Menchaca Elementary School

April Newsletter

Principal Loyola

Menchaca Families,

Happy April!

Our students have had a very productive April as our third through fifth-grade students prepare for the STAAR test. This is a reminder that there are no visitors on any of our STAAR testing days. We have finished 1 and have 2 more to go.

Huge Appreciation to our Menchaca PTA who coordinated an amazing Mustang Round-Up and our wonderful Volunteers! Our community had a fantastic time! We had a dunk tank, a petting zoo, a live band, hair spray, and many rides! Proceeds of our carnival go to school initiatives and help support tutoring for our students.

I wanted to remind you of a couple of things:

  • Thursday, April 27th - Science STAAR Test (5th grade)

  • Friday, April 28th - Come have Lemonade with me at 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 4th - Math STAAR Test

  • May 8-12 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Thursday, May 11th - Our Dual Language Families will have Dual Language Night
  • Friday, May 12th - PTA Family Fun Night at 6pm
  • School tours are available on Fridays at 10 am. Please call the front office to make an appointment.

I can be contacted via email at or phone call 512-414-2333.

Lemonade with Principal Loyola

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Principal Coffee at Paredes for Middle School Transition

Dear 5th Grade Parents,

If your student will be transitioning to Paredes Middle School there is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Principal Ms. Ramirez and their PSS Mr. Johnson on Thursday, May 4th from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Paredes will be hosting its final Principal Coffee for the school year and their topic will be Middle School Transition for incoming parents.

Save the Date!! Dual Language Night - Thursday, May 11th

Dear Dual Language Menchaca Families!!!

Please save the date for Dual Language Night!!!

It will be Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 pm

Your teachers will be reaching out to you soon if they haven't already.

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Front Office Reminders

Campus will be Closed to Visitors during STAAR Testing

Dear Menchaca Families,

Friendly reminder that our campus will be closed to visitors during STAAR Testing as all space will be made available for students to test.

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Please Check Lost & Found before May 19th

Dear Menchaca Families,

We're about to wrap up the school year and that means checking out Lost and Found!!

Please be sure to remind your student to check Lost & Found before Friday, May 19th as anything that is not claimed will be donated.

Thank you so much!!

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After School Program that will come Next School Year: Menchaca Crew

The Circle C Child Development Center CREW after-school program is so excited to join the Menchaca Mustangs family! Our on-site program will run Monday through Friday once the dismissal bell rings (3:10 PM) until 6:00 PM at Menchaca Elementary. Our mission is to offer a safe and fun enrichment program where kids are active, learn essential life skills, and build a sense of community. Each day, students have a mix of active play and CREW Club time that may include science experiments, arts and crafts, games, student productions, community outreach projects and more! We offer mindful time which is a time for students to complete homework or have a quiet time to journal, read, or draw. We strive for students to create positive relationships with peers and staff, build on current interests and knowledge while exploring new activities, and develop a sense of ownership over their CREW experience.

CREW registration is now open and available on our website!

We cannot wait to meet each and every one of you in the fall! If you have any questions, please email or call The CDC at (512)288-9792.

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PTA News

Yearbook for 2022-2023

Dear Menchaca Families,

It's that time of year again!! The yearbook is available to order!! Be sure to grab one so as to not miss out on this school year's worth of memories and experiences!!

The link to order:

Snack Donations for STAAR Testing

Dear Menchaca Families,

Our students have finished 1 STAAR and have 2 more left!!

We are asking for donations of snacks to keep bellies full and minds focused. Our Menchaca Mustangs will rock the STAAR!!

Donations of snacks can be left at the Front Office.

Thank you so much!!

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Share your love and appreciation for your teachers!!!

Dear Mustang Families,

Teacher Appreciation Week is around the corner!!

Please donate your favorite dessert and help treat our Menchaca Staff on Thursday, May 11th. You can leave your dish at the Front Office by 9:30 am.

Please be sure to label all dishes. They will be washed and placed in the front office for pick up at the end of the day.

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Save the Date: Family Fun Night - Luau Party

Dear Mustang Families!!

Be sure to save on your calendars the last Family Fun Night that will be had this school year!!

We will be having a Luau Party on Friday, May 12th!!

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Parent Support Specialist News

Spring - Summer 2023 Family Event Calendar

Dear Menchaca Families,

The Spring/Summer 2023 Family Event Calendar is linked below:

The Catalog for Youth Summer Fun, COVID Vaccine Calendar, Adult Education, and Community Resource Guide can also be found.

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Resources for Free Healthcare for children

Hi all,

Parents can access FREE healthcare for their children AND establish a primary care physician (pediatrician) for their child.

Please give the following link to this pediatrician's website to your parents:

Austin Public Health - Immunization Clinics

Shots for Uninsured and Medicaid clients. By Appointment only.

Please call 512-972-5520

Fees: Children are $10 per shot. Adults are $25 per shot.

Please be sure to bring your shot records, your child's Medicaid card, any child under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No one is refused services if they are unable to pay.

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Library News

Bookfair is around the Corner!!

The Book Fair is coming!

Join us May 15th - 19th!

More information to come!!

In the meanwhile, you can shop the Virtual Book Fair:

Free shipping with $25 book only orders if you order online!

Families are encouraged to sign up for E-wallet to pay for books electronically:

Every book you buy supports the library!

Thank you!

Ms. Porter

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Notice: Turn in ALL Library Books by Monday, May 8th

Dear Menchaca Families,

Monday, May 8th ALL Library Books are due!!

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Programs for Students

Austin Parks & Recreation: Summer Playgrounds Park Pop-Ups

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El Buen Samaritano: Summer Camp

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Free - Austin Sunshine Camp

Dear Mustang Families,

Austin Sunshine Camps is offering Free Summer Camp for children 8 years old - 15 years old.

It would be for 10 days and 9 nights.

Activities would include: Rope Course, Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Fun Games, Music & Dance, Sports, and Special Events.

Who qualifies? Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch or kids in the foster care program.

To apply please click on the link below:

or scan the QR code.
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Save The Dates


  • April 26 - Administrative Professionals' Appreciation Day
  • April 27 - Science STAAR Test - 5th Grade - No visitors or volunteers allowed on campus
  • April 28 - Lemonade with Principal Loyola at 3:30 pm in the Pollinator Garden

Next Month

  • May 1 - School Principal Appreciation Day / CAC Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • May 4 - Math STAAR Test - No visitors or volunteers allowed on campus
  • May 8 -12 - Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Substitute Appreciation Week
  • May 8 - All Library Books are Due
  • May 10 - School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 11 - Dual Language Night
  • May 12 - Family Fun Night
  • May 17 - 1st Half of Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 18 - 2nd Half of Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 19 - Menchaca Alumni Senior Walk
  • May 24 - Fifth Grade Graduation
  • May 25 - Last Day of Classes