PTA Announcements

FREE MOVIE NIGHT on Friday, 10/18, from 6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6). Share the fun of watching Toy Story 4 with us in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring mats, blankets, and pillows and hang out with your friends. Concessions, pizza slices, and pepperoni rolls will be available for purchase. Please RSVP on our Facebook event - We are also looking for some volunteers to help out at Movie Night. If you’re interested, please email
REFLECTIONS ENTRIES are due on Friday, 10/25! Find out more by visiting the Reflections page on the Mills PTA website at This year’s theme is “Look Within”. Further questions can be directed to Kathy Adelson at
• The MILLS SPIRIT STORE will be open on Friday, 10/25 during lunchtimes for kids to use their budgeting skills and purchase a variety of different fun items. It’s a fun experience and a great way for kids to learn how to save and practice budgeting.
SAVE THE DATE! FAMILY CREATE NIGHT is coming up on Friday, 11/8. There will be plenty of activities available for kids of all ages so bring the whole family! More information will be sent out soon about purchasing wristbands. In the meantime, we are looking for donations of Legos and Duplos. Please contact Jinny at if you’d like to give to this great community event.
Room Parents! Please email me your name, phone number, email, grade, and teacher to
• If you’d like to make a donation to the PTA through our Love Your School program (100% of your money goes back to the school), then please visit our site at
• To join our official Mills Facebook group, go to and make sure to answer the intake questions.


Box Tops submission deadline: Oct 17

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Hello Mills Families! It’s Box Top time again! Things are just a little different this year, but I’m hopeful these changes will give us the opportunity to bring in even more FREE MONEY for Mills! Here’s how to participate:

1) Download the Box Tops for Education app on your phone, and set Mills Elementary as your school.
2) Scan your receipt whenever you buy ANY Box Tops participating product. Please note the receipt needs to be scanned within 14 days of purchase, so try to make a habit of scanning right away. If you’re on online shopper, receipts can also be emailed. Go to the app or ​​ for more information.
3) If your product has the traditional clip-out box tops, collect them to bring to school. Please make sure the expiration date is valid and legible on the clip. Seal them in a baggy and leave them in the pink Box Tops mailbox outside the school office no later than ​Thursday October 17​.

We have a goal to earn at least $1,000 of free money for Mills through this program. Thank you for helping us get there!


Reflections Frequently Asked Questions

Hello Mills Families,

Mills PTA hopes you and your student(s) are excited about the Reflections art contest. Have you been wondering what Reflections is about? Please read the Frequently Asked Questions and testimonial below…

Q: Is Reflections an after school program?
A: No. Reflections is a participation program (as well as competition) offered by PTA. Entries should be inspired by this year’s theme Look Within. All students that submit their entries in one of the 6 categories (dance choreography, literature, film production, photography, visual arts, and music composition) will have their entry recognized at a Celebration Gallery at Mills on Thursday, November 14th at 5:30 PM. The entries deemed the top 20% will move on to the Austin city PTA level.

Q: When are entries due?
A: Entries are due by the end of day on Friday, October 25, 2019. There is a Look Within box in the front office where entries can be submitted. Be sure to include your entry form with your entry!

Q: How do I enter?
A: Submit your entry(s) in the Look WIthin box in the front office. Entries must be accompanied by an entry form. You can find the forms in the office or on the Mills PTA website. Dance, Film, and Music entries must be submit on a USB drive. Literature entries can be handwritten or typed. Photography entries cannot be any larger than 11x14 including matting and should not be framed. Visual Arts entries cannot exceed 24x30 including matting and should not be framed.

Q: Can you show me an example of past entries?
A: Yes. The Texas PTA website has a gallery of past winners for last year’s theme of “Heroes Around Me”.

Q: Are there rules for each category?
A: Yes! Please go to the Reflections page on the Mills PTA website to read the rules for each category.

