Boone Bear Facts

October 14, 2016

Note from the Principal

Making Boone Better and Safer:

AISD Facility Condition Assessment

Austin ISD is in the process of compiling campus’ needs for a possible bond election either this coming May, or more likely, in November of 2017. As part of this process, a research team has been assigned to evaluate every AISD campus to identify areas in building maintenance issues, grounds issues, playground needs, instructional space needs, etc., for possible inclusion in the bond package. I recently received the draft report from this team based on their campus review this summer. I am attaching their initial reports in this email.

In order to ensure that we have covered all of Boone’s perceived needs, I am asking all of our families and staff to review the reports and provide feedback on other areas of concern or need that could be addressed through this bond proposal. The review team will be meeting with our CAC at our next meeting on October 27th in the Library at 3:15 p.m.

Please take a few minutes to review these documents. I have created a Google survey that I am asking you to use in order to provide feedback that we can share with the review team on October 27th. You are also welcome to attend the CAC meeting if you would like.

Please use this link to provide feedback or input into the current needs you feel should be addressed through this proposed bond:

Boone Playground Improvement Committee:

In line with the Facility Condition Assessment mentioned above, I would also like to form a Boone Playground Improvement Team. The primary purpose of this team will be to continue the work started by the PTA last year in examining ways that we can increase and improve the current playground equipment here at Boone. The PTA has been raising money last year and will continue that process this year to have funds available to work on playground improvements. Last year the PTA did have a fabulous volunteer come up with an initial Boone Schoolyard Master Plan. We are now ready for the next step.

Building on that plan, we need to evaluate this proposal for viability, look into what is possible, examine any district constraints, and devise a multi-year implementation plan including actual equipment costs, location of the new equipment, and timeline. My goal is to have the equipment selected and timeline created by the early Spring in order to present to the PTA for feedback and approval by early April. Your voice is important in this work for the sake of our Boone students. The committee will 2-3 times a month for the next several months. The meeting times and dates for the team will be forthcoming pending the responses received on the survey.

If you are interested in being a part of this work and building to the future for our Boone students, please use the following link to provide me with your contact information. I would like to begin meeting with this team as early as the beginning of November, so I need your requests for membership in as soon as possible. Here is the link to use to join this important team:

Substitute Cafeteria Monitors Needed!!

Very special people are needed to support our lunch room from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on an as needed basis when our regular monitors are absent. Please call Amie Chalberg, Boone Assistant Principal, at 512-414-5310 if you are interested. You will also need to apply via the AISD website under the Boone monitor positions. Pay is $7.25 an hour. Monitor jobs can be found under the 07 Temporary/Hourly heading on the AISD web page under the career section.

PTA News

Have you joined Boone’s PTA yet? If you were a member last year, it’s time to renew!

As a member of the PTA you will enjoy being a big part of your student’s education. Your involvement makes a big difference in what we do as a PTA group and makes our entire school stronger.

There are several ways to be involved this year. You can give your input about upcoming projects and activities at PTA meetings, have fun and win prizes at Bingo Nights or eat dinner with friends while benefiting Boone at Spirit Nights. There are so many opportunities for fun and involvement! But the easiest way to get started and support our kids is to join the PTA. Don’t miss out on information and decision making for the upcoming year!

Yearly PTA membership is $8.00 for a single family member, and $15.00 for a family (2 adults). Forms can be found in the office, and checks can be made payable to Boone Elementary PTA. JOIN ONLINE via the following link:

As a special incentive, the class with the highest enrollment in the PTA will win a fabulous Kona Ice Party! Please contact Martha Napolillo with any PTA membership questions:

Calling all parents and students!
(3rd, 4th and 5th grade only)

Learn part of
Michael Jackson’s


dance and perform during Fall Fest
flash mob!

Interested? Contact Erin Murdock. We will meet Friday Oct 21 from 3:15-4 in the C pod.

Calling All Cakes!

We are in need of cakes, cookies, brownies, etc. for the CakeWalk at Boone Elementary Fall Festival Friday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Please send in your non-returnable container on Friday October 28th ONLY! Thank you!

Here is your PTA board for 2016-2017 with email contact information.


Serenity Lange


Alan Stevens

Vice President-Programs

Kim Glessner

Programs Chair

Susan Alexander Wilson

Programs Chair - Spirit Nights

Holt Haley-Walker

Vice President-Membership

Martha Napollilo


Marianna Garner


Karina Cooke


Dan Amador

Room Rep. Coordinator

Jennifer Anderson

Teacher Representative

Erin Murdock


Ryan Pombrio

Safety & Grounds

Deke Foxhoven

Student Enrichment

Kate Rooni

Yearbook Chair

Alycia Sumbrera


Cristie Jones

Technology Chair

Beaty Wilson

Schoolyard Master Plan:

If you want to check out the amazing Schoolyard Master Plan, courtesy of our very own Aaron Odland, you can access it as hard copy in the teacher lounge or I can send you a PDF (send me your email). We need your help to continue our great progress! If you are interested in helping, please let me know!

Deke Foxhoven

Boone Grounds Enhancement Chair

Student Enrichment News:

We've invited the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) to give an assembly for 4th-5th grade girls at Boone on Friday, October 28 at 8:00 am. GEN is an Austin non-profit organization with the mission to "support and guide girls to make wise choices as the navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. GENaustin increases the social and academic success of girls by:

1. Equipping them with the skills they need to navigate the dangers and pressures of adolescence.

2. Forging healthy, supportive bonds so they know they are never alone.

3. Surrounding them with relatable role models who encourage, inspire, & guide."

We've also arranged for the entire fourth grade to participate in a 5 week long writing workshop with Badgerdog, a creative writing program supported by the Austin Public Library Foundation. "Badgerdog sends professional writers into classrooms across Central Texas, where they inspire students to embrace the challenge and beauty of writing. The teaching artists follow Badgerdog’s READ-WRITE-SHARE teaching model.

Lessons engage students through creative and critical thinking, and invite young writers to explore how language is used to create meaning and affect readers. All lessons are TEKS-aligned and tailored to support grade-level curriculum." The fourth grade team is currently working out scheduling details.


Let us know what you want! Please complete this survey so we know what you want from us.

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There is also a Boone Elementary Parents page on Facebook. This is a great way to reach other parents. On Facebook search for “Boone Elementary Parents” and request to join.


Tues. Oct 25th - Spirit Night: Bush's Chicken (9815 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78748) 4-7 p.m.

Thurs. Oct 27th - Pre-K 4 to Zach Scott Theater - 11:15 - 1:30

Thurs. Oct 27th - Report Cards go Home

Fri. Oct 28th - 3rd Grade to San Antonio Zoo

Fri. Oct 28th - GEN Network Assembly for 4th & 5th grade girls

Fri. Oct 28th - Fall Festival 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.