Eagle Update: May 28, 2021
Barton Hills Elementary
Hello BHE Families:
I can't even put into words how proud I am of our school community this year. There have been so many challenges and changes and pivots and we've made them all work! Our students have been so responsive to everything we've asked them to do and having them back in the building has made what was a quiet empty building into a noisy community of learners (which is a good thing)! And parents - WOW!- I know this year has not been easy and I extend my deepest thank you for all of your support, grace and patience. This will be the last Eagle Update for the 20-21 School Year. As we get closer to the start of the 21-22 School Year, I will begin sending out updates with Beginning of the Year Activities and information.
We are really looking forward to ending our school year with our never-done before End of Year Fun School-Wide Activities:
- Tuesday is Summer Fun BINGO. We will play on Tuesday morning starting at 8:05. I'm going to invite everyone to join via Zoom to play together. The Zoom BINGO Link is below.
- Wednesday is the Afternoon Color Run and Popsicles. Students will run the track and be splashed with color by our sixth graders and then have a popsicle treat. Students will wear masks and have the option of wearing sunglasses (prizes from the BINGO game). If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the Color Run please fill out this form: Color Run Opt-Out (While the color powder we will use is FDA approved, students will get colored powder on them and it might take a few washings to come off skin and/or hair and clothes). The event is closed to spectators :). Dismissal will still be at the same time on this day.
- Thursday we will celebrate our Sixth Graders as we have in previous years with a Celebration Walk. While we typically do this inside the building with paper confetti, this year we will be outside and "showering" our exiting Sixth Graders with bird seed. And finally, we will end our year together with a School-Wide Zoom Neon Dance Party starting at 2:15. The Dance Party Zoom Link is below.
- For our off-campus learners we have bags available for pick up with BINGO cards, prizes, and a packet of colored powdered. They will be in marked boxes outside the front doors again on Tuesday.
We hope all of our students have a great last week of fun and learning . We were so happy to be part of your journey this year.
End Of Year FUN!
September 6 - Labor Day - Staff and Student Holiday
October 11 - Student Holiday/Elementary Parent Teacher Conference Day
November 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 20-21 - Student Holiday/Teacher Staff Development
December 22 - January 3- Winter Break
January 4 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
A note from Ms. Summer and Ms. Deitz
Missing Leveled Readers
Hello from the reading room! Our literacy library has taken a big hit during the pandemic (just like our library), and we are missing quite a few leveled readers from our sets. Many of our missing readers are from Kinder and First grade levels- from the end of last year. Unfortunately, these “specialty” books cost a lot of money, even though they really don’t look like much. They come in sets of 6 so that our teachers can check them out and use them for guided reading in the classroom, but many of our sets are missing readers. I suspect many of these missing books have been forgotten since we shut down last Spring, and you may have one or more hiding in your collections at home. You can recognize these books by the following characteristics;
- Smaller, thinner size
- Publishing company info on the cover
- May have a stamp inside the cover with BHE info
- May have hand-written numbers (levels) on top corners
- (see example picture below)
There are also some chapter books that are missing that may just have the stamp on the inside covers. If you come across these readers at home please return them ASAP to the school- either to your child’s teacher, or to the black plastic bucket outside the front door of the school. Thanks so much for your help!!!
From Our PTA
School Supply Pre-Order for 2021-2022 School Year
New and Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
AISD Summer Resources
To provide ongoing learning opportunities for students during the summer months, will keep the AISD 1:1 devices they have been using for classes during the school year for use during the summer.
For students who are graduating or will not be returning to AISD next year, devices and hotspots need to be returned to their campus. Additionally, we ask that students return any unused or no longer needed hotspots at the end of the school year. If students need hotspots for Summer School, they should keep and use the hotspots for any remote access summer school needs.
The links below contain information on device-related questions AND learning opportunities available to students using their devices. Please have teachers share this information with students and caregivers and allow students to become familiar with the sites, apps, and programs before departing on the last day of school.
Click here for help with Student Device questions.
Click here for Summer Learning Support resources to share with students and families.
Note: May also find these resources on the AISD Website/summer learning page and will also push an icon to all district iPads.
