Reminder! Friday is a District Holiday
Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,
As a reminder, and in accordance with our board approved 2019-2020 instructional calendar, Friday, April 10 will be observed as a districtwide holiday. Online instruction, meal distribution and other essential services will resume as scheduled on Monday, April 13.
Food and Nutrition Services staff will provide Friday’s breakfast and lunch during Thursday’s meal distribution. For more information on meal service during the school closure, visit our Food and Nutrition Services Department at www.ltisdschools.org/fans.
We wish you and your family a safe and relaxing three-day weekend.
Director of Communications
Greetings from Sheila White, WCHE School Counselor!
School Counselors are still available to support our students and families during this time of remote learning. Please feel free to reach out as needed. Below are some resources for you and your students to utilize. We hope that you find them useful and know that we are here to support you!
Resource for Students:
A new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social-emotional skills
Free Downloadable Mindfulness Choice Board
Resource for Parents:
Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Covid-19 Resources for Parents
Celebrating Assistant Principal Leanna Pesta--National Assistant Principals' Week
We were very fortunate when Mrs. Leanna Pesta was named Assistant Principal of West Cypress Hills Elementary in May 2019. She loves her Tigers, and they love her in return. She provides enthusiastic support to our educators and to our learners and brings great positivity to our campus.
Mrs. Pesta came to us via Manor ISD. She graduated from Pennsylvania's Mercyhurst University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She continued her education at Gannon University and earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. In her spare time, Mrs. Pesta is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration with a Superintendent Certification.
Mrs. Pesta began her teaching career in Pennsylvania as a pre-kindergarten teacher. She moved to Austin in 2013 to serve as a Director of a private school. Mrs. Pesta's passion for teaching lead her back to the classroom, and in 2014 she taught fourth grade in the Manor ISD.
Mrs. Pesta's wide range of experience and strong leadership skills make her the perfect fit for our West Cypress Hills family.
Thank you, Mrs. Pesta! We appreciate you and all that you do each day to make West Cypress a great place to be.
School Operations Suspended Until May 4
Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,
In a continued effort to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the continued closure of all public and private school buildings until Monday, May 4.
While LTISD buildings and facilities will remain closed, we will continue to engage our students through our online learning platform. We will also continue to provide essential operations as needed including mobile meals, cleaning and custodial services, and other critical functions. Additionally, the governor’s order results in the cancellation of all district and school events scheduled through Monday, May 4.
The continued closure leads one to question if we will be able to return to our school buildings this year. Many are asking if there will be some type of modified graduation event. At the moment, we simply do not know what will happen after May 4. I ask for your continued patience, flexibility and support during this time. Please know I will keep you updated with any developments. In the interim, I wish you and your family much health during this time.
Brad Lancaster, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Teacher Office Hour Schedule
Resources from our Librarians
Our school Librarian, Cathy Seidenberger, with other LTISD elementary district librarians have created a Schoology group which contains books, stories, resources, links, and more in every subject area. Your child has been added as a member of this group.
To reach the library group, after logging into Schoology using your child's login, please click the "GROUPS" tab at the top of the page and select "LTISD Elementary Libraries Online.
More Fun Resources for Tigers from our Lake Travis Community Library
Although the Lake Travis Community Library building is closed at this time, our West Cypress Tigers are not forgotten. Anyone who lives in Texas can get a library card online here, free of charge. If you have questions about the resources available to us while the library building is closed, feel free to contact them by text @ 512-643-2802 or by email.
And, while the Bookmobile visits to our neighborhood are unavailable, now you can craft your own family bookmobile. The Lake Travis Community Library has very kindly provided the DIY LTCL Bookmobile cutout shown below. Enjoy!
Who are these masked superheroes?
