Austin Elementary PTO: Latest News

Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015, 08:35AM CST
The PTO would like to wish our Austin families, staff, and teachers a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Safe travels if you are venturing out for the holidays. Austin PTO
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Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 10:07AM CST
NO SCHOOL this week – November 23-27. If you are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, safe travels. Enjoy the time off with your families!! See you next week!!!!!!
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Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 10:07AM CST
Follow Our GT Facilitator/SEM Coordinator! The Week in Review 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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Helpful Austin Elementary Links…
Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 10:07AM CST
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Donate Clothes & Help Austin Elementary Raise Funds
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:51AM CST
Dear Parents, Great news! We just kicked off a clothing drive with our fundraising partner, Schoola. What’s Schoola? It’s a great new way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women’s and children’s clothes, sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to our school to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! How you can help: Fill a bag with gently used kids and women’s clothes (clean clothing in new or like-new condition), attach the sticker we sent home and bring to school no later than Friday, November 20th. We’ll be collecting clothes at the front of the school in the giant pink box!
Thanksgiving Feast for Kinder-2nd Grade
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:51AM CST
The Thanksgiving feast for kinder-2nd will be held Wednesday, November 18th. Please note that 2nd grade’s lunch time will be 11:15-11:45. Please plan to arrive a little earlier since it will be a little busier that day.
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3rd Grade Reminder - Field Trip to Heritage Village
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
A reminder for our 3rd grade parents. This Thursday, November 19, your third grader will be heading out to Heritage Village in Dallas. Please email your Room Parents or Homeroom Teachers for details if you have any questions.
Upcoming Turkey Drive
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
Dear Austin Families: The holiday season is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Austin Elementary will be joining the Physical Education Department, all ten elementary schools, the middle schools, and all high schools to sponsor a “Turkey Drive” for the North Texas Food Bank. The food bank provides staple food items and meals for those families in our community who have a financial need. During the holiday season, thousands of turkeys/chickens are needed to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This year we will be accepting “holiday birds”. Our region lost over 1 million birds to avian flu earlier this year. Due to the decreased supply, the price of turkeys has increased, therefore, we will provide frozen chickens to families this holiday season. Frozen chickens can be stuffed and prepared just like a turkey! With a minimum donation $15 ONLINE donation, a donor can double their impact. A $15 donation will provide 2 frozen chickens, so we can feed more families this year. The NTFB will also be providing a $30 OLINE donation option that will provide 2 families with an ENTIRE meal (chicken and all the fixins’: sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, fruit cocktail, mac & cheese, cooking oil). We would like to ask our Austin Families to donate “one frozen turkey or chicken” to the North Texas Food Bank. One turkey/chicken will count for all of the children in your family. We are so proud of the way our Austin family has supported this effort in the past years. Times are still rough for some of our families. More importantly, we want our Austin Mustangs to develop a spirit of community service and helping others. Turkeys/chickens will be collected on Friday, November 20th from 7:15am – 8:30am. We will only be able to collect frozen turkeys/chickens on Friday, November 20th at this time and they can be dropped off in either parent loop. We will have helpers assisting with the turkeys/chickens. Than you so much for your contribution and support!! Online donations can be done here. Pick Barbara S. Austin Elementary. ONLINE DONATIONS WILL START ON NOVEMBER 1!
Thanksgiving Break
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
NO SCHOOL November 23rd-27! Enjoy your family time!!
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5th Grade Parents - Cotillion Registration Opens Nov 9, 2015
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
Registration for the 19th annual Coppell Cotillion conducted by Jon D. Williams Cotillions opens on Thursday, November 19 at 10 a.m. Register here. Classes begin on January 22 and continue on Friday evenings through March 4. This year there are two 5th grade classes. The general recommendation for 5th grade students is as follows: The 5:30 p.m. class will be primarily for 5th grade students who feed into CMSE and CMSW. The 7:00 p.m. class will be primarily for 5th grader students who feed into CMSN as well as students who are homeschooled, attend private schools, or go to other schools outside the CISD district. This allows for ease of forming carpools and keeps classmates together, although parents can register their child for whichever class best fits their needs. Additional information can be found at or by e-mailing Cherie Walker or Denise Thompson.
