As a member of the Mark Twain community you will receive regular information updates in a variety of ways. In addition to direct e-mails from teachers and class room parents, classroom blogs and school-wide e-mail blasts we have the following:

  • Twain Times – The Twain Times is a weekly e-newsletter that is typically sent on Tuesdays to email addresses provided in the online directory or through direct sign-up. Click on this link (case sensitive) to register to receive the Twain Times.
  • Weekly Communication Folders – Every Tuesday, students will be sent home with a Red folder of information that could not be included in the Twain Times or requires your special attention. Each student is required to return this folder to his/her teacher on Wednesday.
  • LivingTree – Mark Twain uses LivingTree, an internet tool that promotes and simplifies school-to-parent and parent-to-school communication. If you have not received an invitation to LivingTree yet, please give your email address to your child’s teacher. If you have more than one student, it does not matter which homeroom you are invited from. Once you are on the LivingTree you can be connected to any class. If you are not signed up, you may miss out, so please watch for your teacher’s invitation!
    • LivingTree allows teachers, school leaders, parents, and the PTO to send quick, private, and secure messages to relevant users.
    • It is very convenient–available as a high-quality iPhone or Android app or a webpage.
    • It allows teachers to easily inform parents what their children will be learning in the week ahead and link to relevant resources. Later in the year, it will even allow our teachers to do voice recordings.
    • It allows teachers and Room Parents to create classroom events and volunteer sign-ups that are easily accessible to parents.
    • LivingTree was designed to help parents manage the flow of information and communication that comes with raising children today.
    • By using LivingTree, we are reducing our consumption of paper and thereby saving money for instructional use.
  • PTO Meetings -All parents and guardians are invited to attend the monthly PTO meetings. They are held on the second Wednesday of every month. If you are unable to attend a PTO meeting you can access an archived copy of the meeting notes using the following link – PTO Meeting Minutes.


Have something to share with the school? The process for submitting information to be sent out is:

Twain Times – If you have information you would like to include in the Twain Times please follow the following procedures:

Deadline: Thursday by 5:00 p.m. for inclusion in the following week’s Twain Times

How to submit a request:

What to submit:

  1. Provide text for your article in the body of your email or in a Word document.
  2. Include a picture and/or logo in .jpg, .gif or .png format. Include a website address if you want to link the picture or logo.  Include text for a photo caption if necessary. Use to shorten web addresses.
  3. If you need a document attached, please provide the document in .pdf format.
  4. To include full student names, you must obtain and submit parent permission.

Weekly Communication Red Folders – To send out information through the Weekly Communication Folders, please follow the steps below:

  1. Take 1 copy of your flyer to Ms. Rodriguez (front office) for approval from Ms Patin (deadline is the Friday prior to the Tuesday you want it to go out).
  2. Leave your contact info and Ms. Patin will contact you if it is not approved.
  3. Ms. Patin initials the flyer Friday if approved.
  4. Email Maggie Dundon at and Mayte Trujillo at to find out the number of copies that you will need to print and collate.
  5. Flyer may be picked up and copies made Monday and left in the Red Folder communication shelf by the mailboxes. This flyer with Ms. Patin’s initials must be the one copied so that Yael Szulik and Alison Lin (Weekly Red Folders PTO Reps) know it is approved.

What can go in the Red Folders: only information relevant to the school. Anything for the community may be approved to go on the community board outside the office. Our sponsors are allowed to send something out in the folders 1 time/year or depending on what their agreement is with us.

LivingTreeTo send out information through LivingTree, login, select the audience on the left side of the screen, then click on “Create a Post”, type your message, identify group you want to share the message with, click on the “!” icon to notify receipients immediately via email and mobile.  After you completed your message, click “Post”.


For information not found in the Twain Times or the Weekly Folder, check out:


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