Sunday, November 12, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 11/13  BLUE
Boys' Soccer Try-outs Begin, 3:45 p.m.

TUESDAY, 11/14  GREEN
CLUBS

WEDNESDAY, 11/15  BLUE
Girls'/Boys' Basketball & Swim Pictures, 7:00 a.m.
Girls' Basketball @ Meyerland, 5:30 p.m.
Boys' Basketball vs. Meyerland @POMS, 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 11/16  ASSEMBLY GREEN
PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Faculty vs Team Volleyball Game, Tickets $2
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Understanding Your Middle Schooler with Dr. Brian Goonan, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 11/17  CHARGER
REPORT CARDS GO HOME
NO AFTERSCHOOL CARE

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS - November 20-24


Big Thanks for a Successful Charger Fest!
Saturday was such a wonderful example of what a committed and talented community can create when they work together.  Many thanks to our 6th graders, their families and their teachers for an incredible International Fest.  Special thanks to our International Fest Chair, Emanuela Corradino.  

Our Fine Arts Department deserves a really loud shout out for the fantastic performances on Saturday!  many thanks to our performers, fine arts teachers, volunteers and our Charger Fest Chairs, Jenny Hanks, Monica Weber and Felica Broadwell.

And finally, big thanks to our Book Fair Chairs, Orit Lagnado, Shannon Hoffer and Linda Sheldon for an amazing Book Fair week!  So many books and so little time!


Fall Grading Cycles
Last week ended the second grading cycle of the first semester.  Monday, 11/13 is the first day of the final grading cycle of this semester.  The grading cycles are much shorter, and that is making it very difficult for teachers to help students when assignments are not turned in on time.

Please encourage your child to check Parent Student Connect frequently to make sure there are no missing assignments.  

Report card for this recent grading cycle will be distributed on Friday.  If your child has an Incomplete (INC) for any class, they will need to work with the teacher to resolve it immediately.  Most teachers give one week to turn in any missing assignments after the report card is distributed.  If you have questions about an individual teacher's policy, please check the teacher blog/website, or reach out by email.  Please also note, students with an INC are not eligible for participation in UIL activities until the INC is replaced with a passing grade.


Wordpress Blogs
This past week teachers were not able to access their wordpress blogs from within the HISD network.  We are working to remedy that.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact the teacher or House Principal directly by email.


Assembly Day Schedule for Thursday
                             


8:00
First Bell to Enter Houses 
8:07-9:30
2nd Period 
9:35-10:45
4th Period 

First Lunch
Second Lunch
Third Lunch
10:50-11:20
1st Lunch
6th Period
6th Period
11:30-12:00
6th Period
2nd Lunch
6th Period
12:25-12:55
6th Period
6th Period
3rd Lunch
1:00-2:10
8th Period 
2:15-3:30
ASSEMBLY/TEAM Time



Sunday, November 5, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 11/6  BLUE
Book Fair Previews
Swim Try-outs

TUESDAY, 11/7  GREEN
ADVO
Election Day - Library Closed
Tennis Practice

WEDNESDAY, 11/8  BLUE
Book Fair Opens

THURSDAY, 11/9  GREEN
Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Boundary & Magnet Recruitment Open House

FRIDAY, 11/10  CHARGER
School Picture Day

SATURDAY, 11/11
Charger Fest, Noon-4:00 p.m. 


Save the Date
Thursday, 11/16, 6:30 p.m. - Understanding Your Middle-Schooler with Dr. Brian Goonan



Applications for High Schools

HISD Magnet Applications 
That deadline for applying to HISD High School Magnet Programs is quickly approaching for our 8th graders! The deadline to apply is December 8, 2017.  You can apply online at http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/120585.  

If you are applying to HISD high schools you do not need to submit academic records, however you should maintain your first and second grading cycle report cards.
  

Need assistance with the application process?  Contact Ms. Vasquez in our House C office for assistance. Spanish assistance available.

Charter or Private School Applications
Academic Records. Do you need a copy of your child's records to submit with private or charter school applications? Contact Ms. Sarratt (jessika.sarratt@houstonisd.org) in the school office for the form to request records.  Plan ahead, as it often takes a full week to receive copies this time of the year. The school office will supply one set of records that you can copy to include with the various applications you are submitting.

Teacher Recommendations. You may need to submit recommendation forms with your application.  Please submit those to teachers and/or house principals as soon as possible. We may not be able to complete recommendations submitted within one week of the deadline.


