Originally delivered on 10/31/2022 9:03 am

SUBJECT: LTMS PTO Newsletter - October 2022

Message from the PTO President

October 2022

Happy Halloween!!

GO VOTE! Early voting began Monday, October 24th and will end Friday, November 4th. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. For more information about Propositions A-B-C and voting locations, visit https://www.ltisdschools.org/bond

We hope all your kiddos have fun trick-or-treating with friends and family this long 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 was National Principal Month and our PTO had the chance to say thanks to our awesome leaders at LTMS: Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. St.Claire, and Mrs. Rizzoli, during our Fall Principal's Cookout.

As we roll into November and towards the Thanksgiving break, please sign up to donate pies for our Pie Market Day scheduled for Thursday, November 17th. 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 per SignUp Genius and our awesome SAC team will make sure they are delivered to school.

We are SO very excited to announce that LTMS with district's help is bringing back Day of Service.  For those of you with high school students, you may recall this amazing community service day and we're so happy to bring it back for our middle schoolers. In the past ALL THREE middle schools would share the day, but due to changes in schedules and transportation availability, each middle school is planning their own Day of Service.  If you would like to join this very important Special Committee, please let us know at: dayofservice@ltmspto.org. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th, time TBD. We need folks to help with three areas of need: service site scheduling, sponsorships & T-shirt Design Contest facilitation, and snack/beverage & service rally coordination. Note: we will send out sign up for parent volunteer chaperones later in 2023. If you would like to sponsor Day of Service, please see the available levels and please let us know ASAP at: dayofservice@ltmspto.org.

Our fundraising efforts are still going strong and we have almost reached our goal!! 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 in the New Year on Thursday, February 23rd 2023. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact info@ltmspto.org..

Follow us on Facebook: @ltmiddlepto

Freda Collier
LTMS PTO President

Upcoming Events
Friday, November 4
Early Voting Ends
Tuesday, November 8
Election Day
Thursday, November 17
8:00a Pie Market Day!
4:00p Spirit Night at TOSS Pizzeria & Pub
Friday, December 2
PTO Executive Board Luncheon
In This Newsletter
Principal Appreciation

As part of National Principal Month, the LTMS PTO had the honor of celebrating and thanking our awesome leaders at LTMS: Principal, Mrs. Rebecca Hudson, Assistant Principals, Mrs. Keitha St. Claire, and Mrs. Cristy Rizzoli. The celebration was held at the Principal's Cookout on October 6th. Thank you all for everything you do for us at LTMS!

Cristy, Freda, & Rebecca
Parenting Teens
Kindness & Unity Week

Wednesday, October 19th was recognized as Unity Day, a day to wear and share orange to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. In an effort to show our community we are champions against bullying LTISD encouraged staff and students to wear orange to emphasize all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.

Did you know that you or your student can get immediate help by calling the National Suicide Hotline? The FCC has recently designated 9-8-8 as the National Mental Health & Suicide Prevention emergency number that went into affect last summer. You can find the information on the backside of your student's SmartTag. 

Other parent resources and speakers are being planned by our district and by our LTMS PTO, so please be on the lookout for more information and to get involved with initiatives like these, please join our next PTO General Membership meeting, scheduled in February 2023. You can also reach out to our LTMS Counselor Team.

Parent & Student Resources

As part of our district’s commitment to student safety and mental health, Lake Travis ISD is pleased to launch the revised "Cavs Who Care" anonymous reporting tip line, effective Monday, October 31st.

Concerns can continue to be reported in one of two ways:

Students can report bullying, suicide concerns, depression, threats, cutting, abuse, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, or any other type of dangerous situation that threatens their safety or the safety of others. Reports will be addressed by a trained team of crisis personnel, school officials, and law enforcement officers, when necessary.

Officer Gomez

Deputy Gomez is a great resource that can be followed via his Facebook Page. His very real and very honest informational posts regarding all things Social Media can be your go-to when needing direction or more information about protecting your child and helping them navigate being online.

Deputy Gomez shares information learned from working with 2300 students in a high school environment out of Washington state and now as a SRO speaker to middle schools. You can follow him @deputygomez

Here is a recent article that contains links to his presentation along with more resources: https://www.courierherald.com/news/the-dangers-of-social-media-and-how-parents-can-help-their-kids-face-them/?fbclid=IwAR32uZPsVOIewQ8xywT4Mnc_aJj-la-GeKS-P-u_7KT7OrUf3POlBWmQCYM

Call to Action Items
VOTE! Election Day: November 8th

Early voting began Monday, October 24th and will end Friday, November 4th. Registered voters, who reside within Lake Travis ISD, will have an opportunity to decide the outcome of three propositions affecting our District. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to review the materials posted on our Bond 2022 website.


For more information and to check poll locations & hours, visit:


Coffee Bar Cart

We would like to keep this great initiative going and get this restocked for the next grading period! Please send Venmo "Coffee Cart" to: @Freda-Collier, and we will make sure your donation goes to this SAC item.

If you would like to be in charge of ordering, restocking, and keeping this coffee cart clean, please email info@ltmspto.org for details!

Birthday Basket Treats

The monthly Birthday Basket is a HUGE hit! We were able to setup a table and a fridge full of LTMS favorite snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy over the coming weeks. We are now collecting for November and December birthdays!

