Monday, October 26, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood students will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week, 
a week when Spicewood focuses on living healthy with our bodies, brains, and hearts. We have planned "living healthy" spirit days as well as school-wide activities that our students will be participating in to help promote healthy, happy lives. Today we're kicking off with wearing red, including the new Spicewood T-Shirt. Also, don't forget to join us at the Principals' Pride ceremony!



Celebrations

Digital Citizenship Week
Digital Citizenship Week was a big success! Students in all grades learned more about what it means to be a Digital Citizen and how their behaviors while online are guided by the Learner Profile Attributes. Please continue these conversations at home with your child. You can find additional Internet Safety resources on our website on the Resources / Technology page. 



UT Physics Circus- How The World Works
Our students had a wonderful time at the How The World Works Science Assembly last Friday. It was a fun, interactive and engaging session for all students to see changes in states of matter affect physical properties of objects. We are so thankful for Mrs. Vance, Mrs. Karen Trenk (PTA) and the UT Physics Department volunteers for making this awesome learning experience happen at Spicewood!



IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

As an IB campus, teachers develop Units of Inquiry that allow inquiry that allows for a global context. We can learn from other countries and cultures and find appreciation of our differences through open-mindedness. Language is involved in all learning and provides the support to the inquiry that is experienced in our classrooms on a daily basis. There are many students in our community, however, that are learning in a language other than their Mother Tongue (primary or first language). Starting this week we will be highlighting and celebrating the Mother Tongue in our community! 


In grades Kindergarten through fifth, students submitted a form to share what languages they speak. The digital bulletin board (located at the front of the school) displays a collection of students with their submitted answers, as well as a map to show where in the world their the languages are spoken. Students now have an opportunity to make connections with one another on campus as well as learn something new about our school. 

Did you know that our library also has a Mother Tongue section? Our hardworking librarian, Laura Reeb, is looking for new titles to add too. Please let her know if there are any favorite book titles in your Mother Tongue we can add to our collection!

Want to be more involved? How can you support your child at home?Be sure to keep up with our keep up with all things IB related at our PYP Spicewood Blog

This Week's News


Olson Dr. Stop-And-Go Section for Drop-Off In AM
Parents, in the morning during the drop off, there should be no cars parked on Olson Drive where the section is meant to serve as a Stop-Drop-and-Go. Also, I've communicated the same safety concern before about Tin Cup Dr; all students must be dropped off on the passenger side of the car, not the driver side on Olson Dr as well. If you have a car seat that's blocking the passenger side door, please re-arrange so students can safely exit the vehicle on the passenger side at all times.

Red Ribbon Week
This week is Red Ribbon Week, a week when Spicewood focuses on living healthy with our bodies, brains, and hearts. We have planned "living healthy" spirit days as well as school-wide activities that our students will be participating in to help promote healthy, happy lives.


Spirit Days
Monday, October 26: RED-OUT Panther Day! 
(wear as much red as you can, including our new red Spicewood t-shirt)
Tuesday, October 27: Living Healthy, My Future is So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades! 
(wear sunglasses to school)
Wednesday, October 28: Tip Your Hat to a Healthy You!
(wear a crazy hat to school)
Thursday, October 29: Turn Your Back to an Unhealthy Life!
(wear your shirt backwards)
Friday, October 30: Be a Spicewood Super Hero, Pledging to Living Healthy!
(wear a super hero shirt or capeNO COSTUMES ALLOWED)

Other Campus Activities
Healthy Living Bracelets—Students will be given healthy living bracelets to wear throughout the week.

Living Healthy and Coping with Stress/Worry Bulletin Board—To live healthy, we need healthy bodies, brains, AND hearts! When we feel stress and worry, it can interfere with our health. On this bulletin board, students and staff can add what they do to manage stress or worry in healthy ways (such as deep breathing, exercising, spending time with family, taking a walk, etc.).

Healthy Living Pledges—Students have the opportunity to sign a pledge to live a healthy life.
Healthy Living Pledge: “We are proud Spicewood Panthers pledging to live HEALTHY, BALANCED lives! We pledge to be healthy with our bodies, brains, AND hearts! If we are  feeling stressed or worried, we pledge to find healthy strategies to COPE (help) with these feelings.”

IB Learner Profile Vote—Classes will have the opportunity to vote on the top three learner profiles that the class thinks will help them to maintain a healthy, happy life. A graph of results will be displayed on a school-wide bulletin board.

Principals' Pride Ceremony Today & Tomorrow
Please join us in celebrating the success of our students this morning and tomorrow morning. Parents of those students who will be recognized should have been notified by homeroom teachers. We'll celebrate K-2 this morning and 3rd-5th tomorrow at 8AM in the cafeteria.

Early Release Day This Wednesday!
This is a friendly reminder that it's an Early Release Day this Wednesday. All students will be dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

Art to Remember- Message from Art Teachers
Art to Remember order forms went home last week in your Friday Folder! Orders will be delivered before Winter Break and make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends! Money raised is used to purchase materials for projects K -5th grades, technology tools and training for Spicewood Art teachers!


