BHE Newsletter: Week of September 28, 2014

Happy Fall everyone!

This week is full of exciting events and news…

In this issue you will find:

•Details on the launch of the new online directory 
• A note from Mrs Achtermann regarding email from teachers
• An opportunity to apply for AISD IMAC for Fine Arts instruction. 
• Reminder for volunteer procedures 
• Another wonderful new element for the playground is coming.
• PTA Wellness updates- did someone say Golden Sneaker?  
And much more…


The Barton Hills Choir is performing at ACL this Friday at 11:00am. Let’s spread the word and fill the tent!!!


Saturday, November 15
Please note, October 15 is the deadline to have your name included on the commemorative Carnival tee-shirt. Family sponsorships come with other perks, too! Family sponsorships can be purchased online at
Wristbands go on sale online on October 1 for $25. Each wristband purchased will receive one Whole Earth Provisions Gift Certificate valued at $10. (Gift certificates are first come, first serve and available while supplies last.) *All attendees* must purchase and wear a wristband to enter Carnival. Wristbands are all-inclusive: all food and activities are included. (Children 4 and under are free.)
Donations of like-new books and plush animals will be used as prizes. They are greatly appreciated. Please drop them off in the office.
Our Outdoor Games Committee needs volunteers. If you have ideas for fun games like tug-of-war and an obstacle course, please contact us and we’ll connect you with our Chair.
Thank you!

From Mrs. Achtermann:

Parents, AISD migrated to a new email system this summer and we are finding that some emails from teachers and staff are going to parents’ junk mail or spam folders. If you are not receiving emails from teachers, or wonder if you have missed something, please check those spam and junk mail folders.

Online Directory Launch this Week!

This week you will receive an email which will give you your permanent access instructions for the online directory.  You will also see instructions for downloading it to your mobile phones if you choose.  Remember this can be accessed electronically and you will also be able to print out copies of the directory as well.  The site is very user friendly so explore and see all that it can do.  You are able to edit any information that changes throughout the year.  If you have not yet gotten set up in the directory, please email us at  Also, if you experience any issues logging in or do not get your email let us know at this web address too.

From the PTA Wellness Committee:

Save the Date – Walk/Bike to School Week: October 6-10

  • Mellow Johnnys Bike Shop will be on hand for a bike and helmet safety check on Wednesday, October 8. 2:45 on the blacktop. Bring your bikes and helmets for a FREE check.
  • The Golden Sneaker will reappear!
  • Start making plans for walking or biking to school that week…maybe you’ll start a new habit! 🙂
  • ClifBar/ClifKids will supply goodies on some mornings for walkers and riders.
Announcing the 2014-2015 Student Wellness Team
Recently, 26 students from 4th-6th grade applied to be a part of the BHE Student Wellness Team. A few members of the PTA Wellness Committee read and ranked the applications. Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to be on the team:
  • Nadia Rosales
  • Annalise Wooley
  • Blaze Woller
  • Sofia Freed
  • Arden Luthy
  • Katy Lumbley
  • Eric Melendez
  • Jack Donahoo
  • Avery Gardner
  • Logan Greco
  • Lulu Manco-Stenz
  • Audrey Francell
  • Maggie Nichols
  • Sage Kramer
  • Samantha Wooley
  • Charlotte Prince Smith

From Mrs. Perry in the Gym

Looking for more information about GO, SLOW, WHOAfoods? Has your child come home refusing to eat or drink something because “Mrs. Perry says that’s a SLOW food?” Well, let’s get you into the loop, so you can have informed conversations with your kiddos. The PE nutrition curriculum is based on the CATCH curriculum. You can find more information at this link:  It is always my goal to teach students about eating a balanced and varied diet.  It is never my intention for them to refuse to eat. 🙂 We discuss the concept of moderation, but sometimes that goes over the head of a 1st grader – their thinking can be very black and white, no room for the gray areas. Please let me know if you have any

Courtney Perry
Physical Education Specialist
Barton Hills Elementary
2108  Barton Hills Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Volunteering & Background Checks!

We are so grateful for all of the volunteers who enrich the educational experience at BHE. We could not do it without your ample assistance.
All parents who volunteer must complete a district background check. To do so, please go to to complete this process.
2. On the Quick Links area, select “Volunteers/Mentors”
3. On the next page, select “Participate”
4. The next screen, please click on “School Based Volunteer” and select Barton Hills Elementary as your school
5. On the next screen, you are given a number of options from which to choose your level of participation. For many volunteers, it is best to select all of them as you might find yourself participating in a wide manner of ways at the school (chaperoning, driving, mentoring etc.)
6. On the last page, you will be asked for your email and you must agree to allow a background check.
7. You will be notified when your background check clears.
Note: This must be done each year. If you have had this done in the past, you must still resubmit for this year.

BHE Mosaic Wall

I’m very happy to share the good news that Barton Hills has been awarded our very first Neighborhood Partnering Program grant from the City of Austin (! The grant, which was written by myself, Beatriz Mejia, and Rachel Noffke in collaboration with the Friends of Barton Hills Community Park committee, the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association, and our friends at Barton Hills Elementary, will be used to pay for tools and materials to install a mosaic on the retaining wall underneath the new playground (facing Barton Hills Drive). This will be a beautiful addition to the park, and our first piece of community art! The grant awarded is ~$25,000.
The purpose of this mosaic project is to: (1) Enhance the neighborhood aesthetic, (2) Build community, and (3)  Pay tribute, to celebrate, and highlight the accomplishments, of artists of all ages in our community through an enduring, collaborative, and beautiful work of art.
Thanks to all of you who gave input on design ideas, signed the petition that the grant process required, and have offered to lend a hand of support. Thanks to the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association for awarding funds to our project to pay for artist stipends. Our next steps are to solicit contributions from other mosaic artists who might be interested in the project (Rachel Noffke, herself a talented mosaic artist will be taking the lead on this and has already contributed sketches and hours of work!), finalize the design and purchase materials, and then the fun part: INSTALLATION. Our plan is to install the mosaic entirely w/ volunteers from the neighborhood (kids and adults!), under supervision from our artists.
Please let me know if you have any questions and also if you want to sign up to help!
Best, Mina Kumar (

AISD IMAC volunteers needed

Please see the attachment below and assist us with getting parent volunteers to serve on the Instructional Material Adoption committee.   We need two parent volunteers for Band, Choir, Theatre, Orchestra,  Dance, Visual Arts, Guitar, Mariachi, Elementary Music, Elementary Art, Piano and Theory.
Greg Goodman
Director of Fine Arts
Austin ISD