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WCHE Kindness Week is October 28 through November 1

Our School Counselor, Mrs. Sheila White, announces that October 28 - November 1 will be deemed Kindness Week at West Cypress Hills. With much thought and collaboration, we plan to follow our exciting weeks of APEX Leadership lessons with a week of dress-up days and activities that we hope will foster a sense of community on our campus and remind us all of the importance of promoting kindness.

With these goals in mind, we plan to encourage kindness through various classroom and school-wide activities. A part of this will be a community service drive benefiting SAFE Austin (Stop Abuse for Everyone.) We will place SAFE donation boxes at the main entrance (front entry) so that Tigers can show kindness to our community by placing in the collection boxes new and unopened goods, such as:

  • hair brushes, hair accessories
  • size 4, 5, & 6 diapers, pull-ups, and wipes
  • body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner
  • socks, underwear, shoes, and sweatpants
  • toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • cleaning supplies, mops, brooms
  • towels, wash cloths, shower curtains, bath mats/rugs
  • twin-size sheets and blankets
  • laundry detergent and baskets
  • canned goods
  • box meals, instant potatoes
  • cereal, oatmeal
  • food storage bags, facial tissues, trash bags
  • paper towels, toilet tissue
  • hand sanitizer

Another fun part of the week will include promoting acts of kindness, illustrated by dress-up days. Our staff and student dress-up days are as follows:

  • Monday...........Dress in Neon/Bright Colors and "Brighten Someone's Day!"
  • Tuesday..........Dress in Camo and "Band Together for Kindness."
  • Wednesday.....Dress in Sports Attire and "Team Up for Kindness."
  • Thursday........Dress in Character Costume for "Kindness in Costume" (please, no weapons, blood, or masks)
  • Friday.............Dress in Tiger Spirit Wear for "Tigers Stand Together!"

You can find more information about SAFE here. And, if you have any questions concerning WCHE Kindness week, feel free to contact Mrs. White.

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Tigers Need Room to S-T-R-E-T-C-H ...............Morning Assembly Changes

If you have had the opportunity to join our Friday morning assemblies lately, you likely have noticed how cozy the gym has become because of our growing student enrollment. We now have more than nine hundred Tigers, and Tigers, here as well as in the jungle, need room to stretch!

Our Friday morning assemblies traditionally have been attended by all students plus many of their friends and family members. The assemblies are a time to celebrate Tiger accomplishments and to share information with our Tiger families. Thus, these assemblies are important to us and to our Tigers as a special time for them to be recognized for their positive efforts in the classroom.

To ensure our Tiger families are in a safe environment, we are making a few changes. Beginning Friday, November 1, for most of our student assemblies, approximately one-half of the Tigers will attend the assembly while the other half view the assembly from their classrooms via live stream.

Therefore, the November 1 assembly will be attended by Kindergarten, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders while the rest of the students view the assembly from their classrooms. The November 8 assembly will be attended by 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders while the rest of the Tigers watch from their classrooms. We occasionally will still have an all-school assembly for extra-special events, and we are noting in Tiger Talk and on our school's website calendar the dates of our assemblies and which students are invited to each of them.

Our Tigers are thrilled when family and friends come to see them receive their awards, and by making these scheduling changes, we continue to be able to provide a comfortable and safe assembly room that can accommodate Tigers, their families, and their friends. We hope these scheduling changes do not cause our Tigers or their friends and families any inconvenience.

Tigers need room to stretch, you know!

Please park in our parking lots

During school events and visits to our campus, please park in one of our parking lots. If the lots are full, please park on the street next to the curb.

Please do NOT park on the Cypress Ranch Boulevard medians. Please do NOT park on grass or landscaped areas.

Let's be good neighbors and stay on the pavement. Thank you!

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For more information about donations....

Feel free to email treasurer@wchpto.org

Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying!

If your Kinder, 1st Grader, and/or Second Grader can tie his/her shoes, please notify Coaches Mirizzi and Cadorette because they want to honor this accomplishment in the school gym on our WALL OF FAME FOR SHOE TYING!

Once notified of the student's successful shoe-tying accomplishment, we will provide your student with a paper shoe to color, take the student's photo, and then post the photo and customized paper shoe on our WALL OF FAME FOR SHOE TYING!

It's going to be really exciting to see our young Tigers on our WALL OF FAME!

Fun Literacy-Related Activities Happening at West Cypress Hills!

Our school-wide reading program this year is formatted as a BINGO board. Each student received one board to take home in his/her folder the week of September 9. The Book BINGO program runs through Thursday, December 19. All students completing a Blackout will be invited to a special school-wide BINGO party!

For more information, please visit the library Book Bingo website.

Check the Lake Travis Community Library, too!

The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to the West Cypress Neighborhood Pool on alternating Thursdays.

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Join the fun! Be a Tiger Volunteer!

