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168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


Thank you for a wonderful staff appreciation week! We appreciate all of the goodies and sweet messages we have received. We love being here for your children. Even when we say "Dear Parents, Tag you're it!" for summer, we will anxiously await the excitement that comes with August and starting a new year. Thank you for sharing them with us!

We have STAAR assessments next week, and we will have a closed campus for visitors. The office will be open as usual and students will be on their normal schedules.

Congratulations to 2nd grade for a fantastic Barnyard Moosical. You can see live video footage and pics on our Facebook page. We also want to thank you for your incredible book fair support. It was another great week at Tuscany Heights!

Again, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! They are the heartbeat of our school.

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

Tuscany Happenings

MONDAY, May 13th - 3rd & 4th Math STAAR, 5th Math STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

TUESDAY, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR, 5th Reading STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

WEDNESDAY, May 15th - 5th Science STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

FRIDAY, May 17th @ 7:15am Alumni Walk and Breakfast

FRIDAY, May 17th- 5th Grade Maturation for Boys, 2pm

TUESDAY, May 21st- 4th Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am, Jet's Pizza Eat for a Cause, PVSA Awards Ceremony @ 7:15am

FRIDAY, May 31st- FIELD DAY & End of the Year Party Day COMBINED CELEBRATION OUTDOORS (Flyer coming soon)

TUESDAY, June 4th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am

WEDNESDAY, June 5th- Bill Perryman's 4th & 5th Grade Presentation between 8-11am

THURSDAY, June 6th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony

Pencilmania Project Based Learning

The Third Graders from Tuscany Heights Elementary hosted our annual Pencilmania Entrepreneur Sale and it was a huge success! We started our Project Based Learning with two guest speakers from our community. Mr. Ellis, from E.F Marketing Group, spoke to our third graders about how important advertising is to sell their product. This was helpful for the students to design their poster “storefront” for the sale day. Then, Mr. Castaneda spoke to us about entrepreneurship. Mr. Castaneda created many inventions, one being the H-E-B express shopping cart. He got the third grader’s creative juices flowing about designing and creating pencils consumers would want. Mr. Tom Diminture of H-E-B plus! at Blanco and 1604 graciously donated 2,400 pencils to our school. In class, our students learned about businesses, supply and demand, and needs and wants. With all of that information, the students designed their own pencils and priced them fairly. The students created many different designs that were very creative. Some pencil creations included Minecraft pencils, gumball pencils, dragon pencils, and cool treat pencils, just to name a few. The day of the sale was met with many customers. The students at the end of the day were sold out.

The next question was who, from our community, would most benefit from a donation from our profits. After careful consideration, the third graders decided to donate a portion of their profits to someone close to our hearts. Weston Rouse, a third grader at Tuscany Heights Elementary, has Type 1 Diabetes. We donated $520.30 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Weston’s name. With the donation from Mr. Tom Diminture of the 2,400 pencils, we were able to “give back” to someone in our community. It was a win-win for our students and community!

Jennifer Anderson

Angelique Forsyth

Animal Therapy Month

Thank you to all the Tuscany Heights families who participated in our 5th annual Treats and Sweets fundraiser. We had students help us advertise on the announcements, bake homemade dog treats, and work at our table in the rotunda last week. We raised $168, which Mrs. Holeman has sent to Pet Partners. Pet Partners is the national organization that trains and certifies therapy animal teams.

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Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

Last Chance for Lost and Found!

With the warmer weather our lost & found is overflowing! Please have your student/s stop by the rotunda to look for any missing items. We have sweatshirts, sweaters, hoodies, vests, coats, shirts, leggings, shoes, cold weather accessories, hair accessories, books, lunchboxes and water bottles. We will display all lost & found items through Tuesday May 14th. The NEISD Clothes Closet will only be taking donations through May 15th so, we will be donating all remaining items to the Clothes Closet on WEDNESDAY MAY 15th. Please stop by the rotunda on or before Tuesday May 14th to look for any items your student/s may be missing!

Alumni Scholarship 2019

If you know of a high school student who is graduating this spring and attended THE for one or more years, please let him/her know about our THE Alumni Scholarship! This link will take you to the application page:


We look forward to celebrating this year’s THE “Alumni” at our Alumni Walk and Breakfast on Friday May 17th.

PVSA Awards Ceremony

We will be honoring our PVSA Award Winners on Tuesday May 21st at 7:00am in the cafeteria. Invitations for all students who will be receiving an award will be coming home soon!

Field Day, Friday May 31st

We are so EXCITED about this year’s Field Day event! It will be held on Friday May 31st, flyers will be coming home in backpacks soon, and we will also be posting information on our website and Facebook page!

Open Executive Board Positions

We are still in the process of filling the Tuscany Heights PTA Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year, and we need YOU! A list of brief descriptions of each available officer and committee chair position are listed on a document attached to this eblast, or you can contact president@tuscanyheightspta.org for more information. If you enjoy school wide events like Field Day, Bike Rodeo, Family Dances, Run for the Heights with Boosterthon, and also want your students to enjoy field trips, assemblies and STEAM presentations throughout the year, then please consider stepping up and joining our amazing THE PTA.

Save the Date!

Important Dates to mark on your calendars:

Monday 5/13 - Wednesday 5/15 – Closed Campus for STAAR Testing

Friday 5/17 7:15am – Alumni Walk and Breakfast

Tuesday 5/21 7:00am – PVSA Awards Ceremony

Friday 5/31 - Field Day

Thursday 6/6 – 5th Grade Ceremony and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link

Tejeda Middle School Summer Recreation Camp 2019

WHEN: June 10-June 27 Monday-Thursday 8a.m.-12p.m.

