Red Ribbon Week: Oct 27-31

Host a Party

Auction 2015 v2 Support the BHE PTA fundraising effort by hosting a party to be sold at our Auction. Gather your friends, choose a theme, fill out the host a party form and send to Kate Grossman at

Deadlines are December 12, 2014 for grade level parties and January 9, 2015 for all other parties. Under the Auction Tab on the top menu, you will find the host a party form as well as auction party hosting guidelines.

Having trouble coming up with a fun party idea??? Consider one of the following new options:
* Road Rally – team scavenger hunt from house to house or to local businesses.
* Cork and Fork – wine and apps tasting
* Pedal Party – pedal yourselves around the neighborhood for a progressive dinner party, FUN!
* Couples or Family Field Day – Fun games + food + outdoors = a great party!
* Tailgate – always a great way to gather BHE friends.

International Day

international BHE will celebrate International Day on Friday, November 14. 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 Friday, November 7.

Later that morning, the students will experience crafts, food, and entertainment from our highlighted countries: Australia, Germany, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago, and West Africa. 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.

BHE Gym Shorts

shorts-1 We have one last pair of BHE Gym shorts for sale. They are an adult small and cost $20. If you’d like them please email Morgan Scholl at

Liz Eikenberg Memorial Update

mockingbird The outpouring of support for creating the Liz Eikenberg Memorial Bird Sanctuary has been tremendous. As a result, we have added Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to the schedule. Students will have the opportunity to participate in one of two ways. You can come to the art room after school from 3:00 to 3:45 on October 27, 28 or November 4* to paint a tile that will be part of the sanctuary. The signup is here (please put the student’s name in the comment section). The October 29th date listed is for you to submit a suggestion for a tile in the comment section, and Ms. Cedrone will paint it for you. You can suggest a word about Ms Eikenberg, a memory of second grade, or something that reminds you of her. Please submit your suggestion anytime from now until October 31, 2014. Any past student of Ms. Eikenberg is welcome to participate in either opportunity.

*Students coming to paint October 27, 28 or November 4 must be picked up at 3:45 outside of the art room. There’s enough space below for a 250 character suggestion submission, if you need more space you can send an email to

Prevention of Communicable Diseases

school  nurse SBISD is closely monitoring events concerning Flu season, Enterovirus-D68, and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHES) recommendations regarding communicable disease protocols. Please see the documents below for more information.

Infection Control

Prevention of Communicable Disease

Jump Rope for Heart

jump rope This year, Jump Rope for Heart will take place on November 25th at BHE during your child’s designated specials time.  Jump Rope for Heart raises money for The American Heart Association.  To register and begin collecting online donations, click here.  We are only accepting online donations this year (no cash/checks).

5th Graders Washington DC Trip – Registration Still Open

washingtonWant to cap off your 5th grade year with a fantastic trip to Washington DC, Colonial Williamsburg & Jamestown? Join us as we travel to Washington DC on June 6-10, 2015. Registration is still open and we are looking for some more students to join our trip! Parents are welcomed too!!
You can register for the trip at Our trip number is #7187.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Holley!

Volleyball Clinic


Colonial Day

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Friday, November 21st is

5th Grade 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 do such things as churn butter and make silhouettes, candles, and dolls. They will also learn about the food colonists ate and discover how they treated illnesses. They will hear about military life from a colonial soldier. There are many activities and wonderful things in store for everyone involved.


Your 5th grader will need to bring a colonial lunch on this day. Remember…colonists did not have Cheetos, Tupperware, juice boxes, Ziplocs or insulated lunch bags. In fact, paper was very valuable and would not have been wasted wrapping up a lunch. Involve your child and think simply. Bring lunch in a basket or tin and wrap it in a cloth napkin. Items like fried chicken, boiled eggs, bread or biscuits and cheese would be great, and apples need no packaging.   Lemonade and tin cups will be provided. We will be enjoying lunch outside, weather permitting.  If you would like to bring a quilt and join your child for lunch, please note that they have an extended lunch period – 12:05 – 12:55.


On Thursday, November 20th, 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 Bunker Hill tradition. This is an “all hands on deck” event, as each activity station requires many volunteers.  Here’s how you can help:

  • We still need volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts – please check here to volunteer. Note that if you aren’t available to volunteer on Colonial Day, there are other ways to help… we  need a few volunteers to help with a sewing project on November 19th.

We encourage volunteers to also dress in colonial attire!   Any amount of time you can give is greatly appreciated!  (Note:  please make sure that you have already registered as a volunteer for our campus through the SBISD website.)

Look for additional information through the Fifth Grade Findout emails sent from the teachers.

