Monday, January 26, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood successfully hosted the three site visitors from the IB Organization last week. We will receive written feedback with recommendation that will move us forward in a few weeks. Thank you for your support and involvement in this process. 
Celebrations

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe ACTION has kicked off to a GREAT start! Established in the early 1990s, Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling and transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used to create courts, tracks, fields and playgrounds. Thank you for your support and KEEP THEM COMING! smile emoticon Our PE teachers will continue to collect and showcase them around the gym (find the shoes in the pictures!)



IB PYP 101

Units of Inquiry: Where We Are In Place And Time
Where We Are In Place And Time is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

This is also one of my personal favorite units. Our 4th grade students wrapped up this unit a few weeks ago. They explored the idea of how humans migrate for many reasons with a wide range of effects.  Students had opportunities to inquire into the different reasons- social, economic and political- people migrate and the effects they bring into the community they reside in. In Language Arts, the unit's central idea was connected to poetry; teachers purposefully chose various poets who have migrated from different countries and have written their poems to reflect their experiences. They reviewed elements of poetry such as figurative language, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia as well as different forms of poems such as free verse vs. rhyming poetry. [These are the knowledge and skills that are required by the state of Texas for 4th grade students.] One of the many learning opportunities that students experienced was to take a virtual field trip of Ellis Island, exploring current immigration stories online. In Spanish with Mrs. Teal, students looked at migration trends in Spain, as well as problems related to Spanish immigration such as greenhouse workers. Each unit always ends with a final assessment of student understanding in a comprehensive manner; this final assessment does not always look like a conventional paper and pencil test here at Spicewood. 4th grade students' final assessment was to invite a panel of stakeholders with a migration story of their own to share with the entire grade level. On Thursday, January 8, 4th grade hosted 5 stakeholders where each shared their own story as well as had time for Q&A while students listened, took down notes and reflected in writing on the amazing migration stories shared with them. Students were asked to make transdisciplinary connections as they worked on the final assessment. I had a pleasure of being one of the 5 panel members and it was great to experience their critical thinking at first hand. I was also honored to be invited as a guest speaker for our 1st grade students in a similar manner to speak about my migration experience back in December when they were exploring this unit. 

If you're a kindergarten parent, you might wonder how this looks like in their grade level. Kindergarten teachers put in an immense amount of effort to create a central idea that is age-appropriate and engaging for our little munchkins. Their central idea states, games are unique to the time and place in which they are played. Students explore how games have changed over time, inquire into the ways that help us play games and research about various games around the world to bring in the international perspective. It truly is an eye-opening unit for kindergarteners since they are used to games that involve technology. When they become exposed to how we the adults used to play back in the days- board/card games and outdoor games, they come to understand the orientation in place and time.  

Next week, we will explore the last Unit of Inquiry, How The World Works! Stay tuned! :)


This Week's News

4th Grade Spirit Night at Cajun Pizza Place
Please join us for dinner at Cajun Pizza this Tuesday between 5PM and 8PM. 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Page will be there for part of the night. Money raised from the event will be spent towards educating and enriching our students at Spicewood. 

Tardy & Absence Phone Calls
All parents of students with excessive tardies/absences have been contacted personally last week. Please note that students are marked tardy if they are not physically in their classroom by the time the bell rings at 7:45AM. We have lots of learning happening as soon as students walk into the classroom and our instruction begins promptly at 7:45AM. Thank you for your continuous effort in getting our children to school on time. 

Flu Season Awareness
Spicewood students have been affected significantly with the flu this month. Please note that students may not return to school unless they have been fever-free for 24 hours. This prevents further spreading of the flu amongst students and staff at school. It'd be very helpful, if you could have a conversation with your child(ren) about not putting their fingers in their nose/mouth or rub their eyes. Our teachers are holding the same conversation at school with our students as well.

University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Students who have registered to compete at the preliminary campus competition on Thursday, February 5 have received study materials/instruction in their Friday Folder last Friday. Parents may work with students at home to prepare students for the category they have signed up to compete in. 

Volunteer in the Spicewood Library
The Spicewood Library is now recruiting volunteers for 2015. With an average daily circulation of over 200 books, helpers are needed to get those books back on the shelves so our kiddos can find them! Volunteers are especially needed between 11:30 - 12:45 to allow the library to stay open during staff lunch and cafeteria duty. To sign up for a regular time/day go to the PTA site and sign up on the Volunteer page. Don't worry about not having any experience. We will explain everything you will need to know when you show up!

