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Originally delivered on 8/10/2023 10:40 am

SUBJECT: Sudie TAG PTA Weekly eNews: 8.10.23

This Week's Quick 3:

1) Join the Sudie PTA

2) Join the new Sudie PTA Facebook Group

3) Join us at Meet the Teacher, TODAY/Thursday from 4:30 - 6:30p


AUG 10: Meet the Teacher (4:30 - 6:30P)

AUG 12: Garden Workday (8:00 - 11:00A)

AUG 14: First Day of School: Wear house spirit colors all week

AUG 18: House Sorting Day for new students. Zoom link to watch and time coming soon!

AUG 25: Reading Under the Stars + Student Activity Info Fair @ Sudie

SEPT 4: No School (Labor Day)

SEPT 8: Coffee with the Principal (9:00A)

SEPT 12: First PTO Meeting (6:30P, White Rock Ale House)

SEPT 14: PTA Meeting and GAME NIGHT! (6:30P @ Sudie)

SEPT 21: Donate to Sudie on North Texas Giving Day

OCT 12-16: Fall Break

OCT 21: Fall Auction Fundraiser / Sponsored by PTO

(Full calendar of events can always be found on Sudie TAG website)

From Principal Ladipo

Sudie Family🦁!

Our dedicated staff and teachers have been diligently preparing to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year. As you begin this new journey, here are some tips and advice to kickstart the school year on the right foot:

Set Goals: Encourage your children to set realistic and achievable goals for the year. Whether it's academic achievements, extracurricular pursuits, or personal growth, having clear goals can provide motivation and direction.

Establish a Routine: Consistency is key to success. Create a daily routine that includes set times for waking up, meals, study, play, and sleep. Having a predictable schedule can reduce stress and increase productivity.

Create a Study Space: Designate a quiet and organized study area where your children can concentrate on their schoolwork. A well-equipped and distraction-free space can improve focus and productivity.

Communicate with Teachers: Maintain open communication with your children's teachers. Join the Sudie & Teachers Remind to ask questions, and discuss any concerns you may have about your child's progress or well-being.

Get Involved: Visit our district site to learn the ins and outs of Sudie. Learn about the opportunities and activities Sudie has to offer. Being involved in your child's school community fosters a sense of belonging and strengthens the overall educational experience.

By implementing these tips and fostering a positive and supportive learning environment, you can help your family make the most of this school year. We're truly looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces on this special day. If you have any questions or need further information before the first day, please don't hesitate to contact our school office at 972-794-8700. 

Together we can make every Mission Possible…The Sudie Way. See you on the first day of school!

Bridgett Ladipo

Proud Principal of SUDIE TAG

Join the PTA today...

We need 170 more sign ups by the 25th to hit our August goal -- that's a lot of people but this community can make it happen! 

It doesn't take long - visit to join or renew today!

By joining, you support all of the amazing programs the PTA does - Teacher Appreciation, Student Activities, Teacher Wishlists, etc - and you'll have exclusive access to the school directory of other PTA members. 

Join the NEW Sudie PTA Facebook Group

This new (private) Facebook group will be the primary social media channel for communicating Sudie news and reminders all year long. 

Join today to stay in the know !

Click here to join

Meet the Teacher is TODAY (Thursday)

Make plans to attend Meet the Teacher from 4:30 - 6:30p today, August 10.

Check the PowerSchool app to find your teacher/s. Rosters will also be posted on site. 

Bring school supplies to drop if you didn’t order through PTA

Visit the cafeteria for used uniform and swag (spiritwear) sales. Credit/card encouraged!

And, pre-order swag online until 2p Thursday for easy pickup. See spiritwear link and more info below.

Spiritwear Shop Is Open!

The online Sudie Swag Store is open for business!

Pickup your online orders at Meet the Teacher tonight (Thursday)! 

There’s still time to order online for pickup: Get your order in by 2pm for pickup tonight. 

Swag now includes socks, stickers, and magnets! And don’t forget a House swag refresh! 

Order Here!

Remind App is Here!

The Remind App is coming to Sudie! It will replace Dojo for communications from Sudie admin, teachers, and staff.

Stay tuned for more info at Meet the Teacher and from your student's teacher during the first week of school.

There will be a two Remind Parent Training sessions with Ms. Ladipo:

  • Friday, Aug. 11th at 5:30pm OR 
  • Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30pm 

Zoom link:

  • Meeting ID: 562 401 0932 
  • Passcode: GoLions! 
Garden Workday - August 12

We're trying to make school a little more beautiful, and we need your help!

