Boone Bear Facts

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Remember - Monday, September 6th is a Staff/Student Holiday!

Notes from the Principal

And…We’re Off and Running!!!


Boone Bears Rock!

What a great start we have had to this school year! Despite all of the challenges and obstacles, we have faced in just these first three weeks of the school year, the Boone halls are once again bustling and are filled with the sounds of fun and learning. I would like to send a huge shout out to the entire Boone Family! We can only do this together and I so appreciate the work everyone has put in to get us off to such a great start!


I am excited about all of the learning that lies before us this fall. Boone is a very special place. It is the family environment and the atmosphere of cooperation that we show toward each other that is such an important model for our children. Please remember, we are all teachers. It’s just that some of our classrooms are in a school building and some are in our homes.

What to Do if Your Child is Not Feeling Well

If your child is ill with symptoms consistent (cough, sore throat, stomach issues, headaches, fatigue, congestion, etc ...) with Covid-19 contact Ester Tristan at ester.tristan@austinisd.org and your child's teacher and then the following protocols must be followed:


Students May Return After 10 days have passed since symptoms started, and improvement in overall symptoms, and 24 hours have passed without fever and use of fever-reducing medication.


OR

Provide doctor’s note to campus health room staff stating that symptoms are not COVID-19-related and student can return to school.


OR

Provide a negative COVID-19 test. This MUST be a PCR test not a rapid antigen test and not a home test.


Please see the COVID 19 Guidelines below for more information.

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AISD Facility Assessment and Ed Specs Feedback Requested

Help us envision our AISD future! The district’s draft facility assessment reports and Educational Specification updates are ready for your feedback!

Check out our school’s reports by visiting www.austinisdplanningtogether.com and fill out the feedback form no later than Sunday, Sept. 26

Visit https://bit.ly/3DntgJ2 to learn more about how these documents fit into the district’s long-range planning process—which will help determine which improvements and new facilities are included in our next bond!

School Safety “Let’s Talk Threat Reporting”

The Safe and Supportive School Program (SSSP) has launched its Let’s Talk Threat Reporting campaign materials. The campaign is geared toward raising campus awareness in reporting behavioral concerns. Attached is a flyer with additional details.

VELA Program Opportunities

VELA is an organization in the Austin area that serves caregivers/families who have children with disabilities and/or mental health disorders. There are a number of programs and services that they provide throughout the school year. Attached is a flyer of upcoming programs that they are offering this Fall.

Crawford's Connections

Welcome to September! It has been such a joy to have almost everyone back on campus again! It has been a fast, exciting, and fun beginning of the year.


Dismissal: Thank you for everyone’s patience as we have tweaked dismissal to ensure a safe speedy release of students. Just a few reminders:


1) Please do not stand in the grassy areas where classes are standing. We are trying to keep that area clear for students to have an easy route to their designated spots. Students who are in Kinder, 1st & 2nd grades will be located here. The students are doing a great job getting to their spots and then waiting for their teachers to release them. This is keeping students safe and teachers informed when they are leaving.


2) If you need a student who is in 3rd-5th grades, please text the following number. 512-856-1401 When you text give us your child’s first and last name & teacher’s name. If you are picking up multiple students in these grade levels, please list all students/teachers in one text. It helps our office staff if you will start a new text thread each day.


Dismissal has improved greatly since that trying first day! We could not do it without our fantastic dismissal team as well as all of the cooperation from our school family! Thank you!


Safety Drills: Being back on campus this year we will be conducting all drills we have done in previous years before the pandemic. We conducted our first fire drill last week, and all the students did a fantastic job! Our only hiccup was the alarm not turning off due to a new procedure that we were not quite privy to before the drill. Students and teachers just got a little extra fresh air Friday. We just roll with the punches and everything quieted back down in about 15 minutes.


