Join us for the August PTA Meeting!


Join us for our first PTA meeting of the new school year! We will meet on Wednesday, August 23rd at 3:30pm in the Mills Library. This meeting will present a quick intro to the PTA and the PTA budget, and it also features Principal Frageman's August Principal Coffee on the topic of school safety.

Students (and younger siblings!) are absolutely welcome to be at the meeting. The PTA will have coloring and activity sheets for kids, and we plan to have a storytelling show playing on a tv in the library. We will also have some very basic snacks!


Mills Health Room Donations


Nurse Barbara needs our help with the school's health room. The health room's clothes closet could use some restocking, and thus, the following donations would be very helpful! The health room uses these clothes to help students who spill milk all over them, fall in the mud, etc.

Please donate any of the following:
Boys pants/shorts sizes 3-12
Girls pants/shorts sizes 3-12
kids shoes
boys underwear sizes 3-12


Teacher Workroom Volunteer Request

We need a few folks to come and help out in the Mills teacher workroom once a week. If you've considered volunteering IN the school, and this sounds like something you'd like to do, please email Alia Solarz at Additionally, you'll need to complete a free APIE background check, which you can find at


Mills Dirt Club

First get-together: Saturday August 13, 9am - Noon

As we get ready for a new school year, I wanted to take a moment to introduce (for families new to Mills) or re-introduce (for "experienced" families) the Mills Dirt Club. Here is a handy FAQ to help take care of that:

What the heck is the Mills Dirt Club?
That's the name the PTA Landscaping Committee has given itself.

What does the Dirt Club do?
If it's outside and on school grounds, the Dirt Club has probably had a hand in it. All we can depend on from AISD is to get the grass mowed every month or so; everything else you see done around campus is probably part of Dirt Club activities. (Although we did receive some improvements behind the school over the summer as part of the recent bond package)

Some of the things we do include weeding, trimming brush and trees, painting and maintenance, building sheds, adding retaining walls, fixing drainage issues, repairing murals, and generally enhancing the outdoors for the kids.

When does the Dirt Club meet?
We set up dates and times we think are convenient for as many people as possible. We aim for one weekend meeting a month and will try and do some weekday evenings as well. We'll finalize some dates and will publish them on Facebook and in the Mills Messenger as soon as we have them. We usually schedule 3 hour windows on weekends, and 1-2 hour windows on weeknights.

Do I need to be there for the entire session?
No! We know everyone has lots of things going on, so come by for any time that you can. We can put you to work for 10 minutes, or 10 hours...whatever you prefer!

What kind of work can I expect?
See above for details on what we do, but we try to have a variety of activities for people to choose from. It can be labor intensive (picking up rocks is the worst IMHO) to much less so (touching up paint or trimming some bushes). We'll tailor anything to anyone's interest.

What is the age limit?
In general, you probably need to be old enough to walk, but beyond that we're not picky! We've noticed that when you give young ones a pair of grabbers (which we provide) they can go to town picking up trash for quite a while.

What is the biggest challenge for the Dirt Club?
Our biggest challenge is typically getting good, consistent attendance at our workdays. We completely understand that weekends are busy and will always have different conflicts for different families. But if you see a date/time that works for you, please come out and join the activities! Also, bring the kids...we've heard time and again from students about how much fun they had at the end of a workday. This is also a great way for middle and high schoolers to book some volunteer hours!

What do I need to bring?
We may request people bring any favorite yard tools when we post details of a workday, but in general we just ask that you bring your own water bottle and any work gloves you may have (we do have a reserve of adult and kid's work gloves you can borrow as well).

When is the next meeting?
We're planning to get together Saturday August 13 from 9-Noon. Our goal will be getting the campus ready for the kiddo's pending arrival. We'll be doing some trash cleanup, trimming some bushes that are a bit overgrown, putting up a mural banner, and looking for anything else that could use some TLC. We'll meet in the front parking lot and branch out from there.

Who do I ask if I have any further questions?
You can reach out to Wes Ward ( or Brad Bressler ( we're co-chairs of the landscaping committee.

Dirt Club Dates 2022

To help everyone update their calendars, the Mills Landscaping Committee (aka the Dirt Club) lines up our planned work dates for the semester at the start of school. These are subject to change if a major conflict comes up, but we will be sure to post reminders to the Mills Messenger and various Facebook groups as dates approach.

These are an excellent chance to contribute to the school, meet other parents and kids, get volunteer hours, and try out things you'd never attempt in your own yard. It's also a chance to get some exercise, but to make up for that we sometimes have donuts!

Planned dates:
Saturday, September 10: 8 - 11am
Thursday, September 22: 6 - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 15: 9 - Noon
Thursday, October 27: 6 - 6:30pm
Sunday, November 13: 1 - 4pm
Saturday, December 10: 9 - Noon

Save the dates, and we hope to see you there!


Affiliate News

Girl Scout Recruitment Rally on the 28th

Interested in learning about Girl Scouts? You are invited to join us to learn more, bring your daughter there will be activities for her!


Join Scouting Night is Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30p at Mills Elementary Cafeteria

Come join us and learn more about Cub Scout Pack 61! It's going to be a great year for Scouting!


Fall Chess Club at Mills

Enroll your child in our after school chess club at Mills. For all ages and skill levels, K-5th, beginner, and advanced.


Film Kids - an after school film club!

Hello Mills Filmmakers!!!
If you’re a 4th or 5th grader who likes making movies then join Film Kids, an after-school club that meets on Fridays from 3:00 to 4:45, starts on September 9th and runs until December 16th. We pitch, plan, film and act in original movies that are shown in a film festival at the end of each semester. Snacks and equipment are provided and everyone gets access to digital downloads of their work. (12 days, $340, payment plans available) Call 512-567-0778 or e-mail Brian Cox at with questions. Go to to register and see us in action!

Young Rembrandts Fall Drawing Classes

Young Rembrandts Fall Drawing Classes



Join us for LEGO Powered Robotics after school classes starting 9/2. All ages, no experience necessary. Students will be a different robot each class. Hands-on STEAM enrichment class.


Bowie Bulldogs & Hotdogs - Aug. 27 at 5-8 pm

James Bowie High School PTSA welcomes all SW Austin families back to school! Join us for the 2022 Bulldogs & Hot Dogs community event on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5-8 pm in the Bowie Courtyard. This event is hosted by PTSA and features games and activities for all ages. Admission is free but you are encouraged to bring money to purchase Bowie Bulldog spirit wear and support clubs and teams as they raise funds for their school year.


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