News from the Principal and the PTA
SEPTEMBER 23,  2016
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Sept 26
Playground Pictures taken for AUCTION item
Sept 27 9:30 am 5th Grade Author Visit
Sept 29 9:30 am 1st Grade Author Visit
Planning Proposals Due to Mrs. Snyder - Get all proposals for planning committee turned it!  
Sept 30
SBEF Style Show and Luncheon
Oct 3
National Custodian Day
Oct 3 6:15-7:15 Girl Scout Rally Night in the Cafe at HCE
Oct 6 9:00 PTA Planning Committee Meeting
OCT 6 5:30-6:30 Open House - Family, Grandparents, Special Friends
Oct 7 8:30-2:30 Kindergarten to Dewberry Farm
Oct 10
Oct 11 8:30-2:00 First Grade Trip to Main Street Theater

This week's newsletter is long and very full of upcoming events and great information. It's that time of year!  School is in full swing! 
Thanks for taking the time to read carefully. 

Please do not bring your dogs on a leash to arrival and dismissal.  We have children who are allergic and who are afraid of animals. It is not safe to have even the most docile dog around as many children as we have out and about at arrival and dismissal.  Please help us keep every student safe. 

Parents are welcome to join your students for lunch at their regular lunch time.  Please follow these guidelines when you come for lunch: 
1. Arrive on time so your child is not anxiously waiting to see if you are coming. 
2. Check in, get an ID Badge and wear it in a visible spot so those on duty can see it. 
3. Sit at the visitor table, not out in the front foyer. 
4. Remember that your child can't ask a friend to sit with them at the visitor table. 

Regular Lunch Schedule
English as a Second Language Classes for Adults
At Hunters Creek Elementary
Classes begin Tuesday, Oct 11, and continue for 6 weeks each 
Tuesday until Nov 15

9:00 am - 11:00 am in Room 7


For more information contact either  
or the volunteer teacher, Carolyn Johnson, at

Maximum of 12 in the class

Send a note to the school office with...  
Your Name:
Your Children at HCE: 
Email Address:

Please donate gently used or new underwear, socks and shorts in small sizes.  Shorts must be khaki or navy - easily found at Walmart or Target.  Drop them off in the front office by the end of September.  
 SBISD seeks parent, staff, student and community volunteers for new
Long Range Facilities Committee
Apply to join this planning group that will help shape
the future of Spring Branch ISD.
For more details  CLICK HERE
To enter your name into the nomination and selection process, please email Linda Buchman, SBISD Community Relations Officer:
HCE Accountability Standard

HCE - Met Standard
Index 1 - Student Achievement
Index 2 - Student Progress
Index 3 - Closing Performance Gaps
Index 4 - Post Secondary Readiness
We met standards on all 4 indices.  In 2016, to receive a Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard rating, districts and campuses must meet targets on three indexes: Index 1 or Index 2 and Index 3 and  Index 4.
HB5 CaSE - Recognized
The Community and Student Engagement (CaSE) rating is an opportunity for districts to showcase areas of success and excellence that are valued in the community. The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating based on criteria set by a local committee. Each district and each campus is assigned a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable. The district and campus performance ratings are reported annually to the Texas Education Agency.
The nine factors that are evaluated, along with the HCE rating are listed below:
  1. Fine arts - Exemplary
  2. Wellness and physical education - Exemplary
  3. Community and parental involvement - Exemplary
  4. 21st century workforce development program - Exemplary
  5. 2nd language acquisition program - Recognized
  6. Digital learning environment - Recognized
  7. Dropout prevention strategies - Exemplary
  8. Educational programs for GT students - Exemplary
  9. Compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements. Yes (for indicator 9 the rating is either Yes or No)         
Our Campus Improvement Plan addresses the Factors that will bring us up to Exemplary for next school year.  


Every day I see students from each grade, either in the cafeteria, in their classroom, my office, or passing in the hallways.  It always puts a smile on my face when a student initiates "Good morning, Mrs. Chvatal" or holds the door open for me as I go.  I usually pr aise a child when he or she shows good manners and I must remember my own manners around children.

