December Newsletter

For the PDF version of the newsletter, click here: WLF December Newsletter

Hello Neighbors,

As 2013 comes to a close, we hope this Christmas season brings you joy and peace, and that the new year brings many blessings to us all.

There are many events nearby which allow you to celebrate all of the wonderful things this season represents and we hope you and your family will find time to attend.

There will be no board meeting this month as we are working on plans for the new year and enjoying the holiday season with our families. Please visit our community website for any updates we may have this month.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Merry Christmas

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident Board Members

Community Calendar

 2      Trash and Compost Day

 9       Trash and Recycle Day

14      Waterleaf Holiday Event – 3:00 PM Park Pavilion

16      Trash and Compost Day

23      Trash and Recycle Day

25      Merry Christmas!

30      Trash and Compost Day

31      New Year’s Eve

Tips From Larry

Wet Window Ledges As it gets colder, our windows will sweat. Be sure to wipe up the water even though the KB paints an oil base paint and caulks. An effective way to help reduce wet windows is to open each window and place a layer of aluminum foil 3 ” wide and as long as the window, then close the window down leaving 2″ to stick out so as to act as a water drip trough.

Hanging Christmas Lights ‘Tis the season to put lights on the house. There are many great clips to change lights, but many homeowners like to use nails or metal staples into the house frame. NEVER use nails, as they will cause water to enter into wood and set up rot and rust later. A hot glue gun is an effective way to string lights onto brick and stone. When done use the gun to heat the hard glue off.

More Shelves Now that you are in your new home, you will be looking for more shelf space. Look no further than your bedroom closet. The KB homes that have high ceilings make it easy to build a look-a-like shelf above the current shelves in the closet. The shelving boards are sold in the same width, as are the same matching brackets at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Use the same studs to screw in the brackets. This added shelf is perfect for suitcase storage.

Hard To Close Gates If by now your grass is growing high and the gate seems harder to open, take a saw or skill saw and cut off 1 inch at the base and try opening it. It should be much easier.

Dirty Fan Blades Now that the ceiling fans are not running as often, clean the top of the blades. You will be surprised as to the thick layer of hardened dust that will be there even if you dusted all summer. A warm water cloth will do the trick. You may need to use a ladder.

As always I will be glad to help show any of the above tips. Call me at 512-268-9025

Thanks! Larry Simone

New Business Coming to Kyle

soonThe city of Kyle is continuing to grow rapidly and businesses are racing to open their doors. Many of the companies are setting up shop along the IH-35 corridor and near Kyle Center Parkway.

Among those businesses is the Hays ACC Campus. ACC is already enrolling for the Spring semester and classes are scheduled to begin in January.

Other businesses coming to Kyle include Walmart, Firestone, Mitchell Motor Sports, New Haven Assisted Living, Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, and Kyle Entertainment Center. There are several other businesses scheduled to open later this year or early 2014. For a complete list, visit haysfreepress.com for the story.

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Waterleaf 2013 Holiday Event
December 14, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Waterleaf Park Pavilion

Join us for some Christmas cheer as we visit with Santa. You will be sure to warm up with our chili cook-off! The person voted to have the best chili will win a prize. We will also have some cookies to decorate. Feel free to bring your own to swap with your neighbors as well.

WLF Holiday Party

City of Kyle Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2013 – 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
City Square Park/Historic Kyle City Hall

City of Kyle HolidayThe City of Kyle welcomes Santa to town!

Join us to kick off the Holidays. Santa will be available to take pictures (you must bring your own camera, we will not have a photographer available). School choirs from local elementary, middle and high schools will be performing holiday songs, there will be free activities for the children, and food vendors to satisfy your hunger or thirst.

Its always a great time. So come out and help us ring in the holiday season. http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/santas-arrival-tree-lighting-ceremony

City of Buda Trail of Lights
Opening Day December 13, 2013
6:00 pm – 10:00pm
Historic Stagecoach Park

Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights! Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela’s. No parking is permitted in the park. Walk in visitors are welcomed and may bring leashed pets. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. No pets are allowed on shuttle buses. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa! Paid concessions are available for purchase. The trail is then open from December 14 – 22 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More info here.

