Hello Hello, Emily Arrow, Hello!

Kindergarteners and 1st graders are very excited to meet Emily Arrow in a few weeks! Emily is a former elementary-school-music-teacher-turned-kidlit-singer/songwriter; writing and performing fabulous songs based on picture books!

You can watch many videos of her original songs on her Emily Arrow YouTube channel, and we are excited to offer the pre-sale opportunity to purchase a kazoo and/or a signed CD before her visit! Order forms will be sent home this week, and please return them by Wednesday, October 12th!

Thank you to our AWESOME PTA for funding and supporting this very special literacy-music visit from Emily Arrow!



Check out Louise Loves Art and Hug Machine videos below:


Louise Loves Art Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Kelly Light


Hug Machine song – Emily Arrow
Book by Scott Campbell


The Dot Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


BE A FRIEND Song by Emily Arrow
Book by Salina Yoon


The Curious Garden Song – Emily Arrow & Peter Brown


ARE WE THERE, YETI? Song – Emily Arrow & Ashlyn Anstee


ISH Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


I Am Yoga Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H. Reynolds

Battle of the Bluebonnets 2016

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23 dedicated students read ALL 20 Bluebonnet books and were poised to battle it out in our Campus Battle of the Bluebonnets on February 23, 2016! Students used the Quizziz app on our NextGen iPads to demonstrate their deep knowledge of the 20 Bluebonnet books.




Once our team was selected, it was time to PREPARE for BATTLE!

This year’s battle was being sponsored by the Round Rock Express and would be held at the Dell Diamond!


Battle of the Bluebonnets 2016 Logo

2016 Battle Team Picture


Our team won THIRD PLACE out of THIRTY schools participating!!!!! We are so proud of our England Leopard Battle Team!




Book Fair: NEXT WEEK!

Calling all volunteers! Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching and we need YOUR help! We begin setting up for our book fair on Friday, May 8th, and there are tons of opportunities for you to make it a success.

Volunteers can help by setting up the fair, helping students write their wish lists, selling books and finally, packing up the fair. Please consider signing up for a shift! It is a fun volunteer opportunity!


Our Online Fair is already running!
Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/England!

Book Fair May 2015 Digital Flyer



And the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner is……..

130,997 students across the entire state of Texas voted, including:

  • 40,078 students in 3rd grade
  • 42,354 students in 4th grade
  • 38,651 students in 5th grade
  • 9,914 students in 6th grade

AND… the book winning the state-wide Texas Bluebonnet Award for 2015 is……(watch the video!)…..(make sure your volume is on!)……

TBA 2015 Video Congrats


Here at England Elementary, our voting totals were as follows:

  • 3rd runner up: The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses (10 votes)
  • 2nd runner up: The Neptune Project (14 votes)
  • 1st runner up: Dead City (15 votes)

and the winner at England Elementary, with 39 votes, is Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin!

At our school, 133 students voted, including:

  • 45 students in 3rd grade
  • 48 students in 4th grade
  • 40 students in 5th grade

THANK YOU to all of the students who participated in the Bluebonnet Program and to all of the teachers and parents who supported our awesome readers!!!!


2 weeks left for Six Flags Six Hour Reading Logs!

There are only TWO WEEKS left to log your 360 minutes for the Six Flags Six-Hour Read to Succeed Program!

Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate in the Six Flags Six-Hour Read to Succeed Program running from January 6th through February 25th.  Six Flags Fiesta Texas encourages students to read for six hours outside of their regularly assigned reading — to READ FOR FUN – and is happy to reward those students with a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas!  Forms were distributed to all K-5 students through their take-home folders during the first week of January.

Please read the front and back of the form, fill out as directed (including parents’ initials and signature) and return NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th to your child’s teacher.  The theme park tickets will arrive mid-May for those who participate.



Bluebonnet Recap and Voting Parties 2015

At the end of January, we held our third annual Bluebonnet Voting Parties!! This year, so many students were eligible to vote that we had to have THREE voting parties in order to fit everyone in the library!


We had 135 students who qualified to vote for their favorite Bluebonnet book — these 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students read 5 or more Bluebonnet Books from the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List:

  • 45 voters in 3rd grade
  • 48 voters in 4th grade
  • 40 voters in 5th grade

Some other fun facts about this year’s Bluebonnet Program:

  • England students read 1,570 Bluebonnet Books between August and January! WOW!
  • Kudos to Mrs. Schermerhorn’s Class for reading the most books – 188!
  • Mrs. Potral’s Class ROCKED the Bluebonnet Books — they had the most qualified voters — 17!

The Bluebonnet Breakfast will take place this Friday! We have a record-breaking 43 students qualified to attend the Bluebonnet Breakfast, for those who read 10+ books in 3rd grade, 12+ books in 4th grade, and 14+ books in 5th grade!!!  WOW!!  

Finally, we have 14 students qualified to attend our Campus Battle of the Bluebonnets, for those who read all 20 books. This year’s participants are: Alizeh, Neha, Saanvi, Paridhi, Suhani, Ashley, Changbin, Hailey, Jennifer, Sasank, Aditya, Akshay, Evan and Krisha! Way to go, Bluebonnet Rockstars!  

I am SO proud of all of our Bluebonnet Program Participants from this year! Reading the Bluebonnet Books expands your reading horizons and I know our students discovered new authors and genres and enjoyed participating in our fun program!

Below are a few additional images of the Voting Parties:
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Bluebonnet Author Liesl Shurtliff visits 3-5th graders!

Our 3-5th graders were SO EXCITED to meet Bluebonnet Author Liesl Shurtliff during her visit to Round Rock! Every class had read her nominated book, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin over the past semester, so Ms. Shurtliff’s visit was highly anticipated. It is always a special event when an author visits our school, but this visit in particular was extra special since Rump is nominated on this year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and is being read by students across Texas this year!

Her interactive presentation engaged our students and they enjoyed participating in a Readers Theater with Ms. Shurtliff. We can’t wait for Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk to be published in April!

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for financing Ms. Shurtliff’s visit for our students!





Gingerbread Man Literacy Night

Over 100 Kindergarten and 1st Graders had a blast last night at our annual Family Literacy Night! Students dressed in their pajamas and enjoyed reading an eBook version of The Gingerbread Man, learning a little bit about the folk tale, and participating in hands-on learning stations related to the story.

RRHS Dragon Tales Football Players were here to interact with the students and share their love of reading and learning. They also brought a huge box of t-shirts to give away to our students, so many students entered their names in the drawing and won a Dragon Tales T-shirt!

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