Panda Parent Newsletter

What's Going On at Anita Uphaus ECC? Vol. 1 #2 October 2022

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Parent Support Specialist

Greetings Panda Families,

Thank you families for a great month and a half of school. Our scholars have already made so much progress in such a short time.

You can expect periodic newsletters from myself, and several of the classroom teachers to keep you up to date as to what is happening here at Anita Uphaus and in the classrooms.

A good way of staying up to date on school information is to visit our website at . From there, you can find several sources of information that will keep you informed of all the happenings at Anita Uphaus. We are excited to partner with you for the 2022-2023 school year. If at any time during the school year you feel the need to contact me, please feel free to call me, Linda C. Perez, Parent Support Specialist at (512) 414-5538 or by email at

Our partnership and collaboration with you will assist us in having a tosuccessful school year. Your involvement and partnership is important. There is no one like you!

As your Parent Support Specialist, I can assist you in several ways. In working together, I can:

Find resources you may need- I can help find assistance when needed.

Learn new things about school and how to help your child succeed. Look for workshops for parents throughout the year!

Become leaders in our school!

Your input and participation in the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) and other school committees such as Campus Advisory Council (CAC).

Become a Parent Volunteer! Volunteers are welcomed and needed!

Everyone who volunteers will need to attend a volunteer orientation and complete a successful background check.

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REMINDERS: School Schedule

  • Doors open: 7:10 am
  • Arrival Time: 7:10 thru 7:40 am
  • Tardy Bell: Rings at 7:40 am
  • Dismissal Time: 3:10 pm

We are seeing an influx of students that are being dropped off late or picked up late after school. We understand emergencies and situations beyond our control. Please remember to drop off and/or pick up your child on time. Thank you.

REMINDERS: Arrival & Dismissal


Below are a few reminders that will assist with our arrival/dismissal procedures. Attached you will find our map for Arrival & Dismissal. Please assist us in following traffic rules. We thank you in advance for helping to keep our staff, scholars, and parents safe.


We ask that you please be patient with the drop off/pick up line. We are moving as fast as we can and want to ensure all children get home and to school safely. Our campus only has 1 entry and 1 exit. We ask that you be kind to fellow families by NOT cutting in line, NOT using obscene gestures to others, NOT using a handheld devices (phones in a school zone) while driving, and NOT speeding in the parking lot. Our Anita Uphaus staff is to trying to keep ALL staff, families, and students safe.

During morning drop off, parents and parent guardians will be allowed to:

  • walk their child(ren) up to the designated campus entrances at the school.
  • If you are walking them to the designated drop off areas, please make sure you cross at the student crosswalk for your safety. Parents must park in a designated parking spot and walk your child across.
  • Go through the designated drive-thru entrances at the school

During after school pick up, parents and parent guardians will be allowed to:

  • pick up their child(ren) at the designated campus pick-up areas at the school
  • Go through the designated drive-thru exits at the school

Please do not:

Block the flow of traffic in and out of school premises.

Block the bus lane in the front circle drive.

Speed in a school zone.

Use cell phone in school zone.

Due to safety reasons, parents and parent guardians will NOT be allowed to walk children to their classrooms.

REMINDERS: Please be mindful of your speed during pick up & drop off. Speed limit should not exceed 10 mph.

NO CELL PHONE use in an active school zone. Please put your cell phones down.

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Attendance Policy

Events & Opportunities

Food Distribution Sites

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Early Release Day on Friday, October 7th

  • Early Release will occur Friday, October 7th. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.

  • Morning PK3 day will not be impacted.

  • Afternoon PK3 day will be shortened and have the same early release time as the rest of the campus.

Due to Early Release, afternoon PK3 classrooms will end early along with the rest of the campus. Elementary campuses will release students at 1:30, middle schools at 2:30 and high schools at 3:30.

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Trunk or Treat Donations

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Special Education Workshop Series

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Flu Clinic for Staff & Students

H-E-B is coming to administer Flu Shots for Austin ISD staff and students.

If you would like your child to receive the flu shot, please fill out the attached form attached.

See Below: Fall Flu Clinic Flyer in English, Spanish, and consent form.

FLU Clinic Information for parents & community members

Parents and other community members interested in getting a Flu shot can refer to this link for Flu shot resources: - this link is also in the flyer.

No School For Students on October 14th

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School Photo Day is Coming!

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Austin ISD Showcase
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022
Palmer Events Center
9 a.m. to Noon

Please register to let us know if you’re joining us for the Austin ISD Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road)! You and your family can learn about all the fantastic programs and opportunities our district provides for students and families from Pre-K to 12th grade. Each school will be on hand to show what makes it a unique place for your child to learn, grow and succeed. Just visit the link below to sign up, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Parking and transportation

We know how busy families can get on the weekends, so we are offering free shuttle service to and from the Palmer Center.

