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Invitation to Fall Festival - Friday, October 18th

Dear University School Families,

It is with great pleasure the University School Foundation invites you and your family to our Fall Festival on Friday, October 18th starting at 5:00 PM.  This is a fundraiser for the Foundation, but it is also a time for fun and community.  The Fall Festival is a great opportunity to meet our new Director, Dr. Brian Partin. 

We are having lots of spooky family fun including:  a fun run, inflatables, a trunk or treat, and an outdoor screening of Goosebumps. We want to see you there!

Schedule of Events

4:30 PM – Setup or Chili-Cookoff Contest - Join our Chili-Cookoff Contest by making your favorite Chili for everyone to enjoy.  Entry Fee is $25.00 – See link below to enter the Chili-Cookoff Contest

5:00 PM -   Haunted Hustle Grand Marshall – Dr Brian Partin – University School Director – Great opportunity to meet Dr. Partin at the beginning of the Race

5:00 PM -   Haunted Hustle – A one-mile family fun run that is similar to a walk-a-thon. We are asking that the students seek donations from family and friends. We will have a prize for the student who raises the most. You do not have to participate in the run to help fundraise, but we hope that you will! Registration link Below.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PMInflatables on the Lawn – Join in the fun on the front lawn.  We will have 6 inflatables available for your enjoyment.  Wrist Bands are required.  See the registration link below.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM - Enjoy a meal with your friends and family.  We have several food options available at the event. – Please Pre-Order using the registration link below.

  1. Chick-fil-A – Chicken Sandwich served with Chips and a Drink – Cost $5.00
  2. Pizza – Choice of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, served with Chips and a Drink – Cost $5.00
  3. Chili-Tasting – Enjoy sampling our contestants chili from the Chili-Cookoff Contest – Cost $5.00
  4. Additional drinks, snacks, and baked goods will be available to purchase

5:30 PMTrunk or Treat – Teachers Parking Lot - This is a great opportunity to enjoy a Trunk or Treat Event for our elementary students.  Our Sports Teams, Clubs and Friends of University School will be setup in the University School Teachers Parking Lot. 

6:00 PMCostume Contest of K-5, Middle & High School Students

7:45 PM – Goosebumps Movie – Outdoor screening of the movie Goosebumps.  Bring your blanket and pillow to enjoy an outdoor movie.  Popcorn, Drinks and Snack will be available for sale.

Online Registration for Haunted Hustle, Wrist Bands, Food, and Game Truck Tickets  has a spot where you can download and print the order forms as well as do an online registration

Volunteer Signup - We still need a lot of help in this space as well. That sign up is here: 


Wristbands are good for the inflatables, Trunk or Treat, and Movie. Parents/Guardians do not have to purchase these for themselves.

Meal Tickets include Chick-fil-A sandwich or pizza, chips, and a drink

Chili-Cook off Tasting – includes tasting opportunity from our Chili-Cookoff participants

Extra tickets are for bake sale items/movie, snacks, and face painting balloon animals

Gaming Truck tickets will be for sale at the gaming truck, they are $5 for 20 minutes 

Wristbands and tickets will be for sale at the event (although $5 more for the wristband). All food is pre-ordered. If you do not order food before the event, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to purchase it at the event. High school students who are volunteering or are acting as a guardian for younger students do not need a wristband to see the movie.

Dr. Partin is extremely excited about his new role and looks forward to meeting each of you.

Thank you for all you do for University School!

John Dixon

President University School Foundation


Volunteers and Items Needed for Fall Festival

Hello, University School Families! My name is Christine Hutchinson and I am the Fundraising Chair this year for The University School Foundation. We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Halloween-themed Fall Festival on Friday, October 18th, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. It will include the Haunted Hustle (a costumed 1-mile family fun run), trunk-or-treat, Wallabies’ Outback gaming truck, inflatables, costume contest, chili cook-off, food, popcorn, an outdoor screening of Goosebumps and lots of fun! Please make plans to join us! We need your help and participation to make this a huge success, so please sign up to help at the following link:


1. US Fall Festival BAKE SALE and OTHER ITEMS

Notes about Bake Sale

Bake Sale items (cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc.) should be brought on the day of the Festival (Oct 18th). There will be volunteers outside at the morning car lines on the day of the Festival to collect these items from you.  Or, drop off at the table outside of the front office before 2:00 p.m.  Please bring bake sale items wrapped or in sandwich bags (DISPOSABLE packaging) for freshness.  Cakes, pies, and other large items need to be in disposable containers or packaged to give away. We also appreciate gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free items as well, but PLEASE LABEL these as such.

Notes about Other Items

We need other items including large coolers, large string lights, pop up tents, portable tables, extension cords, power strips, large Halloween Decor (like inflatables), other fall/Halloween décor, etc. Due to a space shortage, please bring these items during the week of the festival.

Hay bales, corn stalks, and pumpkins should be brought on the day of the Festival (Oct 18th) since they must be kept outside. There will be a specific outside collection point for these items.

Kindly PUT YOUR NAME ON ALL ITEMS so we may get them back to you ASAP after the Festival.

