Monday, November 13, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

Big thanks to all the parents, teachers and community members that came out last Friday night and participated in our Auction & Gala. As we head into the week before Fall Break, we still have a couple of big events happening this week. PTA will be hosting a Spirit Night at Moonie's Burgers this Tuesday from 5-8PM. 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Kim, Mrs. Framjee, Mrs. Forsthoffer and Mrs. Money will be in attendance for part of the event. 4th grade students will put on a music performance this Thursday at 6PM in the cafeteria. We invite all to come and join us! 

Celebrations

Spicewood Auction & Gala
Spicewood Auction & Gala was a huge success. We thank everyone who came out and donated. Special thanks to Mrs. Nicole Giannetta for being in charge of such an awesome event that brought the community together. We also appreciate all the parent volunteers who put in countless hours to plan and prepare for the event. Big thanks to teachers that came out to volunteer and support as well. Spicewood is so lucky to have such a supportive community!



Chess Championship 
Three of Spicewood students- Sean T., Duncan G., and Jacob L.- won 3rd place for team in the second grade section at the 21st Annual North/Central Texas Grade Chess Championship. We are so proud!


IB PYP 101

This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

The IB PYP 101 section will return after our fall break!

This Week's News


Spicewood T-Shirt & Hoodie Sale
Mrs. Kim is doing another round of T-shirt Sale this year after getting positive responses about last year's staff t-shirt sale. This year we've added hoodies to the option. Adults can have a zip-up hoodie while students can order a pull-down hoodie. Our very own, Mrs. Ashli Framjee, designed the awesome design. The money raised will fund instructional materials, resources and teacher training. Sale ends on Friday, December 1 [Deadline has been changed since the initial flyer was shared]. You can access the Order Form in the Friday Folder. Prices are included on the order form.

Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November!
Our PE teachers would like to promote Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November to encourage students to get active while helping to cut down on the number of cars around the school at drop off and pick up times. Please see the official flyer placed in the Friday Folder. 

Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House hosted by PTA
PTA is hosting a Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House on November 14th from 5-8 pm. Let us all Spicewood families come together and enjoy some great food!!  Part of the sales proceeds will be donated to the PTA to do great things at Spicewood for our students!
All 4th grade teachers will be there and the 4th grade class with the highest attendance will get to keep Woody till the next Spirit night!!  Ms. Forsthoffer, Ms. Money, Ms. Framjee and Ms. Kim will also be in attendance for part of the night. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shivani Langer Save at shivanilangersave@gmail.com.

4th Grade Music Concert
4th grade students will be performing a music program this Thursday starting at 6PM in the school cafeteria. They've been working hard to prepare for the program. Please come join us and celebrate their learning!

Sighting of Coyotes in the Neighborhood
If a coyote is seen during the day, engage in hazing, a process that encourages coyotes to avoid contact with people. Information on hazing can be found on the website here.

Gravels on the Playground
Please have a friendly reminder conversation with your child(ren) at home that gravels or rocks on the playground are to stay put on the ground during recess. 

Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
Your voice benefits your kids and your school! Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer, it is simply a way to stay connected and help support many of the fun and educational programs and activities at Spicewood. In an effort to go paperless this year, please sign up through http://www.joinpta.org/. It only takes a minute!
Anyone is welcome to join PTA - parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Thank you for your continued support! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Tuesday, November 14

5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Moonie's Burgers

Thursday, November 16
6:00PM   4th Grade Music Concert

Monday, November 20- Friday, November 24
No School- Fall Break

Friday, December 1
WatchDOGS Friday

Saturday, December 2
7:00-8:00PM   Spicewood Choirs National Anthem Performance 
Cedar Park Center

Monday, December 4- Friday, December 8
Computer Science Week

Wednesday, December 6
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, December 7
6:00-7:00PM   3rd Grade Music Program

Monday, December 18
8:00AM   K-2 Principals' Pride

Tuesday, December 19
8:00AM   3rd-5th Principals' Pride

Thursday, December 21
Last Day of Semester for Students

Monday, November 6, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Our fifth grade students had amazing time at the Outdoor School last week and we're so glad they're back with us! This week is our big week of Spicewood Annual Auction & Gala as our PTA puts together the biggest fundraising event of the school year this Friday. This is a community event that brings us all together and I hope to see many of you there this Friday at Balcones Country Club. 

