Auction Updates

Auction logo 2015Support BHE Beautification Projects

We hope you will support our efforts to Beautify BHE by making a donation in honor of your student’s hard work. Please take a look at our exciting new projects. Donations may be made through BidPal, at our upcoming 2015 College GameDay Auction. Please click here to view a full description of this year’s Beautification Projects.

Hotel Sorella Booking Code and Instructions

If you would like to stay overnight, go to Enter Group/Block code BHEAUCTION for our group rate of $139 or call 866.842.0100


  • Bang, Bang! Ariana Grande Rodeo Private Suite – You and (15) of your friends will enjoy the privacy of your own suite, which includes dinner, beverages, the ice cream cart and gratuity.
  • Calling all Future Mustangs! MHS Football Experience Texans Cheer – Fourteen (14) Bunker Hill boys will join Memorial High School Varsity Football Lettermen Robert Lee (Lineman), Blake Magee (Linebacker), Collin Nichols (Tight End) and Colton Taylor (Quarterback) for a 7 on 7 Green vs. Navy football game.
  • Seahorse Beach Club – Enjoy an Ultimate Couples Beach Weekend or take your family to the sea at the Seahorse Beach Club & Residences.
  • Camp Olympia Summer Camp  - One Full Tuition for one camper from a NEW camper family for either of the following terms:

                             TERM 2: June 21-July 11, 2015; OR

                             TERM 3: July 12-August 1, 2015.

  • Hole in One! Lochinvar Golf – Golf for Four (4) at the newly renovated, exclusive Lochinvar Golf Club.

For more detailed descriptions of Auction Items, please refer to the Auction Tab on the PTA website. Stay tuned as we introduce more items each week.

Join Our Bunker Hill Elementary Auction Facebook page for the latest 2015 GameDay info.

Bookworm Festival


Bookworm Festival Saturday, January 31, 9:30 am

  • Celebrate emerging readers and those who write for them.
  • Keynote speech from Dan Santat, author of illustrator of countless books including his newest, A CRANKENSTEIN VALENTINE.
  • Additional appearances by
    • Tad Hills
    • Deborah Freedman
    •  Jennifer Hamburg
    • Dan Hanna
  • Saturday, January 31 at Spring Oaks Middle School from 9:30 – 11:30. Doors will open at 9:00.
  • FREE for all!
  • Spring Oaks Middle School is located at 2150 Shadowdale: Houston, TX 77043
  • For more information, visit or email

MMS Used Book Sale

booksMMS is collecting gently used books NOW through February 6 for their “Love Your Library Week”. They are accepting books on any reading level, but prefer books that target Middle School readers. The library will have these books on sale all week - February 9th – 13th. You may help MMS by donating your used books to them.

SBISD School Bell Award

spring branch isd logo large squareCongratulations to Ashley Cernosek who was nominated by our PTA for the Spring Branch Council of PTA’s School Bell Award! Ms. Cernosek and all the nominees from other schools in the district will be recognized at the PTA Founder’s Day Dinner on February 12th. BHE is fortunate that our students have such a strong educator and role model in Ms. Cernosek and we are proud to nominate her for the School Bell Award.

Teacher Appreciation

teacher appreciation - thumbnailOur wonderful staff has enjoyed delicious lunches each month. Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed. For the remaining months please consider signing up using the sign up genius for the various menus we plan on providing. There are spots available for all remaining lunches! Should your skills not be culinary or you are not able to spare the time please also consider signing up to contribute items for “Teacher Appreciation Week” in May. Please click HERE to contribute.

Summer Volleyball Camp

volleyball ballVolleyball 101 is a summer camp designed to help middle and high school athletes develop skills and prepare for tryouts. The Director of the camp is Coach Stasia Davis McKenzie. Coach McKenzie currently coaches the top volleyball teams at Spring Branch Middle School.

Players are taught passing, setting, hitting, and overhand serving. Players are grouped according to age and skill level to ensure maximum development. Younger campers will focus on fundamental skills and concepts. Older campers will focus on polishing skills and techniques and participate in a strength and conditioning portion that is volleyball specific. Volleyball 101 graduates will leave camp with new skills, knowledge, and confidence.

Please click HERE for more information and to register.

ESL Tutors Are Needed

eslWe have several new students at BHE who could benefit from one-on-one English language tutoring. No experience or knowledge of other languages is necessary. Please contact Jennifer Marks at for more information.

ESL Tutoring will take place every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30. Each volunteer is matched with a 1st -5th  grade student who is new to the country and struggling with the English language. The goal of the program is for the child to establish a risk-free relationship where they are comfortable to ask questions and learn to enjoy reading and writing in a new language.  Each week the tutors will offer help with reading, writing, listening and speaking. Mrs. Marks will provide you with lessons and materials to be used with your child. This is a wonderful way to volunteer, and the relationships that are made will last a lifetime!

