HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
May 12, 2017
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

SAVE THE DATE! 
We need YOU! 
Our beloved Francie Moore, Mitzi Reese 
and Adele Herold are retiring! 

GIFTS: There are 3 bags in the HCE front office where you can drop cards, notes of appreciation and gift donation money for these lovely ladies! We want to celebrate them and make them feel loved!

THE PARTY: If you would like to volunteer your services for the Retirement Party for Ms. Moore, Ms. Reese and Ms. Herold on May 24th from 3:00-5:00, here's the sign up genius for jobs AT the party!  We appreciate any help we can get!
May 15
Leadership Council to Casa de Esperanza
May 16
Last SPIRAL day of the year
May 17
5th Grade Track Meet
Bear Blvd current PK visit HCE
Other PK students coming to Kinder at HCE next year will visit
May 18 9:00 am
Thurs, May 18th at 9AM at the home of Alicia Kimmel  (3 Pinewood Circle). New board is inducted, PTA Lifetime Memberships awarded - don't miss it! 
May 18 5:00-7:00 pm GALLERY NIGHT - student art on display
May 19
Bike to School Day 
Book Swap Day - choose a book for summer
4th & 5th Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 9:00
May 22 See article below for times Pulishers' Picnic - make your lunch and come eat together as a family while your student shares their portfolio for the year
May 23
5th Grade Party after school
May 24
4th Grade Choir to SBISD Choir Festival
2nd & 3rd Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
May 24 3:00-5:00 pm Retirement Party in the Library for Ms. Moore, Ms. Reese and Ms. Herold
May 25 8:15/30ish  Chariot Races
May 25
4th grade to Museum of Fine Arts Houston
May 25 3:25 Last CIT meeting - For 16-17 members and 17-18 members
May 25 4:30-6:30 HCE Remembering Cougars Memorial Ceremony
May 26 8:30ish WINDS OF TIME CEREMONY
May 29

SCHOOL HOLIDAY - MEMORIAL DAY
May 30 8:15 Kinder and 1st Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
May 31 8:30
9:15
10:00
HCE Talent Show for K-1, 2-3 then 4-5
NO NIGHT PERFORMANCE
June 1 8:20ish  Clap Out followed by 5th Grade Graduation
June 1 Pizza Lunch thanks to PTA
June 1 NOON DISMISSAL FOR SUMMER!!!


DAD'S CLUB EVENTS CALENDAR

End of Year General Meeting May 15th at 7:30PM  at The Houston Racquet Club-Meet and have a drink or two.  This year a number of board members are graduating out of Hunters Creek with their last child.  If you are interested in helping next year please let us know.

Rice vs. Texas State Reckling Park May 16th at  6:30pm-Come watch the season home finale.  Tickets are on Concourse 2.  SBMSA seasons should all be over.

Winds of Time May 26th at 7:30am -Volunteers to set up a table with a few coolers for free waters. 

5th Grade Graduation , J une 1st at 7:30am -Set up caution tape around the school for the 5th grade Clap Out on June 1st.  If you are a father of a fifth grader you will probably already be at the event.

Contact Warren Sloan with any questions and to sign up for all events.  713-417-1819 or by email at  warrensloan@allstate.com


Yearbooks will be distributed soon!  

If you have not already ordered your yearbook, visit the online store at  www.hcepta.com to purchase your book while supplies last!  

This item will be available online for a limited time. 

Don't delay!   
Gallery Night
Mark your calendars!
 
Thursday May 18 th
5 - 7pm
In the HCE Cafeteria

* Awards Ceremony at 6:00 pm for students that were in art competitions this year!*
 
Come enjoy a colorful and enriching evening brought to you by all the young artists of Hunters Creek Elementary.
You'll see art made by many little hands, grades K-5th
 
Want to know more than just what you can see?

Look through the pamphlet (available at Gallery Night) for more information and ask HCE students about what they created.
 
Bring the entire family!
Invite parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins, next-door neighbors, and art lovers from all generations!
 