Celebrations

5th Grade Outdoor School
Our 5th grade students spent 3 days in the nature exploring, learning and team building at the Outdoor School in Marble Falls last week. I was able to visit them on Thursday and witness the fun in action! Big kudos to our 5th grade teachers who took their personal time to spend 2 nights away from their own families. Another round of big kudos go to the parents who chaperoned to assist our teachers and students!



IB PYP 101

This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.


 Action is part of who we are at Spicewood Elementary. It's one of the five essential elements of the PYP program and we've made it a part of our campus vision statement. Each day teachers continue to be mindful of how they are planning and creating intentional learning experiences and environments to inspire students to be "globally minded citizens who take action." If we want our children to make a difference in the world and maintain that global mindset, we need to help them empathize and personalize the action that they take so that they have an action oriented mindset well beyond their time here at Spicewood. 

Our first graders have just concluded their How We Organize ourselves in which they investigated organizations in communities that help those in need. Community speakers such as Meals on Wheels, Austin Pets Alive!, and community helpers were brought in to share more about their organizations and roles within a community. One of their final speakers came from the Joe Lee Johnson (a Round Rock ISD elementary school) food pantry. As the presenter shared about the importance of a food pantry, particularly in that community, students were shocked to hear that students just them them (same age and school district) didn't have access to food at home the same way they were used to. Without giving it a second thought, the students, with facilitation from their teachers, helped them organize a canned food drive here on our campus. Students created boxes for donated items, designed posters and informational videos to inform our school community of their action. 
In about a two week period, the first grade was able to collect well over 150 items to donate the the food pantry. With more donations continuing to come in, the students have decided to keep the canned food drive going throughout the school year in order to continue to support Joe Lee Johnson's food pantry supply. 

Ways you and your family can take action?
  • Have a conversation with your child about action. Encourage your children to understand that the way they act really does affect the way others feel. They can make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Drop off canned good items to the first grade (they are also accepting good like mac & cheese, PB&J)
  • Donate to or sponsor the Joe Lee Johnson food pantry directly. You can contact Kirsten_PrudHomme@roundrockisd.org or Carly_barnes@roundrockisd.org 
  • Continue to be inspired by other kids' action

This Week's News


Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November!
Our PE teachers would like to promote Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November to encourage students to get active while helping to cut down on the number of cars around the school at drop off and pick up times. Please see the official flyer placed in the Friday Folder. 

Spicewood PTA Gala & Auction
We look forward to having you join us at the Gala on Friday, November 10th! 
Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors: Dr. Greg Edson, DDS, Top-Notch Renovations, Dr. Leo Toupin, Powerhouse Pools, Moonies Burgers, and Caffe Yolly! A special thanks to our local bakeries: Eddi's Chocolates and Ambrosia by Mili Rios for the delicious donations!

PTA Parent Survey
PTA wants your input on how to spend the proceeds from Adventure Dash and Auction and how best to communicate with parents! Please complete this survey by Wednesday, Nov. 8th. Thank you for your participation!

Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
Your voice benefits your kids and your school! Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer, it is simply a way to stay connected and help support many of the fun and educational programs and activities at Spicewood. In an effort to go paperless this year, please sign up through http://www.joinpta.org/. It only takes a minute!
Anyone is welcome to join PTA - parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Thank you for your continued support! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Friday, November 10
Annual Spicewood Auction

Tuesday, November 14
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Moonie's Burgers

Thursday, November 16
6:00PM   4th Grade Music Concert

Monday, November 20- Friday, November 24
No School- Fall Break

Friday, December 1
WatchDOGS Friday

Saturday, December 2
7:00-8:00PM   Spicewood Choirs National Anthem Performance 
Cedar Park Center

Monday, December 4- Friday, December 8
Computer Science Week

Wednesday, December 6
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, December 7
6:00-7:00PM   3rd Grade Music Program

