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WCE Yard Stakes & Door Hangers

10/21/2021 5:10 pm

 

It's TIME to pick up your Yard Stakes and Door Hangers!! 

If you pre-ordered one, they will be available to pick up THIS FRIDAY, October 22nd from 11am - 1pm in the Wilchester circle drive. If you can't make it, you may pick up for a friend.

Come by and grab your Wilchester Spirit Swag!

Questions, contact Rebekah Daniel.

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Sister School Coat Drive

10/20/2021 2:12 pm

Hi Generous (and growing) Wilchester Families!  It is time once again for the annual WCE Coats for Kids Coat Drive sponsored by the Sister School Committee. Our goal this year is to collect ONE HUNDRED winter coats for our friends at Spring Shadows Elementary so that nobody has to walk to school COLD this year!

What: EXCELLENT USED CONDITION or BRAND NEW coats (children’s sizes XS - XL)

When: Now through November 5th 

Where: Drop in ANY Coat Drive collection bin at WCE - they will be labeled

Items NOT accepted: hoodies, rain jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, stained/broken jackets

Now is the perfect time to do this as the weather starts to cool down and we are going through our closets and taking inventory of what our kids have outgrown. Please make sure that all donations are in good working order (intact zippers and buttons, etc) and are clean before you drop them off. We appreciate your help with this as it saves dramatically on the sort time! 

We are having a friendly competition between the grade levels on this kindness challenge so be sure your student let’s their teacher know if they drop a coat in the box.  Each donation wins a link to paperchains in the rotunda.  Bragging rights to the color band that creates the longest chain. 

Thank you for your generous spirit - it’s what makes WCE such a great place to be!

Questions, contact Liz Spradling.

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Weed the Marque

10/20/2021 1:16 pm

Do you have a green thumb and want Wilchester to look its very best?

If so, please grab a friend and consider volunteering to weed the flower bed around the marquee at WCE!  We just need volunteers to do it, on their own time, once a month. It only takes about an hour and it's good for the soul!

 

Pick a day and time that work for your schedule, preferably during the first week of the month.  Gloves and a trash bag are suggested.  Weeds may be deposited in the compost bin at the NE corner of the playground.

 

Thank you for helping to beautify WCE!

Sign up for a time to weed the marquee HERE.

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Carnival Donations Needed!

10/6/2021 9:28 pm

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Carnival Tickets

10/1/2021 2:17 pm

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Book Character Parade

10/1/2021 11:41 am


We are happy to report that ALL GRADES will now parade on Book Character Day, Friday, October 29th.

 

 

Schedule of Events 7:50am - ~ 8:20am:

  • Dress your child up as a character from their favorite book and bring the book to hold in their hands when they are parading.
    • If your child is not the "dress up type" that is totally OK. They can still walk with their class in the parade.
  • Send your child to school on time!
  • The parade will begin promptly at 8am as some kiddos need to leave to attend GT classes at Bendwood. 
  • Parents are invited to watch the parade outside (totally optional).
  • Parents may line up on the edge of the hardtop and then along the walking path from the hardtop to the front, main entrance.
  • And if you haven't already checked out the Book Character Pumpkins or shopped the Book Fair, come inside and do so after the parade.
 
 
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Red Ribbon Week

10/1/2021 11:40 am

Save the Date for Red Ribbon Week,
the week of October 25th through October 29th.


During Red Ribbon Week, Wilchester students will learn about healthy living and the dangers of drugs through age-appropriate activities. All week long, we’ll be asking the students to dress with special clothes to show their support in being drug free.
 

Monday ~ Proud to be Drug Free
-Wear RED to kick off Red Ribbon Week
 
Tuesday ~ Your Future is So Bright!
-Wear Neon, Bright Colors, or Tie Dye
 
Wednesday ~ Stomp Out Drugs!
-Wear crazy socks
 
Thursday ~ Team Up Against Drugs!
-Wear your favorite school/team colors or spirit gear
 
Friday ~ Book Character Day
- Dress up as a character from your favorite book


Questions, contact Polly Johnson or Audrey Bose.

