Monday, November 30, 2015

Updates From the Leadership Team

Dear families and community members,

We hope you have enjoyed your time with family and friends over the fall break!  We are excited to have our students back and continue the rigorous learning as we finish up the fall semester. 


Celebrations

Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser
A BIG thanks to all the parents, teachers and most importantly our students who raised over $7,000 in our efforts to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes! Without your awesome support, this would not be possible. We will have our walk next Friday, November 20th during PE for all grade levels. 


IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
Last week Mrs. Teal revealed how learning another language takes lots of risk-taking as well as what a typical Spanish class might look like for your child here at Spicewood. Take a look at Part Two of Mrs. Teal's interview as she explains how you can best support your child in learning Spanish below. 

Q:  How do you feel you best connect to what’s going on in the classroom's unit of inquiry? (Can you give a specific grade level example maybe)

Over the course of the year, I have several over-arching objectives.  One is to teach Spanish – the language, which includes vocabulary structures, grammar, syntax, etc.  Another objective is to connect to at least 2 of the homeroom units of inquiry for each grade level.  Finally, I want to teach the students a little bit about the Spanish-speaking world.  I have been very intentional about designing a curriculum that allows me to address all 3 of these big objectives together, rather than separately.  Here is an example.

2nd grade in my class is learning about Spain.  One of the 2nd grade units of inquiry that provided an authentic and relevant connection was their Sharing the Planet unit.  The central idea for this unit is: Living things share natural resources.  This connects perfectly with Spain in regard to the Iberian lynx. The lynx is the rarest feline in the world due to several factors, one of which is habitat loss.  As cities expand to accommodate a growing population, more and more trees are cut down.  Another great connection is the Cantabrian Brown Bear of northern Spain.  This bear has not been hibernating in recent years due to warmer temperatures year-round.  There is no need for them to hibernate since they can find food even in the winter months.  From a language standpoint, we are learning enough vocab talk about this in Spanish.  

2nd grade also has a unit of inquiry in my class.  It is a How We Express Ourselves unit, and the central idea is Language is a way to get knowledge.  As the year progresses, we talk about the importance of knowing language, the different forms of language (written, verbal, non-verbal, etc.), the benefits of knowing more than one language, and how we depend on language to get knowledge.   

Q: How can parents best support their child learning an additional language at home?
Some ideas that spring to mind are:
•Ask your child what they are learning in Spanish and ask them to teach you or demonstrate for you what they know.  Want to jog their memory?  Look at my website http://spicewoodspanish.weebly.com/  under ‘What is my child learning in Spanish?’  You’ll see the synopsis of each lesson and words to songs and chants, etc.  There are even some videos and links to peruse!  Keep checking back because I’m still working on the links page, and I’m adding weekly to the lessons for each of the 6 grade levels.
•Provide spontaneous opportunities to practice Spanish in fun ways.  Using the numbers around the house to count or on the highway looking at road signs is an easy way to practice number recognition.  Dice games or number guessing games would be another fun option.
•Look for online Spanish games that your child can play.
•If you have a Spanish-speaking person in your life, ask them to speak Spanish to your child.  (ie. Relatives, neighbors, a nanny, etc.)
•If your child has a Spanish-speaking friend, make a point of having them over to play.  Challenge the kids to only speak Spanish for the next 5 or 10 minutes with a simple reward if they do.  
•Provide very simple (pre-K level) books for your child to have around the house. Ask them to read to you and compliment their accent!
•If they watch cartoons that have Spanish woven into them (ie.  Maya and Miguel, Dora the Explorer, etc.) have them start a list of Spanish words that they hear with their definition. 

A BIG THANKS to Mrs. Teal for contributing to this week's PYP 101 section. I hope that all of the information she provided was helpful at making sense as to what happens in the Spanish classroom. Be sure to check out her helpful and resourceful 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 

3rd Grade Choir Concert
3rd grade will be performing their music program, Spaced Out, on Tuesday, December 1st
in the Spicewood Cafeteria. Mrs. Vance, our IB Coordinator, and Ms. McKenna found that the Spaced Out! musical is connected to one of the IB Transdisciplinary Themes, Where We Are in Place and Time. This year, third graders are focusing on the central idea that people past and present make a difference. Please see the flyer for in the digital Friday folder for additional information. 


Other Campus Activities

October General Meeting Minutes Available Online
The General Meeting Minutes from the October 29th PTA membership meeting are now available for review on the PTA website. If you have any questions about the minutes, please feel free to contact Carole Callaghan at spicewoodpresident@gmail.com. 

Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet is a service project conducted by the Round Rock Council of PTAs which provides gently used clothing as well as new socks and underwear to RRISD students who are in need.  There is a ‘Coats and Jeans’ drive that will run from November 30 – December 17.  Please bring any clean, gently used coats and jeans to the school and deposit them in the donation bins in the hallway near the library and PTA volunteer room. Your donations benefit RRISD students and are greatly appreciated by those who receive them! Please visit the Clothes Closet page to learn more or contact Brittiany Johnson at mike.and.britt@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

Spicewood Science Fair
Our Spicewood Science Fair will take place January 25 - 27.  All 4th & 5th graders are required to enter the Science Fair with an experiment.  They will receive detailed information from their teachers just before the Winter Break and throughout the month of January. Students in grades K – 3 are encouraged to participate as well and we will have a Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30pm in the Library to answer any questions that you might have.  Our PTA is able to order Science Display Boards at a discounted price by ordering in bulk.  If you would like to take advantage of this, please see the form in the Friday Folder

One World One Night – Save the Date!
What would be better than to give our students and their families a passport to cultures around the world?  Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket?   If so, please consider helping with the One World One Night at Spicewood Elementary on Tuesday, March 1, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Please visit the One World One Night page for more information. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27
Fall Break

Tuesday, December 1
6:00PM Cafeteria Special PTA Meeting & 3rd Grade "Spaced Out" Musical

Wednesday, December 2
Make Up Picture Day

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

Friday, December 4 
Watch Dog Dads

Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11
Computer Science Education Week - Hour of Code
More information TBA

Thursday, December 10
5:00 PM Spirit Night @ Moonie's Burgers
Our third grade teachers, Ms. Tess, Mrs. Skagen, Mrs. Haney, and Mrs. Vance will be there for part of the night.

Monday, December 14
8:00 AM K-2nd Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, December 15
8:00 AM 3-5 Principals' Pride 

Wednesday, December 16
No Parking at Hope Church

Thursday, December 17
No Parking at Hope Church
Classroom Winter Parties 
Last Day of Fall Semester

Friday, December 18
Student Holiday- No School Monday

Monday December 21 - Monday January 4
Winter Break 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Updates from the Leadership Team

Dear families and community members,

We had a busy week full of lots of celebrations and gatherings. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community and hard working staff who make all of the events so successful. 

Celebrations

Masquerade Under the Stars Gala
We'd like to first start off by thanking the parents who spent countless hours to make this even a huge success! Special thanks goes to our hosts-Mrs. Jen Mishkin, Mrs. Jaime Brown and Danielle Jacobs. We'd also like to recognize all the solicitation parents. THANK YOU! A complete list of parent volunteers for the auction is available on our PTA website. Words cannot express how grateful Spicewood is. It was a great night of another round of celebration with parents and community. Thank you for your unending support. 

Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser
A BIG thanks to all the parents, teachers and most importantly our students who raised over $7,000 in our efforts to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes! Without your awesome support, this would not be possible. We will have our walk next Friday, November 20th during PE for all grade levels. 

How We Express Ourselves Through Music: Fourth Grade Music Performance 
Parents and community had the pleasure of  attending the performance of our 4th grade choir. Led by Ms.Tess and Ms.Mary Mckenna, students performed selections connected to their How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. Our fourth grade students gave an amazing performance of different types of expression through songs, instruments and dance. 



First Grade Takes Action
 Inspired by their ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit, the first grade students have taken action and found a way that they can contribute to our local Austin community. The students have decided they would like to collect canned food and donate it to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. First grade teachers will be now accepting canned foods and boxes until Friday, November 20th. Even if your child is not in 1st grade, all can participate by sending the items with your child to their teacher, who then will pass the donated items to first grade teachers. Let's all work together to support our first grade students and community! 


Veterans Day Celebration
Last Wednesday, Spicewood held a celebration for our community's veterans. Led by Ms. Tess, our Cub and Panther Choirs paid tribute with a performance of songs honoring all Veterans. Students also paid tribute by sharing words of gratitude.Thank you to all who participated in our Wall of Remembrance or joined us during either of our morning performances!
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
Learning another language allows students to step inside the mind and context of another culture, giving them a new perspective and appreciation as a global-minded thinker. At Spicewood Elementary our students learn Spanish from our  Spanish teacher, Mrs. Teal. The students learn about different Spanish speaking areas of the world, with a different region introduced each year. Mrs. Teal shares her approach to teaching an additional language on campus over a two part series. Check out Part One below!

