Monday, January 30, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

We had a busy week last week with all the wonderful science fair projects! Many volunteers came out to judge approximately 250 projects and we are so very thankful for them and their time! This Thursday is the individual and group picture day so be sure to send your child with a smile on! :)

Celebrations

Science Fair
All of our 4th and 5th grade students participated in the Science Fair. Many of our students in other grade levels also participated voluntarily last week. They were all amazing projects that showed creative and scientific aspects of our students. It was so evident that our students put in so much effort! We're so proud! Thanks to all the parents and families that came out on Wednesday to celebrate with us! 


IB PYP 101

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

As an IB campus, teachers develop Units of Inquiry that allow inquiry that allows for a global context. We can learn from other countries and cultures and find appreciation of our differences through open-mindedness. Language is involved in all learning and provides the support to the inquiry that is experienced in our classrooms on a daily basis. There are many students in our community, however, that are learning in a language other than their Mother Tongue (primary or first language).

Officially observed since 2000, Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date corresponds to the day in 1952 when students from the University of Dhaka, Jagannath University and Dhaka Medical College, demonstrated for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan, near the Dhaka High Court in the capital of present-day Bangladesh.

Throughout the month of February we'll be sharing ways in which Spicewood highlights and celebrates Mother Tongue on our community.

Did you know that our library has a Mother Tongue section?

With almost 20 different languages represented, it's a great place to explore different languages represented from around the world. Our hardworking librarian, Laura Reeb, is always looking for new titles to add too! Please let her know if there are any favorite book titles in your Mother Tongue we can add to our collection!

This Week's News

Spring Individual/Group Pictures this Thursday
Please note that we'll have our spring individual and group pictures this Thursday. 

5th Grade Parent Info. Night at CVMS on February 13 @6 pm
Canyon Vista Middle School invites the parents of 5th grade students to a parent meeting to discuss the 6th grade course selection sheet, and all the options available to 6th grade students entering middle school. Specifically, we will be discussing the option of taking a language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese) course or Mustang Discovery (rotation of Study Skills, Technology, and Leadership). We will provide a description of each course, and answer questions. We encourage all 5th grade parents to attend this meeting, as this will be an important decision to make regarding the option of taking a high school level course during the transition year to middle school, and determining if this is the right decision for your child. We will also be available to discuss the PE credit option of taking Wellness Education or Dance. In addition, we can answer any questions regarding the Fine Arts (Art, Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Theater Arts) options, as well.

Save the Date - One World, One Night Event
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Mark your calendars for the "One World, One Night" celebration on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This Spicewood event gives our students and their families a passport to different cultures around the world! At the festival you will find tables hosted by fellow Spicewood parents sharing their cultures by exhibiting artifacts, traditional clothing, teaching crafts and providing culinary samples. Each year the number of participating countries grows and we encourage all cultures at Spicewood Elementary to consider participating in the One World, One Night event. For more information and to sign up to participate, please email Spicewoodoneworldonenight@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!

Thursday, February 2

Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 3
WatchDOGS Friday 

Wednesday, February 8
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House

Thursday, February 9
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Friday, February 10
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Monday, February 13
6:00PM   5th Grade Parent Info. Night at CVMS

Friday, February 17
Art Volunteers in the Classroom
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, February 20
No School- Student Holiday

Tuesday, February 21
One World, One Night- Multicultural Night

Thursday, February 23
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting #4
Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 1
5:00-8:00PM   1st Grade Spirit Night at Double Dave's Pizza

Friday, March 3
WatchDOGS Friday

Saturday, March 4
FYI Explore UT

Monday, January 23, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Happy Monday! It was a busy week last week here at Spicewood! There's a lot to share under Celebrations. This week is Science Fair Week. As you already know, our students put in a lot of thoughts and efforts into their science projects over the last few weeks. We'll have a family viewing night this Wednesday to celebrate their learning and effort. Please come join us in the library beginning at 6pm. Hope to see many of you there! 

