Palm Elementary Family Newsletter
The "PawPrint"--January 6
Dear Palm Families
Happy New Year! On behalf of the entire Svante Palm Elementary staff, please accept our heartfelt wishes for good health, success, and much happiness in 2021. Hopefully, you've had a restful, rejuvenating break with your family.
Whether your child is participating in school face to face or through remote learning, January is a great time to make positive resolutions to help ensure a successful school day.
Also, we want to remind everyone to continue to follow all safety protocols which include practicing good hygiene, social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home if sick, and avoiding other people who are sick. It is critical that we all follow these three steps:
- Avoid Crowded Places
- Wear a mask when you are with people you don’t live with
- Avoid enclosed spaces with poor ventilation
Thank you for your support as we navigate through this extraordinary situation as best we can.
AISD Community Announcements
Important Message from Dr. Elizalde
As an essential service, Austin ISD will resume on-campus instruction for those who choose it the week of January 4. We will also continue to offer remote instruction for families for the remainder of the school year. And, if a family wants to transition their children from on-campus to remote instruction, we will make the change upon request.
Please know that safety continues to be our top priority. If there is a surge in cases at any of our campuses or facilities, we can and will close as the need arises. As a reminder, COVID-19 Rapid Testing is available at every Austin ISD campus for staff and students. And, we will continue to be vigilant in asking students and staff to complete the COVID screening daily as well as monitoring cases and doing contact tracing.
We will be taking advantage of the TEA’s allowance to offer asynchronous learning.
In Austin ISD all learning activities will be virtual on the following Fridays: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 5 and April 9. Please take a moment to mark these dates on your calendars.
Lastly, we are thankful that this week Austin City Council and Austin Public Health confirmed that they will continue funding caregiver meals through September 2021.
Online Registration Information for 2021-2022
As a reminder, online registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on January 4, 2021, in the Parent Portal.
For additional information regarding online registration, please visit our Parent Portal website at www.austinisd.org/enroll. And if you need assistance, please call the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187.
If you are interested in submitting a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year, information will be made available in the near future. Information will be posted at the transfer website at https://www.austinisd.org/transfer.
As always, if you need assistance, please submit your questions through Let's Talk: https://www.austinisd.org/letstalk (Student Transfers). We are here to serve you.
Also, if you need to submit a records request, there is a new online form
Calendar Survey Information
Austin ISD is currently working on the calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. Please take a minute to vote on the calendars that you prefer for each school year: CLICK HERE
School Funding Conversation Series
News from Mrs. Puga
Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year is always exciting as we set new goals and make new intentions for the year. I challenge all of our students to set a goal for 2021 to create a new and better YOU!
In January we will focus on compassion. Compassion means that we care about others, treat them with kindness, and have a strong desire to help people in need. Compassion is empathy in action.
Here are some ways you can discuss what compassion looks like with your children
- Listen to others
- Practice acts of kindness
- Include someone who is staying out
- Say words of encouragement "you can do it" "you have this"
- Incorporate the phrase "thank you" into your daily routine. ...
- Offer to help someone in need
- Smile more often
- Motivate those around you
By showing a little more compassion, our world will be a happier place for all of us.
Library Updates from Ms. Kelley
News from the Texas Department of Transportation.
AUSTIN – Applications are now available for the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest. This contest recognizes Texas high school seniors who are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community.
The contest is open to any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall 2021 semester. The contest will award a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May 2021.
“We’re looking for students who are developing exciting and creative solutions to keep Texas litter-free,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas program. “We aim to shine a spotlight on their innovations in the hope of inspiring other Texans to do their part to keep our state beautiful.”
To enter the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest, the Texas Transportation website. Applications must be received via online submission by 5:00 p.m. (CST) March 31, 2021. Sponsors for the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship include Buc-ee’s and iHeart Media.
Don’t mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes a grassroots partnership with the Keep Texas Beautiful organization, annual “Trash-Off” community outreach events and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program.
For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at (512) 463-8700.
Free Meals for Students
CENTRAL TX AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY SUPPORT CONFERENCE
We are pleased to announce that AISD will provide scholarships to AISD families who wish to attend the conference. Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2020 To register, contact your Parent Support Specialist at your school or the Office of Parental Involvement Support if you do not have a PSS at your school 512-414-0726 .
Neighborhood Housing and Community