Tiger Talk

10/22/19

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Pledge/Pay Here With Your Tiger's APEX ID Code

October 16, students brought home a pledge kit that contains the student's individual pledge & payment access code. You will need that code to make online pledges and payments. Thank you for making a difference in our Tigers' lives!

Our Obstacle Course Fun Run is Friday!

Be sure to get your pledges in!!!!


What an awesome job our students (and you) have done with our WCHE Elementary Obstacle Course Fun Run fundraiser. You should be congratulated for all your efforts! Our Obstacle Course Fun Run is Friday, and we are in the final stretch now! Remember that funds raised from our Obstacle Course Fun Run will be used to pay for Student and Teacher Enrichment Programs!


PREPARING STUDENTS FOR FRIDAY:


  • Every student will receive an APEX t-shirt to wear at the event.
  • Every student should wear comfortable shoes to run in.
  • Every student should get a good night’s sleep.
  • Every student should eat a healthy breakfast (and lunch for those who may be running in the afternoon).
  • Every student should stay hydrated – start today.
  • And, every student should remember to apply sunscreen.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! If every student got just 1 MORE sponsor tonight for $1/obstacle or a $30 flat donation, that would INCREASE our total earnings for our school by over $8,000… in just one night!!! Login at www.MyApexEvent.com using your student’s access code to enter pledges.


APEX GIVES BACK: Apex Leadership Co has partnered with the Thirst Project (the world’s largest youth water org) again this year to help end the global water crisis. For every student who reaches $10 per lap pledged for their school, Apex will make a donation (on their dime) to help provide up to 4 years of clean drinking water for those in need. This is a great way to show kids that they can help change the world!


OBSTACLE COURSE FUN RUN SCHEDULE: Our students are excited and energized for the big event Friday. Families are welcome to come out and cheer on the students!


7:50 am.......5th Grade

8:45 am.......4th Grade

9:40 am.......3rd Grade

10:40 am.....2nd Grade

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

12:45 pm.....Kindergarten

1:30 pm.......Sensory Run


2:00 pm........APEX Awards Assembly in the Gym


Thank you for your continued support! GO TIGERS!!!!!

The Apex Fun Run is FRIDAY!!!!

Friday, Oct. 25th, 7:45am-2:30pm

6112 Cypress Ranch Boulevard

Spicewood, TX

Be sure to save the date! Our Apex Fun Run is Friday, October 25!


We kicked off this event with a Pep Rally, Wednesday, October 16, at 2 pm. The event combines an Obstacle Course Fun Run fundraiser, while promoting leadership, good character, and fitness. Apex's GAME ON leadership theme takes students on an exciting journey as they learn what it takes to be a game changing leader.


Our Obstacle Course Run Schedule for Friday, October 25:


Kindergarten...................12:45 pm

1st Grade........................12:00 noon

2nd Grade.......................10:40 am

3rd Grade.........................9:40 am

4th Grade.........................8:45 am

5th Grade.........................7:50 am

Sensory Run....................1:30 pm


End of Day Apex Awards Assembly will be in the Gym at 2 pm, Friday, October 25.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please park in our parking lots

During school events and visits to our campus, please park in one of our parking lots. If the lots are full, please park on the street next to the curb.


Please do NOT park on the Cypress Ranch Boulevard medians. Please do NOT park on grass or landscaped areas.


Let's be good neighbors and stay on the pavement. Thank you!

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For more information about donations....

Feel free to email treasurer@wchpto.org
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Thank you, Muriel Ramirez and Maria Cooper, for fashioning our Displays Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

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Tigers Need Room to S-T-R-E-T-C-H ...............Morning Assembly Changes

If you have had the opportunity to join our Friday morning assemblies lately, you likely have noticed how cozy the gym has become because of our growing student enrollment. We now have more than nine hundred Tigers, and Tigers, here as well as in the jungle, need room to stretch!


Our Friday morning assemblies traditionally have been attended by all students plus many of their friends and family members. The assemblies are a time to celebrate Tiger accomplishments and to share information with our Tiger families. Thus, these assemblies are important to us and to our Tigers as a special time for them to be recognized for their positive efforts in the classroom.


To ensure our Tiger families are in a safe environment, we are making a few changes. Beginning Friday, November 1, for most of our student assemblies, approximately one-half of the Tigers will attend the assembly while the other half view the assembly from their classrooms via live stream.


