Red Ribbon Week

The National Red Ribbon Week is Monday, October 22nd – Friday, October 26th

This year’s theme is “Life is Your Journey/Travel Drug Free!”

The Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Let’s all join together and raise awareness within our BHE community!!!

Here are the themes for each day:

Monday, October 22 – Love Yourself. Be Drug Free! – Wear as much RED as possible

Tuesday, October 23 – SOCK it to drugs – Wear crazy/mismatched socks

Wednesday, October 24 – I’m too BRIGHT for drugs – Wear neon or white

Thursday October 25 – Drugs Can’t find ME! – Wear Camouflage

Friday October 26 – Hand in Hand, Team up against drugs – Wear BHE spirit shirts or Favorite team T-shirt (after International Day Costume)

Order Yearbooks before January 19th

Don’t miss out on the 2018-2019 yearbook! Click the Buy Your Yearbook pic or HERE to order now! The deadline to guarantee your order is January 18, 2019. After that, orders will be limited to the few extras ordered. We sold out last year so don’t risk it. Cost is $35

If you are not sure if you have already purchased one, please check the list HERE.

Any questions? Contact Izzy Fort

Holiday Sale

Thank you everyone for making the first ever Holiday Sale a huge success! We appreciate your support of something new!

If you won a physical item, the Auction team will contact you in the next couple days for delivery.

A big thank you to all our party hosts and to the following auction donors:

Adventure Kids Memorial City
Blessington Farms
Brush & Blush
Custom Cupcake Birthday Signs
Dewberry Farm
Glam Nails
Goode Co Seafood
Hebert’s Specialty Meats
Joy Creative Shop
Joanna Rose (The Magic For Less Travel, Bahia Bay)
Learning Express
Leigh-Leigh’s Little Lagniappe
Memorial Bakery
Mrs. D’s pumpkin bread (Gracie Daschmaltian)
Tres Market

Thanks again!
Your 2019 Auction Team
Ashley, Kendra, Linda P., Linda W and Shanna

Spelling Bee

Attention Spellers! We are preparing all students for our 9th annual Bunker Hill School Spelling Bee! The process begins with class Spelling Bees for grades 3-5 on Wednesday, November 7th. Grade level study lists will be going home on Monday, October 15th and all grade level words are available on the PTA website.

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 on Wednesday, November 28th 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.

Principal’s Highlights

Notes from Ms. Johnson’s comments at the October PTA meeting:

At parent conferences during the week of October 15th, parents will receive their student’s results from the fall MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress). (

In fact, when you attend parent conference, please bring your drivers license and plan to show your identification Ms. Estrada.

The new visitor badge system requires that everyone re-submit his or her driver’s license to the school so that a copy of it can be stored in the computer. Even if you showed your license last school year when you visited BHE, we need to input it into this new system.

Before October 26th, International Day, we recommend that parents bring their ID to school for scanning into the computer. Since so many families will come to school for the parade of nations at International Day, we want to avoid a long wait for visitor badge check in.

Also, SBISD policy requires that only staff can log visitors in; so, please have patience with us while we get up to speed.

This is for the safety of our students and teachers.

Dana Johnson, Principal

Bilingual Learner’s Journey

Are you interested in starting your child on the Learner’s Journey towards bilingualism in Spanish and English? Come learn about SBISD’s Two Way Dual Language Program at each of the three elementary campuses: Cedar Brook, Pine Shadows and Sherwood. During those visits, parents will learn about the program, application and lottery process and be able to ask questions about the program and/or each school. We look forward to meeting you!

For more information, see flyers linked HERE and HERE.

Translations! Interpreters!

Do you speak more than one language?

Please volunteer to interpret this month at our school’s main event to celebrate our multicultural community.

Spanish? Arabic? Japanese? Korean? Mandarin? Vietnamese?

At the end of the parade on International Day we hope to provide interpretive equipment for the brief presentation on the hardtop. We need parent volunteers as our interpreters!

If you are willing to help other families and be an interpreter for 1/2 hour on Friday, October 26th at International Day, please use this link to list your native language and contact information before October 22nd.

Beth Gentner will contact you with details.

Thank you. Beth Gentner

p.s. Did you see families wearing headsets at Back to School Night? These volunteer interpreters are making all families feel welcome!

هل تتحدث الإنجليزية قليلاً فقط؟/Habla solo un poco de ingles? /你只会说一点英语吗?

Habla solo un poco de ingles?
Si desea solicitar un auricular de interpretación para la presentación del día internacional, haremos todo lo posible para encontrar un intérprete voluntario para usted. Para el lunes 22 de octubre, por favor solicite equipo interpretativo enviando un correo electrónico
Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

국제 데이 프레젠테이션을 위해 통역 헤드셋을 요청 하시려면 자원 봉사자 통역사를 찾기 위해 최선을 다할 것입니다. 10 월 22 일 월요일까지 전자 우편으로 통역 장비를 요청하십시오. with:

Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

إذا كنت ترغب في طلب سماعة رأس تفسيرية لاجتماع رابطة الآباء والمعلمين ، فسوف نبذل قصارى جهدنا للعثور على مترجم فوري with:

Desired Language:
Cell Phone Number:

如果您想要为国际日介绍请求解释性耳机,我们将尽力为您找到志愿者口译员。到10月22日,请通过电子邮件bethgentner @索取解说设备 with:

Desired Language:

インターナショナル・デー・プレゼンテーション用の通訳ヘッドセットをご希望の場合は、ボランティア通訳を見つけるために最善を尽くします。 10月22日までに、bethgentner @電子メールで通訳機器をリクエストしてくださいgmail.comに :


5th Grade Washington DC Trip – June 2019

Attention 5th Grade Parents,

Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the 5th Grade trip to Washington DC! Every year a group of 5th graders travels 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 May 31, 2019 to June 4, 2019.

