Osos Outreach Newsletter

March 22, 2021 - Issue 27

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Women's History Month

Women have made history through their achievements in fields like education, science, tech, space exploration, and the arts. They've forged their own paths, fought for equality, & shattered glass ceilings. This month we’re celebrating their legacies and lasting impact!
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HSI Families,

We hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break. We missed our students, and we are excited to see them!

We understand that our families will have questions about the schedule changes and will need some time to adjust. HSI will host an optional and informative Zoom session Monday evening, so that we may answer any questions that you may have about the updated schedule. If interested, please click on the following link to join the Zoom session at 5:15 pm today, Monday, March 22nd. Zoom Link

Zoom Session ID : 88676525764

Passcode: 500504

Prior to releasing for the break, we were informed that HSI and other elementary schools in Texas were required to adjust their instructional minutes to meet TEA requirements. We recognize that this will impact our families and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Our intention is not to increase screen time. Instead, we would like to use these additional minutes for play / physical activity, promoting classroom community, supporting character education and social emotional learning, developing literacy, and providing academic support.

Please see the following for more information regarding the schedule updates:

Schedule Updates:

7:35 - 7:50 Arrival for on campus learners.

7:50 - 8:00 Homeroom: Announcements, Brain buster question, Attendance, Morning Meeting, etc. (All students login unless completing Lesson 0 asynchronously.)

8:00 - 8:50 Small group tutorials with teacher or Instructional Software This time designed to address individual learner's instructional needs (Unless otherwise directed by the teacher, remote learners may complete this asynchronously before 11:59 pm.)

9:00- 9:50 Lesson 1

10:00 - 10:50 Lesson 2

11:00 - 11:50 Lesson 3

12:00 - 12:50 Lunch / Recess

1:00 - 1:50 Lesson 4

2:00 - 2:50 Lesson 5

3:00 - 3:25 Lesson 6 Activity Rotation. Please see the following schedule and view PDF files at the bottom of this newsletter for additional details about Lesson 6 Activities (Unless otherwise directed by the teacher, remote learners may complete lesson 6 activities asynchronously before 11:59 pm.)

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Super Staff of the Month!

Congratulations to our Super Staff of the Month! Let's send them a "love" or "care" emoji to show them our appreciation!

Mr. Andrus - Dedication to students' education and promoting communication between home and school.

Mr. Martinez - Being a huge team player, inspiring our students to love art, and brightening everyone's day with driveline fun.

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Ms. Silva - Going the extra distance to support PreK and bringing cheer to our HSI family!

Ms. Rabalais - Incredible guiding support and dedication for our students and learning community.

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Virtual Career Day!

Each presenter explained what they do for a living, type of skills needed for the job, and what type of education they needed to pursue this particular career. We had presenters ranging from a Beekeeper, veterinarian, entrepreneurs, hair stylist, attorney, and more!

Thank you to all of our amazing presenters who volunteered their time to be with our students!

Dr. Nicholas Vaughan DVM MBA CCRP CVA - PAZ Veterinarian

Marian "Minnie" Little - Owner of Shag Noir Studio - Hair Stylist

Tara Chapman - CEO of Two Hives Honey - Bee Keeper

Jake Lowe - Maintenance Worker/ Fire Fighter

Eliseo Sanchez - President of Xan San Solutions Computer Company

Alex Bill - Freelancer in Forex Trading

Christina Carrera - Physical Therapist

Ernest Ramirez - Owner of Muertos Designs

Anita Hines - Customer Success and Satisfaction Specialist at The Associated Press

Larisa McDaniel - Accountant

Liz Campo - Biotechnology Manufacturing Engineer

Alberto Garcia - Attorney, Managing Partner at ACGarcia Law, PLLC

Rodessa Allen - Owner of The Oh Honey Co. - Bath & Body products

See below for some photos from our Virtual Career Day!

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Register by Friday, March 26th!

Registration is now open for our Parents and guardians to sign up for our virtual SEL Parent Academy happening on Saturday, March 27th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Your information will help us to better prepare and make sure you directly receive the resources we have to give.


We hope to see you there!


La inscripción está abierta para que nuestros padres y tutores se inscriban en nuestra Academia virtual para padres de SEL que tendrá lugar el Sábado 27 de Marzo de 11:00 am a 12:00 pm.

Su información nos ayudará a prepararnos mejor y asegurarnos de que usted reciba directamente los recursos que tenemos para dar.


¡Esperamos verlos allí!

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Positive Behavior Awards Points

PBA stands for Positive Behavior Awards. Students earn points by exhibiting the following five character traits: Integrity, Kindness, Respect, Cooperation, and Perseverance.

When a staff member sees a student making a special effort to exhibit one of the five traits, they will be issued a PBA point in Skyward. Each PBA point is worth 10 Harmony Bucks. We hope to launch our student store next school year.

This month the student with the highest number of points will get a pizza if your student is working from home, no problem! We will have it delivered.

