Order School Supplies for Next Year

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THE DEADLINE TO ORDER IS JULY 25. Order your child’s supply kit online at epipacks.com (school code BUN001). Kits will be delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school.

List of current orders as of July 14

If you are unable to order online, please contact Irene Puhala (thepuhalas@att.net or 832-696-9875).

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

After School Activities 2014-2015

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Due to limited room availability for after school groups, we will once again hold a lottery drawing for all groups wanting to meet on campus (Scouts or any other group). The drawing will be held on Monday, June 16th at 2:00 pm in the BHE cafeteria. Anyone is welcome to attend. We will have 2 rooms available for use next year. The Community Center will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Room 207 will be available on Thursday and Friday. If you are interested in entering the drawing, please fill out this form and return to the front office before June 16th. You can also email this form to Ms. Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com .

Just as we did last year, we will draw for days of the week. Since scout troops meet once a month we will draw for the first Friday of every month, the second Friday of every month, the third Friday of every month, and so on until we draw for every day available for the CC and every day available for room 207. Please make sure you indicate any preferences on the form. All after school groups meeting on campus will be scheduled through this lottery drawing. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hernandez or Ms. Holley.

Summer Office Hours

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BHE Summer Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:00am ~ 5:00pm; Closed July 1st ~ 15th

Principal’s Post

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Summer break is beating on the door as the last days of the 2013-14 school year come to an end. Summer camps, swimming, and sleeping in are on all the student¹s minds as they eagerly await the last bell on Thursday. Thank you for all you¹ve done to support your child and your child¹s teacher throughout the year. Our campus community is special because of the partnership we have with you as parents.

We are already looking toward the next school year and making plans for it to be a great year. Our goals are being set, our campus grounds are being improved upon, and new staff is being welcomed. The following explain these in more detail.

Goals for 2014-15
As we closely examine end of year data from STAAR and Stanford assessments as well as student, staff and parent surveys, we are determining the targets we must set for our work next year.  Two major areas will be a focus for our work: improving writing and implementing a new math approach through Math in Focus textbooks. Math in Focus is based on the Singapore Math practices which are fairly new to staff in SBISD. This means that teachers will be getting specific training on the methods and philosophy that will help them effectively implement the practices. We also know parents will have many questions about how to understand and help their children so we will host parent information sessions to help as well.

Summer projects
Our 2nd grade wing and the library will have fresh, new carpet installed. A new sidewalk will improve the carpool loading zone by extending from the current one on the east side of the library out on the north side where gates 4 and 5 are. This will have a covered canopy as well and gates that will open to the carpool lane. Additionally, the sidewalk along the bus loading zone will be redone where it is severely cracked and broken. Bird netting will be installed down the main hallway to prevent nesting that has caused a great deal of mess along the sidewalk. We¹re excited about these improvements that have been much needed.

Staffing
As individual paths take new directions, we will say goodbye to some of our teachers and welcome new ones to different teams. Leaving BHE this year in 1st grade are Amy Sidora, who will be joining the staff at Kinkaid; Emily Duff, who will be starting her family; and Amy Schendel who will be joining the staff at the Regis School. Added to the team will be newly hired Alissa Christensen and Melissa Neisen and Melissa McAlpin who are moving from 2nd and 5th grade. One more new hire will complete the team which is growing to 6 teachers. In 2nd grade Lisa Prins will be saying goodbye to BHE and the team will welcome Brian Dickson from 4th grade. A new hire will complete the 4th grade team. 3rd grade will grow to 6 teachers and Brittany Corpus, currently in 5th grade, will join the team. In 5th grade, we will welcome Shana Mochon to Language Arts. She is a veteran teacher currently at Buffalo Creek.

Postcards
Postcards with class assignments will be sent home via mail on August 15th. If you are planning to be out of town and will be unable to check
the mail, you will be able to see your child¹s teacher by logging on to Parent Access starting August 19th. If you have never received your login for Parent Access, you can contact the school in August.

