Austinville Elementary School
November 30 - December 4 News
Gee's Bend Quiltmakers Coming Soon
This February, the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers will come to Decatur! This is the second part of the artist lineup from Mrs. Beth Young's grant. All members of the Decatur area are invited to participate in the events.
Gee’s Bend is a small community near the Alabama River in Wilcox County. It was once deemed as one of the most impoverished communities in the nation. Quilts were in high demand here because for most of the 20th century, residents lived in unheated shacks that lacked running water and electricity. In the late 1960's, the quilts got their first national exposure through the Freedom Quilting Bee in Camden. In the latter part of the 20th century Atalanta museum curator, William Arnett “discovered” them and became a catalyst by putting their art in museums around the country. They are now international stars. Their art can be seen in major museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Their art is often compared to the art of modern artists such as Klee or Mondrian. They have an amazing attitude of “take what life gives you and make the most of it.”
January 4-March 31
The Carnegie Museum of Art will exhibit Gee’s Bend Quilts Free! (This could be a great field trip!)
January 30 Irene Latham, who wrote Leaving Gee’s Bend will be at the Decatur Public Libriary to sign books. The public can check out books as part of a Decatur “River Read.” These books, along with other Gee’s Bend literature, are available to check out here at Austinville, too.
A Community Quilt
Check out the Emmy Winning Gee’s Bend documentary at the Decatur Public Library or the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.
Leo the ELF Reappears at Austinville
During Library Time, Mrs. Rose Reintroduces Students to Leo
Each Morning Students Hurry in the School to Find Leo . . . They Understand Naughty and Nice!
"Breakfast with The Classics"
Seventh Annual Christmas Memories Picture Fundraisers
Our 7th Annual Christmas Memories “Pictures Around the Tree” will be Sunday, December 6 and Sunday, December 13. Both days will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. No appointments necessary!
Sunday, December 6th is SANTA SUNDAY! Santa will be on hand for pictures if you would like. Family pictures may be made that day as well.
The backdrop is black and the decor this year is red, white, and silver! Even the fireplace has been updated! (Sample photos from the last two years are included.)
Packages will be delivered on the following Friday. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be an Austinville family to come. All proceeds benefit the Outdoor Classroom.
Cost is $10 for the package. This includes:
- 2 - 5 x 7's
- 2 - 4 - 6's
- 4 wallets
Read Up on Our Book Fair!
Third Grade Violin Lessons Progressing
Operation Santa Claus Sponsored by Student Council
Wednesday, December 2, Student Council members met with Mrs. Sue Brantley of the Mental Health Association to deliver stocking stuffers. Mrs. Brantley also spoke about the members of the community that they would be helping. Members returned to Austinville determined to collect items for this worty cause. Student Council is sponsored by Mrs. Leah Archer and Mrs. Sophie Gillette.
Coach Albright Introduces New Activities to Students
On this particular day, second graders were playing with a deck of cards. Students would turn over a card, locate the matching poster (suit) on the wall and choose an exercise from the list. The number of the card determined how many exercises the student would have to perform. Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Jokers represented the most. As well as exercising for the day and learning the skill of following directions, students also had fun with a new game.
Mirroring Partners in Music Class
Mrs. Bush's Kindergarten Creates Gingerbread Houses
Sharing Our Workweek!
It's Almost Time to Finish Tax Deductions for Another Year - How About Donating to an Austinville Project?
¡Mariachi Madness! Guitars for Austinville
Mark Your Calendars!
6 - Christmas Pictures Fundraiser - SANTA will be Here!
13 - Christmas Pictures Fundraiser
15 - Math Night and Christmas Holiday Program
16 - Jump Rope for Heart Awards
16 - Bike Drawing
17 - Student Movie
18 - Last Day for Grades in the 2nd Nine Weeks
18 - Early Dismissal for Students: 11:30