HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
NOVEMBER 11,  2016
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Nov 12
6:30  pm - ???
PTA Rock On HCE @ the Houston Racquet Club

6:30 p.m. - Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. - Parties Open
8:00 p.m. - Dinner Buffet
8:45 p.m. - Silent Auction Closes
Close Out Big Board
9:00 p.m. - LIVE Auction
9:45 p.m. - Check Out
9:45 p.m. - LIVE BAND
Can't go???  Check out the online bidding.  

Nov 15 5:30pm - 7:00 pm 4th and 5th Graders Science Projects on display in the cafeteria
Nov 16 8:00-8:30am Individual Picture Retakes
Nov 17 6:00 pm PTA General Meeting @ The Del Restaurant
SBISD School Board members and a representative from the SB Education Foundation will speak. 
Come learn more about the critical financial situation facing our school district. 
Nov 23-25
Thanksgiving Holidays
Nov 30
5th Grade to the Symphony
Dec 1 3:20 pm Campus Improvement Team Meeting
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS

SBISD Trustees Seek Input for Possible Enactment of District of Innovation Exemptions
On April 25, 2016, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees (Trustees) voted unanimously for SBISD to become a District of Innovation (DoI), enabling SBISD to exempt itself from certain state laws that pose barriers to innovation related to curriculum, instruction, parent or community involvement, school calendars, budgeting, and governance.
At their October 17 Workshop meeting, Trustees heard a  presentation and engaged in a discussion about four State statutes related to "Time" that pose barriers to learning. In order to achieve the intended outcomes of SBISD's strategic plan, district administration recommended Trustees consider enacting exemptions at this time for two of the four statutes, beginning with those related to length of a school day and the school start date.
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FUNDING EDUCATION IN TEXAS
School financing and the actions and activities of the Texas Legislature are crucial to the future of education in Spring Branch.

It's critical that every member of the Spring Branch Family is informed about what's going on related to state funding for public education and budget challenges impacting your neighborhood schools, and other legislative a
ctions affecting the entire Spring Branch Community, including testing and accountability, and full-day PreK.

At the November 16 PTA General Meeting (6pm at The Del) SBISD board members will be speaking about the $17 million deficit budget we are facing in SBISD for next school year. To cut $17 million out of our current budget means cutting people!  

I encourage you to take a moment and review the information provided here. Then, share it with a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend. Contact your state legislator. And please, contact us with your questions, comments and feedback. 



INFORMATION FROM NURSE MULVEY

Help us keep Hunters Creek Elementary healthy! To maintain a safe environment here at HCE, I ask that you do the following: 

Please update your emergency cards with any change of address, phone, cell and/or work numbers as necessary. You can do this by sending a note, an e-mail or calling the front office.

When going out of town, please send a note to the teacher or to the front office with a name and a number of who will be responsible for your child/children. This is important in case a child becomes ill. 

To maintain a healthy environment, if your child exhibits any of the following characteristics, it is strongly recommended to keep your child at home. 

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea during the night or the morning of school.  
  • Temperature of 101 degrees or above during the night or morning of school. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. 
  • Conjunctivitis: Eye/eyes are red, tearing, painful, swollen eyelids,crusting. Child may return to school after treatment has begun.  
  • Streptococcal sore throat and scarlet fever: Child may return to school after 24 hours from date antibiotic treatment begun. 
  • Thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email 713-251-6000 or mercedes.mulvey@springbranchisd.com

Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

The last two weeks the students and I have been discussing our responsibilities at school and home.  The students saw a video of some HCE staff and community members discussing their career and the responsibilities that come with that particular path.  We also explored what might happen if the person chose not to fulfill their obligations.  

In Kinder and First grade, we made a Responsibility Flower where each petal was something chosen to be in charge of.  Second through Fifth worked with a partner to decide the most responsible choice when faced with a dilemma.  

The students were receptive to the idea that responsibility is not always fun; usually work comes before play if we are to be responsible. Our family is the first place we see work modeled.  A strong work ethic is slowly built over time as we show and teach our children how and when to take care of different things.  

In my family, my brother and I always helped my dad wash his vehicle.  My responsibility was cleaning the tires, since I was the shortest.  If the tires or rims had dirt on them once the vehicle was dry, I knew I had to go back and clean again and my dad let me finish the job I started.  A sense of pride and self-accomplishment from our work being done well is not something we can buy for our children or only tell them about - it comes through experiences, and children need many, many experiences in order for the learning to take hold.  Even though the task may take longer, what can you and your child do together this week to continue his/her learning about responsibility?
PARENT EDUCATION WITH MRS. CHVATAL

Next in the Parent Education Series: understanding The 5 Love Languages of Children by Chapman and Campbell.  

