Cheetah News

October 4, 2017

Fall Family Picnic & Pre-Registration

Have you pre-registered for the Fall Family Picnic on Friday? If not, please follow this link Family Picnic Pre-Registration, or cut and paste the following into your browser: prior to noon on Thursday. If you have, thank you! Pre-registering is a win-win for all!

This is always a fun event with family and friends. Please join us during your child's regular lunch time for a family and friends picnic. You are welcome to bring a blanket or camp chair for lunch in the courtyard.

Write-A-Check PTA Fundraiser

The PTA Fundraiser has been going strong this week, thanks to your generosity! As of yesterday, kindergarten was in the lead with $1,203.00 donated with 2nd grade close behind. I wonder if kindergarten held the lead today? Be watching for updates from the PTA!

The fundraiser will continue to run throughout the week! A table will be set up in the lobby each morning before school and throughout the picnic lunch on Friday for students to drop off their checks or cash to support Cypress PTA. This fundraiser is in lieu of asking families to sell products to raise funds. If we received a $40 donation for every child we would surpass our goal. We ask you to consider making a donation to help support our PTA. Thank you for your amazing support! Cypress Fundraising Letter

If finding a checkbook seems cumbersome, we offer a different solution. You can make your donation online through our website and receive your tax deductible receipt upon donating. Cypress PTA Website: Store Tab, or go to and select the Store tab.

Cypress Happenings

Friday, October 6th

Fall Family Picnic on the Lawn

Monday, October 9th

Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Tuesday, October 10th

Students can work in garden during recess

Wednesday, October 11th

Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 12th

Reflections Art Night 6:30 - 8:00 in cafeteria

Monday, October 16th

Cheetah Chasers (Running Club) Starts

Friday, October 27th

End of First 9 Weeks

Reflections Art Night

How can you help your child get inspired and started with their PTA Reflections entry? Come join us for a free creative workshop for Cypress students! Students will get creative tips from an artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, photographer and dancer. We will have visual art supplies to help you get started.

This year’s Reflections theme is “Within Reach" which is definitely within reach for our students! I can't wait to see their entries!!!!

Destination Imagination

It's time for our DI teams to start forming! What is DI you ask??

What is Destination ImagiNation? Destination ImagiNation is an extracurricular, school-sponsored program that fosters creativity and team-based problem-solving skills and life skills for students. Leander ISD DI is open to all students in third through twelfth grades. The goal of Destination ImagiNation is to cultivate the creative problem solving process and make it an unconscious part of students’ everyday lives.

Teams showcase their solutions at a DI Regional Tournament on February 17, 2018 at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD and may advance to state and international competitions later in the spring. Teams participate in both the Team Challenge and Instant Challenge portions of the competition. The “Team Challenge” solution is developed by the team over a 5-7 month period. The team designs and creates, without adult assistance, all props, costumes and other artistic technical elements necessary to bring the presentation to life. But the team's solution is not complete until they receive the final improv prop from the judges just before their presentation!

Instant Challenges are designed to teach students how to think quickly, creatively and strategically. At competition the team is given an Instant Challenge they have not seen before. For example, a team may be asked to tell the judge about a mouse’s happiest day, create a team story using a given set of items, manipulate materials to build a structure, or develop a non-verbal communication system with team members to complete a given task. Team members have a few minutes to think and develop strategy and a brief period of time to respond to the challenge. Both the Team Challenges and Instant Challenges provide and promote opportunities to develop life-long skills that are essential in our ever-changing world.

Interested?? Fill out the attached 3 forms and return to me, Josh Kane Cypress QUEST Teacher, BY: Wednesday, 0ct. 4th . Any Cypress student may participate grades 3 through 5 so join with a friend.

We will need parent help as well so please read that carefully as well. It is very rewarding and fun to watch the kids grow. IF you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask or check it out on my QUEST website there are even videos there.

Save the Date

Thanksgiving Lunch at Cypress will be on Thursday, November 16th this year. This is always one of our favorite days to celebrate with you! We look forward to seeing you here!

Get Muddy for a Great Cause

Register today and make some very fun - and muddy - memories with your friends and family at the 2017 LEEF Mudstacle! An extra bonus: register soon, and your school team could win a cash prize. Register by Oct 1st for early registration rates!

The Mudstacle is a 3.1-mile (5K) combination mud and obstacle course designed to test the adventurer in you! With waves that offer varying lengths and obstacle difficulties, the Mudstacle has something to challenge every member of the family. Come early and stay late to enjoy the Home Depot Build Zone and give-aways from local businesses.

When: October 14th @ 8:30 am

Where: Vista Ridge High School at 200 South Vista Ridge Blvd.

Register and select your elementary school PTA or middle/high school team to help them win a cash prize. Let's go Cypress! If you don't find your team in the search database, be sure to email us so we can add it! Click here to register today! For more information, go to the LEEF Website.

Got Box Tops?

PTA is collecting Box Tops this week. Our Box Top Coordinator, Kyle from the YMCA after school program, has agreed to take a pie in the face if we can collect 3000 Box Tops by October 15th. This count includes all Box Tops submitted since school started. Box Tops can be dropped of at the PTA table every morning this week or left in the Box Top mailbox at the front desk.