HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
February 24, 2017
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Feb 24
Family Fair Raffle Donations DEADLINE
Feb 27 8:00-1:00ish 3rd and 4th Practice STAAR Math (altered lunch/specials schedules)
Feb 27
PTA Rally Day in Austin! 
Feb 27 - Mar 2
Family Fair Raffle in Cafeteria!!!! 
March 1 8:00-1:00ish 5th Practice STAAR Science (altered lunch/specials schedules)
Mar 1 5:00-6:00  GREG TANG MATH FOR PARENTS @ Spring Branch Middle School Cafeteria
Mar 2
Read Across America Day & Big Art Day 
Mar 3 3:00-6:00 pm FAMILY FAIR
Mar 6 6:30 pm Parent Education - Colleen O-Grady at Memorial Drive Elementary
Mar 6 - 8
TELPAS Testing for grades 2 - 5 ESL Students
Mar 6 - 3rd, Mar 7 - 2nd, Mar 8 - 4th and 5th
Mar 7 9:00  1st Grade Texas Play - you don't want to miss this! 
Mar 9-10
5th to the Arboretum
9th - Menard & Jazairy and 10th - Wilhelm & Wright
Mar 13-17
SPRING BREAK

AFTERNOON PARENT DRIVE REMINDER - 
Please do not block driveways as you are waiting in the line. This is inconveniencing our neighbors and don't want to do that. Please pay attention as you move up and stop before you get to a driveway.

If a neighbor needs to get out of their driveway, you should move to let them.
FUN FRIDAY At HCE  - - -  SQUARE DANCING AND COW EYEBALLS

Did that catch your eye? Yes, we had K-2 square dancing and 
4-5 dissecting cow eyeballs. 

Thanks to Coach Thompson, Coach Norris and Coach Roberson for getting our cowgirls and cowboys ready to dance. 





Thanks to our Hands on Science volunteers for cutting, probing, and dealing with the fun of a dissection.  


CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT TEAM REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED

WE NEED YOU!!   HELP - no one turned in an application so we have no new members!!!  

Newly schedule drawing for our 2 vacant parent positions, 1 community rep position and 1 business rep position is next week, Wednesday, March 1 @ 8am. 

Currently we have 1 business rep application. We need 2 parents and 1 community member.  

Please consider serving on the Campus Improvement Team. We meet at least 6 times a year for an hour. 

Click below for an application or just email me to let me know you want to be included
in the lottery and if you are a parent rep, community rep or business rep.








LOST AND FOUND  - LAST CALL TO CLAIM LOST ITEMS


We were trying to wait until Spring Break to donate the lost and found items but it is VERY FULL.  

We will donate items on March 1.  Please stop by to check for your child's lost items.  

(No new pictures but it is even more full this week)
Parent Education Night

GREG TANG MATHEMATICS FOR PARENTS 
 
Wednesday, March 1st, 5:00-6:00 pm
Spring Branch Middle School Cafeteria

Memorial Drive, Frostwood, and Hunter's Creek are coming together to host a 
Parent Workshop with Greg Tang.
 
Greg is called the  "Math Missionary" for the dedication and passion he has shown in sharing his love of math with students, teachers, and parents.
 
This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about Greg's strategies, online games, and other resources, like Tangy Tuesday and the holiday challenges that we have been using at MDE.
 
Please make every effort to attend this workshop.   It will be worth your time.
 
HCE has only 100 positions.
Please enroll to attend at this link.
We will close enrollment when we reach 100 spots
There is still room! 

 
For more information about Greg Tang, visit his website: http://gregtangmath.com/workshops

Greg will have some of the Greg Tang math games available for 
purchase at the workshop.
FAMILY FAIR DISMISSAL

March 3rd      2:45 - 6:00 pm    HCE Field

The fair will be ready to open at 2:45 this year. Our goal is to plan for a safe, orderly dismissal.  I recognize that many students may not go home the usual way, so this  FORM (CLICK HERE) will make sure teachers know ahead of time how your child will go home on this day.  

