Palm Elementary Family Newsletter

The "PawPrint"--January 6

Principal's Corner

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 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

​As always, if you need assistance, please submit your questions through Let's Talk: (Student Transfers). ​We are here to serve you.

Also, if you need to submit a records request, there is a new online form

available: or

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

Join AISD Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom for our Legislative Priorities Deep Dive, where families can learn about how their tax dollars work for students and provide the tools to engage through every step of the process.
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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

Welcome back and happy new year, pandas! As we settle back into our learning routines, library lessons will be put on pause temporarily. In the meantime, you can still check out books from the library by clicking on the Book Request Form to the left or search for some awesome ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels through MackinVIA. I will be posting activities and books for the new year on the Palm Library BLEND page so be sure to check them out!

Parent Support Updates by Mrs. Hernandez Parent Support Specialist

Words of wisdom: start with what is right instead of what is acceptable. Franz Kafka

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.


City of Austin Public Health. Austin Public Health Vaccine Town Halls

Please Join the PTA

Our PTA is beginning its membership drive. Please see the information below. Click on the PTA picture to the right for the link. This year the dues are $8.00. Your participation makes a difference now more than ever.
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