Monday, February 19, 2018

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend with their children. Meanwhile, our teachers are using these two days to grow professionally by participating in the school-wide book study, various training sessions presented by their own colleagues and the district. Spicewood is so fortunate to have teachers that embrace and thrive on lifelong learning! 

Celebrations

Spicewood Panthers Compete at Destination Imagination
Several students of ours totaling in 4 different teams competed at Destination Imagination regional Tournament last Saturday. Team Dream Catchers, Texas Panthers, The Spicy Girls, and Spicewood Stars all gave their best effort and enjoyed the day of creativity. Big thanks to all the parent sponsors who guided our students for months of preparation! Spicewood is very proud of their work and effort. Congratulations!

State Youth Art Month Exhibition Announced
Student art from approximately 50 school districts across the State of Texas will be exhibited in two Austin locations: the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum from February 25-March 11 and the Lower Rotunda at the State Capitol from March 18-26, 2018 as part of the Texas Art Education Association’s recognition and celebration of National Youth Art Month.  Our community is invited to come out and view the work at either of these venues during their showing.  The following Round Rock ISD visual arts students will have their work shown as part of this special exhibition.  Congratulations to Charlotte D., 1st Grader at Spicewood Elementary. Mrs. Raybourn is her art teacher. We're so proud!



IB PYP 101

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


You probably know that many of the world's plants and animals are in danger of extinction, but did you know that many human languages are in danger of becoming extinct, too? Once there were about 8000 different languages spoken on our planet. Now there are only about 6500, and half of them are endangered. Languages are important. They do much more than help people communicate. A language helps define a culture, history and ancestry of a group of people. Once a language is lost, humanity loses a part of our rich culture and heritage. 


 [click here to read our first post about International Mother Language @ Spicewood]

Although we always honor and value different perspectives throughout our learning in classrooms, Spicewood is doing out part in celebrating the diversity of languages of our very own community to recognize International Mother Language DayThis week we're learning from our very own students and staff! 

To check out other submissions, be sure to stop by the front digital bulletin board. We have over 25 different students who share more about their mother tongue! Our morning announcements will also have some special features this week, be sure to ask your child(ren) about some of the new languages they learned about! 


And don't forget to plan on attending our PTA's One World, One Night event next Tuesday, February 27th! Our parents always put together an amazing display of language, food, music, and culture!

This Week's News

Mrs. Kim's Upcoming Leave of Absence Plan
As many of you're aware, I will be out on a maternity leave starting Friday, March 9. If all goes as planned, my leave will be from Friday, March 9- Tuesday, May 22, 2018 with a returning date of Wednesday, May 23, 2018. I'm returning early so I can be here for 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony. Mrs. Meredith Perkins (meredith_perkins@roundrockisd.org) will be at Spicewood to long-term substitute in my absence. Mrs. Perkins is a retired principal from RRISD and is very familiar with the district procedures and expectations. Majority of school maintenance and operation will be handled by my Leadership Team that is consisted of Assistant Principal (Teyan Page), IB Coordinator (Jessica Vance), Counselor (Molly Kentopp) and ITS (Julie Haney) in collaboration with Mrs. Perkins. The Monday Updates from the Principal you have been receiving will be handled by Mrs. Page, Mrs. Vance and Mrs. Haney. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Perkins as well as Mrs. Page in my absence. If you'd like to schedule a meeting with either one, please contact the principal's secretary, Mrs. Courtney Torres at courtney_torres@roundrockisd.org as you have in the past. I will not be able to check or respond to any work related emails per FMLA policy while I am out on a leave. Lastly, I want to thank you for your overwhelming congratulations and warm wishes for our second addition to our family. 

Spicewood ES Federal Report Card
Dear Parents, 
Round Rock Independent School District is sharing the campus and district 2016-17 Federal
Report Cards as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

You can find the Federal Report Cards on the District Performance Indicators page (scroll
down to select your campus). They are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website.

The report card has six parts.
Parts I and II summarize information about students across program and demographic groups
in the following areas:

  • Achievement on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests at Approaches, Meets, and Masters Grade Level;
  • Participation on STAAR; and
  •  4- and 5-year graduation rates (high schools only).

