Originally delivered on 11/29/2022 4:27 pm

SUBJECT: LTMS PTO Newsletter - November 2022

Message from the PTO President

November, 2022

Happy Giving Tuesday!!

Today is a day that we donate to our favorite charities and passions. Let us not forget, during this season of glad tidings, to make each day and the rest of the year filled with just as much gratitude and generosity. Our LTMS PTO is so very thankful for your time, talents, and financial support this year and every year, which enables us to give support to all the needs and fun wants our school requests. We are thrilled to announce that we reached our fundraising goal as we went into the Thanksgiving holiday due to a generous and smart donor that submitted for matching funds. If your employer has this option, it is a fantastic way to double your giving.

We were able to send home a pie with every teacher, staff member, and bus driver that was on our campus Thursday and Friday before the break. Thank you for keeping this fun and yummy tradition going. We were also able to collect and purchase favorite treats for the November and December birthdays for LTMS staff, including queso and chips!

We are SO very excited about Day of Service 2023.  The Friday before fall break, Hudson Bend Middle School students, staff, and parent volunteers were sent out to donate their time and helping hands to those in need. THANK YOU BUCCANEERS!

Day of Service for LTMS and BCMS will be in the Spring. The LTMS Day of Service is scheduled for Thursday, April 6. There are several ways that you can help support this event. We encourage you to review the sponsorship flyer for information about how to help us raise the funds needed. Students can also help by participating in the T-shirt Art Design Contest for our Day of Service shirts. One talented and lucky winner will be chosen to have their design on the front of our shirts and get a $50 gift card.

NOTE: If you would like to join this very important Special Committee, please let us know at: dayofservice@ltmspto.org. Our next virtual meeting is TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 30 at 10am. We do need your help in filling in some very important areas: 

  • Service site scheduling
  • Sponsorships
  • Student/staff coordination
  • Snack/beverage collection/distribution
  • Service rally coordination 
  • Day of Service Chaperones (sign up sheet to follow in early 2023)

Our next Spirit Night is scheduled for January 18 from 5-8pm at Lefty's Pizza Kitchen. A portion of proceeds for all dine in and pick-up orders will be donated to our organization.

Our PTO volunteers will continue working the rest of this year to plan next semester, which will be full of fun events for our students. We welcome parents that are interested in 
joining our board. Join us at our next scheduled PTO General Board meeting in the New Year on Thursday, February 23, 2023. In the meantime, Happy Holidays, and if you have any questions, please contact info@ltmspto.org.

Follow us on Facebook: @ltmiddlepto

Freda Collier
LTMS PTO President

Upcoming Events
Friday, December 2
PTO Executive Board Luncheon
In This Newsletter
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
Coffee Bar Cart

We would like to keep this great initiative going and get this restocked for the the New Year! 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 New Year 2023 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!

Student Council Dance THIS FRIDAY

Parent volunteers are needed to chaperone the upcoming Student Council dance THIS Friday, December 2nd. Please come and enjoy time with the LTMS Student Council (StuCo) and with friends while they dance the evening away. 

For more information on how you can help out or volunteer, please contact Mr. Assorgi at assorgif@ltisdschools.org 

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.

Day of Service T-shirt Art Design Contest

We need YOUR help to design our 2023 Day of Service T-shirt. Show your Knight pride with your original design!


  • Use ONLY black marker or ink for your design on 8.5"x11" white paper. (Please include your name and grade on back of paper.)
  • Images can be hand drawn or computer created.
  • MUST include: year (2023), school (LTMS), and event (Day of Service).
  • Artwork MUST be done by you, the student, with NO assistance.
  • Turn into LTMS front office NO LATER THAN  Wednesday, December 14th.

The winner will be chosen by Thursday, December 15th and announced before the Winter Break, Friday December 16th. Winning artwork will be screen printed on front of Day of Service shirt, and the student winner will receive a $50 gift card award along with their photo in LTMS PTO newsletter, and the LTMS Facebook page (with parent permission).

Gift Giving Made EASIER!!

Does shopping for that "just right" gift for your kid's teachers heighten your anxiety more than driving on Hwy 71 after 5pm.. on a Monday.. and in the rain? Well, fret no more. This December, the LTMS PTO is launching a new online platform where we are able to collect the funds, and at the end of the collection period, the LTMS teachers will receive a gift notification email along with their gift amount, which they can redeem online to any of their favorite shopping sites such as Target, Amazon, Starbucks, and many more. 

An email will be sent out next week with all of the details, so be on the lookout for that, or you can get more information in the next edition of the Knight News newsletter. 

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: 

  • 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 30th, 10am, virtually. 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.  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 raised 100% and met our goal!  THANK YOU! You can still continue to give & the money will be put to good use in the Spring during all the fun student events being planned!

You can donate, 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, P. Terry's, and TOSS Pizzeria for hosting our first semester Spirit Night events, and for all the LTMS families that participated. With your participation, we earned over $1,000 from sales. We are thankful for your support and partnership! Hope to see you at the next event in January at Lefty's Pizza!

Upcoming Spirit Night

Lefty's Pizza Kitchen is hosting our next Spirit Night.
Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th, from 5-8pm. Portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit our LTMS PTO! Lefty's Pizza Kitchen is located at 18101 State Hwy 71 Suite 600, Austin, TX 78738. See you there!

AmazonSmile=Holiday Shopping!

Thank you to everyone who has selected the LTMS PTO as your supported non-profit on AmazonSmile! We received a $125.15 donation from Amazon this quarter. Click here for more information on how to make LTMS PTO your preferred charity. A portion of your order purchases are donated to our organization! This is a fantastic passive fundraiser, so choose LTMS PTO today!

Matching Gifts

Apple 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!

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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