Norris News!

A weekly update from campus...

April 8, 2016

Dear parents,

Can I just say how much I love my job? I tell you...I love it. In the hustle and bustle of the things that I must get accomplished each day, I try to never lose sight of my main goal. That goal is to foster an environment where primarily the students and also the faculty want to come to school, want to work hard, want to learn new concepts, and feel safe taking risks.

I am happy to report that we are hitting the mark at Norris! Below you will see a letter I received this week from one of our precious students. You know....she is right...Norris is the best. Amaira, thanks for the reminder, kiddo!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Abney

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Upcoming Events

April 11: PTA Program: "Yuck Show"; school hours

April 14: 1st grade Field Trip to the Arboretum

April 21: Meet & Greet with Mrs. Garcia - Hoffmeister & Winget classes; 6:00 pm

April 21: PTA Meeting & Kindergarten Performance; 6:30 pm

April 22: Diverse Abilities Day


April 26: Elementary School Open House: Kinder-2nd @ 5:30 pm; 3rd-5th @ 6:30 pm

April 29: Jump Rope for Heart Event

April 29: Tree Planting Presentation (2nd grade)

STAAR Information

The final STAAR Tests will be administered in May. Please be aware of the dates below as well as the following guidelines:
  • NO VISITORS will be allowed on campus for any grade level the whole week of May 9-13.
  • Please have your students to school on time on these dates, as testing begins in the morning.

Upcoming STAAR Dates

  • May 9th: STAAR Test - 3rd & 4th Math
  • May 10th: STAAR Test - 3rd & 4th Reading
  • May 11th: STAAR Test - 5th Science

PTA News

Box Tops

Thank you to everyone that turned in box tops this week. We are busy counting them up and will announce the winners soon. One teacher in each grade will get "crowned" and one class will get the box top trophy! Thanks again for all your help.

YUCK Game Show

The YUCK Game Show is coming to Norris on April 11!!!

The students will be divided into two teams and compete in curriculum-based science games, with the winning team’s captain getting the ultimate prize . . . slime!

Students demonstrate how differences in air pressure affect weather events like hurricanes and tornados, examine and identify gross objects using our digital microscope, practice measuring the volume of liquids using scientific equipment, learn about electrical charges and more in the games that lead up to the grand finale of the show, when the “winner” is covered in slime.

  • 8:30-9:30 - Kinder and 1st
  • 9:45-10:45 - 2nd and 3rd
  • 11:00-12:00 - 4th and 5th

Diverse Abilities Day

Norris Elementary will be celebrating Diverse Abilities Day on Friday, April 22. This is a day dedicated to learning about and celebrating the unique and different abilities of our friends at Norris Elementary.

All students will participate in stations that allow them to experience some of the challenges that others may face. The stations will be: ADHD, Vision Impairments, Dyslexia, Disability Awareness, and Autism. Our goal is to create an environment where all children demonstrate compassion and acceptance for one another’s differences. This type of community is a place that truly promotes inclusion of all children; a place where ALL children are accepted.

What can you do? We need volunteers to help the children during the activities at each station, as well as helping the children travel from one station to the next in a timely manner. **If you would like to help present the information at a particular station, please contact Lisa Tomlinson at

Please see the sign-up below:

Jump Rope for Heart

We kicked off our Jump Rope for Heart event at Norris on Monday 4/4/16!


· On Tuesdays and Thursdays in April - dog incentives will be given out during lunch!

· Please wait to turn in any money until April 29th – last day to collect!

· Please raise money online – your child will get more dogs if money is raised online!

· The grade level that has the MOST STUDENTS TO RAISE ONLINE will get a RECESS BASKET for their grade level to use at recess time!

Thanks so much for helping us raise HEART HEALTH AWARENESS!!!!

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Pop Vox Summer Show Choir Camp

Here is a wonderful summer opportunity for FISD students that love to sing! Vandeventer MS will be hosting the new Pop Vox Show Choir Camp this summer.

Date: Monday, June 13- Friday, June 17th

Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM with a 1:30 performance on Friday

Location: Vandeventer Middle School (6075 Independence Parkway, Frisco, 75035)

Cost: $125 (music, t-shirt and bag)

Enrollment: Any Frisco ISD student currently in 5th, 6th or 7th grade. Enrollment in choir is not required.

Music: Current pop music, 2-3 part with choreography/movement

Clinicians: Holly Cotten - Vandeventer Choir (vocal), Joel Bourdier- Trent and Pearson Choir (vocal), Christine McClung - Vandeventer Theatre (choreography)

Registration: Through My Payments Plus beginning Wednesday, April 6th. Enrollment is limited to the first 100 students to register/pay.

Go to for more details and links to register.

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FIELD DAY is Approaching!

We are very excited to start planning our 1st Annual Norris Field Day on May 20th!

Many of you have asked how you can help with Field Day this year. We have many new and fun activities planned. We would like to have as many stations as possible and we are looking for a few items to make that happen!

If you are interested in donating an item, please refer to the Amazon link that is at the end of this section. Donating items is totally optional. If you choose to donate, please send the items to Coach Burleigh in the gym by May 1st.

In using the Amazon link at the end of this section, we will eliminate any duplicates of different items. It is also a great tool to keep track of what is donated and what else we will need. There are quantities listed on the site, so please refer to the list when you make your donation.

Thank you for your support! Please click on the link below if you would like to donate:

Library Volunteers Needed!

The library needs your help! Haven’t volunteered in the library before? No worries. No experience needed. Sign up to volunteer in the library, today! As a reminder, all volunteers must have passed the Frisco ISD Background Check. Please see the link at the end of this section to complete the background check.


Improve Communication and Relationships

There is Purpose and Power in the Struggle, Together!

Have you ever had a situation with your children that got tough and you just walked away and let it go because you thought it was the best thing to do? Was it? What about an issue or problem you discovered your children were having and you were afraid to bring it up? Is it a struggle just to communicate and have a relationship with your children? We know the struggle is real!

In this session, Patrice Dunn of Parenting With A Purpose will help FISD parents and students understand there is purpose and power in the struggle, together!

9AM - 12PM

April 9, 2016

Student Opportunity Center

6928 Maple Street

Frisco, TX 75033

Please RSVP to Dr. Larry Lewis at or Lisa Vernon at:


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