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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.




Thank you,

Wendy Anaya, Principal

Whispering Pines Elementary

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4da4af29a7f9c34-teacher1


Thanking you in advance for investing in our teachers and your children.

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CAMPUS UPDATES AND REMINDERS✍

CELL PHONES

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.


DISMISSAL REMINDERS

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!

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Counselor Corner:

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.

  1. What’s the most interesting dream you’ve ever had?

  2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  3. What’s your favorite thing about your teacher?

  4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

  5. 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.


HMS Schedule Change Request form (Current 5th)

HMS Schedule Change Request form (Current 6th/7th)


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

Engineering/Tech 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 - alicia.narcisse@humbleisd.net

Erin Gutierrez, School Counselor, DIF-LAB - erin.gutierrez@humbleisd.net

Maria Ingram, Bilingual School Counselor, LAC-RAM - maria.ingram@humbleisd.net

Melissa Gomez, Bilingual School Counselor, RAN-Z - mygomez@humbleisd.net



Elain Dabney

WPE School Counselor

281-641-2507

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


Nurse Lindsey

281-641-2505

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Humble ISD residents who are registered voters may vote in the 2022 School Bond Election beginning on Monday, April 25. Please view the WPE Bond Fact Sheet and When and Where to Vote.

Bond 2022 Website | Bond 2022 Video

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Camp Invention Summer

Camp Invention Calling all curious kids entering kindergarten-6th grade! Join Advanced Learning & Services for a confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships. Led by Humble ISD educators, our camp offers exciting hands-on activities. We will have double the fun this year with the opportunity to experience Camp Invention twice – join us for one or two weeks! To find out more information and to register, visit: www.humbleisd.net/CampInvention.
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