Monday, March 28, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, our 4th and 5th grade students will be outpouring what they have learned and mastered on the State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). 4th grade students will be assessed in the area of Writing while 5th grade students in Reading and Math. If you are a parent of a 4th/5th grade student, please encourage them by saying they are ready to show their knowledge on the assessment and that they'll do great! Without a doubt, I would like them to perform successfully on the state assessments; however, their well-being and healthy emotional state of mind is much more important to me as a principal. STAAR is only a portion of how student performance is measured. It is an assessment, not at all a measure of a student as a whole. Again, Spicewood WILL NOT shut down the campus to visitors. Spicewood will operate as usual. Students will have a different lunch schedule for the two testing days so please check with your child's teacher, if you're interested in eating lunch with her/him. 



Celebrations

Elementary Art Exhibition
Many art pieces of our students have been selected to be showcased at the RRISD Elementary Art Exhibition. We're so proud of their work and effort! We've got some talents in the house. The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday March 24 - April 4th from 9AM to 6PM at the Raymond E Hartfield Preforming Arts Center.





IB PYP 101

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

"A curriculum designed to equip students for the challenging world of the twenty-first century needs to ensure that students develop as people who take increasing responsibility for their own physical well-being, their own learning, their own relationships with others and their role in the local, national and global community"

In a PYP school, our counselor and PE department are concerned with the well being that is intrinsically linked to all aspects of our students experience here at Spicewood. Whether it be a class lesson from Mrs. Hougham about leaders and bosses or a basketball unit in PE, both sections focus on the physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health and development of the whole child. The IB philosophy encourages the development of these skills to help support students to understand themselves better, develop and maintain healthy relationships and participate in an active, healthy lifestyles. 

Within the last few weeks, you've probably seen lots of students on campus with multicolored strings strung across their fingers and hands, manipulating them into different shapes and patterns. This year our teachers wanted to take a fresh perspective in PE and introduce a new unit 
giving students an opportunity to further develop memory, attention, and motor and coordination skills. The teachers presented String Magic from Around the Worlda fine motor skill activity that uses story telling and string figures to teach other classroom related concepts and topics.  The different string configurations are uniquely combined with well known African and Native American folktales, allowing the students to explore oral traditions within those cultures, as well as a further investigation of those cultures themselves.  In addition to the story telling, the unit also allows the students to make connections with math concepts, like sequences or geometry lines (parallel, perpendicular, etc.). The transdisciplinary nature of the unit further highlights IB philosophies about teaching across all subject areas. 
At the heart of everything on our campus is the Learner Profile. This unit provides a platform for students to be thinkers as they problem solve the create the different figures, communicators as they collaborate and work with one another to trouble shoot challenging shapes, and risk takers as they persevere when they are not successful on their first try learning the movement skills.  

In addition to the skills obtained and practiced by our students, the PE teachers used this opportunity to fund raise for our upcoming Field Day, a fun activity filled day event that we all look forward to each spring!

Learn more about how schools are using fresh methods and perspectives when it comes to physical activity and how a fit body and mind lead connect to success in an academic setting!

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

Hope Church Parking Guideline Addendum
The parking lot is one-way. Please adhere to the one-way flow of direction when driving in and out of the parking lot. Thank you.

STAAR Testing Days- Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30
Spicewood does NOT close 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 contact your child's teacher to refer to the adjusted lunch schedule for the two testing days. Per Texas Education Agency guideline, nobody, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing on site. 

Round Rock Empty Bowls Student Advisory Board Food Drive

The Round Rock ISD Student Advisory Board is sponsoring a district-wide food drive in conjunction with the 2016 Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival. The drive runs from March 21-April 8, 2016. Most needed items are canned vegetables (corn and green beans are the most popular), canned fruit, canned soup, top ramen, peanut butter•, macaroni ‘n cheese,  canned meat and tuna, pasta - spaghetti, macaroni, rice and pinto beans, cereal, toilet paper, and diapers. 

