HSS-Austin Tiger Talk
November 1, 2017 - Issue 1
Harmony Tigers...Changing Trends!
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.
Mr. Mehmet Subas, M.Ed.
Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin
Announcements & Reminders
Harmony 2017-2018 School Year Calendar - Mark Your Calendars
Student Holiday/No School - Friday, November 3rd
Closed Campus for Lunch - November 6th-10th
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
Veterans Day Parade - November 10th
Movies Under the Stars Family Event - November 10th
Coffee Talk With Mr. Subas - November 15th (Kindergarten Parents)
Credit Card Lunch Payments Now Accepted!
Media Release Forms
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.
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!
Harmony Math Olympiad - Calling all HSS-Austin 5th Grade Students
Curriculum Information & Online Resources
Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)
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Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)
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
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
Book Character Dress Up Day!
Oz is Missing Dorothy...we have two!
Mr. Subas & Scarecrow with Dorothy 1 & 2!
It Looks Like 4 Little Dalmations Got Away!
Our 2nd grade teachers were spotted on campus.
What a Cute Little Dragon!
Batman Came by to Protect Gru & a Few Minions!
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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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- District: Austin
- Grades served: K-5th