Panda Parent Newsletter

What's Going On at Anita Uphaus ECC? Vol. 1 #4 Dec. 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.

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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

12 Days of December Dress Up

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Retake Picture Day

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Kindergarten Families/Scholars Only

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District Listening Sessions

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“Dual Language is for Everyone” Virtual Sessions

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student? Is your current dual language student deciding which middle school or high school to apply to? The Austin ISD Multilingual Education Team invites you to learn more about Austin ISD’s Dual Language programs by joining via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6 at 11 AM - 12 PM or at 6 PM - 7 PM

See flyers below for more information.

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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.

Tools for Success Sessions

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Winter Break December 22 - January 9

Students return on Jan 10

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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 express our sincere thanks to all of the faculty , cafeteria staff, volunteers, & PTA for helping us with our Thanksgiving Luncheon! Our luncheon was delicious and a great success. Thank you families for joining us on this special day!

What's been happening at Anita Uphaus?

Family Thanksgiving Luncheon

Hallway Displays

Staff Appreciation - Our Staff "Crushed" November!

Brighter Bites Volunteers

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

December Lunch Menu

Check out the December@AustinISD elementary school menu. Our winter menu cycle begins on December 5, bringing a new rotation of breakfast and lunch items. You can view menus for all schools at Menus are subject to change.

Consulte el menú de la escuela primaria de Diciembre 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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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

December 2 - National Special Education Day

December 5 - Picture Retakes

December 5-20 - 12 Days of December Dress Up Days (See flyer above)

December 8 - Brighter Bites Distribution

December 8 - Community Meeting with Trustee Zapata (Houston Elementary @ 8:30 am)

Dec 12 -16 - Kindergarten Human Sexuality & Responsibility Education Lessons/Instruction

December 13 - PK3 & Kindergarten Winter Performances @ 6:00 pm (more info to come)

December 13 - PTA Meeting @ 8:30 am

December 15 - PK4 Winter Performances @ 6:00 pm (more info to come)

December 21 - Last Day for students

Winter Break - Dec. 22 - Jan. 9

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

Follow us on our social media platforms!

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