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November 2-November 6th

Note from Mr. Foyt

Hi Panthers,

As October is ending and November beginning, colder weather moved in. This cold weather is a contrast to the warm atmosphere that is created in the classrooms at Bryker Woods Elementary School. The teachers and staff continue to focus on health and safety and are appreciative of the support we have received from the community.

Tuesday is election day. Every election brings emotion, and it seems with this election, those emotions are heightened. No matter the outcome, we will come together and uphold the values of the Austin ISD and the Bryker Woods Community.

Tuesday, November 3rd, is a student holiday and a professional learning day for the staff. Teachers and staff will not be on campus that day so the housekeeping staff can deep clean. Additionally, Bryker Woods is NOT a polling location. The closest location to vote on November 3rd is Congregation Beth Israel, located at 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.

The Cafeteria continues to provide take home breakfast and lunch for the weekends. These are distributed by Ms. Tammy in the main hallway during dismissal, on Friday afternoons. Additionally, due to the student holiday on Tuesday, Ms. Tammy will have take home breakfast and Lunch to distribute on Monday at dismissal. This is free to any and all students.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween.

David Foyt

This Week's Events

Sunday, Nov. 1

  • Daylight Savings ends

Monday, Nov. 2nd

  • Phase-in continues

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd

  • Election Day, Student holiday

Future Events

Monday, Nov. 9

  • CAC Meeting 3:15 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 10

  • PTA Meeting 5-6pm
Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • Veteran's Day
Friday, Nov. 13

  • Counselor's Coffee for 5th Grade Families


Technology Available at BW!

If you need to request a device, please reach out to Ms. Kettler.

Device pickup procedure at BW

You will need to provide:

  1. Your child’s student id number

  2. The type and number of devices you are expecting to receive

(chromebook, Ipad)

When you arrive in the circle drive in front of the school please park and call the library office at 512-414-7593. You will be asked to provide your child’s full name, student id number and the type of device you are expecting. Please remain in your car while your device is being issued. Once the process is complete your device will be placed in a bin outside the library courtyard where you can then collect your items.

Video Tutorial: How to Request Technology on the Parent Portal

Family Technology Q&A

Technology Updates

iPad Home Screen/Layout Settings by The Time of Day

Beginning Friday, September 25, Austin ISD iPads have settings restrictions that vary by time of day. From 7:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, apps will appear in the current pushed layout. Outside of those hours, the apps will revert to any customized layout caregivers have set, AND they will be able to delete apps they have added. (Note that the iPads have 32GB of storage, and currently 13GB is taken up by District-required content.)

Lost/Stolen student devices:

Families should follow the procedures outlined here.

Student devices in need of repair:

Families can take iPads, Chromebooks, and hotspots in need of repair to either your school or to one of the Curbside locations, where they can be swapped out as long as supplies allow.

“Power wash” Chromebooks to Update Zoom:

Students may notice that Zoom is out of date on their Chromebooks. Students and caregivers that Chromebooks must be “power washed” (restored to Austin ISD default settings) for Zoom to update automatically. Here is a step set as well as a link to a video.

MackinVia and Dreambox added to iPads:

The MackinVia and Dreambox apps have been added to iPads. Apps on the student iPads will soon be organized into logical folders to streamline student access and hide infrequently used apps and system apps.

Students use the Canvas Student app to access BLEND (and then Seesaw)

A video in English demonstrating this process can be seen here. A video in Spanish is in progress and a link will be provided as soon as it is available.

Student iPad Security and Student Safety

Please note: District-wide safety restrictions can be seen on the iPads under Settings> General > Device Management > JamfSchool MDM Management Profile > Restrictions. Families may see other options under Screen Time, but despite appearances, no Screen Time setting can be less restrictive than the General Restrictions pushed by the District. A flyer for distribution is available here.

Handbook for BLEND/Seesaw

Panther Proud Awards

We will begin to celebrate our amazing Panthers every Friday with our Panther Proud awards. Our Panther Proud Awards are a way for us to shine the light on the MANY wonderful things our young panthers do every day. It could be showing empathy, responsibility, respect, being an upstander, speaking out, showing perseverance, or many other skills. We would like to honor our students and celebrate their hard work.

Any grownup that works with our Panthers is able to nominate a student. Please fill out the following Panther Proud Award Nomination and they will be read during Friday Morning Announcements.

Panther Proud Award Nominations


How to Get Involved

BW Buddy Program

As you may have suspected, this year at school is going to look a lot different...but hopefully we can find some ways to keep our Bryker Woods community strong!

One way is the new BW Buddies Program, where families new to Bryker Woods are matched with a returning "support" family via email. The support family can welcome the new family to Bryker Woods, and help answer any questions they may have. Hopefully, this partnership will make transitioning to a new school a little easier, and provide both parties with another connection during this time of distance learning.

If you are interested, you can sign up here: BW Buddies Program Sign-Up

Questions? Contact Dana Singh at or through Living Tree.

Additional Resource/Information

AISD Let's Talk

Have a question? Use Let's Talk! to get the answers you need. Families may call the Family Support line at 512-414-9187. You can also send a Let's Talk! text to (512) 886-6434. Support is available weekdays from 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

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