Thursday, December 4, 2014

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
PTA Holiday Turkey Drive
Thank you for your donations to our PTA Holiday Turkey Drive.  Your donations to the Hill Country Community Ministries provided turkeys to 65 families in need during the holiday season.  Thank you for your generosity! 

Pajama Day Coming Soon
On Monday, December 15th we will have a Pajama Day for all students to celebrate our efforts in exceeding our goal this year with Box Tops! Way to go, Comets! 

CCE Technology Club
We are excited to share that we now have our very own CCE Technology Club.  Students in fourth grade are participating in this exciting opportunity.  The students will serve as “reporters” for our campus and report various campus “happenings” on our Technology Blog, which is located on our CCE webpage.  Throughout the school year students will rotate in and out of this club.  All reporting activities take place during the school year.  We can’t wait to read their reports. 

Coffee House Poetry
This week our fourth graders are participating in their annual Coffee House Poetry.  This is an enrichment activity for all fourth grade students.  The students memorize a mentor poem, such as Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare, as well as recite two of their very own original poems.  Families are invited to attend and enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and muffins while listening to poetry.  Our performances began today and will conclude tomorrow.  We are very proud of our fourth grade poets. 

CAMPUS NEWS
TAG Referral Window
The TAG referral window is open until 3:00 pm on December 9th.  Referral forms can be downloaded from the RRISD Advanced Academic Services webpage while the referral window is open. A copy of the referral and permission to test form should be turned in to the office no later than December 9th

Science Fair Is Fast Approaching
Science Fair is running a little different this year.   Every student, Kinder through 5th grade, will participate in a whole class Science project.  These projects will take place between now and January 21st in order to prepare for our CCE Science Night.  Our CCE Science Night will be hosted on Thursday, January 22nd.  More information on this night will be provided in the future.  Any students interested in submitting an individual Science Fair project may do so.  Students submitting individual projects in grades 3- 5 will be judged in pursuit of attending the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair that takes place on Saturday, February 21st.

Packets will be available in the office on Friday, December 5th, for students wishing to participate with an individual project.  The packet will include timelines as well as other helpful information.  A letter to parents was sent home with students in their Tuesday Folders this past Tuesday.

Holiday Parties
Classroom holiday parties will take place on Thursday, December 18th beginning around 1:30 pm.  We are offering childcare for siblings (at least 1 year old), as siblings are not allowed to attend classroom parties (per the RRISD Student Parent Handbook).  Drop off for childcare will begin at 1:15 pm at the Parent Resource Center (portable 1A) and will remain open until 2:45 pm.  The cost is $7 per child.  Reservations are required and are accepted until Friday, December 12th.  To make a reservation, please contact Mary Ann Hettenhaus, our Family Support Specialist.  Please include the age of the child/children you will be dropping off.  You can contact her at Maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org

Patience
Patience is our Character Word of the Month!  When teachers see students demonstrating patience, they get a sticker to wear all day so that other students and adults know they demonstrated the Character Word of the Month!  We look forward to seeing those stickers. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, December 9th – Gr. 3 Field Trip

Thursday, December 11th – Singing Stars Holiday Concert, 7:00 pm

Friday, December 12th – Kindergarten Field Trip

Monday, December 15th – Pajama Day

Tuesday, December 16th – Singing Stars Caroling, 6:15 pm

Thursday, December 18th – Classroom Holiday Parties, 1:30 pm

Friday, December 19th – Winter Break begins for students

Monday, December 22nd – Monday January, 5th     Winter Break

Tuesday, January 6th – Welcome back students!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
Kindergarten Turkey Tango
This morning our kindergarten students performed for their parents the Turkey Tango.  They were amazing!  Thank you, Debbie Martin, for doing such a great job with our youngest Comets.  We will all be singing Super Turkey and the Turkey Tango songs all day!  J

Thanksgiving Luncheon
The Thanksgiving Luncheon was a great success.  We enjoyed having so many of our families here with us during lunch on Wednesday.  Thank you to Kathy Gilligan, our cafeteria manager, for helping make this event run so smoothly, and thank you to our parents who volunteered their time in between eating with their kiddos. 

