Tiger Talk

03/30/21

We are so excited that our entire West Cypress Hills family is reading one book together.

One Community One School One Book

On Monday, March 29, our school embarked on a special project: an all-school book club called One Community One School One Book. Every family should have already received a copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

In-person learners should have received the book last week during library classes. Books for families of our remote learners were available for pick up last week. If your family has not received your copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, please contact us.

Please click the link to view the reading calendar and to learn more. The entire WCHE family is invited to read the book together. We just started this fun project; so, it's not too late to join the fun. Happy Reading!


With warmest regards,

Cathy Seidenberger, Librarian

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In March Tigers Celebrate Women's History and Music

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No School Friday, April 2! Enjoy Your Holiday!

Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,


During my Superintendent’s Update on Facebook Live in December 2020, I outlined some of our District’s major initiatives for 2021 and beyond—one of which is the development of a Strategic Improvement Plan. I am excited to announce the process is underway, and I am inviting your participation and feedback.


Working with our consultant Education Elements and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we are hosting several community summits designed to collect input for the development of our plan. Parents, students, teachers, staff and taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current state of the District and their hope for the future. Each of the two-hour events will follow the same agenda, so the public is invited to attend the summit that works best with their schedule. Zooms links are provided below:



This plan will articulate our mission and vision, as well as the goals and objectives needed to achieve that vision. We are eager to hear what is most important to you as we begin this important process for our District together. To help us plan, please RSVP at bit.ly/RSVPCommunity. For more information about our District’s long-range strategic planning efforts, visit www.ltisdschools.org/strategicplan.


Sincerely,
Paul Norton
Superintendent of Schools

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Fun Smencils for Sale to In-Person Learners April 7 - 15!

Our West Cypress Tiger 5th Graders will be selling Smencils to raise funds for their end-of-year activities. The proceeds from the sales of Smencils will go toward the cost of 5th Grade promotion activities and the purchase of their legacy gift to the school.


The Smencils will be sold for $1 each and can be purchased with cash (exact change only) or by check payable to WCHE. Smencils have proven to be VERY popular with Tigers in the past. Thus, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to purchase a Smencil, students can purchase up to 4 Smencils on their shopping day. After all grades have had their opportunity to purchase Smencils, remaining Smencils will be for sale on April 15 on a first- come, first-served basis.


Following COVID 19 protocols, a select group of 5th Graders, accompanied by a teacher, will visit each grade's neighborhood on their shopping day. Small groups of students from each class will be invited to take turns shopping.


Designated Smencil Shopping Days are:


Kindergarten..........April 7

1st Grade...............April 8

2nd Grade..............April 9

3rd Grade...............April 13

4th & 5th Grades.....April 14

Close out sale.........April 15


There's nothing like a good Smencil to brighten the day!

Fun Smencils for Sale to Remote Learners March 30 - April 6!

Remote learners are invited to order their Smencil(s) here between March 30 and April 6! Orders placed by remote learners March 30 through April 6 will be available for pick up in the front lobby on school days April 7 through April 15, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Spring Picture Day is April 12

On Monday, April 12, we will have photographers from Lifetouch on campus taking our student photos. We are not taking group, class photos this year--individual photos only. Our in-person learners will have photos taken from 8 am until noon. Students will be socially distanced and wearing masks. Students will remove their masks briefly, just long enough to have photos taken.


Remote learners are invited to sign up here and come to the campus to have photos taken between noon and 2 pm on Monday, April 12. Remote learners wearing masks may enter the building via the Library's exterior entrance. Once the photos are taken, they will be returned to parents/guardians waiting at the Library's exterior entrance. We'll post a Lifetouch sign on the fence near that entrance.


To learn more about Lifetouch's safety precautions, click here.


Pictures can be purchased before picture day at mylifetouch.com using our picture day ID #EVTHQKKH4.

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WCHE Spring Book Fair is Coming Soon!

We are so excited to hold a spring book fair on our campus!


The students' preview days will be April 19 through April 21. Their shopping days will be April 26 through April 30. And, of course, we will offer online shopping, too!


Save the dates!

Our Neighborhood Bookmobile is Back!

The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to our neighborhood amenity center for contactless reserve pick up service, take and make crafts, and free Wi-Fi.


Our favorite Bookmobile will be a the West Cypress Hills neighborhood pool on alternating Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm.


Visit the Lake Travis Community Library website for more information.

Hit the Easy Button! Order 2021-22 School Supplies Online Here!

