Tiger Talk

12/11/18

Upcoming Events

until 12/20/18.......Volunteers needed in Cafeteria Please Sign Up Here Thanks!

until 12/20/18.......Book BINGO! Click here for more info

until 12/20/18.......Claim Lost & Found Items

until 02/01/19.......Order Your Yearbook Online by 2/1 & save $5!


12/12/18................School Safety and Lockdown Drill 2:15 - 2:30 pm

12/13/18................3rd Grade Field Trip to the Nutcracker

12/13/18................Community Library Bookmobile @ the West Cypress Pool 3 - 4 pm

12/14/18................School Assembly in the Gym @ 7:40 am

12/15/18................LTISD Orchestra Presents Beto & The Fairlanes 7:00 pm LTHS PAC

12/17-12/20/18.....WCHE Holiday Dress Up Days!

12/17/18................We Wear our Favorite Holiday Color

12/18/18................We Wear PJs

12/19/18................We Come as our Favorite Holiday Characters

12/19/18................School Assembly & Holiday Singalong in the Gym @ 7:40 RSVP

12/19/18................Class Holiday Parties RSVP

12/17 - 12/20/18.....LTHS Project Graduation Spirit Week @ Shipley Do-Nuts! Info

12/20/18.................We Wear our Most Festive Holiday Sweaters/Shirts

12/20/18................Unclaimed Lost & Found Items to be Donated

12/20/18................Early Release @ Noon Today! No Extended Care Today!

12/21 - 1/7/19.......Students' Winter Break - Happy Holidays!

01/01 - 01/01/19...School Board Recognition Month

01/08/19...............Students Return to School @ 7:40 am

01/11/19...............School Assembly in the Gym @ 7:40 am

01/14-01/18/19.....Science Fair!

01/14/19...............Student Council Meeting 3 - 4:00 pm

01/17/19...............5th Grade Science Fair Viewing 5 - 6 pm, Finalists Announced @ 5:45 pm

01/18/19...............School Assembly in the Gym @ 7:40 am

01/21/19...............No School Today! Student & Staff Holiday!

01/25/19...............School Assembly in the Gym @ 7:40 am

01/28/19...............Student Council Meeting 3 - 4:00 pm

School Dismissal Manager

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

School Safety and Safety Drill Information

We are proud to serve you and your children, and we will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for all students at West Cypress Hills Elementary.


The safety of your children, school staff, and visitors is very important to all of us. In order to maintain a safe learning environment, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.


Although we have been conducting various drills throughout the school year, this communication is intended to help you understand the importance of these drills as well as to understand each type of drill. The students and staff at WCHE practice three primary emergency drills each year: fire drills, lockdown drills, and shelter-in-place drills. Each type of drill is explained below.


Fire Drills

Our school will conduct a fire drill each month that school is in session. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is activated. By practicing, our students will become familiar with these expectations should a real emergency occur.


Lockdown Drills

Our school will conduct one Lockdown drill each semester of the school year. During a Lockdown event, we will secure the campus and shelter all students, staff, and visitors from possible danger inside or outside of our school building. All perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the threat has been contained and/or removed. No one will be allowed to enter or exit the building until the authorities (or school district officials) authorize such a release.


Please be advised, a Lockdown drill is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 12. Our teachers will inform students in advance so that they can be adequately prepared.


Shelter-in-Place Drills

The shelter-in-place drill will be conducted one time per semester each school year. The purpose of this drill is to prepare staff and students to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather.


Please know that we conduct these drills to support a safe learning environment for all, and it is always our intent to do so with minimal disruption to our school activities. Your patience, understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these drills, please contact your child’s teacher, Amanda Beninga, Assistant Principal, or Amanda Prehn, Principal, at 512-533-7500.

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The Winners of our WCHE 2018-2019 Spelling Bee are Announced!

Our annual Spelling Bee for learners in third, fourth, and fifth grades was held December 6, and we are very proud of all of the participants. They studied and worked diligently to prepare for the Bee, and their efforts were evident. Many thanks to all of our participants for their hard work.


Our learner who achieved a 3rd Place Medallion........................................Pedro Alvarez-Gutierrez

Our learner who achieved a 2nd Place Trophy............................................Aayan Cheema

Our learner who achieved a 1st Place Grand Champion Trophy.............Lenya Mithun

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Volunteers Are Needed in the School Cafeteria

We need help in our school cafeteria during our student lunches.


If you'd like something fun to do while also picking up some volunteer hours, please sign up here.


Thank you for volunteering to help!

The Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Graders

If your Kinder, 1st Grader, and/or Second Grader can tie his/her shoes, please notify Coaches Mirizzi & Mayes 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 the WALL OF FAME!

