Spring Book Fair

Spring Book FairIt’s time for the Bunker Hill Spring Book Fair, April 7-9. This is a great opportunity to stock up for summer reading. Spring fair is small, but we still need your help setting up on the 6th, stocking books and working the cash register (the math isn’t too hard) during the fair and breaking down on the 10th. It’s so much fun watching the kids make their choices. Come join us! We’d really appreciate it. For questions please contact the committee at bhebookfair@gmail.com.

Click HERE to sign up.

New Spring Fling Raffle Procedures

lionlogo2Due to SBISD Raffle rules we will NOT be sending Raffle Tickets home with students. If your child wishes to participate in the Raffle this year, please see the new procedures below.

  1. Tickets may ONLY be picked up by a PARENT, and must be paid for at the time of pick-up.
  2. 16,000 Tickets will be available in Ticket Books of 20 for $20.

REMEMBER: NO STUDENT MAY PICK UP RAFFLE TICKETS

Ticket sales DAILY at BHE from April 6th – April 16

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase BEFORE school beginning at 7:30am in the BHE Lobby and AFTER school beginning at 3:00pm on the Playground by the Library.

Please do not ask the BHE office staff or teachers for raffle tickets. They do not have them.

Alternate purchase options:

Tuesday, April 7th                              5:30pm -7:30pm (Smith House: 12411 Cobblestone)

Wednesday, April 8th                       5:30pm- 7:30pm (Smith House: 12411 Cobblestone)

Thursday, April 9th                            5:30pm 4th Grade Program

Friday, April 10th                               9:30am PTA Meeting

Monday, April 13th                            5:30pm -7:30pm (Smith House: 12411 Cobblestone)

Any remaining Raffle Tickets will be sold on Saturday, April 18th  

If you have questions please contact Sheila Smith at dwssks02@sbcglobal.net

Spring Fling

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Spring Fling 2015 ~BHE Games

Bring the whole family for a day of games, food, and fun!

Saturday, April 18th

11am – 3 pm on the BHE Hardtop and Fields

To volunteer click HERE.

PTA Meeting ~ April 10

ptaAs a reminder our April General PTA Meeting will be held on Friday, April 10 at 9:30 am in the Community Center. Committee Chairs will inform us about all the Spring activities and Principal Muniz will update us on staffing and goals for next year. We will also be honoring several of our parents and teachers with PTA membership awards. Hope to see you all there!

Campus Improvement Committee (CIC) Requests

piggy-bankThe Campus Improvement Committee (CIC) 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 at  allisonandgrier@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for PTA 2015-2016

pta-volunteerBunker 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 melaniegbeck@gmail.com.

BHE Cookbooks For Sale

cookbookWe still have Food for Thought cook books available for purchase for $15. Enjoy wonderful recipes from BHE families and friends. Go to the PTA store on the website to purchase. Questions? Contact Shawn Hays at smhays1@att.net.

Teacher Appreciation

teacher appreciation - thumbnailHELP STILL NEEDED!

Our 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.

Spring Branch Speaks

Spring Branch SpeaksPlease Join Spring Branch Speaks to make our voices heard in Austin.
The 84th Legislative session has officially begun.  Bills are being filed and our lawmakers will soon be addressing education issues from school funding to school accountability.  Now is the time to get ready for the session by joining Spring Branch Speaks, a grassroots organization designed to track legislation that is important to Spring Branch schools and the Spring Branch community.
As the legislative session develops and 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.  All you have to do is go to http://www.springbranchspeaks.com/and type in your email address.

PTA Thank Yous

thank youTo the fabulous Auction Team: Marcy Crapitto, Hilary Howard, Rebecca Howard, Abby Khatiblou and Megan Parker for planning and executing our fabulous College GameDay Auction; to their committee chairs and to the many volunteers that worked tirelessly to help make every aspect of the auction a success; and to the parents, teachers and staff that attended the event and generously supported BHE!;

To our Health Fitness teachers, Coach Lassiter andCoach Sciaraffa, for another fun day of square dancing;

To Alexa Valencia for scheduling the upcoming enriching zydeco band, Bayouroux, for the students this March;

To the Spring Room Parents for organizing the LOVE-ly Valentine’s Day classroom parties;

To Eva Gomez for coordinating the visit by author Gordon Korman for our 4th and 5th graders;

To the Teacher Appreciation Committee: Kara Barrow, Nancy Carney, Karen Fraser, Kerri Kenne, Margaret Murphy, Kristin Parks and Ali Survantand parents who supplied a fabulous Mediterranean lunch in February and a delicious Asian themed lunch for our teachers and staff in March;

And, to the Nominating Committee: Chair Tammy Hampton, Heather Bonner, Allison Brandt, Kerri Kenne and Allison Martin for assembling a fantastic slate of PTA officers for the 2015-16 school year!

SBEF Legacy 2015 Project

SBEF - thumbnailThe 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:

Parent Letter

Donation Form

Parent Letter – Spanish

Donation Form- Spanish

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

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 melaniegbeck@gmail.com.

Kindergarten Roundup


unnamed-13Who:     
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

RSVP:      ashley.cernosek@springbranchisd.com

Summer Camps 2015

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

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 www.hoops-school.com 

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 http://youtu.be/uwsZZ2rprqc.

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.

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