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Originally delivered on 8/31/2023 6:05 pm

SUBJECT: Sudie TAG PTA Weekly eNews: 8.31.23

This Week's Quick 4:

1) Sign Up for Student Activities - Deadline is TOMORROW

2) Coffee with the Principal - Tomorrow at 9am on ZOOM

3) North Texas Giving Day & Sudie House Penny Wars - Starts Tomorrow!

4) Read-a-Thon Extended to Sep 8th - Read, Share, Give!

Newsletter Contents
  • Letter from Principal Ladipo
  • Upcoming Dates At-A-Glance
  • Coffee with the Principal - Tomorrow at 9am
  • Sign Up for Student Activities - Deadline is TOMORROW
  • SUDIE GIVES: North Texas Giving Day Opens Tomorrow
  • Sudie House Penny Wars
  • Locker Agreements Due Tomorrow
  • Donate to Teddy and Bring Therapy Dog to Sudie
  • Heat Index Precautions
  • Add Sudie's Website Calendar to Your Digital Calendar
  • Happy Labor Day - Sep 4 - No School!
  • Read-a-Thon Extended to Sep 8
  • Sign up Cheer Squad to Support Your Team
  • Cheer Birthday Bomb
  • Splash Bash Fundraiser - Sept 2 & 3
  • Bake Sale - Every Friday through Oct 6
  • SBDM Volunteer Needs
  • DISD Covid Updates
  • Girls Healing Circles - 4th-6th Grade
  • Loteria is Coming - Sep 23
  • OktoROARFest - Oct 21
  • PTA Membership - Thank you!
  • Sudie Celebrates: Every Mission Possible!
  • 4th Grade - Every Kid Outdoors
  • Previously Shared Information
From Principal Ladipo

 🦁 Click here to open this letter as a PDF. 🦁


Now – SEP 8: Sudie Read-a-Thon

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

SEPT 1: First Day to Start Donating to North Texas Giving Day!

SEPT 1: Deadline for After School Activities Sign-up

SEPT 1: Middle School Locker Agreements Due

SEPT 2 & 3: Splash Bash Fundraiser/ Dine and Donate

SEPT 4: No School (Labor Day)

SEPT 6-15: MAP Testing & Makeup

SEPT 11: SBDM Meeting (7:00p, Virtual)

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

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

SEPT 23: Sudie Loteria! 

OCT 9: Individual Picture Day

OCT 12 – 16: Fall Break

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

OCT 19: Modern Band 1 & 2 Concert (following PTA meeting)

OCT 21: OktoROARFest - Sponsored by PTO

OCT 27 : SuChella 

NOV 17: Grandfriends' Day

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

Coffee with the Principal - Tomorrow!

Make plans to zoom in for the first Coffee with the Principal tomorrow at 9AM!

Principal Ladipo will cover topics like:
School goals, dress code, curriculum, AVID, reset tickets, activities and answer parent questions.

Ms. Herrera will review the Sudie TAG program.

Ms. Garnica will give a Library 411.

Ms. Brown will discuss October Magnet Workshops for 8th graders.

There will be LOTS of great info for 7th & 8th grade parents, everyone can benefit!

Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 857 0594 1368
Passcode: ColdBrew 

Deadline for Activities Sign-up is Tomorrow

Don't forget to sign up for your child's after-school activities! 

Sign-up closes at Midnight TOMORROW, Friday, September 1st.   Please reference the Student Activities Package for more information.

Email Mrs. Armstrong with any questions:

Sudie Gives: NTGD Opens Tomorrow

FRIDAY, Sept. 1st is the first day to start donating to Sudie Tag’s North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) Fundraiser at:  

Students can also create their own fundraising page through the site to start collecting donations.  The House with the highest number of donations wins 250 House Points.  

Last year, we raised over $70k.  Let’s do even better and raise $100k this year to help cover the gap from the loss of our Title 1 funding.

1-2-3-4 ... We declare a PENNY WAR!

Dig through the car, check under the couch and empty those piggy banks!

It's time for students to help nickel and dime our way toward our North Texas Giving Day goal.


Each house will have a collection jar in outside the main office.

GAIN points by adding nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, and silver dollars to your house jar.

LOWER the totals for the OTHER houses by adding pennies to their jars!


The House with the highest total at the end of September 21st wins 250 house points and a week of free dress!


