News from the Principal and the PTA
January 20, 2017
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Jan 21 9:30-11:30 Bookworm Festival at Spring Oaks Middle School
Jan 25 8:15 5th grade PRACTICE Math STAAR
Lunch & Specials SCHEDULE CHANGE:   
4th 10:55-11:25 lunch     11:30-12:20 specials
5th  1:00-1:30    lunch     2:00-2:50 specials
Jan 26 8:15 5th grade PRACTICE Reading STAAR
Lunch & Specials SCHEDULE CHANGE:   
4th 10:55-11:25 lunch     11:30-12:20 specials
5th  1:00-1:30    lunch     2:00-2:50 specials
Jan 26 6:00pm KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP @ HCE Library
Jan 26
PTA Planning Proposals Due to Ms. Snyder 
Jan 31
100th Day of School!!
Jan 31 6:00pm Transition Session for Parents of Rising 6th graders at Spring Branch Middle School Auditorium
Feb 1 9:15-11:15 5th grade visits Spring Branch Middle School
Feb 1
Feb 2 8:15 4th grade PRACTICE Writing STAAR
No schedule changes
Feb 2 9:30 PTA Planning Committee Meeting
Feb 3
Group Pictures (homerooms) and Individual Spring Pictures
Feb 3
Staff Appreciation Lunch by PTA (THANK YOU!!!)
Feb 3
Progress Reports Go Home
Feb 7 - 9
HCE Book Fair
Feb 7   7:55am - 7:30pm, 5:30-7:00pm PTA Dinner
Feb 8   7:55am - 3:00pm Grandparents Day
Feb 9   7:15-7:55am Breakfast with Buddies
            7:55-12:00 Bookfair Open

Congratulations to Hunters Creek Elementary School Bell Award Winner, Delia Dunavin, and to the runner up, Rosie Cantu! 

Thanks to the wonderful HCE PTA Executive Board for promoting this award and helping us celebrate. The School Bell Award recognizes the outstanding SBISD staff members who promotes the Purposes of the PTA and is an advocate for all children.
Nominations are made by PTA members, students and faculty members. Mrs. Delia Dunavin will represent Hunters Creek Elementary at the PTA Founders' Day Dinner in February.  

Left to Right
Erin Lanier, PTA Secretary; Delia Dunavin, Kindergarten Teacher; Meredith Turner, PTA VP of Budget & Finance; Jennifer Daly, PTA Vice President; Rosie Cantu-Vargas, First Grade Teacher; Katrina Stephenson, PTA President; and, not pictured, Nan Chandler, PTA Parliamentarian. 
SCHOOL STORE  FOR 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

Jan 31, Feb 21 (more days to be announced soon)

All items are $1 or $2.  Some things are more than 1 for those prices. Thanks to our 4th grade crew for helping Mrs. Snyder!  
2017-18 Prospective Parent Informational Meeting at the 
Spring Branch Academic Institute 
(formerly The School for Highly Gifted Students)
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
5-6pm at Valley Oaks Elementary (Library)
8390 Westview Dr.
Click here to learn more about SBAI.


GT Parent Ed Seminar: 
"How to Parent So Children Will Learn: Strategies for Raising Happy, Achieving Kids"
Presented by Pamela Johnson, Director - Advanced Studies
Thursday, January 19, 2017
11am-12pm at Admin Building (Board Room)
955 Campbell Road
Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the presentation!

This session is appropriate for K-12 parents and will provide no-nonsense advice on how to:
  • Parent with a united front
  • Work with teachers and schools
  • Set limits for children
  • Encourage independence without overpowering students
To RSVP, click  here  and reply with "How To Parent" in subject line.

Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Ahhh, technology.  The ease of finding information in a moment, or being entertained instantly.  I can find a recipe, look at the weather report, or order an item from an app and have it at my house in two days.  Good for me.  But what about children and technology?   I know many parents use technology as a reward, or limit screen time each day.  Each family sets their rules according to the needs and wants of each person.  Using research to guide those rules is a good check for any family.  Another informative article from The Center For Parenting reports that overuse of technology (more than two hours for children over two years old) plays a big role in the quality of children's health and well-being.  Many deficiencies can form if a child's brain receives more screen time than recommended - yikes!  The article reports decreased attention span, underdeveloped or delayed language and critical thinking abilities and decreased intrinsic motivation for learning.  Read more here  and then make sure your children are getting the hands-on, direct interactions and sensory experiences they so deserve.  Their brains will thank you!
In Other News.....
I have some exciting news to share with you!  We will have a School Counselor - Intern on our campus completing her practicum requirements through May.  Melissa Farber is a former Houston ISD teacher, current HISD specialist, and completing her master's degree through Angelo State University's College of Education.  She will be at HCE every Thursday, observing and participating in all aspects of the role of School Counselor.  Melissa is excited to be here and I hope you will help me welcome her as she dives into this semester with me.

Spring Branch ISD's Credit by Exam (CBE) process is  now receiving applications
through February 3rd for spring testing.  Spring testing will take place at HCE between March 6 th - 10 th .  Advancement to the next grade level is for next school year. 

Your child is eligible to take either the four core subject tests (Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts) in order to advance one grade level OR the math single subject acceleration test (if promoted, your child would receive instruction in the next grade level math only).   

CBEs are free for all SBISD students and require the attached application to be filled out with a parent signature.  Please forward all applications to Andrea Chvatal, School Counselor, either in person or via email:  Feel free to email with questions as well.

Kindergarten students are eligible for testing in the summer before first grade (Spring testing is not available for Kindergarteners).  We will send out a reminder for summer testing in early April.

Message from Ms. Snyder to fourth grade parents: This is an excellent opportunity for advancement for students who excel in mathematics. Fourth grade parents whose student excels in mathematics should apply to take this credit by exam. If s/he scores high enough on the exam given the student will attend Spring Branch Middle School for mathematics instruction in 5th grade. Students at this level (testing to acclerate through 5th grade and on to 6th grade math) must have solid mastery of the grade 5 TEKS and more when they take the exam. 


All HCE parents are invited to attend an information session at Bunker Hill Elementary School to hear Lance Stallworth discuss the math acceleration Credit By Exam process.  Your child may be a candidate for math acceleration if he/she learns math easily, loves the learning, does not need a lot of help with homework and scores at least scale score of 1625 on STAAR 5 Math.  
Bunker Hill Elementary
11950 Taylorcrest
Next Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m.  

Join Our Team!
We are so excited to bring Girls on the Run to Hunters Creek Elementary! It is a wonderful program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 
This is NOT a competitive running program! We will be setting goals for ourselves and our team so we can complete a 5K at the end of the program! We are so excited to go through this experience with our HCE team!
Who : 15 girls in 3rd-5th grade (chosen by lottery if more than 15 apply, if one sibling is chosen the other will get in)
When: Tuesday/Thursday 3:15-4:45       January 30 th - April 29 th (Race day!)
Where: HCE 
Coaches: Ms. Giese-2nd Grade Teacher,  Ms. Breaux (Howard)-2 nd Grade Teacher,     Ms. Clark-1 st  Grade Teacher
Cost: $150 - Includes Shirts, Lap bracelets, 5K registration fee
Go to   click on the link REGISTER NOW and follow the steps  to apply to Hunters Creek Elementary group. 
Questions, Comments, Concerns e-mail Sarah Giese:


Saturday, January 21, 9:30a-11:30a  
Spring Oaks Middle School

Annual Brisket & Ribs Sale 2017

The Dad's Club Brisket Fundraiser is upon us...

Mouthwatering Briskets and Ribs for Super Bowl 51 parties, family meals, gifts for friends, employees and family members. Thank you for supporting Dad's club and all we do throughout the year to bring Hunters Creek families together for fellowship and fun.

This year, the Dad's Club BBQ Team will cook all briskets and ribs for pickup on Saturday, February 4th at 3PM!!!

