Cunningham Messenger

September 9th

Back-to-School Night Information

Good Afternoon, Families.


After much consideration, we are going to move forward with having Back-to-School-Night be an in-person event. In order for this to happen, we need the cooperation of the entire Cunningham Community to keep it safe for all who wish to attend.


When: September 16, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30

Who: Our Amazing #CunningFAM

Where: Cunningham Elementary Classroom

How: While on Campus, all attendees are asked to adhere to the AISD Mask Protocol while on school grounds. For more information about the AISD Mask Protocol, please visit the AISD Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols here.


5:20 - Doors at each wing will open (K/1 wing - back of building, 2/3 wing - front of building, 4/5 - far back of building, and PK3, PK4 (Annex)

Families whose students’ last name begins with letters A - L or families with multiple children at Cunningham and will move directly to their child’s classroom.


5:30 Welcoming remarks from Ms. Petruzzini and Ms. Rodriguez via Zoom and Facebook Live


5:40 Teacher presentations begin


6:15 All adults in group 1 are asked to either

  1. Exit the building using the nearest exit to the child’s room

  2. Move to next classroom for other children


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6:20 Doors at each wing will open (K/1 wing - back of building, 2/3 wing - front of building, 4/5 - far back of building, and PK3, PK4 (Annex). Families whose students’ last name begins with letters M - Z will move directly to their child’s classroom.


6:30 Teacher presentations begin


7:05 All attendees are asked to exit the building using the nearest exit to the child’s room


*We highly recommend, for the safety of all, that if possible only one adult attend. While we are excited to have a face-to-face event, we still want to try to maintain a high level of safety and mitigate as much risk as possible.


Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

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Buenas tardes, familias.


Después de mucha consideración, vamos a seguir adelante con la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela como un evento en persona. Para que esto suceda, necesitamos la cooperación de toda la comunidad de Cunningham para mantenerlo seguro para todos los que deseen asistir.


Cuándo: 16 de septiembre de 2021 de 5:30 a 7:30

Quién: Nuestro increíble #CunningFAM

Dónde: Cunningham Elementary Classroom

Cómo: Mientras estén en el campus, se les pide a todos los asistente este evento que sigan el Protocolo de Máscaras de AISD mientras se encuentren en los terrenos de la escuela. Para obtener más información sobre el Protocolo de máscara de AISD, visite los Protocolos de salud y seguridad de AISD Covid-19 aquí.


5:20 - Se abrirán las puertas de cada área (area de K / 1 - parte trasera del edificio, área de 2/3 - frente del edificio, área de 4/5 - parte trasera del edificio y PK3, PK4 (el edificio adjunto)

Familias cuyo apellido de los estudiantes comienza con las letras A - L o familias con varios hijos en Cunningham y se trasladarán directamente al salón de clases de su hijo.


5:30 - Palabras de bienvenida de la Sra. Petruzzini y la Sra. Rodríguez a través de Zoom y Facebook Live


5:40 - Comienzan las presentaciones de los maestros


6:15 - Se pide a todos los adultos del grupo 1 que

Salga del edificio por la salida más cercana a la habitación del niño.

Pasar al aula siguiente para otros niños


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6:20 Se abrirán las puertas de cada área (area de K / 1 - parte trasera del edificio, área de 2/3 - frente del edificio, área de 4/5 - parte trasera del edificio y PK3, PK4 (el edificio adjunto)

El nombre comienza con las letras M - Z se trasladará directamente al salón de clases de su hijo.


6:30 Comienzan las presentaciones de los maestros


7:05 Se pide a todos los asistentes que salgan del edificio por la salida más cercana a la habitación del niño.


* Se les recomienda, que por razones de salud y la seguridad de todos, que si es posible solo asista un adulto a este evento. Estamos emocionados de tener un evento en persona, y nos gustaría mantener un alto nivel de seguridad y mitigar el mayor riesgo posible.


Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

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September 16th - 5:30 - 7:30 Back to School Night


September 23rd -


  • 7:45 Principal Coffee Chat, Topic: Understanding MAP Testing & Gifted and Talented (via Zoom)
  • 3:30 - CAC
  • 5:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting
  • 6:00 PTA General Meeting


September 24th - 7:45 am - 3 -5 Assembly


October 1 - 7:45 am - PK-2 Assembly


October 8 - 7:45 am - Whole School Assembly


October 11th - Parent-Teacher Conferences


October 15th - 7:45 am 3 - 5 Assembly


  • End of Quarter 1


Important Dates beyond the First 9 Weeks


October 22nd - PTA Fall Fest @ Thicket


November 11th - 5:30 to 7:30pm - Fall Academic Showcase


November 22nd - November 26th - Fall Break


December 20th - January 3rd - Winter Break



*Please check back for updates!

