Eagle Updates

February 7, 2021

In this Issue:

School Information


  • A Message from Mrs. Barry
  • Daily Reminders
  • From the Counselors-Random Acts of Kindness
  • Third Grade STAAR Parent Night
  • Blue Willow Virtual Arthur Visit
  • SFMS Incoming 6th Grade Parents Webinar
  • Campus Improvement Team - We need you!
  • Specials Calendar-February & March
  • Valentines Day Info
  • MWE Calendar of Events


PTA Corner


  • From the President
  • PTA Spirit Night-Uberrito
  • Meadow Wood Marketplace-On-Line Auction
  • A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
  • MWE Redemption Program
  • Yearbook Photo Submissions


District Information


  • A Note from SBISD-Dr. Blaine
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From Mrs. Barry:

As you are reading this, my husband and I are heading back to Houston from an anniversary weekend trip at Lost Maples State Park. Most of you know that one of my favorite activities is camping (well, glamping!), and we spend every opportunity we can heading to new parks.


We classify our jaunts into two types - "do" trips and "be" trips. On "do" trips, we use the campsite as a base while we explore the places and events that the area has to offer. During these trips, we are on the go, learning and experiencing fun, new things. "Be" trips are the opposite. We don't leave the campsite, except to explore the campground, hiking, swimming, etc. We sit outside, read, talk, play games, and simply take time to relax. There is no agenda or timeline.


If there has been one good thing that has come out of the pandemic, it's that we are actually slowing down and finding joy in the little things. Whether it is a campfire on a starry night, getting an unexpected glimpse of a Bald Eagle, playing a silly game of "Taco-Cat-Goat-Cheese-Pizza" with my adult kids, or a perfectly roasted marshmallow, camping provides us with opportunities to enjoy each other and nature, without all the distractions of everyday life. I encourage you to "explore the good" with your families. Take time to slow down and appreciate the little things. We have so much for which to be grateful!


Speaking of that, not only can we "explore the good" with our families, but we can "spread the good" too. We can be part of bringing good into the lives of others. This week is Random Acts of Kindness week. Our students will be doing daily activities to support this event. The RAK website states: "We are upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because we know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm."


As always, thank you for your support! Together, we are Growing Great Minds at MWE!

Daily Reminders

*Please send your students with water each day. Thanks to our wonderful PTA, we have two new refillable water stations in the building for everyone to use. You can also send your students with a plain bottle of water.


*Please send students with clean mask. If they are reusable, we ask that you wash them frequently.


As always, thank you for all that you do each and every day for our Eagles!

Random Acts of Kindness Week-February 8-12, 2021


#ExploreTheGood #MakeKindnessTheNorm #RandomActsofKindnessDay

@MeadowWoodSBISD


We are upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because we know everyone can use more kindness in their lives, especially now! Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life! When we tune into kindness happening around us, the day seems a little bit brighter. The weeks seems a little more manageable.


Our theme for 2021, is EXPLORE THE GOOD and MAKE KINDNESS THE NORM. Even with all the challenges facing society, the Random Acts of Kindness foundation wants to remind the world that there is still so much good going on. We encourage our MWE community to explore the good all year long.


Please use this link to Kindness Bingo Boards for ideas for spreading kindness at home and in the community.

https://assets.randomactsofkindness.org/downloads/RAK_kindness_bingo_cards.pdf.


You will find over 30 Kindness Bingo Cards here. If you choose to participate, please take a picture of your bingo board or the actual act of kindness in action and post to one of the Twitter hashtags above. Be sure to post to the Meadow Wood account! Let’s see our Eagles in action!


Through this link you will find suggestions for children’s literature to explore kindness concepts and social emotional learning at home.

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/additional-resources/Kindness_book_list.pdf


Throughout the month, students will be participating in Community Circle activities related to kindness and teachers will be providing a variety of classroom opportunities to extend the learning.


We will also have a special blooming Kindness Tree in the main hall for students to share kindness notes. Be checking our Meadow Wood twitter account and watch our Kindness Tree grow!

@MeadowWoodSBISD


A special heartfelt thanks to Leah Seewald, our PTA chair of Special Programs, for providing us with this fun-filled week and sharing all the wonderful ideas. Leah has been instrumental in finding ways to involve our virtual learners during Red Ribbon Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week. We appreciate all her hard work in being inclusive of all students.


Lynne Luberger and Pat Waldrop,

Professional School Counselors

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3rd Grade STAAR Parent Night

Please join us Monday, February 8th, from 5:30 to 6:30 for an informative session concerning 3rd Grade STAAR preparation. This is the first time our 3rd graders will be taking the STAAR test. They will test in both reading and math. At our Parent Night, we will go over expectations for the test and we will provide you with some examples of STAAR questions. We will send packets with STAAR-like questions and problems to the parents of each child in 3rd Grade. We suggest you use these as a practice for your child. Maybe do one math question a night. Go through the entire process and have your child talk about what he/she did to get the solution. For reading, go through a passage together and then answer one question a night. These are merely suggestions and not requirements. Please do not return completed activities to teachers.


Topic: 3rd Grade Parent STAAR Night


Time: Feb 8, 2021 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://springbranchisd.zoom.us/j/93121920758?pwd=S05vUjBJRUloM3NvemZtN01KalJmQT09

Meeting ID: 931 2192 0758

Passcode: 695962

4th Grade Parents: STAAR Parent Night coming in March

Attention All 1st and 2nd Grade Parents!!!

