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