Menchaca Elementary School
November 2023 Newsletter
Save The Dates
November is Native American Heritage Month
November 1 - 15 - Popcorn Fundraiser
November 3 - Last Day for Early Voting
November 5 - Daylight Savings Ends - Fall Back 1 Hour
December 4 - CAC Meeting at 3:30 pm
December 4 - 8 - Special Education Staff Appreciation Week
December 14 - Annual Winter Potluck Luncheon for Teachers & Staff
December 21 - 22 - Student Holidays
December 25 - January 7 - Winter Break
Coffee with Principal - November 28th at 7:30 am
Save the Date: Coffee with Principal will be on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30 am on in the Community Room. We hope to see you there!
Please sign in at the Front Office with your ID.
Family Engagement Calendar: Visual Calendar of School Events
Our Parent Support Specialist - Ms. Alvarez has created the November visual calendar.
The calendar can be subject to change. Updates/Rescheduling will be communicated to families.
Halloween Bash Sign-In Sheet
Thank you to all of our PTA for hosting such a wonderful family event!
If you attended PTA's Halloween Bash and forgot to sign in please be sure to do so. This helps us collect information on our parent/family engagement and allows us to do more events.
You can scan the QR code or go to this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyg04OYR2IauKvStiEM7MrlV9U4LmQPfpxYKOuLewieqCAcA/viewform
Front Office Reminders
Early Afternoon Pickups
Friendly reminder that the cut-off for any early afternoon student pick-up is 2:30 p.m.
For unexcused absences please be sure to email it to our Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure to include your child's full name, the specific dates they were out, and the reason.
November 13th is a Student Holiday
Reminder: Monday, November 13th there will be no school.
Thanksgiving Cafeteria Meal: Thursday, November 16th, 2023
We will be hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 16th, 2023 during students' regular lunch time. Families can attend by purchasing a ticket in advance. This is a new procedure- no guest tickets will be sold the day of the luncheon. Staff and visitors may purchase a lunch meal for $5.00 the front office. Sales begin now through end of school day on November 14th, 2023. Please note- no guest tickets will be sold the day of the luncheon.
Last Day to Check Lost and Found: Nov 17th
Brrrr.... it's getting cold outside! We have many jackets, hoodies and coats- come by and see if one belongs to you! Friday, November 17th is the last day to claim your items- any item that is not claimed will be donated.
Fall Break is November 20 - 24
Reminder: Fall Break will be November 20 - 24
Our Hospitality Committee delivered coffee, donuts, and breakfast tacos to treat our teachers the morning after Halloween. We love our teachers!
- November 1-8: Feed Carmello the Candy Monster excess Halloween Candy to share with our teachers
- November 13-17: Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week
- December 4-8: Special Education Staff Appreciation Week
- December 14: Winter Potluck Luncheon - Please look for a sign-up genius coming soon!
- Ongoing: Donate snacks for teacher break rooms
Contributions of treats for the teacher break rooms are welcome throughout the year. Simply label items as PTA/Break Rooms and then drop off at the front office for the Hospitality Committee to distribute. A list of some of our staff’s top snack choices is provided as a reference. Thank you for helping us provide our teachers with tasty tokens of appreciation!
Menchaca Teachers Faves 2023-2024
We have provided a list of teacher favorite treats below!
Fall Virtual Popcorn Fundraiser with Deanan’s Popcorn
We are excited to announce our Fall Virtual Popcorn Fundraiser with Deanan’s Popcorn, November 1st-15th. All orders ship free and the class that raises the most through popcorn sales or donations will receive an incentive party from PTA. Please share the fundraiser links with family, friends, and neighbors. Coach Hall has generously agreed to help celebrate fundraising success by dressing in a popcorn costume at the conclusion of the fundraiser if the total raised exceeds $2000!!
Find each class’s affiliate link here: //bit.ly/3ShlJp0
Find the Menchaca PTA donation page here: https://give.hellofund.com/form/DwApHam1
Spirit Night - Order Online from Anywhere!!! Panda Express - November 8th
SPIRIT NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT: Order Panda Express on Wednesday, November 8, and earn a 28% donation to Menchaca Elementary PTA at no extra cost to you! Families and friends nationwide can participate in this Virtual Fundraiser by adding code 918955 when placing orders through the Panda Express app or website. Please note: orders placed with a cashier at the counter or drive thru will not apply to the fundraiser.
ANUNCIO DE LA NOCHE DEL ESPÍRITU ESCOLAR: Ordene Panda Express el miércoles 8 de noviembre y gane una donación del 28% a la PTA de Menchaca Elementary sin costo adicional para usted. Familiares y amigos de todo el país pueden participar en esta Recaudación de Fondos Virtual agregando el código 918955 al realizar pedidos a través de la aplicación o sitio web de Panda Express. Tenga en cuenta: los pedidos realizados en un cajero en el mostrador o en el autoservicio no se aplicarán a la recaudación de fondos.