San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 4 – 7, 2013 – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
San Marcos Plaza Park

sights_and_sound_christmas_tx_logo2Fun, food, entertainment, carnival and Santa! Regular admission is $5 nightly, kids 12 & under are FREE! 4-day wristbands are available for purchase online at www.sights-n-sounds.org

Wednesday: Family Night – enjoy half price carnival rides!

Thursday: Texas State Night – Wear your Texas State T-Shirt and enjoy $1 drinks. TXST faculty, staff and students may show ID for discount

Friday: The best of the best on the main stage!

Saturday: 5K & 1K Run 7:30 am registration with the races starting at 9:00 am Parade begins at 10:00 am The San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will partner with Sights and Sounds to host a Blue Santa Parade.

Zilker Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Tree LightingThe Austin Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you and your family to the 47th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 2013 lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 1st starting at 6pm.

Join emcee Quita Culpepper, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley as they kick off the holiday season in Austin with a program featuring local community entertainment, a holiday message and the lighting of the tree by the 2013 Zilker Holiday Tree Art contest winner.

  • Music begins at 5:30 pm
  • Ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 pm and should conclude by 7:00 pm

Austin Trail of LightsThe Austin Trail of Lights opens December 8, 2013

The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Visit austintrailoflights.org for more information

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October Newsletter

Download the PDF Version of this month’s newsletter here: WLF October Community Newsletter

Hello Neighbors!

Fall is upon us! Hopefully the weather gets that memo soon. We have some fun and exciting events coming up this month, so check the Committee Update page for all of the details. The pool is now closed for the season. The board has approved work to begin soon to make improvements in the pool area to have it prepared for next season. Improvements include fixing the inner gate locks, installing a new key card system, and new security cameras. New keys will be issued before the pool opens again next year. Please keep an eye on your monthly newsletter and on the community website waterleaffalls.com for updates and the process for obtaining new keys. As a reminder, this is YOUR community newsletter, if you would like to contribute an article, helpful hints, or have a fall recipe to share, please feel free to email it over to us at waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com We wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween

Best Regards,
Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

October Community Calendar

1       Neighborhood Watch National Night Out 6:00 PM Park Pavilion

7       Trash and Compost

10     Core Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Park Pavilion

14     Trash and Recycle

17     Monthly Board Meeting 1:30 PM KB Office

21     Trash and Compost
          Social Committee Meeting 7:30 PM Park Pavilion

26     Waterleaf Halloween Event 3:00 PM Park Pavilion

28     Trash and Recycle

31      Happy Halloween

Fall Ideas

Transform Your Home For Fall

etched-pumpkins-lEtch Your Pumpkins

Announce your address in style by cleverly etching your house number (or your initials or name) into a pumpkin. You can pile a combination of traditional and heirloom pumpkins on your front steps, and top with your etched design.

Fall Foliage Arrangement

The key to arranging leaves is to group them by size and color as you would flowers. Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with globes of gray-green fruit on the fringes.

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Display oranges studded with dried whole cloves for a festive and fragrant addition to your fall decor.

Front-Door Harvest

Pair pumpkins with potted kale to create a warm welcome. Grace an entry with a garland made of clippings from the garden.

candleholders-lMake Pumpkin Candleholders

Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.

For more great ideas, visit southernliving.com for more ideas

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch!

Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W Lockhart St Kyle, TX

Kyle UMC will have a Pumpkin Patch beginning October 12th through October 30th. They are also in search of volunteers to help run the patch.

Buda United Methodist Church
302 Elm Street Buda, TX Buda

UMC will have a Pumpkin Patch beginning September 28th through October 30th. The patch is at PQ Real Estate on Main Street-East of church and is open from 9am to 8 pm

Barton Hill Farms
1115 FM 969 Bastrop, TX

Fall festival and Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms is open Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm & on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm beginning September 28th through November 10th There are rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm animals Alcohol served for adults. For more info visit bartonhillfarms.com

Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls, TX

Sweet Berry Farm is open September 28th through November 8th and is closed on Wednesdays. There are plenty of fun family activities including stuff your own scarecrow, hayrides, corn maze, pick your own flowers, and petting zoo. Hours Mon-Fri are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Closed ALL Wednesdays) Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm

Tips From Larry

Mouse in the House

With the major land excavation going on in Waterleaf, the rodent ecosystem has been upset and there are reports of seeing a high rise of mice and snakes in garages. A common area for snakes and mice to enter your home is the garage near the door roller frame when doors are closed and sealed. The point of entry is where your garage board frames are cut 45 degrees. Many people will foam or caulk the small opening, but rodents can chew and enter. An effective method is to install a metal plate inside the frame. These can be made from cutting an old license plate 2 inches by 3 inches and bending it 90 degrees and screwing it in the wood frame.

