October 10, 2017  

Issue #47

Staff Appreciation

Our fabulous Frostwood staff enjoyed a special Fall themed lunch on Friday, October 6th. The feast consisted of various Greek wraps, salad and potatoes catered by Zoe's Kitchen.  

 A special shout out to our October hostesses, Emily Sweeney and Ashley Pate. Thank you for planning, setting up, and serving our staff.  You ladies did a great job and the staff loved it!  We would also like to thank Fer Shafer, Gigi Wheeler and Taylor Tritt for providing desserts for the luncheon. Staff lunches are a team effort and we appreciate everyone’s help.

Aubrey Slye and Kim Winkler
Staff Appreciation Chairs



Frostwood PTA
Lunch Menus
District Calendar
Teacher and Staff Birthdays
Jane Salinas 9/26
Katie Justl 10/18
Kelly Pettit 10/19
Megan Hogg 10/21
Linda Standefer 10/24
Maragret Patrick 10/30
Cheryl Mallette 11/4
Julie VanderHorst 11/6
Susan Lange 11/9
George Pineda 11/17
Kay Soule 11/24
Ann Novero 12/3
Ramona Houston 12/4
Evelyn Schuster 12/8
Susan Day 12/13
Lisa Castro 12/15
Elise Muhoberac 12/17
Marcos Venegas 12/29

12 - Picture re-takes
13 - PTA Meeting
19 - Early Dismissal-Parent Conferences
20 - Early Dismissal-Parent Conferences
21 - Carnival
27 - Exec Meeting
31 - Oskar Character Education Show
1 - CIT Meeting
6 - PTA Meeting
7 - 4th Grade Field Trip to George Ranch
7 - 5th Grade Field Trip to The Houston Symphony
10 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
13-17 - Wellness Week
20-24 - Holiday
1 - DARE Graduation
8 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
12 - Fifth Grade Winter Concert
15 - Early Dismissal
18-29 - Winter Break

1-2 - Winter Break
2 - Teacher Staff Development/Workday
2 - Student Holiday-No School
12 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
15 - Holiday
22-23 - Jump Rope for Heart
30 - Provine Group Pictures
2 - Exec Meeting
2 - 100th Day of School Parade
6 - Third Grade Play
7 - CIT Meeting
9 - PTA Meeting
10 - Auction
16 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
19 - Holiday
23 - Western Day
6 - Spring Individual Pictures
7 - CIT Meeting
13 - End of 3rd 9 weeks
12-16 - Spring Break
23 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
23 - IFest Parade
24 - International Festival
28 - Exec Meeting
30 - Holiday
4 - CIT Meeting
6 - PTA Meeting
10-12 - STARR Testing
13 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
14 - International Fest
27 - Exec Meeting
27 - Pink Piggy Day
4 - PTA Meeting
7-11 - Staff Appreciation Week
7 - Fifth Grade Farewell Concert
14-17 - STAAR  Retest-5th Grade
25 - Field Day
28 - Holiday
31 - Kindergarten Talent Show
1 - Early Dismissal/Last Day of School
1 - 5th Grade Graduation

Frostwood Strong!

Please note: SBISD will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students for the month of October!

LAST CHANCE...If your family has been displaced, please complete the survey linked here to help the PTA further assist you with your needs.  If your family has been displaced, and you would like to no longer be assisted by the PTA, please fill out this survey to be removed from the host family contact list:

If you are available to be a "host" family for another FWE family that has been displaced, please contact me. This will entail you calling and checking in with this family to see what their needs are. This does NOT involve you housing a family. The main focus is for you to find resources for a displaced family based on current needs.  You may also find avenues for them to find support via local programs and churches.  Please know that this is to be a constant support person by regularly checking in on the family to be a connection to Frostwood. 

Thank you for any and all assistance you provide - Heather Cody

Flooded Families ONLY

Did you lose your last yearbook in the flood? 
The PTA has a few yearbooks to give away on a first come first serve basis.
To request one, please contact: Dina Nasif Aljarrah at 



Calling all 4th and 5th grade math enthusiasts to sign up for Math Olympiads

Math Olympiads are international problem solving contests for school teams.  There are 5 contests per school year given at Frostwood, yet the students are competing internationally against other teams that are their grade level.  Thank you to the Frostwood PTA for sponsoring Math Olympiad through the Project Study program!

