• Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 16-20

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 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. 

    Updates

    Fall Fest

    Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m.

    Please see our flyers for more information, including the ticket pre-sale. Save money and order early!

    If you would like to volunteer to help out (we need your help!), please use this link.   

    Box Tops

    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!

    Amazon Smile

    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. 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 9-13

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 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. 

    Updates 

    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

    Link: www.applitrack.com

    No School

    When? Oct. 9

    Why? Columbus Day/Staff PD day 

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    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

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Oct. 2-6

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 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. 

    Updates

    Attendance

    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”

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Sept. 25-29

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 9/22/2017 10:00:00 AM

    Happy Thursday Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!

    We are finishing up the fourth week of school and I have to say it is truly the best four weeks I have ever had. So many parents have come to me to say how much they love our school and are happy with the campus climate. Many of our teachers are getting ready to start new programs like student council (4th and 5th grade), morning announcement crew, Girl Start and the Rembrandt art class. These are just a few of the programs we offer for our students with more to come later in the fall and spring. Northwest is truly an amazing place to be!

    Updates

    Coffee with the Principal

    We will have the next coffee with the principal on Monday, Sept. 25 from 7:10-7:40 in the entryway here at Northwest. We will meet every other Monday throughout the year.

    We changed the location for more parental participation. 

    This time is utilized for asking questions about the school or where we are headed. If you have an individual question about your students, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher.

    Box Tops

    Please see the attached letter for a Box Tops update. 

    Box Tops are collected in order to supporting funding special projects at school. They are extremely helpful to us!

    Thank you to Mrs. Emma Martinez for her support! 

    CAAC/Title 1 Meeting

    Northwest is holding it’s beginning of the year Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC) and annual Title 1 notification meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 3-4 in the library.

    The CAAC reviews campus data and keeps track of progress for campus initiatives throughout the year.

    The notification of Title 1 is combined with this meeting in order to communicate where this addition funding is going and programs involved with it.

    PTO Movie Night

    Our fifth-grade team is hosting the first PTO movie night this year on Friday, Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

    All elementary aged children are welcome to attend and admission is $2/child.

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Sept. 18-22

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 9/18/2017

    Happy Saturday NES parents and families! 

    Thank you to all our amazing parents for showing up to our Open House and first PTO meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 12. A packed house for sure.

    Our teachers finished up our students' Star 360 assessments this past week. It was a huge undertaking but, collaboratively, we successfully finished! We will now begin working with all of our students to ensure they make at least one year of academic growth. As a parent, you play a significant role in this. Keep reading to your children each day, 30 minutes preferably, and ensuring their homework is complete. These little things make a big impact in our students!

    Updates

    McTeacher Night

    • Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m.
    • McDonalds located at 13813 Burnet Road, Austin
    • A percentage of all sales will go directly to Northwest Elementary.  

    Our staff will be on-hand to serve you! Hope to see you there!

     

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  • Northwest Elementary Update Sept. 11-15

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 9/7/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!

    It’s been another fantastic week here at Northwest. Our teachers continue to build positive environments both in and out of their classrooms. Check out our Facebook page for pictures.  

    In addition, students have been completing their beginning of the year Star 360 assessments. These assessments gage both reading and math levels for all of our students. 

    This online assessment will be taken monthly to track each student’s progress in order to provide the best instruction for each child. Please follow this link for more information. 

    Ask your child today about his/her beginning of the year score!

    Updates

    Northwest Elementary Parent Handbook:

    Attached you will find our first-ever parent handbook.

    Please refer to it for any questions you may have.

    We are open to suggestions for questions that cannot be answered.

    Open House

    On Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 our teachers will hold an open house for all of our students parents and families.

    Each teacher will explain their procedures, communication methods, and classroom expectations for the 2017-18 school year.

    Feel free to bring your questions and volunteer to support your child’s classroom!

    PTO meeting

    Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-7:30

    Directly after open house we will have our first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting of the year to discuss events for the following month.

    Our PTO supports campus events that help us make purchases for the year.

    Free childcare is available.

    Picture Day

    Friday, Sept. 15

     

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Sept. 4-8

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 9/4/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!

    We’ve had a wonderful first week here at Northwest Elementary! Our staff has been busy teaching students classroom expectations and building center rotations. We focus a great deal of attention on management and structures so our students know exactly what is expected of them and so they take more control of their learning. 

    If you are new to my mailing list, then welcome! To give you some history, Northwest is an extremely diverse community of students from all over the world. We have a long standing tradition of academic excellence and social emotional learning (SEL) within each classroom. In addition, we celebrated our 30th anniversary last year, which was touted throughout the district, and just finished refurbishing our campus with new floors, paint and A/C units. The campus looks great! 

    On a weekly basis, I send updates about upcoming events for the following week and inform you about our goals. We want you to be a part of our learning environment! Please consider checking out the communication section in this email for the best ways to stay informed. 

    I hope you all have a wonderful three-day weekend!