Manners are essential for so many adult opportunities such as dating relationships, job interviews, internships, and getting along with roommates and coworkers.  As Stephen R. Covey says in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we must "begin with the end in mind". 

For parents, I see this as being intentional about how we are modeling adulthood for our children, as well as shaping them into the successful adults they will become one day.  Will they become an adult who knows how to greet people of different cultures, helps clean up after a big meeting, writes thank-you notes for gifts (or after an interview) and can figure out a way to get along with the annoying roommate by doing more than their share of the housekeeping?  

What can parents do now to teach children proper behavior in different settings?  Love and Logic shares their perspective: click here for the article
By Andrea Chvatal

Parent Referral Forms are available in the front office of the school or by contacting Andrea Chvatal, Counselor, at   
or by clicking this link and  scrolling down to Forms and Information:  SBISD GT Information
Completed Parent Referral Forms must be submitted to Andrea Chvatal at Hunters Creek Elementary no later than
October 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm.  
Please note that no late referrals will be accepted due to timeline restraints.
For additional information, including the referral process timeline CLICK HERE 

The PTA is looking for interested volunteers to help out in the Teacher Workroom.  Ideally, each volunteer will work once a month in the workroom making copies, cutting, pasting and laminating for our HCE teachers.   Most likely the commitment is not longer than a couple of hours a month.  

The time spent in the workroom helps our faculty and staff so much and allows them to spend more time focused on the classroom.  Please contact Kelly Siblik at  to volunteer today.  Thanks in advance!
HCE - BWE Parent Coffee 

Come meet and greet other parents whose children are currently enrolled in programs at Bendwood Elementary. Learn more about what the new school year brings as BWE Principal Jana Bassett, PTA President Mary Hoffman and Underwriting VP Angelina Keck will be there to answer questions. Mark your calendars:

Thursday, September 29 th , 8:30 a.m.
10603 Twelve Oaks Drive 

Special thanks to Kristi Oldham for hosting! Questions? Contact Lorena Guilanshah at

The deadline for submitting a family ad for the 2016-2017 directory is Today, September 23rd!!

Please submit it in a JPEG or PDF format only with picture and any verbiage you want included as one attachment to Jenn Tucker:
Please put in the email whether it is a full page or ½ page.
Thanks so much!
Caroline Hawkins
Kelly Murphy
Jenn Tucker
Are bedtimes and vegetables a struggle in your household?  How about getting homework completed peacefully?  Discover tools and techniques for effectively dealing with these issues and more...

Join us Thursday mornings for a nine-week book study of  Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.  The first meeting will be October 6 th from 8:15-9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 7 facilitated by our counselor, Andrea Chvatal. 
Mark your calendars for these dates:
October 6 th, 13 th, 20 th, & 27 th
November 3 rd, 10 th, & 17 th
December 1st & 7th

You may purchase a copy of the book at:  OR  OR through your local bookshop
For more information, contact Andrea Chvatal, M.Ed., Counselor, Hunters Creek Elementary or Sarah Eixmann

Have you heard of Odyssey of the Mind (OotM)?  
Interested in starting a team?  

Want more information?  

4 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek Elementary!!

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 .
* 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 . 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-
Visit (same account as ) 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  .

- All ages can participate.
- Enter in 1 or more of the art categories shown      above.
- Entry forms are located  at the front office.
- All entries are due October 28th
- For inspiration visit (click
  "For Students"  - left side.)
- For participation rules and program overview
- For questions, e-mail:   (subject:"Reflections")


Auction Catalog Photos

Purchase a full-page or a half-page print ad for this year's Auction catalog and receive a FREE professional photo session!  Ads may contain a business logo OR a personal message.
Please note that certain HCE PTA Annual Fund underwriting packages come with a free Auction Catalog Ad and photo session.
Pay now and contact Brooke Marquart at or 
713-232-0036 to schedule your Images by Kristy photo session!
Deadline for Auction Catalog Ads is SEPTEMBER 25th!

