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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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