Jan
22

Kinder Round Up

Kinder Round UP is on March 8th at 9:45 in the library

Jan
22

Carnival Apparel

Carnival T-shirt Orders are due This Friday!! January 26! Order now!
100% Cotton Shirts – $12
Authentic Dri-Fit Jerseys – $20

On March 23rd, you can look like Wilchester’s number one fan with a soft, cotton t-shirt
OR get in the game with a real, dri-fit basketball jersey.

Plus, we’ll be offering some extra team swag in the form of headbands and wristbands.
We expect these to sell out, so don’t miss your chance.

https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/2018-wilchester-carnival-shirt-order/

Jan
09

Jan Brett Visit

Do you want author/illustrator Jan Brett to visit Wilchester?

The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, friends,
or supporters who enter the “Jan Brett” contest will win a
free school or library visitfrom Jan Brett in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Contest ends April 2, 2018.

2nd to 10th place winners will receive prizes of 10 Jan Brett books.
11th to 100th place winners will receive the prize of a signed Jan Brett Poster.

Click HERE to enter WCE!
Please enter your name and the information of the school or library you would like to win a free Jan Brett visit.  One email address entry per person.  Duplicate email addresses will be removed.  All emails will be verified before the winning entry is announced.  If you are under the age of 13, please use your parent’s email address.

Jan
08

PTA Budget

PTA Budget Suggestions

 

Each year as a PTA we review the budget process to ensure we are spending donations in accordance with donor wishes and the school’s needs.  This is accomplished through our PTA budget survey.  We want to hear from you!

We would like your suggestions for ways to improve or enhance the school environment.  Items that have been funded in prior years based on our surveys include:

  • Technology
  • Capital Improvements
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Staff and Classroom Support

Every idea is reviewed for feasibility by school personnel and the at-large budget committee members.  Only those suggestions that are currently feasible and meet school needs will be considered for the PTA Budget Survey.

Please complete this form with your name, email and survey suggestion.

We will let you know the outcome of your suggestion based on feasibility, district or budget constraints before the survey is issued.

Thank you,

Budget Survey Team

 

Want more information?

Our current budget consists of seven main categories: Staff Salaries, Facilities & Technology, Staff Development, Classroom Support, Student Services Support, Enrichment Programs, and PTA Committee Expenses.  These categories are detailed below to help you better understand where our PTA resources are allocated today.  Your feedback helps us continue to best allocate resources in the future!

  • Classroom Support is our largest area of funding at 28% of our budget. This is money we spend on curriculum and instruction for all classroom and specials teachers.  Some items included here are subscriptions to Social Studies Weekly and Scholastic News; supplemental resources for handwriting and vocabulary; literacy and classroom libraries; math manipulatives; consumables for science and art; music and health fitness equipment; and a teacher discretionary fund for miscellaneous items.
  • Staff Salaries is 23% of our total budget. We help provide salaries for the reading specialist and math specialist.  These are on-going initiatives to provide support to the staff and students to keep all students on pace for the year.

 

  • Enrichment Programs is 15% of our total budget. These are many of the “extra” programs provided throughout the year including field trips, international day, art expo, cultural arts, continental math league, Odyssey of the Mind, science fair, the garden, discovery dome, McGruff, reflections, spelling bee, and student council.  These programs enrich the lives of the students and provide opportunities for learning outside or in addition to the classroom.
  • Facilities & Technology includes various items for the building, playground, or landscape depending on the needs for the year. Items that have been purchased in the past include walkie-talkies for the staff, additional bike racks, furniture for the front office, storage shelves, flatbed dollies, picnic tables, furniture for an outdoor teachers’ lounge, landscaping of the back courtyard, activboards, tablets and computers for student use.  This is typically where the majority of large one-time expenditures are recorded and amounts vary from year to year.
  • Staff Development is 12% of our annual budget. It consists of funds spent on conferences and consultants for all classroom and specials teachers, as well as substitutes for those teachers when they are away at conferences.  We also provide substitutes for planning for all grade level teachers.
  • Student Services Support is 3% of our annual budget. The PTA provides funds to the counselor, library and school nurse.  They support character building and anti-bullying programs, visiting authors, as well as other programs.
  • PTA Committee Expense includes hospitality, teacher appreciation, landscape maintenance, and other expenditures for the PTA, such as bank fees, website maintenance, credit card fees, etc.

