Palm Elementary Family Newsletter

The "PawPrint"--Week of October 12, 2020

Dear Palm Families,

Happy Fall ! As we move into week six of the 2020-2021 school year we want to thank everyone for the amazing job they are doing adjusting to our new normal. As we continue this journey, many of our students will continue with remote learning while others will choose to come back to the building for blended learning. Whatever your decision, we value your partnership in providing the best education possible for all your children. Rhoda Coleman

Important Upcoming Dates

School News

Income Verification Form-Title One Funding

As a Title 1 school, Palm receives part of our budget from Federal Funding. In order to continue to receive this funding, we need all families to complete the income verification forms. Income verification forms also can qualify students for free lunch and breakfast. This form can be accessed in the following ways:

  • electronically on the Parent Cloud
  • at this link Income Verification Forms: English | Spanish
  • sent via US mail
  • sent home with students who have returned to campus

We ask that you return the form to Palm either by mail or drop off in drop box in the front circle.

October Reading Challenge

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Our school is inviting all students to participate in our October Reading Challenge. The first step is to select a book that has a character your child connects with. This can be an old favorite, a new story that they have heard or even a book checked out at the library! Once this is done, the student needs to complete the book and then decorate his/her pumpkin. The goal is for the pumpkin to resemble the main character in the story. The third and final part is for your child to complete the attached pumpkin book report for his/her grade level. This will help your child identify the main character (who the story is mostly about), the setting of the story (where and when) and the plot (what happened). Please take a picture and send to Ms. Kelley our librarian at Each student that participates will receive a small prize. We will also have a competition for the most creative pumpkin for each grade level. The winner will receive a book for $10 or less at our virtual book fair. Thank you for your continued support!

Phased-in approach to on-campus learning

Phased-in approach to on-campus learning

Austin ISD will continue to offer a 100% virtual learning option for as long as the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows. Students will return to campus according to the following outline:

Week 5: Oct. 5-9 (Facility capacity 25%) The following groups of students will be invited to participate in on-campus instruction:

· Elementary: Pre-K3, Pre-K4, Kindergarten.

· Students receiving the following specialized services: life skills, social behavior skills, SCORES, early childhood special education, and/or auditory/deaf education.

· Children of staff, with the children returning to the school at which they are enrolled.

· Those born outside of the United States who are in their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools.

· Siblings of students in prioritized groups for this week.

Week 6: Oct. 12-16 (Facility Capacity 25%)

· Elementary: 1st and 2nd grades.

· Students receiving the following specialized services: resource, dyslexia, 504, speech.

· Siblings of students in prioritized groups for this week.

Week 7 - Oct. 19-23 (Facility Capacity 50%)

· Elementary: 3rd and 4th grade.

· Those born outside of the United States who are in their second or third year of enrollment in U.S. schools.

· Siblings of students in prioritized groups for this week.

Parent Resources-Updates from Ms. Hernandez, Parent Support Specialist

Dear Parents

The Palm Elementary Pandas welcome you to our school. My name is Sonia Hernandez and I am the Parent Support Specialist at this facility.

Austin Athletics - Get in the Game!

Austin ISD hosted its virtual Hispanic Heritage Month talent show. View the performances and meet the winners on the Educa Facebook page.

Free produce boxes for families extended through Dec. 17.

The Recognizing All Valuable Employees or RAVE Program was created to honor those who take the extra steps to provide equitable and exceptional experiences. If you had an exceptional experience interacting with an Austin ISD employee , please nominate that staff member by completing the form.

Friendly Reminders

News from Ms. Puga, the Counselor

The following resources are provided for families to engage in social and emotional learning together.


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News from the Library

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair (November 2nd - 15th)

Our book fair this Fall is completely virtual. Shop online through the book fair website below and have your books shipped directly to your home! All book orders of $25 or more ship for free.

Palm Elementary Virtual Book Fair

Want a chance at a free book? Have your student submit an entry to the October Reading Challenge. The most creative pumpkin from each grade level wins a $10 book of their choice from the virtual book fair!

Grab and Go - Curbside Book Checkout

Students can request books to check out from the library. Please complete this form to let Ms. Kelley know what books you're interested in. For on-campus learners, books will be delivered to their classroom. For remote learners, books will be in the office for pick up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during school hours, or after school Monday and Friday until 4:30 pm.

The book request link is:

Please remember that e-books are still available through MackinVIA.

Curbside Meals Change to Weekly, Seven-day Packs

Starting the week of Oct. 5, AISD will change from daily to weekly curbside service. Thursday, the team will distribute the components for 14 meals (seven breakfasts and seven lunches).

Meal sites will be closed Monday through Wednesday and Friday. This change responds to community feedback to provide a more efficient and convenient meal pick-up option for families.

To help families prepare for the service change, AISD’s food services team distributed additional meals on Friday, Oct. 2, to provide food access through the weekend, as well as when sites are closed Oct. 5-7.

Schools will serve free curbside, seven-day meal packs from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday are: *Elementary schools — Blackshear, Oak Hill, Padron, and Widen

*Middle schools — Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and

*High schools — Crockett Early College High School.

Schools that will serve free curbside, seven-day meal packs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday are:

*Elementary schools — Allison, Blanton, Blazier, Campbell, Casey, Galindo, Govalle, Guerrero Thompson, Hart, Houston, Kiker, Kocurek, Linder, Langford, McBee, Metz, Oak Springs, Odom, Patton, Perez, Pickle, Pleasant Hill, Rodriguez, St. Elmo, Sunset Valley, T.A. Brown and Uphaus Early Childhood Center.

*Middle schools — Burnet, Dobie, Lamar, Lively, Martin, and Paredes

*High schools — Akins, LBJ, and Travis early college high schools and McCallum and · *Special campuses — Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Schools that will serve free curbside, seven-day meal packs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday are:

*Elementary schools — Dawson and Pecan Springs

*Middle schools — Covington

*High schools — Eastside Memorial Early College High School and Anderson.