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"The Hoot" :: Weekly Newsletter » Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018



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

Amity Taylor, Assistant Principal
Deborah FreemanRegistrar & Office Manager
Kelly McRee, Social Emotional Program Director
Leigh Moss, Head of School
Lydie Jessin, Business & HR Manager
Maria MartinezStudent Services Director
Taylor Young, Operations Manager

Dates to Remember

Oct 22  Picture Day
Nov 2   PTO Coffee Chat (8 am) & Dia de los Muertos celebrations
Hoot Outs this week go to...
  • La La Lizard parents, for snacks yesterday after school!  Thank you so much! - ADS staff
  • My fellow PTO officers, for organizing and executing a stellar and successful Fall Fest! - Caitlin
  • All of our community volunteers, for coming together and supporting our school during Fall Fest! - Caitlin
  • Ryan Jones, for so many treats. - Deborah
Kelly Moses, our new 3rd - 8th grade art teacher, would greatly appreciate donations of clean recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, egg cartons, fabric, yarn, metal cans, plastic containers...just no glass! Drop them off in the front office, please!
Beginning-of-year conferences have begun and will continue until November 16th.  If you have not yet scheduled a time to meet with your child's teachers to discuss progress, please reach out to them!  All ADS employees have an e-mail address with the format 'first initial last name'

From the Front Office 
The Sneaky Cheetahs, LaLa Lizards, and Iridescent Iguanas have a few cases of lice.  Please recall that the only way to get rid of lice is to physically remove each and every adult and nit.  No product will do it for you.

Picture Day is next Monday, October 22nd!  Paper order forms have been sent home and there is a picture of the form at the end of this newsletter.

Checking Students Out If you are checking your child out early from school, please come directly to the front office to sign them out, and expect to wait. DO NOT go directly to your child's classroom building, ask someone to open the door for you, and ask teachers where your child is; it is disruptive. Asking children to open the locked doors is an unsafe precedent for our students and community.  We try to serve everyone quickly, but getting students called from classrooms or other various locations is challenging and can take a while. Especially right at the end of the day, we greatly prefer you to wait the extra few minutes and pick up your child at dismissal time, though we will do our best to help you get them early as needed. Thank you for your patience and help.
From Leigh Moss, Head of School

Hazardous Weather Policy

The following policy is from our Board-Approved Parent / Student Handbook:

During times of inclement weather, Austin Discovery School will update information in the News section of the website and notify families of closures or delays via text and/or email by 6:30 a.m. If Austin Discovery School closes for any reason during the school day, parents will be notified, and staff members will release students as you have authorized.   


We are excited that there are 17 families who have signed up to participate in our Coin Up app to donate directly to the school.  So far, collectively, we've raised $192 in the first month of use!  Thank you to everyone who has participated.  Next month, starting in November, we'll have a CoinUp Jar located in the front lobby so if you're not the tech savvy type or if you want to just get rid of all that spare change in your car, you will be able to physically "Coin Up" as well!

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” - Howard Zinn

It may seem impossible for a little spare change to make an impact, but consider this; If 500 people donate $10 of spare change each month – it adds up to $5,000 a month, or $60,000 a year! That’s enough for ADS to do sooo much good.

Now there’s a simple and painless way to donate your spare change. ADS is thrilled to partner with Coin Up, a revolutionary mobile donation app that virtually rounds up your credit or debit card transactions to the next dollar, and automatically donates your spare change to ADS every month. You can even set a monthly limit so that your donations never exceed that amount!

You can Coin Up in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Download the (free) Coin Up App from the Apple Store OR visit 
2. Select ADSI or Austin Discovery School as your charity 
3. Link your bank card & set a monthly limit
If you haven't signed up yet because you have an android phone, the good news is that CoinUp can now be found on Google Play.  

Download the Coin Up app today!  

Library News
Today from 3-4 p.m. is an after school Science Fair work session.  The ADS Science Fair will be on Friday, Jan 25, 2019.

If you're looking for some cool enrichment for your kids, check out the Austin Book Arts Center.  They have 4 upcoming paper making, bookbinding, and paper craft workshops for kids.  Use promo code TTBF2018 for a 10% discount.

Are you ordering online with Scholastic to support our ADS readers?  If so, be sure to use these coupons this month: Spend $10 and get up to a $5 book free use coupon code BOOK1, or spend $25 and get another $5 book free use coupon code READS.  It's pretty easy to set up an online account and then you don't need to deal with sending your child with an order form and check: see 
this tutorial.

The Texas Book Festival is right around the corner on 10/27 and 10/28.  I wait all year for this incredible weekend! Hundreds of authors, all free, music, activities: the most amazing weekend you will spend in Austin.  Some notable children's authors will be there, including Mary Pope Osborne, Jacqueline Woodson, Dan Santat, Minh Le, Yuyi Morales, Sharon Draper, Nathan Hale, Megan McDonald, and Matt de la Pena.

The Essentials team is busily organizing our annual Fall Into the Arts celebration for November 12-16.  If you are involved in the arts field in any way (artist, musician, architect, designer, creator, etc.) and would be interested in speaking to a class or group of classes that week about your craft, please reach out to Elizabeth at
From Taylor Young, Operations Manager

Traffic Reminders:
  • The traffic loop begins at the bottom of the hill and continues as 2 lanes throughout most of campus. Please choose a side to drive on leading past the gardens, to the stop sign, and on past the drop-off zone where it becomes one lane again to exit campus.
  • Please only pick up and drop off students in the designated area on the back side of campus. Your other option is to park in designated parking and walk with your student.
  • Please respect the areas marked as "Staff Parking" and leave these spots open for ADS employees!
  • Pedestrians, for your safety, please use the crosswalks when crossing the road.
Taylor and Tim's Donation Requests:

We need a Pressure Washer, rugged push mower, gas or battery-powered blower, a trimmer/weed eater that can handle tough grass and weeds.  We also really need assorted nuts and bolts, plus drywall and masonry wall anchors. Also, if you or someone you know has experience with small engine repair, we have some lawn equipment that is ill and needs help!

A Little Owl Told Kelly McRee

I had the pleasure this week of interviewing Jamie Price, our amazing elementary art teacher teaching in the Prickly Pear Treehouse!  

Describe your favorite vacation.  For four weeks my daughter and I took an Amtrak train around the continental U.S. stopping and staying in hostels in Santa Monica; Portland, Oregon; New York, NY; and New Orleans.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? You can’t teach flexibility by being rigid.

What brings you the most joy? My family.

What is your favorite meal or the best meal you have ever had? Anything with curry.

What do you do to take care of yourself?  Meditate

Tell us about your favorite pet or animal. My chickens!

What are you reading now? How to Change your Mind by Michael Pollan

What is your secret talent that no one knows about?  I can take a complex subject, or book plot, and summarize it in a few sentences.

What is your favorite family tradition or ritual?  Celebrating the Winter Solstice   

What is your favorite podcast?  Art Ed Radio