Friday, November 20, 2015

Principal Update

Dear Families,
 
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving break and enjoy spending time with family and friends.  It is during this time of year we reflect on things for which we are thankful for.  I am so thankful to serve and work with the students, families and staff at Canyon Creek Elementary.  Happy Thanksgiving!  See you back at school on Monday, November 30th.
 
CAMPUS HAPPENINGS

Kindergarten searched for the missing Gingerbread Man as part of their Project Based Learning (PBL) project. Where is the Gingerbread Man?  We can’t wait to find out!
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Second grade shared their pilgrim dolls.  It was great hearing about the students’ ancestors.  Our students’ public speaking skills were so impressive!
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We had our Thanksgiving Feast.  Thank you to our families who joined us on Wednesday.  We had a great turnout and the weather was beautiful!
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For Nation Geography Week, GIS Analyst Seth Neuman did a presentation to fifth graders on Global Satellite Systems.
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CAMPUS NEWS
 

CRAZY SOCK DAY ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th
Spirit Days are back by popular demand thanks to our CCE Student Council!  We will kick off our first day back from the Thanksgiving Break by wearing CRAZY SOCKS!  
 
PICTURE RETAKES ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd
If you want to have your child’s picture retaken, please bring back the original package.  A new photo will be taken and your package will be reprinted.  If you missed picture day earlier this year, you may pick up an order form from the office.

EARLY RELEASE DAY
Wednesday, December 2nd will be an Early Release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child/children.

CHILDCARE FOR WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY DAY
It's that time of year!  Childcare will be available in the Parent Resource Center located in the portables for siblings (at least 1 year old) during the Holiday Party scheduled for Thursday, December 17th.  You will be able to drop your child/children off at 1:15 p.m. and the center will be open until 2:45 pm. Cost is $7 per child. Reservations are required and will be accepted until Friday, December 11th.  To make a reservation please contact Mary Anne Hettenhaus, our Family Support Specialist @ maryanne_hettenhaus@roundrockisd.org.  Please include the name and age of the child/children you will be checking in.

IMPORTANT DATES
Monday, November 23rd
Thanksgiving Holiday begins
Monday, November 30th
Welcome back Comets!
 
CCE Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day!
Wednesday, December 2nd
Picture Retakes,
 
Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 3rd
Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry
Friday, December 4th
Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry
Tuesday, December 8th
TAG Referral Window Closes,
 
Site Based Advisory Committee Meeting, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9th
Kindergarten Field Trip - Zachary Scott Theatre
Thursday, December 10th
Gr. 3 Field Trip - Nutcracker Performance @ Long Center
 
Singing Stars Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., CCE Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 16th
Gr. 3 December ‘Round the World Program, 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, December 17th
Class Holiday Parties, 1:45 p.m.
Friday, December 18th
Winter Break Begins
Tuesday, January 5th
Welcome Back Students

Sincerely,
Jenny Kasson
Principal

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
VETERAN’S DAY PERFORMANCE
Canyon Creek celebrated Veteran’s Day on Wednesday with a patriotic performance with fifth graders and Grisham Middle School’s orchestra, band and choir.
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CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS
We are thrilled to have Mrs. Christie and Mrs. Morris back in their classrooms. Welcome back!
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Fourth graders are learning about composting by making a home for earthworms.
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Mrs. Cerda’s class is using design apps  on their Galaxy tablets to create an innovative learning classroom.
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CAMPUS NEWS
PTA REFLECTIONS
PTA Reflections entries can be dropped off at the office starting Monday the 16th.

TAG REFERRAL WINDOW
The TAG referral window opens on Monday, November 16th and closes on Tuesday, December 8th.  If you are interested in referring your child for the Talented and Gifted program you will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork during the referral window.  Please click on the Gifted and Advanced Academic Services Page. The referral button on the page will not be available until Monday, November 16th.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH
We hope to see you on Wednesday, November 18th during our Thanksgiving Lunch.  Students will eat during their regular lunch time.  If you plan to eat, which we hope you do, please be sure to bring cash to pay for your meal.  The meal price is $3.30 for adult visitors.  Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to assist in signing in at the office. If you sent in your RSVP we will do our best to have your visitor badge pre-printed.  

WESTWOOD HOLIDAY AFFAIR DINNER AND AUCTION
Westwood High School is getting ready for their Holiday Affair Dinner and Auction.  This is the fundraiser for their Junior Prom this year! The event will take place on Thursday, December 3rd in the Westwood Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at Westwood High School at the entrance on the day of the event.  Please see the flyer attached below for more information.

