Austin Elementary PTO: Latest News

Write A Check
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

Write-A-Check is in full swing and ends September 12th.

Please remember to make your tax-deductible donation.   No donation is too small.  Goes back to helping a great school – YOUR child’s school!   Donate here Web Store

Write A Check 2014 Flyer


Counselor's Corner: Austin's Got Talent
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT


This year Austin’s theme is Austin’s Got Talent, and we are using this to showcase all of our staff and families talents! I am making a bulletin board that will have pictures of all of these amazing talents, and I need your help. I’m looking for pictures, no bigger than 4×6, of you and your talent. Whether it is cooking, dancing, singing, sewing, juggling, or any other option, I would love to see it in action.

Here is what I need:

A picture of you showing off your talent (4×6 or smaller please)
Your name, learner’s name, and their grade

Please do not send original photos because they will be taped and stapled

You may email the photo to me Lisa Savinon (Counselor) or drop them by the office with my name on them. I will send them back to you later in the year.
For now, I am asking for parent and staff photos. Around the middle of the year, I will transition from parents and staff to student talents, so please get those photos ready. I’ll be asking for them in November!
Please email me if you have any questions.
Thanks for your help.
Thank you,
Lisa Savinon
Austin Elementary
(214) 496-7312
Austin Elem Counseling Website

All Moms...Dads...Friends...Community Members Will You Share Your Talents with Our Learners?
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) Transforming Austin One Child At A Time

At Austin Elementary, we are committed to developing the interests, talents, and strengths of our learners. The SEM model provides a systematic structure that allows that to happen, but we need your help!
We believe that as parents and community members, you have invaluable knowledge, skills, expertise and/or passions to share. We would like to invite you to join us in our quest to “unlock the passion and cultivate the uniqueness inherent in every learner.”

Please take a few minutes to consider the many ways you can become involved.

Guest Speaker:
Speak to a group of learners about an area of interest and/or expertise.

Talent Developer:
Partner with a young learner with whom you share an area of interest to act as a mentor, helping him/her to develop skills/talents necessary to pursue this interest in a meaningful way. Time commitment varies/flexible. Face to face contact not required.

E-Time Assistant:
Provide an extra set of hands/eyes in the classroom once a week during E-Time. No prior experience or special skills required. Time commitment varies/flexible.

Enrichment Cluster Assistant:
Provide an extra set of hands/eyes in the classroom once a week for nine weeks during enrichment clusters. An effort will be made to place assistants in clusters related to area of interest and/or strength, but specialized skills/expertise are not required.

Enrichment Cluster Facilitator:
Guide a small group of learners (10-14 children) through an exploration of an area of interest leading to the creation of product(s) or service(s) of the learners’ choice. Clusters meet once a week for nine weeks followed by a Showcase. An effort will be made to place facilitators in clusters related to area of interest and/or strength, but specialized skills/expertise are not required. Training will be provided for all enrichment cluster facilitators.

Sound interesting? There are two ways you can become involved. You can either print and return the completed form Talent Search Interest Form with your child or use the link to complete the form online. All forms will be returned to Liz Malone, SEM Coordinator @Austin Elementary.



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“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

Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

The 2014-2015 school year will be a busy one. Please sign up below if you’re interested in helping out through the year. Whether it’s a few minutes helping out in the library, or volunteering for a Field Day, your time and energy is much appreciated!

Criminal Background Check - 2014 -2015
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

2014-2015 Volunteer Criminal Background check is now available.

?Remember, in order to volunteer, chaperone field trips, or be on campus to help with any PTO event, you will need to have a completed background check on file. 

You only need to fill it out once.  Good for ALL campuses?.

Dates to Remember
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

Tuesday, Sept 2 – Curriculum Night for KG thru 2nd grade @ 6pm.

Thursday, Sept 4 – Curriculum Night for 3rd thru 5th @ 6pm.

Thursday – Sept 4 – Pine Cove Meeting for 5th Grade parents @ 7pm in library.

Monday, Sept 8 – PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in library.

Monday, Sept 8 – Last chance to verify directory information.

