Cunningham Messenger

Week of January 10, 2022

What's Inside


  • Take Action: Mark your calendars for parent events (Principal's Coffee Chat and general PTA meeting) on January 27 and sign up for COVID testing if you want to take advantage of testing at Cunningham.
  • Around the Halls: Out in the Annex & Fifth Grade reads City of Ember
  • Counselor's Corner: Belly Breathing to combat anxiety & stress
  • COVID Updates: Campus-based Routines & Procedures to keep your student safe
  • Bookmarks

Take Action!

  • Set your alarm for 8:00 a.m.for the Principal's Coffee Chat featuring on January 27. Zoom link here.
  • Join teachers and parents for the January 27 PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Zoom link: bit.ly/CobraZoom Passcode: CobrasPTA


No School


January 17 - MONDAY

February 21

March 14–18

April 1

April 14

May 28 – First day of summer!


Student Events

📚March 3: Academic showcase (5:30 to 7:30)

🎈April 23: 45 Fest

📝May 17–18: 3rd- and 4th-grade STAAR tests

🏃‍♀️May 25: Field Day

🎓May 26: Kindergarten and 5th-grade promotion ceremonies

(January Movie Night is cancelled out of an abundance of caution while we are Stage 5)


Parent Events:

January 27: 7:45 a.m. Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

February 17: 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

February 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 3: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 5:30 to 7:30 Academic Showcase

March 31: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting

April 28: 7:45 Principal's Coffee Chat, 3:30 Campus Advisory Council, 6:00 PTA General Meeting


If you want your student to be tested for Covid, click HERE to sign up (code is AISDTEST) AND we ask that you inform your teacher that you signed up.



Review the full AISD calendar for additional dates.

We Need . . .

For our MakerSpace in the library. Ms. Quigley is leading our Great Cardboard Challenge. Students conceptualize, design prototypes, build, and refine in this great hands-on activity!

Around the Halls

Counselor's Corner

Upcoming event for 5th grade families - Covington Choice Sheet Info Night!

Thursday, Jan. 13th 5-6pm via Zoom.

You will learn about the classes offered and the scheduling process.

Click here for Zoom link.


Dear Families,


Children may be having some big feelings lately, like worry and anxiety. There are ways you can help them talk about their feelings and provide a sense of safety and calm.


When we feel worried, anxious, frustrated, or angry, breathing deeply can help us calm down. Belly Breathing is the first step in “Breathe, Think, Do,” a three-step strategy for teaching problem solving, self-control, planning, and persistence (and it works for adults too)! To practice belly breathing, simply lay down, place a stuffie or any soft item on your belly and take deep breaths in and out, watching the stuffie rise and fall with each breath.

Click HERE for an interactive game where children can help a monster friend calm down.


With peace, love, and gratitude,

Ms. O'Connor

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Covid Protocols

Protocols are still the same for this week until further notice:


  • Masks are required on all AISD facilities - please help us keep our staff and students safe - wear your mask at all times on campus.

    • During Drop Off

    • During Pick Up

  • Please stay in your car during drop-off and pick-up - it helps keep everyone safe - from traffic and from spreading germs. Students should exit to the passenger's side of the car and our staff is here to help.
  • Return to one-way clockwise traffic in hallways during the day (clockwise with the staff lounge being 12 o’clock, 300 wing being 6 o’clock)
  • Classrooms have air purifiers in them
  • Recess will resume to zoned area rotations with classes not mixing

    • Zone A: Inside the Track

    • Zone B: Playground

    • Zone C: Under the BB court (when Coach Maines isn’t using it)

    • Zone D: Little Playground (when Pk3 & Pk4 aren’t using it)

  • All plexiglass dividers in the classrooms must be placed back-up - no exceptions
  • Assigned seating in cafeteria, with plexiglass dividers, and students sitting every other seat

  • Students will have the option to eat outside daily when weather appropriate - >65 degrees

  • 52 kids can eat outside at any given time - with our lunchroom rotation, this is manageable for us. This allows for 4 students per table.

  • If a student doesn't want to or can't eat outside (allergies/temperature), indoor dining is still an option - including plexiglass and socially distant dining.


Remember - Cunningham is a Covid Testing Hub for Austin ISD Staff & Students. If you would like for your student to be tested, please fill out this form. The passcode is AISDTEST.