Robotics Team at BHE

robotics2Coding is the new team sport for future tech leaders and innovators. If your child would like to try this team sport at BHE, we have an opportunity! We want to create the first BHE teams that will participate in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. Students will develop problem solving and creativity skills, learn about issues facing the world around them, and build meaningful relationships with their peers. Over the course of 2 months, children in teams of 4 will design solutions to real-world science and technology challenges by programming and building extensions for their Dash & Dot robots.

We will create 2 teams of ages 6-8 and 3 teams of ages 9-12. There will be 4 students on a team for a total of 20 students. Because of limited availability for this round of competition, teams will be created by random draw from all returned entry forms in each age bracket. Teams will meet on Wednesday mornings from 7:00-7:45 AM in the makerspace room in the library.

Entry forms are due by 3 p.m., Friday, September 23rd. Students will be notified if their name was drawn for a team on Monday, September 26th.  Teams will begin meeting on Wednesday, October 5th.   If more than two meetings are missed, an alternate team member will be selected.

We hope to provide more opportunities for more students such as this, so stay tuned! For more information about this competition, go to www.makewonder.com/competition.

Thornwood Elementary Needs Your Help

community serviceLibrary volunteers are needed at our sister school, Thornwood Elementary, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM and 1:00-2:00 PM. Volunteers can go once a month or more; it is flexible with your schedule. Please contact Kristie Van Arsdel at kvanarsdel@comcast.net to volunteer.

Auction Brochure Family Pictures

Auction2017Let’s GLOW! Support BHE Auction 2017 NEON NIGHTS and sign up for a spot to have your family photographed by professional photographer Fred Heinz. Photo sessions are 15 minutes and taken in the lovely backyard of the Parker family. You will be able to select the photo you want to be used for the auction brochure and receive a 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.

See SignUpGenius for additional information and secure your spot!

BE BRAVE, BE BOLD…Bunker Hill is Going Gold!

gogoldSBISD has partnered with the Go Gold Foundation to raise money & awareness for pediatric cancer research. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month & the color is Gold. Two classrooms full of children are diagnosed everyday & an entire stadium of 91,250 die every year from the disease.

The Go Gold Fund was created to provoke, inspire, incite, combat & transform the current landscape of childhood cancer. They do all they can to accelerate a cure for our nation’s #1 childhood disease.

They believe that if we educate our children, come together & take action, curing cancer will be possible. Your student will learn new information each day of Go Gold Week, 9/26-9/30 on BHETV about Childhood Cancer Awareness & what it means to be Brave & Bold!

Our trees will have gold ribbons & ambassadors will be selling Go Gold bracelets for $2.00 each in the mornings in the main hallway. Our goal is for everyone to wear GOLD on Friday, 9/30. If you would like to know more about GoGold check them out at GOGOLD.ORG, #TURNITGOLD.

Thank you for your support!

Theater Opportunities

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-28-pmThe Stratford Playhouse invites you to be a walk-on part of the cast for Me and My Girl!  Or purchase a backstage pass for a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun pre-show action.  Click here for more information about walk-ons and backstage passes.

Book Fair – Special Friends Day

BHE BOOK FAIR – Save the date!

PEACE, LOVE, & BOOKS!!Peace
October 3-6, 2016

Kick-Off Party:  Monday 10/3, 4pm – 7pm

Class Visits:  Tuesday 10/4 and Wednesday 10/5, 8am -3pm

Special Friends Day:  Thursday, 10/6
This is a wonderful event where students can invite grandparents or another special friends to share in the experience of the book fair.  Last day to register is Monday, September 29!
Click here to electronically register your special friend.

3 Groupings:
A-H     8:15 – 9 am
I- Q     9:15 – 10 am
R-Z     10:15 – 11 am

All proceeds of the Book Fair benefit the Bunker Hill Library. Thank you!

5th Grade Washington DC Trip Informational Meeting

washingtonAttention 5th graders and 5th grade Parents! There will be an informational meeting regarding the 5th Grade Washington DC trip on Monday, September 19th at 6:00 pm in the Bunker Hill Library. Information packets went home this week with students. At the meeting I will go over the details of the trip and answer any questions you may have! The dates for the trip are June 3-7, 2017.

Come find out more about this fun filled trip!  If you have any questions, please email Tammy Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com

BHE TV Application

bhe tv copyAttention 5th Graders! Have you been dreaming about being on BHE TV? Well, it is finally your time to shine! You can help lead and direct the broadcast during your assigned time each morning. Students will have the chance to rotate through the following positions: Anchor, Co-Anchor, Lunch, Birthdays, Weather, Pledges, Camera Operator, and Music. Interested students need to fill out and return the attached form to Mrs. Melancon by Wednesday, September 21.
Application Form

Spanish at BHE!

LanguageThe Early Language Learners program offers Spanish on campus, Thursdays 3:05 – 4:05.
In a word, our classes are: INTERACTIVE! Our experienced teachers use music, visuals, manipulates and body movement to address listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Register at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

See You at the Pole on Sept. 28, 2016

In hoflagnor of the national program See You at the Pole™ (http://syatp.com) students, as well as parents, guardians, teachers, staff and administrators are invited to gather at BHE’s flagpole before school on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7:15-7:45 am. Donuts will be served!

See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions around the world pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.

For more information, please contact Christi Smith at christibyrdsmith@gmail.com

Book Fair

PeaceThe time is coming for our Fall Book Fair: PEACE, LOVE, AND BOOKS!!!! Plan to attend and volunteer October 3-6 for this amazing annual event! Sign Up Genius is LIVE!!!  Click here to volunteer!

