Monday, April 27, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

This week Spicewood students will be celebrating "Sharing the Planet Week"! Be sure to read This Week's News section for more information. We are heading into May and it'll be a fast ride from here on out. Despite the STAAR testing being done, there is still A LOT of fun learning and A LOT of rigorous teaching happening at Spicewood for the last month of school. Please continue to support us by sending your child to school on time every day! :) 


Celebrations

Mrs. Otto Receives An Award at RRISD Food Service Banquet
Mrs. Otto, Spicewood cafeteria employee, was recognized with Serve With Passion Award at the annual RRISD Food Service Employee Banquet last weekend. I can attest to her tremendous dedication to and passion for our students and community. Congratulations!




IB PYP 101

Kinder Coding Club- First Year to Launch!
International Baccalaureate program emphasizes on raising our young minds to be equipped and prepared for global jobs that might not even exist in our current time. Those jobs are inevitably married to the fast growing and evolving technology industry around the world. Teaching young learners how to code will shift the paradigm from being technology consumers to producers. With the launch of our first year of Kinder Coding Club, we are seeing just that. Students explore various forms of coding including programming their robot partner to stack cups according to a specific design, creating commands that get Robot Turtle to capture his gem, and debugging programs using Code.org's visual interface. Throughout all of the activities, students are learning the basics of computer programming, developing their problem-solving skills, and learning how to effectively communicate and collaborate with their programming partners. Thanks to Mr. Walker, a parent volunteer who initiated and planned the start of the club! Also, thanks to Mrs. Haney for being open-minded to the idea and helping Mr. Walker facilitate the club as a staff sponsor!




This Week's News

NO Use of Staff Parking Lot AT ALL TIMES
Parents, we're extremely concerned that parents and students are still accessing the staff parking lot in the morning to get to the school building. I am urging parents to please avoid walking AND driving through the staff parking lot at all times,including before or after school. I would love us to be preventive, not reactive if there is ever an unfortunate accident with a student being hit by a vehicle. I'm also working with the district to see if they would put up a fence along the parking lot this summer. 

Sharing the Planet Week This Week! 
This week our students will be participating in various activities each day to celebrate the planet Earth and how we share the planet! Waste free lunch! Let’s help students eliminate the waste created each day at lunch. All week we ask that students try to eat lunch (and snack) in a way that is “waste free.” This means, composting, bringing food in reusable containers, avoiding plastic silverware, paper napkins etc.  This also means taking recyclables home or utilizing Spicewood’s containers. For those students who buy lunch, refrain from taking a whole packet of silverware just for a napkin, and remember to COMPOST after you eat. More info from the EPA

To find out more specific information about what our students will be doing each day throughout this week, please see the Parent Communication Mrs. Marvel placed in the electronic Friday Folder. 

Sharing the Planet Video Contest
As Spicewood prepares to celebrate Sharing the Planet Week on April 27th,  we are inviting all students to enter the 2nd annual Sharing the Planet Video Contest! Show us how you take action and stand up for our beautiful Earth! All entries must be no longer than three minutes and clearly demonstrate a commitment to sharing the planet! Please see the flyer for detailed information. All necessary forms are placed in the electronic Friday Folder

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, April 27- Friday, May 1
Sharing the Planet Week 
Please see the flyer for detailed information. 

Monday, May 4- Friday, May 8
Super Hero Teacher Appreciation Week [Flyer]
Please note that the gift must be worth less than $50 of value.
No class gift is allowed. 

Monday, May 4
Mustang Express for 5th Grade Students

Wednesday, May 6
National School Nurse Day
Early Release Day- Dismissal @ 12:45PM
8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade Exhibition Day
1:00-3:00PM   Spring Conference Day [See the Detailed Schedule]

Thursday, May 7
6:30PM   4th Grade Concert

Thursday, May 14
Family Gallery Night
Food trucks will be on site as well.