** Dates Subject to Change!

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Dear Families,


I hope this email finds you in the GREEN zone...calm, focused and relaxed. As promised, I wanted to share some visuals and tools for the next step on the Road to Regulation. For example, if you find yourself in the BLUE zone (sleepy, bored, etc.) you may need to stretch or do some jumping jacks to wake up your brain and body. A brisk walk outside in the sun can do wonders! If you are in the YELLOW zone (anxious, silly, etc.) maybe some deep breaths or yoga may do the trick. RED zone (angry, out of control, etc.) means you may have to take a run, brisk walk or do heavy work to tap into that extra energy or perhaps journaling or listening to music would help.


Reminder, there are NO BAD ZONES. According to Emily LaShorne Walz, Implementation Specialist at The Zones of Regulation - "The goal of the Zones of Regulation is to emphasize that when we are dysregulated, we don’t need to change Zones, we need to regulate within, manage, or take care of our Zone. This allows us to honor our authentic feelings while meeting the demands of the environment around us, helping us to accomplish our goals, and supporting our well-being."


Consider using some of these phrases with your child:

- “Let’s use a tool to take care of our Zones.”

- “I wonder if a tool might help us manage our Zones right now?”

- “I need a tool to regulate my Zone, how about you?”

- “What Zone are you in? Is there a tool that might help?”


With Peace, Love, and Gratitude,

Ms. O'Connor

Marathon Kids

Our school is participating with Marathon Kids. Your student will be earning miles for minutes of heart-pumping movement and laps completed.

You will be receiving an email from noreply@marathonkids.org to create your parent Marathon Kids account.

● You will be able to follow your child’s progress and submit miles completed at home.

● This email will be sent next week.

● Be sure to check your junk folder if you can’t find it.

*If you created your account last year, log in (app.marathonkids.org) to access this school year!

Here are three helpful resources to help you create your account and know how to submit miles completed at home.

Please right “how to instructions” and “How to Video” and then select “Open Hyperlink”

English how-to instructions

Spanish how-to instructions

How-to video


Please contact Coach Maines with any questions!


Nuestra escuela participa en el programa Marathon Kids. Su estudiante estará ganando millas por minutos de movimiento acelerado y vueltas completadas.

Padres o guardianes de familia estarán recibiendo un correo electrónico de noreply@marathonkids.org para crear su cuenta de padres de Marathon Kids.

● Podrá seguir el progreso de su hijo y enviar las millas completadas en casa.

● Este correo electrónico se enviará la próxima semana.

● Asegúrese de revisar su “junk mail” si no lo puede encontrar.

* Si creó su cuenta el año pasado, inicie sesión (app.marathonkids.org) para acceder a este año escolar.

Aquí hay tres recursos útiles para ayudarles a crear su cuenta y saber cómo enviar millas completadas en casa.

Por favor, seleccione "Instrucciones de uso" y "Cómo video" y luego seleccione "Abrir hipervínculo".Espanol instrucciones de uso

AISD News

Help us envision our AISD future! The district’s draft facility assessment reports and Educational Specification updates are ready for your feedback!


Check out our school’s reports by visiting www.austinisdplanningtogether.com and fill out the feedback form no later than Sunday, Sept. 26


Visit https://bit.ly/3DntgJ2 to learn more about how these documents fit into the district’s long-range planning process—which will help determine which improvements and new facilities are included in our next bond!


The above message is also available in Spanish.

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Austin ISD Community Conversations


Join us as we build the foundation for our 2022 Long-range Plan and our next bond! Featuring a community panel discussing their experiences with historic inequities in the district and how we can begin to rebuild trust.


Monday, Sept. 13 - 6–8 p.m. (English with Spanish interpretation)

Register: https://bit.ly/2WOCpd8


Tuesday, Sept. 14 6–8 p.m. (Spanish with English interpretation)

Register: https://bit.ly/3zHrvE7


Saturday, Sept. 18 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (English with Spanish interpretation)

Register: https://bit.ly/3gWc5on


All meetings will offer small group discussions facilitated in English and Spanish. Please email karla.rivera@austinisd.org or call (512) 414-9773 to request interpretation in other languages.


Find the above message in Spanish along with flyers in English and Spanish in this folder.


Enrichment Opportunity

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