Apr
17

Redesign Update Parent Meeting

Redesign Update Parent Meeting

Come to the school to hear more details on the
Redesign process for Wilchester.
We will be meeting on May 3rd at 12:30pm
Hope to see you there!

Apr
17

Student Council Car Wash

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Wilchester Student Council & Spring Shadows Student Council will be having a carwash in front of Wilchester Friday, April 20th from 3:30-5:00. We would love your support. Student Council Carwash will be in the Wilchester Drive at the front of the school.

Apr
09

Help us out on the PTA Standing Committees next year!

 

We have an awesome PTA at Wilchester.  We need you to help it run smoothly! If you would like to volunteer for a way to be involved in 2018-2019, please check out the opportunities and turn into Laura Minyard.

PTA Committee Interest Form – 2018-2019

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Apr
03

Earth Week

Earth Week is coming up April 16th – 21st!
The PTA has several activities going on around campus!

Wilchester has partnered with ATRS (American Textile Recycling Service) to place a bin in the front parking lot to collect all sorts of household textiles. Dive into your closets and garages and recycle any type of clothing, jewelry, shoes, toys, stuffed animals, balls, blankets, pillows, towels, small rugs, DVD’s, books, picture frames or CD’s. Please NO electronics, furniture, or trash.

In art class Earth Week Ms. Walton will be having students create eco-friendly slogans on grocery bags to be shared in the community, when out shopping on Earth Day ask for paper bags! Even better if you bring reusable ones.

On Saturday April 21st we will be hosting Chain Reaction Ministries again this year for a bike ReCYCLE event from 8-11am in the parking lot. Drop off any type of bike to be recycled for parts or be refurbished and put back into the community to help low-income families with transportation needs.

Apr
03

Auction

Coming November 10th

Are you and your neighbors ready to host an amazing party? Or do you have a can’t-miss item to donate? Or maybe you or your office wants to be a corporate sponsor?

We have the forms for you! Auction 2018 is live and ready for business. All forms, from class parties to sponsorship, can be found at www.wilchesterpta.org/fundraising/auction/. We can’t wait to bring you another memorable evening while raising money for our beloved WCE, but we can’t do it alone!
Auction Chairs will be at school on Friday for Walk and Roll with donation forms to hand out.  Stop by to grab a form or get any donation questions answered.

Like our Facebook Page, Wilchester Auction 2018,
to stay current on all things Auction related.

Click  here to learn more about how to get involved

 

 

Mar
27

PTA Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon

Mark your calendars for our annual
PTA Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon! Registration closes TOMORROW!!!

Friday, April 27th
Houston Racquet Club
11am

You won’t want to miss our outgoing 5th grade moms modeling fashion by Paislee & Grey, the clothing company of Wilchester’s own Cathy Blundell and Amy Nogueira, with jewelry by Allison Carl with Stella and Dot.

Paper registration forms will go home this week and online registration is available on the PTA website. You can go ahead and buy an individual ticket or a 10-top table online now by clicking here.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a complete table – we’re happy to seat you with friends from your grade. We hope to see you there!

Mar
27

Recycle Day


ReCycle Day – April 21st
8-11am at Wilchester

You can donate any used, not used, rarely ridden, hanging in the garage, leaning on the wall, dusty, rusty, boy/girl, adult/kid bike or trike.

Chain Reaction Ministries is a ministry of bicycle recycling, working to address the social justice issue of transportation for low-income families.

Mar
27

Game Board Pieces Wanted!

Game Board Pieces Wanted!
Do you have games that have missing pieces? Mrs. Walton is looking for pieces to use on the 2018 Art Car that will have a game theme – like our school logo! Drop off your donations to the Art Room.

Mar
07

Birthday Book Club

April Birthday Book Club Books are due by April 13th.
Only two more delivery months this school year – April and May!

* Have a child with a summer birthday that you want to recognize? We can label the book with the correct birth month and deliver it in April or May.

* Missed your child’s birthday? It’s not too late to recognize them now with a book for the school library!

Check out our amazon wish list – You can buy from amazon or from a local book store! Shopping local this week? You can drop the book off at the library on Friday during Walk & Roll to School!

Click here for the amazon wishlist.

*** Book Covers shown here are some of the 100 books that have been donated
this year as part of the Birthday Book Club Program ***

Mar
07

Blue Willow Bookshop

Newberry Award-Winning Author, Katherine Applegate, will visit 3rd-5th grade students at Wilchester Elementary School on Friday, May 4th. She will share her experiences and talk about the writing process as well as her new book ENDLING.

