Apr
22

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 opens Monday, April 23, at 12:00 pm. 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/22/texas-pta-launch-2018/

Apr
22

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

Samuel Karns

Assistant Director of Student Wellness

www.twitter.com/advancedmovers

www.facebook.com/sbisdadvancedmovers

www.twitter.com/SBISD_CSH

Office: 713.251.8460

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/22/site-application-for-girls-on-the-run-heart-and-sole/

Apr
21

Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees Election May 5

Spring Branch ISD will hold an election on May 5 for two positions on the Board of Trustees.

Position 3 is a contested election with two candidates:
Minda Caesar
Noel Lezama

In Position 4, incumbent Chris Vierra is running unopposed.

Early voting begins April 23 and runs through May 1. Here is some helpful voting information to share with your parents:

Early Voting Locations

April 23 – May 1, 2018

Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. Leadership Center
955 Campbell Road

Don Coleman Community Coliseum
1050 Dairy Ashford Road

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
7901 Westview

City of Piney Point
7676 Woodway, Suite 300

Most polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no early voting at the City of Piney Point on Saturday. For more specific information, please visit: https://cms.springbranchisd.com/trustees/Home/Elections

Election Day

Saturday, May 5, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Voting is at your zoned middle school:
Landrum Middle School, 2200 Ridgecrest, Houston, TX 77055
Memorial Middle School, 12550 Vindon, Houston, TX 77024
Spring Branch Middle School, 1000 Piney Point, Houston, TX 77024
Spring Woods Middle School, 9810 Neuens, Houston, TX 77080
Spring Forest Middle School, 14240 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079
Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale, Houston, TX 77043
Northbrook Middle School, 3030 Rosefield, Houston, TX 77080

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/21/spring-branch-isd-board-of-trustees-election-may-5/

Apr
20

CPTA Awards – Deadline is May 1st!

It’s Awards season! Please send in your nominations for the various awards that will be handed out at our Awards Luncheon in May. The deadline is May 1st and the forms are below and on the CPTA website. Please email Tammy Hampton at tamham@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

17-18 Cultural Arts

17-18 Communications

17-18 Outstanding PTA

17-18 SSS

17-18 Parent Education Program

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/20/cpta-awards-deadline-is-may-1st/

Apr
20

Running for the Arts

Hello PTA Presidents!

We need your help to spread the word about our upcoming Running for the Arts Fest on Saturday, May 5, 2018 – remember the school with the most participation will receive a $500 Academy gift card and $500 Young Audience of Houston gift certificate.  All SBISD schools with a least 20 race registrations will be entered into a drawing to win either a $500 Academy gift card or $500 Young Audience of Houston gift certificate.

Attached is the RFA Flyer to include in your schools newsletter or other sources of avenues your campus uses, i.e. peachjar, PTA newsletter, social media- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, school marquee, etc.  Also, attached is the RFA registration form in both English and Spanish.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

If you are posting on social media please include our hashtag…#RFAFest18

Registration online is www.runningforthearts.com

Flyer

RFA Registration form in Spanish

2018 Registration Form

Thank you for all your help!

Jessica Fogleman
Spring Branch Education Foundation
955 Campbell Road, Ste. 206
Houston, TX 77024
713-251-2279 Office & Fax

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/20/running-for-the-arts/

Apr
20

Bright Stars of SBISD


 

Dear PTA President,

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/20/bright-stars-of-sbisd/

Apr
19

REMINDER — SBISD SUPERINTENDENT PARENT ADVISORY MEETING 4.25.18, 8:30 a.m.

Good Afternoon, SBISD PTA Council Members, PTA Presidents, and Title I Parent Advisory Committee Members,

I am honored to remind you of the final 2017-18 Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee meeting with Dr. Muri for this school year. In addition to hearing from Dr. Muri, you’ll also enjoy participating in engaging presentation and feedback session led by Melissa Stadtfeld, Coordinator for Assessment, on COMPASS, SBISD’s new data dashboard! Melissa will be interested to hear from you about the types of data/reports you’d be interested in  as the dashboard project evolves.

 Please mark your calendars!

SBISD Parent Advisory Committee

2017-18 Meeting Schedule

SBISD Board Room, 955 Campbell Road

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

You may rsvp at partner@springbranchisd.com . I will also send you a calendar appointment!

I look forward to seeing you all on April 25!

Best,

Linda H. Buchman
Community Relations Officer
Spring Branch Independent School District
955 Campbell Road, Houston, TX 77024
Linda.buchman@springbranchisd.com
713.251.2287 (o) 713.412.0847 (c)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/19/reminder-sbisd-superintendent-parent-advisory-meeting-4-25-18-830-a-m/

Apr
19

Executive Board – 2018-19 SBISD Council of PTA’s

Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-19 Executive Board!  The board will be installed at the May general meeting.

