Tiger Talk

4/19/22

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Heartfelt Appreciation to our West Cypress Hills Volunteers

On behalf of all of our West Cypress Hills Elementary School staff members and our WCHE Tigers, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our many volunteers. The week of April 18 is National Public School Volunteer Appreciation Week, and I want to take a moment to recognize and thank our many volunteers who make West Cypress Hills such a grand place to be.


When I think of all of the many ways our volunteers support our school, I am amazed at their dedication and their willingness to pitch in to help with whatever is needed. We very much appreciate our PTO, our homeroom parents, WatchDOGS, Literacy Partners, our LTHS PALS, the Library volunteers, volunteer lunch monitors....and the list goes on.


Thank you, thank you, for making such a huge difference in our lives. Our school would not be the same without you.


With warmest regards,

Melanie Beninga, Principal

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Tiger Families Invited to our Learning Showcase April 21

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Join us 4:30 - 6:30 on April 21 at the WCHE Learning Showcase!

Be sure to pick up your WCHE Learning Showcase passport in our lobby on Thursday, April 21! Our Learning Showcase starts at 4:30 and ends at 6:30 pm. The Learning Showcase passport lists all of the fun things to do. Each room offers a fun learning experience for the family. We'll have games and lots of fun adventures for the family to enjoy.


Use your passport to collect staff initials as you work your way through the Showcase. On your way home, stop by the Reception desk to claim a Passport Prize if your Passport has been initialed at least 10 times!

Extended Care Pick Up Moves to the Back Entrance for April 21 Only!

Our Tigers who remain after school in our LTISD Extended Care are usually picked up at main, front entrance. However, on Thursday, April 21, to avoid the Showcase traffic, Extended Care Pick Up will be moved to the back of the building.


Parents picking up students from Extended Care should use the back driveway in order to sign out students from Extended Care on Thursday, April 21. Signs will be posted to guide you.


After picking up your Tiger(s) from Extended Care, park in any of our parking lots and join the fun at the Showcase!

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WCHE Names Coach Christy Mirizzi Teacher of the Year!

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Pictured above left to right are: LTISD Superintendent, Paul Norton; Stefani Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; Principal Melanie Beninga; Coach Christy Mirizzi, her daughter Anna, son Gio, and husband, Marc.

Coach Christy Mirizzi was voted by the West Cypress Hills Elementary staff as their Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Mirizzi is in her 22nd year of teaching, and half of those years have been with the Lake Travis Independent School District. This is Coach Mirizzi’s 8th year at West Cypress Hills. She is and has always been THE PE Coach at West Cypress. She helped to open the school in 2014, and she’s been an integral part of our faculty ever since.


Coach Mirizzi is the magician who orchestrates our annual Field Days, and she also creates other fun challenges for our Tigers throughout the school year to keep them healthy, physically fit, and having a great time while they are at it. She has even organized fitness challenges for the faculty! Thanks to Coach Mirizzi, many of us have dusted off our walking shoes, hit the pavement, and feel better for it!


Christy Mirizzi and her husband, Marc, live in Austin. They have a son and a daughter—both former Tigers—who now are proud Bee Cave Middle School Raiders. Even though being a wife, mother, and PE Coach keeps Coach Mirizzi pretty busy, she takes time to lead LTISD Enrichment Classes and volunteers to facilitate athletic events throughout the district.


As you can see, the West Cypress Hills Elementary staff had many excellent reasons to elect Mrs. Mirizzi as our Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Coach! We are proud of you and your many accomplishments.

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WCHE to Hold Lockdown Drill Monday, April 25

Dear West Cypress Hills Elementary School Parents and Guardians,


In 2019, Lake Travis ISD officials introduced the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) to school safety. The SRP is a proven method of creating shared language and actions among students, staff, and first responders during a school emergency.


Our staff and students will take part in a lockdown drill on Monday, April 25, 2022. As a result, parents and students may see law enforcement officers, safety vehicles and/or other emergency responders onsite. Once the drill has been initiated, teachers will immediately suspend all instruction, and students will receive further directions from their teachers regarding the drill.


Once the drill has been completed, all instruction will resume as scheduled. The drill is scheduled to occur sometime in the morning and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Our teachers and students have been advised of the drill and are prepared to participate. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support during this time.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Melanie Beninga, Principal

West Cypress Hills

Please complete our Parent Input Form for 2022-2023 Tigers' Class Placements

In making class assignments, our goal is to place each child in a class where he or she can be most successful. A secondary goal is to also maintain a balance among classes in terms of gender, academic ability, disciplinary and social needs, learning styles, and individual needs of all of the students. All information shared on our input form is confidential and submitted electronically to West Cypress Hills Elementary administration.


We hope to make classroom assignments that will maximize the opportunity for your child’s success. If you have information you would like to have considered in your child’s placement, please complete and submit this form no later than May 1, 2022. Please limit your input to the way your child learns and any special needs that we should consider.


