February 20, 2017
Issue #26
Frostwood Special Dates

2/20     SBISD Sporting Clay Tournament (more info)
2/20     HOLIDAY- no school
2/21     Jump Rope for Heart (register)
2/22     Math Olympiad, 7 am
2/21     Jump Rope for Heart (register)
2/22     Book Swap

2/23     Green Tigers, 7:15 am, library
2/24     Box Tops Deadline (box tops form)
2/24     Jump Rope for Heart Pledges Due (pay online)
2/25     Auction (more info)

2/27     SBISD  Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 pm (more info)
2/27     Texas Rally Day (more info)
3/1       CIT Meeting, 7 am
3/1       5th Grade Field Trip- Georgetown, TX Caverns
3/3       Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day
3/3       Project Study Requests Due (
request form)
3/7       Provine Individual School Pictures
3/9       SBISD Parent U, 5-6:30 pm  (more info)
3/10     Book Character Dress Up Day (more info)
3/10     End of 3rd Nine Weeks
3/13-17       Spring Break Holiday
3/21     Hop To It Reading Logs Due
3/28     STAAR/Staff Appreciation Lunch
STAAR/Staff Appreciation Lunch
3/30     STAAR Make-up Day
3/30     PTA Executive Board Meeting, 9 am

For more detailed information and an extended calendar, please visit the Frostwood PTA Calendar on the PTA website  

For questions regarding the Spring Branch ISD Calendar, please visit the calendar links on the SBISD Website




TODAY: Buy your Rock-N-Roll Raffle Tickets
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BEFORE WEDNESDAY: Update your BidPal Profile, including your cell phone number
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WEDNESDAY: 9:00AM The BidPal Site goes Live for you to preview Auction Items and create your Watch List
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FRIDAY: 9:00AM Sign Up Parties Go Live!! You will not need to wait until Auction Night to buy your parties.
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SATURDAY: Get ready to party like a ROCK STAR! 
        5:00PM-6:00PM Magness Orthodontics VIP Pre-Party and VIP Check In
        6:00PM-7:00PM General Admission Check In, Silent Auction & Big Board
        7:00PM Dinner & Program
        10:30PM-12:00AM Magness Orthodontics VIP After Party

        11:30PM Event End Time


Need more information? Please CLICK HERE for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. 



TIGER ALUMNI - CALLING ALL FROSTWOOD ALUMS!  It is really amazing to have so many “kids” return to their old stomping ground to raise their own kids! The Frostwood PTA is gathering photos and videos from Frostwood alumni for a special project.

If you can get your hands on some of your old Frostwood photos, we would love to borrow them. Please send them to, or contact, Stephanie Green at



JUMP ROPE FOR HEART - Frostwood is raising money for the American Heart Association to bring awareness of heart disease and stroke and to teach our students the importance of helping others.

  • Go to Jump Rope for Heart and find Frostwood in the drop down menu and join our team.
  • Create your login and fill out your profile
  • Set your fundraising goal
  • Click “I agree” for the waiver
  • Click “continue” to go to your Zoo Crew Headquarters to see the amazing thank you gifts from the American Heart association.

Our jump rope for heart event will be held in health fitness class during the school days on February 21-22. Funds raised will be due February 24th.  This event includes every student, even if they don’t raise any money.  We are practicing and learning all kinds of fun jump rope skills and tricks right now in health fitness.
Marion Thames



BOOK SWAP - Way to go, Tigers! Almost 1,500 books were collected last week during Book Swap collection days! 

Parents, we need your help while the students shop for "new" books this Wednesday, February 22nd. Please click on the sign up genius below to volunteer.
We appreciate your help!

Book Swap Volunteers 

Please contact Libby Kafka and Katherine Gring with any questions!



GREEN TIGERS - Our next Green Tigers meeting is Thursday, February 23rd, in the library at 7:15 am.

