Monday, October 31, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood PTA is hosting the biggest fundraiser of the year this Friday- Annual Silent & Live Auction! All the auction proceeds will be spent on enriching the world class education at Spicewood for our students. We look forward to seeing many parents and community members at the Balcones Country Club this Friday! Tickets are still available!


Celebrations

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week was a huge success. Students at Spicewood focused on living healthy with our bodies, brains, and hearts! Students participated in Red Ribbon Week through health themed spirit days, interactive bulletin boards, and by signing the Spicewood Healthy Living Commitment. Big thanks to Mrs. Hougham, our school counselor for leading this wonderful week full of celebration. 

4th Grade Music Concert- "Who We Are" 
Our 4th grade students did an amazing job at the concert last Thursday. Students are learning about their individual rights and responsibilities and how they impact the world under the Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are in their classrooms. Miss Tess & Mary did a great job of connecting the classroom learning to the music program by allowing students to sing and perform songs about Who We Are as global citizens. Big thanks to all the families that came out to witness this hard work of our students!




IB PYP 101


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

The PYP program believes that in order to conduct purposeful inquiry and be well prepared for lifelong learning, students need to master a whole range of skills beyond those normally referred to as basic in a traditional classroom– Approaches to Learning. These include skills, relevant to all of the subject areas and also transcending them, needed to support fully the complexities of the lives of the students. Our very Sara Hougham, Spicewood’s school counselor, plays a major role in students as they develop social skills- accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision making, adopting a variety of group roles.


How do you feel you add value to the PYP program?

As the school counselor, a component of my job is to be another layer of the PYP program, working alongside teachers to continue to support our students in their journey to be caring, global minded citizens. I strive to embed the IB learner profile attributes, attitudes, IB social skills, and communication skills in every component of the guidance program including visiting every classroom every three weeks through guidance lessons, facilitating small counseling groups, and working with students individually to support academic, social, and ultimately future career goals. I also try to ignite passion for taking action through building leadership capacity in our students through initiatives like No Place for Hate and Peer Mediation and by encouraging acts of deep care, empathy, and perspective taking as often as possible.

How do you contribute to classrooms within their Units of Inquiry?

As the PYP program is transdisciplinary in nature, I strive to make connections to the Units of Inquiry whenever I see them (which is really everywhere!). Whether teaching about positive conflict resolution while fourth grade inquires about various types of conflict in the world or teaching kindergarteners to express themselves with healthy communication about feelings, I work to reinforce and build upon what is being learned in the classrooms to enhance those connections in the brain.

What is your goal as a counselor at Spicewood?

As the school counselor, my goal is to support students in building a school family where every child feels valued, cared for, and welcomed by creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone knows they belong. I also want to provide students with the necessary skills so they are ready to surpass their own goals and take action in a positive way in our world. And as an elementary school counselor (and typically the first counselor students will ever encounter), I want every child to know that counselors care deeply for their well-being so that if and when they need, now or 50 years from now, they know counselors will be there to provide support throughout their life.

Special thanks to Mrs. Hougham for contributing to our PYP 101 section this week! Be sure to take a look at Mrs. Hougham’s website! It’s full of lots of helpful parent resources and is a great way to learn more about her specific lessons and other programs she has here on campus to support our students. 


This Week's News

No Halloween Costumes Allowed

Spicewood ES does not celebrate or allow Halloween costumes at school to minimize instructional disruption. Please do not send your child to school in a costume on Monday. If they come to school with one on, parents/guardians will be contacted by the school personnel for a change of clothes.

Spicewood T-Shirt Sale by Mrs. Kim, Principal- Last Week to Order!!
Mrs. Kim is raising money to support our teachers. This fund will be used to provide coverage in the classroom while teachers conduct required reading assessments on every child so students do not lose instruction. Please help us raise this crucial fund by purchasing a t-shirt or two for your family! Here's the Order Form
Spicewood Annual Auction
This Friday, November 4, from 6pm - Midnight, at the Balcones Country Club is the Spicewood Annual Silent and Live Auction. The auction is the PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year dedicated to raising money for our school. This year’s “Totally, Awesome 80’s Prom” will be an incredible night for dancing, wonderful food, and of course the silent and live auctions. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage 80’s Prom attire, and have a complimentary prom photo taken with our on-sight photographer. There are still tickets available! Please visit the Prom Ticket page to purchase your event tickets, Yeti raffle tickets, Pac-Man can koozies and acrylic wine tumblers. See ya’ll at the prom!