Message from Art Teachers

Art is in need of newspaper!  Second grade is beginning the paper mache mask project and we would be grateful for your newspaper, paper towel/toilet paper tubes, plastic cups and colored bottle caps.

Elementary Art Exhibition Now Open to Public
The Round Rock Elementary Art Exhibition is now showing at the Raymond E Hartfield Preforming Arts Center celebration Youth Art Month.  The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday March 24 - April 4th from 9AM to 6PM.  The RRISD Art Teacher Meet and Greet will be Monday April 4th from 5-7PM.

Spring Carnival Wristbands & Raffle Tickets - Buy Now and Save!
Carnival Wristbands & Raffle Tickets are available for purchase now on the PTA Store page. Buy today and save! Pre-sale Wristband pricing is $25 and includes 5 free food tickets. Pre-sale Raffle Ticket prices are 10 for $10, 25 for $20 and 75 for $50! Pick the prize you want to win! Prizes include Fitbit, GoPro, Drone and more! The Spicewood Carnival is a family event and we invite everyone to join in on the fun! Enjoy a fun filled evening with friends, family and faculty members on April 15th from 4 – 8 pm. Play games, win prizes, enjoy the entertainment and have a good time! Check out the Carnival page for more information including a list of Games, Activities, Attractions and Entertainment. 

Carnival Partnership
We are launching our “Making Tracks to Success Campaign”. This is an opportunity for parents to partner with Spicewood PTA to help offset the cost of carnival and ultimately help generate more funds to benefit our children. The PTA will be selling 5X5” Panther paw stickers for $25 in the PTA store. Your child can decorate the paw and place their name on it, either at home or at the carnival, and proudly place the paw on the front entrance window showing your support for Spicewood. Additional information will be provided with your paw. The making tracks to success campaign will show that each one is unique, but together we can make a difference in our child’s education! 

We are also looking for local businesses that are interested in sponsoring Carnival, either with a cash donation of raffle basket prize. If you would like a unique opportunity to market your business to the local community while supporting Spicewood, please visit the Carnival Partnership page for additional information. If you have any questions regarding parent or business partnerships, please contact Amy Coplen (thecoplens@gmail.com).

Kinder Round-Up Events - Meet the Specials Teachers

Incoming 2016-2017 kindergarten students 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 Tuesday, April 12, or Wednesday, April 13, 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 on the PTA website.

2016-2017 Spicewood PTA Officer Nominations 
Spicewood PTA is currently accepting nominations for all officer positions for the 2016-17 school year.  The officer positions are:  President, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian,Vice President – Membership, Vice President – Programs, Vice President – Budget Oversight, Vice President - Education Competitions/Clubs, Vice President – Fundraising, Vice President – Communications.  If you would like to learn more, or nominate yourself or someone else, go the Spicewood Elementary PTA Officer Nomination Form.

Westhood HS Hosts ES Baseball Night
Westwood Baseball is hosting Elementary School Baseball Night:  All feeder elementary school students are invited to come out and watch the Varsity Warriors game on Friday, April 15th at 7:00PM. Free choice of candy from the concession stand will be given to the first 20 students. After the game, there will be a photo opportunity with players!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Tuesday, March 29
STAAR 4th Grade Writing
STAAR 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, March 30
STAAR 5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 1
WatchDOGS Friday
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 6- Thursday, April 7
No Parking at Hope Church

Thursday, April 7
6:00PM   First Grade Music Concert
Cafeteria

Friday, April 8
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Friday, April 15
4:00-8:00PM   Spring Carnival
APD will be landing a helicopter at 6pm. 

Saturday, April 23
FYI: RRISD Job Fair at Stony Point HS

Thursday, April 28
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting
Election & Panther/Cub Choir Performance
Cafeteria

Monday, March 21, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

Welcome back, everyone! I hope everyone had a restful and fun-filled break. We're kicking off the week with Principals' Pride this morning and tomorrow. 



Celebrations

STEAM Day
Thanks to all the parent volunteers, presenters and teachers! We had a great day full of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities. Our students explored various opportunities to engage them in rigorous but fun learning activities throughout the day. 




