Updating Information

Hello. This is Dr. Wheeler with a few school updates.

PTA Meeting.  We are holding a PTA meeting this Thursday at 7p.m. in the Media Center. We will be discussing the new PTA website and technology.

Plan Ahead For Spring Fling.  Save the date for Olds Spring Fling! It will take place on Friday, May 17th, 6 to 8 p.m.

Report Cards.  Third quarter ends on March 27, 2013.  Report cards will go home in Tuesday folders on April 16, 2013.

Spring Break.  March 28th  is a workday for staff and no school for students.  March 29th is a holiday and the start of spring break.  Students and staff return to school on Monday, April 8, 2013.  We hope you are able to relax, smile, laugh, and enjoy the Spring weather.  Happy Spring Break!

Assembly and Biomedical Modeling and Animation Competition.  Come see models built by students in Grades 3 through 8 at a unique competition.  The competition involves a student’s ability to construct a model using any common form of materials that conveys and represents an important concept(s) of biology that has been documented and described in the scientific literature or textbook at the Nanometer (1X10-9 meter) scale.  Several Olds students are participating. Come March 21st at 6:00 at NCSU.Please see below for more details.

Biomedical Modeling and Animation Competition

Thursday, March 21, 2013

6:00 P.M. at North Carolina State University

Lecture Hall 1021 Engineering Building I (EB1) – Centennial Campus

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

911 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27695

Models should be delivered between 4:00 and 6:00. Judging will take place beginning at 6:00.

Prizes will be awarded at 7:15.

The Keynote speaker is Michael Astrachan, the Creative Director, President and Owner of XVIVO | Scientificanimation and a global leader in the medical and scientific animation field.  He will share his work and vision of scientific animation. Due to his dedication to scientific accuracy and high artistic quality,  his work has been featured in the New York Times, showcased on NPR.org, displayed in science museums internationally, gone viral on YouTube, and is used by speakers at TED and TEDMED. Students will have an opportunity to meet him and ask questions. Olds Elementary upper elementary students will have an opportunity to hear him at an assembly on Thursday, March 21st.  You can hear him that evening at the NCSU event.  There is no charge to hear him speak. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear and see one of the world’s best!

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Fifth Grade Fieldtrip to Washington D.C.

March 6, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians of Olds Elementary Fifth Grade Students, this is Dr. Wheeler, your principal.
You may have heard that the Washington DC area is expecting snow. The question that we are being asked is whether we will still be going on the trip tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. The answer at this time is yes.
We have been in touch with Mr. Holbrook, head of the organization that is working with us on the Washington DC trip. He is in regular contact with people in the Washington area and weather information sites. We also are in touch with weather sites for the Washington area and have first hand reports of what the weather is like at this time. In general, it is expected that roads will be clear by tomorrow. Groups from two other Wake County schools plan to leave Thursday morning about the same time as us for a fieldtrip to Washington D.C.
All of this is to let you know that we are monitoring the situation. We still plan on leaving at 5 a.m., Thursday, March 7th and will return Friday night, March 8th.are still going. Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for walking outside on a wet, cold day. Hats, gloves, scarves, coats and possibly boots would be appropriate. I personally plan on wearing Uggs and putting an extra pair of shoes in my travel bag. Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks, water, and napkins for your child to use on the bus and during the day.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 919-856-7699. See you in the early morning if not before at school.

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Upcoming Events

Hello.  This is Dr. Wheeler with your school updates.  The information in this message will be posted on the Principal News portion of the school website.

FAMILY NIGHT DINNER AND MOVIE  A special family event will take place this Friday, Feb. 1st  at Olds Elementary.  From 5 to 7 p.m., we will have a BBQ dinner in the school cafeteria.  If you have an order in already, you can pick your dinners up and take the home or you can eat them in the cafeteria.  If you would like a BBQ dinner for $8 from Clyde Cooper’s, you can still get one.  Please call the office to make an order.  Starting at 7 p.m., your family can join the fun and excitement o f a movie night at Olds.  We will be showing the movie “Finding Nemo.”   Be sure to bring your blankets and pillows.  We hope to see all of you there.   Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for a small fee.  All proceeds from these family events will go towards the fifth grade Washington D.C. field trip.

