Burnet Family Newsletter

March 2023

Parent Support Specialist's Message: Mrs. Rivas-Benavides

Happy March,

We have one left before Spring Break. I want to stress the importance of attendance and laptops. Attendance is important because we have one week before the third nine weeks ends. That means we will have nine more weeks of school when we return from Spring Break. Students will have nine weeks to end the school year the best they can. A huge part of the remaining school year is testing. Students will be studying and completing state mandated tests during the remaining 3 months of school. All of the tests will be done using their laptops that were distributed by the district.

With that being said, it is very important that STUDENTS BRING THEIR CHARGED LAPTOPS TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that the district is now accepting enrollment applications for the upcoming school year. Please try your best to register your students online through the Parent Portal for the 2023-2024 school year as soon as possible. Feel free to reach out to me if you require assistance. I will be hosting a registration clinic in March so please look out for that.

Thank you all for your support.

2023-2024 Online Registration

Please use the following link to access online registration.

https://www.austinisd.org/enroll This link provides instructional videos on how to complete online registration as well as a link to the parent portal.

Contact the Parent Support Specialist with any questions.

Upcoming Burnet Events

  • 3/2 Boys Basketball Playoffs- 7th grade Vs. Covington, 8th grade Vs. Bedicheck, 6 p.m.
  • 3/8 AVEY Community Engagement Dinner, BMS Cafe- 5:30 p.m.
  • 3/13-3/17 Spring Break Vacation (No School)
  • 3/20-3/24 PRIDE WEEK @ Burnet
  • 3/25-Registration Workshop @ Navarro
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Twilight Tutoring

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Burnet Middle School Bell Schedule

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A and B Day Rotating Schedule

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Burnet Dress Code

We will follow the AISD Dress Code Policy. We want students to express their identity but keeping our community safe. If any outfit is a distraction to the learning environment, our administration will contact parents. We are asking students and parents to refrain from students wearing pajamas to school. We have reminded students about what they can and cannot wear to school.

Spirit Wear

Have your students join our SPIRIT days at Burnet MS:

Every Monday will be BURNET SPIRIT WEAR

Every Wednesday will be COLLEGE SPIRIT WEAR (WE ARE AVID)

Every Friday Burnet, College, or NFL/College "NCAACF" wear

Morning Arrival Procedures

  • Parents of car riders should use the circle drive on Hathawayto drop off their students in the morning. DO NOT PARK on Doris St.
  • Students must ENTER the building by using the door by the cafeteria.
  • Students must wash their hands, go through the lunch line to grab breakfast, and go to their first period class. (breakfast and lunch are free, so they can grab a fruit/milk and juice as we have many growing children!)
  • Students will eat in their first period classrooms.

Dismissal Procedures

Our busloop is back in business! Thank you for your patience as repairs are sill happening, but it is safe to proceed.

CAR RIDERS-Please use the HATHAWAY CIRCULAR drive. DO NOT pick up on Doris St.

WALKERS-Quickly begin walking home after dismissal.


Bus numbers can be found here: https://busstop.austinisd.org/regedpub/default.aspx?load=addressInput&skipPlan=true

Burnet Middle School Free School Meals

Did you know Burnet Middle School have access to free breakfast and lunch this year?

Who qualifies: All of Burnet Middle School students receive free meals this school year, regardless of income and without any application or documentation. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity to have a balanced meal, at no cost.

About the meals: Meals feature foods that are cooked and prepared by staff in our school kitchens. The healthy meals include protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk. We offer vegetarian options at both breakfast and lunch. Austin ISD menus feature local, sustainably-sourced, and clean label foods.

About breakfast at school: We serve breakfast daily and feature items like whole grain pancakes or waffles, chia bars, locally-baked muffins, cereal, and fresh fruit.

About lunch at school: Lunch menus feature a variety of foods intended to connect with our middle school students. Student favorites include whole grain pizza, burgers served on locally-baked whole wheat buns, and a variety of scratch-prepared options like tacos, enchiladas, and pasta. We also offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily, often Texas-grown.

Bringing a sandwich? Let us take care of the sides. As long as a student selects three different meal components, at least one being a fruit or vegetable, it qualifies as a free meal.

Healthy snacks and drinks: We offer a variety of snacks, like cookies and Pirate’s Booty, along with beverages like Naked Juice, all available for purchase.

Good to know: As a federally funded program, we receive funding for each meal served; the more meals we serve the more funding we have to invest in the quality of our food, maintain local jobs, and support the Texas economy.

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Burnet MS Cell Phone Policy

For the 22-23 school year the cell phone policy will be enforced as follows:

All student cell phones should be out of sight from 8:20-3:50. This includes earbuds/airpods, they too should be out of site. It has become increasingly disruptive to the Burnet learning environment. Students are using phones to engage in social media/texting instead of focusing on their academics more than pre pandemic. Students all have a one to one devices and hence will not need cell phones for their learning. Students are expected to bring their Chromebook every day. Cell phones will also not be seen during the lunch time.

