Updates from the Principal

Dear families and community,

During the month of December, we begin to think about the different customs and traditions our own families acknowledge and celebrate. I love being a part of an IB community as it encourages us to be open minded, appreciating our own culture and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. I look forward to the learning opportunities over the next couple of weeks that are connected to students’ unit of inquiry and will allow them to seek a range of points of views and grow from the experience!


Spicewood Student Demonstrates Attributes from the IB Learner Profile
We love recognizing our students as they demonstrate attributes from the the IB learner profile. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities! Having said this, we would like to recognize Yonnie who demonstrated being courageous and balanced. She recently received 3rd place at the Zilker Park Art Contest and was was invited to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony last Sunday at Zilker Park. Way to go Yonnie!

3rd Grade Choir Performance
3rd Grade Choir Performance Congratulations to our 3rd grade students for another spectacular performance! This year’s program, Spaced Out was connected to their unit of inquiry Where We Are in Place and Time. Students were directed by our phenomenal music teachers, Ms. Mckenna and Mr. Sharpe.


Spicewood Aspires to Be a Caring Community
As an IB community, we are committed to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. Let’s help the Anderson Mill Food Pantry by donating canned and non perishable foods December 4th – December 7th. Your donations will benefit students and families of Anderson Mill Elementary. You may drop off food at Spicewood Elementary beginning Tuesday morning. Suggestions for items donated are jars of peanut butter, Ramen Noodles, tuna, pudding cups, box of mac and cheese, juice boxes (prefer boxes over pouches), and protein bars. Thank you for supporting AME Armadillos!

First in Line – Auction Winner
One of the live auction items at our Spicewood Gala and Auction was the right to have a reserved spot right in front of the school during drop-off and pick up. There is a new sign in the Spicewood driveway that designates this “First in Line” spot. The auction winner will be allowed to park in front of the sign, while the rest of the line of parents dropping off and picking up students will begin after the sign. Thank you!

Join PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
Thank you for your tremendous support! Spicewood Elementary PTA currently has 731
Members. Help us reach our goal of 100%representation and join today. Together we CAN back the future!! Thank you for supporting Spicewood PTA.

3rd Grade Spirit Night at Chipotle – December 4th
We’d like to invite all Spicewood families to come together and enjoy some great food! Mention Spicewood Elementary at checkout and 33% of the sales proceeds will be donated back to our school. Good for in store and to go orders (to go orders must be ordered in store to count, online order will not count) from 5 – 9pm at Chipotle (6301 W Parmer Lane, #201). Take a break from cooking and help PTA raise money for Spicewood!

Science Fair
The Science Fair informational meeting will be held in the library on Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 6:00 pm. This information session is geared towards K-3 parents and students. All 4th and 5th graders will receive detailed information about science fair from their respective teachers in class.
Science Fair Display Board are now available to order! The Spiecwood PTA is able to offer display boards at a discounted price of $3.00 per board. If you are interested in ordering a board through school, please visit the science fair page on the PTA website. (Please note that all board orders must be submitted online only. We will not be accepting any paper order forms.)
If you have any questions or would like to help with the science fair, contact Manisha Gupta at manigupta11@gmail.com

Sister School – The Anderson Mill Elementary Giving Tree
Many of you who were unable to attend the auction (or missed the Giving Tree) have asked if you can still contribute an item to the AMES teachers. The answer is YES! We still have many tags that were not taken. Below are directions how you can contribute to filling the needs of classrooms at Anderson Mill Elementary:
1. Click on the link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1npGEQ-mdhsxzKafNpwiroNp41yXyoRr-qPz00Gkp_UE/edit?usp=sharing
2. Select an item you would like to purchase and fill-in your name and email address.
3. Click the link in the row you selected to take you to the item to purchase.
4. Have item shipped to:
Laura Denbar
9631 Vista View Drive
Austin,TX, 78750
These items are direct requests of teachers at AME. Through the Amazon Smile account, Spicewood also receives a kickback as items are purchased. Thank you for your consideration!

Spicewood Girl Scouts Bazaar
On December 14, immediately after dismissal, Spicewood Girl Scouts of all ages will be selling handmade crafts & photos with Mr & Mrs Clause to benefit Mobile Loaves & Fishes. This event will be held outside at Spicewood by the bicycle racks.


Wednesday, December 5
Picture Retakes

Monday, December 17
8:00AM – 8:30AM Principals’ Pride (K-2)

Tuesday, December 18
8:00AM – 8:30AM Principals’ Pride (3-5)

Wednesday, December 19
Classroom Winter Parties – Last day for students

Thursday, December 20 – Monday, January 7
No School – Winter Break

Tuesday, January 8
First Day Back for Students

Have a wonderful week!


Teyan Page

Proud Principal