COMMUNITY VOICE KLA Schools of
Opens Early 2020
S W E E T WA T E R
Opening in early 2020, KLA Schools of Sweetwater will cater to children ranging from infants to pre-kindergarteners with a unique learning environment based on the Reggio Emilia approach, a teaching philosophy that originated in Italy after World War II. As the first KLA Schools franchise in the Austin area, KLA Schools of Sweetwater will introduce STEM and Art Ateliers. Atelier is a French word for studio, and these Ateliers will serve as learning extensions outside of the classroom. The STEM Atelier is designed to inspire kids to explore and collaborate in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. In the Art Atelier, students will creatively interpret and express their imaginations in 2D and 3D media such as paint and clay. The Piazza will be a common place of meeting with furniture imported from Italy. Featuring a layout that has a pedagogical, or teaching, connotation, the Piazza will support the formation of relationships and public identity. All facets of the school’s curriculum are inspired by the historically proven Reggio Emilia approach, named for the Italian village where it originated. The approach strives to educate the whole child in academics and extracurricular activities such as music, foreign languages, martial arts and dance. Beyond academics, the approach focuses on building social-emotional intelligence through
real-world experiences. It has been proven to help develop self-confidence, self-regulation, superior critical-thinking abilities, empathy, mindfulness, and invaluable problem-solving techniques. The school will also include a 17,000-squarefoot outdoor area, with natural and organic playground equipment and structures designed to develop motor skills and stimulate creativity. The outdoor area will include a mini golf course and a preserved natural tree imported from Canada, offering kids the chance to climb and explore. Beyond the Pre-K level, the school plans to add a transitional level for kindergarten-bound students for Fall 2020.
For KLA Schools of Sweetwater owners Sanam and Anup Madampath, opening the school fulfills a dream they’ve had since moving to Sweetwater in 2018 with their daughters, Sanjana and Aria. Sanam, who worked for five years as a certified Montessori teacher locally, will direct the daily operations of the school. She also holds a National Administrator Credential. “From the very beginning, Sweetwater was a very warm and welcoming community, where your neighbors truly want to know you and help you,“ said Sanam.
The school’s approximately 11,500-square-foot building will include nine classrooms. In addition to certified teachers, the staff will include an onsite chef who will prepare healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
Now Open TER
KLA Schools of Sweetwater has opened an admissions center next to the school building, which is under construction. OPEN M-F, 9 am to 6 pm (512) 900-3581 18101 State Highway 71 West
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KLA Schools of Sweetwater will join the highly regarded Lake Travis Independent School District schools serving Sweetwater.
News from Newland: How Sweetwater Preserves Hill Country Trees
Frequently Asked Questions
Things to Do Around Town
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ASKED QUESTIONS 1
Can I rent the Amenity Facilities at Sweetwater?
Please visit SweetwaterLife.com for more information. You may email sweetwatermanager@ goodwintx.com. Or can you can all the HOA office at 737-717-0305.
When will the new Overlook Club open?
Look for more information in the next Sweetwater Community Voice. You can always check for Community updates at SweetwaterLife.com
What days do trash/recycling get picked up?
Every Thursday for both. When do the trash/recycling bins need to go to the curb? No earlier than Wednesday afternoon. When do they need to be return to the house? Friday evening. Where can I store them? Out of sight – behind the fence/gate or in the garage.
May I park in the street?
During the daytime for no longer than four hours and no evening/overnight street parking.
News from Newland HOW SWEETWATER PRESERVES OUR:
Hill Country Trees
Drive through Sweetwater, and you can see large trees standing majestically in front of many homes.
Hill Country landscape,” said Rainer Ficken, vice president of development for Newland.
Look a little closer, and you might notice that quite a few homes and streets in Sweetwater don’t follow the typical uniform layout you find in many communities. Instead, streets wind and curve gently around trees, and homes seem to be designed and placed on their homesites so they can co-exist harmoniously with big, beautiful trees. This is no accident. Sweetwater has one of the strongest tree preservation programs of any community in Austin, with developer Newland working closely with homebuilders to preserve as many significant trees as possible. If a major tree appears to be in the path of construction, Newland attempts to work with the builder to reposition the home and to save the tree. “It’s a partnership with the builders to help preserve Sweetwater’s beautiful
In one of its newest neighborhoods, Hidden Springs, streets were laid out to preserve as many large existing trees as possible. The neighborhood was also designed to enhance access and views for the new Llano Stagecoach trail, which runs alongside it. “Sometimes moving a street just a few feet can save one or more significant trees,” Ficken said. Sweetwater also adds new trees, such as the beautiful 30-foot-tall Shumard Red Oak tree that now crowns the hilltop of the community’s newest park. In one of Sweetwater’s earliest stages of development, the developer worked carefully to save a rare Texas Madrone tree, estimated to be 800 years old. Today, this tree is one of the natural highlights along Sweetwater’s growing trail system.