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2015 RED and BLACK Campaign
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
The Coppell Education Foundation’s 2015 annual Red & Black fundraising campaign will run for only one more week, wrapping up November 20th. Each year, the Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to CISD schools in the form of teacher requested grants. Help us to build on our legacy of funding excellence and innovation that benefits all our students and campuses by donating today! Give $25 or more and we will place a Red & Black sign in your yard as thanks! Click HERE to donate today!
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CGA Creative Writing Competition
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
The Coppell Gifted Association will be having a Creative Writing Competition that is open to all CISD students in grades 4-12. It is free to enter. The competition will consist of writing in both the Story and Poetry categories. The deadline to enter is December 9th. The winners will be published in a book to be released next Spring. Please visit CGA’s website for more information.
Volunteers needed for K-2 salad bar at lunch
Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 08:50AM CST
Grades K-2 need volunteers to help them serve up their veggies! If you would like to volunteer to help with the salad bar during lunch on Tuesdays. Please contact Sally Wiethoff for more information. Thank you! Please have your background check completed. If you still need to complete one please click on CISD Background Check .
Austin Intramurals for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades
Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 09:56PM CST
ATTENTION PARENTS of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade boys and girls!! Austin will be offering an afterschool sports program for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls and boys. The program will be on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning November 9th/10th and ending on December 14th/15th from 3:15 – 4:30pm. The cost will be $5 which helps cover the cost of equipment. Grades will meet on the following days: Mondays – 2nd & 3rd grade – 3:15-4:30pm. Tuesdays – 4th & 5h grade – 3:15-4:30p.m. For more details print the attached flyer.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Our Red & Black Superstars!!
Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 09:14AM CST
SO PROUD of our Austin Red & Black Superstars!! Go TEAM AUSTIN!!
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Veterans to Be Honored This Wednesday
Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 09:14AM CST
A long standing tradition here at Austin is to honor the Veterans of our families. Join us on Wednesday, November 11 at 8:15 a.m. in the school gym as we honor them on Veteran’s Day. Reception immediately to follow for our Veterans and their families in the school cafeteria.
Hospitality Help
Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 09:14AM CST
Here is an opportunity to help your hospitality team! It’s time for our most important Hospitality event of the year. On November 11, Austin will be having their annual Veteran’s day ceremony. This is the day that we honor the Veterans in our family and the community. To make this possible we are asking for a few breakfast item donations. Please take a moment to look at the list and sign up.
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Parent U - Saturday, November 14, 2015
Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 09:14AM CST
CISD has revamped Parent University to help support parents throughout the year. Parents will have an opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, including guest speakers, online seminars, mini workshops, video tutorials and a special event, “Parent University 2.0,” on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. -12:00 a.m. at Coppell Middle School West. Check out this page for up-to-date events and resources. Events will be added as they are scheduled. Parent University 2.0 Session Options Delving into Dual Credit Engaging A Diverse Parent Population in Your Organization/Events Financial Literacy Love & Logic Navigate Schoology Like a Pro Parental Support for Pre-K Learners Parenting the Digital Native School Safety- What Every Parent Needs to Know We are so excited to offer 8 great educational opportunities for parents. Seats are limited, so we ask that you register for the sessions you would like to attend. You do not have to attend all three sessions-come to one, two or all three sessions. Sign-Up Today! Seats are Limited. Parent University Upcoming Events December 8, 2015 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Parent Plug-In February 23, 2016 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Parent Plug-in
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Book Fair Begins!!
Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 09:48AM CST
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Austin library on November 2nd – 6th and we can’t wait! At this fundraiser we’ll have picture books, chapter books and more for readers of all levels and ages. We will be open Nov. 2nd – 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 6th. In addition, we will be open *Tuesday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for families to shop the fair together and we will be celebrating the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10 – Old School with some fun stuff! Be sure to stop by the Book Fair on Friday, Nov. 6th 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. We welcome parent volunteers to help classes with preview and buying – see the letter that came home with your Book Fair flyer for class times.
