Monday, March 30, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Today and tomorrow our 4th grade students will be outpouring what they have learned and mastered on State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Writing. If you are a parent of a 4th grade student, please encourage them by saying they are ready to show their knowledge on the assessment. Without a doubt, I would like them to perform successfully on the state assessments; however, their well-being and healthy emotional state of mind is much more important to me as a principal. Again, Spicewood WILL NOT shut down the campus to visitors. Spicewood will operate as usual. 4th grade students will have a different schedule for the two testing days so please check with your child's teacher, if you're interested in eating lunch with her/him.


Celebrations

Laptops Donated by PTA Have Arrived!
I'd like to thank all the donors, sponsors, parents, community members and PTA for their generous gift to our students at Spicewood. We have received 3 new laptop carts filled with 24 new Dell Latitude laptops in each last Thursday! Our students will directly benefit from this generous donation and we're so grateful for your amazing support! THANK YOU!

Spicewood Student Wins 1st Place at the Region 6 Scholastic Chess Championship
Congratulations to Spicewood Elementary School for first place in primary varsity. Spicewood student Niko McMullen won an individual first place award in primary varsity. Niko was recognized at the last board meeting that took place on Tuesday, March 24. 

Merchant Rebates Contest Winners!
Congratulations to the following winners of this round's Merchant Rebates contest!
Most Labels submitted:
K - Mrs. Lavery's class (679 submitted)
1 - Mrs. Vanzura's class (903 submitted)
2 - Mrs. Gonzales' class (929 submitted)
3 - Mrs. Owen's class (1,073 submitted)
4 - Mrs. Prichard's class (717 submitted)
5 - Mrs. Moser's class (1,179 submitted)
Each of the above receives a Class Wish List item!

The winner for most Bonus Box Tops Certificates submitted:
Mrs. Gonzales' 2nd grade class (5 submitted) - each of Mrs. Gonzales' students will receive 10 Carnival tickets!


IB PYP 101

How Technology Plays a Role in IB PYP
Since Spicewood has been so focused on pushing for more technology in the classroom this school year, I wanted to give you an opportunity to peek into how technology plays a role in IB PYP at Spicewood. 

Our students in various grade level utilized technology in many of their learning opportunities this school year so far. Fifth grade students during Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry learned various ways to conserve energy and resources. As their final assessment of the unit, students in collaborative groups picked an energy source and created a Public Service Announcement (PSA), using flip cams and computer apps to create movies. Students wrote their script, assigned different parts, filmed all cuts, edited and produced a final product. It's quite amazing to watch our students' finished products! In 1st grade, our students use graphic organizers and GoogleDoc to organize their ideas in their writing process. Our students know how to create QR Codes that will link to their online projects and works, rather than creating a science board full of visuals. Spicewood is also a Bring Your Own Device campus, aligned with the district vision and initiative. Many of our kindergarten all the way through 5th grade students bring kindles, iPads and such to utilize as they work on their projects or to read eBooks during Read To Self time. 

Our 2nd grade students currently are finishing up the Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are In Place and Time. The Central Idea states that humans and geographic factors affect communities. Students explored various lines of inquiry such as relationships between geographic features and communities, the characteristics of communities, the impact of humans (development) on the environment, and the relationship between climate and patterns of settlement. As the final assessment of the unit, students used MinecraftEdu to create a community of their own. Evidence of learning would be student's ability to create a community that effectively represents the characteristics of their chosen type (urban, rural, suburban etc.) as well as their intended geographical location. 2nd grader students were so excited to work on MinecraftEdu to express the mastery of their learning in such creative ways. I was able to pop in and out of the library throughout the week to see the progression of their work and I was simply blown away. They were so engaged and so creative! Technology is truly a power tool for our students who will lead the future! 




This Week's News


Gifts for Teachers & Staff Members

Parents, we so appreciate that you all shower us with gifts and kind words throughout the school year. I wanted to take a moment to inform you of the district policy that our teachers and staff members are to abide by. 

