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:

 

Summer Office Hours

BHE Office Hours

BHE Summer Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:00am ~ 5:00pm; Closed July 1st ~ 15th

Principal’s Post

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Summer break is beating on the door as the last days of the 2013-14 school year come to an end. Summer camps, swimming, and sleeping in are on all the student¹s minds as they eagerly await the last bell on Thursday. Thank you for all you¹ve done to support your child and your child¹s teacher throughout the year. Our campus community is special because of the partnership we have with you as parents.

We are already looking toward the next school year and making plans for it to be a great year. Our goals are being set, our campus grounds are being improved upon, and new staff is being welcomed. The following explain these in more detail.

Goals for 2014-15
As we closely examine end of year data from STAAR and Stanford assessments as well as student, staff and parent surveys, we are determining the targets we must set for our work next year.  Two major areas will be a focus for our work: improving writing and implementing a new math approach through Math in Focus textbooks. Math in Focus is based on the Singapore Math practices which are fairly new to staff in SBISD. This means that teachers will be getting specific training on the methods and philosophy that will help them effectively implement the practices. We also know parents will have many questions about how to understand and help their children so we will host parent information sessions to help as well.

Summer projects
Our 2nd grade wing and the library will have fresh, new carpet installed. A new sidewalk will improve the carpool loading zone by extending from the current one on the east side of the library out on the north side where gates 4 and 5 are. This will have a covered canopy as well and gates that will open to the carpool lane. Additionally, the sidewalk along the bus loading zone will be redone where it is severely cracked and broken. Bird netting will be installed down the main hallway to prevent nesting that has caused a great deal of mess along the sidewalk. We¹re excited about these improvements that have been much needed.

Staffing
As individual paths take new directions, we will say goodbye to some of our teachers and welcome new ones to different teams. Leaving BHE this year in 1st grade are Amy Sidora, who will be joining the staff at Kinkaid; Emily Duff, who will be starting her family; and Amy Schendel who will be joining the staff at the Regis School. Added to the team will be newly hired Alissa Christensen and Melissa Neisen and Melissa McAlpin who are moving from 2nd and 5th grade. One more new hire will complete the team which is growing to 6 teachers. In 2nd grade Lisa Prins will be saying goodbye to BHE and the team will welcome Brian Dickson from 4th grade. A new hire will complete the 4th grade team. 3rd grade will grow to 6 teachers and Brittany Corpus, currently in 5th grade, will join the team. In 5th grade, we will welcome Shana Mochon to Language Arts. She is a veteran teacher currently at Buffalo Creek.

Postcards
Postcards with class assignments will be sent home via mail on August 15th. If you are planning to be out of town and will be unable to check
the mail, you will be able to see your child¹s teacher by logging on to Parent Access starting August 19th. If you have never received your login for Parent Access, you can contact the school in August.

Thank you for a great year and have a happy and fun summer. We look forward to seeing you back in August!

Valerie Hernandez, Ed. D.

Memorial Middle School Summer Reading Challenge

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For our soon-to-be 6th graders, the Memorial Middle School Library is hosting a Summer Reading Challenge. All you have to do is read 10 books over the summer and complete this form. You will turn the form into the library in August and there will be a fall party complete with a raffle and prizes. I hope all of you decide to take the challenge!

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

May President’s Post

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Portfolio Picnics, Kindergarten Graduation, Bugz Play… all these things signal the end of another school year and what a great year it has been! As a PTA we have 589 members including 100% of BHE teachers, 79 hardworking board members and countless volunteers who have helped in many different ways this year- from chairing a major fundraiser to shelving books in the library; from organzing International Day to helping in the office; from cooking for teacher appreciation luncheons to leading a Junior Achievment lesson; chaperoning a field trip, helping as a room parent, or making copies for the teachers; the list goes on and on. Our combined efforts, no matter how big or small, make a huge difference to our school and students.  It also makes us the Most Outstanding Elementary PTA in SBISD, an honor we received from the SBISD Council of PTAs this month.

I have been fortunate to work with so many of you this year as PTA President. I am amazed at the talents and special gifts you posses and share with BHE.  Thank you for all you do for our school and students.  I especially want to thank the fabulous members of the Executive Board who helped keep the PTA running smoothly all year: Susan Wienert, Christi Stock, Lori Maddox, Allison Martin, Michelle Majewski, Kelly Basham and Rachel Matthews. I could not have done it without them!

I also want to thank Valerie Hernandez and Pam Pennington for their dedication to our school and community. They truly have the best interests of our students at heart and consistently work with the PTA to provide the best educational experience for every student at BHE.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your PTA president. Have a great summer!

