Monday, May 16, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

It'll be a busy week yet again with our Family Gallery Night happening on Thursday and the Field Day on Friday! Family Gallery Night is a big night for all of our students at Spicewood as their art work gets showcased to share with everyone. The event will also be conjoined with the final General PTA Meeting so please plan to join us! If the weather gets in the way of the Field Day like last school year, we will communicate the updated information via email sometime during the week. 


Teacher of the Year & Paraprofessional of the Year 
Spicewood ES is thrilled to announce and honor Mrs. Jenni Redick as the Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Mindy Ravines as the Paraprofessional of the Year! These ladies were chosen to be honored by their own colleagues for their dedication and hard work. Congratulations! 
Teacher Of the Year- Jenni Redick, Kindergarten Teacher
Paraprofessional of the Year- Mindy Ravines, PE Aide

IB PYP 101

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

Using an event in history to drive their inquiries, the fifth graders are feverishly working on their exhibition projects. Doing research, speaking to members of the community, and collaborating with their peers allows the students to take a closer look at the issue or theme at the event that pulls at their "heart strings". Collectively, the students will take action (a key component to the PYP program, especially exhibition) as a result of their learning through a variety of creative expressions including animation, mini board games, bucket list challenges, info graphics, or other artistic modes.

In preparation of the event, students submitted invitations to send out to other IB schools, Round Rock ISD administration and our Spicewood community. From Powtoons to collaborative illustrations, there were over a dozen risk-taking and creative student submissions for the contest! Check out the winning submission below!

We'll share more about the students working in their classrooms in next week's post. We invite our community to come check out this exciting event on Wednesday, May 25th!
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

Spicewood Kinder Round-Up Events - Snack and Story Time
Come enjoy milk and cookies in the cafeteria, then head to the library for a story from our wonderful librarian, Ms. Laura Reeb. This event is a great way for your incoming kindergartner to get a feel for how things work in the cafeteria. The price for cookies is .75c and a carton of milk is .60c, for a combined total of $1.35. YOU MUST BRING EXACT CHANGE! If you prefer not to make a snack purchase, please feel free to bring your own snack from home. After snack, we will head to the library where Ms. Reeb will read a story and answer questions about the library. For your convenience, you and your child may attend this event on either Tuesday, May 17, or Wednesday, May 18, from 12:45-1:45pm. The itinerary is the same for both days so pick the day that best fits your schedule. To RSVP for this event please visit the Spicewood Kinder Round-Up page.

Family Gallery Night
This Thursday is our annual Family Gallery Night. Please come join us to celebrate all of our students and their amazing art work! 
General PTA Meeting

The final general meeting for PTA will be held this Thursday, May 19 in the cafeteria in conjunction with Family Gallery Night.  We will be voting to approve the budget for next year, and we will be voting on how to spend the proceeds for next year’s silent auction.  To learn more about the silent auction proceeds, please check out our PTA President, Carole’s new blog post.

Field Day Needs Volunteers!
Next Friday is one of the most exciting days for our students- Field Day! We cannot make it happen without amazing parent and community volunteers like you! Please sign up to volunteer even if it's for an hour that you can spare. Please note the attached documents for detailed schedule by grade level and how to prepare your child for the Field Day. 

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Spicewood calls for all volunteers who have dedicated their time this school year volunteering at SWES. We would like to honor you and appreciate your work at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast next Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30-9:00AM in the library, immediately after the Principals' Pride Ceremony for K-2nd grade students. Please come join us! 


Monday, May 16
5th Grade Mustang Express to CVMS

Tuesday, May 17
12:45-1:45PM   Kinder Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time
RSVP Please

Wednesday, May 18
12:45-1:45PM   Kinder Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time
RSVP Please

Thursday, May 19
Family Gallery Night

Friday, May 20
Field Day
Sign up to volunteer

Tuesday, May 24
8:00AM   K-2nd Principals' Pride
8:30-9:00AM   Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the Library

Wednesday, May 25
5th Grade Exhibition Day

Thursday, May 26
8:00AM 3rd-5th Principals' Pride

Monday, May 30
Staff & Student Holiday- No School

Thursday, June 2
Last Day of School for Students in RRISD