Part III indicates if a campus has been identified as a Priority or Focus School. These schools have been identified for missing too many academic achievement targets and qualify for grants to help meet student needs.

Part IV summarizes information about the highest degrees held by the teachers on your
campus and about any teachers who are not yet fully certified (if any).

Part V shows the percentage of recent graduates who enrolled in higher education in Texas
the year after graduation (high schools only). It does not include the percentage of students
who went out of state to attend college.

Part VI summarizes statewide results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
(NAEP) exam. These rates show how Texas students are doing compared other states and the nation. More information is available online: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/
If you cannot access the Federal Report Card online, you can get a paper copy from the school office. If you have questions about the report, please contact our campus.

PTA General Meeting #4
PTA will be hosting the 4th General Meeting this Thursday, February 22 at 6PM in the library. All PTA general members are highly encouraged to come and attend. Your involvement is what makes a difference in our school community! 

KLRU Kids Writing contest

KLRU is promoting the annual KLRU Kids Writing contest and would love our Kindergarten through fifth graders ​to ​have a chance to be published authors. This is the first year KLRU is including 4th and 5th grade!

The KLRU Kids Writers contest is open now through March 31, 2018. Children may submit their stories via email or through the mail in both English and Spanish. All entries will be published on the KLRU website.The contest rules, entry form and judging rubrics may be downloaded in English ​or Spanish at www.klru.org/writerscontest/ .

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!

Monday, February 19- Tuesday, February 20
Student Holidays- No School

Thursday, February 22
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Library

Tuesday, February 27
5:30-7:30PM   One World, One Night 

Thursday, March 1
6:00PM   2nd Grade Music Concert

Saturday, March 3
FYI: Explore UT

Tuesday, March 6
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza
6:00PM   5th Grade MUSTANG ORIENTATION 6:00 pm, CVMS Gym
Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. 

Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
Spring Break

Tuesday, March 20
8:00AM   Principals' Pride K-2nd Grade

Wednesday, March 21
8AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Friday, March 23
5th Grade Civil War Living Museum

Friday, March 30
No School

Wednesday, April 4
National School Librarian Day

Tuesday, April 10
STAAR 4th Grade Writing
STAAR 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 11
STAAR 5th Grade Reading

Tuesday, April 17
5:00-8:00PM   5th Grade Spirit Night @ Double Dave's Pizza

Thursday, April 19
6:00PM   Kindergarten Concert



Monday, February 12, 2018

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

I hope everyone is staying warm in this cold weather. Please be sure to remind your children to wear warm clothes. 

Celebrations

STEAM Day Featured on KEYE CBS Austin
We had CBS Austin feature our wonderful STEAM Day, which was aired last Thursday, February 8. Enjoy the Cool At School segment

Teacher of the Year 2018-2019
Spicewood Teacher of the Year to represent us through next school year has been selected by our very own teaching staff. We are pleased to announce, Mrs. Amy Osborn, as the Teacher of the Year 2018-2019! Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

IB PYP 101

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

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood." -- Fred Rogers 


Inquiry, the pedagogical approach of the PYP, allows students to be actively involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that learning. One way that teachers facilitate inquiry in their classroom is through play. Play allows our students to develop and deepen their communication, social, self-management, and thinking skills (Approaches to Learning- a PYP essential element). Inquiry AND play allow each student's understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that student. Spicewood teachers intentionally plan opportunities and time for students to play, discover, and explore to further develop as PYP students. Teachers also use play to practice math concepts and skills, review, and build their classroom communities!





Stay tuned for future parent information sessions to learn more about play in connection to the PYP!

This Week's News

Aggressive Driving during Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Parents and guardians, I completely understand that our school experiences heavy traffic day to day and how frustrating it can feel. I would like to remind you though that the safety of our children and staff are in your hands during the busy time in the morning and afternoon. Please slow down, drive with caution, follow rules/laws and speak kindly to our crossing guards who are only trying to help the community by doing their jobs. It's been reported on multiple occasions of parents speaking in rude manners to our crossing guards who try to warn dangerous driving behaviors. They have also been nearly hit by cars driven by parents on repeated occasions. As our vision states, "Spicewood aspires to be a caring community," this includes parents and community to achieve it together. 

