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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Harmony Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for pick up by parents at designated locations throughout the district.  The Texas Department of Agriculture no longer provides funding for Saturday and Sunday meals, so these meals will not be available. 

Meals may be picked up at designated locations on the following days.

Meal distribution locations are:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin: 930 E Rundberg Ln. Austin, TX 78753
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pf: 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pf, TX, 78660
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin: 2124 E St Elmo Rd STE A, Austin, TX 78744

The meal distribution will be twice a week, on Mondays (for Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesday (for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) from 11AM to 1 PM.

Parents now have the option of picking up meals for their children without them being present in the vehicle.  One meal bag will be issued for each child 18 and under. However, eligibility must still be verified. There are three options when picking up meals:

  1. If children are present in the vehicle, no additional documentation is required.  
  2. If a parent/guardian requests meals for children enrolled in Harmony Public Schools (not present in the vehicle), no additional documentation is needed since we already have record of eligibility by enrollment. 
  3. If a parent/guardian requests meals for children not enrolled in Harmony Public Schools, they must present one of the following documents at the time of pick up.  
    • Official letter/email/electronic school application from school listing children enrolled.
    • Individual student report cards
    • Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, that includes the children names
    • Birth certificate for children not in school
    • Student ID cards

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Sincerely,

HPS Austin

 


 

Estimados padres,

Harmony Public Schools continuarán proporcionando desayuno y almuerzo para que los padres los recojan en lugares designados en el distrito. El Departamento de Agricultura de Texas ya no proporciona fondos para las comidas de sábado y domingo, por lo que estas comidas no estarán disponibles.

Las comidas pueden recogerse en lugares designados en los días siguientes.

Los lugares de distribución de comidas son:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin: 930 E Rundberg Ln. Austin, TX 78753
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pf: 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pf, TX, 78660
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin: 2124 E St Elmo Rd STE A, Austin, TX 78744

La distribución de comidas será dos veces por semana, los lunes (para lunes y martes) y los miércoles (para miércoles, jueves y viernes) de 11AM a 1 PM.

Los padres ahora tienen la opción de recoger las comidas para sus hijos sin que ellos estén presentes en el vehículo. Se le dará una bolsa de comida por cada niño menor de 18 años. Sin embargo, la elegibilidad todavía debe ser verificada. Hay tres opciones al recoger comidas:

  • Carta oficial/correo electrónico/solicitud de escuela electrónica de la escuela que enumera a los niños inscritos.
  • Reporte de grados de cada estudiante 
  • Registro de asistencia del portal de los padres del sitio web de la escuela, impreso o electrónico, que incluye los nombres de los niños
  • Certificado de nacimiento para niños que no están en la escuela
  • Tarjetas de identificación de estudiante

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante.

Sinceramente,

HPS Austin

 

Harmony Public Schools is encouraging our families to take a few moments to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or mail.

The 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the number of people living in your home.  Individual responses are confidential and cannot be used against you by any court or government agency.

When it comes to schools, the 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs. The census will also help determine funding for other important programs for families, such as maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.

People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school. That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.

To begin, click here or call one of the numbers below, or look for the Census form in your mail.

CENSUS BY PHONE:

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020
  • English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
For parents that missed our Technology Distribution Days last week, we are offering another opportunity to pick-up a Chromebook for your student.As we begin our process of virtual learning we understand there are some students that don’t have access to technology at home. We will provide 1 Chromebook per family for students to participate in the online learning process. For families with more than 1 student, they will need to rotate their use of the 1 Chromebook provided. 

Parents must complete the form and accept the Technology Agreement for the participation of any student that is in need of a Chromebook.  Please sign up for 1 student per family before you arrive.

Technology Sign Up & Agreement Information:

Technology Sign Up & Agreement Form: https://forms.gle/K3sRGJFSAgPNVYCY9

* Pull up to the drive line and stay in your car for Chromebook pick-up

Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Parents and Guardians, 

As the City of Austin, Travis, and Williamson counties have issued a Stay-At-Home Order, we understand that this may be a confusing and stressful time for our families, and we want to provide as much guidance and support for our communities during this time. 

We want to inform our families that Harmony Public Schools – Austin is an essential educational institution when it comes to traveling to our campuses for food and Chromebook distribution. You and your family may still travel to your school campus to pick up meals for students and/or to pick up Chromebooks for facilitating distance learning. These activities are deemed as essential, and essential travel is needed.

If an official were to question you about your travel activities, please use the placard provided for you for “Authorized Travel.” 

For more information about the Stay-At-Home Order, please visit the City of Austin at http://www.austintexas.gov/news/stay-home-orders-announced-further-contain-spread-covid-19.