As a family, engage in discussions with your students about how to show Integrity, Kindness, Respect, Cooperation, and Perseverance at school - and they will begin collecting PBA points!


PBA son las siglas en inglés de los Premios al Comportamiento Positivo. Los estudiantes ganan puntos al exhibir los siguientes cinco rasgos de carácter: Integridad, Bondad, Respeto, Cooperación y Perseverancia.

Cuando un miembro del personal ve a un estudiante haciendo un esfuerzo especial para mostrar uno de los cinco rasgos, se le dará un punto PBA en Skyward. Cada punto PBA vale 10 Harmony Bucks. Esperamos lanzar nuestra tienda para estudiantes el próximo año escolar.

Este mes, el estudiante con el mayor número de puntos recibirá una pizza si su estudiante está trabajando desde casa, ¡no hay problema! Se la haremos llegar.

Como familia, participe en discusiones con sus estudiantes sobre cómo mostrar Integridad, Bondad, Respeto, Cooperación y Perseverancia en la escuela - ¡y comenzarán a recolectar puntos PBA!


Teachers have already started reaching out this week to check in with students and families to make sure you are all doing well and are safely and comfortably recovering from the recent winter storm. We want to make sure that you don't have any issues with recovery that will keep students from being able to manage the situation and attend school. Please be sure to reply with the status of your family by clicking on the button below.


Los profesores ya han empezado a ponerse en contacto con los estudiantes y las familias para asegurarse de que todos están bien y se están recuperando de forma segura y cómoda de la reciente tormenta de invierno. Queremos asegurarnos de que no tienen ningún problema de recuperación que impida a los estudiantes ser capaces de manejar la situación y asistir a la escuela. Por favor, asegúrese de responder con el estado de su familia haciendo clic en el botón de abajo.


As we are all recovering from the damage left behind with the recent winter storm, we want to provide a few resources that may prove helpful to our families. The resources include information regarding water & food distribution, housing repair assistance as well as other local and federal access points for assistance.

Click the button below to access the information.


Como todos nos estamos recuperando de los daños dejados por la reciente tormenta de invierno, queremos proporcionar algunos recursos que pueden ser útiles para nuestras familias. Los recursos incluyen información sobre la distribución de agua y alimentos, asistencia para la reparación de viviendas, así como otros puntos de acceso locales y federales para la asistencia.

Haga clic en el botón de abajo para acceder a la información.

Testing Updates

  • Mock STAAR assessments are on hold until further notice/Los simulacros de evaluación STAAR están suspendidos hasta nuevo aviso.
  • TELPAS assessments are scheduled/Las evaluaciones de TELPAS están programadas:

-5th Grade - Monday, March 22nd & Tuesday, March 23rd

- Makeup Testing Days - Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st

Community Resources

Community Resources

For anyone in need of assistance after last week's winter storm or would like to contribute, please follow these organizations who are working to get resources to families in need.

Austin Mutual Aid Facebook page

Do Good ATX Facebook page

Caritas of Austin

Austin Eater has information on how to help feed people or causes to donate to that are doing just that.

Texas Monthly is adding to a list of ways to help Texas residents clean up, repair and recover after a week of devastation.

The Texas Tribune has various resources listed spanning across the state.

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HSI is having a big sale on our red school uniforms! You can order online on our website hsiaustin.harmonytx.org under "Parents"->"Uniforms" and pick up in our front office.
1-2 shirts is $7.50 each!
3-5 shirts is $6.00 each!
6+ shirts is $5.00 each!

If you have questions please contact us at (512) 300-0895 between hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.
*We have only a limited supply in some sizes!


¡HSI está teniendo una gran venta en nuestros uniformes escolares rojos! Usted puede ordenar en línea en nuestro sitio web hsiaustin.harmonytx.org bajo "Padres"->"Uniformes" y recoger en nuestra oficina principal.

¡1-2 camisas es $7.50 cada una!

¡3-5 camisas es $6.00 cada una!

¡6+ camisas es $5.00 cada una!

Si usted tiene preguntas por favor contáctenos al (512) 300-0895 entre las horas de 7:30 am y 4:00 pm. *¡Tenemos un suministro limitado en algunas tallas!

FREE Community Resource!

Reading Resources and Austin Public Library Information

Download the PDFs below for all the resources that were shared in our Parent Academy last semester!
Here is the link for live Chess tutorials given by Austin Public Library (Must have an active library card).


Parent Involvement Feedback

HSI Families, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding Family Involvement here at Harmony School of Innovation. We are always looking for ways we can continue to grow and your input matters in how we proceed with family activities this year. Thank you for your feedback!

Familias HSI, por favor tómense unos minutos para llenar esta encuesta sobre la Participación Familiar aquí en la Escuela de Innovación Harmony. Siempre estamos buscando formas de continuar creciendo y su aporte es importante en la forma en que procedemos con las actividades familiares este año. Gracias por sus comentarios!

