International Day is this Friday!

On Friday, October 25th, we will celebrate International Day with a parade of nations, cultural performances, arts and crafts, and delicious food samplings from our five featured countries: Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Important Reminders:

Please send a lunch with your child. All students will be eating in their classrooms.

While all parents are invited to attend the parade in the 2nd and 3rd grade courtyards and on the gymnasium hardtop at 8:30 a.m., only those parents volunteering with crafts or at a food booth will be able to attend those portions of the day’s activities.

Parents can arrive as early as 7:15am. BHE has a new security scanning system for all guests. You MUST bring your driver’s license for the front office to scan and enter your information in the system. Be patient, we will have 3 lines set-up and will work to register everyone as fast as possible.

For food tastings, in case of food allergies or religious requirements, please talk to your child about what they can/cannot have. IMPORTANT!!!!! These foods may have been manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts, milk, wheat, eggs and soy.

For Parade Participants:
Please send your child to school dressed in costume. They will go to their classrooms in the morning as usual. Please send a change of clothes for after the parade.

Thank you!

International Day Chairs
Katie Hazeldine, Kayley Isgur, Amy Kuykendall, Angie McBeth, Jennifer Sander, & Anne Sellis

Red Ribbon Week

 

The National Red Ribbon Week is Monday, October 21st – Friday, October 25th

This year’s theme is “Send a Message—Stay Drug Free!”

The Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Let’s all join together and raise awareness within our BHE community!

 

Here are the themes for each day:

 

Monday, October 21 – Love yourself. Be drug free! – Wear as much RED as possible and girls wear red ribbons in hair!

Tuesday, October 22 – SOCK it to drugs – Wear crazy/mismatched socks.

Wednesday, October 23 – I’m too BRIGHT for drugs – Wear neon or bright colors.

Thursday October 24 – Drugs can’t find ME! – Wear camouflage.

Friday October 25 – Hand in hand, Team up against drugs – Wear BHE spirit shirts or favorite team’s shirt (after International Day Parade).

Veterans Day Program

     

VETERANS DAY AT BUNKER HILL ELEMENTARY

The Fourth Grade will perform a Veterans Day program on November 11th. The school performance will be held at 9:00 a.m. under the pavilion. The family and friends performance will be in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. Please extend an invitation to your family members and friends who are veterans. Veterans are invited to either performance. Please let us know if you or your guest is a veteran so that we may recognize them.
We will be creating a Wall of Honor filled with bricks representing our veteran family members and friends of BHE students. If you would like a brick to represent a veteran in your family or a friend, please create one on a sheet of cardstock computer paper and send it to Devin at the front office. Guidelines are: White letter size paper (8.5 x 11in)

Name of Military Family Member or Friend (this should be the largest text)
Branch of Service (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy)
Rank and Dates of Service and/or War they served in (if known)
Names of related students at BHE

You can keep it simple or add a photo, patriotic decorations such as ribbons, stickers or add a border of stars & stripes. When we receive this form, we will display it in the cafeteria. We hope that you will participate by allowing us to honor our veterans. The Wall of Honor will be posted for us to enjoy through the month of November.

We are putting together a video slide show with pictures of our veterans and their families from BHE at our assembly. Please send your pictures to Stephanie.benavides@springbranchisd.com for the video. For more information, contact me for questions.

Sincerely,
Deanna Kolde, Music Teacher Deanna.kolde@springbranchisd.com

Spelling Bee

Attention Spellers! We are preparing all students for our 13th annual Bunker Hill School Spelling Bee! The process begins with class Spelling Bees for grades 3-5 on Tuesday, October 29th. Study lists will be going home on Monday, October 7th and all words are also available on the PTA website.

Two representatives from each class grades three through five will receive a spelling bee t-shirt and will compete in our whole school Spelling Bee to be held on Thursday, November 21st at 8:45 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, jill.melancon@springbranchisd.com

Please click HERE for the level 1 spelling words

Please click HERE for the level 2 spelling words

Studio BHE News!

The details for Studio BHE are moving and grooving into place; we can’t keep all the secrets to ourselves any longer!

 

 

 

Click HERE for the latest Studio BHE Announcements!

 

 

Thanks to you!

Thanks to You!

 

Thank you to everyone who helped out this month!

