August Newsletter

For the PDF Version of this newsletter, click here:  Community Newsletter August

Hello Neighbors,

Your Board members have been working to complete some projects this summer, and would like to share these updates. The first project is a complete overhaul of the lighting in the HOA Park and Pool areas. The Board approved a bid from Fox Service Company to install multiple new lights and upgrade some existing ones, to improve the overall lighting at the Park and deter potential criminal mischief and activities. Work should begin this month!

Secondly, the Board approved a bid to install a new BRIVO gate security system, cameras and DVR. The BRIVO system is a huge win for the community! New pool access cards will be issued, which, along with the cameras, will allow the HOA to ensure that only residents in good standing have access to this important amenity. This project will take several months, and all updates and cards will be completed after the current pool season is over to ensure a smooth transition for all residents. Look for more exciting information about this project in the coming months on our new website and in the newsletter.

As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please contact your Resident Board members at


Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer

Resident HOA Board Members


Community Calendar

3      Family Field Day 4:00pm – 8:30pm Waterleaf Park

5      Trash and Recycle Day
Welcome Committee Meeting 7:00pm Park Pavilion

6      NW National Night Out 6:00pm Park Pavilion

8      CORE Committee Meeting 7:00pm Park Pavilion

10    Social Committee Meeting 7:00pm Park Pavilion

12    Trash and Compost Day

17     Back to School Night 4:00pm – 8:30pm

19     Trash and Recycle Day

26     HAYS 1st Day of School
          Trash and Compost Day




Hays CISD starts school again on Monday, August 26th 

Important Dates for Hays CISD Back to School

  • August 1st – 2nd :: New Student Registration Parents must register their child in person at their home school. Visit to verify which school your child will attend.
  • August 20 :: Middle School Schedule Pickup 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Parents can pick up their child’s schedule at their home school
  • August 22 :: Elementary Meet the Teacher 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the home campus
  • August 26 :: First day of school – all grades

Registration for returning students is available online at through August 30.

School Supplies
Click here for the school supply lists for 2013 – 2014 on the Hays CISD website


Please click for the immunization requirements for your child’s grade level. Make sure you have an updated shot record for your child when you register. Keep in mind that many physician offices are very busy at this time of year, so plan ahead and schedule your child’s well check or drop off your shot record to be updated now so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute.

Back to School Parade

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, families in Austin and the surrounding areas are welcome to take part in the 6th annual Back to School Festival and Parade at Bartholomew Park, from 1 – 7 p.m.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. at Delco Center (4601 Pecan Brook Dr) and ends at Bartholomew Park. The mission of this event is to get students excited about going to school by providing them with school supplies, which can be difficult for some families.

The festival will provide a limited number of FREE backpacks filled with school supplies. In order to get a backpack, students and parents must line up from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for a wristband, then feel free to enjoy the festival and parade. Backpacks will be handed out to students with wristbands from 4 – 6 p.m., and then any left over backpacks will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
The festival and parade are open to students from all school districts. For more information visit the Back to School Parade website, check out the parade details, or read through the frequently asked questions.

6th Annual Back To School Parade
Date: August 18, 2013
Festival: 1 – 7 p.m. at Bartholomew Park
Parade: 3 – 6 p.m.

Bartholomew Park
5201 Berkman Dr
Austin, TX 78723



Tips From Larry

1. Home Tax Appraisal – When you move in to your new home, you may want to visit the Tax Appraisal Office near the Discount Tire on the Access road of IH 35 North. Often times, your tax rate is based on your home being 90% built instead of 100% If your home is only taxed on 90% completion, you may pay less at first, but once the tax office catches the mistake your rates will increase, leaving you surprised.

2. Tree Trimming Basic Rules – There is a whole science to trimming a tree, but here are a few old basics. If healthy branches are growing downward, trim them off. For all but Evergreen trees, trim established trees to a height you can walk under. After trimming a tree coat the cut off area with tree preserve or black paint.

3. Porch Lights – Leave a porch light on to help deter crime near your home. At the last PEC annual meeting, we were told that the cost to run a 60-watt light bulb all night is about 4 cents. This is an inexpensive security measure that can act as a crime deterrent.

4. Garage Doors – Make sure you oil your rollers and hinges annually. You should use the oil specialized for garage doors or any mechanical type oil.

5. Attic Stair Door – to lower the hot temperature in your one story home attic, prop your door open in the summer so the hot temperature in the attic can be lowered by the garages lower temperature.

6. Tire Rotation – we always remember to change our car oil at certain intervals, and often have a sticker in the windshield to remind us, but don’t forget to rotate your tires every 5,000 miles as well. This is especially important with front wheel drive vehicles. You can add a simple sticker on your windshield underneath your oil reminder.

7. Toilet and sink cleaners – As we try to stay away from using harsh and expensive cleaners, try using Baking Soda as an alternative to clean sinks and toilets. This is a very effective cleaner that will also remove the often difficult to remove ring around the toilet bowl. Baking Soda has many uses, so it is a good staple to keep in your home.