Reflections Contest 2016-2017

ReflectionsThis year the national Reflections theme is “What Is Your Story?” 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 http://txpta.org/program/reflections/participate/. The deadline for submitting entries will be October 21st by 3pm in the PTA workroom. Any student may participate as long as one person of their primary household is a member of BHE PTA.  Be sure to join the PTA on the Big Form by September 9th.

Please contact Jennifer Selzer, jenpselzer@gmail.com or visit www.txpta.org/programs/reflections, for additional information.
Rules – click here.  Entry Form – click here.

SBISD Back to School Forms

BacktoSchool3Attention all RETURNING families. Please complete the online district back to school forms. Families are asked annually to confirm or update information for each child attending an SBISD school.  Click here to complete the forms.

Gifted & Talented Referral Deadline

GTParents,
Please note that the district timeline for GT referrals is earlier this year. The deadline is Friday, October 7th. Your completed parent referral form should be in the counselor’s office by 3:30October 7th. There will be a Community GT Awareness meeting on Wednesday, September 21st6:00-7:30 at the Ad Building. If you have any questions please email me at Sondra.Durham@springbranchisd.com

Referral Form

New Start Time

alarm clockPlease note that our official start time this year is 7:55. This 5 minute earlier start over last year’s time is in place so that we can meet the state required number of instructional minutes over the course of the year. It will also allow teachers and staff to have two half days for professional development. These days are scheduled for November 4th and February 17th.

Students can arrive as early as 7:30 and should be in their classroom at 7:55. We appreciate you adjusting your morning routines so that your child can be at school on time!

September Thank You Notes

thank youSeptember Thank You…

To Christine Ussher for her fabulous work on the PTA website as BHE Webmaster.

To Brenda Pounds for updating us with the weekly eBlasts.

To Heather Bonner, Emily Paulson and Olivia Porter for creating and selling our fabulous BHE Spirit items.  To Lori Maddox for helping organize and distribute.

To Susie Lee and Katie Mattingly for ordering, unloading, and distributing the school supplies all around campus. To Kathleen Haley, Kayley Isgur and ACL who helped distribute the supplies.

To Kristi Smith, Wendi Duty, Wendy Egger, Kayley Isgur, Morgan Scholl, Sheila Smith, Suzanne Stiles and Shannon Strickler for serving on the financial review committee over the summer and performing the annual financial reconciliation. To Amy Hampton who made the process run smoothly and efficiently.

To Elizabeth Biar, Leslie Oliver and Katie Stiles on the Newcomers Committee for doing a fabulous job welcoming new families to BHE.

To Ruth Odom for coordinating the landscaping improvements and hand watering our campus in the evenings during the heat wave.

To Amy Kuykendall and Amy Norris the Teacher Appreciation Committee for providing the “welcome back” luncheon and goodies for our faculty and staff.

To the Back to School Luncheon Committee – Jennifer Borgen, Sarah Geyer, April Hiemstra, Kayley Isgur, and Stacey Kearns who under the fabulous guidance of Renee Isaacs organized the grade level luncheons. To April Graham, Stacey Kearns, Namrata Kothari, Morgan Scholl, Christi Smith and Claire Zurek for opening their lovely homes and hosting the luncheons.

To Rachel Matthews for creating and coordinating the online Big Form.

To Kristi Smith for sending out the PTA budgets for all the committees.

To last year’s CIC committee Melanie Beck, Markley Berg, Mary Chaffin, Kate Grossman, Amy Hampton and Kerri Kenne, for their work in discerning and researching projects for our CIC funds. To Kristie Van Arsdel for chairing the CIC committee.

And last but certainly not least, to our teachers and administrators who create an enriched and loving environment for our children. It’s going to be a great year!   -Rebecca Howard

Job Club Registration Open

jogging clubDates:
Fall – October 3, 2016 – December 12, 2016
Spring – January 9, 2017 – April 3, 2017

This program is open to any student grades K-5 and their parents to enjoy jogging with friends and classmates. Also, BHE Faculty and Staff are welcome to join us. Parents you do not have to attend in order for your child to attend. Jogging Club will be held every Monday, except Holidays, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. In order for your child to participate the following form must be filled out.  A form needs to be completed for EACH child you are registering for jog club.

For Safety purposes we are limiting the Jog Club the first 100 students. We will form a wait list after the first 100 applicants. Fills up Fast!  Click here to sign up.

BHE Spirit Days!

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 9.25.04 PMWe’ve got spirit, yes we do!
We’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?!

The BHE Spirit Committee would like to announce Spirit Fridays! Have your kids wear their BHE spirit shirts EVERY Friday throughout the school year!

Also, the first Wednesday of the month is college spirit day at BHE! This is a way for your kids to show their support for their favorite college by wearing a college t-shirt.

Let’s cheer loud this year and support team BHE! GO LIONS!

Heather Bonner, Emily Paulson and Olivia Porter

Photo Gallery Volunteers Needed!

camera_photo2Calling all photographers/Mammarazzi’s!!!! Please volunteer for this year’s Photo Gallery! We need both Photographers and Assistants for each grade level. This is a great way to meet the other children in your child’s grade and is also a fun way to see your child in action at recess! It is very simple and can be done in 5-7 recess takes.  Sign up here!

Campus Improvement Committee (CIC)

campusimprovementThe 2016-2017 CIC committee members are:

Emily Paulson, Chair
Valerie Muniz, Principal
Rebecca Howard, Morgan Scholl, Mary Chaffin, Kristi Smith, Heather Bonner, Melanie Fowler, Taryn Jones

Fall requests can be submitted via the online form that can be found under the “PTA Info” tab by Friday, September 16th. The CIC will review the fall requests and make recommendations to be voted on at the October 7th PTA meeting.

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