Q: What Learner Profile Attributes are best used when learning an additional language? 
 Probably the most crucial learner profile attribute for learning a new language is being a risk-taker.  It can be a little scary to try to communicate in a language that you are just learning.  I try to give students plenty of opportunities through a variety of fun and low-stress activities to apply and practice the language. 
Being a thinker is another super important attribute.  Students aren’t just learning a language; they are learning about language and they are learning through language.  I love seeing the light bulbs come on as students begin to understand new concepts and recognize patterns in language and apply what they have already learned to new vocabulary structures.  What a privilege to be learning Spanish as elementary students!

Q: What does a typical Spanish class look like?
Spanish always begins with a ‘Can-Do Review’.  This is a review of all the lesson objectives we have had since the beginning of the year.  For example, in first grade one of our lesson objectives was “I can use Spanish to tell where something is.”  So each time a 1st grade class comes to Spanish, I give them an opportunity to prove they can do that.  I might show a picture of a monkey in a tree and challenge students to tell me where the monkey is.  They could say ‘El mono está en el arból.’ (The monkey is in the tree.) Or they could say, ‘El mono está en la selva.’ (The monkey is in the jungle.)  Once we have reviewed all the previous lesson objectives – and this goes pretty fast – we move on to the new Can-Do for the day.  A typical class will include some of the following: reading, songs, chants, books, skits, games and activities.  I find that the more students move, laugh, and talk, the more they learn and remember.  I try to always introduce new vocabulary in context so that they are hearing it in a more natural way rather than learning lists of words that they don’t know how to use in every day speech.

Stay tuned next week for Part Two of this series as Mrs. Teal explains how parents can help support what's happening in the Spanish classroom as well as some useful resources you can use to keep informed about your child's learning! 

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 

Storyteller: Margaret Clauder
Grades K-2 will be reading with the bookworm Monday, November 16th! Margaret will be sharing an interactive storytelling session to our primary students. Be sure to check Mrs. Reeb's blog for pictures and details from this event.

Author Visit: PJ Hoover
Author PJ Hoover will be at Spicewood speaking with our third through fifth grade students on Thursday, November 19th. Her latest book, Tut: The Story of my Immortal Life, is on the current Texas Lonestar Reading list! 

Pies/Desserts Needed
The Spicewood PTA would like volunteers to provide whole pies or other whole desserts for our teachers and staff at Spicewood. This is an easy way to let them know how thankful we are for all they do to teach and care for our children. We need 28 whole desserts (that do not need refrigeration) from each grade level.  All pies and desserts will be combined to provide each teacher and staff member with one or two take-home desserts to enjoy over the holiday. To sign up please visit the Dessert Drive page and scroll down to the appropriate grade level. Please deliver your goodies to the school on Thursday, November 19, between 7:30-2:45pm in a disposable container or dish. Please email Jocelyn Fagan with any questions at jocelyn@laviejoyeuse.com.


Other Campus Activities
Merchant Rebates
Congratulations to the winners of the first Merchant Rebates contest of the school year! Ms. Ormont's 1st grade class did an amazing job submitting the most Bonus Box Tops Certificates, and also having the highest total of all other Labels. They win an item from their classroom's wish list. Mrs. Jacobs' 2nd grade class is also being acknowledged for having the next highest total! Congratulations to both winning classrooms!

Great job to all the classrooms! This round of submissions brought in 9,293 Box Tops, which translates to $929.30 for Spicewood. It also brought in 1,877 Labels for Education points, 26 Tyson Labels, 568 Community Coffee UPCs (translates to $56.80) and thousands of My Coke Rewards points that will be entered and redeemed for cash.

Questions about Merchant Rebates? Contact Lisa Revelett: merchantrebates@revelett.com

October General Meeting Minutes Available Online
The General Meeting Minutes from the October 29th PTA membership meeting are now available for review on the PTA website. If you have any questions about the minutes, please feel free to contact Carole Callaghan at spicewoodpresident@gmail.com. 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27
Fall Break

Tuesday, December 1
6:00PM Cafeteria Special PTA Meeting & 3rd Grade "Spaced Out" Musical

Wednesday, December 2
Make Up Picture Day

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

Friday, December 4 
Watch Dog Dads

Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11
Computer Science Education Week - Hour of Code
More information TBA

Thursday, December 10
5:00 PM Spirit Night @ Moonie's Burgers
Our third grade teachers, Ms. Tess, Mrs. Skagen, Mrs. Haney, and Mrs. Vance will be there for part of the night.

