Monday, September 30, 2013

Updates from the Principal- Last Week's Celebrations Included!

Dear Families of Spicewood,

It was a very busy week last week at Spicewood and I had the pleasure of seeing many of your faces on campus. I am reminded of how lucky Spicewood is every day to have such abundance of parental and community support. Once again, I am starting the newsletter with some celebrations from last week. Please make sure to read all the way through so you can mark your calendar with many great events and important dates as well.

CELEBRATIONS FROM LAST WEEK

Book Fair

Last week’s book fair was able to generate $29,000 worth of sales. Spicewood will receive 25% of the sales after tax. Thanks to students, parents and staff who made it such a great success! I would like to express my deep gratitude to all the parent volunteers who shared their precious time to run this event. We could not have been able to do this without your support!





K.I.S.S. Day [Kids Invite Someone Special Day]

Spicewood hosted hundreds of special guests this past Friday to KISS Cook-Out. It was a great way for kids to invite someone special and build a memorable moment together. We could not have had such a smooth Cook-Out without our awesome parent volunteers and their support. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community.




Message from Food Services
Please remember that Free and Reduced Meal temporary status ends on October 7th.  If you have not applied, please make sure to fill out an application for the 2013-14 school year.  If you have questions, please contact Daria Alvarado at 512-464-8382.  Applications may also be completed on-line by visiting  http://roundrockisd.schoollunchapp.com

Picture Day
Our students will take pictures for the year book this Wednesday, October 2. Please make sure our students bring a bright smile for the picture! :)

Destination Imagination Information Night
Destination Imagination is an after-school program where students build confidence through learning. They learn to unleash their imagination and take unique approaches to problem solving. Any parents interested in finding out more about it can join us at the parent informational night this Thursday, October 3 from 6:30-7:30PM.

What Is an IB Education- IB Parent Information Night
All parents are encouraged to attend the IB Parent Information Night on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00PM in the library. It’ll be a 30-minute information session right before the PTA Membership Meeting. Our IB Coordinator, Ms. Marvel, will share information on IB Primary Years Program in general, including learner profile, action cycle and IB continuum. See the invitation in the Friday eFolder. 

School Messenger- Phone Message
We sent the very first round of Phone Message via School Messenger last Wednesday. Starting on Monday, September 30th, phone messages coming from any campus will have this number in the caller ID: 855-463-8097 , instead of the campus phone number. If a parent calls that number, the system will identify them by their phone number and play back up to the most recent 10 calls (including absence phone calls) from the past 30 days - including the time/date that message was sent. If the recipient has their caller ID blocked, the system will prompt them to enter the number that received the original call, after which the system will reply the recent messages to that number. If a parent contacts the office about not receiving phone messages, or wanting to change their phone number, they will need to talk to the registrar at their campus about updating that information.

Meet the Faces of Spicewood- Principal’s Blog
Please make sure to get to know Mrs. Sharon Lavery and Mrs. Lacey Clark-Lott. Two more employees will be featured sometime this week as well.

Dismissal/Pick-Up
Parents, please do not leave your car parked on the curb right before the crosswalk at the intersection of Tin Cup and Olson. This is preventing cars from merging appropriately into the drop-off and pick-up line and is causing heavier traffic flow at dismissal.   

Progress Reports
Teachers sent home progress reports this last Friday in their Friday folders. Please be sure to check the learning progress of your child(ren).



WatchDOGS Fridays
Friday, October 4 is the very first WatchDOGS Friday we will host. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer throughout the day. We appreciate your time devoted to helping our children and staff at Spicewood! If you would like to inquire about signing up for a specific Friday, please contact our teacher liaison, Jennifer Dower (Jennifer_Dower@roundrockisd.org). Sign-up sheets are also available on our WatchDOGS website.




MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Wednesday, October 2
Picture Day

Thursday, October 3
6:30-7:30PM   Destination Imagination Information Night
Please join us in the library.

Thursday, October 10
Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Location and time will be announced in near future.

Monday, October 14
Columbus Day- NO SCHOOL
It is a district-wide Student Holiday. Please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, October 22
3:00-5:00PM   Fall Fun Run & Healthy Lifestyles Fair
Wear your favorite hero shirt and join the Fall Fun Run & Healthy Lifestyles Fair at Spicewood ES! Ride your bike on over and lace up your super hero shoes! There will be obstacle course, bike safety, wellness booth, fitness demos, healthy snacks, prizes, music and much more! Entry fee is 1 canned good per participant.

