Pony Up for the Playground

ponyup_logo_3_color3The Mark Twain PTO Board is kicking off a playground renovation campaign- “PONY Up for the PLAYGROUND”. With your help, we hope to make these improvements:

  • Install a new play structure
  • Add dynamic play centers
  • Improve drainage
  • Install artificial turf with the proper underlay of safety padding in “fall zone” areas

The costs associated with making these improvements to our playground are approximately $200,000. Mark Twain PTO has designated funds to pay for roughly half of these costs. In order to realize our goal we need to raise an additional $100,000 by February through personal and/or corporate contributions.

Over the next few weeks, we hope you will consider “ponying up” a little, or a lot, to make our new playground a reality. Look for information on an upcoming playground check-writing party, playground updates, FAQ’s, and plans/renderings to be found in the rotunda.

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Friday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. (Sold Out)

Saturday, October 18th at 2:00 p.m. (Sold Out)

Saturday, October 18th at  6pm

Tickets are $5.00 each

(Buy early – last year both shows SOLD OUT!)

To buy your tickets and Donations please Click HERE

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Math and Science Night Leaders Needed

Help us get ready to “Party at the Pantheon”! No expertise required – just a passion for enriching our students’ curiosity, demonstrating that math and science are all around us in many interesting ways, and planning a night of FUN!
If you want to help plan Math and Science Night, come to the kick-off meeting on Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 am in the cafeteria.
For more information, contact
Irene Chang at icchang@prodigy.net or
Megan Rose at meganrose72@gmail.com

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Register for the “TriMATHlon”

Register now for the 4th Annual TriMATHlon – a fun-filled math event for 2nd to 5th graders where they will compete in three exciting math challenges to support local schools and earn great prizes!

  • When? Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Where? Mathnasium Learning Center in Memorial City, 9778 Katy Freeway.
  • Who?   Students of all math skill levels in 2nd – 5th grades
  • Registration/participation is FREE!!!

Register by September 30th  and you’ll receive a FREE downloadable Math Plinko game from Lakeshore Learning.   All participants will also receive a goody bag!

Also there is chance to raise money for Mark Twain Elementary School.  The school with the greatest number of registered mathletes will receive a money donation from Mathnasium!

Math is always more fun with friends, so tell your pals to register!

Registration website:  http://www.mathnasiumtrimathlon.com

Mathnasium TriMathlon flyer 14-0915

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Volunteers NeededCThe PTO School Store needs volunteers for 30 minute shifts on Monday or Friday 7:45 – 8:15, or Monday afternoons 3:00 – 3:30.  Please email Camora Kuo at camora.kuo@gmail.com.

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Spooky Spaghetti 2014  October 25th 4-8pm

Spooky is our annual festival and fundraiser. Money raised goes right back to Mark Twain to provide additional program support in the school. Wear a costume, play games, jump/slide on the inflatables, karaoke, DJ, Candelari’s Spaghetti Dinner, Market/Boutique and tons of Fun! We hope to see everyone there this is an event you or your kids don’t want to miss.

If you would like to volunteer or sponsor, please contact Elecia Wheeler at ewheeler9@att.net Or Frankie Sartin at frankiesartin@gmail.com

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What is 4ourschool.com?

Mark Twain has aligned with 4ourschool.com to make it so easy to shop online while earning 5% in donations for our school!
Go to  4ourschool.com. Select Mark Twain Elementary, select a retailer, and shop online as usual.  Participating retailers include Amazon, iTunes, Beauty.com, Starbucks, TOMS online, and more.

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Friends and Family Campaign

Our Friends & Family Campaign is an important part of our overall PTO fundraising program. This year is an incredibly important year for our campaign as we will be raising money for:

  • IB curriculum and certifications,
  • teacher training and appreciation,
  • technology needs and upgrades,
  • facility needs and enhancements and much more!

Please consider supporting these endeavors and more by making a tax-deductible donation to the Mark Twain PTO and participating in our Friends & Family Campaign.  Last date to get name recognition in the directory is Sept. 8, 2014

Heather Barrow
VP Membership
713.502.1035 cell


Mark Twain PTO is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization

Mark Twain PTO Membership Letter 2014-2015

Twain 2012-13 F&F Fund Uses

Twain 2014-15 F&F Donation Form

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Twain Directory Updates for 2014-15

If you are NEW to Twain or have a NEW Email address please email TwainDirectory@hotmail.com include your email address and first and last names.  Returning parents will receive an email THIS WEEK with instructions on how to update your info.

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2014-15 School Store Supply Packet

Mark Twain PTO provides the annual supply packet sale as a service to families. The packets are sold at cost and are not a fundraiser. You will have a chance to purchase supply packets at the Back to School Rumble on August 21st from 3:00 – 5:00.  Packets will be delivered to your child’s classroom before the 1st day of school.
Contact Information

Camora Kuo
Phone: (832)270-0989


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Teacher Appreciation for Ancillaries and Specialists?

Do you need help with gift ideas for ancillary teachers and specialists?  Would you love to help with supplies for a special ancillary teacher’s classroom, but don’t know what they need? We have the answer!

The PTO has asked the Ancillary Teachers and Specialists to complete ALL ABOUT ME and CLASSROOM WISH LISTS forms.  These can be accessed by clicking  HERE.

Please contact Megan Rose at meganrose72@gmail.com or Rachel Ezell at rpezell@yahoo.com with questions.


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Need to add something to the Twain PTO Website?

If you have information you would like to include in the Twain PTO Website please follow these procedures:

  • For parents – forward information to our PTO President, Tony Houck at tvhouck@msn.com for approval.
  • For staff – forward information to Ms. Patin for approval at mpatin@houstonisd.org
  • Also e-mail the technology director, Gaby Gonzalez at marktwainptoweb@gmail.com
  • Web requests should be made 4 days prior to the required posting date.  Requests for creating online payment forms should be made 2 weeks prior to the date sales are to begin.

Forward questions to marktwainptoweb@gmail.com.

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Twain Weatherbug Station is UP and Running!

Thank you to all Mark Twain Parents who contributed to the fund to purchase our very own Twain Weather Bug Station! Because of the overwhelming support of our parents from the Bash and continued support throughout the year, our station is up and running!!

WeatherBug Schools® is a unique program that combines a fully automated Weather Tracking Station with online, standards-based learning to deliver a fascinating educational experience for every grade level. The weather station will give teachers real time access to weather data specific to Mark Twain, as well as lessons to help them use this tool to get the maximum benefit for our students. This program will also increase community awareness through partnerships with local news stations who can include our data in their weather forecast. It provides an exciting opportunity to boost learning across the curriculum.

You can also download the app to your smart phone to get up-to-date weather information. Visit: http://weather.weatherbug.com/ for more information and to sign up.

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