Friday, May 15
Field Day

Monday, May 18
8:00-9:00AM   Coffee with Canyon Vista MS Principal @ Spicewood Library
(Only for 5th Grade Parents)
Come with questions! Mrs. Hagerty will be here at Spicewood to answer your questions.
If you're a parent of a 5th grade student, please join us in the library. 


Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
More detailed information TBA. 

Monday, May 25
No School- Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26
8:00AM   Principals' Pride Kinder-2nd Grade

Wednesday, May 27
8:00AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Thursday, June 4
8:00-9:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 5
Last Day of School! 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

This week our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in various subject areas (see Mark Your Calendar section for details). Please reassure your child(ren) that they know everything they need to for this assessment and that there is nothing to worry about. This assessment is just one of many ways to see how much our students have learned and mastered concepts and skills they have been exploring throughout the school year. Encourage them to relax their minds and just try their best. 
STAAR testing day is no different from our regular school days so our campus WILL NOT shut down. Spicewood will operate as usual, with a slight change in lunch schedule. 


Celebrations

Destination Imagination State Tournament: 5th Grade Team
Two of our 5th grade students, AJ Darwin and Pablo Vidrio, advanced to and participated in the DI State Tournament last Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Texas under the guidance of Mrs. Darwin. The team did a great job and received recognition for their commitment, perseverance and dedication. All the time invested during the last 6 months came through in their performance and Instant Challenge results. The team (Awesomers) received two awards:
1. DI Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award- This award is offered for exceptional Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism and Sportsmanship demonstrated by the team/individual. The award recognizes those who act as superior role models

2. Gold Medal for winning first place in Instant Challenge for their category. They solved the advanced level Instant Challenge quickly and effortlessly, resulting in the highest score for their category - a perfect score - 100 pts. out of 100!

We couldn't be more proud of their achievement along with their dedication and perseverance! 

Annual Fun Run
We had a great turn out at our Annual Fun Run event last Thursday. I was SO IMPRESSED with our students; they took it very seriously as they ran 4 or more laps and paced themselves the entire way! Big thanks to Mr. Gere for organizing the event and to Mrs. Williamson for being a huge part of it as well! 



IB PYP 101

5th Grade Exhibition-Vol.3
In addition to exploring different ways to express themselves as our 5th grade students rotated through specials over three weeks, 4-5 students are grouped and assigned to a teacher mentor. They have been meeting with their mentor since February every other week for half an hour each to reflect on their PYP journey in a very structured and in-depth manner. They have 6 mentor sessions beginning February all the way into May and each session has a focus topic of discussion, pre-outlined by our IB Coordinator, Mrs. Marvel. This is just a glimpse of the Exhibition Mentor Meeting Plan that was devised by Ms. Marvel. 

Meeting 1 on February 5: Review portfolios with your group (Transdisciplinary themes)
Essential questions to discuss with students:
What was the most meaningful unit and why?
What is the value of each transdisciplinary theme?
What were your major “learnings” under each theme?
How do all the units work together to build your knowledge of the world?

Meeting 2 on February 17: The Learner Profile
Read the IB Mission Statement with students first. 
Essential questions to discuss with students: 
How does each trait of the LP develop us as an internationally minded thinker? (be specific)
Discuss the value of these skills as a student, and in the world outside of school. How will developing these attributes make us better world citizens. 
How would the world be different if more people demonstrated these attributes.

Meeting  3 on March 3: Transdisciplinary Skills and Review Social Skills Rubric
Essential questions to discuss with students:
What is the value of each set of skills? WHY?
Thinking
Social skills
Communication
Self-management
Research (do last, if at all)
How have you/will you use each set in the exhibition process?
What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?

Meeting 4 on March 24: ACTION
Discuss with students that the exhibition is one way that Spicewood students take ACTION. 
Essential questions to discuss with students:
Yesterday you reflected on different types of inspiration when you were in your specials classes. Can everyone share one examples of an inspiration they discussed?
How are inspiration and action related?
What types of ACTION have you taken during your PYP journey at Spicewood?
Why is ACTION important?