Fire Extinguishers

Now that you are settled into your home and in the process of furnishing, the thought of buying a good fire extinguisher often gets put off. A good, practical Christmas gift is to ask for a good Fire Extinguisher. You won’t regret it.

Circuit Breaker Panel

Most homes are equipped with two electric circuit breaker boxes, there is one outside containing the 220V power for AC, stove and hot water tank. The other is inside and contains the 120V common circuits for lights and various plugs in your home. It’s a good idea to open the panel and make sure you can read the label for each breaker. Use labels or even a sharpie to re-identify them. The electricians do a decent job of labeling them, but it might not make sense since their terms and titles are general in nature. You may want to say child’s bedroom, master bed, office, etc.

Air Conditioner Settings

The home AC was designed to cool a house down by 20 degrees from the outside temp. That means when the temp is 100 outside, your AC works most efficient when it’s set on 80. When the temp is set lower there is more strain and a higher chance of parts wearing out faster.

House Keys

If you have different keys for the garage door, front door and back door, there is a way to set the keys to one common key, but all the locks must be the same brand (ie Quick-set). Head to Lowes or Home Depot and they can get the keys coded to one common key.

Recipe Corner

Who says the kids should be the only ones to have fun at Halloween? Dress up with your friends and pass out some refreshments. Trick-or-treat!

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Bite Sized Caramel Apples

Cut an apple into bite size pieces and dip in Caramel using a caramel/candy apple kit!

Jack-o-lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Peel the skin from 2 potatoes. Slice the ends off, leaving the thickest part in the middle. Use a sharp knife to cut a ‘v’ in the center of the potato. Slice the potato into 1/8” slices Use a small knife to ‘carve’ faces into your jack-o-lantern. toss the slices in to a plastic bag with some melted coconut oil and spices. Place the sweet potato fries on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until barely golden brown around edges.

Pumpkin Martini Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
* 3 tablespoons vodka
* 2 tablespoons half and half
* 1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate.
Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice.
Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.

For more great ideas, please visit this site!

UpcomingEvents

Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:00 pm – 7 pm
The North Hays Community Expo & Resume Drop-Off is an annual tradeshow hosted by the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. This is a great event to showcase your business’ services to the local community as well as market any current promotions. Will be held at the Hays Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Beginning at 10am
The Kyle Founders’ Parade will once again pass through downtown. The parade participants will be gathering at Gregg-Clarke Park and will head east on Center Street. They will end at the Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park’s Gazebo. When the last parade entry is at the Gazebo, all gathered are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Kyle and have a piece of birthday cake.

October 17th, 2013 5:00 PM through October 20th, 2013 12:00 PM
Kyle Fair and Music Festival There will be a variety of activities including a carnival, music festival, academic pageant and 5K Kyle-O-Meter. Join the fun at Central Texas Speedway.

Halloween

Trick-Or-Treat Do’s and Don’ts

 DO

  • Wait until everyone is home from work before you head out. 6:30 is usually a good start time.
  • Watch out for cars as you walk door-to-door
  • Say “Trick-or-treat!” and “Thank you” once you receive your treat.
  • Carry a flashlight to guide your way as it gets darker and so people can see you.
  • Turn your porch light OFF if you do not wish to participate in handing out treats.

DON’T

  • Go to houses where the porch light is off. This tells trick-or-treaters that resident is not home or not participating this year.
  • Knock or ring the doorbell over and over. Give the person time to answer the door, or they may have forgotten to turn their light off.
  • Make a mess in your neighbor’s yards. Be mindful of decorations and don’t leave your candy wrappers on the ground.
  • Stay out too late! Many people have school or work the next day. After 9:30 is really too late to be out in the street.

An Inclusive Halloween

PumpkinAs you prepare for Halloween, take in to consideration young Waterleaf residents who have special healthcare needs. Some children are not able to participate in trick-or- treating due to dietary restrictions, health conditions, or the inability to eat anything by mouth requiring all nutrition to go through a feeding tube.