Attendance
I am pleased to share that our Average Daily Attendance Rate Percentage for the second six weeks of school remains at 98%!  WOW!  This is incredible.  We continue to celebrate high attendance with our Comets!  Thank you parents!

Thank You, PTA
Last Friday, November 14th, the PTA and 1st Grade parents hosted a Friday Feast for the staff.  Thank you so much for the delicious lunch.  We appreciate you more than you know. 

CAMPUS NEWS
Early Release
Wednesday, December 3rd will be an Early Release day for our students.  They will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m.  Our teachers will attend professional development that afternoon.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child/children early on this day. 

Science Fair Is Fast Approaching
Science Fair is running a little different this year.   Every student, Kinder through 5th grade, will participate in a whole class Science project.  These projects will take place between now and January 21st in order to prepare for our CCE Science Night.  Our CCE Science Night will be hosted on Thursday, January 22nd.  More information on this night will be provided in the future.  Any students interested in submitting an individual Science Fair project may do so.  Students submitting individual projects in grades 3- 5 will be judged in pursuit of attending the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair that takes place on Saturday, February 21st.

Packets will be available in the office on Friday, December 5th, for students wishing to participate with an individual project.  The packet will include timelines as well as other helpful information.  We will send home a letter in students’ Tuesday Folders on Tuesday, December 2nd, with more information. 

Holiday Parties
Classroom holiday parties will take place on Thursday, December 18th beginning around 1:30 pm.  We are offering childcare for siblings (at least 1 year old), as siblings are not allowed to attend classroom parties (per the RRISD Student Parent Handbook).  Drop off for childcare will begin at 1:15 pm at the Parent Resource Center (portable 1A) and will remain open until 2:45 pm.  The cost is $7 per child.  Reservations are required and are accepted until Friday, December 12th.  To make a reservation, please contact Mary Ann Hettenhaus, our Family Support Specialist.  Please include the age of the child/children you will be dropping off.  You can contact her at Maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org



IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, November 24th – Friday, November 28th   Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 2nd – Site Based Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 3rd – Early Release Day

Thursday, December 4th – Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry

Friday, December 5th – Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry

Tuesday, December 9th – Gr. 3 Field Trip

Thursday, December 11th – Singing Stars Holiday Concert, 7:00 pm

Friday, December 12th – Kindergarten Field Trip

Tuesday, December 16th – Singing Stars Caroling, 6:15 pm

Thursday, December 18th – Classroom Holiday Parties, 1:30 pm


Friday, December 19th – Monday January, 5th         Winter Break

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
5th Grade Musical Performance
Thank you, Debbie Martin for your work with our fifth grade students on Tuesday’s Musical Performance.  Our students did an amazing job!

Singing Stars are at it again!
The Singing Stars Choir will be performing in the Westwood Learning Community Vertical Choir Concert TONIGHT at 7:00 pm at the RRISD Performing Arts Center near McNeil High School.  We are so proud of our Singing Stars Choir.  They represent CCE, well! 

Student Council
We are looking forward to taking a few members of our newly formed CCE Student Council to the World Class Leadership Summit this Saturday, November 8th, which will be held at Patsy Sommer Elementary School.  The students will be greeted by Dr. Flores and then attend various breakout sessions centered on student leadership.  Thank you to our Student Council Sponsors Laurie Neuman, Rebecca Mitchell and Kelly Friede for your dedication to building student leadership at CCE. 

CAMPUS NEWS
Healthy Living Celebration and Fun Run
Round Rock ISD Healthy Lifestyles invites you to their annual Healthy Living Celebration and FUN RUN this Saturday, November 8th from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm at Westwood High School.  Activities include Fun Run, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, flash mob, board breaking contest, Yoga, “Amazing Race” obstacle course, face painting, facials, massages, reflexology, sports drills, nutrition, GMO and cooking demonstrations, healthy food samples, medical screenings and SO much more FREE fun.  The Fun Run begins at 12:30 pm on the Westwood track, prizes for top finishers.  Adults are invited to run, too.  You may bring your bike for a free safety check and fun bike drills on the track.

