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, 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:

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 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


  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 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.

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:
Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at:

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:

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

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

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 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 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

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.

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.

July Newsletter

To view, print or save the PDF version of the newsletter, please click here: Community Newsletter July

Hello Neighbors,

The Neighborhood Committees have been running smoothly and it has been great getting to know new neighbors while making improvements to our community and creating fun events.  There was interest expressed in the past about a Garden/Landscape Committee, a Financial Committee and a Bylaw Review Committee, if you are interested in helping us start one of these, please contact us at

The new neighborhood webpage is also up and running now thanks to the Communication Committee. Check it out at

Happy Independence DayDon’t forget to check the calendar for a list of upcoming events!

Enjoy your summer, and Happy Independence Day!


Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident HOA Board Members

Around the Neighborhood

Water Safety

Neighbors, Please take a moment to visit for valuable information regarding drowning prevention. The following graphic is from their website with some great tips for keeping our children safe this summer.

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin's Hope

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin’s Hope

Notes from the Pool Committee

Pool Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Adult only swim time:
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please remember to review the pool rules prior to enjoying the pool and that it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to watch their children and guests.  Children under the age of 14 must remain within arms reach of an adult over the age of 18.  Also Adult Swim Only occurs for last 10 minutes of every hour.  This is not for the lifeguards to take a break, but to allow the children time to rest in order for them to not become too exhausted and possibly put them in jeopardy.

Pavilion Reservations:

All parties consisting of more than 4 guests require a reservation for the pool pavilion.

Please contact Tracy Scheel at or call 512/769-6151 after 5:00 pm for reserving the pool or park pavilion.

A few things to remember:

1. The pool pavilion has a maximum guest number of 20 and the Park Pavilion is unlimited.

2. The Pavilions are not marked for reservation prior to your event, homeowners/renters are responsible for arriving early and set-up.

3. Hosts of the events are responsible for removing their own trash.  The Pavilions do not have sufficient trash receptacles for parties and normal HOA activity.

Facebook Favorite

Life Sustaining Training

This month’s favorite is Life Sustaining Training, which is a locally owned company in Austin, TX that provides AHA CPR, ACLS & PALS training to anyone wanting or needing American Heart Association Certification. For info on classes, ‘Like’ their Facebook page!

[If you have a page or see one you’d like to share with your neighbors, send it to]

Tips from Larry….

Water Shut Off
How to locate your main water shut off valve: If you have a water softener, the valve is usually located on the unit. If not, you will need to check your front yard for the submerged box. Be sure to open it carefully as snakes may be hidden there. You should see a guage and tee type valve handle – this is the shut off valve. The valve near the gauge meter is the city shut off and has a hole for a lock. It is good to make sure the adults in your home know where the valve is in case of emergency. Handles are also aviailable at Home Depot that will assist you.

Keeping Bugs out of the Brick Vents
Take a look at the layer of bricks just above your foundation. Normally, every 5 bricks will have a mortar missing and should have a mesh screen or piece of wool covering it. If the covering is missing, bugs may be able to enter your home. You can fix this by simply buying a new piece of wool or a mesh screen and tucking it in to the open space.

Water Heater Maintenance

If your water heater tank is over 3 years old, you should be sure to drain it per the manufacturer’s instructions. There are many instructional videos available for this on YouTube.

Lawn Maintenance

Please be sure to sweep or blow off grass clippings when you mow your lawn. If not, the clippings will clog our storm drains.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Neighbors, please be cautious of items you leave in your vehicles. I’ve often seen pick up trucks loaded with tools and materials from the owner’s trades. This can be a crime invitation. Consider parking your truck in your garage or in your driveway and covering up items that remain.

Flag Installation

Please consider posting an American flag on your home. There are many nice firm mounts available for sale. I am willing to help anyone who needs assistance mounting a flag to their home. Let’s show our American pride throughout our neighborhood!

What’s For Dinner? Try This

Lemon Garlic TilapiaLemon Garlic Tilapia

– 4 tilapia fillets
– 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon butter, melted
– 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
– pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.
4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.

