of the Math & Science courtyard. Your efforts
are greatly appreciated!!!
Phantom Fundraiser — Thank you to all the families who have donated already to Phantom! You have gotten us off
to a good start. A big thank you goes to Cheryl Rodgers for coordinating the Phantom Program!
WashinGTon's Fall Picnic
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 5–7 pm
(Rain date: Fri, Oct 15th)
Join Washington families and staff for the PTA's annual Fall
Picnic on the lawn between the gym and the main building.
Moe’s Southwest Grill and Pelican's SnoBalls will sell tacos
and snow cones, and families from each grade are asked to
bring an item to share from the list (at right). What else
should you bring? A picnic blanket or folding chairs and cash,
if you plan to buy tacos or snow cones.!
McTeacher’s Night — It’s Sure to Be a Happy Meal!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 4–7 pm
Ms. Ash, Ms. Baildon: cups Ms. Jackson: forks & spoons
Ms. Miller: napkins 1st grade: paper plates
2nd & 3rd grade: juice, soda (no caffeine) and lemonade
4th grade: desserts 5th grade: chips & crackers
All other classes: chips & crackers
*Bring your picnic item to your child’s teacher during the week of
Fall Picnic, drop it off during morning carpool on Friday, October 8
or bring it with you to the picnic.
Please volunteer at Fall Picnic. We will need about 30 volunteers to
work short 30 minute shifts to make Fall Picnic a success again this
year. If you can help before, during or after the event, please
contact Christy Flint at email@example.com or 557-8312.
Washington will celebrate McTeacher's Night at the McDonald's located right by our
school (at the corner of Wilmington and South St.) on Tuesday October 12th from 4-7 pm.
During the event, different teachers, maybe even your own, will be taking orders and
serving dinner when you stroll up to the McDonald's counter. Even better, our school will
receive a portion of the money the restaurant makes during this time period and has raised over $1,000 for each
of the last two years! So grab your friends and families and join Washington at this annual event! Orders can be
placed at the counter or drive-through window. Questions? Contact Cheryl Rodgers at 363-1658.
Here are some of the teachers you can expect to see:
From 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Ms. Hobbs (AU), Ms. Leonard (2 nd ), Ms. Madison (2 nd ), Team 3 rd Grade (Ms. Lindsay, Mr.
Polinchak, Ms. Prewitt, Ms. Privette), Ms. Hopson (4 th ), Mr. Barton (5 th )
From 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Ms, Ijeoma (K), Ms. Wilkinson (1 st ), Ms. Powlisen (1 st ), Ms. Rowell (1 st ), Ms. Crosson (Media
Center), Ms. Sculati (Guidance Counselor), Ms Worley (Orchestra), Ms. Hoffman (Technology)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th
On Wednesday, November 17 Washington will hold its first-ever Family Storytelling Night in conjunction with our annual
Book Fair. Our special guest will be renowned children’s storyteller, Donna Washington. She is the author of numerous
books and CDs for children. Ms. Washington will be giving a performance for all ages at our Family Storytelling Night,
followed by a book signing. Please mark your calendars and watch for more details in the coming weeks.
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 2
Washington’s 13 h Annual PTA Phantom Fundraiser is off and running! During the fundraiser’s first week, Washington
families, friends, and staff have donated $3,267 which is approximately 20% of our goal. Thank you! Our goal this
year is to raise $16,000 so that we can continue to fund the programs and events that enrich our students and makes
our school special. To date, 8% of families have participated.
Please support our students, teachers, and the PTA by sending in your donation today! Typical donations range in
amount from $35–$300, but we have received donations of $1 and some as large as $1,000. If your family’s budget
allows, please consider a higher level of giving to help ensure the continuation of programs to enhance our children’s
learning experience. A donation card is below or available for download at: http://washingtones.wcpss.net/PTA/
Questions? Please contact Cheryl Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 363-1658.
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Supporting Our School
2010 Washington Elementary Phantom Fundraiser
Please mail or return your donation to school in your child’s Monday Folder.
