Originally delivered on 11/1/2021 9:15 am

SUBJECT: LTMS PTO Newsletter - October Edition

Message from the PTO President

October 2021

Happy Halloween!

I hope all your vampires and zombies had fun trick or treating with friends and family this weekend! It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving and soon after the winter break. There are many things to be thankful for and some of the most important ones in our children’s lives are their teachers, aides, mentors, tutors, and coaches. October is National Principal Month and our PTO had the chance to say thanks to our awesome leaders at LTMS: Mr. Wolff, Mrs. St.Claire, and Mrs. Rizzoli, during our October General Board meeting last Thursday.

GO VOTE!Tuesday, November 2nd VATRE: Tax Ratification “Penny Swap” Proposition. For more information and voting locations, visit Lake Travis District’s website.

As we roll into November and towards the Thanksgiving break, please be on the lookout for the opportunity to donate pies for our Pie Market Day, scheduled for Thursday, November 18th. Our PTO facilitates and makes sure each staff person at LTMS receives a pie before the holiday break and it has become a tradition that we all look forward to. Please know that due to COVID and district policy, we ask that you donate only store-bought pies (not homemade), so that we can safely give these desserts to our teachers and staff. If you’d rather us get the pie for you, we will also be taking donations and our awesome SAC team will make sure they are delivered to school. More information is coming soon.

Our Spirit Store is taking orders for LTMS Hoodies!  The Pre-Order Sale is on now through next Sunday, November 7th, so don’t miss out. Get yours before the holidays.

Our fundraising efforts are still going strong and we need your donations! We encourage everyone to join PTO membership for only $15. Our PTO will continue working hard the rest of this year to plan next semester, which will be full of events for our students! We welcome volunteers and anyone interested in joining our board. Please join us at our next scheduled PTO General Board meeting on Thursday, January 27th 2022. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact info@ltmspto.org.


Freda Collier

LTMS PTO President

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 11
4:00p Spirit Night @ All Star Burger
Thursday, November 18
8:00a Pie Market Day!
Friday, December 3
12:00p PTO Executive Board Meeting
In this Newsletter
Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) Voting

The last day for you to cast your vote for the Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) is this Tuesday, November 2nd. If you missed the opportunity for early voting, Tuesday will be your last opportunity to cast your vote. For more details and voting locations, visit the LTISD website.

Parenting in a Digital Age

It comes as no secret that parenting can be challenging in an age where all types of information is accessible to and sharable with anyone that has a tablet, computer, or SmartPhone. With the launch of each new and trendy application comes the risk of exposing kids to various threats.

Each month, our Parenting in a Digital Age section will focus on sharing the various resources available in helping us navigate the ever changing world of social media, trends, apps, and Internet security. 

This month's spotlight is on the Parenting in a Tech World Facebook page. Founded in 2017, the Parenting in a Tech World page has over 148,000 members and focuses on helping parents navigate the tech world with their children's safety in mind. 

If you have a resource recommendation that you would like to share for future Newsletters, please send the information to communications@ltmspto.org.

6th Grade Parents: Get Ready for KAZAM!

Our next 6th grade event is coming in early 2022 - KAZAM!  What is KAZAM?  It is an after-school event for ALL 6th graders that includes games, a DJ, pizza, and lots of FUN! 

We are looking for volunteers to join our Kazam Planning Committee, as well as volunteers for the KAZAM event. If you are interested in helping to plan or volunteer for this fun event, please contact our 6th Grade Reps, Amy Chauvin and Danielle Elliott, at 6thgrade@ltmspto.org

If you have a business and would like to be a sponsor for this year's KAZAM event, please contact 6thgrade@ltmspto.org as well for sponsorship information and benefits.  

We can hardly wait to bring KAZAM back to LTMS in 2022!

Staff Appreciation
Principal Wolff

Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the dedication, drive, and vision of Principals across the nation in helping students achieve academic success.

At LTMS, we are extremely grateful for Principal Wolff, and Assistant Principals St. Claire, and Rizzoli for their leadership, kindness, and dedication to our students, parents, teachers, and staff.

AP St. Claire & AP Rizzoli

To show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication, we were able to honor our wonderful Principal, Mr. Wolff, and our amazing Assistant Principals, Mrs. St. Claire, and Mrs. Rizzoli, at the General Board Meeting held on Thursday, October 28th.

To find out more about National Principals Month, visit the National Principals Month webpage.

