Monday, February 1, 2016

Updates from the Leadership Team

Dear families and community,

Spicewood has a busy week ahead of us - Class pictures on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday. Please remember to plan accordingly in advance as all students will dismissed at 12:45PM on Wednesday.

Annual Science Fair
Our Annual Science Fair was a huge success once again! A BIG THANKS to all parent volunteers, Westwood HS student volunteers, and teachers for making this learning event a great success! 
The following students will advance to the Science Fair Regionals taking place on Feb. 17th - 20th at the Palmer Event Center: 

4th Grade: Ava D., Lorren E., Dana K., Shalin L., Mason M., Elise T.
5th Grade: Bishop B., Nandini D., Sophia D., Claire D., Garrett H., Nikki S., Prayag S., Ethan V., Cooper W. 

Art Volunteers in the Classroom 
We are fortunate to have a community of volunteers that support our students and staff in many different aspects. This week, we'd like to celebrate Art Volunteers in the Classroom. Throughout the year, the students have an opportunity to learn about different artists who have expressed themselves through a variety of mediums. Artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Frido Kahlo and Madhu Bundi were featured at last week's sessions. Students view artwork (prints, actual artwork or online research) and get an opportunity to ask questions about the artist and their art pieces. We appreciate all of our Art in the Classroom Volunteers for their time spent preparing for these valuable sessions for our students. 

IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.

As students inquire about their units, their teachers intentionally and carefully select a variety of learning experiences that inspire students to ask questions and do their own research to find the answers.

This week, I thought I would share with you how the essential elements look outside of the walls of a Spicewood classroom. The resources give you an opportunity to explore how other IB campuses interpret these elements on their campuses, read more about popular education trends and in general, giving YOU another way to experience and feel more connected to what is happening on our campus and what is means to be at an IB school.Essential Elements of the PYP curriculum:

Knowledge:  How one teacher gives her students the freedom to explore and question

Attitudes: How the IB Learner Profile shapes students lives

Skills: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

Action: Small Action, Big Change

Concepts: Constructing meaning through a conceptual approach at a PYP school in India

After you do a little exploring I invite you to take a little time to reflect on your own learning and complete the following statement, “I used to think …. now I think or know…”.  How will you take action based on your new 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

Merchant Rebates
Do you use Bing as a search engine? Did you know Spicewood can benefit from this?  Bing Rewards lets you earn credits for searching on Bing, or trying new features from Bing or other Microsoft products or services. These credits can be donated to a nonprofit organization (Spicewood Elementary)! For more information, become a Bing Rewards member, and check out the FAQ.

Reminder: The 2nd Merchant Rebates contest ends Wednesday, 2/17.
1. Class turning in the most POINTS from Bonus Box Tops Certificates (Slightly different from past contests rewarding the highest number of certificates turned in.) wins 15 Carnival tickets for each student in the class.
2. Class IN EACH GRADE turning in the most Labels (Regular Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson A+, Community Coffee, and Coke Rewards), excluding, of course, Bonus Box Tops Certificates wins an item from its wish list!

See the PTA's website for a reminder of what Spicewood collects and redeems:
Questions? Contact Lisa Revelett:

Volunteers Needed
With an average daily circulation of 306 books, the Spicewood Library is in need of volunteers to assist with re-shelving and/or manning the checkout desk. This is a relaxing and easy way to make a meaningful volunteer contribution to Spicewood and you can do it when it best fits your schedule. To sign-up for a 1 hour time slot please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Library heading. You may even want to check with your child’s classroom teacher to find out when your child’s class has their weekly visit to the library, then sign-up to volunteer while your child is there. Kids love to see their parents at school! Grandparents are welcome to volunteer too! 

UT Hosting Spicewood Elementary Spirit Night

Come support Spicewood by attending the Spicewood Appreciation Night at the Longhorns vs. Texas Tech basketball game. All fundraising revenue goes to Spicewood PTA. The game is February 6th at 1:00 pm at the Frank Erwin Center. The class with the most students attending will get a chance to high five the players as they come onto the court. If 150 tickets are sold then those attending can go on the court after the game! Tickets are only $12 and can be purchased through the PTA store.


Tuesday, February 2
Class Picture Day

Wednesday, February 3
Early Release Day
(All students are released at 12:45. Please plan accordingly in advance.)

Saturday, February 6
1:00PM Spicewood Spirit Event (Frank Erwin Center)

Thursday, February 11
5:00 PM -8:00PM 5th Grade Spirit Night @ Bush's Chicken (hosted by PTA)
Coach Robertson, Coach Berry, Mr. Parks and Mrs. Page will also be in attendance

Monday, February 15
President's Day- No School for Students

Friday, February 19
WatchDOGS on campus

Thursday, February 25
PTA General Meeting