Tiger Talk


Upcoming Events

01/25/18................Author Chris Barton speaks with 4th & 5th Graders

01/25/18................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

01/26/18................Mr. Alexander, LTISD Board, joins us for our 7:35 am assembly

01/26/18................Cupcake Friday! Celebrating January Birthdays

01/29-02/02/18.....HERO Week!

01/31/18................Last Day to Buy One Enchanted Evening Tickets for 2/10/18

02/01/18................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

02/02/18................Wear your SuperHERO costumes today!

02/05/18................Student Council Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

02/08/18................2nd Grade Music Performance 8:45 am in the Tiger's Den RSVP

02/08/18................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

02/10/18................WCHE One Enchanted Evening Dance 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the gym

02/14/18................Classroom Valentine Parties RSVP

02/15 - 02/19.........No School! Scheduled Staff Professional Development Days

02/20/18................Classes Resume 7:40 am

02/22/18................Spring & Class Photos Taken Today

02/22/18................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

02/23/18.................Six Flags Reading Logs Due!

02/23/18.................Cupcake Friday! Celebrating February Birthdays!!!

02/26/18.................Student Council Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

03/01/18.................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

03/02/18.................4th Grade Music Performance 8:45 am in the Tiger's Den RSVP

03/02/18.................Family Fun Night 5 - 7 pm. Loads of fun!

03/07/18.................Field Day 4th & 5th 8 am, 2nd & 3rd 11 am

03/08/18.................Field Day KG & 1st 8 am, Awards Assembly 1 pm

03/08/18.................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

03/09/18.................Student Holiday

03/11/18.................Daylight Saving Time Begins @ 2 am

03/12 - 03/16/18.....Spring Break

03/19/18..................Student Council Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

03/21/18.................Kindergarten Roundup come & go from 3:30 - 6:30 pm

03/22/18.................Kardivas Meeting 2:50 - 4:00 pm

03/23/18.................Cupcake Friday! Celebrating March Birthdays!!!

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School Board Appreciation Month

January is LTISD School Board Appreciation Month, and we are very pleased that we will have an opportunity to express our appreciation face to face when a member of the Board, Mr. Alex Alexander, joins us for our Friday morning assembly, January 26.

Mr. Alexander, a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, was elected to the Board in 2010. His professional experiences are in the fields of distance education, ministry, and higher education.

We are thankful to have such a caring and dedicated Board of Trustees. Please join us in expressing our appreciation to Mr. Alex Alexander and to all other members of the LTISD School Board for the many ways that they make West Cypress Hills Elementary such a great place to learn and grow.

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WCHE 2018 Science Fair

Congratulations, 5th Graders! Your Science Fair was a huge hit. We are so proud of the work that you displayed and demonstrated for us during the fair. We thank you for your time and efforts. We also owe many thanks to our judges and other volunteers who made the 2018 Science Fair a great success.

Our Top 10 Science Fair Finalists will represent West Cypress Hills in the Regional Science Fair. Good luck and congratulations to our Top 10 Finalists:

Rachel Looper, 1st Place

Maeve Acuna, 2nd Place

Aiden Ruschkewicz, 3rd Place

Karthik Darisi

Natalie Dove

Mattias Guerra

Gwyneth Palermo

Kimmy Pereira

Crystal Stabeno

Jessica Swanevelder

Award-winning Author Chris Barton Visits WCHE January 25

Award-winning, bestselling author, Chris Barton, will visit our campus on Thursday, January 25. He will share his writing experience with our 4th and 5th grade students and encourage them to improve their own writing. For more information about Chris Barton and to learn more about his books, please visit his website.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

Every WCHE student is eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags Theme Park! How?

  • By completing and documenting on the official reading log six hours of recreational reading and
  • By turning in the completed log to the classroom teacher by February 23, 2018.

Additional information and an official reading log can be found here. Happy reading!

Carrie Andrews Named WCHE January Volunteer of the Month

You may recall how lovely and welcoming our Tiger's Den (aka cafeteria) was during our Thanksgiving Feast. Well, that's because Carrie Andrews took the time and special efforts to make it so.

She serves on the PTO Board and is responsible for WCHE staff appreciation, and she certainly makes the staff feel appreciated! Carrie surprises the staff members with fun and delicious surprises that help to make WCHE a wonderful place to be.

Carrie is also a homeroom parent who frequently volunteers to help our classroom teachers whenever they need assistance.

For these reasons, the WCHE staff named Carrie Andrews as the West Cypress Hills Elementary Volunteer of the Month for the month of January 2018. Congratulations, Carrie, and many thanks for all that you do for us. We appreciate YOU.

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February Deadline - Ms. Dunn Needs Volunteers!

Ms. Dunn needs assistance with the Original Works Fundraiser that is due by the end of February. We have over 800 pieces of art, and each needs a label applied to the back of it. We'd very much appreciate your help completing this project. If you can help on Thursday, February 1 from 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, please sign up here. Thanks!

Remember to save your Box Tops for West Cypress!

As you're baking Valentine goodies, please remember to save your Box Tops for Education and donate them to West Cypress Hills. The classroom with the most Box Tops each quarter wins a special prize.