Monday, December 18
8:00AM   K-2 Principals' Pride

Tuesday, December 19
8:00AM   3rd-5th Principals' Pride

Thursday, December 21
Last Day of Semester for Students

Monday, October 30, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

It's hard to believe that November is here! Time definitely flies when you're having fun. I would like to remind all households that Spicewood does not  allow students to dress up for Halloween during school hours in order to minimize instructional disruption. Parents will be asked to bring in a change of clothes, if the child comes to school in a costume. This Wednesday through Friday, our 5th grade students will head out to the Outdoor School to explore the nature in connection to their current learning and experience team building activities. This is an exciting 3-day long field trip that our 5th grade students look forward to! 

Celebrations

Red Ribbon Week
We had a great time during Red Ribbon Week exploring and celebrating making healthy choices. Students and staff made the healthy choices pledge, contributed great ideas to our healthy lifestyle bulletin board, and showed off their favorite colors, sportswear, and pajamas for our Spirit Days! Way to be healthy, Panthers!

Parent Education Night + PTA General Meeting
Big thanks to all the parents that joined us last Thursday evening to learn more about Bullying vs. Conflict presented by our school counselor and assistant principal, Mrs. Kentopp & Mrs. Page. Thanks to our choir for performing a beautiful short program for those in attendance. 


IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.


This week we're sharing a recap of our annual fall IB PYP Parent Information Night, "What is an IB Education Anyways?", in addition to a few other resources (see below) for you to best support and continue to learn more about the PYP program here at Spicewood Elementary.


This Week's News


Morning Drop off on Days Below 50 Degrees
Parents, our office specialist will open the door and let students into the main entrance area as they come prior to 7:20AM on the days below 50 degrees. So please do not park and stand in the circle drive which creates a heavy traffic. 

Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November!
Our PE teachers would like to promote Walk or Bike on Wednesday in November to encourage students to get active while helping to cut down on the number of cars around the school at drop off and pick up times. Please see the official flyer placed in the Friday Folder. 

2017 Spicewood Gala & Auction November 10, 2017
Join us for the 2017 Spicewood Gala & Auction on Friday, November 10th at Balcones Country Club. Individual Tickets still available. Please visit the PTA website to secure your tickets! Exciting Items Available: Green Egg Raffle, Breckenridge Vacation Rental, Fine Jewelry, Theater Tickets, SXSW Music Passes and much much more! 
Please contact Nicole Giannetta with any questions. THANK YOU to our sponsors: Silver Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Sherwood, DDS and Bronze Sponsor: Waterloo Paneling  Thank you for supporting Spicewood Elementary! 

PTA Parent Survey
PTA wants your input on how to spend the proceeds from Adventure Dash and Auction and how best to communicate with parents! Please complete this survey by Wednesday, Nov. 8th. Thank you for your participation!

Sister Schools Partnership
The PTA organizations at Spicewood and Anderson Mill elementary schools have established a new “sister school” partnership in an effort to foster relationships between students, parents and teachers with our neighboring school, teach compassion and understanding, and boost educational opportunity by encouraging diverse experiences.  Upcoming plans for this fall include a 'Giving Tree' at our Auction and a winter break book drive.  If you are interested in getting involved with our Sister School committee, please contact Laura Denbar or Stacy Morgan.   
All fundraising/donations that will go to Anderson Mill Elementary will be clearly identified.

Spicewood Garden
It's Fall in the Spicewood Garden… 
What can you look for in our fall garden? Walk the raised planters and you will find broccoli, kale, arugula, swiss chard, carrots, beets, cauliflower, and a variety of lettuce. In our herb garden you can find parsley, fennel, dill, lemon verbena, basil, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon.

A VERY special THANKS to all the 3rd Grade classes, Ms. Bell, Ms. Williams, Ms. Vance, and a wonderful parent volunteer for helping us prep the soil, plant, and water our new fall crop. As part of their rights and responsibilities unit, the students were able to enjoy some time outside while working to make the Spicewood Garden a positive and enjoyable learning environment for the school. We are thrilled to see the students out there working to make our garden grow!