Employees of the District may accept the following:

o Gifts that are of nominal value given for the purpose of advertising, ceremonial occasions, or official events.
o Infrequent business meals of nominal value.
o Infrequent entertainment or social invitations, provided the entertainment or social invitation is not directed to the District or a select group of area school districts.
o As used in this policy, nominal value is defined as $50 or less from an entity

When purchasing a gift for your child's teacher or a staff member, please do not exceed the value of $50, including a gift card. 

STAAR Testing Days- Monday, March 30 & Tuesday, March 31
Spicewood will NOT be closing down the campus for visitors on STAAR Testing days. The rest of the school will follow their regular instructional schedule as usual. If you wish to eat with your child on STAAR Testing days, you can do so but please refer to the adjusted lunch schedule for the two testing days. Per Texas Education Agency guideline, nobody, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing on site. 


Wellness Wednesdays - Win a free summer camp!
Come to the gym every Wednesday morning before school at 7am for a fun workout with CG Victory (formally known as Camp Gladiator). Every time you come to Wellness Wednesday for the next two weeks you'll be entered in a drawing to win a free summer camp from CG Victory! Everyone is welcome -- students, parents, siblings, etc. See you there!

Annual Spring Carnival- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
It's Carnival time again!  This years Carnival will be held on Friday, April 10th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Wristbands go on sale beginning Friday, March 27th. Please see the flyer for more details.  

To make this fabulously fun event cannot happen without YOU!!  We need volunteers to be able to make Carnival happen.  We have spots open on the planning team and also for the day of Carnival.  

If you want to join our team, please contact Stephanie Short at carnival@spicewoodpta.org or Robyn Steinhauser at robyn.steinhauser@att.net.

Just want to help the day of Carnival or Donate a Sweet Treat for the cake walk?  We would love to have you.  Visit the Carnival Volunteer Sign Up  or Carnival Sweet Treat Sign Up  to volunteer!

RRISD Celebration of Families
We would like to invite you to the RRISD Celebration of Families, Wellness Fair, and 5K on Saturday, April 18th.  All events are free to students, staff, and their families except for the 5K which benefits Project Graduation. RRISD is holding a contest for elementary schools based on representation.  The best represented elementary will receive a $1,000 award for their campus wellness programs. Second place will receive a $500 dollar award. For more information about the event, please visit the official website.   

We are excited about this event and hope to see you there!

What:  Celebration of Families, Wellness Fair, and Project Grad 5K
When:  Saturday, April 18th
Where:  Round Rock High School
Why:  To celebrate families, wellness, and support project graduation!

Avian Kingdom Student Writing Competition
Avian Kingdom is excited to announce their Creative Writing Contest! They are inviting your students to join in the fun by writing the final chapter of their Feathered Tales book, Pelican Sky. The contest is open to students, ages 5 to 13, from grades first through sixth. Six lucky students will be chosen as Grand Prize winners and one student will be chosen to receive the Publishing Prize. All winning students will receive a Feathered Tales series collection and a certificate of achievement. The Publishing Prize winner will also have their version of Pelican Sky published! 


To register for the contest and to get your free book, please fill out this registration form. Also, you will need to review the following PDFs for the competition: Writing Contest Rules and Regulations PDF and Writing Competition Single Author Entry Form PDF

You are welcome to mail, email or submit your entries online. Find the mailing address, email address, or submit online here at : http://AvianKingdom.com/Writing-Contest/

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, March 30
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 1

Tuesday, March 31
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 2
5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 3
NO SCHOOL- Student & Staff Holiday

Tuesday, April 7
6:30-7:00PM   Cub Choir Concert
Cafeteria

Friday, April 10
Annual Spring Carnival

Tuesday, April 14
7:00PM   5th Grade Parent Orientation at CVMS
Canyon Vista MS Gym

Thursday, April 16
Kinder Round-Up Event: Meet the Specials Teacher Day

Monday, April 20
STAAR Testing
5th Grade Math

Tuesday, April 21
STAAR Testing
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 22
STAAR Testing
3rd Grade Reading
4th Grade Reading

Thursday, April 23
STAAR Testing
5th Grade Science

Spirit Night hosted by PTA at Bush's Chicken on 620
5:00-8:00PM 2nd Grade teachers, Mrs. Haney (ITS), Mrs. Marvel (IB Coord.), Mrs. Reeb (Librarian) and Mr. Berry (PE Teacher) will be there for part of the night. 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I hope everyone enjoyed the break. It's been a fast ride so far; it'll get even faster for the next two months of school for all stakeholders at Spicewood. We'll have our first round of State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in a couple of weeks. There's our Annual Spring Carnival coming up in April. Buckle up and get ready, everyone! So we can all finish strong! 

