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! :) 
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. 

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

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

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 (

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!


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.