Friday, February 5, 2016

ROARing News!

Hello Baldwin Community, 

We have been busy at Baldwin since we returned from Winter Break! All of the children have been reacquainting themselves with their friends and classmates and with the expectations set out by their teachers for each of their classes.  

When we returned in January, students in Kinder through 3rd grades participated in a Percussion presentation by a member of the Austin Symphony. The gentleman that came to Baldwin provided our children with a brief explanation of each of the different instruments he brought with him on that day. The students learned a little history about the instruments as well as learning about the different sounds that are made with the instruments. We are so lucky to have the Austin Symphony partner with Austin Schools and share this knowledge and experiences with our children. 

Every year, Austin schools participate in selecting a Teacher of the Year. I am proud to announce that Baldwin's 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Abbey Smart! She has been teaching at Baldwin for 5 years and has been an asset to our campus since she joined us. She is  a role model to our children and staff. Every year she creates strong, positive learning environments in which all children thrive and succeed. She sees the potential in all children and helps each one succeed by building on his/her individual strengths. She reachers all children with simple, yet profound, motherly instincts and empathy, coupled with complete professionalism. She does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day. She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love reading and writing, and to respect each other and she teaches us (her peers) to give our best for our students every day! Congratulations to Mrs. Smart! We are so proud that Mrs. Smart is a Baldwin Bobcat!

If you haven't heard, last semester we started "Track Attack" and have received and observed very positive feedback from children and parents regarding this early morning opportunity for children and adults to run/walk the track before classes begin. Coach McGray has sent the following message in the Weekly ROAR: 

"Track Attack has been huge success! Kiddos are working hard to stay active and are developing healthy habits that will be with them for a lifetime. We are striving to create a community invested campus and would like to open the opportunity for you to join in and lead our Track Attack mornings.
This a great opportunity to show your student that physical activity is fun family activity, get to know the other students in your child’s grade level and promote a strong bond between Baldwin and the community.

Here are a few highlights:
  • 15-20 min in the morning before school
  • You can sign up for the morning(s) of your choice
  • You can choose to run with your child or just count and supervise
  • You will have trained student leaders to support you and staff available for assistance.
If you are interested or just have additional questions please email Coach Shawna McGray and attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:45am in the Gym." Please consider helping our children and staff with this awesome endeavor!

Parent-Teacher spring conferences are around the corner; these are scheduled to take place on February 15th or during that week. Be sure to reach out to your teacher(s) to schedule the conference. This is an important time to learn more about your child's progress and of ways to support his/her learning at home.

Thank you for your continuous support of Baldwin! I look forward to seeing all of you around our school! 

Roaring with Pride, 

Dr. Peña


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