From The Admin Team 5/18/2021

Bernice Kiker Elementary School

Upcoming Events


10 - 21 EOY Map Growth Window for Reading and Math K-2

21 - 2nd grade Market Day

26 - High School Senior Walk - 1:00 - 2:00 PM on the Blacktop

17 - Last day Rapid Testing is available on campus

20 - Drill Lesson - lockdown

31 - No School / Memorial Day


1 - Our last Admin News/Kiker Comments for the 2021-2022 School Year

3 - 5th Grade Ceremony 8:30 AM; Car Parade at 10 AM

3 - Last Day for Students

4 - Staff Day

24 - Book Bus at Kiker 10:30 - 12:30


17 - First Day of Classes

Dismissal Addition for Efficiency - QR Code at the Flagpole Area

Due to the increased number of in person students, we have added QR codes around the flagpole to allow families to add their own family number to our spreadsheets. Ms. Meyer or another staff member will still be available to receive numbers for those who don't use the QR code.

The spreadsheet will be wiped clean daily at 2:30, so please be sure to enter your number between 2:30 - 3:10.

We hope this allows families more space for social distancing.

We expect all students and families to continue to cross the circle drive using the crosswalk. We never want our students and families at risk of getting hurt! Please model safety for all our Kiker Comets.

Thank You For Your Scholastic Book Fair Orders

Thank you to all who supported Kiker Library by visiting our Online Kiker Book Fair. We are so excited that you were able to get books to read now and in the summer. Our library will receive over $2000 in Scholastic Dollars to purchase new books, supplies, and makerspace items for your library.
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Summer Reading: 5 Book Dive

Click Here for suggested book lists for each grade level.
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Kiker will have the book bus on 6/24 10:30-12:30

A program of Austin ISD Library Media Services, Buford the Book Bus is on a mission to keep students reading throughout the summer by providing free, high-interest books. This summer, Buford is partnering with the Austin Public Library's Bookmobile to visit campuses where AISD Food Services will be distributing free weekly meal packs.

Free books will be available for ALL kids of ALL ages from babies to teens, regardless of where they attend school. ALL are welcome! (Distributions will take place outside, either drive through or walk up, and current safety protocols will be followed.)

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Nurses' News

On the last day of school, inhalers will be sent home in students’ backpacks. All other medication (epinephrine, antihistamines, daily pills, etc.) must be collected by a parent on June 3rd. Please call or email the health room team to schedule a time to get your child’s medication. Pick up and drop off times are, unfortunately, too hectic so we ask that you arrange a medication pick up appointment outside of these busier times.

Thanks for your support this year. We hope you all have a happy, healthy summer!

Cristy Coffey, RN and Cheryl Villarreal, Clinical Assistant Health room phone: 512-414-5359

K-2 Updates to HSR Curriculum

Thank you to the families who attended the information session. For those of you who could not attend, it isn't too late to complete the survey. The survey is open until May 28.

The feedback will be used to make any necessary changes to the draft K-2 lessons over the summer. The survey will include all documents presented at this meeting and will be open from May 10 - May 28. Your child’s Student ID number is required as the login. Click on K-2 Human Sexuality Parent Survey to begin the survey.

Last Day for Rapid Testing on Campus

The last date that COVID-19 rapid testing will be available through campus health rooms for this school year 2020-2021 will be Thursday, May 27. This deadline will allow time for Health Services to coordinate with health room staff to collect testing materials. If individuals need testing after this date, they can find resources through Austin Public Health.

From the Counselors:

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With a “remix” of our theme from last year, AISD's virtual exhibit reflects how artwork acts as a mirror, allowing us to see other’s lives reflected in our own. The student work in this virtual show reflects the lives of our young artists, families, and teachers who have continued to use their creative skills to share glimpses into their worlds during a pandemic.

