MARCH 2022

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Mark Your Calendars

2/28 - 3/11 - Student Government Canned Food Drive

3/4 - PTA Movie Night 5:30-8:30 PM

3/9 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 5:30-7:30 PM

3/10 - Spring Pictures

3/10 - 1st, 2nd & Chorus Concert @ East Lake High School 6:00-7:30 PM

3/14 - 3/21 - Spring Break (Includes ProEd Day on 3/21)

3/22 - School Resumes for Students

3/29 - Report Cards Go Home

3/31 - Volunteer Cafe Curbside


On Demand Crisis Intervention Services for Children and Young Adults

We will come to you wherever you are, at home, school, work or storefront. Our mobile team is available 24/7 on demand and consists of licensed behavioral health therapists and psychiatrists.

Mobile Crisis Response is there for you and your family at times of crisis.

  • We help individuals 25 and younger who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis in Pinellas County.
  • We respond to the crisis by phone and/or in person recognizing and utilizing existing support systems.

What can you expect?

  • Professional support and triage by phone. On-site visit by the team as appropriate.
  • Evaluation and assessment of the situation, needs, and resources.
  • Collaborative planning focused on solutions and options.
  • Follow-up and linkage to the needed services

For immediate help call:



Allergy season is upon us, and if the past few weeks are any indication, it looks like it’s going to be a doozy!

So, is that stuffy nose due to allergies? Or is it something else like the Flu or Covid 19?!

Use the graph below to help you decide whether or not to keep your student home! Students with allergy symptoms are allowed to be at school, those with illness that may be contagious to others should stay home and seek medical attention if needed!

If ever you have questions regarding symptoms your student has or would like further direction regarding follow up care for any of the above conditions, please feel free to give Nurse Jen a call in the clinic!

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The 1st grade, 2nd grade, and Chorus Spring Music Concert will take place on Thursday, March 10th in the East Lake High School auditorium at 6:30 pm. They will perform rock songs from the 50's to the 80's. Please plan to drop your 1st or 2nd grade child off in the chorus room at East Lake High School between 6:00-6:15 pm. There will be signs posted to direct the students where to meet. Chorus students should gather in the back left of the auditorium by 6:15 pm.

You may choose to dress your child according to the theme. Girls could wear poodle skirts or pink jackets and capris and boys could wear a plain white shirt, rolled up jeans, and a fake leather jacket if they have one. Parents should plan to stay for the entire program which should conclude about 7:30 pm. After the performance, the 2nd grade students can be picked up from the chorus room, and the 1st grade and chorus students can be picked up from the lobby of the auditorium.

Mrs. Richter, the music teacher will be e-mailing parents of the 1st and 2nd grade students with a speaking part in the next couple of weeks to ensure they practice at home with the script and attend the performance. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Richter at

Elizabeth Richter

General Music, Chorus, and Strings Teacher

Cypress Woods Elementary

4900 Cypress Woods Blvd

Palm Harbor, FL 34685



Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

When a student is absent from school for any reason, parents are to send in a written note to the teacher explaining the absence or email the school at and copy the teacher on the email. Absences will remain unexcused until such documentation is received by the school. Children with poor attendance patterns may be referred to the Pinellas County Truancy Intervention Program. Class work is required to be made up during or after an excused absence. Upon returning to school following an excused absence, a student has as many days to make up the work as days absent. A doctor’s note is required to excuse a student from PE for more than 3 days and documentation is required for absences exceeding 5 days.

Mask Update

Below is the most current information from Pinellas County Schools:

  • Strongly recommending that face coverings be worn when indoors by staff, students and visitors/volunteers and by continuing to have them available at schools and district facilities and on buses for students, staff and visitors.
    • Teachers will have access to a supply of masks for any student in need.
    • Families who opt not to have their student utilize a mask will not have to complete any form.
    • The individual choices of all families will be respected.
    • Parents are encouraged to reach out to their principal or teacher if they have a concern regarding adherence to their choice.

Reminder About Electronics

Pinellas County Schools recognizes the ever-increasing importance of technology in students’ lives and the beneficial role it can play for student education and communication when used responsibly. The possession and use of such devices should not interfere with academic instruction, student safety or a positive school climate.

A friendly reminder that our district policy outlined in the Code of Student Conduct states that students may possess a cell phone and other electronic devices in school, on school property, at school-related functions, provided these items are POWERED OFF and concealed from view while school is in session. This policy includes smart watches!! Any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy forfeits any right or privilege to possess any electronic device described in this policy.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Kalli Rufolo March Rotary Student!! Great job Kalli, and keep up the Cypress Woods "Rockstar" expectations!


