Corporate Matching Gifts

POMS PTO is so grateful for the generosity shown by parents in their gifts of time and donations. As the year comes to a close, please check with your employer about their matching gifts program. It’s a simple way to double the impact of your donation! Questions? Contact Jodie Rephlo at


Giving Tree Orders


This holiday season consider gifting POMS, and leave a lasting marker of your child’s time at Pin Oak. Purchase a metal leaf or granite stone to honor your student, teacher, club, or athletic team. Place your order by December 18th for an early spring semester installation.   Click here to place your order online using a credit card.

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

Contact Lauren Earthman ( if you have any questions.


(Re)enroll in Kroger Community Rewards to Help POMS

Attention Kroger shoppers! Have you (re)enrolled in Kroger Community Rewards? Each school year, shoppers must re-enroll in in Kroger Community Rewards Program to benefit our school.

Enrollment is now online only and takes just a minute or two. Go to and sign up, using the code for POMS PTO, which is 84162.

Each year, we receive hundreds to dollars back from community programs like this which help to provide books, manipulatives and other classroom learning tools. It is easy money, but it only works if we get as many Pin Oak families as possible to enroll early in the program/school year.

Within 7 to 10 business days of enrolling your Kroger Plus Card, you will see the following at the bottom of your receipt: “At your request, Kroger is donating to Pin Oak Middle School PTO.” Please forward this message to friends and family who shop at Kroger and would be willing to support our students!


Your PTO Dollars at Work this Fall

Thank you, POMS parents, for your generous support of our PTO and a record-setting membership drive. A big Charger Shout-out goes to Nguyet Vo, our Membership Chair.

Membership donations and support of PTO fundraising make a direct impact to support our school and our students. Donations to and funds raised for POMS PTO touch every aspect of student life at Pin Oak Middle School – from the artistic to athletic, academic to social. Here are some of the ways your PTO dollars have been hard at work this school year:

* Go-Math work-texts for all students
* Subscription to Mathalicious and math books
* Virtual Math manipulatives
* K-Nex, Bridge, Force and Motion Sets for science and engineering courses
* Houston Forensic Science Center
* Pull-down world map for U.S. History
* Books for ELA classrooms, book clubs and literary circles
* “Be Cool” Curriculum for life skills classrooms
* Band instruments: french horn, clarinets and trombones
* Contemporary costumes for dance
* Curtain for the Caja Negra
* Draw tablet and underwater camera for photography
* New PA system for the gym
* Scoreboard repair
* Couch, chairs and tables for library reading area
* Reupholstering of Commons area furniture
* Carpet replacement in school store
* Front office furniture replacement
* Teacher appreciation: birthday & holiday gifts, and hospitality
* Child advocacy: supplies, uniforms, classroom supplies for kids in need


Directory Distribution

Directories were distributed to students of Bronze level ($50) to Diamond level ($1000) PTO members this past week. Be sure to check backpacks and lockers! If you are missing your copy please contact Nguyet Vo, Membership Chair. Copies are also available for sale at the school store for $5.

Many thanks to Lee Anne Dixon and Tassy Beasley, our fabulous Directory Chairs!


HSPVA Middle School Writing Workshop

Calling all middle school writers!
The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
will host its annual
Middle School Creative Writing Workshop
for 6th/7th/8th graders.
Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am—2:00pm

Register online to expedite your registration at

Click here to view the flyer.


Traffic Plan


Coming from 610?
Turn right into the circular drive from Glenmont.
Follow the lines of traffic until it stops, with the first car stopping at the far end of the circle, marked with stars on the diagram above. 2-3 cars should proceed beyond the crosswalk.
Do not stop your car on the crosswalk.
Place your car in PARK and allow your child(ren) exit the vehicle on the curb side. It is dangerous to exit from the driver side of the vehicle.
Wait patiently for cars ahead of you to unload. Do not attempt to pass vehicles in the drop-off lane.
When exiting the school driveway you may turn left or right.

Approaching the school on Glenmont from the East?
Make a right turn into the first driveway of the HCC parking lot.
Follow the cones around and stop adjacent to the crosswalk. 3-4 vehicles should be able to unload at one time, in the area designated on the diagram above with a single red star.
Place your car in PARK and allow your child(ren) to exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the car. It is dangerous to exit from the driver side of the vehicle.
Wait patiently for cars ahead of you to unload. Do not attempt to pass vehicles in the drop-off lane.
When exiting the HCC parking lot you may turn left or right.
Please refrain from u-turning on Glenmont.
Avenue B is not a sanctioned drop-off location.
The HCC Parking Lot is not available for parking. Your car will be towed.


Corporate Sponsorships

The PTO is in search of investors in tomorrow!

If you have a business or work for a business that has interest and value in partnering with POMS, the PTO has a corporate sponsorship program. Sponsors help by providing financial donations that help continue the strong tradition of excellent education and development of the whole child at our school. In return, the PTO provides avenues of recognition throughout the year: directory advertisements, logo recognition on the website and in Charger Chatter, marketing opportunities at Chargerfest and Auction, recognition on the outdoor LED display and more. Sponsorship run from $500 -$5000.

Click here to learn more about Sponsorship Levels

Click here for the POMS sponsor form

Click here to view a list of 2015-2016 Corporate Sponsors

If you are interested in helping “lead the Charge,” contact Linette Courtney, or Jennifer McClure,


Thank a Teacher, Gift Our School: Target’s “Thanks a Billion!” Donations


Thanks to everyone who participated in Target’s  “Thanks a Billion” campaign. Target gave away ALL of the $5 million to various schools from the promotion in a few short days and it has now closed the giveaway program.


Giving Tree – New Installations

Newly dedicated “leaves” and “boulders” were installed on the Giving Tree earlier this month. Stop by the school entryway to look for yours or your friends!

If you missed the opportunity this spring to “leave” a lasting impression at POMS, no worries! You can place an order at anytime at: (Please note, installation typically occurs once or twice a year.)

We appreciate all those who supported our school with an order. These proceeds help provide funding for teacher grants and student advocacy. Many thanks to Janann Pittman who coordinated the Giving Tree dedications and installations this past school year.


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