This year YOU CAN ORDER ONLINE through this SATURDAY Oct. 31st with your individualized student code found in the yellow box on the back of your custom order form. Order forms returned to school with cash or a check are due to Mrs Raybourn this FRIDAY Oct. 30th.

Veteran's Day Assembly Preparation- Wall of Honor
We call for all past and active veterans in the Spicewood ES Community. We'd love to honor you by displaying your photo along with some information on the Wall of Honor on November 11, 2015. Please fill out the second page of this flyer and send it in with a student by Friday, November 6. We'll also hold two assemblies: one with primary grade level at 8:30AM and another with intermediate grade level at 9AM on Wednesday, November 11. Any veterans are invited to attend either one of the assemblies in uniform. 

CVMS Math Night - Message from CVMS Principal Hagerty
Are you a 5th grade parent? Please plan to attend the PTA sponsored annual "Math Night" meeting at Canyon Vista Middle School. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 3 at 7 pm in the CVMS cafeteria. Learn about the CVMS and WHS math continuum and curriculum. Thank you. 

Mrs. Kim's Leave of Absence Plan
As many of you're aware, I will be out on a maternity leave starting the end of this month. If all goes as planned, my leave will be from November 2, 2015- February 12, 2016 with a returning date of February 15, 2016. Mrs. Marilane Dusterhoff (marilane_dusterhoff@roundrockisd.org) will be at Spicewood to long-term substitute in my absence. Mrs. Dusterhoff is a retired administrator from RRISD and is very familiar with the district procedures and expectations. Majority of school maintenance and operation will be handled by my Leadership Team that is consisted of Assistant Principal (Teyan Page), IB Coordinator (Jessica Vance), Counselor (Sara Hougham) and ITS (Julie Haney) in collaboration with Mrs. Dusterhoff. The Monday Updates from the Principal you have been receiving will be handled by Mrs. Page with help of Mrs. Vance and Mrs. Haney. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Dusterhoff as well as Mrs. Page in my absence. If you'd like to schedule a meeting with either one, please contact the principal's secretary, Mrs. Courtney Torres at courtney_torres@roundrockisd.org as you have in the past. I will not be able to check or respond to any work related emails per FMLA policy while I am out on a leave. Lastly, I want to thank you for your overwhelming congratulations and warm wishes for my baby and my family :) 

Halloween Costume Policy
Round Rock ISD schools, including Spicewood ES, do not celebrate or allow Halloween costumes at school to minimize instructional disruption. Please do not send your child to school in a costume. If they come to school with one on, you'll be contacted by the school personnel for a change of clothes. 

PTA President’s Blog
PTA President, Carole Callaghan, has started a President’s Blog to keep stakeholders up to date on what’s going on behind the scenes with PTA. This blog will provide important information on how PTA works, what important issues are being discussed, and how you can get involved in PTA. Mrs. Callaghan hopes to update the blog at least once per week and her first blog is ready for your viewing on the President’s Blog page. If you have suggestions for future blog posts, please send them to Mrs. Callaghan at spicewoodpresident@gmail.com.  

Math Pentathlon Club - Register Now  
Math Pentathlon Club student online registration opened on Tuesday, 10/13, at noon and will close on Tuesday, 10/20, at noon. To register your child please visit the Math Pentathlon Student Registration page. For more information about this club, please visit the Math Pentathlon page.

Zip Up Hoodies are for sale in the PTA Store!
Spicewood has Zip Up Hoodies for sale! Yes, that’s correct, they ZIP UP (no pullovers this year). Zip Up Hoodies come in Navy Blue and are available in Adult and Youth Sizes. Hoodie sales will close on Tuesday, 10/27, so order yours today. Cost is $28 per hoodie regardless of size. Please visit the PTA Store to view a digital image of the hoodies and place your order. If you have already ordered via the paper form, no need to purchase online, we have your order forms. Hoodies will be delivered on Friday, 11/13, just in time for cooler weather. Please contact spicewoodptafundraising@gmail.com with questions.

Spicewood PTA Silent Auction
On Friday, 11/13, the Spicewood PTA will be hosting “Masquerade Under the Stars Gala”. The annual silent and live auction is one of the Spicewood PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year dedicated to raising money for Spicewood Elementary. “Masquerade Under the Stars” will be an incredible night for dancing under the stars, waging bets in the casino area, wonderful food, and of course the silent and live auctions. Tickets for this popular event are on sale now in the PTA store. There will not be any tickets available for purchase at the door and tickets sell out quickly so get yours today. 

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her/his own way to express this year’s theme: Let Your Imagination Fly. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 11/6. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions, thea.woodruff@gmail.com.  

