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October 17,  2017
October 2-Nov 6    Spanish Club (K & 1st)
October 3-Dec 12  Chess Club (ALL)
October 5-Nov 9    Spanish Club (2nd & 3rd)
October 5-Nov 30  Spanish (ALL) 4th grade only
October 18             PAWS Meeting 7:15 A.M.
October 19             Invention Convention
October 23-27       Red Ribbon Week
October  25            Picture Re-takes
October 27             Founders Day Picnic
October 27             Early Release 1:00 Dismissal All Grades
November 6           Principal's Book Talk  

October 17, 2017
Dear Armstrong Families,
Thank you for your partnership with your child's teacher in supporting an excellent education through daily preparation and consistent communication.  We do not take for granted the important role of active parent involvement in each student's learning.  We also depend on your active partnership in providing the resources we count on in our classrooms.
We sometimes hear concerns about the amount and the role of fundraising in our regular operations.  We understand these challenges and wish it were not the case.  At the same time, we feel strongly that our community has come to expect a level of excellence that is not provided by the resources of state funding.  Annually, in addition to personnel costs, the school receives approximately $55,000 from state education funding for classroom supplies.  We depend on another $400,000 from our PTA and other sources to meet recurring costs.  These include copy machine leases, printer toner, software subscriptions, and teacher classroom requests.  Our greatest expenses go toward technology obsolescence replacements, to keep updated technology for our students and teachers, including laptops, iPads, and classroom interactive whiteboards or panels.  We also direct a significant amount of dollars to teacher staff development in the form of instructional coaching for our teachers, nationally recognized presenters who come to work with our staff, and conferences our teachers attend.  Finally, private fundraising dollars go directly to the district to supplement teacher salaries and support our K-3 Spanish program, both of which could not occur without the private support to match district contributions.
Our PTA is the most significant partner in this fundraising effort.  After the Family Giving Campaign is concluded through Back to School Sign Up, our PTA focuses efforts in the fall on the annual Auction.  Families are asked to contribute items to be auctioned, and this is our largest single fundraiser annually.  It is also a great community event for us to celebrate together our wonderful school family.  In the spring, the PTA focuses its fundraising efforts through our annual Readathon and Carnival.  These fun events for our students and the community, bring in significant money to meet the bottom line.  Finally, other partners help us meet our needs.  The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association has regularly contributed approximately $50,000 to needs in our primary classrooms.  Our Dads Club helps with teacher staff development and special projects such as One School One Book, Alice's Garden, and campus beautification.
Finally, capital projects have also made significant improvements at Armstrong.  Our new playground was installed 8 years ago, and in recent years we have renovated the gyms and library with private fundraising.  This year our primary fundraising goal is to raise money to build flexible learning labs that will continue to transform our campus learning environment.  This is our most ambitious project to date and will be completed in conjunction with the life-cycle renovations and updates being done by the school district as part of bond-funded construction.
I hope this information provides some context for our campus needs and for the fundraising activities that you will hear about throughout the year at Armstrong.  We are proud of the educational excellence we provide, and keenly aware of the resources it requires for us to continue to improve.  We hope each family considers the role they can play in supporting these efforts at Armstrong, financially or through your volunteer time.
Dr. Skip Moran
Dear Parents of Inventors:
We are excited your student(s) will be participating in this year's Invention Convention: Armstrong Edition.  Here are a few important reminders:
Thursday, October 19th--Check-In:  Inventions are due!  Please have your student bring their invention to the small gym between 7:40am-8:00am.  Students may enter through the small gym doors (located on St.John's) or through the main entrance.  Each student will check-in with a parent volunteer to receive their assigned project #, set up their invention/board by grade and receive their t-shirt to wear that day.  Judging will begin at 8:30am and each student will have the opportunity to present their invention to the judges during their specified time. 
Thursday, October 19th--Family Night, 5-7PM:  Invite your friends and family to see your inventor's project on display in the small gym.
Friday, October 20th--Awards and Project Pickup:  Highest scoring inventions will be announced and awarded prizes by the end of the day.  All participants should take their projects from the gym by 3:30pm (parents may begin project pick up at 2:30pm).  Please note this year we are not having popsicles after school but instead will give each student a special surprise when picking up their project.
Invention Project Board Tips/Presentation Suggestions:
-Demonstration of Invention or Process
-Steps to Inventing (i.e. where you got the idea, problems you overcame, solutions)
-Results (i.e. survey or research results)
-Showing of Documentation and/or Journal to Judges
Please reach out to Jennifer Gee, jennifergee3@gmail.com, if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing all the inventions on October 19th!
The Invention Convention Team
5 volunteers still needed for Invention Convention check-in!

Are you available Th, 10/19 from 7:30-8:05 a.m.?

Sign up at www.armstrongpta.org or contact Jennifer Gee

713-828-1661 / jennifergee3@gmail.com

Invention Convention is Thursday!
An email was sent Friday with project reminders and instructions for the day of the event. Contact Jennifer Gee if you did not receive it!
It's not too late to ask questions! See Ms. Webb for questions or ask contact Jennifer Gee:
713-828-1661 /  
Special thanks to our sponsor, Techie Factory!  
Thank You Bike Rodeo Chairs and Volunteers!
Bike Rodeo was a great success.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Parent's Night Out with Mrs. Arras and Mrs. Seaber
6:00 PM until 11:00 PM
Registration forms HEREor in the front office.


