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Originally delivered on 10/19/2023 4:54 pm

SUBJECT: Sudie TAG PTA Weekly eNews: 10.19.23

This Week's Quick 2:

1) Join us for TONIGHT'sPTA Meeting at Sudie starting at 6:30pm, followed by Modern Band 1 & 2 Concert.

2) OktoROARFest is this Saturday! Come support Sudie while enjoying drinks, food and entertainment. Meet new Sudie families and catch up with old friends!

Newsletter Contents

Letter from Principal Ladipo

Upcoming Dates At-A-Glance

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

PTO OktoROARFest - Tickets & Sign Up Parties

Sudie TAG Homecoming Spirit Week

Homecoming Legacy Gift Dedication

Character Counts Week

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

Boo-Grams to Support Cheer

DPD Presents Explore Asia - Oct 21

2023-24 Parent Needs Assessment

Red Ribbon Week

Student Shout-Out Submissions

Book Character Day

Picture Retakes

Help the PTA reach 500 members

Principal Appreciation Month

TMSCA Results

7th Grade Bake Sale Signup

7th Grade Scoliosis Screening

8th Grade DC Trip Recap

8th Grade Magnet HS Info Session - Oct 18

From Principal Ladipo

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OCT 16 – 20: Character Counts Week

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

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 21: DPD Presents Explore Asia

OCT 23-27: Red Ribbon Week

OCT 27: Book Character Day

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

OCT 31: Big Thought Spooky Mic Night

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

Nov 6: Shake Shack Dine and Donate 

NOV 7: No School - Election Day

NOV 11: SBDM Meeting @ 7:00P on ZOOM

NOV 13: Photo Retakes

NOV 17: Grandfriends' Day

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

OktoROARFest - October 21st

Last Call to purchase your OktoROARFest Tickets! Enjoy Live Accordion Music, Kuby's Catering, and an Open Bar. Don’t forget to grab a party or two hosted by Sudie’s finest parents!

Please join us for our 3rd Annual OktoROARFest and help us reach our goal of $25,000. Review the FAQs and we will see you on Saturday.

Spirit Dress Up Days
Character Counts - Oct 16-20

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

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

  • Modern Band 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.


Order your Boo Grams here today or before school in the foyer. 

They are 1 for $2.50 or 5 for $10.  

They will be delivered on October 31st. Proceeds benefit Cheer. 

Big Thought Spooky Mic Night

Big Thought is having a family engagement event on October 31st and hope that you are able to attend and see some of the work the students are doing. Any staff, students or families in the building at the time are also welcome to stop and see what is happening.  

2023-2024 Parent Needs Assessment

The DISD Counseling Department is looking forward to supporting your scholar's social-emotional, academic, and career development growth this year.  

Please complete this brief survey to help plan and develop quality programs that best meet the needs of your scholar and family. Your input is valuable, and your responses are anonymous.

Red Ribbon Week!

Get ready for Red Ribbon Week!  Red ribbon inspires our kids to be happy, brave, & drug-free! 

Join us in our MISSION to help keep kids drug-free!

Themes with Jeans for next week (Oct 23-27): 

  • Monday: TEAM up against drugs! (sport shirt)
  • Tuesday: PEACE out to drugs! (tie-dye shirt)
  • Wednesday: BRIGHT future without drugs! (neon shirt)
  • Thursday: "LEI" off drugs! (Hawaiian shirt) 
  • Friday: SCARE off drugs!... (costume)
Student Shout-Outs

Please send any accomplisments, awards and/or praises of any Sudie Activties / Clubs / Sports to Lily Strong at so we can be sure to properly recognize our students!  

Feel free to send photos that can be shared on Enews and our Facebook Page! 

Book Character Day

Hey Sudie Fam! We are hosting our annual Book Character Day, Friday, October 27th

Students may choose a character from any book to dress up as within the free dress guidelines. We are requiring students to bring the book they are referencing in order to participate

Super excited to see our Sudie lions' creativity shine! 

Got questions? Email Ms. Diaz at  

Picture Retakes

SAY CHEESE! Monday, November 13th, LifeTouch will return to take Picture Retakes. 

The retakes will be held in the morning at the Sudie Auditorium. As these photos will be used for our Sudie Yearbook, please have your students come in their Best Free Dress! 

If your student is NOT retaking their photo, they are expected to wear their Sudie uniform. 

Need more info? Email Ms. Diaz at 


Have you ever wondered if you actually signed up to be a PTA member this year and don't know how to check? 

Send an email to Amy DiCarlo ( and she can confirm whether or not you've renewed your membership this year. Remember....just because you have a Membership Toolkit account doesn't mean that you're an official member of our PTA.

If you know you haven't, please do. Every person counts towards our goal. Login in to the NEWLY UPDATED website to join:

TMSCA Results

Congratulations to the over 110 students who participated in the recent DISD TMSCA Invitational! We are so proud of each and every one! This is a great first step for our year of TMSCA!

AMAZING JOB to our students who placed in the top of the State! 

🎉 Luke Dahm, 4th Place in Texas, 8th Grade Science

🎉 Sean Yan, 3rd Place in Texas, 6th Grade Science

🎉 Francesco Montillo, 2nd Place in Texas, 6th Grade Science

A special congratulations to these students who placed in the top 4 districtwide! 

7th Grade Bake Sale Signup

7th grade is gearing up for their DC trip and began 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. 

Sudie Lions take D.C.!

Over 4 action-packed days, 79 of our 8th graders, along with 19-parent and 10-teacher chaperones traveled all over our nation's capital. 

Highlights of the trip included Arlington National Cemetery, The National Archives, Mount Vernon, Ford's Theatre, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, lunch on the National Mall, a ghost tour through downtown Alexandria and Sheer Madness at The Kennedy Center.  

Our amazing scholars also visited D.C.'s many memorials, monuments and museums they studied in American History and advisory this year.  It was an epic experience and countless memories were made! 

High School Preview Recordings

Did you miss the Zoom sessions for the Choice and/or Magnet High School Previews?  

If so, you can view the recordings on Counselor Brown's webpage:

Be sure check back on the site 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!


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

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

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.

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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