Panda Parent Newsletter

What's Going On at Anita Uphaus ECC? Vol. 1 #5 Jan. 2023

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Parent Support Specialist

Greetings Panda Families,

Thank you families for a successful December. Our scholars continue to make so much progress as the months go on.

You can expect periodic newsletters from myself, and several of the classroom teachers to keep you up to date as to what is happening here at Anita Uphaus and in the classrooms.

A good way of staying up to date on school information is to visit our website at . There, you can find several sources of information that will keep you informed of all the happenings at Anita Uphaus. We are excited to partner with you for the 2022-2023 school year. If at any time during the school year you feel the need to contact me, please feel free to call me, Linda C. Perez, Parent Support Specialist at (512) 414-5538 or by email at

Our partnership and collaboration with you will assist us in having a successful school year. Your involvement and partnership is important. There is no one like you!

As your Parent Support Specialist, I can assist you in several ways. In working together, I can:

Find resources you may need- I can help find assistance when needed.

Learn new things about school and how to help your child succeed. Look for workshops for parents throughout the year!

Become leaders in our school!

Your input and participation in the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) and other school committees such as Campus Advisory Council (CAC).

Become a Parent Volunteer! Volunteers are welcomed and needed!

Everyone who volunteers will need to attend a volunteer orientation and complete a successful background check.

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REMINDERS: School Schedule

  • Doors open: 7:10 am
  • Arrival Time: 7:10 thru 7:40 am
  • Tardy Bell: Rings at 7:40 am
  • Dismissal Time: 3:10 pm

We are seeing an influx of students that are being dropped off late or picked up late after school. We understand emergencies and situations beyond our control. Please remember to drop off and/or pick up your child on time. Thank you.

REMINDERS: Arrival & Dismissal


Below are a few reminders that will assist with our arrival/dismissal procedures. Attached you will find our map for Arrival & Dismissal. Please assist us in following traffic rules. We thank you in advance for helping to keep our staff, scholars, and parents safe.


We ask that you please be patient with the drop off/pick up line. We are moving as fast as we can and want to ensure all children get home and to school safely. Our campus only has one entry and one exit. We ask that you be kind to fellow families by NOT cutting in line, NOT using obscene gestures to others, NOT using a handheld devices (phones in a school zone) while driving, and NOT speeding in the parking lot. Our Anita Uphaus staff is to trying to keep ALL staff, families, and students safe.

During morning drop off, parents and parent guardians will be allowed to:

  • walk their child(ren) up to the designated campus entrances at the school.
  • If you are walking them to the designated drop off areas, please make sure you cross at the student crosswalk for your safety. Parents must park in a designated parking spot and walk your child across.
  • Go through the designated drive-thru entrances at the school

During after school pick up, parents and parent guardians will be allowed to:

  • pick up their child(ren) at the designated campus pick-up areas at the school
  • Go through the designated drive-thru exits at the school

Please do not:

Do NOT park in a NO Parking/Reserved area!

  • block the flow of traffic in and out of school premises.
  • block the bus lane in the front circle drive.
  • speed in a school zone.
  • use cell phone in school zone (Please put your phone down. This is an active school zone).

Due to safety reasons, parents and parent guardians will NOT be allowed to walk children to their classrooms.

REMINDERS: Please be mindful of your speed during pick up & drop off. Speed limit should not exceed 10 mph.

NO CELL PHONE use in an active school zone. Please put your cell phones down.

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Attendance Policy

Events & Opportunities

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Learning Opportunities

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100 Days of School Celebration & Dress Up

January 31st - More info to come!

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FLU Clinic Information for parents & community members

Parents and other community members interested in getting a Flu shot can refer to this link for Flu shot resources: - this link is also in the flyer.

Hub Testing Sites

Austin ISD COVID-19 Hub Testing Sites will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Families and staff needing a COVID-19 test can get tested by Nomi Health at the Burger Stadium, 3200 Jones Rd., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Los sitios de los centros de pruebas de COVID del AISD estarán cerrados el 17 de enero por motivo del día feriado de MLK. Las familias y el personal que necesiten una prueba de COVID pueden tomarla con Nomi Health en el Estadio Burger 3200 Jones Rd 8AM–6PM

Vaccine Opportunities

We have a free COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) opportunity for ages 5 & older:

Wednesday, Jan. 19 4-8PM Paredes Middle School 10100 S. Mary Moore Searight Dr. Austin, TX 78748 Booster shots are available at this clinic.…




Tenemos una oportunidad gratis para ponerse la vacuna contra el Covid-19 (Pfizer) disponible para 5 años de edad en adelante.

19 de enero 4-8PM Secundaria Paredes 10100 S. Mary Moore Searight Dr Dosis de refuerzo para 12 años+…



Walnut Creek site: January 13

Oportunidades para ponerse gratis la vacuna contra la COVID-19 disponibles en muchos planteles del AISD. No se requiere cita. Jueves, 13 de enero 3-7PM Escuela Primaria


401 W. Braker Ln. Austin, TX 78753 Pfizer 5+, Moderna 18+…


Free COVID-19 vaccine opportunities are available at many AISD campuses. No appointment required. Boosters are available! Thursday, January 13 3-7PM Walnut Creek Elementary School 401 W. Braker Ln. Vaccine available: Pfizer 5+, Moderna 18+…


Crockett High School Fundraiser

Mulch fundraiser for Crockett High School @cougar_band in @AustinISD! If you live in Austin and want to support the Crockett Band, click on the QR code and buy some bags!


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Where's The Bus App

Where's the Bus?