Our March Safety Patrols of the Month are Ariel Arcese & Briana Gorman!! Congratulations, Ariel & Briana, on being "Rockstars" and role models to our Cypress Woods students! Keep up the great work!
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Notes From Kim Shipley, Family & Community Liaison

Dear Volunteers,

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the school year so far. After Spring Break, the rest of the school year seems to fly by and it will be over before you know it! There will be many opportunities for volunteering over the next couple of months, so please sign up where you can. Let’s end the year on a high note!

Reminder to enter your Volunteer Hours: Thank you in advance for taking the time to enter your volunteer hours! If you have not yet entered your hours and missed the December deadline for entering your volunteer hours, we still want you to enter them. Please enter them in the new semester DO NOT back-date your entry to before 12/18/21 as this will cause problems with our volunteer system! We are currently at around 1700 hours, but usually we are closer to 6000 by this time of the school year. Remember, every hour counts; helping from home, Lunch Pals/Mentoring, Tutoring, PTA, SAC meetings, Book Fair, Classroom Assistance, Media Center, Field Trips, Special Events (GATI), Field Days, and more! The dates are not as important as the hours themselves, so feel free to chunk your time and make one entry for all your hours by description. There will be another report of our hours sent to Tallahassee at the end of the school year, so please remember to enter your volunteer hours throughout the 2nd semester. If you need assistance, please contact me at

Please consider joining our Lunch Pals Program! We are always searching for Mentors/Lunch Pals to meet with students that need additional support. Currently we have 5 students waiting to be matched with a mentor/lunch pal and expect more to be added to the list going forward. A Lunch Pal/Mentor meets once a week during the student’s lunchtime. They are another caring adult in their life to serve as a role model who will support and encourage them in school and in life. For only 30 minutes a day, you can make a huge impact for a student. A free district workshop is required, please go to to learn more about the program and to sign up for an upcoming workshop. Once you have completed the training we can match you with a student. The hope is that you will continue as the student’s lunch pal/mentor throughout their ongoing academics.

Save the Date: Our Volunteer Appreciation Event is scheduled for Friday, May 20th. After 2 years of distance, we plan to hold this year’s event in person in our Media Center like we used to before the pandemic (Yay!!). Please mark your calendar and plan to join us if you can. A formal invite will be sent closer to the date.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Wednesday, March 9th – Chick Fil- A Oldsmar Spirit Night – (see Attached) Drive thru or Dine in between 5:30 – 7:30 PM and tell them you are with Cypress Woods Elementary School. A portion of your food purchase will be donated back to our school. We hope to see you there!
  • School Store Fundraiser is ongoing this month –Go to and sign up, then return the envelope with your special code to receive a hugger (Participation prizes are available while supplies last.)
  • Monday, March 14th – Monday March 21st is Spring Break - No School
  • Tuesday, March 22nd – School Resumes
  • Thursday, March 31st – Volunteer Café Curbside Project Pick – Up: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – watch for sign up link to be sent out 3/25/22.

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

New Volunteers register online now at:

Lunch Pal Mentors needed, sign up at:

Updates From Our PTA

You can still order your 2021-2022 yearbook! Please visit If you have ordered a yearbook previous years, use your username/password to login and customize your pages. If you have not ordered before, use the code: 1015325439961059 to set up your account and order! Every person gets 2 free customized pages if you order before April 1st.

You can still join PTA by going to

Sign Up For Bus Updates!

If you have a bus rider, please consider signing up for bus bulletin. Bus bulletin is a system that Pinellas County uses to communicate transportation issues with schools and families. If you sign up, you will receive information regarding any changes to your child's route. The information could include a late pickup, a substitute driver, a change in route, or a number of other things. This is a great way to stay connected to transportation without having to call.

If you receive a bus bulletin and decide that you would like to pick up your student in the carline, PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL FIRST. We ask that you do not show up in the bus circle to pick up your student as they may already be on their way to their bus stops.

Cafeteria Update

Due to supply issues, there may need to be changes to daily breakfast and lunch menus. There will still be options for students each day, but adjustments may need to made based on availability of ingredients and deliveries. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

While all students will receive meals at no charge, the application provides other key benefits – additional funding for schools, technology assistance and discounts for students such as clothing and college entrance exams. All households are encouraged to apply. Completing the online application is secure, convenient and worry-free. Results are available within two working days. Eligibility is based on household size and income. Once approved, the benefits are good for the entire year.

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