April 25, 2021
In this Issue:
- A Message from Mrs. Barry
- Virtual Talent Show Info
- Parent Input Form
- 2021-2022 Registration
- A Few Reminders
- Field Day Info
- March/April Specials Calendar
- MWE Calendar of Events
- From the President
- Spirit Wear Preview
- In and Out Brunch
- 1st Day of School Supplies
- SBMSA 7 on 7 Football
- A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
- MWE Redemption Program
- A Note from the Superintendent
From Mrs. Barry:
Reflections on the Gift of Watermelon Pickle
When I was in the fourth grade, my sister gave me a book of poems entitled, "Reflections on the Gift of Watermelon Pickle." This was momentous for me in many ways. My sister had left for college - in Nebraska - and she mailed this book to me. This was a time without cell phones or Skype, when long-distance calls were ridiculously expensive and a "highway" speed limit of 55 meant you didn't get anywhere fast. She came home at Christmas and for summer break, and that was it. I missed her terribly! Not only did I actually get MAIL, but it was from Susan! What could be better than that?? But there was more...
This was my first "grown up" book. Sure, I had chapter books and such, but this was a book of modern POEMS, most of which didn't even rhyme! My sister inscribed a message to me at the front of the book (!!!She WROTE in the book!!!), encouraging me and letting me know how much she loved and missed me. We had a funny family story about my dad and my grandmother (his mother-in-law) and pickled watermelon rind that we laughed about A LOT. Susan also referenced this, and I couldn't believe that she found a book with this title and thought of me! Needless to say, I was beaming!
Reflections on the Gift of Watermelon Pickle...what an interesting title. Up to this point in my nine year life, reflections were what you saw in a mirror. The definition of “giving serious thought or consideration to something” eluded me. Little did I know then how important that word would be to me now. We know through research that systematically reflecting on experiences boosts learning significantly. Over the next several weeks, we will be taking time to reflect on this past year. I know that, too often, I jump to the next "thing" without truly reflecting on the last. This is something on which I hope to improve. The two simple questions "What have I learned from this experience?" and "What turned out differently than I expected?" can lead to valuable insights and future improvements. Our MWE team will be looking at what things we've done this year that we need to keep, what we need to think twice about, and what we need to stop. We need YOUR input as well. Please take a minute to complete a quick three question survey at the link below to help us guide our reflections and planning for the upcoming year.
As I'm writing this, I can't help but reflect on how this one little book with the silly title reshaped the relationship I had with my sister. My musings led me down the path of wondering if this was the first seedling in my becoming an English teacher. I am also considering how I can take this personal experience and "pay it forward" to someone else. John Dewey said, "We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience," Yvonne Woon, in "Dead Beautiful," wrote, "Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead," and Richard Carlson stated, "Reflection is one of the most powerful tools for success." Whether personally or professionally, reflection is an incredible tool.
Thank you for taking the time to reflect on our school year to help us grow!
Together, we are Growing Great Minds at MWE!
Virtual Talent Show
Dear MWE Parents and Students:
Our MWE Talent Show is a wonderful school community event in which students sing, dance, juggle, double-dutch, and hula-hoop their hearts out! Know any magic tricks? Love to tell jokes? Cool karate moves? We need you! Take this week to brainstorm what you would like to do, if you would like to participate.
This year’s talent show will take place virtually on May 21st. Sign up and permission slips are due on THURSDAY, APRIL 29.
You have 2 options for submitting your video entry into the talent show. You may either film yourself at home and upload your submission to the talent show google drive (Due May 7th) or you may come on your grade level’s designated day to be filmed after school. A link to the google drive and instructions on how to upload a video will be in next week’s Eagle Updates.
Dates for filming after school:
• Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Tuesday May, 4th
• 2nd & 3rd Grade – Wednesday May 5th
• 4th & 5th Grade – Thursday May 6th
*Students wishing to have videos recorded at school and that fill out permission slip may stay after school on their day. More specific time information will be sent out after students send in permission slips.
Things to remember:
- Permission slips must be filled out for any student wanting to have a video in the talent show.
- Students will be permitted to participate in ONE act only.
- Only group acts with siblings will be allowed this year.
- All acts will be kept to a 1 min 30 sec maximum.
- If using music for singing, dancing, tumbling, etc. the lyrics and message of the song need to be clean and school appropriate. If there are any questions about music feel free to bring a copy of the lyrics by Mrs. Camey for approval while you are planning.
- You may send Mrs. Camey your music or make sure it is available on Spotify so she can find it.
- Costumes must also be school appropriate.
If your child is interested in being in the 2021 MWE talent show, then please print and fill out the following form or send it back to Mrs. Camey in an email (email@example.com). If you do not have access to a printer, please ask your classroom teacher for a copy.
It's time for Field Day!!
The theme this year is 'tie-dye'. Thursday, May 20th students should come dressed comfortably in their most colorful tie-dye apparel and be prepared to spend most of the day outside. Lunch will be picnic style outside so have this in mind when planning for the day. Keep an eye out for volunteer sign-up and donations needed.
