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

Third grade teacher, Mrs. Mary Alice Cagle is the first at Austinville to complete her squares for the community quilt. The entire community has been invited to make a square for Decatur's big community quilt. Local quilters will put it together. It will be presented on Feb. 20 at the Turner Surles event (1-3)


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!

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Mrs. Denise Rose, Librarian has scheduled a Book Fair in the Library for December 7, 8, and 9.

Third Grade Violin Lessons Progressing

Operation Santa Claus Sponsored by Student Council

Student Council members have embarked on a service project to assist mentally challenged adults in our community. This "Stocking Stuffer" will hopefully bring in gifts between November 23 and December 11. Students have been asked to bring toothpaste, toothbrushes, women's soap, lotion, chapstick, tobaggans, men's soap, men's and women's socks, and individually wrapped snacks. Student Council members visit classrooms and explain the project as well as collect items each morning.


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

During the last month, Coach Albright has brought new fun and games to the exercises in PE. Students of all ages have enjoyed learning some activites with a twist.


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

There aren't any mariachi bands in Decatur City Schools. However, many of our students come from areas where mariachi is part of their culture. Guitars are crucial instruments to a mariachi band. It is an instrument that can easily be mastered with little formal instruction. Help us reach our students by providing 15, 3/4 size guitars for our music classroom. There are approximately 125 students in 4th and 5th grades who will be studying guitar. Two students will partner per guitar in class. Students showing promise for playing mariachi or other specific types of music can be identified and put into ensembles for more musical development. My hope is to eventually build a mariachi program for the entire system, allowing students to experience music from other cultures and giving our Hispanic community a way to be involved and invested in our schools. Rubrics will be used to evaluate student musical development. Hopefully, one day our school system can have mariachi bands that compete with other schools and participate in community events. If you are interested in donating to this grant, please contact Dr. Gilbreath at jeffrey.gilbreath@dcs.edu

Mark Your Calendars!

December

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