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Schoola is Back...Time to Clean Out Your Closets
Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 09:48AM CST
Great news! We’re getting ready to kick off a clothing drive with our fundraising partner, Schoola. What’s Schoola? It’s a great new way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women’s and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to our school to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! How you can help: Donate clean clothing in new or like-new condition from 11/9/2015 – 11/20/2015. We’ll be collecting clothes at the school. Check the flyer to be sent home with your kiddo(s) today. To learn more, check out their website: Schoola
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Remember To Clip Those Box Tops
Published: Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 09:48AM CST
WAY TO GO on collecting Box Tops! You guys have done an absolutely amazing job, so KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! And DON’T FORGET… the first individual and class prizes for the most Box Tops collected will be awarded at the Rise and Shine Assembly on Friday, November 6th! So HURRY and bring in your Box Tops by Tuesday, November 3rd! YOU or YOUR CLASS could be our first winners of the school year!"
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Restaurant Night at Sonic!
Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015, 08:11PM CDT
Thank you to ALL the staff and teachers that came out and helped the PTO for restaurant night!! Team Austin ROCKS!
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Red Ribbon Week 2015
Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 10:01AM CDT
The week of Ocotber 26th – 30th, 2015 has been designated as National Red Ribbon Week. The purpose of this celebration is to educate young people on the dangers of drugs, and to promote positive choices, good character, and a healthy lifestyle for children of every age. All Austin learners and educators are encouraged to show their pride in being drug free by participating in the following activities: Monday, October 26th – “Team Up Against Drugs” Wear your sports team attire to show that we work as a team to stand up against drugs. This could include a jersey or uniform from the team you play on, the team you are a cheerleader for, or any other team you root for. School wide neighborhood walk to kick off Red Ribbon Week begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 27th – “Give Drugs the Boot” Wear any type of boots that you have to show that we kick drugs out of our lives. Officer Dirk will speak to each grade level (2nd-5th graders) individually in the library from 12:00-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 28th – “Follow Your Dreams! Don’t Do Drugs!” Wear your pajamas (must be school appropriate) to school as we dream big about our future goals! Remember that in order to reach your goals, we must be drug free. “Nancy and Friends” program for KG and 1st grades in the cafeteria from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29th – “My Future Is Bright…I’m Drug Free” Wear your bright colored/neon clothes and/or sunglasse to show that you’re too bright to do drugs! The launch of the drumming program will begin with a drumming group that will work with each grade level during specials to teach the skills and fun of playing the drums! Friday, Ocotber 30th – “Show Good Character by Being Drug Free” Dress up like your favorite book character or a person that shows good character (someone who displays trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility, good citizenship, caring for others, and respect for others). A person of good character always makes good choices and stands up against drugs.
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 6445 Needs Your Help With The Socktober Campaign!!
Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 10:01AM CDT
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 6445 is participating in Kid President’s SOCKTOBER campaign this year. Socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters. We are collecting NEW socks through October 27th to be donated to Austin Street Center. Please consider donating to one of the collection boxes at Austin Elementary. We appreciate your support! Socktober
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Coppell Football Service Project
Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 10:01AM CDT
Help Us Lend a Hand to Those in Need – A Community-wide Service Project Sponsored by Coppell High School Football Members of the Coppell Football Team invite the community to join them for a blanket drive benefitting Austin Street Center on Tuesday, October 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Coppell. Chipotle is hosting a give back night for Coppell Football donating a portion of the evening’s receipts to benefit the needs of the team. In turn, the football team wanted to give back to others. “The players and coaches realize how blessed we are to be surrounded by such tremendous community support and top notch facilities. We have been looking for a way to help others, and Austin Street Center provided a good fit for us. We look forward to the opportunity to thank members of the Coppell community while paying it forward to those in need,” stated Head Coach Mike DeWitt. Players will be collecting new or gently used twin size and extra-long twin size blankets. The center hands out blankets 365 days a year. For those who cannot be at Chipotle on the 27th, a collection box can be found at the Coppell HS horseshoe. For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has provided a transitional living facility for those with employment, substance abuse and psychological needs in downtown Dallas. Supported by volunteers from 120 Dallas-area churches and civic organizations, and funded entirely by individuals and foundations, Austin Street Center accepts no government funding from any level, and no United Way funding. Since its inception, Austin Street Center has provided shelter for an average of 300 men and women – at no cost to the individual.