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Please remember to send in any worn-out athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program! Nike cannot accept sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, or boots. Nike also does not accept shoes containing metal, such as cleats or spikes. To find out what happens to the donated shoes, please refer to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program Information document in our Friday Folder

“Part of the Arts” Fine Arts Celebration -A Day for 5th Grade Future Mustangs
The Canyon Vista Fine Arts Department cordially invites all incoming 6th grade students (current 5th graders) and their parents to a day of visual and performing arts on Saturday, January 24 in the Canyon Vista Gym at 4:30 PM. Join us as we celebrate the achievement of our students in Art, Band, Choir, Theatre, Orchestra, and Dance, while giving you an opportunity to see what Canyon Vista has to offer you as a 6th grader. Make an informed elective choice that fits you for next year while joining in on the fun!

Science Fair Registration
Science Fair is a little over a week away, that means it’s time to get those projects registered. 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class. However, K-3rd graders who are participating in Science Fair must complete their registration online. To register a project for a K-3rd grader, please complete the 2015 Spicewood K-3 Registration Form. For more information, please visit the Science Fair page. Science Fair runs from Monday, January 26 - Thursday, January 29, 2015. 

Desperately Needing Science Fair Volunteers
In order to help make the Science Fair a success, we need parent volunteers to cover shifts from Monday, 1/26, through Thursday, 1/29. Duties include setting up, escorting students from class to the library for judging, placing ribbons on projects and cleaning up. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Science Fair heading. We would appreciate your help and support so much!

Love and Logic Class
There is a Love and Logic Class available on Wednesday, February 18, 8-10am at Anderson Mill Elementary Family Resource Center provided by Slade Dickson, M.A., LPC, RPT-S, CTS and Melissa Bynes. Love and Logic is a parenting workshop to learn about different ways to positively train your children to be responsible, caring, honest and thoughtful by using The Love and Logic Curriculum. Please refer questions to Jackie Cyriac, Parent Specialist at jackie_cyriac@roundrockisd.org or 512.428.3708 or the Anderson Mill Counselors at 512.428.3740.


Merchant Rebates
Our next Merchant Rebates contest ends February 13, 2015!  There will be several winning classes this round: 

1.) Class with most Bonus Box Tops Certificates (see below), and
2.) Class IN EACH GRADE with highest point totals - A winning class in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th!

Final prizes are to be determined and announced. Start trimming and organizing your collection to send in to your child's teacher! Questions? Contact Lisa Revelett (merchantrebates@revelett.com).


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, January 26- Thursday, January 29
Science Fair 

Tuesday, January 27
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Cajun Pizza Place (hosted by PTA)
4th Grade teachers, Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Page will be there to greet you.

Monday, February 2- Friday, February 6
School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 3
Class Picture Day 
6:30PM   1st Grade Concert

Wednesday, February 4
Wellness Wednesday
Early Release Day 
All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance.

Thursday, February 5
UIL Preliminary Campus Competition 

Friday, February 6
WatchDOGS Friday 
10:30AM-11:15AM   2nd Grade Poet Tea

Tuesday, February 10
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ BBQ512 (hosted by PTA)
5th Grade teachers, Mr. Parks and Mrs. Hougham will be there to greet you. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! Spicewood will be hosting 3 site visitors from the IB World Organization this Thursday and Friday. The guests will be spending their time visiting classrooms and speaking with various stakeholders to evaluate the implementation of the IB PYP framework at Spicewood. Thank you all for being involved in and supportive of our efforts in providing the world class education to students at Spicewood through the IB PYP framework. 

Celebrations

Diversity Tree by No Place For Hate Coalition Student Leaders
Our students in No Place For Hate Coalition have worked extremely hard throughout the week last week to complete the Diversity Tree! The intention of creating the Diversity Tree is to value and celebrate the different home languages that exist at Spicewood ES. In addition, it encourages and promotes the importance of inclusiveness by displaying written words such as Love, Peace, Respect, Caring and Hope in various languages. Thanks to all the students, parents and staff members who participated in this great project! Big thanks to Mrs. Hougham for leading our student leaders! As our vision states, Spicewood continues to aspire to be a community of caring, global-minded thinkers.