Information regarding technology support can be accessed through the AISD Technical Assistance page on the AISD website, and questions regarding learning opportunities and resources can be submitted through Let’s Talk.
AISD Library Media Services is pleased to share the Buford the Book Bus schedule for 2021! Buford visits AISD campuses each summer to provide free, new, high-interest books for kids of all ages, from babies to teens. This summer, Buford and the Austin Public Library’s Bookmobile will both distribute free books on Thursdays at selected AISD weekly meal distribution sites. Learn more at our website: www.bufordbookbus.org.
The book distributions with Buford the Book Bus and APL’s Bookmobile are community events! All students are welcome, The events will be outside and we will follow all current safety protocols.
Thursday, June 10
Padron ES 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Casey ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 17
Patton ES 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pecan Springs ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 pm
Thursday, June 24
Oak Springs ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Kiker ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 1
Blazier ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunset Valley ES 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15
Northeast HS 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Martin MS 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 22
Allison ES 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
McBee ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 29
Rodriguez ES 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Galindo ES 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
AISD Youth Art Month
PEACE, LOVE & ART REMIX: ART CONNECTS US!
With a “remix” of our theme from last year, this virtual exhibit reflects how artwork acts as a mirror, allowing us to see other’s lives reflected in our own. The student work in this virtual show reflects the lives of our young artists, families, and teachers who have continued to use their creative skills to share glimpses into their worlds during a pandemic.
We look forward to standing in awe before actual student artwork again soon. In the meantime, our 2021 celebration of student artists are on display at the link below:
For K-2nd Grade Parents
The Austin ISD Health and PE Department has been working on revising the K-2 Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year. Your feedback is important to guide this work.
There is a parent survey that is open for your feedback and will be used by Austin ISD to make any necessary changes to the draft K-2 lessons over the summer. The survey will include all documents and will be open from May 10 - May 28, 2021. Your child’s Student ID number is required as the login. Click on K-2 Human Sexuality Parent Survey to begin the survey.
Summer Meals for Children and Caregivers
This summer, AISD will continue to provide free meals for children and caregivers.
How families may locate AISD summer meal sites in their area:
Text FOOD or COMIDA to 512-229-9110.
View all sites and service times on the AISD website.
Meals are free for any child younger than 19 and those older than 19 who utilize special education resources or who are enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma.
Families will have the option of picking up daily to-go meals at more than 40 designated summer program sites or weekly meal packs at 30 curbside locations. Parents or caregivers may receive meals without children present by providing documentation — such as a birth certificate, student ID card, report card, or attendance record — at the meal service site. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive meals.
AISD will also provide free caregiver meals prepared by local restaurants, adults with accompanying children, or the documentation listed above at weekly curbside meal sites. Caregiver meals are not available during daily to-go meal distribution.
All AISD meal sites will be closed July 5-9. Food is available until all meals are distributed.
Meal sites and times are subject to change.
Resources: AISD Summer Meals Campus Toolkit
Food Service will also provide resources to principals at current curbside campuses to communicate operational changes for summer.
Questions? View the AISD Summer Meals FAQs or contact email@example.com, 512-414-0247.
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If Your Chid is Returning to School In Person: Before You Arrive to School Everyday:
Austin ISD App
Click on the COVID-19 Screen and Go Button
COVID-19 Pre-Screen Questions
Answer four quick questions about your child's health. You have to complete the screener for each child.
Screenshot the GREEN GOOD TO GO page
You're ready for the temp check and school! You have to complete/screenshot the page for each individual child. Please make sure we can see the child's name at the bottom and the date at the top.
COVID-19 Pre-Screen Questions
When You Arrive at School
Look for the Blue Star stencils - they are a visual guide to maintain a six foot distance
Health Screening Checkpoint
This is where we'll check to ensure each child has been prescreened and take his/her/their temperature. If everything is good, students will get a sticker and can proceed into the building.
Car riders will stay in the car until the health screening has been completed. We ask that everyone in the car be maksed. Walkers and bikers will be screened at the front entrance. Any adults accompanying walkers and bikers must wear a face mask on school grounds.
Health Screening Checkpoint
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.
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.
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.