Covid-19

This is not the welcome back letter I originally planned to send! As we are all aware, Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on our daily lives, schedules and plans. I hope each member of our BHE community is spending quality time with their families and enjoying the slower pace of life that has been imposed on us. My kids have never done so many loads of laundry, dishes, puzzles, board games, etc. and it’s only been 1 week.
Please be on the lookout for your student’s Digital Backpack each Sunday, we will learn more about this and other resources as we navigate this new territory together. Principal Johnson will also be sending a message soon about eLearning during our extended break.
The district has set a back to school date of April 14th, this may change and we won’t know more until we see how the pandemic plays out over the next several weeks. If we are able to start back at that time, we will do our best to reschedule the missed Auction parties for later this spring. We will not start to reschedule until we know a firm date. Please be patient with us during this crazy, chaotic time. Feel free reach out if you need anything or we can be of assistance to you or your family.
I will miss seeing you over this extended break!
Emily Paulson
PTA President

March Thank Yous

To the groovy, creative and fabulous Auction Team, Jordan Folloder, Lauren Harris, Lauren Hufford, Olivia Porter, and Keleigh Spinner, for planning and executing our amazing StudioBHE auction. To all the 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 Deanne Kolde, Coach Lassiter and Coach Laurel for a fabulous 2nd grade program and a fun day of square dancing for Kinder/1st grade.

To Arielle Lawson and Lauren Taylor for coordinating the program and ensuring the show ran smoothly;

To Karen Teegarden for keeping us informed with all the wonderful opportunities through SBEF and working non-stop to fill positions for next year;

To Tammie Handy for representing Bunker Hill as our School Bell Nominee;

To the Teacher Appreciation Committee who work tirelessly to supply our teachers and staff with delicious lunch and treats throughout the year;

And, to the Nominating Committee, Heather Bonner, Jenny Dillard, Katie Hazeldine, Shanna Hetherwick and Shannon Strickler, for assembling a fantastic slate of PTA officers for the 2020-21 school year!

Emily Paulson, PTA President

Spring CIC Requests – Opens March 9th

The Campus Improvement Committee (CIC) is taking requests until Friday, April 3rd. The purpose of the CIC is to investigate, review, and prioritize the needs of the school so that the funds raised by the PTA, in excess of the operating budget, are spent wisely and timely. Recommendations of the CIC will be presented to the PTA for approval. CIC will review the spring requests and make recommendations to be voted on at the May 1st PTA meeting.

Any PTA member can make a request. Due to the upcoming BHE rebuild, please refrain from making any requests for furniture or other larger items that we may not be able to take with us. To submit a request, please click HERE and complete the CIC Request Form or go to the PTA website and click on the PTA Info tab. If you have any questions, please contact CIC Chair Donna Marshall – BHECICChair@gmail.com

ParentU Article

Click HERE for more information on ParentU.

iKids U After-School at BHE

Registration is now open for the 2020 – 2021 School Year! Priority registration is going on now. Open registration for incoming students begins March 23. (Students attending Wildcat Way are also eligible to attend iKids at BHE. Please contact iKids for details.) Registrations may be submitted to iKids or the school’s front office. 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. Click HERE for more information.

BHE Teacher of the Year

Thank you for all the nominations you awarded our teachers this year! We had many, many amazing things said by students, parents, and community members about all of our outstanding teachers. I am honored to share the results of the Teacher of the Year nominations and voting. Please join me in celebrating Bunker Hill Elementary’s Teacher of the Year…..our amazing Mrs. Handy! We announced it live on BHE TV!! Mrs. Handy will be honored at the annual SBISD Bright Stars event in May. Please help me celebrate her!!!

PTA Committees

Are you curious about all the committees our PTA has to offer? Click HERE to read more about them! This information is always available on our website under the PTA Info tab.

School Bell Award Winner

Congratulations to Tammie Handy for being the Bunker Hill School Bell Award winner! We love Mrs. Handy!

2020-2021 PTA Positions

It’s time to start looking ahead and filling next year’s PTA positions. Our PTA has many volunteer positions to choose from. If you would like to volunteer for one of them or get more information, please contact Karen Teegarden.

Register for Spanish for spring

For fourteen years, Early Language Learners has offered after school Spanish at BHE. Our program is engaging so that students have fun and learn a new language at the same time! Lessons are introduced though music, visuals, games and art. All areas of language learning are addressed: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Thursdays, after school, 3:05-4:05. Register now for spring semester at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

For more information, click HERE!

