Summer Office Hours

BHE Office HoursMonday through Thursday 7:00am ~ 5:00pm
Closed July 1st ~ 15th

Principal’s Post

new BHE circle - thicker lettersDear BHE Parents,

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!

Summer Reading – It’s Fun and Free!

Summer Reading ClipartAs 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!

Happy Reading!
Ms. Holley

BHE Summer Reading Bingo

SBISD Middle School Reading List

MMS Reading List

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Important Dates for the 2015-2016 School Year

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

Important Dates:
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

PTA Committee Positions

ptaThere are committee positions still available! Please sign up if you can. Thank you for helping make BHE a great place for our kids! For information, contact melaniegbeck@gmail.com.

Newcomers Committee: 3 positions
Spelling Bee: 1 position
Red Ribbon Week: 1 position

BHE Dad’s Club

unnamed-26We 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 bhaley@northmarq.com.

Do you know someone new coming to BHE?

welcomeThe Newcommers Committee wants a head start on welcoming new families to BHE. If you know of new students (other than Kindergarteners) who will be attending BHE in the Fall, please email Kathleen Haley,  kathleenhaley@gmail.com.

2016 Noche de Fiesta

bhe_logo_revisedbWe hope you are ready to spend a Night in Old Mexico!

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!

CIC 2015

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, allisonandgrier@gmail.com

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Game Day Auction Photos and Party Dates

Auction 2015 v2Game 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)
Password: 8081

Don’t miss those fabulous parties purchased at the Auction! Check out our QUICK PARTY GUIDE for dates in chronological order..

iKidsU Registration NOW OPEN!

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

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.

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.

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.

Register with SBISD to Volunteer at BHE

register nowWant 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.

Click here to begin the application/registration process.

 

Read an eBook!

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At Bunker Hill we have access to eBooks through our Follett Destiny website as well as through our District’s Overdrive website. Here are some videos to show you how to access and utilize our eBook and digital audiobook resources. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
Thank you and Happy Reading!
Ms. Holley

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Overdrive

Capstone Interactive & Tumblebooks

Catalist Digital Audiobooks