Memorial Knights Lacrosse

lacrosse-clip-art-6The Memorial Knights Lacrosse Club is delighted to announce its inaugural fall developmental lacrosse season! The Knights are the new combined Memorial/Spartan lacrosse club, and we welcome any boy in grades 5 through 8 residing within the boundaries of SBISD to join our fall program. Please see the attached information sheet for detailed information regarding the fall season and register using the attached registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Clay Holland, Memorial Knights Board President, at pcholland@me.com or 832-722-8035.

Click here for information and here for registration.

Memorial Markettes Jr. Drill Clinic

Principal’s Message

welcome appleDear BHE Parents,

I think it’s safe to say it’s been quite a summer! Having experienced unbelievable elation and sadness, I’ve learned, yet again, just how precious relationships are. It is a blessing to be a part of such a supportive, collaborative, and caring community where relationships are strong and the focus is on growing children and learning together in a system with high expectations.

We begin this school year with a team of educators excited to make great things happen. Infused with new energy, we are united in our purpose and focused on two specific goals: increasing levels of rigor in our instruction and improving student’s ability to articulate academic thought through written expression in all content areas. Our approach to teaching math this year through the use of Math in Focus will require a new frame of thinking about math concepts. Based on the Singapore Math approach, Math in Focus is a text that helps teachers plan lessons that begin at the concrete level of understanding then move to the pictorial and finally the abstract levels of understanding numbers and their functions. We will use several methods throughout the year to provide you ongoing insight into what Math in Focus is and how this approach works.

Our bottom line is high levels of student performance and we are committed to improving upon and reaching even higher levels on STAAR and Stanford. While we are not a campus whose sole focus is test preparation, we will make sure we are continually raising the bar and our results. In my next Principal’s Message, I will share in more detail our “glows and grows” from the Spring 2014 testing.

Character strengths will be a fun area as we take one strength each month to talk about and model. You’ll notice that our spirit shirts have the words we will use throughout the year. Our first word beginning in September is CURIOSITY. We’ll talk about the observable behaviors of a person who shows a desire to learn and know about things such as being eager to explore new areas, asking questions to know more, and taking an active interest in learning. We’ll look for examples in everything we read and see around us. You can help by doing the same at home and making curiosity an active practice.

This year holds so much promise and we are eager to get started. A strong partnership and collaborative relationship between you and the school makes everything grand possible. Thank you for your support and service. It’s what makes BHE a special place. I look forward to seeing all our students back soon!

Excitedly,

Valerie Hernandez

 

A Message from the PTA President

ptaWelcome back Bunker Hill families! It seems it was just yesterday that we eagerly awaited our summer to begin and here we are just a few days from the start of a new school year. I hope you all are rested, rejuvenated and ready to go! I want to welcome all new families to BHE. We are glad you are here! You will find we have a wonderful school supported by our dedicated staff, teachers and families. Bunker Hill Elementary is truly a unique school in SBISD.

Our PTA website is full of important and useful information. Check out the Back to School Checklist so you don’t miss anything. The PTA Big Form is online again this year to make it easy for you to take care of all the back to school forms. Also make sure you click on the Sign Up Genius tab to find volunteer opportunities at BHE. Our school’s success is dependent on your involvement.

I look forward to seeing you over the next couple of weeks.

Susan Wienert – PTA President

Back to School Checklist

checklistWe have included a back to school checklist to help you with all the back to school forms. We are trying to do as much as possible this year online to save staff and volunteer hours as much as possible. I hope you enjoy the convenience.

1. Fill out the online back to school District Forms via Family Access. PRINT & SIGN STEPS 4-11. SEND TO FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

2. Fill out the online Big Form.

3. Register to be a SBISD Volunteer.

4. Sign up to Volunteer at Bunker Hill. Opens 8/21 at 6pm.

5. Update your contact information for the Directory. Details coming soon.

Online Big Form Available Today

Big Form buttonBunker Hill’s online Big Form is available beginning today. You can fill out the form online and pay by credit card again this year. If you would like pay be check, please contact Rachel Matthews rachelrmatthews@gmail.com. Forms will be due September 5th. Click here to begin.

District Forms

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Dear BHE Parents,

In an effort to manage all of the paperwork that goes home on the first day of school, we are asking you to fill out all district forms online.  Your child will not receive a packet of these forms on the first day of school, so you may begin filling out the required district forms here.

You must log on with your Family Access User ID and Password. If you do not have your password, please contact the school.

The following forms are required for your student’s enrollment in SBISD.

  • SBISD Student information card (Parent signature required)
  • SBISD Clinic Emergency Card (Parent signature required)
  • SBISD 2014-15 Parent/Guardian/Student Acknowledgments: Technology Acceptable Use Guidelines and Directory Information (2 pages, 3 parent signatures, 1 student signature).
  • Parent/Guardian/Student Acknowledgement Form (student and parent signature)

After you fill out the forms online, you will need to 1) print steps 4-11, 2) sign where indicated, and 3) send the paper copies to BHE with your child. These forms are due Friday, August 29th.

You may send these with your student(s) on the first day of school.

Thank you,

Valerie Hernandez

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.

 

New BHE AP Named

assistant principalDear BHE Parents,

It is my pleasure to announce the addition of Mrs. Erika Rodriguez to the BHE staff as Asst. Principal. Erika has worked in SBISD since 2004 and most recently as the Instructional Coach at Thornwood Elementary. She and her husband of 10 years have three children, two of which are in elementary school and one at Zebra Zone. In her capacities as a teacher and I-Coach she has a proven track record of developing relationships and working collaboratively to improve student performance. She is excited to meet you all and is committed to working hard to serve the students, staff and community of BHE in her new role.