Pictures in the Park
Photo Texas Photography will be hosting Pictures in the Park at Trailhead Park this Saturday, November 8th.  Appointments can be made by calling 512-617-7780.  They will also be hosting Holiday Mini-Sessions on Sunday, November 23rd.  This is a great way to get holiday pictures taken care of.

TAG Information Night
Our TAG Information Night will be on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Library.  Parents who are interested in referring their child for testing are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.  The referral window opens on Monday, November 17th.  The paperwork will be available on the RRISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services website on November 17th.  The window for referrals closes on December 9th

CCE Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
We had so much fun during the Cook Out, and we are ready to have our families back with us during lunch for our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday, November 19th.  The RSVPs went home this Tuesday in students’ Tuesday Folders.  We will run our regular lunch schedule and “dine” in the cafeteria.  Please return the RSVP form to our Cafeteria Manager, Kathy Gilligan, by this Friday, November 7th.  You may pay for your meal on the day of the luncheon.  The menu will include: Roasted Turkey with a Homemade Roll, Mashed Potatoes, Kale Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Fresh Orange, 100% Fruit Juice, Milk, and Homemade Pumpkin Bar.  The Vegetarian Option will include: Three Bean Chili with a Roll.  We hope to see you there!






 IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, November 13th – TAG Parent Information Meeting 6:00 pm in the CCE Library

Wednesday, November 19th – CCE Thanksgiving Luncheon

Friday, November 21st – Kindergarten Turkey Tango @ 8:00 am


Monday, November 24th – Friday, November 28th – Thanksgiving Break

Friday, October 31, 2014

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
Congratulations to Coach Tighe! 
Coach Tighe has been selected by the CATCH Team at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living as a CATCH Texas Champion for 2014.  He will be personally recognized and presented with an award at the 10th Annual CATCH Texas Champion Awards reception in December at the Moody Gardens Conference Center in Galveston.  Seven Champions will be awarded the 2014 CATCH Champions Award for their untiring dedication to creating and supporting healthy environments for the children of Texas. Way to go Coach Tighe!  Thank you for your dedication to our Comets!!

The Cook Out was a success
Today was a great day for a Cook Out. The weather was beautiful, and it was great sharing our lunch time with our students and families.  Our Superintendent, Dr. Flores and our Chief of Schools and Innovation, Dr. Presley joined us as well.  I love sharing our campus and showing off our awesome Comets.  Thank you to our volunteers and our Cafeteria Manager, Kathy Gillligan; we couldn’t have pulled this event off without you!




CAMPUS NEWS
Book Fair  is here
Our Scholastic Book Fair is next week.  Scholastic Book Fairs present a wide variety of books carefully selected for students at all reading levels. 
Book Fair Schedule:
      Tuesday, Nov. 4th – 2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      Wednesday, Nov. 5th – 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
      Thursday, Nov. 6th – 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Character Counts at Canyon Creek
November 3rd is the first "school day" of the month and time to change our character word for the month! Our character word for November is GENEROSITY!!  We celebrate Thanksgiving in November and the last half of that word is GIVING.  Being generous or "giving" means that you give your time, your kindness, or your possessions to other people without expecting anything in return.  You do it because you enjoy giving to others. In November, when teachers see students being generous, they will be given a sticker to wear all day so that other students will know that they demonstrated our Character Word of the Month! 

TAG Information Night
Our TAG Information Night will be on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Library.  Parents who are interested in referring their child for testing are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.  The referral window opens on Monday, November 17th.  The paperwork will be available on the RRISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services website on November 17th.  The window for referrals closes on December 9th

Pictures in the Park
Photo Texas Photography will be having Pictures in the Park at Trailhead Park on Saturday, November 8th.  Appointments can be made by calling 512-617-7780.  They will also be hosting Holiday Mini-Sessions on Sunday, November 23rd.  The flyers are below.  This is a great way to get holiday pictures taken care of.





