BHE Newsletter: Week of October 13, 2014

Happy short week parents!

If you were unable to attend ACL this year please check out for links to the amazing performances of our own BHE choir lead by the incomparable Gavin Tabone.
This weeks news is short but full of important information.


Social and Emotional Learning Parent Series

A BIG Thank you to the BHE PTA for providing coffee for the first of 3 Parent and SEL Information Series.
If you missed the overview today, don’t worry, we have 2 more Parent Coffees coming up soon!All sessions will be from 7:45-8:45 a.m. in Ms. Wessels’ Room, Rm. 204.
Come to one or come to all!
October 10: Overview and How to Create Peace Areas in the Home
October 24: Anxiety
November 21: Bystander Power

Please RSVP to

From Mrs. Perry in the Gym:

Thank you for an awesome Walk/Bike to School Week! It’s always great to see so many students and families walking, biking and scootering to school. I hope you enjoyed your time and perhaps established a new tradition. We’ll hold another Walk/Bike to School Week in the spring.

3rd-6th graders began their state mandated fitness testing this past week. Please click on the link for more information. If you are interested in obtaining your child’s fitness test scores please contact me directly at and as always, contact me with any questions.

Save the date: AAPER Youth Cross Country Run
Saturday, November 8th
Austin High School
5-7 year olds race 1K with same gender and age
8-14 year olds race 1 mile with same gender and age
For more information and to register online, please visit

Courtney Perry
Physical Education Specialist


From the PTA Wellness Committee


Make a lunch date with your child!
Join your student in the BHE cafeteria and line up with your own lunch tray for a taste of the daily menu. This is a great opportunity to start a conversation with your child about what they order at lunch (when you’re not around)!

Choose any day between October 14-17 in observance of National School Lunch Week and Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, which is October 15.

Learn more about school lunch standards and National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day:

The price of an adult lunch is $3.25. Exact change is appreciated. The cafeteria cannot accept checks.

Saturday, November 15
1:00 – 4:00

Carnival Newsletter:
We hope you enjoyed the 1st Carnival newsletter which went home in Thursday folders! There is LOTS of great information about what’s new this year! Check it out!

T-Shirt Order Form:
Don’t you want to Tie Dye your Carnival T-shirt!!! Carnival T-Shirt order forms will go home on 10/16/14 with the 2nd Carnival Newsletter. T-shirts are $10 each and available for Pre-Order ONLY. Return payment and complete order forms to the BHE office by 10/24/14. Payments can be made by check or on our website

Family Sponsorships:
Family sponsorships come with great perks — Wristbands, Medallion, Family name on Carnival T-shirt AND most importantly a charitable donation to your child’s school –all built into one! Sponsorships can be purchased online at

On Sale NOW!! for $25 at:

** All attendees (5 and older) must have a wristband to enter Carnival.** While supplies last, each wristband purchased will receive one $10 Gift Certificate for Whole Earth Provisions Company. (Limited quantity.)

We need your like-new plush toys/stuffed animals and like-new books to be used as game prizes. Please leave donations in the office.

Facebook Page:
‘Like’ our FB Page: to receive updates on sponsors, activities, and donations.

Thank you!
Nicole, Rachel, & Janine



Two Weeks Left!!!
BHE students are invited to create and submit works of art (on a specified theme) in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts (i.e., drawing, painting, collage). Students may submit multiple entries in any given category or in multiple categories. This year’s theme is “The World Would Be A Better Place If….”
For more information, please review the General Student Participation Rules and the rules for the specific category for which the student wishes to enter. Please note that each category of art has a specific set of requirements. Rules and forms can be found at, but here are a few reminders:
Dance Choreography – DVD of dance performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1GB.
Film Production – Video must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1GB.
Literature – Entries must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Include page numbers. Write student’s name on back of the entry.
Musical Composition – Music recording must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1GB.
Photography – A single print or collage may not exceed 11 x 14 inches, including matting. Mount all prints on a cardboard mat, poster board, or some other sturdy material. Protecting the work with butcher paper is recommended.
Visual Arts – Entries must not exceed 24 x 30 inches, including a mat. All art must be flat and may not be more than 3/8 inch thick. Nothing three-dimensional may extend off the surface of a work. Entries may be submitted on paper, canvas board, cardboard, hot or cold pressboard or canvas (not to exceed 3/8-inch thickness). Mount all paper entries on sturdy cardboard mats, but not in frames. Protecting the work with butcher paper is recommended. (Do not put your name on the front of the entry.)
Special Artist Division – The Special Artist Division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please see the website for qualifications.
For every entry – Each student must complete a Student Entry Form. Place the Student Entry Form in a clear sheet protector and tape it to the back of the project. However, be sure not to tape over the opening of sheet protector as the entry forms may need to be removed (for copying, judging).
The final deadline for entries is Thursday, October 30th. A Reflections Box will be placed in the BHE office from October 27th – October 30th to collect the work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Noffke, Go art!


It’s almost time for Ultimate!

If your child is in third through sixth grade at Barton Hills Elementary, consider signing him or her up for Ultimate Frisbee. This player-controlled team sport combines elements of soccer, football and basketball and is played with a flying disc. Players are responsible for learning the rules and making their own calls, so the game teaches children fair play and encourages accountability. This concept is called the “Spirit of the Game” and is the guiding principle behind Ultimate.

Ultimate meets Thursday afternoons from 2:45 – 4:15 on the BHE playground. Coach Dennison was gracious enough to extend the fall season so that it accommodates the Thursday that our fifth and sixth graders will be away at Camp Champions; this year’s season will begin October 16 and the last class will be on December 11. If your child wishes to participate, please return the attached registration form and send it, along with payment, to the PO Box listed on the form or with your child to the first class meeting. A copy of the form will also go home in your child’s Thursday folder.

Also, save the date for the 10th annual Fabulous Fives tournament, scheduled for Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 – 2:00 at Travis High School. Thanks and we hope to see your child on the field!

Save The Date
Featuring Barton Hills Orchestra!!

Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Monster Concert and Carnival hosted by Ana-Marie Solis and the Austin High Orchestra!
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Place: Austin High School Campus, (1715 Cesar Chavez St.)

There will be a free costume contest at 5:00 PM, so come dressed in your favorite costume and join in on the fun. The costume contest is for every one of All ages. Tell all of your friends to dress up and come join in on the fun of the free costume contest.

There will be free Orchestra performances by the following orchestras: Martin Middle School, Austin High School, O. Henry Middle School, Clint Small Middle School, Barton Hills Elementary School, Bryker Woods Elementary School, Mathews Elementary School and Pease Elementary School.

The full performance schedule is at:

Also, there will be lots of food, games, live music and a Haunted House. Tickets will be sold at the event for $1.00 each.

If you would like to purchase tickets in advance for food and carnival games, the Ticket Value Packs are now on-sale. For purchasing in advance, you get two free tickets. The deadline to get your tickets in advance is Friday, October 17th.

If you are interested in Renting a Booth for this event to promote your club or business, fill out the Booth Sign-Up Form and turn it in by Friday, October 17th @5:00 PM.Please, No Food or Drink may be sold at the booth.

If you have a band or know of someone that has a band and would like to perform on the Live Outdoor music stage, please contact Ms. Solis, the Austin High Orchestra director for a time slot at

Please go to the Austin High Orchestra website,, for more information and order forms.

If any questions, please contact Ms. Solis, Orchestra Director, (512) 414-1251.