Noche de Fiesta Brochure Pictures

auctionDid you miss the opportunity to take an auction brochure photo with Fred Keinz or do you have a picture of you own you’d like to submit? Whether it’s a silly candid or a professional photo, whether it’s of your entire family or just the kids we’d love to have you be a part of the 2016 Auction Brochure.
Email your high resolution photo to
The cost is $150 and checks made payable to BHE PTA. You can either drop it in the Auction box in the PTA workroom or mail to Emily Paulson at 11926 Taylorcrest Rd
Photos need to be received by December 15th.

Yearbook Deadline

Yearbooks order now bottom fixedDON’T MISS THE MEMORIES!!

Please check this LIST to make sure you have ordered your BHE Yearbook. If your name is NOT on this list, you have not ordered a 2015-2016 yearbook.
The deadline to guarantee your order is January 25, 2016. After that, orders will be filled on availability of excess yearbooks. But don’t wait, because we sold out last year!!

Click HERE to Order your yearbook online. Cost is $35 each

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Wendy Egger –

Christmas Tree Recycling

tree recycle


Click here to participate.

Custodial and Cafeteria Holiday Gift

giftHelp us say “THANK YOU” to our wonderful custodial and cafeteria staff by donating to their holiday gift. Their countless hours to feed and clean up after our children is such an important job. Donations will be collected in a the jar labeled “Custodial and Cafeteria Holiday Gift” in the reception area (aka Devin’s office).

November Thank-Yous

thank youWith Thanksgiving approaching this week, I can’t help but think about how thankful I am for all the wonderful BHE volunteers. It has been a busy month and we have much to be thankful for at Bunker Hill.

To Amanda Davison, our Corresponding Secretary, for spreading sunshine around our BHE community and taking good care of our families through correspondence and kind gestures:

To Ashley Pyles for a great Red Ribbon Week decorations and a fun, meaningful week for our students;

To Fred Keinz for donating his time and talent to photograph Bunker Hill families for the Auction brochure; to Alice Hopkins and Emily Paulson for coordinating the photo sessions; and to Laurie and Dean McKenzie for the use of their lovely yard as the setting for the photographs;

To the International Day Committee Chairs: Allison Brandt, Wendi Duty, Jackie Jenvey, Jennifer Mountjoy, and Kristie Van Arsdel, and Co-Chairs Minda Caesar, Noteel Koss, Hilary Howard, Amy Norris, and Anne Sellis, and all the parent volunteers for a FANTASTIC parade and activity filled day for our students to learn about different cultures,

To Brenda Pounds, Katie Moses and Susan Wienert for coordinating the coat drive and Box Tops for Thornwood;

To Lindsey Martin, Olivia Porter, Margaret Murphy and Erin Goddard for leading the always entertaining 2nd Grade Birds Play,

To Allison Martin and Lori Maddox for leading the new and exciting 4th Grade Program,

To Kingsley Andrews, Shannon Childress and Lisa Transou for coordinating a fun and educational Colonial Day for our 5th graders and to the following Colonial Day event chairs: Kara Barrow-Doll Making, Stacy Coneley-Candle Making, Amanda Davison–Pomanders, Kate Grossman & Laura Hall–Silhouettes, Sheri Keeling–Food, –Johnnycakes, Melanie Fowler–Games, Alice Hopkins–Medicine, Sheri Howard & Katie Moses–Sewing, Sabrina Villegas-Lunch Set Up and the many volunteers who made Colonial Day run so smoothly;

To those parents who brought food for the November Teacher Appreciation lunch and to the fabulous Teacher Appreciation Committee (Kara Barrow, Nancy Carney, Kerri Kenne, Margaret Murphy, Kristin Parks, Cynthia Burcham, Anne Sellis, Amy Norris & Amy Kuykendall ) who coordinate the lunches;

To Amanda Davison, Webmaster, and Brenda Pounds, E-blast Chair, for keeping our website up to date and informed with our weekly emails.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful to be part of the BHE community. Melanie Beck, PTA President

School Bell Award Nominations

school bell Each year, SBISD Council of PTA’s presents the School Bell Award to an outstanding educator who best promotes the objectives of PTA and is an advocate for all children. PTA President, Melanie Beck, is asking for nominations from PTA members.  To nominate a teacher or staff member, click here to submit a short form explaining why your chosen individual should be Bunker Hill’s nominee for the School Bell Award this year.  Previous recipients of the School Bell Award are as follows:

2015     Ashley Cernosek
2014     Susie Kneppler
2013     Pam Pennington
2012     Liz Eikenberg
2011     Amy Mason
2010     Lisa Luce
2009     Tammy Holley
2008     Katherine Kyle

Please be sure to include your name and email in the event we have follow up questions.  Feel free to get the kids involved in writing these paragraphs.  Nominations are due December 4th.