Have a recipe to share? Email us!

Independence Day Celebrations

Here is some information about celebrations happening in Kyle, Buda and San Marcos. Click the links for additional information and directions.

City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, the pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.  Parking at the golf course is available for a donation to the Kyle Masonic Lodge. Walk ins welcome.

9:30 pm – When it gets dark enough, around 9:30pm on July 4th, the fireworks show will launch from the driving range. Find a spot early enough to see the tall water tower that is next to the Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing. If you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks. Parking in paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations. The approximately 15-20 minutes of “ooohs and ahhhs” will cap off a day of fun in Kyle.

Red, White and Buda Independence Day Celebration
9:00 am – Children’s parade in the morning with free activities at City Park following the parade. Parade line up begins at 8:30 am. in the parking lot next to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street. Anyone can participate, no registration required, just show up! Decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, strollers and more will take a short parade route to City Park starting at 9am. Concessions provided by Buda Chamber of Commerce.

9:30 pm – Evening Fireworks at City Park. Leashed and licensed pets welcomed, but please remember to pick up after your pet! ? For more information call 512-295-7170.

Summerfest San Marcos
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration along the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, children’s costume competition and parade. Summerfest will be held on the grounds of San Marcos Plaza Park, same location as Sights of Sounds of Christmas. Rain or shine, festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of musical and family entertainment until 10:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm


No fireworks in City Limits

No fireworks in City Limits

Please remember that the City of Kyle Code (Article 6, Sec 23-149 to Sec 23-155) prohibits the sale or use of fireworks within city limits. The fines for possession or use of fireworks is anywhere from $500 up to $2,000. Please celebrate responsibly and if you want to enjoy fireworks this year, we encourage you to visit one of the celebrations nearby.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Core Committee

Thursday, July 11, 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, which will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM starting in July, 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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We need your help stuffing our welcome packets! We only have a few flyers, business cards, and coupons from our Waterleaf owned businesses remaining to include in the packets. Please help fill them up while promoting your business! Bring us your flyers, special discount cards, business cards, branded goodies, etc for the welcome packets. Stop by our meeting, or contact the Welcome Committee at

Communication Committee

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

Are you interested in writing an article for the newsletter each month? Join us at our next meeting to discuss plans for our newsletter and website or contact us at

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We will give our monthly report and also be discussing home security while on vacation and plans for the upcoming national night out. We will also talk about our plans for neighborhood clean up. As always, contact us if you’d like to volunteer at

Social Committee

Saturday, July 13, 2013
2:00 pm 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

We are planning Waterleaf Family Field Day for Saturday, August 3rd 4:00-8:30 pm at Waterleaf Park.  So start practicing NOW, as there will be games including volleyball, washers, horseshoes, 3-legged races, bean bag toss and a water balloon toss (using biodegradable water balloons). Prizes will be awarded to the overall points winners as individual scores will be tallied.

*Prizes to include giftcards for iTunes, Amazon, GameStop, Target, etc.

Come out and join us for some fun!

*Prizes are for residents of Waterleaf only.

Community Calendar for July

1   Trash and Compost Day

2   Welcome Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

8   Trash and Recycle Day

9   Communication Committee 7pm Park Pavilion

11   Core Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

13   Social Committee Meeting 2pm Park Pavilion

15   Trash and Compost Day

16   Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

22   Trash and Recycle Day

29   Trash and Compost Day

June Newsletter

Hello Neighbors…

Summer is upon us – welcome to June in Texas! Now that school is out and the days are longer and lazier, it seems like fun events and activities abound, and the neighborhood is no exception. Make sure to check the calendar for our neighborhood events, and if you have a suggestion for additional activities, please contact a Committee Member or Resident Board Member.

The committee planning process has made quite a bit of progress, and we are glad to see the development of these committees. If you have a little (or a lot) of time, please consider volunteering on a committee. It is a great way to get to know your neighbors and make new friends.