If students cell phone is seen by any staff member it will be picked up and turned in to the front office for the following:

1st time: Parent must come pick up the phone/earbuds/airbuds or student can pay a $15 dollar fine

2nd time: Parent must come pick up the phone/earbuds/airbuds and pay a $15 dollar fine

3rd time: Parent will be asked to have student leave phone/earbuds/airbuds at home

If the student refuses to give the phone/earbuds/airbuds to the teacher after being reminded several times, a student referral will be written and the phone/earbuds/airbuds will be confiscated by the administrator. The parent will be called to pick up the phone and pay for the $15. If the student complies and turns it in to the teacher, then they have an opportunity to pay $15 and get the phone/earbuds/airbuds or the parent can come for a conference and get the phone/earbuds/airbuds back with no fine. If it is continuous or a refusal of turning the over phone/earbuds/airbuds the fine will be given.

If any parent needs to give a message, please use our 512-414-3225 to speak to one of our clerks and the message will be delivered to the student. If a student needs to get a hold of the parent, students can be allowed to use campus phones as long as it is not a disruption to the learning environment.

Volunteer Opportunity!

  • If you are interested in volunteering at the school, please call the front office to speak with Ms. Brianna Rivas-Benavides our parent support specialist at 512-414-6274! We need our Mighty Sailor Parents to assist in a variety of ways to ensure students are continuously focusing on their learning!

Volunteer sign up

Join Burnet PTA For 22-23 School Year

We need all the community support to Join Burnet PTA.

PTA is focused on making every child's potential a reality by strengthening education and taking a comprehensive approach to community success. And we know there is no commYOUnity without YOU – our members, our business leaders, our decision-makers.

Thank you for supporting PTA in your CommYOUnity! Please select the school district* and name of the PTA you would like join. During checkout you can easily add multiple members to the same** PTA

Got to: https://www.joinpta.org/

Choose the district: Austin ISD

Choose the School: Burnet Middle School

Follow us on Facebook: Burnet Middle School PTA

Follow us on Twitter: @BurnetMS_PTA

Join us to receive notifications of weekly meetings.

Know your child's grade and Attendance!

You can check your students' grades, attendance and email the teachers by using this app.

Download Frontline ERP & SIS and Install from your Android Play Store or your IPhone APP store.

Username and password are the same ones from your parent cloud accounts.

For questions and/or assistance, feel free to contact our parent support specialist, Mrs. Rivas-Benavides.

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Counselor's Corner

For information please use the link to see the monthly newsletter from the counselors. https://www.smore.com/a4bsp

Family Resource Center is Here to Help!

The Burnet Family Resource Center supports families with a child enrolled in Burnet Middle School who are in transition or crisis by providing case management, support, information, and referrals to community and school resources to parents.

8401 Hathaway Drive Portable #507 Austin, TX 78757

SOCIAL WORKER: Daisy Aguirre

O: 512-841-8280


Community Resources and Events

Please find information about special events, food, COVID vaccines, adult education and other resources for the next week here! -------- la información en español está abajo --------

Special Events this Week!

- Saturday, 3/4, 9am-2pm, ENCORE: Early College Family Conference, hosted by Austin Voices and Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. John Ave., 78752. Families with children (especially 4th grade and up) are invited to come learn about the AISD early college programs and community resources that help middle and high school students to start college in high school and continue afterward. The event includes programs for youth and adults, resources, turkey dinner, CTFB food boxes and raffle. This event is open to ALL in the community! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d4Fie8bMxgy69aRtWFOJa-xJb5gU4_su/view?usp=share_link

- Our Voices. Our Vision. Our Schools: Austin Voices is hosting conversations at schools all over Austin to find out what YOU THINK about important issues, including the resources our schools need, choosing a new superintendent and how we create educational equity for all children in our community. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Each conversation will feature dinner, childcare and small group discussions. This event is open to ALL in the community! Translation will be provided.

- Tuesday, 3/7, 5:30pm-7:30pm - Hart Elementary School, 8301 Furness St., 78753: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bshP3q5GLGQTrneZ8NTxSLGf-q2dvhQG/view?usp=share_link

- Wednesday, 3/8, 5:30pm-7:30pm - Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway, 78757: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PXz1Oq1h5zXJND8HPkC4oVBAjO1dpPxf/view?usp=share_link

FREE food distributions: Food Resources

- Tuesday, 3/7, 9am-11am, Fresh Food for Families, East Austin Neighborhood Center, 211 Comal St., 78702

- Austin Public Health Neighborhood Centers have food pantries: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-centers

Vaccine information and resources:

- AVEY COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Site Calendar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19t-Uj6etAIDUL6dd4FHJKAinlSBxd8sF_K3KrLgCW8Y/edit?usp=sharing

- Tuesday, 3/7, 10am-1pm, El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue, 78745, Flu & COVID vaccines for adults 19+ years