RRISD Battle of the BluebonnetsSpicewood came in 2nd place at this annual event out of thirty-one schools participating! Watch this KVUE news video clip to hear what they said about this annual competition. Way to go team!





IB PYP 101

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

The an effort to promote international mindedness, the PYP curriculum framework, is designed to represent multiple perspectives. The six transdisciplinary themes allow for an in depth exploration of  both local and global perspectives. Within the six years students spend here at Spicewood Elementary, they are exposed to various aspects of each theme. Today we will take a closer look at one of the Units of Inquiry to see how the same theme can be explored, yet provide students with a unique perspective and learning experiences in the classroom.

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves- An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities

Kindergarten: Our Kindergartners are introduced to systems, explore different systems in our local community that help out communities function, and inquire about the different systems in our world that help us meet our wants and needs. Some ways that they do this are:
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Students worked together to describe classroom systems and illustrated some examples of those systems with individual flow charts. 

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system: getting ready for school
 To extend students knowledge of systems beyond the classroom walls, they collectively created a classroom city, ensuring their the different structures provided the community members services for their wants (ex: bakery) and needs (ex: fire station, hospital, etc.).
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Third Grade: Our third graders will also explore systems in their How We Organize Ourselves unit, however, building on students background knowledge and experiences in the Kindergarten classrooms, by adding a more complex element: economy. In this unit, our third graders revisit the idea of wants and needs, but extend their learning towards spending, saving, and how the economic decisions of individuals affect communities.
To summarize their learning students were given three prompts to answer, leaving the method in which students demonstrated their understanding open to their own choice. Some students created a newspaper or flip book, while other chose to use poetry as their form of expression. Students creativity and understanding of the concepts explored in the unit truly shined with this freedom!

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Interested in inquiring more about the benefits of transdisciplinary learning and how the IB curriculum framework teaches our children to be reflective problem solvers and self-directed thinkers 

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

Principals' Pride
Today and tomorrow we will be celebrating the success of our students at Principals' Pride. If your child is receiving an award, you have been notified by your child's teacher. 

Message from Art Teachers
Art is in need of newspaper!  Second grade is beginning the paper mache mask project and we would be grateful for your newspaper, paper towel/toilet paper tubes, plastic cups and colored bottle caps.

STAAR Testing Days- Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30
Spicewood does NOT close 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 contact your child's teacher to refer to the adjusted lunch schedule for the two testing days. Per Texas Education Agency guideline, nobody, including students, teachers, staff and parents, is allowed to ask questions or hold discussions regarding STAAR with students on the day of STAAR Testing on site. 

CVMS 5th Grade Parent/Student Orientation hosted by PTA
PTA Meeting 5th to 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm at Canyon Vista - 5th grade parents and students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family.

Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events - Coffee with the Principal, Ms. Jiae Kim
Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events would like to invite all 2016-2017 incoming kindergarten parents/guardians to join us for coffee with our wonderful principal, Ms. Kim, on Thursday, March 24 from 8-9 am in the school library. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while Ms. Kim introduces her Leadership Team and answers all your questions. Important note - this event is intended for adults only. We respectfully request that you RSVP so that we can plan appropriately. To RSVP to this event, as well as all our other events, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events page.

Silent Auction Proceeds Survey 
Spicewood PT is working hard to make sure that next year's Silent Auction will be as successful as possible. To best do that, PTA needs to advertise to our sponsors and donors how the auction proceeds will be utilized by the school. Because our PTA will start soliciting donations in late spring of this year, they need to know how they will be spending next year's proceeds now.  

Here's the tentative plan to select projects for next year's auction proceeds:
First, we will solicit information from PTA members regarding what projects you would like to see funded. Once we have compiled all of the suggestions, we will present them at a PTA General Membership Meeting where we will vote on the top five projects. Then, at the auction in the fall, the attendees will cast their votes for how to rank those five projects.  While we will certainly have a goal of funding all five, if we cannot, the order voted on by the auction attendees will determine which projects are funded this year.  