 

To the Book Fair chairs: Izzy Fort, Britain Garner, Carly Lee, Lindsey Martin and Lisa Podraza for planning an Out of This World school-wide event; the kick-off party was a blast and Special Friends Day was loved by all; to Tammy Holley for her efforts in making Book Fair so special and the library such a wonderful environment for all our children; and to So Many dedicated volunteers that worked throughout the week;

To Coach Lassiter for coordinating and leading the charge in our Walk to School Day;

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

To Davis Griffin and Kathryn Roark for working tirelessly to create an awesome school directory;

 

Emily Paulson

PTA President

 

5th Day Colonial Day – Volunteers Needed!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all 5th grade parents. Join us Friday, November 15th for a fun-filled day in Colonial America. On this day, students are asked to dress in Colonial attire and spend the day learning hands-on how to make things such as butter, candles, dolls and silhouettes. They will also learn about food the colonists ate, discover how they treated illness, and hear about military life from a colonial soldier.

This is an all-day event that needs your help. Click HERE to sign up. Morning and afternoon opportunities are available. Or, for even more Colonial fun, stay all day! Volunteers are also needed Wednesday, November 13th to assist students in sewing items to be worn on Friday.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Your Colonial Day Chairs:
Donna Marshall – d_gracie@yahoo.com
Katie Mattingly – katiemattingly@att.net
Tahra Peterson – tpeterson@sjs.org
Elizabeth Schwieder – eschwieder@me.com

ALL-NEW BOX TOPS

No More Clipping: Scan Your Receipt

We collect box tops for our Sister School, Thornwood Elementary! Box tops has just introduced a more convenient way to help schools in real time.

1. Download the App

2. Create an account (or log in). Please select Thornwood

 Elementary (14400 Fern Dr. Houston, TX)

3. Scan your receipt within 14 DAYS of purchase

4. Earn cash for Thornwood!

***Traditional Box Top Clips: We are accepting the traditional box top clips. Please send to your child’s teacher or put in the Box Top bin in the PTA workroom during the month of October.

Click here to learn more!

New Electronic Reimbursement Process!

We are excited to announce a new electronic process to request reimbursement or payment of a bill. For complete instructions, please click HERE and carefully read and follow the steps. When you are ready to fill out and submit your request, click HERE for the form! You can always find the form and instructions under PTA Forms on the BHE PTA website. Any questions regarding this process, please email Michelle Rigo at the BHE Treasurer’s address at bhetreasurer1@gmail.com. (Please ONLY use bhereimbursements@gmail.com  for submitting reimbursement requests and not general Treasurer questions. Thank you!)

 Highlights of the new process:

  • Please read the complete instructions before your first time submitting a request electronically.
  • Email your reimbursement or bill pay request to bhereimbursements@gmail.com.
  • Download or save the Reimbursement Request Form as a PDF from the PTA website using your computer (it will not save from a cell phone; do not fill it out directly from the website – it won’t save your info).
  • Email the completed form and a PDF or picture of your receipt to the new reimbursements email.
  • Paper envelopes and receipts are still okay (found in PTA workroom).
  • As always, Deposits should be turned into VP Long Range Planning, Cathy Schuetze (deposit box found in PTA workroom).

GT Referral Information

The Gifted and Talented referral window will be open from September 18-October 21, 2019. A link for the referral will be available soon on the district’s Gifted and Talented page linked here. 

 

For questions regarding the GT referral and identification process please visit the website linked above. If you have further questions, you can contact Jerry Roberts, the substitute counselor.

Family Photo Sessions with Fred!

Support BHE 2020 Studio BHE and sign up for a spot to have your family photographed by professional photographer Fred Keinz. Photo sessions are 15 minutes and taken in the lovely front yard of of the Harris Family. You will be able to select the photo you want to be used for the auction brochure and receive one 5×7 print. Price is $150 payable by check to “Bunker Hill PTA”. After images are ready you will have the option to order holiday cards, reprints and enlargements at an additional cost. Click HERE to secure your spot!

 

 

Alternatively, you can submit your own family photograph. Price is $150 and your photo will be included in the Auction Brochure. You can submit your photo digitally to bunkerhillauction@gmail.com with subject line “Auction Brochure Family Photo”. Then leave your check in the PTA workroom, Auction mailbox.

5th Grade Washington DC Trip

Attention 5th Grade Parents,


Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the 5th Grade trip to Washington DC! Every year we take a group of 5th graders to Washington DC and surrounding areas in June following the end of school. The trip is coordinated through School Tours of America. This year’s trip will be May 30, 2020 to June 3, 2020. Here are some of the highlighted stops:
• Colonial Williamsburg, VA
• Jamestown, VA
• Charlottesville, VA – Monticello Tour
• Washington DC: Capitol Hill, Smithsonian, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, various memorials and landmarks, and more!

