5th Grade Colonial Day

colonial DayHear Ye! Hear Ye!
Friday, November 18th
5th Grade Colonial Day

What is Colonial Day?
Colonial Day is an all-day event sponsored by the PTA for all 5th grade students. Students are asked to wear period costumes and spend the day learning hands-on how to make things such as butter, candles, dolls, and silhouettes. They will learn about the food colonists ate, discover how they treated illness, and hear about military life from a colonial soldier. There are many wonderful things to experience for everyone involved!

Colonial Lunch
Your 5th grader will need to bring a colonial lunch on this day. Remember . . . Colonists did not have items such as bags of chips, plastic wear, juice boxes, Ziplock bags, or insulated lunch bags or even paper bags. In fact, paper was very valuable and would not have been wasted wrapping up a lunch. Involve your child and think simply. Bring a lunch in a basket or tin, or simply wrap it in a cloth napkin. Items like fried chicken, boiled eggs, bread, cheese, and fruit would be great. Lemonade in tin cups will be provided. We will be enjoying lunch outside on quilts, weather permitting. If you would like to join your child for lunch, please note that lunch will take place from 12:15-12:55.

Colonial Dress
On Thursday, November 19th, each girl will make a mop hat, and each boy will make a pouch like those colonial men would have used. We encourage them to wear their hats and pouches as part of their costumes the following day. Colonial girls wore long dresses or plain skirts and blouses with aprons and stockings. Girls’ hair was worn in braids, pony tails, or pig tails. Boys wore white collared shirts, vests, and dark knickers, which can be easily made by tucking long pants in white knee socks. Be creative! The outfit does not need to be elaborate or even store bought. Thrift stores or second hand stores are a great source for items like these.

Volunteers – we need your help!
Parents won’t want to miss out on this wonderful BHE tradition! Each activity station requires volunteers! Here’s how you can help:

– we still need volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts – please check our SignUp Genius on the PTA website. We also will need help with the boys’ and girls’ sewing projects that will take place on Thursday afternoon, November 17th.

We encourage all volunteers to also dress in colonial attire! Any amount of help you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure you are registered to volunteer for our campus through the SBISD website.

Thank you in advance for your help – we are looking forward to a fun-filled and educational day!

Kerri Kenne skkenne@sbcglobal.net
Margaret Murphy mgmurphy77@gmail.com
Arielle Lawson-Ho rellh@att.net

Reaching Success with Dyslexia

The Spring Branch ISD Dyslexia Department invites you to join Dr. Stefan Kreuzer as he shares his story.

Dr. Stefan Kreuzer is a well-known and highly-respected expert in the field of orthopedics.  He has performed thousands of successful knee and hip surgeries that have helped to relieve patients’ pain and significantly improved their quality of life.  Dr. Kruezer will share his story of dyslexia.  Please join us for this informal presentation with a question and answer session to follow.

Please contact Darlene Fournier at darlene.fournier@springbranchisd.com with any questions.

Date/Time:  Thursday, October 27, 2016/7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Event:  Reaching Success with Dyslexia
Location:  Spring Branch ISD Administration Board Room, 955 Campbell Rd.Houston, TX 77024

Register here

Amazing Race for Families

Annual Adventure Race for Adults & Kids
Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 pm
George Bush Park, Houston
Only $48.00 per team (adult/adult, adult/kid or kid/kid)

Discounts for Teachers, Military & First Responders!
Raise $100-$600 for your school, club or charity.

About The Race / Started 2012
It’s all about SMILES & TEAMWORK! Modeled after the TV show, two person teams race around a XC course speckled with a variety of fun-filled challenges.

Each challenge requires the coordination of both teammates in order to complete. Be prepared to get a little dirty & wet.

It’s way more fun than a 5K!
* 1.5 mile course with up to 8 outdoor challenges.
* 2 person teams … adult/adult, adult/kid or kid/kid.
* 3 challenge levels … easy, intermediate & difficult.
* 4 race divisions … grades: K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-adult.

Donate Sneakers for Pediatric Cancer!

Sign Up Now!

Sign Up for International Day Now!

international dayBHE will celebrate International Day on Friday, November 11. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a parade of nations featuring BHE students dressed in a country’s native attire. You choose the country when you sign up your child to participate in the parade. On the day of the parade, your child will need to come dressed in costume and proceed to class as normal. Each year, more than 300 students march in this colorful parade, representing over 40 different countries. Parents are invited to attend the parade on the gymnasium hardtop. Click here to sign up your child for the parade. The deadline is Wednesday, November 2.


Later that morning, the students will experience crafts, food, and entertainment from our highlighted countries: Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, Madagascar and Taiwan. A few volunteer spaces are still available. Click here to volunteer for this event. Only those parents volunteering can attend this portion of the day’s activities. You must be registered as a volunteer with the district to participate.


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 !

Red Ribbon Week

RedRibbonLogoregisteredRed Ribbon Week will be held October 24th – 28th. This is a fun week to teach and encourage children about healthy habits and choices. Discussions about saying no to drugs and being a good person often take place during this week. All discussions are age appropriate. To keep the kids engaged in the week’s discussion and to make it fun, each day students will be encouraged to wear a particular type of clothing to school. Please join us in celebrating Red Ribbon Week!!

Monday, October 24th – Love Yourself – Wear red!

Tuesday, October 25th – I’m Drug Free, From Head to Toe – Wear crazy hats and socks!

Wednesday, October 26th – I’m too bright for Drugs – Wear neon or white!

Thursday, October 27th – Join the Fight Against Drugs – Wear Camouflage!

Friday, October 28th – Team Up Against Drugs – Wear your BHE Shirt or Favorite Team Shirt!

