Spicewood had a wonderful first week of school last week. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and parents! For the families that are joining us this school year, I assure you your child(ren) is/are in great hands. Spicewood seeks nothing but excellence beyond academics for our students.
This Week's News
Parents, I understand we need some time to adjust to our new schedule. I wanted to remind you that the tardy bell now rings at 7:40AM. It is important that students are in the classroom by 7:40AM as our instruction for the day starts promptly at 7:40AM.
Parents are allowed to walk their child(ren) all the way to their classrooms this week. Starting on Tuesday, September 6, parents are asked to drop off their children at the front entrance of the school.
Please Do Not Use Staff Parking Lot
Parents and/or students are not allowed to walk or drive through the staff parking lot at all times to ensure safety. It has been witnessed some golf carts driving through the parking lot. All golf carts must follow the same expectations as other vehicles.
Dismissal- Safety Concern
Parents, during dismissal, sometimes students are grabbed by parents out of class line as the class is in the process of heading outside or while teachers are tending to other students. This prevents teachers from knowing by whom students are picked up and creates much anxiety. Please wait until students arrive at the portico area and make sure to acknowledge child's teacher, either by making an eye contact or speaking with them briefly, as you pick up your student. We want to ensure safety of each child by making sure students are dismissed properly to parents/guardians, not strangers. Once you pick up your child(ren), we ask that everyone clears out of the front entrance area. We'd like to keep the front portico area circulating at all times to alleviate congestion.
Late Student Pick-Up
When students are not picked up by 3:05PM, all of them will be brought into the office as last year. Parents/guardians will now need to come into the front office and physically sign out their child(ren) on a newly created form in the front office. This form will allow school to keep track of repeated late pick-ups.
No Pets Allowed during Drop-Off/Pick-Up
Many of us love our furry friends; however, some of our small children not used to pets get scared especially if barking occurs. Please keep your pets at home during drop-off/pick-up.
Spicewood Annual Open House
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend our annual Open House next Thursday, September 8. This is an informational night for parents only.
Home Access Center Opens on Monday, August 28
Home Access Center (HAC) is open for parents to check attendance (for all students) and grades (for 3rd-5th grade students). If you have not created an account, please follow this link and you must input the first parent's name you listed when you registered your child at Spicewood.
Volunteers Needed for PTA
We are in need of a few more folks to fill some open positions for PTA. The open positions are: VP Programs, Social Media Communications Chair; STEAM Day Chair; Healthy Lifestyles Chair; Clothes Closet Chair; Environmental Awareness Chair; Destination Imagination Chair; and Junior Achievement Chair. If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please contact Carole Callaghan at email@example.com. We also need volunteers to assist in running the numerous programs, events, and competitions that PTA supports throughout the school year. If you are willing to donate even an hour of your time at some point during the year, please complete the Volunteer Signup on our webpage. We greatly appreciate your support!
For returning students, parents can access the online payment system, MySchoolBucks and use student ID# to make sure students have sufficient amount prior to the first day of school.
For new students (including kindergarten students), parents will receive a packet on the first day of school which will include student registration form with their student ID#. Using the student ID#, parents can set up an account (very easy!) using the online payment system stated above.
Feedback Form on Spicewood Website
Parents and stakeholders are more than welcome to share any feedback by accessing "Share Feedback" form on our school website. You can choose to share feedback anonymously.
Administrator Office Hours
Parents, as most of you already know, I pride myself in spending a lot of time in the classrooms with students and teachers to support instruction. For that very reason, if you happen to stop by or walk in, I would most likely be unavailable to meet with you. If a parent would like to schedule a meeting with the principal and/or assistant principal, I ask that an appointment is made with the principal’s secretary, Courtney Torres. Please share with her briefly the topic of discussion when scheduling an appointment so I can gather necessary information prior to our meeting. You can reach her at (512) 428-3602 or via email. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You're always always welcome to come see me so please do not hesitate to make an appointment!
Our system only allows one email per household to automatically receive school emails.
For any additional recipients, they can to go RRISD e-News Community Subscription and sign up specifically for Spicewood ES.
I do want to make a note that the additional recipients will be considered "Community members" in the system, which means, if the school chooses to send an email out just to Spicewood Parents, those community members will not receive the email. It will only be sent to the email address that we have in our system- one that you provided when you registered your child. Updates from the Principal will always be sent to ALL members- teachers, parents and community members.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, September 5
Thursday, September 8
Spicewood Open House
5:00-5:30PM 2nd & 3rd Grade
5:30-6:00PM 4th & 5th Grade
6:00-6:30PM Kinder & 1st Grade
5:00-6:00PM Specials, Spanish, ITS, IB Coordinator in the library
Wednesday, September 14
7:00-7:40AM Breakfast with Dads
We call for all dads and father figures to come join us at the Breakfast with Dads in the cafeteria. Students will be able to eat yummy breakfast with dads in the library and be released to their classrooms at 7:40AM.
Thursday, September 22
IB PYP Parent Information Night + PTA General Meeting #1
More information TBA
More information TBA
Wednesday, September 28
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12PM.