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Thursday, October 5, 2017



Please contact administrators via e-mail to schedule meetings as needed.

Amity Taylor, Assistant Principal
Becky Mien, Student Services Director
Kelly McRee, Social Emotional Program Director
Leigh Moss, Head of School
Lydie Jessin, Business Manager
Taylor Young, Operations Manage

Dates to Remember

Oct 5 - Science Fair Workshop
Oct 6 - PTO Coffee Chat & bulb fundraiser deadline
Oct 23 - Individual Picture Day
Nov 3 - Dia de los Muertos
Hoot Outs in our community this week go to:
  • Thora and Tim, who organized an amazing and fruitful work weekend! It looks so nice out there! - Taylor
  • Melissa Bailey and the Garden Owls for taking on the Poison Ivy (again)! -Taylor
  • Tim and Thora for bringing thecommunity together to work some magic on our campus! - ADS administrators
  • Hans D. for running the blower around campus this weekend: It looks Great! - Taylor
  • Sheri Guess and her father for setting up the pumpkin patch! 
  • Ben & Sophia Lindsey-Boeck, Alicia Soria, and Sarah Reyes for all thehard work and dozens of volunteer hours they are putting in for Scare for a Cure! - Holly Lindsey
  • PTO and class parents who brought snacks for staff last Wednesday! We love it! - ADS staff
News from Ms. Elizabeth, your Librarian

--Science Fair is in full swing!  Be sure to check this newsletter and my website at for updates.  My last Parent Information Workshop is this afternoon from 3:15-3:45.  If you can't make it, you can access theslideshow on my website.
--Our first after school Science Fair work day is scheduled for 10/12 from 3-4pm.  If your child would like to attend please email me by next Wednesday so I know to pick them up and bring them to the library.  I will also need to know if you are picking up at 4pm or if they are going to AfterCare.  This work time can be used to conference with me, research, type, print, etc.
--This weekend is the Texas Teen Book Festival ( at St. Edward's University.  Lots of fun and some huge names attending!
--On a sad note, lots of books have been returned in the last week wet and even growing mold.  Please check your child's backpack and water bottles to make sure they are not leaking and soggy!
--Join me on the library porch 10/13 from 7:50-8:30 for a Friends of the Library meeting.
--Looking ahead, we will be hosting a book fair 10/23-10/26 featuring Barefoot Books as well as books from some other small presses.  The books are great and the library receives a large percentage of the profits in theform of books from the fair.  Thefair will be taking place on Tuesday, 10/24 in conjunction with a pumpkin decorating party--decorate a pumpkin to look like a book character.
Flower Bulb Fundraiser

Going on now thru Oct 6! ThePTO would like to encourage all families to participate in this fun sale. Brochures are available in the front office and at all PTO events. Online orders can be made with the link below and we encourage you to share it with your family, friends, gardening groups and social networks. ADS receives 50% of all sales, so even a few online orders will go a long way! For questions, contact Melissa Good at
Nurse's Corner

This week we have seen some cases of strep throat in the Darling Dolphins and Obsidian Lobsters, and some cases of licein Bombastic Bobcats and Shiny Wolves.
From the PTO

Bulb Sales Ending Tomorrow! Please make sure to have your form turned into the PTO box by tomorrow afternoon!  Thanks so much!

The Pumpkin Patch - Opens Monday, Oct. 9th at 2:30 pm  If you're into pumpkin carving, we hope you'll stop by our pumpkin patch to purchase your gourd this season!  All gourds are just $5 each and help raise funds for our amazing school!  We will open the patch on Monday, October 9th (but if you come to theFirst Friday Coffee Chat you'll get first dibs!) and we'll be open each day after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  If you are dying to have a pumpkin but can't make it during those times, see Deborah or Josy in the front office. Please bring exact change!  Help us get each and every gourd to a good home - stop by and see us!!

Dia de los Muertos  We need donations of sugar, meringue powder, and tissue paper to make our Dia de los Muertos celebration what it should be.  Items (and cash donations) can be dropped off at the front office for this school-wide celebration.

