***HISD Calendar Reminders***

We had a few changes from this past August involving the district’s Academic Calendar, and two of those changes are coming up soon: 

  1. The last day of the Fall Semester is Thursday, December 21st. All schools will be closed on Friday, December 22nd.
  2. The first day of school for the Spring Semester will be Monday, January 8th. The original Academic Calendar had students returning on Tuesday, January 9th. 

The deadline to apply for HISD Gifted & Talented (GT) Testing is December 8th! If you wish to have your student tested, please click to start the GT testing application. Questions? Please email Assistant Principal Ms. Vargas at Lydia.Vargas@houstonisd.org.

Visit HISD Gifted & Talented for more information. 

Support Staff Holiday Gift Donations

Poe's amazing Support Staff includes our front office staff, maintenance/janitorial crew, lunch/kitchen staff, and crossing guards! Donate by December 18th for a holiday gift to help us show our gratitude and appreciation for this fabulous group of people! Every little bit helps!

NOTE: The Support Staff Holiday Gift Donations are for the Support Staff only. For teacher holiday gift giving, ask your Room Parent or give directly to your teacher. The Teacher Appreciation Donations are for year-round activities.


Poe Families! See the Flyer below for details on Poe House Council's Toiletry Drive (December 4-15th) for Star of Hope. Please bring your respected items and drop in the designated bins in the lobby. Thank you.

We are asking Houses to donate the following to be packaged as toiletry kits for the individuals at Star of Hope:

Courage (red) - Travel toothpaste

Knowledge (blue) - Toothbrushes

Resilience (orange) - Personal packs of Tissues

Integrity (yellow) - Travel shampoo/soap

Creativity (purple) - Deodorant

Curiosity (green) - hand towels/wash cloths

All Houses - Small water bottles and personal hand sanitizers

Join us in the Poe Cafeteria, Friday Dec 15th at 7:45 am for our December PTO Meeting. Enjoy Hot Coffee, donuts and treats while staying informed on important school news and events.

We hope to see you there!

Countdown to the Holidays begins next week! Starting Wednesday 12/6 through 12/21, show your holiday spirit by dressing up or accessorizing in themed holiday gear. Some December celebrations around the world include St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6), Hanukkah (Dec 7-15), Bodhi Day (Dec 8), Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe (Dec. 12), Winter Solstice (Dec 21), Christmas (Dec 25), Boxing Day (Dec 26), and Kwanzaa (Dec 26-Jan 1).

Wed 12/6: Drop it like a Top! Wear blue and silver.
Thu 12/7: Kick off the season with your best holiday Western Wear!
Fri 12/8: Jingle for Joy: Write a joyful note to a teacher or staff member.
Mon 12/11: Cookie share! Staff bring cookies to share with fellow staff members.
Tue 12/12: Winter Vacation! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, sunglasses, etc.
Wed 12/13: Shiny & bright Feliz Navidad! Wear your holiday accessories.
Thu 12/14: Holiday socks and scarves day!
Fri 12/15: Candy Cane Lane! Dress like a candy cane.
Mon 12/18: Tree topper: wear your favorie holiday hat, headband, or tree topper.
Tue 12/19: Wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater!
Wed 12/20: Wear your Grinch shirt or something Green!
Thu 12/21: T'was the Night Before Christmas (break)! Wear your pajamas.

School Resumes on Monday, January 8, 2024!


I Love Science Day Zoom Info Sessions

 December/January Info session TBA

- I love Science Day will be held on February 14th during regular school hours

-Grades 1-5

-Grade Level Reps, Room Parents and Parent led

-In collaboration with Poe Faculty and Staff

- Please join to learn more and get involved to plan out activities for your class

-Please email Madeeha at president@poepto.org if you would like to join the info session. A link will be emailed closer to the session date.

Your Poe Partner Donations Supports Poe Students & Teachers!

  • Teachers and Classrooms: a $600 stipend for each teacher to purchase items to enhance the learning experience of their students

  • Student Favorites: All Art Day, International Festival, and Carnival!

  • Capital Projects: Improvements to the playground and outdoor learning spaces

  • Safety: the PikMyKid student dismissal app and HPD officers to assist with morning traffic control and student drop-off

Together We Make A Difference!


Become a Poe Partner

We had a blast on December 1st for our 2nd House Spirit Day this year. Ms. Navarrete and members of the House Council officiated over Marshmallow Toss competitions during each lunch. Congratulations to House Integrity (Yellow) on their big win, and they are our current leader for the yearlong standings with 9 total points. Houses Creativity (Purple) and Resilience (Orange) are right on their heels tied with 5 points each.



The Poe House Shirts and 95th Anniversary Shirts are available to purchase online. Please read the policy carefully. All sales are final. Students may wear their house shirts on selected days as assigned by the Poe House Committee and teachers. Please click the button below to make your purchase.


Questions: Contact uniforms@poepto.org  

Learn more about the Poe PTO

All PTO events that happen each year at Poe are 100% volunteer led. If you're interested in chairing or being a part of a committee, email president@poepto.org for more information!

 The Poe Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) helps support our school through volunteering and also helps provide additional funds to continue programs, sponsor events, and purchase items by supplementing the funding from TEA and HISD. As part of the Poe community, EVERYONE - including parents, teachers and administrators - is automatically a member of the Poe PTO, and we welcome you to be part of the effort to provide Poe students with a strong foundation for learning and success.




The Raven - $5,000+

The Olsen Family

The Poet - $2,500+

The Kottler Family

The Maag Family

The Fenner-Tsavachidou Family

The Shin Family

The Lewis Family

The Sparker Family

Marcos Cortez & Dana LeDoux-Cortez

Jihoon Lee's Family

The Scoggins Family

Bitty & Beau's Coffee Houston

Children's Hour Montessori

Anvil Cards

The Storyteller - $1,000+

The Butkus Family

The Hopson Family

The Stein Family

Daniel & Gwen Morales


The Tutos Family

Sherri Hughey

West U Smiles

Plascencia Catani Family


The Cornelius Family

The Sasaki Family

Erskine & Yuli Black

Nevermore - 500+

Paul & Lauren Chapman

Adria Buckner's Family


The Buening Family


Chamber Door - $250+

Chavarria Family

The Wade Family

The Vykoukal Family

Family of Divya McDonald

Ben & Melissa Flack

The Bells - $50 or More

DeVon Family