Volunteering at West Cypress Hills Elementary is the best way to get involved, meet new people, and directly impact your child's school experience!

Check out the exciting volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you. Once you have signed up, the Volunteer Liaison will contact you with specific information regarding times, dates, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Whitsitt, volunteer@wchpto.org

Thank You for Volunteering!!!

Volunteer Opportunities at WCHE 2019-2020

Volunteering is the BEST way to get involved and meet new people. It's also a GREAT way to impact your child's school experience. Check out the opportunities here!

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Daylight Saving Time Ends November 3 -- "Fall Back" 1 Hour!

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Mrs. Beninga to Speak at Next General PTO Meeting, Wednesday, November 6

Please join us at our general PTO meeting, 9 am, in the Tiger's Den (aka WCHE School Cafeteria.) It will give you a chance to be brought up to date on school news, and it wil be an informative meeting. Our Principal, Mrs. Melanie Beninga, will speak regarding the Learner Centric Model (LCM.)

Tiger 3rd Grade Honors our Community Veterans at 9:45 am on Monday, November 11.

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To RSVP for the Veterans Day Assembly....

RSVP Here If you have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Hill.

WCHE Fall Student Photo Makeup Day is Thursday, November 14.

If your child(ren) missed having student photos made earlier this year, please sign up for our fall photo retakes. We'll have Lifetouch photographers here on Thursday, November 14, and they will be happy to (a) retake the photo made earlier this year and (b) to take photos of all other Tigers whose photos have not yet been taken.

Lifetouch will retake the photo made earlier this year at no charge if the original photo package is returned to the teacher. The student will then turn in the original package to the photographer when the photo is retaken.

Makeup photos can be ordered at mylifetouch.com using makeup photo day ID XY609136Q1. If you need a paper order form for placing an order to be paid by check or cash, contact Donna Richardson. She'll be happy to send one to you.

Nurse Hensel Achieves Nationally Certified School Nurse Credential

According to the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Dana Hensel, RN, NCSN, has achieved standing as a Nationally Certified School Nurse. We already know that Nurse Hensel is all of these things, but this certification confirms that she has demonstrated a high level of professionalism, competence, education, clinical practice experience, and knowledge.

“School nurses have the unique skills to plan and implement care for students with chronic and medically-complex conditions and prepare school staff to recognize and respond appropriately to potential emergencies,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Superintendent of Schools. “These highly-skilled professionals are true advocates for student health and wellness. We appreciate them, and we are grateful for their dedication and service.”

Congratulations, Nurse Hensel, and thank you for taking such good care of us!

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LTISD Offers Free Flu Shots for WCHE Students on Monday, November 18

Nurse Dana Hensel announces that the Lake Travis Independent School District will be offering flu shots for West Cypress Hills students on Monday, November 18. The flu shots are free and optional and will be administered only with written parental consent. The consent form must be received by Nurse Hensel, RN, LCSN, by Friday, November 8, in order for your child(ren) to receive the free flu shot at school on November 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine is the best defense against the influenza virus. Other ways to prevent the spread of the influenza virus include staying home if you are sick; washing hands frequently with soap and water; avoiding touching your face (especially mouth, nose, eyes); coughing or sneezing into your sleeve or into a tissue; and avoiding others who are sick. Other good health habits that contribute to wellness include getting plenty of sleep; engaging in physical activity; managing stress; staying hydrated; and eating nutritious foods.

If you would like for your child to receive the flu vaccine prior to LTISD’s November flu shot clinics, please contact your local pharmacy or pediatrician. Also, children older than 6 months who are uninsured or underinsured can receive flu shots at the Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics provided by Austin Public Health. To make an appointment, please call 512-972-5520.

Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nurse Hensel by email or by phone at 512-533-7593.

WCHE Clinic Needs New/Gently Used Clothing

Our Tigers sometimes have the need to change clothing during the school day. Our nurse's clinic is also the school wardrobe closet. Nurse Hensel, the Keeper of the Closet, reports that she is running low and needs the following new or gently used items to accommodate the daily needs of our Tigers:

  • Small, Medium, and Large Boys/Girls Underwear
  • Small, Medium, and Large Boys/Girls T-shirts
  • Small, Medium, and Large Sweatpants/Shorts/Leggings

We appreciate any donations that you can send Nurse Hensel's way.

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WCHE Thanksgiving Feast Lunch Schedule

All of our Tigers and Tiger families are cordially invited to join us for our Thanksgiving Feast 2019. Our Feast will be Thursday, November 21.

Students' meals will be charged to their school meal accounts. Guest meals can be purchased in advance through Friday, November 15. Guest tickets are $5.50 per guest.

Guests coming for the first time to West Cypress Hills will need to present a photo ID at the front desk in order to obtain a visitor's badge. To avoid a long wait in security check-in lines, all other guests should RSVP so that their visitor's badge can be printed in advance.

