November 25, 2014
Issue #7

Table of Contents
Frostwood Special Dates
Frostwood General News
Frostwood Auction
Staff Appreciation

Important 5th Grade Info
Library Corner
Healthy Lifestyles
Green Tigers

Crochet Club
Neighborhood News
Grade Level News
Frostwood Special Dates

11/26-11/28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
12/4 - 7:15 am Green Tigers Meeting in library
12/5 - Deadline for 5th grade Tributes for Yearbook

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Frostwood General News

A Big Happy Birthday To:
12/1 - Lisa Branon
12/3 - Ann Novero
12/7 - Marilyn Blakely
12/8 - Evelyn Schuster

Thanksgiving is here!  The leaves are falling and for a few days, the weather definitely turned to winter!  Frostwood’s Fall calendar has been busy with Book Fair, Field Trips, Carnival, Boosterthon, Red Ribbon, Recycling and Wellness Weeks, and everything in between.  A special thank you to all the Frostwood staff for teaching and supporting our children on a daily basis.  Also a huge thank you to the PTA chairs that have lead our initiatives and to all parents that have volunteered and contributed.  I feel very fortunate to be a part of a wonderful school community.  I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family!  Keri Bassett,  PTA President

PTA Minutes are now online - The minutes from the November 5, 2014 General PTA meeting are posted on the Frostwood PTA website and are password protected. The password is: tigers. Please contact Christina Morse at if you have any questions or comments. The minutes will be approved at the next general PTA meeting in November.   (back to top)

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 ( (back to top)

On Friday, November 14th the teachers and staff enjoyed a fabulous tailgate lunch!   Everyone scored big with Raising Cane’s chicken tenders, broccoli slaw, jalapeño- artichoke dip with pita chips, fruit salad, iced tea and a fabulous selection of homemade desserts!  We’d like to thank our COACHING STAFF - JULIE BRINK AND NEELY BESETSNY who were our luncheon hostesses this month.  Thank you ladies for planning, setting up, and serving our staff!  Thank you to our FIRST STRING LINE UP for providing the food: Alicia Ross, Catherine Shoaf, Terri Tarwater, Kristi Voinis, Libby Kafka, Courtney Befort, Kimberly Beer, Beth Rogers, Teri DeFazio, Becky Fenn, Audrey Brown, Alicia Raymond, TianWei Yao, Marci Gray, Elizabeth Pinion, Jaime Wischoff,  Lyn Fu, Catalina Valdez, Regina Lane and Jill Josephson. Staff Appreciation lunches are a team effort, and we couldn’t do it without each of you!  Thank you!  Amber Sanders and Julie Treadwell, Staff Appreciation Chairs  (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  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 - We are having a book drive in the Frostwood Library. Good Steward Global Initiative helps alleviate the book famine that prevents children and adults in many developing countries from learning to read. Good Steward is an all-volunteer program that gathers donated books and then ships these books to poor countries to build libraries. We are setting up a section on the stage in the Frostwood Library for our “Giving Tree” for our students to bring gently used books to donate to other children around the world for the holidays (from Thanksgiving to the Winter Break).
Lisa Branon, Frostwood Librarian

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The green smoothies served to our FWE students during Wellness Week were well liked.  We have had many requests for the recipe which we have included below.  A special thank you to the KSHAC students that did nutritional research on the contents of the smoothies and then presented their findings to the rest of the school.  Another big thanks goes to parents, Lisa Johnson and Stephanie Laguarta, who graciously volunteered their time to gather the ingredients and serve them Monday and Tuesday to all of the classes.  They are now masters of the Vitamix!  
Green Smoothie Recipe
3 Cups of Kale
1 Cup of frozen strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1 Cup of orange juice
1 Cup of water
Ice if needed
 *This makes a blender full.  
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Healthy Lifestyles
Click here to see those posts about Thanksgiving Dinner!
Click here to see those posts about Healthier Holiday Meals! 
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Green Tigers

Thanks to everyone who sent in their children to help or who sent recyclables with their children. While we didn’t collect as many recyclables as in years past, we do believe that this is still a good awareness raising activity for our school. A special Thanks to Jackie Castagnoli for giving so much of her time, and to the parent volunteers (Jackie Castagnoli, Aisling Haddon, Leah Smith, and Hyekyung Dong) who helped hand out stickers on Nov 14th!
The Green Tigers had a very successful community service project making Warrior Packs with Warriors of the Wild on November 20th.  Ninety packs were assembled and included a refillable water bottle, t-shirt, toothbrush, toothpaste, food items and Help Card.  This project was possible due a generous donation from HEB, Tom Tirado of Bicycle World Houston, an anonymous private donor and families and friends who contributed the re-usable materials.  Thanks to everyone for the support and Rachel Sandlin and the Warriors of the Wild for their help.
Our next meeting is Thursday December 4th at 7:15 in the Library.  Ms Henderson from the Galveston Bay Foundation will be bringing an interactive floor map to teach us about bay area habitats, wildlife and the importance of wetland conservation.
In conjunction with Chain Reaction, Green Tigers will be hosting a community wide Bike Recycling Event on January 22nd from 12-2.  If there are any old adult or kid bikes in your garage or yard, please save them until January 22nd! 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!  Amelia Damborg  
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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 or  
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Neighborhood News

Memorial High School Theatre will be performing "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" on December 4-6 at 7 p.m., plus a 2:30 matinee on December 6.  In conjunction with the show, MHS Theatre will hold a theater camp for kids 14 and under December 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Campers will perform onstage at the 2:30 matinee.  Click here for more information on the theater camp.

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 : .  Thank you, Coach York
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Grade Level News

Kindergarten News:
1st Grade News:

2nd Grade News:

3rd Grade News:
4th Grade News:
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
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