We look forward to seeing you at our 10th annual Gallery Night!
~ Mrs. Cummings and HCE students

DIPPIN' DOTS AT PUBLISHER'S PICNIC- May 22

The Hunters Creek 5th Grade Odyssey of the Mind team is heading to the World Finals Competition being held in Michigan!  

After finishing first at the State level competition and receiving a coveted award for tremendous creativity, they will now be competing against teams from over 25 different countries!! 

They will be selling Dippin' Dots at Publisher's Picnic for $4 a package as team fundraiser to help finance their participation in the competition.  So add a sweet refreshing treat to lunch with your "publisher" and help send this amazing team to Michigan!  

They greatly appreciate your support!  Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.

SO - WHAT IS PUBLISHERS' PICNIC? 
It's a time for families to picnic together (bring your picnic lunch) while students share the work from the year - their portfolio!  Bring you lunch and drinks, blankets to sit on, and any other picnic comforts.  Invite the WHOLE FAMILY! 

Please CLICK HERE to print, sign and return this form to let us know if your child will have his/her family attend as we plan for someone to be with them AND if you or your child need to order a lunch from the cafeteria that day.  

5 th       10:30-11:00 on the grass and field behind the 4th & 5th grade buildings
2 nd     11:00-11:30 in the grassy area outside the rooms & on the sidewalks
K       11:30-12:00 in the grassy area between buildings & on the sidewalks
3 rd          12:00-12:30 in the grassy area outside the classrooms
1 st          12:30-1:00 in the grassy area outside the classrooms
4 th            1:00-1:30 on the grass and field behind the 4th & 5th grade buildings
 
Parking will be very difficult. It would be great to carpool with friends and family from your grade. All visitors must enter through the front doors and sign in.  

If you have a special family member who can't walk far, please call the office and someone will come out front to meet them while you park the car.  713-251-6000

PLEASE PLAN TO LEAVE TIME TO PARK AND WALK A BIT SO YOU WILL BE ON TIME FOR LUNCH WITH YOUR STUDENT! 
CLOSING OUT 16-17 & GETTING READY FOR 17-18

More news about who is leaving and our new teachers for 17-18...

We will say goodbye to our retirees, Ms. Moore, Ms. Reese and Ms Herold at a celebration ...

               WEDNESDAY, MAY 25,  3:00-5:00 pm in the Library

Here are more goodbye letters AND greetings from our new hires... so far.  We are still busy interviewing and searching for just the right fit to fill a 4th grade LA/SS spot, a 5th grade LA/SS spot, and now - a new librarian!     

From our spectacular librarian - Francie Moore
Dear HCE Friends,

After 15 wonderful years of being the HCE Librarian - my dream job! - I'm closing the book on this chapter of my life and will retire in June. I moved into the neighborhood 27 years ago with my children, who went through Hunters Creek in the 1990s. Little did I know that 12 years later I'd be hired as the librarian to teach a new generation of students the love of reading, the wonder of research, and the joys of lifelong learning!

Nothing quite compares to working at your neighborhood school. During the summer, overdue library books have been returned through my mail slot, and on occasion more than one happy student has rung my doorbell with a giant smile telling me they found their overdue book and here it is! Neighborhood trick or treaters have been shocked to find out I actually live in a house in the subdivision and not in the library at school. Students out playing like to stop and quiz me about new technology in the library or tell me about the latest book they've read.

My students have been the sunshine in my days, and each and every one has left a lasting footprint on my heart. I've been fortunate to have a job I truly love. While I count myself blessed to have experienced this life-changing opportunity of working at HCE, I now look forward to the next exciting chapter of my life in retirement: traveling, volunteering, and, most importantly, being with family and friends. See you in the neighborhood!
 

KINDERGARTEN
Delia Dunavin is moving to 2nd grade.  Go to 2nd grade to read about it. 

