Panther Print

November 30-December 4

Note from Ms. Murr

Hi Panthers,


Hoping your break was peaceful and relaxing!


In accordance with AISD, we will have remote-only instruction for this school week. Just as we did at the beginning of the school year, students should log-on to BLEND to watch the morning announcements and check their homeroom teacher's page.


For some students and families, this will be school as usual, but for some it is a big switch back. Know that the teachers are working diligently to get everything ready for the week, but we know there will most likely be some bumps in the road. Please call the AISD Help Desk for technology concerns and email your child's teacher if there are any issues. Thank you in advance for your patience during yet another transition.


Please also see the links below from AISD:

Technology Help

AISD Food Services

Rapid COVID Screening

With thanks,

Emily

This Week's Events

Monday-Friday, Nov. 30th-Dec 4th

  • Remote-only Instruction

Future Events

December 8th

  • PTA Meeting

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

Technology

Technology Available at BW!

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

BW PTA

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 danasingh@gmail.com 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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