September 29, 2017


CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events  

Oct 3
  PTA Auction - Playground Pictures
Oct 5 9:45   PTA Executive Board Mtg
Oct 9
  Student Holiday  --  Staff Development Day
Oct 10 5:00-5:45

  Kinder, First and Second OPEN HOUSE

  Third, Fourth and Fifth OPEN HOUSE

Oct 11
  2nd Grade to the Altharita Yeargin Art Museum
Oct 12 9:45am   PTA General Meeting, HCE Library,
  Dr. Scott Muri, Superintendent SBISD,  will be the guest      speaker. 
Oct 19 Oct 20 NOON
  Noon Dismissal for Parent Conferences
Oct 27
  Field Day - Volunteer Requests and Schedule Soon

Counselor's Corner
By Andrea Chvatal
Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Nannies, Caretakers and Friends,
Do you wonder why some households make parenting look easy?  Does your blood pressure go up when it's homework time?  How about those public tantrums our kids like to throw?  Food struggles, anyone?  Yeah, me too....
If you would like to add to your parenting bag of tricks, consider joining us for our Parenting with Love & Logic book study.  I'd like to get your feedback on what you struggle with most, and your schedule in putting together a five-week book study.  It's all in the five question survey -
Learn more about Love & Logic  here.

Important Information about the GT Identification Process
Parent Referral Forms are available on-line at These forms must be completed by Monday, October 23, 2017.  This electronic process for parents is new this year.  Parents new to School Mint will need to create a log-in and password and go through the process of "Applying to a School" and the grade applying to is the student's current grade at Hunters Creek Elementary.  Feel free to call Andrea Chvatal, 713-251-6000 ext. 6044, for questions.
Planned Experiences
SBISD implements standardized screening activities in every classroom K-5. These are short, educational activities that teachers will incorporate into their lesson plans. By doing the activities with all students, teachers will be screening all students for possible referral for the GT program. Regardless of performance on these activities, parents may refer their children for the GT program. The assessment of these activities will be combined into one measure to be included in the GT identification process. (Due to Hurricane Harvey we will only have one of these planned experiences this school year only.)
Two-Step Process
SBISD has developed a two-step identification process to efficiently assess students' needs for the services provided by the Gifted and Talented Program. Level 1 is the first step of the process. Data in Level 1 of the process will be collected for every student referred for the GT program. This step includes collecting data from:
  •  students through the Planned Experience mentioned above,
  •  teachers through a standardized behavioral inventory,
  •  parents through the parent inventory through School Mint on-line
  •  MAP District Testing (NRT) completed in the classrooms with teachers.
A student must have at least one score that meets the GT standard in Level 1 to continue in the identification process. Students who have no scores meeting the GT standard in Level 1 will not continue in the identification process and will not be tested.
Level 2 is the second step of the identification process. Level 2 includes the administration of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests. This testing will take place during the school day. The district identification committee will review the data collected for all students who completed Level 2 of the process to determine which students' data indicate the need for GT services.
Honor Scores for Two Years
SBISD will honor test scores for two years, beginning in 1st grade. The publishers of standardized tests clearly indicate that the scores are representative of a student's ability for a two-year period. For this reason, we will honor a student's scores acquired through the GT identification process for two years - this does not include Kindergarten students. Students may be referred each year, but the previous year's test scores will be utilized. Students that were tested last year will not be re-tested again this school year for GT identification.
2017-2018 GT Identification Process Timeline
October 23trd - GT On-line Referral Deadline
No late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.
November 14th  - Level 1 parent notification letters mailed. This letter will be mailed to all parents of students that were referred indicating whether the child will continue in the screening process and take the standardized tests.
January 8-23, 2018  Window for Level 2 testing of only those students who qualified in Level 1. 
February 7th -  Notification to KINDERGARTEN parents regarding Level 2 mailed
February 26th  - Kindergarten services begin for students who qualified for services
March 6th -  Notification to 1st - 5th GRADE parents regarding Level 2 mailed
May 7th - All GT appeals due to counselor
May 25th  - Appeals notification mailed to parents
The GT Parent Referral Form can be found at


For the next few weeks I'll highlight things we will do differently this year at HCE as we strive for continuous improvement.  Our Campus Improvement Plan (to be published soon) is designed to define how we will improve this year and what our goals for improvement are. 

So far I've shared information about our 7 day rotation for extended planning for teachers and the MAP Growth Measure online assessments.  

This next thing is not really new but it is exciting. We want to really show our #CougarStrong spirit by wearing HCE spirit gear every Friday.  Our PTA will soon be giving each student at HCE a spirit shirt that can be worn each Friday and should be worn on Field Trips.  Additionally, there is lots of fun spirit gear available at HCEPTA.COM
Tough Minds and Tender Hearts

One of the characteristics we value and want our students to have when they leave us is a n empathetic and respectful character.  We want students who are kind, caring and understand how their words and actions affect others.  On the KHCE morning broadcast each morning we are sharing a tidbit of information to plant the seeds of kindness, caring and empathy.  

Richard Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones of Harvard Graduate School of Education say in their article, Making Caring Common Project, empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It's a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. And it's key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty. Empathy includes valuing other perspectives and people. It's about perspective-taking and compassion

The offer five guideposts to help parents cultivate empathy. The five guideposts are based on research and the wisdom of practitioners. I'll share one each week.  

First Guidepost to Help Parents Cultivate Empathy
Empathize with your child and model empathy for others Children learn empathy both from watching us and from experiencing our empathy for them. When we empathize with our children they develop trusting, secure attachments with us. Those attachments are key to their wanting to adopt our values and to model our behavior, and therefore to building their empathy for others. 

