Cypress Happenings

February 18, 2016

Parent Survey

We are actively seeking your input on how we are doing at Cypress. The information you provide will help communicate what we are doing well at Cypress and guide our committees (Site-Based Committee, Academic Leadership, Campus Culture and Climate, Leader in Me Lighthouse Committee, etc.), staff and administration. The information gathered is used both at the campus and district level.

My personal belief, as the principal of Cypress, is that when we work hand-in-hand and strive to actively communicate and work with each other, our children benefit greatly. It is further important that all key players (students, parents and staff) have a voice in our celebrations and continuous improvement efforts. Staff and students are currently completing surveys as well.

As of today, Cypress has approximately 13% completion rate for the parent survey. This survey truly does not take more than 10 - 15 minutes of your time, so I ask you to please take a few minutes to give us your feedback at the following link...

The deadline to complete the parent survey has been extended to Friday, March 4! I will keep you posted on our completion rate. Thank you in advance for completing this survey. Your feedback is important to this process.

Calling all Box Tops!!

Gather up those box tops and turn them in by Friday, February 26th for our last turn in this school year. Ask your neighbors and family for their Box Tops too. Top two students will receive $25 gift cards to Third Base. The next two will receive $10 gift cards to Marco's Pizza.

Before turning in box tops, please check the expiration date. If it has already expired, please do not turn it in. Otherwise, we have to throw them out and they will NOT count for the contest. Turn in trimmed box tops in a Ziploc bag clearly labeled with your child's name, grade, and teachers name. Thank you for supporting our school!!

Cypress Garden Spring Planting Day

Please plan to join us in the garden to plant new flowers, vegetables and herbs on Sunday, February 28 from 2pm-4pm. You do not need to sign up to volunteer. All you need to do is bring your gardening gloves; we will supply the plants. We also need some general garden supplies for the day. Sign up to bring supplies at:

Field Day is Just Around the Corner & Your Help is Needed

Field Day is fast approaching. It is set for Friday, March 11th. Students will be participating in Field Day at the following times: K & 1st grades 8:15-9:45, 4th & 5th grades 10:00 - 11:30, and 2nd & 3rd grades at 12:45 - 2:15. The children tend to love this event and the activities that come with it! In order to pull off this large event, we need your help! If you could help during one, two, or all three shifts you will be a hero to the children and us! We greatly appreciate your help on this fun-filled day. The volunteer sign-up can be found at the following link.

A Note from Nurse Barbara

Strep throat is on the rise. We have several classrooms that have several kids out due to strep. Streptococcal infections are not uncommon, but should never be taken lightly. Being alert to symptoms and getting early treatment is essential. Your health care provider will generally prescribe an antibiotic if your child is diagnosed with strep throat. Your child must take all doses of the antibiotic for it to be effective. The age group MOST affected by strep is age 5-15, although you can get strep at any age. Not every sore throat is strep throat. The only way a strep infection can be identified is through a throat culture. You may need to seek medical attention for your child if any of the following symptoms occur with a sore throat:

1. Their sore throat came on suddenly.

2. Their throat hurts mostly when swallowing.

3. Their throat hurts when you press gently under the angle of the jaw.

4. The glands in the neck are swollen.

5. Presence of fever, a temperature of 101-104 can be indicative of a strep

infection. (However, they can have strep without a fever.)

6. A Headache and/or nausea remains present.

7. They have been in contact with someone with strep throat.

8. Their throat has been very sore and red and has lasted more than 3-4 days.

If your child has any of the above symptoms or has had a sore throat for more the 3-4 days, you may want to consider having a throat culture done on your child. If your child is diagnosed with strep throat, your child can return to school only after they have been on the antibiotic for 24 hours and they are fever free. Nurse Barbara encourages students that have been diagnosed with strep to always use their own water bottles and refrain from drinking from water fountains. Water bottles should be taken home nightly and cleaned well with soap and water. It is also recommended that they throw out their old tooth brush and begin to use a new one once antibiotics are completed.

There is also a stomach bug going around. Vomiting and/or diarrhea are generally a sign or symptom of an illness and can cause undo stress and embarrassment for your child. Children with vomiting/diarrhea should stay home until the symptoms are clear without the aid of medications. Clear liquids are encouraged in frequent amounts.

7 Habits Flash

Next week, we are going to focus on filling someone else's bucket along with our own by making someone smile. What a Win-Win! When you and your family are out and about next week, maybe you could model appropriate times to smile, say hello, open the door for others, or any other nice gesture and then reflect with your child the good feelings that leaves in your heart.

2015 - 2016 Yearbooks on Sale

It's that time of year again when you get to order our special book of school memories! 2015-2016 yearbooks are $18.00 and you can place your order for your very own yearbook at

Taste of the Timberwolves Contest

Want to win $250? The Cedar Park High School (CPHS) PTSA invites you to participate in their first Taste of the Timberwolves contest Tuesday, March 22nd from 5:30-8:00. Anyone can enter and first place wins $250, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50! Don't enjoy cooking, but love eating? Come sample all the delicious entries! Tickets are $5 for adults $3 for students at the door. (The form to enter is attached.)