Thursday, May 12, 2016

Principal Update

CAMPUS HAPPENINGS
 
PAJAMA DAY ON MONDAY, MAY 16TH
As a reward for filling up the Sign-Up Genius for our Pay It Forward Project, headed up by Girl Scout Troop # 2185, Monday, May 16th will be a Pajama Day for students and staff!  The Girl Scouts assembled over 160 bags for the Backpack Food Program, thanks to our students' generous donations!  We met our challenge and now we will be rewarded.  
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MATH PENTATHLON NEWS
Congratulations to the fourth grade students who represented CCE at the Division III Math Pentathlon tournament on Saturday, April 30th.  Thank you PTA for supporting this program. The results of the tournament are below.
         Math Pentathlete—Rishik Boddeti, Ben Bryant, Will Bryant, Timothy Kim, Alex Lee and John Ramsey
         Bronze Medal—Nikhil Modak and Paras Nijhawan
         Gold Medal—Hall of Fame—Michael Imm
 
CAMPUS NEWS
SPRING SHOWCASES
Our Spring Showcases are next week!  We are excited for students to have an opportunity to show off the great learning that has taken place this school year.  We hope you will be able to attend your child’s Showcase Event!  The schedule is below.
 
Wednesday, May 18th
     Gr. 2  7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Gr. 5  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 
Thursday, May 19th
     Gr. 1  7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Gr. 4  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
 
Friday, May 20th
     Gr. 3  7:20 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Kinder  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
 
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
If your child has medication in the nurse’s office, please pick it up by the end of the school day on June 2nd.  Medication will not be sent home with students and medication is not allowed to be stored in the nurse’s clinic over the summer.  Any medication that is left in the clinic after June 2nd will be disposed of properly.  If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Charlsie @ 428-2805.  
 
NUMBER NINJA SUMMER CAMP
Number Ninja Math Camp is a competitive math camp for incoming 6th grade students going into Grisham hosted by two Grisham Middle School students.  The camp runs from July 11th - 15th from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Click here for the informational flyer Number Ninjas Camp Flyer.

REMINDERS
SAVE THE DATE - VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
We are so fortunate to have such great parent volunteers at Canyon Creek.  So many of our parents give and give throughout the year.  You go above and beyond for our staff, students and entire school community.  We want to show our appreciation for you and let you know that your hard work does not go unnoticed.  On Tuesday, May 24th, all of our volunteers are invited to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in our Library.  This is a come and go event so stop by at your convenience.  We hope to see you there!  
 
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, May 13th
Last Day for Runner’s Club
 
PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 16th
Pajama Day!
 
Student Council Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17th
Grisham Buddy Day, Gr. 5 students
 
Site Based Advisory Committee Meeting 3:15 p.m., Library
Wednesday, May 18th
Book Character Dress-Up Day!
 
Gr. 2 Showcase Event, 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Gr. 5 Showcase Event, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 19th
Gr. 4 Field Trip - Austin Symphony
 
Gr. 1 Showcase Event, 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Gr. 4 Showcase Event, 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Friday, May 20th
Gr. 5 Parents: Grisham Q & A Session, 7:45 a.m.,
CCE Library
 
Gr. 5 Field Trip - Natural Bridge Caverns
 
Gr. 3 Field Trip - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
 
Gr. 3 Showcase Event, 7:20 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Kindergarten Showcase Event, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Monday, May 23rd
Gr. 5 Talent Show, 1:30 p.m.
 
Student Council Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24th
CCE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon,
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Gr. 1 Musical Performance, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 26th
Kinder Camp for 2016-2017 kinder students,
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 27th
Gr. 3 Camping Day
 
Gr. 4 Field Trip - Meadow Center
Monday, May 30th
Student and Staff Holiday - Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 1st
Gr. 5 Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Cafeteria
Thursday, June 2nd
Last day of school for students!
 
End of Year Class Parties (at various times)
Friday, June 3rd
Westwood High School Graduation, 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Principal Update

CAMPUS HAPPENINGS
 
What does Canyon Creek do during weeks leading up to state testing?  Engage all kids throughout the building in hands-on learning!  We know that if we provide students learning experiences that capture their attention and make learning fun, the rest takes care of itself.  I appreciate the extra mile our teachers go for our students.  It takes additional time to plan these fun events, but they are so worth it.  Thank you to our parents who are also an important part of many of these events.  Canyon Creek is a great place to work, learn and grow!

CINCO DE MAYO
Kindergarten students celebrated Cinco de Mayo as a culminating activity to their Project Based Learning (PBL) project, which supported their study of plants.  In addition to learning about plants, the students learned where food comes from.  These amazing students grew their own peppers over the last several weeks.  Today, these peppers were used to make salsa, which they got to eat! What a great way to learn where our food comes from!
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OCEAN DAY
First grade students celebrated the study of the ocean with their annual Ocean Day. They created a tranquil, shimmery ocean in a bottle and mingled with an octopus friend.  They sampled delicious seafood, helped build a house for a special hermit crab and dove into a sweet blue ocean of jello.
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FIELD DAY FUN
We made the most out of a soggy day and Indoor Field Day was a success!  A big thanks to our parent volunteers and our very own Coach Tighe for a fun day for all.  
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TEXAS DAY
In addition to making chili, fourth graders participated in a variety of activities during Texas Day.  They made a map of Texas using a cookie and edible markers, learned how to line dance and made butter.  The also created a hand stamped leather bracelet, painted bluebonnets and more.  This event kicks off their upcoming famous Texan research project.  We can’t wait to read about the many famous Texans they will study.
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SCIENCE SAFARI
Science was in full swing in fifth grade this week as students rotated to different rooms to participate in various activities.  Here are just a few of the activities from the week.  Students created  marble rollercoasters with enough slope for a marble to complete a loop and tracked data on various trials.  Using M&Ms and colored construction paper, students conducted an experiment to simulate how camouflage contributes to survival. They created a water lens and learned that when water takes on a curved shape, it refracts the light just like a lens.  The shape of the water drop is thicker in the middle than along the edges, forming a convex lens.  It was a full week of hands-on science exploration!
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SOLAR SYSTEMS
Third graders created a model of the Earth, the Moon and the Sun.  This model assisted students in understanding the concept of the revolution of the Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth.  
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CAMPUS NEWS

