Our goal is to support FBMS as an active and collaborative organization. We appreciate your ideas and involvement. Please contact any board member or committee member listed for further information on how to get plugged in and volunteer. FBMS PTO needs your help to complete our myriad of initiatives in support of the school.
I hope that our students and families are happy to be in the home stretch of the first semester and are looking forward to the holiday break. None of us expected these last few days to be as crazy as they were, but I want to express thanks to the teachers, staff, and administration for everything they do to keep our students safe. Ms. Honore has let me know that parents are always welcome to contact her or any of the administrators with any questions or concerns. Her door is always open. And, as a parent member of the campus shared decision-making committee, I can report that discussions were already underway (even before recent events) regarding ways to improve safety given the unique nature of our multi-building campus.
Let’s hope that the excitement for the rest of 2018 is related solely to the upcoming end-of-semester events! If you are a planner and like to have it all in one place, here is what is on tap:
Tues., Dec. 11 - fall athletics banquet at 6pm
Wed., Dec. 12 - En L’Air Dance Company concert at 6pm (rescheduled from Dec. 7 due to HISD-wide closure for inclement weather), lacrosse interest meeting at 6pm
Thurs., Dec. 13 - art show at 4:15pm, choir concert at 6pm
Fri., Dec. 14 - winter dance from 6-8pm
Mon., Dec. 17 - boys (away) and girls (home) basketball games beginning at 5:30pm
Tues., Dec. 18 - karate winter belt ceremony - veterans at 6pm, white belts at 7:30pm
Wed., Dec. 19 - Panther pie pickup at 3:50pm, band dinner from 5-6pm, winter band concert at 6pm
Thurs., Dec. 20 - last day of the semester!
*Note that due to the dance concert being rescheduled to December 12, softball tryouts originally scheduled for that date are being moved. When we know the new date we will post it on the PTO Facebook page.
I also wanted to give an overview of some of the things that have been accomplished with your PTO dollars this semester. We were able to increase our grants allocation this year and are providing well over $30,000 in grants to our amazing teachers. We are incredibly excited to put these funds directly back into the classroom. We also organized the Panther Pie fundraiser that will put more books on the shelves of our library. A big thanks to Emily Smith and Evangelina DinoLopez for stepping up to make that happen. Our teacher appreciation committee has been hard at work throughout the semester, and will also provide food for teachers and staff on December 21 during their in-service work day. And finally, our campus beautification/facilities committee is hard at work behind the scenes identifying and facilitating improvements to our 60+ year-old campus.
Going into next semester, our auction and gala, “Anchors Up for FBMS,” is on February 8, 2019. Our auction committee has a lot of fun in store, so please plan to attend! Consider purchasing a table with friends, donating to the silent auction, giving at a sponsorship level, or hosting a social. This is the biggest PTO event of the year, and all funds raised will go directly back to FBMS in the form of improvements to our three core areas--academics, athletics, and the arts. More information can be found at https://fbmspto.org/spring-fundraiser/. And keep an eye on this newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter for ongoing information. It is going to be a night to remember!
As always, please join us at any PTO events and our general meetings. Our next two meetings will be January 31, 2019, in conjunction with FBMS math/science night, and February 28, 2019, when we will conduct a viewing of the documentary Screenagers. Until then, please have a safe and joyous holiday season.
The Fall athletic banquet honoring cross country, volleyball and football athletes is taking place today, Dec. 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the cafeteria. It will immediately be followed by the awards ceremony in the FBMS theater.
It's sure to be the most fun and biggest adults-only event of the year coming up on Friday, February 8, 2019. Act Fast and Guarantee Your Table and Tickets Today!
Partner up with friends and other FBMS parents to buy a table of 10 or buy individual or staff tickets at https://fbmspto.ticket.qtego.net/tickets/list. Pricing starts at $40/individual ticket. Tickets will include dinner, silent auction, live auction, dancing and fun!
Can't wait to see you there!
The Life Skills Classroom has made Christmas ornaments, wreaths and door hangers for purchasing in the community. All proceeds go to the Life Skills Budget. Please come out and support our students and see all the hard work they put in making these items. Items can be purchased in Room #105 from 2:30-3:30 pm every school day from Dec. 10-18.
Softball tryouts have been rescheduled for next month.
They will now take place on Wednesday, Jan 9th from 4pm-5pm.
Come dressed and bring all equipment Must have a current athletics physical.
Contact Coach Mehta with questions.
Come check out the FBMS En L’air Dance Company this Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 in the school theater. Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 in advance.
Our school is full of talent! Don’t miss the FBMS Art Show this Thursday, December 13th at 4:15 pm.
Come listen to some beautiful songs sung by our great FBMS choir next week, December 13 at 6:00 pm in the school theater!
