Boone Bear Facts

February 4, 2016

Principal's Message

We have had a busy last two weeks at Boone.

One huge highlight was the visit from our AISD Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, last Thursday. This is the first true visit from a superintendent to Boone in the 21 years I have been at Boone. So it was a huge honor to host him. He came in conjunction with our Second Annual Career Days. He talked with the students about how to to plan for what you want to do and then how to make it happen. Below you will see some highlights of his visit. I would like to thank Sherina Wharstler and the PTA for hosting the "green room" for our speakers. Ms. Lozo did an amazing job scheduling over 30 community members to discuss careers.

Ginger Bolen, one of our Kinder teachers, was selected as the Boone Teacher of the Year for the 15-16 school year. Other finalists were Ms. Leitz and Ms. McCarter. This is such an amazing staff, to be selected says a lot. She represents Boone well!

AISD is accepting applications for Pre-K 4 tuition program at this time. Boone is one of 36 schools in AISD with this program. It is a terrific way for students to learn social and emotional skills, develop language and vocabulary and pre-readiness skills for school. Boone has space for up to 15 tuition based students. Spaces fill fast. If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact Marisa Garza about how to enroll. Spread the word.

2015-2016 AISD Parent Survey

On January 21, 2106 parents received the AISD Parent Survey in their student’s Thursday Folder. We encourage parents and families to offer feedback on the 2015-2016 school year by completing the AISD Parent Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better. You may also complete the survey online at Thank you for taking the time to help us understand our strengths and opportunities for improvement. All surveys must be completed by Monday, February 29th.

Literacy Night - Tonight, Thursday, February 4th!

February 4th from 5:30pm-7:00pm, we will have Literacy Night at Boone! Our theme is "We Love Reading!" We will have Valentine's Day themed activities, read-alouds by teachers, a read-in for the Read-a-Thon, and more! Come dressed up as a book character you love and bring your favorite book to read! Make sure to take a photo with our "We Love Reading!" backdrop.
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Special Education Parent Forum

Parents and guardians of students receiving Austin ISD special education services are invited to an interactive forum. Please join other families and school district staff to:

  • Learn about AISD’s special education goals and priorities for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Share your opinions and ideas.
  • Meet and talk to the director and others in the AISD Special Education Department
  • Child care will be provided

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Kealing Middle School, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave.

Career Days at Boone

On Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29, 4th-5th graders had their second annual Career Days. We hosted a variety of professionals from around the community to speak to the students about their careers. This experience provided a great opportunity for the students to relate the classes they are taking now to their future careers and success in jobs.

A variety of APD units visited Boone, which some of you may have even heard or seen the display on the field. The students saw 4 different units: Air-1, SWAT, Motorcycle patrol, and Mounted patrol. The students didn’t know what to think when they saw a helicopter land, motorcycles and SWAT parked on the blacktop, and 3 horses grazing on Boone’s field. Through organized rotations the students were able to spend time with each unit to hear about their specialization and professional background.

Even AISD’s Superintendent, Dr. Cruz, came to speak with the 4th & 5th graders! It was a treat to have him on campus and inspire the students about the importance of setting goals for their futures. He emphasized how the preparation for graduation and their careers begins now. Dr. Cruz interacted with many of the students and finished by leaving each student with an envelope to open on their high school graduation day. What a great experience!

We had so many careers shared with our students! Thank you to all of other fabulous guests that shared their time and passion for what they do in our community!

Billy Spencer- Principal & COO at Mark Word Design Architecture Firm

Kayln Blacklock- VP of Sales at Rallyhood/Founder of Chiari Warriors

Marcie Goltz- Real Estate Agent

Brad Hamer- Environmental Consultant

Julie Burns- Personal Trainer with Camp Gladiator

Jennifer Chapman- Wildlife & Nature Center Educator

Jane Lionberger- AISD Physical Therapist

Elizabeth Polk- AISD Assistant Director of Library Media Services

Petite Dental

Howard Martin- AISD IT Specialist

Michael Brice- Director of Golf Instruction

Jerome Benton- Electrical & Systems Engineer

Albert Wooten- Director/Camera Operator

Scott Rhodes & Tim Whitten- Attorneys

Christi Jones, AuD- Doctor of Audiology

Tamara Dever- Graphic Designer

Carie Juettner- Writer/Author

Krystal Craig- Chocolatier

My Coke Rewards - Help Support Boone Elementary

Did you know that you can donate your reward points from Coca-Cola products to Boone Elementary? The points donated will be converted to cash, and Boone will receive a quarterly payment which can be used for physical education, sports, technology, arts and/or classroom supplies.

To participate, log on to to sign-in or join the reward program and to donate your points to Boone Elementary Austin TX. You can find the reward codes under the lids of bottles or on the cardboard openings of Coca-Cola packages.

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Third Base After School Registration for 2016-2017

Pre-registration for 2016-17 School Year

Parents, please note the pre-registration dates for AISD Third Base After School Care for the 2016-17 school year. Pre-registration for families currently enrolled in Third Base: February 16-29, 2016. Pre-registration for families NOT currently enrolled in Third Base: Begins March 21, 2016. All families must complete a new registration form and submit form, with payment, to secure a space for next school year. Spaces are limited. Please contact Mary at or 512-414-0220 for registration information.

PTA News

Spirit Night at Bush's Chicken on 2/11/16 from 5pm to 8pm.

Boone PTA Landscape Questionnaire
We would appreciate your input in helping brainstorm and dream about the schoolyard at Boone Elementary and how it can be an even better recreation and learning asset for the whole community! Please take the time to complete the following survey with any ideas and suggestions you have. If you have any additional feedback, feel free to email Aaron Odland at

Spring Carnival Help

Attention, attention, read all about it, the Boone Spring Carnival is upon us! It will be here before you know it! We are so excited to host our favorite, fun filled family event in April. If you are interested in helping to chair a committee, such as Silent Auction Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, etc, please contact our Spring Carnival Chair, Brenda Ledesma at, or PTA President, Serenity Lange at

If you would rather be a part of a committee, and not the chair please email as well, we would love all the help you are willing to give. We will have plenty of volunteer opportunities the day of the carnival as well. (As we near the carnival date, sign-ups will begin to go out).

If you are a business owner, or work for a corporation that loves to give, please let us know about that too, we would love donations for our silent auction. We are also actively seeking corporations to sponsor* a ride, or rides to our event. Please contact the above referenced persons if interested. *Sponsor refers to the cost of the ride or entertainment item for the length of the carnival. Costs can be denoted directly from Brenda Ledesma, our Spring Carnival Chair.

If you own a business, and are interested in hosting a booth or supporting our endeavors in another way, perhaps with offsetting other costs, we would love to have that support as well. We would love for this carnival to be the most spectacular one yet. We can’t wait to meet you.

Boone PTA Board Openings

We are pleased to announce PTA Board openings for the 2016/17 school year. Below are all the positions on the board. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PTA board for next school year, please email Please see picture below.
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Calendar of Events

Feb 4 - Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Feb 8 - Feb 12 - Random Acts of Kindness Week

Feb 11 - Spirit Night at Bush's Chicken - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Feb 12 - Parent Coffee - 8:00 a.m.

Feb 15 - Conference Day - No School for Students

Feb 25 - Spring & Class Pictures