Updates from the Principal

Dear Families and Community,

Welcome to another week of learning! This is also the week of Spirit Night! Be sure to join us on March 5th at Moonies Burgers from 5-8pm!

CELEBRATIONS

One World One Night
A huge thank you to our One World One Night Chairs Mrs. B. Gunz and Mrs. S. Giannetti and all the parents to worked together to bring another enriching, vibrant, engaging and successful international cultural exchange. This is truly an amazing event and we love experiencing it each year!

 

Spicewood Teams at Destination Imagination
Congratulations to our teams that competed in the Heart of Texas Destination Imagination Tournament at Tom Glenn High School on Saturday, Feb 26th! We are proud of our Panthers, who all did an amazing job competing in different areas with their main innovation challenge as well as their Instant Challenge. Big thanks to all the parent Team Managers who guided our students through months of preparation.

Our four Spicewood teams, included:
Shooting Stars (2nd Graders, led by Sreedevi Menon)
Neel M., Lasya N., Olivia H., Logan H., Arjun D.

Sparkling Imagination (3rd Graders, led by Hua Song)
Alice Z., Jay S., Reesha M., Bhavana P.

The Untamed Monster (3rd Graders, led by Lovleen Gill)
Reett A., Aanya P., Sean T.

Team NARV (4th and 5th Graders, led by Sunfa Cheng)
Anoushka B., Nathan B., Reece C., Vincent Z

 

PYP 101

This section is contributed by our PYP Coordinator, Jessica Vance.

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our Parent Information session last week! We hope that sessions like these help you learn more about the PYP program & how you can facilitate and support your learner. We’re sharing additional information this week for parents who were not able attend/future reference. We will be sharing Exhibition related information in Ms. Page’s weekly newsletter.

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Exhibition Process Update for Parents of 5th grade students
Over the next couple of weeks, I would like to keep all parents informed of what their students have been working on as they move through the inquiry process and prepare for exhibition.
This past week, students chose their topic, decided on groups or independent action projects, wrote their Central Ideas and Lines of Inquiry, reviewed the Exhibition Rubric in class. A parent signature on the rubric was optional. This week, students will be given time to research, have a library lesson on the difference between internet resources and database resources and have their first meeting with their assigned mentor!

Panther Pride
Coming soon! Our first online school store. There will be so many items available to show your Panther Pride! Also, look in your students Friday folder for details about designing our Spicewood Hoodie for this year. This store is a fundraiser for 4th grade to go to Outdoor School, so let’s support our Panthers!

Join PTA (Parent Teacher Association)!
We are so close to achieving the Platinum Award! Spicewood Elementary PTA currently has 750 Members (88% representation of our student body). Help us reach our goal of 100%
representation and join today. Together we CAN back the future!! Thank you for supporting Spicewood PTA.

PTA Meeting
Our next general membership meeting and PTA elections for next year’s Executive Board will take place on Thursday, March 14th at 6pm in the Spicewood library. Please join us for this very important meeting!

AME/SWE Sister School 1st Annual Soccer
The AME/SWE Sister School 1st Annual Soccer Game has been cancelled.

Spirit Night
Please join us March 5th at Moonies Burgers from 5-8pm. All take outs, deliveries and dine-ins will be taken into account for proceeds towards Spicewood PTA. (Don’t forget to mention Spicewood at checkout) All of the 2nd grade teachers, a few staff members and PTA representatives will be present for part of the night. And save the date for the a Spirit Night on May 14th at Phil’s Icehouse.

Adopt the Teaching Garden
Thank you to all of the families and groups who have signed up to take care of our Teaching Garden this year! But we still have some openings! Please consider adopting the garden for a week. To sign up, please visit this page.

On STEAM day first graders learned about composting and how worms help convert organic matter into the nutrients plants need to thrive. The Roots and Shoots after-school club installed a “vermicomposter” to support beneficial worm activity in our garden. It is a partially buried pipe that has holes drilled along the bottom. The top can be lifted and food scraps placed inside for composting worms to eat and convert to worm castings (compost). Feeding worms is just plain fun, but it’s also a way to divert waste from the landfill and promote healthier plants.

Volunteers Needed for Kinder Round-Up
Kindergarten Round-Up needs your help! On Wednesday, March 13, Spicewood hosts Kindergarten Round-Up, the registration day for incoming kindergartners. The administration depends on the PTA to help this event run smoothly. It’s a pretty easy and fun day, and it’s a great way to meet some of the incoming parents and kids. You’ll be greeting families, moving kids and parents through the stations, and making photocopies. The office staff are on hand the entire time to answer questions, and kindergarten teachers give tours. You can sign up for a volunteer shift HERE or please contact Donna Hobbs, Kindergarten Round-Up coordinator, with any questions: donnahobbs@utexas.edu. Thank you!

Morning with Mom
We count ourselves LUCKY and want to invite mom’s, grandmothers, aunts and any lady that has been a special part of your child’s life to say thank you for your daily support. There will be photo booths, magical decorations, and memories made while enjoying a light breakfast with your special student. Please rsvp here https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showRSVPSignUp/10c0f44a5ad2aa5fe3-morning.

Spicewood’s Spring Carnival
Mark your calendars! Carnival will be held on Friday, April 12th from 4-8pm and we will have food trucks, inflatables, a rock wall, petting zoo, carnival games, cake walk, and face painting!

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, March 4
8:00AM – 8:30AM        Principals’ Pride (K-2)

Monday, March 4 – Thursday March 7
1st Grade Music Performance During Class

Tuesday, March 5
5:00PM – 8:00PM    Spirit Night at Moonies Burgers

Wednesday, March 6
8:00AM – 8:30AM    Principals’ Pride (3-5)

Wednesday, March 13
9:00AM – 2:00PM    Kindergarten Round Up

Wednesday, March 14
6:00PM  PTA Meeting

Monday, March 18- Friday, March 22
Spring Break  – No School

Wednesday, March 27
8:00AM – 9:00AM    Coffee with Principal (for Parents of incoming kindergarten students)

Thursday, March 28
5:00PM     Gallery Night

Friday, March 29
7:00AM – 7:30AM        Morning with Mom

Tuesday, April 9
8:00 – 12:00   STAAR 5th Math & STAAR 4th Writing

Wednesday, April 10
8:00 – 12:00   STAAR 5th Reading

Friday, April 12
4:00PM – 8:00PM    Spring Carnival

Have a great week!

Proud Principal

Teyan Page