Friends of Zavala

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Article on Success of Zavala Elementary School and UUMC’s Zavala Circle of Friends’ role

Check out this latest Austin Chronicle article highlighting the great work of principal Sean Fox and that school’s decision not to teach to the test, and doing even better as a result. UUMC’s “Friends of Zavala” group is also mentioned in the article with a quote from our own Sandy Smith. Hopeful and good work … Continue reading

Zavala Elementary Reading Rally Day

On Friday, May 2, 2014, Zavala Elementary School in East Austin will hold its annual Reading Rally Day, to honor students who have done well in several different categories of reading. During the morning, adults come to read to Zavala classes, to talk about and demonstrate the power of reading. We’d like to invite you to be … Continue reading

Volunteers to wrap presents at Zavala Christmas Bazaar

Due to its tremendous success last year, Zavala Elementary is again organizing a Christmas bazaar specifically focused on providing Zavala students with an opportunity to select and “buy” Christmas gifts for their loved ones. The school is collecting gently used household items such as coffee mugs, flower vases, small toys, Christmas ornaments, and costume jewelry. Leftover or unused rolls of Christmas … Continue reading

Zavala Christmas Bazaar

Due to its tremendous success last year, Zavala Elementary is again organizing a Christmas bazaar specifically focused on providing Zavala students with an opportunity to select and “buy” Christmas gifts for their loved ones. The school is collecting gently used household items such as coffee mugs, flower vases, small toys, Christmas ornaments, and costume jewelry. Leftover or unused rolls of … Continue reading

Zavala Circle of Friends Requesting Stuffed Animals & Small Toys

The Zavala Circle of Friends* is collecting new or gently used stuffed animals (for rewards for 1st and 2nd graders who achieve reading goals) and small inexpensive toys (of the Happy Meal variety) for prizes at the school’s Fall Fest on Oct. 25.  Collection boxes are located in the Explorers Classroom on the 3rd floor. Contact … Continue reading

Principle of Zavala to Speak in Explorer’s Sunday School Class

  Sean Fox, the principal of Zavala Elementary School, will speak to the Explorers Sunday School class on Oct. 6 on things being done to heighten the learning experience for a largely underprivileged student body.    Fox, now going on his fifth year as the East Austin school principal, is encouraged that a departure from “teaching to the test” seems … Continue reading

School Supply Drive for Zavala Elementary

When you’re out shopping for school supplies this month, throw some extra notebooks, pens and pencils into your cart. The kids at Zavala Elementary — an AISD school that draws several volunteers from the UUMC community of faith — need these items to help make the upcoming school year a success. Look for donation bins … Continue reading