PTA Meeting

calendarPlease join us for this year’s first PTA meeting. The meeting will be held this Friday, September 2nd at 9:30 a.m. in the BHE Community Center (room 616). Learn about upcoming BHE events, hear from Dr. Muniz and join us as we celebrate some of BHE’s most special gifts.

New Start Time

alarm clockPlease note that our official start time this year is 7:55. This 5 minute earlier start over last year’s time is in place so that we can meet the state required number of instructional minutes over the course of the year. It will also allow teachers and staff to have two half days for professional development. These days are scheduled for November 4th and February 17th.

Students can arrive as early as 7:30 and should be in their classroom at 7:55. We appreciate you adjusting your morning routines so that your child can be at school on time!

September Thank You Notes

thank youSeptember Thank You…

To Christine Ussher for her fabulous work on the PTA website as BHE Webmaster.

To Brenda Pounds for updating us with the weekly eBlasts.

To Heather Bonner, Emily Paulson and Olivia Porter for creating and selling our fabulous BHE Spirit items.  To Lori Maddox for helping organize and distribute.

To Susie Lee and Katie Mattingly for ordering, unloading, and distributing the school supplies all around campus. To Kathleen Haley, Kayley Isgur and ACL who helped distribute the supplies.

To Kristi Smith, Wendi Duty, Wendy Egger, Kayley Isgur, Morgan Scholl, Sheila Smith, Suzanne Stiles and Shannon Strickler for serving on the financial review committee over the summer and performing the annual financial reconciliation. To Amy Hampton who made the process run smoothly and efficiently.

To Elizabeth Biar, Leslie Oliver and Katie Stiles on the Newcomers Committee for doing a fabulous job welcoming new families to BHE.

To Ruth Odom for coordinating the landscaping improvements and hand watering our campus in the evenings during the heat wave.

To Amy Kuykendall and Amy Norris the Teacher Appreciation Committee for providing the “welcome back” luncheon and goodies for our faculty and staff.

To the Back to School Luncheon Committee – Jennifer Borgen, Sarah Geyer, April Hiemstra, Kayley Isgur, and Stacey Kearns who under the fabulous guidance of Renee Isaacs organized the grade level luncheons. To April Graham, Stacey Kearns, Namrata Kothari, Morgan Scholl, Christi Smith and Claire Zurek for opening their lovely homes and hosting the luncheons.

To Rachel Matthews for creating and coordinating the online Big Form.

To Kristi Smith for sending out the PTA budgets for all the committees.

To last year’s CIC committee Melanie Beck, Markley Berg, Mary Chaffin, Kate Grossman, Amy Hampton and Kerri Kenne, for their work in discerning and researching projects for our CIC funds. To Kristie Van Arsdel for chairing the CIC committee.

And last but certainly not least, to our teachers and administrators who create an enriched and loving environment for our children. It’s going to be a great year!   -Rebecca Howard

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.

Coming Soon – Visiting Author Mac Barnett! Order Your Book Today!

booksPre-Order Author Book Today!
Visiting author Mac Barnett will be talking to our 2nd and 3rd graders on Thursday, September 8th.

He is the incredible author of favorite picture books Chloe and Lion, President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. He has also written popular chapter books The Terrible Two and The Brixton Brothers series. He has a new book coming out titled, How This Book Was Made. We have this book available for pre-order through Blue Willow Bookshop. Mac will be autographing all purchased books on the day he visits.

There are two ways you can order. You can order online through Blue Willow Bookshop at: http://goo.gl/PGwUtL , where you can pay by credit card. The other way to order is to fill out this form, attach a check or cash and return to school with your child. Checks should be made out to Blue Willow Bookshop.

This is a great book for all kids, so even if your child isn’t in 2nd or 3rd grade, they can still order a book to be autographed by Mac. All orders need to be placed by September 1, 2016 in order to receive an autographed book.
If you have any questions, please contact our librarian, Tammy Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com

For the order form Click Here.

CIC Fall 2016 Recommendation

campusimprovementThe Campus Improvement Committee (CIC) is recommending a new sound system for the school cafeteria. The PTA will vote on it at the September 2nd meeting. Please email CIC Chair, Emily Paulson (emily@paulson-family.com) with any questions.  Click here to view.

BHE Spirit Days!

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 9.25.04 PMWe’ve got spirit, yes we do!
We’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?!

The BHE Spirit Committee would like to announce Spirit Fridays! Have your kids wear their BHE spirit shirts EVERY Friday throughout the school year!

Also, the first Wednesday of the month is college spirit day at BHE! This is a way for your kids to show their support for their favorite college by wearing a college t-shirt.

Let’s cheer loud this year and support team BHE! GO LIONS!

Heather Bonner, Emily Paulson and Olivia Porter

Welcome to Kinder Party at WonderWild

jumpLet’s jump into kindergarten with this welcome party on Saturday, September 10, from 10 – 11:30 am at WonderWild.

The party includes lunch, dessert and a favor, and provides the perfect setting for kids and parents to mix and mingle.  25 spots were offered at the 2016 Auction and 25 spots are being offered now for kinder students at BHE. Sign up ASAP to secure a spot for your kindergartner!!  $50 per spot.

See SignUp Genius for more information and to sign up today!  Click here!

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!

Campus Improvement Committee (CIC)

campusimprovementThe 2016-2017 CIC committee members are:

Emily Paulson, Chair
Valerie Muniz, Principal
Rebecca Howard, Morgan Scholl, Mary Chaffin, Kristi Smith, Heather Bonner, Melanie Fowler, Taryn Jones

Fall requests can be submitted via the online form that can be found under the “PTA Info” tab by Friday, September 16th. The CIC will review the fall requests and make recommendations to be voted on at the October 7th PTA meeting.

