Vote Your Preference: SBISD 15-16 and 16-17 Academic Calendars

The Spring Branch ISD District Improvement Team (DIT) wants your feedback on proposed Academic Calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years!


  • Click on the link below, review the draft calendars, FAQ’s, comparison chart, and Board Parameters for calendar development.
  • Share your opinions via the voting buttons provided between now and Dec 2.
  • Share comments via the Comment section on the survey or email us at .
  • Send questions to .



Linda H. Buchman

Community Relations Officer

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!

Katherine Kyle

School Bell Award Nominations DEADLINE This Tuesday (Nov. 25)

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, Susan Wienert, 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:

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 November 25th.  Please contact Susan Wienert if you have any questions.

SBISD Math Parent U

mathDistrict Math Leaders have put together an informative overview of the shift in our state math standards and strategies found in Math in Focus to support deeper math learning.

Join us for a great Elementary Math Parent U complete with an introductory overview and break out sessions with hands-on activities for parents of students in grades 1-5.

SBISD Elementary Math Parent U

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ Frostwood Elementary School

  • Registration 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Welcome and Overview 6:00 – 6:15
  • Breakout Sessions 6:15 – 7:30



MHS Baseball ~ Holiday Hitting Camp

memorial mustang croppedFUTURE MUSTANGS: The Memorial High School Baseball Coaching staff is once again offering our Holiday Hitting Camp. We hope that you will be interested in attending this year. For the Mom’s this is a great chance to have a few hours of shopping without the little one.

We will be conducting the camp at Mustang Park on the Campus of Memorial High School. The camp will be December 13 & 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm each day. Camp is for 1st grader’s through 5th graders only.

For more camp information and application go to our web site :

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

November PTA Thank You’s

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

To Patty Hart for 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 for coordinating the photo sessions; and to Kelly and Bryan Basham for the use of their lovely yard as the setting for the photographs;

To the International Day Committee Chairs: Cathy Amoruso, Allison Brandt, Wendi Duty, Shawn Hays, Jackie Jenvey, Namrata Kothari, Jennifer Mountjoy, and Kristie Van Arsdel for a FANTASTIC day for our students to learn about the cultures of Australia, Germany, Lebanon, Trinidad/Tobago and West Africa.

To Taryn Jones and Valerie Lynn for coordinating the coat drive and Box Tops for Thornwood;

To Shawn Hays for filling the BHE “Food for Thought” cookbook orders to families who purchased them through our Big Form;

To Julie Bergen, Allison Brandt, and Jennifer Pruett for coordinating a fun and educational Colonial Day for our 5th graders and to the following Colonial Day event chairs:  Kathy Carter & Donna Jackson - Doll Making, Suzanne Stiles – Candle Making, Patty Hart, Eva Gomez & Michelle Majewski – Pomanders,

Tammy Hampton – Silhouettes, Lisa Navarro-Hines – Food, Kerri Kenne – Johnnycakes, Valerie Lynn – Games, Lara Finnila – Medicine, Marcy Crapitto & Lorraine Peterson – Sewing, Rachel Matthews – 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, the teachers loved the Tailgating Favorites and to the fabulous Teacher Appreciation Committee (Kara Barrow, Nancy Carney, Karen Fraser, Kerri Kenne, Margaret Murphy, Kristin Parks and Ali Survant) who coordinate the lunches;

To the Newcomers Committee for hosting a wonderful dinner for the new parents at BHE;

To Amanda Davison, Webmaster, and Erin Brenner, 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.

Susan Wienert, PTA President

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







International Day Thank You

international day.svg.medThank you to all who helped make International Day a success. This day is possible because of the many volunteers who give of their time and talents. Thank you to our food booth chairs Kate Grossman, Stacey Kearns, Sara Lindsay, Katie Moses, Jennifer Mountjoy, Valorie Waggoner and Kristy Wall, music teachers Ms. Kyle and Ms. Mooney, health fitness teachers Coach Lassiter and Coach Sciaraffa, art teacher Ms. Cedrone, school counselor Sondra Durham, librarian Tammy Holley, nurse Celia Douthit, Principal Valerie Hernandez, Assistant Principal Erika Rodriguez, and the wonderful BHE staff, teachers, parents, and children.

We thank you. Shukran. Danke. Naa Goodee.

Chairs Cathy Amoruso, Allison Brandt, Shawn Hays, Namrata Kothari
Co-Chairs Wendi Duty, Jackie Jenvey, Jennifer Mountjoy, Kristie Van Arsdel

Principal’s Post

principals_officeI was inspired this week.

I was inspired by words I heard from students, the pride I witnessed in teachers faces, and the fruits of a year of planning by a group of volunteers that came to life in one amazing day.  Students in a language arts class eagerly exchanged their ideas about how an author used structure in such a way that connected to the message of the story, defended their thinking about the actions of a character, discussed the author’s use of word choice to improve a thought.  In a math lesson, students grappled with and successfully used bar modeling to solve a problem that seemed at first too difficult to figure out.  I listened to teacher after teacher who shared story after story about something they were beamingly proud of a student doing.  And most recently, I saw past the exhausted eyes of a group of moms, the pride of knowing that they created a day of wonderful experiences that won’t soon be forgotten by over 650 students.

Growth mindset?  It’s flourishing at BHE and getting stronger by the week.  A little over nine weeks ago we were at the bottom of a daunting mountain of new initiatives with goals that would stretch us all.  We have been persevering against an aggressive calendar that seems to make each week pass by in a blur.  A fixed state of mind would stifle the thought that progress could be made in any significant manner.  A growth mindset is what made the things I have seen happen as it has.

Our journey and our work are far from over, but stopping to recognize the successes so far gives us the affirmation that our efforts are paying off with students.

I was inspired this week.

Be Heard & Be Informed About Education in Texas

speak up

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!

JA BizTown Volunteers Still Needed

ja biztownAttention 5th grade parents. Please considering volunteering for JA Biztown. The date is December 4th 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.  There is also a training for new volunteers and will be offered November 20th and 25th from 4pm - 6pm.  You only need to attend 1 training.  Please sign up here.

Parent Math Meetings

math The BHE teachers will be holding parent math meetings.  These meetings are designed to continue the open dialog between parents and teachers regarding the new Math in Focus method being taught this year.

  • 1stGrade ~ November 12th from 5:00-5:30pm
  • 2nd Grade ~ November 10th from 3:30-4:30pm
  • 3rd Grade ~ November 11th from 6:30pm
  • 4th & 5th Grade ~ November 24th from 3:30-4:30pm
Please contact your students teacher with any questions.

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.

City Ballet of Houston Nutcracker

nutcracker City Ballet of Houston Presents the Nutcracker. Performances are held at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston on December 13th and 14th. Many of the dancers are students at Bunker Hill Elementary. Click here for more info.

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

ESL Tutors Needed

eslWant to make a difference in a child’s life? Volunteer to be an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor.

ESL tutors are needed to meet with students on a weekly basis. No experience is necessary. No knowledge of a language other than English is needed. Tutors meet with their students as a group on Tuesdays from 8:30-9:45 a.m. To sign up or for more information, please click here.

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

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

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