Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Principal Update

We have a few new faces in our front office.  Please help me welcome Cynthia Quesnel, our Registrar, Laura Lewis, our Administrative Associate and Charlsie Weidright, our Nurse.  These awesome ladies are here to support our campus.  Please don’t hesitate to stop by the office with any questions you might have.  

Blue Jeans Go Green!  Fourth grade Project Based Learning project
Please  recycle  your  new  and  gently  used  denim  jeans  and  jackets.    Fourth  Grade students will  be  collecting  items  beginning Tuesday, October 13th  through  Friday,  October 23rd.  The collection  box  will  be located  in  the  hallway  by  the  1st  floor  elevator.  All denim will be donated to the RRISD Clothes Closet.  Let’s continue our tradition of generosity at CCE!

Kids tend to fare better when they regard intelligence and other abilities not as fixed traits that they either have or lack, but as attributes that can be improved through effort.  Contrary to popular belief, high achievement isn’t merely a product of talent and ability.  In fact, our internal beliefs about our own abilities, skills and potential actually fuel behavioral patterns and predict success.  Our fifth grade teachers recognize this and are encouraging and teaching their students how to reframe their thinking to a growth mindset model.  Check out this great visual hanging in the hallway.  

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has now released the statewide passing rates for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) mathematics tests in grades 3-8.  The State Board of Education adopted new rigorous math standards in April 2012 with implementation for grades K-8 in the 2014-2015 school year.  Due to Commissioner Williams along with teachers, parents and superintendents across the state, the decision was made to exclude these results  from the 2015 state accountability system.  We now have the 2014-2015 Confidential Student Reports for students who took STAAR last school year.  Expect these to be sent home with students on Tuesday, September 22nd in students’ Tuesday Folders.  

We are pleased to share that Canyon Creek will continue using the online math resource, IXL.  IXL is a comprehensive math review site with an unlimited number of practice questions in thousands of skills-all of which are aligned to state standards.  One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress.  We encourage all students to utilize this resource throughout the week.  IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace.  The website is adaptive and will adjust to your child’s demonstrated ability level.  The site also saves all of your child’s results, so you and the classroom teacher can monitor progress being made.
You should receive your child’s log-in information from your child’s teacher.  If you need assistance, please contact the teacher.  We look forward to seeing students take advantage of this resource and strengthen math skills taught at school.

Have you ever heard of a Buddy Bench on a school playground?  Well...Canyon Creek will have one very soon.  This is a project we have been looking into since last school year.  It was fate when a middle school Girl Scout (a former Comet) asked about completing a project at Canyon Creek in order to obtain her Girl Scouts Silver Award.  

About the Buddy Bench….
The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.  The way the Buddy Bench works is if students feel lonely on the playground without anything to do, they can go to the Buddy Bench and another student will come to the bench and ask to play or talk.  This whole idea began when a second grade student noticed lonely friends on the playground.  The story spread quickly and now more and more schools are adding a Buddy Bench to their playground.  

Our Girl Scout would like to have a toy drive from September 21st - September 30th.  The purpose of this drive is to collect small toys, including cards, small game boards (without too many pieces), conversation starters, etc.  These items will accompany the Buddy Bench as a way to help engage students on the playground.  If you would like to donate, the donation box is located in the school office.  

Preparations for our 2nd Annual National Geographic Geography Bee are underway.  Students in fourth and fifth grades are eligible to participate in the Geography Bee.  There will be an information meeting for parents who are interested in learning more about this enrichment opportunity.  The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 24th, 7:45 a.m. in the CCE Library.  If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Mary Anne Hettenhaus @

The Cherished Art Fundraiser is coming soon!  The CCE Art and Music Departments will be offering unique products through Cherished Art again this year!  Your student's artwork can be reproduced on t-shirts, aprons, coffee mugs, key chains, note cards ... you name it, we can do it!  Proceeds from this sale directly benefit the Canyon Creek Art and Music departments and will be used to supplement our RRISD budget.  Look for more information in mid-to-late October regarding sale deadlines and products offered.  Products will be delivered in plenty of time for holiday giving!  Participation in this fundraiser is optional, but we do ask that you return your student's artwork to us regardless of your participation.   The artwork will be included in your child's art portfolio.  You may also submit siblings' artwork, and even your own!  Questions?  Contact either Debbie Martin (Music) or Sharon Preston (Art).

Reflections is a National PTA program which focuses on encouraging artistic talent among students.  The areas that the students may submit entries in are: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Musical Composition, Film Production and Dance Choreography.  The four grade divisions for the participants are: Primary (preschool-grade 2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Middle/Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12).  The theme for this year is “Let Your Imagination Fly”.  All entries are due by November 6th.  More information will be sent home with students soon.  Rules for participation can be accessed at  

Robo Lab is making preparations to begin in October!  Robo Lab is a Lego robotics class, which takes place during the school day for third, fourth and fifth graders in the fall and second graders in the spring. Click here to see the schedule for third, fourth and fifth grade.  The children learn math, science and technology concepts, as well as problem solving and teamwork. It is paid for with your PTA contributions.  We encourage parents to come see Robo Lab in action and volunteer to lend a hand. You do not need to know anything about Lego robotics, just be interested and encouraging! The volunteer sign up will be available soon. Contact Carol Wada at with any questions.

Friday, September 18th is the last day to register your child for Math Pentathlon!  Click here to register and learn more details about Math Pentathlon.  Contact Shipra Jain @ or Prarthna Sesh @ if you have questions.

Don’t stop collecting those Box Tops!  There are prizes at stake, here!  Our school wide competition will end on Friday, October 2nd!  Also, don't forget that the HEB Box Tops special promotion is taking place Sept. 16th - Sept. 29th. If you purchase 10 General Mills Box Top items you get a certificate for 60 bonus box tops.  And... if you buy 15 box tops items, you get a certificate for 100 bonus box tops! Go to to see the list of participating products to plan your purchases. Each child that brings in an HEB Bonus certificate of 60 or more will get a small prize. Thanks for making this such a fun and important fundraising opportunity for CCE! Contact Cory Vessa at if you have any questions. Thank you to our sponsors - Papa John's Pizza at Volente Plaza, Qualtech Automotive, Prima Pizza Pasta, Subway at Four Points and Ms. Doughnuts.

It is our goal to provide our students with a fine dining experience in the cafeteria during lunch.  If you are available to volunteer your time to assist students during this time, your extra set of hands would be greatly appreciated.  Volunteering in the cafeteria is a fun way to interact with not only your child, but other Canyon Creek Comets.  Click here for the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer.  

Friday, September 18th Deadline to sign up for Destination Imagination & Math Pentathlon

Monday, September 21st Vision & Hearing Screening, Toy Drive begins

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

Thursday, September 24th Picture Day & Geography Bee Parent Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

Friday, September 30th Toy Drive ends

Friday, October 2nd Box Tops Collection ends

Sunday, October 4th PTA Green Team Clean Up Day at CCE, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jenny Kasson


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