Fourth Grade Flyer

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General information can be found below.

Welcome to the 2018-1019 school year at Bill Burden Elementary! The fourth grade team is excited and eager to connect with parents and work with our future super-scholars this year!

There is a lot of information below (so much to learn!) which is why we ask you to please read all of it, and bear with us through this info-packed newsletter. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact any of us on the fourth grade team. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Campus Schedule:

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m.

Breakfast: 7:15 - 7:35 a.m.

First Bell: 7:30 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:00 p.m.

Office Hours: 7:15 - 4:00 p.m.

4th Grade Common Schedule:

Switch Teacher: 7:45 a.m.

Daily Mile/Recess: 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Specials: 10:40 - 11:20 a.m.

Homeroom Teacher: 11:20 a.m.

Lunch: 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Specials/Conference: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

*Individual Math, Science, ELAR, and SS schedules, and Specials locations may vary by teacher.

*Because our specials are on a 5 day rotation, twice a day, and change often, it is vital that you send your child with sneakers EVERY DAY to class, whether on their feet or in their bag.

Transportation Changes

Safety First! We are very strict about transportation changes, for the safety of your little ones. We will send your student home exactly as you indicated in the student’s Skyward Family Access profile. You will be able to make a change to your student’s transportation if switching from bus rider to a car rider or vice versa via email before 1:00 p.m. and within 24 hours of the change request. The transportation email is: Notes, phone calls, text messages, and emails sent to any other party other than the transportation email indicated above, will NOT be accepted. Any emails after 1:00 p.m. will not be processed by the campus. Please visit the transportation page on the LHISD district website for additional instructions and information.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Routines

Parents, safety for your child is our first priority. We have a streamlined process to make sure the drop off/pick up process is safe and efficient. To make the process easier, please read and abide by all of the procedural instructions detailed below:

MORNINGS: Our doors open at 7:15 a.m., please do not leave your child unattended prior to this time. At 7:15 a.m., staff members are posted in the drop-off zones at the main front doors and gym to welcome your child and help direct them to their area. The PreK drop-off zone is clearly marked near the gym doors and is supported by staff. K-4th grade students are seated in the gym to read or visit quietly until the first bell. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m., and students are considered tardy at 7:45 a.m. Parents must accompany tardy students to the office. Remember, Burden Elementary does NOT allow parking lot drop-offs or walk-ups.

AFTERNOONS: Classes end at 3:00 p.m. Please have your vehicles double lined with ignitions off prior to loading the students. Your child’s personalized family ID tag should be clearly displayed on your rear-view mirror. All students will exit (supported by staff) at the gym entrance area only.

Neighborhood bike riders and walkers are dismissed a few minutes after the traffic clears from the main driveway. Staff will support street crossings. To ensure safety and maintain the flow of traffic, students are not allowed to walk to a vehicle parked on a side street. Your family ID tag is their exit ticket, so please have it with you.

Visitor Routines

Whether it's to spend time with your child for breakfast or lunch, or to help out in the classroom, we love having visitors on our campus!

For the protection of our students and staff, we require that all visitors present a valid Driver’s License or another form of a government issued current photo ID prior to any visit or student contact (no exceptions!). District employees may show their active LHISD employee badge as ID.

We also ask that all classroom visitors make arrangements/appointments with classroom teachers or administrators prior to a visit, as we do not allow unscheduled visits (as much as we like surprises!).

*Please note we will NOT host volunteers in classrooms or visitors during breakfast/lunch the first two weeks of school. We find that minimizing the “good-bye” time spent between parents and children during these first days greatly reduces the anxiety of most children and helps us better establish relationships with our students. If concerns arise, we will contact you!

Important Information & Reminders


Please be sure to have your car number tags on display when pulling through the car rider line. If you do not have a number please contact the office for more information.


You MUST bring your valid I.D. in EVERY time you enter Burden Elementary, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the building. Panther passes are no longer available.


We love feeding our children! Please make sure your child's cafeteria balances are up-to-date! Cafeteria balances can be checked at any time through Skyward Family Access.


Snack time is around 10:15 for fourth grade. A few important reminders about snacks:

  • Please send ONE healthy snack such as (granola, cheese sticks, popcorn, fruit, etc.) with your child EVERY DAY
  • No sugar snacks or sugar drinks
  • No chips please! While they are delicious, they are also loud and messy!
  • We highly encourage water bottles!


This year we have a new policy about birthday treats. We will NOT allow edible treats for birthdays. Parents may drop off non-edible items such as pencils, stickers, books. This is district policy and for the safety of our children.


Students may not be signed out of school within fifteen minutes prior to the end of school dismissal time i.e. after 2:45 p.m. for Burden. Please plan appointments accordingly.


Please send your child with an extra set of clothes daily to be kept in their backpack if possible. An extra pair of sneakers (if your child is not already wearing some) is highly encouraged as well!


As cute as your little one thinks her short shorts are, or how awesome that purple hair color with the shaved zig-zags on the side is, we are even more excited to see your child with their fun back-to-school appropriate outfits and fresh hair-cuts! Please make sure your child is following the dress code found in the Student Handbook on the Bill Burden Website.


READING - Students should read 30 minutes every night from the book of their choice.

MATH - Students should practice their basic math facts (0 X 0 - 12 X 12) for at least 15 minutes every night. All of our math units rely heavily on knowing these basic facts and it is expected that 4th graders master them.

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Contact the 4th Grade Team


Mrs. Joy Barreras

512-260-4400 ext. 7539

Mrs. Jessica Kelm

512-260-4400 ext. 7538

Mrs. Ciara Lindley

512-260-4400 ext. 7534

Mrs. Samantha Lynn

512-260-4400 ext. 7523

Mrs. Cathy Masciana

512-260-4400 ext. 7552

Mrs. Kristen Pritchett

512-260-4400 ext. 7565

Ms. Natalie Rodel

512-260-4400 ext. 7537

Mrs. Erica Walker

512-260-4400 ext. 7550