Meeting 5 on April 14: Concepts
Essential question to discuss with students:
Explain how each key concept is related to the historical/current event you have chosen personal exhibition project (please go through all the concepts one by one as a group). They have a recording sheet for their questions/thoughts.

Meeting 6 on April 28: Knowledge and complete Social Skills rubric
Essential questions to discuss with students:
Reflecting on what we know...
Choose a color that you think best represents the essence of the PYP
Create a symbol that you think best represents the essence of the PYP
Sketch an image that you think best represents the essence of the PYP

Final Meeting on May 5, students will present their final exhibition product to the mentor teacher or to his/her entire class. This gives a great early exposure to younger grade level students at Spicewood and it becomes something they look forward to in their final grade level. 

As you can see, what you will get to see, hear and experience on Wednesday, May 6 at the Exhibition is a product of scaffolded thinking, facilitated thinking process, independent interest and research, and hard work to exhibit the whole learning of IB learners as their final evaluation assessment. I will assure you that you will be amazed by what our students will showcase as their Exhibition project. So please come join us and partake in our celebration of learning on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30-10AM!


This Week's News


STAAR Testing- Monday, 4/20-Thursday, 4/23
Again, 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 four testing days. Per Texas Education Agency guideline, no person, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing.

Spirit Night at Buch's Chicken hosted by PTA
Please join us for dinner at Bush's Chicken this Thursday between 5PM and 8PM. 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. Money raised from the event will be spent towards educating and enriching our students at Spicewood. 

Sharing the Planet Video Contest
As Spicewood prepares to celebrate Sharing the Planet Week on April 27th,  we are inviting all students to enter the 2nd annual Sharing the Planet Video Contest! Show us how you take action and stand up for our beautiful Earth! All entries must be no longer than three minutes and clearly demonstrate a commitment to sharing the planet! Please see the flyer for detailed information. All necessary forms are placed in the electronic Friday Folder

Optional Parent Input Form
Optional Parent Input Form has been placed in the electronic Friday Folder. I ask that all parents respect the expertise of our staff and leadership and not request a specific teacher for your child. To briefly explain how class lists are made, we first begin with grade level team teachers getting together and placing them in groups for next school year as they know their students and their needs best. Then we come together at a faculty meeting and we go through a refining process again vertically. Leadership then refines the lists several times over the summer based on student services, needs and teachers' certifications/specialties to best serve all of our 808 students. The form is due Friday, May 1 to your child's teacher or the front office. No late forms will be accepted. 

New Point of Sale in the Cafeteria
All RRISD school cafeterias will be getting a new Point of Sale meal checkout system. Transitioning to this advanced level of service will be completed by Monday, April 27. There will be no disruption to service and students will continue to use their current IDs or PIN to purchase their meals and food items. The change in POS system will also mean a change in the online payment service system. PayPams will be replaced with MySchoolBucks which will launch in coordination with the new POS system. All balances will be seamlessly transferred from the previous system to the new system. For more information, including key transition dates please visit the RRISD Food Service website.

Order Your Spicewood Yearbook
If you would like to receive your child’s yearbook by the end of the school year, you must place your order by Monday, April 20th!  To view directions on ordering your yearbook, please visit the Yearbook page. Additionally, if you order by April 20th you can customize 2 pages of your child’s yearbook pages for free! Step by step instructions for customizing your yearbook pages can be found on the Yearbook page. Please contact RuthAnn Gaede ruthann@kraab.org  with any questions.


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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 at Bush's Chicken on 620 (hosted by PTA)
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, May 4- Friday, May 8
Teacher Appreciation Week
Please note that the gift must be worth less than $50 of value.
No class gift is allowed. 

Monday, May 4
Mustang Express for 5th Grade Students

Wednesday, May 6
National School Nurse Day
Early Release Day- Dismissal @ 12:45PM
8:30-10:00AM   5th Grade Exhibition Day
1:00-3:00PM   Spring Conference Day [See the Detailed Schedule]

Thursday, May 7
6:30PM   4th Grade Concert

Thursday, May 14
Family Gallery Night
Food trucks will be on site as well.