Student Health Services
Monday, March 23, Lake Travis ISD staff began providing free meals to children 0-18 years of age. Packaged breakfast and lunch are available for pickup together between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at each of our three middle school campuses:
- Bee Cave Middle School - 5400 Vail Divide, Austin, 78738
- Hudson Bend Middle School -15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734
- Lake Travis Middle School - 4932 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood, 78669
Meals are provided in drive-through fashion at the bus drop-off location at each middle school campus. Parents do not need to exit their vehicle. As of March 26, the US Department of Agriculture allows school districts to serve meals to a parent or guardian without his/her children having to be present in the vehicle. However, there are guidelines parents and guardians must follow. Guided by the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture requires the parent or guardian to present validation of their children with any one (1) of the following options:
- Official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing the indiviudal child's current enrollment
- Report card for each individual child
- Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, for each individual child
- School ID of each individual child
Please note, hot meals are not provided. Instead, meals consist of packaged cereals, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, fruit juice, milk and/or water.
While some of you may be eager to volunteer your time and services during our meal pickup, we must keep in mind and adhere to local and state restrictions limiting public gatherings. Our outstanding food service department has this under control. We sincerely appreciate your concern and willingness to help.
For more information, visit the Coronavirus section on the Lake Travis ISD website, or email email@example.com.
2020-2021 West Cypress School Supply Kits and Supply Lists
Thanks to our fabulous PTO, supplies can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 12, 2020. If you purchase your student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the school before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.
We also have lists of the school supplies for 2020-2021 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you. Feel free to drop off the school supplies that you've purchased at our Meet the Teacher event in August.
*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2020-2021 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each. We can accept cash or checks payable to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school during the Meet the Teacher Event or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of school.
Information Concerning Class and Spring Individual Photos
Wondering what happened to our class and spring individual photos that were taken February 20? No worries! They are safe and secure.
Lifetouch is holding them in their photolab until the photos can be safely delivered to our school. When students return to school, their photo packages will be given to them by their teachers. We will keep you informed of any updates concerning the delivery of your photos.
Once you receive the individual photo packages, keep any/all of the individual photos that you wish to purchase and return any individual photos to the school that you do not wish to purchase.
Field Trip Updates
In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, our first, third, and fourth grade field trips planned for March and April had to be canceled. Some of our first and fourth graders' families had already paid for their field trips and may, therefore, be concerned about the funds turned in to teachers before we realized that the field trips could not take place.
Please rest assured that we have deposited your payments, have recorded your payments, and have a record of the resulting credit balance of each family.
And, we have plans to ensure that you receive full credit for your payment(s.)
- For students returning to West Cypress Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, the credit balance due your family for West Cypress Hills' canceled field trips will be applied toward the purchase price of West Cypress Hills classroom t-shirts and/or field trips that take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
- For students who are not attending West Cypress Hills Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, a refund check will be issued to your family by West Cypress Hills Elementary School by the end of the school year.
We have upcoming fifth grade and second grade field trips scheduled for May. We are in contact with the venues where these field trips are to take place and will let you know if these field trips are also canceled.
WCHE Spring Jungle Book Fair Online Shopping Coming Soon!
By 06/12/20..........2020-2021 School Supply Kits Available for Order Online
04/06 - 04/10/29......Celebrating National Assistant Principals' Week
04/09/20..................Six Flags Reading Program Ends Today
04/09/20..................Join Dr. Lancaster on Facebook @ 4 pm
04/19 - 04/25/20......National Library Week & Public School Volunteer Week
04/22/20..................Administrative Professionals' Day
05/01/20..................School Lunch Hero Day
05/01 - 05/31/20......National PE & Sports Month
05/04 - 05/08/20......Teacher Appreciation Week & School Nutrition Employee Week
05/04/20..................Tigers Return to School
05/04/20..................Student Council End of the Year Party
05/06/20..................National School Nurses' Day
05/06/20..................Public School Paraprofessional Day
05/08/20..................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to KG -2nd Grade Assembly @ 7:40 am RSVP
05/08/20..................5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Buckner
05/15/20..................Wear Tiger Spirit Wear to 3rd - 5th Grade Assembly @ 7:40 am RSVP
05/15/20..................2nd Grade Field Trip to Johnson City Science Mill
05/20/20..................Minute to Win It
05/21/20..................End of Year Classroom Parties
05/22/20..................Last Day of School - Early Release @ Noon - No Extended Care Today
Please log in to School Dismissal Manager to report student absences and/or dismissal transportation changes no later than 1:45 pm on the day of the occurrence.