Middle School Transition Information

It’s hard to believe it is already time to start thinking about middle school for our 5th graders! The month of January is filled with information sessions about middle school options, field trips to the middle schools, and a lot of other fun stuff! You can find a list of important dates for 5th grade parents HERE. Please note that these dates are as up-to-date and accurate as I know at this point. I will be sure to update and add as I find out new information. If you have any questions about the information, please feel free to email me at melissa.farber@springbranchisd.com.

Choice Middle School Open House Flyers

Attention 5th grade parents! Please see the attached flyers for Westchester and Cornerstone’s informational sessions. These will help answer any questions you may have about your student’s options for middle school.

Click HERE for Cornerstone.

Click HERE for Westchester.

Auction 2019 “AS SEEN ON TV”

Hope you had a wonderful break! A few things:

1. Last Call for Auction Brochure Family Photo! Deadline: Friday, January 11th.
You still have time to submit your own family photograph. Price is $150 and your photo will be included in the Auction Brochure. Please submit your high res photo digitally to bunkerhillauction@gmail.com with subject line “Auction Brochure Family Photo.” Then leave your check in the PTA Workroom, Auction mailbox.

2. Flocking Volunteers needed! Flocking runs from February 1st – March 1st

We are looking for volunteers to assist with one of the 4 weeks of this fun Auction item for kids and family to enjoy right in their own front yard!

Grab a friend and signup below. (You may need to scroll to the second page of the Auction Signup.)

3. “Host a Party” print deadline is January 18th. HERE is a link to the online form.

Your 2019 BHE Auction Committee,
Shanna Hetherwick
Ashley Marr
Linda Perniciaro
Kendra Thiessen
Linda Wolfe

Our Sister School

Please continue to help our Sister School, Thornwood Elementary. Here are a few ways you can help!

1. Save and turn in Box Tops! Just snip then and send them into your child’s teacher.

2. Volunteer to help Thornwood’s librarian. Thornwood has no PTA and Ms. Lopez has no regular volunteers. She would appreciate any amount of time you are willing give Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday anytime from 8am-3pm. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or whenever you are available. No experience needed! Bring a few friends!


BHE is home to AMAZING teachers! Click HERE to nominate your favorite teacher for this year’s teacher of the year. The Deadline in January 18th.

Recent recipients:
2018: Christensen
2017: Uzick
2016: Wright
2015: Jenkins

Deadline approaching to order your yearbook


Orders for yearbooks are still being accepted, but only until January 25th.  Click HERE to order.

If you have already ordered one, please confirm the information is correct on the spreadsheet linked HERE (specifically quantity ordered and homeroom teacher). If you have already ordered a yearbook, it will be delivered to your childs homeroom in time for signing day on MAY 21st. After January, you may purchase a yearbook on a first come basis in May for the few extra on hand.

Please email any corrections to your order to Izzy Fort.

Izzy Fort

Any questions? Contact Izzy Fort

SBMS Faculty & Friends vs Wizards

Come see Coach Lassiter and Ms. Clements on the court.  Click HERE for more information.

Stratford Playhouse to perform the musical Newsies!

Don’t miss the award-winning cast and directors of Stratford HS Playhouse in Newsies, January 31st through February 2nd and February 7th through 9th. Purchase tickets at www.shsplayhouse.org. Tickets are selling fast and are expected to sell out! For the second year in a row, one of our very own BHE students will be performing a principle role in the show!

January Thank You’s

To the amazing yearbook photographers and editors Laura Grau and Sara Moore who have donated countless hours at each and every BHE event taking photos and even more time at home editing them;

To Amy Kuykendall, Amy Norris and Anne Sellis for coordinating the 4thgrade program and to the parents who helped make that production run smoothly;

To the parents who covered the classrooms for the December holiday luncheon and to the Teacher Appreciation committee memberswho organized a fabulous lunch with special treats for the BHE teachers and staff;

To Melanie Beck and Lizy Santiago for ordering and organizing hundreds of pizzas for the classroom holiday parties;

To the Fall Room Parents for organizing the fun and festive classroom holiday parties under the guidance of Amy Arriaga and Taunya Rother;

To the students and parents who generously supported Toys for Tots and the Thornwood Angel Tree;

To Angie McBeth and Jennifer Sander for organizing holiday parties for each Thornwood class, for treating the Thornwood teachers to a very special holiday treat, for coordinating the Angel Tree project for 4 Thornwood families, and for providing donations for the Thornwood 5th grade student auction;

And to ALL the gracious BHE parents that go above and beyond every day to make our school such a wonderful place!

