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Originally delivered on 10/11/2023 2:26 pm

SUBJECT: Sudie TAG PTA Weekly eNews: 10.11.23

This Week's Quick 2:

1) Mark your calendars for the next PTA Meeting at Sudie on October 19th.

2) No School from Oct 12th-16th - Enjoy your Fall Break!

Newsletter Contents

Letter from Principal Ladipo – Includes details on Homecoming Spirit Week!

Upcoming Dates At-A-Glance

PTA Meeting - Oct 19 w/ Modern Band 1 & 2 concert following

Fall Break starts TOMORROW

October Coffee with the Principal - Recording Available

Straight Talk from Superintendent Dr. Elizalde

Principal Appreciation Month

Preorder House Hoodies - DEADLINE Oct 13th

OktoROARFest - Tickets & Sign Up Parties

Sudie TAG Homecoming Spirit Week - UPDATED

Dyslexia Awareness Month Parent Meeting

SBDM Curriculum Sub-Committee

Sudie Fundraising Request Form

Fall Arts Fest Tickets Available - Oct 27 @ 6:30

Help the PTA reach 500 members

Nominate someone for September's Volunteer of the Month

Sudie Staff Shout Outs

Character Counts Week - Dress Up Days Ahead

7th Grade Bake Sale Signup

7th Grade Scoliosis Screening

8th Grade Magnet HS Info Session - Oct 18

From Principal Ladipo

 🦁 Click here to open as a PDF.🦁


OCT 10 – 13: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

OCT 12 – 16: Fall Break

OCT 16 – 20: Character Counts Week

OCT 17: Dyslexia Awareness Month Parent Meeting

OCT 17 – 20: Sudie TAG's Homecoming - Spirit Week - UPDATED

OCT 19: PTA Meeting (6:30P @ Sudie)

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

OCT 21: OktoROARFest (PTO fundraiser for adults)

OCT 27: Fall Arts Fest (6:30P) - featuring Orchestra, Modern Band 3, Choir & Art

NOV 3: Coffee with the Principal @ 9:00A on ZOOM

NOV 7: No School - Election Day

NOV 11: SBDM Meeting @ 7:00P on ZOOM

NOV 17: Grandfriends' Day

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

Zoom Recording of Coffee with the Principal

Missed last week's Coffee with the Principal? No worries, watch the recording here with passcode: GoLions23!

The Presentation slides can be found here.

Learn about: 

☕️Principal Updates
☕️Counselor Updates
☕️Nurse Updates
☕️GT updates 

A message from DISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde below.Note: This is copy-pasted from a district-wide email that was sent October 10th.

The Texas legislature has begun a special session to once again try to divert public school funds to pay for private school subsidies. The Governor has also instructed the legislature to take up a list of political hot-button issues, including border security, public safety, and even COVID-19 vaccine restrictions.
The one thing the Governor isn’t allowing the legislature to consider is the one thing we need: a funding increase for public schools. State funding for public schools hasn’t increased since 2019. Since then, inflation has gone up 19%, which has forced Dallas ISD and all other DFW-area school districts to dip into savings to pass deficit budgets. Without help from our state legislature, Texas public schools are not fiscally sustainable.
The Governor and state leaders are counting on political pressure to pass private school vouchers. What they’re not counting on is you. They’ve scheduled this special session during the school year in hopes that we’ll be too busy teaching children to speak up for them. That’s why I’m emailing you – I need you to email them.
Click here to send state lawmakers the message that they need to support public schools, not subsidize private schools. hate asking you to do one more thing in a busy workweek, but I would never forgive myself if I didn’t ask. And I know we’d all regret it if we didn’t speak up for our kids. After all, our students can’t vote, and many of our legislators aren’t listening to our kids. That’s why I need you to be their voice!
Thank you,

Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D.
Dallas ISD

Orders Due October 13th!

With cooler weather hopefully right around the corner, it's time to PREORDER your house zip-up hoodies! 

This is the ONLY TIME THIS YEAR that the house hoodies will be available for order. 

The preorder window is open NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 13 at midnight. 

After that, you'll have to wait until fall of 2024 for house zip-up hoodies. 

ORDER NOW!! (Delivery expected mid-November.)

Reminder: When ordering Sudie swag, please remember to include your child’s name, grade and homeroom/advisory to avoid delays in order delivery.

OktoROARFest - Oct 21

Less than 2 weeks away from the best time of the year, OktoROARFest! Buy your early bird tickets today at!


PARTIES, PARTIES, PARTIES! Grab a group of friends, Sudie Parents, or do it yourself! The donated parties allow for camaraderie, fundraising, and an all out great time.

Email with the theme, # of tickets, and approximate date.

Spirit Dress Up Days Changed
SBDM Curriculum Subcommittee Opportunity - deadline TODAY, Oct 11

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 our school community. 

Various subcommittees focus on particular areas of need. A new subcommittee is being formed to evaluate current and future curriculum to better support teacher and student needs. This will be comprised of parents and teachers from middle school and elementary grades.

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

Deadline to apply is TODAY, Oct 11.

Current openings:

  1. SBDM Curriculum Subcommittee Chair (1)

  2. SBDM Curriculum Subcommittee Parent Member* (2-4) 

  3. SBDM Curriculum Subcommittee Teacher Member* (2-4)

*At least one each from elementary and middle school grades

Subcommittee meeting dates are to be determined. 