CURRENT ADDRESS  Have you moved recently?  If yes, please be sure to let the office know.  Call us at 919-856-7699 or drop in and visit Ms. Shanita Robinson in the office.  We need to have your accurate address in order to help you with registration for next year.

SCIENCE FAIR  Don’t forget Science Fair is next week!  We really look forward to seeing all of the students’ scientific efforts!

Thank you and have a good day!



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Alert: Three hour delayed start Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Good Evening Parents.  This is Dr. Wheeler with a message about a 3 hour delay to the start of school on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.  This message will be posted on our school website under Principal News.

The following message has been sent out from central office Sunday evening: “All Wake County Public School System schools will operate on a three-hour delay on Monday, January 28, due to the threat of inclement weather. The safety of our students, parents and staff remains our top priority.”  For Olds Elementary students, this means that all students may enter the building at 11 a.m.  The late bell will be at 11:30 a.m.  Please drive safely and we will see your children late Monday morning.  Thank you and have a good evening.

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New School Alert to Parents: Change to 4 Hour Early Dismissal

Dear Parents:    We just received notice that we are on a four hour early dismissal.  This should be a follow up to the school messenger phone call made to your homes.  Due to a shift in weather conditions, we ask that you pick up your child at 11 a.m.  Buses are on their way to school as this is being typed.  Bus students will be geting on their buses shortly.  Walkers and car pool students should be picked up at 11 a.m. using the regular pick up procedures.  The After School Program is cancelled.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE LEAVING THE SCHOOL AT 11 A.M.  Thank you in advance for helping us get our children home as safely and quickly as possible!!

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Family Messages

Please note that we have a three hour early release Friday, Jan. 25th!

Good evening this is Dr. Wheeler, your Olds Elementary Principal.  I have a few announcements for you.  The announcements will be posted under Principal News on our school website.

Due to the threat of bad weather, school will end early on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.  School will end at 12 p.m., noon.  We will be on a three-hour early release schedule.  ALL students will leave school at noon by bus, car, or walking.  This includes After School students.  The After School Program is cancelled for Friday, Jan. 25th due to anticipated bad driving conditions.  Please make arrangements for your child to go home at noon, 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25th.

Due to weather conditions, the BBQ plate fundraiser has been postponed. More information will be available soon. Thank you for your support! 

Our fifth graders are working hard to set up a fun-filled movie night for all of us a week from Friday.  Watch for more details!

Science Fair is coming up February 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Tri-fold boards for your Science displays can be purchased at all craft stores as well as Walmart, Target, and office supply stores.  We are truly looking forward to the wonderful Science that our students will be sharing with us.  Please remember that kindergarten and first grade students will share on Wed., Feb. 6th; second and third grade students will share on Thursday, Feb. 7th; fourth and fifth grade students will share on Friday, Feb. 8th. It is going to be a spectacular Science Fair event.

Thank you and please email Dr. Wheeler at mwheeler@wcpss.net with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for making our wonderful school even better.

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Upcoming Events

Good evening parents and students.  This is Dr. Wheeler with a few important reminders.  the information is posted under Principal News on our school website.

Hot Box Pizza:  We have a fun fundraiser called Hot Box Pizza.  You can help us raise funds for the fifth grade Washington DC fieldtrip by calling or ordering online a pizza from Hot Box Pizza on Thursday, January 17th.  A flyer is coming home today or tomorrow in your child’s bookbag.  Please look for it.  You can contact Hot Pizza Box for pick up or delivery by calling 919-832-9292 or website: www.gethotboxpizza.com.

Science Fair:  Our annual Science Fair is coming up soon.  Kindergarten and first grade students will be presenting Feb. 6th, followed by second and third grade students on Feb. 7th, and fourth and fifth grade students on Feb. 8th.  Please visit the Principal News section of our school website for details on the Science Fair.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who are making this wonderful event possible for our students.

Science Fair FAQs

What are the correct dates for the science fair?

