As you know we stopped mass printing the Pony Express many weeks ago in an effort to save the time and money involved with printing 1,245 copies. For those who receive the electronic link, we sent out a survey last week to assess the effectiveness of this method of communication. We had about 30% of our families respond to the survey. In order to get a better picture of what you wish to see in terms of how we use the Pony Express to communicate, we’ll leave the survey open for one more week. If you are not signed up to receive email messages from our school, please click on this link and sign up today. In addition to using this method to distribute the Pony Express, we’ll also use it whenever we need to get a fast message out to you: http://www.houstonisd.org//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=471.
In today’s Monday Folder is a letter with info about our new Mathletics program. This program is a fun way for children to learn basic math facts. We piloted this program in a couple of classes and both children and parents loved it. It gives your child the opportunity to challenge school children from across the globe. It is an internet-based system a child can use at school and at home. I encourage you to give it a try.
About 30 years ago, a holiday tradition was started at West U for the parents, students, teachers, and administrators to collect money for our ten custodian and cafeteria workers to thank them for all that the work they do behind the scenes. These jobs are among the lowest paid in HISD, and the holidays sometimes present a real challenge for them financially. Any amount is appreciated and you can give your donation to your child’s teacher or the main office. Please designate on the envelope “Custodian/Cafeteria Workers”. The money or checks will be collected starting today through Thursday December 16. If you wish to contribute by check, please make the check out to Tracey Wyatt and she will get you a receipt if needed. Tracey will work with one of our banker dads, and they will count and cash everything. They will then divide the money equally, and we will present the gifts to the custodians and cafeteria workers at the staff holiday party.
Have a sterling week!
Book Fair is this week. Stock up on holiday gifts and get shopping done in one, quick trip! We have moved the PTO Budget meeting to Monday, December 9 so it does not interfere with the Book Fair. Hope to see everyone there.
Please contact me with any questions.