Sunday, August 30, 2015

News from Mrs. Graves

Daily Schedule
Monday - Blue
Tuesday - Green 
Wednesday - Blue
Thursday - Green
Friday - Assembly Blue

Open House - Thursday, 9/3 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Thursday evening, we will come together to let parents learn more about what the year will bring for their child.  Parents will meet briefly in the MPR to get an update on our performance data from 2014-15, and then will follow their child's schedule through the eight periods of a Charger Day!  Don't miss the opportunity to meet your child's teachers and hear about the learning that will take place this year.

Tonight would be a great time to take a look at your child's planner from last week to see if they are starting the year on the right note!  The planner includes the monthly calendar of events, and has weekly pages for assignments and due dates.  This is a great way for you to encourage independence, while still having a way to monitor their progress in developing strong systems of organization. The Planner also serves as one communication tool between home and school.

Last week we held cluster meetings to go over a few procedures and expectations.  One thing discussed was the uniform policy to make sure everyone understood the expectations. Students should wear royal blue, white or light gray collared shirts everyday with khaki, navy blue, or blue jean bottoms. Spirit shirts are reserved for Fridays. Students may wear any Pin Oak jacket or hoody, or should wear jackets that meet the "tops" guidelines for color, with no emblems or designs. See the detailed uniform policy in the Planner.

Skirts should be no more than two inches above the knee. This may be a problem for our older girls who are still wearing last year's skirts.  Discussion of skirt length at the cluster meetings allowed me a fun opportunity to answer the question "What's a hem?"  

Drop Off and Pick Up
I was contacted by several neighbors last week who are concerned that some families are using Avenue B for drop off and pick up.  This is a dead end street, and is not a safe location for student drop off and pick up.  Neighbors have contacted Bellaire PD and are requesting that drivers be ticketed.  Please use our circular drive when dropping off and picking up, or drop off along Glenmont (traveling west) before the crosswalk for supervised crossing.

Cherrydale Fundraiser!
Students will bring home their Cherrydale Fundraising catalog on Friday!  This is a great fundraising opportunity for our community.  Family and friends can order online, and have the items shipped directly to their home.  Watch for more information!

Have a great week!

Monday, August 17, 2015

News from Mrs. Graves

What is Charger Buzz?
Charger Buzz is the blog penned by me (Mrs. Graves) each week to help parents and students stay up to date on the MANY things we have going on around campus.  Every time I publish a new blog post, you will receive an email to alert you there is new content.  The blog will serve as an archive and you will easily be able to find information even if you delete the email.  The blog also includes Google Translate if English is not your preferred language.

This Week at Pin Oak
Wednesday, 8/19   8:30-11:30     7th gr Charger Camp
Wednesday, 8/19  1:00 - 4:00      8th gr Charger Camp
Wednesday, 8/19  9:00-4:00        Kona Ice Sno-Cones Fundraiser $2-5
Thursday, 8/20    8:30 - 2:00       6th gr Charger Camp
Thursday, 8/20   1:30                   6th gr New Parent Meeting

Charger Camp: Uniforms and School Supplies
Students attending Charger Camp on Wednesday (7th and 8th grade) will be able to get uniforms and school supplies throughout their camp times.  Uniforms and school supplies will close from 11:30-1:00 to allow volunteers to have lunch.

Parents of 6th graders may pick up uniforms and/or school supplies on Thursday from 8:30-10:00 or from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  6th graders will not be allowed to pick up school supplies or uniforms without a parent or guardian.

If you plan to purchase school supplies independently, instead of purchasing from the PTO, please review the updated supply lists on the website.  The previous lists did not include all supplies.

Summer Math Homework
We were recently made aware that Think Through Math has been reset for the new school year, and students who are attempting to log in are being redirected to a preset starting point, rather than to where they left off in the program.  The Math Department has decided to remove this assignment, and will only expect students to have completed the paper summer assignments.