News from the Principal and the PTA
February 10, 2017
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Feb 14
Valentines Day Parties
Feb 15 8:45-12:00 2nd Grade to Menil on WITS trip
Feb 16 8:45-12:00 3rd Grade to Menil on WITS trip
Feb 16 8:30 am VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST followed by PTA General Meeting @ 9:00
Feb 16 5:30-7:00 pm Founders Day Dinner 
Feb 17


Feb 17 Noon - 2:00pm Girl Scout Cookie Booth in front of the school
Feb 20


Feb 21 6:00 pm Parent Education - Internet/Cyber Safety @ Valley Oaks Elementary
Feb 22
District Spelling Bee
5th Grade to Menil on WITS Trip
Feb 23 8:00-1:00ish 3rd and 4th Practice STAAR Reading (altered lunch/specials schedules)
Feb 24
GO TEXAN DAY and Square Dancing for K, 1, 2
Second Grade     9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Kindergarten       9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
First Grade         10:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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!!!! Ticket order form coming home in next week's Tuesday folders. 
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
Mar 3 3:00-6:00 pm FAMILY FAIR
Mar 6 6:30 pm Parent Education - Colleen O-Grady at Memorial Drive Elementary

Take a quick minute to read this great article featuring the Hunters Creek Elementary Fifth Graders! 

Parent Education Night
Internet/Cyber Safety Presentation
James M.T. Morrison
Computer Scientist-FBI
Houston Division
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 6pm
Valley Oaks Elementary School
8390 Westview Drive
Join us for a parent presentation featuring steps to keep your kids safe online!
James Morrison has 18 years of experience working in IT with the FBI and serves as a local technical expert to the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. 
He will lead an informative discussion on cyber safety topics including social media safety, cyberbullying, and computer safety.
Howdy Parents,

Please join us on Friday, February 24, 2017 as we celebrate Go Texan Day. 

Students can wear boots, hats, western shirts, jean, dresses or skirts.   Please no guns or spurs. 

Go Texan Day performances in the Gym

Second Grade    9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Kindergarten      9:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m.
First Grade        10:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
All students K - 5 are invited to Go Texan by wearing their 
school appropriate (see above) western wear.   Go Texan! 
Parent Education Night

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:

Greg will have some of the Greg Tang math games available for 
purchase at the workshop.
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Parents, are you filling your child's bucket every day?  Our guidance lessons are all about bucket filling from the book Have you filled a bucket today? by Carol McCloud.  

The book talks about how everyone has an invisible bucket they carry around 
with the purpose of holding good feelings about themselves.  Filling buckets can be as simple as smiling, giving deserved praise, high-fives, helping your child clean up a mess he or she made, or a special treat with just the two of you.  Once your bucket is full, it overflows to others.   Children in the classrooms are very receptive to the idea of filling buckets.  We also talk about dipping into someone else's bucket by ignoring, rude words or hurtful actions.  Help your family become life-long bucket fillers just by talking about the concepts, modeling bucket filling, and praising them when they take the initiative to fill buckets themselves.
DreamBox Learning 

Thanks to our generous PTA, HUNTERS CREEK EL has purchased a year's subscription to DreamBox Learning's Math Program,  an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students  achieve better, faster math proficiency. The subscription is for every student in our school, Kinder - 5th.  Most grade levels started it this week. Kinder and First Grade will have a slower start as they learn to log in.  

Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day,
7 days a week using this link:

DreamBox is an online program - there's no software to download! All you need is
a high-speed Internet connection and Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is free and is
included with many Internet browsers.

Each grade level may set up an easy access for their students through their grade level blog or Google Classroom. But, there is also the 'regular' way to login from home.  Your student should know how to get to Dreambox by now, or in the next few days. 

