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Hats off to our International Festival Organizing Committee under the leadership of Co-Chairs Delphine Trogneux (Daube) and Enrica Vagliani (Gray) for another stellar program last week! Well done!

While I’m handing out congratulations, another big Hats Off to our Kindergarten teachers and students. We received our Kindergarten Iowa Test scores last Friday and the results are fantastic. The Iowa reports scores a little differently than our former Stanford Early School Achievement Test. The scores listed are National Percentile Ranking (NPR):
2015 Iowa Test Scores for Kindergarten
Individual student score reports will be sent home later this week.

This week we once again participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring. This is our 8th year to participate in this national campaign to collect non-perishable food for local food banks.

Please make note of a couple of changes from previous years. One of the biggest needs is for more protein. Consequently, our Souper Bowl of Caring team at West U has created a way for classrooms to gain more points. The Protein Challenge offers 1 point per can of tuna or chicken, 2 points for family size, 1 point for small peanut butter, 2 points for regular size peanut butter, and 3 points for family size peanut butter. One other change is that we cannot accept 50 pound bags of beans, rice, etc. These are extremely difficult to handle here at school and the Houston Food Bank cannot break these into smaller packages to distribute to families.

The last few years we have had the top school collection in Greater Houston for a number of years and led the nation for the last two years. Since 2007, our families have stepped up and gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the hungry in Houston. Let’s make 2015 another banner year!

Have a Souper week!

John T. Threet, Principal

PTO President

The International Festival was fabulous. I hope you enjoyed the amazing student performances, detailed country presentations, the tasty variety of cultural foods and the fun kid's scavenger hunt.

THANK YOU:
Delphine Daube, Enrica Vagliani, Carla Sharp & Cecy Singh for chairing our successful International Festival.
Cindy Burnett & Melisa Richardson for chairing the favorite Blue Bonnet Breakfast.

Our first service project, Souper Bowl of Caring, starts today and culminates on Friday. Get Magnetized to help others in our community! Thank you in advance for supporting these hungry and needy families.

Are you exhausted of discipline techniques that do not work? Get some new ideas at our PTO parent workshop - "Stop Defiance, Disrespect and Yelling" with Kirk Martin. Date: Feb. 9 at 7-9PM and Feb. 10 at 8-10AM. Both days offer the same workshop. Location is MPR.

Magnetized to West U,

Elizabeth Karkowsky 
WUES PTO President 2014-2015 

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