Sunday, September 18, 2016

News From Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Volleyball @ Meyerland MS, 5:00 p.m.
7th gr Football vs Meyerland MS @ POMS, 5:00

8th gr Football vs Meyerland MS @ Butler Stadium, 7:00 p.m.
Mixed Bags Paper Orders Due - Online Orders Continue Until Friday

Volleyball & Cross Country Pictures, 7:00 a.m.
Early Dismissal, 1:00 p.m. -- NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Boys' Lacrosse Parent Information Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Mixed Bags Online Sales Deadline

Westbury Classic Cross Country Meet, Willow Waterhole, 8:00 a.m.
Choir and Orchestra Trip to San Antonio

Recapture of Local Property Tax Revenue
Were you unable to join us at the PTO meeting last Thursday?  Houston ISD is considered a property-wealthy district.  As property value has increased, Houston ISD has received less funding for public education from the state.  Now, HISD is expected to send $162M to the state to fund public education in 2017, and is estimated to pay more than $1B over the next four years.  You can learn more about the school finance system and Recapture by watching the video on the HISD website at

In November, you will find an item on your ballot regarding the recapture of $162M in local tax revenue by the state.  Learn more and make your wish known.  Share the link on social media with friends and family.

Charge Into the Color
Our first ever color run will be held during school the morning of Oct 11 to support our Fitness Track fundraising efforts. We hope you join the fun and CHARGE INTO THE COLOR!
Students can GET OUT OF CLASS for one hour (pre-determined time) if they participate in one of the following ways:
1) Run/Walk one mile
2) Cheer on classmates (Spectator)
3) Douse friends with color (Color Thrower)
Enjoy music, color fun and Kona Ice (additional cost) during the post-run party! 
Sign up before Sept 26 at the Pin Oak PTO website:
Brighten your day while supporting this fun FITNESS TRACK fundraiser!

What Is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?
From the teaching tolerance website:
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.  

In our POMS surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn.  So for just a day, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch.  It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.  We will participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Wednesday, September 28th. (With space limited in the cafeteria we may not be able to have guests at lunch.) You can learn more at

PTO Membership
I hope you will consider partnering with parents and staff through membership in the PTO. Membership starts at $5. 

Those participating at $750 and up will be invited to join me at a special event “Breakfast with the Principal”.  These funds go great lengths to enhance curriculum and extracurricular opportunities for our students.

Be sure to join by September 23 to be recognized within the print version of the Directory.

Lost Ring
A family heirloom ladies ring was lost about two weeks ago at PO, in the girls bathroom, closest to the cafeteria.  This is a traditional, vintage, sterling silver ring with a wide band and has a bright white background face with a flower design. This ring has a huge amount of sentimental value and recently was just past down to a POMS student. The owners are offering a reward for the return of the ring.

Pin Oak Boys' Lacrosse
Another great season of Pin Oak 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 out everything you ever wanted to know about Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse!  All parents, former and new players, 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, 7th and 8th graders

Mixed Bags
Support POMS with our Mixed Bag fall fundraiser starting on Tuesday, September 6th. Mixed Bag Designs offers two catalogs filled with high quality, colorful and stylish products including reusable bags, totes, accessories, home storage products, kitchenware, gift-wrap and more. There is something for everyone on your list in these catalogs!  Turn in money and completed orders by Tuesday, September 20th.  POMS earns up to 45% profit for each order!  Awesome prizes awarded!  For questions please contact Janet Neumann (

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