Osos Outreach Newsletter

May 11, 2020 - Issue 36

refer a friend

Do you know someone who may be interested in enrolling as a new student at Harmony School of Innovation-Austin? Complete this survey by clicking image below.

If your referred friend enrolls at HSI for the 2020-2021 school year, your name will be entered into raffle to win a Kindle Fire!

Increase your chances by recommending multiple friends!

The raffle will take place on August 7th. We will post the names of the winner on our Facebook page and mail the Kindle Fire directly to the winners' homes.

Good luck everyone!


¿Conoces a alguien que pueda estar interesado en matricularse como un nuevo estudiante en Harmony School of Innovation-Austin? ¡Por favor, de completar la forma haciendo clic en la imagen a continuación!

Si su amigo recomendado se inscribe en HSI para el año escolar 2020-2021, ¡su nombre se ingresará en la rifa para ganar un Kindle Fire! ¡Aumenta tus posibilidades recomendando varios amigos!

El sorteo tendrá lugar el 7 de agosto. Publicaremos los nombres del ganador en nuestra página de Facebook y enviaremos el Kindle Fire directamente a las casas de los ganadores. ¡Buena suerte a todos!

Summer Camp Online!

Sign up for our FREE Virtual STEAM Summer Camp Opportunity for our 3rd-5th graders!

This is a week long camp from June 8-June 12, Monday through Friday. There will be lessons for daily 1-3 hour work projects for campers.

We have limited spots available for the first 15 students who sign up by completing this survey. *Click on flyer*

We will contact you to inform families if their students made the roster before summer camp begins.

Thank you!

Face Shield Donations

When the going gets tough, the tough make PPE! Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff members, HSI was able to donate over 80 face shields to Commander Eric Gordon from Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services! Thank you, Commander Gordon, for all that you and our first responders do to help keep our community safe and healthy. We appreciate your service! We hope these face shields help in keeping y'all safe.

A huge thank you to Mr. Salvador Sanchez for utilizing our campus 3-D printers to produce such colorful shields, and to Coach Megan D'Andrea and Assistant Principal Jessica Gomez for assembling the shields!

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Each grade level has been assigned a day to return their Chromebooks and any library books.

Families with siblings may turn in all HSI issued materials on one day.

Parents may drop work packets off at school from 11:00-1:00 beginning 5/18 and the last day to accept work is 5/20. The only paper-based item we will collect will be the completed packets due to an "Incomplete" grade. No need to come to campus multiple times.

Families may turn in packets and technology for multiple students on the same day.

PreK to 1st: Monday, May 18th from 11:00-1:00
2nd & 3rd Grade: Tuesday, May 19th from 11:00-1:00
4th & 5th Grade: Wednesday, May 20th from 11:00-1:00
Last Chance: Thursday, May 21st from 2:00-5:00

Tips for EL Parents

TEA has released helpful tips for EL parents and how to navigate through finding resources and connecting online.

Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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If your student is struggling with anxiety or needs someone to talk to about COVID-19 worries, our counselors are available to help.

Look for the Healthy Minds section under "Parents" tab on our campus website, or visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/HealthyMinds.
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Harmony Public Schools Austin offers free lunch and breakfast pick-up each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to every child under the age of 18, regardless of school enrollment status. Lunch pick-ups will run through May 30th!

The meal pick-up locations are as listed:

• Harmony Science Academy-Austin: 930 E Rundberg Lane Austin TX 78753

• Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville: 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pflugerville, TX, 78660

• Harmony School of Innovation-Austin: 2124 E St Elmo Rd STE A, Austin, TX 78744

Harmony Public Schools is committed to meeting the food and nutritional requirements of every child in our communities. Thank you, and stay healthy.

For more information in English and Spanish:


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HSI Family Outreach Resources

HSI has created a Google Classroom for families to refer to for useful resources and Social and Emotional Learning Strategies to use with your children. This will also be where Mindfulness Moment with Ms. Meg will be posted daily!

Google Class name: HSI Family Outreach Resources

Class Code: p7rm4qc

Austin Family Resources/Recursos Familiares de Austin

Below you will find different resources for family needs. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.

HPS Distance Learning Grading Policy

Hello Oso Families,

Our teachers, staff, and administrators are committed to supporting you and your family during this challenging transition of distance learning. Please join your teachers' ClassDojo if you have not done so already. This will help you stay up to date with your children’s academic success opportunities during this time. Teachers are available to support you through Google Classroom, Dojo, and email.

Starting Monday, April 13th we will begin providing grades for your student's completed work. Assignments, grades, and feedback can be seen in Google Classroom and then entered into Skyward. For progress reports and report cards you will see letter grades instead of numerical grades.

-For example:

E=Exemplary, S=Satisfactory, N=Needs Improvement, or I=Incomplete for assignments.

-For progress reports and report cards for the 4th quarter, you will see:

P=Pass, F=Fail, or I=Incomplete.

Please make sure your student is logging in to their google classroom at least once a day to check for work assigned from each of the teachers and to turn in completed work. While online learning is best for your student as it allows interaction with their teachers and classmates, we encourage you to reach out to your teacher(s) if you need an alternative means of gaining assignments. We are committed to helping all families.

Parents, please partner with us as we learn together during this time. It is vital that students work remotely to attain credit issued by the State of Texas and Harmony for the remainder of the school year. Please let us know how we can help.

Our continued priority is for your child's health and education even during remote learning. Please connect with us on Facebook, ClassDojo, our website, and with our weekly Oso Outreaches for updates.

Please stay safe and healthy. We hope to see you all soon!

Amy Chankin, Principal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have questions?
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page to hep you find the answers you're looking for.

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HSI Contact Information Update

HSI has new operating hours from 10 am - 2 pm

We also have 3 alternative numbers families may use to contact our front office staff during our new hours.

Ms. Dulce: 737.2284642

Ms. Angela: 512.820.9939

Ms. Iris: 737.228.4710

Virtual Resources for Science and Social Studies from home!

Google Arts & CultureWorld arts & culture


National Geographic Kids!


Brookfield ZooZoo Virtual Tour


Discovery EducationVirtual Field Trip


Texas State CapitolVirtual Tour and facts about the state capitol


A Message from the School Counselor

Hi everyone! Hopefully these videos with Ms. Meg will be helpful reminders through your day to take care of yourself and to breath.

They will be posted into Google Classrooms.

Name of the class is HSI Family Outreach Resources under Classwork as "Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources".

Class Code: p7rm4qc

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SEL Focus - Special Edition

Today's news may be stressful for children to understand and work through. Here are a few resources you will be able to access.




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2019-2020 HPS Austin District Academic Calendar

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