Monday, April 11, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

Spring is definitely in the air and it's our Annual Spring Carnival this Friday! Our PTA Spring Carnival Committee has been working extremely hard for the last few months to make it a night full of fun activities. We're also partnering with Austin Police Department to have them land a helicopter at 6PM. It'll be an exciting night for our families and community so please come out and join us!


Golf In Schools in PE
We have had an amazing week here with Golf In Schools. The kids were able to practice their putting, small swings as well as big swings.  Teams worked together to gain points and  were even given opportunities to hit their teacher (all in a very controlled environment.) The positive attitudes and efforts by everyone has been so fun to watch and see . Students had such a great time and so much success. Thank you for volunteering your time and talent, Golf In Schools!

Math Pentathalon K-1 Tournament 
We are excited to share with you the results for the k-1 tournament for MP held on April 2. We had a total of 12 kids participate in the tournament. All the kids did an excellent job at the tournament. They went with a smile to play each game. No matter if they won or lost the game, they played fair, respected the opponent and were a good sport.
We had 5 kids who got honorable mention and 3 won a medal. The name of the medalists are Varun Sanghavi- Gold medal( hall of fame); Reet Akluah- Silver; and Nishka Gupta- Bronze. Congratulations! 

1st Grade Program- How Does Your Garden Grow?
First graders did an amazing job with their music performance on April 7th!  How Does Your Garden Grow? was connected to “How the World Works,” an IB Transdisciplinary Theme. In their classrooms and in the music room, first graders learned that cycles are predictable and help us understand the world around us.

IB PYP 101

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

With their central idea, Cycles are predictable and help us understand the world around us, our first grade has been doing lots of exploring over the past week! Students inquired about different types of cycles found in our world and asked questions about how cycles were related or connected with one another.

Teachers brought in tadpoles to each classroom for students to observe, investigate, and find out more about life cycles. Using their science notebooks, students began documenting their observations with careful notes and illustrations. 
Many students noted the small legs that were already starting to form on their class tadpoles, but also wondered why or how these tadpoles could be so large! With inquiry, the teachers encourage the questioning, prediction and wondering about the learning experiences in the classroom. The class decided that a little research was needed in order to answer their questions and properly document their scientific inquiry. After a little investigation, they learned about different characteristics of frogs (long legs, smooth skin, smaller) and toads (larger, short legs) and made an initial prediction that their tadpole might grow into a bullfrog.
Students will continue to record their observations throughout the next few weeks, reevaluating their initial prediction and asking more questions. Be sure to stop by first grade and check out their growing tadpoles!

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

The Carnival is Coming!
Mark your calendars for the Spicewood Carnival this Friday, April 15, from 4-8pm. The Carnival is a fun tradition that brings families and faculty members together for an evening of activities, games and community! This year the APD helicopter will be making a special appearance as well as Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Austin Fire Department. We will have many carnival games & activities for all ages, entertainment from local bands and talented students, and an amazing raffle with many different prizes.

Carnival Volunteers Needed
The Spicewood Carnival still needs over a 100 volunteers! Please take a moment to visit the Carnival Volunteer Sign Up to donate a sweet treat and your time, most shifts are only 90 minutes. We need your help to make this event fun and exciting for our kids.

Carnival Wristbands and Raffle Tickets
The deadline to purchase pre-sale wristbands and raffle tickets is Wednesday, April 13. Don’t delay, buy TODAY and SAVE, plus you won’t have to wait in line! Wristbands and raffle tickets are available for purchase on the PTA Store.

Don’t’ forget to buy your raffle tickets. We have not sold many raffle tickets so the odds are outstanding and prizes are even better! We have more than 20 items that you could enter to win – each item will have its own drawing! Prizes include F1 with Taylor Swift tickets, Front Row Seats to 5th grade graduation, Fitbit, GoPro Hero4 Silver Camera, Drone, Legos Basket, Beanie Boos & Shopkins Basket, Kendra Scott, Summer Camps, Date Night Package, Summer Survival Kit, a special last chance teacher time with our retiring teachers and many more! See our Carnival page for more information.  

Can’t attend the Carnival?
You can still support Spicewood by purchasing raffle tickets. Raffle tickets can be placed in the raffle ticket boxes of your choice starting Monday, April 11. And don’t forget to purchase your Carnival Partnership Panther Paws which will be displayed at the Spicewood entrance. Please visit the PTA Store to make your purchases today.

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.

General PTA Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, April 28, at 6PM in the school library for our next general PTA meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

RRISD Marathon Kids Finisher Mile- Message from PE Teachers
RRISD Marathon Kids Finisher Mile Event will be Saturday, April 30th at Dragon Stadium to begin at  9:00 am. We are really excited about having the finisher mile here in Round Rock where families may have a better opportunity to attend. We will send out more info as it comes this is only for students who registered for Marathon Kids

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.


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

Monday, April 18- Friday, April 22
Sharing the Planet Week

Tuesday, April 19
5:00-8:00PM   Kindergarten Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House/Amy's Ice Cream

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

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

Saturday, April 30
9:00AM   RRISD Marathon Kids Finisher Mile Event
Dragon Stadium

Monday, May 2- Friday, May 6
Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 4
12:45PM   Early Release
Spring Student-led Conferences

Thursday, May 5
6:00PM   Kindergarten Concert

Friday, May 6
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, May 9
STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Math

Tuesday, May 10
STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 11
STAAR 5th Grade Science

Monday, May 16
5th Grade Mustang Express to CVMS

Thursday, May 19
Family Gallery Night

Friday, May 20
Field Day