Austin Elementary PTO: Latest News



Thanksgiving
NO SCHOOL The Week Of November 24th
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

There is no school next week, Monday 24th – Friday 28th for Thanksgiving Break.

Enjoy your family time and be safe!

Happy Thanksgiving from your Austin PTO!



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Thanksgiving Feast for Grades 3rd - 5th and their Families
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

Dear Grades 3-5 Austin Families,

Please join us on Wednesday, November 19th as Austin Elementary hosts our Annual Thanksgiving Feast.

This feast is only for students in grades 3rd through 5th grade and will be held during your child’s lunch hour.
3RD: 11:45 – 12:15
4TH: 12:15 – 12:45
5TH: 12:45 – 1:15

Students will go through the regular lunch line while our guests (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) are invited to go through our buffet line for a scrumptious lunch. The menu includes: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, pumpkin pie, and tea or water!

Cost for an adult is: $3.50 and for a child, the cost is $2.75. You may pay when you go through the line in cash or you may charge the lunch to your child’s lunch account. We hope you will be able to join us as we CELEBRATE our many wonderful families at Austin Elementary!



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Turkey Drive - Friday 11/21
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

11th Annual Turkey Drive:

Bring a turkey to school on Friday, Nov. 21 from 7:15-8:30 a.m

OR donate online at www.ntfb.org/turkey (select Kids 4 Turkeys).

In addition, the “virtual” (online) turkey drive will be held that same day from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. The Virtual Turkey Drive link is web.ntfb.org/turkey

For More information click here Turkey Drive

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MUSTANG MUTUAL IS OPEN THIS THURSDAY 11/20
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

Mustang Mutual is scheduled for THURSDAY 11/20 Please bring in those deposits on THURSDAY!!

Remember it is never too late to sign-up!
This is a great opportunity for your child to learn and practice basic financial management and banking skills.

We invite all students to take advantage of this unique and rewarding experience. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Susie Mayes, our contact with the LCFCU at 214-273-5094 ext 214 or by email at smayes@lascolinasfcu.com

Or, feel free to contact our campus representatives, the 4th grade teachers.

Click Below for more details

Mustang Mutual Parent Letter
Mustang Mutual Application

Everyone making their 4th deposit will receive a special prize.

THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH IS OUR NEXT BANKING DAY



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Coppell Public Library! Homework Assistance
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

If your child is looking for homework assistance on most any subject, your public library has a great online resource called Kids Search that you can access 24 hours a day through the Coppell library’s catalog. Just go to the library’s catalog at http://catalog.coppelltx.gov/polaris look for TexShare Databases on the left menu and find Ebsco Kids Search.

You will need a Coppell Library Card to use the service and can apply online through the library catalog for a card.

All CISD students and teachers may apply for a free card that will provide limited access to library services www.coppelltx.gov, click on library.

If you need assistance, please call the Coppell Public Library at 972.304.3658 .



 
BE A RED AND BLACK BACKER
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST

BE A RED & BLACK BACKER AND WIN A CHANCE TO HAVE A SNOW CONE PARTY FOR YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM!

The Coppell Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, The RED&BLACK Campaign, is in full swing. This campaign is the foundation’s main fundraising vehicle to support CISD’s commitment to excellence in education. It provides grants to teachers for innovative programs that impacts students across the district.

Show your support by clicking here

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH HIGHEST PARTICIPATION WINS A POPSICLE PARTY

Each CISD Family Is Encouraged To Donate $5 Or More

A Yard Sign Will Be Given With A $50 Donation



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Helpful Austin Elementary Links…
Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 11:39AM CST


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PROJECT BASED LEARNING MEETING 11/10
Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 01:11PM CST

Austin Families,

We invite you to a very special PTO meeting this coming Monday! The focus of our meeting will be an informal conversation with our Austin educators about Project Based Learning (PBL) at the elementary level.  Each grade level will have a representative that will share details on their PBL unit from the 1st 9 weeks.  You will see product examples and have an opportunity to hear more about how PBL is positively impacting Austin Elementary.  

Check out the following video for a quick (4 minute) parent-friendly explanation of Project Based Learning Also, here are a few brief highlights on how the PBL learning design is making a difference at Austin… 

Effective Project Based Learning:

  • Teaches significant content. Goals for student learning are explicitly derived from our state content standards (TEKS).
  • Requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication. 
  • Requires inquiry as part of the process of learning and creating something new.
  • Students ask questions, search for answers, and arrive at conclusions.
  • Is organized around an open-ended Driving Question. This focuses students’ work and deepens their learning by framing important issues, debates, challenges or problems.
  • Creates a need to know essential content and skills.Project Based Learning reverses the order in which information and concepts are traditionally presented. A typical unit with a “project” add-on begins by presenting students with knowledge and concepts and then, once gained, giving students the opportunity to apply them. Project Based * Learning begins with the vision of an end product or presentation. This creates a context and reason to learn and understand the information and concepts.
  • Includes processes for revision and reflection.
  • Involves a public audience. Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher – in person or online. This “ups the stakes,” increasing
  • Students’ motivation to do high-quality work, and adds to the authenticity of the project.

We look forward to seeing you!

Cooper Hilton
Principal
Austin Elementary
(214) 496-7300



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Restaurant Night - SCHLOTZSKY'S
Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 01:11PM CST

So mouth watering yummy! No effort just order, sit down, eat and enjoy your family!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th

Remember to place your receipt in the PTO box and a portion of your purchase will come back to our school!"

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NOTES FROM THE NURSE
Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 01:11PM CST

Flu Prevention Tips
These simple flu prevention tips can protect our students and staff from getting the flu and stop the spread of germs.
Get a flu shot.
A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
Wash your hands frequently.
Frequent hand washing is the most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of illness.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Cough or sneeze into the inside of your arm, or tissue.
Stay home if you are sick.
Stay home from work or school when you are sick. You should be home a full 24 hours fever free without medicine before returning to work or school.

Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, exercising, managing stress, drinking water, and eating a healthy diet, will help you to stay healthy this winter and all year.

If have questions or concerns please feel free to call the clinic.

Janie Hyslop, RN
214-496-7316

For more information about flu, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit www.flu.gov Dallas County influenza resources and updates are available at: http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs



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FOLLOW OUR GT/SEM COORDINATOR ON HER SEM BLOG
Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 01:11PM CST

Follow Me!

The Week in Review
https://www.smore.com/5gffg

SEM Blog:
www.learningmadesemple.blogspot.com

Twitter:

  • @SEMAustin
  • @MalonesMustangs
  • @lm4kids

“At Austin Elementary, we are driven to unlock the passion and cultivate the uniqueness inherent in every learner.”
Liz Malone
GT Facilitator/SEM Coordinator
Austin Elementary



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NASA Challenge Thursday
Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 01:11PM CST

Austin Families,

See the link below regarding an awesome new opportunity for our kids! Jodi Schleter, a CISD Design Coach, will be hosting a NASA Challenge Thursday afternoons during the months of November and December here at Austin.  

See if this would be something you are interested in.  Space is limited, and the program begins soon!

https://www.smore.com/vntuf

Cooper Hilton
Principal
Austin Elementary
(214) 496-7300