We look forward to standing in awe before actual student artwork again soon. In the meantime, our 2021 celebration of student artists are on display at the link below:

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School Hours 2021-2022

The following start and end times will be implemented across AISD campuses:

Elementary School Hours of Instruction: 7:40 am – 3:10 pm

Middle School Hours of Instruction: 8:20 am – 3:50 pm

High School Hours of Instruction: 9:05 am – 4:35 pm

*ALC, Ann Richards, Garza, LASA, Lively, Kealing, and Rosedale will have separate schedules.

This schedule provides 450 minutes of instruction per day. This is different than the hours of operation,which are when teachers and staff are asked to report to campuses.

AISD Will Provide Free Summer Meals at Kiker

Dear Kiker Families,

AISD will continue to provide free curbside meals for children and caregivers this summer at Kiker Elementary. Beginning June 10, Kiker will serve weekly meal packs each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until all meals are distributed.

As a reminder, meals are free for any child younger than 19 as well as those older than 19 who utilize special education resources or who are enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. Free meals are available for all children, regardless of household income.

Parents or caregivers may receive meals without children present by providing documentation — such as a birth certificate, student ID card, report card, or attendance record — at the meal service site. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive meals.

Meals feature foods that are cooked and prepared by staff in AISD kitchens. The healthy meals include protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

AISD will also continue to provide free caregiver meals, prepared by local restaurants, for adults with accompanying children or with the documentation listed above, at weekly curbside meal sites.

Meals feature foods that are cooked and prepared by staff in AISD kitchens. The healthy meals include protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Families may text FOOD or COMIDA to 512-229-9110, or visit the AISD website for help finding meal sites in their area.

Questions? Explore the Summer Meals Frequently Asked Questions, or contact AISD Food Service through Let’s Talk by sending a text to 512-229-9110 or submitting a message online.

Technology for 2021-2022

  • Our current second graders will be 2021-2022 third graders. These students will turn in iPads and get issued a Chromebook in August.

  • iPads will be available to incoming PK thru 2nd graders for each elementary school at the start of the new school year.

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2021-2022 Voyager

Interested in Voyager for the 2021-2022 school year? Register here:

Summer Planning

Kiker After School Activities and Summer Camps!

Did you know our Comets have a variety of after school activities and summer camps to participate in?

For a full listing, please visit our website to learn more and see the wonderful variety of classes and programs!

*The listing is updated as information is made available. Vendors are approved with Administration and offer programs for a fee. Please contact the vendors directly for questions and additional information, not the Kiker office.

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Somos Escritoras - For Rising 6th -8th Grade Latinx Young Women

Click Here to learn more:

Monday, June 7th – Friday, June 18th /Lunes, Junio 7 – Viernes, Junio 18

Time/ Tiempo: 12PM – 2PM CST

Where / Donde: Virtual

Cost / Costo: Free / Gratis

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Kiker Gives US Wings

This has been a challenging year, but Kiker Comets working together will always rise to the occasion. Come see our collaborative and interactive work of art that shows how Kiker gives us wings! Over 250 students contributed feathers to make this possible. Snap a pic of your soaring Kiker student and share it on the PTA FB page.
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Engraved Paver Fundraiser

Kiker PTA is offering engraved paving stones to help honor those special Comets in your life, be it a special student, family member, teacher or staff member. For $35, you can have a paver engraved and installed around the granite star at the entrance to Kiker. Orders will be collected until May 21st. Click the form below for more details or to order your paver.

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3- Patty Candelaria

7 – Zonia Smith

9 – Emma Sullivan and Andrea Bredl

10- Lisa Adams

12 – Abby Willie

13 – Denise Tharp and Laura Davis

14- Carolyn McKaskle and Tracy Cardenas


3 - Carol Markwalter

7 - Christine Johnson

8 - Crissie Dow

13 - Esther Bull

16 - Maegan Zapiain

26 - Jennifer Blake

30 - Emmy Hunt


9 - Karen Young

13 - Stephanie Toman

15 - Andrea Pawlonek

17 - Mandy Steen

28 - Shawn Whitehouse


7 - Nicole Dean

14 - Penny Considine

25 - Bart McMahon

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Meyer - Assistant Principal