Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,
It was great to see so many parents (and students at the student-led conferences in upper grades) for Parent Conference Day today and over the past week. We value our partnership and appreciate your input as we work together to support the academic, social and emotional development of your child.

The social and emotional learning (SEL) competency for the month of October is “Responsibility.” At last Friday’s assembly, our third graders did a wonderful job of singing about what being responsible learners looks and sounds like. Throughout this month, Panthers who demonstrate being responsible, as acknowledged by staff, will be recognized at our Friday morning assemblies. Speaking of assembly, due to the student holiday on Monday, we will hold morning assembly on Tues., Oct. 10.

Later on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 5:30, we will have a PTA Executive Board meeting in the library with special guest, Amber Elenz, AISD Board of Trustee, District 5. Ms. Elenz, also a former parent of BW, will share information about the AISD long-term Facility Master Plan and the 2017 Bond Proposal. For more information on recommendations for BW, visit: If you are unable to attend the PTA meeting, Ms. Elenz will also be my guest at my Principal’s Coffee on Oct. 27 in the library immediately following morning assembly.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for our traditional Fall Carnival on Oct. 28, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. The first BW Fall Carnival was held in 1939 and among the food items served were tuna fish sandwiches! The menu has changed, but so much remains the same: the Bryker Woods community spirit!

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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Principal’s Corner

We have had a super start to the 2017-18 school year! At Bryker Woods, our staff is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, challenging, empowering and engaging learning environment for all Panthers.

It is a great joy to be a member of this strong community that has such a rich sense of history, tradition, school spirit and a shared commitment to high-quality education. I am proud that we focus on the development of the whole child through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness, and building on students’ strengths and interests. We also promote a growth mindset—that it’s okay to make mistakes and experience struggles—as a process of learning.

We value the opportunities to connect with families and celebrate our community spirit. One of those opportunities is Morning Assembly, held on Mondays and Fridays in the cafeteria. As assemblies begin at 7:45 and are part of the instructional day, students not present will be counted as tardy. If Monday is a student holiday, we will have assembly on Tuesday. As an added treat to begin the week, our wonderful PTA sponsors a Monday Morning Coffee—please join us–it’s a great way to start our day together!

I hope to see you at the traditional All-School Picnic on Sept. 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 in our “backyard!” Celebrate the new school year and bring in the fall season with food, fun and family at the “Best School in Our Town!”

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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Back to School Night, 9/7/17

We hope to see you all at Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We will gather in the cafeteria at 6:30 to recognize staff and follow with a brief General PTA meeting. Teachers will be facilitating two 30 minute sessions ( You only need to attend one session) to accommodate families with siblings as follows:

  • Session 1: 6:50 – 7:20
  • Session 2: 7:30 – 8:00

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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LivingTree update

We have received the AISD data feed/update and the BW Livingtree network looks to be in place. All students and parents (who provided an email address) *should* have been automatically on-boarded. Some people are still having problems however. Below is some information that will help those still having issues.

  • For those still not a member of the Bryker Woods Livingtree network, please see “How do I join?” > Creating an account is a snap! Just go to our home page ( to sign up! You’ll be able to create your account as a teacher, parent, student, or group leader. If you select ‘organization,’ you’ll be prompted to fill out a form of information about your org, and Livingtree support get back with you soon with next steps.
  • For those not receiving notifications, please see, “How do I change my notification preferences?” > In your account, click ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ Scroll down to notification settings, and select or de-select the notification options according to your preference. Be sure to save your changes before you exit.
  • See FAQ’s for other information describing Livingtree and how it works.Emily and I are serving as the Bryker Woods Livingtree network administrators. We are fielding all the request best we can. We appreciate your patience. Thx.
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Greetings, families!

What a wonderful day here at “The Best School in Our Town!” We’ve had a smooth start to the new school year and are excited about our journey together! Panthers are ready for true experiential science learning today! Many thanks to Emily Mika for making arrangements for our NASA approved glasses! Thank you, Ms. Vincent for coordinating the viewing for Panthers.

I hope to see you all at our first morning assembly on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share our traditions and school spirit with the entire school community!

Take care.
Jane Kronke, Principal

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School is about to start!

Dear Families,
I hope you all are continuing to enjoy summer fun with family and friends! Our summer bond projects are wrapping up and we are excited to welcome our Panthers soon! Here are our upcoming events…

  • Class lists will be posted on the front doors and published on Livingtree by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 10.
  • Our traditional “Meet the Teacher” event will be on Friday, Aug. 18, from 12:00 – 1:00. This is a come and go event and wonderful opportunity to see familiar faces, meet new Panthers and their families, see your new classroom and of course, be introduced to your new teacher! If you pre-ordered school supplies, they will be in your child’s classroom. If you did not have an opportunity to pre-order, you can bring the supplies with you.
  • First day of school is Aug. 21 at 7:45. There is no morning assembly on the first day of school; students will go directly to their classrooms. Our first all-school morning assembly will be Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:45 in the cafeteria.

Stay cool and see you soon at “The Best School in Our Town!”

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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PTA Needs You!

One of the best ways to contribute to our school is by helping our PTA with the many initiatives, programs, activities and special events that they sponsor and coordinate.

Top Ten reasons to volunteer for PTA:

10. You get to know the teachers and staff.
9. You’re child will think you run the school 🙂
8. You get to meet awesome Panther parents.
7. You get to help make decisions that impact your child’s experience.
6. You gain a deeper understanding of the school’s needs.
5. It’s fun!
4. You are helping to make a difference.
3. You can be part of the solution.
2. It’s important for the school.
1. Because…….Bryker Woods. Needs. You!

It goes without saying we can’t accomplish the goals of the PTA without the support of the amazing parents we have at this school. Please don’t assume someone else is doing it; please click on the link below and check the boxes where you can help, there are so many opportunities!!!

Thank you for supporting The Best School in our Town!

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