SBISD Bond Update

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.


Volunteers Needed: CSA 5K Run – Harvey Relief

We are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event.  PTA hours will be given for your time.  Please email Whitney Laidlaw if you are interested.

Additionally, we are looking for sponsors for prizes to give away and/or funds to buy waters for the event.  Please email Whitney Laidlaw if you are willing to donate.

Hope After Harvey – 5K Run/Walk

What: Hope After Harvey 5K Run/Walk
When: Saturday, December 2nd @ 8:30am
Where: Starting point is the track behind the CSA campus (next to the SBISD Police Station)
How: Sign up at http://hopeafterharvey.weebly.com

Cornerstone Academy is organizing a Hope After Harvey 5K event, taking place on Saturday December 2nd! The race begins at 8:30 am and will start at the track behind the CSA campus, next to the SBISD police station.

The cost is a twenty dollar donation, which includes a t-shirt. Of course, participants are welcome to donate more if they choose. All money goes to benefit those in our community affected by Harvey.

To get a registration form and sign up, you can email Whitney Laidlaw . Cash and checks will be accepted. If paying by check, please make this out to Cornerstone Academy with the memo line “Harvey Relief Fund.”

The deadline to register is November 1st.

Students, parents, teachers, and members of the community are welcome to participate!


GT Parent Ed Session #1

GT Parent Ed Session #1
Wednesday, October 18th
Perfectionism: What’s So Bad About Being Too Good? 
Presented by Pamela Johnson – SBISD Director of Advanced Academics
2 sessions available!
11am to 12pm OR 5pm to 6pm
West Support Center, Room 7F
2100 Shadowdale Drive
Houston, TX  77043
Park on the west side of the building, in the Shadowdale lot. (Limited paved spaces are available, but grass parking is allowed.) Enter the building through the door marked “Bilingual/ESL Testing Center” and follow the signs to room 7F.
Click here to RSVP for this program. In the Subject line, list Perfectionism, and specify your preference for 11am or 5pm.


Earn Money for CSA

It’s EASY to Earn MONEY $$ for your school.
Here are a few ways:
Labels for education:
The Labels for Education® program is coming to a close in January 2018. Only UPC submissions with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points. See participating products below.
Clip these UPC labels and bring them to school before the winter break. You can put them in the pink boxes with the Box Tops. Cornerstone can purchase needed supplies for our school with the points earned from these labels.
Kroger Loyalty Card:
Set up a free online account at www.Kroger.com if you do not already have one. After logging in, under the COMMUNITY link, go to the KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS link. Follow the prompts to link your Kroger customer loyalty card to Cornerstone Academy. Please note that you need to do this every year. Use your card every time you shop at Kroger’s and Cornerstone will receive money back.


Club Cotillion – 7th Grade

Club Cotillion at the HESS club

for 7th grade students

Sundays: March 4, 25, April 15, 22, and 29, 2019
Registration begins November 1st, 2017 at 10:00am at cotillion.com
Space fills up quickly, please don’t delay in registering!
For more information, click here.


Proposed Amendment of Bylaws

Proposed Amendment of Bylaws

1. Article V Section 2A. Local PTA Dues Amount

Current Bylaw: Annual dues for each member shall be three dollars ($3.00) for the local portion of dues plus state dues as determined by Texas PTA and national dues as determined by National PTA.

Proposed Change: “Annual dues for each member shall be five dollars and fifty cents ($5.50) for the local portion of dues plus state dues as determined by Texas PTA and national dues as determined by National PTA.

Discussion: The correct amount for local dues now is $5.50.  The change to bylaws will accurately reflect that the local dues are $5.50 and not $3.00

$10 Total Individual Dues = $5.50 Local Dues + $2.25 State Dues + $2.25 National Dues

2. Article VI Section 2,3,4 5B; VII S1A, IX S3, X S1 President Elect:

Current Bylaw: Current bylaws do not provide for a President Elect position.  The Texas PTA now allows for this position: President Elect (Articles VII, VIII, X, XII): PTAs may choose to add President Elect as an (elected) Officer position. Note: This option restricts the term limit to one year for both President and President Elect and adds the President Elect as an ex-officio member to every committee. In order to elect a President-Elect, PTAs must adopt the required Bylaws amendment prior to their spring elections the year before the President Elect model takes effect.

