Friday, January 28, 2011

Roaring News

Hello Baldwin Community,

I want to begin this blog by thanking all of the students that participated in our "First" Science Fair at Baldwin. We had over 200 projects that filled up our cafeteria including class projects from our Kinder through third grade classes.  From these 200+ individual projects, 14 were chosen to advance to the next level of competition, which is the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair to be held February 23-26. We are very proud of all of our participants and we wish our 14 students from grades 2-5 that have advanced the best of luck. We can't wait to hear how it goes for them at the regional level. I also want to thank the parents of our students that participated in the science fair. for all of their support and the commitment you made to help your child complete a project this year.

I also want to give a "shout out" to our volunteers for helping us organize this huge endeavor. We had 2 teachers, Mrs. Grance and Mrs. Quiroz, along with two parents that organized our science fair. These ladies then reached out to other parents and friends that helped us set up and take down the projects. We also had volunteers come in and judge the projects for us and we are very grateful to them for giving their time and expertise. We could not have done this without your time, talents and energy.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce Baldwin's 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Julie Burns. She is one of our third grade teachers. This morning at Morning Assembly we surprised Mrs. Burns with this announcement and with a beautiful flower arrangement. The Baldwin Staff voted for Mrs. Burns as our teacher of the year. We are so proud of her and the work she does everyday with your children! When you are on campus, stop by to see her and tell her congratulations! She ROARS!

This morning we also recognized all of the PTA Reflections participants. We had 50 participants and 14 of these advanced to the Area Level. Two of these students placed at the Area Level. This morning they were given a trophy and/or a medal for their accomplishments. I was so proud to see so many students standing on the stage with their trophies and medals. Thank you parents for encouraging your children to share their talents and gifts with others

I am very proud of Ms. Meixner's Kindergarten class. This morning their class name was drawn  to eat at the "fancy" table and they chose to pass this opportunity on to another class because they had eaten at the fancy table on Tuesday of this week. This gesture of kindness showed others how much they believe that we are a family here at Baldwin and that we should share these opportunities and experiences. Thank you to Ms. Meixner and her Kindergarten class for being so gracious and kind. Because they chose to pass this opportunity on to another class, Ms. LeBlanc's first grade class got to eat at the fancy table today. Ms. LeBlanc and her class then wrote a nice thank letter to Ms. Meixner's class expressing their gratitude. I love the way our children and our teachers take care of each other!

We had a general PTA meeting this past Wednesday and although we had a small turnout for this meeting, I do believe some very important decisions were made.  I encourage you to check out the PTA website to read more about the meeting. I hope we can have a better turnout at the next meeting.

I am going to take this opportunity to make a strong plea for tutors! We need your help with our Roaring Readers Club. We need mentor/tutors to sit with a child (first through fifth grade) for 30 minutes a day to help them increase their reading fluency and comprehension. The resource that we are using is an user friendly program that you would be able to follow. In fact, we have someone that will provide training before you get started. Please consider helping us with our struggling Bobcats. We all need a little help at times! You can sign up for a 30 minute slot by going  to to volunteer now! . For more information contact Tawnya Savoy at .

We will be having a parent-principal coffee on February 4th at 8:30 in the cafeteria.  I would love to see all of you at the Parent-Principal Coffee. We spend about 45 minutes talking about different concerns and/or sharing ideas on how to make Baldwin the Best School in Austin. I would love to see you at the coffee hour on Friday the 4th.

Roaring with Pride,

Dr. Peña