Please take a minute to let our PTA know how you would like to see the proceeds for next year's auction allocated by completing our Survey Monkey. You can submit as many ideas as you like. Once the ideas are all compiled, PTA will publish them, and announce when the vote will occur. 

2016-2017 Spicewood PTA Officer Nominations 
Spicewood PTA is currently accepting nominations for all officer positions for the 2016-17 school year.  The officer positions are:  President, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian,Vice President – Membership, Vice President – Programs, Vice President – Budget Oversight, Vice President - Education Competitions/Clubs, Vice President – Fundraising, Vice President – Communications.  If you would like to learn more, or nominate yourself or someone else, go the Spicewood Elementary PTA Officer Nomination Form.

Spicewood’s Spring Twilight Carnival
Who wants to enjoy a family evening of fun-filled games & activities, local entertainment, terrific raffle prizes, food and more? Then join us at Spicewood’s Spring Twilight Carnival on Friday, April 15th! Mark your calendars and plan to bring your family and others in our community who may be interested. This is a Spicewood school fundraiser and all profits will directly impact our current programs, and if we are lucky, broaden them as we purchase needed items for the school.  

All Carnival committees have leadership but we are still interested in growing our volunteer base especially in certain areas. If you would like to help with Carnival please attend a volunteer meeting on either Tuesday, March 1, from 8-9pm at Balcones Country Club OR Thursday, March 3, from 8-9am in the Spicewood library. Hope to see you there! 
Sandy Parent (sandyparent@austin.rr.com) and Stephanie Engels (smengels99@att.net)

We are also looking for local businesses that are interested in sponsoring Carnival, either with a cash donation or raffle basket prize. If you would like a unique opportunity to market your business to the local community while supporting Spicewood, please contact Amy Coplen (thecoplens@gmail.com) to discuss ways you can help. Thanks!

Westhood HS Hosts ES Baseball Night
Westwood Baseball is hosting Elementary School Baseball Night:  All feeder elementary school students are invited to come out and watch the Varsity Warriors game on Friday, April 15th at 7:00PM. Free choice of candy from the concession stand will be given to the first 20 students. After the game, there will be a photo opportunity with players!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Monday, March 21
8:00AM   K-2 Principals' Pride

Tuesday, March 22
8:00AM   3rd-5th Principals' Pride

Wednesday, March 23
7:00PM   Panther Choir Performance @ Stars Hockey Game
Cedar Park Center

Thursday, March 24
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night @ Moonie's Burger

Friday, March 
No School- Student & Staff Holiday 

Tuesday, March 29

STAAR 4th Grade Writing
STAAR 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, March 30
STAAR 5th Grade Reading

Friday, April 1
WatchDOGS Friday

Thursday, April 7
6:00PM   First Grade Music Concert
Cafeteria

Monday, March 7, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

We are excited to kick off Education Go Get It (EGGI) Week today! Please be sure to dress up each day depending on the theme shared below. This Friday is our big annual STEAM Day where our students will explore through various engaging hands-on activities. If you have a few hours to volunteer, please be sure to sign up online!



Celebrations

Running Club
Some of our students at Spicewood worked hard throughout the year to complete 30 miles of cumulative run. Last week we celebrated their achievement! Congratulations on your hard work!

2nd Grade Concert
Second grade students put on a fantastic performance last Thursday night. It was even more special that the performance connected music and art! 

One World, One Night
Thanks to our wonderful community members and families who prepared to make this night a great success! Big thanks to all the students and families that came out to celebrate the big night of cultures and traditions that exist on our campus. Enjoy the pictures!





IB PYP 101

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

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.  -Maya Angelou

Our pyp curriculum framework is designed with six transdisciplinary themes (Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet) that have global significance to educate our students to be “caring, globally-minded thinkers”. In order to do this, our teachers focus on concepts (for example, patterns, cycles, etc.) that may be explored in different subject areas. For example, the concept of patterns can be explored in math, science, reading, etc.