    Updates

    Communication

    • Remind 101: The best way to get last-minute details for what is happening at NES. To sign up, text 81010 to @pfnesfam . You should receive a confirmation text letting you know you have been signed up correctly.
    • Northwest Elementary Facebook Page: Click here. We will post pictures of happenings from around the campus and updates of future events.
    • Northwest Twitter: Click here

    Events Sept. 4-8

    • Monday, Sept. 4: Labor Day, No School
    • Friday, Sept. 8: Grandparent’s Day Lunch (during your student’s lunch time)
    • Friday, Sept. 8: Back to School Dance 6-8 p.m. Admission: $2/student $1 concessions

    NES Strategic Goals

    Northwest Elementary teacher leaders met this summer to create three strategic goals that will be a major focus for each classroom. These data driven goals will be reviewed every quarter and adjusted as needed.

    • Goal 1: Incorporate the writing process throughout all subjects
    • Goal 2: Utilize the science lab to support science based activities and improve understanding of science based vocabulary
    • Goal 3: Improve student motivation with reading by providing student based goal setting and progress monitoring

    If you would like to be more involved with these goals, please join our Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC). Click here for more information.

    Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

    Our PTO is currently looking for active parents to support all of our campus initiatives. Everything they do positively affects what happens in the school and classroom.

    If you would like more information about joining, please email our PTO president, Cristina Cortez, at sweetskye08@gmail.com

    Our first meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-7:30 in the library.

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

     

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  • Elementary position available

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 9/1/2017

    Northwest Elementary Parents and Families,

    Are you interested in joining the Northwest Elementary Team? We have an Educational Associate position that includes the following responsibilities:

    • Support in the office
    • Working as a PE aid for pre-K, kinder, and first grade
    • Covering sections of cafeteria duty

    If interested, please apply online (Top position, Educational Associate, Various Campuses) and email me that you have applied. Please be sure to read the position requirements before applying. 

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a great weekend!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • 17-18 Welcome

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 8/26/2017

    Northwest Elementary Parents,

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Last night we had hundreds of parents and students come to the Meet the Teacher night. It was wonderful to see all of our returning and new to campus students. With the newly renovated school and color décor in the hallways, the atmosphere was electric! 

    If you are new to Northwest, welcome! Northwest is an incredibly diverse learning community that has a long standing tradition of academic excellence that continues to improve from year to year. I typically send weekly updates from the world of Northwest, so expect to be fully informed.

    Please see below for updates:

    Communication

    • Remind 101: The best way to get last-minute details for what is happening at NES. To sign up, text 81010 to @pfnesfam . You should receive a confirmation text letting you know you have been signed up correctly.
    • Northwest Elementary Facebook Page: Click here. We will post pictures of happenings from around the campus and updates of future events.
    • Northwest Twitter: Click here

    NES Strategic Goals

    Northwest Elementary teacher leaders met this summer to create three strategic goals that will be a major focus for each classroom. These data driven goals will be reviewed every quarter and adjusted as needed.

    • Goal 1:  Incorporate the writing process throughout all subjects
    • Goal 2:  Utilize the science lab to support science based activities and improve understanding of science based vocabulary
    • Goal 3:  Improve student motivation with reading by providing student based goal setting and progress monitoring

    If you would like to be more involved with these goals, please join our Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC). Email me if you are interested.

    Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

    Our PTO is currently looking for active parents to support all of our campus initiatives. Everything they do positively affects what happens in the school and classroom.

    If you would like more information about joining, please email our PTO president, Cristina Cortez, at sweetskye08@gmail.com

    Our first meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-7:30 in the library.

    Calendar for Upcoming Events

    • Monday, Aug. 28. First Day of School: Students may enter the building at 7:10. Parents may walk their child to the classroom on the firstday.  After the first day, parents must drop their students off at the front of the building. We will have staff supporting to ensure your child gets to his/her classroom.  
    • Sept. 4: Labor Day: No School
    • Friday, Sept. 8: Back to School Dance  6-8
    • Tuesday, Sept. 12: 
      • Open House (5:30-6:30): Each teacher will review their classroom routines and expectations. Please feel free to bring your questions!
      • PTO meeting (6:30-7:30): Our first PTO meeting of the year.  We need your support!

    I hope you all staff safe and dry this weekend. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, Aug. 28! It’s going to be the best year ever! 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Have a great summer

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 5/26/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary parents and Families!

    We have reached the end of the school year and our teachers and students are preparing for their final sendoff on Wednesday, May 31. With that said, I want to take the time to say thank you for making my first year as a principal a memorable one.  As I told my staff the other day, coming to work is my happy place and interacting with your children has been a complete joy. They are all wonderful!

    Take the time to spend some time with your children this summer. Go on vacation, play outside, and, of course, keep reading with them. Reading, as I have stated over and over, is one of the single most important things our students can do this summer.   

    Again, thank you all so much for a special year. I wish each of you the very best this summer and will see you and your children in our newly renovated school in August! 

    Updates

    Memorial Day Holiday

    • No school on Monday, May 29.

    Fifth Grade Graduation and Field Trip

    • Graduation, 8-9 a.m.
    • Field trip to Gattiland: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Classroom End of Year Parties

    • Tuesday, May 30 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Last Day of School

    • Wednesday, May 31 at noon 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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