REFLECTIONS - Parent volunteers needed!
Parents, the Reflections committee really needs some more volunteers to ensure that it's a big success. Time commitment is only an hour or two a week until the program is completed. Please email Thea Woodruff at thea.woodruff@gmail.com to join our team. Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, October 26- Friday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 26
8:00AM   Kinder-2nd Grade Principals' Pride
School Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 27
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride
School Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 28
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

Thursday, October 29
6:00-7:00PM   Panther/Cub Choir Performance + PTA General Member Meeting #2

Tuesday, November 3
10:30AM-12:30PM   Flu Clinic for Kids
Spicewood is having a flu clinic for kids this year. It will be hosted by E-3 Alliance and will be in the Science Lab. Parents must bring insurance information to participate. For more information, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Norman at jennifer_norman@roundrockisd.org. 

7:00PM   FYI CVMS Math Night
Canyon Vista MS

Wednesday, November 4- Friday, November 6
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 6
WatchDOGS Friday
Reflections Entries Due

Wednesday, November 11
8:30AM   K-2 Veteran's Day Assembly
9:00AM   3rd-5th Veteran's Day Assembly

6:00PM   TAG Referral Parent Information Night
School Library

Thursday, November 12
6:00PM   4th Grade Concert

Friday, November 13
Spicewood PTA Silent Auction 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

This week Spicewood students will be celebrating Digital Citizenship Week. It would be a great way to support your child's learning by asking them what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. 

Celebrations

5th Grade Music Concert
Our 5th grade students showcased the very first concert of the school year last Thursday. It was a proud moment for all to see their hard work come to fruition. Everyone enjoyed taking "A Trip to the Tropics" in connection to the IB PYP transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the Planet. Kudos to Miss Tess and Miss Mary along with our new IB Coordinator, Mrs. Vance, who worked hard to make it a huge success! Also, big thanks to our guests who came out Thursday night to support our students. 








IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world"
--Nelson Mandela 
A common question I receive among parents and other community members is what IB looks like after they leave Spicewood Elementary. And while IB, at the DP (Diplomma Program) level, looks different than at the PYP level, it consists of the same core Learner Profile values and approaches to learning. Two Westwood High school seniors, Ishaana and Madalyn, began an after school club right here on campus last year,  inspired by their exposure to the DP programme at Westwood High school. I was able to connect with them last week and ask them about their experiences with IB and how they feel its impacted their learning. 

As both girls shared their experiences, it’s hard not to feel inspired and motivated to continue to share with others the long lasting impacts that IB has an those who are able to experience the programme. At the end of our interview they left me with a few last words…"IB is so worth it!”. Knowing how much intention, thought and careful planning our teachers put into our planners to do what’s best for kids, I couldn’t agree more!

When did you IB education begin?
(Ishaana) Westwood. I didn’t go to an IB elementary or middle school. I went to Laural Mountain  for a year and finished up elementary school within AISD where my mom worked, before going to Canyon Vista Middle School.” (Madalyn) I also went to Canyon Vista.
Since you both went to Canyon Vista (which is not an IB campus), how do you think you were prepared for the IB programme at Westwood?
(M & I) The teachers at Canyon Vista all have high expectations. That’s one thing that’s been really important with the IB programme at Westwood. All of the teachers are also really flexible. They treat us like people and let us make mistakes. 

Why did you choose to be a part of the DP programme at Westwood?
(Ishaana) I was first told about the IB programme at an information session conducted by other IB students from Westwood during my eighth grade year. It sounded interesting and I knew I had a few years to think about whether or not I wanted to commit to the program during my junior and senior years. You get to have a “taste” of  the rigor and approach during your freshman and sophomore years.  I LOVED my junior year literature class. It made me want to pursue social sciences. I love the tight knit community of IB. The teachers are also so amazing! 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the DP programme?
(Madalyn) I love the tight community. My favorite class is Theory of Knowledge. The teacher is fantastic! We get to be really reflective, have open discussions and its a safe place to share ideas and opinions. The teachers teach us to look at the significance of things and how to view things with different perspectives. Our teachers often tell us that the process is more important than the product and I can see how that is really true. (Ishaana) The IB programme has influenced me and what I want to study in college. It’s given me great communication and writing skills. You  are able to explore ideas without limits. During projects, teachers give you the freedom to do what you want. Since the IB students are such a small community you really get to know one another and work really closely with each other. 

The IB programme usually involves lots of risk taking and collaboration. How do you perceive shy, introverted students responding in this type of environment? 
(Ishaana) I think that since our classes are less restrictive and there are lots of open discussions, shy kids feel comfortable and will share.  They might not share as much as others, but they are open to communicating their ideas and the teachers encourage that. The teachers are not always grading and since we have lots of open discussions its a safe place to make a mistake. The teachers are all really encouraging as well. As a student you know that what you have to share is valid for what it is and you are not judged. Since it’s a small group we are close with our classmates and although some students have strong opinions they express, there is always fairness and justice in our classes. 

In your opinion, what exactly is an “IB Student”?
(M & I) The Learner Profile! At Westwood, an IB student is mature, appreciates education and is enthusiastic. We all appreciate the transdisciplinary approach to learning. Its a student who is committed and can collaborate. We all take part in projects without the teachers having to tell us what to do. We want things to be fair and divide up the work so everyone has a part. 