All available for purchase in the Auction Section of the PTA Online store NOW!
Playground Pictures

Get a professional black & white photo of your child mounted 
on a 16 x 20 canvas for only $175!
  • Our photographer will be on campus for one day capturing special moments while the kids are at play.
  • These shots will be taken on Monday, September 26th.
  • K, 1st and 2nd in the morning and 3rd, 4th, 5th during recess
  • No parent involvement is needed.
  • The photo will be a 16×20 canvas textured B&W image mounted on masonite.
This is a $400 value for $175 - all proceeds will support our school auction 
and HCE PTA!
If you have any questions please email
Deadline to purchase is SEPTEMBER 21st!

Available for purchase in the Auction Section of the PTA Online store NOW!  


Community support is what allows HCE to be an exceptional school with unique programs, terrific teachers, and an innovative curriculum. HCE relies upon the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends like you to keep our school flourishing.  


  • $175,000+ in Teacher Salaries supporting specialists in Reading and Math
  • $35,000+ in Curriculum Support including grade level field trips, in-class technology, staff development, literacy library, and Teacher Basics & Beyond (annual allowance for each teacher for classroom supplies)
  • $25,000+ in Enrichment Programs such as Spelling Bee, DARE, Winds of Time, Reflections art recognition, science enrichment lab, Hands on Science, Science Fair, Space Maker Lab, Book Fair, Talent Show, and class parties
  • $30,000+ in Campus and Community activities such as Lunch with Heroes, Red Ribbon Week, Parent Education, Field Day, Health Fair, Bike Rodeo, Fifth Grade track meet and graduation celebration, Teacher Appreciation luncheons, grounds maintenance, Buddy Family program, Summer Reading, crossing guard officers and Spirit t-shirts for all students
  • $5,000+ in Campus Communication such as directory, newsletter, website and yearbook
  • $20,000+ in Professional Development Teacher Conferences including Rigor, Relevance and Relationships, Capturing Kids Hearts, Creative Mathematics seminars, as well as the Literacy for All conference to bring best practices in education back to our campus!
Your participation is important and every gift, regardless of amount, is vital!
Because of you, HCE continues its proud tradition of inspiring minds and shaping lives!


CLICK HERE to donate today or complete the contribution form (form can be found here) and write a check to HCE PTA, memo: Annual Fund.  Drop off to the front office, send through your child's backpack or mail to:  Ketti Collins, 851 Country Lane, Houston, TX 77024

Name printed on Spirit and Family Fair t-shirt 
Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog 
Professional photo session 
2 Auction tickets with reserved table and unlimited drinks 
Child's appearance as guest anchor on announcements
COUGAR PRIDE - $5,000+
Name printed on Spirit and Family Fair t-shirt 
Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog 
Professional photo session 
2 Auction tickets with reserved table 
PAW POWER - $2,500+
Name printed on Spirit t-shirt 
Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog 
Professional photo session
AWESOME HCE - $1,250+
Name printed on Spirit t-shirt 
Full-page ad in Directory
COUGAR FAN - $100+ 

(Ads may contain a business logo OR a personal message) 

Directory Ads:
Full-page ad - $250 
Half-page ad - $150

Auction Catalog Ads: 
Full-page ad  - $250 
Half-page ad - $150

Donations for Teachers:
Auction ticket - $100 
Auction t-shirt - $15

9/16 - Name printed on HCE Spirit T-shirt
9/23 - Directory Ad
9/25 - Auction Catalog Ad
ALL donors will be recognized in the HCE Directory, Yearbook, Auction catalog, 
Newsletter and Website.

Remember to check with your company for their Corporate Matching Program. 

