Week of February 8, 2016

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Values In Action

Growth-mindset. Belief and desire to continuously improve.

Sense of urgency. Acting with the realization that efficiency is vital to success.

Belonging. We are committed to actions that support a sense of family and community.

Commitment. Doing whatever it takes to reach our vision of academic success and a love for learning.

Respect. Holding ourselves, our school, our family, and our community in high regard.

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!
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The Cigarroa Family Visits Cigarroa Elementary!

Friday, Cigarroa Elementary welcomed Melissa and Sofia Cigarroa, daughter-in-law and granddaughter of Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa, our school's namesake! Thank you to Arleen Averill, who also happens to be close family friends of the Cigarroas, for arranging their visit!

Happy 100th day of school! We have officially more than passed the midway point of the school year and we have our sights set on making significant gains on our end-of-course student exams beginning as early as March for our 4th and 5th grade students. I said this before this week -- it is evident that everyone is working very hard to make this an impactful year for our students. We have one week left before a well-deserved 3-day weekend. This is definitely the beginning of the time in the year when we normally put in the extra hours and really earn our summers off. Push yourself this week to work smarter instead of working harder! For example, try making a list of "To Don'ts" along with your list of "To Dos." Where can you be more efficient with your time so that you are more efficient for kids?

Here is important information for this week:

Mark your calendars! The Spring 2016 ACP Film Festival is April 9. Registration information is coming soon!

Don't forget that the Campus Writing Composition Exam is this Thursday, February 11! Please direct any logistical questions to Mrs. Johnson.

Thank you to everyone for being more punctual and for monitoring closer during Morning Roundup, morning announcements in the auditorium, and dismissal in both the cafeteria and auditorium. There was a tremendous positive difference in the efficiency of all of these arrival and dismissal systems from Wednesday through Friday. These systems only work well with 100% participation from adults -- thank you!

This Friday is our PTSA Sweetheart Dance for parents and their students from 5:30-8:00 in the cafeteria. Parent volunteers will decorate the cafeteria Friday afternoon and the event is a great way to make Valentine's Day meaningful from people who love them very much -- their families! Staff members are of course welcome to attend and bring their children to the dance!

Don't forget, should you choose to participate in the special "We love Cigarroa!" month, please make sure that you visibly wear your heart which includes a reason why you love Cigarroa. Participants should wear a new heart every day and everyone should give their hearts to Mrs. Flores at the end of each day.

Have a great Valentine's week!

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Texas A&M (1C)

Morning Roundup Guests

Stanford (2E)

Week at a Glance

Monday, February 8

Veronica Marmolejo's Birthday!

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05

Tuesday, February 9

Carter High School Feeder principals visit Morning Roundup

3rd grade field trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Cary Middle School band performs for 5th grade from 10:30-11:00

Professional Development from 3:35-5:05

  • Morning Roundup feedback with Brenda Dowdy and Coach Johnson

  • Josie Eatman with Region 10 presents Planning With the End in Mind, the third session in her three-part series. Please come prepared with your laptop!

Wednesday, February 10

4th grade field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center

PLCs during planning periods

  • Side-by-side planning session for week of February 22. For grades 2nd-5th, please bring your laptop so that you can access lead4ward's STAAR released questions resource at

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05

Thursday, February 11

Campus Written Composition Exam

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05

Lumin Bachman Lake Community School from 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday, February 12

PTSA Sweetheart Dance from 5:30-8:00 in the cafeteria

On the Horizon

President's Day is Monday, February 15 (no school!)

4th Six Weeks ends Friday, February 19

Spring Break is Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18

Region 10 Professional Development PowerPoints

Here's the link to Josie Eatman's professional development PowerPoints.

Cigarroa Libary Sign-Up Link

Sign up for your class's library time using this link!