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 the Reimbursements email (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 you info).
  • Email the completed form and a PDF or picture of your receipt to 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).

GT Referral Information

The Gifted and Talented referral window will be open from September 18-October 21, 2019. A link for the referral will be available soon on the district’s Gifted and Talented page linked here. 

The district will be holding GT Community Awareness meetings throughout the next week. Please see the schedule below for dates, times, and locations.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 6pm @ Administration Bldg (Board Room)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 12pm @ Administration Building (Board Room)
Thursday, September 19, 2019 (SPANISH LANGUAGE) @ West Support Center, F7

For questions regarding the GT referral and identification process please visit the website linked above. If you have further questions, you can contact Jerry Roberts, the substitute counselor.

5th grade BHE TV application

 

Attention 5th graders! Have you been dreaming about hosting or directing BHE TV? Well, now is your chance to be a star! Please sign and return the attached BHE TV application by Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Once applications are turned in, a timeline for the entire year will be created and sent out.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Melancon at jill.melancon@springbranchisd.com

Newcomers Social – Please join us!

Please join us for our annual NewComers Social this Thursday, September 19, 2019! We will gather at By Popular Demand – BPD – from 7:00 to 9:00 for appetizers and door prizes.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet other parents new to Bunker Hill Elementary!
Please let us know if you will attend (bhenewcomers@gmail.com).

See you Thursday at By Popular Demand (BPD): 12420 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024.
~ BHE NewComers Committee

Lizy Santiago, Noteel Koss,

Gabriela Gutierrez, & Veronika Luna

4th & 5th Graders: Books & Breakfast Applications Now Available

 

Attention 4th & 5th graders! Do you love reading? Do you enjoy a good book discussion with friends? Do you eat breakfast? If so, then Books & Breakfast may be for you! What is Books and Breakfast? It is a before school book club for 4th and 5th graders. Each session meets for 10 weeks – every Thursday at 7:00 am in the library. We have a light breakfast and then break up into smaller book clubs (each led by a faculty member) for book discussion.

Over the 10 weeks, students will read 3 novels and have a lot of fun!

The application will be available starting Monday, September 16th in the library. Students may come by the library to pick up an application. All applications must be submitted by Monday, September 23rd.

Here are some things you will need to know & consider before filling out an application:
• We take 45 students in each session (Fall & Spring). Students can only do one session. (We typically have a waiting list.)
• There is only one application process – it is in the fall.
• Students are asked to read between 50-75 pages a week.
• Students are making a commitment to attend each session for the whole 10 weeks. Attendance is important. If you miss 2 times you are not allowed to continue and your spot is given to someone on the waiting list.

• We ask that parents sign up to bring a food item at least once during the 10 week session. (There will be a sign up genius sent out for each session.)
• The application is to be mostly filled out by the student, but there is a parent portion.
• In the event that we have more than 90 students apply, we will choose students by drawing names.
• The dates for the fall are October 3 – December 12
• The dates for the spring are January 16 – March 26

If this sounds like something you would like to do, then please come pick up an application starting on Monday.
If you have any questions, please email Ms. Holley at tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com
Happy Reading!

5th Grade Washington DC Trip

Attention 5th Grade Parents,


Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the 5th Grade trip to Washington DC! Every year we take a group of 5th graders to Washington DC and surrounding areas in June following the end of school. The trip is coordinated through School Tours of America. This year’s trip will be May 30, 2020 to June 3, 2020. Here are some of the highlighted stops:
• Colonial Williamsburg, VA
• Jamestown, VA
• Charlottesville, VA – Monticello Tour
• Washington DC: Capitol Hill, Smithsonian, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, various memorials and landmarks, and more!

Registration is now available through the School Tours of America website. You might even consider traveling with your child for a special trip to culminate the 5th Grade year and study of American History!

You can register online at www.schooltoursofamerica.com using our BHE trip number: #9457. All you need to register is a $99 registration fee. The trip can be paid out over the course of the school year. I hope you will consider this fabulous, fun-filled opportunity!

There will be an informational meeting about the DC trip on Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm in the BHE Library. Feel free to come to find out more information!
If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Holley or Story Clements. tammy.holley@springbranchisd.com
story.clements@springbranchisd.com

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.

