Sunday, September 6, 2015

News from Mrs. Graves

Daily Schedule
Monday, 9/7 HOLIDAY

Tuesday, 9/8 GREEN

Wednesday, 9/9 BLUE
Girls' Lacrosse Parent Information Meeting, 5:30 p.m

Thursday, 9/10 GREEN
PTO Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
International Festival Meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 9/11 BLUE
NJHS Applications Due
6th Grade Mixer, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Tickets on sale at lunch, $5

What is Club Shopping?  
At Pin Oak we believe it is important for our students to get involved and make connections through common interests.  We think it is so important that it is part of the school day, and available to all students, not just those who can come early or stay late.  Every teacher in the school sponsors a club, and students may seek out sponsors to start a new club with just 10 other students who are interested. We change clubs each semester.

Choosing the right club is important.  We want students to have enough information to make an informed choice about the type of club in which they wish to participate.  Club shopping was born out of that idea.  This week, during TEAM time, students will get to shop three clubs, and will then turn in their top choices for a club.  Our club organizers will match students to the club of their choice and club assignments will be announced next week.  Clubs will meet every other week on Tuesdays, instead of the traditional Advocacy period.

How should parents support this process?  Parents should encourage children to explore topics of interest without making judgments about the quality of the topic, and without making the choice for them. They may initially choose a club because a friend has chosen it, but the hope is that our students will gain the confidence to try things of interest with or without the security of a good friend.

6th Grade Parent Information Meeting - 
We will be hosting a 6th grade Parent Meeting in the coming weeks.  All 6th grade parents are invited.  Parking is available in the faculty/staff lot on the back side of campus. Tell us what topics you have questions about so that we may tailor the event to fit your needs at

6th Grade Mixer Hosted By Student Council
The 6th grade mixer is Friday, September 11th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and we will be sold during lunch all next week and at the door. There will be drinks and snacks for sale for $1 each.

Cherrydale Fundraiser
Your Charger received a Cherrydale catalog on Friday afternoon!  This is a major fundraiser for Pin Oak and provides needed funds to supplement technology in the classroom and other curriculum and instructional tools.  Friends and family can order online with direct shipping!  All orders are due Friday, September 18th, but can be turned in any morning this week or next before school.

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