Celebrations

Education Go Get It (EGGI) Week
Our students explored through many activities last week which gave them a good look into possible pathways into various careers out there. Thanks to many parents and teachers that participated to enrich their experiences. 

District UIL Competition Last Saturday
Our students who competed at the Campus Preliminary UIL Competition in the fall semester were selected and coached to go on and compete at the District Division UIL Meet last Saturday. Several of our students mentioned below have placed within the first 3 ranks to move onto the final Elementary District UIL Competition which will take its place on February 11 at Walsh Middle School. Claire L. placed 1st in Spelling in 3rd Grade. Jose F. placed 1st in Spelling in 4th Grade. Aimee W. placed 3rd in Spelling in 5th Grade. In Storytelling, Joan A. (2nd place) and Aria M. (3rd place) will go on to the next level of competition. Ethan Y. placed 1st in 5th grade Number Sense. Roshan P. placed 2nd in Art. All of our students gave their very best to represent Spicewood and we're so proud of them and their effort! Big thanks to Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Albright along with Mrs. Page who volunteered much of their time to lead and guide our students to prepare for this big event. Another round of big thanks goes out to our parent coaches who prepared our students after school for weeks leading up to this event. 


IB PYP 101

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

Whether it be online research for a project about animal habitats in second grade or collaboration on a Google slides presentation in third grade, our students have an ever increasing online presence. Spicewood students are given a multitude of learning opportunities to be principled digital citizens, learning how the Learner Profile and attitudes carry over from our physical classrooms to cyberspace. 



Our students learned more about what it means to be a digital citizen with Mrs. Haney, our campus technology specialist. Classes were guided in reflective conversations about their role in making good choices as a digital citizen and collaborated with one another as they shared ways that daily choices online have an impact on our communities and world. 



Second graders were challenged with the task of creating a comic with a Super Digital Citizen, applying what they've learned about digital citizenship throughout the past few weeks. 

Conversations about being a digital citizen do not stop here, however, classroom teachers are always referring back to the Learner Profile as students continue to use technology in the classroom to research, create, and share new learning throughout their units of inquiry.

What can you do @ home?

  • Encourage your child to use their creativity and enter our Digital Citizenship Contest!-- entries are due Friday, Feb. 3rd!
  • Have follow up conversations with your child about what it means to be a digital citizen
  • Get involved and interact with your child while they are online and/or using technology to research, share, and collaborate. Learn more about how they are using these tools and how you can help further educate and guide them to do it with an IB mindset. 

This Week's News


3 Things to Know in Round Rock ISD- District Digest
District has launched a Monthly District Digest- 3 Things to Know in RRISD. Here's a link to the January edition to keep you informed. 

Science Fair Family Viewing Night on Wednesday
All the hard work of our students will be displayed for public viewing this Wednesday starting at 6pm. Please come join us and celebrate the learning and the great efforts of our students. 

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
In order to make the Science Fair a success, we need parent volunteers to cover short 2 hour shifts from Monday, 1/23, through Wednesday, 1/25. Duties include setting up, escorting students from class to the library for judging, placing ribbons on projects and cleaning up. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Science Fair heading.

5th Grade Parent Info. Night at CVMS on February 13 @6 pm

Canyon Vista Middle School invites the parents of 5th grade students to a parent meeting to discuss the 6th grade course selection sheet, and all the options available to 6th grade students entering middle school. Specifically, we will be discussing the option of taking a language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese) course or Mustang Discovery (rotation of Study Skills, Technology, and Leadership). We will provide a description of each course, and answer questions. We encourage all 5th grade parents to attend this meeting, as this will be an important decision to make regarding the option of taking a high school level course during the transition year to middle school, and determining if this is the right decision for your child. We will also be available to discuss the PE credit option of taking Wellness Education or Dance. In addition, we can answer any questions regarding the Fine Arts (Art, Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Theater Arts) options, as well.

