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WPE Community Newsletter - Week of March 29, 2021

Message from the Principal

Whispering Pines Families,


Your children have made amazing progress this year despite the challenges of going online last year in March and having their learning disrupted multiple times with COVID and crazy weather. As we near the end of the year, we are planning a time to meet with you personally to assess your child's progress whether they are virtual or face to face. We would like to develop a plan for them to continue their learning over the summer whether they are below, on grade level or above grade level. Please be on the look-out for communication from your child's teacher to schedule a conference.


As we think about next year, I would like you to consider sending your child back to school if they are virtual and continuing face to face learning if they are already on campus. Learning is best done in the classroom with peers if possible.


At the end of April we will conduct 'Bridging Meetings' on campus with families to meet the teachers for the next grade level and learn about events and learning goals for your child as they move forward in their elementary career. Information, dates and times will be out in the next weekly newsletter.



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Wendy Anaya, Principal

Wendy.Anaya@humbleisd.net

281-641-2501

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH 2021

  • Monday, March 29 5th Grade Math Mock STAAR
  • Tuesday, March 30 3/4 Grade Math Mock STAAR
  • Wednesday, March 31 3/4 Grade Reading Mock STAAR


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 (more information to come)
  • 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

MAY 2021


  • Wednesday, May 19-5th Grade Manner's Banquet
  • Wednesday, May 26 Kindergarten Graduation Performance and Picnic

CAMPUS UPDATES🏫

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

SKD SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE LINK

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. Flyers are going home today on how you can help! FLYER


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!

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


Parent University

Mental Health Recovery from Daily Stress: Virtual Tuesday, March 30

Stress, whether large or small, is a fact of life. You may have too much to do in too little time to face stressful conflicts in your personal relationships or parenting role. Dr. McClain will talk to us about recognizing the signs of a depleted mental health state, and how to focus on not only getting better, but achieving a full and satisfying life.

Webinar 6 - 7 p.m.

Register


Visit Humble ISD's Parent University webpage for more upcoming classes.


Special Board Meeting Tuesday, March 30
The Humble ISD School Board Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held. 5:00 p.m. for closed session; 7:00 p.m. for all other matters on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in the Humble ISD Board Room. Board Room capacity is limited due to physical distancing requirements. The meeting can also be seen at humbleisd.net/boardmeetinglive. Board Meeting Agenda

Members of the public who would like to speak during Public Comment at the public session at 7 p.m. must sign up by noon on Tuesday, March 30 by completing and submitting this Notice of Intent to Address the Board of Trustees. More details regarding public comment.



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


Walk Run Discover Lake Houston, March 1-31, 2021

Walk, run, discover with us! This month-long community event encourages everyone to get out from behind their screens and out into nature! Register online at WalkRunDiscoverLakeHouston.com.


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.