Originally delivered on 4/17/2022 5:04 pm

SUBJECT: April 2022 Edition

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Every spring is a busy one and we have a lot to share.  Be sure to read all the way through this month's ROAR, so you don't miss anything!

Thank You Volunteers!!!!

The week of April 18 is School Volunteer Appreciation Week!  Our PTA is powered by volunteers who share their creativity, talent, knowledge, energy, and most importantly their time.  We could not do all the great things we do for our students, teachers, and staff without our volunteers!  Thank you for all you do!

Each year Baldwin PTA, with the help of our generous donors and volunteers, works to support our school.  Below are just some of the ways we have supported our school this year.  Whether you donate your time or your pocketbook, we could not do it without our community!  Thank you!  If you are interested in how you can help continue to support these efforts contact Emily Mirkin (president@baldwinpta.org).

  • $100/teacher to reimburse for classroom purchases

  • BLAST reading materials

  • Raz Kids computer software for reading support

  • Library books and 2 3D printers

  • Snacks for students with need

  • Teacher Supplies - construction paper, drawing paper, dry erase markers

  • Monthly teacher appreciation events

  • Watch D.O.G.S. school year kick-off teacher luncheon

  • Science materials for 4th-grade aquariums and terrariums 

  • Snacks for teachers during STAAR testing

  • Snacks for Bowie drumline in Vocabulary Parade

  • 2 Tether Ball kits for use during PE/recess

  • Class Creator software to assist in classroom placements

  • DRA reading kits

  • School Programs / Guest Speakers (Bully No More)

  • Family Fun Nights - Trunk or Treat, Take Out and Trivia, Winter Wonderland, Family Bingo, Family Field Day

  • Senior Scholarships for graduating seniors who attended Baldwin

  • 5th-grade graduation support

Baxter the Bobcat needs your help! Registering for the 2022-2023 school year.  By registering now, you can help our school.  Teachers & other staff are allocated to our campus according to enrollment numbers.  Help us make sure we have the right number of teachers when August rolls around!  You can register by visiting your AISD Parent Portal.

Join us for our next General Meeting, held Thursday, April 21st at 5:30 pm.  This will be our first in-person meeting since January 2019!  We can't wait to see you all in the Library.  During this meeting, we will be voting on the 2022-2023 PTA Board and celebrating our Senior Scholarship Recipients.

After the meeting, we hope you will join us for Familly Fitness Night in the Cafeteria/Gym.

Did you know we can support our teachers and support staff with their professional development?  The school is given a small budget for these conferences; so, most often, the expenses are out-of-pocket for our teachers and staff.  Imagine what kind of tools they can bring back to benefit all our teachers and students!  The Grants for Growth program is designed to crowdsource funds to assist staff in paying for valuable training.  Please consider supporting our current requests.  This is a great way to not only support your teacher but our whole Bobcat community!

Support Ms. Hively's Request

This year, Ms. Hively has asked for your help in attending the TCEA Elementary Technology Conference, held in June 2022.  Each time she has attended this conference, she has returned with new tools, strategies, and resources to share with her colleagues. This conference is helpful in learning efficient ways to deliver instruction and provide a variety of ways for students to demonstrate their learning - creating a rich educational experience.   To help support Ms. Hively's request, visit the link below and donate today!

Donate to Ms. Hively's Request
Support Ms. Wingate's Request

Ms. Wingate has requested funds to attend Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions training.  This is a two-day virtual training to better manage concerning behavior.  Rather than focusing on negative behaviors (and modifying them), this training focuses on identifying challenging expectations students may struggle to meet and solve them.  Ms. Wingate hopes to return with new strategies to share with her colleagues.  To help support Ms. Wingate's request, visit the link below and donate today!

Donate to Ms. Wingate's Request
Spring Campus Cleanup: Saturday, April 23

Join us and help us celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 8 - 11 am. We will be sprucing up our beautiful school grounds and painting picnic tables.  

Bring your kids! Bring the grandparents! Bring your neighbors! Bring your scout troop! Bring your junior high or high schooler who needs volunteer hours! Any time and energy you can spare will be fantastic. 

Please visit our online signup (linked below), so we have an idea of how many volunteers will attend.  Thanks!

Campus Cleanup Signup
Spring Fundraiser: April 25 to May 2

Our Spring Fundraiser will be here soon! This year we are offering fun raffle baskets the whole family can enjoy and an online auction. 

  • April 25 - 28: Raffle Baskets Ticket Sales 
    • Try your luck at winning one of our fun raffle baskets by purchasing raffle tickets.  Tickets will be on sale before school (7:15 am to 7:40 am) from April 25th - 28th.  Winners will be announced Friday, April 29th! 
  • April 29 - May 2: Online Auction
    • Get ready for our online auction spring fundraiser coming up April 29- May 2! Lots of area businesses and Baldwin Families have donated items for our spring fundraiser. Help to make it a success by bidding on restaurant gift cards, sporting events, summer camps, dance classes, drum lessons, wine tours, a Vista Brewery experience, and a Blazer Tag party just to name a few.  Be on the lookout for more details soon!
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6

Mark your calendars!  Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 - 6, and this year's theme is Thanks for Helping Us Grow and Bloom!  Be on the lookout for more information from your Room Parent.  Don't forget, you can find your teacher's Favorite Things and Wish Lists on our Teacher Support webpage!  Don't see your teacher?  Let us know (webmaster@baldwinpta.org)!

