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The end of a school year brings anticipation for swimming pools, camps, staying up a little later and sleeping in a little longer. It also is time of reflection and expressing gratitude.
Bunker Hill Elementary is a successful school because of the strong relationships between school and home that provide the support each student needs to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Together, we faced obstacles, tried new things, and made traditions feel fresh while respecting the past. Thank you for playing the supportive role you did this year to make so much happen for your child and the whole school!
Each year we bid farewell to staff that leave BHE and welcome a few new staff members. This year we say goodbye to the following wonderful teachers who have added so much during their time at BHE: Katherine Kyle, Ashlea Cedrone, SuEllen Mooney, Kelli Sydow, Susie Kneppler, Ashley Cernosek, Molly Patterson and Amy Perry.
Next year we will welcome these experienced staff members who will undoubtedly add strength and value to an already strong team: Nicole Fair, K-5 Music; Morgan Williams, KG; Erin Valdez, 2nd grade; Amy Dabbs, 5th gr LA. Two names have been recommended to HR for final approval for the Art and 1st grade positions.
Two staff members will be serving in different roles: Laurel Wheatley will join the 2nd grade team and Laura Ripkowski will be the Fine Arts paraprofessional for Music and Art. Mrs. Ripkowski’s role is a new one created in exchange for a half time Music teacher to assist the full time Music and Art teachers.
It is my hope that you have a restful and energizing summer. We’ll see you again in August!
Portfolio Picnics, Kindergarten Graduation, Bugz Play, 5th Grade Farewell… all these things signal the end of another school year and what a great year it has been! As a PTA we have 488 members including 100% of BHE teachers, 83 hardworking board members and countless volunteers who have helped in many different ways this year- from chairing a major fundraiser to shelving books in the library; from organizing International Day to helping in the office; from cooking for teacher appreciation luncheons to leading a Junior Achievement lesson; chaperoning a field trip, helping as a room parent, or making copies for the teachers; the list goes on and on. Our combined efforts, no matter how big or small, make a huge difference to our school and students.
I have been fortunate to work with so many of you this year as PTA President. I am amazed at the talents and special gifts you posses and share with BHE. Thank you for all you do for our school and students. I especially want to thank the fabulous members of the Executive Board who helped keep the PTA running smoothly all year: Melanie Beck, Lori Maddox, Amy Hampton, Sheila Smith, LaQuesha Dillingham Spivey, Rebecca Howard and Donna Jackson. I could not have done it without them!
I also want to thank Valerie Muniz and Erika Rodriguez for their dedication to our school and community. They truly have the best interests of our students at heart and consistently work with the PTA to provide the best educational experience for every student at BHE.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your PTA president. Have a great summer!
As we approach the eagerly anticipated summer months, I want to encourage you to build in some reading time to your summer activities! Reading as little as 15-20 minutes a day can help your child not only avoid the “summer slip” or loss of academic gains, but it can also boost their reading skills and leave them better prepared for the next grade level.
At Bunker Hill, the library provides recommended summer reading lists for each grade level. These lists are posted here on the Bunker Hill PTA website as well as on the Bunker Hill website. These lists provide a starting point for suggested titles. They are not required. Please encourage your child to make informed book choices this summer, just like they do during the school year, by choosing just right books based on interest and reading level. As a way to make your summer reading fun, try our BHE Summer Reading Bingo!
Another great way to enjoy good books over the summer is to listen to audio books. There are many great audio books for children on the market today. Listening to audio books helps to build vocabulary, increase comprehension, and strengthen reading fluency. If your family is taking a road trip this summer, consider listening to an audio book in the car. It is a great way to have a shared family experience around a book! Our school has several digital audio books available through our school’s Follett Shelf site and the district Overdrive site. You can also find lots of great audio books at the public library.
Finally, never underestimate the importance of reading aloud to your child – no matter how old they are! Reading aloud is a great way to not only have a great shared reading experience with your child it also allows you to model the love of reading. Reading aloud is not only for young students who are just learning how to read. Students in 3rd-5th grade can benefit greatly from read alouds as well.
Wherever the summer months take you, I hope you and your child will enjoy many good books!