Calling all Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members

Join us for a Garden workday

Saturday, August 12 from 8:00 - 11:00am

Meet in front of the school

Contact Mr. Gatlin for more information:

(*Student Volunteer hours*)

Backpacks Update

Dallas ISD will require CLEAR or MESH backpacks for all students starting in the 2023-2024 school year. 


A limited number of clear backpacks have arrived. 

Pick up from Counselor Brown (upstairs) if you need one.

More will be arriving. 

House Spirit Week

The first week of school is House Week!

ALL STUDENTS (New and Returning) – 

Support each and every house by wearing a school appropriate top representing the color of the house of the day with your uniform bottoms.

  • Monday - Sankofa Day (gold or yellow)
  • Tuesday - Logra Day (green)
  • Wednesday - Esempio Day (blue)
  • Thursday - Duma Day (black)
  • Friday - Sorting Day!! 


  • Returning students wear your house colors! All over or with jeans. 
  • New students wear a white shirt with uniform bottoms or jeans
  • No rips, holes, tears, or sags in the jeans please.

Zoom link and time for parents/guardians to watch the sorting is coming soon!

8th Grade Sunrise Breakfast

First day of school, August 14 in the gymnasium

8:00am to 8:30am (students only)

Meet up first thing with friends and classmates for the last first day of middle school! 

Be sure to sign the “Class of 2024” banner! Donuts and juice will be served.

Pickup and Dropoff Information

From the Sudie DISD Website; find more here.

During morning and afternoon carpool, Pomona is a one-way street!

Enter Pomona from the Midway direction, NOT the Lovers side. The Lover's side is reserved for buses.

Doors open at 8:05 AM (Classes start at 8:35)

If you choose to drop off your student before 8:05 AM, they will not be supervised.

Dismissal is at 3:55 PM

Make the carpool line move faster by continuing to pull forward! 

During carpool times, parent parking is in front of the dog park.

PLEASE BE KIND TO OUR NEIGHBORS. Don't park on their lawns (easement or gravel), drive slowly, and give walkers lots of room.

New to Sudie or need a refresher? See the Sudie Carpool video here!

Bus Information for Families

Find detailed bus information on the Sudie DISD Website - here

Find current DISD bus stop information linked here.

2023 – 2024 School Hours


8:05 am Doors open for breakfast

8:35 am Instruction begins

8:40 am Tardy

8:55 am Partial absence for elementary (excused w/ note)

9:20 am Partial absence for middle (excused w/ note)

3:55 pm Dismissal 

Questions About Uniforms?

From the Sudie DISD Website - read more here

  • Bottoms can be navy or khaki pants, skorts, or shorts. Girls can wear our signature plaid skirts or jumpers, as well.
  • Girls may also wear solid leggings or tights under their skirts.
  • On top, the choices are polos in white, navy, or hunter green or white button-downs (with or without the school’s crest) or any Sudie activity shirt.
  • Go crazy with your socks any day.
  • Hoodies or Sweatshirts must have Sudie or College/university logos only
  • On Fridays, everyone celebrates with Sudie Swag* (that’s shirts that say Sudie or are from clubs, activities, houses). Wear that swag with jeans (no sagging, rips, or holes) and bring the excitement!   


* This is an optional activity.

From Nurse Bennett/ Immunizations

Remember to send updated immunization records to Nurse Bennett.

Get in touch at the clinic with any questions:

(972) 794-8706

Sign Up to Be A Secret Pal

Check out the SUG here:

Secret Pals are asked to drop a little gift  –  $10 min and $25 max – during a designated week each month (September to May) as a way to show our Sudie Staff how much we appreciate everything they do.

Check out the SUG for more info.

PTA Reflections
Save the Date & Get Ready to Donate

North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) is on September 21 and online donations open on September 1. 

Save the date, with more info to come!

Read more about NTGD here:

Please Make Sure Your Student is Registered for the School Year

New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Who: A student who is new to Sudie Williams TAG. Start the enrollment process for the 2023-2024 school year by going to this site.

