Austin Elementary PTO: Latest News



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Hospitality Needs your Help!
Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015, 02:04PM CDT

Every month the PTO helps provide refreshments for the staff meeting. It is much appreciated after a long day in the classroom. Please follow the link below to see how you can help!
SIGN-UP GENIUS

Thank You!
Jessi
PTO Hospitality Coordinator



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Back-To-School-Events
Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 10:03AM CDT
Good Morning Mustang Families!

I wanted to take a few minutes to welcome you back and catch you up on a few back-to-school events! There are lots of upcoming opportunities to join us on campus and be a part of getting the school year started. If you are new to Austin, these are great chances to get to know our Austin staff and your fellow Mustang families. We hope you can join us at one or more of the upcoming events:

  • Meet & Greet – Join us Thursday, August 20th (tomorrow) from 5:30-6:30 for our annual Meet the Teacher event. Feel free to drop off your supplies in the classroom, and take a few minutes to catch up with other families and get to know your new teacher.
  • First Day of School – It will be here before you know it! Here are some tips to help you navigate the first day-
    • School begins at 7:50 each day. Our doors open at 7:30. The first week of school, we invite our parents to walk your child to the classroom! Beginning the 2nd of school, parents may drop off their kids at the front entrance.
  • Following our morning arrival, our PTO invites you to join us in the Library for a parent BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast. This is a great opportunity to commiserate or celebrate the beginning of the school year with other Austin parents. Please join us!
  • Afternoon Dismissal – We ask for your patience during afternoon dismissal especially the first week of school. We devote substantial time the first week back to teach our kids the procedures and expectations for a SAFE afternoon dismissal, and this can cause afternoon dismissal to be delayed by a few minutes. One way to help dismissal go as quickly and smoothly as possible is to have your colored pick-up card ready and visible for our staff.
  • Family Friday – We invite our parents to join us for lunch in the cafeteria on Fridays for Family Friday. Our first Family Friday will be on September 4th.
  • Labor Day – Coppell ISD will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7th.
  • Curriculum Night – Looking for more information about the upcoming year and what is in store for your kid? Join us for Curriculum Night, and learn more about your child’s upcoming academic year.
    • Kinder-2nd – September 1st at 6:00-7:00
    • 3rd – 5th – September 3rd at 6:00-7:00 (followed by 5th grade Pine Cove Meeting @ 7:00)
  • PTO Back-to-School Night – Mark your calendar for September 17th, and come join your neighbors in celebrating a successful start of school.

As you can see, we’ve got a busy (but great) few weeks ahead of us! I’m looking forward to seeing you again (or meeting you for the first time). We’ll see you soon!

Cooper Hilton, Principal
Austin Elementary
(214) 496-7300
@HiltonCooper

“At Austin Elementary, we are driven to unlock the passion and cultivate the uniqueness inherent in every learner."



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YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED : '2015-2016 PERMISSION TO PUBLISH' FOR YOUR CHILD(REN)
Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 09:10PM CDT

WE NEED YOUR RESPONSE ASAP! If you have not confirmed your information please do it now. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS CONFIRMING YOUR INFORMATION FOR PTO CONNECT. You were asked by PTO Connect to VERIFY your directory information in order to receive the school newsletter.

IF YOU HAVE NOT CONFIRMED YOUR INFORMATION PLEASE DO IT NOW.

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

THIS IS A SEPARATE PERMISSION FROM THE CISD DISCLOSURE INFORMATION ON THE CISD INFOSNAP.

Unless PTO has your permission, we will NOT be able to include your child in the Austin 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 austinptomom@gmail.com

Please click the ‘VISIT QUERY’ below, and ‘ADD CHECK’ in either the “YES” or “NO” options.

IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS ALREADY, YOU MAY DISREGARD THIS NOTICE.



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Reminders for this week!!
Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015, 05:32PM CDT

* Proof of Residency Day – Thursday, August 13

Two sessions – in the gym

8:00 am – 10:00 am or 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pick which time works best for you. You will need to bring a utility bill as well as the signed copy of the ‘Home School Connection’ form.

* PTO Permission to Publish

Last week an email went out requesting you to update the ‘PTO Permission to Publish’. Please check your spam if you do not see the email in your inbox.

