Monday, October 13, 2014

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I hope all students and families are enjoying the long weekend as well as the rain! Meanwhile, our staff and teachers are using the day to further educate ourselves on IB Programme and learn more about effective formative assessments to utilize in the classrooms. Our teachers never stop being life-long learners and we hope to grow continuously in our knowledge and instructional skills to better serve our students! 

We have a big KICK OFF COOK OFF event this Wednesday, October 15! We'd love to see all of our students and parents come out and have a blast! I look forward to seeing you all! :)


PROS from Westwood HS
I wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank our PROS from Westwood HS. They come out to Spicewood ES twice a week, volunteering their precious time to meet with different students to mentor. I've witnessed them in action with students and it's truly a blessing to see Spicewood students loving the time they spend reading with them. Kudos to the PROS! We appreciate you!
Thank you for your dedication, Westwood PROS!

Spicewood Atrium Featured as Special Space in RRISD
The Spicewood Elementary atrium features a fully functioning ecosystem to allow students to complete hands-on science lessons in a controlled environment. The area houses a variety of rescued animals, including six turtles, and fish that live in the pond. Multiple frogs were also brought into the atrium as an organic solution to eliminate pests in the area. Because of the unique place within the elementary school, students are able to learn how to care for animals and take an active role in feeding fish and turtles after lessons are complete. The district has featured it as one of the Special Spaces in RRISD. Please take a moment to watch the video and visit the website for more pictures and information. Thanks to Mrs. Bell for representing Spicewood so eloquently! 

Another living proof that Atrium is a great learning place; Second grade is studying Sharing the Planet and we are connecting in Art!  On Friday second grade students practiced drawing from observation in the Spicewood Atrium under Mrs. Raybourn's guidance. 
Second Graders at Work

This Week's News

Please Watch for Runners, Bikers, Walkers
Drivers, we ask that drivers please watch with extra caution for golf carts, runners, bikers and walkers during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Thank you for being supportive. 

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. This Friday, October 17 is the very first WatchDOGS Friday we will host. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer throughout the day (Scroll down to WatchDOGS section & Click on "click here for the on-line schedule" button). We appreciate your time devoted to helping our children and staff at Spicewood! 

Spicewood Annual Giving Campaign KICK OFF COOK OFF
The PTA has a fun and exciting, music filled event planned for next week. We will be hosting a KICK OFF COOK OFF on Wednesday October 15th, 2014 from 6PM-7:30PM to announce Spicewood's 1st Annual Giving Campaign. Moms and Dads, we invite you to show off your culinary skills in this Cook Off challenge.  We will have 3 categories, Best Side Dish, Best Dessert, and Best International Cuisine. Entering the Kick Off Cook Off is easy, just bring your special dish along with a recipe card listing ALL ingredients, your name and your child's name/grade the evening of the Cook-Off. Dishes will be judged by Ms. Kim and 2 other staff members. We will have plenty of good food and, of course, prizes for winners of the cook-off. Please come out and enjoy dinner and music on us. Music by CVMS students-the BAT CITY BAND, and our very own Mr. & Mrs. Steinburg. For more information on Annual Giving Campaign, please view the flyer placed in electronic Friday Folder. 

PTA's Reflections Program Invites Students to Explore the Arts
National PTA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. The theme for this year is The world would be a better place if... Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of: dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature
photography and visual arts. 

You and your child could be one of them! To begin your creative journey, go to Participate and download the guidelines, or visit ( Students can submit multiple entries if they’d like. Winning entries from Spicewood will go on to be judged at the Round Rock PTA Council level. Council winners will go on to the state, and state winners will be advanced to the national competition. All the entries are due Wednesday, October 29. For rules and entry forms, please check out:  Spicewood Elementary PTA - (Reflections)

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

Chess Club Announcements
The KEALING School Scholastic Chess Tournament is this Saturday, October 18, 2014; good warm up for the Spicewood Tournament. 

The SPICEWOOD Elementary Scholastic Tournament is Saturday November 15, 2014.
This will be one of the largest scholastic tournaments of the year


Monday, October 13
Columbus Day- No School

Wednesday, October 15
7:00AM   Wellness Wednesday
Please join us in the gym. 

6:00-7:30PM   Annual Giving Campaign KICK OFF COOK OFF


Friday, October 17
WatchDOGS Friday
Dads and father-figures, please sign up to volunteer!

Monday, October 20- Friday, October 24
Digital Citizenship Week

Monday, October 27
8:00AM   Principals' Pride [Kindergarten-2nd Grade]
Please join us in the cafeteria.

Wednesday, October 29
7:00AM   Wellness Wednesday 
8:00AM   Principals' Pride [3rd-5th Grade]
Please join us in the cafeteria.