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

Friday, January 30, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
SECOND GRADE LIVING MUSEUM
The Living Museum came to Canyon Creek Elementary! This exciting project is a second grade integrated Language Arts and Social Studies activity. The students chose a famous person from a wide variety of book selections. They researched, took notes, and created original essays about their individual. This morning they brought their person to life! Dressed as their character, they presented an inspiring speech about their person's life -- their struggles and all the obstacles they overcame to achieve their dream. The students did a great job and the presentations were very informative. Way to go, second grade!








GEOGRAPHY BEE
Our First Annual CCE Geography Bee was a success!  We had 16 fourth and fifth graders participate.  We are so proud of all of the contestants.  Congratulations to our 3rd place winner, Nikhil Reddy; 2nd place winner, Sohan Makwana; and our 1st place winner, Venthan Dinesh! 




MY LUNCH ROCKS
Our PTA is launching a new program—My Lunch Rocks.  The purpose of the program is to encourage and reward students for making healthy food choices during lunch.  If your child comes home with a My Lunch Rocks sticker, this means a CCE staff member or parent volunteer spotted them making a healthy food choice at lunch that day.  These choices include foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, skim milk and water.  If you plan to visit the lunchroom and would like to hand out a few stickers, please contact Heather Forshay at heather.forshay@yahoo.com.  Thank you for your interest and participation in growing our students healthy, inside and out!


CAMPUS NEWS

EARLY RELEASE
Wednesday, February 4th is an Early Release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m.

WEAR RED
Friday, February 6th is Women’s Heart Health Day.  We are asking students and staff to WEAR RED to remind the world to live a healthy life…No Tobacco, Always Move, Eat More Veggies and Fruits…Be well for yourself and everyone you love! 

PTA GREEN TEAM UPDATE
CCE PTA Green Team Clean Up Day has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m.  PTA is asking you to bring your green thumb and pitch in as they work on trimming back plants, weeding the flower beds and helping beautify the school!  Please bring any gardening tools that you would like to use, and don’t forget your gloves!  Students are welcome as this is a great opportunity for older students to get in a few community services hours.  Refreshments will be provided! 

VALENTINE’S PARTIES
Valentine’s Day parties will be held on Friday, February 13th.  Teachers will be sending more information with times and volunteer requests, soon. To make signing in as quick and easy as possible, RSVP HERE, and we will have your badge ready for you the day of the party.  If this is your first visit, you will need to bring a valid government issued identification card. 
Childcare will be available for siblings (at least 1 year old) during the Valentine’s Day parties in the Parent Resource Center located in the portables.  You will be able to drop off children at 1:15 p.m. and the center will be open until 2:45 p.m.  The cost is $7 per child.  Reservations are required and will be accepted until Friday, February 6th.  To make a reservation, please contact Mary Anne Hettenhaus @ maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org, our Family Support Specialist.  We ask that you include the name and age of the child/children you will be dropping off. 

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, CCE FAMILY FUN FEST
Our CCE PTA sponsored Family Fun Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  More information will come home with your child in the near future.  We hope to see you there! 



IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, January 30th – Geography Bee, 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3rd – Gr. 4 and Gr. 5 PE Wellness Night, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4th – Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 5th – Grisham Parent Info. Session (Gr. 5 only), 7:45-8:15 a.m., CCE Library
Friday, February 8th – Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health Day
Sunday, February 8th – Green Team Clean-up Day at CCE, 2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10th – PTA Meeting, Gr. 4 Performance, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13th – Valentine’s Class Parties, 1:45 p.m.
Monday, February 16th – Student Holiday/Staff Development
Tuesday, February 17th – Grisham Middle School Fine Arts Fair (Gr. 5 only) @ GMS, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18th – Gr. 1 Field Trip
Wednesday, February 18th – Gr. 5 Grisham Choice Sheets due to CCE
Tuesday, February 24th – Gr. 2 & Gr. 3 PE Wellness Night, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 26th – Spring Pictures

Saturday, February 28th – CCE Family Fun Fest, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
SCIENCE FAIR & SCIENCE NIGHT
Thank you, students and parents who were able to join us last night for CCE’s Science Night.  We had a great turn out!  We hope our parents were as impressed as we were by all the students’ hard work towards the class projects and the individual projects.  The Mad Science presentation was awesome.  The kids’ faces showed they enjoyed it, as well. 

