HUNTERS CREEK ELEMENTARY
COUGAR EXPRESS 

BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE  from the Principal and the PTA
 
August 2017
                                  VISIT OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE                       VISIT OUR PTA WEBSITE 
CLICK HERE for our full calendar ofevents  

August 7 our hours go back to Mon-Fri 7:30-4:00
713-251-6000

New Students - register online
Returning Students - update and verify enrollment to be place in a class

IMPORTANT DATES TO START THE YEAR 2017-2018

Aug 11
 
Class Placement Postcards Mailed - Students registering after Aug 11 must call the school after Aug 15 to get class assignment. 
Aug 16
6:00p
New to HCE Parent Orientation - adult event
Aug 18
10:30a-11:25a
Meet the Teacher - parents and students
Aug 21

7:30a
7:30a
7:55a
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Doors and Gates Open
Parents may walk students to class
Parents to the Cafe for Beginning Bonanza
Aug 23 5:30p
Boy Scout Rally Night in the Cafe
Aug 24
8:15a
(Tentative) New Office Volunteers Training (& Volunteer Training with Mrs. Snyder)
Aug 29
8:15a
(Tentative) Room Parent Training  (& Volunteer Training with Mrs. Snyder)
Aug 30
8:15a
(Tentative) PTA Chairs Meeting  (and Volunteer Training with Mrs. Snyder)
Sept 4
 
Labor Day Holiday
Sept 14

 Open House for Parents and Grandparents
5:00-5:50  K, 1 and 2
5:50 - 6:25 PTA Meeting in the Cafe
6:30-7:15 3, 4 and 5
Library, Gym, Art and Music are open during both sessions.
Oct 9
 
Columbus Day Holiday
Oct 12
 
Fall School Individual Pictures
Oct 19
 
Noon Dismissal for Parent Conferences
Oct 20
 
Noon Dismissal for Parent Conferences
Oct 27
 
Field Day
Nov 4
 
Lights, Camera, AUCTION!  PTA
Nov 20 -
- Nov24
Thanksgiving Holidays (Yes, the full week)

There are MANY more events to go on the calendar. A complete calendar of events for 
the school year will come home in the first day packets next school year.  
NEW TO HCE PARENT ORIENTATION     Wednesday, August 16      6:00-7:00 p.m.

This is an event for parents. We will mix and mingle from about 6:00 - 6:15.  Doors open at 5:45 as PTA membership, spirit items, iKids, and several other tables will be there for your information. At 6:15 we will give a brief overview of what to expect at HCE.   

For lots of details and all you need to know...our HCE Student Handbook is available online at hce.springbranchisd.com and has info specific to HCE. There is also an SBISD Student Handbook available in the For Students section at springbranchisd.com.  

We conclude by 7:00.  Parents are welcome to take a walk around the campus before leaving. The classrooms won't be open but we will have a map for you to get your bearings before Meet the Teacher on Friday.  

We will be available in the library until 7:30 and will lock things up at 7:30 so all self-guided tours need to be complete.  


MEET THE TEACHER     Friday, August 18      10:30-11:25 a.m.

This event is for parents and students. You will visit your classroom, take a self guided walk around the school and have the opportunity to purchase spirit items in the cafeteria.  

Parking will be difficult.  Come early and hang out on the front lawn to mix and mingle.   At 10:30 we will open the front doors and gates on the east and west sides of the school. 

There will be some parents coming in early to set up in the cafeteria. Please don't crowd the door so they are able to get in.  
GETTING READY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Class placement postcards
We will mail the postcards for teacher assignments on August 11.  Also, at that time Skyward Family Access will be open to parents to see who your child's teacher will be. So, if you are out of town you can check there. 

Kindergarten and newly enrolled students may not have class assignments until August 15. For students enrolled after August 11 (when class assignments are mailed), you will need to call school to find out who your child's teacher will be after August 15

First day of school information
Arrival to school is different on this day than all other days.
7:30             All gates open
7:30-7:55     Parents may walk students to class on the first day of school
7:55             Bell rings - school starts!  All parents go to the cafeteria 
                    for Beginning Bonanza 

There is no registration on the first day of school.  

BEGINNING BONANZA     First day @ 7:55 in the cafeteria at HCE
HCE Beginning Bonanza is a don't miss event! 

Sign up for committees, to volunteer and to help in other areas! 

School Supplies WILL NOT be on sale at Beginning Bonanza.  Find school suppy lists below.  

