Monday, November 28, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends over the break. We have three weeks till the winter break, which means, LOTS of learning still happening here at Spicewood! We appreciate your continued support at home by encouraging our students to talk about the learning happening at school with you. 


Celebrations

5th Grade Outdoor School

5th Grade students had a wonderful time at the Outdoor School for three days right before the break. They explored various learning experiences that taught them about team building, trust, risk taking, wildlife science, and more. Thanks to all the teachers who went out there away from their own family to take care of our students. Thanks to all the parents that volunteered to chaperone as well!



IB PYP 101


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

Attitudes are one of the essential elements of the PYP program. In addition to knowledge, transdisciplinary (connections across all subjects) teaching and learning, and Approaches to Learning, the attitudes are a vital element in cultivating an internationally minded person. The attitudes are exemplified in the different books that teachers choose to read aloud to their classes, brought into class discussion, and used as a reflection tool for students after learning engagements. Teachers, in turn, model these attitudes, further supporting students as they reflect on their experiences here at Spicewood.

In Kindergarten, the students read the book, In November by Cynthia Rylant, discussed all of the unique things that we typically find during the fall season (cooler temperatures, migrating animals, bare trees), and finally reflected on how we can appreciate the change of the seasons. Afterwards, students wrote about what they appreciated in their own lives.

How can you make connections to the learning happening here and get the conversation started at home? Head over to the library and check out some of these books for the holiday break. You can also watch this Kid President video clip about 25 Reasons to Be Thankful!

This Week's News


Career Exploration at Spicewood
At Spicewood, we are always looking for ways to get our students thinking about their future. At the elementary level students don't need to know exactly what type of education they're going to get after high school yet or what exact career path they're going to follow, but we do want to allow our students to explore the possibilities of all of the educational and career opportunities out there. This year, we would love to have our parents help with this education and career exploration by participating in our Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight. If you'd like to participate, please fill in the Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight Handout and send it in to school to Mrs. Hougham, our counselor, along with one or more pictures of you at your place of work. Mrs. Hougham will be displaying different Parent Career Spotlights each week on a bulletin board all year long.

Computer Science Education Week- The Hour of Code NEXT WEEK [Dec. 5-9]
We live in a world surrounded by technology and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Our entire school continues to participate in one of the largest learning events in history - The Hour of Code.  During Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5th-9th, the Hour of Code aims to demystify coding and show that anybody can learn the basics by just coding for one hour during this week. 


Students will have an opportunity to learn or extend their knowledge of programming concepts next week. We encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher and volunteer during this week if you can. In addition to coding activities in the classroom, students will have the opportunity to learn more about computer science on the daily announcements, participate in a photo contest with their class, work with the Ozobots in the Inquiry Lab, and much more! 

Merchant Rebates- Message from PTA
Thank you to everyone for submitting your Merchant Rebates labels! We collected/submitted the following: 
5,926 Box Tops ($592.60 for Spicewood)
1,076 Bonus Box Tops ($107.60)
579 Labels for Education (points are banked to be used for merchandise)
23 Tyson A+ Labels ($5.52)
294 Community Coffee UPCs ($29.40)
6,514 My Coke Rewards codes/points (eventually turns into cash for the school)

And now, the winners!
Ms. Jensen's 2nd grade class turned in the most overall points: 3,561!
Mrs. Corbett's 3rd grade class turned in the most HEB/Bonus Box Tops points: 360!
We are also recognizing Mrs. Cain's 2nd grade class for turning in 2,561 overall points!

Congratulation to all of our winners, and stay tuned for news on the next contest! Think of Box Tops as you visit family and friends over the holidays. If you pack leftovers in Ziploc bags, ask if you can have the Box Tops from the boxes. Make your green bean casserole using Green Giant brand, and snip the Box Top from the packaging! If you use Kleenex Dinner Napkins or Hefty Tableware, remember to clip the Box Tops!

Questions about Merchant Rebates? Contact Lisa Revelett (merchantrebates@revelett.com) or Debbie Price (dmprice1967@gmail.com).

Adopt the Garden - Volunteers Needed
We are looking for families to "adopt" the garden for a week to help us keep it growing for the students and teachers at Spicewood throughout the year. Responsibilities are easy - light weeding & watering several times during the week, depending on the weather. Specific instructions will be emailed before your week begins. Spots are filling up quickly, so don’t delay, sign up today at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a48aeae29aa8-spicewood2

Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/spicewoodteachinggarden to see how the teachers use the garden, how you can help out and how the garden grows throughout the year.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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, November 14, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Spicewood had a very busy week last week. We have so much to share under Celebrations section! This week our fifth grade students will be off to the Outdoor School for three days to experience team building, nature discovering and making connections all around their learning. Then we're off to a full week of Fall Break to enjoy family time and some good food!


