Sister School Solution

As the school year is winding down there are several ways to help out our schools who either do not have a Sister School or schools with a Sister School that could use some additional community support. Please read below two opportunities and share them with your PTA and schools:

Treasure Forest Elementary: Treasure Forest is one of our schools in the district without a Sister School. Next year they will be changing their dress code and are welcoming donations of school uniforms. The new dress code will consist of khaki bottoms (shorts, pants, skirts, and skorts (NO CARGO PANTS, CARGO SHORTS, DRESSES OR ROMPERS) in sizes 6X-12/14. The students will wear short sleeve or long sleeve polos in forest green in sizes XS-L with just a few XL. Any sweaters or jackets, but they must either zip or button all the way from top to bottom and can only be worn in black, gray, forest green or white. These items can be found at Walmart, Target or The Children’s Place either in store or online. You may drop off any donations to Treasure Forest Elementary throughout the summer (7635 Amelia Road, Houston, TX 77055 Attn: CIS), Rummel Creek Elementary through May 25 (625 Brittmoore Road, Houston, TX 77079) or Sherwood Elementary through May 25 (1700 Sherwood Forest St., Houston, TX 77043). If you prefer to donate a gift card from Walmart or Target, you may do so, but these cards need to be hand delivered directly to Treasure Forest Elementary (they will not be accepted at Rummel Creek or Sherwood Elementary) and you will want to make sure that they are designated only for school uniform purchases.

Thornwood Elementary: Thornwood Elementary is one of our schools without a PTA but they do have a very active Sister School. However, at this time their Sister School is focusing a lot of their efforts on several projects for Thornwood and are concerned they may not be able to offer as much help as they would like to give for Thornwood’s upcoming Field Day scheduled on May 25. The CIS Project Manager at Thornwood has put together a Signup Genius and is asking for community support to help make Field Day a success for the students at Thornwood. The link for the Signup Genius is below and I ask that you share it with your school. As a reminder, anyone who volunteers at any of our schools must be a registered volunteer with SBISD.

As always, if you have any questions about the Sister School Solution please contact me, Francine Todes, at

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
Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association-Spring Branch Elementary

Schools without a Sister School that may be interested in a partner:
Treasure Forest Elementary
Buffalo Creek Elementary
Northbrook Middle School
Spring Woods Middle School
Spring Oaks Middle School

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Celebration of PTA Leadership Luncheon

PTA Presidents, we look forward to seeing you  luncheon and awards meeting Tuesday, May 22 at 11:30am at AYAM. All PTA Presidents are encouraged to bring the new PTA President.  You should have gotten an Evite to attend!

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The IRS has two databases for PTAs to verify your tax filing status.

One of them has changed for the better! If you need any help with these please contact me by phone or e-mail!!


“Tax Exempt Organization Search” (TEOS) has replaced “EO Select Check” and now has a more user-friendly format for Form 990-N filers only!


Search “EO BMF” (Exempt Organization – Business Master File) for your PTA to verify your most recent filing.


An e-mail (sent 5/7/18) from Council was in regard to PTAs filing for a reinstatement of tax-exempt status with Form 1023. To my knowledge, no SBISD PTA is in this process at this time.

The 5/7/18 e-mail and this e-mail bring home the point that your PTA should maintain some sort of proof for any IRS filing. This can be acquired (a) by printing the acceptance screen at the time of filing, or (b) verifying the status on the TEOS or EO BMF, depending on which type of return your PTA filed.

Questions, call me or e-mail!

David Davenport
SBISD PTA Council – Mentoring

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SBISD Council of PTA’s Skills Camp “Creativity in Action”

Camp Registration Form

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Site Application for Girls On The Run/Heart and Sole

We wanted to get this program opportunity out to you all well in advance to consider bringing Girls On The Run (elementary) or Heart and Sole (middle school) to your campus/students for the Fall of 2018.

Girls on the Run Greater Houston is a program that helps inspires our girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running to make it FUN!

Please pass this information on to your administration, and other staff who may be interested in creating a team or two for your campus! This program supports the social emotional learning of all our girls who participate in this program. Here are the links to sign up. If you plan to bring this program to your campus please sign your campus up by June 1stat the link below so that we can plan accordingly with them since we have scheduled the trainings in SBISD to make things more convenient.