President – Kelly Siblik
1st VP Programs – Kim Wood
2nd VP Leadership – Jennifer Perroni
3rd VP Membership – Pamela Ferworn
Secretary – Rebecca Howard
Treasurer – Michelle Majewski

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/19/slate-of-officers-for-2018-19-sbisd-council-of-ptas/

Apr
19

DATE CHANGE – END OF YEAR LUNCHEON

The new date for the luncheon and awards meeting  is Tuesday, May 22 at 11:30am at AYAM. All PTA Presidents are encouraged to bring the new PTA President.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/19/date-change-end-of-year-luncheon/

Apr
17

MVPOA Spring Picnic Bake Sale

Memorial Villages Police Officer Association

Spring Picnic – Bake Sale

M.V.P.O.A. Spring Picnic is fast approaching and we are looking for a few baked items for our bake sale during the Spring Picnic.  We will be collecting the baked goods on Friday, April 27th at the Police Department.  The Spring Picnic and the Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm at the MDPC parking lot.  Even if you can’t help with baked goods, we want to see you and your families on Saturday for good friends and great food!  Thank you for all of your help.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/17/mvpoa-spring-picnic-bake-sale/

Apr
17

DSHAC meeting rescheduled for April 26th

 

We had to reschedule our DSHAC meeting that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th to a new date, which will now be Thursday, April 26th.

We will still have a 9:00-11:00 am meeting time available, as well as a 5:00-7:00 pm meeting time.

Please RSVP by clicking one of the new meeting times below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4FAFAA2AA5FC1-dshac12 (9-11 am)

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4FAFAA2AA5FC1-dshac13 (5-7 pm)

Once we have confirmed locations we will update the sign up genius, and send out updates to everyone so that you all are in the correct meeting place.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Thanks all
Samuel

Samuel Karns

Assistant Director of Student Wellness

www.twitter.com/advancedmovers

www.facebook.com/sbisdadvancedmovers

www.twitter.com/SBISD_CSH

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/17/dshac-meeting-rescheduled-for-april-26th/

Apr
17

Healthy Texas Week

Healthy Texas Week is a week-long celebration of healthy living and healthy communities in the Lone Star State! Throughout the week, we encourage Texans to Shop for healthy items, Sweat by getting physically active, and Share pictures and videos of healthy activities on social media with the hashtag #HealthyTexasWeek!

On each of the seven days, one lucky Texan who shares on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag will win an awesome prize pack. The prizes include gift cards to some of your favorite healthy restaurants, fitness apparel, Kendra Scott jewelry, wellness planners, and so much more!

Are you ready to make May 7th – 13th the healthiest week of your year? Commit Today >>

We’ll be giving away prizes to Healthy Texas Week participants who take to social media with pictures and videos of how they’re Shopping healthier and Sweating more! Be sure to like and follow IT’S TIME TEXAS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for details.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/17/1739/

Apr
13

Sister School Solution Reminders

Once again, please remember that as you begin to think about filling your Bright Stars table to reach out to your Sister Schools and make sure they know you plan to include them.

I hope all of the Sister Schools will be applying for the CPTA Award for the Outstanding Sister School Solution Partnership. The deadline for the application is May 1. At the end of the year I ask for a summary of your Sister School Solution accomplishments. In lieu of sending me this information you can send me a copy of your CPTA Award application.

As always, if you have any questions about the Sister School Solution please contact 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
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

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/04/13/sister-school-solution-reminders/

Mar
22

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

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/03/22/1680/

Mar
01

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/03/01/texas-pta-pledge-to-be-a-public-education-voter/

Mar
01

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.  https://www.txpta.org/candidate-questionnaire

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)

www.txpta.org

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/03/01/from-the-texas-pta-what-does-the-irs-say-about-electioneering/

Mar
01

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:

English: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Long-Range-Planning-Survey
Spanish: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Encuesta-de-opini-n-p-blica-para-Texas

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/03/01/important-legislative-information-to-share-with-your-parents/

Feb
25

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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

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/02/25/1616/

Feb
24

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.

Flyer

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/02/24/camp-invention/

Feb
17

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.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3wZQEcUDAi6TVp3a2k2dGhJdDQ?usp=sharing (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.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fafaa2aa5fc1-dshac7  (9-11 am West Support Center April 10th)
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fafaa2aa5fc1-dshac8  (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 www.ittcommunitychallenge.com 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
Samuel Karns
Assistant Director of Student Wellness
Office: 713.251.8460

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sbisdcpta.net/2018/02/17/healthy-lifestyles-news-2/

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