December 7 - 21, 2018

Upcoming Events

Dec 7

  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches

Dec 11

  • 4th Grade Musical 6-6:45 pm(Large Group A & C)
  • 4th Grade Musical 7:15-8 pm (Large Group B & D)

Dec 21

  • Holiday Parties (PPCD, AM Pre-K & Life Skills) 10-10:45 am
  • Holiday Parties (PM Pre-K, Kinder-5th) 2-2:45 pm

Dec 24 - Jan 4, 2019

  • Student Holidays

Jan 7

  • School Resumes

Box Tops

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Hour of Code in the Library

This week is Computer Science Education week. Students who visited the library participated in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an initiative to get young minds interested in computer science. They played a coding game from the Hour of Code website and really enjoyed it! If you would like to learn more about the Hour of Code or find resources for your children, visit https://hourofcode.com/us.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

We are excited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. To participate, your child needs to read for fun for a total of 6 hours between now and February 4th. Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, eBooks or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count. When your child reaches the goal, have them return the reading log to their teacher by February 4th, 2019 in order to qualify for a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas! Attached find the parent letter with details about the program and the reading log.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education December Theme

Our Core Essential theme for December is Compassion. Compassion is caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. Since December is the season of giving, you should be thinking about ways that you can bring happiness to the lives of others.

Parenting Classes

See the attached flyer with information for an Anger Management training taking place on December 13, 2018.

No Place for Hate

Last year Farney Elementary joined the No Place for Hate initiative that provides schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying, and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. We have another school-wide No Place for Hate activity coming up this December that explores Likes and Dislikes and the concept of opinions. The upper grades will explore the differences between fact and opinion while learning to respect other people’s opinions.

Horizon Testing Referral period is now closed.



Our Watch Dog program consists of Dads or Father Figures of Great Students who volunteer one day at their child’s school. They will perform a variety of tasks including assisting with the car line in the morning, eating lunch with their child, helping in the library and in the classroom.

If you registered prior to September 19th, you should have received an email with the calendar link to pick your date to volunteer and to sign up for the Volunteer Portal.

If you are interested and haven’t already registered, please complete the registration link below to add your name and email to our list. We will send you an email with all of the information and a link to the calendar.

Please contact Isabella.scocozza@cfisd.net or 281 373-2873 if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

Watch Dog Registration Link

School Communication

School Communication

We communicate in a variety of ways. The Falcon Flyer is the easiest way to stay “in the know.” You will receive it via School Messenger every two weeks. School Messenger is the district's mass notification system. If you are not enrolled, please click http://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/contacts-communications/schoolmessenger/ to sign up. We also post it to Twitter @CFISDFarney and post to the Farney Facebook page. Our mascot, Francine the Falcon, also has her own Instagram page. Simply follow francinethefalcon on Instagram.

Each teacher has their own website which is updated every two weeks. Updates might include, weekly classroom news, homework links etc. You can access their website through our campus site or by clicking the following link https://app.cfisd.net/urlcap/campus_list_135.html.

Teachers send home weekly folders which include student work and a communication card each Friday. Please sign the card and return the folder to school each Monday.


Did you know you can receive information about when your child enters and exits the bus? Go to zpassplus.com to access the parent portal and sign up for notifications. The RFID number is located on the left side of their "backpack badge" next to the barcode.


There is a great app for our district. Simply download it and follow the schools your children attend. With a click of a button you can see grades through the Home Access Center, check out the lunch menu, or contact your child's teacher.

Reserved Parking

The reserved parking spaces at the front of the school are reserved for Farney staff members who frequently leave from and/or return to the building during the school day. Please do not park in these spaces before school, after school, or during the day. For your convenience, we ask all other staff members to use the back parking lot so that there are dozens of visitor spots available to you in the front of the school. We appreciate your cooperation.


As a reminder, the school day starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. each morning. In order to minimize any disruption to the instructional day, students are encouraged to arrive on time. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. must be walked into the building and signed in at the front desk by a parent or guardian.

