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WPE Community Newsletter - Week of April 5, 2021

Message from the Principal

Whispering Pines Families,


This year our teachers and staff will be reaching out to you for End of the Year conferences. These conferences will be available face to face and through zoom or a phone call depending on your preference and availability. The goal of the conference is to communicate the progress your child has made this year and partner with you to help ensure that students continue learning some vital concepts and skills over the summer. Teacher will be providing materials and working with you to build a specific plan to meet the needs of your child and family. If you are able to attend in person we will be able to give you materials at the conference otherwise we will arrange for pick-up in the front office. This loss of learning is sometimes referred to as the summer slide because students return to school at a lower academic level than the end of the last school year. As the nationally known educator Dorothy Cohen once said "No school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children's best interests.". We value your partnership and look forward to finishing the year strong and moving forward into an exciting new school year with new opportunities both in learning and experiences.



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Wendy Anaya, Principal

Wendy.Anaya@humbleisd.net

281-641-2501

UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL 2021

  • Friday, April 2 - Good Friday Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
  • Tuesday, April 6- 4th GRADE WRITING STAAR, Kindergarten Graduation Pics
  • Friday, April 9 - Spring Pictures (see campus updates for info)
  • Thursday, April 15 Kindergarten Round-up, 5:00-6:00pm WPE Cafeteria
  • Monday, April 19-Thursday, April 29 BOOK FAIR (More info to come)
  • Friday, April 23- Super Kid's Day SHIRT INFORMATION deadline to order Sat 4/2

MAY 2021


  • Thursday, May 6 WPE Graduate Walk
  • Tuesday, May 11 4th and 5th Grade Math STAAR
  • Wednesday, May 12 4th and 5th Grade Reading STAAR
  • Thursday, May 13 5th Grade Science STAAR
  • Tuesday May 18 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Thursday May 20 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • Wednesday, May 19th 5th Grade Manner's Banquet
  • Wednesday, May 26th Kindergarten EOY Performance and picnic

CAMPUS UPDATES🏫

STAAR TESTING INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

On Tuesday, April 6th, 4th grade students will participate in the STAAR Writing Assessment. Per TEA and Humble ISD, virtual students will have the opportunity to participate in the assessment. The assessment must be given on campus. If your virtual student is participating in the assessment, they must be at school by 8:15. Pick up time for virtual students will be 12:30. This is an approximate time. Water bottles and a snack will be provided.


SPRING PICTURES

Students will be taking their spring pictures on Friday, April 9th. This will include individual and group pictures for face to face students. If weather permits we will be taking our group pictures outside.

Virtual students are invited to take individual pictures from 9:00-11:00 am. Virtual students will enter in the front drive and enter through the "picture door" and a staff member will be there to take your child into the building for their picture and return them to you.


WPE Graduate Walk

Do you have children that went to WPE and are graduating from high school this year? Or do you know someone that does? We will be having our yearly WPE Graduate Walk for our former Pandas on Thursday, May 6 at 8:30am. They will walk the halls for our students to see and celebrate their success and then gather in the cafeteria for breakfast and a group photo! They might even see some of their former teachers!


End of Year Activities

Please be on the look for information about May's end of year activities that will include grade level picnics and end of year conferences.


Super Kids Day at WPE

We are planning a modified version of SKD in April this year that addresses COVID and still allows students to participate in this special annual event.


Kindergarten Round-up

Calling all Kindergarteners! If you child is turning 5 yrs old by 9/1/2021 they are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. We will be having a face to face information meeting on Thursday, April 15th from 5:00-6:00pm in the cafeteria.


Manner's Banquet for 5th Grade Students

Despite the challenges of COVID we feel it is important to continue with our important grade level or campus events such as Super Kids Day and Manner's Banquet. The students remember these special events for years. Manner's Banquet marks the end of your child's time in elementary school as they move into middle and high school. We will be adjusting this event to meet the district and state guidelines.