If you and your family would like to volunteer a week of your time to help with the garden, please volunteer through our Sign-up Genius page. And please follow our Spicewood Garden Facebook page

Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
Your voice benefits your kids and your school! Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer, it is simply a way to stay connected and help support many of the fun and educational programs and activities at Spicewood. In an effort to go paperless this year, please sign up through http://www.joinpta.org/. It only takes a minute!
Anyone is welcome to join PTA - parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Thank you for your continued support! 

Parents who work at Dell 
You can now donate your Volunteer Rewards to Spicewood PTA! If you volunteer 10+ hours, you can elect to donate your Volunteer Rewards to the Spicewood PTA. To donate, follow the directions on your Volunteer Rewards email & find the Spicewood PTA by searching our EIN (74-2314713)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Wednesday, November 1- Friday, November 3
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 10
Annual Spicewood Auction

Tuesday, November 14
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Moonie's Burgers

Thursday, November 16
6:00PM   4th Grade Music Concert

Monday, November 20- Friday, November 24
No School- Fall Break

Friday, December 1
WatchDOGS Friday

Saturday, December 2
7:00-8:00PM   Spicewood Choirs National Anthem Performance 
Cedar Park Center

Monday, December 4- Friday, December 8
Computer Science Week

Wednesday, December 6
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, December 7
6:00-7:00PM   3rd Grade Music Program

Monday, October 23, 2017

Updates From the Principal

Dear families and community members,


I hope everyone is enjoying this cool weather. This week our students are celebrating Red Ribbon Week so ask your child(ren) about healthy ways of living they're learning about at home throughout the week. This Wednesday, Westwood Learning Community Area Superintendent, Becky Donald, will be hosting a second round of Parent Forum at Canyon Vista MS from 6:30-7:30PM. Please join her and share your valuable input. This Thursday, our school counselor and assistant principal, Mrs. Kentopp and Mrs. Page, will be presenting a Parent Education Night on Bullying vs. Conflict in conjunction with the General PTA Meeting #2, starting at 6PM. We look forward to seeing many of you join us. 

Celebrations

Head Start Award
Thank you, Spicewood Elementary PTA members for helping us earn the Head Start Award! We have achieved 75% of last year’s total membership. We are well on our way to our goal of one membership for each student enrolled at Spicewood. Thanks to all of those who have joined. If you haven't joined yet, please take minute and visit www.joinpta.org to join!


IB PYP 101

This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) in the PYP encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools, media, and learning environments for teaching, learning and assessing. The following six ICT skills are relevant to all learners and is what we focus on as we integrate technology into our learning environment: investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating, organizing, and becoming responsible digital citizens. Becoming a responsible digital citizen involves using technology to make informed and ethical choices while acting with integrity and honesty. In a globally connected digital world, learners are empowered to be responsible for their actions, to value others’ rights, and to practice safe and legal behaviors.


Last week during Digital Citizenship Week, we focused on critical thinking, creative credit & copyright, and recognizing the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world. Throughout their units of inquiry, students will also make connections to what it means to be a good digital citizen as they explore various concepts, tools, and research strategies. For example, students in first grade are exploring the concept of responsibility as it relates to the interconnectedness of systems and communities. Here they will investigate how the Internet is a community and what our responsibilities are to each other as members of that community. Students in third grade, exploring that same concept of responsibility, will go deeper by exploring what kinds of responsibilities a good digital citizen has and what it means to take on responsibilities in both their offline and online communities.

In addition to the work we do at Spicewood related to digital citizenship, Round Rock ISD is also committed to supporting all students, staff, and families in becoming responsible digital citizens. You can learn more by visiting our district digital citizenship website and add CommonSense Media to your reading list.


This Week's News

NO Parking at Hope Church This Wednesday & Thursday
Hope Church is hosting special events this Wednesday and Thursday. They asked us to not utilize their parking lot on those two days. Please respect the gracious partnership they offer to us by respecting their request this Wednesday and Thursday. 

