SOARING EAGLE NEWS

DECEMBER 2020

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Second Semester Learning Option Requests

Second semester begins on Wednesday, January 20th. Parents may request a change for second semester from/to face-to-face learning and from/to MyPCS Online. Parents should be aware that changing Learning Options may result in a change of teachers and/or teaching model. A teaching model change could be simultaneous instruction where the teacher is working with students face to face and virtually throughout the school day. As we work to accommodate all requests, we will need to ensure the balance of classrooms which could result in a change of teacher for existing virtual and/or existing face to face students.


To submit your request:

  • Complete the Request for a Change in Learning Option by clicking on the link below by 11:59PM on January 3rd in order for our team to makes necessary schedule changes for the beginning of second semester which begins on January 20th.


If you have additional questions, please contact the school during regular business hours.

Request To Change Learning Options

Please complete by 11:59pm on January 3rd

Message From CWE Student Service Team

Cypress Woods’ Student Services Team would like to wish everyone happy holidays! Take the time to rest, recuperate, and connect with your families - even if this year’s celebrating looks different. We created a safe care guide to help with some ideas to get you started. Have a safe and healthy break!

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


12/21 - 1/1 - Winter Break

1/4 - School Resumes

Notes From Our Counselor, Mrs. Trudell

Builing Resilency in your children:


Resilience is being able to “bounce back” from difficult times, setbacks, and other significant challenges. This skill is needed now more than ever before! It includes being able to get through tough times with a positive outlook. Parents can help develop these skills by promoting a real sense of independence and fostering self-help skills. Children learn optimism from home. Regular positive parent-child interactions will develop resilience skilss such as humor, goal-setting, and persistence. Children’s day to day experiences also contribute to resilency. The seemingly small disappointments like not being invited to a party, missed being picked on a sports team, and not achieving their goal on a school project will help them learn to cope with hardships and frustrations. Learning through these in elementary school will prepare them for adolescence and beyond. Show faith in your child’s abilities to cope rather than achieve perfection. This gives them great hope when they face difficulties.

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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 Brice Slater, our November Rotary Student of the month! Way to go Brice! Keep up the great work!

Notes from Our School Nurse

Have you gotten your annual Flu vaccine yet?


CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, so get your vaccine early! This year it is more important than ever to get yourself and your child a flu vaccine! Flu and Covid-19 can have similar symptoms which can delay proper treatment. Additionally, dual infections can occur which can lead to serious complications.


There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. Even when the vaccine doesn’t exactly match these viruses, it may still provide some protection.

Influenza vaccine does not cause flu.


Influenza vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

If you need help finding a place to get vaccinated, please let me know and I’ll be happy to assist you.

Notes From Kim Shipley, Family & Community Liaison

Season’s Greetings Volunteers!


We hope everyone is taking time to enjoy the holiday season while also staying healthy and safe. We are looking toward 2021 with much hope that soon we will be able to welcome our volunteers back on campus...although it may not be until next fall. Until that time, please consider supporting us from home in one of the ways listed below. Thank you, to all who have volunteered from home so far, our mentors and Volunteer Café peeps, you ROCK!


Please be sure to enter any volunteer hours you have in the volunteer system by Friday 12/18/2020. These hours are reported to Tallahassee and reflect the community and parental support we have at our school. Please see the attached instructions for your login and entering hours. If you have a common last name, your login may be more unique. If the traditional one doesn’t work, please contact me and I will give your login to you.


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: www.pcsb.org/mentor We hope to begin virtual mentor sessions in October. Sessions are once a week during the student’s lunchtime.


Adopt A Class:

‘Tis the season of giving and 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
  • 1st Grade: Fontaine, Gates ($30 away)
  • 3rd Grade: Kontodiakos ($50 away)
  • 4th Grade: McDowell, Hardgrove ($80 away), King ($50 away)
  • 5th Grade: Reyes
  • Gifted: Wilson ($80 away)
  • PE: Ryan, Harte
  • Media Center/Library/Technology: Huggan ($50 away)
  • Exceptional Education: Tsetsekas, Cook, Bowers
  • Speech: Reisberg, Ubben, Hunter
  • OT: Kolanko, Amsler
  • PT: Ecker


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

PTA would like to thank all the Cypress Woods families that contributed to our Giving Tree this year. Your generosity, as always, is overwhelming.


We would also like to remind our families to keep checking in on our Facebook page or our website at www.cypresswoodspta.com for upcoming events in January.


Thank you and have a safe and fun filled winter break with your families.

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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