Thank you for a great year and have a happy and fun summer. We look forward to seeing you back in August!

Valerie Hernandez, Ed. D.

Memorial Middle School Summer Reading Challenge

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For our soon-to-be 6th graders, the Memorial Middle School Library is hosting a Summer Reading Challenge. All you have to do is read 10 books over the summer and complete this form. You will turn the form into the library in August and there will be a fall party complete with a raffle and prizes. I hope all of you decide to take the challenge!

Try Something New This Summer – Read an eBook!

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At Bunker Hill we have access to eBooks through our Follett Destiny website as well as through our District’s Overdrive website. Here are some videos to show you how to access and utilize our eBook and digital audiobook resources. Please watch for an eBook brochure to come home with your child next week. It will contain important information regarding usernames and passwords for accessing our eBooks and digital audiobooks. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
Thank you and Happy Reading!
Ms. Holley

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Overdrive

Capstone Interactive & Tumblebooks

Catalist Digital Audiobooks

May President’s Post

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Portfolio Picnics, Kindergarten Graduation, Bugz Play… all these things signal the end of another school year and what a great year it has been! As a PTA we have 589 members including 100% of BHE teachers, 79 hardworking board members and countless volunteers who have helped in many different ways this year- from chairing a major fundraiser to shelving books in the library; from organzing International Day to helping in the office; from cooking for teacher appreciation luncheons to leading a Junior Achievment lesson; chaperoning a field trip, helping as a room parent, or making copies for the teachers; the list goes on and on. Our combined efforts, no matter how big or small, make a huge difference to our school and students.  It also makes us the Most Outstanding Elementary PTA in SBISD, an honor we received from the SBISD Council of PTAs this month.

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 posses and share with BHE.  Thank you for all you do for our school and students.  I especially want to thank the fabulous members of the Executive Board who helped keep the PTA running smoothly all year: Susan Wienert, Christi Stock, Lori Maddox, Allison Martin, Michelle Majewski, Kelly Basham and Rachel Matthews. I could not have done it without them!

I also want to thank Valerie Hernandez and Pam Pennington 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. Have a great summer!

Donna Jackson

May Thank You’s

 

thank  you bannerTo Susan Wienert who served as our SBEF’s Running for the Arts liaison and supplied BHE runners with bagels and bananas after a fun 5K;

To Cristina Cramer, Wendy Egger, Abby Khatiblou and Rebecca Howard for coordinating the first grade play for our adorable “Bugz” and to the parents who helped make the production run smoothly;

To the Teacher Appreciation Committee: Cristina Cramer, LaQuesha Dillingham-Spivey, Christy Lord, Sheri Howard, Jackie Jenvey and Carol Tesarek for providing wonderful monthly lunches for our teachers all year and for coordinating a May luncheon for our sister school Thornwood;

To Adam and Suzanne Stiles, Lara Finnila and Arielle and Victor Ho for organizing our Hands-On Biology Lab activities for fourth and fifth graders;

To Wendy Egger for our fabulous BHE yearbook;

To Melanie Fowler, Rachel Lim, Katie Moses and Lorraine Peterson for coordinating the Spring Book Fair; and to Allison Brandt, Jennifer Pruett and Taunya Rother for organizing the Book Swap;

To Taunya Rother, Suzanne Stiles, Candace Reed, Stephanie Cox, Kate Grossman, Mary Moll, Ruth Odom and Christi Strock for planning a memorable graduation and a fun-filled celebration for our departing fifth graders; and to Susie and Donald Lee and Candace Reed for creating the video commemorating the students’ years at BHE;

To Kristine Hilger who will order and distribute hundreds of boxes of pizza for the end of school parties;

To Rebecca Howard and Rachel Matthews for keeping us informed with timely eblasts and work on the PTA website;

To the Campus Improvement Committee: Suzanne Stiles (chair), Valerie Hernandez, Jana Delongchamps, Jennifer Elliott, Megan Parker, Lori Maddox, Christi Strock, and Susan Wienert for their work in researching and recommending items that benefit our campus, teachers and students;

To the Executive Board: Susan Wienert, Christi Strock, Lori Maddox, Michelle Majewski, Allison Martin, Kelly Basham and Rachel Matthews for your leadership, commitment and time this year;

To the entire BHE faculty and staff for their dedication to providing our children with a wonderful education;

To Valerie Hernandez and Pam Pennington for the countless things they do to make Bunker Hill an outstanding school for our children! THANK YOU!

