Austin Elementary PTO: Latest News

Dads on Campus Events
Published: Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 01:54PM CDT

10/21/2016 7:30 am Donuts with Dads in the library
10/28/2016 6:00 pm Dads camp out

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Red & Black Robotics Camp
Published: Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 01:54PM CDT

We are excited to partner again with Verizon to offer our Red & Black Robotics Camp.

This program is specifically designed for 5th and 6th graders to build and program their very own Parallax Boe-Bot Robot to perform a variety of tasks.

The two-hour classes will be held on Wednesday nights over 8 weeks, starting January 11th. Registration opens November 2nd at 8:00 am.

Support Box Top for Education and win $100 Gift card
Published: Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 01:54PM CDT

PARENTS! Be excited about the new FAMILY incentive for participation in Box Tops for Education™!

The five (5) families who return the most redeemable Box Tops by the end of the year will win a $100 gift card The Container Store!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢, and 100% of the money collected will benefit Austin Elementary. Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. I’ve included a list of participating products.

All you have to do is:

  • Clip the non-expired Box Tops off of the participating product package. Please make sure the expiration date and product code is included.
  • Print your child’s FIRST and LAST NAME, CLASS NUMBER and TEACHER on a baggie, and have your child put the baggie in the pink collection box located in the foyer by front of the office.
  • Box Tops submitted for separate children in one family will be totaled in the family count for the gift certificate, so feel free to split them up between your children. I have two kids myself and understand the importance of fairness! Just be sure to note siblings names on the baggie, so I can tally family totals accurately.
  • Sign up to see how much the school has collected. It’s fun to watch the account grow!
  • Help the school earn more money by downloading the Box Tops for Education™ app on your phone and following the directions concerning receipts.
  • The child in each grade who turns in the most redeemable Box Tops will receive a Spirit Wear “Swag Bag.”

    Each class with the most individuals participating each semester, will receive a popcorn party!

    Last school year, we earned $1,054.30 for our school from Box Tops. This school year, our goal is to earn $3,000! I know we can do this!

    Please note, We are no longer collecting Campbell’s labels, as Campbell’s is discontinuing their program.

    Thank you for helping!
    Skye Christensen

Published: Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 01:54PM 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!

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All New Restaurant Night at Raising Canes -October 11 5pm to 9pm
Published: Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 02:39PM CDT

See you all at Raising Canes tomorrow for Dinner !!

7955 N. MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
Time: 5pm-9pm

Let them know that you are there to support Austin Elementary!

No School-Columbus Day -October 10
Published: Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 08:15PM CDT
Happy columbus day
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Check out helpful resources at Austin PTO !!
Published: Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 08:15PM CDT

Please check out helpful link at Austin PTO

Hospitality Team needs our help !!
Published: Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 06:48PM CDT

The PTO Hospitality team is looking for parents and sponsors to help provide snacks and beverages for the monthly faculty meetings. Whether you enjoy baking, cooking, shopping or just spoiling your favorite Austin teachers, we’d love to have your help.

Our next meeting is coming up this Wednesday if you would like to contribute. See the sign-up link below for details. Or fill out the volunteer form and check hospitality, and one of our coordinators will contact you regarding future needs.

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NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!
Published: Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 06:48PM CDT

Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.


· Elementary school parents can submit nominations at the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.

· This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, an ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.

· At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.

Please click here to submit your nomination by the October 7th deadline.
Remember to attend .....Fall Picnic tomorrow !!
Published: Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 06:47PM CDT

Please join the PTO at the Austin Elementary Fall Picnic on Monday, October 3rd from 6-8pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow Austin families and have some family fun!

We will have Mo’s Thats Amore and Snowie2U food trucks on site with food to purchase or pack your own picnic dinner with your family favorites.

There will be so much stuff to do you won’t want to miss out:

- Live DJ
- Face Painting
- Photo Booth
- Chalk & Bubbles Station
- Demonstration by Austin Drumming
- Reading corner
- And MORE!

  • It is not a drop off event.
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Last chance for WRITE A CHECK !!
Published: Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 05:30PM CDT
TOMORROW (Monday 9/26/16) is your last chance to send in Write A Check donations to help your class and teacher win!!

Students who donate of $25 or more win a foam finger!

Class winners will be announced Wednesday.

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Calling all Room Parents!!
Published: Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 05:30PM CDT


The Room Parent MEETING IS THIS TUESDAY AT 7:40 am. in the school library!

Lots of important information will be covered so please plan to attend!

Upcoming dates reminder from Mr Hilton
Published: Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 05:30PM CDT

Good Afternoon Austin Families!

Below are some important updates and news about upcoming Austin events. We hope to see you at one or more of the following dates!

Fall Picture Day on your calendars for Tuesday, September 26th

5th Grade Pine Cove Trip – Wednesday, Sept 28th-30th

Mustang Mutual Grand Opening! – Join us at 7:30 on Friday, Sept 30th for our grand opening as we celebrate our 11th year of Mustang Mutual! Be sure to return your account applications to the office or your child’s teacher.

PTO Back-To-School Picnic – Monday, Oct 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm – Please join your neighbors and our Austin team for an evening of fun, food, and community. Our PTO is working hard to put together a great picnic to celebrate a successful back-to-school.

Join us for this come & go event that will include an “Austin Drumming” demo, a photobooth, and more. We hope to see you there!

National Walk to School Day – Wednesday, Oct 5th – Mark your calendars! Plan to join Mr. Hilton and Ms. Martin and “walk to school” that morning. More info to come…

Conference Day / Student Holidays – There is no school on Friday, Oct 7th or Monday, Oct 10th.

National Red Ribbon Week – Oct 24th-28th – We’ll celebrate being drug free with a week of events and celebrations. More info to come…

As you come and participate in any of the events above, you may notice a change in the front office. The district has purchased a new visitor management/check-in system (Raptor) that will replace our current system (Lobby Guard). While it may take some “getting used to,” our new Raptor system will eventually ensure a quicker and smoother visitor check-in process. Here are a few tips to get you started and help the process go as quickly as possible;

At your first visit, you will be required to check-in with the office staff and present your ID. They will scan your ID into the system, and it will be added into the database. In subsequent visits, you will be able to sign-in independently using the kiosk on the front counter.
If your ID does not scan properly, our office staff will continue to assist you individually.
Thank you for your patience as we get accustomed to our new system. You can help speed up the process by having your ID ready each time you visit.
We hope to see you soon at one of our many upcoming events!

Cooper Hilton, Principal