MARCH 2021

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As we prepare to celebrate Read Across America next week, let's be reminded of a few lessons in life from the one and only Dr. Seuss!!
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Read Across America - March 1st - March 5th

Please join us as Cypress Woods celebrates Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday March 1st - March 5th! Please see below the fun spirit days we have planned to honor and celebrate the contributions to literacy from Dr. Seuss! All students and staff are invited and encouraged to participate...even our MyPCS Eagles!
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Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is March 10th at the Oldsmar location from 5:30-8:00 (Drive Thru Only)

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Campus environmental photos will take place on Thursday, March 11th. These photos will be taken with the natural greenery of our inside campus as the backdrop and not with the use of a green screen. These photos are prepay only meaning that only students with order forms will be photographed. You may order online ahead of time at using the code C519757 or you can send in the exact amount of cash or check the day of photos as no change will be given and enclose it in the order form envelope. Even if ordering online, please return the order form envelope with your online confirmation printed in the space provided.

Message From CWE Student Service Team

Community Resources

Family Services Initiative (FSI)

211 Tampa Bay Cares is the front door for a collaborative project called the Family Services Initiative (FSI). This project helps families with minor children prevent child protection investigations, homelessness, and further social service engagement by providing families with the right service, at the right time, for the right need. The initiative provides support and wraparound services to meet families’ basic needs and help empower them to become self-sufficient.

This collaborative is a partnership between four core partners: The Juvenile Welfare Board Children’s Service Council of Pinellas County (JWB), 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares (211), Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services (GCJFS) and Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS). For more information about FSI, please visit the JWB website.

To contact FSI call 211 Monday through Friday from 7 am - 6 pm

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Mask Update

We've seen an increase of students not having a mask when arriving to school. Please double check in the morning before leaving for school that you child has his/her mask. District policy requires all students and staff to wear a face covering/mask while on campus. This includes parents who wait at the PreK gate for their walker to arrive in the afternoon.

Just a friendly reminder that students are not permitted to wear masks that have vents or holes. Please make sure reusable masks are washed regularly!! Good hygiene helps to promote good health and wellness for our students.

Mark Your Calendars

3/1 - 3/5 - Read Across America Week

3/4 - Volunteer Cafe - Curbside Pickup

3/10 - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night - Drive Thru 5:30-8:00 PM

3/11 - Spring Pictures

3/15 - 3/19 - Spring Break

3/22 - School Resumes

3/31 - SAC Meeting - Virtual 3:15-4:15

4/1 - Pro Ed Day - No School for Students

4/2 - School Closed

*Please see below for the school instructional calendar for the 2021-2022 school year! Yes, we have a short summer!

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Notes From Our Counselor, Mrs. Trudell

CONGRATULATIONS to Emery Anderlick in first grade for being chosen as First Place Winner in a county wide contest on "How your School Counselor helps you?" Emery will receive a certificate and $25 Barnes and Noble Certificate from PSCA.

Cypress Woods Elementary has been designated a "KINDNESS CERTIFIED SCHOOL". Thank you to all the students and families who participated in The Great Kindness Challenge. Hundreds of checklists were collected and compiled. Thousands of kind deeds were completed throughout the week!!!! A great big THANK YOU to the PTA who assisted throughout the week and provided color copies to each student!! We are very proud of this honor!!! KINDNESS ROCKS!!

5th grade Families:

After March 1, we will begin sending home Middle School Course Selection Sheets with the 5th grade students. It is important to review these with your student and return them the next day.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Charolette Heinrich, our December Rotary Student of the month, Jade Trayling, our January Rotary Student of the month and Boaz Tavernari, our February Rotary Student of the month! Way to go Charolette, Jade, and Boaz! Keep up the great work!

Notes from Our School Nurse

Frequently asked questions: Answered!

Q: My student has a runny nose. Should I keep him home?

A: Maybe. Is it ONLY a runny nose? If it is ONLY a runny nose with or without sneezing, your child MAY attend class. However, if the student is experiencing ANY other symptoms, such as congestion, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, sore throat, or fever then you must keep your child home. (Keeping extra masks in your child’s backpack is a great idea-especially for sneezing mishaps!)

Q: Do I need a Dr. note for my child to return to school

A: If your child is only out for one day and is feeling better and symptom free the next day, no, you do not need a Dr. note to return. However, if your child is experiencing any of the symptoms above it is advisable to consult your physician. If your child is absent for more than 3 days with any of the above symptoms the school may request a Dr. note or neg covid test in order for them to return.

Q: Do I need to report my child’s absence?

A: Yes! You should always report your child’s absence via the link on the Cypress Woods Webpage. Please include your child’s first and last name, teacher and why they are absent. It is also helpful to let us know if you plan to take your child to the Dr.

Q: My student was tested for Covid 19, the Rapid test came back negative, but the PCR test didn’t come back yet, can my student come to school?

A: No. NO students can come to school if there is a pending test in the household. If ANY individual living in the household is awaiting test results, NO STUDENTS in the household may attend in-person class until a negative result is returned. Please forward Negative results to the school nurse! (

Q: My student wasn’t feeling well so I kept him home today, can he attend class online?