Friday, May 15
Field Day

Monday, May 18
8:00-9:00AM   Coffee with Canyon Vista MS Principal @ Spicewood Library
(Only for 5th Grade Parents)
Come with questions! Mrs. Hagerty will be here at Spicewood to answer your questions.
If you're a parent of a 5th grade student, please join us in the library. 


Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
More detailed information TBA. 

Monday, May 25
No School- Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26
8:00AM   Principals' Pride Kinder-2nd Grade

Wednesday, May 27
8:00AM   Principals' Pride 3rd-5th Grade

Thursday, June 4
8:00-9:00AM   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 5
Last Day of School! 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We had a great turn out at the Annual Spring Carnival! Thank you so much for coming out and I hope everyone enjoyed the time outside with our children. Parents of 5th grade students, please note that there's a Parent Information Night this Tuesday, April 14 at Canyon Vista. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to meet the staff! We also have our Annual Fun Run taking its place this Thursday right after school from 3-4pm. We hope to see you all there!



Celebrations

Cub Choir Concert 
Our Cub Choir had another round of successful concert last Tuesday night. They were adorable in their costume and their voices filled the air! Thanks to all who came out! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Power for leading the choir.  


Annual Spring Carnival
The weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous last Friday evening! We had many of our students and families that came out to enjoy the weather and good company. Big thanks goes to Ms. Stephanie Short and Mrs. Robyn Steinhauser for coordinating this great event! Thank you to all the Westwood HS student, parent and teacher volunteers who came out to support! Because of you, our students are able to experience such a great event like this! 


IB PYP 101


5th Grade Exhibition-Vol.2 [Written by Ms. Marvle, IB Coord.]
Our 5th graders are exploring the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves for their exhibition projects. Students' ultimate goal will be to create a unique expression that inspires others to take action. Before students begin to think about the type of expression they would like to create, we wanted to give them the opportunity to work with our specialist teachers talking about the different ways others have inspired action through expressing themselves.

So for the last three weeks 5th grade students have rotated through six sessions, one each with art, music, PE, library, technology and one where Ms. Marvel lead a discussion on the relationship between inspiration and action. The specials teachers shared some examples of artists, musicians, writers, athletes and others who were motivated to inspire social change by writing a song or poem, painting a mural, staging a flash mob, making a documentary, writing a letter to the editor, or choreographing a dance. 

Now that the students have been engaged in dialogue regarding the many ways and types of inspiration, they are ready to choose an event in history and then identify an issue or theme at the heart of it. For example a student might select WWII as their event, and then determine that they want to inspire people to be more open-minded in order to prevent conflict over beliefs and values. They would then use what they learned in the sessions with specials to determine HOW they can inspire that. Will they write a poem? Record a TED talk? Organize a demonstration? Create a sculpture? Make a mini-documentary? Build a website?

Throughout the process the specials teachers kept asking students "what inspires you?", "how can you express that?", and "what is action?" So take a few moments and ask your student to reflect on these things.



This Week's News


Want to be a PTA Board Member?
Although it’s only April, it’s time to start thinking about our PTA Board Members for the 2015-2016 school year. For a complete list of PTA Board positions, including the Executive Board and Program Coordinators, please visit the Board and Program Contacts page. All Executive Board positions (President, Vice-Presidents, and Secretary) are up for election at the Thursday, April 30, PTA general meeting, which will be held in the school library at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to be a candidate and we strongly encourage you to reach out if you think you’re a good fit for one of these positions. If you’re not quite ready to take on the roll of President, but still want to contribute your time and talent, please consider becoming a Program Coordinator. Program Coordinator positions are appointed by the Executive Board, but rest assured you would never be turned away. We always have positions opening up and many current Program Coordinators would welcome your help and support. To toss your hat in the ring for an Executive Board position or for a Program Coordinator position please contact Lori Poppe, loripoppe@yahoo.com, as soon as possible.

