PTA Announcements

STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST is this Thursday, 11/21. If you are able to donate any BREAKFAST ITEMS, please email Donations can be left on Thursday morning in the staff room prior to school starting.
• Donate your gently used coats for the Junior League of Austin COATS FOR KIDS program in the front lobby now through 11/22.
• 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

KID BIDS are now open. Visit for more information.
SPIRIT NIGHT on Tuesday, 11/19, from 5-8pm at Red Robin! Remember to mention to your server you are supporting the Mills Spirit Night school fundraiser.
NOVEMBER 18TH THROUGH 22ND is TEACHER'S AIDE APPRECIATION WEEK! Even if your child doesn't directly benefit from the help of an aide, they make everyone's classroom a better place through supporting our students with unique needs. Please join the PTA in thanking our fabulous Mills aides this week (including our MASCOT staff!).

• To join our PTA-run Mills Facebook group, go to and make sure to answer the intake questions.


Coats for Kids

Did you feel that cold snap last week? Lots of families right here in Austin did not have jackets to keep them warm. Every year, Mills participates in the Junior League Coats for Kids Drive and we are now at the half-way mark of this year’s collection. Many of you have already donated and we could still use more! We have already collected 53 gently used or new jackets and would love to see that number double. Please clean out those closets and drop them off in the orange bin in the front entrance marked with a sign that reads “Coats for Kids” and we will take it from there. Mills Mountain Lions have loving and generous hearts!

Leslie Dippel
Mills PTA Community Outreach Committee Chair


Spirit Night at Red Robin - Brodie Ln.

Come out Nov. 19th from 5-8pm and help support Mills and the PTA by grabbing some dinner at Red Robbins off Brodie Ln. 20% of the proceeds will go back to Mills PTA. Remember to mention to your server you are supporting the Mills Spirit Night school fundraiser. :) Easy peasy!!


Save the Date for Barnes and Noble

We are having our annual Fundraising for Literacy December 14 at our Barnes and Noble in Sunset Valley. This year we are hoping to spend the majority of funds on replacing some of our old books from the literacy library with some book sets and decodable readers, as well as some new books for our library. Please consider signing up to come read a story. It doesn't take long and it brings the families in as well. We are working on a few new things to add, but would appreciate anyone that can come spin a tale for us!

Sign up here.

Thanks in advance!

2019 to 2020


Order your yearbook today!

You can also add your 5th Grade dedications and shoutouts online.

Click the flyer for more details.

Mills Elementary - Chad Sell Student Order Form 1

Bluebonnet Book Author Visit

Exciting News! Author/illustrator Chad Sell will be visiting 3rd-5th graders at Mills Elementary on Monday, Nov. 18th at 1:30pm.

His new graphic novel, Cardboard Kingdom, is a 2019-2020 Bluebonnet Master list selection. Cardboard Kingdom is available for purchase via credit card using the link on the attached order form. Mr. Sell will be signing all copies purchased. You may also pay using cash (exact amount) or check by sending in payment along with the attached order form. Please consider using the online payment link on the attached order form for book purchases, as it is fast, efficient, and helps us cut down on bookkeeping paperwork.

Pre-purchased books will be sent to Mills. Please return all order forms to the library by Friday, November 15th. We're looking forward to a great author/illustrator visit!

Thank you,

Jan Higgs and Sarah Rasmussen
Mills co-librarians


Counselor's Corner

ACPTA Webinar - How Charter Schools Impact Public Education

Missed the in-person presentation on charter schools at the last ACPTA meetup? Well, due to high interest, there will be a live webinar on November 20 during after after-school hours.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Location: Virtual / Zoom Webconference <-- Details on how to RSVP and get access to join will be posted soon.

TOPIC: How Charter Schools Impact Public Education with Patti Everitt

About the Speaker:
Patti Everitt is a consultant on state education policy with a focus on the impact of charter schools on public education. Most recently, she coordinated the legislative agenda to increase the transparency and efficiency of charter schools in Texas that was supported by 16 statewide education groups. Patti has worked with foundations, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to develop innovative education, employment, and health programs for youth. Patti’s son graduated from AISD, and she served on PTA Boards, CACs, and as a Board member of the Austin Public Education Foundation (now Austin Ed Fund), Austin Partners in Education, and as co-chair of the Education/Workforce Council of the Greater Austin Chamber.


Affiliate News

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UT - Austin Summer Camp Registration

UTeach Outreach holds a variety of STEM summer camps for students currently in 3rd-10th grade, and registration is open!

During their time on campus, students tour labs, visit with scientists, master science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts, play sports, and make new friends. Camps include 3rd & 4th Grade Chemistry Camp, 5th & 6th Grade Research in Life Sciences Camp, 6th & 7th Grade UT PREP 1, 7th & 8th Grade Physics & Math Camp, 8th & 9th Grade Research & Statistics Camp, and 9th & 10th Grade Engineering & Computer Science Camp.

Space is limited and spots are filling fast! You can learn more here:

KSW diaper drive

Austin Diaper Bank

Click the flyer for details on a diaper drive to support those in need.


UT Austin Lang Stuttering Institute

The Lang Stuttering Institute is right here in Austin on UT’s campus and offers all of their services for free to its clients.


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