I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019 full of learning and fun,

Kelly Wolf

PTA President

PTA Nominating Committee

The PTA Nominating Committee for the 2019-2020 slate of Executive Board officers will be elected at the next PTA meeting on Friday, January 11th. The Nominating Committee will be comprised of five members and three alternates, and will be elected by ballot by the general body of the membership. The Parliamentarian will serve in an advisory capacity.

Suggested names of persons willing to serve on this committee (you may nominate yourself) may be given to Kelly Wolf prior to the January 11th PTA meeting. In addition, names will be taken from the floor during the meeting.

After the PTA meeting, the names of the Nominating Committee will be publicized through the Monday email blasts. During the month of January, nominations for Executive Board positions may be made to any member of the Nominating Committee. The deadline for Executive Board nominations is January 31, 2019. The committee will meet during the month of February to slate the nominations for the Executive Board. The slate of officers will be posted and publicized after the Nominating Committee concludes its work, and at least seven days before the April PTA meeting.

Are you receiving messages through Messenger?

BHE Friends and Families,

It has come to our attention that MANY of you are not receiving the emails or sms text messages I have been sending out this first semester. I have worked with Skyward and Messenger to fix our master list of phone numbers and emails.

Still 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

Spanish in the spring!

Spanish classes will begin at BHE on January 17th, after school on Thursdays, from 3:05 to 4:05. Our classes are designed to engage students in language learning through music, visuals, games and art with experienced teachers guiding the way. Registration is open online at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

Principal’s Highlights

If there is a reason that a student needs to arrive before 7:20, students should come in the front entrance, go to the cafeteria, and at 7:20 they should proceed to the gym.

Bilingual Learner’s Journey

Are you interested in starting your child on the Learner’s Journey towards bilingualism in Spanish and English? Come learn about SBISD’s Two Way Dual Language Program at each of the three elementary campuses: Cedar Brook, Pine Shadows and Sherwood. During those visits, parents will learn about the program, application and lottery process and be able to ask questions about the program and/or each school. We look forward to meeting you!

For more information, see flyers linked HERE and HERE.

هل تتحدث الإنجليزية قليلاً فقط؟/Habla solo un poco de ingles? /你只会说一点英语吗?

Habla solo un poco de ingles?
Si desea solicitar un auricular de interpretación para la presentación del día internacional, haremos todo lo posible para encontrar un intérprete voluntario para usted. Para el lunes 22 de octubre, por favor solicite equipo interpretativo enviando un correo electrónico bethgentner@gmail.com
Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

국제 데이 프레젠테이션을 위해 통역 헤드셋을 요청 하시려면 자원 봉사자 통역사를 찾기 위해 최선을 다할 것입니다. 10 월 22 일 월요일까지 전자 우편으로 통역 장비를 요청하십시오.
bethgentner@gmail.com with:

Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

إذا كنت ترغب في طلب سماعة رأس تفسيرية لاجتماع رابطة الآباء والمعلمين ، فسوف نبذل قصارى جهدنا للعثور على مترجم فوري bethgentner@gmail.com with:

Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

如果您想要为国际日介绍请求解释性耳机,我们将尽力为您找到志愿者口译员。到10月22日,请通过电子邮件bethgentner @索取解说设备gmail.com with:

Desired Language:

インターナショナル・デー・プレゼンテーション用の通訳ヘッドセットをご希望の場合は、ボランティア通訳を見つけるために最善を尽くします。 10月22日までに、bethgentner @電子メールで通訳機器をリクエストしてくださいgmail.comに :


SBEF Fundraiser

SBEF needs your help in “Making Our Schools Better.”  Click HERE to find out more information.

We want your old TVs!

The auction team is requesting donations of your old, vintage, or antique Televisions. They do not need to be in woking order. Please contact Brigid Beck to coordinate the donation. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 2nd!

Transportation Protocol – Updated

Welcome back Lions! Check out this video for an update on this year’s new arrival time and procedures!



Students may NOT be dropped off at school earlier than 7:20. Exceptions are tutoring that is arranged with a teacher or events like Books & Breakfast. All morning drop offs will need to be done at the carpool gates. The front of the building WILL NOT be open.  The front parking lot is closed from 7:25 to 7:50 to allow walkers/bike riders to arrive safely. Our day begins at 7:50 so please have your child at school by this time. They are tardy at 7:55.

CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION ON DAY OF CHANGE…please click HERE to read the entire article (UPDATED) and to download the Student Dismissal Form.

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).


Teachers College

What is Teachers College and how does it positively affect your child? Watch the video below to begin understanding the methods our BHE teachers are using to make your child a lifelong lover of reading and writing.


Join Remind 101 for BHE Buses

Would you like an instant reminder if your child’s bus is running late?

Open the attachment for directions: Remind 101 for BHE buses

Warm regards,

BHE Faculty and Staff

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