WCE Campus News (Online Tuesday Folder)

Order Your Dinner for STEMfest!  

Wilchester’s first ever STEMfest is coming up on Friday, Jan. 25th from 6:00-8:00pm!  You won’t want to miss this fun family event to explore in the MakerSpace, do experiments, learn under the Discovery Dome, and much more!

Luchi and Joey’s will be served at the event, so leave dinner to us and enjoy the activities!  Meal choices include a chicken taco, beef taco, or cheese quesadilla and all include chips, salsa, queso and a drink.  Extra tacos can also be ordered.

Come for Family Fun!
We’ll have many fun stations set up down the main hallway of the school to explore with your kids! Students who visit most stations can enter their “passport” in a raffle to win prizes – and every family will get to take home some of their projects!  You’re welcome to come for the entire 2 hours or stop by for part of the event.  The Discovery Dome and Mad Science presentations will happen on a rolling 30 minute schedule, so we kindly ask for your flexibility in seeing those.

Please Volunteer to Help!
Please consider signing up to help us setup, tear down, or serve at the event!

CLICK HERE to Volunteer at STEMfest

The Used Book Fair is NEXT WEEK!

Our Used Book Fair is a great way to share books you’ve already read with your neighbors – and pick up some new ones at a bargain price!  Proceeds from the Used Book Fair go towards the WCE Library.

We still need gently used books for both children and adults!  Please drop off books in the front lobby of the school in the marked box.  Our most popular books are chapter books, so we especially appreciate those donations.
Any student who contributes books will earn a house point for their class – just let your teacher or Mrs. Dolan know that you’ve brought books! 

We Need Volunteers Next Week!
If you’re available to work an hour (or more!) next week, please sign up at the link below.  It’s fun and easy to volunteer and your help is appreciated!

CLICK HERE to volunteer

Order Your Carnival Gear!

Show your school spirit at Carnival with this Comfort Colors cotton t-shirt OR dri-fit sports shirt!  This cute striped bow is the perfect accessory to your Carnival look!

Carnival Gear orders are due NEXT Friday, Jan. 25th!

CLICK HERE to order your 2019 Carnival Gear

We need your help to collect over 400 prize drawing items for “THE GREATEST SCHOOL ON EARTH” Carnival 2019!  Toys, games, gifts, decor items, tickets, and poolside/outdoor activities are all great! Need ideas? Search Amazon for “WCE Carnival 2019 Wishlist” for more items to purchase.

Have something else you would like to contribute? Contact Courtney Squillante at courtneysquillante@gmail.com with any questions.
Donations now being accepted at The Squillantes! (13606 Butterfly)

CLICK HERE for the Family Donation Form

Cleaning Out Your Playroom After the Holidays?

Consider saving those items for the Carnival Fun Junk and Stuffed Animal booths! Fun Junk and Stuffed Animals can be dropped off at the following homes starting this week or in the bins in the front lobby of the school.

Drop off for Fun Junk:
Paula Phillips (13318 St. Mary’s Lane) and
Jordan Amis (890 N. Wilcrest Drive)

Drop off for Stuffed Animals:
Kerry Brendel (13603 Tosca Lane) and
Sarah Heinecke (13623 Tosca Lane)

What is “Fun Junk”?
Fun Junk is not “junk” at all!  Fun Junk consists of small toys that your child no longer plays with, but another child might really like. Those items like party favors, fast food toys, bouncy balls, matchbox cars, small figurines, beanie babies, and toy jewelry are all great ideas! Please don’t hesitate to ask Emily McCarroll (emily_mccarroll@yahoo.com) about what qualifies as “Fun Junk”.

Stuffed animals should be new or gently used without rips, stain, or missing parts

 

Sign Up to Help with Morning Movers!

Our Morning Movers program is thriving and helping many 2nd – 5th grade Wildcats start their day in a healthy way!  We need helpers every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:25-7:45am. It’s fun to help and you can come in work out clothes!  Feel free to bring younger siblings.

CLICK HERE to help with Morning Movers

 

 

We Need Your Help at Lunch Duty THIS FRIDAY!

Our Wilchester staff needs help with lunch duty on 2 Fridays this month!  Lunch duty only lasts 30 minutes and is an easy way to volunteer.  Let’s support our teachers by covering lunch duty!
CLICK HERE to volunteer

 

Mac Barnett is Coming to Wilchester!

Join the Blue Willow Bookshop as we welcome Mac Barnett to share his LAST book in the Terrible Two’s series and enjoy fun activities!

