Copy & Office Volunteer

volunteers neededPlease consider signing up as a Copy &/or Office Volunteer. Both programs have changed this year. Copies will be done by grade one day per week. Feel free to copy for any grade! Office volunteers will be MondayWednesday and Friday from 11:45-12:45pm. Please go to the sign up genius on the website to see more details.

Parent Meeting for Current GT students

GTA parent meeting will be held for BHE children currently enrolled in the SBISD Gifted and Talented (GT) program on Friday, September 4 from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Science Lab. BHE School Counselor, Sondra Durham and Principal, Dr. Valerie Muniz will provide an overview of the year, followed by a brief question and answer session. Please note this meeting will only cover information regarding current GT students. The meeting will end in time for parents to attend the PTA meeting that starts in the Community Center at 9:30 a.m.

SBISD Community Education Classes; Fall Enrollment Is Open

spring branch isd logo large squareSBISD Community Education offers over 100 courses mostly to individuals who are 16 and over. The Dance Program offers different types of dance for 3-year-olds to teens as well as adults in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Zumba, Yoga, Flamenco, Ballroom, Country Western, and Salsa. You may walk in and start a class anytime during the session. Registration starts this Saturday, Aug. 29th from 9:00 AM to noon.

Community Education also has a variety of classes, some of which are ESL, Languages (Spanish, etc.), Computer, GED Prep, Sewing, Art, Cake Decorating, Guitar, Interior Decorating, Floral Arrangement, etc. Driver’s Education and Motorcycle Safety are also offered.

Most courses offer a payment plan during each semester.

The best way to see the rest of the courses, schedules and to register is to go to the website at: http://communityed.springbranchisd.com.

Visiting Author Patricia Polacco; PreOrder Books Today

booksWe are thrilled to announce that well-known children’s author Patricia Polacco will be visiting our school on Thursday, September 10th. She will be speaking to students in grades 1st – 5th, sharing her books and telling stories. If you would like to pre-order a book that will contain an autographed plate by Patricia Polacco, please complete the attached order form and return it to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, September 1st. Orders received by September 1st will receive their book on September 10th, the day of the author visit. Any orders received after September 1st, will still receive a book, but it may be after the author visit. If you have any questions, please contact our librarian, Ms. Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com.

Click here for an order form.

Boys Fall Lacrosse

LacrosseStickMemorial Knights Lacrosse welcomes any rising 5th through 8th grade boy residing within the boundaries of SBISD to join us this fall for developmental lacrosse. The Knights’ fall program is intentionally limited in scope and aims to introduce new players to the great game of lacrosse, as well as to maintain the skills of experienced players.

Skills sessions for 5/6 graders will take place from 1pm-2:30pm at Memorial Middle School beginning September 13.
See attached flyer for more information. To register, go to www.memorialknights.com and click on the orange REGISTER NOW button. Contact memorialknights@gmail.com if you have questions.

Click here for more info.

BHE Directory Cover Art Contest: Last Chance

artAttention All Artists!!!!

In the past we have sent out the paper and forms concerning the directory art in the first day folders. Due to the district going paperless, there really was no first day folders this year. So you must go ON LINE to down load the paper work. We have extended that dead line to Friday, September 4th. So please consider clicking below and submitting art work for directory. Our theme this year is “Roaring with Pride since 1955” or 60 years of BHE Pride.

If your child would like to submit art work for this year’s directory, please click here to get the form to submit it.

Last chance to be included in the Student Directory!

directoryBy now all returning and new BHE families should have added, updated or confirmed their contact information for the Student Directory. If you have not, please do so at your earliest convenience. Returning families please refer to the Directory Confirmation email you received with your personal link to your contact information. New families click here to start a new form. This year you will be able to access the Student Directory from your smartphone, computer, tablet or any web-enabled device. Instructions will be emailed later this month.

If you have questions, please contact Kristen Rabel at BHEptaDirectory@gmail.com. Thank you! (PLEASE NOTE: ordering a Directory on the Big Form does not get your contact info listed in the Directory. You must follow the above instructions to be listed.)

Introduction to the Fitnessgram: Fall

fitnessgramDear Elementary Parents,

The state of Texas requires all children 3rd grade through 12th to take the FITNESSGRAM assessment.

This year your child will participate in an assessment called the Fitnessgram. The FITNESSGRAM is a comprehensive health-related fitness and activity assessment. The FITNESSGRAM seeks to develop affective, cognitive and behavioral components related to participation in regular physical activity in all children regardless of gender, age, disability or any other factor. Regular physical activity contributes to good health, function and well being and is important throughout a person’s lifetime.

