MAY 2021

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This is the time that we begin planning for the upcoming school year. Teachers will begin forming classes soon for the 2021-2022 school year. They use a number of criteria to help them with the process including: balances in gender, race, academic levels just to name a few. Because there are so many factors we have to take into consideration, we do not honor parent requests. Our teachers spend countless hours in an effort to create the best possible matches to ensure success for every child. If your child has unique needs that would be important for administration to be aware of, please send an email explaining your child’s unique needs to be considered when reviewing class lists during the summer months. Letters will not be accepted which include specific requests for teachers. These emails need to be submitted to Mrs. Hill by Wednesday, May 19th. Please adhere to this deadline.


Returning Library Books

The library is closed for the rest of the school year for inventory. Please return all CWE library books to the school by Wednesday, May 19th.

Collecting CWE Laptops and iPads

We will be collecting all CWE laptops, iPads, and chargers for the summer for processing and updating. Please see the schedule below to find your student’s collection date. If you have any questions about this process, please email Taylor Huggan at

CWE Student Device Collection Schedule

Brick & Mortar Students ONLY

Friday, May 14th

  • All in-person Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd graders and ACCESS students who still have CWE laptops or iPads at home must return their device and charger.

Thursday, June 3rd

  • All in-person 5th graders and ACCESS students will return their device and charger to the Media Center. A schedule will be coming out with an assigned time for each homeroom. 5th graders keep their laptop bag to take home with them.

Friday, June 4th

  • All in-person 4th graders will return their device, charger, and laptop bag to the Media Center. A schedule will be coming out with an assigned time for each homeroom.

MyPCS Students ONLY

Wednesday, June 9th

  • 1:30-3:00pm - All online MyPCS students will return their device and charger to the front office. If the student is a 4th grader, they will need to return their laptop bag as well.

Thursday, June 10th

  • 9:00-12:00pm - All online MyPCS students will return their device and charger to the front office. If the student is a 4th grader, they will need to return their laptop bag as well.

Taylor Huggan

Library Media Technology Specialist

Cypress Woods Elementary

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If you are in need of food assistance, please see the attached flyers with distribution sites as well as days and times.

Mask Update

We've seen an increase of students not having a mask when arriving to school. Please double check in the morning before leaving for school that you child has his/her mask. District policy requires all students and staff to wear a face covering/mask while on campus. This includes parents who wait at the PreK gate for their walker to arrive in the afternoon.

Just a friendly reminder that students are not permitted to wear masks that have vents or holes. Please make sure reusable masks are washed regularly!! Good hygiene helps to promote good health and wellness for our students.

Pinellas County Schools has announced plans to rescind its School Board policy requiring face coverings in schools and district facilities at the end of the school year. All health and safety protocols, including face coverings, will continue through 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 9.

At this time, we are strongly encouraging the use of masks for Summer Bridge programs, but we are not planning to require them for Summer Bridge because of the trending medical data and the decreased number of students in each school during the summer. However, we will continue to monitor conditions, and, if necessary, we may put another face covering policy in place during Summer Bridge or next school year.

“I am incredibly proud of the work our staff, students, families and School Board have done during this global pandemic,” said Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego. “The school district has worked closely with its medical advisory group throughout the last 14 months to create, review and update health and safety protocols based on the latest scientific data. Due to the commitment and cooperation of all involved, we have been able to successfully have a healthy, productive and meaningful school year.”

By maintaining all health and safety protocols through the end of the school year, the school district is ensuring that all staff who wish to receive a vaccine have the opportunity to do so and is continuing the protocols parents considered when choosing a learning option for the spring semester. Currently 80% of students attend school in-person.

Pinellas County Schools enlisted the assistance of infectious disease and pediatric specialists from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, BayCare, Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. and the Florida Department of Health-Pinellas when the pandemic first began in spring 2020. Doctors toured schools, provided operational guidance for the district’s reopening plan and provided Pinellas County Schools teachers, nurses and other employees access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. The group has continued to be actively engaged throughout the school year and will remain a key partner in future planning.

All health and safety protocols, including the use of face coverings, will remain in place through the end of the current school year. The district will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions and will respond as needed.

For the latest information on Pinellas County Schools, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

Mark Your Calendars

May 3 - May 16th - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

May 19 - SAC Mtg - Virtual

May 19 - All Library Books Due Back to CWE Library

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 9 - Last Day of School - 2 Hour Early Release

June 9 - Final Report Cards Go Home

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May is National Bike Safety Month!

Did you know? Wearing a helmet is the SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE way to prevent head injuries and death related to bike accidents. Annually, about 100 children are killed and 254,000 are injured as a result of bicycle-related accidents.

Florida law requires ALL individuals under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent. Law enforcement officers and school crossing guards may issue a bicycle safety brochure and a verbal warning to a bicycle rider or passenger who violates helmet laws and may be issued a citation by a law enforcement officer and assessed a fine!

Top Tips

1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.

2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.

3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.

4. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen. Per Florida law, every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise needs be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear.

5. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.

If you need help obtaining a helmet for your child please reach out to me in the clinic! ~Nurse Jennifer


We will no longer accept checks for tuition, lost library books, etc. after April 30th. Beginning May 1st, we will only accept cash, cashier check or money order. If you have any questions, you can contact Janet Orito at or call 727-538-7325. Thank you for patience and understanding.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to our April Rotary Student of the Month, Michael McGurk and our May Rotary Student of the Month, Sadie Hawksl!! Way to go, Michael and Sadie! Keep up the great work!

