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Principal Points from Mrs. Hill

Here we are getting ready to enter the third week of the new quarter. We were excited to see many of our Eagles return to campus this marking period! They hit the ground running and jumped right back into learning. Thank you for all that you do everyday to partner with us in your child's education.

The month of November has us reflect on all we are thankful and grateful for. We invite you to take these days leading up to Thanksgiving to share your gratitude and acknowledge those things you are thankful for. Maybe keep a journal to write something down each day; or use family dinner time to verbally show your gratitude. It will be a great way to reinforce positivity and thankfulness at home with your child. Make it a family affair!

As we have started to see an increase in our area of COVID-19 cases, please remember to monitor yourself and your child closely for symptoms each day. If someone in your home has tested positive or is waiting for test results students are not permitted to be in school. Please contact the school if you have any questions and/or visit the district website for specific information.

Mask Update

We've seen an increase of students not having a mask when arriving to school. Please double check in the morning before leaving for school that you child has his/her mask. District policy requires all students and staff to wear a face covering/mask while on campus. This includes parents who wait at the PreK gate for their walker to arrive in the afternoon.

Just a friendly reminder that students are not permitted to wear masks that have vents or holes. Please make sure reusable masks are washed regularly!! Good hygiene helps to promote good health and wellness for our students.

Mark Your Calendars

11/12 - Volunteer Cafe - Curbside

11/18 - Great American Teach-in &

Virtual SAC Meeting - 3:15-4:15 PM

11/19 - Picture Day for Brick & Mortar Students Only

11/20 - Picture Day for MyPCS Students Only 9:00-11:00 AM

11/23 thru 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break

11/30 - School Resumes

12/2 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Drive Through Only


The Online Scholastic Fall Book Fair going on NOW and will only be here through November 15th! Support our school by shopping two different ways:

1. The Scholastic Store Online which offers an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more.

2. The new 360 degree Virtual Book Fair where you can see bookcases and characters and also view exclusive book trailers! All orders will ship directly to your home and book-only orders over $25 ship for free! Every purchase benefits our school and helps cultivate a love of reading!

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Save the date! Fall Picture Day is coming with one day available for our brick and mortar students only on Thursday, November 19th and a separate picture day will be on Friday, November 20th from 9-11am for our MyPCS students only. Easy online ordering can be done at and use the access code: C519713. Please be sure to put your confirmation number in the space provided on the student order form. Order forms will be going home soon. There is a direct link on our school website at that will take you to Leonards website to place your order.

Notes From Our Counselor, Mrs. Trudell

Families can learn about magnet and fundamental programs at Virtual Choice Fairs

Pinellas County Schools offers 80 magnet, fundamental and career programs tailored to students’ interests, talents and abilities. The district will showcase magnet programs at four Virtual Choice Fairs:

  • Sat., Nov. 7 from 9 to 10:15 a.m.: All District Application Programs

Families can find out about magnet programs and register for Virtual Choice Fairs at

World Kindness Day is November 13- All students wear your KINDNESS shirts to school.

Together as a family, do one random act of kindness to celebrate.
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Click on the attachment below for information about the District Application Programs for 2021-2022

5th Grade Families...Please click on the attachment below for middle school information for 2021-2022

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Oscar Tovar, our October Rotary Student of the month! Way to go Oscar! Keep up the great work!

Notes from Our School Nurse

Isolation vs Quarantine. What do they mean?

Oh no! The dreaded has happened! You received that call and email that you or your student must quarantine and/or isolate due to a confirmed case of Covid 19 at home or in the classroom.

Contact tracing and the rules around contact tracing are very complex when it comes to WHO has to quarantine. Only the Department of Health can issue a Quarantine or Isolation directive.

Being directed to quarantine or self-isolate means more than just staying home from school.

Per CDC guidelines:

“Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).”

Wrapping it all up: if you have been contacted by the Department of Health and directed to Quarantine or Self-Isolate you should not attend school, work, sports, yoga, playgrounds, social gatherings, religious services, rallies, etc. You could potentially spread Covid 19 unknowingly to others even before you show-or ever show- symptoms. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to stay home and monitor for symptoms for the duration of your quarantine/isolation.

CDC guidelines state a Negative Covid 19 rapid test must be confirmed with a PCR test. (That’s the one that gets sent out to the lab and takes a few days to come back). If your child is rapid tested for Covid 19 and the result is negative, please ask your provider to confirm that result with a PCR. All physician offices in Pinellas County were notified of this by the Department of Health earlier in October.

If there is a pending Covid test in the household (student, sibling, parent, live in grandparent, random tenant in the spare room above the garage, etc.) all students must stay home until a Negative test result is received. (Please see above!)

If your student is sent home from school with covid like symptoms they will automatically be excluded from school for 10 days. (May return on the 11th day.) The 10 day exclusion can only be avoided by providing the school with a negative Covid 19 test (please see above!) or a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis noted. (i.e. step, flu, URI, etc.) Doctors notes which only state “Cleared to Return” without a documented diagnosis will not be accepted and the student will not be allowed to return.

