Welcome to the Roberts Elementary School PTO Website!

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As part of the Roberts community, all parents are part of the Roberts PTO. Please take a minute to navigate the website, see a list of current PTO officers, read meeting minutes, download forms and get information on how you can help the school by participating in PTO-driven activities and fundraisers.

Welcome Letter from the PTO President P.J.Davis Oran

4th Annual Fun Run Coming Soon!

Roberts will hold its 4th  Annual Fun Run to raise money for ongoing Curriculum Enrichment which is all about enhancing our children’s learning experiences through supplemental programs, such as Writers In The Schools, Young Audiences, &  The Life Cycle Program, as well as  varied professional development for teachers for IB enhancement, effective teaching strategies and deeper content knowledge. Think of it as making Roberts an even better place to send your child!  

This year’s Fun Run kicks off with a Pep Rally on Monday, March 18th and ends with the FUN RUN event on Friday, March 29th.

The Pep Rally gets the children excited and explains the program. That day, your child will come home with a pledge book, sending you to a website with more details and to register. Once registered, sponsors can pledge money based on how many laps your child runs or just give a flat donation. Your child can also send video emails (which are super easy to create) across the world asking friends and family to sponsor them. This is a great way for family and friends to show their support for your children and it also helps your children learn some important lessons about teamwork and contributing to their community.

Each day for ten days, the children will receive prizes based on the amount of pledges they have received, while experiencing an inspirational character theme MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB, which combines S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Registration opens on March 11th.  To register, go to FunRun.com, using code: 327-888. 
 Once your child has an account, you can upload a photo to create a funny video to be emailed out, asking for pledges.
On Friday, March 29th, the entire school will participate in the Fun Run. Each child is encouraged to run as many laps as possible, up to 35, with each lap raising money for the school.  All parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to come watch and cheer on the students – Fun Run will be followed by Field Day and we need volunteers for both!  Please sign up here and remember EVERYONE needs to be VIPS approved, a process which can take 1-2 weeks to complete.

2019-2020 PTO SLATE

Per our PTO Bylaws, Article 5.6 and Article 5.7:
A vote will be held by the PTO members at the April 5 PTO meeting, to approve the 2019-2020
PTO Slate for Executive Committee positions:
President Elect: Vanessa Engel
Recording Secretary: Martha Gau
Parliamentarian: Anu Shah
Historian: Devyn Wolens

Rice Baseball Bash- April 5th

2019 Name That Book Winners!

Congratulations to the Name That Book and Jr. Name That Book teams for their respective first place wins!

The Jr. Name That Book team was comprised of 2nd graders Sophie Chen, Lucy Chen, Vaani Grover, Angela Johnson, Amy Lee, Prachi Sinha, Ted Yun, and Emily Zhang.

The 3-5th grade team will go on to compete in the finals on March 7 at the Hattie Mae White Education Center. Good luck to team members Julia Choi (5), Murphy McCallum (5), Jordan Muscal (5), Trinity Yun (5), Simone Huse (4), Saveri Ivaturi (4), Iniya Rajan (4), and Bella Axcell (3).

Neither team could have done it with the support of their sponsors. A very special thanks to Jr. NTB coaches Ms. Miller and Ms. Palmer, and NTB coaches Ms. Frazee, Ms. Harbour, Ms. Owens, and Ms. Proch.


Roberts Carnival is on April 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pre-order wristbands, poppers & confetti eggs https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/m1ilcu7k1w9a3xa/

Order carnival t-shirts designed by the 2nd grade  https://roberts0319.itemorder.com/

Volunteer at the carnival!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5ab28aafa7-roberts

Volunteer Opportunities This Week ( Mar 20 – Mar 26)

CARNIVAL (Sa 4/6, 7a-3p)—It takes 270 volunteer hours in order to run the this event. This is not a typo. If you value this event, please signup to volunteer [https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5ab28aafa7-roberts]. We can’t do it without your help.

THANK YOU to those who volunteered for Library Assistant. We still need parents for the Thursday classes (Rivero, K. Kyle, Wu).

We have opportunities for every schedule, no matter how little time you can give. Every minute is impactful. Please volunteer.

3/20 (W)

  • Bookworms(Read aloud in Library), 15min shift
  • Garden, 7:30 to 9:00a (for 20min or more)

3/21 (Th)

  • Bookworms(Read aloud in Library), 15min shift
  • Library Assistant for Ms. Rivero, 8:00-8:30a
  • Library Assistant for Ms. Kyle, K., 8:35-9:05a
  • Library Assistant for Ms. Wu, 10:20-10:50a

3/22 (F)

  • Bookworms (Read aloud in Library), 15min shift
  • Math Club Assistant, 3:00 – 4:30 p

3/25 (M)

  • Bookworms (Read aloud in Library), 15min shift

3/26 (T)

  • Bookworms (Read aloud in Library), 15min shift

For other volunteer opportunities this month and beyond, click here


Math Club Instructors Needed!

The Roberts Math Club was formed in 2015 by Roberts parents who teach and do research in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) fields. The goal of the club is to support STEM education and provide an activity where students can develop confidence in problem-solving skills and a love of math. Math Club is open to 4th/5th graders and meets on Fridays, 3:00 to 4:30p.

