Originally delivered on 12/19/2022 9:02 am

SUBJECT: LTMS PTO Newsletter - December 2022

Message from the PTO President

December 2022

Happy Holidays!!

Our PTO rolled out the GiftCrowd platform earlier this month where we collected your donations for the entire LTMS staff. This morning (12/19/22), each one received an email with their gift amount and links to shop for gift cards to their favorite places. With your help we were able to gift each teacher, aide, faculty member, etc. $52.00!
On Thursday before break, we announced the winner of the Day of Service T-shirt Art Design Contest. 7th grader Jane Law is the lucky winner chosen by our esteemed panel of judges consisting of admin & teachers. We would like to thank ALL the students who submitted their art; we received 156 entries! Our LTMS students are so talented and we have plans to highlight & share the top 25 entries in the New Year, so watch for those on display at school!
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.
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 Wednesday, January 11th at 10am (virtually). We do need your help with some very important areas: 

  • Service site scheduling
  • Sponsorships
  • Student/staff coordination
  • Snack/beverage collection/distribution
  • Service rally coordination 
  • Day of Service Chaperone Volunteers (signup sheet coming soon!)

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 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
Wednesday, January 18
5:00p Spirit Night @ Lefty's Pizza Kitchen
Thursday, January 26
9:00a Executive PTO Board Meeting
In This Newsletter
Gift Giving Made EASIER!!

This December, the LTMS PTO launched a new online platform called GiftCrowd where we are able to collect the funds, and at the end of the collection period, the LTMS teachers received 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. 

Due to our generous Knight Community, we were able to collect a total of: $4,992, enabling us to send each faculty member $52 to spend. Thank you!

KAZAAM 6th Grade Party

Watch for information in the new year about the upcoming KAZZAM party for the 6th grade class.

Friday, January 27th, after school from 4:10-6:00pm

For more information on how you can help out or volunteer, please contact our Grade Level Reps at: 6thgrade@ltmspto.org

Parenting Teens
LTISD Counseling Services
  • The mission of health and social emotional learning services is to provide a comprehensive program that enhances the physical, social, and emotional development of all students by empowering them with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and promote lifelong health and wellness.  

    To this end, we provide both proactive and responsive services through the targeted areas of:

    • Social Emotional Learning 
    • School Counseling
    • Student Health Services
    • Physical Education
    • Drug Testing
    • Homeless and Foster Care Services
    • Pregnancy Related Services
    • Learning happens best with a healthy mind and body!

LTISD mental health professionals discuss youth anxiety and depression in the first video: "Watch Anxiety and Depression 101"

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 setup a table and a fridge full of LTMS favorite snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy. 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!

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.


Jane Law, 7th grade

We'd like to thank all the students for their beautiful and creative submissions for the contest.  It was a very tough decision and our panel of judges consisting of teachers and admin had their work cut out. We received 156 entries and they were all so unique and creative.

If you would like to see the top 25 student art submissions, please stop by the school in the New Year and check out the display.

If you would like to help with Day of Service, please email: dayofservice@ltmspto.org 

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 Volunteers!  Committee Team meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th, 10:00am, virtually. We need parents that have a serving heart for our community and that would like to help coordinate this awesome program that District brought back to our Middle Schools. Be on the look out for the parent chaperone/volunteer sign up coming soon, so you can join us on Day of Service out in the community! 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 Parents 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. Our new counselor, Kimberly Mills, has set up a Volunteer SignUp Genius to make it easier for all. You can also contact her at: millsk@ltisdschools.org 

THANK YOU to the parents that assisted Mrs. Bates with painting the cork display boards in the 7th grade house.  They look amazing and we appreciate the time & talent of those volunteers!

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. 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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