Morning Drop Off Safety

If you are dropping your child off for school in the morning, please be sure to use the car rider line at the front of the school. Due to safety concerns, students are not permitted to be dropped off in bus loading zones. There are also supervised crosswalks on Spring Barker and Barker Cypress that students may use to safely cross the street if they are Hiker/Bikers. We have had several close calls where students are crossing these busy streets in places other than the crosswalks in the morning. Our #1 priority is the safety of all of our Farney Falcons.

Lunch Visitors

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit during lunch. Any other visitors (grandparents, siblings, friends, etc.), must be accompanied by the parent or guardian or have a note giving them permission to eat with the child for each visit. In accordance to CFISD policy, school age children are not permitted to visit the campus at any time. Due to food and nutrition guidelines, you may bring lunch for your child only. For your convenience, there are several tables reserved for you to enjoy lunch with your child. Teachers will call the “Farney Five” at the end of lunch to signal when it is time for your child to say a quick goodbye and rejoin his/her class.

Birthday Celebrations

Student birthdays are acknowledged at school during the morning announcements and in the classroom. Students and teachers are not permitted to distribute invitations (or forward email invitations) to personal parties at school. We also do not allow the delivery of gifts such as flowers, balloons, etc. Due to health regulations, you cannot bring cakes, cupcakes, favors, etc. If you'd like your child to celebrate with his/her class, treats must be purchased from the cafeteria 5 days in advance. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.



We have SO many opportunities for you to volunteer at Farney! We encourage you to get involved in any way you can. If you cannot come in to the school during the day, we have brown bag projects that can be sent home. A strong home/school partnership means success for our children. For more information go to www.farneypto.com.

Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com and type Farney Elementary PTO in the search box. Once you select Farney a portion of your purchase will be donated to Farney every time you shop! You only have to designate Farney the first time, after that, you will go to smile.amazon.com each time to start your order.


To earn money for our school each time you shop, simply register your Kroger card (cards have to be registered EACH year) online: www.krogercommunityrewards.com


Collecting Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for Farney. The Box Top form is included in this newsletter. Attach your Box Tops to the form and send them in. Each month, the homeroom that turns in the most will win a special treat!


Download the free app and scan your receipts. It's that easy! Shoparoo accepts receipts from grocery, clothing, home improvement, sporting good, clothing stores, restaurants and many more!

Child Find Services

The Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Special Education Department provides educational services to an estimated 8,000 students with special needs.

Teachers, instructional aides, speech pathologists and related service personnel provide instruction and related services to students who have a disability. Students are eligible for special education services from the age of 3 through 21. Students who have hearing and vision disabilities may receive services from birth.

To be eligible for special education services, students must meet eligibility requirements as a student with an orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, auditory impairment, visual impairment, diagnosis of deaf/blind, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech impairment, multiple disabilities, autism, non-categorical early childhood, or traumatic brain injury.

Cypress Fairbanks ISD instructional arrangements for elementary school-aged students include in-class support, resource classes and speech/language therapy. Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), adaptive behavior, and LIFE Skills classes are offered as cluster services at the elementary level.

In-class support, resource classes, LIFE Skills, adaptive behavior and speech/language services are available at all secondary level campuses.

Related services may include psychological services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility training, school health services, adaptive equipment and special transportation.

Other special education service options include the Dorothy Carlton Center, the Adaptive Behavior Center, homebound, adaptive physical education, itinerant and on-site services to the visually impaired.

As part of the Northwest Harris County Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired, services for students who have auditory impairments are offered at Birkes Elementary, Hancock Elementary, Spillane Middle School and Cy-Ridge High School. In addition to receiving instruction at the on-site campuses, students may be served by itinerant teachers, speech pathologists, and/or an audiologist at their home campus.

Are you the parent of a pre-school (3-5 years) or school aged child and have concerns regarding your child’s physical, speech, and/or emotional development? Is your child experiencing academic problems which could interfere significantly with educational success? If so, contact the Special Education Department at 281-897-6400 to discuss your concerns and learn more about the referral process.