We have a very busy week ahead! Tuesday is Spirit Night at MOD pizza between 5-8pm. Come and support our school with a fun night out with the family! Kindergarten Roundup will be held on campus this Wednesday starting at 9am in the library, and Parent Math Education Night on Thursday!
Auction Proceeds: Literacy Library Update!
The Spicewood PTA recently authorized $11,500 for new books and supplies for the Literacy Library. This means over 1,800 new books for our students. The new books will include fiction and non-fiction texts for reading levels A-R. We focused on non-fiction texts that would be current and reflect the interests of our students. While the literacy library is a resource primarily used in kindergarten through second grade, other grade levels use the literacy library to supplement their units of inquiry.
While we are fortunate to have a literacy library at Spicewood, it is a resource that needs to be continually maintained and updated. Our student numbers have increased and more teachers and students are sharing this resource than ever before. We are excited to have plenty of options for teachers to choose from when considering the instructional needs of our students.
Thank you to the teacher committee, Ms. Elder, Ms. Osborn and Ms. Martinez, who volunteered their time as well as parent volunteer, Kara Cubbage. Special thanks to Kelli Broussard, our literacy library volunteer, who has been keeping things organized and refiled all year long. She was critical in getting the shelves cleaned out and the new books ready and on the shelves. We appreciate all the volunteers who helped make this happen.
Big Art Day Collaboration!
With March being Music in Our School and Youth Art Month, our art and music teachers collaborated provide our students with a unit that integrates the arts! Students performed the musical, Yo Leonardo!, a musical about artists and musical expression. The performance was followed by an art exhibit where every second grader showcased a piece of artwork. Grade job 2nd graders!
One World, One Night
Yet another successful One World, One Night event sponsored by our PTA! We enjoyed seeing so many different countries represented by our very own community! Students and their families ate traditional foods, played games, viewed and created cultural art pieces, all the while learning more about countries such as Israel, South Africa, Colombia, China, Bahamas, Mexico, and France.
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
This Week's News
In PYP schools, the school is considered to be a community of learners. "The role of the teachers is to facilitate connections between student's prior knowledge and the knowledge available through new experiences. This is done best with the support of the parents because it is the student's environment- the home, school, and the community-- that will shape the student's cognitive experience" (MTPYPH p.42). Our campus uses social media to provide parents with a "peek" into classrooms in hopes to help you learn more about the PYP in action. Our teachers are always posting ways students are being creative, taking action, inquiring & researching, and making connections with their learning. Having an inside look as to what our students are learning also provides a great launch into conversations at home. If you're not already, be sure to follow along with us on Twitter to see what PYP looks like on a daily basis!
And don't forget to follow our amazing teachers!
Parent Math Education Night- Addition/Subtraction & Multiplication/Division Sessions
Mark your calendar for Parent Math Education Night on Addition/Subtraction strategies & Multiplication/Division Strategies Sessions. These two concurrent sessions will be presented by Mr. Joyce (Addition/Subtraction) in the Inquiry Lab and Mr. Little (Multiplication/Division) in the library on Thursday, March 8. Parents will have to choose one of the two sessions offered, as they will be happening concurrently. These are extremely helpful sessions that will allow parents to see how math is being taught in school nowadays. Parents will be able to help their child(ren) at home more authentically.
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!Please take a moment to join Spicewood PTA!
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/ .
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, 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.
Thursday, March 8
6:00-7:30PM Parent Math Education Night
Concurrent Sessions Offered [Parents must choose one]
Addition/Subtraction in the Inquiry Lab
Multiplication/Division in the Library
Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16
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
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