Friday, May 8, 2015

Principal Update

Celebrations
 
GAGA BALL PIT
Did you know that Canyon Creek now has a GaGa Pit?   Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 2185 , we have a GaGa Ball Pit for our campus next to the portable buildings.  Gaga is a fast paced game played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! It is a kinder gentler version of dodge ball. The game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knee.  Lots of fun and a great workout! Coach Tighe is working with our students to learn the ins and outs of the game.  



FIELD DAY
Students had a great time at Field Day on Friday!  Thank you to Coach Tighe and all our parents that helped make the day a success!



TEXAS DAY
This week, Fourth Grade celebrated Texas Day.  Their morning was full of Texas related activities.  Students had a chili cookout, watermelon tasting, Texas mapping activities, a western photo booth and more!


VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON
Thank you again to all our Parent Volunteers Your support and dedication is greatly appreciated and is fundamental for the success of our school. 

KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Kindergartners had busy morning with their CCE’s  Annual Mother’s Day program and Open House.  We had a great turnout of parents for the event.  We are so proud of our kindergarten students. Our youngest Comets have grown so much this year!  


 
Campus News
 
CCE FUN RUN AND FAMILY FUN FEST
Our annual Fun Run and Family Fun Fest are this Saturday, May 9th.  The Fun Run will take place from 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.  The Family Fun Fest will be from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  This is a fun event for the entire community!  There will be  hamster balls, jousting, Ga Ga ball, gyroscope, a kiddie train, petty zoo, carnival games, silent auction, food, bouncy houses, and much more. This is your one chance to bid on those coveted reserved parking places in the front parking lot and front row seats to our grade level programs! Hope to see you there!
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
It's time to order your school supplies for next year! Beat the traffic and the crowds and order your supplies online! Please follow the link and use CAN043 for the school ID. https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/  Your school supply packs will be ready for pick up on August 20th, in the Parent Resource Center.  Happy shopping!


Important Dates

Thursday, May 7th – Gr. 3 Art Field Trip, Grisham Buddy Day
Friday, May 8th – Kindergarten Mother’s Day Program, 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 9th – Fun Run, 12:00 p.m. & Family Fun Fest, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14th – Kindergarten Field Trip – Crowe’s Nest Farm
Friday, May 15th – Gr. 4 Field Trip – Aquarena Springs
Tuesday, May 19th – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Gr. 1 Musical Performance
Friday, May 22nd – Gr. 4 Symphony Field Trip, Grisham Parent Meeting, 7:45 a.m. CCE Library
Monday, May 25th – Holiday – No School
Wednesday, May 27th – Gr. 3 Field Trip – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Friday, May 29th - Spirit Day, Theme: Super Hero
Wednesday, June 3rd – Gr. 5 Awards Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 4th – CCE Class Parties
Friday, June 5th – Last Day of the 2014-2015 School Year


Sincerely,
Jenny Kasson
Principal

Friday, April 10, 2015

Principal Update

Celebrations

THANK YOU!
Thank you, parents for a great Teacher Appreciation Week!  The teachers were celebrated throughout the week and loved the sweet goodies from our families.  Our week ended with a delicious Friday Feast hosted by the PTA and our Second Grade parents.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM HEADED TO STATE!
One of our DI teams, Sound E. Seven, is headed to the state tournament in Dallas today.  We are excited for this group of students and can’t wait to hear about the tournament and see pictures.  The team members include: Ayushi Merchant, Kaanchi Rao, Nitya Khurana, Annika Iyer, Neeti Ingle, Shaun Sebastian and Shreya Nampoothiri.  Good luck, Comets!



Campus News

SPRING PLANTING DAY RESCHEDULED
The PTA Green Team has rescheduled the Spring Planting Day due to possible rain on Sunday.  The new Spring Planting Day will be Sunday, April 19th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  For more information and to sign up, click on the link below.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49adaf22a0f85-flower

CELEBRATION OF FAMILIES 5K – Competition Announcement!
RRISD is hosting the Celebration of Families 5K on April 18th at 8 a.m. at Round Rock High School.  The event benefits Project Graduation for all five of our high schools. 
The district has released more information about the Celebration of Families Wellness Competition.  They will be giving away two $1,000 and $500 prizes to campuses for a wellness program/project/equipment at the April 18thevent.  Attendees will utilize a Wellness Passport which allows attendees to earn stickers at various FREE activities, booths and workshops at the event.  Passports will be collected at the event and judges will use the data as well as observational data in measuring “school spirit” displayed at the event.  You can find a more detailed explanation of the program by visiting https://roundrockisd.org/celebration-of-families-organizers-announce-details-for-wellness-challenge-complete-workshop-schedule/.  We hope to see you there! 