Celebrations

Student Council Election

All 826 students at Spicewood participated in the Student Council Presidential Election last Tuesday. Our hope is that our students are equipped to grow as citizens that practice their civic duty to participate in elections to come. Congratulations to President Noah G. and Vice President William L. for being elected!

3rd Grade Music Program
3rd grade students  were very excited to sing their Spaced Out songs, and they sounded awesome! Thank you all for coming out to support our students and their hard work! Big thanks to 3rd grade teachers, Ms. Tess and Ms. Mary for their hard work!

Veteran's Day Assembly
Spicewood held two assemblies to honor our veterans past and present. Our students sang songs, presented a student created poem and letters to show our appreciation and honor the veterans. Thanks to all the veterans that joined us. Thank you for your service that allowed us our freedom. 

Chess Club Tournament
The Spicewood Chess Club Students attended the Kealing Middle School Scholastic tournament last weekend and did a fantastic job! 34 schools were represented at the tournament. The Spicewood students won 2 trophies for first place, 3 for second place and 1 trophy for third place. Included in the winnings was an incredible first place win by the Spicewood kindergarten and 1st grade absolute beginner group! Information and pictures here: http://www.spicewoodchess.org/ Congratulations!


IB PYP 101


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

Giving students a voice encourages ownership in their learning and school community. Our PYP Student Council provides students with a platform to take action and be involved in their school community. The purpose of electing Student Council Representatives and Ambassadors is to help our students comprehend the complex nature of a representational governing body. Members of Student Council take charge and raise ideas to make our school better.
On Tuesday, November 8th, our students listened to candidate speeches full of promises and hopeful visions to help continue to make Spicewood a great place to be, the speeches were followed by a visit to the polls to cast their vote for our 5th grade Presidential representative for the 2016-2017 school year. We are proud of all of our risk-taking students who ran for Student Council!
A big congratulations goes to Noah, our Student Council President and William, our Vice President ! We look forward to your ideas and leadership this school year!

This Week's News

Thanksgiving Pie Drive- Message from PTA
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are seeking volunteers to provide whole pies or other desserts for our teachers and staff at Spicewood. This is an easy ways to let them know how thankful we are for all they do to teach and care for our children. Please deliver your desserts to the library on Thursday, November 17th between 7:30a- 2:45pm. 
Click on THIS LINK to see additional details and to sign up!! Please contact Zita Naik (zita.naik@gmail.com) with any questions.

Career Exploration at Spicewood
At Spicewood, we are always looking for ways to get our students thinking about their future. At the elementary level students don't need to know exactly what type of education they're going to get after high school yet or what exact career path they're going to follow, but we do want to allow our students to explore the possibilities of all of the educational and career opportunities out there. This year, we would love to have our parents help with this education and career exploration by participating in our Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight. If you'd like to participate, please fill in the Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight Handout and send it in to school to Mrs. Hougham, our counselor, along with one or more pictures of you at your place of work. Mrs. Hougham will be displaying different Parent Career Spotlights each week on a bulletin board all year long.

Spicewood Community Garden - Volunteers Needed
We would like to keep you updated on the Spicewood Teaching Garden and our primary source of communication will be the Spicewood Teaching Garden Facebook Page.  We encourage you to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/spicewoodteachinggarden so you can see how the teachers use the garden, how you can help out and how the garden grows throughout the year.


Now that our garden is built and planted we need your help to keep it growing. You do not need to be a gardener - No Green Thumbs Required! We are asking families to "adopt" the garden for a week to help us keep the garden growing for the students and teachers at Spicewood throughout the year. There are only 31 weeks left in the school year so SIGN UP early! Responsibilities are easy - light weeding & watering several times during the week, depending on how hot/dry the weather is. Specific instructions will be emailed before your week begins. Don’t delay, sign up today for your chance to take care of the garden!

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. 

Special Education Parents Meeting/Coffee
Parents of Special Education students are invited for a coffee with your Special Education Parent Advisory Committee representative, Mrs. Steen, and Principal, Mrs. Kim along with a special education teacher. The coffee will start at 8am on Thursday, November 17. Location TBD. 

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!

