An Update from PTO President, Amy Maddux

Panther Family:

I enjoyed seeing everyone who came, danced, and spent money at the Anchors Up auction! You can view and order photos of the fun night here! While we are not ready to give a final number (too many loose ends still being tied up), I feel confident enough to report that we believe that the auction grossed approximately $100,000!!! Thanks to everyone who came out -- and especially our incredibly dedicated auction committee -- for making this happen. These funds are always important, but even more so now given the budget issues facing HISD schools. We are now getting to work on the many academic, athletics, and arts initiatives that the money raised will fund.

Our most recent PTO general meeting was last week and included a screening of the documentary “Screenagers.” Afterwards, many parents expressed appreciation to our administration for the rules regarding phone use at school (don’t!). If you are interested in learning more, the folks behind Screenagers have a “Tech Talk Tuesday” blog to which you can subscribe. I can’t claim that I actually sit down with my kids and have great conversations with them about their screen use, but I do find it contains useful information as my kids begin to navigate their evolving screen time in middle and high school.

Our next PTO general meeting is Thursday, April 25. It will be early -- 5:30pm -- and will be followed by a 6pm meeting for rising 7th and 8th grade parents (i.e., parents of current 6th and 7th graders). The administration holds this meeting every spring to provide information about what courses are available after 6th grade, what students are eligible to take advanced courses for high school credit, and the pros and cons of taking high school courses in middle school. It should be worthwhile to attend both meetings!

The PTO’s next endeavor is looking forward to next school year. To that end, thanks to the following parents who have agreed to be on our nominating committee: Holly Inderrieden, Mary Sharon Komarek, Tracy Lisewsky, Jeana Teeter, Aide Zamarripa, and Michelle Galindo (alternate). If you are interested in becoming more involved with the PTO, please let one of them or me know. We have all sorts of jobs. Big jobs and small jobs. Year-long endeavors, single event focuses, and just occasional needs. Jobs that involve volunteering during the school day and jobs that you can do on your own time. Jobs that require special talents, and jobs that require none at all. Jobs that involve leading people, jobs that involve working on a committee with other people, and jobs that you can undertake by yourself without having to talk to anyone! There really is something for everyone and we would love to have you.

And that is a perfect segue into my last report! Last fall we did not have a library chair, but two people who had not previously been involved with the PTO stepped up (thank you Emily Smith and Evangelina DinoLopez!) and took on our pie sales and Love Your Library campaign. I am pleased to report that both were successful, the latter campaign just ended, and we EXCEEDED our goal. That means 150 new books for the FBMS library. This is a perfect example of one of the many ways that we can all make a difference for our school via the PTO. I hope that you will consider joining us!

Amy Maddux

FBMS PTO President