The NEW Community webpage is now available! Check out to view current information, Frequently Asked Questions, Committee Updates, a calendar and many other helpful links.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or feedback about the neighborhood, please contact your Resident Board Members, Eric Bauer or Abbye Crandall, at

Thanks! Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall

Neighbor Spotlight

Every month we will get to know a little bit about a neighbor! This month it’s Linda Vega.

What date did you move into Waterleaf? July 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM …Thanks to FB I also have a picture of us using the key for the first time!!

Who lives with you here in the neighborhood? Lupe, Leslie (age 7) and Elaina (age 20 months).

How many pets do you have and what are their names? Do dust bunnies count? Teehee, I should name them. I have a big spider web on my porch…We can name her Charlotte.

Where were you born and what other cities you have lived? I was born in Clovis, New Mexico but only because it was the nearest hospital! Was raised in TX and consider myself a Texan!! I’m from Friona, TX and it’s known as the “Cheeseburger Capital of Texas!”

What is your favorite restaurant here in the area? Barbacoa tacos from Maria’s and Milts BBQ!

What are your favorite hobbies? Love to read, hear all kinds of music and I love to garden especially the unexpected. I grew loofahs and cotton last year. I am growing a “ghost pepper and have a hay bale garden” this year.

Which holiday is your favorite? Christmas, and we plan to invite The Water Leaf community again this year to serve hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, watch a movie and have kids play under the snow machine. We had a great time last year.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Haven’t been there yet, but look forward to trips to Paris and Hawaii in the next few years!

Have you ever met a celebrity and who was it? The Property Brothers from HGTV & Dennis Quaid who winked and smiled at me… 😉

What is your favorite food and what is something you will not eat? All of my husband’s cooking is my favorite!! I won’t eat oysters or squid.

Who is your favorite sports team? SF 49ers and SA Spurs.

What high school did you graduate from and what year? I graduated from Friona High School in 1993!! 20 yr. reunion this year!

What 4 songs would play for a soundtrack of your life? “Staying Alive” from the Bee Gees , “Go Rest High on the Mountain” by Vince Gill , “Morning Star” by Gabe Martinez, “Open Door” by Circleslide

Where do you take a Sunday drive to? The Connection Church in Buda and then drive home to have family time.

What is on your “to do list” for this year? Plan Lupe’s 40th birthday and take my kids to Disney World.

Favorite midnight snack? Pizza rolls with my BFF when she comes to visit!!

If you could go back in time, what time period would you go to? I’d go back to 1995 and make sure I graduated college!!!

What is your favorite thing about living in Waterleaf? That I live across the pool, have enough room to plant a garden, bus picks up Leslie right outside our door, and Ms. Isabel’s day care is right behind me.

Add a question for next month! What’s keeping you from growing something?

Anything else you would like to add?

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Facebook Favorites Pages to like!

Neighbors…for next month, if you have your own Facebook group page, email in the link and we will post it here, or send in a favorite page to share!

Email to

This month’s Facebook Favorite is :

Kyle Police Department Check out their page and “like” them!

Numbers You Should Know….


Kyle Police Dept. Non Emergency (512) 268-3232
Kyle Fire Dept. Non Emergency (512) 268-3131
Kyle Animal Control (512) 268-8800
County Line Water Supply (512) 398-4748
PEC (Electric) Emergency and Power Interruptions 1-888-883-3379

Garden Notes

Have you noticed weeds and grasses growing up thru your sidewalks and driveways? Here are three suggestions to get them under control and gone! Homemade natural recipe; 50/50 mix of 20% vinegar and orange oil with one tablespoon of molasses. This will kill any plants on contact so be careful where you use it. It is organic and safe around kids, pets and other lower forms of life.

Another option is a product called Blackjack 21. Blackjack is a 21 percent vinegar weed killer, with some extra natural ingredients added. It also includes yucca extract, olive oil, garlic oil, citrus oil and molasses along with the vinegar. Those ingredients work as sticking, wetting and emulsifying agents, which makes the vinegar work more effectively at killing weeds. Protect skin and eyes from product and keep away from children, and again avoid spraying on anything you do not wish to be gone.