Jan
02

Pre-K Registration

Pre-Kindergarten at Wilchester Elementary

2018-2019 School Year

Do you have a child who will be 4 years old ON or BEFORE September 1, 2018?
If so, you need to get on the Pre-k list at Wilchester!

1. January 3rd -30th: You will be able to sign up at Wilchester. We have two PK classes for a total of 48 students. If we have more than 48 students sign up, we will then proceed to have a lottery drawing.

2. January 31st: The lottery drawing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the school library, if needed.

3. February 1-26: Winners of the lottery will be notified to complete the 2018-2019 pre-registration process. A $50 deposit is required (unless the child qualifies to attend for free) this deposit protects your spot for pre-k**

4. If you are not able to attend PK here at Wilchester (due to your name not being drawn in the WCE lottery), you can also pre-register your child at Wildcat Way – School for Early Learning.

All parents who have a student that has a spot to attend will complete the enrollment process in Mid-August

** Full Day Pre-K is from 7:55-3:00. The program is tuition based. In order to qualify for free pre-k tuition , you must meet at least one of the criteria listed below:

– Limited English Proficiency (testing must be done to determine eligibility)
– Income Qualifications
– Homeless
– Parent on active military or injured and or death while on military duty
– Children in protective services custody

Jan
02

Need Books

It’s time to clean out your bookshelves!
We are collecting gently used books for both children and adults for our Used Book Fair. You can drop off books in the front lobby of the school.

The Used Book Fair will be held January 16th -19th.
During the sale, books will be sold for $1- $3.
All proceeds will benefit the Wilchester Library.
Unsold children’s books will be donated to our Sister School,
Spring Shadows Elementary.

We will need volunteers to work shifts during the sale.
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0945afa72eaa8-used2

 

Jan
02

Science Fair

Calling all 4th and 5th Graders to submit projects for
2018 WCE Science Fair!

The Wilchester Science Fair is an annual event for 1st through 5th graders at Wilchester Elementary and designed to teach students the true nature of science. The student researcher must formulate a hypothesis or need, design experiments and ensure proper data collection, and is designed to empower students, in a fun, positive manner, to realize that they can ask questions about anything and discover the answers by themselves. Students are encouraged to think independently and outside the box as they investigate and explore scientific experiments. It also reinforces scientific terms and thought processes taught in the classrooms. This year, students also have the opportunity to present the projects in a short video clip.

There are different processes for lower grades (1st-3rd) and higher grades (4th-5th).

4th and 5th graders: students may work independently or in pairs.

Click here HERE for the science fair informational packet for grades 4-5.

Below is the timeline for 4th and 5th graders:
– Science Fair info meeting:
(1) for 4th/5th students and teachers on Friday, January 5th at 11:45am in the rotunda; and
(2) info session for parents Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30-7:30pm in the library.

Projects due date: Friday, February 16th – Deadline for students to complete the poster and submit the video clip.

Bring posters to school: Thursday, March 1st, 7:30-7:55am

4th-5th grades Doughnut Party and Award Ceremony: Friday, March 2nd, 7:30-8:30am

1st, 2nd and 3rd graders: projects are organized by class volunteer parents.

Click HERE for the class science fair volunteer packet for volunteers in grades 1-3.

 

For more information, please contact the Science Fair Chairs,
Linda Hui, Elizabeth Lovering and Irina Gibson, at
2018WCEScienceFair@gmail.com

Have fun! Let your creativity shine!

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Jan
02

Carnival Raffle Prizes needed!

Let’s Score with Awesome Prize Drawing!
Help Wilchester go undefeated in collecting over 400 prize drawing items for our
WILCHESTER MADNESS Carnival 2018!

