Eagle Update: April 2, 2021

Barton Hills Elementary

Hello BHE Families:

What a beautiful week we had! I hope you all are enjoying this lovely weather. I want to remind everyone of some quick calendar notes:

  • Friday, April 9th is a regular school day (previously this was an asynchronous day)
  • Saturday April 24th (9 am to 11 am) we are adding a make up picture opportunity for any student who has not had their spring picture taken (either on campus or off campus learners). A sign up link will come soon (Thank you PhotoTexas!)
  • April 30th - Staff Development Day - no school for students

For those of you learning in person, please make every effort to arrive to school by 7:50 am. I get it, the struggle is real, and filling out the health screener, gathering all the supplies needed and getting out the door can be a challenge, especially now that it's darker outside in the mornings. Here's why it's important:

  • It ensures our students are finished with health screening and in the building before teachers walk students to the classrooms.
  • It gives time for our students to get settled in, eat their breakfast, and put away materials before their morning meeting begins. A nice calm way to begin their day.
  • It allows our staff who are completing the health screenings to have time to remove PPE and get settled for the start of their day with students.
  • When you arrive after 8:00 am, staff in the building interrupt their work to put on PPE and conduct the health screenings for late arrivals. Those students then rush to get to their classrooms and start the day off behind.

And one more friendly reminder - please do NOT pull around other cars in the circle drive and on the street during arrival and dismissal. It's dangerous and we've had some close calls. Thank you for your help and understanding!

Kati Achtermann

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 6 - STAAR Writing - 4th Grade only on campus learners
  • April 9 - Regular Learning Day (previously asynchronous)
  • April 13 - STAAR Writing - 4th Grade only off campus learners (given on campus)
  • April 24 Make Up Picture day for both on and off campus learners
  • April 30 - Staff Development Day (no school for students)
  • 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
  • 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

Counselor's Corner

Wish Tree

Our campus is participating in the Wish Tree Project. Please click here for information about this project.

Parent and Child Comfort Room

Our wonderful Licensed Mental Health Provider, Kris Downing, created this virtual calming room to support our parents and students. Click HERE to access this helpful resource.

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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