SBDM General Meetings are virtual @ 7:00 PM on 9/11/23 (past), 11/13/23, 2/12/24 and 4/29/24.

Fundraising Request Form

If you are interested in scheduling a fundraiser for a Sudiie club or grade level please fill out the below form.

The principal is responsible for collecting, controlling, disbursing, and accounting for all school activity funds.  

The Board of Control (BOC) meets once a month (last Friday). All fundraiser requests must be submitted to Ms. Anyssa Diaz (in the google form) by noon on the last Friday.   

Submit form here

The Fall Arts Fest will include the upper levels of each fine art - except theater. It will include:

  • Modern Bank 3
  • Varsity Orchestra
  • 6th-8th Grade Choir
  • Middle School Art

Tickets are available here:

Students also need to reserve a ticket online.

* Stay tuned for information on Theater's performance in November.

Are we STILL talking about Membership? YES, WE ARE!

We are looking for 70 more people to sign up to be official PTA members to help us hit the 500 member goal. Did you only sign up one person in your family? Consider adding your spouse/co-parent, a grandparent, or purchase a family membership and include your kids.

Every person counts towards our goal. Log in to the NEWLY UPDATED website to join: 

Nominate someone for September's Volunteer of the Month

We've only received a handful of nominations and we KNOW so many parents are volunteering. Step up and do something kind for a parent: Help the Sudie PTA express our gratitude by nominating someone to be recognized as September's Volunteer of the Month. 

The PTA Executive Board will review the nominees and select one person to be recognized at our next in person meeting on October 19. 

Note that Sudie PTA Exec Board members are not eligible. Complete this Google Form with your nomination! 

Sudie Staff Shout Outs

Do your kids come home and say something sweet about one of the teachers or faculty members at Sudie and you think...that was so nice, I should tell them that! is your chance!

The school admin team would like to recognize outstanding staff members, and they need our help.

Use this form to recognize a Sudie Staff member who is going above and beyond this week.

Character Counts - Oct 16-20

Students may choose to participate in either Homecoming Spirit Week or Character Counts dress up days.

7th Grade Bake Sale Signup

7th grade is gearing up for their DC trip and will begin fundraising with our first bake sale of the year on Wednesday, October 11th. 7th grade please sign up to participate in a bake sale!

It's fun and helps get us closer to DC!!

Scoliosis Screenings

Scoliosis screenings for 7th grade girls will take place on October 24th & 25th.

Seventh grade girls received info sheets on September 29th and will need to wear the appropriate undergarments on the days of screenings. 

DC Trip is Oct 10-13

Embark on an adventure with 8th grade peers

and discover the significance of Washington D.C.'s

famous monuments, incredible Smithsonian museums!

Magnet High School Information Sessions - Oct 18

8th graders and parents!

Magnet High School Information Session October 18th 6pm-8pm

Here is the zoom link for the meeting

Passcode: Lions 

5:45-6:00 intro from Sudie Williams TAG Academy

6:00-6:15 Townview School of LAW

6:15-6:30 Booker T. Washington Performing and Visual ARTS

6:30-6:45 Townview School of BUSINESS

6:45-7:00 Townview School of HEALTH

7:00-7:15 Townview School of EDUCATION

7:15-7:30 Townview School of SEM

7:30-7:45 Townview School of TAG

7:45-8:00 closing statements from Sudie


ALSO! Check the High School tab on Ms. Brown's website weekly for any High School open house and information updates.



Please take the easy steps to set up these passive fundraising opportunities and earn money the lazy way all year long!

Greenworks Recycling

PLEASE DON’T THROW AWAY CLOTHES AND TEXTILES! Drop them off in the bin by the school playground during carpool!!

Sudie and Clothes Bin have partnered to collect and recycle old clothing, shoes and textiles.

Keep these items OUT of landfills AND raise money for Sudie – at 8 cents a pound it’s a WIN-WIN!

  • Clothing – pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts, suits, tees, tanks, undergarments
  • Footwear – shoes, boots, heels, sandals, socks, tights
  • Accessories – hats, belts, ties, scarves, headbands
  • Handbags – wallets, totes, luggage, backpacks, briefcases
  • Linens – towels, sheets, comforters, blankets, tablecloths
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
  1. Download the Box Top app
  2. Scan your receipt in the app to earn money for Sudie (or upload digital receipt for online orders)


Check out how much money Sudie has earned over time (almost $3300!!)

FOURTH GRADE is leading the way so far this school year but SIXTH GRADE is coming in hot this month. 

Every little bit adds up so download the app and scan those receipts – such an easy way to send extra money to Sudie!

Share Sudie Pictures

Share your awesome Sudie pictures here. You might make it into the yearbook!

Volunteers Required to Complete VOLY

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

Middle School Recess Sign Up

Let's fully staff Middle School recess on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS by signing up here

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

PTA Reflections
Grade Level Reps

Grade Level Reps: If you ever need clarification on any info, they are a great place to start. 

4th: Stephanie Dolph & Kay Wood

5th: Liz Johnson & Elena Richey

6th: Lindsay Goldapp & Nikki Hurston

7th: Melissa Cunningham & Kristine Osborn

8th: Melanie Davis & Kristy Dixon

Sudie Website Calendar

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

Please refer to our Sudie Staff Quick Contacts for any staff contacts you may need. Staff new to Sudie are highlighted blue.

A Staffing Diagram can also be found on the Sudie school website contacts page:

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