LAST CHANCE to Buy a Yearbook

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to purchase a yearbook, please take time THIS WEEK to order your yearbook. The last date to order your yearbook for this school year is January 22nd.

Yearbooks will come in at the end of May, and there are usually a few extras, those will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, but the only way to guarantee that your child will receive a yearbook is to place your order now.

Click here to purchase your yearbook!

Legislative Series

The Texas 85th Legislative Session began this past week, being called into Session on Tuesday for 140 days. Throughout this time period, over 6,000 bills will be filed and over 1,000 passed. It’s a busy season in a short number of weeks.

Although Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus all have a list of priorities, it is highly unlikely that they will all get addressed. Patrick has openly said there is not enough time to address all of the issues during the regular session.

Some of the priority issues for leadership include sanctuary cities, school funding, property taxes, photo ID, school choice, child welfare/CPS, and higher education. Other issues expected to be hot are changes to the franchise tax, transportation and its funding, and eminent domain.

SBISD continues to stay involved with our elected officials and the Legislature as a whole by closely monitoring issues and providing expertise and background. SBISD has a list of guiding principles for Session. Here are just a few as adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 23rd:

  • Adequate State Funding. School and TRS funding should be tied to inflation, and the funding weights and allotments should be adjusted so that the needs of all students are adequately met.
  • No Unfunded Mandates. Any new requirement should have funding in place to pay for them.
  •  Property Tax Caps. If property taxes are reduced or capped, school districts will realize an immediate reduction in state funding due to state formula calculations. Districts must be assured a continued income stream, from other sources if necessary, without reduction or disruption.
  • Assessments. Continue to support meaningful assessment that reduces the emphasis on high stakes standardized testing and frees up instructional time, especially for elementary and middle school students. Allow alternative ways for students to demonstrate mastery on assessments required for graduation.
  • Choice. Support programs that advance choice within public school systems, including partnerships with successful public charter schools. Allow time for SB 2 to be implemented before updating charter legislation. All Texas schools supported by public funds should be subject to the same state standards for performance and accountability.
  • School Facilities and Bonds. Taxpayers are well protected by bond election laws already in place. Any new ballot initiatives are unnecessary, but if added, should apply to all governmental entities, not just school districts. Local taxpayer dollars for bonded debt should be protected from state recapture.

Elizabeth Biar, PTA Legislative Chairman

BHE Fiddling Lions – Spring Beginner’s Class Being Offered

The BHE Fiddling Lions would like to offer a beginner class for spring semester. If interested, please contact Julie Lundgren at: julielindgren@att.net so she can discuss scheduling options with you.

MHS Freshman Garage Sale Donation Drop-offs

Every Saturday!

January 21 & 28, February 4, 11,and 18th
10 am – 12 pm
10303 Katy Fwy next to Jason’s Deli.  
(Please no mattresses, box TVs, or printers.)

Garage sale is February 24th and 25th
Preview party – February 23rd with admission

For more information:  Find us on Facebook @ Memorial High School Freshman Garage Sale OR contact kkbasham@diversegp.com for questions or heavy item pick up

 

Calling All BHE women! FREE BOOTCAMP!

Memorial Area Women’s Bootcamp invites all BHE women to join this FREE and fun workout!

Monday – Wednesday – Friday
5:30-6:30am
Memorial Middle School

Please bring: mat, weights, water, band, towel

From beginners to advanced, all levels welcome! Please contact robinsonnomads@yahoo.comfor more information.  Facebook page.

Memorial High School Presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS

Get your tickets now for Memorial High School Theatre’s production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins!

January 26, 27, 28 – 7:30 p.m.
February 2, 3, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
February 4 – 2:30 p.m.

Click here for more information or visit the MHS Theater website.

Amazing Race for Families

raceTHE GREAT AMAZING RACE
Annual Adventure Race for Adults & Kids
Saturday – March 4, 2017, Race starts at 3:00 pm
George Bush Park, 20150 Westheimer Pkwy

About The Race / Started 2012
It’s all about SMILES & TEAMWORK! Modeled after the TV show, two person teams race around a XC course speckled with a variety of fun-filled challenges.

