Mar
20

Upcoming Events/Announcements

3.27 – Parent Advisory Meeting with Dr. Muri – 8:30 – 10:00 AM – Boardroom at the Admin Bldg.

4.11 – CPTA Delegate/General Meeting and Elections – 12:00 in the CAFETERIA of the Admin Bldg.

4.14 – SBEF Golf Tournament at Black Horse starting at 8:00 AM.

4.22 – 4.30 – Early Voting for SBISD Trustee Positions

4.30 – PTA Awards Deadline

4.30 – DSHAC Meeting 9 – 11:00 AM at West Support Center

5.4 – Election Day for SBISD Board of Trustees Election

5.15 – SBEF Bright Stars at Westin 6:00 PM

7.19 – 22 – PTA Launch at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX

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Mar
20

It’s that time….award season!!

Please go to Council PTA website under Council Awards to find a list of all the awards that you can submit. There is an award for Outstanding PTA, Outstanding Sister School, and Outstanding Communications to name a few. Deadline is April 30th. This is a HARD deadline! Awards will be presented at our May 16th general meeting. If you have any questions please email Tammy Hampton at tamham@sbcglobal.net
Thanks!

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Mar
20

PTA Members Attend Rally Day in Austin

On Monday February 25, parents from across the district joined the CPTA in the trip to Austin for the Texas PTA Rally Day. PTA members met with Rep. Jim Murphy and Rep. Jessica Farrar and with staffers for Reps Bohac, and Davis as well as staffers with Senator Huffman’s office and Senator Whitmire. We discussed our support for public education, and how recapture affects us in SBISD.

Since then, the House has unanimously passed out of Committee its robust school finance bill (HB3). House Bill 3 is the most comprehensive school finance bill that Texans have seen in a long time. It addresses early education funding, increasing the basic allotment and addresses outdated funding formulas.
For more information on House Bill 3 – see thetexasplan.com (pulled together by lawmakers)

Other articles:
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190319/9b-school-finance-bill-advances-to-texas-house
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/03/19/texas-house-panel-advances-school-finance-bill-removes-merit-pay/

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Mar
20

Camp Invention in SBISD

Dear Parents –
Many of you ask about additional learning opportunities for your children. If you have not heard, we are hosting Camp Invention in our District this summer. Camp Invention is a fun, innovation and creativity based program that any student in my class will enjoy!

During the program, Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind circuit boards, motors and gears as they design a remote-control bot, rebuild ships and design underwater sea equipment, collaborate with inventor superheroes as they take on roles as engineers and innovators to conquer villains and become successful entrepreneurs as they code bots to turn polluted wasteland into money-making machines!
See it in action here: Supercharged!

And if you are anything like me, this comment from another parent might be helpful:
“There aren’t many programs that really challenge (my 6-year-old son’s) thinking. He is an introvert who prefers to stay home but he was so excited for camp each day! He made new friends and says he wants to go every year! I’ve never been so happy with a program for bringing this out in my son! Thank you!”

You can save $25 by registering on or before March 22rd! Please be sure to use promo code INNOVATE25 at checkout. Please let me know if you have any questions. The program is being taught by local teachers in our district.

Iris Story
Camp Invention Director
Council of PTA’s Creativity Representative
Omers5@aol.com

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Mar
20

Odyssey of the Mind in SBISD

Congratulations to all the 26 Odyssey of the Mind teams that just competed at Region finals!  Four of the teams were performing in the primary (k-2) level and 22 were competitive (3rd-12th).  12 of our amazing teams placed and have advanced to State finals which will be held at Waller HS on April 6.  We wish them great solutions at State finals.  Come on out and cheer them on.  Here are the Houston Area Region Odyssey Finals results:
Problem 1 (The Vehicle Problem)  Ridgecrest placed (1st)
                                                       Rummel Creek (4th)
Problem 2 (The Technical Problem)   Spring Forest (3rd)
Problem 3  (The Classical Problem)  Terrace Elem.  placed 2nd
                                                           Memorial MS  (5th)
                                                           Westchester MS (6th)
                                                           Westchester HS (2nd)
Problem 4  (The Engineering Problem)   Winchester (2nd)
                                                               Spring Oaks MS ( 1st)
                                                                Stratford (1st)
Problem 5  (The Humorous Problem)    Spring Forest (1st)
                                                               Memorial MS (4th)

For information on how to start an Odyssey of the Mind team at your school for your children, contact Iris Story, 713-364-6050  or Omers5@aol.com.

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Mar
20

And the GOLDEN APPLE AWARD goes to…

6 PTA’s in SBISD have been recognized by Texas PTA for the GOLDEN APPLE AWARD. The Golden Apple Award is presented to PTAs that recruit 100% of school faculty.

