Reminder – General Meeting Thursday, March 1st

Reminder about next General Meeting on Thursday, March 1 at Admin Building.

We will elect a nominating committee at this meeting.

If you are interested in being a part of the Council next year please let us know!

We would love t have you! Email sbisdcouncil@gmail.com

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You’re Invited! Roundtable Presentation with Tyler Ream


If you missed the first Roundtable with Dr. Ream then here is your chance to get lots of information on curriculum enhancements!!  If you attended the last Roundtable with Dr. Ream, we will continue where we left off – so come back!!

Friday, February 9th at 11:30 AM – Admin Building





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Spring Branch FFA Show & Sale

You are invited!


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School Bell Award Nominations – Entries Due by February 1st!


It’s time to submit your nomination for the Council School Bell Award! This award recognizes the outstanding SBISD educators who promote the objectives of the PTA and are advocates for all children.

All nominees are recognized at the Founder’s Day Banquet with a certificate and can use the title “SBISD Council of PTAs School Bell Award Nominee – (insert local campus name here).”

All entries must be received by February 1, 2018, to be eligible for the Award.

Please contact Tammy Hampton at tamham@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

17-18 School Bell Award Application

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2017-2018 Reflections District Winners


Congratulations to the following SBISD students who entered the PTA Reflections national art contest. Their entries won at the District level of the contest and they are now going to Austin for the State level of judging. Great job!!

VISUAL ART (Primary)
Lucas Bulvantri, Frostwood Elem, “Blasting Home”
VISUAL ART (Intermediate)
John Patterson, Frostwood Elem, “In The Eye Of The Storm”
Rane Ammar, Cornerstone Academy, “Within Reach”
VISUAL ART (High School)
Charlotte Crow, Memorial HS, “Resurrection”
VISUAL ART (Special Artist-Intermediate)
Anberlin Ross, Valley Oaks Elem, “I Am Going To Be”

Jude Brymer, Rummel Creek Elem, “Heart Ranch”
PHOTOGRAPHY (Intermediate)
Camryn Do, Valley Oaks Elem, “Plant Vs. Plant”
JR Ingersoll, Spring Branch MS, “The Swing”
Hannah Baker, Memorial HS, “Wings of Radiance”

Rhea Chidambaram, Wilchester Elem, “The Magician”
LITERATURE (Intermediate)
Savera Karia, Wilchester Elem, “Chasing Fireflies”
No Entries
LITERATURE (High School)
McKenna Tanner, Stratford HS, “Martin”

Norah Apple, Memorial Drive Elem, “A Cure”
Sloane Thompson, Memorial Drive Elem, “Do It Right”
No Entries
No Entries

Aleeya Rizvi, Frostwood Elem, “The Race”
FILM PRODCTION (Intermediate)
Jimmy Mars, Frostwood Elem, “Within Reach”
No Entries
No Entries

No Entries
John Radford Hill, Wilchester Elem, “Bright Future”
No Entries
No Entries

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Save the Date – SBEF Sporting Clay Tournament

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Spring Branch Education Foundation 2017-2018 Grant Funding Opportunities

The Spring Branch Education Foundation is announcing its 2017-2018 Call for Grants to all SBISD Teachers, Staff, and PTA Representatives.

All Applicants who wish to apply for a Spring Branch Education Foundation Grant should visit the following link:


to access the information and forms listed below:

SBEF Grant Application Guidelines
Timeline for the SBEF Grant Process
SBEF Grant Application

The Grant Application Form and the Grant Guidelines have changed – PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

2017 Grant applications are due to SBEF office by February 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

For Questions, please call 713-251-2381

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Spring PTA/Principal Luncheon

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Don’t Miss the Game of the Season!! Friday – Jan. 26th

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Your Input Needed: Long Range Plan for Public Education

The state needs input on its Long Range Plan for Public Education — and YOU are invited to participate on February 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Input received at this meeting will help the State Board of Education shape a new plan and set long term goals for public education through the year 2030. Adoption of a new long-range plan is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2018.

Agenda Details
During the evening meeting, participants will discuss four broad topics:
1. Student Engagement and Empowerment
2. Educator Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention
3. Equity and Access
4. Family Engagement and Empowerment

If you would like to join CPTA President Suzanne Stiles and CPTA Legislative Chair Minda Caesar at the event, all you have to do is register at the link below. This is a FREE event, but space is limited. We’d love for you to join us!

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-houston-february-8th-tickets-39226591792

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Texas PTA – Local PTA Membership Awards Criteria

From Texas PTA…

PTAs are important cornerstones in our communities and provide amazing programs and opportunities for the students and families they serve. There are multiple ways we recognize PTAs for these efforts throughout the year.

