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December 9, 2014
Issue #8


Table of Contents
Frostwood Special Dates
Frostwood General News
Frostwood Auction
Student Council News

Important 5th Grade Info
Library Corner
KSHAC
Healthy Lifestyles
Green Tigers

Crochet Club
Neighborhood News
Grade Level News
Frostwood Special Dates

12/9 - 5th grade tributes for yearbook are due
12/10 - 5th grade Colonial Day
12/11 - 6-8 pm 5th grade caroling
12/12 - Walk, Bike, Scoot to school day
12/12 - Deadline for Housman Donations
12/12 - Staff Appreciation lunch
12/12 - 3:00-4:00 pm KSHAC healthy holiday celebration
12/15 - 6:30 pm Frostwood Fiddlers Holiday Concert in cafeteria
12/16 - Deadline for Kindergarten Operation Stocking Stuffer
12/16 - 6:30 pm 5th grade Winter Concert
12/18 - 7:15 am Green Tigers Meeting in library
12/19 - Classroom Holiday Parties and 12:00 early dismissal
12/22 - 1/5 Holiday break
1/6 - School resumes

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Frostwood General News

A Big Happy Birthday To:
12/15 - Lisa Castro
12/18 - Cathy Chism
1/6 - Shelley Stalnaker


Frostwood Fiddlers Concert - Join the Frostwood Fiddlers for a Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Frostwood Cafeteria. Refreshments are available after the performance.

Kendra Scott Night - Thank you for your support and to Kendra Scott for the donations and opportunity. We raised $826.79!

Housman Needs Our Help!  The Giving Tree is a VOLUNTARY opportunity for individuals and families to give and help some of our families in need during Christmas time.  To make things less complicated, we would appreciate donations of  Gift Cards from Wal-mart or Target in increments of $5 and $10. The total amount is entirely up to you, but please stick to these increments so the distribution process will be  as even as possible to the families in need. You can drop them off with Laura at the front desk at Frostwood or give them directly to Mr. Reyes at Housman Elementary. The final date to contribute will be December 12, 2014.  Prior to Christmas vacation Mr. Reyes will distribute to the families accordingly.  Why Wal-mart & Target? This way the families can do all their shopping at one place and possibly buy some groceries. Family’s grocery bills will go up those 2 weeks with their kids being on vacation and we can possibly be a double blessing. Also, there is a Wal-mart and a Target nearby.  If you have any questions, feel free to call  Chrissy Dunn at 713-823-7950
 

Lost and Found - Please check the lost and found for your items!
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Frostwood Auction - February 28th at Norris Center

WANTED:  Auction Parties & Item Donations - We need your help rounding up auction donations! Please consider donating a party or item to the 2015 Frostwood Auction. Click here for online and printable Party Form. Click here for online and printable and Donation Forms. Forms also available on the PTA website. If you pony up your donation before the sun sets on Friday, December 19, 2014, your child will be invited to attend a Pizza Luncheon in January, generously donated by Reginelli’s Pizzeria.  Questions: Holler at Deputy Jody Simpson (inacq.fweauction@gmail.com). (back to top)

Student Council News
Student Council has been very busy this month!  We have adopted a family from our sister school for the year.  This family has had many hardships in a few short months.  They have 3 girls, one is a 2nd grader who developed a  STAFF infection after a fall and had to have several (12) surgeries, dad had a heart attack while Angie was in the hospital and mom had a car accident while traveling between hospitals!  We are selling candy canes to help raise money so they can have a very Merry Christmas!  We will be selling candy canes December 10th and December 17th, so please send in a dollar to buy a candy cane from us. The money we raise will help buy the family a Christmas dinner. The SC members have generously decided to use their money to help buy the children presents to put under their tree!  It amazes us how these kids want to help those in need!  We appreciate your willingness to give a little at this time of year!  The SC Teacher Reps!  If you have any questions-email Barbara.Perry@springbranchisd.com.  (back to top)
Important 5th Grade Information
5th Grade Tributes for Yearbook - It is 5th Grade Tribute Time!  This is for families that purchased a $30 Yearbook Tribute on the Big Form at the start of the school year.  Please note that this is separate from purchasing the $40 yearbook through the Balfour website.
 
We will need the following from you:
  • Parent Name
  • Student Name
  • Teacher Name
  • Phone Number
  • 30 Word Tribute
  • 1 or 2 electronic photos with a resolution size of 500 kb or higher
Please e-mail photos and text to lauracnapier@gmail.com.  Please contact Laura Napier (713) 315-0718, with any questions. Deadline is Friday, December 5th.   Click here to see examples from last year. 

Chorus Christmas Caroling Party - 12/11 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  - Choir students, Mrs. Sykes and Mrs. Novero will go caroling with the Memorial High School Choir students and Mr. Johnson (ther director). Please click here for more information and Sign up Genius.  Ten to twelve parent chaperones needed for this event. 

Choir News - Monday, December 15th at 8:30 am there will be a dress rehearsal.  Choir uniform is required.  Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm.  Please arrive at 6:05 pm dressed in uniform.  Any questions, please refer to the red sheet that Julie Sykes sent home with students.
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Library Corner

 It's Hop-to-It time in the Frostwood Library again.  For all students in grades Kindergarten through Second grade. The purpose of the Hop-To-It Reading Incentive Program is to encourage a balance of reading Fiction and Non-fiction outside of school.  The objective is for Kinder and 1st grade students to read 30 books, e-books, or non-fiction web reading (example: National Geographic online website about tigers), 15 non-fiction, and 15 fiction.   Students in 2nd grade will read a total of 1,000 minutes, 20 minutes a day reading both fiction and non-fiction.  Parents will fill out the Hop-to-It Reading Log each time a child reads.  Click here for Hop To It Reading Logs.   Students who fill out their sheet with number of books read will be invited to a special “Hop-to-It” party with games and fun treats in February.  Each child will also receive recognition and a certificate, a bookmark, and an ice cream coupon for their effort.  The program starts on November 24th and goes through January 20th.