Thank you for getting your students to the last meeting on time and in their t-shirts!  I know they will be happy to see themselves in the Yearbook.

Last week we distributed marker recycling boxes to the teachers.  If you have any dried old markers at home, please send them to school with your child so that they can be recycled.

Amelia Damborg


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Thank you to all of the families participating in the Box Tops Submission Program!  It is an easy way to earn money for Frostwood!  We have 2 submissions per year. For the recent November submission we earned $228.90!  The next deadline will be Friday, February 24th!  

- Purchase items with "Box Tops"
- Go to the Frostwood PTA website and look under the "Support FWE" tab.  
- Choose the Box Tops Forms option and print
- Adhere your Box Tops to this form.  
- Please be sure not to tear or cut off corners with important information!
- Box tops do have expiration dates, so please do not submit any box tops that have expired. 

Let's beat the last submission and raise more money for Frostwood!  

Click on the image below for a full-size, printable box tops form.  

Contact Alicia Ross with any questions!  
832-594-9624 or


TEACHER OF THE YEAR - Congratulations to Kindergarten Teacher Tracy Muras!  Mrs. Muras was selected as the Frostwood Elementary Teacher of the Year!  Please be sure to congratulate Mrs. Muras when you see her on campus!  



STAFF APPRECIATION - The staff appreciation committee LOVED on our Staff at the luncheon on Friday, February 10th with delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches and pasta from Reginelli's Pizzeria.
A huge thank you to our gracious luncheon hostesses, Courtney Anderson and Neely BesetsnyThank you for planning, setting up, and serving our staff. We would also like to thank Fer SchaferHeather Hennekes and Terri Tarwater for providing the delicious treats for the luncheon.  Staff luncheons are a team effort and we appreciate everyone’s help. They are very much apprec

Aubrey Slye and Kim WinklerStaff Appreciation Chairs



PROJECT STUDY - Project Study is quickly approaching and the committee will be hard at work!  Some may ask, “What is project study?”  In a nut shell, Project Study is the allocation of excess budgetary funds provided through fundraising events such as Boosterthon and Auction.  In the past, Project Study has funded specialist positions, para-professionals, teacher wish lists, and parent requests. 

For information on how to submit requests, please visit the PTA website.  All requests are due by
Friday, March 3rd.


Questions? Contact Stephanie Green



PTA MEETING MINUTES - Please click on the link below to view the minutes from the February PTA meeting.  


Please contact Rachel Molokin with any questions.  


MUSIC NEWS - Dear Frostwood PTA, Thank you for sponsoring me to attend the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. Every year TMEA hosts the nation’s largest music educators’ convention. The convention draws over 26,000 attendees comprised of music educators and students from elementary through college age. I have been attending this convention since I was in high school and college, and every year that I attend, I learn new things which inspire my teaching and help to keep me current.

The convention draws over 26,000 attendees. Through this annual convention, TMEA offers its members professional growth, inspiration, and motivation to help them deliver the best music education experience possible for the students of Texas.

The annual convention features over 300+ workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College educators with presentations by internationally recognized educators.  In addition, more than 100+ performances (from elementary through college and professional groups), and over 1,100 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry.  The convention culminates on Saturday with the TMEA All-State Concerts sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions. 

Performing music at high levels is good for all of our brains, and especially our students’ brains. Each year at the convention they share the average SAT scores of the high school all- state musicians, and this year, I would like to share them with you, and first of all compare them with the general population’s SAT scores.

According to my convention information:
1080-     The 2016 national average SAT score
1020-     The 2016 Texas average score
1273-     Texas All-State Musicians (orchestra, band, and choirs) combined average score

So, parents, please encourage your students to continue their study of music in middle school and high school. It’s good for their brains and rewarding in so many other aspects of their lives as well!

