FBE February Newsletter

February 2020

A love for learning...

Students learn in a variety of fun and engaging ways at Flour Bluff Elementary. We try and get our students engaged through hands on learning, collaboration with their peers, and even just a change of environment. We hope your child LOVES coming to school and learning.

Lost Jackets

Our Lost and Found is overrun with Jackets!!! (These are not all of them!) We will be donating any jackets that are not claimed during Spring Break. We have had students look, but parents please feel free to come take a look! Just sign in at the front office first.

Morning Supervision

There is NO SUPERVISION for students before 7am. Please do not leave students prior to 7:00. Thank you.
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Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events


Flour Bluff Elementary PTO Fun Run Coming Soon!Our goal is to raise $50,000 to update technology in the classrooms including Ipads, Computers, Media TVs, and Chromebooks. We would also like to purchase a updated soccer goal for our field outside. This money also helps rebuild our PE Equipment. By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme:


Pledging Opens - FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Log on to FUNRUN.COM

Fun Run - February 28, 2020

SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!

We’ll be sharing more information over the next few weeks. Thanks so much!

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Next Progress Report is February 13th


Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary

We will be having a night with a variety of presentations/activities for families. You will sign up for the sessions you will attend. Please complete the survey below so we what you all are interested in for the sessions.
Family Engagement Night Session Interest Survey

Please click here and take interest survey for our Family Engagement Night

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Due to the generosity of the following individuals, we will be able to provide our students and staff fun run t-shirts free of cost. Thank you sponsors!

Thank you Fun Run Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering. ALL VOLUNTEERS NEED CURRENT BACKGROUND CHECKS. We are still looking for afternoon volunteers.


  • We still have lots of room if you'd like to add a "love line" (1/8 of a page) to the yearbook.
  • Only cost $10.
  • You design it!
  • You can only do it online at https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=71459
  • This is what the option looks like when you get online.

Yearbooks are NOW $30.

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks sales are now limited and are $30 per yearbook until we are sold out. We now have envelopes at the front office. Send your child to get one if you want a yearbook or go online and purchase at https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=71459

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

Our spring book fair will be the week of February 27-March 5. The flier and a letter asking for volunteers will be coming home soon.

Keep sending the Boxtops for Education and scanning those receipts. I will be doing a last mail in for this school year on February 26. Every $.10 adds up.

Click below to learn more and sign up please!

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Many students look forward to recess all day. The goal is to ensure a healthy, safe place for students to play and to support our students’ creative, social, and emotional development.

Expectation 1 Follow Directions

Stop your activity when the teacher signals. Return to class walking in line.

Expectation 2 Be Polite

Use kind words only.

Demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Take turns and wait patiently.

Expectation 3 Be Safe

Use playground equipment appropriately (for example, sit on the swing, feet first on the slide).

Keep hands and feet to yourself. Stay in teacher's view.

Run only on the grass

Expectation 4 Be Prepared

Take necessary supplies and equipment to recess.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

What an awesome time we have been having discussing Character Education during classroom guidance lessons. So far, we have discussed RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and KINDNESS. For the 4th six weeks, we will begin to discuss the character trait of INITIATIVE.

INITIATIVE means recognizing and doing what needs to be done before being asked. In other words, thinking and taking action on your own. This can be taught if we model it for our children and then let them try things on their own. Initiative is so important for school success. Students who take initiative to start their homework and projects when they are assigned will do better than those that procrastinate. This semester, we will continue with the Anchored 4 Life Club. This is a great program that will help new students transition to our campus, help build resiliency skills, help students learn to make friends, and it is all lead by student Team Leaders! Also, If you are interested in having your child test for GT in April, please contact me by email or at 361-694-9593. I will place their name on a list and send permission slips home in March. Parents, if you send in ADHD paperwork for teachers to complete, please provide them with the doctor’s name and fax number. After these forms are completed, they MUST be faxed to the doctor, per district protocol.

Things to discuss at home with your child:

*Discuss ways to improve study skills (staying organized, writing down assignments in agenda, etc)

*Ask your child if he/she is turning in homework and assignments. Ask to see his/her agenda and PBS folder.

*Discuss what it means to be independent (starting homework, chores without being asked).


In this Curriculum Corner I want to focus on writing in the classroom and writing for assessment purposes. The writing process consists of these six components:

Prewriting – rehearsal or brainstorming – help students to find the purposes and audiences

Writing the rough draft – concentrate on getting a “chunk” down on paper

Revising – writer’s craft (how to make it sound better)

Editing – proofreading/writing mechanics

Publishing – informal & formal

Conferencing -with teachers & peers throughout the writing cycle to improve writing piece

Students are expected to follow the writing process while writing on an assigned topic, to an assigned audience, for a predetermined purpose and for a defined period of time (four hours). Here are some strategies to consider when going through the writing process.

Focus on one aspect of writing at a time (rough drafts, revising, editing, etc.)

Offer lots of time to practice the various parts of the writing process

Use a chart or graph organize thoughts before writing

Encourage a variety of writing activities (writers journal, pen pals, write about past experiences, etc.)

Set a time every day for students to write about a topic of their choice and/or a writing prompt

Encourage and provide feedback about the writing piece (discuss with the student what was done well and what could be improved)

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

February is American Heart Month! Encourage your student to lead a heart healthy lifestyle to include a variety of heart happy exercises and eating a heart healthy diet. Any activity that gets their heart pumping; like skateboarding, dancing, and basketball, should be done for at least 1 hour every day. The number one way to get your kids on the right track to a healthy diet is to lead by example. Enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, from apples to zucchini. Focus on lean meats, like skinless chicken and fish. Choose grab-and-go snacks that are low or sugar free, like low/unsalted nuts and whole grain pretzels. Remember that eating meals as a family and having your child help you choose and prepare meals will help to build healthy food choices FOR LIFE.

Internet Safety

Please see the following article on internet safety. Also, our students will have presentations on internet safety through the counselors office on February 19th and 20th. We will also do a parent informational session at our Family Engagement Night on February 19th. Awareness is the best way to stay informed and keep our children safe.

CLICK HERE! If you are on Facebook, please join the Flour Bluff Elementary PTO Facebook Page.

Follow Dr. Youngberg on Twitter!

Dr. Youngberg loves to post all the amazing things happening at our school. Follow her on twitter by clicking this button or using her twitter handle @FB_Elementary.

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Camp Invention

Camp Invention is returning to Flour Bluff Intermediate campus this summer (June 1-5) from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Extended care is available for an additional fee. Imaginations soar as children learn about flight with the help of their very own flight simulation robot, discover ways to protect Earth’s ecosystems, sketch and build prototypes while protecting their intellectual property, and design the ultimate sports complex with inspiration from the real-world inventors behind their favorite sports! Register using promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires 5/12) off the registration fee. Availability is limited. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

Flour Bluff Elementary Contacts

Office Staff

· Dr. Nikol Youngberg, Principal, 694-9599

· Mrs. Veronica Cristan, Assistant Principal 694-9598

· Mrs. Jeanine Hoover, Curriculum Supervisor, 694-9590

· Mrs. Veronica Villarreal, Counselor, 694-9593

· Mrs. Cheryl Navar, Nurse, 694-9560

· Mrs. Nadine Grabowske, Secretary, 694-9595

· Mrs. Melissa Pena, Attendance & Registrar, 694-9587