Thursday, October 24
6:00-6:30PM   What Is an IB Education- IB Parent Information Night
6:30- TB         PTA Membership Meeting
Please join us in the library.

Wednesday, October 30
Early Release Day for Elementary and Middle School
Last Day for Spicewood Fall Conferences
All students will be dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meet the Faces of Spicewood #3: Lacey Clark-Lott

Dear families and community,

The second employee of the week I would like you to meet is Mrs. Lacey Clark-Lott, an Educational Assistant that joined us this school year!


Mrs. Lott was born in Olney, Texas- a small town northwest of Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband, Chad, moved down to Austin when he got a job promotion. They have two handsome boys and two beautiful girls together and been married for 17 years. She has been a stay-at-home mom since her first daughter was born until she took a part time position at Anderson Mill 2 years ago. Spicewood stole her from Elsa England Elementary School this year. :) Her favorite color is red. Her favorite food is tacos.

Mrs. Lott's work day at Spicewood starts with being out in the front greeting students and parents with me and ensuring everyone walks across the street safe and sound. We are fortunate to utilize her instructional talent as she serves students in some classrooms to provide extra support. I have witnessed her in action and she builds wonderful relationships with our kiddos. As she is a strong multi-tasker with much flexibility, she helps out in the office area and in the cafeteria as needed. When there are meetings that require a classroom teacher, she covers the classroom to relieve the teacher for a meeting. Her day ends with seeing off students out in the front. So if you see her, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello! :)

Her favorite thing about working at Spicewood is that all the staff here are super nice and she loves working with all the kids.  She believes it is the people-- parents and staff--that make Spicewood such a great place to be.

I hope our students take her advice to "work hard and never give up on yourself! You can do anything you set your mind to!" 




Mrs. Lott helping students in a classroom

In the cafeteria helping out during lunch time

Mrs. Lott is such a super woman that serves students and staff at Spicewood in an immense capacity. We surely found a rock star!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meet the Faces of Spicewood #2: Sharon Lavery

Dear families and community of wonderful Spicewood,

I'd like you to meet Mrs. Sharon Lavery, who has been with us since 2002 as a kindergarten teacher.

Mrs. Lavery was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to south Austin when she was 6 years old. She sure sounds like a true Austinite! She and her husband, Michael, have two sons- James & Ryan- together and own a dog named Cosmos. She also has a step son and a step daughter. She is a grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters, Summer and Riley, who reside in Washington with their parents.

Mrs. Lavery started her teaching career at an elementary school in Austin ISD in 1980 as a kindergarten teacher. She took a brief break to raise her two sons between 1994 and 2001. A fun fact about Mrs. Lavery is that she served as a PTA President here at Spicewood in the 2001-2002 school year! She loves mexican food but really likes all kinds of food. Her favorite colors are green and blue. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee.

Her favorite thing about working at spicewood is friendliness & helpfulness of the staff/employees. It's a happy place where good things happen. When asked what makes Spicewood such a great place to be, she responded, "I think Beth had it right when she said, 'We already teach a lot like IB Schools' because we teach the attitudes and learner profile- not just academics."

One advice she'd like to give to our students is, "It's okay to make mistakes. Everyone does! We are people and people make mistakes. Try to learn from them!" 

Mrs. Lavery's kindergarten classroom is filled with instructional visuals and hands-on materials for students to refer to and interact with.
Great learning environment!

When I visited Mrs. Lavery's classroom this week, she was in the middle of going over the days of the week with our students.
Singing to learn our days of the week! 
Morning message and our eager kindergartners participating
After the morning message, Mrs. Lavery introduced a personalized folder called the office with lots of words paired with visuals so students can refer back to it when they are writing. Students were given time to explore on their own and interact with their own office.

Students exploring the office folder
As students were asked to choose a stage of writing they would work on, our kiddos moved swiftly to start working! Once students were all at the point of planning, illustrating or writing, Mrs. Lavery started conferring with each child to talk about what they wrote or drew.
Choosing the stage of writing on their own

Mrs. Lavery conferring with each child
I was so very impressed with all the writing and thinking happening in Mrs. Lavery's class!