Frostwood Math Olympiad teams (4th and 5th grades only) will meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 AM in the library.  The five contests per year will also be on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 AM.  No supplies are needed (and no calculators allowed).  Our first practice will be October 11, and practices/contests will run through the end of March.  To sign up now, or ask questions, please email Erin Cestero at

When signing up, please be sure to include (1) Your student’s name, grade, and math teacher’s name (2) Your name, phone number, email, and whether you are willing to participate some mornings by passing out supplies or monitoring students (or if you are a math enthusiast yourself, you can help with problem solving!).  Please sign up soon if this is something your student will enjoy, as we may have to limit numbers based on space and Math Olympiad rules.

For more information, please check out Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) website,  Here you can learn more about the contests, and most importantly try out the sample problems, especially the recent “Problems of the Month”. The problems can be described as challenging math-based puzzles, or for students who love brain teasers, as down-right fun!   
Feel free to challenge your student…but first put on your thinking cap! 



We are on the road to recovery, 
We have never been stronger
We have never been more united.

Krewe of the Tiger asks you to join us and  support our school, our community.

Our teachers need your support now more than ever. please  support them by signing up for the Initial fundraising effort… 

Frostwood Auction LookBook!

100% of these funds stay here, and support our school.


If you are able, please consider sponsoring a Frostwood family who flooded,
and give them the gift of a family photo to rebuild  their albums.

October 13-15, 2017  Sandalwood Park

Lookbook Chair | Stephanie Sparks

Sign Up Below:



Are you interested in making new friends, doing meaningful work, and helping raise funds for Frostwood teachers?! Then come join the Krewe! We invite each of you to participate in auction this year. There are many ways to get involved, and various time commitments to accommodate any schedule. This is your school, and we want you to be a part of making it great! Please read over the areas where you can help, and contact the auction chair of your choosing. We look forward to hearing from you!





Get Ready Tigers, It’s Time to Come Together!
Frostwood Elementary Carnival
Saturday, October 21st
Frostwood Playground
11 am – 3 pm
The TigerFest Krewe is looking forward to a day of Family Fun!
This will be a day that everyone can come together and support friends, family & this amazing FROSTWOOD STRONG Community!
Come enjoy your favorite food and attractions! We will have games for all ages and something for everyone to enjoy!
TigerFest Tickets sold in sets of 10 for $5.
Avoid lines at TigerFest and buy tickets early. Presale tickets will be delivered to your oldest child by 10/18. 
Deadline to order 10/16.
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Visit the school store to purchase your tickets & also purchase tickets for FWE families affected by Hurricane Harvey to attend carnival:
Your carnival chairs:
Becky Fenn, Ara Hardig, Lindsay Lanham, Alicia Ross, Terri Tarwater


Air Brush Tattoo 4 Dino Playground 3
Cake Walk 5 Extreme Obstacle Course 6
Duck Pond 2 General Store 4,6,8
Go Fish 2 Quad Jump 6
Hair Spraying 4 Rockwall 6
Money Grows on Trees 4 Melt Down 6
Putt Putt 2 Slime Tank 4
Ring A Pop 3 Zip Line 6
Toy Wheel 2,4 Pitching Machine 4
Tic Tac Toe 2 Student Council Jail 3/1
Candy Jar Guess 2 Karaoke with DJ 2
    Auction Photo Wall 2
Guadalajara Chicken Taco
Queso & Chips
8, 6, 2 Kona Ice 4
3 strip basket & chips
12 Soda or Water 2
Domino’s Pizza Slice 5 Popcorn 2
Hot Dog Basket & Chips
8 Cotton Candy 4

Some of the activities offered at the Frostwood Carnival may involve inherent risks and dangers. Your attendance and/or participation at the Frostwood Carnival constitutes full acknowledgement by you of such inherent risks and dangers as well as agreement by you to assume full and sole responsibility for all such risks and dangers and any resulting bodily injury, death, loss of personal property and/or other expenses experienced by you and/or any of your guests, including minor children who may participate with you, at your direction and/or under your control. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Box Tops Collections

Collecting Box Tops is a great way to support Frostwood!
We have 2 submissions each year, and the first one is coming up in October!  
Find all of those box tops you have been saving all summer, and turn them in!

Please purchase products that have the Box Tops logo on them when at the grocery store. 
Then go to the Frostwood PTA website and look under the "Support FWE" tab. 
Choose the Box Tops Forms option, print, and adhere your Box Tops to this form. 
Please be sure not to tear or cut off corners with important information! 

Turn Box Tops into your child's teacher.  