Come and have fun and stay active with a variety of activities.

Drop off is at the Tejeda gym, no earlier than 7:30. Pick up is by 12:15 each day ( we end at 12)

COST: $80 cash, check or credit card( card may only be used by going through the link) If you register in person it is cash or check made payable to Tejeda Middle School.

Questions regarding summer Recreation – contact coordinator - Dana Dutson ddutso@neisd.net

WHO: INCOMING 6th, 7th and 8th graders welcome to attend!!!!!


(right click to open the link for registration form – Choose Tejeda and Other-Coed)

Message from Bush Middle School PTA (Future 6th Grade Families)

Current and Incoming Bush Parents,

My name is Mark Morgan and I am the 2019-2020 PTA President for Bush Middle School. I am so excited to partner with dedicated parents and our hardworking staff and administration to “Back the Future”. The following parents have been elected to serve alongside me this year on the PTA Executive Board:

President-Elect – Kauti Nicholls 4th VP – Annette Macias (Volunteers)

1st VP – Penny Raisor (Aide) Secretary – Kelly Lespeska

2nd VP – Debe Wentworth (Ways and Means) Treasurer – Denise Trevino

3rd VP – Audra Frigon (Communications)

I am equally excited to, along with all of you, show our students what it means to lead, as Bush’s PTA leads in volunteerism. With that being said, please consider serving on the PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year in one of the following positions:

Advocacy – To make the PTA board and membership aware of the legislative process and to keep them informed of pending legislative actions at the local, state, and national level.

ADEPT (Red Ribbon Week) – Works with counselors to organize activities to promotes a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Plan and implement all activities associated with District Red Ribbon Week.

Arts in Education (Reflections)Work with PTA council to implement Reflections fine arts contest.

Awards (PVSA) – Encourage students’ citizenship by volunteering in our community and to increase their awareness of community needs. The Bush PVSA award ceremony is usually in early May. Update information for the Welcome Packet, write updated information about PVSA to put on the Bush website, provide brief reminder articles for the PTA Facebook, review students’ logs for award validation, place order with the PVSA organization for awards, invite parents and students receiving the award to the ceremony; plan and run the award ceremony.

Bulldog Festival – Assists school administrators in coordinating volunteers for Bulldog festival (Sept/Oct).

Campus Beautification Work with school administration to establish a plan and implement a project to help improve the aesthetics of the campus.

Eighth Grade Activities (Co-Chair) – Work with committee chair, along with student council to plan for the 8th grade dance, held at Piper Bass. Work with the Chair to plan the 8th grade party which is held at NEISD Sports Park.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation – Plan, organize and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year as needed and as budget allows. Dates are determined with Administration in June. This position can have a committee of several volunteers.

Faculty/Appreciation (Co-Chair) Work with committee chair to plan, organize, and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year.

HEALS – Coordinate health education services and training with school nurse including, but not limited to health screenings sponsored by NEISD Health Services Department.

Hospitality/Courtesy – Coordinate refreshments for PTA programs/events, holiday luncheon, and end of year transition meeting. Send cards, letter of thanks, condolences, congratulations, etc. as deemed necessary.

Lost and Found – Visits lost and found room routinely and attempt to return items that are clearly marked with student’s name. Display items monthly during lunch. Wash PE clothes and give to coaches/counselors for children in need. Deliver to remaining clothes to NEISD Clothes Closet at year’s end.

Lunchroom – Attend four meetings per year at NEISD Nutrition Center to receive information on nutrition and evaluate foods. Give feedback using the NEISD PTA Lunchroom Report and report to the board at meetings.

Membership – Create a plan to encourage year-round enrollment, beginning with Pup Camp and Welcome Packets. Submit membership to website and work with administration to ensure 100% staff participation. Submit for membership milestone awards.

Partners in PTA (formerly Sister School) – Focused on developing PTA relationship between Campuses to build up each PTA in our district. The goal is for PIP communication to occur between PTA leaders on partner campuses so that they can define how this relationship can be mutually beneficial. Windcrest Middle School is our PIP.

Special Education – Be the liaison between the PTA and the Special Education department.

Spirit Items – Design and arrange for production of the school spirit shirt for the next year. All designs must be approved through he President and School Principal before ordered. Coordinate with President shirt distribution for website orders, and welcome back packets. Responsible for selling shirts at various school events until shirts are sold.

Used Book Sale (Co-Chair) – Assist chair with collection and sorting of books for NEISD used book sale.

Volunteers (Attendance Office) – Coordinate Attendance Office volunteer schedule and training for Attendance Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Front Office) – Coordinate Front Office volunteer schedule and training for Front Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Library) – Coordinate Library volunteer schedule and training for Library volunteers.

Volunteers (School Sales) Help the school with their beginning of the year fundraiser. You will work with school administration book keeper to acquire volunteers to count money, and/or hand out prizes at lunch.

Volunteers (Workroom) – Solicit and coordinate volunteers to assist in making copies for Bush faculty.

Website – Keep Bush PTA website up to date. Coordinate the beginning and end of spirit sales as needed on the website.

Welcome Back Packets – Obtain approval, and make copies for the Bush PTA Welcome Packets. Solicit volunteers to collate, stuff and organize the packets for distribution. Summer work required during August.

Our Executive Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am (please contact me if you are interested, but meetings pose a concern). If you are interested in a position, please email your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices to kautinicholls@gmail.com by May 15. Positions will be filled based on order of interest. Parents in filled positions will be invited to our Executive Board Transition Meeting on May 22nd. Please contact via email with questions or concerns. Thank you.

Kindest regards,

Mark Morgan


Bush Middle School PTA President (2019-2020)

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