Each challenge requires the coordination of both teammates in order to complete. Be prepared to get a little dirty & wet.

It’s way more fun than a 5K!
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* 1.5 mile course with up to 8 outdoor challenges.
* 2 person teams … adult/adult, adult/kid or kid/kid.
* 3 challenge levels … easy, intermediate & difficult.
* 4 race divisions … grades: K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-adult.

Donate Sneakers for Pediatric Cancer!

Sign Up Now!

Texas PTA Award

Congratulations to all the BHE parents and staff who joined the PTA. Our high level of membership allowed us to be on the Texas PTA honor roll and to be awarded the 250+ Award. With 454 members we are an integral part of the the state wide movement to make every child’s potential a reality!

Media Madness

Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook will be at the Memorial Church of Chirst and Wednesday, January 25th at 9 AM.  Please join her for a discussion on the dangers and concerns in the digital world that our children live in.

Spring Office & Copy Volunteer Spots Available

Please sign up to volunteer in the BHE front office or the copy room for the Spring Semester. This is a great opportunity to get in touch with what happens at the school. Use the SignUpGenius links or if you have questions, contact Katie Hazeldine at katiehazeldine@gmail.com.

Spring 2017 Office Volunteers

Spring 2017 Copy Volunteers

Incoming Memorial Middle School Students

Parents of rising 6th graders, please join us for an informational session to discuss a variety of topics and procedures for students entering Memorial Middle the fall of 2017. We will be offering two sessions:
Tuesday, February 7th, 11:30 AM in the Library
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00 PM in the Auditorium

We hope these sessions will help ensure a smooth transition for your child to Middle School in August.
Welcome Eaglets!!!

Cindy Barranco-Assistant Principal
Liz Rushing-Counselor

2 Minute Survey on Legislative Priorities from Rep. Jim Murphy

Representative Murphy is seeking public comment on legislative priorities for the upcoming session, which begins on January 10. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Please consider marking “Public Education Finance” as one of your top priorities on the last question. If you would like to mark other and write in Public Education in the last blank with additional requests for our schools, please feel free to do so!

Click here to take the survey.

Here is the note from Rep. Murphy:
Happy New Year!

January 10th, 2017 marks the beginning of the 85th Legislative Session of Texas. After 18 months of meeting with you, listening to your concerns, and planning legislation, it’s time to take action.

As we start the 140-day long session, I want to take a poll of the residents of House District 133 on some upcoming key issues. Your input is critical to the process, and I hope you will take a moment to fill out this short survey. It should take no more than 2 minutes of your time.

Feel free to forward to friends and family living in our district. We do ask that everyone refrain from sending this survey to folks who do not live in HD 133. We want the results to reflect our community.

During the session, remember that my office and my terrific staff is available to help you. We encourage you to reach out to us.

So click on the “Give Feedback” button below, and let your voice be heard!

Regards,
Jim

Give Feedback

January Thank You’s

To Namrata Kothari for organizing our fabulous Spelling Bee;

To Kathleen Haley, Amy Hampton, and Megan Parker for coordinating the 4th grade program, “Annie,” and to the parents who helped make that production run smoothly;

To the parents and the Teacher Appreciation committee members who covered the classrooms and those who contributed to the fabulous December holiday luncheon;

To Allison Martin, Megan Parker and their elves for ordering and distributing 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 Stacey Kearns and Taunya Rother;

To the students and parents who generously supported the Toys for Tots drive;

To Melanie Fowler and Kristie Van Arsdel for coordinating the collection of coats and auction items for Thornwood Elementary in addition to providing their teachers and staff with a lovely holiday lunch;

Thank you to Claire Zurek, Kara Barrow, Kimberly Byrd, Katie Hazeldine, Hilary Howard, Abby Khatiblou and Noteel Koss who helped organize, sort and distribute the new classroom libraries.

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

ESL Reading Buddies

Do you have space in your heart and time in your schedule? If you do, BHE would LOVE to have you volunteer in our ESL program.