Keep in mind that  NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE FAIR ON THEIR OWN.  Please complete and return the form on the back of this letter to your child's teacher by  March 2nd

Here is the process:
  1. Please get to school between 2:30 and 2:40 so you can find a parking place.
  2. Enter through the front doors or the gate between the gym and end of 5th grade building.
  3. Be ready to show picture ID, if you are not recognized when you enter.
  4. Proceed to your child's classroom. Wait outside the door until 2:40 dismissal announcement. 
  5. Sign your child out for the day on the classroom sign-out page and proceed quickly to the field for Family Fair with your child.
  6. We need to have all parents/students out of the hallway by 2:55 for regular dismissal.
Also, if you would like for your child to wear flip-flops to the Fair, please pack them in his/her backpack and at the end of the day, all children can change shoes.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher.
 
You will get this in paper form next week! 

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS FORM
KEEP THIS PAGE FOR YOUR RECORDS. 
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Parent Education - Improving Relationships With Your Child

March 6, 6:30 pm @ Memorial Drive Elementary, 11202 Smithdale Rd. 

On March 6th at 6:30 p.m. we have a unique opportunity to hear one of my favorite licensed marriage and family therapists speak on improving relationships with your children.  

Colleen O'Grady is based in Houston and has been serving clients for more than 20 years.  She is a wealth of information on so many topics ranging from brain functioning, human development, family systems, to parenting skills.  Memorial Drive Elementary will be hosting this event in their cafeteria for this one-hour talk- mark your calendars.  

Will you attend with me?  I'll be in the front row.  http://colleenogrady.com/


Big Art Day is an art happening to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale. It is an attempt by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event.

Mrs. Cummings will be sending home a project for students to complete at home and bring to school for Big Art Day.                                                                                                                                                               March 2, 2017
PTA President's Perspective

Hope everyone is enjoying the short week!
 
Many thanks go to Sarah Eixmann for working with Valley Oaks Elementary to host an amazing Internet Safety parent ed night. I hope everyone who attended found it helpful!
 
Spring is just kicking off and as always it is busy! Family Fair  is right around the corner (March 3 rd) . Make sure you buy raffle tickets, wristbands, sign up to volunteer, etc... Also, the chairs still need donations for the raffle and would appreciate anything you can donate.
 
Reminder...K - 2 nd Western Day is THIS Friday!
 
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President
  
What is Family Fair?
Family Fair is a super fun, school-wide annual carnival held on the Hunters Creek Elementary field on Friday, March 3 rd from 2:45-6pm . There are games, activities, food, drinks, music and tons more!  Students, families, friends and neighbors are all invited to a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon!
SignUpGenuis:
Please be on the lookout for emails containing Family Fair SignUpGenius. The parents in each class are responsible for filling out the volunteer shifts for their class booth(s) at the fair.  It is SUPER important that all of these shifts get filled in order for the booths to remain open for the kids during the entire fair.  Please take a minute and sign up for a short 45 minute time slot - the kids will love seeing you work the booths!
There will also be a Cake Walk SignUpGenius to let us know who will volunteer to donate a store-bought cake or cupcakes to be dropped off the day of Family Fair.  The more cakes, the more winners, the more fun!
Wristbands:
In order to take advantage of all the great fun at Family Fair, you can pre-purchase wristbands on the PTA website www.hcepta.com OR through the order form sent home in Tuesday Newsday folders.  Pre-purchasing gives you the opportunity to pick up wristbands prior to Family Fair.  All pre-orders are due by Friday, February 24 th (this Friday).  You may also purchase wristbands ( CASH ONLY ) the day of Family Fair, should you need extra tabs.  Each wristband costs $10 and includes 10 tabs.  The tabs on the wristbands are the currency used to play a game, buy a hat, buy a drink or piece of pizza and much, much more!
Family Fair Raffle:
The Family Fair Raffle is one of the most exciting events all year! The Raffle is held during the week leading up to Family Fair ... Monday, February 27th - Thursday, March 2 nd .  Raffle items are displayed in the cafeteria all week, giving children the chance to put tickets in the buckets for each item they hope to win during their lunch times! There are tons of fun prizes and many chances to win!  Every student will receive 1 free ticket.  To purchase more tickets, in order to increase your chances of winning, please pre-order Raffle tickets at www.hcepta.com or send money to school in a labeled baggie or envelope the week of The Raffle.  Raffle tickets are 50 cents each.  Please send the exact change for the number of tickets you wish to purchase.  Raffle winnings will be announced and go home with the winners on Friday, March 3 rd !  Our Raffle isn't possible without your donations.  Any donation is appreciated and must be dropped off at the front office by Friday, February 24 th (this Friday).
The Little Kid Zone and the Big Kid Zone:
These fun and messy spots are always a hit! The Little Kid Zone is reserved for K-2nd graders and the Big Kid Zone is for 3-5th graders.  Here, children can purchase confetti eggs and silly string and go crazy !
Confetti Eggs:
The Zones are not possible without A TON of confetti eggs, so we need donations! The grade level that donates the most cartons of confetti eggs wins a Kona Ice Truck party!  Please be sure and label your cartons with the grade level of your student and drop them off in the front hall of the school by Thursday, March 2nd .
Other Attractions:  
Join your family for Midway games, inflatables, a photo booth and more!  DJ Rock N Robin will lead games, karaoke and hula hoop and dance contests.  The "younger Cougars" will love the train ride around the field.
Food and Drinks:
Come hungry! Back by popular demand ... HCE dad, John Ramsey, will smoke delicious turkey legs and sausage on a stick!  Pizza, popcorn, ice cream, soft drinks, Gatorade and bottled water will also be available for purchase.
Attire:
Every HCE student and staff member receives a complimentary Family Fair T-shirt provided by the HCE PTA.  Students will receive their T-shirts the week of Family Fair.  Your child is encouraged to wear their 2017 Family Fair T-shirt to school on Friday, March 3 rd .
If your child prefers wearing flip-flops to the Fair, please pack them in his/her backpack. Children can change shoes at the end of the day.
Our lucky 5th graders will have the opportunity to get splashed, so please dress your child accordingly.
Thanks for your support.  We look forward to a fantastic and safe Family Fair!
Your 2017 Family Fair Chairs:
Robyn Canterbury, Katie Clark, Alicia Kimmel and Carrye Krouse 
 