Student Holidays on Monday, February 19 & Tuesday, February 20
Next Monday and Tuesdays are designated as Student Holidays. All staff will be participating in professional development for the two days students are off. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

The Board of Trustees wants citizen volunteers to evaluate and prioritize possible projects for a potential Bond Election in November 2018 or May 2019.
The Board approved a Citizens Bond Committee (CBC) Charter during its January 18, 2018, regular meeting. This is the next step in determining which capital needs should be addressed by the Board and potentially creating a Bond proposal to fund new facilities, safety and security, technology, infrastructure, and capital renewal and replacement.

The CBC will be comprised of three subcommittees:

  • The Districtwide Subcommittee will focus on safety, technology, and instructional programs that impact the entire district.
  • The Growth Subcommittee will focus on facility needs to address growth and overcrowding, including new schools, land, additions, renovations.
  • The Capital Renewal and Replacement Subcommittee will focus on critical components of existing facility infrastructure.

Citizens can learn more about the CBC Charter by reading the overview presented to the Board of Trustees and fill out the CBC registration form if interested in participating by February 12 at 11:59 p.m. The form can be found here.

“We have an opportunity to come together with our community and learn more about where they see need for capital improvements and their priorities when it relates to our schools and District,” Board President Diane Cox said. “This is the first step in opening that dialogue and working together to determine the best course of action for our students and community.”

CBC subcommittees will meet to review presentations and information and create a draft report of their findings and recommendations which will be delivered to the Board of Trustees no later than June 21, 2018 for a potential November 2018 Bond Election or January 17, 2019 for a potential May 2019 Bond Election.

The CBC will propose and prioritize projects based on the following criteria:

  • Safety and security
  • Demographics and growth
  • Financial efficiency
  • District vision, strategic plan, and learning framework*
KLRU Kids Writing contest
KLRU is promoting the annual KLRU Kids Writing contest and would love our Kindergarten through fifth graders ​to ​have a chance to be published authors. This is the first year KLRU is including 4th and 5th grade!

The KLRU Kids Writers contest is open now through March 31, 2018. Children may submit their stories via email or through the mail in both English and Spanish. All entries will be published on the KLRU website.The contest rules, entry form and judging rubrics may be downloaded in English ​or Spanish at www.klru.org/writerscontest/ .

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!

Monday, February 19- Tuesday, February 20
Student Holidays- No School

Thursday, February 22
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Library

Tuesday, February 27
5:30-7:30PM   One World, One Night 

Thursday, March 1
6:00PM   2nd Grade Music Concert

Saturday, March 3
FYI: Explore UT

Tuesday, March 6
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza
6:00PM   5th Grade MUSTANG ORIENTATION 6:00 pm, CVMS Gym
Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. 

Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
Spring Break

Tuesday, March 20
8:00AM   Principals' Pride K-2nd Grade

Wednesday, March 21
8AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Friday, March 23
5th Grade Civil War Living Museum

Friday, March 30
No School

Wednesday, April 4
National School Librarian Day

Tuesday, April 10
STAAR 4th Grade Writing
STAAR 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 11
STAAR 5th Grade Reading

Tuesday, April 17
5:00-8:00PM   5th Grade Spirit Night @ Double Dave's Pizza

Thursday, April 19
6:00PM   Kindergarten Concert




Monday, February 5, 2018

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

It is National School Counselor Week this week! Please take a moment to let Mrs. Kentopp, our wonderful counselor, know how much she's appreciated. She has been a wonderful addition to our Spicewood Panther family this school year to our staff, students and families. Our PTA will be hosting a Spirit Night at Jason's Deli tomorrow. Also, don't forget to come join us at the 1st Grade Music Program this Thursday at 6PM. 

Celebrations

STEAM Day
Thank you, volunteers, staff and teachers for making the annual STEAM Day a HUGE success! Our students explored a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities throughout the day last Friday. Pictures will show how much our students thoroughly enjoyed the day! Special thanks to PTA for funding the event. Big kudos go to Mrs. Vance (IB Coordinator) and Mrs. Haney (ITS) for head-spearing the entire event from contacting vendors, securing presenters to ordering and preparing all the necessary materials for the event. Also, thanks to Mrs. Raja, our PTA STEAM Day representative who organized and managed volunteers!

We also had KEYE TV CBS Austin come and film some of the activities to feature us on Cool at School episode, which will air this Thursday morning. 


