Many parents asked for us to share the Parent Math Education Night presentation on Addition & Subtraction Strategies. The presentation is linked here and as well as in the electronic Friday Folder. We are having Part II on Multiplication & Division Strategies night this Thursday at 6PM in the library so please mark your calendar so you can join us! Please note that students and siblings are not to participate due to limited seating.
Destination Imagination & Austin Regional Science Fair Results
The Spicewood Destination Imagination Club participated in the Heart of Texas Regional Tournament on February 18th at Eastview High School. Four teams with a total of 20 students from our school participated. All of the teams have done an amazing job competing in different areas with Main Innovation Challenge as well as Instant Challenge. Our B.A.D Improvisers Team won a 3rd place medal! Congratulations!
On the same day, 16 of our students in 4th and 5th grade participated in the Austin Regional Science Fair and did FANTASTIC as listed below! Every student placed either 1st or 2nd place at the fair! We're so proud!
Marlene L.-1st Place [Freezing Liquids]
Annika S.-1st Place [Now (Eye) See It]
Sophia S.-1st Place [Solar Power At It's Best]
Ishira L.-1st Place [How Temperature Affects Magnets]
Scott S. -1st Place [Ready, Aim, Fire! Maximizing Nerf Gun Bullet Range]
Ayush T.-1st Place [Worth the Weight]
Annika G.-2nd Place [Cold Ice on Room Temperature Surfaces]
Donna G. -1st Place [Apple Battle]
Michael D. -1st Place [Stop Sign Behavior Project]
Rachael R. -1st Place [Movin' On Up]
Raghav A. -1st Place [Oxidation]
Shrey B. -2nd Place [Perplexing Pendulums]
Siyona A. -1st Place [Working Wifi]
Noah G.-1st Place [London Bridge is Falling Down]
Helen L. -1st Place [How Does Monetary Incentive Affect Memory?]
Alex B. -1st Place [Lightning Charge]
Running Club Celebration
Many of our students participated in our Running Club and endured through running 30 miles over the course of a few weeks. We're so proud of their achievement!!
One World, One Night
Spicewood had another successful celebration of One World, One Night last Tuesday. A number of cultures were represented by our very own families. We're so proud that we're a community of diversity! Thanks to all the parent volunteers and families that came out to participate!
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
IB PYP 101 section will be back next week!
This Week's News
PTA will be hosting a Spirit Night at Double Dave's Pizza this Wednesday from 5-8PM. 1st grade teachers, Miss Tess (Music) and Mrs. Kim will be there for part of the night! Come out and join us!
Parent Math Education Night- Part II Multiplication & Division Strategies
We heard very positive feedback from parents about the first part of our Parent Math Education Night that happened 2 weeks ago. Here comes the Part II on Multiplication and Division Strategies this Thursday starting at 6pm in the library! We hope to see many parents there. Please note that this event is only for parents. Students and siblings are not to participate due to limited seating.
Recruiting PTA Board Members & Chairs
Some of the benefits that PTA brings to our school include programs such as One World One Night, Spring Carnival, STEAM Day, the KISS Cookout and Art in the Classroom. We also fund many of the fantastic clubs, and educational competitions that Spicewood offers including Math Pentathlon, Math Superstars, Spelling Bee, Destination Imagination, and Reflections. We also provide funding to all of the teachers, including specials, running club, the literacy library, science fair. We provide funding for teacher training, classroom field trips, classroom parties, teacher appreciation, and so much more. This is why it's so critical for parents to step up and volunteer to keep PTA going. If you are interested in volunteering, here's what you can do: First, check out the President's Blog where she describes each of the board positions. Then, throw your name in the hat for one of the board positions through our Online Interest Form. If you read the blog and still have questions, you can reach out to the board members currently serving in the positions you are curious about, or you can attend our next PTA meeting on February 23rd. If you would like to volunteer for a chair position, please reach out to the current chairperson to let them know that you are interested. If you have further questions, please email Carole Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEAM Day Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer to help make Spicewood's Inaugural STEAM Day an unforgettable day for Spicewood students! The Spicewood STEAM Day will be held on Friday, March 10th 2017. Our activities for the day include art, coding, engineering challenges, garden activities, math games, and live Nepris expert chats. Contact Sabari Raja email@example.com for more information and please indicate your interest on the Online Volunteer Sign-Up Page (coming soon!).
STEAM Day Needs NEWSPAPER!
Please send any newspaper you have at home to school with your child(ren). There will be a box at the front entrance where they can drop off as they come in. Thank you!
Taste of Asia hosted by Westwood HS
Westwood HS Second Annual Doggy Dash
Westwood HS is hosting the second annual Doggy Dash 5K on Saturday, March 4. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
RRISD Kinder Round-Up at Spicewood
The RRISD kick-off to Kinder Round-Up is on Wednesday, March 8 from 9:00 to 2:00. Please bring your incoming kindergarten student! They will have the opportunity to tour the kindergarten classrooms and meet a teacher. RRISD's Web site has helpful information about what you'll need to bring to Round-Up: https://roundrockisd.org/departments/elementary-education/kindergarten-roundup/ You can also begin the registration process here: https://roundrockisd.org/enroll/
Free Summer Camp
The Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps has opened a world of possibilities to the youth of Central Texas by providing free week long summer camps to students who qualify for free and reduced priced lunch. Note that campers must qualify for the Texas public school free and reduced lunch program to be eligible to attend summer camp.The Zilker Park camp is located inside Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool; it serves campers 7 – 11 years of age. The camp program, under the supervision of experienced counselors, offers activities such as swimming in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pool, fishing, canoeing, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, and a ropes course with a variety of elements including a team wall, and trust fall. Transportation to camp and three meals a day is included.
2017 CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, March 1
5:00-8:00PM 1st Grade Spirit Night at Double Dave's Pizza
Thursday, March 2
6:00-7:00PM Parent Math Education Night Part II- Multiplication/Division Strategies
Friday, March 3
Saturday, March 4
FYI Explore UT
Westwood HS Doggy Dash 5K
Wednesday, March 8
9:00AM-2:00PM Kinder Round-Up
6:00PM 2nd Grade Music Concert
Thursday, March 9
5th Grade Civil Reenactment
Friday, March 10
Monday, March 13- Friday, March 17
No School - Spring Break
Monday, March 20
8:00AM K-2 Principals' Pride
Tuesday, March 21
8:00AM 3rd-5th Principals' Pride
Thursday, March 23
8:00-9:00AM Kinder Round Up Event: Coffee with Principal
[Limited only to incoming kindergarten parents]