Special Meeting of Stratford High School PTSA – May 3, 2017

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 4 of the Stratford High School PTSA Bylaws, a special meeting of the Stratford High School PTSA is called for Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Stratford High School Cafeteria. The purpose of this meeting is to elect the President of the Stratford High School PTSA for the 2017-2018 school year. No other business will be conducted at this meeting.

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stratford PTSA President Kim Selzman at kimselzman@gmail.com.

Kim Selzman
2016-2017 President
Stratford High School PTSA

Opening this Week – Stratford Playhouse Brighton Beach Memoirs!

Don’t miss the Stratford Playhouse production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Neil Simon’s hilarious semi-autobiographical portrait of the writer as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy, Eugene Morris. This Tony award-winning play is an affectionate and entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth, and humor, and is hailed as Neil Simon’s “finest,” “funniest” and “richest” play to date. Get your tickets today at shsplayhouse.org.

Spartan Senior Seminar

Spartan Senior Seminar

Senior Seminar Note

SHS Booster Club Golf Tournament

Stratford Booster Club Golf Tournament


All golfers, friends of golfers and others wanting to

get out, have some fun and support our athletes – we want you!


Come out to River Ridge Golf Club  May 7th

We will play a Four (4) Man Florida Scramble with a 1:00 shotgun start.

Entry Fee:  $130 Per Player

Individual or Team Sign Ups Available


Sign up Now!  Click here for Details and to Sign up  Sign up Now!


Sign up Deadline April 30!

Sponsor or Donate at the link above

Get Involved with Parents for Full & Fair Funding

Parents for Full and Fair Funding

The PTSA welcomed Jenn Espey to our April 19, 2017 to tell us about Parents for Full & Fair Funding of Texas Public Schools (PF3). Jenn is the parent of children in our district and is working with PF3 to improve the funding of public education for all children in the State of Texas.

Parents for Full & Fair Funding is a grassroots movement started by parents and concerned taxpayers living in and sending children to schools in SBISD. This movement is rooted in a deep concern about how the complex and outdated funding formula (known as “Recapture” or “Robin Hood”) is detrimentally impacting our district.

The State has a long-standing constitutional mandate to provide free public education, but it has not been a fair funding partner for quite some time. In fact, the State of Texas relies on your SBISD local tax dollars to help bankroll the State’s General Fund, shortchanging over 5 million Texas public school students – including 35,000+ SBISD students.

This year, SBISD will send three times more funds to the state ($66 million) than it will receive in state funding ($17.5 million). Next year, SBISD is forecast to pay $91 million in recapture. That’s nearly 22 percent of locally generated revenue.

PF3’s mission is to make public school funding full and fair – and keep education dollars in education. For the current Session, PF3 is petitioning Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to make these three changes:

1. Elimination of the homestead exemption penalty from the recapture formula.
2. Funding for full-day Pre-K programs & the inclusion of full-day Pre-K student enrollment when determining the amount of recapture local taxpayers must pay the state.
3. Reimbursement to school districts subject to recapture for their transportation costs.

PF3 hopes everyone in SBISD will join them to make education a top priority of the Texas Legislature. When parents take action, notice is taken – and change can happen.

You can become a PF3 member and get involved by taking action:

SHS PTSA Officers for 2017-2018 Elected

Our SHS PTSA officers for the 2017-2018 school year were elected at our April 19, 2017 PTSA meeting. These new officers are:

  • 1st Vice President – Scholarships: Karen Alexander
  • 2nd Vice President – Membership: Julie Turrentine
  • 3rd Vice President – Directory: Caroline Roberts
  • Treasurer: Cindy McGinty
  • Secretary: Lorraine Alvey

Congratulations to these ladies and thanks in advance for your service! If you have questions about our PTSA, please contact 2016-2017 SHS PTSA President Kim Selzman at kimselzman@gmail.com or 713.703.7735.

Nominating Committee’s Slate of 2017-2018 Officer Nominees

The SHS PTSA Nominating Committee has been hard at work putting together a slate of nominees to serve as officers for the 2017-2018 school year. The Committee’s slate is as follows:

  • 1st Vice President Scholarships – Karen Alexander
  • 2nd Vice President Membership – Julie Turrentine
  • 3rd VP Directory – Caroline Roberts
  • Treasurer – Cindy McGinty
  • Secretary – Lorraine Alvey

There is currently no nominee for the position of President. The positions of Parliamentarian and Historian are filled by appointment.

Thanks so much to the members of the Nominating Committee and the alternates for their efforts. Members are Kim Wood (Chairperson), Daniela Cesconetto, Carrie Goolsby, Ben Leung and Meredith Lamberton. Alternates are Julie Turrentine and Anna Farris.