Action plays a part of the IB curriculum framework and encourages students to take action based on their learning and inquiry in the classroom. What types of actions have you been inspired to take?
(M & I) We’ve always known we wanted to do something. After our first information meeting in eighth grade we knew this was a project we could do with IB. It gave us the push to try and do something for the community. We created the Kids for Kids Club at Spicewood last year to connect with the community. The teachers also always inspire us with their enthusiasm and our classes. They give us a vocabulary to share and explain our new knowledge and thinking. We get to take action in our Theory of Knowledge class by sharing our ideas and feelings during our class discussions. (Ishaana) I know that when I went to visit India with my family my thinking was affected by the things I had learned at Westwood. I see things as less black and white and am more open to listening to other people. 
A big THANK YOU to both Madalyn and Ishaana for sharing their experiences at Westwood with us. If you are interested in researching more about the different IB programmes offered at RRISD please be sure to check out more information on the district’s website.

Want to be more involved? How can you support your child at home?Be sure to keep up with our keep up with all things IB related at our PYP Spicewood Blog

This Week's News


Drop-Off Line in the Circle Drive Before 7:20AM
Parents, please do not park and station your vehicle in the circle drive in the morning before the 7:20AM bell. Cars waiting in the circle drive for the opening of the main entrance door are adding to the initial traffic congestion. Circle drive is only for drop-and-go at all times.

Digital Citizenship Week This Week
This week is Digital Citizenship Week, a week dedicated to empowering students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. On campus this week, students will be engaging with several different learning experiences. Join us by continuing the conversations at home as our students learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship.

Red Ribbon Week NEXT Week (Spirit Days Starting on Monday of Next Week!)
October 26-30 is Red Ribbon Week, a week when Spicewood focuses on living healthy with our bodies, brains, and hearts. We have planned "living healthy" spirit days as well as school-wide activities that our students will be participating in to help promote healthy, happy lives.


Spirit Days
Monday, October 26: RED-OUT Panther Day! 
(wear as much red as you can, including our new red Spicewood t-shirt)
Tuesday, October 27: Living Healthy, My Future is So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades! 
(wear sunglasses to school)
Wednesday, October 28: Tip Your Hat to a Healthy You!
(wear a crazy hat to school)
Thursday, October 29: Turn Your Back to an Unhealthy Life!
(wear your shirt backwards)
Friday, October 30: Be a Spicewood Super Hero, Pledging to Living Healthy!
(wear a super hero shirt or cape; NO COSTUMES ALLOWED)

Other Campus Activities
Healthy Living Bracelets—Students will be given healthy living bracelets to wear throughout the week.

Living Healthy and Coping with Stress/Worry Bulletin Board—To live healthy, we need healthy bodies, brains, AND hearts! When we feel stress and worry, it can interfere with our health. On this bulletin board, students and staff can add what they do to manage stress or worry in healthy ways (such as deep breathing, exercising, spending time with family, taking a walk, etc.).

Healthy Living Pledges—Students have the opportunity to sign a pledge to live a healthy life.
Healthy Living Pledge: “We are proud Spicewood Panthers pledging to live HEALTHY, BALANCED lives! We pledge to be healthy with our bodies, brains, AND hearts! If we are  feeling stressed or worried, we pledge to find healthy strategies to COPE (help) with these feelings.”

IB Learner Profile Vote—Classes will have the opportunity to vote on the top three learner profiles that the class thinks will help them to maintain a healthy, happy life. A graph of results will be displayed on a school-wide bulletin board.

UIL Academic+ Competition
Preparation for our 2nd Annual District UIL A + Competition is underway. In order to determine students who will represent Spicewood Es at the district meet, we will be holding a preliminary competition the week of October 26th. Depending on the grade level, students may compete in the following categories: Story Telling, Oral Reading, Spelling, Music Memory and Number Sense. Parents may follow the link for additional information about UIL and to register students in  2nd - 5th grade, who are interested in competing.

Mrs. Kim's Leave of Absence Plan
As many of you're aware, I will be out on a maternity leave starting the end of this month. If all goes as planned, my leave will be from November 2, 2015- February 12, 2016 with a returning date of February 15, 2016. Mrs. Marilane Dusterhoff (marilane_dusterhoff@roundrockisd.org) will be at Spicewood to long-term substitute in my absence. Mrs. Dusterhoff is a retired administrator from RRISD and is very familiar with the district procedures and expectations. Majority of school maintenance and operation will be handled by my Leadership Team that is consisted of Assistant Principal (Teyan Page), IB Coordinator (Jessica Vance), Counselor (Sara Hougham) and ITS (Julie Haney) in collaboration with Mrs. Dusterhoff. The Monday Updates from the Principal you have been receiving will be handled by Mrs. Page with help of Mrs. Vance and Mrs. Haney. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Dusterhoff as well as Mrs. Page in my absence. If you'd like to schedule a meeting with either one, please contact the principal's secretary, Mrs. Courtney Torres at courtney_torres@roundrockisd.org as you have in the past. I will not be able to check or respond to any work related emails per FMLA policy while I am out on a leave. Lastly, I want to thank you for your overwhelming congratulations and warm wishes for my baby and my family :) 

Halloween Costume Policy
Round Rock ISD schools, including Spicewood ES, do not celebrate or allow halloween costumes at school to minimize instructional disruption. Please do not send your child to school in a costume. If they come to school with one on, you'll be contacted by the school personnel for a change of clothes. 