Thursday, Jan. 17th
WCE Library
5:00pm

Please note that this event is open to the public.

Order your book below to be autographed by Mac Barnett at the event!

CLICK HERE to order y0ur book!

 

 

We are pleased to announce the Nominating Committee for the 2019-2020 PTA Board!

Katie Bahrami
Kerry Brendel
Emily Craft
Jenni Emery
Julie Smith
Leslie Valentine – Chair

The nominating committee is responsible for reviewing nomination forms submitted by the Wilchester community and putting forth the slate of PTA board members for next year that would serve the needs of our school.

Online nomination forms will be available starting Thursday, Jan. 17th and all nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 8th!

 

Sign Up to Help our Sister School!

EVERY week, we are delivering Blessings in a Backpack bags to EVERY child at Spring Shadows that wants one – almost 600 bags!  It takes A LOT of work and we need your help!  Please consider signing up at the link below to either assemble bags or deliver them to Spring Shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to sign up for Blessings in a Backpack

 

 

We Need Your School Bell Nominations!

The PTA School Bell Award recognizes outstanding educators who promote the objectives of the PTA.  We have an amazing staff at Wilchester with many deserving candidates!  Nominees should exemplify the PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality through their support of PTA programs, parent education, family engagement and advocacy efforts. Individuals should ensure a positive learning environment for all students and keep families active in their child’s education.

Recent School Bell Winners at Wilchester include these outstanding staff members:
Sara Marquez, Jennifer Franson, and Shana McClintock.

School Bell Award Nominations are due on Tuesday, January 22nd.

CLICK HERE to Nominate a Staff Member

 

February Book Club Books Due NEXT Tuesday, Jan. 22nd!

We’re extending the deadline to turn in books for February’s delivery of the Birthday Book Club!   To celebrate your child’s birthday with a Birthday Book, you may purchase a book online from Blue Willow Bookshop at the link below or visit Blue Willow and choose a book!  Books purchased elsewhere should be delivered to 13514 Pinerock with a note including your child’s name, age/birthday, and their homeroom teacher.

CLICK HERE to purchase a Birthday Book from Blue Willow

 

Calling All 4th and 5th Grade Scientists!

The Wilchester Science Fair is an annual event for 1st through 5th graders!  4th and 5th grade students can choose to complete a project individually or with a partner.  For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students, the science fair is a class project and will be organized by the class science fair volunteer.

Key Dates for the 2019 Science Fair for 4th and 5th Graders:
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16th: PTA Meeting (7:00pm) followed by Science Fair Parent Information Session (7:30pm)
  • Monday, Jan. 28th: Deadline to submit sign up sheets to homeroom teachers
  • Thursday, Feb. 28th: Science Fair project display and judging at Wilchester
  • Friday, Mar. 1st: Science Fair Award Ceremony and Celebration (after school in the cafeteria)
We can’t wait to see the science skills and creativity of our students!

You’re Invited to the Bookworm Festival!

Saturday, Feb. 2nd
Jersey Village High School
7600 Solomon Street
10am

You won’t want to miss this exciting chance to see David Shannon, Ame Dyckman, Vashti Harrison, and manyother fabulous authors!  Autographed books will be for sale and the event is free to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited to the SBEF Sporting Clay Tournament!

Join SBEF for this fun annual event!  Teams are welcome!
Monday, Feb. 11th at the Greater Houston Gun Club

Registration and lunch begins at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 1:00pm.
For more information, please call 713-251-2381.

 

Attention Families with Incoming Pre-K Students!

Our wonderful Pre-K program has 48 spots each year that are assigned by lottery, with priority given to children of Wilchester teachers and siblings of Wilchester students.  If you’re interested in your child being in the Pre-K program next year (2019-2020), please come to the school IN PERSON starting TODAY until January 30th to complete lottery registration forms!  The lottery will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31st.

As lottery forms are numbered, they cannot be mailed or emailed to you.  Applications will be accepted between 10:00am – 2:00pm and proof of residency is required.  Our fantastic registrar can answer any questions you have when you come to apply.

An Information Session about the Pre-K Program will be hosted by our Pre-K teachers at Wilchester on Friday, January 18th at 1pm.  All interested families are welcome to attend!

 

Get Your Tickets to the Stratford Theatre Production of Newsies!

It’s time to carry the banner on your stage with “Disney’s Newsies!” Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” Show runs from Thursday, Jan. 31st to Saturday, Feb. 9th.

