September 21- September 25
Note From Ms. Muehling
Thank you for another wonderful week!
AISD has released some of the plans for our At School Learning Phase-In. I sent a letter last week describing how this could look at BW. I've attached it below as well. I will be having a 'Principal's Chat' Monday at 3:00 to review these plans and answer questions.
Many of our final decisions will be based on the number of students choosing to begin at- school learning and students choosing remote learning. Please complete the September Family Pulse survey by tomorrow so we are able to create class lists, determine staffing needs, and create our master schedule. Thanks for your support as we navigate these unknown and challenging times.
Have a wonderful week!
Peace, Love, Panthers!
This Week's Events
Monday, September 21
- Family Pulse Survey Due
- Principal's Chat 3:00
Topic: Principal's Chat
Meeting ID: 992 6219 7196
September Parent Survey- DUE SEPT 21!!!
Your voice is always valuable to us, and especially now as the district continues working through reopening campuses for the 2020–21 school year. Below is a link to the final, short survey that asks your instructional model preference for your student(s) starting on October 6.
Answering this survey is critical for our campus reopening efforts by helping us understand what you think is best for your student(s).
Please note that surveys can only be taken once per each student enrolled. You will need your student’s ID number to access the survey and respond for your student. Questions about the survey or requests for help with the survey can be sent to email@example.com.
The link to the survey is also available on the main AISD webpage, on the Open for Learning webpage, on the AISD Facebook, on the AISD Twitter, on the AISD mobile app, and in the AISD Parent Cloud.
Please feel free to spread the word to ensure that all of our families’ voices are heard!
Happy Birthday Panthers!
Panther Proud Awards
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.
Library Book Drop
We are ready to take back your library books! Bins will be placed in the library courtyard. The bins will be out from 8:30-3:00 each day. Please remember to practice social distancing and wear your mask. Please reach out to Ms. Kettler with any questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Available at BW!
If you need to pick up a device or need to request a device, please reach out to Ms. Kettler.
Device pickup procedure at BW
You will need to provide:
Your child’s student id number
The type and number of devices you are expecting to receive
When you arrive in the circle drive in front of the school please park and call the library office at 512-414-7593. You will be asked to provide your child’s full name, student id number and the type of device you are expecting. Please remain in your car while your device is being issued. Once the process is complete your device will be placed in a bin outside the library courtyard where you can then collect your items.
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.
BW Fall Master Events Calendar
Grade Level Parent Representative
Please contact Jenny Shepard to learn more or sign up.
BW Fall Family Picnic
Are you ready for a new spin on our beloved Family Picnic? We are hoping to continue the tradition of time spent with family and friends outside, great food, and engaging entertainment. To this end we are launching KBWE, a completely auditory experience! Leave those screens at home on October 2nd and listen to our "radio" program...BUT FIRST WE NEED YOUR HELP!
STUDENTS! We would love to include your voices in the broadcast. Record yourselves answering the following prompt: What has been your favorite thing that has happened since we were in school together last March? Do you have a new pet to introduce? A memory to share? A new skill you learned? Please keep it short and sweet.
TEACHERS! You finally get to be the DJ! Record yourself giving a shout out to your students, and select a song we can play for all to enjoy (just send the title and we can track it down).
PARENTS! Do you have a talent for the tambourine? An expertise in electronica? Have you spent the last 6 months mastering the mandolin? We would love to broadcast your music as part of the celebration! (Note: this invite is for adults only, the kids get AXBW!)
Everyone is super busy this time of year but this can be a way for us to celebrate as a community so please consider participating! Audio files (of all types) can be uploaded here:
BW Buddy Program
As you may have suspected, this year at school is going to look a lot different...but hopefully we can find some ways to keep our Bryker Woods community strong!
One way is the new BW Buddies Program, where families new to Bryker Woods are matched with a returning "support" family via email. The support family can welcome the new family to Bryker Woods, and help answer any questions they may have. Hopefully, this partnership will make transitioning to a new school a little easier, and provide both parties with another connection during this time of distance learning.
If you are interested, you can sign up here: BW Buddies Program Sign-Up
Questions? Contact Dana Singh at email@example.com or through Living Tree.
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.