Toys, games, gifts, decor items, tickets and pool/outdoor activities are all a perfect score!Go to http://a.co/7R35Xtr (or search Wish Lists for Paige Keracik at Amazon.com)
for more ideas and items to purchase.

Have something else you would like to contribute?
Contact Paige Keracik at keracikp@gmail.com with any questions.
Donations are now being accepted at The Keraciks (13830 Queensbury Lane).
Donation forms will be coming home in your child’s backpack.

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.

Dec
06

International Day

The students voted and they want to learn about France, Egypt, India and Brazil
during International Day 2018! This global event will be held on January 25th. Students will rotate through the countries during their designated Specials time.

We need volunteers!
If you are interested in these countries and want to help –
please contact Beth Sweeney at lizzycs@yahoo.com or
Jerita Burreson at jbalikburreson@gmail.com.

Come and join us at a planning meeting THIS Friday, January 5th, at 9am
at the Sweeney House: 13415 Pinerock Lane.

Dec
03

2018 Auction Reveal Party

AUCTION 2018 REVEAL PARTY
JANUARY 25TH
7-9PM
MEMORIAL WEST CLUB (700 N. Kirkwood)

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Bottles of wine valued at $40 or more will be collected to use for the Wine Pull at Auction.

 

Nov
29

The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum

The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum

Did you know that we have an art museum right in our backyard, The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum (behind Westchester). You can follow them on Facebook and subscribe to receive a newsletter in your inbox at

Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for SBISD students and the Houston community to experience the art of diverse cultures, to understand the cultural and historical significance of art, and to develop critical thinking and viewing skills.

Nov
28

Carnival Fun Junk & Stuffed Animals

Fun Junk & Stuffed Animals

Cleaning out after the Holidays? Consider saving those items for Carnival Fun Junk and Stuffed Animal booths. Collection bins will be located in the front office at Wilchester and at the following homes:
Fun Junk: Ashley Miller, 13818 Kimberley Ln.

Stuffed Animals: Katie Miller, 13818 Barryknoll Ln.

Does your child have a trading card collection (sports, Pokémon, etc.) that is now just collecting dust? If so, consider donating those cards to the Wilchester Fun Junk booth. These items are always a slam dunk! Please do not hesitate to ask Stephanie Adam,swalseyadam@gmail.com, about what qualifies as “funk junk.

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.

January Food Focus:

January’s food donation for Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack is 7.25oz boxed macaroni and cheese.
Food donations can be dropped off in the box located in the school’s front lobby.

Spring Shadows Elementary had 5 teachers that flooded their homes and lost almost everything. If you would like to contribute to gift cards to help these families rebuild their lives, you can square cash Marty at $Marty Chapman or drop off money/check to 326 Patchester by tomorrow. Gift cards will be delivered onSeptember 15th.

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

Fall Sports

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
04

Box Tops!

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Box Tops February Contest — Win for Your Grade/Support Your School
Starting in February bring your Box Tops to help win a prize for your grade.
Save those Box Tops and and bring them in February 5 -16.
A special prize will be awarded for the grade that brings in the most Box Tops during this time.

We collected more than 6000 Box Tops in the Fall to earn money for our library. Let’s keep up the good work and earn money for our Library and a prize for your grade at the same time. Mrs. Dolan will continue to purchase extra fun seating for kids to enjoy in the Library with these funds.

To help our Box Tops Chairman, please do the following:

–Cut your Box Tops and turn them in in Ziploc bags of 50 and use a marker to write 50 on the bag
–If your amount is less than 50 simply write the exact number in the bag if not 50
–Or the best way to turn in Box Tops is to use a collection sheet found by Googling “Box Tops for Education Collection Sheets.” Pasting them on the collection sheets is the easiest way for our Chairman to count and submit the Box Tops.
–Please do not submit any expired Box Tops!

Oct
01

Math & Reading Stars

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If your child is participating in Math & Reading Stars, turn in your DECEMBER Star Sheets to the
homeroom teacher this week.
Now it’s time to start working on January sheets!

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

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