The FITNESSGRAM assessment is designed to measure four components of physical fitness which have been identified as being important because of their relationship to overall health status. These components are aerobic capacity-measured by the pacer assessment; flexibility-measured by the trunk lift, sit and reach and shoulder stretch; muscular strength and endurance measured by curl-ups (abdominal), and push-ups (upper body). The fourth part is body composition, which in Spring Branch ISD, we chose to use height and weight measurements which the computer program automatically calculates a body composition score.

The goals of FITNESSGRAM are to promote enjoyable regular physical activity and to provide comprehensive fitness and activity assessments for children. The FITNESSGRAM is designed to help all children and youth achieve a level of activity and fitness associated with excellent health, growth and function. All assessment results are confidential.

In the spring we will re-assess and compare the fall score with the spring score. You will receive a comparison analysis of your child’s fitness levels at that time.

Lego Donations Request

international dayThe International Day Committee are excited to feature Denmark as one of this year’s countries. Lego is Denmark’s biggest export and is the largest toy company in the world. Our plan is to have a “Lego Workshop” as part of the craft component of International Day. We already have a substantial donation from the Lego company but still need “thousands” of lego bricks to make the workshop a success. The pieces need not be from complete sets. Our aim is to fire the students imagination with their own Lego creations. After the event the Lego will be given back to Bunker Hill Elementary and possibly to our sister school, Thornwood Elementary, if our collection is large enough.

The International Day Committee would very much appreciate if you were to search your playrooms for any neglected Lego. Wendi Duty (Crafts Chair) will coordinate picking up or dropping off your Lego at her home. To this end, please email Wendi at wendiduty@att.net.

Back to School Thank Yous

thank youThank You….

To Amanda Davison for her fabulous work on the PTA website as BHE Webmaster.

To Brenda Pounds for keeping us up to date with the weekly Eblasts.

To Heather Bonner and Emily Paulson for creating and selling our fabulous BHE Spirit items.

To Katie Mattingly and Susie Lee for ordering, unloading, and distributing the school supplies all around campus. Also to the Ambassadors, ACL and parents who helped distribute the supplies.

To Megan Parker, Mary Chaffin, Amy Hampton, Sheila Smith, Rebecca Howard, and Amanda Davison for serving on the financial review committee over the summer and performing the annual financial reconciliation and to Lori Maddox who made it run smoothly and efficiently.

To Mary Chaffin for sending out the PTA budgets for all the committees.

To last year’s CIC committee-Allison Martin, Amanda Davison, Tammy Hampton, Morgan Scholl, Amy Hampton and Susan Wienert for their work in discerning and researching projects for our CIC funds.

To the Teacher Appreciation Committee-Kerri Kenne, Kara Barrow, Nancy Carney, Margaret Murphy, Kristin Parks, Cynthia Burcham, Anne Sellis, Amy Norris and Amy Kuykendall for providing the “welcome back” luncheon and goodies for our faculty and staff.

To the Back to School Luncheon Committee-Renee Isaacs, April Hiemstra, Stacey Kearns, Sarah Geyer, Kayley Isgur, and Katie Hazeldine for organizing the grade level luncheons and to Kara Barrow, Taunya Rother, Katie Mattingly, Jennifer Borgen, Marcy Crapitto and Jennifer Mountjoy for opening their lovely homes and hosting the luncheons.

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

To Rebecca Howard and Susan Wienert for cleaning out the music room to make room for our new music program.

To the BHE Ambassadors for helping to assemble over 700 back to school packets and sort and deliver Lions folders and planners.

To the Newcomers Committee under Kathleen Haley’s leadership 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.

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!

Save the Dates

calendarHere is a great quick reference for important dates during the school year!

Online Big Form Available

Big Form buttonBunker Hill’s online Big Form is available beginning today. You can fill out the form online and pay by credit card again this year. If you would like pay be check, please contact Rachel Matthews. Forms will be due September 4th. Click here to begin.

Spirit Sales: Monday 8/24

store1 - custom2If you would like to order a school T-shirt (required for all field trips) or order any other spirit gear for your child (girls/boys shorts, vests, jackets, spirit jersey, yard flag, bows, headbands, car decals) the PTA website will re-open for spirit sales on Monday, 8/24 and will close on Friday, 9/4. It will only be open for 2 full school weeks so please order while you can as this will be your final opportunity to get some great BHE spirit gear!!! Click here to order now!

For questions please contact
Heather Bonner  heatherbonner@gmail.com
Emily Paulson  emily@paulson-family.com

After School Enrichment

After SchoolPlease access all after school enrichment information and forms under ‘After School Enrichment’ on the menu bar.

Early Language Learners – Get a jumpstart on language learning with ELL’s after school Spanish and Chinese classes. Classes are interactive AND active and taught by experienced teachers. Register for fall online @ www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

iKids U – 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 info@ikidsinc.com for any questions. Registrations may be turned into iKids or the BHE front office.