To access DreamBox on an iPad, go to, or search for
"DreamBox Math" in the App Store. Download DreamBox Math Green and
DreamBox Math Blue to ensure your student has access to the full catalog of
DreamBox Learning Math lessons. When prompted in the app, use this School
Code:   yf4j/c78d

Review your student's academic progress with a DreamBox Parent  Account. Please follow these steps to create your free Parent Account:
2. Have your student login to their profile just as they would at school.
3. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page.
4. Follow instructions to create a new login and password.
5. Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
6. Click "Submit".

Log into your home account after set up:
1. Go to
2. Enter your email address and password.
3. To see student progress, click the "Family Dashboard" button.

If you have any questions, please contact DreamBox Client Care by calling them
at 877-451-7845 (weekdays 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time), or email
PTA President's Perspective
We had such an amazing Book Fair and everyone enjoyed it! Thank you so much Victoria Donnelly, Nan Chandler, Charlotte Moore and Amy Boquist for coordinating the event with our dear librarian, Mrs. Moore, and for working tirelessly with a crew of volunteers to make the book fair such a fun and successful event! 
Kindness Week kicks off on Monday. This week is a great reminder to do and/or say something kind to anyone and everyone.  In observance of Kindness week, I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our amazing teachers, faculty members and to our fantastic volunteers!  You make HCE a better place!
Our next PTA Meeting is one you don't want to miss! The HCE faculty is hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast.  Come enjoy a yummy breakfast and hear what is going on at HCE!
Just a reminder...we have early dismissal on Friday, February 17th and no school on Monday, February 20th in honor of President's Day.
Have a great weekend!

Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President

Underwriters of $500 or more will be recognized on the back of the Family Fair
  t-shirt, which will be given to every HCE student. Donors at all levels will be recognized in the HCE newsletter and displayed in appreciation on the Family Fair Underwriter Banner.  Deadline for t-shirt and banner inclusion is February 10, 2017.  
Underwriting Levels
               Texas                                    $1000       ________
               Coastal Plains                      $750         _ _______
               Gulf Coast                             $500         ________
               Houston                                $250         ________
               Harris County                       $100         ________
               Spring Branch                      $50            ________
               Hunters Creek                       Other        ________
Underwriter Name (as to appear on all materials) ___________________
Contact Name _______________________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________
Zip Code __________  Phone Number ____________________________

Please make your check payable to:
Hunters Creek Elementary PTA (memo Family Fair Underwriting)
Return your form and check back to school or mail to:
Kelly Siblik, 7811 Bryonwood Dr., Houston, TX 77055
Visit to make your contributions online.
This contribution is fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Hunters Creek Elementary School PTA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education and charitable organization.  

Confetti Eggs will be in stores soon!
Collection starts Thursday, Feb., 16th and ends Thursday, Mar. 2nd

The grade level that brings in the most confetti eggs wins a
Kona Ice Party!

Homemade or store bought eggs are welcomed.
Be sure to label your cartons with your grade level.
Questions? Contact Lindsay Mousoudakis at

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.

HCE Lunch Volunteers

The teachers were so excited and so appreciative that we were able to cover their lunch duties the week before Christmas.  It was such a success and they loved it so much that we are going to try and cover one week of lunch duty for them per month.  Our January week is next week. If you have a spare 30 minutes next week please consider signing up.  It is such a huge help to our teachers! 

February 13-17 (Kindness Week)

March 6-10

April 17-21

May 1-5 (Teacher Appreciation Week)

Let ' s show our teachers how much we love them during Kindness Week by covering one of their lunch duties February 13-17. If you have participated in lunch duty then you know how appreciative the teachers are from their smiles, hugs, and thank yous!
You can sign up for February to show some love here: 

Girl Scout Cookies
Troop 125065 2nd Annual Cookie Booth
at Hunters Creek Elementary
February 17, 2017
After Noon Dismissal until 2 PM
Please stop and buy some Cookies

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! or 713-305-3277

Go online to 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
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  

   4 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek elementary!!

Please make sure you summit 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
  • 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- 

Direct link that will contribute to HCE school is:

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  

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