Answers to Common Questions

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 gather children.

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 7:45 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 7:45 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 will hold morning assembly only on Mondays this year, but will not hold one on the first day of school. Teachers are not on duty until 7:30 a.m. so we will keep students who arrive before then 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.

When is dismissal?
Daily dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. for Pre-K and 3:00 p.m. for all other grades.

 

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 gather children.

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 2018-2019 school year, the DOI days are:

September 24th

October 5th

December 20th

January 3rd & 4th

February 15th

You can also find a copy of the AISD calendar with these days highlighted at https://www.beckerelementary.com/aisd-school-calendar. 

How can I learn more about the Gifted and Talented program?
The fall identification process for the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Becker begins each September, and 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 to Ms. Dora López, the campus GT Coordinator.

How can I learn more about Special Education?
Special Education services are initiated in various ways. If you are interested in discussing whether your child should receive Special Education services, begin a conversation with your child’s teacher. For information about district philosophy and policies regarding Special Education, visit the Special Education section of the Austin Independent School District’s website.

If you have any questions about Special Education please contact the School Counselor or Assistant Principal.

Do students have homework?
Homework assignments depend on students’ grade level and teacher. Homework assignments are sent home in students’ daily take-home folders. Teachers share details about homework at Back to School Night in September.
All students are expected to read daily at home as well as to enjoy quality time with their families and friends.
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 by the gym 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.
  • http://bit.ly/ConnectwithBecker 
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.

 

 

For updates from Principal Valerie Borchers, follow her on Twitter @valerieborchers and like her Facebook page.

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! Here’s how to stay in touch:

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 check my child’s attendance and grades?
The AISD Parent Cloud enables parents and guardians to check their children’s attendance and grades online. Parents and guardians with students in Pre-K through Grade 2 can view their child’s attendance and report cards. Parents and guardians with students in Grades 3 through 12 can view their child’s assignments, current grades, and attendance. Learn more about Parent Cloud, or sign in here.
Where can I find supply lists and purchase school supplies?
Here are Becker’s 2018-2019 School Supply Lists.

Becker families may also order supply packages from Sprouts. Sprouts accepts orders in late spring and early summer 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.

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.

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.)
Adult: $2.25

Lunch

Full Price: $2.80
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.)
Adult: $3.50

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.

Can the cafeteria accommodate my child's food allergies?
If your child has a food allergy, a doctor’s note is required in order for the cafeteria staff to enter their information into our system. You can find more information about accommodations for food allergies on the district website.
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.

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.