Monday, September 22, 2014

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I want to thank those who have come out last Thursday night and learned more about what IB Education is. I know it was a rainy and stormy night that prevented many of our parents from participating. Please feel free to view the IB presentation that was shared at the meeting. 

Please remember that we have an Early Release Day this Wednesday. All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Buses and daycare pick-ups will operate immediately after the early dismissal. 


Breakfast with Dads
We had overwhelming participation of our fathers and students last Wednesday at our annual Breakfast with Dads event. Many father and father-figures strolled into our library early in the morning to enjoy time together. Spicewood is hoping that it doesn't stop here at the one-time event but that we will continue to see many dads as mentors, guest speakers, and volunteers at Spicewood throughout the school year! 

Spicewood Celebrates International Dot Day

Spicewood students celebrated another year of 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 students were given an opportunity to use an innovative app called the colAR on iPads in our Next Gen Classroom guided by Mrs. Raybourn. This app transforms a 2-D figure dot into a 3-D figure sphere. For more pictures, please visit our art teacher's blog

This Week's News

Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot 
Please remember to not use the church parking lot this Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26. 

Message from Our Counselor
Education Go Get It (EGGI) Week is this week
In celebration of post-secondary education, college, and career, Spicewood has several activities going on which are listed below. We believe it is never too early to begin planting the seeds about college and career--at Spicewood we want our students to begin thinking and dreaming about their futures NOW! To support our EGGI Week efforts, please read talk to your children about future college and career options and help your child to participate in the activities below! Need some talking points or fun website to go to? See Mrs. Hougham's College and Career Page on her blog!

College/Career Dress Up Days:
Tuesday—Dress for Success (In order to get that dream job, we have to dress the part—wear your fancy clothes!)
Wednesday—Career Dress-Up Day (Dress how you would for your future career)
Thursday—Spicewood T-shirt Day (Our educational career has to start somewhere; from Spicewood to BEYOND!!)
Friday—College t-shirt day (Show off your college pride!)

Other Campus Activities
College/Career Classroom Guidance Lessons: Mrs. Hougham, our school counselor, will be teaching guidance lessons throughout the week focused on college and career to get students thinking about how their short-term goals will effect long-term goals for higher education and career. Students will also calculate their class for high school and college graduation (and master’s and doctorate?).

Parent Career SelfiesAll parents have the opportunity to take a “selfie” (photo of themselves) at their job to display at the front of the school so that all of our students can see and learn about a wide variety of job opportunities out there!  You can find a template to place and tell about your Career Selfie at Mrs. Hougham’s Counseling Blog.

High School Role Models 
Our Westwood Academy Ambassadors will visit 5th grade classes to share about the various Academies available at the high school level to plant seeds for success in the future.

Staff College/Career “Who Am I?” Bulletin Board
Can you tell which staff member is which by some college/career clues? You’ll have a chance to guess with our bulletin board!

Spirit? Let’s Hear It!
College fight songs will be played during lunch Friday.

Round Rock ISD College Fair
Approximately 200 universities and colleges from across the U.S. will be represented on Monday, September 22 from 6-8PM. University of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State and Texas Tech universities will give individual presentations. Participants can also attend breakout sessions such as "Scholarships for College“ and “Financial Aid for College.” 

Wellness Wednesdays
This Wednesday Sept 24 is our first Wellness Wednesday of the year! This is a free, fun, and rewarding workout before school! No registration required and everyone is welcomed -- students, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. Our first few weeks will me martial-arts-focused fun with Master Moen. Come to the gym bright and early at 7 a.m. We'll be at the main entrance to meet you. Hope to see you there!

Annual Fall Goal Setting Conference
Spicewood invites parents to attend our Annual Fall Goal Setting Conference led by students. The window starts on Monday, September 22 and ends on Friday, October 3. Teachers will communicate with parents to set up individual conference times. Please be sure to read a letter from Ms. Marvel, our PYP Coordinator, placed in our eFolder to get a better understanding. 

Last days to order school T-shirts and Hoodies
T-Shirt and Hoodie orders for the 2014-2015 school year have been extended through the weekend. Please submit your order by Monday, 9/21.  Visit the PTA store to see all options. For sizing questions email

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.   Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.  A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, 9/25, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library.  Please visit the DI homepage for all the details on this excellent program.

Math Pentathlon Registration
The registration window for the Spicewood Math Pentathlon club will start at 12PM on Wednesday, 9/24 and end at 12PM on Tuesday, 9/30. Visit the Math Pentathlon page for a step-by-step breakdown of the registration process. Classes will start on October 14th for Division 1, November 11th for Division 2 and December 2nd for Division 3. 

Pre-Order your Yearbook!  
Capture your child's school memories by pre-ordering a yearbook, and do it before Tuesday, 9/30 to get 15% off!  Follow the steps listed on the Yearbook page.  Don’t forget the ever popular personal pages for your child(ren).  Email the yearbook editors with questions: Liz Boyce,, and RuthAnn Gaede, 

Book Fair Fest
All Fair Ladies and Noble Knights are hereby cordially invited to attend the Spicewood Scholastic Book Fair Fest. This exciting new event is open to the community on Tuesday, 9/30, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. There will be Food Trucks on hand to feed your family dinner, then come shop the Book Fair to feed your mind. For more information please visit the Book Fair page and/or the Close 2 My Home website. Volunteers are needed in order to make this event a success, please consider signing up for an easy 1 hour shift on the Volunteer webpage.


Wednesday, September 24
Wellness Wednesday Starts Today!
Fall Student-Led Conference 
Early Release
All students at Spicewood ES will be dismissed at 12:45PM.
Please plan accordingly in advance. 

(School buses and day-care buses will run immediately after early dismissal.)

Thursday, September 25
6:00-7:00PM   Destination Imagination Information Night
In the library

Thursday, September 25- Friday, September 26
Do Not Use Hope Presbyterian Church Parking Lot

Monday, September 29- Friday, October 3
Spicewood Book Fair!
Enter a Kingdom of Books at the 2014 Scholastic Book Fair coming to the Spicewood Library September 29 - October 3. For more information please visit the Book Fair page. Volunteers are needed in order to make this event a success, please visit the Volunteer page to sign up.

Tuesday, September 30
5:00-8:00PM   Spicewood Scholastic Book Fair Fest

Wednesday, October 1
Picture Day
Please send your student ready to have a school picture taken and with a smile on! :)

IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Continuum Info. Night
6:30-7:30PM   Grisham MS Library
Helpful information about IB MYP will be presented by our IB Coordinator, Ms. Marvel. 

Friday, October 3
Kids Invite Someone Special Day (K.I.S.S. Day)- Cook Out
Please check your child's Friday folder to locate a RSVP form.  We need volunteers so please sign up here

Tuesday, October 7
6:30-7:30PM   5th Grade Outdoor School Parent Information Night
In the library

Thursday, October 9
5:00-8:00 Spirit Night @ Jason's Deli (hosted by PTA)
Please come join us for dinner! Our 1st grade teachers, Mrs. Skagen and Mrs. Kim will be there for part of the night!