​2. USchool Fall Festival VOLUNTEERS

We are relying on families and friends of University School to VOLUNTEER to make this a success. It is just around the corner and we need your help with the spots listed in the sign-up! Most slots are only 30 minutes. High School and College Students, parents, extended family members or any other ‘friends’ of UH are welcome. We will sign off and give credit for those students who need volunteer hours!

We need your help and participation to make this a huge success, so please sign up at:

Participants Needed for Trunk or Treat
Participants Needed for Fall Festival Trunk or Treat: Any club or school sports team that would like to decorate a trunk and participate in the Trunk or Treat at the Fall Festival should email Tracy Lehrfeld .  Please include club/team name, contact name, & contact email.  Lots of fun!

Fall Festival

Printable Order Form

Printable Sponsor Information

Printable Chili Cook Off

Printable Trunk-or-Treat

Printable Haunted Hustle Family Fun Run

Fall Festival Request for Donation of Snacks

Good evening, University School Families! 

On Friday, October 18th, the University School Foundation will be sponsoring a Fall Festival from 5:00-10:00 PM.  There are many exciting events planned for all ages, so we hope that you will join us.  We do have an electronic sign-up which you may access by clicking on the following link,  Also, we are asking all of our families to send in items to help us make the Fall Festival a success. We thank you for anything you can contribute and please bring all items to the main office.

Elementary - Large bag of candy 

Middle - snack size pretzels and chips

High School - bottled water and other drinks

There will be volunteer opportunities also for our high school students looking for service hours and for any parents that are willing to help out for a small period during the event.  Again, we hope you will come out and join us for night of fun, food, and fellowship!


Fall Festival Tentative Schedule - See attached for more information

5:00 - 5:30 Haunted Hustle fun run

5:30-7:30: Trunk-or-Treat, Inflatables, Gaming Truck, Food, Chili Cook Off, Face Painting, Costume Contest, Balloon Artist

6:00 Halloween Costume Contest (announce winner)

7:00 Announce winners for Fundraising

7:30 Start closing down Trunk-or-Treat, Inflatables, Gaming Truck

7:30  Announce Trunk-or-Treat, and Chili Cook Off winners, thank sponsors

8:00 Start Outdoor Movie: Goosebumps (Bring blankets and chairs)

8:30 Movie Snacks close

9:45 Movie Over - end of Fall Festival

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Hello everyone and welcome back from Fall Break!

My name is Christine Hutchinson and I am the Foundation Fundraising Chair this year. The Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Fall Festival on Friday, October 18th starting at 5PM. We are having lots of spooky family fun including a fun run, inflatables, a trunk or treat, an outdoor screening of Goosebumps. We want to see you there!

This is a fundraiser for the Foundation, but it is also a time for fun and community.

We are starting our night with the Haunted Hustle, a one mile family fun run that is similar to a walk-a-thon. Registration is $5 and includes a medal and a race number for all participants. Registration is due on October 10th. Registration fee is only required for the children (adults run free, but sorry – no medal). We need to have this earlier deadline so that we can ensure that our participants receive their medals. We are also offering an optional “spooky area” on the course for our older or braver kiddos.

As a part of the fundraiser, we are asking that the students seek donations from family and friends. We will have a prize for the student who raises the most. We also are having a competition for the High School grade that raises the most and the Middle School grade that raises the most. Any elementary class that raises $1500 or more will also receive a prize.  Prizes for the classrooms are teacher’s choice, but could include a pajama day, popcorn party, etc. We are also offering lots of fun incentives – ETSU sunglasses, University School water bottles, and a wristband for the Festival + event T-shirt. You do not have to participate in the run in order to help fundraise, but we hope that you will! If you would like to have your T-shirt prior to the event we kindly ask that you pre-order it by October 10th as well. Haunted Hustle registration and donation forms are attached.

Thank you and Good Luck!

Christine Hutchinson


Haunted Hustle
Haunted Hustle


Freddy's Fundraiser - Family Engagement Night
Freddy's Fundraiser - Family Engagement Night - will be on Wednesday night, October 16th, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 928 N. State of Franklin Rd, Johnson City.

Take a night off cooking dinner and join us at Freddy's for a night of food and fellowship! Freddy's will donate 15% if you mention that you are there with the University School.   This works at the drive through as well!

This event is sponsored by our University School Foundation.



University School Foundation Welcome


We welcome and need your involvement in the University School Foundation, which is our version of a Parent/Teacher/Student association that serves the faculty, staff and students at University School.  We are a volunteer group of dedicated parents, teachers, and administrators and YOU are a member.   Like and follow us on Facebook

What does the University School Foundation do?

The primary mission of the University School Foundation is to support the children, students, and faculty and staff that attend and are employed by University School, to assist in providing an enriched physical and intellectual environment so that each individual has a positive place to learn and/or work, to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, physical, and educational purposes and more specifically for the support, improvement, and perpetuation of the University School of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee.

How does the University School Foundation raise money?