Save the Date - One World, One Night Event
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Mark your calendars for the "One World, One Night" celebration on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This Spicewood event gives our students and their families a passport to different cultures around the world! At the festival you will find tables hosted by fellow Spicewood parents sharing their cultures by exhibiting artifacts, traditional clothing, teaching crafts and providing culinary samples. Each year the number of participating countries grows and we encourage all cultures at Spicewood Elementary to consider participating in the One World, One Night event. For more information and to sign up to participate, please email Spicewoodoneworldonenight@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, January 23- Thursday, January 26
Science Fair

Wednesday, January 25
6:00-7:00PM   Science Fair Family Viewing Night
Library

Thursday, February 2
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 3
WatchDOGS Friday 

Wednesday, February 8
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House

Thursday, February 9
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Friday, February 10
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Monday, February 13
6:00PM   5th Grade Parent Info. Night at CVMS

Friday, February 17
Art Volunteers in the Classroom
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, January 16, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Happy Monday! Please remember that we have no school today. We'll see you guys bright and early tomorrow morning! We'll be celebrating Education Go Get It Week this week! Each school day has a theme throughout this week as listed below. It's a short week but a good one! See you all tomorrow! 

Celebrations

Digital Citizenship
Last week our students explored what it means to be a responsible digital citizen throughout the week. Students discussed how it connects to themselves and what impact it brings to others when practicing their rights and responsibilities in the cyber world. 


IB PYP 101

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

The IB continuum of international education for 3-19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigor. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. It aims to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.

The IB program, in all grades, aspires to help schools develop well rounded students with character: students who can respond to challenges with optimism and an open-mind; students confident in their own identities; students who make ethical decisions; students who join with others in celebrating our common humanity; students who are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations.

Did you know that Round Rock ISD offers the IB program in elementary, middle, and high school? Interested in learning more about what IB looks at Westwood?


Save the Date!

January 31 @ 6:30 PM

Learn more about the the IB program at Westwood as well as aspects of enrolling the IB program at Westwood our IB program.

If you have more questions about this event, please contact our IB Coordinator, 
Jessica Vance jessica_vance@roundrockisd.org


This Week's News

Education Go Get It Week (EGGI Week) This Week
Education Go Get It Week is this week, January 17-20th. EGGI Week is a week to focus on exploring and learning about the wide variety of post-secondary opportunities and career choices available in the future for our students. It's never to early to start thinking about the future and this year we're asking students to DREAM BIG! 

Below is a list of spirit days your child can choose to participate in during EGGI Week:

Tuesday: Spicewood School Shirt Day
—At Spicewood Elementary we work to build a strong educational foundation in preparation for our bright futures!

Wednesday: College/Military/Training Program T-Shirt Day—You have to get the education and skills before you get the job you want! Show your spirit for higher education and training opportunities to build our education and skills!

Thursday: Dress for Success Day
—It’s interview time—dress to impress in the career world (dress in “interview” attire - you have to look the part to get the job!).


Friday: My Future Career Day
—You’ve finally landed your dream job—dress up in your future career gear!


To go along with EGGI Week, students may like to create a Dream Board to share. To inspire themselves to dream big and shoot for the stars, some people create Dream Boards by decorating a board with pictures (drawn, photos, or cut from magazines), words, poetry, and more to keep these dreams and goals alive as they go through life. Students will be sent home a paper Dream Board in their Friday Folder as an OPTIONAL assignment. If students choose to complete and turn it in to their teacher, Mrs. Hougham will display the Dream Board  in the school to inspire others before sending it back home. 

Other activities to continue to facilitate college and career exploration are:

College/Career Guidance Lessons: During this round of guidance lessons, Mrs. Hougham will teach career exploration guidance lessons to help students think about higher education options and careers. Students will have the opportunity to explore a new career exploration game to introduce a variety of career options to students (Career Cruising’s ccSpark).

Teachers’ Childhood Career Dreams Bulletin Board:
Students can take a glimpse into their teacher’s childhood career aspirations as they look at this bulletin board display—they may even get to sneak a peak at a childhood photo of their teacher!