Thank you for your patience during this time when change happens daily and hourly at times. We strive to provide our families with the most recent updates as soon as possible. 

Stay healthy and safe,

HPS Austin

 

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Dear Families,

Our schools may be closed, but our meal services for students are still open for business.

Harmony Public Schools is committed to meeting the food and nutritional requirements of every child in our communities while our campus is in closure for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting Monday, March 23rd each weekday from 11 AM to 1 PM, we will offer free lunch and breakfast pickup options for any child — regardless of enrollment status —  in need of a nutritious meal.

Meals will be served drive-up style and will be available for all car passengers under age 18, regardless of enrollment status.

The meal pickup locations for our campus will be located at:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin, 930 E Rundberg Lane Austin TX 78753
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville, 1421 W Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pflugerville, TX, 78660
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin, 2124 E St Elmo Rd Suite A, Austin, TX 78744

These locations open each weekday from 11 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m. During this time, children can pick up a sack lunch for the day, as well as a sack breakfast for the following morning.

We look forward to serving you soon!

Harmony Public Schools

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Estimada familias:

Nuestras escuelas pueden estar cerradas, pero nuestros servicios de comidas para estudiantes aún están abiertos para los negocios.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony se comprometen a cumplir con los requisitos alimenticios y nutricionales de cada niño en nuestras comunidades mientras nuestro campus está cerrado por el brote de COVID-19. De lunes a viernes, ofreceremos opciones de recolección de almuerzo y desayuno gratis para cualquier niño, independientemente del estado de inscripción, que necesite una comida nutritiva.

Las comidas se servirán al estilo de conducción y estarán disponibles para todos los pasajeros de automóviles menores de 18 años, independientemente del estado de inscripción. La ubicación de recogida de comidas para nuestro campus estará ubicada en

  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin, 930 E Rundberg Lane Austin TX 78753
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville, 1421 W Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pflugerville, TX, 78660
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin 2421 E St Elmo Street Suite A, Austin, TX 78744

y estará abierta todos los días de la semana de 11 a.m. a aproximadamente 1 p.m. Durante este tiempo, los niños pueden recoger un almuerzo para el día, así como un desayuno para la mañana siguiente.

Esperamos servirte pronto!

Harmony Public Schools

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel area on the CDC list of at-risk countries for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

Austin Calendar One-Pager 2020-2021

 

On Friday, March 13th we will have a Student Holiday and Staff Development Day. Enjoy your long break!

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community. 

 

We are hosting a STEM Expo & Open House on Thursday, March 12th from 4-5:30pm. This will be an exciting event as it will be led by our team of amazing students. There will be exhibits presented by our First Lego League Robotics Team, our Aviation & Drone Club and STEM presentations. There will also be an opportunity for newly enrolled or potential parents & students to visit for our Open House with a school tour provided. Please come and join us for this STEMulating event!

Harmony Reading Challenge 'Read Learn, and Explore' is March 2-May 1, 2020.

This spring, Harmony is challenging our students to participate in a friendly reading competition across classrooms and other campuses.

Beginning March 3, students are challenged to read books and advance through pre-determined advancement levels in order to earn rewards at each stage.

With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about.

You can find challenges for each grade level by clicking the link to our Spring Reading Challenge PDF below.

HPS Spring Reading Challenge

HSS-Austin Parents, Harmony Education Foundation (HEF) is excited to announce a week full of fun and learning with their Spring Break Camp. HEF will be offering lots of outdoor, arts, and STEM activities to make this week an unforgettable experience for your child. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Looking forward to make some memories this spring break.

Register now to secure your spot as enrollment is limited.

The registration deadline is Saturday, March 7, 2020.

For more information please visit their website harmonyed.org

We are excited to announce that we will offer Pre-K for the 2020-2021 school year! We will hold a Lottery for Pre-K in mid-March. If you, a friend or family member is interested we encourage you to apply online as soon as possible. Please note that Pre-K placement is subject to the following requirements:  PRK Qualifications.pdf

You may apply now at https://apply.harmonytx.org/.

Feel free to contact us at 512-821-1700 or email our registrar

Mrs. Johnson at: jjohnson@harmonytx.org if you have any questions.

In our efforts to pull together and raise funds for our campus to fund some of our events and activities for the remainder of the year, we are going to war! HSS-Austin is sponsoring a coin war in each class through March 6th. The classroom that earns the most points will win a pizza party on 3/12/2020 (the day before spring break).

Here’s how it works:

Teachers, students, parents or visitors may donate coins (or dollars) to a grade level classroom. Each classroom has their own donation container.. Each cent is worth 1 point. (a Penny = one point, a Nickle = 5 points, a Dime = 10 points, a Dollar = 100 points, etc.).