Staffing and staff assignments for next year have not been finalized; thus, we will not be able to honor requests for a specific teacher. We will do our best to honor your feedback.

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Incoming Kinder Families - Save May 4 for our Kinder 101!

Families who have completed their online 2022-2023 enrollment forms and have been approved by our Registrar by May 3, will receive an invitation with time and details of the WCHE Kinder 101.


If you have a 2022-2023 Kinder student who will be attending West Cypress Hills Elementary, be sure your online enrollment packet is complete and submitted soon! Information about enrolling your 2022-2023 Kinder student can be found here.

Sign up for Career Fair Day Here

And we couldn't be more excited!!!

This is our opportunity to expose our Tigers to a broad range of career possibilities and ignite new interests as they consider their future careers.


Thank you to all parents and community members who signed up to speak to us about their jobs. Our Tigers are going to LOVE hearing from you.

One Community One School One Book

On Monday, March 28, our school started a special project: an all-school book club called One Community One School One Book. Every family should have received its copy of The Wild Robot by Peter Brown the week of March 21, for Tigers were provided with their family's copy of the book that week during library class.


Families are invited to read our book together at home during the March 28 through April 29 program.


Please click this link to view the reading calendar and to learn more.


Happy Reading!

Mrs. Seidenberger,

WCHE Librarian

Let's have even more fun!

LET'S CELEBRATE ONE COMMUNITY, ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK! PLEASE TAKE A SELFIE OF YOUR FAMILY READING THE BOOK THE WILD ROBOT AND EMAIL IT TO ME SO THAT I CAN POST IT ON OUR SCHOOL BULLETIN BOARD!

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.

Applications Accepted for Qualifying PreK Starting March 28

Applications Accepted for Tuition PreK Starting April 1 at 10 am

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.

Hit the Easy Button! Order 2022-2023 School Supply Kits Online Here!

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.

Be on the Lookout for LTISD Bus Transportation Updates

One might think that our school bus drivers would be immune to anything and everything that could be thrown their way, BUT, from time to time, LTISD bus drivers do need to take a sick day, and at this time the District is not always able to provide a substitute bus driver quickly enough to cover the route.


As a result, there are times when SMARTTag and/or LTISD will notify parents that bus service could be delayed or that bus service for a particular route is canceled. Even though the disruption to service happens very infrequently, it's still an inconvenience when it happens to you and your Tiger(s.) We apologize.


Please be sure to pay close attention to SMARTTag and/or LTISD transportation alerts and updates so that you will know if/when disruption to your service has occurred.

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Contact us here about the Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying

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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Volunteers Needed for STAAR Testing May 10, May 11, and May 12

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Tigers will be taking STAAR tests May 10, 11, and 12, and we are seeking volunteers to help with hallway monitoring of our student restrooms during the testing.


If you'd like to help, please sign up here! Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Through 05/01/22...Submit Parent Input Form for 2022-23 Tiger Class Placement

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

3/28 - 04/29/22.......One Community One School One Book Club Learn more

04/01 - 04/30/22.....National Occupational Therapy Month

04/18 - 04/22..........Public School Volunteer Week

04/20/22.................Angel's Spirit Night 5 to 8 pm!

04/21/22.................WCHE Learning Showcase 4:30 - 6:30 pm!

04/21/22.................LTCL Bookmobile Comes to WCH Amenity Center 3 - 4 pm

04/22/22.................Earth Day

04/22/22.................Kindergarten Field Trip to Austin Zoo

04/25/22................WCHE Lockdown Drill Takes Place

04/25 - 04/29/22....National Afterschool Professionals' Week

04/26/22................5th Grade Girls' Spinal Screening

04/27/22................5th Grade Girls' Spinal Screening

04/27/22.................2nd Grade Field Trip to Exotic Resort Zoo

04/27/22.................Administrative Professionals' Day

04/28/22.................PTO General Assembly in the Tiger's Den @ 9 am RSVP

04/29/22.................4th Grade Field Trip to Pioneer Farms

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

05/04/22.................Kinder 101 for Enrolled 22-23 Kinder Families

05/06/22.................Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day!

05/06/22.................5th Grade End of Year Trip to Camp Buckner

05/06/22.................4th Grade Puberty Education 2:15 - 2:50 pm

05/10 - 05/12/22....Campus Closed for STAAR Tests - No Visitors/No Volunteers

05/11/22.................Public School Paraprofessionals' Day

05/13/22.................5th Grade Puberty Education 2:15 - 2:50 pm

05/17/22.................WCHE Career Fair

05/19/22.................LTCL Bookmobile Comes to WCH Amenity Center 3 - 4 pm

05/20/22.................3rd Grade Field Trip to the Science Mill

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

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

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