Lastly, chemical spray such as RoundUp, caution around children and pets and yourself while applying. Remember all three products will destroy what is being sprayed. It is suggested to spray on a calm day with no wind.

Household Tips From Larry……

• Water damage prevention: As our homes get older, sooner or later the water valves under the sink, behind the toilets and behind the refrigerator will seep or leak. On the market are simple moisture detectors that will send out a warning of a seep or leak. Another low cost method I’ve used for years was to put a small basin or container under sinks or behind the toilets. Place the container directly under the water service valve so if and when a drip starts, the water will collect and you will hear a drip. Without it, a drip begins, is not heard and it will soak into the wood cabinet destroying wood and flooring. For two story owners this simple method can save major damage if gone unnoticed. You can also place a larger, low sided container, the size of a cookie sheet under your air condition unit. Remove the intake grate off the A/C unit and set this pan on the floor. This too will serve as a collection pan of water drips so it can be heard. In no way is the method described above designed to collect and hold water to prevent damage, but to collect so a drip drop sound can alert you.

• Simple Security: As summer begins and night time activity is on the rise, a low cost security device is your porch lights. Leave a light on all night! The cost to run a 60 W bulb for 8 hrs is 8 cents a day. They say if a burglar is on the street, he will avoid houses with lights on and take the ones that are dark.

• Shades and curtains down: We are amazed at the number of homes that keep their curtains and blinds wide open at night. Remember when it is dark out and you have your curtains and blinds wide open, your windows serve as a reflection into your house. It is very easy to see your household goods and people walking about.

Thank you Larry Simone!


Do not wash cars, boats, etc. Outside watering between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm is strictly prohibited. Customers whose address ends with an even number may water on Sundays and Thursdays. Customers whose address ends with an odd number may water on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes. Thank-you for helping to preserve our water supply sources!

From Your Neighborhood Watch Committee…..

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH has re-formed this past month. Committee members are Robert Crandall, Holly Williamson, Geri- Ann Swazey, Israel Moreno and Michele Hinojosa. Monthly meetings will meet at the Pool Pavilion Park unless otherwise noted in the Newsletter. We are working on many plans, some of which include monthly speakers and guests, neighborhood events; both whole neighborhood gatherings and individual streets or blocks. Everyone is welcome to join us! If you have any ideas, questions or comments please email us at We are still in need of block captains! If interested please let us know! Ideally there should be one block captain to every 10 – 15 houses.

Kyle Police Department Vacation Watch Program

In the battle against crime, the Kyle Police force is strengthened as we rely on the eyes and ears of over 28,000 citizens within our community. The Kyle Police Department maintains a calm, peaceful, but ever-growing city. You can help by following these simple steps to discourage thieves from making you a victim. If you are going to be out of town, complete the Vacation Watch Request Form and we will check your residence or business while you are away. Form and tips can be found on web-site above.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH would like to thank Kyle Police Department and Kyle Fire Department for spending time with us at the May monthly meeting. The police department discussed home security, giving us many ideas on how to keep our home and property safe both inside and out. We were also given a Personal Property ID Record to fill out, listing important items for record. A crime report of Waterleaf and the city was also given for the month. The fire department discussed fire safety, again for both inside and outside the home along with information on the Department itself. And of course, the kids loved the fire truck and motorcycle with sirens and lights flashing!

From Social Committee…

Following our recent meeting with the Resident Board Members, we have a new group of Co-Chairs for Social Committee; Stacy Vail, Kelly Ammann and Samantha Ackerman. I am resigning from this committee to help on other committees.

Waterleaf Movie Night

Waterleaf Movie Night

We are planning our “Movie in the Park” event for Saturday, June 22nd at dark (8:30 pm) at our Waterleaf Park. The movie is FREE and concessions will be offered at a nominal charge to help offset the cost of renting a BIG screen. So bring blanket/chairs and join your neighbors. We will be showing the PG-rated “BRAVE”.

