We’d like to apologize to our HSS-Austin families and staff for the cancellation of the Winter Concert on Friday, December 7th due to the expected weather concerns. We have secured a new date with New Life which will now be on Friday, January 11th at 5:30pm.

This year we’ll be off campus at a nearby venue to hold our concert for the comfort and space of our students and families to accommodate one winter wondrous event. Please make note of the address and parking information below:

HSS-Austin Winter Concert – Friday, December 7th – 5:30pm

Location:  New Life Austin, 3200 Century Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78727

Directions/Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/BAgJqzJFfDx

 

Harmony Gifted & Talented Education

 

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for gifted and talented screening.

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in the Fall 2018 are not eligible to test in Spring 2019. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site.

Referral Form (English)
Referral Form (Spanish)

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, February 8, 2019.

The 2019 Spring GT testing window is February 11, 2019 – March 29, 2019.

For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.

Parents, please note that the re-enrollment season for the 2019-2020 school year will begin soon. All re-enrollment forms will be processed online via Skyward only.  Please review the attached flyer and additional information below for more information – Harmony 2019-2020 Re-Enrollment Flyer

 

Below are important updates for the re-enrollment process:

* Online re-enrollment begins Jan. 7th-Jan. 25th

* The online form will be available at midnight on 1/7/19 and may be

accessed at that time.

* Re-enrollment forms will not be accepted after Jan. 25th (may be subject to HSS-Austin lottery procedures if you miss the re-enrollment deadline)

* Items required for online re-enrollment: proof of residency information is due at the time of online submission (current utility bill, lease agreement, tax form, etc).  P.O. Box addresses are not acceptable.

 

 

Our winter break will begin on Monday December 24th – Monday, January 7th. There will be a Staff Development Day on Monday, January 7th but this will still be a student holiday. All students should return to school on Tuesday, January 8th by 7:50am

Parents, please review the documentation below regarding the Harmony Campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy for the 2018-2019 School Year. This important information involves the Harmony Public Schools Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose regarding the success of our students’ academic excellence.  Please select the link below to review this important information:

Harmony Campus Parent & Family Engagement Policy 2018-2019

 

Harmony Central Office is requesting that we ask all parents to pay their students lunch balance in full prior to winter break on 12/21/2018.  In order to assist us with this request, please make sure to pay any outstanding lunch balance by Friday 12/14 and, if needed, pay in advance for the week of 12/17-12/21 if your student intends on eating school lunches during that week.

Our goal is to start fresh in the new year with zero outstanding balances on our student’s accounts and your help with this goal is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email at wcortez@harmonytx.org or phone at 512-821-1700.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Ms. Cortez, Lunch Clerk

 

All Yankee Candle hard copy orders have been processed and are on the way to the school!  Once we receive the orders and get them sorted we will begin to notify parents.  Please remember that online shopping is available until January 9th.

Online Shopping – Over 500 Items Online:

* Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com or the Online Store button below

* Enter our school Group Number 999987350

* Click the Start Shopping box

* Online shopping available until January 9, 2019

 

We’d like to thank all of our families that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser this season. Thanks to you, we were able to fund the new venue for our Winter Concert to allow us to enjoy one holiday performance showcasing our students as one big family.

 

Harmony Public Schools joins the country in mourning the loss of President George H.W. Bush, a leader known as the “education president” for his tireless devotion to America’s schoolchildren.

A statewide Day of Mourning has been declared by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to allow Texans to pay their respects to President Bush. All Harmony Public School campuses will remain open and operating on their regular schedule on this date.

Let’s join in on the fun before we head out for Winter Break. We are inviting students and staff to participate in the Ugly Holiday Sweater & Jeans Day. Wear an ugly holiday sweater representing the holiday season. Please note that sweaters don’t have to be ugly, but there may be some fun contests that day for the most unique sweaters on campus.

As we come to the end or our first semester and begin our holiday season, Ms. Diamond is preparing our students for the much anticipated Winter Concert. Our winter concert will be on Friday, December 7th at 5:30pm.This year we’ll be off campus at a nearby venue to hold our concert for the comfort and space of our students and families to accommodate one winter wondrous event. Please make note of the address and parking information below:

HSS-Austin Winter Concert – Friday, December 7th – 5:30pm

Location:  New Life Austin, 3200 Century Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78727

Directions/Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/BAgJqzJFfDx

As we welcome the winter season, let’s get together for a movie. HSS-Austin will host a Movie Under the Stars Family Event on Friday, November 30th. The movie will begin at dusk approximately at 5:30pm and there will be a few snacks available for purchase as well. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and your family for a fun, relaxing time!

Please join us for our Parent Academy that is just for our HSS-Austin parents and guardians. There will be mini informational sessions to cover topics that are sure to provide you with a wealth of information.

Parent Academy Sessions – 4:30pm:

* MAP Assessments (K-2nd) – What is MAP?

* Parent Advocacy…Why is it Important to be an Advocate?

* Skyward Support & Help

* Strategies & Activities to Support Your Child in Math & Reading

* What’s Up With 4th Grade STAAR Writing

* Cyber Security – Awareness & Responsible Online Practices for Your Child – presented by a special guest from the City of Manor Police Department

* Catch up With the Front Office – update your contact information, check account balances, lost & found and much more!

 

Parent Academy Sessions – 5:00pm:

* HSS-Austin Parent Engagement & Communication Tips & Tools

* ESL Program Strategies

* Parent Advocacy…Why is it Important to be an Advocate?

* PTO Meeting

* Skyward Support & Help

* Strategies & Activities to Support Your Child in Math & Reading

* What’s Up With 4th Grade STAAR Writing

* Catch up With the Front Office – update your contact information, check account balances, lost & found and much more!