SBISD High Tea Series

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You are invited to join Patti Pace, SBISD’s Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, in a conversation with Dr. Pearson.

Dr. Pearson, an expert on early literacy, is the former dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty member in the programs in Language and Literacy and Human Development. His research focuses on reading instruction and assessment.  Dr. Pearson’s Gradual Release Model has been instrumental in the development of our District’s Balanced Literacy Program. Come hear from the expert who first described this fundamental model used worldwide.

 

 

SBISD Track & Field Summer Camp

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The SBISD Track Camp is a five day camp designed to teach young individuals the fundamentals of events in Track & Field.  Each participant will receive hands on instruction from qualified SBISD head track and field coaches.

INSTRUCTION IN:

  • basic mechanics of running, throwing and jumping events.
  • proper warming up and cooling down for events
  • fundamentals of training in all running and field events, including relays
  • proper nutrition
  • goal setting

WHEN:     June 16th  – 20th
TIME:       Mon-Friday 9:30am-12:00pm
(Monday 8:45am for Late Registration)
Meet  Competition followed by Awards in Rubber Gym
WHERE:  Stratford High School Track and Field Complex

Click here for more information and registration

Summer Reading – It’s Fun and Free!

 

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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

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Yearbooks Distribution Wednesday 5/28

yearbook clip artYearbooks are in! Make sure you ordered yours by checking the list. Also, if you still need to order one you can do so by clicking on the BHE PTA website. They are $35. Don’t delay!! They will go fast!!

Yearbooks ordered as of 5/23/2015

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PTA Expense Reimbursement

 

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Please get all of your receipts in as soon as possible. Reimbursement envelopes can be found in the PTA workroom. We cannot reimburse for any expenses for this fiscal year turned in after June 30th. Thanks in advance for your help regarding this matter. Also, if you have submitted a reimbursement, please check the check fan in the PTA workroom.

Thanks so much and have a great summer!

SBISD Code Camp

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For the first time in ten years, Educational Technology is offering a summer camp for students in SBISD. Code Campers will focus on learning how to code using a variety of software programs.

Code Camp will be taught by Spring Branch teachers who are embedding code into their curriculum now. There will be four teachers  instructing 40 students.

● Camp participation is limited to 40 students:

○    20 students entering grades 4-5 in the fall

○    20 students entering grades 6-8 in the fall

● Camp dates are July 28-31 from 9:30 to 2:30.

● The registration fee is $200 which includes a t-shirt, lunch, and snacks.

● Registration is from June 2-30.

● Code Camp will be hosted at the SBISD Technology Training Center.

For more information, please visit here where you will find links to a brochure, registration form, and media release forms.

CIC Approved Items

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After reviewing many requests and with thoughtful consideration, the Campus Improvement Committee presented items for approval at the May PTA meeting. The list of approved items can be found on the BHE PTA website.

Thanks to the members of this year’s CIC: Suzanne Stiles, Chair, Valerie Hernandez, Jana Delongchamps, Jennifer Elliott, Megan Parker, Lori Maddox, Christi Strock, Susan Wienert and Donna Jackson.

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Attention Parents of Rising 6th Graders Attending Memorial Middle School

mmsWelcome to Memorial Middle School!  For some of you, this might be another tour through this exemplary school, but for many, it may be your first experience.  I want to introduce myself.  My name is Beth Cole, and I am the MMS PTA President for the 2014-2015 school year.  Two of my three daughters have been attending MMS for at least  4 combined years, and I can tell you firsthand what a wonderful principal, teachers and PTA the school is fortunate to have.   In fact, the MMS PTA just won the Outstanding Secondary PTA Award and an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Secondary Newsletter from the SBISD Council of PTAs!