Monday, December 14
8:00 AM K-2nd Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, December 15
8:00 AM 3-5 Principals' Pride 

Wednesday, December 16
No Parking at Hope Church

Thursday, December 17
No Parking at Hope Church
Classroom Winter Parties 
Last Day of Fall Semester

Friday, December 18
Student Holiday- No School Monday

Monday December 21 - Monday January 4
Winter Break 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Updates From the Leadership Team

Dear families and community members,

This week we welcome all of our Veterans to come and join us at our Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday. We will hold two assemblies: one with primary grade level at 8:30AM and another with intermediate grade levels at 9AM. Any veterans are invited to attend either one of the assemblies in uniform. All veterans attending are invited to visit our library after the assembly for a light breakfast reception.

Celebrations
Outdoor School
Mrs. Page made a surprise visit last Thursday afternoon to our fifth graders out at Outdoor School. The rain didn't damper their spirits! Our students had the opportunity to spend two nights and 3 days at The Outdoor School. They were able to embark upon both academic and adventure courses. All courses are TEKS correlated and designed to foster students’ appreciation of nature and unique feature of the property. We are grateful for the dedication our 5th grade teachers demonstrate each year by collaborating as team and making this trip a part of the 5th grade experience.   


First Grade Guest Speaker: How We Organize Ourselves
First grade is currently learning how organizations exist to meet people's needs in our PYP unit of How We Organize Ourselves. Students have learned about consumers and the different wants and needs that exist in ourselves and different organizations. This has allowed students to expand their learning to include how goods and services meet our wants and needs so we can survive and thrive in our community. Austin's local branch of Meals on Wheels came to speak to our first graders about the different services their organization provides and how their volunteers help meet the needs of those in our local community. 
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

This week our risk-taking fifth graders gave their Presidential speeches to the student body. Using their research and communication skills, the candidates prepared and presented their ideas to help make Spicewood a better place for everyone as well as ways that they would work with the leadership and student body to make changes on campus. 


The video below shows the Question and Answer session that followed their speeches. Students were presented with two questions and given thirty seconds for an answer. The students truly represented our campus well and have a strong sense of what it means to be an IB thinker!


Check out the video below for the Q & A session:

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

Veteran's Day Assembly and Wall of Honor
There's still time to send in your Veteran photo to be displayed on our Wall of Honor! Please fill out the second page of this flyer and send it in by Tuesday. We will hold two assemblies: one with primary grade level at 8:30AM and another with intermediate grade levels at 9AM. Any veterans are invited to attend either one of the assemblies in uniform. All veterans attending are invited to visit our library after the assembly for a light breakfast reception.

Westwood Learning Community Music Concert
The Panther Choir will be performing in the Westwood Learning Community Choir Concert on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 pm in the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center! Choirs from all of the elementary schools that feed into Westwood High School will be performing, as well as the choirs from Grisham and Canyon Vista Middle School and Westwood High School. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform in the beautiful Performing Arts Center facility, and to listen to and sing with groups from the middle and high schools!

How We Express Ourselves: Fourth Grade Music Program

Please join us this Thursday evening, November 12th, for the Fourth Grade music program, "We Express Ourselves Through Music". Students please report at 5:30 pm. The program will begin promptly at 6 pm.

Spicewood PTA Silent Auction
This Friday, 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.

Pies/Desserts Needed
The Spicewood PTA would like volunteers to provide whole pies or other whole desserts for our teachers and staff at Spicewood. This is an easy way to let them know how thankful we are for all they do to teach and care for our children. We need 28 whole desserts (that do not need refrigeration) from each grade level.  All pies and desserts will be combined to provide each teacher and staff member with one or two take-home desserts to enjoy over the holiday. To sign up please visit the Dessert Drive page and scroll down to the appropriate grade level. Please deliver your goodies to the school on Thursday, November 19, between 7:30-2:45pm in a disposable container or dish. Please email Jocelyn Fagan with any questions at jocelyn@laviejoyeuse.com. 



Other Campus Activities

Storyteller: Margaret Clauder
Grades K-2 will be reading with the bookworm Monday, November 16th! Margaret will be sharing an interactive storytelling session to our primary students. Be sure to check Mrs. Reeb's blog for pictures and details from this event.