I could not be more impressed with the high quality of learning that was happening in Mrs. Lavery's kindergarten class. Spicewood is surely blessed to have such a fabulous teacher like Mrs. Lavery!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Updates from the Principal- Celebrations from Last Week Included!

Dear Families of Spicewood,

With lots of rain and the air cooling down, it’s starting to feel like fall here at Spicewood. I wanted to start this week’s newsletter with some celebrations from last week.  Please make sure to read all the way through so you can mark your calendar with many great events and important dates as well.

CELEBRATIONS FROM LAST WEEK

Breakfast with Dad was a HUGE SUCCESS!


We had an enormous turn out this past Wednesday at the Breakfast with Dad, hosted by WatchDOGS.
Many of our fathers and father figures joined us with their child(ren) and enjoyed wonderful breakfast provided by the PTA/WatchDOGS. 

Last year we had 8 dozens of donut leftovers but this year we ran out of food so we had to run to the store to get more for everyone in attendance! It's amazing how much support we have from our parents, especially our fathers/father figures at this event.

We were able to share the purpose and mission of the WatchDOGS as well as ways to get involved and volunteer. If you would like to find out more about our WatchDOGS, please click here. If you're interested in signing up for volunteering, please click here.

Spicewood 4th Graders Honor the International Peace Day




Our 4th graders have been learning about peacemakers and how peacemakers impact our community and the world under the current Unit of Inquiry, Who We Are. For the entire week, they have been reading about various types of peace in different genres, writing an individual research paper on a peacemaker of their choice, discussing about historical events and making connections to our lives and community. 

Over the course of the unit, every student in 4th grade created a Pinwheel of Peace in their art class. Students wrote messages of peace on the pinwheel. 

I asked a few 4th graders what the pinwheel signifies.  Students shared with me that their messages of the peace recorded on the pinwheels would be carried by the wind out to the world

I could not be more proud of our 4th graders and the effort that our teachers have put in to honor the International Peace Day. 



Mrs. Prichard's and Mrs. Singh's Classes
Mrs. Raybourn [art teacher]

"I wish for no hunger."
"I wish for no homeless people."

"I wish there was peace in the world."

"I wish there were no droughts"



"I wish for no hunger"


Building Capacity
I have held a few conversations with parents regarding Spicewood being overcrowded or over the capacity. I would like to have you rest assured that all of our students are quite comfortable with the space that we have available. When the district shares the statistics on capacity rate, portables are not accounted for. With all the portables and classrooms included, each class has a classroom space assigned without having to share. In addition to that, we have two classrooms to provide intervention and dyslexia service to our students; two special education classrooms; 4 classrooms amongst art, music and PE; a TAG classroom; a science lab that anyone can sign up to utilize; a classroom for Spanish instruction; an office space for a speech therapist; an IB conference room; an office space for occupational/physical therapists; a literacy lab; several bookrooms; and etc. I assure you that we are able to accommodate all of our students and staff at this time in a reasonable and comfortable manner.

Additional Personnel Allocations
I’m pleased to share with families and community that we have received some additional personnel allocations from the district—one more full-time PE teacher and one more half-time Interventionist. We are conducting interviews to find the best candidate to join the Spicewood family soon.  

Meet the Faces of Spicewood- Principal’s Blog
First employee has been featured on my blog last Friday. Please make sure to get to know Mrs. Susan Albright. Two more employees will be featured sometime this week as well.

Education Go Get It [EGGI] Week
Education Go Get It Week (EGGI Week) is a way for students to learn about and become excited for post secondary education. At Spicewood, students are just beginning to think about their hopes and dreams for the future, so while they many not yet know where they want to go to school or what they want to do when they grow up, we want students to know there are so many opportunities and options out there. Whether our students attend a four-year university, community college, a two-year program, technical school, a training program, or branches of the military, we want to make sure that after high school, our Spicewood students NEVER STOP LEARNING! Please check out Mrs. Hougham’s Blog for more information. 


Book Fair
Our book fair has kicked off to a great start. The library is open from 7:30AM-4:00PM this week for students and families to come in and make purchases. Please remember to take a look at Teacher Wish List! J

Bedtime Stories at Spicewood
Please join us with your child(ren) in the cafeteria this Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00PM-8:00PM for bedtime stories. This is a great opportunity to encourage our children to develop innate love for reading. 