Q: Do you know of anyone that has participated in this program?
A: Yes! Our very own 5th grade teacher Mrs. Jackson has experience with the program. Her daughter participated in high school. Her description of her daughter’s experience is:

“My daughter entered the Reflections contest in high school last year in the Music Composition category. She won at the school level and her name was announced on the intercom and put in the weekly letter from the principal. She won again at the city PTA level and her name was announced again. She then received an honorable mention at the state PTA level and was awarded a lovely certificate and was again listed in the newsletter and called out over the intercom for the whole school to hear. This contest boosted her self confidence and gave her a way to shine.”

Q: How are the top 20% entries chosen?
A: Entries are analyzed on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme by a non-Mills affiliated judge or judges qualified in that specific category. Note that a well-developed concept carries more weight than the technique. Emphasis is on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kathy Adelson at


SEL Article Study Day

A few weeks ago, we shared SEL resources for parents and families. As mentioned, we shared there would be an event on Friday, October 25th. Please join an Austin ISD SEL specialist for an article study and discussion on bullying awareness and prevention. There are three available times to attend here at Mills, so be sure to Save the Date and join us for one of the sessions! See the flyer for details.


Family Fitness/CATCH Night

Family Fitness/CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Children's Health) Night is Wednesday, October 16th!

Bring your family to the Mills gym to participate in fun fitness activities from 5:00 to 6:30pm. There will be speed and agility exercises, Spikeball, obstacle course relays, pedestrian/bike safety information, health and wellness displays, Fitness gram practice, and more.

Family Book fair night will be in the library during the same time.

See you there!!!!

Mills PE Department


Library Book Fair is Coming Soon!

The “Arctic” Fall Book Fair is almost here!

School Book Fair hours:

▪ Oct. 10 and 14-17: 7:30am-4pm
▪ Oct. 18: 7:30am-Noon
▪ Family Night (Oct. 16): 5-8pm
Oct. 10 and 14-17: 7:30am-4pm
Oct. 18: 7:30am-Noon
Family Night (Oct. 16): 5-8pm

Our Fall book fair is coming to the library. We will be previewing a few of the many books available at the fair in the coming weeks and sending home a book fair flyer. As always, books may also be purchased online through Scholastic Book Fairs by accessing this link: Online sales will be available Oct. 10th thru Oct. 23rd, and will be shipped directly to you.

Something new this year is eWallet, a safe, convenient payment option for your little shoppers, and we are urging parents to take advantage of it. Instead of sending cash, you may use a credit card to fund your child’s eWallet account with the convenience of setting a limit. At the conclusion of book fair, any unspent funds are then credited back to you. No currency to worry about!!! If this sounds like something in which you would be interested, follow the website link above. The feature will be available for activating/funding beginning Sept 27th.

We LOVE book fair volunteers, so if you are interested in helping with setting up or taking down the fair or helping cashier and stock during the fair, please sign up on the volunteer link: Please note: all AISD school volunteers are now required to complete the Austin Partners In Education (APIE) background check on a yearly basis prior to volunteering at any school event, field trip, or in the classroom. If you haven't completed your APIE application this year, please take a moment to do so now ( It will only take about 5 or so minutes of your time to complete the online application, but it takes a few days to process, so please take that into account before planning to volunteer.


October Movie Night is Coming!

Don't Miss October Movie Night featuring Toy Story 4!

All are welcome to join in this admission-free, fun family movie night on Friday, October 18th.

Families can start arriving at 6:00pm and the movie will begin at 6:30pm. The PTA will sell pizza slices, pepperoni rolls and concessions.

RSVP to the event here -

Please contact Seychelle McDonald at with any questions.

See you there!


Affiliate News


Good News Club

The Good News Club will be on Thursdays starting October 10 through November 21 (six weeks long, excluding Halloween).

3:00-4:00pm. Room TBD.

Snacks are provided. There will be games, songs, Bible lessons and Bible memorization. The club is free. K-5 graders are welcome.

Bring the permission slip to the first meeting on Oct 10th.

See you there!


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