2019 Auction News

Sneak Peek!

Thinking of getting a new ping pong table or dining table? How about a gorgeous two-for-one option by artist Austin Allen James? The metal net is removable so you can dine and entertain in more ways than one. Talk about art meeting function! This dual use table measures 5’ x 9’ x 30 inches high and retails for $6,000. Tell Santa to wait so you can snag this beauty at the BHE auction March 2nd!

Hosting a Party is one of the funnest ways to support Auction and get to know your school! Gather new friends and old, coordinate with Kayley Isgur 713-256-2513 for available dates first then fill out the Host a Party form linked HERE!

Have theater and event tickets, VIP experiences, professional services, vacation home, airline tickets you’d like to contribute? Complete the donation form linked HERE or contact Shannon Strickler at ‪(713) 614-7312‬.

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.

A Big Thank You

With the holiday season upon us I can’t help but think about how thankful I am for all the wonderful BHE volunteers!

To Linda Donovan for a great Red Ribbon Week, a fun and meaningful week for our students, complete with inspiring decorations;

To our amazing As Seen on TV auction committee for their fabulous and successful Holiday Sale; to Fred Keinz for donating his time and talent to photograph Bunker Hill families for the auction brochure; to Cathy Schuetze for coordinating the photo sessions and to the Paulson Family for the use of their lovely yard; to Blair Canfield and Callie Ezell and all the Photo Gallery volunteers who have been taking precious pictures of our children; and to the retail donations committee who continue to collect wonderful items;

To the International Day Committee Chairs:Veronica Barnhill, Sarah Bunk, Lauren Cole, Lisa Ellingsen, Shanna Hetherwick, and Lisa Podraza and their amazing co-chairs for planning a FANTASTIC parade and activity filled day for our students to learn about different cultures; and to all the parent volunteers who came out and made the day possible;

To Ms. Kolde for putting together our inaugural Veteran’s Day Choir Performance that was a huge success and a fantastic way to honor the heroes in our community, and special thanks to Annamaria Davidson for helping pull it all together;

To Angie McBeth and Jennifer Sander for coordinating the belt & shoe drive, Box Tops and the Angel Tree for Thornwood Elementary;

To Elizabeth Schwieder and Jill Melancon for your dedication to the Spelling Bee;

To Kingsley Andrews, Kerri Kenne, Margaret Murphy and Kristen Parks for coordinating a fun and educational Colonial Day for our 5thgraders and to all the Colonial Day event chairs and the many volunteer who made Colonial Day such a huge success;

To Jenny Selzer for your work on this year’s Reflection submission;

To the fabulous Teacher Appreciation chairs Lauren Hufford and Morgan Scholl and their amazing committeewho coordinate the monthly teacher lunches;

To Rebecca Howard for assisting Health Fitness with Jump Rope for Heart;

To Kristi Smith, Webmaster, and Melissa Crain, E-blast Chair, for keeping our website up to date and informed with our weekly emails.

To Katie Mattingly, our Corresponding Secretary, for spreading sunshine around our BHE community and taking good care of our families through correspondence and kind gestures;

To Cliff Kuykendall for keeping all of us informed by updating the Marquees each week;

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Kelly Wolf

PTA President


On Friday, December 14th, the Village Fire Department will be at Bunker Hill to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program. If you would like to participate, please have your child bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 14th. The Village Fire Department will distribute the donations to children this Holiday season.

Thornwood Angel Tree

Please help make the holidays bright for a few Thornwood Elementary families. Click on the image below for more details and to sign up.

Newsies at Stratford Playhouse and Barnes and Noble

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. Hurry! 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!

Also, on Saturday, December 8th at Barnes & Noble Town & Country, enjoy SHS Playhouse performances from 10 AM – 2 PM, and have your holiday presents wrapped from 10 AM – 9 PM.


A great Auction begins with great donations! We are looking for party hosts, theater and event tickets, VIP experiences, professional services, time in a vacation home, airline tickets, etc. If you have a connection or something to donate, please let us know by completing a form under the Auction tab on the PTA website, links below or contact Shannon Strickler at (713) 614-7312.

Host a Party Form

Donation Form

Order Yearbooks before January 19th

Don’t miss out on the 2018-2019 yearbook! Click the Buy Your Yearbook pic or HERE to order now! The deadline to guarantee your order is January 18, 2019. After that, orders will be limited to the few extras ordered. We sold out last year so don’t risk it. Cost is $35

If you are not sure if you have already purchased one, please check the list HERE.

Any questions? Contact Izzy Fort

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
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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 :


Alodia Basketball Camps

Please click HERE to learn more about Alodia basketball camps.



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!

We Are Family! I Got My “SISTER SCHOOL” with me!

BHE’s sister school is Thornwood Elementary. Thornwood is located near Stratford HS and currently has no PTA.

1. Please save all your box tops for Thornwood! Send them to your child’s teacher or place them in the bin located in the PTA workroom.

2. Thornwood Library needs your help!! Any amount of time is greatly appreciated. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or whenever you are available. Ms. Natalie Lopez is the librarian and would love help Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday anytime between 8am – 3pm.

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

Calling all Volunteers!

All volunteer sign-ups are now available on the PTA website – click HERE to signup.

BHE’s success depends on YOUR involvement, and we are so grateful for the many volunteers who help us each year. There are many different options, and volunteer opportunities for everyone.

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

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. 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 !

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