OCTOBER 14, 2021

Last month we learned about HABIT ONE and this month we are learning about HABIT TWO.  Here are some principles and key phrases that support the habits.  

  1. Cypress Sprinters is canceled tomorrow morning due to the wet conditions. 

  2. The Cypress Spirit Store is online! https://bitsofcourageaustin.myshopify.com/ Order your limited edition CSES Tiger Spirit Wear today! All items are available in a full array of adult and youth sizes so that the entire family can show their Tiger Pride. The deadline for orders is FRIDAY, October 15, in order to provide a quick turnaround on the delivery of items by early November. If you have any questions please contact fundraising@csepta.org.  ORDER YOUR INAUGURAL CYPRESS SHIRT TODAY! 

  3. We had such a great turnout at the Parent Coffee yesterday as we dove into supporting learning at home. Our focus was on the power of modeling a growth mindset. Carol Dweck is the author of Mindset, an excellent book that focuses on the driving forces of motivation and achievement. Here is an excerpt taken directly from her site. "Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement." 

    1. If you weren't able to attend yesterday's parent coffee, you can still access the TedTalk video we watched and all of the resources and ideas for supporting learning at home. These include fun games, book clubs, cooking activities, journaling, websites, etc. To access these parent resources, please visit our school website and click on the link below the Parent and Students section titled "CSE Community Hub". This will take you to our parent page. Click on the Parent Resources button to review activities and ideas for supporting learning at home. Please let us know if you have any questions or great ideas to add to our page. 

    2. We would love to highlight families learning and growing together. If you complete a fun family learning activity, please take a picture and send it to us so we can share with other families all of the fun ways learning continues outside of school. 

  4. For families that are interested, we will meet in January, February, and April for a book study based on the book The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.  If you would like to participate, please purchase your copy and mark your calendars for January 11 (discuss intro, chapters 1 and 2), February 8 (chapters 3 and 4), and April 12 (chapters 5, 6, and closing).  We will learn more about 12 strategies to nurture our children’s developing mind. 

  5. Book fair kicks off next week!  Click here for more information.

  6. Help us honor our Veterans by sending in pictures of family members that are Veterans.  Click here for information.

  7. Special thanks to all that supported our Leave a Legacy campaign!

  8.  The DSISD Dyslexia team will be hosting our Annual Dyslexia Parent Information night on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7. This will be a virtual event for anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and tips for supporting their children with dyslexia at home. Everyone is welcome to attend and no registration is required. Click here for information.

  9. Coming soon is CSES Healthy Habits Week.  We are excited for this week!  Click here for information regarding the dress-up days.

  10. Friday, October 29th is our first Annual CSES Character Parade (tied into Healthy Habits Week).  Our parade will take place outside at 8:30 am.  Students are asked to dress up as their favorite book character based on a book they have read.  Please have the children bring their book and leave masks or scary dress at home.  Families are welcome to attend and will spread out outside.  

  1. DSHS Wrestling Team is hosting a Shred Day on Saturday, October 23rd, 9 am-Noon at DSHS.  Drive-thru professional document shredding for cash or online donations will benefit our DSHS Wrestling Team. Please see the flyer for details. 
  2. Activity Fees are due for PK-4th grade on October 31, 2021.  Please visit the District Webstore.  Click on Cypress Springs Elementary, select Activity Fees, and choose your child (ren) grade levels to pay.  These fees cover field trips.  5th Grade families, please use the same process to pay for Camp Champions by October 15, 2021.  THANK YOU!
  1. DSHS students are collecting gently used or new stuffed animals for Comfort for Care!  A collection box will be available in the CSES foyer beginning Friday, October 1st.
  1. Tiger Dad of the Day program began this week and we would love you to join us! Our goal is to have 1-2 dads or dads-at-heart on campus DAILY. Click here to find out how to join this exciting program. 


  1. CSE PTA Updates
  • The Cypress Spirit Store is online!  For our inaugural year, order your limited edition CSES Tiger Spirit Wear by Friday, October 15. These items would also make a great gift for teachers/staff! Contact fundraising@csepta.org with questions

  • If you are interested in helping with the upcoming Fall Scholastic Book Fair October 18-29, please Sign Up Here! We will need volunteers for decorating on October 14-15, helpers during preview week October 19-22 and helpers during shopping week October 26-29

  • Cypress Fun Fest is just around the corner on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30-8pm. Check-in with your room parent for any last-minute Auction Basket needs.

  • Check out our CSE PTA Facebook for a chance to show off your family and get to know other families at CSE with Family Fun Friday!

  • Tiger Dads kicked off on Monday 10/4. Our goal is to have 1-2 dads or dads-at-heart on campus DAILY. Click here to find out how to join this exciting program.

  • Send a Sign Gypsies BOO in October, and CSE PTA will get a portion of sales back

  • We’d love to see you at our next PTA General Meeting on Thursday, October 21 at 8am! 

, ; (Last Modified about a minute ago)