For questions about the annual fund, please contact Ketti Collins at: or (989) 506-8634



The Collins Family
The Nini Family
Reina Ramos & Reagan Ramos
The Turner Family
HCE Family - Anonymous
Kim & Joe Dang
The Kimmel Family
Elliott & Wells Wagner
Laura & Ryan Zehl
HCE Family - Anonymous
HCE Family - Anonymous
The Adams Family
The Campbell Family
The Carlson Family
The D'Agostino Family
The Daik Family
The Daly Family
Dr. Salimah Cumber & Aziz Hussain Foundation
The Kelley Family
The Krouse Family
The Oldham Family
The Sparks Family
The Annino Family
The Armitage Family
The Chaffin Family
The Chenoweth Family
David & Brianna Cisarik
Meaghan & Charles Conrad
The Cyrus family
 The Donnelly Family
Andrea and John Ferruzzo
The Goforth Family
The Green Family
The Gross Family
The Hudson Family
The Ingersoll Boys
The Le Family
The Moss Family
The Ratliff Family
Lexington Smith & Family
The Staley Family
The Steeg Family
The Stephenson Family
The Thibaut Family
The Weekley Family
The Wolcott Family
The Zarr Family
HCE Family - Anonymous
Alonso I. Benavides
The Ben-Yaacov Family
Tim & Nicole Blaine
The Gores
The Kinsel Family
The Loeffler Family
The Lowy Family
Robert J. Magner
Matthew & Shelley McCain
Jill and Chris Oliver
The Parkan Family
Fred Ghabriel & Phoebe Rourke-Ghabriel
Watler Family
The Werme Family
The S. Yang Family
Friends of HCE
The Bissinger Family
The Deffebach Girls
The Eixmann Family
The French Family
The Hausmann Family
The Hilgert Family
Mindy and Chris Jones
The Lanier Family
The Lunsford Family
The Mendez Family
The Mousoudakis Family
The Rush Family
The Siblik Family
Cougar Fans
HCE Family - Anonymous
Brian & Cherish Bradshaw
Camila Gracia
The Giudici Family
Kathie Grabstald
Huy & Julie Nguyen
The Peeples Family
Azael De la Cruz/Sherry Salomon
Amanda Janicek
The Masunaga-Bonzelet Family


We are fortunate to have Sheri and Wayne Gross, HCE parents, as co-chairs of the SBEF Winter Wonderland Gala Melissa and Mano DeAyala returning as chairpersons.  
The Gala will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Omni Riverway Hotel (4 Riverway, Houston 77056).  This promises to be an extraordinary Gala.  Please consider supporting this event and having a great time along the way!
If you cannot support the Winter Wonderland Gala,  support SBEF by taking a memorable vacation for 2!   You can enter for your chance to take a vacation by purchasing raffle tickets ($100/ticket).  This year we are selling  only 150 raffle tickets.   
When you purchase your raffle tickets ( $100/ticket ), you enter for a chance to choose your vacation destination (airfare included) for two (2) from the following three (3) options:
  1. Jamaica All-Inclusive: 5-night stay at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (family friendly) or Hyatt Rose Hall (adults-only)
  2. Canadian Fairmont Stay: 4-night stay in a Junior Suite at Select Canadian Fairmonts located in Alberta, British Colombia, Quebec, or Ontario
  3. U.S. Open Tennis Championship: 3-night stay in New York with 2 tickets (Promenade level 300, upgrade optional) to the Men's and Women's Finals, as well as a $150 American Express gift card.
Raffle tickets are $100 each, and they are selling very quickly  (only 60 left as of 9/20)!  Email Dmel Tatum to let her know how many of our limited quantity you would like before they sell to the limit of 150.  To purchase your raffle ticket(s), please contact Dmel Tatum (832-654-6350 text, too) )
While I hope you can attend the gala, please note that  you do not need to be present to win your choice of a remarkable vacation destination.
For more information about the Winter Wonderland Gala, and the Spring Branch Education Foundation, please click here:   Winter Wonderland Gala Information
Thank you for your support of SBEF.  Your support helps us sustain our vision of partnership with Spring Branch ISD and our community to enable all SBISD students to achieve post-secondary education and reach their full potential.
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
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:
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, 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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