Post-Secondary Education Themed Announcements on Morning Broadcast:
This week students will learn about the  variety of post-secondary educational opportunities available during broadcast—there are so many ways to gain education and training!


The 16 career cluster spotlights will continue to be displayed throughout the spring semester to help students learn about the variety of career fields, as well as our Parent Career Spotlight (we'd love to have more participants!).

PTA General Membership Meeting
Our next PTA General Membership Meeting will be this Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 pm in the library.  If you are curious about board positions and/or are considering volunteering next year, please attend and learn more about the positions that will be open!  We hope to see you all there!

STEAM Day Chair needed

Spicewood and Spicewood PTA need your help!  We are currently looking for an energetic person (or two) to chair our annual STEAM day event.  This event takes place during school on the Friday before Spring Break, and is always a student favorite.  The chair is responsible for scheduling 6 presenters, organizing volunteers, and working with the administration to create the student schedule for the event.  Every year this event is a ton of fun for the kids, and the parent volunteers!  If you are interested in chairing this event, please contact Carole Callaghan at spicewoodpresident@gmail.com. 

Science Fair Registration
Science Fair is coming up soon (January 23-26), which means it’s time to get those projects registered! 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class. However, K-3rd graders who are participating in Science Fair must complete their registration online. To register a project for a K-3rd grader, please complete the online Science Fair Registration. Participating students should bring their display boards to school on Monday, January 23. Please visit the Science Fair page for more information.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
In order to make the Science Fair a success, we need parent volunteers to cover short 2 hour shifts from Monday, 1/23, through Wednesday, 1/25. Duties include setting up, escorting students from class to the library for judging, placing ribbons on projects and cleaning up. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Science Fair heading.

Save the Date - One World, One Night Event
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Mark your calendars for the "One World, One Night" celebration on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This Spicewood event gives our students and their families a passport to different cultures around the world! At the festival you will find tables hosted by fellow Spicewood parents sharing their cultures by exhibiting artifacts, traditional clothing, teaching crafts and providing culinary samples. Each year the number of participating countries grows and we encourage all cultures at Spicewood Elementary to consider participating in the One World, One Night event. For more information and to sign up to participate, please email Spicewoodoneworldonenight@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, January 16
MLK Day- No School

Thursday, January 19
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting 
Library

Friday, January 20
5th Grade Mustang Express to CVMS
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, January 23- Thursday, January 26
Science Fair

Wednesday, January 25
6:00-7:00PM   Science Fair Family Viewing Night
Library

Thursday, February 2
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 3
WatchDOGS Friday 

Wednesday, February 8
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House

Thursday, February 9
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Friday, February 10
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Friday, February 17
Art Volunteers in the Classroom
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, January 9, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

I hope everyone had a warm and relaxing weekend at home in this cold weather. Our students and teachers did an amazing job of transitioning smoothly back into the routines. We have a Spirit Night at Noble Sandwich Co. this Wednesday from 5-8PM and hope to see many of you there!

IB PYP 101

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

In alignment with teaching the whole child, students at Spicewood work on a variety of skills to give them the tools they need to be successful [read more about Approaches to Learning] in our ever changing and connected world. Explicitly teaching and giving students opportunities to practice specific communication skills provides them with vital skills for collaboration.

Communication Skills include listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, and non-verbal communication. Teachers provide their students a variety of learning opportunities and collaboration experiences to develop these skills.

So what does this look like in the classroom?
  • Students in 2nd grade are currently learning about sound. To launch their inquiry, students looked at a list of a variety of objects (ex: clapping hands, balloon popping, dog barking) and were asked to collaboratively work with one another to sort the objects.
  • In 4th grade, students are exploring fractions (comparing, equivalent, etc.). Students were given two fractions to compare to one another. Independently, students solved the problem and then were asked to work with an elbow buddy to discuss their answers as well as share strategies they used to solve the problem.
As group members and partners shared their ideas, they used speaking and listening skills to discuss and share their ideas. Students were given sentence stems (such as, "I agree with you because..., and I'd like to add..."  or "I disagree with you because..., and I think....") to help support and guide the academic conversation with their peers. Teachers highlight these skills with explicit instruction and modeling, in addition to reflection time with their students allowing the classes to see the value and importance of these skills.

