Tiger Talk


This Just In! Important Message from the 4th Grade, Collaborative, and Specials Teams!

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Thank you, Teachers! Thank you, Nurse Hensel! Thank you, Paraprofessional Team!

When counting my blessings, I always think of the many people on staff at West Cypress Hills Elementary who make our world better. All of our staff members are amazing and work hard behind the scenes to ensure that our Tigers have the best opportunities for successful learning.

With this being National PE and Sports Month, Teacher Appreciation Week, School Nutrition Employee Week, and May 6 being National School Nurses' Day and Public School Paraprofessionals' Day, we are celebrating a lot of important people.

Coaches Christy Mirizzi and Cari Cadorette are our PE/Health Coaches, and all of our Tigers LOVE being in the gym or on the fields with them. They make exercise great fun. I never cease to be amazed at the clever and energetic (and sometimes noisy) events they introduce to our learners. Our most excellent Field Days in March were just one of their fun projects this year. Happy PE and Sports Month, ladies! We appreciate you!

Our teachers and paraprofessionals truly do love and care about our Tigers. They miss having the opportunity to enjoy personal interaction with them and cannot wait for the day when Tigers can safely return to the campus. I am very proud of our teachers and paraprofessionals. Their creativity is amazing. Those of you who joined us for our campus STEM Night had an opportunity to see some of their amazing talents in action. Those activies are the kind of innovative learning activities they bring to our learners every day. They are patient, kind, and caring. Thank you, all! We appreciate you and all that you do!

Without fuel, our Tigers cannot be successful learners, and our school nutrition team consistently provides healthy and appetizing goodies to support them. Even though our campus is closed, our school nutrition staff members are busy producing breakfast and lunch packages (see more about this later in this issue) to fuel our learning. Thank you!

And, what can we possibly say about Nurse Hensel to sufficiently thank her for her loving care. During the school year, she supports our Tigers by dispensing prescribed medications, finding the PERFECT little chest to hold that tooth, applying band aids, and giving all Tigers plenty of tender loving care. Thank you, Nurse Hensel! Happy Nurses' Day!

Thank you, everyone, for your patience during our campus closure. According to my dictionary, the definition of "perseverance" is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. So, I thank you, West Cypress staff for your perseverance! I salute you, one and all.

With warmest regards,

Principal Melanie Beninga.

Join Dr. Lancaster May 7 at 4 pm on Facebook Live

Dr. Lancaster will be sharing the latest news

Our Online Book Fair is Open! Have Fun Shopping!!!!

Shop the WCHE Jungle Book Fair Online April 27 - May 10

Since you cannot come to shop at school, we're bringing the store home to you. Shop from the convenience of home 24/7! All orders ship directly to your home.

Student Placement Forms Are Due MONDAY!

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Getting Ready for the 2020-2021 School Year

At this time of year, we begin winding down the current school year at the same time that we begin winding up for the upcoming school year. One of the most important tasks we complete at the end of the school year is to plan for the most suitable placement of our students in the most appropriate classrooms for the upcoming school year. With this goal in mind, we ask for your input now.

In making class assignments, our goal is to place each child in a class in which he or she can be most successful while maintaining a balance among classes in terms of gender, academic ability, disciplinary and social needs, learning styles, and individual needs of the students. All information shared is confidential and submitted electronically to your 2020-2021 elementary school.

We hope to make classroom assignments that will maximize the opportunity for your child’s success. If you have information that you would like to have considered in your child’s placement, please complete your 2020-2021 school's form no later than May 11, 2020. Please limit your input to the way your child learns and special needs that we should consider. We will do our best to honor your feedback. Please bear in mind that staffing and staff assignments for next year have not yet been finalized. Thus, we are unable to honor requests for specific teachers.

West Cypress Hills Class Placement Input Due May 11

If your child(ren) will be attending school at West Cypress Hills Elementary in the next school year, please complete the West Cypress class placement form.

Rough Hollow Class Placement Input Due May 11

If your child(ren) will be attending school at Rough Hollow Elementary in the next school year, please complete the Rough Hollow class placement form.

2020-2021 West Cypress School Supply Kits and Supply Lists

Thanks to our fabulous West Cypress PTO, supplies for WCHE Tigers can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 12, 2020. If you purchase your WCHE student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the West Cypress Hills Elementary before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.

We also have lists of the school supplies for WCHE 2020-2021 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you. Feel free to drop off the school supplies that you've purchased at our Meet the Teacher event in August.

