Southwest Elementary Principal Selection

Selecting a new principal for the new Southwest Elementary School  is an extremely important task. We want to ensure each person’s perspective and input  is valued and heard during this time.   We aim to keep this process as transparent and open to everyone as possible. 

For more information, please go here. 

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have the following Volunteer Opportunities for this school year.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested.
 
Back-up coordinators needed (would be the coordinator in 2020-2021):
  • DADS ON DUTY – Fun-loving fathers (or grandfathers) are needed to help supervise lunch period play!  If you enjoy spending half an hour organizing, encouraging, and participating in after lunch fun, this job is for you!  Dads, we can find a time that fits your schedule. This committee meets a few times during the school year. 
  • PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE) – PIE is an AISD program that enables business and community partners to help and work with local schools both with financial and volunteer needs.  There are many ways to partner: rebates, donations financial or in-kind, and much more. In return, partners get exposure and recognition in the school community and AISD.     

Kiker Math Pentathlon Club

Registration is OPEN!!!
Do you love board games? Want to help your child build math skills? Math Pentathlon Club is a great way for children to strengthen their critical reasoning abilities and strategic thinking…without even realizing they are learning! Your child will learn and practice five age-appropriate games with their peers, and may participate in a tournament with other Austin-area schools in the spring. 
 
Parent participation is required – Parents help teach the games to the children, practice the games at home, and monitor the children as they play with their fellow students. Math Pentathlon lets YOU get in the game!   We meet at Kiker on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:00 PM, beginning October 21st. Grades K-5th are welcome.  
 
For more information about Math Pentathlon Club and to sign up for the 2019-20 season, go to http://kikerelementary.org/math-pentathlon.
DEADLINE to sign up for Math Pentathlon Club is October 15, 2019

Spooky Game Night

Thursday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00
 
Save the date for Spooky Game Night hosted by the Kiker PTA!  This festive night will include activities for the whole family: Bingo, musical chairs, Big Bubba, and lots of board games. Pizza will be served and desserts will be sold by 5th grade with proceeds going to charity. Get ready to have some Halloween fun! Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!

Box Top Collection

Please turn in any unexpired Box Tops to your teacher!
Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for Kiker.

Big Changes are being made to the Box Tops program to eliminate clipping.
You will start seeing this blue label replacing the historic pink Box Top.
These blue labels should NOT be submitted to Kiker. 
Rather, you only scan your receipt into their improved app.
Kiker still gets 10 cents per Box Top with NO CLIPPING!

(NOTE: The app quantities will not be part of the school competition.  The school competition awards will end after the 2019-2020 school year.)

Kiker’s 11th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee

Join us for Kiker’s 11th annual Scripps Spelling Bee Competition sponsored by the Kiker PTA!
Students in Grades 1-5 are eligible to compete.  The winner will move on to represent Kiker at the district level.
 
Fun, interactive practice sessions will be held at the Kiker cafeteria on:
  • Practice 1: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Practice 2: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Mock Bee: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • The Spelling Bee finals will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in the Kiker cafeteria from 5:30 pm onwards.
All Kiker students who wish to participate, please register online at: http://www.kikerelementary.org/spelling-bee
Deadline to register is November 30, 2019
 
For more information, please log on to http://spellingbee.com
Questions? Erika Vazquez-Villabus or Meenaa Gopalsamy at ([email protected]).

Reflections Arts Program

REFLECTIONS NEEDS YOU! 
Does your child enjoy photography, dance, film, painting, drawing, musical composition or collage? Then we hope you will participate in this year’s PTA Reflections program! The theme is Look Within
 
Reflections is a national PTA-sponsored program offering students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 5 are encouraged to create and submit works of art (on a specified theme) in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). Students may submit as many entries in as many categories as they would like. Entries may be turned in at the Kiker office starting Oct. 21. All entries are due no later than Oct. 30 at 3:00pm. No late entries will be accepted. 
 
For general program information and to download an entry form, visit the Texas PTA Reflections webpage at https://www.txpta.org/reflections/

Introducing HappiFamili

 
 
Looking for After School Activities?
 