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Storybook Pumpkins

10/1/2021 11:39 am

Storybook Pumpkin Contest
Get into the Fall spirit by decorating a pumpkin as your favorite character! This year’s judging categories are Most CreativeOverall FavoriteMost Realistic and Funniest. Winning pumpkins in each category will be announced LIVE on the morning broadcast, will receive a certificate, a book and will get to have donuts with our librarian, Ms. Ackney! Questions? Contact Wendy Swantkowski & Anne Liddle at wcebirthdaybooks@gmail.com.
 
Pumpkin Specifications

  • Pumpkin and/or container should be no larger than 2’x2’x2’
  • You may use paper, glue, paint, markers, or any other craft item to decorate your pumpkin.Get creative!
  • Pumpkins and/or pumpkin containers cannot be plugged into power outlets.

Contest Rules & Information

  • Pumpkins are to be dropped off at the check-in table outside of the library on Friday, October 22nd at 3:00 pm or Monday, Oct. 25th from 7:30-8:30 am.
  • Character pumpkins are a great way to introduce others to great books.Pumpkins that represent a character from a book are highly recommended.
  • Pumpkins will be on display for over a week, so only artificial pumpkins will be accepted.
  • Please put your family’s name on the bottom of the pumpkin so that the name is not visible.
  • Students and staff members will vote on their favorite pumpkins. Voting will also be open during “Loved Ones Day” for family voting.The pumpkin with the most votes in a category will be the winner.
  • Only one pumpkin per Wilchester family will be accepted. There should be minimal parental help when decorating the pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins will be available for pick up on Oct. 29th (all pumpkins not picked up on the 29th will be discarded).

Questions contact Wendy Swantkowski or Anne Liddle.

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Book Fair

10/1/2021 11:38 am

It’s time for our Fall Follett Book Fair!

Come visit the Library from October 25th - October 29th from 8:00am - 3:00pm and October 27th from 8:00am - 5:00pm. We encourage you or your loved ones to come to the school during lunch or recess to shop with your child. The children will also have a chance to go during the week with their class. This is the perfect opportunity to add some new books to your library, donate books to the classrooms, or get in some early holiday shopping.

You may shop any day, but we are bringing back Loved Ones Day on Tuesday, October 26th which gives grandparents, parents, or other loved ones a chance to shop with their children and we make it special with things like a photo backdrop and activities. Plus, you'll be able to vote on Character Pumpkins. Questions about Loved Ones Day, contact Wendy Swantkowski.

Follett Book Fairs have digital gift cards available for a secure form of contactless payment for your child to use at the book fair. Visit the link HERE to pick out a fun gift card design to purchase. 
 
Shop Follett’s online book fair as well, open now through October 29th HERE. Wilchester's code is k5224.
 
We also need volunteers to make this event possible! Please consider signing up for set-up, tear-down, and/or cashier shifts HERE. It's a quick shift and the kids love seeing their parents checking out their books.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions, contact Katie Miller.

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Math & Reading Stars

9/27/2021 7:11 pm

Math and Reading Stars Starts October 1st!

The Math and Reading Stars program helps provide motivated 1st - 5th grade students a chance to get extra math or reading practice at home!  All you need to do is go to the PTA Website, print out the forms, and get to work!

Color in a star on the math or reading form when you complete:
  • 30 minutes of extra math practice
  • 1 hour of extra reading (beyond what is expected for his/her grade level)
Each student who earns 24 stars in math or reading (or both!) by mid-April will receive a medal for his/her extra work. Medals are given out at the end of the school year!  

Look for more information in this week’s Friday Folder!

For the Math and Reading star forms and online tools students can use, please go HERE.

