Car Drop Off & Pick Up

imagesTo increase the efficiency of the morning car drop off procedures and cut down on tardiness, please note the following expectations.

  • 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.

Young Minds Matter

youngLivesMatterII_Banner_V2Young Minds Matter II is a free, two-day event for people who care about the minds of young people and their families. Like the previous Young Minds Matter event, this year’s focus will be on transition-age youth, emerging adults between the ages of 14 and 24. There will be opportunities for gathering, meeting new people and raising awareness of youth engagement

When: Resource Fair Date: June 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Training Event Date: June 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston TX 77045

GT Test Results Q&A

GT March 6th @ 8:30am in the Community Center Room

  • Did you receive your child’s GT test scores this year (or last) and wonder what they mean?
  • Did you receive multiple letters about your child’s scores & the potential for more testing?
  • Are you trying to decide if you should appeal your child not being admitted to the GT program?

Come to the BHE Community Center on March 6 @ 8:30am for a quick tutorial on how to interpret your child’s scores & to get info. on the GT appeal process.  Be sure to bring your GT score document and a pencil.

Note:  this meeting is for ANY BHE parent that has had their child GT tested within the last year.

MMS Band Open House

mmsSaturday, March 7th
9:30am ~ 1pm

12550 Vindon Drive
(The band hall is located on the Attingham side of the school.) 
Please RSVP:

All in-coming 5th graders have an opportunity to meet with a MMS band director. Students will have an opportunity to try out instruments that they are interested in playing. Parents will receive pertinent information regarding instrument selection policies that are practiced at MMS.

Please stress to your student that the band director at MMS must assign instruments to incoming 6th graders.  If students sign up for beginner band without discussing their instrument options with a band director at MMS, they will be placed in a class at the directors discretion.

Click here to view the event flyer.

National Alliance on Mental Illness ~ Basics

unnamedNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a class for parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health disorders, including but not limited to: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc.

This is a great class in which parents receive emotional support along with knowledge of illnesses and treatments and many practical resources.  There are a few seats left and class begins this Saturday. It is free to parents.

Beginning Saturday, February 28, 2015 thru March 14th
Meeting every Saturday (3 weeks): 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

MHMRA Conference Center
7033 Southwest Freeway, Houston TX 77074

Sign-up Required:
Angelina Hudson, NAMI Greater Houston, 713-970-4489 or register @

PTA Volunteers Needed for 2015-2016

ptaBunker Hill PTA is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers with a wide variety of interests and talents. We would love for you to become involved! All PTA committees and their descriptions can be found on the PTA website. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Melanie Beck at

Kindergarten Roundup

PARENTS of students entering Kindergarten at
BHE 2015-2016

Why:      Meet the Teachers, receive information about
registration and get some helpful ideas to use with
your child over the summer.

When:   Thursday, April 30th from 4:15-4:45 pm

Where:   Bunker Hill Elementary Cafeteria


PTA 2015-2016 Executive Board Nominations

pta - thumbnailThe nominating committee has met and approved the following to be voted on by the PTA for the executive board 2015-2016. Voting will take place at our next PTA meeting on March 6th. The nominating committee was comprised of Tammy Hampton, Allison Brandt, Heather Bonner, Allison Martin and Kerri Kenne.


PRESIDENT—————————-Melanie Beck

1st VP MEMBERSHIP———––—–Rebecca Howard

TREASURER—————————Amy Hampton

2nd VP BUDGET————————Mary Chaffin

3rd VP UNDERWRITING————–Megan Parker

4th VP COMMUNICATIONS———-Amanda Davison


Summer Camps 2015

summer campsMake sure to check out the ‘Summer Camps’ link on the right. More fabulous camps posted every week!

Spring Fling T-Shirts On Sale NOW!

spring flingSpring Fling is Saturday, April 18th from 11am-3pm. The theme this year is BHE GAMES. If you did not purchase your T-Shirts on the Big Form, there is still time to order.All orders must be placed by Friday, March 13th.

Click here to order.

Can’t remember if you ordered? Click here to see orders already placed.

Questions? Contact Sheila Smith at

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Beckley 2011 Brookside Teacher of the Year_jpgOf course, every teacher at BHE is a Teacher of the Year in the eyes of their students and each year the staff elects one of their peers to represent BHE. The TOY process this year allowed parents, students and faculty to make nominations. Only faculty certified staff were allowed to vote.

We had 13 BHE teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year, with this new process. Amanda Stone (K), Sera SoRelle (K), Ashley Cernosek (K), Melissa Neisen (1), Annie Ruscoe (1), Ali Christensen (1), Amy Perry (2), Kendall Shanklin (4), Rachel Golden (4), Trish Jenkins (4), Jorden McCollough (4), Sasha Luther (5), Brie Bash (Intervention Spec.) That’s an impressive list! There were a few other teachers nominated who did not accept the nomination.

