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Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 15-19Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/11/2018 7:00:00 AM
Good morning Northwest Elementary parents and families. I hope you are having a fabulous week.
We’ve had a very energetic first week of 2018 so far. Our teachers are working hard to review classroom and school-wide expectations and re-establishing a positive classroom culture in each class. After spending many hours in class this week, I can feel the energy from all of our students and teachers. I am so happy to be back!
We’ve got a busy week coming up next week. First, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 we have our annual Math/Science night. Each classroom teacher will have a fun math game/activity for each student to play. In addition, Ms. Toy, our 5th grade science teacher, is leading the science fair. Many of our 3rd-5th grade students produced a science project that they can present to you! We had a really big turnout last year and fully expect many more parents this year!
Martin Luther King Holiday Break
- NO SCHOOL Monday, Jan. 15
Interim Assistant Principal
As you all know, Mrs. Thompson had her baby just before we left for the holiday break. Mr. Johnson, a retired long-time administrator and teacher, will be here to support us until March 28 when Mrs. Thompson will return. Mr. Johnson has served at NES as a sub several times and knows our teachers and students well. Please say hello to him if you see him!
Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- 1st grade is doing the addition roller coaster and estimation station.
- 2nd grade is doing an awesome frog hop measurement activity.
- 3rd grade has some great hand-on activities planned.
- 4th grade is doing a paper airplane measurement activity and a recipe conversion.
- 5th grade is doing the 3D shape activity from the packet.
PTO Movie Night
- Friday, Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m.
Please see attached for January’s Intervention Newsletter.
- Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-3:30
- Teachers will be reaching out to select parents to have their students stay after school to receive additional academic support starting Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 3-3:30.
- Students will focus on reading skills to ensure positive growth.
- If your child is selected for tutoring, please ensure you are on time to pick them up promptly at 3:30. Parents who are habitually late will result in the student being exited from spring tutoring.
Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 8-12Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/8/2018 7:00:00 AM
Happy New Year NES Parents and Families!
I hope you all enjoyed the time with your kiddos during this two-week break. The NES staff has been resting in order to be fully prepared to serve your children when they return on Tuesday, Jan. 9. It’s been a very nice two weeks off but we are ready to get back to work.
The spring semester is upon us and, in order to prepare your students to meet their individual goals, we will need all of your support and cooperation. Our student data indicates there is much work to be done in the area of reading, which is one of our three strategic goals this year. In order to help, continue reading with your child at least 30 minutes every day and discuss the importance of becoming fluent readers. Please keep in close communication with your child’s teacher about your child’s reading goals and how to keep them motivated to read.
My staff and I look forward to continuing to work with you in order to serve and support your children each and every day in 2018. See you Tuesday!
Monday, Jan. 8
- No school, teacher work day
Tuesday, Jan. 9
- Students return
- All students need to be in their classroom by 7:40 A.M.
Friday, Jan. 12
- POPS Rally at 1:45
- Come celebrate your child's achievements of the second nine-week period!
- Reminder: Students will return to class at the conclusion of the POPS Rally. Please wait to pick them up outside during normal dismissal.
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 18-21Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families,
The district has already begun making plans to propose another bond election in November of 2018. Proceeds from a bond issue can be used for the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land, and the purchase of capital items such as equipment.
If you recall, PfISD passed its last bond in 2014. Major budgeted items included a new high school (Weiss High School), two new elementary schools (Mott and rebuild of Timmerman Elementary), unified stadium (The Pfield), technology upgrades (laptop carts, updated Wi-Fi and systems upgrades), and school renovations (new paint, HVAC systems, and flooring at NES). This bond was tremendously helpful to not only our school, but the entire district.
For more, please visit this webpage.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12 I attended the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) at the administration building. The CFAC makes recommendations for upcoming bonds elections that, as you know, greatly impact the work we do every day.
The committee is made up of the superintendent (Dr. Killian), other district personnel, and community members. Dr. Killian asked that we invite other community members to represent their view at these meetings in order to get a full understanding of the needs for the next bond election. While I am not clear on the exact needs for the next bond election, know that your input matters! I do not know when the next meeting will be, but would be honored if members of the Northwest community would join me. If you are interested, please let me know.
On another note, this will be my last email update for the year! Well, 2017 that is. I hope everyone has a SAFE and RELAXING time with your kiddos over the break. We have a VERY full spring semester, so please get some rest!
Student Holiday Parties
Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
Time: Check with your classroom teacher
Half Day/Early Release
Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
Dec. 21-Jan. 8
First Day Back: Tuesday, Jan. 9
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 11-15Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good morning Northwest parents and families! I hope you are all staying warm on this 2-hour delayed Friday!
We are moving closer to the end of the fall semester and 2017. Our staff continues to work hard to support our students and have been having fun dressing up in our holiday-themed gear. I hope your child has been able to partake in the fun!
