SCIENCE FAIR viewing is this evening! Please come and see the wonderful work done by our Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders. Special thanks to our volunteer judges for their time and talent!
AISD DIVERSITY FAIR is Saturday, February 4, 9am-noon at Austin High School.
FERIA PARA APRENDER (The Learning Fair) is THIS Saturday, January 28, 10am – 3pm, at the North Lamar Event Center, 10601 No. Lamar Blvd. FREE admission, FREE BOOKS, exhibits, FUN!
MIX IT UP LUNCH is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1. See below for details!
MARATHON KIDS FINAL MILE will be on Saturday, February 25, 9am
Register Now for Spring Baseball and Softball at Balcones Youths Sports. For more information visit our website at www.balcones.net.
The Fourth Grade will have its annual VALENTINE FLOWER SALE from January 31 through February 14. See separate flier for more info. Extra order forms in the office.
VALENTINE parties will be on Tuesday, February 14. On the same day, there will be a FAMILY LUNCH DAY, so plan to visit Pillow! More info soon!
STUDENT HOLIDAYS on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20
On Tuesday, February 21, the PTA will treat the Pillow staff to a Mardi Gras Breakfast. If you can help by donating a breakfast item, please contact Kimberly Davishines at 740-7267 or Huddie Murray at 835-1636 or email email@example.com.
JUMPROPE for HEART will be taking place in mid to late February. Look for more info soon. The students look forward to this fun event that raises money for a great cause!
The annual UT EXPLORE will take place on the University of Texas campus on Saturday, March 3. This is a free event! http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/
Casual Picture Day is February 7th, so bring your smiles!
Gifted & Talented (GT) Spring Nominations are being taken between now and January 31. Parents should contact their child’s teacher(s) for a nomination form. AISD Dept. of Advanced Academic Services has created a blog – http://aisdaas.blogspot.com/ . They will regularly post activities and projects, and meetings for parents of GT students.
We have openings for those who wish to ADOPT-A-STAFF member. Please contact Kimberly Davishines at 740-7267 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Are you interested in a short term volunteer opportunity? The PTA needs 3 current PTA members for the PTA Board Nominating Committee. The committee members need to find nominations for the following board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The nominations will be presented and voted on at the March PTA meeting.
If you are interested being on the nominating committee OR in being nominated for one of the board positions and would like more information on the duties for each of the positions, please email email@example.com.
**** NO Place for Hate and Mix-it-up Lunch Day News ****
Pillow Elementary staff, students and parents are working hard this year to become a No Place for Hate campus. No Place for Hate is part of a national initiative to create safe and inclusive environments for all students. In order to become a NPFH school, campuses must take part in various activities throughout the school year. Pillow student council has worked hard planning these activities. This past November, all students signed a pledge to be kind to all students and to let an adult know if they witness bullying behavior. During January, students explored diversity and its meaning and are creating an infomercial starring Pillow students. In February, all students will participate in Mix It Up Lunch (see below). Finally, in March, students will create a peace garden in their classrooms.
Mix It Up Lunch is a one day event practiced by thousands of schools across the country and world (see www.tolerance.org/mixitup). We ask students to switch seating at lunch in a planned randomness way. Staff members are available in the cafeteria to help keep conversations going with various topics and icebreakers. Students get to meet someone new and find out that we aren't so different after all! Afterwards, students will get to discuss the lunch and what they have discovered about themselves and each other. Many campuses plan their Mix It Up lunch on a single day in October, while others plan the event on subsequent dates. Pillow Elementary's Mix It Up day is planned for Wednesday, February 1st.