School Start Time Survey (Closes 11/6)
Houston ISD is reviewing opportunities to improve efficiency.  One area under review is related to transportation and start times.  The District is asking for your feedback on proposed standardized start times for the 2018-19 school year.  Learn more and give your feedback at http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2017/10/25/revised-survey-available-from-hisd-transportation-on-2018-2019-standardized-school-start-times/.

Book Fair This Week!
The Pin Oak Book Fair will be held in the DLL from Wednesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 11th.  The Book Fair is open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 12 noon - 4:00 pm on Saturday during Chargerfest.

On Thursday, November 9th, parents can join their child for lunch and then come shop at the book fair.  Sign in at the front office, meet your child in the cafeteria and head on over to the book fair!  

Parents can also purchase books in our online store at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/poms 
There are no shipping fees and the books will be delivered to your student at school.  Book make terrific holiday gifts!

If you have any questions please contact Orit Lagnado at oritcm@yahoo.com

Thank you for supporting the POMS Book Fair!  Proceeds will benefit the library and classrooms.


First Annual Dessert Improv Night!
Join us for the first annual dessert improv night on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in Caja Negra! Come and purchase baked goods made by the theater department to help support the spring musical. Stay and enjoy improv performances by the theater group.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED… PIN OAK IDOL… APRIL 20

Looking for a way to meet new friends, help our kids, and use your talents at the same time?  We are in need of Volunteers who are interested in helping us plan, organize and run this year’s student Pin Oak Idol.  Pin Oak Idol is a talent show for the school featuring our very own students and judged by Local Celebrities.  If you are looking to have fun, volunteer and meet new Pin Oak family please contact Heather Barrow heather@rtlogo.com or Debbie Robbins debrobbins@att.net.  All levels of interest are welcome!


CHARGER FEST IS FINALLY HERE!



Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:00 – 4:00

ChargerFest is next Saturday and we need you!

There are still shifts that need to be filled.
Please consider volunteering to work an hour or 2 during the event.

It is not too late to sponsor or underwrite ChargerFest!

Sign up today at http://pinoakpto.org/chargerfest/ to sponsor,
donate, purchase tickets or volunteer.

ChargerFest Ticket Pricing

Carnival Wristbands:  $20 pre-sales or $25 on Saturday
*Good for all inflatables, rides, games & fine arts performances.

Fine Arts Wristbands:  $5
*Good for Fine Arts Performances, these are required for anyone who wants to watch performances.

Individual tickets:  $1 each or $10 punch card
*Can be used for inflatables, rides, games, food items, face painting, hairspray.

Confetti Egg Tickets:  $4/dozen

Raffle Tickets:  $2 each or 6 for $10

Kona Ice will be at ChargerFest accepting cash.



Raffle Prizes

Ifly Giftcard
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses
Kate Spade Purse
Bose Soundlink Micro Speaker
$100 AmEx Giftcard
Pin Oak Blue Hoverboard
All- New Amazon Echo – 2nd Generation
$150 iPic Theatre Giftcard
3 - $150 Giftcards to YogaOne Studios
$300 Giftcard to the Zone


Performing Arts Schedule
         12:30 - 12:45              Guitar
         12:45 - 1:20                Stage Band
         1:30 - 1:50                   Choir
                                                                         2:00 – 2:20  Orchestra
         2:30 - 2:50                   Dance
         3:00 - 3:30                   Band

Thank you ChargerFest Sponsors!

International Festival
Roof MD

Redemption Center
Nicholas Puig & Family

Fine Arts Performances – Group Sponsorship
Cheng, Courtney, Decker, Hicks, Jones, Marshall, Neumann, Rephlo, Shaw & Torgerson Families

Photo Booth
Fuddrucker’s

Cakewalk
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Inflatable Sponsors
Nguyen Family

Game Sponsors
Courtney Family
Energy Ogre
Gilder Family
Michael Family
Mulcahy Family
D’Amico’s
Shultz Family
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Thank you ChargerFest Underwriters!

Super Stars
Burt Family
Fisher Family
Hochglaube & DeBorde, PC
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Idols
Carter Family
Hanks Family
Hassell Family
Phillips Family

Champs
Lewin Family
Jenjira Salazar
Tackett Family

Thank you PTO Corporate Sponsors!
Bellaire Family Orthodontics
Beth Wolff Realtors
Chick-Fil-A
Elite Care

Thank you Raffle Prize Donors!
Borsos Family
Courtney Family
Hanks Family
Michael Family
Park Family
Shah Family
Vision Source
YogaOne Studios
The Zone

For questions, please contact one of the following ChargerFest co-chairs:
Felica Broadwell at fprovada@att.net
Jenny Hanks at j_hanks@att.net
Monica Weber at m_weber_designs@yahoo.com