The Trick-Or-Treat Project aims to make Halloween fun available to ALL kids. Participation is simple. Include non-food items with your Halloween treats! No need to give up candy altogether, but include pencils, stickers, small toys, and other special items so all children can particpate.

To learn more and print out special decals to show your participation this year, visit http://mommiesofmiracles.com/halloween/

Families with children who have special needs can also visit the site to print off labels to easily identify your children to the homes who decide to participate. Look for this image as you trick-or-treat this year!

YardofMonth

Yard of the Month is looking for volunteers to help judge the Halloween and Christmas Yards of the month. We are also needing volunteers to drive the neighborhood monthly from April to September and judge for regular Yard of the Month. If interested, please email the garden and landscape committee at waterleafgarden.landscape@gmail.com and we will get back to you with details. This takes less than an hour a month and is a good way for those with little time to participate in the Neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch

  • National Fire Safety Week October 6 – 12. This year’s theme is PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home? See the website below for more info and check out their homepage! Source: National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
  • Interior Home Security Lighting There are many home security devices to choose from. Light timers are a popular item to use to show there is life in the house, and are also used to turn on and off TVs and radios. A few tips: Alternate the times and rooms you place them in. Motion detectors are also used to turn on appliances and lights if someone enters your home. It is unsafe to enter a dark home or apartment. This may not assure you will never be a victim of a crime, but the more deterrents you put in the way of the thief that is intent on committing a crime the better. Source: http://www.beyondidentitytheft.com/home-security-lighting.html
  • Halloween Safety for October 31 Our neighborhood swarms with ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses on Halloween evening. We urge all residents to practice excellent common sense and extra attention to safety precautions so that all enjoy the evening. Please be especially cautious this day whether on foot or in cars. Tips from National Crime Prevention Council can be found on their web site. Please visit for their important tips. Source: http://www.ncpc.org/programs/crime-prevention-month/ crime-prevention-month-and-halloween

Committee Updates

Core Committee Meeting


Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 PM Park Pavilion

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Monthly Board Meeting


Thursday, October 17, 2013
1:30 PM KB Office

The KB Office is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd, Suite #200 Austin, TX 78750. If you are unable to attend the meetingyou can call in at 1 – 866 – 244 – 8528 using the passcode 300559

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6:00 PM Park Pavilion


Neighborhood Watch invites you to celebrate National Night Out in Waterleaf! Tuesday, October 1, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join us at the Pool Pavilion Park. We will have hot dogs and drinks along with a few games and prizes! Come out and meet your neighbors!

Come celebrate with us!

Come celebrate with us!

Please note….This event is taking the place of original plans of Oct. 5, that event is cancelled. Also note there will be no other meeting in October.

We will begin posting the DAM Report to the website at http://www.waterleaffalls.com monthly, sent to us by the Kyle Police Department. The monthly report shows police activity in the neighborhood.

Be safe….. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly and Geri-Ann.

Social Committee Meeting

Monday, October 21, 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

A Waterleaf Halloween

Saturday, October 26, 2013
3:00 PM Park Pavilion

Waterleaf Halloween

Activities planned include a bounce house, cookie decorating, and many other activities for all residents to enjoy. The costume contests will be held at 3:30pm. So be on time to be judged as there will be prizes for all age groups winners. There will be some goodies provided by social committee and volunteers. Feel free to bring treats to share if you wish.

We are in need of a few volunteers to help setup as well as monitor a few activities at this event. Please e-mail us if you are interested in helping.

Notice: Newsletter Error and Reprint

Greetings Residents,

You may have noticed that the latest newsletter had a duplicate page in it. According to Goodwin there was a malfunction with the printers. A correct copy of the newsletter was sent out yesterday (5th) at no additional cost to us. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Have a great day and God Bless!

Eric Bauer
Waterleaf
Resident Board Member

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.

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 waterleafboard@gmail.com.

Thanks!

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

 

 

Back2SchoolHeader

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 www.hayscisd.net 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

Immunizations

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

Directions

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!

Hoopers
Malcolm Brown
Desmond Brown
Rebekah Brown
Tommie Brown

BLOCK CAPTAINS NEEDED

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 waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com.

Coffee

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 waterleafwelcome@gmail.com
 

 

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 waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com 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 waterleafsocial@gmail.com 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.