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



2016-2017 After School Room Drawing

after school activitesDue 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 Thursday, June 2nd at 10:00 in room 310. Anyone is welcome to attend. We will have 1 room available for use next year. The Community Center will be available on MondayTuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you are interested in entering the drawing, please click here to download the form.  Fill it out  and return to the front office by May 31st. You can also email this form to Mrs. Melancon at jill.melancon@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. 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 Mrs. Melancon.

Deadline for PTA Check Requests and Reimbursements

checkbook2Time is up! If you are holding onto reimbursements, the deadline for turning them in is Friday, May 27.   If you have an event that takes place after May 27 (room moms, 5th Grade activities), then please turn your receipts in as soon as possible and include a self-addressed stamped envelope so your check can be mailed to your home. If you have any questions, please email amyhampton@comcast.net

Thank you!!!

2016-2017 Spirit Items

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 9.25.04 PMThe 2016-17 school shirts and other spirit items are ready to be pre-ordered! Placing an order is the ONLY way to guarantee the size and availability of spirit items. The spirit store will close on Friday, June 3rd for all pre-orders. You will be able to purchase items in the fall but only what is left in stock.

There are two different spirit t-shirts. One shirt is for students in grades kinder through 4th and the other is available ONLY for 5th graders. It is mandatory for each student to have a spirit t-shirt as they are required for field trips and students love wearing them on Fridays.

There are some exciting new items available this year. So, please click here to purchase! Purchase them now because some of these items will only be available during the pre-order period.   **Pre-orders will also receive a re-usable BHE tote bag FREE!!

Your items will be available for pick-up at Meet the Teacher in August.

If you have any questions please contact one of us.

Heather Bonner – heatherbonner@gmail.com
Emily Paulson- emily@paulson-family.com
Olivia Porter – olivporter@me.com

Graduation Day Volunteers

5th grade graduationGames and field day fun will follow the 5th grade graduation ceremony and we need some volunteers to help with the fun. Please click the link to volunteer. Thank you.


Medication Pick Up

Please do not forget to pick up your child’s medicine from the clinic before June 2, 2016.
Medication will not be given to children to take home due to safety reasons.
All medications left behind will be taken to the SBISD police department for disposal on 6/3/2016.
Thank you,
Celia Douthit RN, BSN

Back to School Lunches

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

1 – Kinder Luncheon – Christi Smith 11766 Duart Drive


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!

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

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

April Thank You’s

thank youA big thank you to our award recipients at the April PTA meeting.  If you see the following people please congratulate them on a job well done. Suzanne and Adam Stiles and Megan Uzick received the Dorothy Flynn Award. Rebecca Howard, Katie Moses and Lori Maddox received the Joan Hardulak Spirit Award. Amanda Davison, Shannon Childress, Sheila Smith and Kelly Basham received a PTA Lifetime Award.  

To our Spring Fling chairs, Amy Hampton, Julie Bergen , Abby Khatiblou, Suzanne Stiles & Lara Bell  who orchestrated a fabulous 60th Birthday Spring Fling celebration, despite the weather prediction, and to all the parents who volunteered their time, staffed the booths, donated cakes and kept things running smoothly.

To Treasurer Amy Hampton and VP-Budget Mary Chaffin for planning and managing our budget planning meetings,

To School Supplies Chairs, Susie Lee and Katie Mattingly for coordinating school supply lists with teachers and getting info to parents,

To Rebecca Howard, who served as our SBEF’s Running for the Arts liaison,

To Elizabeth Kimzey, Sara Lindsay, April Hiemstra and Carrie Ramm for coordinating the Spring Book Fair!

LAST WEEK to Donate Items to Thornwood’s 5th Grade End of Year Auction

 helping kidsOur sister school, Thornwood Elementary, has asked if BHE could help them with their 5th Grade End of Year Auction. The auction allows the 5th graders to purchase items for themselves and family members with tickets they have earned throughout the Spring. Auction items are gently used household items, games, toys, etc. (Think items you would donate to Goodwill or put in a garage sale). Many 5th graders “purchase” the household items for their parents or adults in their family. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please contact Brenda Pounds, Katie Moses or myself and we will coordinate collection and delivery to Thornwood the week of May 23rd.

Questions? Please contact Susan Wienert, swienert@sbcglobal.net

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

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.

4th Grade Parents: Help Needed

volunteers neededJoin the 4th grade students for a fun day of dissections!  Help is needed to monitor each table of students.  Dr. Victor Ho will be leading the dissections.  Click HERE to sign up.

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.

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