WatchDOGS Fridays
In our continuous effort to encourage father/father figure involvement, we have designated first and third Fridays of each month as WatchDOGS Fridays. Fathers/Father figures can volunteer all day or part of the day to provide help in various areas of need at Spicewood. If you would like to inquire about signing up for a specific Friday, please contact our teacher liaison, Jennifer Dower (Jennifer_Dower@roundrockisd.org). Sign-up sheets are also available on our WatchDOGS website.

Wellness Wednesdays
Wellness Wednesdays have kicked off for the school year. It’s a free, fun and valuable workout, with a prize for the classroom with the most participation. Anyone who would like to participate needs to meet at the front entrance of the school at 7AM every Wednesday. For more information and specific dates, please go to visit our PTA Healthy Lifestyle News website.

Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Day: Cook-Out Day
Please check your child’s Friday folder for a RSVP form. It will allow you to preorder food, if anyone plans to eat cafeteria-made lunch on the cook-out day.  The form is also available for you to download and print in eFolder on our school website.

Use of Crosswalk at Dismissal/Pick-Up
Please use the crosswalk at dismissal. This is to ensure safety of our parents and students at all times.

Hope Presbyterian Parking Lot Usage
Parents, we ask that we respect the support that the church provides by not using the U-Shape drive way in front of the main church building as they’ve asked. Please adhere to the parking lot area adjacent to the building. Please remember not to use it at all this Thursday and Friday (9/26-9/27).



MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Tuesday, September 24
7:00-8:00PM   Bedtime Stories at Spicewood
Please join us in the cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 25
Early Release Day for Elementary & Middle School
All students at Spicewood ES will be dismissed at 12:45PM.

Monday, September 23- Friday, September 27
Spicewood Book Fair
Book fair will occur throughout the week in the library. It’s open from 7:30AM-4:00PM.

Friday, September 27
Kids Invite Someone Special Day (K.I.S.S. Day)- Cook Out
In the past, we have called it the Grandparents Day- Cook Out. To be more aware of our students who may not have grandparents or whose grandparents reside far away, students are allowed to invite someone special in their lives to the Cook-Out. Please fill out the RSVP form and turn it into your child’s teacher.  We're excited to host all of our guests this Friday!


Thursday, September 26- Friday, September 28
Please Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot

Thursday, October 10
Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Location and time will be announced in near future.


Monday, October 14
Columbus Day- NO SCHOOL
It is a district-wide Student Holiday. Please plan accordingly.



Friday, September 20, 2013

Meet the Faces of Spicewood #1: Susan Albright

Dear Families and Community,

I would like you to meet Mrs. Susan Albright, our 5th grade teacher who's starting her 6th year at Spicewood this school year. 



Mrs. Albright was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Austin. She is a Longhorn just like both of her parents. To fulfill her dream and urge to explore, she had moved to Seattle where she met her husband. Remembering how much she loved Austin, she convinced her husband and moved back down to Austin. She has five members in her family, including three precious daughters. She began her career in advertising but coming from a family with a long line of teachers, she realized sometime in her 20s that she was born to be a teacher and made a bold move to change her career. Her favorite restaurant is Chuy's. Her favorite color is red. Her favorite book is the Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon. 

Her favorite thing about working at Spicewood is the kids! She believes they make each day fun! "There is never a boring day," shares Mrs. Albright. She feels that Spicewood has also been blessed with excellent leadership along with the strong IB curriculum that pushes us even harder to perfect our craft. 

Her one advice to give to our students is, "Get your homework done first so you can go out and play. The elementary years don't last long!" 

When I visited her classroom this Monday, I caught her in action teaching the orders of operations to our young minds in 5th grade. It was super exciting to see her teach our students a chant that involved kinesthetic and auditory learning styles. 

Mrs. Albright modeling the chant
Once students came back into the classroom after mastering the chant, they started working on specific problems that involved the order of operation.


