HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
March 3, 2017
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Mar 6 6:30 pm Parent Education - Colleen O-Grady at Memorial Drive Elementary
Mar 6 - 8
TELPAS Testing for grades 2 - 5 ESL Students
Mar 6 - 3rd, Mar 7 - 2nd, Mar 8 - 4th and 5th
Mar 7 9:00  1st Grade Texas Play - you don't want to miss this! 
Mar 9-10
5th to the Arboretum
9th - Menard & Jazairy and 10th - Wilhelm & Wright
Mar 13-17
SPRING BREAK
Mar 24
Hands On Science - Water Purification
Mar 28 8:00-12:30 4th Writing STAAR
5th Mathematics STAAR - alternate schedule
Mar 29 8:00-12:30 5th Reading STAAR - alternate schedule
Mar 30 3:25-4:25 Campus Improvement Team Meeting
April 6 NOON Noon Dismissal
April 7 NOON Noon Dismissal
FAMILY FAIR FUN

What a fun day! We have another successful Family Fair and Raffle thanks to so many PTA volunteers!  

All week our students have been putting their tickets in to win prizes and this morning we had the announcement - over 140 prizes were won!  Thanks to Kristen Ramsey and April Peavy for heading up this exciting event. 

Also this week, students have been donating HUNDREDS OF DOZENS of confetti eggs. The grade level who donated them most dozens won a Kona Ice Truck Party. Congratulations to the 4th Grade Class!

Also thanks to our Family Fair chairs: Robyn Canterbury, Katie Clark, Alicia Kimmel and Carrye Krouse.  And thanks to all their worker bees!  It was fun for everyone.  

Look for pictures on our facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/HuntersCreekSBISD/
DISTRICT SPELLING BEE

HCE spellers Natalie Jones and Kylee Pham gave a valiant effort at the District Spelling Bee on February 22nd.  Kylee, tripped up by the word "obsequious," tied for 28th out of 45 spellers, while Natalie narrowly missed correctly spelling "hoomalimali," finishing in a tie for 20th place.  After eleven rounds of spelling, the bee was won by Sarah Hwang, a sixth grader at Memorial Middle School.  She will be representing SBISD in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on Saturday, April 1st.  Congratulations and good luck to Sarah!
CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT TEAM REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED

WE NEED YOU!!   HELP - no one turned in an application so we have no new members!!!  

Newly schedule drawing for our 2 vacant parent positions, 1 community rep position and 1 business rep position is next week, Wednesday, March 1 @ 8am. 

Currently we have 1 business rep application. We need 2 parents and 1 community member.  

Please consider serving on the Campus Improvement Team. We meet at least 6 times a year for an hour. 

Email me if you want to serve: robalyn.snyder@springbranchisd.com
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

Parent Education - Improving Relationships With Your Child

March 6, 6:30 pm @ Memorial Drive Elementary, 11202 Smithdale Rd. 

On March 6th at 6:30 p.m. we have a unique opportunity to hear one of my favorite licensed marriage and family therapists speak on improving relationships with your children.  

Colleen O'Grady is based in Houston and has been serving clients for more than 20 years.  She is a wealth of information on so many topics ranging from brain functioning, human development, family systems, to parenting skills.  Memorial Drive Elementary will be hosting this event in their cafeteria for this one-hour talk- mark your calendars.  

Will you attend with me?  I'll be in the front row.  http://colleenogrady.com/
PTA President's Perspective
 
It was so fun watching our Kinder, 1 st and 2 nd graders kicking up their heels last Friday.  Thank you to  Coach Thompson Coach Roberson, and  Coach Norris for coordinating such a fun event!  All the kids looked so cute in their cowboy and cowgirl clothes.   
 
Another huge thank you goes to Nan Chandler, Claire Johnson and Brianna Cisarik for leading a group of brave parents who volunteered to help 4th & 5th grade students dissect cow eyeballs for Hands-on Science last week!  It is such a big job and we appreciate their efforts! 
 
PTA Rally Day was Monday in Austin!  It was an experience I won't forget.  Denise Campbell and Kristi Thibaut did an amazing job leading PTA and PF3 members through meetings, visits, the Rally and more at the State Capital.  They have spent so much time and effort fighting to keep education dollars in education.  I encourage you to stay up to date on the issue and get involved! 
 
Have a great weekend! 

Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President

Lunch Duty Volunteers
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We love our teachers so let's give them a little extra relaxation before spring break. 

Sign up Here to cover a teacher's lunch duty next week (March 6-8th).  

Only 30 minutes of your time will make your teacher's week! 

HCE PTA SUMMER READING
Book Drive

Please donate ( Now until May 1st ) your gently used books to the HCE Summer Reading Book Exchange.  All levels of reader from 1st to 6th grade acceptable.  Please no picture only books or crossword or activity books. 

All extra books collected will be donated to our sister school Woodview Elementary. 

There is a blue recycling bin for collections in the HCE front lobby! 

All students will visit the HCE library on Friday, May 19th to pick one book to read this summer and jumpstart their summer reading.  All HCE students will be able to choose a book regardless of whether or not they have donated a book.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
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!
  Katrinastephenson@gmail.com or 713-305-3277

 ORDER YOUR HCE YEARBOOK TODAY!   

 

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
   4 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek Elementary!!
 
Please make sure you submit all the Box Tops by February 25, 2017!!
 
**Write the Grade, Student and Teacher names on your bag/envelope of official coupon.
 

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 www.labelsforeducation.com.
  • 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 www.krogercommunityrewards.com.  Organization #83363.  HCE receives 1% of    every purchase made with your Kroger Plus Card.   
  • Important: You have to RELINK your card each school year so don't forget to do this ASAP!!
Amazon Smile- 
 
Direct link that will contribute to HCE school is:   http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-6086197
 
Visit www.smile.amazon.com (same account as www.amazon.com ) 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:  EIN-74-6086197
 
These are all easy ways to earn money for HCE! Contact Marilu Kurtz for more information or with questions at rebateshce@outlook.com  
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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