September Newsletter

The pdf file of this month’s newsletter is available here:  Community Newsletter September

Hello Neighbors,

Your HOA committees have been working diligently to bring you plenty of events and upgrades around the neighborhood. If you subscribe on our website at waterleaffalls.com, you will receive e-mail reminders about upcoming events and special notices from your HOA board. You will not be spammed or receive an overload of emails. We promise!

Pardon Our ProgressIf you have not noticed the construction at the park, the HOA board has approved additional lighting to be installed, and that project should be completed by the end of September. Until it is complete, please be careful at the park and keep away from the areas marked off with caution tape. The basketball court stripes have also recently been painted over as requested by many residents.

Our committees can always use more volunteers, so if you would like to be more involved in your community simply come out to a meeting or contact the chair using the email addresses below. We’d love to meet you!

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Remember the pool will be open for the holiday, so enjoy and keep cool. Happy Labor Day

Best Regards,

Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

Community Calendar for September 2013

 2      Labor Day
         Trash and Recycle

 9      Trash and Compost

10     Neighborhood Watch Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

15     Bylaw Task Review Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

16     Social Committee Meeting: 7:30 pm Park Pavilion

19     Monthly Board Meeting: 6:30 pm Park Pavilion

21    Community Wide Garage Sale 7:00 am

23     Trash and Compost

30     Trash and Recycle

Bullying: What You Need to Know

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Traci Marant, school counselor for Tobias Elementary for taking time out of her day to visit with us for our Back to School Night.  Although the event was not well attended, Mrs. Marant left us with some information to share with families. Hopefully, you have all had a great first week back! Mrs. Marant shared the importance of identifying a problem early on, so we would like to share some information she provided before any of our children begin to have any problems in school.

Hays CISD: What is Bullying?

The following is from the district site at: www.hayscisd.net

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:

1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or

2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

This conduct is considered bullying if it:

1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and

2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Examples: Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.

Reporting Bullying

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed the bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible. Parents are also strongly encouraged to contact their child’s school if he or she reports bullying to you. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates t hat bullying has occurred.

School Contact Information:

Tobias Elementary: (512) 268 – 8437

Barton Middle School: (512) 268 – 1472

Wallace Middle School: (512) 268 – 2891

Lehman High School: (512) 268 – 8454

Transportation Dept: (512) 268 – 8479

Stopbullying.gov

stopbullying.gov is an excellent resource for identifying bullying and talking to your children about bullying. Visit the website to learn more about bullying and how to empower your child to stand against bullying.

Signs a child is being bullied:

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
  • Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Many times, kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child. Take 15 – 20 minutes each day to talk to your child about their day. Ask open-ended questions to promote conversation. If communication is established early on, your child is more likely to tell you if he or she is having a problem at school.

Tips From Larry

Address Labels – An alternate use for your address labels is to stick them to your power, hand, and garden tools. That way, if you ever lend them out you have a simple way of identifying them and the borrower can easily remember where to return them.

Low Spots on Lawn – If there are some low spots in your lawn, add a few bags of topsoil mixed with some cow manure. Most bags are $2 at Lowes or Home Depot. You can also add this into lawns that have dead spots. Be sure to rake them into the grass and the grass will grow through. Careful not to buy the wrong type; make sure it has no wood or bark chips in its content.

Car Repairs – I constantly hear of neighbors in need of car repair and the bill is more than anticipated. For many car repairs, I suggest using YouTube to find a tutorial to fix the problem on your own. You will be amazed with the quality of instructional detail. If you need a special tool, check with a local auto store to see if you are able to rent it from them.

Appliance Repair – Don’t panic with your next appliance repair. YouTube has many great tutorials. A trick I learned was when looking for the actual replacement part you need, go to the online catalog and look at the part picture, then look below and it usually has a video as to how to install that specific part.

Cracks In Bricks– After you move in to your home start taking a look at your layered bricks. Look for hairline cracks and if you are under warranty, call to get it fixed. If you are past your warranty, take some clear silicon and squirt it deep into the crack opening. With any crack you have to keep water from entering.

Final New Home Inspection – Make sure you prepare for your final KB inspections at 18 or 24 months. Keep notes on any issues. Get on the roof, look in the attic, check under sinks, look for popping nails in sheet rock, and even under floor tiles for cracks.

Notes and Reminders – A great place to leave notes and reminders is to use a dry erase pen and write on your bathroom mirror. It wipes off easily Would also be a good place to say happy birthday or have a good day to the kids or take out trash today etc.

Recipe Corner

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients: (makes abt. 3 dozen)

  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Powered sugar


Directions

  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and oil.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to form into balls (at least 2 hrs).
  5. Scoop by TBSP full, form into balls, about 1 inch in size.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Place balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes (for chewy, brownie-like centers -don’t overcook).
  9. Allow to cool 1 minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

You can mix a double batch and easily freeze extra dough balls in ziploc bag, just don’t roll them in sugar. Let them defrost a few hours or overnight in the fridge then roll in the powdered sugar and bake. You can also omit powdered sugar all together if you want.

