Oct
16

PTA Big Form

Do you need to join the PTA?

Do you want to purchase t-shirts?

Would you like to make a family donation?

You can do all of this in one place: http://bendwoodpta.com/membership/join/

Nov
02

Legislative News

Bond Election
Early voting for the bond election begins Monday, October 23rd and runs through November 3rd. Election day (if you miss early voting) is November 7th. Please come out and VOTE. Be sure to look to the bottom of the ballot; the SBISD bond item is the last one. It is in ALL CAPS, so it will look different from the other items.
For more information about the bond, go to: www.springbranchisd.com/bond2017.
For information about polling places and hours (including Sunday voting!), go to www.harrisvotes.org.

What is a school bond election?
School districts must ask voters for permission to sell bonds to investors to raise money for capital projects including new construction, renovation or other improvements. Voters give the district permission to take out a loan to build and renovate and pay that loan back over an extended period of time. Bonds cannot be used for salaries or operating costs such as utility bills, supplies, building maintenance, fuel, and insurance.
SBISD educates more than 35,000 students and maintains more than 6 million square feet of buildings. The most recent bond issue was approved in 2007 by 60 percent of voters. It provided funds to rebuild 13 elementary schools – one more than originally planned – and resulted in major safety and security upgrades districtwide. Most remaining elementaries not rebuilt in the past 10 years are now more than 50 years old. The 2017 Bond will rebuild 9 of them, plus Landrum Middle School.
The district does not expect any tax rate increase as a result of this bond election, if passed by voters. The SBISD Board of Trustees has not raised the school tax rate since 2010. SBISD offers every tax break allowed by law, including the full 20 percent homestead exemption. District homeowners have the second lowest tax burden in the Houston area. The annual school tax bill on a home valued at $500,000 is currently $5,229 in SBISD, compared to $5,400 in Cy-Fair ISD, $6,982 in Spring ISD, and $7,024 in Katy ISD. By state law, there would be no tax increase for senior citizens 65 or over as a result of this bond election. The school tax rate and the amount paid are frozen when a taxpayer turns 65 years old.
The election is on November 7th with early voting 10/23 – 11/3.

Oct
24

Bendwood Spirit Night – Reginelli’s

Reginellis
12389 Kingsride Ln

All-day (11am-10pm)
Dine-in! Delivery! Pick-up Orders!

Planning on attending the SBISD AAS Duke TIP session – order dinner for your kids from Reginellis; then enjoy a dinner out after the presentation!

Sep
20

Welcome to Bendwood!

Greetings, Bendwood Families,

This year’s Back to School (x2) has surely stretched our parent community in ways it has never expected to be stretched. From the lead up to Harvey, the impact, and now the aftermath and recovery, our community is showing true spirit and resilience throughout this time. Now that SPIRAL classes have started this past Monday, I hope that is one more piece of the puzzle that is clicking into place for you and your children.

A little about me – I have a daughter in her second year at Bendwood (4th grade), as well as a son (2nd grade) at Valley Oaks and a son at Memorial Middle School (6th grade). We’ve been in SBISD since my oldest was in Kindergarten at VOE, though we did have a 2.5 year stint in London in the middle of it. It was amazing to come home, and step right back into a welcoming community of classmates, parents and friends. Despite our time in another country, Spring Branch always felt like home.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve as the Bendwood PTA President this year, and humbled by the experience and commitment of this year’s Executive Board and PTA committee members. We represent a variety of elementary schools in the district, including Valley Oaks, Wilchester, Frostwood, Rummel Creek, Bunker Hill and Nottingham elementaries, and we welcome any existing and incoming parents who’d like to be a part of our efforts.

SPIRAL classes began this past Monday, Sept 18th, offering an exciting curriculum that spans a range of interesting topics from Ancient Civilizations to Coding and Robotics, among others. Bendwood teacher assignments were sent home with your students at the first back to school week. With your teacher assignment, you received a school supply list specific for SPIRAL classrooms, as well as a parent authorization form to be returned to your child’s Bendwood teacher.

The Bendwood Elementary cafeteria prepares the Early Learning Center Menu (available here).

The Bendwood PTA holds 4 general PTA meetings a year typically in conjunction with a SPIRAL event or function. Our first general PTA meeting will be held in conjunction with Curriculum Night on Oct 10th at 5:45 pm. Parents will have an opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and learn more about what their children will be learning this year at Bendwood. Please note that due to the large population of students, there will be two curriculum nights by last name on Oct 10th and 12th, and the event is for parents only.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, and I’m looking forward to serving the Bendwood community this year.

Connie U. Boyd
PTA President

Sep
04

Curriculum Nights Postponed Post-Harvey

Dear Bendwood Families,

On behalf of the Bendwood PTA Exec Board, we hope this letter finds your family safe, supported, and in the arms of our community as we all work to re-establish our lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

We wanted to confirm that the SPIRAL Curriculum Nights / PTA meetings originally planned for this week will be postponed given the continued school closure. We will continue to work with Jana Bassett, principal, and the school team to determine the appropriate scheduling impacts given the personal impacts of our staff and families, and that all of our SBISD schools will be working to recover previously laid plans.

For now, we know that most of the focus will be in getting back to routines in your home schools, and life in general. At the same time, we’ll work to make sure we keep you informed as new and returning Bendwood parents as best we can.

For additional information from the district, SBISD has an FAQ link on their website that is constantly evolving. You can access it at this link: http://sbisdsnapshots.blogspot.com/2017/08/hurricane-harvey-faqs-830.html

Please stay safe, and please feel free to reach out to me or the board directly if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do.

Take care,

Connie Boyd
Bendwood PTA President, 2017-18
bendwoodpta@bendwoodpta.com

Aug
19

SBISD Volunteer Registration

If you plan to volunteer or be on campus, you must register every year: https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com/

 

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