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WPE Community Newsletter - Week of January 10

Message from the Principal

Good Day Whispering Pines Families,


I am hoping that all of our families made it safety through the storms this weekend, free from damage and injury. If your family was impacted by the storms please reach out to our campus as our counselors work hard to meet the needs of our community.


Lunches and breakfast has been free for all the last two years through the Federal Government. If you qualify for free and reduced lunch and you have not applied please do so as this impacts the amount of money we receive as a Title 1 campus. We fund all of our fieldtrips through Title 1, as well as an additional part time counselor, curriculum and many other things. There are also many other benefits that you receive when you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunches. Also if lunches and breakfasts are not free next year and you do not apply then there will be a delay in receiving free/reduced meals. PLEASE APPLY BY JANUARY 20 since this is the cut off for determining Title funding for the 22-23 school year. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION AND INFORMATION


It is School Board Appreciation month and we have much to be thankful for with our School Board. These volunteers spend many hours to support Humble ISD and Whispering Pines has benefitted greatly from their hard work and effort. Through the passing of the last bond, WPE was selected to receive an AMAZING new gym. We are also on the next bond to receive a new playground and outdoor learning spaces. Every year our school improves and this is in large part to these dedicated volunteers.


As the COVID cases begin to ramp up again in the community, we have a special section in the newsletter dedicated to reminders and links that can be helpful. The districts will send out notifications to all parents for any cases that are reported for that day- prior to 3:00pm. The district does not require close contacts to remain out of the school. If a student has symptoms it is prudent to keep them home. Hopefully, we will get through the spike quickly as forecasted by "experts" in the nation and we will continue to move forward toward a return to normalcy.


We have upcoming events to look forward to such as Open House and the 2nd grade performance in early February as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) in March. We are ordering our new outdoor patio furniture for the atriums and hopefully we will be able to showcase those spaces at STEAM night!


Thank you for your continued partnership in providing a rich, engaging and rigorous learning experience for your children.




Wendy Anaya

Whispering Pines Elementary

Principal

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 11- 3rd-5th Grade Parent Meeting-6:30-7:30pm

Information on STAAR, Student Progress, Supporting Student Success through HB4545, Must RSVP to Attend and pizza will be served.


Jan 13-3rd-5th Grade Parent Meeting-8:00-9:00am

Information on STAAR, Student Progress, Supporting Student Success through HB4545, Must RSVP to Attend and donuts will be served.


Jan 17 - No School, Observing Martin Luther King Day


Jan 26- Boosterthon Kick-off

This year for our Boosterthon Fundraiser students will be doing an Obstacle Course!


Feb 1- 100th Day of School


Feb 3- 2nd Grade Performance 5:30

WPE Open House 6-7:30pm


Feb 4- Boosterthon Event Day


Feb 7-11 Student and Staff Holiday

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BOOSTERTHON

We are getting ready to kick off our Boosterthon Fundraiser (obstacle course to be held on Feb 4th). For those who don't know, this is a big event where students get pledges for how many times they complete the course.


Every day from Approximately Jan. 25-Feb. 4th we will have nightly challenges. These challenges are for those who get a pledge the day before, so they are not whole class/school rewards.

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CAMPUS UPDATES AND REMINDERS✍

STUDENT ACTIVITY FEES

Don't forget to pay your grade level activity fees. $10 for PreK and $15 for all other grade levels. These funds help us pay for field trips! Go to this link to pay


MULTIPURPOSE ROOM UPDATE

The walls are going up. We are very excited with the progress!


MEETING WITH TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS

While we try our best to meet with parents for situations that require immediate attention, we are not always available because we are supporting students as they learn and grow. Please contact your teacher directly to set up a conference or krose@humble.isd to schedule a meeting with administration.


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.


YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

We are very excited to be able to have a yearbook this year! It is going to be AWESOME. Please pre-order your book to get the pre-order price! PRE-ORDER HERE


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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Savannah F.

Gavin S.

Michael K.

Abigail A.

Ashton S.

Jacob R.

Andres R.

Spirit Shirts (click here)

We have these shirts on Campus, order now and shirt will be sent home with your child. We have some field trips coming up, these would be great to wear.

Counselor Corner: Self-Management for our WPE Students

Students will be learning about Goal-Directed Behavior this quarter which is a child's initiation of, and persistence in completing, tasks of varying difficulty. Our guidance lessons will focus on setting goals and challenges that may come our way when we are pursuing our dreams but we have to push through difficult times to reach the ultimate goal that we want.


We are continuing to meet with each student individually. This is a special time for the counselors to reach each student and get to know a little more about them. A couple of questions that we are asking the students is to identify things that they are good at and also sharing what they would like to be when they grow up. Ask your children about these questions and see what they share. If they struggle to answer those questions, share what you notice are their strengths and what careers you feel they would like when they grow up.


Elain Dabney

WPE School Counselor

281-641-2507

HUMBLE ISD PROPOSED 2022-2023 CALENDAR

Humble ISD’s proposed 2022-2023 calendar closely resembles this year's calendar to support consistency for students, parents and staff. The calendar was developed based upon prior parent and staff survey data that showed a majority prefer weeklong breaks in October and February in addition to Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks. The proposed calendar is scheduled to be voted on by the Humble ISD Board of Trustees at the January 11, 2022, meeting.



Humble ISD parents and staff were emailed an invitation with a unique link to leave a comment about the proposed calendar. Comments are open Dec. 1. 2021 through Jan.1, 2022. All comments will be read and thoroughly considered. Proposed 2022-2023 calendar

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Plans in Place

Over the Winter Break, we have been working in partnership with health and government leaders to monitor the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Omicron is prevalent throughout the Houston area. While many more cases are anticipated, health leaders have told us that people seem to be less likely to require hospitalization than during previous surges. The surge is expected to continue for several weeks in January before subsiding.

Humble ISD is committed to keeping campuses open for our students. This is the third school year we have managed COVID-19 challenges. We know that school and school activities are essential for the well-being of families and children.