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Thursday, May 3, 2018



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

Amity Taylor, Assistant Principal
Kelly McRee, Social Emotional Program Director
Leigh Moss, Head of School
Lydie Jessin, Business & HR Manager
Taylor Young, Operations Manage

Dates to Remember

May 4 - PTO Coffee Chat & Mt. Playmore Spirit Night 
May 6 - Talent Show
May 8 - PTO Fundraiser 
May 14-17 - STAAR testing
May 19 - OneFest

Did you know that our students and classrooms help build baskets that we then auction off at OneFest?  We hope you'll bring something to contribute to your building's theme and help make our last event of the year a RAGING success!!

*PARENTS*  Starting Friday morning please bring items for your building’s themed basket which will then be put together as one big awesome silent auction item for Onefest! There will be a large box in the main hallway of each building, labeled with your building’s name and theme, for you to drop off the items you bring. Below is a list of each building and their themes:

Cypress: Summer Picnics - Bring your favorite foods/accessories for fun in the sun!
White Oak: Travel Bug - Send your favorite travel must haves for your summer vacation!
Prickly Pear: Weekend Camping/Glamping - Bring your favorite must have for your c/glamping trip!
Cedar Elm: Family Date Night - Send your favorite items to enjoy time with your favorite people!
Cottonwood: Poolside Dreams - How do you celebrate summer fun in the water?
Mesquite: Backyard Fun - When looking for items, think grilling, games, drinks, and more!

We always have such cool things donated and we know with this new twist having themes, this year is going to ROCK!!! 

Middle School Field Trip

This year, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are going to Barton Springs while Field Day is happening on campus for K-5 students on June 1st, 2018.  Permission slips will be going out to the students soon. Our transportation will be provided by buses, which is included in the total cost per student. Please sign and return the permission slips by Friday, May 25th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jessica Langford.

Field Day for K-5 students will be June 1st. Here is the link for volunteers to sign up to help on this day full of water and fun in the sun. We also need watermelon, so if you're unable to make it you could help with our refreshments.  Can't wait to see everyone for our end of the year event! 
Hoot Outs this week go to:
  • Savvy Sea Lion parents, for the good food yesterday! - ADS staff
  • Patrick and Taylor, for helping me wrangle our booster seat collection. - Deborah
  • Melissa Wilton, for sharing the cuteness overload. - Deborah
  • Lily, for her AWESOME organization! - your Cypress colleagues
  • Thora, for her amazing EcoRise award!
From Jennette Everett, Aftercare Director

Aftercare staff is mostly made up of college students, and they are preparing for and taking finals and need time off. SO AfterCare is looking for subs. If you sub at the school and would be interested in subbing for Aftercare, please get in touch with Jennette.   If you don’t sub at the school and are interested, please still reach out.  We need help for just a few hours in the afternoons.
From the Front Office

We continue to need copy paper in the front office.  We could also really use smallish gently-used pants, shorts, and leggings for those days when someone needs a change.  The Peace Center staff would love donations of Kinetic Sand (TM) Beach Sand. It is magic during rough morning transitions and throughout the day.  Thank you so much for your support!

Parents, please do not EVER park in the staff parkingmarked as such near the classroom buildings. It causes a real problem for teachers.

Early release Wednesdays ARE FINISHED for this school year. Starting next Wednesday May 9th, hours will be the same every weekday (7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.). 

From Ms. Elizabeth, your librarian

I have created a project through that will provide the school with materials to document our outside classroom activities.  Right now it is eligible for matching donations!  Please take a look at the project and see if it's something you can financially support:

Citizen Science in Action 

Your support would mean so much to our students. In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks. 

Thank you so much!

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my students, please pass this along! 
We are happy to announce an LGBTQ & Allies Club at ADS! The club will meet every other Thursday from 3-4 p.m. 6-8th grade students are invited to meet with our Middle School Social Worker, Ellen Barg-Walkow Wilder, in one room, while adults have the opportunity to have a separate meeting that will focus on education and support. Below are the dates and topics. You and your student may come to as few or many club meetings as you'd like. Neither you nor your student must identify as LGBTQ to come learn and participate in conversations. 

Thurs, May 3: Overview of gender/sexual identity
Thurs, May 17: Healthy relationships
Thurs, May 31: Coming to terms with who you are
Thurs, June 7: Speaking your truth

Feel free to reach out with questions or ideas to Ellen at Thanks for your support!
From the PTO

Penny Challenge - The heat is on! Friday is the last day for your student to cast their votes to win a POPcorn party for their building!  Strategies are being planned and we have some clear front runners vying for the prize.  Don't forget pennies count +1 and silver coins count for minus their value (5, 10, 25). Coins can be added to their house or to an opponent house anytime before the end of day Friday, May 4! BONUS: Boxtops count double, so plus $.20 for each!!

The ADS PTO will be hosting a Spirit Night at Mt. Playmore on Friday, May 4th from 3:30 p.m. until closing. Mt. Playmore is at 13609 North I-35 in Austin.  They are donating 35% of the proceeds back to ADS for anyone who says they are with ADS (this includes entry as well as any food and beverage you purchase).  So plan on coming out Friday, May 4th to Mt. Playmore to attend ADS Spirit Night.  Wear an ADS shirt if you can to help fellow ADS families spot you!  For more info about Mt. Playmore, go to