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Originally delivered on 8/17/2023 4:02 pm

SUBJECT: Sudie TAG PTA Weekly eNews: 8.17.23

This Week's Quick 3:

1) Download Remind (Text @sudiel to 81010 from your mobile) – and plan to attend a short Zoom training with Principal Ladipo on 8/22 @6:30p

2) Zoom into House Sorting Day (tomorrow/Friday, new families) and stock up on House Swag for the whole family at dismissal

3) Save the date for Literacy Night + Activity Fair (8/25) and volunteer to help


AUG 18: House Sorting Day for new students & staff. Google Meet link to watch below. House swag for sale at dismissal

AUG 25: Reading Under the Stars + Activity Info Fair (6:00P @ Sudie)

AUG 25 – SEP 1: Sudie Read-a-Thon

SEPT 1: Coffee with the Principal (9:00A)

SEPT 4: No School (Labor Day)

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

SEPT 23: Sudie Loteria! 

OCT 9: Individual Picture Day

OCT 12 – 16: Fall Break

OCT 19: PTA Meeting and SuChella! (6:30P @ Sudie)

OCT 19 – 20 : SuChella

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🦁!

Overall, the first week went quite smoothly. Here are some highlights from their first week:

Classroom Activities: Sudie Lions had the opportunity to meet their new or prior teachers and classmates. The teachers have been proactive in engaging the students through various activities that were equipped with getting to know the classroom, peers and getting familiar with their new grade level content. 

Scholars have been showing their House pride by rocking their colors gearing up for our FRIDAY HOUSE SORT. This HOUSE sort has a twist, not only will our 4th graders and new to Sudie scholars be sorted but I will also be joining a house. This magical event will be broadcasted via Google meets. Links have been sent out via Remind and will be sent out again.

Daily Routine: Classes have been implementing the AVID WICOR skills from grades 4th all the way to 8th. Each scholar received planners and have been practicing good organizational skills. We're pleased to see their sense of responsibility. By now every scholar should have received their DISD issued chromebooks loaded with Lanschool.

Communication: The school and teachers have been communicating through streamlined channels such as their class syllabus and Remind. If you have not downloaded the Remind App and joined your grade-level group, please make it a priority to do that today. You can find more info in the e-News below.

Looking ahead: Next week your scholar will be receiving school expectations & DISD Student Code of Conduct through an assembly, advisory and morning meetings.

News you could use: 22-23 STAAR SCORES are here. Scholar’s access codes will be distributed and sent home on Friday. Grades 6-8 will be given in their advisory and Grades 4-5 will receive in their homeroom classes.

We believe that our Sudie Lions are off to a promising start this year. They are showing maturity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to embrace the opportunities that come their way. We will continue to support and guide them throughout the year to ensure they have a positive and enriching school experience.

Thank you for your continuous encouragement and involvement in your scholar's education journey. We look forward to the rest of the school year and the growth and accomplishments that it will bring.

If you have any questions or would like more detailed information, please feel free to contact our school office at 972-794-8700.

Together we can make every Mission Possible…The Sudie Way.

Bridgett Ladipo

Proud Principal of SUDIE TAG

Join the PTA

WOW! We added 91 PTA members since last week's newsletter. Thank you! 

We still need 74 more to reach our goal next Friday. 

Remember that you need to renew every year (only $10!) so please visit, login and sign up!

Download Remind + Zoom Training with Principal Ladipo

Still need to join Remind? Simply text @sudiel to the number 81010 from your mobile phone. 

Or, follow this link for more detailed information  

Then, use the codes below to join your groups

Join Principal Ladipo for a short, Zoom training session on Tuesday, Aug 22 @6:30p.

Zoom link:

  • Meeting ID: 562 401 0932 
  • Passcode: GoLions! 
New, Official PTA Facebook Group is Up & Running

This group is at 250 members and growing every day.

If you are a Facebooker, this is a great way to stay in-the-know, with daily reminders and announcements posted.

Click here to join.

Note: Answering the membership question about affiliation with Sudie is REQUIRED to join.

House Sorting Day

Tomorrow is the day, all new students and faculty will be sorted into their houses.


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.



Grade 4A, 4B, and all NEW STUDENTS in other grades discover their new house!


Grade 4C, 4D and all new unsorted staff members (like Principal Ladipo) get sorted.

All are invited to login to watch remotely via Google Meet, link here:

House Swag Pop Up - PARK and SHOP!

Friday (8/18) at dismissal

We will be selling from 3:30p until carline ends, so all the newly sorted students can stock up on House Swag! 

Look for us in a shady spot in front of the school. Please DO NOT block carpool!

Pro Tip: Adult sizes available too, so it is a great time to stock up for the whole family.

Exact change only for cash. Shirts are $10 and $15, stickers are $2.

Square accepts credit card or whatever is on your Apple wallet (tap to pay).

Online Orders Update: These will start to come home via student homeroom delivery next week.

