HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
May 19, 2017
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Retirement Party - May 24, 3:00-4:30 pm 
JOIN US!
Gift bags for our retirees, Francie Moore, Mitzi Reese 
and Adele Herold are 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!

WE NEED PICTURES OF OUR RETIREES! 
If you have pictures of our retirees, please send to sandra.hicks@springbranchisd.com

May 22 See article below for times Publishers' Picnic - bring your picnic lunch & 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 3:00-4:30 pm Retirement Party for Ms. Moore, Ms. Reese and Ms. Herold - JOIN US! 
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 9:00  WINDS OF TIME CEREMONY
May 29

SCHOOL HOLIDAY - MEMORIAL DAY
May 30 8:15 Kinder and 1st Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
May 31 TIMES TBA - between
8-11am
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

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
LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR 2016-2017 HCE YEARBOOK! 

Orders close on Sunday! 

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!   
If you can't remember if you ordered or not, email nanrosechandler@gmail.com
Hello Fifth Grade Track and Field Parents,

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your time, commitment and unwavering dedication to the development of our young athletes. Your support helped make this year's 5th Grade Track Meet a huge success. Because of you, our Cougar boys and girls were able to experience another level of success.

In addition, I truly appreciate the hard work of Kristi Oldham and Nan Chandler. They worked tirelessly to provide an experience that our young athletes will never forget. They are amazing!

Again, thank you for investing in our awesome boys and girls!
Coach Thompson 







PUBLISHERS' PICNIC - It's a FAMILY AFFAIR! 

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

If you did not return the form to let us know if you were coming or not, please email your child's teacher ASAP. We don't want a student to be left alone for the picnic time and need to plan for that.  

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. 

NEW -- you may enter and exit the campus at the front or through the gate on the north end of the kindergarten building - in parent drive by the building. 

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! 

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.

CLINIC HOUSEKEEPING
 
Please come by and pick up your child's medicines in the clinic before the last day of school. I will be disposing of all meds on June 2nd at the SBISD Police Department per district policy.
 
2017-2018 School Year: Forms for all medications must be signed every school year by parent and doctor.  Please bring all forms signed by parent and doctor with the medicine BEFORE the first day of school.  The clinic will be opened August 1st and you can email or call to set up a time to deliver. 
 
***Do not send your student to the clinic with medicines at any time or hide meds in their lunch kit/backpack.  All medicines go through the nurse in the clinic.

All forms can be found at the link below. If prescription please have MD signature on prescription form.  Non-prescription for over the counter meds only needs parent signature.
 
 
Parents of 2017-2018  6th Graders..
Your future 6th grader will be getting vaccines at their next doctor visit.  Please provide their middle school nurse with their updated immunizations.  You may turn them into me if they have already received the vaccines so I can put in their file.  They are required for 7th grade but many receive prior to entry to 6th grade. 
Tdap (booster of the DTAP)
Varicella #2
Meningitis (MCV4, Menactra)
 
Thank you for your help with this, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Mercedes Mulvey, RN
713-251-6025
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 24,  3:00-4:30 pm in the Library

Our new grade level teams for 2017-2018... 
You can see introductions for new team members in Cougar Express newsletters published earlier in May. For archived newsletters go to  hce.springbranchisd.com, click on News Links in top menu and then on Cougar Express Newsletters.   

Kinder: Cassandra (Cassie) Schaps, Wendy Livingston, Margaret (Peggy) Railey, Meg Maguire
First: Ashley Johnson, Lauren Early, Laura Clark, Jennifer Landa, Vacancy
Second: Mary (Blaire) Breaux, Sarah Giese, Laura Shucosky, Payton Kerr, Rosie Cantu-Vargas, Delia Dunavin
Third: Naomi (Omi) Ford, Kirstyn Duncan, Mary (Mac) Rozzell, Amanda (Mandie) Badrak, Laura Jackson, Vacancy
Fourth: Noemi Lopez, Lara Knight, Ann Martin, Katherine Lewis, Meredith Lerner, Vacancy
Fifth: Julie Wilhelm, Jessica Murphy, Marcia Menard, Vacancy
Intervention Teachers: Tracey Tomaro-McCall, Joan Salamanchuk (.5), Karen Ferraro, Julie Boyd (.5)
Instructional Coach: Vacancy
Teachers on the Special Ed Team and Specials Team remain the same. 
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Our Leadership Council took a field trip to Casa de Esperanza on Monday to deliver all the items we collected for the children who live in the homes.

The students did an excellent job of collecting and had lots of questions about the children and adults who live there.  It was a wonderful "life moment" of learning how other children may live life as well as focusing on others, instead of our own needs.  

My mother was a volunteer at Casa de Esperanza when I was about 6 years old.  I remember going to the house and playing with the children and what their home was like.  My mother told me that the children could not live with their parents at the time, so they lived at the home.  I'm sure I had more questions, but what I remember most was the love and peace in the home and how these children just wanted to play and have fun.  It was giving time and energy to those who needed it and my mother taught by example.  (Thank you Mom!)

When we intentionally give to others, we promote compassion, selflessness, empathy, and have a sense of unity with those with whom we gave and to those who receive.   I have found usually children love to give to others - ask your child what they would like to do to help someone and see what ideas they have.  Modeling a tradition of giving as a family will foster a heart of giving in your child.



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.
HCE TEAMS AT 6U SBMSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Our two HCE softball teams made it to the 6U SBMSA Championship game.  The two teams - the Firecrackers & the Venom - were comprised of HCE girls from Kindergarten and First grade.  Both teams had a great season and it was a fun way to end the season with HCE teams taking first and second place in the Championship.

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
 
Wow, what a busy week!  A huge Thank You goes to Coach Thompson, Nan Chandler and Kristi Oldham for making the 5th Grade Track Meet possible!  It is such a fun event for our amazing 5th graders.  We appreciate all the volunteers who helped! 
 
Kelly Siblik did a phenomenal job coordinating the PTA Honorary Lifetime Member awards, which were presented at the PTA General meeting on Thursday!  Thank you to Alicia Kimmel for hosting the meeting at her lovely home!  What a wonderful celebration of PTA members, HCE staff, friends and family! 
 
Another thank you goes to Maggi Cummings for helping our children become artist and for preparing for Gallery Night.  Meg Randolph, Caroline Hawkins and their team of volunteers organized the lovely displays for our families and friends to enjoy!  Thank you! 
 
Are you ready for the Winds of Time parade next week?  Thanks again to Elizabeth Womble, Victoria Donnelly and their committee for coordinating our favorite HCE tradition! 
 
Don't forget, Publishers Picnic is Monday! Have a great weekend!!
 
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
9:00 - 10:30
 
 
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!    

 





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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