PTA President’s Blog
PTA President, Carole Callaghan, has started a President’s Blog to keep stakeholders up to date on what’s going on behind the scenes with PTA. This blog will provide important information on how PTA works, what important issues are being discussed, and how you can get involved in PTA. Mrs. Callaghan hopes to update the blog at least once per week and her first blog is ready for your viewing on the President’s Blog page. If you have suggestions for future blog posts, please send them to Mrs. Callaghan at spicewoodpresident@gmail.com.  

Math Pentathlon Club - Register Now  
Math Pentathlon Club student online registration opened on Tuesday, 10/13, at noon and will close on Tuesday, 10/20, at noon. To register your child please visit the Math Pentathlon Student Registration page. For more information about this club, please visit the Math Pentathlon page.

Zip Up Hoodies are for sale in the PTA Store!
Spicewood has Zip Up Hoodies for sale! Yes, that’s correct, they ZIP UP (no pullovers this year). Zip Up Hoodies come in Navy Blue and are available in Adult and Youth Sizes. Hoodie sales will close on Tuesday, 10/27, so order yours today. Cost is $28 per hoodie regardless of size. Please visit the PTA Store to view a digital image of the hoodies and place your order. If you have already ordered via the paper form, no need to purchase online, we have your order forms. Hoodies will be delivered on Friday, 11/13, just in time for cooler weather. Please contact spicewoodptafundraising@gmail.com with questions.

PTA General Membership Meeting #2+ Panther/Cub Choir Concert
Our next PTA general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, at 6:00 pm. We will finalize how to allocate funds raised from this year’s silent auction. At our previous meeting, we discussed this issue and voted on how to prioritize the options presented. PTA President, Carole Callaghan, has tallied the results and has posted the information on her new President’s Blog located on the PTA Website. Please visit the President’s Blog to see the proposed options and to find more information about how the final vote will be taken. We will also be reviewing proposed changes to the Spicewood PTA bylaws. Although this issue was addressed at our last meeting, we needed to publish the information for 30 days prior to that vote, so we are starting over and doing it right this time! You can find all of the proposed changes by visiting the PTA bylaws page. Finally, we have a special treat, the two Ms. McKennas will be introducing our new and improved Panther and Cub Choirs in their first musical performance of the year!  Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 29, because you won’t want to miss out!

Spicewood PTA Silent Auction
On Friday, 11/13, the Spicewood PTA will be hosting “Masquerade Under the Stars Gala”. The annual silent and live auction is one of the Spicewood PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year dedicated to raising money for Spicewood Elementary. “Masquerade Under the Stars” will be an incredible night for dancing under the stars, waging bets in the casino area, wonderful food, and of course the silent and live auctions. Tickets for this popular event are on sale now in the PTA store. There will not be any tickets available for purchase at the door and tickets sell out quickly so get yours today. 

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her/his own way to express this year’s theme: Let Your Imagination Fly. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 11/6. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions, thea.woodruff@gmail.com.  

REFLECTIONS - Parent volunteers needed!
Parents, the Reflections committee really needs some more volunteers to ensure that it's a big success. Time commitment is only an hour or two a week until the program is completed. Please email Thea Woodruff at thea.woodruff@gmail.com to join our team. Thank you!

Crossing Guard Needed at SWES
The City of Austin Child Safety Program is hiring for an open Crossing Guard position at Spicewood ES. For more information, please call Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512) 565-5623. 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, October 19- Friday, October 23
Digital Citizenship Week

Thursday, October 22- Friday, October 23
Campus-wide Vision and Hearing Screening
Please make sure students bring their prescribed glasses, if they wear one. 

Monday, October 26- Friday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 26
8:00AM   Kinder-2nd Grade Principals' Pride
School Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 27
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride
School Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 28
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12:45PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. 

Thursday, October 29
6:00-7:00PM   Panther/Cub Choir Performance + PTA General Member Meeting #2

Tuesday, November 3
10:30AM-12:30PM   Flu Clinic for Kids
Spicewood is having a flu clinic for kids this year. It will be hosted by E-3 Alliance and will be in the Science Lab. Parents must bring insurance information to participate. For more information, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Norman at jennifer_norman@roundrockisd.org. 

Wednesday, November 4- Friday, November 6
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 6
WatchDOGS Friday
Reflections Entries Due

Wednesday, November 11
6:00PM   TAG Referral Parent Information Night
School Library

Thursday, November 12
6:00PM   4th Grade Concert

Friday, November 13
Spicewood PTA Silent Auction 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

The weather is cooling down and it finally feels like fall. I hope this adds to the joy of having a long weekend with your child(ren) at home. This week we have our 5th grade students performing a concert for all stakeholders so we hope to see you Thursday evening.  



