Apache eNews

February 8th, 2016

This Week at Armstrong Middle School

Parent Survey

Armstrong Parents and Families, We would like to know more about your engagement at school! Please take a moment to fill out the survey in the link below.

Thank you for your feedback!

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8th Grade Girls Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Haggard

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

8th Grade Boys Basketball Game: Armstrong @ Haggard

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

2832 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Haggard Middle School

7th Grade Girls Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Haggard

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

7th Grade Boys Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Haggard

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

2832 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Haggard Middle School

Tryouts for McMillen High School Cheerleader

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 8:30am

750 North Murphy Road

Murphy, TX

Any 8th grader interested in trying out for McMillen Cheerleader can pick up a tryout packet in the front office beginning Thursday February 11th.

There will be an informational Parent Meeting on Thursday March 3rd at 7:00PM in the McMillen High School cafeteria.

***Tryouts will be held April 4-8th. Please direct any questions to Lisa Lambert at lisa.lambert@Pisd.edu


Friday, Feb. 12th, 3:30pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Order your t-shirt now! Send a completed order form and payment to the PTA lock box in the front office. Please make checks payable to AMS PTA.

You can also place your order and pay with credit card on the AMS PTA website: www.apachepta.org. An order form is attached or you can pick up an order form at the front office or on the door of the PTA room in the cafeteria. All orders/payments are due by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH.

***Please contact Heidi Wenaas at hwenaas@aol.com or Rachel Walker at racheldel8t@yahoo.com with any questions.

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Upcoming AMS Events

SAGE of Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 12:30-2:30pm

313 North Center Street

Arlington, TX

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Upcoming School Social

Friday, Feb. 19th, 4pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Parents, our next school social is coming up! Please sign up below to chaperone or email Erica Johnson at erica.pds@verizon.net if you have questions or would like to volunteer.


AMS PTA Vendor Garage Sale & Bazaar Registration

Saturday, April 23rd, 10am to Sunday, April 24th, 6pm

811 Central Expressway

Plano, TX

AMS PTA Vendor Garage Sale & Bazaar registration is now open to AMS families!

*****We are only including only one of each ‘type’ of product/service, so be sure to turn in your information (pages 2 & 3), deposit fee, and registration fee soon to secure your spot! You can drop off the forms & checks in the PTA Wooden box at the front office. Please be sure to secure your payments with the forms.******

The Bazaar will be held on Saturday, April 23- Sunday, April 24 at Collin Creek Mall and the Garage Sale will be on Saturday, April 30 at Bowman Middle School in Plano. Please check out the attached files for more information.

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8th Grade Celebration Fundraiser - Yard Sale

Saturday, April 30th, 8am

2501 Jupiter Road

Plano, TX


The 8th grade class will hold a yard sale fundraiser Saturday, April 30th, 8 a.m., at Bowman Middle School Parking Lot.

*We will have a storage unit for drop off donations at the beginning of March.

Stay tuned for more details.

Special Recognition & Announcements

PTA Reflections Arts in Education Awards Ceremony and Celebration

Congratulations to all campus winners!

***Special thanks to Mrs. Dawn Thompson for all your hard work. Many thanks to Mrs. Sadowski, our AMS staff, and amazing parents for your endless support and for encouraging our students to express their thoughts through arts and music.

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Apaches of the Third Six Weeks

Give a big "SHOUT-OUT" to these exemplary students who were selected by their teachers to be Apaches of the Third Six Weeks! They were treated to a special recognition breakfast Friday morning during first period. Way to go, Apaches! We are "Learning Strong - Apache Strong - Armstrong!"
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Choice of Subject Dates

Registration for 2016-2017 classes will be during January. The following dates and events are on the calendar. If you have any questions, be sure to contact the counseling office.

Jan 13th: Counselors in 6th and 7th grade classes with guidance forms

Jan 14th: Fifth graders will visit AMS to observe music classes Eight Grade Parent Night at McMillen H.S. 6:30 pm.

Jan 15th: Counselors in 6th and 7th grade classes with guidance and forms

Jan 19th - Jan 21st: On-Line registration for 5th Grade

Jan 19th: AMS "Elective Showcase" 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Jan 20th - Jan 21st: On-Line Registration for 6th and 7th grade in computer labs

Jan 26th - Jan 27th: Counselors in 8th grade classes with guidance and forms

February 3rd: Counselors will begin 8th grade conferences

January Parent Workshops for Plano ISD‏

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Flu Guide

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Deadline for entries: Designs must be submitted by 9:00am, Friday, February 12, 2016.

