Kiker Comments: August 16, 2022

A Joint Newsletter from the Bernice Kiker Admin Team & PTA

Calendar of Events


August

11 - Meet the Teacher

15 - First Day of School

25 - Back to School Night (K-1) at 5:30

30 - Spirit Day - Wear Kiker Shirts and/or the color blue


September

1- Back to School Night for 2nd and 3rd at 5:30 / 4th and 5th at 6:30

5 - No School: Labor Day

28 -29 Evening Times Available for Parent Teacher Conferences

SAVE THE DATES

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Below is the link to the slide deck shared for our new family orientation

Arrival and Dismissal Information

Watch Our Videos For Arrival and Dismissal Procedures / QR Codes at Dismissal for Families Waiting Outside

Arrival Video - New updated colors for Pre-K and Kinder.


Dismissal Video - This is our video from last year. Our A-B-C signs are much improved, and the rest of the procedures are still very helpful.


For families waiting outside at dismissal, please use the QR codes tied to the trees to enter your family number. This really speeds up our dismissal process!

Updated AISD Protocols for Safety at Drop-Off and Pick-Up

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Covid Protocols

Yes, we are still dealing with the virus and we still need to be vigilant to help our community.


If district protocols change, I will inform you through the Kiker Comments. Here are the district plans as of today.

Precautions on campus:

-Air purifiers in all classrooms

-Masks available for any student or staff member who would like one

-Sanitizer and wipes are available for all staff to clean heavy traffic areas in their classrooms

What we are not doing:

-Individually screen/temperature check each person entering the building.

-Mandate masks for students or staff

-Contact tracing

What to do if your student tests positive: Please email cory.matheny@austinisd.org with your child’s name, ID number, date of positive test and test type. Although not required, we encourage you to reach out to the families/students with whom your child was with most regularly in contact just prior to testing positive.

What happens next: Your student may return to campus and begin participating in extracurricular events five days after testing positive if they are feeling well and symptoms have subsided. The day of the test is day 0. So, for example, if your student isn’t feeling well Wednesday after school, and you give them a home test Thursday morning AND the test is positive, then Thursday becomes day 0. Your student is required to stay home for five days. In this example, your student may return to school on Wednesday of the following week. Please note that it is the day of the positive test, not the day symptoms started that counts as day 0.

What to expect from us when we have a positive case on campus:

Everyone will receive a district provided form letter via email letting you know we had a positive case (or the quantity if multiple cases) on campus. It isn’t meant to give you details, just a general heads-up. Classrooms/grade levels are not identified in the letter.

Library News from Ms. Cross

Kiker's Book of the Month Club

Purchase a book from our special collection of new books. Be the first to read it and donate it to the Bernice Kiker Library!

Formerly known as Birthday Books, our librarian, Ashley Cross, will present your child with the book they’ve selected, and your child will have time to enjoy the book before sending it back for everyone else to check out.

Each book is $15. A special name plate will be placed in the book showing your child’s donation to the Kiker Library. In addition, your child’s picture with their chosen book will be displayed in the hallway. You can sign your child up for as many months as you’d like (each month is an additional $15).

Ready to join?

To join the Book of the Month Club, please fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM and pay by check or austinisd.schoolcashonline.com. Your child will be called from class to choose a book and parents will be notified when this takes place. Your child will be recognized on the bulletin board outside of the library for the month.

Thank you for participating!

Ashley Cross, Bernice Kiker Librarian

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New Official Attendance Time

AISD has standardized the attendance time for all elementary schools. Our official attendance time has moved from 10:00 to 10:30 am. All students present at the official attendance time are marked present for the day. Please consider this when making appointments during the school day to support your child's attendance rates and the campus funding that comes along with attendance.


Just a reminder, doors open at 7:15 and the instructional day begins at 7:40.

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Cafeteria Prices for 2022-2023

Beginning this school year, the cafeteria will be resuming the pricing system for breakfast and lunch. More information and menus can be found on https://www.schoolcafe.com/.

Applicaitons for free and reduced lunch are available as well.


Prices for 2022-2023 (Pre-K Qualifiers: more information to come)

breakfast

reduced: $0.30

full price: $1.50


Lunch

reduced: $0.40

full price: $3.15


Staff/adults/non student price

breakfast: $2.75

lunch $4.50

PTA

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Kiker PTA Membership

Join Kiker PTA! Kiker PTA's mission is to support Kiker Elementary by organizing volunteers, funding special events, programs, and classroom needs, as well as coordinating many important yearly initiatives. Kiker PTA’s impact is made possible thanks to our dedicated Kiker Community and strong participation in our annual fundraising events: School Spirit Shirts, Love Your School Fall Fundraiser, Pavers Sale, and the online Pre-order School Supplies. While you might be wondering how we will do it all this year, please know we can't do it without your annual membership and support. Complete your membership by scanning the QR code or visit https://kikerpta.membershiptoolkit.com/our_pta

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Spirit Wear


Thank you to everyone who purchased spirit wear either on pre-order or at Meet the Teacher! Proceeds raised from selling spirit wear go directly back to our campus. We still have a handful of youth shirts, plenty of adult shirts, and our new wristbands posted in our online store. Keep an eye out for more spirit wear in the near future!

https://kikerpta.membershiptoolkit.com/store

Announcements

AISD News

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Around the Community

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Staff Birthdays

August

6- Isabelle Martin

7 - Nicole Dean

12 - Jenny Bock

28 - Lucy Rodriguez

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No Parking at the New CDC East

Many of our families and staff members have taken advantage of the extra parking in the old Xplor / New CDC East parking lot. Just a reminder to all, that location will be up and running as the new Circle C Child Development Center East Campus and is no longer a parking option for our Kiker Families. Thank you so much for your help!

After School Enrichment

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Safety Patrol for 4th and 5th Graders

This year we are encouraging 4th and 5th grade students to sign up for safety patrol for a two week block of time during the school year. Thank you for being a campus leader!

Students will drop backpack off in the front foyer/vestibule, sign in, grab a vest, and head out front. We need help waving cars to the front of the line, opening doors, and welcoming each child with a warm greeting or sending students off at the end of the day.

SIgn Up Genius Link

How To Video - This is the Training Video for Safety Patrol

AISD Master Calendar 2022-2023

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Zilem - Assistant Principal