Campus Geography Bee
On January 23, a number of our students in 4th and 5th grade participated in the campus Geography Bee. All students participated in the 7 round preliminary competition, with only 5 students moving on the final round (Henry G., Ishaan D., Zane H., Hrishikesh S., Milo G.). Ishaan D. and Hrishikesh S. moved on to the championship round with Hrishikesh Satish coming out ahead by one point as the School Champion. Congratulations!

Our School Champion, Hrishikesh had to take the National Geographic State Qualifying test last Thursday after school to see if he will be able to attend the State Geography Bee on April 6th at Texas A&M. We will find out his eligibility to compete on March 6, 2018. Big thanks to Mrs. Sing and Mrs. Framjee for sponsoring the event!

Science Fair
Spicewood Elementary held its annual Science Fair this week and it was a huge success! Over 350 Spicewood Scientists registered their projects this year. Our students, teachers and judges played a huge role in the success of this event. Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers that contributed countless hours of their time towards supporting our students endeavours. And a very special thanks goes out to the fabulous Ms. Williams and our tireless Science Fair coordinator, Manisha Gupta.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent Spicewood at the Austin Energy Regional Science Fest on 2/24/2018.

4th Grade
Lila D. - Can You Taste The Rainbow?
Cameron H. - Best Batteries For A Homopolar Motor
Reid  W. - Resistance is not Futile 
Abigail A. - Marred Melons
Payton V. - Why Are My Feet Cold?
Xander C. - Magnets and Temperature

5th Grade
Satvik C. - The Good Tension Surface Tension
Alexandre D. - Pykrete Wars
Lauren D. - Keeping it Cool
Lanier H. - Crazy Cupcakes
Leah K. - Sweet Science
Steven M. - Wind Power
Anella M. - Minty Clean
Annika S. - Talk, Text, Crash
Sophia S. - Music N' Memory
Talia P. - Cupcake Wars
IB PYP 101

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

 Stay tuned. We'll be back next week.

This Week's News

Parent Climate Survey
Please take a brief moment to participate in the 2017-2018 Parent Climate Survey. Parent Climate Survey is the shortest of all and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. You are a critical part of our success! Your feedback helps our school identify existing strengths and areas that need improvement. The survey will be available through February 9; we value your input!

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentEnglish 

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentSpanish 

National School Counselor Week This Week
This week  (Monday, February 5- Friday, February 9), we'll be celebrating National School Counselor Week. Please let our wonderful school counselor, Mrs. Kentopp, know she's appreciated! 

Merchant Rebates contest DUE Friday, February 9th!! 
Please send in your Box Tops, Tyson A+ labels, Community Coffee labels and Coke caps and 12-pack cardboard codes to your child’s teacher to be counted in this contest and to help earn money for Spicewood!

Your child’s class has a chance to win one of two School Supply Cakes that will be on display in the library after Science Fair and also wristbands to the Spring Carnival!

•        Overall Top Submission (K - 2nd) and Overall Top Submission (3rd - 5th) will win a school supply cake 
•        NEWLY ADDED PRIZE: Highest Overall submission in the entire school will also get wristbands for the Spring Carnival!


If you would like more information about the participating products or about the Merchant Rebate program in general, you can visit the Merchant Rebates page on our PTA website.


The Board of Trustees wants citizen volunteers to evaluate and prioritize possible projects for a potential Bond Election in November 2018 or May 2019.
The Board approved a Citizens Bond Committee (CBC) Charter during its January 18, 2018, regular meeting. This is the next step in determining which capital needs should be addressed by the Board and potentially creating a Bond proposal to fund new facilities, safety and security, technology, infrastructure, and capital renewal and replacement.

The CBC will be comprised of three subcommittees:

  • The Districtwide Subcommittee will focus on safety, technology, and instructional programs that impact the entire district.
  • The Growth Subcommittee will focus on facility needs to address growth and overcrowding, including new schools, land, additions, renovations.
  • The Capital Renewal and Replacement Subcommittee will focus on critical components of existing facility infrastructure.

Citizens can learn more about the CBC Charter by reading the overview presented to the Board of Trustees and fill out the CBC registration form if interested in participating by February 12 at 11:59 p.m. The form can be found here.

