President’s Post

letter from the president Portfolio Picnics, Kindergarten Graduation, Book Swap, 5th Grade Farewell… all these things signal the end of another school year and what a great year it has been! As a PTA, we have countless volunteers who have helped in many different ways this year. Our combined efforts, no matter how big or small, make a huge difference to our school and students.

I have been fortunate to work with so many of you this year as PTA President. I am amazed at the talents and special gifts you possess and share with BHE. I especially want to thank the fabulous members of the Executive Board who helped keep the PTA running smoothly all year: Rebecca Howard, Amy Hampton, Mary Chaffin, Megan Parker, Amanda Davison, Jackie Jenvey and Susan Wienert.

I also want to thank Valerie Muniz and Erika Rodriguez for their dedication to our school and community. They truly have the best interests of our students at heart and consistently work with the PTA to provide the best educational experience for every student at BHE.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your PTA president and for all that you do for our school and students. Have a great summer!

Melanie Beck

Need Extra Camp or Summer T-shirts?

tshirtThe 2015-2016 Spirit shirts are on SALE! We have extra spirit shirts from this year for only $2! Sizes available are YM, YL & AM for the blue shirts and YM-YXL,& AL for the Orange 5th grade shirts.
Contact emily@paulson-family.com for questions or to pick-up

4th Graders – Washington DC Trip for 2017

washingtonAttention 4th Grade Parents,
Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the 5th Grade trip to Washington DC! Every year we take a group of 5th graders to Washington DC and surrounding areas in June following the end of school. The trip is coordinated through School Tours of America. Next year our trip will be June 3 to June 7, 2017. Here are some of the highlighted stops:

• Colonial Williamsburg, VA
• Jamestown, VA
• Charlottesville, VA – Monticello Tour
• Washington DC: Capitol Hill, Smithsonian, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, various memorials and landmarks, and more!

Registration is now available through the School Tours of America website or by mail (information coming home with students). Price for trip is all-inclusive (airfare, transportation, hotel, food, and tours). Register by July 1, 2016 for 2016 pricing. You might want to consider traveling with your child for a special trip to culminate the 5th Grade year and study of American History!

You can register online at www.schooltoursofamerica.com using our BHE trip number: #7923. All you need to register is a $99 registration fee. The trip can be paid out over the course of the school year. I hope you will consider this fabulous, fun-filled opportunity!

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Holley, BHE Librarian and trip coordinator at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com.  For the flyer, click here.

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading – It’s fun and free!

As we approach the eagerly anticipated summer months, I want to encourage you to build in some reading time to your summer activities! Reading as little as 15-20 minutes a day can help your child not only avoid the “summer slip” or loss of academic gains, but it can also boost their reading skills and leave them better prepared for the next grade level.

At Bunker Hill, the library provides recommended summer reading lists for each grade level. These lists are posted on here on the Bunker Hill website as well as on the Bunker Hill PTA website. These lists provide a starting point for suggested titles. They are not required. Please encourage your child to make informed book choices this summer, just like they do during the school year, by choosing just right books based on interest and reading level.

Another great way to enjoy good books over the summer is to listen to audio books. There are many great audio books for children on the market today. Listening to audio books helps to build vocabulary, increase comprehension, and strengthen reading fluency. If your family is taking a road trip this summer, consider listening to an audio book in the car. It is a great way to have a shared family experience around a book! Our school has several digital audio books available through our school’s Follett Shelf site and the district Overdrive site. You can also find lots of great audio books at the public library.

Finally, never underestimate the importance of reading aloud to your child – no matter how old they are! Reading aloud is a great way to not only have a great shared reading experience with your child it also allows you to model the love of reading. Reading aloud is not only for young students who are just learning how to read. Students in 3rd-5th grade can benefit greatly from read alouds as well.

