Sunday, February 22, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I am sending you this message a day earlier this time because we have designated this upcoming week as the Panther Pride Caring Week: A Week to Focus on Deep Caring Behaviors sponsored by 5th Grade No Place for Hate Coalition. Tomorrow is designated as Smile Day- Smile at as many people as you can and spread the sunshine (wear yellow/gold to spread sunshine!) The rest of the week is outlined below. We also hope to see many families at our annual One World, One Night Festival this Tuesday!


Celebrations

2014-2015 Spicewood Paraprofessional of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Cindy Vechan, our fabulous registrar for being voted as this year's Paraprofessional of the Year by her very own colleagues! Mrs. Vechan is well-known for her dedication to our school community and all of her hard work. We are grateful to have such a fantastic registrar at our school! Congratulations once again! You so deserve it!


IB PYP 101

Learner Profile Attributes: Ways We Explore & Celebrate
Again, Spicewood truly prides in ourselves that we prepare our children to be successful citizens of the world. IB PYP Learner Profile Attributes are all 21st century skills and attributes that our students need in order to succeed in their jobs and in life overall. This week I'd like to share with you some specific and tangible ways that our students get to explore and celebrate them at Spicewood.  

Our teachers and staff incorporate Learner Profile Attributes all day long very intentionally in everything that we do here at Spicewood. All of our guidance lessons that Mrs. Hougham delivers to classes directly align with the attributes. For example, when she taught about re-framing our thoughts and changing our perspectives in difficult or challenging situations, she made connections to being reflective and open-minded about situations they face in life so we can think positively. She also asked students how re-framing our attitude might directly link to being balanced in our thoughts. Our Principals' Pride Award Ceremony revolves around the attributes as well. 

In classrooms, teachers will ask our students what Learner Profile Attributes they will need to use for the upcoming assignment especially working in collaborative groups. "We have to be thinkers to solve the problem." "We have to be communicators so we can share our thoughts and ideas." "We have to be open-minded when our friends have different ways of thinking and listen to each other." When students explore a Unit of Inquiry, students are given various opportunities to be reflective about their inquiry based learning process. It truly is part of the learning conversations that occur each and every day.  


When our students are having a difficult day at school, teachers and administrators at Spicewood refer back to the learner profile attributes as we walk through choices students make vs. consequences that come with the choices. "When you are frustrated or angry, it's okay to have those feelings but the way we manage and communicate how we feel is very important. When we yell and raise our voice, are we being an effective communicator?" "When you chose to call your friend a mean name, were you being a caring friend?" 

Every classroom has these IB Learning Profile Attributes visibly displayed so students and teachers can refer back to them all the time. Depending on the level and teachers, they all look different. Usually teachers designate an attribute or two for a certain period of time to teach and discuss what each attribute really means in real life. 
They are displayed in various ways throughout the school.


Learner Profile Attributes in Spanish in the back hallway


IB not only focuses on importance of implementing the best teaching practice but also emphasizes how critical it is to raise the whole child with characters that will help him/her succeed in life as global citizens. 



This Week's News

Panther Pride Caring Week: Message from Our Counselor
February 23-27th is Panther Pride Caring Week: A Week to Focus on Deep Caring Behaviors sponsored by 5th Grade No Place for Hate Coalition. Throughout the week we will have positive spirit days with theme colors, special announcements, a school-wide art project, and read alouds by 5th graders offered for Kindergarten to 4th grade classes. We'd love to have your help to encourage your child to participate in each special day we've planned.

CARING READ ALOUDS:
5th graders from NPFH have given up their recess time on Thursday and Friday of this special week to offer to read aloud a caring book to Kinder-4th grade classes! 

SPIRIT DAYS

Monday: Smile Day—Smile at as many people as you can and spread the sunshine (wear yellow/gold to spread sunshine!)

Tuesday: Upstander Day-Stand up for all who need some support (wear green—stand up tall like a tree!)

Wednesday
: Bucket Filling Day-Say kind words to everyone today and fill a bucket! (wear red for caring, kind words)


Thursday
: Random Act of Kindness Day—Do good just to do good! Open the door for others, give a compliment, etc! (wear mismatched, random colors to go with Random Acts of Kindness!)