Box Tops Form

Contact Alicia Ross with any questions!  



Eat, Drink and Be Scary!

The hosts of the “Eat, Drink & Be Scary” Halloween Auction Party have opened spots for 10 additional couples to help raise money and show support for the great work being done by our Frostwood PTA.

The party is for adults only the evening of Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 PM. Join us if you dare for a night of frightening fun under the stars! Come in your Halloween best, and enjoy fabulous themed food stations, boo’s in abundance, DJ, dancing, costume contest, fortune teller and other spooky surprises.

If you are interested, please email Cynthia Lane at to reserve your spot. The cost is $200 per couple, and all money goes directly to the Frostwood PTA. You won’t want to miss this wicked good time!


2017-2018 Gifted and Talented Identification Process 

Dorothy C. Thompson, Counselor


Spring Branch ISD provides a comprehensive continuum of services (K-12) that is responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted and talented students. The Gifted and Talented Program identifies and serves the special educational needs of students with advanced learning abilities in language arts/social studies, and/or mathematics/science.

Parents who would like to refer their child for screening must provide permission for assessment and complete the on-line Parent Referral Form.

Referral Forms are available on-line at https.// These forms must be completed by Monday, October 23, 2017.

Please note that no late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.

Important Information about the GT Identification Process
Planned Experiences

SBISD implements standardized screening activities in every classroom K-5. These are short, educational activities that teachers will incorporate into their lesson plans. By doing the activities with all students, teachers will be screening all students for possible referral for the GT program. Regardless of performance on these activities, parents may refer their children for the GT program. The assessment of these activities will be combined into one measure to be included in the GT identification process.

Two-Step Process
SBISD has developed a two-step identification process to efficiently assess students’ needs for the services provided by the Gifted and Talented Program. Level 1 is the first step of the process. Data in Level 1 of the process will be collected for every student referred for the GT program. This step includes collecting data from:

  •  students through the Planned Experiences mentioned above,
  •  teachers through a standardized behavioral inventory,
  •  from parents through the parent inventory
  • MAP District Testing (NRT)

A student must have at least one score that meets the GT standard in Level 1 to continue in the identification process. Students who have no scores meeting the GT standard in Level 1 will not continue in the identification process and will not be tested.
Level 2 is the second step of the identification process. Level 2 includes the administration of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests. This testing will take place during the school day. The district identification committee will review the data collected for all students who completed Level 2 of the process to determine which students’ data indicate the need for GT services.

Honor Scores for Two Years
SBISD will honor test scores for two years, beginning in 1st grade. The publishers of standardized tests clearly indicate that the scores are representative of a student’s ability for a two-year period. For this reason, we will honor a student’s scores acquired through the GT identification process for two years. This does not include Kindergarten students. Students may be referred each year, but the previous year’s test scores will be utilized. Students that were tested last year will not be re-tested again this school year for GT identification.

2017-2018 GT Identification Process Timeline
September 20th – Community GT Awareness Meeting   
SBISD Administration Building  6:00-7:30 pm   955 Campbell Road
September 28th – Community GT Awareness Meeting  
West Support Center   11:30am-1:00pm   2100 Shadowdale
October 23trd – GT On-line Referral Deadline   https.//
No late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.

November 14th – Level 1 parent notification letters mailed. This letter will be mailed to all parents of students that were referred indicating whether the child will continue in the screening process and take the standardized tests.

January 8-23, 2018 Window for Level 2 testing of only those students who qualified in Level 1.

Mid-February—Notification letters will be mailed to Kindergarten Parents

End of February—Kinder PGP classes begin

Mid-March – Notification letters will be mailed for 1st -5th grade students

May 7th—All GT Appeals due to Counselor

August, 2018—GT Services begin for identified 1st -5th grade students




Reflections Logo

Questions? Contact Karen Masraff or Nancy Magilton


Apply for an Innovation Grant!

Calling all Tigers!  Frostwood wants your innovative ideas!  Last year, Raise the Paddle dollars from the Frostwood Rocks! Auction were earmarked for all things innovative. $2450 has been allocated to fund YOUR innovative ideas. Think big, creative, and innovative and apply for these grant dollars!  The deadline to apply is October 31, and decisions will be made by November 17.  Teachers, students, parents, and the community are all encouraged to apply. 

Here is the link to the online application:

Introducing Frostwood Wish Lists!  

