Dear Families and Community Members,
This week 4th grade students will be taking the STAAR Writing assessment (April 8th) and 5th grade students will be taking the STAAR Math and Reading assessment (April 8th & 9th) . Although we will not be a closed campus on these days, certain parts of the building will be unavailable. In order to give students four hours of uninterrupted testing time, we have made changes to some grade level lunch times. If you are planning to have lunch with your student, please be sure to check with their classroom teachers for their lunch schedule.
We had 15 kindergarten and 1st grade students from Spicewood’s Division 1 Math Pentathlon team participate in the Austin area tournament on Saturday, March 30th. They worked hard all year and did an amazing job. Special congratulations to our medalists, Alex (gold), Elise (silver), Maddy (silver) and Brody (bronze). Congratulations to Isaac and Julian for Honorable Mention ribbons. A big thank you to the dedication and time of our volunteer parent coaches, Sarah Belyi and Jaison Joseph. We are so proud of you all. Go Panthers!!
This section is contributed by our PYP Coordinator, Jessica Vance.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Sharing the Planet Week
We’re excited bring more awareness to ways we each take an active role in taking care of the planet. During the week of April 22nd, our PTA is sponsoring events throughout the week to get our students AND community to reflect on how our every day actions make an impact. We hope this week inspires YOU as well!
SPICEWOOD ELEMENTARY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS (PTA)
This portion of Ms. Page’s Newsletter is contributed by Spicewood Elementary PTA. Please check out their website for additional information!
The deadline for ordering a 2018-2019 yearbook is quickly approaching. The last day is Friday, April 12. Please go to www.treering.com/validate. We would love to include photos from any school/class events or any grade level photos you would like to contribute. Please email full size photos and identify what grade/event they are from. You can also upload pictures on treering.com in the specific event or grade level folder.
Please email photos to:
Spicewood’s Spring Carnival
The Spicewood Carnival needs your help! We still have LOTS of open slots to volunteer at Carnival and/or to bring a sweet treat for the Cake Walk. Please volunteer if you can! If you have an older child in junior high or high school, we’d love to have them volunteer as well. Thank you!
If you missed our early bird sale, don’t fret because you have one more chance to buy your wristband online. They are for the at-the-door price of $25 and your wristband(s) will be sent home in your child’s Friday folder on the day of Carnival, Friday, April 12th.
Skip the lines, save some time and buy your Carnival wristbands today! https://spicewoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/3809
All online wristband sales will end on Wednesday, April 10th at noon so that we have time to get the wristbands in teachers’ boxes on Thursday morning.
The Spicewood Giving Tree
From March 27th through April 12th, the PTA will have the Spicewood Giving Tree set up in the library so that parents can take a “leaf” off of the tree and purchase something that our teachers want/need. Each grade level or special area will have its own color of leaves to help parents quickly select which group(s) they wish to help.
After purchasing your item, please deliver it to the front office by Thursday, April 18th. If you order it online, you can have it sent directly to Spicewood (11601 Olson Drive, 78750).
Teacher Appreciation and Birthday Lunches
The next Birthday celebration May 15. Thank you for your help as we celebrate our wonderful teachers! April 11 will be the next teacher appreciation lunch, hosted by 2nd grade. Feel free to contact Lindsey Callegari firstname.lastname@example.org and Zita Naik .email@example.com with any questions.
Panther Pride Spirit Store
The Panther Pride Spirit Store will be open until April 15. Please be sure to visit the store – there are so many neat items to purchase! For example, t-shirts for field day are still available for purchase. Each grade will have a different colored Field Day with my Peeps shirt to wear on Field Day.
Visit the store at https://spicewoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/pantherpride
The 4th Grade Fundraiser Committee has also put together a fundraiser with Thirty One Gifts. This store has bags, luggage, lunch boxes and more. Please shop online AND 25% of your order goes back to the 4th grade class. www.mythirtyone.com Thank you!
This is all part of the 4th Grade Fundraiser for next years 5th graders to go to Outdoor School. Thank you for supporting our Panthers! All items from the online Panther Pride Spirit Store will be available for pick up on April 29th.
Panther Pride Spirit Store – Hoodie Design Contest
Thank you to all of the design entries that were turned in on last week. There were so many and our students are all so talented! Students voted this past week for their favorite design for the front and back of the pull over and zip up hoodie. Congratulations to 5th grader Josephine for the front pocket and 4th grader Austin for the back design! Order yours today. Pick up is April 29th, but once the store closes we will not have any extras. This store is a fundraiser for 4th grade to go to Outdoor School, so let’s support our Panthers! https://spicewoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/pantherpride
DATES TO REMEMBER
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
Thursday, April 18
8:30AM – 10:00AM 5th Grade Exhibition
Friday, April 19
Student Holiday No School
Tuesday, April 23
4:00PM – 9:00PM 4th Grade Fundraiser for Outdoor Spirit Night @ Taco Cabana
Thursday, April 25
6:00PM – 7:00PM 2nd Grade Music Performance
Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10
Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 13
8:00AM -12:00PM STAAR Math 3rd & 4th Grade
STAAR Math 5th Grade Retest
Tuesday, May 14
8:00AM – 12:00PM STAAR Reading 3rd & 4th Grade
8:00AM -12:00PM STAAR Reading 5th Grade Retest
5:00PM – 8:00PM Spirit Night @ Phil’s Ice House
Wednesday, May 15
8:00AM -12:00PM STAAR Science 5th Grade
Thursday, May 16
8:00AM – 8:30AM Principal’s Pride Ceremony (K-2)
Friday, May 17
8:00AM – 8:30AM Principal’s Pride Ceremony (3-5)
8:30AM -10:30AM Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Monday, May 20
Wednesday, May 22
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, May 23
Last Day of School
Have a great week!