Nov
14

Spelling bee

What’s the Latest Buzz about the Spelling Bee?
The top 10 spellers in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will participate
in the school-wide bee after school on December 7th.
Winners will go on to represent Wilchester in the district spelling bee.

Nov
14

Healthy Lifestyle Month

November is Healthy Lifestyles Month
The SBISD Child Nutrition Services (CNS) webpage reminds students that the body needs nutritious foods to grow and stay healthy. Make sure to take care of your body by eating the right food and getting plenty of exercise. Your body and brain need healthy fuel to perform, to learn, to grow and to ward off illness and disease. You will look better, feel better and do better in school and at play.

The CNS webpage also has a few computer activities for kids that help promote healthy eating and exercise. Here are two you can check out:
My Plate Match Game
Food Heroes

* Girls on the Run has a 5K that anyone can sign up for. It will be held on December 9th at 8am. Cost is $25 to preregister or $30 on Race Day.https://www.gotrgreaterhouston.org/5K

Nov
14

International Day

International Day 2018
Where in the World is….?
This week, 1st – 5th graders will vote by ballot for the four countries
they would like to see represented on International Day.

International Day will be held on January 25, 2018.
Stay tuned for details on this event.

Nov
14

Recycle Rumble

Get ready for the Plastic Bag RECYCLE RUMBLE Wilchester!!

America Recycles Day is tomorrow!
We will be collecting plastic bags again this year.
Please bring in on WEDNESDAY, November 15th

·         Store and Grocery plastic bags
·         Dry-cleaning bags
·         Packing Inserts, pop and bring in
·         Plastic film (newspaper bags, bread bags)

Nov
05

Calling all Pie Makers!

Wilchester PTA is so thankful for our Teachers & Staff

We are calling all pie makers to donate a pie so that all of our Wilchester Teachers & Staff can take a pie home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

When: November 17th
Time: 7:00am-10am
Where: Wilchester Front Lobby

You can sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E044BA9A928AB9-calling1

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

Nov
01

Field Day November 17

Wilchester Field Day 2017  – Friday, November 17th
Students will be able to participate in lots of
outdoor games and activities!

Schedule:
8:30 – 11am: 3rd grade – 5th grade
Noon – 2pm: Kinder – 2nd grade
Details on PreK schedule will be sent home with PreK families.

Want to volunteer? 
Forms to volunteer will be coming home today in Tuesday folders.
* PTA will be providing water bottles this year, so there will be no need to donate water bottles.

Please have your child dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. If you didn’t purchase a Field Day t-shirt, your child can still wear the grade level color (This is optional, of course).

Prek – Gold                                          3rd – Jade
Kinder – Purple                                    4th – Royal Blue
1st – Royal Blue                                   5th – Hot Pink
2nd – Carolina Blue

Nov
01

Turkey Drive

It’s almost time for the annual Turkey Drive for our Sister School!
Please drop off a frozen turkey before school on Friday, November 17th. 100% of the children at Spring Shadows Elementary School are on free and reduced lunches. The turkeys WCE donates to SSE will be a great way to help the kids and their families over Thanksgiving break.

Nov
01

And the Winner Is….

Last week, the library was transformed into a “literary pumpkin patch” full of amazing and creative storybook character pumpkins! It was fun to see many beloved characters from well-known books as well as characters from lesser-known books and new releases. Hopefully our students will be inspired by the pumpkins to look for books in our library that the pumpkin characters came from!

Click here to watch a video of all of the pumpkins on display.
Students, teachers and parents were able to vote for their favorite pumpkins in a variety of categories.
And the winners are… click here to find out!

If your family created a storybook pumpkin, please pick it up from the library by Thursday, November 2nd. 

 

Oct
24

Yearbook Photos Needed

Yearbook would love to have photos taken during 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
10

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are on sale now!! Please click Here to order your yearbook from Balfour. 

 Yearbooks are $30 if purchased on or before Friday, October 13th! Don’t wait to order your yearbook and take advantage of this lower price.

Oct
04

Box Tops!

BoxTops For Education LogoBox Tops over the Holidays
As you buy your Holiday groceries, don’t forget to clip and submit those Box Tops. We submitted 6,162 Box Tops for a total of $612.20 for our Library. But we don’t want to stop there so please bring in those Box Tops over the next two months and deposit them in the Front Office or the Library. The Box Top Chairman would appreciate if you could submit them in plastic bags of 50 with a 50 marked on the bag in Sharpie. If you have less than 50 just simply mark how many are in the bag. And of course it is very helpful if you or your child can always tape the Box Tops to sheets found at https://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets

Oct
03

Spirit Sale!!

Spirit Sales Update October 2017

LAST CALL for 2017

Walk your Child to Class:  Friday, October 6th will be your last chance to buy current Spirit Gear at school until after the Christmas break.  We will bring it back out to sell, along with our vintage items, in early 2018.

* All items are back in stock with the exception of the girls white skirts in XS & S.

Hot items you may have missed….

Camelbak Water bottles, WCE socks, Hair Ties, PJ’s and more!

Do some early Christmas shopping and snag our NEW winter item!

With cooler weather hopefully around the corner, we are offering a lightweight ¼ zip pullover for boy/men & girls/women.  We will have a few samples of these on Friday morning.

PRE-ORDER – Online Sales only starting late this week thru November 1st.

** Check out the Spirit Sales Icon on www.wilchesterpta.org **

Sizes:  Youth XS-XL & Adult XS-XXL.

Price:  Youth – $25 & Adult – $28

Oct
03

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.

November Food Focus:

Canned Chilli
Look for our drop box in the front foyer.

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

Oct
01

Math & Reading Stars Starts October 1!

Star_KidsBe A Star!

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

Sep
09

Way to go Wildcats!

Way to go Wildcats! Wilchester is a 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools Award recipient! Click here to learn more about this amazing award!

 

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.

Aug
15

Wilchester Underwriting

 

Thank you to all of our local businesses and Wildcat families that helped us exceed our $50,000 underwriting goal during our “50 for 50” campaign last year. We hope you can help us “Crush It” once again. Funds raised through the underwriting campaign go directly towards valuable PTA programs such as field trips, science fair, math and reading curriculum, technology tools, etc. Underwriters of $250 and above will have a featured ad or photo in the Wilchester directory.

You may contribute online or use the reply form. This year there will be two other major opportunities to contribute to the Wilchester PTA: Boosterthon in November and Carnival in March 2018.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Also, many companies have Corporate Matching Programs which counts towards your donation amount. If you need help with matching programs, please contact Lara Ryan.

Thank you for your continued support of Wilchester Elementary and the efforts of the PTA.

 

Aug
14

Spirit Sales

Wilchester Spirit Items are still available for purchase!

Spirit gear will be available for purchase at Family Fun Night and Walk/Roll to School October 6

 

Photo Credit: Kate Robinson