ALL the coins collected go toward our North Texas Giving Day funds to support scholars' learning and enrichment throughout the year!


PARENTS - are you willing to volunteer to count coins on 9/22?

Email Mikie Rangel at

MS Locker Agreements Due Tomorrow

Middle School Locker Agreements were handed out to students during Advisory to bring home if they wanted a locker. The agreements are due back to their Advisory teacher tomorrow, Sep 1st. If they don't have the form and want a locker, they need to speak with their Advisory teacher.  

Help Bring Teddy to Sudie

Hello Sudie Students, Parents, and Fellow Teammates!

My name is Teddy, and I am your SUPER SUDIE soon-to-be therapy dog! Sudie has raised about $200 dollars and our goal is $5000. Once we have raised the goal amount, I will begin therapy dog training at Dog Training Elite in Frisco! As soon I am trained, I will be able to be on campus!


Please help by donating to @Sudie-PTO (via Venmo) and add "for Therapy Dog" in notes :)

Heat Index Precautions

Sudie follows the following DISD official policy to protect our kids during extreme heat:

  • Heat Index of 105° or higher: No outside activity and encourages hydration. 
  • Heat Index of 100°-104°: Only essential outdoor activities; water must be provided before and after activity. 
  • Heat Index less than 100°: Usual outdoor activities are permissible for “healthy” children. Encourage hydration and provide water before and after activity. 

Also, kids are released (at least) 5 minutes early to fill up their water bottles before the final bell.  

To determine current heat index, go to the National Weather Service at Heat Index Forecast by Zip Code

Sudie Website Calendar

Add Sudie's website calendar to your digital calendar. Follow the directions here.

Testing dates for September were recently added.

Labor Day - Sep 4 - No School
Read-a-Thon Extended to Sep 8th!

📚🐭Read-a-Thon 💲🦁 

Read, Share, and Give! 

The Read-a-Thon company updated their program/website over the past weekend. Due to glitchy site issues, the Read-a-Thon is being extended until Friday, Sep 8th in hopes that they'll fix all the bugs.
Keep reading, keep trying!

Schedule the Cheer Team

The cheer squad would love to support your team!  To request their presence at any Sudie game, please fill out this Google form. The cheer squad is looking to participate at 3+ Sudie events in the Fall and 3+ events in the Spring.  GO LIONS!!

Cheer Birthday Bomb Fundraiser

The cheer team sold Birthday Bombs at auction last year and a few remain for purchase.  This is a fun way to make your special student or staff member's birthday extra special and support Sudie Cheer! 

For each birthday gram, the cheer team will decorate their locker (if they don't have a locker other festive arrangements will be made) or staff member's door/area for the selected date.   

Six or more cheerleaders will greet the honoree and perform a birthday celebration cheer at their arrival and present the honoree with a birthday pin to wear all day long.  

Date and timing of cheer (at drop off) and special details will be coordinated with purchaser.

Each birthday gram is $100. Limited quantity available.

Please contact Shona Bell at or 202-907-5522 to purchase.

Splash Bash Fundraiser - Make $10 for Sudie

Sponsored by Comerica Bank and Hosted by Shindig Food Park. Come out this weekend to play Beat the Dunk Bucket to fundraise $10 per student participant.

Bake Sale - Every Friday

The Class of 2024 will be hosting a bake sale in front of school every Friday through October 6th to raise money for their D.C. trip next year. Please have your students stop by after school for a yummy treat!

Cash or Venmo accepted.

SBDM Volunteer Needs

What is SBDM (Site-Based Decision Making)? 

We are a committee of staff, parents and students who work with the principal to set goals and implement strategies to improve the school community. Subcommittees focus on particular areas of interest. Join us in making the Sudie community the best it can be! See openings below. For questions or more information, please complete the Google form and put “contact me” in the notes.

APPLY (complete even if just considering/undecided and would like more information):

Current openings:

1. SBDM General Committee Secretary: Attend all 4 general meetings* and take minutes

2. Student Health Committee** (experience in medical or mental health fields a plus)

a) Committee Chair: Plan and lead committee meetings, oversee the implementation of committee initiatives, attend general SBDM meetings* to report on progress

b) Committee Members: Attend committee meetings, support the implementation of initiatives, attend general SBDM meetings if possible

3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee*** (BIPOC parents welcome!)

a) Committee Member: Attend committee meetings, support the implementation of initiatives, attend general SBDM meetings if possible

b) Activity Helper: Help with occasional events like recruitment outreach (2-3 Saturdays) and school cultural night

*GENERAL MEETINGS: Virtual @ 7:00 PM on 9/11/23, 11/13/23, 2/12/24 and 4/29/24

**Student Health Committee: Identifies and works to implement evidence-based strategies and initiatives designed to promote student well-being, including physical, emotional, social and educational health.

