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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!

Beginning January 5, new attendance guidelines will be in effect.

Here’s what parents need to know:Attendance Matters logo

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.

Regular attendance is the law, and is important to success in school.  If you are planning an extended trip, please make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Wafford or Mrs. Varljen to discuss the attendance policies as they relate to your child. In addition, it is not only important that children attend school, but also that they are present in class, ready to learn, by the time the second bell rings at 7:45. Beginning January 5, tardies will be counted and will have appropriate consequences.  Complete information will be shared when we return in January.  We truly appreciate your support in the education of your children!

The MultiCultural Committee invites you and your children to join us in exploring the world around us! We will have global challenges and enrichment activities each month. Turn the worksheets back in the black box next to the library by the end of the month, and we will randomly draw two students’ entries for a chance to win “global” prizes! Check out the new MultiCultural Resource website!

Parents, please join us on the MultiCultural Committee! We will be working on monthly bulletin boards, a global postcard project, booths representing different countries, and host the “Passport to Candyland” event full of MultiCultural performances, arts and crafts and more! If you have any questions, please contact Ivania Lee.

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Patsy Sommer Elementary School
16200 Avery Ranch Blvd.
Austin Texas 78717
Nancy Varljen, Principal
Therese Wafford, Asst. Principal
Tasha Briseno, Asst. Principal

Phone Numbers

Main: 512-704-0600
Fax: 512-704-0690
Nurse: 512-704-0612
Attendance: 512-704-0604

Hours of Operation

Students: 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Office: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.