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 The Pony Express
Principal’s Place 
May 27, 2015   

Thanks to PTO President Elizabeth Karkowsky and the PTO Executive Board for a great job this year. We deeply appreciate their efforts in parent leadership this year.

In closing, thank you to all of our parents, students, community members, faculty, staff, and administration for another successful year. It is truly a team effort to build and maintain our status as one of the best public schools in Texas.

Best of luck to our 5th graders as they move on to middle school, and to our families who are moving. For all of the rest of us, I will see you on Monday, August 24 as we kick off another year.

Have a wonderful summer

John T. Threet, Principal


PTO President’s Column

Dear Parents,

What an amazing and fun year we had helping our children and the school! Below are some highlights of how we used our fundraising dollars. Here is the full-length document: "PTO 2014-2015 Summary"

School/Building Upgrades & Improvements
  • The replacement and installation of glass & aluminum double doors around the school.
  • Mahogany wood double doors at front entrance of school
  • Front playground refurbishment - $80K contribution to Foundation project 
  • Back playground refurbishment 
  • Purchase and installation of ice machine in teachers' lounge
  • Replacement of existing pavers in front of the school to level and make the area safe 
  • Turf installation in courtyard
  • Turf installation around flag pole at front of school
  • Landscaping and monthly grounds/garden maintenance 
  • Build 2 new planter boxes for garden & Recipe for Success program
  • Two 'No Place for Hate' character mosaic benches - one for each playground
Instructional Support - 85% of what has been used in the classroom is bought by the PTO. Here are examples of the purchases:

Classroom Set-Up
- Wordly Wise books, GPS Math Books, Kamica workbooks, classroom furniture and items to set up classroom, Time Magazine for the kids, Social Studies News; a new science room fully furnished with all the science items.

Grade Level Materials - Math manipulatives, SRA kits, novels/books, Rigby books, beginning kits, classroom workstation items, center items, science items for classroom, Foss kits, Bluebonnet books, classroom work station items, elmos, printers and other teaching items in the classroom.

Teacher Professional Development - All GT inservices, reading and language arts inservices, classes at Rice and St. Thomas and all school inservices form Region 4

- 700 new books to the library this year.

I want to thank the PTO Executive Board, chairs, committee people, room parents, volunteers, administration, teachers, staff, and corporate sponsors. A special thank you goes to Tracey Wyatt for her support of and help with the PTO. Without everyone, this year would not have been the success that is was. Thanks again.

Have a great summer.

Forever Magnetized to WUES,
WUES PTO President 2014-2015 

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