Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find supply lists and purchase school supplies?
Here are Becker’s 2021-2022 School Supply Lists. While it’s nice for the teacher to have all supplies at the beginning of the year, please do not stress if there is something you cannot get.
Becker families may also order supply packages from Sprouts. Sprouts accepts orders in late spring and early summer (deadline is typically in early July, but search our blog posts for updated information) for the upcoming school year, and supply packages are delivered directly to your child’s classroom. Information about ordering and deadlines will be distributed near the end of the school year.
Please note that school supplies are available to those that are in need. Please reach out to your teacher or counselor/CIS for help in getting these.
When will class lists be posted?
Starting in 2018, Becker stopped posting class lists due to privacy concerns.
Once staff have created class rosters, our registrar will update AISD’s Parent Cloud. This will happen during the week leading up to school (and definitely before Meet the Teacher). Once updated, you will see that your child’s current grade level has been updated and who their teacher will be. Meet the Teacher is a great time to get to see who else will be in your child’s class.
How much do meals at school cost, and how can I pay for my child’s meals? Where can I find the menus?
Students pay for meals using their student ID number (don’t worry—Pre-K and K students are not expected to memorize their ID number!). At MySchoolCafe.com, parents and guardians can add money to a student’s account (minimum payment of $20 per transaction), track spending history, review menus, and look at dietary and allergy information for meals. The cafeteria also accepts cash at the register for prepayments and daily payments, but setting up your child with a prepaid account is highly recommended.
For more information about prepaying and/or applying for the meal program, please click here.
Breakfast (Students must be at school no later than 7:30 a.m. in order to have breakfast in the cafeteria.)
Full Price: $1.50
Reduced Price: $.30 (For an application for the reduced-price meal program at AISD, visit MySchoolCafe.com (link is external) or visit the office to request a paper application.)
Lunch – * **Please see note below regarding price changes for the 2019-2020 school year. ***
Full Price: $3.00
Reduced Price: $.40 (For an application for the reduced-price meal program at AISD, visit MySchoolCafe.com or visit the office to request a paper application.)
Parents may join their child for breakfast or lunch. To find out your child’s lunchtime, check the class schedule provided by your child’s teacher.
***To comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulation requirements, AISD’s school lunch prices will increase for the 2019–20 school year. AISD participates in the federally funded National School Lunch Program, which requires school districts to raise prices to help close the gap between the price of paid meals and the amount the federal government reimburses for free meals.
● Elementary lunch prices will increase from $2.90 to $3.00.
● Middle and high school lunch prices will increase from $3.05 to $3.15.
● Adult lunch prices will increase from $3.75 to $3.85.
By providing students with meals consisting of lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat milk, our cafeterias are serving well-balanced, nutritious and tasty meals at a minimal cost. The price increases will have no effect on students who qualify for federally subsidized meals. Breakfast meal prices will not be affected. They will remain $1.50 for students and $2.25 for adults.
How can I check my child’s attendance and grades?
What additional days does Becker have off?
Becker (and the rest of the Travis High School vertical team) is part of the District of Innovation (DOI) program. This program allows our Becker teachers additional time for planning, preparation, and professional development.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the DOI days are:
Stay tuned for 2020-2021 school year details…
You can also find a copy of the AISD calendar with these days highlighted at https://www.beckerelementary.com/aisd-school-calendar.
When is dismissal?
Daily dismissal is at 3:10 p.m. for all grades.
There are special procedures due to COVID around pick up. Please contact the school for details.
What time does school start? When is a student marked as tardy?
The school day at Becker is from 7:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Kinder through 5th grades; Pre-Kindergarten dismisses at 2:15 p.m. Our building opens daily at 7:10 a.m. and students head to either the cafeteria for breakfast (until 7:30 a.m.) or the gym. We use the doors beneath the “Becker School” letters as our morning entrance from 7:10 a.m. until 7:40 a.m. We’ll have plenty of staff available to help guide you and/or your children to the appropriate spots.
The Becker School doors close at 7:40 a.m. and we ask all who arrive at that time or later to walk to the main entrance doors to follow our regular entrance procedures by ringing the doorbell and going to the office to sign in for a visitor’s badge before heading anywhere in our building. I realize this seems inconvenient, but it’s a required part of our safety plan.
The school is required by state law and district policy to file truancy charges when students have excessive tardies (referred to as partial-day absences) and absences. Please communicate any attendance or tardy concerns to the front office, so staff can provide support, if needed.
What is Morning Assembly all about?
We hold morning assembly only on Mondays. Morning assembly is our community building time that includes mindfulness breathing, reciting our Becker morning statement, and celebrating birthdays, and other recognitions/announcements.
Teachers are not on duty until 7:30 a.m.. On days we don’t have assembly, we will keep students who arrive before 7:30 a.m. in the gym where they are welcome to join us in dancing and exercising. They may also choose to sit to read or talk quietly with friends. We will begin moving students from the gym to the classrooms at 7:30 a.m. or you may choose to walk them there at that time.
