PTA Announcements


General Membership PTA Meeting on Monday, December 9 at 3pm in the Library. We will be discussing the events of 2019 and looking forward at what's to come in 2020. We will also be approving an amended budget at the beginning of the meeting, which includes funding for our teacher's projects.

5th grade parents - at the tail end of our general meeting on Monday the 9th, the principals for our two middle schools will be coming to talk and answer questions. They will be arriving at 3:45.


Holiday Spirit Store will be this Friday (12/13) during lunchtime! Please remind your kids to bring money in a ziplock that they can later use to carry their purchases.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rena Alderson at

Corrected Date: One last Dirt Club for the year!

The Mills Dirt Club will have one final landscaping day on Saturday, December 14, 9-11 am. This will be the last chance of 2019 to come out and improve our school grounds.

There will be a variety of tasks to do, from easy to you can choose how sore you want to be on the 15th!

No tools required, although you may want to bring a pair of gloves and a water bottle. Hope to see you there!


Schlitterbahn Reading Program

The Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages Reading Program has begun! Please use the Reading Log to keep track of all your child's readings and return to Mrs. Tracie DaSilva by February 10th. Read for fun for at least 10 hours to receive one free admission ticket to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels valid through June 30, 2020. (The Six Flags Reading Program has not started yet - be on the lookout for that later this school year.)

Click the flyer for more information and to download the reading log.


Winter Book Fair

The annual Barnes & Noble Winter Book Fair is coming the weekend of Dec. 13th -15th. The weekend event will kick off at 6pm that Friday evening with the Polar Express, an adventure trip through the bookstore for the little ones, followed by Mills Mountain Lion blue milk and hot cocoa. Saturday will be filled with fun events, as Mills teachers and staff read stories (various times from 10am – 6pm) and the Mills choir performs (at 2:15pm). Milo the Mountain Lion will make an appearance on Saturday to pose for pictures as well. The fundraising event will wrap up Sunday afternoon. All purchases made in the store, café and online during this time, if the Mills fundraising code is mentioned during time of purchase, will benefit the Mills fundraiser for Literacy. [Digital books/audio files/gift cards are excluded.] The fundraising code will be advertised in December. There will be a Mills volunteer table at Barnes & Noble that will be passing out stickers with the fundraising code, along with reward passes.

This year we are hoping to spend the majority of funds on replacing old sets of books from the literacy library, as well as new books for our library. We will not be soliciting at this fundraiser, but we will need volunteers on hand to greet Mills families, answer questions regarding the fundraiser and hand out Mills stickers with the fundraising code to those Mills families that are interested. Please consider signing up for a 1.5-hour time slot to volunteer, while you’re out wrapping up your holiday shopping. The signup genius link to volunteer is as follows:

Any questions regarding this event can be directed to the librarians, Sarah Rasmussen ( or Jan Higgs (


Counselor's Corner

Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC)

Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) offers interactive, engaging and educational 1.5 hour trauma trainings that are tailored to the needs of various audiences, including professionals and parents. Trainings include information from the most current brain-based research on trauma and incorporate materials from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Interested in learning more? Please visit their website at

Austin Child Guidance Center Workshop

Join Austin Child Guidance Center for our low cost parent workshop to get in-depth and effective training from ACGC's experts designed to help your family flourish. Limited space available.

In our quickly changing world, technology has become a hot topic for parents and caregivers. Internet safety and cyberbullying are often concerns our clients come to us with.

In this workshop, caregivers will learn about general guidelines for online safety and leave this presentation with the knowledge of what cyberbullying is.

Who: All Parents and Guardians
When: Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Austin Child Guidance Center - Conference Room, 810 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78751
Cost: $20 per parent/caregiver
Childcare: For children 2 years old and older, while space is available.

Register here:


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