Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

Welcome to Bunker Hill Elementary! The Bunker Hill PTA Newcomers Committee is here to make your transition to BHE as smooth as possible. We hope to do this by keeping you informed and by making ourselves available to answer your questions about the school and community during the year.

Because we know how overwhelming the first year can be—many of us from first- hand experience—the Newcomers Committee has put together this resource guide to help you learn all there is to know about BHE. Please feel free to contact any member of the Newcomers Committee. Please know things may look a little different this year with the ongoing new school construction and as we continue to navigate other challenges- but we are here to help!

 

Again, welcome to the BHE family. We wish you and your family all the best on your new and exciting journey.

 

Sincerely, 

 

The BHE Newcomers Committee 

Christy Ray (Charlotte “Charlie”- 3rd and Mary Harper-6th)  

Deann Moore (Wells-2nd and Weston-Kindergarten) 


Feel free to reach us at bhenewcomers@gmail.com
 with any questions and let us  know how we can help you! Download PDF Checklist and Welcome Information

Newcomers' Checklist – **Summer** Enrollment 

  • Sign up for our BHE PTA eBlastGo to our PTA website, www.bunkerhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com, to subscribe o This is a weekly Monday email that will let you know about everything going on at BHE! o Check our PTA website regularly for updates 
  • Obtain your child’s student ID # from the front office. Use this information to.
  • Sign up for a cafeteria account online* For the 2021-2022 school year, SBISD is  offering all meals at no cost. 
  • Complete SBISD online volunteer registration form: https://www.springbranchisd.com/engage/register-to-volunteer 
  • To volunteer for a PTA committee, chaperone a field trip, or help in the school  library, cafeteria or in your child's class, it is required that you complete this online form each year. Ideally, do this prior to the first day of school, which is August 16th 
  • Obtain school supplies: Contact Graeme Etzler  or Arielle Lawson-Ho   to see if any extra packages are available. Obtain a school supply list from the office or you can still order supplies through School Toolbox and have them shipped to your home. 
  • Fill out the BIG FORM online- every family needs to do thisIt goes live on Monday, August 9th and closes on Friday, September 3rd. Go to our website, www.bunkerhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. Click on the Big Form button. And it will guide you through the process. 
  • The Big Form allows you to join the PTA (have your spouse join too), contribute to  our Underwriting Campaign, update your info for our BHE directory (and order additional ones), order your BHE Yearbooks, order BHE Bricks and for the 2021-2022 school year, you can order a one of a kind Paw Print to be installed at the new school, all of this is done in one quick step. 
  • Attend PTA meetings, typically the first Friday of the month at 9:30 at BHE 
  • Subscribe to our BHE calendar on our PTA website, www.bunkerhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. Click “Calendar” and then “BHE Calendar” and  then click the sign up button. You can then make note of the key dates for your children’s grades; the calendar is usually updated just prior to the start of the school year.