Home Visit Requests from Families!

Home visitations by teachers get parents involved in their child's education, and let parents and children know how much teachers care! They are a vital part of building relationships between families and school staff.

Teachers will visit with their students and parents/guardians through Zoom to get to know each other and share information about upcoming events for our campus.

To request a 30 minute Home-Visit, complete this form with at least 3 optional dates that may work for you and your family and we will confirm a date and time to meet. (You can also schedule directly with your child's teacher)

Home Visit Request Survey

Solicitudes de Visitas a Domicilio

Thank you for working with us to build long-lasting relationships with our families!

*If you have already signed up with your student's teacher, no need to fill out this form.

Campus Procedure Videos

HSI On-Campus Student Procedures

Procedimientos de los Estudiantes de HSI en el Campus

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the school closure last spring and over the summer months, Harmony offered meals to all children ages 18 and under in the community. Meals were distributed at select schools at no charge.

HSI will distribute meals on Monday (for Monday & Tuesday) and Wednesday (for Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) between 10:00am and 11:00am.

Meals will only be provided to students who are enrolled at that school and ID is needed if students are not in the car. If you have children enrolled in multiple Harmony schools, you will need to visit each campus to pick up meals. For every day in the distribution cycle, your child may choose which days they would like a breakfast and/or lunch meal. A choice of milk is available, but they are not required to take it. If your child has special dietary needs, visit the school website to download the Special Dietary Accommodations form and have it completed and signed by a licensed medical authority.


Durante el cierre de la escuela la primavera pasada y durante los meses de verano, Harmony ofreció comidas a todos los niños menores de 18 años en la comunidad. Las comidas se distribuyeron en escuelas selectas sin cargo.

HSI distribuirá comidas los lunes (para lunes y martes) y miércoles (para miércoles, jueves y viernes) entre las 10:00 am y la 11:00 am.

Las comidas solo se proporcionarán a los estudiantes que estén inscritos en esa escuela y se necesita una identificación si los estudiantes no están en el automóvil. Si tiene niños inscritos en varias escuelas Harmony, deberá visitar cada campus para recoger las comidas. Para cada día en el ciclo de distribución, su hijo puede elegir qué días le gustaría un desayuno y / o almuerzo. Hay una variedad de leche disponible, pero no es necesario que la tomen. Si su hijo tiene necesidades dietéticas especiales, visite el sitio web de la escuela para descargar el formulario Adaptaciones dietéticas especiales y que una autoridad médica autorizada lo complete y lo firme

A Note from Harmony Medical Staff

This year will be challenging, with many changes in education and the world at large. To help you navigate the School Health specific challenges for this year, we would like to make you aware of the following policies.

Parent Health Services Letter: https://bit.ly/3jKqBOY

Una nota de nuestro asistente médico:

Este año será un desafío, con muchos cambios en la educación y en el mundo en general. Para ayudarle a navegar por los desafíos específicos de la Salud Escolar para este año, nos gustaría hacerle saber las siguientes políticas.

Carta de Servicios de Salud para Padres: https://bit.ly/3jKqBOY

If a student is suspected to have COVID, they will be sent home from school with this form. (see image below)

Si se sospecha que un estudiante tiene COVID, se le enviará a casa con este formulario. (ver imagen abajo)

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If your student is struggling with anxiety or needs someone to talk to about COVID-19 worries, our counselors are available to help.

Look for the Healthy Minds section under "Parents" tab on our campus website, or visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/HealthyMinds.
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PTO Membership Information!

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We look forward to partnering with your family this school year to help your child continue to grow academically. We understand that any adjustments to the normal school environment or calendar may create unexpected challenges for some families. If you would like to discuss specific needs for your student or family that are not addressed in the Harmony School Start Plan for 2020-'21, please contact your local Harmony campus or contact us via our Let’s Talk online platform.

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Familias Que Necesitan Apoyo Extra

Esperamos asociarnos con su familia este año escolar para ayudar a su hijo a seguir creciendo académicamente. Entendemos que cualquier ajuste en el ambiente o calendario escolar normal puede crear desafíos inesperados para algunas familias. Si desea hablar sobre las necesidades específicas de su estudiante o familia que no se abordan en el Plan de Inicio Escolar de Harmony para 2020-'21, comuníquese con su campus local de Harmony o con nosotros a través de nuestra plataforma en línea Let's Talk.

March Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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20-21 Academic Calendar/20-21 Calendario Académico

*calendar is subject to change/El calendario está sujeto a cambios

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For more updates and news about our campus be sure to also follow us on Instagram!

You can continue to check our website for updates and news about our campus!

Para más actualizaciones y noticias sobre nuestro campus asegúrese de seguirnos en Instagram!

¡Puedes seguir revisando nuestro sitio web para ver las actualizaciones y noticias sobre nuestro campus!