Full Moon Festival - Save theDate!! Saturday, November 4th at 2 pm  Feeling The Need to Volunteer?  The ADS PTO has just the right space for you!  If you're into fall fun and festivalin', please consider signing up for an hour or two when you bring your family to this awesome event.  We'll have bouncy houses, obstacle courses, fortune tellers, hay rides, and chicken poop bingo, just to name a few!  Click thelink below to sign up to volunteer with us.  It promises to be a real hoot 

Attention Room Parents!  ThePTO Volunteer Coordinators are going to have their first meeting tomorrow at 9 am, immediately following thecoffee chat.  We hope you can all make it!
From Leigh Moss, Head of School

Enrichment Fees

If you haven't yet donated your $50 enrichment fee this year, please consider helping ADS cover costs for tablet and laptop insurance, one field trip, and additional consumable for our Essentials programs.  

You can make checks payable to Austin Discovery School and return them to your child's teacher or directly to Deborah Freeman in the Front Office.

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos will be celebrated at ADS on Friday, November 3rd!

For those new to ADS this year, if you are not familiar with this celebration you can find out more here.  Following is what Dia de los Muertos looks like at ADS.


Each class may sign up for an installation site outside the library by Friday, October 13th. The installations will be set up all around theinterior of the campus.  We want LOTS of community involvement and to honor and celebrate loved ones, things, and places that have moved on.  Like the celebrations in Latin America, we would love for this to be a community celebration and a sensory experience.  
Here’s how the classrooms can participate:
1. ADS teachers will sign up on a site map to choose a location for their class
2. During October, classes will design their altar/installation/ stations: 

On the day of the event:
7:50 a.m.  Face painting by room parents & teacher’s morning activities:

9 a.m. Grades K-2 ONLY 

QUIET PROCESSION BEGINS: Students in grades K-2  will meet outside the Eco building and process through the gardens and campus and end up around the center circle on campus.  (Route will be marked.)  Theprocession is quiet to allow students to reflect on someone or something that they have said goodbye to- ultimately this is to honor thepassing of this person/ thing… THEN we will CELEBRATE them!  Music and Dance!


Grades K-2 will be dismissed to their classrooms after the performance.

11 a.m. Grades 3-8 ONLY

QUIET PROCESSION BEGINS: Students in grades 3-8 will process through the campus and across the street to the gardens and end outside the Eco building.   (Route will be marked.)  Again, the procession is quiet to allow students to reflect on someone or something that they have lost.
Please coordinate with your child's teachers to learn more about how you can volunteer or participate in this event this year.


Texas-based casting director Vicky Boone, an old friend of our Theatre Arts teacher Jon Watson, is currently searching for 12-14 year old girls to play lead and supporting roles in an upcoming feature film called Bull. Vicky has cast films and conducted talent searches for many well-known film directors including Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), and David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon). Jon thinks this is a great opportunity for all girls --- whether they think of themselves as actresses or not! --- to experience thecasting and interview process, so he has arranged with Vicky and her staff to host an informal call at ADS next Thursday, October 12. Theaudition will be held after school from 3:15 to 5:45 in the Theatre room of the Mesquite building. If you have a 12-14 year old girl in your family, or know someone who might enjoy theexperience, read on!

The filmmakers are looking for girls in their early teens (11 year olds are encouraged to audition as well), who are, in Vicky's words, "creative, strong-spirited, independent, and rough-and-tumble." Jon thinks that sounds like plenty of the students here at ADS. Previous acting experience is not required. The audition will consist of a short conversation with a member of the casting team, so there is nothing to prepare in advance. Girls should just show up and be themselves!

Auditions will begin promptly after school on Thursday the 12th and will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students can simply head to the Theatre classroom directly after dismissal, where Jon and members of Vicky's team will greet them and record their place in line. If you have any further questions for Jon, whether about the process, production dates, the film itself, or those involved, simply email him at and he'll be happy to respond.
It is almost time for the ADS Holiday Bazaar!  Donations of craft supplies and/or finished crafts will be gratefully accepted soon!  Look for great ideas to start popping up on the ADS Families Facebook page and feel free to e-mail Alicia Fiedler ( with questions.  

Social/Emotional Program Mindfulness, by Kelly McRee       

Dear Beloved Parents,

Below is a flyer for Family Matters; this is a part of Austin IN Connection of which I am co-president this year.  We bring parenting classes to all families free of charge, including dinner and childcare.  Please, please register for this amazing workshop happening at the East Community YMCA on Thursday, October 19th.  You are welcome to let me know if you can make it as well and I will pass it on to our Family Matters chair, Caroline Wibbelsman. 

With Love, Kelly