The Austin Buzz February 2023

Mary B. Austin Elementary

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The Principal Buzz, by Melissa Whigham

Q3 is off to a great start! Our January Treehouse meetings were great. Students were able to share their goals and dreams with their treehouse members in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and to kick off our 2nd semester Entrepreneurship PBLs. In addition, students participated in team-building activities where they worked together to build a snowman from supplies.

Prospective Incoming Kindergarten Students

If you have a kindergarten student joining us for the 23-24 school year, please complete the following google link. This will allow staff to begin planning for upcoming Kindergarten students and activities. Stay tuned for important registration and Kinder-Camp dates.

"Pink Out" for Mrs. Tuyet Nguyen, Cafeteria Staff

One of our employees, Ms. Nguyen, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We would like to raise funds to show our love and support for Ms. Nguyen during this difficult time. Faculty, staff, and students can wear a pink shirt, pink socks, or ribbon on February 14th along with uniform bottoms, and bring $1.00 as a donation to support this cause.

Literacy Tip

Children who read for more minutes each day are exposed to a higher volume of words, which in turn correlates to higher levels of achievement. So, snuggle up with your child and read a good book.


Please make sure your child is present and on time each day for school. Tardy Bell is at 8:15 a.m.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Upcoming Dates

  • February 1st - World Read Aloud Day
  • February 14th - Wear Pink for our cafeteria worker, Mrs. Tuyet Nguyen $1.00 donation
  • February 13th - 17th - National Entrepreneurship Week
  • February 17th - House Meetings
  • February 20th - 24th Mardi Gras Break
  • February 27th - March 3rd - Read Across America
  • February 28th -Mo'Bay Food Truck will be on campus from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
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World Read Aloud Day: February 1st

For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.

You can join in by sitting down and reading a book to or with your child. You can even have them read aloud to you!

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Don't Miss Out, Order Your Yearbook

Click the flyer below for more information on ordering a yearbook. If you would like to place an ad in the yearbook, the last day is February 10th. The last day to place your order for a copy of the yearbook is February 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert.
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If you would like to read to your child's class during this week, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule a day and time.

PTA Information

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Art From the Heart Event

Friday, March 10th, 6-9pm

Byrne Memorial Hall, Mobile, AL, USA

Mobile, AL

It is with great pleasure that Mary B. Austin Elementary School announces Art from the Heart 2023!

Mary B. Austin is located in the Spring Hill area of Mobile, AL, and currently has approximately 500 students. At Austin, we are committed to providing the best education possible for all our students. We are an innovative school that integrates foundational skills in the core subjects with 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity to fully prepare our students for their future. As part of our dynamic education, our administration, teachers, and parents feel strongly about the importance of arts education.

The Mobile County School System generously provides weekly art instruction for 3rd-5th graders during the first semester of the school year. However, we feel it is vital for all students at Mary B. Austin to receive weekly art instruction during the entire school year. We are proud to say that in the 14 years since its inception, Art from the Heart has successfully raised the money to ensure every child in each grade can develop his or her artistic abilities and experience firsthand how fun the arts can be! As you can see, we feel very passionate about the arts at Mary B. Austin. As one of our students expressed, "Art class allows us to use our imagination and brings more color into the classroom."

Mary B. Austin Elementary’s PTA will host its 15th annual, Art from the Heart

Friday, March 10, 2023 - 6 - 9 p.m.

(Preview Party kicks off at 5:30 for sponsors!)

Byrne Hall at Spring Hill College, 4307 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608
Silent and live auction event featuring student artwork, food, and fun!

Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 so that we can continue to encourage creativity among our students.

Listed below are our current sponsorship opportunities. Details and benefits available upon request:

$2,500 - Presenting Sponsor (Headline Sponsor-cash only and only 1 available)

$1,000 - Platinum (cash only)

$500 - Silver

$250 - Partner

$100 - Mini Supporter

$75 - Friend

Thank you! We hope you will consider being a sponsor and help support this worthy cause.

Art from the Heart

Mary B. Austin Elementary PTA

150 Provident Lane, Mobile, Alabama 36608 |

Art From the Heart Auction Information

What is a silent auction?

A silent auction is an event where items are displayed for attendees to place bids on and purchase. However, unlike most auctions, there is no auctioneer present, and participants place their bids silently and anonymously on a bid sheet using a bidding number—hence the name silent auction. Once the closing of the auction is announced, bid sheets are pulled, and the highest bidder wins the item. They then provide their bidder number at checkout to pay for any items won and pick items up to take home. Some examples of silent auction items are pie a teacher in the face, a teacher for a day, gift certificates, and art.

What is a live auction?

A live auction is a type of charity auction where an auctioneer runs the bidding by introducing each item and guiding bid amounts. Guests place bids by calling out amounts, raising their hands, or otherwise catching the auctioneer's attention. Some examples of live auction items are carpool queen, spending the day with a PE teacher, and lunch with the principal.

What should I expect?

Free libations, entertainment, food, and FUN! Your child will also have a special art project on display that you can purchase and take home.


Don’t Forget to Add Mary B on AmazonSmile

Each purchase donates 0.5% to our school at no cost to you, and it can add up quickly!

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:

1. Visit

2. Sign in with the same account you use for

3. Select your charity

4. Start shopping! Remember to checkout at to generate donations for your chosen charity.
Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at

How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app

2. Navigate to the main menu ()

3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”

4. Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app

5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.
Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit to learn more.

PTA Store Open

If your child is in need of cold weather gear (sweatshirts,/jackets/long sleeve shirts), make sure to visit the PTA store to place an order.

Counselor's Corner

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MCPSS Film Festival Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to Addalyn Chappell and Payton Ellis for winning the MCPSS Film Festival Poster design contest. Addalyn's design won the Elementary Digital category and Payton's won the Elementary Traditional category. With their win, they've also won a prize for our school!

We look forward to supporting our 35 films this year at the festival!

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2022-2023 Uniform Policy

Schoology Information

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