Get your tickets at shsplayhouse.org or call the box office at 713-251-3449.

 

 

Sign Up to Take Photos at Wilchester Events!

We need help capturing this year’s amazing events and memories for our yearbook!

Please sign up below if you’re able to attend a WCE event to take photos!
It’s an easy and fun way to help during the school day and see all the happenings at Wilchester!  You don’t need to be a professional photographer – the yearbook team will email you some tips and guidelines to take great shots.

Even if you can’t attend events as a photographer, please submit your personal photos to the yearbook.  Just look for the green camera icon on the PTA website!

Click here to Volunteer for Yearbook Photography

 

 

Send Letters Through Paw Print Express!

Paw Print Express is the Wilchester mail service that allows students to send letters to friends, siblings, and teachers!  Parents and grandparents are welcome to write or email encouraging letters to their children, too.

How does it work?
Every Friday, one classroom (1st – 5th grade) is assigned to sort, post, and deliver mail to Wilchester classrooms.

How can I write a letter to my child OR help my child write a letter to a friend?
Click on the link below to print a piece of PPE stationary or pickup stationary from the front office.  After writing your letter, don’t forget to fold it in half and write who the letter is TO and FROM on the outside.  Letters can be “mailed” in the mailbox inside the library or in the front office!

How can I send an email to my child?
To email your child, please send to wcepawprintexpress@gmail.com and include your child’s first and last name, teacher, and grade.

 

Morning Movers Open to
2nd – 5th Graders Both Days!
All 2nd -5th grade students can now join us for Morning Movers both days (Tuesdays and Thursdays), instead of only attending on their designated day.

Parents are welcome to help!  The gate will open at 7:20am and remain open until 7:40am for walkers/bikers to join in!

 

 

Clip Your Box Tops or Try the Bonus Box Tops App!
Box Tops help fund new books and equipment for our library.  We really need your Box Tops to help support every child’s reading this year!
  • Scan! Make it easy and download the Bonus Box Tops app!  It only takes a minute to setup Wilchester as your preferred school, then scan grocery receipts to automatically credit Wilchester with those Box Tops!  It’s quick and simple to use!

  • Clip!  If you prefer to clip Box Tops, keep clipping!  Please glue or tape them to the sheet with a Haunted House.  Don’t forget to cut on the dotted line and check expiration dates.
Box Tops sheets are DUE Thursday, Oct. 11th!  The class in each grade with the most Box Tops submitted wins a fun surprise.

 

 

Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack provides over 600 weekend food bags to our sister school, Spring Shadows Elementary. Help offset the cost of the bags by dropping food donations in the Blessings box in WCE’s front foyer.

 

 

 

Contribute to the SBEF Making Our Schools Better Campaign!

The Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) contributes to EVERY school in Spring Branch ISD through grants, scholarships, and other programs.  Wilchester has been the recipient of many grants that have provided special opportunities for our Wildcats. 

On Monday, Ms. Liz Burling was awarded an SBEF mini-grant for flexible seating in her kindergarten classroom!  Congrats, Ms. Burling!

Sign up to be a volunteer at Wilchester

You 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.

You can not volunteer in the classroom or library, help with parties, attend a field trip, etc if you haven’t signed up through SBISD.  The front office can not allow you to enter the school to volunteer with the children unless you have gone through the process. For more information, please see the attached information.  Sign up here: https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com

Kroger logo
Wilchester PTA is now registered for Community Rewards through the Kroger Rewards Card!  This means every time you shop at Kroger and use your Rewards card, WCE PTA will receive a percentage of what you spend.  All participants must first register our school with your Rewards card.
Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and log in.  If you do not have a log in you can easily create one, it only takes a few seconds.  Then search for Wilchester PTA or input our number, AF975.  That’s it!  Your card is now active!  Just use your Kroger Card each time you shop and to help benefit Wilchester!

 

 

Randalls Remarkable CardLink Your Randalls Card to Our School!

1% of purchase total is sent directly to your organization at the end of each quarter! You can link your Randalls Remarkable Card to up to 3 different charities/organizations. If you link to more than one, the total purchase amount will be divided equally between the three organizations.
Earn money for our school just by doing your regular grocery shopping at Randalls!

Click HERE for the form.

Change of Transportation Form

* Change of Transportation Form 

 

(Don’t forget to check out the Useful Links tab on the website.  You will find tons of great information including links to after-school enrichment and community activities)

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave