Palm Elementary Family Newsletter

The "PawPrint"--March 3, 2021

Principal's Corner

As we end the month of February, we look forward to springing ahead to bright and sunny days in March! As we move forward into the school year, we want to remind you that consistency in learning environment is extremely important. In order to maintain routines and procedures for our students, it is critical that students remain in a learning environment consistently. Please let us know if you have any question. I appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as we continue into the school year.
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March 1-5th is Parent Support Specialist Appreciation Week

This week we celebrate Parent Support Specialists. Please join us in appreciating Sonia Hernandez, our Palm PSS.

Thank you Ms. Hernandez for all that you do!

Virtual Palm Spirit Night

Painting with a Purpose!

Friday, April 9th

6:00 pm - 7:30pm

$40 per person

This is a virtual Spirit Night benefiting Svante Palm Elementary School. After registering, you will pick up your At-Home Painting Kits at Palm on Thursday, April 8th (12noon - 4pm) or on Friday (8am - 4pm). A Zoom link will be e-mailed to each registered painter the day before the event to join virtually.

Registration will close two days before the event to allow time to prepare and deliver the painting kits.

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March 5 will be a regular school day and not an asynchronous day as previously announced.

From our Superintendent: Dr. Elizalde:

Thank you for your flexibility this past week as it provided us an opportunity to assess facility damages, begin repairs, and prepare to welcome students back to campus. We recognize that students need to return to a normal routine and next week, March 1-5, we will offer a full week of instruction, both on campus and remotely. Please note that Friday, March 5 will be a regular school day and not an asynchronous day as previously announced.

Transportation will be provided for students who attend in-person for the entire week. Students learning remotely will be engaged with their teachers throughout the week.

Thanks again for your support.

Continued Use of Masks at AISD-Email from Dr. Elizalde

As you may be aware, this afternoon Governor Greg Abbott announced an order to lift the statewide mask mandate. We want to let you know that Austin ISD will continue to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks on district property and at district events. Our decisions have been and will continue to be based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We appreciate everyone's efforts to keep safe by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing when possible, and washing hands frequently.

STAAR Information Session-Update from Dr. Elizalde

STAAR Information Session

One of the many ways we support students in their academic growth is through standardized testing, which includes the STAAR test.

To help answer your questions about what STAAR will look like and why it's important for our students to take the test, we are hosting "Beyond the STAAR," a virtual engagement session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 via Facebook Live and AISD.TV.

District leaders will answer questions from a moderator and audience members via Facebook comments.

We look forward to engaging with you on this important topic!

Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is Open

Online Registration Is Now Open!

New & Returning Students

For parents registering students new and/or returning to AISD, a Parent Portal account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Portal account,


If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to receive Online Registration assistance please call or email our Registrar Gaby Salguero 512-414-3405

Counselor Updates

Counselor Information:

In February we focused on Kindness! We all focused on our 20-Day Kindness Challenge and our motto was KINDNESS MATTERS. It was so wonderful to see all of our Pandas exhibiting kind acts and behaviors towards one another. Even though our challenge is over, it is important to continue to spread kindness on a daily basis.

March will focus on ❤️RESPONSIBILITY❤️! Responsibility means you are dependable, you make good choices, and are accountable for your actions.

Librarian Updates

Reading Challenge Extension

Due to the winter storm, the deadline for our reading challenge has been extended to Sunday, March 7th. Students are encouraged to continue recording their reading using the reading log on the library BLEND page.

Parent Support Specialist Updates

Continue Use Of MasksIin AISD

AISD continued use of masks announcement

Community Resources

Hygiene Products Distribution

Saturday March 6th 10am to noon. Information below.

Distribution at the following locations

  • 5409 Ponciana Dr.,Austin, TX 78744 (Houston Elementary School)

  • 4918 FM 1327, Creedmoor, TX 78610 (Valero)

  • 1400 Tillery Street, Austin, TX 78721

  • 6002 Jain Lane, Austin,TX 78721

  • 1911 E. Ben White, Austin, TX 78741

Salud de Servicios Humanos de Texas

El Comité del Gobernador sobre Personas con Discapacidades (GCPD) lo invita a unirse a nosotros para un importante seminario web de preguntas y respuestas que se centra en las vacunas COVID-19 y las personas con discapacidades. El Dr. John Hellerstedt, Comisionado del Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas (DSHS) y otros panelistas estarán disponibles para discutir las vacunas COVID-19, la elegibilidad y cómo encontrar proveedores de vacunas en su comunidad. Cuándo: martes 9 de marzo de 10:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m.

Dónde: Registrarse para vacunas COVID-19 y personas con discapacidad

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Mental Health

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Austin Public Health (APH) operates several COVID-19 testing sites throughout Austin. For more information about Covid-19 testing sites, pleases visit the website linked in the bar below.

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Caring for the Caregiver

Self-care is giving your best instead of what's left of you. Join us on the following Fridays from 9 to 10 am. For Reports 512.414.5533. MAR 5, MAR 26, APR 16 AND MAY 21


Austin ISD values your input! Please complete the following family survey about the school your child attends. If you have more than one child, please fill out a different survey for each child.

Deadline to complete survey is March 5th.



FREE KIT for 2ND- 5TH GRADE STUDENTS! The supply box includes multiple hands-on activities for students do on their own. Supplies is limited. First Come First Serve


For more information contact the ACE Director, Ms. Lauren | 512-841-0898 |

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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It's time to SPRING FORWARD! Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on March 14.

AISD Community Announcements