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Thursday, February 1, 2018



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

Feb 1 - World Read Aloud Day
Feb 9 - PTO's K-5 School Dance
Feb 12 - Class Picture Day
Feb 23 - PTO's Soundluck
Feb 24 - Stage-building Work Day
From the Front Office

Are you planning to return to ADS next school year? We want to know!  Please complete our Intent to Return Survey by March 1st.

Class Picture Day will be Monday, Feb 12.  Order forms will go home next week!
Hoot Outs this week go to:
  • Middle school parents, especially Erika Kinder, for the food after school yesterday!!!!  We love it!! - ADS staff 
  • Elizabeth, for doing an amazing job!  ADS students are lucky to have your mentorship in the richness of reading.  Thanks for bringing the stories to life in a culinary adventure. - Kirstin Moburg
  • Josh Sturm, for the generous tool donation! - Taylor   
Lori & Lori Ann's Amazing Wildcats are holding a pet supplies drive from Friday, Feb 2 - Friday, Feb 23 for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. A collection box will be located in the front office. 
From Jennette Everett, Aftercare Director

Spring Break CampRegistration is now open!!! It will be $50/day, or $40/day if you register for the whole week! 10% Family Discount. Register Now!
From the PTO
Elementary (K - 5) School Dance
February 9th, 6 - 9 p.m. on the ADS Campus
Children must be accompanied by adults
More details to come!

It's like a potluck for your ears!!
February 23rd, 6 - 9 p.m.
Paired with a Parent's Night Out at ADS
Stay tuned for more information next week!
(This is an adults only event, so drop your kids at Parent's Night Out!)

Slow Feast
April 7th in the ADS Courtyard
More Information to Come Soon!

BOX TOPS, Y'all!!!!
Don't forget to bring in your box tops!!  Remember that the person whose friend or relative sends a box top from the farthest location wins a prize!  And the class with the most participants wins a class celebration!!!

Appreciation Grams!!
Appreciation Grams - Send a note of Appreciation to your favorite person at ADS and have it delivered on Valentine's Day!  A-grams will be for sale for $1 before and after school Thursday, Feb 8 - Monday, Feb 12 and at the Elementary Dance on Friday, Feb 9. There will also be a box in the office for parents to share their appreciation with teachers and Admin - show them you care!
From Leigh Moss, Head of School

This time of year is always about staying well, but the beginning to 2018 has proved particularly challenging.  At ADS, we've seen cases of the flu, strep, and recently a stomach bug.  To put things in perspective, at the end of each month when we send out attendance notifications to parents of students who have missed 3 or more days of school, and THIS month our absences soared to 2.5 times what our average has been all year.  

Many more students than usual have been sent home with symptoms, and as a school, we are erring on the side of caution as not to further spread illness.  Students are washing hands, teachers have extra anti-bacterial/anti-viral wipes, and our school is cleaned nightly by our janitorial staff.  

Students, staff and families have all been affected.  To help curb absences and to keep our community well we need to all do our part:
  • Make sure your child is fever free for 24 hours BEFORE sending them back to school,
  • Notify your child's teachers and the front office staff if your child has a confirmed case of flu or other illness,
  • Encourage your child to use tissues and cover their mouths with their arm when they cough.  (Every classroom has plenty of tissues.)
Many of you have asked about volunteering to help deep clean buildings or classrooms.  If you wish to do so, please feel free to reach out your child's classroom's room parent to coordinate a time with teachers that will work best.  Although we are working to do our best to keep the school clean and sanitized daily, your support is also greatly appreciated.  Stay well, ADS!
100th Day of School!

Friday, Feb 2 will mark our 100th day of school  If you have a student in one of the lower grades, you may already know this because several K-2 classrooms celebrate the Day of 100.

This year ADS launched our first 100 Partners in 100 Days campaign and tomorrow is our last day to push towards our goal of 100 new partners.  We're close to reaching 60% of our goal.  If you haven't set up a monthly donation already to support our beloved school, it's EASY.  Just click the link below, indicate how much you'd like to donate monthly (no amount is too small because we're all in this together!) and then check the box to 'make this a monthly donation'.  Next week, I'll report out on how close we came to our goal of 100 Partners in 100 Days and this will help set our goal for next year!  A huge Thank You to everyone who has already taken part in supporting ADS through this fundraising event. 
Set Up My Monthly Donation to ADS
Hello ADS families,

My name is Nisa Almaraz, and I am SO happy to announce my return to the ADS community!!!  I will be teaching K-2 PE for the remainder of the year.  I've been a part of this school for the past 6 years, teaching grades K-4, and I'm excited to be back and to see what new experiences this position has to offer.  Although this is my first time teaching physical education, my passion to involve whole body learning has always been a part of my philosophy as an educator.  In order to meet my students' needs, attention to all areas are essential: social, physical, and emotional.  I look forward to growing as an educator while working alongside Jessica in order to provide a high quality curriculum that values all children as individual learners.
ADS Workday and Stage Installation Scheduled

On Saturday, Feb 24th from 9-12, ADS will host a volunteer workday.  Last year the Middle School secured a grant to build a small stage in the outdoor center courtyard.  The stage has been designed, supplies ordered, and materials are on their way!  If you have experience with building, please consider coming to help!  Contact Taylor Young if you'd like to participate!

On the same day, Leigh Moss, Head of School, will be hosting tutorials for the upcoming Amplify Austin Fundraiser platform.  This is a great way for those who are active on Social Media to set their own goal to help raise funds for Amplify Austin Day (6pm on March 1 - 6pm on March 2)  If you're interested in learning how to set up a page and are willing to teach others how, please consider coming out to learn how during the workday on Feb. 24 from 9-12.
News from Ms. Elizabeth

Wow!  Science Fair last Friday was a whirlwind of activity with 199 kids presenting on a wide range of topics.  Thank you to all the kids and teachers who worked through many long months and thank you, parents for supporting your kiddo!  

Special thanks to our judges: Doug Boynton, Andrea Dalhouse, Grace, Kate Griffin, Jody Harrison, Erika Kinder, Tim Ornes, Mark Parker, and Shauna Woullard!!!!!

Here's a sampling of project titles of those going on to Regionals, to give you an idea of the diversity of projects:
  • Solar Still
  • More Than Gas
  • Green Roofs Are the Tops!
  • Space Shuttle
  • Cloud Formation
  • Rockin' Out Erosion
  • Modeling the Magnetic Time Scale
  • The Viper Clean Generator
  • Water Quality on Walnut Creek
  • Functional Fashion

Social/Emotional Mindfulness Program by Kelly McRee


Dear Beloved Parents,

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity!  The chance to talk with other parents and attend a free workshop devoted to parenting topics.  Family Matters through Austin IN Connection provides free workshop at the East Communities YMCA with a free family meal and free childcare!  You will get the chance to watch the film "The Moving Child" and then get to talk to a dance/movement therapist. Check it out at

Winter 2018 Family Matters

Please join us Thursday, February 1st from 6-8pm at East Communities YMCA for our quarterly Family Matters program!

  • Local dance and movement therapist, Lea Comte, MS, R-DMT, will be presenting and facilitating discussion of the film, “The Moving Child.”

  • Following the film, Ms. Comte will be discussing the importance of dynamic movement in a child’s physical, emotional, social, and mental growth, and helping parents understand this vital area of sensorimotor development as well as best practices to support your child.

  • More information about the film can be found here:

  • Family Matters is a free program and open to the public.

  • Please join us with your kids for dinner followed by our speaker. Childcare is provided. Translation available upon request.

  • RSVP (include # of guests) to