Osos Outreach Newsletter

January 12, 2020 - Issue 19

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Campus Closure - Online Classes to Resume

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Honoring our commitment to the health and safety of the students, families, and communities we serve, Harmony Public Schools is notifying families and staff that there have been two or more student/staff members who are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the names of these individuals.

The local health department has been notified and, while they will begin their own investigation, to maintain transparency and for the safety of all individuals involved in Harmony School of Innovation has directly contacted any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individuals. We do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned.

In order to thoroughly clean the campus and ensure that individuals affected will have time to test or seek medical care, Harmony School of Innovation will close the building for in person instruction for the next 3 days. All classes will continue online only on Wednesday, January 13th through Friday, January 15th. In person instruction will resume on Tuesday, January 19th.

Important Information:

Front Office Contact Information:

Our front office staff will still be answering calls while working from home. Please contact the following personnel for your needs.

Registrar: Ms. Angela Perez at angela.perez@harmonytx.org

Attendance: Ms. Katherine Zapata at kzapata@harmonytx.org

Lunch Clerk: Ms. Dulce Perez at dulce.perez@harmonytx.org

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever of 100.0 or above, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. New loss of taste or smell is a positive sign of COVID-19 and individuals experiencing loss of taste or smell should receive COVID-19 testing immediately.

What do I do if my child is sick?

Anyone displaying the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should follow below self-quarantine policy:

Exposure or Illness with Positive Testing:

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

Exposure or Illness with Negative Testing or U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note:

If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above stay at home period, the following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • Either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • At least one day(24 hours) have passed since recovery (Resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications)

Exposure or Illness with No Testing and No U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note.

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); AND

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

If, while quarenting or otherwise, the following symptoms are experience, 911 should be called and emergency transportation should be immediately obtained: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chets, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, blue color in the lips or face, and for children unexplained rash.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Measures may be talent to help relieve the symptoms, which may include getting enough rest, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding tobacco and alcohol. Over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol or acetaminophen, when used as directed, may lessen fever, headache, and muscle aches. See your doctor or emergency room immediately if you are experiencing any respiratory issues such as shortness of breath or wheezing.

How is COVID-19 spread?

Coronavirus is easily spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing. Surfaces and hands contaminated with nose, mouth, or throat secretions can also spread coronavirus. An infected person may also be able to spread while the individual is ill.

How do you control the spread?

Wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is the best way to help control the spread. Additionally, adults and children should wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Use plenty of plain liquid soap and warm water. Teach children to cover their nose and mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing. When using a tissue, dispose into a proper wastebasket and wash hands well afterwards. Avoid touching the eyes, mouth, or nose.

How do I get more information?

For more information about Coronavirus, or if you are experiencing signs and symptoms, contact your local healthcare provider. If you need assistance locating a provider due to lack of insurance or income concerns, or need directions on how to find a local testing service, please contact your campus Health Staff, Ms. Iris Gonzales at Iris.gonzales@harmoytx.org.

How do I get my student support during this stressful time?

For emotional and mental health support during these trying times, please navigate to https://www.harmonytx.org/athome#healthy-minds


Ashley Gorman- Principal

Harmony School of Innovation- Austin


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Hello, HSI families!
Starting On Tuesday, January 19th through Thursday, January 21, Kinder through 5th grade students will be MAP testing in the morning beginning at 8AM. Teachers will reach out to families via Class Dojo and Schoology to inform families of testing times and assignments.

Please make sure your students are logging in on time and ready to work. If you have any questions regarding MAP testing please reach out to your child's teacher!
Parent Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L5wHnxnqjWyy_wd_hqj3RFvwuA1K1PVA/view?usp=sharing

A partir del martes 19 de enero hasta el jueves 21 de enero, los estudiantes de Kinder a 5to grado harán el examen MAP por la mañana. Los maestros se comunicarán con las familias a través de Class Dojo y Schoology para informarles de los horarios de los exámenes y las tareas.

Por favor, asegúrense de que sus estudiantes se conecten a tiempo y estén listos para trabajar. Si tienen alguna pregunta sobre los exámenes MAP, por favor comuníquense con el maestro de su hijo. Gracias!
Guía para padres:


Campus Reminders

For students who are attending F2F, 2nd semester arrival will begin at 7:45 to 8:10 am and dismissal will begin at 2:55 pm and end at 3:30 pm.