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Grapevine Mills Pumpkin Carving
Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 10:01AM CDT
Grapevine Mills to Attempt Guinness World Record for Pumpkin Carving Help break the world record for most pumpkins carved simultaneously WHAT: Be a part of history this Halloween Eve and join Grapevine Mills in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most pumpkins carved simultaneously on Friday, October 30. To break the record, Grapevine Mills needs 1,500 pumpkin carvers to participate. Attendees will receive a pumpkin and a pumpkin carving tool set to take home after the event. Area-residents are encouraged to join the fun to see the shopping center’s parking lot glowing at 7 PM when all 1,500 uniquely, carved pumpkins are lit. Don’t forget to dress up! Children are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume to spread holiday fun. To maintain a family-friendly environment, no toy weapons, scary/gory costumes or masks of any kind will be allowed. Costumes are to be worn only during event hours. COST: Those wishing to participate can register online, or by visiting the Grapevine Mills Guest Services booth located at Entrance 3*. Participants under 12 years of age can register for just $5 and will receive a Simon KIDGITS membership with their participation. Those over 12 years old can also register for $5. Participation for current KIDGITS members is free of charge. All participants will receive a Grapevine Mills coupon book. *As of October 4, Guest Services is relocating near Victoria’s Secret. WHEN: Friday, October 30 4:30 PM – Day-of Registration opens 6 PM – Pumpkin Carving 7 PM – Lighting Ceremony WHERE: Grapevine Mills 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy Grapevine, TX 76051 Parking is available near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. MORE INFO:: For more information call (972) 724-4900, or visit our website, or like Grapevine Mills on Facebook.
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Red Ribbon Walk 2015 - Volunteers Needed
Published: Wed, Oct 21, 2015, 08:57PM CDT
We are in need of volunteers to help with Austin’s Red Ribbon Walk! Austin students will be participating in a school wide neighborhood walk MONDAY, October 26th. Volunteers are needed from 8:15 to approx. 9:30 am to act as crossing guards. The students will be traveling south on the east side of Moore Road down to Bethel School and then travel back north on the west side of Moore Road to Austin Elementary. Please click on the link below if you would be available to help monitor street crossings during this event. Come out and cheer on our learners as they walk the neighborhood in honor of Red Ribbon Week!
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Dads-On-Campus Campout!
Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 11:15AM CDT
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! FRIDAY, October 23rd the Austin Dads-on-Campus are presenting a night of fun and food under the stars. Bring your tent because we are pitching them right in Austin’s backyard. The adventure begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a demonstration by the Boy Scouts, fun activities, a movie, and more. This is a special event for Austin students and their Dads or male guardians only (Moms, you get the night off). Dinner will be available for any attendee at a cost of $3.00. This will include a hot dog, chips, and a drink. Please fill out the bottom portion (click link below for form) and return to to the box in the office marked D.O.C. along with payment for meals by Thursday, October 22nd (cash only please). We hope to see you all for the 2nd Campout at Austin. Items to Bring: Tent Sleeping Bag Blanket Chair (s) Water Jug Good Attitude Optional Items: Board Games Soccer/Basket/Volley Balls Any other fun outdoor actiity Tents and other camping supplies will not be provided. We ask that you try to limit the electronic devices as this is an opportunity for kids to experience a great outdoor adventure. As always, we ask that all adults attending the event please complete a district online background check found here.
Holiday Assistance
Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 11:15AM CDT
Each year several local organizations distribute toys, clothes and food baskets to families in need of assistance during the holidays. If your family is experiencing difficult times this holiday season and you would like to receive assistance from one of these programs please request a form from the nurse or counselor via email or phone. Fill out form and return in sealed envelope to the nurse or counselor. All information is kept confidential. Please return the form by Monday, October 19, 2015. If you have received assistance in the past you must fill out a new form each year. Please call if you have any questions. You can contact Janie Hyslop RN, 214-496-7316, or Jennifer Parker 21-496-7312
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Red & Black Superstar Program
Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 11:15AM CDT
Nominate Teacher/Staff at Austin Elementary 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 and students 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, 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 visit our site to submit your nomination by the October 23rd deadline.