Ms. Honore’s Monthly Panther Update

Hello Panther Nation!

Wow! Can you believe we are in the final six weeks of 2018-19? This year has been a whirlwind of achievements in academics, arts and athletics, and we are not done yet! On one hand we are counting down the days to summer and all of the fun and adventure it has in store, but on the other hand we have a lot to accomplish before our last day of school!

At the top of mind this week is a double-header meeting on Thursday (April 25) that I encourage all parents/guardians to attend. At 5:30 pm, the FBMS PTO will host a general meeting in the Community Center at to elect the new PTO board for the 2019-2020 school year. This meeting is open to all parents and is a great opportunity to learn how you can volunteer with the organization, whether it be a board or chair position or a few hours when your schedule allows.

Following the PTO board elections, there will be a meeting for the parents of current 6th and 7th grade students at 6 pm, also in the Community Center. This meeting will address course selection and advanced course options for the next school year. We will have Spanish translation services available for our Spanish-speaking families so please join us!

Looking ahead, I have great news to share about our 2019-20 school year! We are so happy to announce that Houston ISD has approved seven new teacher/staff positions for our school! Our goal is to reduce class sizes and this is a huge step in the right direction! I will provide additional information about the positions and the new faces that will fill them in the coming months. Rest assured, we are doing our due diligence to ensure that these positions will be filled with caring and sharp individuals who have the best interest of our Panthers at heart!

In the coming months, I will pull together several (?) student groups to provide feedback about Frank Black MS – what we are doing right and where we need to improve. I feel this is a great way to end a dynamic school year. Our staff will take the feedback and look for ways to implement improvements in the immediately and in the future. As we always say, our students are our best resource so let’s proactively tap into that resource and implement change together!

A few safety reminders as we sprint into our final six weeks:

· If you plan to drop off your child on Chantilly traveling towards Piney Woods, please have them exit the vehicle on the side adjacent to the sidewalk in front of the church. We have seen several students exit the car on the side adjacent to traffic, which poses a safety hazard.

· Remind your child they must walk to the crossing guard to cross the street at the designated crosswalk. We do not want students crossing the street in between vehicles along Chantilly with ongoing traffic.

· Do not pass around vehicles that have stopped to drop off their child.

· Please stop at the stop-sign in the car-riders lane and check for students and staff members crossing.

· Before exiting the car-riders lane onto Chantilly, please stop and watch for students at the exit gate who may be crossing.

· Drive cautiously around the school and be on the lookout for the crossing guard and students crossing.

· Lamonte is another option for drop-off where students can utilize the sidewalk to enter the campus without crossing any streets. As a recommendation, entering the school in the car-riders lane on Piney Woods is always the safest means of drop-off for your children.

Last, but certainly not least, to enhance our campus safety, the doors to the 6th grade annex building and Fine Arts Building will now be locked. There is a buzzer and a teacher/staff key card pad at each door (similar to the main building doors).

I am so proud of our Panthers and continue to be amazed at their desire to learn and grow, their creative spirit and their drive to make a change in their worlds and our world.

Please remember that my door is open anytime!

Best,

Ms. Rhonda Honore’
rhonore@houstonisd.org

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6th & 7th Grade Parent Meeting this Thursday following PTO. Junta para padres este jueves.

A meeting for parents of current 6th and 7th graders will take place this Thursday, April 25th in the FBMS community center following the PTO meeting. It will focus on course options for next year in 7th and 8th grade. It will take place at 6 pm, and Spanish translation will be available.

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Por favor hagan planes para asistir dos juntas muy importantes este jueves, el 25 de abril, a las 5:30 pm en el centro de comunidad de FBMS. La primera junta sera para elegir los nuevos directores del PTO para el proximo año y para votar sobre varios cambios en las leyes del PTO.

La segunda junta es para todos los padres de estudiantes que ahora mismo están en el sexto y séptimo grado en FBMS. Se van a discutir todas las diferentes opciones que tienen sus hijos para escoger sus clases el proximo año. Empieza a las 6:00 pm y va ver alguien traduciendo en español.

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Fill Out the PTO Survey by this Friday! Llena la Encuesta del PTO antes de Viernes!

The deadline to fill out the PTO stakeholder survey is this Friday! Fill it out ASAP if you haven’t already.
All of us--parents, administration, teachers, and community members--are stakeholders in Frank Black Middle School.

We want to hear from YOU regarding how you think the PTO can best support the school and enhance the students' experience. 

