Apache eNews

November 16th, 2015

This Week at Armstrong Middle School

AMS 8th Grade Girls Basketball Game - Armstrong vs Wilson

Monday, Nov. 16th, 6pm

1001 Custer Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Wilson Middle School

AMS 7th Grade Girls Basketball Game - Armstrong vs Wilson

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6pm

1001 Custer Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Wilson Middle School

AMS November Luncheon

Monday, Nov. 16th, 8:30am

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Hard to believe it's almost Thanksgiving! The weather is finally cooling off just in time to provide soup, chili and baked potatoes for the AMS staff! Help kick off the holiday season. Make them gobble til they wobble! Thanks in advance!

Happy Holiday season!! Let's kick off the holidays for the teachers and staff and show them how thankful we are for everything they do. On THURSDAY, November 19th, Armstrong PTA will be providing soups, chili, baked potatoes and desserts for the teachers and staff.

Sign up to donate -> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094fa9ab28ab9-amsnovember

Communicating With Your Texting Teen, Parent Education Night

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6-7pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Communicating With Your Texting Teen, Parent Education Night, on Thursday, November 19, 6-7pm. Pizza will be served, child care provided. Please see attached flyer for more info....
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Friday, Nov. 20th, 5pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Reflections is a national PTA Program. It encourages and promotes student artistic expression in six categories: Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Film, Dance, Music Composition.

***Important Note: It is Required that at least one (1) family member have an active PTA membership in order for a child to participate.

Projects will be Due on November 20th, 2015, which should be given to Ms. Sadowski OR Ms. Cunningham.

Have a Questions? Please Contact Dawn Thompson:

Email: dawn2corfive17@gmail.com, or Phone: 214-213-7948

Registration forms and guidelines can be found at the front office, OR at the following Link: www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/participate/

Texas PTA Honorary Life Membership Nominations

Friday, Nov. 20th, 8:30am

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

***Since 1909 the Texas PTA has made available the Honorary Texas Life Membership as one of the highest honors that may be presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.

It is time to send in your nominations for this year!

Please email Ginger Wilson at gingerjwilson@yahoo.com if you would like to nominate someone that made a worthwhile contribution to the well-being of the children and youth here at Armstrong.

Deadline is on Friday, November 20th 2015. Thank you!***

World Wear November

Sunday, Nov. 1st, 8:30am to Monday, Nov. 30th, 5:30pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Clean out your closets and dispose those old pots and pans! If our school can collect 2,500 lbs. or more during the month of November, World Wear Project will give our PTA an extra $100, on top of the $0.15 per lb that we will earn. That's at least $475 for us!
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Plano ISD Council of PTAs Texas Legends Family Fun Night- Ticket sales Info

Saturday, Nov. 21st, 7pm

2601 Avenue of the Stars

Frisco, TX

More information

‏Come support Plano ISD on November 21st and watch the Texas Legends take on the Oklahoma City Blue! Select the ticket below that represents your school to show your support! Tickets go off sale 24 hours prior to the event.

Tickets can only be bought online and can be picked up at the box office on the day of the event. *** Be sure to look for Armstrong PTA under the "ticket type" category when buying your tickets.

Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plano-isd-night-tickets-19170390153

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Upcoming AMS Events

Tamales for the Holidays!

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 3pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Tamales for the Holidays!

***Fundraiser for Armstrong Middle School 8th grade Celebration!

Tell your family and friends to help us make this a great success!

Pork, chicken, beef, and bean tamales (spicy available!). Only $12/dozen (no partial batches), cash or check (payable to AMS PTA).

***Orders are due on December 8th. Please return order forms to AMS Front Office by December 8th.

***Delivery of frozen tamales will be Wednesday, December 16th, in front of AMS after school, from 3:30-4:30.

***Orders can also be placed online with credit card/PayPal payment at: www.apachepta.org.

AMS PTA Spirit Night at Jason's Deli - East Plano

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 5pm

925 North Central Expressway

Plano, TX

Meal Details: Jason's Deli @ 925 N. Central Expressway Suite 200 on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

RSVP at the below Link:

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Forman Elementary School PTA Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 5-8pm

3600 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

The Forman Elementary School PTA will be having their first Holiday Bazaar on December 3, 2015.

If you would like to make some extra money for the holidays and you have some crafts that you would like to sell, please consider renting a booth for this event. We will be renting booths for a $25 donation to the Forman Elementary School PTA.

The Holiday Bazaar will be held inside the school in the gymnasium. There will be many people shopping for that unique gift for that special someone. So if you have the talent and can make Jewelry, Décor, Crocheted Crafts, Knitten Crafts, Wood crafts, Art, etc...this would be the perfect opportunity and place to sell your unique gifts just in time for the holidays.

If you would like to rent a booth for this event, please contact Norma Jones at 469-752-1274 to reserve a booth.

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Basketball Car Decal Now Available!

Show your school pride! Order online now at www.apachepta.org, under "Spirit Items" . Last day to order is on Monday, November 30, 2015.
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November Parent Workshops for Plano ISD‏

Program schedule for upcoming programs offered by the PISD Family Services Department.

Family Education and Guidance Services contact:

Phone: 469-752-2272

Website: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/departments/familyservices.shtml

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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.

Key Communicators Meeting

The first Key Communicators meeting of the 2015-2016 year was October 8th. Karla Oliver, PISD Assistant Superintendent for Government, Community and Planning Initiatives, opened the meeting with a welcome, then Jeanine Alpert, the Executive Director for the Plano ISD Education Foundation, gave an overview of the Education Foundation, including the impact on and financial commitment to Plano schools and students.

For the remainder of the meeting, Dr. Brian Binggeli, the new PISD Superintendent, spoke, addressing the 2015-2016 PISD Operational Expectations. He then concluded with a Question and Answer.

Please follow the below link for for meeting materials and video. (http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/key.communicators/2015-2016KeyCommunicatorsArchiveOctober.shtml)

A Call To Action From National PTA

Dear PTA advocate,

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), and students, families and schools need your help to move the bill to the president’s desk this year!

The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA/NCLB. However, congressional leadership has yet to name a bipartisan group of representatives and senators to begin negotiations to resolve the differences between the two bills. Students can’t wait any longer for a revised law. Congress must act now to reauthorize ESEA this year!

Please send an email to your senators and representative to tell them to finish reauthorizing ESEA/NCLB before the end of the year and let them know that important family engagement provisions need to be preserved in the final ESEA/NCLB reauthorization bill. Your support is needed at this critical time to ensure every student receives a high quality education and for the bill to become law before the end of this year.

We ask that you Take Action by emailing your representative and Senator TODAY!

Take Action Today! Click on the link below.


A brief description of the Act from Wikipedia:

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students.NCLB supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.

The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards.NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through further emphasis on annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, and teacher qualifications, as well as significant changes in funding.

The bill passed in the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support.

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!