 FAMILY FAIR VOLUNTEERS:
       WE NEED YOU - PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!!!!
 
Family Fair is Friday, March 3rd from 2:45-6pm.  We cannot run without our volunteers! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers are welcome to volunteer! Each class will cover 6 or 9 shifts.  Please sign up by clicking on your class' link below. Shifts are 45 minutes each!
 
NOTE: ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS WITH SPRING BRANCH ISD! Registration Form: https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com
 
Thanks for your support!
 
Robyn Canterbury, Katie Clark, Alicia Kimmel and Carrye Krouse
2017 HCE Family Fair Chairs

Classroom Sign Ups:
Wilhelm - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faaa822a13-family24


Back by POPULAR Demand!!


Family Fair Cake Walk...One week away!!! 

We need your help, please bring-
Round Cakes, Big Cakes, Small Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Cup Cakes or Bundt Cakes.   (Store bought cakes ONLY)
Please NO ICE CREAM CAKES!

Click link below to bring a cake
The more cakes we get, the more winners we have!
Please, bring at drop-off on Friday, March 3rd...we will collect both in front of the school and the carpool line. 







Raffle 101

The Family Fair Raffle is one of the most exciting events all year!

Here's what you need to know:

  • Raffle Week is Monday, Feb. 27 th through Thursday, Mar. 2 nd .
  • There are TONS of fun and exciting items that your child could win.
  • All raffle items are donated by HCE parents. Please consider donating! The more items we have, the more winners we have!
  • Raffle items are set up on tables in the cafeteria all week and students put their tickets in the ticket buckets for the items that they would like to win.
  • Every student will get 1 free ticket to use in the raffle.
  • If you want more tickets, you can purchase them at www.hcepta.com through Feb. 20 th or you can send money to school during the week of Raffle. Many kids like to spread it out and bring money each day.
  • Tickets are 50 cents each.
  • Send the EXACT AMOUNT of money that you want to spend for tickets. We will not make change and send money back! If you send a $20, then your child will get $20 worth of tickets.
  • Make sure your child's first and last name is on the bag/envelope of money that you send.
  • Raffle money must be turned into the teachers when the students get to their classroom each morning. Every teacher has a "Raffle Bag" to collect the money. The bags will be collected after announcements and the tickets will be ready for the students when they go to lunch. No tickets will be sold during lunch!
  • Students need to know that they cannot touch, pick up, or move the Raffle items or the ticket buckets. If they do, then they will not be eligible to win an item. There will be adult volunteers there to help them if they need it.
  • Winners will be drawn on Thursday afternoon and announced to the students on Friday morning.
  • Raffle winnings must go home on Friday! We will call you on Thursday night to let you know if there is a large item that you need to pick up.



