PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Principal Disch
Welcome back, Mustangs! Teachers and staff are thrilled about the 2020-2021 school year, and I hope your week is off to a great start. We are confident that this will be a successful year as we learn and grow together.
 
We are excited to send you this first Mustang News newsletter. This new publication is our joint school and PTO newsletter that will contain all of the information you need to stay connected to the school. You will receive this newsletter every Wednesday morning, so please take the time to read it and mark important dates in your calendars. 
 
We appreciate everyone’s support and commitment to your child’s academic success and the success of WUES. I will continue to share updates about virtual instruction and the rest of the school year, but please reach out to your teacher or grade level administrator if you have questions.  

A big Mustang shoutout to Event Yard Greetings, for their generosity in shouting out our students' 1st day!
 
All the Best,
 
Scott C. Disch
Principal
PTO'S MESSAGE
Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 School Year!

On behalf of the WUES PTO, I would like to welcome new families and returning families to WUES! WUES is a wonderful place for our children because of the combined efforts of our teachers, administration, community and families.

I would like to thank our PTO board and committee chairs for all of the hard work and effort they put into preparing for this school year over the summer. I hope you will join me in supporting their efforts as we work together to make this school year successful and rewarding.

You can keep up with events and news through the weekly Mustang News newsletter and the PTO website - www.westupto.org. Please complete the Red Apple Sale and Checklist this week. Also, please mark your calendar to join our first virtual PTO general meeting on September 22nd at 7 pm. 

Have a great week and successful year!

Olivia Benitez
PTO President 2020-21
CALENDAR
PTO & SCHOOL NEWS
Announcements + Events
RED APPLE SALE AND
PARENT MUST-DO CHECKLIST
Who: ALL Mustang Families 

What: Access the Virtual Red Apple Sale and Complete ALL forms

When: Deadline is THIS Friday, Sept. 11th

Where: Online Here

Contact: info@westupto.org​
MUSTANG HEROFIT CHALLENGE
Who: All Mustang Families 

What: Mustangs, get excited! The PTO will be hosting the Mustang HeroFit Challenge, a two-week, fun, fitness-focused event powered by Boosterthon, as a way to build community among teachers and students and raise some funds along the way!  

When: Tuesday, October 6th to Friday, October 16th 

Where: The HeroFit Challenge will be taking place virtually, and ALL are invited to participate from the comfort of their own homes!   

How: Our goal for the HeroFit Challenge is to rally together, have a lot of fun, and assist our school. Look for more information as school officially starts back. 

Contact: herofit@westupto.org 
MUSTANG MERCHANDISE GEAR STORE
Who: Everyone 

What: Distance Learning means we can show our Mustang spirit in style and comfort! We won’t be having an in-person sale to begin the school year, but our online gear store is OPEN for business! We have leggings, jammies, and shorts as well as all different types of super soft t-shirts! 

When: Now 

Where: Online Store at https://westupto.ecwid.com/

More Info: westugear@westupto.org 
REMAINING 2019-20 YEARBOOKS
Who: Did you order a yearbook and miss our pick ups last year? Did you miss out on ordering and want one more chance to get a copy?  

What: All pre ordered 2019-2020 Yearbooks are at the school and can be picked up from the front office. Additional copies also remain available to purchase! See "More Info" below for how.

When: NOW 

Where: WUES Front Office (pick up); PayPal link (purchase)

How: Bring your receipt to pick up your yearbook at the front office. 

More Info: Forgot to purchase a yearbook, but want to have memories from the “historic and crazy” 2020-21 school year? Well, we still have books available for purchase!  

No cash or checks accepted. Books can only be purchased from the PTO website by using our
PayPal link. Cost is $50 per yearbook.

Contact: Robyn Goldstein.

Be on the lookout for information on purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook.
PICTURES FOR THE 2020-21 YEARBOOK
Who: ALL WUES Community

What: Even though we are not at school, we still want your pictures for the yearbook — so send pics from the first day, virtual learning, of teams meeting, or other of your kids' activities. 

When: Ongoing 

Where: Please send pics to westu.yearbook@gmail.com.

How: When sending pics, please include names of all children in the picture, grade and teacher in the subject of the email.  

MORE INFO: Interested in being a part of the Yearbook staff? We are looking for both photographers and editors for grade levels.  For questions on joining the staff, contact Robyn Goldstein
WUES ONLINE DIRECTORY
Who: New and Returning Families 

What: Update your Membership Toolkit Account. The WUES Directory will be Online Only. 

When: Now


More Info: webmaster@westupto.org 
PTO MONEY AT WORK
Each week in this section, we will highlight how our PTO supports our school. Your PTO membership directly impacts our students. Join today!

Your dollars have already helped us provide 80 laptops and 133 iPads for teachers, staff and students in need to kick-start the 2020-21 academic year. Thank you, Mustangs!

Keep up the MOMENTum!
NURSE PAULA'S
WELCOME NOTE
I just want to say hello to you all at the crazy start of the school year. I miss you all and really want to get back to our face to face school. To help us get back sooner, we need to follow these guidelines: 

  • Wear masks when you are in a building, unless it is your house. 
  • When you are around people not in your family, stay 6 feet apart with a mask. 
  • When you are outside with people still stay 6 feet apart.   
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer frequently. 
  • Don't be around large crowds, no more than 10 people. 

Please try to do these things so we can get back to our life that we had before mid-March. I am working during all of this, but it will not be the same. I know.  You can’t come down yet for band aids and ice. I will be around. Mostly at the school but some at home. If you need anything you can call the school or email me at pbottece@houstonisd.org 
ANCILLARY NEWS
ART SUPPLIES AT HOME

Who: All WUES Students 

What: Please gather the art supplies listed below for art lessons 

When: Within the first 2 weeks of school  

Where: At each student's home 

How: Gather crayons, markers, pen, pencil, colored pencils, colored chalk, 8 color water color, 10 sheets of printer paper, 3 sheets of colored construction paper, 3 sheets of watercolor paper. 

Community | Announcements + Events
iKids LEARNING PODS
Who: WUES students and siblings

What: iKids Learning Pods (small groups where students are guided through their lessons and assignments) to facilitate virtual learning

When: Enroll now as we begin the new school year

Where: At home or at the iKids Center

How:
Registration Form, or by calling: 713-665-5200

More Info:

iKids U is the after-school program already serving West U Elementary. The COVID-compliant and trained staff of :iKids U want to support families in virtual learning.

Note:
WUES has partnered with iKids to make this information available, but is not involved with the creation or implementation of the iKids Covid safety policies and procedures. Please check out their website for more information.
Taking a MOMENT to thank our Corporate Sponsors!