Initial Problem                                        vs.                                   Challenging Problem

Checking for understanding

Students at Work
Tending to Individual Needs
It is truly an honor to have a teacher that goes above and beyond with our students. 
I hope this blog gives just a glimpse of great work that happens each and every day in Mrs. Albright's classroom. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Breakfast with Dad hosted by WatchDOGS

Families of Spicewood,

Here's a special message from Mr. Mike Barnes from KVUE News regarding the Breakfast with Dad!
Fathers and any father figures, please come and join us in the library tomorrow morning at 7:15AM.




Monday, September 16, 2013

Updates from the Principal

Dear Families of Spicewood,

It is hard to believe that we are starting 4th week of school! Time has been flying by and things are beginning to settle down here at Spicewood. There are some important events and dates coming up that I would like to share with you.


Meet the Faces of Spicewood- Principal’s Blog
I have been thinking about ways to introduce our teachers and employees to the community. I decided to feature 2 employees each week on my blog. This will eventually cover every employee at Spicewood, including teachers, staff, custodians, cafeteria staff and etc. It is my hope that our families and community members get to know the faces of Spicewood. Please be sure to follow my blog at http://spicewoodprincipal.blogspot.com/ I will also continue to update the newsletter as well as other stories and reflections.

Breakfast with Dad hosted by WatchDOGS
There will be a Breakfast with Dad event hosted by the WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) of Spicewood in the library this Wednesday, September 18 starting at 7:15AM. Any father/father figure can join us with their child(ren). Spicewood encourages all fathers/father figures to be visibly involved in our school community. Students will be dismissed to their classroom at 7:45AM.

WatchDOGS 2012
Please join us!
Getting to Know the Library Resources
Do you want to find books on a certain reading level for your child? Would you like to check out additional books for your family, or learn how to see when your child’s books are due? Do you know what online resources we have and how to access them?
Come to the library on Wednesday, September 18th from 8:00-8:30 (after the WatchDOGS breakfast) and learn all this and more!
Contact Laura Reeb at laura_reeb@roundrockisd.org with questions. 

WatchDOGS Fridays
In our continuous effort to encourage father/father figure involvement, we have designated first and third Fridays of each month as WatchDOGS Fridays. Fathers/Father figures can volunteer all day or part of the day to provide help in various areas of need at Spicewood. If you would like to inquire about signing up for a specific Friday, please contact our teacher liaison, Jennifer Dower (Jennifer_Dower@roundrockisd.org). Sign-up sheets will be available at the Breakfast with Dad this Wednesday in the library as well.

Wellness Wednesdays
Wellness Wednesdays have kicked off for the school year. It’s a free, fun and valuable workout, with a prize for the classroom with the most participation. Anyone who would like to participate needs to meet at the front entrance of the school at 7AM every Wednesday. For more information and specific dates, please go to visit our PTA Healthy Lifestyle News website.

Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Day: Cook-Out Day
Please check your child’s Friday folder for a RSVP form. It will allow you to preorder food, if anyone plans to eat cafeteria-made lunch on the cook-out day.  The form is also available for you to download and print in eFolder on our school website.

Chess Club
Chess Club registration is now closed. Please check back with us in the spring semester.



MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Wednesday, September 18
7:15AM Breakfast with Dad [hosted by WatchDOGS]
Any father/father figure can join us for breakfast in the library.

Wednesday, September 25
Early Release Day for Elementary & Middle School
All students at Spicewood ES will be dismissed at 12:45PM.

Monday, September 23- Friday, September 27
Spicewood Book Fair
Book fair will occur throughout the week in the library.

Friday, September 27
Kids Invite Someone Special Day (K.I.S.S. Day)- Cook Out
In the past, we have called it the Grandparents Day- Cook Out. To be more aware of our students who may not have grandparents or whose grandparents reside far away, students are allowed to invite someone special in their lives to the Cook-Out. Please fill out the RSVP form and turn it into your child’s teacher.  

Thursday, September 26- Friday, September 28
Please Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot

Thursday, October 10
Spirit Night hosted by PTA
Location and time will be announced in near future.


Monday, October 14
Columbus Day- NO SCHOOL
It is a district-wide Student Holiday. Please plan accordingly.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Spicewood students celebrate International Dot Day!





September 15 has been designated as the International Dot Day this year. The International Dot Day started with a story called the Dot, written by Peter H. Reynolds. The book was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2006. The author speaks through the story in his effort to inspire and promote creativity. Our art teacher, Mrs. Raybourn, has provided wonderful opportunities for Spicewood students to take part in this awesome celebration today. She started her lesson with the Dot story video then proceeded to lead reflective discussions with students. Our students were able to express themselves and participate in the celebration through their art work today, which I am proud to share on my blog.

