Friday, August 28, 2015

Principal Update

The Texas Education Agency released the 2015 accountability ratings for our district this month.  We are proud to share Canyon Creek Elementary earned all 5 eligible distinctions!  We are so proud of our students and appreciate the support our families give both at school and at home.  

Our breakfast service is off to a great start.  Thursday morning we served 52 breakfast plates and this morning we served 86!  The cinnamon rolls were definitely a hit! I’m so glad many families have given the cafeteria breakfast a try.  Thank you for your patience with our long line.  Our system will continue to improve.  We wanted to let you know that next Wednesday, September 2nd ACE, our food services mascot, will join us during breakfast.  I hope you and your child will stop by the cafeteria to meet Ace and enjoy breakfast.  

This morning our Kindergarten students paraded the hallways showing off their favorite storybook.  We are so proud of our youngest Comets.  They have had a fantastic first week of school and the “big kids” loved seeing them this morning.  

The first week back to school after summer break can be a hard transition for some students.  This week we have not worried about tardies.  However, next week we will begin to count tardies.  The tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m.  If a student arrives after 7:45 a.m. he/she will be given a tardy pass prior to entering their classroom.  Our school doors open at 7:20 a.m. and students are allowed to enter their classrooms at 7:30 a.m.  We encourage all students to be settled in their classrooms no later than 7:40 a.m.  This really helps start their day off right.  Students who are eating breakfast will not be counted tardy right now.  We are working on our morning breakfast procedures.  

Any person wishing to volunteer in RRISD is required to complete a Volunteer Application each school year.  Please click here to complete the online Volunteer application. We know the school year gets busy, so we encourage you to take care of this as soon as possible.  Once you fill out the application it will be good for the entire school year.  The online application takes less than five minutes to complete and will be processed within 48 hours.  It is important to use your legal name and click “Submit” in order for the application to be processed.  You will need to bring your photo id to campus to be verified and scanned, in order to complete the process.  

Communication with our parents is very important to us.  We want to ensure that our families stay informed of various campus events and showcase the great learning that takes place in our classrooms.  We will send “A Note from the Principal” each week via e-mail.  The note will include celebrations, campus news and important dates.  If other members of your family would like to receive these updates, please have them click on this link and sign up to receive e-News from Canyon Creek.  
Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Do you want to review information provided in previous “Notes from the Principal”?  Follow the Principal’s Blog.  

Is English your second language?  Do you want to strengthen your English in a fun and interesting way?  Join RRISD’s International Parents’ Book Club!  Participants meet weekly to read and discuss books in English.  This group is for intermediate and advanced English language learners from all cultures.  For more information see the flyer attached at the bottom and/or contact Mary Anne Hettenhaus @  

The Girl Scouts are hosting a recruitment rally from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16th in the cafeteria at Canyon Creek.  All girls in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited, along with their parents. Find out what Girl Scouts is all about and join a troop!  School organizers, leaders and troops from Canyon Creek will provide activities, showcase what they like about scouting and share how volunteering is fun.  Troops are formed based on the availability of adult volunteer leadership.
For more information about the event, contact Kathryn Curtis 512-632-5393 or  For more information about scouting visit

Friday, August 28th Kindergarten Storybook Parade, 7:45 a.m.

Monday, September 7th No School, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8th Box Tops Collection begins

Thursday, September 10th TAG Open House, 6-7 p.m. (parents of students who currently receive TAG services, only)

Tuesday, September 15th Open House Night & PTA General Meeting
6:00 p.m. - Kinder, 1st, 2nd grades Open House             6:30 p.m. - PTA General Meeting 
7:00 p.m. - 3rd, 4th, 5th grades Open House

Wednesday, September 16th Scouting Night, Boys & Girls, 6:30 p.m., CCE Cafeteria

Thursday, September 17th Watch DOGS Kick Off/Info. Night, 6 p.m., CCE Cafeteria

Monday, September 21st Vision & Hearing Screening

Wednesday, September 23rd Early Release, 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 24th Picture Day!

Jenny Kasson

Friday, August 21, 2015

Principal Update


We had so much fun seeing our students this week.  The Welcome Walk was a ton of fun and we loved having everyone back in the building today for the Supply Drop Off.  Our students are set, classrooms are ready and we can’t wait to kick off the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, August 25th.  Thank you PTA for all of your hard work with school supplies!  Thank you parents for joining PTA, signing up to volunteer and getting lunch accounts ready to go.

Campus News

Canyon Creek and Spicewood join 31 other Round Rock ISD Elementary schools in offering student breakfast service!  The added student breakfast service will offer access to a healthy breakfast.  We hope you will take advantage of this service.  Breakfast service will begin at 7:20 a.m. and conclude at 7:45 a.m.  The paid meal prices are listed below:

Elementary Breakfast: $1.35
Elementary Lunch: $2.50
Adult Breakfast: $2.25
Adult Lunch: $3.30

During the first week of school - August 25 thru August 28 - breakfast will be served FREE to students at Canyon Creek!  Students can choose between a hot breakfast entree or select a whole grain cereal with a side of low fat yogurt, whole grain toast or skim string cheese.  All breakfast meals include fresh fruit and milk.  

You may pay online at (transaction fee applies). You may apply for Free & Reduced Meals online at

Round Rock ISD is launching its new online enrollment system, giving parents the option to enroll returning students online.  The new system, InfoSnap, offers a simple and time saving option for online enrollment.  A unique snapcode for each student was mailed to returning families this month.  You must have the specific code to register.  Parents can visit to access the system.  

