PTA Programs

Questions? Email programs@kealingpta.org

The Kealing PTA is proud to lead and support a diverse array of programs throughout the school year, including the following:

Principal Coffees and Parent Education

Join fellow Kealing PTA parents in the library once a month for coffee with Principal Coburn and other Kealing staff. This is a great time to learn about updates on what is happening around the campus. In conjunction with the coffees, Kealing staff, in partnership with the PTA, put on a series of educational workshops for parents.

Dates and topics for Principal Coffees will be communicated via the Kealing Hornet Herald.


Secret Pal Program

The Kealing PTA Secret Pal Program was created to help our hard working teachers & staff feel a bit more appreciated throughout the year. The guidelines are general, but suggestions are to provide snacks, treats, small gifts, supplies or support to show our appreciation. After you choose a teacher from the SignUp Genius List, (communicated via Hornet Herald) you will be sent an Information Sheet with your Pal's favorite things. There are 4 planned 'drop' times to deliver gifts/treats. Reminders will be sent out prior to drop times.

2017: Secret Pal sign-up list, and link to teacher favorites list can be found here...


Academic Support Program

Thanks to the generous donations of parents and local businesses, this year the Kealing PTA has allocated $ in its budget for academic support funding to teachers and staff to help fund curriculum needs, new technology, staff development, and a host of other academic-related expenses. The aim of this funding is to support quality and innovative teaching, experiential learning, the arts, physical education, technology, and extracurricular activities.


PTA Reflections Program

Reflections is a national program meant to foster creativity and the arts. Students may submit entries in one of 6 categories - dance choreography, photography, film production, visual arts (painting, drawing, etc.), literature, or musical composition.  Entries will be judged at the school level and a percentage of those will move to the council level. From there entries may go on to the state and national levels. For more information go to http://www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/ or contact reflections@kealingpta.org . In order for a student to advance to state, someone in his/her household must be a current member of the PTA.

Program details and entry deadlines will be communicated via the Kealing Hornet Herald.  


MLK Service Project and Peace Through Pie Picnic

We are looking forward to teaming up with Huston-Tillitson University, Blackshear Bridge, and the Austin Area Heritage Council again this year for the Spread the Service MLK Day of Service. Last year's event featured free t-shirts, a free pizza lunch and peace through pie social sponsored by Dominoes and HEB, neighborhood clean up and Kealing grounds work, presentation of the Neighborhood Stories Project, artwork by Kealing students, and singing by Greater Mount Zion Baptist.


Thanksgiving Community Celebration

The Kealing Thanksgiving Community Celebration is an annual ritual that brings together Kealing Families and Community Members to share a meal together in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Environmental Programs

The Kealing PTA's environmental activities include grounds work days, a courtyard beautification project, helping maintain the urban gardens with the gardening class, collecting ink jet cartridges for recycling, helping with school recycling and commercial composting efforts, and looking at water and energy usage on campus. We earned COA Bright Green Futures grants towards our water collection tank and outdoor sink. In 2016-17 we installed new doors on our shed and built a deck outside.


School Appreciation Weeks

The Kealing PTA provides a token of appreciation to the following groups throughout the school year. If they hear thanks from Kealing kids and parents, that makes their week even more special. A note or an act of kindness can be the best gift of appreciation.

Schedule of appreciation weeks communicated via the Kealing Hornet Herald.