Back to School Dates:
August 20 – New Parent Orientation at 6:00 pm
August 21 – New Student Tours at 8:30 am
August 21 – Meet the Teacher at 9:00 am
August 24 – First Day of School at 8:00 am
August 24 – Back to School Coffee at 8:10 am
August 25 – Back to School Night Kinder and 1st Grades at 6:30 pm
August 27 – Back to School Night 2nd and 3rd Grades at 6:30 pm
September 1 – Back to School Night 4th and 5th Grades at 6:30 pm
September 4 – PTA Meeting at 9:30 am
Back to School Lunches:
August 26 – 5th Grade Luncheon ~11:00 am at the home of Taunya Rother, 12327 Broken Bough
August 27 – 4th Grade Luncheon ~11:00 am at the home of Jennifer Mountjoy, 67 Williamsburg Lane
August 28 – 3rd Grade Luncheon ~ 11:00 am at the home of Katie Mattingly, 11930 Homewood Lane
September 1 – 2nd Grade Luncheon ~ 11:00 am at the home of Jennifer Borgen, 3 Huntingdon Park Circle
September 2 – 1st Grade Luncheon ~ 11:00 am at the home of Kara Barrow, 12630 Rocky Meadow Drive
September 3 – Kindergarten Luncheon ~ 11:00 am at the home of Marcy Crapitto, 335 Knipp Road
October 7-9 – Fall Book Fair
November 6 – International Day
November 20 – Colonial Day
December 10 – 3rd Grade Program
February 11 – 4th Grade Program
March 5 – Noche de Fiesta Auction
April 14 – 2nd Grade Program
April 30 – Spring Fling
May 19 – 1st Grade Program
To Heather Bonner, Susan Comey, Lindsey Martin and Margaret Murphy for coordinating the first grade play for our adorable “Bugz” and to the parents who helped make the production run smoothly;
To the Teacher Appreciation Committee: Kara Barrow, Nancy Carney, Karen Fraser, Kerri Kenne, Margaret Murphy, Kristin Parks and Ali Survant for providing wonderful monthly lunches for our teachers all year and for coordinating a May luncheon for our sister school Thornwood;
To Adam and Suzanne Stiles, Lorraine Peterson, Kate Grossman and Stacey Kearns for organizing our Hands-On Biology Lab activities for fourth and fifth graders;
To Taunya Rother for our fabulous BHE yearbook;
To Melanie Fowler, Eva Gomez, Katie Moses, Carrie Ramm and Morgan Scholl for coordinating the Spring Book Fair; and to Michelle Chambers for organizing the Book Swap;
To Eva Gomez, Michelle Majewski, Rachel Matthews, Julie Bergen, Allison Brandt and Suzanne Stiles for planning a memorable graduation and a fun-filled celebration for our departing fifth graders; and to Sally Gardner and Donna Jackson for creating the video commemorating the students’ years at BHE;
To Susie Lee who will order and distribute hundreds of boxes of pizza for the end of school parties;
To Erin Brenner and Amanda Davison for keeping us informed with timely eblasts and work on the PTA website;
To the Campus Improvement Committee: Allison Martin (chair), Valerie Muniz, Amanda Davison, Tammy Hampton, Morgan Scholl, Lori Maddox, Amy Hampton, and Melanie Beck for their work in researching and recommending items that benefit our campus, teachers and students;
To the Executive Board: Melanie Beck, Lori Maddox, Amy Hampton, LaQuesha Dillingham-Spivey, Sheila Smith, Rebecca Howard and Donna Jackson for your leadership, commitment and time this year;
To the entire BHE faculty and staff for their dedication to providing our children with a wonderful education;
To Valerie Muniz and Erika Rodriguez for the countless things they do to make Bunker Hill an outstanding school for our children! THANK YOU!
We are excited to announce the new BHE Dad’s Club! This is an opportunity for Dads (Grandpas, Uncles, etc.) to get involved in Bunker Hill Elementary. Everything from school projects, fundraising, teacher appreciation, and just plain “getting to know one another”…let’s get them together! Bill Haley has agreed to be the contact, so please pass this information along and send him a message at email@example.com.
Your Auction Co-Chairs are already busy planning a truly fabulous Noche de Fiesta on March 5th, celebrating Bunker Hill’s 60th Anniversary! Your 2016 Auction Co-Chairs are; Susan Comey, Stephanie Nolen, Emily Paulson, Morgan Scholl and Kelly Wolf.