Teacher Favorites & Wish List
CATCH Corner

Stop by Baldwin Elementary on April 21st for Family Fitness Night!  Check out different booths and learn more about staying active.

Kinder Camp

Do you have a student who will be in kindergarten next year?  Kinder camp is back again for the 2022-2023 school year. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to explore the campus,  make new friends, and get a feel for what it will be like to be a Kindergartener at Baldwin Elementary before their first big day!

This camp is put on and run by 2 of the current Baldwin Kindergarten teachers. It is a 4 day camp with 2 different session options. To secure your spot Payment is due within 5 days of signing up via venmo or check.

Register Today!
Senior Walk

Attention Baldwin High School Seniors: Join us in your caps and gowns as we celebrate your hard work and accomplishments in our annual Senior Walk.

Incoming Kinder Playdate Coordinator

Are you enthusiastic about Baldwin Elementary?  Want to help our newest Bobcats (and their parents) make new friends?  Then you are a great fit for our Incoming Kinder Playdate Coordinator.

We need a volunteer to help coordinate multiple playdates throughout the 2022 summer for our newest Bobcats and organize a final "Kindergarten Kick-off" in August.  This is an easy volunteer opportunity since most of the work is done during the summer and you are finished after the First Day of School.  Interested?  Email volunteer@baldwinpta.org

2022-2023 ROAR Newsletter Coordinator

We need a volunteer for the 2022-2023 school year to compile our monthly e-newsletter, The ROAR. Content is provided by individuals using a Google Form. This is a great volunteer opportunity that can be done from home and requires 1-2 hours/month.  Interested? Email volunteer@baldwinpta.org

Financial Reconciliation Committee Volunteers

We need three or more members to volunteer and complete an annual financial reconciliation of all financial transactions for the 2021-2022 school year.  This will ensure that expenditures are properly documented and conform to the approved budget and the PTA's governing documents. The committee usually meets 2-3 times over a two-week period during the summer, for a total of about 5 hours.  Interested? Email president@baldwinpta.org

Baldwin Botcats 2022-2023 (LEGO Robotics Team)

The Baldwin Botcats Lego Robotics Team is looking for co-coaches for the 2022-2023 season! Are you interested in helping students build robots, program missions, and compete at a robotics tournament? If so, please contact Baldwinbots@gmail.com for more information.

If you haven’t purchased a yearbook, there is still time.  You can order by completing the order form (linked below) and submitting it with payment, or you can order online.  To order online:

💻 Visit www.treering.com

⌨️ Enter our school passcode: 1016130520232853

☑️ Order deadline: April 29th

Yearbook Order Form
Learn More - Support While You Shop
Discontinuation of HEB Gift Card Fundraiser

Baldwin PTA was recently informed that Highland Park PTA will no longer coordinate the HEB Gift Card Program.  Highland Park PTA coordinated the program for multiple schools (including Baldwin PTA), so we could maximize our purchasing power and receive the maximum donation from HEB.  Due to low participation, they have made the decision to discontinue the program.  All participants have been notified of the program's end.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser!

Spirit Day with Kona Ice

Join us on Tuesday, April 26 (right after school)!   The KONA ICE truck will be parked across the street from Baldwin. Enjoy an ice-cold treat and a portion of all purchases made will be donated to Baldwin Elementary! 

  • Regular cup: $3 
  • King Kona: $4  
  • Souvenir Cup: $5* 

*These cups can be brought back to the next KONA ICE Day for $3 refills, also can be brought back ANYTIME you see a KONA truck for $3 refills. 

Spirit Night at Vista Grill: May 11
Thank you Platinum Business Boosters

Thank you to our Platinum Level Business Boosters for the 2021-2022 school year! These local businesses (some run by Baldwin families) helped our school raise over $6,000!  Click on their logo and check out their websites to see what they have to offer.

If you, or someone you know, own a local business, we'd love to team up!  We are always looking for ways to strengthen our community partnerships and develop economic and social relationships.  We offer sponsorship levels for every business' budget.

Become a Business Booster Today!
Upcoming Events
Monday, April 18
Ms. Llamazares (1st)
Thursday, April 21
Happy birthday, Ms. Roberts! (SPED Resource)
5:30p April General Meeting
Saturday, April 23
8:00a Spring Campus Cleanup
Sunday, April 24
Ms. Hash (Kinder)
Next Issue

Our next issue of the ROAR is scheduled for May 15.  If you would like to submit content, please use the link below.  The May issue will be our last issue for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you have the information you would like to share before summer, this is your last chance via The ROAR.  Our social media pages will still be available to share content during the summer months.

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