Important Dates

Tuesday, April 14th - Gallery Night/PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m./Gr. 2 Musical Performance
Friday, April 17th - Gr. 1 Field Trip (Austin Aquarium)
Sunday, April 19th - CCE Singing Stars at Round Rock Express game, 1:05 p.m. & Green Team Spring Planting Day, 2:00 p.m.
Monday, April 20th - Gr. 5 Math STAAR
Tuesday, April 21st - Gr. 3 & Gr. 4 Math STAAR
Wednesday, April 22nd - Gr. 3 & Gr. 4 Reading STAAR
Thursday, April 23rd - Gr. 5 Science
Friday, April 24th - Gr. 2 Field Trip (Austin Nature Center) & Gr. 1 Ocean Day
Wednesday, April 29th - Grisham Math Information Meeting for Gr. 5 parents, 7:45 a.m. @ CCE

Sincerely,
Jenny Kasson
Principal

Friday, March 13, 2015

Principal Update

We hope all of our families have a great Spring Break.  We will see you back on Monday, March 23rd
CELEBRATIONS
CONGRATUATLIONS, DESTINATION IMAGINATION!
Our Canyon Creek Elementary Destination ImagiNation Team, Sound E. Seven, placed first in the Making Waves Challenge, at the Destination ImagiNation tournament on March 7th.  More than 400 teams from across Central Texas competed.  The team will compete in the state tournament which will be held in Dallas on April 10th – 11th!  We are proud of all of our students who participated in Destination ImagiNation this year.  Way to go, Comets!

CAMPUS NEWS
MULTI CULTURAL FAIR
Please join us for the 9th Annual Multicultural Fair on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This year, we will have 21 different cultural booths and 18 performances featuring the talented children of CCE!  Our line-up of cultures include:  Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela.  Food, games and creative giveaways make for an incredibly fun evening for the whole family.  Don't forget your passports!
Parent and teen volunteers are needed for this event.  Please sign up at the NEW link belowhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445abae29ab9-canyon1
For more information, please contact Ann Okamura at paakikihead@gmail.com.

FAMILY FUN FEST AND FUN RUN UPDATE 
Our Family Fun Fest was canceled on February 28th when Round Rock ISD canceled all school events that weekend due to inclement weather.  We have rescheduled the Family Fun Fest for Saturday, May 9th from 1-4pm.  We have decided to combine the Fun Run, which was originally scheduled for April 17th, to the same day as the Family Fun Fest.   The Fun Run will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., and then the Family Fun Fest will kick off at 1:00 p.m.  We are looking forward to a fun day!  Stay tuned for more information. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, March 23rd – Student Council Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 27th – CCE Multicultural Fair, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 30th – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR
Tuesday, March 31st – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR & Gr. 5 Reading STAAR
Friday, April 3rd – Student and Staff Holiday
Friday, April 10th – CCE Spirit Day, theme: NEON!
Saturday, April 12th – PTA Spring Planting Day, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
COMET AMBASSADOR GROUP
We are happy to share that our Comet Ambassador Group is up and running.  We held our first meeting last week.  This is a group of CCE parents who will assist our campus with translation of campus news and information as needed, be available to help new families acclimate to our campus, and provide feedback to our campus in order to ensure all parents feel welcome and involved at CCE.  Thank you to this great group for helping make our campus a positive place for our students, families and staff! If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact our campus Family Support Specialist, Mary Anne Hettenhaus at maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org

CAMPUS NEWS
CAFETERIA MENU CHANGE
Thursday’s school cancellation has impacted our Cafeteria Menu.  Please be aware of the following menu change:
Monday, March 9th
Entrée # 1: Cheese Pizza
Entrée # 2: Chicken Snack Wraps and Penne Caesar Salad
Entrée # 3: Turkey & Cheese Sandwich
We will follow the menu as printed on Tuesday, March 10th

KINDER ROUNDUP
Help us spread the word…Monday, March 9th has been designated for Kindergarten Roundup for the 2015-2016 school year.  Canyon Creek families may register children at Canyon Creek that day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Any child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015 is eligible to attend full-day kindergarten.  We are looking forward to meeting our new Comets and their families.  Please call 428-2800 if you have questions. 

NURSE NEWS
Our campus nurse, Misty Bell, has accepted a new opportunity at a different RRISD campus.  We are sad to say goodbye, but wish her well in her new adventure.  Our nurse’s clinic will be in good hands in the interim.  Please continue to report student absences through the link on our campus website. 

LOST AND FOUND
Our Lost & Found area is overflowing!  Any items remaining in Lost & Found on Friday, March 13th will be donated to the RRISD Clothes Closet.  Please take a moment to look through the Lost & Found area for items that belong to your family and take them home before Friday, March 13th!  

MULTI CULTURAL FAIR
Please join us for the 9th Annual Multicultural Fair on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.  This year, we will have 21 different cultural booths and 18 performances featuring the talented children of CCE!  Our line-up of cultures include:  Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela.  Food, games and creative giveaways make for an incredibly fun evening for the whole family.  Don't forget your passports!
Parent and teen volunteers are needed for this event.  Please sign up at the NEW link belowhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445abae29ab9-canyon1
For more information, please contact Ann Okamura at paakikihead@gmail.com.