IB PYP 101

Units of Inquiry: Sharing The Planet
Let's find out more about the Unit of Inquiry: Sharing The Planet today. It's an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.  

Our 4th grade students have embarked on this unit just last week under the Central Idea, conflicts affect relationships, focusing on the very last part- peace and conflict resolution- of the inquiry definition. As a provocation, Mrs. Bell asked her class to define the word, conflict in collaborative groups. Students had to generate words and phrases of what they thought conflict meant in their own words, rather than being given a dictionary definition. "I think conflict means arguments between two people." "Well, you mean, like disagreement?" "Wait, can it be between like countries?" "Yeah, what about different groups of people like when adults are voting?" Yes, these are direct quotes of what our students were sharing with one another as they were working together to define the word, conflict. To refer back to our very first IB PYP 101 post on Inquiry Based Learning, students were encouraged to explore and share their prior knowledge on the concept of conflict and how it impacts relationships among people, groups, organizations and countries before the reveal of new information. As they progress through the unit, students will read and learn about 1) the economic, social, cultural, political, and religious differences that cause conflict; 2) differences between personal, local and global conflict; and finally 3) conflict resolution. 

Spicewood prides in ourselves for creating a true transdisciplinary learning environment that connects learning through all that we do. As students build their knowledge and skills in classrooms academically, our counselor, Mrs. Hougham, also supports the unit from the counselor's perspective to promote social and emotional development of our learners. I was in Mrs. Singh's 4th grade classroom last Thursday and was blown away by her guidance lesson, which focused on conflict resolution! Was this a coincidence that her guidance lesson was on conflict resolution? Nothing is coincidence at Spicewood. :) Mrs. Hougham has worked with teachers to make intentional connections between her guidance lessons and the Units of Inquiry for different grade levels. Students and Mrs. Hougham talked about different conflict styles- Flight, Fight and Flow- and held an intense discussion on what each would look like amongst themselves. In groups of 4, students were then given 6 plastic cups and a rubber band with 4 strings tied to it. Students had to stack up the plastic cups in a pyramid form by maneuvering the strings attached to the rubber band. Before starting the activity, Mrs. Hougham warned them of possible conflicts and allowed them to think about strategies they might use to resolve them. 

When I sign my name off as a Proud Principal at the end of every newsletter, I must say I mean that from the bottom of my heart. The conversations that our students were having as they were working through this team building activity were simply phenomenal! Let me share some of the direct quotes so you can see what I'm trying to convey here. :) "My teammates were helping me change how I thought and my strategies so we can make it work." "We used our communication skills to move the cups and stack up." "We were being risk-takers as we worked through the task together even when we disagreed." "I had to be open-minded and listen to other friends in my group." "We learned that we had to cooperate whenever we were in conflict." "Change the way we think about things." You see why I'm a proud principal? 

Conflict styles Mrs. Hougham shared with students.

In many of the younger grades, the unit focuses intensely on science concepts such as living organisms sharing natural resources, water being the essential resource that all living things share, and conserving energy and resources. 

Under the IB PYP framework, Spicewood ES is committed to raising and developing well-rounded global citizens that succeed not only in academics but also in social and emotional aspect. 



This Week's News

Tardy & Absence Phone Calls

Parents, I will be making personal phone calls to the parents of students with excessive tardies and unexcused absences over next two weeks. Please support us in getting our students start their day in their classroom by 7:45AM every day. 

Round Rock ISD Strategic Planning

Round Rock ISD is working with students, parents, educators, business leaders, and community members throughout our district to help design programs and facilities that shape our vision for the next 5 to 10 years. The goal is to build world class learning for every student through a thoughtful, innovative, and efficient Strategic Planning process.

The district's efforts will include four public forums where we receive input from students, parents, business and community members.  Feedback from these events and focus groups will be combined with the results of an online survey to provide direction to a Strategic Planning Design Team that will build the district's road-map to the future. 

Here are the four public forum dates and I highly encourage you to attend one of them to provide your input. 

Community Meeting Dates & Locations
  • January 22, 10 AM -12 PM  PAC Green Room
  • January 22, 6-8 PM at Hernandez MS Cafeteria
  • January 23, 1-3 PM at PAC Green Room
  • January 23, 6-8 PM at Deerpark MS 
For detailed information, please visit the district website

University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Please remember to fill out the Student Registration Form and turn it in to the front office by Tuesday, January 20, 2015To find out detailed information on each category, please refer to Spicewood UIL Category Information document in the Friday Folder.  