Hey Dude, Nice Shoes - Anti bullying Workshop for Parents - Nov 28
PTA is excited to announce that we are bringing "Hey Dude, Nice Shoes" Presentation to our school!
They will be doing a school presentation for the children during the school day on Tuesday, November 28th. She will also do an accompanying workshop at 6 p.m. for parents.
History About the Presenter:
Carolyn Jennings Brown has been serving public schools in the state of Texas for nearly two decades. She has a unique perspective that spans from being the daughter of an educator, a student, a teacher and a parent. Today, Carolyn travels across the nation and shares her Anti-Bullying/ Pro-Kindness presentation, “Hey Dude, Nice Shoes” with students of all ages and their parents. During this empowering and inspiring workshop, she shares her unique experiences and stories in a passionate and honest way to educate the two separate generations on this sensitive topic and bridge the gap of understanding about growing up. Carolyn is an honorary lifetime member of the Texas PTA and a recipient of the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award. She brings 'Hey Dude, Nice Shoes' to more than 35,000 students across the United States each year.
Her website: http://heydudeniceshoes.com/index.html
Donuts for 2 - November 15th & 16th
Dear Mustang Families,
We are hosting a morning event called: Donuts for 2.
Come have some donuts and coffee with your little one!
Due to the capacity limits of our cafeteria, we are limiting to 1 guest per student.
PTA will provide Donuts, coffee, and juice.
We will not be having assembly these 2 mornings.
November 15th - PreK - 2nd at 7:05 am - 7:35 am
November 16th - 3rd - 5th at 7:05 am - 7:35 am
PTA Spotlight: South Austin Homes
Please join us in thanking South Austin Homes, a Mighty Mustang partner for the 2023-24 school year, for their dedication to Menchaca Elementary. As advocates for both buyers and sellers in the South Austin real estate market, the team at South Austin Homes believes the alignment of clients’ best interests with the right knowledge and tools is critical to serving the communities that they know and love. The passion that is central to their success as real estate agents naturally leads to taking a position as strong advocates for their children, as well as, the full Menchaca Mustang community. Our PTA is grateful for their commitment to our campus through both financial contributions and their consistent presence at events. Providing resources to support our Mustang students, families, and staff truly takes a village and we are very pleased to have South Austin Homes as an ally. More information about the South Austin Homes team can be found on their webpage. https://mysouthaustinhomes.com/we-love-south-austin/
Menchaca Book Fair: November 6th - 16th
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair at Menchaca will be bringing the joy and magic of new books to our campus November 6th-16th. Students will have an opportunity to shop for books, journals, and fun writing supplies during the assigned book fair session for their class. Additionally, families are welcome to attend open shopping periods on Wednesday, November 15th, and Thursday, November 16th. Please see the calendar shown below for scheduled book fair sessions.
Este otoño la feria del libro en Menchaca traerá la magia de los libros a nuestra escuela de noviembre 6-16. Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de comprar libros, libretas, y útiles divertidos para escribir durante el horario asignado a su clase. También las familias podrán ir de compras el 15 de noviembre y el 16 de noviembre. Por favor vea el calendario para el horario de
How can I help?
● Volunteer your time: Help students choose books and complete purchases; Assist with restocking titles; Spend time reading, coloring, or playing with students during their library session. Volunteers must have a current APIE background check complete. https://austinpartners.formtitan.com/ftproject/volunteer/bc
● Shop for yourself or your teacher(s): Menchaca Elementary will earn 20% of the pre-tax total for all
purchases both on campus and online during our Book Fair dates
● Contribute to the Sponsor a Student e-Wallet: Our goal is to raise at least $500. Additional funds will benefit additional readers.
How does an e-Wallet work?
Families may register their students for e-Wallets and fund them by credit card or a Scholastic Gift Card and may even share a link with friends and relatives to add to the e-Wallet balance. Funds may be used on campus during the Book Fair or online at any time. An expanded selection of books and value packs can be purchased online and shipped directly to your home. Book-only orders over $25 ship free.
Cómo funciona el pago electrónico?Las familias pueden crear una cuenta electrónica con fondos para pagar los libros con su tarjeta de crédito o también comprar tarjetas con dinero o pueden compartir el enlace de su cuenta con familiares y amigos. Cualquier selección de libros se puede enviar a su casa. El envío es
gratuito en órdenes de $25 o más.