Student Council Election Day on Tuesday, November 8
On the Presidential Election Day, Spicewood students will also participate in a school-wide Student Council Election. All students (Kinder-5th) will vote to elect a Spicewood Student Council President. This will occur during lunch periods. For that reason, the stage will not be available for any parents who'd like to eat with their child(ren) as it'll be used for voting. Parents are still more than welcome to come for lunch; however, we ask that everyone finds an alternative location to have lunch with their child(ren) around the school. 

PTA General Membership Meeting  
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 6:20 pm in the library. Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations for RRISD, will be there to answer questions that you may have about the District.  To submit a question, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2GZRKP

Canyon Vista MS Math Night Inivites Current 5th Grade Parents
On Tuesday, November 15 starting at 6PM, CVMS PTA will be hosting a Math Night in the school cafeteria. CVMS invites the parents of all 5th grade parents to learn more about the middle school and high school math continuum/sequence. 

PTA Membership Benefits
Did you know that your membership in PTA does more for you than provide fantastic opportunities for the Spicewood Elementary Community?  It does!  By becoming a member of the Spicewood PTA, you also are joining the Round Rock Council of PTAs, the Texas PTA, and the National PTA.  These memberships come with some fantastic benefits at places you regularly do business with like Dell, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, Sylvan Learning Centers, and more!  To learn more about these fantastic benefits, check out the flier located on the PTA website!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Friday, November 4
6:00PM Silent Auction
WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots.

Tuesday, November 8
Student Council Election Day
Stage will not be available for parents who'd like to eat lunch with their child(ren).


Thursday, November 10
6:00PM   3rd Grade Music Program 
6:20PM   General PTA Membership Meeting #2 with Corey Ryan

Tuesday, November 15
6:00PM   Canyon Vista MS Math Night for 5th Grade Parents 
CVMS Cafeteria 

Wednesday, November 16- Friday, November 18
5th Grade Outdoor School

Friday, November 18
WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please.

Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25
Fall Break- No School

Monday, December 5- Friday, December 9
Computer Science Education Week- Hour of Code
Stay tuned for more detailed communication!

Wednesday, December 7
Photo Re-Take Day

Thursday, December 8
6:00PM   Campus Spelling Bee Competition (PTA Hosted)
Cafeteria

Monday, December 12
8:00PM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride

Tuesday, December 13
8:00PM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

Wednesday, December 14- Thursday, December 15
No Parking at Hope Church

Thursday, December 15
Last Day of Fall Semester for Students

Friday, December 16- Monday, January 2
Winter Break- No School

Tuesday, January 3
Class Begins for Spring Semester




Monday, October 24, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We had an amazing turn out on Saturday as we came together to build our Teaching Garden! Thank you for all those who came out and participated. It was such a meaningful day for all of our stakeholders to come together and hand-build an outdoor learning space for our students and families. On a different note, Mrs. Kim is trying to raise fund to support our teachers by selling T-shirts. You'll find a hard copy of the order from in your child's Friday Folder that went home last Friday. Please support us by buying a shirt or two or three! :) 
Celebrations
Spicewood Teaching Garden Build Day - What a Success!!!  
Thank you to the 85 families, 30 teachers/staff, Westwood NHS students and the Girl Scout troops who volunteered to make our vision a reality.  We also appreciate the support of the Spicewood PTA, for allocating funds for the teaching garden. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Robyn Steinhauser, Mrs.Ivy Harvey, Mrs. Amy Cutchins and Mrs. Lisa Wiekel for leading this project from the very beginning! The garden is a true testament to what can be achieved when communities work together!  Thank you for your time and hard work to create a new, exciting and engaging space for our children and teachers! To stay connected to happenings in the Spicewood Teaching Garden, follow us on Facebook




IB PYP 101


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

Throughout all IB programs in RRisd, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. These 21st century skills, or what we call Approaches to Learning, help students become better critical thinkers and problem solvers who are ready to take action in our innovative and ever changing world. 

