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The Mark Twain Elementary School PTO organizes many events throughout the year to further the enrichment and enjoyment of the Twain experience. Through volunteering for and attending these events, parents have the opportunity to form a deeper connection with the school and other parents. Ask any veteran Twain parent about how much the whole family looks forward to attending ALL of the events year after year!

It takes MANY volunteers and skill sets to put these events into motion. The PTO welcomes all parents to help with the planning. Is there an event that sounds like a good fit for you? Click the button to volunteer and we’ll put you in touch with the right person!

 spooky spectacular

Spooky Spectacular is Mark Twain’s Fall Carnival and an event you won’t want to miss! 25+ inflatables, carnival rides, games including a haunted house, cake walk, donut chomping contest, face paint, confetti eggs, edible sand art, costume contest and more! Several food options this year! It’s a wonderful family event!

Saturday, October 19th, 2019  10am-2pm

Online ticket sales are closed. You can buy your tickets in the rotunda before and after school or at the event.

We couldn’t do Spooky Spectacular without YOU!  For volunteer or sponsorship opportunities please email the team at spooky@marktwainpto.org.

 FALL book fair

Mark Twain Elementary is a school that loves books! Each year we celebrate our love for reading during Book Fair week. This year’s fall fair will have an exciting selection of affordable books for every reading level. 

The week will be filled with many exciting literary events to encourage readers of all ages.

Thursday morning, we will continue our beloved tradition of the Storybook Parade where students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character. Stick around after drop off and watch students and teachers parade around the school grounds!

Parents and caregivers are invited to shop the fair with their student throughout the week. 

 

Book Fair dates/times:       

November 11-14                7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

November 15                        7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Storybook Parade:              

November 13                        7:45 a.m.

Family Night:                       

November 14                        5-7 p.m.

To learn more, please contact Amber Blossom, PTO Book Fair Director at bookfair@marktwainpto.org.

art night

Art Night is always a fun night at Mark Twain! Kids can visit 10 different tables to experiment with a variety of art media. Past favorites, including the clay table, fish print table and beading table return plus some new tables to spark your child’s love for art. Each child will receive stamps in their Art Passport for a chance to win a raffle prize. Plus, no need to make dinner that night as food will be available for purchase.

Date: January 30, 2020, 5:30-7:00pm

For volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Calli Christenson at calli.christenson@gmail.com or Jessie Fair at jessie.fair@gmail.com

 bingo night

Bingo night is a fun event for the whole family!

We hope you’ll join us for a chance to win exciting prizes and spend a fun night with friends and family. Bingo will take place in the Twain cafeteria with dinner, snack and drink options available for purchase. All proceeds go back to the school. See you there!!

Date: January 24, 2020 from 6-8pm

For prize donations and volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Katie Patterson at katpatters@gmail.com, Mandy Loper at mandy.loper@gmail.com or Melissa Burton at melissamerathburton@gmail.com.

Huckleberry Bash

Saturday, February 15, 2020

6:30 – 11 PM

 

What is BASH?

The Huckleberry Bash is an auction-style fundraiser for the school. This truly amazing event is tons of fun and our largest fundraiser each year. It is for adults only. Although it’s a FUNDraiser, there is an abundance of FUN at this event. There is something for everyone…. you can bid on parties, jewelry, sports memorabilia, vacation getaways, gift baskets of any and every kind, creative artwork made by our children, teachers, and parents. There is food, music, dancing, and fun!

All of the items are either created through the efforts of our children, teachers, and parents or they are donated by parents, teachers, staff, and community businesses. There are live and silent auction items in a variety of categories:

  • Teacher Donations:  A donation from each teacher that usually is either an item put together with help from the children or a teacher-sponsored party that parents can bid on for their children to attend.

  • Parties, Parties, Parties:  Many families are gracious enough to host various kinds of parties (i.e., BBQ, Family Crawfish Boils, Adult Wine Tasting, Kids’ Skating, 2nd Grade Swimming, Back to School, Ice Cream Socials).  At the Bash, you can buy a ticket for different parties and every penny you pay goes directly back to the school.

  • Big Board:  Bid on large ticket items such as a weekend trips, sporting event tickets, original art, or a collection of wines.

  • Live Auction:  Bid on big ticket items such as vacation packages, front row parking at school, and fabulous jewelry.  Some folks battle it out!

How can you help with BASH?

We are looking for sports or event tickets, unique experiences, vacation homes or condos, or jewelry. All of these items would be wonderful additions to our auction. Please keep us in mind as you shop through the holidays and ask your favorite places to donate. Please click on the below links to download the donor forms or find a form in the PTO workroom.

Bash Sponsorship Form

Auction Donor Form

Bash Donation Letter

 

To learn more, please email huckleberrybash@marktwainpto.org

international festival

Saturday, March 28, 2020

1:00-3:00 PM

Parents and students are invited to represent your country with a table display, traditional foods and performances AND the entire Mark Twain community is invited to enjoy the amazing experience!

We want you to be part of the festival. Please consider hosting a country table and display flags, maps, souvenirs, pictures, postcards, and offer food samples or share yours or your child’s talents with a traditional dance, singing, or performance.

To sign up for a performance or to host a country display, please contact Tala Shannak at samitala@yahoo.com and Seema Mir at smir1124@yahoo.com.

Steam night 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Look for details in the Twain Times and Tuesday Folders.  For more information, contact Chris Barr at chris.barr@times.uh.edu or Jason Dyer at jason.p.dyer@nasa.gov.

 dance With Your Darlings

The Mark Twain Dads Club invites all Mark Twain girls and their fathers or father figures to the annual Dance with your Darlings event on:

Friday, April 17, 2020

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Twain Cafeteria

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  This special evening includes a DJ, snacks, and souvenir picture buttons!

Cost is $25 per adult/daughter couple and $5 per additional child.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kyle Jenkins at kylejenkinsemail@gmail.com and Paul Kerlin at paul_kerlin@hotmail.com, Dads Club Co-Presidents.

 spirit night

Spirit nights are a great way to support our school and have a nice dinner or shopping event with your Twain friends.  On a Spirit Night, a community business will give a percentage of sales to Mark Twain for that day or evening. Events will be posted in the Twain times and around the school.  If you need to present a form to the business you will be able to find that form on this site or in the Twain Times.