News from the Principal and the PTA
CLICK HERE for our full calendar of events 

Sept 5

Labor Day Holiday
Sept 89:00

PTA Executive Board Meeting

2nd Grade Author Visit 
Sept 9During Student Lunches

LUNCH WITH HEROES - wear red, white and blue

We invite our heroes to lunch - military, police, fire department and more.  Have a connection with one of these heroes? Be sure to bring them to eat lunch with our students. 
Sept 10

9:00 am
HCE Dad's Club Family Kickball Classic - see flyer below
Sept 155:00-5:45 pm


K, 1 and 2 Curriculum Night for PARENTS

PTA Meeting in the Cafe

3, 4 and 5 Curriculum Night for PARENTS
Sept 23

Progress Reports go home - these will have a very limited number of grades this time of year as teachers are doing beginning of the year assessments and not doing many graded assignments.  

Sept 26

Playground Pictures taken for AUCTION item

It's time to complete your ANNUAL VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION. 

You need to do 2 things to complete your annual volunteer registration. 
1.  Register with SBISD at
2.  View the HCE Volunteer Training video and sign the google form.  Or, attend a training at school the first day or first few weeks of school.  

Video of HCE Volunteer Training:

What is it?  
A parent event to learn about the grade level programs, procedures and more. 
It is an adult event so start planning your babysitters and make it a Date Night!!!

Schedule is arranged to allow all parents to attend our First General PTA Meeting. 

5:00-5:45 pm

5:50-6:25 pm

6:30-7:15 pm
  K, 1 and 2 Curriculum Night for PARENTS

  PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria

  3, 4 and 5 Curriculum Night for PARENTS


Hooray for Mrs. Omi Ford (3rd grade) and Mrs. Kirstyn Duncan (3rd grade) for having their Donors Choose grants fulfilled.  

Mrs. Duncan's request: 

Mrs. Ann Martin's Donors Choose still needs some support:

And - Woo Hoo for Coach Pamela Thompson for being rewarded a $750 SBEF Grant called, JOGGING AND WALKING IS E-Z as 1-2-3.  Soon you will see her students having fun with tracking their jogging and walking.  


Which Parent Will I Be?
Author Unknown

"I got two A's," the small boy cried.
His voice was filled with glee.
His father very bluntly asked,
"Why didn't you get three?"

"Mom, I've got the dishes done,"
The girl called from the door.
Her mother very calmly said,
"Did you sweep the floor?"

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said,
"And put the mower away."
His father asked him, with a shrug,
"Did you clean off the clay?"

The children in the house next door
Seem happy and content.
The same thing happened over there,
And this is how it went:

"I got two A's," the small boy cried.
His voice was filled with glee.
His father very proudly said,
"That's great, I'm glad you belong to me."

"Mom, I've got the dishes done,"
The girl called from the door.
Her mother smiled and softly said,
"Each day I love you more."

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said,
"And put the mower away."
His father answered with much joy,
"You've made my day happy."

Children deserve a little praise
For tasks they're asked to do.
If they're to lead a happy life,
So much depends on you.

Andrea Chvatal, M.Ed., LPC-Intern
Hunters Creek Elementary
Parents who would like to refer their child for screening must provide permission for assessment and complete a Parent Referral Form. 

Parent Referral Forms are available in the front office of the school or at the link below. 
Click on this link for the parent referral form. The deadline is not on this form but it is October 7, 2016. No late referrals will be accepted. 
Completed Parent Referral Forms must be returned to Allyson Glass, Counselor, no later than October 7, 2016. Please note that no late referrals will be accepted due to timeline constraints.
Parents may view a power point explaining the characteristics of gifted students and the identification process by following the link below.
For information about the identification process, please attend the Parent Awareness
Meeting: Sept 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, SBISD Admin Bldg on Campbell. 
2015-2016 GT Identification Process Timeline
Tuesday, September 6th - Friday, October 7th
Parents referral forms available at link or at school office
Wednesday, September 21st, 6-7:30pm
Community GT Awareness Meetings at Admin Building
Friday, October 7th
Referral deadline!!! No late referrals will be accepted.
Monday, November 14th
Counselors notify parents of Level 1 results
Friday, February 17th
Counselors notify parents of Level 2 results
Monday, February 27th
Kindergarten PGP services begin
Friday, March 24th
Adv Studies notifies parents of Level 3 results
Monday, March 27th
School for Highly Gifted Students application window OPENS
Thursday, April 13th
School for Highly Gifted School application window CLOSES
Monday, May 1st
School for Highly Gifted Students Lottery
Monday, May 8th
GT Appeals due to campus Counselors
Friday, May 26th
Adv Studies notifies parents of Appeals results

Dear HCE Parents,
The deadline for submitting a family ad for the 2016-2017 directory is September 23rd!!

Please submit it in a JPEG or PDF format only with picture and any verbiage you want included as one attachment to Jenn Tucker:

Please put in the email whether it is a full page or page.
Thanks so much!
Caroline Hawkins
Kelly Murphy
Jenn Tucker


Mark your calendars with the following dates for Back to School Coffees.  There is a separate coffee for each grade level.  This is the perfect way to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and sign up to help in your child's classroom.  

For parent convenience, all coffees take place after drop off, 8:15-9:45 a.m.
1st grade - Wednesday, Sept. 7th - Ketti Collins - 851 Country Lane.
2nd grade - Friday, Sept. 9th - Kendle Dardis - 727 Storywood Dr.
5th grade - Thursday, Sept. 8th- Rebecca Jackson - 1212 Drury Lane
P.S.  Please bring a gift card(s) to your coffee for the HCE Auction!  Any area store or restaurant will do!  Any amount is appreciated!  Also, bring your wallet/checkbook as spirit items will be available for purchase!
Thank you for your support of our great school!  

