A Huge Thanks to All Who Supported the Spring Auction!

A Huge Thanks to All Who Supported the Spring Auction!

We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who supported the FBMS PTO Spring Auction! The big event was Friday and we loved seeing everyone come together to lift up Panther Nation! We are still selling items and receiving corporate match donations, so we will let everyone know the funds that were raised as soon as we can!  An even bigger thanks to the folks who made it happen - committee chairs Jenn Brown and Melissa Santiago, and committee members Lisa Buss, Kat Creech, Alice David, Jill Davis, Mandie Eichenlaub, Joey Hunter, Holly Inderrieden, Tracy Lisewsky, Kelly Matula, Ruth Mendez, Emily Moore, Robert Paniagua, and Zarina Shah.  If you see these people, give them a big thanks!  And remember to thank and visit all our sponsors as well!

The actual event may be in the past, but we are still Auction-ing!! There are silent auction items available for purchase online at https://qtego.net/qlink/fbmspto/items . There truly is SOMETHING for EVERYONE - socials for adults, socials for kids, free dress passes, and opportunities to donate directly to the purchase of items that will be used in the classroom, on the field and in pursuit of the arts!!! 

THANK YOU PANTHER NATION!!!!

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Volunteers Needed: 8th Grade Service Field Trip

8th Grade Panther parents we are in need of 15 volunteers to chaperone our 8th Grade Service Field Trip on Friday, Feb. 22. Students will serve in a variety of capacities in local elementary schools & nursing homes.

After completing their service initiatives, students will enjoy a pizza lunch at TC Jester Park. Chaperones will be needed on hand to assist in lunch distribution and in monitoring the students in the park. Pizza lunches will be presold ahead of the trip for $5 for 1 slice of pizza, chips, and a drink. 

Please consider signing up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094BA5A8238-chaperones

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Career & Education Day is this Saturday!

Career & Education Day is this Saturday!

It’s the 33rd annual Career and Education Day! On Saturday, February 16, 2019, students will have the chance to talk to career experts of your choice. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This FREE event gives you the opportunity to meet with career professionals and learn about the steps they took to succeed. Talk to career profressionals from any of the five endorsement paths:

  • Arts and Humanities

  • Business/ Industry

  • Multidisciplinary Studies

  • Public Service

  • STEM

Learn about college admission, financial aid, scholarships, and talk to college and university representatives onsite!

**FREE**

  • Family Event

  • Lunch

  • Child Care

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It's Time - The Anchors Up for FBMS Auction is this Friday!

It's Time - The Anchors Up for FBMS Auction is this Friday!

Get Excited! It’s time for the Anchors Up for FBMS Auction this Friday, February 8th, and it’s going to be fabulous!

The party will begin at 7 PM at the SPJST Lodge 88 located at 1435 Beall St., and you can still buy a $40 general admission ticket for yourself or a $25 ticket for a teacher at the following LINK. You can even purchase a table for 10. Admission includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing with a live band! What a deal!

You can also visit our auction page and see many of the exciting items up for grabs!! There’s a little something for everyone. The proceeds will go towards supporting Frank Black's focus on excellence in Academics, Arts and Athletics! Can’t attend, but still want to donate? No problem, just Click HERE.

PLEASE HELP WITH SETUP/TAKE DOWN!

The auction committee could also use some help this Friday with set-up and take down for the event. Any help would be appreciated. Sign-up to assist before or after the event at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F49AFAD2AAA8-night .

Questions: email auction@fbmspto.org.

It’s going to be a date night with a nautical twist that you’ll surely remember! See you Friday!

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February Legislative Update for FBMS

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE:

January kicked off the 86th Texas Legislative Session!  As always, education is a much debated topic throughout the session.

Did you know that HISD has a legislative center webpage that is full of great information about the session agenda, who’s who in our legislature, and how YOU can stay engaged?   Check it out: https://www.houstonisd.org/legislativecenter

Here are the legislators that specifically represent the area where FBMS resides:

  • Senator District 15-   John Whitmire

  • Representative District 139- Jarvis Johnson

  • Representative District 148 -  Jessica Cristina Farrar

  • State Board of Education District 4 member Mr. Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.

 As one of the largest school districts in the state, HISD actively prepares to participate in state legislative discussions.  Did you know that HISD even has a plan/ agenda for the 86th state legislature?  Do you know what YOUR school district is advocating for?  Check it out: https://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/15302/HISD%20Legislative%20Agenda%20-%202019%20-%20Approved%2011.08.18.pdf

OTHER STATE LEGISLATIVE NEWS:

New Speaker of the House speaks out that public school finance is a top priority this year: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/18/dennis-bonnen-offers-few-specifics-school-finance-plans/

Potential shake up of school finance and standardized testing: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/18/lawmakers-are-planning-give-schools-more-money-strings-attached/

OTHER LOCAL LEGISLATIVE NEWS:  

HISD Board of Education elects new president, officers for 2019: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2019/01/18/hisd-board-of-education-elects-new-president-officers-for-2019/

HISD administrators begin planning/budgeting for 2019-2020 budget: https://www.houstonisd.org/budget

 

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Volunteers Needed: 8th Grade Service Field Trip

8th Grade Panther parents we are in need of 15 volunteers to chaperone our 8th Grade Service Field Trip on Friday, Feb. 22. Students will serve in a variety of capacities in local elementary schools & nursing homes.