As a reminder, Austin PTO must have your permission to include your student’s name and/or photograph in publications such as the PTO Yearbook, Newsletter (Austin Mustang Weekly) and Website as well as to submit your student’s name and/or photograph for publication in local newspapers. THIS IS A SEPARATE PERMISSION FROM THE CISD DISCLOSURE INFORMATION ON THE CISD INFOSNAP.

Unless PTO has your permission, your child’s participation in sporting or fine arts events or accomplishments will NOT be publicized in the Newsletter (Austin Mustang Weekly/PTO Websites, Yearbook or Local Newspapers).

You must complete this for each child in your household.



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Back-to-School Announcements
Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015, 10:45AM CDT

Hello to All,

Hope you have had a wonderful summer.

The beginning of school is right around the corner and here
are some important dates to remember:

  • Thursday, Aug 13th – Proof of Residency Day

Two sessions – in the gym

8:00 am – 10:00 am or 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pick which time works best for you.

More details to come out the end of the week what forms you need to bring this day.

  • Thursday, Aug 20th – Meet and Greet – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Bring your student so they can meet the teacher

  • Monday August 24th – 1st day of school

Elementary hours are 7:50 am – 3:05 each day

  • School supplies can be purchased on line:

www.SchoolToolBox.com

Click ‘Register for An Account’ or ‘Find Boxes Now’



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2015-2016 SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!!!
Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 07:48AM CDT

Dear Parents,

The 2015-2016 school year is quickly coming upon us. If you have not ordered your child’s school supplies yet, don’t delay! Especially if you want to receive them in time for ‘Meet-the-Teacher-Night’.

We have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies for the next school year through School Tool Box. Place your order online and it will be delivered directly to your HOME address. You will have the option to customize your order by adding or removing items from the teacher-approved list. Already have a ruler or scissors? Remove them. Need an additional box of crayons for home or supplies for a sibling? Add them. It’s that simple! Consider adding ‘wish list’ items listed as optional to your order to qualify for free shipping. Order today!

www.schooltoolbox.com and search for Austin Elementary Coppell, TX

In addition, every order that we make to School Tool Box will provide a meal to a starving child through School Tool Box’s One Box, One Meal, Two Kids in partnership with the Feed My Starving Children organization.

All School Supply Lists for next year 2015-2016 can now be found on the PTO website http://austinpto.com/forms



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STUDENT ENROLLMENT EMAIL REMINDER
Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 03:37PM CDT

Look for your Student Enrollment email that was emailed the week of July 13th from CISD to complete your student’s registration.

The email will contain instructions, a link and a very important secure “snapcode” that links directly to your student’s information. You will receive a separate email with a different “snap code” for each student.

Please Note:
This must be completed before Schedule Pick Up. Your student’s enrollment for the 2015 – 2016 school year will not be complete until the online enrollment process has been completed and submitted.

  • For More information on Enrollment/Returning Student Enrollment (Infosnap)
    CLICK HERE

If you can’t find the email from “cisd-emailer@coppellisd.com” with a subject line: Returning Student Enrollment for (Student Name), please check your spam or junk folder. If you are still unable to find the email submit a HELP TICKET



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Summer Update from the Principal
Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015, 01:00PM CDT
Austin Families,

I hope this update finds you well-rested and enjoying the extra time with your kids. I wanted to quickly update you on several things happening at Austin Elementary. While we may not be in school, there is still plenty going on over the summer! Here are a few of the highlights…

Building Renovation – Work in the building is coming along! The new carpet has been installed and creates a learning environment that is much more warm and welcoming. District workers are now repainting several areas of the building. The final stages of our “upgrade” will come in the next few weeks as we prepare for the delivery of our new and improved classroom furniture! I know our educators can hardly stand the wait.

Educator Professional Learning – There’s very little “off-time” for our educators, as many of them spend a large portion of their summer engaged in professional development for their grade level and/or content area. Here are a few of the events our Austin staff are participating in this summer-
*CISD Literacy Conference – Austin was well represented with around 12 staff members participating.
*Great Expectations Training
*National “I Teach Kinder” and “I Teach 2nd” Conference – Mrs. Saxon and Mrs. Naragon are currently attending these national conferences dedicated to primary grade level teachers.
*Confratute – Several Austin educators leave this coming weekend for our annual week-long professional learning on the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM).
*Principal Academy – Mr. Girard and I will come together with other CISD administrators the final week of July to prepare for the 2015-2016 school year!

