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Here is this week’s Osos Outreach – Issue 6. Enjoy!
 
Aquí está el boletín de noticias de esta semana de Osos Outreach – Número 6. ¡Que aproveche!

Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, October 5, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
14 Novels
5 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
4 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Here is this week’s newsletter with important information about our reopening phases. Please take a look and contact our front office if you have any questions. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/u0jbh

Aquí está el boletín de esta semana con información importante sobre nuestras fases de reapertura. Por favor, eche un vistazo y póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina si tiene alguna pregunta. ¡Disfruta!
https://www.smore.com/u0jbh

Here is this week’s Osos Outreach Newsletter-Issue 4. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/znp84

Aquí está el boletín informativo de esta semana de Osos, número 4. ¡Disfruten!
https://www.smore.com/znp84

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly- enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening.  Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment. Referral forms are available on the school’s website. Read more

HSI families, please review Harmony’s update for safe reopening of schools.

You may also view through this link. On-Campus Reopening Update/Actualización de la Reapertura

Here is this week’s Osos Outreach Newsletter- Issue 3. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/1swxd

Aquí está el boletín de divulgación de Osos de esta semana, número 3. ¡Disfruten!
https://www.smore.com/1swxd

Here is our weekly Osos Outreach for the 2020-2021 school year. Enjoy!
Aquí está nuestra difusión semanal de Osos para el año escolar 2020-2021. ¡Disfruten!

Welcome to our first Osos Outreach for the 2020-2021 school year. Check here every Monday for weekly updates and announcements in our newsletter. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/vrt47

¡Bienvenidos a nuestro primer boletín de noticias de Osos para el año escolar 2020-2021! Revise cada lunes para las actualizaciones y anuncios semanales. ¡Disfruten!
https://www.smore.com/vrt47

Harmony School of Innovation – Austin

2124 E. St. Elmo Rd., TX 78744  Tel: (512) 300.0895 Fax: (512) 330.4225

Supply Lists K-5

K-2 Virtual Learning School Supply List

3-5 Virtual Learning School Supply List

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • 8 pk Crayola Markers
  • Headphones w/ microphone
  • Dry Erase Board (if possible)
  • Dry Erase Markers (if possible)

For those who will need a Chromebook, we will be issuing school technology during Material Pick-Up dates. 

*Linked items are examples

 

K-2 Lista de suministros escolares para el aprendizaje a distancia

3-5 Lista de suministros escolares para la enseñanza a distancia

  • Lápices
  • Papel
  • 8 pk de marcadores de crayola
  • Auriculares con micrófono
  • Tablero de borrado en seco (si es posible)
  • Marcadores de borrado en seco (si es posible)

Para aquellos que necesiten un Chromebook, emitiremos tecnología escolar durante las fechas de recogida de material.  

*Los artículos enlazados son ejemplos

Art Supplies

Mixed Media Sketchbook **No lined paper, blank pages ONLY. Must be mixed media paper to handle all art materials. No smaller than 9” x 12”. MUST HAVE SKETCHBOOK.
Pencils/Sharpener & Erasers Make sure you have extra erasers since pencil erasers go quickly.
Black Permanent Markers (Broad Line & Thin Line)

(3rd- 5th students only)

Sharpies
Colored Markers (Broad Line & Thin Line) Crayola is recommended. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art brands are NOT true to color but okay if purchased)
Colored Pencils Crayola is recommended. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art brands are NOT true to color but okay if purchased)
Box of Crayons Crayola is recommended. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art brands are NOT true to color but okay if purchased)
Watercolor Palette & Paintbrush
12” Ruler
Glue Stick & Liquid Glue
Scissors

 

Amazon Art Bundles: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=art+supply+bundles+for+adults&crid=SVSLV9N9TJIT&sprefix=art+supply+bun%2Ca+ps%2C168&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-a-p_5_14