Newcomers' Checklist – **School Year** Enrollment 

  • Fill out the BIG FORM online- every family needs to do thisIt goes live on Monday, August 9th and closes on Friday, September 3rd. o Go to our website, www.bunkerhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. Click on the Big Form button. And it will guide you through the process.
  • The Big Form allows you to join the PTA (have your spouse join too), contribute to  our Underwriting Campaign, update your info for our BHE directory (and order  additional ones), order your BHE Yearbooks, order BHE Bricks and for the 2021-2022  school year, you can order a one of a kind BHE Paw Print to be installed at our new  school, all of this is done in one quick step. 
  • Obtain your child’s student ID # from the front office. Use this information to: o Sign up for a cafeteria account online* For the 2021-2022 school year, SBISD is  offering all meals at no cost. 
  • Obtain the appropriate sign for dismissal for your child—either “walker” or “carpool.” Any  parents of Kindergartners riding the bus will also need a blue sign in order to retrieve their  child from the bus in the afternoon. NO EXCEPTIONS. The transportation signs are typically  handed out at “Meet the Teacher” or your teacher can provide you with the sign you need. 
  • Complete SBISD online volunteer registration form: https://www.springbranchisd.com/engage/register-to-volunteer 
  • To volunteer for a PTA committee, chaperone a field trip, or help in the school  library, cafeteria or in your child's class, it is required that you complete this online form each year. Ideally, do this prior to the first day of school, which is August 16th. 
  • Obtain school supplies: Contact Graeme Etzler  or Arielle Lawson-Ho to see if any extra packages are available. 
  • Obtain a school supply list from the office or you can still order supplies through School Toolbox and have them shipped to your home. 
  • Buy BHE Spirit gear onlineThe online spirit store will open up the first fews weeks of school with extra BHE Spirit  merchandise to sell. BHE PTA offers every student a free field trip shirt. The Spirit Committee will be collecting sizes the first week of school and distributing them early September. Wear your BHE spirit gear on Fridays to show your BHE SPIRIT! Go Lions! Any questions email, bhespiritgear@gmail.com.
  • Ask the front office staff if there are any extra copies of the school directory. Each family  will receive a free BHE directory. You need to fill out the Big Form with your most updated information. You can purchase additional directories for $6 on the Big Form. Download the Membership Toolkit app to use the online directory.  
  • Attend PTA meetings, typically the first Friday of the month at 9:30 at BHE 
  • Subscribe to our BHE calendar on our PTA website, www.bunkerhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. Click “Calendar” and then “BHE Calendar” and  then click the sign up button. You can then make note of the key dates for your children’s  grades; the calendar is usually updated just prior to the start of the school year.  

 

WELCOME TO BHE!!

HELPFUL INFORMATION 

Useful Websites 

The BHE PTA website, http://bunkerhillpta.com is updated regularly by the PTA. This is your best access to all things BHE, including volunteer opportunities,  calendar of events, online absence excuse forms, online BHE Spirit store,  opportunities to donate and the latest news surrounding BHE. You can sign up to  receive weekly email blasts; but don’t assume that all new information is emailed. There are times when new information is posted and not included in the weekly emails. You may also report an absence via this website. 

 

The BHE SBISD website, www.bhe.springbranch.com is the official district website with general school information, district policies, dress codes, etc. 

 

School Supplies 

Each year, the PTA offers parents the option to purchase pre-packaged school supplies for each grade level. This is not required, but it is a convenient and cost effective way to buy supplies. All supplies purchased through the PTA will be delivered to your child’s classroom at the beginning of the school year. You may buy these online in the spring for the following school year via http://bunkerhillpta.com

 

If you arrive at BHE at the beginning of the school year or in the middle of the year school supplies can be purchased at Meet the Teacher or in the office (while supplies last). If you would like to buy your own supplies, a grade-specific list of school supplies can be found at the www.bunkerhillpta.com. You can also get a list from the front office. 

 

Spirit Gear 

The PTA has a variety of BHE-themed articles to help show your pride in the BHE  Lions. Spirit shirts can be ordered online at www.bunkerhillpta.com. Other items  such as hair bows, car decals, etc. will be available for purchase in the Fall at back  to school events and on-line. 

 

*Note that all students are required to have a BHE T-shirt to wear on Field  Trips. You can buy these at the Meet-The-Teacher day or on the first day of  school from the Spirit Committee.

 

School Directories 

School directories are published each year and distributed free of charge ONLY to  those families who agree to have their information published. You will receive an  email from My School Anywhere – Bunker Hill Elementary near the start of the school  year. You must fill out your information and agree to have it published to be  included in the directory. The directory is the best way to make and be included on  playdates, birthday invitations, group teacher gifts, etc…don’t miss out! 

