Helms Newsletter #26

March 20th, 2023

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THIS WEEK (March 20th - 26th):

  • Wednesday, March 22nd: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nasa
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: 4th Grade Field Trip to Menil
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: PTA General Meeting, 6pm (cafeteria)
  • Thursday, March 23rd: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Fine Arts Museum
  • Thursday, March 23rd: 4th Grade Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Friday, March 24th: March Madness Wear UH shirt or red
  • Friday, March 24th: 5th Grade Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Saturday, March 25th: Heights Kids Day of Music, 10am-2pm, (Montie Beach Park)


  • Thursday, April 6th: Coffee with the Principal, 8:30am, (cafeteria)
  • Thursday, April 6th: Pre-Kinder Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Thursday, April 6th: Class Pictures (School Uniform)
  • Friday, April 7th: NO SCHOOL - Spring Holiday
  • Saturday, April 15th: GT Expo at Helms (8:30am-11:50am)
  • Monday, April 17th: Librarian Day
  • Wednesday, April 19th: PTA General Meeting, 6pm (cafeteria)
  • Friday, April 21st: NO SCHOOL - Spring Holiday
  • Saturday, April 22nd: Earth Day
  • Wednesday, April 26th: Administrative Assistant Day
  • Friday, April 28th: College and Career Day (Sign Up included below)

NEXT WEEK (March 27th - April 3rd):

  • Monday, March 27th: Tutorials resume (3rd-5th Grade)
  • Monday, March 27th: Kinder Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Tuesday, March 28th: First Grade Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Wednesday, March 29th: Second Grade Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Thursday, March 30th: Third Grade Field Day (8:30am-11:00)
  • Friday, March 31st: NO SCHOOL - Chavez-Huerta Day
  • Saturday, April 1st: Garden Work Day with PTA, 9-11am

  • Everyday: Playground is open to the public after 6:00pm once after school program ends. NOTE-Playground open to Helms families 3:10-3:45pm. Enter through front reception. VIPS approval required.
  • Wetlands Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am - on hold and will resume in March 2023
  • Spirit Shirt / College Shirt Fridays
  • February-July: Spanish Spelling Bee (see flyer included)
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Social Skills Program - Campus Wide

Our Social Skill for the week is below.

Additional resources to use at home can be found on the website www.projectclass.org.

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March Lunch Menu

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UIL Teammates Qualify for District!

Congratulations on qualifying for district!

Thank you, Mrs. Coffey, for coaching and helping bring the University Interscholastic League (UIL) back to Helms!

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Penny Games Results!

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2nd grade / SLC won the Penny Games with 24,937 points.

3rd grade had the most coins (11,953) and the highest value ($658.78).

Penny Games raised over $2,650.

44,107 coins were collected, with a value of $1,635.88.

279 pounds of coins were collected.

34,218 pennies were collected, weighing 189 pounds.

38 one-dollar coins were collected.

347 bills were collected, with a value of $1,016

PreK had the least amount of sabotage and beat 4th Grade by 8 points!!!

Kinder, 4th grade, and 5th grade each had a half-dollar coin.

38,476 point spread between first place (2nd Grade / SLC) and last place (5th grade)

5 movie prop bills with a "value" of $322

50 rejected coins

4 US wheatie pennies (1920, 1929, 1937, 1939)

11 from Britain

5 from Mexico

5 from Honduras

4 from the European Union

2 from Singapore

2 from The Bahamas

1 each from Panama, Argentina, Colombia, and The Netherlands

5 tokens, including a vacuum token

8 damaged US coins

High Frequency Words for Kinder-2nd Grade

Per HISD’s guidelines, first and second graders may be tested in May on high frequency words.

If you would like, you may find practice resources (word lists, flash card print outs, Powerpoint practice deck, test window dates) at the link below for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Scroll to the bottom for the dual language section at https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/150910.

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In this section we will provide information as provided by our neighbor middle schools.
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Wednesday, March 22nd: General PTA Meeting

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The March PTA meeting will start at 6pm in the cafeteria on Wednesday, March 22nd. An email from Hello@HelmsPTA.org will be sent out to PTA members before the meeting with the minutes from the previous general PTA meeting, the treasury report, and the proposed 2022-2023 budget. You may email questions beforehand to Hello@HelmsPTA.org. Translators and free childcare will be available. Sign up for free PTA membership here.