During the second graders How We Organize Ourselves unit, students focus their inquiry on how people work to meet personal, financial, and societal needs. This central idea lends itself to the arts as well, allowing our music and visual arts teachers to make connections to the learning happening in the classroom and collaborate with one another to provide students with an additional perspective, from the arts. Their focus, however, is focused on artists and how they’ve impacted people.

To celebrate Music in our Schools and Youth Art Month in March, our art and music teachers collaborated with one another to create a spring program, Yo Leonardo!, that highlights various well known artists that have impacted our world with their contributions. In art, students learned about the lives and careers of different artists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Lacy DeLuna, and Piper Gates. Students considered the impact the actions of these artists had on the global community and discussed connections between them. Meanwhile in music, students were exploring a variety of instruments this semester such as the rhythm sticks, hand drums and shakers. Students were given time to freely explore the different instruments before learning how to play them. To culminate their learning, elements from both art and music were proudly highlighted in the Yo Leonardo! program last week.

The collaboration between our specials teachers helps to provide a more meaningful learning experience for our students and helps students further make connections across all disciplines, in turn leading them to a deeper understanding (skills necessary for our 21st century learners).of the central ideas in the homeroom classrooms.

Learn more about how brain-based research improved comprehension and long-term retention and how the arts can unlock the door to 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

RRISD Kinder Round-Up - Monday, 3/7
Spicewood is hosting Kinder Round-Up Registration Day for incoming kindergartners today from 9am-2pm. Parents/guardians must bring the following documents:
1) Child's official birth certificate;
2) Child's immunization record;
3) Child's social security card (preferred but not required);
4) Proof of residence within the school attendance zone (contract on house, lease agreement, actual title to house, current RRISD tax statement, or current utility bill indicating the address and the adult's name.)


You should still come to registration even if you do not have all of the above information. Parents will be given notice of when these items are due. For more information, regarding RRISD registration policies, please visit the RRISD Kinder Round-Up page. You do not need to RSVP for this event, and your future Spicewood kindergartener is welcome to attend with you. We will have a kindergarten teacher available to answer questions and give you and your child a short tour of the kindergarten hallway.

STEAM Day This Friday!
Our students will be engaged in a day full of activities that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math this Friday. They'll be coding, drawing, examining rocks and minerals, gardening, learning about bees, singing with musical instruments, exploring solar energy and so much more! If you'd like to volunteer, it's never too late to sign up!

Spicewood's Education Go Get It (EGGI) Week This Week! 
EGGI Week is a week to focus on exploring and learning about the wide variety of post-secondary opportunities and career choices available in the future for our students. It's never to early to start thinking about the future! Below is a list of spirit days and campus activities your child can choose to participate in during EGGI Week:

EGGI Week Spirit Days: The Progression of a Career
Monday: Team Shirt Day—We know teamwork will be important throughout our entire career—elementary through adulthood.

Tuesday: Spicewood School Shirt Day—At Spicewood Elementary we work to build a strong educational foundation in preparation for our bright futures!

Wednesday: College/Military/Training Program T-Shirt Day—You have to get the education and skills before you get the job you want! Show your spirit for higher education and training opportunities to build our education and skills!

Thursday: Dress for Success Day—It’s interview time—dress to impress in the career world (dress in “interview” attire - you have to look the part to get the job!)

Friday: My Future Career Day—You’ve finally landed your dream job—dress up in your future career gear!

Campus Activities
“What I Want to Be (Including IB!)” Paper Dolls:  Paper dolls will go home in Friday folders—students are invited to design and turn in the paper doll decorated as themselves in their future career to display around the school (this is optional). Students are also challenged to decide which IB Learner Profile they may exhibit in their future career.

Careers A to Z: Students will have the chance to add new careers to the Career Word Wall and learn new and unique careers they may have never before heard of! At the elementary level we’re all about career exploration and learning the amazing options out there; brainstorm as a family: can you research and find some interesting new careers?

Graduation Role Models: Charts and graphs about staff college choices will be displayed for students to see...you may even sneak a peek photos of some of our staff members from their graduation days! Our Westwood PROS who attended Spicewood will also share their college plans and how Spicewood helped them get there.


