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 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 !

Time to Sign Up for International Day!

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.

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:


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

For more information, click here.

To see prizes, click here.

MHS Freshman Garage Sale Drop Off Oct. 22

garagesaleMHS Freshman Garage Sale Drop off
This Saturday AGAIN!!!
October 22 from 10am-12pm at the MHS Fieldhouse

Did you miss out on our first drop off? Here’s your chance!

Come drop off your unwanted treasures:
Toys, sporting goods, furniture, art, books, electronics, clothes, holiday items, accessories, shoes, home decor, tools and more!

*Please no mattresses, box TVs, or printers
** contact Kelly Basham, Shelley Curry, Donna Jackson, Jennifer Pruett or Lyn Greenwood for questions

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.

Free Performance!

musicCampbell Learning Center is bringing more of the arts to the Spring Branch neighborhood! Please join us for a free educational concert given by the Bach Society of Houston on Saturday, October 22 at 11 AM. This event is FREE and open to the public – please bring your friends and family to learn about J. S. Bach’s impact on music.  Click here for more information.

DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

prescriptionGot Drugs?

On October 22, 2016, collection sites around the country will take any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe, legal, and environmentally friendly disposal. Studies have shown that a majority of prescription drugs are easily obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The take-back day offers Americans an easy way to dispose of their prescription drugs and help reduce the rate of prescription drug abuse.

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 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

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

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 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, or visit, 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

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