Membership Awards

Many membership awards are automatically calculated based on the Local PTA’s membership totals at each deadline.


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Texas PTA – Healthy Lifestyles News

When Is Stealing Encouraged?
Are you trying to decide on a New Year’s resolution? I’ve had a little trouble narrowing down one. From ditching sweets to setting my phone aside, there are plenty of choices for a healthy and productive year. That’s why a top goal of mine is to be more involved with PTA. And if you find yourself in a similar boat – too many “need-tos” and “should-dos” – feel free to steal my resolution! (On a side note, my other goals are to do 10 minutes of ab work a day and eat more veggies. Feel free to steal those, too.)
Do you have a similar resolution to be more involved with PTA this year? Do you have a Healthy Lifestyles success story? If so, please share! I would love to hear from you. We can even feature your PTA in an upcoming newsletter. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
Karen Burnell
Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyle Liaison

Get in Tune with Your Heart
by Pfizer
Love is in the air each February when Valentine’s Day arrives, but it’s also American Heart Month, an annual observance that shines a light on the importance of the health and well-being of this vital organ.
With so much focus on healthcare in our communities and country today, it seems hard to believe that there are still diseases and conditions that can have devastating effects on people, yet are widely underdiagnosed.
Atrial fibrillation – or AFib – is one such example. More than five million people in the U.S have been diagnosed with AFib, but some estimates are that as many as one-third of Americans may be undiagnosed. AFib is an irregular heartbeat, but it’s also associated with serious health complications and conditions. And, many Americans simply don’t understand their risk.
AFib is also a leading cause of stroke. Patients with the most prevalent type of AFib are five times more likely to suffer from stroke, which currently is the fourth most common cause of death and long-term disability in the U.S.
Beyond the devastating human toll, AFib and strokes rack up billions of dollars of costs in our healthcare system each year. Yet, AFib is complex and often patients don’t even know they have the disease until a doctor’s visit or a more serious medical issue occurs as a result.
And, what can you do to protect yourself from AFib?
Find out if you’re at risk. Risk factors for Afib include diabetes, heart disease, prior heart attacks and high blood pressure. Underlying lung disease or metabolic disorders such as thyroid disease may also play a role. The use of alcohol, caffeine, or medications with stimulant effects may also increase your risk of AFib.
Track your symptoms. Keep a record of your symptoms. Note when they occur, what causes them to come on or go away, how long they last, and how often they occur. Keep track of other medical conditions you may have and their effect on your symptoms. AFib is caused when two chambers in the heart beat rapidly and in an unpredictable pattern. Many who experience Afib feel a flutter or heavy beating of their heart, but some people feel no symptoms at all.
Talk with your doctor. After discussing your symptoms and completing a physical examination, your doctor may order some tests. These may include blood work, an ECG (electrocardiogram, which is a tracing of the heart’s electrical rhythm), and possibly a chest X-ray.
To learn more about risk factors and treatment options, visit Tune Into AFib.
Ways to Learn This Month
SHACs in Action – Social Emotional Learning: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Presented by Texas Action for Healthy Kids.
School Nutrition Association Second Annual Virtual Expo: Tuesday, February 6 – Friday, March 16, 2018. Previously recorded and live sessions on a variety of topics are available. Presented by the School Nutrition Association.

Wellness Wednesday – Healthy Family Celebrations: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Presented by Action for Healthy Kids.
Texas Action for Healthy Kids (TAHK) Summit: Friday, February 9, 2018. Presented by Texas Action for Healthy Kids in Houston, TX.
Apply for a 2018-2019 Parents for Healthy Kids Grant: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM. Presented by Action for Healthy Kids.
Dating Matters: Previously recorded online course. Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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District School Health Advisory Council (DSHAC) Update

We look forward to seeing you all this coming Tuesday, January 23rd for the first DSHAC meeting of 2018. We are cancelling the 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm session so that those that would like to attend the opportunity below from community relations will have the availability to do so, especially given that this is such a big topic of concern within the DSHAC. Please make sure to register below, this event with Crystal Collier will be at Cornerstone.
Presentation for SBISD Parents, Mentors and Staff
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Secondly we have scheduled the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge midpoint check in breakfast for February 7th from 7:30-8:30 am at the Robert Vines Environmental Science Center. Please RSVP at this link so we can get a good head count.


Thanks all and we will see you Tuesday at 9 am.

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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 www.springbranchisd.com/bond2017

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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 harveyrecovery@paisley-house.com for details on donating items.

Thank you!

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