Armstrong Founder's Day Picnic
Friday, October 27th

Come join us for the annual Founder's Day Picnic at Armstrong!  Bring a blanket and meet your child at their regular lunch time on the lawn. 

A Chick Fil A lunch can be ordered for each family member for $6.00. It will include a chicken sandwich, chips, grapes and bottled water. 

 Alternatively, you can bring your own lunch.

The Cafeteria will be CLOSED.  


  Click HERE for Order Form

Wednesday, October 25
Picture Day IS: LD947473Q1
Absent on Picture Day? 
You can still order at 
Want Lifetouch to retake your image?
Simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day. 
Principal's Book Talk 
November 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Armstrong Media Center
It's time to start reading ... available HERE and at most book stores.

Items needed : https://goo.gl/MFzBEr

Limited number tickets now available for the 2017 Auction along with several remaining sponsorships. Please contact Mary C Corrigan for more information: maryc@corrigan3b.com or 214-906-6860
Auction details:
Date: Friday, November 10th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Attire: Colorful cocktail                          
Class contest is coming towards a close - have you gotten your donations in? There is still a little time left as it ends Monday, October 23rd.
Young's class has gotten all their donations in so a huge shout out to Ms. Young's First Grade Class!!! They have won a DJ Party on December 1st.
Remember you can send a check or a gift card or any other item for the auction - please just send in the white envelope that came home with your child and fill out the form so that your child's class gets credit. Just have your child bring it to class and we will pick it up! If you do not have the envelope with the form, there are more envelopes and forms in the office.
For each class that gets as many donations as they have children in the class - they win a DJ Party!!!!
Need some ideas of what to donate?  We love gift certificates or product donations!
--How about all those AmEx or Starwood points you have sitting in your account?  Turn some of them into a gift card! Go grab a gift card from your favorite store or restaurant.
--Do you have tickets to Mavs Games, SMU games, a suite at the American Airlines Center? These make an awesome and easy donation!  
Any questions?  Please contact us, we are more than happy to help!  Good luck!  Contest ends on October 23rd!
Thank you!
Susan Jenull                      Susan.nugent@sbcglobal.net
Melissa Rubenstein         Melissa.rubenstein@gmail.com
  • 3rd grade cabbage contest, fertilizing fun, planting garlic & much more.... catch up on everything your kids have been doing out in Alice's Garden in our updated garden blog!
  • Have your kids wear their Alice's Garden T Shirts when they are scheduled for their lesson in the garden! More available in the spirit store. 
  • More Parent Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome - your kids have so much fun out there and adult helpers learn a lot too! Green thumb NOT required! Contact your room parent for more info.
  • Coffee Grounds are always welcome in our compost pile.
The Armstrong Cafeteria Needs You!
Attached is the 2017-2018 CAFETERIA VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE.  Please take a moment to sign up for your shift...we have many OPEN positions (around 100!) and school starts on August 28th!  We need every shift filled in order to fully serve our students.  Volunteer with a friend, ask a grandparent to serve...this is a great opportunity to see your student during the school day!  Go to www.armstrongpta.org to claim your shift or email Allyson Blow (allyblow@gmail.com) with your requested day. 
If you can't commit to a monthly shift, please email our Cafeteria Chair, Tara Kinder (tarabkinder@yahoo.com), to be placed on our SUB LIST.  Subs are needed frequently throughout each month so this would be a great way to serve as well.  
PC-TAG Parent Education Program
Breakfast and Beyond: The Latest Science on Nutrition and Raising Smarter, Healthier Kids
When: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:30-11:00
Where: University Park Public Library in Preston Center
Please join us as we welcome Meridan Zerner -Registered Dietician, Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and HPISD Mother of Two.
  1. 1.     Discover simple, sustainable habits that foster a healthy relationship with food at any age.
  2. 2.     Recognize the science (vs. myth) involved in nutrition and current trendy nutrition topics.
  3. 3.     Refine the basics of optimal nutrition and how that translates that into optimal performance in the classroom and on the field.
  4. 4.     Review the "whys" and "hows" of:  
  •       Disband the Clean Plate Club.
  •       Begin with Breakfast:
    Studies confirm that kids can think, focus and concentrate better when they eat a morning meal.
  •       Be a Smart Snacker:
    Children and teens need snacks to refuel and squeeze in important nutrients...beyond the main meals.  Snacks should not be confused with "treats" such as soft drinks, fried chips, cookies or candy.
  •       Practice Persistence.
  •       Set limits on Fun Foods and Fast Foods and Screen (for better sleep!).
Meridan Zerner earned her Master of Nutritional Science with an emphasis in health promotion from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Science from Syracuse.  She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of health and fitness.  She is fun and inspiring, with an infectious enthusiasm for healthy living.  Hope to see you there!




The HPISD 18+ Program and the Scots Cafe' Crew are proud to announce their first ever Pulled Pork Sandwich fundraiser on Thrusday, November 30th from 4pm to 6pm. TAKE-OUT ORDERS ONLY. Pick up your scrumptious mel in the hallway where the Pierce Planetarium is located. (corner of Emerson & Douglas)
Please place orders by Monday, November 27th by returning the attached form to Yvette Cardenas cardeny@hpisd.org at HPHS or email your order to scotscafe2014@gmail.com
Click HERE for the order form.
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