Notes From Kim Shipley, Family & Community Liaison

Greetings Volunteers!

Wow! We are just 5 and a half weeks from Summer Break! As we wrap up this unusual year, please remember to record all your volunteer hours in the volunteer system (PTA and SAC…hint, hint 😊) Every hour counts and will be reported to Tallahassee at the end of the school year. Please use the attached instructions for assistance with the volunteer system, your login and how to record your hours. This documentation of community involvement allows us to maintain our 5 star status, so that you in advance for taking a few minutes of your time to record your hours. Remember, it’s the hours that count, not necessarily the dates, so feel free to “chunk” your entries by activity. Every hour for this school year should be entered, however please DO NOT backdate your entry to last semester, just enter it under the current date. All hours need to be recorded by Friday, May 21st for the current school year!

Attention Lunch Pals: Our last week for mentoring will be the week of Memorial Day, June 1st – June 4th. If you need to end your sessions earlier than this, please contact me with your requested end date. Your Lunch Pal students are counting on your return in the fall, however if you will not be able to continue for any reason, please let me know. If your lunch pal is moving onto Middle School, someone from their new school will contact you to schedule sessions beginning next fall. We are so grateful for your time this year and your flexibility with the changes we’ve had to endure. It means so much to our students and they look forward to seeing you each week! Next year, we will welcome you back to campus for face-to-face lunch pal sessions or you can choose to continue to meet virtually. Please watch for an email to schedule sessions for next school year around the end of August.

Important Dates and Opportunities:

  • Mon. May 3rd thru Sun. May 16th - Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be virtual again! Shop online and support our school with every purchase. All orders ship directly to your home and book-only orders of $25 or more ship for free! Check out our fair for a limited time only from Monday, May 3 through Sunday May 16 at! Grow your home library and stock up on summer reading material 😊
  • Thu. 5/13 – Volunteer Curbside Project Pick Up 11:15 – Noon. (Watch for a sign-up genius link to be emailed 5/7)
  • Wed. 5/19 SAC Meeting 3:15 PM
  • Mon. 5/31 – Memorial Day, no school
  • Wed. 6/9 – Last day of school, Early dismissal @ 12:45 PM, & Report Cards go home.

Community Partner Spotlight…below are a few of our generous sponsors this year:

Allen Dental Practice

Astroskate – Tarpon Springs

Bahama Bucks Shaved Ice – Tarpon Springs

Banther Consulting

Behavior Intervention Services, LLC

Calvary Church – East Lake

Chick=fil-A – Oldsmar

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Window & Door

Dairy Queen – Oldsmar

Dominos Pizza – Eastlake

Eastlake Café

Garra Spas – Countryside Mall

Grade Power Learning – Palm Harbor

Jersey Mikes – Oldsmar

Massage Envy- Clearwater

Mathnasium – Eastlake

Menchies – Boot Ranch

Pop Goes the Party, LLC

Sports Clips – Palm Harbor

Trinity Title

Whisky Wings – Tarpon Springs

YMCA - Lansbrook


Green Market Cafe

Thank you for supporting our school through donations of funds and materials!

Enjoy the last few weeks of school as it will be over before we know it… Thanks for all you do to support Cypress Woods, we appreciate YOU ❤ !

Kim Shipley
Family & Community Liaison

Cypress Woods Elementary

4900 Cypress Woods Blvd

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

727-538-7325 ext. 2045

Submitting Requests For Changes In Learning Options

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, if you would like to request a change for your child’s learning option at any time, please review the information below.

  • Parents may request a change for the second semester from/to face-to-face learning and from/to MyPCS Online for the remainder of the school year.
  • Parents should be aware that changing Learning Options may result in a change of teachers and/or teaching model. A teaching model change could be simultaneous instruction where the teacher is working with students face to face and virtually throughout the school day.
  • All requests should be submitted directly to the school principal and data management technician via email.
  • Requests will be processed, and changes will be made within a week of the request for the remainder of the year.

Notes from the PE Department

Cypress Woods PE routines can be found on Coach Harte's you tube channel. Search Coach Jim Harte You Tube.

Updates From Our PTA

1. Final General Meeting: June 3rd 6:00 PM (Stay tuned for details)

2. Yearbooks can still be ordered through (ID: 1015325439961059)

3. Nominating Committee: Suzanne Seen, Stacey Wendol and Karen Tubergen. Anyone interested in a Board position should email Suzanne Seen at by May 20th. The Slate of Officers for voting at the June 3rd meeting will be available by May 21st on the website and Facebook


Opt in For CWE Text Alerts

Using the list below, sign up under the grade of your youngest student in order to receive text alerts about school events, PTA and volunteering. (The information will be the SAME on all accounts, so you should only sign up under one class…)

To 81010, please text the following:

  • PRE K @b49fk3
  • KINDERGARTEN @24b47f
  • 1ST GRADE @cf6c38
  • 2ND GRADE @9f7edc
  • 3RD GRADE @cwethi
  • 4TH GRADE @2ce39k7
  • 5TH GRADE @e26kb9