Interested in seeing photos of this year's events? This is the place to visit! Events including Spirits Nights, Wacky Tacky Day and Crazy Hair Day, which were featured on our Home page, are transferred here after a period of time.

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January to June 2013

The photos below are of the events in the second half of the 2012-2013 school year, shown in backwards chronological order.


Continuing the tradition started over 10 years ago, the 4th grade students performed a play about North Carolina. It is the tale of 5 students who have to do a Social Studies assignment about North Carolina. They visit various locations in NC and are guided by a Plott Hound, Cardinal and Grey Squirrel. During their travels they also see some Cherokee dancing, square dancing, a basketball game - and some pirates!

The students did a fabulous job and special thanks go to Ms. Clark, Ms. Gaffney and Ms. Dodaro who put it all together - you are all a credit to Wakefield Elementary!



On Wednesday, June 19th it was Tracks 2, 3 and 4's turn to have receive their awards. There were two separate ceremonies, one for K to Grade 2 and the other for Grades 3 to 5.

Awards were presented by different departments for various achievements including:- Perfect Attendance, receiving all 6 character ribbons, Spotlight Student, particpating in 4 or more school olympic activities (resulting in bronze, silver or gold medals), Most Improved Reader, Safety Patrol, National Mythology Exam participation, Duke TIP, Flag Raising, and PE Assistance. Each teacher was also able to present 3 awards for students in their class. Class awards were typically Most Improved Student Math, Improved Student Reading and, All-Round Student.

It was wonderful to see our students being honored, and to see fellow students celebrating in their achievements. Way to go WES Eagles!



Father's Day came early for the special men in the lives of our 4th graders. Donuts and other treats were on offer before the school day started. We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see so many faces that we don't typically get a chance to see at school. Thanks teachers for organizing the celebration!



Friday, May 24th 2013 marked the return of the 5th Grade Ceremony to Wakefield Elementary. The audience was treated to a performance of two songs from "Education Rocks!" by the entire 5th grade student body.

The performance was followed by some opening remarks by Ms. Privott.

Then the winning student memoir was read.

Certificates were then presented to all students.

After all the formalities, it was time to have fun! A picnic lunch was enjoyed by students and their families and then students had a chance to unwind and have fun with their friends.


Students also made sure that their friends signed their yearbooks.

It was a lovely celebration. Kudos to everyone involved in its preparation!


Thanks to everyone who came
and joined in the fun!!!

We had a great turnout and a beautiful day. Needless to say, the day would not have been possible without our many volunteers - parents, teachers and WHS students (many were actually former WES students!).

Why was this PTA Board member so happy? Because the Spring Fling had finally arrived of course!

Principal Privott, Mrs. Lohr and Ms. Grace amongst those attendees awaiting the arrival of our opening act.

Our opening act arrived to the roll of thunder, or should I say, Rolling Thunder!

Miss Dunbar presenting our US flag for the official flag raising ceremony.

A few words about the POW-MIA flag prior to it being raised.

A solemn moment.

There were many things to do at the Spring Fling and face painting was one of them. Here is one of our many happy faces, beautifully painted by a talented artist from Savy Paint.

What a handsome tiger!

One activity which brought students and teachers together, was "Soak the Teacher". It was a HUGE success courtesy of our great staff participating throughout the day. Mrs. Andrews was such a good sport, she signed up to do it for two different time slots!

Apparently this student decided it was his job to make sure she got soaked repeatedly!

Even WES the Eagle got into the act, and made a surprise appearance!

Pretty good shot on the beak from the 4 year old!

Mr. McFarland suffering under the hands of some very accurate throwing!

Mr. Hill taunting students that they couldn't soak him with a wet sponge.

And then regretting that taunt mere seconds later!

We even had teachers who hadn't signed up for the Soak the Teacher, ending up doing it! Thanks Ms. Paynter!

Miss Dunbar getting soaked.

...and again.

The end result! No surprises as to why it was called, "Soak the Teacher"!

Some of our WHS volunteers with a child who didn't want to leave our free childcare (who could blame him when he had the undivided attention of these ladies!).

However the thought of throwing a wet sponge at Ms. Clark and one of his brother's classmates, was enough incentive to get him to leave!

But Soak the Teacher wasn't the only place students had fun. The inflatables were as popular as ever.

Perennial favorite, jousting!

WES the Eagle even decided to do a spot of jousting.

Mr. McFarland getting his own back at students who had soaked him less than 30 minutes earlier.

The Obstacle Course was a new inflatable this year.

Up, up, up we go!

A quick rest at the top.

But as the saying goes, what goes up, must come down.

The Fire Department and Sheriffs showed their support for our event and attended the Spring Fling too.

One firefighter even lent a helping hand to one of our younger attendees who was finding Stryker a bit more of a challenge than he expected!

These young men didn't need any help though.

Families enjoying some of the food on offer, from Milton's and Kona Ice.

And just enjoying the day in general.

Football Toss anyone?

The "javelin" may have been lighter than Stryker, but still presented a challenge for the younger set.

Some of our outdoor vendors with their lovely wares.

Did someone say cotton candy?

One of our fabulous parent volunteers showing her cotton candy instructor (Ms. Beguhl), that she was ready to take up the cotton candy making challenge.

No one said it was a clean job!

Anyone fancy a hotdog?

And what would a carnival be without carnival games! Here we can see our students sizing up the cans...

Needless to say, the cans were no match for our talented students, but Mrs. Cooper had already anticpated this and had the bowl of prizes ready.

More of our lovely young ladies.

Balloon darts were popular too. Less so however, for the many teachers who had to blow them up in the first place!!!

One of our vendors encouraging attendees to sample her goods.

So many things to pick from!

Decision made. Pink it is!

Double duty - vendor AND WES parent of two!

