Saturday, January 17, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
COMET AMBASSADORS
We are excited to announce a new program that we will be offering at Canyon Creek. While we are calling it a new program, it is something that our campus has been doing informally on a smaller scale for several years. Now, we have officially started Comet Ambassadors.  The purpose of this program is to provide support to new CCE families who need assistance with translation and provide help as new families acclimate to a new campus.  The group will offer advice and will be available to answer questions new families may have.  With such a culturally diverse campus population, it is our goal to continue to provide a culturally sensitive environment for all of our CCE students and families.  Our Ambassadors will provide input and guidance to assist our efforts to ensure all parents feel welcome, involved and comfortable! 
If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact our campus Family Support Specialist, Mary Anne Hettenhaus.  You can email her at maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH
January is School Board Recognition Month, and Round Rock ISD will join other districts across the state to celebrate the countless contributions of these dedicated community leaders.  Board members will be presented with artwork and letters from each school at the January 15th regular board meeting.  Our campus assigned trustee is Charles Chadwell, President.  Our students and staff showed their appreciation in a variety of ways through letters, cards, small gifts and candy, of course! 
CAMPUS NEWS
SCIENCE FAIR
Our classes have had a great time with their Science Fair projects this year.  I hope you have heard about your child’s class project from your child.  We are excited many students plan on submitting an individual project, as well!  Please remember that all individual projects must be turned in on Tuesday, January 20th.  The students are to bring their completed projects to the library upon arrival the morning of January 20th.  We will have staff available to assist students with this. 

SCIENCE NIGHT
On Thursday, January 22nd we will have an opportunity to view both the classroom project boards and the individual project boards.  The Science Fair project board viewing will be from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  From 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. families will enjoy an exciting show from Mad Science!  This will be an interactive show that both students and parents will be sure to enjoy!  We hope to see everyone on January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m

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. 

MULTICULTURAL FAIR – MARCH 27, 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 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
– 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.
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.
DISTRICT NEWS

RRISD STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Have your voice heard. Help design programs and facilities during Round Rock ISD's Strategic Planning this month by attending one of four Community Meetings on January 22nd and 23rd. 
These public forums will take place:
  • Thursday, January 22 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. at Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center next to McNeil High School
  • Thursday, January 22 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock.
  • Friday, January 23 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center next to McNeil High School
  • Friday, January 23 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Deerpark Middle School on Anderson Mill Road in Austin
Strategic Planning will also include a community survey that will go live on January 28th for all members of the community to share input. Round Rock ISD will share information regarding the survey when it goes live. 
For more information, please visit www.roundrockisd.org/strategicplanning/.

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