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    PTA Treasurer Needed

    The PTA has a recent opening for the position of Treasurer. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out in this area. Contact PTA President Deirdre Doughty.

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    Communication Survey

    Please take a moment to answer a one question survey on the format you would find most useful for this online community. Go to survey

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    Next PTA Meeting

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 5:30pm, please join us to discuss important topics about our community school.

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    Veteran's Day Holiday

    Tuesday, November 11, no school!

PTA News :: October 28, 2014

A huge thank you to our wonderful community of parents, volunteers, teachers, staff, and students who filled this last week with beautiful examples of both the tangible creations and intangible memories we can build when we come together to work and play hard.

Important Reminders

Please mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:

Thursday morning, October 30: Last Day to turn in Box Tops for the October count.

Monday, November 3, 7:50 am: Learning walk with Mr. Nelson in the library

Friday, November 7, 7:45 am:
Veteran’s Day Assembly at Pease

Tuesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday. No school!

Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 pm: November PTA Meeting

Treasurer Needed
The PTA has a recent opening for the position of Treasurer. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out in this area. Contact PTA President Deirdre Doughty at peaseptaprez@gmail.com

Box Tops
Box Tops collection is Thursday morning, 10/30. Last chance to get your Box Tops in for October! The class that brings in the most gets 20 minutes of extra recess, 20 minutes of extra planning time for their teacher, and possession of the Box Tops trophy. Collection sheets are by the PTA bulletin board at the South entrance and attached.

Do you have photographs?
Did you take pictures at Hootenanny, our Community Coffee, the garden work days, or any other school event this year? Let’s get those into the yearbook! Email them to peaseyearbook@gmail.com

PTA Meeting Recap
We had a nice turn out for our first full length PTA meeting of the year last Tuesday. Mr. Nelson praised the teachers for an awesome job of adjusting to the new system being used this year for entering grades and had suggestions on how to make this easier on them at the end of the next 9-weeks. We discussed upcoming community building events such as Community Coffees, a Galaxy Cafe night later in the year, and the potential for working on some Great Gathering events for Pease. We also discussed a desire for more sports opportunities after school and a more effective and streamlined approach to communications.

A working group has been formed to discuss parent communication needs. One thing we are looking into is a way for parents, teachers, and staff to communicate online with the entire Pease community. Please take a moment to answer a one question survey on the format you would find most useful for this online community: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NSLZK9. Please feel free to send any other communications related ideas to peaseptacommunications@gmail.com.

Thank you for a wonderful Hootenanny!
Hootennany was a huge success! Please join us in giving a special thank you to Kate Hoermann and Amy Chichester, Hootenanny Chairs; Cassandra Rodriguez and the sixth grade parents for concessions and a great haunted house; Kerry Thompson for chairing the fun carnival games; Stephanie Clayton for helping with publicity and the cupcake table; and all the other parent volunteers who donated items and/or helped us that night. We also want to give a huge thank you to the Delta Sigma Phi (UT fraternity) volunteers, the Sheriff’s Department, and Joe Bolash and the other DoubleTree volunteers. These groups help us every year and we couldn’t do Hootenanny without them. THANK YOU all so much! Congratulations to the costume award winners, and a very Happy Birthday to our fantastic school!

South Garden Redesign Heading to Success!
We had an amazing week of work on the South Garden Redesign thanks to the leadership of our Tres Amigos: Rob Clayton, Jarrett Cole, and Bill Minor, and to our many volunteer parents, teachers, Joe Bolash and the employees at Doubletree Suites, and the Sustainable Food Garden folks, and of course, some of our young Pease Bobcats!

Thank you to everyone who provided all the sweat equity we needed to complete this important phase in the redesign. Our students and teachers will be able to plant seeds and small edibles this week, and contribute to the new Butterfly Berm with wildflower seeds and annuals. If you haven’t noticed, the South Garden edible plant area is in the shape of a Bobcat Paw! This is for more than just school spirit… The shape of the Bobcat Paw lends itself to the traditional African Keyhole Gardening method that conserves moisture in drought areas. If you notice, the Bobcat pad and all of the toes have divets in the back that will store water coming down the slope and trap it there for the raised bed.

Jarrett Cole installed an irrigation system to help make the garden sustainable, and there are also fruit trees planted around the outside of the garden to provide more edibles for the children to learn from, and an opportunity for a little bit more shade.

