Spring is a busy time at Barton Hills Elementary. We have many great activities happening at our school that I want to share with you. If you have a chance, please check out the newly planted area by the back parking lot. On March 6th, we had a Spring Planting Party and planted a variety of ground cover and bushes to make the terraced area attractive and low-maintenance. We are also working on sprucing up the interior atrium area with potted flowers and plants.

We have several events happening in April that you might consider joining us for:

· On Saturday, April 3rd, Zilker Elementary school and community will hold their annual “Fun Run/Walk (5K) and Parade” through the Zilker and Barton Hills neighborhoods. They have invited all Barton Hills families and neighbors to join in this community-wide event. It will start at 9:00 am and begin and end at Zilker Elementary. What a great way to meet new friends, or just come out to support our communities.

· The week of April 12 – 16 we will have our Spring Book Fair. Proceeds from this annual event are returned directly to our Library to support the purchases of new library materials. You are welcome to shop at our Book Fair!

· May 4th is Kindergarten Round-Up from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. We invite all students (and their parents, of course) who will be kindergarteners beginning in the 2004-2005 school year to visit that morning. Students will have the opportunity to tour our school and visit the classrooms. Parents will have the opportunity to fill out the necessary registration paperwork and hear a presentation about the Kindergarten curriculum and meet the teachers.

Soon, you might be reading about an anticipated bond election for the Fall 2004 as recommended by an AISD Citizen’s Bond Advisory Council. While we don ’t have an exact figure at this time, the bond will be somewhere around $400 million. Based on a facilities needs survey, Barton Hills has needs of close to $2.5 million dollars in basic facilities upgrades, renovations, and repairs. This includes items such as replacing and repairing our heating and air-conditioning system, constructing drainage improvements around the building, installing exterior security lighting, repairing the cabinetry and doors in the building classrooms, addressing some ADA compliance issues, and replacing the ceiling grid in the cafeteria. If the bond is passed, the money dedicated to Barton Hills elementary would enhance our facility.

Since the last newsletter, we have experienced fewer acts of vandalism. Thanks to an anonymous tip, we were able to recover our Barton Hills sign. Thank you for watching out for our school. As always, we are proud to be a part of this great neighborhood.

Kati Achtermann

Principal, Barton Hills Elementary


Hello Greenbelt Lovers,

I wanted to send out an advance notice of our next work day so you can save a place on your calendar. On April 24, we will be participating as a host park for the city-wide It’s My Park Day, sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation. We will be working on the Gus Fruh Trail to Barton Creek, at 2642 Barton Hills Drive, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There are some special “perks” offered if you register for the work day through the Austin Parks Foundation website (e.g. a free tee shirt and some refreshments). Sign up is fast and easy with this online form. Be sure to indicate your affiliation with BHNA and specify “Barton Creek Greebelt” as your “Park of Interest.”

I will also be keeping a tally of people who rsvp to me. We  need to have a good idea of how many people are coming so we can have plenty of tasks, tools, and materials on site for the work day.

There will be more information about the work day in the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association newsletter coming out soon, and at the BHNA neighborhood association meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 13. I’ll send out a couple more reminders also. Please email me if you have any

questions, or want to pass on the name of someone you know who might want to participate.

Come enjoy spring on the greenbelt! It is glorious.

Glee Ingram

BHNA Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator



April BHNA Newsletter Online

The April edition of the Barton Hills News is now available on our web site.

Learn about results of the Envision Central Texas survey and the Austin Neighborhoods Council response, plus read reports about neighborhood planning, the Austin City Limits Festival, and more.

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