WCE Campus News (Online Tuesday Folder)

Bring in Your BAGS THIS THURSDAY!

We’re recycling plastic bags for America Recycles Day on Thursday!  Please save your plastic bags and bring them in for one BIG collection that day!  We welcome the following types of bags:

  • plastic grocery bags
  • newspaper sleeves
  • dry cleaning bags
  • bread bags
  • flexible plastic packaging film used for paper towels and toilet tissue
Please help us with bag collection!
If you’re available to help collect bags in the morning OR deliver bags at the end of the day, please sign up below.
Buy Your Books for December Birthdays by THIS THURSDAY!

Birthday Books are a wonderful way to celebrate your child’s birthday and contribute a book to the library that many children can enjoy!  While you are out and about doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to pick up books for your December and January birthday children.

You can purchase a book online from Blue Willow Bookshop at the link below, visit Blue Willow and choose a book from the store, or purchase a book elsewhere!

Books for December delivery need to be purchased by
THIS Thursday, Nov. 15th!
Books for January delivery need to be purchased by
Friday, Dec. 14th!
Do Your Kids Need Some New Apps?
At our November PTA meeting, we heard from Lead Instructional Specialist Lisa Davis about Wilchester’s online tools!  Did you know that you have access to MANY fun online learning tools through our Wilchester Library, too?

Looking for a new way for your kids to enjoy books?
Logon to Capstone and let them choose a book that they can listen to and read along!  Scroll through hundreds of books that are read by a real person.
(Go to link below, click on purple Capstone icon, click “login”, then “Login with Capstone”, username: wcelib, password: school)

For access to the WCE Library Online Tools on Symbaloo, go to:
wcelib.com
Click the link below for logon information!

Math and Reading Stars Has Begun!

The Math and Reading Stars program is designed to encourage your child as they practice important skills!  Each student 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!
Color in a star on the math or reading worksheet when your child completes:

  • 30 minutes of extra math practice (Check out the PTA website link below for online tools that students can use to practice!)
  • 1 hour of extra reading beyond what is expected for their grade level
Click here for Math and Reading Stars Sheets and Info

 

Donate to our Sister School Turkey Drive!

Join in this wonderful Wilchester tradition and sign up to donate a FROZEN turkey to the deserving families at our sister school, Spring Shadows Elementary!

We will collect turkeys the morning of Friday, Nov. 16th in the Wilchester carpool lane.  Please bring your turkey by 8:00 AM so we can deliver them to Spring Shadows that morning.  Thank you for your support!

Click here to Sign Up to Donate a Turkey

 

 

Join Us at the SBEF Ungala!

The Spring Branch Education Foundation Annual Ungala is a fun event with Casino Games, Big Board, and Live Auction!  It’s a fantastic evening that supports SBEF, which contributes to all of the schools in Spring Branch ISD through grants and scholarships.  Wilchester has been the recipient of many of these generous grants!

Friday, Nov. 30th
Royal Sonesta at 7:00pm

$125 General Admission Ticket
“Redneck Sheek” attire

Click here to Register for the SBEF Ungala

 

 

Order Your Wilchester Yearbook at the EARLY BIRD Price!

Don’t forget to order your child a Wilchester yearbook at the early bird price!  Every Wildcat is featured in the photos that capture each class and event throughout the year.

Buy a yearbook NOW for the early bird price of $35! 
Yearbook pricing will go up on Saturday, Dec. 1st.  Go to the link below to order – you may need to look up “Wilchester Elementary School” on the site if you have not purchased from Balfour previously.

Calling All Fifth Grade Parents!
Celebrate your 5th grader with an ad in the yearbook!  You’ll need to go to the link below and order BOTH a yearbook and an ad.  Ads can be designed using the easy online tool on the Balfour website and are $30 for 1/4 page.  Orders are due Friday, Nov. 9th!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YEARBOOKS AND 5th GRADE ADS

 

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

 

 

Help with Blessings in a Backpack THIS THURSDAY!

Our Sister School Solutions committee will be assembling and delivering over 600 Blessings in a Backpack bags to our Sister School students THIS Thursday, Nov. 15th and we need a lot of help!   We usually pack and deliver on Fridays, but because these bags are large, and the school holds a school-wide event on Friday, we want to deliver on Thursday.  There’s no need to RSVP, just join us if you’re available to help!

Help us assemble bags at 8:15am at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Palmer Hall (west side of campus)!

 

 

Garden-to-Table at Wilchester!

Our 4th grade mathematicians measured 77 pounds of sweet potatoes that were grown in the WCE Garden and harvested by our 2nd and 5th graders!  This Thursday, our wonderful cafeteria staff will be offering samples of our homegrown sweet potatoes in the Wilchester café.  Students don’t need to purchase a lunch to try the sweet potatoes!

Encourage your children to give these healthy vegetables a try!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTA directories were distributed to the classrooms on Friday, Nov. 2nd, and should be coming home in your child’s backpack soon! If you ordered one but do not receive it, please contact Mandy Barrow at mandybarrow@gmail.com.

 

 

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)

 

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