September 1, 2015
Issue #1

Table of Contents
Frostwood Special Dates
Frostwood General News
Library Corner
Frostwood Book Fair

I-Fest Parade
TigerFest Carnival
Staff Appreciation
Tiger Buddies
Healthy Lifestyles
Green Tigers
Frostwood Auction
Neighborhood News
Back to School Thank You
Grade Level News
Frostwood Special Dates

9/1 - PTA Big Form Due
9/3 - Kindergarten Coffee
9/3 - Dad's Club Kick-off Meeting
9/4 - 3rd Grade Coffee
9/7 - Labor Day Holiday- no school
9/8 - 
Bicycle Safety Assembly
9/8 - Field of Dreams Community Informational Meeting

9/9 - Author Patricia Palacco visits Frostwood
9/10- Go Green/Green Tiger Parents' Meeting
9/10- Cub Scout Rally
9/11- Walk, Scoot, Bike to School Day

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Frostwood General News

President's Message - Welcome back to both our new and returning Frostwood Tiger families! Frostwood brings together a community with varied talents and interests, and the PTA encourages everyone to use those unique skills to serve our students, staff and teachers, and other families.  We have an exceptional campus…in large part because of you!  We hope each and every one of you will join the PTA (if you missed it on the Big Form, you can still join!) and come together to make Frostwood a great school to call “home.”

Thank you to those who have spent the summer and first few weeks of the year working tirelessly to make the transition to our new year appear seamless!  We could not have done it without our parent volunteers, community partners, and teacher and staff support.

New this year…our Newcomers Chairs, Casey Rowland and Terri Tarwater, have revamped our mentor program.  Tiger Buddies will bring together experienced and new Frostwood families throughout the year, with the first event being Popsicles on the Playground on Sunday, September 20.  If you didn’t register on the Big Form to be part of this important program, please contact Casey or Terri, or visit the Frostwood PTA website for more information. 

Please check the Frostwood PTA website, www.frostwoodpta.comfrequently this year for volunteer opportunities, important dates, information on events and activities, and easily accessible flyers and forms. Please contact me if you have any questions! 
Suzanne Farrow,  2015-2016 PTA President

The Treasurer’s Corner - When making purchases for PTA events or your committees, remember the following three things:

  1. Be sure to bring the sales tax exemption form and not pay sales tax.  Copies can be found on the PTA website or in the Treasurer’s mailbox in the front office.
  2. Work with your committee to keep track of expenses and don’t go over budget!  Once you reach your budgeted amount, I can no longer write checks!
  3. When requesting a reimbursement, fill out a check reimbursement form, include your receipts, and leave in the Treasurer’s mailbox.  Again, copies of this form can be found on the PTA website or in the Treasurer’s mailbox.

Please contact Soo Hwang,  (646) 246-0420, if you have any questions.

PTA Meeting Minutes -  The minutes from the August 24, 2015, general PTA meeting are posted on the Frostwood PTA website and are password protected.  You can find the minutes here.  The password is tigers.  The minutes will be approved at the next general PTA meeting on October 7th.  
Please contact Stephanie Green if you have any questions or comments.  
PTA Volunteer Hours Don't forget to log all volunteer hours in the volunteer binder located in the Frostwood Office!  You can also use the following form, Volunteer Hours Logto track your hours at home and then deliver to school when time allows.  Thank you for volunteering at Frostwood!  
Please email Keri Bassett with any questions regarding volunteer hours.  
Classroom Volunteers -  You There are few things more exciting that seeing mom and dad at school!  We are still looking for parent volunteers to serve as Room Chairs, Party Chairs, Carnival Class Chairs, Auction Class Chairs, and I-Fest Class Representatives.   Please consider this low commitment and fun way to be involved at Frostwood.  Please visit the link below and find your child's class to sign up...
Frostwood Classroom Volunteers 
Spiritwear -  WE'VE GOT SPIRIT...HOW ABOUT YOU???  Frostwood Tigers show off your school spirit every Friday by wearing your Frostwood spirit wear!  Spirit wear is will available on the Frostwood PTA website, please visit the School Store.  Don't forget to purchase your field trip t-shirt, as well as other great spirit items! 
Please contact Regina Lane or Anita Ramke if you have any questions.    