5th Grade Parent Orientation at Canyon Vista MS
If you're a parent of a 5th grade student, you and your child are invited to join the Canyon Vista teachers and staff on Tuesday, April 14 in the gym at 7PM. Parents and students will have an opportunity to learn more about Canyon Vista, the academic and extracurricular programs offered, meet the important people, and tour the campus. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get to know more about CVMS!


National Librarian Day This Thursday
We would like to take a moment to recognize our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Laura Reeb, for her hard work and dedication. This Thursday, April 16th is designated as the National Librarian Day. Please feel free to write her an email or stop by her office to let her know how much she's appreciated. 

Message from Our Librarian, Mrs. Reeb
If you haven't used the International Children's Digital Library (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/), see if this free website will be helpful when you need titles in a variety of languages. You can search by language, country, etc. and read online. There is also a link on the Spicewood Library page under Learning Links.

Kinder Round-Up Events - Meet the Specials Teachers
Incoming 2015-2016 kindergarteners and their parents/guardians are invited to come tour the school and meet the Specials Teachers. Spicewood’s Art, Music, P.E., & Spanish teachers look forward to meeting your children and answering all your questions. For your convenience, you and your child may attend this event on either Wednesday, April 15, or Thursday, April 16, from 10:45-11:45 am. The itinerary is the same for both days so pick the day that best fits your schedule. To RSVP to this event, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up page

Spicewood Annaul Fun Run
This year's Fun Run is Thursday, 4/16, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm! Join us after school for a one-mile run, with prizes, and also an obstacle course. Save the date!

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!

Order Your Spicewood Yearbook
Have you ordered your 2014/2015 Spicewood Yearbook yet? Please visit the Yearbook page for information on how to complete your order today. One cool feature is that you can customize yearbook pages with photos of your child from throughout the year.


LIKE us on Facebook and stay connected! 
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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

Thursday, April 16
National Librarian Day
Kinder Round-Up Event: Meet the Specials Teacher Day
3:00PM   Annual Fun Run

Saturday, April 18
7:30AM-1:30PM   RRISD Celebration of Families
Round Rock High School
For more detailed information, please click here

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, May 4- Friday, May 8
Teacher Appreciation Week
Please note that the gift must be worth less than $50 of value. 

Monday, May 4
Mustang Express for 5th Grade Students

Wednesday, May 6
Early Release Day
National School Nurse Day
Spring Conference Day
5th Grade Exhibition Day

Thursday, May 7
6:30PM   4th Grade Concert

Thursday, May 14
Family Gallery Night
Food trucks will be on site as well.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Our Annual Spring Carnival is almost here! We hope to see many families and children out there this Friday! PTA is still in need of volunteers so please be sure to sign up and help us out. Looking forward to seeing everyone!



Celebrations

RRISD Elementary Music Festival
Out of about 200 other students throughout the district we had 4 students representing Spicewood Elementary at the Elementary Music Festival at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 28th. These ladies worked very hard to learn all of their music by memory in a little over a month and performed a total of 7 pieces with people they had never sung with before. The concert turned out absolutely phenomenal after an all day rehearsal with two different conductors from our district. Special thanks goes to Ms. De los Santos, our long-term substitute music teacher who led 7 after-school practices with the students prior to the event. Thank you for your dedication! 

RRISD Elementary Art Show
The RRISD Elementary Art Show celebrating Youth Art Month reception was held on Tuesday the 30th at the RRISD Preforming Arts Center. Guests including Dr. Flores and the Round Rock Leader admired the work of many elementary student artists around the district and of those, over 50 Spicewood students' artwork were on display. A special congratulations to fifth grader Joy Yang, the first place recipient of the first annual Round Rock Art Education Association Elementary 5x5 Summer Camp Scholarship Contest! Big thanks goes to our art teachers, Mrs. Raybourn and Mrs. Deb. 