What can you do at home?
  • Model communication skills (listening, speaking, non-verbal communication) at home with your child
  • Learn more about thinking and communication skills from the lens of a PYP student
  • See what this type of communication might look like in a PYP classroom

This Week's News

Spirit Night at Noble Sandwich Co. hosted by PTA
PTA is hosting a Spirit Night at Noble Sandwich Co. 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! 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Powers (TAG) and Mrs. Kim will be there for part of the night. 

Message from Hope Church- Pastor Robinson
Hope Church would like to extend new year greeting as well as remind everyone of safety expectations. I've extracted the safety information. Here's a copy of the letter from Pastor Robinson written to the Spicewood community. 
  • Speed Bumps: During the break, we added four sets of speed bumps in our parking lot. We believe a safe speed in any parking lot with children is 5-7 mph. We hope these bumps will serve as a reminder to mindful of your speed and the surroundings.
  • Exit Only: Our parking lot is one directional. While we have "Exit Only" signs posted, they have become weather worn. Those have now been replaced with reflective signs, making it easier to see in darker hours.
  • Right Turn Only: After receiving feedback from the crossing guards and observing the traffic patterns on Olson Drive, we began placing cones at the exit to encourage a right turn only. We now have a "Right Turn Only" sign for those cones. During high traffic times, please exit the parking lot by turning right.
  • Curbs and Circle Drive: Thank you for your response to Principal Kim's notes about not parking in the circular drive in front of the church. This has been quite helpful for the elderly and deliveries. We would add a reminder to be mindful of not parking on street curbs or blocking sidewalk ramps.
  • U-Turns on Olson Drive: As a final word of concern, making U-Turns on Olson Drive is a violation, and it is very dangerous. The crossing guard and I observe this action multiple times every day. We understand the traffic pattern around Spicewood E.S. and Hope Church may be inconvenient during peak times, but the safety of our children and other pedestrians is of the utmost concern.
Education Go Get It Week (EGGI Week) Next Week
Education Go Get It Week is next week, January 17-20th. EGGI Week is a week to focus on exploring and learning about the wide variety of post-secondary opportunities and career choices available in the future for our students. It's never to early to start thinking about the future and this year we're asking students to DREAM BIG! 

Below is a list of spirit days your child can choose to participate in during EGGI Week:
Tuesday: Spicewood School Shirt Day—At Spicewood Elementary we work to build a strong educational foundation in preparation for our bright futures!
Wednesday: College/Military/Training Program T-Shirt Day—You have to get the education and skills before you get the job you want! Show your spirit for higher education and training opportunities to build our education and skills!
Thursday: Dress for Success Day—It’s interview time—dress to impress in the career world (dress in “interview” attire - you have to look the part to get the job!).
Friday: My Future Career Day—You’ve finally landed your dream job—dress up in your future career gear!

To go along with EGGI Week, students may like to create a Dream Board to share. To inspire themselves to dream big and shoot for the stars, some people create Dream Boards by decorating a board with pictures (drawn, photos, or cut from magazines), words, poetry, and more to keep these dreams and goals alive as they go through life. Students will be sent home a paper Dream Board in their Friday Folder as an OPTIONAL assignment. If students choose to complete and turn it in to their teacher, Mrs. Hougham will display the Dream Board  in the school to inspire others before sending it back home. 


Stay tuned for more EGGI Week activities next week! 