“We have an opportunity to come together with our community and learn more about where they see need for capital improvements and their priorities when it relates to our schools and District,” Board President Diane Cox said. “This is the first step in opening that dialogue and working together to determine the best course of action for our students and community.”

CBC subcommittees will meet to review presentations and information and create a draft report of their findings and recommendations which will be delivered to the Board of Trustees no later than June 21, 2018 for a potential November 2018 Bond Election or January 17, 2019 for a potential May 2019 Bond Election.

The CBC will propose and prioritize projects based on the following criteria:

  • Safety and security
  • Demographics and growth
  • Financial efficiency
  • District vision, strategic plan, and learning framework*


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!

Monday, February 5- Friday, February 9
National School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 6
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Jason's Deli

Thursday, February 8
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Thursday, February 22
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Library

Tuesday, February 27
5:30-7:30PM   One World, One Night 

Thursday, March 1
6:00PM   2nd Grade Music Concert

Saturday, March 3
FYI: Explore UT

Tuesday, March 6
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza
6:00PM   5th Grade MUSTANG ORIENTATION 6:00 pm, CVMS Gym
Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. 

Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
Spring Break

Tuesday, March 20
8:00AM   Principals' Pride K-2nd Grade

Wednesday, March 21
8AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Friday, March 23
5th Grade Civil War Living Museum

Monday, January 29, 2018

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

T'is the week of Science Fair, everyone! There will be many visitors coming and going this week to judge all of our student science fair projects. Then this Friday, in connection to Science Fair, we'll end the week with our big annual STEAM Day! STEAM Day still needs volunteers! Please sign up here! Without your help and support, this day would be impossible. 

Celebrations

Spicewood Panthers Compete at Elementary UIL
A number of our Panthers competed at the district elementary UIL competition (Division 5) last Saturday. Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and teacher volunteers who supported our Panthers through the journey of preparation and competition. Results will be shared next week. 


IB PYP 101

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

 We can learn from other countries and cultures and find appreciation of our differences through open-mindedness. Language is involved in all learning and provides the support to the inquiry that is experienced in our classrooms on a daily basis. There are many students in our community, however, that are learning in a language other than their Mother Tongue (primary or first language).

Officially observed since 2000, International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on the 21st of February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date corresponds to the day in 1952 when students from the University of Dhaka, Jagannath University and Dhaka Medical College, demonstrated for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan, near the Dhaka High Court in the capital of present-day Bangladesh.

Throughout the month of February we'll be sharing ways in which Spicewood highlights and celebrates Mother Tongue in our community through our student broadcast, social media, and Ms. Kim's weekly newsletter. This week we're highlighting our very own library!

Did you know that our very own library has a Mother Tongue section?




With almost 20 different languages represented, it's a great place to explore different languages represented from around the world. Our hardworking librarian, Laura Reeb, is always looking for new titles to add too! Be sure to swing by the library to check this section out and let her know if there are any favorite book titles in your Mother Tongue we can add to our collection.

This Week's News

Parent Climate Survey
Please take a brief moment to participate in the 2017-2018 Parent Climate Survey. Parent Climate Survey is the shortest of all and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. You are a critical part of our success! Your feedback helps our school identify existing strengths and areas that need improvement. The survey will be available through February 9; we value your input!

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentEnglish 

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentSpanish 

Science Fair 
Science Fair is here! 

Science fair viewing will take place on Wednesday, Jan 31. Viewing times are:
4th grade - 5pm-6pm
5th grade - 6pm-7pm
K-3 - 5pm-7pm 

Picture Day Thursday
Please remember that it's a Picture Day this Thursday. Please plan accordingly. 

Spicewood STEAM Day Needs Volunteers

Spicewood STEAM Day is this Friday, February 2. 

Our activities for the day include:
K-2 - Art with Laguna Gloria, Engineering Challenges, Garden activities, Math Games, and Coding Workshop, Nepris Expert Chats, Voices From Around the World presented by One World Theater, Marble Runs, Magnetic Race Tracks, Books and Build, Drum Fit
3-5 - Art with Laguna Gloria, Nepris Expert Chats, Engineering Challenges, Art projects, Garden activities, Math Games and Coding Workshop, Voices From Around the World presented by One World Theater, Lego Zip Lines, Magnetic Race Tracks, MakeyMakey Pianos, Dancing Oobleck, Touring International Space Stations, Drum Fit

Without parent volunteers, this day will not be possible. Please click here to volunteer to make this day a grand success for our kids!

