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October 5th

It's October!

It is hard to believe that is already October 5th. It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back and it was the first day of school! Time sure does fly when you are having fun!

October is a busy month for #TheCunningFAM. On October 11th (and all week) we invite all families to participate in family-teacher conferences. This is a great way to have a conversation with your child's teacher and develop a plan together to support the learning. On Friday, October 22nd we invite EVERYONE to join the PTA at the Thicket for our annual Fall Fest! Lastly, on October 29th we'll have our annual Character Dress Up Day. Students can dress like a character from one of their favorite books to help celebrate the season (yes, I'm sure you can find a batman book).

We hope everyone is starting to enjoy the cooler weather!

Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal & Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

Mensaje de la directora

Cuesta creer que ya sea el 5 de octubre. ¡Parece que fue ayer cuando estábamos dando la bienvenida a todos y era el primer día de clases! ¡El tiempo vuela cuando te diviertes!

Octubre es un mes ajetreado para #TheCunningFAM. El 11 de octubre (y toda la semana) invitamos a todas las familias a participar en las conferencias de maestros y familias. Esta es una excelente manera de tener una conversación con el maestro de su hijo y desarrollar un plan juntos para apoyar el aprendizaje. ¡El viernes 22 de octubre invitamos a TODOS a unirse a la PTA en Thicket para nuestro Festival de Otoño anual! Por último, el 29 de octubre tendremos nuestro día anual de disfraces de personajes. Los estudiantes pueden vestirse como un personaje de uno de sus libros favoritos para ayudar a celebrar la temporada (sí, estoy seguro de que puede encontrar un libro de Batman). ¡Esperamos que todos estén comenzando a disfrutar del clima más fresco!

Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal & Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

Friday Assembly Zoom Link

Password: Cobras2021

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October 8 - 7:45 am - Whole School Assembly

October 11th - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Homeroom teachers will send out sign-ups. Please reach out to teachers if you have not heard from them.

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

  • End of Quarter 1

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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Gifted & Talented Program 3rd-5th grade --- ACTION REQUIRED

Dear Families,

Exciting update - (With parent/guardian permission) Cunningham will be screening ALL 3rd - 5th graders for Gifted & Talented this fall. If you haven't already, we need all parents/guardians to fill out this permission form in order to be able to be screened.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

From Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center -

  • More than one out of every five students will be bullied this year, chances are this is happening to someone you know and care about.
  • Bullying is a community-wide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage.
  • Every child has the right to feel safe and supported.
  • Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn.
  • Silence is not an acceptable response to bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options for responding to bullying situations.
  • Everyone’s actions matter; we all have a role to play in bullying prevention. Our message to others is stronger when we are united by the common principle that bullying is never acceptable.

Click HERE for a list of books recommendations from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). Reading books is a great opening to talk about identity, diversity, bias and social justice.

No Place for Hate

Students and staff will all be signing the No Place for Hate pledge this month.

It states -

  • I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
  • I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me.
  • If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.
  • I will help others to feel safe and happy at school.
  • I will be part of making my school No Place for Hate.

  • Prometo hacer mi mejor esfuerzo para tratar a todos de manera justa.
  • Prometo hacer lo mejor para ser amable con todos, incluso si no son como yo.
  • Si veo que alguien está siendo herido o acosado, se lo diré a un maestro.
  • Ayudaré para que los demás se sientan seguros y felices en la escuela.
  • Contribuiré para que en mi escuela no haya lugar para el odio/No Place for Hate.

Cunningham is proud of our 5th grade PALS Leadership Team who also is our No Place for Hate Coalition...leading the way in inclusivity and kindness. Stay tuned for great achievements from them!

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Together Against Bullying

Austin ISD Family Resource Guide 2021-22

Are you an AISD family, student, educator, or partner looking for resources for your student, family, or school? If so, this online resource guide is meant for you. Use this page to find and explore community and AISD resources: food, housing, legal, financial, transportation, after-school programs, community centers, and learning resources including ESL and GED services, computer literacy, cultural enrichment, and family literacy.

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AISD CARES - Let's Talk!

Let's Talk is an online tool that takes your questions and feedback and sends it directly to the appropriate staff members for follow up.


The Recognizing All Valuable Employees or RAVE Program was created to honor those staff members who take the extra steps to provide equitable and exceptional experiences.


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 and fill out the feedback form no later than Sunday, Sept. 26

Visit 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.

Virtual Talent Show- "Proud to be Hispanic"

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