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Principal's Message





November 2017


A lot of great things have happened at Bertram Elementary these past few months. We celebrated Grandparent's Day in September and Green Ribbon Week in October. Be sure and check out our Bertram Elementary webpage and FaceBook page to see pictures posted from these events and many others. These are also great locations where you can keep up with upcoming events and special recognitions. 


As mentioned previously, we have implemented a new Reading program this year (ARC - American Reading Company) where we are already seeing student progress and successes in the area of reading. Students read at least 30 minutes daily during the school day and are encouraged to read at least 30 minutes at home daily. We are asking for volunteers to come read with our students throughout the school day so if you are interested, please contact your child's teacher or our main office at 512-355-2111. 


Below are upcoming events now through the end of November:

  • Monday, October 30th - SOCKTOBER - Staff and students will wear crazy socks to recognize those who are homeless or less fortunate. Staff and students are encouraged to bring socks to donate to those in need.
    • Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want 2 million people to show that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. 
  • Tuesday, October 31st -
    • Favorite Book Character Parade at 8:30am - Students will dress up as their favorite book character and participate in the parade with their book.
    • Beginning at 12:45, each grade level will trick-or-treat around the campus for candy and prizes.
  • Friday, November 3rd - 3-hour early release
  • Thursday, November 9th - 2nd Annual Turkey Trot from 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Monday, November 20th - Friday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Holiday
A big SHOUT OUT to our parents who volunteer to read and work with students! You are making a difference in the lives of our students!
Happy November!
Jen Simpson :)



September 2017


Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!  I hope your summer has been filled with wonderful times with family and friends! With the beginning of the school year just a few weeks away, I wanted to share important news and information to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year.


I consider it a privilege to begin my 3rd year as Principal at Bertram Elementary. I attended an AVID Conference this summer where we were asked by our presenter to share one of our most prized memories from our experiences in education. Without hesitation, I immediately thought about not just one, but many students, who have found success either while at Bertram Elementary or as a result of attending our school.


Bertram Elementary is known for our family culture and atmosphere and I would like to welcome all parents and family members to join us for the many events we have planned. The first is our Meet the Teacher event on Thursday, August 17th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.


I am thrilled to announce Kendell Luedtke as our new Assistant Principal!  Mrs. Luedtke comes to us from Pflugerville where she has worked as an Interventionist and Instructional Coach. Please read more about Mrs. Luedtke on the Assistant Principal’s page on our webpage. I cannot wait for everyone to meet and get to know her. She is a phenomenal asset to our campus and I couldn’t be happier to have her join our team!


I am excited to share about the new reading program (American Reading Company) that will be implemented district-wide this year, grades Pre-K – 12th. You will learn more about this program through a variety of resources that will be shared with you throughout the year. This program includes a home component where students are required to read 30 minutes each night and parents are asked to encourage their children to fulfill this expectation.


We will also be focusing on math facts and problem-solving in Kindergarten – 5th grades. Our goal consists of increasing success of learning expectations at each grade level and for encouraging students to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers. Be watching for news about the exciting things we have planned for our math program.


Another focus at Bertram Elementary this year will be to continue the campus-wide implementation of AVID. (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  You will learn more about this program at Open House where we will have an AVID Showcase Room.


The first day of class for students is Monday, August 21st.

  • Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15am.
  • Students will be dismissed to class with their teacher at 7:45am each morning.
  • The tardy bell rings at 7:50am.
  • Parents may walk their child to their classroom on the first day of school. Beginning the 2nd day of school, we ask that parents allow their child to go to their classrooms with their teacher and peers.
  • Dismissal will begin at 3:05pm for Pre-K – 1st grades and 3:15pm for 2nd – 5th
  • For students who are car riders, all parents are asked to pick up their child in the car rider line beginning the first day of school rather than picking them up in the office.


Be sure and check out the Bertram webpage at where we continually keep it updated with pictures and important information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bertram Elementary at 512-355-2111.


I look forward to seeing everyone on August 21st. I hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of summer. The 2017-2018 school year promises to be full of a variety of new adventures where we will celebrate many successes!


Jen Simpson J