Principal’s Post

zestSpunk.  Pep.  Verve.  ZEST!  I can’t think of a better way to bring our semester to a close than with a focus on what it means to have a zest for life.  Our character strength this month encourages us all to approach each day with excitement and energy. New situations become intriguing when we embrace them with enthusiasm and take initiative in learning experiences.

Last week, students in 5th grade Language Arts took the initiative to express their voices by entering a contest that required them to research and write about what they thought best defined 2014.  They fervently supported their opinions with their reasoning and facts demonstrating a commitment to submitting the winning entry.  Their work resulted being selected as the winners and the entire grade level was recognized on the weekly “shout-out” on the program, “The Week in Rap.”  They were so excited!

Another new experience that was met with excitement was the opportunity to join millions of students across the globe in an Hour of Code.  The Hour of Code was a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to expose students of all ages to learning how to code computer programs.  Students K-5 had different activities that provided fun ways to learn code.  You can carry on this learning by watching the short introductory video at www.hourofcode.com.  From there you will find several links to allow your child to continue interactive games and activities that teach the basics of coding.

So many exciting things happen each week at BHE and these are only two examples of students and teachers being ZESTFUL about learning, an action that cannot be measured on a standardized test.  We continue to strive to provide learning experiences that will prepare students beyond the STAAR so that we are not limited by this one test that continues to morph mysteriously.  TEA announced last week that the 5th grade Math STAAR test, which will assess new standards, will be given on April 20th, almost a month later than originally scheduled.  This comes as welcome news since it will allow for more time to provide instruction.

I continue to be proud of the work done by teachers and students this year. We are ending the fall semester on a strong note and will begin the spring with renewed vigor and zeal.  We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Toys for Tots

images-2Ho! Ho! Ho! The Village Fire Department will once again be at BHE on Friday, December 19th to collect toys for Toys for Tots.  If you would like your child to participate in this event, send a new, unwrapped toy to school that Friday.  The students who bring toys will be able to deliver them to the Santa and the firefighters accepting the donations on campus.

Also, the PTA provides Domino’s pizza to each child on Friday, December 19th during the classroom parties.  The cafeteria will be closed.

Have a great holiday!

Auction Updates: Tickets & Host A Party Info

Auction logo 2015Get ready, GameDay is almost here! Auction tickets will go on sale January 6th on the PTA website. Look for the ticket icon on the right hand side. Tables will seat 10 or 12 people. The 12 tops are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The process will be the same as last year. If you are purchasing individual tickets or your group is incomplete, we will attempt to seat you with parents of the same grade level. Refer to the PTA website auction tab for more GameDay information.

Host A Party forms are due January 16th. Please get them in as early as possible to secure your date. Click here for a form or look under the ‘Auction’ tab at the top of the PTA website.

Fiddling Lions Perform for Residents of The Buckingham

fiddling lionsOn Tuesday, December 2nd the BHE Fiddling Lions took a field trip to The Buckingham and performed for the elderly residents there. The fiddlers showcased their skills and entertained the residents with holiday music. They brought a smile to the faces of all who enjoyed their show. We should be proud of these student’s poise, talents and accomplishments! For more information regarding the Fiddling Lions program, please contact Julie Lundgren at julielundgren@att.net.

iKids U

ikidsHappy Holidays from iKids U! Open registration is going on now for the Spring Semester. iKids U offers many flexible after-school arrangements on-site at BHE, including Stay & Play, Enrichment Classes, Early Dismissal Day Programs, and One on One Services! Find registration forms here and under “After School Enrichment”. Turn in registration forms at the BHE front office, visit us online at www.ikidsinc.com, or register by phone at 713-665-5200. Please contact iKids with any questions.

Early Language Learners

LanguageWhat:  Spanish classes designed for young people at Bunker Hill!

New:  Our BHE program has been expanding! We can now offer three curriculum levels for students to better meet their needs. (See schedule on the online registration form.)

Class description:  Your child will have fun and learn a new language at the same time! Lessons are introduced though music, visuals, games and art.  All areas of language learning are addressed: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  In Chinese (Mandarin) there is some character writing, with a focuson the pinyin system.

Price:  $255 for the spring semester. Spanish –all materials included. Please make checks out to Early Language Learners.

Schedule:  Spanish, Thurs.,3:05-4:05.

Registration:  Online registration available @ www.earlylanguagelearners.com or fill out the online form and mail to:

Early LanguageLearners: P. O. Box 19244: Houston, TX. 77224

Classes begin week of Jan. 12 and finish the week of May 11. You will be given a confirmation call to confirm enrollment and room number.

Flyer can be found here and under the ”After School Enrichment” tab.

Stanford Testing for 2nd-5th Grade

stanfordBeginning Tuesday, January 13th, students in grades 2-5 will be taking the Stanford Achievement Test. Testing will be done in the morning over several days for each grade level through January 21st. Teachers will be sending the specific dates for the grade level in the weekly newsletters. Please mark these on your calendar and do not schedule checkouts or absences on your child’s testing dates. Due to the short timeline and the varied tests to be administered, make ups are difficult to schedule. We appreciate your cooperation.

BHE Spirit Gift Ideas

photo11BHEFlagLooking for a holiday gift for your favorite BHE lion? Please consider a Tervis water bottle or the new BHE yard flag. We also have a few navy bows, hoodies and one pair of shorts left. Make you purchases quickly. The online spirit store will close at the end on day Monday, December 15th, and not reopen until we presale 2015-16 spirit items.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

school  nurseWhen to keep your child home from school…

  • Fever of 100.0 or greater is an indicator of a contagious illness and your child should remain away from school until the fever subsides without the benefit of a fever reducing medicine.
  • Sore throat accompanied by fever or rash
  • Diarrhea and /or vomiting
  • Nasal or respiratory drainage that is thick, green, yellow or grey is a sign of infection

The School Nurse is available by phone to help you make decisions about keeping your student home.