Mrs. Chvatal will give an overview of this enlightening book about how to effectively love your children in their own language.  We all have a unique way we give and receive love - do you know your child's love language and how to communicate love to them in that language?  This is a book for parents, teachers, caretakers, grandparents.

This is not a book study but an overview of the topic. All are welcome to participate in this one hour session.  Join us Monday, December 5th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Rm 7 at HCE. 
Choice Programs - 2016 Choice Festival
Tuesday, November 15
* 5:30 - 7:00
* Pine Shadows Elementary School
* Free to families interested in learning more about specialized programs offered in SBISD.
The Choice Festival gives students and parents the opportunity to explore the various programs offered  at our charter, dual language, international baccalaureate, and non-traditional programs; while  showcasing our wide array of traditional opportunities.


 
FOOD DRIVE FOR OUR SISTER SCHOOL
 
Please consider donating non - perishable food items to support our sister-school. We are creating 50 bags of groceries to help families in need at Woodview. 
 
There is a bin at the front of the office to place items. We're looking for things like Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Canned meats, cereal, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables and snacks. 
 
Thank you so much for your help!!!
 



Please join us for the
D.A.R.E. 5 th GRADE GRADUATION CEREMONY
Friday, November 18 from 9-10 a.m.
HCE Cafeteria
Family and Friends are welcome!

The 5 th graders completed the D.A.R.E. program 
( D rug A buse R esistance E ducation), 
which taught the students good decision-making skills to help 
lead safe and healthy lives.

***Please have 5 th graders dress in DARE t-shirt and jeans***
***There will be BBQ fun for the students to celebrate D.A.R.E. graduation. School lunch will also be served at it's regular time.***
PTA President's Perspective
 
The 4 th and 5 th Grade Science Fair kicked off this past week, thanks to the efforts of Carrye Krouse and Kristi Oldham . Projects are due the week of Nov 14 th - check with your child's teacher for his/her due date. Happy experimenting!
 
Thank you to Ms. Willson for the very special Veteran's Day program honoring our American veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  What a privilege to have so many veterans in attendance! We are indebted to them for their love of our country!
 
Our RockOn! HCE Auction is this Saturday! Come support our wonderful school and enjoy a night out. You won't want to miss out on this Rockin' Night! If you forgot to purchase your tickets, don't stress because you can purchase them at the door. Hope to see everyone there!
 
Our next PTA meeting is on November 17 th at The Del restaurant at 6:30pm. An SBISD board member will be there to discuss the recapture, what it means to our district, what we as a district are doing to address the many issues it is causing and answer any questions we may have. Also in attendance will be 2 SBEF board members to give an update on SBEF and answer questions. This will be an informative meeting you don't want to miss.  
 
See you at Auction!
 
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President
Artwork Winner: Hannah Le
HCE, have you heard the BUZZZZZZ??? 

School Bee - Thursday, December 8th @ 8:30 am

Classroom Winners:   

THIRD GRADE
  Scott-                               Duncan -               
Violet Smith                      Sarah Lamnaii        
Jack Robertson                 Kiano Romero
                   
Rozzell-                           Jackson-                         
Miles Tucker                     Nathan Vuu                      
Jake Campbell                 Cohen Pham                    
 
Ford-                                Badrak-
Shreyas Saboo                 Ashley Le
Yaser Fadel                      James (Orman) Key
 
FOURTH GRADE                                                    
Wallis-                             Knight-              
Rylan Fink                         Natalie Jones                   
Georgia Sperandio            Zakir Hussain                   
 
Lopez-                             Martin-
Anna Zamastsyanina        Blake Dardis
Jacob Witte                       Dade Dooley
 
Reese-
Warren Dooley
Noah Le
 
FIFTH GRADE  
Menard-                           Wilhelm-
Hannah Moore                  Hannah Le
Kylee Pham                      Dylan Deffebach
 
Jazairy-                            Wright-
Isabella Allon                    Brooke Miers
Avery Moore                     Tanush Paradeshi
 
Contact persons for further information or questions:
Jenny Robertson at robertsondds@hotmail.com
Meg Bissinger at megbissinger@gmail.com
Denise Campbell at ddcampbell45@aol.com



SCIENCE FAIR 2016

Attention 4 th & 5 th graders and their parents!
 