Celebrations

SPICEWOOD TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE IS A REALITY!!! 
As you may know, the funds raised from Spicewood's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Auction were earmarked specifically for a technology upgrade. Several discussions were held with Ms. Haney and Ms. Kim and after their thorough research, the PTA voted to purchase 72 Dell Latitudes laptops and 3 carts. These new laptops, along with the school’s existing laptops, will increase our students’ accessibility to this type of technology. The laptops and carts will be delivered to Spicewood in late March or early April. As Ms. Haney stated, "We will do great things with them. Thank you for supporting us". Look for pictures of the new laptops being put to great use in one of  Ms. Kim's upcoming blogs. 

Thank you to our generous community of donors, parents, and volunteers. None of this would be possible without the many hours our parent volunteers contributed to the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Auction; nor would we be able to put such an event together without our business donors who supported us with their donations. Special Thanks to the Auction Chairs, Sandy Parent and Stephanie Engels who organized an incredible and productive event; and of course, thank you to all those who attended the celebration. 

72 Dell Latitude 3340 Laptops, $788.26 each - Total $56,754.72
3 Laptop Carts, $2100 each (only holds 24 laptops) - Total $6,300.00

Combined Total $63,054.72

Enrichment S.T.E.M Day
Thanks to many parents, volunteers and teachers! Spicewood students had a wonderful day  full of activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Friday, March 13. Students had various learning opportunities to explore coding, geology, weather, robotics and much more. Every single classroom also telecommunicated with professionals such as biomedical engineers and forensic scientists from all over the states. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Karen Hadzi-Pavlovic for working with Mrs. Marvel and Mrs. Haney along with other parent volunteers to make this event successful. 



IB PYP 101
IB PYP 101 will resume next Monday


This Week's News


Coffee with Principal for Incoming Kinder Parents
Do you have a child that's joining Spicewood next school year? If yes, please come join us in the library this Wednesday at 8AM to meet the principal and learn about Spicewood ES!

STAAR Testing Days- Monday, March 30 & Tuesday, March 31
Spicewood will NOT be closing down the campus for visitors on STAAR Testing days. The rest of the school will follow their regular instructional schedule as usual. If you wish to eat with your child on STAAR Testing days, you can do so but please refer to the adjusted lunch schedule for the two testing days. Per Texas Education Agency guideline, nobody, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing.

Order
 Your Spicewood Yearbook
It’s that time again.  Follow this link to order your child’s 2014-2015 school yearbook.  Remember that you can customize pages with photos of your child throughout the year.  Click here to find out how to order your yearbook today. 

PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2015
For students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade who love to create stories, PBS is having a KIDS Writers Contest.  Entries can be submitted through email at writerscontest@klru.org, or through the mail. The deadline is March 31. All the student forms and more information is available on the KLRU website: www.klru.org/education/pbs-kids-writers-contest-2015. Entry forms can also be picked up in the library and must be included with the entry either electronically or by mail.