Frostwood Dad's Club - Join the Frostwood Dad's Club and meet new friends and hear about what is going on at Frostwood Elementary School.  Our kick-off meeting is this Thursday, September 3rd, 7- 8:30 pm, at Lakeside Country Club (100 Wilcrest Drive).  Drinks and appetizers will be served.  Please RSVP by September 1st, to Dean Lane.  Annual Dad's Club dues of $60 will be collected.  Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.  
There will also be an informational meeting for the community in the school cafeteria to update everyone on the Field of Dreams project.  The community meeting is scheduled for September 8th, at 6pm.  
Dean Lane, Rick Carr, and Peter Brink

Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day  Friday, September 11th.  Parents are encouraged to participate, skip long carpool lines and enjoy some exercise with their children.  Don’t forget to send a note to your child’s teacher if this event causes a change in afternoon transportation arrangements!

For those living too far away, we encourage you to drive part way to a friend’s house and walk with them. Please remind your student to wear a bike helmet if riding and follow safe biking practices.  Bikes, skate boards, and scooters must be walked, not ridden, on campus. Additional police will be patrolling that morning and afternoon to help ensure student safety.  
Please contact Amelia 
Damborg with any questions. 

Girl Scouts Brownies are the branch of the Girl Scouts for 2nd grade girls.  Joining a troop is a great way to meet new friends and learn about our community.  There are usually two leaders per troop, and the current troops can help new leaders get a new troop started.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Monica Brauchle and indicate in your email f you are interested in volunteering as a leader.
Please contact Monica Brauchle for more information about joining a troop or helping to form a new Brownie Troop.  
Cub Scouts Frostwood’s own Cub Scout Pack 747 wants to invite you and an adult member of your family to join us on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the Frostwood Cafeteria to learn about joining Scouts.  We are taking new boy applicants from grades 1 to 5 and registering returning scouts.  At this meeting, we will provide you with all the information needed to join scouting and an overview of our calendar of events.  Scouting is a family-friendly organization which means Moms, Dads and siblings are encouraged to come.   Dues are $120 for the year and will be collected at this meeting.  Please visit the Frostwood PTA website for more information
Please contact Jackie Longo and Han Ooi with any questions about Cub Scouts. 


Odyssey of the Mind  Odyssey is an international creative problem-solving competition for grades K- college.  Kids learn life-long skills such as teamwork, brainstorming, negotiation, presentation skills, and problem analysis.  If your child is interested in participating, please consider coaching a team of 5-7 children.  Each team is only possible when someone volunteers to coach.  Houston's Regional Competition will be held at Paul Revere Middle School.  You can learn more from SBISD's Odyssey coordinator at informational/training sessions on September 12th, October 3rd, or October 17th.  
Please contact Janice Teske for more information. 

ESL Tutors  We are still looking for a few more adults to join our tutoring program for Frostwood students who are still learning English.  It is a weekly one-to-one program that takes place on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 pm.  This rewarding experience involves simple conversation, reading, and writing activities.    Please sign up here, ESL Tutor,
Please contact Aisling Haddon if you would like more information.  

Spring Branch Educational Foundation Auction Basket  The Frostwood PTA will be putting together a "Backyard Campfire" basket to support the Spring Branch Educational Foundation.   This basket will be donated to SBEF for the silent auction at their annual gala in November.  Please visit this link (SBEF basket) to find our more about how you can contribute.  All donations are tax deductible.  
Please contact Suzanne Farrow if you have any questions.  



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Library Corner

Library Corner - Library is getting off to a great start this year!  Stephanie Taylor has been busy setting up our volunteer scheduling and making our Frostwood library run so smooth. 

Patricia Polacco will be visiting Frostwood on September 9th.  We, along with two other schools in the area, are hosting her visit.  Corey Marrs, the author chair, is busy working with me on the details for her visit. Simon and Schuster are bringing her to Texas in celebration of her newest book released, Tucky Joe and Little Heart.  This WWII book spans generations and will touch the hearts of many.   

After school book club is gearing up again for students in 4th and 5th grades.  Book club meets once a week, and child is required to read approximately 40 pages between meetings.  We celebrate after each book with a party.  Please contact me, Lisa Branon, if your child is interested in joining book club.  

E-books are available for checkout through our Capstone Library.  There is also a Capstone App that can be downloaded to iPads.  
Capstone Library  Username: frostwood   Password: school

Library Volunteers!  Thank you to all of you who have already volunteered to help with your child’s class library rotation!  If you haven’t had the chance to volunteer yet, we still need help!  With enough volunteers for each class, the time commitment should equate to once a month.  The class volunteers assist the kids during check out and help keep the books shelved so that our wonderful librarian, Lisa Branon, is available to assist the kids with lessons and book selections. 

