HSS-Austin Tiger Talk

November 1, 2017 - Issue 1

Harmony Tigers...Changing Trends!

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A Message from the Principal

Dear HSS Parents and Guardians,

I know we are all busy with our hectic schedules, but I would like to dedicate some time to my parents and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with you. Also, I would like to use that time period to listen to you and hear your valuable feedback about effective ways to continue our growth, improve our school and to discuss current and additional programs for our students.


The Coffee Talks will be every other week with one grade level at a time. Please join me for the first Coffee Talk which will be with our Kindergarten parents/guardians on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:15 am. I hope to see you on that day.


Thank you,

Mr. Mehmet Subas, M.Ed.

Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

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Announcements & Reminders

Harmony 2017-2018 School Year Calendar - Mark Your Calendars

As a reminder, please review the link below of the 2017-2018 Harmony school year calendar for reference. This calendar includes all early release days and student holidays for the school year. Campus events will be communicated via our campus website, Facebook and the weekly newsletter.


https://www.hssaustin.org/webshare/web/acalendar/academic_calendar.pdf

Student Holiday/No School - Friday, November 3rd

Friday, November 3rd there will be a student holiday and staff development day. Please mark your calendars for this day.

Closed Campus for Lunch - November 6th-10th

Attention Parents: due to the Book Fair next week Monday-Friday, November 6th-10th. we will have a closed campus / no visitors during all lunch periods. We will utilize a portion of the cafeteria during these days for the Book Fair and will need the space to allow the students to enjoy the event. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Scholastic Book Fair - November 6th-10th

Exciting news...the much anticipated Scholastic Book Fair will be here on our campus soon! Beginning Monday, November 6th - Friday, November 10th all of your favorite book titles including chapter books, reference, entertainment, recipe books, graphic novels and other fun items will be here. If you would like to volunteer for a morning or after school session, please log on to VOLY harmony.voly.org and accept the opportunity.


Morning Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:20-7:50am

Afternoon Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 3:10-5:00pm

Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting - November 7th

We will host an informational meeting for all parents of our returning Gifted & Talented (GATE) students on Tuesday, November 7th - 4-5pm.

Veterans Day Parade - November 10th

We are excited to honor our family of Veterans that have given their lives to protect our country. On Friday, November 10th, we would like to honor our Harmony School of Science-Austin Veterans with a school wide parade. Please invite Veterans that are family members of our students and staff to this special event.

Movies Under the Stars Family Event - November 10th

As we welcome the winter season, let's get together for a movie. HSS-Austin will host a Movie Under the Stars Family Event on Friday, November 10th. The movie will begin at 5:30. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and your family for a fun, relaxing time!

Coffee Talk With Mr. Subas - November 15th (Kindergarten Parents)

Kindergarten parents, please join Mr. Subas for Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 15th at 8:15am.

Credit Card Lunch Payments Now Accepted!

You may now make lunch payments by credit card in the front office. We hope this offering will provide an additional convenience for making payments to your students lunch account.

Media Release Forms

Throughout the school year, students may be highlighted in efforts to promote Harmony Public School activities and achievements. For example, students may be featured in materials to train teachers and/or increase public awareness of our schools through newspapers, radio, TV, in the web (including social media such as Facebook), DVDs, displays, brochures, and other types of media. Consent forms were sent home and are

due back to school. If you have not yet signed your student's media release form, please do so and return it with your student or to the front office.

November Calendar

November 2017

11/3 - Student Holiday / Staff Development

11/6 - Book Fair Begins

11/7 - Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting (returning GT students & parents)

11/10 - Veterans Day Parade 8am

11/10 - Book Fair Ends

11/10 - Movies Under the Stars Family Event

11/15 - Coffee Talk with Mr. Subas (Kindergarten Parents) 8:15am

11/17 - No After School Clubs - Regular Dismissal at 3:10pm

11/20-11/24 - Student & Staff Holiday - Thanksgiving Break


Check out our Events page on Facebook!

Breakfast & Lunch Menu https://www.hsaaustin.org/webshare/web/Lunch/2017/November.pdf

Academics

Harmony Math Olympiad - Calling all HSS-Austin 5th Grade Students

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Curriculum Information & Online Resources

Clever Portal:

https://clever.com/in/hps

Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)

Password: 123asd

Code Badge: provided by teachers


Parent Connect:

http://parent.harmonytx.org


Think Central:
https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)

Password: 123asd

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A Message from Your Dean of Students

Thank you to all of our students and staff for participating in our Red Ribbon Week activities. It was a fun week for everyone.


Mrs. Michelle Hanvey

Dean of Students

Red Ribbon Week

So Neon Bright, We Have to Wear Shades!

Crazy Hair & Socks!

Hat Day & Unity Day!

HSS-Austin Policy Reminders - Please Review

As a reminder, please review our campus policies. As we enter our 2nd Nine Weeks, we will review and clarify these policies with our students so they will remember their expectations in and out of the classroom. Please click the link below containing the Parent Information Packet to review the following information: 

  • Harmony Student Dress Code 
  • Visitor Policy 
  • Absences Policy – Absences – excused and unexcused 
  • Tardiness to School Policy 
  • Makeup Work Policy 
  • Loitering Policy

Engagement

A Message from Your Engagement Coordinator!

Watching the students and staff enjoy the wondrous campus events in October has been a great joy! We had a great time participating together in fun ways to encourage Anti-Bullying and taking part in Red Ribbon Week. Our last event for the month was our Book Character Dress Up Day which brought out the kid in all of us. Thank you all for participating and joining in on the fun! Enjoy the pictures of our campus characters!


Ms. Jearnal Williams

Campus Coordinator - Engagement & Support

jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

Book Character Dress Up Day!

Oz is Missing Dorothy...we have two!

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Batman Came by to Protect Gru & a Few Minions!

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Would You Like to Serve as a Volunteer or Chaperone?

If you would like to volunteer for campus events, helpful tasks or even to be a chaperone for your student's class field trip, be sure to register on VOLY at: harmony.voly.org. Create your account and log-in to view available Harmony School of Science-Austin volunteer opportunities that have been added.


There are new opportunities on the VOLY website:


Kindergarten Field Trip Chaperones - Sweet Berry Farm

1st Grade Field Trip Chaperones -The Science Mill

Book Fair Helpers - Morning or Afternoon Session

Hands on Science Event Volunteers

PTO Membership

Message Display Board Helper

STEM Materials Organizer


Please take the time to log in to your account and sign up for a volunteer opportunity that you are interested in.

Home Visit Program

Have​ ​you​ ​had​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​for​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit?​ ​ ​No​ ​worries...there​ ​is​ ​still​ ​time.​ ​ ​If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to schedule​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​your​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​your​ ​student’s​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​HSS Administration,​ ​please​ ​let​ ​us​ ​know.​ ​ ​Schedule your home visit with your teacher and let's get engaged! Learn more about the PATH PROGRAM.

Extracurricular Activities

After School Clubs - November Payments are Due

Please remember to make your November club payments if you didn't make it in by November 6th. If you are not going to continue your registered clubs, please notify us via email so we may open the available opportunities to other students. If you need to confirm available clubs please reach out via email. For more information about clubs, please contact Ms. Williams at: jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

Club Dismissal Reminders - No Clubs on Friday, November 17th

Please note that there will not be clubs on Friday, November 17th. This will be a regular school dismissal day for all students at 3:10pm.


All HSS-Austin After School Clubs dismiss at 3:55pm. Students should be picked up no later than 4:05pm. Students enrolled in Mad Science on Tuesdays are dismissed at 4:10 and should be picked up no later than 4:15. Please make arrangements to have your student picked up on time from dismissal. Parents, we appreciate your courtesy and cooperation in this matter.

HSS-Austin Clubs Spotlight!

Spanish Club

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans in the United States and Canada. The celebration includes gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. People decorate their homes and home altars with sugar skulls, marigold, candles, incense, and pictures of the dead. They leave offerings of food for the spirits. They visit and care for the graves of their dead relatives and ancestors.


in our Spanish Club with the guidance of Mrs. Cruz, students learned 10 Facts about the holiday:


1. It is absolutely not a Mexican Halloween.

2. It is not celebrated in all of Mexico.

3. It is not a depressing holiday.

4. There is significance behind the "calavera" or sugar skull face painting.

5. The celebration is not just one day, but multiple days. (November 1st honors the the children who have died.) (November 2nd honors all the adults who have passed away.)

6. The Marigold flower is the special flower for the holiday.

7. A very symbolic altar honors the dead person.

8. "Pan de muerto" or "bread of the dead" is round and symbolizes the circle of life.

9. "La Ofrenda" is the prepared items that the deceased enjoyed the most.

10. The holiday is an indigenous tradition.

Dia de los Muertos

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PTO News

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Community News & Events

Don't Miss These Free November Events:

Free Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store

Every Saturday, 11am - 3pm. Ages 3 & up, no reservations necessary.

9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759 - 512-241-2885

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