Sunday, September 11, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Volleyball v Pershing @ Pin Oak, 5:00 p.m.

Club Shopping

Odyssey of the Mind Parent Information Meeting, Library, 4:00 p.m.

PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

Fall Picture Day
NJHS Applications Due

School Choice Fair, Westbury High School, 9-12

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 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.  On Tuesday during TEAM time, students will get to shop two 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.  Every opportunity for students to meet others with common interests expands their friend circle and builds connections that make a large school feel smaller.

School Choice Fair
The Office of School Choice will be hosting a School Choice Fair at Westbury High School on September 17 from 9AM-12PM for all families who are interested in learning more about magnet programs and the magnet application process for the upcoming school year.

This year, online applications and paper applications will be available starting on September 30 and the deadline to apply to be considered for magnet lottery is December 9th.

Pin Oaks Boys Lacrosse
Another great season of Pin Oaks Boys Lacrosse is gearing up! We will hold a general interest meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pin Oak Cafeteria.  Please join us to find our everything you wanted to know about Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse!  All parents, former and new parents, as well as siblings are welcomed to attend the meeting.  No prior experience is necessary to join the team.  We look forward to seeing you on September 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

**Lacrosse is considered a Club sport (not adopted as a UIL sport) and is open to 6th graders.

Final Days of our Fundraiser
Support POMS through our Mixed Bags Fundraiser!  Tuesday, 9/20 is the final day to make purchases that benefit POMS with 45% of all purchases.

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