Celebrations

Book Fair - Final Numbers
The Book Fair results are in and it was another record-breaking year!  We grossed over $35,000, of which the Spicewood Library will receive 25% cash back from Scholastic (after-taxes).  Our grand total, including money from our Raffle Baskets, is $8,498.11.  Ms. Reeb uses Book Fair proceeds to pay for things such as author visits, storytellers, online resources (TumbleBooks, PebbleGo, and e-books), and of course, BOOKS.  Additionally, the Book Fair’s donation drive, sponsored by Brownie Troop #644, received 148 new books which will be delivered to the Book Spring organization for Austin children in need.  Lastly, congratulations to our Raffle Basket winners, Connor M. and Lanier H.  Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year’s Book Fair a HUGE success!

National Walk to School Day
Spicewood students, parents and teachers proudly celebrated the National Walk to School Day last Wednesday, October 7, 2015! Thank you for being an amazing community of people! 

Westwood wins the Sock and Underwear Drive benefitting the RRISD Clothes Closet [Message from Principal Arterbury]Thanks to the entire Westwood community, including all our elementary and middle schools, who contributed to this great cause.  

Congratulations WESTWOOD for winning the 6th annual Sock/Underwear Drive!  Between the two high schools and all of the feeder schools, a record setting total of 8396 pairs socks and underwear were collected benefiting the Round Rock Clothes Closet!  Westwood's community contributed 5,021!  Go Wood! 

But we all agree, the true winner here is the Round Rock Clothes Closet!  A big thank you to all who participated in such a worthy cause!  We’ll do it again next year!  

Here is McNeil's Principal, Mrs. Acosta, wearing Westwood orange at the game last week. Go Wood!




IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
“Heroes are made by ordinary people like you, and me, decide to be extra ordinary”— Kid President
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"How can a fourth grader change the world?"
While in one of the fourth grade classrooms this week students were generating questions related to their new unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves. It’s always such an interesting time to sit back and watch the questions unfold, assessing where the students are in their thinking, in addition to tuning in and seeing where their questions may take us within the inquiry unit. The fourth graders were FULL of some interesting questions, however, one of them particularly stood out to me this time.

This stood out to me because of last week’s post and also made me question how we can continue to spread the message to our students that they CAN take ACTION. Action is of course something that we want to be authentically initiated by students due to learning that takes place inside of the classroom. And while we are working to add to our Spicewood Action bulletin board this year, I thought that Kid President sends a great message to us all about action, changing the world and what it means to be a hero.

Action is already happening on our campus because of the conversations and learning experiences that are occurring in the classroom as well as at home! Big or small, PYP philosophy believes that every student, every year, has the right to have the opportunity to be involved in action (Remember action is saying, being, thinking, doing, or feeling something differently). We’ll update you as our Action bulletin board fills up this year. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #spicewoodaction if you post student action on Twitter!

Want to be more involved? How can you support your child at home?Be sure to keep up with our keep up with all things IB related at our PYP Spicewood Blog

This Week's News


No Dogs Allowed on School Premise At All Times
Parents and community members, we love our furry animals; however, we have heard quite a bit of concerns from various stakeholders (parents and teachers) that allowing dogs on school premise is beginning to scare our young children. Please do not bring your dog when you're dropping off/picking up your child(ren) to ensure safety of all children at Spicewood. 

Mrs. Kim's Leave of Absence Plan
As many of you're aware, I will be out on a maternity leave starting the end of this month. If all goes as planned, my leave will be from November 2, 2015- February 12, 2016 with a returning date of February 15, 2016. Mrs. Marilane Dusterhoff (marilane_dusterhoff@roundrockisd.org) will be at Spicewood to long-term substitute in my absence. Mrs. Dusterhoff is a retired administrator from RRISD and is very familiar with the district procedures and expectations. Majority of school maintenance and operation will be handled by my Leadership Team that is consisted of Assistant Principal (Teyan Page), IB Coordinator (Jessica Vance), Counselor (Sara Hougham) and ITS (Julie Haney) in collaboration with Mrs. Dusterhoff. The Monday Updates from the Principal you have been receiving will be handled by Mrs. Page with help of Mrs. Vance and Mrs. Haney. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Dusterhoff as well as Mrs. Page in my absence. If you'd like to schedule a meeting with either one, please contact the principal's secretary, Mrs. Courtney Torres at courtney_torres@roundrockisd.org as you have in the past. I will not be able to check or respond to any work related emails per FMLA policy while I am out on a leave. Lastly, I want to thank you for your overwhelming congratulations and warm wishes for my baby and my family :) 

Halloween Costume Policy
Round Rock ISD schools, including Spicewood ES, do not celebrate or allow halloween costumes at school to minimize instructional disruption. I wanted to get this communication out in advance so we're all aware. Please do not send your child to school in a costume. If they do come to school with one on, you'll be contacted by the school personnel for a change of clothes. 

5th Grade Concert This Thursday
5th grade students will perform a concert this Thursday at 6PM in the cafeteria under the direction of our new music teachers, Miss Tess & Mary McKenna. Please come join us to hear an amazing group of students sing!

