Tiger Talk

11/03/20

Staff Shout Outs

WCH Families,


If you would like to send a Shout Out to a WCHE staff member or teacher, I will gladly pass it along. It can be anonymous or signed. Thank you for lifting up our hardworking teachers and faculty. We love what we do and appreciate your partnership.


Thanks for taking a minute to say thanks!


Melanie

Thank you for your donations to the Lake Travis Education Foundation!

Thanks to you, the Lake Travis Education Foundation presented us with a BIG CHECK!

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Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying

Our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying is dedicated to Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd Grade Tigers who have just learned to tie their shoes AND for Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Tigers who know how to tie their shoes and have not already been honored on our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying in prior years.


The honor is extended to in-person learners and remote learners. Contact our PE coaches if you have questions or need a paper or electronic shoe sent to your Tiger(s.)

Don't Forget your Remote Learner Apex Prizes!

Any prizes due our remote learners that have not already been picked up will be available for pick up at the school. Please contact us to arrange a day and time convenient for you to pick up the prizes.

Kindness Week is November 9 - 13

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Kindness is contagious......pass it on!

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News from Nurse Hensel

Tiger Masks

To keep all in-person Tigers safe, please be sure to send your in-person learner(s) to school each day wearing freshly laundered cloth face masks or new, clean disposable face masks.

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More Exciting Artwork by Remote Tiger Teagan Jatzlau

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Photo Retake Day is Friday, November 6

In-person and remote learners are invited to have photos taken by Lifetouch in our school Library on Friday, November 6. Tigers will wear masks and practice social distancing during the photo shoot. Masks will be removed just long enough for the photos to be taken by the Lifetouch professional photographers.


In-person learners will have photographs made between 10 and 11:30 am on Friday, November 6. If you would like for your in-person learner(s) to have photos made on our photo retake day, please contact us here TODAY. We'll coordinate the time for the photo shoot with the classroom teacher so that it works well with your Tiger(s) class schedule.


Remote learners are invited to come to the school between noon and 2 pm on Friday, November 6. If you would like for your remote learner(s) to have photos made on our photo retake day, please sign up here TODAY for the time that is most convenient for you and your Tiger(s.) Remote learners will enter the Library from the exterior entrance (between the flagpole and main, front entrance of the school.) In order to enter the building, remote learners must be wearing a facemask and sanitize his/her hands at the entrance.

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In-person Learners Study the Art of Paper Mache

Tiger artists Benjamin Bredgaard, Maheen Hayat, and Cole Bradshaw are shown creating their own Paper Mache masks in Mrs. Dunn's Art Class.

In-Person Learner Replacement Transportation and ID Badges

Accidents happen. And, when an in-person learner loses his/her Transportation or Campus ID badge, lanyard, or badge reel, we are happy to replace them at the price it costs us to purchase the replacement materials. Replacements can be purchased by cash or check payable to WCHE.



  • $3 - Transportation ID scan badge
  • $5 - Retractable transportation badge reel
  • $2 - Transportation lanyard and plastic sleeve
  • $1 - Campus student ID badge, holder, and lanyard.



Our WCHE Receptionist, Mrs. Michelle Harper, will be happy to assist you in the event replacement badges are needed.

On-line Learning Available ONLY Through Your Child's LTISD Account

To gain entry to student learning, students should use the LTISD LT1 Classlink to enter and access all classroom google links. This ensures secure and safe learning.


If students/parents attempt to access class meetings or documents without using the student's credentials in LT1 (for example, logging in to the browser from a parent's personal or work account instead of the student's LTISD account) access is restricted. To prevent unauthorized people from accessing our classrooms, only appropriate LT1 Classlink logins with the student's credentials can gain access. Access attempts by any other accounts will be denied.


PLEASE be sure to access all google links through our LT1Classlink using the appropriate LTISD student's credentials.

District Assisting With Technology to Support Remote Learning

The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will lend Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students in grades K-12 who have limited or no access to a device at home and who do not already have a device from our initial deployment this past spring. Our district has had a high volume of requests. Thank you for your patience.


Families who meet the above criteria may request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot through the Skyward "Technology Device Request" form by linking to Skyward through a browser. Link to Skyward here. Please complete 1 request form per student. When the LTISD has the student's Chromebook and/or hotspot ready for pick up, they will notify you.


Also, there is a known issue affecting the login credentials of some of our families with district-issued Chromebooks, and we have developed a solution to help you establish credentials for login. If you are unable to log in, please follow the steps outlined here, and if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience.

Remote Learner Lifetouch Photo Packages Ready for Pickup

We received from Lifetouch the photo packages for remote learners who had photos taken by Lifetouch on October 8. If you have not already picked up your Lifetouch photos, please contact us to arrange a day and time convenient for you to pick up your photo package.


You may recall that remote learner families also have the option to submit their own headshots of their Tiger(s) for yearbook publication. We asked that the headshot be taken with a plain background and forwarded by email to us by October 31, 2020. If you haven't already submitted your Tiger photo and wish to do so, please send it TODAY and be sure to include the Tiger(s) name, teacher, and grade in your email.


The Lifetouch photo retake day will be Friday, November 6. Remote learners are invited to sign up for photo retakes TODAY. Photo appointments are available from noon until 2 pm November 6. Photos will be taken in the school Library. To sign up for Remote Learner Photos:



The remote learners will enter the Library from the exterior Library entrance located between the flagpole and the main, front entrance to the school.

The Lake Travis Community Library Offers Reading Challenges on Beanstack!

