Eagle Update: April 16, 2021

Barton Hills Elementary

Hello BHE Families:

Can you believe we are now midway through April? It is really joyful to see and hear how much students have learned this year and continue to learn. This week we had the "egg"citement of watching baby chicks hatch in Kindergarten. The students have been eagerly watching and waiting for the newest "eagles."

There are many new information items as you read through the newsletter this week including new Spirit Days and a reminder about the PTA Spring Fundraiser. If you have not signed up for your students Spring Make Up Picture Day (remote and on campus learners) please make sure to do that (link below).

And finally, a request for your assistance with student dismissal - particularly with students who are dismissed on Briarcrest drive (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th grade students who do not go with a sibling to the cafeteria). With the increasing numbers of students on campus we're needing your help to ensure that dismissal is safe and respectful for students, parents and our community. If you are picking up on Briarcrest, we ask that you :

  • Do not park on the north side of Briarcrest to wait for your child.
  • Park only on the side with the sidewalk so we can load students and not have anyone crossing the street.
  • Please pull forward to the marked cone and we will have an adult out there to communicate with the teachers.
  • If you are walking to meet your child please stay on the sidewalk and make sure you cross safely at the corners of the street - not in the middle.

Here's to another positive week of school, whether you're learning in person or remotely. Thank you for being a part of the Barton Hills community!

Kati Achtermann

Spring Picture Make Up Day Sign Up

Please click here to access the sign up sheet for our Spring Make up Picture day for both on campus and off campus learners. The date is Saturday, April 24th.

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 19 - 9 am Kinder Orientation Zoom
  • April 24 Make Up Picture day for both on and off campus learners
  • April 29 - Silly Sock Spirit Day
  • April 30 - Staff Development Day (no school for students)
  • May 11 - STAAR Reading for 3rd - 6th grade on campus learners
  • May 12 - STAAR Math for 3rd - 6th grade on campus learners
  • May 13 - STAAR Science for 5th grade on campus learners and make up tests for on campus learners
  • May 14 - STAAR make up tests for on campus learners and College T-Shirt Day
  • May 17 - STAAR Reading for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners (given on campus)
  • May 18 - STAAR Math for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners (given on campus)
  • May 19 - STAAR Science for 5th grade off campus learners and make ups for tests for off campus learners
  • May 20 & 21 - STAAR make up test dates for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners
  • May 21 - Green and Gold Spirit Day
  • May 28 - Career Day
  • May 31 - School Holiday/Memorial Day
  • June 3 - Last Student Day

From our SEL Committee

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Book Share Flip Grid and Feedback

Hello Barton Hills Families,

The time has come to hear your thoughts on our Antiracist Baby Book. The SEL team created a Flipgrid for you to record your family's thoughts. You will be able to listen to what other families think too. It is only through listening to others that we truly learn.

So, to record your Flipgrid, you will need to click on the link below or scan the QR code to the right. You will enter the student name: eagle (all lower case). You can change your name at the end from Family Name to your family's name. The SEL team would love to hear children's and adult thoughts. Once you post it, give us a little time to add it to the Flipgrid.


Antiracist Baby Book Discussion

Check out this Flipgrid!


The flipgrid is meant for families to give their thoughts or wonderings after reading Antiracist Baby. For any adult comments or suggestions, please fill out this google form.


Antiracist Baby Adult Feedback


Spring Spirit Days

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PTA 2021 Spring Fundraiser


It’s an outdoor social and a rare chance to gather safely to raise critical funds for BHE!

Get your tickets here!

***if you don’t want to attend, you can still participate in the silent auction. Stay tuned for a preview of the great events.

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O.Henry Middle School looking for New Mustang Council Members

Parents of Graduating 5th and 6th graders -- Want to stay involved as your child moves on to middle school?

The O.Henry Middle School is looking for new members on The Mustang Council (O.Henry's Campus Advisory Council) for the 2021-2022 school year and we need you!

The Mustang Council is made up of parents, teachers, staff and community members who are interested in improving the educational opportunities for all at O.Henry. This advisory committee meets once a month with Principal Malott to discuss current campus issue issues and provide input on campus-level decisions. We provide guidance on important topics including: The Campus Improvement Plan, Budgeting, Curriculum, Staff Development and Staffing.

If you are interested in joining us or want to learn more, please contact our co-chairs, Sharon Albrecht (salbrecht78703@yahoo.com) or Jennifer Boltz (jennifer.boltz@austinisd.org)

AISD Dyslexia Family meeting opportunity

The Dyslexia & Literacy Department is excited to host a Dyslexia Family meeting on April

26th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. We would like to give families information about how to keep their children reading over the summer. Join us to learn about resources and subscriptions that AISD students have access to throughout the summer. We will have Spanish language interpretation services for the meeting.