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. 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 using our BHE trip number: #8963. 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!

There will be an informational meeting about the DC trip on Monday, October 29th at 6:00 pm in the BHE Library. Feel free to come to find out more information!

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Holley, BHE Librarian and trip coordinator.

October Thank You’s

thank you

It takes a village to keep a PTA running, we have an amazing village at BHE!  Thank you to everyone who helped out this month!

To our brave interpreters during Back to School nights, for making BHE feel like home in many different languages!! And to Beth Gentner for leading the charge to utilize the district’s interpretive equipment and spearhead an atmosphere of inclusivity:

ありがとうございますto Keiko Tanaka as the Japanese interpreter

Muchas gracias to both Karina Rossi and Lizy Santiago as Spanish interpreters

感谢! to Guan Chen, Jenny Li, and Li Wang as Mandarin interpreters

고마워요to Stella Kim as a Korean interpreter

To the Book Fair chairs: Jenny Dillard, Lauren Hufford, Kara Mueck, Shannon Strickler, and Karen Teegarden for planning an amazing event; the kick-off party was a fun-filled evening and Special Friends Day was a memorable day;

To Tammy Holley for her efforts in making Book Fair so special and the library such a wonderful environment for our children; and to ALL the many dedicated volunteers that worked throughout the week;

To Kristen Parks and Michelle Rigo for staying on top of our finances and preparing the operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year;

To Emily Paulson for chairing the PTA membership drive in which approximately 375 members joined, including 100% participation by our dedicated teachers and staff;

To the Campus Improvement Committee: Anne Sellis-Chair, Dana Johnson, Kristen Parks, Emily Paulson, Olivia Porter, Michelle Rigo, Kathryn Roark, and Taunya Rother for working diligently to present the many CIC recommendations;

To Melanie Bash and Emily Paulson for working tirelessly to create an awesome school directory;

And to Lisa Ellingsen for keeping us informed on all things at the district and state level.

Kelly Wolf

PTA President

Family Photos with Fred Keinz!

Support BHE 2019 Auction AS SEEN ON TV and sign up for a spot to have your family photographed by professional photographer Fred Keinz. Photo sessions are 15 minutes and taken at the lovely home of the Paulson Family. You will be able to select the photo you want to be used for the auction brochure and receive one 5×7 print (Print to be delivered March 2019). Price is $150 payable by check to “Bunker Hill PTA.”

After images are ready you will have the option to order holiday cards, reprints and enlargements at an additional cost.

See SignUpGenius for additional information and secure your spot!

Alternatively you can submit your own family photograph. Price is $150 and your photo will be included in the Auction Brochure. You can submit your photo digitally to with subject line “Auction Brochure Family Photo”. Then leave your check in the PTA Workroom, Auction mailbox


Alodia Basketball Camps

Please click HERE to learn more about Alodia basketball camps.



SBEF Fundraiser

SBEF needs your help in “Making Our Schools Better.”  Click HERE to find out more information.

GT Application Window Now Open

The Gifted and Talented application window is open now through October 22, 2018. Applications are conveniently available online HERE. If you have any questions about the GT referral process, the district website is a great resource. The Gifted and Talented page can be found HERE.

If you have further questions, please contact Melissa Farber, the school counselor.


We want your old TVs!

The auction team is requesting donations of your old, vintage, or antique Televisions. They do not need to be in woking order. Please contact Brigid Beck to coordinate the donation. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 2nd!

We Are Family! I Got My “SISTER SCHOOL” with me!

BHE’s sister school is Thornwood Elementary. Thornwood is located near Stratford HS and currently has no PTA.

1. Please save all your box tops for Thornwood! Send them to your child’s teacher or place them in the bin located in the PTA workroom.

2. Thornwood Library needs your help!! Any amount of time is greatly appreciated. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or whenever you are available. Ms. Natalie Lopez is the librarian and would love help Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday anytime between 8am – 3pm.

Reflections Contest 2018-2019

This year the national Reflections theme is “Heroes Around Me”. Students can submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Rules and student entry forms can be found HERE. The deadline for submitting entries will be October 26th by 3pm in the PTA workroom. Please contact Jennifer Selzer, or visit for additional information.


Transportation Protocol – Updated

Welcome back Lions! Check out this video for an update on this year’s new arrival time and procedures!


Students may NOT be dropped off at school earlier than 7:20. Exceptions are tutoring that is arranged with a teacher or events like Books & Breakfast. All morning drop offs will need to be done at the carpool gates. The front of the building WILL NOT be open.  The front parking lot is closed from 7:25 to 7:50 to allow walkers/bike riders to arrive safely. Our day begins at 7:50 so please have your child at school by this time. They are tardy at 7:55.

CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION ON DAY OF CHANGE…please click HERE to read the entire article (UPDATED) and to download the Student Dismissal Form.

Click the link below for a map showing how to get from the front of the school (main entrance) to the back of the school (carpool).


Teachers College

What is Teachers College and how does it positively affect your child? Watch the video below to begin understanding the methods our BHE teachers are using to make your child a lifelong lover of reading and writing.

Join Remind 101 for BHE Buses

Would you like an instant reminder if your child’s bus is running late?

Open the attachment for directions: Remind 101 for BHE buses

Warm regards,

BHE Faculty and Staff

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