From The Admin Team 4/20/2021

Bernice Kiker Elementary School

Combining the Admin News with the Kiker Comments

In an effort to streamline communication, we are trying something new. We have added all the information that typically is shared in the Kiker Comments into this newsletter. We know it is long, but now everything is in one place.

Upcoming Events


5 - 30 CLI Engage Pre-K4 Assessment Window

5 -22 Kinder MAP Growth Reading Fluency screening window

9 - Regular school day, NOT an asynchronous day

13 - Evacuation Drill

21 - PTA Meeting, Principal Q and A, Art Night

23 - Regular school day, NOT an asynchronous day

23 - 25 Kiker Gifts of Time Fundraiser Dates

27 -Shelter and Hold Drills


5 - Vision and Hearing Screening PK, K, 1, 3, 5

10 - 21 EOY Map Growth Window for Reading and Math K-2

11 - 3rd , 4th, 5th STAAR Math

12 - 3rd, 4th, 5th STAAR Reading

13 - 5th STAAR Science and Make up day

14 - STAAR Make up day #2

31 - No School / Memorial Day


3 - Last Day for Students

4 - Staff Day

Online Registration for 2021-2022 is now open!

Please log into your family portal account at AISD Parent Portal to register/update your student's information for next school year. Please check the boxes carefully for yearbook permission or for photographs and for campus messages. It is so important to our campus that we get everyone to complete online registration so we can keep and maintain our amazing staff!

We will have curbside registration for our incoming Kindergarten students, April 12-16, M/W/F from 9:00-11:00 in the front driveway. Please bring copies of your student's birth certificate, immunization record, current utility bill, and your driver's license. Please call the Kiker Office at 512-414-2584 if you have any questions.

HSR Curriculum Will Not Be Taught This Year

From AISD District Office:

Due to the unique demands placed on schools and teachers during the COVID-19 crisis for students attending both in-person and remotely, the Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) unit will not be taught to students enrolled in grades K-8th grade during the spring semester of the 2020-21 school year. Principals are required to relay this information to their community. Information will also be published on the AISD Newsletter and HSR website. Parents will have access to resources on topics connected to the website.

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AISD Dyslexia Family Meeting 4/26

The Dyslexia & Literacy Department is excited to host a Dyslexia Family meeting on April

26th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. We would like to give families information about how to keep

their children reading over the summer. Join us to learn about resources and subscriptions that

AISD students have access to throughout the summer. We will have Spanish language

interpretation services for the meeting.

● Please use the following link to register for the session. After registering, you will receive

a confirmation email containing the Zoom meeting link. https://austinisd-

Dr. Bruce Perry, Community Event

Please join us on Monday, May 10 (NEW DATE) at 4:30 pm as Austin Ed Fund hosts an engaging virtual event featuring Dr. Bruce Perry, a renowned brain scientist, and trauma expert. Learn about how the traumatic events of the last year affect the functioning of a child’s brain and how you can help foster communities of healing for a strong future generation.

This is a public event hosted through Zoom that is open to the entire community. Registration is FREE, and it will also be accessible through AISD.TV and Facebook Live. Feel free to share with your family, friends, and community!

To learn more about Dr. Perry’s work, check out his series on COVID-19 stress, distress and trauma. For more information or questions about the event, please contact
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Returning to in-person learning?

We created the videos below at the beginning of the year to help our Comets. Since new families are moving into our community and others are switching from remote learning to in-person learning, we wanted to share them again.

Mask Reminder

The whole campus is a 'mask zone.' Please show your support of our campus expectations by wearing your mask when on campus for drop off and pick up.

Campus Fundraiser

We hope you can join us for the free events! Bingo is Friday at 6:00 pm and Trivia is on Sunday at 6:00 pm.

The virtual auction and gifts of time can be accessed here

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2021-2022 Optional Parent Input Form

It is time to begin the lengthy process of placing each student into classes for the 2021-22 school year. Balancing classes for 800+ students is a huge task that is not taken lightly. We strive to create the greatest mix of students for each classroom based on many factors, including, but not limited to the following: academic needs, social and emotional skills, required special services, and diversity. While parent input is a valued piece of the puzzle, creating balanced classes also requires input from teachers, administrators, and counselors.

If you would like to provide information to be considered during the placement process, please complete the following form by April 23.

If you choose to complete the form, please note the following:

  • Completion of the form is optional—it is NOT required.
  • Please do not request a specific teacher. Information should focus on your child and not on a specific teacher.
  • These forms are valid for one year. Similar forms completed previously are not part of this year’s process.
  • We respectfully request that you refrain from requesting placement with friends. Each child’s individual needs will be considered.
  • Children are not placed with teachers based the teacher selected for an older sibling. Each child is unique and must be placed accordingly.
  • Please do not ask any staff member to recommend a teacher or to arrange placement with a teacher.
  • This form does not replace the registration process. You will still need to register your student. We cannot place children unless they are registered. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the Amy McGovern at 512-414-2584.
  • Final placement will not be complete and classroom assignments will not go home until ­­­­­­­a few days prior to the start of classes due to students enrolling and withdrawing throughout the summer.

As always, let us know if you have any questions/concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,

What will next school year look like?

At this time, Austin ISD is awaiting information on the 2021-2022 school year requirements from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We know that on-campus learning will be an option available to families next year, just as it is this year. AISD safety protocols will align with the Center for Disease Control and Austin Public Health. AISD also shared that there will be a hybrid/remote option for 2021-2022.

We realize you’re eager for information, and we will communicate more with our families when we receive guidance from TEA.

Technology for 2021-2022

  • Our current second graders will be 2021-2022 third graders. These students will turn in iPads and get issued a Chromebook in August.

  • iPads will be available to incoming PK thru 2nd graders for each elementary school at the start of the new school year.

Summer Planning

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Get to Know the Staff: Each week we will feature a few staff members and their "I Am Kiker" poem.

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In addition to Art Night, we are working on a collaborative work of art at Kiker. Please decorate the attached feather, return by Wednesday, April 28, and stay tuned for an amazing work of art!

Ways to Pickup:

  • Teachers will have copies to provide in-person learners

  • Print from the attached link (

  • Pick one up from 10805 Greymere Ct

  • Return your decorated & cut out feather by Wednesday, April 28

  • Drop off at 10805 Greymere Ct

  • Give to your Kiker teacher

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27 – Cindy Gilliland

28 – Barbara Schaefer and Melissa Krueger


3- Patty Candelaria

7 – Zonia Smith

9 – Emma Sullivan and Andrea Bredl

10- Lisa Adams

12 – Abby Willie

13 – Denise Tharp and Laura Davis

14- Carolyn McKaskle and Tracy Cardenas

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Meyer - Assistant Principal