Northwest Elementary School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Northwest Elementary Update: April 17-21

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/18/2017

    Good afternoon NES parents and families! 

    We have had an exciting week here at Northwest Elementary. We officially received photos (see below) of what our school will look like after the summer construction renovations. In addition to what you can see in the pictures, we will also receive:

    • Updates to the staff bathrooms
    • New flooring in the majority of the school (both classrooms and hallways)
    • Refurbished cabinets in the teacher’s lounge and nurses office
    • Updates in the library (paint and lighting)
    • New lighting canisters in main hallways
    • New water fountains

    We are extremely excited for the much-needed facelift to our school!

    Proposed renovations

     

    Updates

    Coffee with the Principal

    When: Every Monday morning from 7:10-7:40 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge here at Northwest Elementary. 

    Purpose: To discuss anything and everything Northwest Elementary.   

     

    Parent Cooking Class 

    Northwest Elementary, in conjunction with the Austin Food Bank, will be providing a free cooking class for all parents on Tuesday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 at the Northwest Elementary cafeteria.
    Each parent will receive a cooking demonstration based on the new heath MyPlate Guidelines. Participants will also receive a bag of goodies that will include measuring cups and more.


    Sign-up flyers will be sent home weekly, starting this week. You may also sign up using this Google Sign-Up: docs.google.com

    Childcare will be provided.

     

    Northwest Elementary Spring Pfling/30 Year Celebration

    We are needing parental support for our Spring Pfling/30 Year celebration.  Below are areas needed for this event. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated for this to be the biggest celebration ever! Please contact our PTO president, Julie, Schwartz, if you are able to support at ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com

    Coming up with Game Ideas for the Event (think carnival games)

    • Pie Throwing Contest?
    • Water balloons?
    • Confetti eggs?
    • Ring toss on coke bottles?
    • Cake walk?

    Gathering Items for Potential Games

    • Brainstorming ideas of what can be donated from the community

    Decorations

    • Balloons / Banner, etc.

    Gathering Donations from Community

    • Sharla was asking
    • Kris was asking

    Volunteer Coordinator (this person would make sure all stations are covered throughout the event)

    • Ticket Disbursement
    • Food Station
    • Game station

    Putting Together Flyers

    • Advertisement for Event
    • Asking for Donations for Cake Walk
    • Asking for Other Items to be Donated

    Taping Tickets for Pre-Sale

    • 2 tickets $1
    • 50 tickets for $20 (pre-sale only)

     

    30 Year Celebration Dress Attire

    If you student would like to join in on the 30 year celebration fun, please see below for what we will be wearing each day next week!

    • Monday: Wear Neon
    • Tuesday: Wear 80’s Garb
    • Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day
    • Thursday: Wear Sunglasses
    • Friday: Wear Silly Hat
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  • Northwest Elementary Update: April 10-14

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/7/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!

    It’s been a wonderful week of great weather and positive attitudes here at Northwest Elementary. Our staff and student have really enjoyed spending outside this week both while performing academic lessons and, of course, recess. Let’s enjoy the weather before it gets hot!  

    Updates

    NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, APRIL 14

    Coffee with the Principal

    When: Every Monday morning from 7:10-7:40 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge here at Northwest Elementary. 

    Purpose: To discuss anything and everything Northwest Elementary.  

    Parent Cooking Class

    Northwest Elementary, in conjunction with the Austin Food Bank, will be providing a free cooking class for all parents on Tuesday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 at the Northwest Elementary cafeteria.
    Each parent will receive a cooking demonstration based on the new healthy MyPlate Guidelines. Participants will also receive a bag of goodies that will include measuring cups and more.
    Sign-up flyers will be sent home weekly, starting this week. You may also sign up using this Google Sign-Up: https://docs.google.com
    Childcare will be provided.

    Northwest Elementary Spring Pfling/30 Year Celebration

    We are needing parental support for our Spring Pfling/30 Year celebration. Below are areas needed for this event. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated for this to be the biggest celebration ever! Please contact our PTO president, Julie, Schwartz, if you are able to support at ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com
    Coming up with Game Ideas for the Event (think carnival games)

    • Pie Throwing Contest?
    • Water balloons?
    • Confetti eggs?
    • Ring toss on coke bottles?
    • Cake walk?

    Gathering Items for Potential Games

    • Brainstorming ideas of what can be donated from the community

    Decorations

    • Balloons / Banner, etc.

