News from the Principal and the PTA
OCTOBER 21,  2016
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Oct 24
Red Ribbon Week - Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
4th and 5th Grade Science Fair Kicks Off
2nd - 5th Mathematics Priority Standard Assessment 
Oct 28 All day  Field Day - see below for the schedule
Classroom Spelling Bees
Oct 28
6:00pm - 8:00pm
2nd Annual Kids' Costume Party, purchase tickets at click on the Auction Tab
Oct 31 8:30 am 2nd Grade Storybook Character Parade
Nov 1
2nd Grade to the Altheretta Yeargin Art Museum
Nov 4 NOON DISMISSAL Students will get out at noon today to allow professional learning time for our faculty. 
Nov 7 8:15 am Social Media Class for parents - a how to for you! 
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.  
Progress Reports Go Home

Fri, Oct 28th 
Field Day
K & 1st
8:15 - 9:45
2nd & 3rd
10:15 - 11:45
4th & 5th
12:30 - 2:00
Life Skills & APPLE
11:45 - 12:30

OCTOBER 24-28th

Each fall during Red Ribbon Week, communities around the country unite to educate children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
This year's national Red Ribbon Week theme is YOLO - You Only Live Once...Be Drug Free!!!!!

Additionally, Hunters Creek Elementary wants to emphasize the importance of making healthy choices, staying positive, and focusing on the future!

Please encourage your HCE Cougar to participate in the following dress up themes and remind them YOLO!!!!!!

Monday - "My Future is Bright" - Wear Neon

Tuesday - "Team Work Makes the Dream Work" - Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Jersey

Wednesday - "Fight for your Future" - Wear Camo

Thursday - "Peace.Love.Happiness" - Wear Tie Dye

Friday - "Hair's to a Healthy Life" - Crazy Hair Day

Questions: Kourtney Cyrus 713-299-3063


I want to give a huge THANK YOU to our fabulous HCE teachers for preparing for and conducting all their Fall parent conferences.  

It takes teachers such a long time to prepare for wonderfully informative parent conferences and then it takes them days to conduct them - on top of preparing for a day of teaching and taking care of their families.  We are grateful for our 2 noon dismissal days but they just put a small ding in finishing all the conferences. 

Just think, 20-25 minutes per conference and it takes about an hour to gather all the info and prepare for each conference.  Some of our teachers, who are departmentalized, meet with 40+ parents.  That's 16 hours of conferences and 40 hours of preparation.   That almost sounds impossible - but they do it and do it well. THANKS TO THE HCE TEACHERS! 
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Any chance I get, I promote family mealtimes together.  Research shows that a routine of three or more meals a week, together as a family, yield the most positive benefits for children.  I came across research that tries to pinpoint exactly the benefits of just family mealtime, taking out other factors such as socioeconomic level or one or two-parent households.  Overall, the benefits are there - children are more likely to eat healthier foods and less likely to be overweight.   Family meal times are also linked to higher academic achievement and higher psychological well-being. 

The routine of family meals generates feelings of closeness and comfort and dinnertime affords parents a unique opportunity to connect with children as long as the television is off and the cell phones are put away.  I suggest making the table a "no-technology zone" for every meal.  And no guilt if the meal is take-out on the table - you are still eating together, even if someone else cooked the food!  Connecting with your children is key to reaping the benefits.   Read more here.


Our Sister School, Woodview Elementary, would love to have donations of board games to add to their classrooms.  Ideas for donations: Boy or Girl Scout troop collections, in lieu of birthday party gifts, or a family may decide to "adopt" a classroom and donate.  There are 2 Pre-K classrooms, 5 Kinder, first and second grade classrooms, 6 third grade classrooms, and 4 fourth and fifth grade classrooms each.   Thank you, in advance, for supplying these resources for our Sister School!
C ursive Handwriting Club
Tuesdays, 7:20-7:50 in Rm. 32
This group will be limited to 12 so get your
name on the list quickly by emailing, 

Cursive Club begins Nov 1 and will be each Tuesday
Class will be taught by Tracey McCall, Math Specialist, at HCE

Brendan Wenzel - Visiting Author/Illustrator
Blue Willow Bookshop  is sponsoring an author visit by Brendan Wenzel for
2nd grade students on  Thursday, November 3rd , in the  HCE Library .  He will talk about the writing and illustrating process as well as his marvelous new book They All Saw A Cat .
"Wenzel uses colored pencils and pastels, charcoal and acrylic paint to create a layered, funny and fascinating visual lesson in seeing and interpreting. It's a delightful experience in multiple perspectives and changing points of view. As the cat ambles, a dog sees a slinking, sly creature; a child sees a rounded, soft-furred pet; a goldfish sees a blurry pair of glowing eyes; a mouse sees danger incarnate. But what might the cat see in a reflecting pool of water? What could a cat look like, to a cat?" The Washington Post
Use this link to order a personalized copy for your student of They All Saw A Cat :
The deadline to order from Blue Willow is Thursday, October 27th. Thank you, Blue Willow Bookshop for sponsoring this awesome author visit!

NOVEMBER 7, 2016       8:15-9:15 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.  
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
                    9:00 a.m                       
HCE Library
Book Character Pumpkin Celebration
1.       Theme - "My Favorite Book Character" Students may pick any character from any book they have read.
2.       Pumpkins can be painted or colored with markers. NOT carved. Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best. Yarn, construction paper, pipe cleaners, cloth, etc. may be used to decorate the pumpkin. Tape, paste or glue can be used if needed.
3.      NO CARVED pumpkins!!!! Carved pumpkins rot, attract insects and smell. They cannot be accepted and will be sent back home.
4.       One entry per student, clearly identified on the 3 by 5 index card: Please print the name of the book character, book title, and author of the book on the front of your index card along with your name, grade, and teacher.

