Toys for Tots

On Friday, December 13th the Village Fire Department will be at Bunker Hill to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program. If you would like to participate, please have your child bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 13th. The Village Fire Department will distribute the donations to children this Holiday season.

Thanks to You!

Amidst all the chaos and frenzy that comes with the holiday season, it’s also such a wonderful time to reflect on those that bless our days.  I’m humbled to be surrounded by so many generous and kind people at BHE.  Below is just the tip of the iceberg of those that make BHE such a wonderful environment for our students.  I hope each of you has a joyous, peaceful and healthy Holiday!

To Kim Hammer for a great Red Ribbon Week, a fun and meaningful week for our students;

To Fred Keinz for donating his time and talent to photograph Bunker Hill families for the auction brochure; to Cathy Schuetze for coordinating the photo sessions and to the Harris Family for the use of their lovely yard; to Sarah Bunk and Jennifer Grabiner and all the Photo Gallery volunteers who have been taking precious pictures of our children; and to the retail donations committee who continue to collect wonderful items;

To the International Day Committee Chairs: Katie Hazeldine, Kayley Isgur, Amy Kuykendall, Angie McBeth, Jennifer Sander and Anne Sellis and their amazing co-chairs for planning an exciting parade and fun-filled day for our students to learn about different cultures; and to each of the parent volunteers who came out and made the day possible;

To Ms. Kolde for putting together our 4th grade Veteran’s Day Performance that was a meaningful way to honor the heroes in our community, and special thanks to Blair CanfieldCallie Ezell and Dedi Hanagan for pulling it all together;

To Angie McBeth and Jennifer Sander for coordinating the many ways we support Thornwood and their community throughout the year and especially the Angel Tree for families in need;

To Karen Teegarden and Jill Melancon for your dedication to the Spelling Bee;

To Donna Marshall, Katie Mattingly, Tahra Peterson and Elizabeth Schweider for coordinating a fun and educational Colonial Day for our 5thgraders and to all the Colonial Day event chairs and the many volunteer who made Colonial Day such a huge success;

To Jenny Selzer for your work on this year’s Reflection submission;

To the fabulous Teacher Appreciation chairs Dedi Hanagan and Morgan Scholl and their wonderful committee who coordinate the monthly teacher lunches and help our staff feel loved by our community;

To Arielle Lawson for assisting Health Fitness with Jump Rope for Heart and Jog Club;

To Karen Teegarden for coordinating the custodial gift, office staff gift and continuing the PTA Membership drive effort;

To Shannon Strickler, Webmaster, and Melissa Crain, E-blast Chair, for keeping our website up to date and informed with our weekly emails;

To Claire Zurek, our Corresponding Secretary, for spreading sunshine around our BHE community and taking good care of our families through correspondence and kind gestures;

To Laura Mould for keeping all of us informed by updating the Marquees each week;

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Emily Paulson

PTA President

Special Message from StudioBHE

Click HERE to see a special message!!!!

Looks like you will need to dust off your dancing shoes before StudioBHE opens its doors on March 7th!!!

BHE Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner Jack Strickler and runner-up Atticus Rigo! Jack and Atticus will represent BHE in the district Spelling Bee on January 31st. The students, staff and parents are so proud of the boys as they battled it out for the final word round after round. We wish them the best of luck!

Kindergarten Girls Give Back

These four kinder girls, Kate Walker, Emily Parks, Evelyn Garner, and Quinn McBeth, decided to forgo gifts for their 6th birthday and ask for donations to Spring Branch Education Foundation’s “Clean Hands Drive.” Through all the generous donations, we were able to present $630 to be used to get hand sanitizer in Title 1 schools in SBISD. With the money raised, four grade levels and one classroom will get hand sanitizer for 1 full year. Way to go!

Click HERE for more information on SBEF Clean Hands Drive

Auction Brochure Family Photos

It’s time for everyone to submit their captions to run alongside their beautiful family photos for our annual Auction brochure. Please click on the google doc link below and caption your beautiful family photo! If you choose not to personalize your caption, it will read, “The Folloder Family” in the brochure.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17itfLELQx-G9cZ4HWYjD4s5PEmJxyZieVu_4aOugZAg/edit#gid=0

Furthermore, there is still time to submit your own family photo to be featured in our annual Auction brochure! The Auction brochure will be distributed in the weeks leading up to StudioBHE. You can submit your photo digitally to bunkerhillauction@gmail.com with the subject line “Auction Brochure Family Photos”. The cost to submit your own family photo is $150, please make checks payable to “Bunker Hill PTA”. Once you have submitted your digital photo you can then leave your check in the PTA workroom, specifically in the Auction mailbox.

The deadline for all Auction brochure family photo submissions is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH!!!!!

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!

School Bell Award Info

Each year, SBISD Council of PTA’s presents the School Bell Award to an outstanding educator who best promotes the objective of PTA and is an advocate for all children. To nominate a teacher or staff member, please fill out the short form explaining why your chosen individual should be Bunker Hill’s nominee for the School Bell Award this year. Previous recipients of the School Bell Award are as follows:

2019 Brittany McLennan
2018 Angelina Rojas
2017 Claudia Puente
2016 Sasha Luther
2015 Ashley Cernosek
2014 Susie Kneppler
2013 Pam Pennington
2012 Liz Eikenberg
2011 Amy Mason
2010 Lisa Luce
2009 Tammy Holley

To nominate a teacher or staff member, click HERE

The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 20th. Please contact Emily Paulson for any questions – bheptapresident@gmail.com

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)!

Holiday Custodial/Cafeteria Collection

On the parents’ behalf, we would like to give the gift of cash to thank our six custodial and cafeteria staff members this holiday season. An optional collection jar will be at the front entrance of the school through December 16th. If you are unable to stop by BHE to donate, but would like to contribute, please contact Karen Teegarden at kwteegarden@gmail.com.

StudioBHE… The Hits Keep Coming

The HITS keep coming!!!

We’ve been saying for a while now that you will want to come EARLY and stay LATE! Now we can reveal to you where you can do both!

Click HERE to find out more!

If, after Auction, you aren’t ready to return to life in the “burbs”, we have secured two room blocks at downtown hotels. We have rooms at the Marriott Marquis and The Magnolia Hotel Houston.

The Marriott Marquis is within walking distance to Warehouse Live and the Magnolia Hotel has a car service that can take you to and from the auction. This is an opportunity to take a break, spend time with friends and raise money for our incredible school!

Pease click on the links below to reserve a room! These room blocks will run out so make sure and book soon!!

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1569008844075&key=GRP&app=resvlink

https://book.passkey.com/event/49977989/owner/14793349/home

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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