Tiger Talk - Back to School Edition


A special invitation from Principal Melanie Beninga

As you know we are a fast-growing district and campus. We are projected to add quite a few new Tigers this coming year, and we are very excited about that. With this exciting growth, however, comes needed adjustments to our school-wide procedures and planning. One of these adjustments is that our usual "Meet the Teacher Night" is now an expanded "Meet the Teacher Day."

After today's first edition of Tiger Talk was published, several parents contacted me to express concern about the change to a "Meet the Teacher Day." Thus, I wanted to send this special edition newsletter to address these concerns. We truly appreciate the feedback. We want everyone to feel included and welcome, and we regret any inconvenience to our families due to the change from an afternoon to daytime schedule for meeting our teachers.

The "Meet the Teacher" event has been a topic of discussion among the principals for several months, for we all knew that adjustments would be required in order to provide a less crowded and less overwhelming atmosphere for our students--especially so for those coming to our school for the very first time. Our goals are to provide students and parents more quality time with the teachers and to give students the opportunity to explore and get settled in their new classrooms. Students will have the opportunity to drop off their school supplies and parents will be able to share any information about the students the teachers might need to know in order to begin a successful year of learning.

As our numbers grow, so do our crowds which can be quite overwhelming for our students and parents. Our limited parking, also, is a challenge when we have large numbers coming into the building at one time.

Knowing this would be a change from schedules followed in prior years, the district's desire was to share information about our new "Meet the Teacher Day" earlier this summer to provide parents with the time to make any necessary arrangements. West Cypress Hills Elementary always invites parents to escort their children to their classrooms the first two or three days of school. Perhaps if the new "Meet the Teacher Day" schedule does not work well for you, meeting the teacher, instead, on the first day of school will still allow you and your children to feel at ease with their new classrooms without creating too much of a hardship for parents.

Meeting the teacher is such an exciting time for our kiddos. We want to provide a calm and safe environment for them in which to meet their new teachers and start their year off on a positive note. I invite you to come to to our "Meet the Teacher Day." I look forward to greeting you in person.

Thank you for your comments, your flexibility and understanding.

Meet the Teacher Day is August 13!

West Cypress Hills Elementary cordially invites you to our Meet the Teacher Day! We have set aside Tuesday, August 13, so that you can bring your 2019-2020 Tigers to school to meet their new teachers, see where their classrooms are located, and store away school supplies. During our Meet the Teacher Day, there will be opportunities to purchase Tiger Spirit Wear, join the PTO, and speak with staff from our Food and Nutrition Services (cafeteria) and the LTISD Transportation Team.

In advance of our Meet the Teacher Day, you will be sent an email providing the name of your Tiger's homeroom teacher. The email will be sent to you Monday, August 12, around 4:00 pm; so, please make sure your enrollment or re-enrollment forms contain your current email address! The Kindergarten teachers will also be providing in that email the time they would like for you to arrive on Meet the Teacher Day, which will be some time between 9 and 11 am.

Our Meet the Teacher Day Schedule is:

Kindergarten: Your Scheduled Arrival Time will be included in your August 12 email and will be some time between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

12:30 pm until 1:15 pm................1st Grade and 3rd Grade

1:30 pm until 2:15 pm.................2nd Grade and 4th Grade

2:30 pm until 3:15 pm..................5th Grade

Upcoming Events

by 06/07/19...........Place online 2019-20 Classroom School Supply Orders Account #79519

by 07/17/19...........Order LTMS School Supplies from Sprout using code LTMS001

by 08/09/19............Provide 2019-20 Student Dismissal Instructions

06/07/19................Last Day to Order 2019-20 School Supplies Online! Account #79519

07/16/19................Re-enrollment for Returning Students Opens

08/06/19................Kinder Entry Assessments Sign Up Here!

08/06/19................Kinder Play Date (time TBD)

08/12/19................Teacher Assignments to be Emailed to Parents on or after 4 pm

08/13/19................Meet the Teacher Day!

08/14/19................First Day of School!

08/28/19................PTO General Meeting in the Tiger's Den (aka Cafeteria)

School Dismissal Manager

Please note transportation changes no later than 1:45 pm of the effective date.

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Sign Up Here for August 6 Kinder Entry Assessment

The purpose for Kindergarten Entry Assessment is to help the Kindergarten teachers to better understand and assess your child's social and academic skills as he/she begins the new school year. Please choose a time convenient for you and your child.

Last Day to Order WCHE School Supplies is June 7!

For your convenience, school supply kits are available online. To order, use school account #79519. There is a kit for boys and a kit for girls. Kits ordered online are delivered to WCHE by the 1st day of school.

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2019-2020 School Supply Lists and Kits

There are two ways you can purchase next year's school supplies.

  1. 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 7, 2019.. If you purchase your student's school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the school before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.
  2. Below we have lists of the school supplies so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you. Feel free to drop off the school supplies that you've purchased at our Meet the Teacher event August 13.

*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2019-20 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each, payable in cash or check to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school during the Meet the Teacher Event or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of school.

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For 2019-20 LTMS Supplies, order here by July 17!

Use code LTMS001 for Lake Travis Middle School. Order by May 15 and "Like" Sprout on Facebook to be included in a drawing for a free supply kit.

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Re-enrollment of Returning Students Begins July 16

When the link to re-enroll returning students becomes available, we will post it here and on our website. Happy Summer, Tigers!
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The First Day of School is Wednesday, August 14! The school day is 7:40 am to 3:00 pm