    Gathering Donations from Community

    • Sharla was asking
    • Kris was asking

    Volunteer Coordinator (this person would make sure all stations are covered throughout the event)

    • Ticket Disbursement
    • Food Station
    • Game station

    Putting Together Flyers

    • Advertisement for Event
    • Asking for Donations for Cake Walk
    • Asking for Other Items to be Donated

    Taping Tickets for Pre-Sale

    • Two tickets for $1
    • 50 Tickets for $20 (pre-sale only)

    Pflugerville Education Foundation is accepting applications for new Board Members (see attachment)

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is accepting applications for new Board Members who will bring energy, commitment, fresh ideas, special skills and a passion for student success. One of the most valuable assets of a non-profit is its Board of Directors and PEF is looking to grow their dedicated group. The all-volunteer Board is comprised of individuals representing all facets of the Pflugerville community from every aspect of the district.  If you are someone who wants to get involved and support education, then this is the position for you! The Board is the agency’s governing body, caring for the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization, and ensuring the fulfillment of the mission to help PfISD students reach their full potential. Application deadline is April 24, 2017.

    Spanish Emersion Program at RES

    Please see attachment for more information.

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

     

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: April 3-7

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/29/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest parents and families!

    Our fourth- and fifth-grade students successfully completed the first round of STAAR testing this week. We are very proud of all of their efforts and soon-to-be accomplishments. 

    On Monday, I spoke to each class to remind them that their hard work is over (all the work they have done to this point) and all they had to do was do the best they can on their tests. I am confident all of our students made tremendous progress this year!

    Updates:

    Coffee with the Principal

    When: Every Monday morning from 7:10 to 7:40 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge here at Northwest Elementary. 

    Purpose: To discuss anything and everything Northwest Elementary.

    Northwest Elementary Spring Pfling/30 Year Celebration

    We are needing parental support for our Spring Pfling/30-Year celebration. Below are areas needed for this event. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated for this to be the biggest celebration ever! 

    Please contact our PTO president, Julie, Schwartz, if you are able to support at ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com

    Coming up with game ideas for the event (think carnival games)

    • Pie throwing contest?
    • Water balloons?
    • Confetti eggs?
    • Ring toss on coke bottles?
    • Cake walk?

    Gathering items for potential games

    • Brainstorming ideas of what can be donated from the community
    • Decorations
    • Balloons / banner, etc. 

    Gathering donations from community

    • Sharla was asking
    • Kris was asking

    Volunteer coordinator (this person would make sure all stations are covered throughout the event)

    • Ticket disbursement
    • Food station
    • Game station

    Putting together flyers

    • Advertisement for event
    • Asking for donations for cake walk
    • Asking for other items to be donated

    Taping tickets for pre-sale

    • 2 tickets $1
    • 50 Tickets for $20 (pre-sale only)

    Parent Cooking Class (See handout)

    Northwest Elementary, in conjunction with the Austin Food Bank, will be providing a free cooking class for all parents on Tuesday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 at the Northwest Elementary cafeteria.

    Each parent will receive a cooking demonstration based on the new health MyPlate Guidelines. Participants will also receive a bag of goodies that will include measuring cups and more.

    Sign-up flyers will be sent home weekly, starting this week. You may also sign up using this Google sign-up: docs.google.com

    Childcare will be provided 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 27-31

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/23/2017

    Good evening Northwest Elementary parents and families.

    Our staff and students have returned from spring break rested and ready to go! Over the week I listened to many great stories about our student’s vacations to the coast, visit to the movies, family visited and outdoor explorations. These stories are a constant reminder of not only the importance of rest but, more importantly, time with family and friends. I hope each of you shared similar experiences.

    Updates

    Northwest Elementary 30 Year Celebration/Spring Pfling

    • At our last PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the committee decided on ticket pricing, games, and even a timeline of communication for this event. At this point we greatly need donations for funds or games and volunteers to help create flyers for this major event. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated for this to be the biggest event the entire year! Please contact our PTO president, Mrs. Schwartz at ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com
    • Below are the current details for this event
      • Saturday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m. at Northwest Elementary
      • Food and candy will be provided for purchase (tickets)
      • Possible activities include bounce house, lollipop game, and even a dunk tank with yours truly in it!  
      • Ticket pricing will be 2 tickets for $1. A ticket pre-sale event will take place leading up the event for a discounted price.

    STAAR Testing 3/28, 3/29, and 3/30

    • All fourth and fifth graders will participate in the first round of STAAR testing next week. Below is the schedule for these three days. Please note that Northwest Elementary will be a closed campus, meaning no visitors will be allowed past the front office on these three days. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    • Schedule
      • Tuesday, March 28: fourth grade writing and fifth grade math
      • Wednesday, March 29: fifth grade reading
      • Thursday, March 30: Make-up exams 

    Parent Cooking Class (See flyer)

    • Northwest Elementary, in conjunction with the Austin Food Bank, will be providing a free cooking class for all parents on Tuesday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 at the Northwest Elementary cafeteria.
    • Each parent will receive a cooking demonstration based on the new MyPlate Guidelines. Participants will also receive a bag of goodies that will include measuring cups and more!
    • Sign-up flyers will be sent home weekly, starting next week. I will also send a Google Doc for you to sign up as well.
    • Childcare will be provided.

