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Valentine’s Day Parties – February 12th
Being held in classrooms

Kg – 8:15-9:30 am
1st – 1-2 pm
2nd – 8:15-9:15 am
3rd – 1:15-2:15 pm
4th – 1:30-2 pm
5th – 1-2 pm

Box Tops Competition
Old Town Families, it’s that time again! We are having a competition between the grade levels. The grade level who brings the most Box Tops wins a popsicle party! So bring your Box Tops in and vote in front of the library starting Tuesday, February 9th through Tuesday, February 16th. Our last Box Tops drive raised over $900!!

Community Education Classes

Please take one (1) minute and twelve (12) seconds to view this video brought to you by RRISD Community Education.  We hope that if you have your child(ren) enrolled in any of our RRISD Community Education After-School Enrichment classes, that they are enjoying the class(es).

Our Session I of After-School Enrichment classes are coming to an end at the end of this month and Session II classes will begin next month (before Spring Break).  If you haven’t registered your child(ren) for our Session II After-School classes, DON’T WAIT, classes are filling up quickly!

Please visit our website to register for After-School Session II Classes.  If you have any questions, please call the RRISD Community Education Office at 512-464-4112.

FYI: Sam Bass Road Closure

The TxDOT project manager for the construction at the intersection of Sam Bass and 3406 (W. Old Settlers Blvd.) just confirmed that access to Sam Bass from 3406 and access to 3406 from Sam Bass will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 6th, and will remain closed for up to 2 months. (The work being done is the scratched red lines on the map above.)

Sam Bass traffic is being re-routed to ingress/egress 3406 via Creek Bend Blvd.

East/West travel on 3406 will remain open, however, there may be some lane closures (i.e. narrowing from 4-lane traffic to 2-lane traffic) until the intersection is completed.

New Attendance Rules Go Into Effect January 5

Families in RRISD recently received information about changes in the attendance laws for the state of Texas. To comply with these new laws, a number of changes will go into effect in elementary schools on January 5. Here’s what parents need to know:

1.    In Round Rock ISD, the only excused absences will be personal illness, a death in the family, or a school-related absence.
2.    Any other absences, such as family vacation, will now be “unexcused.”|
3.    Parents are asked to send a note within 48 hours of the child’s return to school stating the reason for the absence. Without the parent note, or without a valid reason, the absence is marked “unexcused.”
4.    If there are three unexcused absences within a four-week period, a letter will be sent from the school, and the principal or assistant principal will contact the parent/guardian to develop a student attendance plan.
5.    If there are seven unexcused absences in a six-month period, the plan will be revisited by a team of people including the parent, the district attendance officer and additional school staff.
6.    If there are ten unexcused absences within a six-month period, a letter will be sent from the district attendance officer and additional steps will be considered, including whether the case should be filed in truancy court.

Arrival Time

Just a reminder – for student safety, please remember to not drop off students at school any earlier than 7:20am. There is no one on duty to supervise students prior to 7:20am.  Children who eat breakfast or are currently serving on safety patrol duty are allowed in the building at 7:15am.

Entering Old Town

Parents and visitors – Please do not ask students or staff members to let you enter the back doors of the building at any time (3406 side).  We expect everyone to enter through the front doors and check in through the Raptor system in the office.   While we know it is sometimes inconvenient to go to the front, for our student safety, we ask that you please cooperate with this request.  If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mercer or Mrs. Schock.

Visit the Texan Backpack for all our “Tuesday folder” papers.

Library Website

The OTE Bluebonnet winner is Zane and the Hurricane! Mrs. Rabe submitted our votes to the state and she will let us know who the statewide winner is as soon as it is announced!

In the meantime, any 3-5th graders who want to participate in the Battle of the Bluebonnets should keep reading! Stay tuned to KTEX for more information!

Engineering Week at OTE
Coming soon – watch for information about Engineering Week Feb. 22-26! If you are an engineer and would be interested in speaking to students at Old Town, please contact Angela Schaack @ angela_schaack@roundrockisd.org or 512.428.7611.

Other related information:

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering. Over 4,000 elementary and middle school students are expected to participate with over 900 volunteers and over 100 student organizations, community organizations and companies volunteering. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is presented by Halliburton & the Girl Day STEM Festival presented by Google.

Fun Engineering Sites for Kids

NASA Kids Club
PBS Kids Activities
Engineering Go For It
Kinetic City

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volunteer 2If you plan to be a Watch D.O.G., go on a field trip, volunteer in the classroom, or work with students, you must complete the online application AND receive approval. Online Volunteer Application.

Some helpful tips to remember when submitting your volunteer application:

  1. Please complete entire form.
  2. Select the school(s) where you would like to volunteer (you can choose more than one school).
  3. Please make sure that you click the SUBMIT button.

Thank you in advance for going through this process. We look forward to you volunteering at our school!

school hours 2Old Town Office Hours

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm


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Old Town Elementary School
2200 Chaparral Drive
Round Rock, TX  78681
Mya Mercer, Principal

Phone Numbers

Main: 512-428-7600
Fax: 512-428-7690
Nurse: 512-428-7606
Attendance: 512-428-7607

Hours of Operation

Students: 7:45am – 2:45pm
Office: 7:30am – 4:00pm