Eagle Update: April 23, 2021

Barton Hills Elementary

Hello BHE Families:

Our picture this week is of our staff wearing our new T-shirts from the PTA! Thank you so much for honoring our teachers and staff with these one of a kind, made just for us, T-Shirts!

This week, we welcomed back 295 (75%) Eagles to on-campus learning! We know that some of our families will continue to stay remote for the rest of the year and that is ok! Every family has their own story and has to make the best decision for their child. Please know that if you have committed to returning for in person learning, our teachers are working hard to ensure student safety and making learning plans that are engaging and offer opportunities for students to work with one another and as close to "regular" activities as possible. Your child's engagentment and attendance everyday (on campus or off campus) is important and we look forward to seeing them every day. Consistency is key. Barring illness and medical appointments please make sure your child is attending everyday for their success.

This week we have recognized Pride Week and Earth Day and at the same time experienced national events including the jury returning a verdict of guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd. We recognize our family of Eagles is experiencing a wide range of emotions and responses which may be influenced by personal identities and experiences. Families are encouraged to talk to their child(ren) about how the events of this week are impacting them. Should your child or family need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our counselor, Mrs. White for support and additional resources. If you have not had an opportunity to read the statement from our Superintendent, I would encourage you to do so here.

Thank you for your continued support of our campus and our learning community.

Kati Achtermann

Spring Picture Make Up Day Sign Up

Please click here to access the sign up sheet for our Spring Make up Picture day for both on campus and off campus learners. The date is Saturday, April 24th.

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 24 Make Up Picture day for both on and off campus learners
  • April 29 - Silly Sock Spirit Day
  • April 30 - Staff Development Day (no school for students)
  • May 7 - CaveSim Virtual Field Trip for 3rd - 6th graders
  • May 11 - STAAR Reading for 3rd - 6th grade on campus learners
  • May 12 - STAAR Math for 3rd - 6th grade on campus learners
  • May 13 - STAAR Science for 5th grade on campus learners and make up tests for on campus learners
  • May 14 - STAAR make up tests for on campus learners and College T-Shirt Day
  • May 17 - STAAR Reading for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners (given on campus)
  • May 18 - STAAR Math for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners (given on campus)
  • May 19 - STAAR Science for 5th grade off campus learners and make ups for tests for off campus learners
  • May 20 & 21 - STAAR make up test dates for 3rd - 6th grade off campus learners
  • May 21 - Green and Gold Spirit Day
  • May 28 - Career Day
  • May 31 - School Holiday/Memorial Day
  • June 3 - Last Student Day

Earth Day Tiles

This week we celebrated Earth Day. As part of a schoolwide project, each class is painting an Earth Day themed ceiling tile that we will place in the front hallways. Below are three that have been finished and we can't wait to see them all!

From our SEL Committee

Book Share Flip Grid and Feedback

Hello Barton Hills Families,

The time has come to hear your thoughts on our Antiracist Baby Book. The SEL team created a Flipgrid for you to record your family's thoughts. You will be able to listen to what other families think too. It is only through listening to others that we truly learn.

So, to record your Flipgrid follow these steps:

1) Click on the link below or scan the QR code to the right


2) Use the following for "student" name: eagle (all lower case).

3) You can change your name at the end from Family Name to your family's name.

The SEL team would love to hear children's and adult thoughts. Once you post it, give us a little time to add it to the Flipgrid.

Antiracist Baby Book Discussion

Check out this Flipgrid!


The flipgrid is meant for families to give their thoughts or wonderings after reading Antiracist Baby. For any adult comments or suggestions, please fill out this google form.


Antiracist Baby Adult Feedback


Spring Spirit Days

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PTA 2021 Spring Fundraiser


It’s an outdoor social and a rare chance to gather safely to raise critical funds for BHE!

Get your tickets here!

***if you don’t want to attend, you can still participate in the silent auction. Stay tuned for a preview of the great events.

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Updates/Information from AISD

Human Sexuality and Responsibility Units

Due to the unique demands placed on schools and teachers during the COVID-19 crisis for students attending both in-person and remotely, the Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) unit will not be taught to students enrolled in grades K-8th grade during the spring semester of the 2020-21 school year. Students who are currently enrolled in the High School 2021 Health Education course will participate in the HSR unit. Parents or legal guardians will continue to have the option to opt-out their child if so desired. Parents will have access to resources on topics connected to the curriculum at this website.

Parent and Caregiver Focus Group Information - Open to All Parents and Caregivers

As we prepare for student learning next year, we are seeking parent and caregiver feedback about your experiences with school this year. Please join us for a zoom Focus Group on Tuesday, April 27th from 5:30-6:30. Spanish translation will be provided. Click here to access the zoom link for this meeting.

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

Arrival and Dismissal Protocols/Procedure Reminders


  • 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.

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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