Early Morning Drop Off Time

7_30Please be aware that teachers are on duty at 7:30 in the morning. At this time students may be dropped off to report to the gym or cafeteria. Dropping off earlier than 7:30 IS NOT allowed or safe since there is no supervision for students. Exceptions to this are times that are arranged with the parent for students who meet for organized groups such as Books & Breakfast or tutoring with a teacher.

Lawrenz Fitness Extravaganza

health fitnessLawrenz Fitness Extravaganza: Sports and Fitness Activities

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Spring Woods High School, 2045 Gessner

Sponsored By:  Spring Branch Health Fitness Teachers Association


The Extravaganza will feature instruction in 18 sports and/  or activities to SBISD elementary students in first through fifth grade.  Facilitators will include staff and athletes from SBISD Elementary, Middle and High Schools, University of Houston and Lone Star College. The students will participate in three (3) different sessions and the cost for the event is $10.  To register, click HERE.

Auction Updates


The auction decorations team is in need of the following items. Please contact Julie Bergen  if you can assist.  The deadline is January 30th.  All items will be returned after the auction.

-        Tailgate games

-        College logo folding chairs

-        College logo coolers

-        Regulation size footballs

-        Football tees

-        College banners


  • (LIVE)  English Cream Golden Retriever – Adorable 10-week-old female.
  • (LIVE)  Port Mansfield – Four lucky fishermen will enjoy three (3) nights at the legendary Mansfield Club in secluded Port Mansfield, Texas
  • (LIVE)  Lake Tahoe House – Six (6) night, seven (7) day stay at this beautiful three (3) bedroom, three and a half (3 1/2) bath cabin with a view of the lake from every level of the home. Plenty of space for one family or two. This place sleeps 10!  
  • Fayetteville Farm House – Relax for a two (2) night stay in the country. Enjoy the old historic antiquing towns of Fayetteville, Warrenton and Round top.
  • College Pride Package – Get your fellow alums together for this wonderful week of school pride. The winner/s will choose the college that is honored at BHE for the week of May 4th.

For more detailed descriptions of Auction Items, please refer to the Auction Tab. Stay tuned as we introduce more items each week.

Upcoming Author Visit for 4th & 5th Grades

library_books due holleyWe have an exciting event in store for our 4th & 5th graders. Gordon Korman will be coming to visit our school on Thursday, February 12th. He will be talking about writing and his newest book, Masterminds. He is a very popular author with our 4th and 5th graders. We have read many of his books during Books & Breakfast. If you would like to order a book to be autographed by Mr. Korman, please complete THIS order form and return it to Ms. Holley in the library by Tuesday, February 3rd. Any orders received after February 3rd, will be filled, but they may not arrive in time to be autographed by the author.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Holley.

Executive Board Nominations

ptaThe PTA Nominating Committee for the 2015-2016 slate of Executive Board officers was elected at the PTA meeting on Friday, January 9. The Nominating Committee members include Heather Bonner, Allison Brandt, Tammy Hampton, Kerri Kenne, and Allison Martin.

Nominations for Executive Board positions may be made to any of the above listed members of the Nominating Committee or submitted to the Executive Board Nominations box located in the PTA workroom before January 31. Executive Board positions include:

  • First Vice President-Membership (President Elect)
  • Second Vice President-Budget and Finance
  • Third Vice President-Ways and Means
  • Fourth Vice President-Communications
  • Recording Secretary

The Nominating Committee will meet during the month of February to slate the nominations for the Executive Board. The slate of officers will be posted and publicized after the Nominating Committee concludes its work, and at least seven days before the March PTA meeting.

Questions? Contact Tammy Hampton,

Cycle Day ~ January 24

cycleDid someone in your household get a new bike for Christmas and you don’t know what to do with the old one? Chain Reaction Ministries will be at Frostwood Elementary on January 24 from 12pm – 2pm collecting bikes. Please donate any used, not used, rarely ridden, hanging in the garage, leaning on the wall, dusty, rusty, boy/girl, adult/kid bike or trike.

PTA President’s Post

unnamed-3Happy New Year!  Hopefully you have enjoyed your holiday and are ready to get 2015 started! It is hard to believe that the school year is half over.  What a terrific first semester we had! All those wonderful events would not have happened without our outstanding parent volunteers.  Book Fair, International Day, Teacher Appreciation lunches, Colonial Day and many more events are successful because of our volunteers.  Our Spring semester is full of more fun, engaging volunteer opportunities.  Please click the “Volunteer” tab on the PTA website to volunteer to help with Auction, Spring Fling, Teacher Appreciation, Copy Volunteer and Office Volunteer.