Marathon Kids!
We wrapped up another successful year with the Marathon Kids program. We had approximately 500 students participate in this free program designed to get our kids moving & working towards a goal of 26.2 miles for the school year. We appreciate your support! Here are a few photos of our kids sporting their 'Marathon Kids' t-shirt they worked so hard to earn.



IB PYP 101


5th Grade Exhibition-Vol.1
Our fifth grade students are required to complete an Exhibition each as the final assessment of their PYP journey. So before we celebrate the day of Exhibition that will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, I wanted to share with you what goes behind the scene prior to the special day. 

Today we'll talk a bit about what Exhibition is and the purpose and goals of the final assessment. In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition. This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems. Students collectively synthesize all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community. It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding. The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP. It also provides schools and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education. (sourced from: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/primary-years-programme/curriculum/assessed-curriculum/) 

Spicewood fifth grade students all have been assigned a teacher mentor to help process their thinking and produce their exhibition product over the course of 3 months. Mostly all teachers on this campus has 4 fifth grade students assigned for them to mentor over 7 different half-hour mentor sessions. Each mentor meets with their fifth grade mentees every other Tuesday from February all the way through May and spend time asking questions to reflect on the PYP journey of learning. At the final mentor session, students get to present their exhibition to the class of their mentor teacher as the final preparation for the big day! 

In my next IB PYP 101, I'm going to share in depth about the mentor sessions as far as how it's organized, the types of questions mentors ask, and the amazing conversations we have! When I lead my mentor session with my four 5th grade mentees, I simply get amazed each and every time so stay tuned!





This Week's News

Marathon Kids Medals
Since they were unable to hold the Finisher Medal Celebration this year, Marathon Kids staff are making medals available from their offices located at: 2512 S. IH 35 (Suite 350) Austin, Texas 78704. Staff will be available this week anytime from 9AM-5PM for medal pick ups. 

Report Cards Went Home Last Thursday
Report cards went home last Thursday via Friday Folder. Please take a moment to speak with your child(ren) about their progress. 

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!

5th Grade Parent Orientation at Canyon Vista MS
If you're a parent of a 5th grade student, you and your child are invited to join the Canyon Vista teachers and staff on Tuesday, April 14 in the gym at 7PM. Parents and students will have an opportunity to learn more about Canyon Vista, the academic and extracurricular programs offered, meet the important people, and tour the campus. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get to know more about CVMS!


Kinder Round-Up Events - Meet the Specials Teachers
Incoming 2015-2016 kindergarteners and their parents/guardians are invited to come tour the school and meet the Specials Teachers. Spicewood’s Art, Music, P.E., & Spanish teachers look forward to meeting your children and answering all your questions. For your convenience, you and your child may attend this event on either Wednesday, April 15, or Thursday, April 16, from 10:45-11:45 am. The itinerary is the same for both days so pick the day that best fits your schedule. To RSVP to this event, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up page

Spicewood Annaul Fun Run
This year's Fun Run is Thursday, 4/16, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm! Join us after school for a one-mile run, with prizes, and also an obstacle course. Save the date!

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!

Order Your Spicewood Yearbook
Have you ordered your 2014/2015 Spicewood Yearbook yet? Please visit the Yearbook page for information on how to complete your order today. One cool feature is that you can customize yearbook pages with photos of your child from throughout the year.


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


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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
3:00PM   Annual Fun Run

Saturday, April 18
7:30AM-1:30PM   RRISD Celebration of Families
Round Rock High School
For more detailed information, please click here

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, May 4- Friday, May 8
Teacher Appreciation Week
Please note that the gift must be worth less than $50 of value. 

Monday, May 4
Mustang Express for 5th Grade Students

Wednesday, May 6
Early Release Day
Spring Conference Day
5th Grade Exhibition Day

Thursday, May 7
6:30PM   4th Grade Concert

Thursday, May 14
Family Gallery Night
Food trucks will be on site as well.