Sketchbooks:

https://www.amazon.com/Canson-Heavyweight-Texture-Sizing-Sheets/dp/B0039UMRMW/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=mixed+media+sketchbook&qid=1595357708&sr=8-5

 

https://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-25-508-Sketch-Bound-Sheets/dp/B0027A397C/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=sketchbook+for+bulk&qid=1595874963&sr=8-6

 

**Please contact your school’s art teacher via email with any questions: 

Harmony School of Innovation – emartinez@harmonytx.org 

 

Suministros de Arte

Libro de Bocetos de Medios Mixtos **No hay papel rayado, sólo páginas en blanco. Debe ser papel de medios mixtos para manejar todos los materiales de arte. No más pequeño que 9″ x 12″. DEBE TENER UN CUADERNO DE BOCETOS.
Lápices/Afilador y Gomas de Borrar Asegúrate de tener borradores extra ya que los borradores de lápiz se van rápidamente.
Marcadores negros permanentes (linea ancha y linea fina)

(Solo para estudiantes de 3ro a 5to)

Sharpies
Marcadores de color (Línea ancha y línea delgada) Se recomienda el uso de Crayola. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art marcas NO SON  fieles al color pero está bien si se compra)
Lapices de color Se recomienda el uso de Crayola. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art marcas NO SON  fieles al color pero está bien si se compra)
Caja de lápices de colores Se recomienda el uso de Crayola. (*Rose Art & *Crazy Art marcas NO SON  fieles al color pero está bien si se compra)
Paleta de acuarelas y pinceles
Regla de 12 pulgadas
Pegamento en barra y pegamento líquido
Tijeras

Paquetes de Arte del Amazona: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=art+supply+bundles+for+adults&crid=SVSLV9N9TJIT&sprefix=art+supply+bun%2Ca+ps%2C168&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-a-p_5_14

Cuadernos de Dibujo:

https://www.amazon.com/Canson-Heavyweight-Texture-Sizing-Sheets/dp/B0039UMRMW/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=mixed+media+sketchbook&qid=1595357708&sr=8-5

 

https://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-25-508-Sketch-Bound-Sheets/dp/B0027A397C/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=sketchbook+for+bulk&qid=1595874963&sr=8-6

 

**Por favor, póngase en contacto con el profesor de arte de su escuela por correo electrónico con cualquier pregunta: Harmony School of Innovation – emartinez@harmonytx.org 

Here is our last Summer Edition before school begins. Take a look at some of our teacher orientation videos before Meet the Teacher!. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/8k7ua

Aquí está nuestra última edición de verano antes de que empiece la escuela. Echa un vistazo a algunos de nuestros videos de orientación para maestros antes de ¡Conozcan al maestro!. ¡Disfrute!

https://www.smore.com/8k7ua

Here is our weekly Summer Edition newsletter. Enjoy!
https://www.smore.com/yev7b

Aquí está nuestro boletín semanal de Summer Edition. ¡Disfrutar!
https://www.smore.com/yev7b

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our “Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for all Harmony campuses is Monday, August 17. It will be held online-only.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How do I inform my campus that I would like to continue learning from home or return to campus to learn once campuses re-open?

Parents will be sent a survey in Skyward the first week of school asking them to inform the campus of their choice.

 

Once campuses reopen, how do I switch between online and on-campus learning later in the school, if needed?

Parents should notify their campuses in advance through Skyward of their decisions to change learning environments. Failure to notify campuses could result in a student to be marked as absent.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What will my child need to complete their schoolwork from home? 

At-home learners will need consistent access to a computer and the internet (see next question for more information). Headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, may be helpful for online learning, but are not required. 

 

Do I still need to buy school supplies from the campus school supply list?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”

 

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How often will the campus and/or my student’s work station be cleaned and disinfected.

At the end of the day, custodial services will clean and sanitize all desk surfaces including seat, chair back, desk, any dividers if available with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations. Staff, including teachers, may also perform more frequent cleanings throughout the day, as needed.