Because of the number of guests we anticipate joining us for our feast, we will be following a special Feast luncheon schedule. We shall have our usual two lunch buffet lines plus a third lunch buffet on the stage. There will be two designated food allergy tables for our students and families with food allergies. The special Feast Luncheon Schedule is shown here:

1st Grade Ali, Gorfain, & Miller……....10:20 am to 10:50 am

1st Grade Jenkerson & Massey……...10:30 am to 11:00 am

1st Grade Rivera & Scholibo……………10:40 am to 11:10 am

KG Doering, Gillette, & Tasin………….10:55 am to 11:25 am

KG Bontke & Wells..………………….…...11:05 am to 11:35 am

KG Bymer & Wade…………………….…….11:15 am to 11:45 am

2nd Grade Gardner, Holt, & Wachsmann…11:30 am to 12:00 pm

2nd Grade Burns, Johnson, & Luster….11:40 am to 12:10 pm

2nd Grade Luke………………………....…....12:05 pm to 12:35 pm

3rd Grade Figueiredo & Jatzlau…….....12:05 pm to 12:35 pm

3rd Grade Eskridge, Ginn, & Hatfield…12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

3rd Grade Kogler………………………….....12:25 pm to 12:55 pm

5th Grade McDaniel & Thompson.……..12:25 pm to 12:55 pm

5th Grade Delmark, Embry, & Rausch...12:40 pm to 1:10 pm

5th Grade Mohr & Trapani.…....………….12:50 pm to 1:20 pm

4th Grade Scheffke………………………………..12:50 pm to 1:20 pm

4th Grade Clendennen, Crump, & Mottola…1:15 pm to 1:45 pm

4th Grade Cash, Gallenkamp, & Denning…..1:25 pm to 1:55 pm

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Register Here for the 11/28 Turkey Trot

Join us, rain or shine, at the Hills Country Club for the 2019 Hill Country Turkey Trot! The walk/run begins at 8:30, 26 Club Estates Parkway.

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Yearbooks are a great way to remember the school year.

The 2019-2020 edition of the WCHE yearbook is on sale now through January 24 at $35 per yearbook. Additional options such as stamping the student's name on the cover or printing either large or small pridelines in the yearbook are also available for purchase.

Order at your convenience at Balfour on line. Once in the Balfour site, enter "West Cypress Hills" as the school name and then select "yearbook." Orders may be be placed by phone, too, at 1-800-944-5930.

Upcoming Events

10/01 - 10/31/19....October is National Bullying Prevention Month & Principals' Month

10/28 - 11/01/19....Kindness Week @ WCHE!

10/30/19................Tigers Wear Sports Attire to Team Up Kindness!

10/30/19................5th Grade Group Yearbook Photo to be Taken @ 7:45 am

10/31/19................Tigers Wear Character Costumes -- Kindness in Costumes

10/31/19................LTC Library Bookmobile @ West Cypress Pool 3 - 4 pm

11/01/19................Tigers Wear WCHE Spirit Wear/Purple Today

11/01/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to KG - 2nd Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP

11/01/19................1st Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farm -- Volunteer RSVP

11/03/19................Daylight Saving Time Ends - Set Clocks Back 1 Hour

11/04/19................4th Grade Field Trip to Stunt Ranch--Volunteer RSVP

11/04/19................Student Council Meeting 3 - 4 pm

11/06/19................PTO General Meeting in the Tiger's Den 9 am RSVP

11/07/19................Kindergarten Field Trip to the Thinkery - Volunteer RSVP

11/08/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to 3rd - 5th Grade Assembly @ 7:40 am RSVP

11/11/19................Veterans' Day

11/11/19................3rd Grade Veterans' Day Performance in the Tiger's Den 9:45 am RSVP

11/13/19................2nd Grade Field Trip to High 5 Volunteer RSVP

11/13/19................Math Club Olympiad - At School During Math Team Hours

11/14/19................Fall Photo Retake Day! Sign Up Here!

11/14/19................LTC Library Bookmobile @ West Cypress Pool 3 - 4 pm

11/15/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to KG - 2nd Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP

11/15/19................Last Day to Purchase Thanksgiving Feast Guest Tickets!

11/18/19................Student Flu Shots Offered Today! Consent Form Required

11/18/19................Student Council Meeting 3 - 4 pm

11/21/19................WCHE Thanksgiving Feast! RSVP

11/22/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to 3rd - 5th Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP
11/28/19................LTEF 5k Turkey Trot 8:30 am @ the Hills Country Club Register

11/25 - 11/29.........School is Out for Fall Break. Happy Thanksgiving!

School Dismissal Manager

Please log in to School Dismissal Manager to report student absences and/or dismissal transportation changes no later than 1:45 pm on the day of the occurrence.