Free shuttle buses - Austin ISD is providing FREE transportation starting at 8:15 a.m. Attendees may park at these five locations to catch shuttle buses to the Showcase:

  • Akins Early College High School - 10701 S 1st St. Austin, TX 78748
  • Burger Stadium - 3200 Jones Rd. Austin, TX 78745
  • Eastside Early College High School - 900 Thompson St. Austin, TX 78702
  • Nelson Field - 7105 Berkman Dr. Austin, TX 78752
  • More shuttle locations to be determined.

Parking - Paid parking is available on-site for $8 at the Palmer Events Center Garage.

Event highlights

  • Meet teachers, faculty, and staff from all Austin ISD campuses and learn how we’re helping Austin-area kids reach their potential.
  • Enroll your student in one of our exciting programs to challenge their mind, sharpen their skills, and let them explore the world.
  • Check out the Austin ISD Planetarium, Buford the Book Bus, and so much more!
  • Our students are a talented bunch and they’ll be showing off what they can do with performances and demonstrations from student clubs, sports, and extracurricular programs.

Just click on the button below to register and we’ll keep you posted with updates and information to make sure you get the most out of our showcase!

Questions? – Connect with Austin ISD through Let’s Talk or by texting 512-886-6434 and we’ll be happy to help.

Please click the link below to register to attend.

Brighter Bites Is Here at Uphaus! Please sign up!

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Anita Uphaus will be participating in the Brighter Bites program which provides healthy fruits and vegetables to families. We hope you can sign up to receive these delicious foods.

Our Brighter Bites Enrollment Forms are available online! I have attached both the printable pdf and the pdf with the clickable link to enroll. Here is the direct link to enroll:


One application per family. If you have multiple students enrolled, please only fill out 1 application. If you need assistance, please contact our Parent Support Specialist, Mrs. Linda Perez.

If you would like to volunteer to help with Brighter Bites....please sign up on the link below (APIE).

Library News

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For you to know...

We will have our first author visit this month for scholars during their library time. It will be an exciting time to engage and listen to an author from books and stories they have read in the library.

Mask are Encouraged, Not Required

With the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, students, staff and visitors are not required to wear face masks when on school properties, unless they have tested positive for COVID-19. Note: Per CDC guidance, individuals with a positive COVID-19 result will be required to wear a mask for five days after returning from quarantine/isolation.

  • On February 25, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that masking be based on COVID-19 Community Levels

  • Austin ISD required masks throughout most of the last school year and saw a lower positivity rate inside its schools than in the community at large.

  • Austin ISD will continue to follow CDC guidance and keep track of the COVID-19 community level in Austin Travis County.

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Access, Attendance, and Grades: Please be mindful that in order to receive grades as prescribed in the Texas Education Code, Section 25.092 and Senate Bill (SB) 140 of the 82nd Legislative Session, a student must attend 90% of the given class. Students must also receive instruction in the subject matter for which the grade is given.

What's been happening at Anita Uphaus?

Family Board Displays

New Staff Meet & Greets With Families

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Hispanic Heritage Display

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we have a table display in the front of the school to show our scholars artifacts about the Hispanic culture. Click the link below to see a short video.

Thank you Mrs. Haywood for capturing this!


Celebrating our fabulous Anita Uphaus staff with Fruit Cups!

Custodial Appreciation Week! Oct 3-7

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Corner

Is your child getting frustrated or just needs some guidance to help get regulated? Below are some breathing strategies that we use at school to help them get focused and reset. Practice these at home!
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Please note: if you are planning to volunteer for any event at school you must go through a

back ground check. You can do that clicking this link:

More information to come.

We need you! Join our PTA!

Please support the Uphaus PTA

PTA is an organization of parents and teachers coming together to advocate for our children and students. Your membership alone will give us a BIGGER voice in our school and community!

Membership is $10 for the year. This money goes towards student events, teacher appreciation and much more. PTA membership flyer going out soon!

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Upcoming Events

September 15 - October 15 Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

October 6 - Brighter Bites Distribution

October 7 - Early Release Day for Students @ 1:30 pm

Gifted & Talented Application Deadline (Kinder Only)

October 13 - Title 1 Meeting 8:30-9:30 am

October 14 - No School for Students

October 19 - PTA/Bond Meeting 8:30-9:30 am

October 20 - Brighter Bites Distribution

Flu Clinic 4:00-6:00 pm Community Room

October 22 - Austin ISD Showcase (Parmer Events Center 9:00-12:00)

October 24 - 28 - Red Ribbon Dress up Week

October 25 - CAC Meeting 3:30-4:30 pm

October 27 - Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat 5:00-7:00 pm

October 28 - Parent Coffee Chat 8:30-9:30 am

October 28 - School Picture Day (Individual Photos)

Did you miss our September smore?

Follow us on our social media platforms!

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