Austinville Elementary School

December 7 - 11 News

What a Great Turnout for Christmas Family Pictures and Children's Pictures with Santa!

How exciting! This past Sunday's Christmas Memories fundraiser was an overwhelming success! Ms. Clark is looking forward to photographing more families around the tree this coming Sunday. Santa had to return to his workshop so only family photos this week. No appointments necessary and it is 1:00 - 5:00.

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 a package. This includes 2- 5x7's, 2- 4x6's and 4 wallets. Look at some of these beautiful families from last week!

See Your Family This Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00

Violin Recital Held for Third Graders

Mrs. Rose Deems Book Fair a Success

Leo the Elf Continues His Antics to the Delight of Students

Many Families Receiving Assistance Through FACT Program

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In-house FACT Resource Coordinators, Nancy Vega and Lizzette Alonso spend their days solving problems and finding resources for school families. Austinville is a Title I school; meaning approximately 95% of the students receive free breakfast and lunch based on family incomes. Of the 384 Austinville students presently enrolled: 60% are Hispanic, 21% are African American, and 19% are Caucasian. Regardless of their race, children may share and experience similar circumstances or situations. Even though these may be outside the school, the events may directly or indirectly affect their abilities and performance in the classroom.

The FACT program provides a resource for teachers, counselors, principals and families. Dealing with the various social issues students may face such as the lack of family funding for necessary concrete needs (food, clothing, shelter and medical care) can be a huge task. The ultimate goal of the FACT program is to enhance student academic performance and achievement by addressing external and internal barriers that interfere with learning.

There are times when families need assistance navigating difficult circumstances. That is when a FACT referral provides assistance, guidance and a network of knowledge for problem solving with families. The FACT Program Resource Coordinators develop relationships with critical community resources-helping families navigate their way to needed services and an understanding of the process for future needs.

The FACT Resource Coordinators provide services that are needed by the students and families but are not currently provided by the schools. All services are provided free of charge and all children and their families are eligible to receive services. The Resource coordinator is scheduled two days a week in the school.

Principal, Beth Hales speaks highly of FACT's assistance to the schools. "The FACT program has been an invaluable resource for Austinville. These ladies step in and work with our teachers when we as a staff do not have the time during the school day to meet all their needs. They are a great support system for us and our students' families. We are grateful FACT exists in order to meet the external needs of Austinville students."

According to Director, Paige Dobbins, from August through November of 2015, FACT has served 60 families consisting of 269 individuals and provided 306 services. These services included: clothing/shoes, medical, vision and dental assistance, Thanksgiving and Christmas referrals, translation and utility assistance, just to name a few.

Mrs. Westbrook's Class Receives Letter from Santa!

Art Club Students Create Gingerbread Houses

First Baptist Members Recognize the True Joy During this Season of Giving

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First Baptist Church members were all in agreement to bless two Austinville families for Christmas this year. After all, it is the season of giving. Their goal was to select two deserving families with multiple children. A gift card would greatly benefit a family with several to feed or buy gifts for during this time of year. So on Tuesday morning, five members from First Baptist Church visited Austinville to present two families with $50 Wal-Mart gift cards. Mrs. Gonzalez, Austinville EL teacher aide translated for the presentation. The mothers were both extremely grateful. They told Mrs. Gonzalez to please convey what a wonderful blessing this gift would be this year. FBC Members making the presentation were Keith Frost, Roger Jenkins, Rudy Gingrich,Teresa Letson, and Vickie Allaway.

Families Join Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders for Christmas Lunch on Thursday, December 10

Student Council Spends Time at Riverside Assisted Living

Boys and girls from Student Council partnered with seniors at Riverside to create Christmas ornaments in conjunction with the Heritage of Hope grant. This grant, received by Mrs. Young explores opportunities for students to learn about the rich history of our area. The intent of this component of the grant enables students to form bonds with the older citizens of our community. Each ornament was filled with items that evoked memories from the past and allowed the new friends to share in conversation. This was a wonderful time for the senior citizens as well as the students of Austinville.

Merry Christmas from Austinville!

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Mark Your Calendars!


  • 13 - Christmas Memories Picture Fundraiser 1:00-5:00
  • 15 - All Stars Christmas Program and Family Math Night
  • 16 - Jump Rope for Heart Awards
  • 16 - Good Behavior Bike Give-Away
  • 17 - Students Go to the Movies
  • 17 - Dr. G and the Violinists Travel to Kiwanis
  • 18 - Last Day for Grades
  • 18 - Early Release for Students 11:30 a.m.


  • 4 - Teacher Workday
  • 5 - Students Return to School
  • 7 - Report Cards Go Home
  • 15 - Club Friday