Zoom Link for PTA Meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting (For listening only. Voting must be in person.)

Meeting ID: 861 3622 4073
Passcode: HelmsPTA22

Friday, March 24th: March Madness

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Saturday, March 25th: Heights Kids Day of Music

Heights Kids Day of Music is a fun, FREE, festival to inspire interest in music and the arts!
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In case of a rain out, the festival will be held the next day.

Helms PTA is looking for volunteers to promote our school to the greater community while assisting kids with a fun activity at our booth. One hour slots are available between 9:00am and 2:20pm. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e4fa5ad2ca2ffc16-heights

Friday, March 31st: NO SCHOOL, Chavez-Huerta Day

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Saturday, April 1st: Garden Day with PTA

9am-11am. Come help with the sprinkler system to support Ready to Grow Gardens and help beautify Helms.
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Saturday, April 15th: Helms GT Expo

Students will be giving presentations and parents can visit stations. The schedule for the GT Expo is as follows:

  • Kinder and 1st Grade 8:30-9:30am
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade 9:40-10:40am
  • 4th and 5th Grade 10:50-11:50am

April 28th, 2023 - College & Career Day

Use this link to sign up as a presenter:


February - July: Spanish Spelling Bee

For more information contact our Librarian Ms. Raygoza at veronica.raygoza@houstonisd.org

Special Thanks:

Special Thanks to Village Heights Church and the Action Group that has taken on the task of creating a special room for Wraparound and Social Work Services at Helms. Their Action Group is a Village Heights Church initiative that creates opportunities for individuals to experience the kingdom joy of philanthropy. The Spring 2023 project will support families in need by creating a more efficient and accessible space for a community pantry and children's closet, at this neighborhood school, while also inspiring a new standard for community services offered by HISD at campuses across our city. Once completed, this project will serve as an example of "what could be" for Wraparound and Social Work Services on every HISD campus.


  • Helms PTA is looking for volunteers to promote our school to the greater community while assisting kids with a fun activity at our booth. One hour slots are available between 9:00am and 2:20pm at Heights Kids Day of Music on March 25th. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e4fa5ad2ca2ffc16-heights
  • The Helms PTA After School Program welcomes involvement from our parents. If you have an activity (craft, sport, skill, etc.) that you would like to share with our students, please reach out to Nadia Heffernan, the After School Director at AfterSchool@helmspta.org or at 281-310-1838. Volunteering can be a one-time activity or as often as fits your schedule.
  • After school program is looking for creative toys, games and crafts that are no longer feeling the love in your house. Drop off anytime at the school reception marked “After School”.
  • Help make letters for the school lockers. Questions? Email Mrs. George-Rios at SGeorgeR@houstonisd.org.
  • Click here for teacher wishlists.

Register with VIPS to volunteer on campus

What is VIPS? VIPS stands for Volunteers in Public Schools. It is HISD's volunteer management program. You may also hear it referred to as RAPTOR.

Anyone volunteering for the school during school hours must be VIPS approved for safety reasons. Applicants register, complete an online orientation, and consent to a background check. Volunteers must reapply each year. After completion, look for an email verification from donotreply@raptortech.com confirming your application has been received. Approval process may take 0-5 days.

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Email: Hello@HelmsPTA.org

Website: www.HelmsPTA.org

Social media: Instagram and Facebook


“Two Languages, Endless Possibilities”

Principal: Alexander Gonzalez agonza30@houstonisd.org

Assistant Principal: Helen Anguiano helen.anguiano@houstonisd.org

Magnet Coordinator: Julie Hernandez jhernan2@houstonisd.org

Registrar/Attendance Clerk: Patricia Hernandez phernan6@houstonisd.org

Nurse: Debra Engler Debra.Engler@houstonisd.org

Email: agonza30@houstonisd.org
Website: https://www.houstonisd.org/domain/22
Phone: 713.867.5130