Message from Chess Club
The Spicewood Chess Club is now accepting new students.Registration open until Friday January 13th. Please go here for registration and information: http://www.spicewoodchess.org/about/registration/

Science Fair Registration
Science Fair is coming up soon (January 23-26), which means it’s time to get those projects registered! 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class. However, K-3rd graders who are participating in Science Fair must complete their registration online. To register a project for a K-3rd grader, please complete the online Science Fair Registration. Participating students should bring their display boards to school on Monday, January 23. Please visit the Science Fair page for more information.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
In order to make the Science Fair a success, we need parent volunteers to cover short 2 hour shifts from Monday, 1/23, through Wednesday, 1/25. Duties include setting up, escorting students from class to the library for judging, placing ribbons on projects and cleaning up. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page and click the online schedule located under the Science Fair heading.

Save the Date - One World, One Night Event
Would you like a chance to travel the world without buying a plane ticket? Mark your calendars for the "One World, One Night" celebration on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This Spicewood event gives our students and their families a passport to different cultures around the world! At the festival you will find tables hosted by fellow Spicewood parents sharing their cultures by exhibiting artifacts, traditional clothing, teaching crafts and providing culinary samples. Each year the number of participating countries grows and we encourage all cultures at Spicewood Elementary to consider participating in the One World, One Night event. For more information and to sign up to participate, please email Spicewoodoneworldonenight@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!

Wednesday, January 11
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night at Noble Pig (Hosted by PTA)

Monday, January 16
MLK Day- No School

Thursday, January 19
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting 
Library

Friday, January 20
5th Grade Mustang Express to CVMS
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, January 23- Thursday, January 26
Science Fair

Wednesday, January 25
6:00-7:00PM   Science Fair Family Viewing Night
Library

Thursday, February 2
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 3
WatchDOGS Friday 

Wednesday, February 8
5:00-8:00PM   2nd Grade Spirit Night at Moonie's Burger House

Thursday, February 9
6:00PM   1st Grade Music Concert

Friday, February 10
Art Volunteers in the Classroom

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members,

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their well-deserved break with the loved ones. We're excited to have our students in the building today as we all ease back into our routines. Spicewood wishes you and your family a happy new year full of blessings and happiness! 

Celebrations

Cookies for Courage Project by Student Council
The Student Council collected and delivered cookies to show appreciation for the courage of the fire department, police department, custodians, WatchDOGS, crossing guards, and other groups who show courage right before the winter break. It was a HUGE success; we had an overwhelming amount of support from our families and students. Thank you for helping the Student Council and Spicewood show appreciation through this act of kindness! Also, big thanks to Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Hougham for guiding our students. 



IB PYP 101


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

IB PYP 101 section will return next week. Stay tuned!


This Week's News

Reminder- Drop Off before 7:20AM on Cold Days
Parents, please drop your child(ren) off and vacate the circle drive prior to 7:20AM. On cold mornings (below 50 degrees), we let our children into the main entrance area to wait. Keeping children in the car and sitting in the circle drive creates a long line of traffic in the morning at the busiest time.

Science Fair Registration
Science Fair is coming up soon (January 23-26), which means it’s time to get those projects registered! 4th and 5th graders will be completing their Science Fair registrations in class. However, K-3rd graders who are participating in Science Fair must complete their registration online. To register a project for a K-3rd grader, please complete the online Science Fair Registration. Participating students should bring their display boards to school on Monday, January 23. Please visit the Science Fair page for more information.

Merchant Rebates
Think of Box Tops please. 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! For more information on what Spicewood collects and redeems, please visit the Merchant Rebates page. 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!

Tuesday, January 3
Class Begins for Spring Semester

Wednesday, January 11
5:00-8:00PM   4th Grade Spirit Night at Noble Pig (Hosted by PTA)

Monday, January 16
MLK Day- No School

Thursday, January 19
6:00PM   PTA General Meeting 
Library

Friday, January 20
5th Grade Mustang Express to CVMS
WatchDOGS Friday

Monday, January 23- Thursday, January 26
Science Fair

Wednesday, January 25
6:00-7:00PM   Science Fair Family Viewing Night
Library

Thursday, February 2
Spring Individual & Group Picture Day

Friday, February 3
WatchDOGS Friday