Oct
31

Book Fair Bookmark Design Contest

Save the date – This year’s Book fair is being held from Monday, December 5th to Friday, December 9th.

Our theme is “POEKEMON BOOK FAIR: GOTTA READ ‘EM ALL!“.

Encourage your kids to participate in the Book Fair Bookmark Design Contest!

We are looking for SIX special bookmark designs from our own Poe students to be sold at the annual Poe Book Fair in December!

Download the bookmark entry form to use the space provided for your child’s design. The design is your child’s choice but all artwork must be completed by a student. Stickers and other possibly copy written artwork cannot be included. One entry per student is allowed. Submit the entry form with your child’s design to the school front office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18th. Place them in the box labeled “Book Fair Bookmarks”.

Winning designs will be announced the week before Book Fair. There will be a winner from each grade level (six winners in all) and each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to be used at the Book Fair.

Bookmark Design Contest Form

Oct
24

4th & 5th Grade Magnet Information Meeting

Parents of our fourth and fifth grade students will have an opportunity to visit with some of the magnet middle school coordinators to learn about the various magnet programs offered in HISD. The school representatives will also be able to answer questions that you may have about the application process.

4th and 5th Grade

Magnet Information Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

8:15 am – 9:45 am

In the Poe Cafeteria

 

Meet representatives from: Lanier World School (Vanguard), Meyerland PVA (Johnston) (Performing and Visual Arts), Pershing (Fine Arts), Pin Oak (Languages) Hamilton (Vanguard), Fondren World School (IB), Hogg (STEM), Marshall (Fine Arts)  Revere (STEM) and possibly more

For additional questions, contact Sara Williams, Magnet/IB Coordinator, in the school office.

Oct
05

PROPOSITION I: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RECAPTURE

Did you miss the October PTO meeting? Want to know more about Houston ISD Proposition I: Authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues? $162 million “Robin Hood” payment is on the November ballot. Visit this link to get more information from the HISD website.

Sep
15

Cub Scout Pack 11 Annual Popcorn Sale

Please support Cub Scout Pack 11 at their Annual Popcorn Sale at Poe Elementary on Wednesday, September 21st. Please join us before school at the “Front Entrance” from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. or after school on the “North Deck” (Hazard St. & North Blvd) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Scouts sell popcorn as a fundraiser for Pack 11. We ask for your help so we can continue to promote character development, citizenship and service in our neighborhood kids. Our scouts make an oath to become physically, mentally and morally fit and your donations will help them succeed in these goals.

General donations will be gladly accepted and very much appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Pack 11 and dropped off at the Annual Popcorn Sale or mailed to Matthew Moore 2242 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77098.

Sep
14

See what happens when you give the weatherman an umbrella!

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Thank you, Travis Herzog, for visiting Poe this morning. We learned about hurricanes and lightning and tornadoes and to “Turn around, don’t drown.” Ask your 4th and 5th graders what they learned today when they come home.

Sep
14

5th Grade Parent Meeting

All 5th-grade parents are invited to meet on Tuesday, September 20th at 8 a.m. in the Poe Elementary cafeteria. The 5th-grade Committee Chairs and a 5th-grade teacher will share information about upcoming activities specific to 5th grade for this year – Colonial Day, Science Camp, Yearbook, Kemah and the 5th-grade activity fee. Bring your questions (and your cash/checkbook/credit card if you want to pay your activity fee of $40 or pay online here.)

Tuesday, September 20th

8:00 a.m. Poe Elementary Cafeteria

Thank you,
5th Grade VIPS Chairs Michelle Dugan and Julie Axelrad

Sep
12

Fine Arts Career Week

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Are you a painter, writer, dancer, photographer, athlete, percussionist, actor, costume designer, sculptor, storyteller, filmmaker, music conductor, chef, graphic designer, choreographer, singer, jewelry maker, or other? WE WANT YOU! Do you know of anyone?  WE WANT THEM!

We are looking for inspiring people to come and share their passion with the students during this exciting week. The students and faculty of Poe Elementary School are very excited about our upcoming Fine Arts Career Week.  As an HISD Fine Arts Magnet School, Poe celebrates creativity and the importance of arts education.  This annual Fine Arts Career Week is an important tradition at Poe, and gives hundreds of students the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of careers possible in creative fields.  We would love to have you share your passion and experience with students at Poe, and hope you are able to join us this year.

As a Guest Artist at Career Week we ask that your time with the children be split into two sections: begin with an introduction and discussion / presentation of your passion (equipment, demonstrations, inspiration, imagery, experiences), and then lead an interactive / participatory activity for the students.   A sample hands-on project might be to have students engage in writing a short story with illustrations, create a newspaper headline, write a poem, etc. Anything you think might capture the imagination of 5-11 year olds over each 50 minute class period.