Literacy Under the Stars AND Student Activity Fair

Friday, August 25th

5:30pm food, 6 - 7:30pm program

Parking on the back field

Parents AND students: this 2-for-1 event will kick off Sudie's annual Read-a-Thon and guide you through all the clubs and activities Sudie has to offer.  It's a night you don't want to miss!

  • 5:30pm - Food for Sale (link below) and Swag Sales
  • 6:00pm - Theater students will read to our Sudie students by the glow of mock campfires + twinkle lights in the gym, as well as visit the library for many fun activities with Ms. Garnica
  • 6:00pm - Faculty will be presenting the 2023-24 clubs/activities to parents in the auditorium
    • After the info session, parents are invited to tour a club/activities fair in the cafeteria with informational booths

  • Sign-ups for Clubs/Activities will open August 25th!

Note: Sudie students only at the reading time in the gym and library, please. Other children may accompany parents in the auditorium and cafeteria but must be supervised.

Literacy Night Meal Deal

Press the easy button for supper next Friday!

Each meal includes 1 hot dog, chips, sweet treat and drink of choice for $5.

Meal pick up will be 5:30-6:00 outside the Sudie gym

Pre-order by 8/23/23

Literacy Night + Activity Fair Volunteers Needed

We need your help to make Sudie's first Reading Under The Stars + Student Activity Fair a success! 

Please sign-up for a position to volunteer below.


If you have a student in a club/activity you can speak to, we would love to have you represent our clubs at their respective activity tables!

Volunteers Required to Complete VOLY

Time to complete the ANNUAL background to be allowed on campus to volunteer.

More details and opportunities here.

Read-a-thon is Coming Soon!

📚🐭Read-a-Thon 💲🦁 Read, Share, and Give! 

Pay it forward! 

Donations go to support the 8th grade trip to Washington DC and events sponsored by the House Council for the whole campus. 

We're looking for Corporate Sponsors! 100 house points for the house with the most $ corporate sponsorship $.

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today. Elementary signups with your Homeroom teacher. Middle School sign up with your advisory teacher.

Prizes will be revealed soon!

Sudie Sports Update

We are organizing Sudie teams through the Semones YMCA for girls' volleyball, girls' soccer, boys' soccer and coed flag football.  

All Sudie teams get to register at the Y member rate and get an awesome Sudie jersey. The late deadline has been extended to August 18 for Sudie teams. 

Below are the teams that are currently being organized.  If you want to organize a team and haven't already received an email from Brandy Treadway matching you up with other interested families, then reach out to Brandy at

  • 4th grade - girls' volleyball.  There is interest in boys' soccer but I don't think it's been formed yet.
  • 5th grade - girls' volleyball. There is interest in boys' soccer and they are looking for a few additional players. 
  • 6th grade - girls' volleyball, girls' soccer, coed flag football. 
  • 7/8 grade - girls' volleyball. 

Emails on other sports opportunities like golf, tennis, track, etc. will go out later this month.  

If you haven't already completed the Sudie sports survey, please do so - that's how we know to reach out to you! It's on the Sude PTA website under About Sudie Tag/Sports. We also update this page seasonally with sports information.  

Sudie Williams TAG PTA - Sudie Sports (

Got 1st Day Pics? Share via PhotoCircle

This year, Sudie will be using the Photo Circle App for uploading photos for the Yearbook team.

It is so easy - Just enter your name and email to join!

Photo Circle for the First Day of School.

Photo Circle for House/Sorting week.

NTGD Team Needs Your Donations

North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) will include some fun raffle prize giveaways for our teachers and staff! 

Please consider donating a prize which we can include in the raffle. Raffle prizes can include gift cards, tickets, or anything else you think our amazing teachers and staff might enjoy. 

Let Jeff Kitner know if you have something to contribute:

NTGD is Sudie TAG's Fall Fundraiser.

Want to know more? Scroll down to the Previously Shared Info Section for last week's update.

Garden Looks Beautiful!

Thank you to Mr. Gatlin and ALL of the volunteers that helped at our Garden Work Day on Saturday!  The volunteers moved soil, mulched, weeded, and planted!  

The Sudie gardens are such a special place and we hope to have more volunteers to help maintain them during the school year.  Be on the lookout for more work days through the school year. Please email Lily Strong at if you are interested in becoming more involved! Special shout out to the Bluffview neighborhood garden club who planted and will maintain the front school planters. They are absolutely beautiful!

Staff Lounge is Open

Big surprise for the Sudie Staff this week…the new, upstairs lounge was revealed!

Big thanks to all who helped make this possible. Especially Shona Bell for her tireless work, Principal Ladipo for donating her potential office space for this cause, and all who donated items, dollars or time.

Our teachers and staff are our greatest treasure. We hope they enjoy this space so much!!

Now, let’s keep it stocked all year long!


Check these sections for grade-specific announcements weekly

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

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! 
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!

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! 

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!

Sudie PTA's electronic newsletter "eNews" is sent out each week during the school year, usually on Thursday.

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.

It asks for your name, email, and a password. One page and you're done!

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: 

Create eNews Account

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
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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