Should you have questions about the slate or the Nominating Committee, please contact Kim Wood at kimwood714@yahoo.com.

Register Now for Running for the Arts Race!

Running for the Arts

Registration is now open for the Spring Branch Education Foundation’s annual Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest, a fun and family-friendly community event benefiting the Spring Branch Independent School District’s ARTS Partners Program and the SBISD Health Fitness Program. The ARTS Partners Program provides cultural art experiences for all SBISD students while SBISD’s Health Fitness Program educates students on the best wa to live a healthy lifestyle.

This year’s race takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The location has moved to the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, located on the Westchester Academy campus, 901 Yorkchester. The event will feature on ArtFest with local artisans and student artists from SBISD. A post-race party with food and refreshments will be available to the Museum after runners cross the finish line. And families can enjoy the day with an artisan market, food trucks, live entertainment, kids activities and more! Not a runner? Register to be a Saturday Sleep-In Sponsor!

You can register on-line by visiting:


On-line registration deadline is May 5, 2017. No race day registrations. Packet pickup will be at the Museum.

Anonymous Reporting Available on Stratford Website

If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Stratford High School or have other discipline-related concerns regarding our school, you can leave your concerns for the principal on the Stratford High School website. Just visit this page to complete the anonymous reporting form:


You do not need to include your name unless you would like the principal to follow up with you. All messages will be taken seriously and will be worked on promptly. This website is checked daily by the principal. That being said, if you are experiencing a serious problem that needs immediate attention, you are urged to tell a teacher, school leader or other trusted adult as soon as possible.

Anna Skelly Receives Texas PTA Scholarship

Stratford senior, Anna Skelly, was recently announced as a 2016-2017 Scholarship Award winner. The Texas PTA offers $1000 scholarship to high school seniors annually. Anna was one of 18 students in the state of Texas to receive this award.

The Texas PTA scholarship process focuses on the impact an applicant’s family, teachers and PTA have had on their goals to continue their eduction. Congratulations to Anna Skelly!

First Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Application

Attention Class of 2017 Seniors!
Attached is First Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Application. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application and follow the instructions to return to Jennifer Bradshaw. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at JFBradshaw5@comcast.net

Select here for applicaiton:  FJWC 2017 Scholarship Application

Spring Fundraiser for FamilyPoint Resources

Calling on Stratford neighbors to gather for a night of games, music, and fun- all to benefit FamilyPoint Resources.

CASINO NIGHT with Dueling Pianos
Saturday, April 29, 2017 6:00 – 10:00pm?
at the Ascension on the Bayou

The night includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks, Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, and Poker. Also, at 6:30 PM a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament begins; Dueling Pianos start playing at 7 PM.

Throughout the night guests can trade their chips in for Raffle Tickets and enter the chance to win a prize at the end of the evening.

All proceeds of this event will support our neighbors through Summer Camps, Sports Programs, After School Enrichment, and the Nottingham Park Community Library.

Ticket and sponsor information available at https://www.myrollcall.com/app/#/event/view/60

FamilyPoint Resources is a nonprofit that engages the community to meet needs, build hope, and transform lives by providing opportunities and supportive relationships for children and families in the Nottingham Park area. Last year, FamilyPoint Resources served 460 individuals and created 40,000 points of contact, each point focused on providing love and support to a child who might not otherwise have this opportunity.

For more information on FamilyPoint Resources,
visit www.familypointresources.com



Volunteer to Help New SHS Students

SHS Volunteer
Interested in volunteering to work with our students? We are looking for parent volunteers to help our refugee and newcomer students practice their English speaking skills in a low-stress environment. These students are ESL students who are quick learners and just need someone to spend some 1-on-1 or small group time with them as they read to you, play language game activities and just talk. The activities will be provided by the teacher.

This 5 minute YouTube video by Stratford ESL teacher Carol Salva explains how you can easily help and the tremendous impact your time will have: http://bit.ly/LanguageVolunteers.

Parents are already doing this type of volunteer work at other SBISD schools and seeing incredible success. We want to offer our Stratford kids the same opportunity!

You can sign up by using our Sign-Up Genius form:

Sign-Up Genius Form for Helping New Students

You should check in at the SHS Front Office and then meet up with Ms. Salva in Rooms 352/353. Questions? Email Ms. Salva at carol.salva@springbranchisd.com. And thanks in advance for your assistance!

Class of 2018 Garage Sale this Friday and Saturday!

