Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and was able to honor the Memorial Day for those who served our country in the most courageous way. It's hard for me to believe that the last week of school is already upon us. 5th Grade students will have a Promotion Ceremony tomorrow morning at 8AM. All our classes will have end-of-year parties on Thursday as we say farewell to the 2016-2017 school year! 


Celebrations

5th Grade Exhibition
5th grade students did an amazing job speaking of their passion and inspiring our visitors on Wednesday at the PYP Exhibition. We're so proud of their hard work in efforts to impact the world! 

Westwood & McNeil HS Senior Walk at Spicewood
Big thanks to our former Spicewood Panthers who are graduating seniors that came and walked our halls last Friday to inspire our students! Congratulations! We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Field Day
Thanks to all the parents that volunteered! Our students had an awesome day filled with fun physical activities last Friday! Big thanks to our PE Teachers- Coach Berry, Coach Robertson and Coach Marshall- for organizing and coordinating everything to make this day a memorable one for our students! 


IB PYP 101

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

After several weeks of inquiry, mentor meetings, and project construction, our 5th grade Exhibition came to a culmination last Wednesday. Our students once again shared heartfelt messages of inspiration to our community, inspiring them to take ACTION and make changes (both big and small) in our world. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this entire school community event (parents, teachers, students, and community members)! 







This Week's News

Back to School Updates
I'll be sending out Back to School Updates towards the end of the summer break so please stay tuned. For those of you moving up to Canyon Vista or out of our attendance zone, you'll still receive my updates until our system rolls over late August. I do not have access to remove anyone from the list. You may unsubscribe yourself by clicking "Unsubscribe" on the bottom of my email update. 

Medication Pick Up-Message from Nurse
If your child has medication in the Nurse's clinic, please pick up the medication by the end of the school day on June 1, 2017. Medication will not be sent home with a student and no medication will be left in the clinic over the summer. Medication left will be disposed of properly.

Order Your School Supplies- Message from PTA
To order school supplies for the 2017/2018 school year.  
  
1. Go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/Shoppacks 
2. Enter school ID: SPI001 
3. Follow the directions to complete your order. 
4. Keep your online email confirmation as your receipt. 

(IMPORTANT: You may need to check your junk folder for email receipt, if you DON'T get an email, you didn't place the order correctly). School supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom prior to the first day of school. You only have until JUNE 16, 2017 to place your order, so don't wait! For questions, please email Kirsty Pilon at kirstypilon@yahoo.com. 

Message from Counselor about Free Opportunity
On July 29th at Seton Williamson there will be various FREE services offered to ALL individuals. There will be no questions asked about insurance, residency, address, etc.; all the individuals will need to provide is their name. This is available to everyone regardless of age or where they live. Services will be available for infants, toddlers, kids, teens, elderly care, prenatal, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, asthma, ANY health need an individual may have and it's all FREE. 


Even though this is a one-day event, the individuals that attend will get FREE screenings for whatever they may need and be connected to community resources for long-term care. Here is a link for highlights from the Kyle event in Jan.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Wednesday, May 31
8:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Cafeteria

Thursday, June 1
Last Day of School 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

We have yet another BUSY week ahead of us! We'll kick off the week with Principals' Pride Award ceremonies this morning and tomorrow. On Wednesday, our 5th grade students will be hosting an IB PYP Exhibition from 8:30-10am. On Friday, we'll start the morning by honoring graduating Westwood High School Seniors who have attended Spicewood ES during the annual Senior Walk.  All students then will dive into the Field Day activities. I know we still need VOLUNTEERS! :) It's a day full of fun and physical activities and we cannot do it without your help! 

Please note that we are not to park or utilize Hope Church parking lot this Thursday & Friday. 


Celebrations

Teacher of the Year & Paraprofessional of the Year
Big congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lauren Morrison (Kindergarten) and the Paraprofessional of the Year, Mrs. Maria Pruitt (Library Assistant)!!