Attention Amazon Shoppers

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Did you know your everyday Amazon purchases could help BHE PTA? The Amazon Smile program donates a percentage of qualifying purchases to our organization. All you need to do is start using smile.amazon.com when shopping instead of your normal Amazon bookmark. Select “PTA Texas Congress 4696 Bunker Hill Elementry PTA” as the organization that you are supporting. All of your normal Prime membership privileges stay in place. Just use www.smile.amazon.com whenever you shop on Amazon (once you connect it to our account)!

ALL-NEW BOX TOPS

No More Clipping: Scan Your Receipt

We collect box tops for our Sister School, Thornwood Elementary! Box tops has just introduced a more convenient way to help schools in real time.

1. Download the App

2. Create an account (or log in). Please select Thornwood

 Elementary (14400 Fern Dr. Houston, TX)

3. Scan your receipt within 14 DAYS of purchase

4. Earn cash for Thornwood!

***Traditional Box Top Clips: We are accepting the traditional box top clips. Please send to your child’s teacher or put in the Box Top bin in the PTA workroom during the month of October.

Click here to learn more!

New Electronic Reimbursement Process!

We are excited to announce a new electronic process to request reimbursement or payment of a bill. For complete instructions, please click HERE and carefully read and follow the steps. When you are ready to fill out and submit your request, click HERE for the form! You can always find the form and instructions under PTA Forms on the BHE PTA website. Any questions regarding this process, please email Michelle Rigo at the BHE Treasurer’s address at bhetreasurer1@gmail.com. (Please ONLY use bhereimbursements@gmail.com  for submitting reimbursement requests and not general Treasurer questions. Thank you!)

 Highlights of the new process:

  • Please read the complete instructions before your first time submitting a request electronically.
  • Email your reimbursement or bill pay request to bhereimbursements@gmail.com.
  • Download or save the Reimbursement Request Form as a PDF from the PTA website using your computer (it will not save from a cell phone; do not fill it out directly from the website – it won’t save your info).
  • Email the completed form and a PDF or picture of your receipt to the new reimbursements email.
  • Paper envelopes and receipts are still okay (found in PTA workroom).
  • As always, Deposits should be turned into VP Long Range Planning, Cathy Schuetze (deposit box found in PTA workroom).

Support Our School Every Time You Shop!

Every time you shop at Randall’s, you could be earning money for BHE, just by buying your regular groceries! You can link our unique Good Neighbor Number, which is 2502, to your Randall’s Remarkable card and help us raise funds! Connect our number to your Remarkable card online at www.randalls.com by signing in (create an account if it’s your first time) and then clicking on the Good Neighbor Program.

Transportation Protocol – Updated

NEW TIMES!  SBISD had over twenty bell schedules in existence which made bus transportation very difficult. There will now only be TWO elementary bell schedules district wide. We selected a start time of 7:50 (instead of 7:20).

Our first bell dismissing students from the gym and the cafeteria will be at 7:45.  Our second bell marking your student tardy will be at 7:50.  BHE TV begins at 7:50.  Plan ahead!

Carpool will be open from 7:20 to 7:45. Gates will be locked (even on rainy days) promptly at 7:45. ALL late students (carpool, walkers, bikers, etc.) will have to be signed in by a parent at the front window after 7:50. This is a MAJOR CHANGE. Please plan ahead – you will need to be in the carpool line by 7:25 or your child will be late. Classroom instruction begins promptly at 7:50 am. Thank you for supporting us in getting EVERY CHILD to class ON TIME!!

Click the link below for a map showing how to get from the front of the school (main entrance) to the back of the school (carpool).

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Are you receiving messages through Messenger?

BHE Friends and Families,

Messenger is the quickest way for Bunker Hill to reach ALL families with updates or important news. Families need to update their Skyward information each year and anytime there is a change. You won’t want to miss out on learning what’s going on at Bunker Hill! Signed Up but not receiving them?

1. Please make sure that you check your spam folders to see if my messages may have accidentally gone into the wrong folder or that you may have opted out on accident.

2. Update your information: The only way to make sure you are receiving communications through Messenger is to make sure your Skyward information is up to date. You can update your information as a returning family at this link: https://www.springbranchisd.com/studentsfamilies/back-to-school/registration

Warmest regards,

Dana Johnson Principal

Join Remind 101 for BHE Buses

Would you like an instant reminder if your child’s bus is running late?

Open the attachment for directions: Remind 101 for BHE buses

Warm regards,

BHE Faculty and Staff

Take Note…

checkbook2The bank used by PTA insists that all checks must be written to BUNKER HILL PTA. Please make sure to make your checks out accordingly in the future.

Any returned checks will be returned back to the corresponding committee head to be edited or rewritten.

Teachers College

What is Teachers College and how does it positively affect your child? Watch the video below to begin understanding the methods our BHE teachers are using to make your child a lifelong lover of reading and writing.

https://vimeo.com/276105993

SBISD App & Urgent Text Alerts

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