BHE Fiddling Lions   A district sponsored luxury for over thirty years. The Fiddler Program is a Suzuki based introductory course of study offering elementary students instruction and performance opportunities.

Principal’s Message

unnamed-4Welcome to the start of the 2015-16 school year! Excitement is buzzing around the campus as we all prepare for your children to come and fill the hallways and classrooms with their eager minds and hearts. We know that each minute spent with your child is important and our commitment is to work to make sure that every child will know better, do better, and be better as scholars and individuals as a result of our time with them.

Our Core Values will be our guiding principles for our work this year and undergird all that we will do. The values are Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity, and Moral Compass. BHE has a strong history of exemplifying these values and now we have a common language that will define them for us. Speaking of BHE’s history, our campus is celebrating its 60th year! That’s a long history of being a premier and highly respected school both near and far.

BHE staff has been working over the summer and the past weeks to be the best prepared to help your child show growth and tap their Limitless Curiosity as they engage in learning. From attending summer trainings to thoughtfully planning schedules and lessons, the teachers and staff are ready to make a difference. Our campus goals center on increasing the percentage of students who show significant growth and performance in all subjects. Specifically, through Reading and Writing Workshop structures that will be standard in every classroom, students will get more personalized instruction to help them develop into stronger readers and writers. In Math last year we gained experience with the new TEKS, our curriculum, and with Math in Focus, an approach to learning math concepts, which is making this year much more focused. We are in a great spot to start this year with strength and focused energy to reach Every Child!

Our strength comes from you, the parents, who engage with us as a united team. Our Collaborative Spirit can be seen in the involvement parents have on the campus supporting teachers and students at every turn. It is truly amazing what we are able to offer students because of the strong partnership between school and home.

I’m excited about this year like no other before! I’m ready to see your smiling children enter our doors and begin this year’s learning journey with them and you. See you soon!

Valerie Muniz

PTA President’s Message

ptaWelcome back Bunker Hill families! I hope you have been able to beat the heat this summer and enjoy the time off! We are just a few days away from starting a new school year and it is time to get organized. Welcome to all the new families of BHE, 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.

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 all the back to school forms. Also, make sure you click on the Sign Up Genius tab to find volunteer opportunities at BHE. It is updated all year long so keep checking to find the perfect place (or places!) for you. Our school’s success is dependent on your involvement.

I look forward to seeing everyone again and meeting new people as well. See you soon!

Melanie Beck
PTA President

Directory Information

directoryBy now all returning BHE families should have received a link by email. Please update or confirm your contact information for the Student Directory at your earliest convenience.  New families click here to start a new form. This year you will be able to access the Student Directory from your smartphone, computer, tablet or any web-enabled device. Instructions will be emailed later this month. If you have questions, please contact Kristen Rabel at BHEptaDirectory@gmail.com. Thank you!

(PLEASE NOTE: ordering a Directory on the Big Form does not get your contact info listed in the Directory. You must follow the above instructions to be listed.)

Directory Cover Art Contest

artIf your child would like to submit a drawing for the Student Directory cover art contest, please do so by Tuesday (9/1). Send them into your teacher or put them in the box in the PTA Workroom. Don’t forget to write your name and grade in the lower right-hand corner of the drawing. Click here for a form.

Spirit Gear

BHENew BHE Spirit Items & Pre-Order T-shirt Pick Up at Meet the Teacher… We have been roaring with pride since 1955! It’s time to celebrate BHE’s 60th anniversary and the Spirit Committee has put together a fun collection of items. New this year are boys shorts, long sleeve spirit jerseys, girls shorts, hair bows, headbands, fleece vests and fleece jackets! Returning are BHE yard flags and car decals! Show your school spirit…There is something for everyone! Don’t forget to purchase your required school t-shirt so your child can wear them to all field trips and for school spirit on Fridays.

Back2School Registration

images-8Dear BHE Parents,


In an effort to manage all of the paperwork that goes home on the first day of school, we are asking you to fill out all district forms online.  Your child will not receive a packet of these forms on the first day of school.  You may begin filling out the required district forms here.

You must log on with your Family Access User ID and Password. If you do not have your password, please contact the school.

The following forms are required for your student’s enrollment in SBISD. Please note that these signatures are digital this year, and forms do NOT need to be printed.

*   SBISD Student information card (Digital Parent signature required)
*   SBISD Clinic Emergency Card (Digital Parent signature required)
*   SBISD 2014-15 Parent/Guardian/Student Acknowledgments: Technology Acceptable Use Guidelines and Directory Information (2 pages, 3 parent signatures, 1 student signature).
*   Parent/Guardian/Student Acknowledgement Form (digital student and parent signature)

Please complete all forms by Friday, September 4th.

Thank you,


Valerie Muniz

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