5th Grade Promotion Class Gift to Spicewood ES- Sun Dial
If you have a minute sometime this week, I'd like you to check out our garden area. Our fifth grade parents, students and teachers have worked hard to build a Sun Dial that adds onto our outdoor learning space! It truly looks amazing! We're still in the process of finalizing the last touch ups so please do not step on any pieces but you can certainly enjoy viewing them. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Shivani Save-Langer & Mr. Himanshu Save for designing, planning and building this beautiful outdoor space. Big thanks goes to Mrs. Stephanie Engels, Angie Dubroca, and Nicole Shine for countless hours of working with our 5th grade students last Tuesday! Thanks to all the parents and families that came out last Saturday to lay the ground! 
Student Places in Top 20 at US Super Nationals Chess Tournament
A 5th grade student at Spicewood, Raghav A., placed in top 20 and won a trophy at US Super Nationals Chess held in Nashville, Tennessee from May 12 to May 14 .
The national level tournament had over 5000 participants from all over US .Raghav had 300 participants in his group and only top 20 were given trophy. We're so proud of his achievement! 


IB PYP 101

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


The purpose of conferences is to share information between teachers, students, and parents. As a PYP school, we promote and encourage students to take ownership over their learning in a variety of ways. One of the ways that Spicewood Elementary facilitates this is through student-led conferences. Students are continually to reflecting on their learning, setting goals, and celebrating in their accomplishments throughout the year, however, student-led conferences offer a unique time for the student and parent to sit down together and share in the PYP journey.

In a student-led conference, the students are responsible for leading the conference, and also take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents. Prior to this conference, students discuss and reflect on different work samples with their teachers and peers. With guidance and support from their teacher, students select artifacts that represent the growth and process he/she has made throughout the year, reflecting on the significance of each item for their conference time, organizing materials, and practicing for the big day! 

This past week, our students invited their families into their classrooms to share their learning throughout the year. These conferences included sharing of the PYP student portfolio, digital products in their Google Drive (green screen videos, movies, video reflections, music performances, QR code links, etc.), as well as contributions from our Specials areas (music, art, PE, and Spanish). Our students enjoyed showing their parents the progress they've made this year in math, science, as well as the growth they've made related to the Learner Profile attributes





Thank you to all of the families who were able attend and celebrate with us. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed your time with your child! Your child's Google Drive is always available to be viewed at home so be sure to check out their creativity and hard work at home too!
    This Week's News

    Farewell Message from Counselor, Mrs. Hougham
    Spicewood Family,

    I wanted to let you know how much I have loved being a part of the Spicewood family for the past five years as your school counselor. We have amazing students, families, and staff in our community, which has made me love coming to work each day. 

    The counseling position at Canyon Creek, a campus with almost half the number of students as Spicewood, opened up recently, and I felt I had to give it a chance in order to have a healthier work-life balance. After recently interviewing, I have accepted the job as their school counselor, beginning next school year. 

    I will miss our students, families, and staff so much, and I will always remember my five years serving as your counselor with a smile. 

    Do Not Park at Hope Church Thursday & Friday
    The church has asked our school community to refrain from using their parking lot this Thursday & Friday due to their own special events. Please honor their gracious partnership & respect their request.
     

    Medication Pick Up-Message from Nurse
    If your child has medication in the Nurse's clinic, please pick up the medication by the end of the school day on June 1, 2017. Medication will not be sent home with a student and no medication will be left in the clinic over the summer. Medication left will be disposed of properly.

    Principals' Pride Today & Tomorrow
    We'll be holding Principals' Pride ceremonies this morning (K-2nd) and tomorrow morning (3rd-5th) at 8AM. If your child is being recognized, please join us to celebrate!

    5th Grade PYP Exhibition
    Our 5th grade students have been working tirelessly for a few months to showcase their Exhibition production. The PYP exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for our students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP. All of our 5th grade students carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project, which involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems. We'd love to have you join us on this special occasion- celebration of learning- this Wednesday from 8:30-10AM!

    WWHS Senior Walk at Spicewood
    Former Spicewood Panthers that are graduating seniors at Westwood HS will be here for the annual Senior Walk in their graduation regalia on Friday, May 26 from 8-8:20AM. If you know any graduating Seniors that went to Spicewood or ones that did not attend any feeder pattern elementary schools, they're all invited to participate in the Senior Walk this Friday. They'll need to report to the front entrance portico area by 8AM this Friday. 

    Field Day Needs Volunteers!
    Field Day is coming up on Friday, May 26. This is a day that many of our students look forward to all year long. With that said, we can't possibly do this without our parent volunteers. Please sign up here to volunteer to make a difference! 

    Field Day Information- Message from PE Teachers
    To ensure a successful day for all we wanted to share 3 important things to remember.

    1. Apply sunscreen before leaving home. Bring extra to re-apply if needed.
    2. Allow your child to bring a hat, water bottle.
    3. Students will participate in stations that include water and will get wet.