Nov 14/15            Science Fair Projects DUE/Students present to class
Nov 15                 Science Fair EXPO- Family Viewing 5:30-7:00pm
Nov 16                 Science Fair EXPO- School Viewing 8:00-10:00am
                             (posters go home)  
   
Questions?
Carrye Krouse carryekrouse@att.net Kristi Oldham kkoldham@me.com

AUCTION TICKETS FOR SALE!




Let's ROCK ON and support our school! Buy your auction tickets today!
LIVE Band, featuring HCE Dads Blake Ratliff and Travis Landers
Saturday, November 12th
Click HERE
 to buy your Auction Tickets

AUCTION RAFFLE

Click  HERE to buy your raffle tickets to win a . . .

Custom Gunmeta l Gray E-Z-GO!


4-Passenger Electric Golf Cart
6" Factory Lift Kit
All Terrain Tires
48Volt (Six-8 Volt Batteries)
18 MPH
Foldable Rear Seat
Headlights, Taillights, and Brake Lights
Brush Guard
Includes Charger and 2 Sets of Keys
12 Month Warranty
 
*Additional features can be added at winner's expense (seat belts, stereo and speakers)
*Winner is responsible for payment of all taxes due on the fair market value of the prize
*Winner does not need to be present to win
 
Winner will be drawn at the Auction on November 12th!
HCE PARENT BOOK STUDY
 
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.  
All meetings are 8:05-8:55 in room 7 at Hunters Creek.  UPDATED TIME!!! 
 
Mark your calendars for these remaining dates. No need to have attended from the beginning:
November 17 th
December 1st & 7th

You may purchase a copy of the book at:
https://www.loveandlogic.com/  OR  https://www.amazon.com/  OR through your local bookshop
 
For more information, contact Andrea Chvatal, M.Ed., Counselor, Hunters Creek Elementary  andrea.chvatal@springbranchisd.com or Sarah Eixmann saraheixmann@yahoo.com
 
 
  2016-2017 HCE PTA ANNUAL FUND
 
WE NEED YOU TO REACH OUR GOAL OF $145,000 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.  

CONTRIBUTING IS EASY!

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
 
CONTRIBUTION LEVELS:

ULTIMATE COUGAR - $7,500+ 
COUGAR PRIDE - $5,000+  
  PAW POWER - $2,500+
AWESOME HCE - $1,250+
LOVE OUR SCHOOL - $500+  
SUPER SPIRIT - $250+ 
COUGAR FAN - $100+ 
FRIEND OF HCE - $50+

A LA CARTE:

Donations for Teachers:
Auction ticket - $100
 
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:
ketticollins@gmail.com or (989) 506-8634


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA!

A BIG
THANK YOU 
TO OUR ANNUAL FUND CONTRIBUTORS!!
 

ULTIMATE COUGAR
The Collins Family
Dr. Salimah Cumber & Aziz Hussain Foundation
The Nini Family
Reina Ramos & Reagan Ramos
The Turner Family
HCE Family - Anonymous
 
COUGAR PRIDE 
The Badar Family 
Kim & Joe Dang
The Kimmel Family
Elliott & Wells Wagner
Laura & Ryan Zehl
HCE Family - Anonymous
HCE Family - Anonymous
 
PAW POWER
The Adams Family
The Campbell Family
The Carlson Family
The D'Agostino Family
The Daik Family
The Daly Family
The Kelley Family
The Krouse Family
The Oldham Family
Amanda & Trevor Parsons
The Sparks Family

  AWESOME HCE
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 Jackson Family 
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

  LOVE OUR SCHOOL
Ashley & CL Baskin
Alonso I. Benavides
The Ben-Yaacov Family
Tim & Nicole Blaine
Patricia Daly
The Gores
The Kinsel Family
The Loeffler Family
The Lowy Family
Robert J. Magner
Matthew & Shelley McCain
Jill and Chris Oliver
The Parkan Family
Addison Rappold
Fred Ghabriel & Phoebe Rourke-Ghabriel
Watler Family
The Werme Family
The S. Yang Family
Friends of HCE

  SUPER SPIRIT
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 Robertson Family
The Rush Family
The Siblik Family
Thalie & Alexia Simeonidis
Twinkie Snyder
The Witte Family
The Zarich Family
Cougar Fans
HCE Family - Anonymous

COUGAR FAN
Brian & Cherish Bradshaw
The Castellanos Family
Camila Gracia
The Giudici Family
Kathie Grabstald
Huy & Julie Nguyen
The Peeples Family

  FRIEND OF HCE
Azael De la Cruz/Sherry Salomon
Amanda Janicek
The Masunaga-Bonzelet Family
NB
 
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
 

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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