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?!?  Save a trip this holiday season 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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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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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 or
Megan Rose at

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What is

Mark Twain has aligned with to make it so easy to shop online while earning 5% in donations for our school!
Go to Select Mark Twain Elementary, select a retailer, and shop online as usual.  Participating retailers include Amazon, iTunes,, 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 or Rachel Ezell at 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 for approval.
  • For staff – forward information to Ms. Patin for approval at
  • Also e-mail the technology director, Gaby Gonzalez at
  • 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

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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: for more information and to sign up.

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