    Students are allowed to wear a bathing suit. Please also send them with a towel,(preferably not a nice one as many have been lost) plastic bag for wet clothes and a dry change of clothes for afterwards.

     Girls must wear a one piece with shorts over their swimsuit. If wearing 2-piece (bikini,       tankini) swimsuit, please wear a shirt over. 
     Boys must wear a t-shirt with swim trunks.
     No open toe shoes please

    Order Your School Supplies- Message from PTA

    To order school supplies for the 2017/2018 school year.  
      
    1. Go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/Shoppacks 
    2. Enter school ID: SPI001 
    3. Follow the directions to complete your order. 
    4. Keep your online email confirmation as your receipt. 

    (IMPORTANT: You may need to check your junk folder for email receipt, if you DON'T get an email, you didn't place the order correctly). School supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom prior to the first day of school. You only have until JUNE 16, 2017 to place your order, so don't wait! For questions, please email Kirsty Pilon at kirstypilon@yahoo.com. 

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    Monday, May 22
    8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride

    Tuesday, May 23
    8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

    Wednesday, May 24
    8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade PYP Exhibition

    Thursday, May 25- Friday, May 26
    NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH

    Friday, May 26
    Field Day (RESCHEDULED)
    8:00AM   Westwood HS Senior Walk at Spicewood


    Monday, May 29
    Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 31
    8:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    Cafeteria

    Thursday, June 1
    Last Day of School 

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    Updates from the Principal

    Dear families and community members, 

    With 3 weeks of school left ahead of us, we have A LOT of events coming up! This week Spring Student-Led Conferences will occur throughout the week. On Tuesday, Spicewood staff and leadership cordially invite all volunteers to join us at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast starting at 8AM in the library.  We also look forward to seeing many families at Phil's Ice House/Amy's Ice Cream the same evening. All students at Spicewood will participate in the annual Field Day this Friday and I know we still need VOLUNTEERS! :) It's a day full of fun and physical activities and we cannot do it without your help! 


    Celebrations

    Canned Food Donated to Joe Lee Johnson ES in RRISD
    BIG thanks to our school community for donating a lot of canned food last week in honor of Teacher Appreciation week! We were able to deliver them to Joe Lee Johnson ES last Thursday to help stock up their food pantry! It was such an amazing experience of giving and team working to help those in need within our own district community! Thanks to PTA and Mrs. Beatriz Gunz, the VP of Programs for organizing such an amazing opportunity. 

    UT Chemestiry Assembly for 3rd & 5th Grade
    Our 3rd and 5th grade students had an awesome assembly last Friday with activities involving chemistry. A team consisted of a professor and graduate students from UT came out and presented such an interactive session that captured all of our students' attention. Thanks to Mrs. Karen Trenk (PTA Representative) and Mrs. Jessica Vance (IB Coordinator) for coordinating the assembly! (All safety measures were in place for safety of our students)




    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 about combustion. While playing with hydrogen, balloons, bottle rockets, and fireworks, the UT presenters talked about what combustion is, how it occurs and what makes bigger reactions (catalysts). 


    Thank you to our PTA and the Chemistry Department for providing this great experience for our students. What a great way to end the week!


    This Week's News

    Field Day Needs Volunteers!
    Field Day is coming up on Friday, May 19. This is a day that many of our students look forward to all year long. With that said, we can't possibly do this without our parent volunteers. Please sign up here to volunteer to make a difference! 

    Field Day Information- Message from PE TeachersTo ensure a successful day for all we wanted to share 3 important things to remember.

    1. Apply sunscreen before leaving home. Bring extra to re-apply if needed.
    2. Allow your child to bring a hat, water bottle.
    3. Students will participate in stations that include water and will get wet.

    Students are allowed to wear a bathing suit. Please also send them with a towel,(preferably not a nice one as many have been lost) plastic bag for wet clothes and a dry change of clothes for afterwards.

    Girls must wear a one piece with shorts over their swimsuit.
    Boys must wear a t-shirt with swim trunks.
    No open toe shoes please

    SWES Spring Student Led Conferences
    For specific time of the grade level conference, please contact your child's teacher. 
    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    In honor of Spicewood’s hardworking and dedicated volunteers, the Spicewood staff and administration cordially invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, May 16, from 8:00-8:30am in the Spicewood library. Please come mingle and enjoy breakfast goodies in appreciation of your continuous time and support.

    Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House/Amy's Ice Cream
    PTA will be hosting the final Spirit Night of the school year this Tuesday at Phil's Ice House/Amy's Ice Cream from 5-8pm. Kindergarten teachers, Spanish teachers, Mrs. Haney (ITS) and Mrs. Hougham (Counselor) will be there for part of the evening. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

    Spicewood Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack and Story Time
    If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergartner, please join us for our next Round-Up event! Come enjoy milk and cookies in the cafeteria, then head to the library for a story from our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Laura Reeb. This event is a great way for your child to get a feel for how things work in the cafeteria. The price for cookies is .75 and a carton of milk is .60, for a total of $1.35. YOU MUST BRING EXACT CHANGE! The cafeteria staff is not stocked with extra change since most students pay for their lunches using My School Bucks accounts. If you prefer not to make a snack purchase, please feel free to bring your own snack from home. At 1:15, we will head to the library, where Mrs. Reeb will read a story and answer questions about the library. For your convenience, you and your child may attend this event on either Wednesday, May 17, or Thursday, May 18, from 12:45-1:45 pm. The itinerary is the same for both days, so pick the day that best fits your schedule. To RSVP for this event, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up page.

    Free Workshop for Parents!- Message from Mrs. Hougham, Counselor
    Austin Child Guidance Center is hosting a free parent workshop on Internet Safety for Kids and Teens. The workshop will be presented by Stephen Kolar, PhD on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7:30PM at Austin Child Guidance Center and is free of cost. Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety. Parents will leave this presentation with knowledge of what cyberbullying is, in addition to learning online safety tips and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Free childcare is available to children 2 years old and older. You may register by contacting Sara Walters at swalters@austinchildguidance.org or 512-451-2242 (Please let Sara Walters know how many children you plan to bring when you register).


    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    Tuesday, May 16
    8:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    5:00-8:00PM   Kindergarten Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House hosted by PTA

    Wednesday, May 17
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 1

    Thursday, May 18
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 2

    Friday, May 19
    Field Day

    Monday, May 22
    8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride

    Tuesday, May 23
    8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

    Wednesday, May 24
    8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade PYP Exhibition

    Thursday, May 25- Friday, May 26
    NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH

    Friday, May 26
    8:00AM   Westwood HS Senior Walk at Spicewood

    Monday, May 29
    Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 31
    8:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    Cafeteria

    Thursday, June 1
    Last Day of School 

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Updates from the Principal

    Dear families and community members, 

    Last week was an amazing week full of appreciation and kindness that made our teachers and staff feel so loved and appreciated! I personally received a number of cards and letters that brought me to tears as I read them through. Your kind words and caring actions have lifted up all of us at Spicewood. Thank you for a great reminder of why we do what we do at Spicewood as passionate educators.

    This week our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). 3rd and 4th grade students will be assessed in the area of Math and Readidng while 5th grade students in Science. If you are a parent of a 3rd-5th grade student, please encourage them by saying they are ready to show their knowledge on the assessments and that they'll do great! Without a doubt, I would like them to perform successfully on the state assessments; however, their well-being and healthy emotional state of mind is much more important to me as a principal. STAAR is only a portion of how student performance is measured. It is an assessment, not at all a measure of a student as a whole. Again, Spicewood WILL NOT shut down the campus to visitors. Spicewood will operate as usual. Students may have altered lunch schedules for the two testing days so please check with your child's teacher, if you're interested in eating lunch with her/him.


    Celebrations

    2016 Texas Honor Roll School
    Our school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as a 2016 Texas Honor Roll recipient. The Texas Honor Roll is part of a national effort known for its extensive and rigorous analysis of student achievement in public schools. Our school stood above other schools in the state because of our success in getting students to grade level achievement and beyond. This year, the Honor Roll includes 727 public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. Thanks to the hard work of the students and teachers here at Spicewood ES, we are being recognized for our achievement. This is a testament to the relentless focus on results that our school has shown over the years and to the hard work of our entire school community. Congratulations!

    Destination Imagination- Team Immortals Wins 1st Place Research Award at FIRST Lego League (FLL) World Championship
    FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team Immortals representing Central Texas at FLL World Championship in Houston, Texas won the first place research award. Team Immortal’s awareness campaign to save vanishing species brought the plight of “Golden-Cheeked Warbler”, a local endangered bird, to the limelight at a global event. This team consists of fifth-grade students Siyona Agnihotri, Bela Jere, Aanchal Save and Eesha Siram from Round Rock ISD’s Spicewood Elementary and a student from an out-of-District campus. The team won local qualifiers and regional Championship Award to reach the World Championship. We're extremely proud of their achievement!