Author Visit: PJ Hoover
Author PJ Hoover will be at Spicewood speaking with our third through fifth grade students on Thursday, November 19th. Her latest book, Tut: The Story of my Immortal Life, is on the current Texas Lonestar Reading list! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, November 9
Cub and Panther Choir Performance at RRISD Performing Arts Center
7PM

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 Music Concert

Friday, November 13
Spicewood PTA Silent Auction 

Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27
Fall Break

Tuesday, December 1
3rd Grade "Spaced Out" Musical
6:00PM Cafeteria

Wednesday, December 2
Make Up Picture Day

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

Updates from the Leadership Team

Dear families and community members,

With so many recent events on campus, we have lots of celebrations to share with you all. 
We also welcome Mrs. Marilane Dusterhoff to Spicewood this week! Be sure to give her a warm welcome and say hello! 
Celebrations
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week was full of some fun spirit days, bringing awareness to healthy lifestyles. Our amazing counselor, Mrs. Hougham, coordinated a few school-wide interactive bulletin boards to give our staff and students an opportunity to make their pledges for a happy, healthy lifestyle and communicate what they need to keep their hearts feeling balanced. 
Singing Zoologist
The library hosted a special visitor last week. Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, shared his knowledge about animals and science through a collection of entertaining songs our students enjoyed!
2nd Grade learning about life cycles of butterflies and frogs

Principal's Pride
Our first Principal's Pride assemblies were held on Monday and Tuesday of last week. At the end of each marking period, teachers nominate students who exemplify the Learner Profile Attributes. It was so wonderful to see our community fill our cafeteria and hallways with beaming pride! We congratulate all Principal's Pride recipients and look forward to our next assembly in December. Thursday night, parents and teachers attending the PTA meeting had the pleasure of hearing several selections from our Cub Choir. Led by Ms. Mary and Ms. Tess Mckenna, students did an excellent job. What a perfect opportunity to show our community how hard they've been working during after school practices.
Cub Choir Performance
Thursday night, parents and teachers attending the PTA meeting had the pleasure of hearing several selections from our Cub Choir. Led by Ms. Mary and Ms. Tess Mckenna, students did an excellent job. What a perfect opportunity to show our community how hard they've been working during after school practices. We are very proud of them!
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

As an IB, all teacher created Units of Inquiry are transdisciplinary. This means that learning isn't necessarily segmented by subject, giving students a true experience of real world learning. Walk into any classroom on our campus and you might see a PE lesson about healthy habits connecting to a science lesson taught in the classroom or unit concepts and vocabulary being reinforced during music class. At any given time throughout the school year, all of our specials teachers are supporting or making direct connections to Units of Inquiry to a grade-level unit. Our Specials team works hard to be sure that these connections are authentic and add to the learning that takes place in the classroom. 


Currently, our fourth grade classes are working on their How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. In their unit they are focusing on the central idea, Writers share their experiences, ideas, feelings and beliefs in a variety of ways. Students explore different types of writing, while teachers bring in different books, writing activities and authors to help facilitate discussion and inquiry in the classroom. At the start of their unit, students focused their inquiry on memoirs. Teachers presented students with a challenge of writing a six word memoir reflecting on a variety of experiences, expressing an idea, feeling or belief. 

This year, our Next Gen Art Classroom was able to make a direct connection by creating self portraits and integrate the six word memoirs that students wrote in their classrooms. Mrs. Rayborn had the students utilize a total four different apps to create their masterpieces! To begin, students were asked to use the Camera Roll app and take three types of pictures, one action, one regular and one silly or free choice). 
Then, students were asked to use the Sketcher app and draw an image that they would be using as part of their self portraits.
Next, students used the Stacker app to stack and layer the background sketch that they drew with the self portrait photo they took earlier. This was followed by the Phonto app that students used to write their six word memoirs along with their signatures. 
What a wonderful way to explore technology in addition to inquiring a little more about themselves as writers. As you walk through the building you'll notice how the IB elements connect all classrooms in our building in one way or another!  
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

Parking Spots in the Front of the School
Parents, the front parking spots are reserved for people who need to come inside the building and/or drop off a student who is in need of extra assistance. Please be aware there are several families who are in need of these spaces at both drop off and pick up times. They are not meant as a regular drop off location for students. Also, students should only be dropped off via the right hand lane where the Safety Patrol students and teachers on duty can safely help children exit the car. 

Free Flu Clinic:Tuesday, November 3
E-3 Alliance is hosting their free flu clinic this week on Tuesday from 10:30-12:30 in the Parents must bring insurance information to participate. 

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. 

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.  

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 6 pm in the CVMS cafeteria. Learn about the CVMS and WHS math continuum and curriculum. 


Other Campus Activities
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. 

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.  

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

6:00PM   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, November 23-Friday, November 27
Fall Break