 

What happens if a child or staff member attending school on-campus tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to someone who is positive, or displays symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone displaying the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should follow below self-quarantine policy:

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Positive Testing

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Negative Testing or MD Note

If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above stay at home period, the following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • Either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).

  1. Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with No Testing and No U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Readmittance will be granted when the following has been completed:
  1. Proof of negative COVID tests or U.S. based medical provider’s alternative diagnosis delivered to campus health staff or registrar if no health staff is available OR

  2. when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For more information on quarantine measures, including requirements for specific scenarios, see the “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.”

Can parents visit their child at school during the school day?

Harmony is asking parents to limit visits to campus only to necessary appointments which cannot be done through virtual meetings. Harmony requests that all in-person visits be scheduled in advance. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area (pre-arranged and approved appointments) will follow campus guidelines for visitors. 

 

How do I purchase uniforms for the new school year?

Uniforms can be ordered online using the Revtrak online ordering site listed on your campus website. Uniforms will be available to pick up once campuses reopen. Campuses will remain flexible with the enforcement of uniform policies until families are given an appropriate amount of time to order and pick up uniforms. Students will not be required to wear uniforms for online learning.

 

Will drop-off and pick-up change?

Yes. Both drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to limit potential cross-exposure among persons. 

 

What will lunchtime and breakfast look like?

Lunch will be served in the classrooms, however breakfast may be served either in the classrooms or in the cafeteria based on the number of students attending in-person. If eating in the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced.

Before and after meals or snacks all students and staff will also be able to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

Can I eat lunch with my child on campus?

At this time, due to COVID-19, parents and visitors will not be permitted to visit students during mealtimes.

Can I bring lunch to my child on campus?

Parents bringing food during the school day is prohibited.  Students who forget their lunch will be provided a school meal. 

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How often will the campus and/or my student’s work station be cleaned and disinfected.

At the end of the day, custodial services will clean and sanitize all desk surfaces including seat, chair back, desk, any dividers if available with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations. Staff, including teachers, may also perform more frequent cleanings throughout the day, as needed.

 

What happens if a child or staff member attending school on-campus tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to someone who is positive, or displays symptoms of COVID-19?

If the person is on-campus, they will be immediately removed from the classroom setting. For students, parents will be notified immediately and required to pick up their child within one hour. For staff members, employees will be asked to leave the campus immediately.

Before returning to campus, the student or staff members must self-quarantine until the following criteria are met:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (not required with proof of Negative test result).  

If physically able, the student can continue classwork from home using HPS online learning system. 

 

For more information on quarantine measures, including requirements for specific scenarios, see the “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.”

 

Can parents their child at school during the school day?

Harmony is asking parents to limit visits to campus only to necessary appointments which cannot be done through virtual meetings. Harmony requests that all in-person visits be scheduled in advance. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area (pre-arranged and approved appointments) will follow campus guidelines for visitors. 

 

How do I purchase uniforms for the new school year?

Uniforms can be ordered online using the Revtrak online ordering site listed on your campus website. Uniforms will be available to pick up once campuses reopen. Campuses will remain flexible with the enforcement of uniform policies until families are given an appropriate amount of time to order and pick up uniforms. Students will not be required to wear uniforms for online learning.

 

Will drop-off and pick-up change?

Yes. Both drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to limit potential cross-exposure among persons. 

 

What will lunchtime and breakfast look like?

Lunch will be served in the classrooms, however breakfast may be served either in the classrooms or in the cafeteria based on the number of students attending in-person. If eating in the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced.

Before and after meals or snacks all students and staff will also be able to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

Can I eat lunch with my child on campus?

At this time, due to COVID-19, parents and visitors will not be permitted to visit students during mealtimes.

Can I bring lunch to my child on campus?

Parents bringing food during the school day is prohibited.  Students who forget their lunch will be provided a school meal.