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Veteran's Day Reception -Hospitality needs your help!!
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 01:56PM CST

Austin Elementary staff and the PTO will be hosting a reception for the families of veterans who are attending the Veteran’s Day ceremony on Friday, November 11th.
The hospitality committee is looking for volunteers to help provide refreshments and assist with set-up and clean-up. This is a great way for our Austin families to show our appreciation for the veterans who have served our country through the years.
Please bring all food and drinks to the front office no later than 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11th.
If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Smith at 214-226-2646 Thank you for helping team Austin honor our Veterans and their families!

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Coppell Education Foundation’s Red & Black Campaign !!
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:29AM CST

One week left to donate!

The Coppell Education Foundation’s 2016 annual Red & Black annual fundraising campaign will run for only one more week – wrapping up November 18th. Each year, the Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to CISD schools in the form of teacher requested grants for use in their classroom. Help us to build on our legacy of supporting educational excellence to benefit all our students and campuses by donating today!

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Book Fair
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:29AM CST

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Austin library on November 7th – 11th. At this fundraiser we’ll have picture books, chapter books and more for readers of all levels and ages. We will be selling the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Double Down! Look for flyers and more information to come home with your child this week.

We will be open Nov. 7th – 10th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11th. (Tuesday, Nov. 8, we will be open until 4:00 p.m.) Be sure to stop by the Book Fair on Friday, Nov. 11th after lunch with a Grandparent or Special Friend!
Don’t forget to add tax of 8.25% to the purchase price of the books when sending money on purchase day. Make checks payable to Austin Elementary PTO.

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Grandparents Day + Burger & Books
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:29AM CST

Friday, Nov. 11 is Grandparents Day as well as Burgers & Books!

The Austin Library Book Fair will also be open for shopping until 1:00 p.m.

Lunch times are adjusted on this special day. Please make sure to read below to come at the right lunch time!
Kinder 10:30-11:00
1st Grade 10:45-11:15
2nd Grade 10:15-10:45
3rd Grade 11:15-11:45
4th Grade 11:00-11:30
5th Grade 11:30-12:00

If you need a form, Mrs. McConnell has extras in the library or you can email her at jmcconnell@coppellisd.com, and she will email you one!

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When Should My Child Stay Home?
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST

Regular school attendance is very important for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. It is an extremely long day for a child who does not feel well. A child must be feeling well in order to learn. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may spread illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain at home if the following conditions are present:
Fever The child should remain home with fever greater than 100. The child may return after being fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine).
Diarrhea/Vomiting A child should be home for a full 24 hours after the last time they vomited or had diarrhea.
Conjunctivitis Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis the child may return to school 24 hours after start of treatment.
Rashes Rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school after a Dr. has made a diagnosis and authorized to return to school.
Colds/Cough Consider keeping your child home if they have excessive coughing. It is very difficult to concentrate and learn with repeated coughing and sneezing.
Remember, it is an extremely long day for a child who does not feel well.
A few additional health reminders:
• Encourage your children to wash hands frequently.
• Cover sneezes with a tissue.
• Get plenty of rest.
• Eat a healthy diet.
• Bring a water bottle everyday to stay hydrated.
• Lip balm for chapped lips if needed.
Thank you for doing your part in making Austin a healthy place to learn.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Hyslop at 214-496-7316.

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Counselor’s Corner -Its November !!
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST

Hi Austin Families!

During the month of November in classroom guidance, we will be discussing bullying. We will talk about what bullying is and what to do if someone is bullying you. This would be a good opportunity to talk with your child at home to reinforce what we are learning about at school. Bullying is when one person intentionally targets another person and uses physical actions or words to hurt the other person repetitively. If someone is bullying you, tell a trusted adult. We will be using words like target, bully, and bystander. The words may differ or have a slightly different meaning, depending on the grade level. You can always contact me via email: jparker@coppellisd.com or phone: 214-496-7300. In the future, I am hoping to include some helpful tips and information in the newsletter in order to help with areas you may be concerned about at home or areas of concern with your children in general. Please be on the lookout for a quick and easy survey in order to get your input so that I am able to provide helpful feedback to our families.

Thank you,
Jennifer Parker
Counselor
Austin Elementary

214-496-7300

Pto meeting
PTO Meeting November 14 6:30pm @ Library !!
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST

We will be learning about “SEM” or the School wide Enrichment Model Austin uses and voting on several funding requests.
Look forward to seeing you all !!

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Resturant Night Ole Tuesday November 15 5pm to 9pm
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST

Resturant Night at Ole’s on November 15 2016 from 5pm to 9pm.
Look forward to seeing you all there !!
Be sure to mention you’re with Austin !!

 
An Update from the Bond Oversight Committee
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST

Following the passage of the 2016 Bond Package in May, the CISD Board of Trustee’s created the Bond Oversight Committee. The committee will serve in an advisory capacity to CISD Board and Administration to ensure project work remains faithful to the priorities and planning of the 2016 Community Bond Steering Committee.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of 16 community members plus two current board members: Jill Popelka & Judy Barbo. Judy co-chairs the committee with David Caviness, who was selected by the committee at the initial meeting on September 12th.

What’s happened so far? The Board authorized the initial bond sale of $91.4 million, which occurred in August. Since that time, there have been several campus renovation projects approved with work either underway or already completed.

What’s coming up? On October 24th, the Board approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price contract with Northstar Builders to begin site work and grading on the new middle school land. Dirt work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.

Important Dates:
Nov 8th @ 10am: Ground Breaking at New Middle School site.
Nov 10th @ 7pm: Bond Oversight Committee meeting.

More Information:

Detailed project information, along with meeting minutes, upcoming agenda’s and presentations are posted on Bond Oversight section on the CISD website: http://www.coppellisd.com/Domain/3213

 
9th Annual Creative Writing Competition
Published: Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 11:28AM CST
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Counselor’s Corner
Published: Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 03:24PM CDT

Hi Austin families!

I’m excited to have the opportunity to add a section to the PTO newsletter this year regarding counseling services at Austin!

This week, October 24th-28th, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to remind us all of the importance of making healthy choices and saying NO to drugs. During the last several weeks in classroom guidance, we have talked about what Red Ribbon Week means, saying no to drugs, and making healthy choices to have healthy bodies. I’m looking forward to an exciting week ahead!

I would also like to take this opportunity to reach out to you in order to offer my support to your family and your children.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: jparker@coppellisd.com or phone: 214-496-7300.
In the future, I am hoping to include some helpful tips and information in the newsletter in order to help with areas you may be concerned about at home or areas of concern with your children in general. Please be on the lookout for a quick and easy survey in order to get your input so that I am able to provide helpful feedback to our families.

Jennifer Parker
Counselor
Austin Elementary
214-496-7300

Helpwanted
HELP WANTED !!
Published: Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 03:24PM CDT

Are you interested in getting more involved at Austin Elementary?

We have the perfect opportunity- Volunteer!!! Please see the attached link to sign up for multiple volunteer opportunities!

Fall festival
New Tech Fall Festival next Thursday, October 27th from 5-7pm- FREE ADMISSIONS !!
Published: Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:48AM CDT
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