Bertram Family Connection

October 18th, 2021

Looking Ahead

  • Tuesday, October 19th: PTO Fundraiser Kick-Off - Adventure Dash
  • Friday, October 22nd: Smart Smiles - Please return your permission slip by Monday, 10/18!
  • Week of October 25th-29th: Red Ribbon Week - See the dress-up schedule below!
  • Thursday, October 28th: Adventure Dash Fun Run During Activity Classes
  • Friday, October 29th: Bulldog Boogie Assembly for 2nd 6 Weeks & End of 2nd 6 Weeks
  • Monday, November 1st: Student Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, November 11th: Veteran's Day Performance 9am - Bertram Elementary Pavilion

2021-2022 School Calendar- Updated 9/20/21

The BCISD 2021-2022 school calendar can be accessed here. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Student Attendance including Leaving Early

Student attendance is a critical factor in ensuring your child's academic growth. Students need to be at school for the full school day as often as possible. We understand that there are times that students are sick and must stay home. We also understand that there are times that students need to attend medical or dental appointments during the school day.

As part of the state attendance laws, we must track both full-day and partial-day absences. BCISD has had a practice of informing parents of full-day absences for many years. This year, parents of students with early check-outs will receive a letter to communicate the number of days your child was checked out of school early in addition to the letters regarding full-day absences. If your child is being checked out for a medical reason, please provide a note from your physician the next school day so the early check-out may be excused. For the 2021-2022 school year, early check-outs are not being utilized to determine truancy. In order to comply with state attendance laws, this may be changed in future school years.

At Bertram Elementary, teachers plan for and provide a full day of learning from 7:40 am to 3:20 pm each day. When students are checked out early, they are missing critical instruction that impacts their academic growth. We appreciate your partnership in limiting absences and early check-outs to the minimum that is necessary for your child's well-being.

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Fun Run Schedule for Thursday, October 28th

PreK- 11:55 am -12:45 pm

Kinder - 1:35 pm - 2:25 pm

1st - 2:25 pm - 3:15 pm

2nd - 8:40 am - 9:30 am

3rd - 10:35 am - 11:25am

4th - 7:45am - 8:35am

5th - 9:40 am - 10:30 am

The Fun Run will take place on the Field near the gym during Activity class time. Families are invited to attend to cheer their students on. Students will not be released to families at the field. All check-outs must be made in the office after your child's event time.

Honor Your Veteran on Veterans Day!

If your students have a family member that are a Veteran of the Armed Forces, please send Ms. O'Brien their name, photo, branch of service, and years of service. She is creating a special slide show for our program on November 11th! Submit this information by Monday, November 1st!


School Climate Survey For Families

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We want to hear about your experience with your student’s education. We invite you to participate in completing the School Climate Survey. This survey includes questions about your student’s learning, school safety, and interpersonal relationships, as well as your attitudes about the institutional environment and your personal involvement in school. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment.

Beginning today, October 1st, we invite all parents, guardians, and caretakers to complete this survey for our school. The survey is completely anonymous and brief; it contains 21 questions and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

You can take the survey online by using the following link here. Please submit your responses by October 19th, 2021. All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses.

There are no right or wrong answers. We just want to know about your personal experiences. As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver, or guardian at Bertram Elementary. Please answer all of the questions, or your answers won’t be recorded, but you can mark “I prefer not to answer” if you don’t want to answer a question about yourself. We hope you will take the time to provide us with this valuable information.

Feel free to call our office at 512-355-2111 if you have any questions. Our school’s total survey results will be used to inform and develop appropriate strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate. The link to complete the survey is here.

Thank you for your time and participation!

We need your help! - School Meal Application

Please complete the 2021-2022 Free and Reduced Meal Application for 2021-2022 by October 22nd. Although all students will receive free meals this year, completing this application helps Bertram Elementary in many ways including additional funding for our school and district. This data also impacts our state accountability rating.

Free and Reduced Meal Application - please create or sign in to your account

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Free Little Library

Did you know that Bertram Elementary has a Free Little Library? It is located near the gym and is stocked with books for all ages. The community is welcome to select books from the Little Library any time school is not in session.

The Book Fair is Coming! - Volunteers Needed

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Bertram Elementary the week of November 8th. In order to be able to offer these fun opportunities to students and families, we need a little help from adult volunteers. Please consider volunteering by completing the form below.
Bertram Elementary Staff Favorite Things

Teachers & staff have shared a few of their favorite things. If you are looking to celebrate or appreciate your teacher click here. Staff are listed alphabetically by last name.

COVID Self Report Form

Please complete the Self Reporting Form to report a case of COVID-19 or orders to quarantine due to close contact from a medical professional. This form is for both students and campus visitors.

Transportation Changes Information

Our school is growing and it is important that everyone know and follow the transportation change process.

  • If your child has a change in transportation, please email by 1:30 pm. This includes daily changes and permanent changes. Please indicate in your email if the change is just for today or if it is for every day.
  • At 1:30 pm, this email box is checked for a final time and all changes will be made.
  • After 1:30 pm, we print the transportation lists for teachers and dismissal staff.
  • No changes will be accepted after this time.
  • If you have an emergency, you may call and speak to Mrs. Harris about the situation and we will work together to support your student.
  • Voicemails, notes, text messages, phone calls, and emails to any other email address are not acceptable changes of transportation and will not be processed.
  • We do not accept transportation changes from students. Parents and guardians must communicate any changes by using the email address.

Drop Off and Campus Visitors - Extended through October 20th

Starting Thursday, August 19th through October 20th, families and visitors will need to check in with their ID in the office starting at 7:25 am in order to walk to classrooms. Families and visitors will not be able to enter the classroom.

To ensure that all students are adequately supervised, teachers are not available for parent conferences at this time.

Once instruction begins at 7:40 am, families and visitors will not be permitted to walk to classrooms unless they have a prearranged meeting with a teacher or staff member.

Birthday Treats & Forgotten Lunches

Birthday treats are allowed this year. Please send single-serve items. Items can be sent with students or dropped off in the office before 2:30 pm.

Birthday celebrations are reserved for the last 15 minutes of the day. Please communicate with your child's teacher if you intend to send in treats. They will be able to let you know the specific time.

At this time, parents may not visit the classroom for birthday celebrations.

If your child forgets their lunch, you may drop it off at the office. If your child does not have a lunch at lunchtime, they will be served a free hot lunch.

Skyward Family Access

Click here to log into Skyward Family Access to view your student's grades, attendance, progress reports, and report cards.

School Cafe Webpage

Complete an application for FREE or REDUCED priced lunch here. You can also add money to your child's lunch account by logging here.

Bertram Elementary School

  • 7:15am Student Drop Off/ Breakfast
  • 7:25am Office Opens
  • 7:40am School Begins
  • 7:45am Students arriving after this time are marked tardy
  • 9:00am Students not in attendance are marked absent
  • 1:30pm Any transportation changes DUE, please email:
  • 2:30pm All Early Checkouts must be complete - Remember to bring your picture ID to complete early check out
  • 3:20pm Student Dismissal
  • 3:45pm Office/School Closes