Eagle Update: February 26, 2021

Barton Hills Elementary

Hello BHE Families:

We are looking forward to being back to a normal schedule this next week. Remarkably our building AND portables came through all that crazy winter weather in great shape. We had 2 water/pipe issues - neither of which impacted learning spaces and both of which have been repaired! Our old building came through for us! Some of the cedar trees around the back parking lot and along Homedale didn't fare so well but fortunately the AISD Grounds crews have already been out and at least been able to cut down all the broken limbs. They will be back out soon to gather all the tree limbs.

And now for the latest change for this upcoming week: Friday March 5th was previously designated as an Asynchronous Learning Day and is now a designated "Regular" instructional day. The decision was made at the district level to support continuity for students and families as we return to school this week. So, please plan for a regular school schedule (for both in person and off campus learners) on Friday, March 5th!

Since we've been away from campus for several weeks and know we will be welcoming more students back on campus I wanted to remind everyone of our arrival and dismissal procedures as well as our COVID safety protocols.


  • 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.

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation - we are all working together to support our students and ensure their health and safety.

Thank you as always for your support of our school community.

Kati Achtermann

Upcoming Dates

  • March 15 - 19 - Spring Break
  • March 26 - Individual Spring Pictures for on campus learners
  • March 27 - Individual Spring Pictures for Remote Learners (this will be by assigned appt. times- sign up will be sent out closer to the date)
  • April 2 - Staff Development Day/Student Holiday
  • April 9 - Asynchronous Learning Day

BHE & PTA Book Club!

Welcome to the (Book) Club!

Barton Hills is committed to leading the conversation on race and inequality and believe that it is all of our responsibilities to be relentless in recognizing and fighting against racial inequities and injustice. In an effort to continue our education, the PTA and the school administration are hosting TWO school-wide book discussions for everyone to join and contribute.

We will begin with an adult book club where we will delve into “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, who is a professor at Boston University and the author of six books on antiracism and Black history. Kendi says that “being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”

Free copies are available to the first 20 people who register but there are no limits to the number of people who can join. Please email bartonhillspta@gmail.com with your name to register and if applicable, we will arrange for you to pick up your book asap. Our discussion will be held Tuesday, March 23. (Zoom details to come.)

After Spring Break, Mrs. Achtermann and Mrs. White, our school counselor, will continue our journey with Mr. Kendi’s “Antiracist Baby.” This book will be distributed to ALL BHE families and will introduce young readers and their grown-ups to the concept and power of antiracism. The book provides the language necessary to begin critical conversations at an early age, which Barton Hills will continue through one or two community Zoom meetings. Please look out for more information on this family program as the date approaches.

In the meantime, if you’d like more information on our recent events and topics, please see the links below:

Dec. 2 Zoom workshop with Lawrence Alexander

Feb. 3 Zoom workshop with Lawrence Alexander

Six Things White Kids Say About Race That Parents Should Call Out Now

What White Children Need to Know About Race

AISD Family Survey

AISD wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete the 2021 AISD Family Survey!

AISD Family Engagement Newsletter

This Newsletter is updated with community resources for Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Food insecurity and financial hardships are impacting families across Austin ISD. The Austin Ed Fund is providing financial assistance to families and staff in need and continues to support caregiver meals through the AISD Crisis Support Fund.

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

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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