Bryker Woods Elementary is “exemplary” across the board!

In a recent AISD evaluation “Campus Evaluation of Performance in Community and Student Engagement” Bryker Woods scored “exemplary” across the board. The nine Factors are: fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, 21st Century Workforce Development programs, second language acquisition programs, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for gifted and talented students, and compliance with statutory reporting requirements.


Is your child’s route to school dangerous?

Here’s how to let the city know if you have concerns about the safety of your child(ren) as they walk or ride their bike to school, we need your help!

The City has funds available to make traffic and safety improvements to our area, but we need your voice in order to help get to get our elementary schools and neighborhood at the front of the line for funding!

We kindly ask you to do TWO things:

1) Please enter your child’s route on this map, along with any concern areas.

2) Please attend this public meeting and let the city know your concerns!

Wednesday, December 6th
Murchison Middle School Cafeteria (3700 N. Hills Dr, 78731)
6:00-8:00 pm

For more information, please see the attached flyer, as well as the link below to a recent KXAN article.

Boy Scout Troop 9 is celebrating 100th anniversary

Boy Scout Troop 9 is celebrating their 100th anniversary September 02 2017 from 9am to 1pm at the Bryker Woods Elementary Scout Hut. Troop 9 friends, families and alumni are invited to join us to celebrate scouting, catch up with old friends and take a trip down memory lane. Scouting has been chartered by the Bryker Woods Elementary School PTA since 1939. If you were a scout or scouter at Bryker Woods or know of anyone who was, we’d love to hear from you. For more information and how to RSVP, please check the Troop 9 web site at

See Austin American Statesman Article! Now housed in a hut near Bryker Woods Elementary, the group was founded in 1917.

Tom Shefelman

Last December we recently lost a beloved neighborhood resident. Tom Shefelman was a long standing Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA) board member and contributed to the neighborhood in many ways. The graphic on the banner of the website was created by Tom. A streetscape image reflecting the simplicity, refined elegance and modesty of the Bryker Woods neighborhood. Recently the BWNA donated to the Bryker Woods Elementary library a complete collection of children’s books illustrated by our neighbor, the late Tom Sheffleman and authored by his wife, Janice. A legacy of Tom and his wife left for our school children. Thank you Tom and Janice Shefelman. We will truly miss you Tom.

Learn more about Tom Shefelman (pulled from

Austin architect contributed modernist buildings to city’s landscape. The late designer and teacher also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolors.

Thomas “Tom” Shefelman, who helped design several of Austin’s outstanding modernist buildings, died Wednesday at 89. Seattle-born Shefelman, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolor scenes from his travels, often in tandem with his wife, Janice Shefelman, who survives him. Among his contributions to the cityscape are the Starr Building, built for American National Bank and later renovated for the McGarrah Jessee advertising firm at Colorado and West Sixth streets. He loved designing churches, including the soaring Central Presbyterian Church at Brazos and East Eighth streets. Many of his projects — such as the Norwood Tower, Stephen F. Austin Hotel and Travis County’s courthouse — took the form of renovations. Also an urban planner who served on many Austin commissions, Shefelman taught for years at UT, as Wayne Bell, long the dean of Austin preservation architects, recalls. “The few times that we participated on projects together — and during our times carrying on the job of educating young architects — I always found him to be a truly decent person,” Bell said. “His interest in education was exemplary, and to participate with him on joint ventures always confirmed my respect for him.” Shefelman passed away quietly, surrounded by family and friends, retelling old jokes and stories. “My dad’s creations flowed from his head and hands like radiating shimmering beams of form and light and color,” his son, Dan Shefelman, said. “He taught me the love of making things. He called them ‘shapes and spaces.’ I will miss him terribly and pass along that gift in his name.” “He was my first and best art teacher,” said his other son, Karl Shefelman. “He taught me how to truly see the world as an artist, and I will carry his wisdom and talent forward in my own art, heart and mind as long as I live. Dad touched so many people worldwide with his beautiful architecture, drawings and creative genius. And yet, despite all this, he was an incredibly humble man with a stoic, self-effacing humor.”

It’s My Park Day @ Bryker Woods Elementary! – Sunday Nov 6th

Mark your calendars for Bryker Woods Elementary School Urban Forest Grant Planting Day!

2:00-4:00 pm Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Description Bryker Woods Elementary School received an Urban Forest Grant through the Community Foundation of Austin this past Spring. Sunday, November 6th, 2016 is planting day! 26 native trees including shade trees and understory trees will provide erosion control to the 34th street side of the school where watershed into Shoal Creek is a major issue. Trees selected were purchased from Texas Native Nursery and selected by both Jason Traweek and Lisa Schissler, AISD Forester and also add wildlife food to the area.

Please come out to our campus and help contribute to Austin’s Urban Forest!

Tree Planting Tasks:

• Plant 26 10-20 gallon Trees
• Place T-Posts and proper ties to support Trees
• Mulch 26 Trees
• Arrange Tree Bubblers around trees installed by Cougar Irrigation on November 5th

Additional Tasks in need of help:

• Clean up School Garden for the year
• Use pavers in front of school to make a foundation and pathway to areas where water ponds

With your help, students of Bryker Woods Elementary School will subsequently be measuring and adding these trees plus other campus trees to the Austin Open Tree Map through our STEAM Lab! As well, students can begin using the garden for Spring Planting!

>>> Register at

Make History! Bryker Woods 75TH Anniversary Donor Brick Campaign

Last Call! Deadline for bricks has been extended however final call is being made. Order your brick soon before this historic opportunity escapes. See link below for ordering details.

Join us in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Bryker Woods Elementary by giving our beloved school a well-deserved makeover! Over the years, the front entrance area has become worn and shabby; rusty bike racks, waste receptacles, uneven pavement and large mechanical systems clutter the entry to our school. Our goal is to transform this entire area into usable space and create an inviting entrance with a central seating area, secure bicycle parking, and functional, aesthetic improvements to service areas.

See rendering and plans for new front entrance! BrykerwoodsElementaryRenderingPlans


To fund this ambitious project, the Bryker Woods PTA is holding a Donor Brick Campaign to raise $75K in this 75th year! A limited number of commemorative bricks, engraved with your personal message, are available for purchase. Have your family’s name or the name of a favorite teacher or alumni etched into our new entry plaza! These bricks make great permanent gifts and are a fitting tribute to the many students, teachers, staff, families and others who have contributed so much to make Bryker Woods Elementary the “best school in our town”.


Various brick sizes and donation levels are available so that everyone may participate. We are looking to spread the word to all past Bryker Woods families and neighbors about this amazing project. Please help us by passing this email along to someone you know who loves Bryker Woods Elementary!

Have questions? contact

Order details & form at