Wildcat Newsletter

December 2015/January 2016

Note from Principal

Dear Parents,

I read a recent article about the amount of time kids spend reading each night. The article confirms research that has been around for a while: "20 minutes of reading a night can make a big difference."


The article was a study on students who were reading below grade level. Students who read 14 minutes a night continued to stay below level, but students who read 20 minutes a night were able to catch up by the end of the school year. The students that read books on or above their level of reading was key.


I encourage you to continue with nightly reading (at least 20 minutes) and challenge you to begin if you have not already. A new habit can be started at anytime, and starting now will have an impact on your child this school year. One of the best memories you can make with your child is reading at night– read to them, have them read to you– but make it a regular habit, and make it an enjoyable, bonding time for you and your child. This will connect them to reading and hopefully light the spark of loving to read!


Great resources for at-home reading are online books such as Starfall.com, Tumblebooks.com, Newsela.com, and our WSE website under parent/student resources (Student Site). In addition, students have library books and we have a Lending Library (Give one, get one) in front of the school–books are free for the taking! Please contact the school if you need more books or other resources.


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Webster

Changes to the end of the school day for Elementary in LISD

Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, Leander ISD will be adding five minutes to the school day. Elementary campuses will end five minutes later, and high schools will start five minutes earlier, with the exception of Cedar Park High School, which will remain on the same schedule. The new school hours for LISD elementary campuses will be 7:45 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. and high schools will be 8:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Middle school hours will not change.


House Bill 2610, which was passed this last legislative session, requires that public school students receive 75,600 minutes of instruction, instead of 180 days. As a result, LISD is lengthening the school day by five minutes at the elementary and high school campuses. CPHS and LISD middle schools are not impacted by the new law, as their school day already meets the requirements of the law.


If your student rides the bus and his or her route is impacted by this change, LISD Transportation services will notify you of your child’s new pick-up/drop-off time.

Whitestone Elementary

New Dismissal Time starting Jan. 4th at 2:50pm at Whitestone Elementary


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