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety Plan

Please click HERE for letter from SBISD Chief of Police

READING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

 

It’s time for the Fall Book Fair! Here is how you can participate:

Sign up to volunteer! We need your help, and we have a lot of spots available!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4faaaa2daa8-peace

Kick Off Party, Monday, 9/23, 4:00—7:00pm
Bring the whole family to the Book Fair from 4:00-7:00 pm on September 23. There will be Kona Ice, Chick-fil-a, games and prizes.

Class Visits, Tuesday 9/24 and Wednesday 9/25, 8:00 am—3:00pm
Each class will be assigned a 30-minute period to visit the Book Fair. Click below for the class visitation schedule. Parents are welcome to attend with their child, or you can send money with your child.
http://bunkerhillpta.com/files/2019/08/Book-Fair-Visitation-Schedule-for-Classes.Fall-19-1.pdf

Special Friends Day, Thursday, 9/26, 8:15—11:00 am.
This is an exciting day to invite a special friend(s), including grandparents, relatives, neighbors, etc. to join your child at the BHE Book Fair. Please go to our online sign-up page, here to register for this event.

The deadline for sign up is September 23. There are three shifts:
Children whose last name begins with A-H will have guests from 8:15-9:00am.
Children whose last name begins with I-Q will have guests from 9:15-10:00 am.
Children whose last name begins with R-Z will have guests from 10:15-11:00 am.

Book Donations
Visit the Book Donations table throughout the Book Fair to purchase books to be donated to the BHE Library. Your child will have the first opportunity to check out this book, after which it will be returned to share with all students for years to come.

All proceeds benefit the Bunker Hill Library. Thank you!

Family Photo Sessions with Fred!

Support BHE 2020 Studio BHE and sign up for a spot to have your family photographed by professional photographer Fred Keinz. Photo sessions are 15 minutes and taken in the lovely front yard of of the Harris Family. You will be able to select the photo you want to be used for the auction brochure and receive one 5×7 print. Price is $150 payable by check to “Bunker Hill PTA”. After images are ready you will have the option to order holiday cards, reprints and enlargements at an additional cost. Click HERE to secure your spot!

Alternatively, you can submit your own family photograph. Price is $150 and your photo will be included in the Auction Brochure. You can submit your photo digitally to bunkerhillauction@gmail.com with subject line “Auction Brochure Family Photo”. Then leave your check in the PTA workroom, Auction mailbox. 

Reflections

This year the national reflection theme is “Look Within.” Students can submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Rules and student entry forms can be found here. One family member must be a member of the PTA to enter the contest. The deadline for submitting entries will be October 25th by 3 pm in the PTA workroom. Please contact Jennifer Selzer, jenpselzer@gmail.com or visit www.txpta.org/programs/reflections for additional information.

Sister School: Thornwood

 

 

Interested in helping out our sister school, Thornwood Elementary?! Please sign up here to learn about all the ways in which we help them through the year.

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).

BHE_Round_The_Back 

iKids U After-School at BHE

Registration is going on now for the 2019 – 2020 School Year! iKids U offers a variety of after-school opportunities onsite at BHE, including Stay & Play, Enrichment, and One on One services. Customize your child’s after-school schedule with part-time and full-time options from 1 to 5 days per week. Siblings attending Wildcat Way may be eligible to attend iKids at BHE. Please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or info@ikidsinc.com with any questions. Visit www.ikidsinc.com for more information.

Click HERE for the registration form.

Spanish for Fall

Early Language Learners is beginning its fourteenth year of Spanish instruction at BHE! Our mission is to teach Spanish to elementary school kids using methods that prepare them for middle and high school courses. We pursue all four areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. And it’s FUN. Games and music and comradery are cornerstones for our efforts at BHE.

It’s been a privilege to see some of our ELL now in high school taking AP Spanish classes and even thinking of pursuing Spanish beyond the required hours in college.

Classes are held every Thursday after school and are grouped by grade level.

We look forward to answering questions you may have.

Registration and other information can be found at www.earlylanguagelearners.com.

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

Attention Amazon Shoppers

s7-j0saEDid 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 you normal Prime membership privileges still are in place. You just need to always you go the Amazon Smile site to shop.

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

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