Thanks to our fabulous PTO, supplies can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 11, 2021. If you purchase your student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the school before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.


We also have lists of the school supplies for 2021-2022 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you.

WCHE Continues to Follow LTISD Return to School Protocols for COVID-19

To help ensure that our Tiger families stay safe, please read the Daily Symptom Screening information that I provided below and keep your Tiger(s) home even if only one symptom is present. Please send your Tiger(s) to school wearing fresh clean face masks. We will help them to sanitize their hands as they enter the school and help them to keep hands sanitized throughout the school day.


We are one team, one family. Let's work together to keep our family healthy. Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns.

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Is it Allergies......or is it COVID-19?

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Are your children exhibiting a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion, or a runny nose? According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are symptoms common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies and should be taken seriously. In fact, Lake Travis ISD health and wellness protocols stipulate students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including those common to both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies as depicted above, should be kept home.


Recently, students across our District who have been sent home with common symptoms have tested positive for COVID-19. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including those common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies, please keep him/her home.


Furthermore, I urge everyone to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing so that we can keep our school safe and operational. We are one team, one family.

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Dear Parents/Guardians of Tiger 5th Graders:

If your child receives updated immunizations at his/her 11-year-old well check, please turn the record in to me. I will then be able to make sure that the immunization record is as up to date as possible before he/she is promoted to middle school.


There are 3 vaccines recommended for preteens. At 11-12 years old, your preteen should receive vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:



Please remember that you are welcome to contact me if you have questions concerning immunizations.


Warmest regards,

Dana Hensel, RN, NCSN, WCHE School Nurse

Lake Travis Middle School Band and Orchestra Welcome Rising 6th Graders!

Don't be left out! Reserve your 2020-21 WCHE Yearbook!

Yearbooks can be purchased here online for $35 plus a $1 handling fee. Pride lines and personalization options are also available for purchase.

Staff Shout Outs

WCH Families,


In the last few weeks, families submitted shout outs to our staff. Your words of appreciation were priceless and brought big smiles and tears of joy. Thank you, and please continue to submit your shout outs!


If you would like to send a shout out to a WCHE staff member or teacher, I will gladly pass it along. It can be anonymous or signed. Thank you for lifting up our hardworking teachers and faculty. We love what we do and appreciate your partnership.


Thanks for taking a minute to say thanks!


Melanie

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Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying

Our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying is dedicated to Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd Grade Tigers who have just learned to tie their shoes AND for Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Tigers who know how to tie their shoes and have not already been honored on our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying in prior years.


The honor is extended to in-person learners and remote learners. Contact our PE coaches if you have questions or need a paper or electronic shoe sent to your Tiger(s.)

LTISD Technology Providing WCHE With Chromebooks for Classrooms!

We are very excited to announce that LTISD Technology delivered new Chromebooks and charging stations to all of our classrooms last night.


Since in-person learners will no longer need their LTISD-issued devices on campus, in-person learners who have been using devices previously checked out to them directly from the LTISD Technology Department should:


  1. take the LTISD-issued device home until LTISD Technology requests a return, or
  2. turn the LTISD-issued device in to our school Registrar, Becky Wright.


Remote learners who are using LTISD-issued devices should continue doing so until LTISD Technology Department requests that they be returned.

On-line Learning Available ONLY Through Your Child's LTISD Account

To gain entry to student learning, students should use the LTISD LT1 Classlink to enter and access all classroom google links. This ensures secure and safe learning.


If students/parents attempt to access class meetings or documents without using the student's credentials in LT1 (for example, logging in to the browser from a parent's personal or work account instead of the student's LTISD account) access is restricted. To prevent unauthorized people from accessing our classrooms, only appropriate LT1 Classlink logins with the student's credentials can gain access. Access attempts by any other accounts will be denied.


PLEASE be sure to access all google links through our LT1Classlink using the appropriate LTISD student's credentials.

District Assisting With Technology to Support Remote Learning

The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will lend Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students in grades K-12 who have limited or no access to a device at home and who do not already have a device from our initial deployment last year.


Families who meet the above criteria may request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot by phoning the LTISD Technology Department at 512-533-6565.


Also, there is a known issue affecting the login credentials of some of our families with district-issued Chromebooks, and we have developed a solution to help you establish credentials for login. If you are unable to log in, please follow the steps outlined here, and if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience.

Changing Instructional Status

A change from in-person learning to remote learning can be made at any time. To request this change, complete the LTISD Instructional Change Form. The completed form should be forwarded to our Registrar, Becky Wright.