Spanish
Second grade students are working on their communication skills (non-verbal, listening, and speaking) in Spanish by sharing sentences with a friend. 

PE
In Kindergarten, students are working on their self-management skills (safety, gross and fine motor) during the Alphabet Relay Race. In addition to these skills, our intentional PE coaches are making authentic connections to all of the letter exploration that is being done in the classroom.

How can you support your child's development of these skills at home?
  • Print off our Approaches to Learning placement and keep on hand when reflecting with your child about their day (all students have and use these in their classrooms on a day to day basis)
  • Share with your child ways in which you utilize a few of these skills in your work/every day life
  • Learn more about these skills through the lens of a PYP student


This Week's News

Spicewood T-Shirt Sale by Mrs. Kim, Principal
Mrs. Kim is raising money to support our teachers. This fund will be used to provide coverage in the classroom while teachers conduct required reading assessments on every child so students do not lose instruction. Please help us raise this crucial fund by purchasing a t-shirt or two for your family! Here's the Order Form. A hard copy was also in your child's Friday Folder. 

Spicewood Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is October 24-28, 2016, and this year during Red Ribbon Week, Spicewood Panthers will be focused on living healthy with our bodies, brains, and hearts! Students can participate in Red Ribbon Week through health themed spirit days, interactive bulletin boards, and by signing the Spicewood Healthy Living Commitment:

Spicewood Healthy Living Commitment
I am a proud Spicewood Panther COMMITTED to live a HEALTHY, BALANCED life! I pledge to be healthy with my body, brain, AND heart! I will have a healthy body by eating healthy, exercising, and making other healthy choices. I will have a healthy brain by having a GROWTH MINDSET and remembering that I am still learning—mistakes help me learn! I will have a healthy heart by loving who I am and being the best ME I can be!

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days
Monday: RED-OUT Red Ribbon Spirit Day! (wear as much red as you can)
Tuesday: Run away from an unhealthy life! (wear warm-ups, a track suit, or sports clothing)
Wednesday: Sock it to unhealthy habits! (wear crazy socks)
Thursday: Say PEACE to an unhealthy life! (wear peace signs or tie-dye)
Friday: Be WILD about living a healthy lifestyle! (crazy hair day)

Other Campus Activities
Healthy Living Bracelets—Students will be given healthy living bracelets to wear throughout the week to show their commitment to healthy living.

Living Healthy Bulletin Board—To live healthy, we need healthy bodies, brains, AND hearts! Students will be able to write or draw ways they keep their bodies, brains, and hearts healthy on this bulletin board.

Healthy Living Bumper Stickers—Students can decorate a bumper sticker with a healthy living slogan to display at our Red Ribbon bulletin board (blank paper can be found near the Red Ribbon bulletin board).

Early Release on Wednesday- NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH
It's an Early Release Day this Wednesday. All students will be dismissed at 12PM. Please plan accordingly in advance. Due to dangerous driving that occurred last Early Release during their Pre-School dismissal time, Hope Church asked that we do not utilize the parking. 

3rd Grade Spirit Night at Jason's Deli 
PTA is hosting a Spirit Night at Jason's Deli this Wednesday from 5-8pm. Part of the sales proceed will be donated to the PTA to do great things at Spicewood for our students. Please come out and join us! 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Robertson, Ms. Forsthoffer, Mrs. Framjee and Mrs. Vance from the leadership will be there for part of the night. 

4th Grade Music Program 
4th grade students will be putting on a show this Thursday at 6pm in the cafeteria. Please come join us to witness their amazing performance. 

PTA General Membership Meeting  

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 pm in the library. Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations for RRISD, will be there to answer questions that you may have about the District.  To submit a question, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2GZRKP

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: What Is Your Story? Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 28, 2016. For more information, including rules and entry forms check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions (thea.woodruff@gmail.com).

