Monday, May 31, 2010

Last Week of School

Tuesday marks the beginning of the last week of school! Hard to believe - but it is here. Before everyone leaves we have some unfinished business. No school year would be complete without Field Day or Awards Day.

Tuesday our entire campus will participate in Field Day on Barry Field. Coach Kristynik and her crew have worked tirelessly to organize a day of fun for all. I do want to stress the importance of sunscreen and hydration. The Specials Team has prepared for plenty of water - available all day.

Wednesday we will have our annual awards beginning with 4th Grade Awards at 8:15a.m. followed by 5th Grade at 9:30a.m. 3rd Grade Awards will begin at 2:00p.m. All Awards Assemblies will be held in the Cafetorium at the Elementary Campus. We hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating the successes of all our students.

Thursday will mark the last day of school with an Early Release time of 1:25 p.m. Smithville Elementary will be taking part in our annual last day of school celebration in the Jr. High gym. Students will be released for summer from the JH gym.

We hope that family and friends are able to join us at any of these exciting events throughout the week. Please remember to sign in at the elementary office prior to joining any event.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Millionaire's Club

Mrs. Grant and students reading over 1,000,000 words were treated to a train ride to the Smithville Rec Center. The group enjoyed pizza and a fun afternoon of games. Students read and earn AR Points through the Accelerated Reader program but Mrs. Grant began a new celebration a few years ago for students that also read one million words.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AR Bowling Reward

On Tuesday, our students reaching the top grade level points in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program were treated to an afternoon of fun at Chestnut Square in Bastrop. Students in the 3rd grade earned at least 100 points, 4th grade 150 points, and 5th grade 200 points. Students had fun bowling and playing video arcade games with Mrs. Grant and Coach Kristynik. We also had the help of parent volunteers Judy Bergeron and Sara Curtis. Mrs. Grant was really excited that 25 students earned the top honors in the AR program this year. This is the most students reaching the top level per grade in a while and it is evident that our students love to read.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Busy Week

This week is guaranteed to keep everyone busy. We will begin and end with appreciating those that have served our school. First, on Monday we will have a fajita luncheon for those that have helped us with our school including district employees and volunteers. On Friday, we will celebrate Mrs. Brenda Grant, our Librarian of 25 years. We invite everyone out on Friday to visit with Mrs. Grant in the library.

Box Top Class Reward: During the week our students will enjoy Pizza Parties for collecting the most Box Tops for Education. Classes that earned the top spot per grade are: 3rd Grade - Mrs. Hanna, 4th Grade - Mrs. Kirby, and 5th Grade - Mrs. Davis. Students will enjoy a train ride to Pocket's Grill.

Accelerated Reader Top Honors: Students earning top grade level Accelerated Reader Points will travel to Chestnut Square in Bastrop on Tuesday. Watch out for Coach Kristynik, she bowls a mean game....Mrs. Grant even has her own bowling ball! Students that read over 1 Million words through the AR Program will take a train ride to the Rec Center on Wednesday as members of the Millionaires Club.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mr. Nobles' GT Class's Egg Drop Experiment

Enjoy the pictures from Mr. Nobles' GT Class Egg Drop Experiment. Students tested their padding of the eggs by dropping them from the top of the bleachers of the football stadium.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bike to Work Week at Smithville Elementary

The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week 2010 from May 17-21 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 21. Smithville Elementary students and staff are participating in this yearly event. The photo taken above represents some of those that rode on Monday. Each day individuals that ride their bikes to work (school)will be treated to muffins on the patio. Everyone is invited to join in this event.

The best quote I've heard so far from an individual that rode to work is "I needed this ride!"

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday's Spirit Rally Offered Up A Frozen Challenge

The 3rd Grade Team of Teachers won the Spirit Rally Challenge this past Friday....but did they win it all? The challenge this past week was to unroll a frozen t-shirt and get it completely and properly on a willing student first. Teams had to first thaw the shirts which had been soaked in water and frozen overnight!

Staff teams have been competing all year during faculty meetings and spirit rallies for overall top honors. Each challenge offers up points to the top 3 teams awarding from 25 points, 15 points, and 10 points. The challenges test the teams ability to work together, think together, laugh together, and offers up plenty of entertainment as they work to complete the assigned task first. This first year has delivered a ton of fun and excitement and the overall winners will be named at Rise & Shine. Prizes for the winners are supported by the Booster Club.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hot Dog Cookout

Students enjoyed the last Hot Dog Cookout today for earning all A's, A's & B's, Perfect Attendance, or made Significant Improvement in the classroom academically or behaviorally. Students have received the cookout each six weeks courtesy of the Booster Club. Students wear special ribbons all day, enjoy grilled hot dogs outside, then receive additional recognition at the Spirit Rally at the end of the day. A special thank you goes to our Booster Club for making the ribbons and cookouts possible.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Smithville Elementary named 2010 Spring Lowe's Grant Winner

Congratulations Smithville Elementary! Our school has been selected to receive a 2009-2010 Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) in the amount of $5000.

Ms. Murray received a call in January from the Bastrop Lowe's about an opportunity to apply for the Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. A committee was formed to discuss the possibility of a beautification project and it quickly formed with many interested staff members. The committee decided to apply for the grant with the purpose of building an Outdoor Learning Center.

As you can see we applied for the grant and are excited about the second phone call we received notifying us that we won $5000. The committee will meet again to design the layout of the area and will begin recruiting interested volunteers to help see the project through.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Coke Rewards PE Equipment is here!