    POPS Rally

    • On Friday, March 31 at 1:50 come celebrate your child’s success during the third nine weeks POPS rally assembly!
    • Students will be recognized for:
      • Star Pride Award
      • A and A/B Honor roll (Second-Fifth Grade)
      • Citizen of the Month 
      • Perfect Attendance
      • AR Goals
      • B.U.G. Award (Brining Up my Grades)
      • I Did My Best (First Grade)
      • Star Student (Kinder/Pre-K)
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  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 20-24

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/11/2017

    Good afternoon NES parents and Families! 

    Well, we’ve reached yet another Spring Break! All of our staff and students are very much looking forward to a well-deserved break. During this time off, I hope you enjoy the time with your kiddos and focus your time with your family. 

    Updates

    Spring Break: 

    • Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17

    Coffee with the Principal: 

    • Monday, March 20 from 7:10 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. in the NES Teacher’s Lounge
    • Please join me every Monday morning for discussion and fellowship as we discuss the future of Northwest Elementary!

    PTO Meeting

    • Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30-7:30 at the NES Library
    • Dinner and childcare will be provided!

    Have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic break!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal, Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 6-10

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/6/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest parents and families. 

    Well, we are about one week away from Spring Break. Seems like we just got back from the winter break! 

    Our staff and students are working hard to ensure our students are prepared for each day. This year we have been working on guided reading groups in order to increase the reading fluency and comprehension of all of our students. 

    As parents and families, reading to your child at least 20 minutes every night will greatly support your student’s growth in reading. Please see you child’s teacher for more information. 

    Updates: 

    PfISD to Hold Public Hearing on District of Innovation

    On Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m., the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing to consider whether PfISD should develop a local innovation plan and seek designation as a District of Innovation. At its Feb. 16 meeting, the Board adopted a resolution, in accordance with TEC 12A.001(c)(1), to consider becoming a District of Innovation. The public hearing is the next step in that process.  The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.

    Coffee With the Principal

    •  The next coffee with the principal will be held on Monday, March 6 from 7:10-7:30 in the NES teacher’s lounge. All parents are invited to enjoy refreshments and discuss general happenings at NES. Hope to see you there!

    NES 30 Year Anniversary Celebration/Spring Fling

    •  At our last PTO meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 we decided to hold the Northwest Elementary 30-Year Anniversary/Spring Fling on Saturday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m.

    •  In order to make this a successful event, we need your help! Please email our PTO president, Julie Schwartz (ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com), for more information or if you are able to contribute. 

    PTO Movie Night

    •  Friday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30 at the NES cafeteria

    •  Movie: “Beauty and the Beast” (original 90’s version)

    Spring Break

    • Monday, March 13-17

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 27 to March 3

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/27/2017

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary parents and families,

    It’s been another amazing week here at Northwest Elementary. Our staff enjoyed a full day of professional development on Monday, Feb. 20. The professional development focused on supporting students with traumatic life experiences, restorative discipline practices, and classroom community circles. All trainings will support positive classroom management practices and allow teachers to build stronger communities within their classrooms. Below is a great example of community circles:

    In addition, we had our very first parenting class on Tuesday, Feb. 21 covering student anxiety. Parents attending learned to work through their own anxieties in order to support their children with school anxieties. I found this class to be an incredibly helpful reminder to take care of myself and those around me. If you missed it, I have attached information provided here: 

    Coffee With the Principal

    • The next coffee with the principal will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 from 7:10-7:30 in the NES teacher’s lounge. All parents are invited to enjoy refreshments and discuss general happenings at NES. Hope to see you there! 

    NES 30 Year Anniversary Celebration/Spring Fling

    • At our last PTO meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 we decided to hold the Northwest Elementary 30 Year Anniversary/Spring Fling on Saturday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m.
    • In order to make this a successful event, we your help! Please email our PTO president, Julie Schwartz (ms.julie.schwartz@gmail.com), for more information or if you are able to contribute.

    Parent Cooking Class

    • April 18 from 5:30-6:30 at the NES Cafeteria
    • All parents are invited to a FREE cooking class hosted by the Austin Food Bank. This hands-on cooking class will allow participants to prepare healthy food for themselves and their families. Each participant will also go home with a gift bag full of measuring cups, thermometers, grocery bags, water bottles and so much more! 
    • Elementary age childcare will be available for this event. See the attached for more information. RSVP invitations will be send out when we return from spring break. 

    PTO Movie Night

    • Friday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30 at the NES cafeteria
    • Movie: “Beauty and the Beast” (original 90’s version) 

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 20-24

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/20/2017

    Happy Friday NES parents and families! I hope you had a wonderful week. 

