The Austin Buzz February 2024
Mary B. Austin Elementary
The Principal Buzz, by Melissa Whigham
Prospective Incoming Kindergarten Students
If you have a child that will be entering kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, kindly fill out the provided Google form. This will enable our staff to initiate preparations for incoming kindergarten students and upcoming activities. More details about registration will be forthcoming from the district about online registration. Also, Kinder-Camp is tentatively scheduled for July.
When children dedicate more time to reading every day, they come across a larger variety of words, resulting in higher levels of achievement. Thus, take the opportunity to snuggle up with your child and share the joy of reading together with a good book.
Games are a great way to practice various operations so that they are mastered and remembered. These games can be online, board games or card games. For example, Monopoly is great for adding and subtracting larger numbers. Some card games can also help learn math facts. If you find the right games, kids may not even realize that they are having fun and learning!
Thank you parents for consistently ensuring that your child attends school daily and on time. Last year, our daily attendance averaged approximately 93.23%, and this year, we've maintained a steady rate of around 94.98%. Did you know that the daily attendance rate affects our overall state score?
So, let's aim for a solid 95% daily attendance to guarantee that our students receive the necessary instruction to achieve their personal goals and will improve our overall rating as school.
Kids Heart Challenge
Subject: Kids Heart Challenge is Coming—Register Today and Complete Finn’s Mission!
Hello, Mary B. Austin Elementary students and families! I am excited to share with you that I’ve accepted the American Heart Association’s Principal’s Challenge. I’ve committed to:
· being prepared to save a life by learning Hands-Only CPR.
· learning how to take care of my heart and brain.
· and raising funds to help kids born with special hearts.
If 50% of our families register at Kids Heart Challenge Mary B Austin Elementary School, our school will earn an additional $500 in US Games gift certificates to further support physical activity and the health of our students, families, and staff.
Any student that completes Finn’s Mission this year will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to the 2025 Super Bowl in New Orleans! Our school can potentially win a $10,000 school gym makeover when our students and facility members complete Finn’s Mission!
I am so excited for us all to help create a community of lifesavers and want every one of our staff, students, and families to join me by completing Finn’s Mission at Kids Heart Challenge Mary B Austin Elementary School.
Let’s do this!
Click here to register:
Students are learning and having fun!
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
*Fish will be offered on Fridays during Lent.
February 2nd - House Meeting 1:45-2:30 (No early dismissals during this time)
- February 7th - World Read Aloud Day
- February 9th - Valentine Snack/Exchange (send with your child to school)
- February 12th - 16th - Mardi Gras Break
- February 10th - 17th - National Entrepreneurship Week
- February 19th - Mid-quarter Progress Reports Go Home
- March 1st - Read Across America
World Read Aloud Day: February 7th
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!
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.
Don't Miss Out, Order Your Yearbook
You can also order your yearbook online using the link below.
Art From the Heart Event
It is with great pleasure that Mary B. Austin Elementary School announces Art from the Heart 2024!
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 15 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 16th annual, Art from the Heart
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 6 - 8 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:
$1,000 - Platinum
$500 - Silver
$250 - Partner
$100 - Friend Supporter
Thank you! We hope you will consider being a sponsor and help support this worthy cause.
Art from the Heart
Mary B. Austin Elementary PTA150 Provident Lane, Mobile, Alabama 36608 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Mar 14, 2024, 06:00 PM
Byrne Memorial Hall, Mobile, AL, USA
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.
PTA Store Open
MCPSS Film Festival Poster Contest Winner
MCPSS Film Festival Poster Contest Winners
We look forward to supporting Destinee and our students' films this year at the festival!
Mrs. Miller's Math Corner
Measurement and Data in Elementary School
Learning standard units of measure and how to read data charts and graphs are very important skills that our students at Mary B. Austin are learning daily. we understand that the are not only skills that are needed for test mastery, but for success in daily life tasks as well. Below are resources to help practice measurement and data at home with your student.