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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - September 25, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

September 25, 2022

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Back-to-School Dance - Sept 30
  • Japan/Australia Trip 2023
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration - Silent Auction Donations Needed
  • Teacher K-Cup Drive
  • Online Uniform and Spirit Wear Store - NOW LIVE!
  • Birthday Greetings
  • FREE Webinar: Effects of Technology on Brain Development
  • FREE Webinar: Supplemental Essay Essentials: How to Answer Prompts Effectively
  • HISD Food Drive - Sept 30
  • Spirit Night at Evelyn's Park - Oct 12
Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sept 29 - 10th Grade Forum (virtual, 6PM)
  • Sept 30 - Back to School Dance - 7PM - 11PM
  • Sept 30 - End of Cycle
  • Oct 04/05 - School Holiday
  • Oct 08 - Report Cards
  • Oct 11 - PTO Meeting
  • Oct 13 - College Night
  • Oct 15 - UH/SMU volleyball social
Glow in the dark themed back-to-school dance

Friday, Sept 30 from 7PM - 11PM!

Tickets are $15 on School Pay. Must buy a ticket in advance, 400 are for sale. No outside guests. Must present student ID. Ticket Sales end on Sept 25

For questions - Maria Magampon or Veronica Simmons 

The PTO is also asking for donations for decorations and snacks for the event. If you are able to donate, please visit the

< Back-to School Dance Amazon Wish List >

We are also in need of snack donations!

SignUp Genius Link for Snack Donations >

Exciting news! Your student is invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime international travel experience with their peers to Japan and Australia in Summer 2023! (Japan 2022 trip is now rescheduled to Summer 2023)

Educational travel exposes students to new people, places, and cultures which in turn expands their knowledge of the world and their knowledge of themselves. That’s why I’m thrilled to bring this opportunity to your family and our community.

This trip will fill up fast, so please join my informational meeting to learn:

  • How this opportunity will benefit your child
  • What we’ll see and do on our trip
  • Everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn academic credit
  • How we’re keeping this safe and affordable
  • How to enroll on this trip (before it fills up!)

Our meeting will be held on Sep 28th, 2022 at 6 PM - there are limited spots available so don’t miss your opportunity to reserve your seat. One parent must be in attendance.

So that I can alert you of any changes to this meeting, you must register using this link: https://rsvp.eftours.com/rn6h7x4 

Can’t make the meeting but want more information? Register and select “No but send info.”

Can't wait to see you there!

Ms. Dunlap

50th Anniversary Celebration Silent Auction

We are still seeking more donations for the 50th anniversary celebration silent auction!

Do you have a product, service, in-kind donation to help benefit the PTO's funding for school programming?

For ideas and questions, please email


Teacher K-Cup Drive

For October/November - the PTO will accept all kinds of K-Cup pods for our teachers and administrators.

We realize not everyone drinks coffee, so tea, cider, coffee, and hot cocoa will be accepted. A drop-off box will be in the main office. Your student can drop them off or you may use AmazonSmile (benefitting DeBakey High School) to have something delivered directly to the school.


Online Store NOW LIVE!


Your student can pick up their items on a bi-weekly basis per the schedule below from the PTO Storeroom (provided that the order was placed by end of business the previous day) which is next to the Flex Room. He/she will be asked to sign that they have received their merchandise. With the new online store, you will see that we are also reducing the number of in-person sales dates. The last in-person sales date for the year is October 6th per the schedule below.

New Tentative In-Person Sales Dates

  • Thursday, October 6 - In person sales date (and pick up of online orders)

  • Thursday, October 20 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, November 3 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, November 17 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, December 1 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, December 15 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, January 12 - in person sales date (and pick up of online orders)

Questions? Please send an email to uniforms@debakeypto.org.

Birthday Greetings

A friendly reminder: the DeBakey PTO is offering Birthday & Celebratory Greetings. These are messages that will be displayed on the monitors around the school. You can send your child a birthday message or tell your child congratulations for a major accomplishment.  The Birthday & Celebratory Greetings are only $20.

  • The messages are posted the week of the event only, they are sent in the Friday before the event date.
  • The messages MUST be received by the PTO one week prior to the event
  • You may select a background for the message on the google form.
  • Belated birthdays & ½ birthdays are acceptable.
  • All messages must meet the approval of the administration.
  • The message will be removed if the student asks the administration to remove the message.
  • Please contact Andrea or Michelle at fundraising@debakeypto.org if you have any questions. 

Click to submit your birthday greeting!

Birthday Greeting Form
FREE Webinar: Effects of Technology on Brain Development

Wednesday, September 28 Webinar - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST

The Effects of Technology on the Growing Brain focuses on how technology overuse affects brain development. Technology deeply impacts mood, sleep, relationships, and behavior. A major focus during our time together will be healthy technology limits.

Dr. Crystal Collier, PhD, author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide, teaches the science of risky behavior to students, families, and clinicians across the country and every parent can utilize the information in daily parenting interactions.

Register >>

Free Webinar: Supplemental Essay Essentials: How to Answer Prompts Effectively

Sept 29 - 7PM CST

To help applicants, InGenius Prep is hosting a free webinar on "Supplemental Essay Essentials: How to Answer Prompts Effectively."

This webinar will cover the different types of supplemental essays and how to respond to each. We'll also showcase supplemental essays by our very own students.

Shannon Beddingfield, an InGenius Prep Graduate Coach and an English PhD candidate at Yale, will host this free webinar. Shannon has taught writing at both Yale and UNC-Chapel Hill. Now, she works with her InGenius Prep students to help them get into top colleges.

Join us on Thursday, September 29th at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Attend live to take advantage of a Q&A with Shannon!

Register >>

HISD Food Drive - Sept 30

HISD Office of Student Assistance is hosting a Food Drive next Friday, September 30, from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please stop by to support HISD students and families. If you are unable to attend, please consider fulfilling an Amazon WishList Item or 2.

HISD FOod Drive
SAVE THE DATE: October Spirit Night

BINGO fun at Evelyn's Park - Wednesday October 12th from 6-8 pm. Please see details below and thank you for participating!

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