Canyon Creek Facebook Page
Don’t forget to “Like” our CCE Facebook page.  We will post celebrations and school information throughout the school year. 


IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, November 4th –Report Cards go home

Tuesday, November 4th – PTA General Meeting 6: 30 p.m., Gr. 5 Music Performance

Thursday, November 6th – Singing Stars perform at the Performing Arts Center, 7:oo p.m.

Saturday, November 8th – 2nd Annual Healthy Living Celebrations at Westwood H.S.


Thursday, November 13th – TAG Parent Information Meeting 6:00 p.m. @ CCE Library

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CCE Cook Out this Friday!

Parents,

Our CCE Cook Out is this Friday, October 31st.  Right now we have around 70 parents who plan to attend! Please feel free to bring a blanket to sit on as we will enjoy our lunch outside picnic-style!  Students will have lunch during their regular lunch time.  Please plan to sign in at the office before heading to the cafeteria.  It is important that all parents/visitors receive a volunteer or visitor badge for this event.  We are looking forward to spending lunch time with you this Friday!

Sincerely,

Jenny Kasson
Principal

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CELEBRATIONS
Denim Drive
Wow!  Our 4th Grade sponsored Denim Drive was a huge success!  A total of 217 pieces of denim were collected.  We exceeded the initial goal of 200.  Thank you families for your donations and thank you fourth grade teachers and students for sponsoring this drive! 

Extended Planning
This week our teachers participated in a ½ day of Extended Planning with their teams.  The purpose of this is to provide teachers with extended time during the school day to collaborate as a team in order to best meet the needs of our students. During this time teachers reviewed data, discussed upcoming units, analyzed the curriculum, planned formative and summative assessments, and developed learning activities.  I sat in during most of the planning this week and I’m excited about the learning experiences our teachers are developing for our students.  This year we are having many conversations about ways to meet the individual needs of our students to ensure all students continually grow.  Our teachers are dedicated to this and it was evident during their planning sessions this week.  I’m so proud to be a part of this outstanding group of educators! 

Red Ribbon Week

We have had a great week celebrating our commitment to being drug free and making healthy choices.  The Red Ribbon Assembly was great…we even had a parent agree to be Mr. Banana and demonstrate healthy exercises to promote our PTA Healthy Living Program!  Mrs. Martin led the whole campus body in singing the song Mighty United, which she taught students in all grade levels.  Coach Tighe organized fifth grade students who impressed us all with their jump-roping abilities and our very own CCE teachers served as models to demonstrate what to wear each day this week.  We have loved seeing the children each morning in their crazy socks, pajamas and crazy hats.  




CAMPUS NEWS
CCE Cook Out
Next Friday, October 31st is our CCE Lunchtime Cook Out!  The cafeteria will be serving Hamburgers or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Please join us for a picnic style lunch!  Classes will "dine" during their regular lunch times.  There will be some tables set up in the cafeteria, but we encourage students, staff and families to enjoy the beautiful weather and find a spot outside.  If you are interested in volunteering on this day and haven't already signed up, please click on the following link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a5a729a64-fall or contact Kathy Gilligan, our Cafeteria Mangaer @ canyoncreek_cafeteria@roundrockisd.org.  We are looking forward to seeing you at the Cook Out!

Runners Club
Runners Club starts tomorrow!  This is a PTA sponsored club that provides a fun non-competitive environment for children to run at their own pace.  Parents are welcome to run, too!  Runners Club will meet on Fridays on the “track” from 2:45 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. If you haven’t registered and plan to, the link is below.  http://www.planetReg.com/CanyonCreekrunnersclub

Canyon Creek now has a Facebook Page
Canyon Creek is well represented in the Social Media world!  We now have a Canyon Creek Facebook page.  We will use this page as a way to share information and celebrations.  Please “Like” our page to receive updates as they are added. 