Registration is now available through the School Tours of America website. You might even consider traveling with your child for a special trip to culminate the 5th Grade year and study of American History!

You can register online at www.schooltoursofamerica.com using our BHE trip number: #9457. All you need to register is a $99 registration fee. The trip can be paid out over the course of the school year. I hope you will consider this fabulous, fun-filled opportunity!  Feel free to come to find out more information!

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS DECEMBER 5TH!

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Holley or Story Clements. tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com
story.clements@springbranchisd.com

Support Our School Every Time You Shop!

Every time you shop at Randall’s, you could be earning money for BHE, just by buying your regular groceries! You can link our unique Good Neighbor Number, which is 2502, to your Randall’s Remarkable card and help us raise funds! Connect our number to your Remarkable card online at www.randalls.com by signing in (create an account if it’s your first time) and then clicking on the Good Neighbor Program.

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety Plan

Please click HERE for letter from SBISD Chief of Police

Reflections

This year the national reflection theme is “Look Within.” Students can submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Rules and student entry forms can be found here. One family member must be a member of the PTA to enter the contest. The deadline for submitting entries will be October 25th by 3 pm in the PTA workroom. Please contact Jennifer Selzer, jenpselzer@gmail.com or visit www.txpta.org/programs/reflections for additional information.

Sister School: Thornwood

 

 

Interested in helping out our sister school, Thornwood Elementary?! Please sign up here to learn about all the ways in which we help them through the year.

Transportation Protocol – Updated

NEW TIMES!  SBISD had over twenty bell schedules in existence which made bus transportation very difficult. There will now only be TWO elementary bell schedules district wide. We selected a start time of 7:50 (instead of 7:20).

Our first bell dismissing students from the gym and the cafeteria will be at 7:45.  Our second bell marking your student tardy will be at 7:50.  BHE TV begins at 7:50.  Plan ahead!

Carpool will be open from 7:20 to 7:45. Gates will be locked (even on rainy days) promptly at 7:45. ALL late students (carpool, walkers, bikers, etc.) will have to be signed in by a parent at the front window after 7:50. This is a MAJOR CHANGE. Please plan ahead – you will need to be in the carpool line by 7:25 or your child will be late. Classroom instruction begins promptly at 7:50 am. Thank you for supporting us in getting EVERY CHILD to class ON TIME!!

Click the link below for a map showing how to get from the front of the school (main entrance) to the back of the school (carpool).

BHE_Round_The_Back 

iKids U After-School at BHE

Registration is going on now for the 2019 – 2020 School Year! iKids U offers a variety of after-school opportunities onsite at BHE, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services. Customize your child’s after-school schedule with part-time and full-time options from 1 to 5 days per week. Siblings attending Wildcat Way may be eligible to attend iKids at BHE. Please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or info@ikidsinc.com with any questions. Visit www.ikidsinc.com for more information.

Click HERE for the registration form.

Spanish for Fall

Early Language Learners is beginning its fourteenth year of Spanish instruction at BHE! Our mission is to teach Spanish to elementary school kids using methods that prepare them for middle and high school courses. We pursue all four areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. And it’s FUN. Games and music and comradery are cornerstones for our efforts at BHE.

It’s been a privilege to see some of our ELL now in high school taking AP Spanish classes and even thinking of pursuing Spanish beyond the required hours in college.

Classes are held every Thursday after school and are grouped by grade level.

We look forward to answering questions you may have.

Registration and other information can be found at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

Are you receiving messages through Messenger?

BHE Friends and Families,

Messenger is the quickest way for Bunker Hill to reach ALL families with updates or important news. Families need to update their Skyward information each year and anytime there is a change. You won’t want to miss out on learning what’s going on at Bunker Hill! Signed Up but not receiving them?

1. Please make sure that you check your spam folders to see if my messages may have accidentally gone into the wrong folder or that you may have opted out on accident.

2. Update your information: The only way to make sure you are receiving communications through Messenger is to make sure your Skyward information is up to date. You can update your information as a returning family at this link: https://www.springbranchisd.com/studentsfamilies/back-to-school/registration

Warmest regards,

Dana Johnson Principal

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