Come dressed casually in the bright fun colors of Old Mexico, guys could wear their favorite Guayaberas. The brave could even come as Jose Curevo or a mariachi singer, anything goes!
Thank you so much to those who have already volunteered and we will definitely need lots more help!
Mark your calendars for March 5th, it’s going to be a great Noche de Fiesta!
This spring the Campus Improvement Committee considered numerous requests for campus improvements. The CIC Committee has recommended the following requests to be discussed and voted on at the May 8, 2015 PTA Meeting. If you have any questions regarding the requests, please feel free to contact CIC Chair, Allison Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org
To our Spring Fling chairs, Kellye Gregory, Sheri Howard, Christy Lord, Laura Shields, Sheila Smith and Carol Tesarek who orchestrated a fabulous Spring Fling and to all the parents who volunteered their time, staffed the booths and kept things running smoothly,
A big thank you to our award recipients at the April PTA meeting. If you see the following people please congratulate them on a job well done. Valerie and Mike Lynn and Katherine Kyle received the Dorothy Flynn Award. Melanie Beck, Jennifer Elliott and Tammy Hampton received the Joan Hardulak Spirit Award. Sharon Appel received a PTA Lifetime Award. Stephanie Dickinsonand Rikke Graber received the Extended Service Award.
To Taunya Rother for a job well done on the yearbook. We can’t wait to see it!
To Treasurer Lori Maddox and VP-Budget Amy Hampton for planning and managing our budget planning meetings,
To School Supplies Chairs, Susie Lee and Katie Mattingly for coordinating school supply lists with teachers and getting info to parents,
To BHE Spirit Chairs, Heather Bonner and Emily Paulson for preparing BHE t-shirts and spirit items for next year!
Game Day 2015 Auction Photos taken by Fred Keinz are available for viewing!
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Event name: BHE Auction 2015 (Letter and space sensitive)
Don’t miss those fabulous parties purchased at the Auction! Check out our QUICK PARTY GUIDE for dates in chronological order..
iKids U registration is now open for the 2015 – 2016 School Year! iKids U offers a variety of after-school opportunities onsite at BHE, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services. Please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or email@example.com for any questions. Registrations may be turned into iKids or the BHE front office.
The SBEF, Spring Branch Education Foundation, Legacy 2015 project is setup to honor your 5thgrade, 8th grade or 12th grade graduate by making a donation in his/her honor to the Fund for the Future Endowment Legacy 2015 program. The Fund for the Future Endowment Legacy 2015 program will recognize your student and perpetuate your family’s commitment to providing every Spring Branch Independent School District student with an outstanding education. As the endowment grows, it will provide a secure source of long‐term funding for enrichment programs that will continue to benefit generations of SBISD students. For more information, see these links:
- Have your child ready to get out of the vehicle when you arrive at a gate. Begin having your child prepare when you see the school marquee. Your child should have their backpack in hand and give you a goodbye kiss prior to stopping at a gate.
- Never stop in the line to get out of your car to unload your child. If you need to help your child, please park in a spot and walk to the gates.
- Never pass a vehicle in front of you.
- Be alert and aware. No cell phone use while in the car drop off line.
To increase the efficiency and insure safety at dismissal time, please note the following expectations.
- Have your yellow identification card displayed on your dash until your child is in the vehicle. Without the yellow card, you will be asked to drive around to the front to pick up your child.
- Never pass a vehicle in front of you.
- Be alert and aware. No cell phone use while in the car pick up line.
Please be aware that teachers are on duty at 7:30 in the morning. At this time students may be dropped off to report to the gym or cafeteria. Dropping off earlier than 7:30 IS NOT allowed or safe since there is no supervision for students. Exceptions to this are times that are arranged with the parent for students who meet for organized groups such as Books & Breakfast or tutoring with a teacher.
Want to be a room parent, mystery reader in your child’s classroom or help the BHE office staff? No matter what the volunteer duties entail, all volunteers need to be registered with Spring Branch ISD.
- If you are a new volunteer, please complete the SBISD Volunteer application.
- If you are a returning volunteer, you must re-register every year.
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