Monday, April 3, 2017

Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community members, 

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. 

Celebrations

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?

      This Week's News

      Early Release This Wednesday
      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.

      Spring Carnival
      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! 

      Questions?
      annemcwilliams@gmail.com
      Mhaist@austin.rr.com

      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
      Cafeteria

      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
      WatchDOGS Friday

      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
      WatchDOGS Friday

      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
      Field Day

      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
      Cafeteria

      Thursday, June 1
      Last Day of School