Westwood HS is Celebrating Career Tech Education Month on February 1
Parents and Staff from the WHS feeder schools are invited for a "Reverse Shadow" tour on Thursday, 2-1-2018 (10:30-11:50 am).  The community will walk the campus with an emphasis on the various Career Technical Education programs available at our school. 

Pre-registration is recommended! This allows us plan for enough tour guide volunteers and to ensure touring groups are of reasonable size. 
COMPLETE THIS FORM!  https://goo.gl/forms/nbpwaJJiHfBLXsF23

Contact WHS CTE Specialist, Lucy Sanchez, at 512.464.4191 or lucy_sanchez@roundrockisd.org with any questions. 

National School Counselor Week Next Week
Next week  (Monday, February 5- Friday, February 9), we'll be celebrating National School Counselor Week. Please let our wonderful school counselor, Mrs. Kentopp, know she's appreciated! 

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!

Monday, January 29- Thursday, February 1
Science Fair

Thursday, February 1
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 2
STEAM Day
Sign up to volunteer!

Monday, February 5- Friday, February 9
National School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 6
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Jason's Deli

Thursday, February 8
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Thursday, February 22
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Library

Tuesday, February 27
5:30-7:30PM   One World, One Night 

Thursday, March 1
6:00PM   2nd Grade Music Concert

Saturday, March 3
FYI: Explore UT

Tuesday, March 6
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza
6:00PM   5th Grade MUSTANG ORIENTATION 6:00 pm, CVMS Gym
Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. 

Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
Spring Break

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

I'm sending the newsletter a day early since we're kicking off Spicy Spirit Week with "Spicewood Pride" Day on Monday by wearing school colors or shirts. Super Peaceful Inclusive Caring Youth (SPICY) Spirit Week is a student led initiative under the leadership of our counselor, Mrs. Kentopp. Please refer to the news section for detailed information. 

Please note that the district has sent out communication regarding the bad weather make-up day on Tuesday, Monday 29. Staff and students will have a regular school day on Tuesday, Monday 29. 

Celebrations

Spicewood PTA Raises & Donates $2K to Anderson Mill ES
Our PTA raised nearly $2,000 at the annual Auction & Gala in November for our sister IB school, Anderson Mill Elementary School just down the street from us. We were able to deliver the check last week and both principal and the PTA president expressed deep gratitude to our community. Principal Allen shared with me that they'll be using the fund to purchase flexible seating furniture for their students. Thanks to our amazing caring community as our vision states! 

Inquiry Lab Now Open to Parents & Students
Spicewood successfully kicked our first round of Open Workshop Session last Wednesday for parents and students to come in and explore our Inquiry Lab and the various tools and equipment. Parents and students had so much fun creating, exploring, designing and producing. Our next session is on February 7 from 3-4:30PM. You can sign up online via Friday Folder Sign-Up sheet that will go out two weeks prior to the event. 

IB PYP 101

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

An inquiry into the attributes of the Learner Profile: Caring 

For a culture of caring and kindness to truly grow in a PYP school, we need to constantly nourish and discuss it. Our teachers and students refer to the attributes of the Learner Profile during community circle time at the beginning or end of the day, make connections to these attributes while reading selected texts, and reflect on personal choices and actions made throughout the week. 

Instilling this attribute not only takes place by our day to day learning experiences here on campus, but must also be reinforced in the home as well. And with our No Place for Hate coalition's Super Peaceful Inclusive Caring Youth (SPICY) Spirit Week, I thought it the perfect time to share some resources for you and your family to hopefully spark some valuable and enriching conversations with one another!

