Originally delivered on 12/13/2023 4:01 pm

SUBJECT: LTMS PTO Newsletter - December 2023

What's Up Ahead
  • 12/15/23  Deadline for Day of Service T-Shirt Art Design Contest
  • 12/20/23  Deadline to contribute to LTMS GiftCrowd, 10 am
  • 01/25/24  LTMS Spirit Night at Toss Pizzeria
  • 01/26/24  KAZAAM! 6th Grade Party

Message from the PTO President

December 2023

Hello and Happy Holidays!  

The hustle and bustle of the season is here! Which kid needs snacks for the holiday party? Which one has a concert on what day? When are mid-terms? Are the holiday travel plans worked out? Are all gifts purchased and wrapped? Will my children remember the reason for the season and end the year filled with gratitude? There is A LOT of pressure on parents this time of year. Remember to take a breath and focus on things that bring you joy! Our PTO will do our best to remind you of things happening at LTMS over the next two weeks, and when you forget things, because we all do, simply go to your inbox and search "PTO".

Our PTO fundraising efforts are still going strong and we have almost reached our goal!! As a reminder, donations to LTMS PTO are tax deductible. With the end of the year approaching, now is a great time to max out your tax benefits and help us ensure that we can provide memorable and meaningful events for teachers and students in 2024. DONATE now before you forget!

Meanwhile, our PTO will continue working hard the rest of this year to plan next semester, which will be full of events for our students! Please join us at our next scheduled PTO General Board meeting in the New Year on Thursday, February 22, 2024. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact info@ltmspto.org.

Follow us on Instagram (NEW) @ltms_pto and Facebook: @ltmiddlepto

Michelle Lovering
LTMS PTO President

Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy


Calling all LTMS Knights! Let's unleash a blizzard of holiday cheer and shower our amazing teachers and staff with the warmest gifts!

Remember the magical joy that swept through LTMS last year with the GiftCrowd campaign? Well, get ready for a merry-go-round of happiness because the LTMS PTO is bringing it back!

With GiftCrowd, your generosity can directly touch the hearts (and pockets!) of those who inspire our students every day. Every little bit adds up - last year, our incredible community raised a whopping $4,992, allowing each faculty member to unwrap a jolly $52 gift card usable at a treasure trove of retailers, from Target and Amazon to Starbucks and more! 

Ready to join the merriment? Here's how:

  1. Visit https://app.giftcrowd.com/app/join-event/eJnDySkcSg now through 10am on December 20, 2023
  2. Log in or create an account (it's quick and easy!)
  3. Add a heartfelt message from your family to the teachers & staff
  4. Select your donation amount - every penny helps spread the holiday spirit!

That's all it takes! No more last-minute gift shopping frenzy or wondering if you got the right thing. Just pure, unadulterated joy!

So, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming emails and social media posts about the GiftCrowd campaign. Together, let's create a snow globe of gratitude and appreciation for those who make LTMS such a special place.

Get ready to share the holiday spirit, Knights!

Let's make this a holiday season to remember!

World's Fastest Fundraiser is No Hassle!

Allows LTMS PTO to use 100% of the proceeds on:

  • Campus Requests: Supplies for Classrooms and Workrooms
  • Fun Field Days and Events Per Grade Level
  • Dances and Celebrations
  • Supportive Roles to LTMS - Teacher Appreciation Events & Student Events

Our Goal this Year is $9,000. 

Without your Continued Generosity, none of this is possible! We depend on your support to continue these vital programs for our students and staff. Every donation matters!

Thank You to our World's Fastest Fundraiser Donors!

We really appreciate all the family donations that have been made so far. If you would like your name on this list, donate now and be sure to leave your family name in the donation recognition field.

