WPE Community Newsletter - Week of January 3
Message from the Principal
REMINDER- NO SCHOOL FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MONDAY JANUARY 3
As we are moving into the year 2022, we are all looking forward to a fresh start and great learning and experiences for our students in the second part of the school year. The first semester all students were given the opportunity to go on field trips to places such as Interactive Aquarium (Kinder), Main Street Theatre (2nd grade) Jesse Jones Park (4th grade), Children's Museum (1st grade), IFly (5th Grade) and the Science Museum(3rd grade) . We will have additional field trips for each grade level this semester so please be on the lookout for information from your child's teacher.
We have been working on adding additional flexible learning spaces for our students and with your help from the Adopt a Month Fundraiser in October and district support, both atriums will be additional learning spaces for our students. You will be able to check them out soon as they are currently under construction!
To combat the nation wide learning loss that we experienced during the pandemic our teachers have been working with your children in a variety of ways such as small group targeted instruction, setting individual learning goals, novel studies and engaging units. Teachers are finishing up the middle of year testing to determine your child's progress and so far we have seen huge growth in student learning. Tutorials for 3-5th grade students will begin the second week in January. Letters will go home to students the first week back with information. During our Open House there will be opportunities for parents to get ideas and materials to help support your child's learning at home. More information to come.
We offer continued thanks to our families for partnering with Whispering Pines Elementary and best wishes for an amazing new year.
Whispering Pines Elementary
Jan 3- Elementary Student Holiday/Teacher workday
Jan 4- Students back to school
Jan 26- Boosterthon Kick-off
This year for our Boosterthon Fundraiser students will be doing an Obstacle Course!
Jan 11- 3rd-5th Grade Parent Meeting-6:30-7:30pm
Information on STAAR, Student Progress, Supporting Student Success through HB4545, Must RSVP to Attend and pizza will be served.
Jan 13-3rd-5th Grade Parent Meeting-8:00-9:00am
Information on STAAR, Student Progress, Supporting Student Success through HB4545, Must RSVP to Attend and donuts will be served.
Feb 1- 100th Day of School
Feb 3- 2nd Grade Performance 5:30
WPE Open House 6-7:30pm
Feb 4- Boosterthon Event Day
Feb 7-11 Student and Staff Holiday
CAMPUS UPDATES AND REMINDERS✍
STUDENT ACTIVITY FEES
Don't forget to pay your grade level activity fees. $10 for PreK and $15 for all other grade levels. These funds help us pay for field trips! Go to this link to pay
MULTIPURPOSE ROOM UPDATE
The walls are going up. We are very excited with the progress!
MEETING WITH TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS
While we try our best to meet with parents for situations that require immediate attention, we are not always available because we are supporting students as they learn and grow. Please contact your teacher directly to set up a conference or email@example.com to schedule a meeting with administration.
BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your child to school by 7:45 if you would like them to eat breakfast! We are serving all children breakfast this year. If you want your child to eat at school please get them here by 7:45am so they have time to eat their breakfast before we start class at 8:00. We have many students coming right at 8:00 and then wanting to eat breakfast. We don't want them to miss instruction time.
YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
We are very excited to be able to have a yearbook this year! It is going to be AWESOME. Please pre-order your book to get the pre-order price! PRE-ORDER HERE
DONATIONS TO THE PANDA MART
Our children all love the Panda Mart! Panda Bucks are like gold and they earn them through great behavior and great work and showing Panda Pride. However we could use your help. We can't pay for these items through Title 1 funds so we rely on our teachers and families to make donations. Please check out the link to the Amazon Wish List for items you can donate to the Panda Mart. COME ON....HELP A PANDA OUT!
We have these shirts on Campus, order now and shirt will be sent home with your child. We have some field trips coming up, these would be great to wear.
Counselor Corner: Self-Management for our WPE Students
Students will start the year receiving guidance lessons on Goal Directed Behavior.
To read more about the advantages to setting goals with students check out
WPE School Counselor
HUMBLE ISD PROPOSED 2022-2023 CALENDAR
Humble ISD’s proposed 2022-2023 calendar closely resembles this year's calendar to support consistency for students, parents and staff. The calendar was developed based upon prior parent and staff survey data that showed a majority prefer weeklong breaks in October and February in addition to Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks. The proposed calendar is scheduled to be voted on by the Humble ISD Board of Trustees at the January 11, 2022, meeting.
Humble ISD parents and staff were emailed an invitation with a unique link to leave a comment about the proposed calendar. Comments are open Dec. 1. 2021 through Jan.1, 2022. All comments will be read and thoroughly considered. Proposed 2022-2023 calendar
Thursday mornings 9:00 am
But check with your child's teacher sometime, and you’ll soon discover that it’s anything but! Behind the scenes, most elementary teachers usually spend at least one hour, and sometimes two or three, preparing for every hour of classroom instruction. Those cute mittens with the shoelace sewing strings? Every one of them must be cut out and sorted ahead of time. Which is why, if you’re a elementary parent, many teachers will warmly invite you to volunteer—as much as you can.
We will start a co-op where parents can come and meet together and work on crafts for classrooms. We will provide all the materials and instructions. You can visit with other parents and get to know each other all while helping out the school.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can have badges ready to go. Also make sure that you have registered with Humble ISD at the following link https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/MTA4NDplbi1VUw== so that you might be able to chaperone field trips and work school parties as well.
Humble Independent School District **ANNOUNCEMENT**
Automated attendance emails to resume Monday, November 29
Humble ISD has technology in place to help keep parents informed about their children’s school attendance. Beginning Monday, November 29, the district will resume sending automated notifications by email to parents when an unexcused absence occurs. The emails will come from the address HumbleISD_Connect@humbleisd.net.
To avoid absences being marked as unexcused, parents of both virtual and in-person learners must notify the school that their child is absent. Parental consent for the absence makes it excused. Parents must provide the parent note to the campus within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. TEA has requirements in place regarding attendance procedures that schools must follow.
If your child is absent, please:
- Go to humbleisd.net/attendancecontacts and submit the form online;
- Or, email the campus attendance office about the absence;
- Or, send a parent note with the student about the absence;
- Or call or fax in a message to the campus.
Working in partnership, we ensure that parents are informed when their child has an unexcused absence so that parents can check on their children or send a note within 48 hours to have the absence marked excused.