Early Release
Next Wednesday, October 29th is an Early Release Day.  Please make arrangements to pick your child/children up at 12:45 p.m.  Teachers participate in professional development on the Early Release days. 

Book Fair Coming Soon
We will have our Scholastic Book Fair November 4th – 6th.  Scholastic Book Fairs present a wide variety of books carefully selected for students at all reading levels. 
Book Fair Schedule:
      Tuesday, Nov. 4th – 2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      Wednesday, Nov. 5th – 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
      Thursday, Nov. 6th – 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, October 24th - End of the 1st Quarter
Monday, October 27th - 2nd Nine Weeks begins
Wednesday, October 29th - Early Release Day (12:45 p.m.)
Thursday, October 30th - Picture Retakes
Friday, October 31st - Cook Out!
Monday, November 3rd - CCE Book Fair
Tuesday, November 4th - Report Cards go home
Tuesday, November 4th - PTA General Meeting 6:30 p.m., Gr. 5 Music Performance

Friday, October 17, 2014

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
Attendance
It is important to us that our students attend school every day possible.  We appreciate your partnership in ensuring students are here.  I am pleased to share that our Average Daily Attendance Rate Percentage for the first six weeks of school is 98.5%!  WOW!  This is incredible.  I hope we can continue to celebrate high attendance with our Comets! 

CCE Welcomes Three New Members To The Team
We are excited to welcome Tanya Pope, Sheri Fowler and Joan Bevers to our campus as Educational Assistants.  Tanya will support students and teachers alongside Kathy Sternad, our campus Interventionist.  Sheri will work alongside Mr. G.W., in our FAC classroom and Joan will work alongside Cynthia Gordon, in our FCC classroom.  These three are not brand new to our campus.  They have supported us in different ways since the start of the school year.  We are thrilled to have them here full time.  Please give them a warm welcome and introduce yourself if you haven’t had a chance to meet them. 

Professional Development Day 
Monday was a great day here at CCE full of learning for the staff.  We began the day digging further into our campus data, learned, reviewed and discussed instructional strategies which promote student engagement and ended the day with teachers working in vertical content teams.  It was a busy day, but very productive! 

CAMPUS NEWS
Red Ribbon Week
Next week is Red Ribbon Week, October 20th – 24th.  The week will kick off with a Red Ribbon Assembly on Monday and the fun won’t stop there!  Students and staff are encouraged to show their commitment for being drug free and making healthy choices by participating in the designated theme each day:

Monday – Wear Red
Tuesday – “Sock It To Drugs” – Wear Crazy Socks
Wednesday – “Put Drugs To Bed” – Wear Pajamas (don’t forget appropriate shoes for recess and P.E.)
Thursday – “Put A Cap on Drugs” – Wear a Creative Hat
Friday – “CCE United” – Wear CCE T-Shirt or school colors (Blue & Silver)

Volunteers
Please fill out the volunteer application online if you plan to volunteer in any capacity on campus.  Also, please be sure to sign in as a volunteer when donating your time on campus, as our volunteer hours are tracked at the district level.  We want to be able to recognize our CCE volunteers for the many hours dedicated to supporting our campus! 

Watt Watchers is coming!
Beginning November 3rd, the third grade students will implement the Watt Watchers program.  Watt Watchers is a program designed to help the campus become more energy efficient.  The third grade students visit classrooms during the school day to check for lights, projectors and TVs that are left on during times students are out of the classroom.  Friendly reminders will be left for classrooms where lights are on, but no one is “home”.  The students will track the daily/weekly data which is reported on the white board in the hallway which leads to the cafeteria.  Thanks, third grade! 

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, October 17th – 4th Grade Sponsored Denim Drive Ends

Saturday, October 18th – CCE Singing Stars Night at the Texas Stars Game

Monday, October 20th – Red Ribbon Week kicks off

Friday, October 24th – End of the 1st Quarter

Monday, October 27th – 2nd Nine Weeks begins

Wednesday, October 29th – Early Release Day (12:45 p.m.)

Thursday, October 30th – Picture Retakes

Friday, October 31st – COOK OUT!