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January 6-8

Note from Ms. Muehling

Hi Panthers,

Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy time with your family during our break and stayed safe and healthy. We had a relaxing Christmas as a new family of four and were able to spend family time together. It was wonderful!

I'm excited to be back on campus and to start another wonderful semester with our BW family. Thank you so much for your kind notes and support while I was on leave. The support and kindness that this community always shows is one of the many reasons I love BW.

A huge thank you to Mr. Foyt and Ms. Murr for their leadership and hard work while I was out. I am beyond grateful and will never be able to thank them enough.

This week will be a short week due to our District of Innovation professional learning days. We will be welcoming our Panthers back on Wednesday, January 6.

Cheers to a wonderful semester filled with learning and love! See you on Wednesday!

Peace, Love, Panthers!

Kris Muehling

Proud Principal

This Week's Events

Monday, Jan 5th:

  • No School

Tuesday, Jan. 6th:

  • No School/Staff Professional Development
Wednesday, Jan 7th:

  • Welcome Back Panthers!

Future Events

January 11: Virtual CAC Meeting 3:15

January 12: Virtual PTA Meeting 5:00

January 18: Science Fair Submission Deadline

January 19-21 Science Fair Judging

January 22: Science Fair Online Exhibit Hall

January 25-29: Great Kindness Challenge

Panther Proud Awards

We will begin to celebrate our amazing Panthers every Friday with our Panther Proud awards. Our Panther Proud Awards are a way for us to shine the light on the MANY wonderful things our young panthers do every day. It could be showing empathy, responsibility, respect, being an upstander, speaking out, showing perseverance, or many other skills. We would like to honor our students and celebrate their hard work.

Any grownup that works with our Panthers is able to nominate a student. Please fill out the following Panther Proud Award Nomination and they will be read during Friday Morning Announcements.

Panther Proud Award Nominations


Technology Available at BW!

Technology Updates

iPad Home Screen/Layout Settings by The Time of Day

Beginning Friday, September 25, Austin ISD iPads have settings restrictions that vary by time of day. From 7:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, apps will appear in the current pushed layout. Outside of those hours, the apps will revert to any customized layout caregivers have set, AND they will be able to delete apps they have added. (Note that the iPads have 32GB of storage, and currently 13GB is taken up by District-required content.)

Lost/Stolen student devices:

Families should follow the procedures outlined here.

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.

“Power wash” Chromebooks to Update Zoom:

Students may notice that Zoom is out of date on their Chromebooks. Students and caregivers that Chromebooks must be “power washed” (restored to Austin ISD default settings) for Zoom to update automatically. Here is a step set as well as a link to a video.

MackinVia and Dreambox added to iPads:

The MackinVia and Dreambox apps have been added to iPads. Apps on the student iPads will soon be organized into logical folders to streamline student access and hide infrequently used apps and system apps.

Students use the Canvas Student app to access BLEND (and then Seesaw)

A video in English demonstrating this process can be seen here. A video in Spanish is in progress and a link will be provided as soon as it is available.

Student iPad Security and Student Safety

Please note: District-wide safety restrictions can be seen on the iPads under Settings> General > Device Management > JamfSchool MDM Management Profile > Restrictions. Families may see other options under Screen Time, but despite appearances, no Screen Time setting can be less restrictive than the General Restrictions pushed by the District. A flyer for distribution is available here.

Handbook for BLEND/Seesaw


How to Get Involved

Additional Resource/Information

AISD Let's Talk

Have a question? Use Let's Talk! to get the answers you need. Families may call the Family Support line at 512-414-9187. You can also send a Let's Talk! text to (512) 886-6434. Support is available weekdays from 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

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