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! 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Tuesday, March 24
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Phil’s Ice House & Amy’s Ice Cream hosted by PTA

Monday, March 30
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 1

Tuesday, March 31
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 2
5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 3
NO SCHOOL- Student & Staff Holiday

Tuesday, April 7
6:30-7:00PM   Cub Choir Concert
Cafeteria

Friday, April 10
Annual Spring Carnival

Tuesday, April 14
7:00PM   5th Grade Parent Orientation at CVMS
Canyon Vista MS Gym


Monday, March 9, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We have so much to celebrate from last school week. 18 proud Panthers competed in the Round Rock ISD District UIL Competition and many of our students placed within top 6 in their category. We also had a team that competed in Destination Imagination under our parent leads, Mrs. Manish Gupta and Mrs. Isabel Darwin. They did so amazing that they'll be advancing to the state!! Also, kudos to our 5th grade students who competed at the Regional Robotics Competition under the guidance of Mrs. Haney, our wonderful ITS. Lastly, two of our 5th grade students also won 1st and 2nd place in the Sertoma Essay Competition. Spicewood students are doing some amazing things out there! 

Today we will be registering incoming kindergarten students for the next school year from 9AM-2PM. We are so excited to meet our new friends today! 


Celebrations

Jump Rope for Heart Donation Drive Raises Over $6,000!

Congratulations to all of our amazing students who participated in raising money for Jump Rope for Heart! Our caring Spicewood community has raised over $6,000 to help those in need. We will have an 'official' amount in a week (we still have some donations trickeling in). We have quite a few students & faculty members who have loved ones with heart issues so we truly appreciate your support!

Sertoma Essay Competition Winners & Honorable Mention
Two of our very own 5th students took home 1st and 2nd place in the Sertoma Esssay Competition. Each contestant had to submit an essay on the importance of the Bill of Rights. All the Honorable Mention students came from Spicewood ES as well in this district-wide competition. We are SO PROUD!


TOP WINNERS
Matthew Gula - Spicewood
Austin Nguyen - Spicewood
Maddy Pokluda - Chandler Oaks


HONORABLE MENTION
Douglas Broome - Spicewood
Pascal Garcia - Spicewood
Andy Jiang - Spicewood
Sarah Liau - Spicewood
Pranav Medikonduru - Spicewood
Joshua LeRoy - Spicewood
Chad Westover - Spicewood
Chelsea Zhang - Spicewood

Round Rock ISD District UIL Academic A+ Competition
18 students competed last Saturday at the RRISD District UIL Competition and did amazing!!! Thanks to all 18 students and parents who came out Saturday to Walsh Middle School. In every grade level and every category, we have taken home a medal or two! This is truly amazing!! We're so proud of our Spicewood Panthers!

Storytelling 2nd Grade
Farah Coffman-1st Place 

Storytelling 3rd Grade
Kate Peckham- 1st Place
Alex Hosmer- 6th Place

Number Sense 4th Grade
Brandi Tai- 1st Place
Kavita Kohli- 4th Place

Number Sense 5th Grade
Andrew Jiang-1st Place
Aman Tewari- 2nd Place

Spelling 3rd Grade
Aimee Wang- 1st Place (PERFECT SCORE!)

Spelling 5th Grade
Anita You- 5th Place
Our students & parents at the district UIL competition on Saturday

Regional Robotics Competition
Our 5th grade students had a blast at the First Lego League- Regional Robotics Competition this Saturday at Connally High School. Thanks to Mrs. Haney for leading our students. Kudos to our students for trying their very best and enjoying the day! We're SO PROUD of you! 

Destination Imagination
Spicewood's "Awesomers" team took home a 2nd place in the Destination Imagination competition last Saturday. They'll be advancing to the state competition which will take place in Dallas, Texas on April 10-11, 2015! Big thanks to Mrs. Manish Gupta and Mrs. Isabel Darwin, a parent lead and a manager who have been guiding our students to prepare for the competition! We are so appreciative of your hard work!

IB PYP 101
IB Continuum
Some of you know that I started informing parents last year about transfer request to Grisham Middle School for IB Continuum. Grisham Middle School is currently an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) school along with Hernandez Middle School in the district. Many of you might wonder what is so great about experiencing the IB Continuum from PYP to MYP to Diploma Program (DP) at Westwood HS. I, too, have been curious as to how the continuum would impact students in their learning and development as well-rounded global citizens. Last Friday, MYP schools showcased a Community Project Exhibition. This is very similar to our PYP Exhibition presented by our 5th grade students in May of each school year as a final summative evaluation of their PYP journey. There will be a post in May featuring our PYP Exhibition so stay tuned for that one! 