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/

2016 Welcome

learners_journeyNew outfits are chosen and laid out. Backpacks are placed with anticipation by the door. New shoes are waiting for growing feet to fill them. We’re ready to begin our Learner’s Journey! The start of a new school year carries with it an excitement for the journey we will take together to learn and grow. In addition to school supplies, a learner’s backpack must carry a few more critical tools for the year: bravery, grit, and pride.

Be Brave
Any new journey requires courage and bravery. As learners we will face unknowns, challenges, and obstacles on and off the path. Some are planned and designed, and others will come up unexpectedly. We will need to reach for our courage when attempting new tasks, understanding that success doesn’t always happen on the first try.

Be Gritty
Not everything we encounter along the way will be easy. Failure sometimes comes with learning when it is something that truly stretches us. But an encounter with failure, when equipped with grit, will stretch the learner and each will have its reward for persevering. Even Einstein failed several times before succeeding. What makes a person successful is how much grit they have to stick to the task, even when it’s hard to do so.

Be Proud
Bunker Hill Elementary is now in its 61st year of educating students! We have a long-standing tradition of excellence for students, a culture of support, and love for our community. There’s nothing better than being a BHE Lion!

The BHE Staff and I are thrilled to welcome all our students and you on our Learner’s Journey. We are packed and ready for the challenges and successes that lie ahead. And as Dr. Seuss emphatically predicts, “Oh, the places we’ll go!”

Valerie Muniz
Principal

Bus Communication

school busIf your child will be riding a bus home after school, we recommend getting on the text group for your assigned bus. This easy process will allow us to send you immediate information via text messages about late buses or bus problems. If you did this last year and will be on the same bus route, you are still in our system and do not need to do it again.

To join the text group for your bus, first you must know the “color” for your bus.  Bus routes and colors can be found posted in the front windows of BHE.  The last letters in the codes below correlate to your bus color (or = the orange bus route).  Select the code for your bus from the list below and send it in a text to 81010.
@23or
@26re
@54pu
@51gr
@105y
@117bl

Updated Procedures!

arrival dismissalArrivals: Students may NOT be dropped off at school earlier than 7:30. 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.  Our day begins at 7:55 so please have your child at school by this time. They are tardy at 8:05.

Changes of transportation: Any notice of a transportation change should be sent in writing with your child to the teacher. Emailing the teacher on the day of a change will NOT be accepted as notice at any time. Phone calls made to the front office are accepted until 1:00 ONLY. Changes will NOT be accepted after 1:00. We will be uniform in this expectation. Please be prepared to make other arrangements with family or friends if your plans change after 1:00.

Dismissal: Students who will regularly walk or bike ride home without a parent will need to have a form on file. Your child’s teacher will have these or you can access the form HERE and return it to school. Students are not allowed to linger on campus to play without a parent.

Thanks for helping us keep all children safe!

2016 – 2017 Bunker Hill Directory Cover Art Contest

PaintIt’s time for the annual Bunker Hill Directory cover art contest! All students are encouraged to participate!  Click here for more information.

Cub Scout Sign Up Night

cub scoutCub Scout Sign-up Night @ Bunker Hill Cafeteria

When: Aug 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

For more information, visit the Pack 558 Website at http://bhepack558.mypack.us or email Jaclyn Giang at jaclyngiang@yahoo.com

Back to School PTA President Message

letter from the presidentWelcome back Bunker Hill families!
I hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed your time off. Welcome to all of our new students and parents. We are excited to have you as part of our family. You will find we have a wonderful school supported by dedicated staff, hardworking teachers and friendly families. Bunker Hill Elementary is truly a unique school in SBISD.

We are a few days away from starting a new school year and it is time to get organized. Our PTA website is full of important and useful information. Check out the Back to School Checklist so you do not miss anything. The PTA Big Form is online to make it easy for you to take care of your back to school forms. Also, make sure you click on the “Volunteer” tab to find sign ups to BHE opportunities. Our school’s success depends on your involvement.

I look forward to another fabulous school year!

Rebecca Howard
PTA President

Back to School Checklist

Back to school appleWe have included a back to school checklist to help you with all the back to school forms. All of this can be done online, therefore cutting down on staff and volunteer hours. Have fun and click away!

1. Fill out the online Back to School district forms.

2. Fill out the online Big Form by September 2nd.

3. Register to be a SBISD Volunteer.

4. Sign up on Sign Up Genius to be a volunteer at BHE.

5. Update or add your contact information for the Directory.
Returning families check your email for your personalized link!
New families click here to enter your information!

Back to School Dates

back to schoolMark your calendars with the below Back to School Dates!

AUGUST
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

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

Show Your Bunker Hill Spirit

SpiritThe Spirit gear is here! Pre-purchased items will be available for pick-up at Meet the Teacher on Friday, August 19th. You can find your pre-purchased items in your oldest child’s classroom at this time.
While Supplies Last -all Spirit items will be available for sale at these times:

• New Parent Orientation, Thursday Aug. 18th
• Meet the Teacher, Friday Aug. 19th
• Back to School Coffee, Monday Aug. 22nd
• Back to School Night 4th & 5th Grade, Sept. 13th
• Back to School Night 2nd & 3rd Grade, Sept. 14th
• Back to School Night K & 1st Grade, Sept. 15th

For any questions, please contact
Heather Bonner – heatherbonner@gmail.com
Emily Paulson – emily@paulson-family.com
Olivia Porter – olivporter@me.com

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