BHE Newsletter: Week of October 5, 2014

With September in the review mirror there is so much amazing stuff ahead for October!
In this issue you’ll find:
•Walk/Bike to School Week: October 6-10
•A new way to donate to BHE
•The Online Directory Has Arrived
•A call for VOLUNTEERS- we need you!! 
And so much more….


Bulletin Board Committee

Are you looking for a way to get involved in our amazing school? Here are a couple of ways you can come on board. Are you creative? crafty? With little time to commit? Join the Bulletin Board Committee.  If interested, contact Nicole Truelock

Enrichment and Volunteer Coordinator Programs

We are looking for a couple of people to shadow our current Enrichment Chair and Volunteer Coordinator to eventually take over for the ever dedicated current chairs. Shadowing is a great way to learn the ropes with out all of the responsibility. If you are interested in finding out more about the positions please contact Halee Dinsey Allison

Carnival Decorations Help!

 We’ve got a great committee so far and we could use a couple more folks to help planning decorations for the carnival. We need help the Friday before, day of, and in these weeks beforehand. It is loads of fun, you get to let your creative side out, AND it is so rewarding to see the kids eyes light up during carnival when they see the transformation of their school! Even if you think you don’t have a lot of time, we can use your help (including helping Ms. Dyer in the art room, as she has the kids make projects)! Please contact Kirsten Nottleson, kirsten@handinhandworkshops.comor (512)585-5874 to let me know if you are interested or need more info. We will be meeting again next week,Wednesday directly after drop off.

Carnival Material Donations:

OLD WHITE SHEETS: You will not get them back white, but we will tie dye them for you!! or TAPESTRIES that are already tie dyed.
Please label anything you want back with your name clearly marked and drop them in office labelled FOR DECORATIONS COMMITTEE.
If anyone has CHEAP or FREE PAINT CANVAS’ please let me know
Kirsten Nottleson

Volunteering: Background Checks! A “Must Do!” 

If you intend to volunteer in any capacity at BHE, you must complete a Volunteer Background Check. Completing all six options ensures complete coverage. There are two steps. (The process is quick and painless.)

1. Complete your registration by going to this link. You can select one or two, but best to do all six. This link will take you directly to the six options.

Volunteering Background Check Link
You will see the options below. (These links are live. You may navigate this way.)
Field Trip Chaperone – Not Driving – (Family Only)
Library Assistants
Class Volunteer
Field Trip Driver (Family Only)

2. Once you have completed this, you will receive an email notification. Your completed registration will be sent to BHE. You must confirm your identity by showing your Driver’s License to our principal, Kati Achtermann or our librarian Ms. Rebne Karcheffky (substituting for Ms. Tara Ewing.)

Thank you,
Halee Dinsey Allison
Volunteer Coordinator – Temporary


From the PTA Wellness Committee:

THIS WEEK IS…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. Parents and students, bring your bikes for FREE minor repairs and flat fixes!
  • 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.

peace. love carnival.

Saturday, November 15 • 1:00-4:00

Please donate your like-new plush toys and books to be used as game prizes. They can be left in the office.

Wristbands can be purchased for $25 online now at
All attendees must have a wristband. While supplies last, each wristband purchased will receive a $10 Whole Earth Provisions gift certificate!! (Limited Quantity)

BHE Hospitality

October’s Teacher Lunch will be held on Friday October 31, 2014, in the library, and will be sponsored by 5th grade parents. Theme TBD.

Garima Heath & Halee Dinsey Allison

Directory Committee

The Online Directory Has Arrived!  You should have received your email giving you access to both the online and mobile directory.  Get on there and see all the amazing features you now have at your fingertips.  Share what you find with your friends.  It can do some great things!  If you missed getting your information and contacts in, don’t feel sad.  We can still add you in. 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.


Reflections: Three Weeks Left!

BHE students are invited to create and submit works of art (on a specified theme) in six categories: dance choreographyfilm productionliteraturemusical compositionphotography, 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….”
The works of art will be divided into 2 divisions for judging at BHE: Primary (Kinder-2nd grade) and Intermediate (grades 3-6).  The top entries in each category may advance to compete at the Regional-State-National PTA levels. The works of art are judged on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme.  Judging is primarily focused on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.
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!


From Mrs. Perry in the Gym:

3rd-6th graders will begin their state mandated fitness testing next week.  Please click on the linkfor more information.  If you are interested in obtaining your child’s fitness test scores please contact me directly and as always, contact me with any questions.
Courtney Perry
Physical Education Specialist
Barton Hills Elementary

From Ms Dyer – In ART:

We are once again working on a school wide exhibit for the national Every Artist Live Event, promoting Fine Arts Education. The theme this year is visual storytelling. If your child comes home asking for you to send me a note granting permission to upload their artwork to the national website, here is a link to which they are referring:
Everyartist – Sparking creativity through kid-created art
Terri Dyer, Art Specialist
Barton Hills Elementary

Social and Emotional Learning Parent Series

Barton Hills Elementary in collaboration with the AISD SEL Department, is excited to offer a 3-part parent information series to help strengthen the SEL home and school connection. Please join us for coffee and discover ways to empower your child in creative positive connections and strategies for managing emotions. You can come to one or all of the meetings.

The series starts on Friday, October 10th from 7:45 to 8:45 in Mrs. Wessels’ room. Below are the additional dates and topics:
October 24th : Anxiety
November 21st: Bystander Power
*If possible, please RSVP to Ms. Wessels at
From Sheila Wessels – Counselor


Donate to the BHE PTA while you shop at Amazon!   

We’ve set up an account so Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile. 
Here’s how it works
In order for the PTA to get the donation, please visit: (; search for PTA Texas Congress 600 Barton Hills Elementary and select as your charity. Then start shopping! 
More about the program is below.
Thanks for your support and happy shopping!
Tina Donahoo
BHE PTA Treasurer
How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Meet the Candidates

The Austin League of Women Voters is sponsoring and moderating a series of forums for the AISD Board of Trustees to which all candidates have been invited. The Austin Council of Parent Teacher Associations is co-hosting these events. The forums are non-partisan events, free and open to the public.
Districts 1 and 4 (North Austin) 
Thursday, Oct. 96:30-7:30 p.m. 
McCallum High School, 5600 Sunshine Drive
Districts 6 and 7 (South Austin) 
Tuesday, Oct. 146:30-7:30 p.m. 
 Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Road
At Large Position 9 (All Austin) 
Thursday, Oct. 166:30-7:30 p.m. 
Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell St.
Questions are unknown to the candidates and have been developed by the League of Women Voters. No campaign materials may be taken inside the forum room itself. For more information, email Laura Sheridan, LWVAA education chair at or​