Caraway Principal's Newsletter

September 19, 2016

Growth Mindset

One of our goals for every student at Caraway is to help them develop a Growth Mindset attitude toward learning. Growth Mindset is the belief that each individual can unlock the potential in themselves for the development of skills and strengths, by the application of effort and effective practice. At Caraway we believe not in success or failure but rather we praise students for their efforts and improvements, seeking to stretch each child individually. Below are links to different resources you can use to help your child at home. You can access more Growth Mindset strategies and resources here.


Katrina Bailey, Principal

(attachments: P.E. Newsletter, Riata RoundUp, Bike Rodeo, RRISD Tag Parent Night, Caraway Academy Help Needed )

Growth Mindset Video

Upcoming Events

  • September 20: Progress Reports come home (3rd-5th)
  • September 22: RRISD TAG Parent Night (flyer)
  • September 26 Riata Round-Up (flyer)
  • September 27: Picture Day!
  • September 27 PTA Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • September 28 Early Release at 12:00 p.m.
  • October 1: Bike Rodeo @ Caraway (flyer)
  • October 5 Bike and Walk to School Day
  • October 6: Flu Clinic @ Caraway
  • October 7 Caraway Academy begins! (click here for more information)
  • October 10 No School/Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 13 Science Night at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Temporary Free and Reduced Lunch

Students that received free and reduced meal benefits last year, are receiving the same meal benefits for the first 30 days of school to allow for processing of a new application. If an application is not processed by October 6th, the student will move to paid eligibility. By the end of this week we will have processed all applications that have come into our office. Starting next week we will provide lists to principals of those students that were receiving benefits last year, but do not have a processed application this year.

Early Release Schedule

The time for early release this year has changed to 12:00 p.m. School bus times will be adjusted to reflect this change as well. Please make sure your child has after school arrangements beginning at 12:00 p.m. Remember, that no after school classes or clubs will take place on early release days, with the exception of the YMCA.

PPCD Early Release Schedule

A.M. Session

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

P.M. Session

9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Parent Volunteer Applications

Any person wishing to volunteer in RRISD is required to complete a Volunteer Application each school year, to improve student safety. We strongly encourage all our parents to complete a 'Volunteer Application' as early in the year as possible. You must have a volunteer application on file each school year if you plan to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom. Click here to complete the volunteer application.

Free Flu Clinic- October 6

Healthy Schools Flu Clinic at Caraway on Oct. 6th
Our school has teamed up with Healthy Schools, to offer your child no-cost Flu injection…Regardless of your health insurance coverage. We’ve made it as convenient as possible to safeguard your child against the flu this season. Be on the look out for your child to bring home their consent form. All you have to do is fill it out, and have your child return it to school by September 26th. We take care of the rest- and there’s no cost involved. The Healthy Schools team will be at our school vaccinating students October 6th.

RRISD TAG Parent Night

RRISD TAG Parent Night will be held September 22nd from 6:00-7:00 pm in the C.D. Fulkes Auditiorium. Michelle Swain, Director of Advanced Academic Services, and Raine Maggio, Coordinator of Gifted Services, will present an overview of TAG services in RRISD, as well as parent and student opportunities. Rachelle Finck, RRISD Social Emotional Coordinator, will share information on helping children cope with anxiety.

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Riata Round Up

Monday September 26th


Riata Neighborhood Park

Join the PTA and Caraway Elementary in welcoming our Riata families. The Riata Roundup is a special event for Kathy Caraway Elementary families living within the Riata community. It will be at the Riata Neighborhood Park near the tennis courts.

This FREE fun and informative event for Riata families and is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, PTA volunteers and learn about programs that are available to you though the school and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

There will be good food and music. Hope you will be able to join us for a fun evening!

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PTA News

Reflections- Everyone Has a Story!

The PTA's Reflections Art Recognition Program is an national arts recognition and achievement program for students, welcoming kids of all grades and abilities to explore the arts. Students from across the country participate by reflecting on an annual theme. This year's theme is What's is Your Story? Students can submit art in one of six categories: dance choreography, film production, literaure, music composition, photography and visual arts. Judges by local Austin artists and community members, students' work at the local level can qualify them to advance to the Regional, State or National competitions. Everyone has a story! We look forward to seeing your submissions.
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Box Tops

HEB is holding a Box Tops Promotion from September 7-20, 2016. CLICK HERE for the flyer.

Buy 15 participating Box Tops for Education products at one time and earn 100 Box Tops. Each Box Top is worth $0.10. That's $10 for our school! Or, buy 10 participating Box Tops for Education products at one time and earn 60 Box Tops ($6) for Caraway PTA programs.

This is a great way to earn money for programs at our school from products you are already purchasing. Thank you for supporting Caraway! Our fall Box Top contest will be held in October. More details about deadlines and prizes will be announced soon.

Thank you,

Kandis Hendricks, Box Tops Chair

Daily School Schedule

7:15 a.m. School Doors Open/Cafeteria Open for Breakfast

7:35 a.m. First Morning Bell

7:40 a.m. Tardy Bell/All Doors Lock/Start of School Day

2:50 p.m. End of the School Day

Meet the Office Staff

Katrina Bailey, Principal

Melanie Solis, Assistant Principal

Kate Stevens, Counselor

Judy Gullen, Nurse

Pam Bauerkemper, Administrative Assistant

Nancy Richards, Registrar

Cheryl Borden, Office Specialist