Spring PTA Newsletter

May 2016

WRE Spring PTA Update

It's May - that crazy time of year when we rush around with end of school year activities. We are looking forward to all the excitement May brings for our kids, and hopefully we can survive with some portion of our sanity intact.

March and April were full of events at our school. Thank you to our teachers for a wonderful open house. We always love to see what new things our kids are working on and learning from our wonderful teachers. We welcomed incoming families to our Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment night and hosted early enrollment for returning students. Thank you Stephani Walne and Elizabeth Woodard for your hard work with our in-coming student information. A huge thank you to all of our parents who came to the school and turned in all of your enrollment information....the WRE staff worked so hard on making that experience as easy as possible and it helps Principal Walker plan for next year.

We had a wonderful turn out this year for Hoops n the Highlands. WRE volunteers and basketball players were out in full force. A special thanks to Greg & Laura Lavender for chairing Hoops....You made us proud!

Many, many thanks to Dad's Club for another amazing WREck the Night! I know all of the kids enjoyed it...and the mom's too. The money this event raised will go directly back into WRE, so thank you to all those that attended! Thank you Bo Ragsdale & Kyle Hickey for your leadership and investment of time you have put into running the Dad's Club! Our Dad's Club has become a force to be reckoned with...we have AMAZING Dad's here at WRE!

Thank you for loving on our teachers during Staff Appreciation. We have such wonderful teachers at our school who nurture, educate, guide, and care for our children every school year. It is so priceless to know they are in good hands...and we are so grateful!

Please join us for Muffins with Mom this Thursday, May 5th, at 7 am in the Library. Immediately following Muffins will be our last PTA General Meeting of the year in the Butterfly Garden. We will be voting on using some of our educational enhancement funds to bring a program to our school, Capturing Kids Hearts. Lake Highlands High School is also implementing this program next year. It is an invaluable classroom leadership program which touches every single child and teacher. I encourage you to research it or come to the meeting to learn more. We will also be installing our officers for 2016-17.

Election day is May 7th. Please make sure to take the time to vote. I am going to share a quote Cary Woodall shared with me, which I love.

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. Your vote in elections is a once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in." - Marjorie Moore

I look forward to seeing everyone at Field Day & WREvue on May 27th. It has been a LOOOOOONG year, and this mom is ready for summer!

Take care,
Keely Smith

Upcoming Dates:

3 - Principal Appreciation Day
4 – WRE School Tour 10 – 11am
5 - Muffins with Mom – 7:00 a.m. – Library
5 - PTA General Meeting – 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Butterfly Garden
-New Board Installation & PTA Awards
5 – LHAECPTA Liaison – WRE Preschool Family Picnic
5 - Read for Need
6 - National School Nurse’s Day
9-13 - STAAR Testing
23 -Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
25 – 4th Grade goes to Austin
26 - Senior Breakfast
27 - Field Day
27 - Talent Show
2 – 6th Grade Graduation
4 - 2015-2016 PTA Board Planning Meeting – 9:00-12:00

Richardson ISD Update

May 2nd, 2016 RISD Board Recap:

Board agreed to stay with the K-6 model as the standard delivery model for elementary. This means that the 5/6 centers at the junior highs are off the table. Board will continue to study multiple options under the K-6 program including:

Construction of one or more K-6 schools

Construction of school that could serve as a grade level center for WRE (i.e WRE 4-6 only).

Expansion of WRE

Magnet programming in LH

Discussion of ideal school size in all elementary schools and impact on construction needs for other schools was addressed and will continue to be looked at.

The Board also stated they are continuing to look for other land options and have until late summer/early fall to land on the final land parcel if new construction is the choice made.