We are looking for volunteers to help our amazing librarian, Ms. Moore, keep our school library running smoothly. Each year, we ask parent volunteers to help with special projects in the library through our Core Volunteer Group or to volunteer during your child's classroom time.
you to all parents who have already signed-up.

If you missed it at Beginning Bonanza, you can email the Library Chair, Charlotte Sherwood-Moore, at and provide your child's teacher name and grade level. A Sign-up Genius will then be sent out where you can choose times that work best for you.
Please email any questions to We hope to hear from you soon!

Auction Catalog Photos

Purchase a full-page or a half-page print ad for this year's Auction catalog and receive a FREE professional photo session!  Ads may contain a business logo OR a personal message.
Please note that certain HCE PTA Annual Fund underwriting packages come with a free Auction Catalog Ad and photo session.
Pay now and contact Brooke Marquart at or 
713-232-0036 to schedule your Images by Kristy photo session this summer!
Deadline for Auction Catalog Ads is SEPTEMBER 15th!

All available for purchase in the Auction Section of the PTA Online store NOW!


Playground Pictures

Get a professional black & white photo of your child mounted 
on a 16 x 20 canvas for only $175!
  • Our photographer will be on campus for one day capturing special moments while the kids are at play.
  • These shots will be taken on Monday, September 26th.
  • K, 1st and 2nd in the morning and 3rd, 4th, 5th during recess
  • No parent involvement is needed.
  • The photo will be a 1620 canvas textured B&W image mounted on masonite.
This is a $400 value for $175 - all proceeds will support our school auction 
and HCE PTA!

If you have any questions please email
Deadline to purchase is SEPTEMBER 21st!

Available for purchase in the Auction Section of the PTA Online store NOW!  

2016-2017  HCE PTA ANNUAL FUND          Are you ALL IN for HCE?  

Show your "Cougar Pride"

Community support is what allows HCE to be an exceptional school with unique programs, terrific teachers, and an innovative curriculum. HCE relies upon the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends like you to keep our school flourishing.

Without the "Cougar Pride" Annual Fund, our students' experiences would be dramatically different.

Your contribution and our PTA help provide the following:
  • $175,000+ in Teacher Salaries supporting specialists in Reading and Math
  • $35,000+ in Curriculum Support including grade level field trips, in-class technology, staff development, literacy library, and Teacher Basics & Beyond (annual allowance for each teacher for classroom supplies)
  • $25,000+ in Enrichment Programs such as Spelling Bee, DARE, Winds of Time, Reflections art recognition, science enrichment lab, Hands on Science, Science Fair, Space Maker Lab, Book Fair, Talent Show, and class parties
  • $30,000+ in Campus and Community activities such as Lunch with Heroes, Red Ribbon Week, Parent Education, Field Day, Health Fair, Bike Rodeo, Fifth Grade track meet and graduation celebration, Teacher Appreciation luncheons, grounds maintenance, Buddy Family program, Summer Reading, crossing guard officers and Spirit t-shirts for all students
  • $5,000+ in Campus Communication such as directory, newsletter, website and yearbook
  • $20,000+ in Professional Development Teacher Conferences including Rigor, Relevance and Relationships, Capturing Kids Hearts, Creative Mathematics seminars, as well as the Literacy for All conference to bring best practices in education back to our campus!
Your participation is important and every gift, regardless of amount, is vital!

Because of you, HCE continues its proud tradition of inspiring minds and shaping lives!

We strive for 100% parent participation!



Name printed on Spirit and Family Fair t-shirt

Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog

Professional photo session

2 Auction tickets with reserved table and unlimited drinks

Child's appearance as guest anchor on announcements

COUGAR PRIDE - $5,000+

Name printed on Spirit and Family Fair t-shirt

Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog

Professional photo session

2 Auction tickets with reserved table 

PAW POWER - $2,500+

Name printed on Spirit t-shirt

Full-page ad in Directory and Auction catalog

Professional photo session

AWESOME HCE - $1,250+

Name printed on Spirit t-shirt

Full-page ad in Directory



COUGAR FAN - $100+



(Ads may contain a business logo OR a personal message) 

Directory Ads:

Full-page ad - $250

Half-page ad - $150

Auction Catalog Ads:

(Includes professional photo session - PAY NOW AND CONTACT ANGIE KINSEL: ANGIE.KINSEL@YAHOO.COM or  (512) 919-6336

Full-page ad  - $250

Half-page ad - $150

Donations for Teachers:

Auction ticket - $100

Auction t-shirt - $15

Deadline for Directory Ads - September 3rd

Deadline for name printed on Spirit T-Shirt - Sept 9th

Deadline for Auction Catalog Ads - September 15th
ALL donors will be recognized in the HCE Directory, Yearbook, Auction catalog, 
Newsletter and Website.

Remember to check with your company for their Corporate Matching Program. 
For questions about the annual fund, please contact Ketti Collins at: or (989) 506-8634

iKids U After-School Program

iKids U registration is going on now for the 2016-2017 School Year!  

Turn in registrations at the HCE front office, visit iKids online at, or register by phone at 713-665-5200.  iKids U offers a variety of onsite after-school opportunities at HCE including Stay & Play, Enrichment classes, and One on One services.  Customize your child's after-school schedule with part-time and full-time options available!  iKids U starts on the first day of school and classes are filling-up fast so enroll today!
Please CLICK HERE to download a registration form 
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