• Northwest Elementary School Update: May 21-25

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/21/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Northwest Parents and Families,

    I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. 

    All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students completed the final round of the STAAR test this week. While there were some minor issues with the online exams (for those taking the STAAR online), our students were provided a great testing environment throughout each day. Thank you ALL for ensuring your child was here on time, received plenty of rest, and were mentally prepared. Your cooperation was certainly noted and appreciated. 

    Now that testing is completed we will be turning our attention to the summer. Summer vacation allows everyone time to relax, spend time with family/friends, and take a break from the rigorous schedule that school brings. 

    Each summer, however, many of our students lose up to a half of a year worth of reading growth. We call this the “Summer Slide” and it can take up to a half year to regain these reading abilities. To support, we will be offering summer library check out hours (Tues./Thurs.) from 5-7 p.m. for families to come and check out books, read with some of our staff, or access our online platform Lexia. More information will be sent home soon.  

    In addition, in order to prevent the Summer Slide, take at least 30 minutes each day to read with your child or have him/her read to themselves. If we can maintain our reading abilities over the summer, our students will continue to make significant progress!

    Updates

    PTO Meeting/1st Grade Music Program

    • Tuesday, May 22
    • 1st Grade Music Program:  6-6:30 in the cafeteria
    • PTO Meeting: 6:30-7:30 in the library

    Field Day

    • Friday, May 25
    • Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade: 8:30-10:30 (corrected: Pre-K will not participate; had theirs in the fall)
    • 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: noon-2:15

    Please make sure your son/daughter has sun protection and water for this event.

    If you are interested in supporting this event, please communicate with Coach T. at Gregory.Thielke@pfisd.net

    Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

    • Monday, May 28 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: May 7-14

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/11/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Northwest Elementary parents and families,

    Thank you all so much for the Teacher Appreciation gifts, goodies, and thank you cards throughout this week. You all made us all feel VERY special.  Check out our Northwest Elementary Facebook page for photos.

    Over the past few weeks I’ve given campus presentations to many families interested in our school. As you know, charter schools are now competing for our students and we are doing whatever it takes to show our community the MANY wonderful things about Northwest. Next week, I will be receiving 50 yard signs that say “PfISD-Your REAL choice for Public School” to support public education. If you would like to proudly display one of these signs in your yard or apartment, please send me an email.  

    Lastly, we will have our final round of STAAR testing next week (see below for specifics). Please note we will be a closed campus (no visitors) Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I apologize for any inconvenience. 

    Updates

    STAAR Testing 

    • Monday, May 14: 3rd/4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Re-Test
    • Tuesday, May 15: 3rd/4th Grade Reading and 5th Grade Reading Re-Test
    • Wednesday, May 16: 5th Grade Science

    If you have a student taking one of these exams, please make sure he or she gets plenty of rest and is at school no later than 7:20 (if at all possible). 

    Tutoring Ending

    • After school tutoring has officially ended for the year. 
    • All students need to be picked up no later than 2:50.

    Walking Field Trips

    • Kindergarten will walk to the Wells Branch Park on Tuesday, May 15
    • 3rd Grade will walk to the Wells Branch Park on Friday, May 18

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: May 7-11

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/7/2018

    Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families! I hope your week is going well.

    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Northwest! This is your time to show your child’s teacher how much you care. What’s the best gift for your teacher?  A hand written message letting them know how much you appreciate their service to our students. Taking the time to say thank you means the WORLD to our teachers. Please take a moment to write a few positive words for our teachers as they have all been working incredibly hard this year.  

    Speaking of Teacher Appreciation Week, we will have the following celebrations each day:

    • Monday - Ice cream sundaes after school
    • Tuesday - Breakfast tacos from Taco Cabana
    • Wednesday - Baked potato bar
    • Thursday - Lunch provided by PTO
    • Friday - Candy bar 

    Updates

    Mount Playmore

    • Thank you to all the parents that attended the our spring fling at Mount Playmore! We made over $1,000 at this event!
    • All proceeds will go directly to our school! 