    Math Pentathlon Division 3 CTournament
    The Math Pentathlon Division 3 tournament was a great success for the Spicewood Panthers. They showed great mastery of the games, team spirit and most importantly, good sportsmanship. Medal winners are: Ramzi M. (Gold, Hall of Fame); Raghav A. (Gold); Siyona A. (Silver); Sibi R. (Bronze); David L. (Bronze). Congratulations and we're proud!


    Family Gallery Night
    Thanks to all the families that joined us last Thursday! We had a great turn out and our students were proud to showcase their art work. BIG THANKS to Mrs. Raybourn and Mrs. Deb for all the hard work to make this night a great success. Thanks to all the teachers that have offered help throughout the week.


    IB PYP 101

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

    As a PYP school, we place student driven action and agency at the forefront to learning so what better way than to have our very own 5th graders design the invitation to their Exhibition! 



    Congratulations to our winner, Khoi, and our risk-taking 5th graders who entered the contest. With over twenty different entries ranging from photo collages to watercolor productions, it made deciding on a winner a challenging task! All entries will be displayed on Exhibition day, Wednesday, May 24th. We're looking forward to seeing where our student inquires let them on that day.

    Learn more about Exhibition @ Spicewood:
    • What is Exhibition? Watch a parent information session about this unique unit of inquiry
    • Read a previous post about how Exhibition is a whole school effort
    This Week's News

    STAAR Testing This Week
    3rd-5th grade students will be taking STAAR Monday through Wednesday of this week. Spicewood does NOT close down campus for visitors on STAAR Testing days. The rest of the school will follow their regular instructional schedule as usual with an exception of altered lunch schedule for a few grade levels. If you wish to eat with your child on STAAR Testing days, you can do so but contact your child's teacher to refer to the adjusted lunch schedule for the two testing days. The district offers free breakfast on the days of STAAR Testing to all students (7:20-7:40AM). Per Texas Education Agency guideline, nobody, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing on site. 

    SWES Spring Student Led Conferences
    For specific time of the grade level conference, please contact your child's teacher. 
    FINAL PTA General Membership Meeting
    PTA will be holding the Final General Membership Meeting at 6pm this Thursday, May 11. Next year's PTA Budget Proposal will be presented at this meeting. 

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    In honor of Spicewood’s hardworking and dedicated volunteers, the Spicewood staff and administration cordially invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, May 16, from 8:00-8:30am in the Spicewood library. Please come mingle and enjoy breakfast goodies in appreciation of your continuous time and support.

    Spicewood Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack and Story Time

    If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergartner, please join us for our next Round-Up event! Come enjoy milk and cookies in the cafeteria, then head to the library for a story from our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Laura Reeb. This event is a great way for your child to get a feel for how things work in the cafeteria. The price for cookies is .75 and a carton of milk is .60, for a total of $1.35. YOU MUST BRING EXACT CHANGE! The cafeteria staff is not stocked with extra change since most students pay for their lunches using My School Bucks accounts. If you prefer not to make a snack purchase, please feel free to bring your own snack from home. At 1:15, we will head to the library, where Mrs. Reeb will read a story and answer questions about the library. For your convenience, you and your child may attend this event on either Wednesday, May 17, or Thursday, May 18, from 12:45-1:45 pm. The itinerary is the same for both days, so pick the day that best fits your schedule. To RSVP for this event, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up page.

    Free Workshop for Parents!- Message from Mrs. Hougham, Counselor
    Austin Child Guidance Center is hosting a free parent workshop on Internet Safety for Kids and Teens. The workshop will be presented by Stephen Kolar, PhD on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7:30PM at Austin Child Guidance Center and is free of cost. Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety. Parents will leave this presentation with knowledge of what cyberbullying is, in addition to learning online safety tips and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Free childcare is available to children 2 years old and older. You may register by contacting Sara Walters at swalters@austinchildguidance.org or 512-451-2242 (Please let Sara Walters know how many children you plan to bring when you register).

    Field Day Needs Volunteers!
    Field Day is coming up on Friday, May 19. This is a day that many of our students look forward to all year long. With that said, we can't possibly do this without our parent volunteers. Please sign up here to volunteer to make a difference! 

