Frequently Asked Questions
There's a lot to know... so we've compiled a list of common questions & answers. If you know of any more, email us.
WHAT IS SPIRIT DAY?
Every Friday marks Spirit Day, when students wear their red, white and black Pinkerton t-shirts to show off their Cowpoke pride! (Sometimes, Pinkerton Pete, our mascot, even makes an appearance.)
HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED AND INFORMED?
Class-specific information is also sent via classroom folders and emails from your teachers and room parents.
Every Friday, the Pinky Press News is distributed to registered users of this site. It highlights upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and general accolades. If you haven't registered yet, click here.
Download the CISD app to get the school lunch and sports calendar and stay up-to-date on district communications. After download, customize your CISD app experience by clicking here.
WHAT AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are after school programs at Pinkerton. The YMCA offers day care after school at Pinkerton. We also have several clubs that meet regularly once a week. Make sure to check out the links on our After School Programs page.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED AT PINKERTON?
Pinkerton has a very active PTO; we welcome your involvement in any way. Volunteer opportunities can be found here.
PTO meetings occur monthly and are open to all Pinky families (all parents are members of the PTO). These meetings are a great way to learn more about what is going on and ways to get involved.
We also have an AWESOME Dads Club that helps throughout the year. Programs such as Dad of the Day give them a needed voice into our school and students' lives. More information on Dads Club can be found here.
WHAT ARE SPIRIT NIGHTS?
Local restaurants in our community partner with us throughout the year to give back to our school. These nights are advertised in the school newsletter and calendar. It's a great way to see Pinkerton family, friends, teachers, take a night off from cooking and raise money for school (normally 15-20% of the sales).
WHEN DO REPORT CARDS GO OUT?
Report cards are handed out every nine weeks.
WHAT ARE NINE WEEK ASSEMBLIES?
We celebrate Global Citizenship, student attendance, student accomplishments and more every nine weeks. Assemblies occur on Fridays and are posted to the calendar. Parents and family are invited to attend.
WHAT ARE THE LUNCH PROCEDURES?
After the first two weeks of school (teachers like to have sometime to acclimate students to routine), families are welcome to join their student for lunch. Lunch hours are:
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A SICK CHILD?
Sick notes must be turned in within 5 days of an absence and the child must be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours upon returning.
WHERE DOES OUR FUNDRAISING MONEY GO?
The PTO raises money on behalf of Pinkerton. We give 100% of the funds back to the school. Did you know that the PTO gave over $36,000 to Pinkerton this year alone?
Fundraisers Write-A-Check, Book Fair (Fall & Spring), Pinky Hustle, Box Tops and the Amazon portal are all campaigns to raise funds for our school. These funds support needs such as the Spanish program at Pinkerton, technology, Pinkerton library, teacher start-up funds, Garden and outdoor classes, IB training for staff, and many more.
We are so thankful to our sponsors for their generosity!