    Pre-K Registration

    • Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • I will personally meet with each parent to answer questions, discuss the importance of school attendance, and inform of next year’s schedule.
    • Please see the attached flyer (Español) for more information.

    Citizen of the Month

    • Friday, May 11 from 7:20-7:40 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary
    Pflugerville ISD

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Update: April 30-May 4

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/30/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Northwest Parents and Families,

    We will be hosting our Spring Fling at Mount Playmore this evening from 3-7 p.m. Thirty-five percent of the proceeds will go directly to Northwest Elementary. Be sure to tell them you are with Northwest! I will be there with my family, so join us for an evening of fun!

    Updates

    Northwest Field Day is Coming

    Date: Friday, May 25

    Kinder, first, and second Grade:  8:45-10:45

    3rd, 4th, 5th:  noon to 2:30 p.m.

    Coach is also looking for about 15-18 helpers. Please contact our office at 512-594-4400 for more information.

    Kinder Registration

    Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    See flyer.

    Education Go Get-it Week

    All Week April 30-May 4

    Wear college shirts or school shirts all week with jeans! Encourage your students to wear school shirts and college shirts if they have them.

    We will also be having fun college related activities throughout the week in each classroom. 

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary
    Pflugerville ISD

     

     

     

     

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Update: April 23-27

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/23/2018

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!

    Our first annual multicultural day was a success! Thank you to all the parents and families that supported this event. Our students spent the entire week learning about their assigned country and then used the multicultural day to learn about the other respresented countries. About 30 countries were represented. Check out our photos at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/

    Updates

    Mount Playmore Spring Fling

    • Come join us at Mount Playmore on Friday, April 27 from 3-7 p.m.
    • The Northwest teachers will be in attendance to have fun with everyone!
    • See flyer for more information.
    • NOTE: Parents are required to be present

    CFAC Update

    • Please see the following website for what was discussed at our last CFAC meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
    • www.pfisdcfac.net

    Clever Usage for Home

    • Last week I updated you all on how to access both Dreambox and Lexia at home.
    • You can also access the many more PfISD resources using Clever. Please see the attached document (Spanish) for directions.

    Lost Jackets and Items

    • If your student is missing a jacket please make all efforts to claim them by May 1.
    • All jackets not claimed by May 1 will be donated.

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Update: Spring Fling

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/17/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Northwest Elementary Parents and Families.

    Please join us at Mount Playmore on Friday, April 27 from 3-8 p.m. for our Spring Fling! We are trying something different this year so we hope to see you there. See attached for more information.

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: April 16-20

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/16/2018

    Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families! 

    Our 4th and 5th grade teachers and students successfully completed the first round of STAAR testing this past week. I am very proud of the effort my staff put into the STAAR pep rally and motivation given to these students. I am fully confident our students will do great!

    As stated in last week’s newsletter, the district held its first Citizen’s Facilities Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I would love for the Northwest community to join, but understand it may be hard due to work, family, and/or transportation. Thankfully our district created a webpage to provide regular updates on meetings. Check it out!  http://www.pfisdcfac.net/ 

    The next meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, April 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the administration building board room. If you are interested in joining, please let me know. We need more representation from the Northwest community!

    Updates

    Pre-K Registration

    • Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northwest office.
    • Please see flyer (Español) for more information or call 512-594-4400. 

    Kindergarten Registration

    • Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northwest Office
    • Please see flyer for more information.

    NES Cultural Day

    Cultural Day

    Dreambox and Lexia Home Usage

    • Northwest has been using Dreambox (math) and Lexia (reading) since January.  Our kids love them!
    • Your child may also use it at home as well.  
    • To access these wonderful learning platforms, please go here: Clever

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary
    Pflugerville ISD

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: April 9-13

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/9/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Good morning Northwest Elementary Parents and Families!  I hope you all are doing well today.