As a reminder, we have our first PTA meeting this Friday, January 9 at 9:30am in the Community Center.  We will be electing our Nominating Committee during the meeting.  The Nominating Committee takes suggestions for the PTA Executive Board positions and slates the board for the 2015-2016 school year.  All suggestions for the Executive Board are due to the Nominating Committee by January 31st.  In addition to committee reports, Principal Valerie Hernandez will give us an update on all things BHE.

Hope to see you all at PTA meetings and events in 2015!

Susan Wienert

Parenting Seminar



Thank-You ~ January

thank  you banner - thumbnailTo Lori Maddox and Allison Martin for coordinating the third grade play, “Rockin’ Through the Solar System” and to the parents who helped make the production run smoothly;

To Lara Finnila for organizing our fabulous S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G   B-E-E;

To Rachel Matthews, Van Neyland and the fifth grade parents who participated in a memorable and educational trip to JA BizTown with our fifth graders;

To those parents who contributed to the December teacher appreciation luncheon, and to those who covered the classrooms during the luncheon so the teachers and staff could enjoy the celebration together;

To the Fall Room Parents for organizing the fun and festive classroom holiday parties, and to Kate Grossman and Arielle Lawson-Ho for their efforts in overseeing the room parents;

To Susie Lee for ordering and distributing hundreds of boxes of pizza for the classroom holiday parties;

To Valerie and Mike Lynn for keeping our school marquee up-to-date with current school and PTA information;

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

To the Community Service committee for collecting coats for our sister school, Thornwood Elementary and the Teacher Appreciation committee for providing Thornwood Elementary teachers with a lovely holiday lunch;

And, to all of the fabulous BHE parents that go above and beyond every day to make our school such a wonderful place!

Principal’s Post

zestSpunk.  Pep.  Verve.  ZEST!  I can’t think of a better way to bring our semester to a close than with a focus on what it means to have a zest for life.  Our character strength this month encourages us all to approach each day with excitement and energy. New situations become intriguing when we embrace them with enthusiasm and take initiative in learning experiences.

Last week, students in 5th grade Language Arts took the initiative to express their voices by entering a contest that required them to research and write about what they thought best defined 2014.  They fervently supported their opinions with their reasoning and facts demonstrating a commitment to submitting the winning entry.  Their work resulted being selected as the winners and the entire grade level was recognized on the weekly “shout-out” on the program, “The Week in Rap.”  They were so excited!

Another new experience that was met with excitement was the opportunity to join millions of students across the globe in an Hour of Code.  The Hour of Code was a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to expose students of all ages to learning how to code computer programs.  Students K-5 had different activities that provided fun ways to learn code.  You can carry on this learning by watching the short introductory video at  From there you will find several links to allow your child to continue interactive games and activities that teach the basics of coding.

So many exciting things happen each week at BHE and these are only two examples of students and teachers being ZESTFUL about learning, an action that cannot be measured on a standardized test.  We continue to strive to provide learning experiences that will prepare students beyond the STAAR so that we are not limited by this one test that continues to morph mysteriously.  TEA announced last week that the 5th grade Math STAAR test, which will assess new standards, will be given on April 20th, almost a month later than originally scheduled.  This comes as welcome news since it will allow for more time to provide instruction.

I continue to be proud of the work done by teachers and students this year. We are ending the fall semester on a strong note and will begin the spring with renewed vigor and zeal.  We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Stanford Testing for 2nd-5th Grade

stanfordBeginning Tuesday, January 13th, students in grades 2-5 will be taking the Stanford Achievement Test. Testing will be done in the morning over several days for each grade level through January 21st. Teachers will be sending the specific dates for the grade level in the weekly newsletters. Please mark these on your calendar and do not schedule checkouts or absences on your child’s testing dates. Due to the short timeline and the varied tests to be administered, make ups are difficult to schedule. We appreciate your cooperation.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

school  nurseWhen to keep your child home from school…

  • Fever of 100.0 or greater is an indicator of a contagious illness and your child should remain away from school until the fever subsides without the benefit of a fever reducing medicine.
  • Sore throat accompanied by fever or rash
  • Diarrhea and /or vomiting
  • Nasal or respiratory drainage that is thick, green, yellow or grey is a sign of infection

The School Nurse is available by phone to help you make decisions about keeping your student home.

MHS Markettes ~ Spring Jr. Drill Clinic

image1Please join The MHS Markettes Drill Team for a fun evening of dance at their fundraiser, The Spring Jr. Drill Clinic. Have fun and learn a dance to perform in your event t-shirt at a MHS basketball Halftime Show! Date: January 30th Time: 5:45pm ~ 8:15pm Cost: $40 Click here for more information.

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