Friday
: Inclusiveness Day—Include everyone! At Spicewood we love and appreciate diversity and include all (wear your Spicewood shirt or Spicewood colors for inclusiveness)


SCHOOLWIDE FINGERPRINT MURAL:
5th graders from NPFH Coalition have created a big peace sign and as students walk in to Spicewood from 7:20-7:45, they can stamp their thumbprint on the sign as their "oath" to be peaceful and caring.

2015 Parent Climate Survey
We want to know how you feel about the quality of the academic programs and the school environment at our school. Your input is extremely important! The parent survey is the shortest of climate surveys, which should take only 5-10 minutes. The survey is anonymous so you can be completely honest with your feedback. Your feedback will help our campus improve for the better! Here are the survey links in English and Spanish.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015parentclimate
Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2015parentclimatespanish

Spicewood PTA- Please Join & Support Us!
We have reached about 740 members so far for this year, including 100% participation from Spicewood staff. In order for us to be considered to have reached 100% participation for the school, we still need about 65 more members. You'll find a paper Membership Request Form in your child's Friday Folder from last Friday. You can also visit our PTA Website and scroll down to PTA Membership portion to join our PTA online.  You can also download the paper form to fill out and turn it to your child's teacher or the front office with a payment. Be a proud supporter of Spicewood Elementary by being a member of our PTA!

One World, One Night Festival
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Spicewood will be hosting our Annual One World, One Night Festival this Tuesday from 6:00-7:30PM in the cafeteria. At the festival you will find tables hosted by fellow Spicewood parents sharing their culture by exhibiting cultural artifacts such as traditional clothing or by providing samples of ethnic foods or by teaching crafts or games related to their culture. Many cultures will be represented such as  Italy, China, Sweden, France, India, Norway, Peru, Ethiopia, Bahamas, Thailand, and Korea. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Lost & Found
We have many coats, jackets and other items in our Lost & Found chest. It might be worth taking a look into it for a lost item or two of your child(ren). :)



S.T.E.A.M. Enrichment Day- Volunteers Needed
Let’s help our students learn about the exciting opportunities available to them when they study science,technology, engineering, art, and math. We’re holding our annual STEAM/Enrichment Day on Friday, 3/13, with activities scheduled throughout the day. One of our exciting activities will be a hands-on game design workshop using the freeware application, Scratch. We are seeking IT professionals to help us set up several laptops that will be utilized for the activity, as well as volunteers to help design the workshop with us and assistance on the day of the event to help guide the children in this activity. Interested? Have questions?  Please contact Karen Pavlovic (kdavlovic@gmail.com).

Kindergarten Round-Up [Registration Day]
Spicewood will be opening its door to parents of incoming kindergartners for registration on Monday, March 9from 9AM to 2PM. Parents/guardians must bring the following documents: 1) Child's official birth certificate; 2) Child's immunization record; 3) Child's social security card; 4) Proof of residence within the school attendance zone (contract on house, lease agreement, actual title to house, current RRISD tax statement, or current utility bill indicating the address and the adult's name.) You should still come to registration even if you do not have all of the above information. Parents will be given notice of when these items are due. For more information, please see the official flyer

Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events
Sending your little one off to Kindergarten is an exciting and somewhat overwhelming time. Spicewood is committed to help make this transition into elementary school as smooth as possible. Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events are designed to provide opportunities for parents/guardians and children to become acquainted with Spicewood as well as with future classmates. Every month, beginning in March and culminating in August, we will be hosting events for you and your child to attend together. Please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events page for a list of events and to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you.

Crossing Guard Needed! [Flyer]
The City of Austin is looking for a person to work as a crossing guard between the Hope Church and Spicewood. If you are interested, please contact Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512)565-5623. We desperately need someone in this position for the safety of our students and parents! Please spread the word! 