Red Ribbon Week Next Week [10/23-10/27]- SPIRIT DAYS starting TODAY! 
This year Spicewood Panthers will celebrate Red Ribbon Week this week, October 23rd-27th. Students will explore and celebrate making healthy choices for their minds, bodies, and hearts through a variety of activities.

Red Ribbon Spirit Days- students celebrate healthy living by dressing in a different theme each day!
Monday: REaDy for Red Ribbon Spirit Week! Wear as much red as you can
Tuesday: Don’t get MIXED UP with unhealthy choices! Wear mismatched clothes/socks/shoes
Wednesday: DREAM of healthier choices! Wear pajamas
Thursday: Healthy choices are my FAVORITE! Wear as much of your favorite color as you can
Friday: TEAM up for healthy choices! Wear your favorite professional or college sports shirt/jersey

Other Related Activities for Students at School
Students can stop by our Red Ribbon Week bulletin board (in the hallway outside of the teacher’s lounge) to “take an idea” or “leave an idea” about how to keep our minds, bodies, and hearts happy and healthy. There will also be spaces for them to draw pictures representing healthy choices to make a whole school mural that changes day to day as teachers, students, and staff add their creative contributions. 

Students will be given Red Ribbon week stickers to celebrate living a healthy lifestyle.

Students will also be given a short exploratory lesson on healthy choices, and say and sign the “Spicewood Commitment to Healthy Choices” (see below): 

“I will do my best to live a healthy, balanced life by caring for my mind, body, and heart. I will care for my mind by having a growth mindset, managing my stress, and challenging myself to do my best. I will care for my body by choosing healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough rest. I will care for my heart by using caring language, building friendships, and loving who I am.”

Message from Westwood Learning Community Area Superintendent, Becky Donald
Dear Westwood Learning Community Family,

The recent parent forum held at Westwood High School on Sept. 20 provided a valuable opportunity for me to gain insight into what’s important to you and how the District can better support students. Thank you for attending and participating in the feedback sessions.

You may view the notes and feedback from the forum here. Once you have clicked through to the notes, scroll to the bottom of the file to find the tabs for each of the questions and feedback cards.

The next parent forum is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Canyon Vista Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To focus our work at the upcoming forum, please take a few minutes to complete an agenda survey. Canyon Vista Middle School is located at 8455 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759.

Parent Education Night: Bullying vs. Conflict + PTA General Meeting #2
We call for all parents to learn about Bullying vs. Conflict at our second Parent Education Night of the year in conjunction with our second PTA General Meeting. We'll be meeting in the library at 6PM on Thursday, October 25. 

Special Education Parent Coffee
Parents of Special Education students are invited to join Mrs. Kim and one of our special education teachers for coffee and conversation this Friday, October 27 from 8-9AM in the Inquiry Lab. This is an opportunity to have an informal and informational discussion with educators to foster communication and mutual support. In addition, Candy Squilla, RRISD Special Education Parent Liaison, will attend the event to provide an overview of her role and the resources available for parents.

Flu Clinic at Spicewood
Spicewood will be having a Flu Clinic for students next Monday, October 30 from 8:15-11:15AM. Nurse Sam sent home Parent Consent Form last Friday in the Friday Folder. If you'd like your child to participate, please fill out the form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible. 

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: Within Reach. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is this Friday, October 27, 2017. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website

2017 Spicewood Gala & Auction November 10, 2017
Join us for the 2017 Spicewood Gala & Auction on Friday, November 10th at Balcones Country Club. Individual Tickets still available. Please visit the PTA website to secure your tickets! Exciting Items Available: Green Egg Raffle, Breckenridge Vacation Rental, Fine Jewelry, Theater Tickets, SXSW Music Passes and much much more! 
Please contact Nicole Giannetta with any questions. THANK YOU to our sponsors: Silver Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Sherwood, DDS and Bronze Sponsor: Waterloo Paneling  Thank you for supporting Spicewood Elementary! 

Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
Your voice benefits your kids and your school! Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer, it is simply a way to stay connected and help support many of the fun and educational programs and activities at Spicewood. In an effort to go paperless this year, please sign up through http://www.joinpta.org/. It only takes a minute!
Anyone is welcome to join PTA - parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Thank you for your continued support! 

Parents who work at Dell 
You can now donate your Volunteer Rewards to Spicewood PTA! If you volunteer 10+ hours, you can elect to donate your Volunteer Rewards to the Spicewood PTA. To donate, follow the directions on your Volunteer Rewards email & find the Spicewood PTA by searching our EIN (74-2314713)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, October 23- Friday, October 27
Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 23
8:00-8:30AM   Principals' Pride K-2nd Grade

Tuesday, October 24
8:00-8:30AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Wednesday, October 25- Thursday, October 26
NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH PARKING LOT

Wednesday, October 25
6:30-7:30PM   Westwood Learning Community Parent Forum
Canyon Vista Middle School

Thursday, October 26
6:00PM   Parent Education Night: Bullying vs. Conflict + PTA General Meeting #2
Library

Friday, October 27
8:00-9:00AM   Special Education Parent Coffee
Inquiry Lab

Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 1- Friday, November 3
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 10
Annual Spicewood Auction

Tuesday, November 14
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Moonie's Burgers

Thursday, November 16
6:00PM   4th Grade Music Concert

Monday, November 20- Friday, November 24
No School- Fall Break

Monday, October 16, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe that this week is the last week of first 9-week grading period. Please be sure to check for missing assignments and incomplete work with your child as teachers will be finalizing grades this week. This week we're celebrating Digital Citizenship Week by learning different ways to be a responsible digital citizen. 

Celebrations

Fall Student Led Conferences
All of our parents and students had wonderful opportunities to discuss personalized goals and beyond at our Fall Student Led Conferences last week. We thank all families for taking your valuable time to continue the partnership in education. We also like to thank all teachers who have put in many hours preparing for productive and successful conferences for all! 


IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

One of the PYP's six transdisciplinary themes, How the World Works, allows our students to investigate the natural world, scientific principles, technological advances, and their connection and affect on our world and selves. Within their classrooms, students engage in learning experiences to dig deeper into these ideas through hand-on experiments, research projects and presentations, and classroom discussions. Classrooms also bring in speakers from our community and industry experts to add additional perspectives on concepts and topics explored in their units of inquiry. As a PYP school, we believe that real world connections and application helps students further construct their knowledge and understanding.

Our PTA works hard to support the PYP program by providing classes additional opportunities for students to explore these areas. Last week, Spicewood partnered up with the UT Chemistry department to bring our students an assembly to share more about what scientists do (students are scientists themselves!) and how they use their curiosity to discover more about our world-- this assembly's focus: states of matter!


 A big thank you to our PTA for bringing UT Physics Circus to our students!

This Week's News

Digital Citizenship Week
This week is Digital Citizenship week, a week where we work with students to understand what it means to be a digital citizen and how to stay safe online. While we integrate digital citizenship concepts throughout the year, this week we will focus on critical thinking, creative credit & copyright, and recognizing the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world. To learn more about how you can support your digital citizen, visit our collection of CommonSense Education's Family Tips

Red Ribbon Week Next Week [10/23-10/27]- SPIRIT DAYS starting Next MONDAY! 
This year Spicewood Panthers will celebrate Red Ribbon Week on October 23rd-27th. Students will explore and celebrate making healthy choices for their minds, bodies, and hearts through a variety of activities.

Red Ribbon Spirit Days- students celebrate healthy living by dressing in a different theme each day!
Monday: REaDy for Red Ribbon Spirit Week! Wear as much red as you can
Tuesday: Don’t get MIXED UP with unhealthy choices! Wear mismatched clothes/socks/shoes
Wednesday: DREAM of healthier choices! Wear pajamas
Thursday: Healthy choices are my FAVORITE! Wear as much of your favorite color as you can
Friday: TEAM up for healthy choices! Wear your favorite professional or college sports shirt/jersey

Other Related Activities for Students at School
Students can stop by our Red Ribbon Week bulletin board (in the hallway outside of the teacher’s lounge) to “take an idea” or “leave an idea” about how to keep our minds, bodies, and hearts happy and healthy. There will also be spaces for them to draw pictures representing healthy choices to make a whole school mural that changes day to day as teachers, students, and staff add their creative contributions. 

