#BeHartPTA Updates

Bernice Hart Elementary PTA | Issue No.9 | Oct. 15th, 2020


Welcome back, Hart Rocket students! We began F2F (Face to Face) learning phase-in last week and it has been a wild ride! As we continue to increase the amount of students back on campus, we wanted to take a moment to THANK all of our amazing Rocket Teachers and Parents for their hard work and vigilance with the health and safety of our community - YOU ROCKet!


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Updates to Meal Site Pick-up

Bernice Hart Elementary School: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Each Thursday, starting October 8, curbside meal sites will provide free 7 day meal packs at more than 40 locations throughout Austin. Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families who come by walking/biking/transit will still be able to receive food outside the campuses. Scroll down and see our "Assistance" section for more details.

Sign up for PTA Membership!

FINALLY! our Bernice Hart PTA is officially registered with JoinPTA.org - a website where you can register and pay your membership dues in a one-shop-stop. Your $10 membership dues are so important to us and the future of our school. By registering and paying your dues, you are directly supporting every effort our PTA will take to connect and establish our Hart Rocket community. You also automatically gain membership as part of the TX PTA and National PTA - that's 3 memberships with only 1 fee! Click on the Yellow Button below or follow THIS LINK to get signed up today! Membership cards and swag coming soon!

Sign up for a PTA Committee - We need volunteers!!

Want to help our with PTA events, Fundraising or Community Outreach? Sign up for a PTA Committee! For more information and details about our PTA Committees, click HERE!

Ready to join a Committee? Click HERE!


From water bottle refill stations to community events, we want to hear it all! Please take a moment to tell us how our PTA can make a difference in our school!

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What's Happening Local πŸ™οΈ

Want the latest news? Follow along on Twitter @AustinISD | @AISDParents | @AustinPTA

Make it Matter Monday - School Funding: Connecting the Dots

If you couldn't the ACCPTA this week for the first installment of our Make it Matter Monday meeting series, you can watch it HERE (si, en espaΓ±ol!)

Laura Yeager from Just Fund It Texas discusses the funding landscape, the implications of our current situation and what we can do, as parents and educators, to push for fully funded public schools in Texas.

Take a look at the Just Fund It Texas Power Point Presentations below, in both Spanish and English, to learn how we can make a meaningful difference for our Hart Rockets, AISD Family, and ALL students is in state of Texas!

What's Happening in Texas 🌡

Follow the Texas PTA on Twitter @TXStatePTA

Months before the legislature convenes for regular session, Texas PTA is hard at work preparing our thunderous advocacy voice. First, we survey our membership to find out what's important to you, covering a broad range of topics pertinent to Texas students and schools. Next, the Texas PTA Advocacy Committee takes those findings to draft a list of legislative priorities. The recommendations of the committee are presented to the Texas PTA Board of Directors, which then votes to either adopt or amend them.

On September 13, 2020, the Texas PTA Board of Directors moved to adopt the legislative priorities as presented. These priorities will now guide our association's work during the upcoming 87th session. Please begin to familiarize yourself with our 14 priorities, organized under four headings: Support Student Success; Health & Safety; Meaningful Assessment and Accountability; and Strengthen Public Schools.

More information will be available for each priority beginning this fall.

What's Happening Nationally πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ & Internationally 🌐

Follow the National PTA on Twitter @NationalPTA

November's general election weeks away

Important Dates and Details

β€’ Register to vote by October 5, 2020 | Watch How to Vote in a Pandemic

β€’ High school students must be at least 18 years old on Election Day to vote.
Students may register two months before their 18th birthday

β€’ Apply to vote by mail by October 23 if you are: 65 years or older; sick or disabled; out of the county during early voting and election day. Learn more about vote by mail in Texas.

Census deadline extended to October 31

The deadline to submit your response to the U.S. Census Bureau has been extended three months due to COVID-19. You now have until October 31 to respond. If you haven’t done so yet, complete the census here.

Importance of the Data

Lawmakers and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. (Source)

How Can You Verify That Someone Is a Census Taker?

If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. (Source)

πŸš€ YOU ROCK-ET! πŸš€


Your Bernice Hart Elementary PTA would like to shout-out a big THANK YOU to our HART ROCKET PARENTS!! During these ever-changing times, we have seen our Hart Rocket Parents SOAR to new heights with technology and communication to ensure their child(ren) are getting the education they deserve. We are SO LUCKY to have such an amazing group of parents raisng such an amazing group of kids!

You ROCKet! πŸš€

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Check out the new updates on the Hart Rocket Website!

Need a computer, or need your AISD device repaired?
There is curbside repair available at the Performing Arts Center from 9:30-AM-12:00PM. You can see wait times and information here: https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/trial-wait-times-at-4-sites/home

More Resources:

AISD Tech Design Team on YouTube


AISD to Provide Free Meals

Beginning the week of October 5, Austin ISD will transition from daily to WEEKLY free curbside meal service. This change is in response to community feedback, providing a more efficient and convenient meal pick-up option for families.

Each Thursday, starting October 8, curbside meal sites will provide free 7 day meal packs at more than 40 locations throughout Austin. These locations are listed below.

Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families who come by walking/biking/transit will still be able to receive food outside the campuses.

Central Texas Food Bank

The Central Texas Food Bank provides resources to help ensure families are fed throughout the year, including during school breaks:

πŸ—£οΈ ADVOCACY πŸ—£οΈ

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November Election Key Dates
β€œElections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln

DEADLINE PASSED! October 5th - Last day to register to vote
STARTING THIS WEEK! October 13th-30th - Early voting
October 23rd - Last day your application for voting by mail must be received
November 3rd - Election day

Advocacy social media made easy
Feel free to use these advocacy messages on your campus's social media or communications platforms. I would love for them to be translated, so please send me the translated text or feel free to create your own social media messages based on the ones available. If you have any ideas for new messages, there's a suggestion form in the folder or contact me at advocacy@austincouncilpta.org.


Help Support your Hart PTA!

  • Sign up and pay your PTA Membership Dues at www.joinpta.org to become a member of our chapter, get your official membership card, enjoy membership perks, and help support our student needs!

  • Become an active member of our PTA by signing up for a PTA Committee! Take a look at the BHEPTA Committee Cheat Sheet for more details!

  • Got a great idea for a project or see a opportunity to improve our school? Share it on our PTA Idea Wall!

  • We need nominees for our πŸš€ YOU ROCK-ET! πŸš€ section of our newsletter. If you know someone who is making a huge difference at our school or in our community, please send us an email at info@behartpta.org with a short paragraph about their impact.

Contact Us

We want to hear from you!

Would you like to nominate someone from our community who has done a fantastic service? Do you need assistance with getting resources or paying your membership dues? Do you have a complaint, compliment, or suggestion?? Please reach out to us at our new PTA email address info@behartpta.org

Stay safe and healthy, Rockets!

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