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    Monday, May 8
    STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Math

    Tuesday, May 9
    STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Reading

    Wednesday, May 10
    STAAR 5th Grade Science

    Thursday, May 11
    Final PTA General Membership Meeting (Rescheduled from May 4)


    Tuesday, May 16
    8:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (Invitation to be sent)
    5:00-8:00PM   Kindergarten Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House hosted by PTA

    Wednesday, May 17
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 1

    Thursday, May 18
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 2

    Friday, May 19
    Field Day

    Monday, May 22
    8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride

    Tuesday, May 23
    8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

    Wednesday, May 24
    8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade PYP Exhibition

    Thursday, May 25- Friday, May 26
    NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH

    Friday, May 26
    8:00AM   Westwood HS Senior Walk at Spicewood

    Monday, May 29
    Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 31
    8:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    Cafeteria

    Thursday, June 1
    Last Day of School 

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Updates from the Principal

    Dear families and community members, 

    This week we'll have another big event of the year, Family Gallery night. Every child's art work will be showcased so please mark it on your calendar and come join us in this big celebration! It's also Teacher Appreciation Week. If you can, please take a moment to thank a teacher. I would like to encourage all parents to also remember our specials teachers, Spanish teachers, Mrs. Vance and Mrs. Haney as well when you share a word of appreciation. When purchasing a gift for your child's teacher or a staff member, please do not exceed the value of $50, including a gift card. 


    Celebrations

    Cafeteria Sound System & Die Cut Machine purchased by PTA with Auction Proceeds
    Spicewood is so thankful and excited to receive two technology updates from our wonderful PTA and parents: 1) Cafeteria now has a completely new sound system installed; 2) our teachers are loving the die cut machine and have already been utilizing in the classrooms. Thank you so much for all who has donated and given to the PTA this school year!
    IB PYP 101

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

    Our campus has been fortunate to see many new changes this school year. From our new Teaching Garden, to the transformation of our science lab into an Inquiry Lab, our teachers, leadership, students, and PTA have been collaboratively working together throughout the year to create spaces on our campus that support and encourage a inquiry based teaching and learning. Let's take a look!


    Our new Inquiry Lab full of new flexible furniture, science materials for investigations, 3D printers, Green Screen for video projects, art supplies, computers and iPads!



    Kindergarten Makerspace in our Inquiry Lab. Flexible seating allows students to move throughout the space freely. The Inquiry lab is a creative space for students to engage in some hands on exploration. 
    Our Teaching Garden provides a meeting space outdoors for our Kinder/5th Grade buddies to read with one another.
    Fourth grade students use the Teaching Garden in their Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry.
    The Atrium provides a flexible space for students to be inspired to create art, writing, or in this case learn more about the Design Process by solving real world problems. Some students are working on developing informational signs for our Atrium, providing its visitors with new information about the plants in this unique space.
    An example of a bulletin board in a classroom that's rich with text, student questions & connections, and other "snapshots" of learning experiences within a unit of inquiry. Teachers and students collaboratively create these to anchor their learning. 

    These flexible learning spaces and intentional structuring of the environment provide our students with opportunities to:

    • make choices and decisions
    • use materials in flexible and imaginative ways
    • initiate inquiry and ask questions
    • work collaboratively with others
    • sustain interest and extend thinking/knowledge
    • develop understanding 
    • become active learners

    Next time you're at Spicewood, we invite you to take a closer look at our campus and the spaces we provide for our students to support their inquiry!


    This Week's News

    Family Gallery Night This Thursday
    Please come join us on the night of art celebration as we showcase every child's art piece all around our school building this Thursday from 6-8PM. We'll have different activities for students to participate in for fun as well!

    RRISD Bond Election
    The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Bond Election for May 6, 2017, after extensive community review and feedback evaluating the District’s needs to address Growth, Innovation, and Safety.  Voters are asked to consider three propositions totaling $572.1 million. The proposed bond projects that directly affect Spicewood Elementary School are:
    Bond Proposition 1:
    • Electrical – upgrade PA/clock/bell, int/ext lighting: $83,045
    • Fire alarms – replace F/A system: $134,600
    • Flooring and ceiling – replace library flooring: $19,000
    • HVAC replacement: $1,924,900
    • Interior, doors, windows, partitions – replace windows, doors, metal rollups, hardware: $10,500
    • Parking lot resurfacing – replace/resurface paved surfaces: $583,000
    • Playground – equipment, shading, soft ground – replace playground equipment: $97,000
    • Plumbing – replace water heaters, roof drains, and other plumbing fixtures: $105,785
    • Roofing – replace gutters and downspouts: $77,425
    • Total Cost: $3,035,255
    The average value home in Round Rock ISD is valued at approximately $290,000 after homestead exemption. The three bond propositions will cost the average homeowner an additional $2.23 per month or $26.74 per year.