If you would like to contribute to this monthly SAC initiative, please sign up to donate items, or send Venmo "Bday Basket" to: @Amanda-vonRosenberg. Thank you for your support!


Day of Service Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or know of a business that would be a great sponsor for our upcoming Day of Service event, please send info to: dayofservice@ltmspto.org. See the 2023 DoS Sponsorship Flyer for more information.

LTMS Day of Service is scheduled for Thursday, April 6th, 2023.

To make this community service day happen, we need your financial support. We have a goal of $14,000 which will cover bus transportation, student-designed t-shirts, snacks, beverages, and other items.

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 make a monetary donation so that we can purchase pies to be delivered.

Note: The Pie Market Day drop-off is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, November 17th, starting 8AM. Our PTO SAC Team and other parent volunteers will be outside of LTMS ready to collect your pies. 

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


In Search Of Volunteers
Volunteer with PTO

Are you interested in joining the LTMS PTO? There is something for everyone to enjoy, so let us know what your time and talents are, and we'll get you placed in a role that supports the activities at LTMS.

Some of the board positions we are looking to fill for this school year include: 

  • Day of Service Coordinator
  • School Supply Coordinator
  • Round-Up Coordinator
  • Spirit Store Sales Coordinator
  • Dads In Service Coordinator

There are other opportunities available, so CLICK HERE to send us your information, and we will follow up with you.

DAY OF SERVICE Special Committee members NEEDED!  Committee Team meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th, time TBD. We need about 10 parents that have a serving heart for our community and that would like to help coordinate this awesome program that district is helping bring back to our Middle Schools.  We need three areas of help for our LTMS campus: Service Site Coordination, Fundraising/Sponsorship, and Misc Support for snacks/beverages and service rally. If you'd like to join this very important Special Committee, please contact us at: dayofservice@ltmspto.org.

Our PTO is looking for parent volunteers that would like to join the Dads In Service Team. We need a team leader or leaders to help coordinate parents volunteering on campus. In particular, we need parents to assist in the Cafe during the three lunch periods from 11:15am until 1:45pm. We would also like to assemble a car line assistance team for both mornings and afternoons. If this is something you would like to help out with, please contact our PTO at: info@ltmspto.org.

Our PTO is looking for parent volunteers that would like to assist with painting the cork boards in grade level house neighborhoods.  This is where student work and announcements are displayed.  We already have a teacher leading this initiative, we just need parent support!

If this is something you would like to help out with, please contact us at: info@ltmspto.org. Or you can speak with Mrs. Sheri Bates, Room 707.

Treasurer's Snapshot

It’s been a busy start of the school year with fundraising events including the No Hassle Fundraiser, School Supplies, and Spirit Store sales. This year, our No Hassle Fundraiser goal is $8,000. We are ALMOST 100% funded, so please help us with the last ~$500!

You can help us achieve this goal, by registering on Membership Toolkit (MTK), logging in and selecting My Account to update your Family Information. After that, you can shop the Spirit Store and a make a donation.

If you are already registered with MTK, simply click here to donate. Funds raised benefit our teachers and students by helping fund staff appreciation events, grade level activities, and school wish list items.

Thank you!

We are very grateful to CraigO’s, Kona Ice Hill Country, Chick-fil-A, and P. Terry's for hosting our first few Spirit Night events of this school year, and for all the LTMS families that participated. With your participation, we earned over $740 from sales. We are thankful for your support and partnership! Hope to see you at the next event!

Upcoming Spirit Night

TOSS Pizzeria & Pub is hosting our next Spirit Night. Please join us on Thursday, November 17th, from 4-9pm. 20% of the evening’s proceeds will benefit our Knight community! TOSS Pizzeria & Pug is located at 11905 Bee Caves Rd #100, Bee Cave TX 78738 (Off 2244 at Napa Drive).


Thank you to everyone who has selected the LTMS PTO as your supported non-profit on AmazonSmile! Click here for more information on how to make LTMS PTO your preferred charity.

Matching Gifts

Nvidia matched a donation from a generous LTMS parent as part of their corporate matching gift program. We are thankful for this amazing support! To find out how you can take advantage of this program, click here.

Spirit Store
LTMS Spirit Store

No matter the season, Spirit Store is OPEN and stocked with shirts, stickers, and other LTMS swag. You will receive email notification when your order is fulfilled and ready for pick up at the school. Show off your Knight pride!

HOODIES are ready for pick up now! Please find your order on our PTO shelf in school foyer. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Purchases of LTMS PTO Knight gear support PTO fundraising efforts. Thank you for your generosity!

ARMOR Pencil Sets

Our Spirit Store has new pencil sets available for purchase at $10 per set. These sets are designed with the A-R-M-O-R character traits lasered onto each pencil and reminds the scribe of our school's treasured values. These sets make a great gift for your student to go along with the ARMOR Awards each grading period, or as a great stocking stuffer. These sets were created by one of our own LTMS parents, and our PTO loves supporting our local community businesses. If you have any questions, contact us at: info@ltmspto.org.

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? As a valued business sponsor you will be recognized through various benefits depending on the sponsorship level you choose. We hope your business will join us in supporting education in our community.
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 Fundraisers

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 minute 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.

From Our Gold Sponsors
Community Partners

Thank you to our wonderful PTO sponsors. Please take time to patronize our Community Partners who have been generous in their support to our school!

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or know a business that would, please let us know: fundraising@ltmspto.org or visit our Community Partners page for more information.

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