Principal Allen's Weekly Newsletter

November 18 , 2019

Dear Spicewood Elementary Parents & Community Members,

A few weeks ago I had the pleasuring of visiting Deepwood Elementary's all abilities play ground with a group of enthusiastic and compassionate Spicewood students who wanted to learn more about the process of creating a more inclusive playground. These amazing students also presented to my entire faculty about the benefits of having a playground that is accessible to all students! Just last week I listened in amazement as members of the Spicewood Student Council met with me because they wanted to support schools in Uganda. Our students are living the vision of being a caring community and taking action! I am grateful for the students at Spicewood - they make a difference!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Allen

Spicewood Elementary Principal


Support Our Sister School (Anderson Mill Elementary)

The Anderson Mill Elementary Clothes Closet desperately needs boys pants! They are cleaned out of boys size 10 and have low inventory on sizes 4, 8, and 12. Most of the boys prefer the elastic waist bands/ athletic pants, but the clothes closet will take them all, as long as they are in good condition and school appropriate!

Drop off at Anderson Mill Clothes Closet portable (10610 Salt Mill Hollow) on Tuesdays 10AM -12PM. You may contact to arrange for a drop-off time outside of normal operation hours

Thank you for supporting-you have no idea what a difference you make!

We Have Added a Half Time Counselor!

As the number of students enrolled increased, we found ourselves in desperate need of an additional counselor. Fortunately the district created a half time counselor position for Spicewood and were were able to hire Jenna Aleya. Ms. Aleya is a certified school counselor and previously served as an interim elementary school counselor in Austin ISD. Prior to serving as interim counselor, she was a self-contained elementary special education teacher working with students with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities. Ms. Aleya will be at Spicewood on Tuesdays & Thursdays (7:20AM - 3:25PM) and Fridays (7:20AM -11:30AM). We are excited to have her join the Spicewood family and happy that she will be able to collaborate with Mrs. Kentopp to support our students.

Announcements from the PTA

Spicewood Science Fair

Science Fair is January 21-January 23. Spicewood PTA is able to order discounted science fair boards for students. Parents can order boards through the PTA website starting Dec 5th. The last date to order the boards will be Dec19th.

If you would like to help with science fair, please contact Manisha Gupta at

Upcoming Campus Events & Dates

Monday, November 18

7:00AM - 12:00PM No Parking at Hope

Tuesday, November 19

7:00AM -12:00PM No Parking at Hope

Wednesday, November 20 - Friday, November 22

5th Grade @ Outdoor School

Friday, November 22

Pies for Teacher

Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29

No School - Fall Break

Wednesday, December 4

Student Pictures Make Up

Thursday, December 5

6:00PM -7:00PM Science Fair Parent Information Night

Location: Library

Monday, December 9

8:00AM -8:45AM Coffee with Principal

Location: Library

Monday, December 16

8:00AM - 8:30AM Principal's Pride (K-2)

Location: Cafeteria

Tuesday, December 17

8:00AM-8:30AM Principal's Pride (3-5)

Location: Cafeteria

6:00PM -7:00PM 4th Grade Folk Dance Performance

Location: Cafeteria

Thursday, December 19

Class Parties - Check with your child's teacher for time

Friday, December 20 - Tuesday January 7

Winter Break

Wednesday, January 8

First Day Back for Students

Helpful Attachments

Spicewood Elementary Vision Statement:

Spicewood aspires to be a caring community of innovative, globally minded citizens who take action.

Spicewood aspira a ser una comunidad solidaria de ciudadanos innovadores y de mentalidad global que actĂșen.