Spicewood PTA Auction- Tickets Go on Sale This Thursday!
On November 13th, the Spicewood PTA will be hosting “Masquerade Under the Stars Gala”. The annual silent and live auction is one of the Spicewood PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year dedicated to raising money for Spicewood Elementary. “Masquerade Under the Stars” will be an incredible night for dancing under the stars, waging bets in the casino area, wonderful food, and of course the silent and live auctions. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask, and masks will be for sale at the event if you forget your own.

Tickets for this popular event will go on sale this Thursday, October 15th at 6 AM and will be available for purchase in the PTA store.  THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR THE NIGHT OF THE AUCTION and tickets sell out quickly. 

Types of Tickets Available:
Table for 10: $500
Limited Couples Ticket: $50 (there are very limited number available to encourage early purchases)
General Admission Tickets: $30

Math Pentathlon Club
Math Pentathlon Club student online registration will start on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at noon and end on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at noon. For more details about the club, please visit the Math Pentathlon page on the PTA website.

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her/his own way to express this year’s theme: Let Your Imagination Fly. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 11/6. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions, thea.woodruff@gmail.com.  

Crossing Guard Needed at SWES
The City of Austin Child Safety Program is hiring for an open Crossing Guard position at Spicewood ES. For more information, please call Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512) 565-5623. 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, October 12
No School for Students

Thursday, October 15
6:00-6:30PM   5th Grade Concert
Cafeteria 

Friday, October 16
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, October 19- Friday, October 23
Digital Citizenship Week

Monday, October 26- Friday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 29
6:00-7:00PM   Panther/Cub Choir Performance + PTA General Member Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 4- Friday, November 6
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 6
WatchDOGS Friday
Reflections Entries Due

Monday, October 5, 2015

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood had a busy week last week! The Book Fair brought in many parents and guests as well as the annual Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Cook Out. We loved seeing everyone and mostly our kids loved seeing each and every one of you! Thank you for your support and partnership. We'll kick off the very first Spirit Night this Thursday at Jason's Deli so please come by and join us for dinner. 



Celebrations

Book Fair
WOW! The Spicewood Book Fair had a phenomenal week and there simply are not enough words to express our gratitude. THANK YOU to all the fearless volunteers who gave their time, THANK YOU to all the fabulous visitors who shopped the fair, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased books for donation to Book Spring. It’s the boundless generosity of this community that helps make the Spicewood Elementary Library one of the best libraries in the district. Our final numbers are still trickling in, and we will post the library’s profit on the Book Fair page as soon as we have completed our calculations. Also, Ms. Reeb will be drawing the winners for our Monstrously Huge Raffle Baskets on Monday, 10/5. Good luck to all who purchased raffle tickets! The winners will be announced on the morning announcements.Last but not least, BIG THANKS to our Book Fair chairs (Kelly C., Lily D., Vanessa N., Renee P. &  Laura W.) who have done an amazing job!


Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Cook Out
Thanks to all of our special guests that joined us for the annual K.I.S.S. Cook Out! It was a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy a nice lunch with the loved ones!

Spicewood Art Club Students Showcased at TASA Conference
Spicewood Art Club students showed off how we are using our Next Generation Digital ART room iPads to create art work at the TASA/TASB conference at the Austin Convention Cente​r last Friday!  Students demonstrated iPad apps used to create digital artwork as well as 3-D models created with TinkerCad that we are printing using our checked out RRISD 3-D printer​. Our students were fantastic! Spicewood Ambassadors and were complemented by numerous Superintendents and School Board members from across the state of Texas on being creative thinkers and problem solvers!​​



IB PYP 101


This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

“Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO”– Bruce Lee
Action is an essential element of the IB PYP program. “It is believed that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action” (Making the PYP Happen p.25). A student action is initiated by students, as an extension of the inquiry that occurs in the classroom. Our teachers model and encourage students to construct learning through a variety of learning experiences, classroom discussions and research and share their learning with the community both in and outside the classroom. The actions are ways that Spicewood students exhibit their commitment of Learner Profile and to the attitudes. Most frequently we we see students action through the summative assessment (culminating product at the end of each Unit of Inquiry), however, highlighting and celebrating student action at all times is something we also promote as a PYP school.

Example of ACTION:
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Source: Making the PYP Happen
The action taken by the student demonstrates student action by DOING something different, based on learning and inspiration from the classroom, however, it action is not limited to only doing something based on new knowledge. Remember, actions are verbs. Verbs take many shapes and sizes so, in turn, actions are

SAYING, THINKING, BEING, FEELING, or HAVING
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So perhaps you'll use one of these instead of DOING?
We want to hear HOW Spicewood students are taking action and celebrate them. In the third grade hallway, we have a student action bulletin board to do just the thing!

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Complete the online form so we can add all of the authentic action that takes place this year! We look forward to FILLING up the bulletin board with student action forms, sharing and celebrating all things ACTION related thanks for the PYP program.