College/Career Guidance Lessons: Mrs. Hougham will teach guidance lessons to help students think about higher education options and careers...it’s never too early to start thinking (and of course it’s okay to change our minds!)

Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events
Sending your little one off to Kindergarten is an exciting and somewhat overwhelming time. Spicewood is committed to help make this transition into elementary school as smooth as possible. Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events are designed to provide opportunities for parents/guardians and children to become acquainted with Spicewood as well as with future classmates. Every month, beginning in March and culminating in August, we will be hosting events for you and your child to attend together. Please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events page for a list of events and to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you.

CVMS 5th Grade Parent/Student Orientation hosted by PTA
PTA Meeting 5th to 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm at Canyon Vista - 5th grade parents and students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family.

Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events - Coffee with the Principal, Ms. Jiae Kim
Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events would like to invite all 2016/2017 incoming kindergarten parents/guardians to join us for coffee with our wonderful principal, Ms. Kim, on Thursday, 3/24, from 8-9 am in the school library. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while Ms. Kim introduces her Leadership Team and answers all your questions. Important note - this event is intended for adults only. We respectfully request that you RSVP so that we can plan appropriately. To RSVP to this event, as well as all our other events, please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events page.

Spicewood’s Spring Twilight Carnival
Who wants to enjoy a family evening of fun-filled games & activities, local entertainment, terrific raffle prizes, food and more? Then join us at Spicewood’s Spring Twilight Carnival on Friday, April 15th! Mark your calendars and plan to bring your family and others in our community who may be interested. This is a Spicewood school fundraiser and all profits will directly impact our current programs, and if we are lucky, broaden them as we purchase needed items for the school.  

All Carnival committees have leadership but we are still interested in growing our volunteer base especially in certain areas. If you would like to help with Carnival please attend a volunteer meeting on either Tuesday, March 1, from 8-9pm at Balcones Country Club OR Thursday, March 3, from 8-9am in the Spicewood library. Hope to see you there! 
Sandy Parent (sandyparent@austin.rr.com) and Stephanie Engels (smengels99@att.net)

We are also looking for local businesses that are interested in sponsoring Carnival, either with a cash donation or raffle basket prize. If you would like a unique opportunity to market your business to the local community while supporting Spicewood, please contact Amy Coplen (thecoplens@gmail.com) to discuss ways you can help. Thanks!

Need a Spicewood T-Shirt?
Our PTA still has a few Spicewood T-shirts left - Youth XL and Ladies V-Neck (Large and 2 Medium). If your kids will be attending any field trips or will be participating in the choir performance next Thursday for One World One Night, they may need a school t-shirt. They also have a few Zip Up Hoodies, mainly Youth Sizes. Both the T-shirts and Hoodies will be on display in the hallway near the library. T-shirts are $10 and Hoodies are $28. Please visit the PTA Store or contact spicewoodptafundraising@gmail.com for more info.

Free Summer Camp
 The Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps has opened a world of possibilities to the youth of Central Texas by providing free week long summer camps to low-income families. Note that campers must qualify for the Texas public school free and reduced lunch program to be eligible to attend summer camp.The Zilker Park camp is located inside Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool; it serves campers 7 – 11 years of age. The camp program, under the supervision of experienced counselors, offers activities such as swimming in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pool, fishing, canoeing, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, and a ropes course with a variety of elements including a team wall, and trust fall. Transportation to camp and three meals a day is included.

2016 CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, March 7- Friday, March 11
Education Go Get It Week (EGGI Week)

Monday, March 7
9:00AM-2:00PM   Kindergarten Round-Up

Friday, March 11
STEAM Day

Monday, March 14- Friday, March 18
Spring Break

Monday, March 21
8:00AM   K-2 Principals' Pride

Tuesday, March 22
8:00AM   3rd-5th Principals' Pride

Wednesday, March 23
7:00PM   Panther Choir Performance @ Stars Hockey Game
Cedar Park Center

Friday, March 
No School- Student & Staff Holiday