BHE Spirit Items

We are now accepting pre-orders for t-shirts, hoodies*, girl’s shorts* and bows.  You must order and pay online not later than Monday, September 15th.  NO EXTRA HOODIES, SHORTS, OR BOWS WILL BE ORDERED! This is you last opportunity to get one of these items!  Your order will be sent home with your oldest BHE student as soon as we get them in (late September to early/mid October).

Show you BHE pride with our NEW BHE yard flags and Tervis water bottles.  We have flags and water bottles in stock and they will be sent home with your oldest BHE student within a few days of you placing your online order.  Order today…supplies are limited!

Click here to place your order.

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*There are sample sizes of girl’s shorts and hoodies in the office.  Please make sure that you are ordering the correct size.  Since we are not ordering extras we cannot swap out sizes.  The girl’s shorts run slightly small (especially the medium).

Newcomers Coffee

The Newcomers’ Committee will host a “Get to Know You” Coffee on September 10th from 8:30 until 10:00am at Three Brothers Bakery, 12393 Kingsride Ln,  Houston, TX 77024. Please drop by for a light bite and to meet new faces. Current and new BHE parents are welcome!

BHE Directory Cover Art Contest

Last chance to submit your artwork for the BHE Directory Cover Art Contest!

Forms went home in the first day packet. If you need another, click here. The due date has been extended to Monday, September 8th. Please turn in the forms to your teacher or to the box in the PTA workroom. For questions, contact April Graham at BHEptaDirectory@gmail.com.

Directory Information

Last chance to be included in the Student Directory!
By now all returning and new BHE families should have added, updated or confirmed their contact information for the Student Directory. If you have not, please do so at your earliest convenience. Returning families please refer to the Directory Confirmation email you received with your personal link to your contact information. New families click here to start a new form. This year you will be able to access the Student Directory from your smartphone, computer, tablet or any web-enabled device. Instructions will be emailed later this month. If you have questions, please contact Kristen Rabel at BHEptaDirectory@gmail.com. Thank you!

(PLEASE NOTE: ordering a Directory on the Big Form does not get your contact info listed in the Directory. You must follow the above instructions to be listed.)

DEADLINE to enter or confirm your information is September 5th!

Library Volunteer Sign-Up Now Available

To sign up click here and scroll to the Library Volunteer section.

Library volunteers will work for approximately one hour, which will include the time your child’s class visits the library.  4th and 5th grade parents please note that some classes are scheduled for both a 15 minute check in/check out period once a week and a 45 minute lesson time on alternate weeks.

This is a rotational schedule based on the number of volunteers in your class.  Plan to volunteer every four weeks.  This schedule will be emailed to you after the grade level luncheons.

There will be a training orientation on Friday, September 12th from 2:00 – 2:45 pm for those who have not volunteered in the library before.  Please do your best to attend. If you are unable to make it, please let Lori Maddox know at lorilmaddox@aol.com.

If you have any questions regarding Library Volunteering please contact Namrata Kothari 713-461-5209 or Lori Maddox 713-775-2754

We look forward to helping Ms. Holley with another great year!

Yearbook

Reminder….
Don’t forget to submit all of those precious first day of school pictures for yearbook consideration. You can easily submit all of your pictures anytime by clicking on the link on the PTA website or simply email your photos to bheptayearbook@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing all of your amazing photos.

Order Books for Visiting Author

We are very excited to have Nathan Hale visit our school on September 25th. He will be talking to students in grades 2-5. He is a very funny and entertaining author. He has written 4 books. Each one deals with an event in American History. One of the books, One Dead Spy, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Reading List for grades 3-6. Nathan loves making history fun and interesting for kids. All his books are written as graphic novels. If you would like to order one of his books to be autographed during his visit, please complete this order form and return it with payment to your teacher by September 12th. Please make checks payable to Blue Willow Bookshop. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com

Jog Club

Registration is NOW FULL for Jog Club, but you can be placed on the wait-list.  Jog Club starts on Monday, October 6, 2014. This program is open to any student grades K-5 and their parents to enjoy jogging with friends and classmates. Parents you do not have to attend in order for your child to attend. Jogging Club will be held every Monday, except Holidays, from 3:10 – 4:00 pm. In order for your child to participate the following form must be filled out.

Register soon — The Club is limited to 100 participants and it fills up quickly!

Fall – October 6, 2014 – December 15, 2014
Spring – January 12, 2015 – April 6, 2015

Click here to be placed on the wait-list..

Calling all Future Fiddlers!

fiddling lionsAn information meeting for parents of prospective Fiddling Lions will be held on Tuesday, 9/2 in the Community Center from 2:00-2:45p. Information about the program as well as registration forms will be given out. Registration forms are due on 9/8. If you are unable to attend but would like information, please contact Julie Lundgren at julielundgren@att.net or check here for more information.

Back to School Dates

First PTA Meeting:

September 5 at 9:30am

Back to School Lunches:

Grade level luncheons are held at homes of BHE families at the beginning of the school year. It is a great time to connect with other parents, chat with old friends and sign up for volunteer opportunities. All luncheons begin at 11:00am. We hope to see you there!

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:

September 2 4th and 5th Grade at 6:30pm

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

Early Language Learners

kidsEarly Language Learners offers Spanish and Chinese instruction on campus. We are proud to be in our 6th year at BHE, and because of support for our program, we have expanded to add a 2nd grade curriculum! Registration and other information can be found here, and at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

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.

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.

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