Want to be more involved? How can you support your child at home?Be sure to keep up with our keep up with all things IB related at our PYP Spicewood Blog

This Week's News

Please Do Not Park/Use Staff Parking Lot At All Times
Due to added portables and increased number of staff members, we are extremely short on parking spaces for our staff members. Some have already started parking on the streets. Please refrain from using or parking our staff parking lot at all times. Thank you so much for your support. 

Drop-off Safety on Tin Cup Rd
Parents, when you drop off your child along the side of Tin Cup Road, all students must be dropped off on the passenger side of the car, not the driver side. We've had a few scares of students being dropped off on the driver side while cars passing by closely. Secondly, please do not take a U-Turn at the intersection of Tin Cup Rd and Olson Dr; this adds to the already-heavy traffic congestion in the morning. 

Outdoor School Parent Information Meeting
If you have a child in 5th grade, please attend the Outdoor School Parent Information Meeting tonight at 6PM in the library. 

National Walk to School Day This Wednesday!
The weather's been beautiful so let's celebrate Walk to School Day this Wednesday on October 7 by walking to school! 

Picture Day This Wednesday
This is a friendly reminder that students will be taking school picture this Wednesday. Send your child with a smile on and ready to strike a pose! 

Spirit Night at Jason's Deli hosted by PTA
Please join us for dinner at Jason's Deli between 5-8PM this Thursday, October 8. 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Reeb, Mrs. Powers and Mrs. Kim will be there for part of the night. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to Spicewood PTA. 

Westwood vs. McNeil Feeder Pattern Sock and Underwear Drive
Westwood HS Principal, Mrs. Arterbury, invites all Westwood Feeder Pattern schools to participate in the annual WWHS vs. MHS Sock & Underwear Drive. These new underwear and no-show socks will help students who are in need in our district. The drive will last till noon of October 8, 2015. Please send any new underwear & socks for kids to the front office at Spicewood, if you'd like to gracious donate to the cause. 

Destination Imagination (D.I.) - Chairperson Needed!
Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving club where students work together to solve one of 6 mind-bending challenges of their choice and then present their solution at a regional tournament in February. Spicewood Elementary proudly went to the state level the last two consecutive years. The PTA hopes to continue to provide our incredible kids with an outlet for their creative energy and individual talents, whatever they might be! If you are interested in being a chair for this wonderful program, please email tospicewoodeducomp@gmail.com.  

Spicewood Annual Silent Auction Hosted by PTA
“Masquerade Under the Stars” will be held Friday, November 13, at the Balcones Country Club beginning at 6:00. Spend an incredible night with friends while raising money for Spicewood through the silent and live auctions.  There will be a casino room to enjoy this year as well. Tickets and tables for this event will go on sale Oct. 15th at 6am. Tables will be $500 for 10 people, Couples tickets will be $50 (only a limited number will be available online) and General Admission tickets will be $30. Only 300 tickets will be available, so make sure you buy your tickets the day they go on sale so you aren’t left out of the fun!

2015-2016 Spicewood Yearbook
Order your child’s yearbook! Simply go to www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode: 101375475891671, or use your log-in information from last year, if you already created an account.  For questions, contact Liz Boyce at erliemha@gmail.com, or Angie Dubroca at amdubroca@yahoo.com. 

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her/his own way to express this year’s theme: Let Your Imagination Fly. Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 11/6. For more information, including rules and entry forms, check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions, thea.woodruff@gmail.com.  

Merchant Rebates
Do you have a Target REDcard? Did you know Target will donate 1% of your Credit or Debit REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help an eligible K-12 school of your choice? Visit www.target.com/tcoe and enter "Spicewood" or school ID 100832. Currently 102 REDcard holders have designated Spicewood, and our last donation issued February, 2015, totaled $723.85! Important Note - Target announced it will be discontinuing the Take Charge of Education program May 14, 2016, but you can still enroll today and earn Spicewood money until then! For more information please visit the Merchant Rebates page or contact Lisa Revelett: merchantrebates@revelett.com 

Crossing Guard Needed at SWES
The City of Austin Child Safety Program is hiring for an open Crossing Guard position at Spicewood ES. For more information, please call Esperanza Schiele, Child Safety Supervisor at (512) 565-5623. 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, October 5
6:00-7:00PM   Outdoor School Information Meeting (Only for 5th Grade Parents)
If you have a 5th grade student, please join our 5th grade teachers in the library for the Outdoor School Information Meeting. 

Wednesday, October 7
School Picture Day
Send your child with a smile on, ready for a picture :)

Thursday, October 8
Spirit Night at Jason's Deli (Hosted by PTA) 
3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Reeb and Mrs. Kim will join our families for part of the night. 

Monday, October 12
No School for Students

Thursday, October 15
6:00-6:30PM   5th Grade Concert
Cafeteria 

Friday, October 16
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, October 19- Friday, October 23
Digital Citizenship Week

Monday, October 26- Friday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 29
6:00-7:00PM   Panther/Cub Choir Performance + PTA General Member Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 4- Friday, November 6
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 6
WatchDOGS Friday
Reflections Entries Due