The Williams Family

Zak And Sacha Crosby

The Suh Family

Gail McClung

The Hanken Family

Marissa Saunders

The Elliott Family

The Staben Family

The Howe Family

The Schatte Family

The Krothe Family

The Mahmood Family

The Acuna Family

Eric & Melissa Bauer

The Mathiason Family

The Zimmerman Family

Brianne Poole

Stephanie Kocik

The Mitchell Family

The Trent Hughes Family

The Hawkins Family

Cortney Neves

Leslie Ouellette

Ranjit Gujja

The Zazado Family

The Centella Family

The Soto Family

The Fellin Family

The Kasian Family

Lyndie Percivill

Meghan And Mike N

Brianne Poole

Jennifer Fransen

Leah Lee

Shellie Chang

Rachel Estes

Laura Kuhr

Christopher Worley

Harper Rehme

Shelby Carr

Byron Wilkinson

Nicole Wood

Claire Kinnersley

Kathy Krukewitt

Kimberly Fortino

Tracy Tasa

The West Family

The Carroll Family

Justin Dalton

The Sitra Family

Phil And Susie Sublett

The Mead Family

Tuli Davenport

The Miranda Family

The Long Family

Krushi Setlur

The Lovering Family

Kelly Toye

Kamila Radford

Brian And Shayla Price

Amy Stine

Reema Desai

Staci Curtis

Nicole Shapiro

Noelle Mcdaniel

Rick Correa

The Hoover Family

Aubrey And Joseph Shaw

The Villa’S Family

Sarah Jackson

Kristyna Smith

Mandy Shanklin


Erika Shepler

Jody Verhoeff


Nile West

Pavel Podniesinski

Sheree Martin

Chareese Hatfield

Nathan Downie

Atiya P. Syed Makandar

Nicole Martin

Beatriz Jackson

Julia Pollema

Meredith Piccirillo

Diana Gonzales

Sarah Jackson

Brianne Poole

Anonymous Donors

Spirit Nights
November Knight in Shining Armor - The Cannon Family

A big thank you to all who attended our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on November 16. Your presence contributed to the success of the event in helping us raise $376.07. We're especially grateful to the Cannon family, our November Knight In Shining Armor, who generously matched the funds, doubling our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night's total to $752.14!

If you're interested in being our January Knight In Shining Armor and matching the proceeds from that night's total, please reach out to Jocelyn Fary-Holzwarth or Tina Broussard at fundraising@ltmspto.org for more information.

Join us for the January Spirit Night at Toss Pizzeria & Pub

Mark your calendars for a pizza-filled fiesta to support our LTMS Knights community!

Join us for Spirit Night at Toss Pizzeria & Pub on Thursday, January 25th

Here's how to join the fun:

  • Head to Toss Pizzeria at 11905 Bee Caves Rd #100 (off 2244 and Napa Drive).
  • Mention Lake Travis Middle School when you order and 25% of your sale will go back to our LTMS Knights!
  • Staying in? No problem! Order online at https://tosspizzeria.com/, select the Bee Cave location, and use the promo code knights at checkout. The code makes sure LTMS gets its 25% share!

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy delicious food, support our school, and have some fun!

P.S. Don't forget to check the January PTO newsletter and our LTMS PTO social media pages for more information and reminders.

Upcoming Events
It is time for the KAZAAM! 6th Grade party

The 6th grade party of the year, KAZAAM!, is scheduled for Friday, January 26th from 4:10-6:00pm. The fun begins right after school. 

Kazaam! is a FREE after school party for 6th graders only. There will be a DJ, mechanical bull, a selfie station, ping pong, food and MORE!

We would love for you to be part of KAZAAM!, so be on the lookout for a link to sign up as a volunteer or to donate items.

If you are interested in helping the PTO offset the food and entertainment costs for this event, you can make a donation to the PTO in support of Kazaam!, through Venmo. Our profile name is @ltmspto. Be sure to indicate that your Venmo donation is for Kazaam 

Please note: Venmo donations are public. If you would like to donate privately, please visit ltmspto.org

We are looking forward to a great time! 

If you have any questions, contact your PTO 6th grade reps, Lana Mistretta & DeShea Fellin at 6thgrade@ltmspto.org

Current Volunteer Needs

Occasionally, our PTO receives requests from teachers or staff to arrange for volunteer help on campus. This is exactly what a Parent Teacher Organization is for - to work together to improve the educational experience for our students.

Current volunteer needs on campus:

7th Grade Resource Reading Partners - Sign Up Here

Day of Service 2024
LTMS Day of Service 2024

Lake Travis Middle School and the LTMS PTO are thrilled to announce the highly-anticipated LTMS Day of Service scheduled to take place on March 28, 2024. This community outreach event has become a cherished tradition, bringing together students, families, local businesses, and organizations in a collective effort to make a positive impact on the Greater Austin Area and our Lake Travis Community.

For the past seven years, Lake Travis Middle School has been at the forefront of community engagement, facilitating five Day of Service events that have touched the lives of countless individuals. This event is a testament of the commitment that LTMS and the PTO have in fostering empathy, compassion, and a sense of social responsibility in their students.

