It'll be another eventful week this week! It's an Early Release Day this Wednesday so be sure to plan accordingly in advance for a dismissal at 12PM. On Thursday, April 6, we'll have the final PTA General Meeting of the school year;however, Family Gallery Night event has been postponed to Thursday, May 4 due to medical emergency Mrs. Deb (our half-time art teacher) is in. At the final PTA General Meeting, an election will be held to vote on new PTA Board members for the next school year. Your vote is your voice so please come and participate. We look forward to seeing you all! Oh, please let Mrs. Reeb know that she's so appreciated as we celebrate the National School Librarian Day on Tuesday.
Panther Choir Concert
Our Panther Choir students put together a beautiful concert last Thursday evening. Huge thanks goes to Ms. Tess as she's been working diligently with our students after school throughout the school year to teach our students and instill a love for music.
Math Pentathlon K-1 Tournament
We had 13 students from Spicewood participate in the tournament. They all did am amazing job. All the kids demonstrated good sportsmanship and had a positive attitude, no matter if they won or lost. Special congratulations to Misha for winning a gold medal and Avery for winning a Bronze Medal.
IB PYP 101
This portion of Mrs. Kim's letter is contributed by Mrs. Vance, our PYP Coordinator.
In their Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry, students were inquiring about our Earth's resources and how access (abundance and/or lack of) affects living things. Within the unit, students learned about different land forms and bodies found on Earth and the natural resources found there. Together they compared and contrasted other countries and discussed the inequalities of resources in those places.
Towards the end of the inquiry, the first grade teachers talked to students about different ways that organizations help people meet their needs and provide resources to them they may be lacking. Some of our first graders asked, "How can WE help people get access to food in our community?". What a perfectly authentic prompt for teachers to facilitate action on our campus!
With a little bit of research, the teachers and students learned about the Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival that benefits our very own community with food and other resources. Empty Bowls is an "international grassroots effort ti fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group". This yearly festival brings our community together, donating 100% of the proceeds to fight local hunger.
|The finished products!|
This learning experience brought an awareness to students that hunger isn't something only experienced in far off places, it's right here in our community too. Our teachers are always listening to students' questions and conversations to help facilitate the learning in the classroom. At Spicewood Elementary we're proud that our students feel the agency to say HOW they want to learn and take inspired action to make it happen, in turn, making positive impacts on our community and world!
How can YOU take action?
- Donate canned goods to help feed our community (Spicewood has a donation bin located in the front foyer!)
- Learn more about Round Rock's Empty Bowls Festival
- Join us at the Empty Bowls Festival this Saturday, April 8th!
- Watch how other IB schools around the world take action in their communities
This Week's News
It's an Early Release Day this Wednesday, April 5. All students will be dismissed at 12:00PM. Please plan accordingly in advance.
Family Gallery Night POSTPONED
Family Gallery Night has been postponed due to a medical emergency Mrs. Deb, our half-time art teacher, is in. We certainly do not want any of our student art work to be missing at the event and want to have enough time of recovery and preparation upon her return. We'll have the event on Thursday, May 4 starting at 6PM. Thank you for being flexible.
Final PTA General Meeting
Spicewood PTA is hosting the final PTA General Meeting at 6PM. At the PTA General Meeting, general membership will vote on next year's PTA Board Members so please come out and participate.
This year the Spring Carnival will be held on Friday, April 21, from 4-8pm! Wristbands and raffle tickets are now on sale on the PTA website through 4/11, and will be delivered in Friday folders 4/13. Raffle prizes include a Fitbit Blaze watch, Lego basket, Beanie Boo basket, Summer Fun basket, and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera!
Carnival requires a lot of volunteers! Please click on the Carnival Sign Up Sheet to donate a sweet treat and your time. There are many short shifts available, thank you!
2017 CVMS Mustang Orientation for 5th grade Students & Parents
Parents and students are invited to an informative evening regarding becoming a middle school, Mustang family. Please note this meeting is different from the meeting held in February. The purpose of that meeting was to inform parents and students of the various elective courses offered. The purpose of this meeting is to hear directly from current 6th grade students about life as a Mustang! In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet some staff, our PTA Executive Board, and tour the school building. We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, April 11 at 6PM in our gym.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Tuesday, April 4
National School Librarian Day
Wednesday, April 5
12:00PM Early Release Day
Thursday, April 6
6:00PM Final PTA General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 11
6:00PM CVMS 5th Grade Mustang Orientation
CVMS Gym (Only for current 5th grade students and parents)
Wednesday, April 12
5:00-8:00PM 5th Grade Spirit Night at MOD Pizza hosted by PTA
Thursday, April 13
5:30PM Community Bond Presentation in the Library
Corey Ryan, the Executive Director of Community & Relations will be here to present information on the upcoming Bond Election. He will be available for Q&A after the presentation.
6:00PM Kindergarten Music Concert
Friday, April 14
Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 17- Friday, April 21
Sharing the Planet Week
More information TBA
Tuesday, April 18
10:50-11:45AM Kinder Round-Up Event: Meet the Specials Teacher Option 1
Wednesday, April 19
10:50-11:45AM Kinder Round-Up Event: Meet the Specials Teacher Option 2
Friday, April 21
Annual Spring Carnival
More information TBA
Monday, May 1- Friday, May 5
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thursday, May 4
6:00PM Family Gallery Night RESCHEDULED
Friday, May 5
Monday, May 8
STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Math
Tuesday, May 9
STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Reading
Wednesday, May 10
STAAR 5th Grade Science
Tuesday, May 16
8:00AM Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (Invitation to be sent)
5:00-8:00PM Kindergarten Spirit Night at Phil's Ice House hosted by PTA
Wednesday, May 17
12:45-1:45PM Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 1
Thursday, May 18
12:45-1:45PM Kindergarten Round-Up Event: Snack & Story Time Option 2
Friday, May 19
Monday, May 22
8:00AM K-2nd Grade Principals' Pride
Tuesday, May 23
8:00AM 3rd-5th Grade Principals' Pride
Wednesday, May 24
8:30-10:00AM 5th Grade PYP Exhibition
Thursday, May 25- Friday, May 26
NO PARKING AT HOPE CHURCH
Monday, May 29
Student & Staff Holiday- NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, May 31
8:00AM 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, June 1
Last Day of School