Guest Artists are asked to commit to a 3-hour block of time, during which you will present to 3 different classes.  You will repeat your 50 minute presentation / demonstration 3 times.

Presentation / session times are Monday, September 26th to Friday, September 30th:

Morning – 8:30am to 11:10am (Grades 3rd – 5th)

(Lunch provided 11:15-12:15)

Afternoon – 12:20pm to 3:00pm (Grades Kindergarten – 2nd)

All Guest Artists are also cordially invited to join us for lunch on the day of your presentation – immediately following the morning session, and immediately preceding the afternoon session. We are pleased to partner with some of the best restaurants in the area for our guest lunches all week!

Please let us know which day and time period (Morning or Afternoon) work for you and your schedule. Feel free to provide multiple days and times if your schedule is more flexible.  If you are interested but need to discuss schedule in more detail or work out a creative schedule, we can work it out. The sooner you can confirm your interest, the more time slots will be available from which to choose, so please let us know at your very earliest convenience.

Contact us with any questions at all. Thank you in advance for your participation in this very popular and enriching experience for the students of Poe Elementary School.

Yasmin Kazzaz, Paige Fajkus, Allison Teheng and Jennifer DeLange             career_week@poepto.org

Sep
07

New Cafeteria Tables

Thank you PTO for the new cafeteria tables! This was a $20,000+ project approved in the PTO capital budget. The kids are already using the tables and love them! A big special thank you goes to Dana Blume Duplantis for managing this project!cafeteria-tables

Aug
29

Purchase Poe Pride Logo Merchandise

By popular demand, the PTO plans to order for the t-shirts worn by the PTO volunteers at the back-to-school nights. T-shirts are $18 and come in adult sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL. Place your order by Friday, September 9th to guarantee that we order enough in your size. Other logo merchandise available includes  umbrellas, yards signs, car magnets and pencils. Purchase online at the Poe Pride Store or at any PTO meeting or event. You merchandise will be delivered to your oldest child’s classroom or picked up at any Poe PTO event with a copy of the receipt. Click to visit the Poe Pride Store.

 

Logo Website

Aug
21

Register NOW to volunteer in school or with the Poe PTO!

Poe Elementary strives to provide a safe and respectful environment for all of our students, teachers and loved ones. Thank you for helping ensure that safety is a top priority.  All volunteers working with children must complete the Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) registration process which includes HISD background checks and registering with the Poe front office. These steps need to be completed attend field trips, assist in the classroom, tutor, etc. This registration is not required to attend class parties. Please follow the steps below well in advance of a volunteering in the school or with the Poe PTO.

Each Poe Volunteer MUST be registered and cleared with the VIPS program.  New volunteers can complete their VIPS registration now by following this link. IF VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED for VIPS in the past and were active last year they do not have to register again through the website, they just have to bring in their ID to the school office.

NEW VOLUNTEERS:

Step 1:  Click on the link to “Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)” and follow the directions. Click on “How can I lend a hand? Register Now!”

Step 2:  After registering online, you must personally provide proof of identification in the front office. (Acceptable forms of identification include Texas Driver’s License, Official Passport, Texas Identification Card, Official U. S. Military ID, other U.S. Driver’s License, Matricula Consular).

Step 3:  Identification information will be processed by HISD VIPS database. Criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD. You will be required to complete the check each year.

Step 4: Sign in and out of the VIPS binder in the front office each time you volunteer on campus. You will receive a volunteer/visitor sticker to wear while you are on campus.

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS.

Step 1: Take your proof of identification to the front office.

Step 2: Once HISD VIPS has processed the background check, you will sign in & out of the VIPS binder and receive a volunteer/visitor sticker from the front office every time you visit campus.

For questions, please email VP-VIPS Communication at VIPS_com@poepto.org.

Feb
08

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school and an exciting 2016 – 2017 school year at Poe Elementary. We are so excited to launch our new website that brings all of our forms to you in digital format. You can now join the PTO, order and pay for school supplies and uniforms, sign-up for volunteer positions, purchase tickets to carnival and auction plus so much more!

Below is your Back-to-School checklist:

  1. Read welcome letter from PTO President
  2. Order school supplies
  3. Order school uniforms
  4. Join the PTO
  5. Subscribe to The Raven – the Poe PTO weekly email blast
  6. Submit the school directory form
  7. Order a yearbook
  8. Submit your volunteer interests
  9. Check out the 2016 – 2017 calendar of events
  10. Save the date:

Download the Packet in English

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