Earlier in the year I informed you about our attendance goal of 96.6 percent. To this point, we are holding strong at 97.1 percent. That’s 0.7 percent higher than this point last year!
Thank you to all of our parents for getting your students to school each and every day.
If we reach our goal by April, we will receive $2,500 from the district!
As you know, there have been many days of cold weather over the past week. Several that have dipped below the 50-degree mark and a few in the low 40's and upper 30's.
We ask that you not drop your children off until 7:10 on cold weather days as this is when our staff arrive for morning duty.
Citizen of the Month
The Citizen of the Month scheduled for today will take place next Friday, Dec. 15 from 7:20-7:40 in the library.
PTO Movie Night Tonight
- The PTO movie night scheduled for this evening will still take place from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.
- Santa will be in attendance at 7:30, so come say hello!
Holiday Themed Attire-Week 2
- Monday, Dec. 11: Wear Red or Green
- Tuesday, Dec. 12: Dress Like a Snowman
- Wednesday, Dec. 13: Holiday Scarf Day
- Thursday, Dec. 14: Dress Like a Grinch (or any other character from the story)
- Friday, Dec. 15: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
3rd Grade Musical Performance/PTO Meeting
- Tuesday, Dec. 12
- 3rd Grade Musical Performance: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
- PTO meeting: 6:30-7:30 in the library (child care provided)
St. David’s Dental Foundation has chosen our school once again to provide free dental services to our students! Last school year total value in treatment was over $126,000!!
They will be here Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14 to conduct screenings. This involves a quick look in each student's mouth with a mirror. Dental treatment will take place in Jan/Feb.
Please inquire with the front office or your child’s teacher for more information.
Visit from SantaPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good afternoon NES parents and families,
I was just informed that Santa will be at the NES movie night on Friday, Dec. 8 around 7:30. Movie night will run from 6-8 p.m., so we hope to see you then!
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 4-8Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/5/2017
Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday break.
Our teachers and students are back at it this week. Although we have about 3½ weeks until our next break, our teachers are working hard to ensure the BEST education for your children.
Over the next few weeks we will be having holiday themed dress attire. Feel free to send your son or daughter to school dressed up! For more information please see below.
Holiday Themed Dress Attire 12/4-12/8
- Monday: Wear a Christmas color day(red/green/silver/gold/white)
- Tuesday: Dress like a reindeer day
- Wednesday: Dress as your favorite holiday character
- Thursday: Holiday sock day
- Friday: Holiday pajama day
PTO Holiday Store
- When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (12/6-12/8) from 8 a.m. to noon (cafeteria)
Send your student to school with money to purchase holiday gifts for you and your family.
The store is a great way for your student to be thoughtful about the gifts they give this year. We hope they enjoy!
Thanks to the PTO and volunteers for running the store!
PTO Movie Night
- When: Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m.
- Movie: "The Polar Express"
The PTO will sell food for $1 and admission is $2.
Citizen of the Month
- When: Friday, Dec. 8 from 7:20-7:40 in the library
I will begin announcing students directly at 7:20, so please arrive early.
Northwest Elementary Update: Nov. 13-17Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 11/14/2017 7:00:00 AM
Happy Friday everyone!
Northwest Elementary hosted its first Donuts with Dads on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Muffins with Moms on Wednesday, Nov. 1. After tallying up the attendance sheets, our DADS had the most representation (Moms: 110 Dads: 113)! This is GREAT! Thank you to ALL the moms and dads that attended both of these events. We had a great time!
One more week to go until our first break of the year! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
- When: Monday, Nov. 13 from 2-6 p.m.
Please ensure you pick up your fundraiser materials during this time as they will not be available after Monday!
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
- Monday, Nov. 20-Friday, Nov. 24
School will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.
Principal Northwest Elementary
Northwest Elementary Update: Nov. 6-10Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 11/2/2017
Good afternoon Northwest parents and families!
Welcome November! I hope you all have had a chance to meet with your child’s teacher during parent/teacher conferences the last few weeks. Time spent talking face to face is invaluable in order to understand how your child is performing in class and how you and your student’s teacher, as a team, can collaborate moving forward.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, we had 110 moms attend Muffins with Moms! We are SO happy and thankful for your support! On Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7:10-7:40, we will have Donuts with Dads in the cafeteria. Dads, let’s see if we can get over 110 of you to come and enjoy Round Rock Donuts with your children!
Lastly, our staff engaged in Mindfulness training on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Mindful classrooms support all students in taking time to notice emotions and feelings. Many of our classrooms engage in some sort of mindfulness throughout the day in order for our students to be present and focus themselves on their work. If you would like more information on this training (or practice mindfulness at home), check out Mr. Butler’s webpage: mindfulclassrooms.com
Our PfISD Destination Imagination team is working to collect coats for Coats for Kids. Their goal is to collect 500 coats that have been lost and forgotten. To support the DI team, any jackets left behind on Nov. 17 will be collected for Coats for Kids. Be sure to go to Lost and Found today to pick up your jackets.