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Please remember to send in any worn-out athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program! Nike cannot accept sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, or boots. Nike also does not accept shoes containing metal, such as cleats or spikes. To find out what happens to the donated shoes, please refer to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program Information document in our Friday Folder

“Part of the Arts” Fine Arts Celebration -A Day for 5th Grade Future Mustangs
The Canyon Vista Fine Arts Department cordially invites all incoming 6th grade students (current 5th graders) and their parents to a day of visual and performing arts on Saturday, January 24 in the Canyon Vista Gym at 4:30 PM.

Join us as we celebrate the achievement of our students in Art, Band, Choir, Theatre, Orchestra, and Dance, while giving you an opportunity to see what Canyon Vista has to offer you as a 6th grader. Make an informed elective choice that fits you for next year while joining in on the fun!

Science Fair Registration
Science Fair is a little over a week away, that means it’s time to get those projects registered. 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class. However, K-3rd graders who are participating in Science Fair must complete their registration online. To register a project for a K-3rd grader, please complete the 2015 Spicewood K-3 Registration Form. For more information, please visit the Science Fair page. Science Fair runs from Monday, January 26 - Thursday, January 29, 2015. 

Science Fair Volunteers Needed

In order to help make the Science Fair a success, we need parent volunteers to cover shifts from Monday, 1/26, through Thursday, 1/29. Duties include setting up, escorting students from class to the library for judging, placing ribbons on projects and cleaning up. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Science Fair heading. We would appreciate your help and support so much!

Love and Logic Class
There is a Love and Logic Class available on Wednesday, February 18, 8-10am at Anderson Mill Elementary Family Resource Center provided by Slade Dickson, M.A., LPC, RPT-S, CTS and Melissa Bynes. Love and Logic is a parenting workshop to learn about different ways to positively train your children to be responsible, caring, honest and thoughtful by using The Love and Logic Curriculum. Please refer questions to Jackie Cyriac, Parent Specialist at jackie_cyriac@roundrockisd.org or 512.428.3708 or the Anderson Mill Counselors at 512.428.3740.

Merchant Rebates
Deadline for next Merchant Rebates contest is Friday, 2/13! Start trimming and organizing your collection to send in to your child's teacher! Questions? Contact Lisa Revelett via email at merchantrebates@revelett.com.


Here’s our list of participating products!



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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, January 19
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 20
UIL Student Registration Form Due [Front Office]

Thursday, January 22- Friday, January 23
IB Evaluation Site Visit

Monday, January 26- Thursday, January 29
Science Fair 

Tuesday, January 27
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Cajun Pizza Place (hosted by PTA)

Monday, February 2- Friday, February 6
School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 3
Class Picture Day 
6:30PM   1st Grade Concert

Wednesday, February 4
Wellness Wednesday
Early Release Day 
All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance.

Thursday, February 5
UIL Preliminary Campus Competition 

Friday, February 6
WatchDOGS Friday 
10:30AM-11:15AM   2nd Grade Poet Tea


Monday, January 12, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

 I hope everyone had a warm and safe weekend despite the cold weather. We have A LOT of important information being shared in This Week's News section today. Please take just a few minutes to read through the newsletter. Wellness Wednesday and WatchDOGS Friday are back on this week! We look forward to seeing many parents throughout the building this week! :) Oh, and don't forget to attend the Parent Information Night on ADHD this Tuesday at 6PM!  

IB PYP 101

Units of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves
Today we will explore how the Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves unfolds in various classrooms at Spicewood ES. This unit is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. 

Our 2nd grade students explore poetry on this unit as their Central Idea of the unit states that people express themselves through poetry. Students are asked to ponder upon different characteristics of poetry, the poet's purpose for writing the poem and the connection between the poet, poem and the reader. While it is important to learn the different types of poetry that exist, we feel it's more pertinent for our students to understand the big message that a poet is trying to express through his/her work. When I visited students last week in classrooms, I witnessed a variety of ways in which students explored poetry. One class listened to media poems and discussed what messages they carried. In some classes, students had various poetry books in their hands during their Read To Self time, digesting various types of poems by reading and meditating. In another class, students were writing their own poems to convey a message that they wanted readers to think about. Our second grade students plan to host a 2nd Grade Poetry Tea on Friday, January 30, 2015 where they will have an opportunity to share their authentic work in the world of poetry with parents and guests. How exciting!