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

Thursday, November 17
8:00-9:00AM   Special Education Parents Meeting/Coffee

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, November 7, 2016

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Our students will be holding a big Election Day this Tuesday during their lunch periods. Students will be voting for Student Council President. Look for "I voted today. Kids vote, too!" stickers on their shirts after school Tuesday! :) This Thursday our 3rd grade students will be performing a music program at 6pm. Please come join us! Shortly after, the Executive Director of Communication & Community Relations, Corey Ryan, will be available for any questions regarding District of Innovation in the library starting at 6:20PM. 


Celebrations

Round Rock ISD Press Release on Spicewood Teaching Garden

The district has created an official launch video about our Teaching Garden. Once again, BIG thanks to everyone who came out to support this amazing community project! Please click here to view the video

Spicewood Annual Silent & Live Auction
Spicewood had another night of fantastic Silent & Live Auction with many parents, staff and community members. Thank you for coming out to support Spicewood ES. We're so lucky to have such immense amount of support from all of you. 



IB PYP 101


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

In an age of innovation, it becomes even more crucial that we give students frequent opportunities to engage with technology in our classrooms. At Spicewood, we work to seemlessly integrate technology into learning experiences to support student inquiry, giving them time to investigate and collaborate to construct their own meaning of the concepts in their units of inquiry. Mrs. Haney, our campus Instructional Technology Specialist works diligently with our teachers and students, assisting them both with the support they need to be success with this technology.

As with all of our curriculum, teaching and learning this technology is not taught in isolation. Instead, the teacher and students collaborate with one another as the inquiry unfolds. For example, typing or keyboarding is not taught in isolation, instead, students learn this skill by using Google docs to draft and publish their writing. Digital citizenship is also integrated throughout the PYP curriculum as they learn how to navigate the internet through research, cite sources, and collaborate on documents with their peers.

Some technology tools used by students on our campus include:


ipads: From sketching in art to creating digital books and composing music, ipads have an endless amount of uses in the classroom! We have several NextGen classrooms, as well as campus shared ipad carts giving students one-to-one access to this resource. Our broadcast team of students uses the movie maker app to record, edit, and publish to our school community each morning before our claeses even begin!
Digital Microscopes: Using digital microscopes gives our students the opportunity to record video, take photos, and share their investigation findings with the rest of the class. Students enjoy being able to get an up close look of textures and colors of the objects placed under the microscopes.
Laptops & Chromebooks: Students use laptops and Chromebooks to research and organize data for students questions or class inquiries, collaborate with one another on assignments through Google apps, and create unique products including info graphics, publish writing, and presentations based on their research.




This Week's News

Veteran's Day Assembly Preparation- Wall of Honor
We call for all past and active veterans in the Spicewood ES Community. We'd love to honor you by displaying your photo along with some information on the Wall of Honor on November 11. Please fill out the second page of this flyer and send it in with a student by Wednesday, November 9. We'll also hold two assemblies: one with Intermediate (3rd-5th) grade level at 8:00AM and another with Primary (K-2) grade level at 8:30AM on Friday, November 11. Any veterans are invited to attend either one of the assemblies in uniform. There will be a small reception with refreshments available in the library after the assemblies.

Career Exploration at Spicewood
At Spicewood, we are always looking for ways to get our students thinking about their future. At the elementary level students don't need to know exactly what type of education they're going to get after high school yet or what exact career path they're going to follow, but we do want to allow our students to explore the possibilities of all of the educational and career opportunities out there. This year, we would love to have our parents help with this education and career exploration by participating in our Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight. If you'd like to participate, please fill in the Spicewood Parent Career Spotlight Handout and send it in to school to Mrs. Hougham, our counselor, along with one or more pictures of you at your place of work. Mrs. Hougham will be displaying different Parent Career Spotlights each week on a bulletin board all year long.

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. 

3rd Grade Music Program
3rd grade students will be performing a music program this Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-6:20PM in the cafeteria. They've been working very hard to get ready for this program. Please come join us and celebrate the great work of our students!

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. 

Special Education Parents Meeting/Coffee
Parents of Special Education students are invited for a coffee with your Special Education Parent Advisory Committee representative, Mrs. Steen, and Principal, Mrs. Kim along with a special education teacher. The coffee will start at 8am on Thursday, November 17. Location TBD. 

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!
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

Friday, November 11
8:00AM   Veteran's Day Assembly (3rd-5th)
8:30AM   Veteran's Day Assembly (K-2nd)

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

Thursday, November 17
8:00-9:00AM   Special Education Parents Meeting/Coffee

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