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Cowan Elementary has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Campus Advisory Council (CAC) that meet state and district requirements. Parents are invited to actively participate on the board of our PTA and to volunteer as their time allows. Our PTA and CAC hold monthly meetings open to all parents and community members interested in attending. 

Cowan offers convenient opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s education. Teachers and Administrators are always open to meeting with parents to address specific needs or concerns. Parents and community members are encouraged to help with tutoring and mentoring through-out the school year. Volunteer opportunities are available each day in the library, office, teacher work room, lunch room and within classrooms when arrangements are made with the teacher. 

Each year our Principal along with PTA volunteers hosts Kinder Round-Up on the first Tuesday of May, Kindergarten and new parent coffee on the first day of school, and Back-To-School Night on a district designated date in September. These events provide information to parents about the operations, procedures, educational guidelines, and expectations of Cowan Elementary. Parents and community members are continuously updated on school events and activities through our amazing school website. Teachers communicate with parents via email and conferences on a regular schedule. Our school marquee is programmed to display important messages as needed and phone calls are made using SchoolMessenger to reach all parents when important information is needed to be communicated quickly. 

Parents and community members have the opportunity to volunteer at many events each year; book Fair, Track and Field day, Fall Carnival, field trips, class celebrations, Science and Literacy Night, Family Fitness Night, Science Fair Night, and more. Our school partners with many community sponsors within the South Austin area. Families are invited to local restaurants several times a month for school Spirit Nights, many businesses offer great discounts on our annual Cowan Coyote Discount Card, and an overwhelming number of businesses support our Fall Carnival, Silent Auction, and Market Day event. 

Cowan is very fortunate to have an on-site daycare for our staff members. We also were approved in 2013 to offer tuition supported Prekindergarten for children who are four years old on or before September 1st of the current school year and who do not qualify for either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) or the state-mandated prekindergarten program for qualifying students. Information about this program is located on our website. Please click the link to the right for details. After school childcare is offered Monday through Friday until 6:00pm at Cowan and many local daycare programs provide transportation for students after school to attend their programs. 

There are also several after school private programs offered to students. Please visit the “After School Programs” link in the left menu under Parent Resources on this website for a complete updated list with names and contact information.