Staffing Updates – We are fortunate to have only had to fill 3 staff positions this year. Little turnover and the loss of 2 classroom sections (due to lower enrollment) left us with little hiring to do. In addition to the educators leaving we already shared with you at the end of the school year, I am sad to share that we are saying “good-bye” to Mrs. Moore (2nd-3rd) and Mrs. Griffith (2nd-3rd). Mrs. Moore will assume a new role as Stay-At-Home Mom, while Mrs. Griffith has accepted a position much closer to her new home being built in McKinney. We will greatly miss the two amazing educators!

I invite you to join me in welcoming the following 3 new staff members to our Austin family-
Lisa LaSalle – Mrs. LaSalle will fill our open position in our Special Education department. Mrs. LaSalle is actually returning to Austin Elementary, having taught here several years ago. She will bring a wealth of experience and passion that will greatly impact our kids and staff!
Rachel (Miller) Mastellar – Mrs. Mastellar is actually returning to Austin as well. She completed her student teaching with Mrs. Munoz in 2nd grade a few years ago. She has since taught 4th grade math/science outside CISD and will fill our open 4th grade math/science position. We’re thrilled to have her return to where she began her teaching career.
Our final position (2nd grade math/science) is in the process of being filled. Our interview team has found an excellent candidate, and they are currently going through the hiring process with HR. As soon as the process is complete, we will pass along information on our newest staff member!

Lots of great things are happening at Austin Elementary. We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your kids back for another great year! In the meantime, enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Cooper Hilton, Principal
Austin Elementary
(214) 496-7300
@HiltonCooper



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Field Day Thank You
Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 12:00PM CDT

Field Day was a huge success as students made it safely back to Austin from Australia!!

We would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and helpers for making it a memorable day for our students.

Huge thanks to E-Care Emergency Centers, Coppell Taekwondo, A&W Bearings & Supply Company, Coppell Tire & Auto, JMacklin’s, Dr. Rozas, Groggy Dog, Jimmy John’s, and Tea2Go for their contributions and support to make this event happen. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

Be sure to support our local sponsors when thinking of your needs and your family’s!!



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Helpful Austin Elementary Links…
Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 12:00PM CDT


Great summer
End of Year Letter from PTO President
Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 09:28AM CDT

Well it’s official, with only a few more days left, we have gotten through another amazing school year!

So much could not have been accomplished with out the help of so many of you! Many came out to help as parent volunteers and given time for Austin school and PTO events. While many have also donated graciously to the PTO. Your financial contribution has allowed us to give back to the kiddos, as well as to our deserving teachers and staff! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Thank you for continuing to help us elevate Austin Elementary to being one of the best schools, if not the best school, in the district.

I have finished a my first year as your PTO President, and can’t believe what we’ve accomplished as a board this year. From matching funds, purchase of technology items for the school, Teacher/Staff Holiday party, Teacher/Staff Appreciation week, programs for the kiddos, and of course, Survivor Field DAY!! This is just to name a few. I have had the privilege this year to work with an amazing PTO Board, and proud to say I know these parents, and again, am grateful for their time and dedication to our school. Many of my relationships with staff and teachers has also deepened this year that I know leaving will be hard after I complete my final year next year. If you’ve been on the fence about joining the board, it’s not too late! There are still a few open positions if you would like to help make a difference at Austin. We’d love to have you!

I wish everyone a safe, fun summer! Make memories – time continues to fly by fast!!!

I look forward to seeing you in August or even around town!
Ann Frosch
AustinPTOMom@gmail.com

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Schedule for this Week...
Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 09:28AM CDT

Here are some events taking place this week…

Monday
Yearbook Signing – 2:00 – Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms

Tuesday
8:15 – 5th Grade Awards (Cafeteria with Parents)

Wednesday
8:30 – 5th Grade Celebration for 2nd-4th and Parents (Gym)

Friday
Last Day of School!
10:45 5th Grade Walk to Ole’s (Students and Staff only)
12:30 – Line the halls for 5th “Clap Out”
12:50 – Early Dismissal
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