If you’re interested, please sign up to be a Library Classroom Volunteer or a Library Core Volunteer on the PTA website.
Please contact Stephanie Taylor,  Library Chair, with any questions.
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Frostwood Book Fair 

The Frostwood Book Fair will be September 22nd -24th!  There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available,  please click on the following links, or visit the Frostwood website and sign up today.  
Daily Class Shopping , Donuts with Dads , and Family Night

*9/22 - Family Night with special guest Julian Franklin, 5-8 pm
           Domino's, Chick Fil A, and Kona Ice available for purchase

*9/23 - Doughnuts with Dads, 7-8 am (A-L last names)
*9/24 - Doughnuts with Dads, 7-8 am (M-Z last names)
The fair will be open the 22nd-24th, from 8 am- 4 pm each day for shopping.  Classroom shopping times will be posted soon!  We are excited to bring Julian Franklin and his hilarious magical puppet show, "Heroes without Capes," to Frostwood this year.  The 45-minute comedy show teaches children about what it means to be a "real" hero.  To help others, you need a kind heart and a willingness to do the right thing.  Get ready for hilarious laughter, mind blowing magic tricks, audience participation, and non-stop fun!

Becky Fenn, Kate Harrison, Whitney Holzer, and Aubrey Slye
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I-Fest Parade

Plan Now to Help with I-Fest!  Spread the news...the Parade of Nations has moved to October 2nd!  Your child can represent a country from your recent or distant heritage, a country of interest to them, or the country in which they currently live, the USA!  Please visit I-Fest Parade of Nations to sign up to walk in the parade before September 25th.  Parents are welcome to come and watch this fabulous parade!  
Immediately following the parade will be a new International Tea for parents, hosted by Principal Green and the I Fest committee.  Please sign up to attend the International Tea (even if you are only able to stop by for a short time) so that we can plan for enough drinks and nibbles (real Turkish coffee and Korean-style tea)!

Janice Teske
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TigerFest Carnival

Saturday, October 24th from 11am - 3 pm

Bring the whole family for games, food, and lots of fun!  Please sign up to be a Carnival Room Chair today!  It’s so easy you will say Hooray!  Sign up on the Frostwood PTA website to volunteer as your child's class Carnival Chair, by clicking on this link,  Carnival Room Chair Sign-up

Courtney Befort, Kate Harrison, Libby Kafka, and Beth Rogers 
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Staff Appreciation

It's back to school time at Frostwood, and the Staff Appreciation committee had already hosted the first luncheon of the year.  Our wonderful staff took a break from back to school preparations to enjoy a BBQ lunch on August 19th.  The food was catered by Goode Co. BBQ and donated by Robin Tucker and Inga Laughlin Smith the Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.  

We are lucky to have great Frostwood families to help show our appreciation to the teachers and staff.  We look forward to a great year of fun and
delicious lunches.  We are still in need of a few hostesses.  If you enjoy entertaining, please sign up to host a staff luncheon!  Please click on our name below to contact us, or sign up on the PTA website to help out with the Staff Appreciation Committee as a hostess, baker, or luncheon sponsor!

Amber Sanders  and Mona Rio
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Tiger Buddies

Tiger Buddies (formerly Newcomers Network) is for families new to Frostwood who would like to be matched with families who have already been here and can help show them the ropes.  The PTA has set up a helpful network for our new families by pairing them with a buddy.  If you have not yet requested a Tiger Buddy or would like to be one, you can print and fill out this form, Tiger Buddies.  

All of the families in the Tiger Buddies program are invited to an ice cream social on the Frostwood playground, Sunday, September 20th, at 5 pm.  In addition, representatives from our campus organizations will be available to our new families to answer questions about different opportunities to get involved at Frostwood.  

If you are a new family and have any questions before you are assigned a Tiger Buddy, please contact the following grade level representatives... Kinder- Alicia Ross
1st Grade- Heather Halaska
2nd Grade- Terri Tarwater
3rd Grade- Casey Rowland
4th Grade- Mickie Strait
5th Grade- Catherine Shoaf

Please contact Casey Rowland or Terri Tarwater with any questions.  

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Healthy Lifestyles

The Healthy Lifestyles Committee is dedicated to helping our children NOURISHMOVESUSTAIN and GROW through a wide variety of different activities on and off campus.