Thank you to Ms. Kelsie Davis who opened up the school for us for each of the three (3!) work days this week and shoveled her way into our hearts. Thank you to Ms. Maia Chambers who also knows her way around dirt and mulch, and brought her little Bodie to stomp around and set the raised beds with their dog, Porch. And thank you to Ms. Roche who was passing by on her way to get a manicure and decided to donate her nails to the South Garden instead… Thank you, Pease teachers, for the gift of your time.

Please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/peaseadventuresinwildlifesciences to see all the photos from the three work days held this past week. While you’re there, “like” us, and be sure to include your input on what you see happening. A sampling of photos from the work days is attached.

The next phase in the South Garden Redesign will be the vegetative “tunnel” and permanent seating area, as well as a washing station, a water feature, mushroom beds, and a composting system. We will give plenty of notice for work days on those projects.

Please remember there is a “Matching Funds Challenge” to match the $200 Mrs. Graham has give of her classroom funds to pay for plants in the South Garden. Can we help her out?

For more information about the fundraising challenge and the future phases of the South Garden Redesign, and the Pease Adventures in Wildlife Sciences (PAWS), please contact: Louisa Brinsmade, 512-350-9501, peasepaws@gmail.com. We are looking for everything from volunteer hours, donations, in-kind services, and materials.

Again, thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made this beautiful garden possible!!

Community Coffee
Thank you to Lexi Martin for organizing a great Community Coffee event yesterday! What fun to see so many parents enjoying a moment together! Thanks also to Amity Worrel, Kate Hoermann, Mr. Nelson for the coffee save, parents who brought goodies, and Texas Coffee Traders. Please contact PTA President Deirdre Doughty at peaseptaprez@gmail.com if you would like to set up a Community Coffee (or brunch or dessert…?) at a cafe or restaurant in your area of town.

Have a wonderful week!

The Pease Elementary PTA

www.peasepta.org

www.facebook.com/peaseschool

twitter.com/peasepta

Questions or suggestions? email peaseptacommunications@gmail.com

PTA News :: October 21, 2014

Please mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:


Tuesday, October 21, 5:45 pm:
General PTA Meeting.

Friday, October 24, 5:30 pm: Hootenanny!

Saturday, October 25, 9 am – 12 pm: South Garden Work Day #2.

Monday, October 27, 7:20 – 8:00 am, Kick-Off Community Coffee at the South Playground.

Tuesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday. No school!

Hootenanny
Pease Elementary’s 138th birthday and Hootenanny celebration is coming up on Friday, October 24th at 5:30 pm. We have attached a menu with prices and attractions so you can come prepared. All of the proceeds from the food booth and haunted house at Hootenanny will help the 6th grade Pease students have a spooktacular graduation ceremony, party, field trip, and pay for other expenses that come with being a 6th grader. Although we will have UT volunteers helping that night (yay!), we will still need parent help. We still have lots of spots open–please sign up to help at the following link: Volunteer for Hootenanny.

In celebration of Pease’s birthday, we will be spelling out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEASE” in cupcakes and we would love lots more cupcakes, too! Halloween themed cupcakes are perfect so please don’t forget to bring them and drop them off at the tables set up in front of the cafeteria the day of Hootenanny. Please sign up if you can bring cupcakes here: Hootenanny Cupcakes. We have also updated the same spreadsheet (the “Items Needed” tab) with other items that we are in need of for the carnival booths, so please sign up to bring something. We need lollipops, balloons, and craft items. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Hoermann at kateribbon@gmail.com Thank you!

PTA Meeting
Please join us for our October PTA meeting this Tuesday, October 21 at 5:45 pm. We hope you’ll come and provide input on ideas for community building and PTA meeting topics for the rest of the year. We’ll also be discussing a budget amendment, the community coffee next week, and upcoming fundraisers. Pizza will be for sale prior to the meeting and childcare will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Community Coffee
An idea that has been brought up with the PTA is to have “Community Coffees” and gatherings around town to promote a sense of community and meet Pease parents in our neighborhoods. Our kick-off Community Coffee will be held on Monday, Oct. 27 from 7:20 – 8:00 am on the South playground at Pease. It is a purely social gathering, and we invite any teachers or parents who are able to join us for a cup of coffee and some casual conversation! Also, please let us know if you would be interested in organizing a Pease community gathering in your neighborhood.

Support Pease when you shop online for Halloween!
Amazon has all the Halloween treats and tricks you need, but don’t forget to start every Amazon shopping trip on the Pease PTA website. Pease gets a percentage of every purchase you make when you click on the Amazon link at Peasepta.org

Treasurer Needed
The PTA has a recent opening for the position of Treasurer. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out in this area. Contact PTA President Deirdre Doughty at peaseptaprez@gmail.com

Have a wonderful week and see you at Hootenanny!

