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.


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.


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




Hi Poe Parents and Friends!

I hope you have all been hard at work having fun this summer, and that reading has been part of your routine too! If you have not already, please visit the Poe Library website on or before August 21st, 2016 to submit the time you spent reading so that you can be rewarded and recognized for your efforts.

EVERYONE who turns in their reading minutes is eligible for prizes from fabulous local sponsors (including Pappasito’s, Chuy’s, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tiff’s Treats, and more!) , and of course we will have our Chick-Fil-A Parties and MEGA prizes for the winners!

Please email me if you have any questions J

See you soon!

Ms. Silverman


Edgar Allan Poe Elementary


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

Download the packet in Spanish