No Place for Hate at International Festival

Thank you very much to the student coalition members who participated in the NPFH activity at the International festival.  They displayed great leadership and their enthusiasm encouraged many kids to participate.  Let’s keep on working to make West U a No Place for Hate!
Words of the month: Tolerance and Diversity!
Contact Guadalupe Harper for more information.


International Festival 2015

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Another well attended and spectacular International festival thanks to all the great volunteers that were eager to share some of their cultural heritage with our students at West University Elementary.
The theme this year was leaders and leadership in arts, literature, science, sports and the humanities; and the boards on display illustrated this well.  Parents delivered 76 presentations over 2 days to the classes at West University, and prepared the ground for the evening event.  ”The performances keep on getting better and better,” commented one parent, as we were regaled by 12 performances including the Shaolin Temple’s martial arts demonstration and choreographed display followed by the parade of all countries grand finale.
The students armed with their passports (in color this year) raced around the 38 country tables looking for the answers to the questions that would get them raffle tickets for the great prizes graciously donated by our sponsors: Benjy’s, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Kiran’s, Fellini’s, Candelari’s, Cafe Rebelais, Brasserie Max and Julie, Pizza L’Vino, Salento’s Snowblock Shavery, La Taste, and a personal donation of a World Market gift card.  For the prize winners see the list here.
Delphine Trogneux (Daube) & Enrica Vagliani (Gray)
2015 International Festival Chairs.


Author visit with Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is visiting West U Elementary on February 12th for the 3rd – 5th grades.  See order form for his two newest books available for purchase and personalization for his visit.  Books purchased by February 3, 2015 are guaranteed available.  Any purchased after that day will be filled as they are received.  Turn in forms to the library.
Questions?  Contact Cindy Burnett.


Box Tops Contest

The deadline for the Box Tops Contest has been extended to this FRIDAY, January 30th.  Please be sure to trim down and drop off any box tops at the front office, labeled with your teacher’s name.
Please contact Karen Coveler for more information


Accelerated Math Placement Exam at Pershing


The Accelerated Placement Exam for Pershing will be held on Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. for current 5th graders interested in qualifying for the Accelerated Math and Science program for the 2015-2016 school year. No registration necessary. The test takes approximately 1 hour. Please contact the counselors at Pershing (713-295-5240) with questions.


Playground Contest

The WUES Foundation is excited to announce the launch of a school wide campaign to refurbish and update the front playground. We need your help! The Foundation is launching a school wide campaign from January 12th through February 6th. As part of the campaign, the Foundation will be selling 6×6 inch tiles for your child to decorate for installation around the large tree adjacent to the playground.

The top 3 classes with the most money raised will celebrate with a special party hosted by Mr. A, Coach Jones, and Principal Threet.

You can make your donations online here. Contact Pam Packer for more information. See flyer for more information.


“Stop Defiance, Disrespect and Yelling” with your Children. Speaker on February 9 & 10.

The WUES PTO invites parents and our community to a special parent workshop, Celebrate Calm, with Kirk Martin. Parents will learn a dozen strategies that will eliminate defiance, disrespect, yelling, bullying, sibling fights and more that characterizes our homes and classrooms. Kirk provides concrete, practical strategies that work with kids of all ages in everyday situations to:

Get your kids to listen the first time
Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling
Stop Whining, tantrums and sibling fights
Get kids off video games/screens without a fight
Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime

This speaker engagement is open to the public. Please feel free to invite your neighbors, friends, and family to join you. The workshop will be held on February 9th from 7 – 9 PM, and February 10th from 8 – 10 AM in the West U Elementary MPR at 3756 University Blvd. We hope to see you there.


Souper Bowl of Caring

It is time to clean out those pantries and collect food for the Houston Food Bank during our Souper Bowl of Caring event, January 26-30! Bring in food items throughout the week to contribute to your class totals.

The items most needed by the Houston Food Bank are:
Canned tuna or chicken, packed in water
Peanut butter
Canned stews and pasta/meat, easy on the salt and fat
Packages of dried beans
Canned fruits in light syrup
100% juice cans or boxes
Canned vegetables, tomatoes, tomato sauce
Soups with meat and/or beans
Cereals and cereal bars
Pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles

The Food Bank is unable to accept:
Open packages
Homemade food items
Perishable foods
Baby food
Expired items
50 pound bags of rice

Volunteers Needed! Help during the week of the food drive. We need men and strong women to come help sort and move food throughout the week.

Questions? Contact Leslie Wade.


iKids U After-School at WUES

Registration is going on now for the Spring Semester! iKids U offers a variety of after-school opportunities on-site at WUES, including Stay & Play, Enrichment classes, Early Dismissal Programs, and One on One services. Submit registrations at the WUES front office, visit us online, or register by phone at 713-665-5200.

Click here for registration form.

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