Health Fitness Coach
Meadow Wood ES
Parent Input Form
Registration is now OPEN for the 2021-2022 school year! This is for both returning and incoming students! Click on the link below for details and the process. We would appreciate you completing this as soon as possible, as well sharing with your neighbors who are not currently enrolled but are coming to Meadow Wood next year, as this helps us with our staffing projections.
Questions? Please reach out to Susan Snelling at 713-251-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Few Reminders:
Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. Students should not arrive any earlier, as they are unsupervised! Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:30 to 7:50. At 7:50, students are asked to head to their classrooms to begin their instructional day!
Please remember to send your student to school with a water bottle every day. Especially as the weather grows warmer, our Eagles need to stay hydrated. At this time, water fountains can only be used to refill bottles. In addition, we have 2 refillable water stations in the building, providing filtered water for our students.
MWE Calendar of Events
Please note: Every Thursday is T-2-4 Thursday and every Friday is MWE Spirit Day!
STAAR Math Test - Grades 3, 4, & 5
STAAR Math Test - Grades 3, 4, & 5
All library books are due!
STAAR Science Test - Grade 5
PTA In and Out Brunch
Field Day - note new date!
5th Grade Graduation
Last day of school!
From the President
Hello MWE Families!
Hope you are all doing well as school starts to wind down. A few reminders from the PTA:
Spirit Wear-we will once again only be selling it through a presale that will run through May. You can order online through MTK (Membership Toolkit). We will also have a box by the front desk if you would prefer to pay by check and use the paper order form. The apparel all looks amazing this year, so be sure to order yours before the end of May!
May General Meeting-this will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, in person at Urban Kitchen. It will be our annual "In and Out Brunch" where we swear in the new officers and reflect back on our successful year! If you would like to come and partake in the brunch that Urban Kitchen is providing, please login and RSVP via the Membership Toolkit--we are asking for people to pay $10 to offset the cost of the meal. If you are just planning on attending the meeting, no need to RSVP, but please come join us!
School Supplies--We are lucky to partner with a company that delivers your child's school supplies right to his or her desk over the summer! We are currently taking orders and they will run through June. The supply lists are made with feedback from the teachers, so they take the work out of you having to go get the supplies. See the flyer for information.
Spread the word to any new families to order Spirit Wear and School Supplies! Also let them know that they can begin registering their children for school from here on out, and the sooner they can do that, the better, as it helps the administration plan its staffing and classes for next year.
1st Day School Supplies
Our School Supply pre-order has already begun! This is a great service that the PTA coordinates with teachers and families--you order school supplies for next year before this year ends and they are there, waiting for your child, when he or she gets to school the first day! Deadline order is July 1st. See below for the link to purchase:
SBMSA 7 on 7 Football Registration
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS
MWE Redemption Programs
We have many programs that bring “free money” to our school. Please review the following programs and see how you can participate!
1. Box Tops for Education
Don’t forget, Box Tops are digital now! Download the Box Tops
Mobile app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.
No more clipping or sending Box tops to school.
Register your Kroger plus card online at
www.krogercommunityrewards.com. You have to re-
enroll every year. Create or log in to your account and
enter MWE’s number (81657).
Fill out the Good Neighbor Program form and indicate MWE as
your charity (1082). MWE earns 1% of your purchases.
4. Amazon Smile
We all shop on Amazon! Register your account with
Amazon Smile to earn money for MWE. Go to
www.smile.amazon.com and login to your account.
Select “Pick your own charitable organization”; type
Meadow Wood Elementary. DO NOT click on the “select
and start shopping” button-this will choose the charity
that is up there at the time. Choose “PTA Texas Congress 5056
Meadow Wood Elementary-Houston TX”. Make all purchase
through Amazon Smile. You can also turn it on in the App under
settings and then programs.
5. Josephine’s Day Spa
They donate back 10% to the charity of your choice.
A Message From the Superintendent
Dear Spring Branch ISD Families,
As we round the corner on progress report time and look ahead to the last weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, here are a few important reminders:
Continue to check for success
- Regularly monitor your students’ grades and attendance in Skyward Family Access
- Be sure to keep up with your student’s progress through the ItsLearning Parent Portal
District closed Friday, April 30
Friday, April 30 is a student and staff holiday. All Spring Branch ISD facilities will be closed. We will welcome students and staff back on Monday, May 3. The full academic calendar can be found here.
Reminder to vote
Election Day is May 1. Early voting will be held April 19-24 and April 26-27.
Two seats on the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees are up for election this year. Candidates Chris Earnest and Virginia Elizondo and are vying for the Position 4 seat, and incumbent Minda Caesar is running unopposed for Position 3. Each board member serves a three-year term. Earnest lists his occupation as consultant. Elizondo lists her occupation as chief executive officer, senior director and adjunct lecturer.
Click here for a list of the early voting locations and times.
Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Inspiring minds. Shaping lives.