WPE Community Newsletter - Week of May 2
Message from the Principal
Good Afternoon Whispering Pines Families,
Today I am discussing 15 important, life changing minutes for your child-
As we come to the completion of another school year I want to discuss gains that are made during the school and loses that happen over the summer. We have made tremendous gains in student learning which has been very rewarding for our teachers and students. Students came to school this year with significant gaps in learning due to many factors. We have used assessment tools to gage their levels and gaps and spent countless hours planning small group lessons to target the skills that they needed. Some students have grown more than a year in their reading and math skills. As summer approaches, I want to encourage all families to attend the bridging sessions. There will be important information shared during the meetings that include grade specific events, learning goals and resources will be distributed to families to avoid the summer slide. Summer slide is a regression in learning that takes place over the summer months and causes students, especially students that are already behind, to fall further behind. The partnership with parents must extend beyond the school year into the summer in order to grow the leaders and make sure children have the opportunities they are entitled too. If each family can commit to 15 minutes of reading this summer we can help children reach higher and achieve more- Here are some facts,
"An analysis of more than 9.9 million students found that only those students who read 15 minutes or more per day made accelerated reading gains. Students who had less than 15 minutes of daily engaged reading time saw below-average reading gains, putting them at risk of falling behind their peers. Students who read between just over a half-hour and an hour per day saw the greatest gains of all."
Please commit to at least 15 minutes of reading with your child(ren) this summer EVERYDAY. It matters a lot.
Wendy Anaya, Principal
Whispering Pines Elementary
May 1 - Principals Day
May 2 through May 6 - Teacher Appreciation
May 5 - 1st Grade Performance 9:30 and 5:30pm/4th Grade Performance 6:15pm
May 6 - Lunch Room Ladies Hero Day
May 10-13 - STAAR Testing
May 11 - School Nurses Day
May 17-20 - STAAR Testing
May 17 - 3rd grade bridging 5:30 for students going into 3rd 22-23 school year
May 18 - National SLP Appreciation Day
May 18 - 5th grade bridging 5:30 for students going into 5th 22-23 school year
May 19 - 2nd grade bridging 5:30 for students going into 2nd 22-23 school year
May 24 - 1st grade bridging 5:30 for students going into 1st 22-23 school year
May 25 - 4th grade bridging 5:30 for students going into 4th 22-23 school year
Teacher Appreciation Lunch and Recess Volunteers
We are hoping to gift our wonderful teachers with a hour long lunch on Thursday, May 5 for Teachers Appreciation Week.
We need your help, please consider signing up, at the link below, during your child's lunch, so that our teachers may enjoy their lunch.
Thanking you in advance for investing in our teachers and your children.
CAMPUS UPDATES AND REMINDERS✍
As a reminder cell phones are not allowed to be used during the day. Once a student walks through the doors the phones must be turned off and put in their backpacks until we walk out of the door for dismissal. Students using their cell phone during the day will have it taken up and placed with the Assistant Principal or Principal for parents to come and pick up. This includes watches that have text and call ability. Thank you for your help.
Please remember that the front entrance is for Daycare and buses ONLY. We will redirect you to the car rider line. When parents come to pickup their "walker" in the front it clogs up the area and the buses and daycares can not get through.
TARDIES AND ABSENCES
We have many children continuing to arrive after the tardy bell and are missing instruction. Please bring your children to school by 7:45 am if you want them to eat breakfast and leave them the entire day so we can insure they are receiving instruction in all content areas. When they arrive at 8:30 they have missed a lesson. Thank you!
BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your child to school by 7:45 if you would like them to eat breakfast! We are serving all children breakfast this year. If you want your child to eat at school please get them here by 7:45am so they have time to eat their breakfast before we start class at 8:00. We have many students coming right at 8:00 and then wanting to eat breakfast. We don't want them to miss instruction time.
DONATIONS TO THE PANDA MART
Our children all love the Panda Mart! Panda Bucks are like gold and they earn them through great behavior and great work and showing Panda Pride. However we could use your help. We can't pay for these items through Title 1 funds so we rely on our teachers and families to make donations. Please check out the link to the Amazon Wish List for items you can donate to the Panda Mart. COME ON....HELP A PANDA OUT!
Great 8 Skill for this quarter is Relationship Skills
College/Career Readiness Skill is Arts/Humanities
Please view our 4th Quarter Counseling Newsletter to find out more information about what's happening with guidance, counseling and middle school transition.
This week students learned about how to start a conversation with someone, to be an active listener and ways to keep a conversation going. Try some of these conversation starters at home.
What’s the most interesting dream you’ve ever had?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What’s your favorite thing about your teacher?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What superpower would you not want to have?
Attention Fifth Grade Parents
Starting Monday, April 18, 2022 you will have the opportunity to make changes to your student’s courses for the upcoming year, the course request can be viewed in Home Access Center (HAC) . This is our first round of verifications, please review the courses listed with your student(s) to verify that they are the correct courses chosen for the next school year. If changes need to be made, we are asking that you complete the HMS Course Request Change form which can also be found on the HMS counselor website.
Note: The elective courses listed below have limited seats available and changes are not guaranteed, all others have reached capacity and are now closed:
Theater Arts 6
CTE Wheel 6
Beginning Art 6
Intro to Keyboarding 6
Theater Arts 7/8
Journalism I 7/8
Principles of Applied Engineering 8th
Band, Orchestra and Choir are OPEN in all grade levels.
The deadline to submit this form will be Friday, April 22, 2022.
Please email your student(s) counselor if you have any further questions.
School Counselor Contact Information:
Alicia Narcisse, School Counselor, A-DIE - email@example.com
Erin Gutierrez, School Counselor, DIF-LAB - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Ingram, Bilingual School Counselor, LAC-RAM - email@example.com
Melissa Gomez, Bilingual School Counselor, RAN-Z - firstname.lastname@example.org
WPE School Counselor
NEWS FROM NURSE LINDSEY
The Texas heat has pools opening and filling up! Everyone wants to jump in to cool off, play and relax. But do not relax too much! It's important to stay hyper-vigilant around pools, lakes, and other bodies of water (even bathtubs!). The CDC reports that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children ages 1-14. Non-fatal drownings can result in brain damage and other serious long term disabilities. Drowning is usually silent and can happen in seconds.
Ways to reduce the risk of drowning are:
1. Learn basic swimming and pool safety- Swimming lessons can be life saving!
2. Designate a responsible adult to supervise those in the water- Adults supervising should avoid distractions like reading, phones, consuming alcohol or drugs, because drowning happens quickly and quietly!
3. Wear a life jacket-Life jackets are great safety devices, but this doesn't mean supervision is not needed!
4. Build fences-If you have a pool build a fence that fully encloses the pool with self latching gates. Also remove toys and other items that are enticing to children.
For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/index.html