I was able to capture some reflective conversations Mrs. Raybourn was having with our 3rd graders. I was so very impressed with their thoughts and responses.

Let me share some quotes from our smart 3rd graders.

"The story tells us to be more appreciative of your drawing and work."
"It's teaching us not to give up."
"When I first tried rollerskating, I wanted to give up but I kept trying and I am really good at it now."
"Art can be ANYTHING."
"Her teacher put her dot drawing on the wall because she probably knew the girl can be a better drawer in time."
"Vashti was committed and was a risk-taker because she kept trying."
"She was caring to help a little boy at the end of the story."

Here are some pictures of wonderful art work our children have produced.

Mrs. Raybourn in action
Student Work
International Dot Day Board
Student Work
Student Work
Student Work

I hope Spicewood families can carry on the discussions and celebrate the International Dot Day with children at home this Sunday, September 15. I, too, had an honor to participate in this celebration by creating a dot! :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chess Club Registration Deadline

Dear Families of Spicewood,

Our Chess Club has reached its maximum capacity of membership for the semester. Please note that the last day to register for Chess Club has been changed to this Friday, September 13. As we monitor the number of students participating in the club throughout the semester, we might be able to re-open registration in the spring.

Any Chess Club dues must be turned directly into Sheryl Seiders in the front office.
Thank you for all your support in our school community.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Updates from the Principal

Dear Families of Spicewood,

Many parents have been asking over the last two weeks how it has been going for me being a new principal at Spicewood. I am pleased to share with you that it has been a smooth ride with all the support I receive from parents and staff. I am spending much of my time in the classrooms to get to know teachers and students as it is my goal to know each child by name.

As we start our third week of school, here are some updates and information I would like to share with you.    

No Medicine in Student Backpack
Any medicine needed for students must be brought into the nurse’s office. No medicine is allowed in student backpacks.

Breakfast with Dad hosted by WatchDOGS
There will be a Breakfast with Dad event hosted by the WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) of Spicewood in the library on Wednesday, September 18 starting at 7:15AM. Any father/father figure can join us with their child(ren). Spicewood encourages all fathers/father figures to be visibly involved in our school community. Students will be dismissed to their classroom at 7:45AM.

Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Day: Cook-Out Day
Please check your child’s Friday folder this Friday for a red RSVP form. It will allow you to preorder food, if anyone plans to eat cafeteria-made lunch on the cook-out day.  The form is also available for you to download and print in e-Folder on our school website.

Use of Crosswalk at Dismissal/Pick-Up
Please use the crosswalk at dismissal. This is to ensure safety of our parents and students at all times.

Chess Club Registration
The online registration for Chess Club is open and live. The club is open to students in all grade levels. Anyone who would like to submit admission fee must submit it to Ms. Seiders in the front office starting today, Monday, September 9.

Reminder of AM Procedure: Drop Off
Now that we’ve started the third week of school, please adhere to the student drop off areas in the main hallways. This is to help our students become more independent and responsible. If you need to walk into the building beyond the main hallway area, please make sure to sign-in and get a visitor’s badge.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Vehicles 
Parents can drop off and/or pick up student(s) in a vehicle other than cars, including golf cart, motorcycle and etc. All vehiclesmust adhere to the main drop off/pick up area and follow the same procedures. Using the teacher parking lot is not allowed at any time of the day; this is to ensure safety of our students and staff members.



MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, September 18
7:15AM Breakfast with Dad [hosted by WatchDOGS]
Any father/father figure can join us for breakfast in the library.

Wednesday, September 25
Early Release Day for Elementary & Middle School
All students at Spicewood ES will be dismissed at 12:45PM


Monday, September 23- Friday, September 27
Spicewood Book Fair

Book fair will occur throughout the week in the library. 


Friday, September 27
Kids Invite Someone Special Day (K.I.S.S. Day)- Cook Out

In the past, we have called it the Grandparents Day- Cook Out. To be more aware of our students who may not have grandparents or whose grandparents reside far away, students are allowed to invite someone special in their lives to the Cook-Out. Forms to RSVP and pre-order food will be placed in student’s Friday folder this week.

