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Octoberama needs: Got Junk? In a band? Lend a Hand?

Got Junk?

Art! Fun!
Make! Have Fun!

If you have old electronics, small appliances, or gadgets that you’ve been meaning to recycle or throw out…we will take it off your hands! We are seeking electronics for our De(con)struction Tables at Octoberama. The Deconstruction table is a place where kids disassemble mechanical or electronic things to see how some parts work, or put parts together in new ways with extra materials we provide.

Ideal items are – things that can be disassembled with simple hand tools, have LEDs, motors, gears that can be powered with a 9V battery. Examples of items you can include: hard drives, case/ cpu fans, remote controls, phones, and relays.

Things we can’t accept and/or dangerouse.g. nothing that can break, sharp (glass), or is toxic (mercury thermostats).

If you have gadgets to donate, please leave them in the office in the Booth Donations bag (please do not leave them in the toy prize bin). We will be collecting items through October 13th at 3pm.


The Wardens.
The Wardens.

Seeking Musicians & Production Assistant

If you want to show off your musical skills on the Octoberama stage, lend a hand behind the scenes, or simply want to recommend a local favorite, please contact Jason Pinchback (




Sign-Up Genius is up and running! Please consider donating some of your time to assist with pre-festival tasks (prize organization, decorating gift baskets, set-up activities) or day-of opportunities (class booth, ticket booth, Deconstruction Tables, stage/production assistant).

Open time slots are available on sign-up genius. 

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Stepping Stones Success!

Thanks to our amazing Stepping Stones volunteers we had an extremely successful week! We had such a successful workday last Saturday we were able to get almost all of the stones completed and we do not need to meet on Oct. 3rd! Here is a recap:FullSizeRender_1

  • Wednesday – Friday  – Kids in 3rd – 6th grades designed and set mosaic steppingstones with the insightful, creative guidance of Mrs. Belknap and the energetic support of parents and community volunteers.
  • Saturday– Parents and community volunteers came out and got their hands into the process with the messy and fulfilling work of grouting the stepping stones.

The next time you walk the school halls check out the beautiful works of art lining the 1st floor. (*Please help people remember to look but don’t touch while the grout slowly dries*)

You can aFullSizeRenderlso see the finished products for sale in the Octoberama silent auction on Oct 17th – Come purchase your favorite stepping stone!

We look forward to working with you on future projects! Please stay tuned for more opportunities to support hands on creative learning in our school. Thank you for all of the incredible help so far – these projects would not be possible without YOU!

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Alix & Manue

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Octoberama Ticket Pre-sales, Volunteers & The Octoberama Times

braceoctoberama Less than one month to go before Mathews Elementary’s biggest and best fundraiser of the year!

Octoberama Ticket Pre-Sales Start Today!

Ticket order forms are going out in Wednesday folders.  Simply fill out the form and turn it in at the office to receive free bonus tickets!  Prefer to order online?  Go to

Haven’t signed up to volunteer at Octoberama? 

Silent Auction @ Octoberama
Silent Auction @ Octoberama

Now you can sign up online using Sign-Up Genius!  Volunteer opportunities include festival prep work (sort prizes, decorate gift baskets), Octoberama booths and stations (Art Booth, Deconstruction Table, Yoga Tent, & Entertainment Stage), and post event clean-up.  Visit and choose your time slot.


Keep up-to-date on all Octoberama News with The Octoberama Times!

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Stepping Stones, Fundraising & YOU!

The Mathews Maker Movement is creating a collaborative community service project and we would love your help during your child’s art class and/or on the weekend!

Come help kids grade 3rd-6th make mosaic stepping stones to sell as a fundraiser at Octoberama! You can check your kid(s) art schedule for that week and sign up to volunteer here:

Art Projects:

  • Grades 3-6 will be making stepping stones during art class Sept 23-25th (5th grade parents: please check with your teacher which day your kids will attend art!).

We will have 2 additional work days to grout and polish the stones:

Saturdays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3 from 9am-1pm.

  • Grades K-2 will be creating painted block art during art class, Sept 21-23rd.
  • PreK students will be making stepping stones for their butterfly gardens in their respective classrooms.

Please send your students in clothes and shoes that can get dirty!

We are very excited to be making and creating with the kids and thank you all for your help!

If you have any questions, please contact the Maker Movement PTA co-chairs:

Manue Reynolds:

Alix Teleki:

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Octoberama + You = Success!

Welcome back, Mathews families!

Summer was fun … but it’s awfully nice to get back into a normal routine again. =)

The Silent Auction stays busy!
The Silent Auction stays busy!

After Back-to-School Night this Thursday evening, our next big event will be the Octoberama school carnival on October 17th! This is one of our favorite festivities of the year, and we hope to see everyone there! Live music, exciting games, delicious food, and happy squealing kids all around — you won’t want to miss it.

It’s also a fantastic fundraiser for our school, raising about half the PTA’s budget for the entire year. Proceeds fund our Tech Program, Maker Movement, Visiting Authors series, and much more.

A great portion of Octoberama proceeds come from the Silent Auction we host every year. Mathews is fortunate to enjoy the support of businesses around West Austin and beyond who donate goods and services of every stripe to this good cause. And we’re seeking your support to bring the operation to success!

  • We’re seeking volunteers to join the Silent Auction committee. Activities range from calling area businesses, to picking up donated items, to merchandising and setup of the auction room. Commitment is around 2-4 hours/week now through October 17th.
  • We’re seeking donations. If you own a business or can offer a valuable service, please consider donating an item for sale. All proceeds go directly to Mathews student programs, and your donation qualifies as tax-deductible at its full retail value.

If you’re interested in helping the auction committee with a few hours of your time, or if you have a donation idea, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!


Renae Alsobrook / 512.507.4780