While the Day Of Service is a few months away, planning is in full swing. At this time, we need support in the following areas

  • T-Shirt Art Design Competition: Encourage your student(s) to participate in the t-shirt design contest. Deadline is December 15, 2023. (Click here for additional details) 

  • Community Volunteer Job Sites: If you have suggestions for potential service sites where students can volunteer, reach out to Janina Roberts at dayofservice@ltmspto.org. Your input can help diversify the range of services and locations available for the event. 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities: Encourage local businesses, families, and individuals to consider sponsoring the Day of Service. There are multiple convenient ways to contribute:

    • Through Venmo: Make a payment to @ltmspto (charities tab) with a description like "DOS" for Day of Service and include your display name. Venmo Link

    • Online donations: Visit ltmspto.org and use the DONATE button to make a donation. Online Donation Link

    • Sponsorship check: Write a check payable to LTMS PTO, and include important contact information (Name, Display name, Phone, and e-mail address). Mail the check to the following address:

           Lake Travis Middle School PTO

           ATTN: PTO Day of Service

           4932 Bee Creek Rd

           Spicewood, TX 78669 
If your business is sponsoring, email your logo to dayofservice@ltmspto.org for recognition.

All business sponsorships must be received by January 19, 2024.

Share this information with your local community, friends, and family members who might be interested in either volunteering or sponsoring the event. The more people who know about it, the greater the potential for support. 

For families of students at Lake Travis Middle School, please mark your calendar for March 28, 2024 and plan to actively participate in the Day of Service. It is a valuable opportunity to give back to the community and learn important life lessons about compassion and service. 

Note: Should there be inclement weather on the original date scheduled, our Day of Service backup date is April 5, 2024.

More 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. 

This year we have a brand new and very exciting sponsorship packet for local businesses. If you are affiliated with a local business, this sponsorship opportunity will not only help the LTMS PTO, but it will also give your business increased exposure. If you are interested in learning more, email Jocelyn Fary-Holzwarth or Tina Broussard at fundraising@ltmspto.org

We hope your business will join us in supporting education in our community.

Double Your Donation

Did you know that you can 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. It is a simple and effective way to double your 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.

Spirit Store

No matter the season, Spirit Store is OPEN! and stocked with shirts, stickers, and other LTMS swag. You will receive an email notification when your order is fulfilled and ready for pick up at the school. All in-stock items purchased through Curriculum Night are ready in the office now.

Note: Hoodie orders are in and are being delivered.

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

General Meeting and Principal's Coffee
Principal's Coffee Image

Everyone is a member of the PTO at LTMS! We do not charge dues to participate and everyone is invited to attend General Membership Meetings, which give a glimpse into what is happening at the school and inform you of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

As our kids mature, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for parents to be in the classroom. PTO gives you the chance to be on campus and support your student through special events.

And when General Meetings are paired with Principal's Coffees, you get the opportunity to ask our Principal questions and learn first-hand what's on the horizon. Plus, you get free coffee in the morning!

Our next General Meeting and Principal's coffee is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024. We hope to see you there. 

LTISD Bond 2023
Bond 2023
Voters approve $143M Proposition in District’s 2023 bond election

With all Travis County votes counted late Tuesday night, November 7, Lake Travis ISD voters approved Proposition A in the District’s 2023 bond referendum—a $143 million package to fund new construction for stadium facilities serving students at High School #2, as well as renovations and upgrades at Lake Travis High School and LTISD's three middle schools.

"We are fortunate to live in a community where residents are passionate about supporting their schools," said Paul Norton, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. “I would like to thank our school board, senior staff, and our Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee for their vision, dedication, and hard work during the past eight months. Thank you to our voters who supported equitable facilities for our students. It's a great day for Lake Travis ISD!"

For additional information about the district's 2023 bond, see the LTISD Bond 2023 page.

Helpful Info for Parents
Lake Travis ISD Mobile App

The Lake Travis ISD Mobile App for both iOS and Android devices is available for download. With the app, you can set your preferences so that you can receive notifications from more than one school, access SMART tag and txConnect parent portal pages, view lunch menus and account balances, and easily access district and campus event calendars. 

Search your app store for Lake Travis ISD and look for the LT logo to ensure that you are downloading the correct app.

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.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
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