    Our 4th and 5th grade students are gearing up for the first round of the STAAR test during the week of March 27-31. While the test is over a month away, teachers and interventionist will be supporting these students to prepare for the Math/Reading (5th grade) and Writing (4th Grade) in addition to their typical academics. As always, it is extremely important that students are in attendance, get plenty of rest, and come prepared each and every day so they may do their best. Your support will go a long way to ensure your student does their best at NES!

    Coffee with the Principal

    Coffee with the principal will now be held every Monday from 7:10-7:40 a.m. in order to increase parent participation. Please stop by the teacher’s lounge for fellowship or to ask questions that pertain to the school. So far I have learned so much about our families and gained new ideas as how our community can support our school.

    Parent Class and PTO Night

    Our first parenting class, Teaching Parents how to Support Students with Testing Anxiety, will be held this Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-6:30 in the NES library. Elementary age childcare will be provided. 

    Directly after the parenting class, we will have our monthly PTO meeting from 6:30-7:30 in the NES library. Pizza and elementary age childcare will be provided.

    Box Tops

    We encourage you to take advantage of the H-E-B Box Top promotion event, scheduled for February 8 through the 21st. Earn 100 Bonus Box Tops when you buy 15 participating Box Top products or 60 Bonus Box Tops when you buy 10. It’s a great time to stock up on Mott’s apple juice and applesauce, Green Giant frozen veggies, Annie’s snack foods, and General Mill cereals. Click here to see a full list of participating products. 

    Smencils

    Come support our school by purchasing scented pencils in the office before school (7:10 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.) and after school (2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.). There are five different scents: Bubble Gum, Tutti Fruitti, Jelly Bean, Cotton Candy and Sour Apple. Cost is $1 per pencil and we have a limited supply. First come, first served. Thanks for your support!

    No school: Monday, Feb. 20

    Picking Up Students After School

    At NES, student safety is a top priority. If you pick up your student after school we ask that you either wait in the drive through line or park, walk to your student using the crosswalk, and walk back to your vehicle. 

    Thank you for your support in ensuring a safe transition between our school and your vehicle. 

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 13-17

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/13/2017

    Good morning Northwest Elementary parents! I hope you all are having a glorious Thursday. 

    Thank you to all of our parents and students that came out to McTeacher Night last night! We certainly had a blast in serving you all. Our next outing will be at Chick-Fil-A located at 12501 Mopac Service Road on Tuesday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m. 

    Stranger Danger

    • The district has sent communication via School Messenger to all parents about things you can do to keep your child safe while walking to school. If you did not receive this message, I am attaching it here. While there have been no threats around the Northwest Elementary community, it is always good to be proactive in order to keep our students safe. 

    2015-2016 Federal Report Card

    • Attached you will find the 2015-2016 NES Federal Report card. If you have any specific questions regarding this document, please let me know. 

    Time to Celebrate!

    • Northwest Elementary named its Teacher of the year, Humanitarian of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year yesterday afternoon. If you have a chance to congratulate each of them, please do. Each award is given based on votes received from NES staff members. We are very proud of each of them!
      • Teacher of the Year: Cynthia Hernandez (Math interventionist)
      • Humanitarian of the Year: Sharla Wilkinson (Librarian)
      • Rookie Teacher of the Year: Tammy Morrison (Fourth-grade teacher)

    Valentine’s Parties

    • All Valentine’s Day parties will be held in Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 1:45-2:40. You should be receiving communication from your child’s teacher regarding this event. 

    PTO Valentine’s Dance

    • The PTO will host its annual Valentine’s Dance on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6:30-8:30 here at Northwest Elementary. We hope to see you there!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

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  • Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 6-10

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/7/2017

    Good morning Northwest Elementary Parents! I hope everyone is doing well.

    Here are some updates and reminders for the week of Feb. 6-10.

    Coffee With The Principal

    • Beginning Monday, Feb. 6 please join me in the teacher’s lounge at Northwest Elementary for coffee! Time will be designated for the remaining of the year to get to know all of our student’s families and to ask questions pertaining to the school. Coffee With The Principal takes place each Monday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Hope to see you then!

    Mc Teacher Night

    • Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 5-8 p.m.
    • Come join the Northwest Elementary Staff as we serve you, the parents and students of NES at McDonalds located at 13813 Burnet Rd. in Austin. We will have our crew serving meals, selling pies, and even working in the drive through! 
    • Northwest Elementary will receive a percentage of all sales from 5-8, either inside or drive through. 

    Musical Club Performance, 'Alice in Wonderland'

    • Friday, Feb. 10
      • Performance 1: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      • Performance 2: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 11
      • Performance 3: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Northwest Elementary invites all families to our annual musical club performance, "Alice in Wonderland," on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. The musical club has performed at various Pflugerville ISD events including the PfISD convocation for all staff in the district. This show will surely be one of the best you have ever seen!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

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