- Wednesday, 3/8, 4pm-7pm, Kealing Middle School, 1647 Pennsylvania, 78702, Flu & COVID for 6+ months

- Order 4 more FREE COVID at home test kits: https://www.covid.gov/tests

Other resources: AVEY Community Resource Guide

- If you are looking for fun, friendship, health and wellness. . . Austin Voices is recruiting people for Austin Public Health Austin Moves! Walking Groups: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JU0i6j4WXubodQdAtsLSmi_GrxRgr8TN/view?usp=share_link If you are interested in leading a group or joining a school or neighborhood walking group in Dobie MS, Cook ES, Padron ES, Travis HS, Gus Garcia Rec Center or Onion Creek Metro Park, pre-register here: https://forms.gle/xup5J9VarfnBuqpHA

- AVEY Health Insurance Clinics. Do you need health coverage or have questions about health insurance? Austin Voices is working with Central Health and Dell Children's Health Plan to offer health insurance clinics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17vjumoLxOtH4-mwgR1gGtmZA647ktV-C/view?usp=share_link. We can help you apply for MAP if you are uninsured, live in Travis County, and have income less than 200% FPL. Starting April 1, all families with state benefits (Medicaid, SNAP) will need to reapply. We can help! Request an appointment here: https://forms.gle/Z6YUA22ffmqfXP7j6

- Interested in learning about leadership development opportunities as a Community Block Leader?https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wv0xAmiT0XOclKdteGyP9a8us8C5GZdk/view?usp=share_link Every Thursday, from 1pm to 2pm, the leaders of the community block meet via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/ j/88174438167

- If you have state benefits (Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP) and have moved in the past 3 years, you need to update your address on yourtexasbenefits.com. Renewal letters will be mailed in April: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MgARZrEaLzgNb-v3wMnN3H9T8xiahp7Q/view?usp=share_link

- It's time to prepare your taxes! If you make less than $60K, Foundation Communities Prosper Centers can help! Call 2-1-1 for an appointment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bv4g0OpgticPAB56_awhthjs9xSsM5RF/view?usp=share_link

- If your child needs immunizations for school, contact your doctor, clinic or Shots for Tots: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmH8f-beuwfDINHi9YwT_yJq9A8qhpTj/view?usp=sharing

- Do you want a $30 discount in your internet bill? Apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H7eVtQ59ErBxPnS5YdbrBpZxyLQEpfQr/view?usp=sharing

Adult Education Opportunities: AVEY Adult Education Catalog

- NEW! Pre-register now for Computer Classes by Manos de Cristo, from March 6-9: https://forms.gle/y9hXsmMnDDVfqSDy9

- Pre-register now for Virtual Financial Literacy Classes by CHASE: https://forms.gle/JHGpqPSnigK4bcrj8

- Pre-register now for FREE Virtual Exercise Classes and Health Coaching by Stronger Austin: https://forms.gle/mioGcGZ9VyK87zndA

- Pre-register now for Plaza Comunitarias in Spanish, adult basic education for adults who want to finish primary or secondary school: https://forms.gle/zE337kpgy1JMn1Ay6

- Pre-register now for Early Childhood Virtual Parent Education Group by Strong Start for 9 weeks, Orientation is Monday, 3/6, 12pm-1pm by Zoom: https://forms.gle/cp5XKBd1DKUWeEwT8

- Pre-register now for Early Learners Family Engagement Workshop with the Thinkery by Strong Start: https://forms.gle/RSjLT17P1MX5E1Fy7

- Pre-register now for Early Childhood Virtual Parenting Workshops by Strong Start: https://forms.gle/4aN4xGTzahU7KWW8A

- Pre-register now for Lone Star Construction Trades Electrical Training, 40-hour class with potential scholarship taught in English (must be legal to work in the US): https://forms.gle/AmGn7Rsjen4iTHjXA

- Are you 14 to 17 years of age wanting to work this summer? Travis County offers Summer Youth Employment training: Register NOW! https://traviscountytx.jotform.com/213546033258958

- Are you 16-24 years of age and wanting help taking the next step for your education and employment? Goodwill Youth Services can help! Register for orientation here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGHTfla6kUlzZm_G3RhURPtMfcTQ_4Ftejh0SLy3m7e5daww/viewform

- Want to go to college? PelotonU can help. Register before 2/16 to start on 3/6. Schedule a 15 minute call to learn more: https://pelotonu.org/get-started/

- Want to go to college for FREE? Capital IDEA can help: https://forms.gle/9tnY3zmv6ACMAk8d7

Take care!

COMMUNICATION IS KEY! See Family Engagement Newsletter!

Here are the ways we are communication with our families at Burnet Middle School. If you are not receiving calls or emails and need help , please contact our front office. We can help!

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- Do you have questions for AISD? Let's Talk: https://www.austinisd.org/letstalk or call the Family Support Line at 512-414-9187