*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2020-2021 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each. We can accept cash or checks payable to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school during the Meet the Teacher Event or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of school.

2020-2021 School Supplies for Rough Hollow Elementary School

Each LTISD elementary school campus usually posts information about their school supplies on their websites and in their school newsletters. If your child(ren) will be attending Rough Hollow Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year, the RHE school supply lists will be posted soon in an upcoming Rough Hollow newsletter.

When Tigers can't go to the garden, Cassie McDaniel brings the garden to our Tigers

Especially at this beautiful time of year, our Tigers normally would be enjoying part of their class time learning while in the West Cypress Hills Garden.

Since the Tigers can't come to the garden, on behalf of our fabulous PTO, Mrs. Cassie McDaniel has brought the garden to our Tigers!

Mrs. McDaniel created a slide show that includes photos that she took in the West Cypress Garden. The slide show was then shared with all of our teachers so that they could include it in our online Tiger learning. It is amazing that Mrs. McDaniel took the time to provide our Tigers with such a lovely, educational garden experience.

Thank you, Mrs. McDaniel! Thank you for making West Cypress Hills a great place to be! And, thank you for taking such loving care of our garden.

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PTO's Parent Mixer Auction Will Now Be an Online Auction May 15 - 21!

As you all know, we had to cancel our PTO Parent Mixer that was scheduled for the end of March. The PTO had already collected some AMAZING items from local businesses and beyond and were planning on an auction the night of the mixer. However, since we were unable to do that, our fabulous PTO is holding an online auction May 15 - 21. Yay!

Proceeds from this auction will go toward the support of our students and teachers, both at WCHE and RHE.

We know this is a really weird time for all of you, but we hope to come together to raise money for a good cause. In addition, the local businesses especially need our patronage right now more than ever!

More details to come soon...

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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.

More News from Sheila White, WCHE School Counselor!

As our students continue to do a tremendous job in remote learning, and our teachers continue to engage and interact with their classes virtually, please know that I am also available to support families during this time. Should your family need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (512) 533-7589.

Please explore the following counseling resources for students and parents.

Resources For Students:

Resources for Parents:

  • 24/7 Helpline 512-472- (HELP) - Integral Care’s 24/7 Helpline provides around the clock crisis support as well as access to all of our programs and services for adults and children, including appointments and billing. Our team is here to help. We’ll listen to you and care about you, support you without judgment, and provide immediate support in a mental health crisis.

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Notify the Classroom Teacher if Your Child Needs LTISD Technology for Class

Teacher Office Hour Schedule

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Resources from our Librarians

Our school Librarian, Cathy Seidenberger, with other LTISD elementary district librarians have created a Schoology group which contains books, stories, resources, links, and more in every subject area. Your child has been added as a member of this group.

To reach the library group, after logging into Schoology using your child's login, please click the "GROUPS" tab at the top of the page and select "LTISD Elementary Libraries Online.

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More Fun Resources for Tigers from our Lake Travis Community Library

Although the Lake Travis Community Library building is closed at this time, our West Cypress Tigers are not forgotten. Anyone who lives in Texas can get a library card online here, free of charge. If you have questions about the resources available to us while the library building is closed, feel free to contact them by text @ 512-643-2802 or by email.

And, while the Bookmobile visits to our neighborhood are unavailable, now you can craft your own family bookmobile. The Lake Travis Community Library has very kindly provided the DIY LTCL Bookmobile cutout shown below. Enjoy!

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Who are these masked superheroes?

Behind the masks left to right: Melanie Beninga, Rachel Stewart, and Corinne Stewart

Student Health Services

Monday, March 23, Lake Travis ISD staff began providing free meals to children 0-18 years of age. Packaged breakfast and lunch are available for pickup together between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at each of our three middle school campuses:

Meals are provided in drive-through fashion at the bus drop-off location at each middle school campus. Parents do not need to exit their vehicle. As of March 26, the US Department of Agriculture allows school districts to serve meals to a parent or guardian without his/her children having to be present in the vehicle. However, there are guidelines parents and guardians must follow. Guided by the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture requires the parent or guardian to present validation of their children with any one (1) of the following options:

  1. Official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing the indiviudal child's current enrollment
  2. Report card for each individual child
  3. Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, for each individual child
  4. School ID of each individual child

Please note, hot meals are not provided. Instead, meals consist of packaged cereals, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, fruit juice, milk and/or water.

