HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
March 31, 2017
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April 3 9:00 am Parent Training - Action Based Learning
April 6 NOON
Noon Dismissal - for optional parent conferences
April 7 NOON
Noon Dismissal - for optional parent conferences
Fifth Grade Growth and Development
Apr 10-14
National Library Week
April 11
3rd Grade Tennis Jam Trip for winners of drawing
April 14
SCHOOL HOLIDAY
April 17
Administrative Assistant Day - HONOR OUR OFFICE STAFF!  
April 19
Law Day Reader for 2nd Grade
April 21
Kinder to Houston Museum of Natural Science
April 21 3:25 Campus Improvement Team Meeting
April 27 6:00pm BUGZ Play by 1st Grade 

 

ACTION BASED LEARNING 

Parent Education 

 

Join us as Ashley Johnson and Pamela Thompson present what it means to the brain to be moving while learning!  

 

Monday 9am in the Discovery Center!  

 

Come learn what this looks like in the classroom as well as getting some ideas to use at home!

CLASS PLACEMENT FOR NEXT YEAR 2017-2018

Now is the time for you to provide us with input for us to consider as we make classes for next school year.  We don't meet with parents to discuss this but will accept the form for you to give us input.  

You can download, print and complete a hard copy - HERE
You can return it by scanning and emailing to robalyn.snyder@springbranchisd.com or return your hard copy to your child's teacher. 

We will also send home a hard copy you can complete and return. 

FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY APRIL 5th TO BE CONSIDERED.  
NOON DISMISSAL APRIL 6 and APRIL 7

We have noon dismissal on April 6 & 7 so that teachers have an opportunity to have an optional spring parent conference with parents who are concerned about their child's progress this year. 

There will not be any new testing information to share at this conference. It is only the 2nd week of the last nine weeks so there will not be many grades to review either.
 
Teachers are happy to meet with parents who have questions or concerns about their child's progress.  Teachers will be sending home information to tell you how to sign up.
JUNIOR GOLF SKILLS CHALLENGE 

Coach Thompson entered HCE in an event for students interested in golf. Students turned in their name if interested and 2 were chosen to attend. It is required that only 1 girl and 1 boy represent a school. 

The Shell Houston Open & The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center invited 2 student representatives and their families to attend this fun and exciting day on Saturday, March 25! Our two representatives and their families were able to see professional golfers competing in the PGA TOUR event tee it up on The First Tee of Greater Houston 3-hole, par 3 course located at the Golf Club of Houston. 

Our representatives, Kristopher Carlson and Madison Witte, had a great time with Coach Thompson and their families. They were able to get some quality putting practice in as well.  


Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Over the next two weeks I will teach guidance lessons that expose students to different careers.  This is always a fun time for me because students already know so much - sometimes they surprise  me with their knowledge of career choices.  Much about career exposure takes place within the home.  It is a natural part of childhood to watch family and relate to ourselves career choices our family makes.  If Dad carries a briefcase to work and wears a tie, a young child may think "This is how a man works -  He wears nice clothes, carries a certain type of bag, and talks on the phone and types on a computer".  So when the child sees a man that does not look like Dad working, (for instance, a plumber carrying a tool bag, or a person wearing a uniform)  the child usually dismisses the other man's career choice as one not for himself, because it doesn't fit the child's model of what he's already learned about men in his family working.  Are you still with me??   Children start out with an inverted career "cone" (top is narrow, bottom is wide).  Each time a child learns something about careers, he or she compares it to how the family earns a living  and the child's interests.  The cone of career choices gets smaller as the child grows, finally narrow enough (we hope!) in late high school and college to define a career path.
 
Most of the women in my childhood stayed home with their families, and my mom worked at a school for the deaf before she began a career in biology.  I went to the school she worked in several times and was exposed to "teacher stuff" and how the children and teachers bonded.... Seemed pretty wonderful to me.  I have no interest in biology, so that did not fit in my "cone".  When I had the opportunity to become a teacher, it seemed like something I could do because of all the exposure I had to teachers and my mom teaching all those years.  Merging career exposure with interests is where the fire is lit and passion begins.
 
Every opportunity you have, take a moment and talk about how people earn a living, so that your child's exposure is greater, and they have a larger "cone" from which to whittle away from as they grow.  Be aware of gender stereotypes you may unknowingly have.  Today, women and men have virtually the same career choices - just think of a male ballet dancer, a female firefighter, a female CEO, and a stay-at-home dad.  

"What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
-Vincent Van Gogh
                                                                             
 
Happy April! 
Our book of the month is The Dot by Peter Reynolds, for grades Kinder - Third.  

This is an inspiring fable about faith and art written and illustrated to reach both children and adults whose fear has shut down a long-held dream.  In this story, a young child, Vashti, believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind. Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you." These words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. At the end of art class, the main character quickly dabs a dot on her paper. This one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti's journey of surprise and self-discovery.
 
This special drawing of a dot is the core of this fable about the creative spirit in all of us. For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves, this book reminds us all to "Make your mark, and see where it takes you." Each child can relate to fear of doing something because they feel they can't do it well. Use this opportunity to encourage your students to make their own "dot" and see how their talent can grow.  
 
This month, please ask your child about their classes' discussion of   The Dot. We hope this book inspires all readers to take the risk and see where it takes them! Happy reading!
 
The HCE Literacy Committee 
 
Father Daughter Mani/Pedi Day at Hollywood Nails and Spa

HCE Dads Club is sponsoring an event for our daughters.  
Get a manicure and/or pedicure with your little princess.
 
Date: Saturday, April 1st 
 
Time: 9:00am - Noon
 
Costs: 15% off total ticket to participating members/daughters.  Fathers responsible for net cost + tip
 
Address: Hollywood Nails & Spa, 1106 Silber, 77055 (by the Chick-fil-a)
 
Contact: Call 713-686-6000 to be scheduled with you and your daughter
 
Host: Jenny Nguyen, Owner and HCE parent
PTA President's Perspective
 
Welcome back from Spring Break!  Hope everyone got to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Have a great weekend!

Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President

VegOut Logs Due April 1

Don't forget to turn in your VegOut Logs by April 1 st  (or Monday, April 3rd) to the front office! The class with the most participation will win a fruit and veggie popsicle party.
 

HEB Buddy dropped by to visit the first graders during health and fitness to  remind them to complete the VegOut challenge.


Thank you to all the HCE Families who generously donated to the raffle!
 
We had 137 awesome prizes and lots of
J happy J winners!

A SPECIAL THANK YOUTO ALL THE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS WHO
HELPED DURING RAFFLE WEEK!
 
KELLY SIBLIK
JAN INGERSOLL
CLAUDIA VARADY
ELIZABETH WOMBLE
APRIL ESCHWEILER
HILARY SCARBOROUGH
KETTI AND MARTY COLLINS
AMY POLIDORI
TONIA WHILDEN
KATRINA STEPHENSON
VICTORIA DONNELLY
JILL BELL
ASHLEY BASKIN
KIM CONRAD
ANN STALEY
ANDREA FERRUZZO
HRISTINA PAVLINA
MEREDITH TURNER
MINAL SALKAR
SUSAN ERTAN


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!!
 
**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 2017-2018  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!
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