LTISD Chromebooks to Remain Checked Out to Students While on Campus


Students who checked out a District-issued Chromebook for remote learning and have since returned for in-person learning should retain the device and take it home with them Monday, March 29, or turn it in to our school Registrar, Becky Wright.


Chromebooks issued to students by LTISD Technology will remain checked out to the student until the student returns it to Mrs. Wright or until the LTISD Technology Department requests the devices be returned to them.

Meals for Remote Learners

Students in remote learning at home may purchase a meal for pickup from our school cafeteria. Learn more here.


Please note, menu options may be limited. If a parent or child in remote learning at home wishes to pick up a meal at school, accommodations must be made via email directly with the café manager, Mrs. Corinne Stewart, before 10:00 a.m. daily. All meals for remote learners must be picked up at the school’s front office during the regular meal schedule.

Yes, Students Withdrawn from LTISD May Re-enroll Later for In-Person Learning

A frequently asked question pertains to re-enrollment of LTISD students after they have been withdrawn.


Students can be re-enrolled for in-person learning after having been withdrawn as students of the LTISD. The re-enrollment process is the same as the enrollment process for any new LTISD student. The re-enrolled student will, initially, be scheduled for in-person learning at the school building.


Once the re-enrolled student is attending school in person, remote learning, if desired, may be selected when the district next extends an invitation to select a preferred learning option.

Counselor's Corner

Last week's Second Step lesson focused on thinking of solutions:


Remembering the word “step,” S-T-E-P, will help Tigers remember the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps. In the last lesson we were focusing on the S step, S: Say the Problem. This week we focus on the T step, T: Think of Solutions. Solutions help us solve the problem. They’re ideas about what we can do. Solutions must always be safe and respectful.


If you have a problem, remember to say the problem and then think of solutions!


West Cypress Hills' Career Month will be kicked off tomorrow, April 1. Our Tigers will have opportunities to learn more about various types of careers, hear about real-life career experiences, and enjoy fun dress-up days.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am happy to be of assistance. We are one family, one team!

LTEF 2021 Un-Gala FunGala: Be a Kid for the Kids! Save the Date: May 8!

"For the first time, the entire community can attend the LTEF Gala from the comfort of their own living rooms through virtual watch parties," said LTEF Executive Director Katie Kauffman.


"Host your friends and family, and join us to support and celebrate our Lake Travis schools. Although this year has been like no other year, the needs in our schools remain. Let’s come together to support our students and teachers of Lake Travis."


Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

03/01 - 03/31/21....Music in our Schools Month and Women's History Month

03/11 - 05/09.........Register for Summer Camp & Save $25

03/16 - 06/11/21....Order 2021-22 School Supply Kits Online Using School Code 79519

03/24 - 04/23.........Virtual PreKinder and Kinder Round Up - Learn More

03/29 - 05/01/21....WCHE Reads The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

03/30 - 04/06/21....Smencils for Sale to Remote Learners Here!

04/01 - 04/30/21....Career Month @ WCHE!

04/02/21................Staff and Student Holiday

04/05 - 04/09/21....National Assistant Principals' Week

04/07/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to Kindergarten

04/08/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to 1st Grade

04/08/21................Zoom Community Summit 6 pm RSVP

04/08 - 04/09/21....5th Grade Girls' Spinal Screening

04/09/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to 2nd Grade

04/12/21................Spring Picture Day! Purchase at mylifetouch.com ID #EVTHQKKH4.

04/13/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to 3rd Grade and G3 Students

04/19 - 04/21/21....Spring Book Fair Student Preview Days

04/14/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to 4th and 5th Grade

04/15/21................Smencils for Sale $1 ea to all as long as supplies last!

04/26 - 04/30/21....Spring Book Fair Shopping Days

04/19 - 04/23/21....National Library Week & Public School Volunteer Week

04/21/21................Administrative Professionals' Day

04/30/21................Girls' Puberty Education

05/01 - 05/31/21....National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

05/06 - 05/07/21....WCHE Field Days

05/07/21................School Lunch Hero Day

05/08/21................LTEF Un-Gala FunGala 21! Learn More

05/14/21................Boys and Girls' Puberty Education

05/27/21................End of Year Class Parties Day - Party Schedule

05/28/21................Tiger 5th Grade Promotion Day

05/28/21................Last Day of School - Early Release at 1 pm - No Extended Care Today