***DEI works to help Sudie better reflect the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the City of Dallas and works to ensure that everyone at Sudie feels welcome and represented, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, income, religion, country of origin, or neighborhood of residence.

APPLY (complete even if just considering/undecided and would like more information):

District Covid 19 Updates
Girls Healing Circles

The mission of the Girls Healing Circles is to inform and inspire 4th-6th grade girls so they grow up to be self-confident and self-loving young ladies who appreciate their bodies, know how to process emotions in a healthy way, and look to other girls as sisters rather than as competition.

• 5 Healing Circles in the fall semester 

• 5 Healing Circles in the spring semester

• Circles will be 90 minutes long on select Fridays after school, beginning 9/15

• Neuroacoustic Sound Therapy will be incorporated by listening at home to specialized soundtracks designed to improve sleep, emotional resilience, and anxiety. 

• Circles are led by a Sudie mom who is also a Neuroacoustic Sound Therapist and Emotion Release Practitioner

Sign up at  

* Limited space available. Host Volunteer needs.

OktoROARFest - Oct 21

Let’s Get Ready for OktoROARFest!

  • October 21st @ 6:30pm at Sparkman Clubhouse
  • Early Bird Tickets on sale starting September 7th
  • Be on the lookout for additional communications, including Sponsorship Opportunities and Party Host Volunteer needs

We exceeded our August goal and now have 379 PTA members. 

It's not too late to join - our overall goal is 500 members this year so if you haven't signed up yet, please do. It doesn't take long and only costs $10 a person. 

There are so many people who were members last year that haven't renewed yet. Is that you? 

Simply visit and login, scroll down to the "New Forms" section and, select "PTA Membership 2023-2024" to sign up.

Save the date for our FIRST PTA meeting of the year, September 14th, 6:30pm. Bring the whole family - there will be games (chess, board games, card games), Chess Club will be selling pizza and we will have one more Used Uniform Sale!

Reading Under the Stars Success

Thanks to everyone who made the Reading Under the Stars & Student Activity Fair a huge success. We had a great turnout and a great kickoff to the Sudie Activity Year!

Bulletin Board - Mission Possible

Fresh new bulletin to start the year  - Mission Possible!

Many thanks to the PTA Staff Appreciation Committee members who work on this!

*Got a Sudie Mission Accomplished to highlight?? Email us at for next week’s News.

2023 Sudie Brags!

Congratulations to all the students and THANK YOU to our fearless Sudie activity leaders!

Every Kid Outdoors

Great programs that allows 4th graders and their families to get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Click here for more information.

Join the Recess Team - It's a blast!

Thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up for recess duty!! It is looking good. 

If every family took only one shift per year we would have all the spaces covered and then some. Please help to make recess happen for middle school.

Everyone benefits from the outdoor social time these kids will get!!  Plus you get to check in on them once in the year. It is very interesting to see the world of middle school in action at recess. A great learning experience for all. 

Contact Shona Bell or 202-907-5522 with questions.

Help Stock the Teacher Lounges

Do you want to do a special treat for the staff this year? Are you that family that drops off 3 dozen donuts one random weekday just because? Everyone loves it when you do!  

Please consider signing up to stock the lounge with treats over a week or bring in a treat or two (like donuts or bagels) for all to enjoy that day! 

Wherever works for you. We'd love to have something brought in each week--anything works.

Thank you for loving on our staff.  They are amazing!

DISD Survey - Please Complete!

Please complete the DISD survey if you have not yet done so. DISD wants to hear from you about how we can improve Family & Community engagement efforts at Sudie.

Volunteers Required to Complete VOLY

Time to complete the ANNUAL background check to be allowed on campus to volunteer. More details and opportunities here.

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:

Download Remind

Still need to join Remind? Simply text @sudiel to the number 81010 from your mobile phone and follow this link for more detailed information  

Join NEW Sudie PTA Facebook Group

This group is at 293 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.

Join 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

PTA Reflections
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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