 



Get your confetti egg donations turned in by March 2nd. 

The grade level with the most donations will win a 
Kona Ice Truck Party!

kona
Thank you to our generous PTA for funding our Cultural Arts programs!  On Tuesday 1st grade enjoyed an educational and entertaining "Texas Hoedown" performance by Oasis for Children. It included interactive dance and song with the kids and several facts about Texas history.


HCE PTA SUMMER READING
Book Drive

Please donate ( Now until May 1st ) your gently used books to the HCE Summer Reading Book Exchange.  All levels of reader from 1st to 6th grade acceptable.  Please no picture only books or crossword or activity books. 

All extra books collected will be donated to our sister school Woodview Elementary. 

There is a blue recycling bin for collections in the HCE front lobby! 

All students will visit the HCE library on Friday, May 19th to pick one book to read this summer and jumpstart their summer reading.  All HCE students will be able to choose a book regardless of whether or not they have donated a book.

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
We are looking for 3 volunteers to help with the HCE PTA financial reconciliation.
 

If you are good with numbers and processes we need you.  Please contact Katrina Stephenson if you are able to help!
  Katrinastephenson@gmail.com or 713-305-3277

 ORDER YOUR HCE YEARBOOK TODAY!   

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE TO HCE ANNUAL FUND!!
Go online to www.hcepta.com or drop off a check to front office,
send through your child's backpack or mail to:
Ketti Collins, 851 Country Ln, Houston, TX 77024
   4 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek Elementary!!
 
Please make sure you submit all the Box Tops by February 25, 2017!!
 
**Write the Grade, Student and Teacher names on your bag/envelope of official coupon.
 

Box Tops for Education -
  • Simply clip Box Top$ from hundreds of participating brands.
  • Please, put Box Top$ in a plastic bag (or envelope) labeled with the child's             and teacher's name and current grade.
  • Send only valid coupons, the coupons EXPIRE after 3 years.
  • The top 5 classrooms from the entire school with the most Box Top$                 submitted during the entire school year will enjoy an ice cream treat in the              month of May.
 
Labels for Education -
  • Simply Clip and save UPCs and beverage/ sauce caps from                               participating products. Check out the complete list at www.labelsforeducation.com.
  • Please, put Labels for Education in a plastic bag (or envelope) labeled with           the child's and teacher's name and current grade.
Kroger's "Neighbor to Neighbor" Program -  
  • Link your Kroger Card to HCE online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.  Organization #83363.  HCE receives 1% of    every purchase made with your Kroger Plus Card.   
  • Important: You have to RELINK your card each school year so don't forget to do this ASAP!!
Amazon Smile- 
 
Direct link that will contribute to HCE school is:   http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-6086197
 
Visit www.smile.amazon.com (same account as www.amazon.com ) and select 
HCE as charitable organization; this will donate 0.5% of your purchase!
On your first visit, you select a charitable organization to receive donation before
You begin shopping Go to: "or pick your charitable organization" and type 
Hunters Creek Elementary and select Houston, Texas. 
 
It will come as PTA  Texas congress 4932, or you can also look for the school with EIN number:  EIN-74-6086197
 
These are all easy ways to earn money for HCE! Contact Marilu Kurtz for more information or with questions at rebateshce@outlook.com  
                                            
 

Don't forget to complete your ANNUAL VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION. 

You need to do 2 things to complete your annual volunteer registration. 
1.  Register with SBISD at  https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com/
2.  View the HCE Volunteer Training video and sign the google form.  Or, attend a training at school the first day or first few weeks of school.  

Video of HCE Volunteer Training:   https://youtu.be/-mJQgpiulSw
iKids U After-School Program

iKids U registration is going on now for the 201 6 -201 7  School Year!  

Turn in registrations at the HCE front office, visit iKids online at www.ikidsinc.com, or register by phone at 713-665-5200.  iKids U offers a variety of onsite after-school opportunities at HCE including Stay & Play, Enrichment classes, and One on One services.  Customize your child's after-school schedule with part-time and full-time options available!  iKids U starts on the first day of school and classes are filling-up fast so enroll today!
 
Please CLICK HERE to download a registration form  
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