12th International Festival

Mark Twain 12th International Festival will be held Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm in the school cafeteria.
Here are some examples of how you might be able to help:
*    host a country table (bring some flags, maps, souvenirs, pictures, postcards, things your country exports, food samples, and such)
*    if you or your child have a talent to share (traditional dances, singing, instrumental performances, martial arts demonstration)
*    be part of the team that will organize this event
You DO NOT have to be from another country to help with this! Having a special interest in one is perfectly sufficient.
If you’re interested in helping with the festival in any way please come to one of our planning meetings!

Our first planning / informational meeting will be Friday March 6th, @ 8 am in the cafeteria.
To sign up for a performance please contact Shahid Iqbal (internationalactivitiesmt@gmail.com)

To sign up to host (or co-host) a country display, please reply to internationalactivitiesmt@gmail.com. Please include your full name and the name of your country.
I may be able to put you in touch with a fellow citizen of your country, so let me know if you need that information!
Thank you for your help!
Shahid Iqbal
Cultural Exchange Director
**please add internationalactivitiesmt@gmail.com to your address book**


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Missed the Bash? You Can Still Help!

Andy Warhol's Mao To Be Auctioned At Christies

If you missed the Bash but would still like to support two incredibly popular fundraisers, now’s your chance!

Paddles Up!:

Keep Twain in the educational fast lane despite massive cuts to our beloved programs. Twain Tigers unite when the going gets tough. So get your hands up in the air and let’s save our programs!

  • King of Rock and Roll = $1,000
  • Rock of Ages = $500
  • Rock Around the Clock = $250
  • We Will Rock You = $100


Your company might match your contribution to Paddles Up!  Click here for more information on Corporate Matching, along with a list of companies that have Corporate Matching Programs.

Silhouettes for the Fence:

Immortalize your child’s elementary age by purchasing a silhouette made of iron that will grace the fence of the school. The children get to pose for the artist in a manner that best suits his/her personality. The child also gets to “autograph” his/her silhouette which will then be cut into the finished product. Children have posed in tutu’s, on bicycles, playing soccer, with a puppy, doing cartwheels– it’s up to you and your child! These precious years are going by so fast, this is a great way to remember the young years and stay connected to the Twain family for years to come!

  • 1 child = $500
  • 2 children = $650;
  • 3 children =$800
  • 4 children = $950


For more information about both of the fundraisers above, please contact Chastiti Horne at chorne@ethlaw.com.

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Mark Twain Triathlon

It’s almost time to register!

Sunday, May 3, 2015
at the Weekley Family YMCA and Mark Twain Elementary
All information, link to registration, transition drop off time, race start time, and course maps atwww.twaintri.org.

March 2 – 13

For Mark Twain students only
$40, includes t-shirt

March 16 – April 3

Open to Mark Twain students and K-5th grade students residing in Braeswood Place 
$45 for Mark Twain students, includes t-shirt
$55 for non-Mark Twain students, includes t-shirt

Please direct questions to Monica Agosta at magosta69@gmail.com or Penny Linsenmayer at plinsenmayer@gmail.com.

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PTO Board Positions


Nomination Letter

2015-2016 PTO Board Director Interest Form

PTO Director Roles/Responsibilities

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Get your Goodies to STOP GERMS at the School Store

Cold & Flu adThe Mark Twain School Store makes it easy for you to STOP GERMS this cold and flu season.  Shop for hand sanitizer, travel tissue packs, Walgreens and CVS gift cards, and more while supporting our school!

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School Store Gift Cards

Holiday Flyer 2014Did you know that the school store has an amazing selection of gift cards for sale?!?  Give your teacher a special valentine AND support Mark Twain by purchasing your gift cards at the Mark Twain School Store.  Just a few of those available are for great stores like Target, Starbucks, Lands’ End, Gap, and Amazon!



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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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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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