PTA Membership Benefits
Did you know that your membership in PTA does more for you than provide fantastic opportunities for the Spicewood Elementary Community?  It does!  By becoming a member of the Spicewood PTA, you also are joining the Round Rock Council of PTAs, the Texas PTA, and the National PTA.  These memberships come with some fantastic benefits at places you regularly do business with like Dell, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, Sylvan Learning Centers, and more!  To learn more about these fantastic benefits, check out the flier located on the PTA website!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, October 24 - Friday October 28
Red Ribbon Week
(We will kick off the week by wearing red on Monday)

Monday, October 24
8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, October 25
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

Wednesday, October 26
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12PM

5:00-8:00PM   3rd Grade Spirit Night at Jason's Deli 

Thursday, October 27
6:00PM   4th Grade Music Program 

Friday, November 4
6:00PM Silent Auction

WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Thank you for being our partner in education! We enjoyed seeing parents on campus this past Monday for student-led conferences and look forward to another amazing week of learning. 



IB PYP 101


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

A common misconception about a PYP education is that there is a "PYP time" of day, dedicated to focusing on inquiry and student exploration. Conversely, the PYP curriculum framework provides the platform for inquiry based teaching and learning to occur throughout the school day, hopefully extending to the home as students share ideas, conversations and concepts explored in the classroom.

How is this achieved?

With lots of intentional planning and collaboration among all of our teachers on Spicewood's campus, units of inquiry are written that provide students with meaningful learning experiences that transcend all subject areas- including our specials; art, music, PE, and Spanish. With this transdisciplinary approach, students are able to explore concepts that transcend a particular subject area, in turn allowing them to acquire skills in context and make authentic connections to construct their knowledge.

Our specials teachers have a special role to play as we are all working together to educate the whole child. This week we're highlighting how our art and music classes are currently connecting to some of our classrooms:
Art
2nd Grade: Sharing the Planet
Central Idea: Living things share natural resources.

Students will create a painting with a living thing and a natural resource using rings and shades to portray depth. Students are drawing from observation natural resources and living things in Spicewood's atrium.
MUSIC
4th Grade: Who We Are
Central Idea: Our individual rights and responsibilities impact our world.

At the beginning of the school year, fourth graders explored the Who We Are transdisciplinary theme in their homeroom classes and in music class. The repertoire that is included in their music program, which will take place on October 27th, reinforces the central idea that our individual rights and responsibilities impact our world.



Our PE and Spanish are also connecting to classroom units of inquiry and learning experiences. We'll share ways in which they connect next week! Stay tuned!


This Week's News

Spicewood Teaching Garden
The entire Spicewood community - Teachers, Leadership and Families - are coming out on Saturday, October 22 to help with garden build.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come together with the Spicewood community to create an outdoor learning space for the students.  Bring you water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes, and if you have gloves, bring them.  Come for an hour or for the day, as your schedule allows.  Please sign up to volunteer here.

UIL Academic+ Competition
Preparation for our 3rd Annual District UIL A + Competition is underway. In order to determine students who will represent Spicewood ES at the district meet, we will be holding a preliminary competition the week of October 26th. Depending on the grade level, students may compete in the following categories: Story Telling, Oral Reading, Spelling, Art and Number Sense. Parents may follow the link for additional information about UIL and to register students in  2nd - 5th grade, who are interested in competing.

Merchant Rebates
Thanks for sending in your Merchant Rebates Labels to your child's teacher. The contest ended today, and winners will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Good luck! Meanwhile, take a look at the Merchant Rebates page to read more about the various Labels we collect and redeem on behalf of Spicewood - and the new Box Tops Phone App!! Questions? Contact Debbie Price (dmprice1967@gmail.com) or Lisa Revelett (merchantrebates@revelett.com)

Book Fair - Final Numbers
The Book Fair results are in and it was another amazing year!  We grossed over $35,000, of which the Spicewood Library will receive 25% cashback from Scholastic (after-taxes).  Our grand total was $8,270.50.  Ms. Reeb uses Book Fair proceeds to pay for things such as author visits, storytellers, online resources (TumbleBooks, PebbleGo, and e-books), and of course, BOOKS.  Additionally, the Book Fair’s donation drive, sponsored by Brownie Troop #644, received 138 new books which will be delivered to the Book Spring organization for Austin children in need. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year’s Book Fair a HUGE success!