What are the drop-off and pick-up procedures?
Traffic consultants and AISD police report that our procedure for both arrival and dismissal is one of the safest and best organized in the district. Still, it takes time to get over 400 students out of the school and safely into cars, on buses, and onto sidewalks. Please help us keep your children safe by following our directions and all posted signs. Note that there is no parking on the west side of Bouldin St. next to the school building between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please follow the directions of Becker staff and be patient with your fellow drivers.
School staff and members of the 5th Grade Safety Patrol are available at the circle drive every morning and afternoon to help students in and out of cars.
Kindergarten through 5th grade classes dismiss directly from their classrooms. At 3:00 p.m., students who walk or participate in one of the after-care programs head to those locations. Cars queue up along Bouldin and onto Milton into our circle drive where a staff member takes the names of students and reports them to office where names are announced on speaker system. Those students then head to main exits and are escorted to cars. Families who wish to walk in to the building to pick up children may do so at 3:00 p.m. and may head directly to the classrooms to sign their child(ren) out.
Where can I find out about after school programs?
After school care and classes/activities are located under the “For Parents” pull down menu at the top of the page. Please know that we do our best to keep these updated, but it’s always best to contact the program itself to find out details.
After school care fills up fast and registration for these programs can start as early as May, so be on the lookout for information about this. You can also contact the program directly and ask when registration begins for the next school year and how best to sign up for notifications.
***If you know of a class/activity that occurs at Becker that is not on one of these documents, please email email@example.com to have it added.
How do I connect with my child’s teacher and other Becker staff members?
Teacher and staff email addresses and phone numbers are listed in the Directory. Teachers also share their contact information and communication preferences on Back to School Night in September.
How do I learn about school announcements and news?
There are several ways to stay in the know about what’s happening at Becker:
- Every Thursday, check your child’s backpack for their Thursday folder. This folder contains flyers about upcoming events, field-trip permission forms, and other important materials. Some forms need to be signed and returned to school in the folder.
- See the Becker News blog and Becker Calendar for important information and events. You can add the Becker Calendar to your own digital calendar and receive event reminders via email.
- Check the bulletin board in the foyer of the ‘Becker School’ entrance for the current month’s calendar and information.
- Follow @BeckerElem on Twitter and like the Viva Becker Elementary Facebook Page—both are additional sources of Becker news.
- Other ways to connect
How do I receive news and information from the school district?
Parents and guardians of enrolled students automatically receive information and important messages (for example, weather-related school closures) from AISD via email and phone.
The @AustinISD Twitter account is another good source of AISD news.
How can I learn more about the Gifted and Talented program?
Gifted and Talented (GT) program nominations for 2nd-5th graders begins in the fall, while K-1st graders is in the spring. ALL parents will receive information in their child’s Thursday folder.
The GT process includes three steps: nomination, screening, and selection. If you are interested in nominating your Kinder–5th grade child for the GT program, look for the parent nomination form and survey in your child’s folder, or pick them up at the school office, and return them to school by the indicated deadline. (Late nomination forms and surveys are not accepted.)
Questions about the GT program may be directed to your child’s teacher or call the front off to contact the campus GT Coordinator.
How can I learn more about Special Education?
If you have any questions about Special Education please contact the School Counselor or Assistant Principal.
How do I connect with other Becker parents, families, fans, and neighbors?
Becker families, neighbors, and fans are well connected and a great source of information! Click here to find ways to stay in touch.
Do students have homework?
All students are expected to read daily at home as well as to enjoy quality time with their families and friends.
What can my child bring for snack?
If children bring snacks to school, please be sure they are healthy options. Fruit, cheese sticks, pretzels, and water are just a few of the best choices. We do not allow sodas ever, or chips (Takis, Flaming Hots, Cheetos, etc.), candy, or other junk food.
Can the cafeteria accommodate my child's food allergies?
What is the dress code?
Please see the AISD Student Dress Code. Additionally, students are encouraged to wear sneakers or athletic shoes every day so they can run and play comfortably. Students must wear sneakers or athletic shoes on Physical Education (PE) days in order to participate in PE. Backless shoes including flip flops, sandals, slides, and mules are not allowed. Comfortable play clothes to run, learn and play are highly encouraged!
Don’t see the answer you need here? Call the front office at (512) 414-2019.
I still have a question...
First, check the family-student handbook (it’s located in BLEND).
Still can’t find your answer? Call the school or if it’s something other parents can answer, join one of our parent groups (one on Facebook and one on Yahoo). The links for these groups (and other ways to connect) are also under the “For Parents” pull down menu at the top of the page — go to “Connect With Becker”.
If your question has to do with registering, enrollment, withdrawing, or updating your information, please contact our registrar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you think your question is one that should be added to our FAQ’s, please email our website admin (this is not the Becker admin) at email@example.com.