On this unit, students in 3rd grade evolve their learning experiences around the Central Idea that states, people express themselves symbolically. 3rd grade teachers provide multiple opportunities for students to react, respond to, and analyze a variety of symbols (flags, anthems, pledges, directives such as punctuation, math operation symbols, safety, drama conventions, directional/map symbols, weather symbols, etc). In Language Arts, this is where our 3rd grade students discover and identify text features and punctuation marks, how authors use them to communicate, and how they help the readers understand. In math, students engage in explaining the representation of symbols in math problem solving (what is the group etc.?) This year students also made a connection to Digital Citizenship Week in October and created symbols to represent sound behaviors of digital citizens. 

Having a transdisciplinary theme truly brings the learning back in a full circle, allowing learners to make connections continuously across all subject areas. Rather than teaching contents and skills in isolation, IB PYP believes in developing the whole brain of a child by linking the contents and skills in a meaningful manner. 


This Week's News

Morning Drop-Off
Parents, once the weather gets cold (below 50 degrees), office staff allow students to enter the school building prior to 7:20AM. Rather than waiting in a parked car till 7:20AM in the circle drive, please drop off your child(ren) so it may alleviate the morning traffic. 

University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Spicewood Elementary will proudly participate in UIL A+ Academics competition.
These events are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines.

Spicewood Elementary will participate in the following events for the 2014-2015 School Year:

To promote varied participation, one student is allowed to enter for one category. For example, a 5th grade student will have to choose between Spelling and Number Sense. 


Spicewood will hold a preliminary campus competition during the school hours on Thursday, February 5, 2015 to select three finalists and two alternates in each category per grade level. 4-6 staff members will participate as judges for the in-house campus competition. Selected finalists and alternates will participate in the after-school coaching sessions (1-2 times a week) in preparation of the district level UIL competition, taking place on March 7, 2015 at Walsh Middle School. [Please note that this is the same day as the Robotics Competition and Explore UT] Alternate candidates will only be able to compete on Saturday, March 7, if one or more finalists cannot make it to the district competition due to unforeseen circumstances. 

If you are interested in registering your child, please fill out the Student Registration Form and turn it in to the front office by Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To find out detailed information on each category, please refer to Spicewood UIL Category Information document in the Friday Folder.  

Be a coach! We need volunteer coaches who want to involve in these wonderful events. UIL relies heavily on the participation of parent coaches. Without volunteer coaches, these events would not happen. If you want to be a coach for any events, please contact spicewoodptaedcomp@gmail.com. 

Report Cards Go Home This Friday
Report cards will go home this Friday. Please be sure to take a look and check in on your child's progress. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the child's teacher to set up a conference. 

WatchDOGS Friday This Friday!
This Friday, January 16, 2015 is a WatchDOGS Friday. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer throughout the day (Click on "click here for the on-line schedule" button). We appreciate your time devoted to helping our children and staff at Spicewood! 

A Message from the Spicewood No Place for Hate Coalition
Spicewood has a No Place For Hate Coalition, a group of fifth graders working on making our school the best place we can be by, and to be a No Place for Hate school each year, we must brainstorm three activities promoting peace and diversity. We are starting a new project called the Diversity Tree where we will celebrate the different languages of Spicewood. We hope it will help our school with inclusiveness. This past Friday, your child received a paper leaf in his or her Friday Folder which contains directions to complete the leaf. If your family would like to participate, please work with your child to complete the leaf and turn it in to his or her teacher as soon as possible. Completed leaves will be added to our big diversity tree outside the cafeteria. Thank you so much for helping to spread our message of appreciating diversity and the importance of inclusiveness!

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Spicewood is taking ACTION as a community of caring, global-minded thinkers to recycle old tennis shoes. 

Established in the early 1990s, Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling and transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used to create courts, tracks, fields and playgrounds. You can bring athletic shoes of any brand for recycling to the Spicewood Gym. Nike's recycling equipment is designed specifically for the material and dimensions of athletic shoes. For that reason, Nike cannot accept sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, or boots. Nike also does not accept shoes containing metal, such as cleats or spikes. To find out what happens to the donated shoes, please refer to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program Information document in our Friday Folder

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin invites you to promote math, science and engineering to girls through this great open house. Our upcoming Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event will be bigger and better than ever and we hope you decide to join in on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the UT Austin Campus. Registration is now open for 1st-8th grade students! For more information, please visit the official website

Parent Information Night on ADHD -Hosted by PTA
On Tuesday, January 13, a special guest speaker, Dr. Denbar, will be at Spicewood ES to speak on ADHD for any parents who would like to receive information the topic. There will be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of the session. Please join us in the library. 