    Our first round of STAAR is upon us. Our fourth- and fifth-grade students will be taking their assessments on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11. Below is the schedule. If you have a student in these grade levels, please make sure they are at school on time (no later than 7:30) and are encouraged to do their best. Making our students feeling comfortable with this test will greatly reduce their anxiety so they can truly do their very best. 

    Also, as typical with STAAR testing days, Northwest will be a closed campus. If you are planning on eating with your son or daughter (any grade level) during these two days, please make arrangements to come another day. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    STAAR Schedule

    • Tuesday, April 10
      • 5th Grade Math
      • 4th Grade Writing
    • Wednesday, April 11
      • 5th Grade Reading

    Lastly, we are going to host our VERY first Cultural Day on Friday, April 20. Please see below for more specific information. We have many many cultures and languages represented at Northwest and want all of them to be on display on this day. If you would like to host a booth, please contact Ms. Finley Ahearn (Finley.Ahearn@pfisd.net) or Hailey Tippie (Hailey.Tippie@pfisd.net).

    UPDATES 

    NES Cultural Day

    • Friday, April 20
    • Click here for more information 

    School Calendar for 2018-19

    • The 2018-2019 school calendar has been approved by the board of trusties. 
    • Calendar: www.pfisd.net

    Pre-K Registration

    • If you know anyone that is interested in Pre-K here at Northwest, please share the following (English and Spanish).
    • Registration is on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. here at Northwest Elementary.
    • I will personally be available to meet each and every parent that registers.   

    Yearbooks on Sale

    • We only have 16 yearbooks left for this year! Get yours today because when they are gone ... they are gone!
    • Price: $20 each

    Movie Night TONIGHT!

    • First grade will host our next Movie Night Friday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m.
    • Admission is $2. Snack and drinks will be available for purchase ($1). 
    • Movie: "Ferdinand"

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal 
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 26-30

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/26/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Good afternoon NES parents and families! 

    We’ve had a fantastic week here at Northwest. Our 4th and 5th grade students are finalizing their preparations for STAAR. Fifth-grade will take their math and reading STAAR test on Tuesday, April 10 (math) and Wednesday, April 11 (reading). Fourth-grade will take their writing STAAR on Tuesday, April 10. Know that our staff is working incredibly hard to ensure your children are prepared. 

    We have been working incredibly hard at improving our student’s reading ability. This week all students will be taking their mid-semester reading progress monitoring to see how they have progressed. With all of our focus on reading, I am confident our students will be improving their reading abilities.

    Updates

    POPS Rally

    Thursday, March 29 at 1:45

    Come celebrate YOUR students and their achievements over the past nine weeks!

    No School

    Friday, March 30

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)
  • Northwest Elementary Update: March 19-23

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/8/2018

    Good afternoon NES parents and families!

    We’ve reached Spring Break! I’ve spoken to so many of our students and it sounds like many of you have some fun and exciting things coming up! Personally, my wife and I will be traveling to Lake Tahoe to enjoy most of the week with close friends. I hope you all have a restful week!

    When we return we will be preparing for end-of-the-year activities and need your support. Currently, many positions of PTO board will be up for election in May. So far we only have a few interested parents to take over for next year. If you have questions about the positions or time commitments, please let me know. We truly need your support in order to maintain and grow our wonderful PTO for next year.

    Additionally, our teacher leaders have been developing goals for next year. Currently, we have one goal created and will create the next two before May. If you are interested in supporting the creation of our campus goals, please let me know. We value your feedback! 

    UPDATES

    Spring Break (No School)

    • March 12-16 

    Campus Facilities Advisory Committee Members Needed

    • The Campus Facilities Advisory Committee is looking for community members to provide representation for the next bond election in November.
    • I have served on this committee for the past three bond elections and know that your feedback is critical in developing goals and priorities.
    • I would truly love to have a member of the Northwest community join me. Please let me know if you are interested by Friday, March 9 if at all possible.
    • Meetings typically meet after 5:30 and last about an hour. Dates are to be determined at this time.

    End of the third nine weeks

    • Friday, March 23

    Nathan Steenport
    Principal
    Northwest Elementary

    Comments (-1)