 

School Lunch 

**SBISD has recently announced that all students for the 2021/2022 school year will  have access to a healthy lunch at no cost.** 

 

If you plan for your child to purchase lunch from the cafeteria, either exclusively or  from time to time, you can either send in cash or set up an online meal account. To  pay in cash, simply send the money with your child each time he/she buys. Send the envelope with money labeled with your child’s name, ID # (you obtain from the  office) and teacher. To pay online, set up a meal account by going to Useful Links at www.bunkerhillpta.com or by going to www.springbranchisd.com, click “For  Parents” and select “Online Meal Payments.” 

 

In year’s past, parents are welcome to come join their child(ren) for lunch. However, this has not been determined for our 2021/2022 school year. If parents are allowed  to do so, please know you will need your ID to sign in/out at the front desk. Tables at the back are reserved for parents eating with their children. Your child cannot ask  a friend to join you. You can also choose to eat at one of the many picnic tables  outside on campus found along the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade hallways. Kinder parents are asked to wait until October to come for a lunch visit to allow time for their child to get acclimated to their new school, schedule, and classmates. 

 

Family Access 

Family Access is a password-protected site that provides both parents and students  access to course grades, homework, attendance, and other data. To set up your  account, you will need to first obtain your password from the BHE office. Then go to  the Useful links section at http://bunkerhillpta.com and click on “Family Access” to  set up your account. Your password works for all students in your family attending  an SBISD school.

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Anyone who wants to volunteer at BHE in any capacity, including chaperoning a field  trip, must be registered through the Spring Branch Independent School District and  undergo a background check. All volunteers must re-register from year to year. To start the process, visit our useful links tab at http://bunkerhillpta.com and click on  “District Volunteer Registration”. You will need to fill out a quick form that requires  your driver’s license number. Once you have registered with SBISD and receive  clearance, you can participate in school volunteer activities. Typically it takes two to  three weeks to be approved so do this as soon as possible. 

 

Please consider creating an account with the website Signup Genius, as all PTA volunteer activities will have sign-ups through this website. To create an account visit www.signupgenius.com, click on “My Account” and complete the form. This site will e-mail you reminders for volunteer activities, date and time you have chosen. 

 

After School Programs and Activities 

Several after school activities take place at BHE. These include Fiddling Lions,  Spanish, Chinese, Jog Club to name a few – more can be found on the website under  Community Flyers and After School Enrichment and by exploring the website. 

 

In the community, Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA) is popular for sports for girls and boys (www.sbmsa.com). It is more intense time-wise and more competitive than the local church leagues, which also offer sports for girls and boys throughout the year. 

 

Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts of America both have troops /dens organized by grade here  at BHE as well as through area churches. 

 

We can help you find local dance studios, karate, music lessons, etc. 

 

A number of facilities in the area provide after-school care for those parents needing  more options. “iKids” is on-site at BHE and others like Memorial Drive Methodist  Church and Crème de la Crème have transportation from BHE to their facilities. 

 

BHE PTA, Events & Fundraising 

The PTA at BHE is an excellent resource for newcomers. We are fortunate to have a  solid base of parent volunteers and we are always looking for help! PTA committee  information can be found on the website under the PTA Info tab. 

 

You are encouraged to attend the monthly PTA meetings, held the first Friday of  each month at 9:30 am in the Community Center room at BHE. You will get the most current updates of what’s going on around campus and hear from the Principal about administrative decisions and happenings. 

 

The PTA holds two fundraisers for BHE throughout the year. In the fall, parents may donate money to the “Underwriting Campaign,” which funds the BHE PTA budget. The school’s largest fundraiser, the BHE Auction, is held in February or March. This  upcoming year, the school fundraiser will be held on March 5, 2022. This adult only  night includes live and silent auction and a night full of fun!!! You will receive an  invitation to the auction in January/February. If you have more questions about the  BHE Auction, we’d be happy to answer them. For updates you may also follow them  on Instagram @bheprom2022 for updates. 

 

BHE has two book fairs, one in the Fall and one in the Spring to benefit the BHE library. 

Spring Fling takes place usually in April and is a carnival-type event with games and  food. There are many opportunities for volunteering at this event. 

 

Throughout the year the PTA may hold book drives, food drives and coat drives for  another SBISD elementary school in need of these items. BoxTops for Education are  also collected and monies earned go to our “sister” school in SBISD, Thornwood  Elementary. 

 

Teacher Assignments 

Depending on when you register your child, you may/may not receive a postcard in August with your child’s teacher assignment. If you do not receive this postcard,  don’t panic! Just go to the office a bit early on the “Meet the Teacher Day” and get  your assignment from the office. 2021-2022 Meet the Teacher is scheduled for  Friday, August 13th

 

Arrival 

Bus information may be found by going to the useful links tab at  http://bunkerhillpta.com, clicking on SBISD Bus Routes. You can type in your address and your bus information will pop up including the bus number, morning pick  up time and afternoon drop off time. 

 

Students who ride the bus to school are dropped off in the bus lane in the front of  the school off Taylorcrest Road. Due to school construction, the carpool line is  temporarily on the south side of the school Tarylorcrest Road and Strey Lane and will  be open from 7:25 am – 7:50 am. For safety concerns, you may not let your child out  on the Taylorcrest Road or Strey Lane to avoid the line.

 

Walkers and bikers may only enter though the front of the school. Please note that  for safety reasons, if you arrive later than 7:50 am, you must enter through the front office and be signed in by a parent. All gates and other entrances are locked from 7:50 am until 3:00 pm. 

 

Children who do not ride the bus can arrive in their classrooms by 7:50 am. The earliest a student may be dropped off is 7:25 unless they are attending morning tutoring. If they arrive to school prior to 7:45am, grade K–2 should be taken to the cafeteria; grades 3–5 should be taken to the school gym. Bus students also go to  these respective locations as they arrive. Students are dismissed to their classrooms at 7:50 am. 

 

BHE TV, a fifth grade production that is broadcast each morning to all classrooms, begins at 7:55 am. If students arrive after 7:50 am, they will need to go to the front office with a parent and sign in to receive a tardy slip. 

 

Attendance is officially taken at 9:15 am. If your child is at school at 9:15 am, he/she is counted present; if not he/she is counted absent. 

 

Dismissal 

All students are dismissed at 3:00 pm. If you are picking up your child in the carpool  line, which due to the new school construction will form in the front of BHE off of Taylorcrest Road and Strey Lane, you should plan on arriving between 2:45 pm and  3:00 pm. Carpool signs with your child’s name, teacher and grade will be given to  you and must be displayed. For safety concerns, you may not let your child out on  the Taylorcrest Road or Strey Lane to avoid the line. 

 

Walkers are dismissed at 3:00pm from their classrooms. Only Kinder and first grades  are required to be dismissed to an adult, who must have the school-issued sign with  the student’s name. These children are dismissed at the entrance to the  Kindergarten/ first grade hallway by the playground. Parents of children in older grades who walk are welcome to meet their students on the playground as well. However, please be aware that gates at the playground do not open until 3pm. Teachers escort bus students to the proper bus. 

 

Dismissal Reminders 

For the safety of your child and to help teachers with safe dismissal procedures,  please remember the following: 

  1. To change the way your child goes home you must send a note to school with your child to give to the teacher.
  2. The school DOES NOT accept changes in transportation over the phone, this is an SBISD policy that will be enforced!!! Emails to teachers are not acceptable notices. 
  3. Students may not be removed from the bus line by a parent at dismissal. Once they are in line to board a bus, they will ride the bus home.
  4. Parents may check out their child prior to dismissal through the front office if done before 2:45.
  5. Students accompanied by a parent may stay and play on the playground. Those without a parent present will be sent home immediately after dismissal and not allowed to play unsupervised. 

Thank you for helping all of the staff who are on duty ensure the safe arrival of your child at home by following these procedures.

 

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