We organize fundraisers.  We run a fall fundraiser and a spring fundraiser each year and will host additional fundraisers as necessary to meet the needs of our school.  An opportunity to make monetary donations directly to the Foundation or specific projects is also available.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and all donations are tax deductible.

What does the Foundation do with money that is raised?
We fund requests from teachers which may include tools and materials, curriculum (educational materials), and technology.

Who can be a member of the Foundation?
Any parent/guardian of a University School Student who subscribes to the purposes of the Foundation.

When does the Foundation meet?
2nd Monday of the Month at 3:30pm. Meetings begin in August and we do not meet during breaks.

Where does the Foundation meet?
In the 3rd Grade Classroom (Room 103)

What are some of the Volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer Committee
Using these completed forms the coordinator and this committee will plug volunteers into various events throughout the year via telephone calls or emails. This is a great way to meet people.

Box Tops Committee
You know those box top labels you see on products in the grocery store? Well, they can add up to a lot $ for our school. Our coordinator could use one or two committee members to help collect, count, and mail box tops throughout the year. These committee members will collect box tops twice a year (Spring and Fall) and total time necessary is about 5 hours.

Field Day Committee
Everyone loves Field Day! If you choose this, you'll work one on one with Coach Cradic to coordinate volunteers for the special day. Committee members will spend 1-2 hours pre field day and can spend up to 7 hours on field day.

Hospitality Committee
Let's make our teachers feel special with some hospitality. As a member you will work along side the coordinator, to help with school wide teacher appreciation projects (i.e. breakfasts/lunches), teacher appreciation week, and other special events your group may decide upon together. Committee members will help with these special events throughout the year, total time necessary is 1-2 hours per event.

Spring Fundraiser Committee
Every spring, around Mothers Day, University School sponsors a plant sale. Our Fundraising Coordinator could use several committee members to help with the planning and coordination of the plant sale. Committee members will help with this once a year event for several weeks before with planning and during the event; total time necessary is 5-10 hours.

Fall Fundraiser and Committee
Work with Fundraising Coordinator and the University School Foundation board to plan and execute the fall fundraiser, collection of money, and distribution of materials. Time needed 4-5 hours planning, 4-5 hours collecting and tallying monies, 12+ hours distributing. (This committee needs several members)

Community Service Committee
If you like to help others than this is for you. Team up with the coordinator and University School faculty and help with Drives. Canned food drives, coat drives, clothing drives, etc. Time needed varies with each drive.

Special Events Committee
Volunteers in this area will help with school special events like Pickin in the School Yard, Annual Musical Productions, School Beautification Days, Middle School Mixer, etc. The Special Events Coordinator and you will work with the University School Faculty member or foundation representative for each grade level. Time needed varies with each event.

Come to a meeting! Join us!  Participate in fundraisers!

How can you get more information? 
Contact any of the board members listed or show up at a meeting.  Everyone is welcome. 

The University School Foundation will normally meet every 1st Monday of the month, in Room 219, at 3:30 p.m. Some meetings will be rescheduled when breaks interfere.  The following dates are scheduled for 2019-2020:

Monday Sept 2nd
Monday Oct 7th
Monday Nov 4th
Monday Dec 2nd
Monday Jan 6th
Monday Feb 3rd
Monday March 2nd
Monday April 6th
Monday May 4th


Family Engagement Night - University School Foundation
Come out and enjoy Family Engagement Night, sponsored by our University School Foundation, at Chick-fil-A, Market Street, on Monday, September 23rd, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The University School Foundation is excited to announce their plan for family engagement nights this year.  The Foundation would like to invite our University School families to join them each month for family engagements at our local restaurants.  Our local restaurants have partnered with University School Foundation to provide fund-raising opportunities back to our school.  Please join us as we meet our University School families on the following dates and locations:

Monday, September 23rd, from 5-8, at Chick-fil-A, Market Street

Wednesday, October 16th, from 5-9 p.m., at Freedie's, State of Franklin Road location

The Foundation looks forward to meeting with you at our Family Engagement Nights.  More dates to follow!


2018-2019 University School Foundation


Kelly Foster

Vice President

John Dixon


Judy Rice


Wendy Watkins


Shellie Ford

Elementary Reps

Christine Hutchinson


Cameron Coleman


Shellie Ford


Jaime Kiech

Middle School Reps

Emmett Ballard


Leisa Harvey


Donna Noland


Treva Sellars

High School Reps

Janine Berning


Katie Carnahan


Kathi Horne


Lisa Owens

Fundraising Chair

Ashley Grindstaff




Non-Voting Members



Fundraising Co-Chairs

Heidi Adams


Cameron Coleman


Brenda Glassgow

Alumni Coordinator

Lisa Houston


Apparel Sales

Amy Horton


Melanie Cox

Box Tops

Heidi Wallace


Tracy Lehrfelds

Buc Booster Liaison

Judy Rice

Facebook Administrator

Lisa Houston


Katie Carnahan


Melanie Cox


Amy Edmonds


Laura Willard


Amanda Peterson


University School faculty and staff may apply for funding through the Foundation by completing a Funding Request Application. Email or return to Leisa Harvey  or

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