LIKE us on Facebook and stay connected! 
Visit Mrs. Kim's Blog for previous Updates from the Principal newsletters.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Tuesday, February 24
6:00-7:30PM   One World, One Night Festival
Join us in the cafeteria

Saturday, February 28
FYI: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UT

Saturday, March 7
Robotics Competition
UIL District Competition at Walsh MS
FYI: Explore UT

Monday, March 9
8:00AM   Principals' Pride Kindergarten-2nd 
9:00AM-2:00PM   Kindergarten Round-Up

Tuesday, March 10
8:00AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th 

Wednesday, March 11
Early Release Day
All students will be dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

Friday, March 13
S.T.E.A.M. Day [Enrichment Day]

Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20
Spring Break

Monday, February 16, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I hope everyone enjoying the long weekend! Meanwhile, Spicewood teachers will be spending the day together to participate in a full day of professional development. We love learning just like our students! 


Celebrations

2014-2015 Spicewood Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Sara Hougham, our wonderful counselor for being voted as this year's Teacher of the Year by her very own colleagues! Spicewood is so lucky to have such a dedicated, hard-working and caring counselor like Mrs. Hougham. We are so grateful for all that you do for our students, staff and families! Congratulations once again! You so deserve it!


IB PYP 101

Learner Profile Attributes
The International Baccalaureate learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The Learner Profile attributes imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:




Spicewood truly prides in ourselves that we prepare our children to be successful citizens of the world. These are all 21st century skills and attributes that our students need in order to succeed in their jobs and in life overall. We'll take a closer look at these Learner Profile Attributes for the next few weeks so stay tuned! 


This Week's News

Circle Drive- Fire Lane
Parents, this is a reminder that no cars are allowed to park in the circle drive at all times. This includes lunch visits, after-school events, and such. These two lanes must be cleared at all times for fire department to get through in case of emergency. Thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of our students, staff and visitors on campus. 

PTA Media Madness  
Come join us for a presentation and discussion by the Texas PTA this Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm in the Spicewood library.  Our topic will be Media Madness. Technology isn't what it used to be. Our children are exposed to and using technology everyday, both good and potentially bad.  As your children get older and use their own devices, don't get left in the dark with where they are in the online world.  We will learn about and discuss how to keep our kids safe in this technology and social media crazed world.  Join us in the library with our presenter Lariann Curtis from Texas PTA.  Questions?  Contact Kate Hardin, PTA Membership chair (spicewoodptamembership@gmail.com). Please see the attached flyer for detailed information. 

One World, One Night Festival [Save the Date!]
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Spicewood Elementary’s "One World, One Night" Festival will be held from 6:00pm-7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. If you would like to head up or assist with representing a country, please send an email to Shannon Williamson at SpicewoodPTAPrograms@gmail.com. For more information on this fantastic festival, please visit the One World, One Night 2015 page.

Kindergarten Round-Up [Registration Day]
Spicewood will be opening its door to parents of incoming kindergartners for registration on Monday, March 9from 9AM to 2PM. Parents/guardians must bring the following documents: 1) Child's official birth certificate; 2) Child's immunization record; 3) Child's social security card; 4) Proof of residence within the school attendance zone (contract on house, lease agreement, actual title to house, current RRISD tax statement, or current utility bill indicating the address and the adult's name.) You should still come to registration even if you do not have all of the above information. Parents will be given notice of when these items are due. For more information, please see the official flyer

Crossing Guard Needed! [Flyer]
The City of Austin is looking for a person to work as a crossing guard between the Hope Church and Spicewood. If you are interested, please contact Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512)565-5623. We desperately need someone in this position for the safety of our students and parents! Please spread the word! 

LIKE us on Facebook and stay connected! 
Visit Mrs. Kim's Blog for previous Updates from the Principal newsletters.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, February 16
President's Day- No School for Students

Wednesday, February 18
6:30   Media Madness
Join us in the library.

Tuesday, February 24
6:00-7:00PM   One World, One Night Festival
Join us in the cafeteria

Saturday, February 28
FYI: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UT

Saturday, March 7
Robotics Competition
UIL District Competition at Walsh MS
FYI: Explore UT

Monday, March 9
8:00AM   Principals' Pride Kindergarten-2nd 
9:00AM-2:00PM   Kindergarten Round-Up

Tuesday, March 10
8:00AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th 

Wednesday, March 11
Early Release Day
All students will be dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

Friday, March 13
STEAM Day [Enrichment Day]

Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20
Spring Break


Monday, February 9, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We sure had a busy week last week! Thanks to all the parents that came to the 2nd Grade Poet Tea and 1st grade concert! We loved seeing all the parents throughout the week! Kudos to all the students that participated in the UIL Campus Competition for the first time in Spicewood History! 