5.     The library will begin accepting pumpkins on Monday, October 17th. Pumpkins should be brought to the library. All pumpkins must be taken home on Friday, October 28th
Any remaining pumpkins will be thrown away at 3pm Friday, October 28 th.

HCE...the Best Place to "BEE"!!

Cougars in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades should have received a spelling bee packet in their Tuesday take home folders. Included were general information, practice dates and times, word lists, permission slip and logo contest details! Make sure to look it over and sign up your cougar!
Local Levels and Dates:
Classroom Bee - Friday, October 28th
*Top two winners from each class advance to school bee.
School Bee - Thursday, December 8th
Spelling Bee Practice Sessions - Only 1 more:
Tuesday, October 25th from 7:25a-7:55a
All grades in Room 7
Contact persons for further information or questions:
Jenny Robertson at
Meg Bissinger at
Denise Campbell at

PTA President's Perspective 

SPIRIT SHIRTS have been delivered! Many thanks to April Peavy for organizing our new spirit shirts.  We love to show our Cougar Pride every day - but especially on Fridays and on field trips by showing our school spirit and wearing our green shirts!  Be #LoudAndProud!
  PTA funding makes possible the wonderful Hands-on Science program for our 4 th and 5 th grade students.  Last week, the 5 th graders had a Hands-on Science project on Electricity & Magnetism.  They had fun creating electrical paths and picking up objects with magnets.  Thanks to Nan Chandler, Claire Johnson and Brianna Cisarik for coordinating the experiment!
  The Financial Reconciliation Report, thoughtfully and painstakingly prepared this summer by Katie Wall, April Eschweiler and Farrell Saunders as an audit of the PTA finances, is now available for review in the front office (check with Liz Denton).  These ladies deserve one more shout-out for embracing this extremely important and time-consuming job to make sure the HCE PTA is on the straight and narrow.
  Chick fil-a Spirit Night is next Wednesday from 5pm-8pm, so be sure and take advantage of this opportunity to show your support!  Just mention HCE when placing your order, and Chick fil-a will donate a portion of your purchase amount back to our school.  Thanks to Nicole Blaine for coordinating this event!
  Next week is a busy week!  Red Ribbon Week starts, Science Fair kicks off, Classroom Spelling Bees and Field Day are Friday, Reflections projects are due Friday and our 2 nd Annual Halloween party is Friday evening!  Wow!  What great opportunities and fun events at our school.  Have a great one!
Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President

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!


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


The PTA is looking for interested volunteers to help out in the Teacher Workroom.   Ideally, each volunteer will work once a month in the workroom making copies, cutting, pasting and laminating for our HCE teachers.   Most likely the commitment is not longer than a couple of hours a month.  
The time spent in the workroom helps our faculty and staff so much and allows them to spend more time focused on the classroom.  Please contact Kelly Siblik at  to volunteer today.  Thanks in advance!

CLICK HERE to sign up on Sign Up Genius  to help with Field Day. 

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:
October 27 th
November 3 rd, 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

                4 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek Elementary!!
Box Tops for Education -
* Simply clip Box Top$ from hundreds of participating brands.
* Please, put Box Top$ in a plastic bag (or envelope) labeled with the child's and teacher's name and current grade.
* Send only valid coupons, the coupons EXPIRE after 3 years.
* The top 5 classrooms from the entire school with the most Box Top$ submitted during the entire school year will enjoy an ice cream treat in the month of May.
Labels for Education -
* Simply Clip and save UPCs and beverage/ sauce caps from participating products. Check out the complete list at .
* Please, put Labels for Education in a plastic bag (or envelope) labeled with the child's and teacher's name and current grade.
Kroger's "Neighbor to Neighbor" Program -  
* Link your Kroger Card to HCE online at .  Organization #83363.  HCE receives 1% of every purchase made with your Kroger Plus Card.    
* Important: You have to RE-LINK your card each school year so don't forget to do this ASAP!!
Amazon Smile

*Direct link that will contribute to HCE 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 show up as PTA
Texas Congress 4932, or you can also look for the school with EIN number: EIN-74-6086197 
These are all easy ways to earn money for HCE! Contact Marilu Kurtz for more information or with questions at  
Please make sure you submit all the Box Tops by October 20, 2016- they are due on November 1, 2016
Please be sure to write the Grade, Student and Teacher names on your bag/envelope of official coupons.

- All ages can participate.
- Enter in 1 or more of the art categories shown      above.
- Entry forms are located  at the front office.
- All entries are due October 28th
- For inspiration visit (click
  "For Students"  - left side.)
- For participation rules and program overview
- For questions, e-mail:   (subject:"Reflections")


Please support our school by purchasing a membership to the HCE PTA.  Although we welcome your volunteer time, there is no requirement.  Memberships are only $15 and you will receive a FREE school directory!  
The membership funds go to support many enriching opportunities for HCE students.
We are so close to last year's membership, but need you help to get there by the end of October so HCE can be recognized by the Texas PTA!  Please help and join today!!

("PTA Store" then "PTA Membership)
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Miers at or 713-557-6443.

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 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
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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