If you have any ideas you are welcome to contact us. We always need volunteers, so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at

Box Tops For Education

Please collect your box tops for Tobias! Briana Reinertsen will be collecting these for the PTA. Look up Box Tops For Education on Facebook. Briana can be reached by email at

Neighborhood Watch 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade!

Join us Saturday, June 29, for our holiday parade! We will meet at the City Park on Abundance at 9:30. Come in your RED, WHITE and BLUE! Decorate your bikes, pets, cars, yourself or whatever you’d like! You may enter a group you are involved with, boy/girl scouts, school/sports groups, etc. The parade will kick off at 10:00 am. We will travel from the City Park; Abundance to Holly Grove, to New Bridge and end at the Pool Park. Prizes will be given for the best decorated entries!

Please email us if you are participating in the parade so we have a count of people. If you have any questions you may email anytime!

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Basketball Tournament

The Neighborhood Watch Committee will be hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on June 29th starting at 11:00 AM at the Waterleaf Falls basketball court. Email Neighborhood Watch for registration information. Prizes to be awarded!

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show – July 4, 2013

Join in the celebration of Independence Day as the City of Kyle once again has planned for a spectacular fireworks show. The show will be launched from Plum Creek Golf Course. See the City’s website for additional details, time, where to park in the area. Please note, no one will be allowed access to the Golf Course property or trails leading into the Course. Suggested parking sites include: paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s Crossing. If you can see the water tower next to Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing, you will have a great view of the fireworks. ce-day-celebration-fireworks-show-0

Pool Committee Pool Party

Join your neighbors and the Pool Committee for a pool party! Saturday, June 8, 9:00pm to 11:00pm. This will be for 18 years old and up only. Come have an evening out with your neighbors and enjoy the pool!

HOA BOD Meeting Update

Your HOA Board of Directors met on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Full meeting notes will be available once approved at the next Board meeting on June 20, 2013, but there are several decisions we would like to share at this time.:

Per resident request, the Pool bathrooms will be available during all hours that the HOA Park area is open, from 5 AM – 10 PM, seven days a week. You will still need your pool key to access the restrooms at all times.

We have accepted a bid to improve lighting in the Park and Pavilion areas. There is not yet a start date for the work to begin. Once it does begin, we hope to see a decrease in vandalism and loitering issues around the Pavilion and Pool areas.

We have also started the process to have the pool area thoroughly cleaned and some routine maintenance completed. We hope that this will be completed in the next few weeks.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your HOA Board at

Eric and Abbye

Calendar of Events – June 2013

3 Trash and Compost Day

4 Welcome Committee Meeting 7:00 pm Pool Pavilion

8 Pool Committee Adult Pool Party 9:00pm to 11:00pm. 18 years old and up only please.

10 Trash and Recycle Day

12 Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7:00 pm Pool Pavilion. Our guest will be Kyle Animal Control, we will also be creating a banner for the 4th of July Parade, if you would like to add your handprint please attend!

14 Flag Day

16 Father’s Day

17 Trash and Compost Day

20 HOA Board Meeting 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Pool Pavilion BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair)

21 First Day of Summer

22 Waterleaf Movie in the Park “BRAVE” Will begin at dark 8:30 pm at the Pool Pavilion Park (see details on the Committee Updates page)

24 Trash and Recycle Day

29 Waterleaf’s 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade by Neighborhood Watch 9:30 am gather at City park Parade will start at 10:00am (see details below)

* Core Committee will not meet this month *

Waterleaf Falls Committees

We need volunteers to help with individual committees. If you are interested, please contact the chair for that committee via Facebook or email.

Social CommitteeKelly Ammann, Stacy Vail, & Samantha Ackerman

Neighborhood Watch Team: Robert Crandall, Holly Williamson, Geri-Ann Swazey, Israel Moreno, & Michele Hinojosa

Pool Committee: Tracy Scheel

Core Committee: Abbye Crandall & Eric Bauer

Communication Committee: Angela McGrady, Keeouka Rivera, & Vanessa Garcia

Welcome Committee : Briana Reinertsen

 For the PDF version of the newsletter click here: Community Newsletter June