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October 19-October 23

Note From Ms. Murr

Hi Panthers!

Thank you so much for another wonderful week. We are navigating challenging times and it is all made easier by working together!

As we enter the third and final part of our phase-in, on Monday we will welcome back our 4th and 5th grade students who wish to return to campus. I know many families are still considering returning to campus in the future. Please consider the following:

  • returning to school may mean switching teachers
  • once notified, we will need up to 5 days to transition a student from remote to on-campus
  • once on campus, if you choose to return to remote, you will not have the opportunity to choose in-person learning until second semester
  • email me ( with any questions or if you would like to change your child's current learning environment

For our on-campus learners, thank you so much for using the app!! It makes the morning so much easier for us all! Also, please note that you cannot choose to have your child attend remotely if you choose/are not able to be on campus for a day. For example, if your child is an in-person learner and you go out of town, your child may not attend remotely while on your trip. Some teachers are teaching only in-person at this time and monitoring different/additional students each day is too much to ask in addition to all they are doing. Thank you for your understanding.

On Friday morning, Mr. Foyt and I will host a Principal's Chat to discuss updates/outcomes of the phase-in, share upcoming events, and answer any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!

Thanks so much,


Note from Mr. Foyt

Hi Panthers!

The Bryker Woods teachers and staff are happy and excited to see more students returning to campus! To this end, everyone in our learning community has worked very hard preparing for the next phase of students returning to campus. As we welcome more students to campus, we will continue to focus on student safety and put our efforts into making this the best possible educational experience for all students both at home and at school.

For those families returning this week, please make sure to download the AISD app and complete the daily COVID screening. Each morning we will need to see the green check from the screening. Then, we will take each student’s temperature and have the child enter the school. Please follow physical/social distance guidelines while standing in line. We are looking forward to a wonderful week of teaching and learning.

David Foyt

This Week's Events

Monday, Oct. 19

  • Phase 3 of Student Return
  • First CAC meeting

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Principal Chat:

Meeting ID: 989 7910 6942

Passcode: r8NyZc

Future Events

October 29

  • Report card mailed home
Nov. 3
  • Election Day, Student holiday

GATE: AISD Advanced Academics

Each year there is an opportunity for families to nominate their student for the Gifted and Talented/Talent Explore or "GATE" program. Please see the attachments below if this is something you may be interested in pursuing. If you have any questions or wish to nominate your child, please email Emily Murr @

General Information

AISD Advanced Academics Site

Morning Announcements

Join Ms. Gee and 5th Grade students for Morning Announcements each morning on BLEND! Please note that you must be signed into the Student Portal to view morning announcements.

Updated Newsletter from Ms. Gee

Immunization Requirements

Texas requires that all students in grades K-12 meet the minimum state immunization requirements. This applies to students receiving both in-person and virtual learning.

It is important to note that there have been no exceptions made to these immunization requirements, due to COVID-19, by the State.

All immunization requirements should be met by families by October 5, 2020, for both in-person and virtual learners.

You can find more information about the minimum Texas Immunization Requirements here: Please reach out to your Campus Health Room Staff for more information on resources that can be given to families and any questions you may have.

Bus Updates

Temperature Checks Before Boarding Bus:

  • As part of AISD's health screening protocols, the transportation team will check students' temperature before boarding the bus.
  • Students who have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to return home with their guardians.
  • If students are alone at the bus stop, they will travel to school on a second bus. Guardians will be asked to pick up students from the campus. ·
  • Please ensure guardians accompany students to bus stops.
Bus Safety/Updates:
  • After each trip, bus drivers will clean high-touch areas.
  • Expect delays during the first few weeks as campus communities, including team members, students, and families, adjust to the new protocols.
  • Transportation team members also are adapting to further processes, including additional duties and routes.
2020-21 Bus information

  • Families whose students are eligible for transportation are receiving their bus information by email or letter.
  • The district's "Bus Stop Finder" is live right now.
  • Families whose students have special needs will receive information in-person from their bus teams.


Technology Available at BW!

If you need to request a device, please reach out to Ms. Kettler.

Device pickup procedure at BW

You will need to provide:

  1. Your child’s student id number

  2. The type and number of devices you are expecting to receive

(chromebook, Ipad)

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.

Video Tutorial: How to Request Technology on the Parent Portal

Family Technology Q&A

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

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


How to Get Involved

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 or through Living Tree.

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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