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


Julie Bergen

Allison Brandt

Jennifer Pruett

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 Sheila Smith, VP Ways & Means, successful underwriting campaign; and to all those families and community businesses who so generously contributed;

To Lori Maddox and Amy Hampton for staying on top of our finances and preparing our operating budget, which was approved at the September PTA meeting;

To Melanie Beck for chairing the PTA membership drive in which approximately 500 members joined, including 100% participation by our dedicated teachers and staff;

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

To Kate Grossman and Arielle Lawson-Ho for organizing and coordinating our room parents;

To Namrata Kothari and Lori Maddox for scheduling and training our library volunteers;

To Tammy Hampton for coordinating and training our Copy Volunteers and our Office Volunteers;

To the Book Fair chairs:  Melanie Fowler, Eva Gomez, Katie Moses, Carrie Ramm and Morgan Scholl for planning a fun and successful event; to Carrie Ramm, Kelly Wolf and Lorraine Peterson for overseeing the donations table; to Melanie Fowler for coordinating a fun-filled Twilight Hours; to Morgan Scholl, Katie Moses and Stephanie Nolen for hosting a memorable Special Friends Day; to Eva Gomez for coordinating the visiting author; to Wendy Egger and Marley Berg for their work behind the scenes;  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 dedicated volunteers that worked throughout the week;

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

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

To those parents who brought items to help make the September “Fiesta” and October “Soup ‘n Sandwich” teacher appreciation luncheons delightfully delicious!

Principal’s Post

Happy October!

Remarkably, we are nearing the end of the first quarter of the year already.  After a month of getting to know students and giving beginning of the year assessments, teachers have been busy diving into the curriculum with the students.


As I mentioned in early September, our campus focal points are improving writing and implementing Math in Focus.  We have our eyes on the targets that will help us know we are moving toward our goals.  October is a push month for teacher development.  The investment of time to attend trainings means the sacrifice of being away from the class.  Teachers are attending several specific writing trainings in addition to having time to plan for implementation.  If it seems that your child’s teacher has been out several times, it is likely due to attending one or more trainings and having a planning day.  We want our teachers to have the training in best practices and be able to apply what they learn in lessons immediately.


Students are now learning several different approaches to solve math problems.  They are being shown ways to solve problems that reinforce previous concepts to help them better understand WHY the steps are being done.  For some, these new approaches have caused a level of frustration at home when homework is being done.  If your child forgets the steps and gets stuck on homework, don’t fret! Simply have your child circle where the trouble is and stop.  S/he can return to class with no penalty to have the misunderstanding addressed by the teacher.  The adage, “It’s okay to not know, but it’s not okay to not try” applies in this situation.


Self-control is the focus of our character strength building this month.  Observable behaviors in this area are things like coming to class prepared, refocusing after distractions, and following directions.  We’ve enjoyed having students and staff be guests on BHE TV to talk about examples of self-control. You can keep the conversation going as you read with your child or see examples at home.


Our fall book fair was incredibly fun!  The week was full of excitement as classes awaited their turn to go to the library. The extended hours on Wednesday made coming to the book fair after school a treat, and Special Friend’s day was a great morning to share the excitement with a special guest.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who made each event spectacular!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

We aren’t done yet!  Walk to School Day is the 15th.  Report cards will go home in two weeks and you should be given a time to meet with your child’s teacher before the 24th.  Red Ribbon Week is the last week of the month. AND lots of learning will continue to take place every day!

Liz Eikenberg Memorial Bird Sanctuary

birdWe feel the absence of our dear and devoted teacher Liz Eikenberg everyday. As a tribute to her service to our school, we are creating a bird sanctuary in the green space near the second grade wing. Interested students will have the opportunity to participate in one of two ways. You can come after school on October 27 or 28* to paint a tile that will be part of the sanctuary. Signup dates and times are listed here. The October 29th date listed is for you to submit a suggestion for a tile in the comment section, and Ms. Cedrone will paint it for you. You can suggest a word about Ms Eikenberg, a memory of second grade, or something that reminds you of her. Please submit your suggestion anytime between now and October 31, 2014.

*Students coming to paint October 27 or 28 must be picked up at 3:45 outside of the art room.

Auction Decorations Donations

Auction 2015 v2 The Decorations Team for the “BHE College GameDay Auction” is collecting spirit items to use as decor at our event on February 21st, 2015. We’re asking our parent population to donate specific items (to be returned after the auction!) that you may already have and use to cheer on your respective colleges and universities during various sports seasons.
Your donations will help us to create a fantastic atmosphere at this year’s auction, as well as help keep our costs down on decoration expenses. An inventory of each item donated will be catalogued when donated and returned to the owner after the event. Please visit our sign up here to see the items we need.

