Sunday, April 16, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

2017-18 Cheerleader Try-outs - Cheer Clinic, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Boys' & Girls Soccer @ Westbriar, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis Practice
2017-18 Cheerleader Try-outs - Cheer Clinic, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

NJHS Meeting during Team Time
Pin Oak Idol Rehearsals, 3:45-5:45 p.m. (Closed Rehearsals)
2017-18 Cheerleader Try-outs - Cheer Clinic, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Tennis Practice
Pin Oak Idol Rehearsals, 3:45-5:45 p.m. (Closed Rehearsals)
2017-18 Cheerleader Try-outs - 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Box Top Contest Winner Lunch - Congrats 6C!
Tennis Match v Lanier, Lamar HS, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Pin Oak Idol, 6:30 p.m. (Tickets Required)

6th Girls' Lacrosse v Katy, Katy Crosspoint Community Church, 11:00 a.m.
7th/8th Girls' Lacrosse v Katy, Katy Crosspoint Community Church, 12:00 p.m.
Boys' Lacrosse Playoffs, South Campus, TBD
Evelyn's Park Opening, Stage Band Performance, 2:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, 4/23
Willow Waterhole Music Festival, Stage Band Performance, 12:00 p.m.
7th/8th Girls' Lacrosse v GCGLA Storm, Chester Davis Sports Complex, 4:00 p.m.

Fitness Track Update
Last Chance to Purchase Your Paver!
Because of the incredible generosity of the Pin Oak community, we will be finalizing the details for construction of the 1/2 mile concrete fitness track that will encircle the POMS green space and athletic fields in the coming weeks.  We are thrilled to announce that we have cleared the permit process. Engraving request forms will be sent out next week. Construction will begin in June with the goal to finish the project before school begins in August.  

You can still be part of this important project and have your name or personal message engraved in the paver walkway that will connect the existing walkway to the new concrete fitness track.  Make your donation today to secure your paver at

Questions about the project?  Contact Courtney Tardy at

Thank you to our Fitness Track Donors!
Friends of Pin Oak:
The Fortenberry Family
The Frasier Family
The Greer Family
The Hellman Family
The Holcombe Family
The Hord Family
The Lawson Family
The Leppard Family
The Liao Family
The Newhouse Family
The Petzel Family
The Sousa Family
The Thweatt Family
The Wallach Family

The Hurdle Level:
Bellaire High School Fun Run
The Fujiwara-Coffman Family
The Ruiz Family
The Nyguyen Family
The Russo Family
The Papp Family
The Cosgrove Family
The Santos Family
The Jan Family
The Ratnatungga Family
The Droste Family
The Gerber Family
The Morstead Family
The Niles-Capuzzo Family
The Elwood Family
The Schwartz Family
The Saether Family
The Satgunam Family

Bronze Level:
Family of Victoria Allen
The Basa Family
The Benner Family
Bette Bowers
The Buoncristiano Family
The Cohen Family
The Davis Family
The Elwood Family
The Eskandari Family
Fawaz, Kirsten, Blaine and Bailey Hashmi
Patricia Haule
The Kagan Family
The Kopel Family
J.R. and Amanda McGee and Family
The Mercado Family
The Merriam Family
The Morstead Family
The Murti Family
The Niles-Capuzzo Family
Jennifer Novak and Hunter Traylor
The Perez Family
The Raguso Family
The Rephlo Family
The Saether Family
The Satgunam Family
The Schwartz Family
The Shah Family
The Stuart Family
Texas Dental
The Vanderbloemen Family
The Vestal Family
The Little/Waun Family
The Young Family

Silver Level:
The Barrett Family
The Christin Family
The Fell Family
The Fisher Family
The Forque Family
Dee Dee, Riley and Reid Gilder
The Goodman Family
The Hanks Family
The Katta Family
The Kehn Family
The Needham Family
The Organ Family
The Prince Family
The Reilly Girls
The Rose Family
The Sacks Family
The Tran Family
The Whitehead Family
The Young Family

Gold Level:
The Courtney Family
The Crider Family
The Lindquist & Decker Family
The Litton Family
The Madison Family
The Marshall Family
The McClure Family
The Michael Family
Summer, Michael, Emma and Connor Shaw
The Tardy Family
The Tiras Family

Platinum Level:
The Flores Family

Color Run Sponsors:
Fish Gallery, RL Bradley & Associates, Beth Wolff Realty, Spark Energy, Texan Citizens Bank, The McAlpin Family, Laura Cheng and Family, The Woodcox Family, and Vision Source.

Diamond PTO Sponsors:
Linette and Barry Courtney, Rebecca Rentz and Dan Cricks, Meredith and Ryan Maierson, Cara and Chad Michael, Sally and Harris Reid

Corporate Sponsors:
Beth Wolff Realty – Ed Wolff; Chick-fil-A Holcombe & Buffalo Speedway – Kate Potter

*If you made a donation to the track and your name is not listed, please accept my sincerest apology, and please contact Courtney Tardy via email at

What is Pin Oak Idol?
Pin Oak Idol, a longstanding tradition at Pin Oak, is one of the most anticipated events each year.  Students have auditioned and been selected to compete for the title of Pin Oak Idol! Students may purchase tickets during the lunch periods this week!

Theatre Auditions
Auditions for next year’s Advanced and Intermediate theatre classes will be May 3 and 4 from 3:35-6:30 PM.  Students should pick up the audition packet from the Main Office or from Ms. Boffone in the Caja Negra.

Algebra Qualifier Test and Informational Meeting
Each year we identify students who would benefit from the opportunity to take Algebra before 9th grade.  Algebra is a high school course that starts the high school math sequence, but is sometimes offered to students in middle school.  At Pin Oak we use an assessment that measures Algebra readiness, and consider that information along with each student's performance history in mathematics. 

Parents may join us Monday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the various course sequences for higher level mathematics and the process for identifying students for advanced math.

POMS Triathlon Team 
The following students signed up for the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon and listed POMS as their team.  The Tri team is having shirts made and we don’t want to exclude anyone. Please look at this list and if your child’s name is missing, please email and let her know.  The shirt order is due 4/23.  

It’s not too late... 
Help raise money for our new Track (no try outs - everyone can join) 
Houston Texans Kids Triathlon May 21, 2017 at NRG. Don’t forget to list POMS as your team when you register.  

Click this link to register for the race: 

Statoil STEM Camps at University of Houston
·         Capture middle grade students imaginations with engaging STEM activities
·         STEM design challenges for next generation minds
·         Taught by science and math classroom teachers
·         Camp offerings include:
o   Four unique one-week courses and
o   A two-week programming course
·         Discounted costs for multiple weeks
·         College campus experience
·         Cost includes daily lunches at UH Dining Hall, engaging activities, t-shirt and faculty instruction.
·         Pre and Post camp activities available for additional fees
·         Students must be entering grades 5-8 in Fall 2017
·         Dates: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 17-21

·         Flyer can be downloaded: Statoil STEM Camp Flyer
·        Registration:
·        Additional information:
·        Contact camp directors: or call 713-743-8644

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