All students in the school have the opportunity to purchase a signed book that will be delivered to the classroom. If you would like to place an order online, CLICK HERE.Online order deadline is April 26th. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event.

Blue Willow Bookshop is bringing this amazing author to our school for FREE! To show your gratitude for all of the authors they have brought to WCE this year, please stop by their store (HEB parking lot at Memorial and Dairy Ashford). They have books and gifts for the whole family! They also bring in other children’s authors and adult authors often that you may interest you!
Visit the store’s website by clicking here.

Feb
26

Running for the Arts

Running for the Arts Vendors Wanted!

This year we are inviting vendors selling handmade goods or representing an arts‐related cause to be a part of the Running for the Arts Fest. This juried show can accommodate 100 vendors. The vendor  marketplace will be located in the parking lot next to Westchester Academy. There are no covered  areas or access to electricity. Vendors must provide their own tent, tables, chairs, generator (if  electricity is required), etc. Each vendor booth is 12×12.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION  To apply for a vendor booth, please complete and return the Registration Form by April 20, 2018.  Completed applications may be emailed to Stephanie Walton at Stephanie.Walton@springbranchisd.com. Please include two (2) high‐quality photos showing a  sample of the goods you intended to sell. Photos should be no larger than 1M in file size.    Only handcrafted or artisan goods will be allowed for sale. Resale or third‐party items will not be  permitted (i.e. Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, etc.). If you have a question regarding whether  your items are considered handcrafted, contact Stephanie Walton at  Stephanie.Walton@springbranchisd.com or 713‐251‐7765. Arts‐related businesses/organizations will  be allowed to set up a booth to promote their business or cause. Spring Branch ISD schools and/or  school organizations will also be allowed to sell school merchandise (i.e. Booster Clubs, PTAs, sports  teams, etc.).

May 5, 2018 – Running For the Arts 
Mark your calendar for this
Family-Friendly Community Event!

Proceeds from the Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest benefit Spring Branch ISD’s ARTS Partners Program. The ARTS Partners Program affords many SBISD students the opportunity to visit and experience an art performance at an exceptional cultural arts venue, which otherwise may not be possible. Proceeds also benefit the SBISD Health Fitness Program to provide equipment and assistance to SBISD Heath Fitness Departments.

Feb
04

Box Tops!

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Please continue to collect and drop off your Box Tops through the end of the year and even throughout the Summer. We only have two times a school year we can submit for cash so our next time to submit will be in November of this year.  But all Box Tops will be collected and saved by our Box Tops Chair, so don’t throw them away. Drop them off at school or keep them at home in a safe place.

Mrs. Dolan is very thankful for all who participated. She has ordered new seating and is awaiting its arrival. We will do our best to publish a picture of the new seating once it arrives.

Dec
13

School Directory

Wilchester student directories were distributed recently. If you ordered one you should have received it by now, so please check your child’s backpack. If you are missing yours or would like to order one, we have some extras of both the regular size ($10) and mini size ($8). Contact Joi Morley for more information: joi.morley@sothebyshomes.com

Dec
06

Yearbook Deadline Extended

Forget to order your yearbook?

Because the fall semester turned out to be a little hectic, yearbook ordering has been reopened until JANUARY 19th. If you still would like to purchase a yearbook, Click here to order.

Upload your photos to the yearbook today!!! 
Turn in photos from fall extracurricular activities and team photos!
Been on a field trip? We want your photos!
Don’t forget to take photos during the winter parties and turn them in!
Click on the yearbook link on the PTA website to upload your photos.

Nov
28

Sister School Program

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We Need Your Help!

Our Sister School, Spring Shadows Elementary, has ongoing needs for the Blessing in a Backpack program. Blessings in a Backpack is a weekend food program for children at risk of going hungry. Wilchester helps by collecting food donations each month and by delivering bags to students at Spring Shadows every Friday.

100% of the children Spring Shadows qualify for free and reduced lunch. For the upcoming school year, Wilchester volunteers will help deliver 500 weekend bags through our partnership with Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack. We are looking for volunteers to pack bags, transport bags and deliver bags to the children in the program.

April Food FocusVienna sausages and Beanie Weenies

Food donations can be dropped off in the box located in the school’s front lobby.

You can contact Darcy Gagnon (darcy.gagnon@sbcglobal.net) or
Marty Chapman (rickmart@earthlink.net) for information on delivering food bags to Spring Shadows Elementary.