Currently, the MMS PTA is filling positions for the 2014-2015 school year.  I wanted to let parents of rising 6th graders know about some exciting Committee Chair positions still open and let you join in on the fun!  The positions are very reasonable time-wise, usually have large committees and will always have full support of the MMS PTA Executive Committee.  Please review the list, and if a position catches your eye, please respond to me (mmsptapres77024@gmail.com). 

  • ·        International Club (International Club is a club for MMS parents to immerse themselves in different nationality culture and cuisine (Cajun and New Orleans included!).  There are nine lunches held throughout the school year, and the coordinators would be responsible for recruiting the hosts and assist in the lunches, as needed.) – 2 spots 
  • Publicity (working with local newspapers and magazines with MMS news and pictures.  Chair will have the MMS photography class to assist with pictures and write-ups, chair will be responsible to submission) – 1 spot
  • ·        Red Ribbon Week (organizing the Red Ribbon Week activities tentatively set for October 20 – 24, 2014) – 2 spots
  • ·        All School Party (MMS hosts two All School Parties; one in early September and one in February.  This position is assisting in setting up for the party, ordering food and games, and organizing the large committee to  work the night of the party.) – 2 spots (out of 7 seven positions)

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Additionally, please be on the lookout for the electronic MMS PTA Big Form, sent out in an eblast, in mid-August, 2014.  This is where you can sign-up for various MMS PTA committees, as well as purchase directories, Family Directory Sponsorships, Write-A-Check, and other MMS PTA related activities.

Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

 Regards,

Beth Cole

mmsptapres77024@gmail.com

 

Medicine Pick up/Disposal

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Dear Parents-

As school is coming to an end, please do not forget the medications or the equipment you have brought to the clinic this year. Come by the clinic during the last week of school to pick up these items.

Children will not allowed to pick up their own medications. 

All medications that have not been picked up by a parent will be destroyed on Friday, May 6, 2014. This rule is in accordance with the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Thank you, 

Celia Douthit RN, BSN

New to BHE?

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The Newcomers Committee wants a head start on welcoming new families to BHE. If you know of new students (other than Kindergarteners) who will be attending BHE in the Fall, please email Karen Diego,kdiego@ollin.com.mx.

Library Books Due

library_books due holleyAll library books are due on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Please help your child locate all their library books and return by Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Students who are all clear in the library (either by returning all their books or paying for lost books) will be entered into a drawing for a free book. Drawings will begin on Friday, May 23, 2014 and will continue daily on BHE TV until the end of the year.
Thank you for your help!!
Ms. Holley

2014 – 2015 Back to School Dates

46a1eb7f-790a-4459-a6da-554b473f6e45Back to School Dates:
August 21 New Parent Orientation at 6:00pm
August 22 New Student Orientation at 8:30am
August 22 Meet the Teacher at 9:00am
August 25 First Day of School at 8:00am
August 25 Back to School Coffee at 8:10am
September 5 PTA Meeting at 9:30am

Back to School Lunches:
August 27 5th Grade at 11:00am at the home of Michelle Majewski, 11748 Cawdor Way
August 28 4th Grade at 11:00am at the home of Stacy Coneley, 3 Greyton Lane
August 29 3rd Grade at 11:00am at the home of April Graham, 11902 Cobblestone
September 2 2nd Grade at 11:00am at the home of Abby Khatiblou, 12306 Pinerock Lane
September 3 1st Grade at 11:00am at the home of Renee Isaacs, 12407 Perthshire Road
September 4 Kinder at 11:00am at the home of Hilary Howard, 11703 Broken Bough Circle

Back to School Nights:
August 26 Kinder and 1st Grade at 6:30pm
August 28 2nd and 3rd Grade at 6:30pm
September 2 4th and 5th Grade at 6:30pm

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