Helpful Austin Elementary Links…
Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 04:35PM CDT

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year
Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 09:56AM CDT

Dear Austin Elementary Families,
I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the PTO, to WELCOME our new families to Austin, and to WELCOME-BACK-TO-SCHOOL our returning families! I hope you all had a fun, memorable summer, and had time to sit back and relax.

Before I go into a few things, let me, as your new PTO President for the 2014-2015 school year give you some background on who I am so you can get to know me a little better. I have two boys. One is a entering the fourth grade here at Austin, and the other is entering eighth grade at East. This will be my fifth year on the PTO. I have served in the past as the Secretary, and the Vice President, as well as a room-mom. I have enjoyed getting to know our teachers and staff, and truly believe we have the best elementary school and PTO in the district! I also work for a supply distributor in Dallas, and when I am not working, you can usually find me in the front office helping out as a volunteer. So stop in and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you!

The start of a school year is always an exciting time, and this year will be no different! However, this year Mr. Cooper Hilton will be leading our school as principal, along with a new assistant principal, and a new counselor. So, there will be tons of excitement! Austin PTO has worked hard over the years to bring together our school community thru various events hosted throughout the year, and this year’s PTO plans to continue that tradition – ‘family and community coming together’. We have been able to do this through the efforts of many of our parents who lend their time on the PTO, and parents volunteering for various requests throughout the year. Our goal is to support all members of our ‘family’ – administration, staff, teachers, students, and parents.

There are still open positions on the PTO Board, as well as many volunteer opportunities to check out during the school year. We would love to have you join us as a PTO board member or a volunteer. If you would like to meet more parents…get to know the staff and teachers…and be connected to what is happening…volunteering and attending events is the way to go! For more information on our open positions click on: BOARD POSITION REQUEST Remember, no effort is too small or time too little!
Today we are officially launching our “Bowling for Dollars” Write-A-Check (W-A-C) campaign which will close on September 12th. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.00.
This is an important fundraiser for us. In the past it has helped us purchase smart boards for our teachers, technology devices for our learners, replace out-dated or broken equipment, start a reading garden, as well as replenish books for the Literacy Lab. These are just a few of the things we have been able to do with your contributions. This is the only campaign that 100% of your dollars goes straight back to our school. It is tax deductible as well. I hope you will consider being a part of this important fundraiser for our school. To contribute online just click: Web Store
I truly look forward to this school year and all the exciting things we are planning. If you have any questions or ideas you would like to share, feel free to contact me at

Warmest regards,

Ann Frosch
PTO President

Permission to Publish Your Child's Information
Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 09:56AM CDT


We are missing Permission Preferences and/or Directory Verification for your family.

Austin PTO must have your permission to include your student’s name and/or photograph in publications such as the PTO Directory, Yearbook, Newsletter (Austin Mustang Weekly) and Website as well as to submit your student’s name and/or photograph for publication in local newspapers.


Unless PTO has your permission, we will NOT be able to include your child in the Austin Directory or Yearbook as well as recognition for special accomplishments in the news.

If there are special circumstances or concerns that you’d like to address please contact Ann Frosch, PTO President at 732-447-8776 or

Please place a check mark in either the “YES” or “NO” options and click the “Save Response” button for Permissions.

Click the “Accurate” button for Directory Verification.

Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 11:14PM CDT

If your lease has been renewed, you will need to bring an updated copy of your lease.

This cannot be your personal copy, as the school secretary will keep the copy you provide.

Again, please bring an updated copy of your lease along with the other required forms. 

Additional forms:

  • Current utility bill
  • Completed SRQ (Student Residency Questionnaire) (this was part of the packet of forms that was emailed to families)
  • Completed Home and School Partnership

Thank you!!!  See you Thursday!

Remember to donate to our W.A.C. campaign.  Get your donation in now so you don’t have to worry about it later.  No amount is too small! Thank you for your support!

Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 11:14PM CDT

Residency verification day is next Thursday, August 14.

There will be two time slots this year.

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 a.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

August Dates to Know Before You Go!
Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 11:14PM CDT
  • August 14: Residency Verification/ Teacher Assignments 8-10am, 5-7pm
  • August 21: Meet and Greet 5:30-6:30pm
  • August 25: First Day of School 7:50am