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Brrrrrr! It's cold, and we may have all of your coats!

Be sure to claim your Lost & Found items by noon December 20! Unclaimed Lost & Found items will be donated to charity.


Our Lost & Found is running over with all manner of lovely sweaters, sweatshirts, and coats. We also have lots of water bottles, lunch boxes, and even eyeglasses.


If you are missing any of your worldly goods, please stop by and check our Lost & Found. It could well be that your missing items are here.

And, speaking of cold, our clinic needs new or gently used leggings, shorts, and pants

Accidents happen! And, sometimes students need warm, dry clothing to finish out their school day.


Nurse Hensel, as the keeper of the wardrobe, has reported a need for small, medium and large girls' leggings. She also needs, for boys and/or girls, small, medium, and large athletic shorts and pants.


We would appreciate your keeping Nurse Hensel's needs in mind if you have gently used clothing that your children no longer need. Many thanks!

Play WCHE Book BINGO! Keep On Reading On, Tigers@

Our school-wide reading program is called Book BINGO!


Instructions and a BINGO card were sent home with our learners. We also have Book BINGO information available here.


Happy reading, Tigers!

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PTO Volunteer Sign-Up

You've been asking.....


.....and here it is! The PTO Volunteer Sign Up link is open!


There are so many ways to help our school, and there is more than just 1 page of ways to help in the Sign Up Genius.

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Danica Ryan's Design will be the Front Cover for the 2018-19 Yearbook!

Congratulations, Danica, and well done! We love your yearbook cover design and are so happy to have it displayed on the front cover of this year's book.


The design judges gave special recognition to Spencer Kenney and will be using Spencer's design for the front page of the yearbook. The designs that will be displayed on the back cover were submitted by Caitlyn Vandermeer, Sarva Iyer, Sanjana Raj, and Brecken Casey.


We are thrilled with the fine artwork turned in by all of the participants, and we congratulate our winning designers. Well done, Tigers!

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Reserve your yearbook! Order online by February 1 and Save $5!

It's yearbook time! The 2018-19 edition of The West Cypress Hills Elementary Yearbook is on sale now. This year's edition is just $35 if you order by February 1, and ordering has never been easier! Order online through the link shown below. If you need a paper order form to pay by check or cash, feel free to pick up an order form at the front desk.


If you order your yearbook by February 1, 2019, you are guaranteed to receive a copy when our yearbooks are delivered in the Spring. Our Tiger Yearbook Team is working really hard on this year's edition; so, don't miss it!


If paying by check or cash by February 1 with a paper order form, the amount to pay is $35 and the payee is Balfour. Exact change is appreciated.


As of February 2, 2019, the price of the yearbooks increases to $40; so, be sure to reserve your copy by February 1!

Order your WCHE Tiger 2018-19 Yearbook Here!

Save $5 by ordering by February 1, 2019!

WCHE Science Fair Coming up the Week of January 14

It's almost time to celebrate the work and success of our 5th Grade students' Science Fair Projects. The students' WCHE 2018-19 Science Fair entries will be judged Wednesday, January 16. Students will be invited to view the entries during their school day on Thursday, January 17. The Science Fair entries will also be available for viewing by the 5th Grade students and parents from 5 - 6 pm on Thursday, January 17, in the WCHE gym.


The Top 10 Finalists will be announced at 5:45 pm on Thursday, January 17, to 5th Grade students and parents. Those Top 10 Finalists will then represent WCHE at the Regional Science Fair.

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Holiday Assembly and Singalong - December 19 - 7:40 am

Instead of our usual Friday morning assembly, during our last week in school before the winter break, we will have assembly on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:40 am. The assembly will be in the gym and will include a fun Tiger Holiday Singalong.


We hope that you can join us. And, if you do, please RSVP to avoid those long security check-in lines.

Classroom Holiday Parties, Wednesday, December 19

Our classroom holiday parties will be held Wednesday, December 19. Parties begin at the following times:


Kindergarten.......................12:30 pm

1st Grade...............................1:15 pm

2nd Grade............................11:30 am

3rd Grade...............................1:40 pm

4th Grade.............................10:00 am

5th Grade...............................2:00 pm


If you plan to attend, please RSVP to avoid long security check-in lines.

Early Dismissal at Noon on Thursday, December 20!

Our learners will be dismissed from school at noon on Thursday, December 20.


There is no Extended Care available that day. As a result, if your child normally reports to Extended Care at the end of the school day, please be certain to update School Dismissal Manager to indicate that your child will be going home by car, bus, walking, or bike at noon on December 20. School Dismissal Manager can be updated any time between now and 10 am on Thursday, December 20.


All of the staff of WCHE wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season. We'll look forward to seeing everyone again at 7:40 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

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