We are happy to announce our BHE Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 is 4th Grade teacher, Trish Jenkins!

Hoops School

basketballHelping you make the team.  Hoops School partners with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church after-school REACH Program and Tallowood Baptist Kingdom Basketball to provide value-based Youth Basketball Training, year round.  Spring and Summer registration open now.  Please visit 

Principal’s Post

unnamed-11The month of February usually brings to mind Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and President’s Day.  At BHE we’re also recognizing it as the month to learn how GRIT can help us succeed. A Google search on Angela Lee Duckworth will bring up a wealth of information on her research on how being able to persist despite facing obstacles can have positive results in achievement over an individual’s lifetime. Yet just what habits can be practiced that will help develop grit?

First, one must have a focus on a goal that, in the face of failure, one is committed to achieve. Believing it is possible and maintaining a level of optimism keeps the forward momentum even when the going gets tough or boredom settles in.  When setbacks happen, and they should be expected, having patience and an “I’m not there YET” mentality will help reframe mistakes and failures.  Adapting and creatively responding with, “Is there a better way?” helps one become mentally tough and reflective.  These positive habits help form grit and Duckworth says, “Grit predicts success over and beyond talent. When you consider individuals of equal talent, the grittier ones do better.”

We chose grit as the character strength to focus on in February since it is typically the time of the year when extra effort, hard work, and persistence are needed to face challenges.  Curriculum is moving at a faster pace, testing season begins, and the stretch to Spring Break seems long.  Grit is just what we need right now.  To see a video that students were shown last week to kick off our focus on grit go to

Rodeo ~ Half Price Carnival Tickets

rodeo Purchase Online:
1. Buy online with credit card at
2. Select ‘Tickets’ icon at the top of the page
3. Click “Half Price Carnival Packs”
4. Click “Buy Now”
5. Select sales person: Nancie Leigh Craft or Mandie Craft Eichenlaub

Click direct link below:

CIC Request Deadline

piggy-bankThe Campus Improvement Committee currently is accepting CIC requests for campus improvements. The campus improvement request forms are available in the PTA workroom in the CIC box. All requests and supporting materials are due by Thursday, April 2nd and will be voted on at the May 8th, 2015 PTA meeting. If you have any questions regarding submitting a campus improvement request, please feel free to contact Allison Martin.

Teacher Appreciation

teacher appreciation - thumbnailOur wonderful staff has enjoyed delicious lunches each month. Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed. For the remaining months please consider signing up using the sign up genius for the various menus we plan on providing. There are spots available for all remaining lunches! Should your skills not be culinary or you are not able to spare the time please also consider signing up to contribute items for “Teacher Appreciation Week” in May. Please click HERE to contribute.

Summer Volleyball Camp

volleyball ballVolleyball 101 is a summer camp designed to help middle and high school athletes develop skills and prepare for tryouts. The Director of the camp is Coach Stasia Davis McKenzie. Coach McKenzie currently coaches the top volleyball teams at Spring Branch Middle School.

Players are taught passing, setting, hitting, and overhand serving. Players are grouped according to age and skill level to ensure maximum development. Younger campers will focus on fundamental skills and concepts. Older campers will focus on polishing skills and techniques and participate in a strength and conditioning portion that is volleyball specific. Volleyball 101 graduates will leave camp with new skills, knowledge, and confidence.

Please click HERE for more information and to register.

ESL Tutors Are Needed

eslWe have several new students at BHE who could benefit from one-on-one English language tutoring. No experience or knowledge of other languages is necessary. Please contact Jennifer Marks at for more information.

ESL Tutoring will take place every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30. Each volunteer is matched with a 1st -5th  grade student who is new to the country and struggling with the English language. The goal of the program is for the child to establish a risk-free relationship where they are comfortable to ask questions and learn to enjoy reading and writing in a new language.  Each week the tutors will offer help with reading, writing, listening and speaking. Mrs. Marks will provide you with lessons and materials to be used with your child. This is a wonderful way to volunteer, and the relationships that are made will last a lifetime!

Early Morning Drop Off Time

7_30Please 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.

Lawrenz Fitness Extravaganza

health fitnessLawrenz Fitness Extravaganza: Sports and Fitness Activities

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Spring Woods High School, 2045 Gessner

Sponsored By:  Spring Branch Health Fitness Teachers Association


The Extravaganza will feature instruction in 18 sports and/  or activities to SBISD elementary students in first through fifth grade.  Facilitators will include staff and athletes from SBISD Elementary, Middle and High Schools, University of Houston and Lone Star College. The students will participate in three (3) different sessions and the cost for the event is $10.  To register, click HERE.

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