Wherever the summer months take you, I hope you and your child will enjoy many good books!
Happy Reading!
Ms. Holley

BHE web site: https://bhe.springbranchisd.com/
Follett Shelf site: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/40467/
Overdrive site: http://sbisd.lib.overdrive.com/950ED4E5-BAA1-49A8-97A6-9A65B755ACC3/10/45/en/Default.htm

booksReading Lists:

Incoming First Grade

Incoming Second Grade

Incoming Third Grade

Incoming Fourth Grade

Incoming Fifth Grade

Spring Branch Middle School

Memorial Middle School

Cornerstone

 

Back to School Lunches

AUGUST
24 – 5th Grade Luncheon – April Graham 11902 Cobblestone Drive
25 – 4th Grade Luncheon – Namrata Kothari 33 Gage Court
26 – 3rd Grade Luncheon – Stacey Kearns 2 J-Star Court
30 – 2nd Grade Luncheon – Claire Zurek 12335 Overcup Drive
31 – 1st Grade Luncheon – Morgan Scholl 11760 Skene Way

SEPTEMBER
1 – Kinder Luncheon – Christi Smith 11766 Duart Drive

luncheon

2017 Auction Announcement

Auction2017Our future is so BRIGHT at Bunker Hill Elementary! Mark your calendars and SAVE the date for BHE’s Auction 2017: NEON NIGHTS featuring The Spazmatics on Saturday, March 4, 2017!

Visit www.bunkerhillpta.com or go to our Facebook page at “Bunker Hill Elementary Auction” and click to join group to receive auction updates.

Back to School Dates

back to schoolMark your calendars with the below Back to School Dates!

AUGUST
18 – New Parent Orientation @ 6pm
19 – Meet the Teacher
22 – First Day of School
24 – 5th Grade Luncheon at 11am
25 – 4th Grade Luncheon at 11am
26 – 3rd Grade Luncheon at 11am
30 – 2nd Grade Luncheon at 11am
31 – 1st Grade Luncheon at 11am

SEPTEMBER
1 – Kinder Luncheon at 11am
2 – PTA Meeting
13 – 15 Back to School Nights

Plastic Containers for Art

artSpring Cleaning? Don’t throw out those old plastic food storage containers (with or without lids)! The Art Room could put them to good use!

iKids Registration

ikidsiKids U registration is now open for the 2016 – 2017 School Year! Priority registration is going on now. Open registration for new incoming BHE students will begin April 15. Registrations may be turned into iKids or the BHE front office. iKids U offers a variety of after-school opportunities onsite at Bunker Hill, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services. Please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or info@ikidsinc.com for any questions. Click here for the registration form.

Chinese Language Immersion

After SchoolMandarin Chinese Language Immersion after School Program at BHE has been a success since starting Spring 2016, and is accepting pre-registration for Fall 2016.

We, a group of parents who want Chinese language education for our children and as volunteers, have been working with Katy GT Academy getting this program started. Katy GT Academy is experienced in providing personalized child education. Teachers are fluent in Chinese and English, with Normal University education and US teaching experiences.

Fulltime students will have daily Chinese, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Challenge math will also be taught in Chinese. By learning and practicing Chinese every day, natural way of learning a language, it is much more effective than learning once a week.

Chinese Language Textbook is “Zhong Wen” by Jinan University, with additional material prepared by Katy GT Academy.

Personalized teaching method is used to match student’s level, interests and styles of learning. First focus is making learning fun and students will be motivated to participate in the learning process.

Please email BHEChineseClass@gmail.com and general@katygtacademy.org

Thanks
Parents for Chinese language education
Katy GT Academy

School Supplies for the 2016-2017 School Year

school-supply-clip-art1-e1365940473244 Don’t forget to order your school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year! Paper forms can be found in the office and are due no later than May 26th.  Orders placed after June 26th will cost an additional 5%.  The deadline to order supplies is July 24th.

Order your child’s supply kit online at www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks (school code BUN001). Kits will be delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school.

If you are unable to order online, please contact Katie Mattingly (katiemattingly@att.net or 713-894-3226).

If you prefer to purchase supplies on your own, supply lists are available in the office.

Please check this list  (alphabetized by first name) for those who have already purchased supplies as of May 20th.

Dismissal Procedure Reminders

 ImportantFor the safety of your child and to help teachers with safe dismissal procedures, please remember the following:

1) To change the way your child goes home you must either:
*send a note to school with your child to give to the teacher OR
*call the front office BEFORE 2:00
Changes made via email to the teacher or after 2:00 may not be honored except in emergency situations.