For additional information regarding our Sister School program, please contact our 2017-18 chairs:

Marty Chapman and Darcy Martin Gagnon

Nov
01

Birthday Marquee

Want your child’s name and birthday displayed on the
outdoor school marquee during their birth month?

We sold spots for 2018 during Family Fun Night. We still have spots remaining for each month. This FRIDAY at NOON, we will send an eBlast out with a signup genius link. If you are interested in purchasing a spot, find your month and sign up! The cost is $75 per spot and must be paid for by check.

The following spots are still available:

January 2018 – 2 spots                May 2018 – 6 spots               September 2018 – 3 spots
February 2018 – 3 spots              June 2018 – 6 spots              October 2018 – 4 spots
March 2018 – 3 spots                  July 2018 – 7 spots                November 2018 – 3 spots
April 2018 – 4 spots                     August 2018 – 4 spots           December 2018 – 4 spots

Oct
24

Yearbook Photos Needed

Yearbook would love to have photos taken during Field Day, Diary of a Whimpy Kid Event, Field Trips, Pumpkin Contest, Classroom Parties, Dads & Donuts, Little Sprouts and Garden lessons, McGruff lessons, or any other special times when you’re up at school and get a good photo of kids having fun while learning! Look for the green camera icon on theWilchester PTA Webpage
to submit your photos to yearbook.

Our yearbook includes a section for extracurricular activities. You can submit team and group photos with ONLY Wilchester students to the yearbook too! We know many kids are involved in activities…we would love to see our Wildcats in action in the yearbook, so submit your photos!

 

Oct
17

Paw Print Express

What is Paw Print Express?

Paw Print Express (PPE) is the Wilchester Elementary student mail service that allows students to write letters to friends, teachers and other staff members. Parents may also write encouraging letters to their children as well to surprise them.

How does it work?

Each Friday, one classroom (1st – 5th grade) is assigned to assist with PPE delivery. Students make sure the letters are addressed correctly, sort the letters by teacher, provide our own version of Wildcat postage, and then finally deliver them to the appropriate classroom. This activity allows for student to understand mail service in a fun and interactive way.

How can my child write a letter or how can I write a letter to my child?

It’s easy! Click HERE and print off a piece of PPE stationary.   There is PPE stationary located in the front office.  Students can also get paper from classroom teachers or the librarian.

Make sure to fold the piece of paper in half and write who the letter is to(child’s full name and their teacher’s name) as well as who the letter isfrom (parent or child’s name writing letter).

You can place finished letters in the PPE mailbox in the front office, the mailbox located in the library or the mailbox located on the 2nd floor of the school.

For seasonal stationary, see these images:

Lined Theme Paper

Fall

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Paw Print Express has added an email account!
wcepawprintexpress@gmail.com
Now you, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and far away friends can get in on the fun! They will be printed out weekly and delivered with regular Paw Print mail.

Please be sure to include the following in the email:
To: First & Last Name
Teacher:
Grade:
From:

For additional information about Paw Print Express,
please contact 2017-2018 Chairs:

Cecilia Elizondo – cecytt@gmail.com 
Mariana Diaz – sanciodiaz@gmail.com 

Oct
01

Math & Reading Stars

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The Math and Reading Stars program is designed to encourage your child as they practice and reinforce important math and reading skills.  Each child that earns 24 stars in math or reading by mid-April will receive a medal for his or her extra work. Medals are given out at the end of the school year.  We hope these exciting opportunities and incentives will help encourage your child to continue his or her math or reading practice.

Please take a moment to read the Math and Reading Star Letter from the District.  Click Here!  It will provide further information about the program.

Please capture your child’s Math and Reading Star progress on the forms below and turn them in to your child’s homeroom teacher:

Reading Star Form

Math Star Form

Math worksheets are available at:

http://wce.springbranchisd.com/

For additional information regarding Math and Reading Stars, please contact the 2017-2018 Chairs:
Dina Barrada   dina.barrada@gmail.com
Emily Craft      ekcraft@gmail.com

Aug
21

Volunteer

 

Click Here to see different ways to volunteer at Wilchester!

ou need to register to a volunteer through SBISD to be able to volunteer at the school and in the classroom. Please do this by October 1st. Click here to register to volunteer with SBISD. This needs to be redone every year. If you plan to volunteer at multiple schools in SBISD, you can check the boxes for each school on the same application.
You can join Wilchester PTA by clicking here.This also needs to be renewed every school year.