While some of you may be eager to volunteer your time and services during our meal pickup, we must keep in mind and adhere to local and state restrictions limiting public gatherings. Our outstanding food service department has this under control. We sincerely appreciate your concern and willingness to help.

For more information, visit the Coronavirus section on the Lake Travis ISD website, or email foodservice@ltisdschools.org.

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Information Concerning Class and Spring Individual Photos

Wondering what happened to our class and spring individual photos that were taken on February 20? No worries! The class photos you ordered are at the school and will be available for pick up when students are allowed to return to our campus to pick up their belongings.

Meanwhile, Lifetouch has made the individual spring student photos available for viewing and ordering online this year. You can view the instructions here and well as in the snapshot shown below. Individual photo packages ordered from Lifetouch will be delivered to your home directly from Lifetouch.

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Field Trip Updates

In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, all of our spring field trips planned for March through May were canceled. Some of our first and fourth graders' families had already paid for their field trips and may, therefore, be concerned about the funds turned in to teachers before we realized that the field trips could not take place.

Please rest assured that we have deposited your payments, have recorded your payments, and have a record of the resulting credit balance of each family.

And, we have plans to ensure that you receive full credit for your payment(s.)

  • For students returning to West Cypress Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, the credit balance due your family for West Cypress Hills' canceled field trips will be applied toward the purchase price of West Cypress Hills classroom t-shirts and/or field trips that take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • For students who are not attending West Cypress Hills Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, a refund check will be issued to your family by West Cypress Hills Elementary School by the end of the school year. Please complete the WCHE Field Trip Refund Request Form to request your reimbursement check.
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Update on Yearbook Deliveries

We understand from the publisher of our yearbooks that their facilities are currently closed. This means that the 2019-2020 yearbooks are not scheduled to be published and delivered to West Cypress Hills until late summer/early fall. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your family.

When the 2019-2020 WCHE yearbooks arrive, we will notify everyone through our Tiger Talk and put a notice on our website. We will ask Rough Hollow Elementary and Lake Travis Middle School to publish notifications, too. Here is our plan for yearbook delivery:

  • For Tigers returning to WCHE for the 2020-2021 school year, the 2019-2020 yearbooks will be delivered to them when school is in session next fall.
  • For 5th Grade Tigers moving on to middle school, we will have your yearbook delivered to you at your middle school.
  • For Tigers who will be RHE Rattlers next year, your yearbook will be delivered to RHE for delivery to you there.
  • And, for those who did not order a yearbook but wish to purchase one, the yearbooks will be available for purchase at the front desk of WCHE on a first-come-first-served basis during the 2020-2021 school year.

Tiger Art Challenge Entry Update from Mrs. Dunn

Thank you to all students participating in the Art Challenge.

I really enjoy seeing all of your pieces. Here are a few that were sent to me. I am so proud of you. These are wonderful!

I hope you enjoy looking at the art, too!

That was so much fun! Let's Do it Again! Art Challenge #2 Entries are due May 14!

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Art Challenge #2

Our Art Challenge was so much fun and so popular that Mrs. Dunn decided to challenge Tigers again! For Art Challenge #2, Tigers, draw or paint your dream tree house. Your house can be futuristic or very traditional. The sky's the limit!

What details will you add to make it truly amazing? Remember to include the landscape around your tree house, too. Is it in the mountains? Is it in your backyard? Maybe it's in the ocean?

Mrs. Dunn will pick one entry from each grade level to display on our school website and in Tiger Talk.

Email your finished artwork to Mrs. Dunn by May 14, 2020. Please include in your email your name, your grade, and your teacher's name.

We can't wait to see your dream tree houses!

Upcoming Events

By 05/11/20..........2020-2021 Class Placement Input Due! WCHE or RHE

By 06/12/20..........2020-2021 WCHE School Supply Kits Available for Order Online

04/27 - 05/10/20.....Shop the WCHE Jungle Book Fair Online from Home!

05/01 - 05/31/20......National PE & Sports Month

05/04 - 05/08/20......Teacher Appreciation Week & School Nutrition Employee Week

05/06/20..................National School Nurses' Day

05/06/20..................Public School Paraprofessional Day

05/07/20..................Join Dr. Lancaster @ Facebook Live Today at 4 pm

05/11/20..................2020-2021 Class Placement Information Form is Due

05/14/20..................Art Challenge #2 Tree House Artwork Due - Send to Mrs. Dunn!

05/15 - 05/21/20......PTO Online Auction to Support WCHE & RHE