The Bear Branch Buzz



Nov 8-17: Food Drive benefitting Society of St. Stephen

Nov 16: Thanksgiving menu for students

Nov 17: LAST day to order Spirit Wear

Nov 17: Spirit Day with Papa Johns

Nov 19: Thanksgiving pie donations...Thank You, PTA!

Nov 19: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program, 2:15 pm

Nov 22-26: Thanksgiving Holidays

Nov 29: Elementary Holiday / Staff Workday

Dec 1: Makeup Picture Day

Dec 1: PTA Pictures with Santa (@ Bear Branch gazebo)

Dec 6: PTA meeting 6:30 pm / Nutcracker Performance 6:40 pm

Dec 8-10: Santa's Workshop by PTA

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Holiday Food Drive

BBE staff and families will once again support the Society of St. Stephen with their holiday food drive. Please consider sending non-perishable food items to school with your child. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, November 17th. Suggestions for donations include:

brownie mix - corn muffin mix - cereal - peanut butter - canned soup - canned fruit - tuna

- non-perishable holiday favorites

We appreciate your willingness to offer support to community members in need.

It's a contest! Donations have been tallied, and 2nd Grade is in the lead! All grades have a few more days to donate - who will be the winner?

Spirit Store Is Open Until Nov 17!

The Spirit Store has reopened just in time for the holidays! Place your order on the BBE PTA website. Orders are due by Wednesday, November 17.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at BBE

Kindergarten's annual Thanksgiving program will be held in the BBE cafeteria on Friday, November 19 at 2:15 pm for parents of KG students to attend. Please check-in with your ID in the front office.

Due to supply disruptions and shortages, Humble ISD Nutrition will not be hosting a Thanksgiving Feast this year for parents to attend. A Thanksgiving menu will be served on November 16th for students only.

Parent Survey - Lunches at BBE

BBE is asking for parents' input regarding lunch visitors. Currently, parents are welcome to visit your child at lunch to celebrate his/her birthday or half-birthday, as well as eat lunch with your child any day of the week outside on the picnic tables. Please complete the BBE Lunch Parent Survey so we may accommodate parents' concerns as we consider our lunch visitor policy for the second half of the school year.

Spirit Day with Papa Johns, Wednesday Nov 17th

Be sure to mention BEAR BRANCH ELEMENTARY SPIRIT NIGHT when placing your order. The fundraiser runs from 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, for either carryout or delivery. 20% of all orders when you mention BBE will be donated to the PTA. 281-361-7272

Thanksgiving Pies for Teachers and Staff

PTA is asking for help to continue a Thanksgiving Tradition at BBE. Please go to and signup to donate a Thanksgiving Pie for our teachers and staff. Your pie can be homemade or store bought. Please deliver your pie(s) the morning of Friday, November 19. Parent Volunteers will be at both entrances to accept donations during drop off.

Thank you for helping show our teachers and staff how much they are loved and appreciated!


Join BBE PTA on Wednesday, December 1st, after school, at the Bear Branch Gazebo for hot cocoa, cookies and story time to kick off the holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there! Families will be able to sign up in advance for a 5 minute photo session with Santa, between 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Donations are welcome on site and will benefit the staff and students of BBE. Please go to to schedule.


5th Grade Parents: As our students prepare to take the stage, please be on the lookout for an email from Mrs. Barnes addressing costuming and makeup. We are also in need of volunteers to help behind the curtain with costumes and props. Please sign up at to help support this wonderful BBE Christmas tradition.

Kindergarten & First Grade Science Lab Volunteers Needed!

Be a science hero and volunteer in your student's classroom! Kindergarten and First Grade science lab is a great opportunity for you to be in your child's classroom and explore science together. You don't have to be a scientist to volunteer. All of the information needed for the labs is provided. We need your help to make the labs successful - plenty of volunteers help the labs run smoothly. Go to to volunteer, and be sure to submit your Humble ISD volunteer application!

Santa's Workshop December 8 - 10

The PTA will host Santa's Workshop from Wednesday - Friday, Dec 8-10 on the stage in the cafeteria. Students will be assigned a day where they will have the opportunity to shop independently for holiday gifts for family, friends, teachers and pets. All purchases are tax-free and pre-wrapped. Do you want to help students pick out gifts? A link for volunteer signups will be available soon!

PTA Reflections Competition

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I will change the world by... is this year's theme for our PTA Reflections competition. Encourage your child to participate by creating an original writing or fine arts project sharing how they plan to change the world. Details can be found by scanning the QR code on the flyer or by visiting the Texas PTA website at All entries can be turned into the Reflections box located in the front foyer at BBE.

Questions? Julie Wimberly | | 281-641-1607

PTA Volunteer Guidelines

Humble ISD VOLUNTEERS make a significant contribution to the education of children. We LOVE our BBE volunteers!

Join our fabulous BBE PTA today!

For the safety of our students and staff, all Humble ISD volunteers need to complete a short online application prior to volunteering on a campus.

Thank you for everything you do for our school!

Together for Mental Health: Exploring the Counseling Process Virtual November 18 How do you find someone when you're asking for help? Does therapy work? We will discuss mental health services and how to find the one that is right for you, your child or your family. We will share how to find a highly trained clinician, questions to ask, what to look for in a counselor or therapist and how the counseling process looks. Guest Speaker: Ashley Taylor, Heights Family Counseling Social Worker Register Here

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Meet The Staff!

Kakie Palmer - Principal

Sheryl Siwek - Assistant Principal

Laura Roberts - Bookkeeper & Secretary

James Kuchta - Registrar & Attendance Specialist

Tammy Spijkerman - Office Aide

Teachers & Class Lunch Times