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.

Lost and Found

lost and foundPlease check the Lost and Found in the hallway outside the cafeteria between December 6th-15th. Any unclaimed items after Dec 15th will be donated to Thornwood.

Holiday Pizza Party

partyOur annual Holiday Pizza Party will be held Friday, December 16th, in your child’s homeroom. In preparation for the holiday break, the cafeteria will be closed for clean up.   The PTA will provide a pizza lunch for each child. No need to attend. Your room parents will take care of it all.

Reminder:  Early Dismissal on Friday, December 16th at noon.

Happy Holidays!

Toys for Tots

toys for totsOn Thursday, December 8th 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 THURSDAY. The Village Fire Department will distribute the donations to children this Holiday season.

Help Thornwood Students With Holiday Shopping

donateDonations are needed for Thornwood Elementary’s 5th Grade Auction, which allows 5th graders to shop for friends and family for Christmas. Auction items are gently used household items, games, toys, etc. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please contact Melanie Fowler at fowlermb@gmail.com or Kristie Van Arsdel at kvanarsdel@comcast.net and we will coordinate pick up and delivery to Thornwood on Friday, December 9.

Custodian & Cafeteria Staff Holiday Gift

giftPlease consider donating to the custodian and cafeteria staff holiday bonus. There will be a jar in the front office for all contributions until December 14th. These special ladies work behind the scenes each day to make BHE the special place it is, please help us to thank them while wishing them a happy holiday season!

November Thank You’s

thank youWith Thanksgiving this week I can’t help but think about how thankful I am for all the wonderful BHE volunteers. It has been a busy month and we have much to be thankful for at Bunker Hill.

To Ashley Pyles for a great Red Ribbon Week decorations and a fun, meaningful week for our students;

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 Megan and Jonathan Parker for the use of their lovely yard as the setting for the photographs;

To the International Day Committee Chairs: Amy Arriaga, Minda Caesar, Hilary Howard, Noteel Koss, , and Anne Sellis, and all the parent volunteers for a FANTASTIC parade and activity filled day for our students to learn about different cultures,

To Melanie Fowler and Kristie Van Arsdel for coordinating the coat drive and Box Tops for Thornwood;

To Emily Paulson, Kristen Parks and Kelly Wolf for leading the fabulous 3rd Grade “Principal and the Pea” Program,

To Kerri Kenne, Arielle Lawson and Margaret Murphy for coordinating a fun and educational Colonial Day for our 5th graders and to the following Colonial Day event chairs: Amy Blake-Doll Making, Suzanne Stiles-Candle Making, Jennifer Pluchino–Pomanders, Sara Lindsay–Silhouettes, Lisa Vela & Ali Survant –Johnnycakes & Food, Melanie Fowler–Games, Secily Torn–Medicine, Jana DeLongchamps, Karen Fraser & Irene Puhala–Sewing, Emily Paulson-Lunch Set Up and the many volunteers who made Colonial Day run so smoothly;

To those parents who brought food for the November Teacher Appreciation lunch and to the fabulous Teacher Appreciation Committee Amy Norris & Amy Kuykendall who coordinate the monthly lunches;

To Christine Ussher, Webmaster, and Brenda Pounds, E-blast Chair, for keeping our website up to date and informed with our weekly emails.

To Wendy Egger, our Corresponding Secretary, for spreading sunshine around our BHE community and taking good care of our families through correspondence and kind gestures:

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful to be part of the BHE community. Rebecca Howard, PTA President

2016 Spelling Bee

Spelling BeeIt’s that time again! We are preparing all students for our 7th annual Bunker Hill School Spelling Bee! The process begins with class Spelling Bees for grades 1-5 on Wednesday, November 16th. Grade level study lists will be going home on Monday, October 31st and all grade level words are available on the PTA website.

The winners from each class grades one and two will participate in a Primary Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 30th. The top three spellers from the Primary Spelling Bee will receive a Spelling Bee t-shirt.

Two representatives from each class grades three through five will receive a spelling bee t-shirt and will compete in our whole school Spelling Bee to be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 8:45 in the cafeteria. Parents are encouraged to attend! The winner and runner-up of this bee go on to represent Bunker Hill at the District Spelling Bee.

Please enjoy the process of preparing for this event. Remember, your child is allowed to ask for a word to be repeated, its definition, usage in a sentence and origin of language.

If you have any questions please contact Jill Melancon, jill.melancon@springbranchisd.com

2016 Spelling Bee Study Lists

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

5th Grade Washington DC Trip – Register Today!

Attentwashingtonion 5th 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. This year’s 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. The deadline for registering is December 15, 2016. You might even 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

SBISD Volunteer Registration

Calling all Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Friends! Be sure to register to be a SBISD volunteer for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications need to be completed EVERY year and registration is required to volunteer on the BHE campus and/or attend field trips.


iKids Registration

ikidsiKids U registration is going on now for the 2016-2017 School Year! Turn in registrations at the BHE front office, visit iKids online at www.ikidsinc.com, or register by phone at 713-665-5200. iKids U offers a variety of onsite after-school opportunities at BHE including Stay & Play, Enrichment classes, and One on One services. Customize your child’s after-school schedule with part-time and full-time options available! iKids U starts on the first day of school and classes are filling-up fast so enroll today!  Click here for the registration form.

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.

SBISD App & Urgent Text Alerts

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