We do live in a time that one of the drills we have to practice twice a year is a Lockdown drill. I am required to inform our school community when we will conduct this type of drill. We will have this practice drill on Friday, September 17th at 8:30. Students are trained to move away from sight and to maintain silence throughout the drill. Teachers will ensure all students are accounted for and safely in the classroom. The door is locked and will never be opened to anyone who is on the outside of the door. The drill will last a few minutes and then teacher and students will get back to their learning for the day. Before we conduct the drill, teachers will talk with students to understand this is only a drill. We will do everything we can to ensure we do not cause any child to be afraid or cause alarm.


If you have any questions about this type of drill or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. I am happy to answer any questions that you might have.


Boone Cafe News: Now for Boone Café News….lunch is always an extremely busy time during the school day. Our teachers have done an amazing job working on clear expectations for Café behavior as well as procedures that help this time run smoothly. We are still looking for monitors in our Café. The hours we need are 10:40-12:40. The search for two people

has not been successful so we are going to get creative if we have enough people that are interested.


Are you able to commit to one or two days a week as a paid lunch monitor? We are able to have two paid lunch monitors per day for 2 hours each. We are going to try to find enough people that could at least work one or two days a week on a consistent basis and hopefully fill all of the days of the week!


If you are interested, please contact me via email or by a phone call. Email is kristy.crawford@austinisd.org or 512-414-5310.


As always, my door is always open if you ever need anything! Together we can do wonderful things. Thank you for trusting us to take good care of your Boone Bears…it is an honor!

PTA News

IMPORTANT DATES

- Sept. 7: General PTA Meeting & Boone Birthday Bash

- Sept. 15: Spirit Night at Chipotle

- Sept. 28: Spirit Night at Bush's Chicken

- Sept. 29: Spirit Night at MOD Pizza


CELEBRATE BOONE'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY, Tue 9/7, 6-8pm

We're throwing a Bingo Birthday Bash to celebrate Boone's 35th anniversary! We'll kick off the General PTA Meeting at 6pm with pizza and cupcakes. Please bring blankets or camping chairs as we space out across the blacktop for Bingo. Masks and social distancing are highly encouraged. Please see the flyer attached for more info. If you have questions about this event, please contact Tiffany at booneptaprograms@gmail.com


SPIRIT NIGHT AT CHIPOTLE, Wed 9/15, 4-8pm

Pick up dinner at Chipotle at 5400 Brodie Ln, Suite 1230 on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and 33% of proceeds will come back to Boone! MENTION BOONE ELEMENTARY when you put in your order for our school to get credit. If you are ordering online or from the app, USE PROMO CODE QNCA84C. Please see the attached flyers for more info.


Spirit Nights are a great partnership between local businesses and our school. If you have any businesses in mind, please contact Luci at booneptaspiritnights@gmail.com


OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACES

Boone PTA is hard at work, preparing our campus for outdoor learning. We are actively seeking parent volunteers who may be able to dedicate one day a week to manage outdoor lunch from 10:30am - 1pm. If you have a flexible schedule and are looking for a way to make lunch Covid-safe, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/HLhmaMZgX1oPVJnJ6


Our main fundraising goals are to set up enough spaces for each grade level to have shaded outdoor learning. We are sourcing shade structures, picnic tables, limestone seating, wagons, white boards, and yoga mats for grade level kits. Please consider donating a little extra to help us make outdoor learning possible: https://boonepta.square.site


JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON OUR COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boonepta


SUPPORT BOONE PTA WHEN YOU SHOP ON AMAZON

Go to smile.amazon.com and log in to your Amazon account. Search “PTA Texas Congress Boone Elementary PTA”and select that as your charity of choice. Be sure to shop from smile.amazon.com, and eligible purchases will earn donations to Boone PTA! This can be done on the mobile app too.


EARN MONEY FOR BOONE WITH BOX TOPS

A lot of your grocery items may be eligible for earning money for our school. Check for Box Tops for Education on the packaging, and scan your receipt in the Box Tops app. Set up your account & download the app by visiting https://www.boxtops4education.com/


If you do curbside or delivery and have a digital receipt, forward it to receipts@email.boxtops4education.com from your email that’s registered to your Box Tops account.