Proposed Change: Add the above President Elect Position to our bylaws.

3. Article VIII Section 1B. Meetings

Current Bylaw: The association meeting held in February shall be the election meeting.

Proposed Change: “The association meeting held in May shall be the election meeting.

Discussion: This meeting is already held in May, so we are changing the bylaws to reflect what is currently being done.


Reflections Deadline – Submit Your Entries

Reach Your Creative Potential with the PTA Reflections Art Program
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 13th


More information can be found on the Texas PTA website.  Click here for the student entry form.


School Bond Election

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.


Spirit Night: Chick-fil-A

What: Spirit Night at the Silber Road Chick-fil-A
When: Wednesday, October 25th from 12pm – 7pm
Where: 7660 Katy Freeway (Silber & I-10)


Box Tops

It’s time to start clipping 
those Box Tops!
Box Tops are an easy way to 

earn money for our school.
There are hundreds of products with
Box Top on them.


Make sure you put the box tops in a baggie labeled with your grade level and homeroom Teacher’s name.
We will have a party at the end of the year for the class in each grade level that collects the most Box Tops!
Put your box tops in the pink boxes in your classrooms or at the front office. We will be collecting all year long.
  1. Buy
  2. Clip, bag and label
  3. Put in pink box
  4. Party!


Is There a DJ in the House?

Is there a DJ in the House?
We are in need of a volunteer to DJ for the CSA Halloween Dance on Friday, October 27, from 6:00-8:30! If you have the experience and the sound equipment, dust off your DJ hat and help get our Cougars on the dance floor. Contact Ms. Bartling at kandi.bartling@springbranchisd.com if you can help.


Cornerstone Birthday Bash Announcement

It’s an Auction!
It’s a Carnival!
It’s a Cookoff!

It’s the Cornerstone Academy 20th Birthday Bash!

Friday, April 6, 2018!

Join the committee to plan CSA PTA’s biggest party of the year!  We will meet next Wednesday, October 11th at 9:00 a.m. following the PTA Board meeting.

Can’t make the meeting?  Contact Betsy or Stephanie to get involved.

The more the merrier, come join the Birthday fun!


Stratford Playhouse Presents “Harvey”!

Stratford Playhouse Presents “Harvey”!
Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall invisible rabbit. This hilarious play is a must see for the entire family. Purchase your tickets online today at shsplayhouse.org.


Marvelous Monday Madness

CSA – Marvelous Monday Madness
3M Club Day


Club Name
Teacher/Parent Sponsor
Service organization for inducted 8th graders
Run Club – 5K Ready Laidlaw
Will run and train for a 5K (hoping to organize a 5K for those affected by Hurricane Harvey)
Art Club Hooker
*****BEGINS the first Monday of October*****
Thespian Troupe Pendergrass
We will meet once month every 4th Monday to enjoy theater fun and food. You do not have to be a member of the Thespian Troupe to attend.
3D Engineering
 for Youths
Than Le (Parent) Engineering Graphics Program (3D-CAD)
Student Council Bartling
School-focused service organization for 7th and 8th graders
TED Talks Wood Every week, we will select, watch and discuss TED talks to learn more about our world, ourselves and ways we can improve society
DIY Club Rodriguez
Come create homemade bath salts, bath bombs, soaps, candles, lip balms, easy edible confections, and other creatons. All grades welcome!
Band Bundrick Rotating Woodwinds one week, Brass 2nd week, rhythm section the third week.
Minecraft Vergult, Heideman, Bosworth, Constante Kids will play Minecraft together on the library iPads.
Equine  Club Edsall Kids will learn horse judging for all disciplines, riding styles, horse breeds, horse care, and engage in community involvement with horse rescues and possible riding experiences.
Gregg/Barton Students will learn to play chess and/or poker.