She and I look forward to welcoming you and our students back to school in a few weeks!

Hoping you enjoy the rest of the summer,
Valerie Hernandez

PTA Calendar Downloads

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The PTA calendar on the website will download directly into your smart phone or computer. Click “Calendar” on the top menu bar or click “View Calendar” on the left sidebar. Once you are on the calendar page you can input which grades your children are in by clicking the “Category” button at the top left side of the calendar view. Then click on “Subscribe to filtered calendar” in the bottom left corner and select the appropriate calendar application. The calendar information will then be downloaded to your smart phone or computer.

BHE Spirit Items

booster shirtThe BHE Spirit Committee has many exciting items ready to kick off the new school year. With t-shirts to help you Sail Toward Your Future, sweatshirts, Tervis water bottles, sports necklaces, & car decals to show off your Lion Pride, gym shorts and hair bows that Anchor your BHE Loyalty…there is something for everyone. Also new this year, be one of the first to show off your BHE spirit with the new and beautiful BHE garden banner.

It is mandatory that each BHE student have a spirit t-shirt for field trips. Don’t wait until the last minute, please purchases your child’s t-shirt prior to or during the first week of school, to guarantee availability.

Spirit items will be sold in the cafeteria on the stage at the following events:
-Thursday the 21st: New Parent Orientation, immediately following the presentation
-Friday the 22nd: Meet the Teacher, between 8:45 and 10:15
-Monday 25th: Back to School Coffee, 8:10
*Cash or check ONLY

If you pre-ordered spirit items they will be available for pick-up on the south end of the cafeteria on Friday the 22nd during Meet the Teacher. If you can’t remember if you pre-ordered please see this document (listed by oldest BHE student).

 

iKids U registration is now open for School Year 2014 – 2015

ikidsusquareiKids U registration is now open for School Year 2014 – 2015!  Registrations may be turned into iKids or the BHE front office or contact iKids to register at 713-665-5200 or www.ikidsinc.com.  iKids U offers many after-school opportunities onsite at Bunker Hill, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services. Enroll today – classes are filling-up and iKids U starts on the very first day of school!

Registration Form

 

New to BHE?

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The Newcomers 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 Karen Diego,kdiego@ollin.com.mx.

School Supplies

school supply clip artWe are no longer taking orders for school supplies.  For families still interested in purchasing school supplies, we will be selling a few extra packs on a first come, first served basis at the New Parent Orientation night on Thursday August 21 and at Meet the Teacher on that Friday, However, supplies are limited.

Here are school supply lists for each Grade:

 

5th Grade Video – Class of 2015

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Hello 5th Grade Parents!

I am in charge of producing/editing the video for this year’s 5th Grade Graduation. You are probably wondering…are we really talking about NEXT May already??? Yes!! We have created a gmail account for you to easily upload pictures of your precious children. Please make sure they are in a jpeg file format. The email address is bheclassof2015@gmail.com.
We are going to need THREE individual pictures of each 5th grader

1. A baby pic

2. A pic from Kinder or 1st grade

3. A recent pic.

In addition to individual pics, we are asking for THREE group pics from previous BHE vents/activities from next year and years past:
Run for the Arts
Tae Kwan Do
Girls Scouts
Boy Scouts
Fiddling Lions
Jogging Club
Lions Club
Chess Club
Book Fair
Square Dancing
International Fair
Wax Museum
Colonial Day
Kinder Graduation
Field Trips
Class Parties
Spelling Bee
Patriotic Picnic
Red Ribbon Week
Business Fair
Biology Lab
Spiral
Splash Day
Auction Parties
Odyssey of the Mind
5th Grade Committees
BHE TV
Jump Rope for Heart
Faculty/Student Volleyballt
DARE
JA Biztown
Spring Branch Boys and Girls Choirs
Track Meet

I am going to need everyone’s help with providing fabulous pictures in order to make this video something memorable.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be sending out periodic reminders throughout the 2014- 2015 school year.

Go Lions!

Sally Gardner

Try Something New This Summer – 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. Please watch for an eBook brochure to come home with your child next week. It will contain important information regarding usernames and passwords for accessing our eBooks and digital audiobooks. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
Thank you and Happy Reading!
Ms. Holley

FollettShelf

Overdrive

Capstone Interactive & Tumblebooks

Catalist Digital Audiobooks

2014 – 2015 Back to School Dates

46a1eb7f-790a-4459-a6da-554b473f6e45Back to School Dates:
August 21 New Parent Orientation at 6:00pm
August 22 New Student Orientation at 8:30am
August 22 Meet the Teacher at 9:00am
August 25 First Day of School at 8:00am
August 25 Back to School Coffee at 8:10am
September 5 PTA Meeting at 9:30am

Back to School Lunches:
August 27 5th Grade at 11:00am at the home of Michelle Majewski, 11748 Cawdor Way
August 28 4th Grade at 11:00am at the home of Stacy Coneley, 3 Greyton Lane
August 29 3rd Grade at 11:00am at the home of April Graham, 11902 Cobblestone
September 2 2nd Grade at 11:00am at the home of Abby Khatiblou, 12306 Pinerock Lane
September 3 1st Grade at 11:00am at the home of Renee Isaacs, 12407 Perthshire Road
September 4 Kinder at 11:00am at the home of Hilary Howard, 11703 Broken Bough Circle

Back to School Nights:
August 26 Kinder and 1st Grade at 6:30pm
August 28 2nd and 3rd Grade at 6:30pm
September 2 4th and 5th Grade at 6:30pm

Message from the Superintendent

sbisd financePlease listen to the following video of Dr. Duncan Klussmann discussing Texas School Finance and SBISD.

VIDEO LINK