Celebrations

First Grade Concert
We had a successful 1st Grade Concert last night! Many of our parents and family members joined us in the cafeteria. Our 1st grade students just shined and beamed as they sang several songs about living a healthy life. No one could stop smiling throughout the entire performance. 

Poetry Alive
Poetry Alive visited Spicewood ES last week. Our students learned and explored a fun way to express ourselves under the Transdisciplinary Theme of How We Express Ourselves. Enjoy a little video clip Mrs. Kim created to see how much our students enjoyed it! 

UIL A+ Academics Campus Preliminary Competition
More than 40 of our students competed last Thursday, February 5 in various categories. We are so proud of every student that participated and competed in the preliminary campus competition! Special congratulations to the following students who will be advancing to the District UIL Competition on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Walsh Middle School. 

Storytelling
2nd Grade: Farah Coffman, Conall Coats, Sibi Raja
3rd Grade: Kate Peckham, Alexander Hosmer, Peter Kim
Alternates: Jonathan Simon & Bela Jere

Number Sense
4th Grade: Arjun Raghavan, Brandi Tai, Kavita Kohli
5th Grade: Andrew Jiang, Aman Tewari, Joshua LeRoy
Alternates: Amber Xiao & Anshul Desai

Spelling
3rd Grade: Aimee Wang, Aarnave Chitari, William Lei
5th Grade: Anita You, Zoe Catuogno, Sarah Liau
Alternates: Aanchal Save & Ramya Nambala

IB PYP 101

Transdisciplinary Themes vs. Units of Inquiry
Now that we've peaked into all 6 Units of Inquiry that align with the transdisciplinary themes, I want to touch upon a bit of confusion out there. The units that teachers plan and set aside for students to explore are called the Units of Inquiry while the themes that carry throughout our students' PYP career are referred to as Transdisciplinary Themes. They have the same names such as, How We Express Ourselves, How The World Works, Who We Are, How We Expresss Ourselves, Sharing The Planet, and Where We Are In Place And Time. Units of Inquiry is something that has a specific Central Idea with activities that support the Central Idea whereas Transdisciplinary Theme might refer to the continuum and a big picture of the learning occurrence within the theme. Poetry Alive that just occurred this last week is a good example of a Transdisciplinary Theme Assembly. It doesn't have a specific Central Idea or series of activities laid out for a certain period of time but it evolves around the transdisciplinary theme of "How We Epxress Ourselves," which applies to all grade levels and the continuum of IB PYP framework.


This Week's News

Spicewood PTA Membership
We're calling all parents and community members to join the Spicewood Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We have reached 612 members so far for this year, including 100% participation from our wonderful staff. In order for us to be considered to have reached 100% participation for the school, we still need  193 more members. Though we love every PTA member to volunteer, it is certainly not required of members to volunteer upon acquiring the membership. Membership invitation extends to not just one adult per household but to both parents, grandparents and community members for $7.50 per person. Please visit our PTA Website and scroll down to PTA Membership portion to join our PTA online.  You can also download the paper form to fill out and turn it to your child's teacher or the front office with a payment. 

Spirit Night at BBQ512 hosted by PTA
Please join us for dinner at BBQ512 this Tuesday between 5PM and 8PM. 5th grade teachers, Mr. Parks & Mrs. Hougham will be there for part of the night. Money raised from the event will be spent towards educating and enriching our students at Spicewood. 

5th Grade Parents: Canyon Vista Course Selection Sheets due Friday, February 13th 
Course selection forms for Canyon Vista Middle School went home with 5th graders last week along with information about each elective and a course catalog. Please have your fifth grader return the blue course selection form to his or her teacher no later than Friday, February 13 (but the sooner the better!). If you missed the Fine Arts Showcase night, please take a moment to watch a YouTube video of the CVMS electives.