El Departamento de Dislexia y Lectoescritura se complace en ser el anfitrión de una junta de Dislexia para las familias el 26 de abril de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. Nos gustaría proveerles a las familias información sobre cómo mantener a sus hijos leyendo durante el verano. Tendremos servicios de interpretación al español. Acompáñenos para aprender acerca de los recursos y servicios disponibles para los estudiantes de AISD.

Please contact Ilza García with any questions (ilza.garcia@austinisd.org, (512) 414-4299.

From Our Libary

AISD Story Stroll

Hello Everyone,

I'm excited to tell you that Barton Hills Library is participating in the AISD Story Stroll. More information about this "book walk" inspired project is available on this website below. About 30 AISD elementary libraries chose to participate in this project.

Our first book is called "All Are Welcome" and the book begins by the playscape / slide area and wraps around the fence under the trees. The book will stay up for a little while, then another book will come through and I will change out the panels until all 30 books rotate through Barton Hills this school year and next year.

Thank you for your support BHE - and enjoy the book! 🙂

Here is the website:


New and Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open! Parents will need to access the online registration through the Parent Portal. You can find specific registration directions HERE and attached below. If you need assistance please call the AISD Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187.


RAVE about our Awesome BHE Staff

We love our BHE staff and this is one way to recognize the outstanding job they do! If you have someone to RAVE about, please consider submitting one here.

If Your Chid is Returning to School In Person: Before You Arrive to School Everyday:

When You Arrive at School

Arrival and Dismissal Protocols/Procedure Reminders


  • All students must have their temperatures checked prior to entering the building. If they are arriving by car the temp checks are done in the car before they exit. If they arrive by bike or walking, the screening is done by the main doors.
  • Please complete the COVID-19 Screener for each students before arriving on campus. If you have more than one student, you can screenshot the "green" screen. The Screener must show the student name - not the parent name. See pictures below if you are unsure what the app looks like. You will need your students ID number. This is the same as their "s" number - just without the "s". You can also find their ID number from your parent cloud account.
  • Everyone must wear a mask- we ask that even in the cars, adults wear masks for safety of the screeners.
  • Please do not pull around the car line.
  • Do not drop off students in the parking lot or pull through the parking lot to avoid the screening line.
  • On cold mornings, it is helpful to turn off the car heater - when students sit under the car heater it impacts their temperature :)
  • Arrive by 7:40 to complete the screening and allow enough time for your student to walk to class, unpack their things, and be prepared for the start of the classes opening activities/Zoom meeting.
  • If you arrive after the screeners have gone inside, you will need to call the front office and we will have to come out to you. Because this requires additional time, we respectfully ask that you arrive no later than 7:40.


To enhance our dismissal procedures, and help us maintain better social distancing we are going to be more rigorous with our staggered dismissal times. You can help by waiting to come pickup your student (or getting in the pick up line) until your grade level dismissal time.

2:45 - all siblings (in different grade levels) and EAC bus riders will be called to the cafeteria

2:50 we will begin dismissing siblings and EAC bus riders in the front of the building

3:00 - we will dismiss Kinder, First and Fifth graders in the front of the building

3:00 - we will dismiss Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth graders on the north side of the property off of Briarcrest Drive (where they have been dismissing)

If you are walking up to pick up your child, please do not walk up to the class/classroom teacher. Please stay on the sides of the covered walkway and we will bring (or send) your child. to you.

Breakfast and Lunch

Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily to all students. Breakfast is served in the classrooms. If your child will want breakfast at school, please let your child's teacher know so they can be sure to add them to the "count." Lunch is served daily. There is a set menu and no a la carte menu items (single milks, single menu items, snacks, etc.). When the weather is nice and we are able, we will plan to picnic outside on the large rocks above the blacktop. When we are unable to eat outside we will be in the cafeteria at the cafeteria tables with distanced seating (as possible) and plexiglass barriers on the tables.

Health Guidelines

Please review the attachments below to learn more about how to respond if you believe your child has a positive COVID case and general guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. If you have any questions, please contact our school health room at 512-414-2013. Thank you!

Browser History Reminders

Please note and remind your children their browser history can’t be cleared. Remind students that their browser history on an Austin ISD device cannot be cleared. Anyone who opens history on their device will be able to see students’ search history, along with dates and times.

Dogs on Campus

We respectfully request that dogs not accompany you or your child to school for arrival or dismissal. While your dog may be the best for your family, not everyone is comfortable around them and and not all dogs do well in the arrival/dismissal setting. Thank you so much!

How to Check Status on District Systems

AISD’s technology team has launched a webpage that allows school communities to check the status of district systems such as the cloud and portal, as well as Accelify, School Messenger, and Zoom, at www.austinisd.org/technology/status.


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