This year, 19 third, fourth and fifth grade students and 11 kindergarten, first and second grade students chose to submit an individual project in the Science Fair.  Nine students were selected to move on with their project to the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair in February.  Congratulations to these 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students! 





FIFTH GRADE PRESENTATION
On Friday, January 16th our fifth grade students enjoyed a very informative presentation on the topic of renewable energy and the importance of saving resources.  This topic connected to their current unit of study in Science.  Karla Lovelady works for Res America’s and volunteered her time to be with our students.  She discussed various jobs in the industry and the role they play.  The students learned how wind farms are built and they learned that one turbine produces enough energy to power 650 homes!  The students were intrigued by the information learned and had great questions to ask.  Thank you, Karla for a great presentation!




ATTENDANCE
It is important to us that our students attend school every day possible.  We appreciate your partnership in ensuring students are here.  Our Average Daily Attendance Rate for the fourth six weeks of school is 96%.  Let’s continue to celebrate high attendance with our Comets! 


CAMPUS NEWS
GEOGRAPHY BEE
Our first annual Geography Bee has been rescheduled for Friday, January 30th at 5:45 p.m. in the cafeteria.  We are excited for our 20 fourth and fifth grade participants to show off their geographical knowledge. 

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, CCE FAMILY FUN FEST
Our CCE PTA sponsored Family Fun Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  More information will come home with your child in the near future.  We hope to see you there! 

MULTICULTURAL FAIR – MARCH 27TH, 2015
Planning for the Multicultural Fair is in full swing as the event is only two and a half months away!  To get involved, please sign up on the SignUpGenius link below.  As brochures will need to be printed and performances rehearsed, additional signups will not be accepted after Friday, January 30th.  If you wish to organize a booth, organize a performance, or have your child perform in an already organized performance, please do not delay in getting onto SignUpGenius!  For more info, please contact:  Ann Okamura at paakikihead@gmail.com.


PTA GREEN TEAM
CCE PTA Green Team Clean Up Day has been scheduled for Sunday, February 1st at 2:00 p.m.  PTA is asking you to bring your green thumb and pitch in as they work on trimming back plants, weeding the flower beds and helping beautify the school!  Please bring any gardening tools that you would like to use, and don’t forget your gloves!  Students are welcome as this is a great opportunity for older students to get in a few community services hours.  Refreshments will be provided! 

GIRL DAY EVENT AT U.T.
Registration is now open for our annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) event. The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin invites you to promote math, science and engineering to girls through this great open house. Our upcoming Girl Day event will be bigger and better than ever and we hope you decide to join us.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Saturday, February 28, 2015
2 – 5 p.m.
UT Austin Campus

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year for 1st through 8th grade students. Families and educators are encouraged to join their students at The University of Texas at Austin for an afternoon of engineering fun. Girl Day gives 1st through 8th grade students a chance to:

    * have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities,
    * meet students, professors and engineers from the industry, and
    * see what it's like to be an engineer

WEP’s Girl Day was featured throughout this inspirational video produced by the National Engineers Week Foundation and funded by ExxonMobil.

The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will have Girl Day patches for sale at the event. All Girl Day participants will receive a Girl Day giveaway as well as an activity passport to record the day's events. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is offered free of charge, but registration is required. Individual and group registration is available online at: http://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep/k12/girlday.

Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone else who is interested. Be sure to register early as spaces can run out for this great event. Additional details about the event are available online at: http://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep/k12/girlday.


IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, January 29th – Visiting Author, Aaron Reynolds, 8:00 a.m.
Friday, January 30th – Geography Bee, 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 1st – Green Team Clean up at CCE, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3rd – Gr. 4 and Gr. 5 PE Wellness Night, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4th – Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10th – PTA Meeting, Gr. 4 Performance, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13th – Valentine’s Class Parties, 1:45 p.m.
Monday, February 16th – Student Holiday/Staff Development
Tuesday, February 17th – Grisham Middle School Fine Arts Fair (Gr. 5 only) @ GMS, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18th – Gr. 1 Field Trip
Wednesday, February 18th – Gr. 5 Grisham Choice Sheets due to CCE
Tuesday, February 24th – Gr. 2 & Gr. 3 PE Wellness Night, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 26th – Spring Pictures

Saturday, February 28th – CCE Family Fun Fest, 1:00-4:00 p.m.