Tiger Talk

5/24/22

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Wishing Tiger Families a Safe and Happy Holiday

Our 2021-2022 campus theme has been EMBRACE THE NOISE! And, I am happy to report that we made lots of "noise" meeting our goal of establishing a love of learning and fostering a collaborative environment.


I feel greatly blessed to have had the opportunity to roll out the “welcome mat” once again to our many visitors and volunteers. It has been very heartwarming to have families sharing lunch with Tigers in our Tigers’ Den, to see our WatchDOGS return to the campus, to welcome back our PALS and Literacy Partners, and to watch our families experience our Tigers’ successes through the many campus events during this past school year.


West Cypress Hills Elementary has had a dedicated team of educators who worked diligently to provide a safe, collaborative, and successful learning community. I am so blessed to work alongside such an outstanding group of educators.


I appreciate the generosity of our PTO and our many community partners who have supported us throughout this school year. The partnership between our community and school is what makes West Cypress Hill such a special place to work and learn.


To our rising 6th graders, I bid a fond farewell. This group of students were kindergarteners when I started at WCHE. As they move on to middle school, so does a piece of my heart. I am going to miss seeing their smiling faces in the hallways. I wish each of them great success as they continue their journey.


I am blessed and thankful to have been a part of the West Cypress Hills community, and I am so very proud to have served as your Principal for the 2021-22 school year.


I wish you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and a fantastic summer break!


With warmest regards,

Melanie Beninga

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End of Year Classroom Parties

It's been a grand year of successful learning at good old West Cypress Hills Elementary, and to celebrate, classroom parties are scheduled for Thursday, May 26, at the following times:


Kindergarten................12:30 to 1:00 pm

1st Grade.....................12:00 to 12:30 pm

2nd Grade.....................1:30 to 2:00 pm

3rd Grade......................1:00 to 1:30 pm

4th Grade....................11:30 am to 12:00 pm

And, 5th Grade will be celebrating the following day, Friday, May 27.


If you volunteered to help with class parties, please be sure to RSVP here so that we can have your security badge ready for you.

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Once a Tiger.....Always a Tiger!

We have mixed emotions about seeing our Tiger 5th Graders moving on to middle school. We hate to see them leave us. At the same time, we are so proud of them and happy to see that they have completed a successful year of learning and are being promoted to 6th Grade.


We plan to honor our Tiger 5th Grade on Friday, May 27, and make their day a happy and memorable day through the following events:


7:20 - 7:50 .........Pictures and fun in their classrooms (students only)

7:50 - 8:15 .........5th Grade breakfast in the 5th Grade neighborhood (students only)

8:15....................Parents welcome to enter the Tigers' Den (Cafeteria)

8:15 - 9:00 .........Activities in their classrooms (students only)

9:00 ...................5th Graders arrive in the Tigers' Den (Cafeteria) for promotion ceremony

9:15 - 9:20..........Mrs. Beninga's welcome and opening remarks

9:20 - 9:30..........5th Grade baby photos slideshow

9:30 - 10:00........Promotion ceremony

10:00 - 10:20......Parent photo ops in the Tigers' Den

10:20..................Parents dismissed to the track for Tiger send-off

10:20 - 10:35......Tiger 5th Grade walks the halls one last time

10:35 - 10:40......The Big Send-Off!

10:40..................Parents may sign out students to leave early, if desired.


At the end of the promotion ceremony, guests will make their way to our playground field/track. While 5th Grade Tigers walk the halls of the school one last time to the cheers of all of our other Tigers, parents are invited to prepare to cheer the 5th Grade Tigers as they end our celebration by walking the track. Parents are welcome to snap photos, wave signs, and cheer. When the 5th Grade Tigers complete their final stroll of the track, students and parents are invited to take photos on our playground with friends and family.


May 27 is an early release day. All Tigers are dismissed at 1:00 pm that day. However, if you wish to sign your Tiger(s) out early, please complete our sign out form at Reception and drop it off as you depart. Please complete this form to let us know your plans for our 5th Grade Tigers' promotion day.

Parking

When visiting West Cypress Hills Elementary, please park in one of our parking lots. If the lots are full, parallel parking is permitted on Cypress Ranch Boulevard alongside the curb. When parking on the street, please be mindful not to block driveways and intersections, and please do not park on any grassy areas or medians. Please help us to avoid damaging the neighborhood sprinkler system by keeping your wheels on pavement.

Avoid the lines!

If you have already had your photo ID scanned into our Raptor security system some time this school year, we recommend that you RSVP to attend our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony. We are happy to prepare your badge in advance so that you can spend more time doing fun things instead of waiting in line for a security badge.


All adult visitors must obtain a security badge in order to enter the building. Those unable to RSVP will need to have a photo ID with them so that a security badge can be prepared for them in our Reception area. Be sure to arrive early and bring your photo ID so that you won't miss any of the fun!

Pick up your Belongings!

Please be sure your Tiger takes home ALL of his/her belongings! Our Lost & Found has "found" lots of really nice clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, and hats. Please check our Lost & Found for your belongings and make sure your Tiger also takes home all of his/her supplies and belongings from the classroom desk and cubby. Unclaimed belongings will be donated June 1.


Any medication left in care of Nurse Kate during the school year must be picked up by the parent/guardian by 1 pm on Friday, May 27. Medication not picked up by 1 pm May 27 will be discarded.

School is Dismissed at 1 pm on Friday, May 27!

The last day of school is an early release day. Students are dismissed at 1 pm.


There is no Extended Care provided on Friday, May 27. If your Tiger(s) would normally report to Extended Care at the end of the school day, please be sure to update SMART Tag to let us know how your Tiger(s) will be going home at 1 pm.


Happy Summer!

