For 4th Grade Students & Parents of Bill Burden Elementary

Week 1: August 21-25


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Bill Burden Elementary! We hope everyone had a fantastic summer, the fourth grade team is excited and eager to connect with parents and work with our future super-scholars this year!

There is a lot of information below (so much to learn!) which is why we ask you to please read all of it, and bear with us through this info-packed first newsletter. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact any of us on the fourth grade team. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Campus Schedule:

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m.

Breakfast: 7:15 - 7:35 a.m.

First Bell: 7:30 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:45 a.m.

End of Day: 3:00 p.m.

Office hours: 7:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Fourth Grade Common Schedule:

Specials/Conference Time: 8:35 - 9:20 a.m.

Lunch: 12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Recess: 1:10 - 1:35 p.m.

Encore (every 6 days starting August 28th): 2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

*Individual Math, Science, ELAR, and SS schedules, Specials locations, and Encore locations may vary by teacher

Because our schedules are on a 6 day rotation, and change often, it is important and vital that you send your child with tennis shoes EVERY DAY to class, whether on their feet or in their bag.

PICK-UP & Drop-Off Routines

Parents, safety for your child is our first priority. We have a streamlined process to make sure the drop off/pick up process is safe and efficient. To make the process easier, please read and abide by all of the procedural instructions detailed below:


Our doors open at 7:15 a.m., please do not leave your child unattended prior to this time. At 7:15 a.m., staff members are posted in the drop-off zones at the main front doors and gym to welcome your child and help direct them to their area. The PreK drop-off zone is clearly marked near the gym doors and is supported by staff. K-4th grade students are seated in the gym to read or visit quietly until the first bell. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m., and students are considered tardy at 7:45 a.m. Remember, Burden Elementary does NOT allow parking lot drop-offs or walk-ups.


Classes end at 3:00 p.m. Please have your vehicles double lined with ignitions off prior to loading the students. Your child’s personalized family ID tag should be clearly displayed on your rear-view mirror. All students will exit (supported by staff) at the gym entrance area only.

Neighborhood bike riders and walkers are dismissed a few minutes after the traffic clears from the main driveway. Staff will support street crossings. To ensure safety and maintain the flow of traffic, students are not allowed to walk to a vehicle parked on a side street. Your family ID tag is their exit ticket, so please have it with you.


Safety First! We are very strict about transportation changes, for the safety of your little ones. We will send your student home exactly as you indicated in the student’s Skyward Family Access profile. You will be able to make a change to your student’s transportation if switching from bus rider to a car rider or vice versa via email before 2:00 p.m. and within 24 hours of the change request. The transportation email is: Notes, phone calls, text messages, and emails sent to any other party other than the transportation email indicated above, will NOT be accepted. Any emails after 2:00 p.m. will not be processed by the campus. Please visit the transportation page on the LHISD district website for additional instructions and information.


Whether it's to spend time with your child for breakfast or lunch, or to help out in the classroom, we love having visitors on campus! For the protection of our students and staff, we require that all visitors present a valid Driver’s License or another form of a government issued current photo ID prior to any visit or student contact (no exceptions!). District employees may show their active LHISD employee badge as ID.

We also ask that all classroom visitors make arrangements/appointments with classroom teachers or administrators prior to a visit, as we do not allow unscheduled visits (as much as we like surprises!).

*Kindergarten - 4th grade parents are welcome to accompany their children to the classroom on their first day of school only. PreK parents are welcome to accompany their children to the cafeteria for goodbyes the first three days only.

*Please note we will NOT host volunteers in classrooms or visitors during breakfast/lunch the first two weeks of school. We find that minimizing the “good-bye” time spent between parents and children during these first days greatly reduces the anxiety of most children and helps us better establish relationships with our students. If concerns arise, we will contact you!

Dress Code

As cute as your little one thinks her short shorts are, or how awesome that purple hair color with the shaved zig-zags on the side is, we are even more excited to see your child with their fun back-to-school appropriate outfits and fresh hair-cuts! Please make sure you are following the dress code found in the Student Handbook on the Bill Burden Website.

Lunch Balance Reminder

We love feeding our children! Please make sure your child's cafeteria balances are up-to-date! Cafeteria balances can be checked at any time through Skyward Family Access.


Snack time is around 10:30 for fourth grade. A few important reminders about snacks:

  • Please send ONE healthy snack such as (granola, cheese sticks, popcorn, fruit, etc.) with your child EVERY DAY
  • No sugar snacks or sugar drinks
  • No chips please! While they are delicious, they are also loud and messy!
  • We highly encourage water bottles!

Become a Preferred Panther!

In order to better protect everyone at our campus, all visitors are required to show a valid, government-issued I.D. when visiting our campus. In order to expedite your entry into our campus during large crowd events, we recommend that you obtain a Panther Pass. You will be able to:

  • Pre-Register to attend select school events ahead of time
  • Pre-Register OTHER family members who wish to attend, as long as the family members have completed the 1-2-3 steps of obtaining a Panther Pass at our campus
  • Avoid the long visitor lines waiting to be scanned into Raptor and have your own badge waiting for you at the front office for large events


  1. Bring a valid photo I.D. into our campus
  2. Your information will be entered into our Raptor system
  3. Obtain your Visitor Badge and enjoy your visit with us!

Now you have Panther Pass status in our Raptor System at our campus.

Next time you visit our campus, you will no longer need to bring a photo I.D. with you!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Be a Member of the VERY BEST Parent Teacher Organization in Texas - the LHPTO!

CONTACT THE 4th Grade Team!

Mrs. Joy Barreras

512-260-4400 ext. 7539


Ms. Maria Burks

512-260-4400 ext. 7533


Mrs. Samantha Lynn

512-260-4400 ext. 7550


Ms. Natalie Rodel

512-260-4400 ext. 7537


Ms. Jessica Singleton

512-260-4400 ext. 7538


Ms. Ciara Teter

512-260-4400 ext. 7534