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


Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for HeartIt’s that time again for Jump Rope For Heart, an American Heart Association program that teaches students in 38,000 schools nationwide valuable lessons that will last a lifetime!

YOUR CHILD learns about the importance of taking care of their heart and how it works. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? We can change that — 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease are preventable. Each member of the Zoo Crew teaches healthy habits for life!

YOUR CHILD learns the importance of helping others through this service learning project. Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away? Your child has the ability to make a difference and share their ROAR for heart health loud and clear! We’re challenging them to take their own heart challenge through our Zoo Crew E-Card and asking them to share that message with others.

YOUR CHILD feels good for making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support the American Heart Association’s research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. Additionally, the school earns money for PE equipment so we can keep our kids MOVING!

We’ve made it easy for your child to ask for donations in person, or by sending messages online or through our free mobile app!  Download app by searching Jump/Hoops in the app store or log onto heart.org/jump

For more information, click here.

To see prizes, click here.

Elementary Volleyball Program

volleyball2Texas Elite Volleyball is excited to announce

P E T I T E   E L I T E
12 and under Volleyball Team Program
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades.  Click here for more information.

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

October Thank You’s

thank youIt takes a village to keep the BHE PTA running. Thanks to all of those who have helped this month!

To Hilary Howard, VP Underwriting, for a successful underwriting campaign; and to all those families and community businesses who so generously contributed;

To the Book Fair chairs: Markley Berg, Allison Brandt, Cristina Cramer, Hilary Howard, and Julie Masraff for planning a fun and successful event; the kick off party was a fun-filled evening and a Special Friends Day 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 Mary Chaffin and Kristi Smith for staying on top of our finances and preparing our operating budget, which was approved at the PTA meeting;

To Morgan Scholl for chairing the PTA membership drive in which approximately 450 members joined, including 100% participation by our dedicated teachers and staff;

To all the PTA committee chairs that completed the Plan of Work;

To Taunya Rother and Stacey Kearns for organizing and coordinating our room parents;

To Allison Martin and Megan Parker for scheduling and training our library volunteers;

To Katie Hazeldine for coordinating and training our Copy Volunteers and our Office Volunteers;

To April Graham and Kristen Rabel for working tirelessly to produce our awesome school directory;

To the Newcomers Committee who has done a fabulous job welcoming new families to BHE;

To Melanie Fowler and Kristie Van Arsdel who have worked to get Community Service running smoothly;

To All Parents who brought items to help make the September and October teacher appreciation luncheons delightfully delicious!


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

MHS Freshman Garage Sale Collection Days

garagesaleIt’s time to clean out your garages and closets! The MHS Class of 2020 is collecting garage sale items to benefit their Senior Fund.

When : Saturday October 15 & 22; November 5 & 19 Time : 10:00am ­ 12:00pm
Where : The MHS Fieldhouse off Gaylord across from MHS

Click here for more information

Auction Brochure Family Pictures

Auction2017Let’s GLOW! Support BHE Auction 2017 NEON NIGHTS and sign up for a spot to have your family photographed by professional photographer Fred Heinz. Photo sessions are 15 minutes and taken in the lovely backyard of the Parker family. You will be able to select the photo you want to be used for the auction brochure and receive a 5×7 print. 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!

Theater Opportunities

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-28-pmThe Stratford Playhouse invites you to be a walk-on part of the cast for Me and My Girl!  Or purchase a backstage pass for a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun pre-show action.  Click here for more information about walk-ons and backstage passes.

Spanish at BHE!

LanguageThe Early Language Learners program offers Spanish on campus, Thursdays 3:05 – 4:05.
In a word, our classes are: INTERACTIVE! Our experienced teachers use music, visuals, manipulates and body movement to address listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Register at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

Reflections Contest 2016-2017

ReflectionsThis year the national Reflections theme is “What Is Your Story?” 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 http://txpta.org/program/reflections/participate/. The deadline for submitting entries will be October 21st by 3pm in the PTA workroom. Any student may participate as long as one person of their primary household is a member of BHE PTA.  Be sure to join the PTA on the Big Form by September 9th.

Please contact Jennifer Selzer, jenpselzer@gmail.com or visit www.txpta.org/programs/reflections, for additional information.
Rules – click here.  Entry Form – click here.

Job Club Registration Open

jogging clubDates:
Fall – October 3, 2016 – December 12, 2016
Spring – January 9, 2017 – April 3, 2017

This program is open to any student grades K-5 and their parents to enjoy jogging with friends and classmates. Also, BHE Faculty and Staff are welcome to join us. Parents you do not have to attend in order for your child to attend. Jogging Club will be held every Monday, except Holidays, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. In order for your child to participate the following form must be filled out.  A form needs to be completed for EACH child you are registering for jog club.

For Safety purposes we are limiting the Jog Club the first 100 students. We will form a wait list after the first 100 applicants. Fills up Fast!  Click here to sign up.

Photo Gallery Volunteers Needed!

camera_photo2Calling all photographers/Mammarazzi’s!!!! Please volunteer for this year’s Photo Gallery! We need both Photographers and Assistants for each grade level. This is a great way to meet the other children in your child’s grade and is also a fun way to see your child in action at recess! It is very simple and can be done in 5-7 recess takes.  Sign up here!

Epi Pen Savings Card

nurseThis SAVINGS card can be used to reduce the amount of your out-of-pocket expense up to a maximum of $300 per EpiPen 2-Pak® carton, up to a maximum of three (3) 2-Pak® cartons per prescription. No other purchase is necessary. This offer can be used total of six (6) EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons until 12/31/2016. Valid prescription with Prescriber ID# required.  Log on to-www.epipen.com/copay-offer/

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