Students will be given Red Ribbon week stickers to celebrate living a healthy lifestyle.

Students will also be given a short exploratory lesson on healthy choices, and say and sign the “Spicewood Commitment to Healthy Choices” (see below): 

“I will do my best to live a healthy, balanced life by caring for my mind, body, and heart. I will care for my mind by having a growth mindset, managing my stress, and challenging myself to do my best. I will care for my body by choosing healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough rest. I will care for my heart by using caring language, building friendships, and loving who I am.”

Message from Westwood Learning Community Area Superintendent, Becky Donald
Dear Westwood Learning Community Family,

The recent parent forum held at Westwood High School on Sept. 20 provided a valuable opportunity for me to gain insight into what’s important to you and how the District can better support students. Thank you for attending and participating in the feedback sessions.

You may view the notes and feedback from the forum here. Once you have clicked through to the notes, scroll to the bottom of the file to find the tabs for each of the questions and feedback cards.

The next parent forum is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Canyon Vista Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To focus our work at the upcoming forum, please take a few minutes to complete an agenda survey. Canyon Vista Middle School is located at 8455 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759.

UIL A+ Academics Competition- Campus Preliminary Rounds
If your child is in 2nd-5th grade, you may participate in the following UIL A+ Academics Campus Preliminary Competition. Please see the flyer in our Friday Folder for more details. Registration deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017.  

Parent Education Night: Bullying vs. Conflict + PTA General Meeting #2
We call for all parents to learn about Bullying vs. Conflict at our second Parent Education Night of the year in conjunction with our second PTA General Meeting. We'll be meeting in the library at 6PM on Thursday, October 25. 

Special Education Parent Coffee
Parents of Special Education students are invited to join Mrs. Kim and one of our special education teachers for coffee and conversation on Friday, October 27 from 8-9AM in the Inquiry Lab. This is an opportunity to have an informal and informational discussion with educators to foster communication and mutual support. In addition, Candy Squilla, RRISD Special Education Parent Liaison, will attend the event to provide an overview of her role and the resources available for parents.

Flu Clinic at Spicewood
Spicewood will be having a Flu Clinic for students on Monday, October 30 from 8:15-11:15AM. Nurse Sam sent home Parent Consent Form last Friday in the Friday Folder. If you'd like your child to participate, please fill out the form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible. 

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: Within Reach. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 27, 2017. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website

Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
Your voice benefits your kids and your school! Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer, it is simply a way to stay connected and help support many of the fun and educational programs and activities at Spicewood. In an effort to go paperless this year, please sign up through http://www.joinpta.org/. It only takes a minute!
Anyone is welcome to join PTA - parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Thank you for your continued support! 

Parents who work at Dell 
You can now donate your Volunteer Rewards to Spicewood PTA! If you volunteer 10+ hours, you can elect to donate your Volunteer Rewards to the Spicewood PTA. To donate, follow the directions on your Volunteer Rewards email & find the Spicewood PTA by searching our EIN (74-2314713)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, October 16- Friday, October 20
Digital Citizenship Week

Friday, October 20
WatchDOGS Friday
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Monday, October 23- Friday, October 27
Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 23
8:00-8:30AM   Principals' Pride K-2nd Grade

Tuesday, October 24
8:00-8:30AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Wednesday, October 25- Thursday, October 26
NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH PARKING LOT

Wednesday, October 25
6:30-7:30PM   Westwood Learning Community Parent Forum
Canyon Vista Middle School

Thursday, October 26
6:00PM   Parent Education Night: Bullying vs. Conflict + PTA General Meeting #2
Library

Friday, October 27
8:00-9:00AM   Special Education Parent Coffee
Inquiry Lab

Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 1- Friday, November 3
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 10
Annual Spicewood Auction