I am looking for volunteers who will read with our second language learners and listen to them read to you.
Our newcomers benefit from hearing what good readers sound like, how they pay attention to punctuation, and how they use pictures to help understand the story. By allowing ESL students to read aloud to you, they development fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

This activity will last only 30 minutes. I will match you with a student and provide the books for you to use. The classroom teachers will work with you regarding available times to work with an ESL student. Meeting with an ESL student once a week would be great, twice a week would be even greater! I appreciate your consideration in helping our second language students succeed in school.

Jennifer Marks
ESL Intervention Specialist
Jennifer.Marks@springbranchisd.com

Host an Auction Party!

Auction2017Interested in hosting an auction party to raise money for BHE? Grab some friends and sign up to host a party you may have done for years or create a whole new party! See attached form and contact Kelly Wolf with any questions.

Click here for form

A Big Thank You

thank youThank you to all of those who donated to the box tops, coat drive, and fifth grade auction for our sister school, Thornwood Elementary. A special thank you to PDQ for donating lunch for the Thornwood Teacher Appreciation luncheon and the fifth grade Ambassadors for providing the desserts. Also, thank you to the BHE Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for donating cookies and bottles of water for the Thornwood student holiday parties. They really appreciate all that you do. Stay tuned for more opportunities in the spring!

Melanie Fowler and Kristie Van Arsdel
Community Service Chairs

Order Yearbooks before January 22nd

Yearbooks order now bottom fixedHave you ordered your yearbook yet?
If you haven’t had a chance to order your yearbook, you will certainly want to. This year’s book is going to be amazing. You can still purchase one for $30 if you order before the Holiday Break. Go ahead, do it right now by clicking on the link OR you can find a button on the BHE PTA website homepage to order anytime. You will be so glad you did. All orders made after December 16th, will be $35. And the last day to order is January 22nd. So don’t miss out on your opportunity to secure your 2016-2017 yearbook.  Order your yearbook now!

Have you forgotten whether you’ve already ordered your yearbook?
Please click on the link provided to see a list of people who have already placed their order. There will also be a list located in the front entrance at Devin’s desk if you would like to make sure that you are on the list.

Join SPRING BRANCH SPEAKS… to make our voices heard in Austin

spring branch speaksAs parents, residents, and community members we value our schools and will speak up for our students, our campuses, and our district. At our last PTA meeting we heard Board of Trustees President Karen Peck and Trustee Josef Klam talk about school finance and how our district’s finances have been negatively impacted by the state recapture (Robin Hood) system. 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. You can get on the list at http://www.springbranchspeaks.com or follow Spring Branch Speaks on Facebook and Twitter (@SBSpeaks). You can also text SBISD to 22828.

Thank you for helping us be heard in Austin !

Online Directory

directoryCongratulations! You can have access to the BHE Family and Faculty Directory.  The directory is a great way to stay in touch with other families and students within our school community.

With access you can:
• Find families by last name, student name, grade and class
• Update your family data if anything changes
• Print the directory by grade & class as well as create a list of favorites.
• Signup for events and activities
• Visit our online store

Below is the link to both the online and mobile directory. You will also find your temporary password for login. You can change it once you’ve logged in.
Please go here for instructions and a guide on how to install the directory on your smartphone: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/gomobile.html

 

SBISD Choice Program Lottery Timeline

choice_timelineThe 2017 SBISD Choice Program Lottery calendar has been released. This year families may apply during either of two Common Application windows. Round 1 applications will be accepted November 1, 2016 – February 10, 2017. If applicants miss the Round 1 window, applications will be accepted, space available, beginning April 17, 2017.

Please see the Current listing of SBISD Choice Programs which require a common application for Fall 2017 placement.

Cedar Brook Elementary Dual Language
Pine Shadows Elementary Dual Language
Sherwood Elementary Dual Language
Spring Forest Middle Dual Language
Spring Woods Middle Dual Language
Spring Woods High Dual Language
WAIS Dual Language
WAIS International Baccalaureate (IB)
Cornerstone Academy
KIPP Courage College Prep @ Landrum
Via The Academy of Choice
YES Prep Northbrook Middle
YES Prep Northbrook High

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