Congratulations to:
Bunker Hill Elementary
Cedar Brook Elementary
Cornerstone Academy
Meadow Wood Elementary
Spring Forest Middle School
Westchester Academy for International Studies

(*Texas PTA’s definition of faculty is: principals, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, and aides employed at the campus full time. Deadline is March 31 if you’d like to get your Principal to verify the information for your PTA.)

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Mar
20

SFMS Odyssey Of The Mind Teams Bring Home Trophies

The Houston Area Regional competition for Odyssey of the Mind was held on Saturday, March 10, and the students performed exceptionally well!

SFMS was represented by two teams. Both teams had several current and former theater students, and both teams advanced to state! The trophies will be handed over to SFMS.

Problem #5 Team, coached by Janice Teske: This team took 1st place!
Team:
Bridget Hoffman
Savera Karia
Brooke McAfee
David Osorio
Lucy Thomas

Problem #2 Team, coached by Susanna Teske: This team took 3rd place
Team:
Tyler Fargason
Anisia Gibson
Andrew Hopkins
Emily Hopkins
Adam Teske

The great news is that both will advance to the state. Congratulations!!

 

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Mar
20

Kids Triathlon – April 27-28

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Mar
20

SBEF Golf Tournament

Please join us for the 2019 Spring Branch Education Foundation Golf Tournament on Sunday, April 14, 2019! Attached is the registration form where you can either register through the link or send in the completed form.

 

 

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Mar
20

SBEF Sporting Clay Press Release

Click here for the press release

 

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Mar
20

Hire Houston Youth Summer Jobs Program

The application window is now open for the Hire Houston Youth summer jobs program. This program promises teens the opportunity to work 8 weeks this summer and make at least $8/hour (some jobs pay more!). Jobs run June 10 to August 1. Teens can apply at hirehoustonyouth.org. Applications will be accepted until March 23. Questions? Contact hirehoustonyouth@houstontx.gov.

Click here for flier!

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Mar
20

Mathnasium + PTAs

Mathnasium of Memorial City is here to serve our community by changing lives through math! Our organization is a member of the National PTA and founding sponsor of the STEM + Families initiative. (More information here: https://www.pta.org/home/programs/stem/STEM-Families-Mathnasium)

We work with local PTAs/schools to fully sponsor and co-host Math Nights, provide car tags for ease of elementary school pick-up, and much more!

We are currently providing FREE STAAR Prep Sessions at our center to any student in the community (see flyer), and we also love participating in local events such as SBISD Genius Day!

If your school is interested in a partnership with Mathnasium of Memorial City or you have questions/concerns, please contact Kaleigh Yendrey, Center Director directly at 713-973-6284 or via email to memorialcity@mathnasium.com.

 

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Mar
01

Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles – Eat to Live or Live to Eat

Coordinated School Health promotes the intentional planning of all component areas, not just nutrition. But since March is National Nutrition Month, go ahead and focus on the food! I admit it feels overwhelming at times. Should I really be eating gluten-free? Almond milk or cow’s milk? Artificial sweetener or sugar? My suggestion is to do your research, read those nutrition labels, and shop on the perimeter of the grocery store as much as possible. Check out other MyPlate helpful tips such as shopping on a budget, worksite wellness, and healthy eating this month!
Have a happy, healthful March!
Karen Burnell
Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyle Liaison
healthylifestyles@txpta.org

Funding and Freebies
  • Good Sports Equipment Grant – Rolling deadline. Grants vary. Awards sporting equipment, footwear, and apparel up to six times over a two-year period.
  • Action for Healthy Kids – Deadline: April 5, 2019. $1,000. Includes School Breakfast Grants, Game On Grants, and Parents for Healthy Kids Grants.
  • Oliver Foundation – Deadline: April 15, 2019. $750-$5,000. Provides a sustainable impact on children’s nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs.

 

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Feb
28

Mathnasium + PTAs

Mathnasium of Memorial City is here to serve our community by changing lives through math! Our organization is a member of the National PTA and founding sponsor of the STEM + Families initiative. (More information here: https://www.pta.org/home/programs/stem/STEM-Families-Mathnasium)

We work with local PTAs/schools to fully sponsor and co-host Math Nights, provide car tags for ease of elementary school pick-up, and much more!

We are currently providing FREE STAAR Prep Sessions at our center to any student in the community (see flyer), and we also love participating in local events such as SBISD Genius Day!

If your school is interested in a partnership with Mathnasium of Memorial City or you have questions/concerns, please contact Kaleigh Yendrey, Center Director directly at 713-973-6284 or via email to memorialcity@mathnasium.com.

Test Prep Flier

Partnership Flier

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Sep
05

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 partner@springbranchisd.com should you need additional information.

Begin the Volunteer Application Process Now

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Aug
14

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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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

 

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