  • Face to Face learners will be seated at a table with their classrooms which we call 'school families'.
  • Servers will be limited to school personnel.
  • Any entertainment or speakers will be WPE staff or students

We would like to include our online learners at much as possible while respecting parent's choice of learning environment. The following opportunities will be offered to our 5th grade online learners.


  • The manner's lesson from the district will be offered in the virtual setting in a zoom format
  • We will live stream the manner's luncheon so students can watch the banquet.

COUNSELOR CORNER

Elain Dabney

Elain.Dabney@humbleisd.net


Karla Corpus

Karla.Corpus@humbleisd.net


Check out below to see how our counselors are supporting WPE students!

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DISTRICT UPDATES


PRE-K/KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022

Parents of students enrolling in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year may begin the pre-registration process online beginning April 5, 2021.


Parents enrolling students in Pre-Kindergarten will also have the option to register in-person at the Humble Civic Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, or from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16.


Watch the Inspiring Moments video on Early Childhood Education and get a glimpse inside our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs!


For information regarding qualifications and registration please see this LINK



Face Masks-

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted the state-wide mandate for masks and face coverings, and referred to TEA to establish guidelines for schools. TEA in turn established face covering protocols very similar to the Governor's former order, but empowered each local school board with the authority to modify, eliminate, or substitute a local face covering policy in place of TEA's version.


The following policy was approved at the regular March meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 9, 2021, and is effective immediately.

Every student, teacher, staff member, and visitor shall wear a mask or face shield over the nose and mouth when on school district property or at a district event wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this mask requirement does not apply to the following:

  • Any person younger than 10 years of age;
  • Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask;
  • Any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated in a dining area to eat or drink;
  • Any person while the person is actively exercising or engaging in physical activity;
  • Any spectator at an outdoor event;
  • Any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or
  • Any student while actively participating in an activity where it is impractical to wear a mask or face shield.


Multipurpose Rooms/Gym

One of the big changes for elementary schools will be the addition of Multipurpose Rooms/Gyms. Currently, our older elementary schools face challenges when they need to hold P.E. or a school assembly indoors because they don’t have a multipurpose room/gym. They only have a cafeteria.

The architect GPD Group was selected for the first group of six elementary schools that will be receiving a multipurpose room addition and the Community Learning Center that will receive a new gym space. Schools were grouped based upon their floorplans. Those with similar designs were placed into the same group to achieve economic efficiencies with bond funds.

First group of schools:

Community Learning Center (gym)
Deerwood Elementary
Hidden Hollow Elementary
Pine Forest Elementary
Shadow Forest Elementary
Whispering Pines Elementary
Willow Creek Elementary


CURBSIDE MEAL LOCATIONS - Mondays & Wednesdays (ONLY)


Virtual Learners & ALL children ages 1-18 years old

  • Free Curbside Meals To Go will resume Wednesday, January 6.
  • Meals distributed Mondays & Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • All virtual learning students regardless of meal eligibility (free, reduced, or full paid), will be able to pick up curbside meals at no cost.
  • ALL children in the community ages 1-18 years old may pick up curbside meals at no cost
  • Mondays: two breakfast meals and two lunch meals will be distributed.
  • Wednesdays: three breakfast meals and three lunch meals will be distributed.


Foster Elementary, Park Lakes Elementary, Ridge Creek Elementary, Timberwood Middle School, Atascocita High School, Humble High School, and Kingwood Park High School.
*AHS meal distribution is near the cafeteria in the back of the main building. This parking lot entrance's access road is West Lake Houston Parkway. AHS Curbside Meal Map
* KPHS meal distribution is at the Larry Cooper Athletic Center entrance.

Families with multiple children within different grade levels can go to ANY one location. Each location will have slightly different meals. Some food may require cooking. Please see Humble ISD Child Nutrition’s Website for cooking instructions.

Parents and Guardians must bring student’s ID, proof of student enrollment in HAC, or Student Name and ID number. To speed up the process parents can display a sign with student names and ID numbers over the rearview mirror.