STAAR TESTING NEXT WEEK
Third, fourth and fifth grade students will take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) next week.  The testing days are below:
  • Monday, May 9th: Gr. 3 & Gr. 4 Math, Gr. 5 Math Retest
  • Tuesday, May 10th: Gr. 3 & Gr. 4 Reading, Gr. 5 Reading Retest
  • Wednesday, May 11th: Gr. 5 Science, Gr. 3 & Gr. 4 Make-up
  • Thursday, May 12th: Gr. 3, 4 & 5 Make-up
Please refrain from scheduling appointments that will require your student to be pulled out of class on scheduled testing days.  Students who have not completed their testing at their scheduled lunch time will eat lunch in their classroom.  It is best for parents to not plan to join their child at lunch on testing days, as we cannot guarantee they will be in the lunchroom.  Parents are welcome to visit during lunch on any other days.  We love having visitors!
 
FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL STUDENTS ON MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
Nothing prepares students better for testing than a healthy, satisfying breakfast!  On our upcoming testing days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) breakfast is FREE to ALL students!  Students can start their day off right with a delicious meal in the cafeteria and then head off to their classrooms!
 
The Breakfast Menu:
Monday - Ham & Cheese Kolache or Pick 2: cereal, yogurt, cheese stick
Tuesday - Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bagel or Pick 2: cereal, yogurt, cheese stick
Wednesday - Cheese & Bacon Breakfast Roll or Pick 2: cereal, yogurt, cheese stick
 
KINDER READINESS CAMP
RRISD Community Education is hosting a Kinder Readiness Camp for incoming kindergarten students (must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2016) this summer.  Click here for more information.
 
SAVE THE DATE - VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
We are so fortunate to have such great parent volunteers at Canyon Creek.  So many of our parents give and give throughout the year.  You go above and beyond for our staff, students and entire school community.  We want to show our appreciation for you and let you know that your hard work does not go unnoticed.  On Tuesday, May 24th, all of our volunteers are invited to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in our Library.  This is a come and go event so stop by at your convenience.  We hope to see you there!  
 
REMINDERS
SAVE THE DATE: END OF YEAR GRADE LEVEL SHOWCASE EVENTS
Beginning the week of May 16th each grade level will host a Showcase Event for parents.  This will give your child/children a chance to show off the great learning that has taken place this school year.  Your child’s teacher will provide you with more information about what to expect during this event.  Please save the date!
 
Wednesday, May 18th
     Gr. 2  7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Gr. 5  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 
Thursday, May 19th
     Gr. 1  7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Gr. 4  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
 
Friday, May 20th
     Gr. 3  7:20 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
     Kinder  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
 
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, May 6th
Kindergarten Mother’s Day Program, 8:00 a.m.,
Cafeteria
Monday, May 9th
STAAR Testing Gr. 3 & 4 Math, Gr. 5 Math Retest
Tuesday, May 10th
STAAR Testing Gr. 3 & 4 Reading, Gr. 5 Reading Retest
Wednesday, May 11th
STAAR Testing Gr. 5 Science, Gr. 3 & 4 Make-up
Thursday, May 12th
STAAR Testing Gr. 3, 4 & 5 Make-up
Friday, May 13th
Last Day for Runner’s Club
 
PTA Family Movie Night
Monday, May 16th
Student Council Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17th
Grisham Buddy Day
 
Site Based Advisory Committee Meeting 3:15 p.m., Library
Wednesday, May 18th
Book Character Dress-Up Day
 
Gr. 2 Showcase Event, 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Gr. 5 Showcase Event, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 19th
Gr. 4 Field Trip - Austin Symphony
 
Gr. 1 Showcase Event, 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Gr. 4 Showcase Event, 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Friday, May 20th
Gr. 5 Parents: Grisham Q & A Session, 7:45 a.m., CCE Library
 
Gr. 5 Field Trip - Natural Bridge Caverns
 
Gr. 3 Field Trip - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
 
Gr. 3 Showcase Event, 7:20 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
Kindergarten Showcase Event, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Monday, May 23rd
Student Council Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24th
CCE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Gr. 1 Musical Performance, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27th
Gr. 3 Camping Day
 
Gr. 4 Field Trip - Meadow Center
Monday, May 30th
Student and Staff Holiday - Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 1st
Gr. 5 Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Cafeteria
Thursday, June 2nd
Last day of school for students!
 
End of Year Class Parties (at various times)
Friday, June 3rd
Westwood High School Graduation, 12:00 p.m.