Julie Sykes, music teacher


PARENT WORKSHOP WITH GREG TANG - Frostwood, Memorial Drive, and Hunter Creek are coming together to host a Parent Math Workshop with Greg Tang on Wednesday, March 1st.  Frostwood has 100 seats secured that are available by registering via the Sign-Up Genius link below.  This workshop is for parents only (no children please).  

Sign Up Genius

Greg is called the "Math Missionary" for the dedication and passion he has shown in sharing his love of math with students, teachers, and parents.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about Greg's math strategies, online games, and other resources, like Tangy Tuesday and the holiday challenges that we have been using at FWE.  

Please make every effort to attend this workshop.  It will be worth your time!  Greg Tang math games will be available for purchase at the workshop.  For more information about Greg Tang, please visit his website:  

Greg Tang Math

Kim McCormick, Frostwood Math Specialist 

MATH NEWS FOR 5TH GRADE - Attached you will find Lance Stallworth's power point presentation from this morning's meeting along with a copy of the application for credit by exam which is needed for the 2 year math acceleration.  

Math Credit By Exam

The TEKS for each grade level can be found on the TEA web page.  Study guides for the credit by exam tests can be found below.  

Credit By Exam Study Guides

Dorothy Tho


SBISD INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS - Spring Branch ISD is seeking public input into the recommendation for the adoption of instructional materials under Proclamation 2017.  The public is invited to view the available materials at The Guthrie Center each school day during the following dates/times:

Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 24
9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The major subject areas in Proclamation 2017 are Languages Other Than English and Career and Technology Education.  Adoption Subjects include the following:
American Sign Language
Career Development
Health Services
Hospitality and Tourism
Audio Visual
Education and Training
Human Services
Information Technology
Law and Public Service

Community input will be shared with the Board of Trustees as they approve the recommendations from the teacher committees.  If you have questions, please contact the Textbook Office at 713-251-1100.


RALLY DAY - The 85th Legislative Session is here and Texas PTA is encouraging all members to attend Rally Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 27th.   Be an advocate and lend your voice to Texas children!  

Legislative priorities, information, and a tentative Rally Day schedule can be found on the Texas PTA website.

If you have any questions, please contact us.  See you in Austin!


LIBRARY NEWSBook Character Dress Up Day – Friday, March 10th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  I will send home the flyers and discuss in library time in February and March.


Hop To It Reading Logs will be going home the week of March 6th for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  The students need to read at least 10 books between March 10th and March 19th.  Reading Logs will be due to the library no later than Tuesday, March 21st.  There will be a “Hop To It” Party for all readers who read 10 books over this period (date and time TBD).
Heather Bothe, Frostwood Librarian




Kindergarten News:  

1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:  The fourth graders will be bringing their recorders and books home after music class this week if they did not get them last week. Please read the note attached to the book about on line access to the Be A Recorder Star website. This is a new feature of our system which gives the students access to the full book and the recordings that are available for the book. The online access is good for one full year- through March 2018. I believe that it will be very helpful to the students. 

The on line access code is only good for ONE DEVICE. So Parents, please help your child choose carefully which device to use. Students should bring their RECORDER BOOKS and RECORDERS to both the block music class and short music class each week.

If you did not purchase the PTA school supplies for your child, and have not yet paid for your recorder materials, please send $12.85 to me or to the Frostwood treasurer and label the check or envelope as recorder materials. 

Regards, Julie Sykes

5th Grade:

Homework Blog:
5th Grade Homework



BOOTCAMP - Please click on the image below for a full size flyer and more information about the Memorial Area Women's Bootcamp.  This is a free bootcamp at MMS.  

MHS FRESHMAN GARAGE SALE - Please click on the image below for a full size flyer and information about the upcoming MHS Freshman Garage Sale Preview Night.  

CAMP OF CHAMPS - Please click on the image below for a full size flyer and more information about the Camp of Champs sports camps for summer 2017.  Camp of Champs is held at Memorial Middle School for boys and girls in grades 1-8.  

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 Springer.
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