Book Drive - Frostwood is conducting a book drive for the holidays to benefit a local all-volunteer non-profit, Good Steward Global Initiative.  Good Steward addresses the book famine that that prevents children and adults in many developing countries from learning to read. It does this by taking donated books, using volunteers to sort them and then shipping these books to developing countries to create libraries. Good Steward’s name comes from the fact that it leverages it efforts--using free labor and donated books that might otherwise be in a land fill.  It has stocked over 200 such libraries; and is looking for books and volunteers to do still more.  You can learn more about Good Steward and where the books that the school is collecting are bound by going to Good Steward’s web-site, www.goodstewardglobal.org .  There, you can also learn about opportunities for volunteers to sort books.  
Thank you, Lisa Branon, Librarian 
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KSHAC
In place of a meeting this month, we will be having a healthy holiday celebration, after school, Friday, December 12th.  KSHAC students that would like to attend, need to go to the cafeteria immediately after school, where they will be met by Marion Thames to take them to the gym's hardtop.  There we will celebrate with healthy snacks and fun activities.  Please plan to pick up your student at 4:00pm, in the FWE bus circle.  If your child would like to attend, please RSVP to Marion.thames@springbranchisd.com or Heather Rexrode at hrexrode4@gmail.com.  (back to top)
Healthy Lifestyles
 
Click here to see those posts about healthy tips for the holidays! 
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Green Tigers

Friday December 12th is Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day. DON'T FORGET TO TELL YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER IF THIS EVENT CAUSES A CHANGE IN AFTERNOON TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS!  Our next meeting is Thursday December 18th at 7:15 am in the Library.  In conjunction with Chain Reaction, Green Tigers will be hosting a community wide Bike Recycling Event on January 24th from 12-2.  If there are any old adult or kid bikes in your garage or yard, please save them until January 24th! No matter what condition, they will be restored and given to families in need.  Please click here to see more information on the attached flier and share this information with family and friends across SBISD!  
 

Here are some fun "Green" reminders for the holidays. 

  • Did you know you can recycle your Christmas Tree? http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/christmastree_recycling.html
  • And please use the green and yellow Abitibi recycling bins at Frostwood on Gessner Avenue for cardboard and paper.
  • Finally, please do not pour grease from your turks, roast beef, etc. down the drain.  It causes havoc on your pipes- and those of the whole neighborhood.  Save it in a container, throw it in the trash or best of all recycle it! To find a recycle location see http://www.earth911.com and click on the "recycle search" on the very top of the left hand page.

 Amelia Damborg     (back to top)

Crochet Club
Wanted!!! Crochet Club VolunteersFrostwood Elementary has a Crochet Club that meets every other Tuesday after school. The 4th and 5th grade girls that attend are learning the basics of crocheting or fine tuning their crocheting skills. We are looking for a few parents or grandparents who know how to crochet to help out with our after school club. There are 24 girls signed up for the club and others that would like to join but, there are only 2 teachers. We are out-numbered!!!  .  We meet from 3:15 to 4:00 every other Tuesday unless other school activities interfere. You do need to be approved through the district to volunteer. The process is quick and painless.  If you know how to crochet and would like to help the next generation carry on this wonderful craft, please contact Pamela.mcmullen@springbranchisd.com or peggy.zievert-gioacchini@springbranchisd.com  
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Neighborhood News

Holiday Hitting Camp - The Memorial High School Baseball Coaching staff is once again offering our Holiday Hitting Camp. We hope that you will be interested in attending this year. For the Mom's this is a great chance to have a few hours of shopping without the little one.We will be conducting the camp at Mustang Park on the Campus of Memorial High School. The camp will be December 13 & 14 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm each day. Camp is for 1st grader's through 5th graders only. For more camp information and application go to our web site : www.stampedebaseballcamp.com .  Thank you, Coach York

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Grade Level News

Kindergarten News:
Kindergarten wishes to make a difference this holiday season and we need your help!  Please consider donating a new or gently used toy, between December 1st - 16th and bring some holiday joy to the heart of an underprivileged child.  We will be collecting all of the toys at Frostwood and will donate them to Operation Stocking Stuffer on December 16th.  Operation Stocking Stuffer is the Houston Fire Department’s annual toy drive that collects and distributes thousands of toys to Houston’s neediest families on December 23rd
 
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5th Grade News:
Please see Important 5th Grade Information above regarding 5th Grade Tributes for the Yearbook, signing up for Christmas Caroling, and Choir.
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Tiger Tales is the semi-monthly publication of the Frostwood PTA. Submissions for the next Tiger Tales are due every other Thursday at noon before the next Tuesday issue. Articles submitted must be as concise as possible.  We reserve the right to shorten submissions, as we deem appropriate.  Remember to utilize the FrostwoodPTA website as much as possible to post extensive news articles or sign-up sheets.  Please submit Tiger Tales articles to Laura Napier at lauracnapier@gmail.com.
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