All students, both remote and F2F, will begin classes at 8:10 for academic practice on software.

Kinder-2nd: Students will complete 20 minutes on iRead or RAZ Kids and 20 minutes on Dreambox.

3rd-5th: Students will complete 20 minutes on RAZ Kids and 20 minutes on ALEKS.



Instructions: How to re-enroll online for the 2021-22 school year at Harmony Public Schools

Current Harmony Public Schools families are guaranteed enrollment for the 2021-22 school year by submitting their re-enrollment form in Skyward from January 4-22, 2021 ... and it's just 4 simple steps! Just head to the link above to begin!

Las familias actuales de las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony tienen garantizada la inscripción para el año escolar 2021-22 al enviar su formulario de reinscripción a Skyward antes del 22 de enero de 2021 ... ¡y son solo 4 pasos simples! 👉


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Sibling Sign-ups

At Harmony, we believe family comes first. That's why non-enrolled siblings of students currently enrolled at a Harmony are given priority in our annual campus lottery, space permitting. Learn more about our sibling policy or apply now for 2021-22 at https://www.HarmonyTX.org/siblingsignup
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Gifted and Talented Nominations

Dear HSI families,

The second semester Gifted and Talented (GT) nomination window is now open! From now until Friday, January 29, 2021, you may nominate any students who were not tested in the fall. Students who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in the Spring 2021. After receiving student nominations from teachers and guardians, testing for the nominated students will begin February 01, 2021 and run until March 31, 2021. Afterwards, the GT committee on our campus will meet to review all documents and the results will be communicated to families by April 30, 2021. Here is the guardian nomination form you will need to complete if you would like to nominate your student for the GT program:

Guardian Nomination and Rating Form English

Guardian Nomination and Rating Form Spanish

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Ms. Taylor Bradbury. Her email is tbradbury@harmonytx.org and she is also connected to your student's class on class dojo. Thank you!

Queridas familias de HSI,

¡La ventana de nominación de los Dotados y Talentosos (GT) del segundo semestre ya está abierta! Desde ahora y hasta el viernes 29 de enero de 2021, pueden nominar a cualquier estudiante que no haya sido examinado en el otoño. Los estudiantes que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2020 no son elegibles para evaluar en la primavera de 2021. Después de recibir las nominaciones de los estudiantes de los maestros y tutores, los exámenes para los estudiantes nominados comenzarán el 1 de febrero de 2021 y durarán hasta el 31 de marzo de 2021. Después, el comité de GT de nuestro campus se reunirá para revisar todos los documentos y los resultados se comunicarán a las familias antes del 30 de abril de 2021. Aquí está el formulario de nominación de tutores que deberán completar si desean nominar a su estudiante para el programa de GT:

Formulario de Nominación y Calificación de Guardianes Español

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contacte con nuestra Coordinadora de Dotados y Talentosos, la Sra. Taylor Bradbury. Su correo electrónico es tbradbury@harmonytx.org y también está conectada a la clase de su estudiante en el dojo de la clase. Gracias!

-Austin Community Events!-

FREE Community Resource!

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Reading Resources and Austin Public Library Information

Download the PDFs below for all the resources that were shared in our Parent Academy last month!

Parent Involvement Feedback

HSI Families, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding Family Involvement here at Harmony School of Innovation. We are always looking for ways we can continue to grow and your input matters in how we proceed with family activities this year. Thank you for your feedback!

Familias HSI, por favor tómense unos minutos para llenar esta encuesta sobre la Participación Familiar aquí en la Escuela de Innovación Harmony. Siempre estamos buscando formas de continuar creciendo y su aporte es importante en la forma en que procedemos con las actividades familiares este año. Gracias por sus comentarios!

Home Visit Requests from Families!

Home visitations by teachers get parents involved in their child's education, and let parents and children know how much teachers care! They are a vital part of building relationships between families and school staff.

Teachers will visit with their students and parents/guardians through Zoom to get to know each other and share information about upcoming events for our campus.

To request a 30 minute Home-Visit, complete this form with at least 3 optional dates that may work for you and your family and we will confirm a date and time to meet. (You can also schedule directly with your child's teacher)

Home Visit Request Survey

Solicitudes de Visitas a Domicilio

Thank you for working with us to build long-lasting relationships with our families!