MHS Markettes ~ Spring Jr. Drill Clinic

image1Please join The MHS Markettes Drill Team for a fun evening of dance at their fundraiser, The Spring Jr. Drill Clinic. Have fun and learn a dance to perform in your event t-shirt at a MHS basketball Halftime Show! Date: January 30th Time: 5:45pm ~ 8:15pm Cost: $40 Click here for more information.

5th Grade Choir Holiday Tour

imagesDear Fifth Grade Parents,

On Tuesday, December 16th the BHE Fifth Grade Choir will be touring the Houston community spreading holiday cheer to the residents of Brookdale Memorial City and The Buckingham. They will then return to Bunker Hill and give an afternoon concert for the school.

Each student will need to have this completed permission slip returned to his/her homeroom teacher in order to participate. We will be leaving Bunker Hill at 9:15 a.m. and returning around 1:00 p.m. It is important that we look nice when representing our school, so students should wear their neon yellow spirit shirt and a nice pair of blue jeans to school that day (please no shorts). Students will not be able to go on the fieldtrip and perform with the choir if they are not dressed accordingly.

Parents are welcome to join us at any of our stops and listen to some wonderful holiday music.

9:45 a.m. Brookdale Memorial City (11900 Barryknoll Ln.)
10:45 a.m. The Buckingham (8580 Woodway Dr.)
1:30 p.m. BHE Cafeteria

We will be having lunch at the Food Court in Memorial City Mall, so students need to bring at least $8 for their meal. If any of you would like to help chaperone our trip, please let me know. We will need four parents for each homeroom.

Thanks in advance for your help and support!

Sincerely,
Katherine Kyle
Katherine.Kyle@springbranchisd.com

Garden Club

august-flowers-clipart-2.jpgMy green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

What: BHE Garden Club

Who: 2nd – 5th graders
When: 2nd Thursday each month beginning November 13th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
December 11 - January 8 - February 12 - March 12 - April 9 - May 14
Where: BHE Caferia, look for the table designated with a GARDEN CLUB Sign. Meet directly after school. Parents pick up promptly at 4pm at front entrance of BHE or in inclement weather in the cafeteria.

Snacks will be served. We will work on a gardening project at Bunker Hill Elementary each month.

To sign you child up to attend please click here.

Group led by parent volunteer: Ruth Odom

Spelling Bee

Spelling BeeIt’s that time again! We are preparing all students for our 6th annual Bunker Hill school spelling bee! The process begins with classroom spelling bees for grades 1-5 on Wednesday, December 3rd. Study lists to help you prepare for the classroom bees will be sent home on Monday, November 17.

The winners from each class grades one and two will participate in a Primary Spelling Bee on Wednesday, December 10th. 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 17th 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 or origin of language.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Jill Melancon

Grade Level Spelling Lists

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Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Be Heard & Be Informed About Education in Texas

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Speak Up Survey

Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology. Each year, findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers. Participating schools and districts can access their data online, free-of-charge in February 2015. To complete the survey, please visit here.

Spring Branch Speaks

As parents, residents, and community members we value our schools and will speak up for our students, our campuses, and our district. As the legislative session progresses Spring Branch Speaks will be tracking important bills that will have an impact on Spring Branch ISD. If you want to Stay Informed and Act, please join our Email List for up-to-date information on pertinent legislative issues and how your voice can be heard. To join the email list, please visit here.

Keep Warm With A BHE Hoodie

sweatshirtWe have just a few BHE hoodies remaining! Visit the BHE spirit store to purchase one today. We also have BHE yard flags, waterbottles and bows!

Coat Drive for Thornwood

coatsGive a Coat, Share the Warmth! BHE is now collecting NEW or GENTLY USED coats for the students at Thornwood Elementary. Collection boxes can be found at the front of the school and at carpool drop-off. Coats will be collected now through December 12th.

PTA Holiday Collection for the BHE Custodial and Cafeteria Staff

gift Each year for the holidays, we collect monetary donations from BHE families for our wonderful custodial and cafeteria staff. There will be a donation jar located in the front office beginning November 7 if you would like to contribute. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please contact Melanie Beck at melaniegbeck@gmail.com.

Host a Party

Auction 2015 v2 Support the BHE PTA fundraising effort by hosting a party to be sold at our Auction. Gather your friends, choose a theme, fill out the host a party form and send to Kate Grossman at katejimmy@comcast.net.

Deadlines are December 12, 2014 for grade level parties and January 9, 2015 for all other parties. Under the Auction Tab on the top menu, you will find the host a party form as well as auction party hosting guidelines.

Having trouble coming up with a fun party idea??? Consider one of the following new options:
* Road Rally – team scavenger hunt from house to house or to local businesses.
* Cork and Fork – wine and apps tasting
* Pedal Party – pedal yourselves around the neighborhood for a progressive dinner party, FUN!
* Couples or Family Field Day – Fun games + food + outdoors = a great party!
* Tailgate – always a great way to gather BHE friends.

BHE Gym Shorts

shorts-1 We have one last pair of BHE Gym shorts for sale. They are an adult small and cost $20. If you’d like them please email Morgan Scholl at morgan@schollforest.com.

Prevention of Communicable Diseases

school  nurse SBISD is closely monitoring events concerning Flu season, Enterovirus-D68, and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHES) recommendations regarding communicable disease protocols. Please see the documents below for more information.

Infection Control

Prevention of Communicable Disease

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