FIRST GRADE
A goodbye from Arleigh Herrington
To my Hunters Creek Family,
 
I can't believe the time has come to say "goodbye!" Three years have flown by in the blink of an eye and I have truly loved each and every day that I got to spend with each of you. After lots of thinking and many mixed emotions, I have decided to stay home with baby Hank next year. Teaching has always been my passion and it's hard for me to imagine my life without it, but I have a feeling that our little guy is going to fill that void and teach me more than I will ever be able to teach him!
 
HCE has held a special place in my heart ever since I entered the doors for the very first time over 20 years ago as a brand new cougar. I had great cougar pride as a student and even more pride as a teacher at the magical place that we all call school. After having taught in 4 different schools in 3 different states, I can confidently say that Hunters Creek Elementary is like no other.
 
Lastly, I want to thank each of you. Thank you for your endless support, dedication, kindness and generosity. Thank you for sharing these school years with me! I may not be able to call myself an HCE teacher anymore, but I will always be invested and interested in Hunters Creek and my school family. Please feel free to continue to share your celebrations and successes as well as any struggles or challenges that the future holds.  
 
All My Love!
 
Mrs. Herrington
 
SECOND GRADE
From Delia Dunavin: 

Hello my name is Delia Dunavin.  Spring Branch has been my home for the last 19 years, having taught kinder, first and third grade. The last three years I've enjoyed kindergarten. 

Teaching, developing and nurturing the youngest students at our school has been wonderful.  However, I have been given the opportunity to teach second grade next year and , although I'll miss my 5 year old students and my lovely kindergarten team, I am excited about my new endeavor.  T

Teaching second grade is something I have always wanted to do.  I hope to have some of my old kindergarten students next year. J   I look forward to another successful and wonderful school year at Hunters Creek! 

Sincerely,
Delia Dunavin

THIRD GRADE
Goodbye from Rachel Scott

My HCE Families, 
 
I will not be returning to HCE next year because I will be staying home with Cullen and Landry. While I am looking forward to spending more time with my own children, this will be a bittersweet transition. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredible community of students, teachers, and parents. Your children have brought me such joy and I will truly miss the communities we have built together. I am (and will continue to be) quite passionate about the work that we do within the walls of our elementary schools, so thank you for your unending support the past two years. It has been an honor to know, love, and learn with your children here at Hunters Creek, and I look forward to watching them accomplish big things. I will miss HCE tremendously but will be back to visit! 

Thanks,
Rachel

PARAPROFESSIONALS
Janie Johnson, Fine Arts Teaching Assistant

I've really enjoyed my time at Hunters Creek working as a teacher's assistant in Fine Arts.  Your children definitely have the best of the best in Maggi Cummings, Mary Sherman Willson and Pamela Thompson! I will miss the awesome staff at HCE and the students! I plan to sub in the district, relax, play tennis again and travel!
 Janie Johnson 
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Parents!  Just a few more weeks of school to go.  Before summer starts, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite parenting books. The list is in no particular order and some I have mentioned previously.  I've learned a lot through these and hope you will as well. 

52 Things Kids Need from a Mom by Angela Thomas
52 Things Kids Need from a Dad by Jay Payleitner
Your Legacy, The Greatest Gift by Dr. James Dobson
Dial Down the Drama by Colleen O'Grady
How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Farber and Mazlish
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown
Parenting with Love and Logic by Cline and Fay
The Five Love Languages for Children by Chapman and Campbell
Wounded Children, Healing Homes... (for parents who adopt or foster) by Smalley, Schooler and Callahan
JOIN US FOR HCE MEMORIAL DAY
THURSDAY, MAY 25
4:30-6:30 pm
@HCE
 
Before the Memorial Day weekend, Hunters Creek has planned an event honoring the many memorials we have on campus.  On Thursday, May 25 th we invite you join us as we honor and learn more about the memorials and the people that they commemorate. 

These lost teachers and students have touched the lives of so many current and past HCE staff, students, and families.  Our Leadership Council, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Chvatal have planned a wonderful week of memories that will educate our current students and staff about the lives of these special, missed Cougars. We want all students and faculty to understand what each HCE memorial represents and why these people are so special to HCE.  We will end this sharing of memories with a special ceremony on May 25.  