The PTO will continue to do the things it has always done to provide time, talent, and funds to FBMS, but this survey will help guide the PTO Board as it makes decisions about additional ways to support the school in upcoming years.

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Se esta llegando pronto la fecha de limite para llenar la encuesta del PTO. Este viernes es el ultimo día! Llénala ahora!

Todos nosotros- los padres, la administración, los maestros, y los miembros de la comunidad, tenemos interés en el mejoramiento de la escuela.

Queremos que ustedes nos digan que piensan que es la mejor manera en que él PTO pueda mejorar la escuela y mejorar las experiencias de nuestros estudiantes.

El PTO va a continuar hacer las cosas como siempre, pero las respuestas de esta encuesta nos guiaran en nuestras decisiones en el futuro.

Please take the survey in English or Spanish.

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Save the Date: PTO and 6th/7th Grade Parent Meeting Next Week 4/25

Parents, mark your calendars!

Next week, on Thursday, April 25th, the PTO will be hosting a general meeting in the community center at 5:30pm to elect the new PTO board for the 2019-2020 school year. This meeting is open to all parents.

Following the PTO board elections, there will be a meeting for the parents of current 6th and 7th grade students at 6pm, also in the community center. This meeting will address course selection and advanced course options for the next school year.

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The PTO Needs Volunteers for 2019-2020

The FBMS PTO is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions for the 2019/2020 school year:

ACADEMIC LIAISON: New position this school year and still in development. Serve as a liaison between the PTO and the school's academic needs. Interest in UIL helpful

SERVICE FIELD TRIPS (Chair & Co-Chairs): Work with grade level Dean and teachers to facilitate service project field trips.

GRANT COMMITTEE MEMBER: Meet with committee after Fall Fundraiser and Auction to review and award monies/reimbursement to teachers who have submitted grant requests.

SHOPPERS: Purchase items awarded through grant approval. See Grant Committee Member

GRANT WRITING/Co-Chair: Research, find and apply for grants requested by teachers and/or committee.

FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION: End of school year. One time.

Please contact marysharonk@gmail.com.

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Fill Out the PTO Survey by this Friday! Llena la Encuesta del PTO antes de Viernes!

The deadline to fill out the PTO stakeholder survey is this Friday! Fill it out ASAP if you haven’t already.
All of us--parents, administration, teachers, and community members--are stakeholders in Frank Black Middle School.

We want to hear from YOU regarding how you think the PTO can best support the school and enhance the students' experience. 

The PTO will continue to do the things it has always done to provide time, talent, and funds to FBMS, but this survey will help guide the PTO Board as it makes decisions about additional ways to support the school in upcoming years.

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Se esta llegando pronto la fecha de limite para llenar la encuesta del PTO. Este viernes es el ultimo día! Llénala ahora!

Todos nosotros- los padres, la administración, los maestros, y los miembros de la comunidad, tenemos interés en el mejoramiento de la escuela.

Queremos que ustedes nos digan que piensan que es la mejor manera en que él PTO pueda mejorar la escuela y mejorar las experiencias de nuestros estudiantes.

El PTO va a continuar hacer las cosas como siempre, pero las respuestas de esta encuesta nos guiaran en nuestras decisiones en el futuro.

Please take the survey in English or Spanish.

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The PTO Needs YOU!

The PTO Needs YOU!

The FBMS PTO is looking for the following for the 2019/2020 school year:

SECRETARY: Voting position. Attends all PTO meetings. Takes & publishes minutes. Keeps Google calendar. Whole academic year.

ACADEMIC LIAISON: New position this school year and still in development. Serve as a liaison between the PTO and the schools academic needs. Interest in UIL helpful

SERVICE FIELD TRIPS (Chair & Co-Chairs): Work with grade level Dean and teachers to facilitate service project field trips.

GRANT COMMITTEE MEMBER: Meet with committee after Fall Fundraiser and Auction to review and award monies/reimbursement to teachers who have submitted grant requests.

SHOPPERS: Purchase items awarded through grant approval. See Grant Committee Member

GRANT WRITING/Co-Chair: Research, find and apply for grants requested by teachers and/or committees

SPONSORSHIPS: New position for the 2019/2020 school year. Objective: to create a data base of past, present and future/possible community sponsors. Actively seek out new community partners and relationships.

FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION: End of school year. One time.

Please contact marysharonk@gmail.com

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