HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

News from the Principal and the PTA
 
January 13, 2017
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CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Jan 16

School HOLIDAY for students and staff
Jan 17 7:30-7:50 am
School Store Open 7:30am-7:50am for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, near the library
Jan 19 9:30 am PTA General Meeting in Room 7 at HCE
Jan 21 9:30-11:30 Bookworm Festival at Spring Oaks Middle School
Jan 25
5th grade PRACTICE Math STAAR
Jan 26
5th grade PRACTICE Reading STAAR
Jan 26 6:00pm KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP @ HCE Library
Jan 31
100th Day of School!!
Jan 31 6:00pm Transition Session for Parents of Rising 6th graders at Spring Branch Middle School Auditorium
SCHOOL STORE  

We are opening to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!   So, 3rd graders can also come now. 

Everything in the store will sell for $1 or $2, some things are 2 or 3 for a $1. 

Available: pencils, pencil sharpeners, fun erasers, backpack ornaments, pencil grips, and supply zipper bags. 

Here are the next few school store dates: 
Jan 17 and 31, Feb 21

If you have suggestions for things you'd like the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to be able to purchase, email  robalyn.snyder@springbranchisd.com.
Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal

As parents, we know limits are loving and designed to keep children safe.  We must carefully set limits - too many, and they backfire on us.  Love and Logic says it better than I can; the recent article is copied for you below:

"Don't Set Too Many Limits" by Charles Fay

Kids yearn for limits. Limits say, "I love you enough to show you how to have a responsible and happy life." Limits also say, "I love you enough to keep you safe."
 
Limits also help us take good care of ourselves so we can remain loving. They keep us from feeling like doormats; therefore, they prevent us from developing resentment.
 
So... if limits are so important... why did I title this tip, "Don't Set Too Many Limits"?
 
When we try to set too many limits over too many things, we spread ourselves thin and lack the time and energy to enforce them.

Every limit we set, yet fail to enforce,
erodes our relationship with our children.

Every limit set, yet not enforced, 
reduces our credibility in the eyes of our kids.

Yes! The stakes are very high. This is why Love and Logic teaches three essential rules for setting limits:

Rule One: Keep your limits simple and general.
Many parents and educators have enjoyed great success by using just one generic limit in most situations: "I allow_____________ as long as it doesn't cause a problem."
 
Rule Two: Describe what you will do... rather than what your kids must do.
When we tell someone what they must or must not do, we are trying to control something we cannot.  When we describe what we will do or allow, we are remaining focused on what we can control.

Rule Three: Never set a limit you aren't willing and able to enforce 200% of the time.
It only takes a slight bit of inconsistency on our part for our children to begin viewing us like slot machines. If their limit testing pays off even to the slightest degree, they begin to think, "Our parents enforce limits most of the time, but there is hope that if we just keep playing them, they'll slip up and we'll hit the jackpot."
CREDIT BY EXAM 

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 .  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 completed applications to Andrea Chvatal, School Counselor, either in person or via email: andrea.chvatal@springbranchisd.com .  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.

Click HERE for the application.  
 
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. 
The program's vision is to help every girl know and activate her limitless potential and feel free to boldly pursue her dreams. We are so excited to implement this program at our campus. The lessons are fun and engaging for the girls. We have lots of fun team bonding exercises that include silly dances and chants. This will give girls a chance to talk with mentors about obstacles they may be encountering in their everyday life. 
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 30th - April 29th(Race day!)
Where: HCE 
Coaches: Ms. Giese, 2nd Grade Teacher
                 Ms. Breaux (Howard), 2nd Grade Teacher
                 Ms. Clark, 1st Grade Teacher
Cost: $150 - Includes Shirts, Lap bracelets, 5K registration fee
Go to www.gotrgreaterhouston.org   click on the link REGISTER NOW and follow the steps  to apply to Hunters Creek Elementary group. 
ONLINE REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS DUE BY JANUARY 20TH
Questions, Comments, Concerns e-mail Sarah Giese:   sarah.giese@springbranchisd.com
Westchester Academy for International Studies
 
Open House for Prospective Students and Parents
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
 
Visit Westchester Academy for International Studies and discover the classes, projects, and organizations that make us an exciting and unique choice for your child's education in grades 6-12.
 
The General Introduction and Welcome will begin in the auditorium at 6:00 pm followed by grade level presentations. Computers will be available in the Dining Hall for those who wish to have assistance completing the online application.
Applications may be found online: www.springbranchisd.com/choice
 
To be included in the lottery, Online Applications must be completed by 4 pm February 10, 2017.  Applications received after this time will be placed at the end of the waiting list. WAIS Main Office hours, during the application period, are Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm.


PTA President's Perspective
 

It is nice to be back to school and back in the groove!   
Mark your calendars...our next PTA meeting is on 1/19 at 9:30am at HCE.  

There is no school on Monday due to the MLK holiday.  Enjoy the three-day weekend!


Katrina Stephenson
HCE PTA President


MARK YOUR CALENDARS ...




Join us for a rockin' good time at the  
2017 HCE Book Fair
February 7th - 9th
More details to come soon!

 
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


Teacher Lunch Duty Coverage

Our Christmas teacher lunch duty coverage was a huge success.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We will be helping out our teachers once a month for the rest of the year.

January 23-27

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 everyone...you 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.


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
            katrinastephenson@gmail.com                         jajdaly@gmail.com


SAVE THE DATE

HCE Family Fair
March 3, 2017
3-5pm


For questions please contact:  
Robyn Canterbury, Katie Clark, Alicia Kimmel or Carrye Krouse


 

Great way to help Hunters Creek Elementary when you are shopping                                             
Amazon Smile-  Direct link that will contribute to HCE school is:

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
 
Thank you to all the students, teachers for submitting your Box Tops coupons!!

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
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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