PTA General Membership Meeting  
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 pm in the library. Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations for RRISD, will be there to answer questions that you may have about the District.  To submit a question, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2GZRKP


Mathnasium TriMathlon Competition
Mathnasium is offering to make a $10 contribution PER CHILD to Spicewood PTA for every child who participates in their annual TriMathlon competition. This free community event is a fun way to promote the love of math and games in a friendly environment. Join Mathnasium November 6th - times are flexible and earn Spicewood some free Money. 
Register at http://www.mathnasiumtrimathlon.com/trimathlon_registrations/trimathlon_registrations/register/5397669f-8f3c-419b-a139-0e45c0a80112

Auction Tickets on Sale NOW!
The most anticipated event of Spicewood Elementary is coming up on Friday, November 4th. Spicewood PTA's Totally, Awesome Prom and Auction is a night of bidding, fun, dancing, and community with our parents and faculty. Tickets are sure to sell out so make sure you purchase your tickets today! Go to Spicewood PTA Auction page to be linked to the ticket sales page. We can’t wait to see everyone in their 80’s Prom outfits!

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: What Is Your Story? Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 28, 2016. For more information, including rules and entry forms check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions (thea.woodruff@gmail.com).

PTA Membership Benefits
Did you know that your membership in PTA does more for you than provide fantastic opportunities for the Spicewood Elementary Community?  It does!  By becoming a member of the Spicewood PTA, you also are joining the Round Rock Council of PTAs, the Texas PTA, and the National PTA.  These memberships come with some fantastic benefits at places you regularly do business with like Dell, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, Sylvan Learning Centers, and more!  To learn more about these fantastic benefits, check out the flier located on the PTA website!





MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Friday, October 21
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots. 

Monday, October 24 - Friday October 28
Red Ribbon Week
(We will kick off the week by wearing red on Monday)

Monday, October 24
8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, October 25
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride



Wednesday, October 26
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12PM


Tuesday, November 1
8:00AM  PTA Board Meeting

Friday, November 4
6:00PM Silent Auction


WatchDOGS Friday

Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots.





Monday, October 10, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood's first music program for the year was a great success with our 5th grade students performing for all stakeholders. Thanks to parents and families that came and attended. Fall individual school photo day is this Wednesday, October 12. Please be sure to send your child with a smile! :)
Celebrations

5th Grade Music Performance
We're so proud of our 5th grade students for all the effort they put into preparing and performing a fantastic music performance. Thanks to all the parents and families who came to enjoy the lovely performance. Big thanks goes to Miss Tess & Mary for all their hard work! 

JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes Program Kickoff
Spicewood is proud to be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes Program.  JDRF is the leading charitable supporter of Type 1 Diabetes research.  With your permission students have been challenged to help JDRF create a world without T1D.  


IB PYP 101


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

Parents are vital to the success of their child's educational experience. As a parent at a PYP school, we consider everyone at Spicewood (staff, teachers, parents, students) to be part of our community of learners, continuously growing and working together to become more internationally minded. The more familiar parents are with the purpose and structure of the PYP, the better they will be able to reinforce their child's learning at home. This week we are sharing strategies that parents can utilize to support their  child's IB education here at Spicewood (and beyond!):

1. Use the vocabulary of the Learner Profile attributes and attitudes to reinforce behaviors at home. You can also these words as you discuss characters in the books your child brings home from school or stories you read together at night.

2. Encourage your child to ask questions about life and the world around them and to actively search for answers. IB students are prepared to be life-long learners who are not afraid to ask questions. Most problems have been solved because some open-minded person was not afraid to ask, "why?" or "what if?". As a parent, you can be a great role model by asking questions you have aloud.
3. Have conversations with your child. Questions such as, "what is something interesting you did today?" can open up dinner table conversations, allowing students the time to reflect on what occurred both inside and outside of the classroom. You can support your child's reflections by helping them make connections, validating their experiences, and even adding new learning.
4. Help your child develop their ability to reflect. Reflection is a key element to the learning process and is part of action, an essential element to the PYP curriculum framework."What makes you say that" and "what would you do differently next time" are some types of reflection questions that teachers use to help support students as they are reflecting on their work/actions.
5. Learn more about the benefits of an IB education by attending Spicewood IB information events, getting involved in the classroom, and checking out the parents page on the IBO website (there are some great videos about all IB programmes- all of which are offered in the district)


This Week's News

5th Grade Outdoor School Parent Information Night
All 5th grade parents are invited to attend the Outdoor School Parent Information Night this Wednesday at 6:30PM in the library. 5th grade teachers will present the information and answer any questions you might have. 