Does Sweetwater have an Events Committee?
Yes! You can join the committee and help plan events for the community via email at sweetwaterlifestyle@goodwintxcom.
I am a business owner and would like to become a Community Sponsor. Where can I get information?
Please visit SweetwaterLife.com or contact Tom O’Grady via email Sweetwatermanager@ goodwintx.com for details.
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Sponsorship Has its Perks: • Business information/flyer displayed on SweetwaterLife.com website, and Sweetwater Residence Life Facebook page* • Display business information within the Sweetwater Clubhouse* • Logo and contact information rotated in Sweetwater Community Voice newsletter* • Promote your business in our ‘Welcome to Sweetwater’ Bags provided at new resident orientation • Opportunities to promote your business at Community Association events. Also, an opportunity to offer an exclusive activity to the residents in the Sweetwater Clubhouse (approved by the Community Association)* *Business must provide logo / info / flyer
Contact Shelly Livingston, Lifestyle Coordinator, at 737.717.0305, or email@example.com for details.
FACES OF SWEETWATER | RESIDENT PROFILE Q: Where are you from originally? A: I grew up in Texas, and being in a military family, Danny grew up in Korea, Germany, Texas, and Seattle.
and enjoy learning subjects like history and art with our girls. For non-work fun we love having people over and going on hikes.
Q: How did you come to live at Sweetwater?
Q: Favorite local place to go out on a date?
A: We were looking to move further south, and we like the nature in the area.
A: We are going to check out the Bee Cave Madam Ma’am’s which is a place I used to go to as a college student at UT.
Q: What are your favorite things about the community?
Q: What surprised you about living here?
A: The neighbors are super friendly. We love the family-friendly activities and the trails. Q: Tell us about your family. A: Our daughters 9 and 4 1/2 love to create things from cardboard boxes and do gymnastics. We home school
A: We didn’t realize the nearest Costco is 30 min away. Maybe that’s a good thing! Q: Can you share something very few people know about you?
Danny and Jenny Brown
A: Before children, we both enjoyed SCUBA diving.
AROUND TOWN | THINGS TO DO Tex Arts
Lake Travis Football
2300 Lohman’s Spur Suite 160, Austin www.tex-arts.org
6120 US HWY 290 East, Fredericksburg, TX www.altstadtbeer.com
3324 Ranch Rd 620 S, Austin, TX 78738 www.laketravisfootball.com
Lake Travis Performing Arts Center
Trail of Lights
Zilker Metropolitan Park, Austin www.austintexas.gov/event/trail-lights-2019event-schedule
Various locations, www.bookpeople.com
3322 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, 78738 www.ltisdschools.org/Page/76
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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 COMMUNITY EVENT CALENDAR NOVEMBER 1
Men’s Poker Night, 7:00-10:30 pm, Clubhouse
Austin Reptile Services, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Clubhouse
Economy and Financial Markets – Lewis Spellman, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pampering Escape – Anitra Torns 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
VIK Complete Care - Free Flu Shots 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Grand Opening Madrone Ridge 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
23 & 24 26
S.T.E.A.M. Classes – Tudor Dr 9:00 - 11:30 am
Sweetwater Holiday Market , 10:00 am 2:30 pm, Clubhouse/Pavilion Cookies with Santa, Mrs. Claus & the Elves, sponsored by the HOA & KLA School of Sweetwater, 1:00-3:00 pm, Clubhouse
*Events subject to change, see www.SweetwaterLife.com
Association Contact Tom O’Grady, Community Manager 17921 Sweetwater Club Circle Austin, TX 78738 Cell: 737-802-4533
NEW Office Hours M-F
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Watch for updates on upcoming events, community association news, new builder information and more. Between e-newsletters, stay connected to our community by visiting www.SweetwaterLife.com. Please send weekly requests to firstname.lastname@example.org