PTA Media Madness  
Come join us for a presentation and discussion by the Texas PTA on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm in the Spicewood library.  Our topic will be Media Madness. Technology isn't what it used to be.  Our children are exposed to and using technology everyday, both good and potentially bad.  As your children get older and use their own devices, don't get left in the dark with where they are in the online world.  We will learn about and discuss how to keep our kids safe in this technology and social media crazed world.  Join us in the library with our presenter Lariann Curtis from Texas PTA.  Questions?  Contact Kate Hardin, PTA Membership chair (spicewoodptamembership@gmail.com). Please see the attached flyer for detailed information. 

One World, One Night Festival [Save the Date!]
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Spicewood Elementary’s "One World, One Night" Festival will be held from 6:00pm-7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. If you would like to head up or assist with representing a country, please send an email to Shannon Williamson at SpicewoodPTAPrograms@gmail.com. For more information on this fantastic festival, please visit the One World, One Night 2015 page.

Crossing Guard Needed! [Flyer]
The City of Austin is looking for a person to work as a crossing guard between the Hope Church and Spicewood. If you are interested, please contact Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512)565-5623. We desperately need someone in this position for the safety of our students and parents! Please spread the word! 

LIKE us on Facebook and stay connected! 
Visit Mrs. Kim's Blog for previous Updates from the Principal newsletters.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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, February 16
President's Day- No School for Students

Wednesday, February 18
6:30   Media Madness
Join us in the library.

Tuesday, February 24
6:00-7:00PM   One World, One Night Festival
Join us in the cafeteria

Saturday, February 28
FYI: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UT

Saturday, March 7
Robotics Competition
UIL District Competition
FYI: Explore UT

Monday, March 9
9:00AM-2:00PM   Kindergarten Round-Up

Monday, February 2, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood has a busy week ahead of us- 1st grade concert, class picture day, Early Release on Wednesday and UIL campus competition! Please remember to plan accordingly in advance as all students will be dismissed at 12:45PM on Wednesday. 



Celebrations

Spicewood Annual Science Fair
Our Annual Science Fair was a huge success once again. BIG THANKS to all parent volunteers, Westwood HS student volunteers and teachers for making this learning event a great success! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Morley (5th Grade Teacher) and Mrs. Hagen (Parent Volunteer) for orchestrating this event beautifully! 

Author Visit: Aaron Reynolds
Aaron Reynolds, a New York Times Bestselling Author, visited Kinder - 3rd grade last week. He has written many highly acclaimed books, including Carnivores, which is one of the Texas Armadillo Readers' Choice Award books this year. Students and teachers alike enjoyed his inspiring visit.


IB PYP 101

Units of Inquiry: How The World Works
How The World Works is an inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

In the fall, our kindergarten students explored this Unit of Inquiry with a central idea- Resources of the earth are useful and have properties that can be observed and described. Students researched on the properties and characteristics of the Earth’s resources, inquired into the uses of rocks, water and soil and learned about the relationship between the resources of the earth. Our munchkins used digital microscopes to observe and discuss different physical properties they noticed about various rocks and soils. Students compared weight, length, color, texture, size of rocks and used the data to graph them out in math. During their Writer's Workshop time, they drew and wrote about different reasons we need soil. They also spent quite a bit of time exploring water on this unit. Teacher created opportunities for students to observe water properties in various settings such as on wax paper, on a hot plate, and as steam and ice. Students connected the learning to weather patterns as well. If you remember back in November, there was a Facebook post with a picture of our kindergarten students and Mrs. Lavery exploring soil and worms as part of this unit. 