SALAD BAR NEWS - Frostwood is the only school in SBISD to have a restaurant-style salad bar.  It is possible though joint cooperation between our PTA and SBISD Child Nutrition Services.  Please click here for more information on how to volunteer for the Frostwood salad bar.  Please contact Heather Burkhart or Shelley Jones with any questions.  
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KSHAC is a Kid's School Health Advisory Council that works together to promote health and wellness of Frostwood.  This year KSHAC will participate in health and wellness week, work in the edible school garden, attend a field trip on policy making, assist with school wide taste testing, and have a variety of speakers. Stay tuned for more information on how your child can get involved with KSHAC.  

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Green Tigers

Please register now for Green Tigers, Frostwood's environmental club, space is limited. Please click here to sign up: Green Tigers Registration.  There is a parent's meeting for anyone who interested in helping with the Go Green Committee and/or Green Tigers on Thursday, September 10th, at 8:15 am, in the purple conference room at Frostwood.  The first Green Tigers meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8th, at 7:15 am, in the Frostwood Library.  
Please contact Amelia Damborg for more information, or visit the Frostwood PTA Green Tigers page.
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Frostwood Auction

Frostwood Auction to be held Saturday, February 27, 2016

Please click on this link to volunteer to help with Operation Frostwood

2016 Auction Team:

Courtney Anderson, Neely Besetsny,  Heather Cody, Whitney Gormley,
Katherine Gring, Ara Hardig, Jill Josephson, and Courtenay Nichols, 
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Neighborhood News

Memorial Knights Lacrosse welcomes any rising 5th through 8th grade boy residing within the boundaries of SBISD to join us this fall for developmental lacrosse. The Knights’ fall program is intentionally limited in scope and aims to introduce new players to the great game of lacrosse, as well as to maintain the skills of experienced players.  Skills sessions for 5/6 graders will take place from 1pm-2:30pm and 7/8 graders from 2:30pm-4pm at Memorial Middle School beginning September 13.
To register, go to and click on the orange REGISTER NOW button.  Contact if you have questions.

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Back to School Thank You

Thank you to all the Frostwood volunteers who worked hard over the summer and the first few weeks of school to make the start of school a success!  


To Holly Carr, Alicia Raymond, Jennise Stubbs, Christy Iversen, Regina Lane, and Sarah Zaozirny for opening up their homes and hosting our grade level coffees last week and this week and to Tracey Rogan for organizing the grade level coffees again this year.


To Mickie Strait, Laynie Vandor, and Sarah Zaozirny for serving on the financial audit committee.


To Connie Jones and Rachel Molokin for preparing the Directory software for the updating of family information.


To Claudia Villarreal and her volunteers for compiling over 700 First Day Packets. 


To Colleen Amling and Melissa Horn for undertaking the huge task of keeping our PTA website up to date.


To Melissa Horn for also updating and managing the PTA’s Big Form.  


To Mona Rio for preparing for room chair volunteer sign-ups.  


To Alicia Raymond and Leslie Torres for setting up and providing delicious refreshments and breakfast for our first PTA meeting.


To Casey Rowland and Terri Tarwater for organizing and using their creativity and initiative to revamp the Newcomer’s program and making our new families feel welcome.


To Laynie Vandor for kicking off and managing our PTA Membership campaign.


To Jill Kolb, her volunteers, and the Dad’s Club for sorting and delivering school supplies to all the classrooms.


To Regina Lane and Anita Ramke for creating and selling our wonderful Spirit Wear items.


To Mona Rio and Amber Sanders for providing the teachers and staff with a back to school luncheon.


To Dayna Beardsley for her efforts in working with local businesses to secure advertisements for the directory as well as underwriting donations.


To Rick Carr, Dean Lane, and the rest of the Dad’s Club for their continued efforts to bring the Frostwood Field of Dreams to a reality for our campus.


To Chuy’s Westchase for providing lunch for our staff prior to Meet the Teacher and to Magness Orthodontics for providing refreshments at both our Newcomer’s Orientation and first PTA meeting.


And to our staff, teachers and administrators who created a welcoming environment for our first weeks back at school!

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Grade Level News

Kindergarten News:
1st Grade News:
First Graders are settling in beautifully as rules and routines are established and life skills are discussed. If you look in any classroom you will see Good Citizens helping others and friendships growing.

Miss Chaney, Mrs. Foytlin, Mrs. Hodge, Mrs. Hogg and Mrs. Kim look forward 
to seeing you at the First Grade Curriculum Night on September 17 from 6:00 - 7:00 in the Library.
2nd Grade News:
3rd Grade News:
4th Grade News:
5th Grade News:
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 Monday 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 Heather Springer.
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