Provocation Questions (questions to use either before or after the video/book resources below):
  • What does it mean to be caring?
  • What is people's responsibility to be caring?
  • What are the different perspectives in a community when it comes to public acts of kindness?
  • What are some obstacles or challenges that sometimes stand in the ways of expressing caring?
  • What can we do to overcome obstacles that sometimes stand in the way of being caring?
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This Week's News

SPICY Spirit Week 1/22/18-1/26/18 - Message from Our Counselor, Mrs. Kentopp
Our amazing No Place For Hate student coalition has created a "SPICY Spirit Week" where we celebrate being Super Peaceful Inclusive Caring Youth (SPICY) here at Spicewood. Each day students will explore and celebrate the themes of community, inclusion, respect, diversity, and tolerance through student-created videos, student-created visuals displayed around the school, and dress-up days. Each student will also receive a checklist from the "Great Kindness Challenge"- a nationwide initiative to create healthy and positive school environments by challenging students to perform random acts of kindness throughout the week. You can find more information about this initiative here. Students have the option of submitting their checklists with a reflection to Mrs. Kentopp to be featured in a video about the interpersonal and community impact of SPICY Spirit week and the Great Kindness Challenge.


Spirit Week Themes

Parent Climate Survey
Please take a brief moment to participate in the 2017-201 Parent Climate Survey. Parent Climate Survey is the shortest of all and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. You are a critical part of our success! Your feedback helps our school identify existing strengths and areas that need improvement. The survey will be available through February 9; we value your input!

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentEnglish 


Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentSpanish 

Science Fair 
Science Fair is coming up soon (January 29- February 1), which means it's time to get those projects registered! 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class as their projects are required. 

Kindergarten-3rd grade students who wish to participate in Science Fair must complete an online Science Fair Registration before January 26. No late entries will be accepted.
Any students who participate in Science Fair must bring their display boards to school to their classes on the morning of January 29. 

Science fair viewing will take place on Wednesday, Jan 31. Viewing times are:
4th grade - 5pm-6pm
5th grade - 6pm-7pm
K-3 - 5pm-7pm 

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
We will need a few volunteers to make Science Fair a success. Here are some of the opportunities:
Monday 1/29: Help set up the library for projects and/or escort grades K-3 students from their classrooms for judging
Tuesday 1/30: Escort grades 4-5 students for judging
Wednesday 1/31: Escort grades 4-5 students for judging and/or put ribbons on projects after judging is complete.
Thursday 2/1 at noon: Help put the library back in order

Please sign up to volunteer at the Science Fair!

Spicewood STEAM Day Needs Volunteers

Spicewood STEAM Day is fast approaching on Friday, February 2. 

Our activities for the day include:
K-2 - Art with Laguna Gloria, Engineering Challenges, Garden activities, Math Games, and Coding Workshop, Nepris Expert Chats, Voices From Around the World presented by One World Theater, Marble Runs, Magnetic Race Tracks, Books and Build, Drum Fit
3-5Art with Laguna Gloria, Nepris Expert Chats, Engineering Challenges, Art projects, Garden activities, Math Games and Coding Workshop, Voices From Around the World presented by One World Theater, Lego Zip Lines, Magnetic Race Tracks, MakeyMakey Pianos, Dancing Oobleck, Touring International Space Stations, Drum Fit

Without parent volunteers, this day will not be possible. Please click here to volunteer to make this day a grand success for our kids!

Westwood HS is Celebrating Career Tech Education Month on February 1
Parents and Staff from the WHS feeder schools are invited for a "Reverse Shadow" tour on Thursday, 2-1-2018 (10:30-11:50 am).  The community will walk the campus with an emphasis on the various Career Technical Education programs available at our school. 

Pre-registration is recommended! This allows us plan for enough tour guide volunteers and to ensure touring groups are of reasonable size. 
COMPLETE THIS FORM!  https://goo.gl/forms/nbpwaJJiHfBLXsF23

Contact WHS CTE Specialist, Lucy Sanchez, at 512.464.4191 or lucy_sanchez@roundrockisd.org with any questions. 

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!

Monday, January 29- Thursday, February 1
Science Fair

Thursday, February 1
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 2
STEAM Day
Sign up to volunteer!

Monday, February 5- Friday, February 9
National School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 6
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Jason's Deli

Thursday, February 8
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Thursday, February 22
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Library

Tuesday, February 27
5:30-7:30PM   One World, One Night 

Thursday, March 1
6:00PM   2nd Grade Music Concert

Saturday, March 3
FYI: Explore UT

Tuesday, March 6
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza
6:00PM   5th Grade MUSTANG ORIENTATION 6:00 pm, CVMS Gym
Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. 

Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
Spring Break