If your child is new to Round Rock ISD you will receive paper copies of the enrollment forms in the First Day Packet which are to be filled out at home and returned to the campus.  If you have questions, please contact our campus Registrar, Cynthia Quesnel.  

All walkers, bike riders, and students whose parents meet them outside of the school will be directed to exit the school building through the front door.  Please make plans to meet your child, accordingly.  We will only allow students whose parents are driving through the car lines to exit the school through the side doors of the school.  This tremendously helps with congestion in car line areas and provides a safer waiting location for car riding students.  If you plan to meet your child outside of the school building, we ask that you plan a location that doesn’t interfere with the car lines.  

With so many students exiting the building through the front entrance/exit, we are asking parents to avoid parking in the front lot, if possible.  Anyone who parks in the front lot during dismissal will be asked to wait to move from their spot until after dismissal is complete.  This will ensure the safety of our students, staff and parents. Keep in mind, a few of these spots are reserved parking.  

Jenny Kasson


Friday, August 14, 2015

Principal Update

Canyon Creek Families,

On behalf of the staff at Canyon Creek Elementary, I am happy to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year!  We hope you and your family have had a great summer.  I anticipate an exciting year as we work together to help our students reach their highest potential and foster a love for learning.  I feel so fortunate to work with such an amazing group of educators, students and families.  We are ready for our Comets to return and fill the halls with excitement.  The school is way too quiet this time of year.  Please mark your calendar for the back-to-school events listed below.  

Thursday, August 20th 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. WELCOME WALK
Your child’s teacher will visit your home between 8 and 10 a.m. for a quick visit to meet your child and introduce themselves.  This is one of my favorite traditions at CCE.  The neighborhood will be busy with excited teachers and students.  If you are not able to be home during this time, please call the school office at 512-428-2800 to let us know.  We will make sure your child’s teacher gets the message.  The teacher will leave the Welcome Packet by your front door.

Thursday, August 20th 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. SCHOOL SUPPLY PICK UP
If you pre-ordered your school supplies through our PTA, please stop by the school to pick them up.  We will use the same process as last year, which is a drive-through model.  Simply pull into the driveway off of Boulder Ln., stop in front of the portable buildings, a volunteer will greet you at your car, then retrieve your supplies for you.  You never even have to leave your car! Now, that is service!  

Friday, August 21st PTA BACK TO SCHOOL FLING
The PTA is hosting its Back to School Fling in the Canyon Creek cafeteria.  During this time you can purchase school t-shirts, yearbooks, PTA memberships, sign up to volunteer, add money to lunch accounts, and much more!  We are adjusting the times this year to offer a special service to our incoming Kindergarten families and new families to CCE.  

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. The cafeteria will be open ONLY to incoming Kindergarten families and
new students/families during this thirty minute window.  

8:00 - 10:30 a.m. The cafeteria will be open to all CCE families.

Friday, August 21st 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP OFF
Your child will be able to visit his/her classroom, drop off supplies and get organized for the first day of school.  

Monday, August 24th 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. KINDERGARTEN PARENT ORIENTATION
Calling all Kindergarten parents!  Come to the Canyon Creek Library to visit with the Kindergarten teachers.  They will provide helpful information, answer questions you have and make sure you and your Kindergartener are prepared for the first day of school.  

Tuesday, August 25th FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The doors open at 7:20 a.m.  Students and families are welcome to arrive any time between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m.  We prefer for students to be settled in their classrooms by 7:45 a.m.  Beginning at 7:45 a.m. Kindergarten parents are welcome to meet in the Library for COFFEE AND KLEENEX.  We know the first day of Kindergarten is a big day for you and your child.  Join other Kindergarten parents for coffee, and kleenex for tears of sorrow or joy.  Everyone handles it differently!  :-)

I am looking forward to a great school year.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives and trusting us with the education of your child.

Jenny Kasson


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Principal Update

On May 2nd, the Division 3 (4th & 5th grade) Math Pentathlon games were held.  Below are the participants and their achievements.  

Math Pentathlon
Casey Davey
Neha Dania
David Min
Honorable Mention
Aiden Lee
Keaton Lee

Second Grader’s have been all a flutter with the study of the insect life cycle.  The students have watched them change from a caterpillar, to a pupa and emerge as a beautiful butterfly.  They were so excited to release their new insect friends.   Butterfly Photo Gallery
Albert Ramon and Jared Plushnick, from the KVUE weather team talked to third grade about the weather and brought the Storm Chaser van as well!

Westwood Robotics Team talked to 4th and 5th grade students about robotics/ and engineering.

First Grade presented a wonderful performance of Swamped for their parents. We were pleased to have 100% of students participating in the show. Who could have predicted how well the program title would match our current weather!

Campus News
Friday, May 29th will be our last CCE Student Council inspired Spirit Day.  We are CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!  Students and staff are encouraged to show their superpowers by dressing as their favorite superhero or sporting their favorite superhero t-shirt.  What a fun way to end the week!

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.  Your school supply packs will be ready for pick up on August 20th, in the Parent Resource Center.  Happy shopping!

If you have library books at home, please return these as soon as possible. Thank you!

If your child has medication in the clinic, please pick it up by the end of the day on June 5, 2015.  Medication is not allowed to be sent home with students and should not be left in the Nurse’s Clinic during the summer.  

Important Dates

Friday, May 29th - Spirit Day, Theme: Superhero
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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Principal Update

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.  

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!

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!

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

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
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!
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.  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

Jenny Kasson