Fall 2018 Site Application

Fall 2018 New Coach Application

Fall 2018 Returning Coach Application

An independent study showed 97% of Girls on the Run participants learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and intentional decision-making. Learn more about our impact here.

Thanks all


Samuel Karns

Assistant Director of Student Wellness

Office: 713.251.8460

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Texas PTA – Launch 2018

July 20-22, 2018, Dallas TX

Whether you’re a first-time PTA Leader, or a veteran attendee, LAUNCH has something for you! With more than 150 workshops offered and 200 booths in the exhibit hall, your weekend will be filled with valuable information, networking opportunities, and priceless experiences with passionate Leaders!
Registration is open.  Watch the official LAUNCH event page or visit the Texas PTA website to register.
This year we descend on the Big D with stylish accommodations at the Hilton Anatole. Regarded as a destination hotel, the Hilton Anatole boasts the largest hotel art collection in the United States, as well as nine restaurants and bars and a resort pool complex Jade Waters.

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Texas PTA – Launch – Call for Presentations


Submit Your Engaging, Educational, and Creative Presentations for Texas PTA’s Largest Event of the Year!

We are excited to announce that the Texas PTA LAUNCH 2018 Call for Presentations is now open for submissions.

Texas PTA is seeking innovative workshops, learning labs, and round table discussions on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: PTA leadership, parent education, family engagement, PTA job training, diversity, and student learning.

LAUNCH is dedicated to fulfilling Texas PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Submit your Presentation Here


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Texas PTA – Pledge to Be a Public Education Voter

M A K E   T H E   P L E D G E

With early voting starting Monday, February 20, make a commitment to vote in the March primary and the November general election as an advocate for public education. The 5.4 million children in Texas public schools need your help in electing state leaders who understand the importance of a quality education for every child.

Let’s come together as a CommYOUnity and back the future of our kids.

Make the PLEDGE today.

Governor and Lt. Governor
Candidate Questionnaire
The mission of Texas PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. We encourage our members to participate in electoral politics as fully informed voters. In preparation for the March primary, Texas PTA developed a questionnaire for governor and lieutenant governor candidates on issues related to public education and the welfare of children and youth. Each candidate was invited to submit brief answers to 12 questions. It is our hope that the completed questionnaires will better equip public education advocates this election season.

READ the candidates’ responses.

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From the Texas PTA – What does the IRS say about Electioneering?

Good afternoon, Council Presidents and Field Service Representatives.  It’s election season, and many eyes are on school districts and education groups about electioneering.  Attorney General Ken Paxton has already issued “cease and desist” letters.

Texas PTA contacted legal counsel who provided the information below – IRS Regulations.

Some things to remember:

  • For decades, Texas PTA has encouraged “get out the vote” campaigns and voter registration initiatives.  The foundation of our advocacy efforts is built on educating voters and increasing the number of those who vote.  Because we are a membership association that advocates, encouraging people to exercise their right to vote is just one example of what makes us wonderfully different than other unaffiliated parent groups.
  • So long as PTAs are not endorsing specific candidates either directly or indirectly (sending a PTA communication or forwarding a communication from PTA that in any way can be construed as endorsement), our association is well within its 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status to encourage our members to vote.

If there is ever a doubt about whether a communication crosses the lines of actual, perceived or implied electioneering, it is always best to ere on the side of caution and seek input from Texas PTA.

Thanks for all you do, and if there were ever a time and great need to get more people to the polls for this Primary Election, it’s now.  Texas PTA urges if you have not already done so, please share the Governor and Lt. Governor responses with as many people as possible.

Subject: IRS Regulations

The following link should help PTAs discern between activities prohibited and not prohibited under the IRS regulations regarding electioneering.

The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organizations | Internal Revenue Service

The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organizations | Internal Revenue Service

The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) …

Political Campaign Activity by section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations


Specifically related to communications directed to get-out-the vote, so long as it is done in a nonpartisan manner and without favoring one candidate over another, it is allowed.  See as follows:

“Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances.  For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

“On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.”

Kyle Ward, CAE

Texas PTA Executive Director

512.320.9801 (Direct Office) 512.705.7404 (Mobile)

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Important Legislative Information to Share with Your Parents

This week legislative rep Minda Caesar and several SBISD parents attended the State Board of Education Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee Community Conversation in Houston to provide input on the future of public education in Texas. They were also able to meet and chat with our State Board of Education rep Donna Bahorich. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can STILL provide input by taking the survey at:


Please let your parents know that their opinions matter and direct them to the survey!