 

* Food concessions will open at 4:00pm *

* Childcare for Parent Academy will be provided for children age 4 & up *

 

Please plan to attend for a session or two that you are interested in and join us before we enjoy our Movies Under the Stars Family Event.

Are you looking for a gift for someone special with a scent of the holidays? Or maybe an item or two for yourself while supporting our students and school at the same time? Then let’s all partner together and begin with our Yankee Candle Holiday Fundraiser.All paper order forms have already been collected, but don’t worry as online shopping is still available. You can still order gifts yourself or direct family members, friends or co-workers to our online shopping store as well.

Online Shopping – Over 500 Items Online:

* Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com or the Online Store button below

* Enter our school Group Number 999987350

* Click the Start Shopping box

* Online shopping available until January 9, 2019

Our Thanksgiving Holiday break is coming soon and there will be no school. Please mark your calendars for the week of Monday, November 19th – Friday, November 23rd and take the time to enjoy your families.

Dear Harmony Parents & Guardians, here at Harmony, we are a family and we want to empower our Harmony alumni who are working hard to reach their college and career dreams.

The Harmony College Fund (HCF) was founded to support college-bound Harmony alumni through scholarships, mentoring, internships and other support services. Roughly two-thirds of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes or neighborhoods, and without these funds, many of our HCF recipients would not be financially able to complete their college and career success journeys. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

All contributions are tax-deductible: HPS Tax ID # is 76-0615245

For online gifting, please visit: https://alumni.harmonytx.org/givingday/nov27

Our cafeteria will be transformed into a full science lab on Friday, November 16th. This event will take place all day. We will have a closed campus for all lunches in order to accommodate all classes and allow the event to continue without interruption. We want to see that all students are able to have a full science experience.

If you would like to volunteer to assist in this event please log in to your VOLY account and sign up as a Hands on Science Volunteer – Morning Session or Afternoon Session.

* Closed campus for all lunches *

Attention Parents: due to the final days of Book Fair and our Hands on Science event on Friday, November 16th, we will have a closed campus / no visitors week during all lunch periods.

We will utilize the cafeteria all week for the Book Fair and our Hands on Science event. We will need the space to allow the students to enjoy the events.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Don’t you want to escape to a place of new adventures? Then you should come to the Enchanted Forest Book Fair and experience many new characters and stories and let your imagination grow! Scholastic Book Fair will be on campus Wednesday, November 7th-Wednesday, November 14th. Please review the reminders and daily hours of operation.

Book Fair Reminders:

  • We will have closed campus with no lunch visitors during all lunch periods
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the morning and/or after school hours.
  • Students will visit with their class – you may send cash (including sales tax) in an envelope or Ziploc bag (including the student’s name and grade/section) for return of the student’s receipt and possible change back.
  • All sales include 8.25% sales tax…please add an additional amount to cover sales tax

Book Fair Daily Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Nov 7th – Wednesday, November 14th:

  • Morning Hours of Operation: 7:20am-8:00am
  • Afternoon Hours of Operation: 3:10pm-5:00pm
  • Special Opening on Friday, November 9th – 9am-12pm

 

Parents, I’d like to remind you that as the cooler temperatures arise we will still have PE and recess outside as long as weather permits. It’s important for students to wear warm clothing & bring jackets so they can participate comfortably.

Parents mark your calendar for a Student Holiday on Friday, November 9th. This day will be a Staff Development Day.

 

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may read the job description, or apply online.

Are you looking for a gift for someone special with a scent of the holidays? Or maybe an item or two for yourself while supporting our students and school at the same time? Then let’s all partner together and begin with our Yankee Candle Holiday Fundraiser.All packets went home with students on Friday. You can take orders from family members, friends or co-workers or for those families that live out of town, they have the option to order online as well for even more amazing products to choose from.

Online Shopping – Over 500 Items Online:

* Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com or the Online Store button below

* Enter our school Group Number 999987350

* Click the Start Shopping box

* Online shopping available until January 9, 2019

HSS-Austin would like to invite our students to participate in our annual Book Character Dress Up Day!  You may dress as your favorite book character on this day, but don’t forget to bring in your book or a photocopy of the cover of the book. Even our teachers and staff will take part in the fun as well…so let’s get ready for an exciting day!

Please remember there are a few items we will not allow on this day:

NO masks, face paint completely covering the face, inappropriate costumes or toy weapons.

Let’s have fun in a safe and responsible manner.

 

 

Would you like to share a little morning moment with your student to get their day started with a special moment? Join us for Pastries With Parents sponsored by our PTO team.

If you plan to attend, please submit your attendance response by selecting the button below so that we may be able to prepare accordingly:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uOVGqM_DV220Yj-lBu4XvSRC9c5Jk6rN6vsFVIXNCBc/edit

 

Red Ribbon Week is an important initiative to provide safety awareness regarding the elimination of drug use. Our campus will participate in Red Ribbon Week with daily activities to show our support to educate our students and encourage them to be drug free.

  • Monday – Put A Cap On Drugs – Hat Day
  • Tuesday – Sock It To Drugs Day – Crazy Sock Day
  • Wednesday – Be On A Drug Free Team Day – Wear Your Favorite Team Gear (team jersey or t-shirt)
  • Thursday – Shade Out Drugs Day – Wear Sunglasses
  • Friday – Show Your Red Ribbon Spirit – School Spirit, College Shirt or Red Shirt Day

Take a look at the Red Ribbon Week informational fact sheet below to learn more about this initiative.