Let MHS Theatre’s Kids Kamp Entertain Your Kids While You Do Your Holiday Shopping!

memorial mustang croppedSave the date for Memorial High School Theatre’s Kids Kamp on Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Knock out some holiday shopping while MHS Theatre entertains your little Mustang! At 2:30 p.m., Kids Kamp participants will perform with the actors onstage in Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. The $40 price includes a t-shirt, snack, and one ticket to the show for one parent of a registered camper. Campers should bring a sack lunch. Please contact Nicole Morgan,, or Leslie Larberg,, for more information, or fill out and send in the registration form.

Even if you can’t join us for camp, don’t miss the performance of Aladdin, Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic and mayhem and featuring your favorite characters from the hit Disney film—Genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, more! Tickets are $10 and are available at

Host a Party for the 2016 Auction!

auctionHEY PARTY PEOPLE! Did you know that parties are one of the single largest contributors to the success of our annual auction? Do you love to entertain and have a fun idea for an auction party? Please consider grabbing some friends and hosting a party to be sold at auction on March 5, 2016! If you are interested in being a party host, please fill out the Host-A-Party Form (you can find it HERE) and return it to Elizabeth Schwieder (, our 2016 auction party coordinator extraordinaire. The deadline for inclusion in the auction brochure is January 29th. Thank you for helping make our upcoming 2016 auction a success!

BHE Spelling Bee

Spelling BeeIt’s that time again! We are preparing all students for our 7th annual Bunker Hill School Spelling Bee! The process begins with Class Spelling Bees for grades 1-5 on Wednesday, December 2nd. Grade level study lists will be going home on Monday, November 9th and all grade level words are available HERE.

The winners from each class grades one and two will participate in a Primary Spelling Bee on Wednesday, December 9th. The top three spellers from the Primary Spelling Bee will receive a t-shirt and advance to the whole school Spelling Bee.

Two representatives from each class grades three through five will receive a t-shirt and will compete in our whole school Spelling Bee to be held on Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00 in the cafeteria. Parents are encouraged to attend! The winner and runner-up of this bee go on to represent Bunker Hill at the District Spelling Bee.

Please enjoy the process of preparing for this event. Remember, your child is allowed to ask for a word to be repeated, its definition, usage in a sentence and origin of language.

If you have any questions please contact Jill Melancon at

International Day ~ Thank you

international day.svg.medThank you to all who helped make International Day a success. This day is only made possible because of the many volunteers who give of their time and talents. Thank you to our food booth chairs Lara Finnila, Karen Fraser, Zena Ismail, Dana Johnson, Sunwha Kim, Insoon Paek, and Dipti Patel, music teacher Ms. Fair, health fitness teachers Coach Lassiter and Coach Sciaraffa, school counsellor Sondra Durham, librarian Tammy Holley, nurse Celia Douthit, Principal Valerie Muniz, Assistant Principal Erika Rodriguez, BHE TV Coordinator Jill Melancon, Custodian Angelina Rojas, Administrators Devin Estrada, Claudia Puente & Renee Mahoney, and the wonderful BHE staff, teachers, parents, and children.

We thank you. Merci. Tak. Shokran. Kamsahabnida.
Chairs Allison Brandt, Wendi Duty, Jackie Jenvey, Jennifer Mountjoy, Kristie Van Arsdel Co Chairs Minda Caesar, Noteel Koss, Hilary Howard, Amy Norris & Anne Sellis

Teacher Appreciation Luncheons ~ Help Needed

teacher appreciation - thumbnailOur wonderful staff has enjoyed delicious lunches each month. Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed. The Teacher Appreciation Committee could not do this without you, and the staff really appreciates this treat each month. The committee still has a few spots that need to be filled for November. Please consider signing up here.

MHS Freshman Garage Sale

Garage Sale School Flier - Collection Days 10.16


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Box Tops Update

boxtops1Congratulations to the 5th grade for collecting the most Box Tops this Fall! They have won a popsicle party for the entire grade. Thank you to all those that turned in Box Tops! The BHE community collected 4,100 Box Tops which equals $410 for our sister school, Thornwood Elementary. Start clipping now as we will have another contest in the Spring!