In an effort to make life easier for our families, as well as support our green initiative, Kiker is partnering with HappiFamli to promote and organize our after-school & enrichment programs.  This Fall 2019 semester vendors will also be allowed to have a flyer in one of the Friday folders, but moving forward, all after school enrichment will be online!
 
HappiFamli provides parents with an on-line, one-stop shop for after-school and enrichment programs.  Information is comprehensive and up-to-date for all on-campus and bused-from-campus programs.  Families can learn about and register for programs all from one place, saving you time and making life that much easier.
 
To learn about and register for programs, click here bit.ly/HappiKiker 

Grades 3-5 Gifted and Talented Nomination Process – September 9 – 20, 2019

Students In Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Are Eligible To Be Screened For Gifted And Talented (GT) And Talent Explore (TE) Through A Nomination And Screening Process. All Campuses In Austin ISD Provide Screening, Identification, And Services For Gifted And Talented Students. Additionally, Students Screened For Gifted And Talented Who Are Not Identified For GT Services Are Automatically Considered For Talent Explore.

Talent Explore Identification Is For High Ability Students Who Do Not Qualify For Gifted And Talented But Demonstrate Potential To Perform At High Levels When Grouped With Gifted And Talented Students.

Students May Be Identified Through The Screening Process In One Or More Of The Following Areas: 

  • GT STEM (Science And Mathematics), 
  • GT Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies), 
  • Talent Explore STEM (Science And Mathematics)
  • Talent Explore Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies)

The GT Campus Advocate At Bernice Kiker Elementary Is David Crissey And He Can Provide Information And Assistance With The GT Nomination And Screening Process.

In Order For A Student To Be Identified As GT In Austin ISD, Data From Several Quantitative And Qualitative Criteria Are Collected Over A Three-Week Period And Reviewed By The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee.  Please Reference The Timeline Below For More Specific Information.

What Do You Need To Do If You Want Your Child Nominated For The Gifted And Talented Program?

Print The Attached Form Or Get A Copy From The Front Office And Hand It In (Completed) Prior To September 20, 2019.

Fall 2019 GT Identification Timeline For Grades 3, 4, And 5

Please Use The Following Timeline As We Proceed Through The Austin Independent School District’s Gifted And Talented Identification Process. Please contact David Crissey For Assistance With The Process.  

September 9 – September 20           
Nomination Window For 3 – 5 Grades – We MUST Have Parent Permission For Testing.

October 14 –  November 8
CogAT Testing Window – All Testing Will Be Completed Online.  After Scheduling Students Will Be Pulled From Class For The On-Line CogAT Testing. 

October 14 –  November 8
Teacher Observation Of Students And PORTFOLIO COLLECTION.

November 11 – December 5
Campus Decision Making Committee Meetings

December 6
Parent Notification Letters Will Be Mailed Home

The Student Portfolio Will Consist Of The Following Items:

Interdisciplinary Common AssessmentsThe Classroom Teacher Collects All The Student Work Products Of The Nominated Students For Each Student Portfolio.

Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC – Teachers Complete The Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC For Each Student With Their Grade Level Team And Inputs The Data In The Student’s Common Assessment Google Form.  Administration Will Participate In Each Grade Level Meeting.  

Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers – Teachers Complete The Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers For Each Student And Inputs The Information In The Student’s Gifted Characteristics Checklist Google Form. 

GT Student Identification Profile – This Is A Required Form That Contains All Assessment Data For Each Student Screened For The Gifted Program.  The GT Advocate Will Complete One Profile For Each Student Who Participates In The GT Assessment Process.  The Student GT Profile Helps The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee Make Placement Or Non-Placement Decisions For Each Student Tested. 

Please see the GT Home Page for additional Information.

AISD Updated Safety System at Kiker

Always be prepared to show identification when visiting Kiker! As you are all planning visits to Kiker for any reason (with the exception of morning drop off) please always be prepared show identification.  If you have been here before, we will  ask you to provide your drivers license for us to scan and update in our system.  If you have friends or family that will be coming with you, please make sure they bring identification as well.

If you need to pick your child up early, we will ask for identification. In addition, try to be here by 2:30.  This will allow plenty of time for the buddies that escort them to the office to get back to class safely prior to dismissal.  Please note that this system has been updated district wide. We thank you for your help and understanding while we work out all of the details!

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