Reading Challenges

The Lake Travis Community Library is excited to offer reading challenges on Beanstack all year round! With challenges for everybody, they encourage you and your entire family to sign up and earn badges for different reading activities! Active challenges are listed below.


Beanstack Challenge: Holiday Reading Challenge

Use Beanstack to log your reading minutes from November 1 through December 31. The LTCL challenges you to read 1,000 minutes – that’s just 20 minutes each day! If the community collectively reads 100,000 minutes, the Friends of the Lake Travis Community Library will donate $1,000 to LTLov’s Green Santa. Green Santa assists local children and families in need by providing meals, groceries, and gifts for the holidays. Registered children range in age from infant to 17 years and are living at or below the poverty line. Help us reach our community goal!


Beanstack Challenge: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Enjoy reading 1000 books together to help your little one prepare for Kindergarten! Children who are read to from birth have a larger vocabulary, a higher rate of academic success, and are more likely to become lifelong readers and learners. Reading together provides a great opportunity for bonding and will create lifelong memories for both of you. Log each book you and your newborn, infant, or toddler read together (yes, repeats count!) to earn badges to help you reach your goal.


*A reader under 5 years old must be registered to see this challenge in Beanstack.


How it works

  1. Register yourself and other family members on Beanstack or the Beanstack Tracker app on your mobile device.
  2. Log your reading and participate in fun reading activities to earn badges for the challenge!
  3. Happy reading!

And here's more news about the LTC Library Resources!

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Our Neighborhood Bookmobile is Back!

The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to our neighborhood amenity center for contactless reserve pick up service, take and make crafts, and free Wi-Fi.


Our favorite Bookmobile will be a the West Cypress Hills neighborhood pool on alternating Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm, beginning Thursday, October 8.


Visit the Lake Travis Community Library website for more information.

Learn About LT Community Library Curbside Pick Up

Our community library has great resources, too!

Changing Instructional Status

A change from in-person learning to remote learning can be made at any time. To request this change, complete the LTISD Instructional Change Form. The completed form should be forwarded to our Registrar, Becky Wright.


A change from remote learning to in-person learning can also be requested on the LTISD Instructional Change Form. The completed form should be forwarded to our Registrar, Becky Wright no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the next grading period, as shown below:


  • Form Due Date is 12/4/20 for the grading period beginning 1/5/21
  • Form Due Date is 2/19/21 for the grading period beginning 3/8/21.

LTISD Chromebooks to Remain Checked Out to Students While on Campus

Students who checked out a District-issued Chromebook for remote learning at home and will be returning to in-person learning on campus should retain the device and bring it to school for use in the classroom as needed, much like an assigned textbook.


Chromebooks will remain checked out to the student until a date to be later determined or at the end of the 2020–2021 school year, whichever comes first.

Meals for Remote Learners

Students in remote learning at home may purchase a meal for pickup from our school cafeteria. Learn more here.


Please note, menu options may be limited. If a parent or child in remote learning at home wishes to pick up a meal at school, accommodations must be made via email directly with the café manager, Mrs. Corinne Stewart, before 10:00 a.m. daily. All meals for remote learners must be picked up at the school’s front office during the regular meal schedule.

Yes, Students Withdrawn from LTISD May Re-enroll Later for In-Person Learning

A frequently asked question pertains to re-enrollment of LTISD students after they have been withdrawn.


Students can be re-enrolled for in-person learning after having been withdrawn as students of the LTISD. The re-enrollment process is the same as the enrollment process for any new LTISD student. The re-enrolled student will, initially, be scheduled for in-person learning at the school building.


Once the re-enrolled student is attending school in person, remote learning, if desired, may be selected when the district next extends an invitation to select a preferred learning option.

Follow Principal Beninga on Twitter

Melanie Beninga provides info, photos, and updates via Twitter, too. If not already following Melanie Beninga in Twitter, you can follow her @principalwch and @mbeninga.

Counselor's Corner

Second Step: This week, along with our grade-level Second Step lesson, we also reflected on our school-wide topic of the week. This week, we reflected on how to use self-talk as shown below:


This is another great week for learning at our school. An important skill for learning is using self-talk. Self-talk means talking to ourselves in a quiet voice or in our heads. Self-talk can help us stay on task and focus attention. Think about what self-talk you might use if you were trying to remember directions your teacher gave you. Remember to use self-talk today when you need to stay focused and on task!


Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are one team, one family.

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Upcoming Events

11/06/20................In-Person Learner Photo Retake Day 8 - 11 am Contact Us if Interested

11/06/20................Remote Learner Photo Retake Day 12 - 2 pm Sign Up Here

11/09-11/13/20.....Tiger Kindness Week! Kindness is Contagious! Pass it on!

11/09/20................Kindness Week - Wear Neon Today!

11/10/20................Kindness Week - Wear Camo Today!

11/11/20................Kindness Week - Wear Sports Attire Today!

11/11/20................Veterans' Day Celebrated (not a school holiday)

11/12/20................Kindness Week - Wear Crazy Hair Today!

11/13/20................Kindness Week - Wear Tiger Spirit Wear Today!

11/23 - 11/27/20....Thanksgiving Holiday - No School!

12/04/20................Instructional Status Change Form Due - Grading Period January 5 +

12/07 - 12/11/20....WCHE Book Fair! More Information Coming Soon!

12/18/20................Classroom Winter Holiday Party Day. View Party Schedule Here.

12/21 - 01/04/21....Winter Holiday - No School for Students

01/05/21................In-person Learning Begins for the Grading Period That Begins January 5

02/19/21................Instructional Status Change Form Due - Grading Period March 8 +

03/08/21................In-person Learning Begins for the Grading Period That Begins March 8