Required Registration Documents are:                                 

  • Child’s Birth Certificate                                                                  
  • Parent Photo ID (ID, DL, Passport)                                             
  • Proof of Residency (lease, water, electric, or gas bill)            
  • Updated Immunization Record                                                 
  • Child’s Social Security Card (optional)                                       

Returning Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Who: A student who is returning to Sudie Williams TAG for the 2023 – 2024 school year. This documentation is required for all students’ files to be updated with their most current information and contact information on PowerSchool. Start the enrollment process for the 2023 – 2024 school year by going to this site

Required Registration Documents are:

  • Parent Photo ID (ID, DL, Passport)
  • Proof of Residency (lease, water, electric, or gas bill)

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the office if assistance is needed. Thank you! 

Reading Under the Stars AND Student Activity Informational Fair

Save the date; this two-for-one event for students + parents is not to be missed!

  • Friday, August 25 (5:30 - 7:30pm) *parking on the field
  • 5:30pm - Food for Sale and Swag Sales
  • 6:00pm - Theater students will read to our Sudie students by the glow of mock campfires + twinkle lights in the gym
  • 6:00pm - Faculty will be presenting the 2023-24 clubs/activities in the auditorium to parents
  • After information session, parents are invited to tour an activities fair in the cafeteria with booths for all activities
  • Sign-ups for Clubs/Activities will open August 25th!
Support the PTO

PTO (Dad’s Club) — calling all Dads (and moms)! Interested in getting more involved at Sudie with fundraising, teacher engagement, or just meeting other parents; get signed up and stay in the “know” with the events.

Major Fundraisers — Fall Auction (October 21st) and Spring Auction (Date TBD)

Use this link to sign up for more info

Register To Be A Sudie Sub Today!

Sudie is looking for a few good substitute teachers to help cover when teachers and staff need to be absent. 

If this is in your wheelhouse - or that of someone you know - please consider registering today. 

Don't forget grandriends, or other extended family and friends who may willing to get registered to become a paid substitute teacher!

Find more info here.

Not too Late for Summer Reading!

The Following Summer Reading Lists Info is on the Sudie TAG DISD website. Find links to grade-level book lists here.

  • The following lists contain SUGGESTIONS & REQUIREMENTS. Please, read over your grade level list carefully.
  • Encourage your student to READ DAILY to not lose any of their hard-won academic excellence over the summer. Listening to AUDIOBOOKS is a great way to spend a car trip or putting together a puzzle while building vocabulary. Find a Book here!
  • ALSO, students need to be prepared to write a book review or summary of a book they read when they return to campus in August.

Sandra Gomez (Spanish)

¡Hola Familias de Sudie Tag! I'm a native Spanish speaker raised in Southern California where I attended Spanish immersion elementary as a pilot program back in the 80's. I received my AA from Cal State Long Beach, my B.A. in Spanish from Western Kentucky University and my certification through Dallas ISD.        I am passionate about the Spanish language and teaching it to others along with its rich culture. I am excited to get started teaching Spanish and consider it a privilege to be a teacher here.    ¡Hasta Luego! Maestra Gómez

Renee Ivarra (4th Math & Science)

Hello 4th graders and families! My name is Renee Ivarra and I am so excited to be teaching Math and Science this school year! I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. This year will be my 15th year in the classroom and my first at Sudie! I am honored to join such an incredible community, and I look forward to a fantastic year collaborating, learning, and making memories! On a personal note, my husband and I just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary! We have three sons- Antonio, who graduated this year from the University of Chicago, Julian, who is a junior at Babson University, and Gabriel who is in 7th grade. We also have the silliest (and sweetest) rescue dogs, Russell and Yoda! In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, learning something new, and being outdoors.

Alex Rathbun (5th Reading/SS)

My name is Alex Rathbun, and I am originally from Odessa out in West Texas! I graduated from UT Permian Basin, spent some time as a substitute teacher and realized I never wanted to leave! I have been in various classrooms in short- and long-term roles for about four years now! Fifth grade was the grade that made me fall in love with teaching and start my master's through Texas Woman's University, so I am extremely grateful and excited to be back in fifth grade at Sudie!

Sydney Pitts (Inclusion Teacher)

I am a Dallas, Texas native and proud product of DISD. This is my 10th year teaching and I’m so excited to meet all of you!

I graduated from Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) in 2012. 👩🏾‍🎓  I met the most amazing and influential people while at Williams. I lived in NYC before happily moving back home to Dallas.

I live in Downtown Dallas 🌇. I love to broaden my horizons through the performing arts, traveling, photography, and reading. I am always up for the beach, shopping, and a great coffee shop!