Wednesday, February 6                                Kindergarten and 1st Graders

Thursday, February 7                     2nd and 3rd Graders

Friday, February 8                           4th and 5th Graders


When are the projects due to school?

Students should bring their projects to school the morning of the science fair. They can set up in the gym area from 8:00 AM until 8:25 AM. They must be in their classrooms when the bell rings at 8:30 AM. After announcements their teachers will send them back to the science fair area.

How much space do the students have for their projects?

The students will have approximately 3 feet of space on a table. The tables are standard 6 feet long folding tables and 2 students will share a table.

Do students get a snack during the science fair?

Students will be in the science fair area until about 10:00 or 10:30 so they may miss morning snack with their class. Students may bring a snack and water with them to the science fair.

Do the science fair presentations have to be done on the computer?

My guidance has been – if your student is expected to turn in most of their homework using the computer, then they should do their science fair using computer software such as Word and Excel.

If your student is still doing most of their homework by hand, then I would encourage them to do their science fair project by hand also.

What can you do to help your child prepare for the science fair?

1. Let them do as much of the project on their own as they can

2. Ask them lots of how and why questions

3. Give them an opportunity to practice “presenting” their project to you

How does judging work?

All students will get a participant ribbon.

Kindergarten and First Grade students will be judged by a parent volunteers.

All other students will be judged by volunteers from science departments at NC State. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for each category (collection, demonstration, experiment), on each day (K/1; 2-3; 4-5). Multiple ribbons will be awarded in the event of a tie. From all the 1st prize winners, the judges will also select a “best in show” for each day.

How are projects judged?

You should have received a judging form when we returned the project proposal to your student. This is what the judges will use to judge the students’ projects.

Judges Forms are on the next pages:

Judging Form Introduction

Parents and Students,

Thanks for participating in the 2013 Fred Olds Science Fair!

To help you prepare, we are providing you with the judging forms that will be used in this year’s Science Fair. There are separate judging criteria for each of the project categories (Experiment, Demonstration, and Collection). 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for each category, on each day (K/1; 2-3; 4-5). From all the 1st prize winners, the judges will also select a “best in show” for each day.

While these forms should help you understand what the judges will be looking for, don’t let the judging scare you!  Have fun with your project, discover something you didn’t know before (or maybe even something that no one knew before?), and be proud of yourself for what you’ve done.


1 point

2 points

3 points

4 points

Problem:  Is the problem well defined? How new and original is it? No statement of problem Incomplete statement Complete, well defined and well written problem statement Complete, well defined and well written problem statement. New and original problem.  
Hypothesis:  How well is it defined? How testable is it? No hypothesis Hypothesis is incomplete or unclear Hypothesis is complete, but not testable Well-defined hypothesis that is clearly testable  
Design/plan:  Was the hypothesis properly tested? Was an experimental plan developed to test it? Plan or design is not listed The experiment only tests part of the hypothesis Experiment tests the hypothesis  Sufficient plan to test the hypothesis Experiment tests the hypothesis, and is clearly defined and explained  
Variables:  Were experimental variables well defined and controlled? No variables identified and no controls Variables are identified but not controlled Variables are identified and partially controlled Variables are carefully identified and controlled  
Procedures:  Are experimental procedures coherent, well described, and properly reported? Procedures are not listed Procedures incomplete Procedures are complete and listed step by step Procedures are complete, listed step by step, and fully quantified  
Use of Sources: Did the student consult sources to prepare for or plan the project or to study the results? No evidence of background research AND no sources cited Some evidence of background research OR some sources cited Some evidence of background research AND some sources cited Background research is relevant, sufficient, well-documented and sources are cited  
Visuals and Presentation   No visuals, display or presentation Visuals and presentation included Visuals and presentation were clear and helpful Visuals and presentation were clear, helpful, and well realized  
Ability to address questions Student is not able to answer judge’s questions Student attempts to answer judge’s questions but does not demonstrate appropriate level of knowledge Student’s answers judge’s questions at an age-appropriate level Student is able to answer the judge’s questions and discuss the topic with confidence  







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