We will honor the following people and their memorials on HCE campus:

Robin Woods, HCE teacher
Kelly Sewell, HCE teacher
Nancy Ray, HCE teacher
Alana Harris Greenshaw, HCE student
Sam Schubert, HCE student
Nicole Lee, HCE student

We will also have a dedication ceremony for a garden that has been on campus for 
several years that was started and maintained as a source of education by a retired teacher, Mrs. Jeanette Domaschk.  
After 43 years of teaching at HCE, she still loves to return to campus to work in the garden when she gets the chance. We will be honoring her service and commitment to HCE that evening as well.

Thursday May 25th
4:30-6:30pm
Gather in the front of the school and walk with us as we visit each space and hear from students who have educated our school about each memorial.
SPRUCING UP THE GARDENS  ---  WE NEED HELP! 

We have a wonderful volunteer, Karen Jean North - grandmother of HCE Cougars, who is heading up a group of voluteers to spruce up the gardens before the Memorial Ceremony on May 25.  They need help.

Come pull some weeds, spread some gravel, trim some bushes.  Here is a link to sign up if you can volunteer: 

You can also contact Amy Polidori 713-851-5260 or  apolidori@me.com
Parent U Summer Resource Fair Sponsored by Children at Risk

SBISD's Community Relations Department is partnering with Children at Risk to host a Parent U  Summer Resource Fair Saturday, May 20! The free event will feature agencies, organizations, and  community partners providing resources and information families can use to ensure their children have  a summer full of learning. Families can register for the event by vising the Parent U webpage:

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9 a.m. - Noon
Spring Woods High
If you have any additional questions regarding the event please contact Victoria Graham, Family E3  Specialist, at victoria.graham@springbranchisd.com or 713.251.2286.

PTA President's Perspective
 
 
Hope everyone made it through this tough STAAR testing week!
 
A big thank you goes to Niki D'Agostino and Keri Wagner for their tremendous efforts in promoting Running for the Arts and the fantastic job they did promoting Healthy Lifestyles this year.  Mark your calendars...Bike to school day is next Friday. 
 
One more round of applause goes to our fearless Hands-on Science Chairs, Claire Johnson, Brianna Cisarik and Nan Chandler for leading the 4th and 5th grade students in the dissection of dog fish sharks.  Our chairs did an amazing job this year making HOS a huge success and a fun learning experience for the kids!  Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped with this wonderful and very "cool" enrichment program! 
 
With guidance from our Winds of Time chairs, Elizabeth Womble and Victoria Donnelly, and committee members, Ann Staley, Kendle Dardis, Claire Johnson, Melissa Cordell, Jill Bell, Chad Sparks, Hilary Scarborough, Patricia Armitage, Kathy Deffebach and April Peavy, the halls of HCE are now adorned with festive Winds of Time decorations.   Thank you to the chairs, committee member and the many volunteers who helped transform our hallways for this special school tradition. 
 
Next week is our last PTA meeting, Gallery Night and Bike to School day! 
 
 
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President

   
 

Leave a lasting legacy at HCE with an engraved brick with your family name, tribute to a loved one, or just something fun. 

Orders can be placed online through the HCE PTA Store or filling out a form and submitting it to the front office.  The deadline for orders is May 22nd, 2017 so hurry and get yours in TODAY!




    HCE IS TRAVELING THROUGH TIME...
WINDS OF TIME
                 
May 26~Program and Parade
8:30-10:00
 
 
Please, join us on the Hard Top to see what our students have been learning about ancient civilizations.  For the next two weeks, each grade will begin their focus on a different ancient time period.  Following the program the students, will have a parade through the school and back to their classrooms.  We look forward to seeing our HCE families at our annual Winds of Time celebration!    

 




 
Spring Cleaning 
"We need Books"


Please bring books for rising 
4
th-6
th graders and 1
st-3
rd graders
Book Swap

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.

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


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 Summer(at Bunkerhill Elem) & 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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