Therefore, the November 1 assembly will be attended by Kindergarten, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders while the rest of the students view the assembly from their classrooms. The November 8 assembly will be attended by 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders while the rest of the Tigers watch from their classrooms. We occasionally will still have an all-school assembly for extra-special events, and we are noting in Tiger Talk and on our school's website calendar the dates of our assemblies and which students are invited to each of them.


Our Tigers are thrilled when family and friends come to see them receive their awards, and by making these scheduling changes, we continue to be able to provide a comfortable and safe assembly room that can accommodate Tigers, their families, and their friends. We hope these scheduling changes do not cause our Tigers or their friends and families any inconvenience.


Tigers need room to stretch, you know!

Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying!

If your Kinder, 1st Grader, and/or Second Grader can tie his/her shoes, please notify Coaches Mirizzi and Cadorette because they want to honor this accomplishment in the school gym on our WALL OF FAME FOR SHOE TYING!


Once notified of the student's successful shoe-tying accomplishment, we will provide your student with a paper shoe to color, take the student's photo, and then post the photo and customized paper shoe on our WALL OF FAME FOR SHOE TYING!


It's going to be really exciting to see our young Tigers on our WALL OF FAME!

Improvement to Reporting Student Grades----We have moved to Electronic Reports!

With the implementation of Skyward Family Access, we are pleased to inform you that LTISD report cards for students in grades K-12 were made available electronically beginning with our first grading period this fall.


Parents may view their child’s report card via Skyward Family Access after 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17. As a reminder, Skyward Family Access works well from desktop computers and is also available as a mobile application that can be used to access student data, including report cards, from most mobile devices.


Please note, student report cards will no longer be printed. Parents without internet or mobile access may obtain a paper copy of their child’s report card by contacting the school.


We are excited about the move to electronic report cards and the efficiencies they create for our parents and families. Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Fun Literacy-Related Activities Happening at West Cypress Hills!

Our school-wide reading program this year is formatted as a BINGO board. Each student received one board to take home in his/her folder the week of September 9. The Book BINGO program runs through Thursday, December 19. All students completing a Blackout will be invited to a special school-wide BINGO party!


For more information, please visit the library Book Bingo website.

Check the Lake Travis Community Library, too!

The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to the West Cypress Neighborhood Pool on alternating Thursdays.

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Join the fun! Be a Tiger Volunteer!

Volunteering at West Cypress Hills Elementary is the best way to get involved, meet new people, and directly impact your child's school experience!


Check out the exciting volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you. Once you have signed up, the Volunteer Liaison will contact you with specific information regarding times, dates, etc.


If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Whitsitt, volunteer@wchpto.org

Thank You for Volunteering!!!

Volunteer Opportunities at WCHE 2019-2020

Volunteering is the BEST way to get involved and meet new people. It's also a GREAT way to impact your child's school experience. Check out the opportunities here!

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Thursday, October 24, the WCHE Cafeteria Staff Presents our WCHE'S Farmers' Market!

During all lunch periods, Tigers will have an opportunity to enjoy Purple Ninja Radishes, Candy Stripe Beets, Kumquats, Texas Gala Apples, Colored Cauliflower, and Flame Raisins.


All free to all students for all lunch periods.


Thank you LTISD Food & Nutrition Services and the Labatt Food Service for bringing the farm to our Tiger's Den.

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WCHE Kindness Week is October 28 through November 1

Our School Counselor, Mrs. Sheila White, announces that October 28 - November 1 will be deemed Kindness Week at West Cypress Hills. With much thought and collaboration, we plan to follow our exciting weeks of APEX Leadership lessons with a week of dress-up days and activities that we hope will foster a sense of community on our campus and remind us all of the importance of promoting kindness.


