Tiger Talk


Upcoming Events

10/4/17.................Student School Photo Day

10/4/17.................Last day to order LTHS Homecoming Shirt

10/4/17.................Angel's Spirit Night! The fun starts at 6 pm!

10/4/17.................4th Annual Halftime Showcase 7:30 pm Cavalier Stadium

10/9/17.................Student & Staff Holiday -- No School!

10/10/17...............Student Holiday -- Parent/Teacher Conference Day

10/13/17...............Destination Imagination Permission Slips Due Today!

10/17/17...............Apex Fun Run Kickoff Assembly 1:30 pm

10/18/17...............LTHS Homecoming Parade and Extravaganza 5 - 8 pm

10/19/17...............PTO General Meeting 9 am - Dr. Lancaster Speaking

10/19/17...............5th Grade Music Performance 8:00 am & 6:00 pm, Tiger's Den (Cafeteria)

10/20/17...............5th Grade Field Trip to Longhorn Caverns

10/23/17...............Principal Coffee (7:30-8:30 am) and Early Voting (7 am- 6 pm)- WCHE Library

10/26/17...............Apex Fun Run

10/27/17...............Cupcake Friday! Celebrating October Birthdays

11/01 - 11/03/17...Vision and Hearing Screenings for KG, 1st, 3rd, & 5th Grades

11/03/17...............1st Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farm

11/03/17...............2nd Grade Field Trip to the Austin Nature & Science Center

11/10/17...............3rd Grade Musical Salute to Veterans' Day 9:45 am

11/15/17...............Fall Photo Retakes

11/17/17...............Cupcake Friday! Celebrating November Birthdays

11/20 - 11/24/17...Fall Break - Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Lancaster Speaking at PTO General Meeting 9 am October 19

Please join us for a General Meeting of the West Cypress Hills Elementary PTO in the Tiger's Den (aka cafeteria) at 9 am. Dr. Lancaster is our guest speaker.

He will be speaking about our upcoming Bond Election and TRE Overview. Please see below for more information and be sure to join us for this informative session! It is well worth your time to stay informed on what's happening in our fast-growing district.

Early Voting

In a unanimous vote June 20, the Lake Travis school board approved an order calling a $253 million bond election for November 7, 2017.

Last month, a citizens’ advisory committee presented its proposal to the board, calling for district-wide capital improvements to accommodate the district’s continued increase in student enrollment. According to demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), student enrollment at Lake Travis ISD has increased by approximately 76% since 2007. Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, projections indicate a continued increase of more than 60% during the next 10 years, resulting in a district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 students.

The major components of the district’s 2017 bond program include the following:

  • Middle School #3
  • Elementary School #7
  • Upgrades, renovations, and repairs to existing facilities
  • School buses, including installation of seat belts
  • Technology
  • Land for future facilities and utilities

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Bond Election and TRE Overview, please click here for additional information.

Early Voting will be available here at WCHE on October 23rd from 7 am- 6 pm. PTO and I will host our first Principal Coffee of the school year that morning in the Library from 7:30-8:30 am. We welcome all parents and community members to this event. I will be available to answer questions, address concerns, and celebrate WCHE's success!

Additional voting locations are available on the district website: Early Polling Locations

LTHS 2017 Homecoming - 5 - 8 pm October 18

The Lake Travis High School Homecoming Parade and Extravaganza will be Wednesday, October 18, from 5 - 8 pm. More information is available here. The entire community is welcome to participate!

And, if you'd like to order a Homecoming shirt, October 4 TOMORROW is the deadline. Shirts can be ordered via this link.

Student Absences Require Written Documentation

Parents, please remember to provide written documentation of your child's absence within 3 days of the absence. For your convenience, the required written notice can be provided by any one of the following methods:

  1. School Dismissal Manager (preferred method) Select "absent" from the options and make sure to note the reason for the absence.
  2. Email from parent's email address to wchregistrar@ltisdschools.org, or
  3. Handwritten note from the parent to the Registrar, Mary Armendariz.

All notes should include the student's first and last name, date(s) of absence(s) and reason for the absence(s). Phone calls are no longer accepted as documentation for a student's absence. If your child went to the doctor, please send Mrs. Armendariz the doctor's note when your child returns to school.

Looking for something fun to do in the morning?

The West Cypress Hills Elementary Library needs help checking in returned library books. Each morning hundreds of books are turned in, and they each need to be scanned, placed on a cart, and shelved so that other students have an opportunity to read them.

Help is needed 7:45 - 8:30 am Mondays through Fridays. If you'd like to join this fun group of Library Volunteers, please sign up here.

Volunteer Opportunities at @WCH

We are so very fortunate at West Cypress Hills Elementary to have the most wonderful volunteers. Volunteering gives us all an opportunity to become better acquainted with other parents, WCH staff members, and our community. Please check out our volunteer opportunities here.

Join the West Cypress PTO

Be in the know and involved in West Cypress Hills' Elementary activities. Join the PTO today!

Here is the application form and, for your convenience, here is a link to make online payments.

Our PTO does so much to support our students and staff. Please consider joining today! Thank you to all of our parents who contribute your support, donations, time and energy to making WCHE a wonderful place to learn and grow!