If your son/daughter is receiving intervention (math, reading, or dyslexia) you will enjoy knowing what they are working on. Check out the attached November newsletter.
For our ELA interventions, Northwest spent over $15,000 in the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program to see at least two years growth with these students. So far, we have seen tremendous growth in our students!
Donuts With Dads
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7:10 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.
- Where: NES café (Please enter through the side, south facing door.) Mr. Steenport will be outside directing dads to the correct door.
Dads, let’s work to get over 110 of you to come! It’s free to all dads and children attending!
- When: Monday, Nov. 13 from 2-6 p.m.
NES does not have any freezer space so all items need to be picked up during this time.
Any items left past 6 p.m. will be considered donated to the school.
- When: Friday, Nov. 3
- Time: 1:50-2:20 p.m.
Come celebrate your child’s nine-weeks academic achievements and also receive a motivational message from Mr. Michael Griffin, UT football national champion and NFL star!
Mr. Griffin will be available after 2:50 to take pictures with parents and students.
We ask that when the POPS rally is finished, that ALL parents exit the building to allow for dismissal. Once all students are out of the building then you may re-enter the building to take pictures.
4th Grade Musical and PTO Meeting
- When: Tuesday, Nov. 7
- 4th grade musical: 6-6:30 p.m.
- PTO Meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- When: Thursday, Nov. 9
- During all regularly scheduled lunch times
Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 30-Nov. 3Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/30/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good morning Northwest Elementary parents and families! I hope you all are enjoying the chilly October weather.
We’ve just completed the first nine weeks! At this point, you should have already met with your child’s classroom teacher to review his/her grades and progress so far this year. We will continue to look for your support throughout the year as our teachers and staff do everything they can to ensure that all students are successful!
On Friday, Nov. 3 we will have our first POPS Rally for the year! POPS rallies are designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students during the last nine weeks.
Opening our POPS rally will be 2005 National Champion Michael Griffin! Mr. Griffin played at the University Of Texas from 2003-2006 and was part of the 2005 National Championship team. He also spent eight years playing in the NFL for Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, and Minnesota Vikings. He will be speaking to our students about the importance of school! We hope you can join us!
Michael Griffin Highlight Reel: www.youtube.com
- Tuesday, Oct. 31
While we love Halloween, we ask that students refrain from dressing up with their costumes and bring candy to school.
As always, we will have designated party and dress up days for our students throughout the year.
PTO Movie Night
- Friday, Nov. 3
- Time: 6-8 p.m.
- Movie: “The Emoji Movie”
To support our young readers with early language experiences, PfISD is pleased to announce the start of our 2017-18 Literacy Pfirst volunteer opportunity.
The Literacy Pfirst initiative matches volunteers with campuses because we recognize that volunteers really can make a difference. As astounding as it might sound, students who receive just an extra 10 minutes of reading each day will be exposed to an additional 700,000 words per year.
Imagine being a part of something this monumental in students’ lives here in PfISD! What a difference you can make in the lives of students in our community with a small donation of your time each week.
If touching the lives of first-grade children in our community through small group reading instruction sounds like something you are interested in, please contact Catherine Renner, senior admin associate for C&I, at 512-594-0138 or Catherine.Renner@pfisd.net, for more information.
Parent Involvement Plan
Please see attached Parent Involvement Plan.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Fall Fest Pictures
Did you or your family make it online?
Wells Branch Community Facebook: www.facebook.com
NES Facebook: www.facebook.com
We are currently trying to get our attendance to stay at or increase to over 96.6 percent. If we achieve this goal, our campus will receive $2,500 from the district in April!
- Goal: 96.6 percent
- Current: 97.3 percent
- Down 0.2 percent over October 2016
Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 23-27Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/23/2017
Good afternoon everyone!
We are in full swing with Fall Fest! We hope to see you tomorrow from 5-7 p.m.! I will be in the dunk tank, so come take a few pitches to get me in the water!
Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A off of Parmer and MoPac.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go directly to our school. Either stop in and eat or go through the drive through.
Make sure to tell them you are with our school!
Parent/Teacher Conference and Student half-day
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Students will be released to go home at noon. All students (unless in EDP) must be picked up by noon.
In addition, teachers will be conducting parent/teacher conferences. If you haven’t signed up, please make time to do so.
I started a GoFundMe to support both teachers and students here at Northwest Elementary.
The purpose is to purchase Teacher Pay Teacher gift cards for all of my staff members to be used on highly engaging activities in school.
What can you do? Spread the word (by mouth or social media) or donate if you can. My goal is $1,750 by the first part of December. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated!
Principal, Northwest Elementary