Donna Jackson

May Thank You’s

 

thank  you bannerTo Susan Wienert who served as our SBEF’s Running for the Arts liaison and supplied BHE runners with bagels and bananas after a fun 5K;

To Cristina Cramer, Wendy Egger, Abby Khatiblou and Rebecca Howard for coordinating the first grade play for our adorable “Bugz” and to the parents who helped make the production run smoothly;

To the Teacher Appreciation Committee: Cristina Cramer, LaQuesha Dillingham-Spivey, Christy Lord, Sheri Howard, Jackie Jenvey and Carol Tesarek for providing wonderful monthly lunches for our teachers all year and for coordinating a May luncheon for our sister school Thornwood;

To Adam and Suzanne Stiles, Lara Finnila and Arielle and Victor Ho for organizing our Hands-On Biology Lab activities for fourth and fifth graders;

To Wendy Egger for our fabulous BHE yearbook;

To Melanie Fowler, Rachel Lim, Katie Moses and Lorraine Peterson for coordinating the Spring Book Fair; and to Allison Brandt, Jennifer Pruett and Taunya Rother for organizing the Book Swap;

To Taunya Rother, Suzanne Stiles, Candace Reed, Stephanie Cox, Kate Grossman, Mary Moll, Ruth Odom and Christi Strock for planning a memorable graduation and a fun-filled celebration for our departing fifth graders; and to Susie and Donald Lee and Candace Reed for creating the video commemorating the students’ years at BHE;

To Kristine Hilger who will order and distribute hundreds of boxes of pizza for the end of school parties;

To Rebecca Howard and Rachel Matthews for keeping us informed with timely eblasts and work on the PTA website;

To the Campus Improvement Committee: Suzanne Stiles (chair), Valerie Hernandez, Jana Delongchamps, Jennifer Elliott, Megan Parker, Lori Maddox, Christi Strock, and Susan Wienert for their work in researching and recommending items that benefit our campus, teachers and students;

To the Executive Board: Susan Wienert, Christi Strock, Lori Maddox, Michelle Majewski, Allison Martin, Kelly Basham and Rachel Matthews for your leadership, commitment and time this year;

To the entire BHE faculty and staff for their dedication to providing our children with a wonderful education;

To Valerie Hernandez and Pam Pennington for the countless things they do to make Bunker Hill an outstanding school for our children! THANK YOU!

Summer Reading – It’s Fun and Free!

 

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As 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 on here on the Bunker Hill website as well as on the Bunker Hill PTA 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.

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

Incoming 1st Grade

Incoming 2nd Grade 

Incoming 3rd Grade

Incoming 4th Grade

Incoming 5th Grade

Memorial Middle School

 

CIC Approved Items

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After reviewing many requests and with thoughtful consideration, the Campus Improvement Committee presented items for approval at the May PTA meeting. The list of approved items can be found on the BHE PTA website.

Thanks to the members of this year’s CIC: Suzanne Stiles, Chair, Valerie Hernandez, Jana Delongchamps, Jennifer Elliott, Megan Parker, Lori Maddox, Christi Strock, Susan Wienert and Donna Jackson.

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Attention Parents of Rising 6th Graders Attending Memorial Middle School

mmsWelcome to Memorial Middle School!  For some of you, this might be another tour through this exemplary school, but for many, it may be your first experience.  I want to introduce myself.  My name is Beth Cole, and I am the MMS PTA President for the 2014-2015 school year.  Two of my three daughters have been attending MMS for at least  4 combined years, and I can tell you firsthand what a wonderful principal, teachers and PTA the school is fortunate to have.   In fact, the MMS PTA just won the Outstanding Secondary PTA Award and an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Secondary Newsletter from the SBISD Council of PTAs!

Currently, the MMS PTA is filling positions for the 2014-2015 school year.  I wanted to let parents of rising 6th graders know about some exciting Committee Chair positions still open and let you join in on the fun!  The positions are very reasonable time-wise, usually have large committees and will always have full support of the MMS PTA Executive Committee.  Please review the list, and if a position catches your eye, please respond to me (mmsptapres77024@gmail.com). 

  • ·        International Club (International Club is a club for MMS parents to immerse themselves in different nationality culture and cuisine (Cajun and New Orleans included!).  There are nine lunches held throughout the school year, and the coordinators would be responsible for recruiting the hosts and assist in the lunches, as needed.) – 2 spots 
  • Publicity (working with local newspapers and magazines with MMS news and pictures.  Chair will have the MMS photography class to assist with pictures and write-ups, chair will be responsible to submission) – 1 spot
  • ·        Red Ribbon Week (organizing the Red Ribbon Week activities tentatively set for October 20 – 24, 2014) – 2 spots
  • ·        All School Party (MMS hosts two All School Parties; one in early September and one in February.  This position is assisting in setting up for the party, ordering food and games, and organizing the large committee to  work the night of the party.) – 2 spots (out of 7 seven positions)

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Additionally, please be on the lookout for the electronic MMS PTA Big Form, sent out in an eblast, in mid-August, 2014.  This is where you can sign-up for various MMS PTA committees, as well as purchase directories, Family Directory Sponsorships, Write-A-Check, and other MMS PTA related activities.

Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

 Regards,

Beth Cole

mmsptapres77024@gmail.com

 

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.

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

5th Grade Video – Class of 2015

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Hello 4th Grade Parents! Can you believe our kids will soon be in their 5th Graders at BHE???

I am in charge of producing/editing the video for next 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 soon-to-be 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 events/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 everyones 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.

In the meantime, please have a fun, safe, and relaxing summer!!

Go Lions!

Sally Gardner

PTA Committee Chairs Needed

pta-volunteerTwo volunteers are needed to chair the following PTA committees:

Odyssey of the Mind – Serves as campus liaison for Odyssey of the Mind, an extracurricular program where kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Reflections – “Reflections” is a creative arts program sponsored by the National PTA. This volunteer collects entries by BHE students and submits them to the local PTA Council.

Please contact Susan Wienert (swienert@sbcglobal.net) if you are interested or have any questions concerning these committees.

Washington DC 2015

capitol-building-clipart_193970944_10232009132022Attention 4th graders! Now is the time to start planning for the Washington DC trip for 2015! The trip will be June 13-17, 2015. We will go to Jamestown, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, VA (Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson), and Washington, DC. It is a fun-filled trip that you won’t want to miss! If you register before July 1, 2014, you will pay the 2014 prices! Register online at www.schooltoursofamerica.com. Our trip number is #7187. Registration forms will also be sent home with 4th grade students. Any questions? Please feel free to call!

Ms. Holley
713-251-5400

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

ikidsusquareiKids U registration is now open for School Year 2014 – 2015!  Priority registration is going on now.  Registrations may be turned into iKids or the BHE front office.  iKids U offers many after-school opportunities onsite at Bunker Hill, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services.

Please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or
info@ikidsinc.com

http://www.ikidsinc.com

Registration Form

Outstanding PTA in SBISD

5ba96b3e-43ae-429b-9699-bd7cdbf91ee8Congratulations are in order!

Our PTA was named Outstanding Elementary PTA by the SBISD Council of PTAs. The BHE PTA also received the Outstanding Communication Award.

Special thanks to Eva Gomez, Rebecca Howard, Donna Jackson, Michelle Majewski, Rachel Matthews, Allison Martin, and Lorraine Peterson for help in applying for these awards.

Thanks to all the parents and teachers who make our PTA Outstanding!

Auction 2015

Auction logo 2015Auction 2015 planning is well underway and our creative auction team has come up with a theme we know everyone will enjoy!

Save the date for February 21, 2015 for BHE College Game Day! The event will take place at The Norris Center.

We are still recruiting committee members so please let us know if you would like to help out. We’d love to have you! Feel free to contact the 2015 BHE Auction Team: Rebecca Howard -Solicitations, Abby Khatiblou – Hotel Coordinator, Megan Parker – Bidpal, Hilary Howard – School Activities and Marcy Crapitto – Communications

We are thrilled to be your 2015 BHE College Game Day Auction chairs and appreciate your support!

GET UP…IT’S GAME DAY!!!

Auction Solicitation Volunteers Needed

volunteers - meCalling all volunteers! We want YOU to help with BHE’s Auction Solicitations Committee for the 2015 Auction.

BHE’s Silent Auction proceeds benefit students directly by providing them with enhanced learning opportunities by funding specialist salaries, technology, curriculum, etc. We believe that these educational benefits will help your child on his or her path to success. The rewards are immeasurable and the impact profound.

By volunteering your time on the Auction Solicitations Committee you can contribute to the shared goal of keeping education at Bunker Hill Elementary as one of the best in the district.

We could use a few volunteers in July & August to help with the below. For more information please contact Rebecca Howard, Auction Solicitations Chair, at  rebeccahoward28@gmail.com.

SWAK – Sealed With a Kiss (3-4 Volunteers)
Could you pitch in 3 hours one morning over coffee to catch up while you help get our first mailing assembled? Want to meet some Bunker Hill moms over the summer before school starts? Come to our fold stuff and seal coffee in July/August to spend 2-3 hours to get the mailing out!

iTeam (1-2 volunteers)
Do you have a computer? Do you want to be among the first heroes for the 2015 Auction? With the information we provide, fill in the blanks on online contribution forms. Some companies only give this way – no calls or emails!

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