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK
Please take a few moments to participate in our 2014-2015 Parent Climate Survey.  Each day staff, students and volunteers at Canyon Creek Elementary work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meets the needs of all children.  You are a critical part of our success and your feedback is important to our continual growth. 
The survey will only be available until March 16th;  please participate today!

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, March 9th – Kindergarten Roundup, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10th – Family Fitness Night, Kinder & 1st grade, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11th – Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Friday, March 13th – Spirit Day – Theme: Sports Jersey & Gr. 5 Balloon Launch
Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th – SPRING BREAK
Friday, March 27th – CCE Multicultural Fair, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 30th – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR
Tuesday, March 31st – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR & Gr. 5 Reading STAAR

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
CONGRATULATIONS TO, MARY ANN HETTENHAUS!
We would like to recognize our CCE Paraprofessional of the Year, Mary Anne Hettenhaus!  Mary Anne is a great support and resource to our campus.  She serves as both our Family Support Specialist and a campus Educational Assistant.  Her hard work and dedication to our school community is greatly appreciated. 


AUSTIN ENERGY REGIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL
We had nine students move on with their Science Fair projects to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival last Saturday.  Our students represented us well, as we knew they would.  Congratulations to the following students:
Saanvi Mahadasu – 1st place
Mira Desai – 1st place
Sohan Makwana – 3rd place
Keaton Lee – 1st place
Aiden Lee – 1st place
Annika Iyer – 2nd place
Shreya Nampoothiri – 1st place
Tara Van De Vere – 1st place
Shoumik Roychowdhury – 1st place

Saanvi also won the City of Austin Best in Climate Protection award, and Annika also won 3rd place in the Society of Women Engineers category!
Way to go, Comets!

ART CELEBRATION
Congratulations to 5th grade student, Michelle Xiang!  Her art work “Lost Slippers” will be showcased in the 2015 YAM State Capital Exhibit!  The State YAM Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 2 p.m.

THIRD GRADERS GIVE BACK
Our third grade students donated $1,500 to Heifer International as the culminating project to their economics unit – Hall Mall.  Their story has been posted to “When Cows Fly” and can be viewed here: http://www.heifer.org/whencowsfly/stories/young-entrepreneurs-give-back.htmlWe are proud of our students who are joining in the fight against hunger and poverty. 

ATTENDANCE
We are pleased to share that our six weeks Average Daily Attendance rate is 96.6%!  This is awesome, especially since we have been right in the middle of Flu season.  We appreciate your partnership in ensuring students are at school each day and ready to learn. 


CAMPUS NEWS
CCE FAMILY FUN FEST
The CCE Family Fun Fest is this Saturday, February 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Our PTA has been working diligently to prepare for an awesome event.  All proceeds from the event go directly to our school.  Your participation in this event is one of the reasons we are able to provide many of the great programs we have on our campus, such as, Chess Club, Geography Bee, Robo Lab, Spanish Instruction, assistance with Field Trip costs and extra supplies and books for our classrooms.  We hope to see you on Saturday.  If it is rainy and cold, the Fun Fest will take place inside the school.  We will not let the weather keep us from having a great time!

LOST AND FOUND
Our Lost & Found area is overflowing!  Any items remaining in Lost & Found on Friday, March 13th will be donated to the RRISD Clothes Closet.  Please take a moment to look through the Lost & Found area for items that belong to your family and take them home before Friday, March 13th 

KINDER ROUNDUP
Help us spread the word…Monday, March 9th has been designated for Kindergarten Roundup for the 2015-2016 school year.  Canyon Creek families may register children at Canyon Creek that day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Any child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015 is eligible to attend full-day kindergarten.  We are looking forward to meeting our new Comets and their families.  Please call 428-2800 if you have questions. 

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK
Please take a few moments to participate in our 2014-2015 Parent Climate Survey.  Each day staff, students and volunteers at Canyon Creek Elementary work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meets the needs of all children.  You are a critical part of our success and your feedback is important to our continual growth. 

The survey will only be available until March 16th;  please participate today!



IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, February 27th – Gr. 4 Field Trip – Bob Bullock Museum
Saturday, February 28th – CCE Family Fun Fest, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5th – GMS Band Instrument Night @ CCE (Gr. 5 students), 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 9th – Kindergarten Roundup, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10th – Family Fitness Night, Kinder & 1st grade, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11th – Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Friday, March 13th – Spirit Day – Theme: Sports Jersey & Gr. 5 Balloon Launch
Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th – SPRING BREAK
Friday, March 27th – CCE Multicultural Fair, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 30th – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR

Tuesday, March 31st – Gr. 4 Writing STAAR & Gr. 5 Reading STAAR