In other news, the Commission on Public School Finance had their second meeting. The commission will be hearing public testimony at their March 19th meeting. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate.

Some upcoming dates to keep in mind:

March 2 — Texas Independence Day — last day to early vote
March 6 — Election Day for the primaries.
May 5 — Election Day for SBISD Board of Trustees for Positions 3 and 4. Position 3 is contested. Candidates are Minda Caesar and Noel Lezama. EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT, so please encourage your parents to vote. Early voting dates and locations for the trustee election will be released shortly. Chris Vierra is also running as an incumbent for her seat at Position 4. As of now, her position is not contested.

PTA presidents, as we do have a SBSID Trustee election coming up, please remember that if you want to have candidates come and speak with parents, you should invite all candidates.

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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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Camp Invention

Are you looking for creative Odyssey of the Mind type activities for your k-6 graders this summer? Check out Camp Invention at Spring Branch MS for the dates June11-14.



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Healthy Lifestyles News

We hope everyone is having a heart healthy week so far. Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to putting the health of our students, families and communities first. We did cover a lot of great informative information for you all to take back and share with your CSHAC’s at the campus level.
If you were not able to join us at the last meeting please make sure you download the notes and handouts from the google drive folder. We also uploaded the powerpoint presentation for everyone to review that was used at the January 23rd meeting. (link to the google drive folder where all the notes/handouts are stored)
Here are links to the next DSHAC meeting on April 10th, so please make sure you sign up for one of the meeting times.  (9-11 am West Support Center April 10th)  (5-7pm West Support Center April 10th)
At the last meeting we also began redesigning our subcommittees, and so we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to be able to join a subcommittee where we can really begin to dive into the work in specific areas to ensure we are supporting the whole child.
Here is a link to see what those subcommittees are and if you would like to be a part of one those subcommittees please email us and we will get that added to the group so you can be engaged and help with the work of driving those areas.
Please give us a up to three suggestions of where you would like to be because we want to try and keep them balanced as best as possible.
If you could please visit and register under Hunters Creek Village to help us be the healthiest community in Texas that would be awesome. (500 points just for registering) It’s Time to put health first and spread it across our community and district.
Thank you all for being such strong advocates for our students, families, communities, and schools!
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Have a wonderful rest of your day
In good health,
Samuel Karns
Assistant Director of Student Wellness
Office: 713.251.8460

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Healthy Lifestyles News


  • DSHAC meeting dates are 11/14, 1/23, 4/10 and 5/15 –  9-11 or 5-7 pm at the West Support Center.
  • It’s Time Texas summit November 6th & 7th at the Hilton Austin
  • Spring Branch ISD SHAC is one of five across the state of Texas to receive the award out of 75 nominations as strengthening the school and community. This includes the work of Healthy Lifestyle chairs.
  • Follow us at @SBISD_CSH to keep up with all the things we are doing to support the whole school whole community whole child in SBISD.

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SBISD Bond Election: Vote on November 7

On Tuesday, Nov. 7 Spring Branch voters will be asked to consider a $898.4 million bond issue.

If passed, the bond would include rebuilding of 10 schools: Bunker Hill Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Memorial Drive Elementary, Nottingham Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Spring Shadows Elementary, Terrace Elementary, Thornwood Elementary, Woodview Elementary and Landrum Middle School.

The bond would also include renovations/additions for Cedar Brook Elementary, Memorial High School, Northbrook High School, Spring Woods High School and Stratford High School. The bond would also include upgrades to 47 additional district facilities.

Early Voting Dates: October 23 – November 3
Voting Day: November 7

For more information, please visit

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Hurricane Harvey Benefit Drive

Dear PTA presidents,
Paisley House has been a great partner with us in helping displaced faculty, staff and families get items that they need to live while they rebuild their lives. They are seeking the following items:

New Pillows
New Sheets – All sizes
New Comforters/Coverlets/BedInA Bag – All Sizes
Dishes – new and gently used
Silverware – new and gently used
Glasses – new and gently used
Pots/Pans – new and gently used
New Bath Towels
New Dish Towels
vacuum cleaners
Coffee Makers
Gently used furniture, mattresses and lamps…in desperate need of sofas, end tables, desks
Home Depot and Lowes Gift Cards

Contact Paisley House at for details on donating items.

Thank you!

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