Check # Date of Check
Mailing Address City Zip
Name(s) of Child(ren) at Washington Grade(s) Teacher(s)
Typical donations range in amount from $35–$300, but we have received donations of $1 and some as large as $1,000. If your
family’s budget allows, please consider a higher level of giving to help ensure the continuation of programs to enhance our children’s
learning experience. Please make checks payable to Washington Elementary PTA.
Levels of Giving: Blue ($1-$49) White ($50-$99) Gold ($100-$249) Wizard ($250 and up)
Donation Amount: $_________
Washington PTA’s 13 th Annual Phantom Fundraiser
If you work for a matching gift company, please check here and enclose your company’s form (we’ll mail the paperwork). IBM
employees: If you would like your donation to be matched and used by IBM to provide the school with equipment, please make your
check out to IBM.
$$ Double Your Phantom Fundraiser Donation $$
Many companies will match donations made by their employees. During last year’s Phantom Fundraiser, Washington
parents, raised an additional $600 for the school by participating in Matching Gifts programs offered by
companies such as Fidelity Investments, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco, Wachovia, Tyco, Qualcomm, Oracle and others.
Please ask your employer if they have a Matching Gifts program and then double your Phantom contribution by
participating in the program. Questions? Contact Cheryl Rodgers at email@example.com
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 3
Supporting Our School
Which Class Will Be Tops in
Phantom Fundraiser Participation Numbers (as of 9/26/10)
Teacher % family participation
Hayes $445.00 donated in the name of 4 students (out of 23 ) 17%
Rowell $115.00 donated in the name of 3 students (out of 23 ) 13%
Wilkinson $37.00 donated in the name of 3 students (out of 24 ) 13%
Witkowski $275.00 donated in the name of 4 students (out of 24 ) 17%
Barbour $170.00 donated in the name of 4 students (out of 24 ) 17%
Leonard $62.50 donated in the name of 2 students (out of 22 ) 9%
Madison $5.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 20 ) 5%
Strickland $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 21 ) 0%
Lindsay $25.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 22 ) 5%
Polinchak $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 21 ) 0%
Prewitt $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 23 ) 0%
Privette $150.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 22 ) 5%
Ash $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 19 ) 0%
Barton $35.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 22 ) 5%
Hood $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 23 ) 0%
Hopson $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 24 ) 0%
DeVoto $150.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 23 ) 4%
Hemric* $420.00 donated in the name of 5 students (out of 24 ) 21%
Shaw $40.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 26 ) 4%
Staley* $575.00 donated in the name of 6 students (out of 26 ) 23%
Ash* $462.50 donated in the name of 7 students (out of 19 ) 37%
Baildon $50.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 18 ) 6%
Jackson $250.00 donated in the name of 1 students (out of 19 ) 5%
Miller $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 18 ) 0%
Hobbs $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 8 ) 0%
Lucero $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 6 ) 0%
Tyler $0.00 donated in the name of 0 students (out of 9 ) 0%
TOTAL: $3,267.00 donated in the name of 46 students (out of 553) = 8% Participation
*The following classes are this week’s PARTICIPATION winners:
Mr. Ash, Mr. Staley, Ms. Hemric. Great job!!
Please note, our first deadline for turning in
BoxTops is October 25th and is fast
approaching! Send them to school in an
envelope labeled BOXTOPS with your
teacher's name(s) on the envelope so the
class gets credit towards our yearly
contest. We'll keep you posted on the
standings via WZRD News and the
newsletter. Don't wait! Send them in today!
Link Shopping Cards to Earn Money for Washington!
• Every time you go to the grocery store you COULD be earning
“FREE MONEY” for WashinGTon. But if you haven’t linked your
shopper’s card, we are missing out. Here is a list of local stores,
places to link and our school code for each:
Store Where to Link Code
Food Lion Any store or www.foodlionmvprewards.com 214803
Harris Teeter Any store or www.harristeeter.com 2308
Kroger Any store 80754
Target Any store or www.target.com 81104
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 4
We’re off to a great start this year! Thank you to the many parents and staff who have already joined our PTA
so far. Membership forms are available on the school website. Your membership cards are returned through your
child’s Monday folder. When you join the PTA, you are given voting privileges, and a voice in the direction of our
school. It does not require you to volunteer. An Individual Membership is just $5.75. And this year when you join
the PTA, Great Harvest Bread Company will give you a coupon for a free loaf of bread. If you have any questions,
please contact Julie Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students took no time using the new collection bins we’ve placed
in the cafeteria! They’re filling fast with waste to be “upcycled”
into new products by Terracycle. If you are saving these items
at home, send them in through your child’s teacher, clean and in
a sealed ziploc bag. If you love a “green” cause, we need you!
