House Sociables

ReminderSelling Fast! Limited Seating

The House “C” Sociable is just around the corner on Friday, January 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The House “B” Sociable is on Saturday, January 31, 2015- 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Have you signed up? The evening will be a fun! Get to know other parents and visit with Principals Monaghan and your house principal.

Please sign up. Space is limited!   The cost is $40 per person; proceeds benefit our PTO and help us pay for teacher grants.

House B and C Sociables will be here before you know it so please sign up!

House B – a “B”ourbon St. Mardi Gras, Saturday, January 31, 2015- 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
House C – a “C”hocolate and Scotch Tasting, Friday, January 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Spots are limited! Just 40 people at each House Sociable. The cost is $40 per person

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets

Many thanks to the fabulous POMS parents hosting these super Sociables.


8th Grade Important News

8thGrParents8th grade parents:

Final t-shirt order! All orders must be placed by 3 PM as of January 16, 2015. 

Orders are now being taken for 8th grade shirts. To learn more, visit our 8th grade page to print out the order form, or click here to order online.

In addition, we are selling shout-outs for the 8th grade graduation program. Show your pride in your student or thank a favorite teacher or coach (200 character limit, shout-out subject to approval).

Finally, you can help underwrite 8th grade activities so that they are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your donation will help pay for our graduation party and for expenses associated with the graduation itself. Thank you for your support!

Get you order in by the January 16, 2015.


Teacher Wish Lists

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Teacher Wish Lists. More than $4000 has been raised for specific art and academic departments.

The PTO is working with teachers and department chairs to purchase materials and supplies! If you would like to make a directed contribution towards specific departments, please click here.

Fine Arts: Band, Stage Band, Choir, Orchestra, Theatre, Photography, Visual Arts, Dance

Academic Areas: English/Language Arts, Foreign Language, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Special Education and Resource.

If you have any questions please contact Laura Dew at


Pin Oak Giving Tree



Pin Oak Giving TreeGive to POMS by donating to the POMS Giving Tree. It is a lasting way to honor your student, teacher, club, athletic team and more in engraved metal or stone. This year donations will be accepted all year but orders for new leaves will be placed in late December and in April. Please get your order in now. Order forms are available in the POMS front office or please go online to

See the POMS Giving Tree on the right hand side of the entry, as you walk into the school and join the tradition.




To order your child’s yearbook, please visit this site:


The cost is $40 plus $1 handling.

Every year in May we have sad children because they don’t have a yearbook. Please don’t let this happen to your POMS student! Order your yearbook today! There are very few extra copies available. To make sure your student has one, you must order them a yearbook!

Hold onto your email receipt (from Balfour) in case there are any questions about your order.


Corporate matching gifts & other ways to help

Matching GiftsWe appreciate the wonderful generosity of our parents and the support given to our school. As many reflect and wish to give at year’s end, below are a number of suggestions to benefit our children and our school. As always, please do not feel pressured to participate in every program, but find ones that may fit your family.

CORPORATE MATCHING: Check with your company about their matching gift program. They may be able to double the dollars you have gifted Pin Oak M.S. PTO during 2014.  Please contact Collen Morris for any questions.

GIVING TREE LEAVES & BOULDERS: Give your child a permanent marker at POMS. Purchase a “leaf” ($300) or “boulder” ($1000) to be added to our Giving Tree, located at the front entry. Click here.

TECHNOLOGY FUND DONATIONS: Contribute any amount toward technology upgrades for our school. Our goal: 4 mobile carts with 30 laptops each for use in the classroom. Click here.

DEPARTMENT WISH LISTS: Does your child love band? Do you feel reading magically opens doors? Donate any amount and specify the department you would like to help enhance. Click here.

RETAIL GIFTS FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY: Just want to holiday shop? Check out “Other Fundraising” on the PTO website. AmazonSmile, Ann Page – Paper Gifts & More and Target are included.

STUDENT COUNCIL TOY DRIVE: Gift a child: donate an item for one of our POMS students in need thru the Student Council Toy Drive.If you made a donation to POMS PTO this calendar year, be sure to check your company’s matching gift program. It’s a great way to double the dollars you give and to supports our school with the purchase of great things like math workbooks and iPad carts for our students! Just a friendly reminder, in order to take advantage of a 2014 the tax deduction, your donation will have to  donated to the PTO, and posted with the matching paperwork to your company before the end of 2014. Thank you.


Season of giving

We would like to remind you about two gifting opportunities to share your Christmas cheer.  season_of_giving

#1 is Toys for Tots: Now through Dec. 15th, we are holding our annual toy drive for Toys for Tots. For the competitive folks: There is a prize on the line for the students in the house who collects the most gifts. For those with a giving heart, there are Pin Oaks families who will benefit greatly from your generosity. Please give until it hurts so we can help these families this Christmas. Please send new, unwrapped gifts and toys with your child to place in boxes in their particular House Commons to ensure that house gets credit.

#2, Now through Dec. 10th, the NJHS is sponsoring collection of non-breakable gifts and non-perishable foods for our troops overseas at Christmas. Who of us would choose to be away from home, away from family, and possibly in harms way by choice? That is exactly the decision our men and women in uniform are making every day. We owe our safety and our freedom to the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and the rest. Please visit the school and PTO website for ideas such as granola bars, nuts, beef jerky, fruit snacks, maybe a harmonica, or travel games, or card games and consider picking up some things for your student to bring to school next week. You might consider a picking up a book or two at the Barnes and Noble store on Holcombe and Kirby where 20% of your purchase will be donated to Pin Oak PTO. As you shop, enjoy performances by our Pin Oak students. We have decorated collections boxes just inside the front foyer of the school where your donation may be dropped. 

Thank you for your time. We thought you might like a reminder about these opportunities so you could shop this weekend. And as you shop, just think, “How can I make someone’s Christmas merry?”
Have a great weekend.



POMS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A . Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 is POMS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A .

Come anytime between 4-8pm to Meyerland Plaza Chick-fil-A. Before placing your order, inside or drive-through, please tell the cashier the sale is for the Pin Oak Middle School Fundraiser, otherwise the school will not get the credit.  There is no box for the receipts this year.  Thanks for your support of Pin Oak


Barnes and Noble Shopping Days

BooksMark your calendar for December 1st-7th for shopping days at Barnes and Nobles on Holcombe. There will be performances by choir and Pegusus along with complimentary gift wrapping by NJHS on Saturday December 6th, too. Mention Pin Oak Middle School at the register and they will donate up to 20% of sales to POMS PTO. You can also shop online from Dec 1st-12th. Be sure to use book fair code #11506235.

 If you have any questions contact Jennifer McClure at


Ann Page Paper Gifts

Ann Pagie


POMS PTO has an exciting new retail partner: “Ann Page” for Paper Gifts & More! Check out their website,, for super cute items such as monogrammed stationary, Charger logo gift wrap, POMS notebooks, personalized paper placemats and more. Ann Page will donate 40% of proceeds to POMS PTO! The deadline to order and receive items by Christmas is December 15th.

Click here to order

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