In order to continue Math Club, we need additional instructors and teaching assistants.
– A love of math
– VIPS approval
– You do NOT need to have a teaching or research background.
– You do NOT need to have a child in the 4th/5th grade.

– You do NOT have to be available every Friday. Even if you can only come occasionally, it will help keep the program going.

To learn more, come to a Math Club meeting (Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30p)! Read more about the Roberts Math Club [Roberts Math Team Information and Registration 2018-19]. Contact Melissa Marschall (marschal@rice.edu) for additional information.

Congratulations to 8 Finalists in Rodeo School Art Program!

This year Ms. Jenkins submitted 8 students’ work to the Rodeo School Art Program. This was the maximum number allowed per school. All 8 were selected as finalists—Ted Yun (2), Saveri Ivaturi (4), Aurelia Shaitelman (4), Zoe Clark (4), Murphy McCallum (5), Riya Hari (5), Rustin Golshan (5), and Trinity Yun (5).

Only 10 pieces are chosen from 500 HISD submissions at the ES level to move on for further judging at NRG stadium. Of those 10, Roberts students took 5 spots—Ted Yun (2), Saveri Ivaturi (4), Aurelia Shaitelman (4), Riya Hari (5), and Rustin Golshan (5).

2nd grader Ted Yun won Best of Show, the highest honor. His piece “Gray Goat” (made of chalk and oil pastels) will hang in the Hayloft Gallery in NRG stadium through the duration of rodeo.

We would like to recognize all 22 students who created pieces for consideration. Each demonstrated commitment, working hard every morning from October through December to complete their drawings, even though there was a chance that their art may not get chosen for judging.

Last but not least, a special thank you to Ms. Jenkins for her dedication to the students throughout the process.


April 23: IB Art Show. More info forthcoming.

May 9: 2nd & 4th Grade Art Show at Roberts ES.
** Volunteers needed the day of for set-up. Please contact Ms. Jenkins


Pin Oak Middle School – Cheerleader for a Day Clinic

Sign up now for the Pin Oak Middle School Cheerleader for a Day Clinic, Saturday, April 6 from 9am – noon with a star-studded performance at 11:30. The clinic is open to children in Kindergarten – 7th grade and will be held in the Pin Oak Middle School Gym. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Register here.

New PADRES Campout Date!

Updated PADRES Campout date is now March 1st, 2019. 

Culture of Giving:Thank you for your support!

We are still tallying the results, but we are currently at 90% of our ambitious goal with 63% of families participating (as of 9/28). Thank you so much to those families who have contributed for supporting our students and teachers.

Please help push us over the finish line by submitting your donation to your company’s Matching Gift Program. Here are a few examples of companies with Matching Gift Programs:
– Chevron
– Deutsche Bank
– Exxon Mobil
– Gartner
– GE
– Halliburton
– Hess
– Humana
– Shell
– Sherwin-Williams

If you are not sure, please ask your Human Resources representative.

If you would still like to give, it is not too late. The Roberts PTO accepts donations year-round. Visit http://robertspto.org/fundraising/culture-of-giving

Roberts Math Club Information and Registration

The Roberts Math club is gearing up for the 2018-19 school year. The team was formed in 2015 by a group of Roberts parents who teach and do research in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) fields. The goal of the club is to support STEM education and provide an activity where students can develop confidence in problem-solving skills and a love of math.  Read more about Roberts Math Team Information and Registration 2018-19.



Get VIPS Cleared Now with HISD’s New RAPTOR Volunteer Management System!

The district policy is that volunteers and visitors must be VIPS(Volunteers in Public Schools) cleared to attend any school event other than lunch or parent conferences. The district is really pushing for compliance on all campuses. This means, you cannot attend an event in your child’s class (like a poetry reading) unless you are VIPS cleared. For instructions, click here.

Next PTO Meeting on Friday, March 1st in Café @ 7:40 am

Coffee-clip-art-free-clipart-images-2All parents are invited to attend our monthly PTO meeting! You will hear a school report from Ms. Epps, as well as reports from several of the PTO committee chairs. Learn what’s going on around school, what’s coming up and how you can help!  Siblings not yet in school are welcome.

Corporate Rewards Program

One of the easiest ways to support Roberts Elementary is to use affinity cards or pass codes when doing your everyday shopping. Did you know that, because of these programs, Roberts raises thousands of dollars every year from retailers? Please take a few minutes to ensure that Roberts benefits from your many trips to the grocery store and other retailers. Hover on these icons to see the offerings, click here for more information, or double click on the icons to go directly to the vendor’s site.


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Calling All Organized Parents!

In order to assist your child’s teacher and make the most of the school year, each classroom needs volunteers to fill several roles including:

Room Parent, Tuesday Folder, Garden Liaison, Auction Coordinator, Fun Run Coordinator, and Carnival Coordinator 

Please check your child’s classroom volunteer roster to see what vacancies are remaining and consider signing up to be Room Parent or any other classroom volunteer position using the online sign-up sheet.


Contact Jeff Frey if you have any questions. He will be happy to tell you how easy and HELPFUL the roles are.

Be sure to (re) register for VIPS as soon as possible!