Great deals can be found at the Stratford Class of 2018 “Giant Garage Sale”

Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

Students and parents have collected over 6000 square feet of treasures, that are all priced to sell! Everything from gently used clothing, furniture, antiques, toys, bikes, household items, collectibles, artwork and so much more! Come support this parent led fundraising event at our new location,

10303 Katy Frwy @ Benignus Plaza

Stratford Playhouse Students Awarded UIL One Act Play Awards

Stratford Playhouse performed “The Trojan Women” in the UIL One Act Play Contest for District 15AAAAAA on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
The following received UIL Awards:
Rachel Harsley (role of Hecuba) All Star Cast
Rachel Stone (role of Cassandra) Honorable Mention All Star Cast
Bayle Goldman (crew) Best Technical

Photo: Rachel Stone, Bayle Goldman, Rachel Harsley

Yearbook Senior Ad Needed – 6 block space available

Senior Parents – If you missed out on purchasing a senior ad – we have ONE 6-block space available for $300. This is the size just below a full page. If you want this spot, we will need payment, photos and message the Monday we return from spring break. Please feel free to email me (yearbook teacher) with questions at Lillian.Harris@springbranchisd.com or to secure your spot. As always, thank you for your support!

Would Your Family Like to Mentor an SBISD Refugee Family?

Patricia Economides, SBISD Counselor for Recent Immigrants, SBISD Bilingual/ESL Department, spoke at our recent PTSA meeting and told us about the number of refugee families that currently have students in our SHS feeder pattern schools. These families come from countries all over the world, including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Sudan and have students at a number of SBISD schools, including Stratford, Spring Forest Middle School, Thornwood, Nottingham and Meadow Wood. Ms. Economides is looking for SHS families that would partner with these newcomer families to help them “learn the ropes” of living in America and being a part of our community. This could involve things as simple as helping them understand forms that come home from school, assisting them in locating a doctor or dentist in the area, showing them how to navigate the grocery store, or meeting up with them at their children’s games or after-school activities.

If you are interested in learning more, Ms. Economides is organizing an orientation session to answer questions and get out more information. Please contact her at Patricia.Economides@springbranchisd.com for more information.

PTSA is Looking for Arabic-Speaking Volunteers to Help SHS Teacher

SHS Math Teacher Olivia Shirley is looking for Arabic-speaking volunteers to assist with her grade-level Geometry class. Volunteers do not need to be experts in math to help – the teacher gives the lesson and volunteers are just needed to translate what is said to students. Volunteers can also help with translating student questions to the teacher. Translators would be especially helpful with “one-on-one” student/teacher work.

Volunteers need to check in at the Front Office and then meet in SHS Room 201 from 11:47 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated). Volunteers are needed on these dates:

  • March 6, 8, 10, 21, 23 (12:06-1:30 p.m.), 29
  • April 4, 10, 12, 17

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. Shirley at olivia.shirley@springbranchisd.com. Your help is greatly appreciated!

The Sparta Fund Wants to Help YOU Help Our Kids!

Sparta Fund Logo

Do you have an idea for an incredible project that would significantly impact the education of our Stratford kids? Are you interested in enhancing the learning experience of our students? Does your great project just need some funding to get going? Then why not apply to the Sparta Fund?

New this year, the Stratford High School PTSA’s Sparta Fund is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the education, health and welfare of the students of Stratford High School. The Sparta Fund Committee is now looking for projects, both big and small, that deserve funding. The Committee is now taking accepting applications and hopes to fund several fantastic projects this year. requests for the fall.

All Sparta Fund funding requests must follow the Sparta Fund Guidelines. You can view the Guidelines and complete a Sparta Fund on-line request form by visiting:


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Sparta Fund Committee Chairperson, Amy Harrington, at amyh@rwr.com.

Please note: Funding requests must be for items or events that are appropriate for purchase by the PTSA. Such items include, but are not limited to, non-consumable instructional and educational materials, PTSA-sponsored programs or events, technology items, campus beautification, and support of appropriate organizations within Stratford High School.

Stratford Teams Take 1st Place at Odyssey of the Mind Contest

Congratulations to our two Stratford High School Odyssey of the Mind teams which both finished in first place at the recent Regional Tournament! Seniors Andrew Dawson, Joshua Chan, Jessica Sheldon, Riley Timmreck, Caroline Crawford, Randall Royall and Nestor Mejia took first in the Balsa Wood Problem. Juniors Madeleine Wylie, Jacinda Isbell, and Max Schein, along with Natalie Lee, Cameron Chan, and Drew Chan won for the Theatrical Problem. Both teams advance to State and will compete in the State Tournament on April 8th at Waller High School. Way to go Spartan OM teams!

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