May
20

Sister School Solution

To all who have chaired, volunteered, assisted and/or supported the Sister School Solution I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your leadership and help has been greatly appreciated by many. As we wrap up the end of the year, I hope you have given some thought as to who is going to chair the Sister School Solution for your school next year and have communicated that to me. Next year will be my fifth year as Chair of the Sister School Solution for the Council PTA. I have enjoyed working with a fabulous group of volunteers from the Sister School Solution chairs at each school to the people who sit on the Council PTA. I am looking for someone who would like to transition into this position beginning next year. If you are interested please contact me. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

As always, if you have any questions about the Sister School Solution please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Francine Todes, at ftodes@sbcglobal.net.

Sister School Solution Partners:
Bunker Hill Elementary – Thornwood Elementary
Rummel Creek Elementary – Sherwood Elementary
Frostwood Elementary – Housman Elementary
Wilchester Elementary – Spring Shadows Elementary
Hunter’s Creek Elementary – Woodview Elementary
Memorial Middle – Landrum Middle
Cornerstone Middle – Ridgecrest Elementary
Memorial High School-Pine Shadows
Valley Oaks Elementary-Shadow Oaks Elementary
Stratford High School-Northbrook High School
Meadow Wood Elementary-Edgewood Elementary
Memorial Drive Elementary-Hollibrook Elementary
SBISD Admin (Finance, Technology, Community Relations)-Terrace Elementary
Memorial Area Women Give Back-Westwood Elementary
SBMSA-Spring Branch Elementary
Liz Clearman-Treasure Forest Elementary

Schools without a Sister School that may be interested in a partner:
Buffalo Creek Elementary
Northbrook Middle School

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/05/20/sister-school-solution/

May
19

News from SBEF

Our Mission Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting our students and educators. We partner with Spring Branch ISD and the community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare our students for the future.

SBISD’s Bright Stars
Thank you, PTAs, for supporting your Teachers of the Year. TOYs, principals and their guests enjoyed a wonderful celebration at our annual Bright Stars of SBISD event. We also awarded a record 149 scholarships, including to 58 children of SBISD employees. Thank you, for all you do for our students and teachers!

Cookin’ for a Cause
We plan to see you Saturday, May 20, at Cookin’ for a Cause at 10225 Katy Freeway (formerly Sports Authority). Co-chairs Laura Elizabeth Stein and Vincent Montalbano are promising a fun family day. Drop in 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., to enjoy BBQ with friends and raise money for scholarships. Kids will enjoy a game truck, petting zoo, face painting and more. Chris Johnson and The Imports will perform throughout the afternoon. Tickets, available at the gate, are $20 for adults and $6 for children; kids under 6 are free.

Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest
The 25th annual Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest moved to its new home at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum. Nearly 1800 runners ran the new course; the auction was bigger than ever; and participants enjoyed added activities, entertainment and food trucks. We look forward to growing participation by arts vendors and the community next year.

Congratulations to Housman Elementary for taking home the Top Participation prize with 47 percent of the student body – yes, 47 percent! – registered to run. The school wins $500 certificates from Academy Sports and Outdoors and Young Audiences of Houston.

Sporting Clay Tournament
SBEF’s fifth annual Sporting Clay Tournament in early May was a great success. Co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart welcomed 136 guests who helped raise $26,689 for grants and scholarships.

Save the Dates
SBEF Style Show and Luncheon – September 15, 2017
SBEF Gala – November 11, 2017

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May
18

Speaker for fall PTA meetings

Good day, all. I’m posting this at Suzanne Stiles’ request. My name is John Pisklak. I’m the owner / operator of Huntington Learning Center here in Spring Branch. I have a great presentation that’s perfect for PTA meetings. It’s called “Homework – A Parent’s Survival Guide”. I’ve given this presentation most recently at MMS, SBMS, Frostwood Elementary and Woodview Elementary. I also give the same presentation every year at Parent U. For high school PTAs, my SAT / ACT presentation is extremely informative. I get great feedback on the content of these presentations and truly enjoy talking to parents. If your PTA is looking for speakers, please don’t hesitate to contact me. John Pisklak 713-933-2656 pisklakj@hlcmail.com .
Huntington Learning Center tutors kids k-12 in reading, writing, math, study skills, and exam prep.

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May
02

News from SBEF

Our Mission Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting our students and educators. We partner with Spring Branch ISD and the community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare our students for the future.

SBISD’s Bright Stars
Thank you, PTAs, for supporting your Teachers of the Year. By purchasing a table or seats for your TOY, principals and their guests, for the Bright Stars of SBISD event on Thursday, May 18, you are letting them know how much we value the district’s academic excellence. For more information, call 713.251.2381.

Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 25th annual Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest on Saturday, May 6, at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, 901 Yorkchester. The event lasts until 1 p.m. After the run, you’ll want to check-out the art auction in the Museum, browse the art vendors’ booths, enjoy all the district art and music offerings and enjoy a meal – or more than one – from the food trucks.

Walk-up registration and race packet pick-up are scheduled at the Museum on Friday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and on race day, Saturday, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Runners should pick up packets early for best selection of t-shirt sizes. There will be no late registration on Saturday.

Sporting Clay Tournament
If you registered for SBEF’s fifth annual Sporting Clay Tournament, we’ll see you on Monday, May 8. Co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart look forward to seeing you at the Greater Houston Gun Club, 6700 McHard Road, Houston 77053. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m.

Cookin’ for a Cause
Cookin’ for a Cause co-chairs Laura Elizabeth Stein and Vincent Montalbano remind you to save Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., to enjoy BBQ with friends and raise money for scholarships. In addition to bragging rights for the best barbeque in the district, the day will include lots of family fun. Kids will enjoy a game truck, petting zoo, face painting and more. Chris Johnson and The Imports will perform throughout the afternoon.

There’s a new, convenient location this year – 10225 Katy Freeway (formerly Sports Authority). Tickets, available at the gate, are $20 for adults and $6 for children; kids under 6 are free.

Entry fees for teams of four are $400 and cover four categories: brisket, chicken, pork ribs and open category. Teams receive a 20X20 cooking area with electrical power, eight wristbands for lunch and four cook-off aprons. Thank you, James and Mallory Shaddix, for signing on as the events first sponsor. Register as a team or sponsor at https://sbef.ejoinme.org/cookoff.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/05/02/news-from-sbef-2/

Apr
24

Early Voting Begins for SBISD Board of Trustees Election

SBISD Board of Trustees Election

Early Voting for SBISD Board of Trustees has begun!

Early Voting is April 24 through May 2 at Don Coleman Coliseum, the Administration Building, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, or the City of Piney Point. You can vote from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 12 pm on Saturday (with no voting on Sunday).

Election Day is May 6 (and Running for the Arts). If you are voting on the 6th, then you vote at your zoned middle school.

Up for election are: Position 1: Josef Klam (incumbent); Position 2: Chris Gonzalez (incumbent) or Mary Curry Mettenbrink (challenger).

This is an important election as SBISD will have less money than ever (thanks to the Texas legislature and the recapture system), and how the trustees choose to handle that WILL affect your children and our schools. Please take a moment to vote and encourage your parents to do so. It took me longer to type this than it will take to vote! Stop by your middle school on the way home from Running for the Arts and show your children the power of democracy!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/04/24/early-voting-begins-for-sbisd-board-of-trustees-election/

Apr
24

School Finance Bill Clears House; Heads to Senate

House Bill 21 (HB21), the Texas House of Representatives effort to address school finance, has passed in the House and is now headed to the Senate. The bill would give SBISD an additional $6 million in funding for next year. While SBISD needs much, much more, this is at least a start at addressing the issue.

However, the Senate has its own school finance bill. The bill Senate Bill 2145 (SB2145) is still in committee. Because of the way it was filed, its impact on SBISD remains unknown.

Because the Senate has its own proposal, it may be reluctant to pass the House measure. We will need EVERY voice in SBISD to call our Senators and ask for passage of HB21. Please keep your parents informed!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/04/24/school-finance-bill-clears-house-heads-to-senate/

Apr
21

SBEF News

Our Mission Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting our students and educators. We partner with Spring Branch ISD and the community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare our students for the future.

Celebrate SBISD’s Bright Stars
On Thursday, May 18, SBEF will host the annual Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence. Join us to celebrate our Teachers and Principals of the Year as well as our scholarship recipients. They all personify the district’s academic excellence.

PTAs, please purchase a table for 10 ($1,000) to host your campus Teacher of the Year, your principal and their guests, along with your PTA representatives or parents. If your PTA cannot purchase a table, please fund four seats ($400) for your TOY, principal and their guests. PTAs might split a table with sister schools. Reservations should be made by May 5. For more information, call 713.251.2381.

Register for Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest
It’s time to register for SBEF’s 25th annual Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest on Saturday, May 6 as a runner or vendor.

The vendor marketplace will host artists and artisans who are interested in displaying and selling their hand-made work. SBISD schools or school organizations also are invited to sell school merchandise. There is space for up to 100 vendors. To learn more about this juried show and to download a vendor application, visit www.runningforthearts.com.

Runners/walkers may download registration forms or register online at www.runningforthearts.com. Information is also available at www.facebook.com/sbisdspringbrancheducationfoundation and at all SBISD schools. Registration fees, which include a t-shirt and race packet, begin at $20 per person for participants 18 years and younger, $25 for adults. Fees increase by $10 on May 4.

Be a Student Sponsor at the $275 level (15 SBISD students) and $125 level (five SBISD students). Download a form at www://runningforthearts.com/sponsors/.

“Saturday Sleep In” sponsorships are $70 prior to May 4 and $80 after. These sponsorships include four Running for the Arts t-shirts; and four registrations count toward a selected school in the Highest School Participation Contest. T-shirts should be claimed during packet pick-up times.

Register today for the Sporting Clay Tournament
SBEF’s fifth annual Sporting Clay Tournament is Monday, May 8. Be part of the 48 teams that join co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart at the Greater Houston Gun Club. Visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/sportingclay to register a team of four. Join us, and target better education!

Cookin’ for a Cause
Cookin’ for a Cause chairs Laura Elizabeth Stein and Vincent Montalbano are reminding the community to save Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., to enjoy BBQ with friends and raise money for scholarships. In addition to bragging rights for the best barbeque in the district, the day will include lots of family fun. Kids will enjoy a game truck, petting zoo, face painting and more. Chris Johnson and The Imports will perform throughout the afternoon.

There’s a new, convenient location this year – 10225 Katy Freeway (formerly Sports Authority).
Tickets, available at the gate, are $20 for adults and $6 for children; kids under 6 are free. Thank you, James and Mallory Shaddix, for signing on as the events first sponsor. Other sponsorships are available at https://sbef.ejoinme.org/cookoff.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/04/21/sbef-news/

Apr
08

News from SBEF

Our Mission Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting our students and educators. We partner with Spring Branch ISD and the community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare our students for the future.

ONE WEEK LEFT for the perfect graduation gift
Honor your 5th, 8th and 12th grade graduates by making a donation in his or her name to SBEF’s Fund for the Future Endowment Legacy 2017 program. Your Legacy 2017 gift assures education-enhancing opportunities for SBISD students, regardless of economic, social or cultural circumstances.
Based on the donation level you choose, your honoree will be recognized in the SBEF annual report, on the SBISD website or on a plaque displayed at your student’s school.
Legacy 2017 recognizes today’s students while it funds programs for generations of SBISD students. Fund for the Future Endowment donations are wisely invested, and interest income funds district and campus grants that benefit students. Donations to SBEF are not diverted outside our district.
Visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/Legacycampaign by April 13.

Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest call for artists
Artists and artisans, be part of SBEF’s Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest on Saturday, May 6, by donating a piece of art to a silent art auction or by participating in a vendor marketplace.

Art donated to the silent auction will be exhibited at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, 901 Yorkchester, the week prior to the ArtFest. To learn more or to contribute a piece of art, email leann.ayam@yahoo.com.

The vendor marketplace can accommodate up to 100 art and art-related vendors who are interested in displaying and selling their work. To learn more about this juried show and to download a vendor application, visit www.runningforthearts.com.

Register to run/walk in the event at www.runningforthearts.com.

Register today for the Sporting Clay Tournament
Due to inclement weather, SBEF rescheduled its fifth annual Sporting Clay Tournament to Monday, May 8. A few spots are available for new teams. Be part of the 48 teams that join co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart at the Greater Houston Gun Club. Visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/sportingclay to register a team of four. The event raises funds for grants and scholarships for Spring Branch ISD’s 35,000 students. Join us, and target better education!

Cookin’ for a Cause
Cookin’ for a Cause chairs Laura Elizabeth Stein and Vincent Montalbano are reminding the community to circle the date: Saturday, May 20. The newest SBEF fundraising extravaganza promises great fun. In addition to bragging rights for the best barbeque in the district, the day promises family fun, music and good food. Stay tuned for more details, including a new, convenient location. Best of all is the Cookin’ for a Cause cause! All proceeds will provide scholarships for 2018 seniors!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/04/08/news-from-sbef/

Mar
29

Texas PTA Call to Action

Texas PTA Call to Take Action!
Contact your state senator and urge him/her to oppose vouchers, including education savings account programs and tax credit scholarship programs being heard on the Senate floor this week. We have a campaign set up (go to http://www.txpta.org/take-action?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f50726%2frespond ) so you can quickly and easily call or email these officials today!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2017/03/29/texas-pta-call-to-action/

Mar
22

GREATER HOUSTON MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS TO GIVE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FREE BREAKFAST TO KICK OFF STAAR TESTING ON MARCH 28

GREATER HOUSTON MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS TO GIVE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FREE BREAKFAST TO KICK OFF STAAR TESTING ON MARCH 28

On Tuesday, March 28 between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Houston area McDonald’s restaurants will give free breakfast to students and teachers grades 3 through 8 to kick off STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) testing. The free breakfast includes:

Choice of: Egg White Delight McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
Choice of: 1% Low Fat Milk or Apple Juice
Apple Slices

“We’re proud to support local students and teachers in our community by offering free breakfast to kick off STAAR testing on March 28,”said Matthew Kades, President of the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. “A nutritious breakfast is an important part of every morning, and we’re happy to help ensure students are fed and ready to do their best on the first day of STAAR testing.”

No coupon necessary. Limit one breakfast per student or teacher only. Dine-in only. Student must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal aged guardian.

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Mar
22

PTA Council Awards – Applications due April 13th 

It’s time again to have your awesome PTA recognized through council awards!   Do you have an amazing membership area within your PTA, outstanding communications, cultural arts, Sister School Solutions,etc?  If so, visit this link to get the award summary and download the applications for each of the awards.
NOTE – Applications are due by April 13!
Questions?  Contact Tammy Hampton at

tamham@sbcglobal.net

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Mar
22

Candidates Forum for the SBISD Board of Trustees

Sponsored by Spring Branch ISD Council of PTAs
Moderator:  League of Women Voters of Houston
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
FORUM AT 7:00 p.m.
Community Room, Bunker Hill H-E-B
(entrance in front of the building facing parking lot)
9710 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77055
Early Voting April 24 – May 2, 2017
Election Day May 6, 2017

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Mar
22

CPTA – 2017-18 Executive Board Slate of Nominees

SBISD Council of PTAs

2017 – 2018 Executive Board Slate of Nominees

 

President – Suzanne Stiles

1st VP – Kim Wood

2nd VP Leadership – Michelle Majewski

3rd VP Membership- Jennifer Perroni

Treasurer – Kelly Siblik

Secretary – Susan Wienert

Submitted by the 2017 SBISD Council of PTAs Nominating Committee: Melinda Hickey, Rebecca Howard, and Pamela Stone

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