We need VOLUNTEERS for the 2018 Winter Dance on Friday, December 14. The dance is sponsored by the 6th grade class but is for 6th - 8th graders. All proceeds go towards the end of the year 6th grade field trip. Please see sign up HERE.
Also, if your child purchased the $40 6th grade fundraising package in the beginning of the year, they will receive a ticket for the dance.
Students should wear semi-formal attire.
6:00-7:00 pm K2-K3: Veterans (Students arrive at 5:15 pm)
7:30-8:30 pm K1: White Belts (Students arrive at 6:16 pm)
Band families and fellow students, please join us for our first FBMS Winter Concert Dinner on Wednesday, December 19 beginning at 5:00 pm. Follow the link below to order:
Panther Band Winter Concert Dinner
The Winter concert will follow at 6:00 pm.
Hello Panther Nation!
Do we have a full schedule of wonderful events, concerts, ceremonies, tours and much more coming up this month or WHAT?
There is a festive feeling in the air, which we are all enjoying, but I am proud to say that we are keeping our eyes on the prize at the same time! Holidays are fun, but throughout the excitement we have to maintain our commitment to teaching our Panthers and helping them strive to achieve!
With that said, let’s get to our fabulous December Calendar of Events! Come out and support our Panthers at these events, which will be held at Frank Black Middle School except where noted.
Wed. Dec. 5 at 4pm – 6th Grade (only)
Thurs. Dec 6 at 4pm – 7th and 8th Grades
Evening Tour for Prospective Students – Wed. Dec. 5 at 6:00 pm
Spirit Night at Jason’s Deli (11120 NW Freeway) – Thurs. Dec. 6 from 5-10:00 pm
En L’Air Dance Company Concert – Fri. Dec. 7 at 6:00 pm in the FBMS Theater
HISD’s Magnet Application Deadline – Fri. Dec. 7
Saturday Tutorials – Sat. Dec. 8 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fall Athletics Banquet – Tues. Dec. 11 at 6:00 pm
Softball Tryouts – Wed. Dec 12 at 4pm
Art Show – Thurs. Dec 13 at 4:15pm
Winter Choir Concert – Thurs. Dec 13 at 6:00 pm in the FBMS Theater
Winter Dance – Fri. Dec. 14 at 6:00 pm
Durham Elementary Winter Program (at Durham Elementary School – Mon. Dec. 17
Stevens Elementary Winter Program (at Stevens Elementary School) – Tues. Dec. 18
Karate Belt Ceremony – Tues. Dec. 18 at 6:00 pm
Panther Pie Pick-up/Delivery – Wed. Dec. 19 starting at 3:50 pm
Winter Band Concert Dinner Fundraiser – Wed. Dec 19 from 5-6pm
Winter Band Concert – Wed. Dec 19 at 6pm
Last Day of Fall Semester/Winter Break Starts – Friday, Dec. 21
Winter Break Ends/Students Return to School – Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
FBMS PTO General Meeting – Monday, Jan. 31, 2019 at 6pm
In keeping with Frank Black MS’s rules, we must start tightening up on enforcement of our campus uniform policy. Panthers - please make it your pre-New Year’s 2019 resolution to follow the policy guidelines to the letter. When in doubt, just remember:
6th Grade - Khaki bottoms; Red collared shirts and red, gray, or black outerwear; any FBMS school T-shirt.
7th Grade - Khaki bottoms; Gray collared shirts and red, gray, or black outerwear; any FBMS school T-shirt.
8th Grade - Khaki bottoms; Black collared shirts and red, gray, or black outerwear; any FBMS school T-shirt.
Please remember that my door is always open and I welcome your input and feedback. On behalf of the staff of FBMS, I would like to wish every family a safe and jolly holiday break!
Ms. Rhonda Honore’ email@example.com
On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, there will be an informational meeting for parents who will have 7th and 8th graders in the summer of 2020 regarding the annual Washington D.C. school trip. The meeting will take place in the FBMS Community Room at 6:00 pm.
Baseball Tryouts This Week (open to boys in all grades)!
UPDATED SCHEDULE DUE TO HIGH INTEREST:
Wed, Dec 5 - All 7th AND All 8th Grade
Thurs, Dec 6 - All 6th Grade
4pm, at the Baseball Field
Come dressed and bring all equipment
Sign up with Coach Jimenez; MUST have a current athletics physical
Link to athletics physical form here: https://www.houstonisd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx…
There will be an evening magnet tour this Wednesday at 6:00pm (December 5) to accommodate schedules for those who cannot attend daytime tours. Spread the word!
In addition, if any current FBMS parents are interested in accompanying school personnel on the tours, please sign up here to do so. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49a9aa2ca64-parent. Parents touring often like to ask questions of other parents!