2) Students may not be removed from the bus line by a parent at dismissal. Once they are in line to board a bus, they will ride the bus home. Parents may check out their child prior to dismissal through the front office.

3) Students accompanied by a parent may stay and play on the playground. Those without a parent present will be sent home immediately after dismissal and not allowed to play unsupervised.

Thank you for helping all of the staff who are on duty ensure the safe arrival of your child at home by following these procedures.

Reimbursement Checks in PTA Workroom

piggy-bankWe have 30+ reimbursement checks that have not been picked up…some of them dating back to September. Please check the PTA workroom to see if you have a check!

Please email amyhampton@comcast.net if you have any questions.

MMS Parent Info

mmsFor those who missed the MMS Parent meeting, click for slide presentation and FAQ.

Dress Code Recharge

dress codeAs the days get increasingly warmer we want to take this time to remind parents and students about making appropriate choices when dressing for school, particularly for girls. While there are many outfits that are cute, they may not be appropriate for school. Girls should wear shirts with regular width/length sleeves (t-shirts) and stay away from thin tank tops, racer back athletic tops, or spaghetti straps. A light jacket or cover up may be worn over these items but must be worn all day, including recess and health fitness. The bottom of shorts and skirts should be longer than the bottom of the shirt. The shirt should not cover the shorts/skirt entirely. Thank you for supporting us with this!

5th Grade Lakeside Party & 5th Grade Graduation

5th grade graduationPlease mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26th for the Lakeside 5th Grade Pool Party. It will be from 3:30-5:30pm. Also, please save the date for 5th grade graduation on Wednesday, June 1st. More information and forms will be sent home with your child the first of May. These activities are so much fun for the kids and it is fun to help them celebrate! If you have any questions, please contact Christi Strock at c_strock@att.net.

Attention Amazon Shoppers

s7-j0saEDid you know your everyday Amazon purchases could help BHE PTA? The Amazon Smile program donates a percentage of qualifying purchases to our organization. All you need to do is start using smile.amazon.com when shopping instead of your normal Amazon bookmark. Select “PTA Texas Congress 4696 Bunker Hill Elementry PTA” as the organization that you are supporting. All of you normal Prime membership privileges still are in place. You just need to always you go the Amazon Smile site to shop.

Take Note…

checkbook2The bank used by PTA insists that all checks must be written to BUNKER HILL PTA. Please make sure to make your checks out accordingly in the future.

Any returned checks will be returned back to the corresponding committee head to be edited or rewritten.

Volunteers for our ESL students!

eslI am looking for volunteers to work with ESL students once or twice each week for 30 minutes on reading skills such as phonics, fluency and comprehension. Volunteers will work with the same student each week. The set time will be agreed upon by the student’s teacher and volunteer. Please email me if you are interested or have any questions.
Thank you!

Jennifer Marks
Jennifer.Marks@springbranchisd.com

Volunteer Information

volunteersThis is a friendly reminder to those who volunteer in our schools and throughout the district.

All volunteers must register online at the SBISD website every year and pass a criminal background check. All volunteers must register and gain approval before starting volunteer service each year. If you were approved to volunteer during the 2014-15 school year, your status was valid until October 1, 2015. After that point, all returning volunteers need to be re-registered and approved for the 2015-16 school year. The system was reset September 30, 2015 and all volunteers must reregister before being allowed on campus.

Volunteers are encouraged to apply early so your application can process prior to the start of the new school year. Please allow 8-10 days for the criminal background check process to occur. Once approved as a volunteer, please contact Devin Estrada at Bunker Hill Elementary School to begin your service.

Volunteers must bring a valid, government issued ID the first time they volunteer on campus to have it scanned into the V-Soft system. Each time you are on campus thereafter, SBISD requires volunteers and visitors to wear a V-Soft issued name badge.

Thank you for recognizing that the safety of our schools, our students and our volunteers is of the utmost importance!

Please click on the link below to take you directly to the application. It takes less than 5 minutes to fill out! Our staff and students appreciate all you do and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again this year!

https://cms.springbranchisd.com/community/Partnerships/tabid/27506/Default.aspx

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