You may also send questions to Tiffany Baumgartner.
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Blessings in a Backpack

9/15/2021 4:42 pm

Blessings in a BackpackIf you’re interested and able to help assemble or deliver Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack weekend food bags, please sign up below:

 
*Friday mornings (two time slots available- sign up for one or both)
*Please be a registered SBISD volunteer
*The BEST way to start your weekend
 
Questions?  Ask Marty Chapman: 713-301-0905/rickmart@earthlink.net
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Lunch Duty Helpers Needed

9/7/2021 12:55 pm

Do you want a chance to interact with your kiddo at school and meet some of their buddies? Do you also want to help give our hard working teachers a short break to be spoiled at a monthly Teacher Appreciation Lunch? Well if you answered yes to these questions, sign up to be a “lunch duty helper.”
 
It’s an easy, 30 minute gig that typically involves helping kids to the lunch line, opening food containers, and reminding them to stay in their seat. There will always be an administrator on duty too to handle any discipline issues for you.
 
If you can help, please sign up HERE.
 
Your teachers thank you from the bottom of their hearts.


Questions, please contact Amanda Graham

 

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Support our Sister School

9/7/2021 12:51 pm

Spring Shadows VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Wilchester Elementary has proudly supported Spring Shadows Elementary as our sister school since 2011.  The program is designed to improve education, support teachers’ needs and most importantly to support the basic clothing and food needs of children. 

 

Sign up to be on our committee, and we will contact you about specific ways you can help!  Examples are Blessings in a Backpack distribution, Coat Drive, Turkey Drive, and a Teacher Appreciation luncheon.

 Sign Up to Volunteer!

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Morning Movers

8/31/2021 9:37 pm

Morning Movers will begin September 14th! 

The group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:25-7:45am on the hardtop. Come for fun, music and walking, jogging, or running!

Students can track their mileage and will receive a small prize to display on their backpack for every 5 miles they run or walk!

Morning Movers is open to all 1st-5th graders.

Questions? Please contact Jenn Whalen or Teri Howell

 

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Odyssey of the Mind

8/31/2021 9:35 pm

We had such an incredible turnout for our Odyssey of the Mind Informational last week. Everyone in attendance was inspired to get involved in this very fulfilling program. If you are looking for a unique experience for your child that develops teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking and is a whole lot of fun, fill out an interest form HERE.

For questions, contact our team coordinator, Maria Maso

 

 

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Reflections

8/24/2021 1:26 pm

Reflections is a national PTA art contest and every Wildcat is invited to participate.
 
The 2021-2022 theme is “I Will Change the World By…”
 
Categories are: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature,
Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts
 
Reflections submissions are due on Wednesday, October 20th at 8am in the library. Please remember to bring a completed entry form!

Reflections Registration 

Please feel free to contact the 2021-2022 Reflections Chairs with any questions:
Kelly Ross or Gina Yu

 

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Wilchester School Marquee

8/16/2021 5:36 pm

Want to display your child's birthday on the Wilchester School Marquee?

Just sign up! But act fast, as there are over 850 students at Wilchester and only 12 spots available each month (we have added 2 additional spots each month).

Have your child featured on the marquee in front of the school for their entire birthday month, beginning in September.

It makes for a great photo op and the kids are always so proud to see their name in lights.

There are only 12 spots available each month and they will sell out, so act fast!
$75 a piece
Must sign up by Friday, August 27th for birthdays September '21-August '22
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Birthday Book Club

7/28/2021 2:59 pm

Birthday Book Club

Do you want to honor your child's birthday in a special way?? The Wilchester Birthday Book Club is a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday and help grow our school library! 

 

To honor your child, simply purchase a book for the library. Books will be delivered on the first Monday of each month (with the exception of September and January). The honorees will be the first to receive and read the books. When finished, they will return the books to the library for others in the school to check out and enjoy! 

 

If you want to honor a summer or September birthday, please ensure you have purchased a book by August 26th!

 

And remember, hardcover books will last longer in our school library, so please consider donating a hardcover book when possible.  

 
For information about how to donate a book, see the Birthday Book Club webpage.

 

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YEARBOOK

Upload Pics All Year!

Download the Balfour Image Share App. WCE's project number - 226691 (include grade/names of people). Q
uestions? Contact Maricarmen Acuna.
 Purchase a Yearbook 
Purchase for only $35 before Thanksgiving; after, they are $40.
5th grade ads are $30.00 for a 1/4 page.

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