CIC Approved Items

After reviewing many requests and with thoughtful consideration, the Campus Improvement Committee presented items for approval at the October PTA meeting. The list of approved items can be found below. The committee will meet again in the Spring to consider new requests. Thank you to the CIC members: Allison Martin, Chair, Valerie Hernandez, Melanie Beck, Amanda Davison, Amy Hampton, Tammy Hampton, Lori Maddox, Morgan Scholl and Susan Wienert.



SBEF Gala – October 25


SBEF Announces Legacies of Spring Branch Gala
It’s a Haute Homecoming
Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) will host its second Legacies of Spring Branch Gala, with Marissa and Duncan Klussmann serving as co-chairs, on Saturday, October 25, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, 1200 Louisiana Street.
Themed Haute Homecoming, the event will be a district-wide reunion of everyone who has been part of Spring Branch ISD – students, parents, educators and community members. Tickets are selling quickly.
The Gala will recognize three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support education, says Duncan Klussmann, SBISD superintendent of schools.
SBISD Distinguished Alumni Award – Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School – Chief Judge Wood is an alumna of Westchester High School, SBISD, and a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin (BA & JD).
SBEF Lifetime Achievement Award – Mallory and James Shaddix – Lifelong educational and community volunteers, the couple has served SBISD students through SBEF, multiple PTAs, Community Network, Academy of Finance, Mustang Mentoring, Collegiate Challenge, SpringBoard Mentoring, Spring Branch Family Development Center and Westside Homeless Partnership.
Susan & Larry Kellner Champion for Education Award – Mike Feinberg, co-founder, Knowledge is Power Program Foundation and executive vice chair, KIPP Houston – Mike Feinberg co-founded KIPP with Dave Levin; today KIPP is a network of 162 high-performing public schools around the nation with 58,000 students.
In addition to silent and live auctions and dinner, the gala will include a homecoming dance featuring Molly and the Ringwalds. Individual tickets are available at $200. Tables for 10 are $1,500 to $10,000.
For more information about the Legacies of Spring Branch Gala, visit or call 713.251.2381. For regular updates, ”like” SBEF on Facebook and/or follow it on SBEF93 on Twitter and Instagram.
About Spring Branch Education Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of education for every student in SBISD. Founded in 1993, SBEF provides donors with a vehicle for making tax-deductible gifts to the district. The Foundation has raised more than $8 million and received the Houston Business Promise Award from the Greater Houston Partnership.

Auction Update

Auction planning is well underway and we need your help. Under the Auction Tab, you will find various volunteer opportunities as well as the forms you will need to host a party or make an auction donation. Don’t forget to sign up for Family Photos here. The scheduled sessions are filling up fast! Family photos are taken by photographer Fred Keinz and will be included in the auction brochure.

“Legacy of Style” Style Show featuring Trina Turk Design

Dear SBISD Alumni, Family and Friends,

We are honored to serve as Co-Chairs of the 4th Annual Spring Branch Education Foundation Style Show and Luncheon on Friday, November 21st at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard.  Please make plans to join us for “A Legacy of Style” in partnership with designer Trina Turk and her Galleria I store.

We are thrilled to be working with internationally renowned fashion and home designer, Trina Turk.  With a new Houston store opening soon, her signature bright colors, graphic patterns and textures are a perfect fit for our climate.

Enclosed you will find the “Save the Date” announcement for the event.  We have sold out for our previous style shows, and expect to sell out again.  We have also included a Table Reservation Form so you can secure your reservation now, you may also register online by CLICKING HERE.  A reception will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the style show and luncheon at noon. We will continue with our tradition of SBISD volunteers and parents as models for the day. If you have any questions, please call the SBEF office at 713-251-2381.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us on Friday, November 21st, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.  We look forward to sharing a Legacy of Fashion with you!


Debbie Slack & Susan Griffin

A Legacy of Style

Style Show Chairs

Join the PTA

In case you may have forgotten to join the PTA through the Big Form, it isn’t too late! You can access the form here. Dr. Hernandez would love 100% participation!

Why join the PTA? It gives parents what they want–a way to help their children succeed. Not all decisions affecting your child’s school happens at the local level. The PTA addresses the needs of all children, in every school, in every state, across the entire nation. By providing members with programs, resources, training and information, the PTA brings parents and educators together to meet the needs of every child.

Auction: Hotel Sorella Reservations

If you want to reserve a room for the night of the BHE Auction on Saturday, February 21st, please follow the instructions below:

Go to and follow these steps:

Enter arrival and departure dates

Under “Promotional Codes” Select: “Group/Block”

Enter your group code: BHEAUCTION (no spaces)

Click “Check Availability”

Or call the reservations line at 866.842.0100 and ask to make a reservation under the group name: BHE AUCTION COURTESY BLOCK

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