Love & Logic Class for Parents
There is a Love and Logic Class available on Wednesday, October 12, 8-10am at Anderson Mill Elementary School provided by Slade Dickson, M.A., LPC, RPT-S, CTS. Love and Logic is a parenting workshop to learn about different ways to positively train your children to be responsible, caring, honest and thoughtful by using The Love and Logic Curriculum. Please refer questions to Jackie Cyriac, Parent Specialist at jackie_cyriac@roundrockisd.org or 512.428.3708 or the Anderson Mill Counselors at 512.428.3740.

Auction Tickets on Sale NOW!
The most anticipated event of Spicewood Elementary is coming up on Friday, November 4th. Spicewood PTA's Totally, Awesome Prom and Auction is a night of bidding, fun, dancing, and community with our parents and faculty. Tickets are sure to sell out so make sure you purchase your tickets today! Go to Spicewood PTA Auction page to be linked to the ticket sales page. We can’t wait to see everyone in their 80’s Prom outfits!

Literacy Library Training Next Week
The Literacy Library provides books/readers for the teachers to use in classroom reading groups and at home for extra reading practice. The PTA recruits and utilizes volunteers in the library to re-shelve the returned books left by the teachers. It is really easy work and can be done whenever it is convenient for you. Additionally, some parents volunteer through their child’s classroom and may also be asked to pull books for classroom book bags. Regardless of how you are volunteering in the Literacy Library, everyone needs to attend training.


We ask that ALL Literacy Library volunteers attend a training session, as we’ve reorganized the Literacy Library to make room for new books! Please attend one of the following time slots: Wednesday, October 12 at 7:45am OR Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30pm.The training should not take more than 15 or 20 minutes. The Literacy Library is located in the first grade wing by Mrs. Hoang's classroom. If you can't make one of the training times or have a specific time constraint, please contact Larissa Bradford - 512-587-5577 (call or text), larissabradford@austin.rr.com.   



Spicewood Teaching Garden Build Day
Things are moving along quickly with the teaching garden.  The ground has been prepped and the garden shed will be erected this week!  Build day is Saturday, October 22nd and all ages are welcome to join us - for just a couple of hours or all day!  Visit the PTA Teaching Garden page to check out the garden design and to sign up to volunteer!

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: What Is Your Story? Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 28, 2016. For more information, including rules and entry forms check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions (thea.woodruff@gmail.com).

Merchant Rebates
Our first Merchant Rebates contest of the school year ends October 14, 2016!  The class turning in the most Bonus Box Tops Certificates (from the HEB promotion earlier this month) AND the class turning in the highest point total of all other Labels (Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson A+, Community Coffee, and My Coke Rewards) BOTH win an item from their class wish list!! Ask your classroom Merchant Rebates Volunteer for more details, or contact Lisa Revelett (merchantrebates@revelett.com) or Debbie Price (dmprice1967@gmail.com)!  Good Luck!

PTA Membership Benefits
Did you know that your membership in PTA does more for you than provide fantastic opportunities for the Spicewood Elementary Community?  It does!  By becoming a member of the Spicewood PTA, you also are joining the Round Rock Council of PTAs, the Texas PTA, and the National PTA.  These memberships come with some fantastic benefits at places you regularly do business with like Dell, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, Sylvan Learning Centers, and more!  To learn more about these fantastic benefits, check out the flier located on the PTA website!

Q&A With Corey Ryan, RRISD Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations  
We have arranged to have Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations come speak with us at our next PTA meeting on November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Mr. Ryan can address issues related to the recent boundary change proposal and the “school of choice” initiative.  To facilitate an efficient and effective discussion, we have created an online form where you can submit questions for Mr. Ryan.  To submit a question, please go to the Survey Monkey page.



MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Monday, October 10
No School for Students
FALL STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Wednesday, October 12
Fall Individual School Photo Day
6:30-7:30PM   5th Grade Outdoor School Parent Info. Night

Friday, October 14
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Friday, October 21
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

WatchDOGS Friday
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Monday, October 24
8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, October 25
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

Wednesday, October 26
Early Release Day
All students aredismissed at 12PM 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We had a campus full of visitors throughout the week with the week-long book fair and Kids Invite Someone Special Cook Out on Friday! We always love having families and friends come visit us! Big thanks to all the parent volunteers that spent hours into planning these big events!! 
Celebrations

Bookaneer Book Fair
WOW! The Spicewood Book Fair had a phenomenal week and there simply are not enough words to express our gratitude. THANK YOU to all the fearless volunteers who gave their time, THANK YOU to all the fabulous visitors who shopped the fair, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased books for donation to Book Spring. It’s the boundless generosity of this community that helps make the Spicewood Elementary Library one of the best libraries in the district. Our final numbers are still trickling in, and we will post the library’s profit on the Book Fair page as soon as we have completed our calculations.

Kids Invite Someone Special (K.I.S.S.) Cook Out Luncheon
Thanks to all the families, special guests and friends that came out to make our K.I.S.S. Cook Out Luncheon so very special! We had special guests that flew in from Chicago, California, Pakistan, India and different parts of the country! I'd like to thank all the parents that volunteered their precious time to make this event a successful one. BIG thanks goes out to Mrs. Petty for planning, organizing and executing this event! 

WWHS Eagle Scout Builds & Donates Two Benches
Many parents have asked in passing where the beautiful two benches came from! :) Eagle scout student named Zain Fidai at Westwood HS has built and donated to the school. We're so appreciative! 



IB PYP 101


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

With our Fall Student Led Conferences coming up, PYP students are reflecting on themselves as learners and setting goals (using the Learner Profile as their guide) for the 2016-2017 school year. So how do we help support students and provide them with a framework to keep working towards those goals?

The answer, growth mindset.

What is a growth mindset?

Growth mindset is the belief that, with the right attitude, we can develop our abilities, including our intelligence. Spicewood teachers began the year by introducing the idea of a growth mindset to our students. Classes highlighted the risk-taker Learner Profile attribute and made connections to this new mindset.
Teachers and students read a variety of carefully selected books, watched videos, and had class meetings that gave students time to reflect and think about how they might apply this to their own lives. Students in turn took action, created inspirational posters and reminders for their classes, additionally creating their own "failure bows" to further celebrate the power of failure in growing as a learner. They've embraced the power of failure and it's importance to helping us all continue to grow and develop into global-minded thinkers.

Using a growth mindset, our students create goals and challenge themselves each and every day. We look forward to seeing you all at our Student Led Conferences next week as they share their learning, goals and PYP portfolios!

Interested in learning more about the power of a Growth Mindset?

This Week's News

Drop Off Prior to 7:20AM
Parents, please do not sit in the circle drive when you arrive prior to 7:20AM to drop off your child(ren) as it's been creating a long line of traffic. Please let your students out to the front area of the school and leave; circle drive is not meant for stand-still cars. On cold and rainy days, our students are allowed into the main entrance area to avoid inclement weather. 

5th Grade Music Program This Thursday
Parents and families, we cordially invite you to our 5th grade music program this Thursday, starting at 6pm in the cafeteria. Our students have been working hard to put on the best concert ever! 

Westwood Feeder Pattern Underwear & Socks Drive
Westwood feeder pattern schools are participating in the annual Underwear & Socks Drive with Westwood High School. We'll be collecting NEW children's underwear and socks until Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the front office at Spicewood to help those who are in need. 

Scholarship Opportunity- Message from Counselor, Mrs. Hougham
Are scholarships just for high-school students?? No! Here is one example your child may participate in for the chance to be given a $30,000 scholarship! From Google: Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.