See what your children’s teachers would like for their classrooms and donate those items by searching for Frostwood Elementary under
“Friends and Family Gifting” on! There is one registry per grade level and a "general" registry (don't forget about specials!). 

The registries are active now and will be updated throughout the year.

Have you heard of Amazon Smile? 

 donate .5% of the purchase price of ALL eligible Amazon purchases to Frostwood PTA.  Search for Amazon Smile and designate Frostwood Elementary PTA.  It’s simple and free!

Questions?  Contact Corey Marrs or Whitney Gormley


Auction Project Photos


This year’s auction project will once again be a photo mosaic. We’re keeping with the tradition of “Leave Your Heart at Frostwood” theme. If you would like to participate, I am asking that each family submits 3-5 photos of your 5th grader by Friday, November 10th Any photo is welcome as long as your child was of school age at the time it was taken.  Each photo will be roughly the size of a postage stamp on the finished project. Therefore, the larger the face in the photo the better for this project.  Please email your photos to me at
Guidelines for Photos

  1. Photos must be in JPEG format only.
  2. No professional photos will be accepted due to copyrights. 
  3. If you are using a MAC, please make certain you are not also submitting additional portions of your photo.
  4. If your photo has a border, please crop it before submitting.
  5. Head shots will work best.
  6. PHOTOS ARE DUE November 10th!!!

 Thank you!  Please email me if you have any questions.
Meredith LeBlanc



Frostwood Dads Club:

The Frostwood Dads’ Club is hosting its annual sporting clay tournament on Friday, November 10th at the beautiful Westside Sporting Grounds course in Katy.  Teams of 4 can be purchased for $800 and individual shooters may register for $250.  

Many sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Please visit to register or Contact for more details and information.



Spring Branch Education Foundation hosts UnGala to benefit SBISD students

Community celebrates SBEF Strong UnGala 2017 on Nov. 11


SBEF Strong UnGala 2017 will celebrate the strength of the Spring Branch community on Saturday, November 11. Chairs Becky and Brett Fenn and Kristi and Paul Robishaw redesigned Spring Branch Education Foundation’s annual gala event to toast the area’s amazing care for neighbors while supporting grants and scholarships.

“Priorities have changed since we planned the original gala,” said Kristi Robishaw. “Harvey reminded us that our main interests are families, friends and neighbors. We’re SBEF Strong, and at this UnGala, we’ll celebrate that strength. We’re grateful to everyone who supported the SBEF Harvey Relief Fund to care for student and staff families who were displaced by the storm.”

Becky Fenn agreed. “The UnGala will turn our focus to supporting programs that enhance our students’ education through grants and scholarships.”

The casual evening will include unique Big Board items, casino games, finger foods and dancing. “We’re planning a fun night with great nds and an evening of games, spirits and socializing,” said Debbie Slack SBEF Board event chair.

For the eighth year, HEB has come on board as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. “HEB’s gift of $25,000 each year is indicative of the company’s commitment to Spring Branch ISD’s students,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director.

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston, at 2222 West Loop South, will be transformed into a casual and low-key club where guests will enjoy cocktails, small bites, casino games and music.

Table sponsorships (seating for 10) are available for $5,000 and $3,000; general admission is $100 (cocktail tables available). Casino chips will be offered at $50 for 25 chips representing $2,500 of play and $100 for 75 chips representing $7,500. Underwriting opportunities are available.

Register online at For more information, call 713.251.2381 or visit

About Spring Branch Education Foundation:

Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting SBISD students and educators. It partners with the district and community to fund programs that enhance education and ̅students for the future. In 2016, Caruthers Institute ranked SBEF 42nd in the nation among 188 K-12 education foundations and in the top 10 of its division of foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues. Since 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $11 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.


Buy your yearbook Now through March 2nd

5th Grade Parents
5th grade parents, purchase your yearbook dedications Now through January 12.
One Ad per student




Cost: $150 Per Player
Deadline is November 15

KINGDOM BASKETBALL is a wonderful opportunity for
boys and girls, Pre-K through 12th grade.


Provides a positive self-image for all ages

Teaches good sportsmanship and will reveal their true character

Great opportunity to build new friendships

Honors God through learning the game and team building


For additional information and to register online,
click here

Questions? Email

Tiger Tales is the weekly publication of the Frostwood PTA. Submissions for the next Tiger Tales are due every Friday afternoon 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 Frostwood PTA website as much as possible to post extensive news articles or sign-up sheets.  Please submit Tiger Tales articles to Heather Cody.
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