Please be sure your student has a clean mask on each day and that they have an extra in their backpack. (These can be placed in the same bag as their change of clothes!) Masks get soiled, break or get lost throughout the day and it’s important your student have another available. Masks with valves or holes are not permitted.

On another note: Vision and Hearing screenings were recently completed for our Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade students, as well as any students new to the county. If your child did not pass either screening you received a failure letter. Please follow up with your child’s eye doctor or general provider and have them complete the bottom portion of the failure notice, which can then be returned to the clinic.

Reminder: Flu season is upon us! This year, more than any other year, it’s important to get your flu shot! The symptoms of Covid 19 and the flu can be very similar and dual infection CAN happen! To prevent misdiagnosis, and severe illness, get yours and your child’s flu shots done early!

Notes From Kim Shipley, Family & Community Liaison

Greetings Volunteers!

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well and enjoying the beautiful fall weather while it lasts! As the 2nd quarter of the school year begins, we continue with our virtual and at home volunteering. Unfortunately, the district is still not allowing volunteers on campus. We really appreciate your support and we’re looking forward to a time, hopefully soon, when we can see you face to face again! Please make a note of these important dates and upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Thu. 11/12 Volunteer Café - Curbside:

Our next Volunteer Café Curbside pick-up for teacher’s projects will be Thursday, November 12th between 11:30 AM and Noon. I will be sending out a link listing the projects available on Friday, November 6th, so please watch for the link and sign up! In the event you want to volunteer, but are unavailable on Thursdays for the scheduled curbside pick-up, please go ahead and sign up for a project through the link, then email me your availability for an alternate pick up day/time. Please keep in mind my schedule is part time, from 10 AM to 2 PM most weekdays this year.

Wed. 12/2 Chick-fil A Spirit Night – Drive Thru in OLDSMAR:

Please see the attached flyer for our upcoming Cypress Woods Chick-fil-A Drive Thru Spirit Night on Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30- 8:00 PM. Be sure to tell the CFA Associate at the Oldsmar Location that you are part of this event when you place your order in the drive thru and CFA will donate a portion of your purchase back to our school.

Mentors Needed:

We have students in need of an extra caring adult in their life to listen and offer support, especially through these challenging times. Please follow this link for our upcoming Mentor Workshop dates and sign up: We hope to begin virtual mentor sessions in October. Sessions are once a week during the student’s lunchtime.

Adopt A Class:

This program offers donors the opportunity to enhance each and every Cypress Woods student’s learning experience. With each tax deductible donation, we are able to supplement classroom materials and more. A full adoption is $100, however any amount is appreciated. Please see the list below of teachers and programs that have not yet been fully adopted, then simply return the attached form with your donation:

  • Pre-K: Buonello, Hartman, & Dumala
  • Kindergarten: Patterson, Fontaine, Macgregor
  • 1st Grade: Gates ($30 away)
  • 2nd Grade: Herrington
  • 3rd Grade: Kontodiakos ($50 away)
  • 4th Grade: Duncan, McDowell, Smith ($50 away), Hardgrove ($80 away), King ($50 away)
  • 5th Grade: Reyes ($50 away)
  • Gifted: Wilson ($80 away)
  • PE: Ryan, Harte
  • Media Center/Library/Technology: Huggan
  • Exceptional Education: Tsetsekas, Cook, Bowers
  • Speech: Reisberg, Ubben, Hunter
  • OT: Kolanko, Amsler
  • PT: Ecker

Thank you for being so fabulous!

Kim Shipley
Family & Community Liaison

Cypress Woods Elementary

4900 Cypress Woods Blvd

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

727-538-7325 ext. 2045

Updates From Our PTA

Please visit or Facebook to stay up to date with our current programs and events.


  • YEARBOOK TIME! We will have a CWE yearbook this year and it will be awesome, as always! You can visit If you did not purchase a 2019-20 yearbook, you will need to create an account. For the month of Oct, Treering is offering 5% off your purchase!

  • Poinsettias Sales - November 6-19 - Flyers coming home on 11/6/2020.

  • Poinsettia Pick Up Day - December 4th

  • Food/Item Drive - November 9-13, Info to be coming home soon.

  • World Kindness Day - November 13

  • Giving Tree Coming Soon - Details to Come

  • Volunteering - If you have not already, please email if you would like to volunteer for one of our committees, programs or events.

  • **Box Top information is posted on our website**


Opt in For CWE Text Alerts

Using the list below, sign up under the grade of your youngest student in order to receive text alerts about school events, PTA and volunteering. (The information will be the SAME on all accounts, so you should only sign up under one class…)

To 81010, please text the following:

  • PRE K @b49fk3
  • KINDERGARTEN @24b47f
  • 1ST GRADE @cf6c38
  • 2ND GRADE @9f7edc
  • 3RD GRADE @cwethi
  • 4TH GRADE @2ce39k7
  • 5TH GRADE @e26kb9