Science Fair
Science Fair Handbooks went home with 4th and 5th graders before the break. The handbook is also  available on the Science Fair page. Parents of K-3rd graders are encouraged to download the handbook. Additionally you will find the Parent Info Guide 2015 which provides excellent guidelines regarding Science Fair Projects. Please remember that 4th and 5th graders must complete projects; K-3rd graders are encouraged to participate. Science Fair will be held from January 26 - January 29, 2015. 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Tuesday, January 13
6:00PM   Parent Information Night on ADHD -Hosted by PTA
Dr. Denbar will be here to speak on ADHD for any parents who would like to receive information the topic. There will be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of the session. Please join us in the library. 

Wednesday, January 14
Wellness Wednesday Starts Back Again!

Friday, January 16
WatchDOGS Friday Starts Back Again!
Report Cards Go Home

Monday, January 19
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 20
UIL Student Registration Form Due [Front Office]

Monday, January 26- Thursday, January 29
Science Fair 

Tuesday, January 27
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Cajun Pizza Place (hosted by PTA)

Monday, February 2- Friday, February 6
School Counselor's Week

Tuesday, February 3
Class Picture Day 
6:30PM   1st Grade Concert

Wednesday, February 4
Wellness Wednesday
Early Release Day 
All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance.

Thursday, February 5
UIL Preliminary Campus Competition 

Friday, February 6
WatchDOGS Friday 



Monday, January 5, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood wishes everyone a happy new year. Teachers are returning to campus today for a day full of training and new learning. Spicewood will welcome our students back tomorrow on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  

Celebrations

Candy Canes of Kindness: Student Council Raises Money For Special Olympics
Thank you to everyone for making the Spicewood Elementary Student Council's first fundraiser a huge success!  The Candy Canes of Kindness Bookmarks raised $569.90 for the Special Olympics. A big shout-out to our Student Council for organizing this benefit.  We are truly IB students of action! Big thanks to Mrs. Robinson & Mr. Ortiz for guiding our student council members and assisting in the process. 


IB PYP 101

IB PYP 101 will resume next Monday, January 12, 2015. 

This Week's News

Parent Information Night on ADHD -Hosted by PTA
On Tuesday, January 13, a special guest speaker, Dr. Denbar, will be at Spicewood ES to speak on ADHD for any parents who would like to receive information the topic. There will be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of the session. Please join us in the library. 

Annual Giving Campaign
It’s the final days of the Annual Giving Campaign. We are still short of our $20,000 goal, if you have not yet had a chance, please kindly consider making a contribution by Thursday, 12/18. Every dollar goes to funding our Enrichment Programs. It’s easy to make your Annual Giving donation, just visit the PTA Store.

5th Grade Parents, Sign Up for CVMS Newsletter!
Please make sure to sign up for Canyon Vista's e-news where you can find information about upcoming middle school transition events throughout the rest of the year. You can sign up for e-news with the following link: https://www.roundrockisd.org/about-rrisd/e-news-community-subscription/

Science Fair
Science Fair Handbooks went home with 4th and 5th graders before the break. The handbook is also  available on the Science Fair page. Parents of K-3rd graders are encouraged to download the handbook. Additionally you will find the Parent Info Guide 2015 which provides excellent guidelines regarding Science Fair Projects. Please remember that 4th and 5th graders must complete projects; K-3rd graders are encouraged to participate. Science Fair will be held from January 26 - January 29, 2015. 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, January 5
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, January 6
First Day of Spring Semester

Tuesday, January 13
6:00PM   Parent Information Night on ADHD -Hosted by PTA
Dr. Denbar will be here to speak on ADHD for any parents who would like to receive information the topic. There will be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of the session. Please join us in the library. 

Wednesday, January 14
Wellness Wednesday Starts Back Again!

Friday, January 16
WatchDOGS Friday Starts Back Again!
Report Cards Go Home

Monday, January 19
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Monday, January 26- Thursday, January 29
Science Fair 

Tuesday, January 27
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Cajun Pizza Place (hosted by PTA)