Cunningham Messenger

Week of January 24th

What's Inside


  • Monthly Principal's Message - ✨NEW FORMAT✨ - Check it out!
  • Take Action: Principal Coffee Chat next week - Thursday, January 27th @ 8:00, AISD Salute - Open Nominations! Recognize our staff!
  • Around the Halls: Views from the Cobra Meadow (Kinder-First Pod), Celebrating Ms. Macias!
  • Counselor's Corner: SEL & Whole Child Education
  • COVID Updates: Campus-based Routines & Procedures to keep your student safe, Covid-19 Response Flow Chart
  • Bookmarks

Monthly Principal's Message

Principal's Message 1.25.22

Take Action!

  • Set your alarm for 8:00 a.m.for the Principal's Coffee Chat featuring on January 27. Zoom link here.
  • Join teachers and parents for the January 27 PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Zoom link: bit.ly/CobraZoom Passcode: CobrasPTA
  • Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools. Nominate a staff member here: Bit.ly/AISDSalute2022


No School

February 21 - Conferences

March 14–18 - Spring Break

April 1 - PD Day for Teachers

April 15 - PD Day for Teachers

May 28 – First day of summer!


Student Events

😊😊February 2: Dress Like Your Twin Day (2-2-22)

💗February 14th: End of the Day Card Exchange and small treats

🙎‍♀️🙎‍♂️February 18: Picture Day

🎆🎆👔👔February 22: Ties and Tutus! (2-22-22)

📚March 3: Academic showcase (5:30 to 7:30)

🎈April 23: 45 Fest

📝May 17–18: 3rd- and 4th-grade STAAR tests

🏃‍♀️May 25: Field Day

🎓May 26: Kindergarten and 5th-grade promotion ceremonies

(January Movie Night is canceled out of an abundance of caution while we are Stage 5)


Parent Events:

January 27: 7:45 a.m. Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

February 17: 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

February 18: Picture Day

February 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 3: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 5:30 to 7:30 Academic Showcase

March 31: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

April 28: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting


If you want your student to be tested for Covid, click HERE to sign up (code is AISDTEST) AND we ask that you inform your teacher that you signed up.



Review the full AISD calendar for additional dates.

Counselor's Corner

It’s a fact that students thrive when schools, families, and communities work together to fully support all aspects of learning and development.


Two of the most common approaches — Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Whole Child Education — build on brain science and decades of research to help students reach their full potential.


CASEL’s Framework for SEL identifies five core social and emotional competencies that can be taught and applied in various settings (classrooms, homes, community, etc).


A whole child approach understands that students’ education and life outcomes are dependent upon their access to deeper learning opportunities in and out of school, as well as their school environment and relationships.


The key is an emphasis on school-family-community partnerships to create rich learning environments and experiences that meaningfully engage students and support teachers.


Covid gave us, “a window into our students’ lives and homes this past year and what came out of that as a positive is families realized how much they need teachers and staff realized how much they need families and parents in order to make sure our students are thriving.”


For more on this including the full article by Justina Schlund, CASEL SEL content specialist click HERE

Around the Halls!

Cunningham Teacher of the Year: Ms. Macias!

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Covid Protocols

Protocols are still the same for this week until further notice:


  • Masks are required on all AISD facilities - please help us keep our staff and students safe - wear your mask at all times on campus.

    • During Drop Off

    • During Pick Up

  • Please stay in your car during drop-off and pick-up - it helps keep everyone safe - from traffic and from spreading germs. Students should exit to the passenger's side of the car and our staff is here to help.
  • Return to one-way clockwise traffic in hallways during the day (clockwise with the staff lounge being 12 o’clock, 300 wing being 6 o’clock)
  • Classrooms have air purifiers in them
  • Recess will resume to zoned area rotations with classes not mixing

    • Zone A: Inside the Track

    • Zone B: Playground

    • Zone C: Under the BB court (when Coach Maines isn’t using it)

    • Zone D: Little Playground (when Pk3 & Pk4 aren’t using it)

  • All plexiglass dividers in the classrooms must be placed back-up - no exceptions
  • Assigned seating in cafeteria, with plexiglass dividers, and students sitting every other seat

  • Students will have the option to eat outside daily when weather appropriate - >65 degrees

  • 52 kids can eat outside at any given time - with our lunchroom rotation, this is manageable for us. This allows for 4 students per table.

  • If a student doesn't want to or can't eat outside (allergies/temperature), indoor dining is still an option - including plexiglass and socially distant dining.


Remember - Cunningham is a Covid Testing Hub for Austin ISD Staff & Students. If you would like for your student to be tested, please fill out this form. The passcode is AISDTEST.

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