Cypress Elementary

September 2023 Newsletter

Cypress Elementary is a learning community dedicated to developing resilient, lifelong learners who will work towards reaching their highest potential.

Jeanne Krapfl, Principal

Cypress Phone: 727-774-4500 Cypress Fax: 727-774-4591

Cypress Webpage:, Cypress Facebook: @ProudtobeaCub

Message from Jeanne Krapfl

Dear Families,

Welcome back to the 23-24 school year and thank you for helping make it such a wonderful start! We are getting ready to kick off the beginning of the year assessments. Please be sure to check your child’s backpack for the letter I sent home for grades K-2 and another letter for 3-5, as there are differences for each. The State has 3 sessions of testing for all students, which we call “PM1,” “PM2,” and “PM3.” The PM stands for Progress Monitoring. We are looking for each student to grow and score more points each session of testing throughout the year. You can see your child’s score in your parent portal as we begin PM1 this week. A level 3 or higher means your child is proficient in that subject area but remember that this would be expected by the time they get to PM3; PM1 and PM2 are all about growing and learning. I hope this gives you a quick overview of what is happening in the testing world! Now, for attendance. We need every student to come to school unless they are sick of course. If they miss school, they miss learning and it will impact their assessment scores. Early pick ups and late arrivals are equally taking away from their growth so please be mindful that this should be on rare occasions to meet doctor’s appointments or for emergencies. We appreciate the partnerships between the school and home and know that when we work together great things happen for students, for our community and for our future!

September Calendar

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Astro Skate is Tuesday September 26th! Permission Slip and Money DUE by FRIDAY September 22!

Cypress PTO

Join us for next PTO Meeting on Tuesday, OCTOBER 17th at 4:15 PM in the Media.

Popcorn Days

Primary Popcorn: Friday, September 8th

Intermediate Popcorn: Friday, September 15th

Save the Date: Fall Festival is Thursday, November 2nd from 5-7 PM!

Staff in the Spotlight

Our Registrar/Data Entry, Eileen Freeman is our highlighted staff of the month! With a new shift in electronic enrollments and use of Mystudent for all digital communications, Ms. Freeman has stepped right up and learned the new systems to help others. She is always calm, helpful, and does everything with a smile. The systems can be tricky to navigate, but with Ms. Freeman on hand, we can truly rest easy that there is a solution to the many hiccups we have all experienced at one time or another with technology! She also enjoys greeting students each morning as well as spending lunch duty with her group of students. Thank you for all you do for our parents, staff, and mostly the students!

July, August and September Staff Birthdays

July 5 Domenica Callegari

July 20 Eileen Freeman

July 23 Amber Harper

July 24 Grace Collins

July 28 Judy Miller

July 29 Roxanna Ferdinand

August 1 Brenda Perez

August 2 Sandi Holly

August 12 Dawane Ledbetter

August 14 Nicole Miller

August 15 Ryah Taggerty

August 19 Grace Lopez

August 22 Roy Nangcas

August 20 Ashley Bodemuller

August 25 Maria Maltos

September 6 Michele Cornwell

September 7 Paige Fitterer

September 14 Linsey Christenson

September 19 Marlene Trentacoste

September 20 Paul Melton

September 20 Yeisa Martell

Do you want to celebrate a staff member? Please email the Principal at with what you would like to share, and she’ll be sure to acknowledge the staff member.

Cypress Business and Community Partners

We would like to thank the following members of our Cypress Community for partnering with us. Through donations from the community; our students, staff, and families benefit from necessary resources for a successful school year!

Riverwalk Publix

River Ridge McDonald's

The Urban Oak Brick Oven

Sonny's BBQ (Little Road)

Banko Garage Doors

English/Language Arts Parent Information

Click here to view specific grade level parent information for our English/Language Arts Curriculum.

Lost and Found

To help reduce the amount of lost and found jackets and sweaters, please label your child's jackets with a name or initials on the tag.
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