AISD Transportation offers the WheresTheBus app to provide families with timely information about the location of each child’s bus, including when it will arrive at their stop. The app is free to AISD students who ride the bus:

¿ Dónde está el autobús?


El Austin ISD está ofreciendo la aplicación Wheres the Bus (Dónde está el autobús) para proporcionarles información oportuna de la ubicación del autobús de sus hijos, incluyendo cuándo llegará a su parada. Es gratis:

No School on January 16th

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Brighter Bites Is Here at Uphaus! Please sign up!

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Anita Uphaus will be participating in the Brighter Bites program which provides healthy fruits and vegetables to families. We hope you can sign up to receive these delicious foods.

Our Brighter Bites Enrollment Forms are available online! I have attached both the printable pdf and the pdf with the clickable link to enroll. Here is the direct link to enroll:


One application per family. If you have multiple students enrolled, please only fill out 1 application. If you need assistance, please contact our Parent Support Specialist, Mrs. Linda Perez.

If you would like to volunteer to help with Brighter Bites....please sign up on the link below (APIE).

Library News

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Mask are Encouraged, Not Required

With the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, students, staff and visitors are not required to wear face masks when on school properties, unless they have tested positive for COVID-19. Note: Per CDC guidance, individuals with a positive COVID-19 result will be required to wear a mask for five days after returning from quarantine/isolation.

  • On February 25, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that masking be based on COVID-19 Community Levels

  • Austin ISD required masks throughout most of the last school year and saw a lower positivity rate inside its schools than in the community at large.

  • Austin ISD will continue to follow CDC guidance and keep track of the COVID-19 community level in Austin Travis County.

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Access, Attendance, and Grades: Please be mindful that in order to receive grades as prescribed in the Texas Education Code, Section 25.092 and Senate Bill (SB) 140 of the 82nd Legislative Session, a student must attend 90% of the given class. Students must also receive instruction in the subject matter for which the grade is given.

Safety Information

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THANK YOU! ¡Gracias!

We would like to give the following donors a special thank you for assisting Mrs. Dimas & Mrs. Apostolou for the 12 Days of December. Thank you to all of the parents and families who have donated time, food, and snacks during the months of September, October, and November to help celebrate out staff! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Austin Ed Fund

Karla Guebara-Parent

Aracely Andrade-Parent

Joey Mendoza & Hashicorp Public Sector

Ernest Anguiano

Kelly Pieropan & Sole Source Technology

Karla Santamaria Morillo, Stephanie Paniagua Velazaquez, & The Uphaus PTA

Luciano Garza

Dimas Family

Apostolou Family

Uphaus Office Staff

Winter Celebration Night

Austin Symphony String Quartet Performance

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Anita Uphaus 2022-2023 Campus Teacher of the Year-Ms. Griselda Neri

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12 Days of December for Staff

Brighter Bites Volunteers

Look at all of those delicious fruits and vegetables!

School Lunch Time

Parents may eat with their child during the days of Monday thru Friday.

Please keep the following bullet points in mind as you decide whether you will occasionally visit your child at lunch.

*Please speak with your child and prepare them

* Is my child able to say good-bye if I go eat lunch with them?

*There is limited space and a designated area for parent lunches (1-2 visitors)

* There is 30 minutes for lunch

* Student lunches start & end at their designated time

* Parents are only allowed to eat with their child (no classmates)

* Students are not allowed to share food due to possible allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities

*Parents may pay for a lunch or bring their own.

* All students are provided a free lunch

* 30 minutes includes (getting lunch, eating, clean up, & line up)

* Visiting sibling (if applicable) must remain in the designated lunch area

*Parents who arrive late- Student's lunch will end at their designated time

*Parents who arrive early-Student's lunch will begin at their designated time

*Parents must park in the designated side parking lots

*Parents must check in at the front office, show ID, and have a visitor tag

* Please contact your child's teacher for the class designated lunch time

January Lunch Menu

Check out the January @AustinISD
elementary school menu. You can view menus for all schools at Menus are subject to change.

Consulte el menú de la escuela primaria de enero de@AustinISD.

Puede ver los menús diarios, semanales y mensuales de todas las escuelas en Los menús están sujetos a cambio.

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Reading Tips

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Do you know why schedules and routines are helpful for children?

@HeadStartgov shares why.

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Corner

Is your child getting frustrated or just needs some guidance to help get regulated? Below are some breathing strategies that we use at school to help them get focused and reset. Practice these at home!
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Please note: if you are planning to volunteer for any event at school you must go through a

back ground check. You can do that clicking this link:

More information to come.

We need you! Join our PTA!

Please support the Uphaus PTA

PTA is an organization of parents and teachers coming together to advocate for our children and students. Your membership alone will give us a BIGGER voice in our school and community!

Membership is $10 for the year. This money goes towards student events, teacher appreciation and much more. PTA membership flyer going out soon!

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Upcoming Events

January 1- Happy New Year! Welcome 2023!

January 9 - No School for Students - Staff Development

January 10 - Students return from Winter Break

January 12- Brighter Bites Distribution Day

January 16 - MLK Day- No School for students & staff

January 22- Lunar New Year (Year of the Rabbit)

January 25 - Lead with Love Community Meeting with Trustee Zapata (See flyer attached)

January 26- Brighter Bites Distribution Day

January 26- CAC Meeting @ 3:30 pm (Will be rescheduled for February)

January 31- Celebrating the 100th Day of School (Flyer to come soon!)

Did you miss our last smores? Click the links below.

Follow us on our social media platforms!

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