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Originally delivered on 1/18/2022 1:01 pm

SUBJECT: CWE PTA January Newsletter

January 2022 - -
Message from the President

Happy New Year, Cougars! I’d especially like to welcome back our families who were virtual last semester. A HUGE thank you to all of our room reps for planning some fun filled winter parties. What a fun way to start off the holiday break. I’d also like to thank the administration and teachers for coming up with creative solutions that allow our programs to continue. Speaking of which, I encourage all families to remain engaged this year. Be it virtual or in person, we are planning several fun-filled events for the remainder of the year. We hope you can all participate in making CWE the special place it is.

-Lisa Rasmussen, PTA President

Yearbook Sales Continue

The early yearbook sales promotions have ended.  Purchase your 2021-22 yearbook HERE for $35.  5th grade ads are now $30 and the 2 personalized pages are $20.

Free shipping on ALL orders! Copy and paste this code at checkout- CWEFREESHIPPING.

Your child’s yearbook will be sent directly to your home!  Questions? Email- Kellie Rich at

The Yearbook Needs Your Photos!

Given the limited access parents have to the school, the yearbook needs your photos of all CWE events!  Click here to submit your photos that may be selected to be in this year's book!

Shared Dreams Mac N Cheese Drive

Thank you to the Commonwealth Community for your participation in our Shared Dreams Mac N Cheese drive!  We had overwhelming participation this year, collecting a total of 1,315 boxes. Shared Dreams was overwhelmed by the response, and many families were helped over the break and beyond because of your help!

Join the CWE PTA Facebook group here!
Gifts To CWE - CPD Donations At Work!

Did you know the PTA funds items that the school and teachers need on occasion?  These are the most recent items the PTA was able to fund.

$216.00 - Flocabulary Subscription

$137.76 - Student Incentives

$875.00 - Printer Head Replacement for Poster Machine

November Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our VIPS of the month for November, Sachi Sharma! Sachi headed our Art Reflections program. Sachi encouraged our students to share their talents and made sure they were honored with an award ceremony! Thank you Sachi for continuing our school's legacy for great Art Reflections participation!

December Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our VIPS of the month for December, Emily Hermes! Emily is our Room Rep Coordinator, and made sure Commonwealth was festively decorated for December (as she has for every month), as well as coordinating fun and amazing winter class parties! Thank you Emily for the many hours of work getting the class parties planned, the party materials separated, and the room parents organized!

Please remember to submit your volunteer hours for the month of December if you haven't already! You can do this either by logging into the PTA website and clicking on Volunteer-->Record Volunteer Hours, or you can email our VIPS Coordinator, Shelley Rixner, directly at Volunteer hours include anything you have done for the school not on campus, like preparing materials for door decorating, preparing materials for class parties, helping teachers with projects they need done off campus, etc. We really appreciate our volunteers and know CWE would not be the fantastic school it is without you!

Shelley, VIPS Coordinator

Record Volunteer Hours

A reminder if you have not had your background check completed, you will need to do that before volunteering on campus.  As we continue to have opportunities to serve at Commonwealth, we want to make sure everyone is being safe and following District guidelines. Your background check completed after July 1, 2021 is valid through June 30, 2022. It will take a few days to be processed. You won't want to let this stand in the way of being able to serve! Thank you to the many volunteers who have already completed this step!  

Complete Background Check Here
General PTA Meeting 2/17/2022

Become a Member today to attend our next General PTA meeting on 2/17 and vote on proposed changes to bylaws and standing rules.  Being a member of the PTA allows you to vote and ‘be in the know’. PTA Membership not only supports the school and provides you with a say in PTA spending and decision making, as well as discounts on rental cars and other amenities. Join the CWE PTA today!

Become a Member Today!
Message From The Transportation Dept

The Transportation department has a few projects in the pipeline:   

  • School Bus Safety Road-e-o
    • Family event for all ages where Drivers/Monitors may qualify to compete regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Library & Shared Dreams Bus
    • We’re working in concert with FBISD Collaborative Communities to get this project off the ground
  • FBISD student Intern Program
    • We’ve had two students working in our Lake Olympia Terminal admin. office and a few students shadow our automotive diesel mechanics during the 2021 Dec. break.
  • Reese Center ASE – Auto/Diesel Mechanic Program
    • Reese students will work alongside professional mechanics inside school bus maintenance shops

Please visit their website for more information:

Spirit Wear Sales Continue

While the tax free incentive has passed, spirit wear is still available to be purchased at  As distribution has already been scheduled at school, please use ship to your home or plan to pick up in store.

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January Birthdays!

The PTA would like to wish the following CWE teachers and staff a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!   

  • 1/1 Ms. Mariolga Parra, Assistant Principal
  • 1/1 Ms. Zulema Garcia, 4th Grade Teacher
  • 1/2 Ms. Linda Pan, Kindergarten Teacher
  • 1/6 Ms. Patricia Lambert, 5th Grade Teacher
  • 1/10 Ms. Maggie Spurlock, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 1/13 Ms. Julie Brandt, Extended Day Staff
  • 1/19 Ms. Rosy Patel, 1st Grade Teacher
  • 1/21 Ms. Caitlyn Carpenter, 1st Grade Teacher
  • 1/21 Ms. Kathleen Balderrabano, Campus English Learner Specialist
  • 1/21 Ms. Brianna Lansford, 4th Grade Teacher
  • 1/26 Ms. Lori Kurlander, Instructional Paraprofessional
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, January 18
Textbook Public Review
Wednesday, January 19
Textbook Public Review
Thursday, January 20
Textbook Public Review
Friday, January 21
Textbook Public Review
Monday, January 24
6:00p Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 25
6:30p What is CTE?
Wednesday, January 26
6:00p Parent Webinar: Healthy Minds and Healthy habits: How to Support Your Child's Mental Health
Saturday, January 29
3:00p Elementary Honor Choir Concert
Tuesday, February 1
6:30p #IAmCTE in High School
Wednesday, February 2
9:00a PTA Meeting
Monday, February 7
5:00p Board of Trustees Literacy Tour
6:00p Board of Trustees Workshop
Monday, February 14
6:00p Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Friday, February 18
Professional Learning Day/ Student Holiday
Monday, February 21
District Closed for President's Day
Wednesday, February 23
6:00p Parent Webinar: Social Media Awareness Collaboration with Crime Stoppers
Saturday, February 26
1:00a Skyward Family Access System Maintenance
Sunday, February 27
1:00a Skyward Family Access System Maintenance
Thank You Sponsors

Please join us in thanking our 2021-2022 Sponsors. When you visit their business please be sure to let them know you are with our Organization!

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