Designs must be dropped in the PTA box in the front office. Approval of designs: All entry designs will be screened and those that comply with these rules and have met the guidelines will be entered into the competition.

The winning design will be revealed to the public at the schedule pick up day on August 2016

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Think Through Math

Think Through Math is now available to PISD students in grades 3-8.

Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers.

Because Think Through Math is web-based, your child can access the program from any computer that is connected to the Internet, whether at school, home, or the library. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week or about 90 minutes each week.

***See email for attachements which includes login instructions.

Special eNews on Armstrong Tutorial Schedule

Apache Parents and Students:

Please open link below to see our new tutorial schedule and guidelines. Also, we are working on some new local testing guidelines that will be coming soon!


Box Tops for Education

Armstrong is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are found on many General Mills products and each six weeks they are collected during 6th period.

***The 6th period class that has the most box tops will be rewarded each six weeks!

Apache Dads

Calling all Armstrong Middle School Dads, Big Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Nephews.... We need your help!!!

Interested in volunteering and being a part of the Apache Dads? Then please email Carlos Clabiorne at clabiorne@gmail.com and get on the list!

PTA News - Come Join AMS PTA

Make a difference today! Parents and family, show your student how much you support

him/her and this school! How can you do that? Here's three easy ways:

1. Join PTA--for as little as $10, you will help fund programs and events for the students, and make our voice bigger and louder for all students;

2. Volunteer--1 hour a year or 1 hour a day, whatever you have, you WILL make a difference; and,

3. Donate--$1, $50, or $100, EVERY cent goes to work for your student and this school! No amount is too small--and none is too big!

Whether you join PTA, volunteer your time, choose to donate money, or all three, make the commitment to your student and his/her success, and know that you made a difference!

Attention volunteers! Please remember that EVERY school year, you must complete your volunteer application with PISD. Please visit the PISD website here to complete that process. Don't be left out of school events and programs because you forgot!

Here's the link: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml.


Armstrong PTA has a committee dedicated to raising money to help continue our efforts to support the students and the school itself. Contact Katrina Tadeja at simplysublime@live.com to join our efforts or if you have any questions.

There are SO MANY painless, easy ways to help raise money for our school - here are a few:

Box Tops: Send your Box Tops in to school (Front Office or advisory teachers) and Armstrong earns money from each one.

Shoparoo: Is a mobile app (iPhone or Android) that turns pictures of your everyday grocery receipts into instant donations!

Amazon Smile: When shopping online at Amazon, please don't forget to go to www.smile.amazon.com and make sure you choose Armstrong Middle School, Plano TX as your charity!

Kroger Plus Card: link your Plus card to AMS (Our school code is 90264) on www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then start shopping!

Tom Thumb Rewards Card: Take your Rewards card to the Courtesy Booth and ask them to link it to AMS (Our School code is 5755).

Shop With Scrip: Exciting new PTA fundraiser! This online partner allows you to purchase gift cards from a long list of merchants (e.g., Gap, Kroger, Starbucks, Chevron, Marriott, Target) and AMS PTA earns a rebate on the dollar amount of each cards sold. Simply log on to www.shopwithscrip.com and create an account, make sure to use our enrollment code A9LD547437921.

World Wear Project: Donate your used textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, hats, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc). WWP recycles/reuses/resells the fabrics, and AMS PTA earns money on the donated items! Tell your neighbors too. Anyone can donate to the bin. Read more here: www.worldwearproject.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

What's on the menu today?

Main home page for FANS:


Direct link to the menus:


Pre-pay for School Meals at www.paypams.com

Thank You To Our Amazing PTA Sponsors!

Important Information - Incoming Freshmen - 2015-2016

So, what's high school really like? Will there be more work? Do you have questions about your choice of subjects for high school? Do you wonder what you will be taking when you go to McMillen? Confused by all of the choices or just need a little more information? Then see if the attached powerpoint answers your questions!

If you want more information about high school, be sure to attend Parent Night at McMillen on January 14th at 6:30 pm. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.