Meanwhile, I am so excited to share with you what I witnessed last Friday at the MYP Community Project Exhibition. I wanted to see what continuum I would experience specifically because if it's a true continuum, there should exist an obvious growth from PYP Exhibition to MYP Exhibition. Let me tell you all that I witnessed and more. 

One student was passionate about bringing awareness of special needs students at his age. In his own words, he stated, "I want people to know that these friends can be athletes and participate in many activities just like all of us." He researched a way to join a basketball league with special needs students and went to the try-out and participated in the scrimmage. He didn't stop there; he has been playing as an official player of the team for the last 3 months since January. He shared with me, without my prompting, "and I want to continue on from now on." His presentation board was filled with pictures of him and his teammates at basketball games. I commended him for having such a big caring heart. What an ACTION he put into practice! 

Three students who introduced themselves as bilingual in Spanish and ESL students themselves presented their Community Project on helping younger students just like them in reading. They sought help from the bilingual counselor at Purple Sage ES (Dual Lingual Program School) and found 9 ESL/bilingual students to help with. I asked them what exactly they did to help the little friends. They actually went to Purple Sage ES once a week for an hour each, read books in both Spanish and English with them and asked various questions to help enhance comprehension skills. All three students came to the states when they were in 6th or 7th grade. I was so impressed with their initiative and execution! I shared with them my story to give them hope and confidence that I came to the states at age 16 without knowing much English and that I am now a principal. "If I can do it, you all can do it. I'm so proud of you," was how we ended the presentation. 

Another student shared with me that she has always had a heart for homeless people. She researched an organization called Community Kitchen and started to volunteer there. She said talking to some of the homeless people she encountered when she volunteered gave her a different outlook and more desire to continue to reach out to those in need. "One of the coolest thing I experienced is that some of the homeless people turned it round by getting hired at the Community Kitchen! I know this was a project but I'm going to continue to volunteer there from now on," the student shared. 

There are so many more projects and stories that I wish I had all the time to share. But I hope you see what I see here. Our students in 5th grade usually takes an issue that they are interested in and research all about it to bring awareness. The middle school IB students did the same but they didn't just stop there; they took it out to the community and brought ACTION to make a difference! They took it to another level. The most amazing thing I kept hearing was, "I think I'm going to continue to do this." 

With that said, I highly encourage all parents to seriously consider the option of providing the IB continuum to your child(ren). 


This Week's News

A Message from the Counselor, Mrs. Hougham
Dear Families,

As you may have heard from your child, Baby Girl Hougham is due over spring break, and I will be taking the rest of the school year for maternity leave. I will miss your families greatly while I'm away taking care of little one, but I will be back for the 2015-16 school year! While I'm out, Ms. Susan Vrazel, retired Caraway counselor, will be taking over as my long-term substitute. I know your children will be in good hands with Ms. Vrazel - I've worked with her for several years and she is wonderful! If you need anything at all, please feel free to contact Ms. Vrazel at susan_vrazel@roundrockisd.org or 512-428-3609. 


Wishing you a wonderful rest of the school year!

Spicewood Principals' Pride
We will be celebrating the success of our students as we invite our parents to join us at the Princpals' Pride. Today we will be celebrating with Kindergarten through 2nd grade students from 8-8:30AM in the cafeteria. Tomorrow we will be recognizing 3rd through 5th grade students. We would love to have you with us! 

Order Your Spicewood Yearbook
It’s that time again.  Follow this link to order your child’s 2014-2015 school yearbook.  Remember that you can customize pages with photos of your child throughout the year.  Click here to find out how to order your yearbook today. 