A: No. Online instruction is for students who have been directed to quarantine.

Q: My child was sent home sick from school. What do I do?

A: Typically, if your child is sent home from school sick you will be given instructions when you pick them up. Most of the time the child will be sent home under our districts Covid 19 Policy. Your options in this instance would be a 10-day quarantine, in which your child may attend online instruction from home OR, receive a negative Covid 19 test OR get a Doctor note with an ALTERNATIVE diagnosis.

Q: Someone in the household tested positive for Covid, or my student had an exposure. When can my student return to school?

A: Your student will be entered into our Covid 19 database and a member of the districts Covid 19 team will reach out to you. They will interview you about your specific case and together with the Department of Health will determine when your child can return to in-person learning. In the meantime, your child may attend class online.

Q: My child was exposed to someone who is positive with Covid yesterday, and they have been directed to quarantine. If I get them tested can they return to school sooner?

A: No. You cannot test out of quarantine. This is because it can take up to 10-14 days after exposure for enough viral load to have built up in your system to become detectable.

Q: My child was directed to quarantine. Does that only apply to school? Can he still go to ballet and my sisters wedding?

A: No. Per CDC guidelines, if a quarantine is ordered, that person should not go out at all until the end of their quarantine duration. Covid 19 can be transmissible for up to 48 hours PRIOR to symptom onset, which means you could be making others sick even if you are feeling fine.

Still have questions? You can reach me any time in the clinic! ~Nurse Jen

Notes From Kim Shipley, Family & Community Liaison

Greetings Volunteers!

I hope everyone is off to a good start in the new year, staying safe and healthy. It’s been nearly a year since the world shut down and as I reflect on the time since, I am so very thankful for the continued support we have received from our dedicated volunteers. You have continued to mentor students virtually on Zoom, taken projects home for our teachers and staff, been innovative and creative forming new ways to engage our families while participating in PTA and SAC, and also by encouraging your student from home and supporting the new normal in school requirements for PPE. Please accept our deepest gratitude for hanging in there with us…fingers crossed that next school year we’ll be able to see your smiling faces back on campus (maybe through your mask though LOL) There’s about 15 weeks of this school year left, so let’s keep it up and finish strong!

Please remember to enter all your volunteer hours into the volunteer system using the attached instructions. Every hour counts and is reported to Tallahassee twice a year to show our schools community involvement.

Below are a few important dates for March:

  • Thu. March 4th – Volunteer Café Curbside Project Pick-up 11:15 AM – 12 PM (Sign-up Link sent via email 2/26/21)
  • Wed. March 10th – Chick-fil-A Drive Thru Spirit Night in Oldsmar (see above flyer) – be sure to mention CWE when you make your purchase to help raise funds for our school.
  • Thu. March 11th – Spring Pictures Day- Pre-Orders only! Photos will be taken outside for a natural background. More information on ordering to be shared with parents soon.
  • Week of March 15th – 19th – Spring Break - No School
  • Wed. March 31st – SAC Meeting on Zoom @ 3:15 PM
  • Thu. April 1st - Pro Ed Day - No School for Students
  • Fri. April 2nd – No School for Students

Thanks again for all you do!

Kim Shipley
Family & Community Liaison

Cypress Woods Elementary

4900 Cypress Woods Blvd

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

727-538-7325 ext. 2045

Submitting Requests For Changes In Learning Options

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, if you would like to request a change for your child’s learning option at any time, please review the information below.

  • Parents may request a change for the second semester from/to face-to-face learning and from/to MyPCS Online for the remainder of the school year.
  • Parents should be aware that changing Learning Options may result in a change of teachers and/or teaching model. A teaching model change could be simultaneous instruction where the teacher is working with students face to face and virtually throughout the school day.
  • All requests should be submitted directly to the school principal and data management technician via email.
  • Requests will be processed, and changes will be made within a week of the request for the remainder of the year.

Notes from the PE Department

Cypress Woods PE routines can be found on Coach Harte's you tube channel. Search Coach Jim Harte You Tube.

Updates From Our PTA

Coming Soon: Virtual Family Game Night and Online Auction (March/April 2021)

You can still join PTA or buy spirit wear at: MemberHub

Thank you for all of your support this year! CWE PTA has been able to provide partnerships to each classroom, as well as help fulfill Covid specific needs for the school and classrooms. We still have a couple of more things planned for this school year so watch for flyers or visit


Opt in For CWE Text Alerts

Using the list below, sign up under the grade of your youngest student in order to receive text alerts about school events, PTA and volunteering. (The information will be the SAME on all accounts, so you should only sign up under one class…)

To 81010, please text the following:

  • PRE K @b49fk3
  • KINDERGARTEN @24b47f
  • 1ST GRADE @cf6c38
  • 2ND GRADE @9f7edc
  • 3RD GRADE @cwethi
  • 4TH GRADE @2ce39k7
  • 5TH GRADE @e26kb9