Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund

The EF-5 tornado that churned across the city of Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013  left a 17-mile stretch of destruction that resulted in the deaths of 24 people, including 7 children from the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Two hundred mile-per-hour winds pummeled both Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary, destroying the schools but not the spirits of the students, teachers and administrators. Now the rebuilding must begin and that's where you come in. Your resources will help us to take care of our school family...students and faculty.    Your donation will help provide hope to those who lost so much.

My fourth graders have blown me away once again.  Their hard work and dedication at the end of the school year has paid off.   Ever since the devastating storm took place in Moore, OK, my students were able to collect $1,000 to donate to the Moore Schools.   

Please continue to donate:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Helping Our Neighbors in Oklahoma

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in Oklahoma.  We wish we could be there to help out more, but we will do everything we can here in Austin, Texas. We are spreading the word here at Barton Creek Elementary and within our community about this terrible disaster. 

Relief funds will be collected throughout the week.  If you are in the area please feel free to pass along any donations to Miss Schumann in room 305 at BCE.  (Donations can be in form of cash or check made out to Ashley Schumann)

(Conversation took place at school BUT video was not shown at school)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

What a wonderful start to an already amazing week - Thanks Mr. Hooker! I feel blessed and honored to be among this group of teachers!

Carl Hooker 

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

STAAR Test...and Wax Museum!!

Unfortunately the STAAR test has consumed our class time this past month.  However, we were able to help out an amazing organization in the mean time.  The fourth graders took part in a "Wax Museum" where they became a famous Texan.  Each student created poems, speeches, costumes and technology to make their Texan come to life.  Their hard work paid off too - we were able to raise $2,003.07 for Texas Service Dogs!  It was a great success!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

We're Back!

Now that Spring Break has come and gone, we are ready for a strong finish to this school year!  Here are a few updates from room 305 at Barton Creek!

The Head for the Cure 5K was this morning and we had a blast!  My amazing fourth graders ended up raising $3,145 to help stop brain cancer. 

Yesterday, I was blessed to receive an e-mail that I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year.  I am thrilled to be up for TOY with two other incredible teachers. It's been a fabulous Spring Break and I can't wait to get back to school!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Respones & Reflections

Each student has been learning new researching skills to help with data collection on cancer awareness. They are now compiling all of their research and ideas in their Service Spiral to create responses and reflections. A few of the questions used to spark dialogue and reflections are:

Research Based:

1. What is cancer and why does it exist?

2. Who is affected by cancer?

3. How can we help solve the problem?


4. What have you learned since the beginning of this project?

5. What does this project mean to you?


*All students are publishing their reflections onto using their iPads and are continually adding new responses. Students are eagerly waiting for responses & comments from others: Check It Out!

We Reached Our $2,500 Goal!

Thanks to Maverick Capital Foundation and all the wonderful supporters we have gone above and beyond our goal of $2,500 - we are now at $3,145!  We haven't stopped there...many students and family members have signed up on race day to help show their support.  And children are still bringing in spare change to help the cause!

You can help our class too by donating or signing up for The Head for the Cure held on March 17th!  

Help spread the word and end brain cancer!  

Head for the Cure - Austin 2013 Fundraising - Cancer Isn't the Answer: Barton Creek Elementary

Monday, February 4, 2013

World Cancer Day

Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day! World Cancer Day is a time when people all around the world take a stand against cancer.  My students came together today to think about all those affected by this deadly disease. Friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and even our beloved pets are faced with cancer.  Each child put someone they "Stand Up For" on a "I Stand Up For"  card which I put out on our Service Wall.  

Inside their Service Spiral they brainstormed why World Cancer Day is so important and came up with amazing answers:

  • To spread awareness on how to help prevent cancer
  • Show support for those affected
  • To Remember
  • To be Thankful
  • To raise and donate money for Cancer Organizations
We also took a moment to watch the Stand Up 2 Cancer PSA; found at  Who do you stand up for?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Long Overdue Animal Project PSA

After much delay we finally have our Animal PSA up and running!  Take a few minutes to watch the inspiration from my Animal Project group.  I am extremely proud of their thoughtful comments and words of advice.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Head for the Cure 5K Update!

The fourth graders can't believe it! With the help from others they have raised more than 60% of their goal of $2,500 in only 12 days!  A huge thank you to all those who have donated! 

Head for the Cure - Austin 2013 Fundraising - Cancer Isn't the Answer: Barton Creek Elementary

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Excitement in the Air

There is nothing like receiving a package in the mail! Today, both classes unwrapped their packages from WWF and LiveStrong.  It was awesome seeing the reaction from each student - the air was definitely filled with excitement!  

My morning class took part in a word web to fully understand what LiveStrong meant to them.  We discussed why it is important to spread the word that LiveStrong is not about just one person, but more about the millions of people affected by cancer each day.  Each student decided on one word that properly expressed what LiveStrong meant to them.  As they put their word on the board, they were able to pick up their bracelet and put it on.  Surprisingly, this small activity was extremely powerful. 

My afternoon class was shocked to see how generous World Wildlife Fund is with their donations.  The packages we received from adopting the animals was truly spectacular.  With each adoption the class got a certificate of adoption, a letter from WWF, informational cards on the animal, an awesome stuffed animal, a reusable WWF bag and of course the feeling of accomplishment!

It was truly an awesome day at school today!  I am blessed to work with incredible, hard-working kids each day!

All of the wonderful goodies from WWF 
Tiger and Snow Leopard Adoption

Word Web

100 LiveStrong Bracelets

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Head for the Cure

The second project is underway! My eager fourth graders have decided to take part in the Head for the Cure ( on March 17th in Austin, Texas.  The Head for the Cure Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding in the fight against brain cancer. Each child is going to use their iPads to research brain cancer in order to spread the word to others in the community.  We will be using this time to honor and celebrate the life of one of our most loving, fabulous first grade teachers, Tammy Campbell.  

You can visit the page below to help us reach our goal.  Please feel free to pass it along to friends and family.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Project Results!

I am thrilled to announce that both classes went above and beyond and raised more than their goal of $50!  Our cancer project raised exactly $100, and they will take that money to purchase 100 LiveStrong wristbands to resell at school for an additional fundraiser.  They are very excited to let others in the community take part in their project by supporting cancer with the wristbands.  The animal project raised $130, which allows them to adopt two animals from the World Wildlife Fund!  The class agreed that they wanted to adopt a tiger and a snow leopard.  They are now working on their next fundraising and learning opportunity.