September 2016  
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New School Bell Times for 2016-17 
7:25 am - 2:25 pm

Welcome to Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School

Greetings from Whitesides. This year we have  721 precious children in grades Child Development through grade 5. Our dedicated professional staff is highly qualified and includes seven National Board Certified teachers, guidance counselor and nurse. Our parents provide exceptional support for our school through the PTA, by volunteering in classrooms, by tutoring students, by attending parent conferences, and by supporting home-school relations. This dynamic partnership enables Whitesides to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children to learn and "Reach For The Stars." Whitesides consistently earns  an "Excellent" Absolute rating on the State Report Card and  is designated as a  Palmetto Gold school in Recognition for "Achievement." We  earned an "A" rating on the ESEA Federal Report Card in November of 2014. In 2015, Whitesides scores on ACT-Aspire again validated academic excellence when compared to schools 'like us' within the state and CCSD, resulting once again in earning us Palmetto Gold status.

School Day 7:25 am to 2:25 pm 

Child Development Program  7:25 am - 2:05 pm
Kindergarten 7:25 am -2:15 pm
Grades 1- 5   7:25 am - 2:25 pm
Students may enter building at 7:00 am.
The school day begins at the 7:25 tardy bell when all students are expected to be in class.

Please visit our Parent Resources page to find forms, school supply lists and more!

The application process for screenings into our CD program for the 2016-2017 school year begins March 1st, 2016.  Pick up an application packet in the office on or after March 1st.  In addition to the documents listed below that are required for the application process, CD parents will need to provide proof of income.  2015 W-2 forms, 2015 Income tax form w/Schedule C, most recent pay stub, unemployment compensation records, and supplemental security income records are some acceptable forms of income documentation.  
Parents of students in K-5th grade need to pick up a registration form in the office.  Online registrations are not being offered at this time.  If you choose to complete the form at the school, please bring the following documents along to complete the registration.  Forms are given between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:

      * certified copy of birth certificate of student
      * social security card of student (if available)
      * S.C. immunization records of student
      * two proofs of residency to include the following:
1) copy of lease rental or proof of ownership of home, purchase agreement property tax or mortgage bill.
sales/property title
2) utility bill, cable, electric, water etc.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 843-849-2838 for assistance.


​Check out our Parent Resources under the parent section for valuable information to help your student be successful at school. 

Copies of the first Whitesides cookbook are still available for purchase. Please stop by the office to get your copy.  They make great gifts.  The cost is $15.  Get yours today!

The WES Student Council is gearing up and ready to get involved in school and community service endeavors.  At our first meeting, three candidates for each position of President, Vice President, and Secretary were chosen. Grade 3-5 students will participate in a mock election to democratically vote and elect our officers. Good luck to all of our candidates! Students will also be voting for the library fish name. Voting will take place on September 26 & 27 in the cafeteria.  

Check out THE WHITESIDES EXPERIENCE (on the PTA Website)
to learn more about events sponsored by the WES PTA.   If you are interested in being a part of our PTA, we would love to have you join and help our school through your ideas and volunteering.  Membership info is located on the website.

BLT Tuesdays

Keep clipping Box Top$ for Education coupons, Campbell’s Labels for Education, and Tyson Support your School panels throughout the year!  Turn them into Top Flap Fallon (Room 131). Your name goes in a drawing for small prizes each Tuesday and you’ll be supporting WES too!

Prang Power
Check out the link for our new school fundraiser in Prang Products.  They include Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Lyra, Oriole, and Das brand school supplies.  Clip the labels and turn them in to the school for credit.  Thank you for your support!

WES is a "Cool School!"  We had a "cool" visit with Octavia Mitchell of Channel 2 News in January 2012 and again in October 2014.  We have a lot to be excited about at WES!
Check out Mt. Pleasant Magazine's January 2015 issue.  Whitesides Elementary was voted #1 Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant!

Faculty Picture
The Awesome Staff at Whitesides Elementary School