    Early voting for the Round Rock ISD Bond 2017 package will run from April 24 to May 2 prior to Election Day May 6. Canyon Vista Middle School is a polling site for both early voting on April 29 and 30 and for Election Day on May 6. 

    Teacher Appreciation - Gift Policy
    Parents, as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in a week (5/1-5/5), I wanted to remind you of the district policy that our teachers and staff members are to abide by. 

    Employees of the District may accept the following:

    o Gifts that are of nominal value given for the purpose of advertising, ceremonial occasions, or official events.
    o Infrequent business meals of nominal value.
    o Infrequent entertainment or social invitations, provided the entertainment or social invitation is not directed to the District or a select group of area school districts.
    o As used in this policy, nominal value is defined as $50 or less from an entity

    When purchasing a gift for your child's teacher or a staff member, please do not exceed the value of $50, including a gift card. Class Gift is not allowed. Each parent should be left up to their own to decide how to show appreciation to their child's teacher. 

    Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5 [Message from PTA]
    Teachers help us grow in mind, body and soul. Please help us celebrate the amazing teachers and staff at Spicewood Elementary during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1st through May 5th! Teacher/staff appreciation is more than a chance to “thank the teachers for a great job”. These events also help to remind students and parents of the important role teachers and staff play in our lives. Mark your calendar with the following ways in which we will be celebrating our teachers; more detailed info coming via homeroom parents early next week. 

    Monday, May 1st
    Parents write an appreciation or "thank you" note to their teacher and their assigned special department.
    Have your child bring in a flower (one for your class teacher and one for specials) to create a wonderful bouquet assortment for your teachers.

    Tuesday, May 2nd
    Have your child bring a gently used book for the classroom library that is appropriate for their grade level.

    Wednesday, May 3rd
    Have your child bring in a “thank you” note or a special drawing or painting (made by them), one for your class teacher and one for specials.

    Thursday, May 4th
    Bring a canned food for a person or a can of dog/cat food for a charity organization.

    Friday, May 5th
    The Spicewood PTA will provide a “Grab-n-Go” breakfast.

    SWES Spring Student Led Conferences
    Free Workshop for Parents!- Message from Mrs. Hougham, Counselor
    Austin Child Guidance Center is hosting a free parent workshop on Internet Safety for Kids and Teens. The workshop will be presented by Stephen Kolar, PhD on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7:30PM at Austin Child Guidance Center and is free of cost. Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety. Parents will leave this presentation with knowledge of what cyberbullying is, in addition to learning online safety tips and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Free childcare is available to children 2 years old and older. You may register by contacting Sara Walters at swalters@austinchildguidance.org or 512-451-2242 (Please let Sara Walters know how many children you plan to bring when you register).

    Field Day Needs Volunteers!
    Field Day is coming up on Friday, May 19. This is a day that many of our students look forward to all year long. With that said, we can't possibly do this without our parent volunteers. Please sign up here to volunteer to make a difference! 

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    Monday, May 1- Friday, May 5
    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Thursday, May 4
    6:00PM   Family Gallery Night 

    Friday, May 5
    WatchDOGS Friday

    Monday, May 8
    STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Math

    Tuesday, May 9
    STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Reading

    Wednesday, May 10
    STAAR 5th Grade Science
    National School Nurse's Day

    Thursday, May 11
    Final PTA General Membership Meeting (Rescheduled from May 4)


    Tuesday, May 16
    8:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (Invitation to be sent)
    5:00-8:00PM   Kindergarten Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House hosted by PTA

    Wednesday, May 17
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 1

    Thursday, May 18
    12:45-1:45PM   Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 2

    Friday, May 19
    Field Day

    Monday, May 22
    8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride

    Tuesday, May 23
    8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

    Wednesday, May 24
    8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade PYP Exhibition

    Thursday, May 25- Friday, May 26
    NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH

    Monday, May 29
    Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 31
    8:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    Cafeteria

    Thursday, June 1
    Last Day of School