The Pease Elementary PTA

www.peasepta.org

www.facebook.com/peaseschool

twitter.com/peasepta

Questions or suggestions? email peaseptacommunications@gmail.com

PTA News :: October 14, 2014

Our school is busy this last half of October — please look over the upcoming events and jump into all the fun you can take!

Important Reminders

Please mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:

Friday, October 17: Last day to order Grocery Cards for Nov. 1 delivery.

Sunday, October 19, 9 am – 12 pm: South Garden Work Day #1. Please see below for more details.

Tuesday, October 21, 5:45 pm: General PTA Meeting.

Friday, October 24, 5:30 pm: Hootenanny!

Saturday, October 25, 9 am – 12 pm: South Garden Work Day #2. Please see below for more details.

Monday, October 27, 7:20 – 8:00 am, Kick-Off Community Coffee at the South Playground. Please see below for details.

Hootenanny

Pease Elementary’s 138th birthday and Hootenanny celebration is coming up on Friday, October 24th at 5:30 pm. Although we will have UT volunteers helping that night (yay!), we will still need parent help. We still have lots of spots open–please sign up to help at the following link: Volunteer for Hootenanny.

In celebration of Pease’s birthday, we will be spelling out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEASE” in cupcakes and we would love lots more cupcakes, too! Halloween themed cupcakes are perfect. Please sign up if you can bring cupcakes here: Hootenanny Cupcakes. We have also updated the same spreadsheet (the “Items Needed” tab) with other items that we are in need of for the carnival booths, so please sign up to bring something. If you would like to donate your creativity by helping create/acquire some decorations or if you have any questions, please contact Kate Hoermann at kateribbon@gmail.com or peasehootenanny@gmail.com . Thank you!

South Garden Redesign Work Days

Get Dirty! We’re moving heaven and earth to complete our South Garden redesign. Keep Austin Beautiful is delivering 32 cubic yards of garden soil, and 16 cubic yards of mulch so we can create our Bobcat Paw keyhole garden beds, butterfly garden, water-conserving swales and berms, and other fabulous features for our children. Thank you Pease parent Monica Lopez Magee for your generous help at KAB with this project!

We have our Quatro Amigos to thank for this redesign – Go Dad Power! Bill Minor, Jarrett Cole, Rob Clayton, and Josh Hager are all working very hard to create a beautiful space for our students in the South Garden. Thank you Dads…

Proud Pease Partners Doubletree Suites and their leader Joe Bolash will be on hand to assist with this project during their annual Week of Service starting October 20. Pease loves you, you wonderful Doubletree Bobcats!

Also assisting is the helpful and knowledgeable Sustainable Food Center (SFC) volunteers on October 19, many of whom attended the raised bed gardening class here at Pease last month. They will return to help finish what they started! Thank you SFC for your service to our school!

Schedule for completion:

Sunday, October 19, 9 am – noon: move heaven and earth to shape the garden

Saturday, October 25, 9 am – noon: finish shaping, plant butterfly garden and possibly fruit trees, make seating

For the October 19 work day, KAB is generously donating all of the tools we will need, and we have plenty of work gloves, drinks, and snacks. Please just bring your work clothes and your blood and sweat. (No tears, please, that will come later.) For the October 25 day, I will request more tools from KAB, or ask for assistance via email.

Thank you to everyone who is contributing to this project – our parents, our teachers, and our community partners. We are very, very grateful for the service you are providing for our children and our school!

For more information: Louisa Brinsmade, 512-350-9501, peasepaws@gmail.com

Community Coffee

An idea that has been brought up with the PTA is to have “Community Coffees” and gatherings around town to promote a sense of community and meet Pease parents in our neighborhoods. Our kick-off Community Coffee will be held on Monday, Oct. 27 from 7:20 – 8:00 am on the South playground at Pease. It is a purely social gathering, and we invite any teachers or parents who are able to join us for a cup of coffee and some casual conversation! Also, please let us know if you would be interested in organizing a future Pease community gathering in your neighborhood.

Thanksgiving food shopping is easy with grocery gift cards!

Use the order form and place your cash or check orders any time in the south entrance lock box, or look for our table from Wednesday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 17. All orders must be received by end of day on Friday, Oct. 17 for delivery Nov. 1.

Have a wonderful week!

The Pease Elementary PTA

www.peasepta.org

www.facebook.com/peaseschool

twitter.com/peasepta

Questions or suggestions? email peaseptacommunications@gmail.com