From The Admin Team 4/27/2021

Bernice Kiker Elementary School

Upcoming Events

April

5 - 30 CLI Engage Pre-K4 Assessment Window

May

1-14 Online Book Fair

5 - Vision and Hearing Screening PK, K, 1, 3, 5

10 - 21 EOY Map Growth Window for Reading and Math K-2

11 - 3rd, 4th, 5th STAAR Math

12 - 3rd, 4th, 5th STAAR Reading

13 - 5th STAAR Science and Make up day

14 - STAAR Make up day #2

31 - No School / Memorial Day

June

3 - Last Day for Students

4 - Staff Day

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Thank You For Participating in our Fundraiser

We would like to express our gratitude for all the support, contributions, and donations this amazing community made over the weekend to help support Bernice Kiker Elementary!

Through your generous donations we were able to raise $23,485 out of our $25,000 goal in just three days!

If you missed the opportunity to donate there is still time!

We also still have several items and spots available for you to purchase!

A complete list of these items and donation button can be found on the HOME page of our auction website.

https://tinyurl.com/KikerFundraiser2021

Pay out and item pick up information:

Option1: If you want to pay in person or have auction items to pick up, please plan to payout on Tuesday, April 27 from 3:15pm - 6:00pm at the back teacher parking lot.

Option 2: Send or drop off your payment in an envelope to school. Please put the following on the envelope:

Auction

Child's Name

Teacher's Name

Bidder Number

All payments are exact cash or check only. Checks should be made out to Kiker Elementary. Payment must be made prior to your child's participation in any gifts of time that you have won.

All payments are due by 3:00pm April 30, 2021.

You truly make the difference for the students and staff at Kiker Elementary, and we are extremely grateful!

Thank you again for all your support!

KIKER GIVES US WINGS!

In addition to Art Night, we are working on a collaborative work of art at Kiker. Please decorate the attached feather, return by Wednesday, April 28, and stay tuned for an amazing work of art!


Ways to Pickup:

  • Teachers will have copies to provide in-person learners

  • Print from the attached link (https://kikerpta.membershiptoolkit.com/.../Art_Night...)

  • Pick one up from 10805 Greymere Ct

  • Return your decorated & cut out feather by Wednesday, April 28

  • Drop off at 10805 Greymere Ct

  • Give to your Kiker teacher

Online Registration for 2021-2022 is now open!


Please log into your family portal account at AISD Parent Portal to register/update your student's information for next school year. Please check the boxes carefully for yearbook permission or for photographs and for campus messages. It is so important to our campus that we get everyone to complete online registration so we can keep and maintain our amazing staff!


For our incoming Kindergarten students, please bring copies of your student's birth certificate, immunization record, current utility bill, and your driver's license. Please call the Kiker Office at 512-414-2584 if you have any questions.

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Online Book Fair May 1 - 14

Plan ahead and grab some great books to read for the summer! Kiker's online book fair will run from May 1-14. More information to come.

Dr. Bruce Perry, Community Event

Please join us on Monday, May 10 (NEW DATE) at 4:30 pm as Austin Ed Fund hosts an engaging virtual event featuring Dr. Bruce Perry, a renowned brain scientist, and trauma expert. Learn about how the traumatic events of the last year affect the functioning of a child’s brain and how you can help foster communities of healing for a strong future generation.


This is a public event hosted through Zoom that is open to the entire community. Registration is FREE, and it will also be accessible through AISD.TV and Facebook Live. Feel free to share with your family, friends, and community!


To learn more about Dr. Perry’s work, check out his series on COVID-19 stress, distress and trauma. For more information or questions about the event, please contact austinedfund@austinisd.org.

HSR Curriculum Will Not Be Taught This Year

From AISD District Office:

Due to the unique demands placed on schools and teachers during the COVID-19 crisis for students attending both in-person and remotely, the Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) unit will not be taught to students enrolled in grades K-8th grade during the spring semester of the 2020-21 school year. Principals are required to relay this information to their community. Information will also be published on the AISD Newsletter and HSR website. Parents will have access to resources on topics connected to the website.


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Returning to in-person learning?

We created the videos below at the beginning of the year to help our Comets. Since new families are moving into our community and others are switching from remote learning to in-person learning, we wanted to share them again.

Mask Reminder

The whole campus is a 'mask zone.' Please show your support of our campus expectations by wearing your mask when on campus for drop off and pick up.
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What will next school year look like?

At this time, Austin ISD is awaiting information on the 2021-2022 school year requirements from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We know that on-campus learning will be an option available to families next year, just as it is this year. AISD safety protocols will align with the Center for Disease Control and Austin Public Health. AISD also shared that there will be a hybrid/remote option for 2021-2022.


We realize you’re eager for information, and we will communicate more with our families when we receive guidance from TEA.

Technology for 2021-2022

  • Our current second graders will be 2021-2022 third graders. These students will turn in iPads and get issued a Chromebook in August.

  • iPads will be available to incoming PK thru 2nd graders for each elementary school at the start of the new school year.

Summer Planning

Kiker After School Activities and Summer Camps!


Did you know our Comets have a variety of after school activities and summer camps to participate in?

For a full listing, please visit our website to learn more and see the wonderful variety of classes and programs! https://kikerpta.membershiptoolkit.com/after+school+programs


*The listing is updated as information is made available. Vendors are approved with Administration and offer programs for a fee. Please contact the vendors directly for questions and additional information, not the Kiker office.

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Get to Know the Staff: Each week we will feature a few staff members and their "I Am Kiker" poem.

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FROM THE PTA

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Engraved Paver Fundraiser

Kiker PTA is offering engraved paving stones to help honor those special Comets in your life, be it a special student, family member, teacher or staff member. For $35, you can have a paver engraved and installed around the granite star at the entrance to Kiker. Orders will be collected until May 21st. Click the form below for more details or to order your paver.

https://forms.gle/94UweSQAsyJDqSPr6

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Birthdays

April

27 – Cindy Gilliland

28 – Barbara Schaefer and Melissa Krueger

May

3- Patty Candelaria

7 – Zonia Smith

9 – Emma Sullivan and Andrea Bredl

10- Lisa Adams

12 – Abby Willie

13 – Denise Tharp and Laura Davis

14- Carolyn McKaskle and Tracy Cardenas

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Meyer - Assistant Principal