Principal Allen's Weekly Newsletter

December 2 , 2019

Dear Spicewood Elementary Parents & Community Members,

Welcome Back! I hope your break was relaxing and spent with family and friends! On behalf of Spicewood faculty and staff, I would like to thank you for the delicious pies, cakes, and cookies provided for teachers!! Your generosity allowed us to take a sweet desert home to enjoy with our families over the break!

I would like to remind you that the Inquiry Lab is open after school on specific dates from 3:00pm-4:00pm. We can accommodate up to 20 families per date so please be sure to reserve you spot ahead of time using this link: Spicewood Open Inquiry Lab

I hope you have a wonderful week.


Mrs. Allen

Spicewood Elementary Principal


Coffee with the Principal

Please feel free to join me for coffee and conversation on Monday, Dec 9. We will be discussing our campus initiatives and any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to seeing you!

World of Holidays Celebration

December is filled with many multicultural celebrations. In connection to students' unit of inquiry Who We Are (an exploration of cultural beliefs and values), we would like to display our different celebrations in the entryway to our school. If you are interested in helping to transform our entryway into a space that shows who we are as a community, please fill out the World of Holidays Celebration form. We would love your help!

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 we 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

Spelling Bee Registration

The last day to register for the Spicewood Spelling Bee is today, Dec 2, at 6 PM. For more information, please visit the Spicewood PTA Spelling Bee website.

STEAM Day Volunteers Needed

We will be hosting our PTA sponsored event, STEAM Day, on Friday, March 6th. This unique day gives our students opportunity to explore the areas of STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with hands on activities, career exploration and outside vendor presentations. Our students will be thinkers, risk takers and open-minded as they solve engineering design challenges, code drones to fly, and take a trip to the stars with our pop up planetarium, BUT we need your help to make this day a success!!

If you work or have experience in any of those fields - please sign up to share some of your expertise with our students!

We thank you in advance for your time and support for this great program.

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

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

Wednesday, December 18

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

Thursday, December 19

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

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.