WESTWOOD VPA  ACADEMY CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Westwood VPA Academy Children’s Theatre invites all Canyon Creek families to their performance of a  Still Life with Iris.  The performances will be Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m .and 7:00 p.m. in the Westwood Cafetorium. Admission is free but donations to the theatre program will be accepted.  For more information please click on the flyer below.
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IMPORTANT DATES
Saturday, November 14th
Singing Stars @ Texas Stars hockey game 4 p.m., Cedar Park Center
Monday, November 16th
TAG Referral Window Opens
Wednesday, November 18th
CCE Annual Thanksgiving Meal
Friday, November 20th
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program 8 a.m., CCE Cafeteria,

Gr. 3 Field Trip - Children’s Theatre Performance
Monday, November 23rd
Thanksgiving Holiday begins
Monday, November 30th
Welcome back Comets!
Wednesday, December 2nd
Picture Retakes,

Early Release, 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 3rd
Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry
Friday, December 4th
Gr. 4 Coffee House Poetry
Tuesday, December 8th
TAG Referral Window Closes,

Site Based Advisory Committee Meeting, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9th
Kindergarten Field Trip - Zachary Scott Theatre
Thursday, December 10th
Gr. 3 Field Trip - Nutcracker Performance @ Long Center

Singing Stars Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., CCE Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 16th
Gr. 3 December ‘Round the World Program, 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, December 17th
Class Holiday Parties, 1:45 p.m.
Friday, December 18th
Winter Break Begins
Tuesday, January 5th
Welcome Back Students


Sincerely,
Jenny Kasson

Principal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Principal Update

CELEBRATIONS
FLU CLINIC
We had 131 students take advantage of our Flu Immunization Clinic on Wednesday!  The process was very quick and painless!  Thank you parents for helping make our school a healthy place for students to learn.

5th GRADE PERFORMANCE
Our fifth graders did an outstanding job on Tuesday night during their musical performance.  This is definitely a talented group of students.  
 
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CCE WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER TO OUR TEAM
We would like to welcome Amy Batiz to our Canyon Creek team!  Amy is our new teacher in our Functional Academic Classroom.  We are thrilled to have her with us.  She has just finished her first week.  Please help us welcome her.  Feel free to say hi and introduce yourself to her when you see her around campus.
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FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES
We are in the process of learning about flexible learning spaces and how we can incorporate this idea into our classrooms.  One way we are exploring this is through the use of desks which students can stand to work.  We currently have one stand up desk on loan from the company Stand2Learn™.  The desk is beginning to make its way around the school in different classrooms.  So far, the feedback from students and teachers is very positive.  The purpose behind flexible learning environments is to increase student engagement, collaboration and learning.  These spaces have the potential to enable innovative approaches to teaching and learning compared to the traditional classroom.  We are excited about the possibilities as our ultimate goal is to provide a learning environment which is supportive to students and meets their individual needs.  Below are pictures of the desk being used.  We will keep you posted as we learn more flexible learning spaces and how Canyon Creek might make adjustments to our classrooms.
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COMET’S AND THEIR TREASURE
Congratulations to the winners of the the Fall Reading Incentive.  The winners kicked off the Fall Book Fair by receiving a free book!
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OWLS
Second graders had a great time learning about owls this week and dissecting owl pellets.

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CAMPUS NEWS

CCE BOOK FAIR
Our Book Fair is this week!  All students will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair and preview the great books in stock with their class on Monday or Tuesday.  Below are the times the Book Fair will be open for shopping. Students are allowed to bring money and shop during the school day.  Please send money with your child in an envelope and let the classroom teacher know.  They will make sure students have an opportunity to shop.  The Book Fair will have extended hours on Tuesday for Open Family Night.
Tuesday, November 10th
2:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11th
7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m
Thursday, November 12th
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are still in need of a few volunteers to assist with our Thanksgiving Lunch on Wednesday, November 18th.  Please click here for the Volunteer Sign Up.  We really appreciate your help and look forward to having our families with us for lunch.
 
SCHOOL MESSENGER VOICE BROADCASTING
The main communication system we use when we need to reach our families is our School Messenger Voice Broadcasting System.  We use this to remind parents about early dismissals and in the event we have severe weather or other emergency situations.  It is important that we have the correct parent contact information and that we are messaging users who have opted into the system.  On Tuesday, November 10th, students will bring home a paper verification in their Tuesday Folder.  Please review the information, make any necessary changes that are needed and return the form to school.  Our campus registrar will make changes that are indicated on the form.  Thank you for your assistance with this.  We want all of our families to be well informed.

 
REMINDERS

TAG PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
Are you interested in the RRISD Talented and Gifted program?  Do you want to learn more about the program and the referral process?  A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 6-7 p.m. in the CCE Computer Lab.  

CLOTHING NEEDED
Our nurse’s clinic is in need of clothing.  We are looking for any type of bottoms (pants, shorts, etc.) in all children’s sizes.  Knit and stretchy material is the most helpful as we are able to use them for multiple sizes.  If you have clothes your child has outgrown, we will gladly take items off of your hands.  

IMPORTANT DATES
Monday, November 9th
Singing Stars @ Westwood Vertical Concert 7 p.m. @ Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, November 10th
CCE Scholastic Book Fair begins
Wednesday, November 11th
Veteran’s Day Concert with Grisham Honors Band, Orchestra and Choir 8:15 a.m., CCE Cafeteria
Thursday, November 12th
TAG Parent Information Night, 6-7 p.m., CCE Computer Lab
Saturday, November 14th
Singing Stars @ Texas Stars hockey game 4 p.m., Cedar Park Center
Wednesday, November 18th
CCE Annual Thanksgiving Meal
Friday, November 20th    
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program 8 a.m., CCE Cafeteria,
 
PTA Reflections are due
Monday, November 23rd
Thanksgiving Holiday begins
 
Welcome back Comets!

 
Sincerely,
Jenny Kasson
Principal