New Teacher Inservice Days

calendarThe district has announced two new teacher inservice days for elementary schools: December 3 and February 25. Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm on both days.

GT Information for Parents

GTThere will be an informational meeting about the SBISD School for Highly Gifted Students on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 5:00-6:00 PM at Valley Oaks Elementary School, 8390 Westview Drive, in the VOE campus library. This meeting is designed for adult participants. It will offer information on the elementary and secondary programs.

Change of Thanksgiving Menu

luncheonNotice of Menu Change for Thanksgiving: Due to the ongoing Avian Flu affecting the turkey harvest this year, we’ve been informed by the USDA that the availability of turkey products will be severely limited. So much so that our vendors have canceled our orders for this year for all turkey products that we have available for our annual Thanksgiving Meal. As such, we will be substituting our famous Oven Baked Chicken for turkey this year.

Volunteer Information

volunteersThis is a friendly reminder to those who volunteer in our schools and throughout the district.

All volunteers must register online at the SBISD website every year and pass a criminal background check. All volunteers must register and gain approval before starting volunteer service each year. If you were approved to volunteer during the 2014-15 school year, your status was valid until October 1, 2015. After that point, all returning volunteers need to be re-registered and approved for the 2015-16 school year. The system was reset September 30, 2015 and all volunteers must reregister before being allowed on campus.

Volunteers are encouraged to apply early so your application can process prior to the start of the new school year. Please allow 8-10 days for the criminal background check process to occur. Once approved as a volunteer, please contact Devin Estrada at Bunker Hill Elementary School to begin your service.

Volunteers must bring a valid, government issued ID the first time they volunteer on campus to have it scanned into the V-Soft system. Each time you are on campus thereafter, SBISD requires volunteers and visitors to wear a V-Soft issued name badge.

Thank you for recognizing that the safety of our schools, our students and our volunteers is of the utmost importance!

Please click on the link below to take you directly to the application. It takes less than 5 minutes to fill out! Our staff and students appreciate all you do and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again this year!

Coats for Thornwood

images-9Cooler weather is here and it is time think about bundling up to stay warm. Each year we collect gently used or new coats for our sister school Thornwood Elementary. Collection boxes will be located at the carpool circle and by the front office. Thank you for your generosity!

October Thank Yous

thank youIt takes a village to keep the BHE PTA running. Thanks to all of those who have helped this month:

To Megan Parker, VP Underwriting, for a successful underwriting campaign; and to all those families and community businesses who so generously contributed;

To Mary Chaffin and Amy Hampton for staying on top of our finances and preparing our operating budget, which was approved at the PTA meeting;

To Rebecca Howard for chairing the PTA membership drive in which approximately 450 members joined, including 100% participation by our dedicated teachers and staff;

To all the PTA committee chairs who completed the Plan of Work;

To Kate Grossman and Kelly Basham for organizing and coordinating our room parents;

To Allison Martin and Lori Maddox for scheduling and training our library volunteers;

To Rebecca Howard for coordinating and training our Copy Volunteers and our Office Volunteers;

To the Book Fair chairs: Carrie Ramm, April Hiemstra, Elizabeth Kimzey, Ali Survant, and Sara Lindsay for planning a fun and successful event; it was a fun-filled Twilight Hours evening and a memorable Special Friends Day; to Tammy Holley for her efforts in making Book Fair so special and the library such a wonderful environment for our children; and to all the many dedicated volunteers that worked throughout the week;

To April Graham and Kristen Rabel for working tirelessly to produce our awesome school directory;

To the Newcomers Committee who have done a fabulous job welcoming new families to BHE; and

To Brenda Pounds, Susan Wienert and Katie Moses who have worked to get Community Service running smoothly; and

To those parents who brought items to help make the September and October teacher appreciation luncheons delightfully delicious!


5th Grade Parents Needed

volunteers neededThe Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit is engaging travel exhibit that will be coming to BHE on Wednesday, January 27th! It features six self contained stations with curriculum-based, hands on activities about energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. Every 5th grade class will be rotating though the centers for one and a 1/2 hours and we need 6 volunteers to help during each rotation! Please sign up HERE to volunteer for a time slot if you are a registered SBISD volunteer.

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