Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Pies this Wednesday!

Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Pies this Wednesday!

Calling all #Panthers who sold pies for the FBMS Love Your Library Pie Sale! 

Pies will be delivered and ready for pick-up WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 from 3:30pm-5:30pm in the Community Center. PLEASE PICK UP ALL PIES ORDERED BY YOUR STUDENT AT THIS TIME. You will be responsible for distributing to everyone on your order form. If you need to make a special arrangement for pick-up, please email Emily Smith at esmith75@icloud.com.

Any pies not picked up by 4pm Thursday, Dec. 20 will be gifted to FBMS staff!

Thank you again for going above and beyond for our library!

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Karate Belt Ceremony Today, Dec. 18

Karate Belt Ceremony Today, Dec. 18

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)

Please note that Stevens Elementary will be using the auditorium this evening for their holiday program. The karate students should go to the cafeteria before the ceremony (not auditorium). Parents, plan ahead as the parking lot will be full and busy.

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Anchors Up for FBMS is February 8th!

Anchors Up for FBMS is February 8th!

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!

The event committee is also taking accepting items for the silent auction, as well as sponsors to host social events. If you are interested in donating or hosting, please email auction@fbmspto.org.

Can't wait to see you there!

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Tuesday is the Last Day to Purchase at the Life Skills Christmas Bazaar.

Tuesday is the Last Day to Purchase at the Life Skills Christmas Bazaar.

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.

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Fall Update from PTO President Amy Maddux

Panther family:

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.

Amy Maddux


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Anchors Up for FBMS. Grab Your Tickets!

Anchors Up for FBMS. Grab Your Tickets!

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!

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Winter Dance this Friday. Parent Volunteers Needed!

Winter Dance this Friday. Parent Volunteers Needed!

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.

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Ms. Honore’s Monthly Panther Update

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.

 Baseball Tryouts

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 ConcertFri. 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!

Best, 

Ms. Rhonda Honore’  rhonore@houstonisd.org

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