News from the Principal and the PTA
NOVEMBER 4,  2016
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Nov 7 8:15 am Social Media Class for parents - a HOW-TO for parents. Don't miss learning from our Memorial High School Future Teachers! 
Nov 8 7:00am - 7:00pm HCE is an election site.  Please try to stay away from school today as parking will be difficult. Please have students ride the bus or bring them to the parent drive in the morning.  
Nov 11 9:00am VETERANS' DAY PROGRAM - please invite veterans to attend. There will be rows saved in the front half of the audience for families who bring veterans. 

Progress Reports Go Home
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 Educational 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

NOVEMBER 7, 2016       8:15-9:00 in the library

Our Future Teachers from Memorial High School will be guest instructors to teach you about Snapchat. 

Also learn...How To Use:  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 

This will be a working session.  Bring your own device - BYOD!  

This is not a session to learn about internet safety for your children, which we will do later. This session is to teach YOU how to keep up with your children on social media - and to let you know if your children should be on these social media sites.  

1.    District staff will arrive at HCE by about 4 am to put up directional signs and instructions for voters. There will be district staff on site from early morning, until the polls close to handle any voting issues that may disturb school. 

2.    Each staff member will be given a parking sign to tape to the inside back window of their car to designate them as HCE STAFF.  No one should visit the school that day except in case of emergency to pick up a sick child.  No volunteers that day please.

3.    Voter parking will be on the Wade Hampton (west) side of school in those places close to Beinhorn and in the bus drive parking lot. Staff parking will be along the front on Beinhorn and in the parent drive parking lot on the Flint River (east) side of school. 

4.  Voting will be in the cafeteria and voters will enter from the door in the southwest corner of the cafĂ©.  There will be no public restrooms for voters and no voters will enter any part of the campus except the cafeteria in and out that one door in the southwest corner of the cafeteria. 

5 .    Students will go straight to their class that morning when they arrive to school either from bus, parent drive or walking.  

6.   Breakfast will be delivered to the DC so students will go there if they need to eat breakfast.

7.   Sack lunches will be delivered to classrooms and eaten in classrooms. Students will still go to recess.  

8.  iKids will be held in the gym that day so parents will need to pick up iKids children from the gym that afternoon.

9.    Kindergarten will dismiss walkers from the library gate in the front to avoid the cafeteria. Parents should meet their Kinder walkers at the front library gate. 

10.  The HCE staff will all be leaving early that day and the office will close early to allow our staff time to go and vote.  
3rd and 4th Grade Veterans' Day Salute!
On November 11th the third and fourth grades will perform a program of patriotic songs to celebrate Veterans' Day.
Please invite family members who are veterans so we can show them our appreciation. We love when they come in uniform. We will have special seating in the front section for families who bring veterans as guests. 

Friday, November 11 th
Hunters Creek Cafeteria

Check out the exceptional student artwork on display at the 
Greater Houston Orthodontics office on 9412 Gaylord.
Great work done by: Isabella Allon, Georgia Giannukos, Avery Ramsey, Ryah Parsons, Drew Shagory, Zeenah Masri, Tyler Elam, Tonio Castellanos, Grace Stoerr, Katianna Pyne, Thomas Clark, Camila Gracia, Cameron Ertan, and London Tran.


The 2017 SBISD Choice Program Lottery calendar has been released and families will begin to see the  2017 Choice Application flyer via various forms of media in the coming weeks. 

Please see the Current listing of SBISD Choice Programs which require a common application for  Fall 2017 placement.
Cedar Brook Elementary Dual Language
Pine Shadows Elementary Dual Language
Sherwood Elementary Dual Language
Spring Forest Middle Dual Language
Spring Woods Middle Dual Language
Spring Woods High Dual Language
WAIS Dual Language
WAIS International Baccalaureate (IB)
Cornerstone Academy
KIPP Courage College Prep @ Landrum
The Academy of Choice
YES Prep Northbrook Middle
YES Prep Northbrook High

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.

Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

We are learning in our Parenting with Love & Logic book study (Thursdays at 8:05 at HCE) there are three types of parenting styles: Consultant, Helicopter, and Drill Sargeant.  Many of us would agree we can be a little of all three at certain times. The goal of Love & Logic is that parents take on the role of Consultant most of the time.  Here's a brief summary of each:

The Consultant Parent:
provides messages of personal worth and strength, demonstrates how to take care of self and responsibilities, provides and helps child explore alternatives and then allows child to make decisions on his/her own, allows child to experience life's natural consequences and allows them to serve as the teacher.

The Helicopter Parent:
"hovers" over and rescues the child whenever the parent thinks they need it, provides excuses for the child yet complains about mishandled responsibilities, "takes on" the responsibilities of the child, whines and uses guilt "When are you going to learn?  I always have to clean up after you," uses lots of words and actions which indicate rescue or that the child is not capable of making decisions.