And, be sure to remind Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, and Uncles to save theirs, too!

Box Tops for Education labels can be found on a number of grocery items. For more information about the products that support Box Tops for Education, click here. Box Tops can be placed on this form and turned in to your child's teacher. Thanks!

Cupcake Friday - January 26

We'll be celebrating students' January birthdays on Friday, January 26. Each classroom has a Cupcake Coordinator who helps us to determine which parents are dropping off cupcakes and healthy snacks the morning of January 26.

If you are scheduled by the Cupcake Coordinator to bring cupcakes or snacks, please be certain to drop them off at the front desk no later than noon on the 26th. A LIST OF INGREDIENTS MUST BE ATTACHED to any homemade cupcakes/snacks that are to be delivered to a nut-free class. Nut-free classes are those of Brymer, Kearns, Ali, Johnson, Arbour, Kogler, Figueiredo, Gallenkamp, Crump, Arrivo, Delmark, and Sabochick.

The cupcakes and snacks are delivered by our "Cupcake Fairies" to the classrooms just prior to dismissal. Cupcake Fridays are noted on our school website calendar, and here is a handy list of them:

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 20

May 18

Volunteers Needed During Lunch Time

WCHE student lunches begin at 10:45 and end at 1:10. We'd love to have volunteers come in to assist students with opening their drinks, opening condiment packages, passing out plastic-ware and napkins, etc. If you're looking for something fun to do any time between 10:45 and 1:10, please sign up here. Thanks!

Join the West Cypress PTO

We welcome you to get involved in West Cypress Hills' Elementary activities. Join the PTO today!

Here is the application form and, for your convenience, here is a link to make online payments.

Our PTO does so much to support our students and staff. Please consider joining today! Thank you to all of our parents who contribute your support, donations, time and energy to making WCHE a wonderful place to learn and grow!

Helping Everyone Respect Others

WCHE Be A HERO Week, January 29 through February 2

Our campus goal for HERO Week is for West Cypress Hills Elementary students and teachers to work together to increase awareness of our Anti-bullying Rules:

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Each day, Monday through Thursday, we will focus on a different rule, culminating in a Friday anti-bullying presentation at the school assembly. EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO DRESS LIKE A SUPERHERO ON FRIDAY, February 2!

Family Activity (**OPTIONAL Activity Due Thursday, February 1. See #3 below for details. **)

1. Share with your child(ren) a story from your own life about a time when you were bullied or when you acted as the HERO for someone else who was experiencing bullying. Ask your child(ren) to share a story of their own.
2. Here are questions you and your child(ren) can discuss:
  • How can we help students who are bullied?
  • Do you use your words?
  • Are they peaceful words or hurtful words?
  • Do you stand up to a bully by acting like a bully?
  • What is the BEST way to stand up for someone being bullied **Optional**:
3. Ask your child(ren) to choose one of their favorite Superpower Pillars and create a

picture to illustrate what that pillar means. Please have your child(ren) turn in the

picture to the teacher(s) by Thursday, February 1. The Pillars are Trustworthiness,

Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

One Enchanted Evening Dance - Buy Your Tickets by January 31!

WCHE is holding its first princess dance in the gym on Saturday, February 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. WCHE students are invited to bring Dad or some other special someone to dance the night away. Tickets are $10 per couple and $5 for each additional child.

The enchanted evening includes a photo booth, dessert bar, activities, dance contests, and more!

Classroom Valentine Parties February 14

It's Valentines' Day all day at West Cypress Hills Elementary, Wednesday, February 14.

Classroom party times:

Kindergarten.....12:20 pm

1st Grade............9:30 am

2nd Grade............9:00 am

3rd Grade.............1:40 pm

4th Grade.............1:00 pm

5th Grade.............2:00 pm

If attending, please avoid long check-in lines. RSVP here.

Spring & Class Photos Will Be Taken Thursday, February 22

Yes, it is already time to take our spring class photos. The photos will be taken during the school day. Additional information and order forms will be sent home with students soon.

  • If you want to buy a class photo, pay on line or return the completed form with either your check payable to Lifetouch or with cash for the exact amount due.
  • Completed forms are to be turned in to the classroom teacher to hold for picture day.
  • Individual photos you may receive when your class photo is delivered to you are made available to you for your consideration. If you don't want to purchase them, return them to the classroom teacher.
  • If you do wish to purchase the individual photos, payment for them can be made online or via check/cash for the exact amount to Lifetouch. Payment for the individual photos should be delivered to the classroom teacher.

Kindergarten Roundup, Wednesday, March 21, come & go 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Kindergarten Round-up is a one-time registration "come and go" event designed for the parent to fill out and turn in the necessary paperwork to enroll 2018-19 Kindergarten students. The following documents are required for registration:

  • Child's certified birth certificate or passport.
  • Child's complete immunization record
  • Child's social security card (if available)
  • Photo ID of registering parent or guardian
  • Proofs of residence within the district (mortgage statement, property tax statement or lease/loan documents AND a utility bill for electric, water, or gas @ same address.)
  • Complete the registration packet.