We are grateful to partner once again with Blue Willow Bookshop to bring Kelly diPucchio, author of Oona for a virtual author/illustrator visit on February 11 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Here are the details:


*Students can submit questions before the visit using this link:

https://forms.gle/qduc1oHfwVWi57ux7


*If you would like to order you very own copy of Oona, use this link:

https://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/virtual-school-visit-kelly-dipucchio


Katie McCracken

Librarian/CTR/PGP

Meadow Wood Elementary

713-251-6229

Incoming 6th Graders Parent Meeting February 17th-6PM.

Campus Improvement Team - We need YOU!

It's that time again when we ask for volunteers to serve on our Campus Improvement Team (CIT). This is a campus-level advisory team that meets to discuss planning processes related to student achievement. The team helps to establish campus goals and plans for meeting those goals, as well as monitors progress toward the achievement of said goals. The CIT meets approximately once a month during the school year.


For 2021-2022, Meadow Wood has the following open positions:


  • 3 Parents
  • 1 Community Representative


If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please fill out the form below and return to Shirley Labiosa (shirley.labiosa@springbranchisd.com) by February 19, 2021. The lottery will be held the week of February 22nd.


If you know of someone in the community who would be interested in serving, the form is also included below.


Thank you for being an important part of our team!

Valentine's Day 2021 - MWE Plans and Procedures

Our Valentine’s celebrations must look different this year due to the pandemic. We will follow these guidelines to assure our students are safe while honoring this tradition.


1. MWE will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 12, 2021.

2. Students WILL be allowed to bring individual valentines to school. However, valentines will

need to be brought to school on or before February 5, 2021 in order to quarantine.

3. Valentines can have candy, toys, etc., as long as they are individually wrapped.

4. MWE will provide each student with a bag for their valentines. No outside bags/boxes will be

allowed.

5. Teachers will distribute the valentines into individual student bags. These bags will be sent

home, and students can open them at home.

6. Each grade level will plan specific activities to celebrate the day. There will be no

formal/scheduled parties.

Specials Calendar February & March

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MWE Calendar of Events

Please note: Every Thursday is T-2-4 Thursday and every Friday is MWE Spirit Day!


February 8 -12

Random Acts of Kindness Week


February 8

Third Grade STAAR Parent Night


February 9

100th Day of School


February 10

PTA Meeting


February 11

Practice STAAR - 4th Grade Writing


February 12

Class Valentine Celebrations


February 15

STUDENT HOLIDAY


February 18

Spirit Night at Uberitos


February 19

CIT Applications due


February 22

CIT Lottery


February 23

Kinder Round Up

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From the President

Hello MWE family!


From the PTA front, we will be having a Spirit Night at Uberrito on Thursday, February 18th from 4 o'clock on. 15% of your online or in-person orders will go to the MWE PTA, and you can also preorder. Be on the lookout for reminders about that.


Allison Butcher and Keely Thorne have been tirelessly working on our Spring Fundraiser, which will be an online auction! There will be parties and other surprises to bid on, starting on Thursday, February 25th and running until Sunday, February 28th! See below for more information and stay tuned for more fun surprises to be revealed!


As always, thanks for supporting the PTA and MWE, and endless thanks to our teachers and administrators who are working so hard during this difficult year. We see you and we appreciate you!


Take Care,

Catie Winegar

MWE PTA President

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PTA- Spirit Night-Uberrito Memorial

Uberrito – Memorial is happy to host spirit night with Meadow Wood Elementary on 2/18/2021 from 4pm to close. A portion of the sales (online and in-store) will be going to Meadow Wood Elementary. Come support Meadow Wood and enjoy some delicious food. They are conveniently located at the corner of Kirkwood and Memorial @


14092 Memorial Drive

Houston, Texas 77079

Meadow Wood Marketplace-On-Line Auction

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR 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.


2. Kroger

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).


3. Randalls

Fill out the Good Neighbor Program form and indicate MWE as

your charity (1082). MWE earns 1% of your purchases.

www.randalls.com/shopstores/good-neighborhood.page


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.

https://josephinesdayspa.com/locations/eldridge

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A Message From the Superintendent


Our Plan
for 2020-2021


Dear SBISD Families,


Progress report time is once again upon us. Elementary families will receive progress reports today, Feb. 5. Middle and high school families will receive them on Friday, Feb. 12.

Here are a few reminders about important resources available to you, as well as ways to continue to help your student be successful.


Keep your child reading

  • Books are books, whether they are eBooks, real books or audio books!
  • Campus librarians are a great resource. SBISD school libraries are welcoming, safe places that support literacy and foster academic achievement for all students!


Get moving

  • SBISD Student Support Services is launching a new series of videos titled Mental Health in 60 Seconds. Check out the video below to learn how fitness and exercise benefit mental health. Mental Health in 60 Seconds


Check for success


Other important dates and information


Learning model selection deadline

If you wish to change your child’s learning model for the fourth nine weeks, you may do so beginning Friday, Feb. 12. The window will close on Sunday, Feb. 21, at midnight. Please watch for district communication as the date approaches. The fourth nine weeks begins on Monday, March 22.


Course Selection important dates

Week of February 8/February 15

  • 5th grade students will be able to view middle school transition videos.
  • Middle school counselors will distribute course selection information to 5th grade students.
  • Middle school campuses will host a parent meeting for incoming 5th grade parents.

Week of February 22/March 1

  • Middle and Elementary school counselors will work with 5th grade students to complete Course Selection Entry in Skyward.

Middle and high school Course Catalogs (English and Spanish) are available on the SBISD website. Please look for more information regarding the course selection process from your campus.


#ExploreSBISD

Come along with us as we explore the halls of SBISD’s middle schools. Listen to students from each school talk about what they take pride in, get to know our school leaders and learn about daily schedules and happenings! Visit the video playlist and be on the lookout for more campus tours throughout the spring.


Have a great weekend,


Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



Spring Branch Independent School District

Inspiring minds. Shaping lives.