Friends enjoying the day.

What are Mrs. Booser and Miss Dunbar fighting over? Smelly socks??

Mrs. Merrin enjoying the day with some of our parents.

Mrs. Williams with a smile on her face after finishing jousting. I think that was definitely a smile of RELIEF! Little did she know what she would be facing next - lots of wet sponges!

More pretty ladies.

A WES family enjoying the day.

The Spring Fling had lots of arts and crafts too. We had old favorites like Spin Art.

And new ones like Bubble prints!

How about making a jellyfish? This is definitely the best looking one I have ever seen! Certainly beats those on the beach!

WHS student volunteers, showing their talents at making necklaces.

...and an eager student learning how it's done.

A candle holder in the making. Who knew that baby food jars could be so useful?

And what would the Spring Fling be without stage acts! Here is one of Mad Science's, Mad Scientist.

Students experiencing a dry ice shower!

Some more of our fabulous stage acts.

And the talented Ms. Musser had her balloon creation skills on display all day. Thanks Ms. Musser!


Mmmm, hot dog!

Face painting? Check. Balloon animals? Check. Candle holder? Check. What to do next?

Some lovely sisters out for a day of fun! And it was a special day too, as one was celebrating her 6th birthday! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!

A young future shopper eyeing the Beijo bags.

Obviously someone had just visited our school store and was the proud new owner of a WES water bottle, whilst another family member had been having fun making a craft.

Young friends enjoying their day at the Spring Fling.

And 5th graders enjoying their last Spring Fling at WES as students - but hopefully they'll be back next year to join in the fun!

Another carnival favorite. Sack races!

The end is in sight; or at least Mr. Hill is!

As you can see from the photo above, this little lady decided that getting into a sack was going to ruin her overall cute look. We couldn't agree more!

Two PTA Board members sitting down for a quick bite before launching themselves back into the Spring Fling craziness.

The DJ was busy all day making sure there were lots of fun things happening all day.

Yet another trek across the school for this Board member!

How good are YOUR mummy wrapping skills?

The winning mummy!

Our Cake Walk cakes!

And the Cake Walk.

The winning Cake Walk cake.

Door prizes provided by our many vendors were drawn throughout the day, as was the 50/50 Raffle. The lucky winner was a Wakefield Elementary family in 4th grade! What a wonderful start to the weekend!!!

It was a great day and the PTA would like to thank everyone who came and made the day a success - either by volunteering, baking something for the bake sale, Cake Walk, bringing donations, or simply coming on the day. The day would not have been possible without you! THANK YOU!




This week we have been celebrating Spirit Week at W.E.S. We've had kids come with their clothes on back to front AND inside out, crazy hair and of course dressed in their wackiest tackiest outfits! Here's a selection of what was on "display" this week.



A fabulous time was had by all who attended our family night! Lots of interesting stories were read by many staff members. Student artwork was up on display throughout Barnes & Noble and of course, many families capped off the night with dinner at California Pizza Kitchen.

Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to the staff who shared favorite stories and to Ms. Miles and her helpers, for bringing the artwork over from school and displaying it.



Mrs. Kirk/Mrs. Gilliam's class got a chance to try out their Boosterthon prize for being the first class to reach 100% by February 27th. After Mr. Hill organized for the huge ball to be pumped, all the students (and Mrs. Kirk!), got a chance to roll in the ball and have some fun.


Congratulations to all who took part in Thursday night's performance of "Education Rocks!". Here are some photos of Wakefield Elementary's future thespians.


After spending hours counting and entering numbers into the system, we are pleased to announce that Mrs. Kirk and Mrs. Gilliam's Kindergarten class won the huge Boulder ball! To win this prize, all students handed in their dedications by Wednesday, 27th February. Well done!

We had a fabulous Fun Run on Thursday, February 20th! Or more correctly, fun runs! The Boosterthon team were as full of energy and enthusiasm as ever, the coaches did a great job dealing with the pressure of marking a constant stream of t-shirts! Most importantly, our students did a spectacular job in running their laps and they were likely driven to perform even better courtesy of the amount of parents who came out and supported the school! THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!!!

Fun photos fromTuesday from Mrs. McIntosh's class and from the Dance Party at Mr. Booser's class!

Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting our students with pledges and donations! The money raised is being used to buy much needed SMARTBOARDS for our classrooms, so we can ensure our students are able to have the same technology at their disposal, as is available at new schools.

This is the last day of the pledge drive as tomorrow is the Fun Run! We still need your help! Don't forget that you can also ask a local business for a pledge!

Here are some photos from the daily pledge visits


The Boosterthon team did a fabulous job getting the whole school excited at the pep rallies on Monday afternoon, about travelling on Highway USA! Their high energy, positive message about the good choices students will be making - Leadership, Fitness, Learning, Character and A Good Attitude, was enthusiastically received by all.

K-2 Rally

3-5 Rally

The dance party continued during car pool and gave everyone a taste of what we will be experiencing in the days leading up to the Fun Run on February 20th!

Don't forget that you can watch a video starring our own Assistant Principal, Mr. Gilewicz and PTA President, Cheryl Simpson, which tells you more about Boosterthon. That and more is on our school's Boosterthon website. Check it out now!!!!



From all accounts, a wonderful night was had by both fathers and daughters. Check out some photos below and make sure to look at our Facebook page, where you can find many more!

If you have some photos you'd like to share of the event, please e-mail them to rosemaryros@nc.rr.com and they may even end up in the yearbook!!!



Thanks to everyone who attended the event on February 2nd - and a special thanks to Miss Dunbar and Mrs. Ingram for organizing the event! Much fun was had by all who attended.



We had a great turnout for our first family night of the year! Thanks to all of you who ventured out on the cold January night.

Check out photos of some of our Wakefield friends below!