We still need two more volunteers to pick up and sort the
items on a four week rotation. Please contact Jennifer
Wakeford at 387-8024 or email@example.com to help.
Recycle Used Ink Cartridges!
Think Green by RECYCLING USED INK CARTRIDGES at Washington
Recycle your used ink cartridges at Washington and earn money for the school. There
is a recycling container in the front office and in the second floor computer lab, room
206. Last year Ms. Hoffman was able to purchase at least $300 worth of ink for the
school printers with money from recycled ink cartridges. Your help is always
appreciated. Many thanks! Paula Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spare Speakers Needed!
Any Spare Speakers? And don’t worry, we’re not looking for public speakers...it’s
computer speakers we need! If you have any computer speakers sitting at home
that are not being used, please consider donating them to Washington for
teachers to use in their classrooms. If you have some to donate, please bring
them to Ms. Hoffman in room 206.
PTA Returned Check Policy
WashinGTon’s PTA policy is that check writers will be held responsible for any and all fines charged to the
PTA for checks returned for any reason, including NSFs.
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 5
Books & Beyond and Book Adventure
Start October 4th!
PTA Reading Incentive programs are scheduled to kick off on October 4th. Students in kindergarten and first
grade will receive a detailed parent brochure on this date along with three reading logs to get started recording what
they read for Books and Beyond. This year, Spanish reading logs are available. Many thanks to Jeanette Santos for
making this possible!
Students in second and third grade will be trained on the use of the Book Adventure program during the weeks of
October 4 th and October 11 th . This year’s program will have three goal dates, the first being just before Winter
Break. Students must have a minimum of 400 points to earn each incentive. As always, the coveted end of year
incentive is a movie with popcorn! Look for more details about this program in the parent information coming home
soon in your child’s folder.
If you would like more information or to volunteer to help with either of these programs, please contact
Jennifer Wakeford at email@example.com or 387-8024.
Right to Vote
On Tuesday, November 2, the state of North
Carolina as well as Wake County will hold elections
for positions which will help shape your community
in the coming years. All registered Wake County
voters will be able to vote in the county-wide
elections for US Senate, Wake County Sheriff
and Wake County Board of Commissioners. In
addition, depending on your voting precinct, you
may be asked to vote for US House, NC Senate
and NC House.
We encourage you to research the candidates
and issues which will affect your community and
then vote on Tuesday, November 2.
For complete election information, visit the
Wake County Board of Election’s web site at
It's time for Reflections! It's the "science fair" for artists! This year's theme is "Together
We Can..." Reflect on the theme. Create an original work. Be recognized. The 6 categories
include: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Musical Composition, Photography,
Literature, and Visual Arts. Forms and Rules for each category are listed at
http://www.ncpta.org/pta/reflections_forms.html. The deadline is November 5, 2010.
A drop off box will be located in the office for entries. Questions? Contact Susan Darney
Have You Heard the BUZZ?
Super Spellers, get out your dictionaries!
For the first time, Washington Elementary
will be participating in the Scripps
National Spelling Bee. This is a terrific opportunity
for all Washington Wizards to showcase their spelling
ability and school pride. One winner of the school bee
will advance to the regional competition at NC State on
February 26, 2011, to compete with students from all
over the area. The champion of the regional
competition will travel to Washington, DC to compete in
the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Charlene
Williams, our PTA chairperson for the bee, along with
faculty members Heidi Bledsoe and Cara Jones, need
parent volunteers to help with the school bee. Please
help us to make this a great event for our Wizards.
For more information about how to sign up to
participate in the bee, or to volunteer to help, please
contact Charlene Williams at
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Washington Elementary uses Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) as an approach for establishing a
culture and individualized behavioral supports needed for our school to be an effective learning environment for all
We are in the third year of a three year PBIS implementation process. Two years ago we developed universal
strategies, such as our STAR Expectations, to clearly define and teach our students what is expected in all areas of
their school experience. Last year we developed more clearly defined expectations for each area of the school, as
well as a school-wide reinforcement system. This year we continue to work on expectations for areas of the school
and an intervention system.