Empathizing with our children takes many forms, including tuning in to their physical and emotional needs, understanding and respecting their individual personalities, taking a genuine interest in their lives, and guiding them toward activities that reflect an understanding of the kind of people they are and the things they enjoy. 

Children also learn empathy by watching those we notice and appreciate. They'll notice if we treat a server in a restaurant or a mail carrier as if they're invisible. On the positive side, they'll notice if we welcome a new family in our child's school or express concern about another child in our child's class who is experiencing one challenge or another.

Finally, it's important for us to recognize what might be getting in the way of our empathizing. Are we, for example, exhausted or stressed? Does our child push our buttons in a specific way that makes caring for her or him hard at times? 

Try this 
1. Knowing your child. Ask your child questions. For example, what did you learn today that was interesting? What was the hardest part of your day? How would you most like to spend a day if you could do anything? Do you have a friend that you especially respect? Why do your respect that person? 

2. Demonstrating empathy for others, including those different from you. Consider regularly engaging in community service or model other ways of contributing to a community. Even better, consider doing this with your child. Express interest in those from various backgrounds facing many different types of challenges. 

3. Engaging in self-care and self-reflection. Try to find time to regularly engage in an activity-whether it's going for a walk, reading a book, meditating or praying-that can help you avoid being overwhelmed by stress. Reflect and consult with people you trust when you're having a hard time empathizing with your child.
The 5 th grade students had their first Hands On Science project last week, and it was a huge success. The classes learned engineering principles and then constructed bridges strong enough to support five kids! A huge thank you to
Carrye Krouse and  Stephanie Nini for coordinating and training parent volunteers and teaching the kids.  And thank you to all of the 5 th grade parent volunteers who helped guide the students! 
Reflections is underway with new theme "Within Reach"!  Thank you to Lorena Guilanshah for getting us organized. Get creative and have FUN with this artistic contest sponsored by the National PTA organization.

Please make note that Spring Branch Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri will be visiting our campus for the upcoming PTA meeting on October 12 (9:45 in the library) to fill us in on the upcoming bond and plans for our campus. Mark your calendars!!

Finally, thank you to each and every student who got up super early this past Wednesday for See You at the Pole. These students gathered at the HCE flag pole to share scripture and encouragement and to pray for fellow HCE students and teachers as well as all the families affected by Harvey. It was heartwarming! Have a great weekend!  
Jennifer Daly
HCE PTA President
3 Easy Ways To Help Hunters Creek Elementary!!

Box Tops for Education -
  • Simply clip Box Tops from hundreds of participating brands.
  • Please, put Box Tops in a plastic bag (or envelope) labeled with the child's and teacher's name and current grade.  Ask your child to hand them in to his/her teacher.
  • Send only valid coupons, the coupons EXPIRE after 3 years.
  • Register at to earn eBox Tops.  This is an online version of Box Top and are electronically credited to our school's account, with no clipping required. All you have to do is shop at hundreds of your favorite stores through the and the money is automatically credited to our school!
  • The class that submits the most Box Tops will win an ice cream party at the end of the year!
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.  
Amazon Smile- 
  • Visit and go to "pick your charitable organization" and type Hunters Creek Elementary and select Houston, Texas. It will come as PTA.
  • Only eligible purchases will result in a donation. 
These are all easy ways to earn money for HCE!  
Contact Ann Staley for more information or with questions at

HCE Presents "Flying High Field Day"
Friday, October 27th
                                           Kinder &1st 8:15 - 9:45
         2nd & 3rd 10:15 - 11:45
           4th & 5th 12:30 - 2:00
Go to :
to sign up to volunteer either during your child's time slot or an alternate time slot which would allow you to walk around with your child's class

Art projects are usually relaxing and fun, so this can be a great downtime activity for kids! Reflections is a national PTA contest and this year's theme is  "Within Reach . Students can submit artwork in more than one of the following categories:

Dance Choreography
Film Production
Musical Composition
Visual Arts

Entering is easy. Please review the category  rules  and  previous submissions Entry forms  also are available in the front office, and the art and music classrooms. Drop off forms with the artwork at the front office by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 27thKids who sign up will automatically enter into a drawing to win a ukulele! Entries will be judged in November. Students will be recognized and celebrated during the school year, so stay tuned!
Lastly, any HCE student who loves to draw can enter the 2019 Reflections  theme search  to win $100!
For theme ideas or additional information on Reflections, contact Lorena Guilanshah at .

We need volunteers to help our amazing new librarian, Ms. Stultz, keep our school library running smoothly. Each year, we ask parent volunteers to help with special projects in the library through our Core Volunteer Group or to volunteer during your child's classroom time.
If you're interested in volunteering during your child's class time please sign up at
If you're interested in being included in the Core Volunteer Group or if you have any questions, please email the Library Chair, Natasha Balette, at
Thank you to all parents who have already signed-up! We hope to hear from you soon!

The PTA is looking for interested volunteers to help out in the Teacher Workroom.  Ideally, each volunteer will work once a month on Tuesday or Thursday in the workroom making copies, cutting, pasting and laminating for our HCE teachers.  Most likely the commitment is no 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.
When contacting about volunteering, please mention if you are interested in working the first Tuesday, third Thursday, etc. There is not a designated time on the volunteer day so just come in that day when you can. We will have training once all Tuesday and Thursday volunteer positions are filled. Thanks in advance!
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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.  Attend on of the HCE volunteer trainings to be scheduled throughout the       year. 
3. Volunteers who were cleared last year are 'good to go' for the beginning
    of the year only.  


iKids is registering now for Spanish classes during the day at HCE!  

Classes will be offered during Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades 2 - 5. 

Classes start on Sept. 19.  Limited spaces available.  

For any questions or to register, please contact iKids at 713-665-5200 or

CLICK HERE for registration information.  

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, 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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