Harris Parent Weekly News

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Week at a Glance

Sept 13-24- GT Referral Window 3rd- 5th


Coming soon:

*October 11 - Student Holiday - Parent Conference Day

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Gifted & Talented Referral Window

We are pleased to announce that referrals for gifted and talented students in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade are being accepted starting TODAY, September 13, through September 24 (K-2 referrals will start Oct 25). Interested parents and guardians should contact the Campus GT Advocate, Amna Syed at amna.syed@austinisd.org for additional information regarding the GT referral process. GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission by the campus deadline. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for Emerging English students.
For more information about the Austin ISD gifted program, please visit the Austin ISD website at tinyurl.com/AISDadvanced or call the school.

If you are interested in recommending your child, please fill out the online referral form or the paper form that is coming home with your child this week

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Become a CAC Member

Become a member of the Campus Advisory Council. Complete the application below and email to Mrs. Cardenas (zoila.cardenas@austinisd.org)


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Have you lost your device? Broken Device?

Call our office (512-414-2085), the student help desk, (512-414-4357) or parent help desk (512-414-9187) and ask a staff member to report the device as lost or stolen. You may be asked to provide information and details.

**NOTE: Reporting the device as lost/stolen authorizes us to use location tracking to identify the device’s location.

Student devices in need of repair: Families can take iPads, Chromebooks, and hotspots in need of repair to either your school or to one of the Curbside locations, where they can be swapped out as long as supplies allow.

Need tech help? Sign up to schedule one today: https://calendly.com/ragnar-rowlandht/tech-help

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Brain Power

Join us for a learning opportunity series on strategies that can help you better support your child at home.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

More info here

Calendar Contest!

For 2022 the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will again design the Emergency Preparedness Calendar to feature student artwork. HSEM invites you to submit your child’s emergency preparedness creations in the 2022 Emergency Preparedness Calendar Contest. The contest is open to all 1st through 5th grade students whose school (or residence) is physically located within the Austin city limits, regardless of the independent school district.

September is National Preparedness Month and HSEM is encouraging everyone to prepare for emergencies - including kids. As part of National Preparedness Month we are asking for elementary school students to learn and share artwork about emergency preparedness. Throughout September we will share information on our social media and other platforms about our four key steps to preparedness:

  1. Make a Plan

  2. Build a Kit

  3. Know your Neighbors

  4. Stay Informed


Family emergency preparedness actions, severe weather conditions occurring in central Texas, and man-made disasters.

  • Examples of a family emergency preparedness action are the creation of a home or vehicle emergency kit or practicing a disaster plan, such as an evacuation plan.

  • Severe weather hazards are tornado, hail, flash flooding, lightning, excessive heat or cold and dangerous icy conditions.

  • Examples of man-made disasters are terrorism, wildfires, train derailment, chemical spills, building fires and epidemic. Artwork should also contain a safety message about the specific hazard featured.

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Let's Keep Harris Elementary Reading!

Students, parents, and teachers can read books online. Click on the link for instructions on how to get to MackinVia - our online library with over 12,000 books! Students can check out four books. Returns are automatic.