Respect yourself and others
For pictures of our recent STAR students,
visit the school website’s PBIS page
Wake PTA Healthy Lifestyles 5K Run/Walk
Are you ready to start moving towards healthier lifestyles for
You have an opportunity to do that on Sunday, November 21, 2010,
at the Wake PTA Healthy Lifestyles 5k. Best of all, you have the
opportunity to show other schools in Wake County how supportive and
involved the families at Washington GT Magnet Elementary truly are!
What: Wake PTA Healthy Lifestyles 5k Run/Walk 2010
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Where: Wake Med Soccer Park
Start Time: 3:30 pm
Registration Fee: $20 until November 8th; $25 after that
Race Age Groups: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,
60 and over
What you get for your fee: chip-timed race, terrific prizes for winners,
food and beverages, race t-shirt (guaranteed for all who register by early bird deadline of Nov. 8th, not guaranteed
after that due to ordering timeline), terrific goody bag, feeling of accomplishment!
How to register: Visit www.pta5k.org for online or mail-in registration forms.
New this year! Wake PTA council will award the school with the most overall registered participants. Additionally,
the single elementary, single middle school and single high school with the most registered participants will win
Healthy Lifestyle funding from the Wake PTA Council. Registered participants can be runners, walkers, or race
volunteers (volunteers are free and still get t-shirts and goody bags, as long as they register by November 8th)!
Registrants need not be PTA members in order to register affiliation with our school - they simply need to indicate
affiliation with our school on the registration page.
Help our PTA by registering today and passing the word around to others in the community who might be interested in
the race. You can ask them to kindly register affiliation with our school if they are not affiliated with another school!
If you have questions about this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington GT Elementary Magnet School Newsletter October 2010 Page 7
WashinGTon Events Calendar
F 1 Teacher Workday
T 5 PTA Meeting (9:30 am)
F 8 Fall Picture Day
Fall Family Picnic (5 – 7 pm)
T 12 McTeacher’s Night (4 - 7 pm)
Th 21 Vision Screening
F 22 Early Release (1:15 pm)
M 25 BoxTops Due
Th 28 End of 1st Quarter
T 2 PTA Meeting 9:30 am
Th 4 Makeup Picture Day
Report Cards go home
Th 11 Holiday
M 15-F 19 Book Fair
M 15 2nd Q Electives begin
W 17 Family Storytelling Night/
24-28 Thanksgiving Holiday
For More Information, Contact…
Carnage GT Magnet Middle School
Tours/Open Houses dates for 2010-2011
All sessions begin at 8:30 am.
October 26, 2010 Pathway session for Fuller Elem.
November 3, 2010 Pathway session for Washington Elem.
For the following dates please call the Carnage front
office at 856-7600 to reserve a seat.
November 9 February 1
November 30 February 3
December 2 February 15
December 7 February 17
December 15 February 23
November 17 9:00 am or 12:00 pm
February 10 9:00 am or 12:00 pm
PTA Office Contact Name Phone Email Address
President Jennifer Carroll 326-3839 Carrolljs70@yahoo.com
President-elect Ann Overton 662-2596 AOverton@aoassociates.net
Past President Kay Brody 462-1936 Kay.Brody@gmail.com
Secretary Teresa Fortner 303-2916 email@example.com
Treasurer Julie Willis 762-1755 firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Ways & Means Julie Zimmerman 803-8421 email@example.com
VP Communications Angela Sims 291-9204 firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Community Support Amy Jones 828-2952 email@example.com
VP Media Center Bee Loo 469-1764 firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Programs Christy Flint 557-8312 email@example.com
VP School Support Dedira Stevens 779-2580 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Administration Contact Name Phone Email Address
School Principal Peggy Beasley-Rodgers 856-7962 email@example.com
Assistant Principal Becky Viersen 856-7963 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Rep/Elective Information Jan Kidwell 856-7960 email@example.com
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