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,

Kate Chapman, RN

Pick up Student Medication by 1 pm Friday, May 27!

If you left medication for your Tiger(s) with Nurse Kate during the school year, please be sure to stop by the Clinic to pick it up by 1 pm on Friday, May 27.


We are required to discard any medication left at the school at the end of the school year. Therefore, any medication not picked up by 1 pm on the last day of school must be discarded.

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The WCHE Tigers hosted a reception May 19 to thank our Literacy Partner volunteers for their service this year. Our Literacy Partners help us with our reading and comprehension skills.


Pictured above are Literacy Partners Dana Sherman and Lisa Baker with our Reading Teacher Clover Yordanova.

Online Enrollment is Open for All New-to-WCHE Students

Every year we welcome new Tigers, whether they are our new Kindergarteners or new to West Cypress Hills. On February 22, the online registration for Kinder - 5th grade new-to-WCHE students began and can still be accessed through the Lake Travis ISD website. (See handy link button below.) You can complete the enrollment packet online and upload the required documents. A link to sign up for Kindergarten assessments will be provided after families complete and upload their 2022-23 Kindergarten enrollment documents.


A student will not be enrolled until ALL below documents have been received.


Required Documents include:

  • Proof of Residency: (home sales closing documents, property tax statement, property deed, or a lease agreement)
  • Utility Bill: gas, water, electric (The name on the utility bill must match the name on the other proof of residence document.)
  • Certified copy of birth certificate (incoming Kindergartners must be 5 years old by September 1, 2022.
  • Photo ID of Parent/Guardian enrolling student
  • Up-to-date Immunizations- We cannot accept immunization documentation from a patient portal. Immunization documents must be signed or stamped by the physician.
  • Social Security Card (optional)

New Student Enrollment 2022-23

Please make sure you are filling out the Enrollment packet for the 22-23 school year.

For Families NEW to Lake Travis ISD


  1. The first step is to request a Skyward Family Access login account using a valid email address. You may obtain a free email account through services such as Hotmail, Yahoo or Google.
  2. Your login and password will be sent to this email address.
  3. Use the link in the email to log in and begin the process.
  4. The email will be sent from Skyward@ltisdschools.org. Be sure to add this email address to your valid email recipients to avoid it being affected by your spam filter.

FOR EXISTING FAMILY ACCESS USER

After logging into Family Access, choose "New Student Enrollment" by clicking the down arrow next to the house icon.

What about Returning Tigers?

We will ask our returning Tigers to update their student information and complete their online returning student re-enrollment toward the end of summer.


Meanwhile, please complete this survey to let us know whether you intend to return to our campus next year. A communication from Mr. Alvarado concerning this survey is shown below.


Thanks!

Parent Action Requested: Student Intent to Return Survey for 2022-2023 School Year

Dear Lake Travis ISD Parents and Guardians,


As district and campus administrators begin preparing for the 2022-2023 school year, parents of currently enrolled students are asked to submit their child's intent to return to Lake Travis ISD. This information will assist the district with staffing and programming decisions for the upcoming school year.


Please complete the Google form linked below to let us know if your child will be returning to LTISD for the 2022-2023 school year (complete one form per student):


Student Intent to Return Form for 2022-2023 School Year


Please note, the Google Form is for planning purposes only. Parents of returning students for the 2022-2023 school year will be asked to complete a Returning Student packet via Skyward Family Access later this summer.


Sincerely,

Marco Alvarado
Exec. Director of Communications & Community Relations

Hit the Easy Button! Order 2022-2023 School Supply Kits Online Here! June 10 is the last day to place orders!

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 10, 2022. 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 our kits.


We also have lists of the school supplies for 2022-2023 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you.

Accountability Reports

Accountability information for the Lake Travis Independent School District can be found on our district accountability webpage.


Hard copies of the State, District, and campus report cards are available by request at each campus or at the LTISD Education Development Center located at 607 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin TX 78734.


We can also offer oral or written translations of these materials by request. Please contact Lyndsae Benton at 512-533-6027 or bentonl@ltisdschools.org.

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Keep on Reading on, Tigers!

Summer is almost here, and I am so excited to share with you information about our Virtual Summer Camp Adventure! Just click here to learn more.


Our Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to the West Cypress neighborhood pool every other Thursday making it so convenient for many of our Tigers to enjoy fun summer reading. The Bookmobile is in the neighborhood park from 3 to 4 pm. Just look for the picture of the Bookmobile in Tiger Talk to learn more.


And, since it's almost summer, Tigers, be sure to turn in your WCHE Library books by Friday, May 27! All books are due May 27.


Thanks, and have a great summer, Tigers!

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Upcoming Events

Through 06/10/22....Order School Supply Kits Online Using WCHE Account Code 79519


05/01 - 05/31/22....National Better Hearing & Speech Month

05/26/22.................End of Year Class Parties RSVP

05/27/22.................5th Grade Promotion Ceremony RSVP

05/27/22.................Early Release Day at 1 pm! No Extended Care Today! Update SMARTTag

05/30/22.................Happy Memorial Day! School Closed Today

05/31/22.................Staff Professional Development Day

06/01 - 06/23/22.....WCHE Office Open 9 am to 1 pm Mondays - Thursdays

06/02/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm

06/10/22.................Last Day to Order School Supply Kits Online - Use Account Code 79519

06/16/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm

06/24 - 07/18/22.....WCHE Office Closed for Summer Break

06/30/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm

07/19 - 08/05/22.....WCHE Office Open 9 am to 1 pm Mondays - Thursdays

07/28/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm

08/11/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm

08/16/22.................First Day of School - Welcome Tigers!

08/25/22.................LTCL Bookmobile at West Cypress Pool 3 pm to 4 pm