July 24, 2017



Dear Austin Elementary Families,



On behalf of the Austin Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), WELCOME to the Austin 2017-2018 School Year. We are very excited about this school year and several exciting changes in the PTO. We know you have lots of forms and letters to read for back to school, so we’ll keep this brief.


You may know that the PTO works with the teachers, students, parents, administration and community to enrich the educational experience at Austin Elementary through fundraising to support programs and educational tools but we do so much more! We work hard to be a conduit for communication from the school to parents and to support the students and staff via programs and events.


What does the PTO mean to you as a parent?


-Because you have a child at Austin you are already a part of the PTO. Join us at any event, meeting or function and know you are welcome. We need parents of all education levels, culture, backgrounds to help us make Austin an amazing place for all of our kids so JOIN US!


-Most of the board members of the PTO also work outside of the home. We value your time and have streamlined many of our volunteer opportunities – tell us how you want to be involved and we’ll find you a place. You DON’T have to be available during school hours to volunteer – we have plenty of opportunities to volunteer for all schedules!


-PTO makes a huge difference at Austin Elementary. In the past year we have provided scholarships and grants to Austin teachers for professional development, PE, Art, and Library support in addition to supporting all schoolwide events through volunteer participation.


-Being an active part of the PTO allows you the opportunity to help shape how we use our fundraising dollars to support the school and to develop programs to enrich the experience of all of our students at Austin. It’s also a great way to meet other parents, have fun and get involved in continuing to make Austin Elementary the BEST place for all of our students!


Please check out the Austin PTO webpage at austinpto.com to purchase your Mustang Express Pass (On sale until August 17th WRITE ONE CHECK ALL YEAR for everything you need! Save money and get a free shirt if you order by August 11th), get school supply information and more. Also “like” our Austin Elementary PTO Facebook page for important announcements.


We look forward to seeing everyone at Verification Day August 10th from 8am-10am and 5pm-7pm it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the PTO and meet our amazing new Principal Lorie Squalls!


Whether you are new to Austin or have been here awhile be sure to check out the PTO at our first meeting of the school year on September 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the school library.


If you have questions or would like more information about the PTO, please email me at austinelementarypto@gmail.com.


I look forward to working with you this year!


Allison Spiller


Allison Spiller PTO President



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