Please remember to account for sales tax and consider providing your student with $1-3 cash to cover any small overages between their selected purchases and their e-Wallet balance. Any unspent funds will automatically be converted to a Scholastic Gift Card at the conclusion of the Book Fair and may be used to make an online purchase or used during a future on campus Book Fair. Alternatively, you may choose to donate unspent funds to Menchaca Elementary’s Sponsor a Student Fund or toward a teacher wishlist. To opt in to donating your remaining balance, please send a signed note with your student or email email@example.com.
Donations to the Sponsor a Student e-Wallet, are being accepted now. Contributions of any amount are welcome and appreciated and will help make the joy of reading accessible to more of our Mighty Mustangs. https://shop.scholastic.com/ewallet/fund?lang=en_US&walletId=f6c3be20-b2c4-42cf-9e08-0de9ee9dbce2Sales tax will apply to the book fair.
Purchases may be made by cash, credit card, or e-Wallet.
Book Fair Calendar
You will find below the calendar for the Book Fair
Parent Support Specialist News
Family Academy Conference: Nov 15th
This event is to celebrate parental involvement and volunteerism in Austin ISD Title I schools. https://forms.gle/76ymfu64kJAtf6ed7 Please use this form to register for the Family Academy Conference In-Person event Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Breakfast items & light lunch will be provided for attendees. ---Español--- Utilice este formulario para registrarse en la Coferencia Academia Familiar. Se proporcionará a los asistentes algunos alimentos para el desayuno y un almuerzo ligero.
Location: Southwest Family Fellowship 8203 State Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735
Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Evento en persona, miércoles 15 de noviembre
Dirección: Southwest Family Fellowship 8203 State Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735
Hora: 8:30 am a 1:30 pm
This event is to celebrate parental involvement and volunteerism in Austin ISD Title I schools. https://forms.gle/76ymfu64kJAtf6ed7
Please use this form to register for the Family Academy Conference
In-Person event Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Breakfast items & light lunch will be provided for attendees.
Utilice este formulario para registrarse en la Coferencia Academia Familiar.
Se proporcionará a los asistentes algunos alimentos para el desayuno y un almuerzo ligero.
Parent/Guardian Resource Guide Phone Numbers
"No Place for Hate" Program
This month, the counselors are spending classroom lesson time discussing with classes the “No Place for Hate” program our school participates in each year. No Place for Hate is a program through the Anti-Defamation League that works to build a learning community of inclusivity, respect, and equity.
As part of our “No Place for Hate” initiative this year, our student-led coalition is running a t-shirt design contest. The theme for this year’s program is “Proud to be an Ally”. All students have the opportunity to design a t-shirt that represents their interpretation of that theme and the greater No Place for Hate pledge.
All T-shirt designs are due to Ms. Dalzin or Ms. O’Connor by Friday, December 8th. After designs are submitted, the coalition will pick a winning design to be printed and sold to the Menchaca community with the help of our PTA. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the PTA and a charity that the coalition chooses to support.
Lively Middle School - Magnet & Dual Language Night - Nov 8th
Lively welcomes any interested families to join us for a virtual information session on November 8th from 6:00-6:30 p.m. We will cover all things LIVELY, including our application-based Magnet program for Law, Humanities, and Global Studies and the Spanish Dual Language Academy. We will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. and look forward to seeing you there.
Lively Magnet & Dual Language Virtual Parent Information Session
Time: 6:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Additional Helpful Links:
- Lively Magnet 1-Pager Application
- Lively Magnet Website
- Lively Interest form- sign up for future information and emails
Lively la bienvenida a todas las familias interesadas a unirse a nosotros para una sesión de información virtual el 8 de noviembre de 6:00-6:30 p.m. Vamos a cubrir todas las cosas LIVELY, incluyendo nuestro programa Magnet basado en la aplicación de Derecho, Humanidades y Estudios Globales y la Academia de Lenguaje Dual en Español. Comenzaremos puntualmente a las 6:00 p.m. y esperamos verle allí.
Lively Magnet & Dual Language Virtual Sesión Informativa para Padres
Hora: 6:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Enlaces útiles adicionales:
After school programs
ATX Ballers - Menchaca Fall 2023 Track and Field Program!
Menchaca Mustangs!! We are back for Fall 2023!!
All levels of experience are welcome! Athletes are taught the fundamentals and skills of track and field, including running form, breathing, sprints, relays, javelin (foam), shot put (foam), jumping, and
much more. The expert coaches provide high quality, energetic track & field instruction to athletes in their specific grade-level groups.
Dates: Friday, October 27-December 8 (Skip Thanksgiving)
Location: Menchaca track and field
Coed Grades: Kinder to 5th grade
Cost: $135 per student
Financial scholarships and sibling discounts available
Steps on how to register:
Go to https://www.atxballers.com/register, then “Click here…”, then select your school, add to your cart, and place the payment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 512-673-7098
(512) 414-2333 MAIN (512) 414-5340 FAX