Thursday, September 26- Friday, September 28
Please Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Our students with scientist caps on!

All of Spicewood students had an opportunity to spend half an hour with a Mad Scientist this morning. It was very exciting for students to interact with the scientist as she presented several science demonstrations. All the ooohs and the ahhhhs I heard made me smile to know that the experience was tickling their brains. I believe the assembly sparked or reignited innate interest and love for science. Our children had their scientist caps on to respond to such intriguing questions the scientist was asking and participated in such a respectful manner.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Updates from the Principal

Dear Families of Spicewood,

I hope all of our families had a great 3-day Labor Day weekend. As we return to the 2nd week of school, I wanted to share some information and updates with you.  

Chess Club Registration
The online registration for Chess Club is open and live. The club is open to students in all grade levels. Please send the dues to your child's homeroom teacher for the first two weeks of school. Starting on Monday, September 9, if you would like to submit the admission fee, you must submit it to Ms. Seiders in the front office. 

Chess Club Volunteer – Morning Procedure
Mrs. Lavery, our staff liaison for Chess Club, will be opening the front entrance doors at 6:40AM on Fridays. A parent volunteer will stay at the door to allow any participants and volunteers into the building. Parent volunteers WILL NOT HAVE TO sign in at6:40AM for a better flow of traffic. At 7:45AM, any parent volunteers from the club will be asked to return to the front office either to sign-in as a visitor if one wishes to remain in the building longer, or to exit the building.  

Reminder of AM Procedure: Drop Off
Now that we’ve started the second week of school, please adhere to the student drop off areas in the main hallways. This is to help our student become more independent and responsible. If you need to walk into the building beyond the main hallway area, please make sure to sign-in and get a visitor’s badge.

Reminder of PM Procedure: Dismissal/Pick-Up
Students are dismissed at 2:45PM. Please pick up children at the designated areas by grade level or near main entrance area. Please do not ask your child to meet you at the bike rack area or beyond the school curbside area. If you park away from campus, parents must come pick up the student and walk back to the car together. Loitering of students without parent supervision on the south side of the building in the staff parking lot area or by the bike rack is not permitted.  This is to avoid any unsupervised activities by our own students, or others, in the area.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Vehicles
Parents can drop off and/or pick up student(s) in a vehicle other than cars, including golf carts, motorcycles, etc. All vehiclesmust adhere to the main drop off/pick up area and follow the same procedures. Using the teacher parking lot is not allowed at any time of the day; this is to ensure safety of our students and staff members.

Principal’s Blog
All the updates and information I share via School Messenger will also be updated on my blog at http://spicewoodprincipal.blogspot.com/ I will also update the blog with stories and reflections as the year goes on.

Back-to-School Night
I have been asked to serve on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council this school year. The same night we’ll be having the Back-to-School Night is the first meeting for the SAC. Ms. Heard and the rest of the leadership will be here to support the event in place of my absence.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, September, 5
STEM Mad Science Assemblies for Students
8:00-8:30        4th & 5th Grade
8:45-9:15        Kinder & 1st Grade
9:30-10:00      2nd & 3rd Grade 

Mad Science would like to offer all schools that have a Mad Science after-school class a complimentary 30 minute STEM Mad ScienceAssembly for every 300 children enrolled in the school. These shows will get children excited about science. 
Back-to-School Night: Parent Orientation
Time of Orientation
Grade Levels
5:30-6:00PM
Kindergarten
1st Grade
6:00-6:30PM
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
6:30-7:00PM
4th Grade
5th Grade

Wednesday, September 25
Early Release Day for Elementary & Middle School
All students at Spicewood ES will be dismissed at 12:45PM.

Monday, September 23- Friday, September 27
Spicewood Book Fair

Book fair will occur throughout the week in the library. More information to be announced.

Friday, September 27
Kids Invite Someone Special Day (K.I.S.S. Day)- Cook Out

In the past, we have called it the Grandparents Day- Cook Out. To be more aware of our students who may not have grandparents or whose grandparents reside far away, students are allowed to invite someone special in their lives to the Cook-Out. Forms to RSVP and pre-order food will be shared in near future.

Thursday, September 26- Friday, September 28
Please Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot