Spring Forest Middle School’s Multicultural Festival showcases its diversity

The Spring Forest Middle School PTA hosted their annual Multicultural Festival on October 25th. Flags from the homeland and birthplace of all 900+ SFMS students were hanging throughout the school. SFMS is the most diverse school in SBISD and was proud to show off its variety of cultures. Over 700 parents and students attended this free event. The festival included food and treats from 28 country tables hosted by families and staff, henna hand painting, music provided by both the SFMS band and orchestra, plus a DJ who treated the students to popular and regional music from all over the world.

Students had a different cultural experience at every country table they visited. When they visited Canada they were treated to pancakes and syrup while learning about hockey. They sampled chicken feet while they learned about China. They sang songs, danced and feasted when they visited Mexico. Students took passports around the festival and received a “stamp” when they filled in an answer about a country. Students who turned in a completed passport received a free dress day pass (vs uniform). Local community generously supported the event by donating food, desserts and services.

Local restaurants that supported the event were B.B. Lemon (opening soon!), Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana, Chick-Fil-A Memorial & Dairy Ashford, Daddy O’s Pizza, Julie’s French Pastries, Kroger/Sushi Counter, Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant Memorial, Nirvana and Saeed’s Mediterranean Grill. Kona Ice and Tree House were on site selling their products with a portion of the proceeds donated back to the PTA. The UPS Store (Kirkwood & Memorial) also helped with printing.

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SFMS 7th & 8th Grade Dance

SFMS PTA hosted a 7th & 8th grade dance after school on October 19th which included drinks, snacks and great music provided by DJ Ford. Shown are 7th grade StuCo volunteers Zach El-Badawi, Brianna Keith, Anna Hoskovec, Erin Sakolosky and Alissa Podvorec with Principal Raymorris Barnes.

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NOVEMBER AWARD – Honor Roll Award

November is Honor Roll Awards!!
Your PTA will receive this award for a membership roster and dues for more than 100% of previous year. Membership club levels are offered at 100+ Club, 250+ Club, 500+ Club & 750+ Club.
Deadline November 30.

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President’s Challenge!

Congratulations to the following schools for qualifying for the President Challenge for Membership. These PTAs qualified with a total membership equal to 50% of their campus student enrollment! Texas PTA will hold prize drawings throughout the year for those PTAs who reach this goal. First drawing is in November! If you’d like to know how close your PTA is to completing the President Challenge, send me an email –

Bendwood Elementary
Bunker Hill Elementary
Cornerstone Academy
Frostwood Elementary
Hunters Creek Elementary
Memorial Middle School
Rummel Creek Elementary
Stratford High School
Valley Oaks Elementary
Wilchester Elementary

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Back-To-Session Kickoff Meeting


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SBEF Ungala

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SBEF Ungala Raffle Tickets

Ungala raffle tickets are on sale now and are likely to sell out before the event. The winner will be drawn that evening, BUT you DO NOT need to be present to win! It’s a great way to support the event and SBEF if you can’t attend!

The lucky winner gets to choose one of these three awesome trips:

NASCAR Driver for a Day– 2-night stay with airfare for 2
Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway– Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 3-night stay with airfare for 2, lift tickets
Southern Charm– Savannah 3-night stay with airfare for 2, culinary walking tour, private horse drawn carriage ride

Contact Susan Marks to purchase at sgmarks@comcast.netor 713-248-1294. 

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2018-2019 Reflections Art Contest

The winning entries from each school (the top 20% of each category) are due on Friday, November 16th in the Nottingham Elementary front office between 8 and 9:30 a.m.  District Chair Gina Keith will be there to meet you.

All students who enter this contest are required to have a member of PTA in their household, but please do not let this stop them from entering. If this is a hardship for them we will find a way to help with the cost.  Please contact Gina Keith at with any questions.

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Reminder to Volunteer with SBISD

Please make sure your PTA’s get the communication that it is very important to register to volunteer before doing anything on campus..  Below is the information and link from the SBISD website..

Spring Branch Independent School District
Volunteer Registration

SBISD requires all persons interested in being a volunteer to agree to a Name Based Criminal History Background Check (NBCHBC) each school year. This is in addition to the Raptor System (V-soft) which compares all visitor names against sexual offender databases and is currently implemented at all SBISD campuses.

By completing and submitting the SBISD Volunteer Registration form, you agree to a criminal history background check. Please use your legal name, and complete all required fields in the correct format. The entire application takes just a few minutes and may take 5-10 business days to be processed. As with any district data, multiple security measures are in place to protect all information. Don’t forget to click submit!

All approved volunteers will be entered into the district’s Raptor system. To complete the process, you must bring your photo id to be verified and scanned into Raptor the first time you visit your campus this year. By US mail, SBISD will notify any volunteer applicant who does not pass the NBCHC.

Please contact SBISD Community Relations at 713.251.2468 or should you need additional information.

Begin the Volunteer Application Process Now

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Helpful Hint

Want to stay up to date on Council dates?  Click the ‘Add’ button below the calendar on the front page!  You can add all of the dates to your personal calendar and it will be updated as things change or get added.

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Dear PTA Presidents,

Spring Branch Education Foundation is excited to host our annual Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence, on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The evening celebrates the Teachers and Principals of the Year and scholarship recipients who personify our district’s academic excellence.  In partnership with SBISD PTAs, we have celebrated teachers and principals of the year for over twelve years.  Thank you for your continued support.

We are asking your PTA to purchase one table for 10 ($1,500) to host your campus Teacher of the Year, your principal and their guests, your PTA representatives and representatives from your sister school. We understand if your PTA budget does not have funds to increase from last year ($1,000).  If this is the case, we would appreciate your further help with identification of any partners within your school that might be willing to help with some portion or all of the remaining $500 per school. If you prefer SBEF to make the ask, please call our office with the names of potential partners. This event is not a fundraiser for SBEF, but your support helps SBEF cover the cost to honor SBISD’s Brightest Stars!

If your PTA cannot purchase a table, please provide funding for four (4) seats ($150 per seat for your TOY, Principal and their guests).  SBEF wants to make sure all TOY’s, Principals and their guests have the opportunity to attend this wonderful event. If your campus needs help with the cost, please contact SBEF to make arrangements; we will work with every campus to make sure its honorees can attend.

Thank you for your support in helping the Spring Branch Education Foundation honor our Teachers and Principals of the Year – they are truly the Bright Starts of SBISD!

School Name:  ___________________________________________

Table: ___ $1,500 each         Number of seats:  _______x $150 each

Amount remitted:  $_______________

PTA Representative Signature: ________________________________

Please remit payment by May 1, 2018, by mail to the Spring Branch Education Foundation, 955 Campbell Rd., Suite 206.

Please submit the names of your table guests by May 11, 2018.

For more information please call the Foundation office at 713.251.2381.

Click here to download this form


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