Questions?  Deneige Dooley    ddooley4@comcast.net    

Parking will be very difficult on the first morning. Please only bring one family car and try to carpool with neighbors if you plan to bring your child on the first day.  

You may park on one side of the streets around the school.  School buses run the first day and they must be able to get through.  

We don't want to be inhospitable but, for safety reasons, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO VISITOR PARKING IN THE BUS/TEACHER PARKING LOT ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE SCHOOL ON WADE HAMPTON.  FACULTY WILL HAVE PARKING PASSES AND CARS WITHOUT PARKING PASSES MAY BE TOWED!  
SOLAR ECLIPSE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 

As I'm sure you know, Aug 21st is a special day as a solar eclipse occurs across America. Very soon we will get direction from our district about how we will make this a memorable, SAFE and fabulous learning experience for our students.  

Even in a partial eclipse loo king directly at the sun, even briefly, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. 

You will get a message either from SBISD or from HCE when the plans are finalized. Please be assured that we will not put students in a situation to have an opportunity for damage to their eyes!  
Transportation Procedures - ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
 
To ensure the safety of all students at HCE it is important that everyone follows our arrival and dismissal procedures.  The safety of your children is our priority.  Our PTA will continue to fund a Memorial Villages Police Officer to help in the mornings.

ARRIVAL
  • School opens at 7:30 am. Teachers will be on duty at 7:30 am at parent drive, bus drive, cafeteria, back gate, library gate and gym.   Please do not bring students to school before 7:30 am.  Do not drop students off in parent drive if you don't see a teacher and the patrols on duty.  THIS IS NOT SAFE!
  • Students who arrive before 7:50 am: K-2 go to the cafeteria.  3-5 go to the gym.  Dismissed to class at 7:50 am. 
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 am-7:50 am.  The only students who may get breakfast after 7:50 am are those who arrive on a late SBISD school bus.  If you bring your child to school to eat breakfast, must be there by 7:45 am to get in line.
  • At 7:55 am, all doors and gates, except one front door, are locked. 
  • The tardy bell rings at 7:55 am and students not in their classroom will be considered tardy.
  • If your child arrives after 7:55 am, s/he must go to the front office to get a note to be admitted to class.  If you bring your child to school late, please park, come sign your child in and write a note to explain the tardy.
  • Parents may not walk students to class in the mornings and should give goodbye hugs and kisses at the front door.  The first day all parents may walk students to class.  The first week kinder parents may walk students to class.
 
Parent Drive (Flint River): Patrols will be on duty shortly after 7:30 am to open doors. Do not drop students off any other place but the parent drive on Flint River. DO NOT PULL INTO PARKING SPOTS TO DROP OFF STUDENTS ANYWHERE ON CAMPUS. 
 
Bus Riders: Our front office will have a copy of the bus routes and there is a link on the SBISD website.   If your bus seems to be late or there are problems with the stop, please call Transportation at 713-251-1060
 
Walkers/Bike Riders: Students must obey the directions of the Crossing Guards.  Students should stay on the sidewalk and not cut across the grass.  Once on campus students should walk the bike to the bike rack. 
 
Parents in the building in the morning:
  • Any visitor who enters the building must check in at the front office through our V-Soft system and wear their visitor badge in a prominent spot on the outside of clothing at all times on the campus.  This is true between the hours of 7:30 am-3:00.
  • Parents are welcome to come in and eat breakfast with their students AFTER SIGNING IN AND OBTAINING A VISITOR ID BADGE.
  • Parents may not go back to the classroom areas in the mornings unless they have an appointment with a teacher. 
  • Parents may not walk students to class in the mornings and should give goodbye hugs and kisses at the front door.  The first day all parents may walk students to class.  The first week kinder parents may walk students to class.

DISMISSAL
School is over at 3:00 pm. Teachers will teach until the end of the school day - 3:00 pm.  Students will prepare to leave and be dismissed after the 3:00 pm bell rings.  The exception is Kinder - they come out about 2:50. Grades 2-5 will not start to prepare for dismissal until after the 3:00 pm bell rings so they should be out front for walkers by 3:10ish pm, if all is running smoothly.
 
Parent Drive (Flint River): Dismissal from classes is at 3:00 pm. It takes a while for students to all arrive and get seated to start loading the cars.  We will start as soon as it is safe!    Do not get out of your vehicle or walk onto the hardtop for your child. Please have your child's name displayed on the yellow sign and posted prominently in the front window. Please keep the sign up until your child is in the car. Kindergarten comes out first and we will begin to load them immediately if kinder parents are in the front of the line.  Line usually begins forming about 2:40 pm.  The first week of school it is possible for it to take up to 30 minutes to get all the kids loaded but it gets faster after that so  we are usually finished by 3:15ish.
 
ROUTE TO PARENT DRIVE IN THE AFTERNOON:
To keep traffic flowing in the afternoon, there is NO LEFT TURN into the parent drive.  To enter the line of cars, turn south on Wade Hampton on the west side of the school.  Go all the way to the last street, Tarleton, and turn right to cross over to Flint River - don't take a short cut on the other streets (Twelve Oaks or Tarrington) as you may not 'cut' in the line. 
 
Bus Riders: Students will load buses as they are dismissed and follow their usual route home.  Our front office will have a copy or the bus routes and there is a link on the SBISD website.  
 
Kindergarten Walkers: Kindergarten teachers will leave their classrooms at 2:50 pm and walk students to the gate by the library. Parents may wait outside the gate by the library. The kinder teachers will release each child to their parent/guardian.
 
First through Fifth Grade Walkers: Teachers will walk the students to the front of the building. Parents may gather by the Flag Pole or on the benches in the front of the building.  Please supervise children once dismissed as the front of the school is a busy spot in the afternoons and not a safe place to play. If your child is a 'walk alone' student s/he must leave the campus and walk home when dismissed and may not stay at school to play.  
 
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE!!
School Supplies are no longer on sale at the PTA website and will not be on sale the first day of school.  
All PTA school supplies sales are complete. 

If  you don't have your child's school supplies yet, you can download the grade level list at the links below.
These list are also available on the HCE webpage. hce.springbranchisd.com


Questions?  Contact:  hceschoolsupplies@gmail.com
Robyn Canterbury (713) 515-3475 or Marci Lane (281) 686-9337
SCHOOL MEALS - CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES

Meal Prices
Breakfast   Student = .75 (reduced .30)
                    Adult = 2.00
Lunch         Student = 2.00 (reduced .40)
                    Adult = 3.50

CLICK HERE to find menus, application for Free or Reduced Lunch, and to pay online (each student's account is tied to their Student ID number).  
CLINIC & MEDICATIONS
 
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. 
 
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.
 
Thank you for your help with this, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Mercedes Mulvey, RN
713-251-6025
Be sure we know your child is returning!  You need to verify enrollment ASAP...

  • Click on the link and follow directions to VERIFY your child's information.
  • This has to be done each year.
  • If you don't do it, we have to send all the hard copies home for you to complete.
  • Please complete before Friday, August 11 th !
  • You will not need to complete any forms but if you have additional children coming to HCE you need to register them online and then call Janis Causey to schedule your registration appointment. 713-251-6000
THERE WILL STILL BE A FIRST DAY PACKET WITH OTHER THINGS TO COMPLETE.

Be sure you have signed up to receive the newsletter sent each Friday from school and PTA. I will also be sending a Back to School version in a few weeks.                                                                                          
Go to the following link to subscribe: http://bit.ly/2tHUMAK 

At our website HCE WEBSITE you can find other info - school supply list, archived newsletters with back to school dates, text alert sign up and more! 
iKids U After-School Program

iKids U registration is going on now for 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!

iKids Inc is now offer Spanish during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursday. For details CLICK HERE
President's Perspective

Hi Cougar Families!
 
I can't believe that it is August! Campus is becoming active again as teachers and staff prepare for the students to return! 

As the first day of school inches closer, I wanted to remind you of two quick things you can do to make transition back to school easier on your family. First, if you haven't done so already, please go online  BEFORE  FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 , to register (if you are a new family) or re-verify (for returning families). This important step helps HCE office staff to finalize class lists and assemble first day packets before Meet the Teacher on August 18. 

Second, you will want to visit the HCE PTA website for links to join the PTA, sign up for back to school swim parties, order your spirit gear and discover other opportunities and announcement as the back to school buzz ramps up! Looking forward to reconnecting after summer. Soak up these last few weeks!
 
Jennifer Daly
PTA President





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.  Attend one of the volunteer trainings that will be announced after the first
    week of school. 
3. Volunteers who were cleared last year are 'good to go' for the beginning
    of the year only.  
     REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED EVERY SCHOOL YEAR.  
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