PTA Officer Training – This Thursday!

All PTA officers are invited to attend!

When – August 23 6:30 – 8 PM

Where – Spring Branch Middle School – 1000 Piney Point, 77024


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Sister School Solution

Welcome back and thank you to everyone who filled the Sister School Solution (SSS) chair position for their school. If you have not yet done so, there is still time, but it should be sooner rather than later, so you can start making that Sister School connection. The Sister School partner’s representative may be a chair on that PTA or a school administrator (some of the schools do not have PTAs) or the Communities in Schools Project Manager. Sister School Solution would like, if possible, to always bring the Communities in Schools (CIS) campus Project Manager in on the sister relationship. CIS is in all SBISD Title I schools, which are schools that have a high percentage of students on free and reduced-price lunch. The Project Managers have the best idea of the needs and resources available to the students of that particular school.

After your Sister School chair meets with the representative of the partner school, they need to develop a plan for the year. I am available to set up and/or attend any meeting for introductions and for ideas. Please feel free to contact me at any time. Ideally, I would love to have a copy of the plan (it can be as simple as bullet points) but one thing I hope to do this year, is have some separate roundtables for just SSS chairs so we can share successes and strategies that will serve everyone’s program.

Francine Todes, who was SSS director for the past 5 years, retired her position at the end of last year. We were so lucky to have her. Francine has done an amazing job and I’m not going to try to fill her shoes but what I am hoping to work on this year, is bringing a little more connection, community and sisterhood between our schools, families, and communities.

Below is the list of Sister Schools partners. We have a few other schools who are interested in being a Sister School. Last year, Francine asked those schools who had a solid relationship with their Sister School and felt like they could branch out and add on another school, to consider that idea. Valley Oaks Elementary has done just that. VOE has reached out to Treasure Forest Elementary about hoping to develop their partnership and we look forward to supporting and helping them grow this possible connection. We have some other ideas for making connections for other schools needing a partner as well but would love to hear from you if you have ideas for us.

PTA Presidents, please make sure your Sister School chair receives this information and signs up for the CPTA newsletter where we will have updated SSS information. I will be bragging about all of your programs, the encouragement and the empowering ideas you are sharing between Sister School partners. I look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I can be reached at or 832-474-7328.

Sister School Partnerships:
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 Academy – Ridgecrest Elementary
Memorial High School – Pine Shadows Elementary
Valley Oaks Elementary – Shadow Oaks Elementary
Valley Oaks Elementary – Treasure Forest Elementary
Stratford High School – Northbrook High School
Meadow Wood – 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:
Buffalo Creek
Northbrook Middle

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Membership Information

Hello everyone!  School is right around the corner and this is one of the busiest time for PTA membership.  Please review the following information to help you get started with the 2018-2019 year:

Active Status

Each membership year, Local PTAs must meet both of the following requirements to attain Active Status with Texas PTA. The membership year begins on August 1.

  • Remit to Texas PTA state/national membership dues for at least 20 members.
  • Submit to Texas PTA the name and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) of at least one current board member, preferably the President.

I’m attaching the “Membership Awards” that each PTA can achieve throughout the year.  Hopefully your membership chair can send out some information each month to recruit a few new members.  We’d like for as many PTA’s to receive as many of these award recognitions as possible.

Teacher Membership – please enlist the assistance of your Principal to encourage teacher/staff participation.  The cost to join PTA is less than three cups of fancy coffee and the perks are amazing; both at a school, district and state level.  On that side, I’m attaching the Membership Perks handout here too.  Please print/e-mail to your parents so they can see another benefit to joining PTA.

Good Standing

Local PTAs must comply with all of the following standards to remain in Good Standing with Texas PTA. Local PTAs that do not maintain Good Standing will be subject to a Local PTA Retention Plan as described below.

  • Maintain Active Status with Texas PTA. (see requirements above)
  • Report all members and remit all state/national dues to Texas PTA each year.
  • Submit to Texas PTA the name and contact information for each board member within 15 days of election or appointment.
  • Review Local PTA bylaws (and standing rules, if applicable) every three years and submit to Texas PTA for approval.
  • Annually file and have accepted by the IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, within 60 days of fiscal year-end.
  • Ensure your PTA is enrolled in JoinPTA.organd that all profile information is accurate.
  • Complete both components of FOUNDATIONS Leader Orientationbefore October 15.

If you have any additional questions please reach out to me at

Membership Awards

Membership Perks

Thank you!

Pam Ferworn

3rd VP Membership SBISD Council of PTAs


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PTA President – Reminders!!

 – Presidents please have your board sign up for email communications from the council (if they want to receive communications)!    Here is the link to the sign up form:

 –  Reminder to fill out this CPTA Form with all of your board member information:

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Kicking off the 2018-2019 Reflections Art Contest!

This year’s art contest will kick off on Friday, 8/24. PTA Reflections chairs should be looking for an email with all of the details to get started including this year’s new theme “Heroes Around Me”. If you don’t receive the email or have any questions, please contact the District Chair, Gina Keith, at

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SBISD has contracted with Waste Management for waste services in our schools. Waste Management is also providing recycling bins so schools can put their cardboard, aluminum and plastic in the bins. This is important because many PTAs pay for recycling services separately — and they will no longer need too.   HOORAY!

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SBISD Council of PTAs Dues Deadline!

Don’t forget to submit your annual SBISD PTA Council dues!Each PTA is asked to contribute a minimum of $50 annually to support the Council and all the work Council does to support our PTAs in Spring Branch.  The Council appreciates your ongoing support!  Deadline for DUES is Friday, September 28, 2018.  Please mail your checks made out to:
Spring Branch Council of PTAs
955 Campbell Rd.
Houston, TX  77024-2803
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the dues or anything else Council can do for you.  Contact your Spring Branch Council of PTAs Treasurer, Michelle Majewski, at

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New SBISD Website

Over the summer SBISD implemented a new website with lots of great information.  Many links have changed, as a result, and will probably need to be updated on your individual PTA websites.  Please visit for more information!



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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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SBEF – Make our Schools Better Campaign

Making Our Schools Better is what Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) does. SBEF provides a vehicle for private funding to enhance education for our 35,000 students. All donations to SBEF — 100 percent! — remain in SBISD to fund programs that support our teachers and prepare our students for the future.




  • Students who quality for free/reduced lunch (more than 1/2 of our students) receive school supplies.
  • Almost 500 student/mentor relationships build self-confidence.
  • Scholarships jump-start collegiate success — 105 last year.


  • J. Landon Short Mini-Grants help teachers transform teaching.
  • Software and technology address dyslexia and dysgraphia challenges.
  • Flexible classroom seating facilitates individual learning styles.


  • STEAM Leadership Academy emphasizes science, technology, engineering, art and math.
  • Robotics clubs promote STEM careers.
  • Technology helps students master math and reading.


  • More than $1 million raised for SBEF’s Harvey Relief Fund helped 1,104 student and staff SBISD families displaced by flooding.
  • The Altharetta Yearn Art Museum offers a peek into cultures from around the world.
  • Students receive new grade-level books for home libraries.


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SBEF – Style Show Invitation!

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SBEF Ungala – Save the Date

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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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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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