What's For Dinner

Angel Chicken Pasta

Angel Chicken Pasta Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden  mushroom soup
  •  4 ounces cream cheese with chives
  •  1 pound angel hair pasta


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the package of dressing mix. Blend in wine and golden mushroom soup. Mix in cream cheese, and stir until smooth. Heat through, but do not boil. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over.
3. Bake for 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Twenty minutes before the chicken is done, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.


Neighborhood Watch

We would like to thank all who came out to help at the 4th of July activities! A special thank you to the Kyle Police Dept, Kyle Fire Dept. and Kyle/Buda Local VFW Post 12058 for joining us as we paraded from Park to Park. Adults and kids had a great time in their Red, White and Blues and we all enjoyed popsicles afterward! Kudos to the helpers and participants of the basketball tournament. Nine teams played and had a great time despite the heat. Due to the success, we are considering holding another contest in the fall.

Thank you Natalie Freeman for donating water and sodas. Thank you Dan, Franklin, Daryl, Keeouka, Miguel and Jennifer for your help on the court.

tourney Tournament Results

Free Throw Champ – Carlos Miranda

Congrats, Carlos!

Congrats, Carlos!

First Place 

Congrats, Flint Tropics!

Congrats, Flint Tropics!

Flint Tropics
Matt Paredes
Caine Johnson
Zach Johnson

Second Place

Congrats, Elite Ballerinas!

Congrats, Elite Ballerinas!

Elite Ballerinas
Matt Cordona
Geronimo Lopez
Carlos Miranda

Third Place

Congrats, Hoopers!

Congrats, Hoopers!

Malcolm Brown
Desmond Brown
Rebekah Brown
Tommie Brown


Please consider becoming a block captain for your street! This is a simple way to volunteer and become a partner with Neighborhood Watch program. Block captains are recommended for every 10-15 houses, they are directly involved with their immediate neighbors. At this time we have only about 12 captains. The block captain’s responsibilities include:

  • Acting as liaison between block residents and the Committee.
  • Visiting and inviting new residents to join; notifying them of meetings and training sessions.
  • Contacting each neighbor to discuss possible crime problems, needs for assistance, and suggestions for program improvement.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at


The Kyle/Buda VFW Post 12058 has extended an invitation to all veterans in the neighborhood to join them for coffee and camaraderie every Friday morning from 8am to 10am. The coffee is held at their Post, located at S. 103 Front Street (downtown Kyle).


Committee Updates

CORE Committee

Thursday, August 8, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The Core Committee is led by Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall, and is a chance for the leadership of each committee to meet with each other and the resident Board Members to plan for upcoming months. Many activities and plans from individual committees overlap, so this once monthly meeting, is a chance to coordinate those plans. This is also the best meeting at which suggestions to the Board for new committees or budget requests can be submitted.


Welcome Committee

Monday, August 5, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

We need volunteers who are interested in helping welcome new neighbors in to the neighborhood. You will deliver welcome packets and help get new neighbors the information they need to settle in to our neighborhood. If you have any time, please stop by our meeting, or contact the Welcome Committee at


Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
6:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Join us for National Night Out!

Join us for National Night Out!

Join us at the park pavilion for dinner and dessert! NW will provide hot dogs, just bring the rest of your picnic, chairs or blankets. We will also have a dessert contest! Pies, cakes, or cookies – bring your all time favorite dessert and you may win a prize. Hope to see you there!

To ensure enough food, please RSVP if you will attend and how many in your family by August 4th to us at This event will represent our monthly meeting, but we are also busy planning the 2nd NNO event for October. We can use all the help we can get. Please e-mail us if you would like to volunteer. The event will run all afternoon and evening. The committee will be meeting throughout the summer and September to continue planning and welcome all who wish to help. Thank you and be safe, Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly & Geri-Ann


Social Committee

Saturday, August 10, 2013
11:30 AM – Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. We always need volunteers, and ideas for events so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at In addition to this monthly meeting, the social committee has 2 events for this month!

Family Field Day
Saturday, August 3, 2013
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Waterleaf Park

Join us next Saturday!

Join us this Saturday!

Bring the family for fun and games! We will have volleyball, washers, and water balloon toss, just to name a few! We’re planning on having many fun and competitive games. Prizes will be awarded.

*Prizes for residents of Waterleaf Only.

Come out and join us for some fun!

Back to School Night
Saturday, August 17, 2013
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Park Pavilion

Join us before school starts!

Join us before school starts!

Your social committee is hosting a “Back to School Night” which is a great opportunity for your children to meet their classmates before school starts! The first day of school can be pretty nerve wracking, but if they have at least one buddy on the bus, it will be that much better for your child! To sweeten the deal, we will have a clothing swap! Finish out your school shopping by cleaning out your child’s closet and bringing it out to the park to trade with your neighbors for clothes new to your child. We are also planning to have a guest speaker who will give a talk about having a successful school year, the district policy on bullying and what to do should you encounter it this year. You will have a chance to win a backpack full of school supplies! All grades are welcome, so come out and join us before school starts up again.