Kiker Comments October 5, 2021
A Joint Newsletter from the Bernice Kiker Admin Team & PTA
In This Edition...
- Upcoming Events
- Attendance Notes
- Picture Day
- AISD Events
- PTA News: APEX Fun Run, Reflections, Spooky Game Night
- Library Update
- Around the Community: Hunter 5K
- 5th Grade Family News
- October Staff Birthdays
- Get to Know the Staff
- Repeated Information (from previous newsletters)
- Library Book of the Month
- Quarantine and Ill Person Requirements for Return
- After School Programs
- All the Links to Everything You Need
11 - Parent / Teacher Conference Day
12 - APEX Fun Run Student Kick Off
13 - Picture Day - Virtual students should have received an email invite
16 - PTA Fall Clean Up Day
18 - PTA Exec Board Meeting
20 - 5th Grade Middle School Visit via Zoom
21 - Fun Run Day - all classes during Essential Areas
22 - Deadline for PTA Reflections Art Program
28 - Read for the Record
29 - PTA Spooky Game Night
1-5 Book Fair
PTA - Reflections
Does your student want a chance to share their art with our community?
Create an original work of art in response to this year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By…”
There’s less than three weeks to submit your entry.
Here’s how to enter:
2. Submit entries in this Google Form.
Deadline to submit entries is Friday, October 22, 2021.
A student's family must be a member of the Kiker PTA by October 31, 2021, to participate in Reflections.
All Comets (Pre-K to 5th grade) are encouraged to participate. Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade:
Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2)
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
Save the Date- Spooky Game Night
Spooky Game Night
Save the date for spooky fun and game on October 29!
It's Book Fair Time!
Mark your calendars to visit the Jungle Book Fair, November 1-5!
Volunteers needed - Sign up will begin next week to help with the fair, so be on the lookout. You can help decorate our hallway (10/18-10/22), work the fair (11/1-11/5), or help take down the fair (11/8). We're super excited to have an in-person fair this year!
Lost and Found
See Anything You Recognize??
Our kids are doing a great job of keeping track of their items but the lost and found is slowly filling up! Please remind your child to check the lost and found on their way to the lunchroom! And LABEL, LABEL, LABEL your items so we can make sure they are returned to your student.
Around the Community: Hunter 5K
About the Hunter 5K
Join us on October 30, 2021 for the third annual Hunter 5K Halloween Fun Run!
The Hunter 5K was created to honor and celebrate the fast and free spirit of four-year-old Hunter Henderson, who tragically passed away in December of 2018. Hunter loved Halloween and dressed up in costume throughout the year. Held on Halloween weekend, race participants are strongly encouraged to dress in their most creative Halloween costumes in his memory. The Hunter 5K is the inspiration of Chance Henderson, Hunter’s father. An avid runner, he was moved to create a fun and inclusive event that Hunter would be proud of.
Funds raised from the event benefit the Dell Children’s Medical Center who helped the Henderson family immensely during Hunter’s stay.
Register today at https://thehunter5k.com/!
5th Grade Family News
Magnet Middle School Appications
Updates to this year's applications for choice middle schools:
Families will complete one common application (School Common Application) to apply to the various school choice programs in AISD.
The application will remain open from September 13, 2021 - January 7, 2022.
1 - Donna Kilpatrick
3 - Chris Bryson
4 - Raven Jeffrey
5- Ashley Cross
11 - Veronica Taylor
19 - Nicole Kruszona
20 - Anmarie Bochey
26 - Paige Hariharan
31 - Kim Reiman
Get to Know the Staff
Questions about Returning to School after Quarantine and/or being Symptomatic
Day 0 is the last date of exposure.
Day 1 is the first day without exposure.
Day 5-7 the testing can occur.
Day 8 the student can return if a negative test result is provided.
At this time, for someone who is quarantined, we can accept a rapid test OR a PCR test from any testing facility that provides a paper document or email copy of the results. At home tests are not accepted.
Symptomatic / Ill students or staff:
For a student/staff member who was symptomatic (sent home from school sick or self-reported sick), a negative PCR or a doctor's note is required to return.
Staff or students who are symptomatic may request a rapid test on campus. However, rapid tests are not available for asymptomatic individuals at this time. With 760 students and almost 100 staff members, our one nurse is not able to provide peace of mind testing while still meeting the safety needs of those currently on campus daily. Our priority is to have our nurse available for those staff and students with an immediate need in the building.
After School Programs
After School Enrichment
Did you know our Comets have a variety of after school activities in which to participate? This fall, after school activities will include coding, art, cooking, Spanish, piano, and more. For a full listing, please visit the after school enrichment page on our website to learn more and see the wonderful variety of classes and programs offered!
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Austin ISD will celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month with the 2021 Virtual Talent
Show “Proud to be Hispanic”. Please inform your teachers, staff and families about this
opportunity! Students can submit their videos or pictures. More than $2,000 in prizes will be
awarded in a virtual ceremony on October 27.
This virtual talent show allows our students to participate safely from home and with the
support of their family. Fine Arts teachers are great motivators to encourage students to
participate. Teachers and staff can also participate as honorary guests.
What: 2021 Virtual Talent Show “Proud to be Hispanic”
Categories: Singing, Music, Dancing and Art (drawing or painting) Pictures and videos with
the highest number of positive reactions in each category will win desktop computers and gift cards!
When: Submission period from September 15 to October 15 via bit.ly/TalentoAISD21
Where: Accepted submissions will be posted on facebook.com/EducaAustin