Neighborhood Watch

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Neighbors, please remember that you should always report suspicious activity to the Kyle Police Department, FIRST! Please do not post information on Facebook or e-mail a committee without first notifying the authorities. You may contact Kyle Police Department at (512) 268 -3232 with any information. If you are ever unsure, just call 911 to file a report to have the issue addressed. You also have a new option with the introduction of the Kyle Alert Network.

KPD Kyle Alert Network

The Kyle Police Department is proud to announce the creation of the Kyle Alert Network, hosted by 411_kpd_imageCitizen Observer. This network will allow citizens to send anonymous tips about possible criminal activity to the police and also offer information on criminal activity in your neighborhood. To submit an anonymous tip, text KYLEPD and your tip to 847411 from your cell phone.

NOTE: Charges from your carrier data plan apply

*This system is not intended to replace emergency phone calls. If you ever have an emergency, ALWAYS dial 911!

To sign up to receive alerts, visit cityofkyle.com Although KPD will be able to respond to your message, they will not be able to identify you or the device you are sending the message from.

Neighborhood Watch Safety Tips

Landscaping Keep trees and bushes around your home neatly trimmed with plenty of open space so would-be burglars can’t use the foliage for cover. Source: Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

Electrical Outlets A recent survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International found that about one-quarter of Americans don’t understand how ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) work. Visit our community website to learn more about how these work.

Burn Ban & Water Restrictions
Information on Hays County Burn Ban can be found at: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/
Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at: http://www.clws.com/

Join in as a “window watcher,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood. This can be done anytime day or night! Source: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety/neighborhood-watch

For all Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tips click here: Tuesday Tips

Upcoming Kyle Events

9/6 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Elgin Site: Shelton

9/7 – Fiesta Fun Run St Anthony’s Church 8:00 am 5K Run & 1K Walk www.fiestafunrun.wix.com/2013

9/13 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Anderson Site: Shelton

9/27 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Hays Site: Shelton

9/28 – 9/29 Outdoor Family Workshop & Campout http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/outdoor-family-workshop-campout

Committee Updates

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

This month’s board meeting will be held right here in Waterleaf at the Park Pavilion.  This is the best venue to voice any concerns you might have and to learn about updates directly from your HOA board members.  ALL residents are encouraged to attend.  Bring your own seating as the benches are limited.  Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Watch


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Plans are continuing to celebrate Texas’ Night Out, Saturday, October 5th. We are planning a whole day and evening event. Get ready for a 5K run through the neighborhood to begin the day, a safety and emergency fair with venders and presentations, and a neighborhood camp out at the park. We could use volunteers, so if you are interested, please contact us at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com or simply attend our September meeting.

Congrats to Kelly Amman and her delicious cake who won 1st place in our dessert contest. Thanks to everyone who brought desserts as well.

Thank you to Officers Dibble, Plant & Espinosa from KPD for coming to our National Night Out hot dog picnic on August 6th. They gave a monthly report of incidents in the neighborhood, tips on “watching,” and informed us that our Neighborhood Watch, along with one other group is the most active and successful in town. They continue to urge us to call in any suspicious activity which helps keep our neighborhood safe. They will also begin giving presentations to us at future meetings.

The new lighting project has begun at the Pool Pavilion as of this writing so watch for a brighter park, basketball court and parking lot in the evenings!  A drive was also made through the neighborhood marking every street light which is either out or not functioning properly and the list has been sent to Officer Dibble for repair.

The last few meetings have been low in attendance. As an important part of our community, your Neighborhood Watch team would like to receive feedback from residents regarding what you would like to see from your Neighborhood Watch. We have put together an online survey for all residents to provide input. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V9MD3NT to take the survey. If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please email us and we’ll be happy to provide one.

Be safe. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly & GeriAnn

Social Committee

Monday, September 16, 2013
7:30 PM – Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings and events. We are always in need of volunteers so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

Thanks to all who came out to our Family Field Day event. It was a successful event and lot of fun!

The Back to School event was not successful. The guest speaker from Tobias was there for an hour ready with lots of Anti-Bullying info and advice for having a great school year. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the event, but only one non-committee family showed up. Due to lack of participation only one of the two back packs full of supplies was given away at the event. The other is being donated to Tobias and they will give to a Waterleaf child in need.

Community Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Begins at 7:00 AM

This is a great opportunity to get rid of those items you no longer want or need. We will have information posted online on various garage sale pages,etc. so we anticipate lots of visitors!

WLF Garage Sale

Bylaw Review Task Force


Sunday, September 15, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The task force has been asked to identify changes that are needed in the HOA bylaws. This meeting will be to talk through the changes we have identified that will be presented to the Board for consideration and to gather input from the community regarding any changes they would like to see. A community vote is required before any changes go in to effect.