If you're a 5th grade parent, I'm sure you're familiar with Phenomena Project that your child worked on so hard earlier this school year. The Phenomena Project is a huge part of the How The World Works unit for 5th grade as their central idea states, human and natural phenomena exist in our world and impact societies. Teachers create various inquiry based learning opportunities that evolve around the following questions: 1) What is a natural occurrence? 2)How have man-made phenomena changed the world? 3) How have natural phenomena inspired humans? 4) What is our responsibility toward natural and man-made phenomena? After much discussion, exploration, connection and provocation of curiosity, students then selected a phenomena based on class-set criteria and completed a research project that involved writing, creating a visual representation and presenting to their class. Back in November, we had a community member, Mrs. Brenda Healey, who was invited to visit our campus as a Principal Today. There is a picture of Mrs. Healey and myself on Spicewood Facebook page intensely listening to a 5th grade student, Zoe, as she presented her Phenomena Project on Catacombs. (Let me be honest with you; I had no idea what catacombs were before I heard Zoe present!) Students were SO articulate and knowledgeable on the topics of the project they selected because topics were something they themselves desired to find out more about! A few days after Mrs. Healey's visit, I received an email from her, which I also shared with the student. In her email, she wrote, "I just wanted to send a quick note to follow up on my visit last week because I just had to share something with you.  The day following my visit I was surfing Facebook and saw pictures from a friend that was visiting the Catacombs on her honeymoon!  I never would have known what these were if I had not been at your school and heard Zoe’s presentation of her Phenomenon Project. Thanks again to you and your students and staff for hosting me last week and for teaching me a few things I didn't know."

Our students at Spicewood are growing in their intrinsic desire to learn each and every day. They are self-motivated in their learning journey because they're given choices and opportunities to tap into their true interest! 




This Week's News

Spicewood PTA Membership
We're calling all parents and community members to join the Spicewood Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We have reached 612 members so far for this year, including 100% participation from our wonderful staff. In order for us to be considered to have reached 100% participation for the school, we still need  193 more members. Though we love every PTA member to volunteer, it is certainly not required of members to volunteer upon acquiring the membership. Membership invitation extends to not just one adult per household but to both parents, grandparents and community members for $7.50 per person. Please visit our PTA Website and scroll down to PTA Membership portion to join our PTA online.  You can also download the paper form to fill out and turn it to your child's teacher or the front office with a payment. 

Early Release This Wednesday
All students will be dismissed at 12:45PM this Wednesday. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

National School Counselor Week
National School Counselor Week 2015, "Celebrate School Counseling," will be celebrated this week from February 2-6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. This week highlights the tremendous impact that Mrs. Sara Hougham brings in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career at Spicewood. We're so lucky to have an amazing counselor like Mrs. Hougham! Please do not hesitate to show your appreciation to her this week!

Class Picture Day This Tuesday
Spicewood will be taking class group pictures this Tuesday, February 3. Please avoid scheduling appointments during your child's class picture time. There will not be a retake of class photos. 

First Grade Concert
First Grade Concert will take place on Tuesday, February 3 from 6:30-7:00PM in the cafeteria. Students have been working so hard and are excited to share their work with parents. We look forward to seeing you all!

University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Students who have registered will compete at the preliminary campus competition this Thursday, February 5. It will be done during school hours so we ask that parents do not participate. Finalists and alternates will be notified by Friday, February 6.

5th Grade Parents: Canyon Vista Course Selection Sheets due Friday, February 13th 
Course selection forms for Canyon Vista Middle School went home with 5th graders last week along with information about each elective and a course catalog. Please have your fifth grader return the blue course selection form to his or her teacher no later than Friday, February 13 (but the sooner the better!). If you missed the Fine Arts Showcase night, please take a moment to watch a YouTube video of the CVMS electives.




One World, One Night Festival [Save the Date!]
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Spicewood Elementary’s "One World, One Night" Festival will be held from 6:00pm-7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. If you would like to head up or assist with representing a country, please send an email to Shannon Williamson at SpicewoodPTAPrograms@gmail.com. For more information on this fantastic festival, please visit the One World, One Night 2015 page.

Crossing Guard Needed! [Flyer]
The City of Austin is looking for a person to work as a crossing guard between the Hope Church and Spicewood. If you are interested, please contact Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512)565-5623. We desperately need someone in this position for the safety of our students and parents! Please spread the word! 

LIKE us on Facebook and stay connected! 
Visit Mrs. Kim's Blog for previous Updates from the Principal newsletters.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, February 2- Friday, February 6
National School Counselor 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, February 16
President's Day- No School for Students

Tuesday, February 24
6:00-7:00PM   One World, One Night Festival
Join us in the cafeteria

Saturday, February 28
FYI: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UT

Saturday, March 7
Robotics Competition
UIL District Competition
Explore UT

Monday, March 9
9:00AM-2:00PM   Kindergarten Round-Up