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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - March 05, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

March 05, 2023

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • REMINDER: Field Day - Mar 10
  • Travel Opportunity - France - Spring 2024
  • Spring Spirit Events for March and April (Updated)
  • Scholarship Opportunities for April/May
  • Interested in Joining the PTO?
  • Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic
  • Odds and Ends
    • C/O 2024 - HCC Deadline - March 06
    • On-Campus COVID Testing - March 07
      Special Education stakeholder survey
    • Feminine Hygiene Product Donations Needed
    • NHS/GSA Clothing Drive

  • Mar 10 - Field Day
  • Mar 13 - 17 - Spring Break
  • Mar 21 - Monthly PTO Meeting [In Person]
  • Mar 25 - AP Lang & AP Lit Mock Testing
  • Apr 07 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 14 - Cycle 5 ends
  • Apr 15 - Test Prep: AP Science and AP Math
  • Apr 21 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 22 - Prom
  • Apr 29 - Test Prep: AP Science and AP Math


Enjoy the Day with Class Games, 

Inflatable Rides, Obstacle Course, Dessert Stand and Food Trucks
(featuring-Oh My Gogi, Kreole Soul, It’s A Wrap, OMG Potatoes, Fried Goodness)

Wear your Class T-Shirt

Opportunities to make this day special:

Parent Volunteers (VIPS approved) for the Dessert Stand. Shifts are 8-10 set-up, 10-12, 12-2, and clean up 2-3:30 Please email  fieldday@debakeypto.org

Parent Monetary Donations for Field Day via Zelle President@debakeypto.org

Thank you for your support!

Travel Opportunity - France in Spring 2024

Learn more about this travel opportunity during a March 30th meeting. Register here!

March 21st - In Person!

Please join us on March 21 at the school for our fist in-person PTO meeting of the year! Come meet the PTO board members and learn about how the PTO is working with the school to support the teachers, students and administration.

Meeting begins at 6:30PM.

Spring Spirit Events!

The DeBakey PTO is selling Little Caesars Pizza in March and Krispy Kreme doughnuts in April to raise money to fund a variety of worthy causes including field day activities, teach appreciation events, club sports, HOSA competitions and many other ways donations help the PTO support our school.  Check out the DeBakey PTO website to learn more.

Little Caesars Pizza
March is Pizza Time!! (Updated Details)

Starting now and running through March 31st, the DeBakey PTO is selling Pizza Kits to raise money to assist with field day activities, teach appreciation events, club sports, HOSA competitions and many other ways your donations to the PTO help our school.

The provided link can be sent to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit and makes an impact.

Krispy Kreme
April is Doughnut Time!!

The Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens campaign will begin on April 1, 2023 and end on April 29, 2023. 

Simply buy online using the following link that goes live on April 1st, visit your local store & redeem using your code.

Every dozen sold earns $7.50 profit and makes a BIG impact. 

Scholarship Opportununities for April/May

Scholarships open to HISD students only:

The Exotic Pop Scholarships, founded by Charleston Wilson, and his mother, Donnie Franklin, will provide scholarships to graduating seniors in HISD who are interested in pursuing business and entrepreneurship. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female student. The funds can be used for education tuition, fees, equipment, program materials, books, etc. The application will open Feb. 1, 2023, and close on March 30, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Website: https://bit.ly/3wuxWul

The Waldman Legal Scholarship encourages bilingual (English and Spanish) high school seniors to attend a two- or four- year college/university. The scholarship will award one HISD senior with a $2,000 scholarship, a second HISD senior with a $500 scholarship, and a third HISD senior with a $250 scholarship. The application will open Feb. 1, 2023, and close on March 30, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Website: https://bit.ly/3R5eIVA

The EnCap Flatrock Excellence in STEM Scholarship is designed to support a graduating senior from any HISD campus who is interested in pursuing a career in engineering, finance, or more broadly the energy industry. The company sponsoring the scholarship will also provide opportunities like job shadowing and a possible internship. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to 1 student per year for up to four years with a maximum amount given up to $8,000 should eligibility requirements continue to be met each year. Funds can be used for educational tuition, fees, equipment, program materials, books, etc. The application will open February 1, 2023, and close on April 6, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Website: https://www.tfaforms.com/5044322

Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Interested in Joining the PTO?

The PTO Board is searching for new members to lead the PTO into the coming school year for 2023-2024. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help the PTO, whether it is joining the board, chairing a committee, or simply volunteering your special skills, please contact president@debakeypto.org.

BCM Teen Health Clinic

The Teen Health Clinic is focused on extending Texas Medical Center-quality preventive health care including family planning services to Houston’s underserved youth. We work to prepare underserved youth to become healthy and achieve their full potential as community members.

Services Provided:

  • Gynecological services
  • Birth control and family planning
  • Sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment
  • Primary healthcare
  • Immunizations
  • HIV/AIDS education and screening
  • One-on-one counseling sessions
Learn More - BCM Teen Health Clinic
Class of 2024 - HCC Deadline - March 06

Monday, March 6, 2023, is the deadline to turn in all Houston Community College forms if interested in taking summer AP courses at HCC. If your student has not started the APPLY TEXAS application, please ask them to do so today. Students should not wait until the last day to start their application. It may take up to 72 hours for students to receive the confirmation email containing the HCC ID. The HCC ID is needed to fill out the forms. The deadline once again is March 6, 2023, at 3:30 pm.

On-Campus COVID Testing - March 07

Covid-19 Testing on campus is scheduled for March 7, 2023, starting at 9:00 am. We would like to encourage all students and parents to test.  If you would like to be tested and have not completed the consent form, please click the link below and fill out the form before March 6, 2023. Parents who want their children to test must complete a consent form.

Consent Form

Please send Ms. Whiting an email to confirm that you are scheduled to test by March 7, 2023.

Special Education stakeholder survey

Houston Independent School District is participating in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) monitoring process that is intended to help school districts continuously improve services and facilitate positive student outcomes.

As a stakeholder involved in special education, your feedback is important. Please provide feedback through a 10-20-minute survey.

For more information please Click Here. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, April 3, 2023.

Feminine hygiene product donations needed

Donations for feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons) that will be made available in school restrooms are being accepted and can be dropped off at the Front Office.

NHS and GSA Clothing Drive

NHS has partnered with DeBakey's GSA Club to host a clothing drive for Tony's Place which is a drop-in center focusing on LGBTQ+ youth. 

Any articles of clothing are accepted but some of the most needed items include casual pants, tennis shoes, and men's underwear. You can donate any clothing items in good condition, but any donations of undergarments must be new. 

In order to receive one service project, NHS members must donate four articles of clothing. The limit is six service projects for seniors and three service projects for juniors!

Donations must be delivered to the Orchestra room in Mr. Stewart's room. After donating, NHS members must fill out the NHS sign-in sheet or they will not earn your service projects. 

The clothing drive began on Tuesday, February 21st, and ends on Monday, March 6th.

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