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To ensure the safety of all students at WBE AIA, faculty and staff will be verifying identification of adults picking up students from school and matching to those listed as authorized to pick up child. Please make sure that you and anyone picking up your child from school bring their personal identification card (ex: driver’s license) every time. Even though your child’s teacher may be able to identify you, at any time a substitute or other faculty member could be dismissing your child. We appreciate your support in following guidelines for student safety.

Move-a-thon Fundraiser Kicks-off Thurs, Sept 1st!

Please look for the fundraising Pledge Packet coming home this week and support our school by helping your child Register and gather pledges for the Move-a-thon! It’s so much better than catalog sales and 95% of donations stay at our school. Funds raised pay for field trips, classroom materials, school equipment, and fun family programs all year long! MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Families are invited to come cheer on their kids at our FUN Move-a-thon event: Friday, Sept 23rd! Register your student(s) TODAY, share with family/friends and get all the details here: thegetmovingcrew.com.

Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy is under construction to bring some exciting changes to our campus in the new school year. Here are some pictures of what is going on to give you a “sneak” peek.

20160725_081649 Our initials in a creative way to go with the changes in our office.

.20160721_091345 The start of the stage in our cafeteria.

20160803_164121 The next step….

20160721_092054 Our playground in back.

20160803_164944 Playground in front.

20160803_163440 Green screen in the Theater Room

20160803_163446 Starting of the black box section in the Theater Room


20160803_163558 Custodial Staff working hard to get the floors ready.

20160803_163708 Carpeting in the Keyboarding Room.

20160803_164050 Mirrors and bars in the Dance Studio.

  • Returning students for 2016-2017 school year – August 15-26, 2016
  • New students registration for 2016-2017 school year

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Wells Branch Elementary Families,

Please stop by to visit our new “Mediterranean Garden” in the far corner of the courtyard (near sidewalk to the portables). It is absolutely beautiful in every way! The Garden is in memory of Pravin “Chandra” Patel. Pravin “Chandra” Patel volunteered with the garden program at WBE from the very beginning.  He worked with students, teaching classes and assisting the Farmer’s Market.   When the Farmer’s Market was saving their money from year to year, trying to save up enough to buy the greenhouse, he made up the difference so they could go ahead and get the greenhouse.  Chandra loved working with the children, and teaching them gardening. Two years ago, Chandra was diagnosed with cancer.  He passed away last summer. His family suggested in lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the school’s garden.

Rather than the money being spent on little items, the wonderful WBE Garden Club thought a “Mediterranean Garden”, with things to “taste-touch-smell” would please the children and be a living tribute to Chandra. Dianne Koehler, Dianna Gielstra, Shelley Palmer (representative from Earth’s Way Landscape Designs who donated numerous hours to this project), and Heather Johnson worked on plans last fall. With the approval of RRISD, they installed the beautiful garden.

The Garden could not have become a reality without the generous donation of time, effort and supplies from the following people/companies: Earth’s Way Landscape Design, Whittlesey Landscape Supplies Company, Cel Scapes, Jeaneane and Kearson McNulty donated gravel, Steve Wilson, Elizabeth Roach Barger, Cel Demasco, Shelley Palmer, Dianne Koehler, Heather Johnson, Lydie Hazard, Sara Wright, Johnson and Shu Ping Wu, Chris Connell, Sangina Malla, Mary Hendren, Jack Hendren, Dianna Gielstra, Nilaxi Parmar, Liz Range-Pendell, Lisa Ward, Steve Wilson, Mark Johnson, Peter Johnson, Sarah Slaughter and many children who lent a hand for any chore assigned (If we missed someone, our apologies).  Many, many thanks!!!

A bench (donated by 2015-2016 5th grade Farmer’s Market) and irrigation system are to follow in the near future.

Please do visit with your students. It is a quiet place, filled with peace and calmness- something we all need this time of year.  Mr. Patel will continue to touch children’s lives for many years to come. Also, “Garden hats off” to the wonderful Garden Club volunteers that not only enrich our minds, but our souls as well!!!

Jan Gray

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Wells Branch Elementary School
14650 Merriltown Road
Austin, Texas, 78728
Belinda Cini, Principal
Marco Pedraza, Asst. Principal

Phone Numbers

Main: 512-428-3400
Fax: 512-428-3490
Nurse: 512-428-3408
Attendance: 512-428-3402

Hours of Operation

Students: 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Office: 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.