This is a fun way for our students to get involved in our fundraising efforts…so get your coins gathered and turn them in to your classroom Coin War container.

We are inviting all 5th Grade Parents to attend a very important meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 5pm. In our efforts to support our 5th graders in their success for the upcoming STAAR assessments as well as preparation for their transition to 6th grade, we need your help and support. We hope you are able to join us.

On Friday, February 28th, we will celebrate the accomplishments of many inspiring people that have paved the way for a meaningful way of life for equality and respect for all. We will have a special guest as well as student participation.

Everyone is invited to wear celebratory attire or the colors of The Pan-African Flag which is an emblem of pride. This includes: a red, green or black shirt (according to school free dress policy – no inappropriate or distracting images) with uniform bottoms or jeans. We look forward to celebrating such an honorable event.

* This event will be available for viewing via Livestream *

Celebration Schedule:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 1:20pm-2:00pm

3rd-5th Grade: 2:10-2:40pm

Our friends at Thinkery will join us once again as we host them for another fun & exciting Summer Camp. Harmony Pre-Sale is now available to get a jump on the Summer Camp spots.

Thinkery Camps provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for Pre-K to 5th grade campers to engage in playful, hands-on learning activities. Camps focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), with a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity.

Please note: you will need to enter the promo code HARMONY on the ticketing site to activate your pre-sale. Register online: https://thinkeryaustin.org/camp-filter-by-location/

Camp themes and available dates vary by location. All camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. We have also been provided a small number of scholarships for HSS-Austin students. All scholarship applications are due to the front office by Friday, February 21st. All other registration will be subject to Thinkery Summer Camp fees.

For registration questions, please call Thinkery Reservations Team at 512-469-6201.

It’s time for another exciting PTO sponsored Family Movie Night event! Join us on Friday, February 21st at 5:30pm for a fun family night. We will show Toy Story 4 in the Cafeteria and admission is FREE!

There will be concessions available also, so bring your blankets, pillows and lawn chairs (for parents if you don’t want to sit on the floor). Come out to enjoy this fun family event!

Next week is Mock STAAR Week. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Tuesday, February 18th -Thursday, February 20th. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Testing Schedule:

Tuesday, February 18th: 4th Grade Writing & 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, February 19th: 5th Grade Reading

Thursday, February 20th: 5th Grade Science

 

The following week is Mock STAAR Week for our 3rd & 4th Graders. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Monday, February 24th & Tuesday, February 25th . We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 24th: 3rd & 4th Grade Math

Tuesday, February 25th: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading

Monday, February 17th will be a student holiday and staff professional development day. There will not be school for students on this day.

 

HPS Austin is Now Hiring for Grades K-12

Join a school where you can thrive, and truly make a difference in today’s youth.  Join us for our HPS Austin Teacher Job Fair!

SATURDAY, March 28th, 2020, 10am-2pm

HPS Austin District Office
13415 FM 620 N
Austin, Texas 78717

Register Today! 

The deadline for application for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at Harmony Public Schools is almost here. If you are a current Harmony family that would like to change campuses next year, or would like to apply to become a first-time Harmony student in 2020-2021 here’s s everything you need to know about how to apply for next year.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Every child isn’t the same. So why should every school be?

Harmony Public Schools believes each student can achieve their own unique, full potential through a caring and collaborative academic environment that emphasizes personalized learning and innovative instructional methods.

WHAT MAKES HARMONY DIFFERENT

Engaging Education: Our project-based learning engages critical thinking skills and makes learning fun with hands-on activities that educate and excite.

Skills for Tomorrow: Our curriculum has been recognized by the TEA & others for providing students the STEM skills they need for the in-demand jobs of the future.

College Ready: Harmony has a 100% college acceptance rate, and almost two-thirds of our students are the first in their families ever to attend college.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does Harmony Public Schools charge tuition to attend?

Absolutely not. Harmony is a tuition-free, Texas public charter school. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that fits their individual needs regardless of income. 

Who is eligible to attend Harmony Public Schools?

All children residing in a Harmony school’s geographic boundary who meet registration requirements are eligible to attend. Unlike most other schools, though, Harmony’s geographic boundaries are much wider and generally include the entire community in which the school resides, meaning that all students in the area – regardless of neighborhood or family income level – have the same opportunity to attend a high-quality Harmony school.

What documents do I need to apply?

No documents are needed just to apply. However, if your child is selected for enrollment during the lottery process, you will need to provide a few basic documents that verify your child’s identity and home address.

I have a child in Harmony already, and would like to enroll their sibling for the first time. Do I still need to apply?

Yes. Siblings of current Harmony students still need to apply, but are given priority status if a campus lottery is needed.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 10

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline

February 11-25

Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)

Apply Now!

 

Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.