Pie Market Day

Each year, our PTO makes sure that every teacher and staff member at LTMS goes home with a yummy pie for Thanksgiving. If you are interested in participating in the PTO Pie Market Day, sign up to drop-off your store-bought pie, or you can donate money to purchase pies.

Note: Pie Drop-Off is scheduled for the morning of November 18th, starting 8AM. Our PTO SAC Team and other volunteers will be outside of LTMS ready to collect your pies. 

If you are interested in participating, be on the lookout for the sign-up link coming next week.

We'll see you in the drop-off line!

Thank You!

We are grateful to Chick-fil-A for hosting this month's Spirit Night and for all the LTMS families that participated. We are so thankful for your support and partnership! Hope to see you at the next one!

Next Spirit Night

Our November Spirit Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 11th at All Star Burger. LTMS PTO receives 20% of proceeds.

Spend a fun night shopping and dining out at The Galleria.

All Star Burger is located near H&M at the cut through with the beautiful sparrow bird mural.

Treasurer's Snapshot

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the families, teachers and staff who have contributed to our No Hassle Fundraiser this year! We are so grateful for your donations and volunteer support.

To date, we have raised $5,095.00! Our goal is $15,000, but what we have received will go towards funding staff appreciation events, grade level activities, and school wish list items.

It might take us a little longer to get there, but you can still help support us with your tax-deductible donation here or share our fundraiser with family, friends and businesses.

Thanks to everyone who have chosen the LTMS PTO as your supported nonprofit on Amazon Smile! The program has brought in $103.98 so far, an improvement from this time last year. Please keep Amazon Smile, and this passive fundraiser option, in mind as we head into the holiday season.

Apple Inc. has matched a donation from a generous LTMS parent as part of their corporate matching gift program. We are thankful for this amazing support. Consider checking with your employer if they support Corporate Matching and register with them today! This is a great way to double your donations!

Fundraising Opportunities

Not sure how else to help the LTMS PTO raise funds? Here are just a few more examples of how you can help:

Community Partners

Do you own a local business and wish to partner with us to impact the programs and activities provided to our students and teachers? Then join our Community Partner Program. As a valued business sponsor you will be recognized through various benefits depending on the sponsorship level you choose. Sponsorships will be active for a period of one school year and may be renewed on an annual basis. Contact us for information on how to become a sponsor today.

Double Your Donation

Increase the impact of your PTO donation with a matching gift. Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible non-profit organizations like LTMS. A simple and effective way to double a contribution at no additional cost to you. Details here

Volunteer Grants Make a Difference

Volunteer grants are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to non-profit organizations where employees volunteer regularly. If you volunteer at LTMS, it’s an easy way to provide the school with additional financial support at no cost to you. Details here.

Passive Fundraising

Earn money for LTMS every time you shop. This is an easy way to earn money for our school while doing something you already do. Please take a moment to sign up for these programs, which donate a percentage of your purchases back to our school or PTO. The more families that participate, the more we earn. Details here.

Spirit Store
We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

Our Spirit Store is open and stocked with shirts, stickers, and HOODIES!

Our Hoodie Pre-Order is open for a limited time only. We are taking orders right now through Sunday, November 7th, so get your order placed TODAY! The fulfillment time for your hoodie order should be shorter, so watch for your email notification to pick up your hoodies before the holiday break.

Orders that were placed at the RoundUp in August have been fulfilled. In our effort to notify families who had an outstanding order, we erroneously sent an email to everyone who had placed an order, even if they did not have spirit gear on their order. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Join PTO

Whether you are new to the community or if you have been here for some time, your membership in the LTMS PTO provides you with the opportunity to meet other parents, teachers, and to help address the needs of our students at LTMS. Our PTO goal for the 2021-22 school year is to raise $15,000 so that we are able to support the additional student and teacher activities on our budget. 

To help us achieve our PTO goal, access our online registration platform, Membership Toolkit (MTK). After you have registered, go to the My Account section to update your family information so that you receive our revitalized PTO newsletter, notifications of volunteer sign-up announcements, participation in surveys, and access to the new student directory. To complete your membership registration, visit the PTO Fundraising page to pay the 2021-22 PTO Membership dues. 

If you have any questions or issues, contact us at: info@ltmspto.org.

From Our Gold Sponsors
Community Partners

Do you own a business or know someone who does and would be interested in becoming an LTMS PTO Sponsor?  Please contact fundraising@ltmspto.org to receive a Program Packet that contains everything you need to become a Community Partner!

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