Panda Parent Newsletter

What's Going On at Anita Uphaus ECC? Vol. 1 #3 Nov. 2022

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Parent Support Specialist

Greetings Panda Families,

Thank you families for a successful October. 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.

November is Native American Heritage Month.

You can learn more about the history of Native Americans from this area and watch the traditions come to life at
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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

Early Pick up for Students-Update

Parents & Families,

If you are picking up your child early from school, please pick them up no later than 2:30 pm for doctor's appointments, etc. We understand that at times there may be emergencies. After this time, our staff is preparing scholars for school wide dismissal and/or bus release. We are unable to pull scholars from their locations and staff from their designated duty posts. We want to ensure that all scholars are dismissed on time and with minimal disruptions. Please keep in mind that you must submit doctor's notes or a note stating the reason for your child's early release. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this matter. If you have any questions or specific needs, please feel free to reach out to administration.

Events & Opportunities

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.

No School For Students on Tuesday, November 8th

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Kindergarten Parent/Family Orientation Session

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Fall Break

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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.

THANK YOU! ¡Gracias!

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of the faculty & staff, families, friends, & PTA for helping us with our Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival! We couldn't have done it without you! It was a big success! We look forward to future events!

What's been happening at Anita Uphaus?

Hallway Displays

Parent Principal Coffee Chat

Drawing & Working on Motor skills

Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival

We celebrated our Transportation Crew!

Dia De Los Muertos Display

Orange You Glad It's Friday! Faculty & Staff Monthly Appreciation

Faculty & Staff enjoyed some delicious treats and appreciation. Mrs. Dimas, Mrs. Apostolou, and several Panda families generously donated all of the treats. Thank you families for continuing to support and appreciate our staff!

Eagle Scout Project

Saturday Gardening Day at Anita Uphaus!

Eagle Scout Robbie Ruiz is a Life Scout from Troop 395. For his Eagle Project, he chose to replace the wooden garden frames in our campus outdoor learning spaces. Over the weekend, he removed old rotted wood and replaced them with new metal garden bed frames. Assisting him was his mom and ECSE teacher Mrs. Kelly Ruiz, along with some faculty members and community volunteers. Thank you Robbie for your dedication to our school community!

Brighter Bites Volunteers

School Lunch Time

We will have a soft opening for families to begin to eat lunch with their child during the week of Nov. 7th - 11th. Scholars have been working hard on routines and procedures in our cafeteria.

PK3 & Kinder - Wednesday 11/9

PK4 - Thursday 11/10

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

Parent Session Opportunity

How to buy a house (English session) Nov-9 12:00 PM We will talk about how to prepare to buy a house, including credit requirements, type of income and documents required as part of the process and different programs available for first time home buyers.

Cómo comprar una casa (Spanish session) Nov-9 1:00 PM Durante la presentación vamos a platicar de cómo prepararse para comprar una propiedad, crédito, los documentos que se necesitan y los programas para ayudar a los primeros compradores.

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Family Academy is coming November 15-17, 2022! In celebration of National Parental Involvement Day, Austin ISD proudly presents the 2022 Family Academy. To register please use:

Academia Familiar 15-17 de noviembre de 2022 En celebración del Día Nacional de Participación de los Padres, Austin ISD tiene el orgullo en presentar la Academia Familiar 2022. PARA REGISTRARSE POR FAVOR HAGA CLIC EN EL ENLACE

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Austin ISD Dyslexia Overview (English session with Spanish interpretation services) Nov. 9th at 9:00 AM Description: This presentation will provide families with information on identification, evaluation, and instruction related to dyslexia.

Descripción general de la dislexia (Sesión en inglés interpretación en español disponible) Esta presentación brindará a las familias información sobre la identificación, evaluación e instrucción relacionada con la dislexia.

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November Lunch Menu

Check out the November @AustinISD elementary school menu. View menus for all schools at #AISDProud #AISDEats

Menus are subject to change.

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Reading Tips

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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

Native American Heritage Month -

November 1 & 2 - Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos

November 3 - Brighter Bites Distribution

November 4 - Travis Vertical Team Spirit Night (Join us to help cheer at the football game) See flyer attached.

November 6- Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back)

November 8 - Election Day No School for Students

November 10 - Kindergarten Parent Orientation (Human Sexuality & Responsibility Education Information Session) @ 5:00 pm

November 11 - Veteran's Day

November 14-18 GT Screener (Kindergarten Only)

November 16 - CDC (Daycare) Picture Day

November 17 - CAC Meeting @ 3:30 pm

November 17 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (RSVP required)

November 17 - Turkey Bingo Night (Info to come)

November 18 - Parent Coffee Chat @ 8:30 am

November 21- 25 - Fall Break

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

Follow us on our social media platforms!

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