The Drill Sargeant Parent:
commands and directs the life of the child, tells the child how he/she should handle responsibility, tells the child how he/she should feel, issues orders and threats "Get that room cleaned up or else...",  uses lots of harsh words and very few actions, lets punishment, pain and humiliation serve as the teacher.
Information taken from Cline/Fay Love & Logic Institute, Inc.
   Bruce Coville - Visiting Author   
Blue Willow Bookshop is sponsoring an author visit by Bruce Coville
f or  3rd grade and 4th grade students on Tuesday, November 15th , in the
HCE Library.  He will talk about the writing process as well as his marvelous new book HATCHED, the newest in his  ENCHANTED FILES series.
"Meet Gerald. Gerald is a griffin-a creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. According to the Code of the Griffins, that means he should be:
1. Brave and fierce in all situations!
2. A guardian of a great treasure!
3. Completely and totally hidden from the human realm!
But what if a Griffin ISN'T brave or fierce? What if he's NEVER found a great treasure (or ANY treasure for that matter)? What if he feels like such an embarrassment that the only thing left to do is run away? And what if the only place no one will look for him is the human world? This laugh-out-loud adventure, full of humor and heart ."
Use this link to order a personalized copy for your student of Hatched and Cursed:
The deadline to order from Blue Willow is  Tuesday, November 8th . Thank you, Blue Willow Bookshop for sponsoring this awesome author visit!
PTA President's Perspective
First, a HUGE thank you goes out to all of the Halloween Party hosts who welcomed our little pumpkins with a frightfully fun costume party to benefit HCE!  All of the ghosts and goblins in attendance had a spooktacular time!      
Our RockOn! HCE Auction is just around the corner - on Saturday November 12th! You don't want to miss this Rockin Night! Until then...Have you  bought your tickets  to the event?!  Have you purchased your raffle tickets for a chance to win a golf cart?!  I have seen some yard rocking happening around the neighborhood.  Be on the look out, you could be next!   
Mark your calendar...our next PTA meeting is on November 17th!  Have a great weekend!
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President 
HCE, have you heard the BUZZZZZZ??? 

These Cougars have won their classroom bees and will proceed to the school Spelling Bee held on Thursday, December 8th.   Congratulations to all the hard worker bees on competing this year! UnBEElievable!

More congrats are in order to Hannah Le in Ms. Wilhelm's fifth grade class for winning the bee logo design contest!  Her arwork (shown right) will be featured on t-shirts and printed material!  Way to BEE Hannah!   

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
Wallis-                             Knight-                           
Rylan Fink                         Natalie Jones                   
Georgia Sperandio            Zakir Hussain                   
Lopez-                             Martin-
Anna Zamastsyanina        Blake Dardis
Jacob Witte                       Dade Dooley
Warren Dooley
Noah Le
Menard-                           Wilhelm-
Hannah Moore                  Hannah Le
Kylee Pham                      Dylan Deffebach
Jazairy-                            Wright-
Isabella Allon                    Brooke Miers
Avery Moore                     Tanush Paradeshi

School Bee - Thursday, December 8th @ 8:30 am
Contact persons for further information or questions:
Jenny Robertson at
Meg Bissinger at
Denise Campbell at

Kindergarten and 1st grade enjoyed a hilarious 
performance   Tuesday, November 1st thanks to our  generous PTA  and their Cultural Arts Committee!   Young Audiences of Houston's InterActive  Theater Group performed  "Goldilocks  and the Three Plays".  
The performance teaches  the three essential parts of a story  (Beginning, Middle and End)  and explores characterization.   It included the classic tales of Goldilocks,  The Big Bad Wolf and The Troll.  


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


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!
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 was Oct 6 but join us at any time during the book study.  

All meetings are 8:05-8:55 in room 7 at Hunters Creek.  UPDATED TIME!!! 
Mark your calendars for these remaining dates:
November 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


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.  


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

COUGAR PRIDE - $5,000+  
  PAW POWER - $2,500+
AWESOME HCE - $1,250+
COUGAR FAN - $100+ 


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: or (989) 506-8634



The Collins Family
Dr. Salimah Cumber & Aziz Hussain Foundation
The Nini Family
Reina Ramos & Reagan Ramos
The Turner Family
HCE Family - Anonymous
The Badar Family 
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
The Kelley Family
The Krouse Family
The Oldham Family
Amanda & Trevor Parsons
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

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

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

Brian & Cherish Bradshaw
The Castellanos Family
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
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


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 join help in supporting the Foundation, and attend this fun event.

If you cannot attend the Winter Wonderland Gala, support SBEF by taking a memorable vacation for 2 on us! You can enter for your chance to take a vacation on us 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!  Contact Dmel Tatum to purchase your raffle ticket today!
You do not need to be present to win your choice of a remarkable vacation destination.
For more information about this years Winter Wonderland Gala, and the Spring Branch Education Foundation, please click the Gala link above or go to
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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