Orders for "Hot" pickup will get their Briskets off the pit! All ribs will be "Cold" Others will be vacuum sealed and ready for the freezer.
Briskets            $80                  Quantity: ____________
Ribs - Slab       $25                  Quantity: ____________
Pickup:            Hot_________ Cold__________

**You can email your order to or drop off this Sheet in the Dad's Club mailbox in the front office at HCE. 

Pickup will be Saturday February 4th @ Ron Latta's home located at 738 East Creekside, Houston TX 77024 from 3:00PM - 5:00PM. 

Thank you for your Support!! Please make checks payable to HCE Dad's Club.

Name: _________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________    Email: ________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Credit Card Type/Number: _________________________________________________
Expiration Date: ______/_______         Security Code: ______________
Billing Zip Code: _______________
Signature: ____________________________________

PTA President's Perspective
Thank you to all who attended the PTA General meeting this week!  Your support of the PTA is greatly appreciated!  Be on the look out for more information on PTA Rally Day.
A BIG congratulations to Kindergarten Teacher, Delia Dunavin, for her nomination to be the 2016-17 School Bell Award recipient!  You may recall that, "the School Bell Award recognizes the outstanding SBISD staff members who have exceeded the expectations of their job descriptions in promoting the objectives of the PTA."  Ms. Dunavin fits the bill, and we are so proud of this exceptional teacher! 
Have a great weekend!
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President


Valentine Pop Rocks for Sale!
Funds raised will go towards the 5th grade class gift for 
Hunters Creek Elementary and a memorable  event hosted by the class of 2017.

Make your class Valentine giving easy!

On sale January 20 - February 8th Bulk Orders online at

Class Set (25) -­- $25.00 (enough for the whole class + teacher) 
Class + Friends (35) -­- $35.00  (enough for the whole class plus a few other friends)
Grade Level Set (130) -­- $130.00 (enough for everyone in your grade level)

February 2nd and 3rd
Individual sales at school 7:30 am - 8:15 am Individual sales -­- $1.00 each
Orders will be delivered to students on Valentine's Day
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.  

Join us for a rockin' good time at the  
2017 HCE Book Fair
February 7th - 9th

Tuesday, February 7th 7:55 AM - 7:30 PM

5:30-7:30 PM Family & Special Friends Dinner Night...bring the Grandparents!

Dinner: PDQ Chicken Tenders, salad, chips & cookie - $6

Wednesday, February 8th 7:55 AM - 3:00 PM

Book Fair open all school day.
Thursday, February 9th 7:15 AM-12:00 PM

7:15 AM-7:55 AM - Breakfast with Buddies
Enjoy doughnuts provided by the Dad's Club and browse the Book Fair!

CASH and CHECK payments preferred; credit cards accepted .

Volunteers Needed:

hce family fair
friday, march 3, 2017

hce fields

For questions please contact:  
robyn canterbury, katie clark, alicia kimmel or carrye krouse


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! 

January 23-27 - NOTE Jan 25 and Jan 26 
                 4th lunch is at 10:55 and 5th is at 1:00 CHANGE!!!

February 13-17 (Kindness Week)

March 6-10

April 17-21

May 1-5 (Teacher Appreciation Week)

The Sign Up Genius for January is live, and we would love for you to participate! It's a win-win for get to spend 30 minutes hanging out with your kids and their friends at lunch, and our teachers get to enjoy a much deserved break.  If you are not able to make your shift, please find a sub, or text Jan Ingersoll 303-720-1727.

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

PTA Nominations

It is time to submit your nominations for the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board! 

Please click on the form below and turn in all nominations before January 31, 2017! All responses are confidential - if you have any questions, please contact:

            Katrina Stephenson                                          Jennifer Daly
            PTA President                                                   PTA First Vice President


Great way to help Hunters Creek Elementary when you are shopping                                             
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:  
Thank you to all the students, teachers for submitting your Box Tops coupons!!

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  
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