Fall Photo Day -- October 4!

Picture day is here! Lifetouch photographers will be here to take our fall student photos on Wednesday, October 4. An information packet was included in Tuesday Folders earlier this month, and a reminder was in last week's Tuesday Folders. Photo packages may be ordered and paid for on line at mylifetouch.com using picture day ID code JD177045Y0.

If you prefer to pay for photo packages by cash or check, please complete the form we sent home in the Tuesday Folder. Enclose your payment for the exact amount due, and return the payment envelope to the classroom teacher by October 4. If paying for photos by check, please make your check payable to Lifetouch.

Photos can be ordered and paid for after Photo Day provided that they are ordered and paid on line within 48 hours of our October 4 photo day.

October 4--Angel's WCHE Spirit Night

Let Angel's do the cooking while you enjoy a night out with friends and neighbors, all benefiting West Cypress Hills Elementary! The kids can play while you relax.

Angel's Icehouse is located at 21815 State Highway 71 West in Spicewood.

The fun starts at 6 pm! Support your school and have fun, too!

Don't Miss the 4th Annual Halftime Showcase -- October 4

After dining at Angel's, head on over to the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Stadium. Their 4th Annual Halftime Showcase starts at 7:30 pm and features the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band, Colorguard, Cavalettes, and Red Rubies, and the bands from Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School. Admission is $5 for adults. For more information, click here.
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Destination ImagiNation Info & Permission Slips Due 10/13

It’s that time of year again, and Destination​ ​ImagiNation​ is looking for responsible kids with creative minds, great problem solving skills, and great team working abilities! ​ ​Destination ImagiNation​ is a community-based, school-friendly program that builds participants’ creativity, problem solving, and teamwork in enjoyable and meaningful ways. It is a wonderful program that allows teams of five to seven children to work together on long-term challenges and participate (K-2nd) or compete (3rd-5th) against other schools in the Austin and surrounding area.

Participating in Destination​ ​ImagiNation​ involves a long term commitment and team responsibilities that lead through to the final competition in early March 2018. Becoming a team player involves meeting at least once a week after school for a few hours, purchasing a minimal amount of supplies, and lots of dedication and teamwork. ​

Each​ ​team​ ​will​ ​also​ ​need​ ​a​ ​coach to​ ​help​ ​organize​ ​and​ ​supervise​ ​the​ ​team​ ​from​ ​now​ ​until​ ​the​ ​competition.​​We cannot​ ​do​ ​this​ ​without​ ​committed​ ​parents​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​coach! If you are interested in allowing your child to participate in Destination​ ​ImagiNation​ ​and would like more information on the program, please visit the website for a more detailed explanation.

If your child chooses to participate this year, fill out the form found in last week's Tuesday Folder and return it to Ms. Macintyre at WCHE by October 13. Your completed form may also be dropped off in the Front Office or given to your child's classroom teacher.

Help Wanted....

We plan to add an outdoor study area for our students and are seeking bids from landscape contractors. For those interested in submitting bids/resumes, please contact vp@wchpto.org.
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Apex Fun Run....Coming Soon!

The Apex Fun Run is an interactive leadership program that helps schools all over the country to raise money, while promoting leadership, good character, and fitness. This year's theme is UNITED! Students will join the Apex Squad on an exciting journey as they learn what it truly means to unite as a team. For more information, click here.

Our Fun Run will be Thursday, October 26. If you plan to join us for this fun and exciting fun run, please avoid delays in gaining entrance to the school. RSVP. Run times are:

Kindergarten...........7:50 - 8:40 am

1st Grade...............12:55 - 1:45 pm

2nd Grade..............10:35 - 11:25 am

3rd Grade................9:40 - 10:30 am

4th Grade................8:45 - 9:35 am

5th Grade................1:55 - 2:45 pm

LTISD to Offer Flu Shots for all WCH Students October 25

The LTISD is partnering with Healthy Schools, E3 Alliance, and Schoolhouse Pediatrics to make flu shots available to West Cypress Hills Elementary School students on October 25 from 8 am to 11:30 am.

Parent letters and consent forms are in today's Tuesday Folder. In order for your child(ren) to have the flu vaccination on October 25, a signed consent form must be returned to the classroom teacher by Friday, October 20. Please contact Nurse Hensel with any questions.

The WCHE Clinic Needs Athletic Shorts/Pants

If you have athletic shorts and/or pants that your children have outgrown, we'd love to have them in the Nurse's Clinic. All sizes are needed and much appreciated.

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

Please keep your child(ren) home from school if any of these factors exist:

  • Temperature above 100 degrees F
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Eye redness and/or drainage
  • Undiagnosed rash anywhere on the body
  • Severe sore throat or headache
  • Persistent untreated cough
  • Head lice that has not been treated

It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with vomiting or diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they no longer are vomiting or have diarrhea (without the use of medications) for at least 24 hours.

Students with bacterial pink-eye must be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Consult with your physician for information about how long to keep students home from school for other illnesses.

If your child is diagnosed with a communicable illness such as flu, strep throat, pink-eye, chicken pox, staph/MRSA infection, any reportable illness, or any vaccine-preventable illness, please let your school nurse know.