Mrs. Sherrill, Mrs. Kadlecek, and Mrs. Kristynik displayed the Physical Education equipment at Monday's Rise & Shine Assembly. The equipment will be put to good use by all the students.

The estimated cost of the equipment is $500. Thank you to everyone for saving your Coke product bottle caps, box lids, and other packaging that contributed to the reward points. It has been amazing how quickly we raised over 23,000 reward points.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Watt Watchers Looking Good

Our Watt Watchers green vests are in. A big thank you to Ms. Swearingen for making the vests for our students. Now when students walk the halls looking for electricity usage we will all know they are in uniform and working hard. Our Watt Watchers is a 3rd - 5th grade group of students that walk the halls at different times of the day checking for classrooms and offices to make sure that lights are out when rooms are not being used. They place reminders to those that left their lights on and quietly turn the lights off. They also place good notes on the doors of those that turn off their lights when not in use.

The Watt Watchers group has been a productive reminder of the importance of turning off lights and saving electricity. This is the Inaugural group of Watt Watchers and they have done a great job.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

4th SES Fun Run

Smithville Elementary students and staff will take part in their 4th Fun Run on Friday. Students have been training and logging miles all year during PE while learning the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The Fun Run began four years ago and has become a yearly tradition - and a healthy one at that! Many local community members, business, and school departments support this yearly event. Through donations of time, money, water, and fruit our school is able to enjoy an early morning run around the high school's field. Donations of fruit, water, and monetary gifts allow each student and staff member the opportunity to participate with a healthy snack and t-shirt at the finish line. Each year the high school athletic and Pals organizations have assisted and even run with the elementary students. Of course one of the big highlights is the student(s) that have the winning design get to run with Sami. Sami is the school dog and is a supporter of the Fun Run each year.
The entire elementary school will leave for the high school around 8:30 am and plan to arrive back on campus by 10:30 am. Immediately following the run our students, staff, and volunteers will pose for our annual group photo.

If you need to contact us please call the high school at 512-237-2451 until 10:00 am. If you arrive late to school please drive to the back of the high school and find one of the staff members to report in.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Elementary Meets Coke Rewards Goal

The elementary has been collecting coke rewards to 'purchase' PE equipment that the students chose. We have reached our first goal of 23,044 points. We have redeemed those points for playground equipment. We wanted to say "THANK YOU" to all of you who donated points and helped us reach our goal. We have set another goal so keep those points coming in. They are supporting your kids and students.

Road Closing

Loop 230 will be closed May 5th and 6th from Cleveland St. to Hudgins St. from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm for the filming of a movie.

Monday, May 3, 2010

RtI Institute - Region 13 Education Service Center

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I along with 4 classroom teachers will take part in the Fifth Annual Response to Intervention (RtI) Institute. This Institute will take place at the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin and will be offering sessions that will include: Progress Monitoring Tools/Resources, Data Analysis, RtI for Administrators, Reading Interventions, RtI Math, CSCOPE and RtI, RtI and our Accountability Systems, Crucial Conversations, Legal Issues and much more.

This will be the second time in two years that Smithville Elementary will be in attendance at the institute. The institute has been a very good conference that stimulated productive professional conversation that contributed to changes in progress monitoring this school year.

I am excited to learn more about the latest research and how to use the information to provide a better academic environment for our students. I am encouraged that this institute incorporates our district curriculum, CSCOPE, in the list of presentations.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Big Thanks to many folks!

Last week Smithville Elementary students and staff completed the TAKS & LAT tests. Both students and staff were wonderfully awesome throughout the entire week. We have a great staff and a great group of kids at SES and they always bring a huge smile to my life.

I will leave the remaining space to Mrs. Hewitt as she says....

• Ana and Brandi for helping to organize this massive puzzle, and keeping me sane :)
• Jane and Jennifer for making sure everything went smoothly as always.
• Amy for making sure we met all the requirements for IEP's and traveling to Bastrop to administer tests, as well as everything else we have asked of you.
• David Edwards and Jim Philpot for helping administer tests at DAEP.
• Candy Biehle and her staff- for making sure we had breakfast and snacks everyday.
• Sophie and Starr for taking care of our sick children during testing, and helping to get them through.
• Wynelle Ogden and Barbara Charba for being willing to step in and help us. (remember you can come back and do this after retiring...hint, hint, Brenda.)
• Lisa, Amber, Brenda, Cathy, Jana, and Beverly for stepping in and helping wherever we needed and with small groups.
• Eileen, Darlene, Cory, Marie, and Sheila for making sure that all students and staff were taken care of and for guarding the halls.
• Jason, Kathy, Sara, Phil, and Teri-Dawn for taking care of our small groups and all of the accommodations, and for making sure our children are pushed to reach their potential despite the odds.
• Caren, Michele, Sara, Crystal, Gina, Margaret, Melissa, Whitney, Sue, Laura, Cathy, Mary Be., Chris, Tyler, Mary L., Jenny, Paulette, and Mary Bo. for standing the test of time, patience, and energy, not just during TAKS, but everyday. Thank you for believing in our kids no matter what.
• The rest of you who kept the world moving despite the craziness of the week.
It truly takes everyone to make this work, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!! I could not do this without you. Enjoy staff appreciation week, it comes at a perfect time as you are sincerely appreciated.

We'll see the kiddos back on Tuesday for Rise & Shine.

Have a great week everyone - Ms. Murray