Phases for back to Campus Learning!

We are entering our second stage of reopening! Please view the information provided in the links below and contact our front office to verify if your students will return during this opening phase or if you have any questions.
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HSI Parent Update Regarding Reopening

Actualización de los Padres de HSI para la Reapertura

HSI On-Campus Student Procedures

Procedimientos de los Estudiantes de HSI en el Campus

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the school closure last spring and over the summer months, Harmony offered meals to all children ages 18 and under in the community. Meals were distributed at select schools at no charge.

HSI will distribute meals on Monday (for Monday & Tuesday) and Wednesday (for Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) between 10:00am and 11:00am.

Meals will only be provided to students who are enrolled at that school and ID is needed if students are not in the car. If you have children enrolled in multiple Harmony schools, you will need to visit each campus to pick up meals. For every day in the distribution cycle, your child may choose which days they would like a breakfast and/or lunch meal. A choice of milk is available, but they are not required to take it. If your child has special dietary needs, visit the school website to download the Special Dietary Accommodations form and have it completed and signed by a licensed medical authority.


Durante el cierre de la escuela la primavera pasada y durante los meses de verano, Harmony ofreció comidas a todos los niños menores de 18 años en la comunidad. Las comidas se distribuyeron en escuelas selectas sin cargo.

HSI distribuirá comidas los lunes (para lunes y martes) y miércoles (para miércoles, jueves y viernes) entre las 10:00 am y la 11:00 am.

Las comidas solo se proporcionarán a los estudiantes que estén inscritos en esa escuela y se necesita una identificación si los estudiantes no están en el automóvil. Si tiene niños inscritos en varias escuelas Harmony, deberá visitar cada campus para recoger las comidas. Para cada día en el ciclo de distribución, su hijo puede elegir qué días le gustaría un desayuno y / o almuerzo. Hay una variedad de leche disponible, pero no es necesario que la tomen. Si su hijo tiene necesidades dietéticas especiales, visite el sitio web de la escuela para descargar el formulario Adaptaciones dietéticas especiales y que una autoridad médica autorizada lo complete y lo firme

A Note from Harmony Medical Staff

This year will be challenging, with many changes in education and the world at large. To help you navigate the School Health specific challenges for this year, we would like to make you aware of the following policies.

Parent Health Services Letter: https://bit.ly/3jKqBOY

Una nota de nuestro asistente médico:

Este año será un desafío, con muchos cambios en la educación y en el mundo en general. Para ayudarle a navegar por los desafíos específicos de la Salud Escolar para este año, nos gustaría hacerle saber las siguientes políticas.

Carta de Servicios de Salud para Padres: https://bit.ly/3jKqBOY

If a student is suspected to have COVID, they will be sent home from school with this form. (see image below)

Si se sospecha que un estudiante tiene COVID, se le enviará a casa con este formulario. (ver imagen abajo)

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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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PTO Membership Information!

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We look forward to partnering with your family this school year to help your child continue to grow academically. We understand that any adjustments to the normal school environment or calendar may create unexpected challenges for some families. If you would like to discuss specific needs for your student or family that are not addressed in the Harmony School Start Plan for 2020-'21, please contact your local Harmony campus or contact us via our Let’s Talk online platform.

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Familias Que Necesitan Apoyo Extra

Esperamos asociarnos con su familia este año escolar para ayudar a su hijo a seguir creciendo académicamente. Entendemos que cualquier ajuste en el ambiente o calendario escolar normal puede crear desafíos inesperados para algunas familias. Si desea hablar sobre las necesidades específicas de su estudiante o familia que no se abordan en el Plan de Inicio Escolar de Harmony para 2020-'21, comuníquese con su campus local de Harmony o con nosotros a través de nuestra plataforma en línea Let's Talk.

January Menus

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Monthly Activity Calendar

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20-21 Academic Calendar/20-21 Calendario Académico

*calendar is subject to change/El calendario está sujeto a cambios

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For more updates and news about our campus be sure to also follow us on Instagram!

You can continue to check our website for updates and news about our campus!

Para más actualizaciones y noticias sobre nuestro campus asegúrese de seguirnos en Instagram!

¡Puedes seguir revisando nuestro sitio web para ver las actualizaciones y noticias sobre nuestro campus!