Auction Tickets Going on Sale Soon!
The most anticipated event of Spicewood Elementary is coming up on Nov. 4th. Spicewood PTA's Totally, Awesome Prom and Auction is a night of bidding, fun, dancing, and community with our parents and faculty. Tickets go on sale this upcoming Monday, October 3rd at 6:00 am. Tables are $500 and seat 10 people and Individual Tickets are $30 each. Tickets are sure to sell out so make sure you purchase your tickets on Monday!!! You can go to Spicewood PTA Auction page to be linked to the ticket sales page.  We can’t wait to see everyone in their 80’s Prom outfits!

Love & Logic Class for Parents
There is a Love and Logic Class available on Wednesday, October 12, 8-10am at Anderson Mill Elementary School provided by Slade Dickson, M.A., LPC, RPT-S, CTS. Love and Logic is a parenting workshop to learn about different ways to positively train your children to be responsible, caring, honest and thoughtful by using The Love and Logic Curriculum. Please refer questions to Jackie Cyriac, Parent Specialist at jackie_cyriac@roundrockisd.org or 512.428.3708 or the Anderson Mill Counselors at 512.428.3740.

Spicewood Teaching Garden Build Day
Things are moving along quickly with the teaching garden.  The ground has been prepped and the garden shed will be erected this week!  Build day is Saturday, October 22nd and all ages are welcome to join us - for just a couple of hours or all day!  Visit the PTA Teaching Garden page to check out the garden design and to sign up to volunteer!

REFLECTIONS Creativity Contest
This PTA-sponsored program allows your child to come up with her or his own way to express this year’s theme: What Is Your Story? Children can enter as many pieces as they’d like across six categories (literature, visual arts, photography, film production, dance choreography, and musical composition). Your child does not have to be an accomplished artist or expert writer to enter. It’s all about a child’s interpretation and expression of the theme. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 28, 2016. For more information, including rules and entry forms check out the Spicewood PTA Reflections website. Please email Thea Woodruff with any questions (thea.woodruff@gmail.com).

Destination Imagination (DI) Team Sign Up Begins!
DI is a world renowned program designed to unfold the children's imagination and allow them to apply the knowledge and skills they learned from classroom on real problem solving. DI Club at Spicewood is open for signing up now. Please visit club homepage for information about the program and how to sign up. Contact Ziyu Huang at Ziyuh14@gmail.com for more information.

Merchant Rebates

Our first Merchant Rebates contest of the school year ends October 14, 2016!  The class turning in the most Bonus Box Tops Certificates (from the HEB promotion earlier this month) AND the class turning in the highest point total of all other Labels (Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson A+, Community Coffee, and My Coke Rewards) BOTH win an item from their class wish list!! Ask your classroom Merchant Rebates Volunteer for more details, or contact Lisa Revelett (merchantrebates@revelett.com) or Debbie Price (dmprice1967@gmail.com)!  Good Luck!

PTA Membership Benefits

Did you know that your membership in PTA does more for you than provide fantastic opportunities for the Spicewood Elementary Community?  It does!  By becoming a member of the Spicewood PTA, you also are joining the Round Rock Council of PTAs, the Texas PTA, and the National PTA.  These memberships come with some fantastic benefits at places you regularly do business with like Dell, Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, Sylvan Learning Centers, and more!  To learn more about these fantastic benefits, check out the flier located on the PTA website!

Q&A With Corey Ryan, RRISD Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations  
We have arranged to have Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations come speak with us at our next PTA meeting on October 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm.  Mr. Ryan can address issues related to the recent boundary change proposal and the “school of choice” initiative.  To facilitate an efficient and effective discussion, we have created an online form where you can submit questions for Mr. Ryan.  To submit a question, please go to the Survey Monkey page.



MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Thursday, October 6
6:00PM   5th Grade Music Program
Cafeteria

Friday, October 7
WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots. 

Monday, October 10
No School for Students
FALL STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Wednesday, October 12
Fall Individual School Photo Day

Friday, October 14
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Friday, October 21
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

WatchDOGS Friday
Sign up to volunteer please. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for online schedule" then scroll all the way down again to see specific time slots. 

Monday, October 24
8:00AM   K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride 

Tuesday, October 25
8:00AM   3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride

Wednesday, October 26
Early Release Day
All students are dismissed at 12PM