Staff Appreciation – October 13th

Staff Appreciation
October 13, 2017
Want to help out and earn volunteer hours?
Click here here to sign up.
Staff Appreciation plans for the entire year are available here.
Short on time? That’s ok! There are numerous ways you can help out. If you or someone you know has connections to a restaurant and/or catering company, we would love to speak with you about ways we can show our incredible staff and teachers how much we appreciate them.
Please contact Paige Wardell at 713/204-0214 or pwardell@wardelllawfirm.com.
Thank you for your generous support! This will be the best year yet!


Book Fair

Book Fair

Oct 2-6


Open House – This Tuesday

Join us for our Open House this Tuesday, October 3rd


Flood Recovery Funding Resources

Flood Recovery Funding Resources

Flood Insurance extra $30+

  • ICC (incremental compliance cost)
    • its in the small print of any flood policy offering an additional $30K+ above policy structure limit to anyone who has (agent and adjuster won’t disclose unprompted)
      • valid only for bulldozing home,
    • its a separate department of the flood insurer called ICC
      • call your insurer, ask for ICC dpt and get ICC claims adjuster’s name and direct # and tell them you want to open ICC claim
    • to qualify you must incur
      • single flood major damage = 51%+ of structure value
      • multi flood (2+flood claims) totaling 25%+ of structure damage
    • process to access $
    • schedule inspection from City of Houston Flood Management – grants dept 8323948854 – Juan Diaz supervisor, Ms Ella admin
      • best go in person at City of Huston permit office on Washington Str (almost downtown) 3rd floor
    • with inspection results (they came 2 days after I visited their office) they issue letter of damage declaration
    • submit letter to flood insurance ICC dpt
  • SBA disaster 1.75% or 3.5% loans up to 30yrs
    • loan application up to $200K structure for primary residence
      and up to $40K for renters, home contents and vehicles

      • if you have flood insurance it covers difference between insurance payout and cost of rebuilding/remodeling
    • apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
      • customer service 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
      • best to go in person at the Midtown office 2302 Fannin St., Suite 200 no appointment needed, short wait, very helpful
    • loan application for loss of business/income for
      • self employed or other jobs disrupted by disaster resulting in income reduction or disruption
        • they look at last 1.5yrs income average and compare to disaster timeline impact income and pay you the difference

City Of Houston FEMA Flood Management Grants

  • ICC grants (see above ICC info) up to $200K to raise home foundation above flood level in Harvey damaged house
    • same contacts and inspection process as flood insurance ICC above but you apply for home elevation grant

Tax Clawback & Early Refunds

  • Can file immediately amendment to 2016 return for declared federal emergency disaster tax refund
    • based on difference of cost to repair damage and insurance payout
      • structure only, so maximize structure related value vs land value
    • most valuable to major damaged homes as can create a Net Operating Loss ( NOL) effect covered by the IRS
      • size of calculated NOL can be used for current year, up to 2 prior years and up to following year
        • significant source of extra $ but complex so must speak with accountant/CPA
    • Congress working on Harvey tax relief package now, as with Katrina, and might again remove the 10% threshold for NOL clawback
      • to leverage this opportunity must wait to file damage exception in 2017 return
        • if you file immediately based on 2016 return you get $ faster but miss out on the extra 10% if it passes by year end


7th Grade Parents Coffee

Seventh Grade Parents Coffee
October 13

Come join the 7th grade parents right after drop off on Friday, October 13 for a back to school coffee at the home of Susan Litts (733 Country Lane). Stop by for a quick chat or stay to hang out and talk. We will have sign up opportunities to volunteer. Also, if you would like to donate to the new kitchen, check out the link below. We will collect items at the coffee. And, if you would like to donate a gift card to the collection for families and staff affected by Harvey, we will be accepting these as well at the coffee.

Given by 7th Grade Peer Group Leaders Mary Jo Harp and Susan Litts.


Gifted & Talented Community Awareness Meeting

SBISD Gifted and Talented
Community Awareness Meeting
Sept 28th
11:30am – 1:30pm
West Support Center
2100 Shadowdale, Houston 77043
Spanish and English presentations
The GT Parent Referral Form is available from the school counselor.
This form must be completed by October 23, 2017.
Information Flyer: English/Spanish

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