After completing their service initiatives, students will enjoy a pizza lunch at TC Jester Park. Chaperones will be needed on hand to assist in lunch distribution and in monitoring the students in the park. Pizza lunches will be presold ahead of the trip for $5 for 1 slice of pizza, chips, and a drink. 

Please consider signing up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094BA5A8238-chaperones

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A Few More Chaperones Needed for the 7th Grade Service Trip

We are in need a few more volunteers to chaperone our 7th Grade Service Field Trip this Friday, February 8th.  Students will serve in a variety of capacities at local elementary schools, the Houston Food Bank, and Buffalo Bayou in the morning, then enjoy lunch at T.C. Jester Park in the afternoon.  Students will be grouped by homeroom, so please include parent's name, student's name and homeroom teacher so that the staff may assign you with your child  Thanks, as always, for your support of our FBMS students! 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4caca829a13-chaperones2 

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An Update from PTO President, Amy Maddux

Congratulations, we are a few days shy of surviving the first month of the second semester!  This is my monthly letter updating you on what has been going on with the PTO.

First, our members have been working hard behind the scenes.  Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see the amazing work our PTO volunteers have done on the teachers’ lounge, and an exciting announcement about our outdoor classroom.  Please don’t miss reading about these, because they are major endeavors that will support our most important asset (our teachers) and enhance our students’ learning experiences.  And come to the PTO general meeting on January 31 in the community room to learn more about what the PTO is doing. It’s early this time, at 5:30pm, so we should be finished by the time your kids are done at math/science night.

But by far the biggest PTO event on the horizon is the upcoming auction on February 8:  Anchors Up for FBMS! The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. The auction committee has been working super hard to make it an amazingly fun night.  Funds raised at past auctions have been critical in supporting the many, many offerings at FBMS. We expect this year’s auction to be the best one yet.

FBMS’s motto is “Excellence in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts.”  As Ms. Honore likes to say, every child finds his or her genius somewhere, and FBMS is proud to offer not only a quality academic experience, but also many opportunities for students to “explore their genius” whether it be academically, athletically, or artistically.  For this reason, the goal of this year’s auction is to raise funds for EACH of these areas. We have identified multiple potential projects, both big and small, that we hope to fund with auction proceeds. In addition, we will have opportunities to bid on directly funding smaller items in each of these areas.  

If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, stop reading and go do it now!!  We also still have tables available (it’s fun to get together with friends to buy one), sponsorships available, and there are a few more days left to donate auction items, donate to gift baskets, or host a social.  You can even buy a ticket to sponsor a teacher’s attendance at the auction, because no one deserves a night out more than they do! Links to just about anything you want to do can be found on the PTO website at https://fbmspto.org/spring-fundraiser/.  

Anchors up - we can’t wait to see everyone there!

Amy Maddux, PTO President


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The Auction Funds Go Towards Arts, Academics & Athletics

The Auction Funds Go Towards Arts, Academics & Athletics

Just so you know...

The 2019 FBMS Anchors Up Auction is a Triple-A Threat!

1) Auction funds will go toward paying for much-needed equipment and services that benefit ALL THREE of FBMS core value areas: ARTS, ACADEMICS & ATHLETICS!
2) Opportunity to procure some really cool auction items, spots at socials and gift baskets galore!
3) Amazing night out with Panther parents, staff and community business partners who would do anything for our school!

Get your tickets this fabulous fundraising event (Feb. 😎 - and a ticket or two for a fantastic FBMS teacher - at https://fbmspto.ticket.qtego.net/tickets/list

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Check Out the Refurbished Teacher's Lounge!

Check Out the Refurbished Teacher's Lounge!

Check out these pictures of our amazing FBMS teachers enjoying a newly refurbished teachers' lounge!  Big thanks to PTO volunteers Dianne Murata, Kelly Matula, and Daryl Kadlecek for their work on this space, to Tim Weltin and Ruth Perez for their coordination efforts, and to the Murata/Bunge family for providing funds to make it happen.  We are so happy to have this space -- our teachers deserve it!!

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FBMS Outdoor Classroom Selected for UH College of Architecture Graduate Design/Build Studio Project

We are excited to announce that the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design has selected Frank Black Middle School’s outdoor classroom area as the focus for its graduate students’ design/build project in 2019! The design/build project allows UH graduate architecture students to work with a client (FBMS) to design and build an outdoor structure. That structure will become a permanent fixture and focal point in FBMS’s outdoor classroom area, located near the sixth grade building. Huge thanks to Dianne Murata and Edgar Nunnelly for their work in presenting the FBMS outdoor classroom project to the UH team.

The graduate students work under the guidance of Professors Patrick Peters and Jason Logan, and are already meeting with a committee of FBMS administrators, teachers, parents, PTO members, and community members to design a structure that maximizes learning opportunities in the space. The students’ design time and fabrication work is donated so that the structure is built at the cost of materials, and we are even more excited to announce that this cost of the structure is being underwritten by the Dianne Murata/Robb Bunge family, as well as Robb’s employer, Noble Energy, which gives a generous match to their donation. Basic cleanup of the area is being paid for by the PTO. In addition, there will be future opportunities for our community to donate time and talent, as well as the potential for private and/or PTO funds to further improve the space per the master plan that the UH students will be developing in addition to the structure. We are looking forward to this venture between UH and the FBMS community to make the FBMS outdoor a truly amazing learning environment. The outdoor classroom is a wonderful example of public-private partnerships that have the ability to greatly enhance our community.

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