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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
Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 16-20Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/16/2017
Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!
On Monday, Oct. 9 our staff led a wonderful training on writing that was positively received by all staff. To see photos from this training, please check out our Facebook page. In addition to this training, we talked about having high expectations for all of our students. We want all of our students to leave Northwest with the mindset that they can do anything they set their minds to do.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, we will have our Fall Fest. We are in need of many parent volunteers to set up, run events, and help clean up. Please consider signing up for a 1-hour spot using the link below.
Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer to help out (we need your help!), please use this link.
Please turn in your box tops to the office ASAP! If you hold on to them they may expire!
We use box tops to help fund many activities and items at Northwest.
Please see this flyer that will help make collecting box tops fun!
Do you use Amazon to order ... well ... everything? So do we! You can now use Amazon Smile to order everything you love and also support Northwest.
A small portion of the things you buy go directly to the Northwest PTO. In turn, the PTO uses this money to purchase programs and materials for the school!
To sign up do the following:
Go to: smile.amazon.com
Login to your amazon.com account
Hover your mouse over “Accounts and Lists”
Look for “Your Amazon Smile” and click it.
On the right, it was say, “Your Charity”. Click, “Change Charity”
Find “or pick your own charitable organization” and type in Northwest Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (Austin, TX). Click search and then click on select when you find the right one.
Now, you’re ready to shop. Remember, to give a donation you must use the Amazon Smile webpage.
Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 9-13Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/5/2017
Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!
My assistant principal and I have been meeting with teachers on an individual basis to review and begin implementing their two goals for the year. So far, many of our teachers have set at least one of their goals in writing or student data tracking. Both of these match our campus strategic goal, which is a great way for our campus to have a solid focus. We are VERY proud of the work our teachers have done so far this year.
Thank you to all the families that came out to our first PTO movie night on Friday, Sept. 29. We had a great time watching “Cars 2” and playing basketball with our third- to fifth-grade students. Our next PTO movie night will be on Friday, Nov. 3 from 6-8 p.m. The movie has yet to be determined.
Northwest Elementary Intervention
Northwest has several interventionists who support the learning of students needing extra support in math or reading. They are trained to hone in on the specific needs of the students they meet with.
This year our interventionists are sending out monthly newsletters that will focus on what they are currently working.
Crossing Guard Position Available
We are looking for a crossing guard for both mornings and afternoons. If interested in applying, please see the link below and email me to inform that you have applied.
Hours: 7-8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 2 hours each day
When? Oct. 9
Why? Columbus Day/Staff PD day
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from noon to 4 p.m.
You will be receiving information regarding parent/teacher conferences soon from your classroom teacher.
Please make time to meet with them on Oct. 25 or another date that works for you.
5th Grade Music Performance/PTO Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10
5:30-6:30: Fifth-grade music performance in the cafeteria
6:30-7:30: PTO Meeting in the library
Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 2-6Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/2/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families!
It’s been an exciting week here at Northwest. Our teachers and students are diving deep into writing in all subjects. Even our pre-k students have been writing on a regular basis. Make sure to question your students on what they are doing to improve their writing.
Please help me recognize Mrs. O’Leary in being recognized as the Teacher of the Month for September! She was nominated by her fellow teachers and will receive lunch from me sometime next week. If you see her outside or in the hallways, please congratulate her.
Our attendance goal for the year is 96.6% and every student counts for us in reaching this goal.
If we reach our goal, we will receive an additional $2,500 from the district in May.
What can you do?
- Ensure your student is in their classrooms by 7:40 a.m. Students walking at 7:40 are counted as tardy.
- Pick your student up from school no later than 2:50.
- Keep your student home if he/she is sick. If they are sick for more than two days, please bring them to the doctor and provide any doctor’s note to the office.
- Teach your student how to properly wash hands and cover his/her month when sneezing.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
We ask that each parent fills out this quick, online application to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunch by Friday, Oct. 6. It does nothing to you if you do not qualify.
Why? Our campus receives additional funding for parents that qualify. Who knows, you may qualify!
All information is kept confidential.
Currently, we are needing at least 65 more parents to qualify to reach where we were last year.
If you need support, Mrs. Rowland will have laptops and iPads ready during morning drop-off and after school dismissal from Oct. 2-6.
To apply online, visit the following webpage: www.pfisd.net
PTO Movie Night
- Tonight (Friday, Sept. 29)! 6-8 p.m. here at Northwest
- Cost: $2/child with $1 concessions
- Movie: “Cars 3”