Cunningham Messenger

November 7th

Principal's Message

Dear CunningFAM,


It's a busy week for Cunningham! We are very excited for our mini Academic Showcase and Book Fair.


Mini-Academic Showcase


For our first Academic Showcase of the year we will be highlighting the work our AMAZING Essential Areas and PEAS does for our school. Come on by and enjoy a beautiful Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit on the stage, some drum fit in the gym, see the kitchen, and here some mini-performances from our amazing Cobra Choruses:


Students will be performing a short five-minute performance on November 11th at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We will be singing two songs we have been learning in music class. The performance will be held outside in the courtyard.

First group: 2nd and 3rd grade will be performing together “Cuando el Reloj“ and Jingle Bells.

Second group: 4th and 5th grade will be performing together “Skin and Bones” and Feliz Navidad.

Please email me at yulianna.molina@austinisd.org if your student can participate in this performance on November 11th at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Book Fair Info


Book Fair is coming soon! We will have an in-person Book Fair the week of November 8th-12th. This is the perfect place to do some holiday shopping! There are a few notable changes this year due to pandemic protocols:


  1. In an effort to make this fair as safe as possible for all our students, staff members, and families, this will be a NO CASH book fair. We're asking caregivers to please set up a Scholastic eWallet account for their children HERE and here is a video to show you how to do it. It's easy to create an eWallet for your student. Simply add funds or invite family and friends to contribute. It provides a safe, cashless way for students to shop for their own books in person and provides a secure contactless check-out. (Please contact Ms. Quigley if cash is the only option for you and we will work something out.)
  2. We'll be open Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 12th from 7:30am-3:45pm. Thursday November 11 will be extended hours until 7:30pm. Per AISD protocol, Book Fair shoppers will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer or gloves while shopping. Caregivers may purchase books using credit cards, debit cards, or eWallet accounts. Please be aware that we'll be limiting the number of people entering the library and at times there may be a short wait. Caregivers are encouraged to shop between 7:30-8:30am and 2:30-3:45pm, as well as 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday.
  3. All students will be coming to the Book Fair with their classes at a scheduled time during the week of November 8th-12th. We ask that if your child plans to purchase books at school, their eWallet account is set up by Monday, November 8th. To make shopping easier for your child, you can determine which items you'd like to purchase ahead of time by browsing the interactive book flyer HERE or watching some preview videos PK-3 and 4-5

Please let Ms. Quigley know if you have any questions. All Book Fair proceeds will benefit the library. Thank you for your help in making this a fun, safe, and successful event!



Please let us know how we are doing and any insight you have for us in terms of taking our Care & Customer Service to the next level by taking this short survey: We CARE about our CunningFAM!


Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal & Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

Mensaje de la directora

Mini escaparate académico


Para nuestra primera Exhibición Académica del año, destacaremos el trabajo que nuestras INCREÍBLES Áreas Esenciales y PEAS hacen por nuestra escuela. Ven y disfruta de una hermosa exhibición del Día de Los Muertos en el escenario, algunos tambores en el gimnasio, mira la cocina y aquí algunas mini-actuaciones de nuestros increíbles Cobra Choruses:


Los estudiantes realizarán una presentación corta de cinco minutos el 11 de noviembre a las 5:30 p.m. y 6:30 p.m. Cantaremos dos canciones que hemos estado aprendiendo en la clase de música. La actuación se llevará a cabo al aire libre en el patio.


Primer grupo: 2º y 3º grado actuarán juntos “Cuando el Reloj” y Jingle Bells.


Segundo grupo: 4º y 5º grado actuarán juntos “Skin and Bones” y Feliz Navidad.


Por favor envíeme un correo electrónico a yulianna.molina@austinisd.org si su estudiante puede participar en esta presentación el 11 de noviembre a las 5:30 p.m. y 6:30 p.m.



¡La Feria del Libro se acerca! Tendremos la Feria del Libro en forma presencial la semana del 8 al 12 de noviembre. ¡Este es el lugar perfecto para hacer algunas compras navideñas! Este año tenemos algunos cambios notables debido a los protocolos de la pandemia:


  1. En un esfuerzo para hacer esta feria lo más segura posible para todos nuestros estudiantes, miembros del personal y familias, haremos esta feria de libros SIN EFECTIVO. Les pedimos a todos los que quieran hacer compras de libros que por favor abran una cuenta de Scholastic eWallet para sus hijos AQUÍ y tenemos un video para mostrarles cómo hacerlo. Es fácil crear una cuenta eWallet para su estudiante. Simplemente añada fondos a su cuenta o invite a sus familiares y amigos a contribuir. Es una forma segura y sin uso de efectivo para que los estudiantes compren sus propios libros en persona y ofrece una compra segura sin contacto. (Por favor, póngase en contacto con la Sra. Quigley si el efectivo es la única opción para usted y vamos a encontrar una solución).
  2. Estaremos abiertos desde el lunes 8 de noviembre hasta el viernes 12 de noviembre de 7:30am a 3:45pm. El jueves 11 de noviembre tendremos un horario extendido hasta las 7:30pm. Según el protocolo de AISD, los compradores de la Feria del Libro deberán usar cubre bocas y desinfectante de manos o guantes mientras compran. Los compradores pueden adquirir los libros utilizando tarjetas de crédito, tarjetas de débito o cuentas eWallet. Tenga en cuenta que limitaremos el número de personas que entren a la biblioteca y que tal vez tenga que esperar un breve tiempo. Se recomienda a los compradores que realicen sus compras entre las 7:30 y las 8:30 y entre las 2:30 y las 3:45, así como entre las 5:30 y las 7:30 de la tarde del jueves.
  3. Todos los estudiantes acudirán a la Feria del Libro junto compañeros de clase durante su horario programado durante la semana del 8 al 12 de noviembre. Le pedimos que, si su hijo/a planea comprar libros en la escuela, su cuenta de eWallet esté configurada para el lunes 8 de noviembre. Para facilitar las compras de su hijo, usted puede determinar los artículos que le gustaría comprar con anticipación consultando el folleto interactivo de libros AQUÍ o viendo algunos videos introductorios para edades de PK-3 y 4-5
Por favor, avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta. Todos los ingresos de la Feria del Libro beneficiarán a la biblioteca. Gracias por su apoyo para que este evento sea divertido, seguro y exitoso.


Háganos saber cómo lo estamos haciendo y cualquier información que tenga para nosotros en términos de llevar nuestra atención y servicio al cliente al siguiente nivel, respondiendo a esta breve encuesta: ¡Nos preocupamos por nuestro CunningFAM!

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November 7th - 11th - BOOK FAIR!


November 11th - 5:30 to 7:30pm - Fall Academic Showcase - Stop by for some fun with Music, Art, and PE! Book Fair is open as well!


November 18th - 3:30 CAC, 6:00 PTA


November 22nd - November 26th - Fall Break


December 10th - School Pictures


December 20th - January 3rd - Winter Break



*Please check back for updates!

** Dates Subject to Change!

Friday Assembly Zoom Link

Password: Cobras2021

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Holiday Donation Programs and Ways to Give!

Dear families,


The holiday season is around the corner. Cunningham is now accepting donations of gift cards for Cobra families in need. Gift cards should be in $25 increments and can be dropped off or mailed directly to the school. (Sorry no e-gift cards this year). Click HERE to learn more and to sign up to donate to Cunningham's Holiday Giving 2021!


If you are a family in need this holiday season, please fill out this Google form with your information. Donated gift cards will be distributed the week of December 13th.


OTHER GIVING PROGRAMS...


Operation Blue Santa is now accepting applications. The mission of the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is to provide toys and food for families in need during the holiday season. Click HERE to visit their website to learn more and apply. Application deadline is 11/24/21.


Toys for Tots application can be found HERE. Application deadline is 11/30/21.


Jr. League of Austin is accepting donations and requests for their Coats for Kids program. Coats will be distributed via curbside pick-up 12/4/21-12/6/21at the Junior League of Austin Community Impact Center, located at 5330 Bluffstone Lane, Austin, TX 78759. Click HERE for more info.


With Peace, Love, and Gratitude,

Ms. O'Connor

Middle School

Dear 5th grade families,


This year AISD is featuring a common application for Magnet Middle Schools and Single-Gendered School.


Information and the application can be found here - https://www.austinisd.org/haveitall

The common application is STEP ONE in applying. Students will also take part in a virtual interview and (virtual or in-person) timed essay writing session. (Ann Richards essay is not timed.)


Save the Date -


11/4 Kealing Virtual Parent Info Session - sign up HERE

11/11 Kealing In-Person Showcase, 5:30-7:30pm @ Kealing MS


11/10 Lively Virtual Parent Info Night 1 - sign up HERE

12/8 Lively Virtual Parent Info Night 2 - sign up HERE

1/12 Lively Open House, 5:30-7:30pm @ Lively MS


APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEB. 5TH!


Please see Kealing and/or Lively's recruitment flyer below for the full timeline!

AISD CARES - Let's Talk!

Let's Talk is an online tool that takes your questions and feedback and sends it directly to the appropriate staff members for follow up.

AISD CARES - Rave!

The Recognizing All Valuable Employees or RAVE Program was created to honor those staff members who take the extra steps to provide equitable and exceptional experiences.

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