Panda PAWS Summer Edition

July 2021

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"Celebration is curiously serious business!" -Cassandra Erkens

Are you ready to have some fun?

Get ready to go bowling on Monday, August 9 from 11:00-2:00 p.m!


  • Dress for bowling.
  • Everyone will ride the bus to Pinstack.
  • Lunch is included.
  • We deserve to have some fun!
  • The campus will be closed during this time so everyone can attend.

Let's welcome our new Staff at Pierce!

Welcome to Thalia Zamudio, our new PK 3 Bilingual Aide in Mrs. Reyes's class. She comes to us from Hanes. We are so glad you are part of the Panda Team, Thalia!


Welcome to Nadya De Leon, our new Receptionist. She is a great addtion to our Office Team. You're a Panda now, Nadya!


We look forward to seeing Thalia and Nadya on August 2, 2021!

You will see some other new faces on campus this year as well!

Since we have empty rooms on campus, we will be housing the South Irving Collegiate Academy Staff this year! We are excited to welcome Principal Eber Perla and his team. They will be using rooms 113 and 115. You will see his team on campus all year. We are excited to host them as they make plans to impact secondary students in big ways in 2022!


Read all about it here: https://theinsider.irvingisd.net/2021/03/05/district-awarded-150000-grant-to-open-second-collegiate-academy-in-south-irving/

Upcoming Important Events:

August 3 & 4: Virtual Learn2Inspire for all Teachers


August 5: F2F Head Start Training for HS Teachers


August 6: Guiding Coalition Meeting in the cafe: 12:30-3:00

Spirit Shirt Update:

The aqua blue color was out of stock, so Maria went with the 2nd choice as voted by the Staff. Our t shirts will be black and white this year. They will be free for Staff and students just like last year. We will wear them to Convocation at the Toyota Music Factory on August 12!

We submitted our application to become a National Model PLC School!

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We look forward to seeing all Paraprofessionals back on August 2, 2021!

Important Reminders as Staff return to campus:

  • For those of you reporting back in July, we will be working 10 hour days with Fridays off.
  • We start our regular 5 day work week on August 2.
  • Dress code (for now) is the same as last year. Jeans are fine.
  • We will be conducing regisration by appointment only.
  • Although we won't be setting up stations in the cafe, we will be calling on IA's to come and help as necessary with tranlating, Infosnap, etc.
  • Thank you for all your support!

Teachers can start working in their rooms on July 19!

If you would like to start setting up your room (TOTALLY OPTIONAL!), you are more than welcome to come and see Maria and get your keys and keycard.

  • Please remember that the building is not open on Fridays in July.
  • If you know when you are coming, you can email Maria so she can make an AC reservation so it's nice and cool in your room when you arrive. The AC likely does not come on outside of the 7:30-5:30 work hours.
  • You can text Ms. Dickson or call Maria to answer any questions.

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Have a great summer, Pandas!