Brendan Carrillo (Music & Choir)

Greetings! My name is Brendan Carrillo, and I have the privilege of being the General Music teacher for 4th and 5th grade students, as well as the Choir instructor for 6th graders. Originally from Waco, Texas, I proudly earned my bachelors in Double Bass Performance from Baylor University, and then pursued a masters in the same field at Northwestern University, where I graduated with academic honors. 


I am thrilled to embark on this exciting journey at Sudie and eagerly look forward to building meaningful connections with all the students. Together, we'll cultivate their passion and curiosity for music in a nurturing and educational environment. Let's make this school year one to remember! 🎶

Sign Up For eNews!

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If this was forwarded to you or you saw it on Dojo and you would like to receive eNews in your inbox weekly, all you need to do is set up a Membership Toolkit account.

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You also have the opportunity to join the PTA on that page, but you do not need to join the PTA to receive eNews.

Click below to register and receive important eNews updates for the upcoming year: 

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Please take a minute to think about others you know who may be new to Sudie or not receiving eNews. Take a minute to forward and encourage them to sign up!

Sudie School Supply List

If you did not order through the PTA, drop off supplies at the Come & Go Meet the Teacher on August 10th, 4:30-6:30pm.

Drop off in your child's home room (4th-5th) or advisory room (6th-8th).

Click Here for School Supply List
Clear Backpack Policy

Dallas ISD will require CLEAR or MESH backpacks for all students starting in the 2023-2024 school year. 

The following information has been provided on the district site. Check back for any further updated information as the summer progresses. You can get one for FREE at the Back to School Kickoff on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field. Lunchboxes do not need to be clear, and monograms are permitted on clear/mesh backpacks. 

As an additional option, mesh backpacks will be acceptable, however clear ones are preferred. Students may carry a small, nonclear pouch in their backpack to hold personal items, such as cellphones, money, and hygiene products. To support families, each student will be provided a durable clear backpack at no cost. Parents may also purchase the preferred clear backpack, or the acceptable mesh backpack, for their students.

A clear backpack policy alone does not ensure complete security. This proactive measure is just one of several updates to enhance student and campus safety. As a reminder, Dallas ISD’s Comprehensive Safety Plan is available at We encourage everyone to visit the district’s website and social media channels for the latest updates.

Go to for more details.

PTA Needs You!

We've got some blank spaces on our PTA team next year and we'd love to write your name down for one of them!

Please email Martha Vu if you are interested in helping:

  • Staff Hospitality - Staff lunches, treats & dinners
  • Social Media Team
  • Sudie Suppers / Dine & Donate coordinator
  • Concessions Coordinator at school events
  • Community Fundraising Coordinator (Box Tops, Kroger)
  • Parent leads for various extracurricular clubs/activities
  • Programs: Career Day, Hospitality, Cultural Night, Spring Movie Night
School Uniforms

Find uniform details on the Sudie website

school bus
School Bus Information

Find all the info you need on the Sudie DISD website, here:

All riders (new and returning) need to complete a Google survey and select your choice of pickup/drop-off locations, link below. You will need your student/s ID number to complete.

Bus Request Form

Sudie Sports Survey


If you haven't already done so, please complete the Sudie Sports form below to indicate which sports you are interested in for the 2023-2024 school year.  

We had a slight problem with the form, so feel free to complete it again if you aren't sure your prior submission went through. Sudie sports is a great way to meet other families and get involved!

Sudie Sports Survey
2023-24 School Calendar

The 2023 - 2024 Calendar is Here! Mark your calendars! 

Find updated dates for the year on the Sudie website:

A printable version of the Dallas ISD calendar can be found here:

Support Sudie While Shopping
Mabel's Labels

Start planning for your kids to lose stuff before they actually do. Order labels to put on their most prized items so they don't end up in the sea of lost and found! 

When you order from Mabel's Labels, Sudie earns 20% from each order! 

Go to and select Sudie L Williams PTA before you shop!

Kroger Shopping

Please consider signing up with Kroger's Community Rewards program. It takes only a few minutes with these 4 simple steps:

  1. Login in on
  2. Go to My Account>Community Rewards
  3. Set your supporting organization to: Sudie Tag PTA
  4. Shop

You never have to think about it again and Sudie earns $$$ when you shop. Please sign up today (ask the extended family to do it, too!) 

Digital Box Tops

Earn Money for Sudie through digital box tops! Use these simple steps:

1) Download the Box Top app

2) Scan your receipt in the app and it will calculate how much you earned towards Sudie OR

Order groceries online for pickup and just forward your online order confirmation receipt to its email address. It does the rest automatically. 

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