With these goals in mind, we plan to encourage kindness through various classroom and school-wide activities. A part of this will be a community service drive benefiting SAFE Austin (Stop Abuse for Everyone.) We will place SAFE donation boxes at the main entrance (front entry) so that Tigers can show kindness to our community by placing in the collection boxes new and unopened goods, such as:


  • hair brushes, hair accessories
  • size 4, 5, & 6 diapers, pull-ups, and wipes
  • body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner
  • socks, underwear, shoes, and sweatpants
  • toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • cleaning supplies, mops, brooms
  • towels, wash cloths, shower curtains, bath mats/rugs
  • twin-size sheets and blankets
  • laundry detergent and baskets
  • canned goods
  • box meals, instant potatoes
  • cereal, oatmeal
  • food storage bags, facial tissues, trash bags
  • paper towels, toilet tissue
  • hand sanitizer

Another fun part of the week will include promoting acts of kindness, illustrated by dress-up days. Our staff and student dress-up days are as follows:


  • Monday...........Dress in Neon/Bright Colors and "Brighten Someone's Day!"
  • Tuesday..........Dress in Camo and "Band Together for Kindness."
  • Wednesday.....Dress in Sports Attire and "Team Up for Kindness."
  • Thursday........Dress in Character Costume for "Kindness in Costume" (please, no weapons, blood, or masks)
  • Friday.............Dress in Tiger Spirit Wear for "Tigers Stand Together!"


You can find more information about SAFE here. And, if you have any questions concerning WCHE Kindness week, feel free to contact Mrs. White.

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 3 -- "Fall Back" 1 Hour!

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Mrs. Beninga to Speak at Next General PTO Meeting, Wednesday, November 6

Please join us at our general PTO meeting, 9 am, in the Tiger's Den (aka WCHE School Cafeteria.) It will give you a chance to be brought up to date on school news, and it wil be an informative meeting. Our Principal, Mrs. Melanie Beninga, will speak regarding Alternative Learning Environments (ALE.)

WCHE Fall Student Photo Makeup Day is Thursday, November 14.

If your child(ren) missed having student photos made earlier this year, please sign up for our fall photo retakes. We'll have Lifetouch photographers here on Thursday, November 14, and they will be happy to (a) retake the photo made earlier this year and (b) to take photos of all other Tigers whose photos have not yet been taken.
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LTISD Offers Free Flu Shots for WCHE Students the week of November 18

Nurse Dana Hensel announces that the Lake Travis Independent School District will be offering flu shots for students some time during the week of November 18. Additional information will be forwarded to you soon.
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Upcoming Events

10/01 - 10/31/19....October is National Bullying Prevention Month & Principals' Month

10/21 - 10/25/19....National School Bus Safety Week

10/23/19................Principal Beninga Takes Over LTISD Social Media! Watch for her posts!

10/24/19................WCHE Farmers' Market in the Tiger's Den -- all lunch periods.

10/25/19................APEX Fun Run!

10/25/19................NO 7:40 ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY TODAY...INSTEAD,

10/25/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to our Apex Awards Assembly 2:00 pm RSVP

10/28 - 11/01/19....Kindness Week @ WCHE!

10/30/19................5th Grade Group Yearbook Photo to be Taken @ 7:45 am

10/31/19................LTC Library Bookmobile @ West Cypress Pool 3 - 4 pm

11/01/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to KG - 2nd Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP

11/01/19................1st Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farm -- Volunteer RSVP

11/03/19................Daylight Saving Time Ends - Set Clocks Back 1 Hour

11/04/19................4th Grade Field Trip to Stunt Ranch--Volunteer RSVP

11/04/19................Student Council Meeting 3 - 4 pm

11/06/19................PTO General Meeting in the Tiger's Den 9 am RSVP

11/07/19................Kindergarten Field Trip to the Thinkery - Volunteer RSVP

11/08/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to 3rd - 5th Grade Assembly @ 7:40 am RSVP

11/11/19................Veterans' Day

11/11/19................3rd Grade Veterans' Day Performance in the Tiger's Den 9:45 am RSVP

11/13/19................2nd Grade Field Trip to High 5 Volunteer RSVP

11/13/19................Math Club Olympiad - At School During Math Team Hours

11/14/19................Fall Photo Retake Day! Sign Up Here!

11/14/19................LTC Library Bookmobile @ West Cypress Pool 3 - 4 pm

11/15/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to KG - 2nd Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP

11/18 - 11/22/19....Student Flu Shots Offered Some Time this Week. More info coming!

11/18/19................Student Council Meeting 3 - 4 pm

11/21/19................WCHE Thanksgiving Feast! RSVP

11/22/19................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to 3rd - 5th Grade Assembly at 7:40 am RSVP

11/25 - 11/29.........School is Out for Fall Break. Happy Thanksgiving!

School Dismissal Manager

Please log in to School Dismissal Manager to report student absences and/or dismissal transportation changes no later than 1:45 pm on the day of the occurrence.