Kindergarten Round-Up [Registration Day]
Spicewood will be opening its door to parents of incoming kindergartners for registration today from 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

S.T.E.M. Enrichment Day- Volunteers Needed
Let’s help our students learn about the exciting opportunities available to them when they study science,technology, engineering, 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 (kdpavlovic@gmail.com). [Email address has been corrected]

Treat Drive for Austin Pets Alive
Girl Scout Troop 542 will be collecting “treats” for Austin Pets Alive from Monday, 3/2 through Friday, 3/13.  APA is always in need of dry dog biscuits to fill their treat bins. This helps potential adopters interact with the dogs, and helps the dogs show off their obedience skills in the kennel.  Next time you are at the grocery store please pick up a box or bag of small, dry, dog biscuits. (Milkbone preferred, but any brand is greatly appreciated.)  There will be a box near the front doors of the school to collect donations.  Thank You!

WWHS World Languages Fair
Language organizations in Westwood, are hosting the school's first ever World Languages Fair! It is a night in which all the language organizations share a part of their culture. There will be food, games, music, and more. People of all ages are invited. This event is also serving as a fundraiser for our language organizations, so entry will cost $5 per head. The event is set to take place the Friday before Spring Break on March 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM in Westwood's atrium. You don't have to arrive on time or stay the whole time--this is a very casual event.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2015
For students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade who love to create stories, PBS is having a KIDS Writers Contest.  Entries can be submitted through email at writerscontest@klru.org, or through the mail. The deadline is March 31. All the student forms and more information is available on the KLRU website: www.klru.org/education/pbs-kids-writers-contest-2015. Entry forms can also be picked up in the library and must be included with the entry either electronically or by mail.

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, 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.M. Day [Enrichment Day]
6:00-8:00PM   WWHS World Languages Fair
At WWHS Atrium

Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20
NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

Tuesday, March 24
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Phil’s Ice House & Amy’s Ice Cream hosted by PTA

Monday, March 30
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 1

Tuesday, March 31
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 2
5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 3
NO SCHOOL- Student & Staff Holiday

Monday, March 2, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We had a great turnout at the annual One World, One Night Festival last week despite the cold weather! It's events like this that I am reminded once again what a great community Spicewood has built over the years! Enjoy the pictures! 


Celebrations

One World, One Night Festival

This was a night of true appreciation and celebration of various cultures that exist at Spicewood. Thanks to so many parents who took their precious time to prepare boards, displays and food for the night! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Shannon Williamson for coordinating the big night!










IB PYP 101

IB Attitudes
So we talked about IB Learner Profile Attributes last week. Then we teach and reinforce something called the IB Attitudes pictured below. 



So how are the attitudes different from the attributes? Well, at one of the workshops I attended through the IB Organization, it was presented to us in an interesting manner: attidude + attitude = an attribute. For examples, Curiosity+Enthusiasm= Inquirer, Empathy+Respect= Caring person, Confidence+Independence= Risk-taker, Appreciation+Integrity= Open-Minded. This is just one way to think about it. The attitudes definitely support the Learner Profile Attributes. 

In Mrs. Jacob's class, students use flower pots to move around their names depending on which attitude they would like to work on for a time period. 


Spicewood will continue to emphasize the development of a whole child which involves social, emotional and academic achievement. 



This Week's News

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

Message from Art Teacher- Mrs. Raybourn

March is Youth Art Month!
Please join us in celebrating Youth Art Month during the month of March.  YAM was created by the National Art Education Association to bring awareness to the importance of teaching creative/critical thinking. What to learn more and see how we are celebrating at Spicewood? Check out Mrs. Raybourn's blog http://ihartart.edublogs.org/ or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/raybournartroom


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

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 (kdpavlovic@gmail.com).

PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2015
For students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade who love to create stories, PBS is having a KIDS Writers Contest.  Entries can be submitted through email at writerscontest@klru.org, or through the mail. The deadline is March 31. All the student forms and more information is available on the KLRU website: www.klru.org/education/pbs-kids-writers-contest-2015. Entry forms can also be picked up in the library and must be included with the entry either electronically or by mail.

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! 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


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
NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

Tuesday, March 24
5:00-8:00PM   Spirit Night @ Phil’s Ice House & Amy’s Ice Cream hosted by PTA

Monday, March 30
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 1

Tuesday, March 31
STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing Day 2
5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 3
NO SCHOOL- Student & Staff Holiday